The Address May-June 2013

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The Address Magazine (May - June) 2013

THE ADDRESS

A TROPICANA MAGAZINE

THE

HERITAGE

ISSUE

FAMILY

LEGACY

Jagjeet Singh’s quest for

knowledge has seen her passing it

on to the next generation

pg 32

STEALTH ELEGANCE

The Maserati GranTurismo Sport

FOR THE LOVE

OF LEBANON

Explore the authentic taste

of Lebanese cuisine

pg 60

pg 100

Penang WorldCity

New seafront development

A tribute to the legacies left behind

KDN No 1505 (7892)

Bimonthly Magazine

Volume #88 Mar - Apr 2013


THE ADDRESS

A TROPICANA MAGAZINE

FAMILY

LEGACY

Jagjeet Singh’s quest for

knowledge has seen her passing it

on to the next generation

pg 32

STEALTH ELEGANCE

The Maserati GranTurismo Sport

pg 60

THE

HERITAGE

ISSUE

FOR THE LOVE

OF LEBANON

Explore the authentic taste

of Lebanese cuisine

Penang WorldCity

New seafront development

pg 100

A tribute to the legacies left behind

KDN No 1505 (7892)

Bimonthly Magazine

Volume #88 Mar - Apr 2013


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contents

CONTENTS

CHAPTER ONE the LIFESTYLE/ PAGE 17 new OPENINGS/

PAGE 18 FASHION/ PAGE 19 BEAUTY/ PAGE 20 GADGETS &

HOME LIVING/ PAGE 22 BOOKS/ PAGE 24 MUSIC/ PAGE 25

MOVIES/ PAGE 26 THE DIARY/ PAGE 28 TO 30 an interview

with JAGJEET kaur/ PAGE 32 CHAPTER two THE home/

PAGE 39 MATERIAL WEALTH/ PAGE 40 TO 43 PROPERTY

NEWS/PAGE 47 TO 57 STEALTH ELEGANCE/ PAGE 58

CHAPTER THREE THE EXPERIENCES/ PAGE 65 82 years

of luxury/ PAGE 66 to 71 spotlight on hILLARY

CLINTON: confidence, controversy And

Clout/ PAGE 72 TO 77 SIR HENRY COTTON/ PAGE 78 TO 84 CHAPTER

FOUR THE LOOK / PAGE 85 FASHION. style wave.

ACCESSORIES. beauty/ PAGE 86 TO 97 CHAPTER FIVE THE

TASTE/ PAGE 99 for tHE love of lebanon/ PAGE

100 THE DISHES/ PAGE 104 TO 110 THE DRINKS/ PAGE 112 TO 113

the sCENE/ PAGE 114 THE LIST/ PAGE 128 THE LAST

GOODBYE/ PAGE 132


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welcome

EDITOR’S NOTE

Heritage plays a great role in so much of our lives and great lineage often translates into an

imperative need to persevere and protect that which we believe, makes us who we are or

what we have created. It is not simply a question of sentimentality, but more a tribute to the

sacrifices made by a few to give future generations wealth that can manifest itself in many

forms, whether it be spiritual, philosophical, educational or material.

At the risk of delving into theoretical quicksand, it is worth considering this important

issue because understanding one’s history and the history of others gives us a greater understanding

of why things are the way they are.

We crave heritage for its defining properties that mold us and we resent it because we

cannot run from the past. Some people have the ability to reinvent themselves irrespective

of who they were, while others remain timeless like a classic Savile Row suit.

In this month’s issue, we bring you a range of interesting features all with their own stories

to tell. There are subjects which are not obviously connected to the theme of Heritage, but if

you look a little deeper, you will find that there is a story behind everything in the same way

that there is poetry in everything.

We hope you enjoy this issue and while you flick through the pages, we hope you consider

how these people got to where they are. We encourage you to think about what it takes to

be consistently successful and finally, you can reflect on the opportunity we all have to leave

a legacy behind.


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CHAPTER one

the LIFESTYLE

new OPENINGS. FASHION. BEAUTY.

GADGETS & HOME LIVING. BOOKS. MUSIC.

MOVIES. the diary. this is the life.

PAGEs

17 - 37


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the LIFESTYLE

NEW OPENINGS

NEW OPENINGS

1 — Geox

sets foot in Pavilion KL

Breathable footwear brand Geox is

thriving in the Malaysian market,

recently launching their new

concept store and Spring/Summer

2013 collection at Pavilion KL. The

Italian footwear and apparel brand,

known for its ‘shoe that breathes’,

has dramatically expanded its

collection and now stocks apparel

along with its signature shoes.

The innovative patented sole

prevents water from entering the

shoes while allowing sweat to

escape, thus reducing moisture and

discomfort. Geox’s technologically

advanced footwear is well-suited

to the Malaysian climate and

its continuing expansion into

Southeast Asia is quite inevitable.

www.geox.com

2 — ‘H’ for heritage

Quintessential British men’s

outfitters Hackett London has

opened at Pavilion KL and Suria

KLCC. Both the stores provide

a solution to the sartorial needs

of the modern ‘man about town’

with a uniquely selected and

merchandised range, products

exclusive to the store. The concept

store takes a fresh approach to the

shopping experience, from the instore

merchandising through to the

environment and facilities on offer.

Garments have been handpicked

from across all Hackett stores

and styled in looks aimed at the

more fashion-forward customer,

while the interior of the store is a

reflection of the brand’s distinctive

blend of tradition and modernity.

www.hackett.com

3 — Emilio Pucci

flaunts it

The luxury Italian fashion house

unveiled a luxurious new store

at Pavilion KL, spanning 878

square feet. The second Emilio

Pucci store in the world after New

York to embody the concept of a

magnificent 15th century Palazzo,

the Pavilion KL store features an

interior that evokes a legacy which

blends glamour, nobility and

luxury. It also houses the brand’s

latest and hottest collection of

ready-to-wear and accessories.

Emilio Pucci is noted for its

kaleidoscopic prints and jersey

dresses with a touch of elegance

and class. The brand is best known

for dressing celebrities such as

Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Hudson,

Kylie Minogue and Eva Longoria.

www.emiliopucci.com

4 — An urban adventure

A first concept store of its kind in

Southeast Asia, Urban Adventure

sets the trend for outdoor

urbanites that are constantly on

the lookout for new challenges,

new adventures and new styles.

Spreading over 5,000 square feet

on the third floor of Mid Valley

Megamall, this duplex store offers

extensively developed outdoor

footwear, apparel, bags, eyewear,

watches, camping gear, accessories

and more – each one guaranteed to

give you comfort, safety and style

for your activities. It also features

a unique, 20-feet high bouldering

wall equipped with a professional

guide and professional gears. The

climbing wall is catered toward

beginners and is complimentary.

www.worldofsports.com

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FASHION

1 — Valen tino’s

joie de vivre

For spring 2013, Creative

Directors Maria Grazia Chiuri

and Pierpaolo Piccioli envisioned

a spontaneous, unpredictable

woman dressed in a flowing, sleek

silhouette that gracefully reveals

the figure but does not hug the

body. Volumes are distinctive,

with nonchalant precision and

graphic modularity. Corsets

accentuate the look; lace is treated

as a fabric and used as a colourful,

almost camouflage-like, intarsia on

dresses and menswear-style jackets.

The collection emphasises dreamy

colour palettes and the usage of

texture instead of embellishment.

Other items in the collection

include chiffon tops, jumpsuits,

leather and lace trench coats, as

well as dresses made of cady with a

chinos finish.

www.valentino.com

2 — Rado hyperchrome

The new Rado HyperChrome

collection represents a step

forward in design for the Swiss

master of materials. Optimum

comfort and a streamlined,

fluid case construction with

specially developed, sleek side

inserts, combine to bring a flash

of brilliance to even the most

discerning of wrists. A total

of 32 different models in the

collection with a choice of quartz

or automatic movements ensure

that the Rado HyperChrome is

as versatile as watch lovers’ styles

and tastes are diverse. Streamlined

and subtle but still elegantly eyecatching,

the Rado HyperChrome

is the ultimate all day, every

occasion timepiece.

www.rado.com

3 — Tumi x Anna Sui

Tumi and Anna Sui have reunited

for a second season to introduce

an expansive travel collection for

the stylish jetsetter, featuring floral

patterns inspired by an original

Anna Sui print, which graced

the 2013 runway. Combined

with Tumi’s smart detailing and

lightweight designs, as well as its

seasonal spring colour palette of

raspberry and pansy hues, this

floral motif can be spotted on

Tumi classics such as the Voyageur

Super Leger International Carry-

On, Vapor cases, Voyageur

Weekender, Quintessential Tote,

and other small accessories.

Playful and practical, the collection

comes with whimsical, charm-like

branded hardware, contrasted

interior striped lining and

miniature flower appliqué details.

www.tumi.com

4 — Revisiting legacy

and tradition

This season, Alfred Dunhill

pays tribute to 100 years of

true Provenance, heritage and

craftsmanship. The highlight

of the collection is the Escorial

blazer made from lightweight and

resilient sheep fibre originating

from the ‘Royal Flock’ of North

Africa’s Mahgreb region. Best

paired with the brand’s navy sea

island cotton zip through that is

made from 100% fine gauge sea

island cotton. Other key pieces

include a red and charcoal wool

check blazer, a midnight blue

mohair wool dinner jacket, sevenfold

ties, a dark shadow wool

double-faced blouson and a navy

reversible silk rain mac.

www.dunhill.com

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the LIFESTYLE

BEAUTY

BEAUTY

1 — So intense

If you are looking for a

groundbreaking mascara that

beautifies, nourishes and protects

your skin, you need not look

further: Sisley’s new ‘So Intense

Mascara’ is the answer to

your needs. Containing a new

combination of tripeptide, Vitamin

H (also known as biotin, which

is renowned for the treatment of

hair loss), castor oil, Pro-Vitamin

B5 and Rice Phytoceramides,

this mascara has the capability to

improve the length and thickness

of bare lashes in only four weeks.

The mascara comes with a hightech

patented comb brush and is

available in deep black, deep brown

and deep blue.

www.sisley-cosmetics.com/gb-en

2 — Bentley smells an

opportunity

Wealthy drivers who love their

luxury vehicles are now able to

smell like them, thanks to Bentley.

The British automaker has

launched its first luxury fragrance

range for men, comprising three

colognes. The ‘Lalique Bentley

Crystal Edition’ is a collaboration

with French crystal maker Lalique,

which created a crystal bottle

topped with the Bentley ‘Flying

B’ mascot. Bentley describes the

scent as “a fitting elixir of fine

woody notes and exquisite leather

to complement the epicentres

of excellence within Bentley’s

craftsmanship”. Meanwhile,

the two other fragrances are

‘Bentley for Men’ and ‘Bentley

for Men Intense’.

www.bentleymotors.com

3 — Beauty and the bees

Guerlain has unveiled a new antiageing

treatment called ‘Abeille

Royale Youth Serum’. The product

is claimed to harness the reparative

power of bee products to repair

wrinkles and promote tissue

firmness. A key ingredient is the

Pure Royal Concentrate, described

as a blend of exclusive elements

capable of activating key factors of

the skin’s self-repair mechanisms.

It contains Ouessant honey,

thyme honey, clover honey from

New Zealand and French royal

jelly. Abeille Royale is presented

in a dropper bottle sculpted in a

honeycomb shape, where a gold

button is said to dispense exactly

the right amount of serum for a

single application.

www.guerlain.com

4 — Impress with Kanebo

Kanebo’s ultimate skincare brand,

Impress, has designed two newest

products that are guaranteed to

turn the tide on conventional

facial cleansers: the ‘Kanebo

Impress Cleansing Cream a’ and

the ‘Kanebo Impress Creamy Soap

a’. Both strengthened with the

newest technological breakthrough

in skincare and generously

formulated with Kanebo Impress’

unique skincare ingredients to

cleanse away hard-to-remove

impurities, these facial cleansers

come with a soothing texture and

unique fragrance that will lend

you a sense of comfort, bliss and

fulfillment.

www.kanebo.com

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the LIFESTYLE

GADGETS & HOME LIVING

GADGETS & HOME LIVING

1 — CLOCK THAT ‘LIVES

ON AIR’

Hermès, Jaeger-LeCoultre, and

Les Cristalleries de St. Louis have

combined their watchmaking and

glassmaking expertise to produce

the ‘Atmos Hermès Clock’, a table

clock that ‘lives on air’. Housed in

a crystal sphere, the mechanism

developed by Jaeger-LeCoultre

is powered by a hermeticallysealed

capsule containing a

mixture of gases that expands

when the temperature rises and

contracts when it drops. A onedegree

temperature difference

is enough to power it for 48

hours. Les Cristalleries de St.

Louis created the exterior shell

of the clock. The crystal globe is

made using the doublé or double

overlay technique, which involves

coating layers of glass over each

other, including a coloured one.

Within the company, only six

master glassmakers have the skill

and experience required for this

process. The Atmos Hermès Clock

is a limited edition of 176 pieces.

www.hermes.com

2 — SNAP IN STYLE

Nikon Corporation recently

released the S3500, a new Coolpix

S-series model that incorporates

advanced functions in a stylish

design. The S3500 is the successor

to the Coolpix S3300, a model

popular for its slim and stylish

form. It offers a higher zoom

ratio and pixel count than its

predecessor in the same compact

body. In addition to an effective

pixel count of 20.1 million pixels, a

lens-shift vibration reduction (VR)

function, and a seven times optical

zoom Nikkor lens, the S3500 also

offers a number of new image

editing functions that can be easily

applied after shooting, including

Glamour Retouch and Quick

Effects. The S3500 is available in

a rich lineup of colours – with

some that include pink or blue

decorative patterns on the camera’s

front cover – ensuring an option

for every lifestyle or preference.

www.nikon.com.my

3 — Not your

ordinary Broom chair

American brand Emeco has yet

again up the ante with the launch

of the revolutionary ‘Broom chair’,

designed by Philippe Starck. Emeco

and Starck came together to create

a new chair that is reclaimed,

repurposed, recyclable – and

designed to last. The chair is made

from 75% waste polypropylene

and 15% reclaimed wood fibre

that would normally be swept into

the trash. Combining intelligent

materiality with beautiful form,

the Broom chair is a manifestation

of this 21st century ‘ecologically

correct ideology’. It has a past life

as industrial waste and a future as a

chair in your life.

www.spacefurniture.com.my

4 — NOW SMELL THIS

For spring 2013, Diptyque

introduces ‘L’Eau du Trente-

Quatre’. The sophisticated and

versatile new scent is a reminder of

the company’s very first fragrance:

L’Eau. A lively interpretation

of the origwinal 34 boulevard

saint germain, the new fragrance

captures the essence of the original

boutique, during the time when

the weather changes and the

greenest notes take over from the

warmer and more sensual notes

of 34 boulevard saint germain.

The top notes include a flight of

bitter orange, verbena, lemon,

grapefruit, and lavender, spiced

up with a dash of nutmeg, juniper

berries and cinnamon tree leaves.

A green note of birch tree leaf from

Philosykos adds a lively freshness to

the fragrance.

www.diptyqueparis.com

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BOOKS

BOOKS

MANUSCRIPT FOUND

IN ACCRA

PAuLO COELHO

[RM49.90]

July 14, 1099. Jerusalem awaits the

invasion of the crusaders who have

surrounded the city’s gates. There,

inside the ancient city’s walls, men

and women of every age and every

faith have gathered to hear the

wise words of a mysterious man

known only as the ‘Copt’. He has

summoned the townspeople to

address their fears with truth. The

people begin with questions about

defeat, struggle, and the nature of

their enemies; they contemplate

the will to change and the virtues

of loyalty and solitude; and they

ultimately turn to questions

of beauty, love, wisdom, sex,

elegance, and what the future

holds. Now, these many centuries

later, the wise man’s answers are

a record of the human values that

have endured throughout time.

And, in Paulo Coelho’s hands, the

Manuscript Found in Accra reveals

that who we are, what we fear, and

what we hope for the future come

from the knowledge and belief that

can be found within us, and not

from the adversity that surrounds

us.

THE 12TH OF NEVER

JAMES PATTERSON AND

MAXINE PAETRO

[RM55.90]

Detective Lindsay Boxer is in

labour while two killers are on the

loose. After only a week at home

with her new daughter, Lindsay

is forced to return to work to face

two of the biggest cases of her

career. A rising star football player

for the San Francisco 49ers is the

prime suspect in a grisly murder.

At the same time, Lindsay is

confronted with the strangest story

she has ever heard: An eccentric

English professor has been having

vivid nightmares about a violent

murder and he is convinced it is

real. Lindsay does not believe him,

but then a shooting is called in and

it fits the professor’s description

to the last detail. Lindsay does not

have much time to stop a terrifying

future from unfolding. But all

the crimes in the world seem like

nothing when Lindsay is suddenly

faced with the possibility of the

most devastating loss of her life.

WEDDING NIGHT

SOPHIE KINSELLA

[RM69.90]

Lottie just knows that her

boyfriend is going to propose

during lunch at one of London’s

fanciest restaurants. But when his

big question involves a trip abroad,

not a trip down the aisle, she is

completely crushed. So when Ben,

an old flame, calls her out of the

blue and reminds Lottie of their

pact to get married if they were

both still single at 30, she jumps

at the chance. No formal dates

– just a quick march to the altar

and a honeymoon on Ikonos, the

sun-drenched Greek island where

they first met years ago. Their

family and friends are horrified.

Fliss, Lottie’s older sister, knows

that Lottie can be impulsive, but

surely this is her worst decision

yet. And Ben’s colleague Lorcan

fears that this hasty marriage will

ruin his friend’s career. To keep

Lottie and Ben from making a

terrible mistake, Fliss concocts an

elaborate scheme to sabotage their

wedding night. As she and Lorcan

jet off to Ikonos in pursuit, Lottie

and Ben are in for a honeymoon to

remember, for better… or worse.

THE NEW DIGITAL AGE:

RESHAPING THE FUTURE

OF PEOPLE, NATIONS AND

BUSINESS

ERIC SCHMIDT AND JARED

COHEN

[RM79.90]

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two leading global thinkers in

technology and foreign affairs

give us their widely anticipated,

transformational vision of the

future: a world where everyone

is connected – a world full of

challenges and benefits that

are ours to meet and harness.

Eric Schmidt is one of Silicon

Valley’s great leaders, having

taken Google from a small startup

to one of the world’s most

influential companies. Jared

Cohen is the director of Google

Ideas and a former adviser to both

secretaries of state Condoleezza

Rice and Hillary Clinton; he was

instrumental in helping shape

the way the US government

thinks about technology. In this

groundbreaking book, Schmidt

and Cohen combine observations

about the physical world with their

insights into our digital future to

outline in great detail and scope all

the promise and peril awaiting us

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the LIFESTYLE MUSIC 25

MUSIC

FADE

YO LA TENGO

Since the band’s formation in

1984 as an unassumingly insular

indie rock troupe, few would have

imagined them coming this far,

and at their 13th studio album,

Yo La Tengo proves they are

the classic ‘indie band’ – wild,

accessible, irreverent, graceful,

and unassuming. For this album,

the band roped in studio maestro

John McEntire to provide overall

warmth to the recordings, while

droning keyboards, compressed

guitar feedback, and strings rumble

in the background – adding an

extra layer to the already richly

textured songs. Whispery vocals

and lush guitar textures on ‘Stupid

Things’ and the sing-along,

meditative percussive jamming

of ‘Ohm’ seem to reflect thoughts

and emotions that the band was

exploring around that era. The

fingerpicked acoustic guitar and

harmonic drones of ‘I’ll Be Around’

effortlessly moves into the dreamlike

drum machine beats of ‘Two

Trains’, and the entire album

blends in a similar, pleasant way.

This fluidity and cohesion is what

drives the songs on Fade to stand

stronger as a unified mood, and

one that grows more satisfying

with repeat listens.

KING ANIMAL

SOUNDGARDEN

Let us be clear on one thing: this is

not their debut album, but instead,

an album from seasoned veterans

who still sound fresh today.

After their bitter split in 1996,

Soundgarden always seemed like

they were destined for a reunion,

and reunite they finally did. King

Animal is an ambitious reunion

album, executed with utmost

meticulousness but without losing

the edge that makes Soundgarden,

well, Soundgarden. Like fine aged

whisky, the band members sound

older and seem to have acquired

a more acute sense of good taste.

It sounds as if they have aged

together rather cohesively, which

is a testament to their innate

chemistry. Musically varied from

the outset, King Animal is loaded

with reminders of greater days

gone by. First, their collective

songwriting remains fascinatingly

diverse. Second, that Cornell’s

voice has matured to a rich

baritone in the intervening period.

This is not a band struggling to

match the dominance of its career

highs, but a band reiterating its

enduring dynamism, rolled up in

dark brooding rhythms at the heart

of bluesy numbers (‘Blood On

The Valley Floor’) and haunting,

gratifying hooks (‘Bones Of Birds’)

that claw deeper into the psyche

with every listen.

KALEIDOSCOPE DREAM

MIGUEL

Miguel’s psychedelically soulful

Kaleidoscope Dream reminds much

of Frank Ocean’s Channel Orange,

where both artistes seem to have

arrived from the future to herald

the second coming of R&B. While

Ocean is a contemplative poet,

Miguel seems content to sing

about love, drugs and sex, without

coming across as neither cheap

nor crass. ‘Adorn’ is a deceptively

simple love song littered with

elegant vocal gymnastics that

give just the right amount of soul,

without killing your enjoyment

by showing off too much vocal

bravado. His remarkable ability to

turn everyday tales into something

plush and ironic – laced with

ethereal cloud of synth and ability

as a vocalist – makes you ‘feel’ his

emotions despite the simplicity of

the lyrics. Arguably the best track

on the album, ‘Arch and Point’ may

come across as a raunchy call to

bed, but instead reflects a graceful

level of intimacy. Miguel may lack

the narrative depth of some of his

peers, but he makes up for it with

consistently good songwriting and

a voice that does not need the right

words to show us what he is really

feeling.

SMOKEY MARY

HARRY CONNICK, JR.

Smokey Mary coincides with the

20th anniversary of the Krewe of

Orpheus, the Mardi Gras troupe

that Connick co-founded in 1993.

For this album, as much as he

has stayed true to his jazz roots,

Connick’s musical turnabout tends

to divide his fans into two camps:

those who love the jazzy or funky

Connick, and those who prefer

the New Orleans native sticking

to classic tunes of jazz standards.

The danceable organ-heavy opener

‘Smokey Mary Boogie Woogie

Choo Choo Train’ – which was

penned in homage to the Krewe’s

signature float – reflects Connick

at his best at playing funk with

the more rolling, bluesy aspects

of New Orleans jazz. Elsewhere,

he digs into a handful of original

contemporary R&B-tuned

numbers including ‘Wish I Were

Him’, ‘Dang You Pretty’ and

‘Angola (At the Farm)’ – all backed

by a talented and well-experienced

ensemble the likes of trumpeter

Mark Braud, trombonist Lucien

Barbarin, saxophonist Branford

Marsalis, and percussionist Bill

Summers. Ultimately, the neo-funk

version of Connick might not float

everyone’s boat, but for longtime

fans, Smokey Mary plays like the

Mardi Gras parade float it is named

after – vivacious, colourful, and a

whole lot of fun.


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MOVIES

MOVIES

THE GREAT GATSBY

The Great Gatsby follows the

journey of Fitzgerald-like, wouldbe

writer Nick Carraway as he

leaves the Midwest and comes to

New York City in the spring of

1922. Nick arrives with the hope

of achieving the American Dream,

and the great fortune of a place

next door to a mysterious, partygiving

millionaire, Jay Gatsby.

It happens that he is also living

across the bay from his cousin,

Daisy, and her philandering,

blue-blooded husband, Tom

Buchanan. Nick is thus drawn

into the captivating world of the

super-rich, their illusions, loves

and deceits. However, as guileless

Nick bears witness within and

without the world he inhabits, he

soon realises a tale of impossible

love, incorruptible dreams and

high-octane tragedy, all the while

weaving it into a novel that holds

a mirror to our own modern times

and struggles.

Release date: 16 May 2013

Genre: Drama / Romance

Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey

Maguire, Carey Mulligan, Joel

Edgerto, Isla Fisher

EPIC

Best known for its production

on Rio and Ice Age, director

Chris Wedge’s animated fantasyadventure

comedy is based on the

1996 picture book, The Leaf Men

and the Brave Good Bugs by William

Joyce. The movie tells the story of

an ongoing battle deep in the forest

between the forces of good and the

forces of evil. When a teenage girl

finds herself magically transported

into this secret universe, she must

band together with a rag-tag team

of fun and whimsical characters in

order to save their world, and ours.

Release date: 23 May 2013

Genre: Animation

Cast: Beyoncé Knowles, Colin Farrell,

Josh Hutcherson, Amanda Seyfried

FAST & FURIOUS 6

Since Dom and Brian’s Rio heist

toppled a kingpin’s empire and left

their crew with USD100 million,

our heroes have scattered across

the globe. But their inability to

return home and living forever

on the run has left their lives

incomplete. Meanwhile, Hobbs

has been tracking an organisation

of lethally skilled mercenary

drivers across 12 countries, whose

mastermind is aided by a ruthless

second-in-command revealed

to be the love Dom thought was

dead, Letty. The only way to stop

the criminal outfit is to outmatch

them at street level, so Hobbs asks

Dom to assemble his elite team in

London. Payment? Full pardons

for all of them so they can return

home and make their families

whole again.

Release date: 23 May 2013

Genre: Action

Cast: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker,

Dwayne Johnson, Jordana Brewster,

Michelle Rodriguez

MAN OF STEEL

In the pantheon of superheroes,

Superman is the most recognised

and revered character of all time.

Clark Kent is a young, twentysomething

journalist who feels

alienated by powers beyond his

imagination. Transported years

ago to Earth from Krypton, a

highly advanced, distant planet,

Clark struggles with the ultimate

question, “Why am I here?”

Shaped by the values of his

adoptive parents Martha and

Jonathan Kent, Clark discovers

having extraordinary abilities

means making difficult decisions.

When the world is in dire need

of stability, an even greater threat

emerges. Clark must become a

‘Man of Steel’, to protect the people

he loves and shine as the world’s

beacon of hope – Superman.

Release date: 13 June 2013

Genre: Action

Cast: Henry Cavill, Amy Adams,

Michael Shannon, Russell Crowe,

Kevin Costner, Diane Lane


Coffee Beans Chocolate

コーヒービーンズチョコレート

A blend of high quality coffee beans from the Dominican Republic

and typical Arabica coffee beans are used to produce this

chocolate, with each individual coffee bean decadently

coated with a thick layer of milk chocolate.

/ROYCEMalaysia T. +603 - 5623 8997 W. www.e-royce.com E. royce@succeoretail.com.my

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THE DIARY

5 May

ANDREA BOCELLI

LIVE IN KUALA LUMPUR

Legendary Italian tenor and singer-songwriter Andrea Bocelli, whose career

spans two decades, will stage ‘Andrea Bocelli Live in Kuala Lumpur’

concert on 5 May at 8.30 pm at the Putra Indoor Stadium, Bukit Jalil, Kuala

Lumpur. The KL leg of his Asian tour is in support of his latest album,

Passione which features powerful duet with pop luminaries Jennifer Lopez,

Nelly Furtado and Edith Piaf. He will be backed by a full orchestra and choir

during his two-hour concert and supported by conductor Marcello Rota,

soprano Sabina Cvilak, guest act Div4s and guitar duo Carisma.

Putra Indoor Stadium, Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur – T. 03-7880 7999 –

www.ticketpro.com.my

10 – 11 May

BORNEO JAZZ FESTIVAL

Get ready to groove to the smooth and funky sounds of jazz at the seventh

Borneo Jazz Festival at Parkcity Everly Hotel in Miri, Sarawak. Organised

by the Sarawak Tourism Board, the two-day event will feature artistes from

all over the world: India, China, Japan, France, Brazil, Germany, Australia,

United States, Canada and Malaysia. Among the performers who will be in

attendance are the Asian Jazz All-Stars Power Quartet, The Nylons, West

Jazz Band, Jump4joy and Mo’ Blow. Tickets to the festival are available at all

Visitor’s Information Centres in Kuching, Sibu and Miri, while those who

wish to purchase them online can do so at www.jazzborneo.com

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24 May

WESAK DAY

14 – 15 June

KOTA KINABALU JAZZ FESTIVAL

Wesak is an annual public holiday observed traditionally by practicing Buddhists

in South Asian and Southeast Asian countries like Nepal, Singapore,

Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Indonesia,

Pakistan and India. Sometimes informally called ‘Buddha’s birthday’, it actually

encompasses the birth, enlightenment Nirvana, and passing (Parinirvana)

of Gautama Buddha. Religious offerings and rituals usually take place

at Buddhist temples. Be awed by the grand processions that go on at night.

Nationwide – www.tourism.gov.my

Kota Kinabalu Jazz Festival (KKJF) is an annual fundraising jazz extravaganza

jointly organised by the Rotary Club of Kota Kinabalu (RCKK) and

the Society of Performing Arts Kota Kinabalu Sabah (SPArKS). Staged at

the Sutera Harbour Marina, the jazz festival brings together a musical melting

pot of talents from around the world, featuring international names

and highly talented local bands and singers. Now in its seventh edition, the

festival promises to be another groundbreaking experience not to be missed

by music lovers from all over the world.

Sutera Harbour Marina, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah – T. 08-821 8395 –

www.kkjazzfest.com


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14 – 23 June

TEA ART CULTURAL FAIR 2013

Touted as the largest tea expo in Malaysia, the annual Tea Art Cultural Fair

is back for its fifth year at Tropicana City Mall from 10 am to 10 pm. Last

year, the event attracted tea aficionados from ASEAN countries, China,

Hong Kong, Japan and Taiwan. Visitors this year can look forward to over

72 booths bearing all sorts of eye-catching tea pots, fragrant tea leaves and

more. Activities scheduled include tea exhibitions, workshops, demonstrations,

and even a tea drinking competition.

Tropicana City Mall – T. 03-8948 8533 – www.mmr.my

28 – 30 June

RAINFOREST WORLD MUSIC

FESTIVAL 2013

Music and nature lovers will get a double dose of soul-enriching culture and

entertainment with the latest installment of the annual Rainforest World

Music Festival (RWMF) in Sarawak. The 16th edition of the popular event

organised by the Sarawak Tourism Board will once again see revellers from

around the world congregating at the Sarawak Cultural Village in Santubong.

Voted as one of the world’s Top 25 international festivals, RWMF

presents a romantic blend of history and adventure in the rainforest.

Sarawak Cultural Village, Kuching, Sarawak – T. 08-242 3600 –

www.rwmf.net


AN INTERVIEW WITH Jagjeet Singh

A Woman Of

Worth

an interview by JACK NEWBERRY photographs Aaron Lee / LensWork Studio STYLING AND COORDINATION

Deborah Lee make up Jennifer Chao hair styling Meetyng Lee WARDROBE Karen Millen, Asics, Massimo

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More than just being outspoken in her convictions and indulging in her favourite

pastime – Nordic walking – Jagjeet Singh holds family values and traditions close to

her heart. After all, there is nothing quite like home.

— Close-knit family: Jagjeet together with her husband and their grandchildren


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When I first arrived in your home, I noticed a lot of

awards hanging on your walls. I was wondering whether

you could tell me about your achievements.

“Firstly, through my teaching profession, I started only as a

college-trained school teacher with a Form Five school certificate.

And all my achievements – academically and professionally

– were achieved after marriage. Hard work, diligence,

professionalism and drive were the key. That was my career.

Then I rose up to a lecturer’s post and I am still doing freelance

lectures. I also became a writer because I am self-motivated; I

love the language, the meaning of words, and being a very reflective

person became a way of life. That is how I have written

14 language books for Oxford with a British partner together

as co-authors.”

So literature is very important to you.

“Very important. Literature and the value of words, what words

mean and the choice of words. Saying what you actually mean.

Expressing yourself to convey an idea, not to impress but to

express what we want to say. So these are my academic and

professional achievements. And then, there are my sporting

achievements. I started with hardly any sports. You mustn’t forget

that I was motherless from the age of five, so all this came

through hard work along the way, taking opportunities and today,

I have just become Malaysia’s official instructor for Nordic

walking. I did this because I wanted fitness and quality of life so

that when I am old, I can still take care of my health. I have, for

many years now, been trekking. In fact, I have been to Mount

Everest base camp and the Himalayas, and I continue to do these

tracks in recent years.”

Tell me more about Nordic walking.

“Nordic walking actually originated from Finland. It is a fitness

walk, but unlike the ordinary walk, we do not use our knee

joints so much. The emphasis is on the upper body. It is for

the total body low impact workout. Thirty minutes of Nordic

walking per day, three times a week, is good enough to keep fit.”

People say that some walking is better than running often.

“I’ll tell you why. Because jogging has high impact on the

ground, while walking is low impact. It’s a heel-toe movement

so you are actually using the joints, but labouring them. All

women after menopause and men after andropause suffer from

knee joint pains. Walking gives you the balance.”

It is therapeutic?

“Yes, it gives you the necessary alignment and balance, preventing

back, neck and shoulder pains. So it’s a real all-round exercise.”

We have talked about your passions physically, but what

do you do to exercise your mind?

“To me, a person is a reflection of what he or she reads, whom

he or she mixes with and what interests he or she has. Now I’m

a reader, a ferocious reader. Especially biographical books about

people who are highly motivated. And among them is Daniel

Gottlieb who is a quadriplegic. It changed my perception of life.

He has written several books and one is called Letters to Sam,

which are a collection of letters to his son. When you read the

book, it’s as though he is talking to you.”➢


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Tell me, you come from a traditional Sikh family, and yet

your role as a woman is not quite conventional for many

cultures. How was it that this role was different?

“I married young at the age of 21. I came from a very staunch

Sikh family, and I never went on any dates until this man came

into my life at my sister’s wedding. Our two families knew each

other. So here was this man who just came back from England

and the family thought that we could get on with each other. It

wasn’t an arranged marriage, because we were allowed to meet

each other. This is the man, my husband who has let me become

what I have become. He is the youngest in a family of 10, all very

educated and he allowed me to study after my marriage. That’s

where I rose. He saw the passion for knowledge in me.”

He allowed you to become what you wanted to be.

“He saw that I was hungry for knowledge. He saw that I wanted

to study, and he allowed me to study because I did not neglect

my role as a mother and a daughter-in-law. I played these roles,

I listed and learned. I followed these roles and finally, I went to

university. I always had these roles in mind; they came first.”

“This is the man, my husband

who has let me become what I have

become. He is the youngest in a family

of 10, all very educated and he allowed

me to study after my marriage.

That’s where I rose.”

This is where people find it challenging, when you have

to play the role in society or culture and fulfill their own

needs. I think it is a challenge in any relationship; not to

lose yourself and your desires in life, but also be very dedicated

to one person or family.

“It’s rewarding when you activate it, because you understand

what you want in life. If you have integrity, you are devoted in

life. I feel a radiance of energy from within me. I always want to

help people and I always do all in my capacity to help. The more

I help people, the more appreciative I become of life.”

What do you hope to hand on to your family?

“I already see it being passed on. My first son with his family, a

wife and three children. I see his devotion to the children. My

second son is a single parent and he is totally dedicated to his

children. It is all about devotion and drive. This is what I have

given them. When I ask my grandson what he sees when he

looks at his grandmother, he says ‘sale motivation’.”

With regards to this house, tell me how you came to own

this property?

“I was 50 years old then. I read about this property in the newspapers

and I ventured out alone, all against the wishes of three

males in my life who all said, “No, you are 50, you should retire

comfortably”. I said “No”. I wanted a house in Tropicana, I

wanted to build a house, and I am a creative person. I want to

hear the pitter-patter of my grandchildrens’ tiny feet and I’m

going to build a house for my public speaking, my passions. A

place where I can nurture my grandchildren. I’m so lucky. I built

this house on my own.”

These are lessons in life?

The third book that Daniel wrote is called The Magic, and all he

does throughout the book is to make you appreciate, and when

you appreciate and you’re grateful, you’re a different person altogether.

You know why? Because you don’t complain, you’re

not negative, you’re thankful for what you are. So the whole

perception of life changes. Then you decide you need positive

thinking. And if a paraplegic like him can write books, write

columns and be on radio, you then ask yourself this question:

What can you do with what God has given you?”

What attracted you to Tropicana Golf & Country Resort?

The idea that I could build my very own house and the vast

greenery surrounding the place.”

It was something you could build, you could create?

“Yes, and my husband could play golf. My whole family is into

sports. Security is key and we have security. When you enter

Tropicana, there is a surreal ambience. You can walk about the

grounds at any time. I knew when I ventured on this property

that we could not go wrong. In fact, I have three or four properties

with them!”


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CHAPTER TWO

the home

HOME & INTERIOR. PROPERTY NEWS.

the drive.

PAGEs

39 - 63


HOME & INTERIOR

Material

wealth

words Gillian Newberry

photographs bennison fabrics

There is a small fabric company with a tradition of excellence located off Sloane

Square in London. Known to but a small handful of aristocrats and movie stars,

Bennison Fabrics has been creating its original designs and exquisite textures since 1985,

achieving the sought-after allure of heritage that so many covet.

Few things typify the decoration of an English country house

more than beautiful, faded floral fabric used as curtains or covering

time-worn sofas and comfortable chairs. These textiles,

adapted from the 18th and 19th century designs, can be found

in every room of the classic country house, from stately homes

to Georgian rectories and farmhouses. From generation to generation,

these pieces of fabric are often handed down like precious

heirlooms from mother to daughter, put away in drawers

and cupboards, or presented as a wedding gift for the married

couple’s first home.

An English company specialising in these handcrafted fabrics

is Bennison, established 30 years ago in London and named after

the legendary antiques dealer and interior decorator, Geoffrey

Bennison, who started the original collection of the now

world-famous designs. In the early 1980s, he was working for

grand European families and was unable to find contemporary

textiles with the right tonal values as the interiors he was decorating,

filled as they were with priceless antiques and paintings.

Geoffrey had special Belgian linen dyed a tea-stained beige and

then applied muted colours to blend with the faded hues of antique

textiles and furnishings he was working with.

These traditional floral designs were, and still are, hand drawn

and traced, copying exactly the original documents, even to

the evidence of wear and fading. An individual trace is made

for each colour, one screen for each colour in the design. The

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← production takes. Great care is taken to make these patterns

indistinguishable from the original, but with a more balanced

distribution of colours as some pigments is more fugitive and

fades more than others. However, very few changes are made

because the combination of elements in a particular textile is

what makes it attractive at first sight and if the balance is altered

too much, the document becomes mere inspiration.

The linen is hand screen-printed on tables measuring 50 metres

in length. Each screen prints one colour in the design (some

designs require 16 or more screens) and is moved down the

table, printing alternate metres to avoid smudging the colour.

Then the screen carrier or frame is lifted back to the head of the

printing table and the process is repeated to fill in the gaps. This

methodical technique is one that has been used for centuries

since woodblocks were first used to print pattern onto cotton

and linen. Hand screen-printing is purposefully slow: The repeated

layering of wet colour onto dry gives a depth and character

to the print which cannot be achieved with mechanised production.

It is a handcrafted process and each table produces two 50

metre lengths per day and it is this time-consuming manner of

production that places such fabrics in the luxury category they

enjoy today.

The subtle palette, the faded grandeur of antique designs and

the quality of both the background linen and the extraordinarily

intricate process of creating these fabrics may one day, confuse

textile historians as to whether they were produced in the late

18th century or are of contemporary origin.

However, Bennison is not just known for its traditional

English floral designs; the company also has a large selection

of modern and ethnic prints, all produced with the same meticulous

attention to detail and painstaking craftsmanship as the

patterns that established their international renown. ➢


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These more contemporary designs may be more suitable for

modern architecture and hotter climates. A great variety of stripes,

allover patterns, ikats and geometrics find wide acceptance

in the studios of interior designers all over the world. The company

weathered the storm of minimalism in the 1990s and today’s

emphasis on a look which can be called ‘Hotel Chic’. Many

wealthy jet-setters seem only able to relax in surroundings that

remind them of the numerous hotel suites encountered on their

travels around the world. Bland, monochrome rooms without

textural contrast or the visual impact of pattern reassure and

comfort those who may have multiple homes, but who spend

little time in any of them, flying from one continent to another

without time to impress their personality on any of the rooms

they so temporarily inhabit. Interior designers will try to imbue

these apartments and houses with objects and paintings that

reflect the personality of their client. The lucky decorator will

work with someone who has their own sense of style, their own

books, paintings and furniture and who just needs someone to

bring it all together to create an original and individual look.

Just such a person was Geoffrey Bennison who worked with

princesses, European nobility and millionaires, all of whom had

huge resources of such elements of decoration that made his

projects so magical.

The name of Bennison is synonymous with quality and

English luxury goods; a standard of excellence seldom found

today in the textile market of printed fabrics. With a vast archive

of antique documents, reference to historic houses and

modern interiors, the company can look forward to a future as

exciting as any of the preceding decades since its inception. It

takes its place among the purveyors of handcrafted leather, couture

fashion, precious jewellery and Swiss watches. Expensive

but beautifully made and long-lasting, these outward symbols of

a luxury lifestyle and of refined elegance are rich and rare which

makes them highly sought-after prized possessions.


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PENANG WORLDCITY – SPLENDOUR OF OUR WORLD

Prestigious. Award-winning. Quality. Innovative. High capital appreciation. These are just

some of the signatures of the property projects undertaken by Dijaya Corporation Berhad.

The following pages showcase some novel and stunning residential and commercial developments

as further testament to the organisation’s flair in this industry. Dijaya hopes to create

a more compassionate and supportive community, especially within its circles of influence.

As a responsible developer, Dijaya continues to deliver on its responsibility to give back to

society by supporting various charitable causes and participating in celebrations and community

events.


Modern Residences. Seafront Commercial. Healthy Leisure


Penang WorldCity

A World of Difference

— Aerial view of Penang WorldCity seafront development


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A masterstroke in architectural and landscape design, a hedonistic approach to life,

with world-class facilities saturated in the natural charm of Penang island

– that is what Penang WorldCity is all about

a s t r a t e g i c l o c a t i o n p r i m e d w i t h a b r a n d n e w l o o k

— Penang WorldCity sits in the gateway on Penang Island,

right off the landmark Penang Bridge. Its proximity to the ports,

as well as its perfect visibility from both land and sea ensures that

businesses situated within that vicinity will reap the maximum

benefits of such a high-value location.

l o c a l k n o w l e d g e c o l l a b o r a t e s w i t h b r o a d e x p e r-

t i s e — The development of this sublimely beautiful seafront

hub with residential, commercial and leisure precincts is helmed

by both Ivory Properties Group Berhad – which has been long

established in Penang and is a reputable local developer with

in-depth knowledge of Penang island – and Dijaya Corporation

Berhad, one of Malaysia’s premier property developers who has

helmed projects all over Malaysia. Together, these two formidable

property mavens will raise Penang WorldCity to international

standards, creating a superb seafront development that is

built for the people.

i s l a n d c h a r i s m a m e e t s c u t t i n g-edge a r c h i t e c t u r e

— Penang WorldCity seeks to embrace and celebrate the cultural

importance and seafront beauty of Penang island, creating

a vibrant and exciting development that not only delivers high

business and investment value, but also a wholesome lifestyle by

providing vehicle-free public spaces for leisure and cultural exchanges.

c o n t e m p o r a r y s e a f r o n t c o m m e r c i a l a n i m a t e d b y

l e i s u r e s p a c e — The iconic look of the commercial tower

is the bedrock of a new central business district in Penang

WorldCity. Wrapped by a seafront promenade and peppered

with lifestyle retail outlets and alfresco retail space, this exuberant

business hub will also have convention centres, international

school, wellness centres, and high end international hotel chains

to elevate the status and prestige of Penang WorldCity.

meticulously planned development propels a healthy

lifestyle — Mindful of the impact of ‘too soon, too much

progress’, the planners have included generous leisure and recreational

space to the masterplan of Penang WorldCity in an effort

to encourage wholesome interactions and activities. Facilities

include a vast man-made lagoon, designated pedestrian, vehicle

and bicycle lanes, proposed public infrastructure, landscaped

boulevards and arenas for cultural exchanges.

m o d e r n r e s i d e n c e s i n f u s e d w i t h a t o u c h o f s e n s i-

t i v i t i e s — Penang WorldCity high rise residences have pocket

parks and lush greenery that create a soothing living environment

for the residents. Green belts surrounding the high rise

residences separate them from the main streets, creating greenscape

buffers for pedestrians, cyclists and strollers. All residences

are oriented to face either the ocean or the hills, ensuring that

views are not compromised. Furthermore, retail space located

nearby contributes to the energy of the development and ensures

convenience for residents.

a m a s t e r p l a n d r i v e n b y c a r e f u l p l a n n i n g — With

a design philosophy that emphasises on fulfilling humanistic desires

and needs, Penang WorldCity is a perfect balance of lush

greenery, comfortable living, urban convenience and pleasant

placemaking, all on an over 100-acre mixed development that

commands a beautiful view of the blue sea.

— View of Penang WorldCity seafront development hub


The hotel view

&

Register now for Parcel 1A Residences

Stay tuned for our upcoming freehold residences launch

For further details on Penang WorldCity, contact the following: Penang WorldCity Sales Gallery, Persiaran Bayan Indah, 11900 Bayan Lepas, Penang.

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VISION OF THE FOUNDER

— Tropicana Metropark’s waterfront

Transforming Dijaya Group into one of the leading

property players in this region

It is the vision of the founder of Dijaya Group, YBhg Tan Sri

Dato’ Danny Tan, to transform the Group into one of the leading

property players in this region. Dijaya – possessing the

‘right hardware’ – has all the precise ingredients to transform

this vision into reality. The Dijaya Group possesses a land bank

of around 900 acres, all strategically located in the property

hotspots in Malaysia. This puts the Group in a very strong position

with a potential GDV in excess of RM38 billion to unlock

strategic land banks spread in Klang Valley, Johor, Penang and

Sabah, which is in line with their target to hit the RM2 to RM3

billion market capital.

Backed by an impressive Q4 revenue at RM234.0 million, as

compared to the corresponding quarter revenue of RM157.7

million in 2011 plus for year ended 31 December 2012, Dijaya

achieved a record sales of RM950 million – the highest sales

record in Dijaya history. Thus, Dijaya’s entry into the ‘Billion

Ringgit Club’ has just begun. These achievements are testament

to the Group’s focus on acquiring the ‘right hardware’ – strategic

land banks and innovative products – as well as the ‘right

software’, which is human capital that are able to help grow and

spur the company to further success.


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Progress updates

on Dijaya’s existing projects

s e l a n g o r — Tropicana Grande, Tropicana Avenue and Casa

Tropicana (Block E) at Tropicana Golf & Country Resort continue

to progress as planned. The series of luxury villa developments,

namely Grand Villas, Golf Villas, Pool Villas and Link

Villas, at Tropicana Indah Resort Homes, are well underway.

Grand Villas, Pool Villas and Link Villas are completed, while

Golf Villas is on track for its targeted completion.

Meanwhile, Phase 1 of Tropicana Gardens in Kota Damansara,

with a Gross Development Value (GDV) of RM1.8 billion,

was launched with great success, with 100 percent take-up

rate in just two days during the first preview. The Phase 2 of

Tropicana Gardens – also known as Bayberry Serviced Residence

– was launched on 9 and 10 March 2013, during which

over 2,000 applicants turned up as early as 5 am with hopes of

securing their unit of choice. This second preview offered purchasers

early bird rebates for its standard units with built-up

ranging from 597-square-feet studio to 1,573-square-feet 3+1

bedroom; 80% out of 413 units were successfully booked.

k u a l a l u m p u r — In Kuala Lumpur, the Group’s developments

consist of W Kuala Lumpur Hotel and The Residences

by Tropicana and Tropicana Cheras. Tropicana Heights in Kajang

is still in the planning stage.

p e n a n g a n d j o h o r — In Penang, the Group has a joint venture

agreement with Ivory Properties Group Berhad to develop

a mixed development project worth a GDV of RM10 billion in

Penang WorldCity. The special preview of Penang WorldCity

was held in early 2013 with good response from members of

the public.

In Johor, Tropez Residences, which is part of the Tropicana

Danga Bay development, has been successfully launched, attracting

strong interest and registering impressive sales. The

Tropicana Danga Cove mixed development will be launched

this year, while another mixed development located at Senibong,

Johor, is in the planning stage.

s a b a h — The Dijaya Group has another upcoming development,

known as Tropicana Landmark in Sabah. The details of

this residential project will be finalised soon and is expected to

launch in the next few months.

From top — W Kuala Lumpur Hotel

and The Residences by Tropicana;

Golf Villas at Tropicana Indah

Resort Homes


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d i j a y a receives the ‘property of the year’ award for arnica residence

— Tropicana Gardens

Article sourced from the

News & Ads Monitoring Agency

(www.nama.com.my)


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Johor Bahru

DEVELOPMENTS

Dijaya acquires more land in Johor Bahru

Property developer Dijaya Corporation Berhad announced on 8

February 2013 that Wisdom 88 Sdn Bhd (WSB), a wholly owned

subsidiary of Dijaya, has entered into a Shareholders’ Agreement

with Danga Bay Sdn Bhd (DBSB) to regulate their relationships

as shareholders of Rhythm Quest Sdn Bhd (RQSB), which is the

special purpose vehicle used for the purpose of acquiring land

and undertaking the development and construction of a hotel

and any mixed development in Johor Bahru.

On 7 February 2013, RQSB entered into a conditional Sale

and Purchase Agreement with DBSB, whereby DBSB agreed

to sell and RQSB agreed to purchase approximately 260,227

square feet of freehold land in Johor Bahru for a sum of RM85.8

million. The land is adjacent to the existing land bank owned

by Tropicana Danga Bay Sdn Bhd – a subsidiary of Dijaya – and

is immediately ready for property development, thus providing

substantial time and cost savings to RQSB.

Based on the initial planning, the proposed project of a hotel

and mixed development of commercial properties is expected

to generate a total Gross Development Value of approximately

RM1.02 billion.

YBhg Tan Sri Dato’ Danny Tan, Group Executive Vice

Chairman of Dijaya said, “This land purchase is in line with Dijaya’s

overall objective of increasing its land banks at strategic

locations for its future development and property investment

activities, especially in the Southern region of Malaysia. The

proposed project will be synergistic and shall be complementary

to the overall development of Dijaya’s project in the Danga Bay

area by enhancing the vibrancy of the area and creating additional

value to the existing development.”

Moreover, with the economic development in the State of

Johor, the proposed project is expected to be invaluable for Dijaya

Group to improve its profitability and shareholders’ value,

to further establish itself as a renowned and premium property

developer in Malaysia and to further expand the market reach

of Dijaya Group to its potential customers across the country.

The proposed Shareholders’ Agreement is expected to be

completed in the second quarter of 2014. This proposal will not

have any effect on the issued and paid-up share capital and substantial

shareholders’ shareholdings of Dijaya as the consideration

will be satisfied entirely in cash. There will be no material

effect on the earnings and earnings per share of Dijaya Group

for the financial year ending 31 December 2013. However, the

earnings of Dijaya Group are expected to benefit positively in

the future.

Sealing the deal — YBhg Tan Sri Dato’ Danny Tan Chee Sing (fifth from left), Group Executive Vice Chairman of Dijaya; Dato’ Dickson Tan, Group Managing Director of Dijaya

(sixth from left); Lim Keng Cheng (fourth from left), Director of Danga Bay Sdn Bhd and Lim Hoe (third from left), Director of Danga Bay

Witnessing the signing ceremony — Brandon Lim (far left), representative of Danga Bay; Sam Ngai (second from left), representative of Danga Bay and Dato’ Francis Ng

(far right), Independent Non-Executive Director of Dijaya


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Tropicana Danga Bay and Tropicana Danga Cove donate

RM2 million to the Football Association of Johor

Tropicana Danga Bay Sdn Bhd (TDB) and Tropicana Danga

Cove (TDC), a joint venture between Dijaya Corporation Berhad

(Dijaya) and Iskandar Waterfront Sdn Bhd (IWH) presented

a cheque donation of RM2 million to the Football Association

of Johor at the Tropicana Danga Bay Sales Gallery & Show

Unit on 18 January 2013.

YBhg Tan Sri Dato’ Danny Tan Chee Sing, Group Executive

Vice Chairman of Dijaya, presented the cheque to DYAM

Tunku Ismail Idris Abdul Majid Abu Bakar Iskandar Ibni Sultan

Ibrahim Ismail, Tengku Mahkota of Johor and President

of the Football Association of Johor. Also present to witness

the cheque presentation were guest-of-honour DYMM Sultan

Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar, Sultan of Johor, together

with YAB Dato’ Haji Abdul Ghani bin Othman, Johor

Menteri Besar, YBhg Tan Sri Lim Kang Hoo, Managing Director

of IWH, and Dato’ Dickson Tan, Group Managing Director

of Dijaya.

After the cheque presentation, YBhg Tan Sri Dato’ Danny

Tan presented a token of appreciation to DYMM Sultan Ibrahim

Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar for gracing this momentous

occasion with his presence.

YBhg Tan Sri Dato’ Danny Tan Chee Sing said, “Dijaya has

made its mark in the property landscape of Johor with our projects

in Tropicana Danga Bay. It is fitting that we now energise

the community by supporting a sport that is close to everyone’s

heart. With this contribution, we hope that the Football Association

of Johor can continue to train professional footballers

who will do the state and country proud.”


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Chinese New Year

CELEBRATIONS

2013 Chinese New Year luncheon of Dijaya Corporation Berhad, Palmgold

Corporation Berhad and Tai Thong Group of Companies

— Dato’ Yau Kok Seng, Dijaya’s new Group CEO giving a speech

Dijaya hosted a 2013 Chinese New Year luncheon for its staff

at the Grand Ballroom of Tropicana Golf & Country Resort in

Petaling Jaya on 20 February 2013. Besides celebrating Chinese

New Year, the purpose of the luncheon was to strengthen the

unity between the Board of Directors and Dijaya staff members,

to build good rapport among each other and to appreciate staff

contributions. The session was also a good opportunity for newly-appointed

Group CEO of Dijaya Corporation Berhad YBhg

Dato’ Yau Kok Seng – who joined the company in early January

2013 – to be acquainted with and familiarise himself with Dijaya

staff. The luncheon which began with staff registration at

11.30 am, saw the attendance of YBhg Tan Sri Dato’ Danny Tan

Chee Sing, Group Executive Vice Chairman of Dijaya, his wife

YBhg Puan Sri Datin Ivy Tan, family members and the Board of

Directors. To usher in good luck and prosperity in the Year of

the Snake, a lion dance performance was held. YBhg Dato’ Yau

Kok Seng was also invited on stage, shortly before the lou sang

session began, to address the staff. The Chinese New Year luncheon

featured group performances by the Crush Crew Project,

F1RST (a K-pop sensation group from Korea) and a special appearance

by Miss Daniela from Greece. The session officially

ended at 2.30 pm.

— Dato’ Dickson Tan, YBhg Tan Sri Dato’ Danny Tan Chee Sing, YBhg Puan Sri Datin Ivy Tan, family members and Board of Directors tossing the yee sang together


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Stealth Elegance

DISCOVER THE MASERATI GRANTURISMO SPORT

Stealth

Elegance

There are certain brands that occupy that special space in the market

which commands our attention without screaming to be noticed.

words JAGO

PHOTOGRAPHS Naza Italia Sdn Bhd


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There is juxtaposition between luxury and speed which Italians

know only too well. It is the same principle employed by Neapolitan

tailors that place equal importance on functionality and

style. Even though it is easy to believe that style supersedes all in

Italy whether we are talking about fashion, football or politics,

you will find that when it comes to the automotive world, there

is little room for debate. Performance is paramount and style,

essential … one cannot exist without the other.

Maserati personifies this marriage as the embodiment of luxury

and performance. While many would argue that the car

maker’s brothers and sisters fly the flag with more tenacity,

Maserati maintains a position in the market that makes them

attractive to a very interesting customer. And that would be the

stealth power clientele. There

is no doubt in my mind that I

would turn heads if I had the

chance to switch on ‘Sports’

mode and take off from the

imaginary start line, filling the

streets with that familiar roar

that has become so common

in Knightsbridge, London.

Although the latest edition

of the GranTurismo Sport

has the ability, it does not

scream for attention like the

other brands. There is a subtlety

to the voluptuous curves

and purr of the 4.7 V8 engine,

a kind of surreptitiousness

that allows crowds to admire

without overwhelming. My

personal experience with the

GranTurismo sport, courtesy

of Naza Italia, left me with a

huge appetite. I say this because

the experience was brief

but very intense, and if I were

to use my favourite analogy, I

would say the test drive was

not just a canapé, but more

like a hearty spoonful served

from the cooking pot itself.

Aesthetically, the GranTurismo

continues with the refined

attention to detail that I have

come to love in all Maseratis.

There is a craftsmanship

in the exterior and interior

details of this model that are

too often neglected when

car makers pursue the use of

synthetic materials and minimalist

style. Not to say that

the most innovative solutions

have not been employed in

the car’s development, because they clearly have. It is just one of

the unique differences that serious buyers go for, and a characteristic

of the marquee that has maintained throughout its years

of growth. We too easily take for granted the aggressively seductive

lines that accentuate the car’s sporty figure and neglect

to realise what grabs our attention at first glance. To understand

what it is about this car that gives a strong impression

at first glance, you only have to look at the front where you

will find the classic red pronged trident over the traditional oval

Maserati grille. Such a simple shape and yet, a powerful symbol

that evokes thoughts of ‘legacy’.

International companies pay a small fortune to designers and

agencies to come close to achieving unique details such as these.

This was a fact that I became aware of when I first witnessed the

rebranding of Barclays bank in London, involving the redesign

of the company sign on the exterior of the building. I remember

a friend of the family pointing out that even the colour of the

sign would have taken ages to select and such a process would

have been charged at a premium.

Anyway, back to the car. When I got into the driving seat, I

could feel a sense of athleticism grip me as my body molded to

the shape of the sports seats. Fine materials fitted by craftsmen

are used throughout the cabin, which pays tribute to the ergonomic

research invested into the design. Drawing a comparison

with a luxury speed boat seems unusual, given we are talking

about a car here. However, it cannot be helped when one sits

and admires the lavishly dynamic nature of the interior.

There is no doubt in my mind that

I would turn heads if I had the chance

to switch on ‘Sports’ mode and take

off from the imaginary start line,

filling the streets with that familiar

roar that has become so common in

Knightsbridge, London.”

I turned the ignition and pulled away slowly as my dealership

manager explained the various settings and paddle shift

gear system. As we turned the corner, he suggested I press the

‘Sports’ mode which I did, imagining that a transformer-like

metamorphosis might take place. Truth be told, I know better

than to dream about such a theatrical change, but what did

grab my attention was the sudden shift in octane as the exhaust

changed pitch from a tempered growl to a low roar. Pushing

the ‘Sports’ button changes the Maserati’s Stability Programme

(MSP) which essentially means that my rapport with the car

went from formal to intimate. I slipped into ‘paddle shift’ mode

and let the weight of my foot push down on the accelerator.

They say it is healthy to raise your heartbeat above its natural

resting rate, at least a few times a day. Doctors suggest you can

do this easily by walking up the stairs instead of taking the elevator,

or even doing a little light exercise. But let us face it, these

are boring options. What I recommend is taking a spin in this

latest creation, because once you punch that peddle, you cannot

help that surge of adrenaline racing up to your heart.


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1/2 — Interior of the GranTurismo Sport

3/5 — The Naza Italia 3S flagship showroom in Petaling Jaya

4 — Maserati Trident, the emblem of the brand

2

3 4 5


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Tropicana

INNOVATIVE

Landscape

Residents and business owners will be

pleased to hear that the services of Tropicana

have taken another step forward in the pursuit

of customer care excellence with the opening

of Tropicana Innovative Landscape.

This company will provide a range of

landscaping services, catering for a variety

of clients and their specific needs, offering

modern landscaping solutions from concept

to execution.

Clients who require comprehensive

expertise with focus on design, construction

and maintenance can rest assured that every

aspect of their natural living elements will be

catered for. Services also include stone walls,

conservatories, water features and lighting

for residential and commercial clients.

Tropicana Innovative Landscape is proud to be

entrusted to maintain the grounds of a number

of high-profile properties such as:

• Tropicana Gardens sales gallery and

show unit at Kota Damansara

• Tropicana Metropark sales gallery and

show unit at Subang

For more information, please contact

En. Mohd Suriga Md Sachari

of the Horticulture Department

T. 03 7804 2076 or 016 262 5369

Alternatively, email him at suriga@dijayacorp.com


CHAPTER three

the EXPERIENCES

THE VACATION. THE CULTURE.

THE SWING.

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THE VACATION

82

years

OF LUXURY

words lau chak onn

photographs dorchester

collections


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While there will always be a taller, larger, or more advanced hotel around,

few will ever match the long, illustrious heritage of The Dorchester in London,

and its colourful guestbook.

In these material times, one of the few things that cannot be

bought is heritage. It is the feeling of stepping into a room and

knowing that the walls have seen more than any man could

ever experience in a lifetime. However, the feeling is less akin

to envy, and more to sharing – sharing those experiences with

the ones who came before you.

The Dorchester in London has many such walls at its prestigious

Park Lane address. Since the 1930s, it has been the definition

of British hospitality, and the heritage that goes with it. Its

rooms, which start from a relatively modest GBP318 (RM1500)

for a homely Queen Room all the way to a lavish GBP9318 (RM

43,962) for the 2,242-square-foot Harlequin Suite and all with

their own unique style and decor, have hosted many iconic figures

in its illustrious 82-year history.

In the late 1920s, Sir Robert McAlpine, a construction moghul

who started life as a humble bricklayer, and Sir Francis

Towle, head of Gordon Hotels Ltd. were looking to build the

‘perfect hotel’, with all the luxury and convenience that technology

could supply at the time. For the location, they picked the

Dorchester House, a mansion previously owned by a well-to-do

member of parliament, and promptly had it demolished to make

way for what would become their legacy, The Dorchester hotel.

To make it happen, they enlisted legendary designer, Sir Owen

Williams.

Sir Williams was an engineer by profession, not an architect,

but his understanding of building materials and physics paired

with a unique eye for design gave him the ability to create grandiosely

unique structures such as the Wembley Stadium and the

Daily Express Building in Manchester. At the time, the latest

innovation in construction was reinforced concrete, which he

used to great effect to create its iconic large pillar-less spaces,

and to complete the construction in record time. Workers excavated

some forty thousand tons of soil to make space for a garage,

basement kitchens and lavish Turkish baths, topped with

a three-foot thick concrete platform to support the eight floors

of living quarters upstairs.

The hotel was completed at a then-unheard of rate of a floor

a week and launched on 18 April 1931 to a luncheon attended

by countless earls, lords and counts – instantly gaining a reputation

as one of the finest hotels in Europe. Queen Elizabeth herself,

was, and still is a regular patron. Prince Phillip announced

his engagement there, and held his inevitable stag party at the

Dorchester Bar a few weeks later. In fact, the Dorchester’s barman

Harry Craddock was apparently such a legend that a glass

each of his Martini, White Lady and Manhattan cocktails together

with the recipes were sealed into one of the walls, only

to be rediscovered in 1979 during renovations, allegedly as good

as the day they were made.

During World War II, its solid construction would also cement

another facet of its reputation – as one of the safest hotels

in England. During the height of the bombings, the hotel’s restaurants

were moved inwards into what was then the Ballroom

and the Gold Room to avoid flying glass from the shockwaves.

One Canadian diplomat, Charles Ritchie, compared dining

here during the Blitz to ‘cruising on a luxury liner on which the

remnants of London society have embarked in the midst of this

storm’. Famed society hostess, Emerald Cunard often hosted

free dinners, which would usually end under the table, as the air

sirens sounded, and she proceeded to continue her Proust and

Shakespeare readings to the huddled guests.

The building did indeed shake with each bomb that dropped

in the vicinity, including a handful of firebombs that fell directly,

but the building stood fast. Despite this, the hotel continued

hosting events even as the world outside threatened. This attribute

naturally made The Dorchester a natural choice for the nation’s

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— Audley Suite: Refurbished by Alexandra Champalimaud in 2007,

this one bedroom suite consists of a sitting room, cocktail bar, study,

dressing room, ensuite master bathroom and an outside terrace


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← Sir Winston Churchill himself was such a regular patron that

he had an extra wall built into his balcony for extra privacy from

the room next door – a wall that stands to this day. Similarly,

when the United States of America joined the war in 1942, and

President Dwight Eisenhower visited London, he sensibly took

up two rooms at The Dorchester –now known as the Eisenhower

Suite.

After the war, the Dorchester was extended towards Deanery

Street, with Oliver Messel, London’s most celebrated theatre designer

of the ’50s, engaged to design 30 new bedrooms, all with

private bathrooms, and London’s first purpose-built luxury hotel

suite. Messel used natural elements like flowers, fruits and

seeds to overwhelm the senses, even going as far as converting

the Penthouse dining room into an enchanted forest. The place

was soon overwhelmed with reservations, prompting the quick

addition of another entire floor, complete with four more meticulously

designed suites. The place became a meeting ground

for famous authors and artisans, including Ernest Hemingway,

T. S. Elliot, Alfred Hitchcock, Laurence Olivier, Vivien Leigh,

Brigitte Bardot and Danny Kaye.

With its guestbook already filling to the brim with the world’s

most powerful men and most loved authors, and most glamorous

actors and actresses, The Dorchester inevitably next courted

the world’s most popular musicians. One video excerpt from

The Beatles Tapes II: Early Beatlemania: 1963:1964 showed

each of the Beatles giving acceptance speeches in quick succession

after having received awards for ‘Show Business Personalities

of 1963’ from the Variety Club of Great Britain.

Another infamous tale was told by one of the hotel’s maids

who almost dropped her tray when the one and only Michael

Jackson answered the door decked head to toe in a giant Mickey

Mouse outfit. Behind him, three children ran about, dressed as

Peter Pan, Tinkerbell and Captain Hook respectively, flinging

ice cream and other condiments around the Gloved One’s room.

Over the years, numerous additions and renovations were

made (the last one in 2009 costing GBP10 million) to keep The

Dorchester modern, and yet painstakingly preserving the charm

and heritage that has helped upkeep its status as one of London’s

most sought-after sleep holes. Perhaps because of this, the walls

have seen the likes of a diverse plethora of personalities from

Arnold Schwarzenegger to Lady Gaga and Joan Collins. However

diverse, the guests do seem to share one thing in common

with the hotel – a balanced appreciation of luxury and heritage.

Top — Ernest Hemingway at The Dorchester hotel in 1944

Bottom — Work desk in the Harlequin Suite


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— Terrace Suite: This one-bedroom suite is made up of

a master bedroom with an ensuite bathroom and dressing room,

a dining room, living room, bar and large outside terrace


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— Harlequin Suite: It was in this very room that Elizabeth Taylor

received the news of her record-breaking, multi-million pound deal to star

in the epic Cleopatra and the suite still glows with Hollywood glamour


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HILLARY CLINTON

CONFIDENCE,

CONTROVERSY

AND CLOUT

words Ernie Li

Photograph CORBIS


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Hillary Clinton: Confidence,

Controversy and Clout

Hillary Clinton has made inroads in many areas throughout her life, but not without

personal cost. Although her days of First Lady and Secretary of State are behind her,

many are still keeping a sharp eye on this formidable woman who – some say – may run

again for president in 2016.

There are not many women who can lay claim to a political career

the way Hillary Clinton can. Even before her days as First Lady

of Arkansas, a tertiary education in law and consistent involvement

in political campaigns had shaped her views on the roles

and responsibilities of people in power, and she spent the next

few decades championing human rights – focusing on the needs

of women and children – and being a highly visible symbol of

political influence in both the domestic and international sphere.

However, her life in the limelight has not been a bed of roses.

While the Monica Lewinsky scandal captured far more attention

than other noteworthy events, Clinton has also been the

subject of scorn and criticism, ridicule and concern.

Through it all, strong support from various parties and her

indomitable will have kept her forging ahead and marching to

her own tune, to the delight of those who are still wondering if

the United States will see its first female president in 2016.

Politics was a large part of Clinton’s years at Wellesley College,

from being active in young Republican parties and campaigning

for Republican presidential nominee Barry Goldwater in 1964,

to becoming a Democrat in 1968, after which she worked on US

Senator Walter Mondale’s sub-committee on migrant workers

in 1971. Soon after, in the summer of 1972, she worked for the

campaign of Democratic presidential nominee George McGovern.

After her graduation, Clinton’s subsequent years in Yale

Law School, where she graduated with honours in 1973, and

a year’s post-graduate study on children and medicine at the

Yale Child Study Centre, further shaped her desire to perform

some form of public service, which was awakened after hearing

a speech by Reverend Martin Luther King.

Clinton’s early years in politics and presidential campaigns,

combined with her education in law, was tempered by her time

spent doing voluntary work at the Yale Child Study Centre,

New Haven Hospital and the city’s Legal Services where she

learned about early childhood brain development, worked on

cases of child abuse and provided free legal service to the poor,

respectively. However, despite her passion and interest in public

service, the political arena was never distant and following

her marriage to William Jefferson ‘Bill’ Clinton in 1975, Clinton

worked on Jimmy Carter’s successful campaign for president in

1976, and soon after became the first lady of Arkansas from

1979 to 1981 and again from 1983 to 1992.

Having been in the political limelight for years, Clinton was no

stranger to criticism. However, Clinton’s active and visible role

during her husband’s tenure as President – from 1993 to 2001 –

made her an easy target for both media and political detractors.

One of her earlier – and at the time, infamous – run-ins with

the media involved an incident during the 1992 Democratic primaries,

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lenged by former California Governor Jerry Brown that [Hillary]

Clinton’s professional career as an attorney involved state

funds and was unethical, hinting that she had benefitted from

her husband’s position. The challenge resulted in numerous

questions levelled at Clinton, who retorted that the only way

a working attorney who also happened to be a governor’s wife

could avoid any controversy would be if she had “stayed home

and baked cookies”. This remark, captured on broadcast media,

sparked national debate on whether she intended to demean the

role of stay-at-home mothers and was used by Republican Party

supporters as a rallying point, claiming that she was against

“family values”.

Things did not get any easier after the inauguration, from

her appointment as head of the Task Force on National Health

Reform during the first week, which resulted in a controversial

plan that was subsequently abandoned; to the Whitewater

investigation which occurred just five months into the Clinton

Administration in which she became the first First Lady to be

called to testify before a grand jury. These incidents were followed

by intense public scrutiny over sex scandals and the future

of her marriage, during which Clinton stayed strong in the

face of challenges and accusations which questioned her motives

and actions, and in doing so, gained admiration from the public

for her personal strength and commitment to her marriage.

Clinton’s long and active political career was further strengthened

when she was elected as a US Senator, a role she filled

from 2001 to 2009. It was during the latter years of this tenure

that she began her bid to become the first female president of

the United States.

Although Clinton conceded her nomination to Barack

Obama, she continued to support his campaign and, after his

inauguration, was named Secretary of State. During her term,

which lasted from 2009 and recently ended on 1 February 2013,

she travelled extensively around the world, meeting with heads

of state as well as the public to deliver speeches and conduct

interviews across a wide breadth of topics, from presidential

policies and negotiations with national leaders to international

women’s rights.

Clinton’s exit as Secretary of State was marred by the September

2012 attack on a US diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya

in which a US ambassador and three others lost their lives. The

State Department, which was under Clinton’s leadership, was

investigated and an independent panel report stated there were

‘systematic failures and leadership and management deficiencies’

at the State Department. Scheduled to testify before Congress

in December 2012, Clinton’s testimony was postponed

due to illness – first, a stomach virus and later, a concussion and

blood clot which occurred as a result of a fainting spell. At her

rescheduled testimony in January 2013, Clinton defended her

actions while taking full responsibility for the incident.

Despite concerns over her health following recent events, and

although she is reported as wanting to get some rest after her

well-travelled tenure as Secretary of State, it does not appear

as though Clinton is ready to slow down in any way, if a recently-announced

public speaking tour is any indication. Also

in the line-up is another, much-anticipated memoir, creating

frenzy among publishers as to its content and even the expected

advance she will receive.

At the same time, speculation is rife about whether Clinton

will announce her bid for the 2016 presidential elections. Although

no official statement has been made either way, Clinton

has remarked in the past that she has no plans to seek the presidency

in 2016.

In spite of this, observations and discussions abound, such as

a recent nationwide telephone poll which asked 1,002 Americans

who was the one person they would like to see running for

president in 2016. The result was overwhelming at 22 per cent,

far ahead of the second potential candidate who only garnered

three per cent. However, there are also concerns over Clinton’s

advancing age – at 65, she will be 69 years old in 2016 and some

feel it is not possible for her to maintain the same energy levels

into her seventh decade.

However, amidst the incessant political manoeuvring in

Washington, D.C. and the watchful media, official news may

have to wait as Clinton enjoys a slightly slower pace of life for

now. What we do know for sure is that, regardless of what Clinton

decides, the observers, voters – indeed, much of the world

– will be watching and waiting with bated breath for news of

what this formidable woman will do next.

Breaking past barriers

While her official title as First Lady came about as a result

of her husband’s successful presidential bid, it paved the way

for a series of ‘firsts’, from being the first First Lady to have a

postgraduate degree, her own professional career and her own

office in the West Wing of the White House. Hillary Clinton also

became the first wife of a president to seek and win national

office, and the first woman to be elected to the US Senate

from New York. Although her bid to become the first female US

President was unsuccessful, her appointment by Barack Obama

as Secretary of State was another feather in her hat, making her

the first woman to serve in a president’s cabinet.


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SIR HENRY COTTON

He lived the life most can only dream about and remained true to himself till the day

he died. Sir Henry Cotton, a professional in every sense of the word.


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THE SWING

Sir

HENRY COTTON

Words Tony Smart

PhotoS Corbis Images

— 15 July 1937. Sir Henry Cotton holds

the trophy for winning the British Open

at Carnoustie Golf Course, Scotland

This year sees the 26th

anniversary of the death

of one of the best golfers

and greatest characters the

game of golf has ever seen,

Sir Henry Cotton. Like

Walter Hagen before him in

America, Cotton disapproved

of the way he and his fellow

professionals were treated and

campaigned actively against

it, always insisting on being

given Honorary Membership

of any golf club he was

attached to. As a tournament

professional, Cotton won 30

tournaments in Europe in

the 1930s and ’40s, including

the Open Championship

three times in 1934, 1937 and

1948, the Belgium Open three

times, German Open three

times, French Open twice,

Czechoslovak Open twice,

and the Italian Open once.

Born in Cheshire, England,

Cotton came from an uppermiddle

class background

and went to public school.

There, he found golf almost

by accident when he turned

to the game after having

been banned from playing

cricket as a punishment. He

quickly discovered that he

was a natural at the game and

turned professional when he

was just 17, rapidly gaining a

reputation as a hard worker

and often practising until his

hands bled, believing that

the only secrets to becoming

a champion were hard work

and strong hands.

But Cotton also become

known for his high living

and was noted by one

commentator as being “equal

parts Hagen and Hogan”. He

was a lover of champagne,

caviar and tailored clothes

and he lived for a while in a

suite in a five-star hotel. Later

in his life, he bought an estate

with a butler and full staff

and travelled everywhere in a

Rolls-Royce. One of his two

most famous quotes is “the

best is always good enough

for me”, while the other

being, “to be a champion,

you must act like one”.

Cotton certainly did that,

both in the way he lived

and the way he conducted

himself on the golf course,

maintaining a calm and

dignified demeanour while

frequently playing explosive

golf.

Known as the ‘Maestro’,

Henry Cotton arrived at

Royal St. George’s in 1934 for

the Open Championship and

began with blistering rounds

of 67 and 65 and a lead that

was insurmountable. Even

with a final round score of 79,

he still won his first Claret Jug

by five shots, becoming the

first Briton then to win the

Championship in 11 years.

That second round 65 was so

good that the score➢


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SIR HENRY COTTON

— 29 June 1934. Sir Henry Cotton

competing in the Open Championship

← was not beaten in an Open

for 43 years and the Dunlop

company named a golf ball

after it – the Dunlop 65 –

which was also a bestseller for

over 40 years.

Some cynical commentators

have tried to diminish

Cotton’s victory due to the

lack of top American players

at Royal St. George’s, but

the Maestro was in such

peerless form that week that

no one could have beaten

him. Besides, Cotton showed

that he had no fear of top

Americans with his next

Open victory at Carnoustie

just three years later in 1937,

when he won against a field

that included every member

of a US Ryder Cup team

captained by Walter Hagen

including Gene Sarazen, Sam

Snead, Byron Nelson, Ralph

Guldahl, Denny Shute and

Henry Picard.

With the final two rounds

of the championship played

in a steady, cold downpour,


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“That second round 65 was so good

that the score was not beaten in

an Open for 43 years and the Dunlop

company named a golf ball after it –

the Dunlop 65 – which was also a best

seller for over 40 years.”– Sir Henry

Cotton’s first Open victory

Cotton, who was out early

in the final round, posted a

71 for a 290 total that never

looked like being beaten.

However, as the afternoon

wore on, there was still

the danger that the course

would be declared unplayable

because of the amount of

water lying on it and the

round cancelled. Mercifully,

the course remained just

playable until the end and

Cotton had won his second

Open Championship.

During World War Two,

Cotton lost many of his prime

golfing years and instead,

served in the Royal Air Force,

organising and playing in a

series of exhibition matches

for the Red Cross for which

he later earned an MBE.

When the war was

over, Cotton returned to

tournament golf and, in

1948, won his third Open

at Muirfield. Again in the

second round, Cotton spreadeagled

the field, shooting a

course record 66 that was

witnessed by King George

VI – the only time a reigning

British monarch had been

present at the Open. At this

time, the final two rounds

were still played on the

last day and despite tough

weather conditions in which

no one broke 70, Cotton shot

75-72 and cantered to another

five-shot victory. This final

Open win completed Cotton’s

transformation from antiestablishment

rebel to a

national sporting legend and

celebrity.

Though he won a couple

of tournaments in the

1950s, Cotton’s 1948 Open

win was his last substantial

tournament victory in a

career that, in addition to the

victories already mentioned,

saw him play in the Ryder

Cup three times and captain

the Great Britain and Ireland

Ryder Cup team twice.

After he retired from

tournament golf, Cotton set

about giving back to the game

of golf that had given him so

much. He became a respected

newspaper columnist on golf

for 30 years, wrote ten books

about the game, topped the

bill in a variety show with his

golf act and, preceding the

likes of Arnold Palmer and

Jack Nicklaus by a decade,

started to design great golf

courses, most notably, The

Penina (now known as Le

Méridien Penina Golf &

Resort), in the Portuguese

Algarve. One of his main

design principles Cotton said,

was that he “tried to create the

impression that the golfer and

his companions were alone in

a forest glade”, something that

many modern designers could

well do with returning to.

It was at Penina that Cotton

did much of his great posttournament

work. He was

one of the first to recognise

the Portuguese Algarve’s

great potential as a golfing

destination and the course he

built at Penina was the first

course to open for play in

the Algarve in 1966. Since its

opening, it has staged nine

Portuguese Opens on the

European PGA Tour and was

completely rebuilt, although

maintaining all the original

features several years after

Cotton’s death.

Cotton spent most of the

last 30 years of his life at

Penina and is actually buried

in the nearby village of

Mexilhoeira Grande. During

his time there, particularly

in the 1960s and ’70s, Cotton

played host to many an upand-coming

British golfer,

including Tony Jacklin, Clive

Clark and Howard Clark,

imparting his golfing wisdom

to them and helping them

to develop their already

prodigious talents with

various practise techniques he

had developed over the years,

one of which became➢


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SIR HENRY COTTON

— 13 July 1937. Henry Cotton at

Walton Heath Golf Course in Tadworth,

Surrey, making a speech after beating

American match play champion

Densmore Shute (seated right) in a

GDP500-A-Side match.

← famously widespread –

the method of hitting a

large tyre with a golf club to

develop strong hands was one

of Cotton’s core beliefs.

One of the most enduring

stories about Cotton’s time

at Penina concerns his caddy,

Pacifico. Pacifico was no

ordinary caddy; in fact, he

was a donkey that Cotton

had impulsively purchased

at a chicken barbecue in

the neighbouring hills, and

Cotton subsequently trained

him to carry two full golf bags

around the course.

Amongst Cotton’s other

major achievements was

creating the Golf Foundation

in 1952, an organisation

that still exists today and

which has, throughout the

years, helped thousands of

young boys and girls to get

started in the game. As well

as creating the Foundation

along with Jack Burroughs, a

manufacturer of golf shafts,

Cotton also wrote the very

first ‘Instruction Manual’ for

the Foundation and gave free

introductory lectures and

demonstrations to help the

embryonic organisation get

on a firmer footing.

In recognition of Cotton’s

work to help young golfers,

the European PGA Tour’s

‘Rookie of the Year’ award is

called the ‘Sir Henry Cotton

Rookie of the Year Award’

to this day. Other awards

made to a man who was

described as ‘witty, handsome,

intelligent, urbane and a

non-conformist’ were his

induction into the World

Golf Hall of Fame in America

in 1980 and to be honoured

with a knighthood just a few

days before his death in 1987.

Despite Cotton’s general

acceptance into the

mainstream in his later years,

he still maintained a healthy

disregard for authority and,

it is rumoured, he and his

wife Toots wanted his last

book, published in 1980, to

have a jacket cover showing

him embracing Pacifico under

the title ‘Kiss My Ass’. Sadly,

the publishers insisted on the

more mundane ‘Thanks For

The Game’ as a title.

Among Cotton’s many

contributions to the game

of golf he loved so much,

one of the most important

was, like Walter Hagen,

legitimising the occupation

of the golf professional. By

giving to other professionals

his vision of golf as a noble

occupation, he managed to

take them out of the caddie

shed and helped to make them

respectable. For that, every

golf professional on the planet

should raise a glass to this

wonderful man and render

a silent ‘thank you’ to Sir

Henry Cotton.


CHAPTER four

the look

beauty. FASHION. accessories.

PAGEs

83 - 97


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Portrait of a lady

As the world turns and we continue to innovate,

our love for classic romance never fades.

No matter what fashion takes hold of us,

there will always be a place in our hearts

for history and heritage.


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THE LOOK

STYLE WAVE

— Metals

Nothing says ‘luxe’ more than

sparkling clusters and metallic

sheens in all sorts of shade – silver,

fiery red, sapphire blue, deep

purple and emerald green. The

shinier it is, the better.

Spotted at: Versace, Salvatore

Ferragamo, Burberry Prorsum,

Jonathan Saunders, Simone Rocha,

Fendi, Alexander Wang

— Bomber jacket

This piece has a timeless appeal

– similar to the trench, pea and

parka coats – which stems from

its military heritage. This season,

it is updated with round collars,

a slimmed down shape and looks

like a baseball-bomber hybrid.

Spotted at: Givenchy, Alexander

McQueen, Valentino, Versace, Dick,

Dolce&Gabbana, Gucci, Costume

National, Dior, Kris Van Assche

— Split fronts

No need to get into the Angelina

Jolie right leg territory; do like

what the brands do – flash just a

little bit of leg to set hearts racing.

Spotted at: Eudon Choi, Preen, Osman,

Alexander Wang, Balenciaga, Oscar

de la Renta

— Vivid colours

Orange, yellow, red, cobalt, purple,

turquoise – these are the season’s

standout colours, with clever use

of colour blocking and head-to-toe

outfits in single bold hues.

Spotted at: Yohji Yamamoto, Salvatore

Ferragamo, Thierry Mugler, Paul

Smith, J.W. Anderson, Gucci, E. Tautz,

Moschino, Raf Simons, Neil Barrett


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— Asian

Oriental obi belts and Japanese

prints on pale satin, Indochine

patterns and artsy florals on

kimono-esque pieces … fashion is

looking East for inspiration.

Spotted at: Prada, Emilio Pucci, Etro,

Shiatzy Chen, Hermès, Erdem

— Sandals

Think modern gladiators and

fishermen-style sandals. They are

strappy, and come embellished

with chain hardware detail or

woven and plaited.

Spotted at: Dolce&Gabbana, Givenchy,

Kenzo, Dries Van Noten, Lanvin

— Ruffles

No longer understated, ruffles for

spring is all about the statement

frill. Think flamenco, with a 21st

century touch.

Spotted at: Gucci, Burberry Prorsum,

Balenciaga, JW Anderson, Yves Saint

Laurent, Givenchy

— Knitted polo

Paying tribute to old world

elegance and the era of the ’50s,

polo shirts have gone knitted in all

shapes, prints and colours.

Spotted at: Vivienne Westwood, Prada,

Dolce&Gabbana, Gucci, Valentino,

Canali, Trussardi, Missoni, Dirk

Bikkembergs


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TASTE THE COOKBOOK 20

CHAPTER Five

the TASTE

the cOOKBOOK. THE DISHES.

THE DRINKS.

PAGEs

95 - 109


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For the love of Lebanon

Photographs Azrul Kevin Abdullah

Preserving one’s heritage in a foreign country is never easy, yet Chef Pierre Chahda

makes it look like a breeze, bringing his passion for traditional Lebanese cuisine

and its authentic tastes to Malaysia. Alison Elfwing discovers how a boy born in the

mountainous region of Lebanon ends up running the kitchens of one of Malaysia’s

best fine dining restaurants, Al-Amar Lebanese Cuisine.

Al-Amar Lebanese Cuisine opened its doors

in 2008 in the bustling Pavilion Kuala Lumpur

shopping mall, in the heart of the city centre. It

has since been offering authentic Lebanese cuisine

under the guidance of Executive Chef, Chef

Pierre Chahda.

With a seating capacity of 100 in the indoor

dining area and approximately 60 guests on the

balcony, Al-Amar thrives on the patronage of

locals, expatriates and tourists alike. It may look

daunting from the outside, especially being a

fine dining restaurant but upon entering, you

will be put at ease with the warmth of both the

staff and the deco. Rich reds are mixed with

dark wood and off-white stone walls, with traditional

design elements representing different

parts of Lebanon’s history. “We have red and

white from our flag and the green you will see

is from our food!” says Chahda.

It is a unique feeling at Al-Amar, familiar

yet distant. I guess it is almost like going into

someone else’s home when you are on your

best behaviour, but ready to also receive the

best treatment.

Born in 1977, 36-year-old Chahda is reserved

at first but soon warms up and talks candidly

and openly about his family, culture and passion

for food. And of course, his experience living

in Malaysia.

The first six months were the hardest!” he

recalls. “The team, raw materials, the culture.

Most of our food is a little bit sour, so it’s not

the sweet tastes that Malaysians are used to.”

“I always have guests asking me for spicy

food,” he tells me, chuckling. “Lebanese food is

not spicy. We use a lot of spices, but there is no

heat.” Always open to new ideas while preserving

the authenticity of traditional cooking, he

has tweaked a few dishes to suit the tastebuds

of locals.

Born in the mountainous region of North

Lebanon, the land provides a natural source of

fresh produce. I ask him about his memories of

food in Lebanon. “My mother,” he exclaims jokingly.

“What was your favourite dish that she

cooked?” “So many!” he replies.

There is one dish though that he speaks of

fondly, and remembers with nostalgia. Mougadara,

made from rice and red lentils. “It’s very

easy to make good food in Lebanon, especially

when you grow up in a village in the mountains.

Everything is available from the land.”

“When I was a kid, I used to spend my summers

at my parents’ house in the Lebanese

mountains and I just loved helping my mother

roll the vine leaves from our small backyard.

Stuffed with rice and spices and marinated in a

lemon and olive oil sauce, it was the first dish I

ever cooked.”

Chahda fell into the profession with the encouragement

of friends. He started his life and

career as a chef in 1992 and has never looked

back since. “I used to go outside and put water

in the coffee pot. That was it. I never planned to

be a chef,” he says humbly.

After completing his culinary training, Chahda

worked in prestigious restaurants and hotels

across the Middle East. “It all started from a passion

for food that I developed since my younger

years, and which I mastered by studying the

traditional art of cooking in one of the best hotel

management schools in Lebanon. I had the

opportunity to practice during my diverse ➢


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RECIPE

PISTACHIO MAFRUKA WITH

CREAM RECIPE

Pistachio mafruka dough

5 cups pistachio nuts or

750 g, ground

½ cup icing sugar or 70 g

¼ cup rose water or 60 ml

¼ cup blossom water or 60 ml

Cream stuffing

1 tin NESTLÉ Sweetened

Condensed Milk or 397 g

2 cups water or 500 ml

½ cup corn flour or 60 g

The method

1 — Place ground pistachio,

icing sugar (reserve two

tablespoons of icing sugar),

rose water and blossom water

in a bowl and mix well.

2 — Sprinkle the remaining two

tablespoons in the bottom of a 35

x 25 cm rectangular tray. Press ½

quantity of the pistachio dough over

the tray to flatten evenly all over

the tray bottom.

3 — Mix in a sauce pan NESTLÉ

Sweetened Condensed Milk, water

and corn flour, then simmer with

constant stirring until it thickens.

Pour it over the pistachio dough in

the tray equally. Set aside to cool in

room temperature.

4 — Put the remaining ½ of the

pistachio dough between two

sheets of greaseproof paper, then

gently roll it between the papers

using a rolling pin to reach the

size of the tray. Remove the top

paper and turn the dough over the

cream, then press gently. Remove

exceeding dough from the sides.

5 — Put it in the fridge until

serving time.

6 — Cut into squares and serve.

Serving tip: Decorate the top

with some clicks of cream and red

cherries in syrup.

← experiences throughout the years.” When the

opportunity arose for him to work in Malaysia,

he jumped at the chance for a new and challenging

experience.

It was not just his mother that cooked, but his

father as well. Like all good men who love their

meat, Chahda’s father was a fan of the grill and

would cook for family gatherings on Sundays.

It is part of Lebanese culture to enjoy their

food slowly, be it at lunch or dinner. Of course,

as Mediterraneans, early meals are unheard of

and supper is a common practice, not unlike

many Malaysians who enjoy a late night meal.

Lebanese food is more of a dining experience

than just one specialty dish. At Al-Amar, you

are encouraged to dine with family or friends

in larger groups to be able to enjoy more variety.

The best way to enjoy Lebanese food is

to take your time, take many breaks and enjoy

it with complementing Lebanese wines or traditional

arak, a colourless spirit distilled from

star anise, which is customary to set off certain

traditional dishes.

The typical Lebanese dining experience is

called mezze – essentially a selection of small,

hot and cold dishes. These plates are spread out

across the table for guests to share, with a large

chunk of the dishes being vegetarian-based.

A must-have at every table is hommus, a dish

that Chahda believes represents the identity of

Lebanon. “There are many other variations of

hommus, but in Al-Amar, it is made the traditional

way.”

The result is spectacular and the shallow pool

of olive oil in the centre of the dish begs to be

mopped up with Al-Amar’s homemade, freshly

baked flat bread. You are also served a ‘not-sosmall’

amuse bouche of hoop-shaped bread with

olive oil, thyme and sumak, a Lebanese spice

with a tart and tangy flavour.

“We are a Mediterranean country, and we

use a lot of shared ingredients. If you compare

us with Greece or Spain, you will find that we

also utilise olive oil, tomatoes, cheese …” he

trails off. The French influence is clear in the

techniques used for sauces and dips, while the

heart and soul of the cooking is seen from other

neighbouring countries. Of course, being a

country where food is its national identity, Lebanon

succeeded in setting the record in 2010 for

the largest plate of hommus, as recorded in the

Guinness Book of Records.

“In the first few years of opening, we imported

all our ingredients, especially the spices,” he

explains. “Now, we start to discover a few places

that have what we want, and also the suppliers.

They bring in what we need.” Everything

remains authentically Lebanese, and it certainly

shows in the taste of the dishes.

The menu does not change often. On the

contrary, dishes are added instead of removed.

“Dishes like hommus or tabouleh, well, they’re

traditional. You can’t change those.”

All this sounds like it needs a lot of work, so I

ask Chahda what his typical day is like. “I get to

Al-Amar’s production kitchen at 10 am, located

at Al-Amar Express.” Al-Amar Express is located

just a stone’s throw away from Pavilion, at

Fahrenheit 88 shopping mall on the busy Jalan

Bukit Bintang.

I thought that was it for his day, but he continues

explaining. “After that, I have to go to

the airport, because I have to cook for Saudi

Airlines.”

“That’s a lot of things to do in a day. What

time does your day end?” I exclaim.

“It’s part of the job. That’s why my hair cannot

stand up!” he jokes, pointing to his shaven

head. Luckily, he has the help of over 60 chefs,

although he never shies from load.

“If it’s my first time at Al-Amar, what should I

eat?” I ask, almost drooling at the smattering of

dishes that sat two tables away from me. “Hommus,

tabouleh … and freshly baked bread,” he

says, almost sensing my desire which was triggered

by the tantalising smells wafting over

from the open wood-fired oven.

One of the exceptional items served as an accompaniment

is Chahda’s Lebanese garlic sauce,

a recipe that will remain an all-time secret. Ap-


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parently, it involves a tedious process of blending

fresh garlic, while meticulously adding doses

of olive oil and lemon juice. Add too much

of the latter and your garlic sauce will curdle.

Add too little and well, you will end up with just

blended garlic.

The moutabal, a dip made from eggplant, sesame

paste and lemon juice, had concentrated

flavours shown off by a drizzle of olive oil and a

sprinkling of spice. In France, this is known as

caviar d’aubergine, which translates to ‘eggplant

caviar’. The eggplant is roasted until soft, and

the flesh is scooped out then mixed with the

other ingredients and blended.

I loved the Tabbouleh Harrah, a twist on the

traditional fresh parsley, tomatoes, onions and

bulgur wheat salad. This version had additional

green chilli and spices, and was topped with lemon

and olive oil. “Many Malaysians find our food

sour, because of all the lemon juice we use,” he

There are many other

variations of hommus, but in

Al-Amar, it is made the

traditional way.”

explains. “They are used to more sweet or spicy

foods so we also try to adapt to please everyone.”

I could certainly see his point. One of the

most famous Lebanese dishes, the Warak Enab

or vine leaves, was a tangy concoction of sourish

rice marinated in spices and lemon juice,

wrapped in vine leaves. Both the vine leaves and

the next dish, the Shanklish – a fusion of aged

cheeses – should be complemented by a glass of

arak to stabilise the tart flavours. The delicious

cheeses are mixed with labneh and special spices,

topped with thyme and finely chopped tomatoes,

onions, parsley and capsicum.

For the more adventurous, the Kebbeh

Neyyeh is a dish of raw spiced minced lamb prepared

with bulgur wheat, and served with fresh

spring onions. Add olive oil and garlic sauce to

the mix, top it off with a mint leaf and enjoy

in one mouthful. A very unique and enjoyable

dish, flavourful with a delicate texture.

From the piping hot mezze, the soujouk or

spiced lamb sausages stood out for their robust

flavour, while the Mixed Pastry Platter was an

assortment of more bite-sized goodies. The Kebbeh

Kras, fried ground beef and bulgur wheat

shell stuffed with minced meat, chopped onions

and pine nuts, was crisp and filling. The Lamb

Sambousik was a light pastry stuffed with minced

lamb meat and spices, while the cheese rolls reminded

me of springrolls, but filled with rich,

homemade Lebanese cheese. Finally, the Spinach

Fatayer which consisted of fried pastry filled with

baby spinach, onions and a zest of lemon.

At this point, it is seen as perfectly acceptable

to just order mezze and skip the main course,

explains Chahda. The selection of hot and cold

dishes was satisfying, but he did insist that I

try one main course, the Siyyediyeh. This was

fresh grouper, roasted then served with basmati

rice. The rice was cooked with fried onions and

spices and served with

Chahda’s special sauce.

Dessert consisted of

mafrouka, a sweet Lebanese

dessert made with a

caramel biscuit filled with

kashta, almond, pine nuts

and sugar syrup.

Sometimes, Chahda

longs for more traditional

homecooked

dishes that he grew up

on. He takes pleasure

in cooking these dishes

that are not on the a la

carte menu, during the

Sunday lunch buffets

and for outdoor caterings.

At RM75++ per

person, the lunch buffets

offer a huge variety

of dishes and it is a great

way to get an introduction

to Lebanese cuisine.

For three years running,

Al-Amar took part

in the Malaysian International

Gourmet Festival

and came out most

recently in 2012 with

Awards of Excellence

for the Most Outstanding

Cuisine at the Gala

Launch, Most Creative

Food Presentation at

the Gala Launch (Judges’

and People’s Choice),

Most Creative Station

Gala Launch, Best Marketed

Restaurant of the Festival, Best Value

Menu of the Festival, Most Outstanding Overall

Dining Experience, Most Outstanding Cuisine

and Most Outstanding Canapes of the Festival.

Al-Amar has also been awarded Winner of the

Best Middle Eastern Restaurant Award in the

inaugural Time Out Kuala Lumpur Food Awards

for three years running, showing us that KLites

have truly accepted it as one of their favourite

restaurants.

Chef Pierre Chahda cooks with his heart and

does not shy from the passion require to cook

time-honoured recipes. He keeps his family

traditions and the traditions of Lebanon alive,

every single day in the authentic flavours of the

cuisine which he shares with Malaysians.


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TROPICANA CITY MALL

No 3, Jalan SS20/27, 47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

STACKS

Country Chicken

– Strategically yet

unintentionally placed

beside Jatomi where health

conscious people roam,

Stacks is not just another

Subway. The outlet places a

lot of effort on quality and

even allows you to build your

own sandwich from scratch.

However, if you do not feel

like doing so, you may opt

for their predetermined

selections. Highly

recommended is the Country

Chicken. It boasts tender

chunks of lean, unprocessed

chicken breast meat, onions,

tomatoes, lettuce, dried

cranberries, provolone cheese,

ranch dressing, mustard,

balsamic vinegar, thyme, and

tarragon placed in between a

soft, warm Turkish flatbread.

At first bite, the heady mix

of flavours overwhelms you.

Each of their sandwiches

is served with oven-baked

Tortilla chips – a healthier

alternative when you need

some crunch alongside your

wholesome grub.

L1-13A, Level 1 - T. 016-279 9333 (Ryan) -

www.facebook.com/pages/Stacks-Sandwiches/462544910455398

Operating hours - 11.00 am to 10.00 pm


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TROPICANA CITY MALL

No 3, Jalan SS20/27, 47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

KAY CAFÉ &

RESTAURANT

Roasted Chicken Teriyaki

– Kay Café and Restaurant is

an establishment that caters

to all sorts of tastes, from

local favourites to Western

cuisines and from quick bites

to hearty meals. Regulars

flock here for a taste of their

succulent chicken thigh that

has been marinated overnight

with Japanese shoyu sauce,

mirin (Japanese rice wine),

vinegar and sugar, and then

roasted to perfection before

being doused with teriyaki

sauce. The rich, golden brown

exterior is enough to get you

excited. The verdict? Meat

that is tender and juicy with

a flavour that is wonderfully

sweet and tangy. It is ideally

matched with two mildflavoured

sidekicks, mash

potatoes and greens so as to

not overpower the flavour

of the meat.

G-13A, Ground Floor - T. 03-7726 8628 - www.facebook.com/KayCafeRestaurant

Operating hours - 10.00 am to 10.00 pm


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Tropicana Golf & Country Resort

47410 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

GIN SHUI TEI

Yakiniku Don – Plainly

translated as ‘grilled meat on

rice’, this dish boasts copious

amounts of beef slices,

onions, shredded cabbages,

tricoloured capsicums and

carrots that are stir fried

together with their special

onion sauce and served on

a bed of piping hot Japanese

rice. The pleasant aroma and

festive aesthetics are enough

to prepare your taste buds

for what lies ahead. The

beef slices are tender and

juicy, a rarity in these parts

as most restaurants tend to

overcook them, while the

vegetables retain just the

right amount of crunch for

a well-rounded texture. The

onion sauce perfectly ties this

wholesome dish together

with its appetisingly sweet

and savoury flavours that are

addictive with each spoonful.

Clubhouse - T. 03-7804 8888 - www.facebook.com/ginshuitei

Operating hours - Monday to Sunday - Lunch - 12.00 pm to 3.00 pm -

Dinner - 6.30 pm to 10.30 pm


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Tropicana Golf & Country Resort

47410 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

PALMS

COFFEE HOUSE

Sup Kambing Merah

Singapore – Apart from their

sweet and savoury Chilli

Crabs, Singapore is also

famous for their ‘red mutton

soup’ (in local terms, ‘sup

gearbox’). At Palms Coffee

House, this magnificent

appetiser features two large

pieces of lamb shanks stewed

in a fiery red broth made out

of mutton stock, tomatoes,

chillies, beaten eggs and

various spices. However

alarming the red colour may

be, worry not as it is actually

more sweet and savoury

than spicy. The consistency

of the broth is nice and thick,

while the bits and pieces of

egg give it an all-too-pleasing

texture. Best to mop it all up

with some nice warm bread.

Naturally, this dish is prized

for the marrow contained

in the bones. Rich in iron,

the marrow is absolutely

succulent and delicate in

flavour. The main point is

to enjoy the gravy, together

with the marrow and some

bits of meat.

Clubhouse - T. 03-7804 8888 (ext 306 / 309) - www.tropicanagolf.com

Operating hours - Monday to Friday – 7.00 am to 12.00 am -

Saturday to Sunday - 7.00 am to 8.00 pm


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Tropicana Golf & Country Resort

47410 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

JOJO

ITALIAN RESTAURANT

Pan Fried Sole Fillet –

If the term ‘Italian cuisine’

sparks images of thick

tomato sauce smothered

over piles of pasta with

wedges of garlic bread on

the side, then you are not

thinking Italian. That would

be more in line with Italian-

American cuisine, the type

served at chain restaurants.

So forget the common

spaghetti and meatballs; try

this Pan Fried Sole Fillet on

for size. Generally, the best

Italian dishes are prepared

simply: a quick grill or pan

fry, light seasoning and a

fresh presentation. The two

thick pieces of sole fillets

are delicately crisp and

golden on the outside while

still retaining much of its

moisture inside. Pair it with

the piquant lemon butter and

capers sauce and you have

yourself a match made in

heaven. What lies underneath

the prize is a colourful treat

– sautéed chunks of red and

green capsicums, zucchinis,

aubergines, leeks, sliced

carrots and shredded purple

cabbages that are deliciously

sweet with various soft and

crunchy textures to help

balance out the firm quality

of the fish.

Clubhouse - T. 03-7805 3935 - www.jojoitalianrestaurant.com

Operating hours - Monday to Thursday - 11.00 am to 11.00 pm

- Friday to Sunday - 11.00 am to 1.00 pm


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SURIA KLCC (KUALA LUMPUR CITY CENTRE)

Jalan Ampang, 50088 Kuala Lumpur

SPRING GARDEN

Chef’s Signature King

Scallops with Orange –

Scallops with orange, you say?

Think it would not work?

Oh, you will be pleasantly

surprised that the end result

is pretty good. A unique

kick-starter before your

main meal, this signature

creation is surprisingly not

listed on their menu. But no

matter, you can still request

for it and they would be

more than delighted to serve

you this specialty. The dish

is graced with two plump,

firm scallops that are stuffed

with a mixture of fish paste,

shortening butter, chilli,

black pepper and parsley, and

then deep fried and placed in

a glistening pool of orange

sauce. The sweet and zesty

sauce, made with fresh and

concentrated orange juice,

chicken broth, and other

seasonings, perfectly balances

out the savoury goodness

of the stuffed scallops with

a consistency that is not too

thick or thin. Everything is

in sync. Furthermore, the

fish paste is not overly salty

so that you can still savour

the natural sweetness of the

fresh scallops. Alternate the

sponginess of the seafood

with the crispy thin spring

roll that is also interestingly

injected with some fish paste,

pushing you further into a

food coma.

Lot 413 & 414, Level 4 - T. 03-2166 9881 - www.taithong.com.my

Operating hours - 11.00 am to 10.00 pm


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Heritage TEA

1837 TWG Tea

[100 g @ RM109]

Range: Sakura! Sakura!

Green Tea

The word ‘TWG’ stands for

The Wellness Group’, which was

founded in Singapore in 1837.

An establishment that honours

Asian and European traditions

by sourcing only the finest teas

from around the world, TWG

Tea is committed to working with

the most renowned tea estates

to developing distinct blends of

tea. Be it limited edition teas or a

seasonal blend, each tea bag has

an exact 2.5 g measurement for

the perfect cup of tea, and is hand

sewn, made from 100% cotton.

This allows the flavours to steep

in hot water. The ‘Sakura! Sakura!’

offers an unusual flavour from that

of conventional green tea. Once

brewed, the liquid is honey yellow

in colour, and releases a very

heady scent of cherry blossoms,

evoking Kyoto’s most celebrated

season. The elegant haute couture

packaging of white and gold takes

inspiration from temples

in the sky.

www.twgtea.com


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St. Dalfour

[50 g @ RM9.89]

Range: Organic Strawberry

St. Dalfour is a family-owned

French company founded

in 1984. No chemicals or

preservatives are used in the

selected tea gardens, and the

gardens produce tea exclusively

for St. Dalfour. Each tea bag is

made from eco-friendly paper

and no chemicals that could alter

the taste of the tea have touched

the tea bag; even the string is

attached without the use of metal

staples. Individual tea bags are

sealed in envelopes to ensure

freshness. Once brewed, this tea

produces a sweet, thick aroma.

Its flavour is predominantly of

strawberries, but with a mild

undertone of a bouquet of

flowers. The natural sweetness

of the fruit flavour did not turn

bitter, even after more than three

minutes steeped in water. The

liquid boasts a light, reddish hue

and is smooth and fragrant

to taste.

www.stdalfour.com

Dilmah

[50 g @ RM10.90]

Range: Green Tea with

Camomile Flowers

Dilmah – a brand name derived

from the names of founder

Merrill J. Fernando’s sons Malik

and Dilhan – is a brand that sees

tea as nature’s gift, something

that heals, protects and refreshes.

Since the 1950s, the foundation

of the brand is built on that

belief. The family business

is dedicated to carrying out

Fernando’s beliefs of bringing

quality back to tea, ethically.

With over 100 recipes and 39

different teas from selected

estates, Dilmah has grown into

one of the most respectable

and ethical tea growers in the

world. Chamomile tea is made

from whole chamomile flowers,

leaves and stem omitted. It has

a mild floral scent and a delicate

undertone of fruity apple. A

light-bodied tea, this mild green

tea embodied with chamomile

flavour comes in a pale straw

yellow colour reminiscent of a

lemon. It is naturally caffeinefree,

making it best to be enjoyed

in the evening to promote

relaxation or before bedtime for

a soothing sleep.

www.dilmahtea.com

Twinings of London

[50 g @ RM12.69]

Range: Classic Earl Grey

Since 1706, Twinings has been

committed to selling the finest

tea experience in the world.

With more than 200 teas

spanning across 100 countries,

300 years of passion for tea is

still going strong with Twinings.

Earl Grey tea got its name,

apparently, from the Georgian

Prime Minister, Earl Grey, who

received this tea as a present

from a Chinese Mandarin. It

made an impression on him and

he asked Twinings to recreate

it for him. Earl Grey tea is made

by extracting the oil from the

rind of the bergamot orange and

infusing it with black tea leaves.

It comes sold either loose or

in tea bags. Once brewed, Earl

Grey tea is light in colour, and

very fragrant with citrus scent

from the bergamot. It tastes

very natural and has a relaxing,

soothing effect. Earl Grey tea can

be enjoyed at any time of the day.

www.twinings.com


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Flip the pages to keep tabs on all the latest happenings in town, past and present –

hot off the press of Tropicana Golf & Country Resort and Tropicana City Mall. There

is just so much good stuff going on right now; from golf tournaments and wedding

celebrations to press conferences, gala dinners and charity drives, our editorial team

had a field day trying to keep up-to-date with them all!

Tropicana

LION DANCE

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TROPICANA GOLF & COUNTRY RESORT

Golf Wing Car Porch - Saturday, 16 February 2013

Tropicana Golf & Country Resort hosted a lion dance

performance for the benefit of its members on a cool

Saturday evening. The event included the appearance

of the God of Prosperity and lions that walked around

the Club House handing out ang pow packets, as well

as a lion dance performance featuring stunts on poles.

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1 — Herman Tan (SGM of Tropicana Golf & Country Resort) receiving blessings from the God of Prosperity and lions 2 — God of Prosperity and lion giving

out ang pow packets to the public after the performance 3 — A lion in action 4 — Lion dance performance begins


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CNY Luncheon Of

DIJAYA CORPORATION BERHAD,

PALMGOLD CORPORATION BERHAD

AND TAI THONG GROUP OF COMPANIES

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TROPICANA GOLF & COUNTRY RESORT

Grand Ballroom - Wednesday, 20 February 2013

The Dijaya Group hosted a 2013 Chinese New Year

luncheon for its staff at the Grand Ballroom of Tropicana

Golf & Country Resort in Petaling Jaya on 20

February 2013. The luncheon began with staff registration

at 11.30 am, followed by the arrival of YBhg

Tan Sri Dato’ Danny Tan Chee Sing, Group Executive

Vice Chairman of Dijaya, his wife YBhg Puan Sri Datin

Ivy Tan, family members and the Board of Directors.

Thereafter, a lion dance performance was held to usher

in good luck and prosperity in the Year of the Snake.

Shortly before the lou sang session began, the new

Group CEO of Dijaya Corporation Berhad YBhg Dato’

Yau Kok Seng was invited to the stage to address the

staff. The Chinese New Year luncheon was accompanied

by group performances by the Crush Crew Project,

F1RST (a K-pop sensation group from Korea) and

a special appearance by Miss Daniela from Greece. The

session officially ended on a merry note at 2.30 pm.

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1 — Dato’ Danny Tan and Datin Ivy Tan are all smiles for the camera 2 & 4 — Performances by Korean pop act F1RST

3 — Dato’ Danny Tan greeting guests


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Chinese New Year

AT TROPICANA CITY MALL

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Tropicana City Mall

Main Atrium - Thursday, 17 January 2013 to

Sunday, 24 February 2013

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2

Tropicana City Mall celebrated ‘A Grand Oriental New

Year’ this Year of the Snake with endless shopping

pleasures and attractive rewards that started from 17

January 2013 till 24 February 2013. The Main Atrium

was transformed into a charming Chinese marketplace

where shopping booths line the market lanes, crisscrossing

the entire space of the Atrium. The grand

centre stage took the form of an entrance of the Great

Wall of China, further setting the scene of the Orient.

Chinese lanterns and bamboo trees created an outdoor

feel, amidst a traditional ambience filled with songs

and festive buzz. The New Year festivities kicked off

with a lively ‘Magnum Young Strength Lion Dance

Competition 2013’ on 20 January, followed by a ‘Single

Mother Charity CNY Programme’ on 26 January.

There were also cultural workshops and performances

such as Chinese Calligraphy Demo, Dragon Dance

Performance, CNY Performance by Opus Academy of

Music, Face Changing Performance, 24 Season Drums

Performance, CNY Chinese Knot & Paper Cutting and

2D Paper Carving Workshops by Tzu Chi, Chinese

Wushu Performance and Acrobatic Lion Dance Performance.

Even the Gods of Wealth, Prosperity and

Longevity made appearances, much to the delight of the

crowd. The festive showcase’s other highlights include

a promo tour of the CNY movie Go! Go! Oh My God!,

GeMeiLia Movie Soundtrack Contest and 988 FM ‘Ular

La’ Finale Showcase. Shoppers who spent a minimum

of RM100 at any outlet – except Carrefour – in Tropicana

City Mall from 26 January 2013 to 8 February

2013 were rewarded with a free Touch’n Go card with

a preloaded amount of RM5, as well as Tropicana City

Mall’s signature ang pow packets. Shoppers who participated

in the Lucky Dip won an assortment of precious

jewellery from Poh Kong.

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1 & 2 — Face Changing performers in action 3 — An exciting performance from the Opus Academy of Music 4 — The CNY Celebration Dance

Performance was a feast for the senses 5 — The lion dance wowed the crowd with its daring moves 6 — The finale of the Opus Academy of Music’s gig


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Single Mother

CHARITY CNY PROGRAMME

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TROPICANA CITY MALL

Main Atrium - Saturday, 26 January 2013

On Saturday, 26 January 2013, the Women’s Advancement

Association of PJ (WAA PJ) hosted the ‘We Care

and Love You’ charity CNY programme to appreciate

single mothers. Partnering with Tropicana City Mall,

the recipients of the programme consisted of hardcore

poor single mothers’ families in Selangor, Wilayah

Persekutuan and Negeri Sembilan. The event saw a

crowd turnout of 315 attendees, which included honourable

guest YBhg DP Chew Mei Fun, single mothers,

children below the age of 15 years old, working committee

members, dancers and members of the media. Highlights

of the event were an opening line dance, speech by

the guest of honour, a ‘gangnam style’ dance and God of

Prosperity Walkabout. Gifts and hampers – comprising

ang pow packets worth RM500 and goodie bags sponsored

by Tropicana City Mall – were presented to single

mothers and their children. For lunch, packed food

and drinks were distributed to these mothers and their

children, as well as to VIPs, members of the media and

working committee members.

1 — DP Chew Mei Fun giving her speech 2 — The Gods of Wealth, Prosperity and Longevity posing for a groupshot 3 — The ‘gangnam style’ dance

4 — Presentation of gifts and hampers to single mothers 5 — Group shot of all the participants who were involved in the programme


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Magnum Young Strength

LION DANCE COMPETITION 2013

Tropicana City Mall

Main Driveway - Sunday, 20 January 2013

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Organised by Young Malaysia Movement and presented

by Magnum, the ‘Magnum Young Strength

Lion Dance Competition 2013’ was held on 20 January

2013 at Tropicana City Mall to promote traditional

lion dance culture to members of the public, as well as

to create a platform for the younger generation to perform

their talent and encourage them to take part in

community activities. This year’s competition – themed

‘Traditional Lion Dance’ – is the second year running

for Magnum to organise such an event. The competition

saw a participation of 12 groups competing for

cash prizes worth up to RM8,700, trophies, medals and

certificates.

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1 — This white, green and red lion captivated the crowd with its slick moves 2 — A red lion pausing before some CNY paraphernalia 3 — High up in the

air ... and that is the way to go 4 — A lion dancing its way to the centre of the court


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988 FM

CHINESE NEW YEAR FINALE

PROMO TOUR

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Tropicana City Mall

Main Atrium - Sunday, 3 February 2013

On 3 February 2013, the Star Radio Group hosted a

joint event at Tropicana City Mall to celebrate the

Lunar New Year. To hype up the festive mood, a lion

dance performance was held at 3 pm at the Star Radio

Group office. After the performance, DJs from four radio

stations – 988 FM, Suria FM, Capital FM and Red

FM – visited the tenants of Tropicana City Mall at 6 pm,

accompanied by a lion dance performance. During the

duration of this visit, 988 FM Chinese New Year CDs

and DVDs, posters, ang pow packets, mandarin oranges,

fortune cookies and drinks were given away as gifts to

tenants. The finale of the promo tour comprised a stage

performance at 8 pm at the concourse area, in which

988 FM DJs played games with the crowd and serenaded

them with five songs. The evening was made merrier

with an acrobatic lion dance performance, a lou sang

session between 988 FM DJs and Tropicana City Mall

representatives, and an autograph session with fans.

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1 — Lou sang session between 988 FM DJs and TCM representatives 2 — Lions unfurling banners that symbolise luck and prosperity 3 — Members of

the crowd participating in the games on stage 4 — Final photo op 5 — A monk and a lion facing off each other on the poles


Melissa's secret

Melissachens’ founder, Melissa M. Chen talks

about her beauty philosophy, the birth of the

brand, the products and services on offer and

plans for the future.

You have over 28 years of experience in the skincare

business. How did you get started?

“When I was younger, I was fascinated by how a woman could look

after herself, even after her marriage and pregnancy. I wanted to

learn the secrets of overall body wellness, how to look good and

be happy. It became my life’s mission to help all women and men

release their accumulated stress from the pressures of modern life,

so that when they look in the mirror, they look and feel good about

themselves.”

What are the products and services that you provide? Are

there any that cater specifically to men?

“Forming the essence of Melissachens is a complete therapeutic and

restorative approach to great skin health and beauty. We address

all common skin conditions effectively based on skin’s needs

regardless of gender. At Melissachens Skin Beauty Spa salons, we

provide a range of results-oriented facials and stress-relieving body

therapy. Based on their unique skin profile, customers are given

the relevant combination of high performance skincare products

to aid in a thorough skincare regimen at home. We precisely tailor

our facial and body therapy techniques, and recommendation of

products, to suit each gender, unique skin profile, skin concerns

and lifestyle habits. These products are available at our outlets and

through exclusive Melissachens Authorised Dealers in Malaysia

and Singapore.”

How does the brand stay relevant in the industry?

“We focus on what we do best – ensuring that all our customers

enjoy the real results of improved skin condition, prolonged skin

cell life, skin DNA longevity, and a prolonged youthful appearance,

within the shortest possible time.”

What is unique about your services?

“Our effective and safe facial services feature my proprietary

‘Melissa M. Chen techniques’ to address all common skin problems,

including inflamed acne-prone skin, mild congestion, intense

dehydration, fine lines, wrinkles, pigmentation and sagging skin.

Depending on the customer’s needs, our salon therapists are

trained in a range of treatment techniques I’ve developed over 28

years – from contouring and lifting motions for ageing skin, to

post-acne scar reduction, pore refining, and acne and blemishes

treatment. Moreover, we nurture a culture of loving oneself and

caring for each other. I believe that happiness comes from the true

passion of our skin therapists; they diffuse their inner happiness

into their ‘magic’ healing hands for the best results.”

What is unique about your products?

“Melissachens’ products are developed following our product

philosophy, which is to ‘Protect, Repair, Nourish and Restore’. Our

products harness the synergy of nature and science biotechnology,

using breakthrough top-quality ingredients in formulations that

are highly bio-available and efficacious. In simple terms, we believe

that optimum, prolonged skin health can be achieved through a

combination of fantastic ingredients, extracted in a form that is

best-absorbed by our skin. We work closely with our Swiss R&D

team to select only the best ingredients, such as potent botanical

extracts, botanical stem cell, peptides and vitamins, which are free

of skin-harming components.”

What is your beauty philosophy?

“Beauty may be in the eyes of the beholder, but skin beauty is

not. A dewy, smooth, clear, firm and radiant complexion usually

appears very attractive. Women should love themselves and

embrace the life journey that shows on their face. Investing in a

high performance skincare regime will prevent any skin problems

and the effects of stress. In the pursuit of our life’s ambitions,

it’s essential to capitalise on the benefits of a high performance

skincare regime that truly delivers results. Plus, regularly allowing

a professional therapist to precisely address occasional skin

problems and personalise your regime helps you to achieve your

skin beauty goals faster.”

What is your daily skincare regime?

“To prepare my skin for the day, I start with Melissachens Comfort

Milk Cleanser. Luminous Moisture Replenishing Toner and

Luminous Moisture Intense alternate with White Intense to

prepare my skin for optimum moisture retention, brightening

and cellular rejuvenation. It’s important not just to nourish your

skin with moisturising products, but also to condition your skin

cells for long-term moisture retention ability and counteract the

accelerating ageing process. I always apply Sensitive Skin Defence

SPF30 for my face and Smart Body Defence SPF 30 on my neck

and arms, and complete my regime with Perfect Finish Daily


Foundation, a lightweight foundation that provides even skin

tone, radiant and smooth complexion coverage. It is without

comedogenic (acne-causing) ingredients and contains anti-ageing

properties. Once or twice a week, I will exfoliate with our nonabrasive

Comfort Soft Peel, followed by a Luminous Instant

Hydrating or Timeless Skin Firming Mask. If my skin looks

tired, I will use these masks daily. I will also do a fortnightly facial

treatment at Melissachens Skin Beauty Spa and at times, weekly

when I am more stressed out.”

Any top beauty advice?

“Get sufficient and consistent sleep, drink lots of water, eat

regular meals (including veggies and fruits) and exercise

regularly. But most importantly, invest your best effort, time and

unconditional love into healthy family relationships. A person

looks their best when they have inner contentment and stable,

satisfying relationships. Steer away from negatively-impacting

situations such as unresolved family issues, poor financial

planning, and a job you’re not passionate about.”

What is the future like for Melissachens?

“Our passion is to help women and men achieve their best skin

health, enabling them to reflect on the outside, the happiness

and beauty they already have inside. For 2013, we have several

exciting new skincare product innovations in the pipeline.”

Melissachens Skin Beauty Spa is available at:

Sunway Giza

Block C, C10G, Jalan PJU5/14,

PJU5 Kota Damansara,

47810 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

T. 03-6140 6437

1 Utama Shopping Centre

S117C, 2nd Floor, 1 Utama Shopping Centre,

No. 1 Lebuh Bandar Utama,

Bandar Utama,

47800 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

T. 03-7727 1093

Customer Service

T. 03-6156 1989

E. info@melissachens.com

W. www.melissachens.com

F. www.facebook.com/melissachens


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FACILITIES AND TENANTS

AT TROPICANA CITY MALL

Management Office 03-7710 1818

Leasing

Audrey Go 012-344 8955

Mandy Yee 016-203 2180

Ron Lee 012-571 7559

Advertising & Promotion

Katy Teo 012-307 9980

Daphne Sim 017-222 6121

Customer Service Line 03-7710 0101

Operating Hours

Website

Anchor TenanT

Carrefour lG-17 03-7726 4934

Beauty / Health / Personal Care

Cosmetics

Elianto G-PPK3A 03-7722 1120

Health Care

GNC lG-27 03-7729 8871

Fitness Club

Jatomi Fitness

10.00 am – 10.00 pm daily

www.tropicanacitymall.com

l1-15/16/

17/17A 03-7722 5598

Pharmacy

Caring lG-03A/05 03-7727 6918

Guardian G-05 03-7725 6239

Beauty

Bellisia Esthetics &

Wellness Theraphy L2-29/30 03-7724 2191

Beauty Century L2-07 03-7725 2233

/03-7728 8882

Beverly Wilshire Medical

Centre L1-03 Opening Soon

Creative Nail Boutique L2-03 03-7727 6240

Derma Sculpture LG-23 03-7728 8409

Lovely Nails l2-19 03-7731 1531

Mary Chia l2-31/32 03-7729 1661

MaskSlim L1-01 -

Natural Seed l1-27 Opening Soon

Parfum Jewel l1-23 03-7725 2025

Sasa l2-13A/21 03-7729 8216

Thai Odyssey l2-05/06 03-7725 2488

Tresses Hair & Beauty

Store lG-10 03-7727 8830

Top Passion Retail LG-33A 03-7710 7102

Watsons G-43A 03-7722 1703

Hair Salon

Monsoon-ID l2-02 03-7727 2219

Top Passion

Hair Saloon l2-03A 03-7729 8882

X-Cut lG-12 03-7710 8882

Personal Care

The Body Shop G-47 03-7727 9352

The Face Shop l1-59 03-7727 9357

Organic Oasis l1-41 03-7733 0881

Electrical & Electronics

Best Denki l1-33A 03-7728 3359

Gintell l1-38 03-7728 3859

EdutainmenT

Gymboree l2-38/39 03-7727 6587

Jkids Playground & L2-40A 03-7732 3259

Kids Party

Creative Robotics L2-41 03-7733 3433

EntertainmenT

Cobay L2-22/22A/23 -

Golden Screen

Cinemas l2-13 603-7725 4888

Fashion Accessories

Fennel l1-25 03-7729 9917

Sox World l1-30 03-7727 8360

Winnie’s Collection L2-27 03-7728 4045

Fashion Apparel

Lifestyle Fashion

Star 360 G-30 03-7725 2670

Lingerie

3 Dots l1-26 03-7729 9218

Sorella l1-36 03-7728 3048

Young Hearts l1-29 03-7728 3035

Maternity & Children’s

The Baby Outlet L2-37 03-7732 8233

Ladies

Ann’s & Spicyholic

& StayReal G32/33/33A 03-7733 6636

Korean Collections L1-32 -

Lovely Charms l1-33 03-7733 2252

Mazza Korean Collection G-03A -

Mirrorcle l1-03A 03-7722 1895

Poppi l1-23A 03-7722 1112

Twenty Second Concept L1-28 03-7729 8612

Ladies & Men

Bossini G-03 03-7727 8294

Esprit G-47A 03-7727 3217

Hang Ten G-12 03-7728 0814

Kitschen G-18/19 03-7727 9535

Nichii G-19A 03-7728 0144

Food & Beverage

Bakery & Confectionery

Cake Sense lG-43A 03-7731 1908

Famous Amos G-PPK3B 03-7722 1595

Tropics Bakery lG-01 012-665 6933

Café

Chatime & My Toast G-06 03-7803 7228

Delifrance G-PPK2A 03-7722 1249

Good Taste l2-09 03-7722 4266

Jing-Si Books & Café L2-42 03-7731 1640

Mbuji G-51 03-7731 7936

Papa’s Café l1-56 03-7729 8156

PastryCulture’ G-K2 03-7731 9686

Secret Recipe G-37 03-7722 1680

Starbucks Coffee G-01 03-7731 8667

Sumptuous Corner LG-42 -

The Coffee Bean

& Tea Leaf G-PPK3 03-7722 1572

Fast Food

ChicKing Fried Chicken L1-11 03-7725 2799

Ninja Joe lG-18 03-7725 0834

Vivo American

Pizza & Panini l1-55 03-7726 7217

Bar/Restaurant

Esquire Kitchen L1-13 03-7728 8080

Grand Kingdom L1-48/49/50 03-7728 1118

Igentis l2-10 03-7728 1334

Kay Café & Restaurant G-13A 03-7726 8626

Kenny Rogers Roasters G-15 03-7727 9607

Kiku Zakura l1-53 03-7728 6598

Kimchi Korean

Restaurant l1-57 03-7729 9643

Kluang Station G-43 Opening Soon


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Nando’s G-08 03-7725 6555

Otak Otak Place L1-58 03-7728 0403

Pan Mee & Co lG-30 03-6140 5864

Papa John’s G-07 03-7727 7272

Pasta Zanmai G-40 03-7727 1060

Pho Hoa l1-52 03-7728 1714

Rakuzen G-41/42 03-7710 7000

Restaurant Food & Tea L1-12 03-7710 5313

Room 18 G-35 03-7728 8128

Studio Lounge G-39B-39C 03-7733 6696

Subway l2-12 03-7728 3175

Sushi Tei G-16/17 03-7728 9299

Taiwan Street l2-11 03-7725 8615

Yume Cuisine G-33A 03-7725 6636

Takeaway

Bobalicious Smoothies L1-K2 -

Churros Royale LG-19 03-7732 3510

Daily Fresh lG-26 03-6140 5864

Each A Cup lG-02 -

Eat & Run lG-25 03-7729 2297

I Scream G-11 03-7724 1904

Juice Works 2 Go LG-23A 03-7722 1706

Kushi Q lG-20 03-7728 3613

Marbles Bread Boutique L1-K3A 03-7710 5313

MBG FruitShop G-K1 016-229 8602

Occubite Muffins & Coffee G-PPK5 -

Porridge Time lG-32 -

Share Tea G-PPK2 -

Shihlin Taiwan Street

Snacks lG-37 03-7728 7735

Stacks L1-13A -

Tea Chansii lG-22 -

Tutti Frutti l1-K3 -

Zenberi L1-K1 -

Specialty

Gerkins Tea lG-33 Opening Soon

Koong Woh Tong LG-38 03-7728 0578

Royce’ G-45 03-7726 8819

Gallery

Dijaya Property

Showcase G-23A 03-7710 9787

Home

Akemi Uchi l1-19 03-7710 9951

Anogen l1-09/10B 03-7724 2703

EGO by Haus l1-20/21 03-7728 3920

Japan Home Center L1-53A 03-7731 7146

Kitchen Shop lG-31/31A 03-7728 8971

1 Art Space.com L1-10A -

Nesh lG-28 03-7729 6293

The Montage l1-18 03-7733 6848

Information Technology

Computer IT

Aver Awards l2-17 03-7725 2882

/03-7726 1262

Mybytes G-25 03-7725 2568

SBC l2-23A 03-7727 6229

Veneta System lG-11 03 7726 9557

Telecommunication

Celcom lG-06 03-7726 2690

CTY Phone Boutique L2-18 -

Digi Specialized Store LG-03 03-7728 5555

E Media l2-25 012-245 8585

Handphone Counters L2-K2 -

MAXIS l2-08 03-7728 4121

Mobile Camp l2-43A -

Nokia Concept Store L2-43 03-7728 8522

Tron l2-15 011-1679 9577

U Mobile l2-45 018-388 1318

Jewellery

Crystal Corner lG-40 03-7728 4813

Pandora G-48 03-7726 0877

Poh Kong G-09/10 03-7728 2190

Leisure

Books & Stationery

Borders l1-39/46/47 03-7727 9203

/03-7727 9204

Newsplus lG-08 03-7727 8176

The Other Bookstore L2-33A 03-7710 5405

Gifts & Souvenirs

D’Nata G-28 03-7710 0271

Story Book l2-18A 03-7710 2033

Surprise l2-33 03-7729 4002

Scrap Book Memories L2-39A 03-7725 0633

Music & Videos

MK 2 lG-21 03-7710 2922

Victoria Music Centre L2-20A 03-7722 2955

Toys & Hobbies

Brickboy Brothers L2-35/36 03-7728 0119

Brother Game l2-16A 03-7728 1170

Gamer’s Hideout L2-26 03-7729 1377

Guitar Planet l2-23B -

My Puzzle House L2-16 03-7727 1866

Petsmore.com/

Furfurry.com lG-21A 03-7722 2566

Toys ‘R’ Us l2-40 03-7727 8266

Shoes & Bags

Bata l1-02 03-7727 5669

Crocs l1-42 03-7726 6620

De Porsche Shoppe L2-20 03-7725 1594

Dr Kong Footcare L1-43A 03-7729 7889

MBT G-20 Opening Soon

NEO l1-22 03-7728 1132

Summit G-23 03-7725 0361

Urban 360 G-31 03-7725 2670

Swan l2-28 03-7727 9478

Luggage

Cosas United l1-06 Opening Soon

Samsonite G-21 03-7722 1072

Sports Goods & Apparel

Adidas G-22 03-7731 2913

Mykitzone l1-43 03-7732 1180

Running Lab G-29 03-7727 8555

World of Sports L1-08 03-7728 0620

Sundry & Services

Optical

A-Look l2-01 03-7728 9139

Better Vision l1-37 03-7727 9245

Focus Point lG-35 03-7710 6630

MOG G-50 03-7722 5963

Other Services

786 Star Money Changer LG-39 03-7710 4050

/03-7710 9050

7-Eleven G-38 03-7728 1392

Alliance Bank

(LG)ATM-01

Bank Simpanan National (G)ATM-02

CIMB

(G)ATM-01

Cosway lG-15 03-7727 8843

E-Print lG-09 03-7732 5305

G Guard B1-03 03-7724 2681

Minit Cobbler lG-07 03-7729 8655

Pos Malaysia lG-29 03-7725 0850

Smart Uniform lG-13 03-7729 5568

Sweet Florist lG-13A 03-7710 0600

Valet Parking G-ME -

Watches, Pens & Clocks

City Chain l1-40 03-7727 8834

Classic Timepiece LG-16 03-7728 0837

Hang Thai Watch G-49 03-7732 3128

Red Army Watches L1-07 03-7710 0218

Watches Of Switzerland

Services & Repair LG-36 03-7727 9713

/03-7727 9730

Watch It Gallery G-46 03-7726 6541

Dijaya Corporation

CONTACTS

Dijaya Corporation Berhad (HQ)

03-7710 1018

Property Sales Hotline (HQ)

03-7728 2018

Dijaya Property Showcase

Tropicana City Mall

03-7710 9787

Customer Loyalty & Services

03-7728 3018

Tropicana City Mall

Management Office

03-7710 1818

Customer Service Line

03-7710 0101

Tropicana City Office Tower

Management Office (9 to 6pm)

03-7710 1018

Security Control (after 6pm)

03-7710 0999

Tropicana City Tropics

Serviced Suites

Management Office

03-7729 6822

Damansara Intan

e-Business Park

Property Management Office

03-7118 3111

Tropicana Golf & Country

Resort Berhad

Management Office

03-7804 8888

Tropicana Grande

Show Unit & Sales Office

03-7806 3368

Casa Tropicana Condominiums

Property Management Office

03-7883 0982

Merchant Square Business Park

Property Management Office

03-7883 0866

Villa Green 3

Show Unit & Sales Office

03-7963 3514

Casa Indah 1 Condominiums

Property Management Office

03-6140 9198

Casa Indah 2 Condominiums

Sales Office

03-7963 4202

Casa Damansara 2

Condominiums

Property Management Office

03-7727 0166

Casa Suites Apartments

Property Management Office

03-7726 2911

Casa Kiara 1 Condominiums

Property Management Office

03-6203 6888

Casa Kiara 2 Condominiums

Property Sales Hotline

03-7728 2018

Fortune Park Apartments

Property Management Office

03-8944 9331

Sales Office

03-8943 8116


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FACILITIES AND TENANTS AT

TROPICANA GOLF AND COUNTRY RESORT

TROPICANA GOLF AND COUNTRY RESORT

SITE LAYOUT PLAN

0 5 10 25 50

N

Buggy Track

DRIVING RANGE

WESTERN COURSE

Practice Green

18th Green

Children’s

Playground

18

Landscape

14

Tai Thong

13

Landscap

1

17

33

32

Landscape

30

31

Children’s

Playground

29

21

Administration

Office

19

20

Golf Office

(Temporary)

26

22

25

17

24 23

15

16

Main

Lobby

8

MAIN WING

Car Porch

34

35

36

Landscape

28

27

Fountain

Poolside

Cafe

38

37

39

SPORTS WING

41 42

43

44

40

Carpark

Lake

45

LEGEND

Lower Ground

Ground

46

47

Carpark

Level 1

To Basement Carpark

With a gross built-up area of over 380,000

square feet (35,303 square metres), Malaysia’s

largest and award-winning Clubhouse

at Tropicana Golf & Country Resort is

truly impressive. This is a listing of all the

facilities and amenities that are built for

the convenience of all Tropicana members,

residents and their guests

Golf / Sports Membership 03-7804 8888

Vivian ext 208

Membership Email

membership1@dijayacorp.com

Golf Email

golf@dijayacorp.com

Sports Department 03-7804 2087

Operating Hours 9.00 am – 6.00 pm (Monday to Friday)

Email

gm@tropicanagolf.com

Website

www.tropicanagolf.com


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RANGE

Practice Green

Buggy Track

9th Green

Food and Beverage

Main Wing

7 Golfers’ Terrace 03-7804 8888

(Ext 326)

15 Gin Shui Tei Japanese Restaurant 03-7886 9168

36 Poolside Café 03-7804 8888

(Ext 327)

9 Spring Garden Tropicana

Chinese Restaurant 03-7880 7226

11 The Palms Coffee House 03-7804 8888

(Ext 306)

The Palms Wing

24 Havana Lounge 012-398 9992

8 Royce 017-322 3668

26 Jojo Italian Restaurant 03-7805 3925/3935

25 Thai Grill 012-398 9992

13

Main

Lobby

Landscape

8

Car Porch

12

AIN WING

Fountain

11

10

9

7

asd

Main Kitchen

6

GOLF WING

1

2

5

Golf

Counter

4

3

Buggy Station

Buggy Pick-up Area

EASTERN COURSE

1st Tee

Sports and Recreation

Sports Wing

46 Outdoor tennis court

43 2 indoor tennis courts

45 4 indoor badminton courts

31 12-lane computerised bowling alley

33-34 2 play pools with water slides and waterfall

42 3 squash courts

23 Multipurpose studio

38 Japanese bath and jacuzzi

3-4 Male changing rooms with

360 private lockers

35 Resort-style larger-than-Olympic-size

swimming pool

41 Sauna and steam bath

24 Snooker room

39 2 table tennis courts

40 Well-equipped gymnasium

44 1 VIP badminton hall

47 1 futsal court

Leisure and Entertainment

24 Havana Lounge 012-398 9992

27 Thai Odyssey Spa & Massage 03-7803 1233/

03-7804 1129

29 Trocadero Bowling & Café 03-7804 8888

16 Gaming room

37 Library

Carpark

Carpark

Function Areas

6 Greens I

10 Greens II

30 Greens III

32 Poolside terrace

28 Spanish courtyard

12-14 The Grand Ballroom (First floor)

Carpark

Lake

Golfing Facilities

Golf at Tropicana 03-7804 8888

(Ext 211/212/200)

Tropicana Driving Range 03-7804 8888/

012-278 3172

Buggies and turf mates

56-bay driving range

27-hole championship golf course

18-hole putting greens

5 Female changing rooms

with 60 private lockers

nt Carpark

Sales & Marketing (Banquet Function) 03-7804 8888

Liza ext 141

Shah ext 517

Sandy ext 142

Email

salesmarketing@dijayacorp.com

Toll Free 1800 88 8128

Amenities

20 Alam Convenience Store 03-7804 3095

1 De Manshop Tailoring 03-7880 4063

21 Eco Hair Saloon 03-7804 9316

2 Pro-Shop Golf Shop 03-7804 6348

17 Kain 017-200 8142

18 Kindyland Tropicana 017-314 6754

22 Klinik Tropicana 03-7805 5461

19 The Green House Florist 03-7880 1388

3-4 Prayer room


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Hong Yi

Seeing Red

AN INTERVIEW BY DEBORAH LEE

PHOTOGRAPHs HONG YI

Artist-architect

extraordinaire Hong Yi

(also known as ‘Red’)

speaks to The Address about

everything under the sun,

apart from painting.

Where are you based

and why?

“After one and a half years in

Shanghai, I decided to spend

more time with my family,

especially my grandparents,

in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. So

I am now dividing my time

between those two places.”

What does heritage mean

to you?

“If you mean ‘heritage’ as

how it applies to me as a

person, then I’d define it as

all the things that make me

who I am – my ancestors, my

family, upbringing, education,

religion and my practice of

the culture and traditions of

my race and country.”

Which are your favourite

shops in KL?

The Gardens Mall is one of

the best places for (window)

shopping – it’s just right. Not

too big or small, classy but

not too over the top.”

Which is your

favourite restaurant

in Malaysia?

“I loved the Thai beef

noodles stall at a coffee shop

beside Coffee Bean in Damai,

KK. But it’s not the same

anymore because the original

stall operator has gone to

Vietnam. My top favourite

dish is sup tulang and I’m still

looking for the best

sup tulang.”

How do you motivate

yourself to work?

“I’m competitive, quite a

perfectionist too, and I believe

in giving my best in anything

I do. So I guess having those

characteristics inspire me to

be ‘on the go’ all the time.

I have realised that giving

myself deadlines and having

accountability partners

really help me too. I recently

participated in a project called

‘Creativity with Food’ where I

create works of art with food

on a white plate everyday in

the month of March. I told

my followers on Facebook

(www.facebook.com/ohiseeRED)

and Instagram (instagram.

com/redhongyi) about this, so

knowing that there are

people expecting that I churn

out work every day pushes

and motivates me to work

fast and think creatively.

My followers have also

given me much support

and encouragement which

motivates me to continue

what I’m doing.”

Who is your inspiration

other than family?

“Aung San Suu Kyi. She

is a woman who has sacrificed

her personal happiness for

her people. I can’t think

of another person more

inspiring than her, nor a

greater love story than her

love for her people.”➢


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HONG YI: SEEING RED

— Hong Yi: “Here’s a painting of NBA

superstar Yao Ming I did, with some

red paint and a basketball! I guess all

those years of basketball training in

high school did come in handy!”

← What is luxury for you?

“Never having to work for

money, hopping on a plane

to Paris or wherever without

having to worry about

anything else. Maybe having

a personal maid who can

brush my teeth and wash

my hair.”

What is the best advice

you have ever been told?

“‘If you want something you

never had, do something

you’ve never done’ and ‘be

kind, for everyone is fighting

a hard battle’ – the latter is a

quote by Plato.”

What would you do

as Mayor for a day?

“Plant more trees. Big ones,

not scrawny ones that never

grow and never give shade.

I’ll also make sure there’s

a park in each residential

district, re-zone the city

and surrounding suburbs

with stricter rules on setback

limit and land use. Build

an esplanade from Likas

Bay to Tanjung Aru Beach.

Make sure no buildings

are constructed within 10

km from the shoreline of

KK. Muzzle anyone caught

spitting.”

When you want to take

your mind off everything,

what do you do to relax?

“As an architecture student

and an architect, I never

got enough sleep so I love

to sleep! Sleeping without

having to set my alarm clock

is a luxury. I love massages

too, and I love reading a

good book, in a good cafe

with a good cup of coffee. I

enjoy having dinner with my

family, I love spending time

with my dog, and also love

hanging out with my friends.”

Are you able to balance

the commercial side of

your work with your

artistic side easily?

“So far I’ve been able to,

and I’m grateful for that.

I am getting a steady flow

of commercial jobs, and I

enjoy doing them because

I’m selective with my clients

too. I think that is the

key – to select good clients

who respect my work, who

want my creative input and

appreciate the effort I put

in. At the same time, I make

sure I work on some personal

projects so I continue to

experiment with new things

and that encourages me to

push the boundaries of my

creativity.”

Do you collect anything?

“Now that you ask, I realise

I don’t! I collect nice images

and pin them onto my

Pinterest board. Does that

count?”

Describe a hard day at

work?

“Lots of client meetings

(usually it’s conference

calls because my clients are

overseas), lots of emails to

respond to, and art projects to

finish up.”

Where are you going next?

“Monterey, California, to

attend the EG Conference.

I was one of the presenters

last year in this three-day

conference, and those

three days were the most

inspirational days of my life,

where I met some really

amazing people. It changed

my life.”

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