7 Things to do this FMCO weekend: 12 & 13 June 2021
Stay home, stay safe, stay sane
1. Celebrate Global Wellness Day with Mandarin Oriental Group
When: 12 June, 8am to 10pm
Take some time off this weekend to focus on your well-being by celebrating Global Wellness Day with Mandarin Oriental Group’s roster of virtual events. Given that travel will not be feasible for the foreseeable future, this will offer the opportunity for you to join in carefully curated wellness events hosted by diverse wellness experts at the Group’s properties across the world. Among the highlights to expect include a Breathing, Meditation, Yoga and Massage Technique session by Mandarin Oriental Tokyo, a Cooking Masterclass by the chefs of Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, as well as Beauty Tips and Lifting Techniques by Mandarin Oriental Paris.
For the full calendar and details, visit the official website here.
2. Order from your favourite Marriott Bonvoy hotels via Grab Food
Missing food from your favourite hotels in Malaysia? Lucky for you, 14 participating restaurants from Marriott Bonvoy hotels are now available via GrabFood. These include The Brasserie (The St. Regis Kuala Lumpur); The Living Room (The Westin Kuala Lumpur); Flock (W Kuala Lumpur); Trace (Element Kuala Lumpur); Yen (W Kuala Lumpur); Nook (Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral); Quan's Kitchen and Jann (Four Points by Sheraton Kuala Lumpur, Chinatown); and Feast (Sheraton Petaling Jaya Hotel).
This partnership will allow Malaysians to enjoy a myriad of top hotel-quality local and international delights, such as the all-time-favourite Nasi Lemak and Penang Char Kuay Teow, as well as Lobster Tagliatelle and Black Angus Beef Tenderloin.
3. Enjoy rice dumplings in conjunction with Dragon Boat Festival
When: Now until 14 June
Though we won’t be able to watch dragon boat competitions in person this year because of the FMCO, we can still celebrate Dragon Boat Festival the Malaysian way—eating traditional rice dumplings. We’ve rounded up some places to order rice dumplings for takeaway or delivery so that you can commemorate the festivities at home.
Head over here to satisfy your rice dumpling cravings and discover more about the history of the festival.
4. Attend online classes on wellness by Chiva-som
When: 12 June, 11am to 10pm
Like the Mandarin Oriental Group, Hua Hin’s five-star wellness resort Chiva-Som and Zulal Wellness Resort by Chiva-Som will also be hosting 12 hours of complimentary virtual classes accessible from around the world for Global Wellness Day. This year, the theme is ‘Protecting Mental Wellness’ for both children and adults where there'll be a programme of interactive classes and talks focusing on health, managing stress, nutrition and family connection. Attendees will get to learn from expert advisors and practitioners on yoga for weight loss, dealing with stress, DIY recipes and more.
For more information, visit the official website here.
5. Support local and shop Volvo Batik Reusable Facemasks
Where: Volvo dealerships nationwide
Price: RM99 for a set of three variations: Dark Blue (sunflower), Navy Blue (stargazer lily), and Sky Blue (jasmine); available in two sizes options: medium and large
Whether you’ve been vaccinated or not, face masks will likely remain the norm for the rest of the year. As per the government’s recommendations, it’s best to double-mask with a cloth mask on top of a surgical mask to keep yourself and others well-protected.
Volvo Car Malaysia, Three Little Ahmads and NanoTextile have partnered up to launch a special collection of anti-microbial face masks, which employs the workmanship of local communities to support their livelihoods after facing unemployment due to the pandemic. The face masks are ethically sourced, made and produced by single mothers, women in rural neighbourhoods, and GIATMara vocational alumni, whose jobs were displaced following factory closures during the MCO. For each face mask produced, an individual from this target community group will be fairly compensated.
In addition, the face masks are made of 100 per cent cotton and feature anti-bacterial and water repellent nanotechnology that provides bacterial and viral protection for up to 100 gentle washes. Adorned with a unique Batik Tekap motif that pays tribute to local heritage, these face masks will allow users to safely stay in style when shopping for essentials while contributing to society and keeping our oceans free of microplastics.
For more information, visit the Volvo website.
6. Stream ‘Bollywood Dreams’ from KLPAC
When: 11, 12 & 13 June
Price: RM35, RM50, RM100 (Patron of the Arts)
If you missed last week’s Short+Sweet performances, don’t miss this weekend’s online screening of Bollywood Dreams, brought to you by KLPAC and The Actors Studio. Directed and produced by Dato Dr Faridah Merican, this two-hour long theatre performance follows the story of two brothers, Pappu and Babu, who “escape into a world of epic backdrops and thumping music, of chorus girls and backup dancers” in between completing chores and their multiplications tables. Funds collected from ticket sales will go towards our local theatre industry and the resilient talents who are keeping it alive.
For more information or to see the full line-up of shows, visit CloudTheatre.
7. Toast to World Gin Day with The Botanist's cocktail recipes
When Global Wellness Day and World Gin Day fall on the same day, why not kill two birds with one stone by treating yourself to a glass of gin (or two)? After all, self-care can look like a refreshing cocktail in hand while wearing comfy pyjamas and binge-watching Netflix on a Saturday night. In case you need some cocktail recipes to try out, check out ‘The Botanist’ on our IG highlights for two easy recipes that feature local ingredients you can easily find.
For more ideas, check out our last BURO Weekend Guide here.