Best buys from Cyberjaya’s Family Mart

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Best buys from Cyberjaya’s Family Mart

Top 10 items to check out for your next late-night supper

FamilyMart is Japan’s second largest convenience store chain, with over 20,000 stores across Asia selling their world-famous ready-to-eat meals. They opened their doors in Malaysia in November 2016 and have been an absolute hit – expanding over 100 stores nationwide since then.

In July 2018, they launched their Cyberjaya outlet at
DPULZE Shopping Centre complete with all their familiar products. From their famous Odens to their ice cool frozen Frappés, here’s a list of items you must try at FamilyMart Cyberjaya!      

  1. Oden

    Oden, a popular Japanese one-pot dish, is the perfect snack to warm your bones on a cool day. Traditionally, it consists of ingredients such as boiled eggs and fish cakes served in a fragrant dashi broth. Its simple nature yet bold flavours make Oden a hit with almost anyone who has had the privilege of trying it. 

    Oden at Family Mart Cyberjaya
    Oden set – Udon bowl with Korean Odeng Fish Cake and Ajitsuke Tamago (RM8.60)
    Oden at Family Mart Cyberjaya
    Oden Menu at Family Mart

    At FamilyMart Cyberjaya, you can choose your starter bowl (from RM3) with the traditional soy-flavoured dashi or go for something a little more fiery, with their Tom Yam broth – a local favourite. Couple this with any of their plethora of ingredients – from their ajitsuke tamago (soft-boiled egg) to their fish cakes and chicken balls – and there you have yourself a delectable bowl of Oden!

  2. Onigiri

    If you are craving a quick snack to fill you up, look no further than FamilyMart’s selection of mouth-watering onigiris. This traditional Japanese stuffed rice ball is known for how convenient it is – and not to mention how delicious!

    You can choose between the tuna mayo, chicken and salmon versions of this classic dish, or go for their monthly limited-edition local flavours such as the otak-otak!

    Onigiri at Family Mart Cyberjaya_2
    Otak-Otak Onigiri (RM4.50)
  3. Dessert Sandwich
    Yes – dessert sandwiches are a thing! These scrumptious sandwiches, or sandos as they are known, are the perfect sweet treat to tantalise your taste buds. With fresh fruit and smooth cream sandwiched between soft shokupan bread, this popular Japanese delight will definitely leave you wanting more.
    Dessert Sandwich at Family Mart Cyberjaya
    Dessert Sandwich (RM5.20)
     
  4. Hot Snacks

    If you are stopping by FamilyMart, don’t forget to try their array of hot snacks. They have a variety of mouth-watering options sure to please everyone – from standard dishes such as karaage chicken, curry puffs and cheese sausages, to more unique items like octopus tofu and vegetarian fish balls. You can even get fried chicken freshly made to order! 

    Hot Snacks at Family Mart Cyberjaya

    Selection of Hot Snacks, from RM2.90
  5. Bento Meals
    Like any good Japanese establishment should, FamilyMart serves up a selection of the popular Nippon staple: bento boxes. They offer customers a variety of these quintessential meal boxes, from teriyaki chicken, to Japanese curry and even soboro (minced chicken) – you will be spoilt for choice!
    Bento Boxes at Family Mart Cyberjaya
    Ebi Chili Bento (RM10.90)


    What’s more, if you are a fan of local favours fret not, because FamilyMart offers Malaysian dishes like the nasi lemak and mee siam. All you have to do is grab a box off the shelf, get the FamilyMart staff to heat it up for you and you’re good to go!

  6. Soft-serve Ice Cream

    After you are done wolfing down FamilyMart’s savoury Japanese specialities, cleanse your palette with one of their refreshing ice-cream cones. These soft-serves are among the most popular items at FamilyMart, so be sure not to miss them. Their matcha and French vanilla flavours are available all year round, as well as some seasonal flavours, such as coconut, melon, cheese, sweet potato and more. These creamy treats are certainly indulgent – but they are absolutely delicious!

    Soft Serve Family Mart Cyberjaya
    Mediterranean Sea Salt Sofuto soft serve (RM2.90) Photo by meng888
  7. Frappes
    Cool off in the warm Malaysian weather with a refreshing, ice-cold frappé. Hidden gems in the vast FamilyMart stores, these frozen beverages are the perfect pick me up – both for their delightful taste and their novelty.

    Frappes at Family Mart Cyberjaya
    Strawberry Frappe (RM8.90)

    Pick up a frozen frappé base from the freezer – either strawberry or cookie flavoured – and simply add hot milk or coffee at the counter to create your tasty frozen drink: all without a blender!

  8. Coffee
    Aside from the frappés, FamilyMart also boasts an array of options for coffee lovers. They have bottled coffee – ranging from home-grown brand UCC’s cold brew to Nescafé’s Smoovlatte range – and even freshly-brewed coffee, using their own speciality blend of 100% Arabica coffee beans.
    Bottled Coffee at Family Mart Cyberjaya

    Bottled coffee at at Family Mart


  9.  Flavoured Milk
    Another speciality available at FamilyMart Cyberjaya is Flavoured Milk. These Flavoured Milk drinks are produced by Binggrae – the Korean F&B conglomerate known for their range of unique products – and their light, silky-smooth texture makes them a top sell.
    Flavoured Milk in Family Mart Cyberjaya
    Binggrae Flavoured Milk from Korea (RM5.38)


    Available in the original Banana flavour as well as Melon and Strawberry, there is no way you will stop at one!

  10. Brown Sugar Milk
    Last, but certainly not least, is FamilyMart’s newest addition: their Brown Sugar Bubble Milk. For all those brown sugar Boba (pearl) lovers, this is definitely the drink for you. With the fresh creamy milk and brown sugar bubbles imported from Taiwan, this Bubble Milk will give any Boba drink out there a run for its money. Not to mention – it’s almost half the price of most brown sugar milk drinks sold here in Malaysia!
    Brown Sugar Milk at Family Mart Cyberjaya
    Brown Sugar Milk (RM4.90) Photo by Jess0620

Now of course, these are just some of the myriad of items that FamilyMart has to offer; there is so much more to choose from! So, what are you waiting for? Grab any of Neuron’s scooters located throughout Cyberjaya, ride on down to FamilyMart at DPULZE Shopping Centre and explore it for yourself today. Have a safe ride!  

 
Neuron Station at Family Mart in Cyberjaya
Neuron Parking station at D’PULZE
 
 
 

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5 Places to Break Your Fast this Ramadan in Cyberjaya

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5 Places to Break Your Fast this Ramadan in Cyberjaya

Places you can enjoy iftar in Cyberjaya with your friends and family this Ramadan

Ramadan is one of the busiest months for Muslims everywhere. People flock to the bazaars to try out the latest food trend or get their bajus tailored for the upcoming Eid holiday. Some may simply stay at home to break fast with their families. Ramadan is also a busy month for families and long-lost friends who meet for a meal.

Planning to eat out with your family or friends soon? Here are 5 places you can eat to break your fast this Ramadan!

1. myBurgerLab

myBurgerLab offers a menu inspired from the famous In-N-Out and ShakeShack fast food chain. They offer a wide range of burgers on their menu: beef, chicken, fish and even vegetarian patties!

The Beautiful Mess 5.0 burger (RM21) has a cheddar beef patty topped with deep fried portobello mushrooms, honey mustard and a sunny side up egg. (Credits: http://www.vkeong.com/eat/myburgerlab-seapark-petaling-jaya/)
The Beautiful Mess 5.0 burger (RM21) has a cheddar beef patty topped with deep fried portobello mushrooms, honey mustard and a sunny side up egg. (Credits: http://www.vkeong.com/eat/myburgerlab-seapark-petaling-jaya/)

 

Enjoy the outdoor atmosphere as you dine over their heart burgers. Their price ranges from RM5.50 to RM27.50.

2. Salam Noodles

Feeling like having noodles instead? Enjoy traditional noodle dishes with free-flow drinks from Chinese-Muslim owned restaurant, Salam Noodles! Their simple menu offers a variety of noodles, rice and roasted meat from as low as RM7.90. You can enjoy iftar with your family and friends without breaking the bank.

Enjoy a bowl of braised chicken soup noodles for just RM8.50! (Credits: Hungry Go Where)
Enjoy a bowl of braised chicken soup noodles for just RM8.50! (Credits: Hungry Go Where)

 

3. Saba Restaurant

Break away from the common sights of your dining room and dine with your family at the Saba Restaurant. The Middle Eastern restaurant offers large spaces for big families to dine in for iftar. They have a Ramadan all-you-can-eat buffet special for the fasting month, where you can fill up your plates for just RM59.90!

Treat yourself to an endless choices of dishes from appetisers to desserts at the Saba Restaurant. (Credit: Saba Restaurant Facebook)
Treat yourself to an endless choices of dishes from appetisers to desserts at the Saba Restaurant. (Credit: Saba Restaurant Facebook)

 

4. Ole Ole Bali

Get a taste of Bali at Ole Ole Bali! The restaurant offers a local Indonesian cuisine including a Western-fusion menu for those who wants a mix of both. The restaurant has a unique seating plan where diners could sit on mats to eat, creating a comfortable homely atmosphere.

Tuck yourself to authentic Indonesian food at Ole Ole Bali! (Credit: Malaysian Foodie)
Tuck yourself to authentic Indonesian food at Ole Ole Bali! (Credit: Malaysian Foodie)

 

5. Volcano Shabu Shabu Restaurant

Volcano Shabu Shabu is an all-you-can-eat steamboat buffet restaurant where you can enjoy Korean, Chinese, and Malaysian delicacies all in one sitting! You can enjoy a hearty iftar at Volcano Shabu Shabu from a low cost of RM29.90.

Enjoy multiple fresh cuisines in one sitting at the Volcano Shabu Shabu without breaking the bank! (Credit: http://www.vkeong.com/eat/volcano-shabu-shabu-shaftsbury-square-cyberjaya/)
Enjoy multiple fresh cuisines in one sitting at the Volcano Shabu Shabu without breaking the bank (Credit: http://www.vkeong.com/eat/volcano-shabu-shabu-shaftsbury-square-cyberjaya/)

 

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Supermoms at work

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Supermoms at work

Not all heroes wear capes. This Mother’s Day, we celebrate and honour the working mums in the office.

Working in the startup world is definitely fast-paced and challenging. But let’s be honest, being a mother is probably the toughest job on earth. Pitching to investors or sealing a deal with business partners can be tough, but trying to convince a stubborn child to eat their vegetables could just be worse!

There are probably a lot more parallels we can draw between the two experiences and both can be equally fulfilling with the right mindset and support.

We spoke to Smriti and Juan – the working mums in our Singapore office, to find out how they juggle between the demands at work and duties at home.

The daily grind

Q: Tell us more about your role at Neuron

Smriti: I manage, plan and track all financial transactions for the company as well as look after budgeting and fundraising.

Juan: I wear multiple hats in the company, but I focus mainly on business development and partnerships at Neuron.

Q: How’s your daily routine?

Smriti: The day starts at 7.30am. While getting my son ready for school, I have a quick check through on my Slack messages and skim through the morning headlines.We then have breakfast together and discuss the day.

Our CFO Smriti with her 4 year old son, Reyan
Our CFO Smriti with her 4 year old son, Reyan

 

Juan: I usually wake up by 8am to prepare, send my kid to school and work remotely after that. Some days I would also need to head out for meetings with potential partners.

A balancing act

Q: How do you balance both family and work commitments?

Smriti: Being organized. It helps a lot to be able to work from home on some days, I often work at night once my son is in bed and all is quiet. And my husband and I always make sure at least one of us is back in time for dinner and bedtime.

Juan: Thanks to the bosses’ understanding and help from my team, I do have the flexibility to work from home and that really helps a lot. There are sacrifices that have to be made, but I will always make it a point to spend our family time together.

Family time for Juan with her 3 year old son, Jude
Family time for Juan with her 3 year old son, Jude

 

Q: Any parallels between parenting and working?

Smriti: Thankfully, my boss at work is a lot less demanding than my boss (my 4 year old) at home! There’s almost no hope of managing timelines or expectations back at home. Everything has to be done immediately! 🙂

 
Safety first! Reyan with his very own helmet and scooter
Safety first! Reyan with his very own helmet and scooter

 

Juan: People management in the office is very similar to managing my kid at home! I currently have 3 interns with me, guiding them along and seeing them grow is just as fulfilling.

 
Working together with the BD and Ops interns
Working together with the BD and Ops interns

 

The Supermoms

Q: Any advice for other working mums?

Smriti: To take each day as it comes – it helps a lot when you work in a culture where getting work done is a priority rather than hours spent in the office.

Juan: List down your own priorities and make sure you keep to it. As a working mum, you would definitely need to manage your priorities for both work and home, otherwise there will be compromises.

 
Taking time-off for a family trip
Taking time-off for a family trip

 

Q: As a supermom, what superpower would you want to possess?

Smriti: So many – I wish I had super healing powers with kisses and hugs! And of course to be able to multitask perfectly, to run on no sleep, to be able to get your toddler to do what you want the first time you ask, to make fruits and vegetables as tasty as chocolate and candy – all in one!

Juan: It would definitely be the ability to teleport! I could save so much more time on my morning commute, and spend time more efficiently at work and with my family when I’m back.

To all the supermoms out there, we wish you a happy mother’s day!

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Cherry Blossom in Singapore

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Cherry Blossom in Singapore

Because travelling to Japan just for it is too mainstream

It is the Spring season and that can only mean one thing – Cherry Blossom! Over the past few weeks, you would have seen your social media feed flooded with pictures of the Sakura flowers bloom or you might have even visited Japan or Korea yourself.

But for those who haven’t had the opportunity, fret not! For our Singaporean users, you can indulge in the Sakura season, right from the comfort of your own home.

 
A 'full-bloom' along the Esplanade Bridge
A ‘full-bloom’ along the Esplanade Bridge
 

Where to see Cherry Blossom in Singapore?

According to Nparks, these cherry blossom look-alike blooms are induced by the recent dry and rainy spells. These tropical sakura have been spotted all over Singapore, including Punggol, Bedok, Buona Vista and even along the shopping district of Orchard Road.

One of such examples would be the Bougainvillea, which is a common sight along the bridges and roads in Singapore.

Fancy a short staycation or a quick day trip to catch the bloom? Here’s a quick, budget guide just for you!

The 2019 Cherry Blossom Trail

 
A 1.7km long Cherry Blossom trail around the Marina Area
A 1.7km long Cherry Blossom trail around the Marina Area
 

1. Marina Bay Sands

 
Photo Credit: Japan Guide
Photo Credit: Japan Guide
 

Thanks to the parallel rows of palm trees along the MBS waterfront edge, this photo spot bears an uncanny resemblance to the famous Philosopher’s Path in Kyoto.

Nearest scooter station: MBS Station 1 (Next to Marina Bay South Entrance)

2. Marina Boulevard

 
Photo Credit: Indiway Travel Blog
Photo Credit: Indiway Travel Blog
 

For about Nami Island, Marina Boulevard is the place to go. Get a spot along the stretch of canopy for that picture-perfect pose.

Nearest scooter station: MBFC (Tower 1 & 2)

3. 70 Collyer Quay

 
Photo Credit: ABS-CBN
Photo Credit: ABS-CBN
 

Soak in a sea of pink and white at the waterfront area along Collyer Quay.

Nearest Station: MBFC (Tower 1 & 2)

4. Clifford Square

Photo Credit: Flickr
Photo Credit: Flickr

Relive those classic K-Drama moment, on wheels.

Nearest Station: MBFC (Tower 1 & 2)

5. Esplanade Bridge

 
Photo Credit: Hokkaido Explorer
Photo Credit: Hokkaido Explorer
 

The classic “If it isn’t on Insta, it didn’t happen!”.

The best spot to capture that insta-worthy shot for the gram. The stretch across Esplanade Bridge is currently in full bloom and is probably the closest experience you can get to hanami.

Nearest Station: Esplanade Outdoor Theatre

 
Esplanade Bridge
Esplanade Bridge

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The Festival Guide to Celebrating Songkran Locally, and Abroad

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The Festival Guide to Celebrating Songkran Locally, and Abroad

The Songkran Festival will be happening all weekend long, from 13-15 April 2019! Songkran celebrates the Thai New Year, ushering in the year 2562 of the Thai calendar this weekend.

Locals and tourists alike celebrate the holiday with exciting water festivals, where people head to the streets to cool off the Thai weather with buckets of water thrown over their head. Throwing water symbolises good fortune and respect, while also washing away bad luck.

Whether this is an annual event or the first-time you’re celebrating Songkran, this guide will bring you through when, where and how to celebrate Songkran!

The water festival celebrates the Thai New Year, lasting all weekend long.
The water festival celebrates the Thai New Year, lasting all weekend long. Source: The Lonely Planet)

 

Where is Songkran?

The biggest events celebrating in Bangkok this year will be in Khao San and Silom Road. In preparation of the King’s coronation happening in May, celebrations in Bangkok’s Khao San will be minimised to allow preparation. However, if you’d like to head to a bigger party, Silom Road is just 26 minutes south of Khao San!

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Chiang Mai also sees one of the biggest Songkran festivals, with locals and tourists pouring in around Tha Pae Gate to celebrate the new year.

Pro-Tips for Songkran

It’s easy to be carried away with water splashing from every direction. However, it’s important to stay mindful of these tips while celebrating Songkran:

Pack light

Unless there’s a locker nearby, only bring your essentials with you! Keep them in a waterproof bag so water won’t seep through easily.

Plan your transport arrangements in time

Roads in Bangkok and Chiang Mai may be closed to allow the festival to run, so plan ahead! Take one of our Neuron scooters and scoot your way to the festival early to avoid getting splashed in the middle of your journey!

 
We'll be waiting for you!
We’ll be waiting for you!

 

Our scooters will be stationed at Lumphini Park in Bangkok and Thapae GateOld Town Areaand MAYA Shopping Mall in Chiang Mai. Catch us around as we’ll be giving away some attractive freebies!

Be aware of your surroundings

Whether you’re celebrating in Chiang Mai or Bangkok, it’s important to be aware of what is being thrown around you and where you’re standing. The ground becomes slippery and it can pull an unfortunate end to a joyous occasion.

Be careful of who you’re throwing water at

Avoid throwing water at the elderly, young children and those riding on motorcycles. These situations can end up in unnecessary injuries.

 
Source: akyra
Source: akyra

 

Away from Thailand? You won’t miss out Songkran in Singapore! Singapore is hosting its first-ever Songkran Music Festival at Wild Wild Wet! The event runs for one night only, on 13 April 2019 from 5pm-11pm. For more information about the event, you can visit their website here.

 
The inaugural event will see for 6 hours of a splashing good time this Saturday, at the Wild Wild Wet @ Downtown East.
The inaugural event will see for 6 hours of a splashing good time this Saturday, at the Wild Wild Wet @ Downtown East. (Source: Wild Wild Wet)
 

In big festivals like these, it’s important to lookout for your own safety and those around you. Sawadee Pee Mai!

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