Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Mumbai, our travel the world agenda continues

On Wednesday, 27th of April 2011, with the long weekend of 1st May just a few days ahead, we are heading to Mumbai, India. A place I have been resisting to go for quite some time but love makes you do a lot of thing you will never do by yourself. 

My wife is a lover of India, the country, although I never seen her watched any Indian movie, either Hindustan or Tamil. She has been buggering me to add India as one of our destination. I resisted and she actually arranged for us to go herself.

As we are going in less than 24 hours and I hate not knowing what is there to expect, we have been going around getting some travel experience from a few people. People like Vinod, whose wife is living there; Jahabar who is the man-about-town, whose love for India or anything Indian made us follow him for his Indian culinary tour every other day and Euveng who thinks we are mad to go to India for a holiday.

So, wish us well, and let us bring good memories from this country which I wish prove me wrong in  the perceptions that were given to us.

p/s - Above are food which we may eat over in Mumbai

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Kuala Lumpur like no other

I never thought I can see Kuala Lumpur other than a place where traffic jams and tall buildings with no character existed. I was proven wrong by a friend who sees Kuala Lumpur, or any other city. He says, each city has its own character and true to form, it was indeed a revelation.

The route we took started by all of us parking at the back of the Bangunan Sultan Abdul Samad, a building amazing in architecture but overexposed by all the events conducted in front of it. We met there at 5am and our walk started at 5.20am. 

We passed through Jalan Pasar, over to Pudu area, through Bukit Nanas, through Changkat Bukit Bintang, through Jalan Alor, within Bukit Bintang area, Jalan Imbi, back to Jalan Pasar using Jalan Raja Chulan. It took us nearly 3 hours as we stopped at a few places and we ate at a wet market near Jalan Imbi.

Here are some of the pictures I took on that day :

Monday, April 11, 2011

Brand's 14-Days "Get Smart" Challenge

The first entry for this blog post was done at 7 am on 30th March 2011, a wet Wednesday morning and I am up, doing some work in my office. I was up since 4.30am as I had to send my wife to LCCT, the low-cost airport, as she is going on a long overdue holiday with her. I didn't sleep after sending her but went straight to my office. And yes, it was helped by the 4th bottle of Brand's which I started to take on 26th of March 2010.

On 27th March 2011, a Sunday, I did something I never did before. An adrenaline rush sport which consist of doing flying fox, balancing myself on steps made from pipes nearly 50 feet from the ground and sliding down trees. I am not those who did all these when I was in school, which was more than 20 years ago but I can just described it as fun. The adventure I had was courtesy of the Skytrex-Adventure at Taman Pertanian. Below are some pictures of what I did that day. Drinking Brand's again helped me.

As I handled a few businesses at any one time, I also have to divide my time to manage them properly. And that is not all. I am also a very social animal. I usually don't go home before it is 1 o'clock in the morning. Every Tuesday, Saturday and (just recently) Sunday, I always hang-out at a bar in town listening to music of old being played by a favourite father and son band. Although relaxing in a bar may need that much brain muscle but needing to wake up at 6am and go to work, does make a supplement like Brand's important in my life. As on some days, I give seminars which are based on the books that I have written while I am writing a new book.

Every weekend, for the past 3 months, I have been trekking jungles around the Klang Valley and as it is usually done on Sundays, I need to divide my time between these activities and living a proper balance wok-life relationship.

Then last week, starting from Sunday, 3rd of April 2011 until last night, 10th of April 2011, anyone in Malaysia would have caught the F1 fever. What a fever it was. Parties were held every single day and as someone who tried to use this opportunity to network with as many people as possible, it did take it tolls. The pictures below are just some of the parties which I attended. Yesterday, the day of the race where I woke up at 6am to trek the Gasing Hill, have lunch, hang-out with a few friends while we watched the F1 race, then drove to Sepang for the final STYLO event before joining my friend for what we called our #rockapak session, I am so tired that I could have just take a day-off today. But, I didn't.

The 14-Days "Get Smart" Challenge was not really a challenge as it actually helped me living my already hectic life. The event on 25th March where Brand's announced its new ambassador in Rynn Lim had helped realised how Brand's is the supplement that I need and should have taken long ago.

And it seems that its benefit is scientifically proven too. Dr Paramjeet Singh, the Senior Manager of Brand's Health Science Centre, Regional R&D, Health Supplement Division as seen above showed us what is inside the concoction which made it beneficial. It has ProBeptigen, an active compound that independent scientist help improves memory and mental concentration.

At that event, we had the good Dr. Paramjeet Singh, multi-talented pop singer and composer, Rynn Lim and even General Manager of Cerebos (M) Sdn. Bhd. to answer all our questions on the benefit of Brand's Essence of Chicken and also how Rynn Lim was going to take up the challenge of composing and finishing a song in 14 days from that launch day.

Check out Rynn Lim's progress in his challenge at this Brand's Smart Living Facebook page.

In case you want to get a bottle of Brand's Essence of Chicken, it is sold in 6-bottle packs of either 42gm or 70gm at RM24.20 and RM39.20, with the limited edition Brand's '14-Day Get Smart' Challenge packs come in a special 14 x 70gm bottle pack priced at RM70.90.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Johnnie Walker, The Black Circuit Lounge 2011

How long can a brand last if it doesn't associate itself with something that stands together in its vision. Johnnie Walker did that when it associate itself with one of the stylish and sophisticated sports in the world, the F1. I bet the most harden fans will really know how an F1 car really works unless they have work on one (or driven one).

This year, the team is the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes and the drivers are Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button. They have just finished the Australian F1 Grand Prix nearly 2 weeks ago and with Lewis Hamilton winning second place, it will be important for them to be on top again this coming weekend. Malaysia will be hosting the F1 GP on 10th of April and with the current scorching heat, with unpredictable rain which can come at any moment (no matter how much the bomoh try to shoo away the cloud), the heat will not be only on the Sepang International Circuit.

Remember the rivalry between McLaren and Ferrari at the end of 1990s and early 2000? That is one rivalry which will make F1 be an interesting sports again. Redbull seems to want to be a contender again and we hope a rivalry like that will ignite the sparks again. With Hamilton and Button, we hope the competitive edge will be there. Johnnie Walker being the number one Scotch whisky brand will understand about being number one, and that is why they associate themselves with Vodafone McLaren Mercedes.

The Black Circuit Lounge this coming 9th April 2011, The Johnnie Walker Black Circuit Lounge will make sure you can associate success with being competitive. Experience the lifestyle of Formula 1 at this by-invites only party which is lined up with so many big names like DJ Sophia Lin, superstar-mixer DJ Enferno from the East Coast, Hong Kong’s DVDJ I-Tek, Malaysian-own DJ Faith.

Go see what it is all about here :

People may ask why I can associate myself with the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes team or even Johnnie Walker? Of course this is due to be a lawyer and to the fact I own a Mercedes SLK 200 Coupe which I sometimes use to attend event like the Black Circuit :

By the way, if you are going to the Black Circuit Lounge, you can check them at their Facebook page Black Circuit Lounge and last but not ever, ever least :
Never Drink and Drive