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We Malaysian are very passionate about our food, and undoubtedly many of us has the romantic dream of perhaps owning a restaurant/cafe some day. The problem is, we often envision the romantic part of the business, with very little preparation on the real world side of things.

Well, for those of you are an aspiring restaurant owner or a relatively new restaurateur, I would like to draw your attention to A Food Biz Workshop on the 22-23rd Nov, 2014 at Bangsar South.

a food biz workshop
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The 2-day workshop is organized by Ink On Paper Media, the publisher of “Mise En Place“, a dedicated channel for commercial kitchen equipment as well as a guide for F&B owners. There are four speakers from the industry who will share their experience and techniques in food business.

The speakers are:

  • Mr Carl Kjellqvist – Managing Partner for Focus Hospitality Incorporated
  • Mr Rick Chee – Managing Director of F & B Facilities Sdn Bhd
  • Mr Christophe Chatron-Michaud – Founder of Yeast Bistronomy Sdn Bhd
  • Michele Kwok, SOUL Society

Additionally, yours truly will be a guest speaker for a short segment on the second day to share my experiences and expectations as someone who dines out often, with some tips on what I deem as the right & wrong things restaurants do.

Charges for the workshop:

  • Published Rate: RM1,600.00 for 2 days
    Early Bird Price: RM1,280.00 for 2 days

For more information on Ink On Paper Media, go to their FB page at https://www.facebook.com/inkonpapermedia 

Event information and registration can be found on https://www.facebook.com/events/530880577045526/

See you there.

First and foremost, here are the few key points you need to know about Harith Iskandar’s Laugh Malaysia:

  • 8:30 pm, 29th Oct 2014
  • Stadium Putra Bukit Jalil
  • Harith Iskandar, Jason Leong, Papa CJ
  • biggest stand-up comedy event in Malaysia
  • tickets at RM 258, RM 158, RM 118, RM 78, and RM 38
  • RedTix Hotline: 03-8775 4666 or www.AirAsiaRedTix.com

Jason Leong, KY, Jason C, and Harith Iskandar
Jason Leong, KY, Jason C, and Harith Iskandar

Truth be told, Malaysia as a nation has been going through quite a rough patch recently. The MH370 and MH17 tragedies, impending GST implementation, UPSR leaks, Klang Valley water disruptions, and even the weather hasn’t been giving us anything to cheer about.

So, as Harith said, the only thing to combat all these disparity and tragedy that has befallen the country, we need to bring the nation together to stand united and resilient, through the best way he knows – via true Malaysian-styled comedy and humor!

Harith Iskandar and Jason Leong giving us a run down of Laugh Malaysia
Harith Iskandar and Jason Leong giving us a run down of Laugh Malaysia

A number of us were lucky enough to be invited to the media day hosted by VersaComm Sdn Bhd, the official PR team of Laugh Malaysia, led by Mei Chieng held at Espressolab at Kota Damansara with Harith Iskandar and Jason Leong. We got to meet them personally and talk about a little the event, a little about themselves, and a lot about absolutely everything.

Harith mentioned how he abandoned his career in advertising after obtaining a degree in journalism to pursuit a career in comedy and somehow became known as the godfather of stand-up comedy in Malaysia, while Jason Leong, a certified doctor who works in a hospital is currently trying to do the same, having a passion in stand-up comedy over the more serious career in medicine.

Joining the duo would be an international act – special guest Papa CJ, one of India’s most influential comedians.

a joyous media event attended by bloggers
a joyous media event attended by bloggers

I took the opportunity to ask Harith on the theme of the show and how much of it will be new material vs some of his classic favorites. According to the man, it’ll be over 90% complete new with a bit of some classic “best of” plus interactive visuals and live music. The theme would be from a mixture of daily observations about what make Malaysia, well, truly Malaysia, a typical Harith Iskandar style that we’ve grown to love.

As for Jason Leong, I’ve actually attended one of his first performances a few years ago in Zouk’s comedy night, and to be frank, he wasn’t terribly good then and I thought he overused the fact that he’s a medical doctor. However, I saw him a few months ago again and boy did the good doctor improve! He’s now a legit and properly awesome stand-up comedian that I would pay to watch.

Papa CJ has toured 4 different continents and even worked with of Russel Peters in Amsterdam, we can certainly expect a great show from him.

the media event was hosted at Espressolab
the media event was hosted at Espressolab

The corporate supports for Laugh Malaysia include CelcomFirst, Sime Darby Foundation, Seremban 2, MTT Priority and Pemandu, a percentage of profits from ticket sales will also be channeled to OrphanCARE, a charitable NGO that strives to place abandoned children in homes with loving family. Harith and wife Dr. Jezamine are abassadors of OrphanCARE.

So mark your calendar down, this 29th Oct, 2014 we’ll have the largest stand up comedy show in the country and it’s gonna be glorious!

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!