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GOASIAPLUS September 2018

Our September is out with AirAsia's Commercial Director, Spencer Lee, illustrated as his favourite superhero. In conjuction with Malaysia Day, we focus on one of the diverse cultural celebrations in Sarawak; the Kaul festival. See our travel take on Yogyakarta in Indonesia and unraveling the amazing Jalan Tan Hiok Nee in Johor Bahru.

Our September is out with AirAsia's Commercial Director, Spencer Lee, illustrated as his favourite superhero. In conjuction with Malaysia Day, we focus on one of the diverse cultural celebrations in Sarawak; the Kaul festival. See our travel take on Yogyakarta in Indonesia and unraveling the amazing Jalan Tan Hiok Nee in Johor Bahru.

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SEPTEMBER 2018 | ISSUE 28

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THE DREAM

MAKER

KAUL FESTIVAL

JALAN TAN HIOK NEE


CONTENTS

3 INSIGHT

The Dream Maker

15 TRAVEL

Soul City of Java

EDITOR’S

NOTE

Three years ago when the late celebrity

Chef Anthony Bourdain left Sarawak after

shooting the Sarawak laksa for CNN’s “Parts

Unknown”, he IG-ed it as ‘breakfast of Gods’. He

first set foot there, all the way from New York, at

the Choon Hui Kopitiam in Kuching for his first

slurp of the Sarawak laksa which was on his Top

10 wishlist.

For many of us Bourdain has brought the

world of exquisite and exotic cuisine to our living

rooms and opening us literally to parts unknown

by walking us through different cultures.

Truly, besides the Sarawak laksa, our colourful

culture must have impressed him enough to make

several trips to Malaysia. He would probably have

loved the Melanau’s Kaul festival (page 8-9) where

a picnic feast of traditional cakes and snacks,

served after the spirits appeasing ceremony, would

have delighted him.

I am not as widely traveled as Bourdain but

I dare say I can be equally adventurous when

it comes to food. While food brings people of

different cultures together, a good sense of

culinary adventure, I believe, will bring excitement

to your travels.

Recently a friend of mine introduced me to a

new dish that uses the king of fruits, the durian,

as one of its ingredients. I have heard of durian ice

cream, cakes, tarts, and custard. But durian fried

rice? I must say I had my reservation with this

version of ‘durian anything’ as it conjured images

of a heavy and mushy dish. On the contrary, it was

actually a delectable eat.

So, stay in sync with #MalaysiaBaru as the

country celebrates its 55th Malaysia Day and

stay open-minded to new experiences and new

perspectives to old stories.

6 INSIGHT

Ode to Ipoh Street Food

8 TRAVEL

Colourful Melanau

Kaul-ture

10 OUT & ABOUT

12 LOST & FOUND

The Glitz and Glam:

Beauty Pageants

EDITORIAL TEAM

GROUP HEAD & BRANDS

JOHN SO

GRAPHIC DESIGNER

JAMIE SOO-HOO

WRITER

JESSY WONG

CONTRIBUTORS

FRANCIS YIP, YY CHEN,

REBECCA LEE,

& RICK CHEAH

COVER ILLUSTRATION BY

MICHELLE LIM

20 TRAVEL

Beginner’s Backpacking

to Japan

23 TRAVEL

Andong, South Korea

24 TRAVEL

The Pulse of Johor Bahru

30 SNAPSHOT STORY

31 ON THE RADAR

DIGITAL TEAM

WEB CONTENT

JESSY WONG

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INSIGHT

SPENCER KEEPS THE

SKIES CLEAR

FOR A MAN WHO ADMIRES SUPERHEROES LIKE BATMAN AND

IRONMAN, SPENCER LEE HAS THE RIGHT SPIRIT AND THE ZEST

FOR LIFE TO TAKE ON THE CHALLENGING JOB OF MAKING

SURE EVERYBODY CAN FLY.

Text YY CHEN • Photos SPENCER LEE

When you tell Spencer Lee that he has a

dream job, he would tell you that the

dream is really in making it possible for

everyone to fly.

“I feel touched to see families at the airport

with three to four generations of passengers flying

together,” said Spencer, AirAsia’s Commercial

Director who is responsible for driving sales to fill

the plane.

Even though he gets to fly to all kinds of

destinations to ensure the commercial viability of

products and services, Spencer considers this to be a

tough part of the job.

But in his 13-year career with AirAsia there hasn’t

been a dull moment as he finds everyday an amazing

experience just by being a part of the group culture

that pushes boundaries, flying to destinations beyond

Malaysia and Asia.

COLOMBO IN MY HEART

Spencer has found many personal landmarks during

his work trips and he firmly believes that travelling

is part of growing and helps open minds. He finds

every destination, no matter how many repeated

visits, presents a different experience each time.

“I have travelled to Indian cities more than my

Indian friends. I am amazed by the culture and food

there and seen how some destinations have changed

since we first flew there such as China. At the end of

the day, it’s all about experience,” he added.

His fondest memory is destination Colombo, Sri

Lanka. “Back then when my boss wanted to launch

in Sri Lanka, I thought to myself, isn’t there a war

going on there? My wife joked, ‘Your boss really

hates you!’”

“We were brand new and I got the team

together. Four hours later we landed in Colombo.

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INSIGHT

As we settled down–from the airport to the hotel–we

experienced great food and hospitality. We were the

first (airline) to arrive after the war. I will always

have Colombo in my heart,” Spencer said.

With a dream to return to European destinations

one day, Spencer and his team are focusing on

developing more services and products for this

region for now.

Their latest routes are to Nha Trang and Phu

Quoc in Vietnam, Sihanoukville in Cambodia and the

launch of Silangit (Lake Toba) in Indonesia.

THE DREAM TEAM

“We can look at Asean as our playground as we

connect dots to improve air connectivity. AirAsia

has huge presence in China, India, New Zealand and

even Honolulu in the US. Once we have expanded

our market, we will help people (businesses) to grow.

And tourism is a big economy all around the world.

“Because of these connections one can have

breakfast in Kuala Lumpur, a meeting in Singapore,

dinner in Thailand and back to Kuala Lumpur in just

a day!” he boasts.

To have a dream team to work with, from bosses

to staff, does not come about without challenges.

While the company environment and culture are

conducive for doing their work, developing the right

people to handle the jobs is a test. “You can have

the best technology but you need the people to make

it work.”

On that note, he is quick to attribute some

successful products and services to suggestions by

staff and crew. And that the management is open

to receiving feedback and suggestions from lower

ranking staff.

“Our cabin crew are our best brand ambassadors.

They give us insight to what product to offer next

with feedback from passengers.”

He acknowledges and appreciates the Allstar staff

who started working for AirAsia when they were very

young. Their culture is based strongly on a high sense

of belonging and ownership for the company and

being a part of its journey.

As a result of this, the company is able to

progress to the next phase of growing the digital

technology of the company focusing on data

analytics, financial services, technology and

digital content.

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INSIGHT

In growing their digital businesses they provide

travellers with a complete travel experience. Big data

will be an important focus as they continue to innovate

to meet the rising expectations of travellers today.

Their digital services include AirAsia BIG Loyalty,

BigPay, travel360.com, OURSHOP and ROKKI.

ROKKI is AirAsia's in-flight entertainment

and connectivity platform offering guests free

entertainment, shopping deals and internet access on

their mobile devices.

SPAWN A WINNER

Spencer reiterated one of his mottos, “it’s never about

the brand, it’s always about the people.” He also

admitted that there were also some failed destinations.

“If we get it wrong, we will apologise and come

back to try again,” adding that part of AirAsia’s success

story lies in being consistent. Sharing some early

experiences Spencer said it was important to create the

right ecosystem and find the support for their ideas.

“Sometimes you have to be thick-skinned as well to

keep selling your idea and be consistent in selling who

you are. I surrounded myself with smart people whom

I can learn from especially young people who keep upto-date

with technology.

“Success does not follow silo. You cannot stop

learning. Even though we may get things right we can

still improve on it,” he advised.

Being a new kid on the block, so to say, in the

aviation industry logging in only 16 years compared

with other airlines, competition and strong

leadership kept the budget airline at the top of

the game.

Spencer feels it’s because of a close knit

leadership that constantly push boundaries for the

team. “There is always higher standards, higher

KPI and moving the needle farther and farther. We

are always reminded that changes will take place

so we have to change or be replaced. Stay focused

and be flexible.”

The need to have a cool brand seem to dominate

this part of the conversation on how AirAsia

remained on top. “16 years ago we practised startup

culture and 16 years later we are the best low

cost airline,” Spencer declared adding “we are still

behaving the same as being 16 years in this industry

is still considered fairly young. You learn better as

a start-up.”

Something to learn from this seasoned traveller:

“Be a smart traveller. Pack what’s required. Don’t

bring your house! Know what to do with your

medical needs and insurance. Malaysians don’t take

insurance seriously. Don’t take too much cash and

book flights and hotels in advance.”

“It’s never about the brand,

it’s always about the people.”

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INSIGHT

ODE TO IPOH

STREET FOOD

DAVID TAN’S APPROACH TO LIFE HAS GOTTEN

HIM TO MOVE FROM A 20-YEAR CAREER AS AN

INDUSTRIALIST TO HAWKING THE FAMOUS IPOH KAI

SI HOR FUN, OPENING ONE STALL AFTER ANOTHER

AND PUBLISHING HIS OWN RECIPE BOOK.

Text and photos YY CHEN

It's never enough for David Tan. That's the kind of

impression you would get of Dato’ David Tan Sek

Yin when you get to know him better.

David has since written two recipe books - Lao

Wei Dao (Old Tastes): a trip down memory lane

and The Best of Ipoh Street food with a third book

in the works. The first one is dedicated to his late

grandfather Tan Lark Sye who was a prominent

businessman and philanthropist in Singapore.

Tan Lark Sye was born in Jimei, a fishing village in

Xiamen, southern China. David spent many formative

years living with him in Singapore and growing up

eating traditional Hokkien dishes prepared by his

grandmother. His first book features many of these

dishes including some of his grandfather’s favourites.

“I always liked watching my mother and

grandmother cook. I wanted to learn how they

cooked and the method they used. It is not just about

knowing what to cook. My grandfather loved his dish

of pig tail braised with peanuts. You must eat this

with hot rice, it’s very appetising,” said David.

BIRTH OF LITTLE KATONG

For this 61-year-old entrepreneur, starting

this chapter of his life has fired his passion for

researching and modifying traditional recipes to get

them right. He wanted to recreate the original taste

of the kway teow which he had 30 years ago and he

couldn’t get the same anywhere.

He spent many months perfecting the special

broth for the Ipoh kai si hor fun (shredded chicken

kway teow soup) until his recipe could almost

upstage the old timer Thean Chun stall in Ipoh

old town.

David laboured over hot stoves for long hours in

his garage-turned-kitchen at his bungalow in Tiger

Lane, experimenting until he got the taste he wanted.

“In 3 years, I have opened three stalls. I didn’t open

restaurants or coffee shops is because I need to know

the business and to build a name before committing

to a bigger investment.”

Today, David has his stalls Little Katong at

Canning Garden, Gourmet Square hawker centre and

one more across the street from Thean Chun.

SECOND BOOK

David’s first book went for two reprints and the

publisher was persuading him to write a second book

on Ipoh street food.

He undertook the laborious task of seeking out

the recipes from internet and hawkers and test them

out until he has perfected it and detail the method of

cooking so his readers would not be confused.

“The most difficult part about writing this second

book is in getting the taste right and as accurate as

possible to the original dish. The second book features

50 recipes of Ipoh famous street foods. For instance

tai kau meen (peanut pancake), I know there is a

fermentation process required but I don't know for

how long. So I had to try this over and over again.

“Another difficulty is because most of the featured

foods are handmade delicacies. It is not about

collecting all the ingredients and putting them into

the wok to cook. I need to research and improve on

it,” he said.

David suggested to use palm oil or peanut oil to

get kaya puff pastry to be flaky when making the oil

dough to combine with the water dough (who would

have guessed!).

FAMILY COMMITMENTS

People often inspired by David’s ability to juggle a

hectic lifestyle in the food business and time to write

his books. He explains that this was owing to the

management skills he had acquired from the corporate

world to help set up a system to run his food business

even when he is not around.

This system allows him to travel and take care

of his other family commitments in his capacity as

Director of Chiyu Bank in Hong Kong, board member

of Chengyi University college and the Tan Lark Sye

Museum in Xiamen, China.

David’s grandfather had tremendous influence

on him. He remembers his advices about the

importance of good education and how once should

pursue it despite all circumstances. “His tenacity and

determination to succeed is the biggest influence on

me. He would work at something until it yielded the

result he wanted,” David wrote in his book.

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YOU FEEL A SENSE OF GRATITUDE WHEN YOU ATTEND THE

KAUL FESTIVAL, A TRADITIONAL AND THE MOST IMPORTANT

CEREMONY FOR THE MELANAUS. HELD ANNUALLY AT THE

END OF THE NORTHEAST MONSOON, AROUND MARCH TO

EARLY APRIL, THIS CELEBRATION SIGNIFIES THE START OF

THE NEW YEAR FOR THE MELANAU COMMUNITY.

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COLOURFUL

MELANAU

KAUL-TURE

Text and photos REBECCA LEE

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The Kaul festival is the day they give thanks

to the ipok (spirits) for a bountiful year and

to pray for a good year ahead. This pagan

thanksgiving for bountiful fishing is looked upon as a

religious ceremony to appease the spirits of the sea,

land, forest and farm. It is a ritual of purification and

thanksgiving as well as one of propitiation for good

fortune, according to Diana Rose, a Melanau and the

affable owner of Lamin Dana cultural lodge.

I had the privilege of experiencing the festival

first hand when I took up the offer to stay at Lamin

Dana cultural lodge in Kampung Tellian, a village in

the middle of Mukah, Sarawak. Built on the banks

of the Tellian River, Lamin Dana which means

traditional house in archaic Melanau language, is a

combination of a guesthouse, a living museum and a

center for ongoing Melanau cultural revival.

Preparations for the Kaul takes place several

weeks earlier with the appointment of the Bapa Kaul

or the head priest. Everyone within the community

takes part in the preparation for this festival.

Some collects material from the jungle to weave

the decorations for the boats and the ceremonial

basket–the seraheng. Some makes the cakes and

snacks for the feast, organize dance and music

performances while some erect Tibou swing.

Young yellowing nipah leaves are gathered and

trimmed for decorating the boats that will follow

the head boat on the day of the Kaul. In the hands of

weavers who had learned the trade from their elders,

different decorations were produced resembling

birds, flowers, flowering palm tree and even

geometrical patterns.

CELEBRATIONS BEGIN

The morning of Kaul dawned with a bright blue sky

and the beating of a gong, to wake the villagers up

for the celebration.

Dressed in traditional Melanau attire, the

villagers were seen packing food and making

adjustments to the decorations on the boats. The

outfit worn by the men bears a strong resemblance

to the traditional outfit worn by the Malay men,

called Baju Melayu. A long-sleeved shirt with a raised

collar, pants and a skirt-like adornment wrapped

around the waist. A Javanese influenced headgear

completes the outfit. The ladies were dressed in

a tunic with a long wrap skirt called a sarong and

terendak, a conical sunhat.

The announcement that the head boat, carrying

the Bapa Kaul or Kaul priest, with the seraheng was

near the lodge got everyone into a frenzy. There

was a scramble to move food and cutleries into the

boats, while the tourists board the various boats

allocated to follow the head boat to the estuary.

This head boat with the Bapa Kaul and his

entourage will lead the procession of boats to the

Mukah river estuary where the seraheng, a flat round

basket raised on a bamboo pole is placed to invoke

and to place offerings in the basket for the ipok.

BAPA KAUL THE MEDIATOR

The Bapa Kaul is an important figure as he is

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1 Weaving of nipah leaves 2 Bapa Kaul leading

the ceremony 3 Tibou youths playing on swing

rope 4 A village elder waiting for the feast.

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responsible for ensuring that the ceremony runs

according to the rules and customs passed down

through many generations. He acts as the mediator

who connects the people in the real world with the

spirit world and is responsible for the persuading and

appeasing of the ipok.

Up to 60 motorised boats, ferrying villagers and

guests followed behind the head boat to the estuary

where the seraheng ceremony takes place. We were

informed that no boats are allowed to pass ahead of

the Bapa Kaul’s boat lest they are prepared to face the

consequence of offending him.

Upon arrival at the beach, the Bapa Kaul and

his entourage of selected members of the village

carry various hantaran (offerings) proceeded to a

designated area to perform the prayers. A group of

youths greeted the entourage with the mengalai, a

Melanau martial art as a welcome of the seraheng and

ceremony. The movements are similar to the Malay

silat martial arts but with more grace rather than

vigorous movement.

At the designated area, the Bapa Kaul sang

ancient mantras peppered with prayers asking for

good livelihood, longevity and protection from

threats and diseases. Offerings of the Melanau

traditional food are placed into the seraheng.

According to the beliefs of the Melanau community,

if they make an offering to the ipok, wealth, harmony

and a good livelihood will be bestowed on them.

KAUL INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL

A simple yet meaningful ceremony of thanks is

completed within an hour. The Bapa Kaul then

presides over a picnic feast of food brought from

all the households to share. Again, the Bapa Kaul is

given the honour of the first bite before anyone is

allowed to eat. I was invited to taste several of their

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traditional kuih such as kuih penyaram, selorot and

kuih beras pulut. These mouth-watering kuihs are

made with rice flour and gula apong (palm sugar) that

is processed from the sap of the nipah palm. Fried,

steamed or pressed, the mix of sweet gula apong in

the batter gives a deep caramelised sweetness with a

slight salty touch.

The merrymaking continues with dance and

music performances while villagers share their food.

It is taboo to bring any food back and it is believed

that any leftovers must be left near the seraheng

basket to be eaten by the ipok who are still wandering

the site of the Kaul.

One of the highlights of the festival is the death

defying 20 foot high Tibou swing. Here, youths

make a calculated risk to dive from a 10 feet high

bamboo scaffolding to catch a swinging liana rope as

it reaches the height of its arc. The largest number of

people that I witness who were able to hold onto the

swing was 5 with most dropping to the ground when

it sweeps low.

The Sarawak tourism board is actively promoting

the Kaul festival as an international festival to attract

tourist and locals to learn more of the Melanau

culture and tradition. This festival is also the biggest

Melanau gathering and serves as a platform to

enhance ties and many use this opportunity to gather

and exchange news.

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EVENTS

OUT & ABOUT

LOOK OUT FOR THE MOST ANTICIPATED EVENTS OF

THE MONTH IN MALAYSIA AND BEYOND

JIMMY CARR: THE BEST OF,

ULTIMATE, GOLD, GREATEST

HITS WORLD TOUR

14 SEPT

One of the celebrated comedians

from UK is making a trail of

laughter to Malaysia after 9 of his

previous sell-out tours and over

2000 stand-up shows. Jimmy Carr

won the British Comedy Award for

‘Best Live Stand-Up Tour’ and has

sold over a million copies of his live

DVD copies.

HGH Convention Centre,

Kuala Lumpur

www.ticketpro.com.my

RHYTHMS OF YUE II

11 SEPT

Members of Yin Ngai Musical Arts Association are

collaborating with Chinese Cultural Orchestra for

a night of Cantonese opera. The 2-hour show also

feature renowned guest performers from Beijing,

Canada and Hong Kong. All proceeds from ticket

sales will be donated to Buddhist Tzu-Chi Merit

Society Malaysia for its dialysis centre.

Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre,

Kuala Lumpur

www.klpac.org

THE MOSCOW CIRCUS

MALAYSIA TOUR

13-30 SEPT

If there is one entertainment that

Russia is popular for, its their circus.

Daredevils and talented performers

from Moscow’s circus troupe – the

Bolshoi and Nikulin will keep you on

the edge of your seat and be captivated

with their high wire, flying trapeze and

world-class acrobatic tricks.

Queensbay Mall Car Park, Penang

www.themoscowcircus.com.my

POSTMODERN JUKEBOX

18 SEPT

From uploading videos on Youtube to sold-out

shows around the world, Scott Bradlee has made a

name with Postmodern Jukebox (PMJ) in bringing

vintage twist to modern pop hits like Radiohead’s

Creep and Britney Spears’ Toxic. PMJ features a

string of musicians and performers covering songs

into jazz and swing genres.

Kallang Theatre, Kallang, Singapore

www.sistic.com.sg

THE PIANO GUYS

25 SEPT

Jon Schmidt, Steven Sharp Nelson, Paul Anderson, and Al van der Beek are

the men behind the popular piano and cello covers made in various exciting

outdoor locations on Youtube. Since then, 6 of The Piano Guys’ albums have

topped first on the Billboard chart for Classical Albums and New Age albums.

The Star Performing Arts Centre, Singapore

www.sistic.com.sg

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LOST & FOUND

THE GLITZ AND GLAM:

BEAUTY PAGEANTS

Text and photos FRANCIS YIP

Miss Universe Malaysia, Miss World and others.

Participants are also more fortunate as there are

more sponsors, including fashion designers for

their gowns.

FROM LEFT Maggie Loo,

Jenet Foo, Datin Maylene

Yong and Chilla Cha

I

love watching Miss Universe on TV when I was a

kid. Little did I expect that years later, my career

gives me the opportunity to make friends with

many beauty queens.

Today, beauty pageants are so diverse, from

Miss Universe Malaysia, Miss World Malaysia,

Miss Malaysia Tourism, Miss Cosmopolitan World

Malaysia, Mrs Tourism Queen Malaysia and others.

But how did it all begin in Malaysia?

PAST BEAUTY PAGEANTS

Malaya held its first beauty pageant, Miss Federation

of Malaya in the early 1950s. This was followed by

Miss Malaysia Universe and Miss Malaysia World

after independence. There were not many pageants

back then. So it was a huge pride to win a title.

According to Maggie Loo, Miss Malaysia Universe

1973, “In the early days, beauty pageant prizes were

cash, television, refrigerator and even Bata shoes. I

won the grand prize of RM500 and it was considered

as a big thing in those days. Participants had to

design and bring their own evening gown. Sponsors

from fashion designers only came in years later.”

As years went by in the 80s and 90s, sponsorship

was easy as the media hype surrounding beauty

pageants encouraged many companies, including

beauty, hard liquor and car brands to participate.

Today, the prizes are more lucrative, from

RM50,000 to RM150,000 cash for a big title like

FROM MISS TO MRS

Beauty pageants have become a profitable income

churning industry thanks to prominent pageant

leaders like the late Liu Chang Lan, franchise holder

of Miss Malaysia Universe, Paul Lee, franchise holder

of Miss Malaysia World and Alex Liu, Managing

Director of ERM Marketing Malaysia.

The pageant landscape has also forayed into

married women category. In 2010, ERM Marketing

tapped into Mrs. Malaysia World 2010. This has set

the pace to more Mrs beauty pageant and is now

considered common in Malaysia.

“Today, many beauty pageant organisers used

to be former beauty queens,” says Jenet Foo, the

organiser of Mrs Malaysia Tourism Queen and

Tourism Queen International.

MAKING OF A BEAUTY QUEEN

Technology plays a vital role in beauty pageants. In

the past, the judging is solely dependent on a few

judges but today, the public have the chance to vote

for their favourite contestants through social media.

“To choose a winner is not easy. Judges from

different background may have different opinions.

However, first impression is always important. The

winners always have that aura around them when

they appear on stage,” says Datin Maylene Yong who

is a judge for many beauty pageants. For Maggie Loo,

the winner must also have that X factor that makes

her stand out from the rest.

Malaysia can stand tall with many successful past

winners like Tan Sri Michelle Yeoh, Yasmin Yusoff,

Lina Teoh, Erra Fazira, Kavita Sidhu and Carol Lee.

Whatever it is, behind the glitz and glam of

beauty pageants, all the participants go through a

tough learning process that will transform their life

forever. “The experience itself is more important

than winning,” claims Chilla Cha, Mrs Asia

International All Nation 2017 and Mrs Malaysia Asia

International 2017.

Special thanks to Datin Maylene Yong, Maggie Loo,

Jenet Foo and Chilla Cha; and also sponsor of hair and

make-up, Nulnu Lifestyle Mall.

FRANCIS YIP always loses himself but somehow, finds his way back with lots of juicy stories to share. Forgive him if he sparks a debate.

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

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TRAVEL

Buddhist monks

making rounds at

Borobudur.

SOUL CITY

OF JAVA

AS THE 15TH LARGEST COUNTRY IN THE

WORLD, YOGYAKARTA IS ACCLAIMED

AS THE GATEWAY TO INDONESIA’S

HERITAGE AND CULTURE, DECKED WITH

CAPTIVATING ANCIENT MARVELS AND

ACTIVE VOLCANOES ON THE GROUND.

Text JESSY WONG

Photos YOGYAKARTA MARRIOT HOTEL & JESSY WONG

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Yogyakarta (often referred as Jogja)

lies at the south of Central Java in

Indonesia. Not to be confused with

it's sister state of Jakarta, Yogyakarta is

different in many ways as compared to the

capital city of Indonesia. To put it simply,

Yogyakarta is a retreat of urban senses for

one to discover the timeworn dwellings in

the metropolis.

HEART OF AN EMPIRE

Back in the 16th and 17th century, Sultanate

of Mataram was a major power and reigned

the central island of Java with influence

through a strong practice of tradition and

social culture. Yogyakarta is the capital

of the sovereignty. Although Mataram

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kingdom slowly lost its dominance after

Dutch colonisation, the charm still retains

and is remembered by the Javanese

people who are the largest ethnic group in

Indonesia till today.

The city fascinates me with distinct

traces of the bygone days in modern

living and based in the midst of all this is

Yogyakarta Marriot Hotel that let you live

like a royalty.

THE CROWN OF TOWN

As a traveller, it is always a plus point to

be able to save time moving from one

place to another especially in the city. The

newest establishment in town, Yogyakarta

Marriot Hotel hold all the aces in location

and hospitality. The hotel is only a

20-minute car ride away from Adi Sutjipto

International Airport and is located close to

most of the wonders in Yogyakarta.

My Javanese experience extends from

checking in to my sleek contemporary room

to the daily warm greetings and smiles from

everyone as well as getting pampered in

the hotel’s Quan Spa. The people and its

surroundings make it felt like a royal stay

to me especially with the classic Marriot’s

signature interior adapting the local

arts with bold Kawung batik pattern and

traditional weaves furniture in drawing out

the city’s prized craftsmanship.

The 5-star hotel definitely draws

me back for another staycation. Since I

travelled there alone, the spacious room

with floor to ceiling windows and open

marbled bathroom remind me of my

family. The unbounded space with sliding

bathroom screen doors unfold the idea of

connectivity between people.

REDISCOVERING HERITAGE

The beauty of Yogyakarta is reflected in its

diversity of history and culture. Although

Islam is the most practiced religion in

Indonesia, Central Java takes pride in the

primitive practitioners of Buddhism and

Hinduism.

Borobudur remains is one of the

greatest historical sites in Asia and

the largest Buddhist monument in the

world. The structure is entirely made of

volcanic stones, cut, carved and built using

indentations and joints. I have never woken

up for sunrise and I am grateful to witness a

spectacular daybreak from the sacred place

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KAWUNG MOTIF

A cross-section batik pattern of four

basic ovals or circles with the belief of

four cardinal directions pointing towards

the center of strength similar to a king

surrounded by his people as a symbol of

peace and justice.

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“The beauty of Yogyakarta

is reflected in its diversity of

history and culture”

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1 Ballroom reception

at Yogyakarta Marriot

Hotel 2 The exterior of

the luxury hotel 3 Deluxe

king bed in Yogyakarta

Marriot Hotel 4 A bird'seye

view of Borobudur

5 A relic structure at

Ullen Sentalu Musuem

6 Ramayana Ballet

performance 7 The iconic

Prambanan Temple 8

Taman Sari Water Castle

9 Taman Sari Bar & Grill

10 Wood fire oven gudeg

Jogja pizza.

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for my first time. Since Borobudur is built around a

hill, it was a sight to behold with two twin volcanoes

in the horizon at sunrise. It is also recommended to

hire a tour guide on site to get the most out of your

experience. They are well spoken in English and

knowledgeable of the relics in Borobudur.

Another man-made wonder is a 9th century

Hindu sacred sanctuary known for its tall and

intricate architecture. Prambanan Temple stands

at 47 metres high in the city. Along the walls of

the three temples, the Hindu epic of Ramayana is

carved in stone and at night time, see the saga come

to life in Ramayana Ballet at the temple grounds.

The dance drama is led by gamelan performed

under the open night sky with the three iconic

temples in the background.

I also made a visit to Taman Sari Water

Castle – a former royal palace for the Sultanate of

Yogyakarta. Taman Sari is a resting place for Sultan

Hamengkubuwono I and his family in the 18th

century with water gardens, pools, pavilions and a

mosque. It was said that the King at his high tower

will watch his Queen and concubines bathing in the

pools and throw a rose at them. The remains of the

palace can only make me imagine how beautiful the

place used to be. Presently, the surrounding of the

castle is a settlement for thousands of residents who

are skilled in batik-making and painting.

TRADITIONAL FLAVOURS

This retreat of senses is unfulfilled without savouring

the traditional foods of Yogyakarta. Executive

Chef Kamal of Yogyakarta Kitchen and Taman

Sari Bar & Grill in the hotel is more than happy

to recommend all the tasty cuisines in town and I

am not disappointed. A must-try is Gudeg Jogja, a

traditional dish made of braised jackfruit served with

rice garnished with chicken serunding, sambal krecek,

boiled quailed egg and fried tempe. For a twist, taste

a western fusion of gudeg with homemade pizza at

Taman Sari Bar & Grill.

Another specialty that I love is bakpia – a sweet

pastry with fillings. This Chinese-Indonesian dessert

is commonly filled with mung beans but now there’s

a variety of stuffing like chocolate, coffee and cheese

sold everywhere in the city.

GOOD TO KNOW

Learn more of Javanese myths, legends, culture

and art in Ullen Sentalu Musuem. The private

museum holds a display of paintings, treasures and

relics from royal palaces.

Cab-hailing services are abundant and cheap in

the city. You can easily get around but do take note

of prime hours (after work hours) as you can get

stuck in the congestion.

Central Java and Yogyakarta’s largest mall is right

next to Yogyakarta Marriot Hotel. You can do last

minute shopping for souvenirs and local brands in

Hartono Mall.

Take a jeep ride to see Mount Merapi–the most

active volcano in Indonesia. ‘Sisa Hartaku’ shows the

relics of destruction from the most recent eruption

in 2010.

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BEGINNER’S

BACKPACKING

TO JAPAN

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BACKPACKING HAS BEEN A GROWING

TREND IN ASIA MAINLY INFLUENCED

BY WESTERNERS WHO BRACED THE

SUN AND WIND ON THEIR JOURNEY.

THIS COURSE OF TRAVELLING CAN BE

A BACKBREAKER FOR STARTERS BUT IT

CAN BE ONE OF THE MOST REWARDING

ADVENTURES IF IT IS DONE PROPERLY.

Text JESSY WONG • Photos AKIRA IWASAKI

People say you can never have enough of Japan.

Once you visited the country, you would want

to go back again. But for a majority, budget

remains the biggest hindrance and there is only one

way to the limitless exploration of the land of the

rising sun–which is backpacking.

After travelling to all 47 prefectures in Japan,

Akira Iwasaki still hasn’t got enough of his home

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country. The Japanese-born Malaysian is one of the

avid backpackers that love to wander and explore with

only three things¬–his passport, money and clothes.

The biggest commitment to backpacking is

learning how to live minimally. “It’s a choice between

backpacking and fashion,” he laughs. “You can’t have

new outfits for everyday wear and women can’t be

bringing their whole makeup bag. After all, the main

purpose for travel is to be humble in order to learn

and experience new things.”

Akira notes that backpacking is flexible travel.

You would plan more on how to organise your

backpack effectively than your travel itinerary. “At

most times, you just go with the flow. You will meet

other backpackers on your journey and there will be

impromptu trips together.”

Having said that, be prepared for the inevitable

loud snoring and unhygienic roommates in dorm

rooms. Privacy becomes a privilege in this form of

travel and in exchange, you will make a string of close

friends across the globe.

Japan has endless discoveries. Although the main

reason for most people to travel is to see the country’s

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1 Itsukushima Shrine,

Hiroshima 2 Akira

in Shirakawa 3 The

gleaming Osaka Castle

4 Steps to Kyoto

Shrine 5 Tsutenkaku

Tower in Osaka 6 A

city view of Ehime,

Shikoku

main attractions, Akira advises to best keep it to just

half the itinerary. “Sightseeing is okay but spend

more time doing hands-on activities. There is plenty

to do in Japan from knife-making in Nagoya to

liquor ware painting, fruit picking and crabbing by

the coast.”

Backpacking in Japan can save a lot of time and

money. For instance, the precise timing in train

departure allows you to optimize your time and

make the most out of it. “Japanese counts time

down to the second. So, every train is extremely

punctual.” If it is 8:37pm, it will depart at 8:37pm.

He adds that “Japan is a safe country especially

for backpackers because we only carry our basic

necessities. If you misplace your item, you can still

find it at the same place a week later”.

According to Akira, the most cost-effective place

to backpack in Japan is Osaka as it is surrounded by

other nearby cities like Kyoto, Kobe and Nara. The

public transport and railway lines make travelling a

cinch and you can even find a cheap night stay below

¥800. Besides, food in Japan is not as expensive as

you would think. Low-budget and filling meals in

convenience stores are as cheap as ¥200 and that can

be found everywhere you go in the country.

He also shares it is possible to backpack across

the entirety of Japan in a month. “Spend a week in

every region. From Hokkaido, travel to Tohoku then

to central Japan and all the way down to Kyushu.” And

the tip is to subscribe to Japan Rail Pass (JR Pass).

JR Pass can be costly at initial purchase but it is

still the cheapest to commute in a long run. Since

time and money are always a battle in travels, you can

ride Japan’s shinkansen (bullet train) using JR Pass

and save time travelling from one place to another. It

is advisable to purchase the JR Pass before going to

Japan and travellers can get it at Japan Travel Bureau

outlets nationwide.

September is an optimal time to backpack in

Japan. It is summer until the end of September which

means you can pack light without heavy articles like

jackets and winter clothing. If you are still wary about

making your first backpack travel, do check out

www.jtbmalaysia.com for a guided backpacking trip.

Everything is doable. You only need to carry less

to achieve more.

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TRAVEL

ROAD LESS TRAVELLED

ANDONG,

SOUTH KOREA

THE CITY IN YEONGNAM REGION WAS A CENTER FOR RENOWNED

SCHOLARS AND NOBILITY IN JOSEON DYNASTY AND FAMOUSLY

RETAINS ITS CULTURAL CHARMS AND FOLK TRADITIONS TILL TODAY.

Text JESSY WONG Photos ADOBE STOCK & ANDONG GURUME RESORT

HOW TO GET THERE

Andong is easily accessible through major

metropolitan cities like Seoul, Busan and Daegu. If

you take a train from Seoul, change lines at Yeongju

to get to Andong and the ride takes around 3 to 4

hours. Otherwise, there are frequent buses to the city

at Dong Seoul Bus Terminal.

WHAT TO DO

Hahoe Folk Village is famed for its national treasures

and houses from 16th century. Observe Korean’s

folk culture there through the daily lives of villagers.

There is also the oldest wooden building in Korea

at Bongjeongsa Temple, a Budddhist sacred site

with resident monks. Dosan Confucian Academy is

a beautiful place for visitors to learn the lifestyle of

Confucianism culture and scholars.

WHERE TO STAY

Stay at Andong Gurume Resort to remember their

slowly-forgotten tradition. These renovated houses

are close to Moonlight Bridge and Andong Folk

Musuem in the city. Make your reservations at

AirAsiaGo to experience their heritage lifestyle as

this exclusive resort have limited guestrooms.

WHERE TO EAT

The city is known for its grilled salted mackerel and

soju (vodka). Dine at Andong Gan Godeungeo to

taste a variation of the mackerel dish. Andong soju

is a favourite drink for nobilities in the past and

remains as a trademark for its special distillation

technique that is handed down from the 6th

century. Also try Andong Jjimdak, a local braised

chicken served with glass noodles and rice cakes.

GOOD

to

KNOW

The annual

Andong Mask

Dance Festival

will be held

in the capital

of Korean’s

traditional

culture from

28 September

till 7 October

2018 at Hahao

Folk Village.

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1 The grand 19th century

shophouse at Jalan Tan Hiok

Nee 2 A bright floral mural

along the street.

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THE PULSE OF

JOHOR BAHRU

THE HAPPENINGS OF THE BYGONE DAYS ARE TREASURED IN

A CLUSTER KNOWN AS ISKANDAR PUTERI HERITAGE TRAIL IN

COALESCING THE OLD AND NEW TIDES IN THE METROPOLIS.

STARTING FROM JALAN TAN HIOK NEE, JESSY WONG

REDISCOVER THE CULTURE AND FOOD IN TOWN THAT PERSIST

THROUGH A LAPSE OF TIME.

Text and photos JESSY WONG

Travel south to the tranquil and yet modern town at Johor Bahru

and you’ll be amazed by the capital of Johor that sets itself in the

chase of urban development. As the second largest city in Malaysia,

the unequalled pulse of Johor Bahru lies alongside the Segget River where

cultural diversity flows through the bank down to Straits of Johor.

When one talks about cultural heritage sites in Malaysia, popular

destinations remain to be Georgetown, Penang and the city of Malacca.

However, as a traveller that has been to every state in the Peninsula, I find

that the stretch along Jalan Trus and its connecting streets represent a

definitive portrayal of Malaysia – a country that celebrates a mishmash of

tradition in harmony and unity.

What was previously a quaint old lane is awarded heritage street

by the Johor State Government in 2009 turning Jalan Tan Hiok Nee

into a trendy historical venue with traditional houses and activities. My

discovery of Johor’s gems starts from a walk through the heritage street to

Jalan Dhoby and Jalan Trus.

The southern state plays a major role for maritime silk trade in the

14th century and subsequently became a settlement for Malay fishermen

and Chinese immigrants at the coast. Jalan Tan Hiok Nee is named after a

Chinese cloth peddler in 19th century who grew into an influential figure,

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3 AirAsia mural by Tuanmulo 4 Gateway

arch to Jalan Tan Hiok Nee 5 The towering

Arulmigu Rajamariamman 6 Old Temple of

Johor Bahru 7 The delicious chicken chop

from It Roo Cafe 8 Exterior of Art52 Gallery

making good ties with the royalty and is known as

the wealthiest man in Johor. Back then, Tan Hiok

Nee built his shops and houses by the west bank

of Segget River and leads Ngee Heng Kongsi, a

powerful gang in the city.

The stories of Tan Hiok Nee’s history are

mounted along the walls of OCBC Bank on the

street today. To hear more of its juicy stories, visit

Johor Bahru Chinese Heritage Museum at Jalan

Tan Hiok Nee. Most of the relics from Ngee Heng

Kongsi and details on Chinese immigrants are

documented by the association.

Along the road, trendy establishments like

eateries and boutiques are lined in the row of

shops. Art52 Gallery has paintings and artwork by

local artists and the street also acts as a hub for

nighttime entertainment. Besides, the cultural

place has become a vibrant attraction for murals,

especially one with AirAsia’s painting by Johor’s

local artist-Tuanmulo-by the walls of the classically

iconic 19th century cornershop, now occupied by

Let’s Eat restaurant.

Prior to the neighbourhood’s cultural renewal,

this side of town is a holy gathering for devotees of

different beliefs. Walking south along Jalan Trus,

you can enter the Old Temple of Johor Bahru where

Taoist worships the 5 main deities at the shrine.

Right across, Gurdwara Sahib has weekly programs

and prayers for the Sikh community. This religious

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hub includes Arulmigu Rajamariamman, the oldest

Hindu temple in Johor in the vicinity. The pyramid

deity tower gleam in colourful soft pastel under the

bright sun.

A stroll at nightfall can bring new excitements

especially with the monthly festive activities and

performances held out in the open air. One might

find handmade souvenirs or trinkets in Pasar Karat,

the daily night bazaar held along Jalan Tan Hiok Nee

and the surrounding streets.

BLAST FROM THE PAST

Things change in the current of time but

here, generations of businesses dominate the

neighbourhood. On a regular morning, locals would

make a quick stop at Jalan Dhoby’s Salahuddin

Bakery for their Bengali bread and buns. The bakery

has been around since 1937 and is loved for their

homemade kaya (pandan coconut jam) that goes

along with soft aromatic buns baked over woodfire.

On the other side of the street, IT Roo Cafe is

lively with diners during lunchtime with similar

plates of chicken chop served on every table. Priding

themselves as the best chicken chop in town, the

secret recipe to the deliciously sinful fare is founded

since 1961.

You can also taste delicacies that are almost a

century old at Hiap Joo Bakery. The place still draws

crowd over to Jalan Tan Hiok Nee to queue under

the sun for their butter and banana cakes. They too,

prefer the traditional wood fire oven method to

encapsulate the fragrance in cakes.

All things good from the past are made better

with the visits of Johor royals to the local area. The 71

years old Restoran Hua Mui at Jalan Trus is a popular

joint among the locals and tourists as affirmed by

Johor royals who frequented the kopitiam (traditional

coffee shop) regularly. Two doors down, a jewellery

venture, Kwong Lee Soon Kee Goldsmith, has also

been serving royal needs for 3 generations, making

repairs and purchases for the Sultan of Johor. To

appease your curiosity, head in to the shop and you

will see photos of the royals’ visit to the store.

GETTING AROUND JOHOR BAHRU

MAYFLOWER CAR RENTAL

You can ensure time and mobility efficiency with personal transport. Mayflower

car rental services has a good range of car hires, a variety of pick-up points and

most importantly, they have the best rental rate in town. It is advisable to make

an early reservation with Mayflower to have a smooth-sailing journey ahead.

Find Mayflower booth upon arrival at Senai International Airport.

+607-224 1357 | www.mayflowercarrental.com.my

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FAT CAT CAFÉ (2-04)

A cup of freshly roasted coffee

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Café is arguably the best way to start or

to wrap up your day. Sourcing beans from

all around the world, each cup is carefully

curated to your liking by their passionate

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GLORY FRIED CHICKEN

KINGDOM (1-05)

Comfort food at its best. Glory Fried

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CREMEO (K-1-01)

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desserts that will tickle your taste buds.

Try our signature soft serve flavours

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asking for seconds.

KINKIN (1-11)

The legend of Kin Kin Chili Pan Mee began

decades ago with Mr. Tan operating from

a humble noodle shack in Jalan T.A.R,

K.L. He pioneered the now-ubiquitous

Chili Pan Mee, using homemade noodles

& other ingredients together created with

traditional techniques by hand. Over the

years, the consistent quality of Kin Kin Chili

Pan Mee’s creations has captured the hearts

and stomachs of the masses.

KYOCHON (G-05)

Fried chicken has been South Korea’s

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immemorial and Kyochon the giants of

the healthy KFC (Korean Fried Chicken)

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ON THE RADAR

GET UP TO DATE ON THE LATEST HAPPENINGS ON

TRAVEL, HOTEL OPENINGS, FOOD OFFERS AND

TRENDING FASHION AROUND SOUTH EAST ASIA

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Malaysia’s hottest online radio is listed in the

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radio station in the country. AFO Radio broadcasted

outdoor live for 72 hours non-stop at their newly

launched second studio at KL City Walk with

celebrity guests and prizes worth RM100,000 are

rewarded to some lucky listeners.

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VIETJET LAUNCHES NHA TRANG-DANANG ROUTE

You can now hop from coast to coast with Vietjet starting from 21 September

2018. The local flight only takes an hour for you to get from the metropolitan

city of Danang to Nha Trang, another coastal city with diving sites and good

seafood. These two famous cities in central Vietnam are known for their long

stretch of beaches.

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DREAMS OF LOVE TUBEROSE

Part of The Secret Garden collection, Amouage

introduces a romantic floral fragrance for

women- the Love Tuberose. Designed as a

reminiscent of Russian literature and classical

music, the feminine notes are recreated with

gardenia, tuberose, jasmine and hints of

vanilla and chantilly cream for sweetness.

Available at Amouage retailers nationwide

GOURMET COUTURE MID-AUTUMN SERIES

Hilton Kuala Lumpur collaborated with Malaysia’s leading fashion designer,

Khoon Hooi in crafting a designer mooncake gift box for the occasion.

The sleek brocade satchel with bamboo handles can hold 4 mooncakes.

Recommended to purchase it with Hilton’s top seller Snow Skin mooncake

series. Available from now until 24 September 2018.

Get it at Hilton Kuala Lumpur and major shopping malls in the city

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GRAND STAY AT THE GOLDEN EMPIRE

Grand Mercure Yangon Golden Empire makes its grand debut at

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hand-painted ceilings by local artist Pyar Dade and the hotel boasts

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Room rates starts at USD100 from now until 30 September 2018.

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GINVERA WORLD SPA BODY LOTION

Relish in private spa time with Ginvera’s new

oil in body lotion. The special blend of flower

extract and essential oils triple the moisturising

effect and leaves an enduring fragrant on the

skin. Each lotion comes with different essential

oils so choose your spa perfume from lavender,

lemongrass, green tea and alpine rose.

Available at most leading pharmacies in Malaysia

CRUSHING REDS WITH GREEN

Paris brand with Korean beauty secrets-

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out skin tone and blemishes for a perfect

look. Apply moderately and the all-in-one

cream will soothe redness while locking

hydration in the skin. Price starts from

RM89 for 15ml and RM175 for 45ml.

Available at Sephora, Hermo &

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80’S BEACH CLUB IN SEMINYAK

The beachfront mansion on Seminyak beach becomes

a paradise of nostalgia in Bali. Tropicola Beach Club

has three bars surrounding pools and an open kitchen

with wood-fired cooking of fresh coastal seafood and

grilled meat. As you dine and drink, let the live music

and seaside mood to transport you back to the 80’s.

Jalan Pantai, Batu Belig, Bali

www.tropicola.info

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