Weekend by numbers 17.11.17 to 19.11.17

This article first appeared in The Edge Financial Daily, on November 17, 2017.
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3 ideas for self-indulgence

Carpe Diem Orchard Home Serendah

Give your family, or significant other, and yourself the getaway you deserve this weekend at Carpe Diem Orchard Home. The kampung-style retreat is perfect for a scenic escape from the concrete jungle, with comfortable accommodation in chalets resembling traditional huts. Don’t worry if a completely idle staycation is not your style, as the resort offers several activities to simulate true kampung living, such as poultry farming, fishing, and fruit picking. The resort even organises corporate social responsibility events from time to time, such as building homes for the Orang Asli community. Carpe Diem Orchard Home Serendah is located on Main Road, Sungai Choh, Hulu Selangor. Room rates for two start from RM280, with a surcharge of RM100 on public holidays. For reservations or more information, visit www.carpediem.my or call (013) 2288 223.


Guest Chef Daniel Chavez at Birch

Savour a meal created by Chef Daniel Chavez, the first guest chef at the recently opened restaurant Birch. The owner of the Spanish restaurant OLA Cocina Del Mar in Marina Bay Financial Centre in Singapore takes over the kitchen of Birch for one night only, presenting an eight-course menu of coastal flavours that marries Spanish and Peruvian cuisines. Diners will also be offered an optional wine pairing with Spanish, Chilean and Californian wines. The dinner is priced at RM350 per person, or at RM500 for food and wine. For reservations or more information, visit www.birch.com.my or email [email protected]


Autumn Indulgence at Posh! Nail Spa

Don’t miss out on the Autumn Indulgence promotion at Posh! Nail Spa. Rejuvenate your skin after a long week with their Contour Manicure and Indulgence Pedicure package, offered at only RM150. The nail boutique also offers a number of add-on services, including gel polishing or callous treatment at RM55, nail rehab treatment at RM40, and buffing at RM20. The Autumn Indulgence package is available until Nov 30. Posh! Nail Spa has outlets on Lorong Datuk Sulaiman 7, TTDI, Kuala Lumpur, and on Jalan SS2/30, Petaling Jaya. For bookings or more information, visit www.poshnailspa.my.



1 unique art exhibition

Witness the barrier-breaking creations of the people from the Petaling Jaya Beautiful Gate Foundation for the Disabled, a charity organisation that strives to house, feed and train those with disabilities. One of a Kind is the foundation’s initiative to stir up public awareness of disability by showcasing the artworks of their wards in a truly special exhibition. The exhibition also aims to raise funds through the sales of selected art and craft pieces. Look for the exhibition this Sunday from 10am to 10pm on Level 3 of the Atria Shopping Gallery, which is located on Jalan SS 22/23, Damansara Jaya, Petaling Jaya. For inquiries, call (03) 7873 6579.



3 holiday preparations

Design Link Collective X

Start Christmas shopping for that special artistic or creative person in your life this weekend. Design Link Collective X is the fifth in the series of creative markets organised by local Tokyo-based retail store Koncent Malaysia, featuring artisan stalls selling one-of-a-kind items, including stationery, fashion accessories, and decorative ornaments. Even the perfect gift can be further improved with the personalisation services at the market, offering stamping and calligraphy for any item. There will also be an array of creative workshop booths, where you may try your hand at notebook stitching, postcard marbling, embroidery and much more. The event will be held tomorrow and on Sunday from 11am to 7pm at Koncent Malaysia on Jalan PJU 1/3D, SunwayMas Commercial Centre, Petaling Jaya. For inquiries, call (03) 7886 9340 or email [email protected]


Christmas Floral Workshops by Nook Flowers

Get started with the festive décor by joining the Christmas Floral Workshops by Nook Flowers. Under the guidance of principal florist Brenda James, learn to build the classic Christmas wreath to impress guests at your door, or put together a contemporary centrepiece perfect for conversation starters at dinner. All flowers, materials and tools will be provided at the workshop, after which you may take home your beautiful creations. Fees for the Classic Christmas Wreath workshop and the Contemporary Christmas Centrepiece workshop are RM250 each, or RM450 for both. Each workshop runs for two hours, with the former at 10am or 5pm, and the latter at 2pm. The workshops will be held tomorrow at Wanaka the Bungalow at 22 Lorong Dungun, Damansara Heights, Kuala Lumpur. For registration or inquiries, email [email protected]


Amazin’ Graze Christmas Specials

Snack smart and avoid the dreaded festive weight gain with the Christmas specials by Amazin’ Graze. The festive series is made from the freshest seasonal ingredients, celebrating the flavours of figs, cinnamon, and gingerbread in their granolas and nut mixes. The five products in the series are offered individually, as well as in gift sets of varying combinations — a perfect gift for your friends or just for yourself. Get the healthy Christmas snacks online at www.amazingraze.co or at their retail store in D7, Jalan Sentul.



3 treats for the ear and soul

Intim Sessions #5

Catch this year’s final instalment of the klpac Intim Sessions. The show features folk and R&B singer Endee Ahmad, whose musical messages on topics such as homelessness and racism has garnered a steady local and international following in just five short years. Concluding the concert series for the year is Aina Abdul, first runner-up of local reality TV singing competition Mentor and winner of the title Senior Grand Vocalist Champion in the 2014 World Championships of Performing Arts in Hollywood. Intim Sessions enchants the Indicine at klpac tomorrow at 8.30pm, and admission is by minimum donation of RM15. klpac is located in Sentul Park, Jalan Strachan, off Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah. For more information, visit www.klpac.org.


Gerhana Skacinta Ska Party

Join in the ska party at The Bee hosted by Kuala Lumpur-based ska, rocksteady, reggae and dub duo band Gerhana Skacinta. The band brings the traditional notes of ska, a Jamaican music genre combining Caribbean influences with American jazz, to the limelight with a 90-minute set, taking its influence from classic ska bands. Joining them are other bands within the genre, namely Skudap Skudip, JBoss Reggae, The Riddim Bois and Budak Nakal Hujung Simpang. The ska party rocks the house at The Bee, Publika, tomorrow from 5pm to 10.30pm. Publika Shopping Gallery is located on Jalan Dutamas 1, Solaris Dutamas, Kuala Lumpur. Tickets are priced at RM50. For bookings, call (03) 6201 8577.


Konsert Tanah Airku

The resident orchestra at Istana Budaya, Orkestra Tradisional Malaysia, collaborates with the Malaysian Philharmonic Youth Orchestra (MPYO) this weekend for a musical celebration of patriotism. Enjoy the harmonious blend when traditional Malaysian instruments meet their Western classical counterparts, a combination that is sure to please the contemporary Malaysian audience. Lead by conductor Mohd Yazid Zakaria, the concert will take you down memory lane, kicking off with modern pieces, then progressing into Malaysian classics, accompanied by top local vocalists Ramli Sarip and Norihan Saif. Konsert Tanah Airku will be held today and tomorrow at 8.30pm at the Dewan Fhilharmonik Petronas in Suria KLCC, Petronas Twin Towers, Kuala Lumpur. For ticketing or more information, visit www.mpo.com.my.