04 August 2016

Blood Donation Drive 3.0 at 25 MBO Cinemas Nationwide to provide Relief for Shortage of Blood During Aidilfitri Festival

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Petaling Jaya: MBO Cinemas is continuing its third annual partnership with St John Ambulance of Malaysia to host a blood donation drive to contribute to the National Blood Centre (PDN). Organisers are expecting to reach the target of 5,000 pints of blood at this event, fondly known as Blood Donation Drive 3.0.

Taking place at 25 locations of MBO Cinemas nationwide from 12pm to 6pm on 5-6 August in Kedah and Johore plus 6-7 August for the rest of Malaysia, trained personnel from St John Ambulance of Malaysia will be on hand to assist the staff from PDN.



With the recent Hari Raya fasting month and holiday season, it is timely for the blood donation drive to continue to build up the availability of blood.


MBO Cinemas CEO Mr Lim Eng Hee (left) presenting the RM10,000 contribution to National Secretary General of St John Ambulance of Malaysia Dato' Yeo Kim Thong​
Apart from saving lives, blood donors will have additional reasons to participate as they will receive a goodie bag which consist of a free cinema ticket, MBO Cinemas movie merchandises, food, drinks and pharmaceutical gifts from our generous partners.

In conjunction with all these efforts, a teeth-in-cheek promotional video has been created that will be aired in all 26 MBO cinemas, starring Taring returning for the second time now all grownup, several weeks in advance to promote the Blood Donation Drive 3.0 to the audiences and create enthusiasm while taking away the fear and phobia associated with donating blood.

In 2015, MBO Cinemas and St John Ambulance of Malaysia collaborated together and collected 4,052 pints of life-saving blood which is almost quadruple the 2014 collection of 1,065 pints. Under the tagline “1 Pint Saves 3 Lives”, these donations from two years alone have already saved more than 15,000 lives.

From left: Dr Noryati bt Abu Amin, Director of National Blood Centre, Mr Lim Eng Hee, CEO of MBO Cinemas and Dato' Yeo Kim Thong, National Secretary General of St John Ambulance of Malaysia sharing on BDD3.0 with the media

Mr Lim Eng Hee, CEO of MBO Cinemas said: " With this engaging charitable endeavour, MBO Cinemas hopes to further stamp our presence in the community, together with our core values of fun and entertaining, and yet a meaningful community work.

“This event will be a quintessential way of bringing people together under the banner of a common cause, promoting a sense of contribution and responsibility that in turn makes us all better human beings."

In return of St. John Ambulance continuous support, MBO Cinemas will donate RM10,000 as a token of appreciation for their assistance in this nationwide blood donation campaign.

Regarding the blood donation drive, Dato' Yeo Kim Thong, National Secretary General of St John Ambulance of Malaysia stated that he was pleased to see corporations like MBO Cinemas taking an active interest in the communities and hoping that this effort will inspire more to come forward and contribute to the national aid causes, as it would not only help Malaysia at large but also boosts the confidence of the volunteers from St John Ambulance of  Malaysia.        
                           
Sponsors of BDD3.0 all set for championing a great cause!​

Dr Noryati bt Abu Amin, Director of National Blood Centre added that contributions like this help save many lives every day and events like these are a wonderful way to raise awareness about the process of blood donation and how it is a great way to give back and help the community.

Also in attendance at today’s event was Mr Cheah Chun Wai, MBO Cinemas Director of Marketing & Sales; Ms Mariam Yazmin El-Bacha, MBO Cinemas Director of Operations as well as representatives from sponsors including Etika Holdings Sdn Bhd, Newvos Sdn Bhd, Sonofax Sdn Bhd, Caring Pharmacy and brands such as Revive and Goodday Milk, V Plus, Boh, Cadbury, Darlie, Nando’s and Snekku.


About MBO Cinemas

With 26 locations and 191 screens nationwide, MBO Cinemas offers a comfortable, exciting and memorable cinematic experience for movie goers. MBO Cinemas has introduced new innovations by adding on to the existing impressive cinema technology that it already has in every one of its outlets nationwide, including actuator seats that vibrate with the sound of the movie plus all-new Auro 11.1 3D sound system, which provides 3 layers of speakers (as opposed to the conventional 2 layers) that simulate the most natural 3D acousticsm, giving patrons an immersive movie-going experience at the following venues:

1)      Actuator seats: Halls 1,2 and 7 at Citta Mall-Ara Damansara,
         Halls 1 and 2 at Imago Mall Kota Kinabalu (the first of its kind in Malaysia)

2)     Auro 11.1: 1 hall each at MBO Spring- Kuching, MBO Imago Mall-KK,

        MBO Subang Parade, Mbo KL festival City and MBO KSL, JB

3)    Premier Hall with exclusive lounge at MBO The Spring, Kuching

You can catch blockbuster movies anytime you want with MBO’s “Blockbuster Every 20 Minutes” - which screens blockbuster movies every 20 minutes during peak hours so that you don’t need to wait for long to catch your favourite movies.

For more exciting deals & info, log on to www.mbocinemas.com

22 June 2016

Hotel Review – Kuala Lumpur – Pacific Express Hotel Central Market - Cheap Hotel in KL with rooftop Swimming Pool


When I searched about cheap hotel in KL with swimming pool facility, this hotel came out in the search result. After reading some reviews in TripAdvisor and Booking.com, I decided to stay here for 1 night. And here is my review regarding my stay.


Details of my stay
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Date: November 2015
Room: Standard Room with Double Bed (No Window)
Price: RM130 Click here to check the best rate!
Book through: Booking.com
Breakfast: No

 

 


Why I decided to stay here?
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1. First of all, because the hotel has swimming pool at their rooftop which is awesome.
2. The price is quiet cheap for hotel with swimming pool and gym facilities.
3. The location. It is situated at the middle of Central Market, Padang Merdeka & Masjid Jamek.
4. Just a few meter from my office. My HQ office is situated at Dayabumi building, which is really near.


My experiences
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1. Check-in – The check-in process was smooth and fast. Did not encountered any problem. The staffs were helpful and professional.
2. Lobby interior – Simple and nothing to brag about and a little wonder they said this is 4star hotel
3. Lift – Big and fast. Feel secured.
4. Room – Quiet cozy compared to the price I pay. No window is the disadvantage but I was aware during the booking process as it was mentioned on the booking.
5. Bathroom quite big.



Love
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1. Comfortable bed
2. Awesome swimming pool but the city view. But some of the tall building seem near and very awkward to swim around as I felt somebody watching me. Lol
3. Gym facilities
4. Lift quite big and fast.


Hate
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1.    No window. It was really hard to wake up in the morning
2.    Breakfast no available. But no problem as I always woke up very late. And the hotel restaurant seem very simple.
3.    To enter the gym, you need to call the reception to ask them to open the gym door.
4.    Limited seat at the swimming pool.
5.    As the hotel situated at the middle of everything, it was really hard for someone to pick you up as they cannot wait for you.

Conclusion
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Will I be back?
Absolutely


Address
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Pacific Express Hotel
Central Market Kuala Lumpur
Jalan Hang Kasturi
50050 Kuala Lumpur
+603-20226888
Check the latest rate here!: Pacific Express Hotel Central Market

18 June 2016

Sunday Market at Gaya Street - Colourful, Interesting and You should Be Here

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Every town should have their own sunday market. The unique in Kota Kinabalu is the Sunday Market is located at the heart of the city, which is Gaya Street the well known place for backpackers.

As its name, its only open on Sunday from 6.30am till noon. You can find many interesting and cheap items along the market. What I love in here is the souvenirs. I found a booth that sold very cheap postcard which made my day.

Let me take you around the Sunday Market in Gaya Street!











16 June 2016

Where to Eat? - Kuala Lumpur - Dolly Dim Sum, Nu Sentral - Halal Dim Sum!

 

I am admit that I am crazy about dimsum. When I was around NU Sentral, KL, I was searching for a place to eat before I went to cinema.


Like always, I used Foursquare (you might think nobody use Foursquare anymore) to find good place to have dinner. And then Dolly Dim Sum came out. I was prepared for the overcharge dish but I was decided to treat myself.


Dolly Dim Sum have many branches around Malaysia. One of it, in Nu Sentral just opened up. This might sound pathetic, but I came alone here.

The restaurant itself is a pork free restaurant which serving halal menu. Which mean, it is happy news for Muslim out there. Halal dim sum is quiet challenging in making. They need to find substitute ingredients which is HALAL to make it work!


Once I in front of the restaurant, I was greeted by one of the customer. I told her I was alone and she led me to the table. She put me at the table in the middle. It felt a little bit awkward because I was alone. But who cares, nobody knows me here.

I love the interior design of the restaurant. It was cozy and you felt relax and comfortable.
I was realized that most of the staff are Kabayan (Philippinos). There was no menu. All you need to do is to fill the order form. I was had a hard time to know what I should ordered as I am not really familiar with some dish name. But thanks to Mr Google anyway. Once you filled the order form, then you give it to the waiter/waitress.

Anyway, all the staffs here using the handfree radio transmission in their ear like a spy. So their services quiet excellent. Plus, most of them are good looking.


Anyway, what had I ordered for myself? Let see, I ordered Ice Lemon Tea (RM8), Siew Mai (RM8.80), Prawn Cheong Fun (RM11.80) and Royal Golden Fried Rice (RM24.20). Fuh, I was so full.

I had no problem with all the menu except for Royal Golden Fried Rice. I think the fried rice is nothing royal about it which worth RM24. Maybe if I cooked fried rice, it will more delicious. It only became “Royal Golden” when they put some amount of Fish Roe on top the rice. Ohw, on top of Siew Mai they also put it some fish roe.

Siew Mai (RM8.80)

Royal Golden Fried Rice (RM24.20)

Prawn Cheong Fun (RM11.80
Address
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LG.43 NU Sentral No. Sambathan, 201, Jalan Tun Sambanthan, Brickfields, 50470 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Contact No:+60 3-2273 1450

14 June 2016

Where to rent a motorcyle in Kota Kinabalu?

 

When I traveling solo, I will try to find a motorcycle to rent. This is because it can make my journey smooth, fast, and still within lower cost.

When I arrived at my hostel in KK City, I had conversation with the hostel owner. The owner mentioned about the company that provide motorcycle rental in KK City.

He told me only one and only company which called GoGoSabah provide the service. Just for your info, you can find the office at the lower ground of Wisma Sabah, next to Suria Sabah. Many travel and tours agent offices located at Wisma Sabah. And you will not encounter any problem to find GoGoSabah office.

Entering the office, I was greet with one of the staff which I thought she is the owner. Chinese lady and got some style.

I asked her about my intention to rent a motorcycle. You need to inform whether you want to go only town or you will go to long distance area. Because she need to choose the suitable motorcycle for you.

You need to have your own motorcycle driving license and they need deposit RM300 for each motorcycle. They will will 2 helmets.

They will asked you to try the motorcycle first, and when you think the motorcycle is quite good and safe, then you agreed.

It is advisable to book early with the company because the demand is high. Or you might getting a very bad motorcycle.

The condition of the motorcycle they gave me is not that really good but it is suitable to go around town only.

So, with RM50 per day, you can go wherever you are, without worried about bus schedule and the route without any public bus. Problem solve!



Address:
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GoGoSabah
Lot G4, 
Ground Floor, Wisma Sabah,, J
alan Tun Fuad Stephen, 
88000 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, 
Malaysia

12 June 2016

Where to Eat? - Kota Kinabalu - NOOK Cafe, Simple and Cozy


When I had a few hours left to spend time in KK City, I tried to spend my time with cafe hopping. And finally I found NOOK Cafe.

It just a small cafe but environment inside is quite cozy, calm and relax. The best part they have 2 floors of cafe, well not really 2 floor, kind of 1 and half to be exact.


Their staffs quite friendly and try to start a conversation with me. So, I do not felt like a stranger here because I was alone, and the cafe is quite small.


It situated quite near in the center of KK City. The location is walk able and you do need to worry whether you have a transportation of not.
 

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NOOK Cafe
Lot No. 10281, No. 8, Ground Floor,
Lorong Dewan,
88000 Kota Kinabalu,

10 June 2016

Where to Eat? - Kota Kinabalu - October Coffee House, Peak Vista - No.1 Cafe in KK

  

The first thing I want to say about this cafe that I am quite impress about the overall of this cafe. When I opened the entrance door, all they staffs greeted me "anyoung haseyo". I wondered where the hell I got myself into. It was like dejavu all over again when I was traveling in South Korea.



To go to this coffee house, first, you must have your own transportation. As I rented motorcycle, it ruins everything, such as my hairdo. I was using a WAZE to guide me.  As the name "Peak Vista", its mean the it is situated over the hill, just next to the apartment building. Many others restaurant is nearby.



For the menus, as I stalked their Instagram before, I know what to order. I ordered the most delicious Fresh Toast ever. Wow, the french toast sure got nice presentation and colourful. It was like my KK trip had been completed after visited this cafe


 

The green tea latte also nice and thick. I love my surrounding and environment. The staff quite friendly and they interacted with you. Its good place to chill out with your friends, or to read some novels or just want to have some Hi-Tea with your family.
 
 

For the price, it is quite affordable with the cafe like this. The Fruit French Toast only cost you RM8.80, the Green Tea Latte only cost you RM8.80.



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October Coffee House - Peak Vista
The Peak Vista
Lorong Puncak 1, Tanjung Lipat,
88400 Kota Kinabalu,
Sabah.
Opening Hours: 11am until 10 pm (Closed on every Wednesday)

08 June 2016

Where to Eat? - Kota Kinabalu - Kak Kiah Coffee House, the best meatball I ever taste

If you are visiting Kota Kinabalu and you are food lover, do not miss to visit and enjoy the meal at Kak Kiah Coffee Houese. I admitted it a little bit of the city, to be exact located at Kingfisher Plaza near to 1Borneo Hypermall.


How do I know about this coffee house? I Foursquared it, I read the review and I used WAZE to navigate me to here.



Even though the name of the Coffee House is a little bit "village" sound, because it sounds so familiar, the name of the shop become quite easy to remember. Who can expect name of "Kak Kiah" sound quite catchy?


The coffee house I can say semi hipster and they served real food. Once you entered the coffee house, a lot of colourful cakes and  you can choose from. I can tell you, it is really hard to choose!


The size of the coffee house is quite small, with pink colour wall surrounding, and have a cozy feeling environment. 



I ordered Cheesy Meatball RM5, Blue Velvet cake and Candy Crush. I honestly say that the cheesy meatball is the best so far I taste, with RM5 only you can get quite satisfaction. There is no extraordinary for Blue Velvet Cake, normal sponge cake with blue icing. For the Candy Crush, it is actually a pudding in a bottle, and believe me, it is really hard to suck the pudding even using the straw.

Anyway, if I go to KK City again, this coffee house will definitely in my foodie list again!
Address
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Ground Floor, No 12-0,
Lot 109, Block D,
 Lorong Kingfisher,
Plaza Kingfisher, Kota Kinabalu.
(Same shop lot with Guardian) 
9am-7pm (Closed on Sunday)