Monday, January 27, 2014

Petronas Chinese New Year TVC 2014 (Young Hearts)

Petronas has always been known for some heart warming TVCs. Growing up over the years,  I’ve always looked forward to seeing their ads during the festive season. 

And now that Chinese New Year is near, they have come out with a new heart warming TVC once again. 

And to kick start the launch of the ad, they have invited the media and bloggers to a special event at Delicious (Dua Residency).. including yours truly! :)

The restaurant was decked into the Chinese New Year mood - with accompanying Chinese musicians and they even had lanterns and cherry blossom trees. All these set the mood for what was to be unveiled - the new CNY TVC from Petronas for 2014!

They played the TVC twice. And do you know why? Well, maybe it might give you a hint if you watch it twice. 

Some of you might have guessed it right - this TVC is about an old couple who despite their age, are still celebrating the Chinese New Year with the same zest as they did as when they were young.

Well that means the young kids were not doing “adult stuff” like shaving a no beard or falling in love at the young age. All of these were the old couple! For those who didn’t get it earlier (like me).. well, now you know! How cool heh!

Btw, apart from the message put through, I must say, I also love the music of the TVC very much.. There’s just something about the song and it bringing up the CNY mood. 

The other things that I also like of this TVC - the fact that there is subtle Malaysian elements like the ais kacang and the seller being another race - the subtle, not in your face multi racial Malaysia was shown here. Oh and the lovely paddy fields shots - how I wish to film a scene like that in the (near) future! Plus the love of the old couple - isn’t that sweet :)

How bout you? How do you feel watching this ad and what do you like of it? I truly don’t mind watching this ad.. once more.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Awesome Poon Choy (Tai Thong CNY Menu)

Chinese New Year is just round the corner!

And it's time to celebrate (in abundance)! Okay, well maybe just a bit..

And well, Tai Thong has just the perfect dishes for it, which I have just recently tried.

The first and "must have" dish is non other than the yee sang. But unlike the usual yee sang, Tai Tong has added a twist to it. It is basically a fruity yee sang - with 8 differnt types of fruits. 

I thought that the fruits were specially selected - which was a good mix. I have always loved yee sang and I had my extra helping on this too!

But well, if I had a good helping on that yee sang, I had an even more helpings on this next dish - the poon choy. Honestly, this is like the king of the CNY dishes that I've ever tried. 

I have never tried poon choy before. Err... yea. I haven't. And I must say, this first time has been truly - AWESOME. The 18 ingredients that went in (yes, seriously, 18!) consisting of premium meat, vegetables and dried seafood.. simply rocked! The gravy was good and so were the scallops and mushrooms! 

Btw, the pot is so huge - and I think it's truly worth it!

Finally, it was time for the dessert. And we had a colourful rainbow tang yuan as desserts - each with a different flavour to it. 

Me and the cool Chef Thomas. 

Well, needless to say - I left this restaurant (once again).. happily! :D

*These cool Tai Thong CNY Menu will be available till 14 February 2014. Still have quite a bit of time to taste them - and I fully recommend you do! (Go eat the poon choy!) :)