Havaianas H Store Launch & Remy Martin Centaur Dance 2012 Malaysian Finals

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Headed over to Bangsar Baru on a very bright and sunny morning that was 27 November 2012 for the launch of the latest Havaianas H Store.

If you’re unfamiliar with Havaianas, they were created in 1962 in Brazil and have had a presence in Malaysia recently. These trendy flip flops have had some famous wearers including celebrities such as Paris Hilton, Eva Longoria and Jennifer Aniston

The Havaianas 2013 collection is fueled by fashion trends and creative concepts from different destinations and cultures. Featuring a dynamic and exciting range of styles to suit the individual’s taste and there’s a full range of designs for men, women, and even kids!

Kho Min-Jee, Country Manager of Havaianas Malaysia stated, “This new collection is truly exciting as it’s virtually inspired by the whole world. And this is a natural progression because Havaianas, in its own way, has also inspired the whole world by changing the way people wear flip-flops. For the past 50 years Havaianas has and continues to be relevant to the whole world with innovative styles such as the ones featured in this collection. I have no doubt that Malaysians will embrace the 2013 styles, which will inspire them to live out the fun-filled and fashionable Havaianas lifestyle.” Selected styles from the 2013 Collection will be available at h stores in Malaysia from December 2012 onwards.

 

The new H Store is along Jalan Telawi 2 near La Bodega

The new H Store is along Jalan Telawi 2 near La Bodega

An energetic capoeira performance to kick off the event

An energetic capoeira performance to kick off the event

The performance was followed by a fashion show. These pic of model Peter Davis is specially for you girls reading this.

The performance was followed by a fashion show. These pic of model Peter Davis is specially for you girls reading this.

The models displayed the latest Havaianas collection

The models displayed the latest Havaianas collection

MHB's very own Chelsea Chil was one of the models

MHB’s very own Chelsea Chil was one of the models

Group pic. Yes they even have Havaianas for kids!

Group pic. Yes they even have Havaianas for kids!

Then the store was officially opened and we got our first glimpse

Then the store was officially opened and we got our first glimpse

My partner for the event - MHB's Nicole Fong

My partner for the event – MHB’s Nicole Fong

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Some good looking guests

Some good looking guests

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Actress and model Sarah Lian

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As you can see from the photos above, some of the designs are slightly basic. This is on purpose as you can customise your pair of Havaianas with all sorts of little bling bling things at the store itself! Be creative and let your style flow!

Havaianas is exclusively distributed by Viva Brasil Sdn Bhd in Malaysia.

Havianas H stores in Malaysia are located at Pavilion KL . Suria KLCC. and Bangsar Baru.

Photo credits: Havaianas Malaysia and author’s own

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Rémy Martin Centaur Dance Showdown 2012

Attended the Remy Martin Centaur Dance Showdown 2012 finals at Bola Bistro in Sunway Giza on 30 November 2012 with MHB’s Karen Kho.

What is Remy Martin?

Rémy Martin was founded in 1724 and is one of today’s leading brands worldwide in superior quality cognacs. Recognised for its unique aromatic intensity, its smoothest texture, harmony and unique length of taste, it is accorded a legal recognition for superior quality. To create a cognac of this rare quality, Rémy Martin taps into the expert know-how and skill craftsmanship of generations of cellar masters and uses exclusive rare grapes from the most sought after vineyards at the heart of the Cognac territory – Grande Champagne and Petite Champagne. Only a blend of a Grande Champagne and Petite Champagne crus, with a minimum of 50% Grande Champagne crus, would qualify to be worthy of a Rémy Martin Fine Champagne Cognac. Today, 80% of all Fine Champagne Cognac is produced by Rémy Martin.

BTW did you know that only brandy produced in Cognac, France can be referred to as cognac? Same goes with champagne.

In a pre-event Press briefing just before the countdown to the showdown, Rémy Cointreau International Malaysia General Manager, Jason Lee explained that although the event was inaugural in Malaysia, the initial results of the programme were very positive and pointed to the event being held again in 2013.

“The competition which itself started in Vietnam last year, will unveil the greatest dance talents across six countries – Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, the Philippines and India,” he added.

Ms Karen Ang, Regional Marketing Director, SEAMI (South East Asia, Middle East & India) for Rémy Cointreau International said: “We are delighted to provide these gifted performers with the platform from which they may showcase their passion, creativity, refined skills and undeniable talent to both a national and international audience.

My partner for the evening - MHB's sexy Karen Kho

My partner for the evening – MHB’s sexy Karen Kho

The judges

The judges

The judges comprising of Joel Tan, founder of Urban Groove Dance Network who pioneered the original street and urban dance styles in Malaysia; Maple Loo, experienced dancer, choreographer and judge on 8TV’s own dance competition Showdown and Patricia K, seasoned performer, model, host and DJ all deliberated carefully and after two rounds of elimination, determined the four finalists – Katoon Network, M3EW, Moovelite and Project Elementz.

Remember the movie Step Up where rival; dance groups challenge each other on the dance floor? Well it was something like that!

Remember the movie Step Up where rival; dance groups challenge each other on the dance floor? Well it was something like that!

How low can you go? Invisible limbo rock?

How low can you go? Invisible limbo rock?

Dance group supporters and members of the public were also involved in choosing the winners by SMSing their preferred team as the judges determined key criteria including overall performance, creativity, showmanship and stage presence, synchronisation and execution as well as musicality.

 

Shawn Lee and Genervie with their collaboration

Shawn Lee and Genervie with their collaboration

Beatboxer Shawn Lee and award-winning violinist Genervie Kam who gave a spirited and upbeat musical performance, complementing the urban dance atmosphere while sexy MC Julie Woon managed to persuade Joel Tan to perform an impromptu and energy-charged hip-hop routine.

In the end, Katoon Network beat the rest to take the title while Project Elementz was second, and MoovElite third.

Katoon Network walked away with RM10,000 and will represent Malaysia in the International Finals in Singapore on 18 January 2013, while the second and third winners received RM6,000 and RM3,000 respectively.

Katoon Network walked away with RM10,000 and will represent Malaysia in the International Finals in Singapore on 18 January 2013, while the second and third winners received RM6,000 and RM3,000 respectively.

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Rémy Martin’s brand ambassador and international superstar, Jolin Tsai, will grace the international finals in Singapore in January 2013, lending her experience as a dancer and taking a seat at the judging panel. Jolin will also hold a mini-concert and is expected to sing some of her greatest hits.

A grand prize of USD$10,000 awaits the winner of the International Rémy Martin Centaur Dance Showdown who will also walk away with the title of Asia’s Best Dance Crew!

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Photo credits: Remy Martin Malaysia and author’s own

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