After the public off days in January and February, one of the most common theme at the office is people complaining about the lack of holidays on March and April.
Well, so far as government sanctioned holidays, that might be true, but for anyone who likes to enjoy a pint of Irish goodness every so often, there is always the 17th of March – Saint Patrick’s Day!
The 18th is a Sunday, which makes this year’s St. Patrick’s Day ever more convenient, since we can thoroughly enjoy the drinks without worrying about having to get up early the next day. Yeahhhhhhhh!
For those who isn’t familiar with St. Patrick’s Day, there’s a wikipedia entry on it; for those who already know what it is all about, here are some extra fun facts:
St. Patrick’s Day is one of the most observed celebrations in the world, enjoyed with over 100 countries. For the past two years, GUINNESS organized the celebration in Malaysia.
It is a national holiday in Ireland and island of Montserrat in the Caribbean
St. Patrick’s Day was first celebrated in America in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1737, which has a lot of Americans with Irish ancestry
Everything green is used during St. Patrick’s Day – green beer, green food, green outfit, you name it
Last year’s St. Patrick’s Day celebration in Changkat Bukit Bintang attracted over 8000 people here in Malaysia
Cities that organized St Patrick’s Day parades include Florence, Oslo, Munich, Copenhagen, Moscow, Seoul, Tokyo, Buenos Aires, Birmingham, Sydney, and the biggest of them all, in New York City
As with the previous two years, on this 17th March this year, GUINNESS is bringing back the St. Patrick’s Day Street Party at Changkat Bukit Bintang.
The whole street will be transformed into an iconic St Patrick’s street party from 6pm till late, there will also be the “Comedy Court’ with some of the funniest people in the region with their hilarious performances.
Do not miss out!
Other than Changkat, GUINNESS is also bringing St. Patrick’s experience to the following cities:
Upper Penang Road, Penang – 10th March 2012
Mount Austin, Johor Bharu – 23rd March 2012
Ipoh Garden East, Ipoh – 24th March 2012
Jonker Street, Melaka – 31st March 2012
At Sabah & Sarawak
KK Times Square – 16th March 2012
KK Waterfront – 17th March 2012
Kuching (Jln Tunku Abdul Rahman) – 24th March 2012
Kuching (Brighton Square) – 10th March 2012
Miri (Pelita Commercial Center) – 31st March 2012
All throughout March, there are special promotions in more than 2000 GUINNESS outlets nationwide. Get a GUINNESS St. Patrick’s miniature glass (5 different designs) with every 4 glasses of GUINNESS draught or a bucket of GUINNESS Foreign extra stout. There’s also limited edition GUINNESS St. Patrick’s t-shirt available every Thursday from 8th March till 31st March 2012 for just additional RM 10 in 178 selected outlets.
It is simply the best month for Guinness lovers. From the photos above, you can sorta tell that I am one of those people. 😀
Hop on to www.facebook.com/guinnessmalaysia for more information!
As with every celebration that matters, there is also a pledge that I urge you to take part in.
GUINNESS wants to make St. Patrick’s Day officially the “The Friendliest Day of the Year” by getting 1 million people from all over the world to pledge. I’ve put in mine, how about you? If we hit the targeted number, this will also go into Guinness World Records title for Most pledges for a campaign, be a part of it!
Head to St. Patrick’s Day Pledge on Facebook to do it.
See you at Changkat Bukit Bintang on the 17th March!
After the xmas eve party at my place, the very next day we headed to Gareth and Kim’s for a big feast. We were promised a home cooked dinner by Kim, but boy were we surprised by what was in store for us.
The dinner was for some 2 dozen people, but I believe there were enough food to feed at least two rugby teams, including reserves!
the dinner schedule, check out how many dishes here
First, just look at the schedule above to get an indication of the work needed for this epic dinner. Preparation actually started more than a day in advance (for the food alone), and longer if you count in buying groceries, gifts, and extra table/chairs for everyone.
chicken with pigs in blanket, bread, and cocktail shrimp
The photos you see here are some 70% of the dishes served, there are some that somehow escaped the lens. As far as I remember, here are what we were served:
2x roast chicken with lotsa pigs in blanket
bread roast in pork lard
3 x pork loin
3 full racks of pork ribs
2 types of potato
3 types of salad
3 types of salad
3 types of desserts
the super excellent pork loin and ribs
It was impossible to pick a favorite, everything were awesome. I can make use of some ribs and pork loin right now (or anytime) for sure!
Recipes of some of these dishes can be found at http://www.kimberlycun.com/category/homemade-recipes/
Kim includes photos of each step for her recipe too, super easy to follow. This entry is on the pork ribs we were served, I believe.
salad, couscous, and more
In the original schedule, apple crumble was supposed to come out at 8:45, but thanks to everyone being overfed with all these awesome dishes, desserts didn’t make their way out until 11:45 pm.
Of course, nobody complained, 3 more hours to digest is a good thing. 😀
seafood bisque and desserts
As with the slightly more mature theme this year, no one passed out from drinking too much, though many almost have a coma from all the food.
we were all very well fed at the end of the night
At the end of the night, Gareth & Kim played Santa & Santarina and distributed carefully chosen gifts to everyone. That was especially a sweet touch, thanks guys, and lets do this again next year and every year.
The first xmas eve party that I hosted was all the way back in 2005, which actually didn’t feel at all like it was already 6 years ago, with everyone still talking about Douglas’s epic puke fest after having one drink too many.
After last year’s absence (we spent xmas eve at Suan’s), the 5th installment of xmas eve party at my place resumes, and this time around we decided to have it back to basic – without the buffet line, satay man, or sponsored beer.
A big thank you to everyone who shows up, and even bigger thank you to those who brought alcohol and home made red velvet cupcake (Lainey) to share.
Lance, Melissa, Michael (yep 2 of them), Li Ling, Lainey, Aaron, Zach, Vinn, Pearl, Derek, Celine, Yuki.
Eiling & KY; Lance & Melissa, FA, Michael & Li Ling; Michael & Ringo
Unlike previous year’s crazy binge drinking style, this seems to be the year where everyone sorta take things slightly more maturely. Everyone was just having a good time, sipping some single malt whisky or having a cold one.
No, there is no beer bong this year, and if you want to look at pictures of people passing out, I’ll have to disappoint too. Some might say this is a sign of old age, hmmmm…
The gift exchange part tho, was as fun as ever. Every year we had this rule, and I highly recommend that you do the same for your xmas gift exchange. I initially got this from working at Unisys in Cincinnati (man that was over 10 years ago)
every participant contribute a gift, and then draw a number from the box
smallest number start by picking and unwrapping a gift
next number can snatch the opened gift, whereby the person who lost it gets to choose another gift, or snatch another opened gift
you cannot snatch a gift that was in your possession before
Gift exchange was again the highlight of the night – best was the 1kg bacon
In essence, having the last number usually means you get to pick anything that’s opened, with only one unknown gift. However, even the last person can get his/her gift snatched if she (A) snatched B, then B snatched C, but C can actually snatch back A’s gift.
Loads of fun, try it.
The most snatched gift this year was from Lance & Horng – who contributed a whole 1 KG bacon and a small water feature thing. Those gifts exchange hands at least half a dozen times.
The funniest gift tho was from Robb, and drew by Kerol (after what she chose initially got snatched) – two bundle of bananas!
fire works; Gareth telling stories; bacon; Kim & Michael
I prepared a bit of BBQ (20 wings, some sausages) for those who happened to be hungry, Lainey brought her home made red velvet cakes (super yummy!), and at the end of the night we bbq some bacon too.
And no, this year we did not have any cops coming to end the party. Now that’s a first.
These are some of the not-so-brilliant costumes I managed to conjure up with for several parties over the years (ok, the one with surgeon’s headgear wasn’t even a party). I was a pirate, a hipster with fake glasses and fake mustache, and also RAIN (had a squirt bottle raining down on you, hohoho)
The last party involving any form of costumes for me was unfortunately, some 2 years ago, to be honest, I kinda missed it (and have a few pretty good idea since).
The good news is, there’s a Astro B.yond IPTV is throwing a party at the end of this month (29th Oct, 2011) with Hollywood & Celebrities theme!
Now maybe I can turn back clock and go as a super star pirate, now that would be something! (the costume above is photoshopped, but you get the idea).
The less creative minds can always go as Lady Gaga, 50 cent, or the easiest – Jet Li (just wear a kungfu shirt and squint a little).
To get yourself an invite, head to , leave a comment that shares If you could be a Hollywood star or Celebrity, who would you be, and how would you use the Astro B.yond IPTV services if you owned it. The best 70 comments get a pair of invites. It’s that simple.
The two dressed bloggers of the night gets an iPod Nano each and there’s a chance to win a home theatre system inclusive of a Blu-Ray player too.
Now since this party is hosted by Astro B.yond IPTV, lets talk a little bit about this service:
There are many things are essential in a home – a kitchen, a bathroom, electricity, water, a bed, and a dining table, to name a few.
Then there are these other things that we all want in a home to make live complete – high speed internet, flat screen TV with Astro HD services, Personal Video Recorder, Voice services, and even better still, a Video on Demand service.
While you can get the former from your kitchen cabinet supplier, renovation guy, furniture shop, TNB, and Syabas, the latter can now be obtained in one single package, in fact, via a single line that rules them all, and that is essentially what Astro B.yond IPTV offers.
For the geeks and technophiles, Astro B.yond IPTV service runs on fiber optic line that is capable of up to 100 Mbps, capable of supporting 2 HD channels concurrently, video on demand download, voice, and broadband speed of up to 30 Mbps. Now that’s technology worth mentioning.
The packages with Astro B.yond IPTV are pretty attractive too. For example, for a total of RM 248 you get unlimited broadband at 6 Mbps (with 30 hours of 10 Mbps speed boost) and unlimited download, 70+ SD channels and 15 HD channels (more to come), recording service, and video on demand.
And for those who prefer a brick and mortar presence, check out the Astro IPTV Concept Store at Mont Kiara, and you might as well get familiarized with the place cos the party is going to be there too.
Date: 29th October 2011 (Saturday)
Time: 6.30pm – 10.00pm
Venue: B.yond IPTV Concept Store
No.5, Jalan Solaris 2, Ground Floor, Solaris Mont Kiara
It’s that time of the year again, the time when Guinness is going to rock Malaysia on Arthur’s Day 2011 edition. This is installment number 252, yes, the famous black beer has been around this long, and will be around long I am gone.
This is the 3rd year running that Guinness is bringing in a big act to town for the celebration, and this year it is none other than Taio Cruz.
If the name does not immediately ring a bell, check out the video above and I’m sure you’d know the ultra catchy tune being played at every club that matters.
The big party will be at:
date: 23rd September
time: 6pm till late
venue: Speed City KL
In previous years, you can usually buy a ticket to the concert, but this year, the party will be exclusively by invites only.
For those who are interested, there is good news, I have FIVE (5) pairs of exclusive tickets to be given out here. All you need to do is tweet or post a photo of yourself on facebook wearing your Arthur’s Day outfit, and post the link on the comment box below.
That’s it, the 5 most interesting photos get the tickets, I’ll be the judge and decision is unfortunately, final. 😀
It is a Money can’t buy event! So win them here and good luck yo!
Remember, money can do a lot of things, it can even buy you a pint of Guinness like the one pictured above, but money can’t buy experience, some things you’ll just have to earn it!
the photos taken from Arthurs Day 2009 and 2010
Some of the best parties I’ve had was at Athurs Day 2009 and 2010. They say picture says a thousand words, so the above collage is an 8,000 words demonstration on the sort of time you would expect at this year’s party. Don’t miss it!