Sunday, October 19, 2014

Celebration of Our Inspiring Malaysian Tastemakers

When I arrived at the scene, I felt so underdress. But I had no choice because there were stuff I need to carry around before coming to the event, hence my short sleeved shirt that I'm dressed in. But I've got to say that this is the most fanciest and poshest party I've been to and I've been to a lot of fancy, upscale and swanky ones in my life. It all started with a Lamborghini displayed in the front of Pavilion Hilltop Property Gallery:
Inside the hall, it looked as if tuxedos were a requirement but of course, that's not the case. Later on, I felt more relieved as I weren't the only semi-casual dressed there.

Being at the Pavilion Hilltop Property Gallery, they've gotta do a bit of showing you on the Pavilion Hilltop property. Here's their scale model on the condo:
They also showcased their condos at their showrooms too.
Here's some pics on it.
 
 
 

I felt that the place had more of a hotel feel to it than a homely feel. Is it worth it's price tag? Well, you be the judge of that. In addition to that, it also has quite a number of facilities which includes a 45m Infinity Pool, Basketball Practice Court, Library, Games Room, Floating Cabana and others.

Anyway, the event isn't about the property but about great inspiring Malaysians who made their mark in their own way. So what's a tastemaker? It is defined as people who's determination of what's good, fashionable, stylish etc etc has resulted into a trend and followed by many people. In other words, trendsetters.

The individuals that we had come together for this party are
Ms Tee May Yee:
Founder of the Last Polka Ice Cream.

Ms. Marini Ramlan:
Artist/Creative Developer

Mr. Benson Saw:
Product Designer

And Ms. Farah Azizan:
Architect.
All of them has been featured on the 30-minute special on Life Inspired new season channel.

Before the start of the event, there has been a free flowing of Moet & Chandon champagne and Hennessy XO Cognac to go with the guests dinner.
And all around the site, Bedat & Co. collection of women timepieces were displayed to anticipate on what's to come later on.
 
 
And what's to come later on, you may ask. Well, it was a fashion show on Bedat & Co. watches.
 
 
 
 
The night continued on with guests mingling with one another over glasses of champagne and juices. Saw Amber Chia and Jehan Miskin among the people present that evening and certainly is a memorable evening for me.

Friday, October 17, 2014

The Equalizer (2014) Movie Review

Genre: Action, Thriller
Language: English
Starring: Denzel Washington, Marton Csokas, Chloë Grace
Story (may contain spoilers!): 
Denzel Washington plays a retired government black ops agent who lives a normal quiet life working at the Home Mart where he helps one of his co-worker, Ralphie to try to achieve being a security guard for the company.

During the nights, Robert McCall (Denzel's character) is unable to sleep and goes out every night to the diner nearby to read a book with some tea and does this on an everyday basis. Among the regulars there is a prostitute name Teri where her real name is Alina. Alina aspires to be a singer one day and one night decides to chat with McCall a little more after the night before where she had to attend to an abusive client with the instruction of her employer.
That night, McCall decided to walk Alina home when along came the employer who's Russian mafia where the turf over there is being managed by Slavi. They took her away and after that night, McCall didn't manage to see Alina at the diner anymore. McCall went about his life until one night, the owner of the diner tells McCall that Alina's in hospital. Beaten up real bad. McCall visits Alina and then decides to intervene instead of just sit back and watch the world go by.

He starts off by going over to Slavi's office which is atop a restaurant owned by the Russian mafia and makes an offer of $9800 to buy Alina's freedom. But Slavi rejected the offer and on his way out, McCall stopped dead at his tracks, decided to turn back and murder all of the people there.
Pretty soon, the news got to the head honcho, Pushkin, who decides to dispatch Teddy, who used to be ex-secret service to find who's responsible, clean up the mess and make a statement to never mess with the Russians.

Pretty soon, Teddy finds out of McCall's involvement and the battle of wits and killer skills begins.

Comments:
Not sure what's wrong with me and movies nowadays, a lot of movies don't seem to live up to my expectation anymore. Hence, the deterioration of my frequency in attending movie screenings. Anyway, this one, I guess it's pretty okay. It has that one man can conquer it all feel like how I like it to be in The Punisher but I wish the bad guy was more menacing and intelligent than being easily outsmarted and outgunned everytime. Sure, the protagonist did bleed a bit but it looks like he wanted it that way with his calm demeanor than actually being trumped on his skillset. Anyway, Denzel Washington is truly a very talented actor and I enjoyed his acting even though overall, the movie just lacks the wow factor that I so longingly hoped for.

Rating:
I give this movie 3 stars out of 5. Loved the one guy being great in tactics and skillsets and Denzel Washington's acting. It made the cool, loner guy character cool again.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

O'slee Rosehip Beauty Solution Ruby Toner Launch in Malaysia‏

A bright and sunny day - perfect for a leisurely paced day for me to drive down to KL. Since this was a beauty event and I'm not exactly the go-to person on beauty products, I made myself useful by inviting a beauty blogger along for her opinions.
O'slee has been established in the Hong Kong market since 2004 and was introduced to the Malaysian market with their basic range as a start 5 years ago. From that point, Aaron Lee, the director of O'slee Malaysia started to work closely with the beauty scientists and exploring Hong Kong for the most advanced ingredients that befits and benefits our local market here and that's where the Ruby range with oil free moisturizer came up.
During the time of the event which was also graced by the presence of Chinese actress from "The Gathering", Ms. Jo, O'slee launched the fourth generation of Rosehip Beauty Solution Ruby Edition.
It is meant to improve clarity on the skin and minimizing pores making it younger-looking.
The 3 main ingredients to this product would be:
1) Rosehip
Which among many other benefits helps recover damaged tissues and retains skin moisture and pore refining
2) Clustered Water
Helps smoothen and whiten skin to a younger-looking one
3) Pea Essentials
Where it stimulate self-repairing ability of the stem cells.

Other products on display were items from the Rosehip series such as the Rosehip Hydra-White Cleansing Powder (RM49.90/55g):
This Rosehip Peeling Gel (RM49.90/60ml):
And this Rosehip Whitening Mask (RM39.90/5pcs):
Other O'slee Rosehip series include the Moisturizing Cleanser, Eye Cream, Moisturizing Lotion. O'slee products are available at Guardian pharmacies nationwide. For more info on other O'slee products, head on to www.oslee.com.my

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Kirin Ichiban Glamping Night 2014

When I first heard of Kirin Ichiban's Glamping night, I didn't know what to expect. Is it gonna be an outdoor camping event with Kirin Ichiban beer? But the word glam is short for glamorous, right? So, glamorous camping? Is there such a thing? The two words combine sounds more of an oxymoron to me. In the invitation card, it says to dress glammed up. But glammed up means dress up to the nines, right? But doing so to go to a camping event and stuff? I was confused. So in the end, I decided to go with a casual attire which did great for my office work earlier anyway. LOL.
When I arrived at the event, I immediately found out what it's all about. No doubt, it may be camping themed but that's as close as camping can get from the event with the surrounding built to that overall theme. It was held at White Box which is an indoor hall and the night certainly was really glamorous indeed.

From start to finish, I just loved how they compose up the night and how they treat all of their guests making sure they enjoy the evening as I certainly did. There was never a moment of feeling out of place nor neglected during that evening and I certainly felt comfortable being at such an event even though attending on my own.

That picture above had me holding a checklist where you were to complete the list by participating in Japanese-themed activities spread out throughout the venue where most were in tents.

The first activity had me trying out was this decorate-your-own-lantern activity.
Watercolor were provided for you to decorate your lantern in anyway you want. Course, I suck at art and so mine was just a normal coloring type. LOL. Once you're done with the lantern, they would hang it up at the entrance area to enhance the overall atmosphere. XD

The next thing I tried out was the Kendama activity.
Kendama is this Japanese traditional toy where it has this holder that consists of a pointy stick at the end and two cups at the side with the third cup at the bottom and has a string tying a ball with a hole at the bottom. It's a game of balancing where you need to hook the ball to the cups and the spike without letting it fall off.
Ok, so that's not exactly the right way to do it but this guy just want to try doing it reversed. LOL.

Next came the fold your own chair activity.
Two cardboard boxes with the right places having catches on them so once you fold it, voilà it's a makeshift chair!

DIY silkscreen art section where you're to brush the ink with a wooden slider to that the artwork will come out from the silkscreen and onto the goodie bag.
When that's done, it's chow down time with a bento set.
Okay, so I didn't take as much as I should the first time around but the bowl of soup that I took really is heavy and so I had to ditch it for a second and third round. XD

At the end of all the activities that you went through and you've completed your checklist, submit it at the submission booth for a chance to win a 'prize of a lifetime' which is a 5-day-3-night trip to Japan including an exclusive tour of Kirin Brewery and an experience at the annual Chichibu festival. Unfortunately, the winner wasn't me. :( LOL
It was Clione Sia that night who won.

In between, there were some great performances to keep the audience entertained.
Starting off with this Interactive Lights performance with Contemporary Japanese beats.
And then came on some Kabuki Dancers:
And finally, these ladies got the crowd hype and participate as well with clappers and shakers.
All in all. I find that it was a great event. Entertaining performances, great activities to participate in and some great beer to go along. Met some of my friends there and made some new ones as well which was great. :)

I may not have won the trip to Japan during that evening, but I still stand a chance to win one because from now till mid-November 2014, purchases of any Kirin Ichiban from on-trade establishments and off-trade stores like supermarkets will get you a scratch card. And from that scratch card, you stand to win that prize of a lifetime! I hope I get that prize. :P

Friday, October 10, 2014

TableTalk, TTDI Food Review

A long, long time ago, I remembered clearly I visited the same exact location and the same exact shop. But back then, it use to be a posh Indian restaurant where they served good Naan bread. The words, "Does anyone want anymore Naan?" still echoes through my mind. Somehow, that moment stuck into my mind for close to 10 years. Fast forward to the present and you get TableTalk:
It was a leisurely paced evening with light drizzle. Not enough to wet me but enough to make me sleepy. Hence, the need for me to order a Flat White:
The caffeine wasn't as lethal as I wanted it to be but certainly isn't potent. Just the right dosage to keep me up for a couple more hours.

Our table finally were filled with 3 more people instead of just the 2 of us and we were ready for the challenge of savoring TableTalk's delicacies. TableTalk initially took the path of a pure western cuisine joint but quickly adapt to the surrounding needs as they found that the area is best suited with some Asian flavors in them. Hence, there are some dishes that are dished out with a fusion flair to it instead of just purely on western.

The appetizer came in the form of the Appetizer Combo (RM35):
Not meant for just the solo eater, it comes with Fried Chicken, Chicken Wings, A coleslaw salad, Fried Prawns and some air fried fries with 2 sauces in the middle. The fries were pleasantly salted and seasoned to perfection with the chicken wings being my utmost fave in this one dish. The Fried Chicken is not bad too but lacks meat in my opinion and well, prawns and slaws aren't exactly things I like anyway so this dish doesn't make a difference on those two items.

Next comes the Tom Yum Seafood Carbonara (RM22):

It's not the first time somebody conveys the idea of tom yum and carbonara together to me but while all the rest has ended up in disaster, this one worked for me. It has to do with being more of tom yam flavor rather than the creamy carbonara taste. In this instance, the Tom Yam flavor is more apparent and conjugate well with the spaghetti while the carbonara took on a supporting role as making the tom yam sauce creamier than a normal and not being to unpleasantly overpowering in it's flavor profile.

This here is the Chicken Parmesan (RM28):
The Chicken Parmesan tasted okay and so does the mashed potato. Presentation-wise is great but can't beat this next dish.

Oxtail Linguine (RM32):
Love how the plate brings out an outback charm to it. The oxtail meat is tender and juicy while the linguine tastes refine and goes well with the sauce of the oxtail. Not a bad dish but my fave is still the Tom Yum Carbonara.

Mini Wagyu Burgers (RM38):
Nice beefy taste on the burgers. Sometimes a tad too much on it which I could use a little more sauce to tone it down. There's some wasabi on the mayo close to the lettuce. I guess that's kind of the in thing nowadays, wasabi with mayo which is great but in this case it merely is just a touch of it so you do taste wasabi but it doesn't sting.

Further on to the evening, it was dessert time with this TableTalk Signature Hot Plate Pancake (RM15):
The pancake was dense and sticky while the flavoring comes from the fruits on top. On it's own, it taste sugary but not the sweet kind that can acclimate to my palate. Nonetheless, the redeeming factor came from the next dessert.

It's called Chocolate Cake with Ice Cream (RM15):
The cake has the right texture that befits my appetite, not too hard, not too soft. Juuuust right. The banana serves merely as a side item to eat with but as for the ice cream, it accentuates the cake with a little vanilla taste to it's chocolate taste. Goes great together and serves as a dynamic combo.

TableTalk is located in TTDI where the vicinity of the VADS building and the Pizza Hut resides. It's address is at:
No.4, Jalan Datuk Sulaiman, Taman Tun Dr Ismail 60000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Opening Hours:
Mon - Fri: 10:30 am - 3:30 pm, 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Sat - Sun: 8:00 am - 11:00 pm