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1887 Virtual Bar - Open on Friday Nights in Your Home

If you enjoyed many nights at your favourite bars, and you hope they'll still be there after all this is over, it is now time to show how much you appreciate them!
Since everyone is stuck at home, the William Grant & Sons (WG&S) family opened a 1887 Virtual Bar, the distiller’s first-ever virtual bar, created in support of the local bartending scene amidst COVID-19.

Live Sessions

Charmaine Thio and Brett Bayly, the regional brand ambassadors of Hendrick’s Gin and Glenfiddich will be joined by different guest bartenders from your favourite watering holes every week. You'll be able to talk to your favourite bartenders and watch them make drinks live (just like in an actual bar!)
The next session will be held via Zoom at 8pm on 22nd May with a guest shift by David Hans, Head Bartender and Co-founder of Three X Co. If you're into local made ingredients and oriental styles cocktail, don't miss this session with Asia's First Global Winner of Giffard West Cup 2017.

Serving Digital Cocktails

You'll also be able to purchase a digital cocktail from that week's bar at https://www.ticketmelon.com/WGS/1887virtualbarMY. You can redeem your drink later once the bar reopens.
"We’re in this together, and we’re fully committed to supporting our local bar partners, which is why we’ll also match the public’s donations dollar for dollar. We hope the community in Malaysia will tune in and take part," said Satya Sharma, Managing Director for South East Asia, William Grant & Sons.

For every Ringgit contributed by the public, WG&S will also match the value, up to RM2,000 per bar, standing in solidarity with the local bartending community.

For updates on the line-up of guest shifts, check out the following pages:

Calling for more bars to join 1887 Virtual Bar

Whether you want to reach more people, trying to brave through the storm or you just really miss making drinks in front of people, you should consider joining the 1887 Virtual Bar. Register your interest here: https://forms.gle/XzSY9MLyQDFQSaAz7.
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10 Household Items to Improve your Home [PG Mall Cashback + Discounts]

The side effect of MCO: I just keep browsing for stuff to buy! Since I'm stuck at home, I keep thinking of ways to improve my house, change this, change that.. I saved some items that I like and also considered how they can improve my Instagram pics (LOL I know, I'm so shallow..)

PG Mall - the only Local e-commerce platform in Malaysia, has been around since 2017 and is ranked top 3 at Iprice insight report so you can feel safe buying from them.

10 Items from PG Mall to Improve your Home

Did you know you can easily make your own vanity table with lights like the ones you see in movies?! Just buy a strip of these LED lights and attach to your mirror. You can also buy fairy string lights to decorate your bedroom, curtains, walls, balcony, etc. They look great in photos!
This square cast iron pan meant for making tamagoyaki (Japanese rolled egg)! So far I've only made mine in the normal round pan and it's not as aesthetic lah haha plus you use more eggs due to the wide surface area.
Mmmmm... Loving these stainless steel cutlery set available in gold or rose gold with black. Probably get for props only because too pretty.
I actually like black stuff so let's continue the kitchenware with this King 6 pcs stainless steel knife set. I already have knives but they don't look like this!
Complete the set with these matte black drinkwares like this water bottle tumbler and stainless steel thermos pot from this Relax brand which has other nice stuff also like rose gold and marble tumblers.
For those with green thumbs, you will love this 3 tier iron plant shelf and this 2 tier 'garment rack' from Mydin which strangely has a photo of plants on it LOL but who's making the rules right?
If you're going to buy anything, now is the perfect time as they're having good promos now.

How to get Cashback + discounts on PG Mall

Use Maybank QRPay to checkout and enjoy these perks while shopping!
  • 20% off capped at RM20 with minimum spend RM30
  • 2x usage within the campaign period
  • Promotion period: 4th May - 26th June 2020
  • Durian runtuh: 2 times x RM20 = RM40 per Maybank account to shop on PGMall
Are you ready? Shop now at www.pgmall.my!

Get up to 3.5% Cashback

Do you want to earn while shopping? With this ConsuMerchant concept, just share your referral link to friends and family then get up to 3.5% cashback when they make purchases and when THEIR referrals shop too.
There is no time limit for this which is why it is called "Forever Cash Back” program. You can get more info HERE.

About PGMall

PG Mall - the only Local e-commerce platform in Malaysia and Malaysia's No.1 E-commerce platform.
Established since 2017 with 3.2 million monthly website visits now, shoppers can purchase a wide variety of items including electronics, household items, jewellery and fashion items.

Website: www.pgmall.my
Facebook: PGMallOfficial
Instagram: PGMall.my
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Mykori X Tealive DIY Kit Launched - Available Now at 40% Off

Mykori and Tealive just launched their collaboration for the ultimate sweet treat - Mykori's Shaved Ice topped with Tealive's Brown Sugar Boba! The DIY Kit is meant to be taken home / delivered so customers can assemble it themselves. Now you can really #DudukDiamDiamDiRumah because you'll be too busy eating!
Mykori X Tealive DIY Kit
The Mykori X Tealive DIY Kit is a huge box of ingredients so make sure you have enough space in your freezer! It normally costs RM250, but you can buy it now at RM 150 (40% off).
Mykori X Tealive DIY Kit poster

Where can you buy the Mykori X Tealive DIY Kit?

Buy it online at https://shop.mykori.my and get it delivered to your home within 1 hour.

Or purchase at any of the 11 Mykori Dessert Cafe Outlets in Klang Valley: Puchong HQ, Rawang Anggun, Rawang, Putrajaya, Equine Park, Kota Kemuning, Seksyen 18, Shah Alam, Sungai Buloh, SS2 (Petaling Jaya), Mahkota Cheras, and Selayang.
Mykori X Tealive DIY Kit locations
This limited edition kakigori is only available during this MCO & Ramadan period so I suggest you hurry and order yours now! You can also order any of the other menu items including Mykori's own MCO & Ramadan Special Kakigori Box.
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6 Book Cafes in Selangor That Bookworms Will Love

Is your idea of the perfect weekend curling up in a warm corner with your favourite book? For those who love to read, here is a list of book cafes in Selangor that you can enjoy some quiet reading at.

What is a book cafe?
The book cafe concept is like a library or bookstore except you can eat and order a cup of coffee here! You can come here alone, read with a friend or even host your book club meetings.

#1 Bukku Café

Green Tea Croissant & Salted Egg Yolk Croissant from Bukku Cafe
Green Tea Croissant & Salted Egg Yolk Croissant from Bukku Cafe
This European-style book cafe in Klang definitely has its very own aesthetic and is very much Instagram worthy having such a cool spot to chill and read! The ambiance of the book café is also suitable for doing works and assignments. This two level book café with outdoor seating serves various desserts and pastries. However, many customers come here for their two top unique dishes which are the Salted Egg Yolk and Green Tea Croissant. Customers can read various books from the shelves in this book café and those who wish to donate their books, can do so at the first floor. The book cafe closes on Sunday.

Address: No.1, Jalan Singgahsana 4A/KU5, Bandar Bukit Raja, 41050 Klang, Selangor

#2 The Little Giraffe Book Club

The Little Giraffe Book Club
If you want to encourage your kids to read more books instead of being glued to their devices, this is the place to bring them! Families with kids love to visit this place as there are plenty of books to choose from to read. They host mini-shows, movie screenings, painting class, craft sessions and more to keep the little ones entertained.

The interior that replicates a kampong-style house gives out the rustic vibe with aesthetic appeal. The peaceful environment will definitely bring out the reading side of yours. You are free to take the books at the front of the store and also donate them too. Apart from serving desserts, the cafe serves an all-day breakfast that you can choose from. Most regular customers come here for their specials, which are the Rojak and Taufu Bakar. Since the book café is located in a residential area, the parking is limited. The book café is closed on Monday and Tuesday.

Address: 114, Jalan 15, Batu 11 Cheras, 43200, Selangor

#3 Me Time Book Café

Me Time Book Café
Now this book cafe in Petaling Jaya is the definition of cozy. Private sections are available complete with your own pillow and charging port for those who enjoy quiet reading. The best part? Sleeping pods so you can rest while you read! Careful, you might lose yourself in this wonderfully relaxing haven for book lovers.

Manga readers will fall in love with this café for sure as the design of the cafe was inspired by the famous manga cafes in Japan. The choices of books you can read in this book cafe are of course the manga comic books, and a wide range of genres for Chinese and English books. For those who would like to go to this cafe as first-timers, you will only have to pay RM5 for the first two hours and get a free cup of coffee or tea! Sign up as a member for a much cheaper fee and read books anytime you want because the café opens daily from 10 am till 12 am.

Address: 1.010b The square, Jaya One, Jalan Universiti, Seksyen 13, 46200 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

#4 Kamilah’s Lifestyle & Book Café

Kamilah’s Lifestyle & Book Café
For those readers who are seeking for a homey and country-living ambience, this cafe is perfect for you! The calming blue walls and antique furniture will definitely make you feel at home, ready to read while sipping down a cup of coffee.

Feeling hungry? They also cook up a storm with various Malaysian & Western cuisines - nasi biryani, ayam percik, Waldorf salad, laksa Johor, you name it! Besides that, there are plenty of books you can choose ranging from romance, mystery to thriller. Most of their books are in English. The cafe opens from 10.30 am till 6.30 pm and closes on Sundays.

Address: 15, Jalan Putra Mahkota 7/7b, Pusat Bandar Putra Point, 47650 Subang Jaya, Selangor

#5 Book Barter Café

Book Barter Cafe
I love the peace and serenity in Tamarind Square Cyberjaya - it is the perfect location for a book cafe. Like a hidden glasshouse in the middle of a forest, the area is amazing for photos. Here at Book Barter Cafe, readers will get to read and enjoy a variety of delicious pastries and cakes and a range of coffee choices. The interesting part about this book cafe is that customers can trade books for free from the shelves. On top of that, those book-lovers who want to share some of their collections of books are welcome to donate to this cafe! Most books there are of English fictions. The cafe opens daily from 9 am to 9 pm.

Address: GP 1-03 Pinnacles North Court Tamarind Square, 63000 Cyberjaya, Selangor

#6 BookXcess’s Madeleine Café @ Starling Mall

BookXcess’s Madeleine Café @ Starling Mall
Image from SAYS
BookXcess always manages to impress with their themed outlets and design so it's no surprise that they make this list. They're known for Malaysia's first book tunnel at Shah Alam outlet and Malaysia's longest (and tallest) bookshelf in Gurney Paragon which took Instagram by storm.

The Starling Mall outlet is the first to be interconnected to an eatery, the Madeleine Café, making it a lounge-friendly space for you to read for hours and hours. Books are available for you to read for free and to buy at a very affordable price. Plus, the interior of the café will surely give you great content for your Instagram feed! So do not forget to take lots of pictures while you are there. This book café opens daily from 10 am till 10 pm.

Address: T-331B, The Starling, 6, Jalan SS 21/23, Damansara Utama, 47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

There are many other interesting book cafes that you can chill in and enjoy your read, but these are definitely our top picks. Each of the listed book cafes has their own speciality. So to all readers, head over to these book cafes and enjoy your read that will be accompanied by good food.

To see what else Selangor has to offer, head to the official website of Tourism Selangor at Selangor.Travel!
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Tapau in Style With tokidoki Thermal Series from Guardian Malaysia

Guardian Malaysia has yet again unveiled its newest Travel Series collaboration with tokidoki! This time it's something really useful for the current situation. The tokidoki Thermal Series comes with a Thermal Bag, Thermal Flask (350ml) and Thermal Food Jar (500g), all adorned with the extremely cute iconic tokidoki design.
Anna Ng, Retail Marketing Director, Guardian Malaysia And Singapore said;
“This promotion, which coincides with the holy month of Ramadhan, is meant to encourage our customers to eat and drink healthily. As the saying goes, ‘Health is Wealth’ and especially when health around the world is constantly threatened by the discovery of new viruses and other diseases, we need to pay attention to what we eat so that we fortify ourselves against illness.”
tokidoki Thermal Series at Guardian Malaysia
“With this exclusive Guardian tokidoki Thermal Series, our customers can pack their delicious and healthy home-cooked food and drinks with them when they go to work, or for their loved ones. For parents, they can ensure a healthy meal for their children when they go to school and these thermal ware will keep the food warm or cool as they wish.”
tokidoki Thermal Series pink
tokidoki Thermal Series blue
The Guardian Exclusive tokidoki Thermal Series contains a Thermal bag, Thermal Flask (350ml) and a Thermal Food Jar (500ml). Customers can obtain the whole set of three items at an attractive price of RM80 per set if they spend RM20 and above with participating brands in a single receipt or RM40 and above without participating brands in a single receipt.

This exclusive collection can also be purchased with online purchases at Guardian’s online store at www.guardian.com.my and have them delivered right up to their doorsteps together with their online orders.

As the Guardian Exclusive tokidoki Thermal Series is limited-edition, purchases are on a first-come, first-served basis and will be available from 1 May until stocks last at all Guardian outlets in Malaysia.
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The Palette - 'Drive-Thru' Shopping, Groceries & Food in Setapak

Over a month into MCO, Malaysians have gotten more used to ordering food and getting essential goods delivered to avoid crowds at shops and commercial areas. Now, The Palette in Setapak has even launched 'Curbside Pick-Up' so you can buy everything you need without even leaving your car!

Shops available for Curbside Pick-Up

  1. Curbside Pick-Up for AEON BIG
  2. FREE homemade chilli sauce with orders from Uncle Don's
  3. Meals from Good Luck Kopitiam
  4. 50% off your 2nd cup at YGO Fruit Lab
  5. McDonald's Drive Thru
  6. Follow their Facebook to find out when new tenants come on board

Gan Yee Hin, Executive Director of Platinum Victory commented, "As we are anticipating businesses and customers to continue practising social distancing and other safety precautions even after the current situation, we are taking the first steps to embrace this current 'curbside pick-up' concept as a better alternative than in-store pick-ups, if more preferred."

Benefits of Curbside Pick-Up

  • Don't have to park your car
  • Order in advance so you don't have to wait at the shop
  • Staying in your car is definitely safer than queueing at the shop
  • More accessible for people with restricted mobility and single parents with children
Years back as I'm circling SS2 for 30 minutes looking for parking just to tapau dinner, I wondered why nobody is doing this concept and now it's finally here! More commercial areas should implement this service to increase convenience and reduce congestion.

To find out more, visit www.thepalette.com.my, www.facebook.com/thepalettemy and www.platinumvictory.com.
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Chicken Potato Rendang with Aya Real Food [Philips Pressure Cooker Recipes]

Learning how to cook rendang? Normally you have to blend and cook the ingredients that make up the rendang sauce in order to get the aromatic flavour. However, I'm gonna cheat by using Aya Real Food Gillies Rendang instant sauce!
You can use the sauce on its own, as a curry, soup, to marinate etc. Each 120g sachet is meant for 2-3 servings but I find that the amount of sauce is more suitable for 2 small portions. Unlike fresh ingredients, this sauce can last for 2 years in the packet.
🌟NO MSG, NO preservative, NO colorant
🌟Using natural ingredients and gluten-free
🌟Vegetarian
They're available in Jaya grocer (Starling Mall, Intermark & Gardens Mall) and online at www.ayarealfood.com

Chicken Potato Rendang ingredients:
  • 3 chicken drumsticks
  • 1 potato
  • Aya Real Food Gillies Rendang

Simply mix everything and chuck into the Philips Pressure Cooker for 14 minutes! The great thing about this pressure cooker is that I can cook directly from frozen without a problem. It smells so good and tastes delicious too.
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Vits Needs Your Help to Feed the Elderly this COVID-19!

If you see this post, you probably have food in your tummy and you're healthy enough to go grocery shopping. However, there may be many going to bed without dinner during this COVID-19. The elderly are also not encouraged to leave their homes to get food as they are more vulnerable to the virus.
As such, Vits has volunteered to send meals to keep them fed during these harsh times. They just need your help to do one thing! Spread the news and let them know how they can get free meals from Vits. If you know anyone who fulfils the criteria below, do contact Vits via Whatsapp at 012 563 7098.
  • Elderly aged 60 and above
  • Living alone without working children
  • No source of income
  • Unable to get food due to MCO
So far they've managed to distribute 500 food packs but I'm sure there are more who need it so please help to share this out.

This is only part of their CSR efforts to give back to the community. Previously they had already distributed food to Rumah Orang-orang Tua Kuchai Lama.
The frontliners who risked their lives to keep us safe were also not forgotten with food distributed to Hospital Kuala Lumpur COVID-19 team, officers at roadblocks, police and firefighters.
After discovering that Hospital KL requires 20,000 PPE per month, Vits also helped out by sending the first batch of 240 pieces of PPE.

Do you want to help?

Vit's launched their new Italian Mi Goreng Aglio Olio and Bolognese that will allow consumers to help out while getting food for themselves. All contributions will be channelled to purchase isolation gown for Hospital Kuala Lumpur, Covid Team.
You can follow them on Facebook for more info.
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Activities to do in Shah Alam (Apart From i-City)

It has been over a month of MCO now and I know a lot of you are itching to go out and about. Even when MCO is lifted, we expect travel to still be restricted to a certain level. Well, I'm here to bring you good news - there's actually plenty to do without moving far away from home! This list consists of things to do in Shah Alam, that does not include i-City (because that seems to be the only attraction people can think of when you mention Shah Alam).

#1 Taman Botani Shah Alam

Taman Botani Shah Alam
Taman botani by kyension.com
The National Botanical Gardens is known for its beautiful green scenery and has become the most preferred park when it comes to sporting activities in Shah Alam. Families will enjoy the animal park and four seasons temperate house. You can engage in various outdoor activities including cycling, kayaking, fly fishing, and hiking.

#2 Go Kart at Shah Alam Stadium

Go Kart at Shah Alam Stadium
I think this is something a lot of us enjoy - go karts! Zoom through the tracks and see which of your friends is the best speedster. There are different levels to choose from and even a double seater kart meant for kids.

#3 Wet World Water Park Shah Alam

Wet World Water Park Shah Alam
Water parks provide endless fun for the whole family and it feels great with our hot weather. Attractions here include Super Hurricane, Thunder River, Caribbean Rider, Pirate Challenge and more! Ticket price starts from RM 32 for kids and RM 37 for adults.

#4 Shah Alam Extreme Park

Shah Alam Extreme Park
The Shah Alam Extreme Park offers a variety of outdoor activities; it boasts a large skate park, a wall climbing area, 4x4 experience, off-road track and bike park. If you're with a group, you can engage in a game of paintball starting from RM50 for 100 pallets.

#5 Blue Mosque

Blue mosque by Amril Izan Imran on flickr
If the Blue Mosque in Istanbul Turkey is on your bucket list, you can visit the Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Mosque in Shah Alam until it is safer to travel. The country's biggest mosque also features an iconic blue dome, making it a popular tourist attraction.

#6 Laman Seni 7

Laman Seni 7 Shah Alam
Laman seni 7 by Xinxian Teoh on flickr
Laman Seni 7 is full of outdoor street art and 3D murals that you can interact with. Vibrant colours line the walls, inviting visitors to take a photo for their Instagram. It is part of Shah Alam's effort to transform the otherwise dull lanes into public art galleries.

Already explored Shah Alam? You can find more places to visit on Tourism Selangor's official website!
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