Tuesday, July 18, 2017

East Coast Arts & Cultural Centre at SeniKome Peng Heng, Resorts World Genting

Since young, I love traditional arts and culture of different places. That is one of the reasons I love to travel because I like to explore. If you have the same interest as me, you would probably like to visit SeniKome Peng Heng situated at Level 3 of First World Plaza. This is the place to see and learn more about the arts and culture of the East Coast states of Peninsular Malaysia namely Pahang, Terengganu and Kelantan.

SeniKome which directly translates to "Our Art" in the Pahang local dialect is dedicated to promote the beauty of the East Coast Malaysia's local craft, fashion, games, paintings, music and food. Peng Heng is the name stated in historical documents of the Ming Dynasty in the 1520's. From authentic artifacts and paintings to an 'Orang Asli' exhibition, SeniKome tastefully depicts the distinctive charm of Peng Heng, a traditional reference to the East Coast region.

There are visual and performing arts programs such as 'wayang kulit', batik, wau and video projection demonstrations here. There are also many traditional games where visitors can play like 'congkak', 'batu seremban', hopscotch, and other games. When I was there, it really brought back memories of me playing some of those games when I was a kid. 

From July to September 2017, there will be various highlights of traditional art forms. One of the highlights is the Joget Gamelan, a classical dance that originated in the courts of Riau and Lingga in the 17th century. It became popular in Pahang and Terengganu and there are 33 Gamelan dances that are still being practised until today. 

In the coming months, there will be silk screen painting which is believed to have taken root 1,000 years ago in China. It is considered the most versatile of all printing processes. For the next 2 months, there will be different art forms showcased every weekend. On 29 and 30 July 2017, visitors will get to witness the beauty of batik-making, a technique of hand-dyeing fabrics by using wax as a dye repellent.

Following that, silk screen painting will be in the limelight on 26 and 27 August, while a watercolor painting demo will be held on 31 August and 1 September. Joget Gamelan is the main highlight on 2 and 3 September, a demo on sketching on 9 and 10 September, pottery on 16 and 17 September and a weaving demo from 22 and 24 September.

There is also a reading corner at the centre. Guided tours are held 3 times daily.

Visitors can enjoy traditional dishes like the Nasi Kerabu, Keropok Lekor, Mee Siam and refreshing drinks such as pandan leaves, mint leaves, lemongrass, honey and asam boi.

Visitors can buy souvenirs and gifts such as pewter ware items or fine textiles. 

Admission tickets to SeniKome are priced at RM 8 for adults (RM 7 for GRC members) and RM 6 for children (RM 5 for GRC members). There's also the family package priced at RM 25 that allows entrance for 2 adults and 2 children. For more information, call +603 2718 1118 or visit www.rwgenting.com

13th ROASTERS Chicken Run Raised RM 55,000 For The Needy

Berjaya Times Square was swarmed with more than 2,000 runners during the 13th ROASTERS Chicken Run (RCR), organised by Kenny Rogers ROASTERS (KRR) on 16th July 2017.
The atmosphere was radiating with energy when the enthusiastic participants engaged in an upbeat warm-up session by Sports Toto Fitness before getting ready for their respective categories.

Mr. Rick Chee (second from the left), Founder of Food Aid Foundation receives RM55,000 from Mr. Sydney (right), Chief Executive Officer of Berjaya Food Berhad; witnessed by Mr. Lee Siew Weng (first from the left), Senior General Manager of Berjaya ROASTERS (M) Sdn Bhd.

“Coming back for the 13th year, it is exhilarating to see the continuous support we get from the public. RCR is one of the significant events in our calendar because it fits our objective to promote healthy living and also allows us to give back to the community by lending a hand to organisations like Food Aid Foundation that are operating to help the needy by providing basic necessities such as wholesome meals,” said Sydney Quays, Chief Executive Officer of Berjaya Food Berhad.

“A huge part of the funds raised from this event will be translated to nutritious wholesome meals contributed to the needy while the remaining will be donated to various organisations through Food Aid Foundation. We have reached out to 35 homes and organisations and contributed a total of 3,340 wholesome KRR meals between July 2015 to March 2017,” added Sydney

The funds from ROASTERS Chicken Run 2017 will be translated into more than 2,000 sets of Kenny’s Chicken Meals to be contributed to Food Aid Foundation benefitting approximately 20 charitable homes for both young and old. The remaining funds will be utilised to purchase ingredients and groceries to home which are also supported by Food Aid Foundation.
Mr. Sydney and Mr. Rick Chee flag off the ROASTERS Chicken Run 2017!
Food Aid Foundation is a non-profit organisation that operates as a food bank which provides basic food to charitable homes, rehabilitation centres, feeding centres, poor families and destitutes.
“It is a privilege to give our support towards this meaningful event. In our three years of partnership with KRR, it is heartwarming and humbling to see the generosity from KRR and fellow Malaysians in helping extend our reach to a greater number of people in need by providing them with nutritious meals,” expressed Rick Chee, Founder of Food Aid Foundation.
ROASTERS Chicken Run (RCR) has raised over RM 701,000 for a myriad of charitable organisations and homes such as Little Yellow Flower Foundation, Tabung Kebajikan Pesakit HUKM, Pediatric Unit HUKM (Oncology), Unit TUTUR – Aural Rehabilitation Centre for Hearing Impaired Children together with Yayasan Budi Peyayang Malaysia and House of Joy and Faith, Yayasan Sunbeams Home, Rumah Juara, Rumah Kanak-kanak Tengku Budriah, Rumah Sayangan, Malaysian National Kidney Foundation – Dialysis Treatment for the Young, Rumah Hope, Rumah Kebajikan Anbu Illam, Rumah Charis Ti-Ratana Welfare Society, and Tabung Kebajikan Pesakit PPUKM – Young Diabetic Patients.

The ROASTERS Chicken Run 2017 is co-organised by Berjaya Times Square, Berjaya Time Square Theme Park with Ultron as its supporting partner. Other supporting partners who made this run possible are 100 Plus, Berjaya Hotels & Resorts, Campbell’s, Cosway, Kenanga Investment Bank, Milo, Nestle, RockTape, Salonpas, Sports Toto Fitness Centre, Starbucks, Super Asia (SAE), Unilever, and Watsons.
The ROASTERS Chicken Run is one of the many initiatives in the KRR Community Chest Campaign, established in 2005 in aid of the less fortunate. The commitment of KRR towards their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative has allowed them to bring back the Social Media Excellence Award – Corporate Social Responsibility Sector.
For more information, call 03-2119 9888 or visit www.krr.com.my or connect to www.facebook.com/krrmalaysia.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Pika Pika Sparkling Bright Tea Party

Last Saturday, I attended the Pika Pika Sparkling Bright Tea Party organized by Watsons and Butterfly Project. Thanks for the invitation. 

Pika Pika is a Japanese skin care brand and Pika Pika means sparkling bright. 

We were introduced to 3 types of Pika Pika Deep Cleansing range skin care products.

1. Sparkling Bright Fruity Cleansing Liquid 190ml (RM 79.00) - Contains natural fruit extract, AHA and BHA. Helps dissolve dead skin and impurities in clogged pores, easily removes makeup in the shower.

2. Sparkling Peel Off Mask 80g (RM 49.00) - Helps purify dead skin and absorbs excess oil, contains ARBUTIN to help inhibit dark spots and freckles and prevent skin aging.

3. Sparkling Bright Hot & Cool Cleansing Gel 35g (RM 39.00) - The thermal hot and cold effect helps to enlarge pores for removing blackheads and dirt, menthol helps to soothe skin and shrink pores, helps purify dead skin and absorbs excess oil. The double function is Cleansing & Repairing. 

We were asked to come without makeup or with minimal makeup. All who attended the party had to do a no mirror makeup challenge. I brought my waterproof makeup for this. I used foundation, blusher, lipstick, eyebrow liner, mascara but I did not use my eye liner because I was not confident enough. Well, I was glad I still looked great.

The no mirror makeup challenge.

After we did our makeup, we were each given a bowl of water to pat our face with water and use the Pika Pika Sparkling Bright Fruity Cleansing Liquid to wash our face.

Pika Pika Sparkling Bright Fruity Cleansing Liquid is clear and very waterly. It has a nice apple smell and works really well in removing waterproof makeup. 

This is how we looked after washing our faces with Pika Pika Deep Cleansing Sparkling Bright Fruity Cleansing liquid. (From left to right: Betty, Joanne, Geozo and me)

Later I tested the Pika Pika Sparkling Peel Off Mask on my hand. I had to leave it on for 15 mins or until it was dry, then peel it off. My skin felt tighter when it was dry and it was very easy to peel off. This helps to revive dull skin and prevents skin aging. This contains white clay which is very effective in making your face sparkling bright. 

We were also asked to put some Pika Pika Sparkling Bright Hot & Cool Cleansing Gel  on the T-zone of our face. I felt a little hot sensation and then cold and the thermal effect helps to enlarge pores for removing blackheads and dirt. This is great if you do not like the painful extraction process during your facial visits to beauty centers. There is menthol which soothes and shrink pores. Using this gives the double function - cleansing & repairing.

You can get these Pika Pika Sparkling Bright range at Watsons, either online http://www.watsons.com.my/ or at Watsons stores. If you buy online, you can use Promo Code : PIKA10A to get RM 10.00 off. This code is valid until 31st July 2017. 

Sherry and me

At the end of our party, there were lots of delicious, sweet desserts. All were very nicely decorated especially the Unicorn macaroon and Unicorn ice-cream. Thanks to Forêt Blanc for the delicious desserts. 

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

NutriBrown Rice - Healthy Instant Beverage

Some people dislike eating brown rice because it is not as soft as white rice. There are some children who are picky eaters and as a mom I wonder if my children are consuming enough whole grains. Brown rice is the world's healthiest food according to the American-Eurasian Journal of Agronomy. Surprisingly, brown rice contains as many antioxidants as blueberries and strawberries. Antioxidants reduces wrinkles and repairs scars. Brown rice is very nutritious, helps in digestive system, weight loss, lowers cholesterol, and it gives energy to keep our body active. 96% of adults and children over 12 years are not consuming enough whole grains and that is why we should drink NutriBrown Rice instant beverage. This is made from freshly harvested brown rice in the Northern region of Peninsular Malaysia. With a series of high tech methods and integrated with American technology, the brown rice is processed into fine powder while maintaining its rich nutrients.

I was given 5 different flavors to try. My whole family including my children love to drink NutriBrown Rice beverage. Each box has 8 sachets of 35g each except for the Honey flavor which has 8 sachets of 26g NutriBrown Rice and 12g Natural Floral Honey packed separately.

1. NutriBrown Rice Oat with Soy Lecithin has some oat flakes and tasted really delicious. You can drink this for breakfast, tea time and supper. Soy Lecithin improves brain function, lowers cholesterol and is essential for liver health. I love this flavor the most because the texture is smooth and delicious even with oat flakes.

 2. NutriBrown Rice Original (No Added Sugar) are suitable for those who need low sugar diet. It contains inulin which helps increase good bacteria in the colon and promotes healthy digestive system which eventually gives you healthy immune system

Brown Rice is whole grain rice with excellent nutrition namely protein, calcium, iron, magnesium, fiber, Vitamin E, Vitamin B1, B2, B3 and B6.

3. NutriBrown Honey has 100% natural floral honey packed separately and can be added according to your preference. Even if you add the whole sachet of natural floral honey, this is still considered low sugar beverage. Honey is actually very good for our health because it lets us sleep better and boost our memory. For people who have insomnia, you can try this flavor.

4. NutriBrown Chocolate contains iron & calcium which is great for blood formation and bone health. This is a better substitute for children who love to drink chocolate / malt because brown rice does not cause heatiness to the body. My son loves to drink this very much. 

5. NutriBrown Rice Original is the most popular. Made using the state-of-the-art American technology to retain the nutrients and with a small amount of brown sugar, the taste would make you want to drink it regularly.

NutriBrown Rice instant beverages are available at Aeon Supermarkets, Cold Storage, Popular Bookstores, pharmacies and 11Street online. It is suitable for people from all ages. Get yours and try it out. It is healthy for the whole family. 

For more information, visit NutriBrown Rice website http://www.nutribrownrice.com or Facebook https://www.facebook.com/NutriBrownRiceMalaysia/

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Mom & Daughter Photoshoot

Mother's Day was over in May but I got a lovely surprise in June when I won a Mom & Daughter photoshoot from Liese Facebook contest. I was really excited to be able to take memorable photos with my mom. On the day of the photoshoot, we brought our own clothes and reached Prounited Studio, Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur around 9.30am. This photoshoot was done by Jewel Ling Photography. Jewel is a professional photographer and has been in this field for 8 years. You can check out her website http://jewel-ling.com/.

The makeup artist, Ms. Stephanie from Bliss By Stephanie did the makeup for my mom and I. She was very good and did a beautiful makeup on us. It took her about 1 hour to put makeup on each of us. My mom and I loved the way she did our makeup because we looked very beautiful and natural. If you need a makeup artist, you can look for Stephanie. Her telephone no. is 017-650 4789. 

Jewel did some individual photoshoots and later both mom & daughter photoshoots. She took about 90 photos of us and we had to choose 20 photos for editing before we were given the final softcopies of the 20 photos.

A week after we our photoshoot, I received an email of the 20 high resolution photos. I will share some nice ones here.

These photos look really nice and we are happy that everything turned out great. We were asked to choose a photo to be developed into A4 size and we chose the last photo. Taking nice and memorable photos are important because we cannot turn back time and we will definitely cherish these photos forever.