MHB Christmas Dinner 2017 Presented by Calvin Klein Watches and Jewelry

[Special Event]

  

MHB recently had our Christmas Party 2018 Presented by Calvin Klein Watches & Jewelry, with the venue and dinner provided by Samplings on the 14th at Berjaya Times Square Hotel, and supported by Kronenbourg 1664.

Samplings On The Fourteenth is located at the East Tower on the 14th floor of Berjaya Times Square Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, and offers Western cuisine and a large collection of vintage wines. Since opening its doors in 2011, Samplings On The Fourteenth Restaurant has distinguished itself with its service standards, innovative menu, comfortable ambience, and beautiful view – all coming together to form a unique culinary experience for diners.

The restaurant’s main dining room seats 60 people with an addition of 2 private rooms that accommodates 8 and 12 guests respectively. The kitchen is helmed by Chef Val Murugan who has more than 24 years of experience in the food and beverage industry. Under Chef Val’s stewardship over the years, Samplings on the Fourteenth Restaurant has received multiple awards with the most recent being Best Fine-Dining Restaurant, World Gourmet Award (2017) and notably the Malaysia International Gourmet Festival, MIGF (2015), where the restaurant received 12 awards.

Adding a touch of glam and bling to the evening was Calvin Klein jewelry as the presenting partner of the event. Calvin Klein watches and jewelry is a partnership established in 1997, of two 90’s iconic and pioneer established companies:  Swatch Group and Calvin Klein.

The Calvin Klein watches and jewelry collections feature seductive yet clean and often minimalist aesthetic, with innovative, bold, progressive and seductive designs. First launched in 2004, the jewelry collection takes everyday life and the world as its source of inspiration. The original geometrical creations have given way to designs that are more fluid, organic, sensual and integrated; a reflection of the modern trend.

Calvin Klein Watches and Jewelry stores are located in Pavilion KL, Suria KLCC, Sunway Pyramid, and Sunway Velocity. The products are also available at authorised dealers nationwide.

    

The venue for our Christmas dinner was Samplings on the 14th at Berjaya Times Square Hotel

We got a lovely view of the KL skyline

The chefs preparing our meal

Put a bunch of girls and Insta-friendly food and you can be assured that all the cameras and smartphones will come out first for photos before a single bite goes into the mouth!

Appetizer

Pan-Seared Scallop

Avocado Tian with Mango-Tomato Salsa

Not one or two but THREE scallops accompanied by a rich avocado and mango-tomato salsa which added some lovely piquant and sweet flavours to the umaminess of the scallops! A wonderful starter with lovely vibrant colours and tasted as good as it looked!

  

Soup

Cream of Asparagus

with Mushroom Crostini

This heartwarming soup was well-balanced and not too creamy while letting the flavours of the asparagus shine. We moped up every last drop with the delicious mushroom crostini!

  

  

Main Courses

Grilled Cod Fish

with Truffle Risotto and Saffron, Fennel Coulis

Each of us got to select our own main course for the evening and the cod fish was a favourite. The beautifully cooked fish was paired with a rich truffle risotto and topped off with a saffron and fennel coulis! Talk about luxury indeed!

  

Baked Chicken Picatta

Mushroom Fricassee and Aged Balsamic Sauce

The baked chicken picatta showcased the chefs skills in making a tasty yet tender and moist baked chicken, rounded off with a mushroom fricassee and some sharpness from the aged balsamic sauce.

  

Christmas Turkey

with Chateau Potato and Glaze sweet potato, Mushroom Fricassee

Topped with Cranberry Gravy

As Christmas was around the corner, this dish was immensely popular among our influencers as it reflected the season’s festive mood! The delicately cooked Christmas turkey was accompanied by potatoes and mushroom fricassee, with a lovely sweet cranberry gravy on the side.

  

Dessert

Christmas Pudding with Vanilla Sauce

Yet another dish in line with Christmas – a hearty traditional Christmas dessert which provided a sweet end to the meal.

  

  

It was a wonderful meal with great company, flowing conversations, and good food and drink – a fitting way to end a very eventful year for MHB! Here’s to an even better 2018!

  

Throughout the evening, we had Kronenbourg 1664 Blanc, the French Premium Wheat Beer that is very distinct as it comes in a light blue hue coloured bottle. The refreshing cloudy liquid has a unique smooth-taste with hints of citrus and coriander spice, making it a favourite among many female beer drinkers. The beer is brewed with the caviar of noble hops – Strisselspalt hops, which offers an exquisite aromatic flavour that embodies the elegance of France.

For more info on Kronenbourg 1664, head over to https://www.facebook.com/KronenbourgMY/

Currently, Samplings on the Fourteenth is offering a special Chef’s Indulgence menu which is a 3-course set dinner priced at RM 88 nett per set. Samplings on the 14th also has a special Valentine’s Day menu prepared for 14 February and you can read about it at – https://timchew.net/2018/01/19/valentines-day-2018-menu-at-samplings-on-the-fourteenth-berjaya-times-square-hotel/

Samplings on the Fourteenth is located at:

14th Floor, Berjaya Times Square Hotel,

1, Jalan Imbi,

55100 Kuala Lumpur,

Malaysia.

Telephone: +60 (3) 2117 8000 ext. 8131

Website: http://www.berjayahotel.com/kualalumpur

Email: bth.samplings@berjayahotel.com

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Photo credits: Andy Kho Photography (www.andykho.com)

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MHB’s 6th Anniversary High-Tea at Element Kuala Lumpur Hotel

[Special Event]

 

MHB (http://hottestbloggers.com) is a digital and influencer content marketing agency which believes that digital publicity should be engaging while being affordable and cost-effective. We believe in conveying our clients’ message through ethical, high-quality, and trustworthy content in a lifestyle and non-hard sell manner that will stand out from all the junk, tabloid clutter and fake news, capturing the attention of consumers as well as providing positive brand awareness.

MHB is trusted by many brands including Montblanc, Ball Watch, Panasonic, Sony, Leica, Fujifilm, Calvin Klein Watches & Jewelry (Swatch Group Malaysia), Nivea, Chevrolet, Olympus, Lenovo, Casio, Carlsberg, Johnnie Walker, GUESS, Dolce & Gabbana, Hugo Boss and Gucci fragrances, Givenchy, Ricoh, and many more to provide quality and ethical digital media publicity.

We also have strategic media partnerships with many top brands such as Calvin Klein fragrances (Luxasia), Kerastase, Nissan, Ice Watch, Storm London, and more! On a local level, we work with prominent brands like Celcom, Poh Kong, 1 Utama, Atria Shopping Centre, EcoWorld, Encorp, De Jouer, Beaute Library, Nomi Tomo, Shawn Cutler and numerous other brands in need of affordable yet cost-effective digital publicity.

We provide cost-effective advertising packages to suit various brands and budgets, from independent stores to SMEs, all the way to MNCs and global brands.

To celebrate our 6th anniversary, we partnered with Xiaomi, Poh Kong and Element Kuala Lumpur Hotel for a delectable ARTEASTRY high-tea at Trace, the hotel’s all day dining restaurant. The name ARTEASTRY stands for Art, Tea and Pastry, and high-tea is set against the modern, artistic features of Element Kuala Lumpur, providing an ideal combination for a weekend social gathering with family and friends. TRACE restaurant & bar is situated at level 40 of KL’s tallest eco-friendly hotel, and offers a first of its kind artistic high tea while you enjoy breathtaking views of the city skyline.

Our ARTEASTRY experience began with the arrival of a contemporary bento box, beautifully decorated with synthetic grass and black, shiny modern slates – very Instagrammable indeed! The bento box is filled with delicious morsels such as dainty savoury bites containing Waffle with Salmon and Crème Fraiche, Apple Duck in Savoury Cone, Chicken Sliders in Mini Croissant with Tomato Relish, Tomato and Basil Macaroon, Confit Portobello Mushroom and Swiss Cheese Bruschetta. A must-have during high-tea are scones, and the light and fluffy Earl Grey Tea infused Scones at TRACE are served with clotted Cream and Strawberry Jam.

 

  

The dessert is the highlight of the ARTEASTRY experience, and sets this high tea apart from the typical presentation of buffet spreads or three-tiered cake stands. “The Red Splash” dessert is literally splashed on your table. The chef places a white chocolate sphere and paints an edible artwork on the table with drops and strokes of Framboise a la Mascarpone, Raspberry Confit, Raspberries, Meringue Sticks, Vanilla Soil, Sponge Fingers and Mango Chutney on a piece of “newspaper-like” food grade paper.  To end the performance, we got to pick the white chocolate sphere and drop it in the middle of the art piece, creating a delectable mess on the table.

The ARTEASTRY is priced at RM128nett for 2 persons, and is available on weekends (Saturday & Sunday), from 1.00pm to 5.00pm at the TRACE Restaurant and Bar, in Element Kuala Lumpur.

  

With our Managing Editor Tim Chew and official photographer Andy Kho in the middle

 

The event was supported by Poh Kong who provided us with beautiful pearl necklaces

 

Mi A1

 

The event was also supported by Xiaomi who provided us with their latest model – the Mi A1. The Mi A1 runs on stock Android to offer a high-quality software experience designed by Google, underscoring Xiaomi’s commitment to providing more choices for users. Priced at RM999 in Malaysia, the Mi A1 is a beautifully-designed device that combines hardware innovations, including an optical zoom dual camera setup, with great Google-designed software.

Mi A1 incorporates a dual camera configuration similar to that in Mi 6, Xiaomi’s latest flagship device, with wide angle and telephoto lenses used to incredible effect. The two lenses allow Mi A1 to calculate what is in the foreground and what is in the background, creating a depth-of-field effect that typically requires a DSLR lens to achieve, allowing the user to create photos of unparalleled clarity and colour. In addition, an improved Beautify mode that makes selfies look more natural, now works with the both the front 5MP camera as well as the 12MP dual rear camera. Mi A1 supports 2x optical zoom, which makes photos of distant subjects remain clear, while 10x digital zoom is also supported.

While all that sounds pretty good on paper, how does it perform in real life? So we decided to snap some pics using the phone’s front and back cameras during the high-tea to see the results.

Here are the photos we shot with the Mi A1. Click on the individual photos to open a larger version.

 

 

Although it was a rather cloudy day, we were surprised to find that the indoor photos taken in the restaurant were sufficiently exposed, rendering bright and realistic colours as well as the option to be more artsy with the bokeh feature. The contrast and level of details were also pretty impressive for a mid-range smartphone, as seen in the photos of the pool.

The rear camera produced some very natural looking skin tones when shooting people, and even bokeh for portrait shoots. The girls were also impressed that the front camera allowed for decent selfies with an auto-beautify function – something every influencer loves.

Mi A1 is Xiaomi’s first Android One phone, with a software experience designed by Google, offering users a simple, pure Android phone that stays fresh over time with OS upgrades. As an Android One smartphone, Mi A1 comes with the most popular Google services built-in as default, such as free unlimited high quality storage from Google Photos.

Available in Black, Gold and Rose Gold, Mi A1 has an attractive full-metal body design that measures just 7.3mm in thickness, with discreet separation lines for a seamless look and rounded edges for great hand feel. It also comes with a rear fingerprint sensor.

Featuring a 5.5-inch 2.5D curved glass screen featuring Corning® Gorilla® Glass protection, Mi A1 also boasts a 10v power amplifier for deeper lows and higher volumes, ensuring it provides an immersive media experience. A dedicated amplifier also provides support for high-impedance headphones (up to 600 ohms).

Powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor based on the 14nm manufacturing process, as well as a 3080mAh battery, 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage making it a real value for money mid-range smartphone indeed!

 

Tech Specs & Features:

  • Premium full-metal body
  • Dual camera, optical zoom:
  • 12MP wide angle + 12MP telephoto
  • Exceptional portrait photography with background blur
  • Beautify, for natural selfie enhancements
  • 5MP front camera
  • Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 625 with 14nm FinFET technology (Octa-core 2.0GHz)
  • 4GB RAM + 64GB internal storage
  • Up to 128GB microSD expandable storage
  • 5.5-inch full-HD Corning® Gorilla® Glass display
  • 3080mAh battery, USB Type-C port
  • Rear fingerprint sensor
  • IR blaster, with Mi Remote App
  • Dual SIM (3-choose-2 hybrid SIM tray)
  • Dimensions: 155.4 x 75.8 x 7.3mm
  • Weight: 165g
  • Available in Black, Gold and Rose Gold
  • Stock Android

  

For more info, head over to:

Element Kuala Lumpur – http://www.elementkualalumpur.com/ or telephone 603 2771 3351 or email element.kualalumpur@elementhotels.com

Xiaomi – http://www.mi.com/my/

MHB – https://hottestbloggers.com/

 

 

MHB Christmas Party 2016

[Special Event]

 

Malaysia’s Hottest Bloggers had our Christmas Party at Gobo Upstairs Lounge & Grill at Traders Hotel in an event held in partnership with Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur as well as Calvin Klein fragrances and Kerastase.

 

The venue was the private room in Gobo Upstairs Lounge & Grill, Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur

The beautiful table decor added to the mood of the afternoon!

A delicious high-tea spread awaited us on the tiered trays as well as a small buffet!

Spicy Sharon enjoying her food!

 

Many thanks to our two product sponsors for the event – Calvin Klein fragrances and Kerastase.

The girls were thrilled to receive the products!

 

Endless Euphoria Calvin Klein is a feminine, fruity, floral fragrance that is refreshingly light and radiant. Endless Euphoria Calvin Klein translates the provocative fantasy of the iconic Euphoria fragrance into a sunlit daydream filled with cherry blossoms and an air of sheer sensuality.

This latest addition to the Euphoria family opens with an intoxicating breeze of cherry blossoms, tipped with refreshing mandarin and bergamot. the heart blooms with beguiling floral notes of violet, pastel rose and syringa. at the base, bamboo, sandalwood, and bare musk exude a dream-like seduction.

Fragrance Notes

Top: cherry blossom, mandarin, bergamot

Mid: violet, pastel rose accord, syringa

Dry: bamboo, sandalwood, bare musk accord

 

The original Euphoria bottle design reinterpreted with a refreshing new lightness, while embracing its original, sensuous curves. exuding a delicate blush-peach hue and soft pink juice. The translucent glass bottle takes on a taller, softly-rounded silhouette, giving the effect of a sheer and weightless aesthetic with an infinitely polished look. The rectangular cap features clean, architectural lines in a new rose gold cast, while a lavender dip tube adds an unexpectedly modern finishing touch.

The outer carton is an elegant and fresh interpretation of the classic Euphoria box, designed with a gradient from warm peach to light lavender. a softly curved petal completes the feminine design.

The Endless Euphoria Calvin Klein line is currently available at most major departmental stores and specialty shops in Malaysia with the eau de parfum spray priced at:

  • 1.4oz/40ml – RM225
  • 2.5oz/75ml – RM339
  • 4.2oz/125ml – RM419

 

 

Receive a free Kerastase Texturiser when purchase a set of Kerastase 3-step hair care ritual from any Kerastase Authorised Salons in Malaysia (while stocks last).

For the full list of participating salons, head over to http://hair-salons.kerastase.com/geolocation?lat=3.161799907684326&lng=101.5979995727539

 

Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur also prepared a beautiful cake to mark our anniversary which we celebrated in November

The photos were shot by our official photographer and founding member Andy Kho (www.andykho.com)

 

Gobo Upstairs Lounge & Grill is located on the 6th floor of:

Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur City Centre,

50088 Kuala Lumpur,

Malaysia.

 

Website: http://www.shangri-la.com/kualalumpur/traders/

 

Operation Hours (Lounge): 10:00am to 1:00am

Operation Hours (Grill):        

LUNCH: 12:00pm to 2:30pm Monday to Friday

DINNER : 6:30pm to 10:30pm daily (10:15pm – last order)

Reservations (Gobo Upstairs): 603 2332 9910

Hotel’s Telephone: 603-23329888

Email: goboupstairs.thkl@tradershotels.com

 

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all of us at MHB!