#TSBreakaway so far
Finally #TSBreakAway is a wrap for 2013 and what an event indeed! We finally found our winners and thanks to YOU for voting and supporting throughout the campaign. It was indeed an adventure for all of us.
Stay tuned for the future events to come!
Grand Prize (RM10,000): Irene Yap
12 Xplorers went on a 5 days creative retreat around Selangor to get their mind and body wander with the help of the mentors to polish up their storytelling skills. Hopefully with the guidance of Vignes Balasingam, Dina Zaman, Ashraf Saharudin and a special appearance by Edwin Sumun sharing their expertise about what they do and love, they will dig deeper in finding telling a story.
They made Empire Hotel Subang as their home and saw the reality (and fate) of Pulau Ketam and Kampung Sungai Lima at Port Klang. They also did some really fun things too like making terrariums, watch a spectacular comeback show by Shelah in DPAC, Damansara Perdana, paragliding in Jugra and flew an aircraft around Selangor and Kuala Lumpur.
So, feel free to browse through their stories on this page and also, to check out our video and photo gallery while the judges decide who will be walking away with RM10,000. Someone will also be the winner for CANON Photo-Storytelling Challenge too. While you’re here, why not vote for your favourite Xplorer for People’s Choice Award?
Photo Storytelling Challenge (Part I)
Xplorers will have to do their own map to explore Selangor based on their interests. From here, they will have to map out their route and find unique stories to write about wherever they wish in Selangor. They are required to document this journey either in video, writing, photography, design etc. This is two-part challenge which will link up with Ashraf’s workshop.
Stories & Vote!
Get to know the 12 adventurers
Vote for your favourite Xplorer!
Adam AhmadI'm 25, but sorta look old. Currently a student. I used to hate school, but I love what I'm studying now. I enjoy reading, appreciate good music, and in my free time I enjoy people-watching. I consider myself as a "newbie" in both blogging & photography world as I'm not good with words, and my photos are below par. But given the chance, I would like to learn from the best, be a good writer, and hopefully take nice pictures too
Anis IbrahimFreelance Writer / Traveller
Anis IbrahimA freelance writer and travel columnist who quit her full-time job after deciding that she was tired of applying for leave to travel. She loves train rides and long overland journeys. Last year she travelled overland from Russia to Malaysia, a trip which might not have been possible if she hadn't left her last job. She lets it all out at http://www.fivefeetflat.net.
Irene YapA photographer and a free spirit traveler. One of the founder and principal photographer for WTF ( Who's That Fotografer ). Mostly,shoot for weddings.To love and be able to capture human emotion and expression,the outcome is timeless. Friends describe me as crazy,silly and weird in a fun way. I am playful and hardly be serious, unless needed to. Full of curiosity, eager to know and always ready with my backpack to continue my journey.
Jessie MarieFreelance Writer / Traveller
Jessie MarieI'm an American freelance writer and traveller. I've been fascinated with the world ever since my Grandmother bought me a life time subscription to National Geographic at age three. I spent most of my youth travelling through North America, the Pacific Islands, and South east Asia. I blog about life, love, and what's happing in Malaysia and the rest of South East Asia. I live in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with my husband, Ali.
Joyce KohA rookie reporter for TimeOut Malaysia (and occasionally, TimeOut KL), Joyce Koh prefers the written word rather than the clickety-clack of keyboards, hence the painfully irregular blogging schedule. She's also a KTM veteran who spends most of her time eyeing empty seats and reading on the train. Favourite writer: Gerald Durrell. When not reading and writing, she's mostly looking for good food and thinking of a jog. Used to play the French horn and some volleyball, still plays the bass guitar, and all her money is spent on travelling.
Juan LynGraphic Designer
Juan LynI am a graphic designer running her own design business - Paper Cut Sdn Bhd - for nine years now. I recently co-founded Green Butts Enterprise producing high-visibility and custom print T-shirts. What spurred this on? When I picked up cycling two years ago, which gave me the joy of pedaling and taught me the importance of safe cycling. Through Green Butts, I hope to extend this to other cyclists. This year was a huge cycling year for me, starting with a bicycle tour in Taiwan. It was an adventure; one that taught me that there's no looking back.
KhairulBorn in Klang and staying in Shah Alam, he graduated with an LL.B degree from Universiti Teknologi Mara in 2010. Started travelling in December 2011 after finishing his pupillage whilst waiting to be called to the Malaysian Bar. Since then, he never stopped travelling. He loves running and backpacking, and the experience of seeing new sights and learning new things always amazed him.
Shannon ChowBlogger / Student
Shannon ChowA lifestyle blogger from KL who enjoys the buzzing and happening lifestyle in town with a passion to inspire others. I blog about urban lifestyle on fashion to beauty products, talk of the town events and travel adventures to glorious food. I'm also a marketing student at Taylor’s University who has a crush on social media and fallen in love with coffee.
VanessaI took an extensive break from my medical career to explore Southeast Asia only to discover a new way of life as well as a new way of seeing the world. Blogging, videos and social media have given me a voice to share my various discoveries in a personal way as well as connect with some amazing people around the world. I’m presently based in Langkawi, Malaysia and find endless adventures at every turn of the road as I inch my way through the surrounding areas of Malaysia and beyond.
RusliA self-proclaimed artistically-inclined serial wanderer/ immigrant/ traveller in every sense of these words (hah!), having inherited them traits from both my parents' sides. A Malaysian, I have been to almost 40 countries so far for leisure travels, and have also had the pleasure of spending almost 1/3 of my life living and working in 3 different countries, apart from in my own home country.
Jeff ChuahUnwilling to be caught working 9 to 5 in some dead end job, I tendered my resignation in July 2013 to do some pondering and travel around the region. I enjoy not knowing what will hit me while traveling as these unplanned adventures are what make the trips so memorable.