Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Guardian X Tokidoki debuts Limited Edition Travel Bags

Travel fans of the kawaii can go crazy with the recent announcement of Guardian Malaysia's collaboration with internationally recognised and iconic lifestyle brand tokidoki and the launching of its Guardian Exclusive tokidoki Travel Series at discounted prices beginning 31 October until 31 December 2019 in all Guardian stores.

Monday, November 11, 2019

[Miyazaki, Kyushu] Takachiho Beef at Nagomi [高千穂牛レストラン 和(なごみ)]

When I was doing my Kyushu homework, one name popped up consistently and that name was Nagomi - a restaurant/butcher shop in Takachiho that specialises in Grad 4 Miyazaki beef. I was intrigued and hungry because each article and vlog kept describing the beef as melt-in-your mouth delicious.

So naturally I planned an excursion out to Takachiho on my recent Kyushu trip and pencilled Nagomi in for a 12pm lunch for fear of the crowd. Mind you it rained the whole day when we were there so my morning plans around the Takachiho Gorge were cut short and we headed to Nagomi as soon as it opened. Plus I was exhausted from the 2 hours drive so a break was needed. 

Monday, November 4, 2019

SOCAR #NightCravings Is Back For Your Next Supper Adventure

What Malaysian wouldn't venture far and wide for food? Our quest for food continues to be made easier by our local favourites often available 24/7. If you are an adventurous supper food hunter, chances are that distance will not be an issue when you want to venture out of your housing area.
After my adventureous photography session hopping across Putrajaya, the hunger pangs kicked and I instantaneously cramped my friends into my Socar ride and drove to MyPizzaLab for some good fancy pizza and boba tea.

Friday, November 1, 2019

Starbucks Christmas 2019 come early on 5 Nov

Keep merry and drink coffee because the seasonal Starbucks Christmas 2019 range has landed in Malaysia! Mark the date for 5 Nov to drop by Starbucks outlets nationwide to check out a wide range of merchandises, food and of course, the Christmassy drinks.

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Malaysia's First 64MP Quad Camera with Realme XT launch

Introducing the latest phone in Malaysia to house a 64MP quad camera - the Realme XT. If you think the Realme 5 Pro was impressive then this camera phone is a cut above its predecessor. The Realme XT model gives the user - the freedom to express their creativity through photography as it is equipped with Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 712 and 64MP ultra high-resolution sensor with the addition of Tetracell and 3D HDR technology.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Kumamoto, Kyushu [Day 2] - Kumamoto and Miyazaki in One Day

Let's face it. When travelling, there will be the sunny days when everything goes as planned and there will be rainy days when everything just falls apart and leaves you soaking wet on the sidewalk. The second day of my Kyushu trip was the latter. Quite literally.

This day was the wettest day of my entire trip and it was also the one day when we had the most outdoor activities in the outskirts of Kumamoto and Miyazaki. I could have cancelled everything but decided ya know what, we have the car, let's just head out and see how the weather holds up.

Saturday, October 26, 2019

[App Review] Finding Instagrammable Spots in Putrajaya with SoCar

Turkey. Japan. Morocco. Heck even Singapore - All of these travel destinations are known for having some of the most picturesque locations ever to grace Instagram. Which is a shame because Kuala Lumpur too has its fair of stunning locations (that isn't the Batu Caves, KL Tower, Twin Towers and Dataran Merdeka) - they just haven't been discovered.

So together my Volkswagen Polo from Socar, let me take you on a drive to one of Kuala Lumpur's hidden gems when it comes to Instagrammable spots - Putrajaya. You must be thinking, "Eh Putrajaya? Isn't it just government buildings? Got things to see meh?" Well, wonder no more because here is my list of 5 Instagrammable spots in Putrajaya (and all within driving distance of each other)

Saturday, October 19, 2019

[Food Review] Gin Rik Sha Restaurant, Bukit Damansara

When I first mentioned this restaurant to my friend Elie, her immediate response was... "Oh, I am up for Japanese food!" The second time I brought it up, she decided it was Korean before a quick Google search quickly corrected her. "What, it's Indian?"

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Slowing myopia in children with Hoya's MiyoSmart spectacle lens

Hands up if you're like me and spent the better part of your childhood seated in front of the telly, staring unblinkingly as vibrant cartoons and superheroes flashed across the screen. If I could go back in time, I would drag seven year old me far and away from the television, thus saving myself the torment of glasses and contact lens much later on.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

You're Invited to Magnum Mansion!

Calling all Pleasure Seekers! Kuala Lumpur is about to get indulgent, as the first-ever Magnum Mansion makes its way to Malaysian shores. Inspired by the brand’s latest limited-edition ice cream, Magnum Macadamia Salted Caramel, the Magnum Mansion will take consumers through a multi-sensorial experience of the ultimate Magnum pleasure.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte finally in Malaysia

Everytime October comes around, there will be the same hue and cry from Starbucks fans in Malaysia. The same demand for the famous Pumpkin Spice Latte often made available annually in Australia. After so long, Starbucks is officially bringing its much-anticipated Pumpkin Spice Latte o Malaysia , finally fulfilling decades of Malaysians’ call for the most essential coffee beverage of the season

Aka now everyone can be a basic bitch.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

The all new Starhill - Home of The Tastemakers coming in 2021

The iconic Starhill Gallery, located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur’s famous shopping belt Bukit Bintang, is currently undergoing a transformation and will be fully renamed as The Starhill come 2021.

Monday, October 7, 2019

[Race Review] KLSCM 2019 Half Marathon: Chasing that Pacer Balloon

2.5km into the race, I turned the corner into Jalan Raja Abdullah  and I could see those two giant yellow balloons bopping up and down in the air ahead of me. At this point everyone around me started speeding up, trying to overtake the 3:00 hours pacers. I did too even though the Chinese in me had already done the maths and I knew if I held my current pace, I would eventually overtake them anyway.

Friday, October 4, 2019

Debutant Victor Kipchirchir from Kenya clinched maiden KLSCM title

Dataran Merdeka was awash in blue when 40,000 runners took part in the Kuala Lumpur Standard Chartered Marathon (KLSCM) 2019 today. The 11th edition of the premier distance running event in Malaysia also saw YB Syed Saddiq, Minister of Youth and Sports, make his debut in the event by participating in the Half Marathon category. Also present were YB Khalid Samad, Minister of Federal Territories and YB, Dr. Ong Kian Ming, Deputy Minister of Trade and Industries, who also took part in the Half Marathon.

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Realme 5 Pro Quad Camera Review

Taking a leap from the Realme 3 series, Realme is introducing the Realme 5 Pro into the Malaysian market with the entrance of its first ever quad camera phone and the world's first ever 48MP Quad Camera in its price segment. Thanks to the peeps at Realme, I got a firsthand look at the new addition to their collection, the stunning Crystal Green Realme 5 Pro.

Friday, September 27, 2019

BNM Museum and Art Gallery's Art Bazaar 2019 [30 Sep - 6 Oct]

After being given a new lease of life in 2016, the 4th edition of the Art Bazaar, a showcase of new and emerging artists, is back this year. In previous years, the Art Bazaar has centred on art made by differently-abled and women artists. This year, the Art Bazaar is featuring artists from a diverse set of
backgrounds and skills. The types of art this year include landscape, architecture, nature, figurative, calligraphy, print, quilling, abstract and many more.

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Zafigox 2019: For Women by Women

Founded by Datin Paduka Marina Mahathir, ZafigoX, the highly-anticipated two-day annual event was officiated by the Deputy Minister of Women, Family and Community Development, Hannah Yeoh in Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur Hotel.

Brought to you by AirAsia and Zafigo, the third instalment of the women-only travel event returned better and bolder with a diverse group of 26 extraordinary women (and 1 man), travel experts and service providers; as well as exciting opportunities to discover new travel experiences and destinations, participate in workshops and discussions, and learn how to travel smart and savvy.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Kitkat Chocolatory Celebrates Its 3rd Anniversary With The Launch Of Kitkat Roti Canai and Curry!

Malaysia’s leading chocolate confectionery brand – KITKAT and its flagship store KITKAT Chocolatory, the first ever customised chocolate experience in South East Asia celebrates its 3rd year anniversary with the launch of KITKAT Roti Canai and Curry as well as other specially curated Malaysian-inspired flavours in conjunction with Merdeka and Malaysia Day!

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Unboxing the Realme 5 Pro - First 48MP Quad Camera with VOOC

So last month I was invited to attend a mysterious briefing at the Realme office. It turned out the nice people at Realme heard that I have been stuck with the same phone for the past 3 years and decided to provide me with one.

So here's me unboxing the new Realme 5 Pro which hasn't been released in Malaysia yet.

The Realme 5 Pro will be launched on 3 October so stay tune for my review video/blog (I haven't decided yet)

Monday, September 23, 2019

Fukuoka, Kyushu [Day 1] - Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine, Starbucks and Ichiran Ramen

With a car, the skies is the limited when it comes to exploring Kyushu. After a red eye flight into Fukuoka, I quickly bundled my family into our rented car and was cruising along the highway to our first stop of the trip - Dazaifu Tenmengu Shrine.

There was ample parking in the vicinity but can be hard to find even with Waze and the GPS. Our GPS took us down a tiny path that our car could barely pass through. But in the end, I parked at a lot that was JYP 500 per entry and just a short walk away to the bus station. Amazingly, the parking lot operated on a honour system and I only had to drop the payment into the unguarded metal box provided. Japan was amazing.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

3-in-1 Philips SpeedPro Max Aqua

From sweeping to mopping to dusting and just tidying up, keeping the house clean can almost amount to a full-time job. One that remains unappreciated even until today. I am sure many ladies would agree. I remember reading up on menial workload, something that doesn't require training or skills to perform and thus deemed unimportant. But someone needs to do it.

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Kings Hall by Cafe in a Box, Section 13 PJ

This was one of the few places I wished had opened when I was working at Blu Inc Media a long time ago. A nice coffee specialist cafe right in the backyard of the office. Kings Hall is the latest addition to the rapidly revamping Section 13 industrial area. Taking up the space next to the SportsCity Futsal Court, the cafe boasts its own parking lot and coffee roastery by Toothless Coffee Roaster.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

realme from Dual to Quad Camera

realme Malaysia emerged victorious on Lazada 9.9 sale as the No.1 best selling smartphone brand yesterday. During the sale period, realme’s flagship device realme 3 Pro (4+64GB) was offered exclusively for Lazada shoppers at only RM 699.

“At realme, we believe in offering the best product with the best value for our fans. Together with Lazada, we have achieved another record breaking milestone with our devices being the best selling smartphone brand on Lazada 9.9 Sale yesterday. We are proud to be partnering with Lazada to reach out to more Malaysian fans in giving them access to realme’s leap-forward technology,” said Tiffany Teh, Brand Manager of realme Malaysia. 

Apart from that, realme’s value king the realme C2 (2+16GB) was sold at an affordable price of RM 299 on Crazy Brand Mega Offer on Lazada 9.9 sale. If you need any more convincing to consider realme as your next phone, then keep on reading for this new bit of news from overseas! 

Miwa Haruka x Kei-Chan AniManGaki 2019 stickers

Animangaki 2019 maybe over but it doesn't mean you have to wait until next year for your dosage of the adorable mascot, Kei-chan! In commemoration of AniManGaki 2019, Milkcananime drew a pack of "Miwa Haruka & Kei-Chan" stickers that is available for download. Miwa, a farmgirl who loves animals was so excited to meet him. It seems they get along pretty well!

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Catch the Rugby World Cup at Hilton Hotel

In Malaysia, the second thing that is possibly more unifying than food is the love of sports. The Rugby World Cup 2019 will be the ninth Rugby World Cup that will be kicking off on 20 September 2019 in Japan. A first in Asia, make it a celebration you will remember by cheering on your favourite team with your family, while enjoying the great beer deals by Hilton hotels in Malaysia.

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Guardian Most Voted Brands (MVB) Award 2019 - Hunt, Vote and Win!

Now it it's 20th consecutive year, the Guardian's Most Voted Brands (MVB) Awards is back once again! Starting from today until 29 September 2019, Guardian Malaysia customers across the nation will have the chance to vote for their favourite health and beauty brands and stand a chance to win prizes worth up to RM40,000!

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

[App Review] Skipping Queues with QueQ

In case you haven't noticed, Malaysians love to queue. We will queue for good food, hipster cafes, over-priced limited edition UT shirts, sneakers and even a McDonald toy. We are undoubtedly a very patient lot but let's face it. When waiting in line, we are literally wasting away precious time that could be used for something else.

Case in point, queueing for food. Take Korean chicken specialist, Kfry in 1Utama for example. I remember walking past it several times when I was shopping there and there was always long line outside it for lunch and dinner. Of course I was intrigued because if there is a queue, it must be good.
And it was.

A quick glance around the crowded restaurant told us that their signature cheesy fried chicken bumbuk was the thing to order. We went with the honey mustard flavour in anticipation of the cheesiness and was treated to a show of the oozing mozzarella cheese being melted and wrapped around the boneless fried chicken by the staff. To keep the freshness and texture of the cheese, half the chicken would wrapped up first and once you're ready, the staff will come back and do the second half.

Another dish I recommend was the Ju Meok Bap aka korean rice balls. We ordered the ham and cheese mix and once again, the staff helped us mix and roll it up into mini bite-size balls. I personally found it to be so yummy with its explosion of flavours and textures that I ended up taking home the leftovers. The rice balls was perfect as a snack.

The sizing at KFry are massive and if shared between 4-5 people, the bill works out to be quite reasonable and you get to try out a lot of different dishes. The Tteokbokki came with a generous portion of seafood, cheese (yes, more cheese!) and between the three of us and the aforementioned dishes, could not be finished in one sitting. This also was packed and taken home. Having anticipated the consquence of their portion sizes, Kfry was ready with containers for us to take home our food. Maybe if you're planning to eat here in future, bring along your own containers :)

Now what would dinner be without dessert. No matter how stuffed we were, there was always space for dessert and upon the staff's helpful recommendation, we tried the super refreshing and super yummy orange bingsu. OMG, forget full. It was like our stomachs opened up again to accept this cold milky citrusy dessert and the best part was, it came in a mini size chilled metal bowl to maintain the finely shaved ice.

I understand now why there was always a queue outside KFry but thankfully for my experience, I could skip the physical queue. Instead, I used the QueQ app on my phone to secure my spot in line while I went to my car to drop off some stuff before dinner. All I needed to do was pick the restaurant, in this case, Kfry 1Utama and key in the number of people in my group and just keep an eye out of the calling number on the app. The app even shows how many numbers are ahead of you in the app which is a helpful indication of how busy the restaurant will be. As for me, the timing was perfect because just as I was walking up to the restaurant, my assigned number appeared on the screen and my group was quickly ushered in.

I will admit - there is a rush of glee to see the looks of envy of those waiting outside. I wonder how many downloaded the QueQ app after that. For now, the app has limited vendors on board with only a few eateries like Kfry, Yut Kee (!) and Dotty's Pastries and Coffee. However, I look forward to seeing the popularity of the app pick up once they have more well-known restaurants and events available online. I do know of several restaurants that could benefit from this (cough pizza mansion cough).

Another aspect of it that would be useful to the community would be its usage in hospitals and civil service offices. Imagine using the app to queue for you when renewing your passport. Hah, no need to wait outside the doors before office hours.

QueQ is available on both the Google Play Store for Android users and App Store for iOS users. For more information, go to the official website.

Disclaimer: This post was an invited app review by QueQ with its partnering eateries one of them being KFry but all opinions here are unbiased and are entirely my own.

Monday, September 2, 2019

LamboPlace offers Exclusivity to Merchants and Trust to Shoppers

LamboPlace, a new player in the e-commerce industry has officially launched its online marketplace. Established in 2018, the company looks to encourage healthier shopping habits by offering genuine, high quality and trusted products to Malaysian consumers. LamboPlace looks to achieve this through the curation of lifestyle products based on current trends, and partnering with key brands to deliver a unique experience in online shopping.

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Triumph Malaysia Launches new Autumn-Winter 2019 Collection

A touch of elegance, style and comfort - everything that is offered by all new Triumph Malaysia Autumn Winter 2019 (AW19) collection. The new collection promises to offer something for every occasion – from stylish options for the fashionista who wants the latest designs, to everyday lingerie designed for lightness, breathability and comfort, to premium lingerie for the special moments in life.

Friday, August 30, 2019

The Life Hostel and Bar Lounge, Fukuoka review

Picking a place to stay in Fukuoka was surprisingly harder than I thought. I was initially torn between staying in Hakata, Nakasu or Tenjin area as all three were busy areas with easy access to the subway stations. There were also many nice hostels in Fukuoka and even a hostel with cats! But ultimately, I had to remind myself of the whole point of the accommodation and after much debate with my mother, settled for the Life Hostel and Bar Lounge, in the heart of Hakata.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Inaugural Ironman 70.3 Desaru Coast set for 17-19 April 2020

Imagine this. Swimming in the beautiful waters of Desaru Coast, cycling along its scenic roads and going for a run along a shady route. And to end it all, end your vacation with a medal and the elusive title of Ironman.

Because this is exactly what the unaugural Ironman 70.3 Desaru Coast Multisport Festival is set to offer participants on 17 - 19 April, 2020 at the beautiful luxurious resort space of Desaru Coast, Johor Bahru. This weekend event is the first of its kind in Asia and will comprise of an Ironman 70.3 triathlon, 5150 Triathlon, Ironkids and Sprint Races. There is literally something for everyone looking to venture into the sport of swim, bike, run.

OLDTOWN 2GO with Foodpanda - New Exclusive Delivery Menu

Just what we busy Malaysians need – wholesome comfort food right at our fingertips! foodpanda, the on-demand international food delivery service has collaborated with OLDTOWN White Coffee to bring customers an exclusive delivery menu - OLDTOWN 2GO Delivery Meals.

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Trapo: Car Mats made from Toys

Okay to be clearer - Trapo is a premium car mat brand made using recycled foams from toys. So rest your concerns of seeing your beloved Chou Chou toy going into a massive machine to be flattened into a car mat. That is not how Trapo works.

Monday, August 12, 2019

3 Years with World's first Starbucks Signing Store, Bangsar

Three years is a momentous milestone for any business, what more for the first Starbucks Signing Store in the world at Bangsar Village II. To celebrate this moment, Starbucks Malaysia showcased the passion and growth of their Deaf partners, who have now achieved the certification of Advanced Coffee Masters, an achievement that further develops their barista skills and coffee knowledge.

Friday, August 9, 2019

Avocado Dessert recipes

We all love desserts but we all know dessert can be borderline decadent. So why not balance both out with a healthier rendition. Here are two delicious and super easy dessert recipes to try, featuring the Australian Hass Avocado.

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Nagasaki Washington Hotel review

Truth be told, Nagasaki Washington Hotel wasn't on my immediate radar for accommodation in Nagasaki. I was eyeing a cheaper aparthotel nearer to Nagasaki Station as I was initially planning to return the car and take the train back to Fukuoka. As plans went, we opted to drive back to Fukuoka and so I had to source for a hotel location that was centralised AND had parking. And that was how I decided on Nagasaki Washington Hotel and it was one of the best hotels I've stayed at throughout my entire trip there.

Monday, August 5, 2019

Artbox Malaysia 2019: ASSEMBLE!

Artbox Malaysia 2019: Assemble, the largest retrofitted creative market housed in its iconic metal shipping containers is coming back to Malaysia on the 6 - 8 and 13 - 15 September at Sunway City Outdoor Open Air Carpark once again with free admission for everyone.

Friday, August 2, 2019

RealMe New 'Dare to Leap'

realme Malaysia, a global technology brand recently unveiled its latest price tag for its flagship smartphone, realme 3 Pro at a media event today in conjunction with its official launch of ‘Dare to Leap’ tagline. The competitive price announcement now positioned realme 3 Pro as the best smartphone under RM1,000 price tag in Malaysia.

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Viper Arena 2019 Bukit Jalil Stadium

I am back at last with yet another Viper Arena video. Viper Arena has quickly become one of my staple OCR events since it started because it's a quick course of 5-7km, dry and often less than 30 minutes drive away. The recent race in Bukit Jalil stadium was no different with a mix of old, improved and new obstacles.

You can see for yourself.

Were you at the event? If you were, leave a comment and follow me for more OCR "fun". Next up...SPARTAN KUCHING!

Monday, July 29, 2019

Nest Hotel Kumamoto review

My initial plan was actually to stay overnight in Takachiho, Miyazaki before heading to Kumamoto. But a month before the trip, I got a message from the host saying that due to unforeseen circumstances, he was unable to accommodate my group for our dates. So with a heavy heart, I cancelled my booking at his place. Anywhere else in Takachiho would have been too pricey and so I decided to change my plans and stay an extra night at Kumamoto.

Friday, July 26, 2019

Catch Two World Coffee Champions at Roastedly, Malaysia Coffee Fest 2019

I feel that people often underestimate the importance of a good cup of coffee in the morning. Ask anyone in my (tiny) circle of friends and family and they will tell you that I am a snappish being from hell before I have my coffee. Fortunately though, I am not crazy picky about where I get my coffee. Be it from beans, 3-in-1 or via drip, I am totally fine as long as it's good, has a caffeine kick, and I get it before 10am. Otherwise all hell will break loose.
Jason Loo in action
Anyway, if you're a staunch coffee drinker and want to learn more about coffee, the Malaysia Coffee Fest 2019 is currently underway at 1 Utama Shopping Mall. There you can learn how to extract the best brews out of your coffee beans from Malaysia’s very own national and international coffee champions – Regine Wai and Jason Loo.

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Malaysia Coffee Fest 2019

Soak in the caffeine-fueled festival which will satisfy your love for all things coffee!

Malaysia’s biggest coffee festival will gather and feature world-class baristas, local coffee artisans and the latest coffee products for fellow enthusiasts of the dark brew! Running for the third year, the highly anticipated coffee event will be held at 1 Utama Shopping Centre from July 25 - 28, 2019 with more than fifty participating vendors as they celebrate Malaysia’s buzzing coffee culture. 

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

SCKLM 2019: Under Armour Announced as Official Apparel

The Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2019 (SCKLM 2019) today announced the addition of high performance sportswear brand, Under Armour, as its official apparel sponsor for this year’s run. As the official apparel sponsor of the 11th edition of the race, Under Armour will outfit 40,000 participants with their running shirts.

Monday, July 22, 2019

Taste Australia Premium Avocado in Season

Behold the fruit once blamed for causing the current generation's incapability to own a house. The mighty avocado! Okay, guys. We all know the durian has dethroned the avocado for that role given how people are going ga-ga over durian lately but nevertheless unlike the durian, the avocado does have its nutritious benefits.

Friday, July 19, 2019

Riding Japan’s Smallest Horse

This article was first published on Unlock Japan on 5 May 2019 (link)
While a part of Japan, Okinawa has always been a unique prefecture with an unusual history that dates back to the Ryukyu Kingdom. Made up of a sub-tropical chain of 160 islands at the southernmost tip of Japan, Okinawa not only has a colourful cultural blend of Chinese and Japanese but is also home to the smallest and rarest horse breed in the entire nation.