Monthly Archives: March 2014

Norwegian Salmon at Utara Coffee House

Set in the buzzing heart of Petaling Jaya, the Armada Petaling Jaya gives you the opportunity to feel and enjoy the tranquility of the city – the inner soul of Petaling Jaya.

Hotel Armada Petaling Jaya is among the finest 4 star hotel in Petaling Jaya. Situated next to the Federal Highway, Hotel Armada Petaling Jaya gives you the extra vibe with its 5 minutes walk to the Asia Jaya LRT station. Hop on a bus or taxi just directly opposite the hotel and find your way around town easily, be it the Business District, Industrial Zone, Food Heaven or Shopping Mall Giants. It is the perfect base for exploring the city. You are surrounded by them all.

Now, Team E.T.A was given the opportunity to try out their latest ongoing promotion: The Norwegian Salmon promo.


We get to try 7 dishes : Salmon Caesar Salad, Pacific Rim Salmon Soup with Shittake Mushrooms and Herbs, Salmon Tikka, Salmon Tostadas, Salmon and Potatoes Au Gratin, Foil Baked Norwegian Salmon and Salmon Roulade& Oyster Gratin. So, what do we say about it? Yay or nay?


Salmon Caesar Salad (RM26) was not only appetizing, but crisps and fresh too. Topped with grated parmesan cheese, the salad is to die for. Thumbs up for the Caesar salad. Highly recommended to those who can’t do without their greens.


Pacific Rim Salmon Soup with Shittake Mushrooms and Herbs (RM25). Voted everyone’s favourite that night. The soup was creamy and flavourful with generous chunks of salmon and shittake mushrooms. The accompanying garlic bread made the soup a wholesome meal, and small eater would find that the portion is pretty satisfying.


Salmon Tikka- fragrant rice, acar and cucumber (RM26). The rice, though fragrant was a tad bland and has a very strong herbal taste. Initially Team E.T.A wished that the chef had bothered to include some salt while cooking the rice, but much to our delight, the taste was pretty much balanced when paired with the flavourful Salmon tikka and refreshing cucumber slices.



Salmon Tostadas- served with tortillas, guacamole, sour cream and tomato salsa (RM26). Lovely dish, especially when dipped in the tomato salsa. Worth every penny spent and highly recommended to those who wants some Mexican fare on the table.


Salmon and Potatoes Au Gratin (RM28). The Salmon was fresh and naturally sweet and complement the potatoes au gratin pretty well.


Foil Baked Norwegian Salmon served with a bed of zucchini, capsicum and champignon mushrooms (RM28). Mr. T’s favourite that night. According to him, the salmon was not only fresh and naturally sweet, but was juicy and bursting with flavour. Any salmon fans would definitely adore this.



Last but not least, Salmon Roulade& Oyster Gratin (RM30). A slab of poach salmon served with oyster gratin. Ms.E loves the oyster gratin. It was cheesy and flavourful, but the poach salmon doesn’t seems to sit well with her. But then again, to be fair, she’s never a fan of fish, and to be able to sit through the meal was an amazing feat. :)

Overall, the salmon fare offered by Armada Hotel is delicious with only a fraction of the price.

For booking and reservation:

Armada Petaling Jaya
Lot 6, Lorong Utara C, Section 52
46200 Petaling Jaya
Selangor Darul Ehsan Malaysia
Tel : (603) 7954 6888
Fax : (603) 7956 8088
Email: [email protected]


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1Malaysia Grand Prix Sale Trekselebriti


The Visit Malaysia Year celebration began with a pretty lively and at the same time offering the tourists experience the diversity of cultures in Malaysia .
In conjunction with the 1 Malaysia Grand Prix Sale ( 1MGPS ) , a launching ceremony was held at the Shopping Complex , Sunway Pyramid . The launch is filled with endless entertainment with the participation of over 20 local artists will enliven the stage Shopping Complex, Sunway Pyramid. Among the celebrities who will be present are Kaka , Aris Ariwatan , Zaiton Sameon , Nico , VIP Group, Adam AF , Iqwal Hafiz, KOOL , A to Z , Amariz , Altimet , Modjo , Aweera and so on .

eWana FM Radio also featured featured artists and radio DJs to enliven the event 1MGPS Trekselebriti . Among the artists whowas involved are Anne Farina AF8 , Shajiry Damery , Aesar Mustafa , Mega Boys, Faith Ikthiman AF10 , Syasya Solero , and more. Fm Radio Deejay Ewana also present the respective segments as Man King Boys & Elly Raja Lawak , Arshad Shah , Lia Omey , Azz , Nizal Mohamad , Tommy , Princess and Kozz Sazuka .

A fashion show was a collection of well-known local designer – DB Eurasian Kose Kose Design & Collection also 1MGPS Trekselebriti filling stage of the day.
Malaysia is a shopping haven in Asia . By offering a wide range of variation in the centers of world-class shopping , night markets , vintage shops and more surely give tourists value worth every penny spent . Malaysia was ranked 4th among the 12 Best Shopping Cities in the World by CNN.

Kuala Lumpur now stands tall with Paris , Hong Kong , Dubai and Milan in providing a shopping experience that is quite unique ! Kuala Lumpur offers the best price , quality, quality , and service a wide range of world-class brands .

For the F1 fans , the campaign Petronas Formula 1 Grand Prix start at the Pavilion Kuala Lumpur , Queensbay Mall Penang, Johor Bahru and Sunway Pyramid. The main attraction of F1 Simulator Challenge is open to all ticket holders F1 . 10 drivers with the fastest time in each location will be competing in the final round at Sepang International Circuit on March 29 and a NISMO Nissan ALMERA worth RM92 , 000 await winners ! Do not miss the opportunity to get the greatest discount offer during the carnival 1MGPS 2014. 😀 Team E.T.A wishes all of you out there happy shopping. 😀

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Atttractions in Putrajaya: Putrajaya Lake Cruise

Looking for something special to do with your loved ones this school holiday? Well, Team E.T.A was invited to experience the Putrajaya Lake Cruise not long ago, and we thought that it is something that you can consider for a short R&R.


The Putrajaya Lake Cruise is located at Presint 1, Putrajaya. Near the Putra Mosque. The cruise package that we get to experience is the FootLoose and Cruise. FootLoose and Cruise is unique because it offers not only foor spa, but liveband and buffet on board too.



Putrajaya lake area is 650 hectares, and the Putrajaya Lake Cruise has officially became a subsidiary of Putrajaya Corporation on July 1, 2013 to provide recreational facilities to the tourists who visit Putrajaya.

What’s interesting about the Putrajaya Lake Cruise is that visitors can choose whether to board a boat or traditional Malay gondola to cruise around the lake. Above is the day view during the cruise. We were taken around the lake ato enjoy the views of some interesting places such as Perdana Putra, Putra Mosque, Darul Ehsan Palace, Millennium Monument, Masjid Tuanku Mizan, Monorail bridge, Marina Putrajaya, Seri Gemilang Bridge, Taman Wawasan Bridge, Seri Saujana, Putrajaya International Convention Centre (PICC), Seri Satria and more.


Night view during the cruise.

Available packages:

Dining @ Leaf, Putrajaya

Brunch RM120 ( adult ) RM88 ( children )
Lunch RM130 ( adult ) RM98 ( children )
High Tea RM120 ( adult ) RM88 ( children )
Dinner RM130 ( adult ) RM98 ( children )
* Adult + RM20 on Fri-Sun
Operating hours:
10 am – 9.30 pm

Moonlight Cruise , Putrajaya
This package is only on Friday and Saturday at 8.30 pm and 9.30 pm only. Special because you can enjoy the beautiful scenery around Putrajaya -filled night lights .
Sight Seeing Cruise Boat RM30 ( adult ) and RM25 ( child )
Boat Studies The RM20 ( adult ) and RM10 ( child ) .
Operating hours:
Every Friday – Saturday
8.30 pm and 9.30 pm

Love Boat , Putrajaya
Great for celebrating important dates such as anniversary or birthdays, or even weddings.

RM250/hour ( Monday-Thursday)
RM350/hour (Friday – Sunday)

Cruise & Hunt
Academic package will help school students to pursue a variety of exciting events in the New Millennium Tower and the most attractive incentives for schools are also available.  This package is often the choice school students who come to visit here . Minimum order 40 / package .

Cruise & Hunt Putrajaya
Starting from RM30/pax
Operating hours :
Monday – Sunday | 10 am – 3.30 pm

Cruise & Learn
The students will be exposed to the history of Putrajaya in a very spectacular way . This package is not only for school students , but university students too. Incentives for teachers and schools are also available . Minimum order 40 / package .
Starting from RM18/pax
Operating hours :
Mon – Sun | 10am – 3.30pm

For bookings and inquiries:

Cruise Tasik Putrajaya,
Jeti Putra, Jambatan Putra, Presint 1,
PutrajayaContact :

Email :
[email protected]


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Putrajaya International Book Fair 2014

Visiting Putrajaya, the beautiful administrative state of Malaysia? Well, there’s plenty of attractions in Putrajaya that Team E.T.A would love to feature, but there’s this one particular ongoing that we would like to recommend: Putrajaya International Book Fair 2014: Bookerville

Putrajaya International Book Fair as this is truly a first-of-its-kind book fair in Malaysia. The fair runs from 19th-23rd of March 2014.

What visitors can expect from this fair is a theme park concept exhibition with over 60,000 square feet of space. Visitors of the fair will be transported into a magical book town called the “BOOKERVILLE”. The best part of it? They’re not just excess books. That means the authors will get some royalty from the book sale. :D

The book fair is aimed to provide an enriching, educational and entertaining environment to visitors.This book fair will feature more than 5 million worth of books offered at attractive prices in two exhibition halls. Here’s what you can expect from the Putrajaya International Book Fair- Bookerville:

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Besides that, the fair will comprise of books, magazine, e-books, educational aids, stationery, digital and IT devices, toy and gifts.

In addition, there will also be book talks, celebrity appearances and other fun activities for children including gaming challenges, arts and crafts sessions, role playing activities by Kidzania and a host of other exciting activities lined up for all age groups. For more information, you can visit MPH website HERE.

There is a bit of a bonus too. Check this out for privileges:


Check out HERE and present this special pass and enjoy a host of privileges offered by our partners including free bus rides to PICC, RM1 for Putrajaya City Tour, discounts on F&B at the 5 star Putrajaya Shangri-la, sightseeing packages at Cruise Tasik and many more! Start planning your trip and make this a fun day out with family and friends!

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A Day of Fun in 100 Doraemon Secret Gadgets Exhibition

Familiar with this anime character?


Those who grew up in the 90s are probably familiar with it. Yups. It’s Doraemon. :) A well famed Cat-Robot from the 21st Century.


Team E.T.A was recently invited by Tourism Kuala Lumpur to join a
FAM trip to 100 Doraemon Secret Gadget Expo in Viva Homes Cheras with a bunch of celebrities. :) Our junior member, Little A was very excited, to be able to finally meet Doraemon.


100 Doraemon Secret Gadgets Expo can be likened to a small scale characters centred theme park, where everything from the Doraemon comics and TV adaptation is brought to live. You can see the gadgets featured in the comics there.


Along with the scenes from the comics…all are brought to live in this expo.


Apart from that, visitors can also purchase various exclusive, never seen before Doraemon merchandises.


Visitors can also experience eating food that’s featured in the Doraemon comics in the Doraemon themed Cafe in the vicinity of the expo.

The expo will be ongoing until 23rd March 2014 and below is the information about it.


:) so what are you waiting for? There’s still time to see Doraemon and friends. :)

Picture collage courtesy of our junior member, Little A.

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The Dangers Of Foot Infection for Diabetics


The 3D2N Railway Tour Package trip to Perak left a huge impact on me as spending time with my foster family in a secluded kampung sends me down the memory lane, right to my childhood days when my late grandmother was still alive.

You see, I was somewhat a kampung girl when I was growing up. My father is the sort of people who emphasized on strong family ties, and so most of my childhood years were spend visiting my grandparents in kampung. We usually visited and overnight there every weekend, and most of our festive holidays were spent there too. I wasn’t really fond to go back hometown ever week, to be honest. As a child, I wanted a more ‘modern’ kind of fun. I longed to hit the mall with friends or stay at home and play computer games. In other words, I was envious of my peers of my age who gets to spend time that way instead of being stuck in a boring kampung with their grandparents.

But I’m an adult now and looking back, I appreciate my father’s effort to give me precious and irreplaceable memory. How many people my age could honestly say that their childhood was well spent? Anyone could say they lurked in the malls during weekends, buy not many could tell you that they spent their childhood holidays and weekend with their grandparents, doing what kampung kids did…swimming and frolicking in the waterfall, go fishing with grandfather, getting all muddy and dirty in the paddy field, picnic by the paddy field and playing kites with cousins, climbing rambutan and guava trees and eat the fruits on the tree itself… Those memories are priceless and not something the kids these days could easily experience.

Yes, spending time with Mak Tok, my foster mother during my stay in Bukit Gantang Homestay triggers a lot of childhood memories, and made me miss my late grandmother dearly.

My late grandmother and I was particularly close. She dotes on her grandchildren a lot, but unfortunately for us, she passed away as soon as I went to college and started to build my own life. Is is my son’s misfortune to never be able to know his loving great-grandmother, as we lost her to a deadly illness known as diabetes. Yes. My late grandmother was a DIABETES patient, and the last few years of her life was a painful memory to revisit.

My late grandmother was diagnosed with diabetes as early as in her 30s, and she has been strictly on diet and medication since. Things were under control for a few decades, but her diabetes kinda got worst when she was in her 60s. She was admitted to hospital on and off because of it. Despite of her effort to watch her diet and taking medicines religiously, my late grandmother still suffers from high blood sugar level that leads to various health issue. She had poor blood circulation and whenever she injures or cut herself on her feet, her foot infection gets really hard to heal. Hard to heal READ: almost never gets heal. A small cut will remain bloody, filled with smelly pus and as time goes by, the infection gets worst. From a small cut, the wound gets bigger and bigger and the pain became much more intolerable for her. It brought so much pain for us to see my grandmother in pain, and at some point, the doctors suggested amputation, which my grandmother was strongly against.

As time goes by, my grandmother succumbed to the deadly illness, something each and every one of us in the family regrets. There are times I wonder, if medical science was as advance back then as it is now, could my grandmother be saved and spared from all the sufferings? I thought, perhaps, if there was proper blood sugar control, it could have at least ease her suffering if not prevent her demise.

You see, my grandmother may have been departed, but my grandfather is very much alive, and though suffering from the very same disease, diabetes, he coped with the illness much better with the help of Live-well Mecomin.

He began taking Live-well Mecomin as per suggestion by his doctor and pharmacist, 1 capsule 3 times a day which helped him to relief the numbness in his feet.. Mecomin is a supplement, not a miracle medicine, mind you, as it is a mere Vitamin B12 supplement but Live-well Mecomin has no doubt improved my grandfather’s quality of life as it helped to regenerate damaged peripheral nerves and prevents feet numbness that has been plaguing him for years before taking Live-well Mecomin.

My grandfather can now take a walk around the kampung with us without complaining of feet numbness due to diabetes within 5 minutes of walk. A wonderful and very welcomed improvement, if you ask me. he now could feel his legs better. No more complaints about numbness and stuff and whenever he injured his legs, he could spot it early and get it treated before it gets worst. What a relief. All of us could stop worrying that he would suffer from feet amputation and whatnot the way my grandmother did before her passing.

Now, it is a fact that talking and reminiscing about the good old times or wistfully wishing that my late grandmother took Live-well Mecomin will not bring her back to life, but I do wish that this particular supplement could help those who are suffering from diabetes could benefit from it and improve their quality of life. Live-well Mecomin contains mecobalamin, the neurologically-active form of Vitamin B12 vital to the central and peripheral nervous system. Mecobalamin protects against neurological (nerve) disease and has the ability to regenerate damaged nerves in people (especially diabetics) with peripheral nerve damage. Diabetics and pre-diabetics are advised to supplement with mecobalamin as they are most prone to peripheral nerve damage. If nerve damage is left untreated for an extended period, diabetics face a higher risk of leg amputations.

Live-well Mecomin

Live-well Mecomin is suitable for:

  • Diabetics
  • Pre-Diabetics
  • Those with symptoms of nerve damages such as
    • Loss of feeling
    • Numbness
    • Tingling
    • Burning sensation
    • Nerve pain
  • Those recovering from surgery, accident and multiple fractures
  • Those suffering from Pernicious Anaemia
  • Vegetarians

Live-well Mecomin helps to:

  • Re-generate damaged nerves
  • Promotes healthy nerves
  • Protects against degeneration process of the nervous system
  • Reduces nerve pain from diabetes

According to grandfather, Live-well Mecomin is available in 90 Vegetable Capsules Blister Packed (10’s X 9)Â and you need to take 1 vegetable capsule (500mcg) three times daily after meals for it to works effectively. I suppose, that’s a small sacrifice to make in exchange of a better quality of life. So if you have anyone suffering from diabetes, you might want to look into this supplement and ask your doctors if you could take em so that you can benefit from it. Don’t wait til it’s too late. Prevention is always better than cure 😀


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