Saturday, February 6, 2016

Style It Your Way With YFS @ IOI City Mall

With Chinese New Year around the corner, YFS Concept Store took the opportunity to celebrate this festive mood with the fellow bloggers & online media on the theme “Style It Your Way with YFS”.

About YFS Concept Store:
Established since 1980, YFSCorp has nurtured its retails outlet in Johor Bahru, Malaysia into a nationwide apparel retail company now with more than 50 outlets. YFSCorp is one of the leading apparel companies in Malaysia. A company that has it’s own line of design and supported by manufacturing facilities thus enabling YFSCorp in providing top quality, competitively priced fashion clothing marketed through an extensive network of licensing agreements and other arrangements nationwide. As a retail fashion business expanded, the CEO / Co-Founder of YFS Concept Store, Mr. Nichloas Chong created several of their own brand labels together with the founder Dato’ Wong. Besides YFS Concept Store, this group includes American Denim, AD Jeans, AD Kids & Mikayla. As to date, YFScorp has received many recognition awards. In 2015, Mr. Nicholas Chong representing YFS Group to receive the McMillan Woods Global Awards with Masterclass in Retail & Services!


 
YFS Concept Store dressed up the boutique at IOI City Mall, Putrajaya with festive décor. After welcoming the bloggers guests, the event kicked off with the traditional lion dance to usher in the New Year and followed by the auspicious lou sang, to wish for abundant luck and happiness for all.


 
During the event, bloggers and online media were treated to many interesting activities such as My Wishing Tree corner, Instagram Contest, Makeover session, Photo shoot corner & Gift redemption session.



To my surprise, we also saw the presence of Sun Wu Kong, the monkey (from the drama of Journey to the West) at the event on that day to welcome the year of monkey 2016.

 
During the event, the CEO of YFS Concept Store, Mr. Nicholas Chong shared with the guests on mix & match tips. “Our clothes are very Asian taste; no matter in style or size, says Mr. Nicholas  Chong. That explain the Korean style you may find in the store because Korean fashion caters to both man & woman’s needs for versatile styles.


 
Besides than dolling up the guests by the make up artistes, YFS team also help to pick the best outfit, so that they may dress up before the photographer take their photos which is the main highlight of the event.




Their photos will be automatically participated in the “Style It Your Way Fashion Challenge by YFS” Facebook Contest, which only opens to the invited guests of the event.
The “Style It Your Way Fashion Challenge by YFS” Facebook Contest mechanics are: -
Step 1: Like YFS Concept Store Official Facebook
Step 2: Tag the photo to your friends and family members
Step 3: Get your friends to VOTE the photo by clicking LIKE (Voting starts from 6th February until 6th
March 2016)
Step 4: The highest number of LIKES determines the winner.
Top 10 highest LIKES will be receiving RM 100 worth of products as consolation prizes.
As for the winner, he or she will walk away with RM 300 worth of products.


Heavy goodies bag after a few hours shopping at YFS :D

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Art Exhibition @ First World Hotel

What could you do besides sight seeing and chilling at Genting Highlands? Well, you could come to lobby of Tower 3, First World Hotel for a special art exhibition.The art exhibition is currently on going until 31st March 2016, featuring the artworks by 25 talented artists from Sweden, Indonesia, Qatar, Japan, the Philippines and Malaysia. Themed “Everyone Can Paint, Paint from Our Heart,” the exhibition is the first of its kind to be held at the world's largest hotel—the distinction enjoyed by First World Hotel since it earned the Guinness World Records title last year with its record 7,351 rooms.

 

The paintings showcased here are fresh, playful and colourful.



One of the event's most unique features: the artwork by a talented one-year-old named Zoey Ng. She is perhaps the best embodiment of how “everyone can paint and paint from the heart.

The art exhibition is held in conjunction with the opening of the newly set up annex lobby—it serves as a platform for talented artistic people to showcase their works to visitors from all over the world. 
 
The exhibition aims to showcase art pieces to reach broader audiences and at the same time, bring people together by spreading the message of peace, love and harmony. Hence “please do not judge” is one of the objectives of the exhibition.
The artists featured: Astrid Bokstrom (from Sweden), Cynthia Darman (Indonesia), Julia Fransesca Groenenboom (Qatar), Kousaku Umeda (Japan), Lydia Darman (Indonesia), Richard Leosala (the Philippines) and Yuusaku Umeda (Japan).

The Malaysian artists featured are Delaney Ng, Emmanuel Cheun, Jared Ng, Lim Cheng Yuan, Lim Cheng Zhao, Lim Hui Wern, Sam Kaylene, Soo Sze May, SooPaye Kean, Stuart Ng, Wee Zhong Ren, Wee Zhong Shin, Yap Hao Yu, Yap Yi Wee, Yung Mu Jein, Zachary Ng and Zoey Ng.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Chinese New Year Comedy with Old Master Q at Resorts World Genting

Any ‘Lau Foo Che’ or also known as Old Master Q fans here? Fans can expect a big dose of nostalgia, and lots of laughter and humour at Genting when they meet the quirky Old Master Q and Mr Big Potato from 9th January and later joined by his friends at the “Chinese New Year Comedy with Old Master Q” from 6 February to 29 February. It is the first time ever that the live show is held in Malaysia, and the event is exclusively brought in by Resorts World Genting.


Fans should not miss out seeing him and his friends, including Mr Big Potato, as they engage in various Chinese New Year festivities like lion dance, Ang Pow distribution, meet-and-greet session and live show performance.



I read Old Master Q comic during my childhood and it was entertaining :D Indeed Old Master Q transcends time and the comics medium with its humour and social significance. A newsstand staple for more than 50 years, Old Master Q remains highly popular in Hong Kong and among the Chinese diaspora.

At Resorts World Genting, Old Master Q and his team will enjoy a huge presence, notably at First World Plaza where the live show will be held at the Times Square Stage. The shows will be held from 12pm to 12.30pm, 5.30pm to 6pm, and 8pm to 8.30pm, from 6th to 29th February with Old Master Q and his cool gang.

Old Master Q, Big Potato, Mr Chin, Ms Chan and Mr Zhao will all feature in the show that is as educational as it is amusing. Children and adults alike will be reminded about the dos and don'ts of Chinese New Year and other traditional aspects like the colour of fortune for the festival and various lion dance instruments.
Cantopop music by Sam Hui will fill the air with a distinctive 60s-70s feel—the era when Old Master Q first began. Also scheduled to make an appearance is Choy Sun Yeh in all his resplendence.



During my visit, I was fortunate enough to take some photos with Old Master Q and Big Potato. Guests can grab the opportunity to take pictures with Old Master Q and his friends during the meet-and-greet session.


 

 

 





 

There will also be a Hong Kong Old Street Decoration Booth at Universal Walk where Old Master Q limited edition membership card will be available for newly signed up Genting Rewards members. Over at the Merchandise booth, fans can buy limited edition key chains, special edition ang pow packets, mug, drawstring bag and limited original Master Q comic books. Limited edition Master Q sculptures will also be on display.

Free Old Master Q badge is given out to guests when you upload any pictures taken at Hong Kong Old Street Decoration Booths to Facebook/ Instagram that see the presence of Old Master Q and his friends.
       

      
 
 Wishing everyone Happy Chinese New Year in advance:D

 
For more details, please call 03-2718 1118 or visit www.rwgenting.com.

Some insights of Old Master Q: 
The comic book character provides valuable insights into Chinese society, culture and technological developments—and ensuring Old Master Q stays current and relevant is Professor Joseph Wong, one of Hong Kong's most influential comic artists. Professor and his team are responsible for bringing Old Master Q and his friends to Resorts World Genting for the Chinese New Year celebration.
Professor took over the publication of the comic strip and the management of its spin offs in the 90s from his father, Alfonso Wong, who first created the character in 1962. Since 1995, Professor has established a business in Taipei to promote the publishing of Old Master Q, and its image and branding.
In the original stories, the bumbling Old Master Q typically runs into bad luck in life but never loses his humour and wit. He is always joined by the kind-hearted yet humorous Mr Big Potato, the straitlaced Mr Chin and the lovely Ms Chan. There is also Mr Zhao who competes with Old Master Q in courting Ms Chan.
In the 60s, the stories were mainly situated on the streets of Hong Kong and featured everyday scenes of people as they went about their lives. But as the city became more international, cultural phenomena such as James Bond and The Beatles began appearing in the stories. The comic strip has also moved on to include Professor's own experiences of Hong Kong and Taiwan over the past 20 years.
“Despite all the changes, Old Master Q still has the same humour and same cheeky face and attitude. And after all these years, he is still single,” Professor says, adding that the character remains “casual and uncomplicated” and that “the formula hasn't changed in half a century.”
Interestingly, Professor Wong's other passion is architecture and he still lectures in the field in a Taiwanese university. After graduating from the University of Kentucky, he began teaching in Philadelphia University of the Arts in 1983 and later set up his architectural creation studio. He was appointed as the director of the Institute of Architecture in 1991, a position that allowed him to work with many international architects and scholars in construction planning and design cooperation projects.
But Professor 's dedication to the artistic masterpiece started by his father is unmistakable. He once told a newspaper he decided to take over from his father when the latter “was too old to pick up his pen.”
“I wanted to help him at first, then I fell into the trap,” he said, adding that it was a “happy trap.” He believes that readers of the comic strip span multiple generations and are not confined to national boundaries. He has seen second-generation or third-generation children of Chinese descent in the UK and the US who, despite being barely able to speak Chinese, are still drawn to the comic strip.
Indeed the enduring appeal of Old Master Q is indisputable—and its influence extends to every corner of the world. Covering a selling exhibition featuring Old Master Q works by Sotheby's in Hong Kong in 2014, The Wall Street Journal highlighted how “buyers have come from Hong Kong and afar, including many Chinese living in Europe and the US.”

Friday, January 29, 2016

Chinese New Year Menu @ Genting Palace Restaurant

Chinese New Year is nearing. How is your preparation? Have you bought all the goodies, clothes, cookies, gifts for beloved and bus ticket to go back home town? I hope you guys doing fine. It will be pretty busy for Chinese or those celebrating starting next week :D

 
One of the most important things for Chinese New Year is the get-together moment with family and friends. Dining at cozy restaurant which serve great Chinese food is a bonus to make the reunion more meaningful.

 
 I was recently being invited to taste the Chinese New Year dishes offerings in Genting Palace. This was my second time here and seem like nothing change in term of the restaurant interior.

Lucky Salmon Yee Sang RM138 nett (L)

 
I like salmon and having fresh salmon in Chinese dish such as Yee Sang / Chinese type of salad is awesome! 

  
Chinese New Year is not complete without the omnipresent Yee Sang. Guests can enjoy this traditional favorite when they dine in at various restaurants in the resort from 16th January to 22nd February 2016.The restaurants are namely Genting Palace (2nd Floor, Genting Grand), Seasons (Lobby Floor, Genting Grand), Imperial Rama (Level 2, Maxims), Good Friends Restaurant (Level 2, Maxims), Ming Ren (Level 2, Maxims), Resort Seafood (Level 1, Resort Hotel), Hainan Kitchen (Level 2, First World Plaza), and Rajawali Coffee House (Lobby Floor, Awana).

To take away your Yee Sang, get it from one of the three kiosks selling it: Genting Palace, Good Friends Restaurant and Hainan Kitchen. There are many options available, from Salmon Yee Sang (RM138 nett for a large pack and RM82 for small) to Japanese Tuna Yee Sang (RM138 nett for large and RM82 for small), Hokkaido Scallop Yee Sang (RM198 nett for large and RM106 nett for small), and Abalone Yee Sang (RM488 nett for large and RM248 for small).

Double Boiled Chicken Soup with American Ginseng- RM68 nett per pax
This Chinese New Year, Genting Palace comes out with their special design Chinese New Year dishes for all gourmands. All available through the a la-carte order and ends till last day of Chinese New Year.

Double Boiled Chicken Soup with American Ginseng- RM68 nett per pax
The bowl looks like a pot :D The white colour thing at my spoon is fish maw which is great for ladies who want to look youthful as the chef said. The yellowish insoluble thing in the soup is egg blended with chicken.

Braised Pork Knuckle & Baby Abalone with Sea Moss and Sea Cucumber RM298 nett per order
Braised Pork Knuckle & Baby Abalone with Sea Moss and Sea Cucumber is the greatest among all according to my friend. The presentation was great! I was drooling looking at the baby abalone they served :P
Steamed & Baked Mountain Chicken with Chinese Herbs & Red Dates RM168 nett per nos
Steamed & Baked Mountain Chicken with Chinese Herbs & Red Dates is cooked with free-range chicken from Broga Hill. It is a healthy dish with so many herbs added but a little bit salty to my friend's palate.

Pan-fried River King Prawns “ Vietnam” Style RM188 nett per order
Pan-fried River King Prawns “ Vietnam” Style RM188 nett per order

Pan-fried River King Prawns “ Vietnam” Style is a "playful" dish. You have to pour the heated honey on top of the coagulated malt surrounded the prawns like a ball and wait for a while for its to melt. The shell of river king prawns already opened for the ease of the diners. I was glad that I no need to work out on it to open the shell. The gigantic prawns were tasty.

Stewed Preserved Meat with Arrowhead Fried Rice RM45 nett per order

Chilled Creamy Green Tea Cake RM26 nett per order
Dessert time! Anyone like green tea or matcha? This served chill creamy green tea cake gains lot of likes among us. We even re-order for second plate. With first bite, it has strong green tea flavour in mouth but it does not taste bitter and has a smooth texture.




A Chinese New Year staple that you wouldn't want to miss, Pineapple Tarts are sold at Resorts World Genting from 16th January to 22nd February 2016. They would make excellent gifts—or what about buying some for your own enjoyment?
Look for them at the various kiosks stationed at Genting Palace (Level 2, Genting Grand), Good Friends Restaurant (Level 2, Maxims), and Hainan Kitchen (Level 2, First World Plaza).
Two sizes are available: 20 pieces in an air tight container priced at RM35 nett and 12 pieces in a red lid container priced at RM25 nett.



In case you don't like to order one by one, guests can choose from two set menus at Genting Palace. Menu 1 is priced at RM1,600 nett for a table of eight to 10 people. The eight-course Menu 1 comprises Lucky Salmon Yee Sang, Double-boiled Free Range Chicken with Black Mushroom Consomme, Steamed Lampang Patin with Ginger, Japanese-style Salt and Pepper Prawns, Simmered Spare Ribs in Red Wine, Stewed Rice with Mince Meat and Scallions, New Year Pancake with Shredded Coconut, and Chilled Sea Coconut and Aloe Vera.

Menu 2 also costs RM1,600 and is for a table of seven to 10 people. Prosperity Yee Sang with Japanese Tuna opens the meal, followed by Ginseng-infused Free Range Chicken Consomme, Steamed Tiger Grouper with Traditional Preserved Vegetables and Shrimp, Mongolian-style Baked Pork Belly and Ribs, Braised Dried Seafood with Longevity Moss, Fried Rice with Fresh Shrimp, Sweet Corn and Diced Vegetables, Chilled Sweetened Aloe Vera and Gingko Nut with Korean Pear, and New Year Pancake with Red Bean and Shredded Coconut.
Genting Palace opens from 12pm to 2.30pm for lunch, and from 6pm to 9.30pm for dinner.

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