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 BDARI showcases its ‘Art on Tiffin Carrier’ exhibition as one of the world’s first collaboration between a lunchbox specialist and a select group of talented local artists at 1 Utama till this weekend 21st August. The one-of-a-kind platform display aims to elevate the typical tiffin carrier to a work-of-art as well as educating the general public on the detrimental effects of pollution – hence promoting an eco-friendlier lifestyle.

bdariAccording to a WWF Malaysia report, Malaysians had, on average, produced approximately 22kg per capita plastic
packaging waste per year. Of the 380 million metric tons of plastic produced globally each year, around half is
designed to only be used once, and then discarded.

“Malaysia has the highest annual per capita plastic use per person compared to China, Indonesia, the Philippines,
Thailand and Vietnam.” said Mr. David Low, Co-founder and Managing Director of BDARI. “The popular ‘Tapau’
culture of our country is the major contributor of plastic waste problems. For example, a Laksa noodle with soup
takes up to 5 different single-use plastic bags, one for the noodles, one for the soup, plus wooden chopsticks
packed in plastic, and a separate small bag of chili, then a larger bag to hold them all”, he added on.
BDARI carries out a mission to promote “Bring Your Own Container (BYOC)” and packed lunch lifestyles. Its
designer tiffin carriers are an alternative solution to single-use plastics. The classic tiffin carrier is typically a multitiered bowl held together with a wooden bracket. Nowadays, this has evolved to stainless steel containers with
colourful stickers decorating them. BDARI has collaborated with local artists to further elevate this concept. The
artists were able to create inspired works-of-art from a generic tiffin carrier. The artists were given full liberty to
express their artistic nuances through their work. From 3D printed alterations, to wool encasing, to beautifully
painted carriers, the artists have certainly proven that these tiffin carriers are more than just lunchboxes, but
actually statement pieces – “Saving the environment doesn’t have to be boring”. The showcase, which is currently
being held at the ground floor centre court of the 1 Utama Shopping Centre, is in itself a minimalistic platform
display. The tiffin carriers are presented on white pedestal columns with a large ocean themed backdrop.
Emphasising the concept of beauty within the norm, BDARI hopes that this gesture of incorporating art within
something as ordinary as a metal food container will draw more attention to its efforts in instilling awareness of
how single-use plastic usage can be reduced by adopting a BYOC culture.

On top of creating the awareness, the art pieces on display are also up for sale. Proceeds from the sale would then
be equally distributed between the artists and the Malaysian Nature Society (MNS). The MNS promotes the
conservation of Malaysia’s natural heritage which closely aligns with BDARI’s overall aim of creating a better
tomorrow for future generations.bdari artist road show

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Where to buy customise tiffin? Bdari actually have an actual shop in 1 Utama which sits in new wing at level 2, right infront of customer service counter or same lvl as GSC escalator going up.

For any customization of tiffin, please contact  Mr Shahrel Yusoff, Marketing Manager of BDARI at 011-5410 5514, or
email [email protected]

Maple Palace Chinese Restaurant is one of a famous restaurant among the locals, used to be known as Maple Gold. This place had been my childhood place till now. With the owner now who are constantly upgrading their restaurant to create more comfortable dining for their regulars. certainly is one of the best restaurant in Penang.maple goldUsually they have functions on weekend and it is constantly full house. Best advise to make reservation. 

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Maple Place offer classic Cantonese cuisine with its owner cum chef is the main person behind the menu. Not only that, with strong demand as more people have traveled across continents coming back with variety of expectation. The owner and team constantly challenge the team and by being creative to design their special new hidden menu which is Modern Cantonese cuisine. All the dishes are require to pre-order 24-48 hours in advance so that the chef team can prepare the freshest ingredient for this. 

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There are also constant demand on surprise me menu with customer giving them a budget. This have to be 7 days in advance booking and will be more like Omakase style. Diners would not know what will be serving out. It will be a suprise ingredient, style and dishes. So really depending on your budget that you wish the chef to surprise you with. this is also another segment that is growing its popularity besides the classic menu.

Part of their hidden or surprise me menu as below:

saladSeafood Ice Plant Salad (海鲜冰菜沙律)

This is indeed recommended. Its a entry dish that definitely stir up your appetite which is currently part of their current menu.  Nice bite of mixture of cripsy ice veggie, soft boil prawn. Sauce A great balance of sourish, hint of salty and more like Chinese Kerabu. It is like an uplift of classic veggie. Satisfying entree

One of their best seller dish.

crab foie gras

Stuffed assorted Seafood Crab Meat and Black Truffle on Crab Shell with Pan-seared Foir Gras (黑松露海鲜酿蟹盖拼香煎鹅肝)

For Chinese food, this is defiantely the elevated version. When I saw this, it is like woah, they moving to healthy eating too, as it is serve with bed of barley. Nicely presented with chunk of foie gras just top ontop of the crab.

Love this dish. Look simple yet taste is unique. Hint of truffle that is not ovepowering, with fresh crab meat and  I wish the foie gras to be torch burn to give me exxtra umami flavour, then will be perfecto.

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Four Treasure Soup (美宝阁秘制椰皇黄焖四宝羹)

A bowl of soup that is pack with flavour. Creamy yet every bite is generous with ingredients.  Serve with fresh scalllop and prawn. coconut soupDSCF8595Double-boiled Abalone,  Corn Lip Soup served in Coconut (椰皇鲍鱼螺唇鸡汤)

If creamy is not your preference then you can let them know you prefer clear soup. Love this too as the soup is packed with flavour. Simple yet satisfying.

best sesame chickenMaple Palace Style Golden Flaxseed Corn-fed Chicken (4 months Corn – fed Chicken) 名鸡*美宝阁脆皮金麻籽槽鸡

I used to have this dish in sesame seed. Yet they have make a slgiht twist on this by replacing with a unique healthy ingredient. Carefully selected with 4 months corn fed chicken as with this cooking style, it gives you the juicy flavour of chicken. Surprisingly soft even on the chicken breast area. Perfectly cooked as the skin is crispy on every bite. 

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One of my favourite dish is this Braised Aromatic Duck with Abalone Sauce &  5 Heads South Africa Abalone (鲍鱼汁焖香酥鸭扣5头南非鲍鱼)

Duck just sitted there that looks like a perfectly crips skin which is actaually not. A unique vision that give you a mind twist. Its soft skin is meant to go well with its 8 hours cooked abalone broth. White raddish is superbly good as it is cook in their superior soup stocked.  Duck is cook to perfection, juicy, soft and can even tear the meat with chopstick easily. 

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patin fish

Toasted Wild Patin Ulu with Scallion (葱烧油浸野生黑金巴丁)

I have never had wild Patin before and this certaily caught me off guard. Fish meat is so fresh that near to melt in your mouth fish meat texture. (I am not sure is this suppose to be but was told yes). Chef did not want to over do this fish as it is hard to get yet handle with stim and some dressing of fried garlic slices with its special soy sauce.

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Never had dishes that in this style. It is fried with white truffle sauce, not overpowering yet egg white can still be tasted. 

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BBQ Iberico Pork Loin Rib (香料2烤西班牙黑毛猪小排骨)

This is actually one of their best seller. Can be ordered with normal ribs or Iberico. They carefully curate Iberico ribs that suitable with their cooking style. Ribs that gets you finger licking good. Well carramelize, and every mini bite you take is pretty spot on

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Boiled Superior Chicken Rice 名鸡*黄油槽鸡王,鸡油饭 ( 3.5kg 7 Months corn fed chicken) ( 3.5 公斤 7个月玉米饲喂槽鸡王)

I must say this is one of the best chicken rice I have eaten over the years. Not to mention those old classic this but this is cook with generous flavours. 

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Chicken is cook to the right style, soft inside out yet chicken skin is smooth and glistering. Meat is soft and juicy. Soy sauce with some hint of sesame oil is at the right amount.

The most addictive is their chicken stock rice with hint of ginger and oil rice. Once you start its hard for you to stop. just drech it with their side sauce with Chili, soy you can even just finish the rice it self.

I am sure this does not come cheap if you were to compare on those hawker/ kopitiam but indeed will be highly recommended by me.
chicken oil rice

 

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To end your meal, you can opt for Pork Lard Rice with Char Siew and Egg (黯然销魂饭) or even for your simple lunch to pair with some other dishes. A bowl of rice that is pack with flavours. top with pork lard and char siew sauce is just sweet caramelize that make it even more appetizing. 

For classic dessert you can go with their signature Chilled Mango Sago with Pomelo,  Deep-fried Sesame Ball (杨枝美甘露,芝麻枣)

 

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This will be highly recommended dessert to end with. Chilled Herbal Jelly with Almond  Milk (杏汁龟苓膏) . I am not a fan of almond soup but this is so good. Creamy to a point that I like the taste of almond and the bitterness of Herbal jelly is just a perfect combination. 

Location:

Maple Palace Chinese Restaurant

47, Jln Sultan Ahmad Shah,

10050Penang

Operating Hours : 12pm – 2.30/ 6pm – 10pm

Tel: 042279690

Fresh Dim Sum at Yong Pin Restaurant at Kimberly Street, Penang is one of a signature dim sum around the area. They have been operating more than 40 years and this current one is their latest upgraded outlet. They used to be operating a street away.

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with the new modern classic vibe, certainly do attract alot of tourist too. Offerings here are pretty fresh and more choices than Tai Tong where is also one of my parents favourite which is just next street.

Enjoy fresh dim sum in Penang.


location:
59A, Lebuh Kimberley,
Penang

Operating hours: 7am – 2.30pm
(walk in only/ no reservation)

Just right before MCO bought a new Air Fryer and less than 18 months have to grab another one. This Gaabor Air Fryer GA-E6A Unboxing & Review attracted my attention. One because is digital and I bought it from Shopee.

gaabor air fryer GA-E6A

What I feel that digital and non digital does not make any much difference. I find that those with the 2 turn knob is better. Reason is you can control. Here is more like touch screen. 

I think they also famous for Gaabor Rice Cooker and also Gaabor Cordless Vacumm Cleaner.

 

 Gaabor Air Fryer GA-E6A unboxing

Gaabor Electric Air Fryer GA-E6A obtain the SIRIM certificate. The old packaging has no SIRIM label, but it does not affect the overall use and after-sale. The new and old packaging will be shipped randomly.

【Product Description】

Brand:Gaabor

Product Name:Electric Oven (Air Fryer)

Model:GA-E6A

Rated capacity: 6.0L

Rated power:1700W

Rated voltage:220~240V

Rated frequency:50~60Hz

Plug Type: Malaysia 3 Pin Plug

Color: White

Inner tank material: non-stick coating

【Features】

🍚Controlled with PC, equipped with touch screen for precise temperature control;

🍚360 Degree 3D hot air circulation, heating evenly;

🍚Automatic power-off memory, energy saving, safe and assuring;

🍚Food grade non-stick frying basket, trouble-free cleaning;

🍚8 functional menus, easy mastery of various cuisines;

🍚 Anti-scalding one-key cover opening;

🍚 Low fat and oil-free, healthy and effortless cooking;

【Ciri-Ciri】

🍚Dikawal dengan PC, dilengkapi dengan skrin sentuh untuk kawalan suhu yang tepat;

🍚Peredaran udara panas 360 Darjah 3D, pemanasan sekata;

🍚Memori pemadam kuasa automatik, penjimatan tenaga, selamat dan terjamin;

🍚Bakul menggoreng tidak melekat gred makanan, pembersihan tanpa masalah;

🍚8 menu berfungsi, mudah menguasai pelbagai masakan;

🍚 Pembukaan penutup satu kunci anti-melecur;

🍚 Memasak rendah lemak dan bebas minyak, sihat dan mudah;

 

Gaabor Air Fryer Review

Gaabor Cordless Vacumm

Gaabor Rice Cooker Review

 

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I try it out with frozen scallop and turns out to be not too bad. I choose prawn as one of the setting with 200 degree and 8 minutes. I think can set it to be 12 minutes would be great. Gonna do some more experiment with some air fryer recipe. 

Simple review of Gaabor Air Fryer GA-E6A.

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Can shop at Shopee :Air Fryer 6L

Baangkok have changed so much since I last visited them in year 2016. Right after this pandemic and since boarder starting to open, I took this opportunity to travel to Bangkok 2022, June to focus more on hunt and eating their Bangkok Michelin Street Food. It was a short trip spend over 5 days 4 night and here you go on my food hunt trip for your planning.

Bangkok Day 1:

1.Check in Bonzai new Chic Hotel 2022

2. Wattana Panich : Bangkok Michelin Star Street Food.

3. Tichuca RoofTop Bar

4. Mensho Tokyo : famous for chicken broth and Wagyu Ramen

5. Jodd Fair Night Market: Latest best night Market :

Bangkok Day 2: 

1. Go queue 5 hours for famous Jay Fai ( things to order: Crab Omelette and Drunken Noodle) – watch full video here – https://bit.ly/jayfaiBangkok

2. King Power Mahanakhon Skywalk

3. ICON Siam – Biggest Starbucks Reserve overlook Chao Phraya River & Indoor street food court

4. ASIATIQUE – Nothing much can skip

5. Back to Jodd Fair night market

Bangkok Day 3: 

stop 1 for the day:

1. Paste Bangkok : Michelin 1 Star Fine Dine Restaurant – serve Thai food (pretty interesting) worth to try

2. Kua Apsorn : Michelin Star Food – dish must order : Crab Omelette and chicken wings

3. Head to China Town, Bangkok

4. Jek Pui : famous for its cheap curry rice. worth to explore for simple comfort food

5. Yaowarat Kuih Chap: Michelin Star Street food : – Pa Tong Go Savoey (yiu cha kuih) – Michelin Star (finish at 4pm – so miss it) – Nai Mong Hoi Thod – Crispy Oyster Omellete – Michelin Star (didnt open when I go)

6. Bird Nest

7. The Commons, Thonglor : One of my fav night spot for craft beers, wine and some international snacks

8. Check out some Weed Truck

9. Head back and say Good night

Bangkok Day 4: 

During MCO last 2 years when all of us got lock down during this pandemic, we have start working from home and I started by using my dining chair. It is not giving me a comfortable sitting experience and I ended up getting a gaming Chair. However after using it 18 months, I am now looking at Ergonomics chair to support my back. I found out that my back start to get uncomfortable after using it for long hours. Then found this place One Office Solutions in Rawang that supply ergonomics chair to big size people like me.

Their office is situated in the heart of Aeon Rawang is, shop lot just next to it. Decided to come by their office to check it out on the variety of chairs that they have.

One office RawangSince working from home quite a while, I feel that getting an ergonomics chair is actually quite important for me. If I sit too long or have long meetings then the impact of my lower back is there. Currently I just put a pillow to support.

I have check out a few other places before ending up here. I tried nearly all the chairs and got a full explanation and sharing to all of you on the 2 that I feel comfortable which is actually also their 2 best seller.

Let me share with you on my challenges looking for a chair:

  1. I am tall and slightly wide. I am looking at sitting area to be wide
  2. I am looking for a back as my current gaming chair I am using pillow to support my back for long working hours
  3. I love to tilt back often when I just want to have some thoughts or thinking.
  4. I need a breathable sitting chair as I sweat easily at home. (No money on aircon la) expensive.

I stand at 184 cm and 90kg. Looking for a suitable chair is actually very challenging. It really depends on proportion of your body. Some people have longer bodies shorter legs, vice versa or balance. Was told by the team to drop by their showroom to check the chair out personally, to feel and to ensure the chair is suitable for your seating posture

Came about to actually this office and also is actually my friend new venture into this industry. They totally know pain point for people like me that is why they move into this business.

There are more than 30 types of ergonomics chair that they currently available. It is best advise to drop by their showroom to test it out as all of us humans have different preference.

My personal pick are these 2 because of my seating position and also know that it is actually their best seller.

  1. Vners
  2. Dorzal

Vners

ergonomic chair

Vners is actually one of the latest best selling chair. High performance ergonomic chair that is design for comfy seating. One interesting feature is Advance Body’s Auto weighing mechanism. As you sit on it, it is like the classic weighing scale that will make you spring jump back up.

breathable ergonomic chairNot only that, one of a comfortable mechanics is the slider seat. Can be able to push in and out easily that extand on seating capacity. Comfortably for some back comfort, it is design with S-curve adjustable backrest support.

It doesnt stop there. If you are a person who sweat easily and do not on your aircon 24/7 , it design with breathable premium woven fiber fabric seat could distribute your body pressure points evenly, keeping you cool and suitable for user who sits more than 9 hours per day. Even if you put a fan behind, can still penetrate thru and feel the wind, unlike my gaming chair it is PVC and stays warm, with no room of air penetrating thru it.

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Specification:

  1. Built to withstand 300kg
  2. Premium woven fibre fabric backrest & seat: Adopt grid-weaving technology, which is more breathable and skin-friendly
  3. Mechanism: Intuitive recline detector with 3 locking positions
  4. Auto detect backrest recline tension (up to 35°)
  5. Adjustable 4D armrest (4-dimensional adjustability: height, back-forward, inward-outward angle)
  6. 2-way adjustable cushioned lumbar support (up-downward functional adjustability)
  7. Headrest: Ultra-soft cushion with neck & head support
  8. Curvilinear seat design: Reduce pressure on hip and calf
  9. Adjustable chair height with hydraulic gas pump engineered technology
  10. World grade heavy duty class-4 gas lift c/w SGS and BIFMA certified
  11. Body frame material: Nylon, high strength reinforced body
  12. Slider seat / Adjustable seat depth: Yes
  13. Anti-noise & anti-floor scratch twin wheel high pressure polyurethane (PU) casters
  14. Aluminium leg base  & 360° swivel

ergonomic chair for tall peopleergonomic chair functionwith locking system for both front and back adjustmentergonomic chair support back

The S curve with adjustable back rest. It pushes it out to ensure your back support is comfortable. DSCF7681vnersDorzal Series
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My Personal pick is this Dorzal. Not only comfortable but because of my seating style, I prefer this more.

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The way I seat and how this chair supports me is just perfect. NOt only the seating is wide and deep enough, I also like to sit with my legs up and cross it. Still gives me a comfortable seating posture.

Its highly adjustable lumbar support cover comes with an ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene), reinforced with carbon fibers design inspired from automotive engineering. The backrest is completely adjustable, allowing you to find the right depth or height with minimal hassle ensuring your back is free of stress and pain at all timesDSCF8503

the back support adjustment is slightly different compare to Vners. It is slightly hard to adjust and support one way only where Vners can still adjust upright or downright.

Also comes with breathable design mesh.
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the same like the other, comes with locking series
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Specifications:

  1. Breathability & high elasticity mesh (with ventilation effects)
  2. Heavy duty chair made to support up to 300kg
  3. Adjustable height & angle cushioned headrest (up to 5CM height & 30° tilting)
  4. Adjustable backrest recline tension (up to 35°)
  5. 2-ways adjustable lumbar support (up-downward, in-outward functional adjustability)
  6. Adjustable 3D armrest (3-dimensional adjustability: height, back-forward, angle)
  7. High density polythene moulded foam seat (10 years warranty)
  8. Adjustable chair height with hydraulic gas pump engineered technology
  9. Heavy duty class-4 gas lift c/w SGS and BIFMA certified
  10. Mechanism with 360° tilting adjustment
  11. 3 locking positions mechanism
  12. 360° swivel
  13. Chrome leg base
  14. Anti-noise twin wheel high pressure polyurethane (PU) casters
  15. Recline adjustable with Tilt Lock: Available

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This is not because I say, but highly advise for you to drop by their showroom to test it out yourself. I believe everyone seating style is different. I am a lazy person hence seating style sometimes I like to sit quite low.

At the moment find out more details in One Office Solutions website. 

Location:

One Office Solution

Anggun City 1, 121-2,

Jalan Anggun City 1 Pusat Komersial Anggun City,

Taman Anggun, 48000 Rawang, Selangor

Operating Hours: 11am – 6pm

Tel: 011-1076 8701

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