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THE BIGGEST H-ARTISTRY PARTY HAD HIT PENANG

Penang had its biggest party recently when H-Artistry set out with its clear goal to deliver an unmatched, premium super-club experience through the Global Art of Mixing platform which promised a phenomenal mix of sights, tastes and sounds on 25 May 2013 at the newly refurbished SPICE (Subterranean Penang International Convention and Exhibition Centre) formerly known as PISA (Penang International Sports Arena).

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As an added bonus, this year’s no-frills super-club experience had the staple Hennessy Mixing Bars scattered all over the party venue with its much appreciated signature Hennessy V.S.O.P long drinksHennessy Apple, Hennessy Berry, Hennessy Ginger and Hennessy Soda.

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The entrance was grand with the invited guest deejays walking down the red carpet accompanied by the acclaimed Emcee Julie Woon. Amongst them were the notable Australian DJ, DJ Andy Murphy, Singapore’s DJ Nicole Chen and Hong Kong’s 24HERBS (???).

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Asquared’s set of nu disco and progressive trance kept party goers in the groove as everyone eagerly waited for the main party arena to open. In the meantime, guests kept busy by capturing their “Hennessy Moments” at the “Fotobox” booths, which printed out their photos and uploaded them on Facebook as mementos of H-Artistry.

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Come 9.00pm, the beautiful Emcee Julie Woon welcomed the crowd into the main party arena where the towering LED backdrop of the stunning H-Artistry stage counted down to the start of the show. The countdown culminated with an electrifying laser show and striking LED visuals, which kicked off the night’s performances. Enter 24HERBS, who surprised party goers by taking the stage from amongst the crowd. The Hong Kong hip hop outfit was bursting with energy, drawing the crowd in with their infectious stage presence as they demonstrated the credibility of Canto hip hop.

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Their performance included hit tracks like “Do You Know Me”, “Fashionista” as well as “Wonderland”, which featured Astro Star Quest champion Alexis Chean in the first H-Artistry collaboration of the night.

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24HERBS, anchored by SIR JBS, LMF legends Phat and Kit, took an intermission to greet the H-Artistry crowd and threw out 24HERBS Snapbacks into a rousing audience. A cheeky performance of the hit “Hu Ge” brought their performance to an end, which marked the beginning of the Electronic Dance Music (EDM) journey for the rest of the H-Artistry evening.

With the dimming of stage lights, Dennis Lau – clad in a laser-projecting jacket – took the stage with his electric violin, bringing the crowd to an all-new high as he started off with a violin introduction of Swedish House Mafia’s hit “Don’t You Worry Child”. Australian DJ and Producer Andy Murphy took the decks, bringing the prelude to its peak before Alexis Chean took the stage once again to belt out the vocals of the popular dance anthem.

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Andy Murphy went on to administer an astounding set of EDM and Big Room tunes for the next hour, firmly setting the momentum of the night with pulsating beats and fist-pumping drops.

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Taking over from Andy was Singapore’s biggest female DJ export Nicole Chen, who brought her popular style ofElectro House and Dirty Dutch onto the H-Artistry stage. Both DJs’ sets, bolstered in intervals by a gorgeous dance crew and breathtaking laser projections, shot the energy levels through the roof at H-Artistry as party goers danced through the night with glasses of Hennessy V.S.O.P in hand.

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H-Artistry, The Global Art of Mixing at SPICE Penangturned out to be a night that delivered a sensational mix of sight, sound and taste in one party. Party goers can now look forward to the next H-Artistry event of 2013 in November or by keeping it locked on www.h-artistry.com.my. H-Artistry events are by-invite-only, and are open to non-Muslims aged 18 above.

 

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THAI FESTIVAL 2013 IS COMING TO PENANG TIMES SQUARE

Coming this June 2013, Penangites would get the opportunity to experience a mammoth Thai festival that has never been in such a large scale since the last decade. Under the banner “Thai Festival 2013”, the event would be held from 6-10 June 2013, 10.00am-11.00pm at one of Penang’s premier event locations, Penang Times Square. Entrance would be FREE.

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You would be expecting to see more than 50 booths at the site with approximately 70 traders there to promote their goods and services. There would be lots of choices of Thai cuisine namely the infamous Khao Neaw Ma Muang (Mango Sticky Rice), dry food stuff, prepacked ready-to-cook paste, handcrafts, fashionable clothes & accessories, local products and many interesting stuff to make your visit worthwhile.

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Don’t forget, there would also be some cultural performances too. So, do make yourself available during the period for a nice day out with your family and friends. Do check out their FaceBook for more information: http://www.facebook.com/ThaiFest

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Other events of the same name held in other states can be view as below:

Thai Festival 2013 (Kelantan): 25 Feb – 3 Mar 2013

Thai Festival 2013 (Terengganu): 5-11 February 2013

Thai Festival 2012 (Kelantan): 29 May – 4 June 2012

Thai Festival 2012 (Kedah): 27 June – 1 July 2012

Thai Festival 2011 (Terengganu): 27-31 May 2011

 

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AN ELEVATED SUPER CLUBBING EXPERIENCE WITH H-ARTISTRY AT SPICE PENANG

Since its inception in 2008, H-Artistry set out with one clear goal – to deliver an unmatched, premium super-club experience through the Global Art of Mixing platform, which promises a phenomenal mix of sights, tastes and sounds at each H-Artistry party. This year, H-Artistry returns with a never-before-seen set up with the party starting as soon as revelers step into the enclave. The first of two H-Artistry events planned for 2013 will be taking over the Penang Island this 25 May 2013 at the newly refurbished SPICE (Subterranean Penang International Convention and Exhibition Centre) formerly known as PISA (Penang International Sports Arena).

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This year’s no-frills super-club experience will be bolstered by the staple Hennessy Mixing Bars, which will serve the four trailblazers of all H-Artistry events – the signature Hennessy V.S.O.P long drinks: Hennessy Apple, Hennessy Berry, Hennessy Ginger and Hennessy Soda.

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The H-Artistry stage will see a line-up of exciting local, regional and international acts, which will treat Penang revelers to a stellar mix of music styles and genres all through the night. The opening act would be administered by one of Kuala Lumpur’s most promising indie/electronic acts – Alex Asquared (one part of Deer Society), while 3 other mains acts would be by Australian DJ, DJ Andy Murphy, who is no stranger to stages of international dance music festivals, Singapore’s DJ Nicole Chen, one of the most prominent DJ personalities in Singapore, known for her energetic and electrifying up-tempo electro-house/dirty-dutch sets and Hong Kong’s 24HERBS (???), a six piece collective of dynamic and progressive individuals, who make up one of the edgiest and most energetic hip hop groups of recent times in Chinese entertainment.

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With all the effort put in to make H-Artistry a spectacular show, responsible partying is one clear message that is communicated at every H-Artistry party. Naturally, it would be a waste to forget an amazing H-Artistry experience. To avoid that, H-Artistry ensures partygoers have access to all that is necessary to maintain a great party, with safety and wellbeing as utmost priority. Responsible drinking at the event is also encouraged through several measures. A coupon system comes into play to limit the redemption of Hennessy V.S.O.P long drinks at the Hennessy Mixing Bars come midnight, while complimentary mineral water bottles are also given out throughout the night at every H-Artistry event. All these initiatives, among others, will be continued and further improved at both H-Artistry parties planned for 2013.

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Access to H-Artistry is BY INVITES ONLY. Party goers will be able to obtain passes from the H-Artistry Ambassadors stationed at selected entertainment outlets by participating in the ongoing Hennessy V.S.O.P bottle promotions. Every bottle of Hennessy V.S.O.P purchased will come with two (2) invites to H-Artistry, while a purchase of two (2) bottles will come with five (5) tickets. So be sure to check out the full scheduling details on how to obtain the invites as well as updates on the upcoming H-Artistry event by visiting www.h-artistry.com.my.

Participating Outlets:
Cuvee @ Precinct 10 – Jalan Tanjung Tokong, Tanjung Tokong, Penang.
Nueve @ Precinct 10 – Jalan Tanjung Tokong, Tanjung Tokong, Penang.
Soho @ Precinct 10 – Jalan Tanjung Tokong, Tanjung Tokong, Penang.
M2 @ Penang Times Square – B2, Entertainment City, Penang.
SOJU ROOM @ Penang Times Square – B2, Entertainment City, Penang.
ROOM @ Autocity – JuruAutocity, Jalan Perusahaan, Highway Auto-city, Perai, Penang.

 

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BORDEAUX RENDEZ-VOUS 2013 @ E&O HOTEL PENANG

On 30 April 2013, Eastern & Oriental Hotel (E&O Hotel), Penang, has once again successfully launched the Bordeaux Rendez-vous 2013 at its Macalister Ballroom, Level 5, Victory Annexe. The RM250++ wine reception cum buffet dinner had master class wine makers from 26 labels flying all the way to Penang from respective regions in France, all together mingling with local wine lovers and media. Guests were welcomed with tidbits, cocktail and Italian Conti Neri-Prosecco Sparkling Wine.

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The Conti Neri-Prosecco is a sparkling white wine from north-eastern Italy, specifically the Veneto and Friuli-Venezia Giulia wine regions. It is also the informal name for the grape variety used to make these wines, which is known officially as Glera. The light golden yellow sparkling wine was ideal for the occasion as it was light, clean with a lower alcohol content compared to the more expensive champagne.

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There were free flows of wines available for testing and ordering at the event from 26 world class labels. Here are some of them.

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You can view the price of each label here to purchase them from E&O Hotel or The Wine Shop. The prices shown here were SOLELY for the buyers on the night. Actual consumer price list would be attached here later.

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In comparison to the many types of wines available on the market, the Brodeaux wine collections were for sure much more superior than most of the wines found outside France. From the 26 labels available, we started off with a few recommendations from the winemaker from Château Lagrange, Mr. Matthieu Bordes, as well as from the more seasoned wine lovers. Of course, the first bottle would be Château Lagrange-St Julien (2003-RM470/bottle) from is a winery in the Saint-Julien appellation of the Bordeaux region of France. This dark ruby colored wine was slightly oaky plus acidic with an interesting evolution towards humus, blackcurrant fruit and vanilla. It was rather smooth and fruity to my liking. This wine went well with the roasted duck dish I had from the buffet line.

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The next wine was the Château Corbin-St Emilion (2003-RM290/bottle). This soft but medium bodied wine had an earthly and spiced up flavors with hints of black cherry, plum and vanilla. Compared to the Château Lagrange, it was rather coarse to my liking. Coincidentally, I was having some cheesy pesto pasta with some smoked chicken ham at that time and they sure blend in quite nicely. I guessed cheesy stuff would be great with Château Corbin.

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The Château Lascombes-Margaux (2001-RM590/bottle) had most of us head over heels over it. This dark ruby colored wine was rich, ripe and opulent. While oaky with a slight hint of licorice, this full bodied wine had a high concentration of ripe fruit taste such as blueberries, black cherries, vanilla with a slight bitter espresso aftertaste. To me, it was even better than the Château Lagrange with more subtle features. To bring out the complexity, you could pair it with a nice filet mignon or rib-eye or even some nice chocolate brownies and chocolate lava cakes.

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Of course, we would like to try out the most expensive wine (RM1010/bottle) of them all. However, we only managed to get the second best from the Château Léoville Poyferré-St Julien (2001-RM530/bottle) collections. With an earthy, black and red fruit nose, almost similar to gamey raw cow, the wine had hints of greenish flavors with a strong tobacco bitter aftertaste. With a price range almost similar to the Château Lascombes, I would personally prefer the fullness of the Château Lascombes flavors. This wine would be quite ideal for more exotic meat such as venison.

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We also tried out the Château Carbonnieux (Red)-Pessac-Léognan (2003). This medium bodied wine was tart black cherries, spices and tobacco smoky in the finish. Somehow, I felt that it needed more age for better consumption. With the somewhat young tannins with a more distinctive fruity finish, it would go well with roasted meat and fish.

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We also tried out the Château Haut Bailly-Pessac-Léognan (2003-RM530/bottle) from the same appellation. Compared to the earlier wine from the same area, this earthly wine had a more herbal note and suitable to my liking. The flavors from the ripeness of the berries would be more balance through age. This wine would be suitable to pair with more robust dishes such as roasted meat, especially beef.

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Lastly, we tried out the Château Beychevelle-St Julien (2003-RM800/bottle). This earthy medium bodied wine had aromas of dark berries, cassis, spices and tobacco nose. Personally, I found that it was a bit too tannic with dryness to my liking. Somehow, it lacked a bit of depth. However, it might be quite ideal to go with powerful red meat such as lamb and more.

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To get into the excitement of wine and dining, we had the challenging experiences of finding which food suited the wine better. There was a wide spread of dishes served at the buffet line ranging from bread, soup, cheese, appetizers, salads, main dishes of beef, lamb, poultry, seafood and desserts to set us on our discovery quests. Let me share the pictorial menus as below:

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Attended Bloggers:

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DEEPAVALI CELEBRATION WITH ORPHANAGE CHILDREN FROM RAMAKRISHNA ASHRAMA @ EASTIN HOTEL PENANG

The Eastin Hotel Penang again has carried out its ongoing Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) by sharing its successes with the community, especially those underprivileged Indian children during the month leading to Deepavali. About 23 orphanage children from the Ramakrishna Ashrama (Orphanage), Penang, were treated with a sumptuous semi buffet dinner at the Swez Brasserie last night. Eastin Hotel Penang General Manager, Ms Mary Ann Harris presented some goody bags to each of the visiting children of the orphanage. There was also a birthday cake for one of the children who coincidentally celebrating his birthday that night. The Ramakrishna Ashrama (Orphanage), Penang is a charitable Organization founded in 1938 under the inspiration and guidance of His Holiness Swami Bhaswarananda Maharaj. The Ashrama runs an Orphanage, catering to those needy children, both boys and girls between the age of 6 and 20 years old, would be educate spiritually and educationally to be the pillar of the future nation. It’s great to have Eastin Hotel Penang making the coming Deepavali a memorable event in the lives of those orphanage children.

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Since it was a semi buffet night (Monday – Thursday, 6.30pm – 10.00pm, RM48++/pax), there were two options for the main course. One of the dishes was Chicken Chop, whereas the other was a Vegetarian Spaghetti.

The Chicken Chop portion was huge. It came with batter fried chicken drumsticks with BBQ sauce, served with some greens and fries.

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The Vegetarian Spaghetti on the other hand was real tasty with the right amount of vegetables and herbs. I love the al dente of those evenly sauced spaghettis.

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Amongst other dishes available were Kids’ Corner, salads, appetizers, soups, cheese and lots of delicious local and international desserts.

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Eastin Hotel, Penang is located just next to Queensbay Mall. If you are coming from Georgetown towards Bayan Lepas Free Trade Zone via Bayan Lepas Expressway, do watch out for the Pulau Jerejak signboard (leading to Pulau Jerejak jetty). Ignore the turning and drive on to the next left junction. Turn left into Jalan Aziz Ibrahim and drive on until you a roundabout. Turn 3 o’ clock and drive on until you see a big Eastin Hotel signboard at the first right junction. Turn right and drive on. Park your car at the basement car park. Take a lift to the third floor and you would see the Grand Ballroom where the charity event would be held.

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Name: EASTIN HOTEL PENANG
Address: 1 Solok Bayan Indah, Queens Bay, 11900 Bayan Lepas, Penang, Malaysia.
Contact: 604-612 1128, 604-612 1138
Business Hours: 6.30pm-10.00pm (Semi-Buffet, Mon- Thurs)
GPS: 5.33643, 100.306345

 

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