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See how travel can build acceptance towards diversity in our November issue through our main interview with Panasonic Managing Director, Mr Cheng. For this Single's Day, we present 11 places that are best for a solo traveller, street puppetry in Kuala Lumpur and unveiling Malaysia's hawker scene.

See how travel can build acceptance towards diversity in our November issue through our main interview with Panasonic Managing Director, Mr Cheng. For this Single's Day, we present 11 places that are best for a solo traveller, street puppetry in Kuala Lumpur and unveiling Malaysia's hawker scene.

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NOVEMBER 2018 | ISSUE 30

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CONTENTS

EDITOR’S

NOTE

3 INSIGHT

Why Travel is Good for You

6 OUT & ABOUT

8 INSIGHT

Street Puppetry in Kuala Lumpur

10 LOST & FOUND

Malaysian Culinary Adventure

12 TRAVEL

Gem in the Depth of Surabaya

20 TRAVEL

Nong Khai, Thailand

22 THE FACE OFF

Dim Sum vs Tapas

25 FOOD

A Hawking Romance

28 INSIGHT

D’s for Defence

30 SNAPSHOT STORY

So often I hear my friends, and even myself,

say: “I need a break, I need to get away for

a while.”

Whether it is to catch our breath, away from

the pressure cooker of work life, or journey

on the soul searching need to find ourselves,

travelling seems a feasible remedy.

There is a certain magic about going on

trips, apart from taking you away to unfamiliar

surroundings, it almost always presents some

excitement of the unexpected. And because of

this, we are given the opportunity to redefine the

perception of life around us.

However, this only happens if we travel

with an open mind ever ready to experience

differences in food and culture of a new place.

Just as how American Nobel Prize winner author

John Steinbeck suggested: “People don’t take

trips… trips take people.”

When people take trips, they have somehow

predetermined what they would like to

experience. People should just let trips take them

on their journey and let the trips determine what

you will experience in the end.

Seasoned traveller Cheng Chee Chung travels

overseas several times a year and revisited some

places 7 to 8 times. Each time he would find new

experiences to excite him.

In his chat with us (page 3), Chee Chung

attests to how travels help him to build tolerance

and acceptance towards diversity.

To go on trip of this nature, I believe we need

to travel light and simple, also as a symbol of

physically leaving behind baggages of stress and

preconceived notions.

The year is drawing to a close, take this

opportunity to spend time with family and loved

ones to catch up and discover each other again on

different platforms.

Happy Holidays!

John So

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WHY TRAVEL IS

GOOD FOR YOU

VAST TRAVEL EXPERIENCE HAS PUT PANASONIC MALAYSIA MANAGING

DIRECTOR CHENG CHEE CHUNG IN GOOD STEAD AS A CORPORATE

FIGURE. HE ATTESTS TO SOME LIFE LESSONS THAT ONE CAN ONLY

ACQUIRE THROUGH EXPERIENCING DIFFERENT CULTURES.

Text YY CHEN • Photos CANY LOKE & CHENG CHEE CHUNG

Before the advent of “everybody can fly”, the

farthest that Cheng Chee Chung has been away

from home is to Hong Kong. It was on a student

exchange program as an undergrad at University of

Malaya. Subsequently, his frequent travels meant

commuting the North-South expressway from his home

in KL to work in Seremban every weekend.

Today, Chee Chung, the Managing Director for

Panasonic Malaysia counts his miles from around the

globe. If travels make a man, then Chee Chung can

attribute some of his corporate success to his vast

travel experience.

“I don’t know how many countries are there

altogether in Europe but here’s the list of countries

I have been to,” this seasoned traveller ran his finger

down 21 names and stopping intermittently to say how

many times he’s had repeated visits in that country.

“I love London,” he continues, “I have been there

more than 10 times.” After those numerous visits you

wonder what draws him there over and again besides

visiting a daughter who was studying there.

“The diversity–mixture of old and new–the history

and languages! I love Borough market and it’s a must

stop for me.” Borough market is located in the heart

of Central London which is a colourful trading square

that showcases food stuff from cultures all over the

world, gastro events to keep visitors entertained and it’s

opened every day except Sunday.

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1

1 A seasoned

work traveller

2 An admirable

weapon with

Panasonic Double

Mineral nanoe

Hair Dryer 3 Chee

Chung in Norway

4 A casual day at

Hallstatt, Austria

“When you have repeated destinations, you tend

to stretch your curiosity to look for different things

of interest. To see how each culture maintain its

heritage. And everywhere I go I would wake up early

in the morning, go for a jog, then off to visit the local

markets for the fruits and good food. That is where

you get to mingle with the locals and get to know the

real culture.”

Chee Chung’s work requires him to travel

overseas 3 to 4 times a year. With more than 1000

dealers in their portfolio, the incentive trips are a real

challenge to organise as many of them are seasoned

travellers themselves.

“You need to better yourself every year. If you

think taking them to Paris is an attraction, some of

them would have been there several times on their

own. So, how do we make our incentive trips an

attraction?” he questions.

“To select an attractive destination is to create a

wow factor. We need to introduce an activity to get

them to learn something on the trip. Last year we

took a group of dealers who sell cooking equipment

to Europe and we let them attend a hands-on Cordon

Bleu cooking class!

“We also encourage them to try local food even

though sometimes they are not so keen. Usually on

the third day the Maggi Mee culture would start,” he

laughed but quick to add this is now less frequent

and travellers are more open to try new food.

TRAVELS MAKE A MAN

This open-mindedness, Chee Chung advocates, is

certainly a result of having travelled to experience

and understand other cultures.

The memory of his visit to Bhutan is still vivid

and Chee Chung marvels at how the Paro Takstang

Tiger Nest monastery was constructed 300 years ago.

It is nearly 7 hours hike up to the monastery, “and

the day we were going up it was raining. The group,

which include a 70-year-old man was encouraging

each other to go on. The aim was to reach the Tiger

Nest Monastry!”

“Bhutan impresses me because it is so different

from the rest of the world. They don’t kill animals

for meat there, so meat are scarce because all are

imported. This country is measured by the happiness

the residents experience,” Chee Chung said.

Bhutan is ranked 97 in the UN World Happiness

report. The measure is defined by an index of

measurable and attainable life goals–Gross National

Happiness (GNH).

It is a destination that intrigued him so much

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that he contemplates bringing his family to Bhutan

for a revisit. This could be a mutual place of interest

for his family.

“Accommodating diverse interests is important

when travelling in group. Sometimes the incentive

group can range from 40 to more than 100. My

children prefer ‘free and easy’ trips and stay in

Airbnb which is a little different from how I would

travel,” he shares.

He advises against letting language barrier to

hamper one from being adventurous during travels.

“There is technology these days to overcome this

problem. You can use the phone (app) to translate.

Also I find that people are generally friendly towards

us (Malaysians).

“However, we must always be mindful of personal

safety, watch out for pickpockets and physical injury.

When we travel in a group of 70-100 people, all it

takes is one bad incident to spoil it for everyone.”

TRAVEL VS 10,000 BOOKS

‘Better to travel 10,000 miles than to read 10,000 books!’

Chee Chung quotes a Chinese proverb to reiterate

the importance of travel for personal development.

“When we travel and see how people are different

outside, we become more tolerant of diversity. It is

the same at home or at our workplace,” as he relates

how he uses different and more accepting approach

when dealing with his wife, his children, his staff in

the office, his business partners or even his domestic

help at home. He declares that his travels have helped

him develop a mindset that everyone is different and

as individuals they have different expectations too.

His journey started when he was posted to train

and work in Panasonic’s air-conditioner factory in

Osaka, Japan from 1991-1993. He was able to pick up

some conversational Japanese there as he was alien

to a work culture where people worked in the office

for long hours and speaks mostly in Japanese.

Being able to accept and adapt to that has led

him to rise from his first position as HR Executive

to his latest promotion to Managing Director 3 and

a half years ago. This month Chee Chung would

have logged 29 years in this company. Chee Chung

is probably one of the longest serving non-Japanese

management staff in Panasonic.

This ManU fan used the analogy of a football

team to relate how he applies open-mindedness and

acceptance of diversity helped him run his team.

“When I was younger I was very strict with

how people worked even though the objective for

them was the same–to score goal la! But today, I do

it differently.

“I make clear the rules and boundaries and how

they want to run or score the goal is up to them.

So long as they score it before 90-minute and won

the game!”

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EVENTS

OUT & ABOUT

LOOK OUT FOR THE MOST ANTICIPATED EVENTS OF

THE MONTH IN MALAYSIA AND BEYOND

ARTBOX MALAYSIA

9-11 NOV & 16-18 NOV

Bangkok’s popular container market is debuting in

Malaysia for the first time after receiving positive

success in both Thailand and Singapore in the

creative retail installments. The market features a

wide range of delights with over 300 vendors selling

food and beverages, fashion offering and artworks

with local performers enlivening the surroundings.

Sunway City Outdoor Open Air Carpark, Selangor

www.artbox.my

MALAYSIAN FESTIVAL

OF REMEMBRANCE

11 NOV

The British Academy of

Performing Arts is presenting

a concert in commemorating

the centenary of the end of

World War 1 with music by The

Festival Symphony Orchestra,

Combined International

Schools’ Choir and The

Academy Singers. Hear songs

from Saving Private Ryan, Les

Miserables and The Planet

Suite in the festival.

Taylor’s University,

Subang Jaya, Selangor

www.ticket2u.com

DORA THE EXPLORER LIVE! SEARCH FOR

THE CITY OF LOST TOYS

24 NOV 2018-1 JAN 2019

Nickelodeon’s loveable Latina girl have been bringing

children around the world on her exciting adventures

on live stage since 2010. Now, Dora embarks on

another musical quest to Malaysia in search for the

her lost teddy bear Osito and needs help from her

friends to solve the riddles.

Resorts World Genting, Pahang

www.rwgenting.com

GUNS N’ ROSES NOT IN

THIS LIFETIME TOUR

20-21 NOV

America’s hard rock, heavy metal

band with the best-selling debut

album ‘Appetite for Destruction’

has been captivating the rock

scene since 1985. With their

spirited rock fans, Guns N’ Roses

band members celebrate the

ongoing Not In This Lifetime

tour as the 4th highest grossing

concert tour of all time.

AsiaWorld-Expo, Hong Kong

www.livenation.asia

PINOT PALOOZA

24 NOV

This is the biggest year for Pinot Palooza to be touring

across 11 cities in 5 countries to introduce some of the finest

wines on earth. While you drink up on music and unlimited

artisanal wines at Pinot Noir festival, each ticket also comes

complimentary wine glass for you to take home.

Theatreworks, Mohamed Sultan Road, Singapore

www.revel.global

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PUPPETRY PERFORMERS UNEARTH

ON THE STREETS IN THE ACT OF

PERSEVERING THE TRADITIONAL ART

AND INTRODUCING CONTEMPORARY

PUPPETRY THROUGH MALAYSIA’S

CREATIVE ARTS FESTIVAL IN

URBANSCAPES 2018.

STREET PUPPETRY

IN KUALA LUMPUR

Text JESSY WONG

Photos MALAYSIAN PUPPETRY ASSOCIATION

& HORNG YIH WONG

Malaysian Puppetry Association (MPA) is

ready to shine under the streetlight by

debuting in Malaysia’s longest-running

creative arts festival for their first time. Dating back

the country’s history, puppetry is an ancient art

performance founded prior to the colonial times in

Malaysia. Founding members of MPA, Prof. Dr. Loy

Chee Luen and Easee Gan, prepare themselves to

reestablish the crafts and mastery of puppetry to

the public.

PUPPETS IN MALAYSIA

Puppets come to life in many forms and the common

ones in this country are glove puppet, rod puppet

and shadow puppet. Glove puppet and rod puppet

originated in China while shadow puppet–known

as wayang kulit here–came from either Thailand or

Indonesia. These shadow figures are made of animal

hide, mostly cow skin to be molded and painted to

their desired outcome.

Malaysia’s contemporary puppetry has started

to develop since 1980s. While traditional puppetry

is preciously paired with traditional music,

contemporary puppetry uses modern musical

instruments and various innovative styles. “Puppet

theatre used to only feature puppets and figures but

now we even have performers who are dressed in

costumes as puppets on stage.” said Easee.

Prof. Dr. Loy shares that they source their

puppets from everywhere like Kelantan to China. He

continued, “Puppet costumes are all self-made. For

handmade glove puppets, it would take around 6 to 8

hours to complete.”

A NEW ART APPROACH

Taking contemporary puppetry to another level,

MPA is promoting this cultural art by using a

transformative mobile cart as the stage. Easee

explains that “we want to make art accessible to

everyone so by having a mobile stage, we could move

around in the city easily.”

In line with Urbanscapes’ theme of

#REIMAGINEKL, MPA is presenting a puppetry

story of Yap Ah Loy, the developer of Kuala Lumpur

city in 19th century. Written and directed by Easee,

‘The Story of Ah Loy’, incorporates a time-travelling

Ah Loy who appears in 21st Kuala Lumpur and

searches for ways to save the modern city from

crumbling.

This street performance on cart would transcend

language barriers and generation gaps as it uses

no dialogue, only modern music and audience

interaction in the street theatre. MPA also aims

to foster unity through the representation of a

Malaysian society through puppetry. “We want to

make people to connect with our puppets. They are

dressed from baju melayu to the traditional outfits

of the Borneo indigenous tribes,” Prof. Dr. Loy

points out.

This year’s Urbanscapes will be held from 3

till 18 November all around Kuala Lumpur from

Chin Woo Stadium to Medan Pasar and Petaling

Street. Urbanscapes introduces their 2018 theme of

#REIMAGINEKL with a diverse international music

lineup, audio-visual installations, art exhibitions,

talks and performances. For more details on lineup

and programs, visit www.urbanscapes.com.my.

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LOST & FOUND

Text and photos

FRANCIS YIP

MALAYSIAN

CULINARY

ADVENTURE

Malaysians love to eat. Just look at the endless

array of foods and places to eat. You can

easily come across street food stalls or

kopitiam (coffee shop) almost everywhere. In fact,

foods have become so deep-rooted in our culture that

we even greet one another with “Sudah makan tak?”

(Have you eaten?) to mean “How are you?”.

As Malaysia is a melting pot of many cultures and

races, our foods are truly unique and mostly a fusion

of our diverse cultures.

ORIGIN OF FOODS

Malaysian foods are as rich as the country’s history.

The flavours are vibrant, diverse and eclectic. In the

15th century, the Malay kingdom was famed for spice

trade and soon, the influx of traders from China, India

and the Middle East countries had created an exciting

food gastronomy, blending a variety of spices, flavours

and cooking techniques.

And when the British brought in Chinese

and Indian immigrants in the 19th century, these

communities brought along their foods and soon,

they assimilated with the local cultures and created a

fusion of local cuisines.

Fusion had sparked debates of the food origin.

One such example is bah kut teh (meat bone tea).

Malaysians claimed it is from Port Klang while

Singaporeans claimed the food is from Clarke Quay

and River Valley. Likewise, Malaysia and Indonesia

claimed satay, a Malay barbecued meat and nasi

lemak, a Malay fragrant rice dish as theirs.

Nasi lemak was initially a farmer’s meal. It is

conveniently a on-the-go filling dish for a long

field day. Traditionally, it is served with anchovies,

eggs, beef and chicken. Today, nasi lemak has more

variants such as Nasi Lemak Tujuh Benua (Seven

Continents Nasi Lemak) with seven coloured rice.

A MODERN VARIETY

The term “mamak” is used to describe the Indian-

Muslim community. These mamak stalls normally

open until the wee hours of the morning and is a

popular place for Malaysians to gather and enjoy

watching soccer on the TV there.

Foods served at mamak stalls vary from roti

canai, nasi kandar, nasi goreng to mee goreng and

murtabak. Roti canai or roti prata is a flatbread with

Indian origin and often served with dhal and fish

or chicken curry. It has evolved so much that a stall

in Wangsa Maju was found serving 30 types of roti

canai, including Roti Hawaii, Roti Jepun, Roti Salad,

and Roti Saga.

The same has happened to mooncakes. It has

more varieties now such as durian, chocolate,

pineapple, green tea and others compared to only

lotus paste and red bean paste in the past.

I was also taken by surprise recently at the

Ramadan Bazaar when I saw Malaysian Chinese pau

or dumpling now comes in all shapes and sizes, from

chili-shaped, pineapple-shaped to peanut-shaped pau

and more.

Next, Nyonya cookings by the Straits Chinese

or Peranakan community blend Chinese ingredients

with various distinct spices and cooking techniques

employed by the Malay community. Hence, Nyonya

foods are unique and their interpretations of Malay

foods are tangy, aromatic, spicy and herbal.

It is believed that assam laksa is originated from

this community. It is a sweet, sour and spicy rice

noodles dish with shredded fish, sliced pineapples,

cucumbers, onions, lettuce and red chillies. In fact,

Penang Assam Laksa is ranked number 7 on the

World’s 50 Best Foods by CNN. Now I am hungry!

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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2

1

GEM IN THE

DEPTH OF

SURABAYA

THIS LUXURIOUS HIDEAWAY STARTED WITH

NOBLE INTENTIONS OF IMPROVING THE

LIVELIHOOD OF THE LOCAL COMMUNITIES

WITH PROFITS FROM IT'S ORGANIC FARM, ECO

RESORT AND WELLNESS RETREAT. BUT ALL THAT

ASIDE, THERE IS SOMETHING MYSTERIOUSLY

CHARMING ABOUT THIS SANCTUARY-LIKE

RESORT THAT'S WORTH DISCOVERING.

Text and photos YY CHEN

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Walking around Kaliandra Sejati after the

rain is like spooning ais batu campur (ice

dessert with mixed jelly condiments) into

your mouth on a hot day. There's always something

different tasting that pops to tantalise your taste

buds as you savour every spoonful.

The Kaliandra Sejati eco resort and farm is

charming even in the pouring rain. And more so when

the rain has stopped as the mist blanketed paths lead

you to surprises that seem mysteriously hidden.

As the car drove through the gates, after the 1

hour 45 minutes journey from Juanda Airport in

Surabaya Indonesia, it went across a wide expanse

of open land before it parked under an enormous

banyan tree.

The architectural intention of building around

its natural environment was significantly evident in

details of how structures, no matter how prominent,

did not stand out jarringly against the backdrop. At

a glance it looked like a regular Javanese resort. But

standing on the porch of one of the basic chalets,

while waiting for the rain to stop, my mind captured

the mesmerising downpour falling from one level of

foliage onto another and eventually cascading down

stone steps into a pond.

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“In the fenced up grounds of the villa, deers

and peacocks roamed freely.”

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It was almost a poetic moment. I knew then it

was the beginning of an adventure. Kaliandra Sejati

is named after the flowering plant that is native to

tropical America, Calliandra Haematocephala or

commonly known as the red powder puff that is rich

in antioxidant properties.

This resort and eco farm is run by the Kaliandra

Foundation that was set up to better the lives

of the community via jobs and produce. A quick

explanation by the communication officer revealed

a heartwarming story of the owner Pak Atmadja

whose birthplace was the nearby village in Pasuruan.

An architect by profession, he decided to build this

resort so that the villagers would have jobs and land

to grow organic vegetables for sale.

“Pak Admatja’s heart is always with the people.

When he heard that the community wanted a football

field, he built one for them near the resort,” one of

the staff remarked.

The rain had stopped and it was time to take

a walk to our accommodation a short distance

away. We heard it was really luxurious but we could

not imagine until we came face to face with this

sprawling French inspired villa, the Villa Leduk. It

made me feel like the kids in the movie, ‘The Lion,

the Witch and the Wardrobe’ when they came to the

other side of the fantasy through the wardrobe.

Peacocks of various colours, white and turquoise,

roamed freely and coming close to walk alongside

us and paths were well laid out with much of the

foliage on the sides intact. The interior decor were a

little ornate but befits the design of the building in

all its luxurious splendour. Despite its lush natural

environment and the great outdoor, accommodations

were kept spotlessly clean. This feeling one gets in

this part of the resort is evidently very different from

the traditional Javanese part when we first entered.

You can help but be constantly curious and

surprised at how this building that seemed like it had

been transported from the other side of the world

could blend so well in this environment. As curiosity

took us deeper into the well-manicured gardens, we

were greeted by a similar villa nearby. We were told

that was Pak Atmadja’s home.

In the fenced up grounds of the villa, deers and

peacocks roamed freely. The walkways were clear

and free from undergrowth which make a stroll after

the rain pleasant and cool. Near the organic garden,

tresses of long roots hang like a curtain over the path

to the organic farm.

Plots of the land are allocated to individuals

from the community to cultivate with support of the

foundation. Caretakers of the plots will share the

produce with the Kaliandra Foundation which will

take to packing and sending them to retailers

in town.

This treasure find of a destination which is

almost 20 years old is immaculately maintained.

It also has accommodation for large groups as well

as backpackers.

1 The garden

landscape at Kaliandra

Sejati 2 A clear pool in

the midst of greenery

3 A peacock casually

perched at the

compound 4 The eco

resort let its animals to

roam freely

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TRAVEL

THE SOLO SENSATION

IT’S THE TIME OF THE YEAR AGAIN FOR SELF-LOVE IN ASIA. MAKE NOVEMBER

11 EVEN MORE MEMORABLE BY TRAVELLING TO THESE 11 PLACES THAT ARE

PERFECT FOR A REFRESHING SOLO TRIP ON THIS SINGLES’ DAY.

Text JESSY WONG • Photos ADOBE STOCK & JESSY WONG

First started in China, November 11 is observed as a

pride day for single people to be proud of themselves

and to overthrow the “being single” stigma. This

singlehood festival is celebrated on the eleventh month due

to its date that consists of 4 symbolic “ones”.

Presently, Singles’ Day is popularized all across Asia

so try kick it up a notch by going on a solo retreat. The

many wonders of Asia gather places that are good for

group travelling as well as gems that are enjoyable by an

individual. Be it in a museum or cruising down a river, you

will be undeterred by having no companions in doing these

activities that are ideal for a happy single traveller.

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TRAVEL

HUALIEN, TAIWAN

The calm coastal city lies as a district in the east of

Taiwan. Located 2 hours away from Taipei, the serene

town is packed with wondrous sights of nature at

Taroko Gorge, national park. It is landscaped with

cliffs, canyons, jungle and a gushing green river. Sign

up for tours to join the whale watching activity or

scenic journey around the east coast that will bring

you around to Fanshuliao Valley and see the Pacific

coastline. At night, visit Dongdamen Night Market for

lip-smacking Taiwan food and souvenir shopping.

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PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA

GUILIN, CHINA

As the locals claim, Guilin has the finest landscape under heaven.

Catch the beauty of China down at the southern state at the Li River

waterway that runs from Guilin to Yangshuo. Embark on the scenic

cruise in motorised bamboo rafts to enjoy the decorated river with

karst mountains, mist and incredible caves. The ride takes 4 to 5

hours to Yangshuo and there, cycling is the perfect mode to get

around the laidback countryside. Ride to Liugong village alongside

rice paddies and water buffalos. A must-try is their local rice in

bamboo tube. The aromatic sticky rice is cooked with peanuts and

herbs in an open fire in the tube.

This bustling capital tops the solo traveller’s list with

its historical relations to the Khmer Empire and French

colonialists. A day trip to Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum

will stir emotions and enlighten visitors on Asia’s most

atrocious regime. Most will continue the journey to

Choeung Ek Killing Fields. At both destinations, there are

personal audio earphone tours in various languages for

visitors. One may also go for an architectural tour around

the city to see iconic buildings of French influences.

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TRAVEL

SIARGAO, PHILIPPINES

4

Known as the surfing capital of Philippines, Siargao

attracts major surfers from August till November for

their good waves at Cloud 9. However, non-surfers

can opt for an island hopping trip that charges by

head and not by boat. The tour will take you to other

small islands surrounding Siargao and the Sugba

Lagoon. Visitors would stand-up paddle, jump on

the diving board, snorkel in the clear waters at Sugba

Lagoon. On the next day, take a boat ride to Sohoton

Cove in Bucas Grande, navigate the turquoise

waterways and caves while swimming with stingless

jellyfishes. To dine, you may even buy raw seafood

from their marketplace and request the chefs at

restaurants or resorts to cook it for you.

HONG KONG

Hong Kong is always described as a unique East Asia

country with Chinese values instilled in Western

lifestyle. Therefore, this safe country has many to offer

for all kinds of budget and activities from oriental

dining to high-end retail. One of the reasons to love

Hong Kong is their fast-paced lifestyle that doesn’t

dawdle so travelling alone let you to act on your own

heed. November is one of the best months to visit the

country for one to stop at Victoria Peak, discovering

Causeway Bay and hike at Hong Kong’s hilly landscapes

for picturesque views. Stay over at Victoria Harbour at

night to catch the Symphony of Lights skyscraper show

at the waterfront.

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GILI AIR, INDONESIA

YUFUIN, JAPAN

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If taking baths with someone you know makes you

anxious, you may do so in ease while travelling solo on

the southern island of Kyushu. Tucked at the foot of

Mount Yufu, the small quaint town in the valley is known

their hot spring. You may go for onsen hopping from

indoor to outdoor baths and ryokan (traditional Japanese

inn) to bath houses. Unlike other traditional onsen

resorts, the dashing town has more to offer with art

galleries, museums, themed cafes and boutiques. Find

a string of shops surrounding Lake Kinrinko, a natural

attraction in Yufuin. Also close to Beppu, you may get to

Yufuin via trains from other major cities.

Out in the Indian Ocean are Gili Islands for one

to take an incredibly peaceful island getaway in

Indonesia. Also a part of Lombok, Gili Islands are

made up of three smaller islands and are accessible

via boat from Lombok or Bali. Gili Air is one to

look out for as the absence of motor vehicles and

big parties in the island creates a quiet and calm

beach life. Get around with rental bicycles and

one may set out on their own to see fishes and

corals that are close to the coastline by renting

snorkelling gears. For a self-improvement retreat,

diving classes are popular here as well as a yoga

and meditation center.

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KO PHA-NGAN, THAILAND

Although labeled as Thailand’s party

island, Koh Pha-ngan has an ideal

balance of festivity and serenity. Main

beach Haad Rin is a jolly spot for crowds

but there are plenty of other beaches to

be explored by beach-bums. For other

rejuvenative activities, try your hand in

Muay Thai martial art, yoga by the sea

or body detox in their herbal sauna. Be

spoilt for choice at Thong Sala night

market that sells food at a good value.

JAIPUR, INDIA

India’s Pink City is a definite stop for

a traveller to navigate the shopping

streets and historic centers. This entire

city is a candy to eyes with the hues of

pastel pink and architectural symmetry

in town. Be amazed with the honeycomb

structure of Hawa Mahal, the elegant

Jaipur City Palace and climb the

centurion old Amer Fort. The unending

alleys of bazaars, shops and savoury

local food is a maze worth exploring.

MALACCA, MALAYSIA

Known for its historical landmarks like

A’Famosa by Portugese and Stadthuys

from Dutch, this UNESCO World

Heritage Site is a diversely rich cultural

town. Rent a bicycle for sightseeing

around town and visit the Malacca

riverfront. Besides, Malacca is a budgetfriendly

option for single travellers with

an abundance of yummy local fare and

budget hotels. Take a stroll at Jonker

Walk’s night market to find local gems.

MEDAN, INDONESIA

Food is the best companion when you’re

travelling alone and Medan is a place

known for their manifold of heritage

cuisines. Medan is the melting pot for

various ethnicities in Indonesia. Some

fares to consider are bihun bebek (duck

noodles) and sate padang (skewered

meat and gravy). Besides the food coma,

visit the deepest lake in the world at

Lake Toba and sightsee their royal

residence at Maimoon Palace.

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NONG KHAI,

THAILAND

ACROSS THE GREAT MEKONG RIVER FROM

VIENTIANE IS NAGA CITY–A CHARMING

TOWN GUARDED BY MEKONG GIANT

SERPENTS. NONG KHAI IS LOCATED AT

THE FARTHEST NORTHEAST OF THAILAND,

SHARING HISTORY AND BORDERS WITH

NEIGHBOURING COUNTRY, LAOS WITH

PLENTY OF CULTURAL FESTIVALS.

GOOD

to

KNOW

Text JESSY WONG Photos ADOBE STOCK & AIRASIAGO

HOW TO GET THERE

The closest airport to the area is Udon Thani

International Airport; accessible via direct

international flight with AirAsia or Thailand’s

domestic airlines from major airports in the country.

Upon landing, take a 1-hour ride in buses or minivan

to Nong Khai. For train enthusiasts, you can consider

riding from Bangkok’s Hua Lamphong Railway

Station to Nong Khai for 10-12 hours.

WHAT TO DO

The exceptional site in Nong Khai is a sculptural

park. Sala Kaew Ku houses massive concrete

statues of Buddhist and Hindu motifs besides other

mythological creation with over 20 metres tall. Go to

Wat Po Chai temple to see one of Thailand’s most

famous Buddha image in the city.

Away from town is Issan Rum Distillery, a

quaint lovely place to explore the production of rum

and you’ll find yourself purchasing a few bottles after

tasting the drink. Make sure to walk at Tha Sadet

Market, a Thai-Lao Indochina day market that sells

an assortment of goods and foods.

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WHERE TO STAY

Panlaan Boutique Resort is a 3-star establishment

suited for big family and couple travellers. The hotel

is also close to the iconic Thai-Laos Friendship

Bridge and Nong Thin Public Park. Otherwise, Vana

Wellness Resort has spa amenities, bicycle rentals

on site and is located near other attractions.

WHERE TO EAT

You’ll be spoilt with choice at Tha Sadet Market

and make sure to try the barbecued seafood there.

Another top dining scene in Nong Khai is Nagarina

Restaurant serving Thai-Isaan cuisine and fresh

seafood on a floating dock. For a change of taste

buds, try Vietnamese food at Daeng Namnuang

restaurant known for their spring rolls and skewers.

Loy Kratong, a

harvest festival, will

be celebrated on 23

November this year

by offering flower

shrines and candles

to Mekong river.

Rocket Festival is

celebrated in May

every year to give

thanks to the God of

Rain by launching

rockets to the sky.

Nong Khai has a

distinctive Isaan

culture that

originates from

Thai and Lao roots.

Locals are able to

speak both Thai

language and the

Isaan dialect which

has similarities to

Lao language.


THE FACE OFF

FACE OFF:

DIM SUM VS TAPAS

EVERYONE ENJOY THE OCCASIONAL SMALL BITES. IN THE EAST, WE ARE ALL

FAMILIAR WITH THE DELICIOUS FARE OF DIM SUM. WHEREAS IN THE WEST,

THEY HAVE TAPAS. BOTH ARE ESSENTIALLY SMALL PLATES OF FOOD STEEPED

DEEP IN THEIR RESPECTIVE CULTURAL ORIGINS AND OCCASIONALLY,

FUSIONED. LET’S SEE HOW THE LITTLE BITES DIFFERS FROM EAST TO WEST.

DIM SUM

Text MICHELLE LIM • Photos GETTY IMAGES & ADOBE STOCK

ORIGINS

Dim sum has a 2,500 year old origin.

From being an exclusive luxury food

to the Emperor of China to later being

served in teahouses along Silk Road,

dim sum as we know today is the typical

‘Chinese brunch’. The word dim sum

means ‘touch the heart’ in Chinese. The

small portions were designed to merely

touch the heart, not sate the appetite –

which is why dim sum is taken as a snack

in olden days, not a meal. Times have

changed and now there are usually over

50 varieties of dishes you can choose

to order from an extensive menu. Each

plate of food is traditionally served in

a steamer basket of bamboo material,

usually with three of a dish arranged

neatly in a circle. It has been inextricably

linked with yum cha–the act of drinking

tea–so much so that tea is a main

complement to a dim sum meal.

INGREDIENTS

The most common ingredients used

in every dim sum outlet are pork and

prawns. Most of these delicious bits of

meat are neatly ensconced in a semitranslucent

wheat starch skin. They

are expertly pleated and wrapped into

delectable, bite-sized pieces–giving you

popular menu items such as har gou and

siu mai. Other popular food items are

braised chicken feet, fried yam balls, char

siew pao, golden (yolk) custard buns,

congee, lo mai kai (steamed glutinous

rice) and not forgetting the super

popular egg tarts to end the meal with.

POPULARITY

Dim sum is easily found in almost

every country in South East Asia,

predominantly in Hong Kong where the

‘best dim sum eateries in the world’ hail

from. However, it has definitely gained

popularity in the West in recent years,

where dim sum is served in almost every

Chinese restaurant. It is so popular that

even ‘halal’ or pork-free versions of dim

sum are being introduced to Muslim

dominant countries. The dish has also

been experimented with fusion cooking

(much to the horror of the Chinese)

to include Western touches that would

appeal to their own local tastes.

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THE FACE OFF

TAPAS

ORIGINS

Tapas originated from Spain where it is

believed to be first conceived by King

Alfonso X of Castille, who had been

stricken with a serious illness which only

allowed him to take in small portions

of food with small amounts of wine.

The word ‘tapa’ literally means ‘a cover

or lid’–as the Spanish bars back then

were standing-only affairs, people who

ordered a snack had nowhere to put

their plate but on top of their glasses, so

much so that they act as lids. Today, the

world have taken tapas to new heights,

incorporating them into full-blown

meals in Spanish and fusion restaurants,

something that you can now find in both

the West and certain parts of Asia. Top

chefs of the world have even elevated

tapas from a simple bite to Michelinstarred

dining.

INGREDIENTS

There are literally hundreds of tapas

varieties, but the main staples usually

consist of shrimp, cured meat, minced

meat and lots of herbs. Iberian ham

served as a cold cut with cheese makes

one of the firm favourites, along with

spicy chorizo. Gambas al ajillo (shrimp

cooked with garlic in olive oil) is another

popular staple; and deep-fried items like

croquetas and patatas bravas. You can’t

enjoy tapas without some carbs (to soak

up some of the alcohol), so tortillas

and montaditos (small sandwiches) are

served with various types of meat or

vegetarian stuffing, usually accompanied

by cheese. Most Spanish tapas are spicy,

so you can definitely expect a good kick

out of them.

POPULARITY

Tapas are especially popular in the

United States where the food scene is

a huge melting pot of culture. Some

establishments in Asia have also

introduced tapas into their menus, but

its popularity has yet to soar to greater

heights in this region. The tradition

of eating tapas has still maintained

itself as an appetizer or snack found

in bodegas, bars or restaurants. Unlike

dim sum, it has not turned into a

full-blown mealtime affair–which is

understandable, seeing as how tapas

consist of very rich (and possibly

fattening) fare that would be far better

suited to be paired with alcohol and

good company.

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FOOD

A HAWKING

ROMANCE

FOOD IS A DEEPLY ROOTED AFFAIR FOR

MALAYSIANS. STRIPPING GLAM AND

MODERNISM AWAY, JESSY WONG DIGS

INTO THE NOVELTY OF STREET FOOD IN

THE COUNTRY BEFORE IT MAPS INTO THE

FOOTPRINT OF FAME IN THE PRESENT.

Text JESSY WONG

Photos ADOBE STOCK, JESSY WONG & SOULED OUT

Today, local fares do not only transcend our

culinary indulgence into bliss; it resonates

as a significant cultural identity for

Malaysians. If we are away from our motherland

for too long, there are two things that we will

definitely miss–our families and of course,

local food. Not only homemade cuisine, but the

‘outside’ food cooked by one particular uncle that

hangs a towel over his shoulder or from that aunty

who loves to add chillies in everything she makes.

Hawkers make up an essential part of the food

scene in this country that could not be replaced.

However, this authentic offering is a precious

trade dwindling in number over the years. The

change of generation, hawker health hazards,

government intervention and modernisation have

altered this nostalgic gem. Additionally, most of

the young ones are guilty of seeking fast-paced

ostentatious food to feed not only their stomachs

but the unseen digital world.

The laborious task of peddling the cart,

hovering over the hot stove for long hours in the

shade of an upcycled banner to cook up some of

world’s best cuisines, should be nominated as our

national treasure. Birth out of necessity, glorified

with sentimentality and now endangered against

time, the romance of hawkers in Malaysia is

certainly something out of the ordinary.

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FOOD

EVOLUTION

OF HAWKERS


ARRIVAL OF

SETTLERS

For the Chinese labourers

that migrated to the Straits of

Malacca in the 19th century,

many of these immigrants

are single men who took the

golden ticket to change the

course of their lives.


LIMITED FACILITIES

Migrant families and

single occupants live

cramped quarters with

inadequate facilities to

prepare meals so eating

home cooked food was

a matter of luxury in

former times.


EATING OUT

Since dining in is not a

choice, street food are

created on demand. The

home-style dishes are

made in the simplest

means possible and

sold on the streets in

affordable prices.

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FOOD

CHECK

OUT

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Even though the sight of hawkers operating

by the roadside has decreased over the years,

their food prevailed and can be found in malls

and restaurants. Check out these places that

serves street food in style:

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MALAYSIA BOLEH!

A food court in Shoppes, Four Seasons Place

Kuala Lumpur features a variety of famous

hawkers across the peninsular like Yong

Peng Xi Dao fishball, Bukit Mertajam’s rojak,

Yong Kee char kway teow and Penang Road

Teochew cendol.

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SOULed OUT

Pair delicious local street food with tropical

mocktails and mojitos at this Desa Sri

Hartamas restaurant. Worth-mentioning are

their made-to-perfection nasi lemak, curry

laksa and fusion Asiana pizza made with

anchovies, nuts and coriander.

1

1 Curry mee at

SOULed Out 2

Malaysia Boleh!

foodcourt at Shoppes,

Four Seasons Place

3 Klang bah kut teh

at Malaysia Boleh! 4

SOULed Out at Desa

Sri Hartamas


FOOT TO WHEELS

With more resources,

baskets turn into carts

where sellers could move

from one place to another in

ease. This change is slowly

realised with charcoal stove

and cooking utensils to

cook on request.


MODERNITY ENSUES

Many hawkers move to food

courts/centers to sell food due

to government intervention,

ease of cooking facilities and

hygiene purposes. Hawking

by the street starts to pose

danger due to the increase of

cars on the road.


FOOD AT CALL

Town people

start selling food

sold in baskets

hanging on a single

pole balanced on

shoulders, roaming

the streets for

potential patrons.


AGE OF HAWKERS

For decades, the reception

for warm fast food is so

terrific that streets were

occupied by hawkers from

one end to the other. Food

and desserts like char kway

teow, laksa and cendol

became popular street food.


INDOOR STREET FOOD

By appeasing the food

popularity and demand,

vendors have significantly

increased their accessibility

everywhere. Presently,

street food can be tasted

even in high-end airconditioned

places.

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INSIGHT

D’S FOR DEFENCE

SELF-DEFENCE IS OFTEN TAKEN FOR GRANTED AND

REGARDED AS A SPORT. THESE VIOLATIONS USUALLY COME

WHEN WE ARE DISTRACTED SUCH AS DURING TRAVELS.

YOSHINKAN AIKIDO MALAYSIA ANNUAL SELF-DEFENCE

WORKSHOP TEACHES A FEW MOVES OF PROTECTION.

Text YY CHEN • Photos YOSHINKAN AIKIDO MALAYSIA

Avoidance is the best form of self-defence.

But that’s just a general rule. What happens

when the inevitable happens? And there’s no

chance to whip out the pepper spray, kubotan (the

pocket stick), the compact ‘McGyver’ penknife or

even to press the emergency dial on your mobile?

“Die!” You tell yourself. Let’s just pause for

a moment and wiki into this serious matter; “...

countermeasure that involves defending the health and

well-being of oneself from harm.”

“Self-defence is about survival,” Aikido exponent,

Malaysia chief instructor 7th Dan Black Belt Sonny

Loke defines it succinctly. “It is about getting away

from a hazardous situation and having to apply a

physical technique should be of the last resort.”

At the numerous self-defence workshops that he has

conducted for staff of corporations and individuals,

Sonny and his team have designed an easy to

remember 3 steps as self-defence moves: 'Distract',

'Disengage' and 'Depart'.

He however cautioned that “these responses

to an attack should happen within few seconds,

anything longer than that, there would eliminate the

element of surprise to the attacker.”

The first lesson at the workshop was participants

to be alert and avoid being a target for professionals.

He cited a few situations where travellers put

themselves in vulnerable positions.

Over-shopped with expensive branded stuffs in

eye-catching designers shopping bags. Too busy

with carrying shopping bags with no freehand to

do anything else let alone protect themselves. Or

pay attention to your purse.

Being oblivious on your surroundings coming

away from a money changer or ATM, and placing

the whole stack of money in one place.

Over-trusting other diners in restaurant by

placing your belongings carelessly while dining.

Busy talking on the phone or looking down while

texting in a crowded place.

Your preliminary move to keep personal safety

in check is a good posture. “It is a manifestation of a

person’s mental state. Always maintain head up, neck

straight and chest up.

“Profile your surroundings especially in public

transport and where we dine too. Think ahead of

scenarios and it helps to be a bit paranoid to keep us

alert and not being careless.”

In Yoshinkan Aikido Malaysia, participants are

taught 4 simplified routine moves that cover moving

forward to both sides of the attacker, opening body

sideways to receive the attacker and stepping back.

These 4 movements allow the body to be

positioned at angles close but away from direction of

the attacker and allow the victim to execute effective

self-defence techniques.

“The first thing that Aikido teaches is never to

go head on, instead we avoid the attack by getting

off the line of attack. Allow the attacker's force to

project forward thus unbalancing the attacker. We

then neutralize the situation by a lock, pin or throw

on the attacker,” Sonny explains.

Even though the moves taught at the workshop

seem simple enough but it needs practice to allow the

participants to execute on reflex when the situation

arise. And this would mean repetitive execution of

the techniques.

“As in all martial arts, to be able to master

and applies what you have learned in unavoidable

situations requires years of dedicated training. Aikido

is no exception. Finally, adding to a traveler’s ‘Dos

and Don’t’s’ list, he said: “Trust your intuition.”

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Debunking Food Fables

GET DOWN TO THE SIMPLEST MEANS OF NOURISHING OUR HEALTH WITH DR LIM SOO SAN,

PHYSICIAN AND ENDOCRINOLOGIST FROM PANTAI HOSPITAL CHERAS IN UNDERSTANDING

THE TRUTH BEHIND A PROPER NUTRITIONAL THERAPY FOR OUR BODIES.

ALL CARBS ARE GOOD BECAUSE IT’S AT THE

BOTTOM OF THE FOOD PYRAMID

This is the biggest misconception for all. There’s a

difference between wholegrain and refined carbs.

Wholegrain food is high in fiber which makes it the

healthiest to consume daily. Instead of white rice, opt

for brown rice, quinoa and millet for a wholesome meal.

EATING HEALTHY IS SUFFICIENT TO PREVENT

ILLNESSES

Nutritional therapy extends from just abiding the

food pyramid consumption. Without daily exercises,

our bodies are susceptible to breakdown and ailing. A

constant workout, adequate hydration and sleep are

also recommended to keep our weight in control.

ALCOHOL IS DETRIMENTAL TO OUR BODIES

The worst kind of alcohol is definitely beer but not all

of it is bad. However, red wine has antioxidants that

can promote our heart health and is good for blood

circulation. Nonetheless, do drink it in moderation.

TRAVELLERS’ DIARRHEA IS UNPREVENTABLE

You can be saved from the stomach agony that will ruin

your trip. Take precaution and be protected with an

oral or injectable vaccine if you are travelling to places

that have high chances of cholera and other traveller’s

diseases. Also, choose your food wisely as this does not

give you a free pass from the sickness.

MEAL REPLACEMENT IS NOT REAL FOOD

Although meal shakes, drink sachets and energy bars

are not all tasty, it does pack a good amount of essential

protein, fiber and nutrients like a real meal. Meal

replacement is convenient especially for on-the-go people

and travellers. One is advised to consume the calories

adequately depending on their individual body weight.

SNACKING CONTRIBUTES TO WEIGHT GAIN

Don’t suffer from poor snack choices! Snacking can boost

your mood and prevent overeating during main meal time.

Just make sure to pick your snacks from the lower food

pyramid like nuts, fruits serving and veggies.

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Wrapped in luxurious turquoise

and blue packaging, Amouage’s new

Figment for Woman products encompass an selection

of gentle bath and shower gel, perfumed soap, body

lotion, hand cream and ultra-rich body cream. The

floral scent restore softness to the skin with main

sichuan pepper, saffron and gardenia accents.

Available in all Amouage

stores in Malaysia

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