Sunday, September 18, 2016

Upcoming Event - Toast The Macallan

Great news to whisky lovers! The Macallan is bringing one of their signature events to our shores with their “Toast The Macallan” exhibition, masterclass and cocktail happening at the end of this month. 





Toast The Macallan lands on our shores for the very first time, featuring a pop-up exhibition-styled event that will be taking place at the Ritz-Carlton Kuala Lumpur, from the 26 September to the 1 October 2016.
The event is a global circuit created by The Macallan that promises a unique experience for guests unlike any other. Toast The Macallan is an experiential stage where guests not only learn about the whisky and brand thru a lively and entertaining whisky tasting session, but also get to savour the range of The Macallan whisky including The Macallan’s newest series dubbed the Trilogy, which consists of, The Macallan Fine Oak 12 Years Old, The Macallan Sherry Oak 12 Years Old and its latest expression The Macallan Double Cask 12 Years Old.

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“The Macallan has been the leading brand in the single malt category and we are very excited to introduce our newest range, The Macallan Trilogy. This platform would allow consumers to experience what The Macallan really stands for and why our whiskies are exceptional in its class” explains Chief Representative of Edrington Malaysia, Mr Edwin Yeo.
This prestigious experience will be held over six (6) consecutive days at the Ritz-Carlton Kuala Lumpur and will be hosted by The Macallan Brand Trainer, Keith Nair and Brand Advocate, Randall Tan.

So how can you attend this event?
This ticketed event is priced at a very affordable RM50 nett per person, which includes a whisky tasting flight of the brand’s range of signature single malts, entry passes to the exhibition area of The Macallan range display and The Macallan lounge where you get to enjoy some custom-made cocktails. Do keep in mind that this is not a “yum seng” event where the objective is to drink till you’re happy, but rather a more sophisticated whisky tasting masterclass where you savour each sip of the different variants, and enjoy some cocktails in the lounge.
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Here’s a look at the Toast The Macallan event last year in Hong Kong.

GIVEAWAY!!!

I’m giving away a pair of tickets to the Toast The Macallan session on 1 October 2016 (Saturday) from 2.00pm – 3.00pm at the Ritz Carlton Kuala Lumpur.
To win, simply answer this very simple question:
Name the three (3) whiskies in Macallan’s newest series dubbed the Trilogy:
  1. _______
  2. _______
  3. _______
Send your answer along with your full name (as per NRIC), contact number and email address to copykate.blog@gmail.com 
Giveaway end on 22 September 2016. Winners will be notified by 24 September 2016. Winners must be age 21 years and above. Terms and conditions apply. Judge’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entertained.
  
So if you’re a whisky lover, don’t miss this opportunity to experience a one of a kind whisky masterclass and cocktail!
To book your tickets and find more information about Toast The Macallan:-
Venue: The Ritz-Carlton Kuala Lumpur
Date: 26 September 2016 to the 1 October 2016

Monday, September 5, 2016

Gekkeikan Sake Food Pairing Night @ Aoki-Tei Japanese Restaurant, Sunway Nexis Kota Damansara


I did not discover my new liking for sake until earlier this year when I tried a really smooth bottle at a local Japanese restaurant. Premium sake is hard to find as not every Japanese restaurant offers them in their menu. Thankfully, I had the chance to taste a few bottles of really great sake during the Gekkeikan sake and food pairing dinner at Aoki-Tei in Sunway Damansara hosted by the principle from Gekkeikan Sake – Masahiro Nagata who hails from Kyoto, Japan.
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Japan’s tradition of sake making began more than 2,000 years ago shortly after rice cultivation was introduced from China. The first few centuries yielded a beverage quite unlike that of today, however, years of experience perfected brewing techniques and increased sake’s overall appeal and popularity.
In 1637, Gekkeikan’s founder, Jiemon Okura established his sake brewery in the town of Fushimi, a location well-known for its high quality of water. Access to the ideal ingredients combined with a convenient location enabled Okura and his successors’ business to thrive in the years that followed.
In 1905, the brand name GEKKEIKAN (meaning “crown of laurel”) was adopted as the company’s formal pledge to excellence. Through this commitment, the company became a true leader in the industry and pioneered a number of research and development efforts, making Gekkeikan one of the most popular brands in Japan.
Masahiro Nagata of Gekkeikan Sake
Masahiro Nagata of Gekkeikan Sake
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Horin Junmai Daiginjo
The ultra-premium sake line in Gekkeikan Sake uses only Yamada-Nishiki and Gohyakumangoku rice milled to 50% ratio. This classic example of a Fushimi style Junmai Daiginjo has a delicately fruity nose, its subtle flavors are well-balanced, and it is exceptionally smooth with a long clean finish. Best to serve during chilled or room temperature. Paired best with fresh seafood such as sashimi or sushi.
Cho Tokusen Tokubetsu Honjozo
In Japan, sake with gold flakes is usually consumed during occasions such as new year or wedding party. This sake is full-bodied with hints of honeydew, papaya, anise and roasted nuts. Well balanced, long and smooth finishing. This luxurious sake be enjoyed warm, room temperature or chilled. Food pairing goes well with lightly-seasoned meat or seafood.
Josen Karakuchi
Most of all sake manufacturer in Japan produces Karakuchi (Dry type Sake), but Gekkeikan Josen Karakuchi has specific character of dryness with full-bodied taste and subtle fine aroma. It can be served hot, warm and cold. Pairs best with grilled or fried food such as yakitori, tempura, meat soup.
Black & Gold Junmai
Junmai-shu mostly are full-bodied and thick because it’s made only with rice & wate. Gekkeikan Black & Gold Junmai is crafted to be slightly mellow and buttery so consumers can enjoy this luxurious sake smoothly. The sake is best served either cold or hot, and is best paired with lightly grilled seafood such as salmon, scallops and charbroil meat.




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Aoki-Tei Japanese Buffet Restaurant is a sister company of the Umai-Ya Japanese Restaurant Group. Currently they have outlets in Kota Damansara, Sunway Nexis and Pusat Bandar Puchong.
For more info on Gekkeikan sake, head over to http://www.gekkeikan-sake.com/
Gekkeikan sake is distributed by Tong Woh Enterprise in Malaysia. For more info, head over to http://www.shopattwe.com/
Photo credits: Andy Kho Photography (www.andykho.com)
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Friday, August 26, 2016

[ADV] E Nailspa - Acrylic Gel Manicure & Magnetic Gel Pedicure

For those who follow me on Instagram would have noticed that I’ve got my nails done recently! This time, I went for acrylic gel with ocean-themed design in preparation for my upcoming trip to Redang. It will be my first visit to the island in East Coast (damn jakun lololol) and I heard that our islands are way more beautiful than the usual touristy islands we visit in Thailand. Super excited already!


Gotta show you the final outcome before anything else. Absolutely love the dual tone gel colour and the intricate waves design that my manicurist put in so much effort to draw on my nails meticulously. And those adorable seashells, starfish and tiny pearls! *heart-eyed*

My manicure and pedicure pampering session was done at E Nailspa located at Desa Sri Hartamas. It didn’t take me long to find the nail salon as it is located at one of the shop buildings right behind Souled Out. Parking was not an issue as there is a basement parking at the building itself. Alternatively you may park at the outdoor parking space outside Souled Out. As for me, I was lucky to have spotted a car vacating a perfect spot right outside the building! Teehee.



Situated on the first floor of the shop building, E Nailspa is safe from the hustle bustle of the restaurant and bar businesses within the vicinity. The salon is cosy, properly furnished with English-themed wallpaper and furniture which make you feel instantly at ease.





Super adorable bunny cushion!



It is also fully equipped with quality products and hygienic tools expected from a professional nail salon. I was impressed as unlike some nail salon, E Nailspa is well-ventilated and is free from nail polish stench.






Plenty of sample nail arts for you to get your inspiration. Meanwhile, owner  Emanda Chong gave me some suggestions for my nail art and colours. I was tempted to go for the black and white flower design but nah, I had to stick to my ocean-themed nail art! Next time perhaps.



There were altogether 5 armchairs at the nail salon! Must have been quite an investment as it was super comfy and makes one feel like a Queen. LOL. I have never felt so comfortable resting on an armchair at a nail salon. No wonder they call it a pamper session. Just the chair itself is a good form of pampering.




My manicurist who graduated from the O.P.I. Academy. Thanks for attending to my special requests. And thumbs up to her exemplary skills for making my nails so perfect! Everything was carefully done without any missing edge.




Don’t worry about the stick-on items falling out one by one as it was done by acrylic gel. Or to explain in layman term, first the manicurist would stick them one by one with glue, then apply a few coating of transparent acrylic gel onto your nails and dry them with UV light. The acrylic gel would be thick and strong enough to hold the stickers to make sure they don’t fall. Should be able to last for a month if you take good care of it.




Next up was 3-step Spa Pedicure. After some good scrubbing, my feet immediately felt so much cleaner and smoother. Foot mask was applied thoroughly and generously, after which my feet were wrapped for the next 15 minutes before the mask was rinsed off.

I had some dilemma when it came to choosing the design for my toe nails. Initially I wanted white base with stars and pearls stickers, the same as my fingernails. But Emanda did not think that it was a good idea as the stickers would not last on my toe nails since I wear covered shoes to work daily. Instead, she recommended me the latest magnetic coating which will be the upcoming trend. I have seen this effect on their Instagram which is rather new and interesting, so why not! The magnetic coating comes in either silver or gold. It works best with darker base so I opted for dark blue with golden magnetic coat.



I was intrigued by how it works. After applying the normal gel colour, my pedicurist applied a layer of that special coating onto the entire toe nails. After that, she would use a magnetic tool to make the coating gather at the centre of the nails. Couldn’t take my eyes off the whole time, never had such canggih pedicure session before! LOL.




The end result was stunning. The special magnetic coating gives you a marbling illusion from various angles.

Price list for the above: Gel Manicure RM90 + Nail Art RM120, Gel Pedicure RM110 + 3D Magnetic Art RM10, 3-Step Spa RM90.

Of course, if you want to drop by for a quick fix on your nails, they do provide the most basic express manicure for only RM25. Pricing differs depending on what you choose! :)





Referral program for E Nailspa customers: refer a friend and get 5% off your next visit!

Call up and make your appointment before you visit to avoid disappointment as E Nailspa may be fully booked especially during the weekend. We all deserve a good pampering session and beautiful nails ^^



E Nailspa
Address: 30-1, Jalan 30/70A,
Desa Sri Hartamas,
50480 Kuala Lumpur.
(behind Souled Out)

Tel: 03 - 6143 2288

Operating Hours:
Tues – Sat 11am – 8pm;
Sun 11am – 6pm
(closed on Monday)


Sunday, August 7, 2016

Pokemon Go: Guide for Beginners


Pokemon Go is finally released in Malaysia! The long-anticipated game has caused much excitement over the weekend to fellow Malaysians. Like many other Pokemon Masters, I installed the game and went outdoor for some actions as soon as I found it available on App Store. As for those who have no clue yet, I have listed down 10 basic guides for beginners:


1. You can get Pikachu as your starter Pokemon. When you first joined the game, you will see 3 Pokemon: Squirtle, Bulbasaur and Charmander by your side. However, did you know that there is actually a 4th Pokemon, Pikachu? Just walk away from these 3 until they disappeared, reappeared repeatedly, and at the 4th time they reappeared, you will see Pikachu shows up. Capture Pikachu as your first starter Pokemon, not just ecause its cute, but its rare and almost impossible to be found unless it is hatched from Pokemon Egg.



2. Stop by every PokeStop you come across to collect PokeBalls, Pokemon Eggs and other items. PokeStops are those with blue icons which will change shape when you are close by. Tap it, spin it, and you will see items falling out. Once the icon turns purple, the items will automatically fall into your bags (don't need to tap on them one by one).




3. Switch off the camera function (AR at top right corner) for easier catch and throw your PokeBalls towards the Pokemon when its ring appears smaller. This would increase your chance of capturing it. There are different colours of ring, each with different level of difficulties by increasing order: green, yellow, orange, red. Some suggest spinning the PokeBall before throwing it out, but if you aren’t that skillful yet, this may cause you to lose control of the angle and end up missing an easy target.

4. Transfer duplicate Pokemon to Professor in exchange for 1 candy. But first you need to arrange your Pokemon by A-Z order. This would give you a clearer view of your catch. The candies are essential for your Pokemon to evolve later on.



5.  Place the Pokemon Eggs you have collected into the incubator to hatch. There are 2km, 5km and 10km eggs. Driving does not work as the speed limit is capped at 20kmh. So get your lazy ass out there and walk! Who knows you might be able to hatch a rare Pikachu? 

6.  At Level 5, you are to pick your team: Instinct (yellow), Mystic (blue) or Valor (red) before you are granted access to gyms for fights and trainings. According to many articles online, Mystic is the most popular team followed by Valor and Instinct. Most of the fights at the gyms overseas involved between Mystic and Valor whereas Instinct is just minding its own business most of the time. Based on my observation in Malaysia, I have come across gyms dominated by Team Instinct though. Choose your team wisely as there is no switching later on. In case you are wondering, I am from #TeamValor ^^



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7.  Don’t hesitate to catch all Pidgeys, Caterpies, Rattatas and Weedles which could be found anywhere. You will need them for mass evolution later on (read point No. 9). Just catch as many as possible, transfer some to accumulate enough candies, and leave some to evolve when time is right.




8.  Never evolve your Pokemon at the early stages or you will end up wasting your candies. When you are at a low level, the Pokemon you catch are all with lower CP compared to those caught after you leveled up. If you evolve a Pokemon with low CP, chances are you will catch another same Pokemon with a higher CP and the evolved one will end up in Professor’s possession.



9.  Make the full use of Lucky Egg given after Level 9 to level up fast. You have 30 minutes to use that Lucky Egg. First, make sure you have enough Pokemon and candies to evolve. Then, you need to find a PokeStop. Place a Lure Module at the PokeStop as well as Incense around you. Both Lure Module and Incense will attract Pokemon around you (can be used at the same time cause both would attract different Pokemon). Evolve as many Pokemon as you can during this crucial 30 minutes as each evolution grants you 1000XP (500 XP only without Lucky Egg). During the 30 minutes, I managed to evolve over 20 Pokemons and jumped up from Level 11 – Level 14! In between that, catch all the Pokemons that are attracted by the Lure Module and Incense. Lucky egg doubles up the XP gained for catching them too.
  


10. Pokemons are more likely to show up around PokeStops and places where Pokemon Master gather. Despite the idea that wild Pokemon should be found at secluded forests or lakes, most of the Pokemon can be found at popular areas such as KLCC. In fact, KLCC park is like a wild life sanctuary with numerous Pokestop! Chances are you will run out of PokeBalls so make sure you keep walking and spinning those PokeStops. During my visit there, I noticed that fellow Pokemon Masters have used the Lure Module function on some of the PokeStops which as its name suggests, would attract Pokemon and benefit the public. It was no surprise we noticed there was a mass hunting outdoor throughout the entire afternoon like never before.



Let’s catch them all! XD