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I was at a cousin’s wedding the other day, being seated by a bunch of relatives mostly a generation older, and while you can guess what the topic of conversations generally falls on – whose son just took UPSR, who’s on medication for diabetes etc, one surprise, to me, was this line:

“My daughter very smart doesn’t need to bring cash, all use phone to pay only”

And that of course, was the indication of cashless payments now reaching the lexicon of critical mass in Malaysia.

grab pay

When it comes to cashless payments, or e-wallet apps, none is as ubiquitous as GrabPay.

Most of us already use Grab for other services such as e-hailing rides and food delivery, it makes sense to leverage on the platform and use GrabPay for everyday activities, which is one way to earn more of those Grab Reward points too.

dining at Mei by Fat Spoon
dining at Mei by Fat Spoon

The skeptic in me (and undoubtedly some of you) will ask if GrabPay is up to the task to be a true provider of cashless transactions in everyday life. And whether or not a person is able to live completely cashless solely on their e-wallet.

To answer this question, GrabPay has added more opportunities and brands to its breadth of merchants to enable everyday users to go cashless via the app, from mostly F&B outlets to now including hypermarkets, health and beauty retailers, cinema outlets and even convenience stores. GrabPay is also the first e-Wallet to adopt Malaysia’s national QR Standard, DuitNow QR making cashless payments more seamless than ever.

Grab ride using Grab Pay
Grab ride using GrabPay

Hence, the GrabPay Cashless Challenge – going one week cashless, with the aid of GrabPay as payment and carry on life as you would any normal day.

So, let’s break down what’s to cover for a whole 7 days of activities:

  • 14 – 21 meals (you don’t exactly need 3 meals a day everyday.. I certainly don’t)
  • groceries
  • rides
  • other supplies or gifts
  • entertainment (maybe)

Kenny Rogers via GrabFood using GrabPay
Kenny Rogers via GrabFood using GrabPay

For my typical 7 days, I usually go to restaurants perhaps 7-10 different times, food delivery another 3-5 times, cook few times, and enjoy free biscuits & coffee at office pantry the rest of the meals.

Some of the restaurants I checked out during this period using GrabPay includes Mei by Fat Spoon (their ox tongue was awesome), Gamtong in Kota Kinabalu (tofu pot!), and Universal Bakery (sourdough).

99 speedmart accepts GrabPay too
99 speedmart accepts GrabPay too

GrabFood was my next source of meal – Kenny Rogers (chicken), Mich’sology (poke bowl), Shepherdoo Restaurant (pizza), Thaqwa (roti telur for breakfast!), and DubuYo (soondubu jigae) where what I fed myself with. I also recently learned that GrabFood is now in additional cities around the nation, making it easier to go cashless as they only accept cashless payments.

I got my groceries at 99 Speedmart  too, grabbing some toothpaste, kitchen soap, and of course, the all important instant noodles for those late night emergency meals. Other grocers like  Tesco & MyDin accepts GrabPay too by the way.

Watson, cashless? no problem.
Watson, cashless? no problem

I also took a trip to Watson for some supplies and holiday gifts – I mean, gifting moisturizer with SPF protection works pretty much 100% of the time, the sun is a gift and also a threat, people!

Watson even had a 20% discount for certain GrabPay purchases, a win in my eyes.

It can be hard to keep up with all the different promotions every e-wallet seems to be giving out these days but if you’re looking for a list of GrabPay’s exclusive deals, they can easily be found HERE.

can you sense I use GrabFood quite a bit?
can you sense I use GrabFood quite a bit?

Other merchants that have joined  the GrabPay ecosystem includes Zalora, MBO Cinema, Mr DIY, Dominos, and more. I have a feeling my relatives, despite their age, will be jumping on this platform soon enough. After all, they are already using messaging apps, playing games, and watching online news with overly loud volumes on a daily basis.

All in all with the expansion of GrabPay touchpoints that includes different merchant categories outside of just F&B outlets and with their ecosystem of services, GrabPay is definitely one step closer to being the everyday ewallet.

I’ve personally been on several live aboard diving trips before, usually in tropical water and on pretty “basic” facility and level of service. After all, the aim was mostly for diving.

However, if you’re looking for this sort of experience in Mediterranean with top notch level of luxury, then check out Luxury Yatch for Charter at Croatia.

croatialuxurygulet.com has many options when it comes to chartered yachts, and if you’re looking for ones with everything for a group of up to a dozen, consider My Mustique or Lady Gita.

These yachts are 55 and 49 meters in length, with 6 cabins comfortably takes up to twelve guests.

Other than enjoying good food and sun tanning on board, there’s also a host of water sports to be enjoyed while on the trip, such as kayaking, paddle boarding, jetski, and more. Other fun activities includes fishing, board games, and with My Mustique, there’s even a jacuzzi.

For a larger group of up to 36, consider checking out Freedom – a 48.2 meter yacht with 20 cabins – 2 triple, 14 double, and 4 twins. Again, there’s water skiing, jet ski, donut ride, a jacuzzi, and even a small pool on the main deck

More details and pricing information is available on the website at https://www.goolets.net/luxury-yacht-charter-croatia/

If you’re looking for an experience of a life time, you owe it to yourself to check this out.

One of the most best things in modern living is convenience, we can contact anyone at anytime, have news delivered to us via the the internet, and of course, gets food delivered to us by a few clicks and swipes via services like GrabFood.

But of course, modern convenience also has some downsides, one of which is the increasing use of plastic as an enable. Plastic, however, is also linked to climate change and environmental pollution in several ways, from air quality to ocean toxicity, plastic wastes contribute to ecosystem disruption.

Upcycling Workshop, officiated by Shaz Mukhtar, GrabFood social media manager
Upcycling Workshop, officiated by Shaz Mukhtar, GrabFood social media manager

As the major player in food delivery business in the country, GrabFood is in a unique position to make an impact in reducing single-use plastic by working together with merchants & eaters to reduce the use of single-use plastics, starting with cutleries.

The first step GrabFood took is by introducing a toggle option in the app to allow customers to opt for single-use plastic cutlery. Next time you use GrabFood, please do not opt in for single-use plastic cutlery unless you are stranded somewhere and absolutely have to use them.

Jey of Biji-Biji Initiative showing us how it's done
Getting it done with otherwise waste material

REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE are the three major steps in saving our environment, in that order.

To send the message across, together with others, I was invited to participated at an  upcycling workshop conducted by GrabFood in ME.REKA, a makerspace in Publika. ME.REKA is a space where you have access to tools and expertise in making whatever you have in mind – be it wood & metal working, 3D printing, and so forth.

getting busy with it
getting busy with it

Our tools were hot glue, scissors, knife, spray paint, ropes, with material to be upcycled being plastic spoons and bottles.

By cutting the spoons and sticking them around cut up plastic bottles, we were able to make some pretty neat looking small vase. Check out some of them below, and of course, one made by yours truly. It was overall a pretty fun session and one that sent the message across pretty clearly.

succulent vase upcycled from single use plastic
succulent vase upcycled from single use plastic waste

So remember, for your next meal via GrabFood, please do not opt-in for single-use plastic cutlery and use those metal ones from your kitchen or office pantry. If your office doesn’t have cutlery, bring some metal ones to work.

For many of us who prefers a wide variety of food and sometimes just too busy or occupied to drive out for a sit-in-dining, the introduction of GrabFood has been a godsend. Day or night, just a few clicks away and we can have some of our favorite restaurants deliver their delicious meals right to the doorstep, how the world has changed for the better!

Makan Makan Malaysia - 31% off GrabFood

This year, for the celebration of Malaysia Day, GrabFood is bringing out the Makan-Makan Malaysia promo. From now until 6th of October, enjoy 31% OFF with your order (up to RM 31 discount, min RM 25 spend required) for up to 8 times.

Simply use the HOTDEALS promo code if you’re in Klang Valley with participating merchants, and HOTDEALS31 for all merchants in Outer Klang Valley ((Melaka, Penang, Johor Bahru, Kuching, Kota Kinabalu)

GrabFood, operating day or night
GrabFood, operating day or night

These are the participating outlets for those in Klang Valley:

  • YellowBrickRoad / Wizards At Tribeca/ The Red Beanbag
  • Village Park
  • A&W (First fast food chain in Malaysia)
  • KGB
  • Marrybrown (Malaysian fast food chain)
  • myBurgerLab + myPizzaLab
  • Old Klang Road Hokkien Mee
  • Hawker Hall
  • Secret Recipe (Born and bred in Malaysia)
  • San Francisco Coffee (Malaysian brand, with great coffee)
  • Inside Scoop
  • The Chicken Rice Shop

Additionally, there are  more than 100+ merchants that will be participating MAKAN-MAKAN MALAYSIA, memang plenty to choose from!

31% off MyBurgerLab, yesss
31% off myBurgerLab, yesss

I took the advantage and ordered two dishes from one of my favorite local brands – myPizzaLab and myBurgerLab, which worked out to be an excellent deal after the discounts.

Nasi Lemak Ayam Rendang Burger via GrabFood
Nasi Lemak Ayam Rendang Burger via GrabFood

My pick for MyBurgerLab was their Nasi Lemak Ayam Rendang Burger, which comes in their signature bamboo charcoal buns, a general piece of rendang chicken with telur goyang, sambal, fried anchovies, pickled, and even a layer of peanut butter jam. Take note, this burger is only exclusively available if you order on GrabFood or via GrabPay in-store! 

Definitely did not disappoint, it was rich, flavorful, and packs a punch.

Apam Baling Balik Pizza, one of a kind
Apam Baling Balik Pizza, one of a kind

Apam Baling Balik Pizza was the choice from myPizzaLab, a sister restaurant to myBurgerLab. The dish is a playful marriage between traditional pizza and Malaysia’s very own apam balik. Treat this as a dessert for sharing and you’d be delighted. The combination of sweetness and nutty flavor worked surprisingly well. The #ApamBalingBalikPizza too is exclusively available on GrabFood or via GrabPay in-store! 

Remember, you have until 6th of October to take advantage of the HOTDEALS promo!

Most human draws to the beauty of the ocean – crystal clear water, blue sky, and all that nature has to offer. I’ve had several fantastic experience in live aboard diving trips over the years at Thailand and Maldives, but if you’re looking for this type of experience in Mediterranean, then you would appreciate what Turkey Luxury Gulet has to offer.

While there are many ways to plan a group trip sailing across these water, Turkeyluxurygulet.com is the #1 gulet specialist for luxury cruises in Turkey. Starting out with how easy is it to plan: Simple describe the group with its composition, size, and dates of your holiday and they’ll do the rest.

The team has organized over 650+ such gulet charters so you know they’ve got it down when it comes to providing the best possible experience. Expectation is matched with the right type of gulet, crew, and itinerary with breath taking view.

Turkeyluxurygulet.com went on to inspect 573 different gulets and chose the best 50 to be in their fleet setting the standard in terms of quality, value, and customer service.

I also like the fact that they’ve listed their fleet with pricing information right on the website for easier budgeting. You can find these unique experience starting from 7,000 EUR on a 24 meter gulet with 4 cabins for 8 guests, all the way to something that’s upwards of 100,000+ EUR for an ultra luxurious experience on a 50m gulet for 6 cabins with 12 guests.

If you’re looking for an unforgettable experience over these beautiful water, check out Turkeyluxurygulet.com