An Evening with Rynn Lim at Klang Parade

Apart from going on a holiday with my husband and son to kick-start the new year, things have been rather quiet…and a bit boring. But that’s okay. I guess it’s just the calm before the storm. ;) No pun intended though.

This is a bit backdated, but here’s sharing what I did just before 2014 ends: hanging out with my husband and son as well as blogger friend Wendy at Klang Parade.

Klang Parade underwent a massive makeover  and was refurbished since June 2013, introducing structural additions to the mall including two new brightly lit atriums drenched in natural sunlight during the day, new travelators and a sense of serenity. A product of very careful planning and design by the mall ‘s owners ARA Asset Management Limited, a new al fresco food and beverage area has been established in front of Klang Parade, replacing spaces previously used as a carpark ramp.

Being one of the largest malls in the area, Klang Parade definitely has gone the distance to guarantee a pleasant shopping experience for shoppers like me, paying attention to the assortment of international and regional brands open to the public.

So, what did we do there? Well, we were there to party and have fun, of course. ;)

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There was plenty of performance during Klang Parade year end party, with performance from various artists like Rejuvenate Dance Crew etc. But one that tops the list is the exclusive performance by Rynn Lim (Lin Yu Zhong), a Malaysian born Taiwan pop idol.

Here’s sharing with you his performance that day.

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There was also a meet and greet and photography session for media and fans that day.

Back during my college years, Rynn is one of my idol. So this is quite a good experience for me, to be able to see him perform live and interact with him personally. :)

Klang Parade certainly have quite some things to offer. And I guess it will soon be a regular lurk for me.

Celebrity Corner Wangsa Maju: Kerabu Maggie

Are you a huge fan of instant noodles? When I was still in my early 20s, instant noodles is practically a staple. But somehow, in 2012, I turned into a bit of a health nut and started to omit instant noodles from my daily diet. Not an easy thing to do as instant noodles is an idiot-proof kind of food where most of it only takes less than 5 minutes to prepare, but I managed to stop eating instant noodles of any form for about 2 years.

Life is healthier once I stopped eating instant noodles, but in the end of 2014, I succumbed to the temptations and decided that it is all right to include instant noodles in my diet occasionally.

Usually I would prepare the instant noodles myself and included meat and veggies in it, but if I were to have it outside, there is one in particular that is worth the calories; the one sold at Celebrity Corner, Wangsa Maju. This is a revisit to the Celebrity Corner. I usually would go for Nasi Lemak Wah!, but the instant noodles sold at one of the stall over there is rather alluring. It’s not quite your ordinary fried or soupie instant noodles that you usually can find in the local mamak restaurants, I must say.

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Kerabu Maggie (RM5.00). Pre-fried instant noodles, tossed in Thai fish sauce and assortments of shredded things like sourish mangoes, cabbages, celeries and topped with crushed peanuts and seafood like cuttlefish and prawns. The instant noodles is served piping hot, but it is nice to be eaten cold too. Taste-wise, it is a tad spicy with a hint of sourish Tomyam flavour, but you could request to omit the sliced bird’s eye chillies if you can’t take spicy food. This Kerabu Maggie is definitely worth your money and of course, the calories count.

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Kerabu Soo Hoon (RM5.00) is actually the glass noodle version of the instant noodle’s salad. Like the Kerabu Maggie, the glass noodles is served piping hot, but it is nice to be eaten cold too. Taste-wise, it is a tad spicy with a hint of sourish Tomyam flavour. Great for those who are health conscious as this is not pre-fried and doesn’t contain any preservatives. But if you want an honest opinion, I would prefer the instant noodles version more than the glass noodles version.

For instant noodles, these are quite filling and satisfying too. So do give it a try if you’re ever in Wangsa Maju.

Below is the address for it.

Celebrity Corner ( look out for T.FC restaurant, the stall is there)
Jalan Wangsa Delima 5
Wangsa Maju, Kuala Lumpur

For large orders/catering, please contact:

Ms. Aein +60 10-810 7510

The First Islamic Cruise In The World

Islam is not only the most misunderstood religion in the country, but in the world as well. No, that statement is not meant to be provocative or degrading to any Muslims out there. I’m merely stating the fact as in every part of the world, there’s Islamophobia; where there is fear for Islam. And rightly so, considering there are a lot of people out there who misuse the religion to spread violence and extremism.

Despite being a multi-religious country where majority of it’s citizens is Muslims, there is still Islamophobia among some non-Muslims in Malaysia. To most, Islam is seen as quite an extreme religion that practically oppressed it’s men and women. A religion that’s full of rules, regulation and restrictions. Conversion to Islam is often seen in a bad light by most non-Muslim traditionalist. It’s often seen as the loss of freedom, and converting is often translated as ‘once you go in, there is no way out’. A sad truth, for I don’t see Islam the same way. I don’t see it as oppressing, nor do I see it as restrictive. Yes, there are rules and commandments that is must be obeyed by the Muslims, but the way I see it, it is logical in many ways. Let’s take the 5 times a day prayer where Muslims are required to pray during certain times of the day; Dawn Prayer (Subuh), Noon prayer (Zohor) Evening Prayer( Asar), Dusk Prayer (Maghrib) and Night Prayer (Isya). The way I see it, these 5 times a day prayer is not restrictive, but instead, in some ways, it is restorative and instill discipline among it’s devotees. Why do I say that?

It’s simple. We are living in a fast paced world, and if we have it our way, we would not stop chasing the worldly things. We won’t stop. Praying is good, spiritually speaking, as we get to reconnects with the maker, and take a break to just reflect for a while. Great way to de-stress, I must say. Apart from that, the Muslims are encouraged to pray together with their families where the men, leaders of the family, mainly fathers, husbands, elder brothers are given responsibility to be imam (a term used for those who leads these prayers) encouraged to lead the rest of the family members in prayers daily. Now, isn’t that a good way for people to bond with their family members? In this fast paced world, we often neglect to bond with our family members. We don’t make bonding session a priority. Instead, we only try to make time for our loved ones during special occasions like public holidays or just during weekend. What’s good in that? One ought to bond with their loved ones daily, and I think it’s great that Islam emphasized bonding in this way.

And then there is the compulsory fasting during the month of Ramadan. Many might see it as torturous. Forceful. But I don’t see it that way. The Muslims are required to fast from sun up to sun down. Scientifically, our digestive system have been working really hard, and throughout the year, accumulating toxins in our bodies. Fasting is a good way to detox, and like praying, it also helps the entire family to connect with each other as each and instill discipline; eating on time, which many neglects to do in this fast-paced world.

I may not know much about Islam, but ancient as it is, it is a religion of logic though fairly misunderstood, even among Muslims themselves. Sad thing to see, but these days, alot of things have been done by the born Muslims and reverted Muslims to show that Islam is religion of peace and moderation.

And speaking of effort that has been made for Muslims and Muslims to understand more about the religion, I spotted something interesting. Being a traveler, I’ve always been a lookout on traveling packages and whatnot, and while I was looking for reasonably priced cruise packages to sign up for in 2015, I spotted this interesting thing: The First Islamic Cruise In The World.

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The First Islamic Cruise In The World? Now, that’s a first. Muslim friendly cruise where Halal food is served as an option, I’ve heard before. But a religious cruise with praying and worships on the itinerary? Now, that’s unheard of. So, what’s this cruise is all about?  Basically it is a cruise package with Islamic itinerary, aim to educate those who are on board of the ship. The First Islamic Cruise in The World is is brought to you by Intratama TOURS & TRAVEL CONSULTANT (M) SDN BHD or (TCT), a consulting company supporting the event.

The First Islamic Cruise, or in Bahasa Malaysia, Pelayaran Islamic 3.0 with the tagline Syukur, Tenang dan Damai (Gratitude, Serenity and Peace) have quite some thing to offer. It offers a 4 days voyage filled with not only leisurely activities but religious ones as well. It is interesting to note that this voyage encourages deeper understanding about Islam and all of it’s practices. (Types of prayers in Islam apart from the compulsory 5 times a day prayers, Qiblah positioning, religious classes, night worship etc). Classes and lectures will be conducted by renowned religious teachers who will be participating in the cruise as well. They will be giving lectures and religious talks according to schedule that has been arranged by the organizers.

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Here’s the participating religious teachers who will be giving talks, etc:

1. Ustaz Badli Shah (Penceramah Bebas)
2.Sheikh Abdelaziz Ghonim (Ahli Majlis Fatwa Al-Azhar Tanta)
3.Dato Hassan Mahmud (Penceramah Bebas)
4.Dato’ Dr. Fadzilah Kamsah (Pakar Motivasi)
5.Imam Muda Miril

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The cruise will take the passengers to 3 beautiful destinations on it’s liner, which is Penang-Phuket-Krabi

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Beautiful view from Starcruise Libra

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Sight in the cabin. Quite spacious and comfortable with great ocean view.

More information on the Islamic Voyage, you can hop over to the site here: https://www.pelayaranislamik.com/index.php?Itemid=101

Voyage date: February 1, 2015 – February 4, 2015
Destination: Penang – Phuket – Krabi
Voyager: Star Cruise Libra

Browsing through the package, what I found most interesting is the pilgrimage program where participants will be brought down from cruise to visit the religious schools and mosques in Phuket and Krabi. Thanksgiving dinner with all the participants and all the panels on board will also be hosted.

In my humble opinion, this cruise would be great for:

  • Lucky draw prizes
  • Corporate gifts
  • Wedding anniversary gift
  • Gifts for new Muslims /reverted Muslims

Those who are interested to join the cruise can sign up at:

https://pelayaranislamik.com/daftar/3/step1.php

Or directly contact the organizers at:
No 2.08, Jalan Prima SG 1,
Prima Sri Gombak,
68100 Batu Caves,
Selangor Darul Ehsan
Email : [email protected]
Tel : +603-6185 0010
Fax : +603-61899010

Disclaimer: Bookings and registrations should only be made online at the link provided above. The organizers did not appoint any individuals, agencies, tour companies, dealers or wholesalers to represent Intratama in any transaction related to the Pelayaran Islamik 3.0.

ChiChi & ChaCha New Year’s Eve Show on the 31st of December 2014 at Bukit Merah Laketown Resort

Sing, dance and play with ‘ChiChi & ChaCha’s very first live performance at the Bukit Merah Laketown Resort on the 31st of December! ChiChi, ChaCha, Atan and Hujan as well as all the hosts will be there for a non-stop session of singing and dancing. Witness an all new musical extravaganza as well as all your old favourite songs as we take this show to another level! Its 90 minutes of non-stop fun and excitement where you can meet and greet all your favourite characters. There’s no better way to end the year than with an evening of song and dance with ‘ChiChi & ChaCha’!
Catch this never seen before all live musical production as ‘ChiChi & ChaCha’ transform the children’s edutainment market of Malaysia. Featured on the No. 1 kids channel in Malaysia – Astro Ceria (Channel 611) as well as on Astro Maya HD (Channel 135), ‘ChiChi & ChaCha’ wows their young audiences daily with a fun-filled learning and entertainment programme that brings new meaning to the world of education.

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No ‘ChiChi & ChaCha’ event will be complete without the darlings of TV and live performance; let’s put our hands together for our four high energy hosts – Harris, Sweet, Afeiq and Leen! This awesome foursome come from the best in the industry and barely into their teens have become icons for the youth of Malaysia in their own right. But are now happy to be with the fabulous show of ‘ChiChi & ChaCha’. Each of these amazing hosts have more than 100,000 followers each, with fans spread all across Malaysia! All of them are scheduled to be there at the Bukit Merah Laketown Resort as ‘ChiChi & ChaCha’ sing and dance us away into the New Year!

The show of ‘ChiChi & ChaCha’ is brought to you by Big Fish Media and together with the Bukit Merah Laketown Resort have set up an evening of entertainment that you’ll never forget! Set in a land of beautiful adventure Bukit Merah Laketown resort promises to be a fun-filled trip for the whole family!

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Tickets start at RM30 for adults and RM20 for children. Hurry and get your tickets early and receive an additional RM3 discount!

So come on down and watch ‘ChiChi & ChaCha’ come to life to celebrate with you “Jom ChiChi, Jom ChaCha”!

Celebrity Corner Wangsa Maju Kuala Lumpur: Nasi Lemak

Nasi Lemak is a local Malaysian delicacy made from coconut milk flavoured rice and served with spicy sambal and condiments. A humble and homey dish that serves to satisfy and calm the hungry tummy, but in my humble opinion, not everyone can cook absolutely delicious nasi lemak. Well, to me it is not an easy feat.

I’m somewhat fussy and terribly picky when it comes to nasi lemak. I don’t like lumpy rice. I prefer fluffy and those perfectly fragrant nasi lemak. And the accompanying sambal or side dishes must compliment it well.

Yes. Not easy to find good tasting nasi lemak but I could recommend a few in the vicinity of Kuala Lumpur that is worth every single calories. One of is Nasi Lemak Wah! from Celebrity Corner, located somewhere in Wangsa Maju.

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The stall. You can opt to eat in or takeaway. The stall in question operates from 5pm-11pm from Monday to Friday and attracts quite a crowd.

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Pricing is as of follows.

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But as far as I’m concerned, the side dishes menu changes daily, so you ought to make enquiries when you make your orders. The usual suspects like fried eggs, fried kangkung, ayam goreng berempah, ayam masak kicap, kari ayam are there on rotation basis.

I managed to sample some when I dropped by last week. And here’s sharing what I had:

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Bihun goreng biasa. (RM1.50).The humble fried rice vercimile, paired with some specially made sambal tempe and a side of sambal. Good enough to have on it’s own but the accompanying sambal gives the humble meal a kick. Now, a forewarning. The sambal packs quite a punch and quite spicy. So if you’re not into spicy food, do opt out of it.

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This is the Nasi Lemak Biasa. (RM2.00). Served with a side of fried peanuts, a quarter of boiled egg which I opt out from, crispy fried anchovies, sliced cucumber and specially made sambal tempe.For RM2.00, I’d say this is quite a bargain and would satisfy the growling tummy in a jiffy.

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Nasi Lemak Sotong& Ayam Berempah. (RM6.00). A generous portion of nasi lemak served with a side of a quarter of boiled egg, homemade sambal tempe, sambal, fried anchovies, sliced cucumber and of course, ayam goreng berempah. I may have complained that the accompanying sambal is a tad too spicy for me, but it is good enough for me to polish to the last grain of rice. Yes. It is that good!

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Nasi Lemak with fried egg and curry gravy and fried kangkung. Not sure how much this is as my friend is the one who had this, but the combination, according to her, is to die for and I can’t say that I disagree.

Basically, Nasi Lemak Wah! at Celebrity Corner is not too shabby. Friendly on the pocket, and yes, delicious too. This will be on my favourite list for quite a long time and will be dropping by again to sample the rest of the nasi lemak combinations that they have to offer.

Wanna drop by? Here’s the location:

Celebrity Corner ( look out for T.FC restaurant, the stall is there)
Jalan Wangsa Delima 5
Wangsa Maju, Kuala Lumpur

Where to Dine For Christmas 2014: Chatz Brasserie, Parkroyal Kuala Lumpur

Another one that earned approval in my ‘nice’ place to dine in Kuala Lumpur this Christmas is Parkroyal Kuala Lumpur. They are offering quite a decent Christmas buffet with fraction of the price.

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The hotel’s lobby is decently decorated for a sparkly Christmas feel.

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Hotels in KL is having a shortage of turkeys due to the Halal issue by JAKIM, but Chatz Brasserie, being a pork-free establishment have no issue in offering the traditional Christmas turkeys.

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So if you can’t do without turkeys this festive season, I suggest you to skip all other restaurants and hotels and just head over to Chatz Brasserie, Parkroyal KL.
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The bird comes with stuffings and all the trimmings, of course. Taste wise? They are decent, I suppose.

The traditional Christmas turkey is the highlight of the buffet, but let’s stop drooling and take a look at what else they have to offer:

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The salad counter. The usual green suspects are there, and you can assemble your own customized salad here.

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But if you are looking for something refreshing, do keep a lookout for their ready made salads, which can be rather unique and refreshing.

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My personal favourite from the salad counter, the roasted chicken salad.

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Artisan bread is available for those who can’t do without carbs. :)

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Generous selection of cheese is available for you to pair with bread or fresh fruits.

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Sashimi can be spotted too at the buffet. I don’t usually go for raw food, but these are irresistibly fresh.

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Cold soba for your slurping pleasure

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Seafood on ice is not too shabby too.

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The prawns are fresh and naturally sweet .

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Scallops are plump and juicy

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While the mussels was bursting with oceanic flavours.

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If there is one item I wouldn’t want to miss from the seafood offering at Chatz Brasserie is the smoked salmon. Even a non-fish lover like me could vouch for it and went for seconds and thirds.

Apart from the healthy Japanese and seafood offerings, they also have a good dose of Oriental food selection.

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Hainanese Chicken Rice from the action counter. Looks decent and simple but it’s actually divine and could send you to heaven and back. A must try homey dish in Chatz Brasserie. Compliments to the chef for such a finely executed dish.

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Kung Po Squid. Did not manage to try this one, but it does have a tempting aroma.

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Tantalizing Sang Har Noodles

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Buttered mantis prawns

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Beggar’s Chicken will not disappoint those who loves herbal food, but I don’t particularly fancy strong herbal tasting in my food so I gave this a pass, unfortunately.

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Dimsum corner dedicated to the dimsum lovers

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Fried Sui Kow from the Dimsum corner. My son loves these and keep having seconds. So I guess it is good. :)

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Assorted steamed dumplings is available for you to indulge on. :)

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Moving on to dessert, we have the chocolate fountain.

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What? You don’t fancy chocolates? No worries, there’s the local Ais Kacang counter where you can customise your own Ais Kacang.

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Here’s mine. :) a healthy dose of East and West element in my Ais Kacang.

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Special appearance this Christmas in Chatz Brasserie: The Christmas Yule Log Cake.

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And all sorts of Christmas goodies: Christmas Stolen, Minced Meat Pies, Christmas cookies etc.

Interested to dine here this festive season? Check out the Promotions at Chatz Brasserie, Parkroyal Kuala Lumpur: 

24 December 2014

Christmas Eve Seafood and Carvery Buffet Dinner
6:30 pm to 10:30 pm
* RM138 nett per adult ; RM69 nett per child buffet and 1 glass of PARKROYAL Beauty Booster
* RM188 nett per adult
   buffet and 1 glass of sparkling wine, 3 glasses of pouring wine or 3 glasses of Tiger draft

25 December 2014

Christmas Day Premium Buffet Lunch
12 noon to 3 pm

* RM98 nett per adult ; RM49 nett per child buffet and 1 glass of PARKROYAL Beauty Booster

Christmas Day Seafood and Carvery Buffet Dinner
6:30 pm to 10:30 pm

* RM138 nett per adult ; RM69 nett per child buffet and 1 glass of PARKROYAL Beauty Booster
* RM188 nett per adult buffet and 1 glass of sparkling wine, 3 glasses of pouring wine or 3 glasses of Tiger draft

1 January 2015

New Year’s Eve International Buffet Dinner
6:30 pm to 10:30 pm

* RM150 nett per adult ; RM75 nett per child buffet and 1 glass of PARKROYAL Beauty Booster
* RM198 nett per adult buffet and 1 glass of sparkling wine, 3 glasses of pouring wine or 3 glasses of Tiger draft

New Year’s Day Premium Buffet Lunch
12 noon to 3 pm

* RM88 nett per adult ; RM45 nett per child buffet and 1 glass of PARKROYAL Beauty Booster

For reservation please contact:

Chatz Brasserie
PARKROYAL Kuala Lumpur
Jalan Sultan Ismail, 50250 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Tel : 603-2147 0088

Oh My English Telemovie: Villa Isabelaaa

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Riding on the success of the educational comedy series Oh My English! (OME!), after the requests of many, Astro is pleased to announce to OME! fans yet another special telemovie entitled ‘Oh My English: Villa Isabellaaa!’.

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This telemovie will premiere on 27 December 2014 at 9 pm exclusively on Astro TVIQ (Channel 610) as well as in HD on Astro Maya HD (channel 135).

Oh My English: Villa Isabellaaa! is the third telemovie from the famous educational comedy series to emerge after Oh My Ganu! and Oh My English – Hello America!. The telemovie, directed by Shamyl Othman,is a production that combines mystery and suspense elements with educational comedy.

Fans of the show are definitely in for a real treat as the new telemovie will feature their favourite OME! cast members on an exciting adventure to demystify spine-tingling mystery.

What’s more, viewers will also be able to improve their English while they enjoy the adventure, and learn from the moral values featured in the movie.

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The beloved Mr. Henry Middleton (Zain Saidin),together with students of 4 Merah; Jibam (Akhmal Nazri), Jojie (Nadiya Nisaa), Zack (Juzzthin) and Mazlee (Zhafir Muzani) are up for a new challenge,accompanied by Sarjan bin Mejar (Rahim Jalur) and Cikgu Bedah (Sherry Al Hadad).

Aside from them, this telemovie will feature Emelda Rosemila, who plays a mysterious woman named Puan Tiana. The movie also features other special appearances by Izzue Islam, Sara Ali dan Atu of Zero.

Oh My English: Villa Isabellaaa! begins with students of 4 Merah and Mr. Henry Middleton decide to pay See Yew Soon a visit after See Yew Soon’s surprise announcement of him moving to Singapore in the Season 3 epsiode finale.

With Sarjan at the wheel and Mazlee, Jojie, Zack, Jibam, Mr. Henry, Aiman (Izzue Islam) and Bedah all on board, the gang set off for their road trip.

Their plans change as their van breaks down. To make matters worse, they end up with a flat tyre and are completely stranded in the middle of nowhere.

They set off to look for a mechanic on foot, and instead stumble upon a deserted villa called Villa Isabella.

Its sole occupant is the enigmatic Puan Tiana, a woman in red who lives alone and invites them in to stay the night. During their stay, however, strange and unbelievable things start to happen.

The intrepid Jojie, the only one whose suspicions are aroused, is determined to uncover the truth. She unearths clue after clue, and gradually Puan Tiana starts to seem a lot more spine-tingling than sweet.

As the secrets hidden away in the depths of Villa Isabella start to reveal themselves one by one, it gets harder for the gang to ignore Jojie’s suspicions.

Oh My English: Villa Isabellaaa! has again been sponsored by Vitagen, Malaysia’s No 1 True Cultured Milk Drink which is packed with Lactobacillus Cultures (Lactobacillus acidophilus and Lactobacillus casei) which helps maintain healthy digestive system and stimulate stronger immune system.

Astro TVIQ, channel 610 will also hold a 2 day marathon on the 26th and 27 of December, from 10 am to 10 pm where Oh My English! fans are able to interact live via Twitter while watching Oh My Ganu and Hello America tele movies and the best episodes of seasons 1 to 3.

Selected Twitter feeds will be shown live on television.

Fans of Oh My English! can also get the latest updates and engage with the show through social media – namely Facebook (Oh My English), Twitter (@Oh_My_English), YouTube (Oh My English!) and Instagram (@ohmyenglish).

For Oh My English: Villa Isabellaaa! specifically, fans are encouraged to join in the conversation using the hashtags #OhMyEnglish and #VillaIsabellaaa to uncover clues and hints about the mysterious villa – giving them a taste of the story in anticipation of launch of the brand new telemovie.

Be sure to catch Oh My English: Villa Isabellaaa! on 27thof December 2014 at 9 pm exclusively on Astro TVIQ (Astro channel 610) and in High Definition (HD) on Astro Maya HD (Astro channel 135).

Log on to the official Oh My English! website www.ohmyenglish.com.my for more details or learn more English via the interactive games and content.

Beauty Workshop by Astersprings, Pavilion KL

It is Dec 21 as of writing. That’s four more days to go before Christmas and I have yet to go for Christmas shopping for my loved ones.

Although I am a shopaholic, I can be very bad at buying gifts for people. I’m more to an indecisive and an impulsive shopper, so a well organized shopping trip to get things for people is out of question.

Have been doing my regular rounds in Pavilion KL and somehow I spotted a perfect place to shop for gifts for my vain girlfriends; Beauty Workshop by Astersprings.

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Beauty Workshop by Astersprings. The Institute works closely with leading faculties such as the University of California and The Touch Institute to ensure that you constantly benefit from the latest skincare techniques, product ingredients and information.

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Specialized in skincare, the shop is somewhat a one stop beauty centre that’s focused on restoring your fatigue skin. Catering to the demands of today’s fast-paced lifestyles of both women and men in a stressful. Basically, they provide one stop centre for beauty solution.

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Spotted some skincare products on sale and I reckon that their packaging are rather cute and eye catchy. Perfect for Christmas.

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Managed to grab a hold on some skincare products during their giveaway roadshow as a treat for myself. I bet they are going to make me smell delicious. ;) Why don’t you check em out too?

Below is the details for the outlet:

Beauty Workshop by Astersprings

Lot No. : P4.06.00, Level 4
Tel. : 03-2141 9369
Website : http://www.asterspring.com/

Where to Dine for Christmas 2014: Utara Coffee House Armada Hotel PJ

Not sure where to dine this Christmas? My husband and I have dined in some hotels and restaurants, and we have a few that’s on our list that we think is worth to recommend. First on our list is Utara Coffee House, Armada Hotel PJ.

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They are offering buffet and some special menu this festive season, and here’s sharing what you can expect from their trustworthy chefs:

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Fresh Prawns with Lemon Wedges. The prawns was served cold. Fresh and naturally sweet, this dish is paired with lemon wedges and is a delight to all crustaceans lovers, yours truly included.

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Smoked Salmon with Rosette. If you have been following my blog, you would probably realized by now that I’m not fan of fishes be it cooked or raw, but amazingly enough, Chef Chew from Armada Hotel PJ always manage to prepare fish dishes that I not only will eat, but enjoyed as well. This smoke salmon is actually not bad. It was saltish and finely executed. Definitely wouldn’t mind seconds.

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Sushi& Sashimi, Maguro with Wasabi& Trimmings

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Again, I’d like to emphasize that I’m not a fan of fishy stuff and raw food, but these are fresh and juicy enough to tempt even a non fan like me for a bite or two. :) Sashimi lovers would appreciate these, definitely.

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Boston Oyster Bisque. This oyster soup was bursting with the flavours of the sea. Thick and creamy, it’s enough to settle a growling tummy. I had the same dish in Utara Coffee House last year, and I’m glad to report that if it doesn’t taste the same, it’s much better and improved. Highly recommended and a must try item.

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Traditional Christmas Chicken and Walnut Nut Stuffing

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Definitely one of my Christmas favourite dish over here in Utara Coffee House apart from the creamy Boston Oyster Bisque. The chicken was perfectly done. It was juicy and was bursting with flavour. The stuffing and sauce complement the chicken perfectly. A not to be missed Christmas dish, I reckon.

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Christmas Fried Rice. Need carbs? Can’t live without rice? No fret. Christmas fried rice will surely satisfy your needs for carbs. It’s perfectly flavoured and generously fried with veggies and meat. Worth every calories you consume.

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Crustaceans with Mushrooms. A lovely, savoury dish that is pleasing on the palate. This is supposed to be a Christmas dish but I daresay this one borders dangerously on the addictive comfort food category.

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Roast Duck with Applesauce. Again, the chef has outdone himself with this homey dish. There was no gamey smell whatsoever and the roast duck was juicy, soft and tender while the applesauce serves only to bring out the flavour out of the duck. Another must try Christmas dish at Utara Coffee House.

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Gratinated Oyster with Spinach, Beef Medallion with Mushroom Crest, and Louisiana Pumpkin Pie. Three lovely not to be miss dish. They are all cooked to perfection, especially the beef medallion.

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And what’s Christmas dining without the traditional cookies, sweets and desserts? Keep a lookout for the traditional Christmas goodies like the Yule Log Cake, Minced Meat Pie and Ginger Bread cookies. The pastries are not cloyingly sweet and rather addictive. Perfect to pair with coffee, tea or hot chocolate.

As usual, the dining experience in Utara Coffee House is a pleasurable one. Again, I have no complaints as everything surpassed my expectations.

So yes. Armada is currently on my the good Christmas list and yes…it is a safe bet should you want to dine there. They have a generous and healthy selection of Christmas dish that is worthy every single penny paid.

Below is the details should you feel like heaving over there to dine this festive season:

CHRISTMAS EVE & NEW YEAR’S EVE BUFFET DINNER @UTARA COFFFEE HOUSE
Party packs | Live band (JUKEBOX) performance on 24th December & 31 December 2014

RM 80.00++|per adult
RM 70.00++ | per senior citizen
RM 45.00++ | per child

LIVE PERFORMANCE (JUKEBOX) | 23 DECEMBER & 31 DECEMBER 2014
1st set | 7.30 pm -8.15 pm
2nd Set | 8.45 pm -9.30 pm

CHRISTMAS & NEW YEAR’S DAY HI TEA BUFFET (12 NOON – 4 PM)
Party packs | Live band (JUKEBOX) performance on 25th December 2014 only

RM 70.00++|per adult
RM 65.00++ | per senior citizen
RM 41.00++ | per child

LIVE PERFORMANCE (JUKEBOX) | 23 DECEMBER & 31 DECEMBER 2014
1st set | 12.30 pm -1.15 pm
2nd Set | 1.45 pm -2.30 pm

For reservation, please call +603-7954 6888 ext 4557 – Utara Coffee House.

Energizer Power of Giving: Giving the Gifts of Playtime to Underprivileged Children

Are you an introvert or an extrovert? I am not very sure which one I am, but I do know one thing; I have a lot of friends from all walks of life. Something I don’t always see as good as not everyone of them emit aura that will motivate me or uplifts me in a positive manner. I know this is not a very nice thing to say, but having a lot of friends is meaningless if they are not going to bring out the best in you.

Having it terribly rough in 2013 where life in whole is concerned, I made sure I changed 360′ in 2014. I am determined to be a happier person…be a better version myself every single day.

I believe in the Law of Attractions; mix with people who emits positive energy, and you will benefit from it and be positive too. Yes. The trick to be a better and happier person, is to be with people who will inspire and motivate me. And so, realizing how important it is for me to change, instead of continuing to stick around with people who constantly pull me down, I started to change my circle of friends.

Instead of mixing with people who commented negatively on the things that I do, I started to mingle with those who doesn’t judge me and says kind words whenever I share my daily lives with them. I love taking photos and sharing pictures of myself and my son, so instead of sharing it with ‘friends’ who comment negatively about it regardless of how lovely the pictures turned out, I restrict myself and only will share my selfies with those who says kind words about it and share with me their beautiful photos in return. And instead of hanging around with people who de-motivate me and tells me that I am not good enough whenever I want to attempt something like writing contests, cooking contests, singing in public and whatnot, I stick to those who encourage me and pray for my success, even when they know I am not really good at it.

As a result…I feel much happier and a much beautiful person. And it shows. :)

One would have said that these are small matter. But I beg to differ. Weeding out negative, unsupportive people from my life made a HUGE difference. I accomplished much more with positive and supportive people in my life. Having positive friends in my life made me do so many things that I never dreamed of doing before in my life; traveling the country, participating in contests and competitions and actually wins it, share the songs I sing in public on various social media, and the most recent one, doing charity works that benefits underprivileged children during Energizer Power of Giving event in 1Utama. It feels so good, and please, do allow me to share all the positive energy that I felt that day with all of you here. :)

A few weeks ago, I spotted something interesting on Energizer Malaysia FB page; Energizer will be buying RM20,000 worth of toys from Hamleys to give away to underprivileged children from Kiwanis Malaysia and they’re asking the public to donate batteries to power up the toys. Apart from buying batteries to power up the battery operated toys for the children, the public are also encouraged to take a pledge to do nice things  here –>https://www.facebook.com/EnergizerMY/app_934223696607703

Apart from buying batteries to power up the toys, my pledge was to donate my old books and spread positive  energy by singing. :) So I did. If you are my friend on Facebook or follower on my instagram, you would notice the hashtags #positivenergy ,  #energizerMY and#energizerpowerofgiving. It is actually for this campaign where I shared my singing and excitements for the actual event.

My bff, blogger Wendy and Miera are especially excited about what I was doing and was absolutely supportive about it too to the point that they came with me during the actual day to help me make good of my pledge and help me shop for toys for the children of Kiwanis Malaysia.

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Here is my friends, Wendy and Miera, all hyped up with positive energy to play Santarina with me. :)

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Energizer Power of Giving event setup. Located in Highstreet, New Wings 1 Utama.

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You may drop your pre-loved toys and goods here. This roadshow will be ongoing til 28th December 2014.

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Spotted this booth while I was there

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Energizer batteries on sale…you may buy em for yourself, and also give em up for donations. Good thing about the Energizer batteries is that they last longer and doesn’t ruin your devices as they do not leak. :) Absolutely great for toys.

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Children of Kiwanis Malaysia, playing around while waiting for their gifts. :) Lovely kids. :)

Anyway, chosen individuals and members of the media were given RM200 vouchers to spend and select battery operated toys for the Kiwanis Malaysia’s children from Hamleys.

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Here’s the huge gift from Hamleys containing some battery operated toys and Energizer batteries that my friend Miera selected for the child that she was assigned to. Sorry… Although I was given the exact same voucher to buy gifts for the kids, there is no picture of me. I’m somewhat shopaholic. Let me loose to shop, and I will forget everything and just shop.

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Gifts giving session. Blogger Ben Ashaari on stage.

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Happy faces. Children of Kiwanis Malaysia with their gifts bought from Hamleys, sponsored by Energizer Malaysia.

I love all the positive energy here. Wanna join and spread the positive energy too? Head over to 1Utama then. The roadshow for the charity will be ongoing til 28th December 2014. Apart from the charity drive…there are a lot of things you can enjoy at the roadshow.

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Complimentary candy floss.

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Christmas carolling

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Mr. Energizer flashmobs

Go ahead and head over to 1Utama and join in the fun and spread the positive energy during this festive season. :) You may also spread ‪the ‎positive energy‬ by taking the pledge here –>https://www.facebook.com/EnergizerMY/app_934223696607703

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Here’s the event’s schedule for your reference. :)

Check out http://www.energizer.com.my for more updated details & please buy Energizer batteries to donate too and should you join in, do feel free to share all your love and positive energy on your social media with the hashtag #energizerMY‬ ‪#‎energizerpowerofgiving. ;)