Tropicana Magazine May-Jun 2018 #118: Winner Takes All

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Issue.#118 (Winner Takes All) Nu Infinity shares their origin stories on forming their own dream team. A guide to exotic Istanbul, Major golf tournaments and more.

Vol. #118 May / June 2018

WINNER TAKES ALL

NU INFINITY

AND BEYOND

Nick Fong, Alex Lee and Leslie Cheng:

The Interior Design Trio on Why Style

And Substance Go Hand-in-Hand

WALES OF

A TIME

Wikipedia founder on truth

and freedom of information

MONUMENTS

AND MINARETS

A guide to Istanbul’s most

iconic architecture

MAJOR

SWING

The tournaments that have

golfers and golf fans riveted


EDITOR’S NOTE

We All

Love

Winners

There’s something undeniably

attractive about success that

it’s part of our subconscious

behaviour, wired into our

DNA and selected for through

evolution. Because in doing so,

the strong survive to perpetuate

the gene pool.

Not all winners are

championed equally. There is

such a thing as winning with

humility and grace. In sports,

this is called sportsmanship. It’s

why we don’t tolerate winning

through cheating. It’s why we

cheer loudest, not always for the

guy we expect to win, but for the

one who works the hardest and

gives it their best. That’s why

an underdog can be a winner,

even if at the end of the match or

competition they walk away with

a silver and not a gold.

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personalities Nick Fong, Alex Lee and Leslie Cheng are certainly a winning combination who have successfully

recognised each other’s strengths to create a successful interior design business. Their company, Nu Infinity, has

been instrumental in the design of many residential and commercial projects in the country; read about how the

trio make it work on page 22.

Speaking of sportsmanship, in this issue’s Swing (page 62) we tip our cap at the global tournaments that

truly discern champions from an already stellar list of elite players. From the Augusta Masters to the PGA

Championship, this is where champions are made.

Like stopping to smell the roses, success should be celebrated, and driving a Maserati is one of many ways to

enjoy the spoils of your toil. We take a closer look at the all new Ghibli on page 120.

Of course, what is wealth without good health? Tropicana’s resident health and nutrition expert Shereen Khoo

shares tips on maintaining the health of your heart for increased longevity and a better quality of life.

Last but not least, a resource we use widely here at Tropicana Magazine – Wikipedia. You may be surprised

to hear that Wikipedia, unlike other tech related entities such as Google and Facebook, is not for profit. For that

reason, it has not generated for Jimmy Wales the billions that Google has done for Larry Page and Sergey Brin, or

Facebook has for Mark Zuckerberg.

Yet if our interview on page 112 with Jimmy Wales is anything to go by, you couldn’t meet a more deserving

winner. Conceived because of a firm belief in truth and freedom of information, Jimmy Wales created Wikipedia

for the greater good; and as Mark Zuckerberg and the Cambridge Analytica revelations have helped to underline,

winners should be good guys.

So whatever you’re striving for, remember there are many paths you can take. Do the right thing, serve a

higher purpose and stick to the one that you can live with and which lets you sleep at night.


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#118

ON THE COVER

22 To Infinity And Beyond

THE SCENE

10 The Happenings

PROPERTY NEWS

50 StarProperty.my Awards 2018

52 Pets Carnival & Bazaar @ Tropicana

Metropark

53 Ride & Walk Yellow Event @ Tropicana

Aman

53 Bridge Bubble Run @ Tropicana Aman

Property Gallery

54 Tropicana Yoga Event @ Tropicana Aman

54 Sunset Happy Hour @ Tropicana Metropark

Property Gallery

54 Ramadhan Buffet @ Tropicana Golf &

Country Resort

CULTURE

14 Books

18 Film

20 Music

THE HOME

36 Sofa To Last

42 Architecture of Asmara

128 CONTACT US

130 THE LIST

132 THE END

THE SWING

58 Fore!

60 Major Swing

THE TIME

66 Rhythm Of Le Rhöne

THE LOOK

68 Hot Off The Runway

74 Work It

HEALTH

86 A Lot Of Heart

THE COOKBOOK

92 Less Is More

98 THE DISHES

THE DRINKS

104 The Next One Hundred

THE GAME CHANGER

108 Set The Truth Free

THE DRIVE

116 Split Personality

THE VACATION

124 Istanbul’s Bewitching Trio

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THE DIARY

15/5 – 14/6

RAMADAN

The annual fasting period of Ramadan is fast approaching. During the

fasting month, several hotels will be offering a variety of Ramadan

specials to break fast; from sumptuous buffets to seasonal dishes, there

will be something everyone in the family can enjoy. For something

a little more casual, check out the various Ramadan bazaars that

crop up during the fasting month, which offer various types of street

food, drinks and sweets. The lively atmosphere in the bazaars and the

colourful decorations all over town lend to the overall festiveness of

the season.

Various locations around Malaysia

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THE DIARY

10/6

AN EVENING WITH MPYO

This performance marks the end of both the 2017/2018

season at Malaysia Philharmonic Orchestra (MPO)

and the end of the Malaysian Philharmonic Youth

Orchestra’s (MPYO) tenth anniversary celebrations.

Themed Rhapsody of Emotion, the concert will include

Haydn’s ‘Symphony No. 104’ alongside other classical

greats, and will be led by MPO’s Resident Conductor

Naohisa Furusawa. As the culmination of the two

major events, expect a great night of symphonic music

presented by the country’s top orchestral musicians.

Malaysia Philharmonic Orchestra

Level Two, Tower Two, PETRONAS Twin Towers

Kuala Lumpur City Centre

50088, Kuala Lumpur

03-2331 7008

mpo.com.my

21/5 – 20/6

CAVE OF THE HEART

This photography exhibition by A. Prathap

– Special Photographer with Times of India –

showcases the elegant poses of iconic Malaysian

odissi dancer Padma Shri Datuk Ramli Ibrahim

among the majestic beauty of Ellora, one of the

largest rock-cut monastery-temple cave complexes

in the world. The exhibition seeks to explore the

inner landscape of the human psyche, where

the Dance of Life resides. Prathap has over 15

years’ experience behind the camera, and has

photographed numerous international events,

personalities and more.

Sutra Gallery

12, Persiaran Titiwangsa 3

53200, Kuala Lumpur

03-4021 1092

sutrafoundation.org.my

4/7 – 7/7

ARCHIDEX 2018

The annual International Architecture, Interior Design

& Building Exhibition Malaysia 2018 (ARCHIDEX) is

back again at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre. Since

its inception in 2000, the region’s leading architectural

business event has seen the gathering of architects,

engineers, developers, interior designers, urban planners,

academics and more coming together to showcase and

discuss the future of the industry. The integrated platform

includes various happenings like conferences, forums,

related industry business events and more, and this year

there will be over 500 companies from more than 14

countries in attendance.

Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre

Kuala Lumpur City Centre,

50088, Kuala Lumpur

03-7982 4668

www.archidex.com.my

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THE SCENE

The Scene

The hottest events to have set society abuzz.

THE RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY FOR THE OFFICIAL LAUNCH OF THE BOSCH EXPERIENCE CENTRE BY GARY TE, CEO OF BSH HOME APPLIANCES

MALAYSIA AND HENDRIK KRETZER, REGIONAL EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT OF BSH HOME APPLIANCES, ASIA PACIFIC; TAN LONG KEE, MANAGING

DIRECTOR OF TBM; TAN LONG HAN, DIRECTOR OF TBM AND TAN WAI KEAT, GENERAL MANAGER OF TBM.

FROM TOP:GARY TE, CEO OF BSH HOME

APPLIANCES MALAYSIA GIVES A SPEECH

DURING THE LAUNCH OF THE SECOND

BSH EXPERIENCE CENTRE IN MALAYSIA;

FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: GARY TE, CEO OF

BSH HOME APPLIANCES MALAYSIA AND

HENDRIK KRETZER, REGIONAL EXECUTIVE

VICE PRESIDENT OF BSH HOME APPLIANCES,

ASIA PACIFIC; TAN LONG KEE, MANAGING

DIRECTOR OF TBM AND TAN WAI KEAT,

GENERAL MANAGER OF TBM AFTER THE

PLAQUE SIGNING OFFICIATING THE LAUNCH

OF THE BOSCH EXPERIENCE CENTRE.

BOSCH EXPERIENCE CENTRE

25 JANUARY 2018

Bosch home appliances, a globally trusted

brand in the home appliance sector, has

launched its new Bosch Experience Centre.

The brand’s second outlet in Malaysia is

part of a collaboration with Tan Boon Ming

(TBM), a chain of electrical stores.

Set across 1,500 square feet, the Bosch

Experience Centre is a one-stop shop to help

consumers discover a range of home appliances

that have been engineered with safety features

and state-of-the-art technologies to make

everyday life easier. Showcasing German

quality and reliability across a range of home

appliances including Bosch washing machines,

refrigerators, dishwashers, ovens and even

wine chillers, the centre has been designed to

encourage hands-on interaction with the latest

Bosch home appliances.

To celebrate the opening, Chef Khoo Jian

Wei was invited to hold a special cooking

demonstration using an assortment of

Bosch products. However, you don’t need

to be a certified chef to cook up a storm.

Thanks to special sensor-controlled Assist

functions on Bosch Ovens, even a beginner

cook can achieve perfect results at the

single click of a button.

That’s not all. Bosch consumers can also

look forward to Bosch Home Connect,

which will arrive in store soon. This special

technology links appliances to handheld

devices via Wi-Fi and enables consumers

to make their home smarter and more

energy-efficient.

The Bosch Experience Centre is located

at PS-2, Taman Evergreen, Batu 4, Jalan

Klang Lama, 58100 Kuala Lumpur, and is

open every day from 9.30am to 9pm. www.

bosch-home.com.my

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CULTURE | BOOKS

Motivational Reads

Books that will help you get the most out of life.

TRIBE OF MENTORS

TIMOTHY FERRISS

This book is a collection

of answers and insights by

‘mentors’ sharing their secrets

for success and happiness.

Among the 100 over ‘mentors’

interviewed are activist

Ayaan Hirsi Ali, TED curator

Chris Anderson, comedian

Jimmy Fallon, author Neil

Gaiman and athlete Maria

Sharapova, alongside a host of

icons, entrepreneurs, artists,

billionaire investors and more.

The questions posed include

light-hearted queries – “What

are one to three books that

have greatly influenced your

life?” – as well as deep ones like

“How has a failure, or apparent

failure, set you up for later

success?”.

WHEN: THE SCIENTIFIC

SECRETS OF PERFECT

TIMING

DANIEL PINK

Perfect timing is not an art

form to be perfected, nor is

it simply blind luck. At least

according to author Daniel

Pink. In his latest book, Pink

challenges those beliefs by

stating that it is a science that

can be studied, understood,

and used to our advantage to

lead successful lives. He draws

from psychology, biology and

economics to demonstrate

how we make better (or worse)

decisions during particular

times, and also offers

practical and helpful tips to

help navigate the potential

unfavourableness of bad

timing.

BARKING UP THE WRONG

TREE

ERIC BARKER

Author Eric Barker disputes

most career advice commonly

given to achieve success – play

it safe, perform as instructed,

follow rules, increase your

confidence – and follows with

the challenge that one should

always look at both sides of the

argument in order to become

successful. He also draws

lessons from surprising sources

– pirates, gang members,

Genghis Khan – providing

a different way of studying

these cases and offering insight

that can be applied to our

lives and careers to gain an

edge. But it is not all just fluff;

Barker provides scientific

research, analyses and practical

takeaways as well.

GRIT

ANGELA DUCKWORTH

For those who do not consider

themselves naturally talented,

there is still hope yet for a

prosperous life. Psychologist

Angela Duckworth believes

that it is a combination

of passion and long-term

perseverance – grit – that

helps to propel us towards

greatness. Identifying

passions and following

through on commitments

are just some of the factors

that contribute to achieving

success, and Duckworth

presents her research from

historical insights as well as

modern experiments in peak

performances, with case studies

and interviews with teachers

working in the toughest school

in the US , young finalists in

the National Spelling Bee, high

achievers like CEOs and more.

Our Pick...

CURATED BY CHAI TZE YUEN

SMARTER FASTER BETTER

CHARLES DUHIGG

In today’s competitive world, managing how we think is crucial to transform

our life. Charles Duhigg derives from the latest studies in neuroscience,

psychology and behavioural economics – reinforced with case studies from

CEOs, four-star generals, FBI agents and more – to demonstrate that how we

manage our thinking and choices and even the way we view the world plays a

significant role in ensuring genuine productivity. There are eight key concepts

explored in this book, covering topics from motivation and goal-setting to

focus and decision making, and this study of the science of productivity will

help readers achieve more with less stress and struggle.

“A pleasure to

read . . . Duhigg’s

skill as a

storyteller

makes his book so

engaging to read.”

The New York Times Book Review

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CULTURE | FILM

Merciless Movies

Films that showcase the cutthroat nature of the corporate world.

TOO BIG TO FAIL [2011]

Based on the non-fiction

book of the same name by

The New York Times financial

columnist, ‘Too Big To Fail’

recounts the US financial

crisis of 2008. The film

revolves around the strategies

and decisions of the financial

market’s leaders in the

months before the market’s

meltdown. It focuses

particularly on Treasury

Secretary Henry Paulson

and his efforts to curb the

disaster, straddling the line

between Wall Street and the

regulatory authorities in

Washington, DC.

Starring: William Hurt,

Edward Asner, Billy Crudup,

Paul Giamatti

WALL STREET: MONEY

NEVER SLEEPS [2010]

Gordon Gekko is back. Fresh

out of prison and seemingly

repentant, he tries to establish

a relationship with estranged

daughter Winnie. Meanwhile,

her fiancé, Jake is reeling from

the loss of his mentor and

company that fell victim to

a hostile takeover by a rival

company, orchestrated Bretton

James. This leads to an alliance

between Jake and Gekko – Jake

gets Gekko’s advice on how to

bring James down; while Gekko

seizes the opportunity to repair

his relationship with Winnie,

with Jake’s help.

Starring: Michael Douglas, Shia

LaBeouf, Josh Brolin, Carey

Mulligan

THE WOLF OF WALL STREET

[2013]

This Martin Scorsese film

based on New York stockbroker

Jordan Belfort’s memoir of the

same name depicts his rise to

riches, his decadent lifestyle

at the peak of his career, and

subsequent fall from power. As

a young stockbroker, Belfort

was quickly tempted by its

fast-paced, drug-fuelled party

lifestyle. When his career

came to a sudden halt, he took

matters into his own hands

and created a company that

went to become guilty of one

of the biggest cases of fraud

and money laundering in the

industry.

Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio,

Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie

AMERICAN PSYCHO [2000]

Unbeknownst to his fiancé and

colleagues, wealthy New York

investment banker Patrick

Bateman harbours a secret to

die for – he is also a serial killer.

This alternate psychopathic

personality is a compulsive

(and impulsive) murderer

whose kills are fuelled by ego

and materialism, envy and

frustration. He lashes out in the

most violent of ways with axes,

chainsaws and even surgical tools.

The uneasiness that accompanies

the murders and torture would

only be exacerbated with a twist

at the end that doesn’t offer a

predictable or typical resolution.

Starring: Christian Bale, Reese

Witherspoon, Willem Dafoe, Jared

Leto

CURATED BY CHAI TZE YUEN

Our Pick...

ARBITRAGE [2012]

Hedge fund manager Robert Miller appears the very image of success in both his professional

and personal life and is about to complete the sale of his empire for a handsome profit.

However, behind closed doors he is struggling to ensure this transaction is completed before his

involvement in a multimillion-dollar fraud is found out. A fatal error one night causes him to

falter. Throw a persistent detective into the mix, and you’ve got a thriller drama that shows the

lengths someone in Miller’s position is willing to go to in order to protect his wealth and power.

Starring: Richard Gere, Susan Sarandon, Tim Roth, Brit Marling

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CULTURE | MUSIC

Rocking Anthems

The best new music coming out of the speakers.

OUT IN THE STORM

WAXAHATCHEE

American indie rock band

Waxahatchee’s fourth album is

made up of some of lead vocalist

Katie Crutchfield’s biggest rock

and roll anthems, exploding with

raw relentless energy. It may be

a considered a breakup album by

some, but unapologetic lyrics and

almost aggressive declarations

by Crutchfield (“I’m a live wire,

electrified” on Sparks Fly) exude a

sense of confidence and defiance

that can only come from surviving

pain. Add to that a measure of

strength and vulnerability through

lyrics like “You yell in my face /

But you finally hear my say / I’m

walking away” on Fade, and you’ve

got an album that’s all at once soft

yet strong.

CONCRETE AND GOLD

FOO FIGHTERS

Concrete and Gold might just be

Foo Fighters’ most nuanced album

to date. This is in part thanks to the

partnership with pop producer Greg

Kurstin, whose stylistic conventions

give the album an added gleam

without diminishing the band’s

organised chaos. This can be heard

especially in what could arguably be

one of their more impressive works

in recent years; Run – a thunderous

call to “Wake up / Run for your life

with me” – brings to mind the band’s

raw riffs of old, strengthened by

Kurstin’s synths and piano. Plus,

with strong anthems and punk

rockers to blues ballads all making

appearances, this is also one of Foo

Fighters’ most balanced albums

musically.

AFTER LAUGHTER

PARAMORE

Following their 2013 self-titled album,

Paramore have ditched their signature

angsty pop-punk image in favour of a softer,

peppier 80’s style pop for their latest record,

After Laughter. The sounds may be more

vibrant than what we’re used to, but the

enduring themes from Paramore’s early days

still stand – they are still a rock band with

plenty of angst and bitterness. We can see

that much in Told You So, where lead singer

Hayley Williams sings “For all I know / The

best is over and the worse is yet to come”; or

“Tell me that I’m alright / That I ain’t gonna

die” in Hard Times. With this album though,

we know they will be.

NOTHING FEELS

NATURAL

PRIESTS

The debut fulllength

studio

album by the

punk rock Priests

showcases a

creative leap

from their EP,

displaying their

evolution from a

confrontational

character to a

persona that’s

more mature and poetic in expressing the same frustrations

from before, but with more sounds like the saxophone and

piano added to their repertoire. On the melancholic title

track, lyrics “No, it’s not for anyone / And I can’t wait until it’s

done” express an entreaty for freedom from the constraints

that bind us to our situations. Yet on Suck, “Please don’t make

me someone with no sympathy” reaffirms that no matter how

much Priests want to break out of convention, they need to do

it in their own way and time.

Our Pick...

A DEEPER

UNDERSTANDING

THE WAR ON

DRUGS

Frontman Adam

Granduciel is

known for being

a perfectionist,

and that precise

eccentricity is

evident the tiniest details – from the layered textures

to every note and crack in the album’s soundscape.

We say soundscape because that’s exactly what this

album is – 10 songs translating into over 66 minutes

of magnified, expansive sweeps of music that feel very

much like a valley (or abyss) you can lose yourself in.

That much is revealed in the album’s first release,

Thinking of a Place with simple lyrics like “I’m

moving through the dark / Of a long black night” that

heralded the listening experience this album offers.

CURATED BY CHAI TZE YUEN

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NICK FONG, ALEX LEE AND LESLIE CHENG

To Infinity

and Beyond

Withstanding family discouragement, industry misconceptions and

individual characteristics, three guys go all out to make their business one

that has skyrocketed to success.

On Leslie Cheng

Wool Blend Coat

from ISSEY

MIYAKE

On Alex Lee

Nude Colour Trench

Coat from SPAO

On Nick Fong

Navy Blue Trench

Coat from SPAO,

Pants from

MASSIMO DUTTI.

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NICK FONG, ALEX LEE AND LESLIE CHENG

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NICK FONG, ALEX LEE AND LESLIE CHENG

On Alex Lee

Personality’s own

outfit

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NICK FONG, ALEX LEE AND LESLIE CHENG

On Nick Fong

Turtleneck shirt from

ZARA, Navy blue

Pant from MASSIMO

DUTTI, Placket coat

from COS

“We were mere

acquaintances who shared

similar interests. We spent

the first 6 months sizing

each other up to see if this

business partnership was a

good one.”

On Alex Lee

Anorak Jacket & Knit

Sweater from COS

On Leslie Cheng

Hooded long coat

from UNIQLO x

LEMAIRE.

Interior design firm Nu Infinity

has been instrumental in planning

the design of many residential and

commercial projects in the country

such as Guocoland, IJM’s Rimbun

Vista, Brunsfield’s Oasis Rio and retail outlets

such as Moods, Wa-Sabi and The Studio at

Gardens Mall.

Fate played a big part in bringing together

three very different individuals to form the

company. They weren’t college buddies nor

former colleagues who decided to go out on a

whim and put a company together.

Behind every successful project, come the

dreams and plans of Nick Fong, Alex Lee and

Leslie Cheng before an idea can materialise.

LAYING THE FOUNDATION

“ I was in Sabah working on a friend’s home

when Nick who lived nearby came to have

a look and gave his input,” says 36-year-old

Seremban-born Alex. “ We were introduced

and discussed the possibilities of working together. We first

tried working on a project together before we decided to ink the

partnership, and we’ve not looked back since.”

The path to greatness was not always smooth. When Alex and

his parents moved to Kuala Lumpur, they were not in the least bit

pleased with his choice of career. “ As pioneers of the floppy disc

industry in Malaysia, they had hoped I would be more ambitious

as I had wanted to study Interior Design. I had to fight for a

scholarship and ensure that no matter what, I didn’t fail.”

Today, Alex’s parents see their

son’s achievements in a different

light. “Though at first my father used

to regard us as carpenters, but with

more projects on board he started

regarding our profession with some

amount of pride. Now, my father

is very proud of what I do. He tells

everyone he meets that their child

should study Interior Design!”

Nick had a little less drama

from his family when it came to

his chosen career path. Coming

from Sandakan, Sabah, he grew up

amidst a culture steeped in natural

history, so it was no wonder he

gravitated towards wanting to

study Archaeology. “ My parents

encouraged me to study something

that would make more money,

hence I switched to Architecture in

Melbourne.”

“ I did my industrial training in Kuala Lumpur, which signaled

my first real encounter with the city. I worked here for two years,

and those two years made me realise that this was really what I

wanted to do. After that, I went to the U.K. to finish my degree.”

Nick loved all that the country had to offer him. Architecture

in European countries was mesmerising and it motivated him to

be anything but ordinary in this field. Unfortunately, when the

economic crises hit, he had to erase all plans of making the U.K.

his home as employment was scarce.

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NICK FONG, ALEX LEE AND LESLIE CHENG

On Leslie Cheng

Blazer from ZARA.

“Meticulous with

attention to detail

and understanding the

requirements as well

as pushing boundaries

are just some of what

comes with the young,

enthusiastic team at

Nu Infinity”

So, Nick headed back to Kuala Lumpur and together with Alex

formed Nu Infinity. The duo decided to venture into the interior

design industry while the trend was just starting, and to steadily

accumulate the experience they needed.

As the partnership strengthened, Nick and Alex met another

like-minded person in Leslie.

“ It was during our third project that we chanced upon Leslie,”

says Nick. “As we worked with him and realised he had a skill set

that could potentially add value to our company, we asked him to

come on board to grow the team.”

“ Leslie had been in the industry for about 8 years whilst

we started fresh, and he had invaluable experience and a calm

approach that strengthened the team. Besides, we didn’t work by

the book – if wood cannot be made to bend, we would think of how

to bend it; and bricks aren’t flexible, but we’d imagine flexible

bricks! He was attuned to that mindset. He would crack his head

trying to work it out for us.”

Leslie hails from Kuala Lumpur and armed with a diploma in

Interior Design, he would assist in procuring the right materials

needed for each project. He is the on-site manager and his

experience in carpentry is an advantage.

“ With his vast experience and good contacts, he is an asset

that makes this partnership work all the more!” adds Alex. “ I guess

naturally we all play quite different roles, so there’s not much of a

clash. Plus, his circle of contacts is much bigger than ours!”

BUILDING ON STRENGTHS

Meticulous, detailed, daring to push boundaries and focused on

meeting requirements are just some of what comes with the young,

enthusiastic team at Nu Infinity.

But the age difference between all three partners and their time

of study differed; bringing to the fore different skill sets and ID

styles done in their industry. This does bring about little kinks in the

partnership that, over time, the trio has managed to smoothen out.

“ I think ultimately when we have a team, we adapt to the team,

we don’t really bulldoze through with our own ways,” says Alex.

“ When it comes to decision-making, we sit through the process,

weighing different opinions before making a decision. When it

comes to working with our team, we have to work bearing in mind

their age, their target group and their comfort zone. We have to

incorporate into the workplace elements that will make it more

conducive, to the extent where they actually want to work here and

don’t mind staying here for longer hours, should the work require

them to.”

“ We were in no hurry to make noise about every job we took

on or accomplished,” explains 32-year-old Nick. “ We knew that our

company was still in its infancy and there was still a lot to prove,

so we decided to keep it low key and just manage the work we get

without any fanfare. Building a worthy and strong portfolio was

more important than doing a song-and-dance in the media over

every one job that we did.”

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NICK FONG, ALEX LEE AND LESLIE CHENG

On Nick Fong

Blazer from

MASSIMO DUTTI.

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NICK FONG, ALEX LEE AND LESLIE CHENG

PHOTOGRAPHY BRIAN FANG, M8 STUDIO

TEXT SHARMINI M.RETHINASAMY

ART DIRECTION SHIRLEY CHIA

STYLIST BOSCO LIM

MAKE UP JOEY YAP

HAIR ANGELINE LOW

“We didn’t work by the book

– if wood cannot bend, we

would want to bend it; if

bricks can’t be flexible,

we would want it to be

flexible.”

“Alex was adamant about building portfolios, about selling

ideas, designs and charging for it,” adds Nick. “ Back then people

were still new to this concept and felt that interior design work

should be pro bono. We started off by charging for every job that

came and began to build our portfolio. We are quite a progressive

team.”

“ We didn’t want to be a fly-by-night kind of company,”

divulges Alex of the early days. “ We didn’t want to do one big

project and call it quits by the end of it. Because we didn’t grow

up with each other or went to college together, and we were mere

acquaintances who shared similar interests, we spent the first six

months sizing each other up to see if this business partnership was

a good one. Furthermore, I am about four years older than [Nick].”

“ When we saw an opportunity to do this, and after having

started it, I realised that the business part of it was really

something I wanted to get into,” adds Nick. “Architecture has

taught me how to multitask and touch base on various aspects as

its subject matter has a very wide scope.”

PROGRESS IN DIVERSITY

Today, Nu Infinity is inspiring others who are interested in the

field of interior design by accepting invitations from various

universities and colleges to give talks and present the reality

behind their work.

“ This is to ensure that the industry gets a good crop of

graduating designers and the interior design companies reap the

benefit of good talent,” explains Nick. “ Some of these students

later join us as interns, and the talks we have given actually preempts

them for what they can expect and it breaks down initial

barriers between the company and the staff.”

“ We are all on the same page, which is important. It’s the

vibe that they feel within these walls that translate into good

work. The same vibe is then translated into their presentations

to clients. That’s essential for us to portray ourselves as serious

players in the industry.”

“ We engage in a lot of teambuilding exercises to ensure our

staff are happy, and in turn happiness and unity translates into

good work.”

These days, eight years after its inception, Nu Infinity has in

their portfolio at least 50 projects to work on annually. Given

the amount of work at hand, the trio maintains a good and calm

chemistry to ensure work is undertaken and carried out in a

professional manner.

Yet, how do they keep this chemistry in check?

“ I am the careful one,” laughs Nick. “ He [Leslie] is the wise one.

Alex, well, he goes crazy so we have to rein him in from time to time.

If ever there’s a tense moment between us, Leslie is the mediator,

whose level headedness and calmness helps diffuse any situation!”

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Hafele

Smart Locks

German company HÄFELE has established

a reputation in Malaysia as a complete kitchen

and wardrobe solutions provider. Lesser

known is their inventory of electronic locking

systems. Their Smart Locks security solutions

are equipped with an array of safety features

that will put any homeowner’s mind at ease.

Among the many criminal-proof features

their Smart Mortise, Smart Deadbolt 2S and

Smart Keybox locks carry are warning sounds

emitted when intruders attempt to pry open

the lock, and the ability to enter random digits

after a PIN is keyed in to thwart the use of

finger prints to discern codes.

HÄFELE Safety Locks come integrated

with HÄFELE Lock mobile application, a

keyless convenience using PIN and Bluetooth

key options that also work offline. The ability

to generate these virtual keys via a mobile application

in real time and track dates and times

when visitors unlock the door, is particularly

useful to Airbnb hosts who can now synchronise

their listing calendars with their HÄFELE

x igloohome account so that PIN codes are

automatically created for guests.

www.smartlocks.com.my

www.hafele.com.my

Hatch Egg

Chair

For two decades, Hatch has been furnishing

homes with world-class products that are recognised

in more than 25 countries. The brand is

also a frequent exhibitor at exhibitions and homedec

events. Designing and creating contemporary

pieces, they provide convenient end-to-end

service from the selection of materials used to the

delivery of the final product befitting the aesthetic

taste of its clientele.

Besides its extensive portfolio of sofas and

bedframes, Hatch caries chairs, tables, sideboards

and other bric-a-brac to complete the look of

your home or office. We’re partial to their stylish

Egg Chair seen here. A design classic that would

look stylish in any setting, this comfortable

curved swivel chair can also be customised in a

range of colours and textiles, if the on-trend millennial

pink is not to your fancy.

www.hatch.my

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Sofa to Last

Choosing a sofa can feel like making a lifetime commitment. Don’t jump in blindly, consider your

options for a happy marriage.

WORDS BY CARAMELLA SCARPA AND MUNA NOOR IMAGES BY KARE

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The living room is where most people spend their time. It’s where you watch

TV as a family, where you entertain guests, and where, at the end of a long day,

you flop onto the sofa and just chill. A good comfy sofa is the centrepiece of the

room, and as much as a lived-in bulk of foam may have a sentimental value to you – or

just be so cosy you don’t want to part with it – having a well-designed statement piece

will make the room.

Sofas aren’t cheap however so you’ll want to invest wisely. That’s not to say that

once you’ve picked and paid for one that you’re stuck with your choice indefinitely.

With some careful planning, you can ensure what you fork out for a sofa befits the use

you get out of it.

Essentials things to consider

Use

By considering the purpose of your sofa, it will help you to determine the size of budget

you should allocate to this important purchase. Is this sofa a long-term investment or a

short-term purchase? If you’re moving out into your own albeit rented place, it’s likely

your sofa will need to change as your needs do. If you have children, it’s likely your sofa

will have a shorter lifespan. But if you’re several switches in and have finally moved into

that forever home, then consider something that will last.

Size

Measure the size of the sofa. This is so it fits the room and through any doors or up

stairs when you’re moving it in. The scale of your sofa should match its surroundings,

which will be important when you start to add other furniture pieces. If your room is

small, one sofa should suffice. Select one that provides the illusion of space – a base that

is on legs and off the ground for example. A low-back sofa provides a visual of the wall

and suggests a larger living room.

If your room is large you can consider two identical sofas facing off against

each other with a coffee table in the middle. Alternatively add a chair or two to the

combination.

“The scale

of your sofa

should match its

surroundings,

which will be

important when

you start to add

other furniture

pieces.”

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Comfort

Always test your sofa. Unless it is a showpiece, an uncomfortable sofa will be a

pain to use. Do you prefer a soft sofa to sink into or a firmer sofa for support?

Will you use it sitting up straight to watch television, curled up in the corner

reading a book, or stretched out along its length to relax?

The answer will determine the length of the leg, from the seat to the floor, and

the height of the back and arm rest. You’ll need to ensure you can fold your legs

at the end of the couch and that the armrest isn’t too high for your preferred use.

Take your time doing this. Like shoes, slipping them on once will tell you about

fit but not about comfort. Linger for a while and return if necessary. As a general

rule, if you find it hard to get up once seated you need shallower seats; taller

people need deeper seats.

“A modular sofa

or one that can

be dismantled

is a practical

solution if you

frequently move.”

Filling

Related to comfort is the matter of filling; and what’s inside your sofa is just

as important as what is outside. Polyurethane foam fillings depend on density

to provide comfort and can be high density and hard, or low density and soft.

However, they do tend to lose their shape over time and can disintegrate quite

rapidly in Malaysian heat. Feathers are soft and natural but they can clump

together and will need daily plumping. The best bet is to opt for a combination

and make sure you don’t feel the frame or springs through your cushion padding.

Style

This really is quite personal and will reflect the owner’s personality. Nevertheless,

there are practical aspects to consider as your sofa will be the centrepiece of your

living room and everything else should be considered around it. A modular or one

that can be dismantled is a practical solution if you frequently move.

Upholstery

There is an abundance of material to choose from – leather, pleather, suede, satin,

velvet, cotton, canvas, polyester mix and so on. Where do you start? Consider the

amount of care your sofa will need. Do you have the budget for heavy or frequent

maintenance? Does your family include children or pets that shed?

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“Natural

materials like

cotton and linen

can be durable

provided you

protect them

from direct

sunlight.”

Leather, provided it is well cared for, can age well and last a long time. It’s also easy

to wipe down. As is microfibre, which has the same soft luxurious feel of suede but is

stain resistant and easily wipeable. Natural materials like cotton and linen can be durable

provided you protect them from direct sunlight. They should be fitted well however.

Should wrinkles develop you’ll need to iron them out, which isn’t always feasible; saggy

fabric can snag or appear cheap and worn.

Removable or easy to clean options are always best. Certain fabrics can be scotch

guarded against wear and tear. Remember that a sofa set for outdoor use uses weather

and water-proof or resistant materials and switching them indoors is not practical.

Colour, pattern and texture

The colour of your sofa should work against the walls. So choosing a paint hue should

be considered in tandem with picking a sofa colour, although which comes first or is

given priority over the other is a personal preference.

Neutrals are safest as you can change your room around it. However light colours

can develop mildew and even mold in Malaysia’s hot and humid weather. In addition to

fabric considerations, who uses your couch and how often will have a bearing on what

colour to choose. If you have children with dirty hands and feet or pets who moult, a

darker colour is the way to go, and textured or woven fabrics work wonders at hiding

wear and tear.

Frame

This goes back to use. Is it long or short term? A good quality hard wood frame is

durable and consequently can be expensive. Cheaper soft wood such as pine can

bend, warp and even break, and brittle particleboard is an absolute no-no. We don’t

recommend plastic frames either due to their ability to give, although the jury seems to

be out on the use of metal. Do check how it is assembled though. Avoid a sofa whose

frame is held together using nails or glue if you’re looking at long-term commitment.

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ARCHITECTURE

OF ASMARA

How Eritrea became an unlikely hub for gems of modernist architecture.

WORDS BY GIOIA FORSTER / DPA / THE INTERVIEW PEOPLE ALL IMAGES BY EDWARD DENISON / DPA / THE INTERVIEW PEOPLE

When Eritrea was under Italian

colonial rule, European

modernist architects used

the east African country to carry out

architectural experiments they would not

dare attempt back home. The striking

results have now become a UNESCO

World Heritage site.

When most people think of modernist

architecture, they might picture the

austere cubic constructions of European

architects like Walter Gropius and

Le Corbusier.

They would probably not associate

the movement with the east African

country of Eritrea. And yet, Asmara, the

capital of Eritrea, recently became the first

modernist city to be added in its entirety

to UNESCO’s list of World Heritage sites.

The UN organisation praised the

city for its “innovative town planning

and modernist architecture in an

African context.”

Take the Fiat Tagliero gas station,

for example. With its giant wings and

airplane-like nose, it looks as though it’s

about to take off from a runway.

The Fiat Tagliero building is probably

one of the most interesting examples of

modernist architecture in the world –

and not least because of its location.

Eritrea is sometimes referred to as

the African North Korea. It is difficult

for journalists to gain access to the

country, and human rights activists say

the government, which has been in power

since independence from Ethiopia in

1993, is one of the most repressive in

the world.

The UN accuses the state of systematic

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crimes against humanity, committed in

order to ‘ultimately to control the

Eritrean civilian population.’

Tens of thousands of people have fled

to neighbouring countries and to Europe,

many to escape military service. In 2014

and 2015, Eritreans were the largest group

of refugees coming to Italy across the

Mediterranean Sea.

The unique cultural treasure of

Asmara hardly fits in with this picture.

It is sometimes referred to as ‘La piccola

Roma’ (little Rome) or ‘the Miami of

Africa’ because of its many art deco

buildings.

Modern Asmara was largely created

during the Italian colonial period from

the 1920s to the 1940s. At the time,

modernism was in vogue in Europe,

with its clean lines, minimal frills and

functional designs. Far away from home,

the Italian architects in Asmara were

able to go wild.

There is “more flamboyance than in

the Italian context,” says Edward Denison,

a lecturer in architecture at University

College London (UCL).

As well as Italian modernism,

examples of the German Bauhaus style and

Futurism can also be found in Asmara.

Some of the curvy government buildings

are reminiscent of the White City in Tel

Aviv, a collection of Bauhaus buildings.

Several houses resemble the boxshaped

dwellings of the Weissenhof Estate

in Stuttgart. The Eritrean capital also

features unique fusions of European and

African architecture. For instance, the

Enda Mariam Cathedral, built in 1938,

combines modernist design with East

African architecture.

The buildings and the original town

planning are remarkably well-preserved.

“It feels very much intact as a 1930s and

1940s city,” says Denison.

Since the Second World War, the

city has hardly been developed. In 2001,

a building ban was imposed to protect

ST MARY’S

ORTHODOX

CATHEDRAL

“As well as

Italian

modernism,

examples of

the German

Bauhaus style

and Futurism can

also be found

in Asmara.”

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CINEMA

IMPERO

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“In 2001, a building ban was imposed

to protect the old buildings.

In sub-Saharan Africa, where

modern cities grow rapidly and

haphazardly like urban jungles,

Asmara stands out.”

FIAT TAGLIERO

PETROL STATION

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CASA DEL FASCIO

the old buildings. In sub-Saharan Africa,

where modern cities grow rapidly and

haphazardly like urban jungles, Asmara

stands out.

This is partly because the buildings are

not seen as a memorial to hated colonial

rule, as in other parts of Africa. “Despite

the evidence of its colonial imprint,

Asmara has been incorporated into the

Eritrean identity, acquiring important

meaning during the struggle for selfdetermination,”

according to UNESCO.

During the Italian and brief British

colonial periods, Asmara was the

intellectual centre of Eritrea, explains

Denison. During Ethiopian rule, it became

a symbol of the struggle for independence.

“To liberate Asmara meant to liberate

the country,” says Denison, who worked

on the application. “The UNESCO

application was motivated by the desire

to develop the city by retaining its

characteristics, rather than preserving

its history.”

Internationally, some are hoping that

the UNESCO recognition will now lead to

changes in the country. The government

says that tourists are welcome. In 2016,

just 142,000 visitors came to Eritrea,

compared with 864,000 to neighbouring

Ethiopia the previous year.

The Eritrean Ministry of Information

is hoping that inclusion on the World

Heritage List will potentially benefit the

tourism sector in Eritrea.

However, the aim of the UNESCO

application was to create benefits for the

local population – tourism was not the

priority, Denison says. The focus is on

developing the city and creating jobs,

he says. “Eritrea will always prevent

mass tourism.”

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PROPERTY

NEWS

STARPROPERTY.MY AWARDS 2018

PETS CARNIVAL & BAZAAR @ TROPICANA

METROPARK

RIDE & WALK YELLOW EVENT @

TROPICANA AMAN PROPERTY GALLERY

BRIDGE BUBBLE RUN @ TROPICANA AMAN

PROPERTY GALLERY

TROPICANA YOGA EVENT @ TROPICANA

AMAN

Prestigious. Award-winning.

Quality. Innovative. High

capital appreciation.

These are just some of the

signatures of the property

projects undertaken by

Tropicana Corporation

Berhad. The following pages

showcase some novel and

stunning residential and

commercial developments

as further testament to

the organisation’s flair in

this industry. Tropicana

Corporation hopes to create

a more compassionate and

supportive community,

especially within its

circles of influence. As

a responsible developer,

Tropicana Corporation

continues to deliver on its

responsibility to give back

to society by supporting

various charitable

causes and participating

in celebrations and

community events.

SUNSET HAPPY HOUR @ TROPICANA

METROPARK PROPERTY GALLERY

RAMADHAN BUFFET @ TROPICANA GOLF &

COUNTRY RESORT


PROPERTY NEWS | NEWS

STARPROPERTY.MY AWARDS 2018

14 MARCH 2018 JW MARRIOTT KUALA LUMPUR

FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: TROPICANA CORP BHD GROUP MD DATUK ANDY KHOO, ECO WORLD DEVELOPMENT GROUP BHD PRESIDENT AND

CEO DATUK CHANG KHIM WAH, GAMUDA LAND CEO NGAN CHEE MENG, IJM LAND BHD CENTRAL REGION SENIOR GM DATUK HOO KIM SEE,

IOI PROPERTIES CORP BHD EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR LEE YOKE HAR, LBS BINA GROUP BHD EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR DATUK CYNTHIA LIM, MAH

SING GROUP BHD CEO DATUK HO HON SANG, MALAYSIAN RESOURCES CORPORATION BHD EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR IMRAN SALIM, MATRIX

CONCEPTS GROUP GROUP DEPUTY MD HO KONG SOON, PARAMOUNT CORPORATION BHD PROPERTY DIVISION BEH CHUN CHONG, S P

SETIA BHD PRESIDENT AND CEO DATUK KHOR CHAP JEN, SIME DARBY PROPERTY BHD DATUK WAN HASHIMI, SUNWAY BHD PROPERTY

DIVISION MD SARENA CHEAH, UOA DEVELOPMENT BHD CFO KIM ANG AND UEM SUNRISE BHD MD AND CEO ANWAR SYAHRIN ABDUL AJIB.

TROPICANA CORPORATION

BERHAD WAS ALL SMILES

WHEN OUR DEVELOPMENT

TROPICANA 218 MACALISTER

RECEIVED HONOURS UNDER

“THE NICHE & UNIQUE”

CATEGORY, WHILST TROPICANA

GARDENS WITH CONNECTED

MRT STATION WAS NAMED BEST

INTEGRATED DEVELOPMENT

UNDER “THE JUST-WALK

AWARD” CATEGORY AND DALIA

RESIDENCES @ TROPICANA

AMAN WAS HONOURED AS THE

BEST LANDED DEVELOPMENT

UNDER “THE CORNERSTONE

AWARD” FOR 2018.

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NEWS | PROPERTY NEWS

SSince its inception in 2016, the StarProperty.my

Awards has been held annually to recognise Malaysia’s

best developers and their contribution towards

creating a progressive and modern nation by delivering

sustainable, innovative and quality property products

for the public.

This year, a total of 21 award categories and two special All

Star Awards were introduced to the awards line-up and judged

by a prestigious panel drawn from the Malaysian real estate

industry and experts in the fields of architecture, sustainable

building, interior design, landscape architecture and real estate

investment trusts.

The event, which was held at the JW Marriott Hotel in mid-

March, was graced by Raja Muda Selangor Tengku Amir Shah

Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah and Star Media Group Berhad

chairman Datuk Fu Ah Kiow, and saw Tropicana Corporation

named as one of the ten “Top Ranked Developers of the Year”.

The Corporation also went on to win four prestigious accolades

for its properties.

Bagging the highest accolade, Tropicana Corporation

Berhad took the Excellence award for Tropicana Gardens for

the Just-Walk Award for Best Integrated Development. This is

awarded to property developments that combine ‘Work, Play,

Live & Learn’ all-in-one-place and create communities that

merge residential, commercial, office and diverse amenities

within walkability range.

Honours were accorded to Tropicana Corporation Berhad

in two categories, namely The Cornerstone Award and Niche

& Unique Award.

The Cornerstone Award for Best Landed Development was

awarded to Dalia Residences, Tropicana Aman, and is accorded

to celebrate uniquely built landed property developments that

prioritise the needs of buyers. This includes a highly accessible

location, exceptional amenities, and quality assured furnishing

and fittings.

Tropicana Corporation Berhad’s Penang property 218

Macalister was thrust into the spotlight when it received

Honours in the Niche & Unique Awards category for Best

Boutique Development. This award is bestowed on boutique

developments that are small (5-acres or less), unique and combine

modern lifestyle and lush landscaping for a niche market.

Tropicana 218 Macalister is certainly deserving. Stretching

along Macalister Road on a 2.09 acre parcel of freehold land,

its overall design and layout embraces contemporary lifestyle

living in a town setting, and upon completion, will offer 208

hotel rooms together with 211 units of Commercial Suites and

88 units of serviced apartments.

Last but not least, Tropicana Corporation Berhad was also

given a Merit for its Ivory Properties Group Berhad in the

Small Is Big Award category for Best Small Home Development.

This is awarded to homes with a built-up size of approximately

800 square feet that are able to ingeniously make the most of

their size with state-of-art amenities and built-in furniture that

optimise all available space – no easy feat.

Congratulations to all the winners. These recognitions from

industry stalwarts and the public are testament to Tropicana

Corporation Berhad’s commitment to excellence in quality,

design and functionality.

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CLOCKWISE:

PET LOVERS

AND THEIR

FURRY

FRIENDS

ENJOYING THE

GREENERY

AND THE

OUTDOORS AT

TROPICANA

METROPARK;

PETS OF

ALL BREEDS

GUIDED

BY THEIR

OWNERS

HAVING A

CHALLENGING

FUN TIME AT

THE AGILITY;

THE PETS

BAZAAR

FEATURED A

VARIETY OF

WHOLESOME

PET PRODUCT

AND GOODIES

PETS CARNIVAL & BAZAAR @ TROPICANA METROPARK

21 & 22 APRIL 2018

More than 1,200 pet lovers gathered at the Tropicana

Metropark Property Gallery and its sprawling 9.2-acre Central

Park over two days for the property’s inaugural Pets Carnival &

Bazaar. A fun-filled weekend for families and their furry fourlegged

friends, a raft of activities were organised to keep all

creatures great and small thoroughly entertained.

In the Ruff Zone interactive area, attendees could participate

in clay moulding workshops, get their pet and owner caricatures

drawn, and enjoy pony rides. An anticipated hit, the petting zoo

in the Cute Zone was a big favourite with younger children.

Attendees didn’t go away empty handed. Owner-Pet

Lookalike, Best Trick, Pet Agility and Best Pet Costume

contests saw winners take home some terrific prizes. Pets were

the biggest winners of all. A pets’ bazaar presented shopping

opportunities including goodies specially crafted for Fido and

Felix, and pet wash stations were available for pet grooming

with proceeds donated to animal shelters like Cherishlife

Home, Save A Stray, Second Chance Animal Society and Pet’s

Journal. Best of all, a pet adoption drive also saw some lucky

dogs and cats find their forever homes. Awww….

Pet owners lauded the event for the opportunity to enjoy

quality time with their pets and meet other like-minded

pet owners within the neighbourhood. Speaking about the

event, Tropicana Managing Director Ung Lay Ting said,

“We understand that given our busy schedules it can be really

difficult to find time, what more find the right location to

allow our pets to run and play. Hence, we held this event at

our very own Central Park which was the perfect backdrop for

parents, children and their pets from the community here and

those in the area to come together to strengthen family bonds

and have a good time with their pets within a safe and secure

neighbourhood.”

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NEWS | PROPERTY NEWS

RIDE & WALK YELLOW EVENT @TROPICANA AMAN

PROPERTY GALLERY

8 JULY 2018

Healthy communities work out and have fun together. Celebrating its third instalment, you can sign

up now to participate in Tropicana Aman’s upcoming Ride & Walk event. The event consists of a 16

kilometre bicycle fun ride and a 2 kilometre walkathon around the beautiful Kota Kemuning township

of Tropicana Aman. Things kick off at 7am with a Zumba work out to get everyone warmed up for the

flag off at 7.30am. Participation is RM38 and comes with a specially designed t-shirt, face towel, goodie

bag, and a finisher’s medal upon completion. Don’t worry if you don’t have a bike, bikes and helmets

(which are mandatory) can be rented. This event is only open to participants age 13 and above. To sign

up visit tropicanacorp.com.my where more information is available.

BRIDGE BUBBLE RUN @ TROPICANA AMAN PROPERTY

GALLERY

1 JULY 2018

If you’re going to stick to your exercise regime, getting fit

should be fun. And it doesn’t get any more fun than Tropicana

Aman’s Bridge Bubble Run. A 5 kilometre fun run involving a

series of inflatable obstacle challenges you’ll get to slide down a

giant inflatable slide, dodge water guns, hot foot it across a tire

step and claim victory across the foamy finish! Entry is RM60

and will include your race bib, dry-fit tee, towel, waterproof

phone cover for all those silly snaps, RM10 worth of food

vouchers, a goodie bag valued at RM100 and finisher’s medal

upon completion. Stick around to celebrate as there will be a

post-fun run carnival and lucky draw too. Entry closes on 31

May 2018 so don’t miss out. The Bridge Bubble Run kicks off at

6am and flag-off is preceded by a Zumba warm-up. This event

is only open to participants age 13 and above. To sign up visit

tropicanacorp.com.my where more information is available.

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TROPICANA YOGA EVENT @ TROPICANA AMAN

MARCH 2018

Residents and guests of Tropicana Aman woke

up to weekend-long sun salutations during the

month of March. Starting the day off right, all

were welcomed to attend the free early morning

yoga sessions which were held in the verdant

spaces of Tropicana Aman’s vibrant and unique

mixed township development. Promoting good

health and wellbeing, two yoga sessions were held

each day. After limbering up on downward dog

positions and warrior poses, attendees left with

smiles and stretched out muscles ready to face the

week ahead.

RAMADHAN BUFFET @ TROPICANA GOLF & COUNTRY RESORT

17 MAY TO 14 JUNE 2018

SUNSET HAPPY HOUR @ TROPICANA METROPARK

PROPERTY GALLERY

24, 25, 31 MARCH & 1 APRIL

Tropicana Metropark’s salubrious Sunset Happy Hour

evenings attracted a chic crowd of resident gourmands

and food lovers. Hosted over two consecutive weekends

at the end of March, the event provided an opportunity

for these connoisseurs of fine cuisine to meet, mingle

and bond over their shared epicurean love. Stylishly

kicked off with plump juicy trays of oysters and lashings

of wine during the Wine & Oysters Night, the occasion

was followed by a celebration of gin and scrumptious

pastries the weekend after as attendees watched the

sun set on the stylish suburban enclave and toasted to

great food and new friends.

An annual event, Tropicana Golf & Country Resort Bhd’s Ramadhan

buffet moves into its 14th highly anticipated installment during this holy

month in the Islamic calendar. To the beautiful strains of the traditional

ghazal, guests can look forward to a lavish spread of over 300 dishes that

showcase the rich variety of nostalgic kampung fare under the theme

of Aneka Sajian Desa. Monster Bakso and Sup Gearbox Lembu are just

some of the dishes to whet your appetite, while pasar malam favourites

like barbequed Kambing Golek and smoky Ayam Bakar can be enjoyed

in a comfortable setting.

Held over 29 days in Twenty7 Restaurant and the Palm Coffee House,

the buffet is expected to cater to a whopping 2,400 people a day, so don’t

miss out. Free parking and buggy shuttle services will be available and

for those observing Ramadhan there is a mushollah for convenience. The

buffet starts at RM86nett for adults and RM46nett for children under

12 years of age. Call 03-7804 8888 ext. 306/325 or 03-7804 1919 for

reservations and corporate packages. For catering services for Rumah

Terbuka during Hari Raya Aidilfitri, contact the Sales & Marketing

department at Toll Free 1 800 888 128 or email salesmarketing@

tropicanacorp.com.my.

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THE SWING

TITLEIST

Women’s Breezer

www.titleist.com

HUGO BOSS

Golf Club Covers

www.hugoboss.com

TITLEIST

Vokey Design

SM6 Wedges

www.titleist.com

Fore!

Golf like a pro with

the right equipment.

GUCCI

Cotton Polo with

Kingsnake Embroidery

www.gucci.com

CURATED BY SHARMINI M.RETHINASAMY

HUGO BOSS

Slimfit Pants with

Technical Twill

www.hugoboss.com

CALLAWAY

Goshawk Polarized Sunglasses

www.callawaygolf.com

BROOKS

BROTHERS

Golf Bag

www.brooksbrothers.com

PUMA

Ignite Pwrsport

Golf Shoes

www.cobragolf.com

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THE SWING | NEWS

MAJOR

SWING

Tournaments that elite players from all over the world participate in – and

where reputations of the greatest player in golf are cemented – make for a

thrilling experience not just for the golfer but for the spectators alike.

COMPILED BY: SHARMINI M.RETHINASAMY

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NEWS | THE SWING

PEBBLE BEACH,

MONTEREY, CALIFORNIA

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THE SWING

The top prizes may not actually be the heftiest of

all tournaments, but these major championship

victories are much sought after by golfers who are

worth their tee. An accumulation of wins garnered

at these tournaments earns players a reputation that

surpasses any other win. It also does not hurt that

the majors are a career boost that lands the golfer

large bonuses from sponsors and an upper hand on

negotiating contracts. Should the player be an unknown, they are

bound for endorsements upon winning.

We line up the majors that not only have the golfers on track

to their biggest career play but also have golf enthusiasts riveted at

every swing.

AUGUSTA MASTERS

The famed green jacket and the prestige of clinching the ultimate

accolade in golf is a much sought-after ambition of professional

golfers. The tournament is hosted as an invitational by and played

at Augusta National Golf Club in the US state of Georgia. The

course has severely undulating fairways and greens with ponds

and creeks in the back nine, providing a challenging game. It is

also the only major that is played on the same golf course every

year in the first week of April.

The Masters trails way back to its inception in 1934 when

famed golfer Bobby Jones and Clifford Roberts decided that the

game needed an annual playoff. The awarding of the coveted

green jacket to the champion has become a tradition and

distinctive characteristic of the tournament.

Being the invitational tournament of the club, it invites fewer

than 100 players, with automatic entry for all golfers in the world

top 50 ranking. Former champions have a lifetime invitation to

compete at the Masters. To date, Jack Nicklaus holds the record for

having won the most Masters – a total of six victories. Nicklaus,

Nick Faldo and Tiger Woods all hold the record for the most

consecutive wins with two.

Most thrilling Masters: In 2004, a major-less Phil Mickelson

edged out his competitor Ernie Els, when he birdied the final hole,

giving him a one-stroke lead. So often the bridesmaid at major golf

tournaments, this US golfer broke the label “the best player never

to win a major” that day.

THE U.S. OPEN

The annual open national championship, The United States Open

Championship is the second most prestigious of the four major

tournaments. More commonly known as the U.S. Open, it was first

organised in 1895 by the United States Golf Association (USGA) on

the nine-hole course of Newport (R.I.) Golf and Country Club.

With 10 professionals and one amateur, the first tournament

kick-started as a 36-hole competition, with four trips played around

the course in one day. The surprise winner was Horace Rawlins, 21, an

English professional who was the assistant at the host course.

Since then, the game has evolved to a 72-hole stroke play, which

amounts to four rounds on an 18-hole course. Still organised by the

USGA, the tournament is staged in mid-June with the final round

played on the third Sunday. Unlike the Augusta Masters, the U.S.

Open is held at a variety of courses that provide a challenge for the

avid golfer.

As a winner, the golfer enjoys the privilege of not just a secure

career and endorsements but is automatically invited to play in

the three other majors – the Masters, the Open Championship

(British Open) and the PGA Championship – for the next five years.

The winner is also exempt from qualifying for the U.S. Open for

10 years, with an automatic invitation to three of the five senior

majors once they turn 50. Other perks includea five-year invitation

to the U.S. Senior Open and a lifetime invitation to the Senior PGA

Championship and Senior British Open.

Most thrilling U.S. Open: The tournament at Torrey Pines in

2008 saw an injured Tiger Woods, with two stress fractures in his leg,

struggling as he fought Rocco Mediate. The resulting playoff came

to a climatic sudden-death drama with Tiger winning his last major

trophy to date.

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THE SWING

“An accumulation of

wins garnered at these

tournaments earns players

a reputation that surpasses

any other win.”

CAPE KIDNAPPERS,

NEW ZEALAND

CAPE KIDNAPPERS,

NEW ZEALAND

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THE SWING

THE OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP

Organised by The R&A, the offshoot of The Royal and Ancient

Golf Club of St Andrews, the tournament – sometimes referred

to as the British Open – carries the prestige of being the oldest

professional golf tournament in existence, held since 1860.

Typically played on links-style courses in the United

Kingdom, primarily England and Scotland, The Open

Championship is celebrated for maintaining the tradition of

the links play that dates back to its inception in Scotland. The

variable weather conditions, often windswept, offer the main

influence on tournament scores.

Links courses are not doctored to provide a challenging

round of golf. Typically coastal, flat with fairways that cut

through dune grass and gorse bushes, the courses are rough and

have menacing bunkers.

Leading world ranking golfers and from around the globe

are given the opportunity to enter through qualifying events in

all continents and final qualifiers in the UK prior to the main

championship. In addition, those qualifying recent professional

majors as well as all former Open Championship winners under

the age of 60 are exempted from qualifying rounds.

The coveted Claret Jug is a trophy that dates back to 1872,

and the champion’s name is inscribed on its base. The actual

inscribing takes place during the closing ceremony before it

is handed to the champion, a tradition that is still practised to

this day.

The most thrilling Open Championship: With Tiger Woods

dominating the golf news in the lead up to the 2002 tournament,

Ernie Els stepped out of his shadows to clinch the Claret Jug.

Whilst battling for the coveted accolade, he battled tough weather

conditions against four others, to eventually gain victory over

Thomas Levet in a sudden-death situation.

THE PGA CHAMPIONSHIP

Played at a parkland club in the United States, the courses are as

difficult as those chosen for the U.S. Open but without setting up

the course as difficult as the USGA does.

The first PGA Championship was held in October 1916

when the winner Jim Barnes received USD500 and a diamond

studded gold medal donated by wealthy department store

owner and catalyst behind the formation of the PGA, Rodman

Wanamaker. Today, the prize money has escalated to a

whopping USD1.8 million.

Participants are made up of recent champions of the three

other professional majors and leading players from the world

rankings. Qualifiers are also held among members of the PGA

of America, the organisation of club and teaching pros that are

separate from the PGA Tour. It is also the only championship

to invite all the winners of PGA Tour events from the

preceding year.

The most thrilling PGA Championship: Tiger Woods and Bob

May were locked in intense battle at the 2000 championship. May

almost took the major home as he was closing in as the winner

going into the last two holes. Woods birdied, which forced them

into a three-hole playoff. Tiger won beating May by a stroke.

CAPE KIDNAPPERS,

NEW ZEALAND

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THE SWING

CAPE KIDNAPPERS,

NEW ZEALAND

CAPE KIDNAPPERS,

NEW ZEALAND

ST. ANDREWS,

SCOTLAND

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THE TIME | NEWS

Rhythm of Le Rhöne

The first two collections of Le Rhone exhibit the perfect balance between

the classic and the chic.

WORDS BY MUNA NOOR

THE BRAINCHILD OF TWO ENTREPRENEURS AND CHILDHOOD FRIENDS: Loïc Florentin and

Timo Rajakoski, who met at school in Venezuela and decided only after a career spent working for various

luxury brands to create Le Rhöne.

Inspired by their passion for craftsmanship, excellence and creativity, each timepiece is first and

foremost the product of talented craftsmen based in the best Swiss workshops, with each movement

genuinely crafted following the Swiss horological heritage.

Rare for watchmakers, Le Rhöne welcome customisation and provide the opportunity to personalise

your timepiece by choosing different materials and finish options. Here’s a look at their first two

collections to inspire you.

www.lerhone.com

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NEWS | THE TIME

HEDONIA

Designed for women, the Hedonia line

embodies elegance and refinement with

its 41mm diameter and moon phase

complication. Its magical stellar night blue

sky is an enchantment. Crafted from motherof-pearl

and surrounded by a SuperLuminova

star-studded sky, it features an exclusive

in-house Grande Phase de Lune complication

that comes to light against the blue

Aventurine dial rotating on the top of the

moon. A dozen sparkling diamond indexes

indicate the hours, while SuperLuminovafilled

stainless steel hour, minute and second

hands have a Côte de Genève certified dial

with a vertical guillochage.

FUN IN THE SUN

Supermodel and muse Doutzen Kroes fronts Piaget’s new campaign. Shot by Mert &

Marcus, the campaign brings to life Piaget’s Sunny Side of Life philosophy, a celebration

of life lived to the fullest under the sun in the island paradise of Ibiza, where Kroes wears

pieces from the maison’s watch and high jewellery collections, including stacked gold

Possession bangles, Limelight Gala watches and Sunlight Journey High Jewellery creations.

int.piaget.com

THE ROAD RACER

Crafted for men, Le Rhöne’s first timepiece

collection, The Road Racer draws direct

reference to the Pony cars of the 1960s and

is inspired by Ford Mustangs, Chevrolet

Camaros or Dodge Challengers. Genuine

engine parts of the first generation of

Camaros can be found inside the case of the

watch, and two counters at 9 o’clock and 3

o’clock respectively to indicate the seconds

and the chronograph bi-compax indicators,

enhancing the sports look of this American

Vintage Car fascination.

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THE LOOK | HOT OFF THE RUNWAY

BACK IT UP

Lush leather look from behind.

SALVATORE FERRAGAMO

Leather Backpack

www.ferragamo.com

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HOT OFF THE RUNWAY | THE LOOK

White Now!

The no-fuss wardrobe staple.

OFFICINE GÉNÉRALE

T-Shirt

www.officinegénérale.com

VALENTINO

Shirt

www.valentino.com

VALENTINO

Acetate Sunglasses

www.valentino.com

HUGO BOSS

Cufflinks

www.hugoboss.com

HUGO BOSS

www.hugoboss.com

CURATED BY SHARMINI M.RETHINASAMY

MARNI

Cotton Shirt

www.marni.com

SALVATORE FERRAGAMO

Sneakers with Sea Horse Embroidery

www.ferragamo.com

HUGO BOSS

Pants

www.hugoboss.com

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THE LOOK | HOT OFF THE RUNWAY

EGG-CITING

INSPIRATION

Quirky yet stylish footwear.

LOEWE

Slip On with Egg Heel

www.loewe.com

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HOT OFF THE RUNWAY | THE LOOK

GUCCI

Single Double G Earrings

with Pearls

www.gucci.com

Tassel Dazzle

From the arts and craft table to

fashion, the tassel breathes new life

into your wardrobe.

MARTE FRISNES

Red Raquel

Tassel Bangle

www.martefrisnes.com

MOY PARIS

Layered Pearl

Tassel Necklace

www.farfetch.com

FENDI

Bag Charm

www.fendi.com

LIZZIE FORTUNATO

Daisy Crater Earrings

www.lizziefortunato.com

CHLOE

Eyewear

Jewelry

www.chloe.com

CURATED BY SHARMINI M.RETHINASAMY

YVES SAINT LAURENT

Kate Tassel Bag

www.ysl.com

OSCAR DE

LA RENTA

Spinel Tiered

Tassel Earrings

www.oscardelarenta.com

PHILOPSOPHY

DI LORENZO

Cord Belt with Hearts

www.philosophyofficial.com

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THE LOOK | HOT OFF THE RUNWAY

CLEAR

AS DAY

When invisible doesn't mean unseen.

CHANEL

Hobo Handbag

www.chanel.com

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HOT OFF THE RUNWAY | THE LOOK

80s Redux

Flamboyant, avant-garde, funky, its

time to invest in these 80s classics.

GUCCI

www.gucci.com

GIVENCHY

High Boots

www.givenchy.com

DOLCE & GABBANA

Crop Top

www.dolcegabbana.com

DOLCE & GABBANA

Brocade Dress

www.dolcegabbana.com

YVES SAINT LAURENT

Belt Bag

www.ysl.com

ALBERTA FERRETTI

Sequin Bra

www.albertaferretti.com

ALEXANDER MCQUEEN

Boyfriend Jeans

www.alexandermcqueen.com

DOLCE & GABBANA

Lycra Leggings

www.dolcegabbana.com

CURATED BY SHARMINI M. RETHINASAMY

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THE LOOK | HOT OFF THE RUNWAY

Jet set style

Sacoor Brothers’ latest collection

will take you from boardroom to

beach club seamlessly.

WORDS BY REMI DUTTA

Well-known Portuguese label

Sacoor Brothers’ Spring Summer

2018 collection has arrived with its

bags packed and passport in hand.

A favourite with personalities

like actors Rob Lowe, Patrick

Dempsey and model Irina Shayk,

and seen locally on actors and

performers Bront Palarae, Sean

Ghazi and Remy Ishak, the latest

line adopts the theme World

Trotters and seeks inspiration

from three distinct global

destinations: New York, Morocco

and Greece.

Taking a leaf out of New York’s

‘work hard, play hard’ attitude

towards life, warm weather pieces

adopt a timeless feel with clean

silhouettes, practical details and

modern trimmings you can build

a capsule wardrobe on. For use

in a less corporate setting, the

lightweight and looser items look

to the Mediterranean’s chicest

locations to imbue a relaxed but

sophisticated vibe into key items.

In both the women’s and men’s

collections, the colour palette is

neutral with a mix of dark and

light shades of grey, green, mint

and beige being used in the label’s

structured pieces. Meanwhile, rich

tones of golden spice, baked coral,

camel, dark blues and yellow are

employed in billowy, loose-fitting

separates that are best suited for

travel and post-work rendezvous.

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“Mix and match athleisure wear

with more structured pieces for

brainstorming sessions

and corporate retreats.”


HOT OFF THE RUNWAY | THE LOOK

MEN’S COLLECTION

In the men’s collection, exciting

features are brought into

focus with the use of premium

materials. Taking a page out of

the young upwardly mobile New

York businessman’s playbook, the

collection features jackets, polos,

trainers and joggers in an urban

colour palette.

The business suit is created

from the latest collection of

Marzotto fabrics with easy stretch

for the man on the go, and the use

of a glossy or matte, washed out

or coated style for that

fashionable look.

For smart but casual weekend

wear, athleisure garments adopt a

more relaxed approach to provide

comfort without sacrificing an

iota of style. Mix and match

with more structured pieces

for brainstorming sessions and

corporate retreats.

IMAGES BY SACOOR BROTHERS

WOMEN’S

COLLECTION

Chic, simple and elegant

are the main aesthetics of

the women’s collection.

Architectural silhouettes

explore a mix of hard and

soft lines, and classic tailored

pieces have been updated

with new forms and details

to keep things au courant.

The overall look is clean and

inspired by the precision of

architectural drawings.

Tapping into the growth

of fluid home-office lifestyles,

women’s pieces lie somewhere

between work and leisure

dressing, with fluid lines, lace

inserts and elevated pleats.

For a weekday look, the

fitted or knitted dresses,

pleated skirts and midi skirts

paired with roomy shirts and

blouses can be worn as business

formals to meetings. The

business casual line includes

premium knits and tapered or

loose trousers and flat shoes,

but we’re pegging the wide

leg long trousers, worn with a

classic blouse, masculine heels

and an unbuttoned trench coat

thrown on top as this season’s

go-to outfit.

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THE LOOK

White linen suit,

black tank top and

wide belt

MICHAEL

MICHAEL KORS

Boots

SALVATORE

FERRAGAMO

Sling bag

KATE SPADE

WORKIT

Stylish pieces that look the biz.

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THE LOOK

Silver leather jacket

MICHAEL

MICHAEL KORS

White Shirt

SACOOR

BROTHERS

Denim jeans and

white sneakers with

floral motif

KATE SPADE

Box Bag

LONGCHAMP

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THE LOOK

Floral pyjama set

and bag

TORY BURCH

Strappy heels

MICHAEL

MICHAEL KORS

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THE LOOK

Oversized Blazer

COS

Wide belt

SALVATORE

FERRAGAMO

White denim jeans

MICHAEL

MICHAEL KORS

Suede boots

LONGCHAMP

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THE LOOK

Navy trench coat and

white knitted turtle

neck sweater

MICHAEL

MICHAEL KORS

Frames

CARRERA

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THE LOOK

Suede coat and boots

LONGCHAMP

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THE LOOK

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THE LOOK

PHOTOGRAPHY

DELVIN XIAN @ IMAGEROM

PHOTOGRAPHY ASSISTANTS

ASYRAF & MIEMIE LOH @ IMAGEROM

ART DIRECTION SHIRLEY CHIA

STYLING BOSCO LIM

MAKEUP WAN NING LER

HAIR JUNO KO

MODEL YANA FOMENKO

@ ANDREWS MODELS

SHOT ON LOCATION AT HATCH

Knit dress

SALVATORE

FERRAGAMO

White shirt

SACOOR

BROTHERS

Peep toe boots

LONGCHAMP

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THE LOOK | KIDS FASHION

The Kids Are Alright

Big style for small people

CURATED BY VIVIAN YAP

TROPICAL TIDE

GUESS Kids – which was born Baby GUESS and debuted

in 1984 – is all grown up now. Their latest collection is

made up of threads for the fashion-conscious child, and is

minimal, sophisticated, yet engineered with a hint of urban

street style for some casual cool cred. Featuring denim

patches, flamingo motif embroidery and shell-feather prints,

this season’s items play with textures, burst with colour, and

include a good deal of printed patterns. Among the coveted

pieces, the sequin hoody stands out.

www.guess.com

EMBRACE THE WILD

Inviting spring into wardrobes, Singapore label Charles & Keith has elected

the giant panda as the mascot of its new Where The Wild Things Are line.

Motifs of this once endangered monochromatic creature are printed all over

the collection, highlighting the complex relationship human beings share with

nature. To appeal to the little ones, the Little Collection features 3D images

of the giant panda on classic ballerina flats and crossbody bags. For women,

designs include knotted bow convert loafers, knotted bow sandals, printed

lace-up sneakers mules, printed wedge thongs, printed front flap backpack,

and a printed semi-circle wristlet adorned with giant panda prints.

www.charleskeith.com/my/

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KIDS FASHION | THE LOOK

RACE TO THE FINISH LINE

Following in the tyre treads of

Ferrari Junior, here’s another

elite children's clothing brand

that’s taking fashion to the

highway. Tommy Hilfiger’s

speedway inspired collection

sees kids donning retro style

sporty streetwear. Pieces include

Tommy typography bombers,

red varsity jackets, classic school

sweaters and perennial denim in

Tommy’s signature Americana

theme colours of red, white and

blue to stir up nostalgia and

primary-hued pride.

global.tommy.com

READY, STEADY

A marriage between Ferrari and Berlinetta,

Ferrari Junior Collection is a tasteful and energetic

collection for infants and children. Featuring the

Prancing Horse’s bold signature colours of red,

black and yellow, these smart ensembles capture

the vibrancy of youthful spirits and that immaculate

Italian style. The versatile pieces with chic colour

blocks will allow your tykes to mix and match for

fun results, and the clothing is breathable and light

for ultimate comfort.

www.ferrarijuniorcollection.asia

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HEALTH | THE SUSTAINABLE DIET

A Lot of

Heart

You can live a long healthy life if you eat well,

exercise and avoid stress. Shereen Khoo adds

a few more years to your lifespan with these

helpful tips on improving your heart health.

WORDS BY SHEREEN KHOO

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| HEALTH

The ancients’ got it right when they

identified the heart as the storehouse of

love. Coincidently one of the most vital

organs in our body, keep your heart healthy

this coming Mother’s Day and Father’s Day by

preparing a spread that’s nutrient-rich with

vitamins, minerals, fibre and other nutrients.

For a healthy heart, the American Heart

Association recommends the consumption of

the following:

LOTS OF VEGETABLES AND FRUITS

Naturally high in vitamins, minerals and fibre,

they are also low in calories. Fibre refers to

components of plant materials in the diet that

cannot be digested by a human’s body and fibre

can be either soluble or insoluble. Both soluble

and insoluble forms of fibre are essential and

appear to have different health properties such

as increasing gastrointestinal health as well

as reducing blood cholesterol levels. Eating

a variety of fruits and vegetables may help to

control weight and blood pressure and the

soluble fibre is also found to have a

cholesterol-lowering effect

CHOOSE UNREFINED WHOLEGRAIN FOODS

The unrefined whole-grain foods such as the

wholemeal varieties produce a lower glycemic

effect and helps regulate blood sugar. Eating

whole grains such as oats and barley also provide

the body with a type of soluble fiber called betaglucan

which has a cholesterol lowering effect.

CUT DOWN ON YOUR SATURATED FAT INTAKE

Saturated fats are known to increase the levels of

bad LDL cholesterol. Choosing lean protein such

as poultry and fish without the skin, selecting the

leanest cuts available such as the breast meat, and

preparing them in healthy ways will reduce the

intake of saturated fats. Select fat-free or low-fat

dairy products instead of full-fat or full-cream

milk and cut down on consumption of food

products made from butter. Better yet reduce

or cut out dairy.

CONSUME FISH AT LEAST TWICE A WEEK

Research shows that eating oily fish containing

omega-3 fatty acids (for example, salmon, trout,

mackerel and herring) may help lower risk of

coronary artery disease. Eat one serving of fatty

fish (100 grams cooked per serving) at least two

times a week. Although increasing omega-3 fatty

acid consumption through foods is preferable,

those with coronary artery disease may want

to talk to their physician about supplements to

obtain a larger dose of omega-3. As a precaution,

avoid consuming fish that are known to contain

high mercury levels such as shark, swordfish,

king mackerel, tilefish and tuna.

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HEART HEALTHY MEAL

Stuck for ideas to prepare that main

event at home? Well, look no further

than this healthy heart and easy-to-cook

main course. This grilled salmon dish

is full of wonderfully complementary

flavours and rich in valuable omega

fatty acids.

You can also boost your fibre

intake by serving steamed or stir-fried

vegetables and brown rice. It is a perfect

combination for a healthy main course.

HERBED SALMON STEAK

(Serves 2)

• 2 salmon steaks, 1-inch thick

• 1 lemon, squeezed for juice

• 1 ½ tbsp of fresh parsley, chopped

• 1 ½ tbsp of fresh rosemary

• Salt and pepper for seasoning

METHOD

1. Season the fish with a little salt and

pepper. Sprinkle the parsley and

rosemary on top of the fish.

2. Grill under a moderate heat (180°C) for 7

to 8 minutes, turning halfway through.

3. Return to the oven for a further 7 to 8

minutes or until the fish flakes easily

when tested with a fork.

4. Remove from oven. Pour 1 teaspoon

of freshly squeezed lemon juice over

the fish and serve.

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BEAUTY & WELLNESS

GETTING FIT IN THE GARDEN OF THE

THIRD HEAVEN

Trisara – which is Sanskrit for ‘garden of the third

heaven’ – could not be a more accurate name for

Thailand’s most celebrated all-pool villa resort. Hidden

within a lush jungle landscape with breathtaking views

of the South China Sea, Trisara is teaming up with

Fitbit, one of the biggest names in fitness, to create a

100,000 step fitness experience for guests.

Held across eight days and seven nights, the

programme begins the minute you strap on your

complimentary Fitbit Ionic Smart Watch. A private

fitness consultation will assess your fitness levels and

objectives, and a fitness schedule will be customised

for you with the ultimate goal of achieving 100,000

steps during your stay.

With activities such as kayaking, stand up

paddle boarding, circuit training, ocean swimming

and rainforest walks, getting fit and healthy will be

anything but boring and repetitive. In addition to

complimentary water sports such as snorkelling and

windsurfing, guests – who will stay in one of Trisara’s

Private Ocean Front Pool Villas – will also receive

daily massages at Trisara’s newly relaunched JARA

Spa and get to indulge in locally inspired cuisine at the

resort’s restaurant, PRU. With all that to look forward

to, not having time to set foot in the gym won’t be

such a bad thing after all.

Valid for stays until 31 October 2018, with rates

starting from USD850 per night.

www.trisara.com

WHERE EAST AND WEST MEET

Located beside the beautiful Yangcheng

Lake in Suzhou, China, Sangha by Octave is

a holistic wellness sanctuary that combines

Chinese and Western approaches to

achieve mindfulness. Its tranquil setting

within grounds approximately 189,000

square metres – and adjacent to the ancient

Chongyuan Temple – is ideal for this.

Here, guests will be provided with

a body-mind evaluation led by an

international team of medical doctors and

healing experts. The resulting customised

healing plan will include a combination

of healing spa treatments, Ayurvedic and

traditional Chinese medicine practices,

lakeside yoga and sound healing, among the

numerous unique treatments and services

offered.

WORDS BY VIVIAN YAP

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ADVERTORIAL

A Thai Odyssey Experience

Where relaxation and bliss are within reach

A

member of the Malaysian Association of Wellness and Spa, the

award-winning Thai Odyssey offers up a delightful menu of healing

treatments in a relaxing spa inspired environment.

Invited to try one of their treatments, as per spa etiquette I arrived at

the Mid Valley Megamall Thai Odyssey 10 minutes prior to my designated

appointment time. This is recommended so that you can decompress and

mentally shrug off whatever thoughts weighing heavily on the mind.

Given the serenity of the setting, this was not hard. Enveloped by the

heady scent of exotic fragrance, the hustle and bustle of frantic shoppers

quickly disappeared as I entered a tranquil setting of dark woods, soft Thai silk

cushions and mood lighting.

As with all therapies, mine is preceded by the offer of hot Thai herbal

tea to soothe the belly, and a warm and gentle footbath before entering the

treatment area.

Though every one of Thai Odyssey’s 50 over spas are pleasant and

welcoming, not all are set out over two storeys like the one at Mid Valley

Megamall in Kuala Lumpur. Upstairs, different spaces have been designed

for different treatments. Among them are the Traditional Thai Massage,

Thai Aromatherapy Massage, Thai Herbal Therapy, Hot Stone Massage, as

well as more targeted treatments like the Traditional Foot Massage and Half

Body Massage.

I would be trying the Traditional Thai Massage, which is offered in 60,

90 and 120 minutes options and takes place in small but private rooms with a

wardrobe to store items and a curtain for privacy.

Normally, natural botanically derived products are used for Thai Odyssey

treatments. However, as the Traditional Thai Massage is a dry massage, this

is an exception. As per spa etiquette I removed all jewellery, switched off my

phone and slipped into the garments offered and sunk down onto the floor

mattress face up with a herbal eye mask on.

Surrendering to 90 minutes of blissful relaxation, I knew I would be in

good hands as Thai Odyssey therapists have more that 6 years of experience in

the art of Thai healing. Unlike many massages, which employ large sweeping

motions, the Traditional Thai Massage is a pressure massage and uses gentle

but firm pressure to knead away kinks in the muscles and stretch out tightness.

This is applied by the therapist not just with strong fingers and palms, but

entire arms, elbows and even feet to get the desired results.

As my assigned therapist worked her way slowly but assuredly up from

the soles of my feet to my thighs, then my hands, arms and shoulders, she

would regularly check to ensure that the pressure she placed was neither too

soft nor to hard.

Arms behind me, I was briefly lifted off the ground in a stretch before

instructed to turn over for the second part of the treatment, this time face

down. Similarly working her way up from my lower to upper extremities, this

portion of the massage also included plenty of welcome kneading of the back

and shoulders, which were tense from hours spent hunched up in front of the

computer screen.

Testament to how relaxed my body had become from all the attention

given to it, when I sat up nearly 90 minutes after we had begun, my ligaments

and joints comfortably cracked into place as the therapist bent and twisted my

body around hers. Just like that one and a half hours had melted away. A light

head massage concluded the treatment, and after another soothing cup of Thai

herbal tea, I exited feeling limber and light.

With over 50 Thai Odyssey outlets conveniently located across the

country, it’s reassuring to know that escaping the stresses and strains imposed

upon us by daily life is easy and affordable. Just be sure to call to make a

reservation ahead of your “me time” to ensure your preferred time and service

is available.

For a list of locations and services, go to thaiodyssey.com/services/Malaysia.


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Less

is more

The winning formula of Basque cuisine.

WORDS BY KATJA WALLRAFEN / DPA / THE INTERVIEW PEOPLE

ALL IMAGES BY LAURA EDWARDS / DPA / THE INTERVIEW PEOPLE

Ager Uriguen Uribe sets down a plate of baby spinach with thinly sliced steak and

cranberries in a passionfruit dressing.

The dish is a touch of avant garde combined with the traditional Basque cuisine

Uribe grew up, adding up to something new and exciting. But the Bilbao-born chef is

not alone in mixing old and new – in fact, part of the reason why the region's cuisine

has been such a success is because his fellow Basques are doing the same thing.

Uribe takes a step back to first describe the fantastic starting point that is his homeland, a

border region between Spain and France.

He swears that Basque produce is the best: "Basque country is on the Bay of Biscay. The fertile

soil, as well as the fresh fish - not only from the sea, but also lakes and rivers - means only the very

best."

Jose Pizarro also sings the praises of the region's exceptional products: "Basque country is

an excellent place for livestock because there's a lot of grass and the winters are rainy. As a rule,

animals are allowed to graze on the green hills, which makes their meat wonderfully delicious."

Pizarro is at the forefront of the movement that brought a new wave of Spanish cuisine to

London.

"Meat plays a big role, but so does fish. To this day, the fishermen still go out to sea. I owe some

of my recipes to them," says Pizarro.

Marmitako, a classic fish stew, was originally prepared by Basque fishermen on their boats.

Onions and garlic are sauteed in oil, followed by red and green peppers, a bay leaf and potatoes,

before being simmered with fish stock. Fried mackerel is added at the end.

"Vegetables also play an important role, as the Basque country is basically a huge vegetable

garden," says Miquel Villacrosa, head chef at Das Stue, a top hotel in Berlin. For the past two years,

the native Catalan has been working in the hotel's Cinco restaurant.

For new creations, he follows the Basque tradition of focusing on one or two main ingredients.

Thanks to the excellent quality of the products, the dishes don't need much: A tomato salad with

fresh fruits, made with high-quality olive oil and sea salt, is a poem.

There is also a tradition of cooking together in Basque cuisine.

Txokoa is the name of Uribe's Berlin-based restaurant that he has been running for four years

with business partner Giovanni Miranda from Chile. "The name can mean a cosy spot, as well as a

gastronomic society," explains Uribe.

During their elaborate, sometimes hours-long preparations, they watch football or try out new

recipes together.

If you want to get to know the diversity of Basque cuisine, it's best to start with the Basque

version of tapas, which are called pintxo.

Classics include angulas, which are glass eels in olive oil, sauteed garlic and dried chilli flakes, or

bacalao al pil-pil, which is made with salt cod, garlic, chilli and olive oil.

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Basque in the spotlight

The fact that the 2018 installment of the

World’s Best Restaurants Awards on June

19th takes place in Bilbao, Spain speaks

volumes about the Basque region as a

culinary destination.

Located in the north of Spain, Basque

country stretches toward the Bay of Biscay

and encompasses cities such as San Sebastian,

Bilbao, Pamplona and even Biarritz in

France.

San Sebastian – or Donostia as it’s known

in Basque – is a city with a stellar 17 Michelin

stars, more than any other foodie destination

in the world with the exception of Kyoto. In

fact the region, which is celebrated for its

unique culture, language and phenomenal

food, also has the most Michelin-starred

restaurants per capita in the world. To say

Basque cuisine is having a moment in the

limelight would be a gross understatement.

Its climate and geographical location –

along the Bay of Biscay, stretching out across

arid plains in the south towards the western

Pyrenees – are two reasons for its amazing

and abundant produce.

Local fishermen continue to set out to

sea bringing back with them a bounty of cod

(which is salted) and tuna. Inland there are

freshwater fish, seasonal fresh fruits and

vegetables like guindilla peppers from Ibarra

and Tolosa beans, and cured meats like black

pudding and spicy chorizo de Pamplona.

Markets such as San Sebastian’s San

Martín and La Bretxa, which supply some of

the world’s most highly rated restaurants,

should be your first stop on any Basque

culinary journey.

Don’t just stop at pintxos, possibly the

single food item most commonly associated

with the region. Basque food is diverse and

delicious thanks to a rich and varied history

of conquest and immigration, and a brave

approach to creative experimentation.

What to eat

Start with

Pintxos – bite-sized eats served

as tiny open sandwiches held

together with a toothpick and not

for sharing.

Gerezi beltza arno gorriakin – soup

made from cherries in a sweet wine

syrup served with crème fraîche or

ice cream.

Dig into these mains

Bacalao al pil pil – salted Atlantic

cod and garlic cooked in olive oil.

Marmitako – stew of tuna, onions,

potatoes, peppers and tomatoes.

For dessert

Pastel Vasco – crispy sponge cake

with crème pâtissière filling and

fruit such as cherries.

Turron – almond nougat.

Idiazábal cheese – hard aged

cheese made from unpasteurised

goat’s milk.

What to drink

Sidra – naturally fermented

local cider with still and dry

characteristics.

Txakoli – sparkling dry white

wine, highly acidic and best served

chilled as an apéritif.

La Rioja wine.

ADDITIONAL WORDS BY MUNA NOOR

" Basque food is diverse

and delicious thanks

to a rich and varied

history of conquest

and immigration, and

a brave approach

to creative

experimentation."

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" For new creations, he

follows the Basque

tradition of focusing

on one or two main

ingredients. Thanks to

the excellent quality

of the products, the

dishes don't need much"

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7 Basque restaurants to try

Arzak, San Sebastian

Sitting as prettily on a hill on the edge of San Sebastian as

they do at #30 on the World’s Best Restaurant’s 2017 Iist, this

3-Michelin star family-run restaurant by Chef Juan Mari Arzak

and his daughter Elena turn out peerless modern Basque cuisine.

www.arzak.es

Mugaritz, San Sebastian

A beautiful garden setting is just the beginning of the amazing

culinary experience you can expect from 2-Michelin star chef

Chef Andoni Luis Aduriz and his team. The 20-course menu

has already put this restaurant at #9 on 2017’s World’s Best

Restaurants list.

www.mugaritz.com

Azurmendi, Bilbao

At #38 on the World’s Best Restaurants last year, this fabulous

3-Michelin star family-run restaurant has won plaudits for

its approach to sustainability as well as its impeccable service,

imaginative cuisine and flair for drama. Your gastronomic

journey begins at Azurmendi’s rooftop vegetable garden and

continues in the dining room where each course is accompanied

by different visual projections.

www.azurmendi.biz

Nerua, Bilbao

No trip to Bilbao is complete without a visit to the Guggenheim

Bilbao Museum. Under the careful eye of Chef Josean Alija, the

food whipped up at #56 on the World’s Best Restaurants 2017

list is as much art as anything within the museum’s gallery.

www.neruaguggenheimbilbao.com/en

Rodero, Pamplona

In a city better known for the running of the bulls, this elegant

1-Michelin star venue shines for its friendly service and excellent

value for money. Their winning 7-course degustation menu of

Basque specialties includes wine, water and tea or coffee.

www.restauranterodero.com

Europa, Pamplona

Proving that hotel restaurants can be just as creative as

any independent eatery, this family-run 1-Michelin star

establishment in Europa hotel is located just off the city’s main

square and has continued to wow guests and diners with its

exemplary take on Basque ingredients and generous service.

www.hreuropa.com

Asador Etxebarri, Axpe

At #6, Asador Etxebarri is the highest ranked Basque restaurant

in the World’s Best Restaurants 2017 list. It’s an amazing

accomplishment for self-taught Chef Victor Arguinzoniz, whose

simple but distinctively smoky wood-fire barbeque dishes have

turned this rural countryside town into a gourmet destination.

asadoretxebarri.com

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CLUBHOUSE

Tel: 03-7804 8888

www.facebook.com/ginshuitei

OPERATING HOURS

Monday to Sunday

Lunch 12.00pm to 3.00pm

Dinner 6.30pm to 10.30pm

TOFU SUTEKI

The Tofu Suteki simply melts in your mouth. Sitting regally

in sweet and sour gravy, the silky tofu is complemented

by a generous helping of mushrooms, which adds plenty

of flavour. This delectable dish works as a starter or an

accompaniment to a main dish.

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CLUBHOUSE

Tel: 03-7804 8888 (ext 306/309)

www.tropicanagolf.com

OPERATING HOURS

Monday to Friday 7.00am to 12.00am

Saturday to Sunday 7.00am to 8.00pm

TIGER PRAWNS WITH GREEN CILI PADI

AND PETAI & LAUK TEMPOYAK SAYUR

LEMAK NEGERI SEMBILAN

Succulent tiger prawns stir fried to perfection in a

sumptuous green cili padi paste and petai. Not for

the faint of heart, this dish is spicy at its best and

the inclusion of petai provides added flavour.

This particular tempoyak dish originates from

Negeri Sembilan and is made of fermented durian

cooked with pucuk ubi, petai, pegaga, daun kaduk,

daun kunyit, serai and ikan bilis. The mixture is

simmered in coconut milk, which gives the dish a

creamy texture, and results in a gravy that’s mildly

sweet and sour. It’s a delicacy favoured by many

Malaysians, but is an acquired taste as it can be

quite pungent. Both dishes are best served with a

plate of hot rice.

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Clubhouse

Tel: 03-7805 3935

BUSINESS HOURS

11.30am to 3.00pm

5.00pm to 10.30pm

OPERATING HOURS

Monday to Sunday

Lunch

11.30am to 3.00pm

Dinner

5.00pm to 10.00pm

JAPCHAE

Japchae translates as mixed vegetables.

When it was first invented in the 17th

century, it was a noodle-less dish.

Today, the main highlight of the dish

is glass noodles stir fried with colourful

vegetables. The Japchae has a balanced

sweet and savoury flavour with a

crunchy vegetable texture that’s neither

raw nor soft, and bouncy glass noodles

that are not mushy. You will find that

wood fungus, julienned carrots and

sesame seeds are a favourite inclusion in

this dish.

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CLUBHOUSE

Tel: 03-7805 3935

www.jojoitalianrestaurant.com

OPERATING HOURS

Monday to Thursday

11.00am to 11.00pm

Friday to Sunday

11.00am to 1.00pm

PIZZA QUARTRO STAGIONI

A combination of four flavours, this ensemble

consists of beef bacon, turkey ham, mushroom

and black olives with liberal portions of

mozzarella cheese. The pizza crust is thin and

baked to perfection – neither too crispy nor

soft, but just the right texture. The toppings are

a simple yet enticing blend that immortalises

this Italian eatery’s best flavours on one pizza.

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Lot 413, 4th floor,

Suria KLCC ,

50088 Kuala Lumpur

Tel: 03-2166 9881

www.taithong.com.my

OPERATING HOURS

Monday to Saturday

11.30am to 10.30pm

SHREDDED CHICKEN AND MANGO SERVED WITH SWEET SPICY SAUCE

Tai Thong celebrates our respected elders this Parents' Day with a two-month long

promotion that includes delicious dishes such as Shredded Chicken and Mango Served

With Sweet Spicy Sauce, a concoction as nutritious and healthy as it is delicious. As our

pillars of strength, the towers upon whom we lean on for support, mum and dad deserve

to be feted with a feast that includes this sumptuous serving platter (pictured) with juicy

abalone morsels, bite-sized parcels of glutinous rice wrapped in lotus leaf and crispy

dancing fish. The quickest way to the heart is the stomach after all.

Sunday and Public Holidays

10.30am to 10.30pm

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THE NEXT

ONE HUNDRED

Louis XIII Cognac puts the future in your hands.

WORDS BY REMI DUTTA

If you could bottle time what would it look, smell and taste like? An exquisite blend of up to 1,200

eaux-de-vie sourced 100 percent from Grande Champagne, at the very heart of Louis XIII’s exquisite

cognac is the question of time and its restorative powers.

The first cru of the Cognac region, since its origins in 1874, each generation of cellar master has

selected from its cellars the oldest and most precious eaux-de-vie for Louis XIII. The result of this careful

process is the distillation of 100 years in a single bottle.

But what does a single sip conjure? Imagine if you will France a century ago. 1918. A man toiling on a

vineyard. He’s gone now but in the wake of two world wars, political and economic upheaval, the dawn of

the computer age and the democratization of travel and information, his work lives on and is celebrated

in every sip. It is the perfect eulogy for his lifelong commitment and passion and encapsulates the

gravitas and sense of occasion that surrounds the uncorking of any crystal bottle of Louis XIII Cognac.

Each decanter of Louis XIII is the life achievement of generations of cellar masters. Even the vessel

Louis VIII’s precious liquid is contained in is a work of collective commitment. Made from fine crystal

for generations, it is mouth-blown by some of the most skilled master craftsmen whose trade and art has

been handed down and learned through repetition. Presenting centuries of cumulative experience in a

single glass Louis VIII invites you to introspect and contemplate.

So it is of no surprise that while rare for a brand as established Louis XIII to consider its longevity and

continued existence so publicly, Louis XIII should do exactly that when it debuted the track ‘100 Years - The

Song We'll Only Hear If We Care’ in in partnership with Pharrell Williams.

This latest collaboration between Louis XIII and singer, arranger, composer, fashion designer and

environmental advocate, Pharrell Williams, 100 Years - The Song We'll Only Hear If We Care’ is the

continuation of a project that began in 2015, when Louis XIII teamed up with renowned actor and

creative visionary John Malkovich to create “100 Years: The Movie You Will Never See.”

By setting aside its finest eaux-de-vie as a legacy to his successors for the coming century Cellar

Master Baptiste Loiseau compels us to think a century ahead. What will the world be like 100 years from

now? The warning the brand presents is surprisingly sobering for what is essentially an alcoholic drink.

“Nature and time are at the heart of what we do,” explained Ludovic du Plessis, Global Executive

Director of Louis XIII at the track’s premiere. “If the environment is unstable, even the greatest Cellar

Master would not be able to compose the exceptional blend that is Louis XIII. Global Warming is one of

the most important issues of the 21st century.”

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“By setting aside its

finest eaux-de-vie

as a legacy to his

successors for the

coming century

Cellar Master

Baptiste Loiseau

compels us to think a

century ahead.”

Aware of environmental issues particularly global warming and the threat it poses

to the planet and every living creature on it, Louis XIII’s If We Care campaign is a

reminder that while the future is impossible to predict, it is not impossible to control.

Created to be enjoyed alone deep in thought or by the fireside amongst peers

in animated conversation and debate, this superb cognac is perfectly positioned to

inspire action and motivate others to get involved in the international effort to curb

global warming. Crafted over a century in an age of high turnover and immediate

gratification, Louis XIII rightly asks us to slow down, even stop and reconsider the time

in which we frame our actions – the ultimate manifestation of mindfulness before it

became a movement.

What’s at stake is considerable. Pharrell’s ‘100 Years - The Song We'll Only Hear If

We Care’ is a poetic interpretation of the tragedy that could potentially unfold if we do

nothing; the broadcast of his art to the 100 guests invited to the Shanghai reveal could

be the only time in history anyone outside of the studio where the song was made will

have heard it if we don’t consider our actions now for the next 100 years. This is because

its eventual release in 2117 is conditional.

Recorded onto a single disc made of clay from the chalky soil of Cognac, the track

has been stored in the cellars of Louis XIII in a state-of-the-art safe specially designed

by Fichet-Bauche and destructible only when submerged in water. The only way to

guarantee this original piece of music will be heard again a century from now is if we

address the dire consequences of global warming. Fail to act and sea levels will continue

to rise at current rates with scientists projecting that in 100 years a significant portion

of the world’s land may be underwater, Pharrell’s composition included.

Pharrell Williams says it best when he said at the Shanghai event, “I love the fact

that Louis XIII thinks a century ahead. We should all do the same for the planet.” So the

next time you are engrossed, glass in hand, and Louis XIII’s exceptional aromas evoking

myrrh, honey, dried roses, plum, honeysuckle, cigar box, leather, figs and passion fruit

on the palate, remember to drink to the future, and then act on it.

www.louisxiii-cognac.com

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SET THE

TRUTH

FREE

It’s almost impossible to imagine life without Wikipedia – but while

other internet titans have made billions, Jimmy Wales’ online

encyclopaedia remains resolutely not-for-profit.

Richard Godwin meets the good guy of tech.

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THE INTERVIEW PEOPLE

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Jimmy Donal Wales, born 7 August,

1966 in Huntsville, Alabama, also

known as Jimbo Wales, is an American

internet entrepreneur. He is the cofounder

of Wikipedia, an online non-profit

encyclopaedia, and the for-profit web

hosting company, Wikia.

I cribbed that from Jimmy Wales’

Wikipedia page – I’m sure he won’t mind.

Wales is unusual among founders of

unfathomably popular websites (Wikipedia

is the fifth most visited on the web) in that

he is a) incredibly nice; b) not a billionaire;

and c) presiding over a website that doesn’t

produce paroxysms of disgust and derision

whenever you mention it. ‘We make the

internet not suck,’ is how he likes to put it.

Those three qualities might be linked,

you see.

While the open-source, communitycreated

encyclopaedia that he launched in

2001 has its faults, it is open about them.

‘When most websites talk about community,

they just mean the general public,’ he tells

me, while busying himself with a plate of

eggs and avocado. ‘With Wikipedia, the

community actually know each other: they

get in fights, they make up, they keep each

other in check in a kind and thoughtful way

over a long period of time. It requires a lot

of nurturing. And it requires that you forget

about the way you’re supposed to build

a website.’

So it is not perfect, but it works. He cites

one particular example that always makes

him laugh, which is that the Wikipedia entry

for ‘poor Jemima Goldsmith’ features a

supremely unflattering picture for someone

so glamorous. ‘She just thinks it’s funny. I

keep telling her, just give us another photo.’

We’re talking over breakfast at The

Ivy Kensington Brasserie, not far from the

Notting Hill home Wales shares with his

wife, Kate Garvey, and their two daughters,

four and six. Wales also has a 17-year-old

daughter from a previous marriage.

Garvey used to be Tony Blair’s diary

manager and now works for Freuds, the PR

company founded by Matthew Freud. Wales

has described his wife as ‘the most connected

woman in London’ and that was certainly the

impression you might have had from their

2012 wedding. Alastair Campbell played the

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“Wales is concerned

about the collapse

of local journalism

and a click-based

online advertising

model which results

in stories going

unreported.”

bagpipes, the Blairs, David Miliband, Lord

Adonis, Mick Hucknall and Lily Cole were

guests, as was another Siliconminster power

couple: Steve Hilton (David Cameron’s former

advisor) and Rachel Whetstone (currently

vice-president of communications at

Facebook, who formerly held senior lobbyist

roles with Uber and Google). Wales likes to

cook and they regularly hold dinner parties.

Indeed, Wales and Garvey are so at home

among the international elite, they met at

the Piano Bar at the World Economic Forum

in Davos, Switzerland. It remains a romantic

place for them both. ‘Now we stay in the same

room in the same hotel every year – it’s like coming home,’ Wales says

between forkfuls. (The eggs are ‘unexpectedly delicious!’ he exclaims.)

His voice is less Alabama and more business American with a few

Anglicisms thrown in. He’s forthright and funny, a little rough around the

edges, like Wikipedia, but this is part of the charm. And no, the other tech

CEOs don’t tease him about not being a billionaire. (An old section of his

Wikipedia page, since revised, pinned his fortune at less than $1 million.)

‘Launching Wikipedia with no ads, no paywall, was a series of bad business

decisions, but that’s how I’ve built my career so far,’ he smiles. ‘I said that

to [Google co-founder] Larry Page and he just laughed and said, “Just keep

doing what you’re doing”.’

Wales is freshly back from Davos, where he spoke about his new site,

WikiTribune, which he hopes will harness Wikipedian principles of

transparency, community and neutrality for the era of misinformation

and alternative facts. ‘I had a stomach bug for the first days so it was kind of

grim,’ he says of this year’s conference. ‘And then the President spoke and

we all had stomach aches. Ha ha...

‘In the event, Donald Trump didn’t declare nuclear war or call anyone

a p***y. ‘He stuck to the script and didn’t say anything new. Here are his

positions, you can agree with some and disagree with others. If he behaved

like that all the time, it would be significantly less frightening.’

It was the rise of Trump – as well as Brexit – that prompted the launch

of WikiTribune in October. Wales is concerned about the collapse of local

journalism and a click-based online advertising model which results in

stories going unreported.

‘In the past, if you were a boat manufacturer and you wanted to sell

boats you’d say: “Well, who buys boats?” It’s men in their early 50s who are

having a midlife crisis. So you’d work out what publications we read. But

now they can just follow that demographic around the internet. I can be on

the spammiest website or message board and I see boats. That means quality

newspapers aren’t just competing with each other, they’re competing with

everything.’ The idea of WikiTribune is to allow a Wikipedian ‘community’

worldwide to suggest stories, collate information, crunch data, write and

edit articles. After a successful crowdfunding campaign, he has taken on 10

journalists full-time. ‘It’s a start,’ he says.

Since Trump’s election, the public mood has turned against the tech

giants: Esquire recently characterised the ‘big four’ tech companies (Google,

Facebook, Amazon and Apple) as a ‘tax-avoiding, job-killing, soul-sucking

machine’. Wales doesn’t appear to disagree with that characterisation, but

isn’t sure what to do about it.

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“Esquire recently

characterised the ‘big four’

tech companies as a ‘taxavoiding,

job-killing, soulsucking

machine’. Wales

doesn’t appear to disagree

with that characterisation…”

He isn’t necessarily in favour of breaking down the

monopolies. ‘I’m not sure what that means,’ he says.

‘But never mind what I think ought to happen, they

are under a lot of pressure and there’s going to be a lot

of hard public policy questions around this.’ He notes

that Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg becoming

President ‘might not be a bad idea, by the way, if we’re

going to have a billionaire president’.

What?! I say. That’s a terrible idea. Awkward

laughter from Wales. You’ve probably met him a

bunch of times, right? ‘I have. He’s a very sweet guy. But

anyway, he’d be a better President than Trump – I’m not

exactly going out on a limb there.’

Wales has now been in London for about seven or

eight years and will be eligible for a British passport

next year – ‘just when it will become useless because of

Brexit!’ And he feels very much at home here. Indeed, it

all seems very cosy, this tech-politics love-in. Are people

right to be suspicious of this?

He laughs. ‘I’m not really on the inside of lots of

things, but I do know all these people. Often, people

have some kind of conspiracy mindset about the elite.

They literally have no idea how incompetent we all

are.’ Oh, I wouldn’t say that. Wales puts in a word for

Jeremy Corbyn. ‘Whatever you may think of him – and

I’m not a fan, I’ve never bumped into him at a dinner

party in London – he is not part of a Westminster

bubble.’ Neither, he points out, is Theresa May. But he

suggests that the fact that members of opposing parties

might occasionally meet over dinner isn’t such a bad

thing. ‘There is a Westminster set, people who know

each other socially and so on – and that helps with a

bipartisan approach. It’s not as completely broken down

as it is in the US.’

Regulating the sector, he says, is ‘an ongoing problem’.

He feels that things went downhill in the United Kingdom

when Second Home co-founder Rohan Silva left No 10 (that’s

David Cameron’s former tech advisor, now an Evening

Standard columnist). He believes Government debates about

removal of encryption are ‘insane’: ‘It’s the dumbest thing

ever. It makes zero sense. It’s an incredibly important barrier

against cybercrime. The truth is, they had a brief golden era

when they could spy on everyone they wanted – and now it’s

become significantly harder again.’

Overall, he sees plenty of reasons to be cheerful. He

struggles with smartphone addiction – who doesn’t? – but sees

an elegant solution in Arianna Huffington’s new app, Thrive,

which limits your usage. ‘I think I need to download that and

try it. And I’m thinking about going on to Twitter and just

unfollowing everyone. And completely rebooting.’ Lately,

he’s been finding solace in Instagram. ‘You never get sucked

into a black hole. It’s just pictures. Friends. Kids. It’s nice.’

And perhaps you have to see the best side of people in his

business. ‘What is interesting is that in 2017 there was the

lowest percentage of people in poverty in history. The lowest

infant mortality rate in history. It was by a lot of measures

the greatest year in history. I’ve been as guilty as anyone of

saying the world is doomed. But it’s not all bad.’

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CURATED BY MUNA NOOR

BMW GROUP MALAYSIA INTRODUCES FIRST-EVER BMW X2

IMAGE BY BMW MALAYSIA

Introduced here in Malaysia in the

sDrive20i M Sport variant, the BMW X2

is the newest member to the premium

automaker’s portfolio of Sports Activity

Coupes.

Undeniably sporty, the vehicle comes

with a BMW Aerodynamics and Sport

Suspension package. This manifests as a

lean, mean, lowered 10mm body, matching

body and wheel arch trim and doors

cladding, and 90mm diameter, high-gloss

chrome two-sided exhaust tailpipes.

Moving to the top, the roofline of

the BMW X2 has an almost coupe-like

lightness that gives the car the impression

of surging forward. The inclusion of side

skirts, 19” M light alloy wheels, doublespoke

style 715M with run-flat properties,

and roof rails in Aluminium Satinated add

to the poised, ready-to-pounce appearance.

Powered by the multiple award-winning

two litre BMW TwinPower Turbo

4-cylinder petrol engine which combines

twin-scroll turbocharger with Valvetronic,

double VANOS and High Precision

Injection, the BMW X2 sDrive20i M Sport

variant generates a top speed of 227km/h

and sprints from 0-100km/h in just 7.7

seconds. At an overall system output of

192hp and 280Nm of torque, it also comes

with a 7-speed Steptronic Sport doubleclutch

transmission.

As the only premium automaker with

such an offering, BMW ConnectedDrive

elements have once again been designed to

assist, inform and entertain. This includes

Intelligent Emergency Call, Teleservices,

Concierge Services, BMW Online and

BMW Remote Services.

The BMW X2 also offers drivers a wide

selection of Driver Assistance systems.

With the mere push of the Driving

Experience Control switch, drivers can

choose between COMFORT mode,

efficiency-enhancing ECO PRO mode,

and SPORT mode. It is also equipped with

the Performance Control which allows

engine control and brake intervention

during cornering. The car is not just about

speed though; Park Assistant helps parallel

parking manoeuvres, and Park Distance

Control and the rear-view camera makes

precise manoeuvring that much easier.

Not to be left out, passengers are also

prioritised in the designing of the BMW

X2 with the automatic air-conditioning

split into two zones. Both front passenger

and driver are treated to electric seat

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MALAYSIA’S ZEN LOW

TO BETTER HIS 2018

PERFORMANCE

Seasoned race car driver, Zen Low, is

geared up to improve on his 2017 thirdplace

finish for the coming 2018 Ferrari

Challenge Trofeo Pirelli APAC season.

Malaysia’s first driver to compete at the

wheel of the 488 Challenge in the onemake

series was re-appointed to race for

team OneApps NAZA Aylezo this year.

Brimming with confidence, he is all set for

the six-city 2018 Series, which kicked off

in Melbourne in March and is set to finish

in Monza in November.

Competing in the Trofeo Pirelli

category under the race number of 69,

Zen is an adroit businessman with a keen

interest and natural talent for racing. He

founded Aylezo Motorsport in 2009, and

over the years has participated in multiple

motorsport events including the Gulf 12

Hours 2012, Asian Le Mans Series, GT

Asia 2015 and Bathurst 12 Hours 2017.

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adjustment, with the addition of memory

function for the driver, while the Comfort

Access System allows for contactless

opening of the tailgate where luggage

compartment capacity is ample at 470

litres, and up to 1,355 litres with the

40/20/40 split folding down rear seat

backrests.

All this is as good as it looks. Inside, the

new BMW X2 offers LED ambient lighting

in orange, lilac, mint, bronze, blue and

white colour settings, while external colour

offerings come in a choice of Galvanic

Gold Metallic, Misano Blue Metallic

and Sunset Orange Metallic with Black

Interior Colour with contrasting Grey

seams. For ultimate ferocity, we love the

Black Sapphire metallic model, which has

an interior option of Magma Red interior

with contrasting Grey seams.

RM320,800 on the road, without

insurance, and with BMW Group

Malaysia’s latest 5 Years Unlimited

Mileage Warranty, Free Scheduled Service

Programme and BMW Tyre Warranty

Programme. Just contact BMW Group

Financial Services Malaysia to find out

about its dynamic financial programme.

www.bmw.com.my

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SPLIT

PERSONALITY

Winds of change have blown over Maserati Ghibli’s sports sedan.

It’s 2018 version gets a makeover to reflect the two moods of the

Maserati driver.

WORDS BY

MUNA NOOR

fter four years of remarkable success, the Maserati Ghibli is back with a

A

facelift.

No other pillars of Maserati’s personality speak louder than its

elegance and sportiness. Revealed at the 2017 Frankfurt Motorshow, the

refreshed 2018 Maserati Ghibli has been respectfully restyled with a rich

array of hi-tech features plus two distinctive trims that will suit drivers

with a passion for speed and agility as well as drivers who enjoy cruising in

luxurious levels of comfort.

Despite the rework, the Ghibli remains faithful to its DNA, and virtues such as

its unmistakable class, top-quality performance and stylish yet comfortable driving

experience remain intact.

In fact, if there is something satisfyingly familiar about the Ghibli, you’d be right.

The car shares its core architecture – chassis, suspension layout, V6 engines and eightspeed

ZF automatic transmission – with the Maserati’s flagship vehicle, the Quattroporte.

Both the Ghibli and the Quattroporte are also the first Maserati models to adopt

the Integrated Vehicle Control (IVC) system developed in collaboration with Bosch. It

has been designed to help prevent, rather than simply correct, vehicle instability and

provides enhanced active safety, improved driving dynamics and thrilling performance.

However, the Ghibli is 293 millimetres shorter and 50kg lighter than the Quattroporte.

This combination of perfect weight distribution, front double-wishbone/rear multi-link

suspension and standard Limited-Slip Differential (LSD), collectively conspire to provide

the kind of razor-sharp road handling you’d expect of a car of this calibre.

Further reductions by engineers and designer in the car’s drag coefficient from

0.31 in 2017 to 0.29 in 2018 have managed to improve aerodynamic efficiency of the

retooled Ghibli by 7 percent. For sheer speed, the all-petrol versions of the Ghibli were

manufactured by Ferrari in Maranello and feature the acclaimed Euro 6 homologated Twin

Turbo 3.0-litre V6 engine in conjunction with a ZF eight-speed automatic transmission.

Of course, with great power comes greater responsibility. The refreshed Ghibli comes

with a suite of safety features built in and has been conferred a five-star Euro NCAP

safety rating.

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“Each has been engineered and

designed to use its own voice

to sing the twin praises of

Maserati’s luxurious elegance

and race-bred performance.”

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“The Ghibli GranLusso reinterprets the

concept of luxury in a sports sedan

by enhancing the exterior finish and

improving on-board comfort for both

driver and passengers.”

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The introduction of Electric Power Steering (EPS) is another first for Maserati and

replaces previous hydraulic power steering in its Levante, Quattroporte and Ghibli

models. This improves the car’s handling and comfort, better supports the driving modes

and enables the newly-introduced active functions of the Advanced Driving Assistance

Systems (ADAS), while retaining the classically Maserati razor-sharp steering feel.

It’s optionally available in the restyled Ghibli, but worth forking out for. In addition to

its existing features, the new ADAS package includes functions like Highway Assist, Lane

Keeping Assist, Active Blind Spot Assist and Traffic Sign Recognition, all off which will go

a long way towards providing peace of mind for drivers and their passengers.

GranLusso & GranSport: two distinct souls of Ghibli

The big news is that the upgraded Ghibli comes in two distinctive trims – the GranLusso

and the GranSport. Both carry an exterior design that stands out for its coupe-like

attitude, as well as unique features such as the distinctive C-pillar bearing the iconic Saetta

logo, frameless doors, range-standard quadruple chromium-plated exhaust pipes, and a

pronounced grille that harks back to the iconic Maserati cars of the ‘50s. Nevertheless, each

has been engineered and designed to use its own voice to sing the twin praises of Maserati’s

luxurious elegance and race-bred performance.

Both are available as an upgrade of the Ghibli 350 Hp and Ghibli S 430Hp versions.

Impressively the top-range Ghibli S version now delivers 430 hp and 580 Nm peak torque,

20 Hp and 30 Nm more than the 2017 car. This increased power output gives the Maserati

sports sedan a top speed of 286 km/h and better acceleration, taking the new Ghibli S from

0-100 km/h in 4.9 seconds.

Maserati’s Design Centre in Turin has given each trim a clear identity, which are

immediately recognisable thanks to their unique exterior and exclusive interiors. The

difference can be seen for example in the restyling of the front and rear bumpers. While

visually discreet, these aerodynamically optimised changes accentuate the original’s sporty

yet luxurious style.

Generally speaking, the baseline Ghibli and new Ghibli GranLusso share the same

design features, while the Ghibli GranSport boasts a subtly different exterior that

underlines its sportier character with the front bumper incorporating a larger concave

grille with a ‘sharknose’ profile and integrated chrome bar inspired by the Alfieri Concept

to add a three-dimensional effect to the car’s frontal aspect.

The air duct has also been restyled for 2018 Ghibli. Wide open and more linear on the

Ghibli and Ghibli GranLusso, it features a sportier layout on the Ghibli GranSport with

two wings virtually supporting the grille and separating the central splitter from the side

air ducts. This design visually accentuates the width of the car, conveying an extra sense of

stability from the front.

The headlights have maintained the same contour. Like the 2018 Quattroporte, the

full Ghibli model range is equipped with all new, Adaptive full LED headlights with glarefree

high-beam which was developed in collaboration with Magneti Marelli Automotive

Lighting, while the baseline model uses Bi-Xenon technology.

Interior motives: refinement versus ferocity

If it’s what’s inside that counts, then the Ghibli has a lot going for it as things couldn’t be

more distinct between the two trims.

The Ghibli GranLusso reinterprets the concept of luxury in a sports sedan by

enhancing the exterior finish and improving on-board comfort for both driver and

passengers. This most elegant expression of the Ghibli uses exclusive materials and special

features in the finest tradition of Italian craftsmanship.

Externally, it’s distinguished by its Adaptive full LED headlights, chrome inserts on

the front bumper, GranLusso badge at the base of the front wing, body-colour side skirts,

silver brake calipers and 20” Urano Diamond alloy wheels. Inside its Ermenegildo Zegna

Silk interior features patented mulberry silk inserts on the seats, doors panels, roof lining

and ceiling light fixture.

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The tailored seat details and the label on the sun visors, complemented

by an Ebano wood trim and Ebony wood-finished leather steering

wheel, make this trim unique and exclusive, beautifully epitomising the

GranLusso soul. It also includes Comfort seats with extensive 12-way

power adjustment as standard, as well as power-adjustable steering wheel

and foot pedals, parking sensors and new Soft Close Doors.

On the flipside, the Ghibli GranSport takes its inspiration from

the legendary racing heritage of Maserati. Conceived to meet the needs

of customers seeking a sportier expression of a high-end sedan in the

segment, externally, the GranSport also features Adaptive full LED

headlights and is recognisable for its Black Piano inserts on the front

bumper, the GranSport badge on the front wing, body-colour side skirts,

blue inserts on all Trident and Saetta logos, red brake calipers and, last but

not least, the 21” Titano Anthracite alloy wheels.

Open the door, step inside and you’ll find that the Sport 12-way power

full leather seats and Sport steering wheel create an inspiring mix for the

driving aficionado. The interior of the Ghibli GranSport also features

standard gearshift paddles and Inox sport foot pedals. The Ghibli and

Ghibli GranSport can be further customised with an Exterior Carbon

Package for an even more emphatic message about Ghibli’s racing

heritage. It covers the external door mirrors, B- and C-pillar covers and

door handles on the base trim, as well as the front splitter and rear spoiler

on the GranSport.

So which personality are you? Dr Jekyll or Mr Hyde? Launched in

Malaysia at the end of March through Naza Italia, the official importer

and distributor for Maserati in the country, the Ghibli S enters the

Malaysian market at a starting price of RM718,800 for the standard

model, RM768,800 for the GranLusso, and RM768,800 for GranSport.

This includes local taxes and duties, five years standard warranty coverage

with no mileage restrictions, plus a free maintenance program of five

years or 100,000 kilometers, whichever comes first.

Despite the hefty price tag, Datuk Wira Hj SM Faisal Tan Sri SM

Nasimuddin, Naza World Group Executive Chairman, is confident of

shifting sufficient numbers and anticipated a lot of interest. Speaking

at the launch in the capital, he said, “Malaysian Maserati aficionados are

bound to be excited with this latest Maserati offering.”

Prospective owners can view and test drive the 2018 Maserati Ghibli

by visiting the Naza Italia’s showroom in Petaling Jaya.

ABOVE: SPORTY INTERIOR OF THE MASERATI GHIBLI

GRANSPORT

“The Ghibli GranSport

takes its inspiration

from the legendary

racing heritage of

Maserati.”

ABOVE: ELEGANT INTERIOR OF THE MASERATI GHIBLI

GRANLUSSO

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THE VACATION | NEWS

LIVE LIKE A ROYAL

While few will receive an invite to the royal marriage of Prince

Harry and Meghan Markle, which is to take place on 19th May, that’s

no reason not to join in the celebratory mood.

The Dunstane Houses, a fabulous boutique hotel in Edinburgh,

has launched a ‘Live like a Royal’ package that promises guests the

royal treatment and a tour of some of the sights Harry and Meghan

visited during their own February visit to the city.

Unveiled with a new look following a six-month renovation

project, The Dunstane Houses date back to 1852. Designed by

Edinburgh architect, William Playfair and comprising two twin-set

Victorian town houses, the buildings are conveniently located in

Edinburgh’s charming Wester Coates neighbourhood, moments from

Haymarket station and a quick ten-minute walk to the city centre.

Guests to the 35-room establishment will be welcomed by a royalthemed

champagne afternoon tea full of the Queen’s favorites. The

mouthwatering spread includes the finest egg mayo and cucumber

finger sandwiches, scones with clotted cream, a freshly brewed pot of

Earl Grey tea and a glass of fizz.

The following day, the resident ‘Royal guide’ – known locally

as Andy the Highlander – will whisk you off on a day-long tour of

the city’s royal hotspots clad in full Scottish plaid. These include

Linlithgow Palace where Mary Queen of Scots was born; Borthwick

Castle where the 16th century Queen was besieged in 1567; and

Holyrood Palace, the current Queen’s official Scottish residence and

where Mary spent most of her life, and married two of her husbands.

The tour will conclude with a visit to the Royal Yacht Britannia

(which was featured heavily in the Netflix’s ‘The Crown’) and

Edinburgh Castle, which is home to the Scottish Crown Jewels.

Colloquially known as The Honours Of Scotland, it comprises the

crown and the sceptre, first used together during the coronation

of Queen Mary herself.

After a day of living like royals, guests will return to The

Dunstane’s Ba’ Bar, an all-day lounge and bar that champions local

produce from across Scotland and home to an extensive selection of

craft beers, artisan gins and one of the biggest selections of Scottish

whiskies in Edinburgh. A Scottish dinner will be served followed

by a whisky tasting with the hotel’s resident connoisseur.

The Dunstane Houses’ ‘Live Like a Royal’ package starts from £475

per night including the aforementioned activities on a B&B basis.

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THE VACATION

Exploring the three most significant

monuments from the city’s rich past

WORDS BY

TAN LEE KUEN

If there is one view that defines Istanbul, it is the ravishing silhouette of the Old City, its rising

minarets, domes and towers piercing the sky. It is a timeless view that would greet visitors in

days of old as they approached the city from the sea; today, visitors are more likely to be wowed

from Galata Bridge. With over 8,000 years of history, Istanbul the imperial city, the capital

of two world empires, is jam-packed with history. To look at it then, as now, is to imagine an

ethereal city rising from the sea.

While Istanbul’s charms are seductive and far-ranging, it is in Sultanahmet, the Old City, that

you can most feel its timeless history. This plot of land, surrounded on three sides by water – the Sea

of Marmara to the south, the Golden Horn to the north and the Bosphorus to the east – is crammed

with remnants of the city’s glorious past, the source of much of Turkey’s rich and complex history.

The city that we know and love as Istanbul has its origins in 667BC, founded by explorers from

the Greek city-state of Megara, and was originally known was Byzantion, later Byzantium. The city

was one thousand years old and a prosperous one when Constantine the Great made it the capital

of the Roman Empire in 330AD. In 1453, Constantinople fell to the Ottomans Turks under the

command of Sultan Mehmed II to become Istanbul, the capital of the Ottoman Empire.

I live in Cihangir, an artsy and laidback neighbourhood about 2km from Sultanahmet, and to

think that these sights are a mere 30-minute walk away will never grow old for me. In this article, we

explore three of Istanbul’s most iconic sites – Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace and the Blue Mosque.

Placed in close proximity to one another, it is perfectly doable to explore all three by foot.

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PHOTO BY ISTOCKPHOTO

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HAGIA SOPHIA

Hagia Sophia, one of the most visited sites in Istanbul, is an

important historical monument that was a church, a mosque

and now, a museum. Dating back to the 6th century AD, Hagia

Sophia was built by Emperor Justinian I on the site of another

religious structure that was burnt down in a riot. Upon its

completion, he had purportedly entered the magnificent

structure, fallen on his knees and uttered, “Oh Solomon, I have

outdone you” in reference to Solomon’s church in Jerusalem.

Once the largest cathedral in the world, the church was where

the rulers of Constantinople were crowned.

No expenses were spared in the making of Hagia Sophia,

with quality materials sourced from all over the empire –

white marble from the Marmara Island, pink marble from

Afyon and yellow marble from North Africa. The church

was also famous for its stunning gold mosaics on Christian

themes, a feature of Byzantine art, although only fragments

are now left, including a magnificent scene from the Last

Judgement on the upper gallery.

When the Ottoman Turks took over Constantinople,

Sultan Mehmet II was so impressed with the Hagia Sophia

that instead of destroying it, he had it hastily converted

into a mosque. He had the gold mosaics plastered over and

redecorated with fine floral designs and geometric patterns

characteristic of Islamic art.

In 1935, when Turkey became a secular republic, Hagia

Sophia had its third, and perhaps, final changeover, into a

museum, welcoming visitors from all around the world. Even

if there are hundreds of tourists around, it is possible to find

a cool and quiet corner in which to soak in the atmosphere.

And as you stand below the impressive dome, an engineering

feat of its day, take in the soaring grandeur of the structure as

well as the possibility of harmonious co-existence of faiths.

TOPKAPI PALACE

Topkapi Palace was the administrative centre and place of

residence of the Ottoman sultans for over four centuries.

A huge architectural construction, it is divided into four

courtyards, each linked by massive gates. The entire area,

enclosed within thick walls, has living quarters, pavilions,

gardens, libraries, schools, mosques, kitchens and harem.

At its peak, the palace housed and fed over 4,000 people.

Today, it is tourists that crunch the gravel on the paths

leading through the gardens to the different pavilions. Not

all the palace is open to the public, and a separate ticket is

required to enter the harem, a worthwhile venture. The

harem, which could house up to 300 wives and concubines, is

not the place of debauchery that its name suggests. This was

the imperial living quarters, and probably a source of some

of the greatest palace intrigue while containing some of the

most sumptuous rooms in the entire place.

When exploring the palace grounds, bear in mind that

each courtyard had its own function and restrictions during

Ottoman times. Unarmed visitors were free to enter the

TOURISTS VISITING THE INTERIOR OF AYA

SOPHIA - ANCIENT BYZANTINE BASILICA.

FOR ALMOST 500 YEARS THE PRINCIPAL

MOSQUE OF ISTANBUL, HAGIA SOPHIA

SERVED AS A MODEL FOR MANY OTHER

OTTOMAN MOSQUES.

TOPKAPI PALACE, FAMOUS PLACE,

ISTANBUL, TURKEY

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“the old city is crammed

with remnants of the city’s

glorious past, the source

of much of turkey’s rich

and complex history.”

first, and the largest, courtyard, but the second courtyard,

the administrative centre of the palace, was accessible only

to official visitors and members of the court. Here lies the

lovely Imperial Council Chamber, where officials would

confer on state matters conducted by the Grand Vizier. The

Sultan would sometimes listen in from the adjacent Tower of

Justice, concealed behind gold grills. When the Sultan drew

close the curtain, it signalled the end of the meeting.

Within the pavilions and the rooms, the Ottoman love for

colour and patterns are in full evidence. You’ll find interiors

emblazoned with vibrant Iznik tiles, painted ceilings and

doors inlaid with mother-of-pearl and tortoiseshell.

But it is the more austere palace kitchens and

confectionaries, designed and built by the great Ottoman

architect Sinan, that are among my favourite rooms. With no

fires burning in the hearth to prepare delicacies like pilaf and

saffron pudding, they were exceptionally cold inside during

the wet and grey March day of my visit. Instead, the kitchens

now hold a collection of the imperial ceramics collection.

Celadon from China was especially prized as dining ware

because of the belief that it would change colour if the food it

carried was poisoned.

At the fourth courtyard, where the pleasure pavilions

and pretty gardens are, stop by the Konyali café for coffee

and sweeping views of the Bosphorus, across to the Asian side

of Istanbul.

SULTAN AHMET CAMII - BLUE

MOSQUE IN ISTANBUL

THE SULTAN AHMED MOSQUE (THE BLUE

MOSQUE)

Built in the 17th century, this mosque that dominates the

Sultanahmet skyline was commissioned by a 19-year-old

Sultan Ahmed I to rival that of Hagia Sophia. It was designed

by Chief Architect Mehmed Aga, who had studied under the

great Sinan. The mosque is unique for its six minarets, which

lore has it occurred when the Sultan had requested for gold

(altin) minarets and Mehmed Aga had misheard it as six (alti).

The moniker Blue Mosque is thanks to the thousands

upon thousands of glorious Iznik tiles in various shades of

blue that adorn the insides. The gorgeous floral patterns on

the tiles represent Earth in spring, as well as the Gardens of

Paradise. Together with an abundance of windows (originally

stained glass but since replaced), the feeling within the

mosque is light, serene and uplifting.

Admission to the Blue Mosque is free but the main hall

is closed to visitors during prayer times.

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PROPERTY MANAGEMENT OFFICES

TROPICANA MANAGEMENT

SERVICES SDN BHD (TMS)

Property Management Office

CASA INDAH 1

CONDOMINIUMS

Property Management Office

MERCHANT SQUARE

BUSINE SS PARK

Property Management Office

CASA KIARA 2

CONDOMINIUM

Property Management Office

CASA TROPICANA

CONDOMINIUMS

Property Management Office

Jalan Kelab Tropicana

Tropicana Golf &

Country Resort

47410 Petaling Jaya

Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia

Tel: +603 7804 1533

(Direct Line)

+603 7804 8888

(General Line)

Fax: +603 7806 5044

tms@tropicanagolf.com

Office hours:

9am – 6pm (Monday – Friday)

9am – 1pm (Saturday)

Closed (Sunday)

B-G-05, Casa Indah 1

Condominiums

No 2A, Persiaran Surian

Tropicana Indah,

PJU 3 Kota Damansara

47410 Petaling Jaya

Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia

Tel: +603 6140 9194/6140 9166

Fax: +603 6140 9168

casaindahcondo@yahoo.com

Office hours:

9am – 5.30pm (Monday – Friday)

9am – 1pm (Saturday)

Closed (Sunday)

No 1, Jalan Tropicana

Selatan 1, PJU 3

47410 Petaling Jaya

Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia

Tel: +603 7883 0866

Fax: +603 7883 0966

merchantsquare@tropicanacorp.com.my

Office hours:

9am – 5.30pm

(Monday – Friday)

9am – 1pm (Saturday)

Closed (Sunday)

Dicasa Management

Services Sdn Bhd

Lobby Level

No 14, Jalan Kiara 5, Bukit Kiara

50480 Kuala Lumpur

Wilayah Persekutuan, Malaysia

Tel: +603 6203 9229

Fax: +603 6203 9339

casakiara2@tropicanacorp.com.my

Office hours:

9am – 5pm

(Monday – Friday)

9am – 1pm (Saturday)

Closed (Sunday)

B-5-17, Block B

Casa Tro picana

No 5, Jalan Persiaran Tropicana

PJU 3

Tropicana Golf & Country Resort

47410 Petaling Jaya

Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia

Tel: +603 7883 0982

Fax: +603 7883 0292

casatropicana@tropicanacorp.com.my

Office hours:

9am – 5.30pm

(Monday – Friday)

9am – 1pm (Saturday)

Closed (Sunday)

CASA INDAH 2

CONDOMINIUMS

Property Management Office

A-02-01, Management Office

Casa Indah 2 Condominiums

No 2B, Persiaran Surian

Tropicana Indah Resort Homes

PJU3

Kota Damansara

47410 Petaling Jaya

Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia

Tel: +603 6142 6288 / 6388

Fax: +603 6142 6788

casaindah2@tropicanacorp.com.my

Office hours:

9am – 5.30pm

(Monday – Friday)

9am – 1pm (Saturday)

Closed (Sunday)

ARENA MENTARI BUSINESS

PARK

Property Management Office

Block C, Wisma TT

No 1, Jalan PJS 8/15

Dataran Mentari

46150 Petaling Jaya

Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia

Tel: +603 5621 1979

Fax: +603 5621 1980

istimabudi@gmail.com

Office hours:

9am – 5.30pm

(Monday – Friday)

9am – 1pm (Saturday)

Closed (Sunday)

TROPICANA INDAH SDN BHD

Property Management Office

Jalan Kelab Tropicana

Tropicana Golf &

Country Resort

47410 Petaling Jaya

Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia

Tel: +603 7804 4722

+603 7805 5855

Fax: +603 7806 5044

tisb@tropicanacorp.com.my

Office hours:

9am – 6pm (Monday – Friday)

9am – 1pm (Saturday)

Closed (Sunday)

TROPICANA GRANDE

Property Management Office

Level 1, Management Office

Block A, Tropicana Grande

Condominiums

No. 3 Persiaran Tropicana

47410 Petaling Jaya

Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia

Tel: +603 7610 0965

Fax: +603 7610 0968

stephaniechua@tropicanacorp.com.my

Office hours: 9am – 6pm

(Monday – Friday)

9am – 1pm (Saturday)

Closed (Sunday)

TROPICANA CHERAS

Property Management Office

To be ready soon

For more information, please

contact Sales & Marketing

Department at:

Tel: +603 7710 1018

DAMANSARA INTAN

E-BUSINESS PARK

Property Management Office

A328, Block A

Damansara Intan

No 1, Jalan SS 20/27

47400 Petaling Jaya

Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia

Tel: +603 7118 3111

Fax: +603 7118 3222

gracewong@tropicanacorp.com.my

Office hours:

9am – 5.30pm

(Monday – Friday)

9am – 1pm (Saturday)

Closed (Sunday)

FORTUNE PARK APARTMENTS

Property Management Office

A-5, Pangsapuri Suria Perdana

(Fortune Park Apartments)

Taman Serdang Perdana

Seksyen 4

43300 Seri Kembangan

Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia

Tel: +603 8944 9331

Fax: +603 8944 9332

fortunepark@tropicanacorp.com.my

Office hours:

9am – 5.30pm

(Monday – Friday)

9am – 1pm (Saturday)

Closed (Sunday)

TROPICANA HEIGHTS

Property Management Offi ce

Off Jalan P6/2, 43500

Semenyih, Kajang

Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia

Tel: +6013-2020746

Fax: +603 7806 5044

tisb@tropicanacorp.com.my

Office hours:

9.00 am to 5.30 pm (Monday – Friday)

9.00 am to 5.30 pm (Saturday)

Closed (Sunday & Public Holidays)

TROPICANA CHERAS

Admin Of fice

6, Jalan Tropicana Cheras 1, Taman

Tropicana Cheras, 43000 Kajang,

Selangor.

Tel: +6013-2020746

Fax: +603 7610 0968

stephaniechua@tropicanacorp.com.my

Office hours:

9.00 am to 5.30 pm (Monday – Friday)

9.00 am to 5.30 pm (Saturday)

Closed (Sunday & Public Holidays)


THE LIST

FACILITIES AND TENANTS AT

TROPICANA GOLF AND COUNTRY RESORT

TROPICANA GOLF AND COUNTRY RESORT

SITE LAYOUT PLAN

N

Buggy Track

DRIVING R

WESTERN COURSE

Practice Green

Children’s

Playground

Landscape

18th Green

18

14

Tai Thong

13

32

Children’s

Playground

21

48

19

20

17

22

15

16

M

Lo

17

33

Landscape

30

31

29

Administration

Office

24 23

25

26

MAI

C

34

35

36

Landscape

28

27

Poolside

Cafe

38

37

39

SPORTS WING

41 42

43

44

40

Carpark

Lake

45

46

LEGEND

Lower Ground

Ground

Level 1

47

C

To Basement C

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

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

largest and award-winning Clubhouse

at Tropicana Golf & Country Resort is

truly impressive. This is a listing of all the

facilities and amenities that are built for

the convenience of all Tropicana members,

residents and their guests

Golf / Sports Membership 03-7804 8888

Vivian ext 208

Membership Email membership1@tropicanacorp.com.my

Golf Email

golf@tropicanacorp.com.my

Sports Department 03-7804 2087

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

Email

gm@tropicanagolf.com

Website

www.tropicanagolf.com

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ANGE

Practice Green

Buggy Track

9th Green

FOOD AND BEVERAGE

Main Wing

7 Twenty7 03-7804 8888

(Ext 326)

15 Gin Shui Tei Japanese Restaurant 03-7886 9168

36 Poolside Café 03-7804 8888

(Ext 327)

9 Spring Garden Tropicana

Chinese Restaurant 03-7880 7226

11 The Palms Coffee House 03-7804 8888

(Ext 306)

The Palms Wing

8 Royce 017-322 3668

26 J Italian Restaurant 03-7805 3925/3935

25 Myeung Dong Korean BBQ 016-3684500

Landscape

ain

bby

8

ar Porch

12

N WING

11

10

9

7

asd

Main Kitchen

6

GOLF WING

1

2

5

Golf

Counter

4

3

Buggy Station

EASTERN COURSE

1st Tee

SPORTS AND RECREATION

Sports Wing

46 Outdoor tennis court

43 2 indoor tennis courts

45 4 indoor badminton courts

31 12-lane computerised bowling alley

33-34 2 play pools with water slides and waterfall

42 3 squash courts

23 Multipurpose studio

38 Japanese bath and Jacuzzi

3-4 Male changing rooms with

360 private lockers

35 Resort-style larger-than-Olympic-size

swimming pool

41 Sauna and steam bath

24 Snooker room

39 2 table tennis courts

40 Well-equipped gymnasium

44 1 VIP badminton hall

47 1 futsal court

Fountain

Buggy Pick-up Area

LEISURE AND ENTERTAINMENT

24 Havana Lounge 017-885 4188

27 Thai Odyssey Spa & Massage 03-7803 1233/

03-7804 1129

29 Bowling & Café 03-7804 8888

16 Gaming room

37 Library

22 Spine & Joint Tropicana 03-78042072

Carpark

Carpark

FUNCTION AREAS

6 Greens I

10 Greens II

30 Greens III

32 Poolside Terrace

28 Spanish Courtyard

12-14 The Grand Ballroom (First floor)

arpark

arpark

Sales & Marketing (Banquet Function) 03-7804 8888

Liza ext 141

Sandy ext 142

Siti Fairuz ext 155

Mas Suria ext 517

Email

salesmarketing@tropicanacorp.com.my

Toll Free 1800 88 8128

Lake

GOLFING FACILITIES

Golf at Tropicana 03-7804 8888

(Ext 211/212/200)

Tropicana Driving Range 016-243 4801/

012-278 3172

Buggies and turf mates

56-bay driving range

27-hole championship golf course

18-hole putting greens

5 Female changing rooms

with 60 private lockers

AMENITIES

20 Alam Convenience Store 03-7804 3095

1 De Manshop Tailoring 03-7880 4063

21 Eco Hair Saloon 03-7804 9316

2 Pro-Shop Golf Shop 03-7804 6348

17 Kain 017-200 8142

18 Kindyland Tropicana 017-314 6754

48 Klinik Tropicana 03-7805 5461

19 The Green House Florist 03-7880 1388

3-4 Prayer room

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THE END | MALTESE ISLANDS

“Perfect sincerity and transparency

make a great part of beauty, as in

dewdrops, lakes, and diamonds.”

–Henry David Thoreau–

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