A Trip Home That Changes The Country

That is some dramatic title, right?
Well, the write up actually is in some ways.
Remember when #MalaysiaMemilih?
Yes, I went back to my hometown in Sibu, Sarawak and did my part for my beloved country. And apparently, Malaysians all over the world did too.
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When I first heard about the rumours about the voting date, I rushed to my desktop and booked my air return tickets to my hometown via Malaysia airlines online booking. I know that if I buy the tickets at the eleventh hour, it will cost me more than my arms and legs. And true enough, I managed to get the tickets at much cheaper rates than my friends who bought their much later than mine. Some of my friends bought theirs via Traveloka and they managed to get a good deal too.  
The check-in went well, the flight was not delayed and in about 2 hour 30 minutes later, I was in Sibu, safely landed and in the arms of my parents and the young ones that I missed dearly. That trip was not only about my voting, but it was also my balik kampung as I will not be able to do so for Gawai and Hari Raya due to work commitment. So I took the whole two weeks off!
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Them love!
What I did when I was there?

First, I went back to my mum's hometown in Sarikei to visit my grandfather. 
Then I went back to my house in Sibu and did my usual routine of food hunting all around Sibu. I ate my favourites : bubur buang panas, laksa sarawak, mee kolok and kek lapis. But the food that I keep on missing no matter where is kasam ensabi, pucuk ubi goreng and all of my mum's cooking. But I assume everybody is like that too, missing their mum's cooking all the time, just like me right?

There was some drama happening too, in the evening before the voting day. Some poll-checking people were going around the housing area just to check and ensure that everybody's name was on the list and to our surprise, my parents' names were not on the list! Can you imagine the shock of my father who has been voting for his entire life and has never missed a single one? 

'Whatever! I will still go and do my part tomorrow. I don't believe that young man's word, not a single one' he said.

True enough, when we send them to their voting location, their names were there and in they went to do their parts. I assumed the act by the poll-people were just some desperate act to disrupt the voting process. My siblings and I were voting at a different location, which was around 10 minutes away from my parents'.

Did we stayed up that night and waited for the count?
No, we did not. Hahaha.

When I woke up in the morning and read the news' headlines, I was somehow felt delighted with the results. We woke up, get ready and went for a huge breakfast at YS Cafe in Jalan Kampung Nangka. And the GE14 results were mainly the talk of every patron in the cafe that morning. Hehe.
It is true that time flies when you are having fun.
14 days went by unknowingly and it was time for me to fly back to KL.

During the flight home, I managed to capture an amazing view of Gunung Santubong when the aircraft was about to land in Kuching for a transit. 
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That's Gunung Santubong (I assume hahaha)
Thanks Malaysia Airlines for such a great trip to and fro and I was thankful that you have managed to bring me home safely and let me leave a mark in the history of Malaysia when #MalaysiaMemilih.
Rawlins GLAM
012.280.1977

Life's Easier with Dashing 2 in 1 Face & Body Wash

I have always loved travelling. I love meeting new people, learning a new culture and discovering new horizons. But I have always had issues packing for any trip, especially with clothes and toiletries.

I never know what to pack and what to bring, so I will always the one ended up with the largest luggage in the group.
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The situation is the same when I go to the gym. 
I will always shower before I head back to my house, so I always have my toiletries with me, in the car. And you should have seen my gym bag. It is bigger than a one-nighter!

Why? 
Because I will bring the toiletries as is - my moisturizer, body shower, facial wash, shampoo, perfume and hair gel. So now you can imagine how big my toiletries bag is.

Thanks to the new Dashing 2 in 1 Face & Body Wash, I could now reduce the size of my gym bag.
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My before gym bag
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My after gym bag
Dashing 2 in 1 Face & Body Wash offers a complete clean, an energising sense of freshness and a lasting good smelling - from head to toe. This face and body wash comes in a 700-gram convenient pump pack design and available in 4 variants: Cool, Active, Hattrick and Ultimate Kick. And it is infused with the eau de toilette (EDT) perfume that gives it a long-lasting fragrance to suit a men's attitude of the day.
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  • Cool: A wash for a man who is nonchalant, loves hanging out with friends and takes life easy - basically just being cool. It has a hint of bergamot and galbanum whilst accents with powdery amber and musk as its base note.
  • Active: As per its name, it fits the man who is always on the go and passionate about outdoor activities. The confident scent in Active comes from modern fougere nuances combines with a bight citrus top note, muguet heart and a novel amber background and will certainly keep any man confident and active without being having to worry about his scent.
  • Ultimate Kick: Suitable for those who are suave in his daily, the wash features summer-like active fragrance such as lemon, enhanced with cardamom, vanilla and a musky base.
  • Hattrick: This one is for those on a winning mission and intends to win it all, over and over again. Hattrick exudes the unique combination of apple and citrusy freshness, infused with floral notes and a hint of amber. 

A little trivia about this amazing daily lifesaver for men:
  1. Cool & Hattrick variants has a dual-action formula with triple whitening actives that gently and effectively cleanses for the even facial skin tone and brighter look. Whereas, on the body, the hydrating formulation contains micro-minerals that help improving skin moisturization and strengthen the skin's defence system, leaving the body fresh and healthier.
  2. Whereas for the Active and Ultimate Kick variants, it removes impurities and excess oil for that clear and matte look face. With its deep clean and detoxification properties, it prepares the skin against daily aggression.

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No more extra bottles of cleanser in the shower after this
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And for all those benefits, it will only cost you RM17.90 per bottle and you will save a lot, money wise and also space wise for me!

Grab yours today.

Rawlins GLAM
012.280.1977

Warisan Sajian Juadah at Four Points by Sheraton Puchong

In a few days time, we will all be celebrating Eid Mubarak. And I know that there are still groups of friends, families and acquaintances that are still looking for a place to gather and break the fast together. 
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Well, if you happen to look for a  place near Puchong with buffet below RM100, then you are in luck. Four Points by Sheraton Puchong offers a breaking fast buffet at the rate of RM78/ adult and RM39/ child. Yeay to buffet spreads below RM100 in Kuala Lumpur!

With the theme ' Warisan Sajian Juadah', Four Points by Sheraton Puchong brings you the Malaysian all-time favorites at The Eatery (the name of the cafe). Feast over a spread of local delights which includes a variety of Grilled Satay, Mixed Rice, Roasted Lamb, 4 styles of Laksa Noodle and Hot Pot Soup.
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Walking around The Eatery, you will see lots of food stalls that feature the chef's local kampung highlights such as Chicken Shawarma, Roti John and Deep Fried Popiah. You will also find sliced beef with sauteed chilli, deep fried chicken with Malay spices, catfish with fermented king fruit, lamb curry, squid with turmeric and vegetables and kambing bakar!
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The mains offer the combination of Chinese, Malay and Indian cuisine so that everybody can enjoy the different varieties. There are Loh Hon Chai, steam fish with sauce, yong tau foo, cee cheong fan and the lotus root chicken soup!
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At the desserts corner, you will find lots of the local desserts such as black glutinous rice with coconut, banana in coconut milk and palm sugar, fresh fruits, festive cookies, dodol, pudding, cakes, ice kacang and ice cream! This is my place - this is my heaven as I love my desserts!

If you are interested in frequenting The Eatery during this Ramadan, below are the details.

Four Points by Sheraton Puchong
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Reservation: +603 5891 8888
Email: eatery.puchong@fourpoints.com 

Rawlins GLAM
012.280.1977

Riang Ria Raya @ Lazada with Shakin' Deals

Everybody loves shopping, may it be online or offline, some may shop excessively than the others (>>> me: guilty)There are some online shopping portals that I love to visit every now and then, just to check its currents discounts and other out-of-this-world offerings that I do not want to miss. And I do check them, ritually.
Lo and behold.

Starting from 1 June onwards, Lazada will be rolling out its latest and greatest offerings to all, fondly nicknamed as 'Riang Ria Raya' with up to 90% discounts on items. As if such discounts are not enough, there will more than 600 vouchers and flash deals, cash vouchers up to RM50 and there will be Duit Raya Shakin' Deals too.
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Yeay!!! Everybody likes duit raya!
But....what is Shakin' Deals?
Do I have to shake shake shake before agreeing on a deal?
What?
How?
When?
Where?
Shakin' Deals Game is actually a game, exclusively brought to you by Lazada where you will be able to win cash vouchers up to RM50. The more you play, the more you could accumulate the cash vouchers and the more items you could buy on Lazada.
Happy? Me too!
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But first and foremost, download the Lazada app and register an account there (as if you haven't had one already hahaha). 

Don't know how? 
Just type in 'Lazada' on App Store or Google Play and start downloading.
Just follow the steps below and you'll be on your way to winning cash vouchers.
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Once you are logged in, just stay on the Lazada homepage on your phone.
At the given schedule (5:30  am, 12:30 pm and 9:30 pm), just shake your phone and notifications will pop up. A user is entitled to a maximum of 5 attempts per session.

Missed?
Try again at the next session.
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A word of advice to all.
It does require some shaking during Shakin' Deals Game so please stay away from your bosses or there will be some explaining to do afterwards.

Just so you'll remember and not forgetting the sessions, please set alarms so that you will not miss the sessions. 
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Super easy right?
I told you so.

The cash vouchers that you have won can only be redeemed on 1st until 4th June only. So, if you have some vouchers lying around, send them over and I will make good use of them. [Terms and Conditions]

Shakin' away all and win some new items for Raya for you and loved ones, just like Pak Lan.
I wish all 'Happy Shakin' and may Lady Luck smile upon us all. 
Rawlins GLAM
012.280.1977

Regal Delicacies @ Kontiki Restaurant, The Federal KL

Cooking straight from the a 168-page Coffee Table cookbook 'Favourite Dishes from the Tunku's Kitchen', the Kontiki Restaurant at The Federal KL prepared a mammoth spread of authentic Kampung delicacies and traditional delights complemented with favourite local flavours.
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With the theme 'Juadah Kampung Buffet Dinner' the Kontiki Restaurant displays more than 100 traditional dishes and there are 8 menus to rotate daily. And most of them are the favourite of Malaysia's beloved first Prime Minister, YTM Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al Haj as per specially-selected from the cookbook.

I was invited to the buffet last Friday and have the chance to taste the delicacies there together with the children from Rumah Nur Kasih Bestari. It was indeed a very humbling experience to break the fast with the adorable kids. It reminded me to be thankful for each day and its gift.  
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"Ramadan is a blessed month. As it's always a pleasure to spread festive cheer, we wanted to make the little ones feel extra special. This annual Festive Charity event is part of our FHI Group's continuous Sharing & Caring Community Commitments, and it gives us the opportunity to share our warm gracious Malaysian Hospitality with the children. There is no greater joy than seeing smiles on the faces of the children." says Ms Ooi Lee Ping, Director of Group Marketing, Sales & Business Development and Operations of Federal Hotels International (FHI). 
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A pose in front of Kontiki
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Let's cut the cake
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Duit raya time!
With its vast space indoor and refreshing outdoor overlooking the pool, one can dine/ break the fast comfortably here. Unlike some places where they cramp all those chairs and table closely together, I can move freely while choosing my food. And I love the decoration too - there are colourful chairs and there are huge cradle chairs. The cradle chairs (is that how we call it? I don't know hahaha) adds that extra elegance into the dining hall.
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The huge space in the restaurant
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Breaking the fast overlooking the pool
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What do you call this amazing cradle chair?
So, what's on the menu for buka puasa? As I have mentioned above, it has a vast choice of local and continental savouries to stir your palate and here are some of it, just to name a few. 

Just a reminder, I will not be held responsible if you are salivating over the dishes later.

Appetizers
  • Gado-gado
  • Rojak Buah
  • Tauhu sumbat
  • Pulut kuning with serunding
  • Acar rampai
  • Tempe goreng pedas
  • Ikan rabus goreng
  • Kerabu Mangga
  • Kerabu Daging
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Ulam-ulaman
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Pulut kuning and serunding
Kampung style live action stalls
  • Sup gearbox
  • Nasi bukhari
  • Lok - lok
  • Lamb & chicken with Lebanese bread
  • Murtabak with chicken curry
  • Rojak Sotong Kangkung
  • Assorted dim sum
  • Ais kacang
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Stalls beside the pool
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Dim sums
BBQ cylinder station
  • Hard shell prawn
  • Tiger prawn
  • Crabs
  • Mussels
  • Pari
  • Chicken drumstick
  • Beef tenderloin
  • Taufu bakar
  • Beef & chicken satay
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BBQ station
Soup Corner
  • Cream of mushroom
  • Four treasure with crabmeat
  • Seafood chowder
  • Minestrone soup
  • Bubur lambuk
The buffet and dessert section
  • Sushi & sashimi
  • Pucuk manis lemak keledek
  • Ikan goreng serai 
  • Daging kicap dan kacang pis 
  • Sambal udang petai
  • Grilled lamb cutlet on Ratatouille
  • Lamb Kofta
  • Fried flower crab with tomota sauce
  • Sotong masak kuning dengan ubi kentang
  • Ikan patin tempoyak pucuk paku
  • Dodol kampung
  • Wajid kampung
  • Assorted French pastries
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Are you salivating now?
I am too.

To quench the thirst and longings, book your seats now.

RM138 nett (adult) 
RM35 nett (child below 12 years old) 
RM69 nett (senior citizen over 55 years old)
For reservation 
Call: +603 2148 9166 | Email: fnb@federal.com.my

Psst: You'll get 30% if you are a member of Gracious Rewards & FHI Privilige Club.
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Happy Tummy, Happy Faces
Rawlins GLAM
012.280.1977


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