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TRAVELODGE BUKIT BINTANG OPENS IN THE HEART OF KUALA LUMPUR

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Travelodge Hotels Asia is pleased to announce the opening of Travelodge Bukit Bintang in Kuala Lumpur’s Golden Triangle, marking the fifth destination of the Travelodge brand’s expansion trail in Asia.

Sitting right at the pulse of the city’s shopping and business district, Travelodge Bukit Bintang appeals to leisure and business travellers alike with its easy access to local hawker food and seafood restaurants along Jalan Alor, as well as close proximity to key commercial buildings along Jalan Sultan Ismail and Jalan Raja Chulan. The hotel’s location makes it ideal for travellers seeking to get out of their room and explore the real pulse of the city, before returning to a uniquely local yet familiar hotel experience for a good night’s sleep.

The 13-storey, 168-room hotel is equipped with spacious and stylish rooms designed to meet all travel needs, with Superior, Deluxe and Family Room types catering to travellers ranging from solo travellers to families and groups of up to four. Come November 2018, on-site F&B offering will be available among other facilities, including a fully equipped in-house gym that offers 24-hour access, self-service laundry room and on-site parking. Guests who book and stay from 1 November 2018 will be able to enjoy free all-day-breakfast right in the heart of the hotel lobby at Antipodean Bukit Bintang, the latest outpost of the popular local café chain.

Within the vicinity, a suite of local and specialty eateries, nightlife hot-spots such as Zouk Kuala Lumpur, as well as tourist attractions like KLCC, Pavilion Kuala Lumpur and the iconic Petronas Twin Towers can be also accessed within minutes by foot, public transport or car.

“We are hopeful that Kuala Lumpur, a cosmopolitan city with much to offer in culture, leisure and business, will pave way for the success of Travelodge Bukit Bintang and anchor the first step in the growth of the brand across Malaysia with future opportunities in other cities such as Penang, Melaka and Kota Kinabalu,” says Mr Marcus Aw, Executive Director, Travelodge Hotels Asia.

From now till 31 December 2018 Travelodge Bukit Bintang is running an opening promotion, offering 30% off room rates with a further 12% off for members of the TravelodgeR recognition programme. TravelodgeRs can enjoy instant discounts across all Travelodge hotels in Asia, as well as early check- ins and late check-out.

In celebration of the launch of Travelodge Bukit Bintang and the #TravelTrailblazers campaign, Travelodge Hotels Asia will be launching an ongoing series of Asia-wide consumer competitions, inviting hotel guests, the general public and social media users to participate for a chance to win a free hotel stay and/or experiences. More details will be shared via Travelodge Asia’s Instagram page and/or website when the first of the series of competitions kick off.

For more information or reservations, please visit www.travelodgehotels.asia or email enquiry.tlbb@travelodgehotels.asia.

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Review

FUJIFILM MALAYSIA RELEASES X-T3 MIRRORLESS DIGITAL CAMERA

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FUJIFILM (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd today released the FUJIFILM X-T3, the latest model in the X Series of mirrorless digital cameras, which is renowned for its unique colour reproduction technology to deliver outstanding image quality in both stills and video.

The X Series began with the release of X100 2011 and the X-Prol, released in 2012, became the first model to feature the X-Trans CMOS sensor, which uses a unique colour filter array based on FUJIFILM’s extensive photographic expertise to achieve exceptional image-resolving performance and control of false colours at the same time, as well as the EXR Professor Pro image processing engine compatible with the sensor.

“For seven years, the X Series and its sensor – image processing engine combination have continued to evolve, with the company unveiling “X-Trans CMOS II” / “EXR Processor Pro II” in the X-T1, released in 2014, and “X-Trans CMOS III” / “X-Processor Pro” in the X-Pro2 and X-T2, released in 2016. The three generations of evolution have constantly advanced the X Series’ image quality and mobility,” said Fumiaki Sato, Managing Director of Fujifilm (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd.

The latest model, X-T3, features the new X-Trans CMOS 4 sensor and X-Processor 4 image processing engine, ushering in a new, fourth generation of the X Series.

The X-Trans CMOS 4 is the back-illuminated APS-C sensor with more than four times the number of phase detection pixels than current models, distributed across the surface. It boasts a high S/N ratio and the lowest sensitivity of ISO160 despite its 26MP resolution. The low-light autofocus limit has also been extended to -3EV, enabling accurate AF even in low light conditions, e.g. scene lit only with candlelight.

The X Processor 4 has four CPU units to achieve image processing speed about three times faster than that of current models. “Not only boosting AF accuracy and speed substantially, the engine is the world’s first to deliver 4K/60P 10bit output, meeting the needs of professional videographers, in a mirrorless camera equipped with a sensor in the APS-C size or larger.

“It is also capable of instantaneously handling complex image processing tasks such as FUJIFILM’s unique “Colour Chrome Effect” and “Monochrome Adjustment” function, achieving Warm Black / Cool Black tone in digital, which is adopted as one of the way of expression for monochrome print in silver halide film,” added Sato.

The X-T3 takes full advantage of the capability of these fourth-generation devices to enjoy significant performance improvement, including:

  • Higher image quality: Highest level of 26.1MP resolution in APS-C size sensor. Also, it achieves keeps as low level of noise as current models even increasing the number of pixels.
  • Dramatically improved AF performance: 1.5 times faster processing speed than current models to deliver faster and more accurate AF, and substantially enhanced performance in face / eye detection AF thanks to 2.16M phase detection pixels arrayed at entire frame.
  • Significant improvement in tracking performance of fast-moving subject: Delivering blackout-free continuous shooting of up to 30 fps while using smooth Live View of 60fps to check your subject.
  • Video performance for professionals: Supporting 4K/60P 4:2:0 10bit internal SD card recording as well as 4K/60P 4:2:2 10bit HDMI output, which can be filmed at the same time. Also, featuring the video-specialised Film Simulation mode “ETERNA,” popular with the X-H1.

 

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Review

Taiwan Expo Bermula Besok

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Taiwan Excellence Pavilion, yang mewakili jenama Taiwan, akan tampil di TAIWAN EXPO 2018 di Pusat Konvensyen Kuala Lumpur (KLCC) dari 25 hingga 27 Oktober 2018. 200 syarikat Taiwan dengan jumlah 250 gerai dalam pameran 3 hari ini. Sebagai kemuncak tema Ekspo, Pavilion Taiwan Excellence merupakan pameran istimewa bagi inovasi paling mencecah dengan masa depan melalui 92 produk pameran.

Keseluruhan pameran di Pavilion Taiwan kali ini akan menampilkan bidang kehidupan pintar, Industri 4.0 dan E-sukan merangkumi peneraju industri terkemuka seperti seperti Advantech – Pakej Sedia Solusi Pengurusan Fleet, Techman Robot untuk mempamerkan keupayaan pengiktirafan visual yang canggih. Expo tahun ini dijangka akan membawa lebih banyak peluang kerjasama ekonomi antara pengusaha-pengusaha Taiwan dan Malaysia.

Logo Taiwan Excellence telah menjadi tanda kualiti terunggul untuk produk inovasi Taiwan sejak tahun 1993. Selama 26 tahun yang lalu, Taiwan Excellence telah membina reputasi yang kukuh dengan proses pemilihan yang tinggi berdasarkan tahap R & D, reka bentuk, kualiti produk dan pemasaran.

Produk-produk anugerah Taiwan Excellence yang memiliki kualiti dan tahap teknik serta inovasi yang unggul pasti dapat memenuhi permintaan pasaran Malaysia yang semakin agresif dalam pentadbiran bandar pintar dan perlaksanaan polisi perindustrian automasi.

Sementara itu, pasaran e-sukan yang berkembang dengan pesat kebelakangan ini turut menjadi sasaran Taiwan Excellence yang buat julung kalinya, berganding bahu dengan ACER, ASUS, MSI dan Gigabyte serta lain-lain jenama e-sukan yang termuka menganjurkan kejohanan E-sukan ‘Antara Kolej Taiwan Excellence’ di sepuluh kolej dan universiti.

Selain daripada pameran produk-produk realiti maya interaktif di Taiwan Expo yang berlangsung pada 25–27 Oktober, Taiwan Excellence juga akan mengadakan pertandingan akhir e-sukan di Sunway Pyramid Ice pada 26–28 Oktober di mana peserta-peserta berpeluang memenangi hadiah keseluruhan berjumlah RM130,000.00. Penganjuran aktiviti tersebut juga diharapkan dapat memeriahkan lagi acara tersebut dan dalam masa yang sama dapat memberi pengalaman yang menyeronokkan kepada pengunjung.

Untuk maklumat lanjut, sila layari laman web https://www.taiwanexcellence.org/my atau laman Facebook taiwanexcellence.MY

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TUNE UNVEILS NEW LOOK AND DESIGN FOR ITS KLIA2 AIRPORT HOTEL

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  • Multi-functional, integrated public spaces redesigned with new restaurant, bar and library
  • New garden wing guestrooms added to now offer 451 rooms in total
  • New look celebrates Malaysian artist and artwork
  • More comfort and convenience for transit travellers at unbeatable prices

Located a stone’s throw away from one of the busiest airport hubs in the world, Tune Hotel klia2 has recently unveiled a redesigned buzzy new space to serve its guests and transit travellers better.

Working with two Malaysian interior design firms: All That Is Solid to design a new restaurant and bar; and Tropical Area to design the lobby, courtyard and 16 new guestrooms: the result of which is a balance of functional chic and eclectic cool.

Indoor-outdoor restaurant, bar and courtyard area

MAKAN the new restaurant, which means “to eat”, in Malay, is an airy, relaxed space that feels very much like a modern-day cafe. Mature plants form breakout green spaces in Makan, framing long communal tables with ample plug points, making it an ideal space to recharge and refuel from a long flight. Free high-speed WiFi makes it easy for the digital natives to plug-in anywhere on the property.

If Makan is the relaxed cafe space, then Minum, their bar – is the naughty little sister. Designed to evoke the back-street watering holes of Malaysia, complete with blinking neon sign, pool tables and folded chairs. Tune Hotels tapped graphic studio Miracle Watts to design the brand identity for Makan and Minum, resulting in a beautiful ying-and-yang of modern lightness and throwback edginess.

Multifunctional lobby space

For the lobby and new guest rooms, Tropical Area, fresh off their success of The Ritz-Carlton Langkawi, decided to soften the signature Tune black and red with a muted earthy palette of Corten steel, timber and rugs. Recognising that the last thing travellers want at a transit hotel is a soul-less welcome, the move was a deliberate design decision to make the huge lobby space cosier and warmer. A bespoke Grab N’ Go is introduced with a small selection of travelling necessities, drinks and snacks, and to the right of the lobby, a small open space ‘library’ or meeting room was built for business travellers to be able to meet on-the-go in the privacy of a convertible meeting space. These new additions to the lobby space are a nod at the growing trends of integrated lobby spaces in hospitality, where lobbies are no longer just transient spaces, but design-led amenities that encourage guests to work or play in.

New Garden Wing Rooms designed for the transit traveller

The 16 new Garden Wing guestrooms also signal how Tune Hotels is evolving with the hospitality design trends. As an airport transit hotel, the room is intuitively designed for short-stay guests: open style “wardrobe”, a minimal colour palette of black and white, and a Smart TV that enables personal device casting. The vanity and sink have hooks and large counter space for a traveller’s toiletries, and the signature Tune power shower is now housed in a modern wired glass bathroom. A nice addition of curated toiletries – a collaboration with local apothecary Jeanie Botanicals – and the same 5-star beds Tune Hotels are known for make the new garden wing rooms a very comfortable stay. At 16 – 19 sqm, Tune Hotels has done away with the traditional desk and chair, but with their public spaces revamped and redesigned, it’s a lot more fun to head downstairs, have a barista-made coffee and work at the restaurant or lobby.

Artwork with a sense of place

Tune Hotels also commissioned new artworks at the airport transit hotel, working closely with Malaysian artist Marvin Chan to create site-specific pieces. Particularly inspired is Marvin’s decision to use discarded plane parts to create two sculptures in the hotel: Stingray, a ceiling mounted piece was created from an assemblage of aircraft antennas; and Sonic Boom, the second sculpture in the courtyard of the hotel which was created from old turbine blades.

“The sculptures were assembled from repurposed plane parts, reassigned from its preceding function; it frames what I can appreciate as how travel can change someone or at least how someone sees things,” said Marvin.

All about guest experience

Tune Hotels klia2 started operating in May 2014 when the klia2 terminal opened. Says Mark Lankester, CEO of Tune Hotels, “Part of our investment in the upgrading was specifically to cater to guest needs and that involved new room types and configurations. So now we have Double Rooms, Twin Rooms, Family Rooms, new Premium Wing Rooms and the newly created Garden Wing Rooms.

“Whilst the design and space may vary, all of these rooms come with what are non-negotiable standards: high-speed WiFi to stream content or catch up on emails, five-star quality beds, hot power showers, great food and beverage, all wrapped up with great guest service.

“Guest experience is at the forefront of what we do and in particular, we will continue to focus on creating new and improved public spaces to allow guests to rest, relax and lounge around more and where possible new guest room design improvements going forward. With the learnings from our klia2 hotel, we can then translate that into similar improvements at our other Tune hotels. Comfort and convenience for all our guests is paramount.”

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Exploring Kuching with Hilton: A Once-In-A-Lifetime Experience with Nature

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A land rich with culture and history, Kuching is an alluring enigma to locals and tourists. The capital city of Sarawak is one of two states situated on the island of Borneo, renowned globally for its natural beauty. The fairly populous city, although modern, is uniquely diverse with interesting heritage of its indigenous people (each with its own practices, language, food, and traditions) that are not found in other parts of Malaysia.

Fondly referred to as Cat City by locals, and for good reason. Yet, the drawing factors to visit the largest city in Borneo extend far beyond its feline features; chiefly among them is its range of once-in-a-lifetime experiences. With Hilton, your travel stories are about to get a whole lot better. Here’s why:

A visitor hands a banana to an orangutan at Tanjung Harapan, located inside Tanjung Puting National Park on the island of Borneo in Kalimantan, Indonesia. (March 2017)

Monkey business at Semenggoh Orangutan Sanctuary

With their uncanny human-like disposition and ability to learn sign language, orangutans, considered one of the world’s smartest primates are predominantly native to the island of Borneo. Recent years saw the disastrous decline of the species due to massive deforestation.

Visiting an orangutan sanctuary not only affords you with an unforgettable time in Kuching, but also a chance to support the conservation efforts to protect one of Earth’s most intelligent residents.

Located just 12 miles from Kuching, Semenggoh Orangutan Sanctuary is the best place to get up close and personal with the creatures. Unlike zoos, the primary mission of Semenggoh is to reintroduce orangutans back into the wild. The gangly animals are allowed to roam freely while visitors are given the opportunity to join a group and hire a ranger for a forest tour during the daily feeding times (twice a day) for a chance to spot the shy primates.

Sunset along the river in Kuching

Cruise along the Sarawak River in a sampan

For travellers who are lovers of nature or have a few hours to spare in between business meetings, hiring a sampan to meander down the Sarawak River just before sunset is the best introduction to the urban city. Set against a backdrop of distant mountains, you will come across picturesque Malay kampong-s (villages), a golden-domed mosque, a Victorian fort, a fleet of 19th century Chinese shop houses, and an imposing wooden-roofed palace.

Pay a visit to the city’s namesake, The Cat Museum

Etymologically speaking, the word kucing means cat in Bahasa Malaysia, the national language, which explains where the city’s cat obsession stems from. Housed in the North Kuching City Hall, the Cat Museum is the place to visit to learn all about felines and their history, as well as relationship, with this city.

As visitors will soon observe, references to the sometimes-aloof animal are ubiquitous – the city’s crest is of a pair of justice scales and a golden cat with four white cats flanking the bottom, there is a learning institution named I-CATS (International College of Advanced Technology Sarawak), and the city’s local radio station called Cats FM.

To round up your purr-fect day out, drop in to Meow Meow Cat Café, just a few doors away from the Cat Museum for a cuppa’ and a chance to cuddle the lovable felines.

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Take in the spectacular view of the Kuching Waterfront from the comfort of your room

Hilton Kuching is a mere 20 minutes’ drive from the airport, and is where all Kuching journeys should begin. Strategically located facing the tepid Sarawak River, the hotel’s floor-to-ceiling windows ensure guests can partake the calm cityscape within the lovely confines of their room. Famed for its hospitality, each stylish room features modern amenities including high-speed internet access, an LCD TV, and even special touches such as an indulgent pillow menu and Japanese cotton kimono for its Suites and Executive Rooms respectively.

Room prices start from USD66nett per night.

If you like to participate in any of the memorable activities listed, simply call ‘0’ for MAGIC (a one-touch button to whatever you need) and share your request with Hilton’s lovely personnel, or speak to anyone from the front desk, who are ever ready to assist you with any arrangements you might need.

Travel the world and get rewarded

Be sure to sign up for Hilton Honors® when you book directly and earn Hilton Honors Points with every stay. From staying at any one of over 5,400 hotels and resorts to dining at restaurants and making purchases with Hilton Honors credit cards, there are thousands of ways to earn Hilton Honors Points. With so many options to choose from, you will never run out of great ways to use them.

Every cash spent will be converted to Points, which can then be used for Redemption Experiences like concerts, amazing travel excursions, and more.

For more information about Hilton Kuching, call +608 2223 888 or drop them an email at kuching.info@hilton.com

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Sony Expands Full-Frame Lens Line-up with launch of 24mm F1.4 G Master™ Prime

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New Large Aperture Wide-Angle Prime Lens is the compact and lightest in its class[i], with superb sharpness even at F1.4

Sony enhanced its flagship full-frame G Master series lenses line-up with the launch of the highly anticipated 24mm F1.4 Prime lens. Expertly engineered for exceptional performance across all aperture settings, the new FE 24mm F1.4 GM (model SEL24F14GM) utilises Sony’s advanced optical technologies to satisfy the demands of photographers. It features a compact and lightweight design with a filter diameter of φ67mm and measures just 75.4mm x 92.4mm and weighs a mere 445g. Meeting the strict standards set for G Master lenses, the FE 24mm F1.4 GM combines high resolution and beautiful bokeh, both of which are redeeming features of G Master.

This incredible high image quality and compact lens perfectly complements Sony’s APS-C sensor mirrorless cameras such as α6500 and α6300 and brings the total number of native Sony α E-mount lenses to 48[i]. Sony will continue to evolve its lens line-up in order to meet the demands of all types of photographers, videographers and multi-media creators, with a range of different offerings to maximise the power of the innovative α™ camera series.

Capturing details in high resolution across the entire frame, even at F1.4, the FE 24mm F1.4 GM boasts a new optical design comprising 10 groups with 13 elements featuring two XA (extreme aspherical) elements and three ED (Extra-low Dispersion) elements. The incorporation of two XA elements effectively suppresses sagittal flare[ii] so that point light sources are accurately reproduced, making the FE 24mm F1.4 GM a compelling proposition for starscape photographers. Sony’s unique Nano AR Coating is applied to reduce flare and ghosting for impressive clarity, even in landscape shots where the position of the sun is often problematic with a normal lens.

This industry-leading performance is packaged in an extremely compact and lightweight body weighing just 445g. For landscape photographers who often have to walk for long distances to get to the perfect shooting spot, this provides a welcome reduction in the weight that they have carry, an advantage that is further compounded when the FE 24mm F1.4 GM is paired with one of Sony’s award winning α7 / α9 bodies. This lightweight package has been realised in part by the development of a new high power DDSSM (Direct Drive SSM) which delivers approximately three times greater thrust than the previous DDSSM, enabling fast response, high positioning accuracy and quiet operation for both stills and movie shooting.

In addition to its landscape and starscape shooting abilities, the FE 24mm F1.4 GM also has excellent close up performance of 0.24 metres (0.79ft.). As a member of Sony’s flagship G Master lens series, the new lens features an incredible level of resolution and soft, natural bokeh. As bokeh quality is directly affected by spherical aberration and axial and lateral chromatic aberration that can also cause colour bleeding, all of these factors are painstakingly controlled at the design and manufacturing stages to achieve maximum image quality.

Furthermore, the FE 24mm F1.4 GM includes a number of professional controls that bring ease of operation for both stills and movie shooting. An aperture ring allows direct, intuitive aperture control whilst an aperture click switch makes it possible to enable or disable click stops as required. The focus ring features Linear Response MF for fine, responsive manual focus control, giving the user the control immediacy needed for fast, accurate manual focusing. The focus hold button is customisable and a focus mode switch makes it possible to quickly select auto or manual focus to match changing shooting conditions.

The FE 24mm F1.4 GM will be available in Malaysia in mid of October 2018. The product feature video can be viewed on the Sony Camera Channel on YouTube.

For more information on the new FE 24mm F1.4 GM lens, please visit its product homepage on Sony.com here.

[i] Compared to other full-frame 24mm F1.4 auto-focus prime lenses. As of September 2018 press release, based on Sony research

[i] Including converters, excluding discontinued models

[ii] A phenomenon that results in an unnatural spreading of point light sources that appears somewhat like a bird spreading its wings and becomes more pronounced towards the image periphery. It is most common in large-aperture lenses

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AirAsia dan Sony umum duta bersama

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Kempen #ThroughTheLens juga berterusan dengan penampilan barisan artis terkemuka tempatan

Selepas 10-minggu melancarkan pencarian global duta bersama AirAsia dan Sony, jenama perjalanan dan teknologi visual terkemuka itu mengumumkan di majlis gilang-gemilang yang berlangsung dan gelaran duta bersama selama setahun tersebut adalah milik Aisha Nazar yang berusia 29 tahun dari Kuala Lumpur dengan penyertaan cerita visual yang telah menarik perhatian juri profesional. Pencarian ini menerima lebih dari 700 penyertaan dari seluruh dunia.

Ketua Kumpulan Komersial AirAsia X Barry Klipp berkata, “Hampir 11 tahun kami membolehkan penerbangan tambang rendah jarak jauh, yang telah membolehkan para tetamu kami terbang lebih jauh dengan tambang rendah. Melihat pelbagai cerita visual yang dikongsi menerusi pencarian duta bersama Sony yang diadakan buat julung kalinya dari para tetamu kami adalah amat menyentuh hati. Cerita-cerita inspirasi seperti ini adalah contoh yang tepat terhadap perkara yang mendorong kami untuk terus memperluaskan rangkaian jarak jauh kami dan memenuhi janji ‘now everyone can fly extra long’. Saya juga mengambil peluang ini untuk berterima kasih kepada pihak Sony atas sokongan dan semangat yang dijuntujukan menerusi kerjasama ini dan tahniah kepada semua finalis termasuk duta bersama kami yang kini mempunyai peluang berharga seumur hidup.”

Pengarah Urusan Sony Malaysia Satoru Arai berkata, “Kita dapat melihat minat mendalam bidang fotografi dan pengembaraan berkembang dengan pesat, lebih ramai kini boleh menghasilkan foto berkualiti tinggi dengan nilai estetika yang luar biasa untuk memberitahu cerita perjalanan yang penuh inspirasi dengan teknologi visual terkini seiring dengan penyertaan yang kami terima menerusi pencarian duta bersama ini. Harapan kami adalah untuk mengekalkan minat mendalam terhadap fotografi sentiasa meningkat supaya lebih ramai dapat berkongsi keindahan dunia ini melalui lensa kamera mereka ketika mengembara.”

Bagi mengalakkan pengembaraan, AirAsia menawarkan promosi istimewa selama dua minggu bagi kesemua destinasi dengan potongan sebanyak 70%. Para tetamu boleh menempah di airasia.com bermula 28 Oktober 2018 untuk perjalanan segera atau sehingga 30 Jun 2019.

Duta bersama yang baru sahaja dilantik Aisha Nazar akan terbang ke Tokyo dengan tempat duduk Premium Flatbed AirAsia yang telah memenangi pelbagai anugerah untuk lawatan eksklusif ke makmal teknologi Sony untuk melihat teknologi dan ciptaan masa depan mereka yang belum didedahkan kepada umum. Selain itu, beliau akan melalui pengalaman yang tidak dapat dibeli menjalani program sepanjang tahun penuh bersama Sony dan membawa pulang kamera terbaru mereka tanpa skrin Sony Alpha A7 III K serta fon kepala (headphone) tanpa wayar Sony h.ear on 2 yang keduanya bernilai lebih dari RM10,000.

Sebagai lanjutan dari kempen #ThroughTheLens, pencarian duta besama sony ini menerima lebih daripada 700 penyertaan dari seluruh dunia yang memaparkan pelbagai destinasi AirAsia menerusi laman throughthelens.airasia.com . Sembilan finalis yang disenarai pendek juga menerima hadiah istimewa termasuk penerbangan pergi balik dari AirAsia X dan kamera Sony RX100V bernilai RM4,299 setiap satu.

Artis terkenal tempatan, Elfira Loy, Alvin Chong, Izara Aishah, Zahirah MacWilson dan Che Puan Juliana Evans pula diumumkan sebagai wajah bagi kempen AirAsia #ThroughTheLens yang memaparkan video perjalanan yang dibintangi mereka ke destinasi popular AirAsia seperti Xi’an, Tokyo, Amritsar, Taipei dan Seoul. Peminat boleh menonton video mereka di airasia.com/throughthelens

Untuk maklumat mengenai promosi dan aktiviti terkini AirAsia,layari Facebook (facebook.com/AirAsia) dan Twitter (twitter.com/AirAsia).

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LG Delivers Ultimate Five-Camera Smartphone With LG V40 ThinQ

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LG Electronics (LG) unveiled its newest premium smartphone featuring a total of five cameras to redefine the standard of smartphone photography. The latest iteration of the company’s acclaimed V series, the LG V40 ThinQ is an uncompromising multimedia powerhouse device designed for today’s generation of storytellers that prefer to communicate with visuals and videos, especially on social media.

The LG V40 ThinQ retains the V series design philosophy with an improved 6.4-inch FullVision OLED display and even slimmer bezels than before. Powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon™ 845 Mobile Platform paired with 6GB of RAM and 64GB or 128GB of internal storage, the LG V40 ThinQ again delivers the innovations that has made the LG V series a favorite among power users.

SEEING THE LIGHT WITH FIVE CAMERAS
To deliver a standout smartphone for today’s content-creating social generation, LG designed the LG V40 ThinQ from the ground up to deliver a truly all-encompassing smartphone camera experience. The LG V40 ThinQ features a rear camera module with three different lenses: 16MP super wide-angle, 12MP standard angle and 12MP telephoto. The three lenses allow for shutterbugs to frame different shots without changing position relative to the subject. The 107-degree super wide-angle lens captures subjects with more of the background with ease, while the telephoto with 2x optical zoom (or 3.2x the zoom of the wide-angle lens) takes clear shots from distance without a loss in image quality. The Triple Shot feature stitches together the images captured with each of the three lenses into a short video file for easy sharing.

The front camera module features a 5MP wide-angle lens and 8MP standard angle that work in tandem to create the perfect bokeh effect with an on-screen slider to adjust the amount of background blur. Other features allow selfie lovers to personalize their photos even more with unique lighting and special effects.

The pixel size of the main rear camera sensor has been improved by about 40 percent compared to the LG V30, increasing from 1μm to 1.4μm, while the image sensor is more than 18 percent larger than in the LG V30. In addition to delivering the sharpest and brightest images of any LG smartphone camera, the F1.5 aperture of the main camera delivers greater depth of field, half the shutter lag and significantly faster burst mode compared to the LG V30.

What’s more, Dual PDAF (Phase Detection Auto Focus) delivers automatic focusing that is 50 percent faster, about twice as fast as the industry average. The advanced HDR feature analyzes and determines the right exposure settings to create perfectly lit shots, eliminating overexposed backgrounds or underexposed subjects. Subjects are always in perfect focus because the camera checks sharpness continuously until the shutter button is depressed.

LG upgraded the camera in the LG V40 ThinQ to be even more powerful and intuitive than ever to deliver the best color, composition, white balance and shutter speed. The AI CAM’s new AI Composition feature taps into the phone’s intelligence to frame, capture and recommend an alternative shot to the one taken by the user. AI Auto White Balance (AI AWB) automatically adjusts the color temperature across different lighting situations while AI Shutter selects the right shutter speed, especially useful when trying to capture fast-moving subjects.

Other new features such as Cine Shot, 3D Light Effect, Makeup Pro, Custom Backdrop, My Avatar and AR Emoji make photography on the LG V40 ThinQ a whole new experience. Cine Shot makes creating cinemagraphs – images with animation – incredibly easy and fun. Simply shoot a short video with any of the phone’s three rear cameras and “paint” the area to be animated with a finger and the result will be sure to amaze. 3D Light Effect changes the tone of a photo with professional-looking lighting, touch up any selfie with different looks using Makeup Pro or entirely change the background of a selfie with Custom Backdrop. For those who love all things augmented reality, create and share personalized emojis with My Avatar and AR Emoji using one’s own face or one of the provided characters.

IMMERSIVE SIGHT AND SOUND
The LG V40 ThinQ sports a new and improved 6.4-inch QHD+ (3120 x 1440) OLED FullVision display and a bottom bezel that is 1.6mm thinner than its predecessor. The new plastic OLED display is designed to deliver more accurate colors and better luminance consistency. The 4.5 million
pixels delivered by the OLED display is the most of any QHD+ smartphone on the market today and allows for the enjoyment of immersive, vivid and vibrant content that only an LG OLED display can deliver.

LG has always prioritized high fidelity audio in its smartphones and the LG V40 ThinQ is no exception, being the first LG phone to carry the Audio Tuned by Meridian label. The 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC produces a balanced sound signature that comes extremely close to the quality of an original recording. And Boombox Speaker, originally introduced on the LG G7 ThinQ, doubles the bass of conventional smartphone speakers by utilizing the internal space of the device as a resonance chamber. When
placed on a solid surface or hollow box, the LG V40 ThinQ acts like a woofer to amplify the bass even more.

MINIMALIST DESIGN BUILT TO LAST
The clean lines and sophisticated colors emphasizes the three main design elements of the LG V40 ThinQ: smooth touch, unique color and seamless form. With the objective to create a design that will stand the test of time, the simple yet beautiful exterior is the perfect complement to the wealth of innovative technologies found on the LG V40 ThinQ.

LG’s proprietary Silky BlastTM process etches the tempered glass back with microscopic pits to create a smoother matte finish which feels extremely comfortable in the hand without being slippery. In addition to its more premium appearance, the matte glass is more practical due to its higher resistance to fingerprints and stains. The phone will be available in the charming colors of New Aurora Black, New Platinum Gray, New Moroccan Blue and eye-catching Carmine Red.

The LG V40 ThinQ retains the slim and light design heritage of the V series, weighing only 169g and measuring a svelte 7.7mm in thickness. Like its predecessor, the LG V40 ThinQ meets the U.S. Department of Defense requirements for durability, passing 14 MIL-STD 810G Transit Drop Test categories for suitability in military operations and is IP68 rated.

“The LG V40 ThinQ was designed with the main goal to deliver an uncompromised experience for users to create, consume and share high quality content,” said Hwang Jeong-hwan, president of LG Electronics
Mobile Communications Company. “The versatility of the camera and the proven V series platform makes the LG V40 ThinQ a serious option for customers looking for a premium smartphone that does it all.”

INTRODUCING LG’S HYBRID WATCH
Alongside the LG V40 ThinQ, LG announced its first hybrid smartwatch, the LG Watch W7, a wearable device that combines mechanical movement with digital functionalities. As the first LG wearable to run the new Wear OS by Google platform, the LG Watch W7 is designed for consumers who value the look of a traditional analog timepiece but desire the convenient functionalities of a connected smartwatch.

Developed in partnership with Soprod SA of Switzerland, the LG Watch W7 features high-precision quartz movement and physical watch hands wrapped in a stainless-steel body. Combining smart and mechanical features in a single timepiece gives the LG Watch W7 unique powering options. In full
operation mode on a single charge, the LG Watch W7 can run for up to two days and then an additional 3-4 days in analog-only mode. In mechanical watch-only mode with its “smart” features disabled, the watch can operate for up to 100 days, or more than three months before requiring a charge.

In addition to keeping accurate time, the analog hands also display additional information such as altimeter, barometer, stopwatch, timer and compass directions. Because this device runs Wear OS by Google, it can be customized thousands of different ways with unique watch faces and complications available online. What’s more, the watch is compatible with all standard 22mm watch bands.

Launch dates, pricing and additional details for both the LG V40 ThinQ and LG Watch W7 will be announced locally at the time of availability.

LG V40 THINQ KEY SPECIFICATIONS: *
· Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon™ 845 Mobile Platform
· Display: 6.4-inch 19.5:9 QHD+ OLED FullVision Display (3120 x 1440 / 538ppi)
· Memory: 6GB LPDDR4x RAM / 64GB or 128GB UFS 2.1 ROM / microSD (up to 2TB)
· Camera:
–  Rear: 16MP Super Wide (F1.9 / 1.0μm / 107°)
12MP Standard (F1.5 / 1.4μm / 78°)
12MP Telephoto (F2.4 / 1.0μm / 45°)
–   Front: 8MP Standard (F1.9 / 1.12μm / 80°)
5MP Wide (F2.2 / 1.12μm / 90°)

· Battery: 3300mAh
· Operating System: Android 8.1 Oreo
· Size: 158.7 x 75.8 x 7.7mm
· Weight: 169g
· Network: LTE-A 4 Band CA
· Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11 a, b, g, n, ac / Bluetooth 5.0 BLE / NFC / USB Type-C 2.0 (3.1 compatible)
· Colors: New Aurora Black / New Platinum Gray / New MoroccanBlue / Carmine Red
· Other: Cine Shot / Triple Preview / Triple Shot / AI CAM / AI Composition / Boombox Speaker / Google Assistant / Google Lens / AI Haptic / 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC / DTS:X 3D Surround Sound / Super Far Field Voice Recognition / IP68 Water and Dust Resistance / HDR10 / Face
Recognition / Fingerprint Sensor / Qualcomm Quick Charge™ 3.0 Technology (Qualcomm Quick Charge™ 4 Compatible) / Wireless Charging / MIL-STD 810G Compliance / FM Radio

LG WATCH W7 KEY SPECIFICATIONS: *
· Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear™ 2100 Platform
· Operating System: Wear OS by Google
· Display: 1.2-inch LCD (360 x 360 / 300ppi)
· Size: 44.5 x 45.4 x 12.9mm
· Weight: 79.5g
· Memory: 4GB eMMC / 768MB LPDDR3
· Battery: 240mAh
· Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 b, g, n / Bluetooth 4.2 BLE / USB Type-C 2.0
· Sensors: 9-Axis / Pressure
· Movement: 2 Hands / Micro Gearbox
· Color: Cloud Silver
· Other: IP68 Water and Dust Resistance / Quartz Movement

* Specifications, features and accessories may vary depending on the market.

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“DINING WITH A VIEW” DI BERJAYA WATERFRONT HOTEL, JOHOR BAHRU

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Berjaya Waterfront Hotel, Johor Bahru bukan satu nama asing kepada orang ramai terutamanya peminat makanan; dan restoran-restoran seperti Salt ‘n’ Pepper dan Palm Bistro mungkin tidak memerlukan pengenalan lebih lanjut.

Dengan pelancaran promosi “Dining With A View” baru-baru ini, hotel ini telah meningkatkan pengalaman menjamu selera dengan sentuhan sederhana dan kreatif. Diterajui oleh Pengarah Operasi yang baru dilantik Mohan Raj, dan di bawah pengawasan lebih dari 18 tahun pengalaman – Chef Eksekutif Jamaluddin Sadikum (Chef Jamal) yang menyelia seluruh kakitangan dapur di hotel, pengunjung-pengunjung boleh mengharapkan satu perjalanan kulinari baru yang dihalusi persembahan makanan yang begitu menarik. Setiap hidangan dibuat dengan sentuhan yang unik.

Disediakan dengan menggabungkan secara harmoni dari citarasa Barat dan Asia, “Dining With A View” membuka jalan bagi Berjaya Waterfront Hotel, Johor Bahru untuk memperkenalkan pengalaman EAT WELL yang mengetengahkan ilmu kulinari yang tinggi dari chef di samping makanan yang berkualiti, tetapi disampaikan dalam harga yang sangat berpatutan. Dengan matlamat murni untuk menawarkan pengalaman menjamu selera istimewa buat setiap pengunjung yang datang, Chef Jamal menggabungkan falsafah memasak tradisional elit Barat dan kesederhanaan masyarakat Asia untuk dipersembahkan di setiap meja tetamu yang berkunjung ke Palm Bistro.

“Hasrat kami adalah untuk membolehkan orang ramai mengingati kembali tentang intipati sebenar menjamu selera atau makan bersama. Akronim EAT (makan) meringkaskan hasrat ini – (Experience) Pengalaman, (Appreciation) Penghargaan & (Taste) Rasa: Pengalaman ketika makan, disamping menikmai suasana dan perkhidmatan yang baik; Menghargai saat-saat bersama orang tersayang – keluarga, sahabat, pasangan, kenalan perniagaan, melalui appresiasi terhadap makanan; dan akhirnya; untuk Merasa dan menikmati persembahan masakan yang hebat, dengan harga yang sangat berpatutan. Kami mahu mempromosi dan menggalakkan etos hidup dengan baik (Live Well) melalui aktiviti makan yang mudah, sederhana serta sedap; dan Berjaya Waterfront Hotel adalah pilihan tempat yang tepat dan sesuai, “kata Mohan Raj, Pengarah Operasi.

“Dining With A View” menyajikan resepi air tangan istimewa Chef Jamal dalam suasana makan yang menenangkan. Menu baru yang disediakan ini menawarkan pelbagai pilihan gourmet dari hidangan pembuka, hidangan utama hingga pencuci mulut.

Pengunjung akan memulakan perjalanan kulinari mereka dengan rasa tempatan yang tulen lagi inovatif melalui hidangan pembukaan Classic Highland Green, yang disediakan dan disajikan dengan ayam salai dan sayur-sayuran acar Asia, dan digemari oleh penduduk setempat dan juga warga asing.

Kemuncak kepada pengalaman makan di Palm Bistro ini adalah hidangan utama yang disyorkan Chef Jamal iaitu Oven Baked Lamb Rack. Disediakan dengan kentang manis yang dihancurkan, hidangan yang sangat sedap ini juga dilengkapi dengan sayur-sayuran bermentega, bunga halia dan jus kambing berperisa rosemary. Minat Chef Jamal dalam masakan Barat telah berkembang menerusi koleksi peribadi campuran Perancis, Itali dan Sepanyol yang inovatif dalam resipi beliau yang seimbang dan cukup harmoni.

Pengunjung-pengunjung juga boleh memilih Boneless Chicken Roll sebagai hidangan utama mereka jika mereka bukan penggemar masakan kambing. Ayam yang dihidangkan ini digulung dengan kombo trio bayam, cendawan dan keju, serta disajikan dengan tumis sayuran dan sos kopi espresso.

Pengakhiran kepada pengalaman “Dining With A View” ini menyajikan pencuci mulut Chocolate Brownies yang begitu popular, dengan aiskrim vanila dan sos caramel.

Sambil menikmati keseronokan makan malam, para pengunjung juga boleh menikmati lagu-lagu yang menenangkan dari Palm Lounge yang terletak bersebelahan dengan bistro ini. Elegan dan santai, Palm Bistro merupakan pilihan tempat yang tepat untuk dinikmati bersama rakan-rakan, ahli keluarga mahupun kenalan perniagaan.

“Dining With A View” ini boleh dinikmati setiap hari di Palm Bistro dari jam 6.30 malam hingga 10.00 malam, dan ditawarkan pada harga berpatutan RM88.00 seorang.

Untuk tempahan dan ketarangan lanjut, boleh hubungi 07-2219999 atau emel bwh.rsvn@berjayahotel.com.

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Pavilion Hotel Kuala Lumpur Open IT’S DOOR COMING December

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Come December 1, 2018, Pavilion Hotel Kuala Lumpur Managed by Banyan Tree – the first hotel property under the Pavilion Group will officially open.

Pavilion Hotel Kuala Lumpur stands 13 floors above Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, the award-winning six-storey shopping centre, adjacent to the Couture Precinct extension. Right in the heart of the capital of Malaysia, hotel guests have easy access to popular shopping hotspots and attractions – from well-known street markets such as Bukit Bintang to the best dining and nightlife experiences such as Jalan Alor and Changkat Bukit Bintang. They can also explore world-renowned landmarks such as Kuala Lumpur Tower, Petronas Towers and Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, all within walking distance.

Impeccable service and unrivalled experiences await guests at Pavilion Hotel Kuala Lumpur. The hotel features 325 rooms and suites decked in contemporary décor for the discerning traveller in need of an urban getaway. These include 115 City Oasis rooms [32 to 43 square metres (sqm)], 60 Courtyard Oasis rooms (38 to 43 sqm) and 45 Grand Oasis rooms (42 to 60 sqm).

For guests who enjoy a bit more exclusivity, the hotel has four dedicated club floors, including 59 Club City Oasis rooms (32 to 49 sqm) and 20 Club Grand Oasis rooms (42 to 60 sqm). Club room guests have exclusive access to the Club Lounge located on Level 14, relaxing with a delectable breakfast spread, light bites or cocktails while taking in the magnificent view of Kuala Lumpur’s cityscape.

There are also 26 contemporary suites available for an extra touch of luxe and space: 16 Urban Studio Suites, (64 to 72 sqm), eight Urban Suites (70 to 76 sqm), one Pavilion Suite (113 sqm) and one Presidential Suite (319 sqm).

In the world of dining, guests are in for a treat with a dedicated and skilful F&B team. Level 8 houses The Courtyard, Pavilion Hotel Kuala Lumpur’s all-day dining restaurant that offers a mouth-watering smorgasbord of Southeast Asian-inspired cuisine. Guests can also dine at Ebisu, a restaurant and bar space featuring an array of Japanese cuisine with a twist. On Level 7M, the Whisky Cove is the place to unwind with a wide selection of whiskies and blends from around the world.

Pavilion Hotel Kuala Lumpur also offers a range of meeting and event facilities suitable for all occasions. The total event space measures 1,298 sqm, with a ballroom that can accommodate up to 500 persons, a crescent-shaped venue that sits 120 persons in banquet setting and five fully-equipped meeting rooms that can accommodate 40 persons per room.

The urban escapade is not complete without a rejuvenating experience at the award-winning Banyan Tree Spa. A selection of Asian-inspired treatments are available and with highly-skilled therapists who have undergone a minimum of 350 hours of training at Banyan Tree Spa Academy, guests are in for a pampering time.

The Sky Gym and Rooftop Infinity Pool are located on Level 18, offering an unparalleled view of Kuala Lumpur. Guests can shop at Banyan Tree Gallery, the hotel’s dedicated retail outlet offering a collection of handicrafts, resort apparels and signature spa amenities.

“This effervescent and cosmopolitan city is filled with vibrant beauty and diversity. With the flourishing business landscape that Kuala Lumpur possesses, this charming city has become a mecca of sorts for both tourists and business travellers around the world. In addition, some of the best shopping malls in the world, as well as modern and historical landmarks – are within a stone’s throw away. Pavilion Hotel Kuala Lumpur is in an ideal hotel destination for business travellers and holidaymakers — and even locals looking for a pampering staycation,” said Anders Dimblad, General Manager of Pavilion Hotel Kuala Lumpur and Banyan Tree Kuala Lumpur.

To celebrate the opening of Pavilion Hotel Kuala Lumpur, the hotel is launching an Opening Celebration package where guests can book a room from MYR498++ per night and enjoy daily buffet breakfast for two and 15% savings on dinner at The Courtyard. In addition, guests will enjoy 30% off full body massages and 15% off treatment packages at Banyan Tree Spa and 15% off Banyan Tree Essentials products.

The offer above is valid from October 15, 2018 till March 31, 2019 – for stays from December 1, 2018 till March 31, 2019. Guests can make a reservation by dialling +603 2117 2800 or emailing to reservations-pavilionhotelkl@banyantree.com. For more information about the hotel, please visit https://www.banyantree.com/en/malaysia/pavilion-hotel.

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