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I was contacted by Amalina from Unreserved magazine to give my inputs on several restaurants I would recommend for dining on different occasions sometimes late last month, and now the magazine article is out. You can click on the three thumbnails below to access the full article in all its full PDF glory.

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I was joined by two other prominent writers in the interview for this piece, Sean of Eat, Drink KL who is usually first to write about any new restaurant that opens up, and Kelly Siew, who is as talented a singer as she is in her food adventure.

Unreserved magazine Oct Vol.1 (Issue 95) is available at MPH stores around Klang Valley, and their FB page is at facebook.com/unreservedmagazine. Thank you Amalina.

Remember a little while ago I wrote a little bit about Sharp air conditioning and highlighted their Plasmacluster Ion technology? Well, today we’re going to look at one of Sharp’s most popular and trusted products – their Air Purifier with the same Plasmacluster technology.

I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to see how well the FP-E50E Air Purifier works in our environment.

Sharp Air Purifier with Plasmacluster in the box
Haze at work, next to a Sharp Air Purifier with Plasmacluster in the box

See, I have a somewhat allergy prone fiancee and three cats at home, throw in Malaysia’s less than ideal air quality during hazy season and the occasional chemical from Haze’s painting work (yes, her name is Haze, not a deliberate pun), and you have a recipe for a lot of sneezing and coughing in the work room.

HEPA filter and deodorizing filter
HEPA filter and deodorizing filter

This is where Sharp Air Purifier comes in handy.

The FP-E50E model comes with both a HEPA filter and a deodorizing filter. The HEPA, or high efficiency particulate air filter, is able to remove at least 99.97% of 0.3 µm particles, while the deodorizing filter works as the name suggests, removing unpleasant odors in the room the machine is operating in.

Then of course, there’s the all important Plasmacluster, which is Sharp’s disinfecting technology for suppressing the effects of airborne viruses, and breaking down and removing airborne mold. This technology is so good that you can find it in quite a variety of products these days, including cars, refrigerator, air conditioning, dryer, and more. In fact, there’s been over 50 million Plasmacluster unit sold to date.

These three technology works in unison to give you a much better air quality to live in.

Cendawan checking out the Sharp Air Purifier
Cendawan checking out the Sharp Air Purifier FP-E50E

One question that comes to mind for most people when purchasing an air purifier is the frequency in having to exchange the filters. According ot the user manual, the filters life is up to 5 years.

Whenever the filter indication sign turns orange (720 hours in medium fan speed), simply use a vacuum cleaner to gently clean the filter, and reset the indicator light, it is really rather low maintenance if you ask me.

Fan Speed, Haze Mode, Lock, Plasmacluster On/Off, Reset, Off Timer, and On/Off button
Fan Speed, Haze Mode, Lock, Plasmacluster On/Off, Reset, Off Timer, and On/Off button

One feature that I really like about this model is the Haze mode. Activating the button makes the machine release high-density Plasmacluster ions and discharges strong air flow for 60 minutes, then alternate between low and high level for 20 minutes each, removing the harmful effects of haze effectively.

I also find it quite useful when the artist at home does any sort of paint spraying job at home.

The Sharp FP-E50E Air Purifier with Plasmacluster looking good at our home office
The Sharp FP-E50E Air Purifier with Plasmacluster looking good at our home office

Other functions of the air purifier include an off timer, child lock, as well as a dust and odor indicator. I think maybe it’s about time to upgrade my smaller Sharp air purifier that I have in the room to something like this one.

For more information, do check out www.sharp.com.my, and to learn more about Sharp’s Plasmacluster technology, head to http://www.sharp-pci.com/en/technology/index.html

Additionally, there’s also a cuter website with Doraemon and all to learn about the product at http://sharplovelife.com/

If you’re a frequent reader of this blog, you are most likely someone who aren’t too different from myself – a person who loves his/her food, and if you happen to be someone who enjoys movies as well, then I have something that may fancy your attention – The Hundred-Foot Journey. Read through this article and I’ll also tell you how you can score a pair of Hundred Foot Journey in season Pass as well. hundred foot journey with Om Puri, Manish Dayal, and Helen Mirren hundred foot journey with Om Puri, Manish Dayal, and Helen Mirren First, the skinny – In DreamWorks Pictures’ “The Hundred-Foot Journey,” the opening of a new Indian restaurant in the south of France next to a famous Michelin-starred eatery is nearly cause for a heated battle between the two establishments, until Le Saule Pleureur’s icy proprietress, Madame Mallory, recognizes her rival’s undeniable brilliance for preparing masterful meals. And of course, watch the trailer: The movie will be released in Malaysia on August 28, 2014, and is actually one of my most anticipated movies this year. There are multiple reasons for this. First and foremost, it is a movie about food, the last food themed movie I can remember was Ratatouille, which I thoroughly enjoyed. Then there’s Helen Mirren, a fantastic actor with an Academy Award for Best Actress, four BAFTAs, three Golden Globes, four Emmy Awards, and two Cannes Film Festival Best Actress Awards under her belt. Furthermore, from what I can gather from the trailer, the cinematography looks amazing, it will be a visual feast. Hundred Foot Journey The movie is actually based on the novel written by Richard C. Morais that was published in 2010. I find that the juxtaposition provided in the story is something that we often see in everyday life, including the old fashion establishments and newer, more edgy restaurants even within KL itself. For example, fusion food often gets a bad rep among food critics, but personally I think that without restaurateurs who aren’t afraid to experiment and trail blaze, food culture cannot progress. Kinda like when the character Hassan Kadam said about the dish in the trailer when Madame Mallory commented that the recipe has been around for 200 years – “perhaps 200 years is long enough“. hundred foot journey poster I think this movie shows a lot of promise and I will for sure head to the cinema to catch it. For more about the movie, check out http://100footjourneymovie.com/ and their facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/100FootJourneyMovie If you want to score a pair of Hundred Foot Journey in season Pass, leave a comment with valid email below and state “Why do you want to watch Hundred foot Journey”. See you in the cinema!

In this August 31st, our beloved country, Malaysia is going to be 57 years old.

Many of you reading this (including myself) are probably not old enough to witness the birth of this country, but what a long way we’ve come since. Our blend of difference races, culture, and background in this vibrant society is what makes this country so unique, and is one that I will not give up.

I identify myself as a Malaysian first, and the love for the country is always within me.

ESCAPE Shots contest

For this Merdeka, you too can show your love for the country by featuring a person, a cause, a belief or anything that celebrates and promote the legacy of Malaysia by making a video and stand a chance to win RM 157,000 worth of prizes.

Here’s my entry to the contest, with Haze covering Sudirman’s “Warisan”, and myself painting the logo of Merdeka 57.

Entering the contest is simple by following the steps:

  • Make a video of up to 3 minutes in length with any device and upload it to YouTube.
  • Based your video on the theme “Di Sini Lahirnya Sebuah Cinta”, which is the first line of Sudirman’s “Warisan”. At least part of the song must be included in the video
  • Submit your video through a YouTube link on celcomescape.com or via DVD by 18 August 2014

Celcom Escape participating instructions

So, head to www.celcomescape.com, make a video and show your love to Malaysia!

Merdeka!

If you haven’t check out the inaugural The Star People’s Food Awards yet, you should. Head to mob.com.my to nominate and vote for the different categories of food every month for a total of 12 months, from June 2014 to May 2015.

I’m honored to be chosen as one of the seven judges for this awards, and last week, five of us met up at Menara Star for a small get-together and had a little chat. The following article is the result from the meet up.

The article is shamelessly reproduced from The Star Online titled “More than just good taste” on the Saturday, 12 July 2014 and written by Kathleen Michael.

Judges for the Stars People's Food Award
Ready to eat and decide: (from left) Wong, Kar-Yeong, Adly, Wan and Yong
are in the line-up of judges for The Star People ’s Food Awards

Since June, The Star in collaboration with Metro Online Broadcast (MOB), a citizen journalism portal, has been calling out to street food lovers to nominate and vote for their favourite street food eatery.

The initiative is to recognise the best Malaysian street food in the Klang Valley, aptly named The Star People’s Food Awards.

Each month, a new street food category is introduced and readers nominate and vote for their favourite category-based street food.

The categories include nasi lemak, chicken rice, roti canai and nasi kandar.

The award was set up to give recognition to restaurant or vendors who continue to excite their clientele’s taste buds.

It also hopes to promote and encourage culinary excellence in street food culture while preserving the country’s food heritage.

The people powered award is not just based on public opinion, as part of the decision is made by an esteemed panel of judges.

There are seven judges who know where to head to for the best of the best, but are able to debate on all things street food.

The judges comprise of blogger at pureglutton.com Chris Wan, food adventurer and blogger at KYspeaks.com Kar-Yeong, PR consultant, writer and blogger at jommakan.blogspot.com Alice Yong, FriedChillies founder Adly Rizal, HungryGoWhere Malaysia managing editor Joyceling Tully, Star2 Features senior editor Julie Wong and StarMetro deputy editor Sam Cheong.

Five of the seven judges sat down with StarMetro to share their opinion about the awards and the state of street food in Malaysia.

Kar-Yeong likes the idea of championing street food because he was of the opinion that the street food culture was slowly dying in the country.

“As long as people are aware of street food and where to have them, it keeps the street food culture alive and I’m glad to be a part of it,” he said.

Out of the 12 categories, the group agreed that they were looking forward to thepopiah and nasi lemak categories.

These judges love their street food so much that when asked, “What’s your favourite street food?”, StarMetro was given the grunt of despair by judges.

“We can’t just pick one. We need the option to select at least three,” Kar-Yeong said.

The judges agreed that roti canai and nasi lemak would stand at the top of the list.

As food critics, there are certain things they will look out for when judging the eateries and their food.

Wan said taste and price mattered when it came to choosing street food.

Wong said her pet peeve was the excessive use of Monosodium glutamate (MSG) by street food vendors while Adly said great street food would depend on the consistency and passion of the cook.

“Good food in Malaysia is easily accessible at a good price. Those who make good street food are the ones who do not put lousy ingredients and are passionate about their food,” he said.

He is against stalls or restaurant that lie to consumers about the food served.

“There are so many who claim they serve Penang char kuey teow (mind you, this dish is number three in his top three list) and then when you try it, it is nothing compared to the real thing,” he said.

These days, it is also common to see foreigners as cooks, dishing up street food.

“The taste changes as they wouldn’t know how it is meant to be,” he added.

For Kar-Yeong, time spent waiting for his food plays a role in determining how he would rate his meals.

“I can tolerate waiting for about 45 minutes, and will probably return to the shop once more,” he said.

Wan and Yong agree that Malaysian culinary students did not take pride in the street food culture.

“They need motivation like the recent win by a Malaysian in Masterchef UK to tell them that Malaysian food is on par with Western cuisine.”

“Otherwise, they take street food for granted,” they said.

They also stressed that there should be classes to encourage Malaysian culinary students on local dishes and not just Western meals.

The judges agreed that besides highlighting locations with great street food, the awards would also help Malaysians find restaurants or vendors who were unknown to the masses.

“I didn’t know about Restaurant Prosperity Bowl and when it was nominated, I tried it and enjoyed their chicken rice,” Yong said.

The judges also agreed that the quality of street food was changing and the awards would hopefully help restore it to its former glory, instead of allowing it to deteriorate.

The public can take part in nominating and voting for the best street food category each month by signing up on mob.com.my

Public nomination for the current best roti canai category is now over and voting will begin on July 15 to midnight of the last day of the month.

The official announcement of the award winner and prize winners will be announced on the first week of the following month.

For details, on the Star’s People Food Awards, visit www.mob.com.my