A DATE WITH AIR ASIA BLOGGERS COMMUNITY IN #AABCPENANGTAKEOVER 2015

080815 marked itself into the history of the Penang blogging scene when Air Asia Bloggers Community (#AABC) in collaboration with the Penang Global Tourism (#MyPenang), had touched down tactfully to conquer the food and heritage sites of George Town, Penang. Some of the Penang bloggers were fortunate enough to be selected to play lead/host to some lucky newfound brothers and sisters whom had hailed from Kuala Lumpur, Kuching and as far as Kota Kinabalu in the #AABC Penang Takeover Challenge 2015. Thanks to Air Asia for such a wonderful event to make those exciting outings linger in our memories.

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After a short morning briefing by Ashman Mahfudz from Air Asia Communication Department at Olive Tree Hotel where the bloggers were lodged in, we were divided into 5 teams. Each team had 1-2 Penang bloggers (Criz Lai, JJ Tan & Steven Goh, CK Lam & Lingzie Khoo, Xherlyn Choong plus Sock Peng & Kuen Hoong) as guides to lead them through the expedition and social media tasks.

To my surprise, I was assigned to my team mates, some whom I had taken out a day earlier for some pre-feasting meals. They consisted of Evelyn Ang Loo, Jason Chan (team leader) and Sally Lai (my new found sister with the surname Lai~ :P) We were then given a chic for the 5 required tasks, a Penang Hop On Hop Off (HOHO) pass and RM300 as our expenditure. Our tasks were as stated below:

1. Best Breakfast in Penang – Discover the Best Breakfast Place
2. Penangness – Resemble Penang?
3. Penang Essentials – Guide for Tourists Visiting Penang for Food & Heritage Trail
4. Heritage Trail
5. Eat Penang Style

The tasks may sound easy but it really needed some sit downs to strategically pen down every ideas and locations we have on our minds. Upon disembarking from the travel coach, which had shuttled us from the hotel to the heritage Chowrasta Market along Jalan Penang, we had decided to head down to the nearest “kopitiam” to brainstorm our ideas. We ended up at Kedai Makan Hoe Peng at the junction of Jalan Penang/Jalan Kampung Malabar to have some light breakfast and at the same time digesting the tasks we were assigned to. Finally, with some painstaking walks towards our planned destinations, we managed to come out with 5 suitable entries as shown below. (All the 5 Instagram photo entries are of courtesy from Jason Chan of www.walauwei.com).

#1 Best Breakfast in Penang – Discover the Best Breakfast Place

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#2 Penangness – Resemble Penang

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#3 Penang Essentials – Guide for Tourists Visiting Penang for Food & Heritage Trail

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#4 Heritage Trail

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#5 Eat Penang Style

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Upon completion of the challenge, we were then shuttled to Queensbay Mall to witness another event – The AirAsia’s Battle of the Year 2015. After spending some time in the mall, we were then sent back to Olive Tree Hotel for freshening up prior to our dinner.

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The finale dinner was held at Yeng Keng Hotel, Penang with the serving of Hainanese dishes under skillful Resident Head Chef, Chef Tan.

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After dinner, we all gathered outside the restaurant to hear out the final result of the challenge. Prior to that, a lucky draw session was held amongst the Penang bloggers whom had assisted in guiding the guests in the challenge. The top 3 winners for the draw went to CK Lam, JJ Tan and Steven Goh with free flight tickets to Medan, Bangkok and Kota Kinabalu respectively. The prizes were given out by Mr. Kenneth Tan, head of AirAsia Penang. Finally, the crowd grew tensed as the result of the challenge was about to be announced. Team 2 won the challenge and can you guess who were the people in Team 2? OMG! Me and my team mates! Our Team 2 and we won the grand prize of the night. Each of us received a complimentary ticket to Kaohsiung, Taiwan. You will sure be reading a lot of food reviews from me in Taiwan real soon. To my team members… You guys rock! Let’s do it again some time in the near future.

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Thanks to AirAsia for bringing the AABC bloggers to Penang and together with Penang Global Tourism in organizing such fun-filled outing. It was great to meet up with some old and new friends. I’ll sure look forward to more events to come.

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FOUR POINTS BY SHERATON PENANG “SPREADS A CHEER” CAMPAIGN THIS CHRISTMAS 2014

In lieu with the magic of Christmas with the spirit of loving, sharing and caring, Four Points by Sheraton Penang has recently initiated a “Spread A Cheer” campaign under its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) model to give back to the local community. 33 children from the Penang Children’s Protection Society whom had submitted their Christmas Wish List to the resort were invited to the resort to witness the launch of the lighting of the Christmas Wishing Tree.

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The children, associates and members of the media gathered by the Christmas tree as the resort’s acting General Manager Fauzy Wahab gave a short speech to launch the meaningful campaign. “Being under the Starwood brand, Four Points believes in caring for the local community. We try to support and give back to the local community in any way that we can,” said Fauzy.

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The children then hung their Christmas wishes on the Christmas tree with the help of some of the associates. These wishes will be on display until Christmas Day and everyone is welcomed to contribute their donations via gifts as wished by the children on the wishing card or you can also donate by cash. To make donations please contact the resort Front Desk at +604 371 8888.

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Christmas & New Year Promotions:

To celebrate the festivities, Four Points by Sheraton Penang will be offering great feasts at fantastic prices. Located on a secluded beachfront in Tanjung Bungah, Four Points by Sheraton Penang boasts a breath-taking setting to share a scrumptious Christmas Buffet BBQ Dinner with your family on Christmas Eve. Dinner comes with free flow of wine, beer, soft drinks and fruit punch, all for only RM 130.00 + per adult. Alternatively, opt for an uncomplicated Christmas Day Set Dinner at The Eatery for only RM 130.00 + per adult and since it is Christmas, we will give you a complimentary bottle of wine.

Enjoy the last day of 2014 with a New Year’s Eve BBQ Buffet Dinner (inclusive of free flow of wine, beer, soft drinks and fruit punch) for only RM 130.00 + per adult and usher in the New Year with us. Welcome 2015 with a New Year’s Day Set Dinner at The Eatery for only RM 130.00 + per adult and enjoys a complimentary bottle of wine from us.

To make reservations, please visit www.fourpointspenang.com or call +604 371 8706.

About Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.: Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. is one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world with 1,200 properties in nearly 100 countries and 181,400 employees at its owned and managed properties. Starwood is a fully integrated owner, operator and franchisor of hotels, resorts and residences with the following internationally renowned brands: St. Regis®, The Luxury Collection®, W®, Westin®, Le Méridien®, Sheraton®, Four Points® by Sheraton, Aloft®, and Element®. The Company boasts one of the industry’s leading loyalty programs, Starwood Preferred Guest(R) (SPG), allowing members to earn and redeem points for room stays, room upgrades and flights, with no blackout dates. Starwood also owns Starwood Vacation Ownership, Inc., a premier provider of world-class vacation experiences through villa-style resorts and privileged access to Starwood brands. For more information, please visit www.starwoodhotels.com.
About Four Points by Sheraton: Great Resorts. Great Rates. With over 175 Four Points by Sheraton resorts in more than 30 countries, travelers can find the timeless style and comfort they’re looking for with genuine service and everything that matters most, all around the world. From Santiago to Shanghai and Milan to Milwaukee, Four Points resorts can be found in big urban centers, by the airport, near the beach, and in the suburbs. A recent $1 billion invested in renovations, conversions, and new-build resorts has made the brand stronger than ever. Four Points by Sheraton, like all brands within Starwood’s portfolio, is proud to offer the Starwood Preferred Guest® program, the industry’s richest loyalty program. To learn more, visit www.spg.com

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BRITISH LABEL SUPERDRY LANDS IN PENANG

Fans in Penang finally had the long awaiting Superdry Store opened in Gurney Plaza, Penang without having to trundle down to the few outlets in Klang Valley to pick up their favourite apparel. The British lifestyle brand, Superdry, opened its fourth store in Penang, Malaysia, boasting men’s and women’s casual and contemporary apparel plus accessories housed within a fast-paced, eclectic environment.

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To mark its presence up north, Superdry on 1 November 2014, played host to a music festival, Superdry The Event @ Hin Bus Depot Art Centre, with over 1,000 local and international fans, dancing to the beats of music played by 3 electrifying DJ acts, namely DJ Xu from Lapsap, Alex Asquared from Deer Society and Ramsey Westwood.

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It was followed by the Superdry Autumn Winter 2014 and Spring Summer 2015 collections runway showcase. The outdoor event capped off a perfect evening with partners who made it possible, which included Asahi for the free flow bar and BOSE for the sound.

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For more information where to purchase the Superdry products, check out the Superdry outlets below:

STORE LISTINGS:

Superdry Pavilion
Lot 4.03.00, Level 4,
Pavilion Kuala Lumpur
169, Jalan Bukit Bintang
55100 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-2141 3429

Superdry Sunway Pyramid
Lot G1.65 – G1.66, Ground Floor
Orange Zone, Sunway Pyramid Mall
3, Jalan PJS 11/15, Bandar Sunway
46150 Petaling Jaya
Tel: 03-5621 0708

Superdry Mid Valley
Lot G039 – G040, Ground Floor
Mid Valley Megamall, Mid Valley City
Lingkaran Syed Putra
59200 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-2282 0830

Superdry Gurney Plaza
Lot 170-G-68/69, Ground Floor,
New Wing, Gurney Plaza,
Persiaran Gurney,
10250 Penang
Tel: 04-226 4995

About Superdry: Born from an inspirational trip to Tokyo, Superdry was created in 2003 by Julian Dunkerton and James Holder – both of whom are still the lifeblood of the brand today. Now sold in more than 100 countries worldwide, Superdry is a true British fashion success story with a brand DNA synonymous with intricate details design, premium fabrics and British tailored cuts. With its roots based around Japanese imagery and vintage American sportswear, Superdry has evolved into the most diverse British lifestyle brand with a true global reach. Collections of depth and style are sold via more than 400 global retail points from London to Mumbai, New York to Hong Kong. Launched to fill a gap in the market, the brand has upheld its reputation for innovation. Menswear and accessory collections quickly grew and in 2005 Superdry launched its first womenswear collection. Initially mirroring the signature men’s styles, the collection has matured to include fashion-forward outerwear, denim alongside feminine dresses and stylish knits. SuperGroup, the parent company of Superdry, floated on the stock exchange in 2010 and is today listed as a FTSE 250 company.

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NINETOLOGY OPENED THE SECOND EXPERIENTIAL FLAGSHIP TOUCH POINT AT GURNEY PARAGON PENANG

Barely a year from the opening of the first Ninetology Experiential Flagship Touch Point at Plaza Low Yat, Malaysia’s Largest IT Lifestyle Mall, on 30 August 2013, Ninetology today had expanded to the Northern region with the second Experiential Flagship Touch Point at Gurney Paragon, Penang. With a unique concept unlike others, consumers from Penang as well as the surrounding states would get to experience the touch and feel of its devices to complement today’s lifestyles and culture.

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The launching ceremony was graced by the management team of Ninetology ASEAN comprising of Mr Sean Ng (Chief Executive Officer), Mr Marco Beh (Chief Operating Officer), Mr Leslie Loh (Chief Digital Officer) plus Malaysian singer and songwriter, Yise Loo.

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“Our Experiential Centers celebrates freedom of expression with a wide offering of our latest Ninetology U9 smart phones and lifestyle accessories that cater to consumers with a wide variety of interests including technology, fashion, art and so forth. Here at our center, we do not only showcase our products, but it is a place where consumers can indulge the ‘urbanite’ environment and convenience alongside the recent introduction to our eChannel. Our smart phones can be purchased through our outlets and eChannel with efficient payment gateways for ultimate convenience at their finger tips,” said Sean Ng, Chief Executive Officer of Ninetology ASEAN.

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Both experiential centers in Gurney Paragon and Low Yat Plaza, Kuala Lumpur focuses on upholding Ninetology’s after sales service, 9care. 9care is available both online and offline, hence users can now find convenience to identify or solve any issues regarding their devices. The Ninetology’s Flagship Touch Point is opened from 10.00am to 10.00pm daily.

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For the opening, the Gurney Paragon Ninetology Experiential Flagship Touch Point also had the Unlock Screen Challenge, where customer would get the chance to unlock the U9Z1T screen with a 9 dots special code. The person who could unlock the phone would get to win home the U9Z1T. Each try would be at RM1 and proceed would go to the respective charitable organizations. Terms & Conditions apply.

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The official opening of the Ninetology Experiential Flagship Touch Point was also attended by some of the Penang bloggers.

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For more information, please visit:
Ninetology’s Official Website: http://www.ninetology.com/
Ninetology’s eChannel: http://www.ninetology.com/echannel
Ninetology’s 9care: http://www.ninetology.com/9care

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GURNEY PARAGON MALL HAS UNLEASHED THE GIGANTIC TRANSFORMERS IN PENANG

Early this morning, Gurney Paragon Mall has unleashed the gigantic Transformers, namely Optimus Prime and Bumblebee at its main atrium from 9 June 2014 until 13 July 2014. Being popular icons for blockbusters and toys for the last 3 decades, Hasbro kicked-off the “Thrilling 30th Anniversary” to celebrate the Transformers brand legacy all around the world.

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In line with the celebration, Gurney Paragon Mall is proud to present to you for the very first time in Penang, the giant Autobots featuring the 23’ Optimus Prime and 17’ Bumblebee.

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At the same time, Bumblebee’s disguise as the legendary yellow Chevrolet’s Camaro, the special edition performance car which has both style and power, was also on display. You can check out the cool exterior and interior of the stylish sport car.

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The event was launched by Hunza Properties Bhd’s Executive Chairman, Dato’ Khor Teng Tong, by starting the engine of the limited edition Chevrolet Camaro. “For the very first time in Penang, the giants’ robots are unleashed at Gurney Paragon Mall and we are thrilled to share this celebration with the fans in Malaysia and around the region. The Transformers is a pop culture phenomenon with millions of fans all over the world. We believe this international event will help to add vibrancy into the tourism sector and solidify Penang as an exciting tourism destination,” remarked Ms. Khor Tze Ming, Group Executive Director of Hunza Properties (M) Sdn Bhd.

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Furthermore, there will be a showcase of Transformers collectibles and toy fair during the 30th Anniversary campaign. Fans and shoppers can view the Transformers action figurines in various shapes and sizes and shop for their favorite toys character merchandise. Besides the display of the two giant Autobots at the atrium of Gurney Paragon Mall, shoppers can have the photo opportunity with the 7’ high Optimus Prime and Bumblebee respectively, located at Level 8 (in front of TGV ticket counters) for free, courtesy of TGV Cinemas.

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To get the exclusive opportunity to have your photos taken with the gigantic Autobots, shoppers can redeem an exclusive photo opportunity with the Optimus Prime or Bumblebee with a spending of RM200 and above in a single receipt. Professional photography service will be available on the spot to provide their expertise. Alternatively, fans of Transformers can take photo with EITHER ONE of the giant robots at RM38 or pay RM88 to have the ultimate photo opportunity with ALL the main highlights such as Optimus Prime, Bumblebee and the Chevrolet Camaro. A 4R photo would be produced, inclusive a CD hardcopy and handed over to the photograph owner within the next 30 minutes to an hour.

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To make the event more fun-filled, social media fans can take part in the selfie contest organized by Gurney Paragon Mall in Facebook or Instagram. The winners will stand a chance to win attractive Transformers merchandise worth more than RM3000. For more information about the contest, please log on to their Facebook page at http://facebook.com/gurneyparagon.

The Gurney Paragon Mall Management would also like to extend their gratitude to TGV Cinemas, Chevrolet and Sharp for their sponsorships.

 

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