OCT 2017 | ISSUE 17
Nyonya Art of
More details inside!
On the Radar
Out & About
Road Less Taken
The Art of
The Details on
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GROUP HEAD & BRANDS
Did you catch the Saloma fashion exhibition at the
National Museum? Psst, it’s until the end of October.
Well I got a glimpse that reignited my love for 50s and
60s fashion. Saloma was known as the Marilyn Monroe of the
East, rocking those figure-hugging kebayas like the diva of her
time. My obsession with the kebaya garment led me to the
Peranakan community where the ladies or Nyonyas donned
flowery patterned kebayas that gave me classy ‘taitai’ vibes.
This in turn led me to Melaka where I found two Peranakan
ladies that are keeping the art of beaded shoes alive. Intricately
sewn beaded shoes or slippers are synonymous with Peranakan
fashion and I had to find out about this meticulous yet dying art.
Read about it on page 26.
Shoppers and lover of culture can check out my piece on
Saigon’s Chinatown or Cholon where the shopping is cheap and
the culture is alive. I bought lotus seed tea and yards of fancy
fabric for ridiculously cheap prices around Cholon that has
deepened my love for Vietnam. Photos and tips on page 18.
Lastly, I would like to say Happy Deepavali to all
GOASIAPLUS readers. I envy your mothers that can make good
muruku and I do not mind if you sent me some.
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Interview with a Pageant Queen:
Miss Indonesia’s Sheryl Pratyscha
WINNER OF MISS COSMOPOLITAN WORLD 2017
Hometown: Malang, East Java
Majoring in International Relations
at Brawijaya University
Sambal, seafood and sushi
Family: Oldest of 3 sibling
The winner of the Miss
Cosmopolitan World 2017, Miss
Indonesia’s Sheryl Pratyscha is
a beauty queen with a heart of gold as
she takes the time between studying
international relations to teach kids
on self-confidence in an Indonesian
modeling school. Couple that with her
bubbly personality and stunning looks,
it is no wonder she was crowned
this year's winner. Here we talk
to the beauty queen champion
on her travels and life after the
Where is your favourite place to travel to?
I would like to go to every part of the
world because I do believe every country
has their own uniqueness. I am a summer
girl so I'd love to go to an exotic tropical
island with a beautiful beach to enjoy the
sun and summer breeze.
Do you prefer to travel with your friends,
family or solo?
For me, travelling is an activity that we can
enjoy with whoever we are comfortable.
Or we can take our precious 'me time' and
visit beautiful places by ourselves. The
point is how we spend it instead of who we
spend it with.
What is a beauty product that you always
travel with to stay fresh and photo
Facial wash and my makeup kit.
What have you learned from being part
of the Miss Cosmopolitan World 2017?
The best part about Miss Cosmopolitan
World 2017 is the positive atmosphere
and the sense of belonging I felt while
participating. It was like we are a big
family. I am blessed to be here as the
Indonesian representative and I will
treasure this moment forever.
What are your plans after being
crowned Miss Cosmopolitan World
Start my new journey as part of the
Miss Cosmopolitan World 2017
family, go back to my college life,
continue my job as a model and
teacher for a kids’ modelling school.
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On The Radar
ON THE RADAR
ARTISANAL DRINKS AT the
This Hong Kong spirits athenaeum is launched by
entrepreneur Victoria Chow to promote the culture
of artisanal drinking and appreciation of cocktails. A
minimalist hidden bar that only seats up to 8 guests,
venture on an educated liquid journey with assistance
from the experienced bar manager in exploring the
craft of mixology.
MIX & MATCH INNISFREE PALETTE
Travellers can delight in the launch of the customable
makeup palette by Innisfree with 137 types of eyeshadow,
blusher, concealer, contour and highlight to choose from.
Lightweight and portable, you can pick from 3 different
sizes of palette cases to customise your own colours with
magnetic pans. Price starts from RM30 for the palette case
and RM24 per eyeshadow pan.
CRUISING DOWN MEKONG RIVER
Planning a cruise down an uncharted waterway
on a grand vessel of an all-suite fleet will truly
be a one-of-a-kind experience for adventurous
seafarers. Take on a 2 to 3-night cruise on
Bohème, the deluxe fleet, between Luang
Prabang in Laos and Chiang Kong in Thailand to
enjoy the opulent surroundings with spa, lounge,
wine cellar and fancy sundeck at your service.
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On The Radar
NEW AMPHIBIAN PACKAGE AT THE SLATE
The Slate’s perfect location for sea and land
excursions in Phuket allows their new package
‘The Amphibian’ to include a snorkelling trip in
the Andaman Sea to see the marine life as well
as a cultural tour to temples, private sunrise
yoga class, fun in Nai Yang beach and mountain
biking expedition for a 3D2N stay. Rate starts
from SGD 770.
SONY’S FASTEST DIGITAL CAMERA
The new and improved Sony’s Cyber-Shot series became
the world’s fastest digital camera with AF speed of 0.03
seconds and 24 fps continuous shooting for an unparalleled
usage for photo zealots and professionals. With just the
24-600mm lens, the user can achieve a 4K video shooting
feature in full HD mode. This newly launched RX10 IV can
turn beginners into pros with its fancy upgrades.
KSL INTRODUCES ‘RENT NOW BUY LATER’ POLICY
Potential house buyers that hit a snag with problems like tighter
mortgage policies or shortage of down payment cash can now
take one step forward into buying a house with the ‘Rent Now Buy
Later’ initiative by KSL. Perspective buyers can rent a home first
with certain monthly rental which can be converted into a home
deposit to jump start your house buying journey.
The concept can be applied to the KSL development of
Bandar Bestari in Klang featuring 107 Semi-D houses (3400-5000
square feet) worth RM1.5 million and 67 units of a multi-faceted
commercial city (4600-8500 square feet) worth RM1.9 million.
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On The Radar
UNLEASHING CREATIVITY AT CRATZE ART
Cratze Art is the perfect place to spend the day with your loved ones
where you let loose your imagination in the form of painting. Welcoming
both adults and kids is their art jamming sessions where you can get your
hands dirty in creating your own masterpiece or participate in batik and
watercolour workshops to learn new skills. Price starts from RM120 per pax.
TO THE SKIN
Devotees of SK-II’s award-winning
Radical New Age Power (R.N.A.) series
can splurge in their new addition –the
Magnetic Booster – that will spice up your
skincare routine with its innovative formulation.
Undertaking the Magnetic Micropulse Technology
tripled the product’s absorption power with
7000 magnetic vibrations on your skin with one
application. Skincare is sold in sets with other R.N.A
products. Available at all SK-II counters nationwide.
CATCH THE MELON MUSIC AWARDS
Mayflower introduces a too good to be
true package deal for K-Pop fans to catch
their favourite artists like EXO, T-ARA and
Wanna One live at the first-ever Melon
Music Awards in Seoul, South Korea.
The package also includes a 3-night stay
in Seoul including accommodation and
airport transfer for RM1098. GOASIAPLUS
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Out & About
OUT & ABOUT
THE HOTTEST & MOST ANTICIPATED EVENTS OF
THE MONTH IN MALAYSIA AND BEYOND
21 OCT | Grand
Catch the first ever concert
held by Grand Pacific Group
that invites three acclaimed
Hong Kong singers to perform
on the big stage. You can see
Dicky Cheung Wai Kin, William
So Wing-Hong and Eddie Ng
Kwok King belting out their
hit songs and entertaining the
crowd with their soulful voices.
Genting Arena of Stars, Pahang
6 OCT | Konsert Terunggul
Afgan & Ungu
It is truly the best combination to have
rock band Ungu opening the concert for
pop sensation Afgan, introducing us to a
pop/rock ballad themed concert. Prepare
yourself for the serenades by Afgan
to hits like ‘Jodoh Pasti Bertemu’ and
‘Terima Kasih Cinta’ that delicately tug at
Stadium Malawati, Shah Alam
15 OCT | Taeyang 2017
World Tour White Night
Setting out from Bigbang is Taeyang
who launched a worldwide tour in
association with his third album, White
Night which ranked number 1 on
the Billboard World Albums upon its
release. Due to his massive fan base,
this will be the heartthrob’s second solo
concert in Kuala Lumpur since 2015.
Stadium Negara, Kuala Lumpur
18 OCT | Simple Plan
Millennials’ favourite Canadian rock band,
Simple Plan is on a tour to celebrate
the 15th anniversary of their debut
album. Many can relive their early 2000s
memories through hit songs such as
‘Perfect’, ‘I’m Just A Kid’ and ‘Shut Up!’ live
with the band’s latest album ‘Taking One
for the Team’.
Zepp Tokyo, Japan
Across The Pond
28-29 OCT | Indonesia Comic Con
Behold the world of fantasy coming to life in this year’s Indonesia Comic
Con where fans and artists of comics, movies, and games meet in the love of all
things fantasy. Also, special guest appearances include Jason David Frank, our
favourite Green Ranger and Pion Kim, renowned South Korean cosplayer.
Jakarta Convention Center, Indonesia
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captain nazli shah
& captain Ilyana
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We chatted with veteran Airasia pilot Captain
Nazli Shah and his daughter Captain Ilyana
Nazli Shah, also a pilot at AirAsia on getting
assignments to fly together - like when they
got the chance to fly the Prime Minister in
2013 and their travel preferences after flying
everywhere for their occupation.
INTERVIEWED BY AISHAH AZALI • PHOTOS BY CAPTAIN NAZLI &
If you are travelling for leisure, what attracts you to a certain
country or city? History, food, culture?
FATHER (F): It is what the country has to offer which will usually
be a bit of everything. As I don’t usually go for holidays alone,
holidays are normally centered on family interest. I have a wife
and 3 daughters. Imagine going for a holiday with 4 women!
DAUGHTER (D): What attracts me to a certain country is its
nature. Be it the beach, the highlands or countryside. I would
love to just laze around by the beach or take a drive around
town. I also love sight-seeing and learning about different
cultures. I tend to visit museums and admire the architecture.
How does a pilot pack for work? Do you consider yourself an
expert in packing now because of your occupation?
F: As I fly the A320 aircraft, our roster seldom include a nightstop,
but if I do get assigned for an overnight flight, it will be just
a few necessary items. Extra underwear is a must.
D: As I fly with Airasia, I don’t have to pack any clothing other
than the essentials such as documents, stationary etc. Holidays
with the family however would be a slight headache for me as I
need nice outfits for photo sessions. I used to get scolding from
my sisters for not bringing “nice” clothes.
Was it intimidating when you both got called to fly together for
the first time? Do you often get called to fly together now?
F: Not for me but probably for my daughter. I find it quite
enjoyable but I’m sure she found it nerve wrecking. She puts high
expectations on herself. We flew the Prime Minister to Kuantan
in 2013 and that was unforgettable. First ever father and
daughter team flying the Prime Minister on an AirAsia aircraft.
D: Well, it was for me because (a) he’s my father, (b) he’s one of
the ‘Otais’ in the company (been with the company since DRB
Hicom days) and finally (c) he’s an authorised examiner.
So yeah! I was very nervous. I didn’t know what he would
think of my flying, but it was all good. His only comment is my
PA was “laju macam keretapi” (too fast). Our 5th and last flight
together was in January 2013. It was a special request from Tony
himself to fly the Prime Minister for the Integrasi 1 Malaysia
Program. It was truly an honour and an unforgettable experience.
Not to mention nerve wrecking as it was my second flight as
captain and also my first VVIP flight.
Where is the farthest country you’ve flown to as a pilot,
separately and together?
F: The furthest I have flown to was Melbourne when I was flying
the A330 aircraft, together with Ily was to Chengdu on the A330.
D: Separately would be Europe (London & Paris) during my days
with Airasia X flying the A340. Chengdu would be our longest
flight together, on the A330 in Airasia X.
Do you have any rituals or habits that you practice before
F: No rituals for me, but I do say a prayer before every take off.
D: I don’t have any in particular. I just pray that the house is kept
safe and also for a safe journey. I also “bagi salam” upon entering
the plane and “selawat” before every take off.
How do you stay connected to your loved ones when you are
always in the air or abroad?
F: On the internet, phone calls or WhatsApp. It’s so easy with the
D: That’s the beauty of the internet and WhatsApp. I’ll usually
send a text to the family group during my local transits just to
let them know where I am and that I’m OK. International flights
however, I only text them when I’m departing and when I’ve
arrived in KL.
What attracted both of you to become pilots?
F: For me, it was a something I wanted to be since I was in
secondary school. I served in the Royal Malaysian Air Force for
14 years. I was attached to No.2 squadron flying the VVIPS for a
number of years. I joined AirAsia in 1997 and God willing hope to
retire with AirAsia.
D: It was a natural transition for me as my father’s a pilot. I have
always looked up to him. I also wanted to be different as there
weren’t many ladies in the aviation world in Malaysia.
Do you have a father/daughter bucket list that you wish to
F: Go for a holiday to the Maldives, but with the whole family will
be better... all expenses paid!
D: An all-expense-paid trip by our beloved boss Tony to the
Maldives!! Hahahaha! Tony, please don’t get mad.
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FROM LEFT The old shoplots at
Herbal Street; The main atrium
of the Thien Hau Temple;
Shops selling handmade
dragon heads; A lady selling
fruit on a bicycle; A statue of a
warrior in a square in Cholon.
LET’S TAKE A WALK BACK TO THE PAST AS WE UNCOVER THE
BEAUTY AND ALLURING TRADITION OF SAIGON’S CHINATOWN
WHERE THE CHINESE-VIETNAMESE COMMUNITY HAVE
THRIVED FOR MORE THAN 200 YEARS. THE ODDS ARE IN OUR
FAVOUR SO DISTRICT 5 HERE WE COME!
WORDS & PHOTOS BY AISHAH AZALI
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Saigon or Ho Chi Minh City is one of those cities in South
East Asia that has a harmonious blend of the old and
new. The vibrant city is segregated into districts, some
featuring gleaming skyscrapers and some still home to
Though District 1 is the tourist hub of Saigon thanks
to the historical buildings like the Notre Dame Cathedral
and high-end malls next to streets lined with bars and
restaurants, we went off the beaten track to explore
District 5 or Cholon.
The CHINESE MIGRATION
Chinatown and the integration of the Vietnamese and
Chinese community began when the Chinese migrated to
the southern regions of Vietnam in the 1600s. They fled
their war torn country after the fall of the Ming Dynasty.
A dark time came in the 18th century when the
Chinese were caught in a feud between the Nguyen
family and Tay Son Brothers during the Tay Son Rebellion.
They established a new trading centre in Cholon but was
attacked by the Tay Son in 1782, causing a devastating
massacre of Chinese people.
MODERN DAY Cholon
District 5 or Cholon in the 21st century is a peaceful
part of Saigon; thriving with trade with well-preserved
buildings from the past from pagodas to churches. Major
roads lined with towering trees are intertwined with
alleys cramped with shops situated on the ground floor
of tall structures which are synonymous with Vietnamese
Besides the tall houses spanning 4 to 5 floors, there
are not many towering buildings in District 5. This added
with the adorable Chinese-style shophouses with vibrant
shutters and exterior moulding make this an alluring part
of Saigon worth visiting.
ALLEYWAYS of BUSINESS
The alleyways of District 5 are a treasure trove for almost
anything under the sun. They have alleyways selling
fabric, herbal medicine, tobacco and even pet fishes.
Bargain colourful fabrics of lace, cotton and silk at Soai
Kinh Lam Fabric Street that is lined with more than
500 stores. One can get materials to make suits, oxford
shirts and even drapes for your home. Trust me when
I say the price of fabrics here are a fraction compared
to the popular Ben Thanh Market in District 1. Though
some shops require you to buy a minimum like with my
experience, I had to buy at least 6 metres of the fabric
that I wanted to get the affordable price.
FROM LEFT The sunset view
from An Dong Market; Clothing
shops in An Dong Plaza; The
bright yellow Father Tam Church;
Herbs sold on Herbal Street; The
spacious rooms of Windsor Plaza
Hotel; The exterior of the Windsor
Plaza Hotel at night; Chef cooking
seafood at the Cafe Central An
Dong; Artwork and donations by
visitors at Thien Hau Temple.
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Hai Thuong Lan Ong Street is the herbal Mecca of
Chinatown. These Chinese pharmacies sell loose herbs
and spices like mushrooms, dried roses and barks of
cinnamon. A market complex where each level features
a different thing to buy is the An Dong Plaza. An Dong
Plaza is connected to the Windsor Plaza Hotel, equipped
with air-conditioning and feature shops selling garments
and accessories. The old An Dong Market (behind An
Dong Plaza) has a more wet market feel with the ground
floor traders selling dried goods like nuts, fruits and dried
seafood with top floor shops trading fine fabrics.
When visiting Saigon, it is safe to say that District 5
is for the lovers of history and culture. A bountiful
amount of places to worship can be found in the
district from diverse religions. One such place is the
well photographed Thien Hau Temple dedicated to
the goddess of the sea, Mazu. Intricate dioramas that
illustrate stories of the past lined the roof and interior
ceiling, making the holy shrine an art exhibition as much
as it is a temple.
Christianity was also a religion practised among the
citizens of Chinatown and a bright structure of canary
yellow stands proud in the form of the Father Tam
Church. The gothic style church sports tall archways and
niches with glass artwork, a postcard ready scene you
would not want to miss.
The TOWERING HOTEL
Do not skimp on the luxury while you are in Chinatown
by staying at the tallest hotel in District 5, the 5-star
Windsor Plaza Hotel. Walk past the glass doors to find an
interior with a nod to the renaissance time with dangling
crystals chandeliers and molded columns.
The entire hotel has recently been fully refurbished,
giving way to marble bathrooms and the comfiest of beds.
The Cafe Central An Dong curates their highly popular
seafood buffet where the freshest of sea life are picked
by you and cooked according to your liking. Plus the 360°
view from the Top of the Town Restaurant and Bar is
catered for romantic dinners or afterwork drinks.
Luxury accommodation would not be complete
without spa and hair amenities after a long day of
exploring the town. Kneed those tense muscles away at
the Windsor Spa that offer a range of treatments from
Thai to European to scrubs and body wraps. Make sure
to drop by the Ginza Matsunaga hair salon where the
hair director hails from Japan to get the latest of hair
therapies, Japanese style.
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Curl and Comb
Your Way to a
Discover the one hair tool you need
to inject some volume back into your
hair and allows you to create different
styles from wavy beach-inspired locks
to sleek hair with a touch a volume. A
great tool for beginner users of hair
tools; say goodbye to flat hair with the
Panasonic Compact Styling Brush Iron.
The Compact Styling
Brush Iron (model no.
Panasonic is not your average
hair tool. It is a combination
of heated brush and a curling
iron that can perform a
variety of tricks for a range of
hairstyles. Curl, straighten and
give body to your crowning
glory with this multi-purpose
hair tool that you never knew
CREATE BOTH CURL &
Tight curls or loose waves,
the styling brush can achieve
both for you. The clip on the
tool functions to create tighter
curls as it grips the ends of
your hair securely for easy
wounding around the barrel.
Adding volume to the crown
of your hair for styles like a
voluminous ponytail or updo
can be accomplished by simply
curling your hair around the
barrel without the clip.
THE BRUSH OF SAFETY
Beginners that have
watched too much Youtube
videos on burning hair need
not fear as the hairstyling
tool has anti-static nylon
bristles that prevent your
hands or face from touching
the heated plate. The bristles
also grip and detangles your
hair with ease for faster results.
HOTNESS IN A SMALL
This little device of only 23cm
long is equipped with a 26mm
barrel, which makes it an easily
portable hair appliance. Its
universal voltage also makes
it convenient to use when
travelling abroad. Plus, the tool
only needs 90 seconds to heat
up to 100° and be ready to use.
here for details
THE TRAVEL EDITOR’S
guide to beauty:
EDITOR AISHAH AZALI, FREQUENT TRAVELLER FOR ALL OCCASIONS SHARES HER
GUIDE TO STAYING FRESH AND BEAUTIFUL WHILE ABROAD. HERE SHE SHARES
HER HAIR STYLING TIPS WHEN GETTING READY FOR A WEEKEND OUT.
PHOTOS BY SHAHRIL SAIFOL @ LIGHT SHOW PHOTOGRAPHY
Casual Curls FOR THE
After spraying my hair with a
heat protectant and making
sure the brush iron is ready,
I take a small section of
my hair and tuck the brush
under it at the base. Then I
brush my hair like normal to
smooth out any tangles.
To create volume at the base of
my head, I tuck the brush under
a section and brush outwards
and upwards for some lift. I
formed the wave at the bottom
strands of my hair by curling the
section of my hair around the
brush barrel in an anticlockwise
direction. I do the same to
other sections of my hair but
alternating the curling direction
from section to section.
After receiving a very Japanese style haircut last month courtesy
of my trusted hair stylist, my mane requires a little bit more work
due to its shorter length. I am quite fond of this cute Japaneseinspired
hairstyle and love to wear it in waves for casual weekend
outings. Thankfully I found a nifty hair tool that can help me achieve
a variety of looks with my short new do in the form of the Panasonic
Compact Styling Brush Iron. Here are my simple tips on getting this
adorable wavy do.
The last bit is to define and
create some bounce to
my bangs. I simply gather
my bangs and tuck the
brush iron under and curl
it outwards and inwards. I
finish the look with some
hair serum for shine and
hairspray to set my bangs
and waves in place.
AISHAH IS USING:
Panasonic Compact Styling Brush Iron
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Road Less Taken
Road Less Taken is a collaboration with AirAsiaGo.
Check out airasiago.com.my for flight & hotel deals!
ROAD LESS TAKEN:
Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia
YOU CAN ANTICIPATE A MYRIAD OF CULTURAL AND
HISTORICAL ATTRACTIONS TO COME FROM THIS COASTAL
HERITAGE CITY OF NORTHEAST MALAYSIA. THE CAPITAL OF
TERENGGANU, ALSO KNOWN AS KT BOASTS SPECTACULAR
ARCHITECTURE OF GRAND ROYAL PALACES AND MOSQUES.
WORDS BY JESSY WONG • PHOTOS BY GETTY IMAGES & AIRASIAGO
HOW TO GET THERE
The fastest mode to get there is via
a domestic flight to Sultan Mahmud
Airport. There are also direct flights
from Singapore and Medan to Kuala
Terengganu. If you fancy a journey
through the East Coast Highway from KL,
it takes about 5 hours to reach by car and
7 hours by bus. Many busses depart from
most major cities.
WHAT TO DO
On a clear day, take a climb up Bukit
Puteri to see the historical fort. Located
200 meters above sea level, you can
catch a view of the entire city and even
peep into the Sultan’s royal palace, Istana
Maziah. At the foothill, traditional crafts
and artworks are sold at Bazaar Warisan.
You can also visit Pasar Payang, a popular
market that features many locally made
batik and handicrafts.
For an overall experience, take a
traditional boat cruise to the largest
museum in Southeast Asia, the State
Museum of Terengganu. It is built with
the layout of Terengganu’s palace on a
27 hectare land that showcases bountiful
antiques and artworks. At nighttime, be
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amazed with the extravagant Crystal
Mosque that illuminates the dark with its
dazzling modern Muslim architecture.
WHERE TO eat
Kuala Terengganu is a major fishing port
in Malaysia therefore there are many
famous fish-based local food for you to
try. Keropok lekor is a traditional Malay
snack made by blending fish and flour into
a paste then deep-frying it.
Another Terengganu local food is
Satar, spicy grilled fish in banana leaves.
The famous keropok lekor and satar can
be found in Pasar Payang, the central
market. For a heavy meal, try Nasi Dagang
at Nasi Dagang Mak Ngah, a mixture of
white rice with glutinous rice in coconut
milk for a savory mouthful. This dish is
often eaten with Gulai Ikan Tonggol, a
spicy fish curry cooked with starfruit.
WHERE TO STAY
Strategically located in the city is J Suites
Hotel, a 3-star accommodation that offers
accessibility to nearby attractions such
as Chinatown and the city coastline. You
are in for a luxurious stay as each room
is equipped with a king-sized bed for a
snuggly night sleep. However, if you opt
for a simplistic lodging, Asia Premium
Hotel is more budget friendly albeit
situated in the city center. The hotel
is within walking distance from Istana
Maziah as well as Pasar Payang.
i LOCAL TIPS & FACTS
Friday is a holy day for Muslims therefore
Fridays and Saturdays are considered as
weekends in this state.
Shahbandar Jetty in the city and Merang
Jetty (50mins outside KT ) are the gateway
to the state’s scenic islands like Redang
and Lang Tengah Island.
Travellers are advised to dress
appropriately if you wish to enter the many
mosques in the city.
the art of
THE NYONYAS REALLY KNOW HOW TO DRESS TO THE NINES BACK
IN THE DAY THANKS TO THE RECOGNISABLE KEBAYA AND SARUNG
COMBO. BUT LOOK FURTHER DOWN TO THEIR FEET AND YOU WILL
SEE IT ADORNED WITH COLOURFUL AND INTRICATELY BEADED
FOOTWEAR, A TRADE THAT IS UNFORTUNATELY DYING. HERE WE
MEET 2 LADIES IN MELAKA THAT ARE KEEPING THIS ART ALIVE.
WORDS BY AISHAH AZALI • PHOTOS BY FAIDZ ZAINAL
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FROM LEFT A classic closed toe beaded shoe with a slight
heel; Joyce and Jennifer Ngiow, the ladies who own J.
Manik; A flat closed-toe beaded shoe with floral patterns.
bright lights of
art in the Apgujeong
testing makeup at
the beauty counters
When one thinks of the Nyonya look, the
kebaya top with its floral embroidery and
figure-hugging cut come to mind. It is paired
with a batik print sarung or a long skirt to complete the
look. But one has to look closer to see that these Nyonya
take their style all the way to the feet in the form of
handstitched beaded shoes.
This art of making them is a dying one but I found
a little shop tucked in Jonker Street, Melaka where two
sisters are keeping this craft and fashion trend alive.
Joyce and Jennifer Ngiow look every part a classy
Nyonya from their well-coiffed bobs down to their
beaded slippers. These owners of J. Manik, a quaint shop
selling beaded shoes made by Joyce and accompanying
kebayas really know how to model their Nyonya style and
heritage without looking out of place in this modern time.
The connection between Nyonyas and beaded
shoes is due to the fact that Nyonyas are amazing with
needlework and back in the day, it was a requirement to
master it. Jennifer explains that the Nyonyas love getting
dolled up for social gatherings or ‘kenduri’ in Malay where
they would proudly display their garments that they
crafted themselves. Plus, showing up in a pair of beaded
shoes elevates your fashion status.
The birth of J. Manik
The love for beaded shoes and the art of making it came
from the sisters' mother who frequently wore it. They
were taught this detailed art of handcrafting shoes from
their aunt. Opening a business came about as a way to
highlight something close to their hearts and to do so
with their big family of five siblings. Now they are 17
years strong with an impressive clientele of local and
international shoe lovers.
The hand that beads them
"Joyce and I are known to be the fussiest woman in town
because when we talk about handwork, it has to be
detailed and the workmanship has to be good," admits
Jennifer on the store's shoes. The soles of the shoes are
changeable and it can be done without disrupting or
damaging the beaded parts. So, if you started off with
a 3-inch heel and over the years prefer to wear flats,
the ladies at J. Manik are more than happy to do the
alterations. That is why the craftsmanship during the
inception of the shoe has to be immaculate so the beads
do not go astray in the event you want a sole change.
A pair of beaded shoes can cost you anywhere from
RM280 to RM2000 depending on the shape and bead
type. Why pay such a hefty price tag for a slip on? Well,
I found that a simple pair of closed toe beaded shoe
takes up to 1 and half months to complete and uses an
upwards of 18,000 pieces of beads.
In order for the beads to last long and the colour to
stay vibrant, the ladies of J. Manik source their beads
from abroad mainly Japan. The Japanese glass beads
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used, retain their vividness longer and come
in a variety of colours to better mix and match
with their fancy designs.
For finer beads to one-up your beaded
shoe game, there are the beads imported from
the Czech Republic. The beads are dainty
therefore taking up to 3 months and use a
whopping 54,000 beads to complete a pair.
Joyce even requires a magnifying glass to
meticulously sew the tiny beads into place.
Design wise, they started with traditional
patterns. Many of their customers bring their
own antique beaded shoes and Joyce will
draft them to be beaded with the Japanese
glass beads. But they have evolved to include
patterns of fishes, peacocks and flowers.
“We do cater to match our customer’s
kebaya outfits and evening dresses. Nowadays
our shoes can even be matched with jeans and
casual clothes,” explained Joyce who does all
the beading for the shoes in the store.
That is an aspect of J. Manik that I find
intriguing, is that the ladies will take the time to
match the shoes to your outfit or style.
Jennifer mentioned of a client who they
visited at her abode, where she took out her
kebaya collection of different colours and
patterns and requested the ladies to create a
beaded shoe to match each outfit.
‘You need to have the flair," said Jennifer
when it comes to choosing a beaded pattern
and matching it with an outfit. These ladies
definitely have that and take the effort to
spread the knowledge when a customer
walks in or make an appointment. Joyce who
manages the store even likes to dress up for
Not just about colour and pattern, the
beaded shoes from J. Manik are also made in
a plethora of shapes. Both Joyce and Jennifer
sported the traditional flat closed toe shape
but the store's shelves are lined with shoes
designed with single, double and mule strap
options. The height of the shoe can go up to 3
and a half inches but the flat ones look extra
chic, brought to trend thanks to footwear like
the slip-on loafers by Gucci.
A beaded legacy
To explain why owning a pair of beaded shoes
is a worthy investment, Jennifer explains that,“
Beaded shoes are something every female
needs to own because it is a dying trade. After
this, you don’t know whether they’ll be another
generation who will continue sewing it.” So it
is not only unique in its design where one and
two are not the same but the value stems from
the fact that not many people master this trade
of beadwork in footwear.
Think about it, anyone can own a Hermes
handbag if you have the money because there
are thousands of people and factories that can
produce them. But the Nyonya art of beaded
shoes is a different story. Could you put a price
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CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT
The beaded swatch that
Joyce is working on; Beaded
shoes worn by the ladies;
The exterior of the J. Manik
store; Close up of the
beaded shoes and its floral
design; Shelves of shoes and
racks of kebaya at J.Manik.
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Details on Dim Sum
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THE DETAILS ON
LEARN A LITTLE BIT MORE ON DIM SUM FROM ITS
ORIGINS TO ITS TYPES TO BETTER UNDERSTAND THIS
BELOVED MALAYSIAN BREAKFAST THAT IS NOW EATEN AT
ANY TIME OF THE DAY. NOW WHO IS UP FOR YAM CHA?
WORDS BY RACHEL FONG • PHOTOS BY GETTY IMAGES
After a hectic work week, most of us would love
nothing more than to start the weekend by sleeping in.
However, being a true blue Malaysian, all one needs to
do is throw (good) food into the mix, and just like magic - we're up!
Out of all the breakfast choices we can enjoy, dim sum is one of the
most enduringly popular. The fact that dim sum places are packed
to the brim, especially between the hours of 6 and 10am, speak
volumes about the magnetism of this cuisine.
If you're new to dim sum (or simply want to impress your foodie
friends with trivia), you've come to the right place for a written tour!
Let's start by winding back the clock, all the way to the start...
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How It All Began
First things first, what does dim sum mean? Translated
directly from Cantonese, it means 'to touch the heart'
(as lovers of dim sum ourselves, we can definitely
attest to this!). Dim sum grew from the Chinese
tradition of yum cha, which means 'to drink tea', and is
said to have blossomed from teahouses along the Silk
Road. These teahouses accommodated the numerous
travellers who were journeying along the Silk Road and
needed a place to rest. Back in the 3rd century, a wellknown
physician perpetrated the myth that combining
tea with food would lead to weight gain. However, as
centuries passed, so did the myth. Once people started
coming around to the (truthful) idea that tea could aid
digestion and cleanse one's palate, those teahouses
added snacks to be consumed alongside the tea. With
that, dim sum was born.
Types of Dim Sum And How
When it comes to variety, dim sum is at the top of
its game. Dishes can be sorted into four primary
categories, namely dumplings, rolls, buns and desserts,
which are prepared by steaming, deep-frying or baking.
They're usually sweet and/or savoury, with meat,
prawn and custard featuring heavily in many of them.
Under the dumpling category, one can't go wrong
with har gao (prawns encased in a wrapping made
of starch and tapioca flour), siew mai (a cup shaped
dumpling containing ground meat and shrimps), xiao
long bao (a bigger type of dumpling that contain
ground meat and an intensely flavoured hot broth
that drips out when eaten), and wuh gok (a deep-fried
variation stuffed with shrimp, meat and mashed taro).
Onto rolls! A good place to start is spring rolls,
which are deep-fried rolls comprising various sliced
vegetables (usually cabbage, mushrooms and wood ear
fungus) and sometimes meat. Following that, we have
rice noodle roll, or as it's more commonly known - chee
cheong fun! The dim sum iteration of chee cheong fun
does not have any fried add-ons, but is served purely
as rolls containing shrimp or meat, that have sweet soy
sauce poured over them.
It wouldn't be a complete dim sum experience
without buns, and once you've had one, your personal
bar for buns will forever be raised. If you can take pork,
try char siew bao, which is a bun filled with chunks of
barbecued pork. The bun itself can either be a steamed
white puff, or a baked golden exterior. If meat's not an
option, you can opt for either tau sar bao (red bean)
or nai wong bao (custard), which make a refreshing
alternative to sweet treats.
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Speaking of sweet, dim sum offers pretty
compelling choices for desserts as well, and once you
try an egg tart or a sesame ball, you'll see why. An
egg tart contains a bed of bright yellow egg custard
filling surrounded by a biscuit-like crust, while
sesame balls have red bean paste encased within a
deep-fried chewy dough coated in sesame seeds.
Where to Eat
Now, for the most important question: where can you
- someone who's probably starving now from reading
all that - find the best dim sum in Klang Valley, and by
CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT Siew
Mai and Har Gao in traditional
bamboo steamers; A chef
wrapping filling in a dim sum;
A steamed custard bun; Sweet
egg tarts for dessert.
RESTORAN JIN XUAN HONG KONG
What started out as a humble establishment in
Kuchai Lama named Kam Hin has now become
a hugely popular chain of 8 outlets throughout
Selangor. Regulars will cite the custard bun as one of
the must-haves here, although one would be hardpressed
to find an authentically flavoured dish they
7am to 12am
A32, 34, 36, Jalan 1/116B, Kuchai Entrepreneurs’
Park, 58200 Kuala Lumpur
Who says dim sum has to be left out of the equation
when it comes to halal cuisine? MinMax begs to
differ, with an extensive menu that runs the gamut of
basic dim sum cuisine to make it worth your while on
a weekend morning. Extensive menu aside, the price
range is surprisingly affordable too, with most of the
offerings hitting well below the RM10 mark.
Mon to Fri 11am to 3pm; Sat 9am to 10:30pm;
Sunday 9am to 8:30pm
PNB Darby Park, Jln Binjai, 50450 Kuala Lumpur
RESTORAN ZIM SUM
In a food haven like Penang, finding a great dim sum
place is not a challenge in the least bit. Zim Sum
is swarmed with both tourists and locals, thanks
to its affordable price range and a myriad of both
traditional and modernised dishes. It also helps that
it's strategically located along Macalister Road, one of
the busiest streets in Georgetown. Do take note that
it is a self-service shop, so you will have to go to the
counter and peruse the dishes yourself.
6:30am to 2pm
No. 62, Jalan Macalister, 10450 George Town, Penang
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