GOASIAPLUS May 2018

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A travel magazine covering travel, food, shopping and fashion around Asia. In this issue, we featured Xandria Ooi, known as Asia's best happiness guru, our picks on lifestyle stores around Kuala Lumpur and price breakdowns of nasi kandar in Malaysia

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EDITOR’s

I

realized when working on this May issue that I have written

and edited 23 issues of GOASIAPLUS magazine since its

debut in June 2016. Sadly, this will be my last issue as editor

and what a bittersweet journey it has been. All those solo travels

and comfy hotel beds will always be a reminder that I once had

the ‘dream job’ as a travel editor, pointed out by many people

that I’ve met during my tenure.

I put as much love in this May issue as I did in my first one.

We added some local fair by highlighting the coolest lifestyle

stores in KL. Get optimistic as we interviewed Youtuber Xandria

Ooi, where she shares her travel and happiness tips for a

memorable holiday.

I say Happy Fasting to all Muslims and may you have a

blessed Hari Raya with your loved ones. Lastly, thanks for

reading my stories, it is for you that I strive to create fun and

informative articles.

Till next time,

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XANDRIA OOI

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Contents

7Road Less Traveled

8Travelling for Happiness

13

On The Radar

18

FYI: Japan

21

Out & About

23

Lifestyle Stores

28

Frankly Speaking

30

Nasi Kandar Price

Breakdown

34

Lost & Found

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ROAD

TRAVELED

TUCKED AWAY FROM A CROWDED CITY, THE SUMMER ROYAL

RETREAT AT PRACHUAP KHIRI KHAN PROVINCE PROMISES A

TRANQUIL OASIS AND PLEASANT BEACH GETAWAY.

Hua Hin, Thailand

WORDS BY JESSY WONG • PHOTOS BY ADOBE STOCK & AIRASIAGO

HOW TO GET THERe

AirAsia is currently the only airline that flies directly

to Hua Hin from Kuala Lumpur. Check out the

Southern Bus Terminal if you are departing from

Bangkok city center as buses depart daily with

3-4 hours on road. Boarding a train will take a 4-5

hours journey from Hua Lamphong railway station.

WHAT TO DO

The Hua Hin beach is a populous choice for

watersports and beach restaurants while the

adjacent Cha-Am beach is less crowded. Nature

enthusiasts can explore Pranburi Forest Park with

mangrove trails and bird watching, river tours to

Pak Nam Pran village or rock hiking.

Other than sunbathing and sporty activities,

peep into the Thai Royal Family residence at

Maruekhathaiyawan Palace. The century-old

seaside palace built by King Rama VI is now a

museum. Buddhist temple Wat Huay Mongkol at

Khao Takiab houses the world’s largest statue of

Luang Phor Thuad, a miraculous monk.

For cultural shopping experiences, Sam Phan

Nam floating market and Plearnwan revives

Thailand’s elemental market concepts with a

local essence.

i

GOOD TO KNOW

Go to Hua Hin Night

Market that operates

from 7-11pm daily for a

sundown shopping spree.

Muay Thai fans can catch

real fights of the traditional

sport on every Tuesday

and Saturday night at Thai

Boxing Garden

Chatchai Market is built as

a dedication to Rama VII by

Prince Purachatra Jayakara

back in 1926.

WHERE TO eat

Look forward to fresh fishing hauls at Saeng Thai

Seafood when travelling along the coastline. The

popular restaurant has plenty of local specialties

at reasonable prices. 1d+ Day Artist is a modern

campsite hip café that serves Asian fusion or

breakfast at Chatchai Market with choices of Thai

noodles, desserts and dried food at hand.

WHERE TO STAY

Seekers of an indulgent retreat can indulge in

AVANI Hua Hin Resort & Villas by the coast with

private jacuzzi or plunge pool in each villa. Close to

Hutsadin Elephant Foundation, The Bike Loft is an

excellent choice for minimalists to rest in cosiness

and style in the industrial-themed guestrooms.

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Travelling for Happiness

TRAVELLING For

Happiness

GET THE SCOOP ON HOW TO TRAVEL HAPPILY FROM

HAPPINESS GURU, XANDRIA OOI AS SHE SHARES HER

FULL PROOF WAY TO PACK WITHOUT SACRIFICING

STYLE AND HOW TO SET A POSITIVE MINDSET FOR A

HOLIDAY YOU WILL NEVER FORGET.

WORDS BY AISHAH AZALI • PHOTOS BY XANDRIA OOI

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Travelling for Happiness

In an era where everything can be documented

and posted on Youtube, from makeup tutorials

to video game reviews, it is refreshing to find a

channel that advocates happiness for people out

there who seek it. Motivational speaker, writer,

jet setter and all-round fashionista, Xandria Ooi

is the creator of just that, spreading optimism

and positivity in less than 3 minutes. A dose of

that and your morning coffee will get your mind

energised for the rest of the day.

Her positivity is contagious when you

are around her. It is reflected in her genuine

smile, the colour of her clothes and even the

bounciness of her bob haircut. On her Instagram

feed, you get to see Xandria’s vibrant sense of

style against city and nature backdrops during her

jaunts around the world.

Packing Like A Pro

It made me wonder about her packing routine

because fashionistas pack a lot of clothes, right?

"For packing, I just like to roll everything up.

I don't like two-pieces quite as much, I much

prefer a one piece because it’s easy and I don’t

have to think very hard when packing," she said,

addressing the many flowing dresses that she

sports frequently on her Instagram.

Xandria believes in the power of planning

when it comes to packing and heavily depends

on the weather of the destination she is going

to. Living in a warm country makes summer

travelling a breeze for her. She explained that,

“Summer is not as difficult because we’re used to

dressing in Malaysia so you’ve worn something

before and already know that the blue earrings

go with this shirt.”

Prepared and stylish as can be, Xandria

still prefers to strut in a pair of flip flops. She

has an admiration for her FitFlops, a flip flop

brand known for their comfort technology. “I

went to New York for a month and I walked

everywhere in my ugly FitFlops because they

are so comfortable.” She even thanked that same

footwear for the toned lower half of her body.

Her travels have brought Xandria to colder

climates and though she prefers summer trips, it

has not stopped her from venturing to countries

like Japan in the cold season when it snows. Her

average 3-hour ritual to pack for winter includes

organizing her clothes into full outfits for each

day. This crucially includes her Uniqlo HeatTech

inners which are a game changer to her winter

experience. "I remember the first time I went

to Japan, it was miserable and I didn't enjoy

myself. I thought I was getting the flu all the

time because I was just cold. That was before I

discovered Uniqlo HeatTech.”

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Travelling for Happiness

Travel Bucket List

Xandria’s lust for travel has taken her all across

Asia, Europe and the States. She happily explained

that food is one her main reason to travel. It is no

surprise since she once hosted a food and travel

show. She has been to Japan 3 times in 2017

alone due to her love of Japanese cuisine and she

loves to go there with her family and friends.

A visit to Spain tickled her taste buds as

she discovered that the palate of the Spaniards

matched that of a Malaysian. “Everything is

flavourful in Spain whether it's cheese or salsa,

similar to Malaysian curry or laksa. Even though

it's a completely different cuisine, it gives off the

same feeling,” she said.

As for her dream vacation, she stated South

Africa as the place she would like to visit next

if she has the chance. She raves about the

possibilities of venturing into the wilderness while

still experiencing luxury accommodation

through glamping.

Enjoying Your Holiday

Though packing, the food and all that planning

can get overwhelming, Xandria points out how

preparing your mindset for the holiday is as

important. "You must understand that you are

travelling to a foreign land with different people

and cultures. Things can go wrong because

everything is new to you," Xandria said adding that

"When we go on a holiday, we don’t realise how

much joy can be taken away from us just by how

our mind functions when things don’t work out the

way it should.”

She advocates not getting stressed out because

you may never get the chance to go back to that

particular time and destination. Instead, absorb

it all in while you can. “Part of truly enjoying

a holiday is to live in the moment. Don’t force

yourself, even if the food is not good, there’s

always something for you to experience there.”

Xandria’s Winter

Packing Tips

Vacuum pack bulky

items like your coats.

Xandria gets her

vacuum packs

from Daiso

Wear thermal wear

underneath your

clothes. Xandria

swears by the

HeatTech line

from Uniqlo

Do not underestimate

winter accessories

like a wool sock and

ear muffs, they can

keep you warm for a

hassle-free holiday

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Travelling for Happiness

Always get a size bigger

when it comes to

purchasing boots and keep

a lookout for bargains.

Xandria got these over-theknee

ones for 70% off at

Stuart Weitzman in KLCC.

xandria’s

Travel Tips

Xandria loves her Mulberry

bags with shoulder straps

that can hold all her

essentials like her earmuffs

and water bottle. She

buys her Alexa tote online

during Christmas sales for

deals up to 40% off.

Never underestimate the

cold so Xandria keeps her

ears warm with Muji’s

earmuffs made from wool

and boa fabric.

To keep herself warm yet stylish,

Xandria loves buying coats from

retailers like Zara. Her tip is to

buy online due to the different

varieties you cannot find in

stores because the items ship

directly from the HQ.

After a long day, Xandria

removes all her makeup

using the Clinique Take

The Day Off remover.

She washes her face with

the Simple facial wash that

is not harsh on her skin.

Xandria and even her mum

adores the Melaleuca Renew

hand lotion to keep skin

hydrated in cold weather.

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On The Radar

THE

RADAR

Transit with Comfort at klia2 Aerotel

Got a short transit in klia2 or have to catch the first early

morning flight out? Well, rest well and in comfort by

booking a room at Aerotel at level 2M, gateway@klia2.

Choose between 78 gorgeously-furnished guestrooms

for everyone from solo travellers to families. They even

have rooms that are wheelchair friendly and all guests

will receive complimentary Wifi. Room rates start from

RM298 for a 6 hour stay but enjoy 15% off all room rates

from now till 31 December 2018.

While you are there, check out the Plaza Premium

Lounge for a delectable selection of food and the bar for

some cocktails before your flight. The lounge and bar

are opened 24 hours a day with comfortable seating for

eating or doing work on your laptop.

www.myaerotel.com

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The Rift Junior Opens

Malaysia’s largest hybrid

virtual reality (VR) adventure

center, The Rift launched a

playland for kids aged 3-6

years old. The Rift Junior is a

325 square feet space with

fun features like trampolines,

giant slides and a ball pit.

Kids from 3-6 years old can

enjoy the playland for RM38

or older ones aged 7-11

years can experience the Exit

Reality Child Package that

includes any four attractions

at The Rift for RM50.

www.therift.com.my

Thailand Promotes Luxury Travel

Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) hosted a luncheon event to

promote the latest in luxury travel in Thailand. Opulent Thai brands

like Thai Airways International, Bangkok Airways, Ritz Carlton Samui,

Live Life Andaman Cruising as well as La Flora Group for hotels

presented their latest offerings to attract visitors to The Land of

Smiles. So the next time you plan to fly up to Thailand, check out

some of their customised luxury experiences in popular areas like Koh

Samui and Krabi or up and coming destinations like Hua Hin.

www.tourismthailand.my

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On The Radar

Ramadhan Kampung Buffet

The Living Room at The Westin Kuala Lumpur

offers their signature Juadah Iftar Kampung

Buffet for an authentic array of Malaysian

flavours for Ramadhan. Families can savour in

the main dish of Westin Biryani paired with

roasted whole lamb and some Assam Pedas

Claypot fish from 19 May till 12 June at

RM120 per person for early bird rates.

www.thewestinkualalumpur.com

Gin O’Clock at The

Majestic Malacca

Try your hand in D-I-Y mixology with an

interactive Gin Cart at Gin O’Clock happening

at The Majestic Malacca by crafting your own

cocktails with a curated collection of recipes.

Besides making a personalised drink, limelight of

the experience is their Malacca Gin with hints of

grapefruit and citrus notes for a polished treat.

www.majesticmalacca.com

Love Blooms in Häagen-Dazs

The limited-edition floral ice-cream collection reaps

from the spring season to match flavours with our

experiences. Sakura Cherry Blossom is a mix of sakura

extract from the Oshima tree with a swirl of cherry

sauce while the lavender delight is charmingly paired

with bits of blueberries for a sweet balance.

www.haagendazs.com.my

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On The Radar

The People’s Home at DoubleTree Resort

Here’s a good tip to follow to choose the right hotel for

your travels. “You have to know what you are looking for in

a holiday!” said Linda Giebing. And there’s little likelihood

that you will go wrong as Linda is the General Manager of

DoubleTree Resort in Malaysia.

Addressing a group on a familiarisation tour of DoubleTree’s

50th opening in the Asia Pacific region, Linda assured that the

resort pays close attention to making it a warm and pleasant

staycation for its guests.

My first encounter with this acclaimed hospitality was

when I walked into the first DoubleTree Resort to be greeted

with a freshly baked chocolate chip cookie handed out to me.

The staff were attentive and assured me that I could request

for anything anytime of the day or night such as a midnight

mouthwash emergency or bathrobe replacement.

Linda said it is the resort’s way of restoring more personal

interaction in the hospitality industry which she felt was gravely

lacking. Adding to this, the resort has various attractions and

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On The Radar

activities to help enhance a family’s travelling experience with

an extensive playground and the TeddyVille Museum. This is

the country’s first TeddyVille Museum, with hundreds of teddy

bears dressed in Malaysian colours and culture.

As a pioneer in family travels, the resort aims to reward

parents and their children with many fun recreations like a kidsproof

artificial beach at the pool and a water playground.

There are 316 guestrooms of every kind for every traveller

including a private shared hallway between rooms for intimacy.

The other is the cosy bed that makes me want to sleep in

through the morning.

CULTURAL TOUCHES

The interior decor of the resort hints of Penang’s peranakan

heritage. Peranakan trinkets, frames and motifs deck some of

the walls and oriental furnishings unobtrusively occupy corners

of the contemporary space.

There are vibrant murals around the resort resonating with

the overall ambience of the place which reflects life on the

island that is full of colour and character. Batik and Peranakan

tiles in the guestrooms suggest the resort’s pride of being a

part of Penang.

THE PLACE FOR FOODIES

The endless choice of delicacies allows guests to savour the

diversity of Malaysia at Makan Kitchen, an alfresco restaurant

serving local specialties. The bowl of chicken congee warms the

soul in the morning as it likens to breakfast at my grandmother’s

while dinnertime welcomes an unlimited flow of spirits to match

one’s taste buds.

Taking a break at the Axis Lounge allows broad view of the

sea and undisturbed meetings at the same time munch on the

tea-infused menu in the high-tea set. For other light bites and

fresh pastries, The Food Store serves Malaysia’s favourite teh

tarik to go with it.

DoubleTree Resort is away from the bustling city center with

a waterfront beach view and fresh air at the hillside corner of

Batu Ferringhi. I was taken to the UNESCO World Heritage site

in Georgetown and resort guests can hop onto the free shuttle

to get there.

DOUBLETREE RESORT BY HILTON PENANG

56 Jalan Low Yat, 11100 Batu Ferringhi, Penang, Malaysia

www.penangresort.doubletree.com

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FYI

Spring In Japan

6

HIDDEN

GEMS

WORDS BY TAN JU ENG

It’s easy to fall in love with Japan especially in the spring. It

is the best time to visit Japan as the cherry blossom is in full

bloom where the temperature hovers around 13°C in the

afternoon. This is when you would want to take your own pace

to soak in the sight and sound of the season. What makes this even

more inviting is how easy you can navigate around Japan’s systematic

and efficient public transport even for non-Japanese speaking tourist.

The Japan Rail Pass (also commonly called JR Pass) is a very cost

effective rail pass for long distance train travel in Japan. This pass,

available only to foreigners, gives unlimited use of JR trains for one,

two or three weeks. The Japan Rail Pass must be purchased before

arriving in Japan as it is not for sale inside Japan. The pass comes in

two types - ordinary and green. Green cars (first class cars) offer more

spacious seats than ordinary cars.

1

JR KYUSHU PASS

FUKUOKA

Japan’s second largest producer of strawberries.

The Amaou variety from Fukuoka is known for

its large size and balance between sweetness

and acidity. In spring, strawberries are in full

flavour. There are many farms near Fukuoka

strawberry picking is allowed. A recommended

farm is Strawberry Fields (Chikushino Strawberry

Farm) the largest strawberry farm in Kyushu that

is just a 5-minute taxi ride from Harada Station

and 20 minutes away from JR Hakata Station

(reservation required).

2

JR CENTRAL PASS

KUMANO KODO

Kumano Kodo describes a series of pilgrimage

trails through the southern Kansai region. The

Kodo (“old ways”) have been in use for over

1000 years. They are one of the two pilgrimage

routes to be designated as a world heritage site

by UNESCO.

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FYI

4

JR HOKKAIDO PASS

HOKKAIDO

The Shiraoi Ainu Museum (Ainu Minzoku

Hakubutsukan) is one of the country’s best

museums about the Ainu, the indigenous

people of northern Japan. The open air

museum, which is also commonly known as

Porotokotan (meaning large lakeside village

in the Ainu language), is a replica village

consisting of five thatched houses along the

shore of Lake Poroto.

5

JR EAST PASS

TOHOKU

Hirosaki Castle is where the sensational

2,600 cherry blossom trees bloom all

around the castle grounds in springtime.

The Japanese Government have named the

castle one of the 100 best spots for cherry

blossoms in Japan. Some of the trees are

more than 300 years old. A must visit for

photography enthusiasts.

*For enquiries on

transportation and

JR Pass fares, contact

www.jtbmalaysia.com

3

JR SHIKOKU PASS

DOGO

Dogo Onsen is the oldest hot spring resort

in Japan which is nearly 1000 years old. The

architecture of the impressive main building

is indicative of its long history. Every

morning at 6am drum beats will signify the

opening of the baths.

6

JR WEST PASS

NARA

Yu Nakagawa is a street-level store that

is operated by Nakagawa Masashichi

Shoten, a hemp fabric specialty store that

is established in 1716. In this tranquil store,

traditional arts and materials are used to

create products that look modern but with

a traditional feel like the Hanafukin. This

material is typical to Nara and is made of

mosquito net fabric. There are many uses

for Hanafukin, such as a tea towel, and they

come in a good variety of colours.

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Out & About

The hottest & most anticipated events of the month in Malaysia and beyond

OUT ABOUT

11-13 MAY | Borneo Jazz

The seaside city of Miri hosts its

annual international jazz festival at a new

location in Coco Cabana presenting a

melting pot for all jazz performers and

enthusiasts. Nadir and Dato’ Zainal Abidin

are among Malaysian represents that

will enchant the crowd with the talented

Cecelia Brunori from Italy.

Coco Cabana, Marina Bay, Miri, Sarawak

www.jazzborneo.com

10-13 MAY | Dato’ Seri

An adaptation of Shakespeare’s

famous tragedy, Dato’ Seri is a locally

infused theatrical play set in the 1960’s

of Malaysia with the hero facing the

struggles of Macbeth as a warrior. The

production is shaped by father and

son duo, written by the late Tan Sri

Muhammad Ali Hashim and directed by

Omar Ali.

KLPAC, Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah

www.klpac.org

25-17 MAY |

Music from Anime

Nothing beats the spectacular moment when fans get to hear their

favourite anime soundtrack live at this year’s anime concert featuring

music from Laputa: The Flying Island, My Neighbour Totoro and Howl’s

Moving Castle. Renowned musician, Naohisa Furusawa is the ideal

conductor from Tokyo to deliver the Japan music masterpiece.

Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, Petronas Twin Tower, Kuala Lumpur

www.mpo.com.my

26 MAY-24 JUNE |

The Smurfs Live on Stage

‘The Smurfs Save Spring’ marks the

Belgium comic debut in Malaysia, taking

us through their enchanted adventure to

save Mother Nature from Gargamel’s evil

devise. Children can sing-along with Papa

Smurf, Brainy, Smurfette and the gang

while surrounded with larger-than-life

mushroom forest houses on stage.

Genting International Showroom,

Genting Highlands, Pahang

www.rwgenting.com

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Out & About

Across The Pond

2-27 MAY | Shakespeare in the

Park: Julius Caesar

Making its return this May is Guy Unsworth

directorial production of Shakespeare’s tragedy

and political play metamorphose into modernday

global affairs. The summit of 7 countries

exposes a battle between leaders of power and

ambition to finding their true allies in midst of

the sinister scheme in Caesar’s assassination.

Fort Canning Park, Singapore

www.sistic.com.sg

15 MAY | Margaret Cho: Fresh Off the Bloat

Grammy and Emmy nominated comedian Margaret Cho

is putting forth her unpredictable comics in this tour to bring

out the problems of addiction, suicide and politics. As Margaret

puts it, “Fresh Off The Bloat” is her sickest show to date

inspired by coming alive after being found dead in the lake.

Kallang Theatre, Singapore

www.sistic.com.sg

26-27 MAY |

World DJ Festival

Korea’s largest annual DJ festival is expecting more than

30,000 attendees to rave in the electronic music concert

with hardcore genre from Atmozfears and Wildstylez,

Kungs’ deep house and the EDM likes of Porter Robinson.

The festival is equipped with bars around the venue for

unlimited liquor for partying.

Jamsil Olympic Stadium,

Seoul, Korea

www.wdjfest.com

7 MAY | Harry Styles:

Live on Tour

Since his solo debut in 2017 from One

Direction, Harry Styles’ self-titled first album

has been certified platinum across continents.

The ‘Sign of the Times’ singer has sold out

concerts within seconds thus extended his

shows into the second leg in Asia for more

intimate sessions with his fans.

Impact Arena, Bangkok, Thailand

www.hstyles.co.uk

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KL Lifestyle Stores

Unique Finds at

Lifestyle

Stores

AN UP-AND-COMING TREND IN URBAN LIVING

REVEALS A PALATE FOR QUAINT THINGS. BE IT

LIFESTYLE WEAR OR HOME DÉCOR, FIND THESE

KUALA LUMPUR STORES TO BE A SLICK SAVIOUR

FROM THE CONVENTIONAL.

WORDS & PHOTOS BY JESSY WONG & AISHAH AZALI

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KL Lifestyle Stores

Tish Lifestyle

Must Buy

Tish X Quirky by

Design A la Rose

scented organic candle

Stemmed from the frustration of

not being able to find affordable

and aesthetically appealing

homeware, Tish Lifestyle is the

brainchild of Shermaine Wong.

Lithe and stylish, she exudes

minimalist creativity as much as

the Tish showroom in the Pantai

Hillpark neighbourhood.

Shermaine started out by

creating custom candles for

weddings and corporate events.

That blossomed into curating

homeware from places like

Thailand and Brazil so people here

can bring back a slice of pretty to

their homes.

Rattan baskets, tasselled

throw pillows and crystal

book stoppers are some of the

sophisticated items sold by

Tish Lifestyle. Beautiful as it is

functional, it is not hard to see

these trinkets displayed in your

home’s shelves or dining table.

Shermaine even goes as far as to

collaborate with local artisans and

designers to create one-of-kind

home products from plate sets to

framed artworks.

Her passion for candles is

evident as Tish Lifestyle also sells

their own line of organic candles

made from vegetable wax, scented

with lovely notes of florals and

fruits. Taking it to the next level,

the chic packaging of the candles

are a collaboration with local

graphic designers so every batch is

personalised and unique.

Where To GeT www.tish.my

INstagram @tish.my

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KL Lifestyle Stores

Naiise

On the ground floor of a

refurbished apartment building at

the edge of town, stands a quirky

lifestyle shop with a heavy dose of

local flair. Karipap throw pillows,

salted egg chips and funny t-shirts

with Malaysian slang are just some

of the amazing things available at

their airy and newly opened shop.

It started off in Singapore,

expanded to Malaysia through an

online store and now a physical

one has graced our city. Naiise

champions local brands from

clothes to stationaries to home

accessories from popular brands

like Apom, TinyPinc Miniatures

and Meykrs.

You can find some exclusive

products from Naiise’s ongoing

collaborations with local brands

and designers. An example is their

Wild Wild Local Weekly Planner

in collaboration with Whimsy

Whimsical featuring illustrations of

our beloved Malaysian wildlife.

Where To GeT www.naiise.com.my

Zhongshan Building, Jalan Rotan, Kampung Attap, 50460 Kuala Lumpur

Naiise champions

local brands

from clothes to

stationaries to

home accessories

from popular

brands like Apom

and meykrs

Must Buy

Kolam Renang

Door Mat (RM49)

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KL Lifestyle Stores

• also check out •

Must Buy

Ceramic Tray &

Pots (From RM29)

Ninth Gallery

Brewing aesthetics in urban

living is a design that founder

Eve Lim is hoping to achieve in

Ninth Gallery. Raised in Taiwan

and studied in the United States,

Eve gains inspiration from her

travels around the globe especially

from the overseas stores that

shelf eccentric gifts. Since her

business debut in May 2017, Eve’s

travel trips have been earnest in

introducing more inventive items

to her store.

Accented with a perfect

balance of gold, wood and glass

surfaces, Ninth Gallery is a larger

than life aesthetic venue with

intricate touches of deco. The

platform for refined ingenuity

has everything from lifestyle

Where To GeT www.ninthgallery.com

Must Buy

Solaris Dutamas, Jalan Dutamas, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Native Union

Eclipse Charger

(RM420)

wear, interior pieces to stationary

articles that will spruce you up.

Eve shows her enthusiasm

in stationaries with her vast

collection of pens and Japanese

pencils to bring back style in

writing. One of the pens is brassmade

from Taiwan Ystudio that is

minimalistic in design and weighty

to hold to remind the users of

their weight of words.

Latest addition to enhance

the living space is Native Union

Eclipse Charger from the United

States that keeps the charging

station clean with a touch sensor

to activate and charges up to

three gadgets at a time. The white

solid wood adds flair to the space

with cables out of sight.

Bits and Pieces

The home-decor store in

Kuala Lumpur is dedicated in

embellishing the interior with

rustic living elements from

kitchenware to wall statement

pieces for home accessorising.

Where To GeT www.bitsandpieces.com.my

50-1-2, Jalan Doraisamy, 50300

ILaika

Goes by their ‘random beautiful

things’ slogan, Ilaika is a lifestyle

concept store that sells mostly local

products. The store has a café within

the venue with picnic tables among

retail counters. Find personal care

items and local fashion brands like

Shuren Project and CommiStyle.

Where To GeT

No 17, Jalan 20/13, Petaling Jaya

INSTAGRAM @ilaikaselectstore

The place brims with mostly

vintage memorabilia like bookends

and unique wine holders beside

having a collection of antique

lighting from lanterns to candles

and table lamps.

Must Buy

Ficus & Jar’s

assorted terrariums

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Frankly Speaking

frankly

speaking

WITH

john kam

“A LOT OF PEOPLE GAVE US A

CHANCE WHEN NOBODY ELSE

WOULD.” CO-FOUNDER AND

CEO OF D JUNGLE PEOPLE, JOHN

KAM UNVEILS HIS DEDICATION

TO HIS TEAM, HIS DISCIPLINE TO

GIVE HIS BEST, HIS DREAM OF

BECOMING A BEACH BUM AND

HOW TO THWART THE CRITICS

IN HIS WAY.

WORDS BY JESSY WONG • PHOTOS BY

JOHN KAM & TAN JU ENG

Casual and upright, he wades into the

meeting room and asks if his shirt is

alright for the session, minutes after

changing out of his company uniform.

He stretches out for a handshake and

introduces himself simply as John. John

is the CEO of one of the top consulting

companies in Asia, D Jungle People.

Their unconventional name

definitely set them apart from their

contemporaries and raising eye-brows

amongst the rest despite the initial eyesquinting

and critics. “We did consider

at a time whether our name was a bane

or a boon,” he said. But it is a jungle

out there, a concrete jungle where

battles take place to the many stages

of the unknown. Hence, as trainers in

the concrete jungle, it is perhaps a role

befitting their company name.

FINDING YOUR PASSION

As a leader, Hollywood perspectives and

conventional wisdoms are fallacies to him.

He shrugs off the ‘find your dream so you

don’t have to work a day in your life’ kind

of idea. Instead, he speaks of injecting

passion in the things we do. John admits

that he does not always know if a job is

really for him. However, if he were to take

it on, he would do it well with discipline.

He firmly believes that people are

inherently creatures of comfort and habit.

“You will never know if you will like it

until you are good at it,” he said adding

“this is not conventional and it takes

time.” Failure, for John, is never an option

especially when he knows his team

needs him.

STRIVING FOR THE BEST

To run a successful company, money is

not a driving factor for John but his sense

of pride on becoming the best in the

world for himself and his team plays a

big part.

His job has taken him far and wide.

Traversing the globe from the deserts of

Qatar to the mountains in Nepal to run

training for his programmes. The company

has since transformed from bringing

people to the jungle to bringing the jungle

to the corporate people.

“With the right skill sets, careful

designing and programming, you can

bring the same kind of emotions and

experiences into another environment

that is more sanitised,” he said.

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Frankly Speaking

“I whispered to them,

you either choke it down

or you are out of a job.”

John believes that everything is

fighting for survival in the jungle of reality.

“Elements that couldn’t change will go

extinct, like the dinosaurs,” he explained.

For the last 18 years, the company has

evolved from conducting various outdoor

teambuilding programmes to leadership

development before adding management

consulting to its portfolio.

Having work for top brands like

Unilever, Coca-Cola and UEM Group,

their endeavours paid off when D Jungle

People won Best Teambuilding Training

Provider in HR Vendor of the Year Awards

for 2015 with honourable mentions in the

leadership category.

SETTING AN EXAMPLE

To extol the virtue of his trainers is

a prime factor in maintaining their

reputation. John eagerly shared a story to

illustrate this virtue. “During a programme

in Vietnam, the client had suggested a

fear factor kind of activity. Then a basket

of ‘hot vin lon’ (Vietnamese fetal duck

egg) was offered to the trainers to eat.”

John explained that the intention was

to test the trainers if they too can face

tough challenges.

“I had a team of trainers, young and

old to take an egg with me. If you are

lucky, you get a small embryo, but some

eggs are close to hatching. We had to

choke it down,” he laughed at the team’s

predicament, as he continued his story.

“I whispered to them, you either choke it

down or you are out of a job.”

GIVING BACK TO SOCIETY

With the Extra Step as a tagline, D

Jungle People carry that spirit by taking

the effort to make a difference by giving

back to society. They have since launched

a digital learning side www.Chalkboard.

Djunglepeople.com to give tips, advices

and quick solutions to corporate issues.

This is a platform where young executives

and managers can write in for free

consultation. Why did they decide to

launch the platform? John replied, “A lot of

people gave us a chance when nobody

else would.”

“It is a virtual online platform to create

a resource library for people who can’t

afford to do training programmes. They

only need a few short key learning points

that they can apply in their daily life.”

And frankly, like most of us this CEO

has a dream too. John dreams of being a

beach bum and go wave surfing in Hawaii.

“I like surfing, not good at it but that one

wave you catch, keeps you chasing for

more,” John sums up his admirable selfmotivating

reasoning.

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Nasi Kandar

The

nasi

kandar

Price

breakdown

EVERYONE IN MALAYSIA HAS THEIR OWN FAVOURITE MAMAK

PLACE FOR MIDNIGHT MEALS, CASUAL HANGOUTS AND FAST

LOCAL DISHES. WITH SO MANY BRANDS AND BRANCHES

AROUND, HAVE YOU EVER STOPPED TO COMPARE PRICES?

AISHAH AZALI INVESTIGATES.

WORDS & PHOTOS BY AISHAH AZALI

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Nasi Kandar

W

here will Malaysians be without our 24-hour

mamak? It is hard to imagine a world without

this kind of restaurant. Where will people

converge to watch football matches on huge screens

or find a decent meal to eat during an ungodly hour?

It is safe to say that the mamak restaurants are a big

part of our Malaysian food culture that I find myself

wondering why restaurants overseas close as early as

9pm in some countries?

Generally, people associate mamak food with

affordable food. I have reached a point where I don’t

look at the receipt when I ask the ‘anne’ or ‘boss’ to

calculate my bill. But this made me wonder if there is

a difference in price when it comes to our favourite

mix rice meal or ‘nasi kandar’? So, I went out on a

comparing spree just for you.

What

is

Nasi Kandar?

A dish served in every mamak restaurant far and wide,

nasi kandar is the quintessential meal that is made up

of rice and various side dishes. Its popularity started

from the northern parts of Malaysia with Penang

known as its birthplace.

A choice of white or briyani rice is placed on a

plate while the mamak waiter awaits your selection

of condiments to complement your meal. The choice

of side dishes can be overwhelming, from a variety of

vegetables like cabbage and ladies' fingers or okra to a

plethora of spicy Indian curries cooked with protein.

The best part about a plate of nasi kandar, in my

opinion, is the mix gravy where the waiter takes a

dollop of each curry available (can go up to 8 varieties)

to drown your rice in flavourful goodness.

The

RULES

I went to 3 popular mamak branches and ordered the

same mix rice meal (Nasi Kandar) for lunch.

• White rice with mix gravy

• Fried chicken

• Cabbage vegetable side dish

• Poppadom

• Ice Milo

• Ice tea with lime

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Nasi Kandar

Mamak

1

nasi kandar pelita

Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur

Nasi Kandar Pelita or just Pelita is a popular

mamak franchise and the biggest one in

Malaysia. It began in Butterworth, Penang

with multiple outlets now in states like Kedah,

Perak and Selangor. The popular branch

visited by city slickers and tourists alike is

located along Jalan Ampang and is one of the

few big mamak restaurants in the city centre.

The fried chicken I had here was definitely

the best, where the crispy exterior is packed

with spices. Plus, the portion of rice is heftier

than the other two places I patronised. The

only slightly pricey difference is that Pelita

charges for the poppadom chips that are prepacked

in a plastic bag. Serving the poppadom

this way made me received a less-crunchy

version due to its unknown time in packaging.

THE BILL

Mix rice total

RM8.80

Ice Milo

RM3.00

Ice tea with lime

RM2.10

Poppadom

RM1.10 for 1 packet

Mamak

2

original penang

kayu nasi kandar

SS2, Petaling Jaya

THE BILL

Mix rice total

RM9.00

Ice Milo

RM3.50

Ice tea with lime

RM2.50

Poppadom

No charge

Another popular chain for nasi kandar is the

Original Penang Kayu Nasi Kandar or just

Kayu by the locals. I went to the branch in

the neighbourhood of SS2 in Petaling Jaya

and little did I know that the brand has its

roots there. The eatery started as a small stall

in SS2 before opening the spacious 2-storey

restaurant for all to enjoy.

Eating there, I preferred the curries they

served. Though the variety of curries and

gravy were messily drenched on my plate

of rice (just the way I like it), the flavours

and spiciness were just right for my palate

because I actually cannot tolerate spicy food

as strongly as a normal Malaysian. Downside

is that out of all 3 places, Kayu was definitely

the most expensive when it comes to the

meal and drinks.

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Nasi Kandar

Mamak

3

bestari

Desa Sri Hartamas, Kuala Lumpur

I first experienced Bestari not for its nasi

kandar but an ingenious invention where they

mix indo mee with shredded beef patty. It was

a popular hangover food and is still ordered by

many till this day where the branch in Desa Sri

Hartamas still cooks the best.

This time around I went for the nasi

kandar. The variety of curries and gravy were

not as vast as the previous two restaurants

but they still serve the staples like fried

chicken and mix vegetables. The plate of rice

was good as it is, nothing explosive to shout

about but decent enough for me to want to

come back. One thing I have to highlight is

that the drinks here are hands down the best.

Their milo was dense and they did not skimp

on the lime in my tea.

THE BILL

Mix rice total

RM8.70

Ice Milo

RM3.00

Ice tea with lime

RM2.10

Poppadom

No charge

Where Is Your

Favourite

Mamak Spot?

Everyone has their mamak restaurant

preference so we asked our readers to

share their favourite mamak spots in

Klang Valley.

Mansion Tea Stall at Masjid India,

Kuala Lumpur

MUST TRY: Roti banjir special

Darussalam at SS15, Subang Jaya

MUST TRY: Nasi lemak

Q Bistro at Taman Tun Dr Ismail (TTDI)

MUST TRY: Putu mayam

Suzy’s Corner at Ampang

MUST TRY: Naan with potato chutney

Kanna Curry House at Puchong Jaya

MUST TRY: Banana leaf

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Lost & Found

lost&Found

Francis

Yip always loses himself but somehow, finds his way back with lots

of juicy stories to share. Forgive him if he sparks a debate. Love him if he

unlocks hidden jewels. So heavenly, so travelicious with him!

www.franciswriter.com franciswriterAd

#THROWBACK

WORDS & PHOTOS BY FRANCIS YIP

theme parks

My father used to take me for carousel

rides in New World Amusement

Park (Sin Seh Kai) in Penang when

I was a kid. I remember there was a cinema

with an open wall enclosure next to it. So,

every time the carousel horse lifted me up, I

could see the cinema screen from afar. It was

a unique experience to catch a glimpse into a

Shaw Brothers movie this way!

In the good old days, cinemas were built

adjacent or within the theme parks. There

were a few famous theme parks in Penang,

namely the Shaw Brothers’ New World

Amusement Park and Great World Theme

Park (Tua Seh Kai) in the 50s and 60s.

Apart from the carousel and cinema,

it was truly exciting to drive a two-seater

bumper car powered by electricity with wide

nettings. The cars were brakeless and could

easily hit one another. But no worries, no

one got hurt.

Like all other kids, I also love the pink

cotton candy and the “kacang putih” (peanuts)

wrapped in a rolled newspaper cone.

FUN PLACE FOR ADULTS

Those old theme parks were more than just

children entertainment but also a fun place

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for adults. Visitors would go on the stage to

do their “ronggeng” dance as well as joget, cha

cha and a-go-go.

Hogging the limelight was Rose Chan, a

local striptease performer who wowed the

audience with her snake wrestling act. Other

amazing performers were the strong man “Mat

Tarzan” and professional wrestler nicknamed

“King Kong”

But soon, these old theme parks gradually

lost its glitter. People prefer to watch

home videos and go to karaoke outlets for

entertainment.

NEW THEME PARKS

Today, the new theme parks are more

sophisticated and specific. Movie Animation

Park Studio in Perak is the first of its kind in

Asia dedicated to the animation world, from

DreamWorks Animation to local animation

like BoBoiBoy.

For movie theme parks, check out the

upcoming 20th Century Fox World Malaysia in

Genting Highlands with more thrills and spills

of Hollywood blockbusters like Planet of the

Apes, Titanic and Ice Age.

Apart from this outdoor theme park,

Genting Highlands also offer an indoor theme

park and Vision City Video Games Park

featuring over 400 types of entertainment

from interactive games, skill-based games,

kiddie rides and redemption games which

give rewards to winners.

Next, the multi-award winning Sunway

Lagoon features the famous large water

ride; Vuvuzela, Nickelodeon Lost Lagoon,

Wildlife Park, Scream Park, and

Extreme Park.

With more mega shopping malls, mall

operators want to provide an ideal place

for the visitors to shop, dine and have fun.

Indoor theme parks like the Berjaya Times

Square Theme Park seem to provide the

answer. Don’t be frightened by the screams

from visitors as they take an exhilarating

roller-coaster ride.

Another interesting theme park is

Legoland Malaysia, the first theme park

based on Lego figurines and blocks in Asia.

You can even pamper yourself with a stay at

Legoland Hotel.

For extreme sport fans, brave up to try

Escape Penang and defy gravity on high

rope challenges and more.

All in all, theme parks have evolved and

they are still popular today. My only regret

is that I can no longer take a carousel ride.

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