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.