Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Cre Arts Asia, Southeast Asia's Modern Circus Is Back To Wow Audiences

Cre Arts Asia is Southeast Asia's largest modern circus and they will be performing for the second time at Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre (KLPAC) from 30 November - 2 December 2018. If you had been following my blog, probably you knew that my family and I watched their awesome performance last year. To read more about last year's Press Conference, click HERE and to read more about the actual show performance we experienced, read HERE. We are very excited that Cre Arts Asia will be performing again because their gravity-defying acts were the best my family has seen so far.



This year's performance will be a magical, mystical journey into the world of a Polynesian myth, transporting audiences to the mysterious Planet V, some 173 light years away. Combining aerial and flow dance, visual arts and gravity-defying stunts, the show will take you on a journey to encounter creatures and beings of a planet far, far away, where imagination brings to life a fantasy world thriving on the four elements - air, water, earth and fire. This year, audiences can expect a bigger and better performance with more talented performers.

Cre Arts Asia is made up of Malaysia's leading home-grown performing arts studios, namely Viva Circus, an award-winning physical arts theatre company; and Psycusix, Malaysia's leading modern circus performing arts group. Cre is jointly produced by Chris Lo, Production & Event Director together with show producer, Yiki Chan and choreographed by creme de la creme masters in the industry like Nana Liew, creative director and dance choreographer, Afique Khaikal, flow arts choreographer, Samantha Lee, aerial and pole act choreographer who are also cast of the show.


From left to right, Chris Lo, Yiki Chan, Afique Khaikal and Nana Liew

I attended the press conference held at ANT Cafe & Bar to know more about the coming Cre Arts Asia's performances. Khaikal said that there is hope and aspiration to entertain audiences with smart play of lightings and flow arts starting with Malaysian audiences followed by Asia Pacific regions, Europe and the United States.



Nana Liew added "Gone are the days where animals, clowns are used as casts in a circus show. In Cre Arts Asia's show, there is strictly no animals used except for passionate artiste performing the show using pyrotechnics by the Poi artist, gravity-defying acts by the aerialist flow artistes."



Passionate and vowed to be married to the world of performing arts since she was 13 years old, Yiki Chan, producer of Cre expressed her thoughts over the spectacular production. "Our goal is not just to provide amazing entertainment, but also to share our passions and become advocates in the elevation of performing arts in Malaysia. We want to inspire, educate and encourage the young to be actively involved in the arts. Hence, we are working together again to create another spellbinding show suitable for the whole family to enjoy on the weekend leading up to the end of the year."



This is a good time to plan for the year end school holidays. Bring your family here to watch the amazing circus performance which will be held at Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre (KLPAC) from 30 November - 2 December 2018. There will be day shows and evening shows available.

Get your tickets online through Red Tix (airasiaredtix.com). Tickets are priced at RM 118, RM 158 and RM 198 at different seating areas. Children and senior citizens enjoy a reduced ticket price as well as those booking in groups. Hong Leong Bank (HLB) debit and credit cardholders get a discount of 10% on regular ticket price. For GSC HLB credit cardholders, there is a 15% discount of regular ticket price.

For more information, please visit Cre Arts Asia WEBSITE or FACEBOOK or INSTAGRAM.



Friday, October 12, 2018

Honor 8X Smartphone Launch


Honor Malaysia, the leading mobile device e-brand, launched its brand-new honor 8X in Malaysia yesterday. Also present during the launch event were official honor Malaysia brand ambassador, famous homebred singer-songwriter and rapper, SonaOne, alongside popular local TV personality Zizan Razak, the official ambassador for honor 8X.

Living up to the spirit of its tagline “Beyond Limits”, honor 8X offers users a device that provides an unrivalled technology and a supreme lifestyle companionship experience at only RM949.



“We had a great year in 2018, and we would like to end the year on a positive note with the honor 8X,” said George Zhao Zhiwei, Head of honor Malaysia. “The honor 8X is an exceptional technological advancement towards a truly borderless FullView display. With a very competitive 20MP-strong rear camera and our latest GPU Turbo technology embedded into the device, honor 8X manages to cover all the bases of a day-to-day usage for any smartphone user, no matter the gender, profession, hobbies and interests,” added Zhao.

In conjunction with the launch of honor 8X, the brand also took the opportunity to introduce a special collaboration with Suriana Welfare Society Malaysia, a non-government, not-for profit child protection organization which promotes and protects the rights of children. The collaboration aims to empower and inspire the next generation to live the moment and achieve their dreams. This initiative is driven through collaborative art with the theme “The Braves”.

“Honor was created to meet the needs of digital natives through unrivalled products and unbeatable values, and is rapidly becoming a youthful, innovative, and trendsetting brand across the globe. To live up to our brand spirit and the tagline ‘Beyond Limits’, we want to co-create value and empower the youth through this meaningful collaboration. Together with Suriana, we urge members of the public join us in empowering the next generation to take their destinies into their own hands,” said Zhao.



More Screen Space, Better View 

For the first time ever, the honor 8X comes with a seamless HD Full View screen, with advanced chip-on-film (COF) technology and special antenna design. With only 4.25 mm of the bottom border size, the honor 8X simply provides more screen space for the user to enjoy every bit of graphic that is projected from the device. The 91% screen-to-body-ratio means that every bit of the screen is utilized to ensure the user could get a larger view even though the size of the phone body remains the same. 


With a nearly borderless design, the 6.5-inch device shows visuals in a 1080P High Definition display, offering an enhanced video quality in a cinema-like experience. The device covers 85% of the NTSC colour gamut and supports a split screen mode, with a Unique Eye Comfort Mode Certified by TÜV Rheinland – which equals to a larger screen that reduces eye fatigue!



A Powerful Performance

The honor 8X comes with a chipset that might sound familiar to everyone – the Kirin 710, which is a 64-bit octa-core mid-range performance mobile chipset. It is complemented with a 12nm Cortex-A73 generation-based SoC and a Mali G51 GPU that offers a 130% increase in GPU performance and 75% increase to the CPU single-core performance.

Following in the footsteps of previous honor models, the honor 8X also comes with the spectacular GPU Turbo. The graphics-enhancing technology, which was previously only available on honor flagship devices, along with EMUI 8.2 system, will ensure better graphic-processing technology and less power consumption for your device, if the 3750mAh enhanced battery life was not already enough for you.

Great photography quality

The new honor 8X is equipped with not only a dual-lens, 20M + 2M, F/1.8 aperture rear camera, but also a modern AI Camera Technology which recognizes 22 different categories and 500 scenarios in real-time, then optimizes camera settings and enhances photo quality based on what you are shooting.

Furthermore, the honor 8X also features the 3D portrait lighting technology that allows users to further beautify photos that already has an accurate ‘bokeh’ effect from the 3D portrait lighting technology. Combined with the 16MP front camera that has an enhanced ISO with 4 Cell fusion technology and multi-frame image processing, the new device will promise users for covering every aspect of photography.

Extraordinary offers up for grabs!

Early purchasers of the honor 8X will receive exciting gifts*:

12 Oct
(ONE DAY
PROMOTION
ONLY)

Hihonor One unit of honor Band 3, one unit of Special Gift
Box, one unit of honor 8X Flip Cover, Hihonor
voucher RM100

Shopee One unit of honor Band 3, one unit of Special Gift
Box, one unit of honor 8X Flip Cover, Hihonor
voucher RM100, Shopee Coin RM50

13 – 14 Oct MyTown Cheras, Prangin Mall, Penang Sutera Mall, Johor Bharu

One unit of honor Band 3, one unit of Special Gift
Box, one unit of honor 8X Flip Cover, RM50
Hihonor voucher, one unit of honor backpack
(Worth over RM500 in total)

*Free gifts available in very limited units, while stocks last. Terms and Conditions apply.
Customers could also receive free gifts worth up to RM266 that includes an honor Band 3
and an honor 8X Flip Cover in selected honor stores nationwide, limited to 20 units per
store*. To find out more, please visit this link: http://bit.ly/8Xpromoparticipatingstorelist.
For more information on the new honor 8X, its promotions and other innovative gadgets,
please visit honor’s official e-commerce website and information portal at
http://hihonor.com/my, or drop by or drop by their official shop on Shopee at
https://shopee.com.my/honor.os, or follow their official Facebook page at
https://www.facebook.com/HonorMY/ for more exciting updates.


Honor 8X Spec Sheet

Display
- 6.5-inch 2340p x 1080p LTPS display with 16,700,000 colors, 397 PPI
- 19.5:9 wide screen
- Multiple-point touch-sensitive screen
Size and Weight
- 160.4 mm (H) x 76.6 mm (W) x 7.8 mm (D)
- Approximately 175g (including the battery)
Operating System
- AndroidO + Huawei EMUI 8.2
Processor
- Kirin 710, Octa-Core (4 x Cortex-A73 2.2 GHz + 4 x Cortex-A53 1.7 GHz)
GPU (Graphics Processing Unit)
- Mali G51

Battery
- Typical value: 3750 mAh battery
- Charging duration: approximately 150 minutes from supplied charger 1
- Airtime: 3G: 21 hours 2
- Standby time: GSM: 662 hours, WCDMA: 639 hours, LTE FDD: 675 hours, LTE TDD:
697 hours 3

Memory
- ROM: 128 GB
- RAM: 4 GB
- Expandable storage: microSD card (up to 400 GB) 4

Camera
- 20-megapixel (F/1.8 aperture) + 2-megapixel dual-lens rear-facing camera with
Phase Detection Auto Focus (PDAF)
o Photo resolution: up to 5120 x 3840
o Video resolution: up to 1920 x 1080 (1080P, 60fps)
- 16-megapixel (F/2.0 aperture) front-facing camera
o Photo resolution: up to 4608 x 3456
o Video resolution: up to 1920 x 1080 (1080P, 30fps)

Audio/Video
- 1080P full HD video recording and video playback
- 3.5 mm headset jack
SIM card
- 3 card slots: nano-SIM card + nano-SIM card + microSD card
Connectivity
- 4G LTE FDD: B1/3/5/7/8/20
- 4G LTE TDD: B40/41
- 3G UMTS: B1/5/8
- 2G GSM: B2/3/8

Other Connectivity
- Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 2.4 GHz, support Wi-Fi hotspot and Wi-Fi Direct
- Bluetooth BT4.2 + BLE
- USB 2.0



Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Awana Bio Park Nature Trails At Resorts World Genting

This year marks the 47th birthday of Resorts World Genting, reaching back to the time when the original Highlands Hotel opened in 1971. That might seem like a long time ago, but the mountain top that Tan Sri Lim Goh Tong fashioned into a world-class entertainment city is far, far older. About 130 million years old, to be exact; a rainforest that still holds memories from when dinosaurs ruled the earth and remains a pristine cauldron of unique flora and fauna. This rich biodiversity is rightfully treasured and nurtured by Resorts World Genting, and now guests can explore even more of this ecological wonder with the introduction of three new trails at the Awana Bio Park.


If you ever feel like wanting to go back to nature, you can consider going to Awana Bio Park at Resorts World Genting. Nature lovers can explore even more of this ecological wonder with the introduction of three new trails as well as pitcher plants and bamboo conservation projects at the Awana Bio Park, a mere 15 minutes walk from Awana Hotel, the five-star hotel which boasts a sprawling 18-hole golf course, views of a breathtaking mountain range, a heated swimming pool and various sports facilities. My children and I had a great adventure doing some bird watching activity, playing games and walking at the trails to see beautiful plants, birds and animals.




This was the first time my children and I went bird watching. A few months back, my son asked for a binoculars and he was so happy he could use it here. We saw about 4 different species of birds that day.





Introduced in 2017 as the Fashion Forest, the Awana Bio Park is a collaboration between nature consultancy Treks and Resorts World Genting. It offers guests that chance to step into the fresh air and dappled shade of the Mount Ulu Kali’s rainforest, demystifying it through the integrated use of social media and digital technology. Propelled by Eddie Chan and Pat Ang from Treks, Awana Bio Park was introduced with five experiences designed to stimulate and invigorate, perfect for a journey of self-discovery or corporate team-building. The careful eyes and sharp ears of the Treks team will point out rare trees, exotic birds and unusual species tucked away in the shadows of the jungle, while incorporating modern technology to make the experience accessible and fun. This month, three new trails will join the list of experiences available at Awana Bio Park.


Mr. Eddie Chan gave bloggers a briefing before we explored Awana Bio Park.

Mr. Henry Goh explaining to my kids which bird they just saw flying in the sky.

The Awana Bio Park offers guests a chance to step into the fresh air and dappled shade of the Mount Ulu Kali’s rainforest, demystifying it through the integrated use of social media and digital technology. 

If you stay at the First World Hotel, you can take the cable car ride down to Awana Hotel. This was my second time taking this cable car ride at Resorts World Genting and my kids and I enjoyed the scenic view very much.





For dinner, we ate pizza and spaghetti at Motorino Pizzeria, Sky Avenue. To read more about Motorino Pizzeria, read my earlier review HERE.





After dinner, we went to RedTail Bar by Zouk to chill out and play games. This is a great place for leisure and to relax.


  


Early next morning, we took the cable car down to Awana Bio Park for more 'back to nature' adventures. 

Eddie explained that each trail has been designed to highlight the special aspects of the mountain forests of Genting Highlands – a unique ecosystem shaped by terrain and weather located between 3,000-6,000 feet (920-1,830 metres) above sea level. The first is the new Conservation Trail, a 800m loop that focuses on the flora of the Upper Dipterocarp Forest (750-1,200 metres above sea level), a biome rich in pitcher plants, montane bamboo, rattans, wild orchids and black bat lilies, all growing under the shade of towering Strangler Fig and montane timber trees. This particular trail will also highlight the conservation efforts dedicated to maintaining these primeval species, as well as the natural, cultural and practical usage of the plants.





The Herb Forest Trail and Biodiversity Trail also focus on the Upper Dipterocarp Forest biome, taking a longer route (1.8km and 2.7km, respectively) to see even more of Mount Ulu Kali’s ancient rainforests. While the trained guides will always point out spots of interest, specific specimens are now also highlighted with NFC tags that can be scanned with smart devices to glean additional information for the curious. In the Herb Forest Trail, that could include the thick walls of wild bamboo grooves or the medicinal properties of forest herbs scattered along the jungle floor. The longer Biodiversity Trail is the most picturesque, an undulating trek that descends into a valley and requires the crossing of a cascading stream, dominated by the skyward reach of towering montane timber trees.



The three new trails join the current selection of five adventures to be had in the jungles of Genting Highlands, all of which unveil different facets of the forest. Wifi Forest with Shinrin Yoku is an immersive experience combining the Shinrin Yoku concept of contemplative forest appreciation from Japan with strategic use of smartphone apps to reveal the rich biodiversity of the rainforest. The Treks Adventure Experience takes things a little more in the direction of courage – abseiling down a 24m boarded slope placed at a 55-degree angle to appreciate the jungle. As twilight descends, the brave and the inquisitive can venture out into the dark to encounter nocturnal animals with Trek’s Steven Wong over a Night Herping session. And for those who prefer the comfort of light, the Sunset Watch at The English Garden is a perfect compromise between day and night, indulging in the spectacle of the sun setting over the pristine rainforest of Genting Highlands. 



This is also a perfect place for team building and games. We played a game similar to Monopoly and Scrabbles. We were given cards with alphabets and each team needed to form words related to nature. If we need another alphabet, we would need to buy it with the money given. This was a fun and educational activity where we really had to think hard to win. 



In addition to the activities designed by Trek, Resorts World Genting is also introducing a Pitcher Plants Conservation Project and a Bamboo Conservation Project at Awana Bio Park. The project will include participation from other organisations like Universiti Malaya, Birdlife and the Malaysian Nature Society for the study of forest rodents and wildlife, as well as partnering with Semai Orang Asli to promote indigenous craftwork and raise awareness of the role of bamboo in traditional food making.



Pitcher plant 

This is the best place to get fresh air and go back to nature while learning more about the rainforest, plants, birds, insects, animals and more. Bring your family here to explore and be adventurous. 




All trails are conducted by specialist guides from Treks and are by appointment only, with the fees being RM75 per person for the Conservation Trail, RM95 per person for the Herb Forest and RM135 per person for the Biodiversity Trail. A minimum group of 3 is required for each trail. For bookings, please contact Trek Events at +6013 399 3667 or email info@treks.events. For enquiries on the Bamboo Conservation Project, please contact 013- 3993667 (TREKS Eddie).



A group photo with my blogger friends and family


Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Special Homecare Origin (SHO) Red Ginseng Ampoule And Mask Review


As a mother of two children who is always busy with household chores, sending children to school and attending events, I have very little personal 'Me Time' to pamper myself. I know many working moms who are also very stressed out with work and responsibilities at home. All women wish they could look young, radiant and beautiful but when age catches up, women need to pamper themselves with good quality products to reduce fine wrinkles and still look great. Women these days prefer to save time by pampering themselves with home treatment products where they can easily do it at their own convenience at home. For the past three weeks, I tried the Special Homecare Origin (SHO) Red Ginseng Ampoule and SHO Red Ginseng Masks which came in cute tube packagings. I was satisfied with the outcome of the results. I used to have dull looking skin but now my skin looks more radiant and glowing.

Photo taken without any makeup


SHO Red Ginseng Ampoule (50ml for RM 189.00)

SHO is a Korean skin care brand that combines beauty treatment and science. SHO products offers a range of fine ingredients and high quality skin care products for women to do treatment at the comfort of their own home. Ampoules are considered better then serums because ampoules are more concentrated with a higher number of active ingredients, 3 times more effective than serums in absorbing into skin and provides long lasting effects. These products are free from harmful ingredients such as Triethanolamine, Benzophenone, Mineral Oil, Sulfate, Paraben and Acrylamide, so they are safe even for pregnant women. Glad to know about this because I don't want to put something harmful on my face.

SHO Red Ginseng ampoule contains 42% red ginseng extract for healthy and glowing skin, and camellia oil for moisturizing effect. Paeonia Suffruticosa Root extract and Polygonum Multiflorum Root extract will lessen rough and flaky skin. Trehalose is effective in soothing and moisturizing.



Directions
Use SHO Red Ginseng ampoule after cleansing and after toner. Spread a moderate amount and rub it all over the face to let it absorb into skin. 

I love the strong ginseng smell when I applied it on my face. The texture is a little thicker and not watery. I like that it is not sticky, not oily and really moisturizes my face. I felt my skin firmer and more radiant after using this ampoule. It really works well on my skin. Do try it if you are looking for an effective ampoule.

It is good to use the ampoule followed by the SHO Red Ginseng mask for better result. 


There are 7 x 27 ml  SHO Red Ginseng masks in 1 tube for RM 159.00

The SHO Red Ginseng masks contains oriental medicine ingredients such as Red Ginseng, Mulberry Root, Licorice and Pleuropterus Multiflorus for firmer and glowing skin. It also has Camellia oil to help maintain a healthy balance of oil and water. Protulaca extract helps tired skin to be healthy while Trehalose moisturizes and soothens the skin. With all these medicinal ingredients, this mask can revitalise skin and make skin firmer and more radiant. It is definitely something I need for anti-aging.





Directions
After cleansing face and using toner, place the mask on the face. Leave it for about 15-20 minutes, peel it off and tap remaining essence gently onto face to let it be absorbed. 

I like that the SHO Red Ginseng mask sheet is soaked with lots of essence and that it is strong and doesn't tear easily. It fits my face and really moisturizes my face after the first usage. I can feel my face firmer and more hydrated after using this mask. This is a treatment mask which is different from normal daily mask and it is clinically proven that oil level decreases by 60% and moisture level increases by 46% after 1 time usage.

I would recommend these products to everyone I know. You can purchase SHO products from SHO FACEBOOKINSTAGRAM and selected Sasa stores in Malaysia. Get yours and try them out.




Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Nights Filled With Frights at Sunway Lagoon (NOF6)

Every night after sunset from 28 th September till 31 st October, thrill-seekers will brave through the countless horrors that await them in Sunway Lagoon Nights of Fright 6 (NOF6), Malaysia’s biggest and scariest festival!

Centre (L-R): Sean Choo, General Manager of Sunway Lagoon, and Lynton V. Harris, Chairman & CEO of The Sudden Impact! Entertainment Company at the launch of Sunway Lagoon’s Nights of Fright 6!

Step into WENDIGO – THE LEGEND IN THE MIST, to discover the place of myths and monsters. In folklore tales, Wendigo appears as an evil cannibal-like spirit that devours mankind. Wendigo are said to have an insatiable hunger for human flesh – no matter how much they eat, they remain hungry. They are hungry for you.

PHOBIA: COULROPHOBIA – THE FEAR OF CLOWNS will terrify many who have an inexplicable fear for clowns. They are in your head. You are in their house. In this disturbing situation, we are confronted with our irrational fears. Many say that clowns are supposed to make you laugh. Wrong. Dead Wrong.


Further heighten the chill in your bones at SLAUGHTERHOUSE 13 by visiting Chan’s slaughterhouse and meat-packing plant which has long been closed down and abandoned after a worker, Lee Lee Choong discovered a not so beefy body hanging on the hooks inside the freezer of Slaughterhouse 13. Was it the long banished son, Calvin Chan who had mysteriously disappeared months earlier after a falling out with his father?


Can you survive the apocalypse when you enter ZOMBIE ZOO? Something has gotten into the animals and keepers at our underground zoo set deep inside the mountain. They are now out of control. Zombie mayhem within humans and animals are eager to terrorize the guests as they set foot upon this horrifying zoo.

Like nothing more than being scared out of your wits? Head down to the SCARYTALES THEATER for some hair-raising horror stories. Sitting around inside a dimly lit house, or in the woods sitting around in a circle, watching and listening to the storytellers cast their spell through a frightening tale. Sit quietly and listen to the stories of Pontianak’s, Toyols and Pocongs, to the sounds that surround you, for they will stay with you, long into the night.


It is Halloween in New York! Who ya gonna call! The GHOSTBUSTERS have some new ghosts to bust as New York is lit with the jack-o-lanterns. Come visit the HORRORWOOD STUDIOS WAX MUSEUM OF MONSTERS to meet the scariest movie characters of all time.

This is no ordinary night at the museum! Join Jason, Freddy, Billy, and Michael Myers as you make your way through this celebration of celluloid horror characters. Face your fear by looking into the GHOST FACE – THE FACE TO MAKE YOU SCREAM IN UV3D. Surrounded by a thousand faces, your worst nightmare comes to life again and again in this house of fear!

Face the curse of the witches when rituals go wrong. Experience it first-hand as you enter at JAMPI where you get to meet the Salem Witch, Malay Dukun, Indian Witch, and Chinese Witch while they chant mantras and perform rituals. For those who seek for twisted pleasures of pain, enter the ENCLAVE OF TORTURE where we give you the closest representation of brutal mutilation.


“In this installment of Nights of Fright, our team has worked tirelessly to meet the expectations of our faithful patrons. In reciprocation of their unwavering support over the years, we have further personalized our attractions by targeting specific fears that are common among people. Through Nights of Fright 6, you may find out a little more about your family and friends, in the form of phobias they’ve never revealed, while getting a good scare yourself!” said Sean Choo, General Manager of Sunway Lagoon.


Lynton V. Harris, Chairman & CEO of The Sudden Impact! Entertainment Company further expounded, “This year’s attractions have largely been inspired from Western horror stories with a ‘splatter’ of traditional Asian folklore and real occurrences. In order to ensure people keep coming back to the most anticipated event of the year, we at Sudden Impact! Entertainment have upped the ante and cannot wait to unveil this year’s Nights of Fright to the public on the 28 th of September!”

NOF6 comes to life at 7.30pm – 11.30pm every Friday – Sunday from 28 th September to 31 st October 2018. Tickets are priced at RM69 (normal price).

For more information, call 603 5639 0000, visit www.sunwaylagoon.com or connect to
www.facebook.com/SunwayLagoonMalaysia.