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Ethical & Sustainable Malaysia brands To Know About

As there are more people becoming conscious of sustainability, brands are starting to adjust their brand directions towards a more sustainable objective.

Sustainability in terms of products isn’t only about saving the environment, but sustainable in terms of human lives, assisting the local community and many more that helps our surroundings.

If you want to play your part in terms of sustainability, here are some brands, or slow fashion to look for in Malaysia.

Biji Biji

Biji Biji is an ethical fashion label that respects the environment. They are committed to pushing the boundaries and curate change in the fashion industry by transforming the alternative into the norm with their handmade fashion accessories and apparels. Their materials are selected meticulously from a range of industries, including those foreign and unique to the fashion world before transforming them into beautiful, functional, and timeless designs.

Their products are intentionally made using materials recovered at their end-of-life stage from a range of industries such as faulty seat belt webbing from the car manufacturing industry, deadstock vintage kimono from the Japanese textile manufacturing industry, tarpaulin banners from the advertising industry, and needle punch carpet from the event industry. 

Muni

Muni may look like a regular fashion product due to its minimalism concept, but what is unique is that they uses natural dye for their products’ colour.

Compared to using chemical dye which could be much easier and cheaper, Muni focuses on using dyes that are made from plants. And little that you can imagine is although it come from plants, it is not commercially planted to make the dye. Instead, it is made from collected dead leaves, barks, fruit skins and other parts of the nature.

We simply love its concept of minimalism, and yet full of magnanimous idea for the world.

Earth Heir

Earth Heir offers accessories like bags and jewellery handmade by over 100 artisans from refugee groups, indigenous tribes, and women’s cooperatives across Malaysia. 

They began with an appreciation for craftspeople and artisans, who spend years honing and perfecting their skills to create their finest art pieces.

By blending design, fair trade principles, training and enterprise, Earth Heir aims to raise the value and revival of heritage craftsmanship. 

Being part of the World Fair Trade Organisation, they are also transparent with their pricing and reinvest the majority of their profits to support the artisans and groups they serve. 

Xiapism

In 2019, the founders of Xiapism rediscovered the natural dye method using tannin pigment from the mangroves to create their products. Their products are created using 100% natural dye as they believe in allowing the nature taking its course, telling the story of a forgotten colour.

Inkaa

INKAA strive to create beautiful products by collaborating with artisans in Malaysia, while promoting the voice of selected artisans to their clients. Every one of their products is hand-signed by its maker and their individual stories are told on their website. The partners with marginalised communities and local artisans to produce all of their products, ensuring fair wages. We love how this Malaysian brand is committed to honouring artisans while preserving Malay heritage and culture.

It is a brand that celebrates people, and appreciates the power of storytelling. 

Sayang

At Sayang, the makers strive to be mindful at every step of the process, from design, sourcing, production, up until the packaging the customers receive.  Having mindful practices allow them to take a closer look into their existing industry and systems, and to discover new ways to be environmentally and socially conscience.   

With each season, Sayang’s aim is to expand their world in a way that is most natural and authentic to who they are.  The idea for Sayang was borne from a desire to create pretty, elegant pieces, but it has since become much more than that.

Sayang place a strong preference in natural fibres, including their labels and hang tags are made from post-consumer waste and are carefully printed in eco-friendly soy ink.  

The road towards sustainability is a long process, but they aim to strive to discover all the possible ways in contributing positively towards the industry as a whole.

There are definitely much more brands in Malaysia that creates impact for the environment and community which we have yet to cover all. Feel free to share with us if you know any of them.

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Travel

Coffee Table Books For You To Envison Your Future Travels

As long distance traveling and vacations have been halted this year and who knows when it will be considered totally safe again to resume enjoying our lives in different places.

While we can’t do any traveling yet for now, but we can have cool coffee table books and magazines that we can amazingly view scenic photos from all around the world.

Besides temporarily satisfying our lust for traveling, these prints can also be used as a guide to plan for our upcoming trip when the borders is open up again.

Monocle Book of Japan
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The popular international magazine publishes good books and guides of different countries as well. They have recently published a whole book about Japan.

This book is the culmination of years of reporting across the country by Monocle and it delivers a unique insight into the people, places and products that define Japan. Whether you’re planning a visit or simply curious, The Monocle Book of Japan will unpack the nation for you. 

Accidentally Wes Anderson
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Accidentally Wes Anderson tells the stories behind the most beautiful, idiosyncratic, and interesting places on Earth. This book travels the world and into your own backyard to identify quirky landmarks and undiscovered gems: places you may have passed by, others you always wanted to explore, and some you never knew existed.

Fueled by a vision for distinctive design, stunning photography, and unexpected narrative, Accidentally Wes Anderson is a passport to inspiration and adventure. Perfect for modern travelers and fans of Wes Anderson’s distinctive aesthetic, this is an invitation to look at your world through a different lens.

Drift Magazine
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Drift is about coffee, the people who drink it, and the cities they inhabit. Their collection of writers and photographers, alongside coffee shop owners, baristas, streetcart vendors, and patrons, capture a glimpse of what it’s like to drink coffee in a city at the time the magazine is printed. And each issue highlights a different city.

Escape by Gray Malin
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In ESCAPE, Gray takes his astonishing photography beyond the beach. Collecting breathtaking images, journal entries, and behind-the-scenes anecdotes, ESCAPE explores Gray Malin’s enduring drive to capture life’s joyful moments. These awe-inspiring images of exotic locales from around the world are a celebration of light, shadow, and absolute bliss. Whether trained on the snowy mountains of Aspen, the dry plains of Namibia, or the warm sun of Bora Bora, Malin’s sharp eye highlights the exuberant colors and striking forms that make each location so unique. And this collector’s edition has a limited print run of only 1,000 copies. 

Remote Places to Stay
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Another Escape
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Another Escape is an independent media company championing outdoor lifestyle, environmental stewardship and regenerative living. Through celebrating the stories of those inspired by nature, we encourage people to connect with the natural world in meaningful ways so they may become active stewards of our planet.

Do you have any other favourite coffee table book or magazine that you love? Share with us!

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Life

8 Ways to Keep Yourself Indoors by Doing Your Grocery Shopping Online

With the dangers of Covid-19 outbreak is still out there, it is best that we try to stay indoors as much as we can. On some days you can order food deliveries, and if some days you would like to cook at home and you do not want to step out from your home to do grocery shopping, you can do it online. To a certain extend, grocery shopping might still put ourselves to some risk of the virus, or maybe we may risk of not finding what we want in the store as it is out of stock. Here are eight ways we can do our grocery shopping through the clicks of our gadgets.

BANSAN PENANG

Bansan Penang is the old-newbie in the E-commerce space, offering groceries directly from a third-generation farm located on Penang Island.

Their service includes providing fresh vegetables through farm-to-table within the chosen delivery date to their customers. They harvest the vegetables daily to provide vegetables to every customer at its best condition. To expand their product range, Bansan Penang also source for vegetables from other reputable suppliers.

They believe in providing families with the freshest produce from their farm through the support of their farmers. Not only do they deliver the freshest produce, but they also offer quality, peace of mind and the family bond over fresh home-cooked food.

Shop Bansan at https://bansanpenang.com/

TESCO

Tesco, already a regular grocery outlet for most families in Malaysia, it is available via online shopping for quite some time already. They definitely have a variety of products to shop for, and don’t remember to look for their promotions and offers.

Shop Tesco at https://eshop.tesco.com.my/groceries/

SUNSHINE

Sunshine has been a Penang local brand name since decades ago, when it begins its store as Suiwah. It has now emerged as one of the biggest grocery stores in Penang, and moreover it offers cost-efficient products for Penangites.

Despite beginning their roots in the island of Penang, they are now delivering to mainland as well.

Shop Sunshine at https://www.sunshineonline.com.my/

BMS ORGANICS

If you are person who is very particular about organic foods, BMS Organics is one that offers delivery to your doorstep. With multiple chains across the nation, BMS Organics offer free shipping if you order more than RM100 and above. Not only that they offer groceries, they also sell health supplements, healthy snacks and many other organic products.

Shop BMS Organics at https://www.bmsorganics.com/

SIGNATURE MARKET

Also a healthy product store, Signature Market offers products from nuts, dried fruits, powdered beverages and many other grocery items.

Shop Signature Market at https://www.signaturemarket.co/my/marketplace/

HAPPY FRESH

Not exactly a store itself, Happy Fresh provides services to help you buy groceries from their selected partners. Among their partners include Tesco, Mercato, Giant, Mydin, Cold Storage, Aeon and more.

Happy Fresh serves as a personal shopper for you and makes the delivery to your doorstep.

Shop Happy Fresh at https://www.happyfresh.my/

MYFISHMAN

Get fresh seafood at an affordable price at MyFishman. They offer more than 50 types of fishes from the seas around Malaysia, fresh from the fisherman.

Shop MyFishman at https://myfishman.com/

REDTICK PLUS

RedTick Plus is also another option for buying your grocery online and get the delivery to your doorstep. Other than the normal groceries, they also offer organic products as well.

Shop RedTick Plus at https://shop.redtick.com/

What other grocery sites to you buy online? Share with us!

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Street Stories

Street Stories: Muntri Street

Story of the Street

Muntri Street or Lebuh Muntri is a street that leads from Penang Road to Stewart Lane at the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. It is also the street that crosses Leith Street. The street may have been named after the Mentri of Larut, Ngah Ibrahim, son of Long Jaafar. Hence, Muntri is the old word for Mentri. However, some mentioned that Muntri was actually referring to the high ranking colonial officials that stayed in Leith Street and Muntri Street. 

Cantonese associations and guilds dominate the street. There are many associations, clanhouses and a Hainanese Temple located along Muntri Street that has more than 100 years of history. According to the locals, traditional Cantonese black and white nannies were staying here as a group. Mah-cheh (妈姐) is the name for these ladies who wore white top with black silk trousers. They are a group of very professional and reliable maids who worked in the European colonial officials’ families. Therefore, some old Chinese also called this road as Mah-cheh-kay (妈姐街). 

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Furthermore, the first hospital for the poor, Lam Wah Ee, was founded here in 1883. Hence, Muntri Street is also known as Lâm-hoa-i īⁿ-ke (南华医院街) in Hokkien, named after the hospital that used to be here. Another Hokkien name for this street is Sin-hái-lâm-kong-si-ke (新海南公司街), which meant new Hainanese association street.    

Muntri Street has one of the best-preserved facades of Straits Eclectic style houses. It is narrow but lined by exquisitely refurbished Straits Eclectic style double storey shophouses. In this recent decade, trendy boutique and budget hotels, modern cafes and street art has took over that adds beautiful colours and vibrance to this street. 

Significant Buildings

Hainan Temple 天后宫
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Penang Hainan Temple is also known as Thean Hou Kong Temple. The Hainanese community established the temple in 1866. Thean Hou Kong temple is dedicated to the Taoist Deity Mazu (妈祖), who is believed to be the protector of seafarers. The temple was then moved to its current location on Muntri Street in 1895 with the fundings and donations collected from the faithful devotees.

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In 1925, Penang Kheng Chew Hooi Kuan Clan Association (槟州琼州会馆) was formed with the temple as its headquarters. The name Kheng Chew is a reference to the village on Hainan Island where the temple’s founders originated. The association established Aik Hua School in 1955. The school was constructed next to the Hainan Temple. Then, the name of the association was changed to the Hainan Clan Association in 1991 in order to embrace a wider ethnic identity. 

The temple is built in the Hainanese style. Moreover, the elaborate stone carvings on the front of the building which were created by craftsmen were brought over from China in 1995 to mark the centenary of the temple’s construction. 

Wooi Ning Wooi Koon 会甯会馆
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Wooi Ning Wooi Koon is a Cantonese district association located next to Aik Hua School. Now, the ground floor of the building has been turned into a business premise, which is a textile wholesaler.

Penang Goldsmith Association
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Another name for Penang Goldsmith Association is “Penang Ta Kam Hong”. It is the biggest Chinese goldsmith association in Malaysia. Besides, founded in 1832, it is also the oldest goldsmith association in Penang. The members from the association are mostly goldsmiths of Cantonese descent who came from Guangdong Province in southern China. Meanwhile, the building also serves as the guild’s temple, Voo Cheng Koo Mew. It was built in 1903 to worship the patron deity of goldsmiths, Wu Ching.

Penang Sao Lim Athletic Association 
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Penang Sao Lim Athletic Association is a martial arts association in Penang. This association was established by the Buddhist monk, Monnik Sik Koh Sum. It was founded in 1956 to teach the martial arts to the locals. The term “Sao Lim” is the Hokkien pronunciation for Shaolin Kung Fu (少林功夫).

Leong See Kah Miew Old Building 梁氏家庙
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Leong See Kah Miew is the clan association of the Chinese holding the surname Leong. The name translated as Leong Clan Ancestral Temple. It was founded by people surnamed Leong, who hailed from Guangdong in 1871. The old clan temple was used until 1966 when the building was too old for repair. Thus, the three-storey association premise has moved to Perak Road and officially opened in 2020.

Koo Suo Kwong Choon Tong 姑苏广存堂
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Koo Suo Kwong Choon Tong is a Cantonese tea shop and restaurant association. It occupies a double-storey townhouse at Muntri Street. 

Where to Stay

Modern Hotel Georgetown
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Modern Hotel Georgetown is a newly renovated hotel. It is residing in a classy heritage Art Nouveau building which was a budget hotel. In fact, this Instagram-worthy hotel includes a mixture of vintage and modern look with a classy black and white interior.

The building was built in 1920 and has served as retail shops, with one of its significant business occupied by an optician. In fact, the hotel has preserved one of its signage ‘The World Optical Co’ at the storefront. If you have ever noticed, the second floor of the building has always been ‘Modern Hotel’.

One century later, the whole building is refurbished with its heritage architecture preserved, and they had their grand opening in January 2020. The hotel offers 5 types of room, ranging from Superior Single Room to Deluxe Double Room Bathtub with Balcony. With its strategic location and spacious room, it is one of the best staycations in George Town.

The Southern Boutique Hotel
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The Southern Boutique Hotel is housed in a double-storey heritage building that was built in 1924. This contemporary boutique hotel uses white colour as their main design concept. For instance, the clean lines and classic elements give a strong vibe on the grand elegance of the British colonial era. The hotel provides 3 types of room, such as Superior Double Room, Deluxe Double Room, and Family Room.

Ryokan Muntri Boutique Hostel
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Ryokan Muntri Boutique Hostel is a modern hostel that is housed in a colonial-style building in the historical district. Additionally, the hostel is a 8 Times Winner of Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence Award Book Direct for the lowest rates guaranteed. This hostel offers 7 types of room, ranging from private rooms, mixed dormitory rooms to only female dormitory rooms. Though the rooms are not spacious, the hostel provides great facilities and good breakfast.

Muntri Grove
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Muntri Grove was originally a row of 10 modest houses built as living quarters for the Mah-cheh. These double-storey houses were built in the 19th century. Then, in 2013, restoration works started. The interior of the hotel uses minimal palettes to create contemporary lines which provide a light and airy ambiance to the rooms. However, there is only one type of room here, which are Deluxe King Rooms that cater to couples who want a littler romantic experience.

Muntri Mews

Muntri Mews is a collection of Edwardian era buildings that was transformed into a contemporary and affordable luxury accommodation located in the heart of George Town. This hotel combines both antique and modern furnishings while preserving the Straits Eclectic aesthetic. They offer three main types of room, which are Mews Standard Room, Terrace Suite, and Loft Suite. 

Muntri House Heritage Homestay
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Muntri House sets in a traditional Chinese clan house. This homestay provides basic, comfortable air-conditioned rooms with free Wi-Fi. Furthermore, they offer 6 types of room, ranging from private rooms to dormitory rooms. 

What to See

Street Art: “One Leg Kicks All” Sculpture
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The “One Leg Kicks All” steel-rod sculpture at Muntri Street is based on a caricature by Tang Mun Kian. This sculpture portrays the characteristics of a Mah-cheh (妈姐), or some called them as “Amah” (阿嬷). As their jobs and responsibilities cover the whole work from cooking, cleaning to caring for children, they called themselves “Yat-keok-tet” which means “one leg kicks all” in Cantonese. 

Street Art: “Win Win Situation” Sculpture
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The “Win Win Situation” sculpture is based on the artwork by Julian “Lefty” Kam. Muntri Street was the commercial trading link between the Orang Kaya Mantri or Ruler of Larut, and the Chinese traders of Penang who controlled the mining and melting of tin ore. This sculpture portrays a Chinese trader called Tauke greeting the ruler of Larut, Orang Kaya, before making deal of tin trading.

Mural: “Little Girl in Blue” aka “Kungfu Girl”
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The “Little Girl in Blue” is another name for “Kungfu Girl”. It is an amazing street mural by Ernest Zacharevic. The model for the mural was apparently an eight-year-old girl at an art school. The face expression as well as the light on her clothes and hair making it very lively. Besides, the size of the mural is very impressive and the windows are a part of the art piece too.  

Mural: “Big Mouth” by Gabriel Pitcher
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The “Big Mouth” mural by Gabriel Pitcher is painted above an archway at the Ryokan Muntri Boutique Hostel. This mural is very creative as Gabriel makes excellent use of an awkward space above and to the sides of an archway.  

What to Eat

Tai Buan Porridge 大满清香粥
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Tai Buan Porridge serves one of the classic Teochew porridge. Teochew porridge is served as a banquet of vegetables, egg, fish and meats with plain rice porridge. For instance, some of the must-order dishes include braised pork, pork belly, braised duck, fried egg with preserved turnips, and more. As it is quite popular, the place is crowded during the peak hours. 

Gala House Restaurant and Bar
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Gala House is a retro-themed restaurant and bar that started its business in 2013. The menu features two different sets for lunch and dinner respectively. It offers Asian Western fusion cuisines. For instance, some of their special dishes include Clams in Wine & Fresh Herb Broth, Kimchi Salmon Spaghetti, Cheddar Ranch, Orang Kaya Coffee and more.

Sri Wangi Selera Ibunda 
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Sri Wangi Selera Ibunda is a restaurant that offers Malay food. The owner is a pair of husband and wife which the husband is from Bangladesh and the wife is from Indonesia. They serve authentic Malay food such as Nasi Goreng Biasa, Ayam Merah, Ayam Penyet, and more.

Emily’s Steakhouse
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Originated from the UK, Emily’s Steakhouse has two branches in Malaysia, one in Penang and the other one in Kuala Lumpur. Previously located at Victoria Street, the restaurant expanded and moved to Muntri Street in September 2020. With the perfect tenderness and taste, this place serves one of the best steaks in town.

Mews Cafe
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Mews Cafe is most probably one of the finest cafes in Muntri Street. It serves authentic Malay food in cozy restaurant settings. They prepare their food with fresh local ingredients as well as homemade sauces and spices. However, the price is slightly expensive. Some of their must-try dishes are Nasi Lemak, Beef Rendang, Ikan Sambal, Chai Creme Brulee and more.

Hungry Chef
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Previously known as Behind 50, Hungry Chef is a newly open cafe that serves Western cuisine. The cafe has a strong rustic and vintage vibe as it’s decorated with a lot of grandma’s house antique. Hungry Chef serves Chicken Chop, Spaghetti, Burgers and more! In addition, it opens from Tuesday to Sunday, 4pm to 12am.

Seven Skulls
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Seven Skulls is a cocktail bar located at Muntri Street. It is a lovely and classy place where you can enjoy chilled beer and occasional live band. It is not too noisy and thus, the vibes and energy here is suitable for networking and gathering.

Mish Mash
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Just a few doors next to Seven Skulls, Mish Mash is also a cocktail bar located at Muntri Street. It provides a welcoming mood, and casual, old-school European-style vibe. Mish Mash is renowned for cocktails. On the other hand, they also serve dinner, single malt whisky as well as craft beers. 

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Food Stories

Food Stories: Cafe De Ohana

Cafe De Ohana is a dog-friendly cafe that can accommodate small to medium breed canines. Ohana is a Hawaiian term meaning “family”, hence, the cafe hopes to create a warm, homey and cozy atmosphere. 

Moreover, pets are not just a source of entertainment or an addition to the household, but they are actually our family. You can’t deny the reality that there is a special bond between dogs and pet owners. Thus, it is easy to see why dogs have been dubbed “man’s best friend”.

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“As dog lovers and also having 8 dogs as pets, we uphold the spirit of loving dogs and also want to promote healthy eating among fidos.”

Co-founders of Cafe De Ohana, Junyang and Jia Wen

Emphasizing on the importance of providing healthy dog food, they adhere to the use of natural ingredients and handmade dog food. Furthermore, the co-founders are equipped with relevant knowledge through prior experience and training overseas.

The Interior

The entire interior focuses on clean, simple lines, minimalism and functionality. The wall painted in light, muted colours and light-theme wood as their furniture on the second floor provide a pleasant and relaxed environment. Customers are requested to take off their shoes to enter the upper floor in order to ensure hygiene. 

Besides, the ground floor is designed in a modern and simple style. Part of the dining area is decorated with picnic style and some antique which make the corner Instagrammable. In short, the cafe is separated into 2 spaces: ground floor is opened to diners while the upper floor is meant for fidos and dog lovers to mingle. 

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Some of the antiques placed at the corner for decoration.

The Menu

Cafe De Ohana’s menu covers rice bowl, spaghetti and freshly baked tartlet. Some of the best-sellers are Tri-colour Chicken Rice Bowl (stir fried chicken cubes with soy sauce, stir fried cabbage, julienned omelette), Tonkatsu Rice with Chicken, Spicy Salmon Rice Bowl, Spicy Asian Style Spaghetti, Carbonara Spaghetti and more. Meanwhile, Oreo Milo and Strawberry Creamy Fruity are their signature beverages.

In addition, there is also a healthy menu specifically crafted for dogs. Cafe De Ohana also plans to curate more healthy food for dogs with the use of Chinese medicine as ingredients in the future. 

Watch the video to get to know more!

The Info

Address: 302A, Jalan Tun Dr. Awang, South Home, 11900 Bayan Lepas, Penang.

Business hours: Wednesday – Monday 11.00am – 9.00pm (Closed on Tuesday)

Contact: 04-305 2564, Facebook, Instagram

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Food Stories

Food Stories: Yum Cha Tea Parlour

“Jom, yum cha weyy!” Is this the way you invite your friends and family to hang out? With the concept of creating a place where diners can have a good bonding time with their friends and family, Yum Cha Tea Parlour was established in December 2019.  

“得闲饮茶” is pronounced as “Dak Han Yum Cha” in Cantonese, which means “let’s meet up during your free time”. Having prior experience in the field of western-style food & beverages, the co-founders ambition to try something different.

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“We incorporate the vibe of Eastern and Oriental, from interior design to our carefully crafted menu. We hope to create a modern and cozy space where people can gather and enjoy Chinese cuisines.”

Co-founder of Yum Cha Tea Parlour, Vince

The Interior

Tucked in the core zone of the George Town UNESCO World Heritage Site, the interior design of Yum Cha Tea Parlour was inspired by Hong Kong Cha Chaan Teng. Referring to the designs and details from Britain, Taiwan and Shanghai in the 50s and 60s, the restaurant remained the classic floor tiles. 

Using retro dark green as the main colour palette, it focuses on modern yet vintage design styles. Besides, the tables are specially customised with drawers, which were inspired by mahjong tables.  

The Menu

Yum Cha Tea Parlour focuses on modernised Chinese cuisines. Inspired by Shanghainese styles of cooking, their signatures include Shanghainese Soup Dumplings (Xiao Long Bao) and Pan Fried Pork Buns (Sheng Jian Bao). Moreover, the menu covers comfort food such as rice and noodle dishes. 

For instance, some of their must-try include Shanghai Noodle Soup (rich pork broth, braised pork belly slices, thin noodles, topped with scallions), Golden Crab Noodle (crab meat, crab roe, crispy pork lard, thin noodles, topped with scallions), Minchi Rice, and Mapo Tofu Rice.

Emphasizing on bringing out the better experience of savouring contemporary Chinese cuisines, Yun Cha insists on hand-making Xiao Long Bao and Sheng Jian Bao. Furthermore, the signature beverages are H.K Style Milk Tea, Yuan Yang, and H.K Style Lemon Tea. Besides, they actually start serving cocktails at night too.

Watch the video below to know the full story!

The Info

Address: 84, Church Street, 10200 George Town, Penang

Business hours:

Monday – Friday 11.00am – 9.00pm (Closed on Thursday)

Saturday & Sunday 9.00am – 9.00pm

Contact: 011-1259 1459 Facebook, Instagram

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Culture

Ways to say hello without touching each other

As the numbers of Covid-19 cases seems to not showing any signs of stopping soon, every community in every city needs to practice social distancing. And by practicing social distancing means that we should not touch each other to prevent any possible viruses from spreading.

In fact after more than half a year battling with the pandemic, many of us have been accustomed to the New Normal of doing things. That includes the way we greet when we meet people. Instead of the usual handshakes and hugs, we will have to opt for those that does not require touching.

Although some cities encourages fist bumps or elbow bumps, we are still touching each other by doing that. So how do we practice it while social distancing ourselves?

These are the few New Normal on how we say ‘Hello’ when we meet up.

Wave and Smile
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By far, this is the easiest and most conventional method of saying hello. You can do it from afar and people will get it easily. Even if you are wearing a mask, your the language of your eyes will tell the others that you are smiling.

Bow
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A traditional greeting in part of Asia especially Japan, Korea, China and Vietnam, bowing is not only a form of greeting, but also a form of respect and humility. Besides that it is useful in many ways, a person can bow to greet another person, to apologise or even to bid farewell. Although bowing can mean differently in certain country, it is relatively safe as it does not mean any harm.

Namaste
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The Namaste greeting is also used in many parts of Asia especially India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, Thailand and Cambodia. The gesture is just as simple as putting your palms together and bow slightly. It also means a deep form of respect to others. If you aren’t sure whether it is appropriate to use it, you can always bow.

Hand on Heart
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The ‘hand on heart’ is known as a substitute to handshakes as we can see that many official meetings and events are using this specific gesture. You just have to put your hand on your heart as to acknowledge the presence of the person.

Besides, it is also quite common among Muslim women to practice this gesture in certain cities.

Salute
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Salute may be a sign used in military or the police force, but it can also be used by anyone. Simple as it is and with the same meaning in the military, it is a sign of respect.

Wakanda Salute
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A popular type of salute among the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) fans, it is made popular by the movie Black Panther.

Just make sure you don’t do it in business or official meetings, some rigid individuals might not be able to accept it.

To do it correctly, cross your arms to form a letter ‘X’ and let’s make the world forever like ‘Wakanda Forever’.

Finger Heart
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Made popular by Korean celebrities, you just have to put the tips of your thumb and forefinger together. But some people might misunderstand it as ‘money’.

Which of the gesture is your favourite one? Whichever way you may want to use, just remember that we still have to keep each other safe and distance ourselves.

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Culture

Let the Christmas 2020 vibes begin with Netflix films

It is the end of the year soon, and let us bring some holiday and Christmas vibes into our homes. Holiday films is always a good way to start brighten our mood and happiness, and we definitely have to do it at home this year, with Netflix.

Here’s some of the films with Christmas vibes for you to watch with your loved ones.

Dash & Lily

Opposites attract at Christmas as cynical Dash and sunny Lily trade messages and dares in a red notebook they pass back and forth around New York City.

Dolly Parton’s Christmas On The Square

Seasonal cheer comes to a screeching halt when a cold-hearted woman tries to sell her hometown’s land, regardless of the consequences of the people who lives there. Can music, magic and memories change her mind?

Let It Snow

In a small town on Christmas Eve, a snowstorm brings together a group of young people. Let is Snow is an American Christmas romantic comedy film directed by Luke Snellin and based on the young adult novel of the same name.

Operation Christmas Drop

Operation Christmas Drop is an American Christmas romantic comedy directed by Martin Wood. The film is loosely based on the real-life U.S. Air Force Operation Christmas Drop humanitarian mission.

Jingle Jingle: A Christmas Journey

An imaginary world comes to life in a holiday tale of an eccentric toymaker, his adventurous granddaughter, and a magical invention that has the power to change their lives forever.

Klaus

A simple act of kindness always sparks another, even in a frozen, faraway place. When Smeerensburg’s new postman, Jesper, befriends toymaker Klaus, their gifts melt an old-age feud and deliver a sleigh full of holiday traditions.

Holiday In The Wild

Jilted by her husband on the eve of embarking on an African safari, a woman travels to the continent alone where she meets an elephant conservationist.

The Christmas Chronicles

The story of sister and brother, Kate and Teddy Pierce, whose Christmas Eve plan to catch Santa Claus on camera turns into an unexpected journey that most kids could only dream about.

The Knight Before Christmas

A medieval English knight is magically transported to present-day America where he falls for a high school science teacher who is disillusioned by love.

The Princess Switch: Switched Again

When Duchess Margaret unexpectedly inherits the throne to Montenaro and hits a rough patch with Kevin, it’s up to her double Stacy to save the day before a new lookalike, party girl Fiona foils their plans.

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City Guide

Work from Hotel instead if you don’t want to work from home

The year 2020 has been a painful year for the travel industry especially hotels and accommodation provider. Travellers from foreign countries were not allowed, and even local tourists has been reduced due to the Covid-19 pandemic. It is even worse when the number of Covid-19 case rises, which causes fear in people to travel outdoors.

Some hotels have chosen to stop their operations and closed down to prevent more financial damage to their company. Some management decided to adapt to the challenge and change their strategy.

These hotels have took the step to offer working spaces for people especially those who were instructed to work from home. But when we talk about working from home, we know there are always distractions from the bed, from the kitchen, the television, or sometimes family members themselves. There are times that we need a proper environment to focus on our job.

Here are the list of hotels that are providing working spaces:

Royal Chulan
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Royal Chulan in Penang as well as Kuala Lumpur is offering a Work from Hotel package at RM49 nett which starts from 7.00am to 10.00pm. That comes with free flow coffee & tea and as well as one set lunch or dinner. If you feel like working out in between, you can always hop into the gym for to break some sweat.

The Chow Kit
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Whether you want to work, eat or even take a power nap, it is only RM30 per day, from 9.00am – 7.00pm on weekdays. That includes a free-flow barista coffee, 30% off on food & beverages or if you decided to stay for a night, you’ll also get a 30% off for the room.

Pulse Grande Hotel, Putrajaya
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At RM35 nett and valid for 3-4 hours, you can work from hotel at Pulse Grande Hotel with free coffee and tea as well as a 25% off from their ala carte menu.

Grand Darulmakmur, Kuantan
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Grand Darulmakmur Hotel is also offering their hotel as workspace from 9.00am – 5.00pm from RM99 nett per day.

Grand Margherita Hotel, Kuching
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With RM30 nett per person, you can enjoy a working space in Grand Margherita Hotel, Kuching at the lobby area with a RM10 food credit and free flow of coffee/tea or soft drink.

New World Petaling Jaya
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You can experience a day use from 8.00am to 6.00pm working from hotel from RM160 at the New World Petaling Jaya with lunch, coffee/tea and even usage of the gym facility. With an additional RM25, you get to enjoy their breakfast set, or add another RM90 for an additional pax. And if you need to stay for a night, feel free to add RM90 for a room.

Thinking of working from a hotel now?

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Sustainability

Zero Waste Stores in Malaysia to consider if you’re practicing minimal waste lifestyle

Despite majority of Asians are not practicing a minimal waste lifestyle yet, the zero-waste movement has been growing steadily in the region, especially in urban cities where the awareness is higher regarding this issue.

With more and more people looking for waste-conscious products and lesser packaging, it is pretty obvious when more zero-waste stores and brands are growing.

Just in case if you decide to practice a zero-waste lifestyle or need to know more about what kind of products is more eco-friendly, you can visit these stores in Malaysia.

A Bit Less Bulk Store – Kepong Baru
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Go Bulk – Tamarind Square, Cyberjaya
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Nude The Zero Waste Store – Seksyen 19, Petaling Jaya
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The Hive Bulk Foods – Bangsar, TTDI, Intermark
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Seedy Zero Waste Store – Kota Kemuning
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Eco Genesis Inc – Sabah
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OWL Zero Waste Bulk Store – Penang
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Do you know any other zero waste stores? Let us know and share it with us.