Lifestyle, My Personal, Travel

Fascinated by the 13th Latin American Festival at the Commons KL at bbpark

The 13th Latin American Festival which was jointly organized by the Group of Latin America and Caribbean Countries (GRULAC) embassies in Malaysia from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Mexico and Peru, in collaboration with Plaza Low Yat, Federal Hotels International, The Federal Kuala Lumpur and Hotel Capitol Kuala Lumpur was successfully held on last Sunday 25 September 2022 in Commons KL @ bbpark, Bukit Bintang.

This event was supported by Kuala Lumpur City Hall (Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur), KL Tourism Bureau, the Latin Ladies Association of Malaysia and the Malaysian Red Crescent.

“We hope that Malaysians, KLites, the local communities, expatriate communities as well as the domestic and international tourists visiting Kuala Lumpur, will be able to soak up the culture and offerings of our Latin American friends this year. Part of our tradition at the Latin American festival is the sales of raffle tickets and food and beverages for a noble cause.”

said Mr Darrell Choy, General Manager of Plaza Low Yat.

For A Noble Cause
Part of the tradition at the Latin American festival was the sales of raffle tickets and food and beverages for a noble cause. All proceeds this year were donated to the Malaysian Foundation for the Blind – a non-profit organization that was established to improve the lives of blind and partially-sighted people in Malaysia.

Some of the tenants at Plaza Low Yat sponsored the lucky draw prizes comprising of a gaming laptop and the latest IT gadgets. Lucky winners walked away with attractive lucky draw prizes that include the Grand Prize of a round trip Economy flight ticket to one of the following destinations: Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Cuba or Mexico, courtesy of Turkish Airlines to use it in 2023.

It is hoped that this event bridges the gap between both cultures as this event sees the opportunity to promote and showcase our Malaysian culture to the Latin American communities.

“This one-day event celebrates the diversity of culture, tastes and rhythms of Latin America and the Caribbean, a great opportunity for all to experience the rich culture, handmade arts & crafts, traditional music & dance, as well as enjoy delicious culinary taste and flavours of each of these seven vibrant Latin America and Caribbean Countries from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Mexico and Peru. The rhythms and music will take you on a journey through the myriad sounds and beats of Latin music.”

said Ms Ooi Lee Ping, Director of Group Marketing, Sales & Business Development and Operations of Federal Hotels International.

Full of Vibrant Colours and Pulsating Vibes
The 13th Latin American spiced up Bukit Bintang and Kuala Lumpur City once again with its magical display of vibrant colours and pulsating vibes of Latin American music and rhythms, dances be it Salsa, Samba or Tango, art & craft as well as handicraft from the Continent, which was a great way to further strengthen the friendship & cultural exchange between Malaysia and the Latin American & Caribbean Countries.

Through this festival, we also witnessed the colourful diversity of our rich Malaysian culture and heritage with the expatriate communities as well as tourists. We all know that Bukit Bintang has always been the popular tourist hotspot in Kuala Lumpur.

Spread A Little Kindness
This was definitely another memorable experience to enjoy the rich culture and an authentic taste of Latin American gastronomic delights, a celebration of life, arts, food, music, dance, culture and heritage, whilst at the same time spreading a little spirit of cheer and kindness as proceeds from this festival were channelled to Charity namely Yayasan Orang Buta Malaysia (YOBM). This meaningful Charity event was one of FHI Group’s continuous Sharing & Caring Community Commitments.

It was my pleasure to be able to witness the beautiful and colourful event on that day. I really enjoyed myself there and learning a little bit more about the culture and heritage of the Latin American community.

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My Personal, Travel

Glamping in GLAMZ at Genting

Our family went to the popular glamping spot – GLAMZ at Genting. It is located in a rural forested area along Jalan Meranti in Genting. It is approximately about 15 minutes from Genting Premium Outlet and 30 minutes from Genting Highlands Theme Park.

First of all, do you know what is glamping? Legend has it that it is Glamourous Camping. Hehe!

We booked ourselves two Dome Rooms (with Big Window), side by side. The rooms are equipped with an attached toilet, air conditioner (those portable type), fan, hammock, beanbag, electric sockets, mineral water, table and chairs. Hot water is available at the main lobby. Most of the time, we had our family activities together in one dome. We brought some self-heat hotpots for dinner. However, there are other options like pre-booking their steamboat or BBQ facilities. (No cooking is allowed in the dome). Food delivery services like GrabFood and McD Delivery are available too!

As we wanted to celebrate September babies’ birthday, we also ordered McDonald’s McCafe food delivery! Kesian the abang rider, had to send our cakes and fried chicken all the way from Genting Sempah. Thank you, abang rider!

Breakfast was quite good. We can choose between fried mee hoon and assorted dim sums. Other than the mains, we were served with a variety of breakfast spread, like half-boiled eggs, toasts, cereal, coffee, tea and orange juice.

The facilities there are quite interesting too. There is a public jacuzzi, steam room, BBQ pits, board games, toys and ball games for kids and etc. At night, it was breezy and cool. Best place for stargazing. Very suitable for family, groups of friends and even couples. For those who love #OOTD shots, everywhere so lit and on-point!

Basically this is a pretty interesting place for a short staycation with loved ones and friends. Many asked me how much the room rate? It was RM670 for our two Dome Rooms (with Big Windows). However, the price varies on different dates.

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Health & Wellness, Lifestyle, My Personal, Travel

Komune Living & Wellness, the Largest Integrated Co-living & Wellness Hub in Southeast Asia

My wife and I had a great staycation experience in our weekend co-living getaway at Komune Living & Wellness, a resort in the the city, located in Bandar Tasik Permaisuri, Cheras.

The service of their staff was exemplary good and friendly. We felt welcomed by their hospitality the moment we stepped in their lobby.

I am amazed that Komune Living & Wellness is the largest integrated co-living & wellness hub in Southeast Asia. Guests of all ages can enjoy so many different facilities & activities here like:
🎱Games room
🎤KTV room
♨️Warm pool & jacuzzi
🏊🏼‍♂️Swimming pool
💻Work lounge
🏞️Open deck
🍜Food Court @luckyluckyfoodstore
🀄Calligraphy classes at the Community Living Hall on Saturday (4-5pm)
🕺🏼Aerodance, Saturday (8-9am)
☯️Tai-chi, Sunday (9am-12pm)
🏃🏻Exercise at the park

I find this place is also very suitable for families with seniors as it is also equipped with wellness and senior care services like:
☑️Medical + Traditional Chinese
☑️Medicine consultation
☑️Wellness massage and therapies
☑️Senior daycare facilities
☑️Professional care providers
☑️Senior care concierge services
☑️Medical escort
☑️And many more!

If you are looking for a one-night staycation with loved ones, a short stay or long stay for business or family matters, do check out as the room rate is very affordable for a resort in the city area with so many facilities.

Do check out their social media platforms for their latest promotions.
*Wellness Getaway package for 2:

*26 Hours Staycation from as low as RM140+ per night:

📍Komune Living & Wellness
21, Jalan Tasik Permaisuri 2,
Bandar Tun Razak,
56000 Kuala Lumpur

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Lifestyle, My Personal, Travel

International Roaming from As Low As RM5/day with Yoodo’s ROAM LIKE HOME

Did you know Yoodo is Malaysia’s first truly customisable and 100% digital mobile service that is powered by Celcom, Malaysia’s widest 4G LTE network. Basically users can come up with 2 million combinations of DATA, VOICE MINS and SMS based on their own needs and can ADD-ON data packets to suit their lifestyle. It’s the only telco with CUSTOMISABLE UNLIMITED plans! Paling best is users are not tied up with any contract and can renew their mobile data plan ANYTIME.

On 4 July 2022, I was invited to attend an online briefing – Yoodo Travel Blogger Briefing Session and am really attracted with what Yoodo is offering to us now – ROAM LIKE HOME – extremely beneficial to frequent travellers and those who will be travelling overseas soon!

With the ROAM LIKE HOME package, you get full access to your Data, Voice and SMS at a flat daily rate from as low as RM5/day! This international roaming service that lets you enjoy the same local experience while you’re travelling is available to 53 different countries. The best part is NO SIM card needed. So you’ll never lose your SIM ever again.

So you must be asking, what’s so great about the ROAM LIKE HOME package? Check out the benefits of getting a Yoodo’s ROAM LIKE HOME compared to bringing a pocket wifi or travel SIM below:

Instant connectionYou’re responsible for another device (one more thing you need to
Sourcing out an overseas prepaid
SIM can be painful.
Flat daily rate from RM5/dayHave to be within the range of the
device to stay connected.
Switch out and register an all new
SIM card.
Retain your local number, so you can always receive phone calls and SMS.Data is usually throttled after hitting
your limit.
You’ll miss out on important alerts
via SMS or calls on your local
Use your local Yoodo plan overseas.Data pricing is different depending
on your location. High chance of it
fluctuating too.
No bill shocks!

How to subscribe to Yoodo’s ROAM LIKE HOME package?
Just purchase it via the dashboard on the Yoodo app. It only costs you RM5, RM10 or RM20 per day depending on the country zone you are visiting.

Extra Perks for Being A Yoodo User
Another perk of being a Yoodo user is you get extra Cashbacks via ShopBack app when you purchase your trip necessities like hotel packages and flight from, Agoda, KLOOK and New Shopback users also get a RM10 Sign Up Bonus! For more information visit:

Yoodo’s Referral Programme
There’s also another perk only for Yoodo users! You stand a chance to win a trip to Seoul, Bangkok or glamping in Malaysia when you refer your family and friends to join Yoodo’s big family! All you need to do is to “Invite Friends” on Yoodo’s app and get them to sign up with your unique referral code. Not only that, your friend whom you’ve invited gets a guaranteed staycation* in Malaysia for 2 pax and will also join in the running to win the trip prizes! Just make sure that they spend a minimum of RM30 on their plans and stay on for at least 31 days. Isn’t that interesting?

For more information about Yoodo, the ROAM LIKE HOME, and all the perks they are offering, visit:

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Lifestyle, My Personal, Nature, Travel

Cyber Eco Hunt 2022 – Towards A Sustainable Future

I am so glad that I have the opportunity to play a small role in this meaningful event Cyber Eco Hunt 2022 by @alamflorasdnbhd with the theme “Towards A Sustainable Future” in Kuantan, Pahang.

The event aims to show commitment by Kumpulan Alam Flora and their continuous effort to reduce 40% recyclable wastage sent to disposal sites towards 2025. I had so much fun with the other participants who are also fellow bloggers and influencers in all the activities in each checkpoints.

The event was officiated by Dato’ Mohd Zain Hassan, CEO of Alam Flora Sdn Bhd, and also attended by Tuan Sharudin bin Hamid, Director of SWCorp Pahang.

There are a few points that I have learned from this activities:
1⃣ Dispose garden wastage like tree branches and bamboos the proper way, so that it is safe for Alam Flora staff during rubbish collection.

2⃣ “Beach comber” is used to clean up the beach around Teluk Cempedak, which removes rubbish like cigarette butts, plastic bottles and cans from the sandy beach.

3⃣ Segregate recycleables into 3 main categories – paper, plastic and others, and sell them to any Buy Back Centre or 3R on wheels. Earn when you recycle.

4⃣ 1 Supervisor 1 Transformation Area (1S1T) program, an initiative by supervisors of Alam Flora to improve the surroundings of their servicing area, an effort giving back to the community. They beautify the area, build playground and garden, make and paint sculptures with recycled rubber tyres and many more.

5⃣ Dining with tiffin containers to avoid using ‘single-use plastic’, is a more environmental-friendly way to pack food. Also, avoid food wastage can help to reduce methane gas which contribute to global warming.

6⃣ Plant more trees to make the Earth greener.

I was lucky enough to win a prize for one of the tasks we had to do throughout the event – Saya Sayang Bumi, Tree Planting (Blogger category). Very grateful to my team mates and glad to know other fellow blogger and influencer friends with the same passion and interest.

You can also be a part of this effort and join Alam Flora’s “Manage My Waste” TikTok Vlog Contest. Head over to @alamflorasdnbhd or this click this link for more information.

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