28 February, 2013

Bloggers Help to Spread Love for the Children at The Ramakrishna Ashrama

Penang, 3rd February 2013 — About 40 bloggers and public visited The Ramakrishna Ashrama to distribute food, beverages and gadgets, sponsored by various commercial entities. It’s a philanthropic exercise not only by businesses in executing their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) but by everyone to give back to the society, thus making life more bearable for everyone in need. The event is made possible by Crowdpot Sdn Bhd (Event Organizer), Ninetology Malaysia, SUBWAY® (Suntech, iAvenue, & Leith Street branches), Chatime Malaysia, Langkawi Saga Travel & Tours Sdn. Bhd. and Alextan Artworks.

The Ramakrishna Ashrama (Orphanage), Penang is a charitable organization founded in 1938 under the inspiration and guidance of His Holiness Swami Bhaswarananda Maharaj who was then stationed at The Ramakrishna Mission, Singapore. Apart from spiritual activities, the Ashrama runs an orphanage, catering for both boys and girls with ages ranging from 6 to 20 years old. The orphanage admits needy orphaned children who are poor and need the help from the society to assist them with basic needs and education. The children in the home are given proper education and are well cared for so that they will grow up to be useful citizens. Besides education, the girls learn traditional dancing, cooking and housekeeping. Children excelling well academically are encouraged to pursue higher education.

How to help The Ramakrishna Ashrama?

1. Sponsoring a Child Program: 

The estimated cost to support a child at Ramakrishna Ashrama RM1,500 per annum.
The breakdown cost is as follows. 

Education: RM500
Food: RM600
Maintenance: RM300
Miscellaneous: RM100 

2. Donation: 
Donation to The Ramakrishna can be done only via CIMB Cares (www.cimbclicks.com.my)

Orphan Admission: 
A child with either no parents or with a single parent who supports the child can be admitted to the Ashrama under the following circumstances:
  • He/She is from age 6 and above. 
  • The parent or relatives has no means of supporting the child. 
  • The child has been mistreated or abused. (Referred by the Jabatan Kebajikan Negeri or community leaders) 

Other Information:
The Ramakrishna Ashrama 
No 37, Jalan Scotland, 
10450 Pulau Pinang.
Tel: 04-2270869 
Fax: 04-2278921 
Email: ramkorp@hotmail.com 
Website: http://theramakrishnapg.org/

27 February, 2013

Vault Wine Bistro : CNY Churp Out Celebration

After blogging about the wrap-up for Chinese New Year Celebration, I realised that there was another round of CNY Lou Sang to go! Why la so many times of Lou Sang, but I don't mind, because this round it was a #CNYChurpOut day with dear Churpers and Churpies. 

#1 CNY Lou Sang with Churpers and Churpies

Basically, they're all people from ChurpChurp.com, be it a Churp fans or the crew of the company. 
Vault Wine Bistro, situated a stone throw away from Tropicana City Mall was closed for this event that night, accommodating more than 60 of us.

Vault Wine Bistro, a two-storey restaurant outlet not only serves a wide range of tapas, salad, soup, pasta as well as western delights, but also offers a bespoke dining experience with fine wine and beer. 

A great place to chill after work, with lively music, drinks and light food.

Upon arrival, we were given a piece of red paper and Chinese brush each at the registration counter,
all we need to do is just to jot down your CNY wishes or draw something on it.

Look at the board, filled with lots of pretty drawings!

Picture courtesy to ChurpChurp

Entering the restaurant, we were surprised with the CNY decors around this cozy place. The creative team of Churpies had even prepared a polaroid booth and little stuffs for us to pose with.

Cindy, Kelly and FiSh

The very own ChurpChurp version of Instax film :P 

After some ice-breaking session, the good people at Vault unveiled the most epic yee sang I have ever seen! Beautifully arranged into the restaurant's name, "Vault", the yee sang is more than four tables long! 

Let's have the final round of tossing for the Year of Snake! :)

After the lou sang session, we were blasted with loads of fun and games. Winners for the Limbo Rock session could walk away with the huge Churp bird plushie! *envy*

After several games and Harlem Shake dancing session, sumptuous buffet dinner was served. It was time to bond with other bloggers and churpers with the companion of good food and fine wine.

Vault's Mini Chicken Burger


Vault's Sausage with Bacon Wrap and Egg 

 Vault's Bread Pudding 

Vault's BBQ Chicken Wings

Salmon Yee Sang

Red Wine; Merlot from Spain

The food at Vault Wine Bistro was noteworthy, especially the crunchy bacon wrap as I couldn't resist myself from having a huge meaty portion that night! I heard that Vault's German sausages are also worth a try, well I would definitely drop by again for more :) 

The Whole Menu.

Thank you for the ChurpChurp pendrive, Cathay Cineplex movie vouchers and polaroids.
Truly had a great night with the bunch of people there! :)

Picture courtesy to ChurpChurp

#CNYChurpout ended around 11pm after filling our stomach with amazing. Then had a big group picture with the Churpers, Churpies and Alphas before leaving. Happy Churping, and see you at the next #ChurpOut!
Vault Wine Bistro
A-G-7, Block A, 
Glomac Damansara, 
(Near Tropicana City Mall)
No. 699, Jalan Damansara, 
60000 Kuala Lumpur.
Contact: 603-7725 7266
Facebook: fb.com/vault.wineandbistro
GPS Coordinates: 3.133585, 101.630284

Business Hours
Mon - Fri: 10:30 am - 12:00 am
Sat: 5:00 pm - 12:00 am

26 February, 2013

Nadeje Mille Crêpe @ PJ 3 Two Square, Petaling Jaya

News spread really fast. Nadeje, the famous Mille Crepe cake house from Malacca, 
is now open at Section 19, Petaling Jaya

Since the day of its grand opening till today, it is flocked with crowd almost everyday especially in the evening. The queue is pretty similar to what you face at Mahkota Parade, Malacca. 

The layout of this new cafe is simple, with very limited seating area and a sitting couch for customers who are waiting for their take-aways. Upon each order, you will be given a waiting number, and wait for your food like how you queue in the banks. I think I queued for around 20 minutes there. 

We went there on a Saturday evening, and it was very packed and the flavours of mille crepe are quite limited. Disappointingly, the Original Mille Crepe ran out of stock. We were left with only 4 choices. So pathetic.

Choices #1 Praline Lover,  #2 Malacca Mille Crepe,  
#3 Berry Berry Strawberry and  #4 Banana Chocolate

Another issue here is the lack of seating area for customers, 
so we had to order something for take-away.

As usual, I will order a slice of Praline Lover when my favourite Original Mille Crepe is not available. 
I remembered vividly the taste of this hazelnut cake two years back when I was in Malacca, every layer of the cake consisted of thick hazelnut spread and grinded nuts.

#1 Praline Lover @ RM9.50

I can't deny that the nutty flavour is less strong now, but thumbs up to the thin, crisp layer of crepe. 
Aromatic and smooth, each bite is creamy and feels light in the mouth!

 #2 Malacca Mille Crepe @ RM9.50

What makes it being named after the state of Malacca? Well, because the crepes are layered with Gula Melaka as well as sugary cream. However, I find it overly sweet and the flavour overwhelms the natural smoky sugar coat in between the thin layers.

#3 Berry Berry Strawberry @ RM9.50

If you prefer something that tickles the taste buds, do try some sweet and sour strawberry mille crepe, that incorporates bits of strawberry flesh in it. The layer of strawberry cream topping feels simply airy and moist :) Definitely a luscious piece of cake! 

Other than that, Nadeje had a huge variety of coffee and tea to complete the perfect tea of the day.
So far, I hadn't seen other dessert products such as the doughnuts, pies and cakes, but there will be more varieties coming up in this branch just like the other outlets in Malacca. 

Situated pretty near to Jaya 33, Digital Mall and SS2 mall, this Dataran Three 2 Square is located opposite the Section 14 Toyota Service centre, and Nadeje is not visible from the main road. You have to make a turn inside to find the outlet. Nevertheless, it is quite easy to find even if you are not familiar to this area :)

1. Long queue, as always.
2. Variety wise, it is limited instead of the usual 18 types. (Maybe it only happened on the day I went there)
3. Quality wise, no complaints on the crepe layers, pretty similar to those in Malacca. My favourite flavour is still the Original--- Definitely a must try!

B-01-01, Dataran 3 Two Square,
Jalan 19/1,
Section 19,
46300 Petaling Jaya,
Contact: 603-7960 0025
Website: www.nadeje.com.my
Facebook: fb.com/nadejefans
Business Hours: 11am - 10pm

24 February, 2013

Colgate Optic White: Dazzling Smile with White Teeth

Since school days, I am afraid when the nurses come to school for a dental check-up. I seriously hated sitting on a dental chair in front of all my friends with the pointy instruments in my mouth and the very unpleasant medicine smell :(

From then on, I swear I must take good care of my teeth so that I don’t have to step into the dental clinic since then. So far, I think I am doing pretty good. Lol.

Now, dental care is easier with the latest beauty must-have, the Colgate Optic White regimen. For optimal whitening results, use the Colgate Optic White toothpaste with Colgate 360° Optic White toothbrush and Colgate Optic White mouthwash.

Colgate, in collaboration with Guardian Pharmacy and Maybelline New York is doing a road show 
at 1 Utama Shopping Centre this weekend to promote this latest dental product.

#1 Colgate Optic White toothpaste @ RM5.90 (40g) / RM12.90 (100g)  
If you buy during the roadshow, you can save RM3.02 per unit!
  • Get one shade white teeth after just one week
  • Whitening Accelerator to safely exfoliate stails and polish teeth surface
  • Fight cavities
  • Protect enamel
  • Remove plaque
  • Freshen breath
#2 Colgate 360° Optic White toothbrush @ RM12.90
Purchase today and save RM3.92 per unit!
  • Whitening cups to remove stains more effectively
  • Polishing bristles to clean hard-to-reach areas 
  • Help whiten teeth for a full white smile

#3 Colgate Optic White mouthwash @ RM8.90 (250ml) / RM20.90 (750ml) 
  • Special formula to maintain natural whiteness of teeth 
  • Prevent stain build-up 
  • Keep your breath fresh longer

If you're a fan of hot red lipstick, do try on the latest Maybelline New York Color Sensational Vivid Lipstick Collection. Newly added into the family, they have the latest shade, Red Porcelain,
which is what Fazura was wearing that day!

During the official launch of Colgate Optic White, we get to interview the brand ambassador. Being a Malaysian actress cum TV host, Nur Fazura is always being in front of the camera and in the public eye, and her smile is one of the first things people notice about her. Thanks to Colgate, she wears a bright white smile that completes any look or outfit.

“Fazura perfectly embodies the personality of the Optic White woman – smart, multi-talented, confident and incredibly stylish.” - Chris Pikounis, Marketing Director of Colgate-Palmolive Marketing Sdn Bhd

It was me in the blue and white shades! :)

The event is followed by the Optic White Fashion Show where models dress in red 
to flaunt their sparkling white teeth and mesmerizing smile!

Without a doubt, bright white smiles are the perfect accessory to any outfit or look –
as seen on Fazura and models at the fashionable launch of Colgate Optic White.

Before the event came to a close, we had some photo session with Fazura as well as the Colgate team.

How thoughtful of Colgate to serve us media with some light brunch from O' Briens. 
Love the red velvet cake!

For more information about Colgate-Palmolive, please visit www.colgate.com.my.
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