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NORWAY AND NORWEGIAN CONSUMER GOODS EXHIBITION AT GURNEY PLAZA PENANG

The Royal Norwegian Embassy in Kuala Lumpur is showcasing the best of Norway at the Norway and Norwegian Consumer Goods Exhibition held at the Gurney Plaza, Penang, from 1-4 November 2012. On top of displays of superb photographs on Norway, there would also be some product introductions and/or testing by 4 major brands out of more than 60 Norwegian investors in Malaysia, namely Tine Norway, Trapia Sdn Bhd, Jordan and Jotun which would showcase their range of products from Norway or from Norwegian expertise. This exhibition was officially launched by our Chief Minister of Penang, YAB Tuan Lim Guan Eng on 1 November 2012 evening, together with the newly appointed Ambassador of Norway to Malaysia, H.E. Han Ola Urstad, in the presence of many dignitaries, invitees, bloggers and media personnel.

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One of the exhibitors was Tine Norway (pronounce as tee-neh), an exporter that has been distributing the famed bestselling brand of cheeses, Jarlsberg®, all over the world especially in USA, Europe and Australia. We got to try out some of the cheeses last night such as the Jarlsberg® Original Wheel (a medium fat semi-firm ripened cheese), the Jarlsberg® Lite Loaf (40% less fat than the original Jarlsberg) and Norway’s national cheese – the Gudbrandsdalen (a brown fudge like cheese with a distinct sweet taste of caramel, accidentally discovered by boiling whey, goat’s milk, cow’s milk and cream for hours).

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What impressed all of us what the taste of the Gudbrandsdalen, which would also come in other branding such as Ski Queen®, Ekte Geitost and Messmör. It has a smooth “peanut butter” sort of texture, slightly creamy but sour from the usage of goat’s milk with a “nutty sweet” caramel after taste. Wow! It would amazingly palatable for my slice of bread for breakfast.

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We were also shown how to slice the Gudbrandsdalen with another Norwegian creation – the ostehøvel (cheese slicer). The peeler type of special gadget was used to crate thin slices of cheese for topping bread, crisp bread and waffles. It was very innovative and practical indeed.

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Another of the exhibitors was Trapia Malaysia Sdn. Bhd., a Parit Buntar, Perak, Malaysia based company specialized in eco-friendly fish farming operations, located in the pristine rainforest-fed freshwater of Lake Temenggor, Perak, Malaysia’s second largest lake. Trapia produces a unique strain of GenoMar Supreme Tilapia species from egg-to-plate, using a state-of-the art aquaculture technology, to produce a safe, sustainable, high quality and healthy product that exceeds global aquaculture standards. Some of their products included Frozen Skinless Tilapia Fillet, Frozen Tilapia Loin and Frozen Tilapia with Skin.

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A Tilapia dish food demonstration was showcased by Chef Samuel Cheong, an experienced chef with years of overseas exposures, from Abby Road Bistro Restaurant, within the Sunway township of Seberang Jaya, Penang. He came out with a canapé dish with stir fry spinach and mushrooms at the base, topped with a salt and herb infused pan-fried tilapia fillet and garnished with a spicy tomato tapenade quenelle plus a small leave of parsley. It was a good combination. Though the surface of the pan-fried fish was a bit dry due to a long standing time after cooking, the fillet from the special breed of tilapia was surprisingly tasty. There were no muddy and strong fishy taste as you would get from our local black or red tilapia species. The fillet was thick and juicy as you would get from a sea bass.

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I’m sure most of us are aware of the presence of the Jordan oral hygiene range of products. They were also one of the exhibitors and also one of the world’s leading companies in preventive oral care, producing quality toothbrushes, dental floss and dental sticks. Just pop in the booth and have a view on their user-friendly designs for several oral hygiene problems. There would surely be a catchy design to impress just any age group. You can also get free tips and advice on oral hygiene on Jordan Asia Pacific’s FaceBook page. Feel free to drop by and like their FB page and you might walk away with one free toothbrush, while stocks last.

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Jotun, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of paints, coating and powder coatings, would also be there to provide you with advices on getting a new coat of paints for your house. The company was the first to produce the Multicolor Tinting System, giving you the freedom to choose more than 10,000 color creations of almost any hue at your fingertips and dispense the chosen paint color in less than three minutes. Jotun’s Majestic Ecohealth range of interior premium paints that is free from toxic chemicals, the New Strax Easy Clean, the New Woodshield, a wood stain and varnish with the widest range of tintable colours in the market, and the New Jotashield with AntiFade Colours are among the paints that will be on display at the exhibition.

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The Royal Norwegian Embassy also held a symbolic handover of sponsored goodies and monetary assistance of RM4,000 to the representatives of the Children’s Protection Society of Penang.

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The launch ended with some light refreshments, supplied by Penang’s own quality certified Bamboo Catering (M) Sdn. Bhd.

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If you are at Gurney Plaza between 1 and 4 November 2012, do pop in Norway and Norwegian Consumer Goods Exhibition. It’s just before to Manilla Place and Dragon-i, towards the end at the new wing, leading to Jalan Kelawei exit. There would be some food samplings.

 

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25TH PENANG CHEFS ASSOCIATION SILVER JUBILEE ANNIVERSARY DINNER 2012

The Penang Chefs Association held their 25th Silver Jubilee Anniversary Dinner 2012 at the Bayview Grand Ballroom, Bayview Beach Resort, Batu Ferringhi, Penang, on 25 October 2012 last night. The event was attended by Guest of Honor, YB Dato Seri Dr. Ng Yen Yen, Minister of Tourism Malaysia, Mr. Rick Stephen CMC, Continental Director of World Association of Chefs Society, Chef Chern Chee Hong, President of Chefs Association of Malaysia, Ms. MaryAnn Harris, Malaysia Association of Hotels Penang Chapter Chairman & General Manager of Eastin Hotel Penang, Chef Peter Chan, Chairman of Penang Chefs Association & Organizing Chairman of the 25th Silver Jubilee Dinner 2012, Masterchef Rossham Bin Haji Rusli, Deputy President of WACS C.A.J. & Head Chef (Malaysia Cuisine) of Berjaya University College of Hospitality, dignitaries, colleges, medias and guests.

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Some of the programs for the night included recognition for long service awards, members & members’ children academic achievement award, members’ welfare fund presentation, last year’s dinner organizing chairman, Chef Lim Soon Leong, Most Promising Young Chef of the Year 2012 Award (Chef Khor Ying Jia) and Most Outstanding Chef of the Year 2012 Award (Chef Eric Cheam Kah Boon).

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There was also a performance group rendering old hits such as “Diamonds are A Girl’s Best Friend”, “Gangnam Style” and more.

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It was so sporting to see some of the college students, chefs especially Chef Peter Chan, PCA Chairman and Chef Tan Kwee Lian, Pastry Chef of G Hotel letting their hair down to join in this catchy dance music.

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Here’s one of the performances by the girls. They were good~ 🙂

Of course, the sit down 8 course dinner included a wide range of meat, vegetables and seafood. Two of the sponsored dishes had the latest Pacific West products – Creamy Mushroom Sauce and Authentic Tom Yum Sauce for baked fish fillet.

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Let the photos below speak more than words. The dishes consisted of:

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The dinner ended with 3 lucky winners walking off with free stays at a few selected hotels.

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Thanks to the Organizing Committee and kitchen staff of Bayview Beach Resort, led by Chef Mok for making this event so memorable.

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PINKTOBER 2012 IN AID OF BREAST CANCER RESEARCH AT HARD ROCK HOTEL PENANG

In line with the 13-year anniversary of Hard Rock International’s support of a search for a cure to breast cancer, Hard Rock Hotel Penang yesterday held its 4th PINKTOBER in a fun and playful way for its fans. All the proceeds from the fundraising event would be channeled to the Mount Miriam Cancer Hospital, Penang, to create awareness for breast cancer.

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A silent auction was also held with jewelries sponsored by Venessa Diamonds and hotel stays from HPL Hotels & Resorts to generate funds for the hospital. Some of the fundraising items included an Italian design 18K gold pendant, a pearl necklace, various hotel stays at Hard Rock Hotel Penang, Pattaya & Maldives, Concorde Hotel Shah Alam & Singapore, Casa Del Mar Langkawi, Casa Del Rio Melaka, dinners, limited edition gold record, autographs and more.

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Three units of Seaview Deluxe rooms at Hard Rock Hotel Penang would be decked in complete pink during the whole month of October 2012 with a 300-thread count pink 100% Egyptian cotton sheet set, the Hard Rock’s ladies honeycomb cotton pink bathrobe and a limited edition of 2012 Pinktober Breast Cancer Awareness Pin. The room as shown in the setup at the lobby of Hard Rock Hotel Penang (Of course the lady within would not be inclusive~ LOL!) would be priced at RM590++ per room, inclusive breakfast for two. 25% of the room rate would benefit the Mount Miriam Cancer Hospital to support breast cancer research. Check out more of the hotel’s Go Pink Package at their website. Do be reminded that this offer would only be available throughout October 2012. Book “a bed for a cure” today~ 🙂

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One of the main highlights of the night included a live performance by Nylon Pink, an Asian-American pop-rock female band from USA. They have been called as one of Los Angeles’s sexiest and glitziest bands in the States. The band members comprised of lead vocalist Kaila Yu, bassist Kit.E.Katt, lead guitarist Kiki Wongo, drummer Jamie Scoles and keyboardist DJ Shy. Not only were they hot and sexy in the performances, they are also known in the fashion and lifestyle world for their line of jewelries and clothing product known as Hello Drama Designs. Aww… I’m beginning to love the band even more, don’t you love that pinky Kit.E. Katt? Meow~ Purr~ 😛

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The performance must be so interesting and exciting that our Mr. Sam Ong got himself onto the floor for more great angle shots~ Haha!

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Here’s a short video of one of their performances.

Yours truly had the opportunity to hug the celebrities during the event~ Haha! 😛 (From left: DJ Shy, Jamie Scoles, Me, Kaila Yu, Kiki Wongo and Kit.E.Katt). Gosh! I forgot to take a personal shot with my pinky “Katt”~ **soft purr in sadness** 😛

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Another highlight of the night included a lingerie and swimsuit fashion show by Amber Chia’s models, sponsored by Annebra Collection. I don’t think I would have to elaborate more on the photos right? The photos would speak louder than thousand words~ **blink blink** 😛

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In case still shots are not enough for you, you might want to have a peep at the finale~ 🙂

The fundraising event ended with Nylon Pink members autographed on their original guitar and presented to Mr. John Primmer, General Manager of Hard Rock Hotel Penang, for the hotel’s latest original artiste collection.

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BUKA PUASA DINNER CELEBRATION WITH ORPHANAGE CHILDREN FROM MAAHAD TAHFIZ AL-QURAN DAN PENGAJIAN ISLAM (ANAK YATIM) DARUL TAHZIB @ EASTIN HOTEL PENANG

The Eastin Hotel Penang has successfully carried out its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) by sharing its successes with the community during the fasting month of Ramadan for the third consecutive year. This year, about 25 orphanage children from Maahad Tahfiz Al-Quran dan Pengajian Islam (Anak Yatim) Darul Tahzib, Teluk Kumbar, Penang, have the privileges to join the management for a delectable buka puasa buffet dinner at the Swez Brasserie on 25 July 2012 recently. Other than receiving goodie bags courtesy from Eastin Hotel Penang, the orphanage received RM1173.00 collected amongst the staff as donation. Eastin Hotel Penang General Manager, Ms Mary Ann Harris was happy to have all the children presence during a photography session. Thanks to the Eastin Hotel Penang team for putting up such a memorable Ramadan Buffet Dinner for all the orphanage children.

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The amount of dishes served during the Ramadan Buffet Dinner was humongous. There was the hawker section serving dishes such as Roasted Whole Lamb, Roasted Whole Turkey, Shawarma with Stuffed Pita Bread, Gear Box Soup, Bubur Lambuk and Ice Kacang with condiments whereas the Action Counter had Popiah, Seafood Grill Corner and Laksa Johor.

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The selections at the Salad Bar were impressive as well. There were Tomato, Carrot, Cucumber, Corn Kernel, Onion Ring, Marinated Olives, Lettuce served with Thousand Islands Dressing, French Dressing, Italian Dressing, Pesto Dressing and Vinaigrette Dressing with Condiments. There were also the Mushroom Salad, Kerabu Sotong, Jelatah (Pineapple & Cucumber Salad), Kerabu Ayam, Turkey Ham Salad, Egg Mayo Salad, Kerabu Udang, Hummus, Ulam-ulaman, Tempeh, Sambal Belacan, Sambal Cincaluk, Sambal Acar Buah, Acar Rampai, Sambal Ikan Bilis, Sambal Ikan Masin, Telur Masin, Keropok Ikan, Keropok Lekor, Keropok Udang, Ketupat, Lemang, Serunding Ayam, 5 types of Jeruk (pickles), Buah Kurma Madu Yusut Taiyoob, Fresh Oysters, Tiger Prawns, Scallops, Mussels, and Assorted Cold Cuts such as Smoked Duck, Turkey Ham & Chicken Ham.

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The Soup Section consisted of Clam Chowder, Sup Ayam Berempah, Bread Roll and Butter.

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The Curry & Hot Dishes Sections were also superb. It had Beef Rendang, Ikan Keli Masak Berlada, Gulai Udang Nenas, Sotong Kari Lemak, Bergedil Sayur, Kari Ikan, Ekor Lembu Masak Merah, Spanish Omelette, Lobster Thermidor, Baked Fish with Spices, Curry Beef with Bamboo Shoot, Ayam Kampung Masak Lemak, Pajeri Nenas, Lamb Green Curry, Stir Fried Bamboo Clam with Black Bean Sauce, Braised Beancurd with Seafood, Belacan Fried Chicken, Assorted Vegetable, Nasi Minyak and Steamed White Rice.

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The Dessert Section was also remarkably mouth watering. They have a chocolate fountain with skews of dried fruits & marshmallows, Local Seasonal Whole Fruits, Assorted Fruits Platter, Assorted French Pastry, Whole Cakes, Coffee Mousse, Bubur Jagung Dengan Sagu, Bread Pudding and Local Kuih.

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Beverage Section consisted of Air Bandung, Soya Milk with Cincau, Mata Kucing, Teh Tarik, Kopi Tarik, Ice Cream, Coffee and Tea.

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Come and enjoy the vast spread of authentic style Ramadan Buffet Dinner at Swez Brasserie @ Eastin Hotel Penang. Adult would be at RM85++/pax while child would be at RM43++/pax. For MAYBANKARD, VISA, CIMB, UOB and CitiBank card members, you can enjoy 15% discount for the Ramadan Buffet Dinner from 6.30pm – 10.00pm daily (21 July – 18 August, 2012).

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 (Ramadan Buffet Dinner only)
Promotion Date: 21 July 2012 – 18 August 2012
GPS: 5.33643, 100.306345

 

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MYBROADBAND WIFI FOR PENANGITES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Penang and Kulim Pilot Broadband Project was one of the ongoing projects under the National Broadband Plan. MyBroadband WiFi is an initiative by the Ministry of Energy, Water, and Communication to increase the accessibility of Internet through the usage of broadband in Malaysia. This initiative will also enable the public to access key government’s web presences, and e-government services at any of the WiFi locations.

MyBroadband WiFi is implemented through a smart collaboration between the government, the community, and the Internet Service Providers (ISPs), whereby each party would contribute different resources to the initiative. Presently, we can see that ISP companies such as TM, PenangFon and Jaring were heavily involved in the test piloting of this project.

Incorporated as part of the Penang i-Land 2010 Masterplan, the project is designed to provide the necessary infrastructure to realize Penang as a fully connected state by 2010 with reliable, fast broadband and affordable network infrastructure. A few strategic districts such as Batu Ferringhi, Batu Maung, Bayan Baru, Bayan Lepas, Bukit Jambul, Bukit Mertajam, Gelugor, Gurney, Seberang Jaya, Sungai Ara, Sungai Dua, Sungai Nibong, Tanjung Bunga, Tanjung Tokong and Teluk Bahang have already had the service booted up. More districts in Penang as well as Kedah would be up soon.

If you would like to try out the FREE WIFI SERVICE, do register yourself an account at http://www.mybroadband.gov.my to be eligible to surf for free. If you would like to be a provider to make Penang’s dream to be fully connected by 2010, just log in the service provider form to sign yourself up.

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