'hoco' for The Exquisite Lifestyle Accessories

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In the fast-and-dynamic-evolving world of technology, it is very hard to keep oneself abreast of the changes. One minute, a particular model of a mobile phone is the most sought after. And not even a blink after, comes another one with more amazing and functional features.

So, what do I do keep myself looks stylish and up-to-date with the current trend in technology?
I just change the outer looks of my mobile phone and its accessories.
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Luxurious looking and moderately priced mobile phone accessories are not easy to find.
I know there are a lot of online and offline shops that sell amazing accessories but I would rather have my hands on the items first and inspect them for suitability and fashion sense before purchasing them. Because, everything will always look lovely online (hahaha), but the physical product might not be necessarily as beautiful.

In my journey of looking for that extra stylish mobile casing, powerbank and usb cables, I have come across "hoco." a few times. And I brace myself to try out one of its stylish usb cable. My verdict?
  • Stylish - Checked
  • Functional - Checked
  • Durability - Checked
So, when I heard that Cosmos Online Sdn Bhd is introducing "hoco." and launching Hoco O2O Retail Concept Store in Low Yat Plaza, I rushed over to see what Hoco has to offer.
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Gavin Ou, Choong Sang Joo, Raymond Foo and VIPs launching the store
What is "hoco."? 
“hoco.” is an international premium lifestyle accessories brand from Hong Kong Haoco (hoco.) Technology Co., Ltd, which is dedicated to the development of high-quality digital accessories. Established in 2009, the young company focuses on the development and production of digital products with simple design philosophies, to create exquisite digital lifestyle products. 

“hoco.” is targeted at the mid to high-end market with a significant product range, and is user-friendly in design, fashionable and comes with excellent build quality.  

Known for its fashionable and distinguishable accessories based on unique ideas and refined craftsmanship, the parent company of "hoco.", Shenzhen Hoco Technology Development Co. Ltd. has won recognition from the international market and global consumers for its design and technological innovation, along with their special expressions of human-ness and functionality.
With its exquisite and premium design at a very affordable price, I was ecstatic to learn that "hoco." produces accessories for Apple, Samsung, HTC, MEIZU and other major brands which makes lives easier for the whole family with different models of mobile phones. All they have to do is visit one of the stores/ kiosks and they can find any accessories for their respective mobile phones at that one particular shop. 
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But, what is O2O?
Online-to-Offline (O2O) commerce is a business strategy that draws potential customers from online channels to make purchases in physical stores. Online-to-offline commerce, or O2O, identify customers in the online space, such as through emails and internet advertising, and then uses a variety of tools and approaches to entice the customers to leave the online space. This type of strategy incorporates techniques used in online marketing with those used in brick-and-mortar marketing. O2O is related to but not the same as the concepts of "clicks-to-bricks" or "click and mortar. O2O is an innovative business model that assist all enterprises managing its sales business online and offline.
O2O simply means "create product awareness online and divert the customers to shop offline ie to visit the physical store. With the establishment of the new Hoco O2O Retail Concept Store, Cosmos Online and Hong Kong Haokuo hoco hope to lead their Malaysian retail peers to break through the industrial dilemma with O2O thinking. The model will eventually break the bottleneck that the mobile phone industry is currently facing which is challenges in the products' development due to the global recession. This leads to oversupplying thus resulting in a reshuffle in the market with many retailers folding up their businesses.
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The introduction of O2O model into "hoco." allows the customers to get the premium products at a very affordable pricing. 

So, what did I get during my visit to the launching of Hoco O2O Retail Concept Store in Low Yat Plaza?
  • USB data cable
  • Magic Unreal Extra-terrestrial Glass Cup
  • W5 Wired Headphone
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Was it worth it? YES
Was it stylish? YES
Was it affordable? YES

So, what are you waiting for?
Visit the store now (the kiosk are everywhere in Malaysia - you will know the product when you see its logo).

Or, visit the online store first (hoco.malaysia), its FB (hoco.malaysia) or its IG (hoco.malaysia) to choose your products.

Make Something You Love

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Mandarin Palace Prepares Dim Sum Brunch That Befits Royalty

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My friends know that I love the artsy stuff and will be easily fascinated with the beauty and culture at every place that I visit.
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Last weekend, I decided to visit one of the oldest and most historic restaurants in Kuala Lumpur that is the Mandarin Palace at The Federal Hotel Kuala Lumpur.

Trivia about Mandarin Palace
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  • It was officially opened on August 28, 1957, in conjunction with Malaysia's Independence Day celebration. It is the only Chinese restaurant that has housed many VIPs, dignitaries and Diplomats, who arrived in Kuala Lumpur to witness Malaysia to celebrate her independence on August 31, 1957.
  • The Mandarin Palace was the location for filming the blockbuster movie The Seventh Dawn directed by Lewis Gilbert starring William Holden, Capucine, Susannah York, Michael Goodliffe and Tetsura Tamba, which was released in 1964.
  • The Mandarin Palace was listed as one of Malaysia's Most Beautiful Restaurants in Flavours Magazine May - June 2007, Malaysia Edition. It is also a recipient of Malaysia's tatler for Malaysia Best Restaurants in 1997, 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005. The Mandarin Palace also received the C.E.M. Asia Award for Malaysia Best Restaurants Award in 1977.
As I entered the hallway leading to the Mandarin Palace, I was fascinated with the carvings, the paintings and the decoration along the aisle. As I read the quotes on the pictures, I realised that all the carvings of auspicious dragons, phoenix, birds, animals, lotus flowers, God, Goddess and other Chinese characters are all of originals parts and as antique as the restaurant. 

And as I entered the restaurant, it seems like I was walking into an Emperor's Hall - feeling so majestic, luxurious and grand as one too.

Then I saw the royal feast - the dim sums!
Oh my! And there is a lot of choices too! 

The Mandarin Palace offers an exciting menu ranging from Cantonese to Hunanese and Szechuan cuisines, served in the grandeur of imperial court setting and warm Malaysian hospitality. There is Shrimp Dumpling, Teochew Dumpling, Xiao Long Bao, Shaomai and many more! I have tested them all and all I can offer you know is to feast your eyes on the pictures of that delicious food.
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Delicious would be an understatement for all these delicious dim sums.
My friends and I just keep on coming back to the counter to get more.
Mahamahu was especially fixated on the salted egg bao.
Hehehe.
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You want to have them all right?
So, head over to the Mandarin Palace Restaurant on the 2nd Floor of The Federal Kuala Lumpur to feast on them

Tel: 03 2148 9166/ 8744
Adult: RM48/ head nett
Children (below 12 yo): RM18/ head nett
Senior (above 55 yo): RM36/ head nett
The rates are only for weekend brunch
Be there.
It will be totally worth waking up early for, especially on the weekend.

Did I mention that every corner of the restaurant is just another opportunity to have your selfie/ photo taken? The walls and the decorations are all insta-worthy!
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Different Types of Florist Delivery for Your Florist Business

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Every florist in Singapore know that you will be a step ahead of your competitors if you have your own delivery service. These days, most people would prefer their package sent to them or delivered to them than having to go and pick it up. Especially with the traffic today and the number of growing businesses and population, no one seems to have the time to browse through magazines or aisles of products only to find out what they were looking for was not there. 
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People that do browse through products in the flower shop are often the ones that have allotted time from their busy lives to specifically go flower arrangement or hand bouquet hunting. But not everyone is privileged enough to have a break from their jobs that is why being an online florist is also a good idea since most florists online have their own delivery and the convenience of being on a website is a bonus. 

There are many types of florist delivery that you can choose from that would be suitable for your florist business. Like: 

Same Day Flower Delivery 
This, with a designated cut off time, is the most sought out because it helps everyone. Especially those who are doing last-minute shopping. The same day flower delivery works like other types of delivery only that this is rushed. The order placed will be delivered to the recipient on the same day. This is not the most common type of delivery as it places not only pressure on the ones who would arrange the flowers but also the delivery service. With so many factors to consider, this is perfect for those who really know how to manage their time. 
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Free Delivery 
This is not the most common type of delivery, but it has its attractions to customers, it being free. This type of delivery is good for big businesses wherein they would not suffer any loss if they delivered their products for free. You can also be a small florist business owner or a home-based one and have this type of delivery. 

Scheduled Delivery
Perfect for those planners. This type of delivery lets you choose when you want the product to be delivered and where. The price of this would fall in line same day flower delivery. This is good for both the customer and the owner of the flower shop because it is scheduled, and both get to prepare for it. 

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Mueang Kao Serves The Best & The Most Authentic Thai Food

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Everyone has their favorite holiday destination which they frequent so often, it literally becomes their second home and they know the town/ area like the back of their hands.

Me included. And I love Bangkok more than any other place.
Why?

I love its easy-going pace, the smile on its people's faces, the night markets, the 'interesting' and rare local products and also its food - tom yam gong, padprik and pad thai to name a few. I am sure you guys could name more especially the exotic ones. Hehe.

But sadly, due to time and fund constraint, my longing to visit Bangkok every year has to be put on hold at times. So what do I do when I have Bangkok's food craving? I frequent all the known restaurants that sell (or claim to sell) Thai foods. So far, there have been a few hits and most are misses! Some might come as a huge miss too - Thai food with local taste! I would call that fusion and not authentic.
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After a trip with a few of my friends to Mueang Kao Thai Restaurant located in Damansara Jaya, I know where I should go for my next Thai-food-craving. 

Mueang Kao Thai Restaurant
Address: No.21, Ground Floor, Jalan SS 22/11, Damansara Jaya, 47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Hours: Open daily (11 am - 3 pm | 5 pm - 11 pm)

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As I entered the diner, the decorations on the walls kinda reminded me of my old house - there were an old sewing machine, an old TV set and an old typewriter. I guessed they were the owner's but I never had the chance to ask about the beautiful antiques there.

The sweet smell of lemongrass filled the dining area. Immediately my thought was "oh.. there is that sweet smell of steamed fish being cooked".

There are two sections of the dining area: there is the table area and another one is the floor-seat area (just like the kotatsu table in Japan). The dining area was brightly lit and it enhances the ambience for a quiet dining experience.
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So what did my friends and I have?
We were served with sets of lunch meals that consisted of authentic Thai taste with some international twist here and there, but the main focus is still the distinctive Thai-taste.

Please note that all set meals come with Hot Tea or Hot Chocolate drink ok.
So from here onwards, feast your eyes on the best and authentic Thai dish in Damansara that is from Mueang Kao Thai Restaurant.
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My verdict on the feast?
I might be biased because I love Thai food but you can try all of them yourself.

  • I do not do spicy food (read: couldn't handle). But at Mueang Kao, I could enjoy all the dishes with very little help from the lemongrass drink that I ordered.
  • The portion is for one person (it is a set meal right). 
  • The introduction of international flavours in some of the dishes are very minimal and did not interfere with the distinctive Thai taste.
  • The beef dishes are newly introduced to the menu and they are all very delicious. 
  • The chef is a very young guy from Thailand - so you can bet that the taste is authentic.
  • All sauces are home-made and the secret trades of Mueang Kao - so don't ever asking about the recipe. The sauces are the best!
  • The staff are super -friendly too! 
Was that all that we ate that day?

Of course not.
What is a Thai feast without these delicious signature desserts?
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Yes, eating out at Mueang Kao Thai Restaurant does satisfy my cravings for Thai foods and at the same time makes me want to go visit Bangkok again, soon. 

Gang, when are we going balik kampung to Bangkok again?
Oh. Here is the picture of a fully satisfied group of people after eating all those dishes at Mueang Kao Thai Restaurant.
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