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Review: The ENTERTAINER - ‘Perfect Match' Launch Party

>> Wednesday, January 25, 2017

The ENTERTAINER Malaysia 2017 app was launched recently, offering over 1,200 Buy-One-Get-One-Free offers for restaurants, caf├ęs, hotels, attractions, spas, retail & many more, which customers can purchase for RM145.00, directly from their website or through the ENTERTAINER App! If you've purchased last year's ENTERTAINER 2016 voucher book, you'll know the extent of the vouchers available that you can't even finish using all of them! This year, instead of having hard-copy voucher books, all you need is to have the ENTERTAINER Malaysia 2017 app.

This year, the ENTERTAINER is proud to introduce Cheers Malaysia 2017, a Buy-One-Get-One-Free app exclusively redeemable on drinks in the hottest bars and restaurants. Offers range from single beverages to bottles of wine/ spirits/ buckets of beer, double cocktails, pitchers and more. A vast variety of popular venues such as Jiro KL & Hugos Modestos are part of the participating venues.

Photo credit: Screenshot from ENTERTAINER Malaysia's website

To celebrate the launch of this perfect match, the ENTERTAINER held a launch party at Jiro KL in Bangsar. The evening was filled with excitement, lucky draws, pop quiz & fantastic prizes we given away to winner as well. The first 100 invitees who turned up at the party also walked away with a swag bag filled with vouchers & goodies from the event's sponsors.

Opening/Welcome speech

All the bloggers/media influencers & invitees to the party

The ENTERTAINER Malaysia team 

One of the many sponsors that evening...
We had some canapes & drinks that evening before the event concluded & most bloggers went for their late dinner (I had to rush home for night conference calls) 

With up to RM415,000 in savings for customers in 2017, this app is sure to be a hit for all who eat out, drink out, & spend much of their time out with family & friends! Offers are available at venues across 40 destinations in the Middle East, Asia, Africa and Europe as well (you'll need that country's app to purchase offers for that country).

The ENTERTAINER 2017 app is available to download free on iOS or Android app stores. So what are you waiting for? :)

B1G1F - me likey,


Review: Launch of the Blanc Coco Sparkling Coconut Water

>> Saturday, January 21, 2017

Coconut water is very common in Malaysia & Thailand. It's the best drink on a hot day & it is well-known for its cooling effect to the body. But have you heard of sparkling coconut water? That's like having a "natural Coke", eh? :D

Blanc Coco is the WORLD'S FIRST 100% sparkling coconut water & was launched last week in Malaysia by Euro-Atlantic Sdn Bhd for Thai Coconut Public Company Limited! Yes, our country hosted the launch of the world's first 100% sparkling coconut water!

This unique & refreshing thirst-quencher is rich in nutrition & comes from the best type of coconuts, the Nam Hom variety that's grown in the Ratchaburi Province of Thailand. The Nam Hom coconut is known as "The King of Coconuts" & is reputed to be the best in the world. It is harvested at the young age of 30 days old for its sweet coconut water. Its one-of-a-kind fragrance makes the Blanc Coco 100% Sparkling Coconut Water, which you'll never find in any other species of coconuts.

At present, there are 4 flavors of Blanc Coco 100% Sparkling Coconut Watter - Natural, Pomegranate, Mango & Pineapple, & Lemonade. As Malaysia is the 1st country in the world to have the Blanc Coco 100% SpaCoconut Water, Thai Coconut Public Company Limited will soon be launching this unique drink in Japan, Korea, Australia, New Zealand & also the United States.

Launch event of Blanc Coco 100% Sparkling Coconut Water

Variety of products under Thai Coconut Public Limited Company that's also available in Malaysia

Fun Facts of Blanc Coco 100% Sparkling Coconut Water:
  • Ultimate refreshing
  • Never from concentrate
  • Only 22 KCal per bottle
  • No preservatives
  • No sugar added
  • 100% coconut  water + CO2 injection
  • Zero fat
  • Zero cholesterol
  • All natural

The launch took place at Samplings on the Fourteenth, Berjaya Times Square Hotel Kuala Lumpur. There were welcome speeches, cutting of the launch ribbon, followed by a short media Q & A before the media representatives were ushered to a Thai-sampling dinner.

Welcome speech by General Manager of Euro-Atlantic, Mr Adrian Ung

Speech by Managing Director of Euro-Atlantic, Ms Ebby Loo 

Toast to the start of the world's first 100% sparkling coconut water 

Speech by CEO of Thai Coconut Public Company Ltd, Ms Chanya Thanasakdipat

Ribbon-cutting ceremony 

All the products available in leading retailers in Malaysia & can also be purchased online at selected platforms 

Thai Coconut Public Company Limited also produces coconut milk beverages in 6 different flavors i.e. natural, durian (flavoring, not using actual durian), mango, melon, chocolate & coffee. They also produce Thai Coco snacks such as the Coconut Chips in original flavor, sour cream & onion, yoghurt, & spicy cheese (not available in Malaysia yet), plus Roasted Coconut Bars as well.

Media Q & A session

Melon Flavor Coconut Milk
The melon flavor was very evident. This flavor isn't my favorite as I found the melon taste stronger than the coconut taste. 

Durian Flavor Coconut Milk
There's no doubt that this is a durian flavored beverage. It's not overly pungent, but reminded me of durian ice-cream! 

Original Coconut Milk
I thought this was good! AP & I tried another brand of coconut milk beverage that we came across at Aeon Big one day & it wasn't pleasant to the palate. This was smooth, not overly thick, not chocking, & I could actually finish a bottle on my own. As for the other brand, I actually used it to cook curry as it was really difficult to consume as a beverage! Hahahaha.

Mango Flavor Coconut Milk
Quite pleasant, to be honest. No complains as it was a very common, no-fuss flavor of beverage that most people will be familiar with :) 

Coffee Flavor Coconut Milk
This was nice! Fragrant coffee aroma & taste with a lovely blend of coconut. Interesting.

Chocolate Flavor Coconut Milk
I won't mind drinking this any time & I think it's good for those who are lactose intolerant, but love chocolate milk :P Chocolatey enough to make me want to drink it up.

Best served chilled 

Original Flavor Coconut Chips
You won't realize you're chomping away on coconut chips if no one tells you it's coconut & if you don't see the packaging. This is ADDICTIVE! I'm not a fan of coconut snacks as it's usually fibrous & rough, but this felt like eating a nutty-chip. SO GOOD!

Roasted Coconut Bars
Alike our Chinese peanut bars, this comes with roasted coconuts, raisins & sunflower seeds. It wasn't too sweet, very crunchy & I thought it's really fragrant. Wouldn't mind having these at home as snacks! 

As Chinese New Year kicks in next weekend, why not grab some of these Blanc Coco 100% Sparkling Coconut Water & some coconut snacks to treat your relatives & friends who pop-by for a visit? I'm sure it'll be a refreshingly different treat compared to the usual sweetened drinks, carbonated drinks & cookies :D

Blanc Coco 100% Sparkling Coconut Water, 275ml (RM7.50/bottle)
Thai Coconut Milk beverage, 280ml (RM4.00/bottle)

For more information on the products, visit www.theblanccoco.com.

Go natural, go Blanc Coco!


Review: Personalize your Valentine's Day Gift with Printcious.com

>> Monday, January 16, 2017

In a blink of an eye, the first 2 weeks of January, the 1st month of the year, is over! Gosh...time passes WAY too quickly. Right after Chinese New Year, we'll be looking towards Valentine's Day in LESS THAN a month's time *wow*

I enjoy making personalized gifts for my loved ones. My husband, family & friends have received quite a number of personalized gifts, cards & bookmarks since my youth days. To me, personalized gifts are more meaningful, unique & is "the only one in the world"! It warms my heart & brings back good memories to see such gifts displayed at the glass cupboards of my loved ones' homes or even kept in their stash of personalized gifts collected through the years :)

With advanced technology in this 21st century, Printcious provides everyone a simple platform to design & purchase personalized gifts for themselves & their loved ones. I find that buying & designing gifts on Printcious fun, simple & hassle-free, especially with such a busy schedule this 2017.

Their home page

Zoom-in on their front/home page

Product Categories
There is an extensive list of product categories to select from & customize your gift. Shopping for a gift is indeed made complete at Printcious!

With their tagline, "Printcious.com – Precious Gifts From Your Heart", you'll be spoilt for choice in selecting the perfect gift this Valentine's Day for your precious someone :)

As a "certified software tester" by profession, I decided to test out their customization tool to verify the ease of use as well as check out their user interface for the tool. I dare say that it's pretty easy to use, especially if you're familiar with using the computer, internet & online shopping!

Customization Tool (example below is to customize/design a heart-shape cushion)
1. Hover on the top drop-down link "Create" (between "Shop" & "Sell")
2. Select "Categories > Cushions > Cushions (Love)"
3. Select the Color for your cushion.
4. Select the quantity.
5. Click on the "Customize It" button to add a customized image/words.

6. Click on the "Photo" drop-down button.
7. Click on "Select Image".
8. Select your method of choosing the image, whether it's by Uploading from your computer ("Upload Files") or selecting from an album from your Facebook/Instagram account.

9. Insert the image & click on the "Done" button.

10. If you're satisfied with your customization, click on the "Add to Cart" button. If you would like to add more customization e.g. words, click on the "Customize It" button again & repeat steps 6-9.

11. Click on the "Checkout" button.
12. Fill in your Shipping Address, Method, Payment Method & Review your Order before finalizing your order. Once confirmed, you can wait for your order to arrive! :) If you order above RM80.00 & you're delivering to an address in West Malaysia, you'll get your item(s) delivered for free as well!

You can also select from their pre-designed selection of gifts for Valentine's Day. There are at least 477 varieties to choose from! Just go to the "Gifts > Occasion > Valentine's Day" page to begin browsing.

Currently, they are having a Back To School promo, which ends this Saturday, 21st Jan 2017. You can also receive a RM20.00 cash voucher for your very first purchase at Printcious!

Don't say I "bojio" ya...pre-designed Valentine's Day gifts start from RM10.50/mini tee! Customized gifts will cost more, but you may not find the 'same designed' gift elsewhere unless you make more than 1 unit for someone else! Hehehe...

Printcious.com – Precious Gifts From Your Heart

Valentine's Day is coming too soon! 


Review: Fruit & Flower Teas by T Garden

>> Thursday, January 12, 2017

Everyone knows that the history of tea begins way back in ancient China around 350 A.D. Various countries are well-known for their teas, especially China, India, Japan, Europe & even Turkey. Even Malaysia grows our own tea leaves in Cameron Highlands, eh? :D

Tea has its benefits & nature has its ways of providing, sustaining,  & restoring for itself, the way its Creator has purposed it to be. Fruit & flower teas are one of the "in" things now as more & more people are more health-conscious & looking at natural remedies for a healthier living. As the common Chinese/Ceylon tea leaves can sometimes cause selected individuals to stay awake through the night, fruit & flower teas are a good option for tea-lovers & those who are keen to draw benefits from these dehydrated/dried fruits & flowers.

T Garden is a new brand in Malaysia since its launch last October 2016. Started by a simple, tea-lover in Kuantan, this brand currently carries a variety of 11 fruit & flower teas. Their best seller is no doubt the blueberry tea, a fusion of blueberries, blackcurrants, grapes, hibiscus and rose buds, that is rich in vitamins & anti-oxidants. Some of the benefits include reducing the risk of diabetes, prevents dehydration, & boosts immunity. Best part is that all these fruit & flower teas are caffeine free! :) All their tea fruits/flowers are imported from Germany, & packed locally in Kuantan.

Left->Right: Chamomile, Jasmine, French Rose & Peach Flower (front, loose)

Each fruit/flower tea has its benefits. You can refer to T Garden's FB to read more about the health benefits & reap from the benefits that these teas give by consuming them regularly.

Left->Right: Peach, Dried Lemon (loose), Blueberry

Left->Right: Dried Ginger, Lemongrass & Gingko Leaves (front)

For this review, I have decided to try out the blueberry tea first since it's their best seller (can't be drinking all 11 types of tea at ONE go for this review!), just to check out how it really tastes & what's so special about it that most of their clients purchase this variety. I had the one in a tea bag, but to show you what exactly is in the bag, I opened the bag for photo purposes.

Blueberry tea bag

Just add hot water & you can see the rich, deep, dark red color of the blueberries slowly infused in the cup of hot water :D

Looks like the Ribena berry juice minus the sugar
The tea has a fruity & floral aroma. It has a tart, sourish taste, yet light & pleasant to the palate. One tea bag can actually last at least 2 cups & be enjoyed slowly. A colleague of mine who tried the same tea said that she keeps refilling her tea cup throughout the day as the taste of the blueberry mix is still evident even after several rounds of refilling.

You'll notice the berries & flower petals in the mix
If you prefer to have a slight sweetness to your tea, you can add honey :)

All of T Garden's teas are sold in the form of loose fruits/flowers/leaves or in sealed tea bags for convenience. Some people prefer to purchase the loose fruits/flowers/leaves as they have their own tea strainer or they prefer to put more tea ingredients into a large tea pot to be consumed throughout the day or by more people.

Sealed Bag Packaging Option
Photo credit: T Garden's FB page

They also sell their tea loose in jars, zip locked bags & metal tin gift boxes
At present, the gift boxes come in baby pink heart-shape, light turquoise heart-shape, silver square & gold square. 
Photo credit: T Garden's FB page

Tea prices 
Photo credit: T Garden's FB page

As Chinese New Year draws near, why not consider giving away some packets/jars/gift boxes of fruit & flower teas together with your cookies, mandarin oranges & CNY snacks to your relatives, friends, colleagues or business associates? After all, tea is a rather Chinese thing, right? Just that not everyone fancies Chinese tea, but they may find fruit & flower teas something new & pleasing to their palate! T Garden is also more than happy to package personalized hampers as gifts according to your budget as well, so feel free to drop them a message :D

If you're keen to purchase packets/jar/gift boxes of teas to include in your gift bags or hampers, do drop them a Facebook message or email them at tgarden.ktn@gmail.com with your enquiries/purchase order. Their FB page also provides a step-by-step instructions to purchase the tea. Do indicate that you're PerutBesi's reader & you'll get some sample tea bags to try out as well (only from now 'til 11th Febraury 2017)!

It's time to stay health-tea & beau-tea-ful! :D

Let's stay health-tea,

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