Happy Diwali sharp

Happy Diwali!

Not having Deepavali as a public holiday in East Malaysia didn’t stop us from celebrating the beautiful festival of lights! Having a creative architect-colleague straight from Chennai, India made sure we had the most colorful one!


The Rangoli at IDC | DesignEast Office’s entrance that Janani stayed back after hours to complete!


We decided to go to Amah’s Curry House on Deepavali Day itself for lunch to find out the restaurant was closed for business as they were having a Deepavali Open-House. Instead of telling us to come back next time, the most gracious host warmly invited us to join them and have all his delicious food. Yes, so many of us thick-skinnedly ‘crashed’ someone’s party, and it was awesome! Loved their traditional outfits too!


Most of us in the office dressed up for the occasion, but we didn’t have the chance to take a picture of our traditional clothes. So here are our faces and shoulder areas that sort of shows hints of traditional flavor. heh.

A few of our lovely ladies.


And some pictures of the Rangoli making process!

Hi Janani!


Hardworking Janani and Azizah


Lit up Rangoli

Pictures by:

Amily, Azizah, Daphne, Janani, Yon &  Zhann


IDC-DesignEast Office & Amah’s Curry House


In June, the Design Team went to Kuala Lumpur for the Kuala Lumpur Architecture Festival’s DATUM:KL Event in conjunction with the 16th ASIAN Congress of Architects. The theme this year was, “Rejuvenation”.

Datum1We enjoyed 48 hours of pure indulgence in design inspiration throughout the day and on food and shopping at night.

wolo 1The beautifully decorated wall at the reception of Wolo Hotel made of plastic utensils.

Staying at the heart of the city was a plus for morning walks (only our diligent director did that though) and spending the evenings exploring the various food places.

DSC_1599The Team with our breakfast at Tous Les Jour before walking to Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre for the event.

datum2The Team going through the Events’ Handbook.

DSC_1384A group picture of the team with freebies from Lysaght.

It was a rejuvenating experience indeed!


Post contribution:
Content: Excerpts from Janani’s Heyday Journal
Pictures: Justin & Daphne

If there’s one thing in common we found out about our Team apart from our love for Art, Design, and Travel, it’s that most of us are crazy about food. Not just crazy about eating food, but also about preparing it.

Breakfast at IDC

Breakfast at IDC-DesignEast started out as just a simple gathering on a Wednesday every fortnight to kill the midweek blues and to catch-up with our Team. The event was then carried out by rotating a small team of three to prepare breakfast for the whole office. What started out as simple takeaways of local pastries turned into elaborate meals of international cuisines cooked on the spot, in our pantry!


Local pastries bought from a local market


Spanish Omelette by Chee Wee


Hong Kong Styled Set Meal. Set A- Noodle set. Set B-Toast set


Egg Gratin by Michelle and Green Tea Pancakes with Nutella and Bananas by Ryohei


Manchurian-something with Toast that Janani learnt from her mum, Flavored Tamago by Ryohei, Fruit Salad with Whipped Cream and Chocolate Chips, and a bunch of Fruits.


We often encourage our Team to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Although our dream to have a run by the waterfront together every Thursday after work have yet to come true, we did send some of our members to the Rat Race on 30th April 2014 for the fun of it! What’s special about this race is that participants ran in their work clothes!


To our surprise, one of our team members took the ‘work’ costume theme to a whole new level, with a good cause though. His running team cross-dressed to raise funds for the Hope Place, or ‘Persatuan Kebajikan Harapan Kuching ‘, a welfare group that is now helping 50 needy families (according to this article on Borneo Post on Hope Place).


The event ended with all of us drenched to our bones as it rained heavily half way through the race. Still, it was great fun and we can’t wait for the next event!


Hello and welcome to IDC-DesignEast’s Happenings Page! Get to know us better by dropping by and see what’s cooking in our oven!


Yes, as you can see from our events, we are quite literal when we mention “cooking”. Stay tuned for more yummy updates, our travels, thoughts on design, and much more!