Great Eastern Genting King of The Mountain Carnival

Like I mentioned in my previous post on Great Eastern Genting King of The Mountain by Viper Challenge 2016, I’m not much of an athlete. But I do enjoy things that’s related to sports. I’m quite a sucker for positive energy and I’ll have you know that during the Great Eastern Genting King of The Mountain by Viper Challenge 2016 event recently in Resorts World Genting, there’s nothing but positive energy over there. The highly positive aura being emitted were not only by the challengers, but supporters who came to lend their support as well. It was more than enough to keep me feeling good for a week.

Apart from the positive energy, I also enjoyed funky music and delicious carnival food as well during the Great Eastern Genting King of The Mountain by Viper Challenge 2016 event.

Wait a minute, did I say delicious carnival food and funky music? Well, I certainly did. 15 challenging obstacles were not the only highlight during Great Eastern Genting King of The Mountain by Viper Challenge 2016, but the carnival that came alongside were an attraction on its own too, especially for foodies.

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Food trucks selling all sorts of delicacies. Most of the food sold here were high calories, to help the challengers refuel and sustain themselves.

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One of the food truck that’s spotted with perpetual queue is none other than this one; the one selling all sort or cold pressed juice.

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One of the star attraction during the carnival is this; Roasted Chicken on Rack. The method of cooking is similar to the famous Ayam Golek, I must say. The only difference is that the chicken were hung up on the rack during roasting.

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Plump chicken being roasted to perfection.

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Absolutely famished and being a certified glutton, I was a tad disappointed when I was told that they did not sell a whole chicken for our gastronomic pleasure, but hey, look at this; the chicken were nicely chopped up and were served with a side of adeptly fried French fries and freshly made coleslaw. It was simply a divine meal. For just RM15, the roasted chicken was definitely a steal.

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Other carnival food that was constantly hunted by ravenous challengers from the food trucks were these; Cheesy Nachos with Pulled Lamb and Churros. The Nachos was absolutely delicious but I didn’t manage to have a bite of the Churros as it was gone within seconds upon serving and I can’t really be bothered getting it again as I was already feeling full by then. I guess the Churros was really good too, considering how if went poof-ed.

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Happy faces with happy tummies. These are a sight for the sore eyes, don’t you think? People cheering for one another, helping one another as to not leave anyone behind; those things are like drugging oxytocin and make me feel so hyped up and happy. Or maybe, it was the food that made me so happy? 😉 Whatever it is, I surely want to be a part  of all these again next year. Well, at least the carnival part of it, that is. 😛

Great Eastern Genting King of The Mountain by Viper 2016

I’m not much of an athlete. In fact, I don’t do sports very well despite the fact that I love outdoors activities like camping, rock-climbing and jungle trekking. I’m never good at sports that has time cap to it where I have to keep up the pace with others. If you’re to ask me, the only sport that I enjoy is probably just horseback riding and some leisurely swimming, as I don’t need to keep up with others or really sweat it and use much of my energy and it gives me somewhat a relaxing effect afterwards, but I do enjoy the massively positive energy that emits from athletes during competitions and whatnot. It’s not only motivating but uplifting as well. Watching them alone gives me Adrenaline boost that could hype me up for days.

Anyway, I was given the privilege to be at the Great Eastern Genting King of The Mountain Challenge by Viper 2016 last weekend alongside with some media friends. It was held in various Resorts World Genting’s properties where participants will need to go through 10km and 15 crazily tough obstacles challenges that was set up in order to be crowned the King of The Mountain. Some 10,000 participants has signed up for the challenge and I thought the figure alone was pretty much overwhelming in my opinion. I could scarcely believe that people would actually want to go for such tough challenge, but I guess there are loads of competitive people out there that will never turn down the opportunity to test their endurance.

Challengers were flagged off by wave. If I’m not mistaken, they were flagged off by 1,000 for each wave and the earliest wave were flagged off at 8am.

Any kind of sports is a no no without proper warming up. Here’s some of the challengers doing their warming up routine.

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Challengers doing sit ups

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Challengers doing push ups.

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Not sure what this is called, but this warming up routine sure looks fun.

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Here’s the emcee of the day, beckoning challengers towards him for flagging off sessions. He’s in charge of hyping up the challengers throughout the day. I don’t know how he does it, but his words were like enchantments itself. Even a bystanders would feel all hyped up after listening to his pep talk.

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Flagging off at the starting line at The Ranch in Genting Highlands.

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Challengers posing for us during the flagging off.

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The face of pure excitements. Can you see how pumped up they are? That’s plain energy you are looking at.

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Challengers running off towards the obstacles with anticipations and excitements.

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Spotted this sweet young couple participating in the Great Eastern Genting King of The Mountain Challenge by Viper 2016 together. Now that’s a relationship goal everyone should aim for. Going through obstacles and challenges together, hand in hand, literally and figuratively. Now, isn’t that romantic? I don’t know what you think of it, but in my humble opinion, this is a romance worth writing about. This is the real til death do you apart kinda thing.

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One of the first few obstacles; The Bloated Belly. This is located at the Awana Driving Range. All you need to do is climbed onto the huge inflated balloon to pass the obstacle. Looks easy, no? Well don’t let the picture deceive you. It’s tougher than it looks.

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The walk of grime up ahead at Awana Teambuilding Pond. The Water Net Crawl is slippery, muddy and definitely not something you would want to go through alone.

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This obstacle course calls for teamwork and helping each other out in order to lift the net and pass through it.

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Participants might be strangers and were not properly introduced to each other prior to the challenge. But here during Great Eastern Genting King of The Mountain Challenge by Viper 2016, they are all comrades.

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Holding true to the tagline of Great Eastern Genting King of The Mountain Challenge by Viper 2016: Leave no one behind, everyone helps each other out during each obstacles that they encountered.

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One important thing that I learned during the Great Eastern Genting King of The Mountain Challenge by Viper 2016 is that regardless of your achievements, you should give yourselves a pat on the back. Every little success calls for a celebration. That’s what life is all about, a celebration of little achievements.

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The Monkey Bar Split may look like something you can see in children’s playground, but this is certainly not a child’s play.

Great Eastern Genting King of The Mountain Challenge 2016: Monkey Bar Split

The Monkey Bar Split takes alot of swinging and hanging efforts. No pun intended, though.

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Slightly similar to The Bloated Belly obstacle, this is the Cargo Net Climb.

Great Eastern Genting King of The Mountain 2016: Cargo Net Climb

This obstacle course were located at Awana Longhouse.

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A closer look at the Cargo Net Climb challenge.

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It is definitely not for the fainthearted.

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On the far right of the picture is Austin, an expatriate from the US. He’s a special need individual as he is verbally challenged. But despite of being socially impaired, it does not stop him from pushing himself further. Now, that’s one thing each and every one of us should learn from Austin; never limit yourselves just because people tell you that you can’t do it. You are capable of anything that you want to achieve, as long as you put your mind to it.

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It was a very hot day. The Great Eastern Genting King of the Mountain by Viper 2016 challengers were in luck though. Under Armour’s obstacle treats them to all the Air Sirap Bandung they could ever dreamed of drinking.

Great Eastern Genting King of The Mountain 2016: Obstacale 10

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Challengers were supposed to swing along without dunking themselves into the water, of course.

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This obstacle course looks easier than it looks and many ended up falling into the water and swam instead.

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Challenger swimming to the shore.

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10km and 15 obstacles is definitely not an easy feat, but as far as the Great Eastern Genting King of the Mountain by Viper 2016 challenge goes, nobody were left behind.

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With teamwork, sportsmanship, empathy and compassion, each and every one of the challengers had a taste of the finishing line and the glory of being crowned the King of The Mountain.

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Here’s a picture of patriotism

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A picture of joy despite being completely drained.

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A picture of cheekiness, telling us to take it easy and not to take life too seriously.

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A picture of teamwork and great effort

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A gentle reminder that moments in life should be immortalized and no cameras is too big for a wefie.

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A picture of sexy and beautiful bodies. I refuse to elaborate more on the grounds that I fear that I’d describe it too explicitly, so use your imagination, ladies and gentlemen.

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And last but not least, a picture of us, the Team Media.

The Great Eastern Genting King of The Mountain Challenge by Viper 2016 taught me alot of important lessons in life, but the most important one of all got to be the the one that tells me that life is full of obstacles and challenges, but you are capable of anything that you set your mind to achieve. It’s no small lesson indeed and I am grateful to be apart of it.

How Travelling Changes Your Personality For The Better

Travelling is one of the best things one can do to improve your quality of life. It has got tons of benefits you are able to reap, with it being able to boost both your physical and mental health. Who doesn’t want to explore and take risks when it comes to visiting new places and meeting new people? Travelling changes your personality but it does not help you boost your health. Studies have now shown that travelling can help improve your personality for the better, or at least change it to a whole new perspective.

Long-Term Travelling Boosts Personality?

This study was created Dr. Julia Zimmermann and Researcher Franz Neyer. They went out to prove the alternation of personalities in their published paper found in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.
These two researchers found their data through studying two groups of German students, with one group travelling abroad for a few semesters, while the other group studied in one area. This was to study how the period of travelling depends on changing your personality, as well as how the new “perspective” or change of social network makes the groups of people change after the trip. The groups start off with a test regarding the five main personality traits: openness to experience, agreeability, outgoingness, emotional stability, and efficiency/organization. The group who came back from their trip will be doing the test again to compare their personality before and after their study abroad.
There were mixed results, but they were expected, as those who went abroad scored higher in social aspects of the test such as outgoing-ness. Those who stayed put scored higher in emotional stability, agreeability, and openness to experiences.

Travelling Changes Your Personality in Six Ways

But how exactly does travelling change your personality? Here are 6 ways how:

1. You get to meet new people and experience new things, thus opening your eyes to a whole new perspective. You start to become more understanding and see things from other points of view rather than sticking to your own opinion. You also get to appreciate the little things in life, such as simply washing your face or taking the bus going to work.
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2. You start to become spontaneous, and it’s fine. Many people are scared of spontaneity, often preferring to stay in their usual routine. But once they start travelling, it’s a completely different thing and they start to love the spontaneity or at least be okay with the idea of going somewhere out of their comfort zones, even if it’s something as simple as taking a different route to work.

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3. As you travel more, you start to have a zest for life, where you feel like you are out of your comfort zone and free from whatever was restraining you before. For example, visiting Japan where you are a native English speaker. Hearing a foreign language can be a daunting experience, but it sure does help you become more tolerant.

4. Because you are experiencing new things and meeting new people, you feel more open and outgoing, having a better time making new friends and being the one initiating conversations. You’re no longer afraid or feeling the social anxiety many people seem to suffer from. Also, you start to get the difference between real and fake friends, most especially the difference between the friends you have on social media and those who are actually someone you trust and can talk with. Because you will be travelling more, you will begin to feel detached and out of reach from friends, but you see those who are truly there for you when you com e back, something social media can never detect.

5. You start to become creative. After all, new perspectives, new sights, new everything This will inspire you to think better and with more imagination.

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6. You start not to sweat about the little things, and you are more creative in finding solutions to the small things that can break you down. Less stress, more positivity equals a better time at work or in any aspect of life.

In onclusion, it’s interesting as to how travelling can change the way you look at life and how you act. It may actually be a lot better for many, as they do not only reap more physical health benefits but more positivity and spice for life as well.

World Tourism Conference, Penang 2016

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Penang, ranked 4th in Lonely Planet’s Top 10 Cities list for Best in Travel 2016, will be the fourth state in Malaysia to host the World Tourism Conference 2016 (WTC 2016) from 17 to 19 October 2016 after Melaka (2013), Kota Kinabalu (2010) and Kuala Lumpur (2007). Listed as the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site since 2008, George Town in Penang was aptly chosen as the venue for WTC 2016. This capital city of Penang pulsates with life and receives many visitors from all over the world who wish to experience its unique architectural and cultural townscape, which is without parallel anywhere in East and Southeast Asia. It also offers everything for a successful meeting, incentive, conference and exhibition. There is no shortage of quality hotels and holiday resorts in Penang either, allowing participants the convenience of staying in the same location as the conference. Penang as a whole is a compact island, just under 300 kilometers square, which makes the island such an attractive destination as it is easy to get from one place to another. Year-round sunshine makes Penang a favourite location to combine social events or outdoor activities with a conference or business meeting. This diverse island offers something for everyone, be it cultural heritage, natural environment or man-made entertainments.

Among the latest attractions in Penang include: 

The Skyway on Penang Hill, a newly-built observation deck that enhances the hilltop forest experience.

Entopia (formerly known as the Penang Butterfly Farm), which will become the world’s first butterfly, dragonfly and firefly sanctuary park when it is fully completed in 2018. Its phase one which consists of the butterfly and dragonfly sanctuary as well as an indoor invertebrates discovery centre has been open to public since May 2016.

The Habitat in Penang Hill, which provides a wide range attractions to explore like the Nature Trail, Canopy Walk, Tree Top Walk, Red Garden, Butterfly Bank, Yellow Garden etc.

Visitors can move around in Penang easily by using its Hop On Hop Off bus, which is equipped with Wi-Fi on board, sky view and open deck, disabled-friendly facilities and routes that cover 50 major attractions, where passengers are welcome to explore with a choice of 24-hour and 48hour tickets, or they can hop on Rapid Penang CAT, which is a free shuttle bus service that ply the streets of George Town. WTC 2016 is expected to bring together world leaders in tourism, high-level policy makers, specialists and experts from the public and private sectors, academicians and media representatives to exchange ideas and knowledge as well as share experiences to enhance tourism development further. The conference is exclusively organised by the Ministry of Tourism and Culture of Malaysia, in collaboration with the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO). Registration fee is not required for those who are interested to participate in the conference.

For further information and registration, please visit the conference’s official website at http://www.wtc2016malaysia.com. Any enquiries can be addressed to the Secretariat via email at [email protected]

Tribute to 4 Heavenly Kings Live in Resorts World Genting

Photographer: Adam Lau

I was born in the 80s and were raised in the 90s. While that era might not be as interesting, superbly fast paced or terribly hi-tech like the era we are living now, it was certainly the most interesting time to grow up in. Back then, it was safe to play outside without strict parental supervisions and not to mention that era also produced a lot of talented artists whose talents are considered legendary by their fans. I could still remember during my growing up years where I had crushes on singers and boy bands and would listen to their songs on radios on walkman over and over again without feeling bored.

One of my addiction during my growing up years were the Four Heavenly Kings; the notable “gifts” from the renaissance of Hong Kong entertainment industry, i.e. the 1980s and 1990s, were the four biggest Chinese male superstars constantly graced their fans with memorable songs and superb unforgettable performances. They were Andy Lau, Jacky Cheung, Aaron Kwok and Leon Lai. Apart from singing and performing on stage, these talented artists are also revered for their appearance on the silver screen to this very day as well.

While Andy Lau, Jacky Cheung, Aaron Kwok and Leon Lai have been taking somewhat a backseat in the entertainment industry these days in favour of a more quiet personal life,Wah D, Ken, Andy Wah and Leon Li — entertainers who have won acclaim for impersonating the four personalities are more than happy to brings us down the memory lane and help fans relive the heydays of the Four Heavenly Kings.

I’ve had the privileged to watch them perform with my family during my most recent visit to Resorts World Genting and thought that these four young men aren’t just the Four Heavenly Kings impersonators. They are talented entertainers in their own rights too. The four have won awards at the MCOMEI 2014 Fashion Festival and other competitions featuring impersonators. Beyond Hong Kong and Macau, the quartet has performed at Harrah’s Reno in the US and currently will be mesmerizing audiences in Resorts World Genting, Malaysia throughout August and September 2016. So, if you are a fan of the Four Heavenly Kings and missed their presence, it would be a good idea to pay them a visit uphill in Resorts World Genting and watch them perform in Tribute to 4 Heavenly Kings performance.

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Tribute to 4 Heavenly Kings in Genting International Showroom

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The Four Heavenly Kings look-alikes —Leon Li as Leon Lai, Ken as Aaron Kwok, Andy Wah as Andy Lau and Wah D as Jacky Cheung— at Resorts World Genting during The Tribute to The Four Heavenly Kings performance. All four were dressed in pilot uniforms exactly like the real Heavenly Kings complete with authentic singing, dance moves and mannerisms. Some songs that were performed were classic songs like Andy Lau’s ‘Yat Hei Zau Go Dek Yat Ji‘, Aaron Kwok’s Dui Ni Ai Bu Wan, Leon Lai’s Jin Ye Ni Hui Bu Hui Lai, and Jacky Cheung’s Er Lang Chuan Shuo.

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Wah D performing. Wah D is a Hakka Chinese pop music pioneer and has won a number of awards for his work in impersonating Jacky Cheung.

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In 2000, he was the champion in the Beijing TV Jacky Cheung impersonating competition, and in 2004, he won a similar competition for Hong Kong’s TVB.

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Ken has also won several awards. In 2008, he was invited by HBS to perform at a Christmas concert and in 2011, he won yet another competition for being the “strongest vocal imitator.”

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He delivered an energetic and sensational performance during Tribute to 4 Heavenly Kings that night and got the fangirls screaming for more.

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Andy Wah on the other hand has performed alongside with Andy Lau, in the superstar’s World Tour concert a number of times.

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Fans can easily imagine him as the real thing; something he has done successfully over the years in various places including Indonesia, Macau, Shenzhen, Fuzhou and Hong Kong.

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Last but not least, Leon Li. He has also won several awards for his impersonating efforts and has since 2007 performed with Wah D, Ken and Andy Wah in various concerts.

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He was Leon Lai’s substitute in the movie, One Night Surprise.

Watching them perform that night really brought us down the memory lane and it felt as if the real Four Kings were performaning that night. It was simply fantastic and if you are looking for something worth watching this mid-autumn festival, this is it.

Tribute To 4 Heavenly Kings will be ongoing from Aug 20 to Sept 9 (except Aug 23 & 30 and Sept 6) at 9pm at Genting International Showroom, Resorts World Genting, Genting Highlands, Pahang. Tickets are priced at RM129 and RM99. For more information on Tribute to 4 Heavenly Kings, please call 03-2718 1118 or visit www.rwgenting.com

Celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival 2016 in Resorts World Genting

Mid-autumn festival is celebrated on the 15th day of the eighth month of the lunar calendar. It’s also known as the Mooncake Festival because a special kind of sweet cake prepared in the shape of the moon and filled with sesame seeds, ground lotus seeds and duck eggs is served as a traditional Mid-autumn festival delicacy.

Nobody actually knows when the custom of eating moon cake to celebrate the mid-autumn festival began, but there are traces of it back in 14th century. At that time, China was in revolt against the Mongols. Chu Yuen-chang, and his senior deputy, Liu Po-wen, discussed battle plan and develops a secret mooncake strategy to take a certain walled city held by the Mongol enemy. Liu dressed up as a Taoist priest and entered the besieged city bearing mooncake.

He distributed these to the city’s populace. When the time for the year’s mid-autumn festival arrived, people opened their cakes and found hidden messages advising them to coordinate their uprising with the troops outside. Thus, the emperor-to-be ingeniously took the city and his throne.

Mooncake of course, became even more famous. And so, every year people eat moon cake and enjoy the harvest moon with their family to celebrate the victory over the Mongols. This is one of the story on mid-autumn festival that I’m familiar with but my favourite tale on how Mid-Autumn festival originates have to be the tale between Hou Yi and Chang Er.

This tale on Hou Yi and Chang Er may differ from the ones you have heard, as they are so many versions told from one generation to another.

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The one I’m more familiar with is this one. Once upon a time, there live two immortals in the Heaven, they are Hou Yi and Chang Er. Hou yi and Chang Er were lovers who goes through great obstacle before their love is approved by the Heaven.

The Heaven was ruled by the Jade Emperor and his Empress. One day, ten sons of Jade emperor accidentally transformed into the sun, and revolves around the earth playfully, causing great drought and suffering to the mortals below.

Worried and concern for the mortals, the Jade emperor summons the imperial archer, Hou Yi to help him solve the problem. Hou Yi then went to Earth and shot down nine of the Jade Emperor’s sons. The emperor had thought that Hou Yi would not harm any of his sons. Now that his sons are dead, the emperor was very furious. In anger, the emperor took away Hou Yi and his wife’s immortality and condemn them to live on Earth forever.

Chang Er was grief stricken with her loss of immortality. Hou Yi could not bear to see his saddened wife, and so, he decided to steal the immortality pill from the heavenly medicine manufacturer so that both of their immortality could be restored. He manage to steal the pill from heaven, and brought it to Chang Er. He told her that they only need to take half of the pills to regain immortality.

In the meantime, the Jade Emperor found out about the stolen immortality pill, and command an imperial guard to retrieve the pills and catch both Hou Yi and Chang Er so that he could punish them for their misdeed.

And so, the imperial guard went down to earth in pursuit of the couple and the pill of immortality. But the guard himself was tempted by the idea of immortality. So he waited until Hou Yi is not at home, and attacked Chang Er who is defenseless at home. He demanded for the pill but Chang Er refused to hand it to him. Hou Yi, who seems to forget his arrows went back home to get it and discovered that his wife is in danger. He fought the imperial guard courageously.

Unfortunately, Hou Yi is an archer, not a fighter. He was stabbed right in his heart in front of Chang Er. Chang Er was grief stricken, and wishes to die with her husband too. However, Hou Yi’s dying wish was for Chang Er to regain her immortality and live happily for all eternity.

So, Chang Er took out the pill from her sleeves and swallowed the whole pill so that the guard would not be able to get it and obtain immortality. Right after swallowing the pill, Chang Er started to float towards the sky, and after flying for some time, she landed on the moon. She cried and grieve for her husband’s death.

Her cries was heard by a group of Jade Bunnies that lives on the moon. They went to her and listened to her story. These Jade Bunnies were captivated by Chang Er’s beauty and kindness towards them, so they built a palace for her to stay, knowing that she could never return to Heaven or Earth. They hailed her as their goddess and pledge allegiance to her. These bunnies can be seen pounding on the face of the moon on some cooking utensil.

It is believed that these Jade Bunnies are trying to make resurrection pills so that they could revive their Goddess’s love. It’s said that the resurrection pills is shaped like a mooncake. But it’s not dictate anywhere on whether Hou Yi was revived or not, but in many folklore, it’s told that Chang Er would bestow blessing of love and happiness to lovers who pray hard and sincere enough to the moon during mid-autumn.

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According to my husband, however, there’s only one Jade Bunny on the moon, and it’s actually the reincarnation of Chang Er’s husband. He told me that the Jade Empress took pity on the couple, and so reincarnate Hou Yi as a Jade Bunny so that Chang Er will not be lonely on the moon. That explains why Chang Er can always be seen with a bunny everywhere she goes on the moon.

On his explanation to me on why the Jade Bunny is depicted as a creature that’s always pounding on the face of the moon, he said that the bunny is actually chopping a tree which is supposed to be indestructible. Only when he manage to chop down the tree, he will turn back into his original form, and only then, he and Chang Er would be forgiven by the heavenly beings and would be allowed to return to Heaven.

The story of Chang Er and Hou Yi touched many hearts, and with time, people started to celebrate mid-autumn festival by gathering their family and enjoy the sight of the harvest moon together over tea and mooncakes along with other delicacies.

People usually bake mooncake and eat it in hope that Chang Er would bless their mooncake and they would lead a happy life with their loved ones. The mid-autumn festival celebration is also a symbol of appreciation and gratefulness on what they have in life.

Mid-Autumn festival is the time for togetherness, and if you are looking for some blessings and a refreshing break this upcoming mid-autumn festival, why not head over to Resorts World Genting?

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There’s beautiful set up at the garden in front of Genting Grand Hotel. Beautiful decorative lanterns are eveeywhere and you can take pictures with your loved ones while enjoying the full moon there. It’s exceptionally captivating, especially when it is all lit up at night.

Apart from the celebratory settings that’s perfect for family togetherness and lovers, Resorts World Genting is also offering delicious mooncakes for your gastronomic pleasure.

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I managed to try some during my recent trip to Resorts World Genting and they are just heavenly.

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Five mooncakes that I managed to try.

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Snow Skin Mango with Pomelo (NEW) – RM17.90

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White Lotus Paste with Dried Mandarin Orange Jingsa (NEW) – RM17.90

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Sweet corn paste with caramel nuts, cheese jingsa (NEW) – RM17.90

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Golden Jade with Lime and Nuts (NEW) – RM17.90

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Golden Jade with Buttermilk Custard (NEW) – RM17.90

Apart from the ones that I managed to try, other assorted flavoured mooncakes are available too:

Green Tea Lotus Paste- RM16.90
Durian Lotus Paste – RM16.90
Low-Sugar White Lotus Paste – RM17.90
White Lotus Paste with Black Sesame Yolk – RM17.90
Lotus Paste with Single Yolk – RM17.90
Golden Jade with Single Yolk – RM17.90
Single Yolk with Pu Er Lotus Paste – RM17.90
Blueberry Paste with Single Yolk – RM17.90
Lotus Paste with Double Yolk – RM18.90
Assorted Nuts “Ng Yan” – RM19.90
Kam Tui – RM28.00 (Only available at Genting Palace and Good Friends outlets)
Red Bean Paste – RM14.90
God of Wealth cookies (2 pcs) – RM6.00

These mooncakes can be bought from these restaurants in Resorts World Genting, so keep your eyes peeled for it:

Good Friends
Genting Palace
Resort Hotel Lobby
Hainan Kitchen
Cloud 9 Entrance
OneHub, Wisma Genting

Resorts World Genting is having a mooncake promotion too where
30% discount will be given to purchases of 50 boxes (4 pcs) and above from 1 August to 15 September 2016. Discounts however are not applicable for Money God cookie & Kum Tui.

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A free carrier mooncake box will be provided for any purchase of four mooncakes. Non-Woven Bags are priced at RM 2.00 nett each.
All prices are in Ringgit Malaysia and inclusive of 6% GST.

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Tempted? Wanna head over to Resorts World Genting for mid-autumn festival but not sure how to go about it or need advice on making bookings and reservations? Well, fret not, just head over to www.rwgenting.com for more information.

Gotta Catch A Good Deal with Tookar

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Is the lovely lady catching Pokémon? Well, that’s not a new species of Pokémon she’s trying to catch, but she’s all hyped up and trying to get a good deal with Tookar instead.

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So, what’s Tookar? Good question. Tookar is a newly launched car website. Now, before you navigate away from this article, do stay and read on. Tookar is not your regular online website that merely sell cars, but it is ASEAN’s first online car exchange website that outs back joy into buying cars.

Let’s admit it. We all love cars. We all have the needs for it to increase our mobility, but buying them can be a stressful affair. You got to meet dealers, negotiate the price for the best deals, test driving arrangement etc, but with Tookar, you don’t have to go through all that. Well, at least you don’t have to spend stressful time looking for a deal that suits your budget.

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With Tookar, buyers are able to name their price, or specifically request for discounts (off the standard list price) for a specific car model. Similarly, sellers from multiple authorised car dealership may also offer their discounts on Tookar. One of the key advantages of this platform is that it allows buyers to negotiate for the best price deals with all the dealers simultaneously. Once the buyer and seller agree on a price, a match is made using Tookar’s two way auction paradigm; similar to that used in the stock exchange, and the deal is sealed with an online deposit and signing of the VSO (Vehicle Sale Order). The seller then prepares the var according to specifications and deliver it to the buyer’s doorstep. The entire process is convenient, efficient, time saving and stress-free for both parties. Great, isn’t it?

Wait, there’s more. To commemorate the official launch and in conjunction of Merdeka Day, Tookar is celebrating it by offering RM300 worth of Lazada cash vouchers to customers using Tookar services from 22 August to 16 September 2016. Vouchers will be provided upon delivery of their chosen cars.

Wanna buy a car? Well, purchase your dream car that’s within your budget on www.tookar.my.

Sungei Wang Plaza Lantern Festival 2016

It’s mid-Autumn and it’s time for togetherness again at Sungei Wang Plaza as they are all geared up for the Mid-Autumn festival this year.

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Bazaar selling mooncakes, colourful lanterns and traditional clothes aplenty.

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The centre stage has been transformed into a beautiful Chinese garden.

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Aiming to bring back their shoppers back in time; Sungei Wang Plaza had the mall beautifully decorated with 8 life sized famous Chinese opera characters lanterns that’s jointly installed with Magnum 4D.

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Giant wishing lantern at the core of the mall, signifying auspicious togetherness and prosperity.

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During the olden times, people would go and watch opera shows on stage and appreciate the colourful lanterns displayed everywhere during the Mid-Autumn Festival but here at Sungei Wang Plaza, it will be more than just traditional dance, lion dance and stage stage performances. Sungei Wang Plaza will be hosting interactive workshops where shoppers can learn how to make their own mooncakes and learn how to sculpt rabbit balloons. There will also be lantern parade where 500 paper lanterns sponsored by Mr.DIY will be given away to shoppers so that they could join the cheer. And to add on to the festive cheer, 50 lucky shoppers will also have the opportunity to walk away with free hotel stays at Resorts World Genting.

So, what are you waiting for? Head over to Sungei Wang Plaza for all kinds of everything during the festive season.

For more information about the ongoing events and promotions at Sungei Wang Plaza, head over to http://sungeiwang.com or http://fb.com/sungeiwangplaza

Celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival with Organic Sugar Free Mooncakes

Mid-Autumn Festival is a harvest festival celebrated by Chinese that is closely tied to gathering, thanksgiving and praying. Mooncakes is one of the must eat Mid-Autumn treat. Typically, a mooncake contains high sugar and fats, whicb is not suitable for people with high blood pressure and diabetes.

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BMS Organics understands that everyone loves mooncake. Hence, in order to let everyone enjoys mooncake in a healthier condition, BMS Organics is introducing SUGAR FREE mooncakes that are freshly made from the finest ingredients which will give you a hint of intensity and a delightful texture.

Natural isomalt is used to substitute normal sugar in BMS Organics mooncakes. This smooth-sweet love affair is recommended for people with high blood pressure and diabetes. Besides, all ingredients are 100% organic. For example, plain flour is free from bleaching and additives, produced through traditional style stone milling process which helps immensely in reducing the loss of cereals enzymes and nutrients.

These six choices of organic sugar free mooncakes include three unique flavours: Pink Lady 10 Grain Beetroot, Bamboo Charcoal Black Sesame and Green Balance Macha Red Bean; and three classic flavours: Pure Lotus, Pure Lotus with Yolk and Mixed Nuts Delight.

1. Pink Lady 10 Grain Beetroot

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10 Grain Beetroot is great for replenishing blood for women. The combination of oat milk and lotus seed paste fillings, coupled with the natural colouring of outer layer that sourced from beetroot juice. This natural and pinkish gem will surely be your ticket to happiness.

2. Bamboo Charcoal Black Sesame

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Aroma-rich black sesame is packed with calcium, vitamins and trace minerals. Its black outer layer is craftily made from bamboo charcoal. Greater taste and healthier digestive system are no longer a dream.

3. Green Balance Macha Red Bean

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The healthy aromas of green tea and wheat grass are value even more. The perfect combination of green and red colours, whereby the red beans offers gentle sweetness and smoothness to the palate, while the natural green tea powder made up the exterior. This nutritious blend is widely known to aid in body detoxification.

4. Pure Lotus

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Uses only the best quality ingredients such as high-quality lotus seeds that bring you the best blend of healthy and great taste.

5. Pure Lotus with Yolk

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The salted aromatic egg yolk fused splendidly with a classic sweet pure lotus seed paste makes this mooncake taste even superior.

BMS Organics isn’t only putting much effort on making healthier mooncakes, they also come out with a unique makeover of the traditional mooncake gift box.

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The 4-piece mooncake lantern mooncake gift box can be used as a lantern after you unpack it. On the other hand, the 2-piece mooncake gift box contains two pieces of mooncake and a can of organic green tea. The packaging is elegant; definitely suitable to gift your family and friends.

Starting from August 1, 2016, public can purchase these organic sugar free mooncakes at any BMS Organics Outlets. 4-piece lantern mooncake gift box is priced at RM107.60, while the 2-piece mooncake and organic green tea gift set is priced at RM63.

** BMS Organics member or credit card holder of either Citibank, Public Bank or Aeon, you are entitled to:

1.RM10 BMS Organics Vegetarian Café cash voucher with every purchase of a 4-piece mooncake lantern gift box, and 20% discount for the second box.
2. RM5 BMS Organics Vegetarian Café cash voucher with every purchase of a 2-piece mooncake gift box, and 20% discount for the second box.

If you couldn’t buy it at BMS Organics outlet or you would like to send a mooncake gift set to home, purchase it online. BMS Organics will send it to your doorstep (Free delivery only applicable for West Malaysia).
**Insert the promo code “BMSO2UMC” to get 10% rebate.

For more information, please logon www.bmsorganics.com

Fall in Love Again with Anchor Say Cheese

My husband and I have been together for 14 years. Heading steadily to our 15th years next year in May on his birthday, I’m still very much in love with him, against all odds. He is my first love. I met my boyfriend, now husband for the very first time when I was in college. He was 19 and I was just 17. He was my senior and was quite a rascal in his youth. My first impression on him was not really good. It was definitely not a love at first sight. Rather, it was annoyance at first sight. He was sitting with his friends outside of the hostel compound where I resided with his friends and cooking up a ruckus with their guitars. I was studying and being a bookworm, the act itself irritate me to death. Finding it too intolerable, I went to give him and his friends a piece of my mind. But fate have other plans for us. Fast forward two years later, we got married and became parents.

Being young parents was never easy. It is really tough, especially when you are on your own and still studying at that. We had to juggle between our family life and our studies. I wouldn’t say that our marriage is perfect but we practically grew up with each other. And if I could turn back back time, I would not have it any other way.

A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person, over and over again. We may not have much time as we had before during the early years of marriage as we’re both busy with our career, but my husband and I made a point to not stop dating and make time for each other.

Our favourite pastime is traveling, photography shooting and cafe hopping and indulging in good coffees and teas, and of course sweets and desserts.

Speaking of cafe hopping and having sweets and desserts, Fronterra Food Services has recently launched the second phase of its successful Anchor Say Cheese Campaign in Melaka where they aimed to connect loved ones with their sensational dessert. And so, being a hopeless romantic and feeling that we are up to some gastronomic adventure, we decided to check travel south and check it out.

Anchor Say Cheese campaign features an exclusive assortment of Anchor-branded desserts, the first of its kind in the market. Pastry lovers like us can now expect a new range of Anchor Say Cheese Chef’s Signature series desserts, made from the finest Anchor range of products at selected bakeries across the nation.

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Together with its selected bakery partners, Fronterra Foodservices continues to delight foodies with limited edition desserts created by Fronterra’s own in-house patisserie chefs using top quality real butter, cream cheese, milk and cream from popular Anchor range of products aimed not only to indulge pastry lovers but to help foodies connect with their loved ones as well through enjoying dacadent dessert offerings.

Anchor Say Cheese Whips Up Indulgent Sweet Treats at Local Bakeries

Speaking at the launch of Anchor Say Cheese in Yeast Pastry House, Melaka last weekend is Mr. Chua, a representative from Fronterra Foodservices and Mr.Poh, owner and Head Chef of Yeast Pastry House. According to Mr. Chua, each bakery partners will whip up the delectable Anchor branded desserts using the original recipes. Trainings are provided by Fonterra’s patisserie chefs, with a slight tweak to suit the unique preferences of respective bakeries’ customers.

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While the first phase of Anchor Say Cheese campaign introduces delectable Japanese inspired desserts with generous usage of Anchor Cream Cheese as part of the ingredients, the new selection of desserts featured in the second phase of Anchor Say Cheese campaign offers us a more European inspired delicious cakes and bread. Some of the European themed pastries that’s Anchor Say Cheese Chef’s Signature series that can be found in selected bakeries nationwide: Almond Rosa, Cheeznie, First Love and Lady Marmalade.

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Cheeznie, a must have when you can’t decide between a chocolate cake or a cheesecake. The cream cheese is sandwiched between two slices of richly soft chocolate brownie and topped with bits of chopped walnuts. Highly recommemded to go with a cup or coffee or tea.

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Almond Rosa, a rich layer of Anchor cream cheese is layered generously between nutty almond butter sponge cake, making it heavenly to the palate.

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First Love, guaranteed to give you some sugar rush. First Love is one of the chef’s signature bun with cream cheese in the center. Soft and airy, the bun is sprinkled with brown sugar on top. Fairly a classic pastry that is irresitible for those who loves classic bread offerings with a twist.

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Lady Marmalade, something the adventurous would definitely want to sink their teeth on. This bread is infused with orange flavoured cream cheese and topped with candied orange. Sweet and sourish, the bread always warrants for seconds. Highly recommended to be paired with a cup of tea.

My husband and I have tried these delectable desserts and we thought that having them gives us the feeling of the sweetness of falling in love with each other all over again.

These exclusive Anchor’s signature creations are available at selected bakeries throughout the country from now until December 2016. Customers will also receive the limited edition Anchor spoon with every purchase of two boxes of Anchor’s signature desserts. The bread selection is available from RM3.50 onwards while the cake selection is available at RM6.50 onwards per piece. Price varies according to bakeries.

Participating bakeries as listed below, so be sure to check them out.

RT Pastry, Klang Valley
Bread History, Penang
The Baker’s Hut, Seri Manjung
Born&Bread, Ipoh
Patisfrance and Yeast Pastry House, Melaka
Veluxe Cake House, Skudai
Fu Seng Cake House, Muar
Port View Euro Bakery, Kota Kinabalu
Taka Cake House, Kuching
Hot Cross Bun, Miri