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!
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!
Do you love Fashion? If you do, I bet you might have had a crazy adrenaline rush when you heard that Churp Churp and Nuffnang are the Official Social Media Partners for Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week this year :D
Do expect live updates from our top Influencers such as Jane Chuck, Fourfeetnine, Redmummy, Michiekins and many more!
Come on guys, support them, if you managed to catch them at the event don’t forget to hashtag #ChurpChurpxKLFW2015 #KLFWRTW2015 #Malaysiafortheworld.
Guess it is time for you to get on your Social Media to follow through these amazing and mind blowing influencers and their updates.
Here’s our Influencers, Don’t hesitate to stalk them on their Instagram, Facebook and Twitter for more updates. They might just have more exciting news for you to rock that adrenaline rush of yours! Don’t forget that you can approach them if you see them as well, they are super-duper nice :)
We are back to present to you with the latest happening in town.
If you have not heard of the RUNWAY 2.0 APAC, well, here is the chance for you to find out more!
RUNWAY 2.0 APAC is the first ever fashion + technology event that exists to expose the fashion community in Malaysia to new ideas & foster creative partnerships.
It is all about fashion and technology! Have I caught your attention? Keep reading!
There will be a panel discussion with four (4) different CEO’s discussing topics of concerned in the fashion and technology industry and you would also be getting a chance to meet founders, retailers, investors, designers, innovators all from the fashion industries.
The exciting afternoon will include fashion shows, panel discussions, start-up features, and many other interesting programs lined up.
If you are all about the fashion and the style, we are sure you would not want to miss this event!
A big shout out to VLT Kuala Lumpur for giving Nuffnang 10 pairs of exclusive passes worth US$199 to be given out to you, our favourite people!
Include the hashtag #NuffnangXRunwayTwoPointZero and #RunwayTwoPointZero.
P/S: Be sure to set your account privacy to ‘PUBLIC‘ so we could see your entries!
Last day of submission for entries is 4th June 2015, 11.59PM so be sure not to miss out! Don’t forget to fill up the form with your entries. :)
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But, for those who can’t wait to secure tickets to this great event, fret not! You are able to get a 30% discount with every ticket purchased by keying in this exclusive code; R2NUFFNANG. Quick! Grab your tickets at Runway Two Point Zero before the code expire on the 2nd June 2015!!
(Great news for attendees of #Nuffnang8irthday, for those who took pictures of #ForetBlanc, you’ll get to enjoy a 10% discount at their patisserie :D )
Indulgements by #MilkcowMY:
The fun times of the Nuffnang 8irthday was captured in snapshots by Fotobox Malaysia, who never failed to liven up the crowd!
Lovely printouts, don’t you think?
The attendees of the day were also given vouchers of delight by our sponsors Garden Of Dazzles, Milkcow and Strip, including the sugary greatness of Foret Blanc’s macaroons and a set of headphones from Heineken! Talk about a bagful of glee!
And that is only at the registration table!
The Nuffnangers then proceed to the activities in the Zouk main room, where happenings such as customized soft-serve ice cream and our Nuffies ‘Do-You-Know’ booths keep the crowd alight to the mood of the Infinity celebration!
Check out the booths at the Nuffnang 8irthday!
The Sales booth:
The Talent & Community team booth:
The Advertising Operations (Ad Ops) booth:
Check out our beautiful emcee for the day – Careen Tan, who was dressed by Rent A Dress KL for the Nuffnang 8irthday! So pretty!
Careen kicked off the celebration by inviting our Co-Founder Timothy Tiah, for a speech marking the start of the celebration, along with the launch of Bloggerati by Nuffnang.
If you haven’t seen our Bloggerati video, watch it here.
The invitees were also entertained by a Saxophone performance from Nuffnang’s own travel and food blogger Ken Wooi!
Did you know that he could play the instrument so well?
We bet not, and we’re glad that you’ve found out about it now from us! :D
Next up was a speech from our beautiful Country Manager Rachel Tan, who shared her experience with Nuffnang for over 5 years!
The sassy Rachel (who was also styled by Rent A Dress for the day), shared her experience since her first interview session with Timothy Tiah, and also let the invitees in on ‘A Day in the Life of A Nuffie’ through this video.
The Infinity celebration was also graced by a sharing session from veteran bloggers Kasihaleeya &Kampungboycitygal, who shared the ups and downs of their journey as a blogger with Nuffnang, and was given exclusive prizes by Garden Of Dazzles as a token of appreciation!
The celebration also saw an Award ceremony for Best Dressed Male, Best Dressed Female, and Social Butterfly – who received cash vouchers worth RM400 each from Pedro! Congrats guys, we’re all green with envy!
Following the Awards ceremony is the Lucky Draw session, with Swarovski jewellery pieces by Garden Of Dazzles! Check out some of our Lucky Draw winners!
With that, our ‘Nuffnang 8irthday – 8th Is Great, Let’s Aim for Infinity’ celebration comes to an end!
The cast and crew of Thriller Live landed in Malaysia to perform one of the most anticipated the show of the year. They have dazzled the eyes of thousands at Stadium Putra from the 19th – 24th of March 2015! If you didn’t catch it, you’ve missed the show of a lifetime but don’t worry, we’re pretty sure they will be back for another show in a blink of an eye ;)
Before the show started, the cast and crew were already in Malaysia getting ready to mesmerise the crowd with their sleek Moon Walk moves and hitting the beats to Billie Jean. There was a meet and greet session with the crew members at the Palace of Golden Horses on the 18th of March 2015 whereby they shared many wonderful stories and insights to some things that were meaningful to them throughout their journey from continent to continent. The cast and crew were just ever so excited to be Malaysia as it was their first time here to a country filled with such rich and cultural history. Aside from that it was their last stop after months of traveling and performing in many other regions before returning back to West End London.
Grace Lee, Managing Director of Milestone Production shared with us that they have been trying their very best to bring Thriller Live to Malaysia for years and finally their strong determination has succeeded.
They’ve brought to us probably one of the biggest show of the century over here for all Malaysians to enjoy and cherish the evergreen performances and music by the one and only King of Pop.
There’s more! During the meet and greet session, with music on in the background, the cast members stood up and showed us a sneak peak of what was in store even before the actual show began on the 19th of March 2015! Even without a stage, their performance was not hindered at all!
Being the Official Social Media Partner for Thriller Live in Malaysia in collaboration with Milestone Production, we, could not be any more excited and honoured for this eventful show that wowed the Malaysian crowd. Many of Nuffnang’s Bloggerati bloggers such as Tey Cindy , Sixthseal, Kimberlycun and Goodyfoodies and also our fellow Nuffnangers were given the chance to catch the Undisputed King of Pop and all his glory live on stage. Click on their names to read about their experience at the show!
Here’s TeyCindy during her backstage tour spending some time with the cast and crew members!
Some pictures taken by our community bloggers before, during and after the show :)
During the show, everyone didn’t even want to sit down but they just wanted to enjoy the show just like that. We even heard that some of our bloggers stood up and danced to the tunes of Michael Jackson’s hits like Beat It, Smooth Criminal, Thriller and even the rendition of Jackson 5’s ABC. What more could you ask for? An amazing performance coupled with the beautiful crowd; this is a recipe for a successful show :D
You are not alone, we believe this show has touched us from many angles and we truly appreciate the efforts shown by the cast and crew in making this show a huge success.
We would love to have the cast crew members return to Malaysia again in the near future as we know that one show is never enough. The spirit of Michael Jackson will never leave us and the Smooth Criminal that he is has stolen our hearts with this awesome show!
All in all, it was a successful show and we can still hear people going around singing Michael Jackson’s hits on the street. A huge thank you to Milestone Production who brought the Thriller Live to us here in Malaysia!