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Malaysia Breakfast Day 2014

Ran in the Malaysia Breakfast Day on 20 April 2014 with the hubster and some pals. An amazing gathering of over 20,000 who ran and gathered for breakfast with lots of yummy MILO®. 

A short drive to Putrajaya with ample parking definitely kicked start my Sunday on the right note. Runners were flagged off according to our own respective categories - 7km and 3km. Both distances are easily doable for everyone considering the fact that when we shop, we actually are capable of walking at least 4km! 

It was a nice sunny Sunday. The weather is a tad warmer in Putrajaya but kudos to MILO® Malaysia for putting together one of the best fun runs that I have ever had. Water stations, medics and direction signs were sufficient. What impressed me was to finish the run to be greeted by cheerful folks handing out medals, water, banana and goodie bags. Of course there was plenty of MILO® trucks at the finish line. 

And after a good run or walk...breakfast is of course a must. MILO® certainly did a good job of organising the Malaysia Breakfast Day which gave all participants a good time and along the wayeducate Malaysians both old and young the need for a healthy lifestyle with exercise and to start each day with a good nutritious breakfast.
Some pics from the Malaysia Breakfast Day below. Head on to my FB album Malaysia Breakfast Day 2014 for more pics. 
Fuelled by MILO
Tables are all set for participants to eat their breakfast comfortably.
Lining up to make our way to the starting line.
Lots of fun to keep everyone entertained before flagging off. Kudos to Linora for keeping the crowd entertained!
Smile for my camera!
And we're off. Pic courtesy of Run & Explore.
This adik doing his stretches after his run. Remember to stretch gently after a run to minimise soreness.
This adik says MILO is sedap!
That's me and a very delicious cup of cold MILO. Perfect after a run.
One of the many friendly adiks working at the MILO trucks.
This sweet girl walked 3km and is duly rewarded with a cup of MILO. Sedaps!

Remember to start your day right with a good breakfast. A delicious cup of MILO has all the right nutrition you need to fuel your day.  Remember to exercise too...its all part and parcel of a healthy lifestyle.

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Spring at Tokyo Street

Its Spring time! Pavilion Kuala Lumpur celebrates spring too and the theme this year is Sakura paper fantasy. Swing by to Tokyo Street and enjoy spring wonderland of delicate sakura flowers, leaves and lanterns made of paper. 

To kick-start the celebration, Pavilion Kuala Lumpur in partnership with Sakura Collection, Tokyo Tower, Japan Embassy and Adventure Japan, launched the third installation of the Sakura Collection 2014 Asia Student Awards. A fashion showcase featuring Japanese-inspired pieces from Asia’s Top designers, featured in the 2013 Sakura Collection Fashion Show in Japan. Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, Korea, and Japan were the countries represented in a fusion of Japanese dresses. 

For me, its good to see the winner of the Sakura Collection 2013 Asia Student Awards Lavender Lim with her again. Must say that she has certainly bloomed into a better designer in every sense compared to the first time when we met her. Love her Sakura-inspired pieces too.
Meanwhile, the Sakura Fair happens all the way till end of June with various activities and promotions being held which included specially flown-in items from Japan such as yukata, yukata belt, Japanese sandals and many others. Also on sale were items made by Tohoku tsunami survivors in Japan with all proceeds going towards their charity fund. 
• SAKURA FAIR
21 – 27 April 
Marvel at the finest sakura-inspired fashion masterpieces from top designers. Shoppers can also redeem a free Sakura Ice Cream with every RM50 spent at Tokyo Street.

MOTHER’S DAY SPECIALS
• 1 – 11 May
Write a special message for mum and string it on the cherry blossom trees. Shoppers get a free Polaroid photo with their mother (Available on weekends only, from 12noon to 2pm)

• JAPANESE CHILDREN’S DAY – TANGO NO SEKKU
1 – 31 May
Spot and guess the number of Spring Koinobori (Japanese Carps) at Tokyo Street to win fabulous prizes.

• THE ART OF BONSAI
28 May – 15 June
30% discount on Bonsai plants with purchase of RM50 at Tokyo Street.
 Adorable baby bibs
Sake and puffer fish. Yes puffer fish!
Puff Daddy?
Handmade items by Tohoku Tsunami. Personal favourites are the door stoppers and baby bibs.
Fusion of Japanese inspired dresses from the 2013 Sakura Collection Fashion Show.

Tokyo Street @ Pavilion KL
Pavilion KL’s Concierge at +603 2118 8833

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St Hugo Wines @ Las Carettas

Its been ages since I visited Las Carettas and the return was a lovely one to experience St. Hugo Wines which has always been known as part of Jacob's Creek. Today, it is now a stand alone brand of its own. Our dinner started off with Jacob's Creek and Wyndham Estate before we savoured the famed St Hugo wines in the good company of Steve Meckiff, Global Wine Ambassador at Pernod Ricard Winemakers, Chris Low and foodie KY

The rainy evening kicks off with easy drinking Jacob’s Creek Sparkling Chardonnay Pinot Noir. This refreshingly crisp and lingering citrus notes is definitely one sparkling wine that I won't mind having anytime of the day and even throughout a whole meal. In this case, the delicate bubbly was paired with mouth watering appetizers of Mille feuille of tuna spread and Baked tartlet of Emmental cheese.
Our first main of baked Norwegian salmon presented on a robust lemon butter sauce perfumed with kaffir lime leaf was paired with George Wyndham Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2012. This fruity wine has distinctively lemon and tropical fruitsnote making it easy drinking and certainly went well with the fish. 
A clear favourite for the night was the Crab Meat Chowder that was paired with Jacob’s Creek Reserve Chardonnay 2012. The chowder simmered in root vegetable and thickened with Idaho potatoes with hints of aged sherry is utterly hearty and not a single drop is wasted by any of us. The lovely chowder is easily my comfort food for the night after a long rainy journey to Las Carretas. A nice acidity to this chardonnay with a lingering peach finish to it. 
The main course and the highlight for many of us was the slow cooked grass-fed Australian lamb rack presented with on a ginger and thyme infused sauce. Literally finger licking good because many of us could not resist the rich goodness of the melt in your mouth lamb. The interesting ginger and thyme sauce did well to lighten the richness of the meat. 
Two wines were paired with the lamb rack - St. Hugo Barossa Shiraz 2010 and St. Hugo Connawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2010. Both were elegant wines of its own but the spiciness, body and oaky shiraz certainly wins my vote especially when it is paired with the hearty red meat. The Cabernet Sauvignon however was the hubster's preference since he prefers the oakiness and the velvety tannins.

For more information on St Hugo wines:
Las Carretas @ USJ Taipan
No 29 USJ 10/1F
47620 Subang UEP
Selangor
T: +603 5637 3058
Steve Meckiff, Global Wine Ambassador at Pernod Ricard Winemakers with the hubster and I. THANX KY for this pic!

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SCKLM2014 - Let's Sign Up!


The Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2014 was officially launched today at the Pacific Regency, Kuala Lumpur. Into its 6th year, SCKLM 2014 will be expected to be more fun and exciting.

Organised by Dirigo Events Sdn. Bhd with title sponsor Standard Chartered Bank Malaysia Bhd, the event was officiated by the Minister of Youth and Sports, Yang Berhormat Encik Khairy Jamaluddin who is also the first person to sign up for the race. He will be running 10km (Speed). Bravo YB!
With participation increasing every year since its inception, last year’s Standard Chartered KL Marathon registered more than 33,800 runners.  This year, the organiser is expecting more running enthusiasts to be part of Malaysia’s biggest running event with 35,000 slots opened to the public.

Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2014, to be flagged off at Dataran Merdeka, will also see some new routes introduced to the runners. The prize package offered for this year’s Marathon is USD 116, 740 (approximately RM376, 524); a 16 percent increase from the previous year, making it still the highest prize purse among all marathons in Malaysia. 
A summary of what to expect for SCKLM in point form:
Categories -
• Full Marathon (42.195km)
• Honda Half Marathon (21km)
• MSIG 10KM – Speed, Cruise and Leisure
• 5KM Fun Run
• 3KM and 1KM Kid’s Dash
• 10KM Ministries Challenge (Team Challenge)
• 10KM Universities Challenge (Team Challenge)
• 10KM Corporate Challenge (Team Challenge)

Title sponsor: Standard Chartered Bank Berhad Malaysia -
• Gold sponsors: MSIG Insurance & Honda Malaysia
• Official partners include Seiko, Pacific Regency Hotel Suites, 100 Plus, Brooks, Powerbar

‘Run for a Cause’ Charities 2014 -
• Standard Chartered Foundation (SCF)
• National Autism Society of Malaysia (NASOM)
• Hospis Malaysia
• Malaysia Nature Society (MNS)

Registration is opened...so head on over to www.kl-marathon.com to register now. CYA too at the race as I will be running with my fellow runners Gus and Max. Do head on over to the following channels to stalk me and for more updates on SCKLM!

A rare shot of me and my running buddies who are not in our usual running gear. 

Heavenly Spa By Westin @ The Westin Langkawi Resort & Spa



A holiday anywhere is pretty much not complete unless one spends some time in the spa. And if the spa happens to be an award winning one, then the more reasons to ensure that a visit to the spa is a big must like our stay at the Westin Langkawi Resort & Spa.

The Heavenly Spa is totally serene. One one side is the greenery and the other is the beach. Perfect for one to check in to ease the knots away and rejuvenate the soul. And since it was a getaway for both the hubster and I, we ended our spa therapy with a romantic dinner by the beach beside the spa. I would certainly recommend that couple check out the Spa by Night!  

The menu at the Heavenly Spa is quite varied and each treatment has its own plus points. Take your pick from treatments derived from Malay, Ayurveda, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Turkish, Swedish and Indonesian modalities. There are also therapeutic anti aging facials, body exfoliations, foot and bathing rituals and an extensive choice of global massages. 

The moment one steps into the Heavenly Spa, you start relaxing and chilling. A warm towel and a lovely lemongrass tea awaits you while you fill up the necessary paperwork for your therapist to know you better and to run you through the many possible treatment options. We opted for the Heavenly Massage (RM360 per person).
The rooms are clean, quiet and lights are dimmed with a relaxing soft spa music in the background. Our pampering session begins with a warming herbal pouch is applied to the back. The warm pouch eases off the tension and relaxes the muscles before an aromatherapy massage follows with the therapist works at releasing the knots and tight spots in the body. Each move is so therapeutic and relaxing that the hubster and I basically slept through our massage. We woke up feeling refreshed and certainly rejuvenated with a new energy level within us. 



To complete the pampering and also for a lil bit of 'our time', we moved on from the therapy room to the outdoor area for our Spa by Night @ RM195 per person. We pretty much had the whole place to ourselves as we watched the skies turn orange then dark. The night is then lighted up only by the candle lights on our table and some discreetly placed lights.

A waiter was assigned to us and it was marvellous how service was apt and did not disrupt the romantic ambiance. I must admit that I was really famished after the massage (of which the hubster noted that its been more than 4 hours since my last meal so technically its an hour pass my usual "feeding" time. LOL). The simple 3 course dinner is absolutely healthy, delicious and paired with wine...there is nothing that a girl should and can complain!

Spa by Night menu:
• Lemon dill cured sea bass with curry vinaigrette, harissa marinated calamari and cucumber onion salad.
• 
Combination of grilled garlic prawns, sea bass and curried scallops, served with baked potato, charbroiled root vegetables and finished with a ginger beurre blanc.
• Combination of green tea and passion fruit crème brûlée.


Dinner ended but we sat on to enjoy the cool evening breeze and chatted over our wines. We could have opted for the buggy ride back to our room but a walk by the beach back to our room was our preferred choice. 

The entire experience at the Heavenly Spa including the Spa by Night is certainly very memorable and amazing. And this certainly isn't a surprise to me when I read that the Heavenly Spa by Westin at the Westin Langkawi Resort & Spa was announced as the country winner for the “Best Luxury Resort Spa” in the 2014 World Luxury Spa Awards. In fact its the fourth win in 4 consecutive years since 2011. 

The Westin Langkawi Resort and Spa
Jalan Dato Syed Omar
Kuah
07000 Langkawi
Kedah, Malaysia
T:+604 960 8888
https://www.facebook.com/thewestinlgk


THANX for reading this post. Full set of pics in the album Heavenly Spa by Westin @ Westin Langkawi.

My previous posts on my Langkawi getaway:
Sneak Peek: Westin Langkawi
The Westin Langkawi Resort & Spa

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Santa Margherita Wine Dinner at Villa Danieli


Its another delicious wine pairing dinner at Villa Danieli. Happening till 30th April 2014, diners will be able to tease their with a special five course set menu with Santa Margherita wines. The five course set menu is an interesting mix of meat and seafood. Each dish is finely crafted and is a pretty sight to behold too. 

Dinner kicks off with a refreshing choice of Santa Margherita Brut Valdobiadene DOCG and an Amouse Bouche of smoked duck breast with caramelized apple, mint and berries coulisse. Can't go wrong with combination of sweet and smokiness of the amuse buoche with the delicate peach and apple notes of the proscecco. Personally, I will have happily sipped on this easy prosecco all night long.
Smoked duck breast with caramelized apple, mint and berries coulisse
Santa Margherita Brut Valdobiadene DOCG

2 Antipasto are lined up to be paired with Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio Valdadige D.O.C. This dry white is crisp with lovely hints of citrus fruits. The richness of the ox tongue timbale is balanced off with the tart and sour flavours of gherkin, roasted cherry tomato, sour parsley pesto and balsamic reduction. My personal favourite of the 2 antipasto would definitely be the earthly goodness of button mushroom crusted with mascarpone and goat cheese served with rocket salad and herbs oil. 
Ox tongue timbale with gherkin, roasted cherry tomato, sour parsley pesto and balsamic reduction
Button mushroom crusted with mascarpone and goat cheese served with rocket salad and herbs oil
Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio Valdadige D.O.C.

The creamy and savoury goodness of the squid ink agnaloti stuffed with cream cod in parmesan sauce and crispy shimeji is a nice progress from the earlier flavours of the anti pasto. Santa Margherita Chianti Classico D.O.C.G has an intense ruby red colour with the richness of berries and spices. 
Squid ink agnaloti stuffed with cream cod in parmesan sauce and crispy shimeji
Santa Margherita Chianti Classico D.O.C.G

Diners may choose from a choice of 2 mains. The choice is not easy to make so my advise is to have one of each:D The husbter who was previously smitten with the honey lamb ribs that we had during our previous visit to Villa Danieli for its wood-fired menu (click to read Wood Fired Oven Specials at Villa Danieli) is equally smitten with the tender and flavourful goodness of the Honey lamb ribs with gorgonzola mashed potato, roasted vegetable and natural jus. My personal preference will definitely be the clean goodness of the crispy skinned salmon served with spinach, chickpea, glazed Belgium endive and orange reduction. The robust and rather spicy Ca’del Bosco Carmenero certainly fared better with the meaty goodness of the lamb and given the choice, I would have continued my choice of salmon with the Santa Margherita Chianti.
Honey lamb ribs with gorgonzola mashed potato, roasted vegetable and natural jus
Crispy skinned salmon with spinach, chickpea, glazed Belgium endive and orange reduction
Ca’del Bosco Carmenero

The best part of dinner is always dessert. The tart and creamy goodness of the lemon crème chiboust with sable crumble and strawberry sauce provided a good end to dinner. And if coffee is your preferred end to dinner then the sweetish Illyquore Coffee Liquor will be a nice touch.
Lemon crème chiboust with sable crumble and strawberry sauce
Illyquore Coffee Liquor

The Santa Margherita Wine Estate was founded in the 1930s by Gaetano Marzotto. Marzotto set out to make wines from a single varietal that spoke of the region as much as the grape. Today, Santa Margherita wines are known for their easy drinking and great accessibility along with their modern winemaking edge. They are available worldwide in over 70 countries.

Make plans to savour the above dinner for RM180++ per person. For an additional RM150++, you will be able to savour the the menu with Santa Margherita wines. SPG members can enjoy 20% discount off total food bill. Terms and conditions apply.

Villa Danieli
5th floor
Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur
Jalan Sultan Ismail
T: +603 2717 9922
https://www.facebook.com/sheraton.imperial.kuala.lumpur

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