So I’ve heard that we Astro customers will be rewarded with an all HD goodness this end of year (or to be exact, 1st Nov 2013 till 15 Feb, 2014!) thanks to the image above being shared around on Facebook - YIPEE! Ever since I’ve laid my eyes on movies and drama played on HD on my 41 inch screen, I can’t seem to go back to normal – no, not even for football, HD is the way to go and I can’t live without it.
So when I heard that my favourite channel FX in HD will be made available to us at no additional cost as an Astro customer as part of an exclusive preview (which by the way includes Astro Family HD Pack channels, Astro Vinmeen HD, Fox Family Movies as well as One HD in both HD and SD) I was simply elated!
Check out the list of channels available in HD during ASTRO’s End of Year Entitlement period!
Imagine, FX’s dramas like Scrubs shown in HD among the many other English dramas/movies at the comfort of your own house, or you can even watch your favourite programs anytime in Astro On-The-Go at no additional cost, until 15th February 2014.
FX HD features the best of edgy programming, character-driven stories that resonate with discerning viewers, and humour and entertainment that take audiences to a new level. Viewers can look forward to Mad Men, Sons Of Anarchy and Crash. I meanwhile, will be catching My Week with Marilyn tonight at 11pm on Channel 726. Why? Because Michelle Williams who acted as THE Marilyn Monroe was awarded the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy Motion Picture. She also earned Best Actress nominations from the Academy Awards and British Academy Film Awards. Isn’t it enough to convince you to check the drama out with me?
Anyhow, I’m kinda caught by surprise that HD channels are so accessible now, truly we have advanced so much on how we enjoy our watching experience. If you haven’t gotten a HD TV I suggest that you do – it isn’t always that we can enjoy HD channels upgrade at no cost at all. For this reason I’m glad I’m an Astro subscriber, can’t wait for more benefits to come my way, tralala.
I don’t know about you but everyone’s been talking about the ONE Fighting Championship‘s #WarriorSpirit fight happening this Friday, but I guess it’s no surprise since @TuneTalk has been doing the promotions eh? But if you haven’t, check out the TVC below to know what I’m talking about!
Yeap, it’s THAT sort of fight that’s going to happen right in front of your face, LIVE, and it’s one of our only chance to experience the exhilaration in being the center of it all!
Well, you’ve got that excitement and of course because the world is talking about it, it’s like hyped up to the max!
As you can see, #ONEFC and #WarriorSpirit were trending as the top (unpaid) hashtags in KL yesterday and I believe it’ll be the same throughout this week, cause we Malaysians have to support our Malaysian fighters!
There’s never been a movement so large to gather everyone together rooting for our fighters in the cage… thinking about it is already making me dizzy, heh.
If you want to know why, it’s because of the following:-
#ONEFC is Asia’s largest #MMA organisation!
This is #ONEFC’s 3rd time returning to Kuala Lumpur
#ONEFC has 90% market share of #MMA in Asia
All the best fighters in Asia have been signed to #ONEFC
It DOES sort of help when you have someone as sexy as Felixia Yeap, Malaysia’s only ex-Playboy bunny becoming the official ring girl for the MMA Championship
As you may know, #ONEFC’s #WarriorSpirit is presented by #TuneTalk, so obviously our very own Jason Lo would have a thing or two to say about it. Check it out below:-
Alright so this leaves us to this… Do you want to experience a chance of a lifetime to witness the world’s biggest fight right here in Malaysia? If your answer is yes, quickly buy your tickets at www.airasiaredtix.com right now and be at the Stadium this Friday to watch 8 of Malaysia’s BEST #MMA fighters in action!
#ONEFC #WarriorSpirit on 15 Nov starts at 7pm sharp at Stadium Putra, and the first ever Malaysian #MMA champion will be crowned on that day. Be part of history, see you there!
So this is a quick one from last night, sort of testing this new mobile app I downloaded on my iPhone 5. Went looking around for lunch and got recommended to this place called Yik Kee Restaurant at TTDI on HungryGoWhere.my and the reviews was really good at least according to the people who reviewed it lah. So #Jingy and I went to test it out…
And we were pleasantly surprised Portions were huge (we couldn’t finish this so tapao-ed instead), the sauce was really yummy without too much MSG (yea, no dry throat later) and the prawns, well, they were big and had that yummy brainy flavour to it.. You know what I mean?
Noodles were just AMAZING!
We tried other assorted dishes like the Roast Duck but wasn’t really good lah, I think we’ll just stick to the recommended orders from HungryGoWhere instead to avoid disappointment haha. These restaurants should really take a look at the reviews so that they can improve themselves, #justsaying.
Anyway do try it out. It’s available on both Google Play and iOS, it’s so convenient and it helps with deciding what to eat
Search HungryGoWhere Malaysia on Google Play or app store to download, or if you’re viewing this blogpost on your mobile, I’ve made it convenient so you could click here which links to the appstore
Gone were the days when I used to celebrate the public holiday eves partying around or best of all would be watching the dark sky being light up by multi colored flames on our National Day eve celebration.
This year is a remarkable celebration for me, Absolut Hibiskus, the first-ever floral-flavoured vodka had been introduced by Pernod Ricard to their Malaysia fans in conjunction of Malaysia’s Independence Day & Malaysia Day.
Being a fan of Absolut and Malaysian, this event means a lot to me. In case you are not aware, Hibiscus is Malaysia’s national flower.
The well crafted bottle of Absolut Hibiskus
Apart from the Hibiskus bottle designed exclusively for the floral vodka. Pernord Ricard had a collaboration with artists from 3Editions – a contemporary onine art & design gallery which features master piece of young talented Malaysians namely, Michelle Lim, Tan Howe Qin, Hyacinthe Kaur and Abs Lee.
4 one-of-a-kind artwork was created and has been displayed in the 4 Absolut Hibiskus party venues, Poppy KL, Luna Bar KL, Mois Penang and The View KL. I missed out the event and Spinzer had so much fun there in Luna Bar KL! There’s a tattoo booth for Absolut fans to choose from other than the perfect cocktail blends!
From Left to Right: Chris Tock aka Spinzer, Samantha Chin, Charmaine Pua & Boyfriend.
The Spray Tattoo Artist working the hibiscus tattoo! (Picture Courtesy of Charmaine Pua)
It’s okay! At least I got the perfect recipes to mix my own cocktail with this unique blend made up of natural ingredients. Every ounce of Hibiskus adds a tinge of acidic berry flavoured hibiscus with underlying sweet notes of pomegranate, making each sip splendid! Be your own bartender this weekend with recipes exclusively made for Absolute Hibiskus!
So just the other day I found out that my friends at Google Malaysia has shifted office into their permanent residence. A year ago I had the pleasure of visiting their temporary one, and having just watched “The Internship” thanks to 20th Fox Century Malaysia and @TGVCinemas, I really wanted to find out for myself the differences and of course, having the bragging rights as one of the first external visitors of their signature office that oozes with Googliness!
And since it doesn’t make sense for just my social media company Socialgrooves.comto go by ourselves (having just 3 people in it), we went ahead and invited our Malaysian Youtubers as a way to say THANKS for all they’ve done for us, those videos that has become part and parcel of our joy, sadness, laughter and miracles. We’ve also extended it to @bboyrice who is somewhat always hanging around our Youtube heroes, who opened the doors for us!
Check out our group picture thanks to @BBoyrice! I have known this blogger for such a long time, and his skills with his camera isn’t to play around with. Check out his page! Very happy to have him with us PS – can you identify your favourite Youtuber? Who’s missing?
Immediately we were given our printed pass to make sure no bouncers will boot us out haha. Our host was @Zeffri, head honcho in the communications department, who was kind enough to take an afternoon off to host us for lunch.
Of course we couldn’t go around taking photos of the main office itself, but we were able to explore fully their lounge and makan area, and yes, they have ice creams, snacks, drinks (even coconuts) and even a spread of dishes that goes by their daily theme (ours was Indian!) as per what was shown of the Google office in “the Internship“!! And they called it, get this, Gerai Gugel LOL!
Here are some of the wonderful selection of desserts they have… cooked by a proper chef no less. They really do take care of their employees well huh? So jealous… One day we hope to have an office that looks like this too
Even Country Head of Google Malaysia Sajith Sivanandan made time to come over abd talk to us… well more specifically, to the Youtubers haha. A lot of discussion went on, including how Google Malaysia can help to make a thriving economy for our Youtubers so that they can continue to do what they do and make a living out of them. I think that would be fantastic wouldn’t you? We need more creative content creators here in Malaysia, and I’m glad Google Malaysia is looking to play a huge role in making it happen.
We then started a tour around the office at KL Sentral area. It was gorgeous, looking out to KL from above here. And I love how they let in a lot of sun to light up the place, our natural resources…
They even have a games room, where you can find classic arcade systems and chess board that sits on the ceiling, LOL! Funny thing is we didn’t see anyone hanging about this area… Guess they are all working too hard? Haha.
In any case from here on, we are not supposed to take pictures to show you, but we went inside the office space and oogled at the beautiful layout, which is VERY open to allow engagement of any kind… This flat structure reminded me of how AirAsia’s offices are like too, and it’s great because you can meet whoever you want, even the Country Head himself, should you want to. This will encourage honest feedback, cultivate the idea of everyone going on the same journey as friends rather than bosses and followers, and I guess the “flat” structure is the very reason why Google is where they are today, so why not have it here too, huh?
Oh by the way, they have a car that’s split halfway and made into a sofa lol. I’ll leave it up to your imagination to picture it!
As we went out and checked out more of their unique rooms (you should have seen their BOARD ROOM, it’s super futuristic and contains sound-proofing element, which I think is so that they can watch movies there with an awesome sound system haha) we realised that no matter how global Google is, they do take care to localise the elements here to remind us of where we are, which is Malaysia. I really like that. The way they name their rooms, and even played a joke on one of their staff, who missed the polling day during the 13th General Elections so they modified one of them to become a Polling Station. LOL, really funny guys
Unfortunately I cannot show you a photo of those rooms too, so you’ll have to watch instead how Ming Yue, one quarter of The Ming Thing showcase his Yo-Yo skills to the Googlers in the office haha. Sajith brough everyone out to watch his amazing talent!
Just to give you a look at how the reception area looks, while Ming Yue continues to do stuff that made them Googlers go “ooh” and “aah”. If you could have seen Sajith’s face, his mouth was literally hanging open LOL!
And that’s the Country Head himself giving it a go! Will we see a Youtube video of him trying to play the Yo-Yo? Maybe, maybe not! haha.
So yeah, we were all given a goodie bag containing a Google merchandise to remind us that we were here, and that was about it! After that there were a lot of camwhoring moments as we took pictures with the iconic Google Search board, and this one contains none other than the infamous DISAPPEARING ACT MAGICIAN Dan Khoo and BBoyRice! Haha
Then there’s always someone trying to get lucky XD
Our two @JinnyBoyTV personalities couldn’t make it that day, so they went a day later and probably chowed down all those free meals at the counter haha, ala Bill of The Internship style haha.
In any case, it was really great hanging out at their office and I suspect there’ll be more to come. On behalf of @Socialgrooves.com, we would like to thank Google Malaysia for giving us this opportunity to visit their amazing office.
And this is us again with the Youtubers…the GRIM FILM folks ie Sinclair and Hasssan (Jared was out of town), The Ming Thing (Ming Han, Ming Yue, Bryan Lim and Raffi), Dan Khoo, Guany Guan and Jeremy Choy, and of course Googlers Zeffri and Sajith. My utmost respect to them all for being awesome at what they do
Me and my favourite search engine, Google. The end!
ps- I know that wasn’t much of a tour, but there’s a reason why you have to visit the office for yourself hehe. Who wants to go the next round?
With the rise of living cost today, we should really be thinking of saving ka-chings for the rainy days that’s bound to come… Or heck, maybe you really wanted that just announced gadget & even that dress, and you can’t wait to get it now! (shhh… can’t stop looking at that new Iphone 5S in GOLD!)
What does this have to do with this post? Well, I was recently invited to attend a government initiative called the Menu Rakyat 1Malaysia (MR1M), and I was really surprised at what it has to offer despite my initial reservation about any government initiative, and bear with me here, you’ll find out soon why I say it like it is.
First, what is the MR1M? The MR1M is a program that help eases our spending on food so that we can save for other needs, supported by KPDNKK (Kementerian Perdagangan Dalam Negari, Koperasi dan Kepegunaan) and there are currently over 3000 participating outlets throughout Malaysia. Basically what it means that these participating outlets are currently offering standard meals between RM2 to RM5, and no, it’s NOT April Fools – this is really happening!
Basically you could get a standard breakfast set inclusive of 2 slices of kuih+ a drink or perhaps a small packet of nasi lemak+ a drink is priced at RM2 (RM2.50 for East Malaysia). More unbelievably, a lunch set would be at RM4 (RM4.50 for East Malaysia) only. How does the food look like? Not bad at all.. take a look for yourself:
Each meal set will come with rice, a vegetable dish & a meat dish (either chicken, fish or beef) selected from what you see above. Some even come with an extra side of ulam+sambal! Okay, so it doesn’t look particularly better than what you’ve been eating most of the time, but hey, it’s really worth it for the ringgit spent. PS – I particularly love the choices at Medan Selera Duta, Pak Samad’s stall! His fried fish are a MUST try, so why not give it a go yourself and enjoy the affordable and yummy lunch set.
At the event, I got myself an RM4.00 selection of vegetables, mee mamak, a curry puff & orange juice. FYI, the portion is usually bigger but I didn’t want a too filling lunch hence took less than normal & added a curry puff which does not come along with my lunch set. In a normal circumstance, there is no way this could have costed you RM4 only, and that’s really what this program is all about.
But hey I can hear you ask yourself in front of your mobile or computer, what’s the catch? Did the government subsidize the food cost which is the reason why they could sell at so much lesser than usual? Too good to be true innit? Well… your suspicions are understandable, but no, here’s how it’s done!
The MR1M program is voluntary and it is not financed by the government agency in any form. Basically, the stall owners are the ones who decided they want to benefit the rakyat by joining the MR1M program! KPDNKK (Kementerian Perdagangan Dalam Negari, Koperasi dan Kepegunaan) plays an important role to attract potential business owners to join the program by giving participants of MR1M an advantage ahead of others who applied for funding under the Skim Pembiayaan Mikro Penjaja dan PeniagaKecil, which isbetween RM10,000 – RM50,000 in order to develop their businesses. What an incentive! It’s like telling these business owners that if you do good, you’ll get a better chance of showing that you deserve the opportunity to grow your business through revamps and restoration of their stalls. You reap what you sow
Did you have a better understanding now of how the MR1M program works? Before dropping by Medan Selera Duta as I suggested, do check out their website at 1Malaysia Pengguna Bijak (www.1pengguna.com) or use their Android Apps at “MyKPDNKK” to find out more locations of their participating outlets nationwide, you might be surprised that there are a few just right next to you. Another tip to locate the outlets is by looking out for the MR1M banner and uniforms (light blue T-Shirt and brown apron). Easy right?
Don’t just listen to me. Try it yourself and share your experience by commenting below. Good or bad feedback is good so they can keep improving the initiative continuously. Cheers!
Sincerely me, Guest blogger – Jingy, the Makan Queen.