Aug 4, 2022

HAVE AN UPLIFTING KITKAT BREAK WITH THE NEW LIMITED-EDITION KITKAT DARK COOKIES

KITKAT, one of the Malaysian’s favourite chocolate brand has revealed their new variant, the limited-edition KITKAT Dark Cookies. This special treat will excite with its distinctive mix of chocolate, wafer and crunchy dark cookies.
 
Chocolate enthusiasts looking for a change or something beyond the conventional KITKAT will be delighted with the all new KITKAT Dark Cookies, a perfect snacking treat with its delicious pairing of ingredients that include a dark chocolate cookie crumble blended in confection, perfectly blending to the crisp of the KITKAT wafer with milk chocolate cream layers. Just one bite and you’re immediately rewarded with a rich cocoa taste, the signature KITKAT crispy wafer, and a hint of crunchy dark cookie crumble texture – an uplifting break from your favourite chocolate brand!
 
This new limited-edition KITKAT is created with Malaysians in mind as it makes for a perfect KITKAT break while juggling daily responsibilities of life. In line with the brand’s proposition to create smiley breaks everyday, the added texture of crunchiness from the dark cookie crumble on top of the signature KITKAT wafer will surely bring smiles to chocolate lovers.
 
Frédéric Porchet, Nestlé (Malaysia) Berhad’s Business Executive Officer for Confectionery in Malaysia and Singapore, said, “KITKAT is constantly reinvigorating the category with new and exhilarating products and flavours. We are inspired by the support we’ve enjoyed here in Malaysia as well as how Malaysians are always eager to try new things. We want to continuously offer new treats and delights; therefore, we work very hard with our research and development team to come up with products that will excite chocolate lovers all around. The results are the unique KITKAT variants Malaysians have come to enjoy over the years, and now our latest KITKAT Dark Cookies which I hope will become a favourite for many too.”
 
KITKAT Dark Cookies comes in two product offerings:
The 4-Finger Dark Cookies single-pack and the Multipack containing five pieces of 2-Finger Dark Cookies will be available nationwide effective mid-July. For more information, log on to www.facebook.com/KitKatMalaysia and www.instagram.com/KitKatMalaysia
 
Have a Break, Have a KITKAT! Make your chocolate moment more indulgent and rewarding with the limited-edition KITKAT Dark Cookies

Potatoes USA powers Twin City Marathon

I am on a diet , and I try to limit my rice to once a week or maximum twice a week (just because) but on the other hand, I enjoy my potatoes a lot!!! Especially when it comes to mashed potatoes or a good potato salad or curried potatoes.. I can never say no to potatoes as it helps keep my energy up … 
This is because potatoes are a really nutrient-dense vegetable that provides the energy, fiber, potassium and Vitamin C which boost sport performances and help fuel people who do sports or lead an active lifestyle. Recent research findings indicated that potatoes are found to have the nutrients that could benefit fitness buffs, marathoners and sportspersons, and even though I might not be a marathoner, I like to keep myself fit with brisk walking and walking almost everywhere….

Oh by the way, did you know Potatoes USA was a key sponsor of the Twincity Marathon 2022 recently. 

They even had an outdoor tent erected, with various personnel serving U.S. potato products to the 4,000 runners in both the full and half marathons... 

The U.S. mashed potatoes served are aimed to help runners replenish energy levels and nutrients needed after the marathon. Educational materials on potato power nutrition to improve sports performance were also distributed at the event. 

His Excellency the U.S. Ambassador to Malaysia, Mr. Brian D. McFeeters is 61 years of age but he still participated and finished  his half marathon (21km run) in an impressive marathon finishing time of 2.27 hours….

Brian showed that with proper diet and fuel, at his age, he could still beat many younger Malaysians in the half marathon. Despite his busy schedule, he exercises regularly and maintains a healthy diet with the help of U.S. potatoes.

“I am delighted to see Potatoes USA as a sponsor of this marathon and glad to have the information that potatoes are healthy, high in potassium, Vitamin C and fiber – which are great for post recovery,” quipped Mr. Brian. “So now, maybe Malaysian can get to enjoy more potatoes like what we do in the U.S.”

Max Lim, 51, a writer in KL loves to run and is a familiar face at most marathons in town. “As a runner, I love U.S. potatoes because they are a nutritional powerhouse that help me stay fueled for my runs. They are quite easy to digest and reduce hunger pangs during a long or intense run. Furthermore, they are tasty and can be prepared in many ways – there are no limit to the versatility of the U.S. potatoes,” enthused Max.  

Runner Kelly Chin, 45 years old, said she enjoys eating U.S. Potatoes for her carbo energy, as it is a healthier alternative. “Potatoes are one of the must-haves in my kitchen because they are versatile, nutrient-dense, and energy packed food. This helps to fuel my workouts and runs,” she explained.

Studies conducted over the past 40-50 years has also suggested that carbohydrates are a primary macronutrient for sustaining and improving athletic performance.

 According to Nutrition Today, a US journal, it is suggested that a balanced diet high in natural, quality carbohydrate rich foods like nutrient-densed potatoes may be optimal to improving physical performance among elite endurance athletes. 

Here are some key facts about the potato power:
26 grams of carbohydrate – Potatoes are a nutrient-dense quality carbohydrate, important for optimal physical and mental performance as the primary fuel for your brain and a key source of energy for muscles. And, because your body’s own stores of carbohydrate are limited and may be depleted – even in a single session of intense and/or prolonged exercise– it’s important to replenish them.

620 Milligrams of Potassium – A medium-sized (148g) potato, with the skin-on, provides more potassium than a banana, no fat, no sodium, and no cholesterol. Potatoes are perfect for aiding muscle, cardiovascular and nervous system function during long endurance events.

30% of daily value of Vitamin C – Potatoes are an excellent source of Vitamin C which helps to boost the immune system and aids in collagen production, a major muscle tissue component.

3 grams of plan-based protein – Protein is a key component of muscle and an important nutrient for performance.

2 grams of fiber (7% daily value) – Fiber helps regulate blood glucose and increase satiety, making one feel full longer.

110 Calories for Energy – Easily digestible and more energy dense than any other popular vegetable, potatoes are a good choice to fuel the demands of racing a marathon.

 
So there you have it… for a healthy nutritious diet that gives me great energy, I too choose U.S. Potatoes

Aug 3, 2022

Movie Review 2022 - Gadis Jolobu The Movie

When my friend asked me to review “Gadis Jolobu The Movie”, I was like ok, another local movie to review, let’s not put too much hope on it ok!?! On the day of the review, I was telling my friend that I hope I did not fall asleep in the cinema, because I had a few very exhausting back to back days of events and I was tired…

So I attended the movie gala and was truly bowled over with the celebrities and even Negeri Sembilan royalties that graced the event and even watched the movie with the rest of us…. Gulp…

“Gadis Jolobu The Movie” is a comedy story that tells the story of three old bachelors who face the ups and downs in looking for the right woman.. 

The curse of “Lambat Sunat, Lambatlah Kahwin”  (late to circumcise, late to marry) often plays on their minds making them try harder to find their soulmate despite facing various setbacks…. 

Directed by international local director CL Hor, who has directed films in China, Hong Kong and even South Korea, the funny movie co-stars Joey Daud, Khir Rahman, Nizam Laksamana, and Dato Hattan's own son, Adam… as well as beautiful new actress and tv host Ahirine Ahirudin.

The film highlights the elements of “adat pepatih” and the uniqueness of the Minangkabau culture of the local community in Negeri Sembilan. Dato Hattan has starred in a movie before, and if not for a fact that this new project features the Negeri Sembilan dialect, he probably won’t have considered acting again.

The movie, a collaboration between Zebra Studio and Tremendous Entertainment was filmed mostly at Kampung Lonek, Negeri Sembilan…

My personal thoughts of the movie? Well I couldn’t sleep despite my exhaustion as the movie was just superbly done and absolutely hilarious… we (the audience) along with my media friends laughed so much during the movie.. It certainly was well directed and so much better then the trailer and what I expected… so yeah go watch it!!!!

Sidec Announces Top 16 Candidates Chosen for The First-Ever Selangor Fashion Accelerator

Selangor Information Technology and Digital Economy Corporation (SIDEC) on realising the need to embrace the fashion industry as part of digitalising local SMEs and startups has announced their top 16 candidates for their first-ever Selangor Fashion Accelerator 2022…

The event which was held at the ballroom of the Double Tree by Hilton iCity was graced by Datin Seri Masdiana Mihamad, wife of the Menteri Besar of Selangor and President of Selangor Women’s Welfare and Charity Organisation (Pekawanis)

As a platform spearheading the digital transformation of Selangor as ASEAN’s digital hub, Sidec with community in mind is looking to ensure its members will be provided with proper training materials and exposure to succeed in their businesses.

Modest Fashion Now A Wardrobe Essential
In a multi-racial country like Malaysia, the fashion scene has continually evolved and so has the Malaysian modest fashion. Today’s modest fashion exudes chic, style and elegance while still retaining the unique flair of modest designs anchored upon Southeast Asian cultures.

The selected members will be undergoing a 2-month intensive programme that will help Malaysian startups and SMEs to create a sustainable ecosystem for talents in the modest fashion sector by offering engaging experiences that will raise brand awareness in the marketplace and industry which will include specially curated workshops and mentoring sessions led by renowned fashion industry professionals…. 

The programme has also gained major support from Malaysia’s well-known music icon and businesswoman, Dato' Sri Siti Nurhaliza and other notable fashion entrepreneurs like Rasta Rashid, Leslie Variyan and Wong Lee Leng.

“Since there aren't many accelerator programmes exclusively for the fashion industry, Sidec is stepping up to support emerging fashion businesses in growing their revenue and investment prospects. Giving business owners a chance and platform to share their ideas and creativity is a component that motivates these entrepreneurs to be bold and confident about what they want to explore and present,” said Yong Kai Ping, CEO of Sidec in his welcoming remarks.

Conducted via a hybrid class style (online and offline), the programme covers modules such as pitching fundamental skill, product-market-fit, brand identity or brand DNA, innovation of textile, fundraising sharing session and IP/trademark.
 
The top 16 shortlisted fashion entrepreneurs will get access to benefits such as RM948 worth of SQL account, RM588 worth of SQL payroll, RM600 worth of Sprii Commerce Light & Easy Package and Pingspace starter package.

All 16 candidates will receive training from 1 August to 23 September, and only six will be chosen to pitch to investors and industry partners on the Demo Day, which will take place on 8 October 2022 at Pitch@Selangor 6, in conjunction with the 7th Selangor Smart City and Digital Economy Convention (SDEC). 

Best of all, victors may receive potential investment opportunities from The Hive Southeast Asia and Permodalan Negeri Selangor Berhad (PNSB).

The top 16 candidates of Selangor Fashion Accelerator 2022 are: AYAYU SDN. BHD ;
JK SIGNATURE SDN. BHD; KHATAM FESTIVE APPAREL SDN. BHD; KHALIDZA RESOURCES SDN. BHD; BAMBINA BAMBINO CLOTHING; BUJINS L BATIK SDN. BHD; TOTOMI BASICS TRADING; TOLMI APPAREL; ARUNSAYFULL ENTERPRISE; KALIMA GROUP TRADING (M) SDN . BHD; BATIK TEKTURA RESOURCES; QIBLAH ENTERPRISE; SAHASANA FASHION DESIGN SDN. BHD; KUSUMA ENERGY SDN. BHD; REKAAN MIERA ENTERPRISE;  SYAZWANI IZZATI BINTI HASHIM

For further information, do visit www.sidec.com.my.

Jul 30, 2022

WINNER SCOOPS COVETED PROTON X50 FLAGSHIP PRIZE OUT OF OVER 4,000 ENTRIES IN LUCKY DRAW AT ALAMANDA

Some people get really lucky sometimes…  and winner Rabiatul Afiqah Mohd Rahim was recently one of them as she was handed the keys to her new Proton X50 Flagship after winning The Big Win lucky draw at Alamanda Shopping Centre (Alamanda)

The delighted 30-year-old who stays in Seremban, frequents Alamanda as her mother and brother stay nearby. “Alamanda is located just a few minutes away and it is convenient as I can get everything I need there,” she says.

The Big Win lucky draw ended on 26 June 2022. Every RM300 spent at specialty stores in a maximum of two receipts entitled shoppers to one shopping voucher worth RM30 and one entry form to the lucky draw, with a maximum of three forms per shopper per day.

The Proton X50 Flagship offered is the range topping variant that comes with all the bells and whistles. At an OTR price of RM103,300 (without insurance), it is the only variant with a panoramic sunroof, 1.5 TGDi turbo direct fuel injection engine and advance safety features.

Instrumental to the success of the campaign is Alamanda’s collaboration with Proton Malaysia authorised dealer, The Apple Auto Services & Tyres Sdn Bhd. Located in Bandar Baru Bangi, the service centre is one of the top authorised Proton 4S dealers offering sales, service, spare parts as well as body and paint services under one roof.

The Golden Ticket Campaign

As one exciting event comes to an end, Alamanda launches yet another with daily rewards in store. Starting today until 21 August 2022, shoppers who spend a minimum amount of RM300 in two receipts from any specialty stores at Alamanda are eligible to take part in an instant lucky draw.

Every day, there are 101 mini boxes containing Alamanda shopping vouchers to be opened—with one containing a Golden Ticket worth RM1,000. 

Even if participants do not get the Golden Ticket, they will get the White Ticket worth RM50 in the other 100 boxes. 

This way, no one goes home empty-handed! To add to the excitement, any leftover prizes from the day will be snowballed to the next day.

Shoppers will need to present their receipts to the Concierge counter on the same day of purchase. Each shopper is also limited to one prize per day, while stocks last.

“The continuous offerings by Alamanda highlight our commitment to deliver more value to our loyal customers. As economic recovery picks up, we also hope our initiatives will aid in its momentum so that we can move towards year end on a strong note,” says Andrew Brien, CEO of Suria KLCC Sdn Bhd.

Also present at the ceremony is Alamanda General Manager, Pang Sook Fong as well as CEO of The Apple Auto Services & Tyres Sdn Bhd, Vincent Phang.

For more information about the Golden Ticket campaign, please approach the Concierge staff or visit Alamanda Shopping Centre’s website at www.alamanda.com.my

Get your Boost of Blue with tasty U S Highbush Blueberries

I love blueberries… during the pandemic, I would always get some to blend with other fruits to make a fruitie smoothie and well, this king of berries is currently in season…..

The small azure fruit, the blueberry, is a superfood and a powerhouse of vitamins, so it is always good to have a  ‘Boost of Blue’ every now and then


The ‘Boost of Blue’ campaign aims to highlight how blueberries offer the perfect boost for your health, to inspire consumers to include blueberries as part of an overall healthy diet, and to motivate those consumers to enjoy more of the exceptionally tasty U.S. Highbush Blueberries.


The blueberries pack a powerful punch and contain prebiotics which can promote gut health and is packed with antioxidants and phytoflavanoids… these berries are also a source of vitamins K and C, making them the top choice for doctors and nutritionists.
 
The tiny but mighty blueberry also contains phosphorous (2% of daily value), calcium (15%), and manganese (20%). They are sweet and easily enjoyed either fresh or frozen. Beyond the actual picking of the blueberries, there isn’t an easier fruit to prepare and serve as you don’t need to peel, pit, core or cut them.
 
Blueberries, native to North America, have been part of life here for 13,000 years. The first highbush blueberry bush was successfully cultivated for commercial production in the early 1900s. Today, U.S. Highbush grow nearly 1 billion pounds of blueberries in North America each year. A delicious legacy indeed! Now everyone around the globe can enjoy these health-giving blueberries.
 
Blueberries are also tremendously versatile and can boost flavours across an entire menu. It can be used as an appetizer, a beverage, as part of the main course, or as dessert. They are often eaten fresh but can also be enjoyed frozen or dried. To hop on viral trends, you can attempt to make the latest Tik Tok breakfast craze: the baked berry oatmeal, or even give the no-bake blueberry dessert recipe a go!
 
It’s no wonder these versatile miniature jewels command such great press. Give yourself a blueberry thrill today with these tiny, juicy spheres. They are guaranteed to bring you packets of flavour that burst in your mouth, leaving you craving for more each time! Just grab a handful, rinse, and enjoy a boost of blue.
 
And when it comes to blueberries, U.S Highbush Blueberries are one of the best in the world. This very hardworking fruit not only delivers nutrients but can be conveniently consumed by people of all ages. It goes without saying that blueberries are true all-rounders.
 
So go on, grab some some quality U.S. Highbush Blueberries now from AEON, Jaya Grocer, and TF Value and experience this rich and flavourful fruit today…..

Jul 27, 2022

PAVILION KL'S TOKYO STREET CELEBRATES ITS 11TH ANNIVERSARY!!

If you are a Japanophile, it is time to celebrate all things Japanese at Tokyo Street, Pavilion KL’s award-winning themed precinct, because it is celebrating its 11th anniversary…..


In conjunction with 40 years of the Look East Policy (LEP), Tokyo Street’s celebrations this year promises plenty of Japanese activities, culture, shopping and dining, right in the heart of Bukit Bintang!

The stunning ‘Art of Kimono’ exhibition is the main highlight of Tokyo Street’s 11th Anniversary. From now until 31 July at Centre Court, the inaugural ‘Art of Kimono’ exhibition features more than 100 pieces of Japanese kimonos, yukatas and fusion Japanese dresses that blend pop culture and Malaysian batik elements. 

A selection of these beautiful pieces are showcased in a spectacular ‘Art of Kimono’ fashion show from Tuesday to Sunday at the Centre Court.

Plenty of authentic Japanese shopping awaits at Centre Court! From now until 31 July, indulge yourselves at the specially curated Japanese artisanal pop-up stores. Browse through a variety of intricately handcrafted tableware, decorative items, accessories, bags, towels, skincare and beauty products.

This Anniversary, immerse in Japanese cultural activities with experiential workshops, such as Traditional Japanese Fabric Making, Traditional Japanese Fabric Accessory Making, Japanese Lolita Accessory Making, How to use Furoshiki, and Traditional Japanese Game Katanuki experience. 

Get made up as Lolita, or try on a traditional Japanese Yukata to take photos while admiring the Japanese décor at Centre Court and Tokyo Street.

Tokyo Street’s 11th anniversary celebration was launched today at a festive event with Guest of Honour His Excellency Katsuhiko Takahashi, Japan Ambassador to Malaysia, accompanied by his wife Madam Mami Takahashi, in their first official first official visit to Pavilion KL since their official arrival in Malaysia in December 2021. 

Also present to launch the festivities were Puan Sri Cindy Lim, Executive Chairman of Kuala Lumpur Pavilion Sdn Bhd; Dato’ Maznah Jalil, Pavilion REIT Board of Director; Ms. Kung Suan Ai, Director of Marketing of Pavilion KL; and Ms. Vichelle Woon, Head of Marketing, Regional Cards, Group Community Financial Services of Maybank.

“As this year marks the 40th anniversary of Malaysia’s ‘Look East Policy’, we look forward to strengthening the bilateral relationship between Malaysia and Japan. Tokyo Street not only houses Japanese retail and F&B brands, we also collaborate with Japanese business partners to showcase Japan’s rich culture, heritage and technology,” said Kung Suan Ai, in a speech delivered on behalf of Puan Sri Cindy Lim.

Guests who attended the launch were treated to a traditional Japanese drum performance, as well as a sake barrel-breaking and cake cutting ceremony before being given an exclusive tour of the ‘Art of Kimono’ exhibition and Japanese pop-up stores at Centre Court before proceeding to Tokyo Street.

BE TRANSPORTED TO JAPAN

Since opening in 2011, the award-winning precinct has become renowned for blending traditional elements and modern facets of Japan’s dynamic culture and ambience. 

From now until August 26, shoppers will also be transported to the streets of Harajuku at Tokyo Street, where they can indulge in Japanese cuisine at pop-up booths selling sushi bentos, Yatai Ramen, green tea and beer from Asahi at Tokyo Street’s Event Atrium on Level 6.

Shoppers can immerse themselves in Japanese popular culture at one of Malaysia’s largest animation, comics and games conventions AniManGaki, held at Tokyo Street until 31 July. 

(cosplayers @Keijicoser @mintchicos_ and my daughter )

Cosplayers, anime lovers, comic enthusiasts, gamers, dancers and general shoppers can also check out AniManGaki’s cosplay,dance competitions and live musical performances on 30 and 31 July. 

Keep your eyes peeled for popular Malaysian cosplayers Hakken, YingTze and Preston in AniManGaki special meet and greet sessions!

Marvel at the spectacular display of limited-edition anime collectables, cosplay costumes, props and motorcycles featuring exclusive anime wraps. Don’t forget to shop at the AniManGaki Marketplace where shoppers can purchase limited edition figurines, handmade crafts, Ichiban Kuji and Gachapon.
 
 After exploring the exciting activities and pop-ups at Tokyo Street, sit back and enjoy a delectable Japanese meal at one of the precinct’s many restaurants. Don’t forget to check out exclusive promotions and discounts to shoppers who dine-in.

Rent a kimono or yukata at Kuma Yukata to snap photos at Tokyo Street’s famed Nakamise – a long row of quaint stores with wooden finishings, inspired by the famous Nakamise-dori Street in Japan. Or commemorate your trip to Tokyo Street with a snap by the precinct’s iconic Asakusa lanterns inspired by the Lantern of Kaminarimon (thunder gate) of Senso-ji Temple in Japan.

SHOPPER REWARDS
Shoppers who spend over RM200 through a combination of two receipts at Tokyo Street, or one receipt mall-wide, will be eligible to participate in a Lucky Draw contest and stand a chance to win more than RM160,000 worth of prizes from Isuzu, with the grand prize winner driving home a new Isuzu ride!

Those who spend RM80 in a single receipt at Tokyo Street or RM150 at Pavilion KL specialty stores will receive a Happy Gifts filled with Japanese snacks. With RM100 spent at Pavilion KL specialty stores, shoppers can redeem a RM10 Tokyo Street cash voucher. Maybank cardholders who spend RM150 at Tokyo Street or RM300 Pavilion KL specialty stores in a single receipt will be eligible to receive a free Japanese ceramic bowl with chopsticks.

For more information on Tokyo Street’s 11th anniversary events and promotions, shoppers can visit www.pavilion-kl.com or contact Pavilion Kuala Lumpur’s Concierge at 03 2118 8833. Shoppers can also check real-time updates on Pavilion Kuala Lumpur’s Facebook page, Twitter page or Instagram account.

Shoppers are encouraged to snap photos and take videos of the exciting Tokyo Street activities and decorations and hashtag #happyanniversarytokyostreet and #pavilionkl.