Hari Raya came to an end and there goes all the open houses and awesome good food, and oh, don’t forget the Raya snacks! Pretty sure everyone had their fair share of joy over the one month Raya season with packed schedules for open houses; one after another!
So here is a little throwback to our very own Netccentric Raya Open House at the breathtaking Glasshouse Seputeh!
Couldn’t express our gratitude enough to Glasshouse Seputeh for sponsoring such an awesome event space for us to host our open house! It gave us the chance to comfortably enjoy the night while introducing our Nuffnang Bloggerati and ChurpChurp Alphas to the team that work hard behind Netccentric! It has been a while since we gathered it was a great night seeing them in Kurungs and Kebayas!
Audrey, or better known as Fourfeetnine brought along her two very cute critters, Fighter and Penny! Fighter looks so adorable in Baju Melayu, don’t you think? Though Penny is still too petite to fit in any nice Kebayas or Kurungs but rest assured that this little fashionista is still looking great!
After most of the guests have arrived, we started this cozy night off with a simple speech from our beloved Country Manager, Kausern Hieu.
Kausern kick-started the night with a fun and warm welcome speech, sharing the importance of creating content that shares a story! And the welcoming speech is followed by the introduction of our newly recruited talents by Faradina, our Talent and Community Manager!
Our new talents are great addition to the Netccentric family and we are honored to be given this opportunity to gather them and introduce them to our big family!
What would a Raya Open House be if there is no delicious food? And we owe our gratitude to Teaffani Catering who is our official catering partner of the night!
Teaffani Catering is a fast growing food catering company founded in year 2011 by a 2-man team. They are always passionate about food and event, providing you hassle free beautiful catering cuisine. Their choices range from Asian to Western and even canape food and beyond. Teaffani Catering started off as a home based business and over the period of 5 years, it has blossomed into a workforce of 50 full time staff with over 100 manpower on stand-by to attend to your needs!
With their central kitchen located in Kelana Jaya, their team has an impressive record of managing 15 sessions of events in a day and to-date, the biggest event under their portfolio features a total of 1000 guests.
While our guests enjoy the delicious catering provided by Teaffani Catering, we decided to feed their eyes and ears with exclusive performance from Malaysian Smule Community that hypes up the atmosphere!
It was an enjoyable performance from them as it boosted up the mood! But what made things more exciting was our lucky draw session, time to get some adrenaline rushing?
And the lucky winner goes to..
Our lovable Redmummy! Look at her striking red outfit!
And the next lucky winner falls into the arms of …
Our fun and going, Tian Chad!
Pauline, our Nom Nom Media team lead represented the company in presenting the hampers to our lucky winners!
It was a night filled with joy and warmth in this cozy Netccentric Raya Open House! Wearing the spirit of work hard, and with our hearts on our sleeves, we are beyond thrilled to have this opportunity to hangout with our talents and the powerhouses behind the company!
In the midst of the songs of praises for mothers (that are also well-deserved), we often forget about the fathers – who are not always the stereotypical distant, unapproachable and unaffectionate figure – who can be sensitive, loving, and warm as well.
People always say that life will never be the same after having a child. How exactly does becoming a father change a man? So for this Father’s Day, to appreciate the underrated parent, we decided to ask 4 of our Bloggerati fathers (Tim from TimothyTiah.com, Amri of Ammboi.com, Tian Leong of Saimatkong.com, and Gareth of ShaolinTiger.com) to shed a light on how being a father have changed their lives.
Change in priorities
When a little human joins the family, priorities of the parents tend to change to cater to the new needy addition. Tian Leong, Gareth, Amri and Tim have all made it a point to spend as much time as they can with their families, rather than spending all their time at work. As Tian Leong puts it, “my family is very important to me and they always come first.”
For our co-founder, Timothy Tiah, father of the two social media famous children – Fighter and Penny, he used to chase a financial goal or a net worth life prior to joining the ranks of being a father. However, now with two kids, his new major goal have changed to just wanting to be able to raise his kids and watch them grow older.
Additionally, Amri also notices that, prior to fatherhood, everything he did was more for himself than anyone. However, he now prioritises his children over everything else, everything he does, he does it for the kids.
Balancing between family and work
“I can’t see myself on my death bed wishing I’d spent more time in the office,” – Gareth Davies, Shaolintiger.com
Our Bloggerati fathers are the breadwinners for their respective families. Like every working parent, it is a challenge for them all to juggle between family and work. Time has also become more expensive and precious to them, with more demand than supply.
Tian Leong makes sure to complete his work on time in order to go home early and spend more time with his son, Aiden. However, there are some days when he has to clock in more hours in the office and is unable to make it home to put Aiden to bed. To make it up, he will make sure that he is there when Aiden wakes up the next morning.
Amri dedicates his time after work to his family. Once he’s home, he will spend time with his family, and will only attend to urgent work matters after the kids are fast asleep. Amri also makes it a point to go on at least one family holiday every three months despite the time constraint.
Perspective towards your own parents
Sometimes, it takes becoming a parent yourself to understand what your parents went through. Parenthood has given them a lot more insight to the challenges their parents faced.
As Gareth put it, until you have your own child and have that burden of responsibility, it is impossible to truly understand your parents’ sacrifice, patience, and love. You would also be surprised and impressed by the amount of dedication, time, patience, effort, love, kindness and energy it takes to deal with a small child.
On the other hand, Amri sees no difference. He has always known that his parents only want the best for him. He does try to be a best friend to his kids, just like how his parents did while raising him and his siblings. However, he can be strict with his kids, even if sometimes his kids don’t see him that way.
As a person
It is inevitable that having kids would change you as a person. Having to care for an adorable, vulnerable little human, whose only communication method is crying, will make for a more sensitive, responsible and patient person in general. Upon learning how tiring it can be to take care of children, Amri tries to help his wife out as much as he can to lessen her burden.
For Gareth, he has also learnt to be more empathetic, not only towards his wife and his son, Liam, but also to other parents and what they are going through. When he sees a kid watching watching iPad at dinner, he understands that sometimes you just want a few minutes of peace to enjoy your meal without being interrupted every few seconds.
Appreciation for the little things
With parenthood, it is always the little things that matter most, especially when your kids are young and unable to do much. Every little tiny milestone, from the first time they sit up to the first gibberish word they utter, matters a great deal. Tian Leong could never forget the moment when he saw and held his child for the first time.
Tim and Gareth was not expecting the amount of joy that they would get from their kids, and how rewarding that would be. The first time Fighter learned to say “I love you, Daddy,” Tim knew that these moments supersede the cost of less freedom and the sleepless nights. Similarly, for Gareth, “the best moments for me are when I come home and he’s so happy to see me he almost dances around in the hall, and when he kisses or hugs me of his own accord. Those are the moments that keep your love tank full.”
Young mothers born between 1978 and 1994 are known as Millennial moms and are considered as the most diverse, connected, educated and creative moms today. But most importantly, they are the group of consumers that are highly sought after by brands and advertisers. Millennial moms are known to be highly influential while being raised in the technological era; they are also known to be smart and technologically savvy.
However, behind the glamorous title of millennial mom worn by this young generation of mothers, the struggle is as real and can some times be daunting.
Given that Mother’s day is just around the corner, let us shed some light on some of the struggles and share some wisdoms and #MummyStories from our influential mommy bloggers!
Clash of generations
Photo credit: Careentan.com
Having been raise in an era with infinite resources for information and exposures, millennial moms often find themselves stuck between values and practices held strongly and highly by their parents and the overload of information they have access to.
Most of our mommy bloggers share the same take on this which is; while it is important to seek a balance between both worlds, the priority always lies in what is best for the children.
Living in an era where everything is a constant live update, millennial moms live in an illusion of having to be the perfect mom. Their parenting skills are constantly being judged be it offline or online. This daunting pressure sometimes throws millennial moms into self-doubt, just as how Careen and Grace shares their stories on a similar spectrum, it is apparent that the pressure is no joke.
Photo credit: Graciouslittlething.tumblr.com
Then again, it’s not always all doom and gloom as Kimberly takes such pressures as inspiration to drive herself to be better and her assurance that she has given her best comes from non other than her son’s Liam’s healthy and happy growth.
Choices of education
As information becomes more and more borderless, choices of educations for children of millennial moms are no longer restricted to only conventional ways. Free schooling, home schooling and un-schooling slowly catches up. Millennial moms often find themselves in a cross road of choices, not knowing what to choose.
Photo credit: Fourfeetnine.com
Audrey or better known to her readers as Fourfeetnine shares her struggles on her blog, discussing about the dilemma she faces where most Malaysian moms could relate.
Many millennial moms find that disciplining their children a great struggle, as traditional methods like caning and public shaming find themselves no longer relevant and effective with the new generation.
Photo credit: Submerryn.com
While Merryn shared her thoughts on this issue in her blog, she also admits that it takes enormous amount of patience and she often finds reverse psychology works the charm when disciplining her boys.
Though millennial moms are no strangers to being disciplined by threats and canings, Kimberly finds it a great struggle to avoid using fear as an element in disciplining her son, as it is an easier way out compared to reasoning.
Do you find these struggles relevant as you wade through the every day battle of being a mom; millennial or not?
1. I was a competitive golfer who used to represent my state. Bet you wouldn’t believe it if you met me in person!
Around the time I was 12, my dad decided to teach both me and my mum to golf and after the both of us passed our handicap test, golfing was a daily family affair. We’d head over to the course around 5pm and manage to play around 5 or 6 holes before sunset. Looking back, those were wonderful family moments. I’ll always remember those times.
2. I have the same name as a very famous luxury car brand. Guess which one? Answer below. I discovered this interesting fact when I went to Germany (here’s your hint). Riddle aside, Germany is one place I want to go again because it is simply beautiful. I only managed to visit 2 places when I was there and it’s definitely on my to-visit list when the kids are older!
3. If you asked me to choose between reading and a movie, I’d take reading anytime.
Those of you who already follow my blog might know that I actually grew up without TV. Perhaps that’s why when asked to choose now, reading always trumps watching. I shall confess that I’m thoroughly addicted to reading. I get grouchy if I don’t get to read after a prolonged period, which is probably why Hubs decided to get me books for my birthday this year, especially since I had to spend it in confinement as Baby Junior was born then! #totalgeek
4. When I was 9, my classmate wrote that her ambition was to be a housewife. I couldn’t believe her lack of ambition. I asked her repeatedly, “Why do you want to be a housewife? You can write anything else!” She replied, “I don’t know what I’d like to be and what’s wrong with being a housewife anyway?” Now I’m a housewife and she’s a career woman. #eatingmywords
5. I have a dog named Truffle, whom Hubs and I got when we were living overseas.
While she isn’t my first pet, she is my first dog and I was really gung ho when we first got her. I did a lot of reading up on dog training and every day after work, I would rush home to train her to potty and do doggy tricks. One of my proudest achievements is training her to potty in the toilet. Regardless of whose house she’s in, she knows how to find the toilet and potty there. #ikidyounot
Answer to Fact 2: Mercedes-Benz. Mercedes is a Spanish name which means Grace.
I’d love to share five blogging tips but who am I to do that? I’m no expert. I don’t follow guidelines or a format and believe me, no blogger really does. You create your own format! You probably have one you don’t even realise. Do I have one? Who knows?
I’m not going to sit here on my bed and type on and on about what you must do to be a good blogger because first and foremost, you’ll never win everyone’s heart so don’t try to go that direction. Some like witty bloggers, some like serious ones. Some want blogs with lots of pictures, some don’t want any at all. So, I’ll share with you what I think you’ll have to know when you want to blog.
What you have to first do is..
1. Be yourself and do it for yourself
Cliche? Cliche is cliche for a reason. It works. Don’t copy others, be original. Believe me, I would love to know what you did last week for your mother’s birthday. Others? Maybe they’ll not. But, oh well. Don’t blog about how to make Homemade Chicken Pie if you really don’t enjoy doing it. Do what you like, and you’ll do wonders!
2. Make sure you’re blogging for the fun of it more than anything else
Having a blog is an amazing way to earn some income but that shouldn’t be your aim. If it is, it’ll feel like chores to you so don’t suck the fun out of it!
3. Be brave!
Speak your mind, but decently. Don’t hurt anyone with your words and be very careful. People can respect your point of view if you don’t bash others online. That’ll just be rude. Also, if you don’t actually have a blog but you really want to, do it! The comments and messages you get will make all your time spent blogging worthwhile.
4. Don’t share too much
Please, don’t give personal details. I think this is quite self-explanatory.
5. Your stories last forever
Your name will forever be on the internet. Your stories will always be there. Anytime you want to read about what happened on your graduation day or your trip to Paris, just search for it on your blog, and you’ll get to read about it and look at the pictures taken there. Almost like an e-book about yourself by yourself. Even your family members and future generations can read stories about you. Just imagine your great grandchildren reading and feeling such strong connections to you.
That’s all from me. Just have fun while you do it too. No rules otherwise, remember that!
After working together for #NuffnangXThriller earlier this year, Milestone and Nuffnang have come together again for the first international staging of a musical by Istana Budaya, the award-winning musical, Saturday Night Fever: The Musical Live in KL!
Organised by Milestone Production and supported by Malaysia Major Events, Saturday Night Fever: The Musical Live in KL ran from the 4th to 13th of September.
As the official social media partners, Nuffnang was invited to an exclusive pre-launch media meet and greet at the Johnny Rockets Restaurant in Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, VIP seats and a backstage tour!
This provided the best backdrop for a teaser and we managed to catch some one on one time with a few cast members, the gorgeous Jenna and handsome Nick.
The main cast of the musical: Nick Varricchio as Double J, Jenna Rubbaii as Stephanie, and Brandon Rubendall as Tony Manero
Q: What is something our generation can take away from the story (of Saturday Night Fever)?
Jenna:It’s about young people and it’s about their wants in life, whether it be getting out of their small town and dreaming something bigger, or winning a dance competition. There are so many lessons relatable to our generation specifically and that’s why I love doing this musical more than anything because even though it’s from a different era, it’s still so relatable. Everyone goes through those phases of wanting something more, no matter what aspect of life it is, it could be relationships, it could be your family, your dreams and aspirations and that’s what this whole story is about. It’s about two young people fighting for what they in life. And that’s something that’s timeless.
Q: How does it feel to be a part of a musical off of a movie that defined an era?
Jenna:It feels absolutely incredible! It is a lot of pressure, but it is exciting because I am so passionate about the fact that it’s so relatable to our generation that I love I get to give a fresh spin but also keep it true to that era. It is a beautiful message. The story talks about family, romance, and friendship, every kind of relationship a person has in their life and as a young person, I still feel all the odes for any of those relationships. Every night I am so grateful for being able to go on stage and go through that.
Q: How much do you relate to Stephanie?
Jenna: (Laughter). I relate to her quite a bit but I also don’t. She is very feisty, I love playing her cause she has a lot of toughness, she stands up to the guys a lot. I don’t know, I’m a mix? I am probably a little more reserved than she is when it comes to that but I also know how to fight with the boys too. (Laughs adorably)
Q: Last and weirdest question ever. Have you ever danced your way out of a problem?
Jenna: Dance? Physically dance my way out of a problem? (Chuckles) I have not but that is a great idea. It is a wonderful idea! It puts a light on any situation and that’s another cool thing about the show. Everyone remembers the 70’s as being so fun with all the lights and the dancing and they think it is all fun but when you see it, it also deals with a lot of heavy subject matter. But the thing with dancing is that you can’t help smile when you see two people, even just moving a little. I think it’s a really great experiment, I think it could stop any fight really! You are going to start laughing at each other. We have got to try it. World peace. (Another round of laughs)
Q: How did you first get into this business? Did it happen like in the movies?
Nick: I went to school and music conservatory called Baldwin Wallace. Then I went to a showcase in New York City, auditioned for agents and found one, and I have been with the agent ever since. I started out pretty young, when you didn’t know you could do it as a profession. And then I saw Jersey Boys on Broadway. It was 2005, it was the moment I knew I wanted to do that. It is kind of like in the movies? I got an agent and I just go out audition as much as I can, take as much dance lessons I can.
Q: What is one thing we can all take away from the 70’s?
Nick: Keep everything far out and groovy. Life should never been taken so seriously, life is too short. Life is one dance at a time!
Five of our Bloggerati were treated to a spectacular show on the Opening Night!
Cindy and Yen’s party all seated in one row!
Fadilla and Elly’s party with a candid Cindy casually strolling in the picture
Directed by Bobby Garcia, choreographed by Vince Pesce and led by Brandon Rubendall, Jenna Rubbaii and Nick Varricchio, the audience enjoyed an entertaining night featuring hit songs from the Bee-Gees.
The big numbers got people out of their seats and on their feet! Comparisons shouldn’t be drawn because Brandon really made the character his own.
The musical consisted of a healthy balance of drama and comedy: enough to keep the audiences engaged whilst still keeping much of the plot in intact. Audiences were constantly surprised by the supporting cast who were just as impressive as the leads, especially Bibo Reyes as Bobby C and Mikkie Bradshaw as Annette in their stellar solo numbers.
Brandon and Jenna were outstanding in their roles. Reminding us all of adolescent romance.
Justice had been done to the Bee-Gees, whose classic hits like Stayin’ alive, Night Fever and How Deep is Your Love were pulled off faultlessly and left a lasting impression to the audience. The trademark poses were seen all around the venue wherever flashes were allowed to go off.
Cindy capturing one for the friend as Huai Bin makes light conversation with a former Nuffie who was in attendance during the backstage tour.
Riding on the post-show buzz, our talents Cindy and Huai Bin were lead on an exclusive backstage tour led personally by Jamie Wilson who played Monty and Frank Manero in the show! The talented actor carefully explained how the show usually works behind the scenes: from how props were logistically managed throughout the tour to how they moved around on stage.
Having watched numerous musicals including this same one in England, Huai Bin (read more: sixthseal.com) is a theatre-lover. With the media pass given only to the bloggers and a few members of the media, Huai Bin took full advantage of the photo-taking access and backstage tour as so cherished in his write up. Trailing Jamie Wilson like a shadow during the backstage tour, Huai Bin shared the full scoop in his entry.
Joining him backstage was a former stage performer herself and former NTV7 Dreamgirl, Tey Cindy (teycindy.com). Having left that life a while ago, Cindy loves the stage lights and sounds, especially since the music this time was played live from behind the stage as opposed to minus one offerings. The sound effect raving off the acoustics of Istana Budaya gave the chills that she misses so much. Definitely in theme, bell bottoms were the outfit choice of the night and with her boyfriend and best friends to escort her, she had only nothing but wonderful memories to take away from the night.
Yen Simpson (goodyfoodies) who was the most excited of the lot, sadly had to depart before the backstage tour. Being a full-time mother of two children, Yen spends most of her time juggling between blogging and parenting, which is why rushing home immediately after the show ended was not a choice she could waive. Arriving with Craig and her blog manager, Samantha, Yen opted not to capture anything and just let the illusion of the show take her away. Indeed, she was more than impressed with the dazzling choreography and costumes that make the show such a hit with audiences worldwide.
Elly (ellyinwonderland) and Filla (kasihaleeya) are two thirds of the amazing team behind Ellfie Essence. Best friends at work, best friends online, and best friends for life. The two are inseparable. Having been raised to the tunes of the Bee-Gees playing on repeat growing up, they reminisce on a time when dance music was all the craze. A little older and wiser now, Elly has now two kids who love dancing, and it is no mystery where they got it from. Embracing their media passes, neither snubbed at the chance to take photos when allowed to.
It is really amazing how much effort was put into the show and why these shows cost as much as they do. There are no gimmicks, no shortcuts. Every dance, every scene and every song is rehearsed to perfection.
Certainly not a night to forget, the Saturday Night Fever tour will next make port in Singapore to round up the Asian leg and travel through China, Central Asia and Europe the following year. If you haven’t caught it, catch it there! You will not regret it.
Video Courtesy of Huai Bin (sixthsealdotcom)
Nuffnang thanks Milestone Production and all of you for the support and opportunity to be part of such a spectacular event! More great things await, but meanwhile, don’t forget to check out our last post if you want to be at the #NNPremiereScreening of #TheMartian!