Thursday, March 29, 2012

Cranberries anyone?

What do you get when you put "zombie" and Cranberries in the same sentence?

It's A-LIVE concert and I'm sure you'll love The Cranberries as much as you've liked their No.1 hit single "Zombie" which was so popular during the 90's. If you still don't know who The Cranberries are, just go and watch this video.

They are an Irish rock band and formed in Limerick in 1989. The dreamy voice of The Cranberries and its principal songwriter is Dolores O'Riordan who plays the keyboards and guitars as well, then you have the guitarist Noel Hogan, bassist Mike Hogan and drummer Fergal Lawler. Although widely associated with alternative rock, the band's sound also incorporates indie pop, post funk, irish folk and pop rock elements. While they have not released a studio album since 2003's Wake Up & Smell the Coffee, the music of The Cranberries is timeless.

Some of the more popular hits include:

1LingerEverybody Else is Doing it1993
2ZombieNo Need to Argue1994
3When you're GoneTo the Faithful Departed1996
4DreamsEverybody Else is Doing it1993
5I Can't be with youNo Need to Argue1994
6PromisesBury the Hatchet1999
7This is the DayWake up and Smell the Coffee2001
8SalvationTo the Faithful Departed1996
9HollywoodTo the Faithful Departed1996
10Wake up and Smell the CoffeeWake up and Smell the Coffee2001

And the good news is, The Cranberries will be having a live concert at Stadium Negara, Kuala Lumpur this 4th April 2012. Expect the crowd to go rocking like zombies and they might be just 8000 of them! Especially for all Celcom customers, you’re entitled to 20% off on tickets for any seating tiers until 31st March 2012 (limited to 4 tickets per customer). Info here.

If you want a true-blue awesome experience, you should try and get the Blue Zone tickets! You could showcase your singing talents by belting out your best version of “Zombie”. Simply dial *2299009, listen to a snippet of the song, and then press 1 to start singing. You could get TWO FREE Blue Zone tickets if your version rocks.

Alternatively, you could subscribe to Facebook and Twitter via SMS, then follow The Cranberries on Facebook & Twitter for a chance to get TWO FREE Blue Zone tickets or an autographed CD.

For Facebook

Type F and send to 32665

For Twitter

Type T and send to 29800

You could even kill two birds with one stone. You can avoid a dead social life AND possibly get TWO FREE Blue Zone tickets by subscribing to Moko/Frenzer/Frenspot/Speesh. Post a photo imitating The Cranberries and the tickets could be yours!

If you're on The Cube, just subscribe and keep The Cranberries Call Me Tones and you could be on your way to Paris! An all expenses-paid trip for TWO to The Cranberries in concert in the city of love can be yours for the taking!

Here are the songs you can subscribe to:

To download, just dial *888* # and press Call. For more songs, check out here and get on The Cube!

The Zombies are out in full force because they want to be at The Cranberries' concert!

This is your reward for being the biggest die-hard fan of The Cranberries. Don't miss this opportunity of a lifetime to see them live in KL!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

I broke my phone!

Over the weekend, an unfortunate incident happened. I shattered the screen of my Samsung Galaxy S1 at the cemetery during the time when I was about to get into the car. I think things happened for a reason because on the way to Nirvana, the car in front of me went over a pebble and the pebble (as big as 20cents) hit my windscreen and there was a loud knock. However, it didn't damage my windscreen which I felt really blessed and lucky.

But manatau, I ended up shattering the screen of my phone when I accidentally dropped it with the protective cover open. And when back luck strikes, it never stopped. The phone dropped face down on the tarmac road and thus the beautiful shatter you see in the picture. I think my grandparents are angry at me for not getting them the NEW Hellpad. Sigh... Why?!! Why?!! Why?!! Or is my grandfather angry at me for forgetting to bring his Guinness Stout?!! We didn't bring any real ones, but we did burn a few for him.

I tweeted about my misfortune and most of the answers I get were "Congratulations. It's time to buy a new phone!" KNS... I knew this incident is going to make the biggest dent to my bank account and true enough. I asked how much to fix it and it's RM550 to replace the screen all because it's an Amoled screen! Double KNS.

But you know what?!! I'll be out scouting for a new phone this week. I'm going to share the good news for all gadget freaks and technology savy people like me! There's a fair in town and it's so awesome because it's a "I Love Tablet" Fair 2012 brought to you by Celcom.

Venue: Concourse, Low Yat Plaza, KL

Date : 26 March - 1 April 2012

Time : 10.00am – 10.00pm

Don't miss out on this great deal. Get ready for the unbeatable offers on the latest Tablets & Phones, special rebates and lucky draw. There's just so much to see and with all these great deals, you won't be able to resist them. These are some of the great offers:

Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9

More Samsung Galaxy Tabs on offer!

If you're not interested on tablets, there's a wide range of smartphones on offer too. Check these great offers out as well!

iPhone 4S, Blackberry and also Sony Xperia S!

Celcom will also be introducing their HD Voice service for the 1st time at the fair!

  • Just sign up to purchase the Sony Xperia S from as low as RM1,218
  • And you’ll be able to get a 2nd HD Voice-enabled smartphone (choose from the Nokia N9, Sony Xperia PLAY, or Blackberry Torch 9810), at 50% OFF the RRP!
  • With 2 HD Voice smartphones, you’ll experience the best voice quality you’ve ever had, on the best network ever!

This is not it. There's more to the I Love Tablet Fair 2012. At any time of the day (randomly), Celcom will announce a super-special-surprise deals on some of the most wanted handphones and tablets. All you need to do is, be there at anytime of the day from Mon to Sun and pay attention to the announcements! We won't be telling you what the deals are and you'll have to be there not to miss out.

Maybe I'll go and check out this LG Prada!

  1. On Saturday 31/3/12, Celcom will have HOURLY LUCKY DRAW at Tablet Fair
  2. Every hour (from 12:30pm – 9:30pm), 1 winner will be drawn to enjoy SAMSUNG GALAXY TAB 7 PLUS @ ONLY RM397 + FREE 1 MONTH Celcom Broadband Advance worth RM98
  3. To qualify, customers just need to sign up for any Celcom plans on the day at Tablet Fair!
  4. T&C apply (*Purchase of device without plan subscription not qualified)

Friday, March 23, 2012

Dine under the stars at Tanzini Upper Deck

We're too early for Tanzini but do not fret, there's always The View at 29th floor to hang out until Tanzini opens its doors at 6.30pm. The View at G Tower is a rooftop bar with an alfresco concept and it's such a relaxing moment to be having a drink here in the evening before adjourning to dinner.

The Happy Hour Promotion is serving an Italian house wine at RM29 for 2 glasses. The timing is just right. After the 2 glasses, it's 7pm and time for dinner at Tanzini Upper Deck which is just next to The View. But if you come from 28th floor, where Tanzini is located, you'll be ushered to the stairs that takes you to the Upper Deck.

Dining Under the Stars

Tanzini Upper Deck is a contemporary fine dining restaurant which only opens for dinner and private functions serving 4-6 courses of degustation menu whereas Tanzini is a casual dining with an ala carte menu. Both of these restaurants are inspired by the fresh food movement where freshness and quality is their most important mantra.

Pictures from KY

There's a also a cigar room where one can indulge in some cigars before or after meal. If you like the open air, there's a small balcony for your convenience too. KY and Haze was there and I asked Hue Gee to come along for the dinner.

Shortly after we have sat down, our champagne glasses are filled. The wines list has been prepared by the sommelier, Mr. Eddy Lau but unfortunately he was not there that night. We had something equivalent to Cristal's brother - the Louis Roederer Brut. Haha... Although it's a non-vintage champagne, the Brut Premier is still one of my favourite bubbly with its full texture, fruity aromas and refreshing notes. It's not too yeasty and thus makes an elegant bubbly for an aperitif.

We were really excited when the amuse bouche were brought to the table. It looked like lollipops in the pots. But in fact, these are actually scallops which are grilled and caramelised. I love the creativity of this simple yet seducing taste with its sweetness intermingled with savoury notes. It reminds me of grilled cuttlefish.

The 1st Appetiser, Halibut-Salmon "Mokume Gane". The orange strips on the halibut is made from salmon - how interesting! It's served with house pickled ginger, Candied Hojiso, horseradish and lemongrass calamansi granita in a small shot glass. I love how the citrusy granita gives the whole dish a lift in taste.

This is the BLT Soup. It made from Veloute de tomates (cream of tomatoes), bacon marmalade, 30" lettuce M-Sponge and Tempura Soft Shell Crab. All the names sound too confusing for me but the dish is really simple. The sponge and the soft shell crab absorbs the tomato soup really well and the acidity of the tomatoes is just right. Thus this maketh a good appetiser!

We also managed to sample the Smoked Tea Oyster. The soup base is made of a consomme of oyster, Fenugreek, and there's Smoked Trout Roe and Osyter Kara-age on a stick with Gingko nuts at the bottom of the soup. I somehow disliked the gingko because it gives the dish a bitter ending. Next time, I'll ditch the gingko and have the rest. The OX Tongue Yakitori proved to be a favourite. It's ox tongue sliced thinly and infused with miso ginger and paired with a Yuzu dressing, asparagus kimchi and fried bernaise. It's tender and has very robust flavours. Should be eaten while it's still warm.

I love the next dish - House cured Muscovy Duck. The cured duck goes so well with the plum sauce and melon galia which is spanish melon that is sliced so thinly. Perhaps the most interesting ingredient in this dish was the Pop Rocks. It reminds me of the Pop rocks that I used to enjoy when I was a kid. The candy pops in the mouth when it's in contact with liquid. Yummy!

KY had the "Redefined Aussie Pie" which looked so good!
But none of us know how to eat it because it's simply too beautiful to dig in.

Deconstructed English Man's Treat

Served on a newspaper (laminated), it's recreating the traditional English Fish and Chips. This is actually a fillet of Marbled Goby Fish with Carbonized Batter that is fried until it's crispy. It felt like I'm eating the left over crisps of the fried chicken! Served together are the glazed savoy cabbage, texturized garlic oil and a 62 degrees celsius Organic egg yolk. This is a very complicated dish but I like the contrasting textures and the egg yolk certainly is a unique addition.

The last main that we had was the "Uncle Sam" Braised Wagyu Beef Cheeks in Rye Flavours. I personally don't really like braised beef because I like them to be pan seared to a medium rare. I want to taste the natural meat flavours and it's juicy texture. This beef cheeks is slowly braised in rye stock and served with grilled king trumpets mushrooms, dark chocolate crouton and vegetable. The taste is rich and robust but it failed to mesmerize me.

Chef Eugene also spared some time from the kitchen to explain every dish to us. He has been very kind to have spent some time answering our questions on food and also to make sure that we have an enjoyable night. Service was good and the ambiance was really nice too.

The dinner would not be complete without a sweet ending. The dessert that we were having that night is called "Flamed Popcorn Gelato". It has a very nice buleed banana, black Elderberry glazed Fuji apples and a salted Caramel Toast. Some Grand Marnier was poured onto the glazed apples but somehow the spirit makes the dessert a little too bitter. There was not enough sweet elements in the dessert to mask the bitter Marnier. Having said that, I still enjoyed the brulee Banana. It was truly delicious.

Tanzini Upper Deck offers 3 sets of courses. A 4 course dinner is at RM 155, a 5 course dinner is at RM185 and a 6 course dinner is at RM215. Prices are before taxes and service charge. I would like to thank the hosts for such a stellar dining experience and also their hospitality. I'm sure Tanzini Upper Deck would have created a niche for itself as the menu is not too pricey and you get really quality ingredients as well as amazing food presentation.

Level 28, G Tower
Jalan Tun Razak
50400 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +603 2168 1899

3iLinG © 2008. Template by Dicas Blogger.