Powerman Asia Duathlon Championship 2017 Putrajaya


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Powerman Asia Duathlon Championship 2017, Putrajaya Malaysia


Organized by E-Plus Global Sdn Bhd, the Powerman Asia Duathlon Championships is set to return to Putrajaya, Malaysia on the 5th of March 2017 with greater foreign participants. The world’s largest duathlon race in the Powerman series is expecting the participation of more than 3000 locals and foreigners including a few of the world’s top athletes and multi-sport elites in this exclusive run-bike-run race.

Categories open for registration include:
  1. Individual Classic (10km – 60km – 10km)
  2. Team Relay Classic (10km – 60km – 10km)
  3. Individual Short (5km – 30km – 5km)
  4. Team Relay Short (5km – 30km – 5km)
Registration is open at www.powermanmalaysia.com


Introduction of Powerkids in December 2016

Children between the ages of 5 to 12 are welcome to participate in this newly-introduced duathlon program which aims to nurture budding multi-sport athletes from a young age. The grassroots activity to be launched in the end of the year will include the following categories:
  1. Age 5 to 7 (0.4km – 1km – 0.4km)
  2. Age 8 to 10 (0.8km – 2km – 0.8km)
  3. Age 11 to 12 (1.2km – 3km – 1.2km)

The Powerman Asia Duathlon Championship is tailored not only for sports enthusiasts, but also for multinational corporations and small enterprises seeking for effective ways to grow their businesses be it locally or on a global scale, as the event allows sports marketing and brand positioning.


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AkTION Langkawi – Malaysia’s Latest Eco-Sports Series

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AkTION Langkawi – Malaysia’s Latest Eco-Sports Series


A globally-know destination for leisure tourism, Langkawi is broadening its horizon by welcoming nature lovers and sports enthusiasts from all around the world to its 99 tropical islands through its latest AkTION series events. Organized by E-Plus Global Sdn Bhd and supported by the Langkawi Development Authority (LADA), three AkTION series will be introduced to both domestic and international tourists beginning this year:

Tanjung Rhu SwimFest Langkawi Malaysia


AkTION Langkawi – Malaysia’s Latest Eco-Sports Series

Tanjung Rhu SwimFest

An open-water swimming competition that will be taking place on the 10th of December 2016 with two-kilometer, four-kilometer, and six-kilometer categories tailored specifically for swimmers with different capabilities – be it for beginners or professional triathletes. The race will start at the Tanjung Rhu beach all the way to the borders of Thailand which allows participants the rare opportunity to experience two countries at a go.


Gunung Mat Chinchang SkyBridge Climb

A trail to be opened exclusively for race day only, this 4.5 kilometers climb finishes at the summit of the legendary Mat Chinchang Mountain which takes participants through the Middle Station, SkyBridge, and Top Station of the cable car. Race takes place on the 18th of February 2017.


Tuba Trail Run

Tuba Trail Run allows participants to catch a rare glimpse of the less explored islands off Pulau Langkawi, including Pulau Tuba and Pulau Dayang Bunting. The 2017 edition which will be held on the 8th of April will include three categories, including the 4-kilometer, 15-kilimeter, and 30-kilometer routes.

The implementation of AkTION is estimated to boost tourist arrivals in the long run, beginning with a target of 3.8 million tourists in 2016.




10 Must-Try Chiang Mai Street Food

Chiang Mai isn't just the cultural capital and the home to some of Thailand's most emblematic structures left behind by the Lanna Kingdom, but it is also the only place where Lanna food has prospered for centuries and beyond.

Lanna food is comprised of distinctive cuisines hailing from the Northern regions of Thailand, originating from the ancient Kingdom of Lanna which can hardly be found in other parts of the country. For this reason, visitors should take the opportunity to savor as many Lanna dishes as they can when traveling in Chiang Mai.

10 Must-Try Chiang Mai Street Food

 

Khao Soi (ข้าวซอย)

Known as the most famous food of Chiang Mai and the whole of Northern Thailand, this is a yellow egg noodle dish served in a thick, fragrant curry base prepared using coconut, red curry, chili and soy sauce. Typically served with slow-cooked drumsticks and fried noodles as topping.

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Must-Try Chiang Mai Street Food: Khao Soi
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Sai Oua (ไส้อั่ว)

Northern-style sausages made from ground pork, lemongrass, cilantro, shallot, chili paste, black pepper and galangal.
Must-Try Chiang Mai Street Food
Must-Try Chiang Mai Street Food: Sai Oua

Nam Prik Noom (น้ำพริกหนุ่ม)

An out-of-the-world combination of roasted green chilies, garlic, shallots, fish sauce, palm sugar and lime juice, Nam Prik Noom makes a divine dip for kaeb moo (imagine nachos and salsa).

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Must-Try Chiang Mai Street Food: Nam Prik Noom
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Sai Krok Isan (ไส้กรอกอีสาน)

A northeastern sausage fermented using pork and rice, eaten with bird's eye chilis, raw cabbage leaves and sliced ginger - typically as snacks.

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Must-Try Chiang Mai Street Food: Sai Krok Isan
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Kaeb Moo

Greasy and crispy pork rinds deep-fried with salt, garlic and cloves. Can be eaten as snacks or added to hot soup-base dishes.

Must-Try Chiang Mai Street Food
Must-Try Chiang Mai Street Food: Kaeb Moo
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Kaeng Khanun (Green Jackfruit Curry)

A northern equivalent to the famous Som Tam, this soup-and-salad dish is mostly spicy and sour with a hint of distinctive fragrance infused through the addition of unripe jackfruit. Cooked with juicy chunks of pork, kaffir lime leaves and cherry tomatoes.

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Must-Try Chiang Mai Street Food: Kaeng Khanun
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Miang Kham (เมี่ยงคำ)

Literally translates to 'many things in one bite', this do-it-yourself snack is a mix of shallots, peanuts, chilies, green mango, and onion - to be wrapped in a cha plu leaf and eaten in one bite. The result? A delightful combination of sweet, spicy, sour and salty all in one.

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Must-Try Chiang Mai Street Food: Miang Kham
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Kaeng Hang Lei (แกงฮังเลหมู)

Better known as Burmese curry, the flavors of this stew-like dish are intensified through the combination of turmeric, garlic, ginger and tamarind. The highlight of the dish is obviously the fat chunks of pork belly. Taste heavenly when eaten with rice.

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Must-Try Chiang Mai Street Food: Kaeng Hang Lei
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Aeb Pla (Grilled Fish in Banana Leaves)

Aeb Pla are fillets of fish generously coated in a variety of spices and herbs, wrapped in banana leaves, and grilled over hot charcoal. Comes in a pork variation, too.

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Must-Try Chiang Mai Street Food: Aeb Pla

Kaeng Pak Wan Kai Mode Daeng (แกงผักหวานไข่มดแดง)

Originating from northern Thailand, this soup dish is a delicious combination of pak wan leaves, glass noodles and ant eggs that gives an overall sweet and mild taste.

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Must-Try Chiang Mai Street Food: Kaeng Pak Wan Kai Mode Daeng
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9 Smart Travel Hacks You Need to Know

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9 Smart Travel Hacks You Need to Know
Picture taken in Kraków (I am still in love with this cozy inn!)


Traveling should be easy and hassle-free. Here are 10 smart travel hacks you need to know today:

Book flights using Incognito Browser

Browsing privately when booking your flights or hotels online will save you money as such online sites constantly track your visits, raising the price consecutively. Alternatively, you clear your cookies to avoid unnecessary price hikes.

Use Google Maps offline

Always have trouble finding directions? Type “OK Maps” into the Google Maps app and the part of the map currently visible on the screen will be automatically saved in your device. Alternatively, free maps are plenty and easily available at metro stations and airports.

Check Foursquare for WiFi passwords

Let's admit it - no one cares about Foursquare anymore, but kind patrons would occasionally leave WiFi passwords in the review section for your delightful convenience.

Best Travel Tips


Save luggage space by rolling clothes

Rolling clothes, instead of folding them can help you maximize luggage space by a whopping 50% or more! It compresses the clothes better, while enabling you to fill them into gaps and smaller sections to take full advantage of the available space.

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Save luggage space by rolling clothes
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Bring along your own water bottle

Our bodies need approximately 2L of water daily. Carrying an empty bottle with you wherever you go will not only help you save money (bottled water is unbelievably expensive in touristy areas), but it is also economical as many hotels and restaurants now allow you to refill for free. You can also save money on your flights by bringing in an empty bottle, and refilling it only after passing security.

Pack footwear in shower caps

If you need to store your sandy shoes in your luggage together with your clothing, you are better off packing them in one of those free hotel shower caps so nothing else gets soiled in the process.

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Pack footwear in shower caps
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Wrap cables around binder clips

Wrapping your charging cables or earphones around a binder clip does not only prevent tangling - it also makes storing a breeze!

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Wrap cables around binder clips
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Buy travel-size toiletries and reuse them

If you are a fan of traveling light, consider buying your toiletries in travel-size containers (volume of not more than 80ml). You can easily pass the security without having to check these items in, while being able to refill them on the go as many hotels and dormitories provide free shampoo and shower gel.

Use pen springs to protect cables

There's honestly nothing more annoying than faulty cables, so storing them the right way can increase their lifespan while keeping them efficient in powering up your gadgets.

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Use pen springs to protect cables
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The tips mentioned above can help you to save not just money, but it can make the journey a lot more enjoyable!
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Port Klang: Malaysia's Very Own Floating Village

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Port Klang: Malaysia's Very Own Floating Village


I flew over 700 miles to Cambodia just to see its famous floating villages, so imagine how dismayed I was when I found out that Malaysia has something almost similar.

Located on the west coast of Peninsula Malaysia, Klang is only a 45-minute drive from Kuala Lumpur. What lies beyond is a hidden gem that many have yet to discover.

Port Klang: Malaysia's Very Own Floating Village

Bagan Hailam in Port Klang is known for its Chinese seafood restaurants, but this humble settlement by the murky Klang river has more than just food to offer. Dominated by a fishing community of Teochew and Hokkien Chinese descent, this village is made up of buildings propped up on stilts to up to 10 meters high.

Within this village, one can find temples, schools, restaurants and modest residences constructed mostly using wood. The creeks between the houses are visibly tainted and foul-smelling, yet this very feature adds a unique touch to the whole floating village setting. (I cannot image Kampung Phluk being unpolluted either)


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Port Klang: Malaysia's Very Own Floating Village


How to Get to Bagan Hailam, Port Klang
By car: 46 min (53 km) via Lebuhraya Baru Lembah Klang/E1
Best time to get there: Early evening for sightseeing and a scrumptious dinner as the sun sets

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Passport International Beerfest by Heineken Malaysia

Passport International Beerfest
Passport International Beerfest by Heineken Malaysia


Forget Oktoberfest - Heineken Malaysia Berhad is upping the local drinking scene by bringing in an international beer and cider experience this year.

Heineken Malaysia Berhad recently introduced a brand new initiative - the Passport International Beerfest that was held extravagantly in TREC KL. The event was an all-out celebration of Heineken Malaysia's complete range of beers and ciders from the Netherlands, Germany, Ireland, England, and the whole of Asia, with a chance to bring to life the cultures behind each of them. The event was additionally equipped with a virtual reality globe simulator which provided a digital experience to the discerning drinkers to explore different countries while sipping the fresh brews.

Passport International Beerfest by Heineken Malaysia

Many exciting activities were lined up for the event, including a percussionist band, dance performances, magic shows, stilt walkers, and Irish models marching the event grounds. Festival-goers were invited to participate in stage games to bring home attractive prizes, while getting to bring home a set of six limited edition Passport International Beerfest collectible mugs as memorabilia.

This event marks the start of the campaign.
To learn more about the Passport International Beerfest, click here.

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Passport International Beerfest by Heineken Malaysia

World’s First Helipad Cinema, Stratosphere at The Roof

World’s First Helipad Cinema
World’s First Helipad Cinema at Stratosphere at The Roof


Calling all movie lovers!

Stratosphere, Asia’s first and only green helipad bar is proud to bring you the world's first ever helipad cinema in collaboration with the UK's Piitch Limited. Making its debut on the 4th of October this year, moviegoers can revel in a unique outdoor cinematic experience beneath the stars with a breathtaking 360-degree panoramic view of the city.

For a duration of 10 days only, the helipad cinema will showcase different genres of classic favorites including animation (“Up” and “Space Jam”), black comedy (“Pulp Fiction”), thriller (“The Beach”), drama (“Entrapment”, “Fight Club”, “Erin Brockovich”) and chick flicks (“10 Things I Hate About You”, “Mean Girls” and She’s All That”).

World’s First Helipad Cinema

A one-of-a-kind movie experience, the helipad cinema provides visitors with beanbags (courtesy of Doof Industries), seamless wireless headphones and HD movie screening in a setting unlike any other - beneath the stars and surrounded by the city skyline.

Tickets are priced at RM45 per person with complimentary popcorn and cocktail while food and alcoholic beverages are plenty and conveniently available at the helipad bar. Happy hour promotion starts from 6pm to 9pm at RM15 per glass, featuring the Melon Flower Daiquiri, Sangria Mojito, Butter Mango Caipiroska, Wild Berries Margarita and Strawberry Coconut Mojito.


Additional information

  • Movies are screened daily at 8pm and 10pm. Please arrive 15 minutes before the show time.
  • No advertisements or movie trailers will be showed before the film.
  • All films will be screened according to the schedule come rain or shine. Screening will be cancelled only in the case of extreme weather.
  • For information on movie schedule or to purchase tickets, kindly log on to www.helipadcinema.com.


Reel Classic October
1 First Avenue Bandar UtamaPetaling Jaya 47800
03-8605 3388


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World’s First Helipad Cinema, Stratosphere at The Roof

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World’s First Helipad Cinema, Stratosphere at The Roof