Hitting the town on CapitalFM’s Diva’s Day Out

When Pinky of Nuffnang asked if I wanted to join in the Capital FM‘s Diva’s Day Out where there’d be relaxation, food and shopping with the Capital FM presenters, I was thinking, “YES YES YES WHAT ARE WE WAITING FOR, LET’S GO ALREADY!” :D

Quick fast-forward to the end of the event, I was totally exhilarated, exhausted (well it was a long day..) and feeling somewhat humbled. I’ll tell you why later.

CapitalFM Diva's Day Out - 01 Presenters
A full fun day out with these people, you want? ;)

Come faithful day, I was *a bit*regretting it. Ohhh sorry, not to sound ungrateful but we had to meet at 7am at the Capital FM’s studio (which means have to wake up earlier etc) and I’ve had a few long weeks at work.

But I got to the meeting point (way on time) and somehow, I couldn’t help but to feel excited. It’s hard not to be when you’re surrounded by the organisers and team who are so upbeat and energized about the event. Also from participants of Diva’s Day Out who were there because they won a Capital FM contest, so lucky! :)

CapitalFM Diva's Day Out - 02 studio
What’s on the wall?

After a quick briefing by Asha Gill and Liang, we were placed in our respective teams. I was in team Deborah Raj along with mother and daughter Christine and Maddie, and mother and daughter Jennie and Patricia. Check out the specially decorated MPV with Deborah’s face on it!

CapitalFM Diva's Day Out - 03 Team Deborah and MPV
Team Deborah Raj!

From then on, 9 MPVS ferrying Capital FM presenters and lucky Divas (uhm, us ;) ) whizzed around town with.. 3 police escorts! Wow, I’ve to say, there’s nothing to make you feel darn special than police escorts clearing the traffic for you like magic for the entire day! I’m sure some folks driving in town that day wouldn’t be too happy… sorry about that, but truthfully speaking, I was enjoying every moment of it :D

CapitalFM Diva's Day Out - 04 MPVs
Entourage

At the end of the day, I wanted to take a photo with the nice police escorts but they sped off before I could ask :( Maybe they could read my mind :(

Diva’s Day Out first stop: Beauté Library in Taipan, USJ!

The first item on our itinerary was an indulgent silky hand treatment from the pros at Beauté Library. Nothing better to start off with than a nice, relaxing pampering session, eh?

CapitalFM Diva's Day Out - 05 Beaute Library, Taipan USJ

Monica, the lady who did my hands told me that they used a ginger scrub for cleansing dead cells and rejuvenating skin. Then the hands were lathered with a rich lavender oil to absorb nutrients for the following lavender paraffin treatment that improves blood circulation. We finished off with a vitamin C cell repair lotion. Result? My hands felt soft, relaxed and smooth. I should be doing this everyday…!

Then Beauté Library surprised us by giving us a travel set of products worth RM350 and treatment cash voucher for RM200. Lucky us or what!!

I’ve started using the facial cleanser in the gift set, I think it’s pretty good and might go back to Beauté Library for other treatments.

Next: brunch time!

CapitalFM Diva's Day Out - 06 21 Tables + Terrace

At twenty.one tables+terrace in Bangsar Shopping Centre, we indulged in a lovely spread of… you need to see the menu: salad with asparagus with cranberry and rosemary honey lemon dressing, feta an wilted spinach quiche, spaghetti aglio olio, marsala chicken tortilla wrap with minted yoghurt aioli, Chinese-style fried rice and tiramisu with strawberry.

As food at twenty.one tables+terrace goes, they’re always appetizing and delicious so you can imagine our satisfaction tummy-wise.

Then Joanne Kam led us through a short session of games where everyone walked away with a RM100 voucher redeemable at twenty.one tables+terrace, yay!

Then it was off to Pavilion KL!

(whee whiuu wheee whiuuu *imitates police escorts’ sirens)

CapitalFM Diva's Day Out - 07 Parkson
Spot the fake mannequin

Third stop: Pavilion Kuala Lumpur

The MPVs pulled up at the fountain area of Pavilion like the VVIPs we were ;) We were led to Parkson, one of my favourite departmental stores where the shopping fun began!

After a warm welcome by the Parkson team, we were told that we had RM500 Parkson cash voucher each to spend! (cue: huge claps and happiness all round). Only caveat was that we had only one hour to shop, yeah right that’s not a problem at all ;)

3-2-1.. Go!

CapitalFM Diva's Day Out - 08 Parkson shopping
This collage is self-descriptive

I knew what I wanted: an everyday casual bag to replace my tattered one (yes I’m aware that it’s tattered, thanks for not pointing it out to me in person, heh). So I went straight to the bags section and had whale of a fun checking out different brands and make.

… and I found it! A simple, delicately woven black sling bag from Tocco Tenero. Goatskin, perfect size for what I need, light enough to carry everyday, a bargain at RM350+ (after 10% discount, Parkson’s having a sale now). Mine mine mine mine mine!

Then I had extra cash leftover and I got myself a nice pullover and a skirt from Wallis. Good quality stuff :D Of course I went beyond the RM500 mark but just my own top-up of RM42.60, hey best deal ever!

Thanks Parkson! :D

Then we had a surprise waiting for us…

CapitalFM Diva's Day Out - 09 World Vision Parkson tote bags
Tote bags made from recycled material, exclusive from Parkson

In conjunction with Parkson’s 25th anniversary, they’re working with World Vision and came up with exclusive tote bags, pictured above. Each bag is made out of approximately 18 plastic bottles (cleaned, finely shredded then made into plastic fiber) and has 3 colours, each with a special message from Xandria Ooi, Asha Gill and Joanne Kam.

And what did we have to do with these bags? Try to sell them to Parkson customers at RM9.90 each! We had 20 minutes to do so and my team managed to sell 12 of these babies. Not too bad for an over-saturated market for that day ;)

You can get these bags at Parkson. They are sturdy and all monies go to World Vision.

CapitalFM Diva's Day Out - 10 Group Photo Pavilion
Very happy lot!

Final stop: The Food Studio in Mont Kiara!

A beautiful, spacious studio for the aspiring chef nestled in luxurious Mont Kiara, The Food Studio is headed by Chef Paul who teaches the intricacy of cooking to both amateurs and learned chefs. When we got there, his team was already getting ready a feast for dinner later.

CapitalFM Diva's Day Out - 11 The Food Studio, Mont Kiara

A cooking demo by Asha Gill featuring her famous chilli sans carne and later Chef Paul on how to prepare meats, we were divided into three teams to add on dishes for dinner. On our island, we made ratatouille though honestly we did a lot of the chopping and Asha Gill did most of the cooking, heh.

CapitalFM Diva's Day Out - 12 Preparing dinner
Mmmmmm lamb…..

And dinner was just scrumptious where I had the BEST Spanish fish stew, ever! I might have to sign up for Chef Paul’s gourmet cooking class just to learn how to make this, heh. But it takes 6 hours to cook so I don’t know… me and patience don’t really get along well, hehehe.

CapitalFM Diva's Day Out - 13 Dinner at The Food Studio
Feeling hungry at the memory of this dinner..

It was a really chillaxing session, lots of conversations and getting to know the presenters better. Unfortunately all good things had to come to an end, and we finished off with this happy group shot:

CapitalFM Diva's Day Out - 14 Group Photo at The Food Studio
Happy Divas, all of us!

CapitalFM Diva's Day Out - 15 Suanie and cool people
Me with Joanne Kam,the ever energetic Liang and Mindy, friend from hometown

So what did I take away from this extraordinary experience? Oh besides the VVIP treatment, pampering session, great food and free shopping…? Well I got to know some really cool people, props to Deborah who took really good care of us! She’s on Capital FM every Monday to Friday (The Jam Break) from 4-8pm with Liang, tune in for the bubbly duo!

Also to Maddie, Patricia, Jennie and Christine, thanks for being such awesome fellow Divas!

CapitalFM Diva's Day Out - 16 Team Deborah

What was humbling about the experience? Well just awareness of self-limitations and appreciation for skills that others have, that I do not possess. Watching the Capital FM team and presenters was an experience by itself; they were so efficient, enthusiastic and passionate about what they do that it made me slightly jealous.. :( Of course they made the event so fun but I know that it was hard work to pull something like this off… and they did it smilingly, without a hint of complain!

So I felt bad even jokingly moaning about how tired I was… heh.

For more Capital FM goodness, you can stream them online @ www.capitalfm.com.my or even download their mobile apps at Google Play (Android users) and App Store (iPhone users)!

So power to all men and women at Capital FM, here and everywhere. Thank you for an unforgettable day! More pictures here : http://www.capitalfm.com.my/divasdayout.php.

6 good things in life

1) Friends who cook you the best tasting steak of your life

Single malt whiskey flamed ribeye steak by Grill Sergeant Lance

At first glance, you’d think that this is just a steak. A good looking Instagrammed steak perhaps, decorated by grilled juicy tomatoes still on the vine but that’s about it. Then you bring it closer to your nose, get a whiff of its smoky aroma and you start to realise that perhaps there is more to this steak than meets the eye. The simplest seasoning of sea salt and black pepper, doused with a hearty dose of prime single malt whiskey when it’s nearly done on the grill pan. Of course for Grill Sergeant Lance, the only acceptable doneness is medium rare. With a decent cut of the meat and skilled hands at work, it’d be a crime to have it any other way.

2) Moms who drink with you

Suanie's mom at Frontera, Jaya One

I took my Mom to Kuah Jenhan‘s solo show, ‘But Why?’ at the PJ Live Arts Theater. Before the show, I made her down some delicious mojito at Frontera, also at Jaya One. No offense to Jenhan (who is a brilliant young stand up comedian) but I thought she’d find the show funnier when slightly intoxicated, hehe. She had a very good time. It’s all cool.

3) Happy hour mojito at WIP, BSC

Mojito at WIP, Bangsar Shopping Centre

I love WIP in Bangsar Shopping Centre. They have good cocktails and food. I especially love their classic mojito at RM19++ during happy hours. The alcohol level is more than respectable and the basically they just did a good job with it. According to Haze and KY, their frozen margaritas are good too. And their espetadas… mmmm flavourful and delicious! Kinda hurts the wallet if you’re REALLY enjoying yourself (i.e. more drinks more food) but once in a long while…

4) Pork-friendly food outlets

Food at S.wine, BIG Publika

S.Wine Cafe is tucked inside Ben’s Independent Grocer (B.I.G.) next to the wine section. When we got there, there were so many people waiting in line that it took some time before our turn. The people working at S.Wine were fast and friendly, wish I have better things to say about their food other than ‘it’s not all too bad ‘. Judging from the amount of in and out customers, people seem to love it so they must have done something right. Oh, coffee was good.

5) Kronenbourg 1664 Blanc

Kronenbourg 1664 Blanc pint at La Bodega, Empire Shopping Mall

What’s better than a few pints of cold crisp aromatic Kronenbourg 1664 Blanc, appetising tapas and stories shared among friends at La Bodega? A few pints of cold crisp aromatic Kronenbourg 1664 Blanc, appetising tapas, stories shared among friends at La Bodega and a naked Gerard Butler. We take what we can.

6) Bubbly

Suanie at Intercontinental hotel

Delicious champagne and canapé at the refurbished Intercontinental Hotel Kuala Lumpur.

I’m friggin’ spoilt :)

Hennessy V.S.O.P new bottle launch!

Look who has a brand new look!

Hennessy V.S.O.P. New Bottle 2012 - new bottle shot

The world’s leading cognac brand, Hennessy V.S.O.P recently had a facelift in line with moving into the 21st century. Who better to lead the redesign than a legendary figure in the automobile world, former chief designer of BMW, Chris Bangle!

Hennessy V.S.O.P. New Bottle 2012 - packaging

Sleek, right? After understanding what Hennessy V.S.O.P is about, Bangle got down to business and the result? Accentuated the curves on the sides of the bottle thereby reinforcing its silhouette’s dynamics, lengthened its neck and straightened its shoulders, and gave the base a curve.

Hennessy V.S.O.P. New Bottle 2012 - old and new bottles
The Hennessy bottle in 1954, 1989 and now 2012

So Hennessy held a glitzy launch event for the new bottle at DoubleTree by Hilton in KL and I was there.

Hennessy V.S.O.P. New Bottle 2012 - Suanie
Proof.

Will Quah, the emcee spoke to the Chris Bangle about how he was inspired to redesign the bottle. Chris said that working on this redesigning gave him the same sensations as working on designs for fast BMWs or a Rolls Royce.

Whoa, how many people can say they’ve done that??

Here’s Chris showing Will how he drew the new bottle on… DrawSomething.

Hennessy V.S.O.P. New Bottle 2012 - designer Chris Bangle 01

No lah heh but sure looks like it, eh? ;)

Hennessy V.S.O.P. New Bottle 2012 - designer Chris Bangle 02

You may be more interested in a hot girl carrying a specimen of the new Hennessy V.S.O.P bottle…

Hennessy V.S.O.P. New Bottle 2012 - Girl with new bottle

At the launch party…

Hennessy V.S.O.P. New Bottle 2012 - launch party

With AhYat, missyblurkit, Jessica, Joey G & Patricia K.

Hennessy V.S.O.P. New Bottle 2012 - Suanie at launch party

And this is a photo of me with Will Quah! Tee-hee… I’ve always had a crush on him because he’s cute, really intelligent, quick-witted and unbelievably unattainable. I think it’s a personal issue about me and men I’ll never be able to have… BUT I have this nice photo, so yay!

Hennessy V.S.O.P. New Bottle 2012 - Suanie and Will Quah

Maybe I’ll frame it ;)

To top off the excellent party, Joyce and I went to Jalan Alor and had some lovely siu kai yik

Jalan Alor Wong Ah Wah chicken wings

Best. Night. Out. Ever. :)

So yeah, you just went through a whole post about me having fun. Sabarlah, the next Hennessy V.S.O.P post will be fun for you too .. stay tuned!

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It’s IKEA småles Club for the kids!

It’s true, Ryan the Nephew is now officially a citizen of Småland; a magical land governed by Quing Sara, a 1,000+ years old big red fuzzy furry heart who eats paper porridge and loves to give and receive hugs.

IKEA Malaysia's Småles Club's First 50 - Ryan with Sara

… and who made all this happen? ME, the best aunt in the world who only had 3 hours of sleep after a night of copious amounts of fermented beverages just so I could get him to the registration table in time. I deserve a medal… nay, a kingdom of my own for all my efforts!

… then Ryan hugged and kissed me good morning and proclaimed, “xiao yi, it’s going to be an awesome day!” and I melted.

I’m a softy like that :(

Ikea Malaysia recently launched IKEA’s småles Club, a club for kids aged between 4 to 10. We were at the launch event where they invited the first 50 registered kids to do lots of fun stuff! Face painting, temporary tattoos, a clown, balloons, whistles, a red giant furry heart-shaped mascot, yummy food… all things to please the little ones!

Here’s what happened:

IKEA Malaysia's Småles Club's First 50 - passport

1 – Ryan receiving a free ice-cream token. He wanted to redeem it immediately but I said no because it was only 10.30am! I’m a (somewhat) responsible aunt, okay… ;) Then when I said he could redeem it, he said to wait until he has played at Ikea’s Småland :X

2 – Adults can have bug tattoos too!

3 – Everytime a småles (member of the småles Club) goes to IKEA, they can scan their småles passport at this småles shroom. It’s like 4sq for kids ;) Each visit is gifted with $0.50 Smålish dållars, and they get a coupon for one discounted kid’s meal and one free drink at the IKEA restaurant! *link*

4 – Stamped visits on the småles passport. The accumulated Smålish dållars can be redeemed for småles merchandise.

IKEA Malaysia's Småles Club's First 50 - with clown
Oh look, cute kids with balloons and a clown

The kids were given a whistle each along with a flag to recite the Småland pledge. A whistle…! I mean, what were they thinking.. :P

IKEA Malaysia's Småles Club's First 50 - photo op
Oh, too loud in the morning for you too, boy?

So Ryan had fun, I had fun, the other kids were definitely having fun and feeling special for belonging in an exclusive club. And of course, being part of the 50 kids at the event. It all ended well with a lovely spread at the IKEA restaurant… then a full hour at Småland while I went to do adult stuff like getting a strong coffee… then collecting the boy and getting him an ice-cream at the IKEA cafe.

Best. Aunt. Ever.

IKEA Malaysia's Småles Club's First 50 - kids

IKEA småles Club is free to join for kids between 4 to 10. As a småles, you (your little one, not you) get:

- Discounted kid’s meal & free drinks
- Earn $0.50 Smålish dållars for each visit
- Redeem for småles merchandise
- Take part in special activities and events
- Regular Bug News
- Free cake on your 11th birthday
- Free ice-cream treat on Quing Sara’s birthday

Make IKEA fun for your young ones too! For more info, check out the website here: *click*

Beer lover? Check out Brewfest 2012 at Publika!

Heads up people! It’s BREWFEST, Malaysia’s 1st International Beer Festival at Publika (Solaris Dutamas) today and tomorrow!

What does it mean? Picture this: Huge tents, long tables awaiting merriment, a stage for performers and DJs, food stalls aplenty and of course the stars of the show: over 50 premium and craft brews from all around the world waiting to be had!

That means you won’t see the familiar big names at Brewfest as they’re bringing indie beer (so to speak) into the spotlight. A lot of the beer brands are also not available in your local hypermarket. This means you get to try many many many many types of beer, speak to the people who bring them in for Brewfest and treat your palate to a variety of delicious beer!

Fantastic? Not just, it’s supercalifragilisticexpialidociously exquisite, a haven for beer lovers, appreciators and generally just anyone who wish to explore the big beer world!

Brewfest 2012 is happening at Publika (behind Solaris Dutamas in the Mont Kiara/ Hartamas area) today and tomorrow (18 & 19 May). Actually it started yesterday and I was there, so have a look at the photos I took while I was still sober and able ;)

Brewfest Malaysia 2012 - set up at Publika
Early on, half of the set up. I’ve decided to crop all my photos 4×4 from now on.. mostly

Brewfest Malaysia 2012 - beer 01
Tsingtao, an array of premium beer from Taps beer bar, the Konig stuff, awesome Grimbergen

Brewfest Malaysia 2012 - beer 02
Organic cider that was apparently damn good, more different beer brands, award-winning Suntory Japanese beer, bottle caps of Hitachino Nest beer

Brewfest Malaysia 2012 - Yona Yona ale
Yona Yona ale! American pale ale, so good it deserves a full photo by itself. Currently my fav, very easy to drink with a fruity aroma. It’s like breathing in Japanese spring every time you take a sip. You need to try this… while stocks last

Brewfest Malaysia 2012 - food
Lots of food available! Some favs are pork ribs, chicken skin, pork sate, sushi and a cute guy selling delicious sausages in buns

And the people…

Brewfest Malaysia 2012 - people 01
With Mike, Choon, Elfie, Charles of Eastern Craft who brought in the Hitachino Nest and Yona Yona ale, and Douglas Lim whom I made to pose with my fav beer of the evening

Brewfest Malaysia 2012 - people 02
AhFa, some drunk’s T-shirt, @TisGod, Winnie, Ben

I highly recommend that you check them out, show some love and hopefully we’ll get more of these stuff on our shores. Lots of beer variety, food, performances by Douglas Lim, music acts, DJ spinning… it’s guaranteed fun but bring along a friend or two la, else not so fun lah :)

Brewfest 2012
Publika, Solaris Dutamas, Kuala Lumpur
18th & 19th May 2012, 5pm – 1am
Tickets: RM68 inclusive of 2 beers

Tickets are for sale at the door as well. For more info, check them out at their website and on Facebook.