Amplify Hari Raya Joy with Neffos X Series

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In conjunction with the Raya holidays, Neffos Malaysia is now offering consumers a special Neffos X Series promotion package exclusively for online purchase at Lazada.my.
In addition, the Neffos X1 Max which was introduced earlier this year has officially entered the Malaysian market. Available in Cloudy Grey, the Neffos X1 Max will also be a part of Neffos X Series Online Raya Promotion which comes with a limited Neffos premium gift box while stocks last. The premium gift box contains plenty of exciting accessories such as selfie stick, iRing, transparent phone casing and a screen protector. Prices begin from RM699 and promotion lasts until 30 June 2017.
However, stay tuned as beginning of July there will be an even more exciting news as buyers will be able to stand a chance to receive limited edition Fazura merchandise and a signed copy of her new album.

The Neffos X1 and X1 Max runs on the Octa-core MediaTek Helio P10 chipset with up to 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage*, which can be expanded with a microSD card up to 128GB. The phones supports dual-band Wi-Fi and multiple LTE bands for fast internet access where available, thus capable to handle anything from typical smartphone activities, like web browsing and video streaming, to demanding games. Powering the Neffos X1 is a 2,250mAh battery while the X1 Max gets a larger 3,000mAh capacity which features unique capability as the X1 Max supports fast charging with 50% charging in just 30 minutes.

Let’s Have a Fun Raya with IJM Land at Riuh Raya 2017

Wanna spend some fun time with your family this coming raya but not sure where to go without cracking your savings to travel? Well then, get ready to mark your calendar as IJM Land has recently announced for the exciting Riuh Raya 2017 to be happening on Saturday 15 July at IJM Land Seremban 2 Sales Gallery – a special Raya celebration and open house organized by IJM Land offering live performances from Malaysias top celebrities.

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Pic: Dato’ Hoo Kim See (right), Senior General Manager (Central Region) of IJM Land Berhad together with Malaysia’s top celebrities Stacy (left), most talented and versatile female performer in the music industry since becoming the winner of Akademi Fantasia Season 6, and Akim Ahmad, the lead singer of Akim & the Majistret, Malaysia’s most popular and current Award-winning Band launching IJM Land’s ‘Riuh Raya 2017’ – to be happening on 15 July 2017 at IJM Land Seremban 2 Sales Gallery.

Starting at 3pm until 6pm, visitors can anticipate  fun-filled interactive activities and freebies for the day, along with a sumptuous feast of buffet spread at Riuh Raya 2017 specially prepared by IJM Land consisting of every Malaysians’ favourite Raya dishes such as ketupat and rendang that never fail to tempt our taste buds. In addition to the mouth-watering banquet, guests will also get to strike their best poses and memorialize the fun moments from this event at Riuh Rayas special photo booth and also stand a chance to win freebies through the Spin the Wheel activity. Kids who will be attending the event on 15 July will be delighted to know that IJM Land will be giving out a token of Duit Raya as well.

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Pic: Dato’ Hoo Kim See (middle), Senior General Manager (Central Region) of IJM Land Berhad together with celebrity guests Adam AO (second from left), Akim Ahmad (third from left), Stacy (fifth from left) and members of Akim & the Majistret launching ‘Riuh Raya 2017’ to be happening on 15 July at IJM Land Seremban 2 Sales Gallery. Akim & the Majistret and Stacy will be offering live performances  at ‘Raya Riuh 2017’, while Adam AO And Zulin will be celebrity emcees for the day.

Visitors can eagerly look forward to exciting live performances by Malaysias favourite celebrities namely Akim & the Majistret (most popular and current Award-winning Band in Malaysia) and Stacy (most talented and versatile female performer in the music industry since becoming the winner of Akademi Fantasia Season 6) – who will be guests stars of the evening specially invited by IJM Land. Celebrities Adam AO and Zulin will also join in the fun as emcees for Riuh Raya 2017, making this event a simply not-to-be-missed for the Seremban community.  

IJM Land always seeks to be a part of the Seremban community and to bond closer with them in connecting and building meaningful relationships with one another. For this festivity, IJM Land hopes that this platform would serve to be an excellent moment for people to bond together  sharing the joy that comes from celebrating a joyous occasion with diversity of all sectors during the month of forgiveness and togetherness.

“We spend most of our time working hard and chasing after our dreams. This occasion provides us with the opportunity to take a break, take a step back from our busy lives and reunite with our beloved family and relatives again,” said Dato Hoo Kim See, Senior General Manager (Central Region) of IJM Land Berhad during the Buka Puasa session with media that was held in conjunction with the announcement of Riuh Raya 2017.

Seremban, being the hometown of many, allows us to experience the beautiful Raya vibes even more as we see the streets filled with family members and friends gathering together to celebrate this wonderful season. We hope that by organizing Riuh Raya 2017, we can provide them a platform to have fun and rejoice with their loved ones.

“We are also thankful to be able to have some of Malaysias favourite celebrities to join us for this event, and we hope to offer a Riuh event that will be enjoyed by the community, added Dato Hoo.

As part of the highlights on Riuh Raya 2017, IJM Land will be offering a special rebate of up to RM 10,000 for the purchase of selected properties made during Riuh Raya. Visitors interested in IJM LAND properties will be able to kill two birds with one stone in acquiring the home of their dreams and enjoy the Hari Raya celebration.

As the saying goes that great moments are meant to be shared, IJM Land encourages people living in the neighbourhood to drop by and share this moment of togetherness with them. Let this be a moment of enjoyment as everyone savours the good food with great companions and rousing music.

For more information on IJM Lands Riuh Raya 2017, please contact IJM Land Seremban 2 Sales Office at 1 800 222 456.

A Peruvian Gastronomic Experience at Brasaria, Jaya One Petaling Jaya

It was a Sunday and I was feeling quite overwhelmed after a long day at work. Yes. You are reading that right. As a freelancer, I don’t get weekend off. Holidays are usually my working day and last Sunday was no difference. Food is usually a balm to my tired soul and therefore, I’m constantly on the lookout to indulge in good food. Food always makes me feel better and happier, even when I had a bad day. It is like eating all my unhappiness away.

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I wanted something different and having heard from my friend Hanny Abdullah about this Peruvian chicken joint, Brasaria, I thought I’d give it a go. From the sunny coasts of Lima, across the Andes to the Amazon, Peru’s diverse landscapes are rivaled only by its culinary culture. Considered as one of South America’s gastronomic touchstones, food cultures from the world over have melded with local cuisine to form unique hybrids that are authentically Peruvian.

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Here’s some of the items that my family and I tried from the menu:

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Pollo a la Brasa, a delicious pit roasted chicken that has come to be synonymous with Peruvian food worldwide. This chicken dish are marinated overnight in a blend of spices and then turned gently over a live fire. You are supposed to squeeze a dash of lime juice over the crackled skin but to me, it is as flavourful as it is. Served with the signature Brasaria Aji sauce, I assure you that you will be hooked and would want a repeated experience. Available in three different sizes: El Nino, El Gordo and El Jefe, diners can choose between quarter, half or a whole chicken. You may customise your spice level too – for a milder kick, opt for their Aji Mild flavour, but if you’re in the mood for a more fiery taste, I definitely recommend the Aji Hot.

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Brasaria Rice. This is actually Peruvian yellow rice with raisins. Tastewise? Well, I’m not a big fan of raisins in my rice, so this doesn’t exactly suit my palate. But my husband and son are fine with this dish. They seems to like it but I gave this a pass after a spoonful in favour of the Pesto Spaghetti.

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Pesto Spaghetti is one of the new item on the menu over here in Brasaria. The taste is all right. Not overwhelming with herbal or greeny taste and seems to be everyone’s favourite that night. Well, at least it’s mine. I practically slurped everything off the plate.

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El Sánguche is a sandwich dish where pulled roasted chicken is wrapped in a Ciabatta bun and served with a side of cassava chips. Highly recommended for those who wants a quickie, fuss free meal. Simply delicious and I wish I had two of these instead of one.

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Elote, or corn on the cob is a popular street food in Mexico, although it is frequently served at home prepared in the same way. It is customarily consumed on a stick, or by grasping the husk of the cob that has been pulled down to form a “handle” but here in Brasaria it is served differently and is slathered with Aji Mild sauce, chilli powder and a healthy amouny of grease. This simple dish is very flavourful and highly addictive. I definitely approve this on my dining table.

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Latin Trio a a triple dose of fiber. This dish offers roasted sweet potatoes, plantain and pineapples for you to munch on. Pretty satisfying dish even on its own.

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Salchipapas. If you are looking for something light to munch on, simply orfer Salchipapas. This is simply deep fried french fries with slices of chicken frankfurters served with a dipping sauce of your choice.

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El Pollo Pie was to die for. This is a pie dish featuring roasted chicken filling bedded in a buttery, flaky pie crust topped with Aji sauce. Served with a side of salad, this is easily one of those unforgettable comfort dish that you can order at Brasaria.

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Tres Leches Cake, literally translated to English as the Three Milk Cake is a light, airy sponge cake soaked with a mixture of three kinds of milks: evaporated milk, sweetened condensed milk, and heavy cream. I don’t have sweet tooth and therefore I did not fancy this as much as other dishes at Brasaria. My son however, polished the cake off and asked for my portion. I guess this is good as long as you like sweet food.

Overall the dining experience over here is pleasant. Good food with affordable price, great companion, what more can I ask for? The only thing that is missing is probably just a Piñata fiesta. I’d really love to smack a papier màché and get some candies from it over here.

Note to Over A Cuppa Tea Readers: Show this blog post while dining at Brasaria and say the password “POLLO ALA BRASA” and you will be entitled to a 15% discount off from your bills. However, this cannot be used with other promotions or discounts.

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

Address: D-59-G, Block D, Jaya One, Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
Hours: Daily, 11.30am-9pm.
Tel: +603-7627-4626

Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/brasaria.my/
Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/brasaria.my/

Affordable LEGO Found at Carousell

Have you heard about Carousell? Yes? No? I have no idea what Carousell is all about until a friend of mine, who is an avid Carousell user told me about it.

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Carousell is is an online community platform for selling and buying your used goods. Buying items through Carousell online platform is very easy. Access to available items for sale is made through smartphones or laptops / desktops.

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Using Carousell is pretty easy. All you need to do is register an account. You may do so via email or your FB account.

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Then, browse for your choice of items.There are wide varieties of pre-loved items being sold at Carousel, ranging from clothings to household apparels, but what caught my interest the most are the children’s toys that are sold over there. The stuff are mostly pre-loved items but they are mostly still in a very good condition. Simply click ‘BUY NOW’ to make a purchase. Easy as 1, 2, 3 I must say. But of course, do ensure that you have a good internet connection, otherwise your purchase will not be processed successfully.

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One of the soft toy that caught my attention, a pink Alcapa

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Reasonably priced toys. I was looking for a LEGO set for my son the other day and guess what? I saw plenty on sale too over here.

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Check this out, people. Assorted LEGO set for just RM25. That’s a steal, I must say. Usually they cost much more than this. I’m definitely getting this for my son.

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Anyway, if you are parents to newborns and babies, they also have baby toys on sale.

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One of the baby toys that I spotted.

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And here’s another one that I thought not too bad for parents with newborns.

I must say that I’m impressed with what the Carousell community members have to offer on the site. Not only the goods are still in tip-top condition but goods are sold at a very affordable price too.

Let’s just face it, sometimes buying pre-loved items have its advantage, especially for parents whose babies and children are growing up rapidly. There is no sense buying expensive toys only to discover that the kids will either outgrown them or lose interest in them in about a week time and the toys will be left unwanted in the corner of the room.

When it comes to buying babies children’s toys, I personally think buying from Carousell is a smarter move. I highly recommend Carousell for your online shopping needs, especially for parents who constantly need to cater to their children’s entertainment needs.

Excitements Overload at Vision City Video Games Park, Resorts World Genting

As per my family tradition, we usually go on an eco escapade during school holidays but this time around, the school holiday coincides with Ramadan, the Muslim fasting month and since we are observing Ramadan as well, going outdoors and opting for activities that requires extreme physical exertion is definitely out of the question as we are fasting.

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And so, instead of exploring some jungle again, my family and opt for some fun at Vision City Video Games Park at Resorts World Genting during the last weekend of Malaysian midterm school holiday.

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Located nearby Genting Grand Hotel, Vision City Video Games Park offers 24 hours of unlimited arcade fun. Never mind what people say about arcade parlours having seen better days: but arcade gaming is definitely here to stay, especially in the context of a holiday resort. Whether one is holidaying alone, with family or friends, or with work colleagues, arcade video games do offer much entertainment value, promising hours of fun and instilling a sense of togetherness
among people. Vision City Video Games Park is where leisure seekers of all ages can enjoy the countless machines that provide an array of pleasurable challenges.

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This is one of the largest arcade centres in the country, with a total of 429 units of machinery are available, offering four different types of games, namely video games, redemption games, kiddie rides and skill games.The total number of video games available is 294, including the latest state-of-the-art video machines from Japan, Taiwan and China.

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Unlike the traditional arcade that I grew up with, no coin tokens are required for the machines over here at Vision City Video Games Park but we are required to use eZiCash instead.

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These eZiCash are the currency for Vision City Video Games and enables you to play at the arcade machines and the carnival-like games. All you need is this eZiCash card with preloaded credits in it. We got two of the cards and armed with RM200 credits loaded in each eZiCash cards respectively.

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Checking and topping-up for remaining credits can be done at designated machines for it. All you need to do is just swipe the card at the machine and you will be shown your eZiCash value.

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The arcade gaming machines are pretty much hot stuff over here and you can see people going for them all the time for their dose of fun and here’s my husband and son trying one of them. This machine features a skill game where you will need team up with another player and shoot your enemy with it while strategizing and escape route.

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My husband giving a competitive racing game a go.

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My husband trying one of the all time favourite classic arcade game, the pinball game.

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Getting my hands on a Transformer game. This is also another one of those skill machine where I need to do both maneuveuring and shooting. Pretty challenging and I was killed off in game pretty much early.

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Me, trying my hands at a music box game. I fared better here than the earlier Transformers gaming machine.

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Playing the drumming game was really satisfying. I actually won this game and made it to final round.

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I’m hopeless at arcade and carnival games but this time around, I was really hoping that I could can bring some plushies. Let’s just say that this is one of my unfulfilled childhood whims; being able to loot loads of plushies back from the arcade. And so, after rounds and rounds playing at those arcade machines, I practically dragged my husband and son to play those carnival games instead. Here is where you can redeem prizes instantly should you win the games that you chose to play.

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Catch the Rubber Duckies game. This game relies on nothing but sheer luck. If you managed to fish a duck with a label on it’s underside, then you will win a plushie to bring home.

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I gave up on this after my fourth try. Needless to say, I won nothing from the Rubber Duckies Game.

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Knowing that it will be a futile attempt for me to win anything from the games over here, I bullied my son to help me win something instead on the next game; the ring tossing game.

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And when the boy failed in the game, I got my husband to help me out at the claw machine game. I kinda like the plushies in the machine but I failed in getting any plushies from there after so mamy attempts. Like the Catch the Rubber Duckie game, this is quite tricky to play too. Clawing the plushies takes alot of hand-eye-coordination skill.

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But winning plushies from Vision City Video Games Park is not impossible. All it takes is alot of skills and focus, and of course, patience and perserverence. My husband and son managed to win a pair of Couple Ants for me before we left.

We may not win back a dozen plushies from the games, but it was a really fun for us as a family, and I wouldn’t mind a repeated experience.

For more information on Vision City Video Games Park, call +603 2718 1118 or visit www.rwgenting.com

Sweeten Up Your Ramadan and Eid at Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf

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Local favourites get a tasty twist at The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® (CB&TL) this Ramadan and Hari Raya, with sweet and savoury treats for every palate. The new, limited edition menu is designed to perk up the senses when you need it most in line with the festive season.

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Taking the spotlight is the decadent Straits Cake.

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A luscious combination of pandan sponge cake sweetened with the rustic taste of gula melaka and coated in cream cheese with a dusting of desiccated coconut.

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If dessert seems incomplete without chocolate, look no further than.

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The Chocolate Earl, a delicious cake infused with the delicate aroma of Earl Grey tea leaves covered with a tantalizingly smooth chocolate ganache, the perfect match with the fragrant and frothy Earl Grey Tea Latte.

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For those who prefer savoury temptations, the Spicy Tuna Pie with its delicate, flaky crust and the satisfying, perfect-for-sharing.

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Chicken Rendang Pull Apart are great options for a light meal or snack, paired with the refreshing Mint Lime Tea (comes in variants of Iced Sweet Tea, Sparkling Sweet Tea or Granita Tea Ice Blended®) to cool things down.

For more information and current promos by Coffee Bean&Tea Leaf, hop over here: https://facebook.com/CBTLMalaysiaPage/

the Curve Empowers Single Mothers this Raya

The Islamic month of Ramadhan represents a month of fasting, blessings, forgiveness and charity for Muslims around the world. In this spirit, the Curve has joined forces with social enterprise Simply Cookies on their quest to empower single mothers whilst celebrating a joyous festive season with their children.

The five-week long collaboration between the Curve and Simply Cookies marks a first-of-its-kind initiative for the mall, as it provides the social enterprise with a platform to reach out to mall goers with their variety of products.

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In conjunction with the official launch of the Curves Raya campaign, Ahlan wa Sahlan to the Sheikhs Manor, the Curve was delighted to welcome the management of Simply Cookies along with the social enterprises partner, Persatuan Wanita Bersatu Berwawasan Malaysia (PWBBM), a womens support organisation also dedicated to lending aid to the single mothers community through providing basic necessities, financial advice and more. As special guests, 11 single mothers from PWBBM and their children were feted by the mall for a wonderful buka puasa treat. Singer-songwriter, actress and model Ziana Zain was also a guest of honour at the event.

Upon their arrival at the mall, the guests were ushered into the malls Centre Court which had been transformed to highlight the wonders of classic Islamic architecture. The shades of turquoise, white and blue used for the décor along with a customized water feature and intricate geometric design elements can be likened to a beautiful Sheikhs mansion. Mesmerised by the immersive ambience, the guests were seen eagerly anticipating the activities in store for them.

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Kicking off the evening was the stunning Dance of Ahlan Wa Sahlan performance by a group of talented dancers dressed in eye-catching costumes. The great dynamics between each dance move and the catchy beats ignited the thrill of Ramadhan amongst the audience.

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Encik Jazmi Kamarudin, General Manager of the Curve, said, It is a time-honoured tradition for us at the Curve to give back to society. Over the years, we have worked with many organisations, but this partnership with Simply Cookies is a new and exciting venture for us. More than just having them over at our mall for a treat, we are also delighted to lend our support to their cause by providing them with free retail space to operate their cookie booth for five weekends.”

“Through this partnership, we hope both the organisation and the mothers will be able to raise more funds that will not only strengthen their financial positions, but also give them the Hari Raya Aidilfitri they truly deserve. It has also been great having both Simply Cookies, the single mothers of PWBBM and their children here at our Raya campaign launch as special guests, and we hope they enjoyed their day with us as well,” concluded Encik Jazmi.
The mothers and their children were pleasantly surprised when they received Raya packets from the Curve and goodie bags courtesy of Pesona Warisan, Nusantara Creations, La Divine and Waarna. The mothers also walked away with a highly coveted Ziana Zains World shawl and an additional Raya packet from the songstress herself. The guests then adjourned to Ah Tuan Ee for a scrumptious buka puasa meal. 
Taking place from May 26 to June 27, 2017, the Curves Raya campaign will see the mall buzzing with interesting performances and activities. These include the live dance musical, Gambus Raya performance and Khat Art Workshop happening on weekends and public holidays. Shoppers can also catch Jazzy Raya performances on Friday nights.

This Raya, shoppers who spend RM200 and above in a maximum of two receipts are entitled to exclusive Raya Gift Packets, while those who spend RM450 and above in a maximum of two receipts will take home with them a Festive Plate Set. All redemptions are subject to terms and conditions and are available while stocks last.

Visitors to the Curve are also encouraged to support Simply Cookies by visiting their booth located on the Ground Floor along the Street (facing Starbucks Coffee), open every Friday to Sunday throughout the duration of the campaign.

To find out more, contact the Curves Customer Care Officers at 03-7710 6868 or visit www.thecurve.com.my or the Curves Facebook page at www.facebook.com/theCurveShoppingMall.

School Holiday Fun at Genting International Children’s Festival 2017

It’s early of June 2017 as of writing and May and June usually marks the midterm holidays for most schools in Malaysia. Yes. School’s out and I’m really excited about it. Why? Well, maybe some parents who are working a 9 to 5 job detests school holidays as they need to make arrangements to accomodate their children while they are at work and plan a vacation and stuff to keep their children from feeling bored, but being a freelancer, I love school holidays very much. It means I get to hangout with my son more and we get to do more fun things together instead of being in a boring routine loop.

As per our family tradition, I usually make a point to plan an eco-escapade and get close to nature during school holidays but this time around the midterm school holiday coincides with Ramadan, the Muslim month of fasting and therefore, tough outdoor activities that requires exertion are definitely out of question since my family and I are also observing Ramadan. So, instead of getting ourselves into some jungle misadventure again, we headed over to Resorts World Genting during the first week of holiday, as plenty of exciting things are going on up there during the school holiday; mainly the Genting International Children’s Festival.

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Upon arrival at SkyAvenue, Resorts World Genting, a carnival-like atmosphere were abuzz and we were entertained by a brass band ensemble’s performances.The ensemble performed two songs at each of their designated light stop in SkyAvenue.

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Live band performing “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You”. Their performances was pretty cool and lively, and not having enough, my family and I went abit crazy and followed the band around in SkyAvenue to enjoy their performance at each of their stops.

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Initially, I thought that was all but I was completely wrong as just after the brass band ensemble made their exit, we spotted anime cosplayers coming out for meet and greet and entertain the kids. I’m a huge fan of anime. Characters spotted in the cosplayer’s entourage; Sailormoon, Dragonball characters, Vocaloid Hatsune Miku, Naruto, Fullmetal Alchemist characters, St.Seiya, One Piece character, Suicide Squad character and Disney prince and princesses.

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Spotting Sailormoon and Dragonball characters is where my nuts practically went off the bolt. I’m a huge fan of these two anime series and behaving more like a school kid myself rather than someone’s mother, I chased after the cosplayers with my husband and son in tow for some pictures.

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And of course, what Ellie wants, Ellie gets. And here’s yours truly with her all time favourite heroine, Sailormoon. Yup. That’s a Moon Stick I was holding. It’s Sailormoon’s weapon. But of course, mine was actually just a monopod that I bought months back from Jonker Street in Melaka.

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Who strikes a better Sailormoon pose? Me or her?

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From left: Vocaloid Hatsune Miku and Chun Li from Street Fighter.

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Some other anime characters spotted: Naruto from Naruto Shippuden, Luffy from One Piece, St. Seiya and Alphonse Eldric from Fullmetal Alchemist.

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Joker and Harley Quinn from the Suicide Squad.

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Dragonball characters. From left: Son Goku, Freeza and Piccolo.

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Here’s a pic of me with Piccolo

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My son and Piccolo

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My husband doing his Dragonball power up pose as Freeza watches on.

Being an avid anime fan, being able to meet and greet the characters is quite an exciting experience and almost a childhood dream come true. If you or your kids are an anime fan as well, you might want to check out the Genting International Children’s Festival. The Genting International Children’s Festival 2017 will be ongoing from 27 May to 11 June 2017. But if you are not, there are plenty other activities during the festival you can keep your eyes peel on.

Below is the schedule for your reference:

Cheers & Pom
Venue: Level 1, SkyAvenue
Time: 12noon, 2pm, 6pm and 8pm daily

Storyland: Cosplay Meet & Greet
Venue: Level 2, SkyAvenue
Time: 1pm, 3pm, 7pm and 9pm daily

Street Beats: Brass Ensemble
Venue: Level 3, SkyAvenue
Time: 12.30pm, 2.30pm, 6.30pm, 8.30pm daily

Paradise: Forest Fairies Ballet Dance
Venue: First World Rainforest, and Boulevard’s Parade at Genting Grand Open Car Park
Time: 1pm, 3pm, 5.30pm, 7.30pm daily

For more information on ongoing events at Resorts World Genting, call +603 2718 1118 or visit www.rwgenting.com

Soul of Shaolin: Hui Guang’s Story

Being a hopeless romantic, I love all things romance, especially novelisation of a romantic story. When I was a teenager, I spent much of my time reading romance fiction, much to my parents’ chagrin. I had my head in the clouds with Mills&Boon and Harlequin Roamnce, but heading to adulthood, my taste in reading somewhat changed and broaden into military and action category where the stories tends to be more on the complicated and intriguing if not darker side. The actions weaved in the stories intrigue me.

I have plenty of favourite authors whose masterpieces now lays on my bookshelf but among the well known and respectable one that tops my list is Jin Yong a.k.a Louis Cha. Jin Yong is a Chinese writer who authored a series of WuXia fiction. Jin Yong’s novels are written in Chinese, a language that I am illiterate in but his work are legendary enough that plenty of translators in the book industry translated his novels into English, making it readable for those who cannot read his books in their original language. Among the notable work that I love is the Condor Trilogy; The Arching Heroes (射鵰英雄傳), The Return Of Condor Heroes (神雕侠侣) and The Heaven Sword and Dragon Saber (倚天屠龍記).

WuXia which literally means “martial heroes”, is a genre of Chinese fiction concerning the adventures of martial artists in ancient China. Although WuXia is traditionally a form of literature, its popularity has caused it to spread to diverse art forms such as Chinese opera, manhua, films, television series and video games. It forms part of popular culture in many Chinese-speaking communities around the world.

I have always thought that I will only be able to enjoy the Chinese martial art story strictly via novels and TV series, but Fate has other thing on her mind and I was given a chance to witness martial art drama live, on stage through ‘Soul of Shaolin’ theatrical show.

Among the oldest institutionalised styles of Chinese martial arts, Shaolin kung fu is second to none in terms of beauty and artistry. And kung fu enthusiasts would be delighted to know that this magnificent martial art form will be on full display at Resorts World Genting.

Soul of Shaolin: Hui Guang’s Story takes centre stage from 28 May to 26 June 2017. This critically acclaimed show earned a nomination at the 63rd Tony Awards in 2009, and has held more than 500 performances worldwide in such countries as the US, Australia, Italy, Norway, India, Korea, Turkey, Macau, Hong Kong, and Turkey. When it opened at Marquis Theater on Broadway in January 2009, all its seven performances were sold out and Jan 15 was promptly proclaimed China on Broadway Day by New York City.

Here’s sharing with you all about it.

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Soul of Shaolin: Hui Guang’s Story is a stirring portrait of the life of a Shaolin monk.

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The tale begins with a woman who is forced to abandon her son when she finds herself pursued by a group of bandits.

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The woman hides her child among tall grass before jumping off a cliff in her effort to evade capture.

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The child is later found by Na Luo, a Shaolin kung fu monk, who also picks up a piece of broken jade he finds near the former.

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Na Luo and the child

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Na Luo taking care of the child

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Years go by, and the child, named Hui Guang, grows strong and healthy raised and taught by Na Luo and also Miao Xing, the abbot of Shaolin Temple.

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Hui Guang while growing up

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A scene during Hui Guang’s growing up years

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Hui Guang, all grown up.

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An interesting act in Soul of Shaolin

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Playful little monks in action

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Heart-stopping scene being performed

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Hui Guang’s past is not hidden from him; the truth is revealed to him, along with the piece of jade.

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Depressed upon learning about his tragic past, Hui Guang gets drunk and ends up provoking other monks.

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Mother and son’s longing for each other being portrayed.

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Hui Guang, wallowing in his emotions by drinking and getting drunk.

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He is then punished by Miao Xing who places him in a cave known as Bodhidharma.

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As it turns out, Hui Guang learns about being a paragon of virtue that it is the real soul of Shaolin.

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The story continues with him later crossing paths with his mother. Still out looking for her son, she once again finds herself in trouble when she runs into some ruffians. Hui Guang and Na Luo come to her aid, and while fighting off the hoodlums, the former loses his piece of broken jade. When his mother comes upon it later, she searches for him at his temple.

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Mother and son are reunited and both wish to leave the temple to begin life anew. Unfortunately, temple rules dictate that a monk that wishes to leave, must fight his way out.

Now, I won’t spoil your experience watching this Soul of Shaolin: Hui Guang’s Story by telling you what happened next, but I promise you that these are real Shaolin Kungfu we’re talking about. During the show you will get to see real Shaolin monks performing REAL Shaolin kungfu moves with no fillers or eye tricks.

It is not only action packed but filled with emotional scenes and moral values as well. Beautifully artistic and filled with emotions, Soul of Shaolin: Hui Guang’s Story will keep you on the edge of your seat and is highly recommended and a must watch for all martial art lovers and enthusiasts. It draws you into the world that you could have never imagine exists and will leave you breathless.

Soul of Shaolin: Hui Guang’s Story will be held at Genting International Showroom at 9pm or 4pm*, from 28 May to 26 June 2017. There will be two shows at 4pm and 9pm on 24 June. A total of 22 shows are scheduled, with each screening lasting 90 minutes (with 10 minutes intermission).

Tickets for Soul of Shaolin: The Story of Hui Guang are priced at RM156 (VIP), RM126 (PS1), RM96 (PS2). GRC (Genting Rewards Card) members enjoy a 10% discount.

For more information, call +603 2718 1118 or visit www.rwgenting.com

Tourism Selangor Collaborates With Hanatour Company to Build Up and Commercialise Travel Packages for Korean Market

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Tourism Selangor (TSSB) showcases its travel packages and connects businesses from the state of Selangor, Malaysia and Korea in a B2C session at Hanatour International Travel Show 2017, in Korea from 8 until 11 June 2017. The event will be held in Kintex Exhibition Center, South Korea as Tourism Selangor is participating for the first time in the South Korea’s largest travel expo. 

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Tourism Selangor’s booth at Kintex Exhibition Center this year features Cyberview Resort and Spa, Cyberjaya to promote their special packages in accommodations and award spa. There were more than 1000 exhibition booths last year, attracting more than 95,000 visitors in four days, which the number is expected to increase this year. 

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Tourism Selangor has also officially tied up with Hanatour Company in launching its special tour packages during the exhibition. Aiming to increase arrivals in the upcoming years, Korea is a renowned destination for Malaysians, while Tourism Selangor has welcomed millions of tourists from Korea into both Selangor and Malaysia. Last year, South Korea ranked at number 4 out of all Eastern Asia countries, with the total number of 43,755 tourists from January until December in 2016.

From the fascinating fireflies colonies at Kampung Kuantan, Kuala Selangor to the world class shopping centers, Asia’s best entertainment and theme parks, there are many more attractions in Selangor that needs to be showcased to the people of the world. Others include Batu Caves, the iconic Indian temple, award winning themepark, Sunway Lagoon and golf packages.

The new packages also emphasizes on a number of new products that have emerged rapidly. These products such as Sky Mirror in Kuala Selangor, Mah Meri Cultural Village in Carey Island, Homestay Banghuris & Haji Dorani, the renowned Royal Klang Heritage Walk, as well as a number of its newest tourist-friendly shopping malls are forecasted to become a hit for Korean tourists. Bookings for the tours to these attractions can be made through Hanatour Travel Agencies available during the exhibition or via their website.

“Koreans are loyal tourists to Malaysia and we are concerned about tourism demand from South Korea. There are several tourist destinations in the state which have a potential to be included in package tours such as Kuala Selangor, Sekinchan and Sabak Bernam. It is going to be a fully customized and curated tour, guests would be picked up at their doorsteps (hotel) and the tour guides, activities, refreshments and meals are included in the package,” said Madam Noorul Ashikin Mohd Din, The General Manager of Tourism Selangor.

“The development of tourism into Selangor as far as Korean tourist arrivals did not depend solely on Hanatour being the “General Sales Agent” for all Korean market. It was the concerted efforts of all licensed local and Korean agents, Tourism Malaysia, airlines and the hotel and accommodation providers among others,” she added.

Discover Selangor is a benchmark for Tourism Selangor in promoting new and old products that have not garnered much attention, thus highlighting and promoting them to the public as well as the tourism market, domestically and abroad. The accompanying ‘Heart of Malaysia’ is used as a slogan to strengthen the current promotional campaign, specifically indicating Selangor state as a hub for transportation, development, investment, business, education, medicine and others – where it all begins and centered in the Selangor state.