Penang, 3rd February 2013 — About 40 bloggers and public visited The Ramakrishna Ashrama to distribute food, beverages and gadgets, sponsored by various commercial entities. It’s a philanthropic exercise not only by businesses in executing their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) but by everyone to give back to the society, thus making life more bearable for everyone in need.


The event is made possible by Crowdpot Sdn Bhd (Event Organizer), Ninetology Malaysia, SUBWAY® (Suntech, iAvenue, & Leith Street branches), Chatime Malaysia, Langkawi Saga Travel & Tours Sdn. Bhd. and Alextan Artworks.


The Ramakrishna Ashrama (Orphanage), Penang is a charitable organization founded in 1938 under the inspiration and guidance of His Holiness Swami Bhaswarananda Maharaj who was then stationed at The Ramakrishna Mission, Singapore. Apart from spiritual activities, the Ashrama runs an orphanage, catering for both boys and girls with ages ranging from 6 to 20 years old.


The orphanage admits needy orphaned children who are poor and need the help from the society to assist them with basic needs and education. The children in the home are given proper education and are well cared for so that they will grow up to be useful citizens. Besides education, the girls learn traditional dancing, cooking and housekeeping. Children excelling well academically are encouraged to pursue higher education.


How to help The Ramakrishna Ashrama?

1. Sponsoring a Child Program:
The estimated cost to support a child at Ramakrishna Ashrama RM1,500 per annum. The breakdown cost is as follows.
Education: RM500
Food: RM600
Maintenance: RM300
Miscellaneous: RM100

2. Donation:
Donation to The Ramakrishna can be done only via CIMB Cares (

Orphan Admission:
A child with either no parents or with a single parent who supports the child can be admitted to the Ashrama under the following circumstances:
– He/She is from age 6 and above.
– The parent or relatives has no means of supporting the child.
– The child has been mistreated or abused.
(Referred by the Jabatan Kebajikan Negeri or community leaders)

Other Information:
The Ramakrishna Ashrama
No 37, Jalan Scotland, 10450 Pulau Pinang
Tel: 04-2270869
Fax: 04-2278921

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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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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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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.


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).


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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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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.


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).


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


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.


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.


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














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


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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On 19-20 October 2012, Gurney Plaza Penang held its first Oktoberfest celebration at the al fresco area of the mall, together with partners Euro Deli Biergarten, Carlsberg, Erdinger Urweisse and König Ludwig. It was after all a “Vernügen für Alle” meaning “Fun for All” in German event for all the participants. Other than merry making with lots of porky dishes and beers, among the activities and games held during the 2 days event included arm wrestling competition, sausage eating contest, Chicken Dance and more. Everyone present was treated to a great band performance by a group who called themselves “Mad Sally” from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. They were an AWESOME crowd puller lot and they got everyone on their party shoes all night long.


The event was officially opened by Mr. Peter Chan, Marketing Communications Manager of Gurney Plaza and Mr. Ivan Yap, Euro Deli Biergarten Outlet Manager. According to Mr. Peter Chan, the Oktoberfest in Gurney Plaza was not about feasting and drinking, it was also in part of their ongoing programs to let Malaysians experience the culture and tradition of different countries, Bavarian’s as for this event.


The Oktoberfest vouchers were sold at RM100 each (instead of RM190) at Euro Deli Biergarten with complimentary of a 1 liter of beer, one beer refill, a limited edition of the Oktoberfest ceramic mug and choice of food of either Pork Burger with Mango Chutney, Emmenthaler Bratwurst with Long John Bread or BBQ Roast Chicken. All food items would come with a scoop of Sauerkraut and Potato Salad.





You might want to have a peep at the Oktoberfest girls showing the steps on how to dance the Chicken Dance in the video below~ 😛

The winners for the Chicken Dance walked away with cash prizes and beers.


Everyone had a great time during the event.



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