Malaysian Startups – Part 1

Recently for work I have been eyeing out the local startup scene, firstly by attending several sessions at MaGIC (Malaysian Global Innovation & Creativity) as a personal capacity as well as work. Of course the ones I have to keep an eye out are normally within the Fintech space but as I listen to pitches as well as talk to several startups, I am truly amazed by what I have seen in the ecosystem.

Be Malas (Be Lazy)

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These guys function as a personal concierge service for the mass market, from getting food from the market to helping you to run errands like dropping off forms at government offices or even picking up your laundry for you. In this day and age, you tend to get a little busy trying to work hard and earn a living but might not have enough time to run your errands? These guys fill the perfect space. On top of that, they are expanding within a whole new market which is the affluent with their new service, Bespoke. Check them out!

Bloom This

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The flower business is something very much a huge market, I know several people within the business especially back from my wedding photography days. Still BloomThis has managed to find a way to make it affordable for folks who love fresh flowers whether it may be at home, at their workplace or even at their restaurants, BloomThis delivers it and in a lovely packaging as well. It definitely allow uncreative guys like me to get a nice set of flowers to surprise someone.

MilkADeal Cashback

If you are already buying stuff online, why not get some cash back?
If you are already buying stuff online, why not get some cash back?

If you remembered back in the days of coupons where companies like MilkADeal and Groupon as well as many more were fighting in that space, it seems that MilkADeal has decided to pivot and now focuses on cash back deals. I have met the founder and spoken to Wilson and he definitely has something great going on. If you are already buying stuff online now, especially at places like Agoda or, why not head over to his site first?


Home Cooking Made Easy
Home Cooking Made Easy

I like to cook but I hate searching out for ingredients and most of the time whenever I want to cook something, I can’t buy small portions and end up buying a lot of stuff which I will probably only use once or twice. With Fooddit, that solves my problem. They offer menus which change every week and they send you pre-portioned items which you can cook! Thats best compromise for me.



I may not know about brands or handbags but after browsing through their catalog, they definitely have some very interesting selections. The idea is that the bags are designed by local designers and manufactured overseas by the same folks who produce top branded handbags. So quality is definitely there at a fraction of the price.

These are some of the ones which caught my eye and there are definitely a lot more especially technical related ones. Watch out for this space for more posts about them.

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Travels: Jakarta


I don’t usually travel a lot for work but this time around I was given the opportunity to go to Jakarta for a launch event and it was my first time there. Although it was only for two nights, being there in Jakarta opened up my eyes to not only how bustling the city was but the amazing food available there.

We were housed at Fairmont Hotel in Jakarta which was absolutely amazing and gorgeous. It recently had it’s official launch so the hotel was new. There weren’t that many people staying at the hotel but it was nice and quiet. But what amazed me was just the sheer size of it. The lobby was huge, extremely high ceilings and everything just felt spacious.

After checking in, our counterparts from Jakarta brought us for lunch. Traffic wasn’t too bad as it was a Sunday but we stopped off at a small shop lot buried deep somewhere to eat some local “nasi padang”. In truth, I am horribly bad when it comes to Indonesian cuisine. I went in with very little experience (actually none) and was trying to figure out what it was.

Over there, the moment you sit down, they will give you a plate of rice and then start putting dishes and dishes and dishes of food for you to eat. Being extremely blur, I just dug in and started eating. Only later did I know that the moment your spoon touches a dish, means we had to pay for the dish itself or plate. Thankfully the plates weren’t that large and certain items were counted as per item such as the fried bird. I say bird because I didn’t know what type of bird it was but it tasted like chicken.


There were plenty of choices and certain dishes were indeed tasty but because a lot of these dishes were kept in small plates, I can’t really say that they were extremely fresh and steaming hot. Definitely it would be a plus point if they could keep the multiple array of food hot to serve their guests.


After lunch we headed back to Senayan City to have a bit of walk to burn off the food from lunch. The mall itself was large and it had a nice tunnel connector which allowed us to walk back to the hotel without the need to walk in the haze.

For dinner I was brought to a place called “Pondok Sedap Malam” which sold the best pepper crabs about and seriously, it was delicious. The black pepper sauce was really thick and really complimented the fresh crabs.


We stuffed ourselves silly over dinner as well with plenty of seafood and I am amazed how everything tasted so nice with thick black sauce. It had a little bit of sweet taste hence my sweet tooth did most of my thinking for me.


After dinner we arrived back at our hotel and we decided to check out their rooftop bar. It wasn’t extremely packed but there were groups of people who were enjoying their drinks whilst looking at the amazing 360 degree panaromic view.


Breakfast at the hotel was absolutely amazing and the rest of my time there was spent working on the mobile app launch for BII Bank and our visit over to IndoSat where I was amazed at their transformation journey. Their refurbished floors look absolutely cool and I liked how the top management has committed to making changes to pave the way for the future.

One thing I learned about my trip there after the first day, it seemed that all we wanted to do was eat over in Jakarta. Definitely looking forward to my next trip there. I hope I don’t put on too much weight the next time I stop by.

*** Images straight out of my iPhone

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View of Kuala Lumpur from the KL Tower

I admit it is a shame that it was my first time in June that I actually got to the top of KL Tower. It was there where I managed a couple of minutes to snap the surrounding area before proceeding for a buffet dinner at the revolving restaurant (a lot has changed).

Here are some of the images I took whilst from the top.


Photos taken were between sunset and dusk. I love the natural blue light of the sky at the time.



Now if only I can find the time to go get some of these photos printed out and hung in my house.


You can view more photos I took at my Flickr account here.

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