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Posted at 11/30/2017 11:04:00 PM
I am always anticipating a Nando's media gathering because tbh I get to not only eat good food, but also meet others of the same field.
This time, Nando's held their gathering in conjunction with Christmas as well as to launch their new campaign #Everyone is welcome - I wrote this for my newspaper as well, and the title I put for the article was "This Christmas, #everywhere is welcome at Nando's" actually, everyone is already welcomed to Nando's lahhh, just the tagline envision a more harmonious and multi-culturalism we constantly instill within ourselves as Malaysians where since we are multi-cultural, having practicing different cultural and religion aspect, we learnt since young on how to live among each other harmonious.
Those in Sarawak can relate - being the state of Harmony - we are accustomed to living amongst each other, despite races and religions in harmony and coherence.
So what have Nando's prepared for its patrons this Christmas?
‘Everyone is Welcome’ reflects the different ethnicity and culture coming together to spend time with each other, or to simply have a conversation, a bonding session over meals, pushing aside the distinctive skin colour and to just celebrate the uniqueness each and every Malaysian have inside.
According to Stephen Chew, CEO of Nando’s Malaysia, “2017 has been a year full of exciting events and occurrences. As Malaysians living in a diverse country, we experience a lot of ups and downs, but no matter how bad the situation, we are still one nation. Together we stand tall in the face of adversity, together we embrace each other’s differences and together we stand and support our fellow Malaysians regardless of who we are and what we believe in. At Nando’s we stand for the people and no matter what happens, we are there for everyone. Our restaurants are always open and we are proud to be part of this diverse nation.”
As a brand that has always prided itself on being cheeky and fun, Nando’s has also produced a music video which is already capturing the hearts of fellow Malaysians. The colourful and light-hearted video that carries with it a catchy tune delivers a quirky recap of events that have taken place throughout the year and ultimately advocates harmony and inclusivity which makes Malaysia the beautiful nation that it is.
The video can be found on YouTube and the official Nando’s Facebook Page www.facebook.com/NandosMY/. For more information about this exciting campaign, log onto www.everyoneiswelcome.com.my.
Apart from that, Nando's does not disappoint by letting the party stop there. Instead, they enhance the celebration even more with a competition just for you and me, how? EASY.
Nando’s contest that runs now til January 7, 2018 where contestants stand a chance to win 100 Nando’s vouchers. YAY FREE FOOD
All you have to do is download a poster that depicts words like ‘Diverse’, ‘Equal’, ‘Fiery’, ‘Multi-cultured’ and ‘United’ from www.everyoneiswelcome.com.my or find them at the restaurants, take an interesting photo of it and post it on their Instagram with a creative caption and tag @NandosMY as well as #Everyoneiswelcome.
Okay less talking, picture time :
To transcend that message into the restaurants, Nando’s has also introduced a special sharing platter called ‘Everyone’s Platter’ that comes with a starter, sharing sides and of course a full uncut PERi-PERi chicken, which is a first for Nando’s.
The recommended for four platter consists of the all new portobello mushroom bowl, one whole PERI-PERI chicken, and four sides to share namely the regular corn-on-the-cob, large PERI-PERI wedges, regular side salad, and large mediterranean rice.
To top it off, the meal comes together with four bottomless drinks. With our diverse culture in Malaysia, we were taught to share since young, thus this platter costing at RM99.00, divided into four individuals makes a sweet deal as one eater will only be paying RM24.75.
What differs this platter even more as compared to its counterparts in the Nando’s menu is that, the chicken served in this platter is of the original butterfly cut so the chicken remains juicy and tantalising, and the cheeky Nando’s wants to leave the fun part of cutting to its patrons.
Not to forget, the chicken platter for four, also part of the #Everyoneiswelcome, ordering this its eater could get a choice of one full chicken and 10 PERI-PERI crusted chicken wings at the price of RM 79.90.
On the night of the gathering, we were served with the 'Everyone's Platter' , the three of us had a fine and filled time sharing the portions as I had a quarter chicken, husband had a half, sides were shared and Xavier had the mediterranean rice. Damn fulfilling lah I cheat you not!
What I will constantly enjoy from Nando's, the thing that I would order each time I visit the restaurant is chicken flame-grilled with Mango and Lime sauce. Ever since they introduced the sauce, I have been mad eating it, wish they could release the sauce in bottle version as well. I would definitely buy it off the shelf each time. (Each time I finish a bottle of course, if not buy in bulk and cannot finish how? Then expire)
Another sides that I look forward to is their sweet potato fries! So go go go and enjoy their latest campaign deals, prices and of course, experience and re-experience meals at Nando's.
Nando’s began in a small Johannesburg suburb in South Africa in 1987, with all the passion for Portuguese-inspired flame-grilled PERi-PERi chicken. In 1998, Nando’s opened its first restaurant in Kuala Lumpur and has been grilling Malaysian’s taste buds ever since.
Now Malaysia is home to 73 Nando’s restaurants across various states, best known for its legendary and delicious flame-grilled PERi-PERi chicken. PERI-PERI (pronounced as Piri-Piri) is the Swahili word for the African Bird’s eye chilli and it is the magical ingredient that gives the world famous flame grilled PERI-PERI chicken that irresistible and unique fiery flavour.
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G-051, G-051S & G-065B, Ground Floor,
Jalan Wan Alwi, 93350
Posted at 11/12/2017 03:16:00 PM
When I received the email to join The Best of You press conference, after reading through, the emotional side of me felt intrigue that I must join this press conference held at Pullman Hotel Kuching on November 7.
For this, I had also written one as a feature for my newspaper company to publish. Things that has to do with the heart, for some reason, it always took me some thinking before I can write it, and I have always written it according to my heart.
The first and second paragraph I entered to publish as my weekly productivity, I want to share here because this movement initiated by Julie's is definitely worth not only for me, but others as well as they get a glimpse on stories of peoples that we never even bother to bat an eye at.
"Living in the ever revolving world, with the hustle and bustle life that we live in, balancing between family, friends, work and personal, often times we find ourselves lost in the moment where we forget who we are, or what we are, the only things that we understand at that moment is probably everything but us.
Appreciation is a word that is easy to say, but difficult to show. More so often in the negative culture that we unintended instill into our daily lives, almost forgetting that behind the temple of the soul, is the heart."
This year, the movement that had been annually held in West Malaysia since 2014, finally made its move into East Malaysia as they will be setting up exhibitions alongside various activities in Viva City Megamall Kuching from November 16 to 19.
The Best of You 2017 aims to highlight the diversity of experiences in our midst, especially in stories of individuals on the margins of our society. The chapters of this year’s published storybook are dedicated to those who have stood in the face of stereotypes, discrimination and oppression, in particular the many foreign workers who have contributed to the development of Malaysia and Singapore as well as individuals with disabilities, or rather, diverse abilities.
This year's theme under 'People First' emphasises on the different walks of life, The Best of You founder Sai Tzy Horng said during the press conference, “Appreciation sometimes starts with understanding your regret. Some of the stories we receive are from people feeling neglected from society, or feeling like the should have done more for the society."
I heard there are 6 personalities this year, and among them, I got to meet hand in hand with three of them :
Allison and Amy , Wan and Founder Sai Tzy Horng
Each with a story to tell.
‘I am Amy and she is Allison. When we hang out, people stare’ - Amy
Both different set of individuals, working in the same field, they first met in 2010 only knowing of the other as someone who is from another culture, never knowing what the future holds for the both.
32-years-old Amy came from a strong Muslim upbringing while Allison is a bubbly, friendly 34-years-old Chinese, they both admitted being friends with each other of difference races is something rare in West Malaysia.
Always being stared at while being together in public, the both agreed that they loved the stares because it can set out a message that people of different cultural background can enjoy a friendship together and at ease.
“I myself went to a Muslim religious school and did not mix with other races. It went on till college where I also attended a religious one. It was only in University where I managed to befriended with others from different religion albeit only acquaintances,” Amy admitted.
Allison on the other hand grew up in a Chinese populated village and mix around those of different cultural background in primary school, however, she told during the Best of You press conference held at Pullman Hotel Kuching on November 7, “Amy is first one that I share the good, the bad and the worse. It was a great blessing to have met her.”
Amy who previously had never bothered to visit her different culture friends, she told during a separate interview that after reading more on her own culture, educated herself, she realised that she did not need to worry.
“Now when we go visiting, Allison would tell me do not worry, we only serve vegetables and we used only halal ingredients. She tried to comfort me and showed respect, and that was what touches me the most,” Amy said.
The understanding Allison, she adapts herself to the convenience of Amy, she disclosed, “Because we want to enjoy the friendship, and we want each other to be comfortable, so when you know the rules and limitations, you can actually accommodate each other so you can be happy.”
Albeit the differences, the both stayed in a long lasting friendship, nurtured with love, trust and understanding, and above all, in differences, they look for similarities.
‘I had to amputate my leg to be free’ - Wan, 47-years-old
Diagnosed with Arteriovenous Malformations, Wan who is good at folding clothes now because he was forced to stay home and fold said, “I cannot go out to play because my mother was so afraid I might get hurt, and due to the blood being pump all the way down there, I get tired and I pant easily.”
His illness allowed the running blood in the veins to be pumped into his right feet instead of his heart, Wan admitted he was jealous of his siblings able to go out and play, while he had to stay home. Furthermore, because of this too, he was an outcast among the other children who found him to be different.
“I remembered wanting to be free of this. Actually I did not mind being an outcast, they do not want to be friends with me, then it is alright, I have books to accompany me,” Wan stopped and continued with a faint voice, “But because I cannot do stuff like going out and experiencing the world. In my teenage years, most friends would be out hanging about, while I stay at home doing nothing but traveling through my books.”
Hope lights his misery as a doctor who he met at the age of 16-years-old suggested amputation before it reaches his knee, however it was stopped because his father wanted his son to be the same as when he was born.
Suffering from swollen right feet, Wan shared, “One day, there was a boil on the vein, so each time I put pressure on it, the blood burst and it was so painful, thus why I was so desperate to amputate.”
Finally at the age of 21-years-old, he amputated his right leg and is on prosthetic leg until now. With only one leg, Wan manages to swim and as quoted from him, he felt like a “merman” as he gracefully swim with one leg.
“I grew up mandi sungai in Kuantan, but after I got sick and could not walk I stop. Having had the skills, I figured my one leg would not stop me although it is difficult,” he mentioned.
Feeling normal after the amputation, Wan initially was shy to wear shorts as he was afraid of what others would think until his college friend told him, “Be yourself. Do not entertain other people. Do not give in to what other people have to say about you. You go out, you wear shorts, you do what you want to do,” hence, Wan became who he is now due to those simple words.
Currently, he is a teacher in an all boys school and his only goal is to teach his boys how to accept other people. “When someone is different than you, does not make them less worthy than you”
Their movement highlight was the postcards they handed out to us at the press conference, and will be handing out during the exhibition day itself. I did not shy away from writing and passing my story back to them.
My story in vague, I wrote how as a writer, and a feature writer that goes around meeting different people, learning different things, I learnt a myriad of lessons through this, and even inspirational ones that I kept throughout my writing journey albeit it is only a short one.
And for each and every stories I learnt, I told them to my 6-years-old son in hopes that he will grow up with the stories he hears, and inspire others on their journey to move.
The final exhibition of The Best of You 2017 held at Vivacity Megamall Kuching from November 16 to 19 will feature interactive workshops and activities, including a sharing session with MYFM Radio DJ Winson, David Chew and his Special Art Jamming Workshop about appreciation, as well as Paper Quilling Workshop with deaf artist Yvonne Yeo. With more than 100 stories and artworks to be featured, The Best of You hopes to touch the hearts of East Malaysians. Admission is free.
If you intend to participate in the spirit of The Best of You movement, all you have to do is choose a medium of your choice, be it by words, pictures, videos, music or art, and just upload it to www.the-best-of-you.com.
Posted at 11/10/2017 10:06:00 PM
Recently, Kuching saw a growth in shopping malls and among the malls we have here, there is one mall where a concept shop had just open its doors to public to immerse themselves into the experience brought by the product.
The idea behind this shop is called the Huawei Concept Store and just like its name, public can now make an appearances at their recently launched store located at Level 2, Viva City Megamall Kuching to experience the product hands on.
Launched on November 10, its grand ceremony was accompanied with the blessing of the lion dances carving the blessing fruits and vegetables at the end of their dance, continued by cutting of the ribbons to officiated the opening of the store.
Its store, previously was only half a store now expanded to a huge one - the interior is pure white, a clean and plain concept that ensures its patrons ease as they browse through the mobile selections, and other products offered in the store.
Among the current feature and products that customers visiting the store can try is their Huawei Mate 10 transforming into a desktop. This demonstration was done at the shop for the interest of its buyers who are intrigued in knowing how does it work.
While another brand has the same feature, however it requires a separate bought dock whereas the Huawei Mate 10 need not as its only requirement to transform is the USB-C to HDMI adapter.
Huawei Technologies Co Ltd founded in 1987, is a Chinese multinational networking and telecommunications equipment and services company headquartered in Shenzhen, Guangdong.
Huawei Concept Store
Lot L2-034A & 034B, Level 2, Vivacity Megamall,
Jalan Wan Alwi, Kuching, Sarawak.
Operation time :
10am - 10pm
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