21 May 2017

Guardian Malaysia and Celebrity Chefs Shares Recipes For a Healthy Ramadhan with Shogun Black Diamond Collection

Guardian Malaysia has joined forces with celebrity chefs to create two exclusive recipes for healthy cooking, to help Malaysians stay healthy throughout during Ramadhan, beginning in a week. 

Master of Ceremony, Nazrudin Rahman also known as 'Naz'

These recipes created by MasterChef Malaysia Dr Ezani Farhana and Chef Zam, were unveiled today, at the Guardian Cookout Challenge, a contest organised to encourage healthy cooking. 

Speaking at the event, held at Sunway Putra Mall, Ms. Christina Low, Marketing Director of Guardian Malaysia said: “For the Ramadhan season, we decided to focus on ways to help Malaysians and our customers prepare for the puasa month, so that they will stay healthy throughout. And we decided the best way to do this was to go back to basics! ”We believe healthy living starts with healthy cooking!" she added.

To help kick-start the effort, Guardian Malaysia enlisted the support of Dr Ezani and Chef Zam to create two exclusive recipes, using several ingredients from the shelves in Guardian stores. 

La Gourment's Shogun Black Diamond Collection

In addition to the exclusive recipes, Guardian Malaysia also launched a loyalty programme, offering customers the opportunity to own a range of cookware that is especially suitable for healthy cooking. 

Introduction of Shogun Black Diamond Collection by Ms Jean Yeap, Managing Director, La Gourmet. She also explained about how to choose right cookware.

This is the attractive and high quality La Gourmet’s Shogun Black Diamond Collection, which will be available exclusively through Guardian Malaysia for a period of time. 

La Gourmet’s Shogun Black Diamond Collection

To redeem the range of cookware at special prices, customers need to: Make a minimum purchase RM30 with any of the 55 participating brands, or a minimum purchase of RM4O without a participating brand. The main partners for the programme are Bio-Essence, Brands, Garnier, L’Oréal and Maybelline. 

This programme takes off on 6th June in Peninsular Malaysia stores, and on 15th June in stores in Sabah and Sarawak. The redemption ends on the 2nd August 2017

Moroccon Chicken Tagine by Dr Ezani

The Moroccon Chicken Tangine recipe, click to large

Beef Briyani by Chef Zam

The Beef Briyani recipe, click to large

The Cookout Challenge

Cookout Challenge, the idea was to challenge Guardian Malaysia customers to come up with healthy meals which they could prepare for themselves and their friends and families during the puasa month. 

At the Cookout the five teams of finalists selected through Guardian Malaysia‘s social media platform, were given the exciting challenge interpreting the recipes and cooking
them in their own unique style. They also had the opportunity to use the Shogun Black Diamond cookware to cook up their special editions. 

 The contestants given only 30 minutes to prepare both menu.

The foods had been ready by the contestants for judging process

The creators MasterChef Dr Ezani and Chef Zam, together with representatives from Bio-Essence, Brands and L’Oréal Paris invigilated the contest, judged the cooking and picked the winners.

The winning team of husband and wife took home the entire range of ShogunBlack Diamond Collection, worth RMl, 400, and RM500 worth in Guardian shopping vouchers!

The other four teams, each received RM200 worth of Guardian shopping vouchers. Guardian, as Malaysia’s leading pharmacy, health and beauty retailer, has made it a policy of empowering our Muslim customers by highlighting the importance of a healthy and balanced lifestyle throughout this period, through of activities such as this cookout.

For more information, please visit www.guardian.com .

13 April 2017

Have You Experience to Watch Movie at the Newest Outlet MBO Cinemas at Starling Mall?

MBO Cinemas is proud to introduce its latest offering featuring three unique viewing concepts: MBO Kecil, MBO Big Screen, and M80 Premier. This new cinema located at Damansara Uptown’s stylish Starling Mall, increases the total number of outlets to 27 nationwide. 

This new concept will allow urban audiences to choose how they want to view a movie. They could either bring the whole family, indulge in a luxurious setting with a loved one or have a more experiential journey with state-of-the-art technology

MBO's Innovative Offering includes: 

MBO Kecil
The new line-up at Starling Mall will include MBO Kecil, a concept hall that serves as a dedicated space catering to parents and their children from all ages and sizes. With elements like Kecil Sofabed, bean bags and a playground inside the cinema, M80 is pioneering the effort to change the way that families interact at the movies. Unlike traditional cinemas, MBO Kecil will allow kids to run free and play to their heart’s content while enjoying their best-loved films. 

MBO Big Screen 
For the more initiated movie fans, MBO Big Screen has been equipped with state-of-the-art technology courtesy of a recent partnership with BARCO. Their flagship laser RGB projector, the first of its kind in Malaysia, brings advanced image quality to the big screen with outstanding brightness, high contrast, and superior colour performance. The new screen at Starling Mall is set to be one of the biggest in the country and is coupled with DOLBY ATMOS’s rich, realistic sound system. 

MBO Premier
Finally, MBO's most intimate hall known as MBO Premier is embellished with details that provide for a luxurious setting, including a reclining sofa leather chair and a movable table facing a wall to wall screen. Audiences are guaranteed to be delighted with a cinematic experience of highend comfort and style, they may even forget they are sitting in a theatre.
Movie goers will also enjoy the customary popcorn and soda, although M80 is breaking tradition even on this front with its introduction of Cafecito a unique coffeehouse themed concession stand serving fancy beverages and light snacks.

Since 2005, M30 Cinemas has expanded its operations to 191 digitalised projectors in a total of 26 cinemas nationwide. 

For more information about MBO Cinemas, please visit www.mbocinemas.com

12 April 2017

Canon EOS 800D, EOS 77D & EOS M6 Now Available in Malaysia

Leading imaging products and service solutions provider, Canon Marketing (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd.,  broke innovative grounds in imaging capabilities with the official introduction of its latest models in Malaysia – the Canon EOS 800D, Canon EOS 77D and Canon EOS M6. All three models are now available at all Canon Image Square and authorized dealers nationwide.

Since its debut, the Canon EOS System has consistently aimed to expand the boundaries of photographic expression with its optical technology at its core. To date, Canon’s EOS System now comprises 24 models (including digital cinemas, compact-system cameras and film cameras) with a selection of 97 EF lens models . With this rich product line-up, Canon EOS System no doubt meets the various needs of different users.

Along with the EOS 800D and EOS 77D, Canon Marketing (Malaysia) also introduced today, its’ newest addition to the mirrorless range, the Canon EOS M6. Bridging aesthetic and performance to meet the demands of advanced photographers and photography aficionados alike, the EOS M6 boasts DSLR-like performance in a stylish, vintage-looking compact body.

Capture Images with Precision & Speed with the Dual Pixel CMOS AF

Setting the benchmark for the world’s fastest focusing speed of 0.03 seconds* during Live View, the Dual Pixel CMOS AF is an intelligent system that constantly tracks moving subjects, ensuring subjects to always be in focus. With DAF, users can now easily capture videos and images (taken during Live View) that are free from out-of-focus subjects.

The Dual Pixel CMOS AF (DAF) technology is incorporated into the Canon EOS 800D, EOS 77D and EOS M6. DAF is Canon’s innovative auto-focus (AF) technology for digital SLR cameras, and employs a CMOS sensor on which all of the effective pixels are able to perform both imaging and phase-difference AF.

The new DIGIC 7 image processor is paired with the high sensitivity 24.2 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor for high picture clarity even in intricate detail. Together, crisp images are preserved when images are enlarged to A3 prints or heavily cropped during editing.

Canon EOS 800D – For Beginners Who Appreciate an Intuitive Touchscreen Interface & Guided Mode
Catered for first time camera users, the new EOS 800D is equipped with a Guided mode, complete with shooting tips, thorough explanations and graphics. Beginners will be able to familiarize themselves with their first DSLR and further enhance understanding of different shooting modes.

Weighing at approximately 485 grams (body only), the EOS 800D is the newest DSLR designed for beginners enjoy the portability and convenience which comes with a lighter camera, while the touchscreen interface makes it easy for budding photographers to navigate the functionalities of the camera. 

It should be noted as well that the LCD screen on the EOS 800D can be tilted 180 degrees and rotated, giving users the flexibility of capturing photos from high or low angles for creative expression and selfies. The EOS 800D comes with two kit lens bundle options – EF-S 18-135 IS STM, and EF-S 18-55 IS STM.

Canon EOS 77D – For Hobbyists Looking to Upgrade Their Skills
On the other hand, akin to premium models, the EOS 77D boasts some of the best-in-class imaging technologies and premium features to enhance the joy of photography as the EOS 77D is designed for accessible appeal to enthusiasts looking to sharpen their skills and make the transition to a high-powered DSLR camera.
It is equipped with two control dials – a Main Dial that is on the top of the camera and a Quick Control Dial on the rear panel. With two options for dial control, users can now make quick changes to the camera settings, such as shutter speed and aperture, without having to take their eye off the viewfinder.

A feature usually available only in higher-end models, the LCD panel, is added to the EOS 77D as well. This allows users to quickly check all shooting settings without having to use the LCD monitor at the back of the camera. Users can comfortably shoot in dark locations now, with a quick press of a button that illuminates the top LCD panel. The EOS 77D is also equipped with a vari-angle LCD, giving users the flexibility of adjusting their desired shooting angle. The camera comes with two kit lens bundle options – EF-S 18-135 IS USM, and EF-S 18-55 IS STM.

Canon EOS M6 – For The Experienced Looking for Masterful Aesthetic Expressions

The EOS M6 is a reflection of the unity between power of expression and performance at a high-level. The combination of Dual Pixel CMOS AF, APS-C approx. 24.2 MP CMOS sensor, and DIGIC 7 significantly improve image clarity with emphasis on high ISO speed shooting.

With these improved imaging technologies, users can now enjoy continuous shooting with high-precision tracking of fast-moving objects, capture beautiful night scenes with little noise, and it is now possible to photograph vivid landscape with high-image clarity to the edges. Its Quick Dial Control offers comfortable dial operability and has significantly improved freedom during manual shooting. It also comes with the option of attaching external electronic viewfinder (EVF). The LCD display is a tilting touchscreen display, and can tilt 180 degrees up and 45 degrees down.

Similar to the latest flagship mirrorless model EOS M5, the EOS M6 is also capable of recording videos at Full HD 60p, allowing for much smoother videos. When it comes to movie shooting, the EOS M6 effectively combines IS lens support with in-camera digital image stabilisation to dramatically reduce image shake and camera movement, even when shooting from unstable positions or while walking. With the DIGIC 7, image stabilisation is also achievable when using lenses without IS support, thanks to the EOS M6's built-in digital IS.

Seamless Connectivity for Added Convenience

As a standard requirement in all modern gadgets and machines, all three Canon EOS 800D, Canon EOS 77D and Canon EOS M6 come equipped with built-in Wi-Fi, NFC and Bluetooth connectivity capabilities allowing remote photo-shooting even when the camera is in Auto Power Off mode, on top of the photo viewing, sharing and printing. Smart devices with Bluetooth can wake the camera up, and switch to Wi-Fi for browsing and viewing images or perform remote capture (with Live view) as well.

Available now at all Canon Image Square stores and authorized dealers nationwide, the three new Canon cameras are priced as below:

●    Canon EOS 800D
RRP: RM 3,299.00 (Body only)
RRP: RM 3,899.00 (Bundled with EF S18-55 IS STM lens)
RRP: RM 4,999.00 (Bundled with EF S18-135 IS STM lens)

●    Canon EOS 77D
RRP:  RM 3,799.00 (Body only)
RRP: RM 4,399.00 (Bundled with EF-S18-55 IS STM lens)
RRP: RM 5,599.00 (Bundled with EF-S18-135 IS USM lens)

●    Canon EOS M6
RRP: RM 3,409 (Body only)
RRP: RM 3,949 (Bundled with EF-M15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM lens)
RRP: RM 5,259 (Bundled with EF-M18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM lens)

For more information on Canon, follow the Official Facebook page at www.fb.com/CanonMalaysia/ or visit www.canon.com.my.

11 April 2017

Nestlé launches Brand New KitKat Mini that is BIG on Taste

KitKat launched the brand-new KitKat Mini during a media event at Sunway Pyramid on 6th April 2017. KitKat Mini is the latest offering from Malaysia’s No.1 chocolate brand; the delicious snack-sized individually-wrapped fingers feature a luscious cream centre between layers of crispy wafer encased in smooth milk chocolate. 

The KitKat Mini Caramel, KitKat Mini Cookies & Cream, and KitKat Mini Mocha have different personalities that suit a variety of occasions. Kit Kat Mini Caramel oozes a smooth and sensual flavour and texture, Kit Kat Mini Cookies & Cream has cookie crumbs with a light creamy filling, and Kit Kat Mini Mocha presents the intense aroma of coffee. The flavours permeate the whole snack-sized fingers, with a delicious aroma and rich taste that provide a satisfyingly delicious experience. The cream centre, crispy wafers and smooth milk chocolate coating are a delicious indulgence for any occasion.

KitKat is the first global confectionery product produced using 100% sustainable cocoa sourced through the Nestlé Cocoa Plan. This plan aims to improve lives in cocoa farming communities in cote d'lvoire. This is in line with our purpose of enhancing the quality of life and contributing to a healthier future. Since February 2016, KitKat in Malaysia has been using 100% sustainable cocoa to produce the KitKat product range at the factory in Chembong, Negeri Sembilan.

KitKat adds to their family of delicious 'breake' with the Introduction of KitKat Mini, which joins the beloved core range of 2 -and 4-finger KitKat, KitKat Bites, the premium KitKat Rubies, the satisfying KitKat Chunky and the Japanese inspired KitKat Green Tea. KitKat expanded into the customised confectionery market with the introduction of the KitKat Chocolatory in 2016, a concept store that offers up to 10,000 flavour combinations for a truly customised break. KitKat Bar, inspired by Chocolatory, was launched in February 2017. 

The new and delicious KitKat Mini Caramel, KitKat Mini Cookies & Cream and KitKat Mini Mocha are available in 8-piece share bags in stores at all retail stores at the recommended retail price of RM 12.17.

Have a rewarding break, have a KitKat Mini!

GREAT Women Malaysia Works with Malaysian Ministries to Empower Marginalised Women Through Entrepreneurship

GREAT Women Malaysia (GWM) Development Program was officiated yesterday by Dato’ Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia witnessed by Tan Sri Dr Noorul Ainur Mohd Nur, Secretary General of the Higher Education Ministry of Malaysia and Patron of Great Women Malaysia. The program which aims to empower women in the marginalised society via cultural handicrafts and artisanal products entrepreneurship was launched at Malaysia International Halal Showcase (MIHAS) 2017 in Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC).

(From left) Dato’ Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia and Tan Sri Dr Noorul Ainur Mohd Nur, Secretary General of the Higher Education Ministry of Malaysia and Patron of Great Women Malaysia during the ribbon cutting to mark the launch of Great Women Development Program.

With a focus in fashion and the lifestyle industry, GWM Development Program via its ASEAN Great Women chapter, aims to raise women’s role and push them up the value chain through active participation in the economy. This includes helping the women in sourcing product materials such as yarn and textiles, to production and marketing, where they would be made part of a growing network of ASEAN entrepreneurs.

(From left) Dato' Sri Mustapa Mohamed, Minister of International Trade and Industry, Dato’ Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia and Tan Sri Dr Noorul Ainur Mohd Nur, Secretary General of the Higher Education Ministry of Malaysia and Patron of Great Women Malaysia at the launch of Great Women Development Program.

The women entrepreneurs under GWM would also get to experience working with the art and design faculties in local universities like UNIMAS and UiTM, to hone their creativity and to keep them abreast on the development in the art and fashion scene, as they would also be dabbling with high-fashion needs.

To incubate ideas and stimulate creativity, GWM would also launch its novel ‘Maker's Lab’ in May, to be located in the Borneo Hub (Blue Ocean Entrepreneurs Town BOET). It will be an exclusive facility for local designers to produce their products, explore textile innovation and to seek mentoring and training from GWM.


GWM also makes it an utmost priority to ensure sustainability of the natural resources sourced for the handicrafts and other unique products marketed under its flag, while promoting the ASEAN culture and spurring development, and as a catalyst in creating high-value lifestyle.

Borneo Youth Leadership Conference (BYLC) Is Back with A New Focus

‘Creating Tomorrow’s Leaders, by Empowering Today’s Youth’ is the war cry of one of the biggest youth conferences in Borneo, and this year it’s theme is ‘Pursuing Your Passion.’ BYLC is back, only this time, it shifts its attention to empowering delegates with the knowledge on how to monetize their dreams. BYLC 2017 takes place in Kuching, Sarawak from the 13th of September 2017 to the 16th of September 2017.

To suit the theme, conference organisers have revised their approach, placing more emphasis on application and engagement, and ensuring that their speakers come from diverse backgrounds. The star-studded speaker panel includes, Zee Avi, Malaysian Singer and Songwriter, Ann “Athena” Osman, Professional MMA Fighter, Phat Fabes, Radio DJ and TV Host, and Shanjhey Kumar Perumal, Award Winning Film Maker. To enhance the learning experience, the conference has also employed the expertise of Wesley Chan, Certified Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) and Master Coach, Wijen Randhawa, Certified Corporate Trainer by Deloitte United Kingdom, Sharma Kumari, Talent Development Consultant & Trainer, and Harrison Yusof, Learning & Development Consultant. 

This is a year of ‘firsts’ for BYLC, as it is the first time the conference is being supported by the Ministry of Youth and Sports Malaysia, and partnering with Leaderonomics, a renowned Malaysian Training Provider. Although the conference has built a reputation in 19 countries worldwide, conference organisers aim to add to this list by engaging with international organisations such as MUNPlanet.com, a global network of conference seeking individuals to boost their foreign participation.

Among other notable changes is the conference shifting its base to Kuching, Sarawak. As with previous years, the conference agenda will include outings purposed to showcase Sarawak’s many tourist attractions. The change came about as conference organisers wanted to introduce other parts of Sarawak to the world and to benefit various communities within Sarawak.

As Malaysia moves towards creating more entrepreneurs among its youth, BYLC aims to compliment this noble ambition, by prodding its delegates to look at their ambitions as more than just hobbies, instead, to pursue them with conviction.

BYLC is open to those between the ages of 17 to 25yrs and interested applicants can submit their application via their official website at www.bylc.global. Conference fees start at RM 1,500 for East Malaysians, RM 2,000.00 for West Malaysians and RM 3,000.00 for Non-Malaysians. The conference fee paid by delegates includes, accommodation, travel within Kuching, five meals per day, fun outings, and BYLC goodies.

BYLC 2017 is organized by Phoenix PR and is made possible thanks to the support of its partners that include, Leaderonomics, Ministry of Youth and Sports Malaysia and Sarawak Convention Bureau. For more information on the Borneo Youth Leadership Conference, please visit its official website at www.bylc.global, or its official Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/BorneoYouthLeadershipConference/. Get in touch with the team at vinodh@phoenixpr.co should you have any queries.