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OCT 2017 | ISSUE 17

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Nyonya Art of

BEADED

SHOES

The Charming

CHINATOWN

of SAIGON

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Contents

10

10

On the Radar

14

Out & About

16

Now Boarding

18

The Charming

Chinatown of

Saigon

24

Road Less Taken

26

Nyonya Heritage:

The Art of

Beaded Shoes

30

The Details on

Dim Sum

26

30

18

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COVER PHOTO BY

FAIDZ ZAINAL

EDITORIAL TEAM

GROUP HEAD & BRANDS

JOHN SO

EDITOR

AISHAH AZALI

EDITOR’s note

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.

GRAPHIC DESIGNER

JAMIE SOO-HOO

EDITORIAL ASSISTANT

JESSY WONG

CONTRIBUTORS

RACHEL FONG, FAIDZ ZAINAL &

SHAHRIL SAIFOL @ LIGHT SHOW PHOTOGRAPHY

DIGITAL TEAM

WEB CONTENT

AISHAH AZALI

DIGITAL & WEB DESIGNER

AYUMI SWEED

EDITORIAL ENQUIRIES

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(SALES & MARKETING)

YONG WANG CHING

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Interview with a Pageant Queen:

Miss Indonesia’s Sheryl Pratyscha

WINNER OF MISS COSMOPOLITAN WORLD 2017

FACTS ON

MISS INDONESIA

Full name:

Sheryltha Pratyscha

Age: 23

Hometown: Malang, East Java

Education:

Majoring in International Relations

at Brawijaya University

Favourite food:

Sambal, seafood and sushi

Family: Oldest of 3 sibling

@sheryltha

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

beauty pageant.

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

ready?

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

2017?

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

WOODS’ ANNEX

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.

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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.

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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

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‘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.

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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.

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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.

www.bandarbestari.com

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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.

www.cratzeart.com

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Out & About

OUT & ABOUT

THE HOTTEST & MOST ANTICIPATED EVENTS OF

THE MONTH IN MALAYSIA AND BEYOND

21 OCT | Grand

Pacific Mega

Concert 2017

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

www.rwgenting.com

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

our heartstrings.

Stadium Malawati, Shah Alam

www.ticketpro.com.my

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

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18 OCT | Simple Plan

Japan Tour

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

www.simpleplan.com/tour

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

www.indonesiacomiccon.com

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Now Boarding

NOW BOARDING

with

captain nazli shah

& captain Ilyana

nazli shah

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Now Boarding

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 &

CAPTAIN ILYANA

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

flying?

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

internet nowadays.

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

experience?

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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Saigon's Chinatown

CHINATOWN

The Charming

of

SAIGON

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Saigon's Chinatown

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's Chinatown

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

ancient architecture.

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

housing design.

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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Saigon's Chinatown

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.

CULTURAL Treasures

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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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

Weekend

Final

Look


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

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To create volume at the base of

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other sections of my hair but

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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

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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

Model: EH-HT45-K655

www.panasonic.com/my

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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.


Beaded Shoes

nyonya heritage:

the art of

beaded

shoes

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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Beaded Shoes

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.

CLOCKWISE The

bright lights of

Myeongdong; Street

art in the Apgujeong

neighbourhood;

Rodeo street

featuring high-end

designers; Local

testing makeup at

the beauty counters

of Myeongdong

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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Beaded Shoes

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.

Bespoke experience

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

her customers.

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

on that?

J. Manik

23, Jalan Hang Lekir, 75200 Melaka

+606-282 7570

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Beaded Shoes

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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Details on Dim Sum

DIM

SUM

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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Details on Dim Sum

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

They're Made

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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Details on Dim Sum

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

extension, Malaysia?

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

won't like.

7am to 12am

A32, 34, 36, Jalan 1/116B, Kuchai Entrepreneurs’

Park, 58200 Kuala Lumpur

jinxuan.com.my

MINMAX RESTAURANT

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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