RMHC Malaysia Spreads Joy to Underprivileged Children During Month of Syawal

Ronald McDonald House Charities Malaysia (RMHC Malaysia), McDonald’s Malaysia's chosen charity, brought joy to underprivileged children and their families through several open house celebrations held throughout the month of Syawal. These events, attended by past and present beneficiaries of RMHC Malaysia, as well as volunteers and the local community, reflect RMHC Malaysia’s ongoing commitment to nurturing and caring for the welfare of underprivileged children.

“Syawal is a time of joyous celebration and building meaningful connections. These open house celebrations provide us with the opportunity to spread joy to the community, especially to underprivileged children, and strengthen our relationships with partners who share our commitment,” said Dato' Azmir bin Jaafar, President of RMHC Malaysia

President of Down Syndrome Association of Malaysia (Persatuan Sindrom Down Malaysia), Hanizan Hussin

The first open house celebration this year was organised in collaboration with Great Eastern General Insurance (Malaysia) Berhad at the Down Syndrome Association Malaysia (PSDM) Kuala Lumpur on 23 April. The event was attended by 35 down syndrome children and their families who are currently undergoing therapy at the Ronald McDonald Sensory Room located at the association’s headquarters. 

Continuing the Aidilfitri celebrations, RMHC Malaysia extended the festive spirit with open house celebrations at the RMH located at Hospital Tunku Azizah (HTA) and RMH Hospital Canselor Tuanku Muhriz UKM (HCTM-UKM) on 27 April and 4 May, respectively. These events welcomed a total of more than 350 attendees, bringing together the RMH community. These houses offer affordable and comfortable accommodation for families of pediatric patients receiving medical treatment at the hospital, providing a "home-away-from-home" for those in need.

Additionally, an open house event for RMHC Malaysia’s Gift of Smile (GOS) program was also held at RMH HCTM-UKM on 28 April, specifically catering to families from the program. This open house brought together past and present beneficiaries, specifically children born with cleft lip and palate who have undergone or are currently undergoing corrective surgeries and treatment.

RMHC Malaysia's commitment to improving the well-being of underprivileged children in Malaysia through its core pillars and programs is made possible by the generosity of Malaysians who donate via digital self-ordering kiosks and coin boxes located at McDonald’s Restaurants nationwide, as well as through corporate donations from partners and companies across the nation.

PASAR BESTIES Bazaar: The Butterfly Project’s Initiative Promoting the First Step to Happiness

Hey guys! The Butterfly Project is joining forces with brands and partners to promote Mental Health Awareness Month in May, inspiring your first step towards better well-being!

Not many people will understand or recognize the importance of caring for their mental health; some may not even realize they are experiencing mental health issues. Mental health issues can affect anyone, irrespective of age, race, or economic and social status, or whether you live in a rural or urban area. Due to cultural norms and stigma, mental health issues are often ignored and not openly discussed, leading many to avoid seeking help.

Ironically, seeking assistance and knowing that you are not alone is typically the initial step in addressing mental health and enhancing overall well-being. This is precisely why the PASAR BESTIES Bazaar, organized by The Butterfly Project, a community platform, aims to foster conversations, offer a safe platform for addressing mental health, and raise awareness by collaborating with brands and partners. The bazaar is scheduled for 18 and 19 May 2024, from 11 am to 6 pm, at the The School by Jaya One. It will showcase 13 participating brands, offer 6 specially curated workshops that are complimentary to participate, and feature over 30 vendors selling pre-loved and handmade items.

The National Health and Morbidity Survey in 2019 reported that half a million Malaysians were found to be experiencing symptoms of depression; with the highest prevalence found in: Wilayah Persekutuan Putrajaya, Negeri Sembilan, Perlis, Sabah, and Melaka. The National Health and Morbidity Survey (NHMS) survey in 2022 revealed that one in four adolescents suffered from depression, compared to one in five in 2019.

Not only that, the World Health Organization classified burnout as a clinical syndrome brought on by chronic workplace stress in May 2019, signalling that this may be fully recognized as an occupational and work-related disease.

Taking care of your mental health offers numerous benefits. It helps in building emotional resilience, fostering healthy relationships, enhancing focus and concentration, and achieving goals. It also brings more joy, fulfillment, and satisfaction to daily life, fostering a sense of purpose and meaning. Additionally, prioritizing mental health can reduce the risk of developing disorders like depression and anxiety.
Founder of The Butterfly Project, Tammy Lim

Tammy Lim, the founder of The Butterfly Project, Malaysia’s leading beauty and lifestyle KOL community, believes that her platform and its members can play a pivotal role in raising awareness for mental health. "It’s okay not to be okay. The first step is to step out of your comfort zone and embrace happiness. When you're feeling down, who do you turn to? Your best friend. Don't have one? Make one! This is the theme of our event; you do not have to be alone. This event is not only about fun; it's also an opportunity to destress and practice self-care with a variety of self-care brands on board for this two-day event. It's a place for people to connect, make new friends, or spend time with their besties."

She further emphasized, "It's a win-win situation for both the local community and businesses. Our event also promotes thrifting and reduces waste. The vendors offering pre-loved items are members of our community, empowering them to become entrepreneurs. Additionally, this event spreads happiness through fun, cheerful, and vibrant local brands. I also believe in our community of KOLs to raise awareness and advocate for mental health by lending our voices and reaching out to our followers. I hope you can join us at this bazaar, be happy, and find ways to improve your mental health – most importantly, know that you are not alone in this battle."

Here is what you can expect from the event: 

  1. The Golden Duck Supermart Fest! You can join the snack launch and games to win BIG, bring home exciting prizes!
  2. Mental Health Workshops by Minc. Care and Emotion Pod X Becky Kux
  3. Self-care and Essential Oils 101 Workshops by Roots Malaysia
  4. D.I.Y Friendship Bracelet Workhops by Kerlip KL
  5. How To Use Menstrual Cup Workshop by Breeze For You
  6. Honey Tasting Workshop by Thousand O’Bee 
  7. Destress with 10 minute shoulder massage for RM5 by Pressurini Spa
  8. Complimentary relaxing L'erbolario Hand Massage 
  9. Contests to win Jurlique Treatments Giveaway and Organic Lab's Beauty Bags; and
  10. Interesting self-care booths to visit such as D.I.Y your own flower bouquet by AvantGarde Blooms and make your own inhaler by Roots Malaysia!

The participating brands in this bazaar are The Golden Duck, Fourteen Studio, Roots Malaysia, AvantGarde Blooms, Organic Lab, Sheeness, Minc.Care, Royal Bath & Co, Breeze For You, Kerlip, Kedai Mom, Absolute Yana, imsycraft and Pressurini.

Mark your calendar for 18-19 May and bring your besties to this bazaar, participate in the free workshops, and shop till your heart's content, as we raise awareness on mental health this May. For more information about this bazaar and its programme, participating brands, and details, visit The Butterfly Project’s Instagram at www.instagram.com/butterflyproject.my and www.butterflyproject.my.

You can also register yourself for the free workshops from www.instagram.com/butterflyproject.my!

See you there!

Turn ONZ Your Choco Happiness with Munchy’s Cream-O Cookies!

Want to get more happiness and beat the meh? Cream-O want you to enjoy some irresistibly rich & chocolatey cookies that turn onz your MEH day!

Calling all chocolate lovers – there’s a new cookie in town! Turn your choco happiness all the way up with Munchy’s Cream-O Cookies, one bite and it’s ONZ! When life gets kind of boring, it’s time to put a smile on your face with this choco-licious cookie.
With more than 20 years of heritage across the Southeast Asian region, Cream-O is a well-established brand offering varieties of delicious sandwich cookies.  Made from quality ingredients, each Cream-O biscuit is baked to perfection, and is sure to satisfy any cookie lover's cravings.

Munchy’s is excited to introduce the all-new Cream-O Cookies, now available in two irresistible flavours: Original and Dark Chocolate! Chocolate is a well-loved flavour in Malaysia, not only among teens, but with young adults too. Rich and comforting, it is also known as a mood-lifter that makes people happy. With more chocolatey taste, Munchy’s Cream-O cookies is taking choco happiness to the next level!

Perfect for any time and occasion, Munchy’s Cream-O cookies can hype up anyone’s mundane lifestyle, while satisfying taste buds and filling up tummies. When you need a snack, Munchy’s Cream-O turns ONZ your energy and choco happiness levels, so that you can keep going!
Munchy’s Cream-O Cookies are available in two sizes for all-round sharing: 51g at RM1.20 and 119g at RM2.80, at major supermarkets and hypermarkets nationwide.
For more information, visit Munchy’s official website (http://www.munchys.com/) or follow Munchy’s on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/munchys.my/) and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/Munchys/) for the latest updates. 

100 Reasons to Buka Puasa at Artisan’s Playground this Ramadan

Looking for a restaurant to buka puasa with friends and family? What if.... Artisan's Playground give you 100 reasons to do so? Take your tastebuds on a journey with Artisan’s Playground by COOKHOUSE this Ramadan with over 100 mouth-watering international cuisines all under one roof!
From 26 March to 19 April 2023, diners will have their senses enthralled by an all you can eat spread like no other with grilled beef ribeye, leg of lamb and chicken from the Josper Grill; piping hot pizzas with toppings aplenty straight from the Stefano Ferrara Oven; fresh greens from the Farm to Table Salad Bar, fresh seafood, live-cooked paella and British Fish and Chips.
Moving onto Asian and local cuisines, they will also be spoiled for choice with Japanese delights, classic Malaysian dishes with ample wok hei, dimsum steamers as well as a noodle station. What’s a buka puasa without it’s sweets – diners can start or even round up the evening with a delightful platter of scrumptious kueh, as well as cold and baked desserts by the Dessert Parlour.

Large groups or companies looking for a space to conduct their Ramadan get togethers can make use of our very own adjoining event hall that can host up to 200 pax, afterwhich they can adjourn next door to enjoy the Ramadan spread. For groups above 50 pax, kindly contact +6010 948 1886 – special group rates apply!
Nothing creates good memories like good times spent with loved ones – and good food – and Artisan’s Playground is looking forward to hosting families, friends and loved ones near and dear to spend quality time over a hearty meal this meaningful season.
With ample covered parking, surau and over 33,000 sqft of dining space that can accommodate up to 400 pax and is kid and wheelchair-friendly, Artisan’s Playground is made for everyone with a focus on providing the best culinary experience for each diner.  
For bookings made now until 31 March 2023, diners can enjoy a special early bird price of only RM198 nett (NP: RM236 nett) for adults, and RM85 nett (NP:RM99 nett) for children. Slots can be booked online, and is only available for dine in. With so much on the table, diners can leave with their stomachs and hearts feeling full!

Enjoy this spread from 26 March till 19 April 2023, 7pm to 10pm and you can book online here: https://www.artisansplayground.my/ramadhan

To find out more about Artisan’s Playground by COOKHOUSE, kindly visit www.artisansplayground.my or www.instagram.com/artisansplayground.my

Discover The Essence of Vietnam’s Coffee Culture at Cộng Caphe

If you are looking for Viet-brewed flavours in a nostalgic Hanoi atmosphere with an exclusive theme, head to Cng Caphe and ‘time-travel’ to Hanoi in the romantic past and enjoy a cup of aromatic Vietnamese coffee in Malaysia. The swanky Vietnamese café, Cng Caphe, promises a transporting experience with its history-themed interior and aromatic strong Robusta brews that evoke the bustling café streets of Hanoi.

As C
ng Caphe’s fans would know, no two Cng outlets are alike. Each conveys an exclusive story and atmosphere that are both Instagrammable and deep in meaning – the themed settings are crafted based on the childhood memories of Cng’s founder, Ms. Linh Dung. 

Born in 1975, Linh Dung grew up during the Subsidy Period in Vietnam. It was a time of hardship for the country, when food, goods and services were purchased with coupons or food stamps. Yet her childhood in the outskirts of Hanoi, surrounded by the military barracks, held warm memories for Linh Dung. Her father made and sold musical instruments while her mother operated a café that served local drinks. The marriage of art and café business in Linh Dung’s origin story shaped the direction of her eventual creation – the Cng Caphe brand. 

Established since 2007, Cng Caphe opened its first outlet on Trieu Viet Vuong street, the historic café street in Hanoi, Vietnam. The name “Cng” is simply the first word of Vietnam’s official name: Cộng hòa Xã hội chủ nghĩa Việt Nam (The Socialist Republic of Vietnam). The inspired founder was meticulous in every detail that makes up the story of Cng Caphe – from the food and drinks, to the unique menu design, to the interior paint colours and even the furniture design. Her nostalgic yet trendy vision was brought to life in over 60 stores in Vietnam, seven in Korea, and three in Malaysia, – each of them featuring a unique theme and will soon be making its mark in Canada. 

For example, in Malaysia, the Cng Caphe outlet in 1 Utama was designed based on the interior of a textile factory during the Subsidy Period. This means wooden furniture and fittings lit with dreamy light boxes, colourful thread lines of loom, and a rustic atmosphere accented by military cloth. The setting is markedly different from the Cng Caphe in Nu Sentral mall that opened in 2019 – which emulated the look and feel of a library in the Subsidy Period. 

“With every café we open, we create a different Cng story, which is at its core a Vietnamese story! The environment and design of the cafés are inspired by the community living and camaraderie in Vietnam’s historical settings, such as the classrooms, meeting halls for communities, and old neighbourhoods bustling with activities,” says Jaemie Lew from Business Development Division of Cng Caphe Malaysia.  

She explains that the community-inspired setting makes Cng Caphe a comfortable and cool place for family and friends to hang out, take some chic pictures together to share on social media, and enjoy the food and drinks that Vietnam is famous for. 

Coffee lovers are especially spoilt for choice with Cng Caphe’s wide selection of authentic Vietnamese “Phin”-based brew and classic coffee, which use high quality Robusta beans from the Lam Dong province in Vietnam. Its signature Coconut Milk with Coffee Smoothie is a must-try – the exceptional recipe makes it the most in-demand beverage at Cng Caphe. Bạc Xỉu, a bitter but yet creamy and sweet coconut coffee with condensed milk gives you the authentic taste and aroma from Vietnam. The Hanoian Coffee is one of the Vietnamese signature drinks you should not miss!  The aroma and silky-smooth texture of this strong coffee is made with their in-house signature condensed milk recipe. Savor the satisfying flavors of Cng Caphe drinks in every sip!

If coffee is not, well, your cup of tea, how about actual tea? The Honey Kumquat Tea and Peach Tea with Passion Fruit lend interesting twists to the soothing beverage. There are also refreshing juices and comforting cocoa beverages to satisfy your non-caffeine thirst. 

You can also load up on the iconic Vietnamese delicacy, Banh Mi, which comes with a selection of tofu, beef or chicken; or a Vietnamese Rice Noodles with sweet and savoury taste, traditional Vietnamese dish which you can pair with homemade ham, spring roll or tofu at Cng Caphe. To satiate any sweet tooth cravings, a set of Croissant with Condensed Milk is sure to hit the spot. The various hot food and snacks selection at the café is available for both dine-in or takeaway.

“At Cng Caphe, we are driven by the excitement to bring Vietnam’s world-famous café culture and flavours to Malaysians so that they can experience it as often as they like without having to travel there! Hence, we are planning to open more outlets in the future so that we can continue to serve authentic Vietnamese beverages paired with light Vietnamese inspired food to more Malaysians,” says Lew.

Cng Caphe is also excited to announce its special Ramadan menu during the fasting month. They are introducing a Malaysian favorite with a unique Vietnamese twist – Rendang Ayam and Daging in Bahn Mi. And that's not all – they will be paired with delicious Gula Apong coconut smoothie or Gula Apong Pandan coconut smoothie, both of which are guaranteed to leave customers satisfied.
Furthermore, you can now get a BUY 1 FREE 1 voucher by posting on social media such as Facebook, Instagram or TikTok with hashtag #congcaphemy or “like” and “follow” Cng Caphe social media pages.   

For more information on how to score the promotion or to get new updates about Cng Caphe, ‘like’ and ‘follow’ Cng Caphe Malaysia on Facebook ( www.facebook.com/congcaphe.my ) Instagram (www.instagram.com/congcaphe_my), and Tiktok (https://www.tiktok.com/@congcaphemy ).

Carlsberg Cheers to the Fans and the Most Anticipated Football Showdown

It's the football season and the support of fans makes football the greatest game on the planet and with the most anticipated tournament of the year inching closer, the streets of the nation will soon be filled with sports buffs looking for the perfect brew to cheer on their favourite teams. As huge lovers of football, Carlsberg celebrates each and every football occasions by calling fans from all over to cheers for their teams and enjoy match-day gatherings, rewards and excitement.

With a track record of throwing some of the liveliest football viewing parties, Carlsberg will be activating more than 300 celebrations across sports bars, pubs, and eateries nationwide, giving soccer-crazed fans an avenue to cheer on their favourite teams on match days starting from now to mid-December as well as opportunities to bag themselves exciting prizes including the coveted Fizzics machine and exclusive jerseys.

For the bigger showdowns, greater excitement lies in-store at the ‘Cheers to the Fans’ events at Pavilion Bukit Jalil on selected dates. Not only will fans get to watch the game in an adrenalined pumped arena, there will also be fun games to keep football enthusiasts in high spirits such as the ‘Cheers to the Fans’ station, that asses the vocal powers of fans, ‘Cheers to the Managers’ station where football lovers can showcase their game play strategies, ‘Cheers to the Wingers’ station for the ultimate photo shot and ‘Cheers to the Commentators’ station that tests football knowledge. 

Die-hard fans who join all four viewing parties will also be rewarded with a free carton of Carlsberg products. “Football lovers are dedicated, enthusiastic and keen to celebrate the sport while watching the most enigmatic football event. To Carlsberg, celebration is what we aspire to always do best and what better way to celebrate the game with football lovers then to make every game night a festive one,” stated Stefano Clini, Managing Director of Carlsberg Malaysia.

Carlsberg is also rewarding consumers with exclusive money-can’t-buy football jerseys with purchase of RM120 worth of Carlsberg Danish Pilsner, Carlsberg Smooth Draught or Carlsberg Special Brew on official e-commerce sites Shopee and Potboy, whilst consumers who spend RM20 or more on Carlsberg Danish Pilsner, Carlsberg Smooth Draught or Carlsberg Special Brew in participating convenience stores will be instantly rewarded with RM5 eWallet Touch n’Go credit in West Malaysia or RM5 GrabPay credit over in East Malaysia. Both purchasing platforms also give consumers an opportunity to be in the running for Adidas Cash Vouchers worth RM500!

As tensions mount for all the football supporters out there, Carlsberg takes the soccer experience to the next level by being a part of the game with fans. For more exciting news and information on the viewing parties, visit @CarlsbergMY on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CarlsbergMY for the latest updates! And remember, as part of advocating responsible consumption, #CELEBRATERESPONSIBLY – if you drink, don’t drive.

UNIQLO Presents Ayam Brand UTme! T-shirts & Tote Bags: Featuring Ayam Brand Food Products in Vintage Nostalgic Style

Just take a moment to visualize your childhood favourite sandwich or go-to rice dish and Ayam Brand canned sardines would be one of the images that pops into your mind. Celebrating their shared values of rich history and focus on quality, UNIQLO is joining hands with the prepared food brand to bring Malaysians the Taste of Home series of UTme! t-shirts and tote bags featuring Ayam Brand products.
UNIQLO x Ayam Brand collaboration features covetable and rare UTme! sticker designs in vintage nostalgic and modern inspired style. A total of 30 creative designs are available for placement on t-shirts and tote bags.

Ayam Brand Taste of Home series of UTme! stickers are available at UNIQLO Fahrenheit 88 and UNIQLO DA Square starting November 1, 2022. For every purchase of this series, customers will receive a special Ayam Brand Recipe Book containing 30 recipes by Malaysians while supplies last.

UTme! t-shirts are priced at RM79.90 for adults and RM59.90 for kids. Available in several sizes from XS to XL for adults and 110-150 cm for kids. Meanwhile, the tote bag that comes only in one size is priced at RM79.90. Measurement of the tote bag is 41.5cm in width and 39cm in height.

More information on UNIQLO X Ayam Brand UTme! Collection is available on the UNIQLO website at www.uniqlo.com/my and on UNIQLO’s Facebook account for Malaysia at www.facebook.com/uniqlomy.

Kopi Kenangan: SEA's First Retail F&B Unicorn Brand Officially Launched in Malaysia, First Store in Suria KLCC!

Kopi Kenangan, Indonesia's fastest-growing retail F&B chain, officially opened its doors in Malaysia today with its first store in Suria KLCC. The launch was officiated by Kopi Kenangan’s co-founders, Edward Tirtanata, CEO; and James Prananto, Chief Business Development Officer. 

Edward Tirtanata, CEO and Co-Founder said,We chose Malaysia as our first market expansion due to Malaysians’ love for food, the steady growth in coffee culture, especially the grab-and-go concept, and the many similarities Malaysians share with Indonesians when it comes to taste profile and the receptivity to try new things. The F&B sector's future also appears promising as Malaysia is transforming into a high-income digital economy with a key focus on digitisation, which is in line with our business operations. We want to export the phenomenal success of our grab-and-go coffee model in Indonesia to overseas markets, starting with Malaysia. We started Kopi Kenangan with the aim of making quality coffee affordable and accessible for everyone and we are thrilled to be sharing our Indonesian coffee flavors with Malaysians.” 

James Prananto, Co-Founder and Chief Business Development Officer said, “Kopi Kenangan will be operating under the brand name Kenangan Coffee, as the official international name to be used outside of Indonesia. We wanted to emphasise on the word ‘Kenangan’ as it aptly translates to ‘making memories’. Everyone who comes to our store is treated like a friend, and every cup of coffee that we sell is made with love and we hope this translates to customers making memories with us along this journey. We aspire to be the most-loved consumer brand in Southeast Asia, and Malaysia will be a key foothold in helping us achieve this mission.”

Kenangan Coffee will be opening four more stores at MyTown Cheras, Pavilion KL, NU Sentral KL and Sunway Pyramid PJ by the end of this year. It has also launched its Training Academy in Uptown, PJ to provide various training programmes for its baristas and employees, with an aim to become the best professional F&B training centre in Malaysia.

In line with its commitment to serve good quality coffee to consumers, the brand also hired Mikael Jasin, currently the World's 7th Best Barista (2021) as its Head of Coffee, tapping on his tremendous experience and vast knowledge to revolutionise the way Kenangan Coffee is sourced, produced, and enjoyed. 

Kenangan Coffee will introduce its beloved signature drinks, Kenangan Latte and Avocado Coffee, as well as a wide range of other coffee selections at its stores. The price per cup starts from RM5.90 and is at a sweet price point in line with its brand promise of making quality coffee available to everyone. Kenangan Coffee will also be introducing a variety of food options as a delightful companion to its coffee. 

For more information, please log on to: www.kenangancoffee.my