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The invitation

First and foremost, a big thank you to Ms. Chu, Assistant MarCom Manager of Miri Marriot Resort and Spa Hotel for extending the invitation to Sarawak Bloggers to cover its array of mouth-watering and lavish food in conjunction of the upcoming Chinese New Year celebration. YB Datuk Lee and YB Datuk Sebastian Ting were invited as the function guest of honors along with group of local media representative. The function was made as private function and exclusively for us the media. 😉

The guest of honor tossing the Yee Sang along with Miri Marriot GM and personnel

In the private function, Miri Marriot Resort & Spa Hotel took the opportunity to introduce its Executive Sous Chef, Chef Khoo Seng Keong. With more than 30 years of culinary experiences at hotels across Asia, he recently joined the Marriot family. In his new role, he is responsible for the hotel’s culinary management and operation as well as its food safety management system.Upon my arrival at Zest Restaurant, variety of fruit juices along with Outback Jack red and white wines were being served as the welcoming drinks. While waiting for the arrival of guest of honour, we the bloggers get to meet and fed with educative information one of the highlight dish – Yee Sang from Chef Khoo. He believes in using the freshest ingredients and the right cooking techniques will retain the food flavours, scents and textures. He and the team are adept at preparing exclusive personalised cuisine according the taste of the diner preferences.

Chef Khoo
Welcoming Drink

In the exclusive function, we were being served with Miri Marriot’s Chinese New Year package that consists of 8 (auspicious figure) types of Chinese delicacies. The food journey begins with mixing and tossing the Yee Sang that symbolises abundance, vigor and prosperity. The Yee Sang was being served was with salmon accompanied by 10 types of condiments. Overall, with the mixed taste of sweet, sour and crunchiness of the 10 types of condiments in the yee sang, opened up your palette for the next dish.
My take : Perfect appetizer but without the salmon. I don’t eat salmon (can’t stand the high contain of omega oil, I presume) so for replacement, I would prefer for slightly grilled tuna instead.

Yee Sang with Salmon

Second dish was Chicken Consommé with Dry Scallop and Waterchesnut. The fancy name was actually a clear soup dish with a floating whitish kind of sponge (Chicken Consommé) in a bowl. The chicken consommé taste like steamed mincemeat with egg; soft texture and I automatically tend to chew it slowly. In the process, I can taste the scallop and the crunchiness of the waterchesnut. The soup helps to clear your throat from the sweet and sour taste of the Yee Sang.
My take : It was deeeeeeliishhhh! I love it to bits. It was a warm comfort soup.

Chicken Consommé with Dry Scallop and Waterchesnut

Braised Chicken with Supreme Chinese Herbs & Korean Ginseng was the 3rd dish served. For someone who doesn’t practise taking Chinese herbs and ginseng for supplement like majority of the Chinese community does, the highly medicinal dish was aaaaaaamazingly tasty instead of disgusting. The chicken meat was really tender; the herbs and ginseng flavour was well absorbed in the meat of which it doesn’t overpowering the flavour of the chicken at allll.
My take : Super delicious. Life changing moment! I’m going to start to add in Chinese herbs in my cooking.

Braised Chicken with Supreme Chinese Herbs & Korean Ginseng

The 4th dish served was Two Flavor Prawn Dish Combination. The name says it all; fresh and juicy prawn dishes that comes with 2 different flavour-butter prawns and a kind of sweet savoury flavour (forgot to ask the Chef).
My take : Nothing fancy, I’ve tasted better prawn dish served at local restaurants. However, if river prawn is being served, it’s a game changer.

Two Flavor Prawn Dish Combination

Next dish was Steamed Chinese Promfret ‘Teo Chew’ Style. The promfret fish was fresh and as it was cooked the ‘teo chew’ style, I was expecting the sourly taste in the fish gravy but it wasn’t there. It has a very mild sour taste but overall it was a good fish dish.
My take : I prefer to have slightly more of sour plum or tamarind juice in the dish. And instead of using promfret, perhaps grouper fish might be a better choice of fish to be added in the menu. Baru lah ada class you you.

Steamed Chinese Promfret ‘Teo Chew’ Style

The most awaited dish was the 6th dish; Stir Fried Assorted Vegetables with Cashew Nuts. I must have vege in my meal especially during dinner. The assorted vege were asparagus, broccoli, cauliflower, carrot and it were placed on top of crispy fried noodle along with cashew nuts as toppings. The flat sliced yet crunchy fried noodle were nicely arranged on the plate for the ease of the diner; one can just scoop the sliced fried noodle and whatever veges on top of it would slide through as well: beautiful and creative presentation.
My take : The veges were crunchy and it was tasty. Love it! However, if fried cashier nut with garlic were to be the topping, the dish would be a life changing.

Stir Fried Assorted Vegetables with Cashew Nuts

The 7th dish was Steamed Rice in Lotus Leaf. The rice absorbed the mushroom, ginger along with some Chinese herbs wrapped in the lotus leaf. The rice texture was abit soggy probably it was wrapped too long in the lotus leaf but overall it taste just nice. Perfect combo eaten with the stir fried assorted vege dish.
My take : Prefer to have Bario rice or good quality of local glutinous rice instead of just normal rice, the dish would be yummy and classy. To reach super yummy stage, pork lard would make a big different in this dish. Just saying. I’m aware of halal issues here (ngiaw chi po here).

Steamed Rice in Lotus Leaf

For dessert, Chilled Sweetened Avocado & Mango Cream accompanied with Pomelo was served. The sweetness from the sweetened avocado and the tanginess of the mild sourness from the mango cream acts like the yin and ying of the dessert. With a teaspoon full portion of pomelo in the middle of the two creams, it just popped like firecrackers in your mouth the moment you get to chew it. The two fruit creams are good to have on its own or mixed both of it together.
My take : Overall, it was just nice fusion type of dessert. However, I felt the avocado was lack of avocado creaminess (I love avocado) and wish to have at least a tablespoon full of pomelo as the pomelo really compliment both of the creams when taken on its own. As the entire food package was Chinese cuisine, perhaps it will be great if a Chinese dessert been introduced instead such as ‘taufu hua’, ‘liew wei tang’ or ‘tang yuan’. Of course serve it with a twist that reflects the Chef’s creativity.

Chilled Sweetened Avocado & Mango Cream accompanied with Pomelo

For the record, I wasn’t involved in neither of the food preparation nor is the food costing therefore the food review above merely based on my sincere opinion, preferences and high expectation from Miri Marriot as a foodie. Every foodie do have their own feedback too, right? :p

If by any chance, you’re intrigue to give the Chinese food cuisine a try for the upcoming Chinese New Year reunion gathering, the food cuisine is already open for booking. The Chinese New Year Food package cost RM1,188++ per table. It will save your time to prepare the reunion dishes in ushering the Rooster year, I guarantee. 😉
Miri Marriot also offers Prosperity & Fortune Buffer dinner on January 27th & 28th, Chap Goh Mei Buffet Dinner on February 10th & 11th at RM105 nett per person. For more information or to make a reservation, please call Miri Marriot at 6085-421121. 😉

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Laugh With Harith Iskander

Malaysia’s GodFather of Stand Up Comedy

Recently named as ‘Asia’s Best Stand-Up Comedian’ by Top 10 of Asia Award, the ‘Godfather of Stand-up Comedy in Malaysia’ Harith Iskander will be performing at Curtin University, Sarawak Campus on 23 October 2016 from 6pm to 11pm. The best part is, the show is open to the public.

Harith, who is a proud alumnus of Curtin University, has performed live at hundreds of shows and entertained thousands of people with his unique and original performances since 1991. His comedy performances are in great demand and any company function is never complete without Harith inevitably bringing the house down. The Curtin film and television graduate (looks like we studied the same stream woohooo! FTV ftw! 😉 ) has never shied away from unfamiliar terrain. For years, he was literally Malaysia’s only stand-up comedian, with people often mistaking him for the emcee at events or complimenting him on his amusing ‘talk shows’.

Thank you to the International Students Association and Student Council for extending the invitation to Sarawak Bloggers to cover the event under the ‘Media’ pass. I’m glad and proud to be part of it as a Curtin student and also as a blogger as it will give me the advantage of getting close and personal with the funny man himself.

Organised by the and student Council, and supported by the management of the university, the ‘Laugh with Harith Iskander’ show, Harith will be performing with fellow comedians Kavin Jay, Mukazir Xynll, and Sulaiman Azmil. So, do come in a group for we have bunch of funny men who will bright our day with laughter. After all, laughter is the best medicine. 🙂

The Grumpy Macha
The Penglipur Lawyer
The One With The Hair

Tickets to the upcoming show at Curtin Sarawak are priced at RM40 for students, RM80 for adults, and RM120 for VIP seats. Ticketing details can be obtained from

I can’t wait and I hope same goes to you especially to Mirians. Watch out for Sarawak Bloggers blast via the social media platform as we will be give you the shout out from time to time on the event. 😉

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Star Trek Beyond

Any Star Trek fan out there?
Here’s your chance to win a trip to the 50th anniversary of Star Trek Convention in Las Vegas, USA.
And how the hell are you going to do that? Here’s how..

TGV Cinemas, one of Malaysia leading exhibitors and multiplex cinema operators, is offering ONE lucky MovieClub member once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to attend the official 50th Anniversary of Star Trek Convention which will be held in Las Vegas, USA from 3-7 August 2016. To embark on this exciting “away mission”, moviegoers must be a TGV Cinemas Movie Club member, purchase advanced tickets of the “Star Trek Beyond” movie between 14th -20th July 2016, submit their entry through the website: and answer only one simple question.

The followings are the “exclusive Starfleet access” enjoyed by the winner throughout the five days:
• Complimentary return flight and accommodation for 6 nights 7 days in Las Vegas.
• A reserved seat in Main Theatre, a state-of-the-art auditorium with a fixed theatrical stage, which is the venue for major guest appearances.
• Admission into the Secondary Program Theatre, to explore the science & wonder of Star Trek.
• Special color-coded wristbands and collector’s lanyard for use throughout the convention.
• Complimentary Star Trek collectors’ lanyard credentials
• Admission to the vendor’s room to purchase exclusive Star Trek limited edition collectables & souvenirs, only available at the venue.
• Complimentary admission to the famed Saturday Night Gala Celebration, where the highlight is an orchestra performing classic & memorable music & tunes from Star Trek
• Admission to “The Promenade” and “Quark’s Bar” with complimentary craft giveaways.
• Admission to “Star Trek” signer’s area with many famed celebrities in attendance.

Celeste Koay, Head of Marketing Services of TGV Cinemas said “The convention is the ultimate destination for every Star Trek fan. It is their chance to meet more than 100 Star Trek guest celebrities, ranging from the classic original series right up to the current ones in the rebooted Star Trek films. They also stand a chance to explore everything about Star Trek’s set designs, enjoy exclusive convention only freebies, get autographs from their favorite celebrities and most importantly, joining the rest of the fans and have fun. We have learned that tickets for the convention has fully sold out! We are immensely happy to secure one ticket exclusively for our MovieClub member,”

“The trip is an opportunity for us to reward and create a memorable experience for our Movie Club members for their continuous support and choosing us as their most preferred cinema. The trip is just a few of the many surprises lined up for Movie Club members this year. So stay tuned to TGV Cinemas and sign-up to our TGV Cinemas Movie Club today if you’re not a member yet” added Koay.

This is exclusively for TGV Cinemas MovieClub Members and to sign up to TGV Cinemas Movie Club or find out more about the contests, please visit

What is TGV Cinemas MovieClub?
TGV Cinemas’ MovieClub members get 2 complimentary movie passes and 1 regular popcorn combo upon enrolment to the programme and on birthday month, earn MovieMoney for every single transaction within TGV Cinemas and use for movie tickets or candy bar. Members also get exclusive discounts and invitations to movie premieres and events.

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After another good outing this year, Miri Country Music Fest is heading towards being bigger next year. The festival will be held for two days next year and this is to accommodate the request from festival goers.

(Photo credits to Pei)

This afternoon, the event organizer, Planet Conventions and Events held it’s first press conference for the upcoming 2017 Miri Country Music Fest at ParkCity Everly Hotel, Miri.

Since introducing the festival in 2014, Planet Conventions and Events Sdn Bhd had been organizing the event for one day. However, as the festival entered into its fourth year, Miri Country Music Fest will be held for two days from February 25 to 26 next year.

The decision was because of the overwhelming response this year. The festival which was held on February 27 this year recorded a total of 2,740 festival goers, an increase of 30 per cent as compared to last year.  Last year’s crowd was at 2,100. Next year Planet Conventions and Events are targeting to attract more than 3,500 festival goers to the event.

From far left to the right: Mr. Andrew, GM of ParkCity Everly Hotel, YB Datuk Lee Kim Shin, Letitia Samuel of Planets & Angelina Bateman of Sarawak Tourism Board (Photo credits to Pei)

The venue will remain at Parkcity Everly Hotel Miri, which is also the official hotel and the main sponsor for the event.

Group photo of Miri hotelier representatives from Meritz Hotel, Imperial Hotel, Imperial Palace Hotel, Pullman Hotel, Mega Hotel & MASWing (Photo credits to Pei)

To cater for the two days and increasing festival goers’ number, the organizer will also be bringing in more international bands to entertain the crowd. Among those already short listed include from USA, Australia, Germany, Indonesia and Brunei Darussalam. There will also be more local Malaysian bands taking the centre stage as well.

The festival concept also remains as in previous years, starting with the festival bazaar and followed with music workshop before the concert begins in the evening. On Sunday, the concert will begin earlier so that the finale can end earlier as well. This is in consideration for the festival goers who have to work the next day.

Planet Conventions and Events is also planning to include more activities in the program to further enhance the festival goers’ experience at the event. This will include more stalls offering wide variety of food and beverages, arts and crafts, apparels and souvenirs and to organize competitions like burger eating contest, arm wrestling and many more.

There is also plan to hold a Sunday-cook-out session on the second day of the festival, to encourage more visitors especially those with young children to spend the afternoon at the festival.

Next year’s event will have something for everyone, be they country music fans or anyone wanting to chill out with family and friends.

Tickets to the festival are now available online at and tickets are priced at RM80 for one day and RM150 for two days for adult. For children between three to 12 years old, their ticket is priced at RM40 for one day and RM70 for two days. All the tickets include one drink.

(Photo credits to Pei)

At the moment Planet Conventions and Events is offering the Big Bang Sale and the tickets are priced at RM55 per day and RM100 for two days for adult and RM35 and RM60 respectively for a child. The Big Bang Sale will last until September 30. After that date the ticket will be on sale at normal price.

The fourth edition of Miri Country Music Fest is endorsed by Miri City Council and supported by Sarawak Tourism Board, Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Arts Sarawak and Malaysia Conventiona and Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB). Rentak Sejuta is the online media partner.

For more detail on the festival, either logon to, email to or call +6 082 250400.

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Ramadhan Buffet @ Miri Marriot Resort & Spa

How It Started
Nowadays, the role of social media platform has becomes a trend. The platform allow individual and organization to communicate with one another and build relationship online. And when the social media platform is used wisely, it gives the power to influence others in their social media circle hence the term of ‘social media influencer’. Okay, I’m not going to further elaborate on this as I started to sound ‘very academia’. What I’m trying to highlight here is that never underestimate the power of social media influencer and without realizing it, I actually fall into that group (ya motif sebenarnya tek, ngegeh alu!).


invitation..few days ago, I’ve received an invitation from Miri Marriot Resort & Spa (yerdehhh kenak jemput 5 star hotel you you) for a “berbuka puasa” event at its premise. For the record, Miri Marriot Resort & Spa is the first hotel in Miri (ever) to extend any invitation for a review. For the record, the blogger community in Miri is ‘under-utilized’ by Miri based organization as compared to other city in Malaysia (here, the organization still prefer to use the traditional way of marketing, public relations, promo, etc). For that, on behalf of Sarawak Bloggers especially Miri based bloggers, it is such an honor for the given opportunity and we look forward for more collaboration in the near future. Thank you for believing in us the (under dog) social media influencer community (molah drama sikit).

Giving Back
Each year, Miri Marriott embarks on various programs to give back to the community in need during the festive period. Breaking fast with clients is the resort’s way of showing its appreciation for their continued support and loyalty, especially in this season of thanksgiving and reflection.

Yesterday, Miri Marriott hosted a buka puasa feast for orphans and Muslim clients from various corporate and government bodies at the resort including the bloggers, as part of its efforts to give back to the community. A total of 35 orphans from Rumah Amal Anak Kesayangan Kami joined “berbuka puasa” at Zest Restaurant.  They were treated to an array of scrumptious delights (berlobo barang makan you you).



The Ramadhan Delights Buffet
I’m aware that during the month of fasting, you’ll be spoilt with variety choices of ramadhan spread. Why not considering to try out the ramadhan delights buffet spread offer at Zest Restaurant, Miri Marriot Resort & Spa (berbaloi kmk madah ktk ehh).

Desserts station (top pic). Zest Restaurant entrance (bottom pic)
Western salad & Local salad station
Varieties of sambal and salted egg. Truly Malaysian condiments. Loved all of it except the salted egg :p
Appetizer station. Kerabu midin (bottom left pic) and Umai (bottom right pic) are one of my favorite.

At Zest Restaurant, not only you’ll enjoy the sunset but you will also enjoy an array of traditional Malaysia cuisine like (just to name a few) umai, ayam percik and many more, specialty beverages along with variety of sweets and desserts which is prepared and led by the Executive Chef, Auli and his team. The scrumptious spread of Ramadhan delights is served throughout Ramadhan month from 6pm – 10pm with a 6 day menu rotation. However, some of the top hit Ramadhan menu such as Shawarma (nyaman gila benda tok), meat-fish from the grill station and rending dish will be retained on a daily basis.

Highly recommend its satay. Double thumbs up.
Among the variety of Malaysian dishes
Among the variety of desserts. Love the macaroon.
This is Sharwarna. Highly recommended and must try dish. One of my favorite.
Lamb Ose, another recommended and must try dish. One of my favorite dish.

Zest Restaurant Promotion
The ramadhan buffet is priced at RM88++ (adult) and half price for children aged 5-11 years old (worth it, I tell you).

Since this is the 1st week of ramadhan, there’s a special promotion going on. For every 20 paying diners, FREE for 5 diners. For the following weeks, every 12 paying diners, FREE for 2 diners. In partnership with CIMB Bank RM1 Dining Campaign with Zest Restaurant, the 4th diner only pays RM1 with minimum of 3 paying diners in a single receipt.

Special Ramadhan Contest
In conjunction of the fasting month, Zest Restaurant’s diners are encouraged to participate in their Instagram “Snap2Win” contest (kedung urang nektok gila berselpi). Transform your dinner into an experience and share it with your friends’ through Instagram. Photo with the most LIKES will win away FREE stay at Marriott hotels. The contest period is from June 6th – July 5th. You may submit as many entries as you want.

If you haven’t got any Instagram profile yet, time to sign up for one now. Follow Miri Marriot Resort & Spa’s official instagram profile “@Miri_Marriott” and don’t forget to tag them with its official hashtag #lagisyiokatzest. Easy peasy people. 🙂

The Last Bit Of Everything (sengaja bah, just to get your attention)
Great deal and bargain to go in a group, don’t you think? So, what are you waiting for? To make a reservation or to enquire for more information (if you think I lied), call Zest Restaurant at 085-421 121 NOW or email them at Juhh, ramei- ramei kita bersungkei kat Zest.

Last but not least, again, a big thank you to Miri Marriot Resort & Spa for having us the bloggers for the berbuka puasa event especially to Mr. Marc Cosyns (GM), Ms. Chu (Assist. MarCom Manager) and Zest Restaurant staff.

I’ll be back. 😉

LadyBird Rambling Thoughts

Pertubuhan Orang Cacat Sarawak, Zon Miri

Although I have an assignment due just round the corner and final exam coming soon, the urge to give back to the community was so strong. So over the weekend, as I was compelled to contribute my part, I’ve participated in a community project organized by the university. Prior to that, I got to know a brief history of the organization.

Formerly known as ‘Rumah Harapan’ (House of Hope) back in the 90s, it was located at one of SHELL quarters in Lutong; to be exact it was used to be next to a catholic church facing opposite Lutong mosque before the church moved to a new location which it is known today as The Mater Dei Church. Due to whatever reason, Rumah Harapan was moved to Krokop and operates at a building loaned by the Miri Lions Club. As time passed by, Rumah Harapan then known as ‘Pertubuhan Orang Cacat Sarawak, Zon Miri’ was asked to move from Miri Lions Club’s premise. The association was in dire strait for a new premise and lucky enough, their cries were heard by the State Welfare Department. They were given a premise to occupy in year 2015 and it was based at Piasau Camp. As the premise was actually previous quarters of SHELL expat staff in Piasau Camp and has been abandoned for quite number of years, the premise was in a bad shape. In short, it wasn’t save to live in hence the cries for help again to the public.

Do you know there’s a beach near POCS Miri? Check it out people 😉
Remo, POCS Miri delivering his welcoming speech

For the record, Pertubuhan Orang Cacat Sarawak (POCS) or the Sarawak Society of the Disabled is a self-help organization which is set up by disabled person, for the physically disabled and is also managed by the disabled person themselves. During the community work held at the association premise at Piasau Camp, I met my long lost ex-colleague, Remo whom happened to be the Chairman of POCS Miri. Remo himself is physically disabled person and by profession, he’s a computer technician. We used to be colleague in the ICT field.

With colleagues from various department and few student volunteered for the community work, we managed to clean and wash the floors, collected and threw broken glasses, demolished termite eaten wooden cabinets, grass cutting, installed new water pipes and fixed all faulty sinks, bathtubs and toilets in the premise. Although it was a tiring work that took us almost a day to do the cleaning and disposal of broken/unwanted items yet it felt like you’ve done something positive. It felt great! The premise is now clean but with no windows and ceilings. Still need lotsa repairing work though.

POCS Miri surely need some form of assistance. To those who are reading this post, appreciate it very much if you could lend some support to POCS, Miri zone. You can get more information from Remo, POCS Miri Chairman at 019-851 2161 or you may email them at

Give back, expect nothing in return. Thank you for reading this and God will bless your good deeds.