Merry Guinness Launch @ Malone’s, Sooka Sentral, KL

25th November 2010, exactly 1 month before Christmas Day, is the day Guinness launched its nationwide Merry Guinness campaign to usher the 2010 Christmas at Malone’s, Sooka Sentral at KL Sentral..

‘Merry Guinness. Share the Magic this Christmas’, is its tagline and the magic did work on me coz I felt happy after 3 half pints of Guinness :D

Some photos credit to Guinness Malaysia..

*Mark Jenner (left, GAB Marketing Director) and Peter Khemlani (right, GUINNESS Marketing Manager) flanked by Merry-rinas toast to launch the nationwide campaign*

Since its launch, there will be a total of 54 Merry Guinness events all over Malaysia with a mix of small and large scale events for consumers to celebrate it the Guinness way..

Immediate after the toast, it marks the beginning of Merry Guinness and the invited guests began to dig in the food prepared in the Christmas way..

*The Christmas dishes*

We have things like roast turkey (or was it chicken?), roast beef, lots of fruits, salad, macaroons, etc..The food was quite awesome, or I was too hungry :P

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Ayaka – I Believe

Ayaka Iida, or famously known as Ayaka, is quite a talented Japanese singer and already been in the industry for 4 years..

Ayaka is fairly famous among J-pop fans but was kinda low profile as opposed to big names like Utada Hikaru, Ayumi Hamasaki, Mika Nakashima, and Yuna Ito, just to name a few..

It was pure coincidence that I stumbled upon Ayaka’s songs on a MAS plane (737-800) and I was enjoying to the tracks very much..

Ayaka released her first album, First Message, in November 2006 and this song, I Believe, was the first track that I’ve listened to in the MAS plane..

It was love at first sight..I Believe is the opening theme for Japanese drama, Rondo..

This album debuted at #1 on Oricon chart and is also the highest debut sales for a female artiste since Mika Nakashima’s debut album..She released her second album, Sing to the Sky in 2008..

Ayaka is a winner of Best New Artist in 48th Japan Record Award 2006 and Best Artist in Japan NTV Awards 2008..

She’s also been diagnosed with Grave’s disease and is currently putting her singing career on hold..

I hope you enjoy the song as much as I do :)

Here’s the music video and lyrics of I Believe by Ayaka (Iida)..


Ayaka – I Believe

kono mune no naka ni kakureteru fuan no uzu
me no mae ni aru jibun no susumu beki
michi wa dore ka

hito ni nagasareteta hibi
sonna jibun ni “sayonara”

* I believe myself shinjiru koto de
subete ga hajimaru ki ga suru no
I believe myself atatakai hikari wa
machigacchainai aruite yukou
I believe

itsuwari no naka de uso no emi ukabete
ikiru hito wo
osanaki jibun to kasanete mite
tameiki tsuku

donna iro ni mo somaranai
“kuro” ni narou to chikatta

* repeat

ima me ni utsuru kono hiroi sora mo
sunao ni ikiru kono kimochi mo

* repeat…
I believe myself

Sweet Secrets With Anna Olson On AFC @ Le Meridien Kuala Lumpur

The Asian Food Channel (AFC) is proud to present renowned chef Anna Olson on her first-ever visit to Malaysia and the region..

Chef Anna Olson, best known for her popular show, Sugar, a series about desserts, allowed Anna to show off her baking expertise..

In addition, she also has an award-winning cooking show called Fresh with Anna Olson on AFC, which has a large number of followers in Malaysia..

Anna Olson come to Kuala Lumpur is for the Sweet Secrets With Anna Olson on 27th and 28th of November 2010, happening in Le Meridien Kuala Lumpur..

*Anna chit-chatting with the audience*

Anna is very friendly to the audience and she kept mentioning how she loves gula melaka and all sorts of Malaysian desserts..

*Spreading flour*

Here we got to see Anna taught us how to make the dough for a tart crust as she’s baking Raisin Butter Tart..

*Raisin Butter Tart with some chopped strawberry cubes*

The first dessert was Raisin Butter Tart and it’s already the crowd favourite!

The tart is slightly caramelized and it’s not too hard nor soft, just right for the munching and I love it..

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My Wira Is As Good As New

Sent my Proton Wira to workshop on 16th October for a complete make-up, yes you read that right, a complete make-up, not a makeover..

Got a full make-up job, and a bit of knocking job, and of course some minor repairs here and there for the long-run..

Just got back my beloved car few days ago on Hari Raya Haji which is 17th November..OMG one whole month without car =.= Lucky I survived with Daphne around :D

*My whole new Wira*

Definitely using the same color because to change another color I need to top up around another RM1k..

*Nice roof*

Quite an apparent change from the previous roof coz paint were faded off from the bonnet to the roof and then the trunk hood..

Last but not least, the smooth shiny trunk hood..Before makeover, it was with rusty patches everywhere and of course the mudguards too..

After makeover, it’s just as good as new and I can drive for at least another 4 years, should I not meet with any mishap *touchwood*..

P/S – My PC got struck by lightning during the heavy rain on last Thursday..It’s my first-time experience getting struck by lightning after owning a PC for 12 years..

Damages were spoiled 2-year old graphic card and the network card built-in to the mobo..Now I got both of them replacement and I’m back!

Siew Pow Master

My sis brought home a box of siew pao from Siew Pow Master some time ago..

Being a heavy eater, how could I resist such food to be left on the table without being disturbed :P

*Siew Pow (Pao) Master*

Well it’s not something to shout about but it’s a nice snack for supper..Heat it up in the microwave oven if it’s not hot anymore..

The pork filling is definitely better to eat while it’s hot! :D

Anime – Highschool of The Dead Review

DISCLAIMER : This review is just based on my personal opinion on an anime as an anime fan myself..It’s totally based on my own amateur knowledge which I’ve accumulated by watching most of the anime that I owned, check HERE..

Highschool of The Dead, or known as Gakuen Mokushiroku in Japanese, is an anime-adaptation of a manga of the same name written by Daisuke Sato and illustrated by Shoji Sato..

The manga has been released since September 2006 and was adapted into anime by Madhouse where it began airing on 5th July 2010..

Highschool of The Dead (HOTD) starting-plot takes place in a highschool, where Takashi Komuro and his gang of fellow students, childhood friend Rei Miyamoto, swords-woman Saeko Busujima, geek Kota Hirano, genius Saya Takagi, school infirmary doctor and Shizuka Marikawa..

Suddenly the whole world infested by zombies and other fellow students who got bitten by the zombies will eventually become one of them too..

So the story is about survival and the journey to look for other survivors..

Character development is pretty good on each of the main surviving character and it has the mind-boggling thing if it really happens to you..

Unlike Resident Evil kinda zombie plot, HOTD is more about survival, human instinct and nature when such apocalyptic incident happens upon mankind..

Its genre falls into action, horror, thriller, and with the themes of gore and fan-service..

Fan-service is the kind of theme where it “pleasures” the fans with partial nudity and/or sexual images, where in most cases involved upskirts, down-blouse, and lots of panties views..

Takashi Komuro is voiced by Junichi Suwabe, who also did Archer in Fate/Stay Night, Grimmjow Jeagerjaques in Bleach, and Greed in FullMetal Alchemist, just to name a few..

Rei Miyamoto is voiced by Marina Inoue, who also did for Yoko in Gurren Lagann series, Kana Minami in Minami-ke series, and also sang for OP and ED for Sayonara Zetsubou-Sensei..

The Opening Song (OP) is “Highschool of The Dead” by Kisida Kyodan and The Akeboshi Rockets..

Ending themes (ED) are pretty unique in HOTD because it has 12 different EDs on this 12-episodes anime..Each ED suits the mood on how each episode ends..

All of the EDs are sung by Maon Kurosaki..Do check out some snippets after the EDs, they are not previews of the following episodes..

I would say it’s NOT the kind of anime suitable for minor due to its goriness and mild sexual content..

It’s a 12-episode anime and it seems 2nd season should be up anytime because it ends at the beginning of Chapter 16 in the manga, which have a total of 28 chapters as of July 2010..

I’m not too sure if the manga ends there or there’s still more to come but the anime certainly has more to offer!

I think it should be pretty similar to The Walking Dead, which is about survival after post-apocalypse when zombies have ruled the world..

According to ANN, the readers gave it a median rating at ‘Very Good’ with 931 voters in total as of now..

I would give it a very decent 8/10 for the gore scenes and the killing instinct just to survive at the end of the day..