Friday, 13 December 2019

Philips introduced its new and exciting series of fully automated espresso machines (FAEM) to coffee lovers in Malaysia today, enabling them to enjoy fresh, fuss-free café style coffee in the comfort of their homes at the touch of a button. The range includes the Saeco PicoBaristo, Philips 3200 Series LatteGo, Philips 5000 Series LatteGo, Philips 2200 Series and Philips 3100 Series.
Fresh coffee, enriching moments 
Designed for discerning coffee connoisseurs, the range of fully automated espresso machines introduces professional-grade specialty machines into the comfort of homes. The result is a high quality coffee experience with a simple process, giving consumers a bean-to-cup experience with speed, convenience and freshness.
“Coffee making is an art, but its science is undeniable. The breakthrough innovation in our range of machines enables consumers to enjoy fresh, café-style coffees at the touch of a button – round the clock without leaving the home. It also addresses consumer pain points by making cleaning and maintenance a hassle-free experience, thus making artisanal coffee more accessible to everyone,” said Mr Muhammad Ali Jaleel, Country Manager, Philips Malaysia.

Meanwhile, Ms Yip Leong Sum, President of the Malaysia Specialty Coffee Association, who spoke at the launch, said: “There are many factors that affect the quality of a cup of coffee – from the roast quality, grind size and temperature to how it is brewed. The more these variables are managed and controlled, the better your cup of coffee will taste. The smart features in Philips’ range of machines manages all these variables while giving you the freedom to experiment and personalise the taste of each cup of fresh coffee in the comfort of your home.”
Where artisan coffee making meets innovation 
Each machine features a range of intelligent and intuitive functions, carefully designed to help consumers achieve a perfect cup of coffee to match any mood with ease while also making cleaning and maintenance a breeze right from the first cup.

Freshly ground beans
Grind coffee immediately before brewing for fresh flavour with the durable ceramic grinders. Fresh beans are gently ground without risk of overheating, extracting all the best flavours and aroma to deliver a superior coffee taste for at least 20,000 cups. Explore the world of freshly ground beans, where you can pick any type of coffee beans that you fancy and get your desired grind size and consistency at the touch of a button – from ultra-fine powder to coarse grindings. To protect your coffee beans, the Aroma Seal – located on the bean container, ensures that the beans maintain their original aroma over time, while reducing the grinder noise.

Customised to taste 
Pick your ideal fully-automatic espresso machine model to enjoy your favourite café-style coffee. Get a flawless cup every time with the high performance Thermoblock boiler feature that heats up water to the optimal temperature for every cup. The Aroma Extract system strikes an optimum balance between brewing temperature and aroma extraction by keeping the water temperature between 90 and 98°C, while regulating the water flow rate.

Enjoy the breakthrough 
LatteGo milk system in selected models that calibrates the optimum temperature for steam to heat and foam milk – mixing milk and air at high speed in the round frothing chamber for silky-smooth froth for milk-based coffees, while the Classic Milk Frother dispenses steam to prepare silky smooth milk froth in other models. Each machine comes with flexible settings that easily allow users to adjust the strength and style of their beverage to suit their preferences, with a built-in memory to record the settings so users can choose it again with ease. There’s even a Powder Option to make full-bodied, delicious decaffeinated coffee at any time.

Effortless use and cleaning for everyday enjoyment 
The machine features the patented industry-first AquaClean water filter system that ensures no descaling up to 5,000 cups with regular filter replacement. Designed to improve the quality of coffee by purifying water, it also prevents scale build-up in the water circuit.
Meanwhile, the breakthrough two-part, no tubes LatteGo milk system can be easily disassembled and rinsed clean under the tap in as little as 15 seconds, making it the fastest to clean milk system ever. For extra convenience, the LatteGo milk system, drip tray and coffee ground container is also dishwasher safe. The Classic Milk Frother, which comes in only two parts, is also easy to clean under the tap or in a dishwasher. Other features that facilitate easy cleaning include a fully removable brew group for easy rinsing under the tap.
Price and availability 
The Saeco PicoBaristo (SM5473/10) (RRP RM5,999), Philips 3200 Series LatteGo (EP3246/70) (RRP RM4,599), Philips 5000 Series LatteGo (EP5335/10) (RRP RM3,999), Philips 2200 Series (EP2220/10) (RM3,299) and Philips 3100 Series (EP3510/00) (RM2,999) are available at selected retail outlets. To find out more about Philips’ range of products in Malaysia, go visit their website here

New-age carrier Vietjet has officially commenced two direct flights from Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City to New Delhi, also known as the Monumental City due to its attractions such as the Red Fort, Qutub Minar, Humayun’s Tomb and the India Gate.
Vietjet Vice President Do Xuan Quang presents flowers and welcomes passengers on the debut flights connecting Vietnam and India
With the two additional routes, Vietjet is the first airline connecting the two biggest economic, cultural and tourist centers of Vietnam with the fascinating and unique capital of India - New Delhi. On the inaugural flights, passengers were thrilled to receive charming, surprise gifts from Vietjet’s leaders and flight crew.
The Ho Chi Minh City – New Delhi route operates four return flights per week every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday from 6 December 2019. The flight departs from Ho Chi Minh City at 19:00 and arrives in New Delhi at 22:50. The return flight takes off from New Delhi at 23:50 and lands in Ho Chi Minh City at 06:10 (All in local time). 
The Hanoi – New Delhi route operates three return flights per week on every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 7 December 2019. The flight departs from Hanoi at 19:10 and arrives in New Delhi at 22:50. The return flight takes off from New Delhi at 23:50 and lands in Hanoi at 05:20 (All in local time).
Ambassador of Vietnam to India, Mr. Pham Sanh Chau attends the inaugural ceremony in traditional costume to celebrate Vietjet’s first flight from New Delhi to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City
India is well-known for its diverse, colorful culture, myriad religions, incredible cuisine and countless iconic tourism attractions. India lives up to its impressive historical world heritage status, boasting some truly majestic landscapes. Many tourists travel to India for pilgrimages, visiting sites such Bodh Gaya, where Gautama Buddha is said to have obtained enlightenment. 
All passengers receive lovely gifts from Vietjet crew while boarding the inaugural flights from Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City to New Delhi
In turn, Vietnam which also boasts many Unesco-listed world heritage sites and incredible beaches will impress Indian visitors. The capital city of Hanoi is an incredible historical city with a rich culture and unique atmosphere. Meanwhile Ho Chi Minh, as the country’s largest economic, financial and most modern tourism hub is a fascinating destination in its own right, one that visitors will find as sweet and charming as it is dynamic and entertaining.

Tickets are available via Vietjet’s website , “Vietjet Air” mobile app, Facebook (just click the “Booking” tab). Payment can be easily made with Visa/ MasterCard/ AMEX/ JCB/ KCP/UnionPay cards.
On this occasion, passengers can also hunt millions of promotional tickets priced from only MYR0 (*) for all international routes operated by Vietjet, including Kuala Lumpur – Ho Chi Minh City route, for three golden days from 10 to 12 December 2019. The promotional tickets will be up for grabs during the golden hours between 1pm to 3pm (Malaysian time) for travels between 3 January 2020 to 24 October 2020 (**). Besides, the biggest-ever promotion programme named "Fly around Asia and hunt for the 1kg golden aircraft" is still ongoing at with hundreds of other attractive prizes to win. Customers who participate in this programme will have the opportunity to win daily, weekly prizes and a jackpot of a 1kg golden aircraft. 

Vietjet currently operates Kuala Lumpur – Ho Chi Minh City route on a daily basis. Flying time per sector is about one hour and 55 minutes. The flights take off from Kuala Lumpur at 13:10 and arrive in Ho Chi Minh City at 14:05. Return flights depart from Ho Chi Minh City at 9:30 and arrive in Kuala Lumpur at 12:25 (all local time).

With many attractive promotions at reasonable prices, Vietjet creates memorable flying experiences for passengers on new aircraft with comfy seats, a choice of nine delicious hot meals served by beautiful and friendly cabin crew, and also provides many other attractive and modern added-on services.

Further information, please visit their links below; 

When is your first sight of A&W? I remember the good old days, when my parents brought me to A&W to grab a meals and it was super famous and crowded in Ipoh. But sadly A&W no longer operate in Ipoh anymore. Luckily the first A&W Malaysia outlet is still well maintain in PJ Town. I’m glad I can flash back my younger days having all the A&W meals and catching up with Rooty bear too. Thank you A&W Malaysia for giving me back my childhood memories and all the happy moment. You rocks!
More than a year since A&W Malaysia Sdn. Bhd. was acquired by Inter Mark Resources Sdn. Bhd. (IMRSB), the 56-year-old Quick Service Restaurant (QSR) chain brand is well on track to bring awesome-ness back to its outlets. George Ang, Chief Executive Officer of both A&W Malaysia Sdn. Bhd. and IMRSB said this at the kick-off of A&Wesome Festival, which took place at A&W’s first drive-in outlet in Petaling Jaya to thank loyal fans for their continuous support over the years.
According to Ang, the festival which features fun activities for both families and young adults, aims to bring back fond memories for customers who have enjoyed dining at A&W, and to appeal to the new generation of customers with their current quality and tasty menu offerings.
“The advantage we have is a brand that has strong affinity among Malaysians who grew up in the 70’s and 80’s. They celebrated their birthdays at our outlets with Rooty® The Great Root Bear and have at least one item on our menu as their favourites; or they could have hanged out at A&W after school in the afternoons for our iconic RB float,” said Ang.
He added that A&W’s social media outreach has garnered positive sentiments for the QSR chain to be ‘awesome’ again and to continue to serve quality and tasty food that they used to grow up with. However, Ang believes that the future of the QSR chain business lies in A&W’s ability to win over a new generation of customers, who are the millennials.
Ever since Ang came on board, he and his team have been working on value and service enhancing initiatives to appeal to this group of consumers. This include the use of fresh chicken instead of frozen chicken; maintaining food quality by preserving the cook to order system to 2 provide fresh, warm food to consumers; and most importantly, innovating tantalizing meals that appeal to the Malaysian taste buds for a limited time only.

Earlier this year, a few new sauces were developed using ingredients well-loved by Malaysians for A&W’s signature Coney, such as the Buttermilk Cheese Coney and Sichuan Mala Coney. Ang said that coupled with advertising and promotion, these new and limited time offering items attracted a lot of customers and kept them coming back for more. This is definitely one direction that the company will continue to pursue going forward.
On the topic of innovation, Ang added that A&W’s new dessert kiosks will be hitting high traffic shopping malls soon. “Our kiosks will offer different menu from our outlets such as Waffle To Go, which is one of our customers’ favourite dessert of waffles and ice-cream but are now packaged to be eaten on-the-go with soft serve; and Float on Cone, which is a twist of RB sorbet with vanilla soft serve,” he said with a twinkle in his eye.

“Our desserts are already a favourite among customers in our outlets. The new dessert kiosk concept with our signature Float on Cone would definitely gain attention and drools among our younger target customers!” added Ang.
Besides rolling out new items on the menu, Ang said that a lot of effort has gone into training staff to be more efficient in their service and to ensure the standard of food served is high. “Since we took over, we have not stopped working on improving the product quality and services in our outlets. We have established the A&W Academy to train or re-train staff and run competitions among them to motivate good servicing,” explained Ang.

To make A&W more accessible to Malaysians, A&W Malaysia plans to Increase the number of outlets, drive-in and kiosks. “In early 2020, we will be opening a very unique A&W outlet at Seventeen Mall in PJ that is hip and trendy, reliving A&W retro concept interior design. This outlet will be serving breakfast and other meals throughout the day while you enjoy music from the 70s and 80s. The aim is to increase our current number of 48 outlets to 100 outlets, some of which are drive-ins and kiosks by 2021,” said Ang.
The A&Wesome Festival will continue on 30th November at A&W Petaling Jaya outlet. Members of the public are invited to join the fun-filled activities including live music performances, arcade games, bazaar as well as A&W’s awesome food, beverage and desserts!

Let’s cheers for the grand happy 100th A&Wesome anniversary years, countless A&Wesome memories! So, what’s YOUR favourite memory at A&W? 
For more info, please visit A&W Malaysia social links here and latest updates on the festival and A&W outlet menu.


Friday, 6 December 2019

Have you experienced skin dryness, tightness, stinging, itchiness or redness? If you have experienced these, chances are you have sensitive skin. Skin sensitivity can be caused by external factors such as the weather, air pollution and exposure to excessive UV rays. It can also be caused by internal factors such as stress, allergies and hormonal changes. Whatever the causes are, we’ve got you covered with the all-new Hada Labo+ Sensitive Hydrating range.
The Hada Labo+ Sensitive Hydrating range consists of a Face Wash, Lotion, Milk and Cream – all formulated with multiple protective soothing formula to strengthen and restore balance in your skin. With triple protection formula to effectively in the three areas below:
Contains Lecithin, Squalene and Shea Butter that forms invisible bionic liquid crystal as a protective film to protect the skin against environmental pollutant and stressors in keeping the skin healthy

➤ Strengthens and Repairs 
Contains Phytosterols and Ceramide that help to smooth, soften as well as strengthen and repair skin barrier

➤ Soothe Redness 
Contains Alpha Bisabolol and Gingerol to calm as well as soothe irritation and redness on the skin
In a consumer test using the Hada Labo+ Sensitive Hydrating Cream on sensitive skin with skin redness, a significant reduction in redness and irritation is seen within 4 hours of application. The result demonstrates the efficacy of the cream in soothing redness and strengthening the skin’s barrier.
As with all Hada Labo products, the Hada Labo+ Sensitive Hydrating range also contains the signature ingredient which is Hyaluronic Acid that penetrates deep into skin to intensely hydrate and restore the skin’s moisture. It is pH balanced and free from fragrance, colorant, alcohol and mineral oil.

This new range is now made available at Watsons outlets. The Hada Labo+ Sensitive Hydrating products retails at:
Hada Labo+ Sensitive Hydrating Face Wash (100g) – RM29.90 
Hada Labo+ Sensitive Hydrating Lotion (170ml) – RM69.90
Hada Labo+ Sensitive Hydrating Milk (90ml) – RM59.90
Hada Labo+ Sensitive Hydrating Cream (50g) – RM78.90

For more information, please visit Hada Labo social media links at below;
Facebook: MYHadaLabo

Instagram: HadaLaboMalaysia


Sunday, 1 December 2019

ANA Includes Free Domestic Flights in limited “HELLO BLUE SALE”
  • ANA holds region-wide sale in Asia and Australia and offers free domestic flights within Japan.
  • With this new offer, customers can experience both Tokyo and other Japanese cities with ANA’s affordable fare and free stopover in Tokyo. 
  • Customers can choose from destinations within ANA’s extensive network connecting Tokyo with 40 cities in Japan such as Osaka, Hokkaido and Okinawa

All Nippon Airways (ANA), Japan’s largest and 5-Star airline for seven consecutive years, will hold its limited “HELLO BLUE SALE”. The sale will run from November 29, 2019 to December 3, 2019 and will feature an addition of free* domestic flight within Japan when purchased with an applicable international ticket.

The 5-day promotion will offer Economy Class seat discounts on flights from 17 cities in Asia and Australia to Japan. Like past sale events, the scale of the HELLO BLUE SALE makes this event one of ANA’s largest sales for cities in Asia and Australia. However, an exciting addition to this edition of the HELLO BLUE SALE is that travelers will have the option to add a domestic round trip flight within Japan for no additional fare*. The addition of a domestic round trip flight will make it easier for passengers traveling from abroad to reach new destination in Japan, experiencing the unique culture and sights of a local city that ANA connects to.
“The past four editions of the HELLO BLUE SALE have been successful, and based on customer feedback ANA decided to bring back the sale with even more benefits for customers,” said Isao Ono, Vice President of Marketing and Sales, Asia and Oceania, ANA. “We hope that the addition of a free domestic flight in Japan will encourage passengers departing from Asia and Australiato explore all that Japan has to offer. ANA is committed to offering a superior customer experience which includes offering accessible prices.”

The 17 eligible departure cities during the sales period include Bangkok, Chennai, Delhi, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Mumbai, Perth, Phnom Penh, Seoul (Gimpo), Singapore, Sydney, Taipei (Taoyuan and Songshan), Yangon. 
In addition to reduced economy fares, the HELLO BLUE SALE includes Business Class seat discounts on flights departing from Seoul, Hong Kong and Taipei.

The sale will begin on November 29, 2019 and will last five days. Passengers can make flight reservations ANA NEWS via their countries’ ANA website or through travel agencies.

Additional Information 
- Applicable for customers who purchase HELLO BLUE SALE promotional fares from 17 eligible departure cities to Japan only. 
- Applicable booking class is economy K class from 17 cities and business class P from Seoul, Hong Kong and Taipei. (There are some exceptions of Chennai K class and Seoul P class. Please refer to ANA website for detail.) 
- These domestic tickets must be issued in conjunction with the purchase of the international tickets into Japan. 
- Customers will receive one domestic flight when connecting to or traveling via an ANA international flight limited from Haneda or Narita airport. 
- A consumption tax will apply for domestic passengers immediately connecting to/from international flights if the connection time between the domestic flight and the international flight is more than 24 hours. 

*Local airport taxes may apply.
About ANA 
Following the “Inspiration of Japan” high quality of service, ANA has been awarded the respected 5-Star rating every year since 2013 from SKYTRAX. ANA is the only Japanese airline to win this prestigious designation seven years in a row. Additionally, ANA has been recognized by Air Transport World as “Airline of the Year” three times in the past 10 years - 2007, 2013 and 2018, becoming one of the few airlines winning this prestigious award for multiple times. 

ANA was founded in 1952 with two helicopters and has become the largest airline in Japan, as well as one of the most significant airlines in Asia, operating 82 international routes and 118 domestic routes. ANA offers a unique dual hub model which enables passengers to travel to Tokyo and connect through the two airports in the metropolitan Tokyo, NARITA and HANEDA, to various destinations throughout Japan, and also offers same day connections between various North American, Asian and Chinese cities. 

ANA has been a member of Star Alliance since 1999 and has joint venture partnerships with United Airlines, Lufthansa German Airlines, Swiss International Airlines and Austrian Airlines. 

Besides the full service and award winner carrier ANA, the ANA Group has two LCCs as consolidated subsidiaries, Vanilla Air Inc. and Peach Aviation Limited. The ANA Group carried 54.4 million passengers in FY2018, has approximately 43,000 employees and a fleet of 260 aircraft. ANA is a proud launch customer and the biggest operator of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.


Friday, 22 November 2019

Calling all young parents out there - congratulations on your newborn! While your hearts melt at the sight of the little one, your wallets are also taking the heat. Worry not because Shopee has curated a Baby Fair just for you. This weekend, enjoy savings up to 80% on babies’ products, clothing, milk, and toys. Stock up on items from brands including J&J, Anakku, Pureen, Poney, Philips Avent, Tommee Tippee, Enfagrow, Pediasure, Dugro, Mamil, Nestle Nutrition, Drypers and PetPet. To enjoy these deals and promos, all you need to do is join the Shopee Mum’s Club that will give you exclusive vouchers and privileges. The Baby Fair ends 24 November; check out . Alternatively, claim those vouchers from the Baby Fair and use them at the brands’ official store on Shopee by 24 November.


If your child can’t get enough of Frozen, here’s how you can get your hands on some limited-time-only Frozen II merchandise on Shopee that would make perfect Christmas gifts. From now till 8 December 2019, find official Frozen II merchandise such as school bag, shoes, dresses, instant camera and game sets from participating brands such as Disney Flagship Store, Mamypoko, Mattel MY, Poh Kong, Anakku, MPH Bookstores, Etude House and many more, all on the platform.

Exciting offers include: 
Stand to win an exclusive Frozen Blanket when you spend RM50 on any Disney products from now until 24 November 2019. 
Purchase any 2 products from the Disney Flagship Store on Shopee and get RM8 off the bill; stretch your savings further when you apply 15% cashback voucher with a minimum spend of RM50 or an 18% cashback voucher with a minimum spend of RM80.

To check out the special Frozen II merchandise, please visit


Thursday, 21 November 2019

Beginning of the weekend is a good kick start for white collar to end their weekdays. Where is the best place to “hea” on our Friday night to eat, drink and chat? Let me recommend you to a new revamp high-end Thai Fusion Restaurant & Bar - Tommy ThongChai located in the heart of Petaling Jaya at The Square, Jaya One. Despite the amount of Thai eateries surface in town, you can still find one of the best to mingle with friends or colleagues having to end your stressful working day.
The restaurant’s atmosphere sets the stage. It takes more than just good food and prompt service to make a great restaurant. The ambience of the environment, lighting and seating are surroundings provide the best art of all.
With an extensive Asian cuisine menu ranging from starters, entrée and dessert, and also their sumptuous delights of gastro bar cocktail in great combination of flavouring. Let me reveal the well-cooked food by the chef with skills of Thai and Japan. Enjoy an elevate gourmet restaurant experience of Thai-inspired foods, let's check out some of the signature fusion dishes that you should try here.
Tommy’s Platter (extra Large size) - RM 85
fried calamari, fried pork belly, fried pork riblets, Chiang Mai sausage, pulled pork fries, Thongchai’s Nachos, luncheoon meat fries, moo ping skewers
Laarb Moo Tod Burger - RM 28
deep fried pork with herb and fried egg with fries
Fried Chicken Som Tam Burger - RM 28
deep fried chicken thigh, sam tam slaw, thongchai fries
Krapao Pork Burger - RM 28
krapao pork patty, fried egg and thongchai fries.
Thongchai's Mango Salsa Nachos - RM 16 (medium) / RM 28 (large)
mango salsa, coriander aioli, wonton skins 
Kale Salad with A Crunch - RM 22
fresh kale, thongchai kale dressing, thai chili flakes
Besides the Tommy's platter, there are individual charcoal skewers that you can order too. Price start from RM 5 – RM 19
Eeny, meeny, miny, moe... which skewer should I try?
Lastly among of these skewer, I still choose my all time favourite and tasty "Moo Ping (Thai Pork Callar)" to have it. Yeah!
Black Angus Steak Fries - RM 127 (285g) / RM 149 (340g)
10oz / 12oz grain fed black angus ribeye, isaan marinate or thongchai’s dry rub charcoal grilled, thongchai fries.
Pan Seared Salmon Trout with Mango Salsa - RM 59
salmon trout, mango salsa, coriander aioli
ThongChai's Chili Dog –  RM 28
Chiangmai sausage, pork ragout & Thong Chai fries  
Yum Sum-0 (Thai Pamelo Salad) - RM 26
white prawns, imported pomelo, yum som-o dressing
TomYum Bolognese with Meatball – RM 23
tomyum pork ragout, homemade meat balls, spaghetti
ThongChai's Baked Mac & Cheese - RM 35
 krapao pork, mozzarela cheese & macaroni
My favourite taste bud of Pineapple Fried Rice with charcoal grilled pork belly
Pork Trotter Rice - RM 21
braised pork shoulder Thai style, kai lan, hanjuku egg,
 Thai jasmine rice
ThongChai's Sizzling Caesar - RM 26
spam croutons, thongchai's caesar dressing, onsen egg, whole romaine lettuce
Simply yet delicious - Fried Mama Noodle
A westernise style of Sizzling Hot Pan Chicken Chop with MashPotato
I ain't a beer drinker, but this cocktail amazed me. The signature Thaiga Punch suitable for lady drinker. I can guarantee you sure love this! Must try~ Ladies! A MUG of Thaiga Punch 🍹is up for grab for every queen!
Tom Kha Cocktail - RM 35
vodka infuse with chili, coconut milk, fresh milk, lemongrass, lime
A scientistic cocktail Thong Kao - RM 38
mango juice, lime, cinnamon, star anise, Mekhong rum, sambuca & Angustura Bitters
Chow Phraya - RM 42
 phraya rum, mekhong rum, bitters, lime, mint
All in all, Tommy ThongChai satisfied us with all their dishes and it should be all recommended for patrons who is seeking for a distinctive difference. Overall, we are satisfied with the Thai Fusion dining experience. Beside that, they do have spaces to host private function such as birthday party, event, and etc. Hereby, many thanks to Tommy ThongChai and the team for allowing us to enjoy the evening dinner.

Tommy Thongchai Thai Gastrobar 
Location: G.005, The Square, Jaya One, 
Jalan Universiti, 
46200 Petaling Jaya, Selangor. 
Tel: 012-901-2848 
Operating hours: 11.30am – 12am