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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Movies Movies Movies 2018

I love Fantasy Fiction and Sci-Fi Fiction movies like Harry Potter, Lord of The Rings, Avatar, Guardians of The Galaxy and back in the 80's I loved the Never Ending Story. I love stories with mythical creatures like dragons....and ahem (magical unicorns) of course.

I am all excited too with the release of Avengers: Infinity War this week and I bought my tickets a week ago. And guess what? Halls were already 80% sold!!!!


In this blogpost, I will share some up and coming movies in 2018. 

DEADPOOL 2 
THE GRINCH
I FEEL PRETTY Trailer (Amy Schumer)
JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM Trailer  (Chris Pratt)
JUSTICE LEAGUE Deleted Scene (Superman's Black Suit)
LIFE OF THE PARTY Trailer (Melissa McCarthy)
AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR Super Bowl Spot Trailer
MISSION IMPOSSIBLE 6: FALLOUT Trailer
SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY Trailer
THE CLOVERFIELD PARADOX Trailer
THE TITAN Trailer
TREMORS: A COLD DAY IN HELL Trailer
VENOM Teaser Trailer

Credits to 9 Media




Tell me which is your favourite and most anticipated movie in 2018.
I am so looking forward for The Titan and Venom and most of all Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald



All these fantasy movies are simply out of this world!

Besides fantasy, I am also drooling over this movie coming out in August! 
August, come quickly already! 

CRAZY RICH ASIANS


I just can't take my eyes of the good looking couple Henry Golding, one of Malaysia's heartthrob and Constance Wu, an American Actress (who kinda look like our very own chef Isadora Chai), probably because of her seductive eyes.


Also starring our very own Tan Sri Dato' Seri Michelle Yeoh as Eleanor Young, a super controlling mother.. Woots!

Picture Credit: Entertainment Weekly

An interview with Henry Golding and Constance Wu at The Ellen DeGeneres Show


If you just can't wait, take a look at this list of upcoming movies that will hit the big screen soon.


Monday, April 23, 2018

Savouring Naughty Nuri's New Delights

Fans of Naughty Nuri's Rejoice!!! 
Because there's more than meats the eye (pun intended) now, with an introduction of new interesting dishes. These dishes are highlighted in their menu with (NEW!) and presented in special white and black font. You may have missed it the last time. Be sure to check it out when you are there the next time. 

Having been to Naughty Nuri's and dining there every other month, I was super happy that that they have now introduced some brand new exciting dishes on their menu list! I have tried almost 70% of their current menu and wanted something new, something different. 


Our story began like this.....

After watching the next table having this in our last dining session at Naughty Nuri's mom looked at me and said. "We are soooo gonna try that next round! You see, we have just finished with our dinner with our tummies all full and we could not stuff anything in thereafter. Hence, on our next makan session at Naughty Nuri's we finally tried this Flaming-Lambo Chicken! We loved what we saw.

Flaming-Lambo Chicken RM42++
Juicy roasted whole chicken marinated with fragrant Balinese spice. The chicken meat is tender and juicy. It takes skills to eat the whole chicken hanging like that. We asked for assistance from the waiter to have it cut into smaller pieces so that it's easier for us to eat.

This chicken is on fire! A sure way to "fire up" your appetite with this one!

Check out this video I took on as the chicken goes up in flames. Talk about being innovative in food presentations. 

Here are some other tantalizing picks for your next visit to try something new from Naughty Nuri's.

Balinese Crispy Prawn Toast (New) RM22
Fresh Balinese spiced prawn fillings laid on a fluffy bread base, coated sesame seed and deep-fried into crispy-licious bites. I can practically smell the aroma on first bite. The filling is bursting with aroma. I love how it's presented in bite size and cut into smaller pieces.


Crispy Bacon-licious Strips RM19
Beer battered pork bacon deep-fried into crispy strips. Served with Balinese delicious dip.
Yes, these are super long crunchy bacon strips! They are super crunchy on the outside. 
It's huge and oozing with oinki-ness.
I cut out in smaller sizes so that it's easier to eat. Loving these new additions to the menu!


Supreme Porky-Pepper Soup (New) RM26
Pork ribs and hog maw braised in fragrant garlic and white pepper broth for 6 hours. 
A heart-warming peppery soup to warm your tummy especially on a rainy day this will be sooooo gooooood.

Beat The Heat! 
Quench your thirst on a hot day with
Nuri's Punch RM28.80
 (1 Jug = 6 glasses) 
Great for a family of 4-5
That day I decided to try the Nuri's Punch instead of my usual Lemongrass Ginger Fizz. I loved this thirst quenching drink with some lychee and lemon slices in it.


Wah Tusuk Babi RM22
/RM12 #standbyyou menu pricing
Pork Belly Skewers, marinated for 12 hours with Ubud inspired sweet sauce and grilled to perfection. This will definitely go well with a beer or two.

BBQ Pork Chop RM25
/RM10 #standbyyou menu pricing
Juicy pork chops, marinated in Balinese spices, dipped in special Balinese honey sauce and char-grilled to perfection. This is one of my favourite dishes as it is carefully marinated to perfection.


Asian Roast Pork Burger RM32
/RM15 #standbyyou menu pricing
One full strip of homemade crispy skin roast pork topped with onion croquette, lettuce and tomato, served in a charcoal burger together with french fries. 
Great for those with a huge appetite.
The roast pork is super long. I had to remove and eat them individually. And yes, this can get a little messy.
You may have notice there are 2 different pricing on some of the items I featured.
That's because the lower pricing is based on Naughty Nuri's current menu promotion for Stand By You Campaign.
 #standbyyou menu pricing is valid for selected dishes till 31st May 2018.
More info on this  #standbyyou campaign in my previous blogpost 

Naughty Nuri's Dance during the Happy Hour at 2.30pm and 8.30pm daily

These guys sure know how to entertain a crowd!



I have been a loyal customer of Naughty Nuri's and enjoy going back there every other month. I especially love the ambience and the energy of the waiters and waitresses as they danced the night away. They are all very talented and attentive. 

Before I end this blogpost, let me share a funny true story with you. You may have seen me and mom's video on Naughty Nuri's TV for the past one year. This was what happened one day when we dined at our favourite Naughty Nuri's outlet.

Waitress: Welcome to Naughty Nuri's. We see you EVERYDAY. She points to the TV above us. Mom and I on Naughty Nuri's TV. It has been a year and our faces are still there! She recognized us!

Quite a number of friends even snapped a photo of the TV with me and mom featured and sent them to me. Thanks guys, for being so attentive!!!



Have an oinki-licious dinner! 🐽






Friday, April 20, 2018

A Night with Phantom Of The Opera

Marvellous set up! Great Performance!
This is my favourite backdrop.

Phantom Of The Opera, Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again, Angel Of Music, Think of Me, Music Of The Night, All I Ask Of You.
Claire Lyon and Michael Cormick. 
Working their magic together on stage with killer vocals that compliment each other.

Michael Cormick surprised us, emerging from the crowd below as he walks up to the stage to give us his all!

The melodious sounds from this performance still rings in my head. It was barely a week after the wonderful night with the Phantom of The Opera that made its Malaysian debut at the Royal Charity Gala Premiere on 18th April 2018 at the Manhattan Ballroom, Berjaya Times Square Hotel, Kuala Lumpur. 

I actually bumped into 6 friends who were also there to enjoy the night's performance and Big names from leading corporations were also seen at the venue. It was a night of splendor and a night of glamour. Ladies dressed mostly in black, All made up for an unforgettable evening serenaded by beautiful melodies that fill the air.

An Evening With The Phantom – Songs From The Musicals was held in conjunction with the iconic musical’s 30th anniversary on Broadway – The Phantom Of The Opera. Featuring the casts from The Phantom itself – Michael Cormick and Claire Lyon, the 75 minutes musical celebration transported guests back to 1881 in Opera Populaire with the greatest hits from The Phantom Of The Opera and highlighting the very best of melodies from other popular musicals. The event was an exclusive musical experience for all musical lovers to get close, share and live the passion in this musical journey!

In fact, after doing a Facebook posting that I would be "Meeting my Phantom" that night, I was surprised to learn that so many friends were also interested in this musical. 

Initially I thought it the performance was just songs from Phantom from the Opera. 
I was wrong! So many of my favourite songs were performed. 

Some of the songs covered were not only from the Phantom Of The Opera but a good mix of songs from various musicals that include:

A Whole New World
Memory
Impossible Dream
All That Jazz
The Sound of Music
My Favourite Things
Something Good
Edelweiss
Climb Every Mountain
West Side Story
Tonight
I Feel Pretty
Maria
Somewhere
Beauty & The Beast
I Dreamed A Dream
Bring Him Home
I could Have Danced All Night
Can't Take My Eyes Off You

Here is a snippet from one of their last acts just for you, my dear readers. ENJOY the actual performance that very night! Be amazed....Be very amazed by the sounds of Claire Lyon and Michael Cormick. Leading this spectacular concert is Bernard Walz, an award-winning musical director with our very own Malaysian performers from the Philharmonic Orchestra.


My favourite performance from Claire was surprisingly The Sound Of Music where she lives and breathes the songs. She hits the high notes from Phantom of the Opera effortlessly.
As for Michael Cormick, his deep voice is super soothing and super sexy. I love him doing the male vocals for A Whole New World.

I can see in certain parts of the performance Michael held his mic far away from his mouth and yet still produce the perfect vocals. You can tell he has a powerful voice!!!


A marvellous act, so full of passion I can see,
Entertaining the crowd in glee.



The backdrop projection was all so REAL and blends in with the night of the musical so well.
With chandeliers hanging above the stage, candles burning and a grand piano at the stage, it just looks amazing! Claire's second wardrobe change into a sparkly gold gown goes well with her songs performed in the second act like Beauty and The Beast.




An Evening With The Phantom – Songs From The Musicals is presented by Milestone Production and in aid of Tuanku Ja’afar Educational Trust.
I totally enjoyed myself that night, fully immersed into the Music of The Night.

Thank you for having me. 
With me is blogger Nikki Ooi who is also an avid fan of musicals too. So glad I have her as my musical kaki that night as we both appreciate good music.



About Milestone Production
Established in 2003, Milestone Production is one of the region’s leading show production company that provides unparalleled live entertainment experiences globally. We aim to cultivate appreciation of the performing arts in the region by bringing in internationally acclaimed West End and Broadway productions to Malaysia and to the rest of South East Asia, namely – Mama Mia!, The Mousetrap, the multi-award winning Broadway production Jersey Boys, Thriller Live, Saturday Night Fever, Potted Potter, Dr.Bubble With Milkshake, One Man Star Wars Trilogy , Dr.Balloon’s Science
Adventure, Rumour Has It – Adele – Her Life And Songs and now the iconic An Evening With The Phantom – Songs From The Musicals.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Japan In Full Bloom

My little brother shares some awesome photos from his Japan trip. Yup! After a week long he is still there. Katanya it's freaking cold now! When I scroll through my facebook these few weeks, I realised many of my friends are in Japan now too, possibly due to the sakura season.
These are just too lovely. I don't remember seeing blooms like these when I last visited back in 2015 during the Shibazakura season.


The Great Mt Fuji

Ahhhhhh....the great Mt. Fuji on a bright clear day, clearly visible! Thanks to my brother who shared this shot with me as he holidays in Japan for more than a week. And he tempted me with colourful ice-cream of various flavours and sweet shots like these! Oh! that boy!





Yokohama


Hachiko, the loyal dog. 
Yup! I visited this place with mom too. So many tourists here!

My brother showed me beautiful Japanese printed hanky. I told him not to buy cause I already bought quite a lot at Jalan Jalan Japan. hey and these ain't cheap in Japan, ok? It may cost up to RM30 - 40 for an average sized piece! I'm not kidding you!


OK! He is tempting me with more ice cream. This time showing off his Mochi Haagen-Dazs Ice Cream. 

I asked him where is the ice-cream? I don't see it!
He said the ice-cream us inside the Mochi!!!
The ones we have here are all mixed ice cream with Mochi bits. Have you tried the ones from Haagen Dazs Malaysia? I have taken a mini scoop to test the flavour here but didn't quite like my ice cream mixed with something soft and jelly-like. I prefer having the chocolate ones honestly.


I can't wait for my brother to get home so I can raid all his goodies!!! Muahaaahhhhaahhhh (*evil smile)
Then again, I hope he buys me souvenirs!


Wednesday, April 11, 2018

From Singapore to Penang with love

From Singapore to Penang 
Why do I love these 2 places and what do they have in common? All will be revealed at the end of this blogpost.

Singapore
I make it a point to visit Singapore at least once a year. Either just in time for their Great Singapore Sale (which usually happens between June to August every year) or during Christmas Time.

Marina Bay Sands
One of my favourite not-to-be-missed place to visit in Singapore is the Marina Bay Sands. This place offers a great mix of shopping and sight seeing. My favourite spot is out here in the open where you can enjoy a spectacular view like no other.
Marina Bay Sands houses a casino and a hotel and is one of the must visit places in Singapore. I just love the clear blue skies, surrounded by water, water everywhere.
The towering glass offices are also a sight to behold.
The night scene looks rather spectacular especially in front of this building, the Louis Vuitton Island Maison which is located at the waterfront of Marina Bay looking ever so beautiful at night. It's rather cooling to sit by the waters at night and I totally enjoy relaxing with the wind blowing at this area.

Image credit: Image: The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands

Day time it could be rather hot given our tropical weather. Netherless, this is one amazing architecture that I admire.



Inside Marina Bay Sands is a shopping area surrounded by more water which can be super pleasing once you are tire of shopping. The shoppes at Marina Bay Sands is one of Singapore's largest luxury retail for that high end shopping experience.



Penang
What's not to like about Penang. Penang has so much to offer. From the great local food  
to the beautiful murals and street art like this, I just can't get enough of this beautiful place. 


Eastern & Oriental Hotel
Penang is rich in heritage. Speaking about heritage, ff you are planning a stay in Penang, I would highly recommend the Eastern & Oriental Hotel. The Eastern & Oriental Hotel is a luxury all suite hotel , listed as a UNESCO world heritage site.


Classy elegance with a rich heritage is what greeted me as I stepped into this hotel for the first time. Everything was tastefully decorated with great detail.

 I love this round sofa piece at the centre of the hotel. The whole hotel has a colonial feel and looks nostalgic.

Wait till you see the room and scenery from my hotel room.
 Super cosy but it's not really that big. The bathroom comes with a bathtub! Oh what joy!
I can soak in this all day!




Now here is a view to die for! The hotel's pool somehow reminds me of Santorini.
Gosh! This is the most beautiful pool I have ever seen.

It feels like I'm in some sort of exotic island.
The Eastern & Oriental is also a great place to host a wedding. It's just by the sea!
The sunset view here is awesome!
This is the pier where guests at the hotel can enjoy a free water limo ride to Straits Quay.


Hard Rock Hotel, Penang
Another hotel that tops my list in Penang is the Hard Rock Penang. During my very first casual visit there, I vowed to spend at least a night there. I was captivated by the pool that surrounds the hotel. (Yup! Again, water, water everywhere) Hard Rock Penang is a luxury 4 star hotel in Penang where modern comfort meets rock style.


If you book your rooms at the lower level you can practically jump straight into the pool from your room. They have a pretty strict 2 person per room only policy so it's not cheap to have a family trip here as there are 4 of us and we needed 2 rooms.


 Here's a glimpse at one of our hotel room. The poster behind is the Beatles!
The bed and room is super comfy.
 I just love the fact that water is everywhere around this hotel. Can you see the sea?

Not only the pool area is large, it's just a stone's throw away to the seaside where many fun activities take place. One of them that seems fun (that I have not tried) is the parasailing, where one glides through the air  wearing an open parachute while being towed by a motor boat.
 Look Ma! I found a horse by the seaside. Yup! They also have horse riding.
The best part is watching the sunset by the beach. Now this is one scene I don't get to see everyday cause I live in the city, a concrete jungle.


The ever changing colours of fibre optics at the main entrance, clearly sparkles with magnificent lighting.

The Hard Rock Hotel is surrounded with tons of memorabilia of The Beatles. It's like this whole hotel is dedicated to them.




 There is also a Rock Shop at Hard Rock Hotel Penang.
Rock Shop is the boutique where you'll find the best range of Hard Rock branded tees, jackets, hats, watches, collectible pins and many more. Great for avid Hard Rock fans and collectors.





So, at the beginning of this blogpost I asked a question.
Why do I love these 2 places and what do they have in common? 

The answer is : These 2 places that I love most are surrounded by water! There's practically water within an all around these two places.

Penang Island and Singapore is just 2 awesome places that stole my heart when it comes to having a short vacation.  A vacation helps rejuvenate the mind, body and soul. Love yourself and go for that holiday you deserve.

Quick! Book your Airline Ticket for your next dream holiday or vacation.Your next break is just a click away. If you love Singapore and Penang as much as I do, you can easily plan your trip to these 2 places flying from Singapore to Penang or vice versa by clicking Flight from Penang to Singapore


"Have some fun in the sun,
Unwind, rejuvenate and recharge."