Thursday, March 30, 2023

How to Renew LTSVP (Malaysian Spouse Visa) Online

 If you are renewing your Social Visit Pass (Spouse to Malaysian Citizen) and need some clarification, you've come to the right place.  You may now renew your pass online on the Jabatan Imigresen Malaysia website.

Please note that you can only use this online renewal service if your current LTSVP is still valid / not expired. If your pass has expired, you will need to visit the Immigration office for assistance. 

Based on our experience, here are some useful information and step-by-step instructions to secure a renewal to your LTSVP:

1. Head over to this link to check out the latest documents on what is required for the application. 

2. At the time of publishing, these are the documents required. You have to print and fill in a-c on the list before you can proceed with the application online. For c, you will need to visit the Commissioner of Oath to get him/her to verify that your marriage is still valid (we paid RM20 for this to be verified). 

a. Borang Imm.55
b. Borang Imm.38
c. Surat Akuan Sumpah oleh suami isteri perkahwinan masih wujud dan kekal
d. Sijil kelahiran anak (jika ada) : Child(ren)'s birth certificate (if applicable)
e. Kad pengenalan suami/ isteri (NRIC for wife/husband)
f. Sijil kahwin (luar negara/ Malaysia) (Marriage certificate overseas/Malaysia)
g. Pasport suami/ isteri (semua muka surat yang bercetak) (Spouse's original passport, photocopy all printed pages)

3. Scan all the above documents using Camscanner app or similar (please ensure file size is below 500KB each, you may need to compress the pdf before you are able to submit). Please keep all the documents in a safe place and bring along when collecting your visa endorsement as you will need to submit them for verification at the Immigration Department.

4. Visit this website - ePLSI. For first time user, you will need to sign up for an account. Select Social Visit Pass (Spouse of Malaysian Citizen), fill in your details and register. If you already have an account, then key in your username/password and log in.

5. Click on Application. Then, click PLS Renewal Application under "New Application". 

6. Key in Passport Number and Nationality and press "Search". 

7. Your current visa information will appear, click Apply. 

8. Check your "Renewal Application Information" details are correct, choose the correct branch to process application. Then proceed to upload the documents as stated in number 2. Please ensure the files are below 500KB each otherwise you will receive an error message.

9.  Once all files are uploaded, click submit. Print the page with reference number.  Your application will be checked by the immigration officer, you will receive an email within 3 days to let you know if your application is successful. You may also check the status of your application on the same website by clicking "Application" followed by the "check" button under Renewal Application Status. Key in your reference number or passport number to check application status.

10. An email will be sent to you once your application has been approved, along with details on how to make payment and the amount, as well as how to make an online appointment on STO to collect your visa endorsement. If you check ePLSI now, the application status would have now changed from "Extension" to "Approve". 

11. Click on link in email to make payment. Key in your application number or passport number. Make payment via debit/credit card and print payment receipt. You will need to bring this along with the original passport to get the sticker. (Payment will be RM90 per year)

12. Go to the Sistem Temujanji Online (STO website link), select "Book my appointment', select 'Foreigner (Valid Passport)' and key in your details. Make sure to choose the same branch as you have selected when you made your application. 

Choose "Kutipan Passport ePLSI" under Services and choose your desired date and time. (date must be within 30 days of your approval date. We managed to get an appointment the following day after approval) Note: there were plentiful dates available to choose from, Monday -Thursday. An email will be sent to you with your appointment date/time. 

13. Date of your appointment (before leaving your home)
a. Please ensure that you have printed out your payment receipt as well as your appointment form.
b. Both husband and wife must be present at the Immigration Department to collect the visa endorsement. 
c. Please remember to bring along the original documents (as per item 2) as well as photocopies (just in case it's required).  

14. At the immigration department: 
a. Join the queue and once it's your turn, let the officer know you have made an application online for ePLSI and wish to collect your visa endorsement. You will be given a number and asked to wait inside.
b. Wait at counter 29-30 (for those applying at Jalan Duta, KL). When your number is called, present your passport along with the payment receipt and appointment form. You will also be asked to present your original documents for verification. 
c. You will be asked to wait again while the new visa endorsement is placed in your passport. 
Note: The whole process here took us only 30 minutes - very impressed with the efficiency!

15. How far in advance can I apply for the Social Visit Pass via ePLSI? 
Not sure what the official answer is for this, but in our case, we applied 2 months in advance of my husband's current visa expiry date. (ie expiring in May 2023, applied in Mar 2023).

In conclusion, I would highly recommend applying for your social visit pass online. We applied on a Monday and received approval on Wednesday and got the visa endorsement in my husband's passport by Thursday morning the same week. 

If you have any other questions, please feel free to leave a comment below and I will try to answer them as best as I can.

You may also be interested in this post: How to Convert Foreign to Malaysian Driving License

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Friday, March 24, 2023

Take a Bow, The Sphere, Bangsar South

 Located in The Sphere, Bangsar South, Take a Bow is a cute little cafe serving delicious comfort meals, handmade pasta and freshly baked pies for dinner. They are open daily for dinners from 6pm- 10pm. By day, they serve cafe-type food such as breads, pastries, egg dishes, pasta, soups, sandwiches, salads and cakes.

Here are some of the dishes which we tried here for dinner: 

✨ ๐’๐ž๐š๐Ÿ๐จ๐จ๐ ๐œ๐ข๐จ๐ฉ๐ฉ๐ข๐ง๐จ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐ญ๐จ๐š๐ฌ๐ญ๐ž๐ ๐ฌ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ๐๐จ๐ฎ๐ ๐ก (RM48) :
Great comforting stew laden with seafood such as mussels, prawns, fish, squid. Slightly spicy, great eaten with the toasted sourdough.

✨ ๐’๐ž๐š๐Ÿ๐จ๐จ๐ ๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ๐จ ๐ฌ๐œ๐จ๐ ๐ฅ๐ข๐จ ๐Ÿ๐ž๐ญ๐ญ๐ฎ๐œ๐œ๐ข๐ง๐ž (RM42):
Another seafood laden dish, with a spicy tomato-based sauce. Their pastas are handmade.

✨ ๐Œ๐จ๐ณ๐ณ๐š๐ซ๐ž๐ฅ๐ฅ๐š ๐›๐ž๐ž๐Ÿ ๐ฉ๐ข๐ž (RM38):
all their pies are handmade and freshly baked upon order. Nice pastry with a minced beef, caramelised onion, dauphinoise potato and mozzarella filling. Served with cream parsley sauce.

✨ ๐’๐ฅ๐จ๐ฐ ๐ซ๐จ๐š๐ฌ๐ญ๐ž๐ ๐›๐š๐ฅ๐ฌ๐š๐ฆ๐ข๐œ ๐ฅ๐š๐ฆ๐› ๐ฌ๐ก๐จ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐๐ž๐ซ (RM42):
Very delicious, tender lamb shoulder served with glazed carrot and potato dauphinoise.

✨ They serve great coffee here too!

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Opening hours: Mon - Fri 8am - 10pm; Sat-Sun 9.30am -10pm.

Location: Take a Bow Cafe, UG-5, The Sphere, Jalan Kerinchi, Bangsar South, 59200 Kuala Lumpur.

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Wednesday, March 22, 2023

5 Places To Buy Yummy Buka Puasa Meals On ShopeeFood This Ramadan

5 Places To Buy Yummy Buka Puasa Meals On ShopeeFood This Ramadan 
Ordering meals for buka puasa is even better with discounts and free delivery

With Ramadan just around the corner, ShopeeFood users can get their favourite buka puasa meals delivered right to their doorstep for better convenience during the fasting month. With discounts and free delivery, ShopeeFood users can spend more time enjoying a yummy meal to start and end of the day while spending less time in the kitchen or being stuck in traffic during rush hour. Kongsi Keriangan with your family and friends this Ramadan, and order from ShopeeFood today. ShopeeFood offers a variety of merchants to choose from and if you don’t know where to start, checkout these 5 popular restaurants on ShopeeFood to order your meals from: 

1. Tiga Budak Gemok: This restaurant serves generous portions of Malaysian comfort food that are perfect for sharing with friends and family. Popular dishes include Nasi Ayam Kicap Biasa + Telur + Tempe and Siput Masak Lemak Cilipadi. 

2. Pasta Panas: This popular pasta joint offers a unique and exciting dining experience with their spicy twist on classic pasta dishes. Try out their bestselling pasta dishes like Spicy Chili Mac and Salted Egg Pasta. 

3. 4Fingers: This restaurant serves mouthwatering Korean-style fried chicken that is crispy, juicy, and addictive.Offering singular combos and family sets, 4Fingers is perfect whether you’re dining alone or with your loved ones. 

4. Tealive: Tealive is a popular chain of bubble tea shops in Malaysia, known for their diverse range of delicious drinks made with fresh ingredients. 

5. Sushi King: For sushi lovers, Sushi king provides a wide selection of fresh and delicious sushi, sashimi, and other Japanese dishes at affordable prices, making it a go-to spot for sushi lovers. 

Don’t forget to checkout these special discount days as well and make the most of your fasting month food orders: 

ShopeeFood Day : Link 

From 20 Mar - 22 Mar, kickstart the holy month of Ramadan right and enjoy great discounts and free delivery for buka puasa meals. 
● Up To RM30 OFF (no minimum spend)
● Super Deals up to RM21 OFF
● Free Delivery

ShopeeFood PayDay Sale : Link 

From 25 Mar - 28 Mar, treat yourself and your loved ones to yummy meals without breaking the bank.
● Up To RM30 OFF (no minimum spend)
● Super Deals up to RM21 OFF
● Free Delivery

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Shopee Express Stays Committed to Timely Deliveries Despite Unpredictable Weather

Shopee Express Stays Committed to Timely Deliveries Despite Unpredictable Weather
Couriers navigate through difficult circumstances to provide relief to local communities

Shopee Express has overcome unpredictable weather conditions, especially in flood-prone areas, to ensure that essential deliveries are made on time. Despite the challenges posed by the weather in several locations such as Kuantan, Muadzam, and Rompin in Pahang as well as Johor Jaya, Kota Tinggi, Mersing, Muar, Segamat, and Yong Peng in Johor, Shopee Express remains committed to providing fast and reliable delivery services to communities in Malaysia.

The unpredictable weather in Malaysia posed significant challenges to businesses operating in the country, particularly those in the logistics and delivery sectors. In such cases, Shopee Express adapted quickly to ensure that unfavourable weather conditions do not impact couriers and deliveries in such scenarios. These measures enable them to deliver orders on schedule while maintaining a high level of safety, care, and precision.

While rescheduling may be necessary in some instances due to local authorities closing off specific routes due to potential high risk of flood or landslide, Shopee Express ensured that customers were kept informed of any changes to their delivery schedules through push notifications. Parcels were delivered diligently at the earliest possible time once conditions permitted.

Muhammad Faris Bin Ismail, 21, a Shopee Express courier from Sri Medan, Johor, who regularly covers Seri Damai Perdana, stated that during the recent flood, he had to navigate through floodwaters as high as 3.5 feet and was occasionally stranded during the journey. Amidst difficult conditions, he persists in delivering parcels safely by foot, fulfilling his duty and the confidence placed in him. He recognizes the importance of bringing joy and convenience to the local communities and feels grateful to be able to make a positive difference in people's lives.

Norazman Bin Mohd Ismail, 34, a Shopee Express courier from Karak, Pahang for over 2 years, shared that the flood season presents uncertainties for delivery services. He feels deeply for those impacted by the floods and strives to deliver parcels safely and promptly as he understands that some parcels may contain urgent items like food or supplements that customers need. Yet, he knows that circumstances beyond his control may result in delays and apologises beforehand for any inconvenience, all the while maintaining his commitment to offering reliable delivery services to customers.

Cheah Lee Sun, Head of Shopee Express, affirmed that timely delivery is important to the communities they serve. “We worked tirelessly to fulfil our promises, even in the face of unpredictable weather conditions. Our couriers are trained to handle such situations, and we are proud of their dedication to support the affected communities.”

“These hardworking couriers handle numerous orders every day, covering long distances to reach their destinations. The number of parcels delivered is a testament to their commitment to supporting local communities. Despite encountering unforeseen challenges along their journey, they display resilience and sacrifice their personal time with loved ones to fulfil their responsibilities."

Shopee Express has become a reliable and trustworthy partner for online shoppers, thanks to its same-day delivery and expanded coverage in Borneo. In order to ensure the safety of its couriers, Shopee Express carefully monitors the weather every day, and provides extra protection to customers' parcels by using gunny sacks and plastic wraps.

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Friday, March 17, 2023

ShopeeFood Rewards Female Driver Partners in Special Women’s Day Celebration

ShopeeFood Rewards Female Driver Partners in Special Women’s Day Celebration
Celebrations honour the contributions of female riders in the food delivery business

In conjunction with International Women's Day celebrations in the month of March, ShopeeFood hosted a special event as a show of appreciation for women driver partners in Klang Valley. The event was supported by several leading brands such as NIVEA, Marrybrown, Chatime and L'Orรฉal Malaysia. Almost 60 female riders, accompanied by their friends, participated in the event to celebrate the day.

In addition to the collaboration with leading brand partners, ShopeeFood also provided a personal development program led by an expert in the field of humanities and social studies: Associate Professor Dr Hadija Mohd, who has developed the Personal Initiative Intelligence (PI-Q) framework.

The PI-Q framework aims to build essential soft-skills to help driver partners improve their job performance. The unique approach focuses on developing the inner qualities of an individual, such as resilience, self-awareness, and empathy.

At the end of the program, three selected driver partners were recognised for their participation and given an opportunity to continue their education with a scholarship in a recognised higher education program. ShopeeFood selected the City Continued Education Centre to partner for the scholarship that’s valued at more than RM60,000.

According to Kwa Yin Leng, Head of Operations for ShopeeFood Malaysia, the celebration is an important milestone in recognising women’s contribution to the food delivery industry. “ShopeeFood aims to provide our female driver partners a supportive environment so they feel valued, safe and recognised. We are happy to be partnering with various brands and showcase our efforts in a meaningful way. The learning programs will go a long way in upskilling our riders and hopefully impact their lives for the better,” she said.

In addition to the personal development class, the driver partners were also treated to a self-care workshop hosted by NIVEA. The experts from NIVEA helped the riders learn healthy skincare and good hygiene habits as riders are often exposed to changing weather conditions while doing their work. At the end of the session, the female driver partners were also given NIVEA products to kickstart their regime.

The highlight of the event was a panel session that was also live-streamed on the Shopee app and social platforms. The lively discussion featured three popular figures from different backgrounds sharing their personal stories of immense challenges and how it led them to success. The panelists were:

Datuk Shalin Zulkifli, a professional bowler and athlete who has represented Malaysia for 28 years in numerous international competitions. She currently holds five world championship titles and is a fierce advocate for gender equality.

Nandini Balakrishnan is a known influencer and video producer with a popular media company. She has written extensively on issues related to the discrimination and her work has been featured in major publications around the world. In 2021, Nandini was also awarded the Women of the Future Awards Southeast Asia in the ‘Arts & Culture’ category. This award recognises achievements of female trailblazers across industries.

Natasha Helwa Binti Ramlee, is a young female entrepreneur and a ShopeeFood merchant. She is the eldest of three siblings that founded the popular restaurant franchise of ‘Tiga Budak Gemok’. While the restaurant may have had humble beginnings of starting off under a tree, the business today has rapidly grown and expanded to cover more than six states in Malaysia.

To end the day, driver partners were treated to a sumptuous lunch sponsored by Marrybrown and Chatime Malaysia. The riders feasted on Nasi Lemak MB by Marrybrown and a variety of bestselling bubble tea drinks like Grass Jelly Roasted Milk Tea, Mango QQ, Lychee QQ, Passionfruit QQ from Chatime Malaysia. The riders also went home with skincare giveaway from L'Orรฉal Malaysia consisting of L'Orรฉal Paris products valued at approximately RM12,000.

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Thursday, March 2, 2023

Arang Restaurant, Bangsar, KL

We recently visited Arang Restaurant, located in Kapas Height Condominium, Bangsar for lunch. The cuisine here is Javanese-inspired, with most of the items cooked over charcoal embers (hence the name "arang"). Service is welcoming and the staff did a great job explaining the dishes to us. 

We highly recommend going for the Tasting Menu (RM100), a selection of their signature dishes. It comes with 4 types of appetizers, 1 main and 1 dessert. Flavours were great, we particularly enjoyed the mains. 

✨ Soy nori peanut, truffle kombu focaccia
✨ Corn ribs with Parmagiano shavings
✨ Chicken wings with smoked Sichuan kaffir salt
✨ Grilled tomato with tofu and green chilli dressing

Main (choose 1):
✨ Blue nasi lemak with soy kantan organic chicken and chicken broth
✨ Smoked bebek with urap salad

Dessert (choose 1):
✨Coconut yogurt ice cream with lemon mint granita
✨ Pandan marshmallow with kantan sugar and aloe vera ginger

Seating is limited, so it is recommended to book a table before your visit.

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Opening hours: Tue-Sat 12pm-3pm, 6pm - 10pm; Sun 12pm-3pm. Closed on Mondays. 

Location: Arang Restaurant, Jalan Kapas, Bangsar, 59100 Kuala Lumpur. (Waze to Kapas Height Condominium, tell guards you are going to Arang Restaurant, and they will direct you to the free visitor parking).

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