Thursday, December 28, 2023

Running Fujisan Marathon 2023: Mount Fuji in Autumn

The Fujisan Marathon has always been on my running bucket-list for its amazing views of Kawaguchiko and Mount Fuji. As a bonus, it also takes place at the peak of autumn and this means even more amazing views of the autumn leaves, a chillier weather and ample training time throughout the year. 

Also it has one of the coolest medals, second only to my Nagoya's Women Marathon medal, when stacked together makes up Mount Fuji. 

Friday, December 22, 2023

Capture, Share And Stand A Chance To Win Some Gifts This Christmas With Iqoo

Embrace the festive season with iQOO Malaysia during this holiday season by participating in ‘Get Merry with iQOO’ from 24th to 31st December 2023 and have the opportunity to win interesting prizes, including the TWS Air 2 and Touch 'n Go Reload Pins. 

Take part in the ‘Get Merry with iQOO’ by following these steps:

1. Like iQOOMY on Facebook

2. Capture a Christmas-related photo with your smartphone, featuring the iQOO watermark. Upload your photos here to get the iQOO watermark applied,  once completed, download the files with the watermark.

3. Post it on your Facebook wall and include the hashtags #iQOO12 #MalaysiaFirstSnapdragon8Gen3  #GetMerryWithiQOO 

4. Tag @iQOOMY and three friends to share the festive joy! 

This festive season, experience the joy of iQOO 12 as it makes its grand debut in Malaysia with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3. More than just a gaming phone, the iQOO 12 brings holiday magic to life with its legendary triple camera system. Capture the enchanting starlit nightscape with the 50MP Astrography Camera. The 50MP Ultra-wide Angle Camera and the 64MP Periscope Telephoto Camera ensure you capture every festive detail with unparalleled imaging excellence. Get ready to snap your holiday memories with a touch of enchantment!

Friday, December 15, 2023

Getting injured and Covid before my Marathon in Japan

Imagine you spent a whole year planning towards a massive race only to be hit by not one but two strings of bad luck - a knee injury followed by Covid all within the two months window of the marathon. 

And every runner knows those are the important parts of the training programme. 

Thursday, November 23, 2023

Kuala Lumpur's Newest Stay: Four Points by Sheraton City Center

Welcome to the vibrant heart of Kuala Lumpur, where the first-ever Four Points by Sheraton hotel is set to redefine your travel experience. Strategically located in the bustling city center and marking the fourth Sheraton property in Malaysia, Four Points by Sheraton Kuala Lumpur, City Centre is opening its doors just in time for the year-end festivities, promising a perfect blend of convenience and excitement.

Thursday, November 2, 2023

Changi Airport Terminal 2: A Marvel of Nature-Inspired Design and Seamless Travel Experience

After three and a half years of meticulous engineering and expansion works, Changi Airport proudly announces the full reopening of Terminal 2 (T2). The completion of T2 not only marks a significant milestone but also restores the airport's four-terminal operations, meeting the growing capacity requirements in anticipation of a full travel recovery to pre-Covid levels in 2024.

Sunday, October 29, 2023

Tsutaya Bookstore Debuts in Southeast Asia at Intermark Mall, Kuala Lumpur

Bookworms have a new playground to visit with the opening of Tsutaya Bookstore, the dynamic junior brand of Japan’s esteemed Tsutaya Books. It celebrated the grand opening of its first Southeast Asian store at Intermark Mall in Kuala Lumpur. The event, honored by the presence of His Excellency Mr. Katsuhiko Takahashi, Ambassador of Japan to Malaysia, signifies the enduring friendship between Japan and Malaysia and the brand's commitment to enriching Malaysia's cultural landscape.

Friday, October 27, 2023

DJI Osmo Pocket 3: Your Ultimate Creative Companion

From the brand from which I own two drones and one gimbal, comes the new content creator must have: the Osmo Pocket 3. DJI, the global leader in civilian drones and innovative camera technology, has launched the Osmo Pocket 3, a game-changing gimbal camera that combines precision, portability, and powerful imaging technology. The Osmo Pocket 3 boasts a compact design with a 1-inch CMOS sensor for unparalleled image quality, even in challenging lighting conditions. 

Tuesday, October 17, 2023

Saruya Hostel, Fujiyoshida Japan Review

I will be honest. The main reason I picked Saruya Hostel to stay at in Fujiyoshida, Japan was its location - right in front of the iconic historical street framing Mount Fuji. The aesthetically pleasing interior built within a renovated 80-year old Japanese-style house and Muji-like decors were plus points. 

The hostel is just a 10 minutes walk from Shimoyoshida Station, which makes it easy to access from Shinjuku, Tokyo and to explore the surrounding area including Chureito Pagoda and Lake Kawaguchiko. Mount Fuji (Fujisan) station is in the opposite direction and convenient for catching a train or bus back to Tokyo. 

Saturday, October 14, 2023

Free Health Screening Across Peninsular Malaysia To Drive Stroke Awareness

Planning for a stroke emergency can save lives. Learn the warning signs of a stroke to act F.A.S.T. Spread the knowledge to your children, family, and friends!

The Angels Initiative Roadshow is bringing vital stroke prevention and awareness initiatives to eleven different locations across Peninsular Malaysia. Admission is free. 
  • Free blood pressure and glucose screening, stroke risk assessment and doctor’s consultation.
  • Educational health talks and booths on stroke prevention and recognising stroke symptoms.
Mark your calendars and join us. Together, we can prevent unnecessary loss of lives due to stroke. 

Organised by respective hospitals in collaboration with Angels Initiative, Boehringer Ingelheim.

Tuesday, October 10, 2023

Running 10km at KLSCM 2023 as Pikachu

Each time I ran a race in Japan and was amused by the runners dressed up as a cuddly mascot and such, I used to wonder....what is it like? Well, at the most recent Kuala Lumpur Standard Chartered Marathon - Boost Juice 10KM, I found out while dressed as Pikachu. 

Right up until 15 minutes before flag off at 615am on 30 Sept 2023, I was still on the fence about wearing it for a whole 10km. But then the girl math kicked in - since I had already bought it for RM120 in Japan, went through the hassle of bringing it home, used it as my charity hook and now, brought it to the race site, why not?

Monday, October 9, 2023

Club Med and GoPro's Epic Alliance: Unleashing the GoPro Trident Crew

In a thrilling blend of wanderlust and innovation, Club Med and GoPro have rekindled their strategic partnership, igniting a creative force known as the GoPro Trident Crew. This dynamic collaboration seeks to redefine the art of storytelling, capturing the essence of unforgettable experiences across Club Med resorts in East, South Asia & Pacific. As Club Med continues to pioneer all-inclusive holidays, this partnership with GoPro promises to elevate the art of visual storytelling to new heights. 

The partnership officially kicked off with a spectacular event at Club Med Kani, Maldives, in May. A diverse group of 11 content creators from Malaysia, Thailand, Japan, China, Spain, and Austria embarked on a four-day adventure, blending the exhilarating spirit of Club Med with the cutting-edge technology of GoPro's action cameras. 

Thursday, October 5, 2023

Satisfy Your Wanderlust with a Nature-filled Adventure in Western Australia

If you’re looking to venture to one of the world’s remote places, uncover rare wildlife and nature on land and in sea, relax in pristine beaches and learn about ancient histories from the land’s indigenous communities all in one place – then it’s time to make your way down under to Western Australia. 

One of the world’s largest states, Western Australia is situated in the southern hemisphere known for her diverse climate, abundance of flora and fauna, and rich history. Here are 3 reasons why Western Australia should be on your bucketlist for the coming months. 

Berjaya Sompo Launches 'The Good Policy' Campaign with a Commitment to Positive Change

Berjaya Sompo, a distinguished insurance provider renowned for its customer-centric approach and strong commitment to environmental, social, and governance (ESG) values, is thrilled to unveil its latest brand campaign – 'The Good Policy'. This initiative reflects the company's unwavering dedication to the well-being of its customers and the future of Malaysia, addressing ESG challenges through innovative initiatives.

In line with ‘The Good Policy’, they also sent me a media pack with items that have been ethically sourced and locally produced by social enterprises dedicated to uplifting the underprivileged. These enterprises are:

Tuesday, October 3, 2023

KLSCM 2023 42km and 21km Highlights

The 15th edition of the Kuala Lumpur Standard Chartered Marathon (KLSCM) 2023 unfolded with a cascade of records being shattered and unforgettable moments etched into the annals of distance running. Over 40,000 runners flocked to the historic Dataran Merdeka, transforming the weekend into a colossal celebration of running prowess and community spirit.

KLSCM 2023 Kicked off with a Record Breaker

I ran 10km at Kuala Lumpur Standard Chartered Marathon (KLSCM) in a Pikachu onesie but this one guy ran it with a DJ booth. Like what?? As if running 10km itself wasn't hard enough already.

Monday, September 18, 2023

Rediscover Malaysia's Charms, the Marriott Bonvoy Way

Are you ready to embark on a captivating journey to rediscover the beauty of Malaysia? Marriott Bonvoy hotels and resorts in Malaysia are inviting travelers like you to "Find Your Happy Place in Malaysia Again And Again" until November 8, 2023. This exciting campaign, which coincides with Malaysia and Malaysia Day on September 16th, beckons you to revisit your favorite Malaysian destinations across seven incredible locations.

Earn Bonus Points as You Explore
If you're a Marriott Bonvoy member, you can start by registering now to earn 1,500 bonus points with each stay. But wait, there's more! You'll also receive an additional 3,000 bonus points for every three different Marriott Bonvoy brands you stay with. This means your rediscovery of Malaysia will not only be memorable but also rewarding. 

Friday, September 15, 2023

World of Frozen: An Enchanting Adventure Awaits at Hong Kong Disneyland Resort

Prepare to be enchanted as Hong Kong Disneyland Resort unveils the highly anticipated World of Frozen, the world's largest and first-ever "Frozen" themed land, set to open its doors on November 20. Inspired by the beloved Walt Disney Animation Studios' films, "Frozen" and "Frozen 2," this magical wonderland will transport guests to the enchanting realm of Arendelle. World of Frozen promises an immersive experience filled with captivating stories, iconic characters, stunning landscapes, mesmerizing music, and cutting-edge technology. Let's embark on a journey to Arendelle and explore what this extraordinary land has to offer.

Michael Moriarty, Managing Director of Hong Kong Disneyland Resort, shared his excitement, saying, "Today, on the 18th anniversary of Hong Kong Disneyland Resort, we're thrilled to be sharing more details on World of Frozen. World of Frozen is an integral part of the park's latest expansion, and with the grand opening on November 20, we eagerly await guests from around the world. We are dedicated to continually offering new and innovative experiences, ensuring every visit to the resort is truly magical."

Thursday, September 14, 2023

KLSCM 2023: An Epic Showdown for Malaysia's Top Marathon Runners

The Kuala Lumpur Standard Chartered Marathon (KLSCM) 2023 is gearing up to be a thrilling spectacle as Malaysia's elite distance runners prepare to battle for supremacy in the Full Marathon Malaysian category. With over 40,000 participants set to converge on Dataran Merdeka over the weekend of September 30th and October 1st, this iconic event has gained recognition as the only race in Malaysia sanctioned by World Athletics with a coveted Road Race Label. As KLSCM celebrates its 15th edition, the Men's Full Marathon Malaysian category promises a heated competition featuring top-notch athletes.

Sunday, September 3, 2023

KEPCI Music Fest: A Finger-Lickin' Good Celebration of Malaysia's Culture and Music

The vibrant city of Shah Alam recently came alive with music, merriment, and mouthwatering delights as the highly anticipated KEPCI Music Fest made its grand debut at the Melawati Indoor Stadium on Saturday, August 26, 2023. In honor of KFC's momentous 50th anniversary, this festival created an unforgettable experience that brought Malaysians together through music, culture, and, of course, delicious food.

The KEPCI Music Fest, born from KFC's commitment to nurturing community bonds and celebrating Malaysia's rich heritage, assembled legendary musicians and talented local artists to weave a musical tapestry that struck a chord with the hearts of thousands in attendance.

Thursday, August 31, 2023

Unleash Your Inner Trail Titan

Calling all running enthusiasts! If you're seeking a fresh challenge beyond the ordinary, look no further than the Trail Titans event, hosted by Dirigo Events – the brilliant minds behind the Kuala Lumpur Standard Chartered Marathon. The inaugural event kicked off with a bang at Kiara Hills, attracting over 450 spirited trail runners ready to conquer either the 16km or 10km categories. 

Friday, August 25, 2023

F&N Celebrates 140 Years with a Tribute to its Heritage and Unwavering Support by Malaysians

Not many companies can proudly say they have been around for over 100 years. F&N is not one of those companies and recently celebrates 140 years with a a heartfelt theme that resonates deeply with the Malaysian community – Kisah Kita… Selamanya.

Any true blue Malaysian would have a connection to any product by F&N throughout their life as they have a diverse range of  brands, weaving an enduring tapestry of shared memories. The brand collection now includes Sri Nona and Cocoacland. The anniversary theme, "Kisah Kita… Selamanya," captures the essence of these cherished traditions, where F&N products have served as catalysts for countless heartwarming connections among loved ones. 

Tuesday, August 15, 2023

Book and Bed Shinjuku, Tokyo Review

What would it be like to sleep in between shelves and racks of books and comics? If you're a bookworm or just a curious traveller, then perhaps Book and Bed Shinjuku might be worth a try on your next trip to Tokyo, Japan. Set in amidst the hustle and bustle of Shinjuku district, this unique capsule hotel is located just a 10 minutes walk from Shinjuku main station and two streets away from the busy Kabukicho where Godzilla looms. 

Friday, August 4, 2023

Introducing Your KLSCM 2023 Pacers: Official Partner Brooks Outfits Pacers with Top-notch Running Gear

The Kuala Lumpur Standard Chartered Marathon (KLSCM) 2023 is set to be an extraordinary event with Brooks, the Official Partner, providing complete running gear for the Pacers. This year, KLSCM will feature its largest group of Pacers to date, including the introduction of Pacers for the 10km category.

Friday, July 28, 2023

Royal Canin Malaysia to Showcase Best Cat Care at Kucing Expo 2023

Royal Canin, the leading provider of scientifically tailored pet nutrition in Malaysia, is excited to participate in the 6th annual edition of Kucing Expo, the country's largest cat exhibition. Taking place from 4th to 6th August at the MATRADE Exhibition & Convention Centre (MECC) in Kuala Lumpur, the event promises to be a celebration of feline companions and responsible cat ownership. 

Wednesday, July 26, 2023

DJI Air 3: The Most Versatile Drone Yet

Are you ready to take your aerial photography skills to new heights? DJI, the world's leader in civilian drones and innovative camera technology, is thrilled to announce its latest masterpiece, the DJI Air 3. This powerful drone is the newest addition to the Air Series, boasting incredible features that will leave photography enthusiasts in awe.

Unveiling the Secret of MILO®: Join the Immersive Goodness Truck Experience Now!

Fans of MILO, have you ever wondered what is the secret recipe that makes Milo so damn good? 

Well, brace yourself for an extraordinary experience like never before as MILO has recently introduced the world's first-of-its-kind 360° Immersive MILO Goodness Truck. This a revolutionary initiative is aimed at educating people from all walks of life about the natural goodness of the ingredients that make up our favorite cup of MILO.

Saturday, July 15, 2023

[Cafe Review] Ghostbird Coffee + Ramen Project

 A solo jaunt into Seputeh found me at Ghostbird Coffee, a hidden cafe that shares its space with a Yoshoku-inspired pop-up kitchen, Ramen Project. For a late Saturday morning, the cafe was quiet - a rarity in today's explosion of cafes in Malaysia and I absolutely milked in the peace and quiet. 

The place was inviting with all sorts of homey furniture and decorations that didn't match. In short, it had the vibes and feels of someone's home. Ghostbird Coffee Company was its own roastery and upon wandering over into the shoplet side, I could sniff the scent of freshly roasted coffee beans. Delightful.

Tuesday, July 4, 2023

10 Unforgettable Experiences in Adelaide: A Must-Do List

Planning a trip to Adelaide? Get ready to discover a world of unique and unforgettable experiences in this vibrant South Australian city. From swimming with dolphins to exploring Kangaroo Island, Adelaide offers a plethora of one-of-a-kind adventures. I've compiled ten must-do experiences around Adelaide that will leave you with lasting memories.
Let's dive in!

1.Swim with Dolphins in Glenelg: Experience the thrill of swimming with wild dolphins in Glenelg's crystal-clear waters. Book a guided tour and get up close and personal with these intelligent and friendly creatures, creating memories that will last a lifetime. 
Source: South Australian Tourism Commission 

Monday, July 3, 2023

5 Years of Pet-Friendly at the Square, Jaya One

In a neighbourhood where pet-friendly establishments are a rarity, The Square by Jaya has truly been a blessing lasting over 5 years. This month, the iconic pet-friendly space celebrates its 5 Years Anniversary themed, ‘Truly Yours, Truly Pet-Friendly’. 

Sunday, June 25, 2023

Uncover 5 of Sydney and New South Wales' Hidden Cafes and Restaurants [Tried and Tested]

Sydney and New South Wales, Australia, is a haven for food lovers, with its diverse culinary landscape offering a multitude of delightful experiences. From quaint mountain towns to bustling city streets, this Australian state has something to satiate every palate. In my past few trips to Sydney and New South Wales, I have had the chance to visit several of the state's hidden gems of cafes and restaurants that aren't The Grounds of Alexandria or Speedos at Bondi Beach. 

Friday, June 16, 2023

Push Your Limits At Redline Fitness Games

Get ready to rev up your engines and push your limits because the REDLINE Fitness Games Powered by NISSAN are here to give you the ultimate adrenaline rush! This one-of-a-kind workout experience is set to revolutionize the fitness scene in Malaysia and it's an event you don't want to miss. 

Taking place on September 23rd and 24th at the Mines International Exhibition and Convention Centre (MIECC), REDLINE Fitness Games Powered by NISSAN is going to be an electrifying indoor event like no other. Whether you're a gym-goer or a fitness enthusiast, this competition is designed to inspire, motivate, and ignite your passion for a fitter and healthier lifestyle in Southeast Asia.

Wednesday, June 14, 2023

Fuiyoh, only RM1,099 for your next smartphone!

Smartphone enthusiasts, get ready for an exhilarating experience as vivo unveils its latest addition to the Y series lineup – the vivo Y36 5G. Combining style, performance, and affordability, this impressive device is set to redefine the way you enjoy your smartphone on a budget.

Friday, May 26, 2023

Travel to Hiroshima via Vietnam on Vietjet

Vietjet announces the launch of the first-ever direct route connecting Japan’s Hiroshima with Hanoi in Vietnam following the recently concluded Hiroshima G7 Summit. This marks the airline’s eighth connection to the Land of the Rising Sun. 

The announcement ceremony was witnessed by Vietnam's Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh on his official visit to Japan and attendance at the extended Hiroshima G7 Summit, alongside high-ranking dignitaries from Vietnam and Japan, and representatives from the Hiroshima Prefectural Government.

Saturday, May 20, 2023

Gyukatsu Motomura Tokyo Review

I love my meat. So when I learnt about Gyukatsu Motomura that specialises in gyukatsu aka beef cutlets, I knew I had to try it on my trip to Tokyo. Gyukatsu Motomura has several locations throughout the city, including in Shibuya, Shinjuku, and Ginza. There were three within Shinjuku alone so I was spoiled for choice in terms of outlets. 

Tuesday, May 16, 2023

Starbucks Roastery Reserve, Tokyo - a Guide to Making the Most of Your Coffee Experience

If you're a coffee lover in Tokyo, you won't want to miss the Starbucks Roastery Reserve Tokyo, the 'it' specialty coffee shop that offers an unforgettable coffee experience, regardless if you're a Starbucks fan or not. Located in the vibrant Nakameguro neighborhood, this coffee roastery is the perfect place to savor the rich, flavorful Reserve coffees that Starbucks is known for. 

There are only six Starbucks Roastery outlets in the world and Starbucks Roastery Reserve is the second largest and undoubtedly the prettiest. 

Wednesday, May 10, 2023

Asics New Concept Store Now Open In IOI City Mall Putrajaya

ASICS celebrates the opening of its all-new concept store outlet in IOI City Mall Putrajaya designed to promote a “Sound Mind, Sound Body”. Located on the lower ground floor at the West Court, ASICS IOI City Mall Putrajaya opened its doors recently to welcome the public to check out the new and improved in-store experience. ASICS IOI City Mall Putrajaya is the first ASICS Store in Malaysia to implement this design concept.

Wednesday, May 3, 2023

Discover Busan: The Perfect Blend of Traditional Korean Culture and Modern Entertainment

Are you planning your first trip to South Korea and wondering where to go? Look no further than Busan! This vibrant city offers a unique blend of modern city life and traditional Korean culture, making it the perfect destination for first-time travelers. In this article, we'll explore some of the best things to do in Busan and why you should consider adding this city to your travel bucket list.

Sunday, April 30, 2023

15 years of Running with KLSCM 2023

When it comes to running events in Malaysia, the Kuala Lumpur Standard Chartered Marathon (KLSCM) is the premier race to look out for. This 2023 heralds the 15th edition of the event when Minister of Youth and Sports, Yang Berhormat Hannah Yeoh officially launched the opening of registrations to the public on 28 April 2023. 

Malaysia’s premier distance running event, which will take place in Dataran Merdeka on 30 September and 1 October, has been awarded the prestigious Road Race Label by governing body World Athletics, making it the first running event in Malaysia and only the fifth in South East Asia to receive this recognition.

Thursday, April 27, 2023

Hiking Bukit Guling Ayam

Easy hike with massive payoffs was how one of the blogs described Bukit Guling Ayam. And I agreed! 

With Bukit Tabur closed off to the public due to the danger it poses, Bukit Guling Ayam is perhaps the next best site for a hike along the quartz ridgeline. To even call it a hike seems like an overstatement but what else can I call it? 

Thursday, April 20, 2023

You can now stay at these 4 Castles and Temples in Japan

Ozu Castle, located in Ehime Prefecture, was the first castle in Japan that allowed guests to stay in the castle tower. This majestic castle was reconstructed in 2004 using UNESCO-registered traditional techniques which were revived for the project, and its doors were opened to guests from around the world in 2020. Discerning guests will be able to experience the grandeur and atmosphere the way that Sadayasu Kato, the first lord of the domain, did so in the 1600s, and even experience dinner in the style of the 17th century lords. Both the castle and Garyu Sanso, a historic tea house complex, have been declared as Important Cultural Properties of Japan.

Tuesday, April 18, 2023

[7D6N Tokyo Itinerary] Cherry Blossom and Mount Fuji

If visiting Japan at the peak of cherry blossom season is on your bucketlist then this is the post for you! 

Prior to Covid, I had an ambitious weekend itinerary planned to fly in and fly out of Tokyo to see their sakura season at its peak. Then of course lockdown happened and that plan was put on hold until 2023. Revenge travel applied here as I picked up on my original plan to travel during cherry blossom season and extended it to include Mount Fuji spotting as well.

Here's my 7D6N itinerary rundown: 

Friday, April 7, 2023

Celebrate the Spring Harvests with Roku Gin, the Japanese Craft Gin

In honour of the changing season, Roku Gin brings fresh flavours and experience this Spring, introducing a medley of mixology collaborations with six bars around Klang Valley to celebrate Spring harvests gathered in its “shun”.

[Roku Gin Spring Cocktails] Honeydew at Rakh

Honeydew melons have been cultivated for thousands of years and prized for its tender juicy flesh and rich sweetness. The fruit requires warm and sunny weather to grow, and is typically harvested in summer, in its “shun”. This is when they are at the peak of flavour – they produce a distinct rich floral sweetness with a delicate musky aftertaste. These flavours are perfect to elevate a Roku cocktail.

[Roku Gin Spring Cocktails] Plum at Bar Terumi

It could be said Japan has a fifth season – Tsuyu (梅雨), literally meaning “plum rain”. Tsuyu comes between spring and summer and is a time of consistent, gentle rains. This is also when the plum tree starts to bear fruit and is ripe for harvesting, in its “shun”. When tsuyu arrives, plums peak in aroma and flavour; they develop such a striking rich sweetness which adds depth to a Roku cocktail.

[Roku Gin Spring Cocktails] Kumquat at Jann KL

Kumquats are a native Southeast Asian citrus fruit that taste like a mix between orange and grapefruit. They love warm weather and are ready for harvest between late winter and early Spring, in their “shun”. This is when bold tangy flavours come alive, resulting in the distinctly citrusy flavour of the fruit. The appetizing sweetness of the peel also makes it a favourite in desserts. The kumquat is perfect to elevate a Roku cocktail. 

Head bartender of Jann KL, Darwin Ng, chooses the citrusy Kumquat to pair with his Roku signature cocktails, the perfect experience for diners who are looking for something different and exciting. 

[Roku Gin Spring Cocktails] Apricot at Concubine

The widely-loved Apricot was originally domesticated in China and now cultivated across the world. Closely related to the peach and plum, apricots are rich in vitamins and minerals. This sweet fleshy rounded fruit peak in flavour and are ready for harvest between late spring to early autumn, in its “shun”. This is when the Apricot develops an intense sweetness and a rich fruity aroma perfect for desserts and to elevate a Roku cocktail. 

[Roku Gin Spring Cocktails] Sakura Flowers at Coley Bar

For this season, Eric Chang from Coley Cocktail Bar singles out the unique Spring botanical used to make a Roku to showcase his signature cocktails, the delicate Sakura. For cocktail lovers who appreciate refine, exquisite cocktails that exude simplicity, Coley presents its signature Roku Sakura cocktails; Hanami, Sa-Kura, and Nanoka. 

[Roku Gin Spring Cocktails] Grapefruit at Penrose KL

The grapefruit is a large citrus fruit that originated from Barbados and is now planted across the world, especially in hotter climates. From late winter to early spring, the grapefruit turns a beautiful orange and the flesh a deep pink. This is when the fruit is at its peak of maturity, in its “shun”. Its strong citrus flavour, coupled with an intense tart and bitter finish, makes it a very unique fruit to elevate a Roku cocktail.

Penrose KL’s Founder and Head bartender, Jon Lee, opted for the tropical grapefruit as his pairing for the Roku signature cocktails this season.

Wednesday, March 22, 2023

I AM OFF TO JAPAN [Cherry Blossom Hunting 2023]

 After three long years, I am finally going to go back to Tokyo, Japan for cherry blossom season! And as luck would have it, the full bloom came early this year. Alongside a sprinkle of downpour over the week I'll be back in my kampung. 

Oh well. If there was one thing rain is good for, it's driving the crowd away. 

Stay tune for my upcoming blog posts about cherry blossom in Japan so that you too can start planning in advance for next year's season. In the meantime, follow me in my adventures across Tokyo and Fujiyoshida on my Instagram, @Sugoidays