Company’s gift boxes offer fine experiences for loved ones

Published in The Star (Metro): Saturday 3 December 2011

Company’s gift boxes offer fine experiences for loved ones

ORIGINALO has just launched five new gifts categories in time for Christmas — Adrenalin, Delicious Dining, Luxury Dining, For Her and For Him.

Originalo gifts offer an easy solution to getting the ideal gift for family and friends that will have them screaming with delight.

Do not know what to get this holiday season?

Originalo has the perfect answer with its new additions: For Her (RM200) a gift-box set for women with style; For Him (RM200) a gift box set for men with attitude.

These multi-thematic gift box sets allow your recipient to choose from 12 amazing lifestyle experiences ranging from spa treatments, dining and action. How perfect is that?

Wide range: Tengku Zatashah and Aubry Rahim want to give people the option of giving the best gift with Originalo.

Know a thrill-seeker?

Then offer Adrenalin (RM200), which entitles one, two or more people to a choice of 12 exciting action-packed experiences on water, in the air or on the ground – from shark cage diving, hip hop dancing, martial arts, paintball, flying in a Cessna plane to indoor golf. the choice is yours!

Know a foodie?

Then offer Delicious Dining (RM199), which entitles two people to a choice of 12 delicious restaurants in Kuala Lumpur, or Luxury Dining (RM299), which entitles two people to a choice of 12 fine-dining restaurants in Kuala Lumpur.

Know of someone in need of a little pampering?

Then offer Spa Beauty (RM180), which entitles one person to a fabulous choice of 25 amazing spa treatments; Spa Massage (RM250), which entitles one person to a choice of 23 spa massages; or Luxury Spa (RM350), which entitles one person to a choice of 31 high-end luxury spas.

For a jetsetter, offer Ultimate Escape (RM550), which entitles two people to a fabulous weekend escape across Malaysia to destinations such as Kuala Lumpur, Cherating, Cameron Highlands, Penang, Malacca, Ipoh, Tioman, and Port Dickson.

The concept is simple to use: inside each Originalo gift box is a booklet and a voucher. All you have to do is select one of the experiences from the booklet.Then book directly with the experience provider and present the voucher at the venue.

“The beauty of this gift is that whatever gift you choose, they are guaranteed to make your Christmas brighter and more special because we have carefully selected only the best for our customers,” said Tengku Datin Paduka Setia Zatashah Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah, the driving force behind the company.

Her husband Aubry Rahim Mennesson added: “It is really targeted at those who appreciate the fine things in life and this is a more elegant way to say you care.”

Originalo positions itself as a “provider of next-generation lifestyle gifts” with prices starting from RM180.

The gifts are available from the website and at selected Borders bookstores (The Gardens Mall, Bangsar Village II, and The Curve).

To discover more about Originalo gifts, go to


Originalo at Borders Bookstores for Christmas!

Just in time for Christmas! ORIGINALO gifts can now be found at selected Borders Bookstores in Malaysia.

Borders Berjaya Times Square:

Borders The Gardens Mall:

Borders Bangsar Village II:

media coverage: Malay Mail

Tell us the next time you spot an Originalo gift and tweet us @zatashah and @aubrymennesson or tag us on Facebook at

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year everyone! 🙂

PZ & Frog.

Christmas Gift Ideas

Ok this may seem like my personal Wish List… so what if it is! :p But I’d rather call it my helpful guide – to all you last-minute shoppers  – of the most fab, fun and original gift ideas for him and for her.
Dear Santa, I’ve been good this year and what I would like for Christmas is…


Inside your loved one will get to choose from 13 luxury hotels in Malaysia and the package is a one-night escape for 2 people: Bunga Raya Island Resort, Pangkor Laut Resort, Tanjong Jara Resort, Tanjung Rhu Resort, Japamala Resort, Eastern & Oriental Hotel, The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat, Gayana Eco Resort, Mandarin Oriental KL, The Ritz-Carlton KL, The Datai Langkawi, The Villas.


iPad just looks so much fun! Words can’t describe how cool to have this under a Christmas tree…


Not bias I swear but this book does make a great Christmas present! The story is funny, cute, charming, a love story, palaces and princesses – from Paris to Malaysia. And yes my husband is the author, and I want a special autographed copy please. 🙂


Last year I featured Smythson so is it any surprise that it tops my list again. This purple croc with turquoise feature is simply so chic!


If you already have the Amazon Kindle (as I do) you’ll realize what a cool ebook reader it is. So what better than for your loved one to top up all their books for 2011 with your gift card?


It may be Winter time but it doesn’t mean that you can’t offer your loved one a fabulous escape package for two (so you can tag along) to the beautiful sunny beaches of Malaysia: Avillion Port Dickson, Casa del Mar Langkawi, Japamala resort Tioman, Hard Rock Hotel Penang, Hyatt Regency Kuantan, Impiana resort Cherating.


Love love love Christmas hampers especially by Harrods. A pure gastronomical blowout. Opt for The Saint James: confectionary, cakes, chocolates, biscuits, tea, coffee, Christmas pudding, Harrods china mugs etc.


This is just so gorgeous and I love charm bracelets. And it’s Chanel. Need I say more?


If you haven’t gone into the whole gaming system with Nintendon’s Wii, then I’m sure you can’t resist XBOX’s Kinect. No need for controls – the motion of your body is captured and emitted direct on to the screen. It’s not only a fab way of keeping fit, but it’s crazy fun too!


Tired after the long stressful year? Then treat your loved one to an amazing spa package treatment at any one of our award-winning international spas in Malaysia: Lancome Beauty Institute, 128 Faubourg Sothy’s, Mandara Spa, Sompoton Spa, Spa Village YTL, OPI Colour Culture Nail Bar, Spa & Med Beauty, Rock Spa, Telaga Bunga Spa, Four Seasons Langkawi Spa, Beaubelle.

So there you have some fantastic ideas that will leave your loved ones cheering with glee this Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

PZ and Frog.

Add a special touch to your Christmas gift-wrapping!

How often have we turned up with Christmas presents that may have looked like it was wrapped in a blizzard by some one-handed creature? Ok, so sometimes I have my good days when the present looks presentable, but sometimes… well here’s hoping the recipient doesn’t look too closely.

So I thought to myself, why not share some creative ideas for gift-wrapping your Xmas pressies, in a way that says not only “this is special” but also “it wasn’t wrapped for free by some shop assistant in a bad mood”. Here are some ideas:

Rubber Stamping – customize any gift wrap that only takes seconds to do…

Bottle gift wrap – make it chic…

Silver wrap – and embellish…

Black and white – dare to stand out…

Fabric for a touch of difference…

Colour – wrap your gifts in the theme to match your decoration…

Oriental tissue wrapping paper – sweet and simple…

Japanese print paper – do-it-yourself…

Stripes – make a bold statement…

Gift bags – for stress-free…

Gift tags to download – make it festive (and it’s free)…

So there we have it, no excuses for arriving with sadly-wrapped gifts. Let’s make it festive!



Christmas gifts with a difference…

Fed up of buying the same old stuff every year for Christmas? I mean, how many cufflinks can you actually buy for him? Or, will she appreciate that scarf that looks like Granny knit it? You have no idea what to buy, do you?

If you hadn’t guessed, time has come folks (hear those Christmas carols ringing through the malls?) to put your thinking caps on and search for that genuine, unique gift that will have everyone just squeal in delight! So I bring to you (out of my generous Christmas spirit – ain’t no Grinch in my house!) some actually delightful and different ideas for that ideal gift around the Christmas tree, for any kind of budget.

1. Limited edition candles: Kuntzel & Deygas for Diptyque

Diptyque, my favorite Parisian candles, recently Limited Edition candles (only 4,000) by French artistes Kuntzel & Deygas, themed La Belle et La Bête (Beauty and The Beast). The Beauty candle is scented with notes of Rhubarb, Egyptian Geranium, Blackcurrant Berries, Tea Rose, and Sandalwood and Beast is all about Indonesian Patchouli, Java Vetiver, and Wood. Checkout: or visit 34 boulevard Saint Germain 75005 Paris. Retailed at USD98 for the pair.


2. Nava Design

Milanese stationer Nava Design commissioned Alessandro Esteri to design a set of notebooks. Esteri came up with One Year of White Pages: 12 monthly jotters each with a right number of holes punched through the books to denote the month. Check out: or Retailed at USD38.


3. AlphabetBags

These eye-catching affordable totes will have everyone laughing and bagging one! Adorned in single letters or clever messages, they’re practical, chic and tongue-in-cheek. Check out: Retailed at USD16.


4. Pandora

Women love charm bracelets. But what’s better than a normal charm bracelet is if you can personalize it and make your own, adding as many little charms as you like! Check out: Retailed at USD40-120++ for a charm piece (excluding bracelet etc).


5. Anna Griffin Stationary Wardrobe

I love stationary sets! Though it may be old-fashion with the advent of internet, I can’t think of anything more charming or delightful than beautiful stationary. So why not choose one of the 3 sets (Damask, Zebra, Blue Key) Stationery Wardrobe which comes in a decorative keepsake box.  Each box contains 20 folded note cards, 20 flat correspondence cards, 20 letter sheets, 60 printed envelopes, an adhesive list pad, and 2 adhesive note pads. Check out: Retailed at USD55.


6. Smythson

On the same note, who can resist a Smythson? Established since 1887 in Bond Street, Smythson for me is the ultimate, exquisite joy of leather goods and sublime luxury stationary. You could choose for him the gorgeous green crocodile print calf skin collection? Or the classic engraved monogram Smythson photo album? Check out: Retailed at USD968.


7. Carlo Moretti

Fabulous, funky Italian glassware from the famous island Murano. Moretti even designs glassware that illuminate so you can even use it as lighting known as Illuminati collection or one of my favorites the Minimax collection. Ingenious. Sexy. Check out: Retailed: undisclosed


8. Ralph Lauren Home

No matter the taste, I don’t think you can go far wrong with Ralph Lauren Home. Masculine yet sexy.  My favorite has to be the bedding and pieces in Ralph Lauren’s Penthouse Collection. It makes every home the ideal home. Check out: Retailed: undisclosed


9. Cool-er eBook Reader

You’ve heard of Amazon’s Kindle – eBook Reader where you can download 1000s of books electronically, store it and read it anywhere. But shame the look and design isn’t really there yet. Now here’s something more chic and fun – COOL-ER. Similar in style to Apple’s i-pods, Cool-er come in various colors, cheaper than Sony’s eBook Reader, has its own store, thinner than an i-phone and half the weight of the Kindle. Check out: Retailed at USD249.


10. Les Ateliers Ruby

In Paris, PZ and Frog used to get around by scooter – a very European thing that was so practical and fun. So if you are like us, then why not choose for your partner a really cool funky helmet design by Les Ateliers Ruby. The tweed helmet for your i-phone was exclusively designed for Karl Lagerfeld. Check out: Retailed at USD880.

Like what you see? So start ordering now!

Joyeux Noel!

PZ (and her Frog).