EQ’s Celestial Treasures Mooncakes Fuse Tradition with Creativity

This Mid-Autumn Festival, EQ will be presenting a delicious array of mooncakes in both traditional and modern interpretations. In preparation for the festival on 17 September 2024, which in China marks the end of the harvest period, the award-winning hotel will be presenting 11 flavours of mooncakes for guests to choose from.

The traditional baked mooncakes will feature a golden brown traditional pastry enclosing a choice of five flavours: white lotus with a single yolk, traditional Cantonese mixed nuts, white lotus, red bean and the special EQ Signature Pearl of Harmony.
The snow skin mooncakes break from convention with their colourful rice flour exteriors and six creative flavours, namely Golden Charcoal Musang King Durian, Emerald Yuzu Pandan, Mint Chocolate Hawaiian Macadamia, Butterfly Pea Flower Vitagen White Lotus, Red Bean Custard and Sun-dried Scallop with Mixed Nuts.

To present the mooncakes in style, EQ has commissioned three packaging options which can be used after the delicacies have been enjoyed.

EQ Triumphs at Travel + Leisure Luxury Awards Asia Pacific 2024

EQ, Malaysia’s pinnacle of luxury hospitality, has once again demonstrated its excellence by sweeping multiple prestigious awards at the Travel + Leisure Luxury Awards Asia Pacific 2024.
EQ emerged victorious in all four categories for which it was nominated, cementing its position as a leader in luxury hospitality in Malaysia. The hotel secured top honours as the No.1 City Hotel and won awards for the No.1 Hotel Pool and No.2 Hotel Spa in Malaysia. In addition, EQ's General Manager, Gerard Walker, was honoured as the No.1 Hotel General Manager in the country for the Hospitality Leadership category.
The Travel + Leisure Luxury Awards are renowned for their rigorous selection process and the influential nature of their voters, drawing nominations from top properties across the Asia Pacific region. These awards underscore EQ’s unwavering commitment to quality, luxury, and exceptional service, recognised by a global audience of 36 million readers.

Donald Lim, CEO of Hotel Equatorial, praised the achievement, stating, “Gerard is one of the most transformative General Managers in the Malaysian hospitality industry. His leadership has elevated EQ to new heights of excellence.”

Embark on a Fairy-tale Adventure at Suria KLCC's 'Picnic in the Park'

Suria KLCC, Malaysia’s iconic experiential shopping destination, is thrilled to announce the return of its highly anticipated “Picnic in the Park” experience. After the phenomenal success of its debut in 2023, this bespoke event promises an even more enchanting experience this year.

From 7 to 21 June 2024, shoppers can redeem a place in this exclusive outdoor celebration. Commencing with a media event today, the picnics will take place on Saturdays and Sundays between 15 and 23 June.
Shoppers who spend RM2,500 and above in two receipts from 7 to 21 June 2024 will be eligible to redeem a "Picnic in the Park" experience for four people. This exclusive and intimate event, limited to 55 groups of four per day, offers a money-can’t-buy outdoor retreat at KLCC Park, with breathtaking views of the Petronas Twin Towers and the KLCC Lake Symphony from sunset to nightfall, between 5pm and 8.30pm.
"We are ecstatic to bring back Suria KLCC's 'Picnic in the Park' experience for a second year," said Francis Tan, CEO of Suria KLCC Sdn Bhd. "This event allows us to showcase the beauty of KLCC Park and offers our valued shoppers a truly unique and memorable experience. With its enchanting setup and exclusive activities, this event is bound to be an extraordinary affair that guests will cherish."

Attendees will be welcomed into a whimsical 'Garden Fairies' themed setting, complete with Instagram-worthy picnic setups of teepee tents and picnic benches adorned with décor such as floral arrangements and fairy lights. Each group will receive a carefully curated picnic basket with an assortment of thoughtful picnic accessories and goodies, including Guardian sunscreen, wet wipes, and Buzzaway Patch; a Remax mini handheld fan; a Toys “R” Us non-toxic bubble wand and activity book; along with mineral water and more.

KAO Launches Newly Developed Mosquito Repellent Bioré GUARD Mos Block Serum in Malaysia

KAO Malaysia has announced the availability of its new Bioré GUARD Mos Block Serum, formulated with a unique anti-landing technology to prevent mosquitoes from landing on the skin to feed on 13 Jun 2024. The announcement was made in conjunction with the expansion of its GUARD OUR FUTURE project globally to protect future lives from mosquitoes. GUARD OUR FUTURE is centered on innovative product technology and formulation that provides a cover protection shield, keeping mosquitoes away from people's skin and thus preventing mosquito bites.
(From L-R) Mr. Dion Warren, Area Head of Takeda India & Southeast Asia
Mr. Nishimaki Akira, President of KAO Malaysia Sdn. Bhd.
Mr. Nishida Masahide, President Skin Care Business, KAO Corporation
His Excellency (Mr.)Takahashi Katsuhiko, Ambassador of Japan to Malaysia
Yang Berhormat Puan Jamaliah Binti Jamaluddin, EXCO Public Health & Environment, Selangor State
Mr. Kamiya Mitsutoshi, Vice President Health & Beauty Care Asia International Business, KAO Corporation
Ms. Tan Poh Ling, Vice President of Marketing, KAO Malaysia Sdn. Bhd.
Dr. Lynette Moey, Country General Manager, Takeda Malaysia & Singapore

Bioré GUARD Mos Block Serum, was first introduced in Thailand two years ago and launched in Singapore, Taiwan and Hong Kong this year. As part of the GUARD OUR FUTURE project, KAO Malaysia will collaborate with the Selangor State Government and Takeda Malaysia in a series of activities aimed at protecting the lives of Malaysians against mosquitoes and mosquito-borne diseases like dengue fever.
“With the global landscape evolving rapidly and presenting new challenges, it is increasingly important that we drive forward our ESG strategy the Kirei Lifestyle Plan to realise a truly sustainable society while enhancing our business and minimising risks,” said Masahide Nishida, President Skin Care Business, KAO Corporation at the collaborative partnership between KAO Malaysia, the Selangor State Government and Takeda Malaysia. “In 2023, we accelerated efforts towards our Mid-term Plan 2027 (K27) to realise our vision of ‘Protecting future lives — Sustainability as the only path’. Some key progress includes the launch of the new Bioré GUARD Mos Block Serum as well as the GUARD OUR FUTURE project which combines our unique technology and key partnerships to save future lives, the expansion of GUARD OUR FUTURE into Malaysia is particularly timely considering the upcoming World Dengue Day observation on the 15th of June.”

KAO Strikes a Balance between Business and Solutions to Social Issues

Heineken® Refresh Delivers Electrifying Experiences as 18,000 Fans Come Together to Discover New Music Together!

Heineken® has once again delivered its promise of providing refreshing experiences, captivating nearly 18,000 attendees at this weekend's Heineken® Refresh cross-genre music event at Sunway Lagoon Surf Beach.

The second instalment of Heineken® Refresh saw enthusiastic fans eager to elevate the way music is shared, inspiring them to break their musical bubbles and explore fresh sounds. Pushing the boundaries of live music events, Heineken® Refresh featured refreshing innovations that surprised and delighted fans.

World Top DJ Alok from Brazil was brought by Heineken® to headline the event, marking his first performance in Malaysia. Known for his genre-bending Brazilian Bass production style, Alok’s hour-long set featured a unique blend of spanning genres, including the best R&B, Hip Hop and chart-topping EDM hits. There wasn’t a dull moment, and it got fans hyped up to see him perform for the first time.

Heineken® Refresh also featured regional superstars WUKONG, renowned for his Oriental Rave, and Malaysia’s very own Blink, an iconic artist celebrated for his ever-evolving style.

WUKONG roused the crowd by delivering an electrifying electronic bass set infused with Chinese influences. Blink brought hissignature fresh twist through a sensational collaborative performance featuring a 20-piece orchestra covering chart-topping EDM hits and shifting things up again with special guests Glenn Yong and Victoria. Co-curated by Blink and Heineken®, they delivered an extraordinary cross-genre spectacle of EDM beats met with symphonic orchestrations that left the audience in awe.

Willemijn Sneep, Marketing Director of Heineken Malaysia Berhad, said, "From the ground-breaking Heineken® refreshed blended playlists on Spotify to the highly anticipated Heineken® Refresh event, our campaign aims to help consumers break out of their music bubbles and encourage enthusiasts to explore new sounds and encounters. Heineken® Refresh transcends mere events — it’s revolutionising the music experience. With music deeply embedded in Heineken®’s DNA, we’re thrilled to activate Heineken® Refresh for the second time, building on our debut event's overwhelming response in 2022.”

Coffee & Friends Festival @ fahrenheit88 Bukit Bintang

Get ready to sip, swirl, and soak in creativity at the First-ever Coffee Festival in Bukit BintangCoffee & Friends, brewing from 10 June to 23 June 2024. With over 50 local and international coffee booths and activities brimming with delights, a captivating art exhibition, exciting workshops, and thrilling contests, fahrenheit88 guarantee you will have a latte fun!
Explore the dynamic offerings across fahrenheit88's Ground Floor and 3rd Floor, where visitors can immerse themselves in a world of coffee culture and artistic expression. From local kopi to specialty lattes and Vietnamese coffee, there’s a brew for every palate.
Discover the captivating Coffee Cup Art Wall at 3rd floor, showcasing more than 1000 distinct coffee cup designs crafted by local artists, influencers, as well as students from five different institutions. For book enthusiasts, retreat to the Brew & Books corner by Bookxcess, where you can sip your coffee while browsing through their selection of books, or even catch a storytelling session with Elsa. Don’t miss the vibrant Art Exhibition also located at 3rd floor, showcasing a diverse collection of artworks from Antoni World and Malaysia’s Sky Studio. Within the exhibition, you’ll also find artworks contributed by the autistic and underprivileged children from Amazing Minds. On the 23 June, 11am to 3pm, visitors can also acquire these inspiring pieces at their art market.
In addition to enjoying our coffee selections, unleash your creativity with more than 15 workshops, activities, contests and giveaways designed for participants of all ages and interests. Dive into the world of coffee discovery through workshops like the latte art experience, crafting your own latte, coffee art painting, or engage in thrilling contests such as the art battle, or even a colouring contest tailored for the budding young artists!

1664 Welcomes Beer Lovers to Discover the New Side of Blue with 1664 BRUT!

Beer lovers are invited to Discover the New Side of Blue with the arrival of 1664 BRUT, a crisp, golden premium lager that transcends the ordinary with its easy drinking and refreshing taste. Made for contemporary beer enthusiasts, 1664 BRUT offers a symphony of sensations, boasting a refreshing and crisp taste that leaves any beer lover wanting more.
True to its brand promise, 1664 turns simple pleasures into extraordinary experiences. The latest innovation, 1664 BRUT, continues this offering, enhancing every drinking occasion with its refreshingly crisp golden lager with a sparkling twist.
"We are thrilled to introduce 1664 BRUT to Malaysian beer enthusiasts. As a premium wheat beer, 1664 is already well-recognised in the market. Our new campaign, 'Discover the New Side of Blue,' invites Malaysians to experience a fresh offering from 1664 – a crisp, golden premium lager. This innovation enriches our premium brew portfolio and complements our existing 1664 range, which includes 1664 Blanc, 1664 Rosé, and now 1664 BRUT, providing a diverse selection from wheat beer to lager," said Olga Pulyaeva, Marketing Director at Carlsberg Malaysia. "We are particularly proud that we are the first South-East Asian country to launch this exciting product. With its refreshingly crisp taste and iconic blue bottle, 1664 BRUT is the perfect companion to elevate any occasion."

As 1664 BRUT makes its way nationwide in pints, cans, and draught at ABV 4.5%, it brings with it a promise to make every drinking moment extraordinary. Redefining sleek and stylish packaging, its gold label against the iconic blue backdrop perfectly reflects the vibrant spirit it embodies. Whether it is a regular hangout session or crushing weekend clubbing adventures, 1664 BRUT is bound to add that extra twist to any occasion.

Taiwan Excellence Wanderland Pop-Up Store 2024 Now Open at One Utama!

The "Taiwan Excellence Wanderland Pop-Up Store 2024" has arrived at One Utama Shopping Centre, led by five adorable mascots, the Taiwan Excellence Fu bears.

Jointly presented by the International Trade Administration, Ministry of Economic Affairs (TITA), and the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA), the "Taiwan Excellence Wanderland Pop-Up Store 2024“ kicked off this morning at the Centre Court Concourse, G Floor, One Utama. The event attracted over 150 guests and local media representatives.

The "Taiwan Excellence Wanderland Pop-Up Store 2024" aims to provide the public with an interactive and entertaining environment to closely experience and understand the innovative and high-quality products made in Taiwan. This year, 32 Taiwanese brands are participating, showcasing a total of 60 premium products, a 2.5 times increase compared to last year, highlighting the importance Taiwanese brands place on the Malaysian market.

Deputy Representative of Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Malaysia, James Buu, emphasized the close economic and trade relations between Taiwan and Malaysia during his speech. Last year, the total bilateral trade between Taiwan and Malaysia reached USD 24.857 billion. "As of September 2023, Taiwan's investment in Malaysia amounted to USD 600 million, making Taiwan the 8th largest investor in Malaysia.”
Thanks to the strong trade relations, many Taiwanese brands are participating in this event for the first time. They hope to use this opportunity to introduce their brands and find potential agents and distributors to officially enter the Malaysian market.

Showcasing AI and Green Sustainability Market

Smart technology AI and green sustainability are two major development trends in modern society. With Malaysia's rapid economic development, there is a growing demand for smart living and eco-friendly products. The Malaysian government also emphasized sustainability and green technology in the 2023 and 2024 budgets, including extending green technology investment tax incentives and improving green technology financing schemes. Companies are encouraged to invest in sustainable development.

The guardian Awards Beauty & Wellness 2024: Discover the Best Sellers, Expert Picks & Fan Favorites!

guardian's highly anticipated annual brand appreciation event returns with an exciting new format, highlighting the beauty & wellness brands that matter most to their customers.

This year, 
guardian is proud to introduce several enhancements, including the unveiling of guardian's Best Sellers 2024, along with Expert Picks and the opportunity for their valued customers to vote for their favorite brands.

Anna Ng, Marketing Director of guardian Malaysia, expressed her enthusiasm, stating that guardian has emerged as the premier curator of beauty and wellness essentials, catering to the diverse needs of our clientele.

"The beauty and wellness industry has evolved into a realm driven by personalization and knowledge. With rapid advancements in technology and innovation, coupled with the influence of social media, consumers seek trusted partners like guardian to curate the ideal selection of brand offerings in this ever-expanding market," Anna remarked.

guardian’s Best Sellers 2024:

In the category of guardian’s Best Sellers 2024
guardian has meticulously curated a selection of 10 innovative and our best-selling products in each of the Cosmetic, Skin Care, Personal Care, and Health Care segments, reflecting the aggregated preferences of our discerning customers.

“The best-selling picks – ranging from choices of brands to nurture your inner health to the others that promote your outer beauty – were amongst the latest ones available in the market, having been launched between 1 November 2022 and 31 October 2023,” added Anna.

Expert Picks of trendy product segments:

Five distinguished industry experts were tasked with evaluating 54 cutting-edge products currently available in the market. These experts, renowned in their respective fields, rigorously tested and scrutinized products in Cosmetic, Skin Care, Personal Care, and Health Care categories.

Enhanced Dim Sim Lunch Buffet @ Lai Ching Yuen, Grand Millennium Kuala Lumpur

Calling all foodie, now you can indulge in the best premium Dim Sim lunch buffet at Lai Ching Yuen, Grand Millennium Kuala Lumpur everyday!
Dim Sim lunch buffet at Lai Ching Yuen, Grand Millennium Kuala Lumpur

Renowned for its authentic, refined Cantonese cuisine and Dim Sum, Lai Ching Yuen at Grand Millennium Kuala Lumpur is thrilled to launch its enhanced Dim Sum Buffet menus, catering to both weekday indulgence and weekend revelry. Embracing the essence of traditional Hong Kong culinary artistry, the revamped menus promise a gastronomic journey through delectable flavours and exquisite craftsmanship.
Deep-fried Bean Curd Roll with Shrimp

A homage to Hong Kong Dim Sum culture

Designed to delight discerning palates, Lai Ching Yuen's Dim Sum Buffet menus boast an extensive selection of Hong Kong-inspired delicacies meticulously crafted by a team of seasoned chefs, fronted by Executive Chinese Chef, Thye Yoon Kong, a master of more than 30 years of experience in Cantonese cuisine under his belt, with Dim Sum as his specialty.

"The essence of dim sum is handcraftsmanship which requires excellent skills and years of training. We are excited to introduce our enhanced Dim Sum Buffet menus, as we added 20 new dishes to offer our guests a wholesome experience of the Dim Sum culture which I have learned a lot about throughout my career in Cantonese cuisine," said Chef Thye Yoon Kong, Executive Chinese Chef at Lai Ching Yuen.
Steamed Szechuan Style Wonton

On the menus are an array of Hong Kong-inspired Dim Sum creations, featuring savoury classics to reinterpretations of time-honoured Cantonese cooking methods, the sumptuous menus showcase an eclectic array of appetisers, soups, steamed-to-order delights, fried selections, stir-fried mains and desserts, promising a feast for the soul.

The Next Generation of Retinol by Elizabeth Arden

As a skincare pioneer with over 120 years expertise, Elizabeth Arden continues on a journey of innovation with the next generation of retinol, and the launch of Retinol + HPR Ceramide Capsules Rapid Skin Renewing Serum.

Proven to visibly reduce wrinkles in just one week, the pre-measured capsules feature a precise, encapsulated dose of retinol + HPR which is gentle enough to use both day and night (alongside SPF); for experienced and first-time retinol users. The potent, yet gentle formula firms the skin, reduces dark spots and pores, and improves clarity tone and texture to reveal radiant and revitalized skin after the first use.

The new skin-renewing serum includes retinol + HPR, a next-generation retinoid, which is 10x more potent than pure retinol – delivering double the power and double the care.

Encapsulation technology protects light sensitive retinol and ensures purity and potency for every application. Skin-firming power peptides accelerate cellular renewal, firm skin, and even texture and tone for dramatically younger-looking skin. The unique blend of phytoceramides and skin-soothing bisabolol and oat, ensure the formula is gentle enough to use both day and night; for experienced and first-time retinol users.

  1. Twist capsule to open.
  2. Squeeze onto finger tips, warm.
  3. Gently sweep onto cleansed skin.
Another new launched is the Retinol + HPR Rapid Skin Renewing Water Cream. Proven to visibly reduce wrinkles in just one week, the light-as-air cream is gentle enough to use both day and night (alongside SPF); for experienced and first-time retinol users. The potent, yet gentle formula firms the skin, reduces dark spots and pores, and improves clarity tone and texture to reveal radiant and revitalized skin after the first use.
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