Late last year saw some 20 of our Masters of Malaysian Cuisine (MOMC) chefs, YouTuber friends including The JetLag Warriors and The Dodo Explorers, and multi-award winning Malaysian tour guide Shaukani Abbas, meet up in Malaysian to collaborate on a number of projects.
These included research and development of our MOMC Durian Cookbook (due to be launched later this year), filming an 8-part video series for Tourism Malaysia Sydney titled Street Food Journeys: Laksas of Malaysia and Malaysia: Melting Pot of Asia, and visiting numerous durian farms courtesy of the Malaysian Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security. (More on each of these projects in future posts.)
Across five weeks, we travelled by road throughout the peninsula, sometimes for as long as 7 hours at a stretch, as we raced from one location to another to film, photograph and capture all that Malaysia had to offer after 3 years of Covid lockdowns.
Prior to our trip, our planning committee had spent many hours over Zoom discussing the logistics of the tour. One of the main concerns among our group (which included the talented Mazna Merten and Rosita Heilek), was how Noah, my non-verbal special needs child who has Down Syndrome, would be able to tolerate such a gruelling schedule.
As it turns out, we needn’t have worried – he had the best time ever, engaging with the group, eating lots of food, and being perfectly settled during the hours of long travel. A large part of it was thanks to Noah’s joie de vivre, but we also had a secret weapon courtesy of Lenovo.
This came in the form of the Lenovo P11 Plus tablets that had been shipped from Lenovo’s US office to our MOMC chefs for our tour.
The Lenovo P11 Plus comes with a large 11” screen, sharp and colourful graphics, long battery life, powerful processor and great speakers. All these features made it the perfect travelling companion for our chefs and for Noah while we were on the road.
Our MOMC chefs took full advantage of the Lenovo tablets and spent countless hours taking lots of food photos and watching their favourite videos during their downtime. The audio was crisp enough even in a moving bus, that when one of the chefs streamed a the soccer game on his Lenovo tablet, it caught Noah’s attention and he was captivated right away. This was a delightful discovery for us, and we have since used that to harness his interest in sport, so thank you, Lenovo!
As I look back on this once-in-a-lifetime trip, I am amazed at what we managed to pull off – getting all our chefs and YouTube partners from all over the world to get to Malaysia where the borders had only recently re-opened, lining up a complex itinerary that involved unrelenting amounts of delicious food and travel, plus lots of time spent on the road as we dashed from one destination to the next.
I’m grateful on behalf of our chefs for the opportunity to experience the Lenovo P11 Plus tablets; the quality has impressed me (as a former IT consultant) and I would recommend them to anyone looking for a quality tablet at a very reasonable price point. I’ll be covering other technologies in future posts so be sure to keep a lookout, especially if you’re interested in the tools we use to produce the content we do for Masters of Malaysian Cuisine.