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Class is in

Session

Classy looks by

Syomirizwa Gupta

& Sabihah London


Cover Story

Syomirizwa Gupta

Contents

Issue 23 • October 2015

Inspire

Success Through the

Eyes of Mercy

Music

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Juliana Iskandar

CEO & Co-founder

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Contributors

Adeela Qureshi

Atikah Amalina

Aydha Mehnaz

Bushra Abuzeid

Dounia Odeh

Hira Ali

Idil Mohamed Ali

Imrah Hariby

Jinan Deena

Madiha Ahmed

Malikah Ebrahim

Nadia Ali

Naira Ghanem

Rahat Malik

Rym Shamas

Sanae Chakrouni

Sana Mahmood

Shazia Javed Hassam

Sumaia Salah

Sheema Sherry

Zakiyya Bham

Clarence Anthony

Group CEO

This Issue...

Fashion

Syomirizwa Gupta

Sabihah London

Fashion Spread

Beauty

Old School Glamour

What Looks Good On YOU

Inspire

Success Through the Eyes

of Mercy

Food

Tea Rings Recipe

Health

We Heart Food

Home

Bring Fall into your Home

Music

Empire Soundtrack

Business

The good, the bad, the ugly

Gadgets

Smartphones that Rule the

World

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Class is in Session

Class: impressive stylishness or elegance in appearance or behavior.

What is defined as classy? Different women have a different interpretaon of what’s classy

but personally, to me, a woman who exudes class is well‐groomed, well‐dressed, and wellmannered.

‘Class’ is a package deal – outside and in.

When it comes to the outside, to me a classy look isn’t about following the latest trends.

It’s about keeping things simple, meless, classic, and most importantly being confident in

your own skin.

In this month’s issue we turn back me to the elegant and classy style of yesterday. From

geng that old school glamourous look with bold red lipsck to the simple and elegant

designs that will make you look and feel like a princess. We are honoured to feature

famous Malaysian fashion designer, Syomir Izwa Gupta, who was in town to showcase his

ready‐to‐wear designs for Zalora, as well as Sabihah London, an upcoming London fashion

house. The looks featured in this issue exude elegance, class and femininity.

Being classy isn’t just about what you wear but how you carry yourself as well. As Muslim

women, we’ve been told to follow in the footsteps of the exemplary women in Islam –

Maryam, A’isyah, Khadijah, Asiyah and Famah. Despite Gaya’s emphasis on fashion and

style in our issues, we also strongly uphold the belief that any classy woman has to also

carry herself well with respect for herself and others.

“A girl should be two things; classy & fabulous” – Coco Chanel

Stay classy, ladies.

Juliana Iskandar

CEO & Co‐founder, Gaya Magazine

instagram.com/dayinthelifeof_jules

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Fashion

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SYOMIRIZWA GUPTA

- THE MAN BEHIND THE DESIGN -

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...I want to show that the

simplest things can create

the biggest impact...



...I love how clothes can

transform someone...


Last month we had the honour and

pleasure of interviewing famous

Malaysian fashion designer, Syomir

Izwa Gupta, who was in town to

showcase his ready-to-wear

designs for Zalora.

As the models walked out onto the

runway, a quiet hush took over the

room. Eyes were glued in silent

admiration for the designs.

Syomir Izwa tells us more about

himself and what inspires him...

Gaya: How did you first start out?

Syomir: It’s a long story! When I was

small, I was a big fan of Walt Disney

cartoons - this was pre-Instagram

years, way before. I loved to draw

anything. I could draw Snow White,

Sleeping Beauty, all of them.

I always thought that when I grew up

I would be an animator for Walt Disney.

But while drawing, it started to look

boring to me, so I started to change

Cinderella’s sleeves, or Snow White’s

skirt to a short skirt and that’s when

my mom asked me if I wanted to

become a Fashion Designer. That was

the first time I ever heard this term,

a ‘Fashion Designer’ and this was when

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...I was then mesmerised by

this idea, that there was

actually a job like that, that

one could do to make girls

feel and look beautiful...


I was 11 years old. So I asked my

mom, “What was that?” and she

explained to me what being a fashion

designer meant.

I was then mesmerised by this idea,

that there was actually a job like that,

that one could do to make girls feel

and look beautiful.

So I started at the age of 11-12, to

design for my mom and her colleagues

when they went for events. Fast

forward, in 1994, my teacher

encouraged me to take up designing in

Form 4 and Form 5. After Form 5, I

enrolled into Raffles College of Higher

Education and the rest is history.

I love how clothes can transform

someone. I want to show that the

simplest things can create the biggest

impact. My lines are very simple and

there’s no fuss.

Gaya: What was your inspiration

for your collection?

Syomir: This collection was launched

for Hari Raya (Eid), but of course you

can wear it for weddings, and other

functions. First of all, my aim is to

show that my pieces are not for a

certain period of time and you can

wear them at any time - timeless. You

can mix and match my clothes so

there’s a longer life in them.

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...It is very difficult to educate

the masses, but you have to

start off slowly...


Lately in Kuala Lumpur, the trend has

been more elaborate, where people

dress up to look more like they’re

headed for a gala, but it’s actually Hari

Raya (Eid) where it’s supposed to be

fun and enjoyable.

I want to educate the people that there

can be different clothes for different

occasions, just like in the West where

there are Resort Collections, Spring/

Summer Collections and more.

I want to bring back the spirit of Hari

Raya (Eid) where it’s all about

celebrating each other. I chose Penang,

Malaysia because of the strong history

behind this island.

There are key segments in the

collection. The first being the Indian

Muslim style, second is the Peranakan

style and lastly, the third is the Colonial

style where all the preppy, Jackie O

and Audrey Hepburn influences come

in. I want to show it is just a matter of

styling and anyone from 18 to 50 years

old can wear them.

Gaya: What or who inspires you?

Syomir: For every collection, I’m

always inspired by the things that I’m

reading for the last six months, or

people that I interact with.

It’s actually what I go through for the

last six months, and most of the things

that inspire me is when I go travelling

or buildings and even people around

me. Everyday life inspires me.

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...I would like to think that I started

something in the Malay market and

it’s nice to see that there are more

prominent styles in the market now...


Gaya: For my final question, do you

see a change in our fashion industry

today? And what are your thoughts

on this?

Syomir: When I was first accepted into

the industry, and as a fashion designer

the first thing you need to know is your

direction. And you also need to know

the important names (who came)

before you.

It is very difficult to educate the

masses, but you have to start off

slowly. Five years ago, no one was

doing colour blocking, it’s always been

so much of beading and if there was no

sparkle, there was no value.

Back in Kuala Lumpur, there’s always

a stereotype where if you were a bride,

you have to wear this and if it was for

a certain function, you have to wear

that. But what if it doesn’t suit you?

I started off with bridal wear. But after

a while I felt, instead of getting me

involved in just their (the couple’s)

wedding, why not get me involved in

other parts of their lives?

I like to be involved in everyday

dressing and part of people’s lives,

where there are so many other options.

You don’t have to wear sparkles,

sequins, lace - there is always

something for everyone.

Now, everyone is doing colour blocking,

effortless styles and it’s nice to see

Asian styles that represent who they

are but in a more realistic way.

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...It’s not a competition,

but more of celebrating

different kinds of looks...


I would like to think that I started

something in the Malay market and

it’s nice to see that there are more

prominent styles in the market right

now with names from Joe Chia to

Tengku Syahmi who all have their own

unique aesthetics which I really like.

It’s not a competition, but more of

celebrating different kinds of looks

and offering different variety to your

followers and customers.

Last but not least, I want to show that

you can be anyone who wears Syomir

Izwa, I want people to relax and have

fun, and it’s just clothes!

Gaya Magazine would like to thank

Syomir Izwa Gupta for taking time for

this interview. We would also like to

thank En Pointé for inviting us for the

fashion showcase.

The Syomir Izwa for Zalora collection

is now available on Zalora Singapore.

Click the link below to view the

collection online.

www.zalora.com.sg

Photography by: Gaya Magazine

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Fashion

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lassy &

onfident

www.sabihah.london

Photography by: Sabihah London

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Sabihah London is a modest

fashion boutique based in London.

Our aim is to provide our clients with

high quality modest ready-to-wear

clothing. Designs have been created to

ensure practicality is a priority in each

garment that we have strived not to

compromise on. It would be such a

shame if you were at an event or party

and had to remove your entire outfit

just to renew your wudhu.

Throughout the collection you will see

buttons, zips, pockets and wudhu

friendly sleeves, which are a must. We

believe every outfit should be versatile

enough to cope with the demands of

the modern woman.

We wanted to truly fulfil the real

meaning behind the phrase ‘Timeless

design’. We focus on simple cuts and

styles that will work in every season

and can be accessorised to get your

ideal look.

Our first collection is a limited edition

collection that has been made using

only the highest quality fabrics and

expert tailoring. There are pieces

designed for occasions such as Eid,

weddings or other special events.

There are also versatile pieces that can

be taken from a day to an evening look

with minimal effort, simply by a change

of hijab or accessories to suit your

personal taste.

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About The Designer -

Sabihah Khan

Her motivation for starting her own

brand originated when she started

wearing the hijab, realising that her

options for looking stylish yet modest

were extremely limited.

She hopes that her clothing line will

inspire confidence amongst Muslim

women intending to look modest and

also inspire other young Muslim women

to make a contribution to the growing

world of modest fashion with their own

personality and style.

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Aysha - Burgundy

Velvet Dress

The dress was created

with a bodice and A-line

skirt featuring narrow

front pleats. The sleeves

have functional buttons

making it wudhufriendly,

zip at the back

of the dress for ease of

wear without having to

redo your hijab and

functional inseam

pockets on both sides

which are fully lined.

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Maha - Honeycomb Maxi

Skirt in Dusty Pink

This skirt has diagonal front

pleats and the back of the skirt

has panels which provide

structure and volume. It is fully

lined and has a waistband and zip

opening and hook at the back. It

also has functional inseam

pockets on both sides, perfect for

when you are on the go.

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Sawad - Black

Embossed Dress

This dress has been

designed on an embossed

fabric with a bodice and

elegant back pleats, which

gives it structure without

defining the body shape.

The dress bodice and skirt

are fully lined apart from

the sleeves.

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Wardah - Red

Jacquard Dress

This dress has a

structured shape created

with a bodice and A-line

skirt. The dress bodice

and skirt are fully lined

apart from the

sleeves. The sleeves

have functional buttons

making it wudhu friendly,

back zip for easy wear

without having to redo

your hijab and stylish

functional pockets on the

front of the dress which

are fully lined.

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Zahra - Polka Dot Tunic

The tunic is made of a nontransparent

crepe material that is

ideal for summer or for wearing as

an open front jacket if you want to

layer. The sleeves have functional

buttons making it wudhu-friendly,

fully functional front buttons,

inseam side pockets, fabric loops for

teaming with an optional waist belt.

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Beauty

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Old

School

Glamour

By Aydha Mehnaz

Glamour has nothing to do with

age or even a particular era.

What remained cool for decades will

still remain cool for many years to

come. As retro with a modern silhouette

is the “it” trend that continues to take

its toll across all things fashion - a

classic red lip with a winged liner still

reigns as the ultimate look of makeup

when we think of glamour.

Compliment your look with a little black

dress (LBD), and Voila! You have just

captured a style that is timeless.

So how to be timeless? I bet even

Marilyn Monroe didn’t pull off that iconic

red lip color at one go. It requires

practice and confidence.

When it came to putting makeup on

my face I struggled (still do to some

extent), as if I were a puppy trying to

walk on her hind legs.

But now blessed by modern technology

aka binge watching an entire playlist of

my favorite beauty gurus on YouTube,

I too feel like I know a thing or two

about how to do your makeup, smile

back confidently to the girl behind the

makeup counter because I know what

a primer does.

Choosing the right foundation for your

skin type is key to a smooth look. As

for me I figured since I have an oily

skin (so oily I am sure I can be richer

than the Middle East), I skip the liquid

foundation and go straight for a crème

concealer and studio finish powder

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...how to be timeless?

The answer is it’s

simply a unique

mixture of what is old

with what is new...


by MAC. My shade is NC42. As for the

lip, here I went with the Matt shade of

Ruby Woo (also by MAC), winged liner

and mascara.

I am still struggling on how to contour

cheekbones properly. I’ll update you

guys when I master that one.

You gotta love the internet, man. Even

an amateur like myself feels like a

beauty expert now haha.

So I return to my previous question:

how to be timeless? The answer is it’s

simply a unique mixture of what is old

with what is new.

Beauty Contributor Profile: Aydha Mehnaz

Aydha Mehnaz is the founder of the lifestyle blog Minazification that promotes modest fashion.

Minazification comprises of quality blog posts on makeup and styling. Pursuing her bachelor’s degree

in Biochemistry & Biotechnology, Aydha is also the creative designer of Sailor Bangladesh, an

upcoming clothing brand based out of Dhaka, Bangladesh.

minazification.com

instagram.com/minazification

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Beauty

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What looks

good on

YOU

By Dounia Odeh

It’s important

that every

woman know

what suits her

the most.

And as we all

know not every

type of outfit,

hijab or even the

colour of makeup

suits every one of

us. It could

depend on our

skin colour, our

face structure and

even body figure.

And that’s

something we

should all be

aware of.

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MAKEUP

When choosing the colour

of foundation, always select

a foundation colour that is

one tone lighter than our

original skin colour.

Contouring is the best thing

you'll ever do to shape your

face and just so you know

girls with an egg-shaped

face and a square-shaped

ones are the best for

contouring. Girls with a

chubby face can make their

faces thinner with

contouring.

I figured that out through

my studies of art, colors

and drawing. When you put

some dark blush under your

cheekbones and a darker

blush directly on the

cheekbones you'll get a

thinner face figure.

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Some of us ladies have

trouble with the small hair on

our faces. If you are facing

that struggle, keep away

from powder foundation -

that's the main step. When

you use powder the hair will

pump up making it obvious

so avoid this.

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Bold colours

Many of us know too well that

YELLOW is a scary colour. I even

wrote it in a capital letters to

shout out how scary it is. It takes

a brave woman to pull off that

colour but not all women are

brave enough to wear it. I’m

certainly not one of them. But if

you are, go forth and shine like

the sun. There were many outfits

on the Emmy red carpet this

year that spotted almost every

shade of yellow. And boy, did

they shine.

Red is another bold colour

that not every woman is brave

enough to wear. But if you can,

my advice is go forth. Red is

definitely a colour to make you

look old school glamorous.

Many women stick to the all-time

classic Black, which looks good

on everyone and every body

type. No doubt it does make an

outfit look chic and classy. But if

you’re a skinny girl, try to avoid

the colour. Go with the brighter

colors to shine with a glamorous

glam of your own.

Most importantly, find out the

best choices for your body type

and skin tone. And Be Confident!

Beauty Contributor Profile: Dounia Odeh

My passion for art made me realize that art doesn't only exist on a paper canvas, to me the body

and the face is a canvas. It’s all about art, it’s all about that little simple touch that you can always

add and that artistic signature by you that makes you so motivated to give more, to give all you

have…to inspire and be inspired…and that’s my goal now. I got inspired and now I want inspire

Muslim ladies and motivate them with the optimistic spirit and the faith in all its kind.

instagram.com/dounia_oudi

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Inspire

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What is ‘Success’?

Is it getting a promotion in your job?

Perhaps a raise? Or is it getting that

dream house that you’ve worked so

hard for? That was how the latest

installation of Safinah Talks, held on

the 15th of August, began.

The talk, aptly titled “Success through

the eyes of mercy”, touched on what

we, as human beings, defined as

success and how do we attain that

success. Of course, the underlining

message was also on how to attain the

success without compromising on our

beliefs. After all, as Muslims, it is our

obligation to serve Him.

“The first step in achieving success is

deciding what it really means to you”,

says Ustaz Fizar Zainal.

Yes to a certain degree. But we also

have to bear in mind that Allah SWT

ultimately determines everything.

What we plan, may not necessarily turn

out the way we have set in our minds.

He may have a different route for us.

But whatever the route we take or get

led on, it is our duty as Muslims to

strive for success and excellence. After

all, our own call to prayer is a call to

success. (Haiya ‘Alas-salah; Haiya

‘Alal-falah – Hasten to prayer; hasten

to success). If Allah has decreed for us

to succeed in life and whatever we do

(and is repeated five times each day),

who are we to dismiss that?

“As Muslims, it is our obligation to be

successful – to use the skills and

knowledge that Allah has blessed us

with, to be the best and do the best”,

says Ustaz Mizi Wahid.

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What does this mean exactly? Well, we

are each made differently. Allah created

each and every one of us with different

sets of skills and a different purpose.

What that purpose is, only each of us

would know if we dig deep enough.

The knowledge we hold are taught to

us through life’s experiences that we

each go through. Again the path to

that knowledge differs from person to

person. In spite of the differences we

are meant to use those skills and

knowledge to fulfil our purpose – to

serve Him, ourselves and others.

If we hold back and keep these unique

skills and knowledge to ourselves,

we’re being selfish and there is no

barakat from being selfish.

Here’s a simple example we developed

for this point. A woman is blessed with

the ability to sew and she opens a

small dress making and alteration shop.

Her skill and knowledge in the art of

sewing helps and benefits the people

who go to her.

Yes, she makes a living from it, that’s

a bonus, but what she does changes

the lives of others around her who

don’t have the skill to do it on their

own. “Even running a business is an

ibadah” – Ustaz Mizi Wahid.

Let’s add another twist to that example

and say that on the side, through her

business, she is able to collect

unwanted clothes from her customers

and remakes them to give to the less

fortunate. That’s Zakah. Let’s add all

that up along with the five daily prayers

this pious woman never misses.

Wouldn’t you consider that a success?

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In the example above, we added the

five daily prayers towards the end.

Why? Because, let’s face it. All of it

would not have been possible without

Allah’s doing.

The woman in the example would not

have been able to do what she did

without being blessed with the skills

and knowledge. So the daily prayers

are of utmost importance to give

recognition and thanks to the One who

made it all happen.

“If you have the highest pay and

position but you have not performed

your solat or prostrate to the one who

has given you all that, then there is no

barakat” – Ustaz Fizar Zainal.

So how do you achieve success? Here

are three simple but important tips by

the speakers of Safinah:

Keep the attitude of excellence

Whatever you do, don’t do it halfway.

Give it your best and strive for the best.

“Strive to thrive, not just to survive”,

Ustaz Mizi Wahid.

Reflect

After each day, look back and reflect

on the day. Look at the high points as

well as the low points and learn from

them. Use those lessons to perfect the

following day. Remember,…excellence

is a habit.

Prioritise solat and keep Allah in

mind

Never forget the Creator and what He

has provided to us. Never forget that

without Him, nothing is possible.

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Gaya Magazine would like to thank the

speakers of the night, Ustaz Fizar

Zainal, Ustaz Mizi Wahid, guest

speakers, Mr Sujimy Mohamad and his

lovely wife Madam Haslinda Ali, and

the entire Safinah Team for giving us

the opportunity to attend yet another

uplifting and education talk.

We would also like to thank the Safinah

Team for giving Gaya Magazine the

opportunity to be a media partner for

Safinah Talks.

To find out more about the upcoming

Safinah Talks, visit their website and

follow them on social media.

www.safinah.sg

instagram.com/safinahinstitute

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Recipe

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One

lump

or Two?

By Shazia Hassam

Can you believe that it has been 3

months since Ramadaan?

The pace with which time passes us by

ever baffles me. Someone once told me

that when children exclaim at how fast

time goes by, one should realise that

time indeed waits for no-one. Alas my

children are forever telling me this!

So I had this recipe that I wanted to

share earlier in the year but as the star

of the dish is pitted dates, I thought it

best to share it a while after Ramadaan.

I love love love versatile recipes and

this is one of them.

You can almost put anything in these

little wonders and it will taste fantastic.

It’s also one of those delicacies that

taste fresh for days on end and will

leave you with a taste to savour long

after you’ve devoured your portion.

It needs slightly more prep work

beforehand but trust me it is absolutely

worth it.

So what is this mystery wonder? It’s

called a tea ring – the love child of a

Danish pastry and a scone and my…

can it tantalise taste buds!

Toodles!

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Tea

Rings

Ingredients

125g margarine

½ cup caster sugar

250ml fresh cream

2½ cups plain flour

2 tsp baking powder

1 egg

Vanilla essence

Filling

1 cup chopped dates

½ cup chopped walnuts

Apricot jam

Beaten egg for glazing

A mixture of 2 tbsp icing sugar and

1 tsp water

Method








Cream together the margarine,

sugar and fresh cream

Add the rest of the ingredients and

knead into a pliable dough

Make 24 balls from the dough and

roll each one out to the size of a

saucer about half a centimeter thick

Spread 1 tsp of apricot jam on each

and sprinkle 1 tbsp of the date and

walnut mixture

Roll each like a swiss roll and pull

the ends inside slightly. This should

resemble a crab shape. Make gashes

in each crescent and brush with

egg wash

Bake for 35 minutes at 180 degrees

celsius until golden brown

Once cool, drizzle the icing over

Food Contributor Profile: Shazia Javed Hassam

I’m a British working single Muslim Mum (that’s a mouthful!) trying my best to bring my children up in

the most nurturing environment with the best of Islamic etiquette. My passion is either with a wooden

spoon or a pen. Despite having the best intentions I am nearly always the epitome of peculiarity.

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Health

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We heart food.

Who doesn’t? But in

conjunction with World

Heart Day on September

29th, we’re going to

check out the foods that

heart our heart.

Ok that’s confusing.

What we mean is here

are foods that are good

for your heart. So pile

up and eat away…

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Salmon, Sardines

& Mackerel

Salmon, sardines and mackerel are

the superstars of heart-healthy foods. That's

because they contain copious amounts of

omega-3 fatty acids, shown in studies to lower

the risk of arrhythmia (irregular heart beat)

and atherosclerosis (plaque build-up in the

arteries) and decrease triglycerides.

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Legumes

Fill up on fiber with lentils,

chickpeas, and black and kidney

beans. Just like salmon, sardines

and mackerel, they're packed

with omega-3 fatty acids. Plus

calcium and soluble fiber.

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Berries

Blueberries, strawberries, raspberries –

the choice is yours. According to a

recent health study women aged

between 25 and 42 who ate more

than three servings of blueberries

and strawberries a week had

a 32% lower risk of heart

attack compared with those

who ate less.

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Citrus

fruits

Studies have shown that

women who consume high

amounts of the flavonoids

found in oranges and

grapefruits have a 19% lower

risk of ischemic stroke (caused

by a clot) than women who

don't get as much of these

compounds. Citrus fruits are

also high in vitamin C, which

has been linked with a lower

risk of heart disease. Stay

clear of citrus juices that

contain added sugar though.

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Potatoes

There's no reason to stay away from

potatoes because they look like "bad"

starch. As long as they're not deep fried,

potatoes can be good for your heart.

They're rich in potassium, which can help

lower blood pressure. And they're high

in fiber, which can lower the risk for

heart disease.

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Yogurt

Research have shown that yogurt may

protect against gum disease. If left

unchecked, gum disease may elevate a

person’s risk for heart disease. Researchers

from Japan analyzed dietary intakes from

nearly 1,000 adults and found those who

consumed the highest levels of dairy -

specifically yogurt and yogurt-type drinks

- had the healthiest gums.

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Avocado

Add a bit of avocado to a sandwich or salad

to up the amount of heart-healthy fats in

your diet. Packed with monounsaturated fat,

avocados can help lower low-density

lipoprotein (LDL/ bad cholesterol) levels

while raising the amount of high-density

lipoprotein (HDL/ good cholesterol)

cholesterol in your body.

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Broccoli,

Spinach & Kale

Thanks to lutein, folate, potassium and

fiber that’s stored in it, spinach can

help keep your heart in tip top

shape. Then again upping your

servings of any veggies is sure

to give your heart a boost.

But green vegetables may

give an extra boost to your

heart. These are high in

carotenoids, which act as

antioxidants and free your

body of potentially

harmful compounds.

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Pomegranate

Pomegranates contain numerous antioxidants,

including heart-promoting polyphenols and

anthocyanins which may help stave off

hardening of the arteries. One study found

that a daily dose of pomegranate

juice over three months

showed improvements in

blood flow to the heart.

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Home

42

Bring Fall

Into Your

Home

The Fall season is upon us and the stores

are filled with scented candles from

Pumpkin Spice to Vanilla Bean scents.

But before scented candles were in the market,

our grandmothers used to simmer a pot of

spices to create their very own favourite scents.

All you need are a selection of spices and a pot

of water. Here are some recipes to try.

Whichever recipe you wish to try, the

instructions are the same and very simple. Fill a

small saucepan with water and bring to a boil.

Add the ingredients, continue to boil for a few

minutes, then turn down the heat and leave to

simmer. Add water when necessary.

Enjoy!

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Simmer Pot 1

Peel from 1 lemon

Peel from 1 orange

2 bay leaves

3 cinnamon sticks

2 tablespoons whole cloves

Simmer Pot 2

Cinnamon sticks

Apple peels

Orange rinds

Whole cloves

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Simmer Pot 3

5 bay leaves

1 tablespoon whole cloves

2 sticks cinnamon

Simmer Pot 4

1 cup dried lavender

1 teaspoon anise

1 tablespoon nutmeg

1 tablespoon whole cloves

1 cinnamon stick

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Music

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46

Ever since the first season of

Empire exploded on the air, we

have been hooked.

Needless to say, when season two

started last week, we rejoiced! If

you’ve not gotten bitten by the Empire

bug, we suggest you try streaming it

online or something. Or perhaps stay

away from watching it cos it is

definitely addictive.

The hit series recently received three

Emmy nods. Sadly the series didn’t bag

any but hey, there’s always next year.

The series centers around a hip-hop

music and entertainment company

called Empire Entertainment, and the

drama among the Lyon family - the

founder and his family - battling control

over the multi-million dollar empire.

The music behind the series are original

songs written and produced by a

talented team led by Timbaland!

With Timbaland at the helm, you know

the songs will be good. Add to that a

cast that can sing…you got yourself a

solid soundtrack.

Season two is still in the running and

some EPs have been released but we

have to wait till the entire soundtrack

is out. In the meantime, the soundtrack

from the first season is a good

benchmark for the next soundtrack.

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Tracks:

1. Good Enough

2. What is Love

3. No Apologies

4. Keep it Movin’

5. Keep Your Money

6. Drip Drop

7. Can’t Truss ‘Em

8. I Wanna Love You

9. Money for Nothing

10. Walk Out On Me

11. You’re So Beautiful

12. Conqueror

13. Remember the Music

14. Shake Down

15. Power of the Empire

16. Nothing to Lose

17. Whatever Makes You Happy

18. New York Raining

Available for download on iTunes.

Click here to view.

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Business

Social Media...

the good,

the bad,

the ugly.

By Juliana Iskandar

Social media is a double-edge

sword. When used right, it’s a good

tool to promote your business or

social causes.

It is a good platform to get your

message to the masses. But the same

happens when you have bad intentions.

The ‘bad’ is spread fast as well and in

some cases, faster than the good. When

a business gets bad press in social

media, it’s sometimes really hard to

come back from it.

Before social media, businesses had to

only worry about how customers

behaved in the store. I remember when

I was younger and working at a café,

my manager would always tell me that

the customer is always right and

whatever the customer wanted, we

would have to make sure we can

provide. But after they left, the

problem was out of our hands.

Yes, they could tell their friends about

us and whether it be a good comment

or bad, the word would only get to that

circle and pretty much die there. But

now with social media, that circle got

larger. One bad comment can spread

like wildfire within minutes.

Customers’ comments aren’t just

limited to the time they spend at the

physical store but outside and online

as well. The Marketing Manager’s job

just got more complicated.

How do you avoid such nasty

comments then? It is a daily struggle

every business out there faces. So

you’re not alone. Even the big guys

face the same issues. I wish I can give

you a magical answer to that question

but the truth of the matter is, I don’t.

No one does. Unfortunately with social

media, there is no way you can control

nasty comments from occurring.

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...Yes, you can try to prevent them by

providing the best service there is and

responding to customers’ queries within

minutes, but hey, you’re human...


Yes, you can try to prevent them by

providing the best service there is and

responding to customers’ queries within

minutes, but hey, you’re human. And if

you’re running a one-man (or woman)

show, then it’s even tougher. But then

again, even that doesn’t guarantee a

clean-bill of comments.

The trick here is to roll with the

punches. It’s how to handle the

comment that matters. Now there are

some cases where you just would like

to scream and yell at the person from

behind the keyboard…trust me, I’ve

been there. But that’s not the way to

do it. Instead, just be nice, apologise

and move on.

Yes, you heard me…I said apologise.

Sometimes it’s truly not your fault.

Yes, I totally side you on that. But a

customer is still a customer and for the

sake of the business, you got to treat

them as such. I’m in no way saying to

kiss the ground they walk on. No, don’t

get me wrong.

Let’s say for instance you didn’t get

back to the customer in time and it was

due to the lack of time you had with all

the other duties you are juggling.

Start off with a sincere apology for

missing their email or call, then briefly

telling them the reason for the slip.

Don’t go into a sob story about the kids

running amok or the stove caught fire.

Then offer them something for their

wait. Don’t overcompensate (you

certainly don’t want to set a precedent)

but offer a solution.

Let me give you an example. Today a

client of mine received a Facebook post

from a customer who said that he

wasn’t aware that the sandwich he had

ordered had lamb meat in it and since

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...Customers’ comments aren’t

just limited to the time they

spend at the physical store but

outside and online as well. The

Marketing Manager’s job just

got more complicated...


he couldn’t eat lamb, he had to throw it

away and purchase another one. When

I first saw the post, I laughed. Honest!

Why? Cos the name of the sandwich

had the word “Lamb” in it. I was so

close to respond something sarcastic

but I knew I couldn’t. And here was a

post for all to see.

Now, I could have left it be and let it

ride cos other’s reading it might just

see how ridiculous the post was but

that’s not the way it works. A business

should always step up and react…and

react well. With dignity and grace.

So here’s how we handled it. We

responded sincerely apologizing for his

‘unpleasant’ experience and said that

moving forward we would look into

making sure the word lamb was written

more clearly on the menu to avoid such

a mishap. That was our ‘spin’.

Listen, I’m sure there are some

customer’s you would feel like

strangling but if you’re in business,

you know you’re going to get some

not so nice ones. It’s just the way of

the business.

It’s how you convert the bad ones over

to your side - that’s the magic.

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Gadgets

51

Smartphones

that rule

the world

So the new iPhone has just

been released and scores of

people have queued up for

this new gadget.

With its new touchscreen

technology, the iPhone 6S has

definitely made it to the list of

top smartphones in the

market. But with the

competition in the mobile

phone game fierce as ever

with companies trying to

overthrow the reigning king,

bigger and better smartphones

have been born.

So we’ve decided to list

the top 10 smartphones

in the market.

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#10: Nexus 6

Google’s Nexus program is

alive and kicking with a

powerful 6-inch phablet that

runs its latest Android software.

#9: OnePlus 2

The OnePlus 2 feels pretty solid. It

has a nice bit of heft to it, and it

looks like it could take a fall without

getting too scuffed up.

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#8: HTC One M9

Neither the new rear camera

nor the battery life live up

to their respective promises.

Nevertheless, this is still a

solid flagship and it proves

how far HTC has come in

the last 2 or 3 years.

#7: Sony

Xperia Z3+

It's a fine phone in its

own right and has lots

of promising features,

but when compared

with the latest

flagships, it just

doesn't cut it.

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#6: Samsung

Galaxy S6 Edge+

A superb phone for those in

love with phablets - this is

aesthetics combined with

stellar performance at a

decent price... just a shame

the battery still suffers.

#5: iPhone 6S Plus

Apple has reinvigorated its phablet

without rewriting the playbook thanks

to its smart 3D Touch technology and

more power under the hood.

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#4: LG G4

With the G4, LG has made

a smartphone with a great

looking design, color rich

display and a great camera

for photos.

#3: iPhone 6S

3D Touch is a genuine

innovation, and the

phone works fluidly at

nearly every task.

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#2: Samsung

Galaxy S6 Edge

The S6 Edge is a fantastic

looking handset with plenty

of power and an impressive

camera, but a poor battery

performance and sub-par

edge screen features stop it

from achieving perfection.

#1: Samsung Galaxy S6

The camera is superb, the audio and video

quality brilliant and the QHD display

crammed into the 5.1-inch screen is the

sharpest on the market - although it

does suck down the battery rather

a lot.

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