Friday, 21 October 2016

Daily: DCODE 1A Private Lounge @ The Row, Kuala Lumpur

There’s a new ‘must-visit’ destination for those in the know – but only for the next five weeks. KL’s most exclusive speakeasy lounge, the DCODE 1A Private Lounge opens its doors for the first time this weekend unveiling a sophisticated journey into a world of passion, style and taste. 

Known for hosting some of the most anticipated events and campaigns across Malaysia, the 1A Private Lounge is the latest initiative from experiential specialists DCODE. Designed with DCODE’s mantra of #CreateOwnDiscoverExperience in mind, the DCODE 1A Private Lounge is a distinctive expression of all a modern speakeasy cocktail lounge should be.

At the launch, attended by members of KL’s fashionable elite, guests were treated to a preview of the tasteful expression and its unique offerings from bespoke pool table to customisable cocktails. The night was further enlivened with DJs Jane Chuck & Nikki hitting up the decks and setting a stylish soundtrack to the evening.

Nestled in the heart of The Row, the precise location of DCODE 1A Private Lounge is a secret revealed only to those who dare to explore, experience and have the confidence to express their own personal passions, taste and style.

Boasting a minimalist yet elegant interior, the DCODE 1A Private Lounge is the perfect environment to relax and unwind in the evenings for those with an appreciation for the finer things in life. Bespoke cocktails, tailored to the tastes of each discerning guest with choices from Strong, Smooth or Fresh; are crafted by experienced mixologists at the unique Science Lab on the first floor.  Downstairs, conversations flow to the smooth sounds laid down by the resident DJ.

Offered to only 100 guests per night, this curated experience into the realm of taste, sensation and style starts the moment a personalised QR Code unlocks a ‘hidden’ doorway.  Those ready to go on a journey of discovery may apply at to begin DCODE-ing their way into KL’s most exclusive, private lounge experience. 

DCODE 1A Private Lounge is an exclusive ‘pop-up’ private lounge, open from now until 12th November 2016 (every Thursday, Friday & Saturday). Admission is strictly by invitation only. For more information and how access the DCODE 1A Private Lounge, visit the DCODE Facebook page at

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Food: MIGF Festive Menu @ Samplings on The Fourteenth, Berjaya Times Square Hotel

Curious to try out the latest Samplings on the Fourteenth Fine Dining in conjunction with the recent Malaysian International Gastronomy Festival (MIGF)? 

Here's your chance as the chef have prepared a menu which consist of the finest ingredients and the most outstanding flavours to whet your appetite this October! Ignite those taste buds on the fourteenth floor of Berjaya Times Square Hotel overlooking the scenic KL skyline.

Prior to serving up the items on the menu, we had some freshly baked bread and butter to help ourselves with.

Parmesan Cheese Bread

Amuse Bouche
Lamb tartlet with goat cheese croquetas

Appetizer 1

Pan fried haloumi (grilled cheese) with chilled marinated vegetables and lemon emulsion

This one had an interesting mix of flavours with the grilled cheese being salty and the marinated vegetables which was sour.


Green pea cream, artichoke chips and tomato tartar

This was the first time I tried something like this. It was definitely unusual, you either like it or hate it if you don't enjoy green peas in particular.

Appetizer 2

Poached baby mackerel, chick pea puree, smoked garlic cream and walnut

Palate Cleanser

Malibu lime sorbet

Main Course

A choice of 
1. Pan fried halibut fillet, smoked tomato puree, parsnip and shell fish froth
2. Slow cooked cutlet of lamb, baked stuffed red onion, glazed root vegetables and a jus of cherry
3. Wagyu beef medallion, pumpkin with a hint of Xeres vinegar, duck foie gras and thyme juice


Guanoja chocolate, delice, sea salt flakes, butter scotch and cream cheese moussline

Chef De Cuisine, Chef Val has about 24 years of culinary experience and the restaurant has won multiple awards under his stewardship.

A picture with the Chef

Try it out as its only RM 388 nett (inclusive of wine) at the moment!


Monday, 10 October 2016

Food: D' Kayangan Steamboat BBQ Buffet Restaurant @ Shah Alam

If you ever feel like having some bbq and steamboat in Shah Alam, there is a restaurant, D' Kayangan Steamboat BBQ Buffet which serves a wide spread of choices for an affordable price. The chef at this place has more than 15 years of culinary experience by the way. 

Plenty of seating space for big families. However, the restaurant is often packed on weekends, so it's best to make a reservation first to avoid any disappointment. 

The 2-in-1 grill and steamboat pot at each table

The great array of frozen food and marinated items, ready for grilling or steamboat

They even have my favourite seafood on ice!



Mixed Seafood

Marinated Items

Fish balls and frozen items

Different types of noodles and dried items 

Quail eggs

Wide selection of vegetables


Juice, coffee or ice lemon tea

Have some cakes and desserts once you're done with your fulfilling meal!

Steamboat BBQ Buffet D'Kayangan

Sri Acappella, 1, Jalan Lompat Tinggi 13/33, 
Seksyen 13, 40100 Shah Alam

Phone Number: 012-297 1091 / 03-5523 4979

Friday, 7 October 2016

Daily: Face Your Fears @ Sunway Lagoon's Nights of Fright 4

As light gave way to darkness, Sunway Lagoon opened its gates to those who dared walk its grounds into the uncertainty of the night. From the 7th till the 31st of October, Nights of Fright 4 (NOF4) will bring visitors face to face with their fears as local urban legends, Hollywood icons, and a modern dystopian story are brought to life!

This year, Asia’s Best Attraction boasts, “FRIGHTS, FEAR, and FUN” through only the best horror themes surrounding Asia, Modern Dystopian, and Hollywood among others as it manifests itself to present a ghastly den of eight haunted houses, six scare zones, and 11 after-dark amusement rides.

I was ecstatic when I was invited to the media launch a few days back of this enthralling and frightening event. I had an expectation that it will be bigger and better this year compared to last year! And, truly Nights of Fright 4 did not disappoint at all. We were greeted by ghouls, zombies and ghosts walking around, dressed to their nines in the most realistic costume ever. My friends were even chased around by some of these 'mascots'!

This year, we braved our fears and checked out all the ghost houses, designed to scare the living crap of you. Screams start with CHAONEI NO. #81 in UV3D: Beijing’s most famous haunted house as a tragic concoction of love forlorn and guilt possesses a promising Opera singer during her torrid affair with the husband of the house. I liked this one as we had to wear special effects 3D glasses and guess what, this makes all the props appear more real than it already is.

The Asian themes continue with DIYU – JOURNEY OF JUDGEMENT. Take a walk and delve into the unknown realm where your journey to the next life is determined by walking through your fate on the bridge. Then, there is the ever familiar yet sinister MALAYA HIGH SCHOOL where a crime so horrific has taken place in the classroom upstairs. Explore and discover the debauchery that has since deemed tightly closed, until now! This one was epic as we were caught off guard many times through this haunting journey back to the old times. 

In KEVIL HILL, there is a cold evil presented at the highest scare intensity through a chilly underlying aura as this Modern Dystopian world takes shape. Uncover a world which is a mix of cryogenically frozen zombies, brought to chilling half-life following a massive explosion in the mysterious Kevil Hill Cryonic Corporation headquarters.

For those into Hollywood legends, the world’s most famous ‘hantu-crew’ help you wind your way through a very spooky New York in THE GHOSTBUSTERS ADVENTURE LIVE! Indulge in your fears even further with encounters at HORRORWOOD STUDIOS. Rounding off the haunted houses is the spooky ANGOSCIA THEATER, a mix of fashion and fear, and of course, our own ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE celebrating everyone’s favourite undead.


Nights of Fright 4 comes to life at 7:30pm to 11:30pm every Friday to Sunday from 7th to 30th October including 31st October 2016. Tickets are priced at RM 58 (normal price), RM 50 (student price), with exclusive promotions such as RM 120 (one admission Sunway Lagoon pass & one NOF4 ticket) and Buy 2 for RM 80 (entry dates only on Sundays).

For more information, call 603 5639 0000, visit or connect to

*This event is recommended for guests above 12 years old.  Visitors dressed in their coolest and spookiest costumes will be most welcomed, however, no face masks are allowed during event nights.