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Updated: 2018-03-06T07:06:14.427+08:00

 



Hiatus! No more?

2015-07-31T23:48:49.362+08:00

Hello blog. Yes. It's been quite some time I didn't do any new posting on this blog of mine. I have been lazyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy.

If you miss the food post I wrote, well I do update #foodporn pic frequently on my Instagram. So, click and follow my Instagram. Click!

I'll try to update this blog maybe once a month? :P

Here's some photos from my trip to St. Petersburg, Russia last year.

Lunch is nice in my company's factory canteen. The carb here is actually buckwheat, which is in season last year March. Thankfully it's not too cold. Just around -1 - 1 degree Celsius. I was warned by my Russian colleague that in 2012 it went as cold as -15 degree Celsius.


I went to a restaurant specialize in pelmeni (Russian dumpling) the last night I was there. I ordered fillings with beef, chicken liver and salmon. I guessed every culture has their own kind of dumpling dish.


I've never experienced snow before and I thought I could experienced it during my two weeks stay in St. Petersburg but it turned out to be one for warmest March in decade. Lucky for me on the day for me to fly back to KL, it snowed!




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Neva river viewed from my hotel room.

Alright. That's all for now. I want to continue playing Magic Duels. Yes, I've taken up the game of Magic the Gathering again where I played briefly when I was in form 5. I promised to post more photos of my St. Petersburg trip in my next post. See ya!

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My Favourite Clothing is T-Shirt!

2014-06-20T02:09:06.626+08:00

I only buy clothes once or twice a year and it's mainly for working attire like long sleeves shirts and slacks. There is one particular type of clothing that I buy almost every quarterly. That's because I wore this type of clothing everyday and at almost any time if the occasion is suitable.

Yes. You are right. My favourite clothing that I wear everyday is t-shirt. I wore it when I go out for a movie, I wore it when I am meeting my friends, I wore it while working out and I wore it when I sleep too. It's convenient and comfortable.


It's easy to match t-shirt with any other clothing. I can wear it with jeans, khakis, shorts and etc. My favourite style is t-shirt, khakis and sandals, so comfortable and yet not too sloppy. T-shirt also can comes in diffrent colours and prints. I love those t-shirt with a clever quote or picture. Also, prints of my favourite anime or cartoon character or special kind of prints that is collaborating with well known designer/artist/comic blogger.


Of course, being a man, shopping is not my forte and going out to a mall to buy t-shirt is a rare occasion. Thank goodness for the invention of Internet and online shopping. Where I can browse the different kind of t-shirts without stepping a foot out of my house. Best of all, I can even compare the pricing of a few online shops to find the best deal.


One of the online shopping site for clothing that is currently quite popular in Malaysia is Zalora. Their simple but safe procedures are definitely going to make you feel that you are having the best online retail therapy on their website. Check out their newest collection of t-shirt for men ranging from top international and local brands at cheap and affordable price!
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Gillette "Are You a True Brazil Fan?" Winner to be Announced!

2014-05-22T00:45:55.523+08:00

Gillette® announces the launch of its Limited Edition Brazil Razor featuring the flag of Brazil. Providing the best shaving performance delivered by Gillette’s steel blades, fans and players alike can now show their passion for football during their daily shave.Gillette knows that when it comes to football, nothing else matters. The new Limited Edition Brazil Razors are a daily affirmation of football fans that stand proudly behind their team - wearing their colors on the outside and their inner steel within. From 1st of April to 15th May 2014, football fans can stand a chance to win a once in a lifetime all-expenses paid trip to Brazil for 2 by joining the “Are You a True Brazil Fan?” contest! The contest winner will be flown to Brazil to watch a friendly match between Brazil and Serbia, take in a tour of the Football Museum and experience São Paulo first hand. To participate in the contest, simply purchase a Limited Edition Gillette Brazil Razor (Mach 3 or ProGlide) via Tesco’s e-shop (http://eshop.tesco.com.my/) or in store at your nearest Tesco and submit your entry online at www.tesco.com.my/eShop/Gillette . The contest is held exclusively with Tesco Malaysia.Fahrin Ahmad will be there to announce the winner!Rallying football fans to stand proudly behind team Brazil and participate in the contest is football fanatic and actor Fahrin Ahmad, who is also the President of the Malaysian Artists’ Football Club. Fahrin will be sharing with his fans on social media details of how to participate in the contest as well as giveaways of the limited edition MACH3 and ProGlide Gillette Brazil Razor. The contest winner will be revealed at a prize-giving ceremony at Tesco with Fahrin Ahmad at the end of May.“For Brazil fans, myself included, the Gillette Brazil Razor is a great way to start our mornings, a daily reminder of technical perfection and skill from one of the world’s top football teams and the world leader in the male shaving category. I can’t imagine a more perfect prize for this contest, it is a dream come true for every Brazil fan to watch their team in action. In fact, I wish I could take part!,” enthused Fahrin.Winner will be announced by Fahrin. Below are the details:When: Friday, 23rd May 2014Where: Tesco Mutiara DamansaraTime: 8pm to 10pmGlobally, in association with the new limited edition Brazil razor, Gillette has teamed up with one of the most decorated and respected footballers in the world, Lionel “Leo” Messi, to launch the brand’s ‘Inner Steel’ campaign. Showcasing the unrivaled passion and mental toughness required of players and fans to drive their teams to victory and show their passion for the game, Messi will feature in a series of videos documenting the global passion for football. Gillette defines ‘Inner Steel’ as the mental toughness, unshakable resolve and driving will to win. It’s this unfailing courage to go further to perform the best, which is at the heart of the brand’s history and has inspired game-changing innovation, product superiority and enduring success.I'm uses MACH3 razor myself and shaving is so easy and painless. I'll try the Fusion ProGlide soon. The new Limited Edition Brazil Razor is available in ProGlide and MACH3:• The original Gillette MACH3 continues its legacy of close shaves. Its 3-blade technology and Comfort Guard with 5 Microfins ensure a close, comfortable shave - a trusted choice to give men around the world a great start to their day• The Gillette® Fusion® ProGlide™ Manual Razor is Gillette’s most advanced blade ever. Thinner, finer blades* with a low-resistance coating glide effortlessly through hair for less tug and pull**, providing incredible comfort, even for men who shave every day“To create our thinnest blades we strengthen our steel to perfection. It is this success from within that Gillette is built on and we believe it is in all men ready to be awakened. Men want the best for their morning shave, particularly as they focus on supporting their tea[...]



Volkswagen Jetta Is Now More Affordable!

2014-04-28T22:25:01.192+08:00

Yes. You read that correctly. If you've been wanting to own a segment C German car but was not about the high pricing for above RM 150K then now this is good news for you. Volkswagen Jetta will now cause RM 21K less than previously. It's now selling at RM 130,888 instead of RM 151,888.Simon Loasby, Director of Design, Volkswagen Group China shared the design principle adopted by the Volkswagen design team.How can that be? Oh, well. It is because it is now German-engineered, Malaysian-assembled, which will takes away the 30% import duty charged by the government in the fully imported version. There is only a slight different between the two version. The Malaysian-assembled version doesn't have the paddle shift but offers a new RCD 320 radio.Here is the full details of the Jetta:Engine and PerformanceA car that truly inspires confidence with its power and poise, the Jetta combines a 1.4l twin-charged direct petrol injection TSI engine with a 7-speed direct shift gearbox that gives an impressive output of 160PS and a torque of 240Nm between 1,500 to 4,500rpm – making it amongst the most powerful vehicles in its segment. The only car in its segment with a 7-speed gearbox, this sedan is also able to accelerate from 0 to 100kph in 8.3 seconds and capable in reaching a top speed of 221kph – further underlining its athletic credentials. Despite its sporty performance, the Jetta features a combined fuel consumption of approximately 6.0l/100 km (16.7 km per litre) on a Euro 5 emission standard, making it the segment class-leader in fuel efficiency and emissions.Enhanced entertainment featuresThe Jetta’s entertainment features have been carefully selected for the Malaysian market. Presenting Malaysians an extensive range of connectivity options, this elegant sedan is installed with the new RCD320 radio with multiple connectivity options such as Bluetooth, SD-card slot, USB with iPod interface and AUX-In. This multi-function display comes with multi-language support and its audio system is further supplemented with 6 sound quality speakers.Safety FeaturesSafety features are of utmost importance in the Jetta. Equipped with dual front airbags with front passenger airbag deactivation, dual front side airbags and curtain airbags for front and rear passengers; Electronic Stability Control (ESC) with Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) and Brake Assist (BA) as well as hill-hold control and rain sensor is installed in the Jetta. The locally assembled Jetta also comes with safety-optimized front head restraints and child seat anchorage points (ISOFIX system).InteriorInside the Jetta, there is an assortment of aesthetic and functional features such as a multi-function leather steering wheel complemented with leather gearshift knob and handbrake lever, as well as ‘Black Pyramids’ decorative inserts for dashboard and door trim panel. The functional interior features of the Jetta includes auto-dimming rear view mirror, cruise control, auto power windows for all four doors, glove compartment with cooling functions and a generous 510 litres of trunk space.As far as driver and passenger comfort is concerned, the Jetta is furnished with ‘Sienna’ fabric seat upholstery, height adjustable front seats, 60/40 foldable rear seats, adjustable front armrest and rear armrest as well as a ‘Climatronic’ automatic air conditioning system with 2-zone temperature control and rear air-con vents.Exterior The Jetta truly encompasses the Volkswagen design DNA, featuring dynamic design lines that truly bring out the essence of this sedan. Fitted with 16-inch alloy wheels, chrome grille and twin exhaust tailpipes, the car is further kitted with front and rear fog lights, in case of fog. Its halogen headlights comes with automatic headlight activation with ‘Leaving Home’ and manual ‘Coming Home’ functions and exterior mirror with environment lighting to assist drivers in dark area. The sedan is also equipped with Park Distance Control (PDC) for front and rear, and el[...]



Have You Had Your Milo Today?

2014-03-27T00:10:30.885+08:00

Many of us know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Just think that after sleeping for 7-8 hours or even 10-12 hours for some lucky people, we are not eating anything and our body is burning on our storage which is “stored fat”, unless you ate a very heavy meal before you go to bed. Waking up with an empty stomach with nothing to burn, our body will need something to boost our energy level in the morning.Also, skipping on breakfast is not good for people that wants to slim down because our body will slow down our metabolism and burn less calories. At lunch time you'll be eating more than usual but you will be burning less calories and worse if your body starts to stored the food as fat.Of course, some people will say that they are busy in the morning hence skipping on breakfast. Well, why not make yourself a mug of Milo that is a well balanced and nutritious breakfast filled with Positive Energy. Positive Energy is derived from the perfect ratio of nutrients consisting of protein, carbohydrates and fats to provide our body with the much needed fuel to take on both physical and mental challenges each day.In line with MILO®’s aim in ensuring our children develop good healthy habits for both nutrition and physical involvement, Malaysia Breakfast Day was introduced to further amplify the brand’s involvement in our children’s wholesome well-being.Mr. Ho Hau Chieh, Executive Director, Dairy Business Unit of Nestle Malaysia attempts a “MILO® Tarik” for the cheering crowd Good news for you active people and those that likes to run! The annual Milo Breakfast Day event which will include the 8-km and 3-km runs is back. It will be held on 20th April 2014 starting from 7 a.m. in Dataran Putrajaya. What's more, there will be breakfast meals available to all runners and attendees while conducting various interactive sport activities that will keep the whole family energized.The MILO® Positive Energy Squad  makes an appearance at the MILO® Malaysia Breakfast Day launchBesides the event on 20th April 2014, throughout the month of March and April there will be a series of concourse events themed ‘MILO® Institute of Champions’ in Klang Valley, Johor, Penang and East Malaysia to further inculcate the notion of ‘Positive Energy’ through the right balance of nutrition and an active lifestyle, starting from breakfast. MILO® has also deployed its Positive Energy Squad nationwide to encourage Malaysians to begin the day with Positive Energy For more information of the events, check out www.milo.com.my/breakfastday.Have you had your Milo, today?[...]



Avenue K Refurbished!

2014-01-28T18:29:39.758+08:00

Just in time to celebrate the Year of the Horse, Avenue K has recently been refurbished and has added a few established International stores. It now claims choice tenants who boast largest outlets and several new arrivals in the Malaysian market, including Korea’s popular lingerie store, Yescode, and ELLE lingerie, the first outlet store in Malaysia.Swedish mega brand H&M opened its flagship store positioned over 3 levels, theSkintopic, The Mod House as well as Original Classic in AK, are the largest of their outlets in the country, while Japanese fashion and household brand, Muji (opening March 2014) and Australia’s Cotton On are largest in Southeast Asia and Asia respectively.With brands like Headline Seoul, Nichii, Dressing Paula, Kitschen and G2000 among others, AK promises to provide the fashion savvy, a myriad of new outfits and looks for the New Year. Those traveling during this festive period can also get equipped in style at luggage specialists, Leather Avenue and Cosas United.If fashion is not your cup of tea, then enjoy their diversity of F&B outlets featuring cuisine from the East and West have also piqued the curiosity of foodies. Tsukemen & Izakaya Ieyasu, award winning Bankara Ramen, Marutamen Ramen, Grappa, Sushi Zanmai, Swensen’s, Witches and Brew with its gluten-free breads and Snow Factory, introducing all-natural desserts from Taiwan, are following in the success of recently launched Taste Enclave Food Atrium (a selection of 15 delectable stalls and 4 mini restaurants) having drawn crowds of repeat customers by their taste buds. Also opening soon is Library Coffee bar and Johnny Rockets with an all-American menu of specialty burgers, shakes and fries. Coffee lovers will be spoilt for choice as they can have a sip at Starbucks, Espressolab, Urbean, Delifrance and even The Loaf. Shoppers are being WOWed through the month of January and February with spectacular themed performances including traditional fan dances, Chinese instrumental bands, appearances by One FM radio DJs, interactive games, fun quizzes and singing performances by special guests. A regal figure of a golden horse, as well as eight pagodas have been erected on the Ground Floor Atrium represented by different vendors; the number chosen for its auspicious symbol of prosperity. That’s not all – the legendary “God of Fortune”, whose outfit is open to a tenant design contest and voted on by visitors, will also be featured to bring an abundance of prosperity and wealth to all present. Over the Chinese New Year period, there will also be an orange counting contest, lucky draws and Avenue K cash vouchers, including a RM3,880 grand prize, RM2,880 and RM1,880 for 2nd and 3rd prize respectively, which will be given away to shoppers who participate in the festivities.While the main activities start from 6 January to 14 February 2014, one of the highlights of the celebrations features a must-see Lion Dance performance at the main entrance on 4 February, with costumes specially designed in fuchsia pink, reflecting AK’s logo. Details of AK’s Chinese New Year promotions, activities and performances can be found at http://www.facebook.com/#!/AvenueKMY.[...]



A Chance To Bring Your Idea To Live

2014-01-13T00:18:11.299+08:00

Well, technically it is your idea for a mobile app. Have you ever faced a scenario where you would have wished someone has written a mobile app for that? Back in the heyday before mobile phone turned smart, I always have this frustration of having a tune playing in my head but can't seems to remember what song it is. Nowadays, one can easily find out what song is that by just humming the tune to mobile app like Shazam or SoundHound.

Well, there's your chance to get your frustration out of the way. If you have a problem that you'll like to have a mobile app to fix it for you then why not just have it created for you? To do this, we will have Digi - Challenge for Change in the picture.

There are two phase for this initiative. There first phase is Ideation Challenge, which is happening from 27 November 2013 till 18 January 2014. This phase is where you and I will be able to submit an idea for the app that you think will be able to help you when using your smartphone. If your idea is finalized as the top 4 idea, you'll win RM 5,000 and a smartphone. Not only that, top 4 ideas will be chosen to be developed in the App Development Challenge phase starting from 24 January 2014 till 24 April 2014. This is the phase your idea comes to life.

So, you think you have a great idea for a mobile app? Go to http://www.digifc.my and follow 4 simple steps to join the challenge.

First, login with either you Twitter, Facebook or Google Plus account.

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After that, filled in some of your personal detail. Name as per in your MYKAD not your nickname because if you win you need to proof that you are the contestant, right? Unless you've changed your name in your MYKAD to your nickname.

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Step 3, write out your mobile app idea. You don't have to write a thesis, just simple straight to the point. Get your creative juice running.

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By the way, there are four categories you can choose from. Be sure to choose carefully which category your app belongs to.

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Finally, click "Submit" to submit your idea. You can submit more than one idea.

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Digi - Challenge for Change is open to all Malaysians aged 12 years and above. Hurry up and submit your idea today! There is not much time left.
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The Grand Launching of Artsphere 20/8ty at The Atmosphere, Seri Kembangan

2013-12-31T00:50:47.542+08:00

So about two weeks ago something fun and artistic was launched in Seri Kembangan. What is it? Yes, you've guess it right. It's the grand launching of Artsphere 20/8ty at The Atmosphere, Seri Kembangan.So what is Arstsphere 20/8ty? The thematic concept `Artsphere 20/8ty’ pays tribute to the 20 talented artists, whose 80 pieces of mural artwork adorn the vicinity, making `The Atmosphere’ the single location with the highest collection of mural art in Malaysia. And these are 3D masterpieces that will interact with onlookers. `The Atmosphere’ team has organized a frenzy of activities for visitors giving them not only a chance to strike their best pose with the artworks, and they also have other activities such as Christmas carols, Mimes, Stilt Walkers, Juggler, street dancers, clowns and street magic. In addition to selfies with the art works on the walls and floors, a Polaroid Photographer will be available at the event ensuring that you leave with a memento in Polaroid form too!The grand launching started withe CEO of Tempo Properties giving an opening speech.Followed by the launching ceremony!And let the party begin!There are a lot of interesting 3D murals at The Atmosphere for you to see. Some of the 3D murals that you'll find there:These are not even 5% of the total of the 3D murals being presented there. To see more of it, you'll have to take yourself to The Atmosphere at Seri Kembangan.What is The Atmosphere? The Atmosphere is a joint venture between Eksons Corporation Berhad and Tempo Properties Sdn Bhd, an award-winning integrated commercial development that is `The Atmosphere’ has won 2 awards; the Asia Pacific Awards-Best Mixed-use Development Malaysia and the Asia Pacific Property Awards –Best Mixed-Use Development Asia Pacific.A hub for the arts, culture, nature, lifestyle and community, the retail lots at `The Atmosphere’ are ideal for specialty stores, showrooms, boutiques, bistros, cafes, restaurants and banks. The wide boulevards, meanwhile, are perfectly suited for weekend kiosks and flea markets, with their aura of lively energy.Wait! There's more! While you are there, try to strike a pose (creative, fun, surprising or whatever) with the 3D murals there because you'll stand a chance to win prizes total of RM 15,000 by joining the FB “Strike A Pose” photo contest “Strike a Pose”. This contest begins on the 22nd with the first round of the competition themed “Most Liked Photo”. Participants who’ll upload their most creative photos on our Facebook page and receive the most “Likes” will be dubbed the winner! For those who did not win, don’t fret! You are entitled to be part of the second round of this competition that is themed “Most Creative Photo”. Judged by the hip and artsy folks from the management team at The Atmosphere, they’ll get to decide on the winning shot. So get snappin’! Fabulous prizes with a total worth of RM15,000 are up for grabs. Bring out the creativity in you and log in to https://www.facebook.com/artsphere208tyofficial for further information.[...]



Simon Says Turned 6, 3 Days Ago!

2013-12-30T02:52:29.851+08:00

OMG. I forgot about my blog's birthday. It all started way back in 27th December 2007. Sorry blog, I've not been very actively posting new post this year. Hopefully I'll get my writing engine a boost next year. Oh, well better late than never. Happy Birthday!

So far, this blog has achieved more than 1.1 million of page views. Nothing to shout about if compared to other popular blogs that easily achieve this number in a month if not week. It took Simon Says 6 years, well it's quite an accomplishment for me.

On a personal note, I was able to achieved my 2013 new year resolution that I've set for myself, which is to slim down. My Triglyceride level came down from a dangerous level during my body checkup two years ago to normal level when I did my body check early this month. I was able to shed about 15KG worth of body fat. I started in February with a weight of 95.6KG and now maintaining at a weight of about 80KG.



I've not time to create a new header yet. Maybe I'll do one in the New Year 2014. You can read about my previous blog birthday posts here.

Happy New Year!!
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Experience ArtSphere 208ty at The Atmosphere, Seri Kembangan

2013-12-22T02:49:53.680+08:00

Do you love visually beautiful objects or views? If the answer is yes, then you would love to go to The Atmosphere at Seri Kembangan this Sunday 22nd DEC 2013 for the ArtSphere 208ty.

It is the grand launching of The Atmosphere in Seri Kembangan. It is a new shopping area and they have invited 20 international and local artists to paint 80 mural arts in the area. These murals are special because they are 3D and interactive. It is Malaysia's most diverse collection of 3D murals.It is the grand launching of The Atmosphere in Seri Kembangan. It is a new shopping area and they have invited 20 international and local artists to paint 80 mural arts in the area. These murals are special because they are 3D and interactive. It is Malaysia's most diverse collection of 3D murals.

Here is a sneak peak of what you could see on Sunday:

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Not only you'll be treated with visual eye candies but you stand a chance to win great prizes such as Samsung Note 3 with LG Pocket Printer or iPad Mini by joining the Strike A Post Photo Contest on that day. All prizes are worth up to RM 15,000.

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Come and join this grand launching and be wow by the 3D murals and win some prizes home. Admission is FREE! For more information please visit https://www.facebook.com/artsphere208tyofficial or http://theatmosphere.com.my.


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Sector Focused Career Fair - Shared Services and Outsourcing

2013-11-25T18:06:49.678+08:00

Did you know that last week Talent Corporation Malaysia Berhad (TalentCorp) hosted a Sector Focus Career Fair (SFCF) today at University Teknologi Mara (UiTM). SFCF UiTM was a joint effort between TalentCorp, Graduan, MDeC and UiTM. The focus areas for the fair were Shared Services and Outsourcing (SSO).I myself am working in Shared Services and Outsourcing industry, which specialized in IT SSO. Previously I was working in Hewlett-Packard (HP), which has an IT SSO business unit. We work for HP but are supporting the IT infrastructure of our customers that outsourced part or all their IT infrastructure to HP to minimize their IT cost.Two years ago I left HP and joined JT International (JTI) as a Data Center Operation Analyst. In JTI, my department is somewhat like a shared services that supports JTI's data center infrastructure around the globe. My department doesn't only support Malaysia. The different between working is HP and JTI is that the former is serving external customers while the latter is supporting internal customers.SSO is a growing industry and there are a lot of demand. Malaysia seems to be one of the choice for Multi National Company to set up at SSO hub such as Global IT Services or Global Finance Services or Global Business Services. Yes, SSO is not limited to IT services.According to Johan Mahmood Merican, CEO of TalentCorp, “The success of our Economic Transformation Programme (ETP) depends on having the right quantity and quality of talent, to support Malaysia’s priority sectors to move up the value chain and continue growing. Malaysia certainly has a strong pipeline of young talent. TalentCorp and UiTM are hosting this SFCF to provide exposure and attract our young Malaysian graduates to pursue an exciting career with the fast growing shared services sector. We certainly believe it is a win-win proposition – through a career in shared services, our young graduates will enjoy an international experience from right here in Malaysia and at the same time, our graduates can play their part in contributing to the success of the industry and Malaysia’s transformation. ““UiTM’s vision is to establish its reputation as a premier university of academic excellence, able to produce dynamic individuals of world-class standards and globally competitive with sound ethical standing. Here we aim to enhance the knowledge and expertise of the next generation of talents in all fields of study through professional programmes, research work and community service based on moral values and professional ethics. In this globalised world, we welcome such initiatives as this sector focused career fair as it provides our students with a solid platform to explore critical industries like SSO and to contribute towards Malaysia’s growth,” said Professor Dato’ Dr. Abdullah Mohammed Said, Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Student Affairs, UiTM.SFCF UiTM is supported by more than 30 companies, including AIG, DHL, Electrolux, Frost & Sullivan, GlaxoSmithKline, HP, IBM, LaFarge, Sime Darby and PwC.The SFCF provides an opportunity for graduates to meet with CEOs and senior HR representatives of participating companies, while providing a platform for companies to scout for potential talent from universities in Malaysia. Several critical industries are in need of top talent, and the undergraduates are able to use this opportunity to better understand these developing sectors in Malaysia. The companies also have the opportunity to educate the public about industry developments, sectoral branding and increase understanding of the SSO sector.The two-day event included Career Talks and Couch Corner Slot. Career Talks is a platform developed for the young generation to engage with prominent industry leaders while the Couch Corner Slot was designed for the vis[...]



If Your Plan A Failed, There's Always Plan B

2013-11-22T00:54:27.878+08:00

There was one time colleague A asked another colleague B during lunch time, where to go for lunch? So, colleague B replied,"We are going for Plan B.". Colleague A then asked,"So where are we going for plan B? I didn't know we have a plan A". Hahaha. Colleague A didn't know Plan B is the name of the place that he's going to eat in.Joke aside. Last week, thanks to Nuffnang's interest group #NNTasteBuddies, I got to taste a variety of food from Plan B that I haven't tried before. There are just so many choices in the menu. We went to have a food review session in Plan B, Bangsar Village. Henry, Mai Sarah, Saimatkong and Jun Zheng were there too.Now let's starts with the coffee. Plan B has their own blend of roasted coffee, which I found is quite nice. I had Flat White and later an Australian Iced Coffee.A scoop of vanila ice-cream in the iced coffee. Nice. I don't even have to put in the syrup.Now let's eat!Avo Quino is kind of of dish that one will order for breakfast and it's vegetarian food.Avocado and poached eggs? My kind of thing. We were told that one of their more popular pasta dish is the Asian-Style Soft-shell crab spaghettini. This a kind of a fusion dish. Rich butter sauce covered the spaghettini and a tinge of curry leaves. Yums. Recommended to be shared if not it will be too jelak.Looking for pasta with more greens? Look no further. We tried the Arugula Pesto Spaghettini with seafood (please not the seafood is optional). Aroma of pine nuts from the pesto sauce is nice. Pasta is cooked al dente.In between the heavy stuffs, we added something refreshing like the Som Tam Crab salad, which is green papaya salad. BIG Group's marketing people love it.Nasi Lemak Goreng is a combination of two of our all time favourite mamak food, nasi lemak and nasi goreng kampung. I like the sourish sambal, it's so appetizing.Going for some tea time snack? One can opt for Spicy Fish Tacos. To me not very spicy at all. Fish is cooked just right. Sweet potato fries as side is something not normally found but it's the norm for Plan B.Not a fan of fish? Why not go for the Char-Grilled Kimchi Chicken Burger? Burger is tender but I will like the kimchi to be a little bit more sourish.Oh, Plan B just revamped their menu, some of the food we tried are new in the menu. They took out my favourite Ox Tongue Sandwich :(Now the mother of all comfort food must be the Buttermilk Fried Chicken. Crispy skin and the meat still juicy and tender. It's so sinfully good.Now even though we are quite full already, we still make rooms for dessert. The Coconut Cake is nice.But the Apple Sugee Cake is awesome! Warm apple sugee cake eaten with the cold vanilla ice-cream is da bomb. I think it will paired very well with coffee.Plan B is really a good place to look for comfort food and a cuppa. Plan B has outlets in Bangsar Village, Mid Valley, Publika, One Utama, Paradigm Mall and Ipoh. Click here for the address and business hour.[...]



Genting's Halloween Horror Spirits 2 Starts Today!

2013-10-24T00:55:15.814+08:00

Officially started last Saturday on the 19th of October which was somewhat like a warm up. Today, 24th of October will be the starts of 4 consecutive days of Genting's Halloween Horror Spirits 2 which will ends on the 27th. I happened to be able to go for the warm up on 19th, which is last Saturday.Two years ago I went to Hong Kong for the Halloween themed night entry of Ocean Park and Disneyland HK. Which was quite an experience. This year, I didn't get a chance to go overseas so I went up to Genting Highland to try out their Halloween Horror Spirits 2.Let the journey begin.Traveling to the entrance of the attraction alone is quite eery because we have to go through some dark alley.Haunted PlaygroundAn abandoned playground with spirits wandering there. Take a picture with the spirits, if you dare.I wondered what will happened if I don't stay away from the swing. Scary Rating: 1/5First World HotelScary Rating: 5/5Just kidding. =POld ShanghaiChinese themed spirits haunt this place.Do you dare to buy dim sum from him?I'll say, she's pretty scary.Scary Rating: 1/5Prison FreakPassing through Old Shanghai, one will find Prison Freak. One of the two horror houses that is available. Pretty much you'll be going through a prison that has not so friendly people lockup in there. Please don't freakout if you find some of them not properly locked. Muahahaha.Here, we are only allowed in group by group. So, some waiting is needed.Scary Rating: 2/5City of WalkerYou can skipped Prison Freak and go on to the City of Walker. This place is crowded with zombies.Some freak accident happened?Meet the walkers.There will be dance performance too every half-an-hour. If you are lucky, you might be able to catch the zombies attacking the police.Scary Rating: 2/5Ghost Village (猛鬼村)After coming in from Haunted Playground, you'll see this sign. Turn left to Old Shanghai and turn right to Ghost Village. We turned left to Old Shanghai first, hence we need to go all the way to the other side to go to Ghost Village.I was a bit disappointed with Ghost Village. Is that it?Scary Rating: 0/5Kisah Rumah PuakaAfter passing through Ghost Village, we've came to our final haunting. Kisah Rumah Puaka. This is of course Malay themed horror house.In here you'll find Hantu Bungkus. Was there a Pontianak too? Just be careful of the bomoh there!Scary Rating: 2.5/5P.S. I am basically quite immune to the haunted houses, so the scary rating I put here is for those brave people, add 1 or 2 more points to the rating if you are a timid person :pHalloween Horror Spirits 2 Ticket Pricing:RM48 (Normal Price)RM38 for Genting Rewards Card member, Theme Park Annual Passport WorldCard member, wristband holder of Indoor Theme Park One Day Unlimited Ride Pass on the event day RM35 via iHoliday online bookingHalloween Horror Spirits 2013Date: 19, 24, 25, 26 & 27 October 2013Time: 8pm – 12midnightVenue: Genting Outdoor Theme Park For more information, call 03–6101 1118 or visithttp://www.rwgenting.com/en/themepark/halloween/index.htm[...]



GAB Oktoberfest Malaysia Is Back!

2013-10-06T21:56:50.322+08:00

Yes. Time flies. It's already October and it could only mean one thing. Time to party with beers! It's the time to celebrate Oktoberfest in Malaysia! What is Oktoberfest, you ask? It initially started as wedding celebration in 1810 to commemorate the union between Crown Prince Ludwig (who later became King Ludwig I) and Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen at Theresienwiese (translated as Therese's meadow / field) – it is for this reason that Oktoberfest is referred to by Germans as ‘die Wiesn’ or ‘the field’. Since it started in German, then it is better to celebrate with a German beer like Paulaner. Oh, there is a special edition 1 liter Ceramic Oktoberfest Mug.


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Do you know that Paulaner was first brewed by monks from the Paulaner monastery in 1634 making it almost 380 years old – however it is still the “youngest” of the Oktoberfest Beers. Oh, Paulaner Oktoberfest Bier is not a wheat beer but instead a lager and it's a little bit stronger (6% alcohol) than the non-Oktoberfest Paulaner variant.

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As with last year's Oktoberfest, GAB will be organizing themed parties across the country. If you want to grab the special edition 1 liter Ceramic Oktoberfest Mug then you must like the Oktoberfest Malaysia Facebook Page, https://www.facebook.com/OktoberfestMY to find out more about the locations of the GAB Oktoberfest Malaysia parties.


It's time to celebrate Oktoberfest 2013 during this month of October and it's more fun doing it with a mug or two of Paulaner Oktoberfest Bier and remember to drink sensibly. Now, let me go and have a mug first. :P





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My Virgin Android Experience

2013-09-12T00:35:55.509+08:00

Okay. I've never use an iOS or Android phone before. The only smartphone I've been using is my two years plus Nokia E7 which runs on Symbian, which I've upgraded to Symbian Belle. So last week I've got the opportunity to review not one but two Android phones for a week. One is the mid level Ninetology's U9 X1 priced at RM 1099 and the other is HTC One, priced at RM 2299.Taken with HTC OneTaken with U9 X1Yes. There's a huge price different between the two, how to compare? Oh, well. For an Android virgin like me it's easy. With the premium price, you'll get the aluminum body of the HTC One and a plastic one with U9 X1. Thew downside of aluminum body is weight is a bit heavier and heat transfer fast. So, it gets kind of hot when I used the HTC One for more than an hour and the heat is bearable for U9 X1. Usability wise, both are quite the same while I found that U9 X1 seems a little bit more user friendly. I like the HTC Blink Feed though. It summarizes all my social network in one page and all updates are shown. Kind of cool too.Phone camera nowadays is one of the function that people compares in a smartphone is the camera. X1 has a 13 megapixel camera while HTC One has a 2 micron ultra pixel camera which gives a 4 megapixel photos but with great sharpness and details. To me, HTC One's camera is slightly better but still U9 X1's camera is way better than my Nokia E7's all focus camera.Taken with HTC OneTaken with U9 X1Taken with U9 X1 in low light no flashBoth phones are quite responsive with HTC One had a bit of edge, maybe due the the processor speed different. I have not issue running Candy Crush or War of the Fallen. I even can send requests to friends in Candy Crush with little or not lagging at all.One thing the X1 lack of is the built in application, it's pretty much comes with the standard Android Jellybean default apps while HTC One has quite a few of their own apps like HTC Zoe. Oh well, for RM 1099, I found it to be a pretty decent smartphone in terms of usability. It suit my needs for Facebooking, Twittering, Instagraming, Gmaling, surfing and occasional gaming. Oh, it has dual sim cards. I can put my normal size SIM card and use but not the HTC One because only micro SIM can be used. Also, Google Play would have tons of app to download so for me built-in apps design by the phone manufacturer is just a bonus.If I am low in budget and looking for a decent Android phone, U9 X1 would be one of my choice. For the higher end phone and has the budget to splurge, well, there are a lot more choices aren't there?Oh, you're a blogger too? Then join the Tech Kaiju to get a chance to review phones and gadgets too! More details here. frameborder="0" height="280" src="http://www.ninetology.com/9care/banner.php?ref=LBHM-JF2M-25PX-L7BF" width="336">[...]



Which U9 Smartphones Is Your Choice?

2013-09-12T00:38:24.379+08:00

Here's a simple guide for you to make your decision on a Ninetology U9 Smartphone.Hope that will help. If not, you can always click here for more information. All 3 models are powered by Android 4.2 and a MediaTek MT6589 1.2GHz Quad-core processor. Price range from RM 1099 to RM 1299.I went for the launch of of U9 Smartphones and got something to share.Are you a blogger? Then here are some good news for you.Blogger’s Review Program – “Tech Kaiju Arena”Purpose: To promote transparent blogging as part of Ninetology’s yearlong ethical blogging initiative that will go hand in hand with sharing the latest gadget information, both Ninetology and other competitor brands.Objective:To create an archive of creative blogpost contents monthly until the end of campaign date. This is themed as ‘Combined product review blogpost’, which do not only have to be a e.g type of content - comparison blogpost; we are looking forward to more creativity from bloggers to formulate new ways showing two brands of mobile devices in a single blogpost.We will also need the bloggers to include the Ninetology banner which works as a link to a subscription form for Ninetology’s newsletter.Contents of the newsletter will include (not final):• Featured blogger’s post under the “Tech Kaiju Arena”• Ninetology’s latest product news• E-VouchersCampaign Period:“Tech Kaiju Arena” will commence on the 12th of August 2013 till the 31st of December, 2013 with different themes every thirty days.How to join? The Process:1. Register with Samuel Lee – email contact: samuellee@ninetology.comRequired Details:• Name, Blog URL, Email, Contact Number and the units which you wish to loan; 1x Ninetology Device + 1x Other Latest Mobile Brand available2. Wait for a call from Ninetology to confirm the collection venue of the loan units which will ONLY be within Klang Valley.Note:• Do keep in mind that you are only allowed to hold onto the loan units for a duration of a week3. During the collection day, you are required to sign a T & C Loaning form which requires you to be liable for any lost or damage of the units.4. On the day to return the loan units, you will also be required to submit your blogpost(s) URL to be fully eligible to participate in the contest.To be eligible:• A ‘Combined Product Review Blogpost’ must also have an embedded Ninetology Banner.• A write-up of 200 – 250 words• Min. of 3 photos and/or imagesRewards:1. By the end of the campaign date, we will select three bloggers who drove in the most subscription via their post and will be rewarded as follows:a. Grand Prize: A Ninetology’s Latest Device and RM3000b. 1st Runner-Up: A Ninetology’s Latest Device and RM2000c. 2nd Runner-UP: A Ninetology’s Latest Device and RM10002. Every month, within the campaign period, Ninetology will be having different themes for blogging contents for the ‘Combined Review Blogpost’, the monthly themes will be announced as a surprise every 30 days.a. The Rewards will be in the form of a range of items which can be Ninetology’s devices, vacations, movie tickets, other mobile brand’s devices and so forth.3. There’s more, we are even rewarding your readers! Monthly, we will be allocating from RM15,000 to RM20,000 worth of Ninetology E-Vouchers just for the 1st 100 readers who subscribes to our newsletter via the banner. The vouchers will enable them to purchase our products at a discounted price.Let's start with Tech Kaiju Arena – Quest 1 ‘August 2013’- The Wall of PledgeWall of pledge info: http://on.fb.me/10UNzoGQuest: Using the theme emphasizing on the importance of ethical blogging and the purpo[...]



Get an iPhone 5 from Celcom to Celebrate Hari Raya!

2013-08-02T01:15:41.793+08:00

Selamat Hari Raya. Yes. Raya is coming next week. There will be four days of holiday for me. The good news doesn't stop here. You've been wanting to change to a new smart phone, well now is a good time to do so. Why?



Now, Celcom is giving even more reasons to celebrate. From 11 July – 15 September 2013, you can get a brand new iPhone 5 from just RM1,488 (RRP: RM2,199)! All you need to do is sign up with a Celcom First Data mPro Plus plan at RM88/month (24-month contract).

It’s an exclusive Raya deal you just can’t miss. With the Celcom First Data mPro Plus plan, you can enjoy:

  • Low monthly commitment fee of only RM88/month
  • Special price on the iPhone 5 at only RM1,488
  • 5GB data volume monthly
  • FREE 60 mins & 60 SMS (Additional usage: 15 sen/min/SMS)

Start your Raya celebrations with an exciting new gadget. One where you can capture the best festive moments. While staying connected with your loved ones whether in the city or back in your hometown. All with the widest coverage on the fastest network.

Don’t miss this special deal. Visit any Blue Cube or Celcom Xclusive to enjoy this privilege today. For more info, click here.
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Where’s The Party? 2013, all is revealed…almost

2013-07-04T21:16:15.559+08:00

Yes. So far all I know is the gathering point and to dress casually. If you haven't got your invite, go hunt down a friend who has invites now :p

See you this Saturday!


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Lose Weight Now, Ask Me How

2013-06-30T22:45:47.484+08:00

OMG. Seems like I've haven't been updating my blog for a long time. I was very busy these past few weeks.

By the way, I've been losing weight healthily with the help of Herbalife products. In 3 months time I've lost about 13 KG. From 95.6KG to 82KG now and most of it are my body fat of from 29.9 % body fat to 21.7%. I still have to lose a bit more till my ideal weight and body fat.

If you know anyone that wants to lose weight, gain weight or maintain a healthy weight please contact me at yyseow[at]gmail[dot]com.

P.S. I'll try to update more often =P
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HTC ONE Launching

2013-05-20T21:28:07.361+08:00

OMG! It's been so long I didn't update my blog. I've been too busy losing weight kekeke. Lose Weight Now, Ask Me How. Okay, a few weeks ago I went to the launching of HTC ONE in Studio Lounge, Tropicana City Mall. I asked Emily to come for the event too as she wanted to buy HTC ONE as her first smart phone. Yes, you heard that right.First smart phone. Better late than never, right?

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I won't be writing down the specs here cause you can always Google it. Here's a video of the demo by the HTC Product Specialist.

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Here is the video of the design and specifications.

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I won a HTC ONE phone casing for Emily and she won a HTC One X Windows phone. OMG. So lucky. She's now using HTC ONE already.

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For more information, visit HTC’s webpage www.htc.com or HTC Malaysia’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/HTCMalaysia?fref=ts.

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Ini kalilah!

2013-05-04T23:17:50.981+08:00

In less than 10 hours the democracy process of my beloved tanah air will start. In my personal opinion, change is better than not changing at all. Yes, change will be painful at first but all will be good after. I don't think there will be anything to fear even if there's a change of ruling party for the Federal Government. Well, maybe those BN cronies will be a bit scared lah.

Which ever party or candidate you are voting tomorrow my fellow Malaysians, I wish you all Happy Voting tomorrow.

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“Change is the only constant in life.” - Heraclitus.

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OSIM and Sammi Cheng Enhance Your Lifesytle with uAngel

2013-04-22T20:36:03.482+08:00

About two weeks ago Sammi Cheng was here in 1 Utama as the ambassador Osim uAngel. Joining the stable of reputable ambassadors such as the legendary Cantopop superstar Andy Lau, Taiwanese group S.H.E, model Lin Chi Ling and Singaporean singer Olivia Ong, Sammi Cheng is the latest face to promote the delightfully and thoughtfully designed OSIM uAngel, providing Malaysian health fanatics a brand new interpretation of keeping healthy and relaxed at home.Known for its wide array of top quality branded healthy lifestyle products, OSIM has always strived to enhance their innovation capabilities by constantly producing world’s first health and lifestyle inventions, which feature superior designs, functionalities and quality. With just one touch, the fashionable and adorable OSIM uAngel transforms from a small sofa into a full body massage chair, and features a suite of professionally designed massage programmes from neck down to the toes. With the capability to transform into a lovable living room sofa, a humanised full body massage chair or an intense foot massager, Sammi Cheng’s charm, talent and versatility resonate perfectly well with the adaptive nature of the OSIM uAngel. With her stylish, fashionable and healthy living appeal, she is the perfect embodiment of the OSIM uAngel.After the event in the Oval concourse, the media and the winners shifted to One World Hotel for a meet and greet session. I got to try out the uAngel. I like the neck and shoulder massage function. Too bad I've already got Osim uPhoria the leg massager. So, getting the uAngel will mean wasting the uPhoria. Maybe I will get the uRelax back massager and combined it with uPhoria to make it like my very own uAngel :pDuring the meet and greet, the winners get to take photo with Sammi Cheng.Following the introduction of OSIM uAngel, OSIM believes its product will set a new definition of the presentation of a massage chair to the healthy lifestyle industry and also a spectacular living experience to the consumers by providing ultimate comfort, tension relief and rejuvenating unwind into their daily lives. Moving forward, OSIM (M) Sdn Bhd will be introducing a healthy companion for beauty and relaxation - the uGem eye massager at end April 2013.OSIM uAngel is now available at all OSIM outlets with a promotional price of RM4,988 (0% Installment up to 36 months at RM139/month). For further enquiries, please log onto www.osim.com or follow OSIM on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/OSIM.Malaysia.[...]



Authentic Kelantanese Cuisine at Kelantan Delights, Sooka Sentral

2013-04-04T21:39:08.902+08:00

I was selected to be one of the founding members of Nuffnang's Tastebuddies Group. Last Sunday, we met up for the first time to have a taste of authentic Kelantan cuisine at Kelantan Delights in Sooka Sentral.I was an hour late to the tasting session because I was doing Qing Ming duty for my late grandfather and grandmother. So, I missed tasting the starters of Sirih Daun Kaduk and Tomyam Kelapa Muda. Straight, I go for the main. I wanted to order Nasi Kerabu Ayam Percik because there's ulam as side but I absentmindedly ordered Nasi Dagang Gulai Ikan instead. Nasi Dagang is cooked with a mixture of half rice and half glutinous rice hence there will be a soft and slightly hard texture. The gulai is cook right with a slight sweet taste. The fish is not overcooked. Extra gulai was given so I can eat it with the rice.Nasi Dagang Gulai IkanNasi Kerabu Ayam PercikJust as we thought we were done with the mains, we were asked which second main to choose in between Nasi Tumpang and Laksam. I asked for Nasi Tumpang. A bit of history about Nasi Tumpang. It was actually rice with different layer of dishes wrapped in a cone shape with banana leaf. It was staple food for farmers in Kelantan to bring to work. The top later which consists of egg and rice is the breakfast, the middle part is lunch made of prawn sambal and gulai ikan tongkol and last but not least the bottom is tea time with rice and chicken floss.Nasi TumpangTraditionally I think won't be fried chicken going with the Nasi Tumpang. I love the fact of how ingenious people in the olden days packed their food to go for work. Unlike nowadays what we do is eat outside or take away. When we take away we were given Styrofoam container that is not friendly to mother earth.Nasi Tumpang for me is like eating ketupat with side dishes. Start with a light egg floss and rice, then heavier taste of prawn sambal and gulai ikan tongkol and end it with a slightly sweet chicken floss. If you haven't tried before, please do so. Early reservation might be required because Nasi Tumpang takes 3 hours to prepare and only 50 are served daily.Nasi Tumpang unwrappedMy neighbour was kind enough to let me have a taste of his Laksam. Blended fish meat santan gravy with a spread of ulam consists of bean sprouts, cucumbers and daun selom is what it's need to go with round rice noodle. The rice noodle is a bit like a thicker version of chee cheong fun. For those that can take hot and spicy food be sure to put in the sambal belacan it will take the taste to another level.LaksamAccording to the owner, they have an eel version of the Laksam which has a richer gravy. I'll be sure to come back again to have a go for it.Sambal BelacanI'm amazed of how after all the food I had I would still have room for dessert. The dessert we had is consists of Lompat Tikam which is Pandan rice cake and Pulut Merah (Red Glutinous Rice) and Ketupat Sotong.The Lompat Tikam is eaten with the santan and gula Melaka because on its own the Pandan rice cake and Pulut Merah is not sweet. I love the Pandan rice cake which has to nice aroma from the pandan leave and I can control how much gula Melaka to eat it with.At first I thought it's weird to see a sotong (squid) as dessert. The grilled sotong was stuffed with glutinous rice cooked with ginger and pandan, slightly sweeten with gula melaka and santan. It may look weird but it taste quite nice. I love the texture of the grilled sotong with the glutinous rice. For me, this is more like a snack [...]



Mikan Japanese Cuisine & Bistro Re-vishifted

2013-03-29T00:01:28.199+08:00

Wow. It's been a year plus now since I ate at Mikan Japanese Cuisine & Bistro. You can read about my last visit here. I saw Groupon Malaysia was selling Mikan cash voucher at 50% discount. Every RM 50 voucher will be sold at RM 25 a piece. So, I paid RM50 and got a total of RM 100 worth of Mikan cash voucher. It's time to revisit Mikan again.Before I could utilize my vouchers, I got email from Groupon that Mikan has been shifted to Damansara Perdana. Time extension was given. Phew. I left only 5 days before the vouchers expired. So, two weeks ago I asked my cousins Joyce and Jas to tag along with me.The shop was only 80% complete according to the co-owner, Casey. There's still a little bit of touch up needs to be done. I left the ordering to Casey, which is somewhat like an Omakase. I didn't even see the menu.Coincidentally Nicole was there too. It's been a while I didn't camwhore with her. So, a #selca is a must, especially she just got her long hair cut short that day itself.Back to the food. For starter, Casey recommended Kinoko(木野子) Salada (Mushrooms Salad). Using cooked Enoki and Shitake sprinkled with Ebiko tossed with cherry tomatoes, Japanese cucumbers and lettuce dressed with special sesame salad dressing. There's a mix of warmness from the mushrooms and coolness from the vegetables. The dressing is nice for a Japanese style salad. Nice playing of different texture. Substitution of meat with mushrooms made this salad healthier to be eaten.Kinoko Salada (RM16++)Moving on is Shake Sashimi (Salmon Sashimi), which according to Casey he just collected it fresh that afternoon. If, it's that fresh, I will want taste of it. True enough, the salmon sashimi is so fresh that just a dab of soya sauce is enough to make it taste good. What I like is that Mikan is not stingy at all with their sashimi, the cut is thicker that some of the Japanese restaurant I've been too where I only get very thinly sliced sashimi. Ah, it's salmon orgasm in my mouth.Shake Sashimi (RM16++)The current trend of Japanese cuisine in Malaysia is the use of mentaiko sauce in the dishes. We had two mentaiko dishes that night. Mentai Tamagoyaki (Grilled Eggs with Mentai Sauce) and Hotate Mentai (Scallops with Mentai Sauce).The Mentai Tamagoyaki looks simple but it's quite hard to make it taste good especially the right texture for the eggs which is not over or undercooked. The chef in Mikan did it just right. Top with the flavourful mentai sauce. Yums. Mentai Tamagoyaki RM12++The most expensive dish that night is the Hotate Mentai. Why? The scallops are air flown from Hokkaido and it's the biggest scallop I've ever eaten in my life. My mouth can only fit in half of the scallop. The Hotate Mentai here beats all the other versions that I've eaten in so many other Japanese restaurant chains.Hotate Mentai (RM45++)Last but not least, something that I rarely see in any Japanese restaurant here in Malaysia. Behold, le Braised Pork. Although it's not some expensive pork like the Black Fur Pork from Japan is used the chef was able to make the Braised Pork so juicy and tender that it will just melts in my mouth. The broth is the best. Tasted just nice, not too salty nor too greasy. A few pieces of pork lards were put in there to just bring out the aroma. It's a must order for pork lover. Although I've ate quite a lot of the braised pork but I don't feel 'jelak' at all.Braised Pork (RM32++)We also had Mushroom Skewers (RM4.50++ per s[...]



Dato' CQ Teo Debate Challenge 2013 at KDU University College

2013-03-25T18:05:18.250+08:00

The only debate I participated in during my secondary school time was the inter-class debate competition. I was not the debater but an audience. Forward to year 2013, I was privileged to be invited by KDU University College to cover the final of their annual Dato' CQ Teo Debate Challenge. The key objectives of this annual event are to help promote the spread of English among high school students and provide a platform to enable students to enhance their communication skills. This year the organizers decided to limit the Challenge to 60 teams with each participating school only allowed one team. Last year there were 63 teams from all over Malaysia participated in the Challenge.The finalists that made it to the final were Team Tunku Kursiah College and Team SMK Assunta.  Team TKC formed the Government and Team SMK Assunta formed the Opposition. Team TKCTeam SMK AssuntaI won't go into details of what each speaker had said. The Government points out that it has always been a closed door affair amongst the Cardinals and the result of the voting is based on the white smoke or black smoke. The Pope needs to be closer to the people and thus should be chosen by the people instead of just the Cardinals. They proposed that 5 nominees to be the Pope will be chosen amongst the Cardinals and their profiles will be published and make known to all the Christians in the world for them to vote which among the 5 will be the Pope.The Opposition pointed of view is that the Cardinals knows better than the normal people when it comes to choose the right Pope because they the Cardinals have always been working together and knows each other well. Also, they pointed out if the Pope was to be voted by the people then he'll have to sanctioned policy that will pleased the people in order to be favoured by the people for example approving LGBT relationships.If I were the Opposition, I will points out. What mechanism the Government planned too use for hundred of millions or even billion of Christians around the globe to vote? How to qualify whom is or whom is not a Christian? Is there an age limit? If a well planned mechanism can't be proposed, don't even think about letting the motion passed. This is just my own opinion.It's interesting to see debates of this scale. Now I only I know during the speaker's session the opposing party can stand up and challenge point or points that the speaker just spoke. The speaker has the right to accept the challenge or to reject it. Hence, I heard a lot of "Please sit", and "No. Thank you" when the speaker rejects any challenge. Sometime the challenge will be accepted.Here's a video snippet of what I meant. allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/_Z7H4VG99hc" width="640">I will really love to see motion that is closer to home, something like "This House Believes That The People and not the Federal/State Government Should Elect the Local Goverment". Nevertheless, this kind of debating competition is very good to nurtured our young to be critical thinking and has no fear voicing out their own opinion. It's also a good stepping stone to train them to debate in an open and civilized manners, unlike the comedy we see now in the Parliament or Dewan Undangan where the focus is not on the motion but on politicizing and personal attacks.Finally, the final was won by Team Tunku Kursiah College and they went home with the new and improve[...]