Friday, May 15, 2015

Launching of OUD by Josh Lee Fragrances @ Loke Thye Kee

Are you missing the smell of your home? The smell where there's a clash between the sea and the smell of nature?
If you are a fan of some refreshing scent, then OUD by Josh Lee Fragrances would be able to attract you. 

This woody oriental fragrance captures the rich biodiversity of the Malaysian Rainforests. It opens with fresh notes of dawn break and follows by a medley note of indigenous spices, herbs and floras before unfurling the elegant yet exotic oud accord of its precious trees. - Josh Lee

Invited by Josh Lee himself, I've attended the launching of OUD by Josh Lee Fragrances at Loke Thye Kee Restaurant located at Burma Road. Which used to be one of the signature landmark in Penang. Thank you for having me that evening. 

OUD by Josh Lee
Heritage Through Scent

OUD by Josh Lee is basically scent of Malaysian Rainforest, where the smell of nature, signature trees, spices that can only be obtained in Malaysia. Which is why it makes this perfume so special, and it can be recognised as the scent of Malaysia.   


George Town by Josh Lee was Josh's first product, which featured the scent of Penang and also the world's first heritage city fragrance. George Town by Josh Lee is also created on the 7th of July, which marked as the World's Heritage Day, perfectly fit for the idea of the perfume itself. 


I'm lucky to get to try out the scent of OUD, which is so refreshing and long lasting.
The scent was rather pleasant with the smell of wood mixture, but also refreshing with the touch of citrus, where we can find youth in the smell of elegant. 

Loke Thye Kee also served as the best location for the launch of OUD by Josh Lee, where I can capture KOMTAR, the one and only tallest building in Penang. Which represented Penang so much.  



Josh talked about how he created George Town by Josh Lee and also OUD by Josh Lee on that night.
He shared about how excited he was when his perfume is popular not only among the locals but also one of the favourite of tourists. Which is why we can find his perfume in most of the tourist attractions or places like hotels, shopping malls and etc. And it is now available all over Malaysia including Sabah and Sarawak!


Apart from his success, he also invited his family to share this achievement together.
Where they launched OUD by Josh Lee together, sharing all the joy and happiness with his family.

Guests that attended the event also get to try out the samples of OUD by Josh Lee

OUD by Josh Lee
The Scent of Malaysian Rainforest For Him & Her

For now, Josh Lee Fragrances is available at selected hotels, airport, shopping malls around Malaysia. Other than that, you may also order from the website itself and delivery is available.
Price for products of Josh Lee Fragrances is as per below:
OUD by Josh Lee - RM160.00 (50ml)
George Town by Josh Lee- RM118.00(50ml)

For more info, you may visit Josh Lee Fragrances website or Facebook page.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Say I-Do in Style with G Hotel Kelawai

After the first G Hotel in year 2007 at Gurney Drive, G Hotel Kelawai is now one of the latest and modest hotel in Penang!
Earlier this 2015, G Hotel Kelawai came up and tagged as "Style ... Redefined".

In G Hotel Kelawai, there are total of 6 rooms named as Forum 1 - 6 while Forum 5 & 6 are dedicated to cater to your intimate wedding dinners.
These special forums do have indoor and our door seatings which can accommodate to your different needs for your wedding themes and it can host up to 12 tables with 10 persons on the table.

On that night itself, we get to try out the Intimate Package which is priced at RM1388 per table.
The couples will still get to custom on the packages to fit their requirements, but all packages require a minimum of 10 tables.

One of the special little treatment when you have your wedding in G Hotel Kelawai is an exclusive complimentary stay at the Executive Room with breakfast included.
Wedding packages in G Hotel Kelawai comes with 8 courses of Chinese set dinner menu specially created by their chefs. The guests will also get to choose from the menu with wide selection of dishes.

G Hotel Kelawai also offers complimentary pre-dinner cocktails tidbits for all the guests. 

The space for pre-dinner cocktails are rather spacious and elegant, which is just perfect for extra arrangements like photo-booth set up, wedding decorations and many more. 

One of the best thing to have your wedding with G Hotel is that you can save up a lot of efforts and money for the special benefits that you will get from G Hotel Event Team.

There are several packages for you to choose, be it western style, Chinese style, Malay style or any style you want it to be. Everything can be arrange as long as you can provide your requirements. 

Other than weddings, I believe some couples would like to have their anniversary dinner too, which is pretty common especially for old couples which have been through all the years together, so G Hotel would be a great host for you.

As I've mentioned the benefits you will get from G Hotel earlier, G Hotel do provide wedding invitation cards, which can save you a lot of money for printing and designing. 
And there are also wedding checklist that helps you to monitor and arrange every single little thing for your wedding ceremony or wedding dinner arrangement to make sure you have a perfect and memorable wedding. 

Other than that, Guest Signature Book is also prepared by G Hotel to let your guests leave some lovely messages for you and your loved one. Everything will be arranged by the G Hotel, so you have nothing to worry about when it comes to your wedding.

For the starter, G Hotel served four hot and combinations platters. There are Kerabu mango with Crystal Dried Prawns, Crispy Coconut Prawn Roll, Baked Mussels with Cheese and Fresh Scallops with Macadamia Nuts. Pretty much of variety and you will definitely love it if you are a seafood lover. Not to mention that the seafood were fresh and even the presentation is beautiful. 


Our second dish was Braised Shark's Fin Soup with Eight Treasures, one of the recommended courses by Chef Ong, Executive Sous Chef of G Hotel. The eight treasures are real shark's fin, dried scallops from Japan, crab meat, sea cucumber, fish maw, fish lips, mushroom and bamboo shoot. G Hotel also participate in helping the environment and guests can have options to replace Shark's Fin with other ingredients like fish maw, crab meat, and etc.  




Roasted Pi Pa Duck Combination with Strawberry Chicken dish rather delightful and as they are both very crispy. They were both very delicious, especially the Strawberry Chicken which is so special and new to me. I guess this is a must try for the dinner menu. 




Another favourite of mine would be this Fried Shell-less Prawns with Golden Salted Egg Yolk Sauce. You can decide on your own whether to leave the head and tail or to remove it. As some Chinese would want things to have beginning(head) and end(tail). 


Braised Kwai Fei Abalone and Fresh Fish Maw with Broccoli made one of my favourite dish of the night. It was rather delightful and all the ingredient were just cooked to its perfection especially the broccoli. It is also one of the must dishes for Chinese Wedding for the vegetable dishes.


Steamed Cod Fish in Supreme Soya Sauce is very delicious as the sliced cod fish are very fresh and the steaming was just perfect. the homemade sauce by chef is rather tasty and flavourful. The soft well-steamed cod fish and the flavourful sauce just blended perfectly and made me want more. 


Smoked Salmon Pineapple Fried Rice in Pineapple Boat was a great surprise. Never thought that smoked salmon could blend so well in pineapple fried rice that made it rather special. The presentation of this fried rice made it look appetizing as the pineapple boat as well as the colour of the fried rice look just great. 


Chilled Mango with Lychee Pop was a pleasant surprise from G Hotel. Especially on the Lychee Pop itself that the juices pop out from every bite. The mango soup can blend well with the vanilla ice cream and makes it rather delicious with the lychee juice from the pop balls. 



Thanks to Chef Ong, the Executive Sous Chef of G Hotel, also the one cooking all those delicious dishes for us. Not forget to thanks G Hotel team for hosting us that wonderful evening.

If you are planning on your wedding dinner, G Hotel might be able to help you with all the wedding planning and also assist u with what you might be needing. 

If you have your wedding dinner with G Hotel, here are the extra benefits you will get:
  1. Complimentary pre-dinner cocktail tidbits
  2. 3-tier wedding cake for cake cutting ceremony
  3. champagne fountain set-up with 2 bottles of sparkling juice for toasting
  4. complimentary guest signature book
  5. delectable cake giveaway to all wedding guests
For any wedding dinner reservation and enquiries, you may call contact G Hotel at +604 - 2380000 or email them at g4u@ghotel.com.my

Say I-Do in Style with G Hotel Kelawai

Address: 2, Persiaran Maktab 10250 Penang
Contact number: +6 04 - 219 0000
Email: g4u@ghotel.com.my
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/GHotel.Penang
GPS: 5.435551,100.309931
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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Mind resting


Sometimes what you need is a nice place with a cup of good coffee to rest your mind
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Friday, April 24, 2015

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Aunty Anne's True Penang Cuisine @ Lorong Macalister, Penang


Nyonya cuisine is now one of the hot picks in Penang as everybody is now exposed to Nyonya food, cultural and history. Nyonya dishes used to be something very hard to find in Penang, but now Nyonya cuisine can be easily found around George Town area.

The other day I saw Ling Tze posted something about this place named Aunty Anne True Penang Cuisine, then I got quite interested to visit this place. The timing was just perfect as Ken was asking if I want to tag along the other day after we have finished another event, so I finally get to visit this place.

Aunty Anne True Penang Cuisine is located at one of the not so popular street in George Town, which is the halfway of Lorong Macalister. You will know where it is if you know where one of the best Chendol in Penang located. This street is rather popular during morning time as everybody would go there for Siu Fong Lye Fried Koay Kak or Penang Chee Cheong Fun. 

Lorong Macalister is a one way street, entering from Jalan Burma and you should carefully look on your right hand side then you will see this row of newly refurbished heritage buildings.

Aunty Anne is located at the corner of the building, you would miss it if you didn't look properly.

 Aunty Anne True Penang Cuisine is only open for lunch hours, which is from 11:30am to 3:00pm daily, close on Sundays. But they do accept group bookings or special occasions bookings too.

The restaurant and the set up is pretty simple, bringing some homey but rather elegance feeling. We went at around 2:30pm and it is near their closing time so there were nobody in there.

There are quite a numbers of antiques displaying around the restaurants.
They are from artefact and they are for sale too.




The menu of Aunty Anne True Penang Cuisine is very simple.
There are only Set Lunch and add ons to your order. 
The Set Lunch comes with appetizer, main course, drinks and dessert too. Every set lunch will be charging at RM18.50nett. 

Lemongrass Juice is rather refreshing and nice as it wasn't too sweet. Even if you don't like lemongrass, you will be ok with it because the smell of lemongrass is not too strong, just perfect for my liking. The drinks will be different daily depending on what Aunty Anne is cooking on that day.

The appetizers are the same daily, which is inclusive of one Pie Tee & Jiu Hu Char (Fried Cuttle Fish with YamBean), served with Aunty Anne's homemade Sambal Belacan.

The Pie Tee was very crispy as how it should be, but the Fried Yam Bean was rather good as it is just perfectly cooked, unlike some over cooked yam bean which are too soft or soggy. The yam bean was rather crunchy that you would want to have more.

Jiu Hu Char (Fried Cuttle Fish with Yam Bean) is really something to brag about. It is simply delicious and very flavourful with cuttle fish added. What makes it even better is Aunty Anne's homemade Sambal Belacan that is so damn good. Spiciness is moderate while the taste was rather awesome with generous amount of belacan added into the sambal. Simply perfect! 

Lemak Laksa is one of my favourite. If I were to choose in between Lemak Laksa or Assam Laksa, I would usually for for Lemak Laksa as I am really a big fan for coconut milk. The Lemak Laksa here is not disappointing at all. The soup was rather creamy and thick, but you may want to ask for extra soup if you love the soup as much as I do.


Assam Laksa is available on the menu, which is also one of Aunty Anne's speciality. The soup is just nice, not too spicy nor too sour. Adding my favourite shrimp paste made it rather appetizing and delicious as I'm also a big fan of shrimp paste. But I do understand some people do not like it because it will turn the laksa soup sweet. 



The portion of the laksa was rather generous, but it is also reasonable for the price they charged.
The laksa noodle was rather springy and the fish meat was rather good together with all the fresh chopped vegetables.

Nasi Ulam is rather delighting with all the mixture of herbs and the rice. One important step about cooking Nasi Ulam is you must make sure that your herbs are chopped finely so the whole plate of rice would be just even and everything can blend well. The side dishes for the Nasi Ulam here are homemade Acar and Otak-Otak. The Otak-Otak here is really something to die for. It is rather delicious with the perfect mixture of the sauce together with the fresh fish meat in it. If the piece of Otak-Otak is not enough,  you can order them as extra add-ons charging at only RM4 each.



 We are glad that we get to meet Aunty Anne, the owner of this restaurant. She is really friendly and also a good story teller. Thank god that we went at non-peak hours so she actually have some time to prepare our food and sit down and talk to us.
She told that she is always cooking for her family and one day, her children actually asked her to start her own small business so she can cooks for others too. This is where she started her own small business and start cooking for other people too. 
Through our conversations, we can see that she do not just focus on her business but also the satisfactions of the customers. She is really someone passionate about her own cooking and also love to share his story with her customers. What a lovely and welcoming lady. 

We were too into talking and sharing stories that we almost forgot about our desserts. The desserts of the day was Black Glutinous Rice Soup and Green Bean Soup


The black glutinous rice soup was rather thick, together with the fresh coconut milk made it rather appetizing and delicious. You can also ask for extra coconut milk if you would like it to be more creamy. But the amount of coconut milk given would be sufficient. The black glutinous rice was cooked evenly, it is just perfect for my liking. 

Green Bean Soup was quite delighting as it is not too sweet. I got a bit regretted that I ordered Black Glutinous Rice Soup because I actually prefer this Green Bean Soup more than that because it was very good. The green beans were cooked until soft, and with sago added into the dessert, it became more delighted and favourable to me. Simply good to end a meal!


 It is very happy to be able to meet someone so passionate about cooking and customer-centric. 
Aunty Anne True Penang Cuisine is really a warm and welcoming place, do hop over and if you have the chance, you may spend some time meeting and talking to Aunty Anne herself and you might just 
gain some extra knowledge for yourself. 

Aunty Anne's True Penang Cuisine @ Lorong Macalister, Penang
Address: 67, Lorong Macalister 10400 Georgetown, Penang.
Operating hours: Daily 11:30am - 3:00pm (Close on Sundays)
Price: RM18.50 per set, add-ons available.
Contact number: Anne @ 016-4890024 / KC @ 012-4228666
GPS: 5.4161015,100.3283002
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