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GOASIAPLUS October 2018

Our October issue is out with fashion foodie Sara Khong gracing the covers. On the inside, explore the Maldives of Indonesia through Francis' eyes, the millenial's take on travelling abroad for concerts and Bukit Jalil's transformation into Kuala Lumpur.

Our October issue is out with fashion foodie Sara Khong gracing the covers. On the inside, explore the Maldives of Indonesia through Francis' eyes, the millenial's take on travelling abroad for concerts and Bukit Jalil's transformation into Kuala Lumpur.

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OCTOBER 2018 | ISSUE 29

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FEASTING

ON A

PASSION

MALDIVES OF

INDONESIA

TRAVELLING

FOR CONCERTS


CONTENTS

3 INSIGHT

Fashionably A Foodie

21 SHOPPING

Understanding K-Beauty Products

EDITOR’S

NOTE

Last year I accompanied my father back to

our ancestral home village in Yong Chun,

Fujian, China. As the family chatted in

frenzied excitement catching up, the conversations

inevitably went down the path of my grandfather’s

journey to Malaya. My grandfather came to Malaya

in 1912 and settled down in Sungai Udang in

Melaka to work in the rubber estate.

To most of us it’s another migrant story to

savour but it got me thinking deeper into the

sacrifices and the risks my grandfather had taken

and because of him I could make this journey back

to China under much better circumstances.

We often take for granted those who have

supported us through thick and thin in the course

of our pursuit for bigger and better things in life

and in our careers. Our roots and our beginnings

become oblivion.

Not until two decades ago, when the skies

opened up to make overseas travel accessible, the

proverbial motherland like China, India and United

Kingdom seemed to be an impossible destination.

True to it’s tagline ‘Everyone can fly’, AirAsia

has been opening up destinations to make dreams

come true for families and friends to be reunited

from across the sea. For this, I am thankful.

Sometimes we forget to thank those closest to

us like our spouse or family members who care for

us unconditionally no matter what. Food blogger

and stylist Sara Khong can attest to this (Page 3-5).

When she burnt out from doing her online

fashion business Sara turned to her family who

supported her switch to being a food enthusiast

and cookbook writer. She has since moved back

to stay at home where the family has helped her

to cultivate the garden into a productive organic

vegetable patch.

So, as you get about your daily lives don’t

forget to look up and appreciate those around who

are always there to support you. Celebrate your

awesome relationships with them this October.

John So

Publisher

6 SPECIAL FEATURE

The Ascent of

Dato’ Sri Jessy Lai

10 OUT & ABOUT

12 LOST & FOUND

Revisit Architectural Marvel

14 INSIGHT

Heart and Soul for Sahul

17 TRAVEL

Anambas Islands, Indonesia

EDITORIAL TEAM

GROUP HEAD & BRANDS

JOHN SO

GRAPHIC DESIGNER

JAMIE SOO-HOO

WRITER

JESSY WONG

CONTRIBUTORS

FRANCIS YIP, YY CHEN, SONIA

CHANG, AISHAH AZALI, TAN JO

HANN, HISHAM TALIB

& RICK CHEAH

COVER PHOTO BY

SARA KHONG

25 TRAVEL

Travelling Abroad for Concerts

28 THE FACE-OFF

Satay vs Yakitori

30 FYI: Disaster Proof

32 TRAVEL

Bacolod, Philippines

34 TRAVEL

The Game Plan in Bukit Jalil

36 ON THE RADAR

DIGITAL TEAM

WEB CONTENT

JESSY WONG

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INSIGHT

FASHIONABLY

A FOODIE

SARA KHONG IS A FOOD ENTHUSIAST, FOOD

STYLIST AND DEVELOPER OF RECIPES. BUT

SHE DIDN’T START HER CAREER THAT WAY.

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She is a law graduate but never practised law

for a single day in her life. By the time Sara

graduated, she was well entrenched in another

passion–her online fashion business.

“When I was reading law, I already knew it was

not something for me. Even during internship, I

didn’t do it at a legal firm. Instead, I spent my time

doing lifestyle stuff. I liked fashion and I started a

blog shop in fashion and accessories.

“Four months before graduation and while

waiting for results I started a proper e-commerce

site where payment could be made via credit card. I

would get my stock from Petaling Street. It felt good

to be my own boss. I worked very hard.

“Money was good and I could make RM2,100 a

day at the bazaar.” Sara was 23 and she could sustain

herself with that income.

After about three years of that she burnt out as

keeping up with trends and travelling overseas to buy

goods and shipping them back became a tiring affair.

“I had to buy a lot for the economies of scale. And

fashion accessories are heavy.”

Chasing fashion trends lost its meaning and I like

working for passion and I like working for myself.”

FROM FASHION TO FOOD

“When I was on my own managing my fashion

business I had to cook for myself. I wasn’t a cook at all.

I was more of a kitchen hack and I blogged about it.

And I also blogged about minimalism. I had so much

naturally I need to organise for space. So no choice I

had to be a minimalist.”

At that time, fashion was still a lucrative business

and it sustained Sara for three years. Soon her eye for

fashion buying wasn’t good enough as competition was

keen at her heel and they were also cheaper.

“There were so few people selling fashion online

then. As the business grew, competition also grew and

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“Cooking is a

lifestyle skill that is

unappreciated.”

I didn’t think of taking a partner.” When the going got

tough, Sara was also missing homecooked food–her

staple of three dishes and one soup!

Soon, out of necessity a passion was born. Sara

became popular for her life hacks that she posted on

her social media. Her website Jewelpie on personal

lifestyle had everything she wanted to do with her life.

A FOOD STYLIST IN THE MAKING

“Basically it was all about what makes me happy and

how to do things easily, like cooking a meal for others

in my situation. It was also during this time that my

fashion business became a chore and I was not enjoying

it anymore.”

Her content got picked up by Buzzfeed especially

about her chance to dine at the prestigious Jiro

restaurant in Japan.

She progressed to being a food stylist and became a

food blogger by starting www.newmalaysiankitchen.com

with all her recipes she developed and collected from

family and friends.

Being an avid reader and a curious one, it helped

her to create and curate content for her website www.

Jewelpie.com. “I am the kind of person who believes that

there must be a different way of doing things. I would

read and research to find a way to solve the problem.

“When I first moved out I didn’t know how to

clean a house so I bought a manual on how to keep

house. I also read about the science of cooking.

Cooking is a lifestyle skill that is unappreciated.”

Her post on how to peel an orange with ease

earned her great following in her blog. MPH

publisher found Sara through the Jewelpie site and

asked her to write a book on how to cook from

home targeting the younger generation.

ADVOCATOR OF SUSTAINABLE LIVING

Looking for different ways to carry out a task seems

to be Sara’s inherent trait. As she ventured further

into the food industry, Sara realised she needed to

be formally trained. She packed her bags and set off

to Beijing, China for a two-year culinary course.

Her first cookbook is Malaysian Meals in

30 minutes and subsequent two were One Pot

Wonders and 3-Ingredient Recipes.

She has since moved back to stay at her family

home where there is a large compound where

Sara has cultivated her organic vegetable garden.

In some of her freelance work she is required to

develop recipes and do cooking demonstrations for

her clients.

Sara is also an artist and she approaches her

recipes and cooking with much creativity and she

keeps a journal of her work.

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SPECIAL FEATURE

THE ASCENT

OF DATO’ SRI

JESSY LAI

IT IS HER HOME RECIPE; A SPOONFUL OF

OPTIMISM, A DOSE OF COURAGE AND

A DASH OF SMILE ARE ALL IT TAKES FOR

JESSY LAI TO BECOME AN ENTREPRENEUR

AND A LEADER. TOPPED WITH A STATE

CONFERRED TITLE OF DATO’ SRI, JESSY

LAI LETS HER ACHIEVEMENTS TO SPELL

OUT HER HARD WORK.

Text JESSY WONG

Photos RICK CHEAH & DATO’ SRI JESSY LAI

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The faint smell of chlorine wafts in the air

as I got out of my car. I was invited over to

Jessy’s residence for the meeting, a place of

wonder for many curious admirers of hers so it is a

work pleasure for me–to be able to meet her behind

closed doors.

Turning heads, beckoning attention, that is the

aura that she carries upon entering the room. It is

neither the casual white T-shirt she wears nor the

perfectly trimmed and styled short hair that calls

for a noticeable appearance. It is confidence.

Right in her element, Jessy welcomes her guests

with familiarity, food and warmth; just like any

other Malaysian. When one would think that as an

owner of a multinational company, she would be

wearing a golden robe or glass slippers. Well, they

are not all wrong. Jessy is surprisingly ordinary but

she’s definitely not an average person.

HAPPY GO LUCKY

In an Asian family, it is inevitable for anyone to be

spared from the unspoken agony of being compared

with your siblings by your relatives. As a child, Jessy

sees her elder sister being favoured by everyone.

She was born as a second child with 5 years of

difference with her sister. Compared with her elder

sibling, she has short spiky hair, monolid eyes and a

flat nose. “My relatives would ask my mother how

did she gave birth to two contrasting children; one

so lovely and another so ugly”, Jessy recollects.

This trial in her childhood days does not end

inside the walls of her house. It extends to her

school where teachers would note the differences

between the sisters. But she does not allow that to

put a dent in her.

“Despite lacking in my appearance, I have a

positive and cheerful character since I was young.

Just very happy go lucky. The environment in which

I was raised in empowers me to be brave and gave

me the strength to face different situations”.

Jessy grew up in fairly moderate household in

Malacca. She wasn’t raised in a lap of luxury but

she’s rich in self-motivation. “Since I don’t have the

‘look’, I told myself to be better, kinder, to improve

and excel from the inside–it’s okay to be short. I

can be a petite person but with a huge heart.”

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“ There is no point

making promises with

no actual fulfillment

so we do our part by

proving ourselves.”

MAKING HER OWN PATH

Freshly graduated from high school, she took on a

job that she thought would fit well with her cheerful

personality. Jessy became a kindergarten teacher at

18 years old.

“I was confident I could perform well. I was the

champion in storytelling competitions so I looked

forward to telling stories to my nursery children.

Little did I know that it won’t come true–because of

language barrier”.

The road bumps in the job did not make her

quit. Instead she worked on her shortcomings and

prevailed for 4 years teaching children.

Every successful person have their own

inspiration and for Jessy, it was the kindergarten

owner that struck a chord in her. “She’s the first

person that I truly admire. Even after knowing my

challenges, she didn’t let me go. She arranged me to

teach music instead.”

Her influence as a music teacher made a change

in the kindergarten’s atmosphere. While previously

it was strictly lessons, the environment became

more lively when kids started to sing even in the

playground. From there, Jessy knows that she has the

power to make a difference if she persevered.

A MULTINATIONAL BUSINESSWOMAN

The year of 2014 is a significant time for Jessy when

she founded her own company–the Monspace

Multinational Corporation. Although it is based in

Malaysia, the company actually started out in China.

Jessy is not the first Malaysian entrepreneur to

spearhead her business on international grounds; but

till today, it is one of her proudest achievements to

date.

“The country is my platform of growth. My

strategy is to analyse the trend and future needs in

China and whatever vision I have for China, I will

apply it for my own nation in Malaysia and expand it

to international waters. This is how we have achieved

20 million users worldwide.”

Monspace is known for their multi-industrial

investments namely e-commerce, tourism, aviation,

entertainment, property, finance, agriculture,

beauty, health, food and beverage as well as in

telecommunications. While looking back, Jessy did

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her first business deal by selling cosmetics in her

part-time job.

“My sister got me into network marketing when I

moved to Kuala Lumpur. The multifaceted aspects in

being a network marketer is a way of growth for me

as it inspires me to constantly improve myself.”

“I’ve sold vitamins, water filter, health foods and

etc. Everytime I’m given a new task, it is a chance

for me to learn about the industry and products.

One also must be optimistic as a network marketer.

There will be rejections and complains daily so it is

important to be driven and disciplined in whatever

we are doing.”

Jessy shares that there are more women working

in this industry than men because network marketing

is constantly seen as merely a part-time job. As

men are mostly the breadwinners of their families,

it is less likely for them to be a network marketer

as it is not a stable job so the members are mostly

housewives.

“In our business, we don’t make promises but we

show our trust and outcome through the work we do.

There is no point making promises with no actual

fulfillment so we do our part by proving ourselves.”

Therefore, from a network marketer to a

multinational businesswoman, she is keen to show

the world that anything can happen if you put your

mind into it. Just as they say, winners never quit and

quitters never win. As of now, Monspace has various

international projects and one of it is the placements

of massage chairs in main airports and train stations

across China.

Monspace also has investments in research

supplements for space astronauts and

commercialising it to the public in China. Other

than that, the company is starting their own study in

satellites for the future.

Despite her huge network and notable business

ventures, she does not see Monspace as a ‘successful’

business. “We are only a 4-year-old baby. A business

that can last for a century is what I am aiming for

so I’m laying the foundation now for our growth in

times to come.”

KINDNESS MATTERS

A company is also a reflection of the founder. From

the way things run and the various business ventures

of Monspace, Jessy believes that every decision

must be earnest and transparent in actions. After

all, ‘Monspace’ can be directly translated–from the

French word mon (my)–as ‘my space’.

To her, the multinational company can only come

through with the right people on board. “Most of the

time, I receive project proposals for the company.

It doesn’t matter if it is a good project (or not). I

will give it a go mostly depending on the organising

person behind it.”

Not only limited to business potentials, the

big-hearted girl from Malacca is also a known

philanthropist across the world.

“There are so many people that needs help in

this world. It is beyond our capacity to reach out to

everyone so I believe in destiny to show me the way. I

will do the best I can to help those that stumble upon

my path.”

You may follow her journey more intimately

through www.jessylai.com where she often blogs about

her philosophies and snippets of her life.

Understanding her love to motivate through

speech and writing, I asked Jessy to share the title

of her autobiography–if she were to have one. She

laughed and answered, “ 用 生 命 影 响 生 命 , meaning

life inspiring life”.

Interlinking with her company’s motto, Jessy

is hopeful in using one’s life experience to inspire

others. Like everybody else, success did not

come overnight and she lives in the belief that

perseverance and hard work will reap its reward.

Beyond achievement and recognition, having the

fulfillment of helping others brings peace and

happiness to oneself.

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EVENTS

OUT & ABOUT

LOOK OUT FOR THE MOST ANTICIPATED EVENTS OF

THE MONTH IN MALAYSIA AND BEYOND

WINNER 2018 EVERYWHERE TOUR

14 OCT

Performing for the first time in Malaysia, YG

Entertainment K-pop boygroup WINNER is

all prepped to meet their international fans

in their long-awaited tour. The 4-member

stars, Yoon, Jinu, Hoony and Mino debuted

in South Korea 4 years ago topping charts

worldwide with their lead single ‘Empty’.

Stadium Malawati, Shah Alam

www.ticketcharge.com.my

IL DIVO TIMELESS TOUR

7 OCT

The pop-opera powerhouse group

is making a stop in Malaysia in

their worldwide tour to promote

their new self-produced album

‘Timeless’. The quartet is known

to blend their operatic vocals

with many genres from pop,

folk, tango, Latin and others to

breathe a new life into music.

Arena of Stars,

Resorts World Genting, Pahang

www.rwgenting.com

SPEAK YOUR MIND TOUR

22 OCT

Anne-Marie turned into a huge star as

UK’s biggest-selling breakthrough artist

of 2018 with the release of her debut

album ‘Speak Your Mind’ and various

collaborations hits with Marshmello,

Clean Bandit and David Guetta. Since

then, Anne-Marie has more than 5

billion streams and over 10 million

global sales as a new pop artist.

Zepp@Big Box, Singapore

www.apactix.com

STYLO GENTLEMEN’S WEEKEND

26-28 OCT

This is not your usual weekend getaway.

STYLO International is organising

its inaugural STYLO Gentlemen’s

Weekend, an innovative lifestyle event

showcasing gentlemen’s lifestyle

brands, such as men’s fashion, luxury

yachts, classic cars, supercars, sea

planes, charter helicopter in over 150

booths and more. Open to public and

invited guests.

Puteri Harbour, Johor

+6019-383 3289

TIFFIN FOOD COURT

EVERY THURSDAYS TO

SUNDAYS TILL 21 OCTOBER

A multi-layered Malaysian gastronomy

experience returns to Klang Valley with

the latest food trends, hosting more than

50 vendors and partners on site topped

with various live DJ acts. The party event

even feature four new restaurants from

gourmet joint to bubble tea cafe to debut

their menu to the public.

Lot 15, Jalan 13/6,

Seksyen 13, Petaling Jaya

www.tiffin.my

ITB ASIA 2018

17-19 OCT

Asia’s leading travel trade show

gathers major hoteliers and tourism

agencies as exhibitors for their 11th

installment this year. Not only limited

within Asia, the annual trade show

and convention features exhibitors

and participants from America, Africa

and Middle East. GOASIAPLUS travel

magazine is an official media partner

with ITB Asia.

Sands Expo and Convention Centre,

Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

www.itb-asia.com

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LOST & FOUND

REVISIT

ARCHITECTURAL

MARVEL

Text and photos

FRANCIS YIP

One of the most amazing things in Malaysia is

the diversity of Malaysian architecture. From

the pre-war places of worship, shophouses,

colonial mansions, townhalls to civic buildings and

majestic skyscrapers, these architectural marvels are

expressions of Malaysia’s multicultural make-up and

influences from the colonial era.

PRE-WAR ARCHITECTURE

Take a stroll along George Town, Melaka City and

Kuala Lumpur. You will bound to discover many

pre-war Chinese shophouses which were built

with a perfect balance of function and symbolism.

They carry the same basic use of space and feature,

including a Chinese screen behind the doorway

to prevent bad energy, a courtyard for ventilation

and natural sunlight, a Chinese altar and doors

with elaborate design. Traditionally, the walls were

plastered with off-white colour and built with pitched

roofs covered with clay roof tiles.

Their facade ornamentation was often inspired

by Malay, Chinese and European designs. The

Malay design included elaborate woodwork, carved

panels, fascia board and louvres. The Straits Chinese

designs were often driven by mythological motifs like

phoenix, dragon, floral and geometric motifs.

From shophouses, we move to buildings that

became the landmark of a city. These buildings have

Mughal or Moorish, Tudor, Neo-Gothic and Grecian-

Spanish architecture. Many of the designs were

modified to suit the locals and the hot climate.

The Moorish design with elegant dome-capped

pavilion and arch can be seen on the Sultan Ahmad

Samad building which was the key landmark of Kuala

Lumpur city before Petronas Twin Towers. Apart

from it, the Kuala Lumpur Railway Station completed

in 1910 also has such Moorish design.

At the turn of the 20th century, buildings start

to exhibit Victorian and Tudor influences. The Royal

Selangor Club featuring large exposed wooden beams

in half-timbered walls were the typical model for

social club buildings in the early days.

Carcosa Seri Negara is a fine example of Victorian

styled heritage hotel in a historic mansion. In fact, it

was recently featured in ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ movie.

MODERNIST ARCHITECTURE

Post-war era has seen modernist architecture making

great strides especially after independence. The

Parliament House and National Mosque are some of

modernist architectural wonders.

As a Muslim nation, Malaysia has adopted many

Islamic architecture in residential and commercial

buildings. Putrajaya has many Islamic architectural

designs as evident in Putra Mosque and Seri Perdana.

So what makes a Malaysian architecture?

According to architect, KC Tan, “Malaysian

architecture is more than just being Malay, Chinese,

Indian or vernacular designs. It is still in a process of

finding its own identity unlike Malaysian food which

already has one.”

But one thing is certain, Malaysia is standing tall

by having Petronas Twin Towers, the world’s highest

twin towers right here in Kuala Lumpur.

Special thanks to KC Tan of KC Tan Architect.

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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INSIGHT

1

HEART AND

SOUL FOR

SAHUL

FROM HANDLING A MERE ROADSIDE

STALL TO FOUNDING JOHOR’S TRENDIEST

MAMAK RESTAURANT, IT TAKES YEARS

OF DETERMINATION AND HARD WORK

FOR SAHUL HAMEED TO CARVE HIS OWN

PATH OF SUCCESS FROM SCRATCH.

Text JESSY WONG

Photos JESSY WONG & RESTORAN E&Y SAHUL

Surely, there are plenty of mamak franchises

in Malaysia but in Johor, Restoran E&Y

Sahul wears the crown and dominate our

Malaysian favourite food scene at the southern

state. The sight of the crowd during the World

Cup 2018 finale will you make you join their cult.

Serving over two thousand people in a night,

Restoran E&Y Sahul continues to be a choice of

comfort and indulgence.

2

KEEPING THE DREAM ALIVE

It was not an easy journey for Sahul Hameed

E. Yacob to start-up this mega franchise in his

hometown–but it is a clear-cut vision for Sahul to

become an entrepreneur. He was only 11 years old

when his father has left the earthly realms. Yet, his

father gave a long-lasting impression on him.

“When I was a kid, I was already groomed into

the food industry by helping out at my father’s

mamak shop. It was just a small business but

back then, it is my family’s source of income”, he

shares. After his father’s passing, Sahul worked in

various jobs from a dishwasher, kitchen helper to

a pandan tapper.

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“As I grew up, I wanted nothing more than to

have my own business.”

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5

4

“So as I grew up, I wanted nothing more than to

have my own business. In 1994, me and my family

opened a small warung in front of a bank selling mee

goreng mamak (mamak signature fried noodles), mee

rojak (noodle salad dish), mixed rice and teh tarik.”

In two years, they managed to move their warung

into a rented shophouse with the support of their

regular customers. For Sahul, managing the familybusiness

helps him to polish his skills.

“It wasn’t until 2008 when I could finally realise

my dream of becoming a restaurant owner. It is truly

a joyous moment for me to launch my first Restoran

E&Y Sahul at Jalan Maju in Johor Bahru; and the rest

is history.”

WITH SWEAT AND SMILES

Pick anything off their menu and Sahul knows how to

make it for you. He is one of the restaurant franchise

owners who takes pride in his products and manages

his workers from top to bottom. “Since I laboured

over different kinds of jobs, I am skilled in every

aspect in running a restaurant.”

“Here, we have all sorts of Malaysian cuisine.

Nasi lemak, tandoori chicken, char kway teow,

mutton soup, rojak, briyani are some of the popular

ones.” However, the highlight of Sahul’s cooking is

the famous fish head curry in Restoran E&Y Sahul.

As an ever-growing entrepreneur, his interest in

innovating allows his customer to create their own

menu. “These days people have a variety of appetite.

You can order out of the menu and we will make it

if we have the ingredients on hand. We just had an

order for roti tisu with chocolate cream.”

All these couldn’t have happened without the

support of the locals, he emphasises. Therefore

his biggest mission is to build a closely knitted

relationship with his customers. Restoran E&Y

Sahul stands out from the rest of mamak franchises

with their community programs by organising fun

competitions for his customers to walk away with

electronic gifts.

The biggest and most celebrated occasion was

during the World Cup 2018 finale in their Adda

Heights branch in Bandar Dato Onn where more than

two thousand people gathered in his restaurant to

catch the games on the big screen.

After five franchises across Johor Bahru, he is

planning newer and more innovative things for his

business. While sharing his fascination for frozen

foods, “in future, I might build a hotel or you’ll even

see the first drive thru for nasi campur in Malaysia,”

he smiles.

1 Sahul Hameed E. Yacob at

his Adda Heights branch in

Bandar Dato Onn 2 Sahul

showing off his Teh Tarik

skills 3 Signature Nasi Briyani

Kashmir 4 A selection of nasi

kandar dishes 5 The massive

crowd at Restoran E&Y Sahul

during World Cup 2018

SIGNATURE

FOOD TO PAIR


NASI BRIYANI

KASHMIR

Mixed rice dish

cooked with spices

adorned with

chicken, cashew nuts

and boiled egg.


TEH TARIK HALIA

Malaysian’s favourite

‘pulled’ milk tea with

a dose of ginger.

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ANAMBAS ISLANDS:

THE MALDIVES OF

INDONESIA

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3

ANAMBAS ISLANDS ARE NAMED ASIA’S BEST

TROPICAL ISLAND PARADISE BY CNN IN

2012. IT IS LOCATED 150 NAUTICAL MILES

NORTHEAST OF BATAM ISLAND IN THE

NORTH NATUNA SEA BETWEEN PENINSULAR

MALAYSIA AND BORNEO.

Text FRANCIS YIP • Photos FRANCIS YIP, HISHAM TALIB

& WISATA ANAMBAS

If we talk about holidaying in Indonesia, the first

destination on the checklist is most likely Bali

island. But did you know within the Riau Islands

province of Indonesia is a lesser known island

regency boasting 255 equally fascinating island gems?

“If the picture perfect sapphire waters, pristine

beaches with pearly white sands and rainbow corals

remind tourists of Maldives, then Anambas Islands

are the Maldives of Indonesia,” says Zainul Idris

Yunus, the Executive Economic Affairs Consulate

General of Republic of Indonesia in Johor Bahru.

The islands regency has only 26 occupied islands

while 229 islands are still untouched, waiting to be

discovered. And I was fortunate to be invited by the

Indonesian Government for a 5-day trip to explore

these island gems.

FANTASY ISLANDS

Built above the sea, Anambas Resort Water Villa has

a private balcony where I can feed the fishes in the

waters. It is located in Tanjung Tebu, Terempa town

of Siantan Island which is part of Anambas Islands.

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4 5

1 Overview of Piugus Island

2 Underwater table coral 3 A

blue starfish 4 The Temburun

Waterfall 5 Boy with a freshly

caught fish in Jemaja Island 6

The town of Terempa, Siantan

Island 7 Houses on stilts in

Terempa 8 The Napoleon fish

9 Bawah Island

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The view from the villa are truly captivating with a

clear sight of corals, little fishes and at times, turtles

teeming on the sea.

Coincidentally, I arrived in Anambas Islands at the

time when the local community were celebrating its

10th anniversary of Anambas Islands as a regency in

the Riau Islands Province under the Law No. 33 (2008).

Count myself lucky. I witnessed the festival

concert, showcasing traditional song, dance and the

best of all, a parade of dancers in colourful costumes

akin to the cosplay of Japanese anime–from fishes to

octopuses and seahorses.

ISLAND HOPPING

Apart from enjoying a taste of local culture, the best

thing to do in Anambas Islands is certainly island

hopping. It let me experience more than just sun, sea

and sand but the differences of the islands. Whether it

is Bawah Island, Jemaja Island, Siantan Island, Matak

Island or Penjalin Island, these islands are unique in

their own way.

My favourite island is definitely Penjalin Island.

This island is blessed with white sandy beaches with

sand as soft and delicate as flour. There are granite

rocks piling up on the beach, providing a perfect

panoramic view of this pristine island. I had a

splashing time taking selfie, carving my name on the

carpet of sand, dipping into the crystal clear water

and letting the little fishes surround my feet.

My next island hopping adventure is Bawah

Island. This is the most popular island of Anambas

which offers 3 naturally protected lagoons, 5 primeval

forests and best of all, 13 beaches which you don’t

have to share with the crowd. The alluring landscape

still remains as in 10,000 years ago although there is

currently a luxury resort–Bawah Reserve–with rooms

priced as high as USD1,780 and above per night.

For me, Bawah Island is a perfect natural, idyllic

island getaway. In fact, it is Bawah Island that lends

it's charms for Anambas Islands to be named as Asia’s

Best Tropical Island Paradise by CNN.

Another enchanting stop is Jemaja Island. I made

a quick visit to Padang Melang Beach, renowned for

having the longest coastline, as long as 8km in the

province of Riau Islands. I was told that the annual

Padang Melang Festival was held here with 3-day of

merry-making like folk games, music, dances, boat

races and culinary fair.

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good memories of my youth.

A trip to Anambas Islands will not be complete

without a feast on the famous Nasi Padang which is

also known as Rijsttafel from the Dutch for rice table.

Nasi Padang consists of fish, beef, mutton, vegetables

and spicy grinded chillies. To me, Dara Manis Café &

Restaurant in Matak Island serves the best and most

authentic Nasi Padang.

I also sampled sotong masak hitam (fried spicy

black squid) but the best pampering of culinary

delight was the exotic Napolean Fish which costs

over USD250 per kilogram. This is the most

expensive fish I have ever eaten in my life! In

addition, I treated myself with Luti Gendang, a

traditional local bread and Keropok Atom, crispy

“Trying to catch fishes at the edge of the deck

brought back good memories of my youth.”

DIVING PARADISE

Anambas Islands are every diver’s dream. For diving

instructor, Mark Rahman who was with me in this

trip, Anambas Islands have lots of soft corals and

this makes it unique compared to other islands in

Malaysia. Some of the marine life found are angelfish,

turtle, barracudas batfish, nudibranchs, crocodile

fish, blue-spotted stingray, moray eels and more.

With many soft corals surrounding the islands,

divers love to go snorkelling or deep sea diving and

play in the sapphire blue sea. The best dive sites are

Tokong Berlayar and Malang Biru which have steep

slopes, the Katoaka reef, Igara and Seven Skies Wreck

which is considered as the diver’s playground. As

Anambas Islands are still relatively untouched, one

can easily get lost in the paradise with sheer delight.

LOCAL FEAST

Back in Terempa, the capital town of Anambas

Islands, I was awe-struck by the sights of the port

dotting the coastal line of the town. This panoramic

view looks similar to the Mediterranean coastal

villages in Europe. Seeing the local children trying

to catch fishes at the edge of the deck brought back

round-shaped fries.

On the final day home, I passed by Penyengat

Island, just minutes off the coast of Tanjung Pinang.

This island is famed as the cultural and royal throne

of Malay Riau-Lingga Sultanate in the 19th century.

At the Balai Adat Indera Perkasa, I had a great

time cosplaying. With gold sequinned yellow

costumes, a tengkolok (headgear) and a kris (dagger)

in hand, I could be easily mistaken as a Riau Sultan.

With so much to do but so little time, I left

nothing but footprints and took nothing but pictures

in Anambas Islands. And I totally agree with Pak

Zainul that the islands regency is truly the Maldives

of Indonesia.

GETTING THERE

Total of 4-5 hours by these routes:

3 HOURS BY FERRY from Stulang Jetty, Johor Bahru

to Tanjung Pinang, Bintan Island

1 HOUR BY FLIGHT from Tanjung Pinang Airport

(Bintan Island) to Matak Airport (Matak Island)

15 MINUTES BY BOAT from Matak Island to

Anambas Resort Water Villa

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UNDERSTANDING

K-BEAUTY PRODUCTS

KOREAN BEAUTY PRODUCTS HAVE MADE ITS WAY INTO THE MALAYSIAN MARKET FOR SOME

TIME NOW AND IT REMAINS A POPULAR SELECTION. THERE’S A REASON WHY K-BEAUTY

PRODUCTS STAY ON AND WHY MORE K-BEAUTY BRANDS CONTINUE TO ENTER THE

MALAYSIAN BEAUTY INDUSTRY.

Text SONIA CHANG • Photos ADOBE STOCK

Korean beauty products are known for their vast

choices of selection that allow buyers to choose

according to what attracts them and what they

are looking for.

Moreover, Korean brands do not solely focus on

their wide array of cosmetics but also their skincare

products targeting different skin types and their

needs. Although many Korean brands are owned by

huge conglomerates such as Amore Pacific, the price,

quality, branding and packaging varies and ranges

from low to high-end. Consumers can purchase the

brands according to their purchasing power and needs.

I believe the different price point for each brand exist

because of its history. After all, products are very

subjective according to individuals and what suits.

Some K-brands you can easily spot in numerous

malls are Sulwhasoo, Laneige and Innisfree.

Sulwhasoo is known for its luxurious ginseng

that is infused in their signature products and it is

a heritage brand that represents Korea. The overall

impression of the brand exhibits the traditional

Korean culture and it is not surprising why gifting

Sulwhasoo products to honourable guests, signifies a

piece of what Korea is known for. Sulwhasoo is widely

known internationally and many have raved about

its quality and results. However, there is no doubt

that the price range is on the higher side ranging

from RM100 and above. I personally enjoy a couple

of products from this brand such as their make-up

balancer, hydro-aid moisturizing soothing cream, first

care activating serum EX, first care activating serum

mist and concentrated ginseng renewing cream. You

can trust that their signature products are of its finest

quality and promising results due to intensive research

conducted and the products that remain steadfast

even after 50 years, with added improvements.

When it comes to middle range products that

works and do not burn a hole in your purse or wallet,

Laneige is the one to go to. They have products

that cater for young skin all the way up to mature

skin making sure their quality is on par. The one

product that Laneige is known for is none other

than their sleeping mask. Their stores and products

are conveniently found globally and due to its

accessibility, many are aware of the brand that also

carries positive feedback. Moreover, many well-known

celebrities endorse and promote their products. Their

price range starts from RM70 onwards.

Eco-friendly and Jeju originated ingredients are

what makes Innisfree the brand it is. Many customers

enjoy the array of selection that Innisfree have to

offer. From their famous green tea range collection to

their custom palette or cushion counter and a spread

of their facial sheet masks for buyers to choose from

depending on different needs and expected texture.

Spoiled with choices along with the more affordable

price point, meant that a larger crowd of people have

the freedom to buy what suits and are attracted to.

Price range starts from RM10 onwards.

All in all, beauty products are very subjective

according to individual preferences, what they are

looking for and what works. Budget is another factor

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“It is best to

discover and

explore the

wide selection

available and find

the best option.”

to consider when it comes to choosing the products.

I personally enjoy and notice results with Sulwhasoo

as I grow older whereas others may find Laneige or

Innisfree equally effective. Therefore, it is best to

discover and explore the wide selection available and

find the best option. K-beauty products are known to

be generous with their samples so there is no harm

asking if they could provide you some for you to try

them out.

Besides purchasing in stores, you can also look

out for websites that carry a wide array of brands

such as Hermo and Althea.

SHEET MASKS

Sheet masks have become part of a lifestyle for

both men and women and it is known to be the key

aspect to improved skin quality and texture. The

concentrated serum or essence that is infused in

sheet masks helps to combat dryness, acne, pores,

dullness, to name a few depending on what it is made

for. Celebrities are known to depend on these facial

sheet masks that contribute to their glowing skin

especially amongst the Asian market. Some have

even gone to the extreme of masking 2-3 times a day

because it claims to have good results for the skin.

Additionally, prepping the canvas for make-up to stay

and cling on better. There are countless masks and

brands to choose from and they all have different

feeling and finishes. Some stores you can look out for

are SASA, Watsons, Guardian and other stores that

carry multiple K-beauty brands.

TRAVELLING ESSENTIALS

What are some travelling essentials to bring with

you? I would like to share some of my travel tips

because you never know when you need them!

SUNSCREEN – Very crucial to protect the skin from

UV rays that will bring harm to the skin in the long

run especially you spend most of the time outdoor

when travelling. Best is to apply ones with SPF 50

PA+++ for peace of mind protection. Do reapply

because sunscreen may wear out during the day

hence sunscreen spray is a good alternative with

less hassle.

MAKE-UP WIPES & WET WIPES – A convenient way to

wipe excess dirt before washing. Additionally, when

there is no water supply this will come in handy to

freshen up temporarily.

SHEET MASKS – Good way to wind down after a long

day just before sleep and waking up to well rested,

smooth and glowing skin. Do pack ones according to

the destination and environment you will be in.

TRAVELLING SIZE TOILETRIES – Less bulky and less

heavy. Makes a difference if it’s a shopping trip.

Samples from your trusted brands are a good way

to try something new and you can dispose them

whenever it is empty.

FACIAL MIST – Not only does it hydrate but also

helps cool down the skin in the heat and a perfect

way to freshen up too.

MULTI-PURPOSE BALM OR OINTMENT – To treat dry,

flaky skin, itchiness and bites. Great way to use as a

lip balm too if you forget to bring one or misplace it.

PROBIOTICS, VITAMIN C & PANADOL – Falling sick

during a trip is definitely not fun at all but having

these could help relieve some discomfort. Moreover,

it prevents you from falling sick from the lack of

sleep and over-indulging.

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ADVERTORIAL

A SIGHT

TO BEHOLD

Travelling does take a toll on you so don’t blame the

world dull just because you couldn’t see correctly.

After all, we need our eyes to see in order to

feel it in our hearts. Here, Dr Chong Kheng Yaw,

ophthalmology specialist from Pantai Hospital Cheras

shares 7 basic eye care steps for healthier, clearer vision.

SHOP FOR EYE DROPS

Use eye drops or tear drops during long flights in

airplane to prevent dry eyes. It is advisable for contact

lens users to use it at all time and make sure it is

preservative free for long-term eye drops user.

CLEANSE YOUR LENS

For people who wear contact lenses, reduce the chance

of eye fatigue and infection by using daily disposable

lenses when you travel to maximize cleanliness for

your eyes.

SHIELD AGAINST THE SUN

Before you work on that tan, always protect your eyes

from with the right type of sunglasses to protect it from

direct UV rays.

EXERCISE YOUR EYES

You don’t have to go to the gym for this. Practice the 20-

20-20 rule for people who are often fixated on computer

or phone screen to avoid Computer Vision Syndrome.

For every 20 minutes, blink 20 times looking at

something 20 feet away regularly to improve your vision.

REAP WHAT YOU EAT

Travel foods can be tempting but remember to eat

colourful vegetables when you can.

URBAN EYE ALLERGY SYNDROME

Frequent itching, redness, swollen eyes or eyelids might

be symptoms of ocular allergy for people living in cities

caused by air pollutants. Therefore, everyone should

consult an eye doctor for tests for at least once in their

lifetime.

HAVE A GOOD NIGHT’S SLEEP

Many forget that the overall body health is equivalent

to eyes health. Make sure you get a good rest

while you travel. Also, getting enough sleep

can prevent possible eye infection.

Dr Chong Kheng Yaw

Opthalmologist

M.B.S.S (J.N.M.C), MS

Ophthalmology (U.M.)

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TRAVEL

TRAVELLING ABROAD

FOR CONCERTS

CATCH YOUR FAVOURITE ARTISTS LIVE EVEN IF IT IS IN OUTSIDE YOUR

COUNTRY BECAUSE THERE ARE PEOPLE THAT GO TO LENGTHS TO CATCH

THEIR MUSICAL IDOLS ON STAGE. AISHAH AZALI INTERVIEWED TWO LADIES

WHO HAVE FREQUENTLY TRAVELLED ABROAD FOR CONCERTS TO GET SOME

TIPS ON HOW THEY MANAGED IT WHILE HAVING THE TIME OF THEIR LIVES.

Text AISHAH AZALI • Photos JESSY WONG & ADOBE STOCK

Experiencing a concert, festival or anything

remotely musical in a live setting is exhilarating

as it comes especially if it is an artist or genre

of your liking. Recent years has seen the surge of

international artists and festivals visiting Asia to the

delight of music lovers of the region. Artists like Katy

Perry, Coldplay and Bruno Mars have dropped by

with their world tours that brought along extravagant

sets and costumes.

Not only concerts, festivals that span a couple of

days give the option of seeing multiple entertainers

with popular ones like Clockenflop in Hong Kong,

Laneway Festival in Singapore and Good Vibes in

Kuala Lumpur giving a stage for sought-after and

even up-and-coming musicians to showcase their art.

But let’s face it; if you are a music enthusiast that

lives in Malaysia, chances are you have noticed that

many big-name performers have skipped our shores

to perform in neighbouring countries like Singapore

and Indonesia. Pressure from religious groups,

tight regulations, lack of sponsorship or not a big

enough fan base are just a few of the problems that

arise when promoters attempt to organise an event

here. This is evident in the fact that superstars like

Coldplay, Britney Spears and the latest, Celine Dion

have chosen to perform elsewhere.

That has not stopped some concert goers from

seeing their idols live as the ease of purchasing

tickets, accessibility to travelling and the rise of

packaged concert travel sites has made travelling for

music not impossible.

FOR THE LOVE OF MUSIC

When you have an eclectic taste in music, chances

are the local fan base is small therefore not creating

enough buzz for the artist to perform in Malaysia.

That is the usual case for account manager and

music lover Tricia Lim, whose more alternative

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taste has taken her across the world to see her favourite

bands. She has gone beyond Asia, experiencing singers

like Amanda Palmer in Australia and The Wombats in

Prague.

“I started in the US with the band The Hush Sound

and William Becketts about 6 years ago,” she explained,

already citing her interest for musicians that are not

necessarily commercially popular on the radio or even

heard of on this side of the world.

This was the same instance when I interviewed

analyst Zhi Hui who have an admiration towards

Japanese bands or J-Pop. After missing a concert once

by Japanese rock band One OK Rock, she jumped on

the chance when they decided to perform in Singapore.

With proper planning and a set budget, she made her

dreams come true and got to finally see them live. Her

latest jaunt took her to Sarawak to catch the Rainforest

Festival with her mother.

“It was scary at first but you learn and adapt,”

she said, recalling an incident where she was stuck at

immigration while attempting to enter Singapore by bus.

TRAVEL TIPS FOR CONCERT TRAVELLING

TICKETS FIRST - Tickets can sold out in a blink of

an eye so before you purchase any flights or hotels,

secure your ticket first. Another tip is to buy the

tickets from reputable places. Tricia and Zhi Hui

would usually buy from the artist’s own website or

third-party sites that were promoted by the artist

itself through their social media platforms.

VENUE PROXIMITY - For easy accessibility and

timeliness of arrival to your concert venue, best

get an accommodation that is close to the public

transport. In countries like Singapore or Japan,

the train system is vast and efficient. Utilise the

trains and bus systems to the extent and also take

the opportunity to explore the livelier parts of the

city. But for cities like Jakarta that are notorious

for their traffic jams, it is wiser to find a place

closer to the venue.

SAFETY FIRST - If you are travelling alone and

especially if you are a female, try to stick to busier

neighbourhoods where there is more traffic of

people. You will be closer to eateries, malls and

convenience stores making it more accessible for

you if you need a midnight snack. Give all-female

boarding a try like what many capsule hotels are

doing, providing all female dorms.

THE RISE OF PACKAGED DEALS

Though people like Tricia and Zhi Hui prefer to

buy their concert tickets, flight accommodation

and hotel themselves, there has been a rise in

websites that offer the ultimate musical travel

experience that is already packaged for your

convenience.

RECOMMENDED TRAVEL SITES

GIGLIFEASIA

Purchase concert tickets with added hotel

accommodation in the deal, as offered by

GigLifeAsia. You can even choose your package

based on your hotel budget as GigLifeAsia

offers a luxury, boutique and budget options.

Some even offer complimentary transport to the

venue! They feature events all across Asia from

Singapore all the way up north to Japan and the

Philippines.

www.giglifeasia.com

EVENT TRAVEL

For a musical adventure in England, this website

offers packaged deals that sometimes include

meet and greet passes to see your favourite

stars up close. The deals are curated for concerts

by big name artists like Bruno Mars, Paul

McCartney and Michael Buble. This has more of

a VIP experience if you purchase through them;

as many additional perks like access to food and

the bar before the concert are available.

www.eventtravel.com

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THE FACE OFF

FACE OFF:

SATAY VS YAKITORI

TWO ENTIRELY DIFFERENT CULTURES YET THEY SHARE

A SIMILAR COMFORT FOOD IN STICKS OF SUCCULENT

BARBEQUED MEATS TO BE SAVOURED OVER A COOL LONG

DRINK–THE SATAY AND JAPANESE YAKITORI.

Text and photos TAN JO HANN

SATAY

ORIGINS

Malaysia’s favourite comfort food- ‘Satay’ or

BBQ meat (chicken, beef, goat or mutton,

pork and animal entrails) on bamboo

skewers eaten with a spicy sweet crushed

peanut chili gravy. Satay is believed to have

its origins in Java and Sumatra Islands in

Indonesia. Some say its birthplace could

possibly be traced back to China, India or

the Middle East. But since then it has made

its way to the dining tables of Malaysia,

Singapore, Brunei and Thailand.

INGREDIENTS

The Satay meat is usually marinated with

sugar, sweet soy sauce and spices such as

coriander seeds and cumin. Some cooks

add a touch of tamarind juice to balance

the sweetness, but turmeric is almost

always the main ingredient to give Satay its

distinctive sweet spicy aroma and saffron

like colour to the roasted meats. The

peanut gravy consists of ground roasted

peanuts, coconut milk, soy sauce, tamarind,

galangal, chili peppers, sugar, garlic, scented

with different herbs and spices (such as

coriander seed, cumin and lemongrass).

VARIATIONS

Over the years, the original recipes of

chicken, beef, mutton and chicken entrails

have evolved to include an array of

ingredients such as rabbit meat, fish, prawn

and other seafood. But what has remained

unchanged is Satay’s signature smoky chargrilled

taste and caramelised aroma, and of

course the accompanying delicious crushed

peanut-chili gravy. A typical companion of

Satay is also the ketupat, or packs of slow

steamed rice dumplings wrapped in woven

palm leaves.

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INGREDIENTS

Yakitori is usually grilled over charcoal fire

in Habachi stoves. Typical of the clean and

clear taste of Japanese cuisine, Yakitori

style cooking rarely requires marinating

the ingredients before grilling. However,

a dash of salt, pepper or a splash of tareh

Yakitori sauce on the sticks of meats before

grilling magically elevates its taste and

aroma to a different level. Tareh is made of

soy sauce, mirin, sake, and sugar.

POPULARITY

Satay is sold at many street corners or

coffee shops but also found in the menu

of high end restaurants offering local

cuisines. Many Malaysians and also

travellers are most probably familiar

with the highly popular Kajang Satay,

which got its namesake from Kajang

town in Malaysia’s Selangor state. But

food adventurers and Satay enthusiasts

wanting to deviate from the ‘beaten

track’ could also explore different

versions of this delicious dish. One

example is Stall No. 16, Medan Satay

which serves exceptionally juicy and

reasonably priced Satay (RM0.90 per

stick) in the Medan Selera local food

court in Section 14, Petaling Jaya City.

YAKITORI

ORIGINS

‘Yakitori’ is one of the most popular

comfort food for most Japanese after ramen

and o-sushi. The Yakitori style of cooking

was discovered more than 200 years ago in

Japan. Back then, there were poor farmers

who could only afford to eat leftover odd

chicken parts. They found that grilling

tough pieces of skewered chicken parts

over a low flame and long cooking time had

made it tender. Yaki literally means to grill

or barbeque, and tori means bird. Today, the

term Yakitori is also used in reference to

grilling other types of skewered meats such

as pork, beef and mutton, and even seafood

and vegetables.

VARIATIONS

More ‘adventurous’ versions of the typical

Yakitori skewers of meats and vegetables

include the gyutan (ox tongue), shiro

(chicken small intestines), reba (chicken

liver), nongkatsu (chicken cartilage) and

bonjiri (chicken butt). Some deviations

from the classical Yakitori menu include

shiitake mushrooms, ginko nuts, and

different combinations of rolled bacon

and cuts of meat or fish roe, shrimps,

and different types of vegetables. Most

importantly, they actually pair very well

with cold beer, Japanese sake or shochu.

POPULARITY

Yakitori is basically a go-to comfort food

which is available in many Japanese street

corners, most izakayas (Japanese pubs

or bistro) and even in high-end Japanese

restaurants. Yakitori is most popular

among families, foreign visitors and

especially ‘salarymen’ (Japanese office

workers) who enjoy eating these tasty

sticks of meat with glasses of cold frosty

beer and other alcoholic beverages. In

Kuala Lumpur, a popular Yakitori place

and watering hole is SUMIKA (in Japanese

literally meaning ‘charcoal house’), tucked

in a commercial area in SS15 Subang Jaya.

It offers a variety of tasty and medium to

high price Yakitori delights ranging from

RM6-15 per stick.

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FYI

DISASTER PROOF

EVERYONE LIKES HAVING A NICE STORY TO TELL WHEN THEY

COME BACK FROM VACATION. HOWEVER, TRIPS AWAY FROM

HOME DON’T ALWAYS GO AS PLANNED WHICH CAN CAUSE

MEMORIES OF THAT HOLIDAY TO BE TAINTED. UNDER SUCH

CIRCUMSTANCES, THERE ARE MORE ISSUES TO BE WORRIED

ABOUT THAN JUST RUINED MEMORIES. DISASTERS AND

CRISIS OUT OF OUR CONTROL CAN OCCUR DURING TRAVELS

AND SUCH SITUATIONS NEED TO BE HANDLED WITH CARE.

Text YY CHEN

BE PREPARED:

PACK IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS!

In a waterproof bag, keep your travel documents (passport

and cash), credit cards, printout of information for the contact

of hotel, travel agent and embassy and your personal medical

report. Try to carry an extra phone battery or power bank

as well. During an emergency, this bag can be carried along

easily. Make a copy of these documents and keep it in another

luggage in case the document pack goes missing.

EARTHQUAKES AND TSUNAMI

If you’re travelling to places that are prone to common natural

disasters like the above, you must:

Research and find the safest travel period.

Ensure that your travel insurance covers air flight, hotel and

medical evacuation.

What to do in the event of a natural disaster:

Go to designated safe area in the hotel or go to a corner in your

room and huddle with hands or a pillow braced over your head.

If trapped, don’t light a match as there may be gas leakage or

trapped pressure. This may cause an explosion. Cover mouth

and nose from dust.

If building is not damaged, grab your document pack and walk

quickly to an open area and listen for warning alarms and

natural warnings too (a tsunami sounds like the roaring noise

of a fast train).

If you’re near a beach and suddenly notice people running away

from the beach, follow suit and head to any concrete buildings

and get to the second floor.

Arrange to leave the area as soon as possible.

Text your family or use social media to communicate that you

are alright.

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F YI

POLITICAL UNREST

In some countries, especially the Middle

East, it is very possible for unrest to break

out unexpectedly. If this happens:

Do not get involved. Stay out of any

rally or riot areas.

Do not try to approach, as you may get

injured.

Contact your embassy as they may

have plans to evacuate their nationals.

Contact the airline to change your

ticket for the earliest flight out.

Before you leave for your vacation,

ensure your insurance covers the

expenses of emergency travels for

safety’s sake.

GETTING MUGGED & LOSING BELONGINGS

One of the biggest vacation spoilers of all time. If you

lose any important travel documents, do:

Go back to your hotel and fetch your duplicate set

of documents before making a police report.

Go to your embassy as they can help you with

cancelling credit cards and getting replacement

cards sent to you. Arrange for some cash and a

flight ticket home.

The embassy should be able to arrange for a

temporary travel document to get you home.

Contact your insurance company to clarify your

scope of coverage.

GETTING INJURED OR

INVOLVED IN ACCIDENT

Being abroad and in pain really sucks!

As soon as you have received medical

attention, do:

Call your embassy to seek help for

options of medical facilities.

Contact your family or designate

someone to make decisions on

your behalf.

Contact your insurance company

who may be able to advice on

specific medical facilities and

arrange for transfer back to your

home country.

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TRAVEL

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ROAD LESS TRAVELLED

BACOLOD,

PHILIPPINES

LOCATED IN THE WESTERN VISAYAS OF

PHILIPPINES, BACOLOD IS A HIGHLY URBANISED

CITY IN NEGROS OCCIDENTAL PROVINCE AND IS

WIDELY LOVED FOR THEIR FOOD, SMILES AND

THE ANNUAL MASSKARA FESTIVAL.

Text JESSY WONG Photos ADOBE STOCK & AIRASIAGO

GOOD

to

KNOW

HOW TO GET THERE

There are no international flights to the province. Fly

with local airlines from main cities like Manila, Cebu,

Davao and Clark to Bacolod-Silay Airport. From the

airport, there are easy access of shuttle services,

jeepney and taxi to Bacolod city center.

WHAT TO DO

Attractions in Bacolod mainly carries historical

and cultural significance for the locals. Built in

19th century, San Sebastian Cathedral is a worthy

stop for one to appreciate its Baroque architecture

while The Ruins is an Italian mansion built as a

love remembrance for a departed wife. You may also

consider a nature retreat at Seven Falls of Mount

Kanlaon. Enter the trek through Mambukal Resort

and experience the waterfall trail.

Starting in early October, various events for the

MassKara Festival will be held across the city center.

MassKara Festival is considered as a major event in

Bacolod. The highlight of the ‘Mardi Gras’ festivity is

the street dance competitions set on 27-28 October

this year.

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WHERE TO STAY

Memory Lane by Esperanza Cafe is a 3-star bed

and breakfast stay located in town. It has airport

shuttles, cafe and 24/7 front desk for convenience.

The warm abode only has two guestrooms so do

make your reservations early via AirAsiaGo.

WHERE TO EAT

The city is one of the major food heaven in the

country so taste authentic Bacolod cuisines like

the chicken inasal (Filipino BBQ chicken) and

cansi (boiled bone in beef shanks). Manokan

Country is a local eatery famous for their chicken

inasal while Sharyn’s Cansi House serves the

best cansi in the area.

Ilonggo language

is spoken in

Bacolod but

English is widely

understood too.

MassKara

Festival is

introduced as a

‘festival of smile’

in 1980 during a

moment of crisis

in Philippines in

hopes of lifting

the spirit of their

people.


TRAVEL

2

1

3

THE GAME

PLAN IN

BUKIT JALIL

THIS SUBURBAN AREA OF KUALA LUMPUR HAS

LONG BEEN REGARDED UNDER THE RADAR;

BESIDES THE POPULARLY KNOWN PRESENCE

OF THE COUNTRY’S NATIONAL STADIUM, BUKIT

JALIL IS ALL SET TO STRIKE WITH WONDER.

Text JESSY WONG • Photos MALAYSIA STADIUM

CORPORATION, TECHNOLOGY PARK MALAYSIA & MONSPACE

Bukit Jalil and the National Sports

Complex are identically recognised for

one another. Ever since the national

stadium unveiled in 1998, Bukit Jalil has been

the nation’s hub of international sports and

entertainment for a decade.

The busy town today is unrecognised

for its past calling as a rubber plantation

estate in Klang Valley. The historical 16th

Commonwealth Games makes a sweeping

change to Bukit Jalil, as Malaysians were

selected to host the first Commonwealth

Games in Asia.

With 69 participating nations at that time,

apartments and a stadium are developed in

Bukit Jalil for the 1998 Commonwealth Games.

The surrounding residences built are intended

for officials and athletes of the games. But after

the event has ended, the apartments are sold to

the public and it became a suburban area.

GOOD

to

KNOW

A scene in the

box-office film,

Entrapment,

starring Sean

Connery and

Catherine Zeta-

Jones was filmed

in the Bukit Jalil

LRT station in

1998. However,

the signage of this

station is replaced

with Pudu LRT

station to fit into

their plotline in the

movie.

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TRAVEL

Since then, Malaysians beam with glory of Bukit

Jalil National Stadium, being the largest in Southeast

Asia and is ranked 6th largest football stadium in

the world to date. Other than international sports

matches, the stadium has been a platform for music

concerts and worldwide premier of the Lee Chong

Wei movie.

A THRIVING COURSE

Bukit Jalil is also

home to Technology

Park Malaysia. The

science park is a

part of Multimedia

Super Corridor

(MSC) program

initiated in 1996 to

transform Malaysia

into a modern state

by 2020. The ground

is opened for visitors

but entrances to

the facilities are

restricted for staff

and registered

member only.

Another worth-noting is the Bukit Jalil

Recreational Park. Unlike any other park, this is

regarded as one of the top destination for wedding

photoshoots in Malaysia. Bukit Jalil Recreational Park

spans 80 acres of land and has a diverse landscaping

garden themes that attracts joggers, family recreation

and picnic in the evening.

Regular business travellers to Malaysia would

frequent Klang Valley’s hottest country club, Bukit

Jalil Golf and Country Resort. The elite country

club enlivens Bukit Jalil with its signature 18-hole

golf course in vast terrains and other activities

suited for an entire family from landscaped pools,

game room, driving range and sauna.

From there, Bukit Jalil is slowly developing

into a city. The upcoming opening of Pavilion

Bukit Jalil in the area is set to be the largest retail

outlet in south of Kuala Lumpur. A trip to Bukit

Jalil will no longer

entirely be for sports

“The busy

town today is

unrecognised for

its past calling

as a rubber

plantation estate.”

and recreation but

a high-end retail

experience. While

the elite mall is a

wonderful addition

to the area, across

the street, The Earth

sets the foundation

for nightlife and

commercialism.

Locals crowd at

various eateries like

Njoy Planet Cafe,

Monspize Cafe and

Fatmama Steamboat

day in day out.

One may get to Bukit Jalil via Light Rail

Transit (LRT) station in the Sri Petaling Line or

drive there easily via multiple direct expressway

links. With many more forthcoming developments

and accessibility in Bukit Jalil, it is foreseen that

the suburban area will become the second Kuala

Lumpur. A slow change of scenery to an urban

neighbourhood filled with skylines.

4

1 Technology Park Malaysia 2 The Earth @ Bukit Jalil 3 Bukit Jalil National Stadium 4 Diners enjoying hotpot at Fatmama Steamboat

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MISS COSMOPOLITAN WORLD 2018

Malaysia’s homegrown international beauty

pageant is returning for their 4th installment this

year with a bigger and grander set-up, graced by a

string of accomplished participants worldwide. The

pageant will be promoting ‘Malaysia Tourism’ and

‘Malaysia Truly Asia’ to the world while supporting

Pink October in the event. The Gala Night of Miss

Cosmopolitan World will be held on 19 October at

One World Hotel, Bandar Utama.

www.misscosmopolitanworld.com

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BOUTIQUE HOTEL BLOOMS

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The Canvas Hotel made its debut

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local artists with painting collection

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local furniture brand, lights from

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patterns by Nala Designs in branding

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DESERT, OASIS AND

ENDLESS ODYSSEY

Ningxia, the lesser-known gem, is put on

the pedestal recently through ‘Beautiful

China, Amazing Ningxia’ tourism event

in Kuala Lumpur. Located in northwest

China, Ningxia has a long history and

culture beyond the Great Wall with

breathtaking scenic landscapes of

mountains, desert, river and values locally

made Chinese wolfberry and fine wines.

www.nxtour.com.cn

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