For this entire week, there’s a massive set up for the Live In Levi’s® Premiere at the Main Concourse in KLCC!
Celebrating over 140 years of sharing denim with the world, Levi’s® has created a showcase to share with everyone how the denim label has marked history and shaped style and culture in Malaysia!
I’m so chuffed to announce that i’m one of the personalities Levi’s® has picked to be a part of this campaign.
Check out my profile they’ve set up on their website *here*! YAYNESS
There’s even a little KinkyBlueFairy corner they set up there *beams*
You won’t miss a huge customization area where you can get any Levi’s® apparel you purchase there done up for free. Get embroidery designs done, or iron-on patches exclusively created by two prominent artists in KL.
The above are designed by quirky tattoo artist Lynda Chean (who inked my Peter Rabbit on me!)
Above is illustrator / motion graphic designer / artist Art:tech with his iron-on designs.
The place was packed and people had their shopping mode ON!
Levi’s® also collaborated with renowned fashion designer Hatta Dolmat to create three specially-customised ladies’ Trucker Jackets. They’re all being featured at the showcase, and proceeds of their sales will go towards the National Autism Society of Malaysia.
On two giant screens looming above the space, rotate visuals showing off the #LIVEinLEVIS project photographer Vincent Paul Yong and i have been working on the past month. We tracked down 20 Malaysians who inspire us, spoke to them about how Levi’s® have been present in their lives, and shot them in their various work or living environments.
I must say that i was completely touched by so many of their stories, some of them even made me shed a tear or two! I will be sharing some of the full interviews i did, on my blog in the coming weeks
On the right is rapper Kayda Aziz, also one of Levi’s® personalities.
Her mum is none other than Sheila Majid, which would explain her stunning features.
Rock band Oh Chentaku. I wish i met them all properly! There was so much going on..!
My girls – Didi, me, Sarah, Sueann, Myra.
Veteran model and actress Bernie Chan emceed the event.
Check out her outfit. Her ensemble and all that of the models for the show were styled by Sheryl Oon!
Seriously, that girl has major skill.
Sheryl will be giving styling tips at the Live In Levi’s®Premiere at these times!
» 9-12 September > 6:00 – 8:00pm
» 13-14 September > 1:00 – 3:00pm; 4:00 – 6:00pm
The stage is impressive… i just discovered it was constructed by The Biji Biji Initiative, and is fully eco-sustainable and made from repurposed materials.
And then guess who performed live!? Sheila Majid!!!
Sheila told us that the skirt she was wearing was specially customized for her from a few pairs of Levi’s® jeans by Raja Malek AKA Chelek (standing next to her) years and years ago! Fascinating!
The legendary singer entertained us with Warna, Fly Me To The Moon, Lagenda,
Antara Anyer dan Jakarta, Aku Cinta Padamu, and ended with Sinaran!
Check out the crowd
All the Levi’s® Personalities on stage together, check out all the pictures and profiles under the Personalities tab *here*!
Make sure you check out everything at the concourse area cos it’s only up till this Sunday 14th September!
There’s also a MAJOR CONTEST Levi’s® is having where the Grand Prize is…
a trip to San Francisco for 2!
Read more details about the Grand Prize and all the experiences you could win *HERE*!
Even if you don’t get the Grand Prize, you can still aim for the Monthly or Weekly Prizes which include:
- a trip for 4 to Japan with RM10,000 spending allowance
- customized Levi’s® jeans from the Levi’s® Tailor Shop in San Fran
- 7x RM200 Levi’s® vouchers
- 3x Bonus Prizes EVERY week till 30th September 2014! i.e. Dr Dre headphones
All this is on at the Main Concourse area of Suria KLCC until 14th September 2014 so you better get yourself there ASAP.
Check out liveinlevis.levi.com.my for a LOT more info.
More pictures of people at the launch after the jump!
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My first visit to KEN Rimba was sometime in 2012 when i went to have a look at the residences there and was smitten by the corner housing lots with private swimming pools. Back then they were going for around RM800K and now they’re around RM1.2 mil? (correct me if i’m wrong) I did tell a couple of friends about it, hoping they’d buy it as an investment, and now i’m all “I told you so!”
Last week i went back to check out the show units for KEN Rimba Condominium 1 as they’ve just released units in Block B and C for sale.
The new freehold condo is part of KEN Rimba’s eco-green residential project based on sustainable building technology, that takes up a whopping 60 acres in Shah Alam.
I know many developers out there are trying to ride on the green wave, but KEN Holdings is a pioneer of green property and was the first developer to receive the BCA Green Mark Gold Plus cert in 2009. Even so, they have been constructing properties in accordance to green ratings since the 90s, long before the rating cert even existed.
KEN Rimba is Malaysia’s first multiple award-winning green township consisting of two residences (Legian Residences and Jimbaran Residences), two condominiums, a commercial centre, and an upcoming boutique hotel and serviced suites.
The whole area is connected to major highways (NKVE, KESAS, LKSA, Federal Highway) and other transportation routes. However, measures have been taken in the planning of the township to reduce the carbon footprint of residents, such as:
- bus stops within the township for easy access to public transportation
- covered walkways to the adjacent Padang Jawa KTM station is linked from every component of the township. (Padang Jawa station links directly to KL Sentral.)
- parks, bicycle tracks, and footpaths been given priority in the township planning with free access to dozens of bicycles for residents which they can use to cycle around the KEN Rimba Township.
That’s just the tip of the iceberg.
But then again, let’s return to why i’m writing this post.
To blog about the show unit i visited!
Taken from entrance of the show unit of KEN Rimba Condominium 1, which consists of three blocks of freehold units, penthouses, and pool villas. A plus point is that the property was given the BCA Green Mark GOLD PLUS Award (Provisional) last year.
The condominiums are designed to a north-south orientation according to wind direction for better ventilation while also being able to receive natural light without being submitted to the sun’s direct heat and glare.
The 1119 sq. ft. units face the North where the pool and facility floor are located; whilst the 1183 sq. ft. units face the South.
I love how a large mirror always increases the appearance of a room, i’m definitely implementing this in my new home!
The thought of a white kitchen never appealed to me before but i felt allured to its concept once i was standing in the sexy space. I definitely downloaded some interior inspiration from visiting the show unit itself!
All the walls in the condo are painted using low VOC (volatile organic component) paint as they do not emit unhealthy fumes and last longer than most types of paint.
Living room on the left and kitchen to the right.
The corridor shows doors that lead to two bedrooms on the left, the master bedroom at the end, and a bathroom on the right.
You can see the shared bathroom across Bedroom #2
All bathrooms have special fittings that save up to 40% usage of water, compared to normal fittings.
If you’re as concerned about water wastage as i am, you’d be glad to know that the condo utilises a rainwater harvesting system, specially built into the Facilities Floor, to channel water for use at the car wash area and for landscape irrigation.
Wow the place looks so nice when made so minimalist. Unfortunately (or not), i’m a maximalist.
There are 637 units like this one i’m looking at, with each unit measuring 1,076 – 1,183 sq. ft.
The slight difference in the size is only present at the entrance of the unit which is like having a bit more space for your shoes.
Each of these units have 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, and costs from RM399K onwards.
It comes with at least one car park bay with the option to purchase more.
All resident car park bays are in covered areas, and there is a sky bridge that leads from the car park to the condo block.
In the whole of KEN Rimba Condominium 1, there are three major options for layouts – condo (whose show unit i visited), penthouse (out of the question for me for now), and pool villas. The whole condo is freehold property.
A pool villa seems within reasonable reach at RM306 per sq. ft. (From RM800K onwards) for 2 1/2 storeys.
That’s 3 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms within approximately 2,615 sq. ft.
They’re not ready yet so all i can do is imagine how they’d look like using the scale model.
Can you say SWEEEEET with me!?
The lit portion on the left is where the pool villas will actually be.
Can you imagine living in a house where you can just step out into an open garden and massive pool?
Even the carpark bays are placed right at the bottom of each villa.
Aerial view of the pool villas. The grey areas at bottom of pic are the pool villa roofs.
So right in front of one’s villa would be the garden, cabanas, and pool. I still can’t get over it.
To the left of the pool villas is the play area which has a natural shade of plants so doesn’t get too hot.
There are only 26 units of pool villas.
As for the penthouses, there are four penthouses in Block A & C, and eight penthouses in Block B.
Other tidbits about the condo include the fact that it’s made from environmentally-friendly construction materials, whilst its walls are covered with paint that does not contain lead.
Cavity blocks (bricks with air gaps) will be implemented on certain walls of the building to reduce thermal heat transfer, as it will cool faster than conventional solid bricks.
Compost bins will be available to create horticulture waste as plant fertilizer in the premises, and common areas will be installed with lighting with sensors to reduce wastage of electricity.
No wonder it got the BCA Green Mark GOLD PLUS Award (Provisional).
There are 109 units of commercial lots nearby, at the Ken Rimba Commercial Centre.
Amenities nearby include everything a neighbourhood needs; like secondary and primary schools, banks, KTM, bus station, Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM), sports complex, and malls and supermarkets (AEON, Jaya Jusco, TESCO).
Time to start thinking about the future, eh?
Jalan Sungai Rasau
40200 Shah Alam
Open daily from 9.00am – 6.00pm including weekends and public holidays
GPS coordinates: 3.057961,101.484768
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Sales enquiries: 1300-22-9933
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Click on to www.kenholdings.com.my
For my previous blogpost on KEN Bangsar, click *HERE*
Awards & Recognition:
KEN Rimba Condominium 1 – BCA Green Mark GOLD Award (Provisional)
KEN Rimba Condominium 2 - BCA Green Mark Platinum Award (Provisional)
When you first meet someone, it’s human nature that they’d be forming an opinion of you, and you of them.
Some say it takes the first 15 seconds, others say 7 seconds… i even heard 0.5 seconds before. Tough!
There’s the possibility of getting nervous when you meet people for the first time,
and it’s the worst when it’s for your first job interview. In your life. Ever.
First of all, you’ve never had a job before, so how would you know how a real job interview would be like?!
I remember i would get all these tips from my parents and older friends when i had to get a job after college.
“You need to buy office clothes!”
“Ask questions about the company!”
“Make sure you don’t go out the night before!”
Five years after that i ended up having to interview people myself,
and i would notice all these little things that you’d think aren’t important,
yet are so noticeable to the person interviewing you.
The most important thing is your HANDSHAKE.
It creates so much rapport cos you’re physically touching the person.
Remove the notion that it’s acceptable to give a limp-fish-shake, that’s the worst!
On the other hand, don’t squeeze so hard either!
It’s rare but when someone does squeeze my hand too hard,
inside, i’m all, “Ow…. #youhurtme #sad”
One thing that moves me when i first meet someone is when they look me straight in the eye and i look back. This is made even more powerful when done during the handshake.
And best when done with two smiles.
Posture is also of importance. Someone standing upright oozes confidence and capability to me, whereas a person who slouches makes me think you’re timid and needs space to grow.
These are just a mere sprinkle of what one needs to know before acing that job interview.
I was having a look thru a new section on Shine On and there were all these tips on what to do and vice versa. Called Hello Confidence, it’s an online platform that works out challenges and exercises for people who are about to go thru their first interview.
There are lots of suggestions on how to boost your confidence, improve those grooming skills, and what best to say. Each activity is crafted to prepare someone completely clueless.
That’s how in-depth i think the site is!
I read a page called Icebreakers (under Own The Conversation) which listed 10 questions you could ask your interviewer, to show interest in the company you might potentially be working for.
There were some really good ones like:
“What are some challenges the person filing this position face?” or
“What are the most valued talents in your company?”
I thought, “Huh, i better read this in case there’s a question i least expect to be asked!”
(After going through them, i was reassured that i already have all the answers in my heart and head XD)
Besides all this information that’s readily available, girls can comment on each others’ posts to get a conversation going. Essentially, Hello Confidence is an interactive platform that allows a community of girls to come together to share their methods and tips, while inspiring others at the same time.
What makes it so special is that it’s real girls sharing their real stories in real time with each other.
One of the more interesting pages on the site i found is called Pitch Yourself, where you’re asked to think about your best attributes and how you can keep your pitch to just under 15 seconds. (You just have to read the page yourself to know the rest.) Then there’s even an accompanying page for you to upload your “practice” pitch in video or written format, so that you can get feedback on it from people who are not gonna end up being your real boss.
I was like, “Man. They didn’t have sites like this ten years ago! You guys are so lucky!”
All i did was skim the surface of what i should have thought about before barging in. :p
There’s another one i like called the Idea Cube (under Pitch Your Idea). Everyone contributes random words to the Idea Cube, and it jumbles them all together to distribute to you a bunch of words. I didn’t know i was gonna get words from other people and was totally unprepared for it. You’re supposed to use all the random words to MAKE UP a pitch even if it the product is imaginary. I wrote some rubbish cos i just wanted to go on to the next page which is called the Idea Bank, and when i saw what other girls my junior wrote, i was kinda impressed (then embarrassed by my half-assed attempt and wondered whether it would show up in public).
Enough chatter from me, if you’re about to go through a job interview, check out Hello Confidence for yourself and go pick up a thing or ten
Kudos to Libresse for thinking of putting together a platform like this for young women to support and inspire each other!
To visit Hello Confidence, click *HERE*
Instead of opting for a short futuristic cut, i felt like keeping it a bit more feminine (haha i guess this is considered as feminine as i can go for now).
New friends i make still ask me where i get my hair done and it’s been the same answer for years - The Met @ Parkroyal! Alex is my superstylist cos he pretty much judges you based on your character and style, and whips something up. Sometimes i don’t even know what he’s gonna do to my hair – i leave it all up to him.
The Met KL Salon is having an InstaChange competition, where 3 winners will be selected each month from July-Sep 2014. Winners will each receive a free cut, colour & hair treatment + haircare products from Redken 5th NYC and exclusive skincare products from Sothys Malaysia, all valued at up to RM1,500!
All you have to do is:
1) Follow @TheMetKLSALON on Instagram
2) Post a front profile snap shot of yourself on Instagram
3) Hashtag #themetklsalon, and write (in English, Chinese or BM) what inspires and motivates you to change your hairstyle and colour
More details on their Facebook update *here*
I just noticed that Serena is still on The Met’s Facebook page cover photo with blond curls. She does her hair there too and i think… she introduced me to the salon a few years back!
Clem and i went to visit her yesterday cos she’s pretty much still house-bound with 7-week-old Chloe.
Serena looks positively RADIANT. Motherhood suits her.
Chloe is one of the most good-looking newborns i ever saw!
I swear all these half-kwailo-half-Asian babies always turn out looking so good.
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I’ve been regularly eating at BMS Organics as a healthier option to some of my meals.
They’ve got an extensive menu filled with Chinese dishes, and they’re all REALLY YUMMY and reasonably-priced.
The first dish i ordered there was the curry laksa.
It satiates my curry laksa cravings albeit with less guilt.
Everything in the restaurant is vegetarian, and i’ve been telling everyone that it’s the best vegetarian meat i’ve ever tasted. A year ago i wouldn’t have believed i would be trying to push fake meat to anyone, myself included.
Don’t be lazy, read the below to be a little bit smarter today >
I’ve been trying to slow down my meat intake since watching Earthlings and it’s not easy AT ALL, cos of the amount of meat that surrounds my social life + meals + where i dine.
Some people think i’m riding a “trend”. It’s not a trend when it’s the TRUTH of the situation our planet has plummeted into. Not wanting to KNOW nor CARE is a sign of being in denial or ignorant. It’s not like i’m a full-fledged vegetarian trying to sell the idea. I’m so not. I still appreciate a steak once in awhile, and my mince meat in my occasional hawker lunches… i’m just hoping for a bit more awareness on how eating meat daily isn’t necessary nor normal (based on the human lifestyle mere decades ago).
Ok i’ll stop there. Back to happy pictures!
I’m not a big fan of milk, so i try to compensate my calcium intake by eating lots of cut fruits in Farmer’s Union yoghurt (thanks Didi for recommending)
I need to do a toy purge in my apartment soon… lots of them are gonna go into donation before Christmas!
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My crazy Cheshire-cat-on-crack phone case from @PGadget atop my Furla Candy bag.
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I started horse-riding!
Chelsia has been asking me to join her and i really wanted to cos i’m looking for new hobbies that include more movement and activity (and less drinking :p). We woke up at 6am one morning and it was actually really nice to chat with each other, feed and talk to all the horses, take a class, feed the horses some more, then get home to shower and off to first meeting of the day.
Look what a happy fairy i am!
I must admit you can’t help favouring certain horses more than others. I’d pass one an extra carrot or two and go, “Shhh don’t show the others!”
If you think i’m being all super healthy not eating meat and going horse-riding, let me make you feel better.
Behold the fate of the cupcake that was left in a certain drunk person’s handbag:
Don’t worry, it didn’t go to waste and was still devoured.
I went to visit Louis on Friday night and met all his pets including the sweetest hedgehog!
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The BIG Group is having a Turkish Food Bazaar at The Square @ Publika till 26th July!
After having their team of chefs and buyers visit Istanbul twice this year, their inspirations have resulted in offering Turkish fare like Shish Kebab, Lamb Kofta, Tomato Dolmas, oven-baked Turkish Shortrib, Mercimek Çorbası (lentil soup), Güveç stew, Fattoush salad, Turkish ice-cream and many more for the month of Ramadhan.
To further accentuate the festive spirit, all Ben’s and Plan B outlets will be serving uniquely crafted Turkish-inspired dishes till 27th July 2014.
The BIG Bazaar will be taking place at Ben’s Independent Grocer till 3rd August, where unique Turkish discoveries of spices, nuts, teas, dried fruits, baklava and lokum have been air-flown just in time for the festive season.
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FEELING your best contributes to BEING your best all day, so it’s imperative you ensure you have everything you need to have your day run smoothly
If you haven’t already tried Libresse, now’s your chance as they’re giving away FREE samples (6-piece sample pack, while stocks last).
*Click on this link* to try Libresse for free!
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I just know i’m gonna be spending a lot of time in the new klia2.
I just know it.
Well, of course i will, cos i fly via low cost travel as much as i do vice versa!
If you’re a bit blur, klia2 is the newest RM4 billion international airport hub that is designed to cater 45 million passengers a year.
It will have 60 gates, 80 aerobridges, 8 remote stands, and get this… a retail space of 32,000 sqm for 225 retail outlets!
I now proclaim this as a danger zone. Dangerous for me, that is.
One of my biggest weaknesses is shopping impulsively and god knows how many times i’ve bought sunglasses, clothes, shoes and chocolates in airports the world over.
To introduce the amazing shopping haven that is to be in klia2, there is a VERY INTERESTING contest going on called What’s In Your Bag?
The Prizes: RM5K worth of shopping will be given away TO 1x PERSON, EVERY DAY FOR 15 DAYS.
So that means i have 15 shots at winning RM5,000 worth of shopping for MYSELF. Mwahahaha…
On top of that, there is ONE lucky winner that will win him/herself RM25k worth of shopping at klia2!
All i had to do was pick all the products on the klia2 website to my heart’s desire, and cross my fingers.
There is SO much to choose from!
Imagine, klia2′s retail selections include food, beverage, lifestyle, fashion, electronics, duty-free, non-duty-free, etc.
Here are SOME of the products I picked…
You’d be surprised at how quickly you can reach your RM5K budget… I wanted to pick some Royal Selangor stuff but if i did, i’d have run out of all my credit in one shot. Now i understand why it would make sense to give away RM25K worth of shopping…!
How You Can Enter:
1. Visit www.whatsinyourbag.my/en
2. A pop-up will appear “giving you” a budget of RM5000 to shop with
3. Browse the main website and “add to cart” everything you’d like, up to RM5000!
4. Once you’re done, proceed to checkout, where upon successful completion, you’ll automatically be entered into a lucky draw with everything you’ve purchased.
You get to fantasize all the things you’re gonna get (it’s great therapy by the way) and hope you win!
Contest runs ONLY from 9th June to 23rd June, so you and I basically only have 15 days to try our luck winning the RM5k worth of shopping OR be that one lucky winner!
For more info, do LIKE and FOLLOW >
Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/IndulgeMalaysiaAirports
Just click on the website and get started already! > www.whatsinyourbag.my/en
Participants must be aged 18 years and above.
It doesn’t matter what nationality you are.
Prize redemption will only be available at klia2.
I’ve written a fair bit about my teeth before, cos i’m so conscientious about the care of my teeth!
The thousands of ringgit i’ve spent on my teeth definitely moves into the 5-figure range.
I’ve blogged how i recently patched it (cos i used to brush too hard), which resulted in me looking for a soft electric toothbrush (i think Sonicare might be the best right now, please tell me if you know of one better).
I’ve had braces done, TWICE; and had laser whitening done too.
I don’t use my teeth to open bottles or eat crab like some people do, cos i’m too scared i’ll ruin it.
I get regular check-ups and scaling done, and wear my Invisalign retainers every night so they continue being straight FOREVER.
It’s obvious how imperative i think teeth are… come on, they ARE important!
You only have ONE set of teeth in your adulthood, and if you screw one tooth up,
it’ll cost RM6-8K for an implant.
So if you take good care of your teeth NOW,
the probability of having to fork out hefty bills for your teeth in the future are lower.
You don’t only use them to eat,
but having healthy white straight teeth makes you look SO much younger and better-looking.
Yes, i’m very vain about my teeth, SO THERE.
However, there’s no point having straight white teeth if your breath sucks.
I’m such a social person that i talk to dozens of people on a daily basis, sometimes even up to a hundred if i go for a few events. I always carry mints with me JUST IN CASE but i also carry an extra toothbrush and toothpaste (i use Darlie Expert Fresh) in my massive bag if i’m gonna be out all day and want to brush after eating or in between events.
I try my best to keep my breath and teeth fresh… having bad breath could be a career-killer, i swear. I find that if anyone with bad breath talks to me, i tend to avoid them in the future cos i just cannot BREATH when i have to face them. I’m sorry but it’s true. And vice versa, i would like to ensure that i don’t inflict the same unto others.
The new Darlie Expert Fresh is THE clinically proven toothpaste that protects against bad breath for 12 hours.
Now, bad breath is caused by oral bacteria in our mouths, so to diminish it, we have to target the source of the problem. When we brush using Darlie Expert Fresh, a Zinc Citrate Advanced Formula is released which attacks oral bacteria effectively. This special formula also forms a protective shield to prevent plaque build-up.
I have some really funny pictures of everyone brushing their teeth over the weekend i spent in One Eleven Bali.
On both days friends were over at our villa, i’d sneak away at least once per night to brush my teeth.
Friends would come in to use the bathroom and go, “… What are you doing??”
Me: “Brushing my teeth! It’s fun! Come brush your teeth with me.”
Them: “Okay….” (probably thinking i’m weird but that’s nothing new)
At one point there were FIVE of us brushing teeth together… i swear i didn’t plan this!
But i’m quite proud it happened haha.
So cute, Claudia brushing Rahul’s teeth for him <3
And then the selfies start…
Clem and i went to cuddle in the bathtub while waiting for the others
Then someone suggested to turn on the tap while we were in there
And i quickly tried to jump out cos i just dried myself from the pool!
(Basket Clem, i SEE you holding on to me!!)
I guess five people in a bathroom is bound to create some fuss in the end.
For long-lasting fresh breath, check out the Darlie Expert Fresh app on FB *HERE*
Get educated on how the Zinc Citrate formulation works and clinical charts on reduction of oral bacteria in your mouth.
LIKE the Darlie Malaysia FB page >> www.facebook.com/DarlieMalaysia
* Getting my teeth an expert white! *
* Take care of your teeth *