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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Let's Join the Pillow Fight This Saturday

Simon Says: Read my post on Malaysian Dreamgirl final 9 working out at Celebrity Fitness here.

Another project by RA

RandomAlphabets @ RA presents

Corntoz Pillow Fight

The collective who brought you KL Freeze in Unison and Read while Waiting Project is back!

Come 4th April 2009, RA will be organizing Corntoz Pillow Fight. This event is in conjunction with International Pillow Fight Day, where at present 75 cities are participating.

Date: April 4, 2009

Time: 4.00pm

Venue: A secret till 2am April 2, 2009

As with events by RA, the location is often only made known much closer to the date.

You can join the Facebook Event here.

Well, I'll have to see where is the venue first then only I decide whether to join the pillow fight or not because I need to dress up for Nuffnang Music Bash on that day. LOL.

P.S. Tock Tock, you owe me lunch for this ;)

Monday, March 30, 2009

Visiting MAS In-flight Meal Kitchen

"Will you like to have fish or chicken, sir?", is a very common question asked by the stewardess when one is taking a flight that serves in-flight meal. Have you ever wonder who cooks up this meals? How these meals were prepared? Well, I know the answer now because two weeks ago I was invited by MAS to visit LSG Sky Chefs Brahim, their partner that prepares the in-flight meal not only for MAS but almost all of the major airlines that stops over at KLIA.

We were served some yummy sandwiches as refreshment before we were briefed by the head chef of LSG about the production of the in-flight meals.

Smoked salmon, salmon, fish rendang and cheese sandwich. I think they serve these on MAS flight too.

Little known fact, when Malaysian Airlines started back in 1973, they first cater their in-flight meals from Federal Hotel. A year later, MAS setup their own catering department, which then in 1994 became their wholly own subsidiary, MAS Catering Sdn Bhd. In December 2003, MAS partnered with LSGB, until now LSGB became the production house that prepares all MAS in-flight meals.

Head chef briefing us about the history.

LSGB has the capability of preparing 30,000 meals a day for MAS and other airlines.

Even though there's automated machines that can help them fasten the preparation and cooking. Still, there's some food like the satay is still done the traditional way.

Satay Room where the satay is still cooked using the good old way.

After the briefing, it is time to visit the production. Before that, we have to wear lab coat, headcap and sanitized our hands.

This is how we look like.

Due to competitive reason, no pictures were allowed inside the production so you have to bear with me. There were a few areas that we visited. There's the pastry area where the bun roll that you get in your in-flight meals were prepared. They have a big machine just to shaped out the rolls. It saves a lot of time because it can produce like a thousand of rolls an hour.

We were then brought to the freezer where the seafood were kept, there's even lobster inside. Head chef of MAS told us that whom ever finds the lobster with a ribbon on it will get a prize but no one dare to stay that long in the freezer to find that lobster.

Next, we walked over to the chiller where all the dairy produce where kept. There's so many yogurt, milk and cheese there. Didn't see any blue cheese though. Then we move on to the Tray area, where all the food is put into tray and trays into a special trolley. Each trolley will be marked the flights that it will be going on. 4 hours before departure, the trolley will be moved to a chiller room to keep the temperature cool so that it won't spoils. The food will be reheated on the plane.

There's checking from the arrival of the raw ingredients until the meals were on the plane. For example if the fruits arrived at the receiving area above certain temperature, the whole bunch will be rejected and the supplier will be asked to send a fresh bunch. Every procedure will be documented, check and double check. So that if any complains received can be pin point to a specific procedure that went wrong.

After the half an hour tour, it's time for lunch. The lunch prepared by LSGB is also food that you might find on a MAS flight. There's chicken, lamb and beef satay. MAS is currently running a satay promotion on their domestic and international flights. Which, they will be serving Nasi Goreng with Satay for example. As, I've written above, their satay is prepared the traditional way. Yummy.

My plate of nasi lemak with the usual condiments, and prawn sambal, chicken rendang, chicken, beef, and lamb satay, and steamed prompet with XO sauce. By the way, XO means premium, it's not alcoholic. LSGB is a certified Halal food production center.

Align Center

Below is a kind of pink crystal salt that will be given to passenger in the First Class to stimulate their taste bud because according to the Head Chef of MAS. Our taste bud will lose it's sensitiveness when we're on high altitude. Thus making the food we ate on the plane taste bland.

The beef ribs country style with mint jelly and djon mustard is juicy and tender, while the lamb shank with rosemary and garlic sauce is a bit too dry.

The shiosake (grilled salmon) is nicely done with the crispy salmon skin and a bit of fish oil just under it. Those that don't like fish might find it too fishy but I like it.

This is how the tray setup on a Business Class flight.

Whether it's Economy or Business class, you'll still get Forrero Rocher.

I finished my meal with a nice mango pudding. Yummy.

We didn't go home empty handed as we were presented with apple crumble and chocolates. Courtesy of MAS and LSGB. The apple crumble is delicious, I finished it all by myself at home. There goes my diet.

Wingz loves their bun roll so much that LSGB purposely packed a dozen for him to bring home.

Kenny was there too.

Thomas is not KampungBoy's friend lol.

This is the first time meeting VKeong the BM Kia.

With the Head Chef of MAS. He has more than 20 years of experience.

While the Head Chef of LSGB oversee the productions, the Head Chef of MAS designed the MAS in-flight menu and provide the specific instruction on the preparation to LSGB.

KampungBoyCityGal, VKeong and Jonathan of Fleishmann Hillard.

Once again, I will like to thank MAS and Fleishmann Hillard for making this trip to LSGB possible. I've learned something about in-flight meal there. Now, I will appreciate the in-flight meal more and know why it taste so bland. I'll bring my own pink crystal salt on my next flight lol. Also, thank you Jonathan for driving us there.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Malaysian Dreamgirl Party at Mist Club, Bangsar

Simon Says: Blogging about Gary Ng of Singapore can really boost up my traffic? What's all the fuzz about Gary Ng anyway? LOL.

As some bloggers complained that Nuffnang was late to be there, well, it's not Robb, the person that was responsible to bring the passes for Nuffnang bloggers is Andrea. Most of the official blogger for MDG2 reached Mist Club at about 6.30 p.m. whom are Diese, Sharlene, Andrew, Satkuru and me. Diese, Sharlene and me were stranded outside because the passes are with Nuffnang, so official blogger doesn't have any special privelege at all here. Andrew and Satkuru were lucky because they have DSLR hence also became the official photographer for the event, so they got to enter very early. The irony of it all is that the notification email sent out by Andrea strictly stated that late comers will not be entertained. We came early and were not entertained lol. I text Timothy and he replied it's because of the rain and traffic jam, they (Nuffies) already left very early. So, sometimes we just can't fight the nature lol. Blame the SMART tunnel for not doing it's job well.

Ironic but true.

Well, enough of the ranting. I just want to get it off my chest. On with the party. The venue of the party? Mist Club. By the way, their grand launching is this Thursday which clashes with Zouk KL 5th Birthday Bash T_T.

As we were stranded outside, nothing better than to camwhore. Also, lucky that Fly FM crew was out there to gives away freebies by having us to play games.

Sharlene, me and Diese. Coincidentally we wore black.

Zoe Yve then came with Yatz.

Then a girl called out my name, I turned around and saw a panda lol. I didn't recognized her until she gave me a hint. It was Hitomi. A Innit regular and Plurker.

Hitomi's friend, Hitomi and me.

Then I bumped into more familiar faces. Vivien. I told her I can't make it to Nuffnang Music Bash because I already had a dinner appointment T_T.

So we camwhore here first lah.

As I was about to enter Mist Club, Adeline called me and told me that she's reached. She's my guest. So, I waited for her before going in. The show started with Elaine Daly as the host of the night. The first piece of the catwalk is Wacoal SORCI age lingerie ^_^ This is the first time I'm watching a lingerie catwalk live. Of course, the 'exposure' is a bit tone down here.

From top left: Acha, Dawn, Denezia, and Farah.
From middle left: Juanita, Liana, Maya, and Ming.
From bottom left: Natasha, Pinky and Shasya.

Pinky was picked as the winner of this Wacoal catwalk challenge and walked away with RM 1,000 cash.

We were then entertained by the belly dancers from Celebrity Fitness. Shake it baby.

Then the girls came back on the stage displaying HP Mini 1000 and HP iPAQ handheld products. The pink HP Mini 1000 is HP Mini 1000 Vivienne Tam edition, selling for RM 1,999 last I know.

There was a short break after this, so I took some pictures with the bloggers there.

Andrew, Adeline, Nigel, Kel Li and Hsu Jen.

Satkuru, ?, Sidney, and David, all the kick ass photographer at the other side.

The catwalk continued with the girls wearing dress designed by ???

Time for some games with the audience. DJs from Fly FM were the game master of the night. I volunteered myself when they asked for 6 guys to come up the stage.

On the stage, I was able to capture some backstage pictures.

The girls were already dress up for the next catwalk. Cheongsam by Red Lantern.

A proper one of my camera.

The game was to do a catwalk. I didn't win but I still walked away with Beautilicious goodies pack, which I then gave to Adeline.

After the guys, it was the girls turn to play the game. Their game is to pole dance and a man will be the pole. Below here is Erica doing her stuff, she's Sharlene's younger sister by the way. I think her pole dance is too tame.

She plans to join MDG4 two years from now.

Met Dwayne there too. I won't be surprise to see him there because he's the one that takes almost all of the photos in the MDG2 photo shoot.

Why you didn't bring Serene to this party?

Then it's time to show off the Cheongsam by Red Lantern that I got a peek into from the backstage. I think Natasha carried the Cheongsam quite well because one have to have an hourglass figure to suite the Cheongsame nicely.

I was on the way to the toilet when I bumped into Fiqa and brought her to our place where Adeline is standing. They hug each other like long lost friends lol.

Adeline, me and Fiqa. Envy, no?

The usual suspects:

Tock Tock


Even though I rant about Nuffnang at the beginning of this post, I still loves Nuffnang.

Thomas and Sidney

Erica, MDG4 finalist lol.

Ren is back in the Blogosphere.

Finally, the last set of dresses were designed by the students of Lim Kok Wing.

Black is the new black? lol

The girls then got to see their invited friends and relatives for about 10 minutes or so, and I took this opportunity to take picture with them.




Shasya and Acha




I weren't able to catch Maya and Liana. The the show ends and DJs play some club music.

Fiqa got high drinking Red Bull wtf.

Took a picture with Jerad the CEO of Capxion Media before I left Mist Club.

Some of us the went to the mamak nearby to have supper and continue to chit chat.

What I got from the goodies bag:

HP towel, pouch and cup. I still need a HP laptop and smart phone lol. I already have HP jacket and polo T-shirt.

Intel lock, which I don't know how to change the code.

Wacoal sorci age bag

The Little Beauty Book by Beautilicious.

Ah, that's it. There's only 6 finalist left I think by the time this post is up. 3 more will be eliminated on the 24th of March (Tuesday). Wants to know who? Catch episode 9 here.