Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Althea Petal Velvet Sunaway and Petal Velvet Powder


Recently, I received an Althea beauty box from Korea. I was excited because Althea beauty products are really good skincare products. In this beauty box, there was Althea's Petal Velvet Sunaway and 3 Petal Velvet Powders in 3 colors (warm beige #23, translucent #0 and pink lavender) and a cute hologram pouch.



I love to travel and bring my children to play outdoors and using Althea's Petal Velvet Sunaway with SPF 50+ PA++++, I worry less of my skin being exposed to the harmful UVB and UVA sun rays. It's a lightweight, non-sticky, broad-spectrum sunscreen made with the highest protection grade of PA++++ to let me stay protected.



Althea's Petal Velvet Sunaway is made with Damask Rose extracts, rich in vitamins to penetrate deep into the skin to moisturize, strengthen, soothe and smoothen skin like a rose petal. I like that there is Hyaluronic Acid to lock in hydration & sebum control with microparticles to give my skin a velvety finish. I seldom use sunblocks because my skin is allergic to most sunblocks brands but Althea's Petal Velvet Sunaway is suitable for my skin. After using it for more than 1 week, I did not get any allergic reactions. I love using this because it is non-sticky and does not make my skin dry.



The Petal Velvet Powders I received were in 3 different colors (warm beige #23, translucent #0 and pink lavender) for different skin colors. These powders have very nice sweet smell and I love that it blends nicely onto my face for a prettier look. My face feels less oily after using this. I like that it's small and can fit into my handbag so I can touch up anytime during the day when I am out.



If you want to try the Althea Petal Velvet Sunaway and Petal Velvet Powder, you can get yours at http://althea.kr/.



Friday, October 26, 2018

Garlic Butter Chicken At Kenny Rogers Roasters

The very aroma of it can make heads turn in a jiffy, and its taste can make one salivate for more. Following a year of experimenting with a myriad of seasonal meals and flavours – from Kimchi, Bulgogi to Masak Merah, the folks at Kenny Rogers ROASTERS (KRR) are bringing more flavours to the table with the debut of their latest Garlic Butter Chicken.


The Garlic Butter Chicken features KRR’s already flavourful rotisserie-roasted chicken with a strong garlicky and buttery punch on top of a burst of flavours till the very last bite. The Garlic Butter Chicken comes in a jam-packed zing of meal selections from RM 20.50 onwards as follows:

1. Garlic Butter Chicken Meal @ RM 20.50 – ¼ Garlic Butter Chicken + 3 Side Dishes + 1 Kenny’s Home-made Muffin
2. Garlic Butter Chicken & Soup Meal @ RM 22.50 – ¼ Garlic Butter Chicken + 1 Soup + 1 Side Dish + 1 Kenny’s Home-made Muffin
3. Garlic Butter Whole Chicken (a la carte) @ RM 38.80

Wash the meal down and cool off with a fancy glass of Minty Passion Mocktail – a  refreshing blend of passion fruit topped with lime and garnishes of mint leaves.


Thila Chandran, Senior Marketing Manager of Berjaya Roasters (M) Sdn Bhd. commented, “It has been an exciting year for KRR as the team explored various unprecedented flavours each time we introduced a seasonal meal this year. Following an encouraging response from our guests, we decided to finish strong with the Garlic Butter Chicken. This is our way to present to our guests the many interesting ways we can play with flavours – it doesn’t need to be the same classic taste only. It also gives them a variety to choose from and a new experience to our guests each time they make a visit to a KRR restaurant. As a brand, we are constantly putting out exciting new flavours on the table.”


For those looking for a feast, KRR’s Garlic Butter Chicken Take Me Home Package is also available at only RM 69.90 which comes with one (1) Garlic Butter Whole Chicken, two (2) side dishes, four (4) pieces of Kenny’s Home-made Muffins, one (1) 1.5 litre Coca Cola Klasik, and an i.Care Bag worth RM 10 for those who wish to enjoy the offering in the comfort of their own home.

Usher in 2019 with a limited edition KRR 2019 Planner** worth over RM280 with the purchase of six (6) Garlic Butter Chicken & Soup Meals via the KRR card. KRR Card Members who redeems the KRR planner are also entitled to a ½ dozen of Kenny’s Home- made Muffins.

For more information on Kenny Rogers ROASTERS, kindly contact 03 - 2119 9888. You can also visit www.krr.com.my or connect to www.facebook.com/krrmalaysia.



Amaze-ing Deepavali At Sungei Wang

Revel in a colourful celebration with the triumph of light over darkness this Deepavali with Sungei Wang from now until 11 November 2018.


For the first time in town, Sungei Wang takes you on a maze journey and explore the Deepavali celebration with the theme of Amaze-ing Deepavali. Stand out from the typical Kolams in town, shoppers will be in awe with the one of a kind colourful maze-type Kolam for an exceptional Kolam design that everyone would not want to miss. Kolam is believed to bring prosperity and happiness into the lives of every individual. This year, the Kolam surrounds by colourful wooden-made blocks and aesthetically decorated in a maze with Indian cultural ornaments to complete the decorations. 


Deepavali Events & Activities
In conjunction with the celebration, enjoy hypnotic dance movements by the dancers with Bollywood Dance Performance on weekends, 1pm and 4pm. On weekends, maze around Sungei Wang and spot the Saree girls for a photo opportunity and be rewarded with Indian snacks, 5pm. 

Deepavali keychain workshop

On 28 October, 1pm, the talented children will be showing off their colouring skills by participating the fun and exciting colouring competition organised by Sungei Wang, in collaboration with PostCare. Interested participants may visit Sungei Wang’s official Facebook page to register now. Pick up some handcraft skills! Discover the Indian cultures by joining the tailor-made learning with fun Deepavali workshops such as Flower Garland Workshop on 27 October and DIY Deepavali Kolam Keychain Workshop on 3 November. 

Deepavali Redemption
Shine over the darkness with our exclusive candle light holder! Simply spend a minimum of RM188 at Sungei Wang to redeem an exclusive Sungei Wang Candle Light Holder.

For latest information about the events and promotions at Sungei Wang, kindly visit:
http://www.sungeiwang.com or Sungei Wang Facebook page at www.facebook.com/sungeiwangplaza.





Garfield And Friends Invade Lost World Of Tambun

The atmosphere at Lost World Of Tambun (LWOT) just got a lot merrier as the classic lasagne loving orange cat – Garfield and Friends make their way to the park to surprise visitors with their special appearance during the school holidays!


(From Right) Ng Wai Mun, Sales Director of Lost World Of Tambun, Nurul Nuzairi Mohd Azahari, General Manager of Sunway Lost World Of Tambun and Michelle Soong Wey-Se, Senior Manager of Marketing & Special Project of Sunway Lost World Of Tambun celebrated Garfield’s 40 th Anniversary with a cake cutting ceremony in conjunction with the launch of Garfield and Friends Holiday Party campaign.

From 24 November 2018 to 1 January 2019, visitors may enjoy a plethora of fun-filled activities from performances by the classic cartoon characters to challenging stations that is sure to keep them amused throughout the day! Visitors may also collect stickers with the exclusive Garfield passport as they go through each Garfield-themed station games.

Remember to also join Garfield and his friends during their meet and greet session at the House Of Garfield every Friday, Saturday and Sunday where these lovable characters will make an appearance to interact with the visitors. In conjunction with Garfield’s 40 th Anniversary, December babies may also get a free cupcake on every weekend throughout the month of December just by showing their MyKid or MyKad to the LWOT team.


Garfield and Friends greeted visitors at Sunway Lost World Of Tambun.

Visitors are also encouraged to showcase their dance moves as they move and groove with Garfield at the Awesome Pool Party. Get a final dose of the big orange cat at the Garfield Show at 6.30pm every day!

“Everyone has probably heard, read, or watched Garfield at least once in their lifetime which makes this event such an iconic one for us here at LWOT. The team has put in extra effort to ensure that the celebration with the iconic cartoon figure would stick in the minds of our visitors for a very long time as they spend their time with their loved ones while reminiscing the classic characters that are brought to life here at LWOT,” said Nurul Nuzairi Bin Mohd Azahari, General Manager of Lost World Of Tambun. Social media junkies are not left out of the fun as well as they can stand a chance to win LWOT tickets for their next visit or mysterious prizes by entering to the online contest.


(From Left) Nurul Nuzairi Mohd Azahari, General Manager of Sunway Lost World Of Tambun, Ng Wai Mun, Sales Director of Lost World Of Tambun and Michelle Soong Wey-Se, Senior Manager of Marketing & Special Project of Sunway Lost World Of Tambun unveiled Garfield and Friends at the launch.

Remember to check out Lost World Of Tambun’s official website or Facebook page for more information on the contests throughout the campaign period.

For more information on Garfield and Friends, log on to the website at www.sunwaylostworldoftambun.com or its Facebook page at www.facebook.com/lostworldoftambun or by calling the park at +605 542 8888.



Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Travel360.com Empowers Street Friends With Yellow House And Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur


Yellow House Founder Shyam Priah, Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur Executive Director Project Management Datuk Sr. Hj. Mohd Najib Bin Hj. Mohd, the 12th Mayor of Kuala Lumpur YBhg. Dato’ Nor Hisham Ahmad Dahlan and travel360.com CEO Spencer Lee unveiling the latest mural in Kuala Lumpur as part of the special partnership.

travel360.com, the digital expansion of AirAsia’s award-winning inflight magazine travel360, today announced a partnership with non-profit grassroots community organisation Yellow House and the Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur (DBKL) to further beautify the city and empower its people.

Through the synergy, travel360.com hopes to provide an even more experiential travelling journey by integrating real communities and their stories. Working with Yellow House through its ‘Unseen Tours KL’ project, the one-stop travel platform will be offering an exclusive ‘travel360 Dance-walking Tour’, led by trained former homeless and underprivileged urban people as the tour associates.

The event was officiated by the 12th Mayor of Kuala Lumpur YBhg. Dato’ Nor Hisham Ahmad Dahlan who unveiled a special mural to mark the collaboration. Also present at the event was travel360.com CEO Spencer Lee and Yellow House Founder Shyam Priah.

travel360.com CEO Spencer Lee said, “Travel is no longer just about fun-filled holidays but adventures and discoveries. People are now looking for social experiences and engagement with everyday people and cultures. We are excited to embark on this partnership to see the power of tourism in transforming the lives of people from different backgrounds. The exclusive tour is also an initiative to provide employment opportunities to the street friends in Kuala Lumpur by training them to become effective guides. We would like to thank Yellow House and DBKL for coming on board with their support in realising this vision.”

Yellow House Founder Shyam Priah said, “Unseen Tours Kuala Lumpur is not poverty tourism. Our tours are not about showing the poor side of Kuala Lumpur. In fact it’s the exact opposite based on the fact of who knows the streets better than our street friends. So in reality, we have simply turned the weakness of our street friends into strength by giving them an opportunity to create something that will uplift their life. It’s transformational, sustainable and it returns their dignity. With a partnership such as this, we hope to empower more lives as the social enterprise model allows scalability and to replicate to other cities.”

The 12th Mayor of Kuala Lumpur YBhg. Dato’ Nor Hisham Ahmad Dahlan said, ‘‘We welcome great partnerships like today as it truly shows that despite the scales of different organisations, we are able to come together with a unified mission to propel the city for the world. We have great confidence that the city’s latest mural will be a lively and positive addition that is bound to attract tourists and locals alike.’’

Located on Lorong Bandar 20, Jalan Tun H.S. Lee in Kuala Lumpur city centre and close to the Sri Mahamariamman Temple, the mural serves as a testimony of what can be achieved through the collaboration of organisations and NGOs for a social cause. The swings depicted uplift the perception of the marginalised street friends to show positivity and stability in a childlike nature. An interactive element is also installed on the mural that encourages public to share their passion to travel.

The ‘travel360 Dance-walking Tour’ is available for purchase on http://www.travel360.com/dancewalkingtour or https://yellowhousekl.com/unseentourskl/travel360-dance-walking-tour/ for RM85 per person. The unique tour includes interpretative dancing and flash mobs around local landmarks and the back alleys to experience the sights, smells and sounds of Kuala Lumpur. Participants will also learn the bits of lost history dating back to the late 1800s on how the city developed to what it is today.

travel360.com is a one-stop travel platform that allows all kinds of travellers to seamlessly explore the world with different offerings such as flights, accommodation, transport and activities, but with an added edge of content featuring inspiring stories of real people and communities.

For more news and activities, please follow travel360.com on the website, Facebook (facebook.com/travel3sixty), Instagram (instagram.com/officialtravel360) and Twitter (twitter.com/travel3sixty).





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