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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!

Instant noodle plays a rather pivotal role in many of our lives, I remember as a college kid many a year ago, there would always be a cabinet full of instant noodles in pretty much everyone of my classmate’s kitchen. After all, when mom isn’t around, this is the simplest thing one can cook up under 5 minutes.

Mi Sedaap Mi Goreng Ayam Krispi
Mi Sedaap Mi Goreng Ayam Krispi

In the earlier days, you pretty much have only either curry or chicken flavored soup version of instant noodle, but soon enough some of the more creative minds decided that making it a “kon lou” (dry version) would be pretty neat, so we improvised.

I also sometimes like to separately fry some chopped garlic or shallots to give the simple dish a bit of a kick.

Well, now we have instant noodle that is formulated purposely to be prepared the dry version, and with the latest Mi Goreng Ayam Krispi from Mi Sedaap, there’s even pre-prepared crispy bits!

secret ingredient would be the crispy bits
secret ingredient would be the crispy bits

I got my hands on a few packets of Mi Sedaap Goreng Ayam Krispi to try it out.

The instant noodle comes with three separate packs of seasoning. there’s the trio of soya sauce, chili sauce, and seasoning oil; seasoning powder; and of course, those crispy bits.

Cooking instruction is just like most instant noodle, boil it for 3 minutes and then mix well with seasoning. Finally, add the crispy bits on top. For a slightly more “complete meal”, I usually add an egg (either fried or carefully boiled without breaking.)

just add an egg and you've got yourself a quick meal
just add an egg and you’ve got yourself a quick meal

So how does it taste?

Well, I must say that it didn’t disappoint. The crispy bits do give this version of Mi Sedaap a little extra that I find quite satisfying. I also particularly like their version of chili sauce that has a stronger tomato aroma to it, reminding me somewhat of jawa mee, quite interesting.

As for the noodle itself, they are quite springy and isn’t overly thick either. Additionally the texture is quite robust and does not break into smaller pieces.

Oh yea..they are giving out HOT BALLOON TICKETS RIDE now.. So get some of the noodles and stand a chance to win the tickets!

For more information, head to facebook/misedaapMalaysia and misedaap.com.my

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/

What is the very first meal you ever cooked all by yourself?

For me, as I’m sure with many others, it will undoubtedly be Maggi instant noodle. Bring a bowl of water to boil, add Maggi, add the flavoring pastes, and maybe an egg for good measure, and two minutes later, viola! You have a meal.

In fact, my very first bowl of self-cooked Maggi was when I was still in primary school and probably 8-9 year old (without my mom’s knowledge, of course).

my university days in US
my university days in US

After high school and a couple years in college locally, I went off to continue my studies in the States.

My very first university was at Bemidji, this frigid winter wonderland that had temperature as low as -40 Celsius and was so far away from the city that Maggi became our number one product among Malaysians and many other Asians alike.

To get a box of Maggi, we had to drive about 7 hours to Minneapolis, oh it was so precious. If you want any favors from your classmates, perhaps to take a look at their assignment for “reference”, you cook a pack of Maggi for them. Good times!

my favorite dishes at mamak - Maggi goreng
my favorite dishes at mamak – Maggi goreng

After a few years in the States where I continued to have Maggi in my kitchen cupboard pretty much at all time, I came back to KL.

This was a time when the whole generation of new workforce and college kids found themselves renting rooms in Klang Valley without a proper kitchen. So how do you solve that Maggi cravings?

The local mamak restaurants picked that needs right up and we now have Maggi goreng, Maggi soup and the likes offered at those eateries. I believe Malaysia is probably the only country you find instant noodle being served in restaurants, we love it, and we’re proud of it.

Maggi Royale Penang Seafood Curry
Maggi Royale Penang Seafood Curry

Throughout the years, Maggi continue to refine their product and introduced to the market different varieties, flavors, and packaging (cup noodle for example), with the latest being Maggi Royale Penang Seafood Curry and Maggi Royale Korean Spicy Braised Beef.

Maggi Royale is Maggi noodles premium range, made with higher quality ingredients and springy noodle made from real wheat.

spice things up with a small prawn :D
spice things up with a small prawn :D

I tried their Maggi Royale Penang Seafood Curry that comes with real toasted belacan and seafood broth made from fresh prawns (added my own prawn for good measure too). Cooking instruction is something that we don’t really need to explain, and I find that using correct amount of water is key to making the broth thick and flavorful.

here's my Maggi Royale Penang Seafood Curry, with prawn!
here’s my Maggi Royale Penang Seafood Curry, with prawn!

The end result is a bowl of noodle that isn’t foreign to my taste buds, but also one that is markedly superior. It was a good start of the day to have this as breakfast. I like the broth that seemed to have a bit more character compared to their single sachet instant noodle (this one comes with 3).

Maggi Royale Korean Spicy Braised Beef flavor
Maggi Royale Korean Spicy Braised Beef flavor

Maggi Royale Korean Spicy Braised Beef is another product I have in my kitchen that I would be trying real soon. Made with thick, springy wheat noodle with meaty spicy broth and comes with real carrots, spring onions & chili garnish too. Soon!

For more information, check out Maggi Royale on the web.

Craving for Maggi (especially if you’re overseas!)? Well, tell us your story! What is your first memory with Maggi? Leave a comment below about your memory, and the 10 most interesting stories will win a Maggi Royale gift pack! Remember to leave your correct email address so that you could be contacted.