Lego Star Wars Miniland in Legoland, Johor Bahru

Who here grew up playing with Lego bricks and building and rebuilding their dream home or city with just their imaginations? Who here has done so while humming the March of the Empire under their breaths? And instead of their dream house or city, they are building the Death Star.

Well, to all those Star Wars Lego nuts in Malaysia, the mothership has landed in Legoland JB.

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In a southern part of Malaysia far far far far far away (from Kuala Lumpur), a new attraction has opened up within the colourful world of Legoland Malaysia. In an event that was as grand as the franchise it represented, the doors were opened to the media from Singapore and Malaysia for a sneak peak of the attraction.

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Well, it was more of a different planet that was out of this world than an attraction. Several different planets in fact.

Did you know....that Legoland Malaysia's Lego Star Wars Miniland is the first of its kind to be held indoors and in an air-conditioned building? So if you need to escape the heat and humidity, you now know where to go!

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At the entrance, guests are greeted by the stoic forms of C3PO and R2-D2. Moving along, they will enter a room where they are entertained by a short clip starring a random Stormtrooper and Darth Vader. And upon entering the doorways into first section, you are greeted by a lovely display of colours and craftsmanship.

DSC_0083Walk in further into the other sections and admire the different planets of Star Wars.

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DSC_0172And once you are drawn into the worlds of Star Wars, what better way to end the tour that with a store selling only Star Wars lego sets. Feel free to go crazy here as you will find a magnitude of lego sets that will just make your inner child squeal in delight.

DSC_0188Even if you missed the chance to buy the Death Star at this store, the shop by the entrance also carries more or less the same sets of Lego Star Wars for your shopping pleasure.


BTS: Rakuten Blogger Session@Gardens Cafe Midvalley

Give two girls free reign of an entire floor of the Garden's Cafe, Midvalley and within an hour, they have reshuffled every table and chairs to suit their seating arrangement  needs. Can't get anymore hands on than that.

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At T-3 hours to Rakuten Malaysia's first ever Blogger session, Senri (the intern) and I arrived at the venue and immediately started setting up for the event. Client was due to arrive in a couple of hours for a meeting and to see the set up and we wanted something to show for it.

DSC_0794Hence the dragging and moving of tables and chairs. Mind you, it wasn't an easy task as the tables were of different shapes (and heavy!) and the chairs were taking up more space than needed. But we managed. Somehow.

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And when the client arrived at 4pm, we were more or less set and ready. With the venue arrangements. There were still clothes to be steamed out, bags and shoes to be laid out, stickers to be stuck everywhere....

DSC_0804At 6pm, bloggers started pouring in. Well, tickling in like the rain outside that evening. Taken in by the airy and garden-like theme of the cafe, they started doing their thing which were OOTD (outfit of the day) and mingling amongst each other. All the bloggers wore something from Rakuten and each and every one of them looked fashionable. Rakuten offers all sort of fashion wear to suit any fashion style and with every purchase you make, you gain points too!

DSC_0807The event kicked off with a few words by yours truly followed by Rita from Rakuten before we made way to fashion photographer and stylist, Alexio Yeoh. Needless to say, the bloggers were drawn in by his explanations and tips on the latest fashion trends.

DSC_0820 DSC_0853 DSC_0874Dinner was served throughout the event, kicking off with Garden cafe's delicious wild mushroom soup and followed by a choice of either Coffee-braised lamb shank or seared salmon. Having tried and tasted the food before the event, Senri and I both agreed on the lamb shank for its juicy succulent meat. As for the coffee-braised part, we couldn't really get a taste of it. Rita agreed with us. The salmon would have been great had it not lost its heat. Note to self: salmon looses its heat fast.

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To end the night and the event, tiramisu and hazelnut cake was served. While the hazelnut cake was dry and ended with us picking the nuts off the top, the tiramisu was a win with its soft spongy layer that were rich in espresso. Yummy!

DSC_0921Our dear bloggers shared our sentiments too, thanking us again for the lovely event (if we may say so ourselves) and the interesting talk by Alex. Well, bloggers, we are glad you had fun and look forward to working with you again.

Again, thank you Rakuten for letting us be a part of this fun campaign that brought out the fashionista in all of us.

Signing off,
Tania 'Fun Size" Wee