Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ Launch: Park Bo Gum Special Appearance

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Hey merrygoers!

The much anticipated Galaxy S9 and S9+ are finally here! The launch of Samsung latest flagships was spectacular with the special appearance  of Korean actor and superstar, Park BoGum, that sent the crowd into a frenzy. Through the Galaxy S9 and S9+’s great new features such as Super Slow-mo video recording, the ‘Love in the Moonlight’ prince was on a mission to experience the world in a whole new way with his Malaysian fans.

The Galaxy S9 and S9+ now comes with new AR Emoji, Super Slow-mo and Super Low-light features. These enable consumers to discover and re-imagine a whole new level of visual communication, tailored to their own unique voices. To those who believe that a picture paints a thousand words, the Galaxy S9 and S9+ is the way to go.

With the arrival of its latest flagships, Samsung continues to innovate and redefine the limitations of technology, giving Malaysians new ways to experience the world. The flagships are well-recognised globally, having received over 30 awards at the recent Mobile World Congress 2018 including “Best New Connected Device” and “Best Mobile VR or AR”.

Camera Reimagined

Today’s cameras are for more than taking pictures – they are for connecting and communicating.
The Galaxy S9 and S9+ cameras are built with these consumers in mind, with a Super Speed Dual Pixel sensor with dedicated processing power and memory to take amazing superior quality shots.

DxOMark, the trusted industry standard for camera and lens image quality measurements, recognises this and given Samsung’s reimagined camera its highest-ever score for combined photo and video rating in a smartphone camera.

Much credit for the S9 and S9+’s high scores should be attributed to their amazing performance under low-light conditions. Similar to the way the iris of a human eye expands and contracts depending on a person’s surroundings, Samsung’s Dual Aperture camera (F1.5 / F2.4) automatically adjusts to its lighting conditions by letting in more light when it is dark through its greater aperture lens (F1.5) or switching to its lower aperture lens (F2.4) under bright light, ensuring that photos taken are crisp and clear.

Apart from that, the popular dual-camera setup is available via the Galaxy S9+ as well, allowing users to continue shooting professional portrait shots with the phone’s ‘Live Focus’ mode.

 Users are also now able to express themselves in brand-new ways, thanks to the S9 and S9+’s AR Emoji and Super Slow-mo features. While Samsung allows users to create an emoji that looks and acts almost exactly like them, the Super Slow-mo function (video recording of up to 960 frames per second) allows users to expand their creativity with utmost fun.

Creating your own emoji is so easy and fun! Express yourselves using lookalike emoji to make communication much more interesting. You just have to capture a selfie of yourself using the front camera and your emoji will be generated automatically. You'll be able to edit how your emoji looks plus there will be 8 stickers premade for you to use.

Furthermore, S9 and S9+ users can now experience the world in a whole new way thanks to a smarter Bixby, integrated into the camera. Bixby is now able to translate foreign languages 1 and currencies instantly by image, provide useful information about your surroundings, and so much more.

Enhanced Entertainment

Smartphones are increasingly becoming our go-to choice for entertainment, which is why Samsung
created a device that offers premium sound experiences with stereo speakers tuned by AKG. The Galaxy S9 and S9+’s audio also support Dolby Atmos, giving the effect of a 360-degree, impressive cinematic sound.

The Infinity Display on the Galaxy S9 and S9+ were given an upgrade as well. Featuring a new, bold, and bright Super AMOLED Infinity Display that looks gorgeous even under direct sunlight, it has received an “Excellent A+” grade by DisplayMate Technologies, the world’s leading evaluator of screens.

A Device that Fits with the Connected Lifestyle

As the first smartphone to support the new SmartThings app, the Galaxy S9 and S9+ are the central hub to manage every facet of the connected lifestyle at home, at the office, or on the go. The next-generation Samsung DeX empowers a mobile lifestyle by bringing a large, full-screen experience to the mobile handset.

The redesigned DeX Pad is a new docking system for users to easily connect the Galaxy S9 and S9+ to a larger monitor, keyboard and mouse to expand the mobile experience with enhanced document editing or even full-screen gaming. Users can also transform the Galaxy S9 and S9+ into a Touch Pad with the DeX Pad.

Samsung sets the gold standard for smartphones with IP68 4 water and dust resistance and wireless
charging that goes a step beyond with the Galaxy S9 and S9+. The devices now support expandable
memory of up to 400GB via a Micro SD Card and are equipped with the latest premium application
processors, offering powerful performance and sophisticated image processing.

In addition, the Galaxy S9 and S9+ give users the peace of mind knowing that their phone is protected by Knox 3.1, Samsung’s latest defense-grade security platform. The Galaxy S9 and S9+’s Intelligent Scan feature supports three different biometric authentication options – iris, fingerprint, and facial recognition – so users can choose the way they want to protect their device and applications.

The Galaxy S9 and S9+ take health to the next level with an improved optical sensor built directly into the device, providing richer and more accurate information on users’ health status. This sensor allows the devices to keep track of users’ Heart Load Factor, a new measurement of the real-time demand placed on the heart

The Galaxy S9 and S9+ will be available starting 16 th March 2018 in Malaysia. Offered at a recommended retail price from RM3,299 to RM4,399, it will be available in Midnight Black, Coral Blue and Lilac Purple.  I personally just love the Lilac Purple!

Galaxy S9 (64GB)

64GB (RM3,299)
 Midnight Black
 Coral Blue
 Lilac Purple

Galaxy S9+ (64GB/128GB/256GB)

64GB (RM3,799)
 Midnight Black
 Coral Blue
 Lilac Purple

128GB (RM3,999)
 Midnight Black
 Coral Blue
 Lilac Purple

256GB (RM4,399)
 Midnight Black

To know more about Samsung’s new flagships, the Galaxy S9 and S9+, and their new and innovative
features, visit http://www.samsung.com/my/smartphones/galaxy-s9/.

HerbaLine x Healthland 3-in-1 Beauty and Wellness Centre, Hartamas

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Hi merry goers, 

Life has been pretty hectic from the start of 2018 and it has been a while since I last had a really good relaxing rest. This was the reason I was delighted to receive an invitation to check our HerbaLine latest 3-in-1 Beauty and Wellness Centre in collaboration with Healthland. 

After 17 years operating as a facial spa brand, a new chapter has opened on HerbaLine as the company embraces new market expectations by diversifying its beauty business into food & hospitality arenas with focus on integrated wellness business. The expansion of the company’s portfolio is inspired by emerging consumer trends for integration of various services which not only beautifies, but pampers and rejuvenates the face, body and total well-being.

In the last few years, some of the HerbaLine outlets have already adopted a two-in-one concept to include facial spa and cafe in one location. In 2017, HerbaLine has also introduced a 3 in1 concept with a guesthouse to its Pandan Indah venue in Cheras in line with its newly-coined tagline “Eat Well, Look Well, Live Well”

This time round, HerbaLine charts another milestone with the launch of its new 3 in 1 outlet at Hartamas, in collaboration with Malaysia’s reputable wellness centre – Healthland – in a bid to bring an enhanced beauty wellness experience to Malaysians.

The new HerbaLine 3-in-1 Beauty and Wellness Centre is made up of HerbaLine Facial Spa, Healthland Family Wellness Centre and Mama Kim Sauna Mee Cafe - making them literally a one-stop centre for us to relax, get pampered and dine healthy.

Starting from the top of the centre all the way to the ground floor, you will find HerbaLine Facial Spa. Staying true to its “no sign course policy, consumers’ minds are immediately put to ease when they visit this facial spa which offers various cleansing, moisturizing and lifting facials or Body Massage Treatments. Their Body Massage treatments are amazing. I had a trial session during my visit and that 15 minutes massage made me feel so relaxed.

Not only that, HerbaLine offers various complimentary services to all their customers sea salt foot bath, fish spa therapy, detox lemongrass drinks etc. You really get the whole pampering treatment at HerbaLine. Treatments in HerbaLine are suited for both male and female, with their prices ranging from RM69 to RM169.

Of course not forgetting The Beau Store which sells HerbaLine signature beauty products for you to continue the pampering session at home.

Moving to the lower floor, you will find Healthland Family Wellness Centre. With a premium wellspring of knowledge on wellness, Healthland promotes a holistic lifestyle with health program and activities. All their therapists are professionally trained by the acclaimed Wellness Academy in Thailand. 

If you love Thai massages, you would love coming to Healthland. They have a variety of massages that will satisfy every customer. From Thai Oil Massages, Traditional Thai Massages, Foot Massages etc., Healthland aims to offer holistic wellness solution to the mass middle market whilst maintaining its appeal to the affluent. 

After you're all relaxed and pampered, head on to the HerbaLine in-house cafe, Mama Kim Sauna Mee Cafe at the Ground Floor. Offering a comprehensive menu with a philosophy of “Where Healthy Is Yummy”, Mama Kim is the go to place for yummy healthy food. The healthy recipes with the concept of 80% vegetable and 20% meat in a single dish makes Mama Kim a stand-out for the neighborhood / community who desires healthy, authentic yummy dishes.

The principles of Mama Kim’s dishes include:
  • 5 major colours
  • Fresh ingredients
  • No MSG
  • No white flour
  • No sugar, less salt, less deep fried.
  • Balanced nutrients
  • 80% vegetables / 20% meat average

The must order dish would be their Signature Mama Kim Sauna Mee which is inspired by the sauna concept but to serve food that stays hot until the end of your meal. 

There is no doubt that HerbaLine latest 3-in-1 Beauty and Wellness Centre is the place to head to for your relaxation needs. Get pampered at HerbaLine, get relaxed at Healthland and get yummy healthy food at Mama Kim Sauna Mee. 

HerbaLine, Healthland and Mama Kim Cafe
3-in-1 Integrated Beauty and Wellness Centre
18 and 20, Jalan 31/70A,
Desa Sri Hartamas,
50480 Kuala Lumpur.

HerbaLine Facial Spa
Contact: +603-2303 9831 / 012-7028677

Business Hours:
Monday - Friday: 11am - 7pm
Saturday: 10.30am - 5.30pm
Sunday: Closed

Healthland Wellness Centre
Contact: +603-2856 7877
Business Hours: 11am - 11pm daily

Mama Kim Sauna Mee Cafe
Contact: +603-2858 4173 / 012-6779895
Website: www.mamakim.my
Business Hours: 8am - 10pm daily


Should We Pay Rent Via Credit Card?

Monday, March 12, 2018

Hey merry goers,

I'm going to be focusing more on my blog this year and also looking into more tips to share with all of you. Let's start with a little insight into credit card spending and property. For those of you who are renting a place to stay, how do you pay your rent? Should you pay it via credit card?

Especially for my friends who are currently residing in Singapore, we can see many Singaporeans purchasing condominium or HDB unit or even BTO for their own stay and there are various payment options offered to buyers. How about renters? Renter also made up a significant market in Singapore as well but payment type is not as creative as buyers. Recently, in Singapore, there are two startups have been gaining attention by allowing consumers to pay their income tax and rent. Having the thoughts of earning your credit card miles while paying your rent seems attractive but it may be a hefty cost. Furthermore, you are more likely to shun away from paying your rental through credit cards. So, does paying rental through credit card makes it worthwhile?

In most cases, the cost of paying rental via credit card outweighs the potential rewards. Imagine you’re paying your HDB in Toa Payoh rental for an amount of $2,500 a month, the number of mileage that you have earned every month from just paying your rental. But it comes with a cost at least from 2.6% of the total payment amount and by paying $2,500 a month with additional $65 for convenience of using credit card. Well, if the credit card balance is not fully paid by end of month, you will incur additional charges for interest, which can be as high as 25%.

The main reason signing up for credit card is because of the generous card rewards privilege and benefits. While the rewards can be generous, but it is not substantial enough to cover the 2.6% fee charged by third party. For instance, the Miles credit, though it offers 1.2 miles for every $1 spent. With that, a mile is roughly equivalent to $0.01 for economy class tickets that makes it recuperating less than half the cost of using the credit card to pay the rent. Even though cash back credit cards tend to have higher reward rates for at least 3% to 5%, they often limit the number of rebates that can be earned from $50 to $120 monthly. Doesn’t seems like ideal method to pay for large expenses items.

However, there’s an exception for credit card sign-up which is the credit card sign-up bonuses. Some banks’ credit cards require a high amount of spending to qualify for their sign-up bonuses. If paying your $2,500 rent is needed to hit requirements for a sign-up bonus, you will be most likely to receive more in return than the fee taken out. While most cash back and mile bonuses are generally worth around $100 to $200. Thus, if you’re paying $50 to $80, you are still benefiting from the transaction. For instance, the Citi Premier Miles Card rewards 15,000 bonus miles for those who spent $10,000 within the first 3 months of obtaining the card, on top of the 1.2 miles per $1 spent. If you are charge for extra $1,000 of rental on your card for 3 months to fit into this requirement, you could have incurred $78 in processing fee to earn $186 worth of miles (15,000 bonus miles + 3,600 miles from 1.2 miles per $1). Earning bonuses by making traditional purchases is still preferred due to your earning points that stays.

Maxing credit card with rental payment

Maxing out your credit card may hurt your credit score if you intend to pay your monthly rent. For those of you who are not familiar with credit score, the credit bureaus calculate your credit core using a factor called ‘credit utilisation’. The percentage is measured from your total credit line that you utilise month-to-month. Most importantly, credit bureaus concluded that people who constantly maximized their credit limit deserve a lower credit scores than those who don’t. Meanwhile there’s no clear consensus but most experts agree that by using more than 60% of your credit limit could hurt your credit score. Thus, if anyone who are concerned about the credit score, they should be careful and think again before paying their rent with a credit card.

Trust me, you don't want to mess with your credit score. I wasn't aware of how my credit card spending would affect my credit score until I experienced it myself. It is so easy for millennial like ourselves to rely on our credit cards to pay for purchases. Although you pay up your credit card bills on time, the amount spent using your credit card will affect your credit score and lead to affecting any loans you are applying for. This especially affects those of you who are looking to apply for housing loans.

Using credit cards for daily purchases and transactions is good and convenient because the price is the same if you’re using cash or card. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case when you’re paying for rent or income tax as the expenses usually are not paid with cards. The payment amount tends to include 2-3% fees that’s charged by credit card companies. As such, do think twice before swiping your card to pay for rent just because some startups emphasised that you can do so to earn more bonuses, but it will just inflate your costs. For now, the traditional modes of payment like online bill pay is much suitable for paying rents or income tax. In addition, for another lesson for consumers who wants to be savvier about their financial decisions. Plentiful claims made by for-profit companies often by creating alluring façade to draw interests for diverting the reality. However, not all present the full picture that should consider before making purchase.

I hope that this article gave an insight on whether you should use your credit card to pay rent or even large purchases.

Til next time,


Anchor PizzArt Food Trail @ Finale Kitchen Bar, Segamat Johor

Thursday, March 08, 2018

Cheese lovers, hang on to your seats because I'm going to bring you with me on the PizzArt Food Trail all the way to Finale Kitchen Bar, Segamat Johor! Anchor Food Professionals once again launched a nationwide campaign showcasing their wide selection of dairy products which of course includes my all-time favourite CHEESE.

This time, they launched the PizzArt Campaign where several artisan pizza were created using Anchor products. These pizza creations will be available at participating F&B brands around Malaysia. This time round, they brought me to Segamat, Johor to try out 3 of their artisan creations. 

Nestled in Segamat, Johor you will find Finale Kitchen Bar which is one of the entertainment hubs in the little town of Segamat. Don't look down on this fine establishment as they serve not only the artisan pizza using Anchor dairy products but also they have a wine cellar in-house too. 

But let's not get our attention distracted and focus back on our main highlight for today: Anchor Artisan Pizza Creations!

First up, we have the Cheese Pretzza (RM8.90). For a pretzel fan like myself, this was a delight. This Pretzza is the combination of well... Pizza + Pretzel. Filled within the Cheese Pretzza is Tuna mixed with Anchor Cream Cheese, Anchor Shredded Mozzarella Cheese, Anchor Colby and Cheddar Cheese and Anchor Extra Yield Cooking Cream. It was a mini Pretzel Pizza stuffed with loads of tuna filling.

Crispy and light with the aroma of the well baked cheddar cheese, this was a filling snack. My personal twist would be to replace the tuna with maybe something more meaty because... well I personally am not really a tuna pizza fan. However, this was definitely an example of how creative you can get with pizza. 

Next, we were served with PizzBurger (RM12.90). Though the name could have a better ring to it, cut open this PizzBurger and reveal mouthwatering, tantalizing grilled meat patty stuffed with Anchor Mozzarella Shredded Cheese and Cheddar Cheese. The cheese just oozes out when you cut into it and oh-boy, don't I want to add even more! 

The PizzBurger is served with tomato sauce which brings out the pizza flavors in the PizzBurger. The meat patty was well flavoured with the cheese stuffing and definitely a very filling meal. Tomato sauce on the other hand, I would prefer it to be cooked down a bit more so that the consistency is thicker. 

Finally, the Pizza Bombs (RM9.90) which stood tall like a tower. Crispy balls filled with bolognese meat sauce. It's like a burst of pizza in your first bite without any mess of spills. Those of you who like Spaghetti Bolognese, you will definitely enjoy this. But be careful because the filling can be pretty steamy and I sure don't want you to burn yourself. 

Anchor Food Professional sure showcased their products in these artisan pizza creations. PizzArt campaign has started since December 2017 and will end in June 2018. Pizza lovers and foodies can find these artisan pizzas nationwide at participating F&B outlets. The list of outlets are:

  • U Pizzeria @ Subang, Selangor
  • Pizza House @ Bandar Utama, Selangor
  • Pizza 185 @ Bandar Puchong Jaya, Selangor
  • Havana @ Changkat, Bukit Bintang
  • The Butcher’s Table @ Petaling Jaya
  • US Pizza @ Bayan Lepas & Georgetown, Penang
  • Mustard Sandwich House and Food & Desire @ Ipoh, Perak
  • Temasek Hotel Café (Portugese Settlement Hotel) @ Ujong Pasir, Melaka
  • Hungry Bear @ Bukit Beruang, Melaka
  • Finale Kitchen Bar @ Segamat Johor Bahru
  • The Chubs Grill and Mad Ben Café @ Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
  • Osome Wood Fired Pizza @ Kuching, Sarawak
  • Chillax Café & Bistro @ Miri, Sarawak
  • Bistecca & Bistro @ Sibu, Sarawak
Note: You may get a pizza cutter for FREE when you order any of the PizzArt’s artisanal pizza at the participating outlets.For more details on which other F&B outlets are serving these items, follow their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/AnchorDairyMalaysia for more details. 

Finale Kitchen Bar

No.1&2, Jalan Prima, 
Prima Business Park, 
85000 Segamat District, Johor

Operating Hours: 12pm - 12am (daily)

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