This is a pretty simple question – where would you travel for 100,000 KMs?
Going to work would be 20-30+ km for me, getting to breakfast? Maybe 2-5 km, a fancy place for dinner? Perhaps 20 or even 30 km away. A one-night getaway? Perhaps up to 100-150 km. Two day binge eating trip? Up to 350 km.
To put things in perspective, 100,000 km would allow you to go around all the states in peninsular Malaysia almost 50 times!
Bean sprout chicken rice at Ipoh, laksa and char kuih teow in Penang, fish filet curry mee at Alor Setar, tomyam up North, nasi kerabu at Kota Bharu, keropok lekor at Kuala Terengganu, stuffed crab over at Kuantan, kuih teow kia by Johor, satey celup at Melaka, Seremban beef noodle/crab, and then back to Selangor for some good old fashion bak kut teh.
Around, around, and around in this great nation of food that is Malaysia, and we’re only talking about peninsular. If you hop over to Sabah, Sarawak, and Borneo, there are even more opportunity to explore.
All of which can be done with on your favorite mode of transportation, which more often than not, would come in the form of a vehicle with 4 wheels, which in turn, needs a set of good tyres.
Now imagine if the longevity of the tyres is something you don’t need to worry about. Check out the following video:
Goodyear Assurance DuraPlus is a tyre that’s engineered to take it all the way – up to 100,000 km on the road. The tyre is reinforced with DuPont™ Kevlar® technology that provides added protection as well.
Check out the other features & benefits:
For longer lasting tread
Reinforced layer from DuPont™ Kevlar® for added protection against road hazard. An additional layer of lightweight material that is used to reinforce/strengthen the tire for enhanced protection and durability.
Advanced Carbon Based Tread Compound
The compound with higher carbon content provides higher resistance to road wear, thus improving tread wear performance.
Optimized Wide Face Cavity
The larger tread width design from optimized cavity shape puts more wearable rubber in contact with the road.
Asymmetric Tread Design for Precise Handling
Asymmetric tread design places more rubber on the outside shoulder providing increased grip during cornering.
Apart from that, Goodyear Assurance DuraPlus is also under the programme of Worry Free Assurance; where your tyres are insured from the nasty road hazard damages. This programme also covers damages from manmade mishap, such as puncture, cut and buglers impact. Pretty cool initiative by the company for their client. Click here to know more.
So for those of you who loves to travel for makan or putting on mileage on the car for any other purpose at all, Goodyear Assurance DuraPlus is definitely something to check out if you are due for a new set of shoes for the car.
It goes without saying that I’m pretty adventurous when it comes to seeking for food, there’s almost no place too far or too difficult if the food is awesome. And to accomplish my craving for good food, my tool of choice is often my trusted Japanese lady – the MR2 that’s older than most recent new graduates.
I’ve been driving this car going to and from kopitiam, restaurants, work, Penang, Ipoh, Bukit Tinggi, Genting, and other places for some ten years now. While I try to be safe and ensure that my 4-point seat belt is used properly at all time, there’s always that extra protection that one needs to feel truly covered.
And this is where Zurich CoPilot can come into play.
In essence, the CoPilot is one card that has many roles. For RM 280 (plus GST), it provides three key features:
Safety : Legal Assistance
Unlimited access to professional legal assistance
24/7 legal assistance & services
Easy, convenient & interactive
Protection : Insurance Solutions
Protect yourself, your loved ones and your passengers
Safeguard your personal valuables
Ease your financial burden
Convenience : Other Services
Prepaid electronic cash card services through Touch ‘n Go
Simple, convenient & secure by just a swipe away
24 hours roadside assistance across the country
In case of any trouble on the road, such as collisions or any fender-bender, the CoPilot holder can call to get advise on legal proceedings and insurance policy solutions. This can be done via phone consultation, face to face, or even court representation.
CoPilot will be available soon, stay tuned for more updates at www.copilot.com.my or contact CoPilot hotline at 1300 30 20 10
There’s also Pilot Plus to protect your passenger(s) while traveling in the same vehicle, Pilot Protect to safeguard personal valuables when traveling in own vehicle, Auto Pilot to ease financial burden when any mishap happens, and On-Time Arrival – the all important round the clock roadside assistance across the nation (this is probably most important for me).
Head to a Zurich branch near you to find out more. Coincidentally, the nearest branch in PJ is at SS3, a mere 5 minutes bicycle ride from me!
There are 6 branches in Klang Valley, so you don’t have to travel far to get to one. I find it better to speak to representative face to face, but if you prefer, there’s always the choice of doing it via phone/website as well.
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 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
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 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
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
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
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
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
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.