A Reunion of Timeless Tales at Quill City Mall, Kuala Lumpur

Inspired by the era of the 1920’s, Quill City Mall ushered the Lunar New Year of the Rooster with the theme Grand Shanghai, A Reunion of Timeless Tales. Grand Shanghai, in its heydays was the place to be, the place known for the greatest architecture, the best in art and entertainment.

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Grand Shanghai, A Reunion of Timeless Tales was officiated by Dato’ Dr. Jennifer Low, Group Managing Director of Quill City Group of Companies and Dato’ Micheal Ong, Group Executice Director of Quill City Group of Companies.

‘Carberet’ performance at Quill City Mall Grand Shanghai CNY Launching

The stage at the main court is majestically constructed to replicate the entertainment club back then, where one could get a nostalgic feel of what it is like to be serenaded by the Jazz and Chinese instrumental performance of the Golden era. The video shows abaret performance during the launching of Grand Shanghai, A Reunion of Timeless Tales in Quill City Mall brought a nostalgic feel of 1920’s. Check it out. It’s mesmerizing.

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A display of antiques and deco that will surely transport you back to the 1920’s.

Acrobatic Lion Dance Performance at Quill City Mall CNY 2017 Launching

And what’s Chinese New Year without the Lion Dance performance? Here’s a lively and amusing Lion Dance performance during the launching.

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In line with with its Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives, the mall hosted 60 senior citizens from Rumah Charis and Rumah Victory as well were they were of course, entertained by the lively acrobatic Lion Dance performance and the carberet performance before they were treated to sumptuos meal and a lousang session for good luck and prosperity.

Quill City Mall has also set up wishing cherry blosson trees where you can toss a ribbon tied to ancient coin and make a wish for whatever you want in exchange of a minimum donation of RM10. Proceeds of the donations will be channeled to Rumah Charas and Rumah Victory. Pretty neat, huh? You get to make a wish and at the same time, do good deed.

Exciting activities have been lined up too throughout the festive period, which includes caligraphy competition wirkshops, fan art workshops and clay figurine workshops for the entire family.

Shoppers may also redeem exclusive packet of Ang Pow with a minimum spend of RM88* and a premium Silk Pouch with a minimum spend of RM188*.

For more information on what Quill City Mall have to offer this festive season, hop over to:

https://facebook.com/quillcity/

Celebrate a Year of Abundance in Utara Coffee House, Armada PJ

So, it’s about two weeks before Chinese New Year 2017. Time surely flies. It felt like yesterday I celebrated the year of the Monkey in my husband’s hometown and now the ‘monkey’ is swinging away with the Rooster cock-a-doodling not far behind. Yes. It’s 2017 and it’s gonna be the year of the Fire Rooster soon enough. Frankly speaking, life have been pretty hectic and I haven’t even prepared a single thing for Chinese New Year 2017. Talk about procrastination, huh. Well, I may not crossed off any of my Chinese New Year’s shopping list yet, but I sure know where I can perch on for family reunion dinner and gatherings this Chinese New Year; Utara Coffee House, Armada Hotel Petaling Jaya.

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Utara Coffee House, Armada Hotel Petaling Jaya is my all time favourite place for bountiful festive feast, be it Chinese New Year, Eid or Christmas. Led by the fatherly looking Executive Chef Chew, the kitchen crew in Utara Coffee House is well known for enchanting diners with their scrumptious offerings all year through.

Utara Coffee House Armada PJ CNY 2017 Reunion Feast Offerings

In celebration of the Year of the Rooster, Utara Coffee House kitchen crews have prepared a golden abundance of Cantonese cuisine for your gastronomic pleasure. As shown in the video, a decadent Chinese New Year dinner buffet which also includes international spread awaits. Utara Coffee House have plenty of treasure for you to uncover but in my humble opinion, and here’s some of the must try and highlights for their Chinese New Year’s 2017 feast from the buffet table;

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Yee Sang; with a choice of King Salmon and Coral Clams with Special Ayam Percik Sauce and Salmon and Soft
Shell Crab with Roasted Sesame Sauce. The Yee Sang is priced at RM77+ per portion. Other classic Yee Sang available are the Salmon Yee Sang and Butterfish Yee Sang is also priced at RM77+ per portion and the Fruitti Veggie Yee Sang (vegetarian option) is priced at RM65+ per portion.

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Herb Chicken Consomme with Scallop Flakes

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Fried Rice with Smoked Chicken Ham

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Chinese Wax Rice

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Mixed Vegetables with Fatt Choy and Dried Oysters

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Stir Fried Four Angles Beans with Belacan

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Yam Basket

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Steamed chicken

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Steamed Chicken with Keong Chung

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Chinese Longevity Noodles with Kow Wong

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Deep fried Whole Fish with Cheong Cheng Sauce

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Steamed Fish in Premium Sauce

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Treasures Hot Pot ( Poon Choy )

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Roast Duck with Plum Sauce

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Stir-fried Prawns with Butter Coconut Flakes

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Baked Tiger Prawns with Cheese and Egg Yolk Au Gratin

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Chinese New Year Chicken Rolls

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Chicken slices

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Sushi Boat

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Fresh Sashimi

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Assorted Chinese New Year’s cookies and tidbits like Ngaku Chips, Love Letters, Peanut Cookies, Beehive Cookies and Nian Gao is also available for your enjoyment.

The Chinese New Year Reunion Buffet Dinner is priced at RM88+
per adult, RM62+ for senior citizens and RM44+ per child.

For guests who wish to indulge in exclusive set menus, Chef Chew and his team has whipped up four spectacular Prosperity Set Menus (per table of 10 pax with minimum 2 tables for private dining) ideal for private dining with family, friends or business.

Health, Wealth, and Luck awaits you when you dine privately in our Banquet Rooms with
the :
Blissful Longevity Set Menu priced at RM 988+
Everlasting Success Set Menu priced at RM 1188+
Bountiful Treasures Set Menu priced at RM 1298+
Golden Health & Prosperity Set Menu priced at RM 1308+
In addition, the hotel will also be selling CNY dining vouchers :
 Diners who purchase 10 dining vouchers between 1st January – 11th February 2017 will receive one free dining voucher.
 Bookings between 10 – 19 pax will receive ONE complimentary bottle of wine
 Bookings of 20 pax and above will receive TWO complimentary bottles of wine

For reservations or enquiries on our Chinese New Year specials, please call +603 7954 6888 ext 4557 – Utara Coffee House or email [email protected]

Vegetarian Restaurants for The Health Conscious, VDelight, Pavilion Elite Kuala Lumpur

I grew up in a family of carnivours. Well, almost carnivors. My parents doesn’t really emphasized on eating greens and I enjoyed my fair share of junkfood and fast food while growing up. It was stress-free and fun growing up not having to shove nasty tasting green leaf into your mouth. I was pretty much fine with that sort of diet until I turned 17 where I first met boyfriend, (now husband) in college. He came from totally different upbringing where eating clean and healthy was pretty much emphasized. My mother-in-law is a strict vegetarian and while my husband is not a vegetarian, whenever we visit her, we had to follow her diet as no meat whatsover is allowed at home. No meat, no fishes, no poultries and definitely no fastfood or trashy diet in her home.

I’ll be honest with you. It was hell for me as I literally grew up being some sort of a carnivor where I get away eating anything that I wanted at home but not in my mother-in-law’s house. Stressful? Yes. Not easy to adapt too as vegetarian diet is not exactly my cuppa tea, but as time goes by, I learned to appreciate her cooking and even had a few favourites myself.

Before I met my husband, the sight of even a small leafy thing on my plate repelled me, but these days, I’m just unfazed. Who says healthy vegetarian food can’t be mouthwatering? They can taste pretty good, actually.

And speaking of good vegetarian food, here’s one restaurant in Kuala Lumpur that serves delicious vegetarian food, with a modern twist.

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Located on 7th floor of the newly opened Pavilion Elite, VDelight brings the definition of vegetarian food to a completely higher level.

VDelight have a pretty impressive and extensive menu, and I managed to sample some of the dishes over there with my husband and son during our weekend out in Pavilion KL, and here’s sharing with you what we ordered;

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Mushroom Soup served in bread bowl. I’m not very sure how many types of mushroom used to make this mushroom soup, but the mushroom soup was nothing but delectable. It was not only bursting with flavour but creamy and rich too. One piece of advice, though; should you order this dish at VDelight, you might want to dig in immediately once it’s placed on the table as the bread tend to soak up the soup, and if you wait too long to have a sip of this, I reckon you won’t have much soup to enjoy and had to eat soggy bread soaked in mushroom soup instead.

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Mushroom Kingdom Pizza. Generously topped with a bed of mushroom slices, gooey cheese and a single sunny egg yolk in the middle, this Mushroom Kingdom Pizza is laced with a hint vinegar. Quite a delightful dish to have, as the vinegar brings out the taste of the mushrooms. If you are a fan of savoury food, this Musroom Pizza is highly recommended for you. For strict vegetarians who doesn’t consume eggs, kindly inform the chef to omit the egg yolk upon ordering.

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Szechuan Spaghetti is an interesting fusion of East meet West, China meet Itality kinda dish. Instead of being topped with the regular tomatoey or creamy and cheesy sauce, this spaghetti is sauteed and tossed in Szechuan chillies and fried peanuts. The result? Pretty much fiery and tongue numbing. Needless to say, the dish was extremely spicy. My husband and son enjoyed this Szechuan Spaghetti very much, but sadly I couldn’t take the level of spiciness despite liking the taste. My tongue was numb the very minute I twirled it my mouth and I gave up the battle of finishing this off after a few mouthfuls. I had my boys finish this off for me, and that’s just so sad as the spaghetti definitely enliven your senses with it’s interesting taste and texture. Highly recommended to those who loves spicy food and fiery sensation.

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Hashbrown Curry Bite Burger. The Hashbrown Curry Bite Burger is constructed with an adeptly fried golden hashbrown topped with fried foochuk slices and dry curry paste alongside with cucumber slices, tomatoes and lettuce leaf, accompanied by charcoal bun and served with a side of french fries, this burger is individually unique and fun to eat. It offers interesting taste and texture on the palate. Being a burger lover, I appreciate this dish very much and I wouldn’t mind ordering this again in my next visit. If you love savoury food, this is a must order from VDelight menu.

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Bibimbap. Being a Kdrama fan, I appreciate seeing this Bibimbap on the menu. For those who are not familar with this dish, Bibimbap Bibimbap is a Korean “mixed rice” dish. Bibimbap is usually served as a bowl of warm white rice topped with namul and gochujang, soy sauce, or doenjang with assorted meat and veggies. I usually like mine with beef bulgolgi and runny fried eggs on top. I was a little skeptical about the Bibimbap when I ordered it off from the menu at VDelight, but thankfully the taste is up to expectation despite lacking the usual beef or chicken. The rice was generously topped with assorted vegetables and fried eggs and served with a side of VDelight specially made kimchi. It was perfectly flavoured. I was told that this is a chef recommended and a bestseller in VDelight, so do give it a go. You might like it as much as I do too.

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VDumplings came with the option of fried or blanched. We opt for blanched. Stuffed generously with mushrooms and vegetables and served with a side of black vinegar and ginger dippings, these are pretty much addictive and great for snacking and sharing.

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Vietnamese Fruit Rolls. These are Vietnamese rolls with a twist. Instead of containing the usual meat and seafood stuffings, VDelight Vietnamese Fruit Rolls comes with a choice of mixed fruits, mango, kiwi or strawberry stuffing. A pretty refreshing platter, I must say. Another must order item on the menu.

Overall, dining in VDelight is simply delightful.The chefs in VDelight keeps the taste-meter high with its premium quality dishes that suits even hardcore meat eaters. I definitely wouldn’t mind a revisit to this restaurant to try out other items on their menu.

For more information on the restaurant, please refer to the information below:

Address:
VDelight
Lot 7.100.00&Lot S7.100.01
Pavilion Elite No.166
Jalan Bukit Bintang,
55100 Bukit Bintang,
Kuala Lumpur
Tel:- +603-2110 5352
Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/VDelightPavilionElite/

Website:- http://www.vdelight.com.my

Where to Shop for CNY 2017: Sungei Wang Plaza, Kuala Lumpur

It’s less than a month to the Chinese New Year 2017. Have you done your Chinese New Year shopping yet? Well, I’ve been very busy and I haven’t really go for my annual Chinese New Year shopping yet and still sorting out some of my Chinese New Year’s shopping list. There’s plenty of things on my list; new traditional clothes for myself and my boys, new shoes, and of course, a whole list of Chinese New Year’s goodies. Shopping for Chinese New Year can be quite a challenge for me as I like to shop in places that has everything that I want, value for my money and has good eateries that I can chill at after my shopping spree.

While there are plenty of shopping malls in Kuala Lumpur that is great to shop in, I only have a few favourites. One that tops the list is Sungei Wang Plaza. Why? Well, true to their tagline, ‘ For All Kinds of Everything’, Sungei Wang Plaza really does offers all kinds of things in their mall. The best part? Most of their merchants and tenants offers very reasonable price and I can spend hours and hours browsing around while hunting for good deals.

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The entrance to Sungei Wang Plaza

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Beautiful lanterns illuminating Sungei Wang Plaza’s sidewalk.

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Anyway, Sungei Wang Plaza has launched it’s Chinese New Year’s theme last weekend. The launch was kicked off with an eight feet long Koi Fish Fengshui Live Painting by Master Pang Heng Khan.

Lion Dance Performance CNY 2017 at Sungei Wang Plaza

And an acrobatic lion dance performance by the Malaysia Lion Dance Champion, Kwong Ngai Lion Dance.

Sungei Wang Plaza CNY 2017 Launching: Speech by Ms. Yuan May Chee

The launch were officiated by Ms Yuen May Chee.

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The event continued with the first “Love from Kampong” movie promo for a meet and greet session where celebrities interacted with their fans. Some of the scenes were filmed at Sungei Wang Plaza to promote the well-established mall in KL.

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Chinese New Year’s bazaar spotted at the concourse area

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Stalls selling traditional clothes spotted. Shopping tips: If the clothes doesn’t fit you nicely, you can always bring the clothes to alter at level 3 of Sungei Wang Plaza. There’s plenty of shops up there that provides alteration service. The alteration service is pretty quick, it usually takes a maximum of 3 hours.

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Chinese New Year’s cookies on sale.

Apart from great bargains in Sungei Wang Plaza, there are free workshops for your kids too. Drop by and let the children experience learning with fun at their tailor-made workshops with a selection of Art & Craft or Pineapple Tart and Cookie Making workshop on weekends. All you need to do is just register at the Customer Service Counter, LG Floor to join the workshops and if you’re luck enough, you might spot the God of Prosperity as well. He will be handing out lucky treats CNY treats to shoppers.

Collectable Sungei Wang Plaza Ang Pao is also back with four fascinating designs. Just spend a minimum of RM188 in a maximum of two (2) accumulated receipts to receive a Sungei Wang Plaza Collectable Ang Pao packet at four designs from different weeks. For spending above RM588 in a maximum of 2 accumulated receipts, you stand a chance to win yourself a 3-night cruise experience at Star Cruises worth up to RM8,560.00.

For more information, visit their website at www.sungeiwang.com or facebook page at www.facebook.com/sungeiwangplaza.

Resorts World Genting Takes Esport to Literally a Higher Level

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Kicking off the new year in a prestigious and sporty way, Resorts World Genting takes Esport literally to a higher level by becoming a host to Dota 2 tournament, from 6-8 January 2017 in the Arena of Stars, Resorts World Genting. The USD$250,000 tournament for the world’s top eight Dota 2 teams will definitely see exciting new setting for the region’s largest esports tournament.

Resorts World Genting in particular holds many records of its own to signify growth in Malaysia: not only does the First World Hotel hold the Guinness World Record for ‘world’s largest hotel’, the Resorts World Genting encompasses over 9,000 rooms spread across six hotels, theme parks, entertainment attractions, dining and retail outlets, international showrooms and business convention facilities. Bringing together expertise from numerous previous international ventures, the resort is committed to helping ESL to foster growth in South East Asia.

“Esports is a massive and growing industry globally, and we hope to play a meaningful role in developing the local and regional market,” said Kevin Tann, Vice President of Resorts World Genting. “We are proud to be collaborating with ESL, the world’s biggest professional provider of esports that offers not just tournaments like ESL One but also news, live broadcasts and support in the esports community.”

Leading international games market research firm Newzoo reports that the total esports audience for the South East Asian region is 30 million, out of which approximately 50% tune into esports-related content multiple times a month. Dota 2 is the most popular PC franchise in South East Asia, with 35% of PC gamers having played it in the past 6 months, followed by World of Warcraft (32%) and League of Legends (31%). New data from Newzoo suggests that the PC and MMO games’ revenues in the region will surpass US$765 million in 2016.

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Are you a huge fans of Dota 2? Here’s an opportunity to celebrate your favourite team’s win. All you need to do is:
1. Predict who will win in Group A and Group B on day 1 (6 January) and ‘comment’ your predictions here: http://bit.ly/2hWbu9L
2. One lucky winner with correct predictions will be picked each day to walk away with an autographed #ESLOneGenting2017 T-shirt by @fnatic dota

Contest closes on 6th Jan at 2:00pm.

Watch this space for more updates: http://bit.ly/FBEventPage_ESLOneGenting

KFC Cheesy Mushroom Crunch

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Cheese lovers are in for another treat – An exciting new cheese sensation has hit KFC stores nationwide! The KFC Cheezy Mushroom Crunch is the latest cheese creation that promises a taste experience that is set to satisfy all cheese and KFC fans.

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This limited-time offer is a perfect fusion of flavours and textures.

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KFC’s Cheezy Mushroom Crunch is available in a 2-piece as well as a 5-piece combo meal that comes with KFC’s signature sides of coleslaw, whipped potato and a regular carbonated drink from as low as RM13.50*. A delicious combination of rich creamy cheese and sliced button mushrooms, topped over the favorite KFC Hot & Spicy chicken, offers an indulgent sensory experience that is tasty beyond words.

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For a burger experience of this latest cheese creation, the Cheezy Mushroom Burger is also available during this promotion period.The Cheezy Mushroom Burger is available ala carte from just RM9.10* and can also be purchased in a combo meal that includes a regular Crispy Fries and a regular carbonated drink.

The KFC Cheezy Mushroom Crunch is available nationwide at all KFC restaurants from today until 20 February 2017 or while stocks last. For more information, please visit www.kfc.com.my

*Prices may vary depending on location.

the Curve Welcomes Chinese New Year with Imperial Grandeur

 Opulence and abundance herald the dawn of the Year of the Golden Rooster, as the Curve ushers in the festive season in a truly magnificent fashion! Hosting The Empress’s Celebration: Return of the Empress, Malaysia’s first pedestrianised lifestyle mall is set to celebrate an auspicious start to the new lunar year with its loyal shoppers and patrons.

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From January 7 to 30, 2017, visitors to the mall will take a step back into the imperial days of old as the Curve transforms its Centre Court into an elaborate and spacious throne room, with a luxurious red carpet paving the way through the ceremonial hall. Reminiscent of the grand palaces Ancient China, two mighty guardian statues stand watch at the entrance as silent and noble protectors. Intricately-carved pillars over 14 feet high feature dragons and other oriental motifs, while lavish silken drapes add to the majestic atmosphere. Overlooking the area is the masterpiece of the mall’s décor, an ornamental two-tiered throne set on a raised dais. The setting truly offers an authentic ambience like no other that is sure to leave shoppers captivated.

Set within this spacious court setting, The Empress’s Court Dance Musical welcomes the arrival of the Spring Festival with a live musical performance. Joy and excitement abounds as Empress Huang and her court pay homage to good fortune and new beginnings. The powerful sounds of ancient Chinese instruments accompany a traditional Chinese sleeve dance, popular within imperial courts for centuries. Dressed in bright red and shining gold, with embroidered sleeves over four meters in length, the dancers will leave audiences awestruck as they swirl and flutter gracefully across the stage.

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There’s plenty to look out for when visiting the Curve this Chinese New Year. Catch the thrilling Fortune Acrobatic Lion Dance, or the heart-pounding Imperial Celebration Drums. Enjoy the gentle harmonies of the 3-piece, 5-piece or 7-piece Imperial Symphony, featuring traditional Chinese instruments such as the guzheng, erhu and pipa. On top of that, don’t miss the opportunity to meet the God of Prosperity on his walkabouts around the Curve.

Additionally, shoppers can prepare for their festivities with an array of great offers from vendors around the mall, ranging from Chinese New Year apparel and accessories to cookies, hampers and more.

Take home a dash of the Imperial Kingdom! Throughout the campaign, shoppers who spend RM138 and above in a maximum of two receipts at any outlet in the Curve will be able to redeem the Empress’s Imperial Red Packet. Better yet, an elegant Imperial Banquet Set will be redeemable with a minimum spend of RM388, which comes in a variety of four colours, courtesy of the Curve. All redemptions are subject to terms and conditions, and while stocks last.

Eager to learn more about the Curve’s Chinese New Year campaign? Contact the Curve’s Customer Care Officers at 03-7710 6868 or visit the Curve’s website at www.thecurve.com.my or Facebook page at www.facebook.com/theCurveShoppingMall.

A CNY Rendezvous with Datin Ong at eCurve!

 

Get ready for a vibrant, thrilling and fabulous Chinese New Year celebration as eCurve gears up to welcome the Spring Festival with Malaysia’s very own diva extraordinaire, Datin Ong.

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From January 7 to 30, 2017, award-winning actor, singer and radio personality KK Wong will play the titular character in eCurve’s festive campaign themed “Datin Ong’s CNY Rendezvous”. Complete with snazzy glasses, big hair and quick-fire wit, Datin Ong will draw in audiences of all ages and backgrounds with a series of hilarious performances, from a stand-up comedy act to ‘expert’ tips on style and fashion. An impromptu concert will add to the entertaining act, featuring highly-animated performers dancing and grooving in a perfect complement to Datin Ong’s energy.

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Visitors to eCurve will not want to miss the laughter-filled show, taking place every weekend and Public Holiday throughout the campaign at the mall’s Centre Atrium. With brightly-coloured, custom-made lanterns dangling from above, casting a cheery glow over charming peony plants and festive decorations, the lively atmosphere will certainly showcase the arrival of Datin Ong in style

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That’s not all. More exciting activities await, including energetic acrobatic lion dance performances. Visitors will also want to welcome a little good fortune into their lives by catching the God of Prosperity on his walkabouts around eCurve.

For those looking to get a head start on preparing for their festive celebrations, eCurve will leave patrons spoilt for choice at the mall’s Chinese New Year bazaar. Check out the plethora of great offers and deals on CNY merchandise, including apparel, accessories and more!

Can’t get enough of eCurve’s Chinese New Year Campaign? Shoppers who spend RM150 and above in a maximum of two receipts on the same day will be able to redeem lucky Ang Pow packets as well as an exclusive, delicately-designed Floral Ceramic Bowl Set, courtesy of eCurve. All redemptions are subject to terms and conditions, and while stocks last.

Excited to learn more about eCurve’s Chinese New Year campaign? Contact eCurve’s Customer Care officers at 03-7725 0277 or visit www.ecurve.my or eCurve’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/eCurveMall.

Laugh Yourselves Silly with ‘Laugh Die You’ at Resorts World Genting

Feeling all stressed up and need to have a good laugh? Well I know how stress can get to you and people don’t really laugh that much anymore these days. Laughter, as we know is the best medicine for everything, including stress. And here’s a good news for all of you stressed up people out there.

Resorts World Genting,in collaboration with Popcorn Studio Sdn Bhd today unveiled the entertainers of ‘Laugh Die You’ comedy show, in anticipation of a hilarious and amusing night at the Genting International Showroom on 11 February 2017.

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Top notch comedians Kuah Jenhan, Mark Lee and Jonathan Atherthon drew the attention of newsman today as they promise the audience of ‘Laugh Die You’ a hearty laugh that will relieve physical tension and stress.

The trio will feature a variety of jokes underpinned by the classic bickering  between Malaysians and Singaporeans. They are expected to bring the house down as they will take a jab at one’s nation albeit all within the parameters of a stand-up comedy.

The title ‘Laugh Die You’ derived its meaning from a literal translation of a popular Cantonese phrase which means ‘laugh til you die’. The trio will deliver rib tickling entertainment in their 150-minute show that is expected to have the audience elated and energized.

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Kevin Tann, Vice President of Promotions&Entertainment at Resorts World Genting said that he hope that the stand-up comedy will not only bring cheer during the new year to the audience but hopes that it will help the audiences to escape reality for a little while and relieve their stress.

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Tickets for ‘Laugh Die You’ are priced at RM308 (VIP), RM258(PS1) and RM158 (PS2). There’s a 10% discount for FIT and 15%discount for GRC members during the Early Bird promotion that is on til 15th January 2017.

For more information, call +603 2718 118 or visit www.rwgenting.com.

Beautiful Island Escapade: On the Hills Of Luxury at Shahzan Villa, Tioman

Once upon a time, I was a novelist. I write novels of romantic nature. Some are of fantasy genre. There are 32 of them in total. But right now, after years of writing novels and creating characters and worlds that I’ll miss by the time I ended the story, I go on hiatus. You can say that I’m having a nasty case of author’s block and I want nothing to do with writing novels anymore. Well, at least not for the moment. I will write stories, yes. But not a full blown 500 pages of novel. It would be too much for me at the moment. You have no idea how it feels like each time you write ‘the end’. Unlike other forms of writing, noveling is different. Each time I write a story, everything it the story feels so real. And crazy as it might sound, sometimes I fall in love with my characters as well and ending a story and saying goodbye can be rather painful and heartbreaking. It is like a huge part of you have died.

Anyway, going on a hiatus does not mean that I don’t miss going on writing retreat in beautiful and inspiring places. I don’t live in the lap of luxury, but I’ve experienced how it is like to stay on the hill of luxury, literally during my recent trip to Tioman Island with my family.

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Presenting to you, the magnificent Shahzan Villa in Berjaya Tioman Resort. The luxurious Shahzan Villa is arguably the most expensive villa in Tioman and it nestled majestically on top of a hill in Tioman Island. The villa is equipped with a cable car access to it and it is said to be the favourite lodging choice for the members of Pahang royal family, especially His Majesty the Sultan Ahmad Shah of Pahang. This place reminds me so much of one of my fantasy novel, ‘ Time Tempest’, where the main character lives in a mansion overlooking the sea.

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Seeing Shahzan Villa is like seeing my story coming alive. Nestled on the hill and overlooking the sea, the Chinese believes that this Shahzan Villa have a very good Fengshui and would bring prosperity and good luck to those who stays here. Facing West, Shahzan Villa offers beautiful sunset view and is great for those who wants a secluded, novel- like experience retreat with their loved ones.

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Dawn from the balcony of Shahzan Villa. It was a bit gloomy the morning we were there, but the view was still breathtaking with Renggis Island in sight.

Dawn from Shahzan Villa, Berjaya Tioman Resort

Watch the video to get a better idea how it looks like from Shahzan Villa.

Shahzan Villa boasts 5 beautifully romantic rooms, livingrooms, dining area and the kitchen.

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Here’s the living room

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Dining room

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The rooms in Shahzan Villa offers a very romantic ambiance with views overlooking the sea.

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Perfect for a romantic interlude, I must say.

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One of the rooms in the Shahzan Villa.

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Another room in Shahzan Villa

Shahzan Villa is perfect for a quiet retreat. It also makes a perfect lodging for a destination wedding’s lodging or a shooting location. One night in Shahzan Villa will cost you MYR25,000 with full butler service and MYR12,000 with no butler service.

For more information and booking inquiries for Shahzan Villa, head over here: http://www.berjayahotel.com/tioman

Pic credit to: Adam Lau, Malaysianfoodie and Raja Sheril