Thursday 22 September 2016

Daily: Malaysia International Gastronomy Festival 2016 Media Launch


Berjaya Times Square 
20th September 2016 

High Octane Chefs Announced! 

Media from around the world, celebrity guests and thousands of members of the public looked on in awe as the Malaysia International Gastronomy Festival (MIGF) and its preview event, Taste MIGF were announced in an action-packed Media Launch at Berjaya Times Square recently. 

The event set Kuala Lumpur’s city centre abuzz with a parade of Porsche supercars carrying the High Octane Chefs of MIGF 2016, as well as Festival Royal Patron Tunku Naquiyuddin ibni Tuanku Ja’afar and MIGF Organising Chairman Dato’ Steve Day from the Malaysian Tourism Information Centre on Jalan Ampang to Berjaya Times Square. 

A huge crowd eagerly awaited and cheered the arrival of the 34 cars as they pulled up to the shopping mall’s entrance. The cars revved their engines as they came to a halt before the chefs made their way down to the stage area on the lower ground concourse where a stage replete with Harley-Davidson motorcycles set the scene for the official introduction of this year’s Festival restaurants and their chefs.

As guests resumed their seats, leather-clad biker dancers took to the stage for a high-octane performance before superstar magician Dr Moudini wowed guests with a handful of mind-bending tricks. His grandest illusion of all he saved for last, as the spectacular motorcycles on stage were covered with a large black cloth. Quick as a flash, the sheet was pulled away to reveal Dato’ Steve and Tunku Naquiyuddin atop the bikes. 

After revving their engines, Dato’ Steve took to the microphone to welcome the assembled crowd to this year’s Festival. The Organising Chairman beckoned in the new era of the Festival, in which ‘Gastronomy’ has replaced the word ‘Gourmet’ in the MIGF acronym. This change reflects the ever-changing landscape of Malaysia’s vibrant dining scene and gives rise to the most diverse lineup of restaurants in the Festival’s 15- year history. 

With that, the chefs from said restaurants burst onto the stage one-by-one to much applause from the assembled throng. Familiar faces stood alongside MIGF debutants as the public got its first glimpse of the men and women who will be cooking up a storm throughout the gastronomic extravaganza from 1st -31st October. 

After several group shots, the chefs their way down to a specially-created area in which each restaurant showcased one dish from their Festival Menus. Tunku Naquiyuddin, Dato’ Steve and all of the guests made their way around the stations feasting their eyes on the mouth-watering dishes and whetting their appetites before this weekend’s culinary affair.

Taste MIGF, which will take place at Berjaya Times Square from 11am to 10pm on Saturday the 24th and Sunday 25th September 2016, will allow tourists and locals alike to sample food from all the festival restaurants as they gather together under one roof in a specially designed Theatre of Cuisines. 

All they need to do is buy Gourmet Dollars at the venue on the day of the event or in advance at a discount at www.taste.migf.cpm. Taste MIGF will also feature a Gourmet Village and a range of Master Chef cooking classes, as well as a special cooking demonstration by 3 Michelin, starred chef Albert Au.

Monday 19 September 2016

Daily: Hassle Free Shopping with EZbuy!

Have you heard of EZBuy before? For the uninitiated, it is a website where you can shop and purchase all type of items, or you can even purchase items on the famous shopping site, Taobao by choosing the 'Buy For Me' section.

For those who always faced difficulties getting stuffs on Taobao because you simply can't read Chinese, all you have to do is copy and paste the link on to the tab and it will re-direct you to the page, complete with the total amount of the item in RM.

This is the item link I would like to purchase after browsing through Taobao

Here is the page on EZBuy after pasting the Taobao link 

I find it so convenient, especially because I'm a skeptic when it comes to purchasing items on Taobao for fear that it may end up missing and I wouldn't know who to contact for my parcel as I'm not fluent in Mandarin at all. Buying through EZBuy solves that headache as they are an agent who will deal directly with the online store and get the items sorted out.

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Wednesday 14 September 2016

Daily: {Press Release} Malaysian International Gourmet Festival 2016 'High Octane Chefs' Are Back!

24th and 25th September 2016
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1st to 31st October 2016 Taste MIGF Returns! Taste MIGF, the spectacular preview event of the Malaysia International Gastronomy Festival (MIGF), returns to Berjaya Times Square Hotel Kuala Lumpur on the weekend of 24th and 25th September. Prepare to taste fabulous food from all over the world as the Festival Master Chefs gather in the ground-breaking Theatre of Cuisines to deliver bite-sized portions from their specially-crafted Festival Menus. The envy of every food festival around the world, the unique format of Taste MIGF gives the Malaysian public and scores of international tourists a peek into the very best of the Malaysian food industry. With the theme ‘High Octane Chefs’, Taste MIGF 2016 will showcase the very best restaurants in the country as the culinary masterpieces whipped up by their chefs continue to dazzle diners year-after-year. This year’s Festival features a bountiful array of cuisines from across the globe including Sri Lankan, Japanese, Cantonese, Italian, French, Western Classic, Seafood, Malay, Nyonya, Argentinian Steakhouse, English, Mediterranean and Asian Fusion. For more details, head on over to . High Octane Chefs The Malaysia International Gastronomy Festival (MIGF) itself will take place from 1st to 31st October 2016. During this time, Malaysia’s premier league of dining venues will serve special Festival Menus at very special Festival prices found only throughout the Festival month. Festival regulars will note that the “G” in MIGF used to stand for gourmet whereas today the initial stands for the far more all-encompassing Gastronomy.

“The word gastronomy reflects the evolution of the food scene in Kuala Lumpur,” says Dato’ Steve Day, Organising Chairman of MIGF and Taste MIGF. “When the Festival started 15 years ago, there were barely a dozen fine dining restaurants in KL and they were primarily based in hotels. Today we see hundreds of premium eateries all over the country serving every cuisine imaginable.” For more details, visit TASTE MIGF Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th September 2016 In line with the theme High Octane Chefs, Taste MIGF on the weekend of 24th-25th September promises a slew of exciting gastronomical activities for the whole family in a carnival-like atmosphere. Aside from the delicious food being served up in the Theatre of Cuisines, visitors to Taste MIGF can also shop at the Epicure International Gourmet Village, attend Master Chefs’ cooking classes and enjoy wine appreciation talks and a host of other informative workshops. At Taste MIGF, food lovers can exchange Gastro Dollars for sampling portions from Malaysia’s best restaurants in the specially created Theatre of Cuisines. Centre Stage is the Theatre of Cuisines which will be chock-full of attractions all weekend long! The star and centrepiece of these attractions will be daily cooking demonstrations by Chef Albert Au, a recipient of three Michelin stars with restaurants all over the world, who will be making a special stop in Malaysia just to be a part of the Malaysia International Gastronomy Festival.

Super Gourmet Safari at the Theatre of Cuisines The Theatre of Cuisines will be open from 11am-10pm on both days of Taste MIGF, during which visitors can buy their Gastro Dollars and embark on a Super Gourmet Safari. This is where they get to sample culinary creations by some of the country’s best chefs as they serve up tasting portions from their Festival Menus. Taste portions are designed to be big enough to satisfy but small enough to allow people to try as many dishes as possible.

Get your Gastro Dollars First and Enjoy a Discount
To go on a Super Gourmet Safari, all visitors need do is purchase Gastro Dollars. Gastro Dollars that have been created for convenience, helping to minimise queues and delays as people do not have to wait for change. Gastro Dollars will be available on the day of the event itself but can also be pre-ordered online at a 5% discount and then collected at the venue later. Visit for full pricing information.

Epicure International Gourmet Village
Visitors to Taste MIGF can shop at the Epicure International Gourmet Village where gourmet food and beverage vendors sell everything from fine wines to exquisite cheeses, as well as a wealth of mouth-watering delicacies from around the world. The Epicure International Gourmet Village will be open to the public from 11.00am to 10.00pm on both days of the explosive weekend.

Epicure Lifestyle Workshops
At the Epicure Lifestyle Workshops, appreciation workshops and cooking classes are conducted back to back, from noon until evening, on 24 and 25 September. The cooking classes are carried out by Festival Master Chefs and guest chefs from 5-star hotels while appreciation classes are facilitated by top notch experts in their respective fields, sharing their knowledge with visitors to Taste MIGF.

LuxuryPlus Showcase
Taste MIGF 2016 will also feature the return of the LuxuryPlus Showcase – from high end art pieces and tableware to boutique scents and exotic getaways, the showcase highlights the finest luxurious lifestyle options.


From 1-31 October, the Malaysia International Gastronomy Festival proper begins, showcasing some of the best restaurants in the country. During this time, Special Festival Menus will be presented by each of the participating restaurants and are available at special Festival prices designed to make it easier than ever to experience the sumptuous food for which these venues have earned their reputations. The theme for this year’s Festival is High Octane Chefs – an apt title considering that the ever-popular Taste MIGF takes place on the weekend between the Singapore and Malaysian F1 Grand Prix races, during which the city is expected to be packed with international motoring enthusiasts.
Reflecting the evolution of the dining scene in Malaysia, MIGF now stands for the Malaysia International Gastronomy Festival and not the previous ‘Gourmet Festival’. Whereas premium dining was once limited to the usual staples in a few five-star hotels, restaurants of all types have sprang up over the years offering many types of dining experiences. This year’s lineup of participating restaurants is among the best and most diverse in the Festival’s 15-year history. The Olive, one of the signature outlets of Genting Highlands and winner of the coveted Golden Cauldron Award for Best All-Round Restaurant of MIGF 2015 returns with Chef Radzuan Hamzah once again cooking up sensational Western Continental creations. The Olive is accompanied by fellow Genting participant, LTITUDE Restaurant, Bar & Lounge. Italian food has always been a mainstay on the Festival roster and this year, the much-loved cuisine is once again well represented with Marini’s on 57, Neroteca and Senja returning to the Festival fold alongside new entrant Savini Ristorante Italiano. MIGF favourite Dynasty, from Renaissance Kuala Lumpur Hotel, returns with some of the city’s finest Chinese offerings; while The Westin Kuala Lumpur’s Five Sen5es is also back after a two year hiatus, offering premium Cantonese fare. Berjaya Times Square Hotel’s Samplings On The Fourteenth Restaurant makes its fifth Festival appearance this year, serving up fine Western Classic fare, while Ruyi & Lyn are back to dazzle with their innovative Pan Asian cuisine.

On the French side, two new players make an appearance – 2OX, a charming French bistro located in The Row, and DC Restaurant, an exciting new restaurant helmed by Le Cordon Bleu award winning graduate Darren Chin A group of seafood specialists make their Festival debut, including Southern Rock Seafood Kitchen, Unique Seafood PJ23 and The Elite Seafood Restaurant. From Irish premium oysters to South African abalone, these eateries offer KL’s finest ocean treasures. Adding a dash of spice to the lineup is returning restaurant Aliyaa Island Restaurant & Bar, and newcomer Cinnamon, brightening up the spread with colourful Sir Lankan cuisine. For a taste of authentic home cooked Penang Nyonya cuisine, head to LHH Straits Chinese Kitchen which also makes its debut, along with traditional Malay restaurant Ketuhar and Dato’ Yaakob Fazley’s eatery, Suka Sucre Bistro. Authentic flavours from the Land of the Rising Sun can be had at new Japanese restaurant Yoshinari and if you fancy a spot of cricket with your meal, The Sticky Wicket might be just up your alley. Meanwhile, Imara Mediterranean Cuisine brings a blend of delights from countries including Greece, Lebanon, Cyprus, Spain and other countries surrounding the basin. Rounding off the list as we go to print, are the purveyors of premium steamboat at Yezi, where some of the capital’s most unique broths can be found, and premium steakhouse Pampas, located in the revamped cluster of old shop-houses now known as Old Malaya. For a full list of MIGF restaurants as they are announced, be sure to keep an eye on .

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Friday 9 September 2016

Daily: Lazada Big Brand Sale (5th to 11th September)!

I shop online most of the time because its so much more convenient than driving out to a mall and going through the hassle of finding a parking. There are some sites which are my favourite and one of it is Lazada. They always offer discounts on items and they even have additional price cut offs on certain days when you pay using card. Their website is so organised and they sort their items into different categories as well. That's why I enjoy scrolling around on the websites for some deals. If you're a fan of branded goods, I have some fantastic news for you!

Lazada is currently having the 'Big Brand Sale' from 5th to 11th September and the items are all on 85% off! From fashion, jewellery, eyewear and travel items, you can browse through and find your favourite brands at discounted prices. This discounts seem almost unbelievable, but as Lazada deals directly with the brands, they are able to source these items at these amazing prices! The deal was too good to miss out on, so I got myself a pair of shades from Ray-Ban. 

The packaging it came in

For those who are skeptical of purchasing these branded goods online, worry not, as they have proper labels as they are indeed original products. The box was also sealed when I received it and it wasn't tampered before.

By the way, *3 on the box indicates that it has high protection against sun glares.

Love the sunnies box, hard and solid. Perfect to store my new found love in it.

This is the useful information booklet you can find inside the box. The shades have high optical resolution and are impact resistant as well.

Here is the much loved shades! What I really love about the shades is that it is quite light and doesn't feel uncomfortable at all. At the same time, it doesn't feel wobbly or unsteady when I wear it.

Thanks Ray-Ban for sponsoring me this new pair of shades!

So, what are you waiting for? Shop away before the deal is gone!

Monday 5 September 2016

Petsmore Roadshow @ Bandar Baru Sri Petaling

I love dogs and I absolutely adore them. I can't wait to have my own Maltese one day. Anyway, recently, I came across a Petsmore roadshow which will be great for pet owners to stock up some items at a steal.

Petsmore have about 25 outlets all around Klang Valley and they offer grooming services besides just some of the pet essential items.

Some of yummy dog food for your babies at home! They are all on discounted prices, so grab them while stock lasts.

A wheel of fortune during the roadshow

Check out all the items for your pets here!

In conjunction with 'The Secret Life Of Pets' movie, Petsmore is having a roadshow from 21st July till 2nd October 2016 at 13 of its outlets.

21 to 24 Jul 2016       - Empire Shopping Gallery 
28 to 31 Jul 2016       - The Mines 
4 to 7 Aug 2016         - Bandar Puteri Puchong 
11 to 14 Aug 2016     - SS15 Subang Jaya 
18 to 21 Aug 2016     - Bandar Mahkota Cheras 
25 to 28 Aug 2016     - Bandar Baru Sri Petaling 
15 to 18 Sep 2016      - Dataran Sunway, Kota Damansara 
22 to 25 Sep 2016      - Bandar Park, OUG Mega Mendung 
29 Sep to 2 Oct 2016 - SS2 Petaling Jaya 
6 to 9 Oct 2016          - Cheras Viva Mall 
13 to 16 Oct 2016      - Kota Kemuning 
20 to 23 Oct 2016      - Subang USJ Taipan 
27 to 30 Oct 2016      - Kepong Metro Perdana

Some of the items which are on huge discount and promotions at the moment!

Be the first 200 to apply for a Love Card and be entitled to the RM 10 for 5 grooming sessions for your adorable pets. On top of that, you get the RM 300 Pet Voucher as well as the RM 30 cash voucher.

You can even opt to add on another RM 88 for additional 12 grooming sessions and 12 days of pet hotel stay.

More promotions!

Hurry, head over to your nearest Petsmore outlet by referring to the schedule above.