Headed down to KL during evening rush hour on 13 December 2012 to attend the launch of Merry Guinness 2012 that also featured the launch of local singer-songwriter Vince Chong ‘s Christmas album at Dirty Nelly’s, KL Live. Vince Chong is actually the very first winner of local search Akademi Fantasia.The exclusive invite-only party saw guests, media and fans were treated to a live performances by Vince and friends, GUINNESS® infused Christmas dishes and pints of GUINNESS®. I thought it was a very intimate setting where Vince could interact with the crowd and it was pretty nice when the crowd sang along to some of the more familiar Christmas songs.
Vince Chong had this to say at the album launch “It gives me great honor to be part of the Merry GUINNESS® party because GUINNESS® become synonymous with the Christmas celebration. My Christmas would not be complete without having a pint of GUINNESS® with friends and family.”
Vince added, “This year’s Christmas is even more significant for me as I launch my latest album and first collection of Christmas songs. What’s even more meaningful is being able to share this album with some of the closest people in my life, my family and friends of course. And its amazing to be able to share this Christmas and perform alongside with them for my album launch. I could not think of sharing this moment with anyone else and of course spread some new found cheer and sound to the Christmas festivities in Malaysia.”
The album, titled ‘with you this Christmas’ was co-produced by Malaysian music legend Michael Veerapen’s son, Daniel Veerapen. Some of the tracks include the legend himself on the harmonica, followed by his son’s amazing skills on the piano and keyboards. The album features remakes and interpretations of old Christmas classics as well as some new original tunes.
Vince’s album is available for purchase at the following venues:
1. CanaanLand bookstores in Cheras, Bandar Utama and Menara TA
2. CzipLee Bangsar
3. Caprizone, Kota Kinabalu
4. Trinity Bookroom, Kuching
Guinness has some Christmas promotions lined up throughout the month of December. Over 70 participating restaurants and bars nationwide will be featuring special GUINNESS®-infused Christmas dishes inspired by Masterchef Adam Liaw and Chef Emannuel Stroobant.
I was actually lucky enough to try Masterchef Adam Liaw’s awesome food when he was in town for Merry Guinness back in 2011 and you can read about it here – https://timchew.net/2011/12/04/4781/
GUINNESS® is also spreading the Christmas cheer with promotions on Guinness (duh!) and giving away some limited edition Guinness merchandise. Look out for the three (3) limited edition snow globes featuring the GUINNESS® toucan are up for grabs this Christmas when you purchase GUINNESS® at participating outlets.
More info at https://www.facebook.com/guinnessmalaysia
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