Weekend by numbers: 15.09.17 to 17.09.17

This article first appeared in The Edge Financial Daily, on September 15, 2017.
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3  delicious ways to welcome the Mid-Autumn Festival

Housed within a pretty, pastel-hued box, Mandarin Oriental’s mooncakes are truly a treat to the senses. The options vary between the classic favourites – such as lotus paste with single egg yolk and diced chicken ham with mixed nuts – and new flavours – such as yam and apricot as well as mango and melon on snowskin. There are also three decadent chocolate mooncakes to choose from, one of which is the gianduja hazelnut chocolate with oolong tea in gold dust. Personalised packaging services such as adding company logo or a personalised message is available for a fee. Boxes of four are priced at RM138 or RM188 while individual mooncakes are RM34.50 or RM47. Visit www.facebook.com/MandarinOrientalKualaLumpur for more information and email [email protected] or call (03) 2179 8885 to place an order.

The exclusive mid-autumn themed gift sets from Garrett Popcorn Shops offers a non-conventional way to commemorate the festival. Its vibrant red boxes contain four mooncake tins filled with the well-loved, handcrafted Garrett Popcorn. The Mid-Autumn Gift Set is available in limited supply in Garrett Popcorn Shops nationwide and priced at RM110 per box. Also available for a limited period is the brand’s recently debuted BBQ CheeseCorn flavour. Inspired by the popular appeal of barbeque fare worldwide, this variation is delicately infused with a smoky, savoury barbeque sauce flavour. Available till Oct 5 or while stocks last, the price begins at RM18 (for a small bag). Garrett Popcorn Shops are located at Pavilion Elite Tower, Mid Valley Megamall, Suria KLCC, 1Utama Shopping Centre and [email protected] Visit www.garrettpopcorn.my for more information.

Resorts World Genting is offering a wide variety of classic mooncakes alongside some innovative flavours, all ranging between RM18 and RM21 per piece. Among the new variations are the exotic dragon fruit lotus paste with coconut jingsa and the fragrant pu’er lotus paste with dry mandarin orange jingsa. There is also a 30% discount for customers who purchase 50 boxes or more (comprising four mooncakes in each box). The mooncakes are now available for purchase at Genting Palace (second floor, Genting Grand), Good Friends Restaurant (level 2, Maxims), Garden Courtyard (level 1, SkyAvenue), Malaysian Food Street (level 4, SkyAvenue) and Grab & Win (level 1, SkyCasino) at the resort as well as One Hub Wisma Genting in Jalan Sultan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur till Sept 29. Visit www.rwgenting.com for more information.

 

2 ways to indulge in the arts

The award-winning, well-received 2016 Malaysian film, Ola Bola will be making its musical debut at the Dewan Filharmonik Petronas tonight. If you loved the silverscreen version, inspired by the glories of the Malaysian national football team in its quest to qualify for the 1980 Summer Olympics, you can now experience it with live music performed by the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra. The audience can expect an exciting soundtrack composed by Onn San, including new music written especially for this concert. Catch the 8.30pm show either today or tomorrow at level two of Tower Two, Petronas Twin Towers, Kuala Lumpur. Tickets priced at RM120, RM160, RM190 and RM240 can be purchased via the venue’s website. Visit mpo.com.my for more information on this show, including age restrictions and dress codes or call (03) 2331 7008.

Try your hand at two creative art making workshops, held in conjunction with the Jin Leng Together With Almarhum Sultan Ismail Nasiruddin Shah exhibition this weekend, under the guidance of facilitatiors. The Blindfold Clay Workshop involves working with clay to produce objects of art using your intuition. There are two 90-minute sessions scheduled for 11.30am and 2pm tomorrow. On Sunday, the Pin Hole Camera Workshop invites participants to understand the science, knowledge and art of the pin hole camera while learning to make one. There will be two sessions of two hours each beginning at 11.30am and 2pm. Both workshops have a participation fee of RM50 and are limited to 15 slots (with participants of the latter being preferably above 12 years old). The workshops will take place at The Edge Galerie situated at G5-G6 Mont’ Kiara Meridin, 19 Jalan Duta Kiara, Mont’ Kiara, Kuala Lumpur. Visit www.nngallery.my for more details.

 

2 decadent dining ideas

Häagen-Dazs ice cream is now available in mini stick bars, making it the perfect icy dessert to indulge in when on the go! Though small in size, these treats maintain the brand’s original ice cream recipes that use real cream, milk, sugar and eggs and are crafted in France resulting in its rich flavour. Retailing at RM21, the mini stick bars are now available in major retailers and Häagen-Dazs nationwide, in two multipack options — Green Tea and Almond with Mango and Raspberry, and Chocolate Choc Almond with Vanilla Caramel Almond.

Nobu Kuala Lumpur gives you yet another reason to look forward to the weekend with its premium high tea offerings. An enhanced version of the restaurant’s signature high tea, this one uses only the finest quality ingredients in dishes such as soft shell crab, wagyu gyoza, toro tartar with caviar and lobster tacos. Guests can also order a selection of Nobu’s best known dishes from an a la carte menu during high tea hours, such as the black cod miso, yellowtail jalapeno, and baby tiger shrimp tempura. The premium high tea is priced at RM138++ per person while the regular high tea set is priced at RM93++ per person, both inclusive of complimentary green tea. Nobu Kuala Lumpur is located on level 56 of Menara 3 Petronas, Persiaran KLCC. Visit www.noburestaurants.com for more information.

 

1 beauty buy for the weekend

YSL Beauty introduces its new long-lasting complexion foundation, the All Hours Encre De Peau Foundation. The oil-free formula promises to keep the complexion shine-free with a matte finish, while minimising the appearance of pores and leaving the skin looking porcelain smooth. At the same time and most importantly, the formula also contains SPF20 to protect the skin. This product is now available in 22 shades at YSL Beauty at Pavilion Kuala Lumpur and priced at RM270.

 

1 good deed

Active blood donors and first-timers who would like to start doing so can make their way to the Blood Donation Suite located at T-063 on the third floor mezzanine of Mid Valley Megamall to make a blood donation. Operating from 10am till 10pm, the centre is an effort by Pusat Darah Negara to increase convenience and hopefully encourage a rise in the number of donors. Alternatively, donors may also go to Pusat Darah Negara between 7.30am and 8pm today and also between 8am and 4pm during the weekend. Visit pdn.gov.my/ms for more information regarding blood donation, as well as schedules of donation drives.

 

1 new read to pre-order

Canadian poet, writer and illustrator Rupi Kaur’s long-waited second collection of poetry — the sun and her flowers — is due to be released on Oct 3. Divided into five chapters and illustrated by the poet herself, the sun and her flowers is a journey of wilting, falling, rooting, rising and blooming. If you loved her first book, milk and honey, you can now place a pre-order for the upcoming one via www.malaysia.kinokuniya.com.