Hai Di Lao Sued He Di Lao and Lost, Registers 177 Other “Names” to Prevent Copyright Infringements

Popularly known for its wide range of menu items and also extremely long queues and waiting time to get a table, Malaysians are well familiar with the Chinese hotpot chain – Hai Di Lao (海底捞).

The restaurant chain from mainland China has branches in One Utama, Sunway Pyramid and Pavillion, just to name a few; recent news would not involve any of those in Malaysia though but would involve Hai Di Lao as a whole.

Haidilao had recently sued another hotpot brand with an uncannily similar name – He Di Lao (河底捞).

However, a Chinese court has dismissed the lawsuit citing that the first words of both brands do not have the same meaning, where “Hai” means sea and “He” means river in the Chinese language. Furthermore, they don’t sell the name kind of cuisine as well.

Peng Dingyun, president of the Intellectual Property Tribunal of Changsa Court, added on by saying that the initial characters of the two trademarks are not considered similar as they have different pronunciations and meanings.

A deeper observation into both the brands would reveal that Hai Di Lao serves Sichuan-style hotpot while He Di Lao serves Hunan river fish dishes.

The board made the decision that consumers would be able to tell both from each other and will not be mistaking the businesses from one another.

Even though they won the case, Hedilao has changed their name to prevent any such issues from arising.

Learning from their lost, Haidilao subsequently went on to register 177 more defensive trademarks to prevent other establishments getting a free pass from them. The trademarks include “Gan Di Lao” and “Yue Di Lao”. 

This Nasi Kandar Restaurant in Penang is Offering Drive-Through Services!

We get it, social distancing and stay at home if you can; all these doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t be able to enjoy a nasi kandar dish from a decent restaurant every now and then though.

For those living in Penang, chances that you’ve visited the iconic Hussain Nasi Kandar is high as they’re well-known for a variety of dishes while managing to open branches all over Malaysia at the same time.

Lately, they’re bringing it to the next level with something that hasn’t been seen before ever with a Nasi Kandar restaurant – a drive through.

According to Twitter user, @XXXbyefelicia, Hussain Nasi Kandar is opening another outlet in Sungai Dua and it clearly states that this one will provide a drive through service that is destined to be a game-changer.

Similar to the ones seen in McDonald’s outlets, it has a proper drive through lane and all the necessities to make the process seamless.

Although, an exact opening date is yet to be announced; nonetheless, netizens are definitely impressed by this and couldn’t wait to drop by!

Two Words Woke This Man Up from A Coma – Chicken Fillets

A young man in Taiwan who had fell in a coma after a major traffic accident, had miraculously woke up after his brother merely mentioned two words – chicken fillet (雞排).

The 18-year-old man who goes by Chiu was involved in a road accident in July earlier this year; he was riding his scooter when involved in a collision that had led to serious damage to multiple of his organs.

He was rushed to the hospital where he was rated with a coma index of three; according to Hsieh Tsung-hsin, director of the Intensive Care Unit at Ton Yen General Hospital, Chiu had suffered subdural hydrops, pneumothorax, laceration of spleen, right kidney, and liver, bleeding from abdominal cavity fractures, common iliac artery bleeding, and most of his internal organs were seriously damaged. 

Doctors were then able to stabilize his condition, but still fell into a deeper coma later on.

During his hospitalization, he had gone through six operations and a nurse at the hospital mentioned that Chiu went through a constant “tug of war with the god of death” with his family by his side, praying that he would wake up soon.

A miracle would then happen on his 62nd day in a coma; his older brother joked “Brother, I’m going to eat you your favorite chicken fillet.”. Unexpectedly, Chiu’s pulse began to rise and he eventually regain consciousness with stabilized vital signs. 

Chiu (Second From Left) With the Staff at Ton Yen General Hospital

Chiu has since made a full recovery and has been discharged from the hospital for some time; although, Chiu has recently returned  with a cake to thank the medical team for their work during his 63 day stay at the hospital.

“Malaysia Truly Asia” but in Quarantine

KUALA LUMPUR 16 APRIL 2020. Sebahagian individu warga tempatan yang dikuarantin sementara melambai tangan tanda Sokongan kepada barisan hadapan yang bertugas untuk Covid19 dan Kerajaan Malaysia ketika tinjauan di Impiana Hotel pada program “Thumb to Malaysia ” malam ini. Impiana hotel antara lokasi yang digazetkan kerajaan bagi menempatkan individu yang perlu menjalani saringan Covid 19. Seramai 500 orang yang baru pulang dari luar negara ditempatkan sementara bagi saringan covid 19. NSTP/ASWADI ALIAS.

Although “Malaysia Truly Asia” isn’t really in the happenings lately, the nation’s pride in hospitality is still being showcased in a way like never before even during Covid-19 – in quarantine.

Malaysians and essential workers are still returning from all over the world and going through the mandatory 14-day quarantine, although willing to fork out the fees which includes lodging from the government and also catered food for the stay, some are appalled with the quality of food while some aren’t.

At a time of doom and gloom and a current conditional movement control order (CMCO), it is already bad enough that returnees are having to face various travel risks, but to be given a distressing amount of food when already confined to the four walls of the room for two weeks may be too much to bear for our quarantines. 

The issue was first shed light on when a tweet shared the reality of the quarantine experience when a distressing amount of food was served.

It is also notable to mention that she paid RM2,100 for the stay.

With various quarantine centres spread throughout the country, travelers and returnees aren’t able to choose their own quarantine centres even if the experience in each of them differ like day and night,

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Apart from dirty sheets, this person under surveillance (PUS) has to go through even dead bugs in his stay!

Some however had memorable experiences when it came to both the lodging and the food. 

At a local Facebook group “Malaysia Quarantine centre support group”, pictures of the meals in quarantine are constantly being shared and a vast difference between the experience can be seen.

Some are calling on the government to increase the transparency for quarantine costs as the services in hotels differ wildly even when all locals are to pay RM2,100.

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While non-citizens are to bear the full cost of RM4,700 for the quarantine and an extra RM700 to share a room with an individual, little has been said about the food and lodging situation.

Meet Rob Hawke: Australia’s Former PM and Beer-Drinking Record Holder

Robert Hawke is the Australian labor leader, Labor Party politician and was prime minister of Australia from 1983 to 1991, but he may as well be remembered for how fast he could chug a can of beer.

Hawke may have changed Australia’s political landscape forever, but history and most notably the media frequently shows him “necking the froth” or recorded downing the “liquid amber” in one swift and fluid movement, according to news.com.au.

To make it more intriguing, the Rhodes scholar at Oxford between 1953 and 1956. In 1954 had once “skolled” a yard of ale – two-and-a-half pints, or 1.4 litres – in 11 seconds, then a world record. One couldn’t help but wonder, how did a beer chugging politician maintained a the lifestyle while balancing a political career?

Bob Hawke garnered his own following of fans since he joined the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) in the 1950s, and helped to cement his image as a man of the people, an ally of the working class, someone that the public could widely relate to. 

But after downing a beer at the amusement of the media and hundreds of fans at the Sydeney Cricket Ground in 2012 and 2014, his image was thrown into question and he was accused of setting a bad example for young Australians.

Australian journalist, businesswoman, television personality and author, Ita Buttrose, came to Mr Hawke’s defense on TV show Studio 10, saying, “I think you’re all getting your knickers in a knot over nothing. … He downed a beer. He’s one of the guys. Good on Bob Hawke for still being a man of the people. It’s got nothing to do with the issue of teenage drinking.”

This did not stop Hawke as he was at it again at the 2017-18 Ashes Cricket Series.

“Doesn’t sip it. He gets it down,” said the cricket commentator as the camera captured Mr Hawke in the VIP box downing a pint. “Go on Bobby, show us your technique. Look how quick he is!”

Far into his 80s, he is still well known to visit his local pub to participate in beer sculling competitions, which only reinforced his image as a man of the people as one Youtube video comment says, “Bob Hawke is a legend and a representative of the working Aussie who did well.” Another added, “Should be part of the Citizenship ceremony imo … Scull a beer like Bob!”.

Throughout his marriage to his first wife, Hazel, Hawke had drank heavily and suffered from alcohol poisoning after grief-drinking over the death of their infant son.

Only in his post-parliament days did he take up the beer mug again, but never to excess as a career in parliamentary politics would’ve needed him to hang up the beer mugs.

All in all, who wouldn’t love an old timer, politician and former prime minister who could do the job perfectly and also chug a pint every now and then?

Food Stall With 19 Years of History in Kwai Chai Hong, Chinatown Burned Down

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A long-time running Chee Cheong Fun stall at the historical Kwai Chai Hong in Kuala Lumpur’s Chinatown was found to be burned down on Monday.

Shared by a Facebook user, the news was shared to her in a messaging group and city-dwellers and netizens have started coming to the support of the stall owner ever since.

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Upon visiting the stall, the user who shared the news on Facebook immediately asked about the now burned down stall. Disheartened, the uncle answered about how he doesn’t know and maybe he just made too many enemies along the way and years.

The stall was solely run by the uncle for more than 19 years and had previously took a four month break due to the Covid-19 pandemic, he just recently came back to running the stall. There were also worries among netizens about how the owner will still be worried even if the stall is rebuilt later on.

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The user added on how the uncle was rummaging through the burnt up leftovers of his stall and seemed lost while pondering through the 19 years he has ran the stall.

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Nearby construction workers have since helped to clean out the junk and also offered building materials and also some of the workers to help rebuild the stall.

CCTV footage shows an individual throwing a fire at the stall late in the night and leaving the scene immediately; however, the identity of the perpetrator remains unknown

“This pandemic has already been hard enough on all of us” said one netizen. “Now it’s just salt on the wound for this stall owner”.

“I’ve been here for almost 10 years” said another. “It’s just now because of work that I’ve rarely been there”.

Many students at the nearby Advance Tertiary College (ATC) are frequent go-ers of the stall; the college has since started a donation drive for the stall owner which has summed up to RM5,000 as of Monday morning. 

Donations will be accepted up until the 21st of October and be passed to the uncle on the 23rd of October. 

Chicken Rice Seller Fined RM3000 While Travelling For Work During CMCO

A chicken rice seller in USJ4 was given a hefty fine under the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) as only two individuals are allowed to be in a vehicle at once.

Malaysians have since have mixed reviews regarding the CMCO SOPs, with many questioning the reasoning behind this incident and saying that it doesn’t make sense.

A viral post by the SJ Echo Facebook page claims that the SOPs are unfairly implemented and this may force the famous chicken rice seller in USJ4, Subang Jaya to close his stall after being slapped with a fine of RM3000 in total, merely for travelling from home to work and back.

SJ Echo said that the small business owner, Seow Boon Keong was travelling with his two sisters and one nephew in the car, all of whom work with him at the Chuan Kee chicken rice stall.

“We travel from Jenjarom daily to USJ 4 to operate our chicken rice stall. It’s 30km one way from Jenjarom. Because of the distance and also because the other three cannot drive, we travel in the same car,” he said.

“All we do as a routine is [to] head to work from Jenjarom in the morning and go home by around 3.30pm when we finish work. We don’t go anywhere else,” SJ Echo reported the man as saying.

They were heading home from work when stopped along the Damansara-Puchong Highway (LDP) by a policeman near the USJ toll plaza.

Despite having a letter to prove that he runs a chicken rice stall in USJ4, he was still issued a RM1,000 fine for each of the passengers in the vehicle.

“The two-passengers a vehicle SOP is not fair for people like us who run a business,” Seow said. 

He also added on how he may have to close down each time a guideline/SOP of such was imposed ,which would result in him losing his only source of income for the family.

“Because of the distance from Jenjarom to USJ 4, it would cost RM40 one way for two persons to travel that distance by Grab,” he said, adding that they do not go anywhere else except home to work and back.

The Subang Member of Parliament (MP), Wong Chen has since listed down the grounds for the chicken rice stall owner can file an appeal.

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“First is the fact that all three passengers are a family and living together, therefore being in the car together does not increase the risk of spreading the pandemic. Second, they were not on a joyride but on their way to work, which is not a prohibited activity under the CMCO,” he wrote on his official Facebook page.

“Based on these two mitigating points the police should consider dropping the total of RM3,000 of compounds and just issue a warning,” he said, adding, “it’s also wrong for the government to implement strict enforcement when it is also equally guilty of constantly updating and changing the CMCO SOPs”.

Chen has also said that the government should issue more warnings instead of compounds during this period as it is more or so an adjustment period for the public.

“This particular case also highlights the need to tweak the CMCO two passenger rule, to provide exemptions for family members travelling for work purposes. The economy is not doing well, therefore the CMCO SOPs should not add on further challenges to the overall sluggish economic activities,” he said.

Fast Food Restaurants After Covid-19 May Never Be The Same

From lockers to temporarily store your food orders to an app signaling your arrival to the workers, fast food eateries are looking to bring an end to long line-ups at the drive through but still be able to bring you your order fresh for the go.

Fast food chans such as Burger King is planning to re-invent the service, especially after lessons learned from the pandemic.

Burger King has promised to reduce carbon footprint by 60% with its new restaurant concept. Architectural approaches as to practical aspects and revolution habits when it comes to enjoying a fast food meal, the home of The Whopper unveiled its restautrants of tomorrow.

Cyclists and pedestrians will now be able to collect their orders from storage lockers, much like giant refrigerators like those used by farmers to facilitate the direct sale of fresh produce. Mobile apps also allow customers to tell the restaurant when thye’ll be arriving by car and be guided to park in a specific spot. All this information would then be relayed to a team who would then bring your meal to you.

This would mean the end of the needless shouting to order at the terminal to make your words audible. Such technology such as mobile apps and QR codes started to gain a following during the lockdown and it is picked up by countries everywhere.

Those wanting to eat on site can nibble on their fries in patios that will replace traditional dining spaces, but there will still be an interior eating space. In the concept design, it’s shown on a higher level, like the kitchen, because the building is designed to be raised in order to make way for the drive-in customers below, on ground level. 

At these parking spots, customers will receive their orders without having to interact with humans in real life: a ramp will deliver the burgers and fries.

The fast food chain plans to build these new-generation restaurants in 2021 in Miami, Latin America and in the Caribbean.

Pizza Chains Made a Comeback During Covid-19

The F&B industry was shaken to its knees when the Covid-19 pandemic wreaked havoc around different sectors in the industry; however, one of the sectors is thriving apart from others in these trying times – Pizza chains.

With majority of consumers being homebound and with social distancing guidelines in place, most business were unprepared for the downfall while brands such as Dominoes were thriving in these unusual conditions.

Among many of the pandemic’s unsung heroes, the one’s making sure that we get our regular dose of pizzas are the pizza delivery guys as the rise in pizza consumption are not due to people flocking to pizza chains everywhere, but rather just calling in their orders and enjoying the pizzas from the comfort of their own home. Deemed the ultimate quarantine food, pizza travels well, can usually feed a whole family and holds up perfectly as leftover for the next day.

Domino’s Pizza profit surged 29 percent in the three months through June as consumers chowed down on pizza while riding out the COVID-19 pandemic from home.

As sales for pizza chains increase, it has also led to higher costs for various other essentials such as cleaning supplies, worker pay and also ingredients. Cheese prices went from an all-time low at one point to an all-time high in the last quarter, this means the increased sales have muted profits.

“The total impact from safety and cleaning equipment, enhanced sick pay and other compensation for our team members and support for our franchisees and our communities was $11 million,” CFO Stuart Levy said during an analyst call discussing results. The company expects those costs to remain for the duration of the pandemic.

The Ann Arbor, Michigan-based pizza chain earned $118.7 million, or $2.99 a share, as revenue jumped 13 percent year-over-year to $920 million. Wall Street analysts surveyed by Refinitiv were expecting earnings of $2.24 a share on revenue of $911.5 million.

This success is due to the vital moves that Domino have made over the years, which includes more pizza chains than ever, features like “hotspots” in the U.S. which allows people order pizza to the beach and other outdoor locations, and has also tried their hands at self-driving delivery cars.

The shift from in-person order to digital orders led to the rise as well, as executives said about 70% of sales came through the company’s app and website.

Even though there are downs in terms of international sales, one thing they won’t do is to cut pay for employees.

“This is not the time to lower the rate we pay our valuable team members,” CFO Jeff Lawrence said. 

“Look, I’m a finance guy. I think about efficiency. Right now, it’s not about that. It’s about hiring more people, paying them more and giving them jobs. We’ll leave it for another day on getting efficient on the labor rate.”

How to Not Panic Buy for CMCO

With the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) being in effect from October 14th onwards, the public is already going through this “panic-buy” phase all over again.

For the second time in a year, shelves started going empty on the night of the announcement itself and it is unfortunate to say that we haven’t really learnt from the past when members of the public were over-stocking up on various supplies so much that it created a social media frenzy of “who could do it worst”.

Other than leaving the vulnerable population without the essentials, some of the goods that are hoarded are even often going to waste. So how do you shop for a lockdown?

How often should I go to the grocery store?

The less the better, but it all still comes down to how much food can you transport and store. Consider going an average once every two weeks. The more planned out you are, the less you’ll tend to go for another unneeded grocery run.

If I’m buying to prepare for two weeks, will I cause a shortage for others?

No. Even panic buying at its worst simply created short-term shortages in stores. That doesn’t mean that you should stock up that much more though as the public should’ve known by now that what they put it their shopping cart is usually already more than enough.

So what should I buy that would last me for two weeks?

A good start would be canned goods like canned tomatoes, beans and coconut milk as they’re useful for a variety of dishes while dry foods like pasta, rice, spices and even baking supplies are versatile to keep as well as they’ll be used up at some point. 

Fresh foods that are easy to freeze, sealed blocks of cheese, pre-frozen bags of vegetables can be kept in the freezer while root vegetables, potatoes and onions all can be keot for a long time in the pantry, provided they are stored in a cool, dark place.

If you were to buy meat, buy frozen fish and meat that you can store in the freezer.

All in all, rationalize. Think before you buy and make sure you aren’t overprepared and are coming out of quarantine with and overstocked amount of food supply at home.

What if I come across empty shelves during my grocery shopping trip? 

Empty shelves don’t mean a shortage of food and supplies; it simply means that stores and supply chains need to catch up with the increase in demand. 

It is just taking a while to get the product flowing through supply chain back to the stores, but it is safe to say that the products are surely is on its way back to the public’s demands.

Will there be enough for me if I miss out on the days where everyone is out buying?

Yes. Stores encourage customers to only buy what they need as there’s always plenty to go around for everyone. However, there won’t be a need to wait for a restock if we just buy what we need and not overstock supplies.

Hoarding isn’t really necessary as grocery stores are still going to be open for business and we aren’t limited to visit for emergency grocery shopping. Even if the products aren’t there when you need them, be flexible and move on with other options to replace what is short in supply.