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27 August, 2014

Epicurean Market 2014 Singapore

Epicurean Market 2014 Singapore

The much talked about Epicurean Market 2014 is all set to indulge the palates of food aficionados over a multi-sensory gourmet celebration at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore. From 12-14 September, guests can experience award-winning bites from celebrity chef restaurants; dive deep into 35 master classes; interact with over 65 leading brands; bring home exclusively-bottled sauces and spice rubs; lounge at the central bar; dance to deejay-spun music; pick up produce at the Fresh Food Market and discover the finest wines from over 20 wine merchants.

Fresh from their Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants victories, award-winning chefs David Thompson (Long Chim) and Tetsuya Wakuda (Waku Ghin) will join their Singaporean contemporary Justin Quek (Sky on 57) in the line-up. Other renowned chefs making an appearance and giving master classes include Mozza’s Nancy Silverton, recipient of the 2014 James Beard Foundation’s coveted ‘Outstanding Chef’ award, and David Myers, award-winning chef and restaurateur from Los Angeles.

Epicurean Market Singapore

Multi-Sensory Experience at Epicurean Market

Catch the kitchen action and camaraderie as chefs cook live to whip up their signature dishes for Epicurean Market. Enjoy freshly shucked oysters at db Bistro Moderne with its new raw oyster bar, gourmet DBGB hot dogs, a selection of delicious charcuterie and warm madeleines.

At Mozza, guests will get to dip their hands into fresh dough and learn from the masters to make orecchiette by hand. The orecchiette is the most typical pasta shape of Puglia, a region of southern Italy. Its name comes from its shape, which resembles a small ear. Mozza will present fresh pasta and pizza dishes and cookbooks from celebrity chefs Nancy Silverton and Mario Batali.

CUT by Wolfgang Puck will serve delicious Pulled Pork Sandwiches, Shrimp and Crab Louis, Chocolate and Caramel Push Pop Ice Cream. At Waku Ghin, Chef Tetsuya Wakuda will debut a series of Japanese pastries in addition to his award-winning cuisine with dishes such as the signature Marinated Botan Shrimp with Sea Urchin and Caviar, Grilled Ohmi Beef with fresh wasabi and Carpaccio of Petuna Ocean Trout with Bitter Salad. For a taste of Chef Justin Quek’s Franco Asian cuisine, Sky on 57 is offering JQ’s Signature Foie Gras, Xiao Long Bao, Buri-oh Ceviche with black truffle vinaigrette and daily specials such as Pan Roasted Iberico De Bellota Neck. In addition, guests will get to sample dishes of upcoming restaurants at Marina Bay Sands by chefs David Thompson and David Myers.

Marinated Botan Shrimp with Sea Urchin and Caviar
Waku Ghin's signature Marinated Botan Shrimp with Sea Urchin and Caviar 
Guests can linger at the modern farmer’s market operated by Fresh Trust where berries, summer and winter fruits; hydroponics and organic vegetables; macadamia nuts as well as organic beef and lamb from Australia are on display. Diners can also pop by the market for a shot of the much-touted superfood kale – this versatile vegetable will be presented in various forms, such as kale juice and kale chips, all prepared fresh on the spot.

Wine connoisseurs can look forward to the finest and rarest wines sourced from around the world at the massive Wine Walk. Over 20 wine suppliers including Monopole, Enoteca, Wine Culture, Unique Wines, Excaliber Wines and Alfa International are taking part in the event. At the Singapore Straits Wine booth, apart from organic and rare wines on sale, sommeliers will share their knowledge on wines with activities such as wine and cheese pairings, thematic wine tasting and a blind tasting session. Its booth will display mini bottles of scents for guests to test their senses. Culina will offer the famous Taittinger Champagne, paired with caviar and Iberico ham while KOT Selections will conduct a blind tasting competition at its booth.

Pizzeria Mozza Margherita Singapore
Pizzeria Mozza Margherita
Second-time exhibitor KOT Selections’ founding and managing partner Ong Yi Xin said, “Last year, we had a fantastic response from guests and are expecting an even stronger and more enthusiastic crowd this time. We’ll also be introducing incredible new additions to our wine portfolio from California.” He will also be presenting a master class on the concept of terroir, illustrating how a particular region’s climate, soil and terrain influence each wine’s traits with examples from various vineyards.

Veuve Clicquot Champagne
Veuve Clicquot Champagne
Over at Proof & Company’s booth, experience its new pop up retail concept with the sale of artisanal spirits and cocktail ingredients, Japanese and European bar tools and books on cocktail making - everything you need to build a beautiful home bar. Guest will get to sample premium artisanal spirits, take part in mini cocktail making classes by three world-ranked bartenders, Joe Alessandroni, Zdenek Kastanek and Peter Chua.

Spencer Forhart, Portfolio Director at Proof & Company said, “There has never been a better time for food and beverage in Singapore, the industry is flourishing as consumers become ever more focused on quality. We’re extremely proud to be featured alongside Singapore’s globally renowned food and beverage teams at this year’s Marina Bay Sands’ Epicurean Market. The Proof & Company team will be showcasing an exciting new pop-up retail concept for the first time, bringing the art of craft cocktails to Singapore’s chefs.”

Unwind over the weekend at the sleek central bar presented by Veuve Clicquot Champagne and Ketel One Vodka. Guests can enjoy a bespoke bar experience within Epicurean Market by sipping the elegant Veuve Clicquot and cocktails handcrafted by celebrated mixologists using fresh produce at the Ketel One craft pop-up bar.

Nancy Silverton and Justin Quek at Epicurean Market 2013
Nancy Silverton and Justin Quek at Epicurean Market 2013
Celebrity Chef Dinners

In the lead up to Epicurean Market and F1, Chefs Tetsuya, Nancy Silverton and David Myers will be hosting special dinners for this event. 

9 September - Waku Ghin is hosting an exclusive Sake Dinner that will feature 11 sake masters from the association Frontier Tojo 21, representing the most revered breweries in Japan. Guests will get to savour exquisite and rare sake throughout the night such as the Juyondai, KokuRyu and Isojiman.

16 September - David Myers will join hands with db Bistro Moderne’s Jonathan Kinsella to present a wine dinner, themed on American cuisine influenced by his travels around the world.

17 September - Nancy Silverton is presenting a wine dinner at Osteria Mozza featuring classic Italian dishes and signature dishes from Osteria Mozza.

Mystery Box Cook-Off Between Celebrity Chef Restaurants
12 September, 5:30pm – 6:30pm
Watch the first ever mystery box cook-off between executive chefs Jonathan Kinsella (db Bistro Moderne) and David Almany (Osteria Mozza) as they challenge each other to prepare a dish using ingredients from a mystery box. The chefs will have about 45 minutes to whip up a dish each in this cook-off and a trio of judges will select the winner.
Celebrity Chefs Autograph Sessions

Get one-on-one time with renowned chefs such as Tetsuya Wakuda, Nancy Silverton and Justin Quek as they autograph cook books for fans and give personal tips. The cookbook signing sessions will take place right after the celebrity chef’s masterclasses at the chef’s booth.
LOUIS XIII de Rémy Martin Tasting
12 September, 4pm – 5pm

Discover the king of Cognacs, LOUIS XIII de Rémy Martin, made available to the public for the first time ever. Created in 1874, LOUIS XIII is an exceptional blend of 1,200 eaux-de-vie aged over 100 years, with each decanter highlighting the passionate work of four generations of Cellar Masters. Experience the LOUIS XIII with an amazing dessert pairing. Ticket for this exclusive masterclass is priced at S$50 (original ticket value of S$350) with a limited capacity of 40 participants. Limited-edition tickets have been packaged for this exclusive session, at $73 per person (includes the $23 ticket access to Epicurean Market for three days). The tasting is held on 12 September 2014, 4-5pm.

Vermouth And Aromatized Wine - The Perfect Aperitif
13 September, 5:45pm – 6:45pm
14 September, 5:30pm – 6:30pm
Take a peek into the fascinating history and origins of vermouth and aromatised wine as Marina Bay Sands’ mixologist Lucas Swallows demonstrates how to create light, aperitif style drinks using top Italian and French aromatised wines. Guests will also learn how to store and utilise these premium spirits at home.

Learn To Make Handmade Pasta From The Experts At Mozza’s Booth
Guests will not only taste fresh handmade pasta at the Mozza booth, they will also dip their hands into fresh dough and make pasta. Learn from the masters at celebrity chef restaurant Mozza to make your own orecchiette by hand. The orecchiette is the most typical pasta shape of Puglia, a region of southern Italy. Its name comes from its shape, which resembles a small ear.
Uniquely Epicurean Takeaways
Pick up unique items at the celebrity chef restaurant booths as they present exclusive items that are otherwise not available for sale. Guests can get to buy items such as special steak seasoning from CUT by Wolfgang Puck, spice rubs from Mozza and a specially-created db Singaporean chilli sauce by db Bistro Moderne. Waku Ghin will also debut a series of 10-12 Japanese pastries in addition to their award-winning cuisine.
Junior Pastry Academy With Executive Pastry Chef Benjamin Siwek,
db Bistro Moderne

14 September, 11:15am – 12:15pm

Aspiring junior bakers can take part in an interactive workshop with db Bistro Moderne’s Executive Pastry Chef Benjamin Siwek as he leads 25 children in a Junior Pastry Academy session, guiding them to create delicious chocolate chip cookies and marzipan animals. The pastry class is open to children aged 5-10 years old. Pre-registration is required, please feel free to email - 

The Art Of Cocktail Tasting And Setting Up A Home Bar By
Proof & Company Spirits
12 September, 12pm – 1pm: The Art of Cocktail Tasting 
14 September, 2:15 – 3:15pm: The Perfect Home Bar
Learn the art of cocktail tasting and setting up a personalised home bar in style with two award-winning head bartenders, Joe Alessandroni and Zdenek Kastanek from Proof & Company Spirits. Through these two master classes, guests will learn how to assess the balance, flavour, ingredients and overall quality of cocktails, as well as learning how to build a home bar by selecting spirits, bar tools and other necessities.

Great FIJI Water Race At Epicurean Market
13 September, 12pm – 4pm    
The Great FIJI Water Race will be held at Epicurean Market on Saturday 13 Septemberand it is a race for adventurous foodies. Participants will be racing to complete tasks and challenges at the different zones within Epicurean Market. For example, one task involves celebrity-chef spotting, taking the photos and putting them on Instagram to earn points. Other tasks will test their wine knowledge or ability to create coffee art in the shortest amount of time. The winner of The Great FIJI Water Race will walk away with the grand prize of S$2,000 cash, one year’s supply of FIJI Water and two nights stay at Marina Bay Sands. More details will be unveiled shortly.
Go Green At Epicurean Market

In line with Marina Bay Sands’ eco practices, Epicurean Market will feature sustainability activities. Guests can bring home free chili seeds and nurture them to start a little herb garden at home. The seeds, available at the RISE booth, are packaged with an easy-to-follow chili-dip recipe. RISE will also offer their own concoction of green juices (kale, spinach, wheatgrass, celery, cucumber, green apple and ginger) for the health-conscious. Paper, plastic and food waste will be segregated for proper recycling and processing after the event concludes.

Epicurean Market 2014 Singapore
  • * When: 12-14 September
  • * Where: Sands Expo and Convention Center, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore 
  • * More Information: Epicurean Market 2014

Event Partners

Epicurean Market is supported by Presenting Sponsor Citibank, Gold Sponsor Coca Cola, Official Gourmet Lifestyle Magazine Epicure, Official Still Water FIJI, Event Partner Miele, Official Glassware Schott Zwiesel and Official Draft Beer Asia Pacific Breweries.

Citibank cardmembers will enjoy a 10 per cent discount off tickets to Epicurean Market. Miss Jacquelyn Tan, Managing Director and Head of Credit Payment Products, Citibank Singapore Limited said, “Citibank is proud to be the presenting partner of Epicurean Market, featuring the best cuisine from the region and around the world. We are excited by the renowned line-up of celebrity chefs and mixologists which promises to congregate gastronomes looking for the ultimate gourmet indulgence.” See you this September 12-14 at the Epicurean Market 2014 in  Singapore.

26 August, 2014

Events in Malaysia for September 2014

Events in Malaysia for September 2014

Events in Malaysia for September 2014

This September, visitors to Malaysia can find a balanced mix of art, cultural, sports, nature and international fashion events the wrap up the third quarter of 2014. Most of the events and festivals take place around Peninsular Malaysia and also over at Malaysia Borneo in the states of Sabah and Sarawak. For the visitor to Malaysia, please take note of the dates so that you can plan your visits. Here are some of the highlights of September 2014;

MUD: Our Story of Kuala Lumpur

MUD: Our Story of Kuala Lumpur
Witness the story of Kuala Lumpur unfold on stage as three best friends – Mamat, Meng and Muthiah head to the capital city to seek their fortune during the 1880s. The show promises to be a colourful and entertaining multi-cultural experience for all – a lively musical showcasing the rich diversity of the people who built Kuala Lumpur. It is an inspiring tale of friendship, perseverance and finding joys in a simple cup of teh tarik.

Organiser: Enfiniti Vision Media
Date: Ongoing
Time: Twice Daily: 3pm – 6pm and 8.30pm – 9.30pm
Venue: Panggung Bandaraya, Jalan Raja, Kuala Lumpur
Price: RM45 – RM60
Contact: +6 03 6142 9877
Website: MUD KL 

Sarawak Regatta Kuching 2014

Sarawak Regatta 2014 
The renowned Sarawak Regatta 2014 is back in Kuching! Started from the Brooke era, the traditional longboats race aimed to stop racial wars among local tribes where headhunting was largely practiced. The colourfully designed and decorated longboats can accommodate up to 30 paddlers on the boat. Aside from boat races, highlights of the event include “Brooke Swim”, kayaking and duck catching competitions.

Organiser: Resident Office Kuching Division 
Date: 4 – 7 September 2014
Venue: Kuching Waterfront, Kuching, Sarawak
Contact: +6 082 507 051/ 055
Website: Sarawak Regatta 2014  

7th World Summit on Media for Children (WSMC) 2014

7th World Summit on Media for Children (WSMC) 2014
For the first time, a global summit on media in the development, education and well being of children is taking place in Asia. The 7th World Summit on Media for Children (WSMC) 2014 aims to improve the quality of media for children through networking, debates and workshops on content creation from more than 2,000 producers, broadcasters, media regulators, educators and community leaders. If you are someone who works in the field of childhood development with an interest in media, this Summit is for you!

Organiser: Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU)
Date: 8 – 10 September 2014
Venue: The Royale Chulan Hotel, Kuala Lumpur
Contact: +6 03 2282 3592

Royal Pahang Billfish International Challenge 2014

Royal Pahang Billfish International Challenge 2014
The largest fishing competition in Malaysia is here! The Royal Pahang Billfish International Challenge (RPBIC) 2014 is an annual offshore fishing competition that practices the “Catch and Release” method. RPBIC takes advantage of the active migration season of the billfish, such as marlin and sailfish which pass through the Rompin area from the northern hemisphere to Australia, between March and September. Loaded with dynamic bursts of excitement for the experienced angler, it is a highly anticipated event especially for those who seek adventure and eco-friendly sports.

Organiser: Pahang State Government, Tioman Development Authority & Pahang Tourism
Date: 12 – 14 September 2014
Venue: Pantai Lanjut, Rompin, Pahang
Contact: +6 09 514 1206

Malaysia Open, Kuala Lumpur 2014

Malaysia Open, Kuala Lumpur 2014
The ‘Malaysia Open, Kuala Lumpur 2014’ will play host to the best line up of players in its young history. Nick Kyrgios, the 19-year-old Australian player who won the 2013 Australian Open Boys’ Singles event will be making his Malaysian professional debut this year. Other than world-class tennis action, highlights of the event include the signature catch-the-ball promotions with prizes, the on-court coin toss and also daily autograph sessions with the players. Come and support them!

Organiser: Ministry of Tourism and Culture, Malaysia
Date: Qualifying Weekend, 20 – 21 September 2014
Main Draw,         22 – 28 September 2014
Venue: Putra Stadium, Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur
Contact:   +6 03 9222 8881
Website:     Malaysia Open 2014   

Borneo International Kite Festival 2014

Borneo International Kite Festival 2014
Kite enthusiasts from all across the globe will bring their new creations and fly these magnificent art pieces at the 10th Borneo International Kite Festival 2014. Highlights of the festival include the Stunt Kite/ Revolution Kite performances, the 1st Asia Pacific Sport Kite (dual-line) Championship, Creative Kites Display, ‘wau’-making workshop, and cultural night performances.

Organiser: Borneo International Kite Festival Secretariat, Bintulu Development Authority (BDA)
Date: 24 – 28 September 2014
Venue: Old Bintulu Airport, Bintulu, Sarawak
Contact: +6 086 332 011

Africa Malaysia International Fashion Show 2014

Africa Malaysia International Fashion Show 2014
Nineteen celebrated fashion designers from across the Africa continent including Tina Lobondi, Taibo Bacar and Mina Evans are invited to present their “Fall 2014” collections in Malaysia. AMIFS 2014 is a platform to celebrate the work of Africans and African inspired designers by promoting their rich cultural heritage especially in the Asia Pacific continent.

Organiser: Standard Pacific Global Sdn. Bhd. & Astral Skyline (M) Sdn. Bhd.
Date: 24 – 28 September 2014
Venue: Avenue K Shopping Mall
Contact: +6 017 6434 912 (Puan Zainun)

Borneo Bird Festival 2014

Borneo Bird Festival 2014
Calling all birding enthusiasts; grab the chance to see vibrant-coloured birds from Kingfishers to the elusive Borneo Bristlehead at the 6th Borneo Bird Festival 2014. Spread over 3 days, the event offers various activities such as bird photography, guided bird walks, a bird race and a bird watching competition. The event aims to raise awareness of over 568 bird species in Sabah, four of which are found nowhere else in the world.

Organiser: Sabah Tourism Board
Date: 26 – 28 September 2014
Venue: Rainforest Discovery Center (RDC) Sandakan, Sabah
Contact: +6 088 212 121 (Noredah Othman)

Asia Pacific Ironman Langkawi 2014

Ironman Langkawi 2014
Missed the 3-in-1 sports challenge in Desaru? Upcoming is the Asia Pacific Ironman Langkawi 2014 for you to prove your mettle as a triathlete again. Ironman is triathlon’s marquee challenge and this ultimate endurance race requires the completion of 3.8 km of swimming, 180 km of cycling and 42.2 km of running, all three in a single day. Take a truly Malaysian cultural journey through tropical, hilly and demanding terrain! 

Organiser: Ironman Malaysia
Date: 27 September 2014
Venue: Langkawi, Kedah
Contact: +6 03 7491 0505

For anyone visiting Malaysia in September 2014, you should take note of the events that take place all over Malaysia. Book your accommodations in advance as some of the events will see a large turn out where hotels will most likely be fully booked. But in any case, you should double check your transportation and also rooms in advance. 

There are some smaller level events and festivals taking place throughout Malaysia so it is best to check with the tourism offices or tourist information at each state too as it is the Visit Malaysia Year 2014 this year. We welcome you to our beautiful country and hope you manage to catch some of the Events in Malaysia for September 2014.

25 August, 2014

Hello Kitty Flights from Singapore this December

Hello Kitty Flights from Singapore this December

This December, the much talked about EVA Air Hello Kitty Jet will fly from Singapore to Taiwan to the pleasure of thousands of Hello Kitty fans in the region. Are you a Kitty fan? Then what are you waiting for? Go make that booking now as EVA Air has made a special arrangement to let Hello Kitty fans residing in Singapore and around the region to enjoy the Hello Kitty flying experience which is a one-of-a-kind experience that should not be missed. 

The specially chartered Hello Kitty Flight from Singapore to Taipei will only be available on 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19 and 20 December 2014. Currently, all booking arrangements for the Hello Kitty flights can be made with the following travel agencies in Singapore which are:
  • CS Travel
  • CTC Travel
  • Chan Brothers
  • Dynasty Travel
  • Green Holidays
  • New Shan Travel

Hello Kitty Jet  Eva Air
The Hello Kitty Jet 
For the even more curious, you can also visit the travel agent booths during the NATAS Fair held from 29th to 31st August at the Singapore Expo Hall 4,5 and 6A. The specialized travel agents will have more information about the Hello Kitty Flights from Singapore to Taipei. 

Just to add on, EVA Air is also the only airline in the world to collaborate with  Sanrio for the Hello Kitty flights which cater for special flights from Taipei to Los Angeles, Seoul, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Tokyo, Sapporo, Fukuoka and Guam. 

Hello Kitty Jet Collection

In total, there are six Hello Kitty Jets which are;
  • Sanrio Family Hand in Hand Jet
  • Magic Jet
  • Apple Jet
  • Global Jet
  • Hello Kitty Happy Music Time
  • Speed Puff Jet 

Inside the Hello Kitty Jets

Hello Kitty can be found on more than 100 different items in the aircraft cabin which include headrest covers, paper napkins, paper cups, cutlery, infant feeding bottles, rice cookies, and toiletries. Flight attendants’ uniforms include a pink Hello Kitty food service apron and a special Hello Kitty pin.

Hello Kitty jet in-flight cuisine is made from seasonal ingredients sourced from many parts of the world. Premium Laurel Class passengers can look forward to Hello Kitty-inspired fois gras and pink mousse cake while children’s meals are served in Chef Hello Kitty boxes and contain bow tie-shaped containers. Many of the tableware items bear images of the cute feline character. 

Below are random photos taken from the EVA Air website on the interior and food for the Hello Kitty Jet. 

Premium Laurel Class or Business Class Hello Kitty Jet
The Premium Laurel Class or Business Class 
Economy class for the Hello Kitty Jet
Economy class for the Hello Kitty Jet
EVA Air Stewardess in Hello Kitty Airline Outfit
EVA Air Stewardess in Hello Kitty Airline Outfit 
Hello Kitty Meals on board the flights
Hello Kitty Meals on board the flights 
If you visit the official EVA Air Hello Kitty Jet Travel Website, you will find a ton of information there. Most of it is directly related to the flights with schedules, amenities, videos and so on. There are even special Hello Kitty Jet wallpaper and journals to be downloaded like the ones below. Generally after I visited the site, I spent a good 20 minutes going through the many things they have there and I think if you were a fan, you would most likely spend a few hours there. 

EVA Air Hello Kitty Jet Wallpaper
Hello Kitty Jet Wallpaper
EVA Air Hello Kitty Plane Wallpaper

Well, for the first of it's kine in the world, I seriously wonder when Walt Disney, Doraemon or even Ben 10 will have their special planes. If you should know, the Hello Kitty Jet has been in service since 2005 and a huge success since then. It is only a matter of time before some other airline collaborates with a cartoon figure to boost their airline sales. I will not be surprised if one of the top budget airlines like AirAsia takes this on. Well, we will see soon because in 2015, the ASEAN Open Skies Policy takes effect and this would see very stiff competition among the airlines here. 

To be very honest, news like this put a smile on my face as it is not everyday that you get to read or hear about it, especially from the airline industry too. Sometimes, I think it is awesome that the large corporations take twists like this to give consumers something different from the normal. I think it is a very positive move which helps the brand a lot and I wish more players in the industry would practice this approach towards consumers. 

Would I fly the Hello Kitty flight from Singapore? I would, if I was invited to participate as a media. Overall, just for the experience as this is absolutely one-of-a-kind but I would be caught dead posing for photos. Bookings for this special flights worldwide can also be made from the EVA Air website. Anyway, for all Kitty fans out there, this is your one chance to experience the unique Hello Kitty Flights from Singapore this December. 



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