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MIMMA 2 – The Fight For Respect & Glory~!

The biggest amateur mixed martial arts fighting competition in Malaysia, the Malaysian Invasion Mixed Martial Arts (MIMMA), powered by Tune Talk, will once again tremble the grounds where the Stadium Negara stand with an epic finale to a year-long search for the next big name in Malaysian MMA. Four pro fights have been confirmed that will surely add to the excitement of all mixed martial arts enthusiasts present at the venue.

 

The most decorated MMA fighter in South East Asia, Will Chope, lands himself in MIMMA where he called out The Voice of MIMMA, Matt Pellino in a catchweight bout in order to welcome Pellino to the world of Professional MMA. It will be an interesting sight when Matt crosses over into the cage but under very different circumstances when he faces Will Chope.

Leading the pack of wolves over at the land of the headhunters is Lenny “The Show Stealer” Wheeler. Lenny is known as one accomplished MMA fighter in the South East Asia region today. This is his comeback fight and what better way to do it than to go against The Zen, Massimo Capusella, who had gotten his start in MMA under the most prestigious of trainers, in the name of former PRIDE Middleweight Champion, The Axe Murderer, Wanderlei Silva.
The next fight would be between Kaiwhare Kara-France, or as most call him Kai, isn’t exactly a stranger to the Malaysian MMA community and Mark “Mugen” Striegl, who currently holds a very impressive Pro MMA record of 12-1 with his only loss being a 3rd round submission back in 2013. MIMMA 2 Grand Finals will also be his first fight in the Bantamweight division.

Another fight would be between Rachael Short, who holds a professional position in a digital agency by day, writes for international online media on weekends, trains for battles at night and has been making waves in the local women’s Muay Thai scene and Zhen “The Iron Rose” Wei. Zhen Wei has been one of the first girls in Malaysia to pick up the sport of MMA during the hay days of Malaysian MMA. This will be the second fight for the BJJ blue belt PR executive against a Brit.

The four fights above are on top of the fights between the MIMMA champions of Season 1 and the MIMMA Champions of Season 2. It is a fight for the weight title, and do expect each fighter to fight fiercely for that title to earn the respect of Malaysians all over.

Do catch it live at Stadium Negara~!

 

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Tickets for The MIMMA 2: GRAND FINALS are on sale at www.airasiaredtix.com. The tickets are according to the different seating available. Fans in Malaysia can also catch the action live on AXN and fans from around the world can enjoys the fights online via live streaming at www.mimmalive.tunetalk.com.

For more updates on The MIMMA 2: GRAND FINALS, please visit www.malaysianinvasion.com and follow on Twitter at @MIMMAFC, on Instagram at @mimma_fc and Facebook atwww.facebook.com/malaysianinvasion.

ONE FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIP™ AND AMC LIVE GROUP FORM PARTNERSHIP IN CHINA

 

ONE FC SET TO HOLD 10 EVENTS A YEAR IN MULTIPLE CITIES ACROSS CHINA

20 June 2014 – SINGAPORE: ONE Fighting Championship™ (ONE FC), Asia’s largest mixed martial arts (MMA) organization with a 90% market share, announced today that they have agreed to a blockbuster deal with world-renowned event promoter, AMC Live Group. This historical partnership marks the entry of ONE FC into China, the world’s most populous country.  ONE FC will be holding an unprecedented ten events a year in ten different cities across the country, starting with 4 events this year.

AMC Live Group is the premier event promotion in Asia. Since its establishment in 2009, AMC Live Group has expanded its business to encompass all components of live entertainment, from large-scale variety shows, fan clubs, signings, artist management and endorsements, corporate image planning and marketing, public relations, event planning and execution, choreography, ticketing and equipment leasing. The organization has successfully organized concerts and tours for international superstars such as Elton John, Faye Wong, Eason Chan, Jay Chou and Stefanie Sun.

ONE FC CEO Victor Cui stated, “This monumental agreement will redefine the sport of mixed martial arts forever! ONE Fighting Championship™ will become the first world class mixed martial arts organization ever to hold an event in mainland China. China is the birthplace of martial arts like Sanda, Wushu, and Kung Fu and there is a rich martial arts tradition. ONE FC will be available to over one billion people in China alone and will bring adrenaline-pumping mixed martial arts action to ten different cities across the country a year. The landscape of mixed martial arts will be changed forever as China welcomes ONE FC!”

AMC Live Group CEO, Adrian Leong, stated, “AMC Live Group is the organization of choice for live entertainment events across Asia. We have a world class stable of entertainment acts and are happy to add the most exciting sporting event in Asia, ONE Fighting Championship, to that illustrious group. We are very excited at the potential of mixed martial arts in China and believe that it will be a huge success given the track record of ONE FC.”

For more updates on ONE Fighting Championship™, please visit www.onefc.com and follow on Twitter and Instagram @ONEFCMMA and Facebook at www.facebook.com/ONEFCMMA.

About ONE Fighting Championship™

With a 90%+ market share in Asia, ONE Fighting Championship is Asia’s largest Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) organization.  Headquartered in Singapore, the world’s most exciting mixed martial arts organization hosts the best Asian mixed martial artists and world champions, all signed to exclusive contracts, on the largest media broadcast in Asia. ONE Fighting Championship™ has partnered with FOX and STAR Sports for an unprecedented 10-year cable television deal with a coverage that spans 70+ countries across the world.

About AMC Live Group
AMC Live Group is a multi-disciplined 
concert and event management company focused on creating lasting top quality experiences for artistes, corporations and fans. Headquartered in Chengdu, China with global offices in Singapore, Malaysia and Taiwan, AMC Live Group has successfully carved a niche for themselves since their establishment in 2007. Past projects include mandarin acts such as Mayday, Stefanie Sun, Jay Chou, Faye Wong, Eason Chan and Sodagreen as well as English acts such as The Cranberries, Suede, Avril Lavigne and Elton John, in cities such as Hong Kong, Toronto, Vancouver, Bangkok, Taipei, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and parts of the Western China region. For more information, please visit http://www.facebook.com/amclivegroup.
AMC Live Group是一个跨领域的演唱会与活动管理公司,公司的重点是为艺人、企业和歌迷创造持久的顶级体验。总部位于中国成都,并在新加坡、马来西亚和台湾设有全球办事处的AMC Live Group,自2007年成立以来,已成功打造本身的利基市场。集团也曾在中国,香港,多伦多,温哥华,曼谷,台北,新加坡,吉隆坡等地区举办过的演唱会包括五月天、孙燕姿、周杰伦、王菲,陈奕迅与苏打绿等等演唱会。西方演唱会也包括Cranberries, Suede, Avril Lavigne 和 Elton John演唱会。欲知更多详情,请浏览网站 www.amclive-group.com 或www.facebook.com/amclivegroup

Review of a Living Social Deal with Blindfolded Dinner at Elizabeth Fine Dining & Uber Chauffeur

I was actually was quite interested in the temptation of trying out a blindfolded fine dining dinner that was being offered by Living Social Malaysia. It was a pretty good deal as I would be chauffeured driven to the location which would be at Setia Walk Mall and back.

Now at first glance the deal seems super awesome, and I did not give any second thought and just went with it.

Now since I was able to bring a partner along with me, I decided that why not make it easier for Uber to fetch my partner and I from one location and of course we did that making it easier for everyone I suppose (not for me maybe).

Son on that day, which falls on a Friday, you can expect horrendous traffic and of course terrible drivers on the road. So my partner and myself decided that we called Uber earlier so that we could probably arrive at the restaurant on time or early. So we did, and the we were amazed by the accuracy of the estimated arrival time for the driver to arrive and fetch us.

True enough, he was on time and on the dot. The driver was certainly polite and nice but throughout the journey he was pretty quiet and so were we.

Since it was the Friday traffic, the driver did ask as to how to go to the location (this would be my own fault thinking that the Uber drivers would be familiar with the roads or at best use Waze to navigate around), but I left it to his discretion. Now the journey itself took close to 75 minutes and he had taken routes that I would have avoided at all cost on that day (it cost us an additional 15-25 mins being stuck in a jam that could have been avoided) and of course he did get a little lost half way through. This made me less confident about the drivers ability to navigate around KL for that matter.

As we arrived nearby the location, he was also uncertain as to where we should be dropped off, luckily he was able to find a place to drop us off. And off we went searching for the restaurant (which would be very elusive for those who are not familiar with Setia Walk Mall or that particular area), and luckily I had been there before and was able to find the place without much difficulty.

As we arrived, there were a number of restaurants and we were searching around for Elizabeth Fine Dining only to go one round to find it later on. Of course there were some papers to fill up and there were Living Social staff helping with the registrations and what not. Check out some of the photos below.

 

Photo Opp for Diners- Bloggers 2

 

Now this began as we are all seated outside Elizabeth Fine Dining when we are told to wear our blindfolds on our own (at this point, I must have tied it on a little too tight, reasons later), and we would later be guided to our tables by our guides. Of course it was tricky to be lead while blindfolded putting your trust on someone whom you never met or have no idea who they are.

Allocation of seating

Sure enough that beginning part was pretty nice as it felt as though they had everything under control. Next I was guided to my table with the help of the waiter and of course my partner was guided to be seated opposite me. From here on out, we were asked to feel the table and the cutleries on the table. Of course it took awhile to getting used to.

We were then served with warm water to quench our thirst which was followed by a request of our drinks for the night, juice or wine. Of course my partner and I chose to have wine instead. The wine served was somewhere closer to room temperature without the usual note of spiciness in the wines I had in the past.

We were then served with the entries, a canapé which was more like mini tuna sandwich with a side of soft potatoes, if I was not mistaken. I was having difficulty in eating it with the cutleries and decided to dive in with my hands instead (not really a way to enjoy fine dining food now, is it?).

Chef's special Canape

This was followed by a Caesar Salad. Now I was taken aback by how salty this dish was, especially since I was not able to combine the various elements that were on the dish. And If I might add, there were some seafood inside, including prawn and clams (they should have taken into account that there might be people who are allergic to seafood and warn the patrons in advance), and of course, the seafood on its own were pretty bland. The only thing that I find pleasurable from this dish was the crouton. It fits my taste of having it really nice and crunchy. I ate most of this dish after mixing around with the sauce and the soft boiled egg that I felt with my hand.

Caeser Salad with Seafood

By this time I was pretty much hungry as fuck and was wanting more. So onto the next dish. Of course, the waiters do not inform the patrons and myself about the dish that was being served. True enough, there were some issues for the next dish for me because it was salmon tartar. Now don’t get me wrong, it would be a nice dish for people who likes and appreciate salmon, but for me who has tasted salmon before, all I gotta say, I made a big mistake of putting it all onto a single spoon serving and stuffing it down my mouth (I was hungry and wanted to gorged down on this), but as soon as it hits my tongue, I quickly knew what it was, and after much coaxing to my brain, I could no longer chew on this and spat it all out.

Salmon Tartar

I almost wanted to puked everything I had eaten so far, and I had to quickly down the water with a few sips of the wine to clear my mouth of the foul taste (one man’s meat is another man’s poison). Luckily I did not puke at all, or it would have been a horrible experience.

Now, luckily the next dish wasn’t far behind with a soup being served. But it was not a soup that I would like to eat, as it was a chilled strawberry and orange soup (tasted a whole lot like watered down yogurt). What made it worse, despite having my stomach grumble from the lack of food, was that this soup was very sweet, to a point that I could not finish it. Really it was too damn sweet and too damn cold for my liking.

Strawberry Chill Soup

After much calculation with my partner and speculation, the main dish is to be served. This was what I was waiting the entire night for. Now this took awhile to be served to everyone and it was a whole lot of chatter around us with me having a good chat with my partner as well, but I can’t help but wonder is the waiter or waitress eavesdropping on us. In fact, I could really hear well the conversation that was happening to the left of me.

It was also at this point of time that my eyes were hurting pretty bad and were watering up. As I had said earlier, I might have accidentally tied the blindfolds a little too tight. This is really a cause for concern for any future events to be done with blindfolds.

Then I heard the dishes were being served, and I was waiting for my food as well. Truly I was waiting for my food. Now the table next to me was served because I could hear them talking about their fish dish and their chicken dish. It wasn’t long before my partner was served with her fish dish. Of course she was a slow eater, and I could hear the next table finishing their food while my partner was also finishing hers.

Now my food has not been served and I had asked the waiter a couple of times where my food was. I was FUCKING STARVING yet they still couldn’t serve me my main course? As my partner was finishing up her food, only then my food arrived and by this time despite my anger for the late food, I just stuffed myself with the chicken, despite having a whole lot of difficulty in cutting the chicken up to feed myself. I was literally eating as fast as I could and I think I only took a fraction of the time they had taken to serve me my food to finish my food.

Now this is where it got bad, as I just put the last piece (apparently it was the last piece because I could not see if the plate was empty or not), the waiter asked if he could clear my plate, and without me saying anything, cause my mouth was full with the chicken, he took my plate away. I was dumbfounded by this act. Not only my food was served late, it was taken away before I could finish (I think I finished it, or maybe I didn’t). I was pretty much furious.

Here is a glimpse of the main course.

Seared Wild Fish with Spicy Orange Salsa

Chicken Diavola

 

Of course my partner came to calm me down, which she succeeded and soon the dessert was served. In fact, I did not know that my partner and I would be served with different dessert until we exchanged our desserts with each other. I was initially served with the tiramisu while my partner was served with the pannacotta. After the initial few bites, we switched and I had to finish the extremely sweet pannacotta with the more subtle tiramisu. My partner favoured the tiramisu and I have to agree with her.

Now this was the end of the event of the night, as the itinerary had initially stated, it should have ended at 10pm, only to my horror, that the event finished slightly after 11. But as we undid our blindfolds, we were surprised with a packet of Hershey Kisses and a thank you note from Living Social.

At this point of time, my eyesight were blurry and it continued to be so for another 15 minutes (really is a concern for any events that requires the wearing of blindfolds over long period of time). Of course we continued on taking a few pictures and soon, it was time to head back.

Now here is the other horror began. As my partner and I had used Uber to reach to Setia Walk Mall, we had no other choice but to use it again to get back home, BUT~!!!! There was no Uber cars in the vicinity. What more there was another who shared the same fate as us. So we tried with our smartphones to get a hold of the Uber car, but it was to no avail.

I had to call in to the Living Social person in charge and get help to get it sorted. She said she would call up Uber HQ to get cars to come to fetch us. By now 30 minutes had gone by in us attempting to get a car, and this action was draining the battery life of our smartphones. I swore that I had press search for Uber at least a 100 times by then.

As I tried, finally I got hold of one, who seemed to be located at Midvalley area (yes you can track where the Uber car is), at first my trip was accepted by this driver, only to be cancelled barely 2 minutes later. After that, the other person who shared the same fate as us gotten a response and gotten a hold of a driver too. It was that same exact driver who had cancelled my trip earlier. He called in to confirm her location and he confirms her trip on Uber. It was a long 40 minutes, give or take wait for him to arrive.

As agreed between all of us, we would all get into this Uber and get him to fetch us back to my place, which I would then send back the other person and my partner back home. And that we did, and I was simply furious at Uber at that point of time. I only got home close to 2am and only slept at almost 2.30am after a nice hot shower.

Now during the trip back to my place, we got to know that Uber does not have the capacity to accommodate everyone who would take Uber for this Living Social event (that would an estimate of 40 people) because in the Uber fleet, they only have 15 cars/drivers, and only 8 (eight) would be available on each shift. This really should have been a cause for concern for Living Social if they were to have such an event that is suppose to accommodate that many people.

Overall, if you want to go fine dining, please do it without being blindfolded, because to me, fine dining requires all senses to be excited, that includes the senses of sight.

Here is a link to the deal that is linked to my experience above.

https://www.livingsocial.com/my/cities/1964-klang-valley-kuala-lumpur/deals/1050193-blind-folded-6-course-dinner-personal-chauffeur?index=1

I hope that Living Social (if they ever plan to do this again) would take into consideration the eating preference and of course any allergy that the participants might have and for them to confirm that Uber would be able to accommodate with the number of people that they would propose for a particular deal. And for Elizabeth Fine Dine, they really need to buck up on their food.

Other than that, a point that my partner made was that it made all of us who were at the dinner to really concentrate on our partner and have a conversation and not face our phones as how the current culture is turning into.

Now thats it from me now, albeit the long post, ciao.

(all pictures are courtesy of Living Social)

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