Oct 15, 2014

Kronenbourg 1664 brings a night of laughter with Comedy Night

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Work-life balance has mostly been ignored in our work culture and this causes us to be stressed most of the time as we are so caught up with meeting our deadlines and we forget to breath a.k.a enjoy moments of our life. I used to be stuck in office until late or bring my work back home then work until the A.Ms due to tight deadlines where I have gotten so stressed and unhappy at some point of my life. Then, I decided it is time for a change by having more work life balance by going out with my friends and events just to take some time off from work and clear my mind.

With Kronenbourg 1664's latest campaign 'Taste the French Way of Life' encourages people to have a work-life balance by just simply spending time with friends and loved ones and also enjoying simple pleasures of life. I had the opportunity to attend one of their event which is Comedy Night that was held in Tom, Dick & Harry's in Oasis Square.

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The Kronenbourg 1664 Hammer Machine is the ultimate stress reliever where guest get to play around with before the start of the event!'

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Like they say, laughter is the best medicine and the awesome stand up comedians - Andrew Netto, Kuah Jenhan and Phoon Chi Ho did a great job on making the audience laugh all night long! Sometimes, you just need a little laughter to bring back humour too your life. I had so much fun laughing that night and it was a great stress reliever after a week of working!

For more updates. visit Kronenbourg 1664's Facbook at: www.facebook.com/KronenbourgMY

Oct 13, 2014

Foodgasm Fest 2.0

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Food is a universal language and Foodgasm Fest 2.0 brought in many crowd at Taman Rimba Kiara TTDI last Sunday. I headed out with my friend, Amelia to the food festival around 11.30am. Due to limited parking space and people parking at the side of the road, the traffic condition was pretty bad. I decided to park a few kilometres away from the location and walk there. Luckily, a parking spot was found quickly opposite the school. The walk was far but most of the people did the same thing to avoid being caught in traffic.

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We arrived to a crowded venue where people were already at the festival since 10am. The atmosphere was lively and bustling with people walking about the food stalls and queuing up for food. We came across some booth in the middle of the park which has a freaking long queue and I was curious about it so I asked one of the people wearing the Foodgasm Fest shirt on what is it about. They were selling drinks there and I was telling my friend that I am not going to line up that long just to buy drinks, and thinking that the other stalls will sell drinks...might as well just purchase from them. Turns out, I was wrong! There was only ONE place that sell drinks and we had to queue for a long time. So, I decide to get the drinks while Amelia queued for food.

The 'best' thing about this drink stalls is that there are about 5 to 6 different lines with three different banners and only one stated the word 'drinks'. The others mentioned 'merchandise' and other items which I can't remember but people were still selling drinks there so I just queued up at any of those line. However, while almost reaching the counter, I heard the seller mentioned that they only sell non-chilled drinks at their stall which is those fruity juice in a bag. If we want to buy chilled drinks, we have to line up at the other counter. Most of the people were quite upset due to the long line, hot weather and along with the lack of clear instructions and signage.

If they were to monopolize on selling the drinks, it would be better to place a few stalls around the festival grounds so that people have easy access to drinks and not queue at one spot only. The thing is, the drinks seller can't even churn out the amount of drinks at the pace of people are lining up. Some had to wait for more than while waiting for the chilled drinks to arrive and even then, the drinks are not really cold :(

Another notable thing is the glass bottles that is used for the drinks can be recycled but on the festival grounds, only black trash bag were seen so all the rubbish goes there and it minimizes the effort for people to recycle.

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Enough of talking about the bad organizing of the drink stalls. Luckily for me, I decided to get a couple of bottles at one go so we don't have to queue up for drinks again. The festival was full of tantalizing food and it was so hard to choose especially with over 100 food stalls!

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There were so many kinds of dessert and pasties like cronuts, brownies in a cone, potted ice cream that looks really appetizing but I couldn't just buy all of it. The weather was really hot as well so I did not have much cravings for cakes or desserts that are too filling.

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Artisan peanut butter were sold as well. As I am not a huge fan of peanut butter, I had a sample which tasted quite good due as they mixed it with other flavours like kaya, chocolate etc.

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Lekor is a must have!

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There were a couple of BBQ stalls which look really appetizing! But due to the heat, I really wanted something that is more refreshing. It would be better to attend the food festival in the evening but I had something on so I couldn't stay long. It was raining in the evening as well so I was quite lucky to avoid the downpour but had to endure the head!

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What I had was nachos, lekor, a sandwich from #NamjaKitchen and coconut ice cream. The queue for the coconut ice cream was long but it was worth the wait! I definitely felt more refreshed after having the coconut ice cream. Not to mention, they gave out free coconut juice while we were in line :D As I had prior engagement to attend to, I left the festival ground around 1.30pm.

Overall, Foodgasm Fest has a great selection of food but can be improved in terms of drinks and parking arrangements. Perhaps they can hold it in a bigger venue with ample parking space in the near future that won't disrupt the traffic in the residential area.

Oct 9, 2014

John Ross Jr. - Traditional Scottish Smoked Scottish Salmon

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Recently, I was invited to a cafe in Damansara Perdana called The Curious Goat where I got to taste traditional Scottish smoked salmon by the brand John Ross Jr. (Aberdeen) Ltd, one of the most respected purveyors of premium smoked salmon in the UK. John Ross Jr. supplies smoked salmon to The Curious Goat and therefore, they decided to hold the tasting session there! It is a suitable place as well due to the cosy environment and laid-back atmosphere.

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John Ross Jr. opened its door in 1857 where they have produced Scottish Smoked Salmon in the truly traditional way. Using red bricks kilns dating back to the 19th century, the master smoker hangs the salmon over smoldering fires of oak-chippings. This time-honoured and rare cold smoking method produces the most succulent flavour and tender texture of smoke salmon. 

John Ross Jr. salmon are locally sourced from the cold clear waters of Scotland, and they contain no artificial flavourings or preservatives. It is packed with goodness, including omega 3 fatty acids that is beneficial in maintaining a healthy heart.

With their strong traditional values, John Ross Jr. has won many awards and they are a Royal Warrant Holder, where they supply their smoked salmon to Her Majesty, The Queen and the Royal Family for over 25 years!

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The Curious Goat served us appetizer while preparing the Scottish Smoked Salmon!

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We were served a platter of smoked salmon which consists of Traditional Smoked Salmon with Cracked Black Pepper for those who prefer a kick of flavour, Whisky Smoked Salmon that is infused with Balvine Whisky to bring a rounded sweetness, and Sliced Tea Smoked Salmon that is cold smoked using the Chinese Tea - Lapsang Souchong (立山小種) which is renowned for its aromatic smokey flavour.

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We also had Dill Sauce by CoIn Valley and Inverawe Hot Banana Chutney sauce to pair with the salmon. I must say I prefer the Dill Sauce as its flavour specially produced as an accompaniment with salmon!

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After that, we were also presented with another dish which consists of the Curious Goat's Panini that is topped with cream cheese & John Ross Jr. Classic Smoked Salmon. Next to it was the Grilled Mozzarella Cheese Sandwich stuffed with chicken and served with salad on the side. 

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After our delicious meal, we enjoyed the coffee and dessert served by The Curious Goat which I will blog about it on a separate post.

John Ross Jr. Traditional Smoked Salmon is available at BEN's Independent Grocer in Publika and also Jaya Grocer outlets. For more information, visit John Ross Jr.'s:

Oct 5, 2014

Guinness Amplify: Music Made of More @ Foley's, Oasis Square

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Guinness Amplify: Music Made of More is GUINNESS's brand new music campaign celebrating the incredible journey of talented, dedicated, and passionate musicians. This campaign features a series of 6 weekly free admission gigs at various locations nationwide by Malaysian local bands and then leading to the extraordinary Finale Show at KL Live.

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Qualities of a musician!

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With the event being held at the rooftop bar, the atmosphere was laid back and the crowd get to enjoy the music played by the bands. Thanks to Manoah and Guinness, we got ourselves a table where we sat and enjoy the music while overlooking the stage.

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The first band to play was Tempered Mental, which is one of the bands that I was first introduced to while I started attending local gigs during college years. Needless to say, I enjoyed their music and was glad to hear to them play again after so long as I have been missing out on many gigs after starting my job.

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Nick Davis, another well known musician in the industry performed next.

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DASH, who I thought it was a new band until I saw Darren Ashley performing on stage. Hahahha....

It was definitely a great night watching these talented musicians perform, which brings anticipation to their Finale Show! Enjoyed my Guinness beer and catching up with friends as well :)

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Speaking about the Guinness Amplify: Music Made of More Finale Show, it will feature Canadian band MAGIC! as the headline act that will be held on 18th October at KL Live. MAGIC!, currently riding high in the charts worldwide with their smash-hit debut single 'Rude', will take stage alongside local musicians like OJ Law and Dash. This will be MAGIC!'s first time performing in Malaysia! Don't miss out on their catchy, reggae-fusion inspired music.

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Tickets for the finale will not be offered for sale, but don't be disappointed. You can log onto the website to learn how to earn a free ticket to the show! Once the ticket is earned, you can also upgrade it to a VIP pass, which entitles you to attend the Meet & Greet session with the artists, exclusive merchandise, and more!

Check out the full line up of Guinness Amplify Live Tour, and find out how you can get your hands on the tickets for the exclusive Finale Show by logging on to www.amplify.com.my

Sep 30, 2014

[Review] Maybelline The Falsies Big Eyes Mascara Review

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Recently, I have been introduced to the new Maybelline range of mascara which is The Falsies Big Eyes Mascara.

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This new mascara is the first mascara with two brushes - 1 big brush and 1 small brush that has multiple usage!

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The big brush is mainly used on the upper lashes where it is to create volume and a more dramatic effect on the eyes.

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The smaller brush is to have a better application at areas like the lower lashes, inner and outer corner of the lashes where the big brush can't reach as much.

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I love how the mascara applies easily onto my lashes. Some of the mascara that I have used before tend to get very clumpy which makes my eye feel uncomfortable due to the heavy feeling it gives and also smudges easily, which is why I choose to forgo mascara as part of my make up routine. However, with the Maybelline The Falsies Big Eyes Mascara, it makes my eyes look bigger and livelier. Even after 3 coats of application, the mascara feels very lightweight on my eyes which I love!

I have created 2 different looks with Maybelline The Falsies Big Eyes Mascara where it is suitable for day and night!

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Look 1
A natural makeup look by just applying mascara and no eyeliner. This look is suitable for those who are just started to use makeup where if you're not sure how to use liquid eyeliner yet, mascara is definitely a good way to make your eyes stand out! It also creates a soft and feminine image. If you think by just applying mascara is not enough, you can apply eyeshadow to create more depth. Mascara and eyeshadow gives a clean finish to the eye makeup that creates a simple yet polished look. Of course, not forgetting your lip gloss or pink lipstick to complete the makeup!

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Look 2
A more dramatic effect is by drawing a cat eye using the eyeliner before applying mascara. This look is great for a night out or dinner event. Of course, you can add in darker colours of eyeshadow and blend accordingly to bring more attention to the eyes. About 3 to 5 coats of Maybelline The Falsies Big Eyes Mascara will be enough to make your lashes stay!

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Left - Applied with Maybelline The Falsies Big Eye Mascara
Right - No mascara applied

It might be hard to see the effect of top lashes due to the eyeliner but the bottom lashes that is applied with mascara definitely makes the left side look bigger compared to the right side! Overall, I love the big eyes effect that this mascara gives but it has the tendency to have clumps after a few coats. However, I find it avoidable when I apply the mascara at a much speedier pace! :D

Maybelline The Falsies Big Eyes Mascara retails at RM45.90 and is sold at major pharmacies! For more information, visit Maybelline's Malaysia:

Comedy Night with Kronenbourg 1664

Kronenbourg 1664 has been running their 'Taste the French Way of Life' campaign since August this year and they show no signs of stopping. This Friday (3rd October), Kronenbourg 1664 will be brining another amazing Friday night filled with laughter as Comedy Night takes over Tom, Dick & Harry's in Oasis Square, Ara Damansara.

Featuring laughter-inducing experts such as the good boy gone bad – Kuah Jenhan, the comic with more spin than a high speed turbine – Andrew Netto and the comedy crusader – Phoon Chi Ho, hardworking Malaysians are guaranteed an amusing night of quality moments to kick-off their weekend.

Don’t be fooled by the name though, humour is not the only thing Kronenbourg 1664’s Comedy Night has to offer. Making a re-appearance is the Kronenbourg 1664 Hammer Machine as the ultimate stress-reliever, the special Kronenbourg 1664 flip book to capture those worthy moments and many chances to win the iconic Kronenbourg 1664 Eifel tower beer tower and the limited edition Kronenbourg 1664 mini cooler.

“People are often overloaded with work and chasing deadlines with hardly any time to joke around with colleagues or watch humorous movies with family. Kronenbourg 1664 wants to bring laughter and good times back to urbanites in the on-going rat-race as a reminder that sometimes you just need a little humour to bring balance back into your life,” said Kenny Lim Marketing Manager (Premium Brands) of Carlsberg Malaysia.

For only RM48, urbanites can expect a fun-filled night, one bottle of Kronenbourg 1664 and one main dish! There’s no better way to end your arduous week of work than with good ol’ dinner, drinks and laughter. Tickets are available at Tom, Dick & Harry’s outlets, Oasis Square and their home-base, Taman Tun Dr. Ismail.

It’s time to get work-life balance in check with Kronenbourg 1664’s Comedy Night by spending quality time with your friends and loved ones and just enjoying the simple pleasures of life.

For more information on Kronenbourg 1664, please visit www.facebook.com/KronenbourgMY 

INDULGE, the first luxury cinema in TGV 1 Utama

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When the word 'cinema' comes to mind, you will think of long queues for tickets, occasionally uncomfortable seatings, and rushing to get the best seats so you don't have to suffer the consequences of seating in the front row which will result in neck ache.

TGV Cinemas recently launched two exclusive cinema halls that comes with its own private ticketing counter, lounge and dining area! Indulge is TGV Cinemas' latest unique cinema concept that represents the essence of style coupled together with the concept of cinema.

Thank to Butterfly Project for organizing the Butterfly Girls Night Out where we get to indulge in a fun night of luxury with food, chatter and movie. It was great catching up with the bloggers as I have not been to a number of Butterfly Project event for a while now due to work and I am glad to have joined the event! Everyone was dressed very glamorous and sexy as the theme was dress to kill!

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Indulge is located inside TGV One Utama itself, where at a moment you will forget that you are actually in a cinema due to the lounge setting that welcomes you with the soft jazzy tones.

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The rich purple and silver facade makes the entire area look classy

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Check out the cool bar!

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I love the fact that Indulge serves food so that you don't have to walk around thinking what to eat and then rushing back to the cinema when the movie is starting. You can just chill and eat comfortably while waiting for the movie to start.

While waiting for the food to be served, we took some pictures at the 123 Cheese photo booth where we had a fun choosing props and doing silly poses!

Besides the photo booth, Muse by Watsons was there to showcase the skincare brand 'Indeed Laboratories' where we got to take back one of the product with us. There products that was introduced were:
1. Nanoblur - skin perfecting cream that minimize the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and pores
2. Pepta-Bright - a moisture rich cream that helps reduce the appearance of dark spots while promoting overall skin radiance.
3. Retinol Reface - A deritative of vitamin A that is considered to be one of the most effective ingredients to help reduce visible signs of aging.

Let the feast begin!
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Smoked Duck Salad
Smoked duck breast served with mesclun greens, capsicum, and skewed kiwi with balsamic dressing

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Pumpkin Salad
Rocket leaves with honey roasted pumpkin, cherry tomatoes, and capsicum with balsamic dressing

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Stuffed Potato Skins
Potato skins stuffed with turkey bacon and mozzarella

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Lamb Koftas
Lamb patties served with green salad

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Grilled Salmon
Served with seasonal vegetables and lemon butter sauce

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Grilled Lamb Rack
Served with seasonal vegetables and rosemary sauce

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Cajun Chicken
Grilled boneless chicken thigh with Cajun seasoning

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Panna Cotta
Italian cooked cream topped with raspberry

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Nutty Tortilla Banana
Tortilla filled with peanut butter, cornflakes and freshly sliced banana

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After our delicious meal, the winners for the best dressed were announced! They get to bring back products from Muse by Watsons.

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We then moved on to the cinema hall to watch the movie.

The cinema hall is really impressive with spacious seats that is fitted with reclining chairs!

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They even have a mini table at the side which enables you bring food in via the personalized call-waiter-service.

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Another amazing thing is these lovely blankets at Indulge that keep you warm when enjoy a movie. Most of the time, cinema halls are freezing which is not helpful to people like me who are afraid of the cold where even one layer of jacket does not help which sometimes spoil my mood as I am feeling cold most of the time and not able to enjoy my movie. With this blanket, it keeps me warm and I am able to snuggle up comfortably and enjoy my movie without worrying about getting frozen!

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Happy me being tucked in comfortable before the movie starts

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A picture with Caroline

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Movie buddy of the night - Cindy! We have both watched Lucy before so we were sat comfortably while discussing certain parts that we don't understand. It's a nice movie but some parts were quite confusing to me. Overall, it was a great night out with everyone from the Butterfly Project and of course being in Indulge itself was a whole new cinematic experience :)

Indulge is opened from 11am with tickets priced at RM45 (not including meals). For more information about Indulge and to book tickets, please log on to www.tgv.com.my or via TGV Cinemas' Movie Buddy app which is available on both Apple App and Google Play Store.


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