The Entertainer 2019 Launch Party

Sunday, November 25, 2018

So one of the questions I get fairly often is how I get invited to some of the parties or launch events that I attend. In some instances, I receive email invitations or The Butterfly Project or Nuffnang connect me to to an event. In this particular situation, because I am such a big fan of the Entertainer app (which I bought on my own and have been using for over 2 years), I got so excited by their party announcements (and opportunities to win lots of prizes - which I looove!) that I just flat-out asked them if I could come!


You don’t ask, you don’t get, I suppose - and luckily for me, I soon received an invitation in my email.



Gotta be honest, I got all starry-eyed at so many rounds of lucky draws!


Seth and I got there on time for the opening speech by Paul Hue, Country Manager of the Entertainer, and found ourselves at the same table with reps from Beard Brothers KL, which was a load of fun, as we bonded over our love for food (of course,our table was the one closest to the buffet spread!), travel and DooIt, a quiz show game that gives you opportunities to win real money (If you’re interested, use my promo code “tiffany” for an extra life in the game!).


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My dress is from loveknotlabel


Parties are always good for meeting people, and I even got the chance to meet some old friends and mingle with people I’ve only followed on Instagram! With live music by New Village Music Lab in the background, free flow cocktails and beer in the background, and the great opportunity to win plenty of prizes through the quiz questions they threw in every now and then, I was having a blast!


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I mean, I’m super kiasu okay. When they hosted the first quiz round, I was up there front and centre, phone in hand, just in case I needed to Google for answers (that’s allowed!). As you’d know if you were Malaysian, people shy la right at the beginning, so I found myself being the only person who was enthusiastically rushing to the front to give my answers! I ended up winning some vouchers from San Francisco Coffee and two tickets to MCM Cartoon Studio in Johor. I’m not sure when I’d make another trip to Johor, but I have had some yummy coffee thanks to the vouchers. However, as the night progressed and people loosened up enough to join in the quizzes more enthusiastically, the emcee stopped picking me to answer (as I’ve already “had my chance” I suppose hahaha) and I didn’t get the opportunity to win the bigger prizes later on. So moral of the story? Might wanna reign it in a little at the beginning of the quiz fest.


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We did not leave empty handed either, with a great goody bag to send us off, stuffed to the brim with vouchers and coupons from the Entertainer’s partners!


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I had such a good time and thank you very much to the Entertainer for having us!


What is it?

Ever since I started posting about this app years ago on my Instagram, I’ve gotten lots of questions about it and the value it brings! So to give a proper introduction to the app, the Entertainer is sort of a digital coupon book, which you purchase for the year and it gives you Buy-1-Free-1 discounts for its partner merchants. You’re allocated 3 vouchers per merchant, and once you’ve used those vouchers, you can top them up with “Smiles” which is sort of like a points system they have. You earn smiles by using the deals and it’s pretty easy to rack up enough points to buy back a voucher, if you need to. But because there’s so many places on the app that they’ve partnered with, you always have the option of going somewhere else, which 1) is a good thing because it lets you try new places without breaking the bank and 2) variety is the spice of life, ya’ll!


It’s not just food (although that’s my main use for the app!) but they cover rock climbing at Camp 5, ice skating at Sunway Pyramid, archery, pilot lessons (?!?!), sunset cruises, hotel stays (buy 1 free 1 stays at super luxe hotels), facials, spas and more!


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Went here for a date using the app, and HAHA I was wondering why I kept missing my shot. Turns out I close my eyes when I aim!

What about exclusions?


The app’s good to use every day EXCEPT on public holidays and 5pm onwards on the eve of public holidays. That means that if you want to use an offer on Merdeka Day on 31 August, you can use the app at 4pm on 30 August, but not at 5.30pm that same day.


The Buy-1-Free-1 deals don’t always cover set menus, and often you’ll end up only being able to order from the Ala Carte menu if you want to use the app. They’ll set it out pretty clearly in the app itself, and you can always read the terms and conditions for more information!


One offer only works for 2 people. So, if you’re going out to eat alone and hoping to tapao the other meal home, then you’re out of luck. But if you’re in a group of 6 people with you, then feel free to use 3 offers. That means that for the 6 main dishes you’re ordering, you’ll end up having to only pay for the 3 most expensive dishes! That makes it a really good deal, especially if you’re going out with friends!


Also, bear in mind that you’re not always going to get an exact half-off, as some restaurants charge service change before discounting the free item.


Where do you go on the app?


Ohh, boy this question gets me really excited! I love the app and have used it with much dedication. The people I end up eating with have started asking me to suggest places to eat on the app because dining out has ended up being a lot more affordable. When Seth and I are out dating, it brings down the cost of our dates by half and although we don’t always use the app, it’s very nice to know that there’s always a back up dinner option that isn’t going to cost too much.


Some of the places I’ve been that are really good are:


1. Gobo Chit Chat @ Traders Hotel


The buffet at this hotel is amazing, especially on Seafood Night (weekends - check it out!) and it was the first place I ever used the app for. Just using it once was enough to cover the cost of the app, so I consider it a well-worth it visit.


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LOLOL cheesy group pic when I headed there for my birthday this year.


2. Daily Grind


Love this place! Creative burgers with great portions. I love the sweet potato fries and their house ketchup as well. We used to go here even before I started using the Entertainer and almost all of the food there is at a similar price point. This makes it very easy to maximise the use of the app as you are paying for the most expensive dish. If you buy two dishes with the same price, then you get the “most” out of the deal.


Had both these amazing burgers for a grand total of RM40.80. A pretty good deal with the app!


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3. Drop Exchange


Blogged about this place here.


4. Pampas Reserve


Had a super yummy ribeye steak here in a classy yet relaxing atmosphere for our fourth anniversary. Buy 1 free 1 steaks is a guarantee of value for money and it was the place that Seth had steak for the first time (he didn’t always eat beef!) and now he’s hooked hahaha.


5. Yellow Brick Road & Red Bean Bag


I know those are two different places but as they’re brunch-ish places I think I can happily categorise them together. I love brunch food and being able to have them at half price is even better. Yellow Brick Road and Red Bean Bag are already fairly popular places, and I’ve been to both even before I started using the app.


6. Beard Brothers KL


Of course I have to mention Beard Brothers, our fun table mates at the party! They’re a fairly new vendor but you’ll get the chance to get a really good deal on beef ribs and brisket smoked to perfection.


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Stole this shot from their FB page.



7. The Fish Bowl, Fin, Poke Bowl


If you’re into poke bowls, you can get your fix through these vendors on the app. There’s 3 of them (that I’m aware of) so that’s pretty much 9 offers to use - meaning 18 poke bowls. LOL can eat more than once a month.


8. Wondermama


Plenty of branches so it’s easy to get to and consistently decent food across the branches! Highly recommended. I’ve Instagrammed them when I’ve paid visits a couple of times.


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9. Aliyaa


Another one of those Instagram reviews, and it was an alternative to Flour (only a walking distance away).


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10. Tut’s Egyptian Eatery


Okay since my first visit I haven’t been back, to be honest because I know it’s not the type of food to suit everyone’s palate. But just looking at my previous Instagram review, I do have a fairly fond memory of it and will be back to have it again! Especially since everything works out to be very cheap with the Entertainer.


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Other places I’ve been meaning to try that are also on the app are-


1. Rama V - fine dining Thai food

2. Mighty Monster - Australian-themed cafe food

3. Stratosphere - drinks on a roof which sounds like a lot of fun

4. La Risata - heard of this place plenty of times from friends so would love to go!


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Okay, guys this has been a pretty comprehensive review of my use of the app! If you’d like to buy it, you can do so at


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There’s a free trial you can sign up for and you can take advantage of the Early Bird promotion that’s on now - I think it’s only RM90 for the offers on the 2018 app AND the 2019 app.


There are a few silly things when it comes to money - one of it is deliberately spending more money when you think you’re getting a deal. Don’t do that. This app will suit you if you like to eat out and if you don’t mind trying new places. If you’re a creature of habit and would like to keep it that way, this may not suit you that well.


Another silly thing is deliberately NOT saving money, because you don’t want to “look cheap”. Look, there’s a difference between actually being savvy and being cheap. If you think this will help you save money, because you already spend a significant amount of money eating out, trying new things, etc, then don’t let the fear of being a “coupon auntie” (which one of my old friends recently dubbed me which is 100% okay!) as long as you know you’re getting value for money, and you aren’t being the type of silly in the paragraph above.


OKAY.


GO FORTH.


AND BE ENTERTAINED.


* This post was not sponsored by the Entertainer, but they did let me come to their very cool party because I told them I would blog about it.

Parties Galore!

Saturday, November 17, 2018
Woohoo! What a rush! November has flown by with a lot of excitement  - Bam! Bam! Bam! - and now here we are - right in the middle of it! A big part of the excitement stems from the pleasure of attending some pretty awesome parties this month and with the end of the year coming up, nothing screams festive quite like a p-a-r-t-y!

I initially intended on being more organised with my posts by chronologically bringing you guys up to speed with what’s been going on throughout the whole of 2018, but it made no sense to keep sharing stale stories when I have so many new ones. And to be honest, if I don’t get round to writing, it’s very likely I’ll forget all about it in a few weeks’ time!

1. Dad’s 55th birthday

Although this was initially meant to be a surprise party for my dad, when he kept making suggestions to us about where we should go for dinner and who he was thinking of inviting, we ended up telling him all about it before he ruined his own surprise. When the guests turned up, they were the ones surprised because my dad was already so prepared for it.

We celebrated my dad’s birthday at Latest Recipe at Le Meridian, which is one of my favourite places to go to for a buffet because of their live teppanyaki counter. You’re presented with a choice of beef, scallop, prawn and chicken to be cooked in a creamy gravy that is so delicious, I can’t help but salivate when thinking about it. Their live pasta station is also fantastic for the pasta of your dreams. I ordered a mix of cream and bolognese sauce topped with lots and lots of garlic and prawns. My “no veggies” combo gets no judgment here.

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To celebrate the occasion, we ordered a 3D durian cake that I found online. It totalled to about RM100, which is a really decent price considering how absolutely breathtaking the cake was - both because it was gorgeous, but also because it smelled so strongly of durian. The cake itself was fluffy and light; a real treat for durian lovers. I got mine at Moonlight Cake House at Sri Petaling by ringing them a few days before and picking it up on the afternoon of the party.

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With my lovely cousin, Sarah!

2. Diwali with the Valirams

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I had the privilege to attend the party at the Mandarin Oriental, feeling like a guest in a surreal Great Gatsby-like party, where guests were dressed to the nines, there was delicious food for all and champagne on tap throughout the night. We scanned a QR code at the entrance and were soon swept into a wonderful flurry of colour and decadence. I was stunned by their generosity and warmth, as the Valirams stood by the door greeting every. single. guest. that came - and there must have been thousands!

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I was really tempted to get a traditional Indian outfit for the event because the shopaholic part of me told myself that I’d find many occasions to wear it again. Eventually, sense prevailed and as the dress code specified either Indian wear or national wear, I went for a simple kaftan with a kebaya skirt I’ve had for a while.

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Although royalty (e.g. Sultan of Perak!) and celebrities (e.g. Deborah Henry, Chef Wan) made up a portion of the guestlist, there was plenty of attention on the food! There was such a variety to try from the buffet spread, with highlights being the lobster briyani which packed such a satisfying kick in its sambal, handcrafted dishes from Nadodi and a free flow of Godiva soft serve.

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To my pleasure, I bumped into some old friends, and made some new ones too! A conversation of note would be when I met a retired lady who took it upon herself to remind me of a few choice words from Alvin Toffler’s popular quote - which in entirety, reads as “the illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn” - but in the version that was delivered to me throughout the night sounded more like - LEARN, UNLEARN, RELEARN AND EXERCISE!!!! Sound advice! I took it gladly.

Another highlight was the brilliant music, which has now convinced me that no dance party is quite complete without some Indian music to round it off!


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With my handsome +1.

3. Chinese World Economic Forum 2018

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A friend of my father’s invited us to the gala dinner of the Chinese World Economic Forum 2018, marking diplomatic relations between Malaysia and China. The event was held at the Palace of the Golden Horses which although beautiful in its grandeur (golden horses frozen mid-march across the field by the entrance and towering marble pillars in the lobby), it was starting to show signs of age with its water-marked walls and barren orchid conservatory. Even the grand ballroom we were in had water dripping from the ceiling! A few dinner tables were shuffled around and the water was left dripping in a bucket on the ground. Hmm.

The event was pretty significant for me because it was my first time hearing Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim speak in person and I even got to snap a picture with Lim Kit Siang, whose illustrious and long history in Malaysian politics have made him quite the respected veteran.

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When accepting the Benevolence Leadership Award that was presented to him that evening, DS Anwar spoke of being undeserving of comparison to Nelson Mandela and how he felt that rather than “suffering” in jail, it was a time of recuperation and rest for him as he slept and ate well. I suppose that’s a very positive way of looking at it because it would be a time in one’s life without having to spend any money, yet be fed and clothed. And you’d have time to embark on creative and mental projects such as writing a book or planning the country’s next blueprint idk. It’s not too bad as well having a relatively cushy prison cell.

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I wore a dress by twenty3 that went on sale for RM60 from RM239, which is honestly, such a steal!

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I especially love the buttons and concealed zip.

4. The Entertainer Launch Party 2019

One of the more exciting parties I went to was the Entertainer Launch Party! I love the app, which is really no surprise considering how often I use it.

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Basically a digital voucher book for buy-1-free-1 deals, you pay a fixed price for the app and in it are some pretty amazing discounts. You’ll very quickly earn back the sum you’ve spent for the app, especially if you enjoy eating out (which I most certainly do) and it’s one way to help you decide on what to eat. I’ll spend a little more time talking about this party in another post, because I want to share all about it in a little more detail.

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That’s my November so far! There’s a few more events that I’m excited about in the coming few weeks, including my workplace’s Annual Dinner and mom’s birthday dinner. 

What about you? Any parties you’re looking forward to now that 2018 is coming to a close?

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