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.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Cheap Thai Dim Sum in Hat Yai

The first meal we had after reaching Hat Yai was dim sum at a random shop we found. Written there 16 bhat per tray and a lot of people dining inside, thus we gave a try on it.

 

In Hat Yai, there are a lot of Malaysian going there to do business, opening restaurant/stall to sell the Malaysian food. But coming over to Hat Yai to eat Malaysian food sounds not right, we want to have something local ;D


  
 It was a bit hot inside.  Sweaty while having our brunch.

 
My friend took 7 different trays available at the counter. After steaming, the staff sent to our table. They did not seem different from our Malaysian dim sum restaurant but price wise, they were much cheaper.

 
 All the dim sum here are pork free.


 
 Kaya pau



We ordered a small teapot filled with tea to share between two of us. It costs only 10 bhat for this. Total spending for our meal here was only 122 bhat, approximately RM14.90.


I have no idea the name of the shop as it is written in Thai. But for sure, it is not far away from my hotel, Red Planet Hotel during my visit. If not mistaken, the shop opens at 7-11am and 5pm till 11pm at night. I think I will visit again if I travel to Hat Yai in future.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Road Trip to Hat Yai from KL


It was a long planned trip. I asked around with my friends and ended up just 2 of us going in the end. Others were not interested. My parents was asking who was going with me and how many friends, I told a lie that I went with a bunch of friends just not to let them worry. I'm kinda bad right? Hmm...

 

We booked the bus ticket online. 4 routes for KBES daily and we chose 11pm as the custom opens at 6am, we estimate to reach during that time. The rate from KL to Hatyai is RM58.40. But we paid around RM60+ for the 2% gateway charges of the website and bank online transfer. For the extra charges incurred, it is still better than traveling to Bandar Tasik Selatan station to buy the bus ticket.

 

After payment, we got the e-boarding pass as displayed above in our email. Nevertheless, we can't board on the bus with the pass. Still we need to arrive early at the counter to obtain the bus ticket.

 

It was a double decker bus. We booked the seat at the lower deck as those are the only seats equipped with plug.


Not many seats at the lower deck.

 
We were told to change bus at Perak as the bus operator said Thai government not allows double decker bus to enter into their land as the bus might crash the wires there.

 
Before the custom, the bus stopped at Changlun for us to take our breakfast. Meanwhile, the bus drivers collected our passports helping us to fill in the white card.



They returned our passports, white cards together with the insurance receipt.



By the time we left Malaysia custom office, the sky already brighten. 


And when we proceeded to Thai custom, the queue was long. 


 
Out of surprise, I was the first few person to board on the bus.



Wuuhuu....this is Hatyai.....



The first impression with Thailand was great with this handsome Thai policeman xoxo



 
The first thing we did when got down from the bus was buying the return bus ticket on 3 January. The price ticket also vary with the departure time. Much cheaper during the morning session.

 
The bus ticket for KBES was almost sold out and the time only available for early morning session. Thus we chose Sri Maju and bought with 500 bhat, departing at 7pm.


It came with insurance coverage as well. Till here my sharing of the transport part from KL-Hatyai-KL. Stay tune for more ;D
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