Editor’s Note – May 2017

[Editor’s Note]

Guest Chef De Cuisine Jimmy De Almeida at Gobo Upstairs Lounge & Grill Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur


Gobo Upstairs Lounge & Grill will be hosting French Chef de cuisine Jimmy De Almeida from 8 to 15 May 2017.  Jimmy is currently a Chef at Bord Eau, Shangri-La Hotel Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi.

Jimmy was born in the French Alps, and grew up in middle of the mountain in ‘’Annecy’’. He enjoyed the outdoors and spent most of his time with nature during his childhood. At 15 years old he enrolled in the culinary school of ‘’Thonons-les-bains’ where he trained for two years and graduated with an upper diploma in the second culinary school, ‘’CFA de groisy’’. After traveling through the Caribbean, he worked at ‘’Cheval blanc St barth isle de france’’ hotel, and America. He then joined the ‘’Alain Ducasse’’ group in 2012 in south of France, a one Michelin starred restaurant which serves garden and local cuisines. He later joined the ‘’Alain Ducasse at LE LOUIS XV’’ in Monte-Carlo, a three Michelin starred restaurant in Monaco for two years. That was where he learnt precision and focus on the taste by using the best products. After that he moved to The Dorchester collection hotel in Geneva, ‘’Le Richemond’’ as a Sous-Chef, for two years, also learning a lot about pastry and chocolate desserts.

He joined Shangri-la Abu Dhabi as a Chef de Cuisine in 2016 and he is now a French chef focusing on traditional fine dining, inspired by middle-eastern tastes, as he continues to use vegetables and fresh products. His cooking styles are inspired by the Mediterranean because of his love for French Riviera, delivering cuisines which are light on taste yet delicious. 



Chef Jimmy will be at Gobo Upstairs Lounge and Grill from 8 May to 15 May 2017.  He will be preparing his Signature Veal rack stewed in carrot juice, baby carrots and glazed turnips, Sea bass, beetroot, roasted fennel and kumquat, Line Caught Sea Bass from “Concarneau” Bay Slow Cooked, Baby Beetroot and Fennel, Citrus Vinaigrette, to name a few.

Menus will range from a 2-course, 4-course and 6 course wine menu.  An ala carte menu of his dishes will also be available.

Details as follows:-

•       Lunch set: 2 course RM 79 nett / 3 course menu RM 89 nett – Daily from 8 to 15 May 2017

•       Dinner : Ala Carte Menu – Daily from 8 to 14 May 2017

•       Wine Dinner: 6 course RM 350 nett per person – Monday, 15 May 2017

•       Cooking class followed by lunch and wine pouring RM 200 nett per person – Saturday, 13 May 2017


Gobo Upstairs Lounge & Grill seats 70 persons and is strategically located in Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur, right next to the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre and within the Golden Triangle. The lounge is open daily from 10:00am to 1:00am, while the grill is open for lunch, Mondays to Fridays, from 12 noon to 2:30pm, and daily for dinner from 6:30pm to 10:30pm.

For reservations, telephone (60 3) 2332 9910 or e-mail



2017 Face Of Malaysia Model Search – The Search for the Next Celebrity Supermodel


For the past two decades, Malaysians could proudly claim that we have our own internationally recognised supermodel, with the face of GUESS Amber Chia standing as the beacon for aspiring models. Amber was the benchmark and symbol of success in the modelling industry, and undoubtedly every single female model in Malaysia has been measured against her at some point in their careers. Few models have successfully created their own brand, which is known all over the country and beyond.

When Amber organised the Ford Supermodel of the World Model Search back in 2009, her vision was to create a platform for the next generation of models to learn and gain exposure, locally and internationally. In 2010, she started Amber Chia Academy, where over 1,000 students have graduated to date.  In 2011 she envisioned a new kind of model search in conjunction with the Korea Model Association to help propel young models to the global stage, the “Asia New Face Model Search”, which seeks models that not only have the potential to be the next fashion icon, but the next celebrity star. Today, this model search is simply known as the “Face Of Malaysia”.



In 2017, the Face of Malaysia model search aims to find the next face of Malaysia that embodies not just the qualities to be a supermodel, but possesses the talent and passion to be in the entertainment spotlight as well. In today’s digital age, the contestants must also be able to kick up a storm on social media networks, as well as possessing the natural flair to be the centre of attraction at public events. 

The live auditions took place on the 22 of April with over 300 registrations. The judges include Amber Chia, Raulen Lee (International Director of the Korea Model Association), Dr. Anjhula Mya Singh Bais (International Supermodel & Psychologist), CK Wai (Founder of Studio V4 Photography), Javson Lee (Creative Director of Studio V4) and Azuki (Fashion Stylist). 18 finalists (11 female & 7 male) were selected to take part in the grand finale which will be held at the Mega Star Arena in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday the 13th of May, 2017, from 7pm to 10pm. The grand finale gala dinner will encompass the elite of the fashion and beauty industry, from professionals and clients to models and celebrities.



The 18 finalists of 2017 Face Of Malaysia are:


1.       Yong Choo Yee (Joey)

2.       Giam Siow Ching (Jesiey)

3.       Teh See Theng

4.       Than Mei Ying (Michelle)

5.       Sara Amelia Bernard

6.       Liaw Mun Ee

7.       Chooi Suet Ching (Caryn)

8.       Sanjnasuri a/p Kishore Kumarsuri

9.       Mindy Chan

10.   Tan Jing Han

11. Lee Chia Yee



12.   Tan Jian Zher (Jaywin)

13.   Fong Jia Ce (Samuel)

14.   Lim Peng Khuang (Peter)

15.   Su Leh King

16.   Goh Cheng Land (Jack)

17.   Ooi Jin Hoon

18.   Abdul Mutalib bin Abdul Mubin


During the grand finale, two (2) celebrity awards will also be given out to the top male and female celebrities of the year, namely, the Female Star Model of the Year and the Male Star Model of the Year, and they will also represent Malaysia to receive the Malaysia Star Models of the Year Award at the 2017 Asia Model Festival Awards in Seoul in June. Past winners of this award include names like Deborah Henry, Carmen Soo, Chris Tong, Eryna Salim, Wilson Tan, Ahya Rosli, KS Tan, Peter Davis and more.

The 2017 Face of Malaysia is presented by Grandeur Joaillerie, jointly organised by Amber Chia and Plan 7 Production, and fully supported by the Korea Model Association and Oracle Medical Group. Sponsors include Mega Star Arena os the Official Venue, MVTV Asia as the Official TV Partner, Amber Chia Academy as the Official Modeling & Makeup Academy, Studio V4 as the Official Photographer, SayangHaeYo as the Digital Media Partner, Kafe In as the Official Cafe, Jungwon as the Official Restaurant, Makeover Paris as the Official Makeup Product, A Cut Above as the Official Hair Salon and Daeng Gi Meo Ri as the Official Shampoo.

For more info, head over to


Mother’s Day Brunch at THIRTY8, Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur


This Mother’s Day (14 May 2017), why not pamper your mother with a sumptuous buffet at THIRTY8 at the Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur which offers a wide selection of fresh seafood, sushi and sashimi, as well as a variety of international cuisine prepared from the interactive show kitchens, juice bar and a grand dessert spread.

Price      :   MYR 270 nett per adult

MYR 140 nett per child of age 6 years old and above

Unlimited chilled juices and signature coolers

Sparkling Brunch Package, MYR 458 nett per person

Unlimited prosecco, mojito, lychee martini, Bloody Mary, red wine, white wine and Tiger bottled beer

Hours  :     From 12:30 PM to 3:00 PM


*Kids’ buffet available

*Inclusive of one box of chocolates and a stalk of rose for all mothers

*Special cake cutting ceremony for all mothers

*Stand a chance to win lucky draw prizes


Reservations are highly recommended and full pre-payment is required to guarantee a booking.

For reservations or enquiries, call THIRTY8 at +60 3 2182 1234 or head over to for more info.


Late Millionaire Surgeon’s Last Words on Money, Ferraris, and True Joy


This tragic story is not new however I feel that it is very poignant especially during these times when everyone places money and material wealth above everything else, sometimes to the point of sacrificing ethics, values, principles and/ or morals to attain it.

Read the article here –

Dr. Richard Teo Keng Siang had everything – money, expensive cars, a real cash cow of a business. But it took terminal cancer to teach him that it’s all useless and he can’t bring any of it into the afterlife.

I’m not saying be content being poor and not work hard, but don’t place money and expensive bags/ jewellery/ etc. etc. above everything else because one day, you might just find yourself crying on the floor of your walk-in closet which is full of luxury bags, realising that none of it matters when you don’t have health, or love, or joy in your life.


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