Sunday, August 31, 2014

Jump Street, Malaysia's First and Asia's Biggest Indoor Trampoline Park Official Launch

Earlier this month, Jump Street, Malaysia's first and Asia's biggest indoor trampoline park has officially opened with the presence of our Minister of Youth and Sports, Malaysia, YB En. Khairy Jamaluddin.
During the official launch, the Jump Street Trampoline Park and the Malaysian Gymnastics Federation (MGF) had sealed a first-of-its-kind public-private-partnership (PPP) agreement aimed at identifying and developing athletic talent in an effort to build Malaysia's first trampoline team and to help them qualify for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

The agreement was signed between Tn Hj. Razak Mat Amin, President of the Malaysian Gymnastics Federation and Mr. Duncan McGilligan, CEO of Jump Street Malaysia Sdn Bhd and witnessed by YB En Khairy Jamaluddin, Minister of Youth and Sports, Malaysia.
Before the signing of the agreement, Mr. McGilligan started the event with a speech:
He said that "Jump Street is about making fitness fun. By doing so, it is our intention to play a role in meeting the Government's aspiration of instilling a sports culture amongst Malaysians."

He also added that "As more and more Malaysian's become attracted to trampolining there is a growing and ready pool of potential talent MGF can tap into. Moreover, we are on track towards opening a total of five trampoline parks across Malaysia and even more across South East Asia in the very near future. We hope to see trampolining become as popular as football or badminton here in Malaysia."

Right after Mr. Duncan McGilligan's speech, Tn Hj. Razak Mat Amin, President of the Malaysian Gymnastics Federation followed suit:
He said that since trampolining became an Olympic sport in 2000, many nations have started to develop their own trampoline team. "Moreover, trampolining in itself is also an activity that can help any athletes, regardless of the sports discipline. Many may not realize that jumping on the trampoline helps build balance, coordination, stamina and strength. All these elements are integral towards creating Malaysian athletes that will be world class," he explained.

YB En. Khairy Jamaluddin gave a speech afterwards:
Whereby after the signing ceremony:
YB En. Khairy Jamaluddin officiated the opening of Jump Street Malaysia by putting his John Hancock on their plague:
A little demonstration on our local talent followed next:
Which led to Mr. McGilligan and YB En. Khairy Jamaluddin to have some fun:
Ending with YB En. Khairy Jamaluddin doing a solo jump into the landing pad:
In collaboration with MGF, Jump Street is offering a beginners' trampolining course to members of the public where the six-week program that costs RM300, comes with a basic MGF membership and will cover a wide variety of trampolining basics including trampolining safety, motor skills development and simple acrobatics. Upon completion, participants who find trampolining highly appealing and are keen to develop their skills further, will be given the opportunity to train with experts from MGF where they could progress to a level that can qualify him or her at regional or global events.

Jump Street Trampoline Park Kuala Lumpur covers an area of 37,000 sq. ft. and has 8 attractions area:
The Main Court, a world-class facility with 9,000 sq ft. of interconnected trampolines.
The Wall,3 vertical running walls
High Performance, an area with 6 Olympic-spec trampolines

The Foam Pit, colossal in size with four launching lanes:
Dodgeball court:
Slam Dunk basketball lanes:
Air bag, where it was the landing pad earlier shown.

And The Cage, a dedicated Kids' court:
Please note that jumpers has to be at least 3 years old. If under, they need to be accompanied by a parent/adult.

There's also a Jump Cafe where they serve fantastic coffee:

 Jump Street Trampoline Park is located at No. 8a, Jalan 13/6, Section 13, 46200 Petaling Jaya, Selangor. (Behind Bosch Building where you go in through the same entrance).

Currently, the opening hours are as follows:
Monday-Wednesday: 10am-9pm
Thursday: 10am-11pm
Friday: 10am-Midnight
Saturday: 9am-Midnight
Sunday: 9am-9pm

For further info visit www.jumpstreetasia.com or www.facebook.com/JumpStreetAsia

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Soup Restaurant, Jaya Shopping Centre, Section 14, PJ Food Review

At the newly opened Jaya Shopping Centre, there lies a restaurant call Soup Restaurant:
It shows simplicity in it's restaurant design from what I can see. Despite it's name, it serves more than just soup. Chinese cuisine is what the restaurant offers.

Soup restaurant has established it's name in Singapore and is a public listed company over there. In Malaysia, there's one other branch over at 1 Utama. Not only is it simple in it's design but the dishes are too. But it does have a certain appeal to it's food.

To start off with, we took on their signature Samsui Ginger Chicken (Village Chicken):
From consuming this dish, I can easily recognize why it's one of their signature dish. The chicken was steamed perfectly, moist and juicy and a little dab of the ginger sauce helps enhances the flavor of the ginger chicken. Even though ginger is not something I like to eat, adding a little of it does enhances the taste.

Penang Fried Mee Suah (RM17.90):
It had a generous portion of ingredients in it which is great that it's not just lots of noodles. Prawns, eggs, bean sprouts, chicken and more.

Here are some of the double-boiled soups tried:
On the left is Double-Boiled Dried Scallop with Black Chicken Soup (RM23.90) and on the right is Double-Boiled Waisan & Ginseng Roots with Chicken Soup (RM17.90). I can't remember what's the one in the center. I just remember it's with pork ribs. LOL. The one with the black chicken is good for invigorating blood circulation, relieves stress (what I need!) and enhances complexion while the one with Ginseng Roots and Chicken is ideal for those who feel stressed or tired. The ginseng is very apparent in the soup where it provides a little bitter taste to it but the chicken soup with it's essence just provided some natural sweetness to counteract that.

Ah Kon Ginger Fried Rice (More Ginger):
The ginger taste is there and cannot be denied in this fried rice but just like the Samsui Ginger Chicken, the ginger tasted differently from your normal ginger sauce but I guess, I would prefer the less ginger version since this one I feel a little too overpowering in it's taste. But it's still okay. Costs RM17.90.

Steamed Hand-Chopped Minced Pork with Salted Fish:
There's another one with Salted Egg:
Both meats taste the same with just the difference of a little bit of ingredients on top. However, I find neither the Salted Fish nor the Salted Egg did anything to alter nor enhance the taste of this dish. It's just like you're eating the meat halfway and then you break it in between to taste the salted fish or salted egg. The meat is very nice in my opinion. It's springy and possess a pleasant chew when you bite into it. Of course, I would recommend eating with rice or noodles else it's just too salty to eat just by itself. Both priced at RM18.90 each.

Tofu Prawns:
Costs RM35.90. I simply adore the gravy which consists of 3 ingredients and that is egg, tomato and chili. It's great to eat it with some Fried Mantou:
RM9.90 for 8 pieces. Haven't eaten these for sooooo long. I just missed it so much and am glad that I had a chance to eat it that day which didn't disappoint.

Here's the Soup of the Day:
Lotus Root Soup during that day. For 1 pax it costs RM9.90 and for 5 people and above, it costs RM39.90.

Hometown Fried Fish Belly (RM23.90):
If you like a bit of heat to it, you can have the one with fried with chili for the same price:
But to me, there's not much difference to it though it does add a bit of spice to it with the chili. Tastewise remains the same.

Ah Kon Fan Shu Leaves (spicy):
RM15.90. Vegetables. 'Nuff said.

New Zealand Venison (RM27.90):
You can either have it cooked with black pepper sauce or ginger & spring onion. This venison is okay but I'm still trying to find an outlet where they serve really tasty venison like the one I had before which got me loving venison meat.

Next, onwards to dessert!

At Soup Restaurant, there are four types of dessert.

Herbal Jelly (RM7.90):
Not bitter and mild in taste. Cold dessert

Double-boiled Pear with Snow Fungus & Almonds:
RM8.90. Available in hot and cold. Nice tasting pleasurable in biting at the snow fungus, pear and almonds.

Sea Coconut with Longan (RM7.90):
Cold dessert. The lemon in it provides a zesty refreshing taste to give it a kick.

Double-Boiled Snow Fungus with Ginkgo (RM8.90):
Also available hot or cold.

The Soup Restaurant at Jaya Shopping Centre is at:
Level 3, #L3-12
Jalan Semangat, Seksyen 14
46100 Petaling Jaya

Selangor Darul Ehsan  

Open from 10am-10pm

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Za - Empower Your Style with Za Men

Introducing Za's new line of skincare for men called Za Men!
Za is known to be a brand that provides makeup and skincare for women hence I was baffled when I was invited to their event at TGV Indulge, 1 Utama.
Nevertheless, I was assured that it's an event for both male and female alike and so I obliged in a break from the hectic workplace to have a slow and relaxed day.

When I arrived, I was still a little confused as to whether or not it's a girly event thing because everything that I saw in there were women's makeup and skincare on display. Although even if it is, this may not be the first time I attended an event catered for female, but usually, I would be with my bunch of beauty aficionado friends and that sets me at ease while this one, well, I'm going on my own and unsure if they'll be there. Coupled with the fact that they weren't able to reveal to me just yet, it made me doubted as I cautiously enter with equally puzzled eyes on me. LOL.

So then I was told that at the moment, on display, it's Za's latest Autumn/Winter 2014 range of women's makeup and skincare.
This includes the Perfect Solution Youth Whitening Serum (RM59.90):
 
Which is used after applying toner but before moisturizer and contains Yuzu extract and marine collagen for firming. (Available in September 2014)

Za Perfect Fit Liquid Foundation (RM37.90):
Which is a water based foundation that's 100% oil free and is 8-hour lasting for translucent finish. (Available in October 2014).

And Za Gel Eyeliner (RM26.90):
 
Which is available in Real Black color and Deep Brown and is able to last for 24 hours. (Available in October 2014).

Later on, the event started with the introduction of the products ala movie theater style and a testing session. I was however, relieved to see a fellow familiar face in the midst which I could say hi too without feeling too conscious of myself.

As soon as they're done detailing on the various women's product, they surprised the audience by introducing a new line from Za for Men with the tagline, Empower your Style:
Present along for the launch of Za Men were celebrity friends William San and Jeffrey Cheng while the MC was Patricia K.

When the presentation on the products were said and done, we headed back to the lounge area to find the men's skincare line was setup:
Along with the Ultimate Recharge Deep Cleansing Scrub, there's also the Ultimate Matte Purifying Oil Control Cleanser and the Ultimate Moist Deep Cleansing Gel all priced at RM16.90 each for the 100g tubes.

On top of the cleansers, there are also moisturizers released:
With the Ultimate Recharge Energizing Gel Moisturizer and the Ultimate Matte Purifying Oil Control Gel in 50g tubes for the price of RM26.90

All of the Za Men products are scheduled to be available on October 2014 at selected Watsons store nationwide.

So I got myself the Ultimate Recharge Deep Cleansing Scrub and the Ultimate Recharge Energizing Gel Moisturizer to try out.
When I first looked at the product, I was a little scared on applying it.
This is because of the word 'Energizing' which it mentions that it's great for people who has tired looking skin in working late nights and stuff and it will energize you from morning till throughout the day. Why this word scares me is because I have a skincare product years ago that claims exactly that and whenever I apply it, it gives me a headache. And so, I contemplated hard before opting to try it out.

The scrub is a mud scrub cleanser that contains "Energy Capsules":
Energy capsules contains energy supplying components which are Vitamin C + Vitamin E to the skin. The scrub has an earthy tone color to it and at first, applying the scrub on the skin felt like nothing but seconds later, you can feel a little heat from it which I guess that's the energizing effect and a lasting cooling after effect when it's washed off.

Next, after cleansing and shaving, I tried out the Ultimate Recharge Energizing Gel Moisturizer:
As expected, the moisturizer which contains Royal Jelly extracts has a transparent yellow color. It also contains Taurine, Hyaluronic Acid Complex and the Energy Capsule that's in the scrub I have too which these are the energizing agents. Unlike the scrub, the moisturizer immediately takes effect on the skin where I feel to a certain extend the refreshing feeling coming from it. It may at first feel to me like there's a layer on top of my skin but it quickly dissipates and the feeling is not apparent anymore. And most importantly, it doesn't give me a headache using it. Well, it does energize me to a slight extent but I'd rather not exhibit it. LOL. And after just a few days of using, everytime I look at my office restroom mirror, it does give my skin a more vibrant and radiant look.

Well, overall I would say that it's effects do work as what they say they do on me and I'm happy that they shared it with me.