Friday, March 27, 2015

Dr. Kong Health Shoes


The Right Shoes for Your Feet!

I never did admit this to anyone openly but I have always have issues with my feet. After giving birth to my son, my feet hurt from time to time. Another issue I face is that my feet size increased by one size and also in width. Try finding shoes for a size 10 in a wider width in Malaysia, it’s like looking for a needle in a haystack here since more women in Malaysia have small and slim foot unlike mine. So finding a shoe that fits is always a big issue for me. Generally, I do know that shoes are really important to one’s general health but it’s not like I even have much choices since I cannot even find one that fits me well.


I got this reaffirmed when I was invited to get to know more about the right shoes for the right feet at Dr. Kong together with my son. Dr. Kong Health Shoes Shop has been around since 1999 and was established in Hong Kong. The company provides healthy shoes and foot care products for everyone from babies to the elderly. Dr. Kong is available in Hong Kong, China, Indonesia, Thailand and Malaysia. Malaysia’s first Dr. Kong footcare opened in 2011 and has now expanded to several outlets since then.

Shoes are crucial as they are the platform in taking care and supporting one’s body, posture and spine. Dr. Kong set out to be the first to promote their innovative ‘Check & Fit’ foot examination, insole fitting services and provides free professional foot examination to everyone. The footcare specialist educates its customers on the proper footwear and care for their feet and recommends the most suitable healthy shoes for individuals.


Walking into Dr. Kong at Tropicana City Mall, I was immediately attracted to the walls of shoes, all arranged with various categories for children, women and men in different stages. There are certainly plenty of designs available and I couldn’t help getting excited over all the shoes. But more importantly, I was hoping to find a good pair of shoes that can really help me in my feet issue.


Besides me having constant issues with my feet, my son also complained of feet issues. Whenever I take him to the mall, he would often tell me that his feet are having pain after we spent some time walking. I have always thought that he was just complaining unnecessarily till I visited Dr. Kong. We were honored to meet Datin Emily Lee, Executive Director of Dr. Kong. Datin Emily took upon the task to get us both evaluated for our foot using Dr. Kong’s special feet evaluating equipment.


Dr. Kong Shoes for Children

Before we got our feet evaluated, Datin Emily proceeded to give me an overall brief the importance of our feet and shoes. Check out both video presentations for children and adults for a better understanding of your feet. I was really glad to be able to learn more about the feet and how the correct arch and support can make a difference in our health. It is an important knowledge that many of us should be aware as it will help us on daily basis with our general health being, especially to people like me and my son who has feet issues.


Dr. Kong Shoes for Ladies

Datin Emily checked out D and I was told that he has flat feet issue and a slight alignment issue for both his feet. I was really surprised at this since he was so young but I was told that children of all ages can have this issue while they are growing up. It is more important to focus on making sure that such issues be corrected while they are young to avoid future issues.


A quick Google further on flat feet issue confirmed what Datin Emily told me that day. Flat feet is a postural deformity in which the arches of the foot collapse, with the entire sole of the foot coming into complete or near-complete contact with the ground (quoted in Wikipedia). It’s quite obvious D has this issue according the photo where the green lights were showing D’s flat feet issue. There is no arch at all for both his feet.


In addition to the flat feet issue, D’s also has alignment issue known as rearfoot valgus where it is suspected that the flat feet are causing his foot alignment to be slightly out. Both these issues could be the culprit why D is always complaining to me about having pain while taking long walks.


Both these issues are easily rectified, especially when it comes to children. As they are still growing, Dr. Kong has the correct shoes with the correct arch support insoles to assist D with his flat feet and rearfoot valgus issues. Together with regular feet exercise, Dr. Kong shoes can assist in the children’s foot development and reduce the possibility of getting foot problems. After D was evaluated, he was then matched with A, B or C shoe insoles which have different foot arch support and rear angle to cater to his issue. B was recommended for D and he proceeded to select the shoe designs to be fitted with the B insoles with the assistance of the staff at Dr. Kong.


Check out this stylish pair of sneakers which D selected himself. He tried it and took some time to test it in the shop. When I asked him if he feels comfortable, D told me that he really like the shoes and feel good in it. There were so many designs of shoes for children and D had a great time selecting them.


Next up was me. Datin Emily evaluated my feet and found that I had slight flat feet issue on my left foot and my alignment was also slightly off. My right feet seemed to be ok which was a relieve to me but since my left foot was having the issue, I tend to use my right feet more for support, hence causing heel pain in my right foot.

I was then showed the selection of footwear that is suitable for me to help on my issue.


I was also extremely pleased to find out that Dr. Kong carries multi-circumference shoes from 2E to 4E (narrow last to wide last). This means that my wide feet now have shoes available for me!


I narrowed down my selection to this design which has a good solid base and open toes design. I practically live in similar designs as I find them very suitable for our Malaysian weather.


We settled on our final choices for D and me. I selected a bronze colored for the design while D settled for sneakers which have a solid ankle support to allow him to run and do sport activities with proper feet care.

Dr. Kong footwear ranges from RM79 to RM450 and above depending on the design and the insoles. Dr. Kong also carries footcare accessories and spine pressure-free school/laptop bags.


On a personal note, after wearing Dr. Kong shoes for more than a week, I notice I haven’t been really having much pain in my feet. At the beginning, there was slight unfamiliarity of the curve of the sole but I was assured that this is because the sole is actually trying to get my arch to how it should be. Now when writing this post, my feet seemed to have adjusted well. The shoes have a solid base and curves to my foot really well. I was really quite pleased with the results of Dr. Kong shoes and am already thinking to go back for another pair. I highly recommend that if you have feet issues constantly, do get this evaluated at Dr. Kong. The evaluation is free of charge so at least get your feet checked out to understand your feet.



With the right support in your shoes, it could really make a difference in the way you live your life!

For more information about Dr. Kong Health Shoes Shop, visit their Website: www.drkong-malaysia.com or Facebook: www.facebook.com/drkongmalaysia



Monday, March 23, 2015

Charcoal @ The Saujana Hotel Kuala Lumpur


A Sumptuous Thematic Feast & IKarrtini Malaysian Batik Fashion Show


The first time I was at Charcoal at The Saujana Hotel Kuala Lumpur, I was pretty impressed with their unique concept of marrying Western BBQ with Malaysian cuisines. The restaurant serves up modern contemporary dishes set against a backdrop of elegant and contemporary ambience flagged by an enticing open kitchen featuring the open charcoal grill. Charcoal’s menu is an exciting kaleidoscope of flavours and takes foodies on an excursion of the splendors of new age cuisine.


Charcoal has just kicked off their Thematic Feast promotion recently with themed nightly buffets at ‘one unique price’. The promotion runs every Thursday, Friday and Saturday on weekly basis and takes foodies on a delicious themed of Nyonya Peranakan for Thursdays, Seafood for Fridays and BBQ for Saturdays. It’s a treat of tempting signature dishes from Charcoal’s menu of international and local cuisines from Chef Robert Johnston and his culinary team.

Let’s feast on the highlights of the Thematic Buffet of the evening! Since we were there on Friday, it was a Seafood night filled with glorious spread of crabs, prawns, slipper lobster tails, mussels, fish, squid and more, all prepared in various styles.


Seafood on Ice is always a crowd pleaser!


Make sure to check out the BBQ station with Seafood on the Grill… choose your choice of fish, squid, crab, prawns, beef and chicken or simply have it all.


Charcoal has their own signature sauces to go with all the grilled meat and seafood. All their sauces are made in-house such as Sambal Mangga, Sambal Hijau, Chili Garlic, Nyonya Kerabu Sauce and more. My favorite of the lot has to be the Sambal Mangga.


There was a whole filet of Baked Salmon that was delicious at the Carvery station. It was beautifully tender and creamy…


Hot buffet highlights include Crab Curry, Tenggiri Masak Rampai, Steamed Fish, Green Lip Mussels , Goan Fish Curry, Itik Masak Lemak Cili, Szechuan Roasted Chicken and more.


The Salad Bar offers more scrumptious treats like Smoked Duck & Avocado Salad, Roasted Vegetable Salad, Crispy Beef Salad and more. The Smoked Duck & Avocado Salad is simply marvelous!


Saturday BBQ themed offers Beef Sirloin Steak, Roast Beef Ribeye, Tandoori Chicken, Lamb Leg Steaks, Chicken Satay, Koftas, Duck Breast, Assorted Seafood and other grilled items.


One of Charcoal’s prized treasures is Chef Auntie Belle. So if you love Peranakan dishes, then go for the Thursday theme of Nyonya Peranakan where Chef Auntie Belle will be whipping up her signatures of Duck Soup with Salted Vegetables, Curry Laksa, Pineapple Prawn Curry, Ayam Pongteh, Chicken Devil Curry, Ketam Goreng Halia, Chap Chai, Butter Prawns with Oats and more.


Ending the evening with a sweet note is the perfect way to make your day even sweeter. Indulge in Ais Kacang, assorted Cakes, Puddings, Fruits, Bread & Butter Pudding and more for a feast to remember.



During the Thematic Feast, diners were also treated to an exclusive fashion by iKarrtini, our Malaysia’s own Batek Queen. We checked out her gorgeous pieces of fashion for men and women featuring batek prints.


Which one is your favorite piece?



Charcoal Thematic Feast is priced at RM99++ per person (dinner).

For more details of the Thematic Feast, go to www.shr.my – promotions or contact 03 7843 1234 ext 6122 or email at dine@thesaujana.com



CHARCOAL
The Saujana Hotel Kuala Lumpur,
Saujana Resort,
Jalan Lapangan Terbang SAAS,
40150 Shah Alam, Selangor.
Tel: 603-7843 1234 ext 6122


Sunday, March 22, 2015

Norwegian Seafood Promotion @ Serena Brasserie, Intercontinental Kuala Lumpur



Treat Your Palate To A Sea of Freshness Flown In From Norway


Seafood aficionados would not want to miss the four-day Norwegian Seafood Promotion at Serena Brasserie, Intercontinental Kuala Lumpur! Held from 24 to 27 March, 2015 at the hotel’s signature all-day dining, the seafood buffet promotion will feature first-class Norwegian seafood flown in from Norway. This collaboration with GST Group is set to entice many gourmands with its impressive spread of scrumptious sea treasures.


Norwegian guest chef Markus Peter Dybwad (left) and Executive Chef Sam Kung

Leading the Norwegian Seafood spread is Norwegian Chef Markus Peter Dybwad, a humble and young chef that has a wealth of experience from Scandanavia as well as Europe including previous stints at three Michelin star restaurant, The Fat Duck alongside celebrity Chef Heston Blumenthal. Working together with Intercontinental Kuala Lumpur Executive Chef Sam Kung, the duo is set to impress diners with their own repertoires of international and local dishes in the seafood buffet.


The moment one enters the restaurant, a long bar is set to entice your appetites with a magnificent spread of Norwegian seafood treasures. Diners can expect nothing but the best of seafood such as Salmon, Norwegian Coldwater Prawns, Snow Crab, Crab, Spanner Crab, Prawn, Mussel, Crayfish, Yabbies, Crawfish, Oysters and more. Enjoy the freshest Salmon and Tuna Sashimi with other Japanese sushi together at the same bar as well.


A must-try is the deliciously sweet and firm Norwegian Coldwater Prawns! The medium size shrimp is bursting with tiny roes beneath its shell. There is an unusual oceanic sweetness about the prawns that many are hooked on it after the first taste.  The oysters were also fresh and very good.


Besides the seafood bar, guests will be able to see Chef Markus preparing a variety of his Scandinavian mouth-watering dishes such as Skagen Salad (creamed seafood salad), Smoked Salmon with Scrambled Eggs, selections of Herrings, smoked mackerel, smoked salmon, cured salmon trout ‘Gravalaks’ style. Chef Markus proceeded to demonstrate a dish of his in a live cooking show together with Chef Sam and everyone was treated to an array of Scandinavian specialties in the form of canapés.


Besides the chilled seafood, there is also a Grill Station where a luscious array of assorted seafood and meat are grilled to order!


The hot buffet station will also feature Baked Salmon Fillet, Halibut in Cream Sauce, Atlantic Cod with Soy Butter and Red Fish with Ratatouille from Chef Markus’s list of signatures.


Besides the main seafood highlights, there is also a list of local favorites from Malay to Indian dishes. If you spied small packets of Nasi Lemak, grab one! The coconut rice is fluffy and so flavourful with a dollop of sambal and a wedge of egg. Enjoy this with the Beef Rendang or the Lamb Curry which are superbly tasty!


There is a Noodle Station where diners can enjoy Mee Mamak or Char Kway Teow and Noodle of the Day as well.


Besides the above mentioned list, there are the usual Salad Bar, Soup and Bread with Cheese Bar and Dessert Bar.
Enjoy Chocolate Fountain, cakes and pastries, local kuihs, fruits, in-house made ice cream and also Kapiti Ice Cream from New Zealand.


So make your way to enjoy this special 4-day Norwegian Seafood promotion for a taste of premium freshness and quality seafood from 24 to 27 March, 2015 in the heart of our city!

The Norwegian Seafood promotion at Serena Brasserie is priced at RM120++ per adult, or toaste to the coast at RM180++ per adult inclusive of a bottle of red or white wine and RM60++ per child.

For reservations, please call Serena Brasserie at 03 2782 6228 or email the team at foodandbeverage@intercontinental-kl.com.my.



After dinner, one might even want to head up to the hotel’s Bentley Pub to catch SHELAH ‘Time of The Month’ Live shows. The Queen of Malaysian entertainment will have you enjoying a fun-fill evening of laughter and merriment. The live shows will be held on 21 March and 25 April 2015 at 9.30pm. Ticket priced RM70++ per person inclusive of one drink, bar snack and 30% dining discount for Serena Brasserie ‘Seafood Galore’ buffet dinner on the same day.



SERENA BRASSERIE
InterContinental Kuala Lumpur
165 Jalan Ampang.
50450, Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 603 2782 6188
Email: foodandbeverage@intercontinental-kl.com.my


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