Thursday, 10 November 2016

MIGF 2016

MIGF Awards & Celebration Party Berjaya Times Square Theme Park




The Malaysia International Gastronomy Festival recently culminated in a colourful carnival as the Awards & Celebration Party took over the Berjaya Times Square Theme Park for a finale unlike the Festival had ever seen. The final course in the gustatory month-long event offered a pleasing platter of leather clad biker dancers, Harley Davidsons, roller coasters, bumper cars, fair games and the undisputed Oscars of Malaysia’s food scene – the MIGF awards.



A 1,000 strong guest list that included royalty, ambassadors, celebrities and captains of industry thronged the multi-levelled theme park which was filled to the brim with rides of all shapes and sizes. Gracing the event and to help bestow this year’s high octane Chefs their prizes was the Most Honoured Guest, Tourism Malaysia Director Mr Saidi Bundan, and Festival Royal Patron Tunku Naquiyuddin ibni Tuanku Ja’afar, who together with MIGF Organising Chairman Dato’ Steve Day dished out some 165 awards over the course of the evening.



This year’s roster of participating restaurants has been among the most diverse in the Festival’s 15- year history and indicative of Malaysia’s flourishing scene. Whereas premium dining was once the domain of five-star hotels, restaurants of all types have mushroomed over the years offering a wide selection of dining experiences. Festival goers this year had the opportunity to taste everything from authentic home cooked Penang Nyonya at Little Heritage House and traditional English pub grub at The Sticky Wicket to innovative Modern Chinese at Ruyi & Lyn and rustic French fare at 2OX.



The bulk of the action on the evening took place on the Level 5 Galaxy Station which contained a slew of high octane rides such as the Spinning Orbit, the DNA Mixer and the Supersonic Odyssey Roller Coaster which criss-crossed and looped its way around the amusement park. Ground based but just as action-packed were attractions like the Futurift VR Oculus Rift, the 5D Simulator, the Laser Hunter and the Haunted Journey offering festival goers virtual trips into computer constructed worlds.

Meanwhile, the Fantasy Garden on Level 7 was a kaleidoscopic playground of merry-go-rounds, flying rides and imaginative trails warmly lit under the glow of multi-hued lamps. Located in a corner was the auditorium where the bulk of the awards encompassing 29 categories were given out earlier in the day before guests arrived. These included everything from restaurant ambience and festival
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With the first part of the awards ceremony over, it was time to feast on some Malaysian favourites before part two of the evening which would see the main Festival awards given out, including the coveted Golden Cauldron. A lip smacking buffet which included nasi lemak, roti boom, asam laksa and mee curry kept the crowds satiated on Level 7, while the Galaxy Station on Level 5 featured stands by food truck Balls of Fire, premium ice cream Gelatomio and King of Fruits specialists Duricious.


Suddenly the thunderous sound of Harley Davidson bikes revving up a storm shook the venue, while leather clad dancers took to the stage. In true high octane fashion, Dato’ Steve and Tunku Naquiyuddin emerged from the crowd stood atop a pair of monster sized bikes and were driven to the front of the Galaxy Stage where the Festival chefs greeted them. The culinary masters were then presented one by one in sequence, taking their bows and striking poses in front of the gathered crowd.



Shifting the focus from restaurant to individual, the Chef Congeniality award was up next, presented to the most amiable and admired chef of the Festival as voted by his or her fellow chefs. This went to Chef Azizan Shukri of Savini who beamed with pride as he held the trophy high. Ranked in the top 500 chefs in the world, Chef Azizan’s flair for cooking is rivalled only by his good natured demeanour as evidenced by his win.


Then came the inaugural Golden Chef awards recognising the five most outstanding chefs of the Festival, and these went to Chef Marco Violano of Senja, Chefs Federico Michieletto and Simone Musu of Marini’s on 57, Chef James Ho Soon Boon of Ruyi & Lyn, Chef Darren Chin of DC Restaurant and Chef Many Goh of LTITUDE.



The evening had now reached its zenith as the final and most prestigious award of the Festival was moments away from being announced the Golden Cauldron for Best All Around Restaurant, based on standard of cuisine, creativity of chef, kitchen, service, entire restaurant team and overall experience. And in an unprecedented move, for the first time in the Festivals’ storied history, the award went to joint winners none other than LTITUDE and DC Restaurant.

True to this year’s theme, the dramatic dual win seemed to be the perfect way to cap off the year’s festival in high octane style.




That brought to a close the 16th edition of the Malaysia International Gastronomy Festival, and while the awards portion of the evening was over, the celebration lasted long into the night amid much jubilation. Chefs, restaurant teams and guests alike could be seen exploring the vast theme park and trying out its many rides, soaring, spinning and twirling the night away. 

If you'd like to find out more on the list on winners, click HERE!


Friday, 28 October 2016

Press: Send App launch with Jorge Lorenzo

SEND Launches Delivery App with Jorge Lorenzo

 delivering everyday goods gets faster and easier



SEND, the latest on-demand delivery platform, has officially launched their online application that aims to fundamentally improve delivery of items with less hassle of time. The event also announced Jorge Lorenzo, 3 times MotoGP World Champion, as their business partner and Global Brand Ambassador of SEND.

The latest on-demand delivery platform was founded by a young Malaysian entrepreneur, Dato’ TP Chin, who started the business after identifying the trend, lifestyle, and demand for a delivery application that enables community-building.

SEND is creating a community with an online application, which is now available on iOS and Android, that aims to revolutionize on how people does the delivery. The focus of the application is on-demand delivery, which items may arrive at the doorstep within 2 hours or less.
SEND also believes that using such platform and technology will provide convenience to people whereby people spend less time travelling on their own to deliver items.

“SEND is an on-demand delivery application-based platform that connects the Creator, SENDer and Recipient which we coined it as CSR. SEND utilized state of the art matching technology to allows the creator to choose the individual preferred SENDer to perform the job requested at the tip of the fingers and have the delivery done in secure and speedy manner.” Said TP Chin, founder and CEO of SEND.


SEND provides much versatility in terms of what can be delivered as the community platform has various type of vehicles; such as bicycles, motorcycles, cars, vans, and lorries. Hence, SEND allows people to engage large-scale deliveries such as moving furniture and delivering products in high quantities.

He added “We want SEND to be your day-to-day application which brings convenience to a person’s lifestyle. Our focus revolves to three results – efficiency, empowerment, and opportunity.”

As part of the vision of SEND, TP wants to empower more people to utilize the platform to earn extra income as the cost of living are increasing every year.

To ensure Creator to be able to track their items and have a peace of mind, SEND application is equipped with live GPS system which able to monitor the SENDer(s) movement when job is in the progress. Also, the rating system in SEND is to ensure the quality of SENDer’s services.

The founder and CEO of SEND, TP Chin, mentioned that, “With the ecommerce continuously growing in Asia, consumers expect to have more convenient options for delivery and at a cost that suits them. SEND is already working closely with few major ecommerce partners in Malaysia to integrate this innovation.”

The Global Ambassador of SEND, Jorge Lorenzo, added, “I like the idea when it was first shared with me. I could see the opportunity of this technology going very far. I am looking forward to see how SEND financially empowers people, because it has always been my desire to contribute something back to the

society, and I believe this is the right opportunity. I want to even introduce this platform to my own country to increase more job opportunity.”

Currently, the size of the SEND community has more than 10,000 people. TP targets to increase up to 300,000 by the end of year 2017, and the marketing team has already started promoting it in Klang Valley since second quarter of this year.

SEND has already set some plans to expand the global market in the near future. And Malaysia is just a starting ground for the team. They plan to go into the Asia market by 2017.

SEND is definitely an app to look out for as it will be making big waves in the delivery industry by breaking barriers and empowering communities.

Live: Face your Fears! @ Sunway Lagoon, Night of Frights 4 (2016)


This post is recommended for readers above 12 years 
old.......

THIS OCTOBER ‘FACE YOUR FEARS’ AT 
NIGHTS OF FRIGHT 4


EVERYONE IS SCARED OF SOMETHING!


As light gave way to darkness, Sunway Lagoon opened its gates to those who dared walk its grounds into the uncertainty of the night. From the 7th till the 31st of October, Nights of Fright 4 (NOF4) will bring visitors face to face with their fears as local urban legends, Hollywood icons, and a modern dystopian story are brought to life!
This year, Asia’s Best Attraction boasts, “FRIGHTS, FEAR, and FUN” through only the best horror themes surrounding Asia, Modern Dystopian, and Hollywood among others as it manifests itself to present a ghastly den of eight haunted houses, six scare zones, and 11 after-dark amusement rides.


Asian legends take center stage with a series of local and regional based myths that survived through silent whispers at midnight from one generation to another. Screams start with CHAONEI NO. #81 in UV3D: Beijing’s most famous haunted house as a tragic concoction of love forlorn and guilt possesses a promising Opera singer during her torrid affair with the husband of the house. The Asian themes continue with DIYU – JOURNEY OF JUDGEMENT. Take a walk and delve into the unknown realm where your journey to the next life is determined by walking through your fate on the bridge. Then, there is the ever familiar yet sinister MALAYA HIGH SCHOOL where a crime so horrific has taken place in the classroom upstairs. Explore and discover the debauchery that has since deemed tightly closed, until now!

In KEVIL HILL, there is a cold evil presented at the highest scare intensity through a chilly underlying aura as this Modern Dystopian world takes shape. Uncover a world which is a mix of cryogenically frozen zombies, brought to chilling half-life following a massive explosion in the mysterious Kevil Hill Cryonic Corporation headquarters.




For those into Hollywood legends, the world’s most famous ‘hantu-crew’ help you wind your way through a very spooky New York in THE GHOSTBUSTERS ADVENTURE LIVE! Indulge in your fears even further with encounters at HORRORWOOD STUDIOS.





Rounding off the haunted houses is the spooky ANGOSCIA THEATER, a mix of fashion and fear, and of course, our own ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE celebrating everyone’s favourite undead.




Navigating your way across Nights of Fright 4, stay on the lookout for an extensive range of characters wandering around the nocturnal playground and scare zones with many great opportunities for awesome photographs.
So, be on the lookout for AH WING’S BUTCHER SHOP, a place still dripping with bloody revenge while, TANAH PERKUBURAN BUKIT LANG, is haunted by the screams of tortured souls. Other horrifying zones include THE LONDON FOG, KEVIL HILL TOWNSHIP, THE ZOMBIE WALK, and THE CLOWN COLLECTIVE.
Speaking at the launch of Nights of Fright 4, Sean Choo, General Manager of Sunway Lagoon said, “This is one of the most sought after events in our calendar and this year’s installment of Nights of Fright is the most exciting one yet. We have a new list of horrifying attractions that are inspired by a combination of popular Asian and international folklores that will send chills down your spine. The park will be opened on selected nights during this annual event encouraging everyone who dares journey through the many horrifying attractions during this spooky October.”
For doses of fun in between scares and screams, hop on a plethora of fun rides, in a very special “after-dark” setting. Buckle up and take on favourites with a darker twist in CAROUSEL, APACHE POTS, PIRATE’S REVENGE, COLORADO SPLASH, TOMAHAWK, WAGON WHEEL, LOST CITY OF GOLD SCREAM COASTER, FUN FAIR, GRAND CANYON RIVER RAPIDS, BUTCH CASSIDY TRAIL and VULTURES.
Details for Fright of Night 4 is as below;
Nights of Fright 4 comes to life at 7:30pm to 11:30pm every Friday to Sunday from 7th to 30th October including 31st October 2016
Tickets are priced at RM 58 (normal price), RM 50 (student price), with exclusive promotions such as RM 120 (one admission Sunway Lagoon pass & one NOF4 ticket) and Buy 2 for RM 80 (entry dates only on Sundays).

For more information, call 603 5639 0000, visit sunwaylagoon.com or connect to www.facebook.com/SunwayLagoonMalaysia.

Please take note that....... 
*This event is recommended for guests above 12 years old.  Visitors dressed in their coolest and spookiest costumes will be most welcomed, however, no face masks are allowed during event nights.