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Sunday, May 4, 2014

Chicago Ohare Airport and American Airlines Admirals Club Lounge

I was pretty surprised with the size of Ohare Airport of Chicago and as this time when I depart from Ohare, its during the daytime and I'm glad too as I finally get to take some interior photos of this place. I particularly like the fact that the walkway is made with a transparent roof which allows alot of natural light to fill the place. Well, when I was there during spring (March), they had flags of different countries lining the walkway, but I didn't happen to see Malaysia's. 
I was very lucky as I got to visit and use the Admiral Lounge from American Airlines, but frankly, the lounge has nothing to shout about as the only freebies you get is coffee and tidbits. I guess this is typical of USA airlines compared to Asian or Middle Eastern ones where you are really pampered. So do check out whats install for you if you happen to be flying business or first class using American Airlines.

The open skylight and bright ambiance

Official Opening of TGV Cinemas and The Amazing Spiderman 2 Premiere Screening at Gurney Paragon Mall

I have to thank some lucky stars, and of course John & Angelia of KayaButterToast as well as Regina of TGV Cinemas for inviting me to the grand opening of TGV Cinemas with IMAX at Gurney Paragon. In conjunction with this launch, I also got the opportunity to watch the premiere screening of The Amazing Spiderman 2: The Rise of Electro, at the IMAX with 3D hall!
With the opening of TGC Cinemas in Gurney Paragon, Penangites now have another avenue to fulfill their movie watching cravings, what more with TGV now bringing the first IMAX cinema to Penang or should I even say the Northern region of Malaysia. This is definitely great news as previously one would have to head to KL to catch one of these screens. Moreover, the IMAX at TGV Cinemas Gurney Paragon is of the latest design and comes with 3D. It features the latest in digital projector technology as well as immersive surround sound for a truly remarkable movie experience.

The official opening was kick started by registration of the special guests as well as media and what is more is that TGV prepared some games for all to participate in, and easily win some TGV souvenirs! Food was also generously provided and the host was really energetic to keep the pace of the event moving.

After the launch, all were invited for the premiere screening of The Amazing Spiderman 2 and after that, there was the record attempt for the "Largest Gathering of People Dressed as Spiderman!" I have to say, the support and turnout was truly spectacular and the whole floor area of TGV Cinemas was "flooded" with your friendly neighbourhood hero!

As for the movie experience, I have to say that this was the first IMAX 3D movie I have ever watch, and the expectations were high. As we entered the hall, it was well lit and easy to spot your seats. A note to all, The row numberings at the front row nearest to the screen start with "A" and not vice versa. So do take note when you make your bookings.
The 3D glasses were well sized and comfortable even for those wearing glasses and I had no issue experiencing the 3D effect. The technology have really evolved and with the use of dual digital projectors as well as the well designed seating arrangement, there isn't really a "bad" seat as IMAX terms it. I got to experience this via seating in the second row from the front and even though the experience of 3D was good, the strain on the neck wasn't. It was a very immersive experience as the size and curvature of the screen makes it look as if we are fully encompass by the view. I sometimes had to look left and right to get the full picture, and that is how "BIG" the view was. 

And finally the premiere of The Amazing Spiderman 2 : The Rise of Electro was just a great way to highlight what IMAX 3D could achieve. Spidey's amazing agility as he zips around the skyline of New York was truly breathtaking and I believe the director took full advantage of creating this when he directed the movie. Hmm, I'm wondering if I should divulge more about the movie as that would mean giving out some spoilers, I think I will not. I just have to say that the movie, really tries to explore more about Peter Parker and there were also some clues into the mysteries of his parents. His girlfriend (Gwen) and close friend (Harry) are all main characters in this movie and it was interesting how Electro came into the picture. There is the usual love story with a twist and I will not divulge the ending but if you look at the poster, you will notice that besides Electro, there are more nasties which Spiderman have to overcome to save Manhattan from being smashed to smitherines! Last but not least, I guess this movie will prelude to another future episode but the 142 minutes spent watching this is truly worthwhile!

After watching this movie, I have to really encourage movie lovers to at least experience IMAX or even better yet, IMAX 3D once with a movie that was designed for it. Some of those which I'm now looking forward to are Godzilla and the ultimate one, Transformers : Age of Extinction! which is shot partially with digital IMAX 3D cameras!

So do checkout the photos and captions below, and head over to TGV Cinemas for that truly spectacular movie experience.

TGV Cinemas with IMAX! Maybank is their official financial provider too.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Tantalising Daily Themed Dinner Buffet at G Cafe ~ G Hotel Penang

Starting this April, G Cafe which is located on the Ground Floor of G Hotel, are having daily themed Dinner Buffets and diners can look forward to some amazing deals as well a yummilicious delights. For each night of the week (Monday to Saturdays), the G Cafe transforms its ambiance to that of the theme for the night and diners will not just get to enjoy their great food but feel it as well.
As one walks into the G Cafe, on this occasion when I visited, it was a Friday (Seafood Feast BBQ), I was immediately taken aback by the very colorful display of food and the decorations as it was just stunning! The careful selection of colors and many well placed fish nets and seashells add further to highlight the theme for the evening.
The dinner buffet starts from 6.30pm till 10.00pm and its priced at RM108++ per person. Children 12 years and below eat for free while senior citizens get a 50% discount! This themed buffet will commence from April till June 2014. One can call G Cafe at 604-2380000 or email for reservations.

Below is what one can expect daily :
Monday : Mongolian Barbeque (Added Bonus, Buy 1 Get 1 Free Promo)
Tuesday : French Bistro
Wednesday : Oriental Delights
Thursday : Flavour's from the Mediterranean
Friday : Seafood Feast BBQ
Saturday : Steak & Lobster BBQ

For this blog entry, I will focus on the Friday menu, and hopefully I will get to share more about the other promotions soon as well. From what I heard, each buffet is a feast waiting to be indulge in. So try it out after reading this. 

As one enters G Cafe, a classy display greets you