Tropicana Magazine Jan-Feb 2019 #122: Celebration of Love


It's the dawn of 2019! Thaipusam lights up the 21st, and in 2 weeks, the red-gold decor of Chinese New Year brings a double celebration on Valentine’s Day. It is certainly a time to ‘Paint The Town Red’, the latest 'CELEBRATION OF LOVE' issue is here. Read more at:
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Vol. #122 January / February 2019






Andrew of Curious Kitchen shares

with us what are the secrets to good food

and their Iberico meats specialty.



Camera, fashion and

celebrities - a surprise for the

Pre-Fall Runway in New York.



Six Senses designed by Zil Pasyon,

2019 Grand Prix Versailles award winner,

shows us what relaxation really means.



Albertnico, a celeb hair stylist/photographer

is on a mission to ‘Give Malaysia’, a charity for

children who are suffering from cancer.



Our Happy New Year wish for you

Is for best year yet,

A year where life is peaceful,

And what you want, you get.

A year in which you cherish

The past year’s memories,

And live your life each new day

Full of bright expectancies.

We wish for you a holiday

With happiness galore;

And when it’s done, we wish you

Happy New Year, and many more.

From Tropicana



As we enter January, the dawn of 2019

begins. Thaipusam lights up the 21st, and

then in two weeks, the red-gold decor

of Chinese New Year takes over; with a

double celebration on Valentine’s Day. It is certainly a

time to ‘Paint The Town Red’. So here’s wishing a good

year, in the blush of good health to all our readers, and

in this issue we look forward to usher in the Celebration

of Love.

What better way for Malaysians to celebrate than with

food? Our cover story with Andrew Lai shows the

man behind Curious Kitchen. Apart from his business

acumen and sharp wit, his deep knowledge in the art of

food preparation is a testament of love. The satisfaction

and smiles of each diner that experiences Curious

Kitchen’s specialties, is truly Andrew’s personal joy

and passion. It’s fascinating how Andrew first started

as he did not begin as a chef. We have also had a field

trip with Village Grocer who are bubbly and cheerful.

‘Shopping should be fun’ and this issue we have taken

it to the next level as Fashion meets Grocery-shopping

to culminate as our latest fashion spread that we call–

‘Tasteful Textures’.

Oprah Winfrey has said that, ‘The more you praise and

celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate’.

This issue we celebrate the good things that life has to

offer. The love of the visual arts is reflected in The

Diary section. The love of socializing with like-minded

positive people is shown in The Scene. The love of

movies and books are in The Books and The Movie.

The love of beautiful homes is in The Home and so on.

Everything we do in this issue is about love. So what

have you chose to love?

Tony Robbins in his book, Money: Master the Game,

said that fulfilment doesn’t come from having more

money. What we’re really after is what the money

represents. We’re after the emotions that money can

create: the feeling of empowerment, of freedom, of

security, of helping those we love and those in need, of

having a choice and of feeling alive. We hope you can

find what you truly love as you flip through this issue


Our Game Changer is none other than hair maestro/

artistic photographer Albert Nico whom had exhibited

stunning celebrity portraits titled “The Soul of Portraits”.

Proceeds from the sale of his book and auction were

donated to Give Malaysia, the non-profit organisation

founded by Miss Malaysia 1984 Betty Anne Brohier,

in aid of children diagnosed with cancer. His creative

sense has been translated into an artistic expression

through photography. He is very good with monotones

as well as the play of shadows and lines. Apart from

being the most approachable and cordial person we’ve

ever known, Albert Nico has been in the limelight for

ages and now he is using that influence to champion for

a good cause.

Fully loaded with Golf, Time, Travel, Health and

Beauty, the magazine is packed with wonderful goodies

that would take a whole afternoon to consume. The

love of relaxation is part of what we are bringing to

the table. Reading magazines are so chic compared

to reading from an iPad. Although the visual may be

more striking in an iPad, the experience of holding a

hard copy magazine is premium. We added in this issue

the ultimate symbol of success in life, a high powered

luxury car and an award-winning mouth-watering yacht.

Happy reading.

Tropicana Magazine Editorial Team





Dato’ Dickson Tan Yong Loong

Dion Tan Yong Chien

Herman Tan Kar Eng





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Dato’ Dickson Tan Yong Loong


Joshua Chan


Royce Tan


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10 What’s New


14 Happenings and Events


22 Books & Movies


28 Eco-Conscious Luxury

34 The Contemporary Casa

40 Eye On The East


46 iProperty Development

Excellence Awards (iDEA) 2018

47 Let’s Grow an Edible Garden

Together Event @Tropicana


48 Tropicana Metropark Global Art

Workshop @Tropicana


50 Phantom from West End Musical

Concert @Tropicana Golf &

Country Resort

51 Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Award

52 Fun Food Run @Tropicana Golf

& Country Resort


90 The Curious Case of Andrew Lai


110 Look Good and Feel Great This



112 A Fresh Celebration of Food


120 Soul Searching For Philanthropy


54 For the Love of Chocolate

The Bigger Picture

55 CNY Collections

Colourful Temptations


56 A Hole in One for Honma

60 The Right Swing


62 Deep Blue Panerai

64 Moritz Grossman’s Time to


66 Going With The Flow

67 A Timepiece Like Lady Serenade


72 A Versace Moment

76 Tasteful Textures

86 Culture in Couture

88 Star-studded with Diamonds

and Jimmy Choo

89 The Gucci Look


96 Colours of Bali

100 Hidden In Wondrous Sight


104 The Magic of Argan Oil

106 In Your Hands

108 Life’s Essentials


128 Gear Up For the All New


132 A Voyage with the Sanlorenzo


136 The Audi Experience




Malaysia International

Jewellery Fair – Spring Edition

11th of January 2019 - 14th of January 2019

Gracing the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre yet once again is the

Malaysia International Jewellery Fair. This exclusive jewellery fair is

set to be going on for four days at Hall 4, KLCC. The fair will be

showcasing 100,000 pieces of the most luxurious and finest jewellery

collections from over 100 jewellery brands. These jewellery pieces are

set to come from all over the world including Italy, Japan, Hong Kong,

India, UAE, Singapore, Thailand, Belgium, Myanmar, Cambodia and

many more.

Duli Yang Maha Mulia Tengku Permaisuri Selangor Tengku Permaisuri

Norashikin is the Guest of Honor for this year’s fair. There will also

be a Jewellery Fashion Show that will display the latest unique fine

jewellery collections. Additionally, there will be several hosted private

tea parties going on during the four-day event. VIPs will be able to get

one exclusive jewellery box by spending a minimum of RM 10,000 in

a maximum of two single receipts.

17th Royal Langkawi International Regatta 2019

7th of January 2019 - 12th of January 2019

This year marks the 17th annual Royal Langkawi International

Regatta (RLIR) 2019. The highly anticipated sailing event

organised by the Royal Langkawi Yacht Club is welcoming a

total of 35 new entrants as well as witness the re-emergence

of veteran sailors from 10 countries such as Australia, France,

Denmark, Japan, Great Britain, Russia, Thailand, Singapore and

Malaysia. Sailing enthusiasts should expect an exciting event

with the challenging wind conditions anticipated in Langkawi

during the course of the event. Participants will be competing

for prestigious titles under seven classes, namely the Racing,

IRC 1, IRC 2, Sportsboat, Club Cruising, Multihull, Ocean

Rover and White Sail. This year, the highly sought after Prime

Minister’s Challenge Trophy will be presented to the winner

in the racing category by Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir

Mohamad, who is also the Patron of the Royal Langkawi Yacht

Club on the 12th of January during the closing dinner.



Kuala Lumpur Makeup Festival (KLMF) 2019

2nd of March 2019 - 3rd of March 2019

The first of its kind, Kuala Lumpur is welcoming

one of the biggest and renowned makeup as well

as beauty platform in Asia. This two-day event

consists of professional makeup workshops, beauty

makeovers, mega sales, fashion shows and other

exciting activities. The workshop will be conducted

by Akademi Diyana, a certified Malaysian makeup

academy with successfully trained, qualified

professional makeup artists. There will be over 100

top international and domestic brands that will be

featured in this festival. Taking place at the Kuala

Lumpur Convention Centre, the event is set to

expect nearly 50,000 guests.

New Prince Buffet Highlights

14th of January 2019 - 28th of February 2019

Hong Kong’s Prince Hotel is now serving a spectacular allure of

buffets and afternoon teas. These one of a kind meals are only available

for a certain period of time and serve the finest food. From now until

the 28th of February, guests can enjoy fresh seafood such as Japanese

Snow Crab leg and Boston Lobsters as well as red meat with their Surf

and Turf Buffet dinner. For afternoon tea on weekends, from now until

the 24th of February the delectable Belgian Chocolate Afternoon tea

is set to serve Pink Chocolate Mousse Cake made from exquisite Ruby

chocolate which is the latest chocolate type to follow after Dark, Milk

and White chocolate. For weekdays, starting from the 14th of January,

the Asian Twist Afternoon Tea features 12 delicacies combining sweet

and savoury Southeast Asian flavours such as Steamed Mini Crystal

Custard Bun and Sweet Lemongrass Panna Cotta.



The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo to play

in Sydney

Acclaimed as one of the greatest shows on earth, the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

will return to the ANZ Stadium at Sydney Olympic Park in October 2019. Direct from

its annual season on the esplanade of Edinburgh Castle, Scotland, the show will feature

more than 1200 performers from around the world. It will showcase a blend a mix of

music, ceremony, military tradition, theatre and dance as well as traditional Scottish

favourites such as pipers, fiddlers, highland dancers and precision drill teams.

ANZ Stadium, Sydney Olympic Park

The First Ever City ROARS!

Music Festival

Presented by Soundscape Records and Emerge Music, the City

ROARS! Festival is a first of its kind Indie music festival made in

conjunction with the 30th anniversary of The Actors Studio. It features

independent artists and musicians from all over Asia including the

Fin (Japan), The Landlord’s Cat (China), Tolaku (Taiwan), Arvan

(Malaysia), Stemilyn (Malaysia), Anna Chong (Malaysia) and plenty

of others. The festival is on the 12th of January at Pentas 2, KLPAC.

There will be numerous opportunities to discover new music, enjoy

attractive side programmes as well as indulge in creative arts.

Please visit these sites to purchase tickets and more information:



Red Carpet entry for the Stones

17 November 2018 - 3 November 2019

Exhibitionism: The Rolling Stones Exhibit delivered by DHL comes to

Sydney International Convention Centre (ICC) from the 17th of November

2018 to the 3rd of February 2019. Visitors can expect around 500 rare items

that are to be exhibited such as lyric books, stage design, personal diaries,

50 years of Stones fashion including articles from Alexander McQueen,

Prada, Dior and plenty more. This huge Sydney display succeeds the rave

reviews and huge crowds of art lovers internationally from the global

premiere of Exhibitionism in London and New York. Exhibitionism is

the evident celebration of the band and paraphernalia. Acclaimed to be

the largest touring experience of its kind, this is the first time the band

has unlocked their private collection of archives that tell a story of their

beginnings to present day success.

A New Hope for Powerhouse Museum

16 November 2018 - 10 June 2019

Both members of the empire and rebellion can enjoy the opening of Star Wars Identities:

The Exhibition at the Powerhouse Museum from the 16th of November 2018 to the

10th of June 2019 at Sydney, Australia. Fans will get to experience an interactive

exhibition that will feature over 200 original Star Wars artefacts, costumes and props

from the Lucasfilm archives. The exhibition takes visitors through an Identity Quest

that will eventually create a Star Wars character that they can meet at the end of the

exhibition. This comes in collaboration with the Montréal Science Centre and a

committee of scientific advisors. The exhibition developers of Star Wars Identities

divided the study of identity into three themes which are the character origins, outside

influences and choices they make in life. Similarly, participants of the exhibition get

to explore the ten components of human identity such as species, genes, parents and

character development that is a prominent aspect in the film franchises.



New Home, New Car

12 May 2018 - 6 July 2018

Dreams came true as winners of Tropicana’s

Drive Me Home campaign win brand new cars.

Two of the most important purchases in a person’s lifetime

would probably be their car and house. After all, a house

is where they will rest, host friends and maybe even grow a

family whilst a car is most definitely handy in this Malaysian

weather, especially, to get to places without facing adversity.

Tropicana Corporation Berhad recently celebrated its

Tropicana Drive Me Home campaign finale awarding three

lucky grand prize winners with Toyota vehicles worth over

RM300 K in total, which were the Toyota Camry, Toyota

Altis and the Toyota Vios.

The campaign finale was held at its award-winning mixed

development, Tropicana Metropark at Subang Jaya. The

winners were recent home purchasers of any signature

Tropicana property. This campaign managed to achieve an

astounding record breaking digital engagement of over 3.5

million impressions on the campaign website.

“Every year at Tropicana, we work hard to strategise a

campaign that is engaging and rewards our purchasers. For

this year’s first campaign, Tropicana Drive Me Home, we are

very pleased to reward our purchasers with vehicles that can

be enjoyed as a family. This is our commitment to continuous

engagement with our loyal supporters and purchasers for

being part of the Tropicana family.” said, Ms Ung Lay Ting,

the Managing Director of Marketing & Sales at Tropicana,

about the campaign. Through this campaign, the winners not

only managed to check off investing in their lifetime home

but also walk away with new cars.

Acer Malaysia’s

Iconic Surprise

1 November 2018 - 30 December 2018

Rewards program, Asia Pacific Predator League

and plenty more in store for Acer users.

Acer has always been a household name when it comes to

computers and electronics in Malaysia thanks to their toptier

products. The end of 2018 seems to bring in an exciting

time for Acer Malaysia as the company has been buzzing

with impressive activity. In a surprising announcement,

Acer announced two special Acer Swift and Predator

Conquer New World T-shirts in collaboration with local

clothing company, Pestle & Mortar Clothing.

Not only that, the Acer sponsored Asia Pacific Predator

League is returning for the second year with a twist. This

year, it anticipates participation from 16 countries and hosts

the regional Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) as

well as DOTA 2 tournaments with a much bigger prize pool

to win from. In conjunction with that, Acer also launched

the ‘Gear Up This Festive Season’ program that rewards the

end users who have purchased selected Acer devices such

as the Acer Aspire, Acer Swift, Acer Spin, Acer Switch or

Predator series.



Malaysia Fashion Week 2018 Launches

With Modestyle

23 November 2018 - 25 November 2018

Fashion innovation and modest fashion took

centre stage at the annual MFW.

Malaysia Fashion Week kicked off with

the most relevant fashion style to most

Malaysians- modestyle or more commonly

known as modest fashion. Modest fashion

seems to be taking off in the world with the

fashion power map showing that Muslim

women spent USD 44 billion on modest

wear in 2015. This year, an impressive

range of modest fashion of various styles

such as fusion of Oriental clothing to more

classic wear was showcased. Some of the

designers featured were Toi the Dressmaker,

Yan’s Creation, Ummiriaz, Tenun Pahang,

Tasmiah from China and Sayee from

Indonesia. The event was organised by

STYLO International and supported by

several prominent Government Agencies.

Other than that, some of the other fashion

shows during the Malaysia Fashion week

also featured exciting fashion shows by

designers from the Philippines, Taiwan and


In its 5th year, Malaysia Fashion Week

2018 continued to promote the numerous

innovative fashion looks with international

businesses and organising trade talks with

more than 100 retail booths including

with those from China and Indonesia. In

conjunction with Malaysia Fashion Week

2018, there was also a 61 Years of Malaysia

Art Exhibition showcasing the works of

local street artists as well as Royal Artist,

YAM Tunku Kamariah Aminah Maimunah

Iskandariah Binti Almarhum Baginda Al-

Mutawakkil Alallah Sultan Iskandar Al-Haj

Puteri Johor who showcased her artistic

work for the first time in Malaysia. The

highlight of the art exhibition, however, is

the live painting by 16 artists on 8 feet by

12 feet canvas depicting their interpretation

of the movement of Malaysia over the past

six decades.



Revving up for the Kuala Lumpur

International Motor Show 2018

22 November 2018 - 2 December 2018

The 9th edition of KLIMS brings in vintage cars,

latest technology and plenty more

The Kuala Lumpur International Motor Show (KLIMS 18) was

recently launched on the 22nd of November. The 10-day motoring

spectacle that was launched by YB Loke Siew Fook will last until

the 2nd of December and be held at the Malaysia International

Trade and Exhibition Centre. This 9th edition of the event featured

the theme, ‘Beyond Mobility’ predicting the advances of motoring

technologies that have overhauled drive engines to incorporate

artificial intelligence, connectivity and renewable energy.

The event spans 6 exhibition halls over 2 levels, covering over

16,000 square meters of exhibiting floor space and 74 participating

companies. Some of the exciting exhibitions are from Benelli,

Daihatsu, Ford, Honda, Hyundai and so many more. Some of the

line-ups included the ‘Sup-Up’ Cars Zone by Wrap Xpert which

showcased supercars such as the Bentley GT and the McLaren

650S. Other than that, the Down Memory Lane Zone featured a

display of vintage cars including the vintage 1934 Austin 7 and the

1978 Volkswagen Kombi which have travelled all the way from




A New Star for New York

16 November 2018

Architect Daniel Libeskind designs a new Swarovski

Star for the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

For people visiting New York City during the holiday season, one

must see item that is often on their sightseeing list is the Rockefeller

Center Christmas Tree along with the famed star-shaped tree topper.

This year, Swarovski has collaborated with the acclaimed architect,

Daniel Libeskind to design a new Swarovski Star for the tree and

a retail pop-up shop that features crystal ornaments for the holiday


This is the first re-design of the crystal tree-topper since the

company’s first partnership with Rockefeller Center co-owner

Tishman Speyer that unveiled the original star in 2004. The new

star is a perfect representation of Swarovski’s 120-year heritage of

turning light into delight. At 900 pounds, the Star is 9 foot 4 inches

in diameter and has 70 spikes covered in 3 million Swarovski

crystals that have harnessed the company’s innovative

crystal technology and mastery of light refraction in a threedimensional

structure. An exact replica of this star will also be

displayed at ground level, next to the retail pop-up shop that

allows visitors to experience the exquisite design closely. Not

only that, visitors can also purchase jewellery from Swarovski,

Atelier Swarovski and even the crystal holiday ornaments

at the Libeskind designed retail pop up. The 146 square foot

space celebrates the beauty, energy and light of New York City

through its architecture and design.



Le Marché de Noël of


29 November 2018

The French themed Christmas market had

successfully raised RM200,000

For the eighth year in a row, Le Marché de Noël

returned for just a day at the Glasshouse in Seputeh

to start off festive joy and more importantly, raise

funds to help underprivileged children yet once

again. This year, the charity bazaar managed to

raise RM200,000 that will be contributed to Make

A Wish Malaysia and A-Heart for A-Heart to help

the organisations with financial aid.

This year, five paediatric cardiac surgeries were

funded as well as 12 wishes were fulfilled with

the amount raised from last year’s market. With

70 vendors offering a range of premium goods,

handcrafted items and gastronomic delights under

one roof, the market was busy with shoppers

looking for unique gifts for their loved ones this

festive season.

There were also some social enterprise vendors such

as Tanma Federation, Nazanin, The Batik Boutique,

Penan Bags and Surya Bags who consistently make

a big difference in the lives of their communities.

Introducing NON

22 November 2018

The beauty product brand that’s

championing beauty tourism in Malaysia

Malaysian beauty brand, NON, recently launched their

Lipo Imperial beauty range at the Kuala Lumpur Hilton

Hotel. This skincare brand is the first to be recognised

by the government and join the MyBeauty Project. The

event was graced by Madam Chong Yew Khim, CEO of

Non Sdn Bhd, Dr Armin Rajabi, Chief Scientist of NON

Skincare and Professor Dr Wong Kong-Yew, Co-Chairman

of MyBeauty Tourism from the Ministry of Tourism, Arts

& Culture Malaysia.

With the endorsement from My Beauty, NON has signedup

with 30 beauty salon owners during the launch to

start off beauty tourism in the country. NON stands for

Nascence of Nourishment which was derived from their

principles of non-artificial substance as all ingredients are

up to cGMP standards compliance. The NON Lipo Imperial

line contains specially formulated oil which is rich in

Omega and uses nanotechnology that diffuses into cells for

maximum results. Their effective skin care line will revive

skin to achieve healthier, younger and glowing skin.



Spirio in Malaysia

14 December 2018

Steinway & Son’s launch the Spirio

Steinway & Son’s recently launched the

Spirio which is a piano utilising digital

technology. The Spirio unleashes the power

of great music and the works of great

pianists with just a touch of a button on an

iPad. Bentley Music business development

manager, Lewis Hooper mentioned that

this new feature with the Spirio enables

pianists to perfectly replicate amazing

performances with unparalleled accuracy

and gracefulness.

They have also forged partnership with

Fairway International School to use

Steinway & Son’s piano as part of their

music curriculum.

Best Wishes

7 December 2018

WishBall 2018 event was a success

Make-A-Wish Malaysia recently hosted their annual WishBall on

the 7th of December at the Mandarin Oriental. The annual ball is

a fundraising dinner aimed to gather proceeds that will go into

granting wishes for the critically sick children. Y.A.M Tengku Datin

Paduka Setia Zatashah Ibni Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah, Royal

Patron of Make-A-Wish received a special gift from a wish child,

Insyirah who had her wish for a Braille machine granted recently.

The highlight of the evening was the auction portion of the night.

Various exclusive items were gathered with the help of event

partners and sponsors. Among these items, some items that managed

to create a bidding war among the guests were two Business Class

Etihad tickets, a holiday package in Abu Dhabi, jewellery, artwork

and hotel experiences in London as well as Thailand. Since its

inception in 2010, Make-A-Wish Malaysia has managed to grant

over 489 wishes.



Hugo Menswear Fall/ Winter

Collection comes to KL

Robinsons Kuala Lumpur welcomes Hugo

Menswear into their flagship store

Robinsons Kuala Lumpur launched Hugo

menswear’s latest Fall/Winter Collection at its

Kuala Lumpur Flagship store at Shoppes in Four

Seasons Place. The collection embodies the creative

personality of Hugo with its clean silhouettes

intertwined with sophisticated details such as

maritime pine and translucent acrylic panels.

Guests were immersed with the Hugo personality

due to the iconic furniture shapes that amicably

translated the Hugo spirit. The origami table set

at the entrance allowed customers to immediately

enjoy the new Hugo collection at the department

store. The essence of the brand was further

encapsulated through the matching vitrines and

decoration elements. Now, enthusiasts of the

Hugo fashion can rejoice in this specially curated

menswear brand that is available for the first time

in Robinsons Kuala Lumpur.

The Launch of


This latest app promises to bring beauty to

your fingertips

Makeover Malaysia is a brand new online platform

that is set to revolutionise the beauty scene in

Malaysia. It is an online beauty platform that offers a

wide range of services such as makeup, hairdressing,

facial treatments, manicure & pedicure, massage, ondemand

chef, pet grooming and plenty more at the

convenience of the user. Consumers will be able to

book services whenever and wherever they want.

They can also ensure a fully transparent pricing

mechanism as customers can browse through artist

portfolios, ratings and reviews.

The event was honoured by Tan Sri Datuk Chiam,

the Chairman of the Committee at Selangor Turf Club

with his wife, Puan Sri Louise Chiam. The event

concurrently launched the Dream Entrepreneurship

which will be implemented to students of beauty

academies. Applicants will receive funds of RM1000

if they pursue their entrepreneurship career with

Makeover after they graduate.



The Best of Both Worlds

23 November 2018 - 25 November 2018

Nashdale Lane is the perfect glamping paradise

Situated in Orange, in the Central West region of New South Wales, Nashdale Lane is a retreat.

It is surrounded by natural beauty that is just ready to be explored and enjoyed. As much as it is

a place to relax and embrace the great outdoors, this is also the place to enjoy some fine wine,

quality produce as well as a luxurious getaway. Due to the location of this place being situated

amidst a beautiful vineyard with the fully equipped rooms, glamourous-camping or glamping

at Nashdale Lane is the best of both worlds. Guests can enjoy a relaxing night under the stars

at their personal alfresco deck or adventurous mountain biking or even wine tasting in this

multifaceted escapade. Location: 125 Nashdale Lane, Nashdale, NSW 2800

Curiously Launched

5 September 2018

Curious Kitchen is finally here at

Tropicana Avenue

From Curious Grocer to private dining, the Curious

Group have just hosted ‘A Curious Launch Party’

on the 5th of September. This new restaurant is

cleverly named Curious Kitchen and is set to serve

amazing grade meats and high-quality food on the

2nd floor rooftop of Tropicana Avenue. The event

had a free flow of food and drinks to accompany

guests as well performances from invited guests

throughout the night.



Literary Magic

Books have a way to transport its readers to a different place, a different time

and even into a whole new person. There is a sense allurement to books, and

these five books are guaranteed to add a touch of magic to your lives.

Stroke Doctor

Turns Patient

by Dr. SP Rachagan

Sometimes the best stories are often

real stories. The stories that recount

the realities of an actual individual

in this world; the Stroke Doctor

Turns Patient is the real-life story

of its author, Dr SP Rachagan on

how stoke had changed his life.

This book personally shares his

venture in an abyss of despair as

well as an examination of himself,

before the stroke, during the period

of recovery and what became of

him, after.

The 5AM Club

by Robin Sharma

Written by one the best the best

leadership experts in the world,

The 5AM Club is said to be Robin

Sharma’s most human story,

highlighting on the combination

of spirituality and success in a

unique perspective of life as well

as business. This book reflects the

constant effort to iterate a better

version of ones-self. Readers

will get to learn the life-changing

methods that have helped so many

people accomplish results.


by Cecilia Ahern

From the author of PS I love you

and Love, Rosie; Cecilia Ahern

returns with a whole new concept

in her latest book, titled Roar. This

book is an exciting collection of 30

fictional narratives with 30 different

protagonists in an assemblage of

short stories. The book embraces

the different characters of women

in their journey to find their place

in the world at that particular point

in time.

Every Breath

by Nicholas Sparks

Following the story of Hope

Anderson, who is at a difficult

crossroad of her life including

her father’s ALS diagnosis and

her stagnant relationship with her

boyfriend. She decided to go to

North Carolina where her path

crosses with Tru Wells, who was

summoned there due to a letter from

a man proclaiming to be his father.

Their connection is undeniable,

yet family bounds and personal

happiness comes in the way.


When I Was A Kid 5

by Boey Chee Ming

Known simply as Boey, his previous four ‘When I Was A Kid’ books recounted moments from

his childhood in the 80s that were guided by some hilarious stick-figure style drawings of

himself and his family. This fifth book, however, describes a time in turmoil and tuberculosis,

where threatened by war, two very different lives are united by love. When I Was A Kid 5

tells the story of Boey’s parents in his typical hilarious, sentimental and personal way.

These books are available at MPH Bookstores throughout Malaysia.




Feast Your Eyes

Look out for these following movies that will be released this year

The Vanishing

10th of January

The Vanishing, directed by Kristoffer

Nyholm is a mystery/thriller starring

Peter Mullan, Gerard Butler and Ólafur

Darri Ólafsson. The film inspired by the

Flannen Isle mystery, recites the story

of an uninhabited island 20 miles from

the Scottish coast where three lighthouse

keepers arrive for the six-week shift. As a

routine is settled, they are soon bestowed by

something life changing- gold. The movie

follows with a tense battle for survival,

fed by isolation, paranoia and greed that

lead these three honest men down a path of



24th of January

Aziz M Osman returns to intertwine

comedy and adventure yet once again in his

latest movie XX Ray III. The movie tells

the story of Rayyman, a student majoring

in physics and Sam, a part-time engineering

student along with Lana, a secret worker at

an industrial firm at the Jordon borders that

are thrown together to save the Malaysian

government from a threat by Rosman,

a young tycoon who’s evil plan could

potentially destroy the entire solar system.

Starring Izzue Islam, Nonny Nadirah, Adam

John and Sazrin Kamaruddin, this film will

be coming to theatres near you soon.

Hell Boy

11th of April

This reboot is given a whole new look

with David Harbour taking on the Hell

Boy mantle. Based on the graphic novels

by Mike Mignola and directed by Neil

Marshall, this film explores the tale of

an individual who is caught between the

worlds of the supernatural and human.

Even while facing his personal demons,

Hell Boy has to battle an ancient sorceress

who is bent on revenge. This film also stars

Milla Jovovich and Ian McShane.


A Dogs Way Home

21st of February

Another heart-warming story from the man that brought A Dolphin’s Tale to

cinemas, Charles Martin Smith’s latest film is set to bring the same feelings

back with A Dogs Way Home. Based on the book by W. Bruce Cameron, the

film has a lot of well-known actors such as Ashley Judd, Bryce Dallas Howard

and Jonah Hauer-King. It narrates the adventure of Bella, a dog who embarks

on an epic 400 mile journey home after she is separated from her owner, Lucas

who is an aspiring medical student.




Escape Room

24th of January

This psychological thriller tells the tale

about six strangers that find themselves in

a circumstance that is beyond their control

in the form of several escape rooms. The

characters have to use their wits to find

clues or risk losing their lives. The film

is directed by Adam Robitel who is wellknown

for directing Insidious: The Last

Key. It stars Taylor Russell, Logan Miller,

Deborah Ann Woll, Jay Ellis, Tyler Labine,

Nik Dodani and Yorick van Wageningen.

Holmes and Watson

3rd of January

A decade in waiting, Will Farrell and

John C. Reilly finally reunite on the big

screen with this contemporary comedic

take on the popular characters created by

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Will plays the

brilliant, Sherlock Holmes and John is the

loyal Dr Watson. Director Etan Cohen, who

previously wrote box office hits like Men In

Black 3, Tropic Thunder and Madagascar:

Escape 2 Africa, brings this iconic comedic

duo to a whole new level with this new film.

The plot of the film follows this detective

team and their pursuit of finding the threat

at Buckingham Palace.

Cold Pursuit

21st of February

In true Liam Neeson fashion, Cold

Pursuit tells the tale of a father’s (played

by Neeson) search for the truth when his

son dies under mysterious circumstances.

His quest to understand this mysterious

circumstance soon becomes a quest for

revenge and he ignites a turf war between

Viking with his long-time rival White Bull.

From the director of The Beautiful Country,

Hans Petter Moland brings us this exciting

action thriller that is set to keep moviegoers

at the edge of their seat throughout

the entire film.



A Shaun the Sheep Movie

16th of May 2019

A sequel to the Shaun the Sheep Movie, this British stop-motion animated

sci-fi comedy film is set to return with more excitement than ever. Richard

Starzak, the co-director of the first film returns to direct this film along with

Richard Phelan and Will Bechar. The plot revolves around Shaun and the flock

as they encounter a cute alien that has bizarre powers. They must now find a

way to return the alien back home in order to prevent an alien invasion called

the Farmageddon.






In the city of angels, land is hard to come by and ‘ecofriendly’

is still an unfamiliar way term for construction.

One young developer is changing this, and his most recent

build paints a new ‘eco-friendly’ picture.

Words by Karsha Green

Images by Prime Five Homes



From Spanish-colonial architecture

to the rustic, Ranch style; the

minimal modern movement and

the globally famous Californian

bungalow, Los Angeles has seen its fair share

of market changes when it comes to residential

construction. However, whether it was because

of the unavailability of materials during World

War II or a strong demand for the Spanish,

stucco abode, the city of angels has neglected to

consider the environmental impact construction

and residential waste has on the environment;

until now.

Born and raised in Los Angeles, California,

Mayer Dahan has grown up driving the streets

that he now calls his workshop. With the desire

to positively impact the day-to-day lives of

people, Mayer founded Prime Five Homes; a

residential development firm that constructs

eco-conscious, luxury homes. With a design,

construction process and idea that had not

been seen before in the city, Mayer faced many

challenges along the way but the firms’ magnum

opus, 849 N. Curson, has now solidified its

place in LA architectural history.



From the street, Mayer’s designs are easy

identifiable. His signature eco-friendly,

contemporary style boasts striking angles,

textured materials and a multi-dimensional

façade. Stepping inside the front door, the

architectural statements continue as the vastness

of the space has your eyes darting from one

corner to another. With over 5000 square feet of

living space, one key aspect of Mayer’s designs

is his ability to effectively plan spaces in order

to make the most of natural light and air-flow, as

well as create a grand living environment.

The ground floor hosts the main living and

entertainment areas including kitchen, dining,

living room, dedicated home office, two-car

garage, and floor-to-ceiling, sliding glass doors

that retract into the walls to provide a seamless

indoor/outdoor lifestyle and direct access to

the private infinity pool. While the first floor

accommodates the home’s five bedrooms, the

luxury is not spared. Each room has beautifully

high ceilings, walk-in robes, ensuites and access

to an exterior space, continuing the integrated

living environment throughout the home.



“My job isn’t just about building

a business, it’s about building the

future of housing.”

Mayer Dahan,

Prime Five Homes





While awareness of space and use of

unique, complex architecture are part of

Mayer’s architectural code, use of the latest

advancements in technology is another piece

of his luxury, eco-conscious puzzle. Droughtresistant

landscaping and a custom-designed

water capture system ensure the home’s efficient

use of water supply, while solar panelling, LED

lighting, facilities for electric car charging, and

effective use of recycled materials keep the

home’s carbon footprint to a minimum. In all

his home’s, Mayer also installs fully-integrated

Creston Home Automation which allows control

of lighting, air-conditioning, home theatre and

all electricals at all times, from any location; as

well as tracking habits and managing the home’s

utility usage. These technological innovations

allow Mayer to create a sustainable and

efficient living space while also providing the

homeowners with the highest accommodations

and comfort.

While Mayer describes his role as not just

“building a business but building the future of

housing”, he also holds himself responsible

for giving back to the community that raised

him. In order to do this, Mayer founded The

Dream Builders Project in 2013. A non-profit

organisation with no direct ties to a particular

group or cause, The Dream Builders Project has

provided funds and services to social issues such

as homelessness, human trafficking, education,

music and art therapy, and those with severe

illness and disease. Prime Five Homes covers

100% of the charity’s administrative costs so

that all profits raised go directly to the cause.

With his sights set on expanding Prime Five

Homes into eco-friendly renovations for a

variety of socioeconomic budgets, and taking

The Dream Builders Project global, Mayer

Dahan is a name to remember.





Casa Words

Taller David Dana takes penthouse in Magdalena

to a whole new level of urban design.

by Karsha Green Images by Taller David Dana



Amidst the popular tourist attractions

and the high-rise buildings at the

South of Mexico City, in Colonio

del Valle is the Penthouse in

Magdalena, a creation from architects David

Dana, David Gutiérrez and Jacobo Miller of

Taller David Dana. The project took nearly a

year to complete, beginning from May 2017 to

June 2018. This penthouse was the outcome of

a rigorous design intended to incorporate nods

to Mexican culture whilst still portraying a

completely contemporary look.

Born and raised in Los Angeles, California,

Mayer Dahan has grown up driving the streets

that he now calls his workshop. With the desire

to positively impact the day-to-day lives of

people, Mayer founded Prime Five Homes; a

residential development firm that constructs

eco-conscious, luxury homes. With a design,

construction process and idea that had not

been seen before in the city, Mayer faced many

challenges along the way but the firms’ magnum

opus, 849 N. Curson, has now solidified its

place in LA architectural history.

From the street, Mayer’s designs are easy

identifiable. His signature eco-friendly,



contemporary style boasts striking angles,

textured materials and a multi-dimensional

façade. Stepping inside the front door, the

architectural statements continue as the vastness

of the space has your eyes darting from one

corner to another. With over 5000 square feet of

living space, one key aspect of Mayer’s designs

is his ability to effectively plan spaces in order

to make the most of natural light and air-flow,

as well as create a grand living environment.

The ground floor hosts the main living and

entertainment areas including kitchen, dining,

living room, dedicated home office, two-car

garage, and floor-to-ceiling, sliding glass doors

that retract into the walls to provide a seamless

indoor/outdoor lifestyle and direct access to

the private infinity pool. While the first floor

accommodates the home’s five bedrooms, the

luxury is not spared. Each room has beautifully

high ceilings, walk-in robes, ensuites and access

to an exterior space, continuing the integrated

living environment throughout the home.



“Our contribution to life relies in design &

research. It is the minor things that happen

in our daily routine that inspire us to push

forward. Life is all about the process...”

Taller David Dana

TALLER DAVID DANA arquitectura





While awareness of space and use of

unique, complex architecture are part of

Mayer’s architectural code, use of the latest

advancements in technology is another piece

of his luxury, eco-conscious puzzle. Droughtresistant

landscaping and a custom-designed

water capture system ensure the home’s efficient

use of water supply, while solar panelling, LED

lighting, facilities for electric car charging, and

effective use of recycled materials keep the

home’s carbon footprint to a minimum. In all

his home’s, Mayer also installs fully-integrated

Creston Home Automation which allows control

of lighting, air-conditioning, home theatre and

all electricals at all times, from any location; as

well as tracking habits and managing the home’s

utility usage. These technological innovations

allow Mayer to create a sustainable and

efficient living space while also providing the

homeowners with the highest accommodations

and comfort.

While Mayer describes his role as not just

“building a business but building the future of

housing”, he also holds himself responsible

for giving back to the community that raised

him. In order to do this, Mayer founded The

Dream Builders Project in 2013. A non-profit

organisation with no direct ties to a particular

group or cause, The Dream Builders Project has

provided funds and services to social issues such

as homelessness, human trafficking, education,

music and art therapy, and those with severe

illness and disease. Prime Five Homes covers

100% of the charity’s administrative costs so

that all profits raised go directly to the cause.

With his sights set on expanding Prime Five

Homes into eco-friendly renovations for a

variety of socioeconomic budgets, and taking

The Dream Builders Project global, Mayer

Dahan is a name to remember.



Eye on the East

Subtlety and elegance reign with a gorgeous

oriental twist in this collection of airy spaces.

Words by Reichen

Images by Metrics Global



Enter the home and you’re instantly

greeted by a cloud of glass leaves

floating above the dining table, reflected

in a mirror above the table that visually

doubles the space, as well as a trilogy of Chinese

ink paintings depict mountains shrouded in mist

and a collection of delicate blue-hued chairs. This

ethereal scene infused with sunlight sets the mood

for the rest of the home.

Classy oriental influences are unmistakable, yet

modernised. Walk further into the dining area into

the living room, and you’ll see a hand-painted

calligraphy artwork, hung above a suspended



gold chrome console. Replacing the typical

TV-and-stand combination, the arrangement is

artistic – inviting contemplation and thoughtful

conversations among dwellers and guests.

Several other dreamy paintings take the spotlight

in the bedrooms. Crafted with fluid brushstrokes,

they complement the aqua-coloured accents found

in the armchairs and a fan-shaped pendant light in

the master bedroom.



The master bedroom displays a calm and serious

character with dark cool grey drapes and gold

chrome frames for the artwork, while the second

bedroom exhibits more warmth with beige drapes,

and broad wooden frames illuminating both sides

of the painting.

A touch of outdoor ruggedness, an alluring

contrast with the refinement in the rest of the

home, is brought into the tea room through the

use of artificial clay roof tiles on the wall. Even

though the tiles only occupy a small area, their

textures, tribute to ancient traditions, and distinct

grey shades make it an intriguing feature wall.

Functionality is not forgotten too, as a sofa bed

gives the room dual use when guests stay over.





(IDEA) 2018









Prestigious. Award-winning. Quality.

Innovative. High capital appreciation.

Good return investments. These are just

some of the signatures of the property

projects undertaken by Tropicana Corporation

Berhad. The following pages showcase some

novel and stunning residential and commercial

developments as further testament to the

organisation’s flair in this industry. Tropicana

Corporation hopes to create a more compassionate

and supportive community, especially within its

circles of influence.

As a responsible developer, Tropicana Corporation

continues to deliver on its responsibility to give

back to society by supporting various charitable

causes and participating in celebrations and

community events.



iProperty Development

Excellence Awards (iDEA) 2018

15th of November 2018

For the second year running, the iProperty Development

Excellence Awards (iDEA) returned to recognise the

excellence in property developments and raise the spotlight

on the industry’s most accomplished. Held at the Majestic

Hotel, this year 14 coveted titles of distinction were awarded

to some of the most outstanding developments in 14 regarded


Tropicana Corporation proudly won the ‘Best Residential

Landed Development’ award for the Dalia Residences,

Tropicana Aman. This category recognises the property

that offers a quality lifestyle to home buyers in terms of

architectural design, facilities and neighbouring amenities.

Another category won is the ‘Best Sustainable Development’

which identifies the project with the most practical

sustainable features offered to home buyers in terms of

architectural design. This award was won by Tropicana

Gardens. Other categories where Tropicana Corporation was

finalists in were the ‘Best Residential Landed Development’

Category with the Ayera Residences & Tropicana Danga

Cove as well as the ‘Best Transit Oriented Development’

Category with the Tropicana Gardens development.

From left: Ms Ung Lay Ting, MD, Marketing & Sales/Business

Developement of Tropicana and Sean Liew, iProp GM.

From left: Mr Chai Keng Wai, CEO Agile Malaysia and Yang

Berusaha Sr Haji Mohd Khairudinbin Abd Halim, JPPH.



Let’s Grow an Edible Garden

Together Event

17 November 2018

The Let’s Grown an edible Garden Together event which

happened on the 17th of November ran successfully at

the Tropicana Gardens. Participants of this event were

enlightened to an immersive experience of growing their own

edible garden. Not only that, but they were also treated to

an exquisite buffet of food and drinks. Younger participants

also enjoyed some games and activities such as decorating

gingerbread men.



Tropicana Metropark

Global Art Workshop

28th of October 2018

A Global Art Workshop was held

at Tropicana Metropark Property

Gallery. 56 children participated in this

workshop that was held to celebrate art

and creativity in young minds.




Phantom From West End

Musical Concert

7th of November 2018

Tropicana Golf and Country Resort worked in collaboration

with Dama Asia to present a magical Evening of Phantom

from West End. The play featured British singer/actor Nigel

Richards in the lead role. There was also a special guest

appearance by Tan Soo Suan, the Dama Asia Vocal Director.

This musical concert was held at the Grand Ballroom at

the Tropicana Golf and Country Resort with ticket prices

starting at RM100.



Tan Sri Dato’ Tan Chee Sing accompanied by Tropicana management team.

Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Award

Gala Dinner Programme

16th of December 2018

The Malaysian Aids Foundation hosted another edition of their

signature fundraiser, now known as the Tun Dr Siti Hasmah

Award Gala Dinner after a six-year hiatus. The fundraiser was

renamed in honour of the wife of our current Prime Minister

of Malaysia, Tun Dr Mahathir bin Mohamad, on her consistent

efforts and compassion for the plight of the underprivileged.

The event was held at the Hilton, Kuala Lumpur on the 16th

of December 2018.

This year’s Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Award Gala Dinner saw the

elites of the corporate world join together to support this

event, unintentionally making this one of the most prestigious

networking events in Malaysia for the year. Tropicana

graciously sponsored RM50, 000 for a Diamond table which

was near the Berjaya Group. The Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Award

honours the outstanding contributions by organisations as well

as individuals towards conquering the goal of ending the AIDS

epidemic which is one of the health concerns in Malaysia.

Guests were entertained by Dayang Nurfaizah, Malaysia’s

Queen of the R&B music scene and a proud Red Ribbon

Celebrity Supporter of the Malaysian AIDS Foundation.



Fun Food Run

12th of November 2018

A new impact was made this year at Tropicana Golf &

Country Resort as it held the Fun Food Run. With prizes

ranging from RM200 to RM700, the run saw a plenty of

participants. Food lovers, casual runners and thrill seekers

attended the event. Apart from the main event which was the

8.5 KM run, there were also a variety of stalls that served

plenty of food.

People from all walks of life became the participants of the annual Fun Food Run which managed to gather not only athletic runners

but also food lovers and thrill seekers.




for the love of chocolate

Celebrate the Love of Chocolate with these

local delicacies

Inspired by the popular Japanese drama, the Beach Boys,

Eddie Lee and his wife Aileen Kaw had a dream to operate a

chocolate café by the beach for their retirement. Thus started

their journey with Love 18 Chocolates that begun in their 80

square feet room at their home. Their hand-painted bonbon

chocolates make the perfect gift for any occasion. Additionally,

Love 18 also offers personalised chocolates through their third

series, With Love Chocolates. Buyers are able to customise

a message with the chocolates for their loved ones, making

this an extra special and personal gift. Their chocolates can be

enjoyed personally or the love can be shared, which is always

the better option.

The Bigger Picture

Celebrate Chinese New Year with these

exclusive Ang-Pows

Sothys brought back their exclusive Chinese New Year Ang-

Pow collection yet once again. This year features a whole

new design that looks gorgeous on its own but even better

when arranged together. This year’s Ang-Pow packets are

engaging and worth the collection as they work as puzzle

pieces that form the beautiful bigger picture. Themed after

the seven brand promises of Sothys to their end customers

which are results, salon ambience, Sothy’s Girl, Service

from the heart, SkinScope, Accessibility and People, each

individual Ang-Pow is elegantly designed for the upcoming

Chinese New Year Celebrations.



CNY Collection

Spice up Chinese New Year with the

Solglimtar collection

There’s no better way to feel festive than to gear up for the festival

season with some like-minded decorations. These multipurpose

tin containers from Ikea’s Solglimtar Collection are perfect for

Chinese New Year as they can be used for personal use and

also double up to be the perfect Chinese New Year gift box.

These tin containers are designed with traditional elements yet

possess a completely modern aesthetic making them perfect to be

filled up with holiday goodies such as cookies and other treats.

Made especially for this festival season, this limited Solglimtar

collection also features Chinese New Year themed cushions,

tableware, chopsticks and other traditional style decorations.

Colourful Temptations

Technology that is sleek, modern and not monotonous

There’s no better time for a technological upgrade than the beginning

of the New Year. During this time, most of the latest technologies

have been released and this gives users vast options. Despite that,

a common theme with the latest phones is the repetitive monotone

or metallic tone colour palette. Oppo’s latest R17 Pro phone does

not only bring the edge with its latest technological upgrades but it

is also the perfect phone for someone with a colourful personality.

It’s F1.5/ F2.4 smart aperture cameras and OIS optical stabilization

allows for unbelievable night time photography. Apart from that,

the phone itself is visually gorgeous. The R17 Pro’s Radiant Mist

casing with fog lighting has deep blue and purple hues flowing

throughout, creating a dreamy, immersive aesthetic making it the

perfect gift for a special someone who appreciates a little colour

in their life.



A Hole in One

for Honma

Find the perfect swing with Honma Golf

Words by Reichen

Images by Honma Golf

Premium Japanese golfing brand, Honma

Golf has revolutionised Golf technology

with their all new TWorld747 range by

combining state-of-the-art technology with

cutting-edge design for the 2019 season. This new

TWorld747 Real Distance technology allows the face

and lie to be adjusted without rotating the spine of

the high-quality shaft. Moreover, this technology

is integrated into the Driver options. This along

with the precision irons help to redefine distance

expectations and thus, the way golf is played. These

next-generation Honma distance clubs feature two

new driver models, fairway woods, hybrids and two

iron models that will surely cater for any player who

wants to improve their game.

Driver Technology

The new TWorld747, 455 and 460 Driver models

are designed with Proprietary Adjustability Systems.

This gives golfers the chance to adjust the loft of the

club to create their desired shot shape without having

to rotate the spine of the shaft. This modification

significantly improves ball flight and distance.

The crown of the Driver is also made from an

extremely light ET40 carbon with ribbed grooving.

Honma’s new 4 Fang Technology behind the clubface

sets up four metal studs. This, in turn, increases

strength and energy along the face which will help

deliver faster ball speeds at greater distances.

Out of the two models for the Driver, the 455 is the

smaller option. It uses a weight system that maximises

MOI to generate higher ball speeds. The 460 model

is different in that it uses interchangeable weights to

create the desired shot shape.

Fairway Woods & Utility

The TWorld747 Fairway wood is specifically designed

for golfers to have a high trajectory with maximum

distance. The 9g outer weight balanced with the

inner 20g of weight ensures a low and deep centre

of gravity. This, in turn, allows golfers to launch the

ball high into the air without disrupting the distance.

Just like the Driver, the crown of this model is crafted

from the ET40 carbon crown. The fairway wood is

available as a 3W (15º), 3HL (16.5º), 5W (18º) and

a 7W (21º).







Designed with a stable head shape, the TWorld747

utility with a well-balanced outline provides a highlaunch

trajectory and a moderate spin rate. It is perfect

for consistent shots from both the fairway and the rough.

Two New Irons

Made from high-strength stainless steel, the TWorld747-P

game improvement irons provide confidence to the user.

The 20g tungsten weight on the sole of the club provides

a strong loft and a high ball speed that enables ideal

trajectory as well as distance. The TWorld747Vx Forged

irons have a 10g tungsten weight located in the toe of

the club head. Not only that, the neck of the club is 3mm

shorter than the previous models. This lower and deeper

centre of gravity creates a further distance with a more

precise trajectory.

Precision Spine Alignment

Technology P-SAT

Honma Golf’s attention to spine alignment in their clubs

is what makes them special. The spine alignment of

the club is set to six o’clock to improve the uniformity

throughout the club set as well as to enhance product

integrity. The TWorld747 clubs were designed based

on the specific study of the spine. This creates a tighter

dispersion for more forgiveness and consistency.



The Right Swing

Sergio Dias’s tips on the right golf posture

Words by Swathe

Images by MST Golf

Golf is a sport that requires a

lot of discipline, focus and

strategy. However, one of

the most important element

of Golf that is often least considered is

posture. The right posture is so valuable to

a good Golf game. Without proper posture,

players will suffer lower back pain,

sway in the swing, limited hip rotation,

inconsistent strikes and early extension.

One of the common tips that people are

given when it comes to an issue like this

is to stick their backside out or place a

club on their back when bent over with

an extremely straight back. This creates

an overly extended lumbar position that

restricts hip rotation and puts over-reliance

on the spine. This will likely cause a loss

of angels or a dreaded hosel rocket.

Sergio Dias, Head Professional at MST Golf

PJ recommends setting a club up against

the wall with feet placed a couple of inches

from the wall. After that, maintain a neutral

pelvis and soften the legs. Next, start to

roll from the mid thoracic spine. Slouch a

little. This position is more balanced with

the armpits, kneecaps and balls of the feet

all aligned as well as keeping the pressure

on the balls of the feet. When the core is

positioned like this, it can properly transfer

force to create more distance and strike

consistency. It allows for better rotation,

increased speed, better low point and face

control. It also creates the ability to rotate

the hips better which will eliminate sway

and prevent injury.

Sergio Dias

Head Professional @ MST Golf PJ

PGA Golf Professional

Certified Level 2 swing catalyst






Rimowa unveils their latest

designs for their luggage lines

Words by Swathe

Images by Rimowa

Celebrating their 120th anniversary,

Rimowa has announced their most

important evolution in regards to

the brand’s design made since the

1950s when they first released their signature

aluminium grooves. The new changes include

a series of core feature advancements such as

upgraded wheels, handles and interiors on top

of the early 2018 change of visual identity. This

newly released line of luggage was designed

for the contemporary traveller as the ranges of

products cater to the most essential sizes. All

three collections include four cabin sized bags,

two check-in sized bags and two trunk sized bags.

The Original Collection comes with the iconic

high-quality aluminium case that was designed

and engineered in Germany. The Classic

Collection explores heritage with its design

being a mix of traditional touches with modern

aspects. The Essential Collection consists of

three lightweight polycarbonate cases. The

first in the line is Rimowa Essential, a classic

rendition that is not only durable but also

lightweight. Next, the Essential Lite is Rimowa’s

lightest suitcase weighing 30% less than the

Essential. The Essential Sleeve is the brand’s

business range that comes with a frontal pocket

in the case for effortless accessibility. Lastly, the

Hybrid Collection intertwines Rimowa’s special

aluminium-magnesium alloy with the lightweight

quality of the polycarbonate.



Deep Blue


A timepiece engineered for

those who dare to dream

Words by Swathe

Images by Panerai

Guillaume Néry’s deep dives

have broken free-diving world

records at the constant weight

category and not forgetting, the

man himself has been acclaimed as world

champion twice. It is no wonder; Panerai

would choose a man of such athletic abilities

and strength as inspiration for their new

creation of mechanical engineering- The

Panerai Submersible Chrono, Guillaume

Néry edition. This watch is charming with

its titanium case that is integrated amicably

with the blue ceramic disc that is applied

to the bezel, the blue hands and the blue

rubber strap.

The watch combines technical performance

with its powerful, sporty appearance. More

essentially, this is a professional diver’s

watch with its ability to be water resistant

to a depth of 300 metres. It is also fitted

with a unidirectional rotating bezel that

accurately displays the duration of the

dive. The dial can also be legible under all

lighting conditions and even in complete

darkness due to the luminous white

markers that stand out against the shark

grey textured background. The watch is

fitted with a P.9100 automatic calibre with

a power reserve of three days. Perhaps the

most special part of the watch is the back

where Guillaume Néry’s signature and his

last dive record of 126 metres, which he did

in a single breath, is stylishly engraved. The

Panerai Submersible Chrono, Guillaume

Néry edition is the perfect combination of

performance, strength and reliability.



The new Cape Cod

Chaîne d’ancre

A rendition to the classic Hermès timepiece

Words by Swathe Images by Hermès

Hermès creates objects and to them, time is also an

object. However, rather than seeking to command

it, they try to explore it. They take their designs to

another level through spontaneity and recreation

whilst still keeping the traditional touches. The original Cape

Cod watch had a ‘square in rectangle’ design sketched by Henri

d’Origny in 1991. In 1998, it adopted the double strap and in

2016, dials in were made in stone, lacquer and colourful leather

variations were created.

This year, the Cape Cod watch is completely reinvented by

reinterpreting the anchor-chain link that was originally imaged

by Robert Dumas in 1938. The dial motif intertwines black

spinels with aventurine or diamond and white mother-of-pearl.

The modern font with the offset logo is complemented by slim

hands and a gem-set rectangular bezel. Not forgetting the optional

double or single tour alligator strap that adds elegance to the


The watch has a black lacquered dial and anchor chains set with

71 black spinels. It is adorned with a champlevé aventurine décor.

The anchor chain set has 71 diamonds and a champlevé motherof-pearl

décor. The diamond clarity is a top Wesselton V.V.S ‘rare

white’ to ‘rare white+’ and the crystal is a glare-proofed sapphire.

The timepiece has a three bar water resistance ensuring some

form of protection.



Moritz Grossmann’s

Time to


24 one-off timepieces from Moritz

Grossmann were released advent

calendar style

Words by Swathe

Images by Moritz Grossmann

Celebrations galore for Moritz Grossmann as the

company not only celebrate the Christmas holidays

but also their tenth anniversary. To celebrate the

double occasion, they released 24 one-off timepieces

that were cleverly revealed through an interactive online advent

calendar. These pieces were sold on the global leading auction

site, Christie’s. Here are the six of the final pieces from the


ATUM Pure Skull Extreme

This watch has the Pure Classic finish calibre 201.1 with

impressive mechanics. The subtlety in the design language of

this watch with the handcrafted burnished skull is the epitome

of elegance along with the handmade stainless steel hands which

also filled with a brown HyCeram filling that is flat polished to

match the skull.

BENU Tourbillon Brown

Similar to the Tourbillon Green, this instead, has a dark

brown dial that blends seamlessly with the strap. The

watch is enhanced with a calibre 103.0 movement. At the

six o’clock mark, a tourbillon aperture is placed on the

time span between 25 to 35 minutes. At this segment, an

extension of the minute hand sweeps a scale opposite that

allows the time to be read accurately.



BENU 37 Butterfly

Designed by Harriet Oberlaender, this timepiece reflects her sense

of freedom by incorporating a key element in her design- the

butterfly. The white dial is made from grand feu enamel which

becomes the background for the colourful butterfly motifs. The

frame is a 750/000 rose gold case with a slimline 37 mm diameter.

The sapphire crystal glass on the back intricately features the

artist’s signature.

ATUM High Art Christmas

The perfect homage to Christmas, the red in this timepiece is

completely symbolic. The elegance of the case in 750/000 rose

gold only adds a tasteful tier to this timepiece. The handcrafted

lance-shaped hands are given their unique three-dimensional shape

by manual chamfering. This watch also has the Grossman manual

winding mechanism with a pusher that just ensures comfortability

and implements an amicable pointer setting mechanism.

BENU Tourbillon Green

The watch with its calibre 103.0 movement features Grossmann’s

three-minute tourbillon which is designed by Alfred Helwig, the

flying tourbillon cage with V-shaped balance bridge, the second

stop with hairbrush and the duplicate minute display indicated by

an extension of the minute hand.

TEENUT Sleeping

Beauty Gold

Inspired by the moon and designed by Michael Kooh, this calibre

102.0 watch’s black Roman numerals attune with the asymmetrical

guilloche pattern. A radiant guilloche in rosé mother-of-pearl surrounds

the golden, finely drawn moon. The spring bars float freely and are

decorated with red gemstone Cabochons. |



Going with the Flow

The latest H4 watch from HYT is more enlightened, energised and polarised

Words by Swathe Images by HYT Watches

HYT watches is one of the sleeker options when wanting to

purchase a high-end watch that is completely unique and

different from other timepieces. For one, HYT watches

use a hydro-mechanical system that fills capillaries with

fluid instead of the typical spinning hands. The all new H4 timepiece

is still loyal to HYT’s common theme of exhibiting the power of the

past and future in a more relevant present theme. This watch adds on

a new dimension to the series by combining two potentially polemic

opposite energies which are light and liquid. Additionally, it also

explores miniaturization and component curvature that enables the inhouse

development of a micro-generator. This sources light from two

LEDs without the support of electronics and even, batteries.

Technical specifications


• Green fluidic hours, minutes, seconds,

65 hour power reserve


• Titanium, Black DLC coating, micro-blasted and

satin finished.

• Domed Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating

• Water-resistant to 50 metres


• Rhodium-plated and sand-blasted hours flange with

white numerals

• Transparent composite dials loaded with fluorescent

nanoparticles, green, blue and red indexes and numerals

• Yellow minute hand, white Super-LumiNova®


• Black technical fabric with grey top-stitching,

titanium folding buckle, black DLC coating



A Time Piece

like Lady Serenade

Glashütte Original presents a one of a

kind watch perfect for ladies

Words by Swathe

Images by Glashütte Original

Lady Serenade is set to take centre

stage in its limited release in January.

This watch is made by highly precise

German watchmaking connoisseurs,

Glashütte Original. The special watch encounters

sparkling jewels and has striking red accents. The

irresistible character of this watch makes it special

and limited edition, with only 50 pieces available

worldwide for purchase. The beauty of the Lady

Serenade lies in the grand total of 52 radiant

rubies, one for every week in the year that frames

the bezel of its 36-mm stainless steel case. This

is complemented by a sparkling ruby cabochon set

atop the refined structure of the crown.

The deep, rich red colour provides the perfect

contrast to the natural white mother-of-pearl dial.

Pulling together the entire design of the watch

including the white gold hour, minute and seconds

hand is the cherry-red Louisiana alligator leather

strap. The 39-22 movement with its 40-hour power

reserve ensures that this isn’t just a gorgeous timepiece,

but one that is powerful as well. It also is

fitted with a second-stop mechanism which helps

setting time a more precise and simple method.

This limited edition watch is available from January

onwards at all Glashütte Original boutiques around

the world and from selected authorised retailers.



Evoke Sunshine with


The latest Spring/Summer 2019 Collection

promises to continue the brand’s mission to

make women look and feel brilliant

Words by Swathe

Images by Swarovski

Anticipating a bright 2019, Swarovski’s

latest Spring/Summer 2019 Collection

is themed around sunshine and is

heavily inspired by the Mediterranean.

This collection consists of four programmes;

Spring, Mother’s day, Valentine’s Day and Summer.

Conveying a vacation mood, the collection playfully

layers radiance and sparkle akin to Swarovski’s 120-

year old history.

This is a versatile collection with bold, uplifting

and feminine jewellery that is perfect for the

multifaceted modern woman. It incorporates new

trends and exquisite techniques with a vibrant, sunny

palette of delectable shades such as strawberry red,

candy pink, mint green, golden yellow as well as

intense blue. Made to infuse the New Year with

style, Swarovski’s latest collection of jewellery

and accessories are a promise to welcome the new

season with feel-good vibes, joy and confidence for





The Origins set is a compilation of jewellery and

accessories that perfectly channels a bustling

Moroccan market with the interest to detail of

intricate amulets in warm golden tones.

Mother’s Day

This programme was created to make moms look

and feel like the sunshine they are in their families.

The sweet, delicate and feminine style in the Oxygen

set adds an understated sparkle to every day looks.

Valentine’s Day

This set emanates a modern romance with its bright

new take on symbols that are usually inspired by

love and the idyllic destinations of Formentera,

Capri, Portofino and Stromboli.


Swarovski introduces the flavour of Summer with

this retro-inspired resort fashion that has hints of

Italian Dolce Vita and Rivera style. The No Regrets

set is a fun depiction of ice cream and fruit in a

bright Swarovski Pointiage.

Swarovski Remix Collection

The versatile nature of this collection offers women

an ostensibly endless way to express themselves by

layering styles.



A Gold Note of Hope

Poh Kong’s letter of patriotism

Words by Swathe

Images by Poh Kong Malaysia

Poh Kong has created lovely pieces of jewellery as a way to celebrate every

occasion and person imaginable, over their 42 years of being in business.

This year was a special year for all Malaysians with Yang Amat Berhormat,

Tun Dr Mahathir bin Mohamad returning to Cabinet. To celebrate and

honour the incredible fighting spirit of Malaysia’s longest serving Prime Minister;

Poh Kong unveiled the Gold Note of Hope in his presence on the 8th of November at

Yayasan Kepimpinan Perdana.

Enlisted to be a special local collector’s item, the Gold Note of Hope is a 999.9

fine gold (0.1g) token of inspiration and hope that has an autographed portrait of

our Prime Minister along with other national symbols such as the Jalur Gemilang

and Bunga Raya. This piece is priced at RM160 whereby for every purchase, RM30

will be donated to Tabung Harapan with Poh Kong committing to contribute at least

RM1 million by the end of the year. The Gold Note of Hope comes with a certificate

that has a serial number customised according to the birthdate of the purchaser. It is

available at all Poh Kong retail outlets including Poh Kong Gallery, Diamond & Gold

by Poh Kong, Diamond Boutique, Gold Boutique, Oro Bianco and online at Shopee.




A Versace


These celebrities were spotted

in their Versace best

Words by Swathe

Images by Versace

It is always a double take moment when adorned in

Versace. Be it for their eclectic match of patterns or

their bold boundary-pushing silhouettes, wearing the

Italian fashion label makes anyone feel empowered and

look magnificent. With recent persuasion of their vintage redesigned

clothing, more celebrities are choosing to take part

in the Versace movement. Some of the celebrities spotted

in Versace in the recent months are Winnie Harlow, Naomi

Campbell and Versace adherent, Elizabeth Hurley.

Elizabeth Hurley wore a strapless rose gold lamè Atelier Versace

gown that had a delicate draping around the waist which was

emphasised by gold beading and brushed tulle for The Band Charity

Gala Performance in aid of the Elton John AIDS Foundation.

Winnie Harlow chose to wear a vibrant and colourful Versace

look from the woman’s wear capsule of the 2019 spring/summer

menswear collection for the Miami Art Basel 2018.

Supermodel Naomi Campbell wore the elegant one-shoulder Atelier

Versace turquoise silk chiffon draped grown to The (RED) Auction.




A Versace

State of


New York welcomes

Versace’s Pre Fall Runway

for the first time

Words by Swathe

Images by Versace

Donatella Versace has honoured

her brother, Gianni Versace yet

once again on his 72nd birthday

anniversary with a pre-fall fashion

show in New York, a first for the Italian fashion

powerhouse. The collection consists of several

iconic comebacks that have been given a New

York style revival. It perfectly encapsulates

the grit of the city with the essence of Milan

by revisiting the designs and patterns made

popular by Gianni Versace during his time. This

collection embodies freedom and empowerment

as Versace always has.

Iconic Pin Down

The emblematic Medusa Safety Pin is brought

back in a new and contemporary way. More

famously known as the ‘THAT dress’ when it was

worn by Elizabeth Hurley, the Safety Pin dress

essentially introduced the rock n’ roll approach

to the typical red carpet attire. The new outfits

are made by a pin-clip fusion that has details of

gold accents with the iconic Medusa head. This

conceals yet reveals fabric together by ruching

them to create a contemporary silhouette that

define a Versace look.

Stars, Stripes and


The perfect way to pay tribute to classic Versace

and its Italian roots is through this celebration of

prints. Designs intrinsic to the house are cleverly

mixed with some bold combinations such as zebra

stripes with stars intertwined with gold. Another

homage is the ‘Voyage Barocco’ print which is a

melting pot of colour palettes brought together

with Versace’s most quintessential motif, the

Greek Key and Barocco.



Colour That Never


All about new combinations, the pieces are

inspired by the contrast between Autumnal

earthy colours, bright hues and vibrancy of

the city. The acid pops of colour fall perfectly

to Versace’s heritage to create combinations

on animalier graphics.

Heart on Their Sleeve

A tribute to Gianni Versace, the ‘Love

Versace’ heart print is heavily inspired by

Jim Dine’s designs for Gianni’s New York

townhouse. The colourful hearts are printed

on a silk chiffon creation that embodies one

of Versace’s most iconic silhouettes. This

naval length low cut front with the long

sleeves style was once made famous by

Jennifer Lopez.





Indulge in playful textures this New Year

for a youthful yet sophisticated look the

next time you’re at Village Grocer

Food is definitely as

old as humanity itself,

but like fashion, it has

to continuously be

modern and fresh.

Photographer: C.Y Wong

Stylist: ZunKong

Model: Karina M

Location: Village Grocer, Tropicana Avenue



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Metallic long sleeved blouse from


Pink pants from




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Pink pants from




“ You can have

anything you

want in life, if

you dress for it.”

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Pants from






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One Shoulder piece from




Strappy top from


Double toned pants from




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glasses of wine

should never be




Culture in


Melinda Looi’s stunning creations have a special

traditional element: Chinese Folk Art

Words by Swathe

Images by Melinda Looi

Melinda Looi brings in the extra in extravagance

with her two latest collections which she cleverly

celebrated during her annual 4th Melinda Looi

Fashion Suites, a VVIP appreciation event for her

loyal customers. The Cruise 2018/2019 collection is aimed for the

upcoming festive season of Christmas and Chinese New Year. This

exquisite collection is heavily inspired by Chinese Folk Art and

playfully encapsulates traditional essences with the additions of

bright, bold colours in the form of organic shapes.



Some of the traditional visual elements of Chinese Folk

Art such as nature and man are incorporated into the

outfits that are made with fabrics such as lace, batik

and jacquard. In true Melinda Looi fashion, her latest

designs are interchangeable and can be worn in more

than one way. For an example, the Cruise collection

includes reversible jackets, jackets that transform into

dresses and even her signature removable Mandarin

collars. This collection features 164 styles including

traditional cheongsams, day and evening dresses,

jackets as wells as a variety of tops; each piece is

limited edition.

Fashion enthusiast can enjoy the umbrella prints that

represent the Penang hawker scene, prints glorifying

Melinda Looi’s signature curly hair and fun traditional

opera face prints. She even subtly includes animal

references in this collection. Her capsule shirt

collection comprised of cotton creations includes

prints that were created by her own children and

consists of Melinda Looi’s signature quirky details in

asymmetrical silhouettes. Both of these collections are

now available at the Melinda Looi Bangsar showroom

and via Instagram. | @MelindaLooiRTW on Instagram



Jung Jae Won at the Jimmy Choo Diamond Sneaker

Launch Party

Star-studded with

Diamonds and

Jimmy Choo

Jimmy Choo releases Diamond sneakers

perfect for fashion enthusiasts

Words by Swathe

Images by Jimmy Choo

Ha Ji Won at the Jimmy Choo Diamond Sneaker

Launch Party

Fresh from the Cruise 2019 collection, the Diamond sneaker comes

as a women’s and men’s trainer that dives into the possibilities

of luxury sneakers by exploring traditional shoe construction.

What came from it is a next-generation oversized sneaker that is

inspired by the refined silhouette of a vintage racing shoe superimposed

into a diamond –soled footprint. This perfect blend of vintage design and

modernisation becomes the Diamond sneaker in different styles. The Hero

style is embellished in Swarovski® crystals whilst additional styles feature

tonal leather. The palette for the women’s version is white and silver whilst

the men’s features amber, black as well as navy contrasted with white

including a limited edition sterling silver plated python.

Sandra Choi & Irene Kim at the Jimmy Choo

Diamond Sneaker Launch Party



The Gucci Look

Song Zuer, Tang Xiaotian and He Sui

spotted in Gucci Cruise 2019 outfits

Words by Swathe

Images by LIU Jian’an, TANG Xiaotian Studio, HE Sui studio

Gucci, known for their eccentric

style and eclectic fashion, has

been known to be a celebrity cult

favourite for many years. Under

the creative direction of Alessandro Michele,

the iconic Italian fashion house seems to

be appealing to a lot more celebrities and

trendsetters these days. The label’s one of

kind pieces is much more different compared

to other brands out there, making it hardly a

surprise that these celebrities have chosen to

sport the Gucci look.

Song Zuer was adorned in the Gucci Cruise

2019 look while out in Beijing, China.

She wore the 65 ivory, pin and light blue

oversized checked tweed bomber jacket that

had a contrasting trim detail.

The puffed sleeves and feline head metal

buttons add some detail to the jacket which

was paired with a denim dress shirt that has

a crystal trim and Three Little Pigs patch ©

Disney. Not only that, the look is finished with

an ivory ostrich Arli medium shoulder bag

with gold-toned Double G metal hardware.

Another celebrity, Tang Xiaotian was wearing

the multicolour floral jacquard crewneck

sweater with beaded embroidery, piglet patch

detailing and black contrast rib trim from

the Gucci Cruise 2019 collection. This outfit

was paired with the black leather Arli small

shoulder bag that has the signature gold-toned

Double G metal hardware.

He Sui wore the 99 beige and brown GG wool

canvas, one button peak lapel jacket with

brown floral jacquard trim details whilst out

in Beijing, China. This was paired with a blue

marble washed 80s fit denim pants that had

embroidered motif appliqués. The look was

topped off with a burgundy leather Arli large

top handle bag with the iconic gold-toned

Double G metal hardware.



The Curious Case of

Andrew Lai

Andrew Lai of Curious Kitchen tells us the

secret to good food -good ingredients.

Words by Swathe

Images by Brian & M8 Studio

As Malaysians, if

there was only one

thing we had in

common, it would

be our longing for good food.

It probably doesn’t help that

Malaysia has round-the-clock

food stalls at every corner.

However, what separates Curious

Kitchen from the abundance of

food outlets is their serving of

quality premium ingredients

in their dishes and what differentiates Andrew

Lai from other restaurant owners is his passion

towards ensuring only quality food is served at his

eatery. Born, raised and living in Petaling Jaya,

Andrew wasn’t always in the business of food.

“I used to own an events agency called The Big

Red Button. I actually had been doing events for

over 20 years, since I was 17 years old. Those

were the days when there were really largescale

events, like for an example, the Salem

celebrations with 60 thousand people. Then I went

on to join Naga DDB. After that, I was a partner

with another agency for a while.” he explained.

The jump in career was something he never

dwelled on, “If you never try, you never know.

The thing about it is that, after organising so

many events in my career, I think it was time

to settle down and build a brand. And that’s

what we’re doing in Curious

Kitchen.” he said. Despite

that, Andrew was never really

a fan of food until he started

travelling. “I was a picky eater

but the thing about it is that food

has always just been a necessity.

We have to do it every day. I’ve

tried food from different parts

of the world, and they use good

ingredients. Here, I think we’ve

reached the point where we need

to do the same. And that really was what drove

me to go into the food business.” He mentioned.

The Curious Group, headed by Andrew started

just with Curious Grocer, an online platform

where customers can purchase high-quality meats

such as Ibérico ham at reasonable prices. As they

progressed along, they started hosting private

dining events to educate their customers on the

goods sold and how to enjoy them. The rise of

these private dining gatherings eventually turned

into the Curious Kitchen that is loved today.

“It was a natural evolution. We started doing

wholesale and then we did a lot of research and

development, thinking about how well we can

present our goods and products. From then on

we did small gatherings showcasing our food

because when people came by and tried our food,

they enjoyed it so much that they kept asking





other friends to come. So we kind of formalised

it to become a private dining experience. That

was where I met some of my other partners –our

current partners. We said; why don’t we open

a place at Tropicana Avenue. It was one of the

locations we wanted because of the fantastic

rooftop.” Andrew beamed proudly.

Curious Kitchen kindles curiosity from the very

beginning with their unique eating concept. The

restaurant is divided into three different sections,

the air-conditioned space, alfresco bar and dining

area with an open kitchen concept. This was

purposely planned to cater to a wider audience.

Families can have dinner with their children in

the air-conditioned portion lot or those starting an

exciting night out can enjoy the bar.

“There’s so much to be curious about. I think

food is ever evolving. I think food and curiosity

are very good friends. Similarly, that’s how we

lead our lives every day, we’re curious about food

every day. We always create something new. We

always try to find out what the best ingredient

is and what the best way to cook it is. Even for

us, we never ever stick to a certain style. It’s not

like we are a Japanese restaurant or a Chinese

restaurant. Sometimes the way we do our food

has got Chinese influence, Japanese influence,

Spanish influence. You’ve got to be curious.”

Andrew further explained.

“There’s so much to be

curious about.

I think food is ever


I think food and curiosity

are very good friends.”

However, one thing that interlinks the Curious

Group is their special attention towards Ibérico

meat. Ibérico meat hails from Spain and is one of

their most talked about food items. The exquisite

taste of the meat is credited to their special diet

of acorns. “The first time tasting Ibérico, it was

amazing. I’ve never had such good pork before

and it struck to me, we need to do this here, we

need to this right.”

Curious Kitchen’s way of explaining Ibérico

meats to their customers is like a story. They’ve

curated a dining experience that perfectly

showcases the premium meat. In a way, the

private dining experience is still being adapted to

this restaurant.







“Now, there are a lot of things that people still

don’t understand about Ibérico. We talk about

beef, people know that. But people don’t know

that actually, Ibérico has its different grades. We

use one of the highest available from Spain in our

kitchen. Let’s put it this way, you are what you

eat. For them, because they have a good life, they

eat good food. And at the end of the day, that’s

where you get the fats of the Ibérico, which is the

most prized possession because it tastes so good.”

Andrew explained.

His favourite dish in the menu is the Ibérico Top

Loin. The top loin accounts for 500g of the 200

kg pig, hence its speciality. “Super tender, all we

do is put salt and pepper, that’s it. We charcoal

grill and smoke it to infuse flavour. And then,

when we actually eat it, we think how can pork be

so soft,” he said with a smile. He recommended


you have


meat, that

is the basis

of good


having a glass of Catena Zapata Malbec or

Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) Legende

Medoc with it.

For Andrew, he only aspires to share his

philosophy of good ingredients ensuring good

food with his customers, “When you have

good meat, that is the basis of good food,” he

emphasised. Curious Kitchen is his way of

showcasing this passion.

As for his future endeavours, “I want to build

a Curious community over here in Tropicana. I

wish to have more events being done here. And I

want the events to be more and more interactive.

Change is what gives us life, we can’t be static.

We want to do more things. I think this is the way

to go and it needs to go organically but it needs to

start with food first.” he said.



Colours of


Discover a fantastic new experience

with the Ritz Carlton Bali

Words by Swathe

Images by Ritz Carlton Bali

The Ritz-Carlton Bali is letting the colours of Bali

shine through with their latest Sarong Concierge

program that promises to pay the perfect homage to

the destination’s cultural effervescence by curating an

authentic and immersive Balinese experience for their guests.

Renown for the scenic views of the Indian Ocean due to the

stunning beachfront combined with the clifftop setting, the Ritz

Carlton Bali is a well sought out experience that most travellers

plan their holiday around when visiting Bali.







The Sarong Concierge Program is led by Tresna Dewi who is well versed in the realm of textiles in Balinese

culture. She will showcase four kinds of fabrics typically used as sarongs in Bali. Guests will gain knowledge

of the distinct characteristics of each sarong. They will then be shown behind the scenes production process

of ‘Endek’ the capital’s official cloth, in an artisan workshop in the Gianyar regency which is a well-known

place for its arts and crafts. The Balinese sarongs are exquisite with a vast range of colours and patterns

used to make them. The pinnacle of the concierge program is when Tresna herself, will demonstrate the

proper etiquettes of wearing a Balinese sarong before guiding guests on a visit to a nearby Balinese Hindu

Temple. Through this program, guests of the Ritz Carlton Bali will have a thorough holiday, enjoying the

relaxing vibe of Bali whilst becoming culturally affluent with Balinese heritage.



Hidden in



Six senses zil pasyon, winner of a 2018 prix versailles

award, goes for a stealthy design approach to disguise

itself within its destination’s topography.

Words by Zoey Moo

Images by Six Senses Zil Pasyon



Massive granite boulders hug the

curves of the Félicité Island in

Seychelles, descending to meet

the sea, separated by a fringe

of white sand. Since 2017, an attractive new

collection of structures has joined the lush

vegetation, rare orchids and black boulders of

the island – the 30-villa Six Senses Zil Pasyon

resort, which was recently awarded the 2018

Prix Versailles for Hotel Exteriors.

The Prix Versailles recognises gorgeous

architecture, as well as design that successfully

reinterprets the elegance of the Versailles city.

Designed by Studio RHE (Richard Hywel

Evans), the architecture of Six Senses Zil

Pasyon is combined with sustainable processes

and technologies to maintain a symbiotic

relationship with nature.

Rather than trying to tame nature, the buildings

celebrate and immerse guests into nature’s

magnificence. Residences, perched high up





on the island’s rocks, are built with modern

geometric granite-clad forms that contrast with

the soft forms of the weathered boulders. The

resort’s pool villas on the other hand have balau

timber frames and shingled roofs that draw

influences from indigenous Creole architecture.

Not only in each residence and villa but the

entire resort, interiors are closely connected

with the outdoors: a swing in the bathrooms

facing large bow windows, vaulted rooms with

sliding doors that open fully to reveal terraces

overlooking awe-inspiring vistas of the blue

sea and a spa situated among fascinating rock

formations by the sea, for instance.

As a result of the sensitive architectural

approach by Studio RHE, Six Senses Zil

Pasyon resembles a village that has evolved

naturally from the landscape, yet offers guests

a cosmopolitan world with a myriad of dining

options and activities.

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The Magic of

Argan Oil

Embrace the power of Argan with these latest products

Words by Swathe

Images by Melvita & Freepik

Argan oil has been a part of

beauty routines all over

the world for a long time.

However, when it comes

to this miracle oil, most people quickly

think of shiny, healthy hair. They are

not wrong but this oil does also strongly

benefit the skin as well. Argan oil is

packed with omega fatty acids, vitamin

E and linoleic acids which help to

moisturise skin, reduce acne and soften

dry patches.

Melvita’s latest skincare range

extensively utilises the power of

Argan oils. The Melvita Organic Argan

Concentrate Pure skincare range has

the highest concentration of Argan oil

that renews, refreshes and replenishes

the skin. Finding the perfect serum can

often be tedious as there are so many

products with all kinds of ingredients.

The Youthful Oil-Serum by Melvita

has a light oil texture that is enriched

with naturally derived amino acids.

These purposeful elements of the serum

help firm and nourish the skin. The

Youthful Cream-Oil, on the other hand,

is enriched with argan pulp and oat

extract that have resulted showing skintightening

properties that smoothen

wrinkles and firms up the skin.



In Your


Indulge in self-care with L’Occitane

Words by Swathe

Images by L’Occitane & Freepik

Over the years, L’Occitane has been

prioritising its expertise in handcare.

Shea Butter, also known as

women’s gold, has always been

L’Occitane’s most favourable product among

the masses. With the start of the New Year,

L’Occitane is launching their brand new, limited

edition oil that has an elegant rose scent. This oil

is perfect for strengthening nails and providing

some extra shine.

This limited edition oil can be easily incorporated

into L’Occitane’s simple as well as effective

three-step hand-care routine. This tested and

approved routine will not only ensure soft and

smooth hands but also become a moment to

enjoy ‘me-time’ as your skin gets pampered. The

routine starts with applying the Nail & Cuticle

Nourishing Oil, followed by using the One-

Minute Hand Scrub and finally, finishing off

with the classic Shea Butter Hand Cream or the

Intensive Hand Balm.



Other than the Rose Oil, another premium

L’Occitane best seller product is the Shea Butter

Foot Cream. This cream is rich in Shea Butter

(15%) and has naturally soothing ingredients such

as Arnica and Lavender essential oil. The foot

cream is perfect for the overheated, overworked,

dry and tired feet that require some refreshing as

well as moisturising.

The L’Occitane Perfect Hands Routine:

1. Start with Nail & Cuticle Nourishing Oil

2. Follow with One-Minute Hand Scrub

3. Finish with classic Shea Butter Hand Cream or

Intensive Hand Balm .





Harvesting natural essential oils for

spiritual and healing properties

Words by Swathe

Images by Privé

Privé has always recognised the power of essential oils

that have the ability to awaken a sensory journey of

unexplored scents that serve as an intimate connection

between body and mind. These oils have the capability

to be therapeutic as well as be rejuvenating. There are so many

different types of essential oils, all with their own individual

purposes. Privé’s essential oil products combine the different types

of oils to create one-of-a-kind special essential oils that share

similar purposes.

Aura Blend

A Mixture of Lemon Organic

(Italy), Rosemary (Tunisia),

Lavender (Bulgaria),

Frankinsense (Ethiopia) and

Cedarwood (Morocco), this oil

is perfect for relieving stress,

yoga, meditation, positive

aura as well as environmental


Signature Blend

Its origins include Myrrh (Africa)

and Frankinsense (Ehtiopia), this

oil is perfect for spiritual uses, for

a positive mind as well as aura and

environmental cleansing.

Precious Oud

This 100% pure oil originates from

Malaysia; it has holistic healing

abilities as well as is anti-aging

in nature with its extremely rare

natural preservatives.




Look Good and

Feel Great

this Holiday

It’s time to embark on a voyage to wellness with Pañpuri

Words by Swathe

Images by Pañpuri

Finding the perfect gift for your loved ones during the holidays can be a difficult junction.

After all, the holidays are all about showing them appreciation and sharing the love.

People often will face the dilemma of getting a thoughtful or useful gift. For 15 years,

Pañpuri has been providing to its guests wellness experiences with their natural, organic

skincare, bath and body, home ambience products as well as their wellness services. There’s no

better gift to give a loved one than something that not only improves their wellbeing but also

provide them with an indulgent experience. This holiday, Pañpuri’s holiday gift sets are packaged

by Thai illustrator Nuttapong “Nut.Dao” Daovichitr which makes them extra special.



For the Gentlemen

Soothing Bath Essential Duo &

Uplifting Bath Essential Duo

The Indochine Soothing Body Wash (200ml) will pamper the

skin with antioxidants such as aloe vera as well as Moringa

extracts. The citrus notes in this set can energize the mind with

its freshness. It also comes with the Indochine Soothing Body

Cream (200 ml) that will revitalise and nourish the skin. Similar

to the Indochine duo, the Uplifting Bath Essential Duo consists

of Siamese Water Uplifting Body Cream Wash (200 ml) and the

body cream (200ml) that has a Siamese Water scent instead of


For The Home

Pañpuri also offers gift sets that would be perfect for the home.

The product range includes ambience candles, diffuser reed

sets (100ml & 450ml) and the electric aroma diffusers that can

be paired with the 100% natural essential oil collection from


For You

For the Lady

Japanese & Mint Top-to-Toe Ritual

This gift set consists of the bestselling items in the Siamese

Water range. This beauty ritual is infused with aromatic

jasmine absolute, deeply nourishes skin and hair. It is also

blended with organic ylang-ylang and peppermint oils. The

set comes with a Siamese Water Uplifting Body cream wash

(200ml), body cream (200ml), hair cleanser (200ml) and hair

conditioner (200ml). This set is also available in the Indochine

(Lemongrass & Mandarin) scent.

Sometimes the holidays can be the perfect opportunity for

self-care. The Lotus Defence skincare duo set that is steeped

in antioxidant-rich Nelumbo Nucifera extracts will profoundly

nourish the skin. It is infused with natural and organic

ingredients to keep skin revitalised and hydrated for a more

youthful as well as radiant look.

The set consists of the Lotus Defence Brightening Serum

(30ml) that is formulated with lotus extracts, lotus seeds, red

algae and arbutin. This facial treatment has previously won

the ‘Best Premium Skincare’ title Pure Beauty Global Awards

2018 in the UK. It also includes the Lotus Defence Face

treatment oil (30 ml) that is a 100% natural and organic face

oil that is made of organic olive, jojoba, marula, borage and

rice bran oil.

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A Fresh


Of Food

The New Year isn’t just for fresh

new starts but also a whole lot

of love, food and celebrations!

Jojo’s Italian Restaurant


Tel. 03-78053935

Operating Hours

Monday to Thursday

11.00am to 1.00pm


con manzo

In true Italian fashion, this traditional beef

pizza has all the right notes of a balanced

pizza. The taste of the premium Australian

beef mince is not too overpowering whilst the

thinly sliced red onions and cherry tomatoes

add a layer of flavour to the dish. The thin

crust is crispy and its presence is made known

by its delicious smoky oven baked aroma.

The perfect harmony of ingredients can make

anyone go back for a second round.





The visual aesthetics of the dish reflects the taste. The Norwegian

salmon featured in this dish is deliciously fresh and sweet. The

use of the birds eye chili in this dish provides an added layer of

spice which makes this carpaccio entirely unique and different.

Gin Shui Tei


Tel. 03-78048888

Operating Hours

Monday to Sunday

Lunch 12.00pm to 3.00pm

Dinner 6.30 to 10.30pm




Snow Bingsoo

This bingsoo is like no other with its creamy and refreshing

flavour profile. Made out of 100% milk, this authentic

bingsoo tastes rich and indulgent. The fresh Strawberries

add a touch of necessary acidity to the dessert but its

sweetness brings all the elements of the bingsoo together.

Myeong Dong


Tel. 03-78053935

Operating Hours

Monday to Sunday

Lunch 11.30am to 3.00pm

Dinner 5.00pm to 10.00pm



Chinese New Year

Poon Choy & Yee Sang

As Chinese New Year graces the beginning of 2019,

Tai Thong’s Poon Choy and Yee Sang are delectably

delicious. The Yee Sang incorporates fruits such as

grapes and dragon fruit, which provide an element

of sweetness to the dish. The use of fresh seafood

in the Poon Choy created a perfectly delectable dish

especially with the combination of flavours.

Tai Thong

Tel. 03-21669881

Operating Hours

Monday to Saturday

11.30 pm to 10.30pm

Sunday and Public Holidays

10.30 am to 10.30 pm




A classical Malaysian favourite, you can never go wrong with a

good hot pot. The steamboat from Restaurant Twenty 7 has all the

elements that make a tasty steamboat which is brought together

with a perfect broth. The ingredients in the steamboat are fresh

and well selected and they match insanely well with the broth.

Twenty 7 Restaurant

Tel. 03-7804 8888 (ext 325)

Operating Hours

Monday to Friday

7.00 am to 12.00 am

Saturday & Sunday

7.00 am to 8.00 pm




Keep It Fresh

Shop international at your

local Village Grocer

Words by Swathe / Images by Village Grocer

Malaysian cuisines can get on the unhealthy side, essentially

due to the variety of hearty ingredients required to make these

delicious dishes. However, one of the best ways to compensate

for hearty dishes is to use fresh, quality ingredients. Not only do

fresh ingredients retain the nutritious value of the produce but they

also add more natural flavour to food. One of the best places to get

some fresh ingredients is Village Grocer. This grocery store has a

consistent staple of fresh produce that is flown in from Australia ,

New Zealand and other places as well. This means it takes about

36 hours for the ingredients to get from the farm to the dining


Village Grocer also carries a variety of grocery brands, both

international and local. Shoppers are spoilt with choices and

options from all over the world. The Village Grocer at Tropicana

Avenue even has a Village Grocer Canteen where shoppers can

enjoy a good meal before they do their shopping. One other

beneficial perk of shopping at Village Grocer, apart from the quality

ensured groceries, is the digital loyalty program called BITES.

Shoppers can expect member deals, member rewards as well as

birthday rewards while collecting points that are redeemable at

Ben’s Independent Grocer (B.I.G) and Village Grocer outlets.

Operating Hours for

Village Grocer @ Tropicana Avenue

8:30 am to 10:00 pm

Scan to download

Village Grocer’s

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Wine and dine with Curious Kitchen

Words by Swathe

Images by Curious Kitchen

As a charcoal grill gastro bar, there has

not been a fixed style of cuisine to

Curious Kitchen’s menu aside from

the main star of the kitchen which is

the Ibérico meats. Specially flown in from Spain,

the Ibérico meat is the heart of Curious Kitchen’s

favourite ingredient with its smoky and rich

flavour. However, this does not mean that the rest

of the menu should be overlooked. The dishes that

come out of this restaurant have flavours that are

inspired from all over the world infused into one

delectable dish. Some of the other show-stopping

dishes include the Chili Crab fries, Wagyu Beef

Bone Marrow and East West Garlic Prawns.

Impressively, Curious Kitchen does not fall short

on the wines either with their abundant selection of

premium wines from all over the world.

East-West Garlic Prawns

The pan seared prawns a doused in eloquent East-

West garlic sauce. The flavoursome lashings of

garlic and pimentos are accompanied by ciabatta

slices that amicably compliment the dish.

Ibérico Top Loin

A favourite dish from the co-founder of Curious

Kitchen itself, Andrew Lai vouches for the top

loin as it is essentially the rarest cut of the meat.

This tender piece of flavourful meat is oak

smoked and seasoned with salt and pepper. It

is served alongside a garden salad, mash and a

spicy Kizami Wasabi sauce.



Wagyu Beef Bone Marrow

Beautifully sautéed with shallots and garlic, this dish

lets the Wagyu flavour profile stand up for itself with

the miso garlic butter. The dish is served on the bone

with a toasted baguette for complete indulgence.

Domaines Barons De

Rothschild (Lafite)

Legende Medoc (2016)

Chili Crab Fries

An Asian twist on this typically western

dish, the house-made potato fries is

topped with sweet Thai chili sauce, crab

meat and molten Mozzarella as well as

Scamorza cheese.

This intense red wine with hints of brick from

Bordeaux, France is not only expressive but also

complex with its bold aromas of sweet spices, red

fruits and licorice. It is supple and flavourful on

the palate with a good freshness on the finish.

Braised Aussie Wagyu

MB1 Bone-in-Beef

Short ribs

Slowly braised in a savoury, sweet and sour

east-west concoction, this short ribs dish is

served with some delicious garden veggies and

mashed potatoes. To top it all off, the dish is

peppered with crushed nuts, chili and spring

onion for that added flavour.

Catena Zapata Malbec


From Mendoza, Argentina this wine is the result

of decades of study and exploration within

Mendoza’s high altitude mountain terroirs. The

Catena family has carefully identifies special

locations for its estate vineyards. The marriage

of these historic vineyards created this wine that

has a natural balance, concentration and a distinct

varietal identity.



Soul Searching For


Renown hairstylist, Albert Nico‘s second book

is tells the stories of Malaysians

Words by Swathe

Images by El Media International





Most people know Albert Nico as a professional

hair stylist or even as L’Oréal’s Professional

Artistic Ambassador of more than 16 years.

However, there is more to Albert Nico than

being the previous vice-president of the Malaysian Hairdressing

Association for seven years. In fact, his interests span further

and wider than the realm of hair styling. His latest venture,

photography is the subject basis for his newly released book,

The Soul of Portraits. This book is completely different from

his first book, When Dreams Come Alive, which had a more

autobiographical take on it.

The book encompasses the stories of several Malaysians,

even prominent ones such as Datin Paduka Marina Mahathir,

Jane Teoh, Elaine Daly and Amber Chia, among others. Not a

novice in authoring books, he took a different approach to this

book. The idea came to him two years ago from his love of


The portraits featured in the book are shot in black and white

to emphasise the nature of embedding the ‘soul’ into the

portrait. The 90 portraits in the book is an amalgam of stories,

creativity and fashion as portrayed by the multiracial cast.

Readers can expect stories from all walks of life even the

elderly, children, beauty queens and expectant mothers.



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“The portraits featured in

the book are shot in black

and white to emphasise the

nature of embedding the

‘soul’ into the portrait. ”



A big part of this project’s intention was to give back to society. After experiencing his friend’s

foundation event, ‘Give Malaysia’ at Sandakan and spending some time with children who were

suffering from cancer, Albert was determined to contribute to charity as much as he could. On

the night of his book launching, he managed to donate RM100, 000 from the proceeds of his

book to Give Malaysia, a charity dedicated to helping children who are suffering from cancer.

The launch of his book, The Soul of Portraits was celebrated by 500 guests who all attended the

charity-launch event. Guests were entertained by Cre Arts Asia. There was also a piano recital

by the talented Clarence Kang, an autistic-savant pianist with vocals from Kenny Low.

The entire event was hosted by a cast of emcees with the likes of Arthur Tan, Miss World

Malaysia 2012/2013, Yvonne Lee and Jeff Chin. Throughout the event, ten photography pieces

from Albert himself were all auctioned off.






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Gear Up for thE

all new


The third Generation of the Porsche Cayenne is here

Words by Swathe

Images by Porsche Malaysia



Comfort and sportiness are taken to the next level with the

new Porsche Cayenne. It combines the renowned Porsche

performance and everyday practicality with its new turbo

engines, eight-speed Tiptronic S gearbox, new chassis

systems and excellent connectivity. The car is heavily inspired by the

iconic 911 sports car.



For the first time, this third-generation car has been

visually embellished with its mixed tyres and rearaxle

steering. The on-road capabilities have all been

upgraded with the active all-wheel drive as standard,

Porsche 4D Chassis Control, three-chamber air

suspension and the Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control

(PDCC) electronic roll stabilisation system. Adding

on, the Cayenne weighs 65 kilograms lighter than its

predecessor and yet is still suited for off-road use.

This third-generation Cayenne was launched in two

different models which are the Cayenne and Cayenne S.

The Cayenne is powered by a 3.0-litre V6 turbocharged

engine, it delivers 250kW (340 hp) and 450 Nm of

torque. The car can accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in

just 6.2 seconds, this is further reduced to 5.9 seconds

with the Sport Chrono package and it has a maximum

speed of 245 km/h.

The Cayenne S, on the other hand, has a 2.9 litre V6

twin-turbocharged engine; it delivers 324 kW (440hp)

and 550 Nm of torque. It can accelerate from zero to

100km/h in 5.2 seconds or 4.9 seconds with the Sport

Chrono package. The Cayenne S‘s maximum speed is

265 km/h.

The dynamic design language of the new Cayenne

includes new horizontal light edges that make the SUV

appear wider and athletic. The overall size of the car

has also been altered compared to its predecessor to

give a more streamlined and elegant look. Additionally,

the luggage compartment volume is now 770 litres,

100 litres more than before. The wheels of the Cayenne

are also one inch larger in diameter emphasising the

enhanced driving dynamics.



As fast as it is on the road, this car also is impressive

on terrains with all credits due to the new eightspeed

Tiptronic S gearbox. The shorter response

times and sportier ratios in the lower gears improve

on-road as well as off-road capabilities. The

long-transmission eighth gear assures low torques,

optimised fuel consumption and more importantly,

relaxed driving.

A new 12.3 inch full HD touchscreen display is

featured with the Porsche Advanced Cockpit for this

new Cayenne. This includes the latest generation of

the Porsche Communication Management (PCM)

that was launched with the new Panamera.

In typical Porsche fashion, the driver has a central

analogue tachometer that is flanked by two 7 inch

full HD displays that show all relevant driving data

as well as additional information selected from the

multi-function steering wheel. This new PCM also

allows for customisation from creating individual

driving profiles to applying their own settings to the

new sound systems from Bose® and Burmester®.

This new third generation Cayenne has is the perfect

balance of sporty, elegance and practicality. .



A Voyage with the



The superyacht comes as a perfect choice

for any first time yacht enthusiast.

Words by Swathe

Images by Simpson Marine



After its grand premiere at the 2016 Cannes

Yachting Festival, the Sanlorenzo SL78

will be showcased at the 2019 Thailand

Yacht Show and Rendezvous, which is

organised by Simpson Marine. Similar to its larger sister

the SL86, this award-winning yacht features new design

lines that were developed by Officina Italiana with hull

number one designed by Ivano Redaelli. This yacht, like

other Sanlorenzo’s yachts, offers high customisations

and flexible layouts. The SL78 definitely embodies the

core values of Sanlorenzo of being timeless, elegant and

the ‘made to measure’ philosophy.



One of the major characteristics of the SL78

yacht is the significantly enlarged windows that

are placed in both the superstructure and hull.

This allows for more natural light and amicable

sea visibility for guests that could be socialising

in the saloon as well as provide lovely views

from the cabins for who wish for a more private

setting. Not only that, but this yacht also comes

with a spacious lifting aft platform that can

easily accommodate jet skis or other water toys

in addition to the 3.85m tender stored in the


The SL78 also includes a seamless floor on the

main deck, larger two-meter beds, a beautiful

floating staircase leading from the saloon to

the flybridge, an expansive flybridge with a

glass panelled T-top, extensive seating areas

in the cockpit, saloon and sundeck. As usual,

the SL78 also comes with signature interior

design personalised by Sanlorenzo to give each

individual yacht its own unique character.

There are two available options in terms of

interior layouts for the SL78. The first option

has the galley on the main deck whilst the other

sees the galley on the lower deck, neighbouring

the crew quarters. The second option grants the

layout an even larger guest and entertainment

area on the main deck whilst keeping the lower

deck entirely private for the owner’s living


On a more technical side, the SL78 is fitted

with the larger of two engine options which

are the twin 1,622hp MTU V10s on V drives.

The top recorded speed of the yacht is over

28 knots which were during its sea trial. It

also is comfortable cruising in the mid-20s.

Sanlorenzo also installed a hydrodynamic hull

to optimise speeds and reduce fuel consumption.

Additionally, a floating floor was designed to

minimise noise and vibration on top of utilising

high tech resin infusions of both the hull and

superstructure to maximise the best build quality

as well as weight control.

All in all, this beautiful yacht can promise to

cruise up a comfortable and exciting experience,

whatever the purpose of the voyage. This new

SL78 Sanlorenzo becomes an alluring entrylevel

option, especially for first-time superyacht

buyers and enthusiasts to have the best yachting

adventure they can completely enjoy.








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Dataran Mentari

46150 Petaling Jaya

Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia

Tel:+603 5621 1979

Fax:+603 5621 1980

Office Hours:

9am - 5.30pm (Monday to Friday)

9am - 1pm (Saturday)

Closed (Sunday)


Property Management Office

Jalan Kelab Tropicana

Tropicana Golf & Country Resort

47410 Petaling Jaya Selangor

Darul Ehsan, Malaysia

Tel:+603 7804 4722

+603 7805 5855

Fax:+603 7806 5044

Office Hours:

9am - 5.30pm (Monday to Friday)

9am - 1pm (Saturday)

Closed (Sunday)


Property Management Office

Level1, Management Office

Block A, Tropicana Grande


No.3 Persiaran Tropicana

47410 Petaling Jaya

Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia

Tel:+603 7610 0965

Fax:+603 7610 0968

Office Hours:

9am - 5.30pm (Monday to Friday)

9am - 1pm (Saturday)

Closed (Sunday)


Property Management Office

To be ready soon

For more information, please

contact Sales& Marketing

Department at:

Tel: +603 7710 1018



Property Management Office

A328, Block A

Damansara Intan

No 1, Jalan SS20/27

47400 Petaling Jaya

Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia

Tel:+603 7118 3111

Fax:+603 7118 3222

Office Hours:

9am - 5.30pm

(Monday to Friday)

9am - 1pm (Saturday)

Closed (Sunday)



Property Management Office

A-5, Pangsapuri Suria Perdana

(Fortune Park Apartments)

Taman Serdang Perdana

Seksyen 4

433300 Seri Kembagan

Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia

Tel: +603 8944 9331

Fax:+603 8944 9332

Office Hours:

9am - 5.30pm

(Monday to Friday)

9am - 1pm (Saturday)

Closed (Sunday)


Property Management Office

Off Jalan P6/2, 43500

Semenyih, Kajang

Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia

Tel:+6013 2020746

Fax:+603 7806 5044

Office Hours:

9.00am - 5.30pm (Monday - Friday)

9.00am - 5.30pm (Saturday)

Closed (Sunday & Public Holidays )


Admin Office

6, Jalan Tropicana Cheras 1, Taman

Tropicana Cheras, 43000 Kajang,


Tel:+6013 2020746

Fax:+603 7610 0968

Office Hours:

9.00am - 5.30pm (Monday - Friday)

9.00am - 5.30pm (Saturday)

Closed (Sunday & Public Holidays )

127 MARCH/APRIL 2019 | TM


The Audi


The first ever Tech Talk and Running Gear

Competence Centre for Audi Malaysia

Words by Swathe Images by Audi

Audi car owners were hosted by Audi

to Malaysia’s first ever Tech Talk that

was held at the brand new Running Gear

Competence Centre in the Audi Kuala

Lumpur Service Centre. Owners got the

experience to learn through Audi’s highly

trained experts about maintaining their

cars in pristine condition.

The Running Gear Competence Centre is a

special dedicated facility that is equipped

with the latest technology used by Audi

including the newest additions to the

existing line-up of wheel alignment and

brake line tester machines. This ensures the

brand’s commitment to quality service and

access to the latest available technology.

Participants of the Tech Talk went

through a series of interactive and handson

stations involving the specialised

equipment with the guidance of the Audi

experts. The activities included the Noise

Analysis Wheel Balancing and the Run-

Out Assessment that measures the hubs

and brake rotors.

The agenda of the Tech Talk was to also

cover some of the new equipment at

the Running Gear Competence Centre

including the tyre warmers, tyre changers

and wheel balancer.



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