09 April 2017

Ramadhan Buffet - Relive Nostalgic Favourites at Four Points by Sheraton Puchong


Let Four Points by Sheraton Puchong bring you on a nostalgic tour across Malaysia’s favourite dishes from yesteryear at the Selera Nostalgia buffet dinner. 




 


Choose from over a hundred local selections which includes Roti John with minced beef or sardine, spring chicken with briyani spices (ayam dara masak briyani), beef stew with coconut cream (daging masak gulai), Malaysian oxtail sup (Sup Ekor), prawn mee, curry laksa and more.





Pick from a variety of stalls that features the chef’s local highlights which also sets a nostalgic ‘kampung’ setting during your dinner and several appetisers such as the traditional steamed vegetables with peanut sauce (Gado-gado), roasted chicken salad (kerabu ayam panggang), traditional malay glutinous rice with beef floss (lemang dengan serunding) and fresh greens with shrimp paste (ulam-ulam melayu). 
 




Don’t miss out on their chef’s Nasi Kandar stall featuring delicious side dishes such as fried chicken, fish roe, crabs, prawns and squid, fish curry, chicken in soy sauce (ayam masak kicap) and lamb kurma (kambing kurma).
 





Last but not least is the desserts selection that covers up to 14 different array of assorted Malaysian sweets and cookies, sweet green bean in coconut milk (bubur kacang hijau), jackfruit or sago simmered in coconut milk and palm sugar (pengat nangka and sago gula melaka), and an all-time local favourite, dodol. The amazing array of dishes above will be served in rotation to ensure every visit to The Eatery is different each day.





Selera Nostalgia is available from 27 May to 24 June 2017 and is priced at RM140 nett per adult and RM70 nett per child aged 4 to 11 years old

Enjoy early bird discounts when purchased from 10 April to 29 May 2017 at a price of RM100 nett per person. Early bird bookers stands a chance to win stay and dining vouchers at Four Points by Sheraton Puchong throughout the festive period.

To reserve your table, please contact +603 5891 8888 or email eatery.puchong@fourpoints.com

03 April 2017

Review TP-LINK High Power Wireless N Router 300Mbps - TL-WR841HP

In modern day, access to the internet has become so crucial that it has no longer become a luxury, but an essential. The internet can not only be accessed by computers but also by phones, laptops and tablets. 

What has also become important is not only having access to the internet but having faster speeds enabling faster transit of data. Such speeds aren’t available through SIM cards on phones or tablets. This is where a WiFi router shines, its ability to transfer data at such high speeds enables one to access the internet wirelessly on phones, laptops and even tablets. For those wondering exactly what a router is or does you’ve come to the right place.
 


A router is connected to at least two networks, commonly two LANs or WANs or a LAN and its ISP's network. Routers are located at gateways, the places where two or more networks connect.Routers use headers and forwarding tables to determine the best path for forwarding the packets, and they use protocols such as ICMP to communicate with each other and configure the best route between any two hosts. 




The purpose of this review isn’t to question the ability of just any router. The router in question is theTP-Link TL-WR841HP. The MRP of TL-WR841HP WiFi router is priced at a decent offering of RM199 depending upon the local or online store it is purchased from. What comes as a sweet surprise is the fact that it has two antennas for better reception even though it’s being sold as more of a basic router. The features of the TL-WR841HP can be seen below.



​Highlight Features
  • High power amplifier and two detachable external 5dBi high gain antennas provide superior wireless range.
  • Enhanced Wi-Fi signal cuts through walls and obstacles, eliminating dead zones
  • Excellent wireless speed over long distance brings a more enjoyable experience for your whole-home network access
  • 300Mbps wireless speed ideal for video streaming, online gaming and VoIP
  • Easily set up a WPA encrypted secure connection at a push of the WPS button
  • Easy Setup Assistant provides quick & hassle-free installation
  • Backward compatible with 802.11b/g products

Zooming In

The TL-WR841HP we received from TP-Link was a sealed pack. The router as well as the other essentials were packed well. The first thing that might gain one’s attention are the two detachable antennas. Two antennas have been provided as this router has been made to provide a 4x larger range than an average router. What makes this router even more interesting is that it has been manufactured for enhanced WiFi signal to penetrate through walls, obstacles and even eliminating dead zones. 



Dead zones are the primary reason why consumers are required to purchase WiFi range extenders, often known as repeaters. However, since that wouldn’t be a concern with this router, consumers will be more than happy with their purchase. The TP-Link TL-WR841HP also comes with a 2 year warranty. The contents of the box included the following:

1) TL-WR841HP

2) Two Detachable Antennas

3) Power Adapter

4) RJ 45 Cable

5) Easy Installation CD

6) Quick Installation Guide

7) GNU General Public License Notice 

The router is perfectly shaped not giving it the appearance of a bulgy device but a rather fine, smoothly cut overall look. The colour itself is black giving it that classic, classy yet futuristic appeal. What further heightens this appeal is the top portion of the router which has a glossy finish to it. 

It certainly doesn’t lack much in the looks department and will most probably go with the colour scheme of the rest of the computer components, assuming they are black, which in most cases are. The router istelf is armed with 4 Lan ports, 1 Wan port, the power input socket as well as a handy reset button. 

Unlike some routers which require a pin to hit the rest button, the TL-WR841HP has a button which is physically visible from the outside and does not require a pin to press it.

 

Performance and Functionality

The installation was fairly easy as a CD was provided by TP-Link along with a pamphlet of instructions. After inserting the CD it was a breeze as all we had to do was follow the instructions on screen. This serves as an easy alternative for those users who aren’t accustomed to accessing the router’s web page. We used the web page as it does have a more detailed availability of options but is mainly recommended for advanced users and not first time users. One can do so by pasting this URL- http://tplinklogin.net/ in a browser’s search bar.



The TL-WR841HP makes use of WPS as well as WPA2 as a security measure. This is the most up-to date security measures included with almost all recent routers. Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) is a network security standard that allow users to easily secure a wireless home network, and connect wireless client devices (iPad's etc.) to it, without accessing the router's configuration screens, and without even knowing the wireless network's security key/passphrase. 

To connect using WPS, both your wireless router and your wireless client device must support WPS. Wi-Fi Protected Access 2, the follow on security method to WPA for wireless networks that provides stronger data protection and network access control. It provides enterprise and consumer Wi-Fi users with a high level of assurance that only authorized users can access their wireless networks. 


Based on the IEEE 802.11i standard, WPA2 provides government grade security by implementing the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) FIPS 140-2 compliant AES encryption algorithm and 802.1x-based authentication. There are two versions of WPA2: WPA2-Personal, and WPA2-Enterprise. WPA2-Personal protects unauthorized network access by utilizing a set-up password. WPA2-Enterprise verifies network users through a server. WPA2 is backward compatible with WPA. This router has both WPA2-Personal as well as WPA2-Enterprise as options.

The Signal supported by this router is 802.11g/802.11b/802.11n/802.11gb mixed/802.11gbn mixed with the highest speed transfer of 300Mbps available through 802.11n. 802.11ac is relatively new and not many devices support it and neither does the TL-WR841HP. This isn’t a dual bandwidth router with a frequency of 2.4-2.4835GHz. However, dual bandwidth and 802.11ac support is seen in routers which are all in a higher price bracket. Other features of the router which can be accessed through the router’s web page includes, Wireless MAC Filtering, Security including Firewall, VPN and ALG, Parental Control, Bandwidth Control, IP and MAC Binding. 


One feature which really stood out was the Diagnostic which allows one to check their ping using the IP Address or Domain Name. This saves one from having to do it the more manual, old fashioned way using Command Prompt. MAC Cloning is also very useful especially when ISP’s lock down the Ethernet connection to one MAC address. It allows users to clone the computers MAC Address. 

It’s also interesting to note that we didn’t need to forward any ports while playing online games like Battlefield 3 and 4, Dota 2, and other MOBA games. Many routers will fail to log in if certain ports aren’t forwarded. This can be very annoying for those whose Internal IP keeps changing. If the Internal IP changes, one would have to forward the ports all over again. Most of all gameplay was smooth and uninterrupted by any sort of lag or stuttering which usually implies a network issue.

Below is a picture of the various options available in the TP-Link's router page.



The LAN as well as WAN port speeds are limited to 100Mbps imposing a slight restriction on the router in terms of speed. This may not be too much of a problem with it as internet speeds don’t always reach those high speeds and connections which offer high speed service definitely come at an extravagant price. What does suffer, however, are the transfers over the wireless network being limited by the speed of the ports. 

The router is in itself a 300Mbps router which does what it says and more. The speeds transferred through it wirelessly was stable which is what matters the most. Speed tests were done and speeds were consistent on all runs. What came as a welcome surprise was the range that the router supports. Usually one would notice the speeds drop off as the distance increases. 


This wasn’t the case with the TL-WR841HP router which not only penetrated through walls but extended its range to over four rooms without any significant drop in internet speeds. This router not only managed to distribute wireless signals throughout the house but amazingly did the same for the second floor of the building. The signal was in fact available all the way up to 30metres away from the house making this a very affordable purchase for home use and more. It could also be considered a cheaper alternative for office use.

 



Conclusion

After all our testing and using the TP-Link TL-WR841HP over a period of time, we realized that at it's price point it offers a wonderful experience and functions extremely well making it a very smart budget buy. A consistent experience is what is provided by this router. It’s perfect for home use and can connect up to a number of devices without have any trouble.

Design- 8/10
Features- 7.5/10
Performance- 8.5/10
Usability- 8/10
Value- 8.5/10

Final Verdict- 8.1/10

18 March 2017

The Westin Resort Nusa Dua, Bali Celebrates World Sleep Day in a Movement to #Sleepstrong



In celebration of World Sleep Day, he Westin Resort Nusa Dua is encouraging an emerging pro-sleep movement and pledging to support the World Sleep Society for those who use the #SleepStrong hashtag to showcase their “best rest” on Instagram and twitter.* The World Sleep Society is an esteemed non-profit organization whose mission is to advance sleep health worldwide and who shares the Westin brand’s commitment to raise awareness about the benefits of a better night’s sleep.
 

Beyond social media,
he Westin Resort Nusa Dua continues to find new ways to empower guests to regain control of their well-being and get their best rest while on the road. The latest in a series of sleep offerings, Westin is rolling out a “Bedtime Call” at more than 200 hotels around the globe, giving travelers the option to schedule a restful reminder for when they should turn-in and power-down to get a great night’s sleep. Guests can opt in upon request through the Westin Service Express team.
 

Whether travelers share their #SleepStrong moments on social media or schedule a bedtime call, Westin takes the stress out of sleeping well on the road.  From the brand’s signature Heavenly® Bed and the new Sleep Well Lavender Balm bedside amenity, to the Sleep Well in-room dining menu, guests will undoubtedly rise feeling rejuvenated and perhaps return home with a new #SleepStrong-inspired routine.



WHO: The Westin Resort Nusa Dua, Bali team (Managing Director, Senior Leadership Team, Westin Bali Yoga Club, Media, Guests of Bali Collection, Marriott International associates in Bali.

WHERE: Bali Collection, Lobby A – ITDC Complex Nusa Dua, Bali

WHEN: Friday, 17 March 2017 

17 March 2017

Over 2,500 Share Boxes of Ayam Goreng McD Unboxed Simultaneously at McDonald’s Restaurants Nationwide Together with Marsha and Jihan Muse


 Azmir Jaafar, McDonald’s Malaysia Managing Director enjoying Ayam Goreng McD™ spicy with Jihan Muse and Marsha Milan

Fried chicken lovers rejoice! McDonald’s Malaysia has today paid tribute to Malaysians’ enduring love for its Ayam Goreng McD™- a classic customer favorite since 1987 - in the biggest Live Unboxing event on Facebook, in Malaysia. Over 2500 Share Boxes of Ayam Goreng McD™ was unboxed simultaneously across all of McDonald’s restaurants nationwide.
 
 Azmir Jaafar, McDonald’s Malaysia Managing Director at McDonald’s largest Facebook Live Unboxing Event in Malaysia today

Although the classic McDonald’s experience is synonymous with their burgers and french fries, their Ayam Goreng McD™ has long held a special place in their customers’ hearts and appetites – particularly here in Malaysia. It is encouraging to know of the favorable inclination their customers have, especially for Ayam Goreng McD™ spicy – based on feedback gathered from their different customer feedback channels. There is really no comfort more enduring than that delivered by a piece of perfectly cooked ayam goreng.


MC of the event


Marsha & Jihan Muse sharing their McDonald's throwback moment

At McDonald’s, they know that good food goes beyond simply good taste. Their pride them self on using fresh, high quality ingredients that are sourced responsibly from suppliers complying with our global food standards. And the proof of that lies in the medley of sensations offered by the Ayam Goreng McD™; a perfectly balanced experience of freshness, flavor, crunch and tenderness that keeps our customers coming back for more.

Marsha & Jihan Muse enjoying their Ayam Goreng McD

  Azmir Jaafar, McDonald’s Malaysia Managing Director before unboxing Ayam Goreng McD™ spicy with Jihan Muse and Marsha Milan

The Ayam Goreng McD™ is made from chicken delivered fresh daily with every individual piece seasoned and hand-battered upon each order. Meticulously prepared and cooked according to McDonald’s standards, the Ayam Goreng McD is always served hot and ready to satisfy.

 
Everyone unboxing Ayam Goreng McD sharp at 1600hrs

To share the unbeatable Ayam Goreng McD™ experience with even more Malaysians, McDonald’s is also asking its customers to be part of the #mostawesomebite challenge from 20th March - 23rd April 2017. To participate, customers must convey their enjoyment for the Ayam Goreng McD™ using only their facial expressions and body language in a video below 60 seconds in length.


 Share your Ayam Goreng McD™ moment with #MOSTAWESOMEBITE

What’s more, from 20 March 2017 the Ayam Goreng McD™ will be available nationwide in two new “Share Box”– choose between a 5-piece (RM 23.50) or 9-piece (RM 39.95) sharing meal option. For more information about the new Ayam Goreng McD™ and the #mostawesomebite challenge, visit: http://www.mcdonalds.com.my/.

The Taaras Beach Resort and Spa, The Paradise of Redang Island


Redang island is known as Paradise Island of Malaysia and one of the most beautiful in Terengganu, east coast of Malaysia. The island has white beach with a clear water makes it suitable for snorkeling or diving.




At last, I get the chance to explore this island for the first time. Actually, there a few island in Malaysia that I never been before. Thank you to Berjaya Group for their generous invitation and also Starbucks, Krispy Kreme, Anytime Fitness and Floats2u Malaysia for their sponsored gifts during this trip.



So back to the trip! The journey to Redang took about around 6 hours from Kuala Lumpur with bus or car, and 45-60 minutes journey using boat from Merang Jetty or Shahbandar Jetty in Terengganu.




But for the guest of The Taaras Beach & Spa Resort, you have a better and comfortable choices according to the package , whether you want to fly using private aircraft by Prima Air from Subang Airport direct to Redang Island or you can choose to ride the new private boat (called ANSA) which been prepared by the resort from Duyong Marina, Kuala Terengganu to Redang.


 

The Taaras Beach & amp; Spa Resort is a 5-star hotel owned by Berjaya Group. So do not be surprised if you having great service like kings and queens during the honeymoon or family vacation here. 

 
When I arrived at the resort using their boat service , the resort staffs already waiting in the lobby with fresh juice water and soft towel. Because on early March, the Monsoon season is not yet over, winds and the waves are strong during the ride. For sure, you will get wet during the journeyto the island. Such a challenging journey! Haha.


 

So if you want to come Redang, the best time to holiday here is between late March until early October. The sea is calm, clear water, a gentle breeze and a lot of activities are available.

Among the activities available such as parasailing, island hopping, kayaking, banana boat, diving, snorkeling and many more. If this strong wave season (Monsoon), you can try surfing. It also seems difficult to surf. Haha! If you want the kind of quiet and relaxed activity, you can try the spa treatment provided.

 


 


Here I had a chance to try snorkerling. What is interesting that all the equipments and boat are all provided by the resort, so you just select the package you want and have fun!


 

 
Besides that, what you need to know is, The Taaras Resort  has its own private beach. So cleanliness of the beach is maintained , not too many people and the beach scenery is excellent. So there is little privacy for you to enjoy the beach here. It's really paradise!



If you do not want to swim in the sea and just want relax and sunbathe, overlooking the beach there are beach bars belonging to the resort. Can order juices or soft drinks for non-alcoholic beverages while catering seaside breeze. You can enjoy the wind until you fall asleep.



 



Story about sleep, you have many options for the type of room you preferred. If you want close to the beach you can choose a Garden or Ocean Front types. If you want the best sea views from the top of the hill, can take the Cliff types. For more info about room types that are available, you can see  here.

 



I'm staying at the Cliff Premier Twin. There is a bed for two, a private balcony and a large bathroom with bathtub. The room is connected with Cliff Premier Suite, which has bathtub overlooking the sea which is amazing! It was so relaxing during my stay in here.

   



If you want more comfortable fora large family or gathering, can try The Taaras Villa. The villa comes with with 5 bedrooms, living room and large dining room, TV 50 "full karaoke set, a reading room, and the most interesting is  the infinity pool. OMG, super crazy!





During the 4 days 3 nights my stay The Taaras Beach & amp; Spa Resort is indeed enjoyed and satisfied! A truly 5 stars experience. If I want to tell all my stories, might be I can do my travelogue book. Haha! Overall of my view, rooms, facilities, food, activities and services provided to all staffs are the best!

 
 

If anyone interested to visit and want to know more info, you  cancheck the official site The Taraas Resort atwww.thetaaras.com. And do not forget to share your vacation experience in here.

#BerjayaHotelResorts #rediscovertaaras #rediscoverredang #thetaaras #primaair #redang #terengganu #dekatje

*This entry had been written by one of mytravellicious crew, Anip Ishak as for "Media FAM Trip The Taaras" on 2-5 March 2017 organised Berjaya Group. Thank you for the invitation.