Saturday, November 30, 2013

Black comes in a new bottle!

Yeah...."Black"...What are your first thoughts on it when someone says black? To me its normally about my skin colour (I'm quite tanned so friends actually call me charcoal/black LOL). Black is also one of my favourite colours as it is easy to match with anything, and also it feels like i'm portraying a more "bad" kinda look.


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So, what does it mean by Black comes in a new bottle? It is actually no other than Guinness! It is the world's most iconic black brew and it has finally revealed its signature new look for the brand's Foreign Extra Stout (GFES) variant. The design didn't change in decades, and now with the new bottle look, it's meant to reveal a contemporary look for the brand, reflective of its modern and young drinkers today.

I personally like Guinness, as I'm  a guy who likes "Gao" (very strong) flavours. I would put extra salt and seasoning to my food, smoke cigars instead of cigarettes and of course when it comes to beer, there is none stronger and richer in taste than Guinness

The launch of the new Guinness took place at The Intermark, Kuala Lumpur where friends and the media were able to gather to see the new bottle. The launch was simple but what stood out was the projection mapping on the Intermark itself, so we could actually watch the whole Guinness preview that was being displayed on the building

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The launch venue. see how the projection mapping climbs up the building?

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A random candle

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The Emcee, Serena C

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Marketing Director, Bruce Dallas presenting the new bottle

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Hans Essaadi, Managing Director & Bruce Dallas, Marketing Director of GAB officiating the launch

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John & friends

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Introducing the new bottle

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Another view of the bottle



and of course the launch wouldn't be great without the beautiful Guinness Girls


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This has been a big step for Guinness and well, Congratulations on the new bottle launch! 

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Of Limited Edition PUMA Suede's and G-Shocks

Unlike normal people who like to buy clothes, gadgets and other accessories to keep them happy, I'm a little different as I find joy in having weird items and of course the things that are harder to get. Especially if it is limited edition and it attracts me, it definitely is a must have!

So one of the recent items I've got is the Limited Edition PUMA Sapphire Suedes in conjunction with the Puma Suede 45th anniversary. There are only 450 pairs in the world, and only 9 reached Malaysian shores. I was glad to get it into my collection, and as normal people had to pay RM879 for a pair, I managed to get it 20% cheaper since i work closely with Puma. Yay! 

Have a look:

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As for my 2nd item I recently got is the Limited Edition New Era x G-SHOCK GA-110NE-9A which was made in conjunction wit G-Shock's 30th Anniversary. Black and Gold in colour, it strikes out as a watch that can't be missed! It isn't available in Malaysia so I had to order it over from Singapore.

Some of you may know that I love collecting time pieces, and this is probably the 13th watch in my collection :)

This Limited Edition New Era x G-SHOCK GA-110NE-9A even comes with a flat brimmed cap which cases the watch

Have a look:

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These are the things that make me happy and I'm just sharing my joy with you all :) Can't wait for the next crazy thing I'll get myself! 

*Awesome quality photos huh? all taken using the Samsung Galaxy S4 HDR Mode

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Getting the perfect pouring ritual at the Heineken GABPS Academy National Finals

First and foremost, Yes that is a very long title! I've recently been attending plenty of Heineken events, and of course the rewards have been great! I won a Leica at the Heineken Legendary Voyage Tour, I won a crate of beer at the Heineken Star Serve, and well I've been given a chance to win a trip to Amsterdam for the Heineken GABPS Academy National Finals


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It all started off with a Heineken Facebook app, which I started to play at the Heineken Star Serve. The goal is to create the perfect Heineken pint which includes the Heineken 5 step ritual

- Rinse
- Pour
- Skim
- Check
- Serve.

The app was designed in order for the consumers to virtually try to pour a perfect Heineken pint and the top 10 were to be invited to the Heineken National Finals. I was lucky enough to be in the top 10, so I got invited to compete in the National finals (consumer division) where the winner would get an all expense paid trip to Amsterdam to witness the Global Finals


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Myself with Debra
*photo credit to Debra

I headed there early to Grand Hyatt, and eventhough I was sick to the bone with Viral Fever, I pulled myself together to compete (yes I'm that Kiasu, but who would ever give up the chance of going to Amsterdam?). The top 10 were taught how to perform the ritual as we were only practicing with the app in order to reach the finals. 

But well, of course It wasn't all about us. There were the real awesome Finalist which were real bartenders all over the country who were competing for the slot to represent Malaysia at the Global Finals. They had to perform a series of pours, and also flare around and impress the judges in order to get there

The event started off with dinner and it was a fine 3 course meal prepared by Grand Hyatt. Here are the pictures of the yummylicious food

*all Food Photos are taken using the Samsung S4's HDR Mode


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Table Setting

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Smoke Duck Magret, Waldorf Salad

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Baked Cod, Warm Eggplant, and Sultana Rasin Salad, Oregano Juice

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Lemon Mascarpone Tart, Raspberry Sorbert, Nouget Crumb & Chocolate Stick


As the competition started, guest were able to witness perfection at its best as these top 6 contenders have come a long way from when they started with 2500 participants. They showed off their skills and it soon came time to the consumer challenge!

I managed to pull off quite a good pint, but unfortunately, It wasn't good enough to win the prize of going to Amsterdam =( *boohoohoo

But well, there are always more chances in the future! 

Here are the photos of the winners


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The top 3 of the GABPS Academy National Finals

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The winners with their trophies and certs

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The winner of the consumer challenge

Well it was a bummer I didn't win, but definitely there'll be more chances in the future! it was a great night seeing their skills and of course the food and company were great! I wanna thank Heineken again for having me there! 

Monday, November 11, 2013

Bleeding Gums Solution!

I'm one of those sad fella's that is prone to bleeding gums. It happens when I brush my teeth, floss, sometimes even chewing food also kena (slap forehead kao kao). I honestly do not have the best dental record and also have the fillings to prove it (yes i'm a sweet tooth last time LOL)


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So since I'm having all these, I've been given a chance to try out this new toothpaste called TruCare Nano Silver Toothpaste for a product review. It contains a special Nano Colloidal Silver formula which is known for its effective anti bacterial properties, and leaving your gums clean & healthy


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Nano Colloidal Silver


I took on the 2 week challenge of using it. 

Key notes:
- Packaging looks nice and presentable
- It is covered with a  foil underneath the cap to ensure "freshness" of the toothpaste
- The toothpaste didn't taste much different from any other toothpaste, and its a little minty. 
- It produces quite a lot of foam in the mouth while brushing your teeth.


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Toothpaste on my toothbrush YAYYYY *okay i'm that lame

After the 2 weeks, it was quite noticeable that I didn't get bleeding gums often. So I would say from my own opinion that it works :) I would normally get bleeding gums while i brush & floss daily, but so far it only happened once or twice the 2nd week. There was an improvement and I think in the future days to come, it would eliminate bleeding gums once and for all! 

Check out my TEEETHHHH:


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So if you're having the same problems as I do, give it a try! as it is working for me :)

Check them out here:
http://www.trucare.com.my/v2/index.php?lang=en

https://www.facebook.com/TruCareMalaysia

*photos were taken using the Samsung Galaxy S4 & Note 3

Saturday, November 9, 2013

First Accident. Not gonna listen to slow music while driving anymore

Just got into my first accident boohoohoo =( I was travelling over to Jackie's house warming when I was pretty much tired after work and was a little sleepy. A mistake I made: listening to Phantom of the Opera Musical while driving. You know how slow those songs are and it would make anyone even Sleepier! Worse still, it was a bloody traffic jam happening all over KL

I was around Genting Klang Road, which is just like 5 minutes away from Jackie's place. And i started to doze off, just one yawn and PHHHTUMMPPP! I hit another car in front of me. 

Luckily I was only goin like 20km/h? since there was a traffic jam so the damage wasn't pretty bad. 

You can watch how it happened:




His car got hit quite bad, 
- bumper got dented in
- the boot couldn't close as the frame has went inwards

My car:
- Side of bumper has popped out
- Bonnet is dented and pretty much needs to be knocked out

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Lesson of story:
Never listen to slow music while sleepy or driving in Jam. You Doze off! 

Saturday, November 2, 2013

A 360 angle of your Butt with my company's 360 photobooth

First & foremost, Happy Diwali to all my Hindu friends celebrating it! I’m currently at Sabah handling a road show for Levi’s and some of you wonder what I actually do for a living? I work in a company called Cake Experiential Communications which deals with Brand Experiential Marketing. The key objective is to create branded experiences which impact the consumers whether its online/onground.

So as for Levi’s we have created a 360 degree photobooth in conjunction with the latest Levi’s Revel jeans. Levi’s Revel is made to uplift the curves of your legs and of course, your BUTTTTTTTTTT. This jeans is only available for girls so yeah, Go uplift your butts and become sexy as hell! Our 360 booth was made so that you can see how you look like in the Levi’s Revel jeans

All photos were taken using the Samsung Galaxy S4 in Auto & HDR mode

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As for this post, I’ll be talking on the previous road show at Spring Mall, Kuching, Sarawak. We headed over on an early morning flight (had to wake up at 4.30am BAHHH) but one thing was good, we were flying Malaysia Airlines! Of course with better comfort compared to some other airlines =P You know which ones I’m talking about. But sadly the pilot was terrible as the landing was crazy rough, probably wind turbulence?

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Andrew, Zoe, Kemmmy & I



As we reached Kuching, we headed to our residences at Citadines Kuching. With a great rate of RM209 per day, I got myself a nice studio apartment with quite a view.

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Of course for the first day, since it was free  & easy, we had marvellous seafood at an awesome price. Think about it, Lobsters, Prawns, seafood platters for about 100+ it was good!

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The road show went on for 3 days and pretty much I was doing tech support for the photobooth. What’s special about our photobooth? We are using 30 Gopro camera’s and  the total diameter of the booth is only 10 feet. We also have immediate uploading to social media such as Facebook (which is probably the first in Malayisa for 360 camera uploading). So In terms of it, it is very small & uses little space, and brand awareness of the product can be uploaded on the spot.

Why should you try our 360 photobooth? If you’re a Levi’s fan, you’ll get an instant RM20 off your Levi’s Revel Jeans & you’ll get a nice 4GB Levi’s Revel Pendrive for free!

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Here are some other parts of the roads how:

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A cute Levi’s usb speaker

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A VW Beetle all wrapped in Denim!



A fashion show was also held to showcase the new Levi’s Revel

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Towards the end of the road show, that’s the time I got really sick. Got diagnosed with Viral fever and it wasn’t pretty. Started to get a fever, flu, cough and also rashes all over my body. Got admitted into Borneo Medical Hospital and they gave me some injection jabs and some meds for the sickness. After a good 5 days of fighting finally everything went back to normal

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For those interested to come to the roadshow, It is still happening at Suria Sabah until the 3rd November 2013 and at City Square, Johor Baru from 13th-17th November. You can get more info here: http://revel.levi.com.my/roadshow-try-revel.php