Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The Grand Opening of The Sky at One City

 Last Friday night, I was invited for the grand opening of The Sky at One City Mall. I have heard a lot about the mall especially its see through glass panel at the rooftop. I have always wanted to pay a visit and now my dream comes true ^^ Frankly speaking, I had no idea about the exact location of the mall, but luckily I managed to reach without getting lost via the google maps app installed in my phone. It is roughly 30 minutes distance (without traffic jam) from Cheras via Lebuhraya Damansara-Puchong (LDP) passed through IOI mall Puchong and a RM1.60 toll.

The Sky at One City

The Sky at One City
 There were 1000 guests invited for the star studded gala night. Thus, you can see that the registration area was crowded.
 
The Sky at One City
 The sky is established on the 10th floor (rooftop) of the 16 level mall. It is the biggest rooftop food and beverage area in Malaysia. (I will share more next post)

The Sky at One City
 Selfie while waiting for others in De House, The Sky

Thanks for the camera that make us so flawless xoxo

The Sky at One City
 As I said the main attraction here is the see through glass panel at the rooftop! Light rain that night, thus little bit blur for the photo. This is certainly not for those who having a 'weak heart' or acrophobia!

The Sky at One City

The Sky at One City
Various game booths and activities designed for all guests at the grand opening. It is really easy overall. All invited guests for the happening night were able to win prizes totaling RM16k from the lucky draw, as well as use Facebook posts to 'buy' themselves some exclusive merchandize from The Sky's Facebook Shop, in an innovative new social media concept. 
 
The Sky at One City
 Post any photo of The Sky to their Facebook page to get some prizes from The Sky ^^
   
The Sky at One City
 Complete the puzzle cube....the crews were helpful! They completed 80% for me xoxo

The Sky at One City
The dancing booth...just follow the movement on the screen for about a few minutes and then done!

The Sky at One City
The last task was posting a picture at this background to the instagram and tagged the official account. I have completed all the tasks and wish me some luck in winning some prizes yeah!

The Sky at One City
 Ops every guest was given a voucher to redeem an alcoholic drink! OMG! I love the Korean beer!

The Sky at One City

The Sky at One City

The Sky at One City
 The first opening performance that night was power-packed dance by RJVN!

The Sky at One City
 Followed by a talented duo known as Ong & Sim who combined dance and painting, creating artwork using their entire bodies!

The Sky at One City
 That's one of the thrilling and interesting show of the night that caught everyone's attention.

The Sky at One City
 A brief introduction of The Sky concept to the guests.

The Sky at One City
 Chinese calligraphy performance

The Sky at One City

Magic Show

The Sky at One City
This was followed by an energetic display of beatboxing skills by local champ Shawn Lee, who showed off the percussive beats and dramatic sound effects that saw him rank in the Top Four of the Beatbox Battle World Championship 2012.

The Sky at One City
Emcee of the night: Baki 
He is the only one Malay celebrity that host in Chinese show in Malaysia. I guess everyone knows him. I really love to watch his 'Step Forward' show. Waiting for the next season and his next adventure story that going to share with us.

The Sky at One City
Malaysian Idol Season One 1st Runner-Up Dina Nadzir then rocked the stage at The Sky, delivering powerful renditions of hit songs to the crowd. The multi-talented singer is a well-known recording artiste, as well as one of the top Malaysian radio presenters.


The Sky at One City
To close the evening, popular singer-songwriter Henley Hii took the stage and enchanted the audience with his performance. The most memorable part of the night came near the end when the audience, which included 30 members of Henley’s fan club, sang along to his amazing cover version of Beyond’s 海阔天空 (Under A Vast Sky). According to Henley, that song was especially dedicated to The Sky. A prolific recording artist, Henley is also an aspiring young actor, landing the lead role in the upcoming blockbuster film, Kepong Gangster 2.

The Sky at One City

The Sky at One City

The grand opening of The Sky was a memorable evening for all present, including the many celebrities, noted guests from the entertainment business industries and various well-wishers who graced the event. It firmly establishes The Sky as a new landmark dining experience and chill-out hub, and will hopefully be the first of many events, celebrations and memories to come.


For more information, please log on to: 
https://www.facebook.com/theskymy

Sunday, January 25, 2015

SCS Butter Reinvigorates a Familiar Chinese New Year Classic

From Deepavali to Aidilfitri, the masses return to familiar routines, customs, habits, and cuisine they commit themselves to once every year, usually in the company of friends, family and euphonious laughter. People already know what to expect when they balik kampung to celebrate the festivities with their loved ones, and it is precisely this anticipation to experience the familiar that only comes once a year which keeps such cultural celebrations alive. To usher in the Year of the Ram next Chinese New Year, SCS takes on the ambitious task of upgrading a familiar festival classic, the pineapple tart.

马来西亚是一个多元种族的国家,每一个喜庆节日虽然存在著不同的意义,但每一年的庆祝方式,如服装、习俗和食物却都一样。所以不管是屠妖节、开斋节或农历新年,除了期待著能和家人朋友团聚外,就没有太大的惊喜了。所以SCS牛油希望能利用改良版的经典年饼──凤梨酥饼,让大家在2015羊年裡重拾对农历年的昔日回忆。

For generations, this sweet and savoury bite-sized pastry is a must have for family reunions during the Chinese New Year and whose quality make for impassioned conversations between middle-aged aunties wanting to perfect their own pineapple tart recipes. The shape and size of these delectable treats differ from region to region but none have dared deviate from time-honoured proportions that produce the tarts’ distinctive flavour and aroma. It doesn’t take a connoisseur to know that the pastry itself plays an equally important role as the pineapple jam filling. Just as it is inconceivable to celebrate Chinese New Year without these tarts, the creation of buttery, fluffy, and crusty pineapple tarts is impossible without quality butter, like SCS butter.

凤梨酥饼是马来西亚历代相传的经典年饼。每当年关将至,许多烘培爱好者都会互相讨论以找到一个最佳的凤梨酥饼食谱。所以这甜中带咸的小饼干,常常都会以不 同的大小和形状出现,只因为大家都希望能不断提升它的风味来迎合家人的口味。其实凤梨酥饼除了要有新鲜美味的内馅,其酥松脆口的饼皮才是最重要的,所以只 有优质的牛油如SCS牛油才能办得到。

 
However, easily replicated perfection simply by the procurement of the right ingredients is never an indication of innovation. As such, SCS takes a step further by introducing eight newly developed pineapple tarts, complemented with a variety of flavours, to enhance and update a much beloved classic. These new varietals include Pineapple Cream Cheese, Pecan Pineapple, Berrylicious Pineapple, Chocolate Brownie Pineapple, Caramel Pineapple, Creamy Mango and Pineapple White Chocolate, Oatmeal Pineapple, and Green Tea Pineapple.

不论是烹饪或烘焙,只有最新鲜和最优质的材料,才能做出最佳的食品,SCS牛油坚信此道理。为了让大家能过个充满惊喜的农历新年,SCS推出了8款创意十 足的凤梨酥饼食谱。这些食谱有:Lady in White(白衣女郎)、So ‘Tea’licious(香醇好茶)、‘Oat’my gosh(我的麦片啊!)、Pecans Please(请给我山核桃)、Dark Desire(黑暗诱惑)、‘Cream’de la Creme(奶油世界)、Nuts for Caramel(焦糖坚果)和Berrylicious(美味的莓子)。



 “It is a risk we happily partake,” comments Michelle Lim, Chief Creative Officer of SCS Butter Malaysia. “If we don’t take risks to venture into new frontiers previously unexplored by others, we lose out on the opportunity to discover something exciting and wonderful. We know we can make great pineapple tarts with SCS butter, so now let’s try to push the envelope further.”

Auric Pacific集团创意总监林小燕表示,「我们很高兴能有机会惨与这次的冒险之旅,如果不踏出第一步去探索未知的新领域,又怎能发掘到更有趣的新事物呢?我们知道用SCS牛油能做出更佳的凤梨酥饼,现在就让我们再踏前一步吧!」





Renowned for its premium quality, taste, and texture, SCS butter is the definition of au naturel, free of artificial colourings, additives, preservatives and hormones. Produced in Australia, SCS butter is made from 100% Australian dairy cows’ milk, where the cattle are allowed to graze freely in green pastures.


 

Baking enthusiasts interested in the recipes for the pineapple tarts above can check out SCS’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/scsdairymalaysia or their YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/user/SCSDairy. Recipe booklets for the tarts can also be obtained from select supermarkets. Come January 2015, SCS will be launching an online-driven pineapple tart contest, so keep an eye out on their Facebook page for updates.

如 果你对烘焙感兴趣,可到SCS的面子书https://www.facebook.com/scsdairymalaysia或到YouTube频道 http://www.youtube.com/user/SCSDairy找到以上的凤梨酥饼食谱。而凤梨酥饼的印刷版食谱也可在指定超市中找到。 2015年1月份,SCS也将推出网上凤梨酥饼竞赛,有兴趣者记得紧守SCS面子书以获得最新消息。 

Friday, January 16, 2015

24th Borneo Safari International Off-Road Challenge (2014)

Here I keep my promise sharing my Borneo Safari trip joined last year. Borneo Safari is an international off road adventure covering 1000km of some of the most challenging and varied off road terrains in the world with 4-wheels drive. the concept of the Borneo Safari expedition unique in motor sport, is based on an adventure track with 4WD through some of the world's most incredibly beautiful yet most agonizingly difficult jungle terrains.

Borneo Safari International Off-Road

Borneo Safari International Off-Road
 The Borneo Safari is designed as a competitive expedition to bring out the spirit of adventure, teamwork, skillful and safe driving and to bring out the very best in man and machine. It is neither a motor rally nor a race! The participants will travel through the mountains and valley's and across the streams and rivers, they will have their endurance, stamina and skill tested to the limit.

Borneo Safari International Off-Road
Borneo Safari is an annual year end event organized by Sabah Four Wheel Drive Association (SFWDA). It was started out as Kinabalu Four Wheel drive Club (KFWDC) in 1988 by 2 local off-road enthusiasts namely Doctor J.S. Sidhu and Mr Gideon Mosito. The club has grown tremendously throughout the year and has gone international with ever growing new members. On the 31 March 2012, under the leadership of past precident, Ir. Edward Lingkapo, KFWDC was upgraded from a club to an association which now called Sabah Four Wheel Drive Association.


Borneo Safari International Off-Road

Borneo Safari International Off-Road

Borneo Safari International Off-Road

Borneo Safari International Off-Road
The 24th Borneo Safari International Off Road Challenge themed as Adventure xtreme Imbak Canyon, will witness a 4WD convoy of more than 230 vehicles with over 500 participants of international and local participants from 5 countries. Flagging off at Sabah Tourism Board office at Gaya Street, Kota Kinabalu on 26 October 2014, this has attracted huge crowds for the South East Asia's biggest extreme off-road event

Borneo Safari International Off-Road


Borneo Safari International Off-Road

Borneo Safari International Off-Road

Borneo Safari International Off-Road

Borneo Safari International Off-Road
 The participants are divided into media team, tag-on team (public), scout and recce team, marshall team, racer team and etc. Each team will have a chuck wagon who responsible for meal preparation.


Borneo Safari International Off-Road

This was our camp site. For the first night, we were not managed to go to the destined campsite and thus we stayed here for a night.

Borneo Safari International Off-Road
 If not mistaken, that was our only night we had the fish as meal. 

Borneo Safari International Off-Road
Some of us chose not to stay at the camp set up on the soft mud and decided to stay at the thatched cottage at the riverside.

Borneo Safari International Off-Road
To my surprise, the coverage of Borneo Safari event was out in local Chinese newspaper on the second day. I was told that the journalist purposely asked the driver to send her out to town for WIFI access to email her article. Thumbs up for her effort.

Borneo Safari International Off-Road

Borneo Safari International Off-Road
We were moving in a team. As there is no phone signal inside the thick forest, our ways of communication is via the walkies-talkie.

Borneo Safari International Off-Road
Borneo Safari International Off-Road
Borneo Safari International Off-Road
    The riverside nearby our camp on second night!

Borneo Safari International Off-Road
In Sabah outskirts area, I don't see any Petronas,Shell, Caltex, Petron petrol station which is very common in Peninsular Malaysia. If we are lucky, we will have small station like this (shown in above picture). The rate of petrol and diesel is much higher compared to town. For example, if the standard rate of petrol is RM2.30/liter, here you need to buy at RM2.50/liter or even higher. Some petrol station are not station, it is just a residential house which only local knows they are selling. So imagine you rent a car in Sabah and you go to suburbs, suddenly you need to restock when the fuel gonna finish, will you be in tension? LOL I will for certain! One more thing, I was told some of the petrol station operators are not authorized, which mean they have no license and they tend to sell at higher price! 

Borneo Safari International Off-Road
 We supposed went into the jungle for the very first day but had to change our plans as the river which we need to pass through was overflowing and the cars could not cross over it. Our plans of getting into the adventure was dragged till the third day.

Borneo Safari International Off-Road
The Borneo Safari International Off Road Challenge allows us to embrace rough terrain, mud and grub, the dense forest and the wonders it has to offer which after all, is where the beauty lies.

Borneo Safari International Off-Road
Being dubbed as the premier off-road event and one of the toughest 4*4 wheels events in the world, it traverses some of the most challenging terrain in the world and requires determination, strength and endurance to conquer. 

Borneo Safari International Off-Road

Borneo Safari International Off-Road

Borneo Safari International Off-Road

Borneo Safari International Off-Road

Borneo Safari International Off-Road
 The route is not easy. Apart from the soft muddy ground which almost all cars will stuck, all the cars need to pass through the narrow pathway which is a cliff. I can't imagine what if the car fell down....

Borneo Safari International Off-Road
We did not go into Tawai waterfall, instead we continued our journey to the next destination. But God never stop to test us, we stuck again and can't cross the river.


Borneo Safari International Off-Road
      
Borneo Safari International Off-Road
The water was rising so fast which our media leader's (Hillary) car was stuck at the middle of river and can't even moved or winched. This is why we stayed a night at here which I have no idea what place is this. Fortunately the driver and passengers were saved but their belongings could not.

Borneo Safari International Off-Road

To avoid his car being swept away by the fiery river, we tied our cars together. 10+ cars holding the back of the Hillary's car while at another river side, there was also cars holding the front part.This was touching!

Borneo Safari International Off-Road

Borneo Safari International Off-Road

I have no idea about this place but for sure it can only be reached with 4WD. Woke up in the morning, this place was cool! Those who like a laid-back vacation with natural breathtaking view, here might be one ^^

Borneo Safari International Off-Road
 Ok group photo with my driver, co-driver and my friend. Sorry for my no make up look because clean water supply is an issue for travel on the go in nature. Thus, clean water is mainly for drinking. Honestly, if we can't find a place nearby river as our campsite, we can't take bath! Yuckss hahaha ok I know you will think so....


Borneo Safari International Off-Road

Borneo Safari International Off-Road
  We supposed stayed a night at here but due to the unforeseen circumstances happened, our plans cancelled. Due to the time restriction, we continued our journey heading to Hitachi campsite. This is a aboriginal village nearby Imbak Canyon, which is a Class 1 (Protection) Forest Reserve, all set within the Yayasan Sabah Concession Area.

Borneo Safari International Off-Road
With a total area of 30,000 ha, Imbak Canyon Conservation Area encompassed two ridge top Virgin Jungle Reserves plus the canyon itself and makes a significant contribution to the coverage of protected area in the centre of Sabah. Imbak Canyon Conservation Area consists of undisturbed pristine lowland rainforest dominated by dipterocarp trees. Due to the shape and location of the valley, it serves as an important water catchment for the Kinabatangan River, the longest river in Sabah.


Borneo Safari International Off-Road
We reached Hitachi campsite very late! All other convoy who reached early already slept. Non-stop long journey ><"  By the way, I already fall asleep in the car on the way to here. This place has nothing interesting, no beautiful scenery and named Hitachi because there is abandoned Hitachi machinery at this place. LOL

Borneo Safari International Off-Road
 I thought the road in front should be smoother....but I'm wrong....till all the drivers and co-drivers blew off of the tough, tired and long journey!

Borneo Safari International Off-Road
On day 6, again we could not reach Lahad Datu campsite at Silam. Thus, we just stop halfway because it is already late night.

Borneo Safari International Off-Road
As I'm already exhausted, I did not go to the camp area set up for us....lazy to carry the camp bed to walk to the very front and tidy up next morning carrying all the way to the back LOL Hence that night I slept facing the sky... so lucky, that night did not rain.


Borneo Safari International Off-Road

This was our route for 2014.

Borneo Safari International Off-Road
Day 7, convoy proceeded to Lahad Datu for filling fuel and buying some food before heading to Mamut campsite. Hmm while waiting the traffic light to turn green inside the car, I saw a boy sitting at the roadside with his head covered with cotton candy. Wondering if the man beside him is his father? If so, why he uses his child to sell the cotton candy that way? I felt pity for him.

Borneo Safari International Off-Road
 Before we went up Mamut campsite, the drivers stopped by the roadside to take a shower! I have been told the small cottage is selling pipe water at RM2 per person. It was late night. No one stayed at the cottage, so the drivers just put the money there and enjoy the group bathing...hahaha...This is something new to me...in Peninsular Malaysia, I have never ever seen this...selling pipe water at the roadside!


Borneo Safari International Off-Road
  The scenic Mamut campsite is at a highland facing Mount Kinabalu! It is so cool in the late evening and at night! The second night I woke up from dream because of the cold breeze.

Borneo Safari International Off-Road
I have been told that this car belongs to Australian couple who reside in Brunei. The only 4WD who set up his camp at the top of the car.

Borneo Safari International Off-Road

Borneo Safari International Off-Road

See...our campsite covered with the orange and blue canvas! Even though one side of the camp facing hillside and another with just a small opening, it just make no difference staying outside or in the camp at night.

Borneo Safari International Off-Road
I never expect there is a house at Mamut highland. It is a simple own built house. I wonder if they have car to go to town...the children schooling or not....and etc.

Borneo Safari International Off-Road

In the afternoon, we went down to watch the contestants conquering the rough terrain and get through all the obstacles set for them. All of the contestants' cars are modified and different from ours.

Borneo Safari International Off-Road
 We walked some distances and found this place! A small river with crystal clear water!

Borneo Safari International Off-Road

Borneo Safari International Off-Road
 There is a lake down there nearby the place we found the small river. We are told not to go down to the lake as it is poisonous. Somebody told me it was a copper mine while others told me that was a gold mine last time.

Borneo Safari International Off-Road
It is a weird plant I found over there! There is protruding globular things from the surface of the leaves...


Borneo Safari International Off-Road
 After taking bath at the small river, it was around 4pm. The place started to surround with heavy fog.

Borneo Safari International Off-Road
 My vision became blur.

Borneo Safari International Off-Road
  In the very early morning when the sky still dark, one can clearly see all the stars up above. Thanks for Mr Paun for the picture.


Borneo Safari International Off-Road
 My 8 days story of the trip will be ended here. I did not get bit by leech and mosquitoes. I did not see any snake also. But one thing inconvenient for girl if travels with whole bunch of guys might be the trouble of answering nature call. So I was quite embarrassed somehow when I asked the driver to stop for me and he told all drivers in the team to wait for him because of that reason. It is like public announcement....so everybody knows...(if you are in my situation, you will know how I feel) Therefore, I hope there will be more and more girls joining this year so that we can group in the same car. Moreover, there is no toilet in the jungle, one must find a hidden place with umbrella to settle the 'business' so that nobody see. Hahaha I'm telling all this so that you guys who interested are prepared mentally before joining it.

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