STARBUCKS Opens Its First Reserve Drive-Thru in Setia Alam

Shah Alam residents can now enjoy Reserve offerings or grab beverages on-the-go at the Setia Alam Starbucks Reserve™ Drive-Thru

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Starbucks opened its FIRST ever Drive-thru with a Reserve™ bar, at the new Starbucks Reserve™ Setia Alam Drive-thru.

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The newly renovated Starbucks store now accommodates a Reserve bar where customers can come in to enjoy premium Reserve coffee or conveniently purchase Starbucks beverages through the drive-thru window. Created to cater for all coffee-lovers, this Starbucks Reserve™ Setia Alam Drive-thru is the 10th Reserve Store and the 43rd Starbucks Drive-thru in Malaysia. .

The Starbucks Reserve™ Setia Alam Drive-thru features:

  • a drive-thru window
  • a main bar that serves Starbucks core offerings
  • a Reserve™ coffee bar which offers seven brewing methods, including pour-over, Chemex®, coffee press, siphon, Black Eagle espresso, Clover® and nitro cold brewing.

Visitors can not only grab a quick Starbucks on-the-go through the drive-thru window but also now enjoy a unique menu of Starbucks Reserve™ specialty coffee and beans which are brought to life by Starbucks’ very own baristas, called Coffee Masters.

“For 20 years, Starbucks has consistently innovated new store concepts to fulfil the diverse needs of the Malaysian market. Today marks yet another significant milestone as we take everything we have learned around coffee, and customer behavior, to create a new exciting hybrid store experience.

The opening of the FIRST Starbucks Reserve Drive-thru store in Malaysia will allow us to cater to both those looking for the convenience of having their coffee on-the-go, or for the coffee-lovers looking to discover rare and exceptional coffee in an immersive space.

“Here at Starbucks, we are constantly exploring different avenues to elevate our customers’ experience through an immersive coffee environment. After meticulous planning, we decided that this was a prime location for our 10th Reserve™ Store because of its strategic location and the requests of our Reserve™ customers who reside in this area.”said Sydney Quays, Chief Executive Officer of Berjaya Food Berhad and Managing Director of Starbucks Malaysia & Brunei.

This new Starbucks Reserve™ in Setia Alam adds to the list of existing Starbucks Reserve™ stores at:

  1. The Gardens Mall
  2. Sunway Pyramid
  3. SkyAvenue Genting Highlands
  4. Publika
  5. Desa Parkcity
  6. Four Seasons Place Kuala Lumpur
  7. Paradigm Mall Johor
  8. Berjaya Times Square.

Additionally, the Drive-Thru store is adorned with a hand-painted mural on one side of the exterior wall and interior wall. Dedicated to the 10th Starbucks Reserve™ opening in Malaysia, the mural was designed by Malaysian artist The Sliz, touching on layers of local Baba Nyonya-inspired motifs, realistic depictions of hands enacting coffee-related actions, and The Sliz’s own personal touch.

Inspiring coffee passion and innovation, Starbucks Reserve™ beans are sourced from the rarest, most extraordinary coffees farms around the world, and often from remote areas with limited harvests from lots as small as a family backyard. Customers will be able to enjoy these unique Reserve™ beans such as the new Guatemala La Colina Farm which processes fresh cherry-to-bean in the southern Guatemalan region. The medium-bodied coffee emits white floral aromas producing a delightful cup of coffee with pomelo and red currant notes.

Ignite your coffee curiosity with the newest Reserve Coffee Beans:

• New! Ethiopia Haile Estate – The Ethiopian Haile Estate by Haile, a former long-distance running world champion, uses his Olympic-winning spirit to grow this beautifully, complex coffee. The Ethiopian Haile Estate beans have a medium acidity and medium body seeping with floral aromas with highlight notes of strawberry and bright cherry sweetness.
• New! Kenya Gikanda – The Kenya Gikanda coffee hand-selected by Ann Traumann, Reserve™ green coffee buyer, highlights orange blossom aromas, notes of grapefruit and lemon rind. She expressed love at first taste with the medium-bodied coffee which has a high acidity level but expresses caramelly sweetness.
The new Starbucks Reserve™ Setia Alam Drive-thru opened its doors on 1 May 2019 and customers get to enjoy its Reserve™ ambience or a quick Starbucks coffee fix through the drive-thru. The already launched Summer 1 promotional Reserve™ coffee beans are priced at RM85 onwards and are available in any brewing method.

Starbucks Coffee Masters Certification Program:

To ensure that each cup of coffee is perfectly brewed, we ensure our baristas are the most knowledgeable in the coffee industry by providing ongoing learning opportunities through our Coffee Master certification program. Baristas, who are certified Coffee Masters are the experts in all things coffee, e.g. roast profiles, origin and blending, how coffee is processed, and much more. These Coffee Masters are recognizable via their unique black aprons.

For more information, please visit Starbucks Malaysia website at:

 

DULUX Art Jam Adds Colours For Your Raya Decorations

Hari Raya is a time for renewal, whereby family and friends reaffirm bonds by catching up at each other’s open houses, over home-cooked food. It is because of this celebration that many families choose to spruce up their homes with a fresh coat of paint.

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Riding on the spirit of fostering bonds, Dulux – the leading decorative paint brand of AkzoNobel and Dr Eric Leong, Malaysian renowned designer and also the Head of Interior Architecture & Design School of One Academy, have partnered to host a workshop and showcase how easy it is to embark on a project to give walls at home a new breath of life.

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During the workshop, Lee Swee Chin, Head of Brand Marketing at AkzoNobel Decorative Paints Malaysia said:

“Today’s art jam initiative is part of our efforts to share the positive effects that colours bring, particularly during a festive season. With the Hari Raya celebrations coming soon, we hope that the tips and tricks shared today will be put to good use to make this year’s celebration extra special.

Having hosted and produced more than 10 well-received TV programmes that revolve around interior decoration and designing, Dr Eric Leong is one of the most recognised faces in the industry. We are thankful that he is part of this project and look forward to future partnerships with him”

Throughout the workshop, Dr Leong tutored attendees on how to create several easy-to-do designs, including batik, lines, gradients, and geometrical shapes. He also gave a demonstration on the use of Dulux Ambiance Special Effects paints to achieve the metallic brush effect.

More importantly, he shared several basic steps for a successful Do-It-Yourself paint project, in which he explained:

“The first step is to select a feature wall, which is usually the wall that faces the entrance and is the first wall that visitors see upon entering the home.

The next step would be to use a paint that adds texture to make that wall stand out even more. Dulux has the Ambiance Special Effects range, which mimics the look and feel of linen, velvet, marble and even metallic.

To really highlight the Ambiance Special Effects, we would recommend for it to be applied on one wall that you would like to be the focal point of the room. Choose complementary colours on the accompanying walls or you can always go with a standard paint for the base, and use the special effects paint for the additional designs. The general rule of thumb is to not use more than two colours for a single wall.

Once you have selected your colours and paint, the actual painting process can then begin. Make sure that each layer of paint is completely dry before applying the next. If you aren’t sure about what colours to use, just visit Dulux Malaysia website for some ideas, especially colours that complement ‘Spiced Honey’. You can also download the award-winning Dulux Visualizer app, which allows you to create real-time virtual impression of what your room will look, for free from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store!”

‘Spiced Honey’ (also known as Crème Brulee) is Dulux’s Colour of the Year for 2019 and one of the main colours used throughout the workshop. It is described as a versatile shade filled with warm and inviting tones of amber and caramel.

“This colour, when combined with complementary shades, can transform your living room into a space that is great for the family and for hosting friends during this Hari Raya season,” Lee concluded.

In conjunction with the upcoming Hari Raya celebrations, Dulux is hosting its ‘Ceriakan Raya-mu’ contest throughout 8 April to 26 May 2019. Customers who purchase selected Dulux paints during this period will automatically be in the running to win electrical appliances and furniture from the Ashley Furniture HomeStore. With this, it will help you complete your home makeover for your Raya celebration to enjoy with your loved ones.

For more information on the contest, please visit:

https://www.dulux.com.my/en/event/DuluxRayacontest

 

GMBB Hosts 2019 Souk Raya Featuring Local Designer Brands

This Asia’s Design Hub will showcase over 30 establish fashion brands throughout Ramadan with respective latest fashion Raya collections. It starts from May 1 until May 31.

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GMBB, the first commercial mall that is built for creativity is hosting the 2019 Souk Raya, a month-long immersive Moroccan themed Raya market throughout the Ramadan month.

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GMBB as venue provider together with AX Events and Communications as the organizer kick-started Souk Raya with a fashion preview of over 30 stylish looks from 9 well-known designers for both female and male attire as well as kids wear.

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The fashion preview featured ready-to-wear and couture designs from local designers namely:

  • Shanell Harun
  • Raya by Calvin Thoo
  • De Bunga Raya Collection by Ridzuan Bohari
  • Chic Cool Chica by Tom Signature (ladies’ attire)
  • Goodman and Dato Shah Reza (men’s attire)
  • Kids by ASLI (children)
  • Najla Shoes
  • Suzanna (accessories)
  • Bunga Lab (flowers)

The Souk Raya fashion preview was honoured with the presence of Yang Mulia Che Puan Temenggong Perlis Datin Seri Diraja Fazarinawati Datuk Mohd Din.

Over 300 invited guests were treated to a spectacular Souk Raya Fashion Preview to experience a closer view of the designer’s art pieces. Local fashionista and celebrities Datuk Tom Abang Saufi and Iman Zulkarnain were also at the event.

Souk Raya is a unique urban fashion and trend market that is happening during the month of Ramadan. The location at GMBB is specially selected to provide visitors and shoppers with a different experience. This is the first year GMBB hosted the event to infuse the sense of artisanal and independent retail experience where creativity takes center stage. From couture to ready-to-wear designs at an affordable price, shoppers will be spoilt for choice with the vast options that ranges from clothing, shoes, hijabs to accessories.

Speaking at the event, Encik. Abdul Azeez Salleh, the Managing Director of AX Event and Communications said,

“We are honoured to collaborate with talented local fashion designers in introducing their 2019 Raya Collection to Malaysians. Drawing inspiration from the design elements and components of each fashion piece, each collection showcases a mix of unique textures, colours and patterns that represents a certain meaning. Souk Raya is not only a platform for local fashion designer to showcase their fashion creativity but also to showcase and share their passion to others, while providing them the opportunity to establish their brands in the business industry.

This is the first time that Souk Raya is being held at GMBB. We are confident that GMBB’s concept fits perfectly with Souk Raya’s and we look forward to make this collaboration an annual affair – where top fashion trends can come together. We would like to extend our appreciation to GMBB for supporting us in this event.”

Local designers featured at Souk Raya:

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  • Ainalif Hijab Nur Iman Zulkarnain
  • Arts & Fashions Mariam Abang Saufi
  • Arts & Painting Habsah Abang Saufi
  • Batik_more Anne Zuraini Zubir
  • Bunga Lab Azlina
  • Calvin Thoo Calvin Thoo
  • GoodMan Attire Aminuddin
  • Hayyan Engku Mohd Zainul
  • Kanzashi handmade by Suzana Suzana
  • Khatreena Sharifah Khatreena Nuraniah
  • Kids By ASLI Lina Hafizzah
  • MrStailista Ayie Ali
  • Najla Shoes Najla Sarbini
  • PadusiCouture Rozita Che Wan
  • Rangrezza Fashion Sarina Ayesha Noor
  • Ridzuan Bohari Ridzuan Bohari
  • Salman Scarfs Salman
  • Shah Rezza Dato’ Seri Raja Shah Rezza
  • Shanell Harun Shanell Harun
  • TAS Signatures Dato’ Tom Abang Saufi
  • Tudung Sisthur Nur Azureen Man Azli
  • Zapatos Zain Saidin

Souk Raya will be held at Level 1 and 2 at GMBB. Visitors are welcome to discover Souk Raya 2019 with its various offerings for the upcoming Eid celebrations from today until May 31, every day from 10am to 10pm.

For more information about Souk Raya and the latest line-up of activities for GMBB, please follow us at:

 

GUARDIAN and NAELOFAR Introduces Summer Collection Tote Bags

NATURE BEAUTY, RED BLOSSOMS and FLORAL SERENITY tote bags are made Exclusively for this Ramadan.

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They  were designed and inspired by talented actress, TV Presenter, model and successful entrepreneur Miss Neelofa, the owner of one of Malaysia’s leading contemporary fashion brand, NAELOFAR.

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Speaking at the launch of the Summer Collection, Ms Wong Vai Chi, Head Of Marketing, Health And Beauty, Guardian Health and Beauty said:

“This collaboration with NAELOFAR is our special way to welcome the Holy month of Ramadan with our customers. We want to offer our customers something exclusive and, of course, beautiful, when they drop in to shop for their health and beauty necessities at Guardian stores.”

  1. Floral Serenity-Flowers and butterflies symbolise grace and beauty, with a touch of vibrant colours to give more festive-like feelings. Designed exclusively for those who embrace elegance
  2. Nature Beauty-Designed to go beyond the norm towards modernisation, The use of clean, irregular shapes with tropical colours emphasize on the beauty effect of the design.
  3. Red Blossoms– A vibrant colour of iris flowers designed with golden rectangle geometry to lead the eye from one design element to the next. Exclusively designed to look bold and elegant

The Guardian Exclusive Summer Collection tote bags can be purchased at a 40% discount with any purchase of a sponsor’s product worth RM20, or RM30 of a non-sponsor’s product.

After the 40% discount, the bags will retail for only RM17.90. The Guardian Exclusive Summer Collection is available from today until stocks last.

“So please start collecting these three tote bags early as stocks are very limited,” said Vai Chi.

Vai Chi also announced that Guardian stores will have a special theme called “Seiring Ramadan” during the month of Ramadan where Guardian will strive to offer customers the best deals throughout this Ramadan season with discounts of up to 50% on some products.

“And for those who would like health tips during Ramadan, Guardian will be uploading on its Facebook page, some useful advice from Joanna Soh, Asia’s #1 Fitness YouTuber from time to time,” she added.

So in the month of Ramadan, what better time to shop at Guardian and to carry your purchases home in a must-have tote bag designed by Neelofa herself.

Get Set for WATSON’s 5.5 Online Festival

Enjoy deals up to 70% off from as low as RM5.50 from 29th April to 5th May 2019

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Shoppers will have a reason to rejoice as Watsons’ is offering flash deals, ‘Buy 1 Free 1’ deals and many other exciting offers during its 5.5 Online Shopping Festival happening from 29th April to 5th May 2019.

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During this sale, Watsons is offering:

  • a special three-hour Flash Deal which will be happening daily from 8pm to 11pm and with prices starting from as low as RM5.50
  • a line-up of flat-priced item deals at RM15, RM25, RM35
  • Buy 3 at RM55
  • Buy 1 free 1 bundle deals

The campaign will culminate in a Mega Sale on 5th May 2019, where Watsons will be offering additional discounts, free delivery and other special offers.

A variety of renowned brands are participating in Watsons’ 5.5 Online Shopping Festival. Shoppers can save up to RM100 when they purchase items from Bio-Essence, Biore, Cetaphil, Dove, Ensure, L’Oreal, Maybelline, NanoWhite, NH Detoxlim, Pantene, Pure Beauty, Alia, Safi & Watsons Brand.

Shoppers get even more when they pay with Boost, as they can enjoy RM5.50 in cashback when they purchase RM55 during the campaign period. This offer is limited to the first 5,555 shoppers only.

Online customers can also join in the celebration, as those who participate via the Watsons mobile app can Play & Win up to RM550,000 worth of vouchers which can be redeemed during the campaign period. The Watsons mobile app is currently available for download from Google Play and the App Store.

Customers who shop online have the added benefit of using Watsons’ Click & Collect Express service. By using this feature, they can choose to collect their purchases from 413 Watsons stores across the Klang Valley within just four hours. To bring more hassle-free experiences to its online customers, Watsons also provides a Home Delivery service which delivers goods in just two to five days.

“At Watsons, we are always looking for ways to give back to our loyal customers through flash deals and great offers. By regularly engaging with them through special promotions, we aim to benefit our customers by being able to buy the products they know and love at reduced prices – especially our online shoppers who can take full advantage of our unique online advantages such as our Click & Collect & Home Delivery services,” said Caryn Loh, Managing Director of Watsons Malaysia.

Watsons’ 5.5 Online Shopping Festival is also available during the Shopee Super Brand Day which will be running till 5th May; where shoppers can enjoy exclusive vouchers and deals as well as win prizes during this period. Customers should thus look out for more deals at the Watsons Official Store on Shopee during this time.

Customers can enjoy 24/7 shopping on the Watsons Mobile App and at Watsons’ website at http://www.watsons.com.my. For more details, please follow Watsons Malaysia on both Facebook and Instagram.

Win Proton X70 With BOOST Super Shake This Ramadhan

Boost is kicking off their biggest rewards campaign: the Super Shake campaign, where users stand a chance to win the Proton X70 and Boost is giving away 8 of these as the Grand Prize.

8 Proton X70 will be given away as the Grand Prize for the Super Shake Campaign

“Our newest and biggest campaign is our way of showing gratitude to our users for their continuous support in going cashless with us and utilizing our services this Ramadhan. We also hope that the campaign will encourage e-wallet adoption through creating a fun, convenient and rewarding cashless experience with Boost”, said Mohd Khairil Abdullah, CEO of Axiata Digital Services, parent company of Boost.

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The four month long Super Shake campaign starts on 29 April until 18 August 2019 and will feature RM2.5 million worth of awesome prizes to be won.

All you have to do is spend with Boost this Ramadhan, earn tokens and participate in the weekly lucky draw. For every RM10 spent, users earn 1 token. The more tokens you earn, the higher your chances of winning.

Here are the many ways to spend with Boost this Ramadan:

1. Ramadan Bazaars

Leave your physical wallets at home and shop the cashless way at over 40 Ramadhan Bazaars nationwide. Majority of the bazaars in the KL and Klang Valley area such as TTDI, Kelana Jaya, USJ 4, Taman Melawati and Taman Putra Perdana accept Boost as a payment option.

2. Buka Puasa Feasts with #BukaBersamaBoost

Savour delightful buka puasa feasts and at the same time enjoy buka puasa deals at Serai, Madam Kwan’s, Nandos, Nene Chicken and many more.

3. Buka Puasa Food Delivery

Too busy to go out to buka puasa? When you order food delivery at dahmakan and DeliverEat through Boost, you can earn a cashback of up to RM25 and RM40 respectively.

4. Raya Fashion Deals with #GayaBersamaBoost

It’s never too early to get into the festive spirit and start planning your Raya fashion style. Boost has partnered with Zalora, MimpiKita, Doublewoot, Isetan, NEXT and many more with offers and deals giving you plenty of reasons to shop for new Raya outfits. When shopping in Zalora, enjoy up to 25% off using the promo code ‘BOOSTGAYARAYA’ and RM 18 cashback when you pay with Boost.

5. Shopping for groceries, gifts and beauty products

Boost has tied up with the best grocers and malls, both online and offline, so users can enjoy cashback and earn points to participate in Super Shake. These include Tesco, B.I.G, Village Grocer, PotBoy, Paradigm Mall Johor Bahru, Publika, 11Street, Qoo10 and Watsons, among others.

In addition, Boost is enhancing their platform with a new buka puasa and prayer times feature to make it easier for Ramadhan observers to keep track on prayer and iftar times wherever they are.

Boost is the leading e-wallet in Malaysia with 4 million users and over 80,000 online and offline merchant touchpoints nationwide. On top of the usual ‘Scan & Pay’ at retail stores, F&B outlets and pasar malams, users can use Boost to pay for utility bills, buy movie tickets, pay for on-street parking and make cashless donations to various charities and organizations.

For more information on the campaign and for a full listing of Ramadan Bazaars, check out and follow Boost:

List of Ramadan Bazaars

1. Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL)
• Bangsar Telawi
• Kampung Pandan
• TTDI
• Kampung Baru

2. Majlis Bandaraya Petaling Jaya (MBPJ)
• Kelana Jaya, SS 6/1
• Seksyen 7, Kota Damansara
• Desa Mentari PJS 6/5

3. Majlis Perbandaran Subang Jaya (MPSJ)
• USJ 4
• Taman Puchong Perdana
• BK 5, Bandar Kinrara

4. Majlis Bandaraya Shah Alam (MBSA)
• TLK Jalan 28/5
• TPM Jalan Saujana Indah, TTDI Jaya
• TPM Jalan Setia Alam A U13/A

5. Majlis Perbandaran Klang (MPK)
• Jalan Taiping
• Bandar Sultan Sulaiman
• Jalan Sri Sarawak

6. Majlis Perbandaran Kajang (MPKJ)
• Jalan Menghala ke SMAP Batu 13, Jalan Cheras Kajang
• Taman Pelangi Semenyih
• Bandar Tun Hussein On

7. Majlis Perbandaran Sepang (MPS)
• PR Cyberjaya
• PR Putra Perdana
• PR Kompleks

8. Majlis Daerah Kuala Selangor (MDKS)
• Puncak Alam Fasa 2
• Kuala Selangor Hadapan Tesco
• Bestari Jaya

9. Majlis Daerah Hulu Selangor (MDHS)
• Jalan Ara Batang Kali
• Taman Seri Batang Kali
• Taman Cempaka

10. Majlis Daerah Sabak Bernam (MDSB)
• Sabak bernam
• Sungai Besar
• Sekinchan
• Parit Baru
• Pasir Panjang

11. Majlis Daerah Kuala Langat (MDKL)
• Saujana Putra
• Banting
• Taman Seri Medan

12. Putrajaya
13. Penang
14. Seremban
15. Johor Bahru

2. Boost Ramadan Partners

• F&B: Tealive, Madam Kwan’s, KFC, Cold Stone, Tony Roma’s, Burger King
• Fashion: Zalora, Christy Ng, Jakel, Nichii, Isetan, NEXT, MimpiKita, Doublewoot
• Grocery: Tesco, B.I.G, Village Grocer, Potboy, Jocom, 99 Speedmart
• Healthcare: Watsons, Alpro Pharmacy, Sunlight Pharmacy
• Transportation: KLIA Ekspres, RedBus
• Shopping:
o Online: 11Street, Taobao x RevPay, Qoo10
o Offline: Avenue K, Melawati Mall, MyTown, The Curve, Paradigm JB

Bong Siew Mooi Wins Honda HR-V RS in GUARDIAN’s ‘JOM BER-FABULOUS’ Contest

“I am so happy. I did not expect to win but since I am an avid shopper at Guardian, I decided to enter the contest. The entry requirements were easy and besides, Guardian always offer fantastic promotions with great savings on great products. This new car will come in very useful for me and my family and I would like to thank Guardian for this gift”-Bong Siew Mooi

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She drove home a brand new, state-of-the-art, Honda HR-V RS worth over RM120,000 after she emerged the Grand Prize winner of Guardian’s ‘JOM BER-FABULOUS’ contest held in conjunction with International Women’s Day 2019.

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Besides Bong Siew Mooi, the other lucky winners are:

  • Fariza binti Shabudin from Kuala Lumpur won the 2nd prize of a 5-day 3-night Exotic Dubai holiday with Luxury Hammam experience
  • Long Jla Hao won the 3rd prize of a 4-day 3-night Maldives trip with spa experience
  • Zuraini binti Sulaiman won the 4th Prize of a 4-day 3-night trip to Bali with a Balinese spa and experience included
  • Twenty other finalists won consolation prizes of Guardian vouchers worth RM500 each.

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A total of 24 finalists took part in a Grand Finale event held in Kuala Lumpur.  They first had to battle for the top four by going through a word search challenge. The top four winners then moved on to the grand final challenge of taking part in a remote controlled racing car contest.

DY Cho, Marketing Director, Health and Beauty, South East Asia and Guardian Health And Beauty Sdn Bhd said:

“We run lots of exciting campaigns and promotions throughout the year; but some, are extra special. This JOM BER-FABULOUS contest is one of them. It is to give recognition to the special role that women play in the well-being of the family, in conjunction with International Women’s Day!

Guardian’s ‘JOM BER-FABULOUS’ contest ran from 1 March to 31 March 2019 and Guardian customers need only spend a minimum of RM10, which must include a brand on promotion, to enter.