Leica Sofort Afternoon Tea with MHB Digital at Banyan Tree Kuala Lumpur

[In Partnership with Leica Malaysia and Banyan Tree Kuala Lumpur]

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We recently headed over to Altitude at Banyan Tree Kuala Lumpur for the Leica x YL Camera afternoon tea with Banyan Tree KL. Altitude is located on Level 53, and offers a calming environment with a panoramic view of the Kuala Lumpur skyline (which includes the Petronas Twin Towers!), that’s a perfect setting for morning coffee, light lunches, afternoon tea, or even to enjoy handpicked wines or craft beers, paired with a casual menu.

We were in luck as the hotel gave us a preview of their Festive Afternoon Tea at Altitude, Banyan Tree Kuala Lumpur, which is available from 1 to 31 December 2018, from 2.30pm to 4.30pm priced at RM98 nett per person which includes premium coffee and tea selections.

The afternoon tea menu at Banyan Tree Kuala Lumpur includes Christmas Spice Tuiles, Orange Coral Crisp, Christmas Duck Bon-Bon, Truffle Mushroom Macaroon, Smoked Eel with Horseradish Mousse Choc, Foie Gras Grissini, Boston Lobster Panna Cotta with Avruga Caviar, Smoked Christmas Turkey Breast Sandwich. Christmas Egg Nogs, Buche de Noel, Strawberry Mousse with Chocolate Jelly, Christmas Mince Pie Macaroon, Vanilla Cup Cake, Assorted Christmas Cookies, Spiced X-Mas Walnuts, Classic Scones, and The Fruity Cranberry Scones.

 

 

The Leica SOFORT is Leica’s first instant camera which was specifically created to help frame those special and magical moments, moments that must be kept forever, although they are gone in a flash. Moments that must be framed and captured to hold in your hand – transformed into lifelong memories that you can relive again and again.

The Leica SOFORT is available in White, Orange, and Mint with the product name SOFORT displayed discreetly on the camera body, giving users an ideal fusion of style and function while capturing spontaneous and magical moments in analogue pictures.

The compact and stylish Leica SOFORT is at home whether on an outdoor adventure or at a tea party. With it, you can let your creativity flow and dive into the atmosphere and when you encounter a special moment, simply frame it, and capture it – quickly, intuitively and creatively! The simple operation and variety of manual settings of the Leica SOFORT gives the freedom of convenience or for you take control of the  focusing distance, flash and exposure compensation.

The Leica SOFORT has a programme suitable for every occasion. Just pick the one you need, concentrate on your subject and let the Leica SOFORT do the rest.

The various modes available on the SOFORT include:

  • Macro
  • Bulb
  • Automatic
  • Self timer
  • Party and People
  • Sport and Action
  • Double Exposure
  • Selfie

 

 

The Leica Sofort is available for purchase on the YL Camera website (https://www.ylcamera.com.my/) or at their retail outlets at PJ33 and Pudu Plaza. YL Camera started their operation in 1999, at Pudu Plaza, Kuala Lumpur, founded by photography enthusiast Desmond Liew, to cater the needs for amateurs and professional photographers, repair and service, buy and trade in used cameras and lenses. Since then, YL Camera has grown into a well-known name in the local photography community, expanding from a small kiosk to two large branches in Pudu Plaza, Kuala Lumpur and Jaya 33, Petaling Jaya. Today, YL Camera sells a large selection of cameras, lenses, photo and video equipment, and mobile gadgets, and are a firm favourite among many local professional photographers.

YL Camera carries stock of the equipment and accessories listed on their website ensuring that they can deliver the items to customers within two (2) business days or faster, as compared to one to two weeks by other retailers. For niche products, they even offer pre-order service, and they even offer free shipping for purchase above RM50 to all over Malaysia, while international shipment service is also available.

YL Camera has its own in-house repair and service center with specialists with years of experience to repair and service camera equipment, and they are committed to always providing customers with fair and competitive pricing.

 

For more info, head over to the following sites:

YL Camera: https://www.ylcamera.com.my/

Leica: http://en.leica-camera.com/Photography/Leica-SOFORT/Leica-SOFORT

Banyan Tree Kuala Lumpur: https://www.banyantree.com/en/malaysia/kuala-lumpur

MHB Digital: http://www.mhbdigital.com

 

You have a view of both the KL Tower and Petronas Twin Towers from Altitude!

 

Altitude is located at:

Level 53, Banyan Tree Kuala Lumpur,
2 Jalan Conlay,
50450 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Telephone: +603 2113 1823

Email: Altitude-KL@banyantree.com

Operating hours: All Day 11:00 – 23:00 with Afternoon Tea from 14:30 to 16:30

 

YL Camera Outlets are located at:

YL CAMERA SERVICES SDN BHD (810934-V)
Lot UD8H-8L, Upper Ground Floor Pudu Plaza
Jalan Landak off Jalan Pudu
55100 Kuala Lumpur

Tel: +603 2110 2261/+6016 218 7810

The Accessories-Pro Shop
Upper Ground Floor Pudu Plaza
Jalan Landak off Jalan Pudu
55100 Kuala Lumpur

Tel: +6012 638 2261

Operating Hours: Monday – Saturday (10:30am – 9pm); Sunday & Public Holiday (10:30am – 8pm)

 

PJ BRANCH – JAYA 33

Lot PG-23 Ground Floor, Jaya 33 Section 13
Jalan Semangat,
46100 Petaling Jaya,
Selangor

Tel No: +603 7958 6163

Operating Hours: Monday – Saturday (10:30am -9pm); Sunday & Public Holiday (10:30am – 8pm)

 

 

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Arena Bar TTDI’s First Anniversary Party Presented by The Macallan

[Event]

  

We were recently invited to Arena Bar TTDI’s 1st Anniversary Party on 5 April 2018 which was presented by The Macallan. The Macallan single malt whiskies are made with exceptional oak casks that are the single greatest contributor to the outstanding quality, natural colours and distinctive aromas and flavours of The Macallan. Unmatched and peerless, it is perfect for a chilled night at home, drinks with friends at the bar, or a happening party in a club!

 

 

At the event, we enjoyed the Macallan Double Cask and Fine Oak variants which are part of the Trilogy (which you can read more about here – https://timchew.net/2016/10/08/toast-the-macallan-kuala-lumpur-2016/).

Our influencers enjoyed the Macallan Fine Oak which is a lighter style Macallan with the addition of American oak bourbon seasoned barrels which imparts aromas and flavours slightly drier and more oaky than the American oak sherry casks. As such, there are more pronounced aromas and flavours of citrus, vanilla, and coconut, coupled with the lighter colour and sweetness associated with American oak.

On the other hand, the Macallan Double Cask 12 Years Old is a single malt that tells a journey; a story that brings together two different worlds. Bringing new oak from America across the seas to Spain, the casks are crafted and seasoned with sherry before making its way back to their distillery in Scotland and left to mature for at least 12 years before harmoniously blending them with the very best sherry-seasoned European Oak Casks.

The Macallan Double Cask is beautifully balanced expression containing flavour profiles of the Macallan Fine Oak and Macallan Sherry Cask! It is creamy and oily on the palate (due to Macallan’s short stills) yet beautifully balanced with spice and oak to make you keep wanting to drink this to uncover more and more flavours! Not a hugely complex whisky but one that can be enjoyed and appreciated without the haughtiness that sometimes comes with older/ more pricey labels.

If you purchase a Macallan package in Arena Bar, it comes with a special presentation with the bottles delivered to you and displayed in a unique rotating case!

  

  

For more info on The Macallan, head over to https://www.themacallan.com/

 

Arena Bar TTDI is located at:

R1, Level 13, Menara Ken TTDI,

Jalan Helmi Burhanuddin,

Taman Tun Dr. Ismail,

60000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

 

Telephone: +60 11-2324 7279

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Arenabarttdi/

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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/

 

 

Calvin Klein Watch and Jewelry Kiosk Launch at Suria KLCC, Kuala Lumpur

[Jewelry/ Timepieces]

  

We recently attended the launch of the new Calvin Klein kiosk in Suria KLCC, Kuala Lumpur, which has the largest collection of Calvin Klein jewelry, as well as the latest collection of Swiss-made timepieces/ watches which includes couple watches! Calvin Klein watches and jewelry is a partnership established back 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 & Jewelry boutiques are located at Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, Suria KLCC, Sunway Pyramid, and Sunway Velocity. The products are also available at authorised dealers nationwide.

  

Kenny Lim, Brand Manager of Swatch Group Malaysia, Jose de Cardoso, the president of Swatch Group Malaysia & Singapore, and Pascal Scherer, the regional sales manager of Calvin Klein watches + jewelry (Left – Right)
Reem Shahwa was the MC for the event
Jose de Cardoso, the president of Swatch Group Malaysia & Singapore giving his speech
Pascal Scherer, the regional sales manager of Calvin Klein watches + jewelry giving an insight into the new kiosk
Pascal Scherer, the regional sales manager of Calvin Klein watches + jewelry

  

Here are some info on the key product lines available at the new Calvin Klein Watches and Jewelry kiosk at Suria KLCC (and their other outlets):

Couples Collections

Calvin Klein minimal

A classic revisited. Calvin Klein minimal. Inspired by vintage timepieces, this iconic offering for both men and women features a clean dial of exquisite control. Restrained and sophisticated, the new Calvin Klein minimal watch is offered in eight chromatic versions accented with different finishing – grey, black or brown PVD complemented with a mesh bracelet; stainless steel with a brown leather strap’ silver dial matching with a stainless steel flexible bracelet; or cool grey or olive green dial matching a silicone bracelet for ultimate comfort. Water resistant to 3 bar.

Calvin Klein hook

Open. Alluring. Calvin Klein hook. Simple and chic, this timeless offering has expanded to include three new styles. Each ring and bangle is available in either solid or Swarovski crystal-encrusted polished stainless steel or pink gold PVD to accent any modern look.

Ladies Collection

Calvin Klein disclose

Slender metal gracefully transitions from a bold tube to a thinner tube on these glamorous pieces. Calvin Klein disclose presents a contrast in colors and density that, once combined together, match perfectly. This simple but stunning set includes a choker, earrings, bangle and set of three rings – available in sizes 6 to 8 – in bicolor stainless steel and pink gold PVD or bicolor black PVD and yellow gold PVD.

Calvin Klein outline

Essential. Sophisticated. Calvin Klein outline. Calvin Klein outline reflects the absolute balance of two simplistic lines creating a pure and impactful shape. The new jewelry set is comprised of staples that can be worn at day or night for a radiant look. The offering is available in stainless steel, yellow gold PVD and pink gold PVD, and consists of a choker, open bangle, ring and small and large earrings that light up any outfit.

Gentlemens Collection

Calvin Klein steadfast

Sleek. Urban. Calvin Klein steadfast. The design and shapes that are native to the streets of a city inspire this structured and masculine timepiece. The architectural outlines perfectly illustrates this urban figures and call to mind the directional lines of the Brooklyn Bridge. Available in two versions – gent with silver or black dial accented by a black leather strap and chrono with silver or black accented by black leather strap – Calvin Klein steadfast adds the finishing touch to any sporty and refined look. Water resistant to 3 bar and some models up to 5 bar.

  

Thanks for having us!

  

Photo credits: Swatch Group Malaysia and author’s own

Maui Jim x Malaya Optical x MHB Influencer Day

[Special Event]

Malaysia’s Hottest Bloggers (MHB) recently ran a collaborative engagement with renowned sunglasses brand Maui Jim from Hawaii and established eyewear specialist Malaya Optical. The engagement saw over two dozen notable social media influencers, beauty queens, as well as bloggers visit Malaya Optical in Uptown Damansara to check out the new range of Maui Jim sunglasses which landed on our shores not too long ago.

Maui Jim started out in 1980 as a small company selling sunglasses on the beach in Lahaina on the island of Maui, which is part of the Hawaiian islands. Maui is one of the lushest, most vibrant places on earth. Yet its intense sunlight creates conditions that hide the beauty of the island when viewed with the naked eye.

Recognising a blue ocean market for technology that could combat intense glare and harmful UV while bringing the brilliant colours of the island to life, Maui Jim developed their revolutionary PolarizedPlus2® lens, which provides greater colour, clarity, and detail, while shielding your eyes from glare and harmful UV.

Maui Jim’s patented multi-layered lens design allows more usable light to be transmitted to the eyes, resulting in unrivaled visual acuity, contrast and colour are the exquisite results. This allows the user to experience deeper, more saturated colours and higher levels of contrast in any environment.

The patented PolarisedPlus2® lens technology also eliminates 99.9% of glare and blocks 100% of harmful UV rays, and thus Maui Jim sunglasses are recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation as an effective UV filter for the eyes and surrounding skin. It is the only premium sunglasses brand carrying the Skin Cancer Foundation’s seal of approval.

Available in four lens colours, Maui Jim® offers an option for every level of light. Neutral Grey lenses offer contrast and the highest available glare reduction and are suitable for all light conditions, especially bright, direct sunlight. Maui Rose® lenses offer the sharpest contrast and image resolution. They are excellent for fast action activities, overcast or foggy days. HCL® (High Contrast Lens) Bronze lenses offer enhanced contrast and are ideal for hazy and low light conditions. The new HT™ (High Transmission) lenses are perfect for variable and low light conditions, haze, fog, or overcast days and feature a flattering palm tint without a distracting yellow cast.

Today, Maui Jim offers over 125 styles of sunglasses, 100% of which are polarized and protect from 100% of UVA and UVB rays, with Polarizedplus2® Lens Technology for brilliant colour so every detail is crisper and cleaner and without glare or harmful UV.

For more info, head over to http://www.mauijim.com

Miss Astro Chinese International Pageant 2017 winner Moon Tan and 3rd runner-up Mika Song trying out the Maui Jim sunglasses
Mika Song
Miss World Malaysia 2010 Nadia Heng
Miss World Malaysia 2011 Chloe Chen
Founder of PersonEDGE Choo Mei Sze

Crystal Swung
Apple Tan

Verene Lew

Sylvia Tan

Liyee
Grace Chong
Annekie
Nicole Nana
Jenny Ma
Fish Fong
Nicole Fu
Veve Choy
Khai Sin
Khai Sin and Serene Khoo

May Ho

Ryan Ho, the owner of Malaya Optical with the Hawaiian Hula dancers

Malaya Optical only hires qualified optometrist who will examine not only examine, but also advise on the condition of patients’ eyes, and are trained to recognise diseases of the eye, such as glaucoma and cataract, as well as general health conditions such as diabetes.

Optometrists in Malaya Optical especially in they HQ Damansara Uptown are aided by many state of the art instruments such as Slit Lamp with Optical Digital Zoom Camera by Nikon (to examine contact lenses fitting and cataract),  Non Contact Relax Tonometer by Reichert (to examine Inter Ocular Pressure, IOP or Glaucoma),  High Definition Digital Retina Imaging by Canon (to examine Diabetic Retinopathy, Macular Degeneration  or Retina Atrophy), Zeiss iProfiler Occular Wavefront Aberrometer, Autorefractometer, Atlas Corneal Topographer, and Keratometer (to examine Refractive Errors to 0.125 Diopter and also Corneal Curvature for better fit of soft or RGP contact lenses), Zeiss Relax Vision Terminal (to examine pupillary distance and multi-focal precision fitting height) and more.

Apart from Maui Jim, the boutique carries a huge range of eyewear collections from designer frames to branded sunglasses such as Swiss flex, Wolfgang Proksch, Mykita, Coppe Sid, Derek Lam, Marc Jacobs, JF Rey, Calvin Klein, Whiteout & Glare, Blackfin, Less Than Human, Unodstrial, Tag Heuer, Oakley, Markus T, Moschino, Lafont, ByWP, Parasite, Boz, Round Frames, Retro Frames, Anitque Frames, Aha, Benetton, Burberry, Bywp, Coach, Emporio Armani, Fendi, Giogio Armani, GF Ferrer, Haus Marke, John Richmond, Max Mara, Miu Miu, Moschino, Nike, Prada, Paris Hilton, Robert Marc, Romeo Gigly, Rudy Project, Sama, Victor Rolf, Vivien Westwood, Zero Rh, Andy Wolf, Bevel, Blackfin, Boz, Byblos, Coppe + Sid, Derapage, Derek Lam, Dun, Dutz, Eco, Envisu, Face Font, Ferragamo, Frank Kids, Free Form Green, Gotti, Hana, Lotto, Metzler, Modo, IC Berlin, Parasite, Noego, Paul Smith, Perfect Number, Plasta, Ultem, Superdry, Staffan Preutz, Synergi, Spvvyi, Salt, Carbon Fiber, Undostrial and many more.

Malaya Optical outlets are located at:

Damansara Uptown

71, SS21/37 Damansara Uptown, 47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

GPS North 03 8.122 East 101 37.403

Tel: 03-7728 0228/03-7710 8550

Operating Hours: Monday-Saturday: 10.30am – 9pm, Sunday: 10.30am – 7pm

Subang Jaya

C5, SS15/4d, 47500 Subang Jaya, Selangor

Tel: 03-5631 3328

GPS North 304.473 East 101 35.430

Tel: 03-5631 3328

Operating Hours: Monday-Saturday: 10.30am – 9pm, Sunday: 10.30am – 7pm

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/malayaoptical

Website: http://www.malayaoptical.com

 

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Dior Opens Its Doors in Suria KLCC

[Luxury Fashion]

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We headed over to Suria KLCC on 1 December 2016 for the official launch of the new Dior boutique which is the House’s second in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The new boutique, which has a prime location in Kuala Lumpur’s iconic Suria KLCC mall, has been designed to reflect the legendary elegance and modernity of the world of Dior.

The boutique takes inspirations from the original Paris flagship on Avenue Montaigne, and provides a sleek and open environment. The store houses women’s ready-to-wear, accessories, shoes, a special area for handbags, and the quintessential dedicated VIP area and fitting room. The decor features lustrous, monochromatic details, dramatic accents of chrome and glass and sumptuous furnishings, reflecting the timeless elegance of Dior within a modern and extremely sophisticated setting.

A number of specially-chosen art pieces from prominent international artists can be viewed in Dior KLCC – as Christian Dior was a patron of the arts. The ready-to-wear area, with its cabochon floor, is the perfect home for the hurricane mirror by Fredrikson Stallard as well as a cityscape credenza by the eminent American artist Paul Evans and a stool by Thierry Lemaire. The artist Oyoram created a video installation specifically for the new location.

 

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The Dior boutique in Suria KLCC is located at:

LC-G01& G23b, Ground Floor, Suria KLCC,

Kuala Lumpur City Centre,

50088 Kuala Lumpur,

Malaysia.

 

Opening Hours: Monday To Sunday (10:00am To 10:00pm)

Photo credits: Dior Malaysia and author’s own

Toast The Macallan Kuala Lumpur 2016

[Special Event]

 

The girls from Malaysia’s Hottest Bloggers and I headed over to the Ritz-Carlton Kuala Lumpur for the inaugural Toast The Macallan (2016) which is a pop-up exhibition-styled event that will be held from the 26th of September to the 1st of October 2016. Toast The Macallan was featured as a pop-up experiential stage where guests not only learn about the whisky and brand thru a lively and entertaining whisky tasting session, but would also be able to savour the latest range of The Macallan whiskies.

This global circuit event has previously been to neighbouring markets like Jakarta and Singapore, and being very popular in countries such as Taiwan and Hong Kong, Toast The Macallan made its was to Kuala Lumpur to give aspirational whisky connoisseurs a chance to experience their world famous single malt scotch whisky.

The prestigious experience was held over six (6) consecutive days in an elegant and bespoke ambience at the Ritz-Carlton Kuala Lumpur, hosted by The Macallan Brand Trainer, Keith Nair and Brand Advocate, Randall Tan. The best part was that tickets to this event were priced at only RM50 nett per person, which includes a whisky tasting flight of the brand’s signature single malts, entry passes to the exhibition area and The Macallan lounge where guests were treated to custom-made cocktails.

Founded in 1824 and immersed in its rich history, The Macallan is one of the best-selling single malt scotch whisky across Asia and Malaysia is becoming one of the key countries to see a significant preference for single malts, which is an appreciated lifestyle of the affluent. With this in mind, Toast The Macallan is aimed at individuals who are brassy and keen to learn more about the esteemed single malt whisky.

 

During the masterclass, The Macallan has also unveiled its newest series dubbed the Trilogy, which consists of, The Macallan Fine Oak 12 Years Old, The Macallan Sherry Oak 12 Years Old and its latest expression The Macallan Double Cask 12 Years Old.

“The Macallan has always been one of the leading brands in the single malt category and we are very excited to introduce our newest range, The Macallan Trilogy. This platform would allow consumers to experience what The Macallan really stands for and why our whiskies are exceptional in its class” explains Chief Representative of Edrington Malaysia, Mr Edwin Yeo.

The Macallan Double Cask 12 Years Old is a single malt that tells a journey; a story that brings together two different worlds. Bringing new oak from America across the seas to Spain, the casks are crafted and seasoned with sherry before making its way back to their distillery in Scotland and left to mature for at least 12 years before harmoniously blending them with the very best sherry-seasoned European Oak Casks.

Commenting on the Double Cask, Bob Dalgarno, The Macallan Master Whisky Maker; said, “This is a single malt which celebrates the coming together of two styles to create a fully rounded and distinctive flavour.” It is often said that when two worlds come together, they create something magical and this is what the Double Cask represents.

 

KEITH NAIR

Brand Trainer, South East Asia

Having worked for over eleven years in the food and beverage industry, Keith is a hospitality professional specializing in menu development, training and quality management. Bringing his vast and diverse experience to Edrington, Keith will oversee the brand education for the premium spirits brands including The Macallan, Highland Park, Snow Leopard Vodka, Cutty Sark, Brugal Rum and The Famous Grouse, in the South East Asia region as a Brand Trainer. This role will provide the opportunity that he relishes – to engage both trade and direct customers, through brand engagement sessions.

An award-winning flair and cocktail bartender in his earlier days in the industry, Keith rose quickly through the ranks and has become a respected figure in the local and regional Bartending and Hospitality scene.

His impressive resume includes being a judge at various bartending competitions, as well as an examiner for Hospitality and Tourism Management Higher Diploma Final Exams at Taylor’s University College. Keith has also been involved in training bartenders and operators, and brand development work in the South East Asia region, which includes Nestle and Red Bull.

Keith shared, “The Macallan constantly reinvents themselves to not only uniquely conduct their tasting sessions in an interesting manner but also better educate consumers to understand their whiskies better and be able to differentiate one great whisky from another”.

 

RANDALL TAN

Brand Advocate, The Macallan & Highland Park

With a strong passion in whisky and affinity with consumer engagement, Randall joined Edrington as a brand advocate for The Macallan from January 2015.

Toast The Macallan Singapore 2015 marked his debut  with the Edrington Group, where he co-hosted a series of experiential whisky appreciation for more than 1,200 consumers over a two day event. He also hosted Toast The Macallan in Jakarta, an exclusive three-day whisky pairing dinner. With the successful collaboration in 2015 for Toast The Macallan, Randall was invited once again to engage the guests for the 2016 Toast The Macallan in Singapore.

Randall’s active engagements with the brand also includes key events and brand experiences such as The Macallan Sea Rare Cask Launch in 2015, The Macallan M Masters Golf 2015, exclusive whisky pairing dinners, private whisky appreciation and tasting sessions with luxury brands and corporates including Hugo Boss and JP Morgan.

A Singaporean actor (who is married to fellow Singaporean actress, TV host Melody Chen), host and emcee, Randall kicked off his entertainment career as a “Fame Awards” finalist for Television Corporation of Singapore in 1995. He then clinched various roles through the years in popular dramas and Tele-movies on Singapore TV, and also presents on television in sports and travel shows.

 

 

For more information on Toast The Macallan, head over to http://toastthemacallan.my