THE BIRTH OF MY NEW FACEBOOK PAGE – THEJESSICAT! (Finally, right?)

2014Aug4

 

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ANNOUNCEMENT

I now have a new Facebook page for this blog! Do show some love and support at - 

www.Facebook.com/thejessicat.com Smile

 

 

After running this blog for 9 years, you must be wondering why there never was a Facebook page for my blog all this while!

Haha. Well, there is actually a little background story to it. Big Smile

 

When this blog started to gain traction back in 2007, that was coincidentally when Facebook began to roll out their latest product, Facebook Fan Pages. The blogger community was then quick to jump onto the bandwagon and started creating ‘fan pages’ for themselves. 

For some reason, I didn’t quite agree to this. Ugh!

And I still don’t. 

 

 

Fan pages? Really? I have never fancied the idea of self-proclamation of one’s non-existent celebrity status and I especially despise the word ‘famous blogger’ and ‘celebrity blogger’.

Do you really reckon you’re that ‘famous’ and worthy of creating a ‘fan page’ for yourself? 

 

This video might interest you. No, really. You’ve GOTTA watch it! It’s funny

 

Admittedly, maybe I might have taken this ‘fan page’ word a tad too literally and seriously. Surprised But still, I believe I am entitled to my own opinion, especially if I have never voiced my thoughts out nor offend anyone. 

Anyway, despite disagreeing with ‘fan pages’, I have always given my support and LIKEs to fellow blogger friends’ pages. So don’t chide me! :P

 

As time passed, Facebook somehow rebranded their ‘Fan Pages’ to ‘Facebook Pages’.

Only then I began to embrace and accept this. But still never created one because I still felt it was such a ‘perasan’ thing to do! Yell (For my non-Malaysian readers, it basically translates to being self-absorbed or being too full of yourself)

 

 

Anyway, fast-forward to 2012, I saw myself landing in the social media industry after being in the journalism & publication industry for a good number of years.

Being in this field and handling many major social media accounts for various brands made me see the importance of having a Facebook Page especially if you are your own brand/personality.

Another couple of years passed, with many clients and blog readers genuinely wondering and casually questioning me why there isn’t a public page to represent this blog. Tongue Out 

 

Good question.

I don’t know the answer either. Because I just never created one? What?!

 

And then it gradually dawned upon me that it was a necessity.

Facebook pages allowed me to tailor my content better on social media. I also wasn’t able to approve all friend requests, especially people I haven’t met or didn’t know personally/too well.

Facebook pages also provided me the audience demographics, analytics and insights which I needed to further improve to continue becoming a better blogger!

 

So there you go, after so much convincing from my fellow blogger mates around the world, my sponsors & clients, my blog managers, and even you dearest readers, I decided to give myself a very different birthday present this year.

 

Thus TheJessicat’s official Facebook page was born three days ago! Ha Ha

Do show some love on my new page, pretty please? Hehe. 

 

 

Will no longer be posting on my personal account anymore. Blog features, latest updates & pictures will all be moved from now onwards, so your likes on my new page would make me a very happy girl!

Also thinking of throwing a big birthday bash on this blog’s 10th Anniversary next year! I’m excited to make this happen. Wink

 

It’s been a long ride. Thank you for your all your support all this while, beautiful people!

Lots of love.

 

Aussie Aussie OI OI OI! Happy Australia Day 2015 to all my Straya mates from Down Under!

2015Jan26

 

Today is Australia Day and here I am sitting at my desk thinking about my one-year stint in Aussieland back in 2011.

Oh how I miss it. Those were the days where I could be a carefree student x wild child without a worry in the world – except for academic stress of course, but then again, that has never been an issue for me. *dusts shoulders :P :P :P

 

How I wish I was sitting right on this very sunny lawn in university right now

instead of being here at this cold, freezing office :P

 

I love doing throwback posts & flashbacks. I was meaning to write a post about Australia some time back but I never saw a connection or a proper timing for it. So… what better day to churn out this blog post about Aussie on Aussie Day itself, eh?

Let’s travel back in time in 2011 to the land Down Under! Big Smile

 

 

 

On my 4th week in Melbourne, Australia, Monash University decided to take us all to Luna Park in St. Kilda Beach as part of their orientation program for the exchange students & freshman year students.

 

Waiting for our bus!

Just a few of my observation whilst in Australia – Aussies love sitting on the grass.

I hardly see that here in Malaysia!

 

 

 

En route to Luna Park. Woohoo!!

 

For some reason, I didn’t have many (East) Asian friends whilst I was there.

Laura & Vanessa were among my favorite girlfriends who were fellow Asians too.

 

Lauz & I

 

 

Van & I – take one!

 

Van & I – take two!

 

Can’t remember how long the bus ride took, but we arrived before we knew it :)

 

HELLO FROM LUNA PARK!

Admittedly, the entrance gives me the creeps.

 

See what I mean? :P

 

We arrived really early in the morning just before the doors open.

LUNA PARK ALL TO OURSELVES!?

That can only mean…

Yup. Gonna be ridin’ all day, yo. ;)

 

Ferris Wheel!

At the carousel! Time for a merry-go-round!

 

With the RAs (Residential Advisors) Alia & Laura.

 

Playing with mirrors at Luna Park

Don’t we look short & stout here? HAHA

 

Everything was so merry and filled with people!

 

3 of my beautiful housemates!

 

Everything is still vividly in my mind. We were the girls of West 9.

That’s Elizabeth, Narelle and Camille. Camille used to leave me little cute notes on my door addressed to Jessicat, whenever I wasn’t home for days. Thanks for making my West 9 days a memorable one, ladies!

 

And my girlfriends from the house next door. Were you girls in West 8?

Not sure what we were doing at this point, waiting in line for a ride, I reckon.

 

Rollercoaster rides! Truth be told, I’m no daredevil.

Although I’m terrified of it, I’ll shut my eyes, scream my head off and enjoy the ride.

 

Likewise, for the Ghost Train, I’m pretty frightened of it as well but I don’t chicken out.

I endure the entire ride with my ears closed and eyes half-shut.

Here we are on some 3D ride thingamajiggy.

Fire-twirling demonstration!

Lining up for the rides with Mossy & Jade

Laura joined us soon enough!

And around the world we go!

One for the road with Lauz before we left!

 


Wildchild quirks of 21 year olds.

 

So dear Australia, on Australia Day today, let me take a moment in retrospect and reminiscence to say a few words.

Thank you for..

Being the drop-bear on my road and the chill to my coat

The Gold to my Coast and the vegemite on my toast

The sea to the sand and the VB in my hand

The Kanga to my roo and the barbie on my que

The Harbour to my bridge and the lamingtons in my fridge

The grog in the trams and the TimTams to my slams.

The surfer boys to my beach and the Uggs to my feet.

 

 

You can check out my other tales & chronicles during my one-year stint in Aussie, tagged under The Australian Diaries in this blog.

I’ll always be eternally grateful to such an enriching and fulfilling experience. And to all my bestest Melbie & Gippy friends, thank you for making me feel like home – you know who you all are. If given the chance, I would do it all over again.

HAPPY STRAYA DAY, TO ALL MY MATES, C*NTS & YES EVEN THE COUNTRY BOGANS WHO THREW TRASH AT ME FOR BEING ASIAN.

 

 

 

Welcoming the goat year with a bold start to Chinese New Year 2015 with Guinness Malaysia!

2015Jan25

 

Gong Xi! Gong Xi!

I know it’s pretty early for Chinese New Year wishes but hey, Guinness Malaysia kick-started the festivities as early as mid-January – and so will I! Talk about being excited, eh? Woots!

 

 Awesome festive decor that greeted me inside.

 

Tonight, we welcome the Year of the Goat in a bold and auspicious manner this festive season with GUINNESS®, Malaysia’s favourite stout.

Bringing the tradition back this year, brands and media (We are, after all like family & friends in the industry, right?) gather together  and partake in a ‘reunion dinner’ feast signifying longevity, harmony, peace, happiness, and prosperity for the year ahead. Laughing

 

 

In marking this auspicious time of year, GUINNESS® has teamed up with the Grand Imperial Group of restaurants to create a special GUINNESS® banquet menu, available at all 6 Grand Imperial restaurants across Malaysia.

I’ve personally been to a Grand Imperial restaurant before, for a friend’s wedding. Ha Ha

The food there? Top-notch, if I do say so myself.

 

 Festive decor fills the air in Grand Imperial, Bangsar Shopping Centre

 

Love all things festive!

 

 

Guinness’ media & VIP Chinese New Year dinner began with a speed Chinese calligraphy performance by a dear friend Haze.

So proud of her! Keep doing the artsy things you do, girl.

I had no idea you could write in Chinese! Okay, now I feel a tad inadequate. LOL Yell

 

 Can anybody tell me what this means? :(

I assume it says Happy Chinese New Year?

 

 Guinness directors stamping a traditional Chinese seal, to complete the work of art.

 

 Official picture. Fantastic how everyone is dressed so aptly to suit the occasion!

 

Of course, I made sure I looked the part too.

 

Wore a Cheongsam top with a high waisted skirt and bright pink heels.

If you’re wondering why my Cheongsam top doesn’t look like a Cheongsam top, it was because my Mandarin collar’s button decided to snap a mere 3 hours before the event. :( Drats.

 

 Let the Guinness festivities begin!

 

 With my mates, ready to celebrate CNY – Guinness style!

 

 But first let me take a selfie ;) Bryna & I.

 

 

A brew rich, full, and flavoursome, GUINNESS® is the perfect beer to savour throughout the holiday period, accompanying good food and good times with friends and family. Smile

Typically, Chinese New Year feasts are synonymous with a round table x red cloth combination. Here are my round table mates with fellow bloggers & media!

 

 

For our dining pleasure, 8 sumptuous courses are paired with GUINNESS® stout served in different ways to complement and bring out the full flavours of each dish, providing a tantalising sensation for the tastebuds befitting the spirit of prosperity and celebration of the New Year festivities.

With no surprise, let me introduce the starter of every Chinese New Year dinner!

 

 Yee Sang with Silver Fish!

 

 Toss it as high as you can for prosperity, longeivity & auspiciousness!

 

 Us ravaging the Yee Sang. Louuuu ahhhhh!!! :D

 

Next up – Braised Bird’s Nest with Fresh Crab Meat.

 

I was so glad it wasn’t Shark Fin’s Soup!

It’s great that more and more restaurants are supporting the cause of shark-saving.

The soup was delicious and hearty! I finished it in a jiffy. Cool

While waiting for the next dish to arrive, my fellow blogger buddies took the chance to catch up and of course, take selfies. ;)

 

 

The next dish that arrived was another popular dish in Chinese dinner banquets.

I apologize in advance to all my Muslim readers, as this is a non-halal dish.

 

Roasted Whole Suckling Pig.

 

Admittedly, while I’m not much of a pork-fan myself, my mates at the table loved it to bits. It’s crispy skin was much talked about.

Less man more share, eh? It’s a good thing I’m not eating it – more for you guys to savour! :D :D

Random selfie while everyone else gobbles down the piglet.

Accessories by The Wild Things. I’m also wearing their inspired Pandora charm bracelet.

You can’t see it in this picture but let’s see if you can spot it in the rest of my pictures!

P/S: Look them up for beautiful handmade fashion pieces.

 

The next dish made me a very happy girl.

Yup – Jessicat loves her fish!

Traditional Style Steamed Golden Pomfret

This is absolute love! I devoured this like a starved cat. LOL

 

As usual, pair everything with a glass of Guinness!

What came as the next meal certainly made an impression.

You may not notice it now but…

 

 Fresh Water King Prawn in Casserole

 

What’s so special and impressive about this dish, you ask?

Well… let’s just say, size DOES MATTER. ;)

 

 It was a big as my head… and mind you, I don’t have a tiny head.

 

Everyone was amazed at how sizable these King Prawns were.

What have they been feeding on? WOW. Two thumbs up! Wink

The next dish looks vegetarian but it’s actually not.  Enter:

 

 Braised Sliced Abalone with Black Moss and Dried Oyster

 

I enjoy the way Grand Imperial finds ways to surprise us with their menu.

When this dish first arrived, only the meats & vegetable portion came. We were wondering what dish this is supposed to be? Surprised As most restaurants, if not all, served their claypot rice in one giant bowl with the the rest of the ingredients.

A minute later, the claypot rice came! All in individual bowls, portioned perfectly.

 

 Claypot Rice with Chinese Sausage (Lap Cheong) & Dried Meat – Hong Kong Style

 

Like we did tonight, diners will experience GUINNESS® in ways in which they may not have tried before, unlocking the complex flavour profiles of the bold beer.

Surprisingly refreshing when served at sub-zero temperatures, moving to full and rich when served warm, the GUINNESS® Master Brewers and team of Grand Imperial chefs have painstakingly matched each course and serving style to create the perfect pairing.

 

My cute little bowl.

 

Hopped over to the next table to have a Guinness toast with my fellow blogger pals!

 

 

 I was really stuffed but hey, don’t we all have an extra stomach for dessert? ;)

We were served not one, but two desserts!

 

 Chilled Fresh Mango Puree with Sago & Pomelo.

 

 This was such a refreshing dessert!

 

It was smooth, sweet and bursting with the prominent taste of fresh mangoes!

Please sir, may I have some more? :P

 

 

Deep Fried Nian Gao & Sweet Potato Pastries

 

I enjoyed the sweet potato pastries so much!

The pastry melted in my mouth upon contact and the aroma of sweet potato was an absolute delight.

 

Gong Xi Fa Chai to all!

You’ve made us extra happy (and extra prosperous LOL) & beyond satisfied tonight.

 

Tonight’s CNY dinner was definitely crafted to perfection.

As you can clearly see, each dish has been designed not only to match and enhance the accompanying GUINNESS®, but is imbued with meaning and tradition, symbolising longevity, harmony, peace, prosperity, and happiness in the coming year.

 

Thank you for having me, dear Guinness Malaysia & Grand Imperial!

You’ve set the bar high and made the first of many CNY feasts to come a pleasurable one.

 

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For more information on Guinness Malaysia & Grand Imperial Group of Restaurants:

Look them up on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/guinnessmalaysia

If you’re keen to celebrate your Chinese New Year reunion dinner with your friends, family or even with your colleagues for a company dinner, my CNY dinner tonight is called the Special Guinness New Year Banquet Menu and is priced at RM1888 nett.

Enjoy! And Gong Hei Fatt Choi to you and you and you! :D

I have 10 pairs of passes to give away to attend the Party of the Century in Empire City! Are YOU in?

2015Jan15

 

CONTEST UPDATE

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL MY WINNERS!

Robert Lee
Erin 
Brian Kok
Aly Jay 
Lancelot Theseira
Wingallery
Aneera Jasmine 
Alpha Leonis 
Mike Chin Wei Jun 
Atikah Kamal 

Please email your Full name, IC number & contact number to

im@thejessicat.com 

latest by 5PM on 21st January 2015.

Failure to do so will have your winning slot passed on to the runner up.

Hit with Ball So hurry!

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85 ENTRIES RECEIVED.

THE TEAM IS CURRENTLY TRACKING & SHORTLISTING

ALL YOUR ENTRIES SO DO BE PATIENT! :)

WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT WILL BE AT

20:01HRS ON 20/01

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 Yes – the rumours ARE INDEED TRUE!

Remember my previous post about Paris Hilton coming to Malaysia next weekend?

 

Property developers Mammoth Empire has confirmed that they will be holding a star-studded preview of the City of Lifestyle & Entertainment for their brand new Empire City in Damansara Perdana.

This is the first time I’ve ever heard of a property developer throwing a party as big as this!

 

 

The 2.5 million square feet of net lettable retail area, 8 corporate towers and office suites, 3 international 5 star hotels and a cinema themed hotel are built around the 5 pillars that are at the core of Empire City; Design, Art, Music, Performance and Culture. Cool

Bringing these pillars to life will be an array of performers and artists, ranging from the renowned Korean group, 2AM, to flamboyant speed painters, as well as the traditional with a twist in the form of an LED dragon dance.

 

 

In addition, special performances from Paris Hilton, Taboo of the Black Eyed Peas, and Australian tenor, Mark Vincent, will enhance the international atmosphere created by the honoured guests and business owners flying in from across the globe.

Can’t wait to be among the first to check out fabulous new hotspot out…(almost) fresh off the concrete!

 

I have actually zoomed past Empire City many times while driving along the LDP highway and noticed that it is still under construction. Now that’s gonna be pretty cool, partying in a place as raw as that – I wonder how they’ll transform it for the night? Laughing

 

 

 

 

The Party of the Century will be an exclusive preview of the integrated development in a vibrant, artfully stylised world. Think of it like a housewarming party – only that this is not a house, it’s an entire township of its own!

I’ve also heard that included within Empire City will be a number of unique offerings, such as the cinematic world’s first multiprojection theatre, an Olympic-specification ice rink and stylized boulevards, like Asian Food Street, that will bring the international luxury feel to life for residents and visitors alike.

Now that will definitely be one of the most unique hangout spots KL has to offer. Big Smile

 

 

 

And guess what the theme of the celebration will be? Big Boss

The roaring 1920′s! That means a whole lot of classic, glamorous and polished ‘The Great Gatsby’ style going around.

I’ve bought my dress and accessories already. Gotta stick to the theme and dress to kill! Wink

 

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Now here’s the part that you’ve all been waiting for – I’m giving away 10 pairs of invitations to this exclusive party.

SO HOW DO YOU GET YOUR HANDS ON IT?

 

Step 1.

LIKE my Facebook page at – www.facebook.com/thejessicatdotcom

FOLLOW me on Twitter and Instagram at @imthejessicat

 

Step 2.

Share the picture above on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with the caption:

FB: I wanna win a pair of invites to the Party of the Century from @TheJessicat! I should definitely be at the party because…

TW & IG: I wanna win a pair of invites to the Party of the Century from @imthejessicat! I should definitely be at the party because…

(Finish the sentence above in any way you like!) Wink

 

 

 

 

 

EDIT: DON’T FORGET TO SET YOUR POST TO PUBLIC.

I WONT BE ABLE TO SEE IT IF IT’S NOT! Smile

 

 

 

Winners will be notified within this post on 20th January 2014.

 

GOOD LUCK! Big Smile

And I really hope to see you at the party!