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A few days before the CNY holiday season got started, together with a few familiar faces, I was invited to the launch of PETRONAS Chinese New Year Coffee Break at the Tapah R&R’s PETRONAS station.

did you grab your free coffee this CNY balik kampung season?
did you grab your free coffee this CNY balik kampung season at Petronas?

For those who are not familiar, the PETRONAS CNY Coffee Break is one of the CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) programs run by PETRONAS Dagangan Berhad. This particular program has been running for the past 16 years.

It is actually a very simple program – PDB invites motorists to the participating service stations along major travel routes to collect a special PETRONAS Coffee Break pouch together with other goodies, including a can of Wonda coffee, Munchy’s Oat Krunch, Lexus Chocolate and Chinese New Year ang pow packets; and you don’t even need to purchase anything to collect the pouch.

PDB Managing Director & CEO Mohd Ibrahimnuddin Mohd Yunus
PDB Managing Director & CEO Mohd Ibrahimnuddin Mohd Yunus
drumming up the lion dance

As part of the same program, PETRONAS also contributes RM 20,000 in PRIMAX 95 fuel for St. John Ambulance of Malaysia in their effort to patrol major highways. This particular aspect of fuel contribution has been carried out for the past 21 consecutive years.

With the current fuel price, that translate to some 11764 liters of fuel. That’s plenty of miles on the highway.

everyone gets a free coffee break pouch
everyone gets a free PETRONAS coffee break pouch

PDB Managing Director & CEO Mohd Ibrahimnuddin Mohd Yunus and Retail Business Senior General Manager Shaharuddin Muhammad Sidek were on the ground and launched the program by initiating the lion dance (have you ever see a lion inside Mesra store?) and giving out the coffee break pouch to several unsuspecting motorists. They also took the opportunity to wish all Malaysians who are celebrating CNY a happy and prosperous Chinese New Year, and a safe journey home.

WeiZhi, Lex, KY, TianChad, Abang Nara & Budiey with the good people from PDB
WeiZhi, Lex, KY, TianChad, Abang Nara & Budiey with the good people from PDB

The PETRONAS Coffee Break program was held on the 14 to 15 February and 21 to 22 February at 39 participating PETRONAS Stations. I’m pretty sure similar program will be held the next CNY season.

For more information, head to www.mymesra.com.my. Also, follow MD/CEO on Twitter at @ibrahimnuddin to get to know him more!

Happy Goat Year!

February 19, 2015 11 Comments

I want to wish everyone a Happy Goat year, Gong Xi Fa Cai!


Haze performed a speed painting piece of Chinese art at Gardens (art misfits)

Enjoy the holidays!

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If you’re a Samsung mobile device user and haven’t heard about GALAXY Life App, this is definitely a post you’d want to pay attention to.

Undoubtedly many of you has already heard about the different hardware and software features the latest Samsung gadgets carry (such as the thumbprint scanner & heartbeat sensor on Galaxy S5 that I’m using since late last year), but did you know that there’s a host of other privileges that comes with owning a Samsung device?

Enter the GALAXY Life App.

The video above showcase a snippet of what the users of GALAXY Life App got to enjoy throughout the year of 2014, check it out.

First launched on the 28th Feb, 2014, the application has amassed over 2.1 million GALAXY members in Malaysia thus far. I am happy to be one of them, though I only started last December.

This application basically bring you different rewards, privileges, deals, freebies, and promotions every week/months based on where you are. For example, if you’re at KL and there’s a Baskin Robbins promotion going on, it’ll show you how far you are currently from one of the outlets. Get there, flash the app to the staff, and got yourself a free scoop of ice cream (I did several weeks ago, happy).

Here are some of the highlights from events happened in 2014, brought to you by Samsung Malaysia Electronics

Starlight Cinema:

  • Date : 13 to 21 June 2014
  • Venue : Bukit Kiara Equestrian Park

GALAXY members were treated to some of the biggest hollywood blockbusters over the period of one week in June, there were Man of Steel, Pacific Rim (I hope there’s a sequel), Fast and Furious 6, and even classics such as Sound of Music.

It had the ambiance of being in a summer fair, and complete with foods from 7-Eleven, Burger Bakar Kaw Kaw, Coffea Coffee, Crazy Potato, Gong Cha, Pizza Hut and SUB18 Gelato as well.

Lake Garden festivals

Kuala Lumpur Lake Gardens Festival:

  • Date : 15 to 17 August 2014
  • Venue : Kuala Lumpur Lake Gardens

I’m pretty bummed I never got to this event, but it sure looked like one of the most awesome festivals that’s packed with fun. I mean, there were free hot air balloon ride, flying fox, and low rope! Those are my kind of thrills, now where do I get a hot air balloon ride in Malaysia?

Other than the activities, there were also concerts by Richard Clayderman & Sheila Majid.

The event was actually a prelude to the 57th Merdeka and jointly presented by Universal Music Malaysia, Samsung GALAXY Life and Mojo Live in collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism, Culture, and Arts.

Hunger Games

Movie screenings & other deals:

One of the movie screenings I went to last year curtesy of being a GALAXY member was Hunger Games: The Mocking Jay. I thought the first part of the 3rd movie in the trilogy left something to be looking forward to, and hopefully Samsung is going to treat us again for another screening to complete the Hunger Games saga later this year.

Starbucks

Another deal that had overwhelming response amongst GALAXY members was FREE one grande Christmas Beverage on 18 Dec from 7pm to 9pm at Starbucks. It was only 2 hours but you can imagine the number of drinks that went through the various Starbucks counters that evening.

Well, don’t miss out, head to Google Play Store to download the application for free. Find out more at www.samsung.com/my/galaxylife.

By the way, Easy Taxi is teaming up with Samsung GALAXY Life and they’re giving out 3 free taxi rides worth up to RM 20 per ride, valid until 31st January 2015.

For more information about Samsung GALAXY Life, please visit http://www.samsung.com/my/galaxylife, Samsung Mobile Malaysia Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/samsungmobilemalaysia or follow hashtag, #mygalaxylife.

*Brought to you by Samsung Malaysia Electronics.

If you’ve read my previous posts about Transitions Signature lens glasses, you’d already be quite familiar with the technology behind it. The lens that changes from clear to darker tint with the presence of UV light with the help of Chromea7 technology.

So, how am I using this in everyday life?

Transitions lenses clear up when going into tunnel
Transitions lenses clear up when going into tunnel

Lets start with driving.

I have a mild case of astigmatism so driving with a pair of prescription glasses is something I usually do. Since my car is not tinted at all, what I like about Transitions® Signature™ lenses here is that I can always just drive into the Smart Tunnel with just one pair of glasses. When I’m in the tunnel, the lenses are clear. When I’m out of the tunnel, my lenses are tinted. Simple as that. No more switching between a pair of regular sunglasses and clear glasses.

in hair saloon and alfresco dining

in hair salon and alfresco dining

The lenses also work very well both indoor and outdoor. Since it’s activated by UV light, the lenses are always very clear indoors. The above pictures illustrate the differences between me in a hair salon (with my hair dresser hiding behind) and having a glass of watermelon juice by the walkway after the haircut. The slight tint is due to the cloudy day with some UV presence. Yes, there’s UV light even on a cloudy day!

me with Chaly, the bike that's older than most of you!

me with Chaly, the bike that’s older than most of you!

Riding my old school Honda Chaly is another great application for the glasses. Regardless with the visor up or down (my visor is not tinted at all), the lenses work predictably in the way the tint changes. Again, when it’s bright in the day, the lenses become dark, and when you ride in the night, the lenses turn clear. You don’t have to use different glasses for day and night riding.

Transitions lenses work great for mountain biking as well
Transitions lenses work great for mountain biking as well

One of my many hobbies is mountain bike riding.

For those who ride, eye protection is also something very important (other than helmet, gloves, knee pads etc) as there are tree branches, debris, and other stuff that may get into your eyes in the trail. Transitions® Signature™ glasses work great in this situation not only as a form of protection, but also adapting to the various lighting conditions in mountain bike trails. Very often along a mountain bike trail, there are many twists and turns like a stretch of shaded path covered by with trees and open-air slopes that are exposed to the sun. So within a short 10 meter span, the lighting can change from bright to dark then bright again. My Transitions® Signature™ Lenses are smart enough to adapt quickly and automatically to the mid tint when I’m riding under the trees and change to a dark tint when I’m riding in the open.

Well, you could say that Transitions® lenses work great in pretty much everyday situations, now if there’s a swimming or diving goggle that has this technology..

For More Info – http://www.transitions.com/en-my/products/transitions-signature/

Where To Buy – transitions.com/en-my/where-to-buy/

I remember when I was a little kid, credit cards or charge cards were such a foreign concept. We were wondering why would the bank actually give us a line of credit just to buy whatever we want, and how convenient that would be! There were also “older” people talking about how a man will be more eligible if he has a card.

Well, that was some 25 years ago. These days, most working adult carries a card for convenience. We use it to pump petrol (how else do you fill up a full tank?), pay bills, buy groceries, pay for movies, and more.

For those who has a Maybank Card and also those who are looking to apply a new card, I have some good news for you.

holiday destinations KY speaks

From 12 September 2014 till 15 January 2015, signing up to a Maybank premium credit card and be entitled to win 25,000 bonus air miles for Enrich and KrisFlyer. The following cards are eligible:

  • Maybank World MasterCard
  • Maybank Visa Infinite
  • Maybank Ikhwan Visa Infinite
  • Maybank 2 Cards Premier

Maybank Cards 25,000 bonus air miles for sign up

What can you do with 25,000 air miles? Well, I once redeemed my air miles and got myself a trip to Manila and volunteered for Operation Smiles.

You can also get a free return flights to Medan, Phuket, or Singapore and perhaps with the upgrade to Business Class as well for 25,000 Enrich miles.

Check for more details here.

cash back with Maybank cards

So what about for those who are already Cardmembers? If you have a Maybank MasterCard, Visa or American Express® Credit/ Charge Cards, Maybank is giving away more than RM3 millions.

From 1 October 2014 till 31 January 2015, spend with your Maybank Cards and get your spend on petrol, groceries, dining and everything else paid off.

100% cashback deal basically!

100% cash back everyday with Maybank Cards

To qualify for this, do the following:

  • REGISTER to participate via SMS DAILY (space) 12-digit NRIC Number to 66628.
  • SPEND on everything with Maybank Cards.
  • GET Cashback up to 100% everyday.

For more information, check here.

Volkswagen Polo sedan

No credit card promotion is complete without some interesting big ticket items. If you are into some excitements, you won’t be disappointed. A total of 5 Volkswagen Polo Sedan is being given away and qualifying for this is very simple –

5X Automatic Entries

  • For newly approved Maybank Cards
  • For new Maybank Cardmembers
  • For newly approved Balance Transfer accounts
  • For Balance Transfer accounts on newly approved Maybank Cards

5 Volkswagen Polo Sedan to be won

The good thing is, even if you do not end up winning the car, there are many complimentary gifts that you can get by qualifying for minimum spend:

  • 3,000X CBTL Contata Beverage Machine – Spend above RM10,000
  • 5,000X Desktop Refrigerator – Spend above RM5,000
  • 5,000X Barry Smith Elegent 19″ – Spend above RM3,000

For more information, click here.

That CBTL Contata machine really does look very enticing. I probably need to buy quite a lot of furniture/electrical equipment soon so I should start planning for this. :D