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Hmm, let me ask you a question? How many of you are actually WeChat User.? I was recently introduce to this app by my friend 2 months ago that they prefer to use this over another famous app because of many things that they can do. LAst week when I was in Penang, I saw all my girl friends talking over the phone like talkie and I thought it was another brand only realise that this can do a group talkie chat.. That’s cool, along I understand its one of “The New Way to Connect”.

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WeChat was available to Malaysia market since last year June as this app started as early as Jan 2011. Since then they have garner quite a huge success with less than 2 years with 300mil download, that makes them one of the fastest growing app. Then last week they had a huge launching into Malaysia market and I only realise that this app is develop from China.

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What is  WeChat?
WeChat is a social mobile communications app designed for smartphone users. The application allows the users to send free text, voice messages, emoticons, picture, video and other files. Users can also video-chat, add new friends through its social features, utilize location-based services, and share their stories through the unique ‘Moments’ feature in the form of photos, video and URL links.

WeChat application is available for iOS, Android OS, Symbian, BlackBerry and Windows Phone users. Note that not all features are available for different platforms. For more information and application download, please visit: www.wechat.com.

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To my surprise, with the power of WeChat, so many of my bloggers friend got this invitation and to me its like huge massive Klang Valley bloggers gathering.

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To get the brand pressence stronger in Malaysia market, they have appointment of Lisa Surihani and Shaheizy Sam as its Malaysian celebrity brand ambassadors. Both of them are strong in their social media pres sense too with strong followers.

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 As I walked into food section area, then saw this cute cupcakes filled with Wechat logo.

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 Then the night started off with Vivian Chua solo singing.

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 Then duet with Henley Hii

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 Every one pause a moment to catch the performance. . .

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During the night, there is a live screen on the stage and its rather simple. Download the app if you do not have one and just scan on the code then you will be in the groupchat.

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To be more entertaining, the night is host by DJ Rudy and with his humor personality, he brings the place to life. . With a few contest up on stage, we can see more and more people are willing to participate. Not to forget that those winners bring back good item, with Ipad and some hardisk as concolation. WeChat definately have the budget to make every one happy that Mr. Poshu Yeung, Vice President of the International Business Group of Tencent Holdings Limited himself is there to witness the whole event.

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 Then the night continue with DJ Sykogroove spinning for the night.

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 Of course not to be miss on familiar faces, Benjamin and Anna. .

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Good to see Esther as its been long time I have not seen her, with Yatz and Joshua and Walauwei . .

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Jessica and her Boyfriend, Queenie and Mandy. .

It was a great night to see many bloggers in one roof, eating and drinking all the way. To those of you who are new to WeChat, just watch the video below to know more about it, as this app now is available on platforms like iOS, Android, Symbian, Blackberry and Windows Phone devices. Get yours and install for free now. For more information, please go on to their official Facebook Page and Website.

Some of my followers you would have been realise that recently my blog is field with some advertorials. One of the reason is I learn something from this book by Alan Tan. At this moment, Premium bloggers surely can generate good income for them, newbie like me, I was lucky to know some new friends and they have assisted me. ThereforeI would like to share along a book to make your track even faster if you are in this industry. Let guide you back how I started.

Blogging sphere now 2012 and the beginning era of 2003 when all the senior blogger start blogging, it is a different scene now. I started to pick up the trend of blogging at year 2005 whereby I see many bloggers write about many interesting personal life stories and I ended up starting 1 too at 2005. At that time only 3 post I gave up. One of the reason is that, I find blogging lame and its weird to tell every one what you are doing. 3 years later which is 2008 I pick up blogging again and decided to focus writing on food as I just love food a lot. At that time I just came down to KL and constantly ask new colleague for nice places to eat. Then I started to jump back into blogs again as I find blogging reviewer is more accurate than those in newspaper or magazine, even though they are not professional. Again food taste bud is very subjective. My intention is to help and promote food, even though it is bad is to educate people not to order those few dishes.

As year 2012 now, the trend of blogging had evolved too throughout the years whereby you hear some bloggers are earning quite big bucks over by blogging, some went full time and even new term called celebrity blogger!. I used to follow KYspeaks, Kennysia, Cheeserland, Xiaxue as I regard them as premium bloggers and also the way the write on their blog. Then I started to have the thoughts of how to make money like them?

I learn many ways in the beginning and read in forums how. I have learn many internet terms during the process and further understand what people by mentioning beginning or pioneer is always the hardest as there are no one to guide.

As bloggers are mushrooming over the country, there are new book that will definitely help out along on junior bloggers by Make Money Online by Blogging by Alan Tan. Its an interesting book, that helping me to make me set back to path again on what I have forgotten, and one thing I dislike is many people often think that blogging is very easy. On surface, everything seems easy and when you learn the mechanics of it, it is not so easy afterall..

I must say  it’s a great book for new bloggers to go after, as it teach all the necessary basic on why, how and growing your blog. With the book guideline it is easy to be on track. Its basic things that you must know that I would rate it as Blogging 101. . :D. It is easy, simple and no layman term to bring you thru.

I also did not know about this term until one PR company told me about it few months back. In this book also guide you thru top 4 plugins that you must have, SEO, and many more. Along with many other tips like, article marketing, promotion and traffic generation, social bookmarking and many more. Got a few more tips with this book . .

Besides that, I never thought that I would blog for 3 years. Yes, now my blog is 3 years old and I never thought that I would have do it this far. Blogging this far is not easy as I blog 5 days a week unless I went off for a trip and also, being interview was set in my target in food blogging and Alan Tan had made my dream come true by giving me an opportunity of the online interview.

Blogging is never easy task as we have to edit pictures, do content write up, attend event as it takes up alot of efford to maintain one and also persistent. This book certainly make your life much easier and can be purchase in any bookshop. I got mine for RM 39.90.

Love to purchase one of the book? click here –  http://bloggingsutra.com/

In my 3 years blogging I have met many new friends and fans, hope to see all of you~ Thank you for supporting and dropping by.

Just love Malaysia, a peaceful and harmony country that this week will be its last week for muslims on their ‘Puasa Week’ then it will be follow by one of the celebration which is Hari Raya on the weekend.  Since its a last week,many people will be very busy to shop for new clothes, getting this all ready that create all this wonderful festive mood in the air.

It is a great time for many friends and family getting closer together as I believe some of you might not even have seen each other for quite a while throughout the year, this Hari Raya certainly will bring them back. Many other races that do not celebrate Raya will pay a visit to their close friends during open house on this festive season and I one of my best friend she and her family did host us with superb home cook food. I am certainly missing it.

There are just some few ways to make your Hari Raya super awesome just by following 5 simple steps as below by The Cube:

Tip #1: Sprinkle Songs into the Celebration

There are sure gonna be lots of song gonna be played or aired over the radio during this festive month. One of the tunes that many of us that could not forget which is ‘Balik Kampung’, Selamat Hari Raya &  a few more other songs. To get all these classic and new Raya tunes, check out those wonderful songs at Musicube or you can dowload the app by following the steps below:

This is what I mean when you get a chance to win Duit Raya  up to RM1,500 daily:

How to do it? click here for more info:

Tip #2: Learn to be better

Every one tends to improve from time to time, as a housewife, improve on cooking and be better host for families as this certaily will make family bonding better. To get the best lifestyle content including festive MMS this festive season, subscribe to Lifecube.

Tip #3: Strengthen the Bond with Your Fellow Men

During these blessed months, widen your social circle and strengthen your relationships within the “ummah”. Often meet new friends, some new people that we meet is just like we have known them for ages . .  Invite them over for your open house, to host some activities like exchange baju raya photos with them and imagine how these things going to influence other people. It doesnt stop there as Get on Frencube and discover new friends!

Tip #4: Open Your Ears, Mind and Heart

Remember to use your senses to open your minds and heart. Please your ears with zikir, daily reflections and more during Ramadan. Tune in to Cube Radio for content that will make you smile every time.

Tip #5: Express Your Love

How could this festive season not to express love to all the people around you, your family members, siblings, wife and parents. A simple message or Fun Talk Dedication will surely cheer their day up.

Hurry, everything is just around the corner. Just log on to  www.thecube.my to customise all these steps and make your raya be joyful and loved. Surely, The Cube would be one of your great companion for this festive season. Not only that, learn how you can win duit Raya or even have a spiritual journey for umrah & ziarah.

 I would like to wish all my readers and friends,

“Selamat Berbuka Puasa and Selamat Hari Raya. . .”

After our quick dinner at Maha House as I mention we do have a few places to visit for the night, then next we head to Kampung Gajah, bandung to take a quick tour as this place already close for the day, as my friend recommend one of the places to visit during day time. Then I google up what this place have to offer as it is more like a friends and family gateway to enjoy their activities such as Flying Fox, Swing and Swing, and of course some restaurants. For more info can check out at their website : KampungGajah

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Just spend a few minutes to take a quick snapshot then we heading to Kampung Daun which is Highly Recommended by me if you do visit Bandung. A place that filled with very classic traditional filled with their culture ambiance that located right in the middle of the forest that had transform to a perfect dining area.

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a big New Year Eve party was organised here and heard my friend said that it was a blast.

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All the dining area are build in their very own unique way and it is really a huge place to walk around. You would like to dine in a very homey ‘Kampung Style’ dining, then can go for this kind of ambiance, that seated with a table of 6 and if you have more pax they have bigger place.

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As we walked further up at this chill and fresh environment with the sound of waterfall flowing, we feel so fresh and relax. . .

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Another type of dining area which is more casual that be seated on a ‘rattan’ style with pillow to support. . .

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With the natural water flowing from the top of the hill, they had make it as the heart of the restaurant as hut or dining area can hear the sound of it. . .

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Then we choose a hut that filled with mat paved on the wooden flank, then just lye on the cushion enjoy chatting and the ambiance of it, with the group of new friends. . . .

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Ginger Cinnamon Tea. . . .

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Then discover the top of the place, is this huge area that can host private functions too. . .

We are looking forward to return to Kampung Daun to try out their Indonesian Cuisine, as my friend said its not bad. .

Location:
Kampung Daun Culture Gallery & Café
Jl. Sersan Bajuri Km. 4,7 No. 88 RR1 – Bandung

Phone : 022-2787915, 2784572, 2784573
Fax : 022- 2787881

website: http://www.kampungdaun.net/about_us_eng.php

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After spending 1 hour at this cozy place, its time for us to get even more relax as we were brought to this Hot Natural Hot Spring at 11pm at night and the weather around the area is around 21degree which is just perfect to dip in this warm pool.

There are 2 pool which is 1 about room temperature and the other pool which is warmer.

Do bear in mind that to come to this place, will need to bring your own clothing, trunks or swimwear, and of course towel, if not to purchase there, its extremely expensive.

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Soaking ourselves for quite a while and on the way heading back, they introduce us a place which is nice for satay especially the meat is ‘Rabbit’

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I have always miss the satay in Indonesia as their peanut sauce is a bit different that do add in some of sweet soy sauce and their own spicy sauce. So sad that they do not served Rabbit meat that day as it was their signature if not mistaken, then ordered mutton and beef. It was good too, as it was just bbq as it is.

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Their ‘Jagung Bakar’ is always better then our local Malaysia version as they do season it a while in milk + their own sauce then spread with heavy butter and leave it a while there till the butter soak into the corn till its very aromatic .

It was quite a tiring journey as in a short span from 7.30pm – 1.30am we went to 4 places and the journey in between is not near. . .

One of the thing that we are looking forward to after a long stroll at the Aborigines Park in Taiwan(click here), we were told that Tina and Eva had already book a very nice restaurant for dinner which served their specializing hot and spicy Sichuan cuisine. Kiki Restaurant is rated one of the best around the area.

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As I was told by Tina that this famous restaurant chain is own by their famous local celebrity Singer and TV host Lan Xin Mei that can only be found in Taipei District. Tina had book this restaurant few days ahead to ensure we get a place in this restaurant which RESERVATION is a must before you head here.

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This building had 3 story and the whole building is fully packed with people. Shows that they do have a serious good business. Their contemporary design with unfancy orangy lighting with wooden and nice chairs to make all of us comfy to dine in the restaurant.

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While we were at Sun Moon Lake we saw this great souvenir to get and give to this 2 great new friends Tina and Eva to thank them for spending so much time with us while we are there. We gave them a token of appreciation of NT 1 mil that shared by me and Pak .. .hahaha. . . .

 

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3 of them are just as funny as they are, we had good laughter and crap all the way.

Taiwan Trip Day 4 –> Jinguashi’s Gold Ecological Park –> JiuFen –> Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall –> Miramar Mall

On the fourth day, we woke up very early again and can just feel the heat start to burn on our skin and knowing it going to be another hot day. Having breakfast on the go and heading to Taipei Main Station to visit this wonderfull place Jiufen that most of my friend its a MUST go place if you are in Taiwan. We are heading there with a group of new friends which most of them are Indonesians but studying there for quite some time arleady.

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They seriously have a huge big station compare to our mini KTM station which is half dead also or KL Central which I presume something similiar but very far behind with the user friendly access and really Main station compare to ours.

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With varieties of train available from the olden steam train to the modern bullet train for you to choose from and the schedule and time line very accurate. Having fast and efficient people working in the counter, we didnt wait for long to get our tickets even though there are quite number of people as that was the first day of the high school holiday. So there are alot of people heading other province.

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The ticket is also very classic feels like the time I ride in the bus when I was a kid with a punch hole from the bus attendent.

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