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AirAsia celebrates a decade of Gold Awards at Putra Brand Awards 2019

Photo Caption: AirAsia Group Head of Branding Rudy Khaw flanked by AirAsia pilots and cabin crew at Putra Brand Awards 2019.
AirAsia has won Gold in the Transportation, Travel and Tourism category at the Putra Brand Awards 2019, maintaining a decade-long run as Malaysia’s preferred travel brand.

AirAsia Group Head of Branding Rudy Khaw accepted the award at a ceremony held at the Majestic Hotel here last night.

AirAsia Group Head of Branding Rudy Khaw said, “We would like to thank all our guests who voted for us. We are delighted to know the AirAsia brand continues to resonate with Malaysians from all walks of life, even as we move towards becoming a travel and lifestyle tech company. This award is dedicated to everyone who believes in us, and to all our Allstars who have worked hard to build AirAsia into what it is today.”

The Putra Brand Awards, organised by the Association of Accredited Advertising Agents Malaysia (4As) and endorsed by the Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE), is Malaysia’s premier brand awards, and measures consumers preference and involve comprehensive processes in collaboration with its global research partner Ipsos, a leading global research agency with over 16,000 member staff in 88 countries.

There are a total of 23 categories this year, and a total pool of over 8,000 respondents from across Malaysia providing insights and preferences regarding awareness, favourability, trust and advocacy towards brands from all categories.

AirAsia conducts reef and beach clean-up in support of International Coastal Cleanup 2019

AirAsia Allstars from across Asean cleared 151kg of rubbish from the Pantai Sura beachfront in Kuala Dungun, Terengganu.
 AirAsia, together with Project AWARE and Viking Scuba Tenggol, recently conducted a reef and beach clean-up in Terengganu, Malaysia in conjunction with International Coastal Cleanup Day on 21 September.

Forty AirAsia Allstars (staff) joined hands to reduce marine debris and create greater awareness of the need to protect our oceans, and the harm of single-use plastics, as part of AirAsia’s #AllstarsDoGood regional initiative.

The Allstars, who are all certified scuba divers from Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines, cleared 40kg worth of ghost nets from a dive site in Tenggol Island and collected 151kg of rubbish from the Pantai Sura beachfront in Kuala Dungun.

#AllstarsDoGood is a staff initiative established by AirAsia’s People and Culture department to encourage staff to volunteer for a good cause. To date, 4,160 volunteer hours have been recorded from various #AllstarsDoGood initiatives across Asean.
AirAsia Allstars removed a ghost net from one of the dive sites at Pulau Tenggol, ensuring that no other marine life will be entangled in it.
AirAsia’s Group Head of Culture Attila Emam said, “This is our third reef and beach clean-up project under the #AllstarsDoGood initiative after Pattaya and Batangas, and the first in Malaysia. As a travel company that brings so many people to beautiful beach and island destinations across the region, we want to make sure we do our part in educating people on the importance of taking care of these destinations.”

“We are happy to report that the three dive sites we visited at Tenggol Island had minimal marine debris. However, 95% of what we collected on Pantai Sura were single-use plastics, mainly of food packaging. The beachfront is a popular hangout place and most of the rubbish was found in between rocks. Imagine 151kg of rubbish collected in an hour, and the problem can be solved by just putting the trash in the right place. We’ve submitted the beach clean-up data to the Ocean Conservancy platform, while the reef clean-up data has been reported on Project AWARE’s website,” he added.

AirAsia has 25,000 Allstars and actively conducts #AllstarsDoGood staff volunteer programmes across the region.

Samsung is Leading the Industry with New Standards in Wi-Fi Connectivity

Galaxy Note10 the first smartphone to be announced Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 6TM by the Wi-Fi Alliance
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. yesterday announced that the Galaxy Note10 has been named by Wi-Fi Alliance as the first smartphone to be certified for a new standard in connected technology, Wi-Fi 6.

“As a pioneer in new mobile experiences Samsung is proud to be announced as one of the first companies to hold the Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 6TM accreditation,” said Inkang Song, Vice President and Head of Technology Strategy Group of IT & Mobile Communications Division at Samsung Electronics. “The Galaxy Note10 is one of our flagship devices and the first smartphone classified Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 6TM. Along with the Galaxy S10 we’re thrilled to bring Wi-Fi 6 to our loyal customers.”

Wi-Fi 6 enabling new mobile experiences
Wi-Fi is a critical piece of infrastructure required to enable the proper function of a growing number of both consumer and commercial devices. From televisions and appliances to security and communication systems, the expectations for everything, and everyone, to be connected is growing. Wi-Fi Alliance has led the development of industry agreed standards for devices for many years. With the launch of Wi-Fi 6 this year, a new certification has been launched to ensure that the highest possible standards are continuously met.

Wi-Fi 6 technology is building on the performance of previous Wi-Fi generations and is the latest technology to be launched from the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE). Wi-Fi 6 will operate in the 2.4 and 5 GHz bands, offer greater capacity than previous generations and double the number of spatial streams. Devices certified by Wi-Fi Alliance, classed as “Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 6TM”, will deliver new capabilities for people in a range of situations.
  • Wi-Fi 6 will allow family homes to better stream high-definition entertainment, simultaneously manage the connected home and efficiently support multiple devices. 
  • Outside, Wi-Fi 6 will improve connectivity in high population areas and provide a more consistent service as people move around towns and cities. 
  • In the enterprise, this new technology will enable greater automation and more advanced capabilities in healthcare monitoring and e-learning as well as continuing to handle large numbers of users and high volumes of data.

Samsung mobile devices with Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 6TM will bring more reliable performance even in challenging environments . This is achieved through a number of the key features of Wi-Fi 6 technology. For example: 
  • Uplink and downlink Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiple Access (OFDMA) increases efficiency and lowers latency for high demand environments. This enables the Samsung Note10 to have stable connectivity in environments with many connected devices. 
  • Target-Wakeup Time (TWT) improves power efficiency in Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 6 TM devices, including the Galaxy Note10. Because the TWT schedules transmission time between the Galaxy Note10 and the access point, it allows the Galaxy Note10 to manage its power efficiently until the predetermined wake-up time.
  • Multi-User Multiple-Input, Multiple-Output (MU-MIMO) allows more data to be transferred at one time, enabling access points to handle larger numbers of devices simultaneously when the Galaxy Note10 is connected to Wi-Fi 6.

As a result of close collaboration with Wi-Fi Alliance, Galaxy Note10 and Galaxy S10 have offered Wi-Fi 6 connectivity from the launch. It gives users faster and seamless Wi-Fi connection in crowded areas, and powers high-quality video calls as well as high-definition streaming without slowing down.

AirAsia wins top prize at IDC Digital Transformation Awards 2019

AirAsia Group President (RedBeat Ventures) Aireen Omar receiving the IDC DXa 2019 Digital Transformer of the Year award from IDC Asean Managing Director Sudev Bangah.
AirAsia has been named Digital Transformer of the Year for Malaysia at the IDC Digital Transformation Awards (DXa) 2019. The award honours companies that have demonstrated success in projects where there is synergy between business and IT management disciplines, and that have delivered digitally-enabled products and services over a sustained period.

AirAsia won the IDC DXa's top prize for discernible and measurable excellence in deploying many innovative technologies to deliver more personalised products and services, optimise ancillary revenue and enhance customer service, and for transforming leadership, talent and infrastructure to support its new digital strategies.

These new technologies include cloud computing, pricing optimisation through machine learning, AI-powered chatbot, mobile app chatroom and facial recognition technology, among others.

AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes also won the DX Leader award in recognition of his role in providing the vision for the company's digital transformation and spearheading its evolution into a travel and lifestyle technology company.

AirAsia Group President (RedBeat Ventures) Aireen Omar accepted both awards on behalf of AirAsia at the IDC Digital Transformation Summit 2019 at The St Regis Kuala Lumpur today.

AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes said, "We are thrilled to receive these awards. We've been trying to show the world that we are a technology company that just happens to have some planes, and I'm extremely excited that AirAsia has been recognised as a digital transformation leader. These awards mean a lot because it's exactly what we're trying to do and we really appreciate the recognition that IDC has given us."

AirAsia Group President (RedBeat Ventures) Aireen Omar said, "Today wouldn't be possible if we didn't have Allstars who share our digital vision. Without their hard work, perseverance and passion, we would not have been able to achieve so much in such a short time. Our business partners too have been very supportive, especially Google Cloud, who will be instrumental in turning AirAsia into Malaysia’s first 100% cloud-driven enterprise by year end."

IDC DXa honours the achievements of organisations that have successfully planned and executed the digital transformation of one or multiple areas of their business through the application of digital and disruptive technologies.

Spotify Introduces Two New Personalized Playlists: On Repeat and Repeat Rewind

You play Discover Weekly when you’re looking for something new, Release Radar when you’re looking to stay ahead of the trends, and Your Summer Rewind when you need a bit of summer nostalgia. No matter what you’re looking for, one of our personalized Spotify playlists has you covered—and now, we’re releasing two more into the mix: On Repeat and Repeat Rewind.

With these two new playlists, you can sit back, relax, and fall in love with the songs you’ve played most all over again. Check out what each has to offer.

On Repeat - The music you’ve been streaming nonstop
Get even more of your current favorite tracks with On Repeat. This playlist helps you keep track of what you’ve been playing most over the past 30 days. On Repeat auto-updates, so you can be sure everything on there is the most up-to-date account of what you’ve been playing nonstop. It’s a great combination of all the music you love, no matter what artist or genre, so each time you tap play, it will sound a little different.

Repeat Rewind - The tunes you used to play a lot, re-delivered
On the other hand, Repeat Rewind is a great way to reminisce with the songs you fell in love with in the not-so-far-off past. It includes tracks that you played over a month ago for you to rediscover. Whether you’re constantly discovering something new or a purveyor of the classics, sometimes it feels good to just kick back with the familiar. Similarly to On Repeat, your songs can span across artists, moods, and genres, and update every five days. (But don’t worry, the tracks will never appear on both playlists at the same time).

Can’t wait to see the songs you’ve been streaming nonstop? These two playlists are now available globally for Free and Premium users in the Made For You Hub, as well as the “Uniquely Yours” shelf on Home. See if yours stack up with the top 10 most-repeated songs globally.*

  1. “Señorita” - Camila Cabello, Shawn Mendes
  2. “China” - Anuel AA, Daddy Yankee, J Balvin, KAROL G, Ozuna
  3. “Ransom” - Lil Tecca
  4. “Goodbyes (Feat. Young Thug)” - Post Malone, Young Thug
  5. “boyfriend (with Social House)” - Ariana Grande, Social House
  6. “Beautiful People (feat. Khalid)” - Ed Sheeran, Khalid
  7. “Dance Monkey” - Tones and I
  8. “How Do You Sleep?” - Sam Smith
  9. “Lalala” - Y2K, bbno$
  10. “Lover” - Taylor Swift

*Songs that have been played by users more than once per day, in the past 30 days

Yoodo Powers Up Gamers With Exciting New Announcements

(L-R) Ahmad Akmal, Esports Guy at Yoodo; Wee Lay See, Head of Department, Marketing & Communications, ioi Mall; Raja Shahdeeza, Assistant Manager, Marketing Communications, edotco Malaysia; Chow Tuck Mun, Head of Yoodo; Gaga Li, Head of PUBG MOBILE Southeast Asia Esports; Caitlin Kang, Operations Manager, ESL Malaysia; and Muhammad Farouq Bin Abdul Patah, Head of Communications, Esports Malaysia, take a photo together at the launch of PUBG MOBILE Campus Championship (PMCC) 2019 by Yoodo.
Yoodo, Malaysia’s first fully customisable and 100% digital mobile service, has once again fortified its position as the go to Telco for gamers. 

Yoodo continues its support for esports by sponsoring the ESL Malaysia, Singapore and the Philippines National Championship Season 2 for Arena of Valor (AoV) as well as DOTA 2. The ESL National Championship aims to encourage grassroots talent in the region.

Chow Tuck Mun, Head of Yoodo, commented on the sponsorship, “We know how passionate our users are about gaming and esports, and hence the reason we are going beyond PUBG MOBILE. We are proud to be expanding our horizons within the segment to continue to build strong support for esports.”

To commemorate this new extension of Yoodo’s foray into esports and to further excite gamers, Yoodo has launched an AoV data add-on that provides users with 20GB of dedicated data for the game at only RM5. This means that gamers can enjoy lag free gaming on Malaysia’s largest 4G LTE network without worrying about going over data limits or dealing with additional charges.
 
Yoodo Esports – Malaysia’s Newest Gaming Community
Yoodo is taking its gaming credentials to the next level by launching their very own esports and gaming community – Yoodo Esports. 

Yoodo Esports aims to become the one-stop centre for gaming and esports fans covering all things related to gaming. The page will focus primarily on mobile gaming, including updates on Yoodo’s esports activities, as well as news and reviews on console and PC gaming.  

“Following a series of successful initiatives in the esports scene, we wanted to take our commitment even further. We decided it was time to develop a fun community space especially for Malaysian gamers,” Tuck Mun shared. “Users will be able to catch latest news and updates from the gaming scene in Malaysia. They can also look forward to gaming-focused videos, player’s interviews, and more.” 

(L-R) Ahmad Akmal, Esports Guy at Yoodo; Victorious in Play (ViP) Squad, champions of PUBG MOBILE National Championships (PMNC) 2019; and Chow Tuck Mun, Head of Yoodo, take a photo together. ViP Squad was awarded with a year’s worth of free mobile plans from Yoodo after winning PMNC 2019. 
Rewarding Champions – Free Mobile Plans for PUBG MOBILE National Championship 2019 Winners
Celebrating the end of an exciting 2019 series of the popular Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) MOBILE National Championships (PMNC), Yoodo awarded champions Victorious in Play (ViP Squad) with one-year free mobile plan. This plan will allow all four team members to enjoy gaming on the go with Malaysia’s widest 4G LTE network. 

“We’re delighted to reward ViP Squad with a full year of incredible Yoodo mobile service experience. They were stellar during the tournament and I am sure they will enjoy more chicken dinners on their new Yoodo plans,” Tuck Mun added.  

Malaysia’s First PUBG MOBILE Campus Championship
All of these exciting updates come off the back of Yoodo’s most recent gaming focused announcement - the launch of PUBG MOBILE Campus Championship (PMCC) 2019, Malaysia’s first inter-campus PUBG MOBILE tournament. 

The announcement got gamers in universities across the country buzzing with close to 6,000 students set to participate in the tournament which kicks-off on 24 September. Winners will walk away with a portion of the RM60,000 prize pool, a free one-year mobile plan and a direct invitation to participate in the PUBG MOBILE National Championship (PMNC) 2020.    

Yoodo launched Arena of Valor (AoV) data add-on that provides users with 20GB of dedicated data for the game at only RM5.
Yoodo First Telco in the World to Have In-Game Jersey PMCC 2019 also sees another first for Yoodo as it becomes the first Telco in the world to have its very own branded jersey within the PUBG MOBILE game. Now fans can show their love for Yoodo while they hunt for chicken dinners. Details on how gamers can get their hands on this exclusive jersey will be announced soon, so stay tuned.

Hard Rock Cafe® Announces Its Limited-Time “Infused with Love” Menu

The Popular Infused Menu Makes its Encore Performance at Hard Rock Cafe Kuala Lumpur

Hard Rock Cafe® is announcing an encore to its “Infused with Love” menu, which is back by popular demand after its electrifying performance at select Hard Rock® locations in 2018. The limited-time menu will be available at Hard Rock Cafe Kuala Lumpur from now through 27 October 2019 and will feature mouth-watering starters, entrees, beverages and dessert options with an added kick that will rock your taste buds. 

Guests looking to get the party started can head down to the cafe for Shrimp Ceviche, a citrus marinated shrimp dish with red pepper, onion, fresh cilantro and a spicy salsa served with crispy tortilla chips and a lime. Looking to enjoy an infused inspired burger? Try the Bordeaux Burger, Hard Rock’s signature burger topped with Bordeaux fig jam, caramelised onion and creamy goat cheese on a brioche bun, served with a side of seasoned fries and chipotle aioli. Still craving more? Why not top off your meal with the Bananas Foster Sundae, which combines buttery pound cake, vanilla ice cream and fresh bananas that are caramelised to perfection in an infused fosters sauce before being finished with whipped cream and toasted walnuts.

Additional food and beverage menu items that come as part of the “Infused with Love” menu include:
  • Mojo Marinated Steak – Grilled steak, bell peppers, red onion and tomato served with a infused mojo sauce, coconut rice pilaf layered with pineapples, red peppers and black beans
  • Marinated Chicken Skewers – Chicken breast marinated in house spices, skewered with bell peppers and red onions that are grilled to perfection, coconut rice pilaf, grilled tomato and cilantro pesto
“Our ‘Infused with Love’ menu serves as a delicious encore for our guests following its debut at select Hard Rock Cafe locations around the world last year,” said Anibal Fernandez, Vice President of Franchise Operations & Development for Hard Rock International. “At Hard Rock, we are always trying to create the best dining and entertainment experience possible. After seeing the enthusiastic reactions from our guests, we wanted to offer a fresh, new take on the ‘Infused with Love’ menu that guests can sink their teeth into.”


Those looking to pair their infused menu items with a cocktail can indulge in options such as Rock You Like a Hurricane, a spiced rum cocktail with a tropical blend of passion fruit, pineapple and fresh lemon juice that is finished with a dash of bitters and a dark rum floater. Other boozy options include the Blackberry Sparkling Sangria, Espresso Martini and Cookies & Cream Shake.

Play, Capture, Share: Meet the New Galaxy A50s and A30s

With upgraded essential features, made even more powerful

Samsung Malaysia Electronics earlier last week unveiled the new Galaxy A50s and A30s, introducing a new contemporary look with improved innovations. Made for those who want to capture and share their experiences instantaneously, the Galaxy A50s and Galaxy A30s deliver the performance you need for the Era of Live. With a versatile camera, an uninterrupted infinity display and long-lasting battery life, these new smartphones include upgraded features that matter the most to these users.

“Smartphones are a vital part of people’s lives, connecting them, allowing them to share their experiences and engage with the world, so users know people want and need to get the most out of their devices,” said Yoonsoo Kim, President of Samsung Malaysia Electronics. “As the way people use smartphones continues to evolve, we strive to constantly innovate, bringing people the best possible mobile experience. The new Galaxy A50s and Galaxy A30s are the next step in delivering next-level performance to essential everyday features.”

The new Galaxy A50s and Galaxy A30s feature striking new designs, including a unique geometric pattern and futuristic holographic effect on the back. Available in three new colors, Prism Crush Black, Prism Crush White, and Prism Crush Green, the sleek Galaxy A50s and Galaxy A30s showcase a stylish look and feel.

Paired with a long-lasting 4,000mAh battery with fast charging capability and an AI-based Game Booster, the Galaxy A50s and Galaxy A30s offer the best gaming experiences on-the-go without worrying about power.

Galaxy A50s
Capture every moment in true-to-life detail, whether you’re recording a video of a live concert or snapping a selfie, using the new and an even more powerful 48MP main camera on Galaxy A50s. The Ultra Wide camera, with a 123° viewing angle simulating human sight, lets you capture the world as you see it and takes uninterrupted landscape shots and wider panoramas with ease. Together with the Super Steady feature , you can shoot smooth, flawless videos, even for fast-paced action moments on your Galaxy A50s.

Whether you’re watching videos, scrolling through social media or playing games – everything looks better when viewed on the Galaxy A50s 6.4-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED Infinity-U Display. Featuring an Infinity-U Display, the stunning bezel-less screen achieves the ideal aspect ratio for a more immersive viewing experience. 

Galaxy A30s
The Galaxy A30s comes with triple rear cameras: an improved 25MP main camera and an 8MP Ultra Wide camera, and a new 5MP depth camera. With Live Focus on the 5MP depth camera, you can now apply professional-quality bokeh effects and create more dynamic portraits quickly and effortlessly on your Galaxy A30s, letting you capture the mood of the moment as you experience it. Smart camera tools, including Intelligent Flaw Detector and Scene Optimizer, make snapping the perfect picture on Galaxy A30s easy and convenient. 
 
The Galaxy A30s now features an on-screen fingerprint scanner for an easier and more intuitive way of keeping users' content safe without compromising design.

With the Galaxy A50s and Galaxy A30s, you’ll be seamlessly connected to the Galaxy ecosystem and able to enjoy a full range of services including Samsung Health, Samsung Pay , Knox and more.

Galaxy A50s and A30s Availability
The Galaxy A50s and A30s are available for purchase from 21st September onwards at all Samsung Experience stores and Samsung Malaysia Online Store with the recommended retail price of RM1,299 and RM899 respectively. Both Galaxy A50s and A30s are offered in three colours: Prism Crush Black, Prism Crush White and Prism Crush Green.

YOODO Announces Malaysia’s First PUBG Mobile Tournament for Universities

PUBG MOBILE Campus Championship (PMCC) to feature RM60,000 Prize Pool

Yoodo, Malaysia’s first fully customisable and 100% digital mobile service, will be bringing Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) MOBILE to universities and colleges around the country.

The first ever PUBG MOBILE Campus Championship (PMCC) 2019 will have a participation of 6,000 students across Malaysia battling for their chicken dinners and a share of the RM60,000 prize pool. The winning team will also receive a 1 year mobile plan from Yoodo and an exclusive direct invite to the Grand Finals of PUBG MOBILE National Championship (PMNC) 2020.

PMCC 2019 Tournament
The championship will kick off on 24 September with 7 separate regional qualifiers and finals before the grand finals on 24 November featuring the top 16 teams. Registrations for the competition are now open and students can apply to participate at www.pubgmobile.com/MY/PMCC2019.
“Our aim when we ventured into esports was to cultivate and highlight local gaming talent,” said Chow Tuck Mun, Head of Yoodo. “PMCC 2019 is the evolution of these efforts, taking a more grassroots approach to reach the gamer communities where they are. We know there are many talented gamers waiting to be unearthed and we look forward to shining a spotlight on them through PMCC 2019.”

PUBG MOBILE fans will be able to catch all the action at regional viewing parties organised in collaboration with respective universities and their students. Here fans will also get to meet pro PUBG MOBILE esports teams, take part in community matches as well as walk away with exclusive prizes and merchandise. 

PMCC 2019 is presented by Yoodo and published by PUBG MOBILE. The championship is also sponsored by edotco and organized by ESL Gaming.

Gaga Li, Head of PUBG MOBILE Southeast Asia Esports shared, "We are proud to be contributing to the development of esports amongst Malaysian youth. This first ever PUBG MOBILE campus tournament in Malaysia is in recognition of the immense support we have received from students here. We are confident that PMCC will be an incredible experience for all and an excellent platform to promote sportsmanship.”

Commenting on their sponsorship of the event, edotco Group Chief Regional Officer, Wan Zainal Adileen said, “The gaming ecosystem has evolved to be an industry in its own right. Esports depends on connectivity, bandwidth and capacity for optimal performance and a truly immersive experience. As an integrated telecommunications infrastructure provider, edotco is proud to power up the tournament and contribute towards the growth of the gaming industry and the overall digital economy.

PMCC 2019 Social Media Challenge
To ramp up excitement around PMCC 2019, two social media competitions will also be launched that will reward winners with RM1,000 every week. Stay tuned for further details on how to participate when PMCC 2019 kicks off later on in September. 

PMCC 2019 Roadshows

“Yoodo is committed to making PMCC 2019 the most engaging and action-packed campus-based esports tournament. In addition to the viewing parties and online competitions, we are collaborating with the universities and their students to organise roadshows all across the country,” added Tuck Mun.

The PMCC 2019 road show series will span 28-days across 14 universities between 23 September and 25 October. Students can look forward to tournament promos, exclusive merchandise and PUBG MOBILE fun matches. 

Gamers can also enjoy unlimited Chicken Dinners with Yoodo’s exclusive 20GB PUBG MOBILE data add-on. Best of all the add-on is currently completely free in celebration of the launch of PMCC 2019. 

Fans will also be able to catch the live-streamed action online at the Yoodo Esports community page www.facebook.com/yoodoesports. The page offers gaming and esports updates, news, reviews and live-streams at the new community page.

Mrs Malaysia World 2019/2020 Pageant finalists look ahead to the grand final


Mrs Malaysia World 2019/2020 Finalists with Pageant Directors and Reigning Mrs Malaysia World.
After a 2-hour long audition process, 36 Mrs Malaysia World 2019/2020 Pageant Finalists were adorned with the coveted Mrs Malaysia World 2019/2020 sash, and now its on to the Grand Final. The finalists comprised of Malaysian women between the ages of 25 to 55 years, from all ethnic backgrounds, and various professions including, doctors, accountants, entrepreneurs, and teachers.
YBhg. Datin Harveen Kaur, 2017 Winner and Mrs Malaysia World National Director, led the judging panel, and had only positive and inspiring words for the winners.

“I am very proud of this year’s finalists; they are beautiful and successful individuals with so much potential. This is the start of an exciting journey which will benefit them a great deal. I am excited to see who will be crowned the new queen who will carry our nation’s flag at the Mrs World 2020 Pageant at Las Vegas on the 6th of December 2019. My advice to the finalists, is to believe in themselves, and give it their all, because no matter the outcome, this pageant will transform them into the best version of themselves,” said Datin Harveen Kaur.

Spearheading the pageant as its’s National Director is, Datin Harveen Kaur, took over the reins of the pageant after being crowned Mrs Malaysia World 2017. Since then, the pageant has grown by leaps and bounds. This year’s pageant attracted over 650 applicants, a staggering count, in comparison with previous years. Under her stewardship, the pageant has crafted a specific program, which focuses on empowering the finalists, with the skills that they need to better themselves.

Over the next two months, they will undergo an arduous training regime that will include sessions on grooming (hair and make-up), personal wellness, mindset conditioning, self-defense lessons, fitness, baking, catwalk and stage presence, and public speaking. Added to that, the finalists will carry out community programs, including a visit to the National Cancer Society Malaysia (NCSM).
“Our goal is to produce role-models, not models. Every aspect of this pageant is to empower these women to become leaders in their own right, and to inspire their peers, families, friends and their respective communities,” said YBhg Dato’ Dr Mohandas Kattayat, CEO and founder of Mrs Malaysia World Sdn. Bhd.

On top of the preliminary sessions, pageant finalists will also be assessed during the grand finals through a  series of competitions, broken down into an Interview, Preliminary, Commitment and Perseverance throughout the 2 months of training. There will also be 5 sub-titles to be awarded which will be announced early November.

(L-R) Ybhg.Datin Harveen Kaur, National Director Mrs Malaysia World, Director Mrs Malaysia World Sdn Bhd, & Mrs Malaysia World 2017; Ybhg Dato Dr Kattayat Mohandas, Consultant Cardiac Anesthesiologist, Founder & CEO Mrs Malaysia World Sdn Bhd; and Kokilam Kathirvailu, Mrs Malaysia World 2018 & 2nd Runner-Up Mrs World 2019.
Datin Harveen added, “This pageant is not just about glitz and glamour, we are committed to molding our finalists to become the best that they can, and this process is tough, however, ultimately a rewarding one. What we practice is a tried and tested program that has a proven track-record of unlocking opportunities for past Mrs Malaysia World Pageant finalists, whether in their career or personal lives.”

Also present at the press conference was reigning Mrs Malaysia World 2018/2019 and 2nd Runner-Up in the Mrs World 2019 pageant, Mrs Kokilam Kathirvailu who was in high-spirits after the announcement of the finalists.

“This year’s finalists have certainly raised the bar. As last year’s winner, I look forward to working with them, and preparing them for what is to come in the next couple of months. The pageant directors and myself, are excited to see who will be crowned the winner, and hopefully be the first Malaysian to win the Mrs World pageant,” said Mrs Kokilam Kathirvailu, Mrs Malaysia World 2018/2019 and 2nd Runner-Up in the Mrs World 2019 pageant.

Throughout the day’s proceedings, the message of empowerment, and social responsibility was greatly stressed upon as the guiding principles of the pageant. In her speech, Datin Harveen unveiled the beneficiaries of this year’s pageant and it’s hope to continue to work with others who share its passion for meaningful change.

“Our commitment towards positive change, is imbued in every aspect of the pageant. We practice inclusiveness even in our application process, which accepts married women with no discrimination against their religion, age, height, weight, or marital status. We continuously look to work with individuals and entities who share our passion for change. In fact, this year, we will be donating a portion of our grand final table sales to National Cancer Society Malaysia (NCSM) and ANGSANAcare,” said Datin Harveen Kaur.

The winner of Mrs Malaysia World 2019/2020 will walk away with RM10,000 in cash and a crown, thanks to Mrs Malaysia World Sdn Bhd, a 2 night-stay at a suite at Pavilion Hotel KL, Beauty Treatments from renowned Dr Alice Wellness Centre, Cosmetics and Couture Collection from Carrisa Collection, Mindset Training and Personalised Public Speaking Skills training from Jenn Hapa, Fitness and Toning classes from AMP Burnfit Fitness, Grooming and Personalised Hair Workshop from La Diva Hair and Make-Up Beauty Saloon, Self Defence lessons from Karacardio, personalised catwalk sessions from Lets Walk Academy, Evening Wear sponsored by a top designer in Malaysia, as well as a national costume which will be at the final night of Mrs World 2020 in Las Vegas.

Mrs Malaysia World 2019/2020 pageant is supported by Tourism Malaysia, Mrs World Inc, Mrs Malaysia World Sdn. Bhd., Pavilion Hotel Kuala Lumpur managed by Banyan Tree, the official venue partner, and Globalink International School.

Mrs Malaysia World 2019/2020 pageant is truly thankful to all sponsors, Gold sponsor, Dr Alice Wellness Centre, Carrisa Cosmetics and Collection, Natugee, Jenn HAPA, AMP Burnfit Fitness, La Diva Make-Up and Hair Beauty Salon, Nouva Ateliar, 960 photos, KARACARDIO, Lets Walk Academy, Malaysian Beauty Pageant Fan Club, August Beauty, Mrs Charity Queen Sarawak, Mrs Charity Queen Sabah, Double Event Management, Abyakta Mandaka, for their combined sponsorship amount of RM 80,000.

Invitations to the pageant are by donation or table purchase of between RM4,000 – RM20,000 each. Part proceeds from table purchases will be contributed to the National Cancer Society Malaysia and ANGSANAcare. National Cancer Society of Malaysia is the first non-profit cancer organisation in Malaysia that provides education, care and support services via five of its centres which include, a Cancer & health screening clinic,
 
(L-R)Dr Murallitharan Munisamy, Director of Cancer Society; Mr Thiru Selvaram Founder & Director Lets Walk Academy; Marianny Ismail, Founder & Director Nouva Ateliar; Adrian, Certified Personal Coach Burnfit & Bodytone Burnfit Fitness; Rina Rifaee, Founder & CEO of Natugee; Arma Abdul Rahman, Make Up Artist Director Carrisa Cosmetics; Schanoo Al-Afifie, Founder & Director La Diva Hair & Make Up Beauty Studio; Dr Alice Michael, Founder & CEO & Medical Director of Dr Alice Total Wellness Centre; Ybhg.Datin Harveen Kaur, National Director Mrs Malaysia World, Director Mrs Malaysia World Sdn Bhd, & Mrs Malaysia World 2017; Kokilam Kathirvailu, Mrs Malaysia World 2018 & 2nd Runner-Up Mrs World 2019; Major Shera Ann Bosco, Founder & CEO CARING MOMS and Retired Major of the Armed Forces; Irene Tee, Entrepreneur; Ybhg Dato Dr Kattayat Mohandas, Consultant Cardiac Anesthesiologist, Founder & CEO Mrs Malaysia World Sdn Bhd; Nisha Alagasan, Founder & CEO Karacardio Faculty; Nickson, State Director Sarawak of Mrs Malaysia World; R.Vanishri Saravanan, Founder & CEO Globalink International School and Founding President of National Association of Learning Disabilities, Malaysia; and Jo, Founder & CEO Abyakta Mandaka.
Nuclear & Medicine Centre, Resources & Wellness Centre, Quit Smoking Clinic and The Children’s Home of Hope. Their mission is to combat cancer by prevention, early detection, providing support, care and understanding.

Our second charity partner is ANGSANAcare. ANGSANAcare provides services and advocates children with chronic conditions, life limiting or life-threatening diseases. It is a non-discriminating body that supports children and families of all races and religions.

For more info on sponsorship queries, or to purchase tables, visit: Mrs Malaysia World (Facebook), @mrs_malaysia _world _ (Instagram), www.mrsmalaysiaworld.org (Website), or call +603-9212 8524, Datin Harveen Kaur.

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Gaya hidup bandar ada kebaikan dan keburukannya, namun apabila ia berkaitan dengan kesihatan kulit kita, keburukannya melebihi kebaikan. Hidup di bandar ini mendedahkan kulit kita kepada serangan luar yang agresif dan salah satu ancaman paling serius ialah pencemaran udara.

Sumber-sumber umum pencemaran udara termasuk asap diesel atau kenderaan yang menggunakan petrol, loji kuasa dan kebakaran terbuka. Malah di dalam rumah pun, kita tidak selamat dari bahaya pencemaran udara: merokok, dapur gas, wasap cat dan produk pembersihan rumah juga menyumbang kepada kebimbangan terhadap kebersihan udara.
Kesan membahaya PM2.5 pada kulit anda
Tahukah anda bahawa pencemaran memberi kesan kepada 80% penduduk bandar! Oleh kerana pendedahan berterusan terhadap udara berkualiti rendah yang dipenuhi dengan bahan pencemar mikro, kulit kita mengalami kehilangan lembapan sebanyak 60% selepas hanya 7 hari!

Salah satu bahan cemar yang merosakkan kulit ialah Bahan Zarahan (Particulate Matter, PM). Kajian menunjukkan bahawa mana-mana PM dengan diameter 10 mikron atau kurang (≤ PM10) boleh menembusi kulit, menyebabkan masalah kesihatan yang serius, dan salah satu musuh terbesar kulit dalam lingkungan ini adalah PM2.5.

Isu ini amat membimbangkan bagi penduduk bandar - menurut hasil kaji selidik yang diterbitkan oleh Pertubuhan Kesihatan Sedunia (WHO) di lebih daripada 4,300 bandar, hanya 20% daripada penduduk dunia yang tinggal di kawasan dengan tahap PM2.5 yang boleh diterima!
Zarah PM2.5 adalah 20 kali lebih kecil daripada pori-pori manusia, membolehkannya menembusi dengan mudah hingga ke lapisan kulit yang paling dalam. Jika anda tertanya-tanya berapa kecil, bayangkan: diameter sehelai rambut adalah kira-kira 30 kali lebih besar daripada mikro zarah PM2.5 yang paling besar!

Memandangkan PM2.5 itu tidak dapat dilihat dengan mata kasar, ia menyebabkan kerosakan yang tidak dapat dilihat dan menjejaskan kulit kita.  Apabila PM2.5 memasuki kulit, ia melemahkan dan merosakkan halangan pelindung semula jadi kulit, menyumbat liang-liang dan menghalangnya daripada berfungsi dengan betul. Apabila pori-pori kita tersumbat, kulit tidak dapat diperbaharui dengan sendirinya sehingga menimbulkan lebih banyak masalah.

Gejala-gejala biasa kerosakan kulit yang disebabkan oleh PM2.5 termasuklah: kekeringan, kulit kusam yang disebabkan oleh pengurangan kolagen, gejala jerawat, pigmentasi dan bintik gelap, garis pramatang dan kedutan dan masalah kulit yang lain.

Adakah terdapat cara untuk menyingkirkan PM2.5 yang berbahaya ini dari kulit kita dengan cara yang selamat? Menurut pepatah lama, "mencegah lebih baik daripada mengubati". Oleh itu, adalah lebih baik untuk mencegah permulaan masalah kulit sebelum ia berlaku, dan bukan mencuba dan memperbaiki kerosakan yang terjadi apabila terlambat.

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Walau bagaimanapun, tidak semua pembersih adalah sama – ramai wanita mempunyai salah faham bahawa semua pembersih berbusa yang ada di pasaran memberikan perlindungan yang mencukupi daripada bahan pencemar luaran, tetapi sebenarnya tidak!

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Menampilkan formula kawalan minyak yang tidak mengeringkan, pembersih berbusa ini menghasilkan buih yang kaya berkrim yang sampai ke dalam liang-liang pada kulit dan mengeluarkan bendasing seperti kotoran, minyak berlebihan dan sel-sel kulit mati. Sinar dan minyak di permukaan kulit dikurangkan sambil mengekalkan keseimbangan kelembapan semula jadi. Manfaat daripada bahan utamanya, gliserin tulen, yang menyubur dan menghaluskan kulit menjadikan wajah kelihatan bebas cela, segar dan sihat berseri.
Pencemar mikro seperti PM2.5 adalah sangat halus dan membuatkannya mudah untuk menembusi kulit dan mengganggu halangan kulit serta amat susah untuk disingkirkan. (Kiri) Dengan menggunakan Neutrogena Deep Clean Foaming Cleanser, it membantu untuk menyingkirkan 99% pencemar mikro termasuk PM2.5 sambil memastikan kulit anda sentiasa lembab dan bersih (Kanan)
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The Most Enriching Environmental Film Festival Launched In Kuala Lumpur With Climate Action Theme

The International Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival 2019 (KLEFF 2019) was successfully launched at Taman Tugu earlier this wek to celebrate the 12th installation of the film festival with the theme “Climate Action…Now!”. 

Fadly Bakhtiar (KLEFF Festival Director), Aina Ahmad (Brand Communications Manager of Kiehl’s Malaysia), Ms. Stephanie (Vice President of Malaysian Nature Society) and Dr. Yasmin Rasyid (KLEFF Founder & Honorary Advisor) took a group photo during the launching ceremony of KLEFF 2019. The honourable guests received a forest tree sapling which is part of the Trees for Tomorrow programme, a collaborative effort between KLEFF and Friends of Taman Tugu to plant 100 seedlings within 1 year as part of their commitment to take Climate Action…Now!
This year’s theme will explore the stories of people and organizations committed to taking climate action to create maximum impact on sustainable development. The Festival received a total of 233 submissions on environment-themed films from 48 countries and out of these, 86 ground-breaking films of various lengths and genres will be screened throughout the Festival.

“Films are very powerful tools, I want to see how Malaysia can use films to get people to start thinking differently, to spark conversations, to take actions, to make something out of everything…I hope KLEFF in its 12th year, will resonate with the Malaysian public and inspire them to take immediate action for a better and sustainable Malaysia,” said Yasmin Rasyid, KLEFF Founder & Honorary Advisor during her welcoming speech.
The fellow KLEFF partners, collaborators and guest members took a group photo after the event to commemorate the launch of the 12th International Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival.
Present at today’s launching ceremony with Dr. Yasmin Rasyid were Mr. Fadly Bakhtiar (KLEFF Festival Director), Ms. Stephanie Bacon (Vice President of Malaysian Nature Society (MNS)), Ms. Aina Ahmad (Brand Communications Manager of Kiehl’s Malaysia), Mdm. Elina Jani (Director, Strategic Communications Officer of Malaysian Green Technology Corporation), fellow esteemed KLEFF partners, filmmakers, and collaborators.

“This is the second year MNS has supported KLEFF and EcoKnights, who is a stakeholder in MNS’s EU-funded MY Forest project. Through KLEFF, MY Forest is able to fulfil its tenet of capacity building of non-stake actors in forest advocacy,” said Prof. Dr. Ahmad Ismail, President of MNS.
Press conference featuring (from left to right) Ms. Aina (Brand Communications Manager of Kiehl’s Malaysia), Mr. Fadly (KLEFF Festival Director), Ms. Stephanie (Vice President of Malaysian Nature Society), moderator Dr. Yasmin (KLEFF Founder & Honorary Advisor), and Mdm. Elena, Director, Strategic Communications Officer of Malaysian Green Technology Corporation.
KLEFF Festival Director Fadly Bakhtiar said, “We are committed to bringing you the most enriching environmental film festival that brings forward the conversation and environmental movement of climate action. Continuously being supported by our notable partners, collaborators, esteemed media and the general public, we hope to continue to prosper and fight for a better world for everyone.”

Continuing its long-serving legacy in the sustainability field, KLEFF will be at two separate events this year with more highlights below:

KLEFF @ IGEM (9th – 11th October)
  • KLEFF 2019 Award Ceremony, recognising international and local filmmakers in their effort to drive the environmental stories forward
  • An Informative Booth featuring the sustainability efforts and community-centric initiatives by environmental NGO, EcoKnights, and its partners
  • Virtual Reality (VR) experience, displaying one of KLEFF’s award-winning films
  • 4 Film Screenings of 15 KLEFF films focusing on climate change, science-based and technology-related issues
 KLEFF @ Publika Solaris Dutamas (7th – 13th October)
  • 12 KLEFF’s Film Screenings featuring 73 ground-breaking environment-themed films
  • 3 impact-driven sustainability initiatives under Act4SDGs featuring Earthworm Foundation (panel session and video screening), Society for Conservation Biology (panel session and photography exhibition) and Me.Reka Makerspace (workshop series) highlighting the Sustainable Development Goals
  • Virtual Reality (VR) experience, displaying one of KLEFF’s award-winning films
  • 17 environment-themed Workshops and Talks
  • Fund-Fair consisting of various interactive family games
  • 23 Green Market vendors championing eco-friendly products and services in accordance to the SDG Goal 12, Responsible Consumption and Production

AirAsia named Best Low-Cost Airline by Business Traveller Asia Pacific

AirAsia Hong Kong and Macao CEO Celia Lao accepting the trophy for Best Low-cost Airline at the 2019 Business Traveller Asia-Pacific Awards held in Hong Kong.
AirAsia has been named Best Low Cost Airline by Business Traveller Asia Pacific for the eighth year in a row, beating EasyJet and HK Express for the honour.

The Business Traveller Asia Pacific Awards recognise product and service excellence in aviation and hospitality, as voted by readers of the travel magazine, which has a circulation of 30,000 globally.

AirAsia Hong Kong and Macao CEO Celia Lao accepted the award at a special luncheon ceremony held in the Island Shangri-La Hong Kong.

AirAsia Group President (Airlines) Bo Lingam said, “We are proud to be recognised once again as the best LCC by the region’s most frequent and discerning travellers. For more than a decade, we have been at the forefront of delivering value to our guests, and we will continue to do so as we expand our travel offering on airasia.com beyond flights to better meet our guests’ ever-growing expectations.”

The Business Traveller Asia-Pacific magazine, launched in 1982, recognises airlines, airports, hotels and travel destinations, that have been voted by its readers for their outstanding service and hospitality.

Samsung Galaxy Fold Now Available

Category-defining foldable device inspires new mobile experiences with custom UX, mobility and powerful multitasking

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. earlier this month announced the launch of the Galaxy Fold—a completely new category of mobile technology—available in Korea on September 6, followed by select countries including France, Germany, Singapore, U.K., U.S., and more, in Cosmos Black and Space Silver. With a 5G-ready option in select countries, consumers will be able to unfold the future on the fastest network speeds available.

Galaxy Fold was designed to inspire new experiences: When closed, you can access your essentials on the cover display comfortably with one hand, and when opened, you can explore new ways to multitask, watch videos, play games, and more, on its immersive 7.3-inch Infinity Flex Display. 

During the past several months, Samsung has been refining the Galaxy Fold to ensure it delivers the best possible experience. Not only did Samsung improved the Galaxy Fold’s design and construction, but it also took the time to rethink the entire consumer journey.

“The category-defining Galaxy Fold is a device that defies the barriers of traditional smartphone design. Now, we’re excited to release this pioneering mobile technology, and allow consumers to experience it for themselves,” said DJ Koh, President and CEO of IT & Mobile Communications Division, Samsung Electronics. “Consumers have responded positively to larger screens, and the Galaxy Fold’s revolutionary form factor offers a bigger, more immersive screen without sacrificing portability. This is what we call innovation of new mobile experience in action.”



First-of-its-Kind User Experience
The Galaxy Fold combines users’ favorite smartphone and tablet features to deliver a new kind of mobile device and a first-of-its-kind user experience—from a new form factor and materials to its unique foldable UX, versatile camera and premium performance. Samsung worked alongside partners to create an entirely new UX that will change the way we use our mobile devices and takes full advantage of the foldable design with its cover and main displays. As a result, the device opens up new possibilities for users.

The Galaxy Fold transforms how you capture, share, and edit mobile content. When closed, you can shoot a quick video, and then simply open the device to watch it on a larger screen—with App Continuity, the video seamlessly transitions from the cover display to the main display.  With Multi-Active Window, you can run multiple apps at once in real-time and effectively multitask: Edit footage, browse through the photo gallery for still shots, and read emails from friends and co-workers, all at the same time.

With a 5G-ready option, Galaxy Fold users in select markets can take full advantage of their carriers’ fastest speeds. The Galaxy Fold 5G harnesses the full power of next-generation connectivity for streaming and downloading high-resolution videos and other content, as well as graphics-heavy games, at super-charged speeds.  By allowing us to do more with the 7.3-inch Infinity Flex Display, the Galaxy Fold is changing the way we consume content and multitask.

Every Galaxy Fold comes with exclusive access to specialized customer care services – including one-on-one access to Samsung experts, and a 24/7 support hub online or over the phone. Samsung will elaborate on plans in each market to ensure every aspect of the Galaxy Fold experience is as extraordinary as the device itself.

For more information about Galaxy Fold, please visit news.samsung.com/galaxy, www.samsungmobilepress.com or www.samsung.com/global/galaxy/galaxy-fold.

Bank Islam Launches Women in Business (WinBiz) Programme

Empowering Women-Owned SME's Capabilities and Capacity

(centre) YAB Dato 'Seri Dr. Wan Azizah Dr. Wan Ismail, Deputy Prime Minister launches Bank Islam's Women in Business (“WinBiz) Programme alongside with Encik Mohd Muazzam Mohamed, Chief Executive of Bank Islam (left) and Datuk Zamani Abdul Ghani, Chairman of Bank Islam (right) at Royale Chulan Kuala Lumpur.
Bank Islam Malaysia Berhad ("Bank Islam") today introduced a new programme dedicated for women entrepreneurs under the small and medium enterprises (“SME”) segment known as Women in Business (“WinBiz”).

The launch was officiated by YAB Dato' Seri Dr. Wan Azizah Dr. Wan Ismail, Deputy Prime Minister who is also Minister of Women, Family and Community Development. Also present were Datuk Zamani Abdul Ghani, Chairman of Bank Islam and Encik Mohd Muazzam Mohamed, Chief Executive Officer of Bank Islam at Royale Chulan Kuala Lumpur.

WinBiz programme offers a comprehensive range of banking facilities that meet the working capital requirements (WCR) and Capital Expenditures (CAPEX) of private limited women-owned businesses.

YAB Dato’ Seri Dr. Wan Azizah Dr. Wan Ismail, Deputy Prime Minister
delivered her speech at the Launching Ceremony of Bank Islam Women
in Business (“WinBiz) Programme  at Kuala Lumpur
YAB Dato' Seri Dr. Wan Azizah said, “I urge financial institutions in Malaysia to follow Bank Islam’s lead and footsteps in introducing products and services that encourages women’s involvement in the field of entrepreneurship, particularly in small and medium enterprises.”

WinBiz programme aims to explore a new market segment that has significant growth potential, as well as increase access to financial solutions to a more specific SME segment.

According to Encik Mohd Muazzam, “Offering sophisticated products and services that are current and relevant to the present and future needs of our customers are a part of Bank Islam's Transformation journey.”

“We are very proud to be given the opportunity to introduce WinBiz to the market. Improvements will be undertaken gradually over time to expand the eligibility and offerings of related products,” he added.

As a start, the programme offerings include Business Financing Term-i facility with funding up to RM1 million, Bank Islam Visa Infinite Business Credit Card-i, Corporate Internet Banking and Payment Terminal facility, as well as SME Al-Awfar Investment Account and iGain SME Current Account.

Encik Mohd Muazzam mentioned that Bank Islam sees SMEs as a significant segment that has tremendous potential for growth.

“We expect the SME banking portfolio to increase by RM50 million over the next 12 months following the launch of the WinBiz programme today.

“In line with our vision to become The Bank that Advances Prosperity for All, we are committed to assist SMEs by offering innovative products that will enable their businesses to reach greater heights,” he said.

The WinBiz programme will be available in the market in October 2019.

Love These Fave Deals To The Moon(Cake) And Back! With Almost 50% Off, These Are The Mooncakes You Need To Get!

Mooncake lovers can rejoice, it’s that time of year again! The culinary ode to the Moon has been present for ages but has only recently seen a Millennial spin. With the Mid-Autumn Festival just around the corner. Bakeries have been crafting unique varieties of mooncake recipes. Aside from the classic ones that are a common sight at this time of year, there’s a whole lot of other styles out there too, which you might have come across at some point.

These merchants on Fave have put their own unique perspective on the classic delicacy. With cashback and deals galore, it's a great opportunity to gather around with loved ones to bond and reminisce about old times over a box of delectable and affordable mooncakes. Bound to “wow” everyone at the table!  And they are Halal too!

Here are a few of the Mooncakes that we believe deserve special mention for being truly unique and interesting. Not only do these take the cake, but they are a steal too!

MILKY WAY (Offer Valid Till: 30th September 2019)
Chewy, soft, and tender, the delectable soft skin mooncakes are a treat to enjoy. With four flavours of Red Ruby, Divine Durian, Tasty Cocoa, and Molly Pearl. Tantalize your taste buds to an array of sweet, savoury and creamy flavours of this traditional baked good with friends and family this lunar new year. Enjoy Milky Way’s premium soft skin mooncakes for 34RM,  with savings of 53% - you’d be crazy not to! Click Here to get yours today!

MYKELO MOONCAKE (Offer Valid Till: 30th September 2019)
Greet your guests or treat yourself with some delectable mooncakes from Mykelo Mooncake. These sweet and dense delicacies can be served or gifted and come in a variety of four different flavours such as lotus, durian, red bean, and pandan. Enjoy this box of four for a steal of just 21RM, that's savings of 48%, which is almost half off! Click Here to get yours today!

WONDERFUL CAKE HOUSE (Offer Valid Till: 13th September 2019)
Satiate your cravings for a sweet treat with this delectable pastry set of 6 single-yolk yam mooncakes! Sweet, savoury, and flaky, The pastries make for a great snack or dessert. Those waiting patiently to gorge on their favourite mooncakes won't be left disappointed with Fave stocking these at 20% off! Click Here to get yours today!

Watsons Celebrates Its Biggest Members’ Birthday Bash

Watsons Offers More and More Fabulous Deals for its Members

[9th from LEFT]: Ms Caryn Loh - Managing Director of Watsons Malaysia, Mr Danny Hoh – Customer Director of Watsons Malaysia along with the Watsons Malaysia Management team, Watsons Celebrity Friends, Mr Donovan Chai – Senior Manager Marketing Communications of Edaran Tan Chong Malaysia, Mr Wong Chee Mun – Head of Acquisition of Maybank Malaysia together with Watsons ELITE members at the grand finale event of the Watsons Members’ Birthday Bash media launch.
Watsons throws the biggest Members’ Birthday Bash by revealing a series of fabulous deals for its members. Nothing shouts celebration quite like a surprise sale with up to 50% off at Watsons outlets nationwide and online from 3 September 2019. Watsons members can even enjoy extra offers and out-of-this-world rewards.

This year, Watsons members stand a chance to drive away two brand-new Nissan X-Trail in collaboration with Edaran Tan Chong Motor. In addition, Watsons is also giving out another 100 special prizes of 60,000 worth of Watsons points each. All it takes is two easy steps to get even more in this huge celebration. First, you have to spend RM100 and above including one of the participating brands in a single receipt and then submit the receipt through the Watsons app from 3rd September till 30th October 2019.

L-R: Ms Caryn Loh – Managing Director of Watsons Malaysia, Mr Danny Hoh – Customer Director of Watsons Malaysia announcing 2 brand new NISSAN X-TRAIL vehicles to be won by Watsons members during the campaign period.
During the month of September, Watsons will also be offering more amazing promotions through its biggest 9.9 Online Mega Sale. There would be digital sales of up to 60% off, buy 1 free 1 offers and even exciting flash deals. The promotion can only be enjoyed through Watsons online and Watsons mobile app. So download the Watsons MY App now to enjoy these amazing deals!

“We are proud to announce that Watsons Malaysia has achieved another milestone, in retaining the loyalty of our customers with our Watsons membership achieving 5.5 million members nationwide and still increasing in our 9th year! Launched in 2010, the Watsons membership program continues to grow and innovate throughout the years where the benefits of the membership have grown to offer more than special in-store promotions, discounts and deals but has encompass a Watsons lifestyle experience of its own, with the support of various lifestyle partners from food and beverage to travel experiences."

Ayda Jebat – Watsons Ambassador, Ms Caryn Loh – Managing Director of Watsons Malaysia, Mr Danny Hoh – Customer Director of Watsons Malaysia and Jinnyboy – Watsons Ambassador on the announcement of Watsons One Pass. This program allows Watsons Members enjoy the local promotions, discounts and even earn Watsons points while travelling to 7 selected markets by showing their Watsons card or virtual card upon payment.
"At Watsons we are always innovative to reward our loyal customers and we wanted to give a bigger reward to our Watsons members who spend more than RM1,000 at Watsons. Hence, the creation of the Watsons Elite membership. This year we have launch a “first-of-its-kind” customer loyalty program known as Watsons One Pass where Watsons members in Malaysia gets rewarded when they travel outside of Malaysia and shop at Watsons stores in selected markets namely Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Singapore, Thailand and Indonesia. At Watsons, we will continue to combine an excellent shopping experience with high-quality products to suit your every health and lifestyle need,” said Caryn Loh, Managing Director of Watsons Malaysia.

A Watsons Celebrity Showdown between Ayda Jebat & Jinnyboy – Watsons Ambassadors together with Watsons ELITE members to answer a series of questions.
The Watsons One Pass, which was launched earlier in the month, allows Watsons members to enjoy travelling benefits when travelling to the selected Watsons Markets. By bringing along the Watsons card or showing the Watsons virtual card via the Watsons MY app, members will be able to enjoy local promotions, discounts and even earn basic points upon payment whilst travelling. For more information, visit https://www.watsons.com.my/watsons-one-pass or follow Watsons Malaysia Facebook and Instagram for more details.

Internationally known Illusionist & Mentalist – Andrew Lee performing during the launch of Watsons Members’ Birthday Bash media launch.
“Our Watsons members will be in for a treat during the birthday bash period, as we will give away free 2,000 Watsons points when you purchase RM50 and above on Watsons Brand products, while there are also free dining vouchers worth RM500 with purchase of RM100 and above. As a bonus, Watsons members can earn 20 times Watsons points just by paying with MaybankQRPay and to be environmentally friendly, members get 5 Watsons points when they shop at any Watsons store without asking for a plastic bag,” said Danny Hoh, Customer Director of Watsons Malaysia.

The members’ birthday bash was attended by Ayda Jebat and Jinnyboy as Watsons ambassadors whereby they held a mini game engagement with Watsons Elite members. The event ended with a display of Watsons Celebrity Friends’ greetings video and a cake-cutting ceremony.

L-R: Watsons Celebrity Friends Dennis Yin, Jazel Lim, Amber Chia, Ayda Jebat - Watsons Ambassador, Ms Caryn Loh – Managing Director of Watsons Malaysia, Mr Danny Hoh – Customer Director of Watsons Malaysia, Jinnyboy – Watsons Ambassador, Arja Lee, Mark O’Dea & Andrew Lee – internationally known illusionist and mentalist.
“We had tons of fun engaging with the Watsons ELITE members especially during the mini games session at the birthday bash,” said Ayda Jebat. While Jinnyboy expressed that everyone who isn’t a Watsons member should register themselves to be a Watsons member soon as there are so many privileges and benefits to enjoy. Other Watsons celebrity friends who celebrated the members’ birthday bash include Amber Chia, Mark O’Dea, Arja Lee, Fiqrie, Jazel Lim & Dennis Yin. Guests were also given a special treat by Malaysia’s most wanted illusionist – Andrew Lee who wowed the them with 2 special magic acts. Andrew appeared in Asia’s Got Talent and Britain’s Got Talent back in 2017 and 2018 respectively.