Sunday, December 28, 2008

Mamma Mia!

If you are interested to watch the Mamma Mia London stage show, tickets are still available. There are only 200 seats available for the rest of the shows that run until Jan 4 (3pm) at Istana Budaya.

For details or to buy tickets, call the Axcess Hotline at 03-7711 5000; go online at or visit any authorised Axcess ticket outlet. Hurry, as this is the last chance to watch the show!

Source: The Star.. Mamma Mia!

Shang Palace at The Shangri-la

While in Kuala Lumpur, if you would like to try authentic Chinese cuisine, why not head on over to Shang Palace at The Kuala Lumpur Shangri-la?

SHANG PALACE, Shangri-La Hotel Kuala Lumpur, 11, Jalan Sultan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur (Tel: 03-2074 3904). Business hours: Noon to 2.30pm (Monday to Saturday), 10.30am to 2.30pm (Sunday and public holidays), 6.30pm to 10.30pm (daily).

Opulent: The outlet’s interior mirrors the imperial courtyard in the Forbidden City as it was inspired by the splendour of the Qing Dynasty

Source: The Star..Chef introduces his signature dishes to outlet’s menu

The Podium @ Menara Hap Seng - Dine & Wine

From now until Feb 10, 2009, diners at any participating outlets at the Podium can enjoy up to 30% discount off a wide selection of food and beverages while at the same time have the opportunity to walk away with great giveaways from the Podium’s retail partners.

The Podium is a three-level lobby block in the newly refurbished Menara Hap Seng, which was formerly known as MUI Plaza. It consists of both lifestyle and commercial attractions that include 12 restaurants and cafes as well as a variety of retail outlets.

Chic: Chill out in the contemporary setting at Hakka Republic

Urban splendour: Al fresco dining at Elegant Inn at The Podium.

The good news is each receipt over RM30 will entitle the patron at the participating restaurant an entry to the Dine & Wine Lucky Draw. The first prize of the lucky draw will be a six-day/four-night holiday for two persons to Korea courtesy of Korean Tourism.

The second and third prize is a Maruman Conductor Driver courtesy of Transview Golf and a three-day/four-night stay in Langkawi courtesy of KAA Travel & Tour respectively.

There is an abundance of cash vouchers up for grabs, offering a variety of redemption ranging from cheongsam, massage, pewter and golf bag.

The Podium will also feature a live band performance on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings from 5.30pm to 8.30pm throughout its festive season extravaganza.

The Podium at Menara Hap Seng is located on Jalan P. Ramlee, next to the Hap Seng Star Mercedes-Benz showroom.

For details, you can call 03-2116 9333 or visit

Source: The Star..Nothing boring about this building

Best Decorated Mall, Mid Valley Megamall

Mid Valley Megamall won the grand prize in the Best Decorated Mall contest for Christmas 2008 for the second consecutive year. If you would like to see it firsthand, head on over to Mid Valley Megamall whose decoration will be up until Jan 1.

Source: The Star

Buckle-up, Rear Seat Passengers

The Star reported that the Road Transport Department (JPJ) and police will start issuing summonses from Jan 1 to all passengers for not wearing their rear seat belts.

Vehicle owners and passengers would be given a six-month grace period during which they would only be issued a compound of RM300 for not wearing their rear seat belts.

But from July 1, drivers and passengers caught not using their seat belts would have to pay a fine of up to RM2,000, serve up to one year’s jail or both under the Road Transport Act.

However, it is not mandatory for cars registered before Jan 1, 1995 to be retrofitted with rear seat belts as they do not have the rear anchorage points.

Other vehicles that are exempted from the ruling are commercial vehicles such as taxis and rental cars, large vehicles that can seat nine passengers or more and haulers that have a tonnage limit of more than 3.5 tonnes.

Proton, Perodua and Honda have signed a memorandum of understanding to retrofit rear seat belts in 227,000, 435,000 and 35,000 of their respective vehicles for free. So, what are you waiting for?

Source: The Star...Rear seat belt offenders face harsher penalty from July

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Malacca - Malaysia's City of Lights

Malacca being recently awarded the Unesco World Heritage Site status is earning a new name as the ‘City Of Lights’.

If you were to take a slow drive through the city or a riverboat cruise down the Malacca River especially at sundown, you would be enchanted by the colourful lights in various parts of the city.

Bright eyes: The 60m Eye on Malaysia situated next to the Malacca River mouth is also decorated with stunning lights at night.

Majestic: The Straits Mosque (Masjid Selat) in Pulau Melaka decorated with colourful lights in the evening.

Famous street: The Jonker Street is decorated with red lights at night.

Source: The Star...Malacca: City of lights

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

The Avi Spa at Avillion Port Dickson

The Avi Spa at Avillion Port Dickson is probably the only floating spa in Malaysia, built above water, located at the very furthest of the resort on the Straits of Malacca. Port Dickson is a beach town to the south of Kuala Lumpur and is only about one and a half hours drive away.

The spa is divided into three venues – avi lounge; avi spa suites that offer seven luxury suites including two rooms for couples and a premium suite; and avi spa space.

Avi Spa is owned and managed by the Avillion Hotel Group.

Guests may choose to have a massage, scrub, wrap, bath, hair treatment, manicure or a facial. There’s also special “rituals” offered such as the “velvety batik” or “dondang sayang”.

The spa menu comes in three sections – signature, traditional and marine treatments. The signature treatments are mapped according to one of four moods (valour, ardour, lightness and poise) based on elements of nature: water, earth, wind and fire. They are 100% custom-made from pure essential oil blends and each of the oils are based on an emotion inspired by the four classical elements.

More details here..

Ritz-Carlton KL is the best in South East Asia

Accommodations are aplenty in Kuala Lumpur. We even have award-winners, the latest being Ritz-Carlton Kuala Lumpur which recently won the South East Asia’s Hotel of the Year 2008-2010 under theHospitality Asia Platinum Awards (HAPA) - Regional Series.

The hotel was recognised for its commitment to excellence, flawless facilities and personalised care.

It was a finalist in five categories — Hotel of the Year, Signature Luxury Hotel, Signature Hotel Spa (Spa Village, Kuala Lumpur), Most Exquisite Palate Experience and Most Dynamic General Manager.

The evaluation process spanned eight months and included leading hotels in South East Asia.

Ritz-Carlton Kuala Lumpur is located at 168, Jalan Imbi.

Source: The Star - KL hotel is the best in South East Asia

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

New Sepang LCCT International Arrival Hall

If you are a frequent flyer using the LCCT, you would be happy to know about the terminal being expanded to cater to increased passenger load. Even on non-peak times, the LCCT can be crowded as shown in the picture below..

According to The Star, THE new international arrival hall at the Low-Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT) at Sepang in Selangor will open for operation on Dec 15, weeks ahead of its original scheduled date.

The hall is part of the RM160mil new wing constructed under the LCCT expansion plan.

The whole wing is also expected to be fully ready for operation earlier than the original completion date of March 15 next year.
The extension adds another 32,000sq m of floor-space to the existing 28,000sq m available.

Check-in counters will be increased to 117 from 72 and will be able to handle a passenger load of 2200 passengers as opposed to the old number of 600. There will be six baggage carousels. Luggage pickup will be a less time-consuming affair for travellers.

Travellers can also expect more retail and food and beverage outlets. There will also be shower and surau facilities. The waiting area will also be increased to cater to 600 seats.

Besides the AirAsia domestic flights and the AirAsia X international services to Thailand, Indonesia and Australia, other airlines using the LCCT are the Cebu Pacific Airways of the Philippines and the Tiger Airways of Singapore.

In March next year, AirAsia X is scheduled to start operating the London Stansted-Kuala Lumpur route from the LCCT.

As for public transport, eight bus companies link the LCCT to Kuala Lumpur, Klang, Shah Alam, Seremban, Malacca, Ipoh and Genting. There are also ample taxi services.

Exciting times ahead for all.

Source: The Star

Saturday, December 06, 2008

Kuala Lumpur Landslide - Bukit Antarabangsa

This time of the year is monsoon season when rainfall is frequent and at times furiously. To people who live in hillside residences, this incessant rainfall is worrisome as the soil underneath may become soft and could result in the soil or mud sliding.

At 4am this morning, there was a massive landslide at Bukit Antarabangsa, a hilly residential area in Kuala Lumpur. At time of writing, four deaths have been reported, 15 injured and more than 2000 people have been evacuated.

This site is some 1.5km away from a tower that collapsed on Dec 11, 1993, in which 48 people died.

Rescue efforts are underway.

The Star Photo Gallery
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