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Every exclusive dinner have their own trademark theme, and I must say that second time being invited to Hennessy X.O Appreciation Night 2013 is another memorable night. Looking back at the pictures, I still remember how the food taste when Chef Edward Lee came over last year (click here). Cannot deny that the team really pull the whole event into another level, as when I received their classic invitation card I am already looking forward the event, as it mention are going on little trip “Spirit of Conquest” by taking guests on a specially crafted journey of the past, present and future of the original cognac.

At first, it makes me wonder, how this whole thing would be as the location is at Chin Woo Stadium.

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Upon my arrival, all our cars are taken care by the jockey service and I am totally surprise to see that they actually build up a mock up ship for this dinner. Then only realise this is how we going for a conquest.

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 First of all, of course we have to check in and verify ourselves. .

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 and happy to see Bangsar Babe and her husband Rif are into this cruise. . 😀

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Out of my expecatation, I get to see some Uni friends in this event with Sampson, Vincent and Wife. .

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 Of course first thing first, that we are being treated with unlimited amount of Hennessy X.O.

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As walking into the room, they have converted the whole look and feel into classic old sailing ship

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Leather cushion and classic painting are being place into the room to make up the ambiance even better.

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A world map to show where are we heading later.

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As we were called into the dining area, and walk thru the walkway, this totally caught my attention as we are actually dining above  a stunning floating platform on water, to make it looks like actually we are in a ship.

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With the dinning area are well decorated with huge screens are being place at the side and front to make it like a ship window ..

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Transparent panel as walkway that makes it looks like we are actually sailing on sea and projection images on the screen are showing we are actually docking at a modern city at the moment.

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 Reading at the menu for the  night, its all very unique and cant wait to dip into the dishes.

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 With the official Emceeing is Will Quah which is no stranger to all of us .

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Right before the dinner, we were shown a glimpse of what to expect for the night, with video presentation on the screen, showing little history of Hennessy follow by journey of Chef Lee Anne Wong with Hennessy X.O.

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 Nevertheless, it start off by Chef Lee will introduce us on her dishes, and how do we pair it with X.O after that.

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First to be on the table is Parisian Regalia, a foie gras flan with duck confit, green apple and Frisee lettuce.

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It look rather plain when being serve and I am very curious how does it taste like, and it did surprise me that foie gras is cook to perfection as a simple cut on the cube that makes it burst with flavour in smell and taste. It just melts into the mouth and to drink a sip of neat X.O, it makes the taste even more robust. A remarkable dish to kick start with.

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After first dish, it gets us moving around and sharing with drinks and how do we feel about first dish. Apparently every one is impress that makes it a great kick off. Of course with some photo moments with BangsarBabe and another famous blogger Kinkybluefairy.

Another thing that caught my attention is when the first dish is done, the screen of all the panels change to sea view like we are sailing to another place and it is just right, that we are now sailing to China which is our next destination.

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 Golden Crab and Corn Soup

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 with golden crab and corn soup with caviar, lime and coriander accents.

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Then I put in the whole spoon and stir it into the soup. A great combination that makes the soup sweet, bitting off chunks of crab meat and corn along with ebiko that makes it bursting feeling. Had a sip of X.O mix with a bit water and brings out great aroma after taste.!

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 None the less manage to catch up with the guys that night ..

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 In China we are being pamper with classic Chinese music  .. . and moments after that we set sail again to another new location.

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Done with the first two light dishes, then we are serve with modern-global cuisine Western Allure, a bed of cowboy-style peanuts, with salmon place ontop looks like a  sailing ship for me, and I pair it with neat X.O again. The taste brings the peanut very oak flavour and salmon is sweet after taste. Unique!

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Venetian Ambrosia – Chicken with Porchini Mushroom ravioli, truffle paramesan cream is one of the best dish for the night that prepared to perfection that ravioli is al dante.

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 Then we have our very own little Pavoratti performance.

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Looking at the menu, I am loving it as there are 2 types of dessert that going to be serve, and Mazuka Splendour first to arrive. Filled with Syrimiki Cheeze curd fritters, sour cream and dark fruit sauce. A great combination of taste with light sour berry taste and sugar and its origin from Russia.

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 While we are enjoying this dessert, we were entertain with Russian dance.

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 Last country that we are going to visit is Japan . . .

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 Dark Chocolate Ganache to tantilize our taste bud before nice ending of the last dessert.

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Nihon Grandeur . Grapefruit gelee with cream, Grapfruit Ice, and sesame brandysnap. Taste refreshing as it looks with smooth ice and sour grapefruit gelee taste make it well balance in taste.  Brandysnap is crunchy. A perfect dessert to end our wonderful meal.

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Indeed it is another remarkable night with great food and friends. Chef Lee Ann Wong impress all of us with her master culinary skills  with her well known  modern-global fusion cuisine style. Her creation with Hennessy X.O will live in our memory. . With my friend even commented

“Bok, do you remember when we had fine at overseas? All of them taste so good and back in Malaysia cant taste any till tonight. One of the best fine dine dish she ever come across to dine in Malaysia. ” I must agree with her statement. 😀

With that, only I realize why my friend is a big fan of hers. More about her? (click here)

 Special thanks to Hennessy X.O for the invitation again.

Rip Curl .First time taking transportation up to Terengganu is not a pleasent journey, only discover that Terengganu is a bit far off from my usual distance that I travel back to my hometown Penang. A journey of 8 hours had paid of with my first time experience in surfing competition event held in Malaysia.

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Lets enjoy the flow of what’s happening up there over last weekend. .

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Before heading to the beach and competition area, we are all house in Sumai Hotel & Apartment .. .

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Its a huge apartment that share with 8 of us with 4 bed rooms and huge dining and living room area.

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TV here is just for display and apparently only got single channel TV1 only which is blurry  Astro book is there and we thought there is gonna have Astro channel. Well, its just for display only. One good thing about this unit is they provide free wifi.

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Nice clean shared toilet. .

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huge kitchen space and doesnt comes with a stove. Basic tea and coffee are provided. Service of the housekeeping is pretty efficient and friendly and they do daily housekeeping too. Thanks to them for keeping the house clean.

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changed and lets go to the beach . . .

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Dining area of breakfast is pleasant by serving american breakfast and local variety.

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Main event area, at Batu Burok Beach. We are here early to check out the happenings in the area.

Horn off with the officials from the organisers and Surfer’s get ready to surf~

All participations is eyeing to win RM 40,000 (over $12,000 USD) worth of prizes in Men’s Open, Women’s Open, Master Division and Bodyboard Open, and Longboard Open.

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Registration counter for all media and surfers. . . I am excited to see all the nice surf boards. Always a dream to own one when I own a cafe.

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With many canopies set up and sponsors around the area  . ..

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All lining up to be ready to call upon for action . .

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Well, its too early to shop? never, as long as there are special promotions, it will attract many of us to drop by pay a visit.

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This is seriously a cheap place to kick off their merchandise promo. RM50 for t-shirt how to deny on that. Ended up all of us shopping in there. Of course only limited size available.

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Some of the girls ended up with sandals and baby – t from Rip Curl. Me also end up with a surf pants, t-shirt and slipper. 😀

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With Amos at the event ..

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How can such event without music and they have a cool DJ deck area and all the songs playing throughout the day is grooving. Early morning already we are loving the music played.

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This is how the whole actual area looks like with main picture, VIP zone, Media zone and Judges are on top of the tower

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All the participants are house here, with their boards to be place and getting ready to call upon for action.

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For first day, its pretty gloomy weather that created a nice wave for all the surfers to do their stunt and action. With about 2-4 feet high wave is just perfect for them to do it.

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Walking around, then you will come to this stall Surfboard Artist.

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Love her cute and creative design . . .

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taking her time to paint on surf boards and I send my phone to be painted too . . kekek~

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This is my end result on my surf board, oh no its on my phone cover. Turning an old cover to new cover now.

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Meet lovely Laura, the surfboard painter.

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Along the 3 days, we had alot of Fanta from Grapes, Orange and Strawberry and still my personal favourite is Grapes. Been a long while since I last had this as they had change their packaging and used to be one of my favourite drink when I was a kid. 😀

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This is Fanta Mascot.

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Shannon enjoying her Fanta drink.

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Try your luck for the day in Rip Curl Game zone and you will be walking away of their special prize.

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All of us walking over to media zone to interview our very own Malaysian surfers. Brenda.

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This is Brenda that will be competing and we ask her quite alot of questions. Video shall be up soon. Stay tunned.

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How we kill our time during the interval. This is what we do. Sunbathing . .

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Quite long didnt see Shannon in action and its good to see her back in blogging world.

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Jeng Jeng jeng, not only pros get to surf, we are all enroll in the Surf Clinic that conduct by Professional surfer, Jonny which is also owns a surfing school in Malaysia.

All excited and just cant wait to change and get ourself wet.

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All of us got change and gear up for our very first experience in surfing.

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Johnny explain detaily what are the challenges we are going to face and what are the safety precautions to ensure we are not drown or injured.

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As you see the pro’s doing their surfing it looks easy with a basic clinic like that and warm up ourself before heading to the sea, seems like a challenge already. The biggest challenge is this:

Standing up on the board is the biggest challenge as you need to balance then within seconds to hop up to surf along with the wave.

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Now we are all gear up ready to surf.

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Getting our board and running to the sea like baywatch . .kekek

On our experience surfing, its definately not easy by drinking alot of sea water with strong wave hitting you, first is to balance yourself on the board then second challenge is to make yourself stand up. We ended going more than 3 session as each session is an hour long. Loving the experience. Thanks to Johnny and his crew for being so helpful in assisting us and advise us on our first time experience. Its a fun learning challenge.

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As it head to the afternoon, more and more people are flocking the place to catch surfers in action.

With heat 1 going on till finalist.

End our first 2 days watching those surfers in action and we are amaze how they can ride along. We wish too.

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As the eve of the final event, we were hosted with a Gala dinner starting off with cultural performance follow by Terengganu artist to entertain for the night.

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One of their local performer.

Its a wet day on final day and with Men’s open are all swipe clean by Indonesians.  They are just bless with the wave that they get to enjoy and of course, congrats to all of them and our Malaysians surfers, Brenda for making it to top 4.

After 3 days of competiting, here are the list of winners of Rip Curl Pro Terengganu 2012 Contest 
ASC Men’s Open Division
1. Made Darmayasa (IDN)
2. Garut Widiarta (IDN)
3. Andre Julian (IDN)
4. Sandi Selamat (IDN)
ASC Master’s Division
1. Tipi Jabrik (IDN)
2. James Hendy (ENG)
3. Decha Sithidej (THA)
4. Yasuo Hirana (JPN)
Bodyboard Division
1. Ibrahim Shiman (MDV)
2. Syed El Hussain Syed Atikullah (MLY)
3. Ali Javeed (MDV)
4. Hatta Affendi (MLY)
ASC Longboard Division
1. Arip Nurhidayat (IDN)
2. Tipi Jabrik (IDN)
3. Decha Sithidej (THA)
4. Khairil Doje (MLY)
ASC Women’s Division
1. Jesse Hong (TWN)
2. Yasnyiar Gea (IDN)
3. Diah Rahayu (IDN)

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thanks to Rip Curl Malaysia for giving us this great opportunity to experience this event and a chance to surf along with this great goodie bag.

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From all of us bloggers, we had a great time and looking forward for next year event.

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If you do follow my blog, last round I was invited to attend an exclusive dinner by Hennessy X.O to dine a superb dinner that prepare by the chef. (click here)

Who is Chef Edward Lee?

Chef Edward Lee’s story – and his food – could only happen in America. One part Southern soul, one part Asian spice, and one part New York attitude, Lee is a Korean-American who grew up in Brooklyn, trained in classical French kitchens, and has spent the better part of a decade cooking in Louisville, Kentucky.

Lee’s passion for food is only surpassed by his sense of adventure; it is, after all, what took him to Louisville from a successful career in New York City. In 2001, on a cross-country road trip, Lee wound up in Louisville during Derby Week, the busiest dining week of the year. On a tip from a friend, he sought out the eccentric chef of a local gem called 610 Magnolia, finagling an invitation to work in the kitchen for the week. Impressed with Lee’s passion and skill, the chef offered him the restaurant less than a year later, and his Southern adventures began. The rest is history.

As this Korean-American Chef Edward Lee, who has challenged culinary royalty on Iron Chef America and won, spent a week immersing himself in the heritage and cultural diversity of Malaysia by literally “eating his way through Kuala Lumpur” in a journey taking him from one revealing mouthful to the next.

Every chef are learning new things and ingredients when they are on a new country. On Episode 1, Will Quah brought chef to Selayang wet Market to discover more about our local ingredients.. . .

Check out the Video below:

 

As on the way back to KL, and I just love my friend Ian as he always love to find food during his sales discover over the other states then will bring me there whenever he had the chance or when I follow him, cuz he knows I love to eat in those kind of hidden places. Kedai Makanan Rasa Lain is one of a good recommendation.

This journey, he decided to stop by Ipoh and bring me to this Bercham area which is the other side of Ipoh, that I will consider pretty outskirt already. If you consider coming from Ipoh town it will easily take about 30 mins – 45 mins to reach here.

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Neverthe less, if you ask me to drive another round again to this place, I think I am capable or driving myself here as I did recognise a few buildings. . .:D

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Okay, cut things short that we reach here pretty early as no wonder he hurry me from Penang, that he tried to reach here to beat the heavy dinner crowd. I notice quite a moment later upon our arrival, family by family start to pouring in and I asked Ian, that the people there “sot sot (means crazy in hokkien) one? so early come dinner? as it was bout 5.45pm – 6pm and near half full already.” He explain people around the area eat dinner early!

According to Ian, you must pre-order their signature item if not, its hard for you to order their signature item on the night itself as they are trying to safe the best for the customers either by choosing one of the item. As to order, I let Ian take care of what;s for dinner .

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Signature Claypot glass noodle

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It was serve boiling hot as when I took a few other picture it was misty and the side of it is still boiling. The soup is sweet with freshness that cook along with the crab and glass noodle cook to perfection. Crab were fresh and meat is hard.

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Another signature ‘Cheeze Prawn Claypot’ while it was servce right infront of me, the smells entrails to my nose and I istantly swallow my saliva as the smells is just too good! As we dig up, look at the cheeze ooze and flow around the claypot with its stickiness texture like pizza, I just cant wait to put it into my mouth. Cheeze topple nicely on the fresh prawn and eat it along with rice is just a match made in heaven.

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Vegetable nothing to shout about .. .

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As we finish our meal, I observe alot of table also order this ‘Saito Fishball’ which is homemade and being steam in high temperature then after that just add on some simple soy sauce with fish oil and garlic. To me is nothing to shout about too as its just another home made fish ball that are a bit bouncy.

I find the price is quite reasonable as 3 of us ate about RM 110 for all the above. It was another great and satisfying mean that Ian had intro me, as on the way back to KL he stop and buy 2 small bottles of mineral water and mee too. Only found out that the dish uses quite alot MSG as no wonder it taste super good!

-= Ka Ching =-

Food Rating 7/10  quite good ah . . -stamped-

–Warning– This is based on my individual taste. Try it at your own risk-

Location:
Kedai Makanan Rasa Lain 味不同海鲜坊
69, Psn Medan Bercham 2,
Pusat Bandar Baru Bercham,
31400 Ipoh,
Perak.

Open: 5-10pm

Closed Weds

Contact: 012-512 8407, 012 485 3085, 016 567 5349

Other CNY Movie I have watched.. (Click here)

Genre: Comedy

Another following succesfull well receive movie I love Hong Kong 2011 and here comes I Love Hong Kong 2012. Another Chinese New Year movie. I Find that this year chinese NEw Year movie is all about Family values, to love and treasure those who are around you. AS this movie saying that the super rich tycoon in Hong Kong are doing a fake short film to lie to all the residents in Hong Kong that 2012 will be the end of the world with asteroid hitting the earth soon, as the super tycoon control most of the market in Hong Kong and this havoc had make their business even better.

In the movie also saying that, many of us pursue  our dream till the end some gave up half way. Family and relationship always quarrel but end up getting back. So how many of you do you actually see your love ones during Chinese New Year?

A movie so so also but many of my friends said that this is better. I find both movie I love Hong Kong 2012 and All Wells, Ends well, are so so only.

– Tik Ching, Pass, Stamped –

Overall ratings 6/10, so so only . .  . .

– The movie rated by me is by my own personal preference. Watch it at your own risk –

Genre: Action/ Adventure/ Family

A great 3-D adventure in Part 1 that leads to this sequel part 2 as this round The Rock star the movie as a step dad to a kid that the kids family had been hunting for this mysterious island for generation till he received a mysterious signal that leads the rock, the kid, pilot and the daughter to the mysterious island.

In this island is all on your imagination that the animals that are big become small and those that are small become big. Are you ready for this adventure? Pretty interesting movie but I find that Part 1 still the best with much effect and better view. Part 2 is not bad still worth to watch on 3-D.

If you plan to watch on normal screen you can buy dvd to watch.

– Tik Ching, Pass, Stamped –

Overall ratings 7.5/10, not bad lah . .  . .

– The movie rated by me is by my own personal preference. Watch it at your own risk –

Weeet weet, this is the version 2 of Carlsberg Where’s the Party as I have miss out the first one that happening in Gold Coast which I .. . . . Do not want to mention it any more and as for this round, we were invited for this great party organised by Carlsberg before the year ending 2011. Another great event at secret location and just 2 days before the actual event, I got my giftpack that mention what is the dress code for the event and location to meet up to bring us to the secret location.

As most of us arrive at Shah Alam Stadium to register and take bus to the secret location and was a bit unlucky that its raining on that day. Therefore did not bring my camera along as I do not have the protector to cover it.

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Here we are . . a Short journey from the Stadium that this round the secret location is at Carlsberg Brewery itself. They have converted the whole area into fun filled playground.

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Here is the map to guide us through and many games were prepared like the Ferris Wheel, Pirate Ship, Adult Carousel and  the Sky Rider spread across the brewery.

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One of the first game that we come across, as what attracted us was 2 person race again this small little course by sitting on the ball and bounce to compete. Interesting!

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The rules and regulation~

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Look pretty simple huh? You got it wrong. I look simple but its challenging yet fun!

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Ready, get set . . GO!!!

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This is how it looks like bounce around and get around ..

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Stage to rock us tonight. .

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As we walked around, more and more people are flowing in already . .

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Next Game, ride and paddle with 2 legs on the ground. . lol~ its like an adult in a kids bicycle

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This is how you paddle  through obstacles. . .kekeke ..

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Among so many rides available, this is the longest queue as it took us about 85 minutes to get onto this ride!

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Release the Trigger

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Yay..we gonna be kids again as we tried to ride this in Genting First World, we got stopped cuz we were an adult and now we get to ride this as many times as we like~

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Ahem! so year 2011 is an end now so wish to know what’s coming onto you on 2012, they have this special section I called it mini tarot cards reading as you shuffle on the cards then you can ask what you love to, love, career, family, and others.

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A fun filled party without hitting onto their tattoo would be a waste, therefore I choose Crown~

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this guy lagi Gung-Ho that tattoo on the face~

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After quite along wait on every rides, this is the station we need to pamper our pity legs. . .

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As night hit, stage are lit up and every one start to pack the whole area up, they have line up Dennis Lau, Shawn Lee, Lee An from Korea, Crossfire, Paperplane Pursuit, High On Heels, DJ Sophie Sugar and  DJ Hiloco from Japan.

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A Great night like this, we must not miss out free flow of Carlsberg that is available since the evening ..

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Not long after that we decided to call it a nightb and of course we did drink responsibly and enjoy responsibly. Met many new friends there. . . I have to thank to Carlsberg for the great invites and if not I would get to experience Carlsberg Where’s The PArty?

I am definitely looking forward for Where’s the Party 2012~ Can’t Wait!

 

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