First McCafe In Malaysia @ Kota Damansara, PJ

McDonald’s officially launched its first McCafe in Kota Damansara on 3rd July 2012.

When I was in Phuket last year, I’ve seen a McCafe at Jung Ceylon’s McDonald’s and I thought it’s something special that our Malaysian shore would not have it anytime in the near future because Malaysia is famous for its slow development in most things.

Well I was wrong because here comes the McCafe. The McCafe concept originated in Melbourne, Australia where McDonald’s created its first cafe inside an existing restaurant in 1993.

The McCafe counter is a separate counter from the normal counter. This counter is currently operates from 7am-12-midnight daily.

After this, we will see 10 more McDonald’s restaurants be fitted with McCafe counters by end of 2012 and another 50 new outlets slated for 2013!

So fret not if you are not staying nearby Kota Damansara.

McCafe offers an extensive menu of premium quality beverages such as cappuccino, latte macchiato, espresso, hot chocolate, and frappe together with a selection of pastries, cakes, and muffins.

Beverages range from RM4.50 for a latte or cappuccino and RM6.20 for a frappe. It’s quite a good deal for its premium quality as compared to other premium coffee outlets.

Pastries range from RM5.50 for brownies and RM9.90 for a slice of Blueberry Cheesecake.

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Super GT Round 3 Malaysia @ Sepang International Circuit (SIC)

Although I have known Super GT since 2001, this is the first time I have ever been to a Super GT race in Sepang International Circuit (SIC) as part of the media on 9th and 10th June 2012 at the Super GT International Series Malaysia, Round 3.

Together with me was Jason as my co-photographer and thanks to Evelyn for such opportunity. Being in the media room was such a different and great experience.

The Super GT International Series Malaysia Round 3 is the ONLY race outside of Japan in the Super GT Series.

Being in the media room brought us ‘closer’ to the race because we got to monitor the whole race and felt the suspense in the pits, as compared to watching from TV or grandstands.

The Japan Super GT Race has been featured in Malaysia since year 2000 where it was only a special exhibition race back then, only in recent years the Super GT Sepang International Circuit, Malaysia, was included as part of the whole GT tournament, and usually it’s at Round 3.

Like any other motor sports, Super GT is often associated with its super cars and also the hot Japanese team ambassadors, whom we called them GT Queens.

*ENDLESS LADY 2012. From L>R – Yuki Ichinose, Akari Suzukawa, Takana Honda, and Mina Aida*

Pretty GT Queens came out from their team’s pits to greet the fans and crowd during the Pit Walk session.

*D’STATION Fresh Angels. From L>R – Chikako Tsugawa, Chihiro Andou*

The GT Queens are ambassadors to their teams and they take pride in their job.

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BERSIH 3.0 – My Experience At 428, Masjid Jamek – Dataran Merdeka, Kuala Lumpur

I have missed the BERSIH 2.0 because I was invited to a friend’s wedding in Penang on the very same day, 9th July 2011, the fateful day of 709..

This time around, on 28th April 2012, the BERSIH 3.0 rally is up again seeking for a fair and free election..And I know I cannot miss this 428 event..

It made me even more excited when I know my groups of friends who have kept silent all these while, have decided to join the rally as well..That’s when I know I’m not alone..

At about 12.15pm, we took LRT from Pandan Indah and got off at Plaza Rakyat station..The moment we stepped out of the train, the situation was very intensed as we saw much more people wearing the yellow and green shirt..

The crowd stretched from Masjid Jamek on Jalan Tun Perak all the way til Puduraya, that we haven’t not take into account the people at Central Market, Jalan Kuching, Jalan Parlimen, Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman, and Lynas people coming from KLCC, Jalan Ampang..

We started our journey on Jalan Pudu, walk passed Kotaraya and S & M then cut through the road to Leboh Pudu to Bangkok Bank..

It was a very rare occasion that the busy street at Jalan Pudu and Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock is all empty, only people walking on the road side..

We were on an empty Leboh Pudu walking to Central Market, one of the gathering points of BERSIH 3.0..

Polis Diraja Malaysia (PDRM) was on standby to keep the situation in control..Unit Amal marshals (in maroon uniform) were there to assist the crowd before the leading man of that gathering point arrived..

It was around 12.45pm and my group proceeded to the Malaysian Bar Council (Majlis Peguam Malaysia) along Jalan Hang Kasturi..

Get ready with a very long post ahead..

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Living Expenses In Kuala Lumpur

While I was stuck in the jam earlier, something struck my head:

How much money needed to live comfortably for 50-years without working..

*Image taken from Google Images*

So the calculation is (all figures are in Malaysian Ringgit):

Fuel = 500/month x 12months x 50-years = 300k..
Change a good car every 10-years (at least) = 150k x 5 = 750k..
House utilities and maintenance etc = 2,000/month (is freaking a lot!) x 12-months x 50-years = 1.2mil..
Furniture and home appliances for every 5-years (at least) = 20k x 10 = 200k..
Food = 100/day x 365-days = 36.5k, roundup to 40k/year x 50-years = 2mil..
Entertainment = 100/day = same as food = 2mil..
Misc (clothes, extra expenditure, etc) = 2k/month x 12-months x 50-years = 1.2mil..

Total = 300k + 750k + 1.2mil +200k + 2mil + 2mil + 1.2mil = 7.65mil..
Round up (including rise in living expenses, inflation, etc) = Approximately 8mil for 50-years..

That’s roughly RM160k per year, and that’s for the living expenses of a single life…

Some friends said the figure is over-assumed because one doesn’t really need to spend up to RM100 on food and entertainment respectively. every day!

Well I’m talking about living comfortable without working, so I also have to presume one needs entertainment most of the days, if not everyday..

More of less we have to put it in the worst situation, else it wouldn’t be called living comfortably..The figures also exclude the cost of a home, considering you are already living in one, fully paid comfortable house..

Say a meal at an okay restaurant such as Ben’s, Italiannies, Rakuzen, La Bodega, Alexis, Chillis, and the likes of it, can easily cost you RM30 per person..

Considering you are a guy, single (or even if you are attached but not married), as a gentleman you need to pay for 2 person..A lunch or dinner meal can easily cost you at least RM50 per meal..

What about dessert? Tea-time at Starbucks? All are not very expensive, still affordable, but it’s not very cheap neither..

So a plus-minus daily estimation of RM100 for food and RM100 for entertainment is pretty reasonable..

Anyway, there figures are just some food for thought, don’t take it too serious, constructive comments are welcome. :)