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Thursday, August 13, 2015

Hennessy 250 Years Collector Blend and Martell Cordon Bleu 300 Years Anniversary 1912 Blend Limited Edition


INTRODUCTION

Ever since I was young, whenever we have a family gathering (together with my grandpa and/or uncles) where food is served, there is sure to be a bottle of brandy/cognac, and it's usually a bottle of Hennessy XO. While I was studying in USA (more than 20 years ago), whenever I fly back to KL, at that time there was no KLIA but Subang International Airport, I would buy a bottle of Hennessy XO for my dad. And a bottle of Hennessy XO 1 litre then cost about RM400 if I'm not mistaken.

Nowadays, a bottle of Hennessy, Remy Martin and Martell XO cost about RM1K or more for the 1 litre bottle. So, I guess to make it more "affordable", these said XOs now come in either 70cl (700ml) or 75cl (750ml) where we can  buy in  KLIA or KLIA2 Duty Free for less than RM1K.

Years ago, on certain special occasions, my dad or grandpa would open a bottle of Louis XIII to celebrate. When I was younger, I would mix brandy (Hennessy XO) with Coke; but, one time I mixed Coke with Louis XIII and got a scolding from my grandfather, haha.  However, nowadays no one in my family ever opens a bottle of Louis XIII as it is now damn freaking expensive. The smallest bottle that is being sold at Eraman Duty Free at KLIA/KLIA2 is more than RM10K and the biggest bottle can go above RM30K!

And then I started to appreciate Red Wine a couple of years back when I started to go to Australia to spend time with my children. Reason being, red wines are not that expensive in Melbourne compared to what we pay here in KL.

I have never enjoyed whisky, i.e. Chivas and Swing. However, not too long ago, one of my uncles introduced me to Macallan Single Malt 12 Years and I loved it as I found it to be "very sweet" when paired with Chinese food. And did you know there are fake Macallan 12 Years in Malaysia? Once again, below is a photo to teach you how to spot a fake Macallan.


Since then I have tried Johnnie Walker Black, Blue and XR labels, Royal Salute and even the more expensive Macallan. But guess what? I only like the Macallan 12 Years and the cheapest Macallan that is in the Green Box sold at Duty Free outlets!

And I even went and bought a bottle of Kavalan Solist Vinho Barrique Single Malt which was awarded the best whisky for 2015 and it's from Taiwan! However, my uncle and I did not like the Kavalan and ended up drinking Wolf Blast Platinum Label which cost more than the Kavalan Solist Vinho Barrique. To read my article titled The Best Single Malt Whisky 2015, please click here and find out how much I paid for the Kavalan Solist Vinho Barrique (what's with the freaking long name, hahaha) in Kuala Lumpur.

Below are some of the photos which I have previously posted:



MARTELL CORDON BLEU 300 YEARS ANNIVERSARY 1912 BLEND LIMITED EDITION 

I have never enjoyed Martell Cordon Bleu and personally I prefer Hennessy XO over it. Last week, my uncle invited me for dinner and he brought along a Cordon Bleu, not your normal Cordon Bleu which you can buy at Duty Free outlets, but a Limited Edition 300 Years Anniversary 1912 Blend. Boy, I tell you, it tasted freaking delicious. Yeah, the Cordon Bleu 300 Limited Edition is no ordinary cognac; and, to me even better than Martell XO! If you like to add water to your brandy, I strongly recommend you must first try the Cordon Bleu 300 Limited Edition neat and then on the rocks if you like your brandy diluted. And of course, never add Coke to it! 

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Limited Edition Bell & Ross Blue GMT and Rare Rolex GMT Master I & GMT Master II Batman



Few months back, I showed you guys my son's Rolex GMT Master Blue Black Batman watch; which is one of the most sought after watches in the world currently. I got it for less than RM29K (or about USD7,600 based on current conversion rate of USD/MYR3.8) which was a steal since it is selling in the USA for USD9,895. That was just before April 2015. The same watch now cost above RM30,000 in Malaysia because the government of Malaysia now imposes 6% GST; however if you are a tourist, you are able to claim back the 6% GST at the airport. Last week I visited a Rolex dealer and I don't know if the salesgirl knows her stuff but she said a new Rolex GMT Master II Batman would cost RM35K today!!! However, if you were to based on current USD/MYR conversion rate of 3.8, the Rolex Batman should be selling for more than RM35K. Click here to read my article on the Rolex GMT Master II 116710BLNR a.k.a. Batman.

Recently I was looking for an all black automatic GMT for myself. So I went to the mall and came across Bell & Ross BR03-51 GMT with orange coloured hour hands (image below).


The Bell & Ross BR03-51 GMT official retail price is around RM19K and you can get quite a substantial discount at most dealers. One thing lead to another and I found out that there is a limited edition model where only 50 pieces with blue hour hands were produced. The Bell & Ross BR03-51 Limited Edition GMT was retailing for GBP3,500 in London and was fully sold out. But, thanks to my lucky star, I managed to secure a new Limited Edition Bell & Ross BR 03-51 TWG GMT Blue. It comes with 2 years International warranty by Bell & Ross too.

To read about my hunt for the Bell and Ross Limited Edition Aviation BR 03-51 GMT, please click here to read my article titled A Little Bit OF This and A Little Bit OF That - Volume 1, Chapter IX at my main blog called Generations of Our Time - GenX GenY GenZ.

Without further ado, here are more photos of my new all black Bell & Ross Limited Edition BR 03-51 GMT watch together with my rare collector's watch Rolex GMT Master I and my son's Rolex GMT Master II Batman. 

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

The World Best Single Malt Whisky 2015 and Korean Black Raspberry Wine



INTRODUCTION

For years I have been enjoying brandy (cognac), basically Hennessy XO or Martell XO and once in a blue moon Remy Martin Louis XIII. In the past 2 years, I have learned to appreciate red wine. 

I have never liked scotch whisky. But that all changed one day at a family function where an uncle introduced me to Macallan Single Malt 12 Years. I tell you, the Macallan Single Malt 12 Years tasted damn freaking nice with Chinese food.

Below is a photo of the Macallan Single Malt 12 Years (RM300+) which is easily available at your favourite liquor store together with the Macallan Whisky Maker's Edition which is being sold for RM400+ and are only available at airports.


Now, you know what? I don't like the Macallan Whisky Maker's Edition where it claims to be a delicious single malt layered with fruits and spices. I actually prefer the cheaper RM200+ Macallan in the green box that are sold at the airports (can't take a photo for you as I have finished the bottle and threw away the box. I guess I am not an expert in appreciating whisky, hahaha.

And after my uncle knew that I enjoyed Macallan 12 Years single malt whisky, he then let me try Johnnie Walker Blue Label and Johnny Walker XR 21 Years over dinner and I found both of them tasted like brandy (cognac), more hahaha. My uncle also gave me a bottle of Royal Salute but I have yet to open the bottle.

And it is not uncommon to find fake liquor that are popular. I have seen a fake Macallan 12 years but unfortunately I did not take any photos. Basically, the print quality is bad for a fake Macallan and if you look closely, you will see the door of the mansion hanging in the air!


THE WORLD'S BEST SINGLE MALT WHISKY 

Anyway, recently I went googling for the best whisky in the world and found out that Yamazaki from Japan won the award for the best whisky in 2014. And for 2015, the award for the best single malt whisky was awarded to Kavalan Solist Vinho Barrique from Taiwan!!!

I tried to search for Yamazaki in KL but there's no stock. On the other hand, I was lucky enough to secure a bottle of Kavalan Solist Vinho Barrique in KL and the person manning the shop would only allow me to purchase one bottle. I bought it for RM498 (have to add 6% GST; thus it ended up costing more than RM500). Below is my first bottle of Kavalan Solist Vinho Barrique which I plan to open over a Chinese dinner with my above said uncle in the near future.


I will update this page once I open the bottle and report on my findings.

Update 5 July 2015

I did open the Kavalan Solist Vinho Barrique at a Chinese Restaurant because the uncle who introduced me to Macallan was present and so was my eldest son who was back from Australia for his mid-year Med School break. Well, my wife, auntie, my son and my cousins liked the Kavalan Solist Vinho Barrique. I also offered the Kavalan to two of the restaurant managers and both of them said it was very good. However, my uncle and myself did not enjoy the Kavalan! My uncle also brought along a Wolf Blast Platinum Label (which is suppose to be much better that the Wolf Blast Black Label and cost more than my Kavalan) and both him and myself ended up drinking it, hahaha.



KOREAN BLACK RASPBERRY WINE

In the meantime, for wine drinkers, I would like to introduce you to a Korean Wine called Bokbunja made from Black Raspberry. A friend of mine told me he enjoyed it while he was in Sydney. So, while I was in Melbourne, I went looking for it and found that it was sold at many Asian Groceries for about AUD19 (375ml). Tried it out and loved it. Tastes better than red wines costing less than AUD20, hahaha. The Korean Raspberry Wine is also available at AEON in KL and it's selling for less than RM45 per bottle (375ml).



Other related posts:

Click here to read my article relating to Australia Red Wines.







Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Rolex GMT Master II Blue Black 116710BLNR a.k.a. Batman

INTRODUCTION

Rolex GMT Master is a legendary two time zone with an arrow tipped 24 hour hand plus a rotatable bezel designed for airline pilots as their on-board navigation chronometer. Today, the reliable Rolex GMT Master and GMT Master II are worn by globe trotting travellers.


Rolex stopped producing the GMT Master in 1999 and the last model was Reference 16700.

The very first Rolex GMT Master II was produced in 1983 (Model Reference 16760) with Red and Black bezel and Sapphire Crystal. In 1989, a new slimmer GMT Master II (Model 16710) was introduced to replace the 16760 and stopped production in 2007.

A completely new designed GMT Master II (Model 116710LN) was introduced by Rolex in 2007 where it had Triplock waterproofness system, all black bezel, green 24 hour hand and the very first Cerachrom insert in ceramic bezel which is impervious to scratches plus fade resistant.


And in 2013, Rolex introduced their very first GMT Master II with Blue and Black bezel (Model 11670BLNR) and was an overnight runaway success. It is the first watch to have 2 colours in a single ceramic bezel. And this watch was then nicknamed Batman - previously Batman wore black trunks and had a dark blue cape.




SPECIFICATIONS OF ROLEX GMT MASTER II Reference 116710BLNR

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Prada Small Bag Christmas 2014 - Patent Saffiano Leather

I was at KLCC last week and saw 2 small Prada bags in black (glossy and matte) that I thought my eldest daughter would like. The Sales Adviser said the bags were only put on display for the first time that day for their Christmas display. So I asked permission to take a photos of them to send to my daughter's iPhone. My daughter actually liked both the bags but could not decide which one to get. Finally, my wife decided for her and we chose the glossy (patent leather) bag since my daughter already has a Prada Wallet with Chain in matte. 


Here are photos of my daughter's new Prada bag, named Pattina In Saffiano Vernice Neru Tu in the receipt and Patent Saffiano Leather Shoulder Bag in Prada's website.




The photo below shows the same image as above but taken with flash so that you can see the gloss effect.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Lady Dior Large Gloss Black - Price in Paris, New York and London

Back in 2011, I published an article here on the Lady Dior and how the bag came about being named Lady Dior. In this said article, I posted some photos of the medium size Lady Dior and also mentioned about the price in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia. Click here to read the article titled Lady Dior and Hermes Kelly - The Princesses Legend Lives On.

Only recently I published an article on Boy Chanel mentioning that I bought a red new medium size for my wife in Paris (3rd week of May 2014). Click here to read the article titled Red Boy Chanel Calfskin Flap Bag.

Guess what? After getting the Boy Chanel, my wifey wanted a large Lady Dior too! Initially, she wanted a medium size two tone Lady Dior but the ones available at Dior outlets in Avenue Montaigne and Galleries Lafayette were not to her liking. So instead she decided she will get a large Lady Dior in black so that it can match most of her dresses! Boy, this woman of mine is sure assisting me in spending my children's future inheritance faster than what I had planned. Oh, if you are not familiar with my blog(s), do click here and read my article Spending Children Future Inheritance and Get A Free Holiday in Australia published at my main blog GenX GenY GenZ - Generations of Our Time www.generationsxyz.blogspot.com.


Since there is nothing much new to write about the Lady Dior, I guess I will just show you some live photos which were taken in Paris by yours truly:

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Boy Chanel Red Calfskin Flap Bag with Gold Metal Strap

If you are a reader of my main blog called GenX GenY GenZ - Generations Of Our Time www.generationsxyz.blogspot.com, you will know that my wife and I flew to the USA to attend our eldest son's Master Degree Convocation Ceremony at an Ivy League University recently and we stopped by Paris, New York and London.

On the way to my son's University, our first stop over was Paris (we flew from KL on Business Class for "FREE" using my credit card points redemption for Malaysia Airlines Enrich Miles). After dropping off our bags at our hotel which is located off Av. des Champs-Elysees, we walked to the Arc de Triomphe. Next destination was Eiffel Tower and the route we took was via Av. Montaigne where many luxury brand boutiques are located.

The first luxury brand outlet we walked into was a Chanel boutique with large window displays (No.42 Av. Montaigne) but the sales persons were all busy and not bothered to entertain us. Below is a photo of the said mentioned outlet.


So, we walked across the street to another Chanel boutique which has a non-impressive single leaf glass door (51 Av. Montaigne, photo below from google) and was immediately greeted by friendly sales personnel upon entering.


The sales consultant who entertained us was named Tetyana and she spoke excellent English. She asked my wife what she was looking for and my wife said she already has a Chanel Black Flap Hand Bag (click here to see it) and would love to have a red colour Chanel handbag. So Tetyana then showed my wife the small and mid-size Boy Chanel in red with gold strap. She further informed us that they just received their very first shipment of the medium size red color Boy Chanel with gold metal strap (in Paris and she reckoned the rest of the world will only get them after a week) on that particular same day and in limited quantities; as such, my wife would be amongst the very first few people in the world to own the red color mid size Boy Chanel, that's if she wanted it.

Well, my wife fell in loved with the red Boy Chanel with gold strap immediately but she was like modelling in front of the mirror for quite a long time, trying to decide which size to get. Finally, I decided for her by doing a simple test. The smaller red Boy Chanel could not fit my Mini iPad (with cover) but the mid-size could; therefore, I said to go with the mid-size Boy Chanel :)

If you are not familiar with Boy Chanel, generally it now comes in 4 sizes:

Boy Chanel Large - approximately 30x22x9 cm
Boy Chanel Medium (new medium) - approx. 28x18x9 cm 
Boy Chanel Small (old medium)- approx. 25x15x8 cm
Boy Chanel Mini - approximately 20x12x8 cm and even smaller.

Without further ado, I present to you my wife's Boy Chanel Red Calfskin Flap Bag ( new medium) with Gold Metal Strap reveal:

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Prada Saffiano Leather Double Zip Shopping Tote and Wallet with Gold Metal Strap

Recently, I bought 2 Prada items. The first Prada is an impromptu gift for my darling wifey and it's a Leather Shopping Saffiano Lux Cameo Handbag with double zip and strap. The second Prada item is a birthday gift for my eldest daughter and it's a Blue Leather Saffiano Wallet Portaf  that comes with a metal strap for cross body bag. The strap can also be removed to transform it to a wallet or evening clutch, which is pretty cool.



Prada Shopping Saffiano Leather Lux Cammeo Handbag Model No. 8055113899913

About a month ago, out of the blue, while walking in Melbourne CBD, my wife mentioned that she liked the Prada Shopping Double Zip Leather Tote handbag with strap in Light Pink/Beige. So we casually strolled to the Prada Store at Collins Street and I was pleasantly surprised to find that the price was much cheaper compared to what it is in Malaysia and Singapore. 

The Price of the Prada Leather Double Zip Shopping Tote handbag in Australia, Singapore and Malaysia are as follows:

Australia Price of Prada Saffiano Leather Shopping Tote Double Zip with Strap Small and Medium are AUD2,030 and AUD 2,070 respectively.

Singapore Price of Prada Saffiano Leather Shopping Tote Double Zip with Strap Small and Medium are SGD3,110 and SGD3,290 respectively.

Malaysia Price of Prada Saffiano Leather Shopping Tote Double Zip with Strap Small and Medium are MYR8,000 and MYR8,500 respectively.

The Reserve Bank of Australia has been setting policies lately to weaken the Australia Dollar to boost the Australia Economy. And the conversion rate of AUD/MYR has fallen close to 2.86 and hovering between the range of 2.9 to 3.1 lately. For comparison's sake, I shall use the conversion rate of AUD/MYR at 3.0.

We can get either the Prada Saffiano Leather Double Zip Small or Medium Tote in Australia for less than AUD1900 because we get a refund of about 10% GST at the airport. And assuming a conversion rate of 3.0, this means both these handbags cost less than RM6000; that's a savings of more than RM2,000 compared to buying the same handbag in Malaysia!!!

So, before you go purchase your next Prada bag in Kuala Lumpur, I suggest you go read my article titled Spending Children Future Inheritance and Get Yourself A Free Holiday in Australia at my main blog by clicking here.

And without further ado, I hereby present to you photos of my darling wife's Prada Saffiano Leather Double Zip Shopping Tote with Strap:

Friday, November 30, 2012

CHANEL Limited Edition Flap Handbag with Chain Strap and Extra Zip Compartment

The final article to my trilogy on Chanel Jumbo Black Caviar has just been published. For those of you who have not been following my blog, initially when my wife mentioned Black Caviar, I thought she wanted some fish eggs.... and after much research and several visits to Chanel outlets, I can now claim myself to be an "expert" on Chanel handbags, hahaha.


In this material world of ours, it cannot be denied that many of us guys "shiok sendiri" when we get a new gadget and the ladies everytime they get a pair of new shoes. My articles on Chanel Handbag is not purely about handbags but about the unlimited wants of individuals and how we go about compromising using our limited resources to make everyone we care for happy including ourself.

Sometimes what we think are good and loving intentions may not be appreciated by our loved ones and even criticized; however, if that is the case, we then have to analyze why it is so and to learn from it.

On the other hand, if we are given a gift by our loved one, we should accept it wholeheartedly immaterial of the monetary value or else one will never be happy and contented. And if you keep complaining about the gifts you get, soon you will end up getting nothing!

And here is what I got for my wife and it not the Chanel Jumbo Black Caviar:


Monday, November 26, 2012

Royal Plaza Hotel Mongkok Hong Kong and The Venetian Macao Bella Suite

I revisited Macau and Hong Kong this month for a holiday, and this time I took my dad, mum, two daughters and my second son (my eldest son is doing his final year  of undergraduate studies at a USA Top 10 Engineering University).

This time round, we decided to stay in Mongkok and the hotel we selected was the Royal Plaza Hotel located within the Grand Century Plaza Shopping Centre. The Royal Plaza Hotel is a 5 Star Hotel and I booked two rooms via Agoda. The other 5 Star Hotel in Mongkok is the Langham Hotel.


The reason why we decided to stay at the Royal Plaza Hotel is because they had rooms with 2 queen beds and therefore I only had to book two rooms for the seven of us. The price I paid for a room was just slightly above USD200 per night which is very reasonable for a 5 Star Hotel in Hong Kong.

Another reason why we chose the Royal Plaza Hotel is because it is very near to   Fa Yuen St (Ladies Street for shopping), Tung Choi St (Gold Fish Street where you can see lots of pet shops) and Sai Yee St (Sports Street to get the latest sportswear). And Langham Place is also nearby (H&M is located here). It took me less than 15 minutes to walk from Langham Place to Grand Century Plaza/Royal Plaza Hotel using the overhead pedestrian bridge. 

Upon check-in, I was given rooms located at their Executive Level on the 19th floor. The lift/elevator only takes you to the 18th floor. Below are photos of the lift lobby at the 18th floor. From there, I had to walk up another floor to the Royal Lounge where there are Executives to assist you on your needs. There is always an executive available at the 19th floor which is good for security reasons, too.



From the lounge, you will then enter the corridor to the rooms and one of my room numbers ended with the number 8, i.e. 1918 :)




Below are photos of the room I stayed in:



When we entered the room, we noticed that the shower is fully exposed; but not to worry, there is a motorized curtain that comes down to fully cover up the bathroom. The toiletries are by Crabtree & Evelyn to give a touch of luxury.




The Royal Plaza Hotel also provides free shuttle bus to Tsim Sha Tsui and it drops you in front of The Sun Arcade/DFS Galleria at Canton Road where you have all the major luxury brand outlets, i.e. Chanel, Hermes, Dior, Louis Vuitton, Prada, etc.


However, there is always a queue to enter Chanel and Hermes and at times even at Gucci and Prada. If you hate to wait in line (which can be irritating with uncivilized people talking loudly and not giving you personal space, i.e. standing like 1 inch behind you and breathing down your neck as if they can enter the boutique faster!), go to Peninsula Hotel nearby where you have the top luxury brand stores there too and best of all, there is no queue!

I was in Macau in August 2011 (summer) and I can tell you it was freaking hot. This time I was there (November 2012), the weather was gloomy but it was not hot and walking in the city was not tiring at all. The last time I was there in August, I took a taxi to New Yaohan from the Ruins of St. Paul as I was too exhausted from the heat. This time round, I could walk to New Yaohan from the Ruins of St. Paul without a single drop of sweat. 

Anyway, I stayed at The Venetian Resort Hotel again because they had rooms with two queen beds and it is called The Bella Suite. In terms of ID and space, it is exactly the same as the single king size bed suite I stayed in the last time.

Below are some photos of the Bella Suite:





And the room I stayed in was in the North Suites and had a very good view of Galaxy Resort Hotel Macau.



And click here to my previous article titled Macau - The Grand Lisboa Hotel and The Venetian Macao Resort Hotel and you will see the room I stayed in  August 2011 at The Venetian which is identical except for the beds.

Click here to read more about my second trip to Hong Kong and Macau in November 2012 where I have included some recommendations on places to eat and fares for taxi, ferry and MTR. I went around Macau using the FREE shuttle bus provided by the many hotels and in Hong Kong to Tsim Sha Tsui too.  And I bought an Apple iPad mini too while in Hong Kong. I also have a very important message in the conclusion for all air travelers. [This article has disappeared into the thin air because google deleted my previous main blog called GenXGenYGenZ.blogspot].

Click here to read my article titled Chanel Jumbo Black Caviar Part III and see what I got for my darling wife in Hong Kong. [This article has disappeared into the thin air because google deleted my previous main blog called GenXGenYGenZ.blogspot].

Chitika