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22 September, 2014

Borneo Bird Race 2014 Video

For those who would like to know more about the Borneo Bird Race 2014, here is a special video made by Cede Prudente of the Sandakan Borneo Bird Club (BoBC) from Sandakan, Sabah. The BoBC is also the organizer for the upcoming Borneo Bird Race which covers three regions on the island of Borneo - Sabah, Sarawak and Brunei. 

This video gives an overall view of the Borneo Bird Race 2014 while it also explains why Borneo is one of the ideal places for birdwatching and other birding activities. If you have ever wanted to know more about birdwatching or nature, this is one platform where you can easily start with. Below is the video of the bird race. 

Borneo Bird Race 2014 Video

Borneo is also home to a number of endemic birds and you can see them here in this article of Endemic Birds of Borneo and if you want to know more, there is another article on What is the Borneo Bird Race

Any other enquiries about the Borneo Bird Festival or Bird Race, you can contact the Sandakan Borneo Bird Club. For those attending this unique Ecotourism event here in Borneo, see you there while for those who are interested in this, I hope you liked the Borneo Bird Race 2014 Video.

21 September, 2014

Pet Shop Boys Live in Malaysia 2014

Pet Shop Boys Live Concert in Malaysia 2014

British duo Niel Tennant and Chris Lowe from the Pet Shop Boys will be in Malaysia this September 2014. AMC Live Group is proud to bring you Pet Shop Boys Live in Malaysia 2014 for the very first time and their first ever concert will be held at Stadium Negara Kuala Lumpur on September 24, 2014 at 8.45pm. So, all you 80's and 90's fans, take note of this! 

Fans of Pet Shop Boys in Malaysia are guaranteed a world-beating spectacular live show to go with the club-centered sound of ‘Electric’, with lighting and set design created in collaboration with award-winning creative director and designer Es Devlin (who has worked with Lady Gaga, Kanye West & Jay Z, Take That and the 2012 Olympics’ Closing Ceremony). The show features extraordinary interactive visuals, original choreography, amazing costumes, a spectacular light and laser show and of course ­ lots of their hits. 

Pet Shop Boys live Malaysia 2014

Pet Shop Boys released a new critically acclaimed album last year entitled Electric and they will be bringing their Electric World Tour 2014 to Malaysia. Pet Shop Boys' recent tour have seen them headline some of the world's most prestigious venues and festivals including the Coachella festival in the US, the Glastonbury Festival in the UK and the world's leading electronic music festival Sonar in Barcelona, Spain.

Pet Shop Boys quoted: ’Electric’ is very much set on the dance floor. Our latest album often evolves as a response to our previous album and, whereas ‘Elysium’ had a reflective mood, ‘Electric’ is pretty banging! And working with Stuart Price on a studio album is something we have wanted to do for a very long time.

Pet Shop Boys Live in Malaysia 2014 Tickets
VIP: RM438
Rock: RM338
PS1: RM238
PS2: RM138
PS3: RM98

Get your Pet Shop Boys Live in Malaysia tickets from:
1. Online at AirAsia RedTix
2. Rock Corner outlets: The Gardens, Mid Valley (TEL: 03 - 2201 4893) KLCC (TEL: 03 - 2181 5560) Subang Parade (TEL: 03 - 5613 1139) The Curve (TEL: 03 - 7733 1139)
3. Victoria Music outlets: Sg Wang(TEL: 03 - 2148 7208) Amcorp (TEL: 03 - 7956 0592) Tropicana (TEL: 03 - 7722 2955)
4. Penang outlets: Artist Gallery, Gurney Plaza, Artist Gallery, Queensbay Mall
5. KL Live @ Life centre TEL: 03 - 2162 2570
6. Tune Store Low Yat Plaza

Pet Shop Boys Live in Malaysia 2014
Date: 24 Sept 2014
Time: 8.45pm
Venue: Stadium Negara, KL

Pet Shop Boys live concert in Malaysia 2014
Pet Shop Boys live concert in Malaysia 2014
Apart from their new critically acclaimed album, Pet Shop Boys cannot wait to perform their big hits to their Malaysian fans for the very first time in person. They are world famous for hits like West End Girls, It’s a Sin, Suburbia, Always on my Mind, Se a Vida E, Domino Dancing, What Have I done to deserve this? and Heart while their new numbers are bound to impress fans here in Malaysia as they are now into the 'electric dance scene' and also EDM. There you go, this will be the first time that the british duo will perform for their Pet Shop Boys Live in Malaysia 2014 Concert. 

19 September, 2014

Epicurean Market 2014 Review

Epicurean Market 2014 at Marina Bay Sands

As I have always been a foodie on my travels, I never did really cover food reviews or anything related but hearing about the Epicurean Market and how this gourmet food festival was different, it was a good time to explore this event held at the Sands Expo at Marina Bay Sands. Mind you this is my first ever food festival event that I have attended as usually I attend travel and trade shows or events. 

Coming back for the second time around, the very unique Epicurean Market by Marina Bay Sands offered a fresh new theme and participation by celebrity chefs as well as the country’s finest wine distributors and food suppliers, all here under one roof. As for me, everything was alien as I did not know what to expect. Yes, I have been to Marina Bay Sands on many occasions but for a food event, this was quite interesting for me so this is my experience here at the Epicurean Market 2014.

Epicurean Market 2014 Marina Bay Sands

My journey began with a nice, easy and casual flight from Subang's SkyPark Terminal where I boarded a FireFly flight to Singapore and upon arrival, our media team was whisked away to the Marina Bay Sands resort by a private van. Coming back here after three years brought back some good memories of this very impressive integrated resort. The check-in had already been arranged so it was straight to the room to unload all that luggage and this time around, I got a room on the 42nd floor in tower 3 of the resort with a stunning view of the Gardens by the Bay. 

As the Epicurean Market took place for three days over the weekend here in Singapore, Friday was the official opening launch where the media was given access before the public so that we could walk around the massive convention hall to explore the indoor picnic theme with a beautiful garden setting. To me, the first things that caught my eyes were the many wine suppliers who had all their wares placed to impress the soon-to-come visitors. From a quick glance, French, Italian and South American wines caught my eye as they were comfortably seated next to bottles of bubbly. Mind you these were not the usual run-of-the-mill champagnes but more of the exquisite ones.

Epicurean Market Celebrity Chefs
Epicurean Market Celebrity Chef's at the launching
Heading to the main stage area where the official launching was to take place, I was reunited with the rest of the media group that I arrived with. Official speeches were conducted by the many important people, especially the organisers followed by an introduction of the celebrity chefs that were there. Since I have been to The Shoppes of Marina Bay Sands a few years ago, I vaguely remembered some of the celebrity chefs on stage. Popular names like Justin Quek who runs Sky of 57, a Chinese fusion restaurant on the SkyPark of Marina Bay Sands and Tetsuya Wakuda, a well known Japanese chef who runs Waku Ghin, a Japanese Bar and Bistro at The Shoppes. 

David Thompson aka Long Chim
Chef David Thompson aka Long Chim at his booth
Other celebrity chefs were newcomers to me, they included the young and handsome David Myers who is an award winning chef from Los Angeles and the rugged David Thompson aka Long Chim, another award winning chef who has restaurants in Bangkok and a few other cities around the world. For some strange reason, I could not picture Nancy Silverton, another award winner who runs Mozza, an Italian restaurant at The Shoppes even though she has been there for almost three years.

Chef David Myers Singapore
Chef David Myers shows his creations 
Anyway, everyone gave their short speeches where mentions of excitement were in the air and to sum it all up, the champagne was brought in for a toast and to officiate the second Epicurean Market 2014. The crowd of media from around the world together with suppliers and guest welcomed the opening with an applause before seeing the chefs hurriedly run back to their individual booths.

Now my culinary journey begins - A group tour to each of the celebrity chefs showcasing their special menu's created for the Epicurean Market. First stop - handsome boy David Myers. As we approached his booth, cameras started clicking away while he was obviously pleased with excitement and welcoming everyone to sample his very interesting food creations. Not that I am going to drill deep into the food dishes, but you can imagine the passion and art combined to deliver something unexpected for the guests.

Basically, it's all excellent food - with a twist as these award winning chefs know how to explore with different herbs and spices that somehow creates something so exquisite and unique. Don't get me wrong, but by looking at the dish, it looks so simple - even I could make something like that, but then again, after the chef explains the technique and items used, suddenly it doesn't seem so simple. For example, David Myers made some pop corn, yes... how hard is that? But then again, he infused it with a local Asian spice that gave the pop corn a brand new taste and feeling. So, there you go - and this is one of the reasons why these chefs win awards.

Nancy Silverton Epicurean Market
Chef Nancy Silverton conducts her Masterclass session
After a couple of hours moving from booth to booth and sampling the gourmet food, it was soon time for one of the celebrity chef masterclasses. Yes, the event saw these chefs conducting a 60 minute masterclass which has limited seating, based on first come first serve basis. At the classes, simple signature dishes were taught through a simplified method as the chefs walked the participants step-by-step. A must attend if you are a serious foodie. As for the image above, you see Nancy Silverton demonstrating how to make some egg dishes.

Overall, I must say that the Epicurean Market introduced me to the world of gourmet food and wines as this kind of specialised event has never been done on such a large scale over here in Malaysia, well not that I have heard off. For Marina Bay Sands, they were the perfect organisation to do this as they have heavily invested in the shopping, food and beverage and convention center not forgetting the resort, therefore the tenants in their premises was more than enough to host such a lavish and exquisite event here.

Crowd at Epicurean Market 2014
Visitors lining up to get tickets to the event 
Ticket prices were a steal where a 3-day pass only cost S$23 and visitors also received a pair of wine glasses and a selfie stick. From what I saw, this was a tactical move to promote the event via popular social media channels by getting the visitors to post under the hashtag of #EpicureanMarket. The MC's for the day kept on reminding guests about this too while there were ad-hawk questions and answers where guests could win vouchers and so on.

As for the music, I really liked this as the organisers got Ku De Ta to have their DJ's spin music throughout the event. What I liked most was the chill out and mellow music they played and it was not blaring unlike a lot of events I attend here in Malaysia. In simple terms - The DJ's had sound etiquette!

The crowd at the Epicurean Market 2014
The crowd at the Epicurean Market 2014
Among all the booths I liked personally was the Ku De Ta booth. They had done a 3-themed booth where at different hours of the day, they served different menu's and in the evenings from 6 to 9pm, they served some of the signature cocktails where award-winning mixologist were flown in from Bangkok to create these specialised cocktails. And the beauty about this - they were promoted with a 50% discount from what you would pay at the actual club. Prices ranged from S$12 per cocktail compared to S$24.

Overall, the entire concept of this was to introduce the gourmet range of food and beverages to the general consumer and by doing so, they had offered very reasonable prices overall. A very good tactic to tackle the mass market if you ask me. I mean, how many times can the general consumer dine at these upmarket restaurants and bistros and by having this event, yo could see all walks of life coming to find out more about this level of gourmet dining.

Epicurean Market 2014 Wine Sellers
Visitors doing wine tasting here from one of the many wine sellers
Epicurean Market 2014 Vendors
A view of one of the sections here
As I try not to clutter this article with loads of images, you can also visit my Malaysia Asia Facebook Page to view more photos of the Epicurean Market 2014.

The Epicurean Market showcased exquisite dishes, fine wines and fresh gourmet produce from over 50 restaurants, wineries and leading brands here at the Sands Expo and Convention Center in Singapore and was held from 12-14 September 2014. This is the second year of the gourmet food and wine festival which saw a very large turnout of visitors. From my judgement over the three days there, I would easily say that over 5,000 people turned up for the Epicurean Market 2014 at Marina Bay Sands. 



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