Remember those times in your childhood when you wouldn’t finish your food and your mum would inject guilt in you, saying, “Think of all the kids in Africa with nothing to eat”?
Well, she has a point. Food wastage is not something to be laughed about.
Did you know that 15,000 metric tonnes of food are wasted daily in Malaysia? What’s worse, 3,000 metric tonnes are edible food waste, and could have been used to feed 2.2 million people with three meals a day!
While we wait for society to start bucking up and only bite off what they can chew—literally, a local app is taking on the gargantuan challenge of turning things around.
Deemed a “social supermarket”, Grub Cycle is putting a different spin on tackling food wastage. Instead of the usual composting—not all food can be turned into compost, and food donation—not all donated food is consumed, Grub Cycle is offering ‘leftovers’ to people at a cheaper price.
Huh? But who wants leftovers?!
We’re not talking scraps and rotten food lah. During their weekly or monthly supermarket runs, Grub Cycle picks up surplus food—food that’s set to be thrown away because it’s defected or is nearing expiry date—and sells it to customers below market price.
They also use surplus fruits and veggies to create homemade products to sell. This helps to push back the expiry date of the produce by an extra month!
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One of our first few initiative to reduce food waste when Grub Cycle just started was Grub Homemade, we turned surplus fruits and vegetables into homemade products. Here's a throwback to Grub Homemade's first look and what it looks like now! We started out with just Pineapple Jam, Kimchi and Pickles then added two more products the following year with our famous Chili Chutney and Apple Cinnamon. As of today, we're only selling our homemade on demand, so if you're interested to get a hold on these goodness in a jar, slide into our DMs! #createvalueforfood #grubcycle #howitallstarted #throwbackthursday #GCTBT #grubhomemade
Is surplus food safe to eat though?
OF COURSE. An aesthetically-challenged carrot is still a carrot. It doesn’t change the taste of it. However, many still have a hard time accepting this, choosing to go with ‘normal’ vegetables instead.
Grub Cycle’s CEO, Redza Shahid Md Ridzuan, also helped clarify a popular misconception about expiry date labels:
- “Best Before”: This tells consumers how long the food will keep its flavour and nutrition value. It doesn’t have anything to do with food safety. Food with a “Best Before” label can still be safely eaten a few months later.
- “Expire Date”: This date represents the food’s shelf life expectancy and it’s not advisable to eat the food if it has passed the date.
To put it simply, past best before date = can tahan a few more months; past expire date = throw it out.
Grub Cycle only sells groceries online ah?
According to Redza, Grub Cycle is currently working on two other extensions:
Grub Mobile takes them to low-income communities and restaurant chains, where they sell surplus vegetables at a discount of 30% to 50%! For now, you can find them at PPR Lembah Subang (every Saturday) and PPR Pantai Ria (every Monday) from 7.30am to 10am.
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📣 We finally launched Grub Mobile! 📣 The past two Saturdays, Grub Cycle and a group of awesome volunteers hit the road selling perishable vegetables to the PPR community in Lembah Subang. Grub Mobile is one of Grub Cycle's initiative to further prevent food waste while simultaneously help the low-income community reduce their grocery expenses. Grub Mobile will be selling vegetables on a weekly basis every Saturday from 7:30AM till 10:30AM. On a side note, if you are passionate in making a change in the lives of your fellow Malaysians, volunteer with us! Link in bio to register👆#zerowaste #zerowasteMY #volunteer #volunteer #vegetablelover
Meanwhile, there’s also Grub Bites, where they partner with cafés and restaurants to help sell unsold food from the day… at a bargain price, of course. Based on their app, some of the makan places that they are partnering with include A Pie Thing, Coffee In Common, Souka Bake Shop, Al Amar Lebanese Cuisine and The Warehouse.
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It’s a sun’s out buns out kinda day coz we just welcomed a new partner (WINS Boulangerie) to help tackle food waste! For those who are working near the Masjid Jamek area, why not grab yourself some sweet buns before heading off to work tomorrow morning? Buy a box filed with assorted buns now and collect it in the morning. Swipe to the left to check out the deal! The deals are LIVE on the Grub Cycle app. Click the link in our bio if you still haven’t downloaded the app yet. (📸: @winsboulangerie)
Food aside, Grub Cycle also seeks to raise awareness about food waste with their quirky line of t-shirts! How punny are these?!
What happens to food products that Grub Cycle doesn’t end up selling?
To reduce waste, the folks at Grub Cycle conducted a survey to understand customer demands. Equipped with this knowledge, they are able to clear most of their products from the shelves. However, Redza admitted that there’ll still be a bit of leftovers on their end—about 3% to 5% to be exact. These extras will then be sent to their composting partner, Urban Hijau.
Oh, and did you know…
Through their effort, Grub Cycle has since saved more than 6,000kg of food from being thrown away, and helped their customers save more than RM40,000 on their expenses!
If you’re keen to save the environment and your wallet, download Grub Cycle on your iOS or Android phone. For volunteer opportunities or if you just want more info, you can check out their Facebook and Instagram too.
McDonalds Malaysia Just Threw Some Shade At KFC!
Recently, KFC released their new Ghost Pepper Zinger and Twister, inspired by one of the spiciest chilis on the planet, the ghost pepper chili.
KFC claims that the Ghost Pepper Zinger and Twister will tingle your taste buds with a “slow and lingering heat”.
The ghost pepper was known as the world’s hottest chilli pepper in 2007, but was dethroned by the Carolina Reaper pepper in 2013.
But it turns out that people who have tried the Ghost Pepper Zinger and Twister commented that it isn’t very spicy at all.
Apa lagi, McDonalds Malaysia pun took this opportunity to throw shade at KFC la, and plug their best-seller instead; the Spicy Chicken McDeluxe.
In the Facebook post, McD said “Ghost Pepper? Pfft… nothing ghostly about this”, low-key claiming that their Spicy Chicken McDeluxe is lagi pedas.
According to Marketing Interactive, McD marketing director, Eugene Lee said that their “social listening team” picked up on the comments about KFC’s Ghost Pepper Zinger and Twister not being spicy. Some of the comments apparently mentioned that if Malaysians wanted a truly spicy burger, they should go and get the Spicy Chicken McDeluxe instead.
“So, we used this info and came up with a cheeky ad to have some fun with what customers were already saying,”
Have you tried the KFC’s Ghost Pepper items? How do you think it holds up next to McD’s Spicy Chicken McDeluxe? Tell us in the comments!
Twitter Has A Bunch Of RM6 Lunch Options Thanks To The #RM6Challenge
Early last week, EPF released their BELANJAWANKU guide, which provides an estimated minimum monthly expense for goods and services for several types of households. The guide also aims to help Malaysians with their personal and family budgeting.
After the BELANJAWANKU guide was released, Malaysian netizens were appalled at the guide’s proposed expenditure for simple things like cost of rent and food per month.
Malaysians were like…
Here’s an example of one of the expenditure guides proposed by them:
Anyway, Malaysians were saying the guide was delusional and that there’s no way anyone could keep to a budget that small while living in KL.
Then, a group of scientist-worthy Twitter users took it to themselves to actually test the food budget and see if it’s possible to achieve.
They tried out the budget for one week. Sticking to spending only RM6 a day for lunch. Why RM6 specifically? Because RM550 / 30 days / 3 meals a day = RM6.111…
Here’s what they managed to come up with.
Today I had chap fan – half rice, ikan keli & taugeh. The trick is, I told the auntie I want fish + Vege but only rm6 so she scooped for me. #teamtaugeh— Iced Nyior (@IcedNyior) March 11, 2019
My colleague ate chicken rice, breast meat for rm6. Drumsticks is extra 50sen so over budget. #Rm6challenge pic.twitter.com/u2qp0kT9sN
Day 3 #rm6challenge! Busy day today so lambat post. Nasi campur again – rice with Asam pedas kuah, green vege and a fried chicken wing. Valuewise, the wing part is actually the least worth it due to less meat but I really love wings. #wingsforlife pic.twitter.com/Y3QHrA924f— Iced Nyior (@IcedNyior) March 13, 2019
The boys decided to pool their resources for more value. Nasi campur with fried mushrooms, pumpkin and steamed egg (rm5), two type of vege, no rice (rm5) and 1 nasi lemak bungkus (rm1.50) = RM11.50 for two = RM5.75 each. #rm6challenge pic.twitter.com/20zfGagFb4— Iced Nyior (@IcedNyior) March 13, 2019
Mid week review of #RM6Challenge— Lynn Salleh (@lynnzieee) March 13, 2019
– My body feeling meh thanks to the food
– I’ve been snacking a lot more
– I have no energy (then again maybe because it has been one hectic week)
For the next two days, going to look for healthier alternative. Wish me luck.
Some of these foods don’t actually look that bad, and if you ask us they pretty much aced the challenge.
Do you think you could do this challenge? Discuss in the comments!
4 Ways to Survive a Social Media Outage
Most of you are probably slowly recovering from Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp’s global outage this morning.
The cause of the interruption has yet to be made public, but it was Facebook’s most severe outage ever, no doubt leading to a massive case of social media withdrawal. Yes… social media withdrawal is actually a thing.
Scientists have found that some people are so addicted to Facebook and Instagram, that even a brief period away from such services can trigger the same areas of the brain that are affected by drug or alcohol addiction. The symptoms are similar to other forms of addiction…including increased urges, boredom, mild depression or a bad mood…not to mention a severe bout of FOMO (fear of missing out).
So in your best interest, here’s a ‘survival checklist’ to help you deal with the next social media outage.
1. Focus on yourself.
Take the opportunity of this alone time to complete all the urgent tasks you’ve been putting off. Or simply sit quietly with your favourite food or beverage and savour the peace and quiet.
2. Focus on your friends IRL.
FB and Insta have taken the act of social interaction into the virtual world to the point that some of us feel awkward about having an actual conversation with someone.
Use the social media downtime to engage your friends in real life. Find out how they’re doing…and update them about what’s new in your life IN PERSON. With actual spoken words. Yes, we’re serious.
3. Take in your surroundings.
Most of us live life through a screen. If we see something interesting…we film it or take a photo. Why not try experiencing it instead. Who knows… you may even appreciate your fancy meal better if you didn’t have to worry about finding the perfect angle/lighting/background to post a pic of it on Instagram.
There’s a countless option of books, magazines and newspapers out there in the world… in the form of both physical copies and digital versions. So, instead of scrolling through your (endless) feed of cat videos/food pics/rants on social media, why not catch up on some actual reading.
Now you know how to survive the next social media outage. You can also use these tips if you’ve been thinking of going on a social media detox, which, let’s face it, all of us need once in a while.
By Nicholas John
Grab Now Lets You Decide What Music You Listen To With Their New Astro Radio Collab!
Music is part of the experience of riding in a car, and while music selection doesn’t become an issue when you’re driving your own car, it’s a different story when you’re in a Grab. You’re forced to listen to whatever it is the driver has decided to play because, honestly, Malaysians are too
Imagine having to listen to some boring oldies throughout your morning commute to work OR having to listen to really noisy trash techno music when what you want is a relaxing ride!
Well, Grab’s new collab with Astro Radio means you get to control what you listen to while you ride without having that awkward conversation with your driver.
How it works is, when you book your Grab through the app, you’ll get a notification telling you if your Grab car is an Astro Radio car. Then, you get to choose which Astro Radio station you want to listen to during your journey. FYI, the Astro Radio stations are HITZ, MIX, LITE, MY, MELODY, GOXUAN, ERA, SINAR, ZAYAN, and RAAGA.
Currently, the offer only involves 230 Grab cars in the Klang Valley and you can identify the participating Grab cars via their car wraps and in-car hangers.
The campaign will supposedly last for three-months, starting from 11th March 2019. After the three-month mark is up, we’re not sure if Grab and Astro Radio plan to continue the service.
You might brush us off and say that you prefer to listen to Spotify in the Grab instead of the radio. But we assure you this collab will come in handy! Think about the times when you don’t want to use your phone, like when you need to conserve battery. Or when you can’t listen to Spotify cause if you forgot your earphones. Amirite?
These Are The 13 Women Google Quoted In Their Doodle For International Women’s Day 2019
Indeed, International Women’s Day 2019 is almost at an end. All day, women, all over the world, have been celebrated and recognized in all sorts of ways. To honour this wonderful day, Google has showcased inspirational quotes in various languages by 13 female trailblazers with an interactive slideshow type of Google Doodle – made by women.
The 13 women featured in the Doodle are from all over the world, and are famous for their work in different fields, anywhere from science, to arts, and to sports.
These are the 13 women being honoured by Google this International Women’s Day.
1. Dr. Mae Jemison (1956 – now)
Dr Jemison is an American astronaut and physician. She became the first African-American female astronaut and the first African-American female in space in 1992 when she flew onboard the Endeavour with six other astronauts
2. Frida Kahlo (1907 – 1954)
Kahlo was a Mexican artist famous for her self-portrait paintings. Her career apparently started after she was punctuated by illnesses and accidents. She started painting after being injured in a bus accident and suffered from polio, gangrene, and general poor health. In her early 20’s, Kahlo became involved with the Mexican Communist Party.
3. Emma Herwegh (1817 – 1904)
Herwegh was a German writer and activist who took part in the 1848 uprisings at the start of the March Revolution
4. Yoko Ono (1933 – now)
Ono is a Japanese multimedia artist, singer, songwriter and peace activist. She was influential in the 1960’s for her conceptual and performance art. She also gained global recognition from her marriage to Beatles icon, John Lennon
5. NL Beno Zephine (1990 – now)
Zephine is an Indian diplomat who is also the first blind Indian foreign service officer.
6. Mary Kom (1983 – now)
Kom is an Indian Boxer who is ranked number one in the International Boxing Association’s world rankings. She’s also the only boxer to win a medal in each of the six world championships and the only female Indian boxer to qualify for the 2012 Summer Olympics, where she finished with a bronze medal.
7. Clarice Lispector (1920 – 1977)
Lispector was a novelist born to a Jewish family in Ukraine. She and her family fled to Brazil when she was young due to the Jewish pogroms.
She eventually became one of Brazil’s elite authors, her first works were published when she was only 24 years old.
8. Zaha Hadid (1950 – 2016)
Hadid was a British-Iraqi architect and the first woman to receive the Pritzker Architecture Prize, in 2004. She’s known for her radical deconstrutivist designs, such as the MAXXI museum of contemporary art and architecture in Roma, and the London Aquatics Centre built for the 2012 Olympics.
She was made Dame by Queen Elizabeth II for her services to architecture in 2012. She is also the first and only woman to be awarded the Royal Gold Medal from the Royal Institute of British Architects.
9. Millicent Fawcett (1847 – 1929)
Fawcett was a British writer who helped found a group called the National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies. They used non-violent tactics to persuade the British government for women’s right to vote. A statue of her was erected in London’s Parliament Square in April 2018. She’s the first woman to have such a statue there.
10. Marina Tsvetaeva (1892 – 1941)
Tsvetaeva was a Russian poet known for her portrayal of the female experience in 20th century Russia, which included the Russian Revolution and the Moscow famine that happened after it.
11. George Sand (1804 – 1876)
George Sand was the pseudonym of French novelist Amantine Lucile Aurore Dupin known for her novels depicting country life. In her earlier work, she focused on themes of romantic idealism while including feminist themes like gender equality and the injustice of arranged marriage.
12. Sanmao (1943 – 1991)
Sanmao is the pseudonym for Chinese-born Taiwanese writer, Chen Mao Ping. Her pseudonym was adopted from the character created by caricaturist Zhang Leping. She published her first book at the young age of 19. Sanmao is also known for her wandering, bohemian lifestyle, travelling to more than 50 countries.
13. Chimamanda Adichie (1977 – now)
Adichie is a Nigerian writer and recipient of the MacArthur Genius Grant project. She’s known for her novels, short stories as well as two TED talks. One of her TED talks titled “We should all be feminists” was later sampled in the Beyoncé song “Flawless.”
This Malaysian Woman Designed The Scarves Worn By Muslim Female Officers In The UK!
Dr Eliesmaziah Alias is a Melaka-born designer who migrated to the UK after she completed her SPM. Initially, she was studying her A Levels in medicine, but later switched to major in mechanical engineering before completing her MScs in medical engineering.
She started sewing and designing as a part-time gig and this eventually led to the launch of her hijab start-up, Instant Hijabs UK.
Dr Elies’ partnership with the UK police force began after she met with some police officers at an exhibition. These officers needed better designed hijabs for their female Muslim officers.
“I noticed that the material of their uniform wasn’t suitable for police officers so I started talking with them and from there, I got to go into discussions with their superiors.
Muslim policewomen on the front line are currently wearing my sports hijab brand MoreSlim and I’ve been requested to create a special design for those serving in the tactical unit as well,”
Since October 2018, female Muslim police officers in the UK have been donning the MoreSlim line from Instant Hijabs UK.
Her MoreSlim hijabs have also been recognized by a bunch of organisations like the International Organisation for Standardisation, European Standard, and the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colourists. Her stuff is legit okurr. She don’t play no games!
Speaking to Hijabista, Dr Elies, who currently lives in Manchester, said she hopes to bring her designs to Malaysian female officers back home too.
“These tudungs are very special and I really hope I can help the police, army, and other safety personnel in Malaysia,”
We’re so proud of your achievements Dr Elies, and we’re sure that local police officers would be honoured to don your specially designed scarves!
This Awful Heatwave Has Brought You Durians Early This Year!
No, you haven’t been imagining the heat. And yes, it has been blisteringly hot in Malaysia for the past few weeks.
In case you didn’t know yet, Malaysia is currently experiencing a heatwave. It’s a normal phenomenon that happens every year. And according to METMalaysia, the heat ain’t going nowhere til at least April.
But the sweltering heat brings great news for durian lovers! Cause the durian bumper crop is officially here!
Based on a report by The Star, who spoke to durian wholesaler, Tan Chee Keat, the actual durian season will only peak between May and August, but there is already a tonne of ripe spikey fruit around due to the scorching hot weather we’ve been having.
“Durian trees need dry and hot weather to fully bloom. It is going to be a long season at my farm!”
Oh, and if you plan on bingeing on some durian too, remember to cool off with some coconut water. We’re still in a heatwave, and you know how heaty durian can get.
Happy eating, everyone!
You Can Now Get Bubble Tea 24/7 at 7-Eleven!
Bubble tea fans will know the struggle when you’re having cravings at midnight but can’t get them because the stores are closed… well, you can worry no more!
Tealive is now available at ten 7-Elevens outlets in Kuala Lumpur 24/7, ensuring that you can satisfy your cravings anytime of the day!
But before you get too excited, there are only three types of drinks being sold and they are “Signature Milk Tea with Konjac Jelly”, “Original Milk Tea with Konjac Jelly” and “Superior Coco”!
And there are only 10 outlets that are selling them… Here is the list:
- Plaza Berjaya, KL
- Wisma Bukit Bintang
- Sidewalk Island Ansa Hotel, KL
- Changkat Thambi Dollah
- KL Sentral
- Nu Sentral
- Berjaya Times Square (1st Floor)
- Berjaya Times Square (LG Floor)
- Berjaya Times Square Hotel
- Kenanga Wholesale City
Also if you like to chew on the pearl/bobba in your milk tea, you might be disappointed because they only have konjac jelly…
So there’s the good and bad news! At least now you can avoid the long queues and buy them anytime of the day (that’s if someone else doesn’t buy them all before you do…)
Now go get your milk tea fix with your bubble-tea-crazy friends! Share your thoughts on the news with us!
McDonald’s Is Giving Out Books With Their Happy Meals Now!
Books are becoming more and more obsolete. It is so rare to see a child holding a book nowadays, compared to seeing one holding a tablet! But it looks like McDonalds Malaysia are trying their best to keep books relevant to our youngsters!
Today, they launched Happy Meal Readers, a programme aimed to create a passion for reading among young Malaysians.
Now, when you buy a happy meal, you get to choose between getting a free toy, or a free brand new dinosaur-themed children’s storybook. What’s more amazing is that these books are by the world-renowned author and illustrator Cressida Cowell, known best for her bestselling How To Train Your Dragon series.
The book, titled Treetop Twins Adventures, will feature 12 standalone stories with one book released each month throughout the year. BTW, the 12 books were curated exclusively for McDonalds Malaysia by Cowell herself!
To make the reading experience of the books more interactive, digital versions of the books are also available through the Happy Studio mobile app which is free to download on the App Store and Play Store.
The app will make the books more interactive through it’s scan feature which is able to bring the book’s illustrations to life. You know lah, with all these smartphone and TV screens, it might take a bit of effort to keep kids engaged with pictures in a book.
The physical and e-books will be available in both English and Bahasa Malaysia versions, specifically for the Malaysian market.
McDonald’s Malaysia marketing director Eugene Lee said that the programme to promote reading culture supports the company’s efforts to bring families closer together and the government’s aspirations to make Malaysia a reading nation under the 10-year National Reading Decade Programme by the Education Ministry.
“We want to encourage families to spend more time together. The Happy Meal Readers programme encourages parents to enjoy quality time with their children through reading.
We hope that the initiative will instill a lifelong love of reading among children by making it a fun activity for the whole family.”
He added that over 300,000 copies of the book’s first edition was released in January and has been distributed nationwide. Meanwhile, about 300,00 mobile users logged into its Happy Studios App last month.
Good job, guys! We hope the kids will realise how valuable these Cressida Cowell books are and choose them over the toys with their Happy Meal!
Traveling? Here’s 5 Ways You Can Save Money When Booking Your Flight Ticket!
You can gain real value for money by being strategic, not only when you book a flight, but what day you choose to start your journey. This is according to the folks at the Airlines Reporting Corporation and Expedia, who actually did a study on this.
1. Don’t wait till the last minute to book your flights! The ‘sweet spot’ for cheap flights is said to be 3 weeks before travelling.
PEAK PRICES: Flight tickets are most expensive closer to the departure date (duh)
2. Buy your flight tickets on SUNDAYS! It’s a myth that flights tickets are priced higher on weekends! By booking on a Sunday, you can save up to 20% on your flight ticket!
PEAK PRICES: Flight tickets are more expensive on Thursdays and Fridays.
3. Choose to start your journey (departure date) on a Thursday or Friday and enjoy up to 10% discount on flight ticket prices!
PEAK PRICES: Departures on Sundays tend to be the most expensive
4. Extend your weekday trip to include a Saturday night stay and save up to 25% on return fares!
For some corporate travel destinations (like the London- New York route) you can save almost half on airfare if you add a Saturday stay.
5. Make bookings for
PEAK PRICES: Sundays tend to be the worst day to make a booking!
MATTA shares the biggest tip of all – book early!
So, if you’re currently planning for your next holiday, be sure to check for the best time to go for a holiday by referring to our Instagram post above!
By Roshini Ravindran
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