Thursday, November 19, 2020

KLSCM 2020 Goes Virtual from 5-13 Dec 2020

The Kuala Lumpur Standard Chartered Marathon (KLSCM) today announced the introduction of its inaugural Virtual Run, which will take place from 5 -13 December 2020 and offers free registration. Organised by Dirigo Events and with Standard Chartered Bank Malaysia as Title Sponsor, the KLSCM 2020 Virtual Run is set to become the premier virtual running event in Malaysia. The Virtual Run will offer the Full Marathon, Half Marathon, 10km and 5km distance categories and runners from all over the world are expected to participate. 

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

The Starhill welcomes Taiwan's eslite spectrum (誠品生活), aka the World's Coolest Bookstore in 2022

How many of us here longs for the days when we can visit Taiwan once more for our fill of bubble tea and late night shopping at eslite spectrum? Well, to sate that itch for some Taiwan style shopping, the iconic Starhill in Bukit Bintang is partnering up with eslite spectrum to open its first ever eslite branch in Southeast Asia.

Friday, November 13, 2020

Bawangchaji: A Rising Star among Teahouses

While we may not be able to travel to China for now, we can still enjoy a taste of Yunnan through BaWangChaji which first entered the Malaysian market in 2019. The first-ever Rethink ‘Single’ Campaign of BaWangChaJi in conjunction with the 11.11 Single Day Celebration officially ended on a positive note, the teahouse brand once again broke its highest record in the history for the daily sales on Double 11. On this one-day shopping event, BaWangChaJi collaborated with 11 lifestyle brands at once and grabbed the opportunity to raise awareness on the importance and power of self-love. 

Friday, November 6, 2020

Fukuoka, Kyushu [Day 6] - Nanzoin Buddha and HakuHaku Mentaiko Making Experience

On the hindsight, I should not have returned the car so soon had I known what I know now. First the foremost, Nanzoin temple was quite a distance from Fukuoka in the countryside and was worth a drive out to even though there was a train station nearby. And secondly, the HakuHaku Mentaiko factory/museum was a good 20 minutes walk from the nearest train station and was best reached by car. 

Well, the more you know I suppose. 

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

9 Eco- Adventure Spots to Explore around Selangor

Those living the Klang Valley are fortunate to be living with vicinity of so many interesting places to visit - indoor and outdoor. This year has seen a growing demand for eco-adventure with more people just aching to go out rather than being cooped up within four walls. Selangor in particular has plenty to offer when it comes to attractive and exciting eco-adventures for everyone. 

Check out this list for your next weekend escape: 

1) Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM), Kepong

FRIM, Kepong occupies an area of ​​600 hectares, and surrounded by the Lagong Hill Forest Reserve. One of its latest attractions is the Sky Walk. Among the activities that can be carried out here are having a picnic with your family, jogging on the Rover Track, walking under the canopy, camping, hiking, cycling and studying the beauty of nature. The entrance is RM5 and an additional RM5 will be charged if you bring a camera to take pictures. One interesting fact - FRIM, Kepong was initially a mining site before turning into a vegetable garden site and now is a free forest destination area with a cozy and quiet atmosphere.

For more information, contact: FRIM (03-62797000 or 03-62797575)

2) Kanching Eco Forest Park, Rawang

Kanching Eco Forest Park is a must-visit eco-tourism destination in Rawang. This eco forest park has 7 layers of 208-meter high beautiful waterfalls and challenging hiking trail with different level of difficulties. Not only that, visitors can also spend time with family by having a picnic surrounded by nature. The entrance fee is RM1 (with MyCard) on weekdays, RM2 (with MyCard) on weekends and RM5 for non-citizens.

For more information, log on to www.selangor.travel or contact 03-55132000

3) Skytrex Sungai Chongkak, Hulu Langat 

Known as the "Malaysia First Flying Fox Park ", this place has more flying fox elements that are longer than its branches in Langkawi and Melaka. In addition, Skytrex Sg Chongkak is surrounded by the greenery of the forest as well as the flow of the river under the resistance path. There are 3 packages available for visitors where each package has 25 different obstacles and it takes an hour to complete. Entrance fees for Skytrex Sungai Congkak are in the range of RM50 to RM130 according to the package.

For more information, log on to www.skytrex-adventure.org or contact +6013-276 9841

4) Broga Hill, Hulu Langat 

Broga Hill is the most suitable hill to climb for all ages due to the less challenging and easy-climbing journey. The hill, which is only 400-meters high above sea level, takes an hour to reach the top. What is interesting about Broga Hill is that at the top of this hill is filled with green grass. With a combination of lalang and beautiful scenery, taking pictures at the top of Broga Hill is perfect for memories. Also, there is a coconut stall at the top of the hill for climbers to enjoy the scenery while drinking coconut water. A fee of RM1 will be charged for hiking. One interesting fact - if you climb Broga Hill 10 times, it is equivalent to climbing the Mount Kinabalu.

For more information, log on to www.mpkj.gov.my or contact 0387377899 / 0387371789.

5) White Water Rafting, Hulu Selangor 

Located in Kuala Kubu Bharu, white water rafting is a lot of fun for those who want to try out the rugged water activity at the river which is 8km long. Not only that, many other activities can be carried out at the Selangor River. This activity is very suitable for individuals, couples, families and groups of all ages from 8 to 88 years old making this rafting activity ideal in Malaysia. Payment rates are estimated at RM199 to RM800 with a minimum requirement of 2 persons.

For more information, log on to www.malaysia-whitewater-rafting.com or contact +6012 -4653307.

6) Water Tubing, Hulu Selangor 

Water tubing or tubing is also one of the water activities offered in Kuala Kubu Bharu besides white water rafting. This tubing activity is fun especially with friends and family because it does not require a paddle but only following the river currents. If the currents are strong, then the speed of the tube will be faster. If otherwise, participants need to temper with the currents using their hands to move forward. The estimated price for tubing activities is RM30.

For more information, contact: rentasadventures@gmail.com or contact 011-11414674.

7) Taman Alam, Kuala Selangor 

Taman Alam Kuala Selangor is a park surrounded by mangrove swamps with an almost 4-km route provided for visitors to explore the natural environment. For bird lovers, you can go to the observation tower to view and take pictures of about 150 species of birds from around the world including migrating birds from Siberia and Russia. Visitors can also take pictures in the mangroves area as the trees are breathtaking. The fee to enter this Nature Park is RM4 for adults and RM1 for under 16 years old.

For more information, log on to www.kuala-selangor.com or contact 03-3289-2294.

8) 4X4 Adventure Teratak Riverview, Hulu Selangor 

Why not take a trip into the jungle by taking a fun and challenging 4x4 car ride rather than a regular city tour? The 4x4 car provided will travel through the green forest roads directly to the traditional village areas, fruit plantations, across the river, swamps, brick areas and even waterfalls. In addition, participants can have a picnic and swim in the river while enjoying the beauty of nature. The price range to experience this 4x4 adventure depends on the itinerary and demands by the participants with a minimum of 6 persons.

For more information, log on to www.teratakriverview.blogspot.com or contact +6012- 5653397.

9) Paragliding (Jugra Hill, Kuala Langat and Batu Pahat Hill, Hulu Selangor) 

You can explore the city of Jugra and Batu Pahat and witness the beautiful natural scenery from the skies by participating in paragliding activity at Jugra Hill, Kuala Langat and Batu Pahat Hill, Hulu Selangor with approximate heights of 400-feet in the air. These two places are must-visits for anyone who enjoys challenging activities and want to try the experience of flying in the air. The suitable time to experience this paragliding activity is from the month of March to September and the fee is estimated at RM320 per person.

For more information, log on to www.mdkl.gov.my or contact 03-31803694) / www.mdhs.gov.com or contact 03-60641235.

The State of Selangor has many eco-adventure places for people to enjoy nature and extreme sports activities. The suggestions that have been given strongly encourage visitors to experience the memorable activities in the State of Selangor. In addition, Tourism Selangor recommends everyone to always be vigilant and comply with the standard operating procedure (SOPs) set by the Government to break the Covid-19 infection chain.

For more information, please log on to the official website of Tourism Selangor at Selangor.Travel.

Sunday, October 25, 2020

[Review] Origin Hybrid Pillow: An Investment Worth Sleeping on?

There are a few things in life that are worth putting in the extra dollar and not going cheap on. First and foremost is insurance. Second is the pillow to rest your weary head upon. Apart from a reliable comfortable mattress, your pillow is the most important thing to get the all important beauty sleep. And as someone who is particularly picky with her pillows, I am glad to say I might have found the one after a one week tryout period with Origin Mattress's Origin Superior Coolmax®  Latex Pillow. 

I prefer my pillow to be a bit solid and not cloud-like soft. Neck support is important for me as I have a habit of sleeping on my side. I also like to prop my head up a bit otherwise I would get muscle aches and a headache to match. Thankfully, Origin Superior Coolmax® Latex Pillow met all of my criterias. When I used the pillow, I rarely had to do adjust the pillow or my sleeping position. Whether I am sleeping face up, on my side or even just propping my upper body up to do work on my bed, the pillow was super comfortable. No more achy sleepless nights for me. 


The only negative part of my entire experience was the state of the pillow boxes when they were delivered to me. The boxes were crumpled with some parts falling off and looked as though they had taken a beating. Luckily the pillows inside were still in good condition as they were wrapped in plastic. While I understand the pillows are not fragile, I would still have like to received them in a pristine condition via in studier box or outer box to protect the package. 

I shouldn't be so surprised by the pillow's performance as it was featured as 1 of the Best 8 pillows to buy in Singapore 2020. Origin Mattress founders, Shaun and Gee understand that buying a mattress is a long term investment and one that will stick with you for a decade. They also know that shopping for one comes with endless unfamiliar terminologies and pushy salesmen and want to simplify the selection process. 

Credit image to Express Photography. 

Their Superior Coolmax® Latex Pillow have gone through dozens of sleep trials, more than 10 different product tests and 100 density changes before making it to market. Designed in Germany by a team of experts, Origin is confident that their pillow is one of the best available in Malaysia and Singapore, matching even the best and highest priced pillow in terms of features and function. The pillow comes with its own cover, secured with a zip but if you want to keep it clean for longer, you can throw on your pillow casing. 

If you want to get your own Origin Superior Coolmax® Latex Pillow (priced at RM490, ongoing offer RM400), you can order it online at their recently launched website Origin Hybrid®️ Mattress. They offer free delivery to anywhere in Peninsular Malaysia, 15 years warranty and also free returns and full refunds with their 120 night trial. 

For those who prefer to touch-touch and see-see before buying, they have a showroom at the details below: 

Showroom address: 77, Jalan SS2/55, 47300, Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia, 
Opening hours: Mon - Fri (10am - 7pm), Sat (10am - 5pm)
Closed on Sundays and public holidays. 

- Origin Mattress
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- Best in Singapore
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Sleep tight!

Disclaimer: I was sponsored two pillows in exchange for a product review but all thoughts and opinions are entirely my own.  

Friday, October 23, 2020

The Starhill Redefines The Shopping Scene In Kuala Lumpur With Introduction Of New Exclusive Flagship Stores

The Starhill, located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur’s most famous shopping belt Bukit Bintang, is rolling out the red carpet to fans of top global brands from Europe and around the world come Q1 2021, when it opens its doors with a slew of Malaysia’s first-ever exclusive flagship stores and new-to-market concepts and experiences. Previously known as Starhill Gallery, this iconic shopping destination for tourists and locals alike first announced its transformation plans and new identity as The Starhill in October last year.

The Starhill will be reinforcing its position as the Home of the Tastemakers, where the mall will redefine Kuala Lumpur’s shopping scene in a whole new concept that infuses hospitality into the retail experience. Patrons will shop and stay in a refined home-like environment replete with tasteful, thoughtful touches of true tastemakers. 

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

realme 7i and C17 Now Available in Malaysia

Joining the ranks of realme Malaysia's phone stable is the 90Hz refresh rate and 64MP Quad Camera realme 7i. On top of that, realme also introduced the realme C17 as the latest addition to realme’s entry level segment where users can own a smoother than ever device. 

Monday, October 12, 2020

New Jack N Jill Sambal Udang Flavour celebrates fans with ‘Temanmu Selalu’ Collaboration

A new flavour awaits lovers of JACK ‘n JILL Potato Chips in the form of Sambal Udang inspired by its sambal loving Malaysian fans. This year, JACK ‘n JILL celebrates the connection it shares with its fans, having been their ‘Temanmu Selalu’ for the past 36 years with an all new Sambal Udang flavour.

To commemorate the launch, JACK ‘n JILL has brought together Anugerah Juara Lagu champion Naim Daniel, and multidisciplinary creative artist-illustrator Cloakwork, to create a limited-edition tote bag themed ‘Temanmu Selalu’. 

Monday, October 5, 2020

TENTEN Lexis Hotel Sales on 10.10!

Fancy a seaside getaway to a beach resort to unwind and get your much-needed dose of vitamin sea while catching up on quality time with family and friends?  Or waking up to a view like this? 


Look no further as Lexis Hotel Group, which is known to offer guests a unique beach vacation experience with its own in-room private pools, in most of its resorts, is offering an exciting e-vouchers sale to all Malaysians from the 8th October to 15th October for all of its resorts’, as part of its inaugural PERFECT 10/10 Lexis Getaway e-Voucher Sale.