Starbucks Malaysia Launches Jumbo Cookies in Conjunction with Its World’s First Signing Store 2nd Anniversary

In conjunction with the world’s first Starbucks Signing Store 2nd Anniversary celebration, Starbucks Malaysia announced the launch of the Starbucks Jumbo Chocolate Chip Cookies across all its stores throughout Malaysia. For every purchase of the cookies at Starbucks, RM1 will be channeled to the Silent Teddies Bakery, a social enterprise started by the Community Service Centre for the deaf (CSCD) to support their programs and its schools for the Deaf children.
“It is heart-warming to see how Malaysians are coming together to support the under-represented groups in Malaysia. I am especially inspired by how the Starbucks Signing Store has provided a platform for the Deaf community to work and also to continue developing soft skills that would allow them to live a fulfilling life. With the help of corporations like Starbucks, I believe there is potential for more workplaces in Malaysia to become more inclusive, and more diverse.” said Yang Berhormat Puan Hannah Yeoh, Deputy Minister of Women, Family and Community Development when she officiated the Starbucks Signing Store’s 2nd anniversary celebration.

As part of the continuous learning and development initiatives at Starbucks, the Starbucks Signing Store in Malaysia now houses a total of nine Deaf baristas who are 100% certified coffee masters. The Deaf Coffee Masters in Malaysia will be distinguishable by black aprons that feature a special embroidery with ‘Starbucks’ in Malaysian Sign Language. In addition, these Deaf baristas are also qualified to conduct coffee chat sessions with the public using sign language much like the baristas at the Starbucks Reserve™ stores in Malaysia.

Chief Executive Officer of Berjaya Food Berhad and Managing Director of Starbucks Malaysia and Brunei, Mr. Sydney Quays said, “A big part of what we do at Starbucks is to create a culture of diversity and inclusion. Through this partnership with Silent Teddies Bakery, we hope to further improve the lives of the Deaf community than just providing them with job opportunities. Being the first country to introduce the Starbucks Signing Store concept into the world was a stepping stone for us. Its success has even inspired our North American Starbucks partners to learn and study our business model, which has now materialized into the first Starbucks in the United States which plans to open this October.”
Each Starbucks® Jumbo Cookie are unique as they are all handmade with no preservatives added. The cookies will be priced at RM 6.90, and will gradually be rolled out to all Starbucks stores nationwide, including East Malaysia, starting from 8 August 2018 onwards. Starbucks Malaysia has also launched the exclusive Signing Store 2nd Anniversary merchandise which are only available at the Starbucks Signing Store at Bangsar Village II.

AirAsia Celebrates Asean Talent @ KL Fashion Week 2018

AirAsia, the truly Asean airline celebrates ten Asean designers at the Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week (KLFW) 2018 on 10 Aug 2018.

The fledgling designers, whose career in the fashion industry took off after their participation in AirAsia Runway Ready Designer Search (AARRDS) competition, showcased over 30 looks from their fashion labels. The labels include KAVA (Brunei), KONG (Cambodia), Shella Merina Personal Designs (Indonesia), Billy L’amour de Ma Vie (Laos), phyn Studio (Malaysia), Glam Mabel (Myanmar), Paraluman by Bea Samson (Philippines), SILVU (Singapore), Arataweekend (Thailand) and Tu Bong (Vietnam).
(Middle) Founder of KL Fashion Week Andrew Tan with the Grand Prize winner of AirAsia Runway Ready Designer Search 2018, Daphne Lim from Fashion Academy.

The highlight of the show was Tran Thi Tu’s ‘The Women of Illusion’, in which she debuted 16 looks from her label, Tu Bong. Hailed from Hanoi, Vietnam, Tran Thi Tu was the grand prize winner of AARRDS 2017. She has since successfully made her way into Vietnam’s fashion industry and was featured in Harper’s Bazaar Vietnam as well as various fashion programmes on national television. Her success continues as her upcoming Ready-to-Wear capsule collection is set to be sold on fashionvalet.com.

AirAsia Champions Asean Further with New Route to Phu Quoc, Vietnam

AirAsia continues to strengthen its Asean connectivity with the launch of direct services between Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and Phu Quoc, Vietnam. The four weekly flights will commence on 2 November 2018.

Phu Quoc is the largest island in Vietnam that is home to a diverse landscape featuring lush forests, crystal clear beaches and towering mountains.
Spencer Lee, AirAsia Malaysia Head of Commercial, unveiling AirAsia’s new route from Kuala Lumpur to Phu Quoc, Vietnam

Spencer Lee, Head of Commercial AirAsia Malaysia said, “We are delighted to be the first airline to launch direct services from Kuala Lumpur to one of Asean’s best-kept secrets, Phu Quoc. As a truly Asean airline, we’re committed to enable more people to visit more places in this region. Our guests can connect seamlessly to Phu Quoc via Kuala Lumpur from 20 cities in 10 countries, including China, India, Australia, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Philippines, Thailand, Singapore and Malaysia. Travellers from any country can also visit Phu Quoc visa-free for up to 30 days, making this paradise more accessible.

“We hope to contribute to the social and economic development of Phu Quoc through the power of connectivity. We look forward to working with the local government to develop Phu Quoc into a world class tourist destination.”
AirAsia is offering special introductory all-in-fares from Kuala Lumpur to Phu Quoc from RM90*. These fares are available for booking on airasia.com and the AirAsia mobile app from 8 August to 19 August 2018 for the travel period from 2 November 2018 to 29 March 2019. BigPay members will enjoy zero processing fees when making payment using BigPay card. BIG members can also redeem a one-way flight from Kuala Lumpur to Phu Quoc with as little as 100 BIG Points (base fare only).

Korea No. 1 Oven Roasted Goobne Chicken @ MyTown Shopping Centre

Calling all Korean food fans, the Korea No. 1 Oven Roasted - Goobne Chicken is open in MyTown Shopping Centre since 31st July 2018. Located at the 3rd floor of MyTOWN Shopping Centre, Cheras Kuala Lumpur, the first Goobne Chicken store in Malaysia has a welcome atmosphere that is great for a meal with family and friends.
Launched in Korea back in year 2005, Goobne has over 1000 outlets in Korea and Overseas now. It is no surprise because Goobne brings a good healthy K-Food concept featuring award-winning oven roasted chicken that is cooked without oil, which is suitable for our healthy lifestyle nowadays. With the aim of bringing more delicious and healthier chicken to the country, Goobne Chicken welcomes Malaysians to join its celebratory soft launch in Malaysia.
If you don't know Korean language, let me tell you that the word 'GOOBNE' actually means 'oven roasted' in Korean. Chicken served at Goobne is roasted in the oven for 13 minutes at 195 degrees without using a single drop of oil to conserve the original flavour of chicken itself. The oil in the dish is from the chicken itself naturally. Additionaly, all the chicken that they use are hormone free. Hence, diners could enjoy less calories, cholesterol, sodium and trans-fat healthy oven baked chicken here at Goobne chicken. Therefore, you would see the big moto signage of Goobne - H.O.T.! (Healthy, Original, Trendy) in the restaurant.
We are happy with the menu of Goobne chicken as it offers a variety of tastes that would surely satisfy every patron’s craving. Be it the super spicy to mild spicy and the original or the cheesy one, one would surely find their favourite flavor of oven roasted chicken at Goobne Chicken. Diners can choose from a whole chicken or half chicken, wings in 8 pcs or 14 pieces to match everyone’s preference.

Kimi-Ya Japanese Restaurant @ Old Klang Road KL

Ted on the ground floor of Avantas Residences Old Klang Road KL, Kimi-Ya is a Japanese restaurant that brings an authentic Japanese menu with reasonable price. I have heard a lot of good things about Kimi-Ya.
Being a great fans of Japanese food, we were excited to visit it for the first time not long ago. Kimi-Ya has a cozy environment including two private rooms which are perfect for authentic Japanese dining. Kimi-Ya has plenty of choices on their vast menu, from starter to main, desserts and beverages. Diners would be spoilt for the choices.
We had picked a few signature dishes below on our visit.

1. Tenzaru Inaniwa Udon
- Cold Thin Wheat Noodles with Assorted Tempura and Dipping Sauce.
An interesting Cold Thin Wheat Noodles with 3 different kinds of taste. Diners can either dip the cold noodles directly into the homemade dipping sauce for an unadulterated flavour, or pick up some wasabi, dip in the dipping sauce, and slurp the noodles up, or rather mix the sauce with the quail egg and spring onions for a sweeter, creamier touch. We like the uniqueness of the serving plus the smooth and refreshing taste of this noodle. Pair with our favourite fried assorted tempura, we would love to have this again and again.

2. Gyu Garlic Rice Ishiyaki

LOT 10 Ushers in an Awesome August Celebration

August is a celebration month for us in Malaysia. In conjunction with Malaysia's Merdeka (Independent day), our favourite social destination of choice in Bukit Bintang, Lot 10 is celebrating the month of August with the launch of LOT 10 X AUGUST, a new series of youthful, exuberant events for the entire month of August 2018. In tribute to the New Malaysia, shopping in Lot 10 is taking a patriotic up-swing to gear up for the much-anticipated celebration of Merdeka Day on 31 August.
“2018 is an exceptional year for Malaysia and we can feel a strong patriotic buzz around us for this Merdeka month of August. Lot 10 pays tribute to the hearts of the people by stepping up our celebration with an exciting new lineup of events building up to an awesome Merdeka long weekend. We promise to give all Malaysians and tourists many reasons to Shop, Sweat, Salute, Shimmer, Sing and Savour the best of local flavours right here in the heart of Kuala Lumpur,” said Joseph Yeoh, Vice President of YTL Land & Development.

Shop Local, Shop We.Women Market
Kick-starting the first week of August from 1 to 5 August, the We.Women Market - In Bloom Artisan Showcase celebrates girl power with a curation of unique handcrafted products by female entrepreneurs. A collective of 18 local artisans will take over Lot 10’s Concourse to offer the best of locally-sourced and produced goods perfect for local visitors and tourists. Malaysian brands such as Bow ‘n’ Engel, Jas & Co., JYW Jewelry, Khoo Kies, Sweet Palate and Vive Snack will bring together diverse creations from homemade dessert and cookies, scented tea to handmade jewellery and fashion apparel.

Sweat It Good in the City
Starting on the first Saturday 4 August, #goodsweat will present a series of free-for-all fitness classes at Lot 10’s Basketball Court on Level 3 over 20 Saturdays in six months running up to January 2019. This program aims to make healthy living and fitness accessible to all right in the heart of Kuala Lumpur. Collaborating with the best of KL’s fitness clubs including Lot 10’s very own Celebrity Fitness, MMA Monarchy Gym and independent yoga teacher, Shazana Zulkifli, #goodsweat will offer four trendy workouts namely Combat Core (Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Muay Thai), Bends & Beats (Electronic Dance Music and Reggae Yoga), Dance Cardio and Unplugged HIIT – a high-intensity interval training with hip-hop choreography that is backed by live music performances. Unplugged HIIT is a relatively new breed of workout around the world and in Lot 10, it is the first-of-its-kind in Malaysia.
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