TROPICANA MAGAZINE Jan-Feb 2020 #128 The Love Issue

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EDITOR’S NOTE

Happy New Year 2020!

For many of us, each new year marks

a chance for renewal, and 2020 is no

exception. You are ready to take on

any challenges the year may bring,

a chance to wipe the proverbial slate

clean and start again.

For some, that may mean jump-starting an

exercise regimen or eating well. For others, it may

mean a commitment to spending more quality time

with family and friends and nothing should stand in

your way. But before you know it, you’re back to the

same day-to-day routine and the chance of achieving

anything new seems out of reach.

If this sounds like you, take heart. You are not

alone. Recent studies have shown that many New

Year’s resolutions fail within the first quarter of the

year. So how does one keep the momentum going?

Here are a few easy-to-accomplish tasks that will

build the foundation to help you keep that promise

to yourself.

Exercise A Little Every Day

How often do you exercise right now? If your answer

is “never,” then you have a great area for opportunity!

Even if it’s just a 10 minute walk every evening, or

choosing to take the stairs instead of the elevator,

every little bit helps.

You Don’t Need To Focus On Weight

Weight is just a number on a scale that’s affected

by many factors. Rather, measure your waistline.

Anything greater than 40 inches for men, and 35

inches for women increases your risk for disease.

Be Grateful

Counting our blessings is good for our health. It not

only reduces depression and stress and lowers blood

pressure but can also slow down signs of ageing.

Remember To Sleep Well

Plain and simple, your body needs sleep to recoup

and reset for the next day. Its hard to do your best

when you are exhausted. Plenty of scientific research

proves how fundamental sleep is to our overall health.

Aim for 7 to 9 hours per night. Adequate rest, along

with a healthy diet and exercise, are the secrets to

good health. Not only does getting enough sleep, help

keep the weight off, it can reduce some risk factors for

heart attacks, strokes and chronic diseases.

Strengthen Your Social Relationships

Getting together with family and friends is not only

nice but necessary. Studies show that people who have

satisfying relationships with their family and friends

are happier, have fewer health problems and live longer

and better. Best of all, connecting with someone does

not require money or a special set of skills.

Here’s to a healthy, happy 2020!

Tropicana Magazine Editorial Team

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VOLUME

#128

The Diary

6 Start Your Year Right

The Scene

10 Happenings About Town

Culture

13 Books, Movies and Music

CNY Feng Shui

24 For Joy And Prosperity

The Arts

30 When Museums Connect

The Home

34 An Iconic Play With Colour

The Gadget

38 The Tech Connection

Property News

42 Nacra Awards

42 The Edge Rat Race

43 Tropicana Golf & Country Resort’s

(TGCR) 8 th Inter-Group

Golf Tournament 2019

44 Tropicana x

iCycle Recycling Initiative

44 Deepavali Celebration

At St Joseph’s Institution

International School Malaysia

ON THE COVER

16 The Fearless Designer

The Game Changer

76 Every Piece Tells A Story

The Experience

82 The Perfect Host

The Dishes

88 Celebrate Tradition

94 New Eats In Town

98 A New Beginning

The Drive

102 The Future Has Arrived

The Cruise

106 Dreaming On The High Seas

The Vacation

112 Amazing Athensn

116 New York’s Latest Luxury Stop

The Swing

46 Score Big

48 Spectacular Greens

The Look

52 An Abundance Of Style

64 A Standout Style

66 On The Town

68 Outstanding Jewels

The Beauty

74 Beauty Fix Right Now

Health And

Wellness

84 Be Heart Smart

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THE DIARY

Start Your Year Right

Say hello to the new year with inspiring exhibitions,

electrifying carnivals and gripping sporting events

Beasts of London

Now till 5 January 2020

www.museumoflondon.org.uk

Beasts of London explores the fascinating role animals have

played in shaping the capital. You will be guided through

time, from the Roman era through medieval London and

right up to present day, narrated by the beasts themselves.

Discover how animals – from lions and elephants, horses, rats

and pigeons – have shaped the city and its beastly history in

this fully interactive digital installation using video projection

mapping. Inspired by objects in the museum’s collection and

created in partnership with Guildhall School of Music and

Drama, you’ll walk through theatrical sets in which stories will

be told through dramatic audio-visual presentations.

The 54th Super Bowl

2 February 2020

Miami Florida, USA

www.tickets.nflonlocation.com

The biggest US sporting event is happening! The 54th

Super Bowl and the 50th modern-era National Football

League (NFL) championship game, will decide the league

champion for the league’s 2019 and 100th season. The

game is scheduled to be played at Hard Rock Stadium in

Miami. It was recently announced that mega superstars

Jennifer Lopez and Shakira will be co-headlining the Super

Bowl halftime show which seems to be the perfect gig for the

Latina songstresses.

Sapporo Snow Festival

4 February - 11 February 2020

Sapporo, Japan

This annual festival is a magical winter wonderland up in the cold distant

north, a bonanza of whimsical creations constructed from snow. Wander

among enormous snow and ice sculptures, including almost life-sized

buildings, recreations of palaces, castles, and famous monuments. The

Sapporo Snow Festival takes place across three main sites: Odori Park,

Tsudome and Susukino. At Odori Park, you’ll find most of the snow and

ice sculptures, as well as plenty of warm drinks and food choices. The ice

sculptures can be over 15 metres tall and 25 metres wide. The second-largest

site is Tsudome, which includes a variety of snowy activities as well as snow

slides, snow rafting and family-oriented diversions and is open from 31

January. Although the Susukino site is the smallest, it features about 100 ice

sculptures and is the location of the Ice Sculpture Contest.

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Rio Carnival 2020

21 February - 26 February 2020

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The biggest party of the year is here again.

The Rio Carnival is an annual event where

people from every corner of Rio de Janeiro

and from all over the world gather and

celebrate a whole week of never ending

samba music and dancing. During carnival

week, you won’t have a hard time finding a

party to attend since you would be able to find

one almost everywhere, from street parties,

carnival parade to different samba schools

that you can watch all night and glamorous

carnival balls at prestigious hotels.

Living with Ink:

The Collection of Dr Tan Tsze

Chor

Now till 22 March 2020

Asian Civilisations Museum

www.acm.org.sg

Experience the passion of Chinese art and connoisseurship at

the largest showcase of the late Dr Tan Tsze Chor’s esteemed

Xiang Xue Zhuang Collection. You will get to explore the

collection’s cultural impact and influence in advancing the

arts scene among the local Chinese community in 1950s–80s

Singapore. Living with Ink: The Collection of Dr Tan Tsze

Chor features over 130 artistic and cultural masterpieces from

Dr Tan’s collection that underscore creative expressions of

Chinese art, including prized pieces by respected Chinese

artists Xu Beihong, Qi Baishi, Ren Yi, and Pan Tianshou.

Through the lens of Dr Tan’s collecting career, get a glimpse

into the vibrant art world that blossomed across overseas

Chinese communities in Singapore and Malaya amidst the

turbulent years of the 20th century. Works of local artists

such as Liu Kang and Chen Wen-hsi, who moved in Dr Tan’s

circles while he was building his collection, are also on show

– illustrating how his collection influenced and inspired local

artists.

Mary Quant

Now till 16 February 2020

Victoria and Albert Museum

www.vam.ac.uk

From miniskirts and hot pants to vibrant tights and makeup, discover how

Mary Quant launched a fashion revolution on the British high street,

with over 200 garments and accessories, including unseen pieces from the

designer’s personal archive. Focusing on 1955 to 1975 – when the selftaught

fashion designer used new mass production techniques to bring

fashion to the high street. Highlights include yellow ankle boots made of

polyvinyl chloride, a design for a cowl neck mini dress and a photo of 1960s

icon Twiggy wearing Quant’s turquoise moire taffeta waistcoat and skirt.

Make sure to also look out for special activities related to the exhibition,

from stitching and dressmaking workshops, to short courses.

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THE SCENE

Happenings About Town

The hottest events to have set society abuzz

For A Pain-Free and Healthy Lifestyle

Hi-Bliss provides a full range of pain management and wellness services

through its Hi-Bliss Pain Management and Wellness Centres in Klang

Valley and Penang. Recently it was the Hole-In-One sponsor for

Tropicana Golf & Country Resort’s 8 th Inter Group Golf Tournament

2019 and Champion of Champions Golf Championship, where the

Hi-Bliss Hydrogen Water Generator and four Hi-Bliss Cell Repair

Therapy sessions with a total value of RM13,320.00 were up for grabs.

Hi-Bliss had also provided complimentary health assessments to all the

participating golfers during the event.

Be Cool As Ice

The next generation of the highly popular, ultra-lightweight Acer

Swift 5, which is now powered by the latest 10th Gen Intel ® Core TM

processors and up to NVIDIA ® GeForce ® MX250 was unveiled to

enthusiastic fans in November. Elegantly designed for performance

on-the-go, the Acer Swift 5 is an ultra-light 14” laptop weighing only

990 grams. The laptop chassis is made from magnesium alloy and

is powered by the option of Intel ® Iris ® Plus Graphics or NVIDIA ®

GeForce ® MX250. In addition, Acer has recently been named a CES

Innovation Award Honoree for developing innovative new products

for 3 Acer products. The new Acer Swift 5 was one of the nominated

products for its outstanding design engineering and to celebrate the

availility of this new model in Malaysia, all new Acer Swift 5 will be

pre-installed with Microsoft Office Home & Student 2019 license

which is valid for the lifetime of the device.

Heritage Meets Modernity

Located within one of the most popular tourist destinations in the

city centre, Four Points by Sheraton Kuala Lumpur, Chinatown is a

sleek addition to the neighbourhood. With its contemporary design,

seamlessly woven together with Eastern elements, largely influenced

by the intriguing and bustling surrounding area and unique, exposed

brick architecture, this modern hotel towers high above an area deeply

immersed in oriental culture, heritage and history. At the launch of

the hotel, guests and members of the media had the chance to mingle

at Lady Yi’s Tea House, a vibrant lobby lounge that offers panoramic

views of the city and dine at Quan’s Kitchen, the hotel’s all-day dining

features traditional culinary specialties from Chinatown and Western

favourites in an open theatrical kitchen.

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THE SCENE

A Tea-riffic Time

Whittard of Chelsea Malaysia launched its very

first Malaysian outlet recently. Located in 1Utama

Shopping Centre, the event was officiated by His

Excellency Charles Hay MVO, the British High

Commissioner to Malaysia. The opening ceremony

started off with speeches by both His Excellency

and Antoine Bakhache, Managing Director of

Bakhache Foods and was immediately followed

by the ‘Pouring of Tea’ ceremony carried out by

the British High Commissioner together with

the International Sales Manager of Whittard of

Chelsea, Katherine Onn and Antoine. The launch

also included a lucky draw and a ‘Guess the Tea!

Quiz’ where guests and members of the media were

invited to taste the tea and guess its flavour. The

new store offers over 60 loose leaf teas, creative

hot chocolates and gift sets, as well as unique

tasting experiences, with the opportunity to try

classics such as English Breakfast tea and cuttingedge

innovations like seasonal limited-edition hot

chocolates.

A New Icon

ConceptD, a new brand of high-end desktops,

laptops, and monitors that are designed with graphic

designers, filmmakers, animators, illustrators,

architects, developers and other creatives in mind

was launched by Acer. According to Chan Weng

Hong, General Manager of Products, Sales and

Marketing at Acer Sales & Services Sdn Bhd,

ConceptD devices are designed for creative needs

as the high-performance processors and graphics

cards can handle extreme workloads yet stay quiet.

The power-packed performance is presented in

a minimalist design to inspire creators to let their

creative juices flow freely.

For Greater Awareness

In conjunction with World Lung Cancer Awareness month in

November and in collaboration with Lung Cancer Network Malaysia,

Subang Jaya Medical Centre provided free LDCT screening to the

public with the aim to create greater awareness and to educate the

public on early detection.

Trish Hogan, CEO of Subang Jaya Medical Centre also planted

a Magnolia Champaca tree, that represents life, in front of Mediplex,

with Guest of Honour, YB Wong Chen, Member of Parliament of

Malaysia for Subang and Dr Anand Sachithanandan, Consultant

Cardiothoracic Surgeon, Subang Jaya Medical Centre and President

of Lung Cancer Network Malaysia.

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Ready, Action, Go!

CULTURE | MOVIES

Grab the popcorn, champagne, and a snuggle buddy to usher in the new year with

a movie. Consider one of these latest films to watch!

The Grudge

1 January 2020

Written and directed by Nicolas Pesce, based on Takashi Shimizu’s

original Ju-On: The Grudge, the movie follows actor John Cho as a

real estate agent trying to sell a troubled house. Quite how troubled

no one is ready for: the site of a gruesome, rage-powered murder, it’s

now the home to a powerful spirit looking for revenge. This reboot

keeps multiple elements of the 2004 original so get ready to be on the

edge of your seats!

Birds Of Prey:

And The

Fantabulous

Emancipation

Of One Harley

Quinn

6 February 2020

Following Batman’s disappearance,

Gotham City is left unprotected.

It is now up to Harley Quinn,

who has split up with the Joker,

to protect Cassandra Cain when

the young girl gets into trouble after finding a diamond that belongs

to crime lord Black Mask. Black Canary, Huntress and Renee

Montoya team up with Harley to help protect Cassandra.

Playing With Fire

9 January 2020

When straight-laced fire

superintendent Jake Carson

(played by John Cena) and his

elite team of firefighters come to

the rescue of three siblings, they

quickly realise that no amount

of training could prepare them

for their most challenging job

yet - babysitting. As their lives,

jobs and depot get turned upside

down, the three men soon learn

that children - much like fires - are wild and unpredictable and that they

have met their match in the three rambunctious kids.

The King’s

Man

13 February 2020

As a prequel to the fan

favourite film series of the

elite Kingsman, this spy flick

takes us back a century, where

the world’s worst tyrants and

criminal masterminds, led

by Rasputin, are planning to

band together to kill millions

of people across the world.

Our new hero to stop it all is a

former army officer played by Ralph Fiennes, who guides a young

recruit (Harris Dickinson) to be his backup.

The Call Of

The Wild

20 February 2020

A live-action CGI-animated

adventure film based on the

much beloved 1903 novel of the

same name by Jack London. It

follows a sled dog’s struggle for

survival in the Alaskan wild.

The dog is a domesticated St.

Bernard/Scotch Collie named

Buck, who is sold to freight

haulers in the Yukon after being

stolen from his home in Santa Clara, California.

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CULTURE | BOOK

New Sizzling Titles

Looking for the perfect book to start the new year? Here are some stellar

picks in fiction, mysteries and thrillers to keep you entertained. Enjoy!

Kingdomtide

Rye Curtis

Here is a story about tough-minded resilience where the lives of two women - the sole survivor of an

airplane crash and the troubled park ranger who leads the rescue mission to find her - intersect in a gripping

debut novel of hope and resilience, second thoughts and second chances. This intense tale starts with

72-year-old Cloris Waldrip who is the lone survivor of a plane crash in the mountains of Montana. Lost

and alone in the unforgiving wilderness, Cloris is exposed to the elements with no tools beyond her wits and

ingenuity. While mourning the loss of her husband and struggling to stay alive, she receives help from the

most unlikely person, and the experience changes who she is forever. Meanwhile in the second storyline,

told in the third person, centres around Park Ranger Debra Lewis, a woman struggling with alcoholism and

loneliness. Debra is soon galvanised by her mission to find and rescue Cloris despite the odds. While Cloris

is literally lost, Debra is equally lost in a metaphorical sense.

Saving Missy

Beth Morrey

The world has changed around Missy

Carmichael. At 79, she’s estranged

from her daughter, her son and only

grandson live across the world in

Australia, and her great love is gone.

Missy spends her days with a sip of

sherry, scrubbing the kitchen in her

big empty house and reliving her

past–though it’s her mistakes, and secrets that she allows to shine

brightest. The last thing Missy expects is for two perfect strangers

and one spirited dog to break through her prickly exterior and show

Missy just how much love she still has to give. Filled with wry laughter

and deep insights, this story shows us it’s never too late to love.

The Butterfly Girl

Rene Denfeld

Thirty-year-old private investigator

Naomi Cottle returns in Denfeld’s

gripping follow-up to 2017’s The Child

Finder, continuing her search for the

sister she left behind when she fled

captivity as a child. It won’t be easy:

Naomi remembers nothing of the time

before or during her captivity, not even

her sister’s name. A series of recent murders of street kids has piqued

her interest, and the investigator with an uncanny ability for finding

missing children - returns, trading snow-covered woods for dark gritty

streets on the search for her missing sister in a city where young,

homeless girls have been going missing and turning up dead.

Perfect Little Children

Sophie Hannah

The New York Times bestselling author

of The Monogram Murders and

Woman with a Secret returns with a

sharp, captivating, and expertly plotted

tale of psychological suspense. All Beth

has to do is drive her son to his soccer

game, watch him play, and then return

home. Just because she knows her exbest

friend lives near the field, that doesn’t mean she has to drive past

her house and try to catch a glimpse of her. She hasn’t seen Flora for

twelve years. As she watches from across the road, Flora arrives and

calls to her children Thomas and Emily to get out of the car. Except

Flora looks the same, only older. Twelve years ago, Thomas and Emily

were five and three years old. Today, they look precisely as they did

then. How is it possible that they haven’t grown up?

Cold Storage

David Koepp

For some pure, unadulterated entertaining

read, pick up this astonishing debut by

the screenwriter of Jurassic Park: a wild

and terrifying adventure about three

strangers who must work together to

contain a highly contagious, deadly

organism in one harrowing night armed

with only luck, fearlessness and a caustic

sense of humour. The story begins with Pentagon bioterror operative

Roberto Diaz being sent to investigate a suspected biochemical attack

only to find something far worse. He contains it and buries it in cold

storage deep beneath a little used military repository. Decades later,

the organism has found a way out and is on a lethal feeding frenzy.

With only Roberto knowing how to stop it, its a race against time

before complete destruction.

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CULTURE | MUSIC

Beautiful Melody

Start the year right with these easy listening music

High Road

Kesha

10 January 2020

The pop singer has announced her new album,

High Road, with a gospel-inspired song Raising

Hell featuring Big Freedia, the matriarch of

bounce music. Raising Hell comes with a video

directed by Luke Gilford, where she plays a bighaired,

‘80s-style televangelist, a perfect setting for

her to preach the Kesha gospel before things take

a dark turn. Kesha has enlisted an eclectic cadre

of contributors, songwriters and producers for the

follow up to her Grammy-nominated 2017 album

Rainbow.

Manic

Halsey

17 January 2020

In a recent media interview, singer Halsey shared

she created much of her forthcoming album during

a manic episode of bipolar disorder. Halsey was

diagnosed with bipolar disorder, a brain disorder

that causes some people to experience severe mood

swings ranging from mania to depression, when she

was 17 years old. She’s now 24. This new album,

her third, is the first she made while going through

mania rather than depression.

SG2

Selena Gomez

10 January 2020

The actress, singer and Hollywood producer made waves recently after sharing two

new singles back-to-back, signalling her return to the pop realm. She first teased

the news on her Instagram, where she posted a video collage featuring black-andwhite

photos of different moments in her life to the sounds of her “Look At Me

Now” track. Her second solo album appears on her site, which has 13 tracks that are

available for pre-order on Apple Music.

Lewis Capaldi Live In

Kuala Lumpur!

14 January 2020

Lewis Capaldi is set to take the stage

for the first time ever here in Kuala

Lumpur! The tour will include

dates across Asia in cities like Japan,

Singapore and Hong Kong. The

exclusive one-night only concert will

take place at Life Centre at 8:30pm. For

tickets, visit myticket.asia.com.

Pet Shop Boys

Pet Shop Boys

24 January 2020

The iconic synth pop duo recently

released a new EP called Agenda, and

headline BBC Radio 2 Live in Hyde

Park late last year. Work on a full album

is ongoing, with Pet Shop Boys heading

into the studio alongside producer

Stuart Price.

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COVER STORY

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The

Fearless

Designer

From accesories to gowns, designer Gina Frias is ready to

take on the world with her brand of glamour and opulence.

Text: Zurien Onn

Art Direction: Luke Jing Yau

Photographer: Brian Fang @ M8 Studio

Hair: Angeline Low

Makeup: Joey Yap

Location: Tropicana Golf & Country Resort

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COVER STORY

When she was a child, accessories and

fashion designer Gina Frias was

described as “a walking Christmas

tree,” by none other than her own

father. “I remember that day very

clearly when my father made that

comment. I dressed up as Miss Spain, in a gown that I had

designed with ruffles. My aunt, who was a tailor, had sewn it

for me,” Gina reminisces fondly. “I made the accessories as

well, a matching headgear and jewellery.” Her dad may have

found her outfit that she designed herself for United Nations

Day at school in the Philippines comical, or even over the top,

but it is this creativity and attention to detail that sets Gina

apart from other designers. This unique sense of style would

later define her aesthetics as a successful accessories designer.

Gina went on to create cult accessories brand, Axxezz.

She was soon supplying Axxezz to Singapore, where her

accessories could be found in major departmental stores such

as Robinsons, Metro, Isetan and John Little. Often travelling

to Malaysia for supplies for her accessories, she decided to

move here, having fallen in love with the country. “When I

started Axxezz I was in my 20s,” Gina shares. “I was just doing

what I liked at my age at the time.” At the height of Axxezz’s

business success, there were 23 Axxezz outlets around the

region including in Isetan Thailand and Taiwan.

Then in 2017, Gina launched her couture label, Gina

Frias London and is currently collaborating with prolific

boxer-turned-politician Manny Pacquiao on a menswear

line - a partnership that emerged after Gina and her team

helped promote Pacquiao’s “Fight of Champions” in Kuala

Lumpur in 2018, which presented Gina with the opportunity

to gift the boxing champ a custom-made Barong (a type of

embroidered formal shirt considered to be the national dress

of the Philippines), with elements inspired by the Catholic

church. Pacquiao was said to be so taken with the Barong

that he wanted to model it on the catwalk himself. That set

the ball rolling and both parties signed a contract to launch

Emmanuel by Gina Frias, tentatively to debut at the London

Fashion Week in February 2020.

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Sleeveless top by Dior

Maxi skirt by Salvatore Ferragamo

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COVER STORY

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A Passion For Designing

However, while Gina had always been a designer since young,

she regarded it more as a hobby during those early years.

Subsequently, Gina enrolled in an Industrial Engineering

programme at the University of Santo Tomas, the oldest

existing university in Asia.

“My mother said I needed a serious degree,” Gina

shares, “But the passion for designing was always there and

I continued just for myself: dressing up, mixing and matching

design elements whenever an occasion presents itself.”

So how did Gina end up pursuing her passion as her

vocation? Most probably, through a series of fortunate events,

as well as her own enthusiasm and determination.

“After graduating, I took a summer job at the Sheraton

Manila hotel and started working just for fun,” says Gina.

“Promoted from the F&B section to the Front Desk, I met a

lot of interesting people, including a Brit who offered me a job

at Trust House in Dubai.” Gina took on the offer, and from

there found a job at the InterContinental Hotel Dubai where

among the many high-profile guests she had met included

Lord Lichfield, famed photographer and a cousin of the

Queen. “I was also in charge of taking care of the needs of

the InterContinental Worldwide owner whenever he came to

visit,” Gina says.

During that time, Gina would always go for holidays in

England, and it was in London that her passion for fashion

was reignited. “I love the old architecture in London, the

melting pot of different nationalities and the whole Oxford

Street, Selfriges, Harrods, Harvey Nichols scene - the vibrancy

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of it,” Gina enthuses. “Come to think of it, the first city

that influenced me a lot in terms of fashion is London,

as I explored British fashion, and that’s why I decided to

register the business as Gina Frias London.”

Conquering The Design World

Today, Gina focuses more on designing haute couture

dresses for Gina Frias London. According to her, the

expansion towards more than accessories came about

rather organically. “I was doing Axxezz fashion shows at

KLCC and Mid Valley Megamall but had no clothing

to present, and had to make dresses out of Axxezz’s

scarves,” she tells us.

Gina started making clothes to go with her accessories

for fashion shows, where members of the audience would

ask to buy the clothes too. From there she started designing

fancy costume masks, where one of her highlights included

a collaboration with uber designer Zang Toi for Mercedes

Fashion Week. This got her designing dresses to go with

her masks and headdresses.

She was soon making frequent appearances at

international fashion weeks including Melbourne Spring

Fashion Week 2016; London, New York and Paris

Fashion Week 2018 and also brand launches with Viviene

Westwood, Just Cavalli, DSquared2, Marni and Maison

Margiela. One thing led to another and soon Gina won

an award for ‘Fashion Designer of the Year 2019’ at

the Global Short Film Awards at the 72nd Cannes Film

Festival held earlier in May last year.

Her collection was showcased at the prestigious

international film event where one of her pieces was

worn by Miss World Cyprus, Adriana Fiakki, on the

official red carpet. The elaborate dress, a fantastical

crystal embellished gown, is one of the many gowns

currently on display at her mansion at Tropicana Golf &

Country Resort in Petaling Jaya, which also houses her

headquarters. Her dresses and designs not only serve as

unique decor and a reminder of how far she has come,

but also as inspiration for future endeavours as Gina gets

started working on her collection for 2020 Fashion Week.

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THE CHINESE NEW YEAR HOROSCOPES

For Joy And Prosperity

Find out what the coming lunar new year has to offer for your star sign

By Jessie Lee, Fengshui and Destiny Consultant from Soleil Trinity

Embrace the year of change

Tiger (1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010)

Career 60% | Wealth 50% | Academic 70% | Relationship 35% | Health 30%

Come 2020, expect to be on the move! If you’re contemplating a job that requires you to get out of your comfort

zone, including the need to travel, leave home for extended periods of time or a possible relocation, this is the time

to embrace the opportunity! Closer to home, a change of environment can also mean moving into a new home or

office, which is also timely because new surroundings will most definitely shake up old routines and inspire new ideas.

If you’re feeling a need to hit pause to find your true purpose, take action by making time for personal reflection.

Go inward by joining a spiritual or meditation retreat to look within for the answers that can add deeper meaning

and bring clearer intention to your life. To successfully seek these answers, it requires cutting out the clutter, noise

or any distractions so avoid places with large parties or crowds to help you along on this journey of self-discovery.

Lastly, this year may see you either get tangled in a web of women-related pettiness or subject to potential

danger from falling objects. Curb these unwanted scenarios by being extra careful and considerate with your speech

and actions, especially when dealing with women and be vigilant of your surroundings, especially when you’re

outdoors to ensure a smoother sailing year!

Clarity of the mind is key

Rabbit (1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011)

Career 70% | Wealth 60% | Academic 60% | Relationship 40% | Health 85%

Take charge and start the year by channelling your energy into decluttering your life – whether it is objects,

distractions or temptations, you’ll find that a simpler life will help you regain focus on what’s important and

power through 2020. When it comes to making major decisions, ensure you take a step back and evaluate all

possibilities and consider your options to avoid making an inaccurate or potentially regretful decision.

On the upside, it’s a year of strong relationships for you, so use this in your favour to make new connections,

hone your social skills and expand your network to create opportunities for yourself. In 2020, you’ll also be

surrounded by helpful contacts that could elevate your chances so don’t be shy to ask for help for new business

proposals or include key contacts in work discussions but keep one thing in mind: your success rate is higher after

sundown, preferably when the moon is up. So, if you’re thinking of collaborations or investments with Western

partners (due to our time difference), this is the best time to pursue the opportunity!

To further improve the outlook of your year, avoid adding unwanted financial stress or incurring debts by

being extra mindful of your budget and spending patterns. A little planning and monitoring will go a long way

in relieving your burden so you can focus on more important and positive things in the coming year.

Rise, it’s your time to shine!

Ox (1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009)

Career 80% | Wealth 70% | Academic 60% | Relationship 70% | Health 85%

As the saying goes, ‘The early bird gets the worm’. This holds true for you in 2020; a largely smooth-sailing year

for you across all key aspects of your life. There is one thing you should note: make sure to capitalise on your

opportunities before sundown.

Whether it’s a great business idea you’ve been hoping to pitch, or have had your eye on a lucrative work

deal, strategise effectively so these appointments are made during the day, which is when you are most likely to be

successful in following through with your goals.

With a high score in the aspect of relationships combined with being surrounded by three powerful Noblemen

stars, makes this the best year to invest your time and energy in reconnecting with people, building new connections

as well as expand your existing network to be more inclusive of new acquaintances across a variety of industries.

You will see in time, that the effort spent on widening your personal and professional circles will bring about fruitful

rewards and pave new paths for you throughout the year.

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A year of new opportunities

Rat (1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008)

Career 90% | Wealth 80% | Academic 60% | Relationship 35% | Health 35%

Roll your sleeves up because a high career score means you’re in for an exciting year filled with new ventures and

responsibilities. A flourishing 2020 for your career will also come with vibrant job experiences and many learning

opportunities, some of which will lead you to positions of power and authority so, if you’re seeking out a peopledriven,

managerial position, this year is the best time for you to embark on new territory.

As with all good leaders, it is key to keep your emotions in check. Your career rise may be met with unexpected

competition from others, so take a moment to think before you respond to your peers or people around you instead

of reacting on impulse to avoid unfavourable decisions or outcomes. A good tip to bear in mind when it comes to

managing your competitors: Turn your toughest competition into your biggest motivation to secure the success that

is truly yours to enjoy this coming year.

When it comes to personal wealth, there is no better time than now to explore long-term investments and

carefully selected financial plans to increase long-term personal wealth for the promise of a better, more financially

stable future, so go ahead and start mapping your path to the most fulfilling year ahead.

Go with the flow

Horse (1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014)

Career 30% | Wealth 20% | Academic 50% | Relationship 20% | Health 30%

It’s a big year of change for you, which can be exciting when tackled with positivity and a strong mindset.

When confronted with change in the coming year, try to overcome your fear and trust yourself and adapt to

that change to experience new outcomes. Self-doubt and fear are just obstacles to trick the mind, which can be

easily resolved by developing a strong and positive mind and keeping your emotions in check instead of letting

them get the better of you.

Financially, it would be wise to explore long-term investments such as purchasing a new home, which will

benefit you in two ways: moving into a new place is a positive change to give you a new start and it locks your

investment into an asset that is beneficial for your personal wealth. Alternatively, if the change you have in mind

is career-related, this is also a good year to pursue that move to a different job, company or industry Planning

holidays for the year? Keep in mind that it’s best to avoid places that are subject to natural disasters such as

earthquakes, typhoons, volcanoes and such for a safe and stress-free getaway!

Gear up for a year of prosperity

Goat (1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015)

Career 95% | Wealth 80% | Academic 70%

Relationship 60% | Health 70%

Congratulations, you’re off to a great start! The strongest animal sign in 2020, you

can expect an extremely fruitful year ahead, especially in the areas of your career and

wealth. Now is the best time to prep yourself for success by clearing your mind and

channelling your positive energy into the work that you enjoy. With the right focus,

you will be rewarded with new promotions and open doors to exciting projects as your

career thrives!

With that in mind, your forecast is also looking positive for planned investments

but because the year is not without obstacles, make sure your financial decisions are

well planned so you can enjoy maximum rewards without the unnecessary stress.

Also, be mindful of sudden changes which you may experience within the five

key pillars as a result of emotionally driven decisions or acting on impulse. But fret

not, with the right focus, thought process and careful consideration of your options

before making any move, it is possible to avoid any less than desirable outcomes.

Lastly, just because you’re set to excel in 2020, doesn’t mean you should take your

health for granted. Regularly check in with your body and overall well-being especially

if you have a history of digestion-related issues, make sure to strike a balance by

having regular meals and live a healthy lifestyle so you can fully and thoroughly enjoy

the five-star year that is ahead of you!

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New opportunities are on the horizon

Monkey (1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016)

Career 60% | Wealth 45% | Academic 50% | Relationship 25% | Health 40%

Good news is, this year is looking up for you when it comes to opportunities to improve your personal wealth

and advance your career. However, there are chances that these potential opportunities be tainted by jealousy

from others, so the key to improving your success rate is to be mindful of your actions and stay low-key until

you seal the deal or receive confirmation of your new venture before kicking off the celebrations.

This coming year is also key for you to invest time into taking care of your health, starting with getting a

good night’s sleep. If you struggle with poor quality of sleep, try doing simple stretching exercises or a short

meditation practice to calm and clear your mind before bed and refrain from keeping your mobile phone by

your bedside to avoid further distractions. After all, our health is also our wealth!

A year of connection and celebration

Rooster (1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017)

Career 80% | Wealth 80% | Academic 70% | Relationship 50% | Health 90%

The most well-rounded and balanced of all animal signs in 2020, you’ll enjoy equal parts of

positivity in all five key aspects, particularly strong relationships. This could mean wedding

bells for those ready for marriage, or if you’re about to start a new relationship, the timing is

just right as well. If you’re already married, however, be mindful of your actions to those other

than your partner, as your caring nature may be mistaken for something other than a platonic

friendship or relationship and may cause misunderstandings or unwanted conflict.

While it’s a strong year of relationships and connections for you, careful not to take what

you see or hear at face value, as there are chances for messages to be convoluted or exaggerated,

so always remember to go with the facts or seek out proof for things you do not necessarily

believe in or are convinced by.

In 2020, the presence of the Nobleman Star will also afford you with helpful contacts and

people who are willing to help you if you only know how to reach out and ask for assistance or

advice. So be sure to utilise the resources around you to ease you along your journey or help

you complete or achieve the tasks you have on hand.

Patience is a virtue

Dragon (1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012)

Career 80% | Wealth 65% | Academic 75% | Relationship 40% | Health 35%

‘Good things come to those who wait’ but the good news is, your wait is over. In the coming

year, positive things will head your way, but the key to maximising the benefits is patience. You

will enjoy help from contacts near and far, which makes this a great year for you to connect

with people from different or higher social circles as they are key to helping you further your

career or business progression.

Remember, things will unfold in good time so if you practice enough patience, you will

find yourself reaping the rewards of your labour while opposing qualities such as greed or

impatience will most certainly affect your string of good fortune.

Besides this being a year of new opportunities, 2020 is also most suitable for you to spend

time refining your craft or learning a new skill so take some time to brush up on an existing or

new hobby or a skillset that will add value to your life, current role or industry.

Speaking of learning or improving a skill set, mastering your emotions will also come in

handy for you next year. Sharpen your focus and put your energy into things that matter, avoid

falling prey to petty gossip and keep your eyes on the prize – that way you’ll stay on track and

can’t go wrong.

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A journey of self-care and self-discovery

Dog (1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018)

Career 40% | Wealth 30% | Academic 55% | Relationship 20% | Health 35%

You may be scoring a little average on the five key pillars but really, there isn’t anything you cannot overcome

with strength, tenacity and mindfulness. This coming year sees you overcoming a wave of emotions from

uncertainty and unexpected outcomes so take this as a time deeper self-care practice and embark on a journey

of self-discovery. Go on a meditation or spiritual retreat or constantly check in with yourself to understand your

emotions and feelings in order to successfully navigate through them instead of letting them take over you and

the clarity of your mind.

To ensure a safer, smoother-sailing year, keep in mind that you could be prone to unexpected mishaps,

minor accidents or injury so be extra careful when you’re driving on the road, operating equipment or machinery

or find yourself in situations where your safety could be compromised. Of course, it is not a guarantee that

these mishaps will happen, but regardless, a little extra precaution goes a long way when it comes to our safety

and wellbeing.

Invest in higher education

Snake (1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013)

Career 50% | Wealth 40% | Academic 65% | Relationship 45% | Health 40%

An academically strong year for you, now is the best time to use your finances wisely for selfimprovement.

Get certified in a new area of study, complete that master’s degree that’s been

on your list or acquire new tools or skills that can add value and advancement to your career or

business. Besides investing in learning and education this coming year, also make time to check

off short-term goals by making a list of personal or professional things you’d like to achieve

within the month or the next few months. 2020 is a year of milestones for you, so keeping them

short and achievable within the span of the year is what’s best.

Just because you’re focused on getting ahead, doesn’t mean you should lose sight of things

around you – be vigilant of your valuables or personal belongings wherever you may be to

avoid falling prey to theft or robbery. On the note of keeping your guard up, also protect your

personal ideas and creativity in the work or business environment so you can truly maximize

the benefits of your hard work.

Health is wealth

Pig (1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019)

Career 45% | Wealth 35% | Academic 70% | Relationship 20% | Health 35%

You’re a survivor who has emerged from a challenging 2019, but the good news is, that is soon

in the past! The coming year is a good time for you to recuperate by spending more time on

your health, especially concerning heart issues, so make sure you don’t skip out on your regular

check-ups and seek medical assistance when you’re experiencing any discomfort or have any

health concerns.

Besides a year of recuperation, it is also a year of learning and education for you. Have

an existing or new personal or professional goal you want to achieve? That’s great, but take

the year to lay low, and prep yourself for success by making enough internal preparation and

enhancing or acquiring the skills you need before venturing out or rolling out the plan you have

in mind. This way, you’ll be ready when the time is right, and your chances of succeeding will

also be much higher than acting on impulse.

2020 is also a year of indulgence for you! Surrounded by contacts or friends who are keen

to take you on exciting food journeys with them allows you to open your eyes and taste buds

to many new experiences but always try to balance indulgence with the mindfulness of your

health and you will be set for a much better year ahead.

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ADVERTORIAL

On A Journey

To Serve

Doctors find their calling in many ways. Top Nigerian student shares her

story as she receives medical education honours

Oloruntinmike Adetona, or Tunmike’s

decision to become a doctor was driven

largely by values instilled in her by her

family. The idea of being a part of a

profession focused on helping others

regardless of circumstance, focused

on facilitating people leading healthier and therefore happier

lives was ingrained in her from young. As a child growing

up in Nigeria, Tunmike would make her own first aid kit

using the box of chocolates her father would bring home and

cotton balls and paper tape to make her own plasters.

While in high school, her teacher once said to her

mother, “I don’t think she can study medicine, she’s just not

smart enough”. It was then Tunmike decided that she was

not going to stand for that and worked hard towards her goal

of wanting to help others. Naturally, she did well and seized

the opportunity to expand her knowledge and horizons as

she embarked on her journey to becoming a medical doctor.

Finding Her Calling

She was determined to achieve her goal no matter what when

she saw how weak and frail patients would become, from

terminal illnesses, and the state of the Nigerian healthcare

system, where people die from various preventable causes.

Armed with a passion in health policy-making towards

advancing healthcare systems of developing countries,

Tunmike flew across continents to pursue her medical degree

at RCSI & UCD Malaysia Campus in Penang, Malaysia.

Being a foreign student in a new country was challenging.

She experienced a huge culture shock, as anyone would.

However, she believed the experience would be to her benefit.

She found joy in learning a new language and built a large

network of friends from across the globe. The course of her

undergraduate studies saw her travelling to Dublin, Ireland,

where she undertook her pre-clinical studies for two-anda-half

years. Later, she returned to Penang for the clinical

phase where she had the opportunity to engage patients at

the hospitals in Penang, Seberang Perai, and Taiping.

Tunmike kept a positive mind as she worked hard and

enjoyed the process. In June 2019, her dream came true as she

was conferred a medical degree. In addition to graduating,

Tunmike made it to the Dean’s List and was awarded first

place in Paediatrics and Psychiatry. The young doctor plans

to expand her horizons further by taking up internship

opportunities in Ireland or the UK.

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THE ARTS

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When Museums

Connect

The iconic British Museum and Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia steps out of

their comfort zones to bring a special exhibition to highlight the Orientalist

artistic tradition called “Inspired By The East: How the Islamic world

influenced western art”

Text by Premilla Mohanlall / Picture Courtesy of British Museum

Museums are showcases of

cultural artifacts, displayed

in a maze of galleries that

draw attention to the artistic

heritage and traditions of

some country, culture or

civilisation. In October, two museums decided to take

this conventional role a notch higher. They decided to

show connections between two disparate cultures that

have a long history of political tensions.

Their collaboration sprung from belief that art

offers hope, and can be a bridge builder that can set

the mind free of prejudice. This was the purpose of a

special new exhibition entitled ‘Inspired by the East:

How the Islamic world influenced Western art’ that

opened at the British Museum in October 2019.

The title says it all. It sees the venerable British

institution (since 1753) partnering with the unique

Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia (since 1998) to

explore the complex cultural interactions between

Europe and North America (the west) and the Middle

East and North Africa (the east) in the heyday of the

Ottoman and Persian empires.

East Meets West

Interestingly, the teaming up of the two museums

itself is about the east meeting west to celebrate

differences. It saw a major loan of objects from Kuala

Lumpur’s Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia, making

their first appearance outside the country. Inspired by

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the East is a 50:50 collaboration, with each providing

half the contents of the exhibition as well as half the

curatorial direction.

British Museum Director Hartwig Fisher said,

“This major exhibition highlights just how extensive

and enduring cultural exchange between the west and

the Islamic world has been. It is an artistic relationship

that has endured for five centuries and has influenced

an astonishing diversity of material culture. We are

grateful to the Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia for

collaborating with us on this project and offering such

a generous loan of objects.”

Puan Sri Sharifah Zarah, a trustee of the

Albukhary Foundation that manages IAMM, said,

The Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia’s chief purpose

is to highlight to Muslims and non Muslims alike

not just the achievements of Islamic culture but also

its influence across generations. Our museum looks

back 1,400 years to Mecca, a cultural meeting place

as complex as anything in the 21st century. Inspired

by the East focuses on 500 years of more recent

encounters. These were not always harmonious.

Compared with the present era though, there was

often more goodwill and considerable more curiosity.”

Cultural Connectivity

At the core of the exhibition is the examination

of the artistic tradition known as Orientalism,

a representation of the east in western arts that

often blurred the lines between fantasy and reality.

Orientalism traces its origins to the 1500s, and

peaked as an art movement in the 19th century when

western artists began visiting the Middle East and

North Africa in greater numbers.

Visitors to the exhibition will see the sumptuous

influences of the east on the visual and decorative

arts of Western artists. Their works transport you to

a variety of Islamic settings – from the grandeur of

Ottoman court life and elaborate interior of mansions

the wealthy to the buzz of regular street life, serenity

of the desert and devotion to their faith. The artists

appear fascinated by the beauty of exotic women and

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the harem, both off limits to them, and such, fertile ground to

let the imagination soar in their works.

Western artists from the Orientalist era travelled or lived

among Muslim communities. Others never strayed far from

the comfort of their studios. Both categories of artists created

works that enabled the growing population of Europe and

America to see many different “Orients”.

Most of their works struck a chord with Western

audiences, introducing them to a world worthy of respect.

Such was the impact that a few of these Western travelers

even converted to Islam after their exposure to the Muslim

world. One fine example is Nasreddine Dinet, a French artist

formerly known as Alphone Etienne Dinet.

“This same level of cultural connectivity and curiosity

from the West has rarely been seen over the last 100 years. In

all the examples used in the exhibition, the connections are

clear for visitors to see,” adds Sharifah Zarah.

Inspired by the east will run at the:

British Museum, London: 10 October 2019-26 January 2020

Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia: 20 June to 22 October 2020

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THE HOME

Iconic Play

An

Colour

With

Let energetic shapes and finishing galvanise your collective imagination

with new daily-used objects

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Q

eebo is a next-generation brand of

furniture and accessories designed and

launched in 2016 by influential Italian

design maven Stefano Giovannoni.

Stefano launched the Qeeboo idea by

going back to the origins of design:

with daily-use objects that are iconic,

striking and is available to everyone.

Once created, these designs are entrusted to our

interpretation in order to acquire a new life. Qeeboo resumes

and reinterprets in a fantastic way the icons of our imagination,

even literary, and gives them an unexpected original collection

full of emotion and imagination, introducing beautiful, ironic

and surprising objects.

A family of products, created in collaboration with the

most eclectic international designers: from Andrea Branzi

to Front, from Richard Hutten to Studio Job, from Marcel

Wanders to Nika Zupanc. The original objects in the

panorama of national and international design, it is not just

a showcase, but a charming place that, only a designer as

Stefano Giovannoni, could design and realise.

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Under the careful direction of Stefano, in fact, different

styles and characters get together, combined with a playfulnarrative

approach and a careful figurative research. The

internationally well-known designers have designed new

iconic objects of great emotional expression, with a strong

visual impact, through a common element: plastic.

They measured themselves through a material not usual

and not common to use, studying the characteristics carefully

and taking advantage of all its potential to give a shape to

originals chairs, tables, lamps, vases and accessories.

A potent mix of technologies and industrial techniques,

along with aesthetics and invention that offer not only poetic,

but funny and hybrid objects such as Rabbit and Mexico, that

can be used, respectively, in a personal way as a seat or a lamp

and as vase or stool or lamp.

At the Milan Maison & Object 2018, under Stefano

Giovannoni’s sign, the brand enlivened with new creations

and a stand where the colours on the products’ silhouettes were

leading roles. The coloured outlines of the big Kongs in their

new colours and the Rabbit Velvet family with their intense

and deep nuances were displayed on the front platform with a

tremendous scenic impact. The new products take advantage

of plastic’s properties: from the ‘XS’ Kong lamps to the velvet

finish Rabbit Chairs up to the newest ‘MINI’ power bank

family in the Rabbit, Killer, Mexico, and Flash versions.

Rabbit Lamp XS

Rabbit Lamp XS is a new symbol of love and fertility, a

sweet and auspicious object. It comes with a rechargeable

battery, colour changing LED light and is available in sixteen

interchangeable colours and a remote.

MINI Power Banks - Rabbit, Killer, Mexico, Flash

They’re Qeeboo’s success symbols. You can easily carry

them in your bag, they become external batteries for your

smartphone or any other device. They come in an elegant

rigid packaging which also includes a cord and an info leaflet.

(Colours: light green, light grey, light blue and light pink).

The Qeebo collection is available for pre-order at the XTRA Furniture

showroom at The Gardens Mall.

Qeeboo, Kong Lamp XS

With its 53 cm height, the Kong XS is out of scale as a toy, out

of size to be a lamp and out of size to be a gorilla. Kong is a

unique object, and it can be free to roam in the most diverse

settings. It isn’t scary anymore thanks to the eccentric ideas

of its creator. (Colours: bright pink, violet, black, ivory, dark

orange and light blue).

Rabbit Chair Velvet Finish

This time “Rabbit Chair” comes in new finishings with

intense and rich tones: dark gold, orange, red, fuxia, purple

and turquoise.

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THE GADGETS

The Tech Connection

Whether you want cool new wearable tech or an impressive new-age audio system, here

are some new gadgets that will make life more electronically engaging and easier too.

Acer ConceptD 9 Pro Laptop

Delivering the ultimate creative power, the

new Acer ConceptD 9 Pro is the ideal laptop

for demanding 3D work and to maximise your

creativity. As colour accuracy is critical for design

work, you’ll be happy to note that the ConceptD

9 Pro does not disappoint with its range of colour

technologies where you can see every detail in

unbelievable clarity with the 4K UHD resolution.

The ground-breaking Ezel Aero Hinge further

gives this device unique flexibility to create and

collaborate the way you want. With its timeless

design, the ConceptD 9 Pro looks at home at any

workplace. You’ll also be able to type comfortably

in any environment with the backlit keyboard. The

warm amber backlighting creates a soft radiance

reminiscent of nature and a breaking dawn.

Devialet Phantom Premier in Gold

Unlike any wireless speakers that have existed before,

Devialet Phantom Premier’s revolutionary technologies fuse

together to deliver an intense emotional experience, one you

can literally feel in your bones. Plug, play and unleash the

physical impact of a high-end ultra-dense sound with power,

clarity and precision like nothing you’ve ever encountered.

Get ready to hear every detail with unthinkable clarity and

precision by a Grade I Titanium tweeter in its most essential

form, finished in fine 18-carat gold.

Dyson V11TM Absolute+

The ultimate present in gold, the Dyson V11 TM

Absolute + is Dyson’s latest cord-free vacuum

that intelligently senses and adapts to different

floors, while doing what it does best – deep clean

everywhere. It is engineered to make cleaning

more efficient across hard floors and carpets,

thanks to the High Torque cleaner head with

stiff nylon bristles to remove ground-in dirt,

paired with the Dynamic Load Sensor (DLSTM)

system that automatically changes the motor

speed between various surfaces, thus sensing and

maximising power usage on the go. A significant

addition to the Dyson cord-free vacuum is

the built-in LCD display that shows current

performance run time, power modes (Eco, Auto,

Boost), filter maintenance and blockage reports.

The Dyson V11 TM Absolute + features a new gold,

premium finishing, along with a complimentary

Dyson V11 Dok TM stand. A perfect choice for

gifting. Available exclusively on www.dyson.my

and the Dyson Demo at The Gardens Mall.

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Pacifica The Forge

Abandon the traditional methods of cooking through

heat conductivity in an inner pot and embrace the latest in

cookware technology with Pacifica’s The Forge. This modern

kitchen appliance uses high-temperature steam from a water

chamber to directly heat up both your ingredients, as well

as the water simultaneously. The result is fast and efficient

cooking where even something as simple as cooked rice

comes out with a special texture that makes it infinitely more

enjoyable to consume. The Forge comes with a stainless steel

vacuum pot that helps to keep soup warm and fresh for up to

8 hours.

Pacifica The Vortex

With a 30-minute and up to 24-hour preset settings built

into Pacifica’s The Vortex, you no longer have to wake up

extra early to enjoy a healthy and nutritious breakfast in the

comfort of your own home. All it takes is 14 minutes to turn

raw soybeans to a smooth and nutritious soy drink. Getting

a refreshing glass of soy milk has never been this quick, or

this easy. The Vortex comes equipped with an Independent

Suspension Muting System that results in an extremely quiet

machine. You just turn it on and expect nothing more than

the sound of a boiling electric kettle. Relish in the luxury of

sleeping in while breakfast prepares itself. Plus you will have

your own personal drinking water dispenser for instant hot

and warm water whenever you need it, thanks to The Vortex

and its Double-Track Heating System.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10

The new Galaxy Note10 and Galaxy Note10+

are packed with powerful innovations designed to

help you take your mobile experience to the next

level. The 6.3-inch Galaxy Note10 is 0.1 inches

smaller than the Galaxy Note9, and is perfect for

those who want all the power and performance

that comes with the newest Note, but in a more

compact form. The 6.8-inch Galaxy Note10+,

meanwhile, is a full 0.4 inches bigger than last

year’s Note, and boasts the largest display that

the series has ever seen. But what makes the

Galaxy Note10’s design so striking boils down

to more than simply looks. It’s also exceptionally

light and thin, weighing in at 196 grams and

measuring just 7.9mm thick. Whether you’re

gaming or editing photos, watching videos or

shooting your own, you can trust the Galaxy

Note10’s Dynamic AMOLED display to provide

superior brightness, contrast and colour. The

display is also incredibly durable, thanks to

the ultra-strong Gorilla ® Glass 6 on both the

front and back of the devices. This time-saving

technology enables the device’s 4,300mAh3

battery to store a full day’s worth of charge in

just 30 minutes.

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PROPERTY

NEWS

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.

Tropicana Corporation hopes to create a more

compassionate and supportive community, especially

within the 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.

Nacra Awards

The Edge Rat Race

Tropicana Golf & Country Resort’s (TGCR)

8 th Inter-Group Golf Tournament 2019

Tropicana x iCycle Recycling Initiative

Deepavali Celebration At St Joseph’s Institution

International School Malaysia


PROPERTY NEWS

NACRA Awards

28 November 2019

The 2019 National Annual Corporate Report Awards (NACRA 2019)

continues to recognise and reward excellent corporate reporting in

Malaysia. Tropicana was awarded The Certificate of Merit this year

in recognition of the company’s annual report having qualified for the final of

NACRA 2019. The theme “Towards Accountability & Excellence” underscores

the vital role that annual reports play in propagating transparency and enhancing

the integrity of capital markets.

The Edge

Rat Race

27 November 2019

Tropicana have been an active

supporter of The Edge KL Rat

Race since 2004. This charity run

has been an annual affair which Tropicana

looks forward in participating each year. It’s

a time to encourage a sense of camaraderie

and group effort amongst the team members

by having fun, getting healthy and boosting

morale, a practice which Tropicana have

been committed to for years. This year is no

different as corporate participants gathered

at Perdana Botanical Garden, (Lake Garden

Kuala Lumpur) in support of this fund

raising charity. A large turnout including

supporters were seen cheering and supporting

their respective teams towards the finishing

line. This annual run raised RM1,397,999

this year, much of which will be disbursed

through The Edge Education Foundation

to 20 selected beneficiaries including

Cancer Research Malaysia, Kiwanis Down

Syndrome Foundation, Childline Foundation

and Assisi Palliative Care Bhd.

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Group photo of team Riverdale

Group photo of team Tour 18

Tropicana Golf &

Country Resort’s

(TGCR) 8 th Inter-Group

Golf Tournament 2019

16-17 November 2019

Tropicana Golf & Country Resort thanks the

participants of the 8 th Inter-Group Golf Championship

at Tropicana Golf & Country Resort which saw the

participation of 14 team vying for the top place.

Team Tour 18 (defending champion) again secured the

top prize with a total marks of 547 points. Team Mother Tuna

and Team Riverdale took second and third prize respectively.

For the individual champion, Jimmy Chia finished in top

place with a total marks of 40 points (handicap 7 for the day).

The good weather on game day saw participants enjoying

themselves on the greens with high spirits and a sense of

camaraderie.

Not forgetting sponsors from Ingress Auto, Srixon,

Thai Odyssey, Glenfiddich and Hole-in-One sponsor Hi-

Bliss Hydrogen Therapy who made this event even more

memorable.

Group photo of team Mother Tuna

Third from left : Herman Tan, Executive Director of TGCR presenting the trophy to

the winning team - Team Tour 18

bdul Razak, Senior Manager of F&B TGCR presenting the top

prize for individual champion, Jimmy Chia Participants taking a rest at East 2 Hole 17

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PROPERTY NEWS

Tropicana x iCycle

Recycling Initiative

1 December 2019

Starting from 1 December 2019, Tropicana Corporation Berhad, in

partnership with iCycle management, has introduced a group and

community-based recycling initiative which runs across four signature

developments – Tropicana Aman, Tropicana Gardens, Tropicana Heights

and Tropicana Metropark. This 3 year programme is launched in line

with Tropicana’s commitment to promote a sustainable lifestyle through

recycling to save mother earth.

Those taking part in this go green initiative are encouraged to download

our Tropicana 360 app to be redirected to a separate iCycle recycling

app (Phinonic app) in order to start the recycling journey. This recycling

programme not only accepts paper and plastics but metal and e-wastes as

well. Thus everyone is encouraged to recycle for a better tomorrow and be

rewarded along the way in this go green initiative by Tropicana.

Deepavali Celebration

At St Joseph’s

Institution International

School Malaysia

(Tropicana PJ Campus)

For Deepavali, St Joseph International School celebrated

by getting students to wear traditional costumes that

created a fantastic display of colour at the Elementary

school. There was a spectacular dance performance during

assembly whice dramatised the story of Deepavali. Students

and teachers alike enjoyed themselves as they watched King

Rama return to Ayodha following the defeat of Ravana by

lighting rows of lamps. A delicious festival themed lunch

menu was served while a beautiful rangoli was created in the

dining room for the community to enjoy.

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GOLF LUXE ACCESSORIES

Score Big

Its all about better precision, more consistency and

greater speed on the green

PXG Super Tour Blades

PXG’s 0311 ST Irons are a striking example of precision

engineering. Triple forged to tighten the grain structure and

100% CNC milled to perfect every surface, curve and angle, these

solid-bodied tour blades are designed for better golfers. The tight

tolerance in production makes the 0311 ST to be consistent in

performance and for advanced shot making. Using high grade

material, the 8620 soft carbon steel is forged five times to tighten

grain structure, then 100% milled for precision. This strong, yet

“soft” alloy helps to prolong the life of the grooves and enhances

the appearance of the club overtime. The PXG 0311 ST Irons

feature a modifiable weighting system unique to PXG. Positioned

on the back, lower flange, each golf club has three titanium

weights positioned in the mid-section and multiple heavier

tungsten weights placed in the heel and toe to help create optimal

launch conditions.

PXG 0311 ST Chrome is only available for custom fitting at the PXG

Performance Studio, MST Golf Super Store PJ.

Titleist Pro V1

For golfers looking to shoot their best scores, the Titleist Pro V1 golf ball

provides total performance from tee to green with penetrating flight and very

soft feel. Faster from core to cover, the new Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf

balls have been designed to leave the clubface with more ball speed and lower

long game spin for more distance while providing the best short game control to

help golfers shoot lower scores.

New Waterproof Sun

Mountain H2NO 2020

Range Golf Bags

Sun Mountain’s most popular bag collection

outside North America, the H2NO bags are

constructed with the same waterproof technology

used in rainwear. Sun Mountain use textiles that

have a waterproof treatment on both sides of the

fabric; high quality, water resistant zippers and

sealed seams. The H2NO line is perfect for the

golfer who doesn’t let a little bit of rain spoil a

round of golf.

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THE SWING

Spectacular

Greens

At this exciting course with a newly opened resort nearby,

everything is done just right for you to tee off in style

The beautiful Els Club Malaysia Desaru Coast overlooks the South China Sea.

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The Els Club Malaysia Desaru Coast is a 45-

hole property that boasts two Championship

courses, each designed by a World Golf

Hall of Fame inductee. The Ocean Course,

designed by the club’s namesake and fourtime

major champion, Ernie Els is set on a

spectacular plot of land. Overlooking the South China Sea,

the course comprises of any two of the three 9-hole courses

on-site, offering unique variability.

Each layout has their own character and personal

touches from Els, but they all take inspiration from the

famous links courses spread across the UK, with large rolling

greens and firm run off areas designed to place a premium

on a sharp short game.

Just The Right Mix

The Valley Course, designed by three time major champion

Vijay Singh is a completely different test. The small greens

and sharp undulations mean that approach play must be

precise in order to prevail against the course. The layout is

as dramatic as you’ll find anywhere in the world. Singh used

the slopes on the property to perfection, creating a superb

mix of testing shots and vistas that will provide memories to

last a lifetime.

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THE SWING

The Desaru Valley Course Club House includes a restaurant, state-of-the-art

golf shop, luxury locker rooms and a meeting space for up to 120 people.

Take in sea views in one of the Deluxe rooms at Anantara Desaru

Coast Resorts & Villas.

Expansive residences offer families utmost privacy with an infinity pool, full kitchen

and chef and butler service.

Besides two fantastic golf venues, each course

boasts a fully fitted clubhouse. The Ocean Course’s

clubhouse is a decadent masterpiece, at 45,000 square

feet, views for miles over the golf course and into the

South China Sea and the 261 Bar and Restaurant, it’s

the ultimate 19 th hole. The Valley Course’s clubhouse

is a slightly different design, with an open plaza design

and casual dining area, it’s more of a traditional golf

club atmosphere.

Each course at The Els Club Desaru Coast has a

pristine short game area and full grass driving range,

meaning both perfect to warm up before a game, or

even to get in some extra practice.

A Pampering Service

It says something about the splendour of the Desaru

coast that a destination as beautiful as the Anantara

Desaru Coast Resort and Villas can still feel like

a hideaway while you plan a golfing trip to the Els

Club. The newly built resort offers a range of luxury

accommodation nestled in lush tropical gardens.

The resort has 123 keys comprising 90 deluxe guest

rooms in low-rise buildings that overlook the gardens,

lagoon and ocean; thirteen stand-alone luxury one

and two-bedroom pool villas; and 20 expansive threeand

four-bedroom residences that offer guests utmost

privacy with an infinity pool, full kitchen and chef

and butler service.

The resort’s architectural design resembles

traditional Malay buildings and is adorned with

indigenous materials and fabrics such as woven textiles;

renowned Malaysian wicker elements and silhouettes

of traditional Malay crafts. The luxurious pool villas

are located around a lagoon and their design draws

heavily from a traditional kampung house with floorto-ceiling

windows; slanted carved wooden panels;

louvres and vents under the roof and wide- open doors

that allow natural airflow to cool the interior. With such

luxurious pampering services and spectacular golf

courses, there’s no reason not to visit Desaru Coast.

Enjoy a special Stay & Play package of 2D1N stay in a

Premier Room inclusive of breakfast and two rounds of 18

holes or 4D3N inclusive of breakfast and three rounds of 18

holes. For more information, visit www.elsclubmalaysia.com

and www.anantara.com.

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The Valley Course traverses the valleys and streams of Desaru Coast, following

the undulating landscape and providing the most eye-catching vistas.

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THE LOOK

An Abundance

Of Style

Chinese New Year is all about celebrating with your

family and closest ones. For this Lunar New Year

share your special moments in cool, chic outfits that

will take you from day to night

Text: Rina Ahmad Sapiuddin

Photo: Brian Fang @ M8 Studio

Art Direction: Luke Jing Yau

Stylist: Nigel Lee

Hair: Angeline

Makeup: Joey Yap

Model: Kate Eliseeva @ Icon Model Management

Up The Volume

Imagined in a striking red shade, go

for a crepe dress which balances retro

detailing with modern charm. Framed

with puff sleeves, this loose style cinches

at the wrap waist before effortlessly

tumbling to a midi hem.

Wrap dress from MSGM

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THE LOOK

A Dash Of Blooms

Cut from a delicate fabric blend, this flowy

gown is effortlessly feminine with semi-sheer

sleeves and a ruffled skirt. Just throw it on

and go, or layer it with a jacket over top on a

brisk day.

Ruffle chiffon dress from Diane Von Furstenberg

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THE LOOK

Keep It Fluid

A fluid silhouette with a straight fit defines this essential

dress for the festive month. Give the relaxed shape

more definition by pulling the drawstring along the waist

and adding on gold accessories.

Red flannel wool dress from Gucci

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Soft Notes

This pretty midi wrap dress gets an update with

sheer sleeves and a ruffle that cascades down the

front into the hem. All you need are barely-there

heels to dress it up.

Wrap ruffle dress from Diane Von Furstenberg

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THE LOOK

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Comfort Is Key

This is everything you want to wear when the

new year rings in. Nothing like off-duty chic for

the on-the-go woman: someone who wants

minimal fuss, to get ready quickly with simple

separates in sumptuous fabrics.

Turtleneck white top and houndstooth skirt both from Gucci

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THE LOOK

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A Graphic Move

Effortlessly feminine, this sleek dress is both

relaxed and sexy with its open V-neck and

flattering maxi length. Style it with a chic coat

for extra coverage.

Sleeveless dress from Diane Von Furstenberg

Wide lapel blazer by Dolce & Gabbana

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THE LOOK

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Modern Modesty

Stay elegant all day in a silk-satin skirt cast in

soft mint shade, shaped to a loose wrap-effect

that softly billows to a short hem.

Turtleneck white top from Gucci

Mint wrap skirt from Bottega Veneta

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THE LOOK | RUNWAY

A Standout Style

Make a statement with graphic prints. Whether its a striking floral flourish or a

bright heart pattern, here’s how to update your look with bold graphic prints

Chiffon midi blouse from

Kate Spade New York

Winter garden blouse from

Kate Spade New York

Applique convertible

bag from Tory Burch

Slip on heels from

MSGM

Lanvin

Kate Spade New York

Nothing But

Flowers

It wouldn’t be spring without some sort

of floral trend coming to play. For this

year, go with elegant yet bright prints

for a unique look.

Printed shirt from

Tory Burch

Ruffled kitten heels from

MSGM

Wrap dress from

Pinko

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Amalie hearts top

from AllSaints

Pleated crepe mini dress

from Red Valentino

Sling bag from Kate Spade

New York

MSGM

Erdem

All Hearts Aflutter

Be inspired to wear your heart on your sleeve (or on your gown!)

with this fun and striking print. With vibrant colours and elegant

shapes, you will certainly standout from the crowd.

Cropped mid rise jeans

from Prada

Marmont shoulder bag

from Gucci

Maxi crepe dress from

Rebecca Vallance

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THE LOOK | RUNWAY

On The Town

Step into the new year in sartorial style with on-the-go appeal.

Black acetate

sunglasses with

retro-inspired frame

from Hugo Boss

Bodell wool coat

from AllSaints

Classic Fit Oxford shirt

from Polo Ralph Lauren

T.M Lewin

Effortlessly Cool

Combining simplicity and

sophistication, up your style game with

a modern and elegant silhouette.

Chino trousers from

Polo Ralph Lauren

Wool suit jacket in dark

grey from Acne Studios

Tennis 1977 sneaker

from Gucci

Gancini briefcase from

Salvatore Ferragamo

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THE LOOK | JEWELLERY

Outstanding Jewels

Between coloured jewels and gleaming pearls, this season’s accessories are more than just a few of our favourite things

Princess Aurora

sapphire and

diamond necklace

from DeGem

Red beaded clip

earrings from

Oscar de la

Renta

Happy Hearts 18k

rose gold diamond

bracelet from

Chopard

Raisa Vanessa

In The Red

This bold and bright hue symbolises confidence and

determination, which is appropriate, considering its

appearance on show-stopping jewellery such as

earrings and necklaces.

Rose gold Hypnotic

Lights ring with diamond

and a pear-shaped pink

spinel from Piaget

Red drop earrings

from Swarovski

Silvie gold

plated resin

brooch from

Gucci

Red leather buffed calfskin

BB bracelet from Balenciaga

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Keshi pearl

pendant necklace

from Loren Stewart

Pearl of Joy medium

14karat gold pearl hoop

earrings from Charms

Company

Baby’s breath

gold-plated pearl

brooch from

14/ Quatorze

Mermaid shell and pearl

earrings from

Anita Berisha

Metallic gold-tone faux pearl

earrings from Chloé

Eadie freshwater

pearl ring from

Anne Manns

Showstopping

Pearls

Want to veer away from the traditional

strand? Go with strikingly oversized

earrings or consider another interpretation

of the bold pearl trend by way of an

unconventional necklace or ring.

Prabal Gurung

Gold-plated pearl bracelet

with ice-cream charms from

Pernille Lauridsen

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ADVERTORIAL

Comfort In The Bedroom

Truly enjoy a restful time in your bedroom with air-conditioning in

a slim design that’s easy on the eyes

Your bedroom is your

haven and it should be the

perfect place for you to

kick back and relax after a

long and tiring day. In the

calm and comfort of your

room, you look forward to unwinding and

recharging by doing your favourite activities,

before falling into restful sleep.

However, when the room is too warm

or too cold, that could put a dampener on

your mood. Moreover, for the discerning

homeowner who aims for perfection,

bulky and noisy air-conditioners can be an

annoyance when all you want is some peace

and bliss.

For the ultimate in comfort as well as

aesthetics at home, Daikin has the answer in

the form of Home Central Air Conditioning

(HCAC). Home central air conditioning

circulates an even temperature everywhere

in the house and doesn’t compromise your

meticulously arranged interior decor and

design as the slim unit is hidden from view,

sleekly integrated into your home’s structure.

Intelligent 3Di Technology for

Ultimate Comfort

With Daikin’s Home Central Air

Conditioning system, central conditioning

does not mean one temperature throughout

the house. Rather, with smart 3Di technology,

your bedroom benefits from individual and

precise temperature control, suitable for the

purpose of the area. So your bedroom could

be cooled to just the right temperature for

comfort while circulating clean and fresh air.

Another benefit to 3Di technology is

Daikin’s revolutionary non-invasive airflow.

This ensures that cool air is circulated more

evenly in a room thanks to 3-directional

airflow, rather than direct air-conditioning

that concentrates only on one spot. Say

goodbye to restless nights and stuffy noses

as you welcome better sleep with wide-angle

coverage 3D airflow.

Integrated Design for Pleasant

Aesthetics

Meanwhile, because the air-conditioning unit

is ceiling-mounted and integrates seamlessly

into your interior architecture, the room

remains aesthetically pleasing with no bulky

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design and function work hand-in-hand as

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The Daikin Home Central Air

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Optimal living conditions lead to a happier

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family can live life to its fullest.

To find out more about Daikin Home

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THE BEAUTY

Beauty Fix Right Now

Your skin deserves all the love and attention it can get, so if you’re

in need of some inspiration for your skincare routine, here are some

beauty treats you can start following

L’erbolario Dalia

Bodycare Collection

Discover the body line which captures the essence of a

charming flower: the beautiful Dahlia. Dahlias are all

about adventurous journeys, explorations and exotic

places. It is the national flower of Mexico and is a symbol

for respect, compassion, dignity and elegance. For this

collection, the charming flower is extracted and undergoes

a sophisticated steam distillation process to retrieve the

perfumed essential fractions, thereby obtaining a very

pleasant aromatic water.

Diptyque Eau Capitale

An enigmatic fragrance, it embodies a form of slightly detached refinement

of the elegance exuded by the aura of Paris. It opens with the freshness of

“vert de bergamote” tempering its consummate voluptuousness. In the center

of the triangle is a bouquet of flowers bordering on excess. Wide-open petals,

intense, almost jammy scents of roses from Bulgaria and Turkey and ylangylang

from the Comoros. It stands for freedom: no lichen, no moss or oak or

pine! But, yes, patchouli. With its leaf, distilled to the heart in Indonesia. And

finally, “Georgywood” for its earthy and dark vetiver-like aspects. Ambrofix,

between musk, dry tobacco and ambergris, closes the chapter.

Decorte Moisture Liposome Serum

A lightweight, super-moisturising serum, the Decorte

Moisture Liposome, with Liposome Technology, effortlessly

becomes one with skin to promote a smooth, healthy, and

radiant condition. Highly compatible with skin, multilayered

capsules measuring just 0.1 to 0.2 micrometers composed of

biomimetic phospholipid bilayers are time-released to infuse

skin with lasting, all-day hydration; improving skin’s texture,

firmness and translucence. Works in synergy with skin while

enhancing the absorption of subsequent skincare products

that follow.

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THE BEAUTY

THREE Balancing Line

The new Balancing line is specially-created to awaken skin’s natural rhythm and restore

its healthy balance with the power of plants. After decades of extensive research into

the properties of the Tea plant, a new active ingredient has been developed as the star

ingredient of the Balancing line. An extract obtained from Tea flowers, picked when

they are still buds helps calm and tighten the skin and can be effective for ageing care.

The extract is made with COSMOS-registered Tea flowers cultivated by contracted

farmers. Additionally, an original blend of essential oils, which helps to regulate the

rhythms of the mind, body and skin has been added to the Balancing line. It restores

skin cell turnover and the skin’s moisture balance, leaving the skin supple and damageresistant.

The scent carries notes of Oriental citrus green, effectively brightening up

the spirit after every application.

L’Occitane

Limited Edition

Immortelle Reset

Oil-in-serum

What if you could reset your

skin, erase the impact of

stress and fatigue, and wake

up each morning with fresh,

rested & radiant-looking

skin? The Immortelle Reset

Oil-in-Serum will leave you

with skin that looks rested,

fresh, more youthful and

radiant. This extraordinary

serum suits all skin types, and

works in combination with all

L’Occitane face care serums

and moisturisers. With an all

new red, golden bottle, this

limited edition version will

ensure your skin is as new and

fresh as your new year outfits.

Gabrielle Chanel Eau de Parfum

Inspired by the free and passionate woman who became

Coco Chanel, Gabrielle Chanel is an intensely feminine

interpretation of the luminous floral fragrance. This deep

and enveloping scent evokes the true essence of Gabrielle

Chanel. The fragrance is an imaginary flower, faceted

with jasmine, ylang-ylang, orange blossom and the most

captivating flower of all, grasse tuberose. The striking

square glass bottle is reimagined with bolder golden

accents on the cap and label.

Neal’s Yard Remedies

Wild Rose Beauty Balm

This one pot wonder for radiant skin remains a much loved product

among beauty lovers. Whether using it as an exfoliating cleanser with the

enclosed Organic Muslin Face Cloth, an eyebrow tamer or complexion

highlighter, everyone has a favourite use. Antioxidant-rich, organic wild

rosehip oil and a balancing blend of organic geranium and patchouli

essential oils, this cult favourite nourishes skin and enhances your skin’s

radiance, for a natural glow.

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GAME CHANGER

Every Piece

Tells A Story

Celebrated artist, Red Hong Yi reflects on art career and how she is

injecting new meaning and purpose through her art

Text by Julie Yim | Stylist by Ibnu Aswan

Photographer by Tommi Chu @ Blink Studio

Hair Artist by Bibian Leong | Make-Up by Artist Alvin Loh

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Red Hong Yi is playing with fire.

Literally. She is lying on her

back, holding up a lighted candle

while attempting to wipe soot and

dripping wax off her face. The

work is unglamorous yet Red is

silently chuckling to herself, ruminating on how her

followers have this perception that her work as an

artist is always so easy. But that’s just social media for

you. All her effort isn’t for nothing as Red worked on a

commissioned piece by Google Singapore, specifically

a 10m-long mural made of burnt bamboo weaves.

It may be hard for anyone to imagine that

underneath Red’s effervescent persona, the

professional architect turned artist whose art

exploded on the Internet seven years ago was and

still is rather conscious when it comes to speaking

about her work. After all, if you take into account her

48,822 subscribers on Youtube and 179,900 followers

on Instagram, that’s a colossal amount of eyeballs

focused on one person who just confessed that she is

“actually quite shy”.

“I think it’s a common theme for artists to always

have doubts about their work,” she offers candidly,

when prodded about her shyness claim. “Personally

for me why my art career began was because I decided

I cannot be shy about my work anymore and I have

to show it despite my fears.” How did she conquer

that fear then? “What struck me is that you have to

forge on and not be too mindful of the naysayers as

you go on with what kick-started that passion. I tell

myself that I cannot take it too personally and my

work should not dictate my worth and my value,” she

points out affirmatively.

Start Of Something Good

While Red owes a large share of her art career’s

initial success to social media (a video recording of

her creating a portrait of retired NBA star Yao Ming

using a basketball and red paint went viral overnight),

she asserts that it can eventually turn into a doubleedged

sword. “Likes, shares and comments should

not be the determining factor whether a project has

succeeded or not. It can spark anxiety for sure,” she

remarks.

Red herself pleads guilty to falling under the

social media trap during her nascent art career,

psyching herself into believing that her next project

had to reach a million views. When that did not

happen to some of her projects, she thought she had

failed. “I learned that wasn’t the case because that’s

just social media and how you market your project.”

It’s been five years now since Red has given up her

architect career to pursue art full-time.

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“I’ve always thought my path was quite straight, enrolling

in foundation year to graduating architecture school,” she

confesses, disclosing that she chose to study architecture

because it was the middle ground for maths and art – two

subjects that she took a liking to. Though her talent and

exposure to art was evident from a young age, it wasn’t until

she relocated to China in 2011 that she yearned to discover

more about her roots, which in turn prompted her to dabble

in art once again as she “wanted to express how I was feeling

about living in China.”

With her porcelain complexion and almond-shaped

eyes, Red’s distinctive oriental features are a manifestation

of her rich cultural heritage. “My dad’s side of the family is

from Shanghai. My mum’s side is from Guangxi,” says the

Sabahan native whose father runs an engineering firm, while

her mother was a banker.

“When I was a kid, I had always wanted to enter

competitions but the rules and regulations always stated that

it would be held in KL or you had to mail your entry to KL so

I felt like I wasn’t at the centre of it all. What I do appreciate

about Sabah is that I grew up catching bugs, climbing trees

and fishing. My parents brought me on road trips so I got to

appreciate the wildlife and outdoors.”

Pay It Forward

Between juggling numerous speaking engagements and

commissioned projects around the world, Red has also

contributed to her home state through Pillars of Sabah,

a project she initiated and co-organised with her fellow

Sabahan friends, designer Melissa Lo and local filmmaker

Jared Abdul Rahman. The first instalment was unveiled to

the public last Malaysia Day, uniting the local community

together through art.

“This particular site is located right smack in the middle

of Kota Kinabalu town and left abandoned since the ‘90s. It

was a colonial building built prior to World War II and was

burnt down,” Red elaborates, disclosing that they initially

wanted to turn the entire site into bright yellow but the recent

election results caught them by surprise. “We thought it would

be nice to use the number 30 as a whole because there were 30

pillars and we wanted to dedicate each pillar to a local artist

who will paint a face of a person who has inspired them.”

The success of the first Pillars of Sabah spurred a second

instalment earlier this year in conjunction with Earth Hour to

create environmental awareness. With the support of Sabah

Art Gallery and Sabah Tourism Board, Pillars of Sabah

returned to collaborate with WWF Malaysia and showcase

the artworks of 30 new artists highlighting 30 different

endangered wildlife. The project has also brought upon new

exposure to the local artists who participated as they received

numerous requests for commissioned artworks and some even

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went on to pursue art full-time.

“What I’ve learnt from this project is most artists

including myself do not necessary know how to

market our work. As artists, it is such a personal thing

for us and there is always criticism when you put your

work out there. You are bound to receive a fair share

of compliments and criticisms but to be able to take

that in and forge on is a big thing. I’m hoping that

through this project the artists will learn to show their

work and be proud of it,” Red remarks, citing that

Sabahan artists first need to overcome their shyness.

Real Meaning

On her career front, this will also be the year for Red

to steer her art career back to where it all began as she

strives to find new meaning within her work. “When

I first started out, I did a lot of projects to express

how I was feeling about living in China and getting

to know my roots. I’ve since started working with

brands and clients but at the same time, I feel that

when I express myself and when projects come from a

personal place, that is when I really push my art skills

and quality of my work. I’ve been trying to strike a

balance between both,” she confesses openly.

Red is also excited to share more about her eggshell

series project which she has aptly named Future Relics.

The series comprises 15 pieces of artworks featuring

traditional Chinese vases depicted through cracked

eggshells laid on painted timber panels. “The idea

came about when I thought to myself, in a 100 years’

time when humanity looks back on history, what are

they going to think about the people living during our

time? I wanted to talk about what it is like living in our

time and this series addresses the various issues that an

Asian woman is facing in today’s world,”

Red elaborates further, citing that the issues

include current politics, social issues and popular

culture that have played a role in shaping her identity

as an (Southeast) Asian female in the 21st century.

Among the more interesting issues she will address in

this current series include the LGBT rights movement,

breast cancer and body image and the conundrum of

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What struck me is that you have to

forge on and not be too mindful of

the naysayers as you go on with what

kick-started that passion. I tell myself

that I cannot take it too personally

and my work should not dictate my

worth and my value.

This article first appeared in Prestige Magazine June 2019

a married woman on sacrificing her career for family.

Red has also dedicated one artwork to the #MeToo

movement which has gained traction over the year,

incorporating symbolisms of two rabbits and a rice

bowl inside the vase.

“In China, the #MeToo hashtag is censored so

to get around that, women in China have resorted to

using emojis of bunny heads and rice bowl to expose

sexual harassment,” Red elaborates, pointing out that

that the term rice bunny is pronounced as “mi tu”

in Chinese. When asked if she has ever personally

encountered a similar experience given her exposure

in the art world, she responds with a no.

“As I was working on this project, I was reflecting

on my career and my assistants asked me the same

question. My clients and collectors have been really

respectful but I think society may be the cause behind

what hinders women and it may even come from within

ourselves. Male artists are featured more predominantly

compared to female artists because family becomes an

issue for women so they tend to hold themselves back.

That makes me wonder, in today’s society, what would

a healthy partnership look like?”

Immersing herself in her art for the past five

years, the artist has now taken on a different path,

with the intention to create more than just beautiful

artwork. “I want my artwork to have more of a

meaning instead of creating something that is just

aesthetically pleasing. I want people to relate and

interpret the pieces by themselves as some of them

are quite abstract. I want my pieces to tap into my

heritage of being a Chinese and be inspired by my

culture and my roots,” she says earnestly.

As part of her quest to find greater meaning

within her work, Red dived deep into her past and

discovered that her granduncle was a talented artist

who served during the communist revolution. He was

hired to be an artist to create propaganda posters for

the revolution. “I saw his artwork and told him that

I wanted to learn from him but he refused to paint

anymore as it brought back scarred memories. The

notion that he was going to throw his paintbrushes

away came to me and I thought hard about it before

deciding that I will use other materials to express my

work instead of the conventional way of painting.

That made me want to express things like culture,

family and history through my art,” she sums up

deftly.

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THE EXPERIENCE

The

Perfect Host

Make it an event to remember for guests with

insights from a hospitality expert

Text by: Zurien Onn / Photos by Faiz Basroh/Courtesy of Raja Ferin Raja Azman.

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Open house season is well underway

and that means being as prepared

as possible if you are hosting one.

However, sometimes a few points might

be overlooked. The food and decor

might be top-notch but it would do well

to show how you have thought of your guests with some tips

from hospitality expert, YM Raja Ferin Raja Azman, making

the event more memorable for all.

With more than 21 years as a hospitality expert both at

home and abroad, Raja Ferin has extensive experience in

entertaining high-profile VIPs of various nationalities and

understands the nuances of hosting a varied profile of guests.

According to Raja Ferin, here are some basic “Do’s” you

should practice as a host:-

1. Plan your invitation accordingly for each group of guests, setting the

time accordingly for each group. This is to ensure quality time with each

of your guests while avoiding leaving some guests alone as you entertain

others.

2. Plan your menu appropriately especially if expecting guests of other

religious denominations. Separate non-halal and/or beef dishes to another

table or section and indicate this to your guests so they are confident and

will enjoy the menu prepared willingly and not by obligation.

3. You will receive many guests on this day including your relatives. Be

sure to make your friends comfortable by introducing them to your family

and start common small talk. If your guests look comfortable, this will

give you the opportunity to leave them in your family's good hands for a

moment while you greet your other guests.

Meanwhile, Raja Ferin also reminds hosts of some of the

“Don’ts”:

1. While sweeping or throwing trash on Chinese New Year day is

considered bad luck in Chinese tradition, it is, of course, also considered

rude to be doing this while your guests are around. You should be spending

time entertaining your guests instead of making sure the house is clean.

2. Avoid sensitive topics in a conversation with your guests especially on

religion or politics.

3. Understandably, the host usually will be tired from the preparation and

entertaining but there should be no cat naps during the day while your

guests are still around.

These are just a few important points for this occasion,

but it’s the little things that make or break an event. Practicing

the best hosting practices ensure it’s a fun day for both host

and guests.

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HEALTH & WELLNESS

Be Heart

Smart

Know these heart attack risk factors that

you shouldn’t ignore

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Extensive research has identified

factors that increases a person’s

risk for coronary heart disease

in general and heart attack in

particular. When assessing your

risk of having a heart attack, it’s

important to know that there are factors you can

control and others you can’t. Some, such as age, are

fixed. But others related to diet and exercise, among

other things, can be modified.

In either case, it’s important to know the

elements that may contribute to a heart attack —

which occurs when the arteries that carry oxygen

and nutrients to the heart becomes blocked, severely

limiting or cutting off blood supply.

Knowing and addressing these risk factors

is crucial: The American Heart Association

recommends focusing on heart disease prevention

early in life. To start, assess your risk factors and

work to keep them low. The sooner you identify and

manage your risk factors, the better your chances of

leading a heart-healthy life.

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Get to know these common heart

attack culprits to keep your heart in

top shape

Genes

Your family health history can give you an indication

of early trouble. Go see a doctor if your brother

or father was 55 or younger when diagnosed with

coronary heart disease (or 65 for your mother or

sister)

Age

Those who are aged 65 and older are the majority

of heart attack deaths but a man’s risk begins to

increase at 45 while for women it starts at 55.

Gender

Overall men have a greater risk of a heart attack.

But women are more likely to experience subtler

heart attack symptoms such as fatigue and nausea

and not just chest pain.

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Risk factors you can control:

Drinking

Consuming alcohol can increase cardiac health

risks, raise triglycerides and cause irregular

heartbeat. Consume safely; no more than two

drinks per day for men (and one for women).

Blood Pressure

High blood pressure forces the heart to work harder,

causing damage over time. If your blood pressure

is higher than 120 / 80 , your heart attack risk is

considered elevated.

Smoking

If you need a good reason to quit, then know this

alarming statistic: smoking is directly related to

about 1 in 4 heart attacks. People who smoke have

a heart attack risk two to three times higher than

non smokers.

Weight

Research has indicated that being overweight

or obese is linked to several heart attack related

risk factors. Check with your doctor to help you

determine an ideal goal weight based on height and

age.

Physical Activity

Being active by doing exercises every day with three

to four 40 minute sessions of moderate to vigorous

activity each week can help lower blood pressure,

cholesterol and weight.

Diet

To fight against heart disease, start by eating

healthily. Make sure fruits, vegetables and grains, as

well as low fat dairy, poultry and fish are part of

your diet. Limit your intake of red meat and sugar.

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THE DISHES

Celebrate

Tradition

Discover some of the more popular dishes to eat

during this Chinese New Year

Text: Rina Ahmad Sapiuddin

Food Styling: Luke Jing Yau

Photographer: Brian Fang @ M8 Studio

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Beef BBQ

Special set

For a filling and satisfying meal, nothing

beats a Korean beef barbeque. And this

special set with tender sliced beef and fresh

vegetables from the newly opened Korean

restaurant, QingHeGu ticks all the boxes!

QingHeGu

Tropicana Clubhouse

Tel. 03-7802 8917

Operating Hours

Monday to Sunday

11.30am to 3.00pm |

6.00pm to 10.00pm

Weekends and Public Holidays

11.30am to 10.00pm

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THE DISHES

Stewed Abalone

Fried Rice

Chinese fried rice is the quintessential comfort food and

when stewed abalone is added, it raises the bar up a

notch for this popular dish. This stir-fried dish with eggs,

chicken, mix vegetables, abalone, chillies and shallots is a

must have for this coming festive season.

Restaurant 27

Tropicana Clubhouse

Tel: 03-7804 8888

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Fritto Misto

This selection of bite-size seafood and

vegetables are dipped in batter and deep

fried till golden to give it a crunchy and

scrumptious flavour. The freshest choice of

calamari, prawns and octopus tentacles is

served with tartar dipping sauce.

Jojo’s Italian Restaurant

Tropicana Clubhouse

Tel. 03-7805 3935

www.jojoitalianrestaurant.com

Operating Hours

Monday to Thursday

11.00am to 3.00pm

6.00pm to 11.00pm

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Butter Prawn

with Egg

According to tradition, when you eat

prawns you will be filled with happiness and

laughter. So do order this delicious prawn

dish drenched in a savoury butter sauce and

topped with toasted egg floss, cut chillies and

aromatic curry leaves.

Spring Garden

Chinese Restaurant

Tropicana Clubhouse

Tel. 03-7880 7226

Operating Hours

Monday to Saturday

11.30 am to 2.30pm |

6.30pm to 10.30pm

Sunday and Public Holidays

10.30am to 10.30pm

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Tai Kabuto Nabe

Nothing like a simmering bowl of a hearty broth like

this popular Japanese dish to get you in the mood for the

festive season. A delicious medley of ingredients steeped

in dashi broth and cooked inside a clay nabe pot, this

bowl of red snapper, vegetables and mushrooms that

promises a flavourful dining experience.

Gin Shui Tei

Tropicana Clubhouse

Tel. 03-7804 8888

www.facebook.com/ginshuitei

Operating Hours

Monday to Sunday

12.00pm to 3.00pm

6.30 to 10.30pm

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New Eats In Town

Check out these places that are serving the interesting and inventive

food in town right now!

Make Your Own Sushi

Sushi lovers, rejoice! Elevate your sushi eating experience

with the unique ‘Make Your Own Sushi’ platter - a fresh

yet playful way to present delicious Japanese traditional

cuisine with a fun twist. You can have it as a single platter

for each member of your party, or a large platter to be

shared by all. Choose from – Original and Vegetarian

where only the freshest quality ingredients are used.

For those with bigger appetites, there are 14 additional

toppings to brighten up your sushi experience, such as

cream cheese, tuna mayo, sea bream and sea urchin, to

name a few. Available at Umai Sushikan at Level 4, Lot 10

Shopping Centre, Bukit Bintang.

A Bowl Of Goodness

Good news for those who relish green, light, tasty and healthy food as

Kubis & Kale has officially opened its doors! Founded by Chef Aaron

Lim, Kubis & Kale offers a wide range of healthy “Poke, Cooked Foods

& Vegans” in a bowl. All you need to do is to choose from a wide range

of unique marinates of fruits and vegetables to add to your poke bowl

(raw and cooked), cooked dishes or vegetarian/vegan superfoods dish.

Available at Ground Floor, Jalan PJS 11/5, Bandar Sunway.

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Spice Heaven

Set in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, Goa by Sapna Anand

is a newly launched restaurant by celebrity chef and

book author, Sapna Anand that is bound to delight spice

lovers. Classic Goan dishes of eclectic regional flavour

are featured in Chef Sapna’s personally curated menu.

Saint Pierre is situated within the swanky W Kuala Lumpur.

Among them are the Rava Seafood Fry, offering a medley

of fresh seafood coated in spices and crusted in semolina,

the Konkan Ghee Roasted Chicken Tortillas originating

from the coastal town Kundapur of Karnataka, and the

ever beloved Goan Beef Vindalho. The restaurant is

located at No.9 Jalan Pinang 50450 Kuala Lumpur.

Beauty Goodness

Savour the essence of health and beauty

with every steaming pot of soup at

the newly opened Beauty In The Pot.

Inspired by the culture of food for health,

the menu presents various nourishing

soup bases, which includes the all-time

favourite Beauty Collagen Broth and

Spicy Nourishing Broth. With an array

of premium ingredients and homemade

specialties prepared by a team of skillful

chefs, be ready for a culinary feast at

Beauty In The Pot. Find the restaurant at

The Gardens Mall.

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THE DISHES

Beef tenderloin with roasted vegetables,

wasabi potato puree, thyme glace beef jus

A New

Beginning

Expect exciting new food offerings at Tropicana Golf & Country Resort in

2020 as Executive Chef Zaihari Zainol takes the helm

Text : Zurien Onn / Photo: Brian Fang, M8 Studio / Art Direction: Luke Jing Yau

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Chef Zack

It’s rare to find a seasoned and experienced chef who

had always dreamed of being one since young. Sure,

these days there are plenty of young men who aspire

to be the next Michelin-starred chef one day, but

a few decades ago most lads might stumble onto

cooking as a life vocation either through family

business, or by working as kitchen crew at a hotel or restaurant

as that was the only job available for them at that certain

moment in their lives.

For Chef Zaihari Zainol or Chef Zack as he likes to be

known, it’s a bit of both. The newly appointed Executive

Chef at Tropicana Golf & Country Resort had always wanted

to be a chef, even as a young boy back in the '70s. However,

while his family does not own a specific restaurant or eatery,

he does come from a line of cooks and chefs, going back to his

great grandmother who is said to have worked in the kitchen

of Malaysia’s first Prime Minister, Tunku Abdul Rahman.

He later had his older brothers as his role models, as this

youngest of six children looked up to his eldest brother who

retired as executive chef at the Brunei Palace, and his fourth

brother who frequently travelled and worked overseas in his

capacity as a chef, opening Chef Zack’s eyes to all the exciting

opportunities that come with the profession. “I grew up in

that environment, seeing my brothers travel the world when I

was a kid. From a very young age I already knew I wanted to

be a Chef,” says Chef Zack.

At The Start Of The Journey

After finishing school, Chef Zack began his search for a job

that would get him into the kitchen - something that was not

easy to do back then with no prior experience. He finally

found a job working at a Japanese restaurant at what was then

Yaohan Mall, cutting his teeth at the sushi bar. This is the

first of many culinary disciplines that Chef Zack would later

attain throughout his illustrious career. He then moved on to

the Japanese hot kitchen, before getting a foot in the hotel

food and beverage industry with a position at Holiday Villa

Kuala Lumpur.

Chef Zack’s aim had always been to work in hotels all

along, and from his start at Holiday Villa Kuala Lumpur, he

then moved up and on, gaining experience at various hotels,

including the Pan Pacific Pangkor and Hotel Equatorial

Penang. Eventually, he was recommended by his superior for

a new job opportunity to work overseas at Sheraton Dubai

which he quickly grabbed. At Sheraton Dubai, he started as

a chef at the banquet kitchen and was promoted to become

the Assistant Sous Chef after a year. He then moved on

and helped to open Minato, a Japanese restaurant at the

Intercontinental Dubai, which then went on to become the

best Japanese restaurant in the Middle East.

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Asam Seafood Risotto with scallop, shrimps,

calamari, eringi mushroom, green peas, chili,

tamarind, torch ginger, kesum leaf

The Greens with mixed arugula, asparagus, roasted bell pepper, almond, goma dressing

Coming back to Malaysia, Chef Zack first joined Crown

Princess Hotel at Jalan Ampang for a short stint, then joined

Hotel Nikko as Chef de Tournant for a year before being

promoted to Executive Sous Chef for another 4 years. He was

again promoted to Acting Executive Chef at Hotel Nikko for

the next 3 years which further firmed up his skills in various

cuisines. After Hotel Nikko, he joined Malaysia Airlines as

Executive Chef and was based in Kuching, Sarawak. While it

might seem a departure for the chef who had worked at many

acclaimed international hotels, he saw it as an invaluable

experience getting to learn about the strict hygiene system

for airline food, preparing meals for high altitudes, and other

best practices by airlines. “It was a mix of hard work and luck

that allowed me to travel and expand my knowledge in food

and the best possible way to prepare it. My hard work and

determination certainly paid off,” says Chef Zack.

Soon, Chef Zack found himself a stint as Executive Sous

Chef at the prestigious Four Seasons Langkawi, where he

had always dreamed of working. Before he was tapped for

Tropicana, his last station was at the Ritz Carlton Langkawi,

as Executive Sous Chef and he is excited to be able to bring

the taste and flavours that he has been creating and preparing

at these acclaimed 5- and 6-star properties to the patrons of

Tropicana Golf & Country Resort’s food and beverage outlets.

Chili Beef Carpaccio with Angus raw beef, mixed

arugula, roasted beetroot, tomato confit, bottle

beans, chili padi dressing, shaved parmigiana

A Five Star Meal

Chef Zack will be overseeing the complete dining experience

at Tropicana Golf & Country Resort’s 450,000 sq ft

clubhouse, the heart of the resort set amidst rolling greenery

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Ikan Bakar with Kerapu

wrapped banana leaf, sambal,

coconut, air asam sauce

and adjacent to the award winning 27- hole golf course.

Guests to the clubhouse will be spoilt for choice when it comes

to selecting a good meal while enjoying world class facilities.

Whether it is a light snack, fine dining, catering, wedding

banquets or even the legendary Santapan Buka Puasa, there

is always something here to fit everyone's fancy.

“From my experience working and partaking in culinary

events internationally, I’d like to bring in the authentic taste

of each locale while adapting it to the Malaysian palate,” he

shares with us. “At every place I travelled to, I try to eat as

much of the local food as possible to immerse myself in the

cuisine and really taste and familiarise myself with the local

taste and flavours.”

With this vision, Chef Zaihari has created some preview

dishes that gives a taste of what he can offer and might add

to the direction of Tropicana’s F&B outlets. These include

delightful fusion dishes such as Lobster Quinoa, Chili Beef

Carpaccio, Beef Tenderloin, Asam Seafood Risotto, Ikan

Bakar Kerapu, Jenahak Asam Madu, Gulai Udang Tumis

Darat as well as the famous Rendang Daging "Tok Su".

It looks like these food establishments at the Tropicana

Golf & Country Resort are set to be the spots to head to for

exciting new flavours for those who are always on the lookout

for some adventures in gourmet.

Lobster Quinoa with red quinoa, poached lobster, ikura, mango,

avocado, pickles, lemon dressing

Chef Zack willl be working in tandem with executive

sous chef, Chef Lawrence to elevate the dining

experience at Tropicana Golf & Country Resort

Gulai Udang Tumis Darat with tiger prawn curry, coconut santan, pineapple

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THE DRIVE

The Future Has Arrived

Head straight into the future of automotive engineering with the latest

concept cars and production

Original text By KC Yap

Mercedes Benz Vision EQS

With its innovative, stretched “one bow” proportion, the

Vision EQS takes the Progressive Luxury design philosophy

of the EQ models by Mercedes Benz into a new dimension.

The flowing yet powerful sculptured effect of the exterior

gives the car its majestic appearance and the impression of

seamlessly connected vehicle surface from the striking EQ

front grille to the rear.

Technologically futuristic features include Digital Light

headlamps, each with two holographic lens modules, a digital

front grille with a high matrix consisting of 188 individual

LEDs, and 229 illuminated mini Mercedes Benz three pointed

stars, discreetly integrated across the rear to form a seamless

‘lightbelt’ tail light.

The interior of the Vision EQS takes its inspiration

from the world of luxury yachts. For the first time, the entire

dashboard blends with the body of the front trim section

including the centre console and armrests to form a cockpit

that envelops the occupants like the deck of a boat. Highquality

Dinamica microfibre in crystal white is used alongside

native figured maple trim, made from recycled PET bottles.

Also used is artificial leather with a finely structured surface

similar to nappa leather. The material used for the roof liner

comes from a special project: a high quality textile was created

by adding a quantity of recycled ‘ocean waste’ plastic, putting

the use of sustainable materials on a whole new level.

Digital content can be experienced by immersion over

the entire surface of the sculpture. The organically emerging

displays and projection surfaces provide display space as does

the intelligent Connected Light surrounding the occupants.

Haptic highlights such as the air vents integrated into the trim

elements like inlays, the sophisticated speaker covers in rose

gold and the fragrance flask encased in a decorative holder

like a jewel round off the futuristic interior of the Visions EQS.

With electric motors at the front and rear axles and

the battery integrated into the vehicle floor, the Vision EQS

represents a very well balanced vehicle concept. Thanks to

more than 350kW of output with a torque of around 760

newton metres, the Vision EQS accelerates from 0-100 km/h

in under 4.5 seconds and boasts an impressive range of up

to 700km. Assuming a charging output of 350kW, the Vision

EQS recharges the battery to 80% in considerably less than

20 minutes.

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Volkswagen ID.3

The fully electric ID.3 is the first model from the Volkswagen

MEB product line for electric vehicles that demonstrates a

CO2-neutral balance and impresses with the high levels of

driving dynamics characteristic of electric cars. The series

production model offers a similar battery option with an

energy content of 45kWh and a range of up to 330km as

well as a larger battery with an energy content of 77kWh

to a maximum range of 550km. Thanks to its fast charging

capability, at a charging output of 100kW, it is possible to

recharge the ID.3 with enough energy within 30 minutes to

cover a range of around 290km.

Following the concept of ‘light is the chrome of the

future’, the vehicle features LED lighting in multiple areas.

The once static headlights make way for interactive matrix

LED headlights with Dynamic Light Assist. The main beam

controls a camera on the windscreen that analyses road users

ahead as well as oncoming traffic. Based on the data, the main

beam automatically switches on a speeds over 60km/h and

remains active without blinding oncoming traffic.

Viewed from the side, the ID.3 is clearly dominated by

completely new proportions. Its short overhangs can only be

achieved by the fully electrical platform. The long wheelbase

stretches the vehicle and lends it a strong presence. The

diamond-shaped ‘ID Honeycomb’ foil at the C-Pillar is a

striking design element inspired by honeycomb - one of

nature’s most impressive shapes. Honeycomb is super light,

extremely stable and absolutely sustainable and this symbolises

the basic idea of the MEB platform.

With external dimensions comparable to the Golf, the

ID.3 provides a vehicle interior that is larger than that in

any other vehicle in its category. The Open Space interior

provides a surprisingly large amount of room for a compact

vehicle with organically shaped surfaces and soft curves that

emphasises openness and lend a spatial feeling comparable

to that in the lower, mid range segment. Inside, the car

interacts with the driver via a newly developed 10-inch touch

display that provides all the important information. ID. Light

supports drivers with a LED strip during navigation and can,

for instance prompt them to brake in the event of any dangers.

An optional augmented reality (AR) head-up display also

projects all relevant information directly onto the windscreen

- this information is visually positioned within a range of three

to ten metres ahead of the vehicle.

Assistance functions are supported by a multifunction

camera on the windscreen that also identifies road signs.

Comfort and safety functions on the ID.3 include Front

Assist multi-collision brake, Lane Assist lane-keeping system,

Side Assist lane change system, Park Assist including rear

view camera system as well as a keyless access system (Kessy

Advanced) featuring illuminated door handles. Thanks to

standard Park Distance Control featuring manoeuvre braking,

the system largely prevents parking mishaps by triggering an

emergency braking manoeuvre - when reversing within a

range of between 1.5km/h and 10km/h and when driving

forward at a speed of between 2.5km/h to 10km/h. The ID.3

is scheduled for release in Germany from mid-2020.

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THE DRIVE

Bentley EXP 100 GT

Reimagining Grand Touring for the future specifically the

year 2035, Bentley Motors celebrates its 100th anniversary

last year with the launch of the Bentley EXP 100 GT concept

car, designed to enhance your on-the-road travels with

autonomous driving technology. The car’s sleek and muscular

exterior explores the brand’s unmistakable DNA with a

futuristic approach. The famous R Type Continental haunch

at the rear, the round headlights that overlap the grille in a

nod to the famous Bentley Blower and a long graceful body

hint at famous models of yesteryear.

Made of lightweight aluminium and carbon fibre,

the EXP 100 GT makes a statement of true luxury with

decorative features crafted from copper and aluminium,

both natural sustainable materials which evoke founder W.O

Bentley’s choice of materials to create the alloy for his famous

BR1 Aero engine piston that played a major role in securing

the air theatre in World War 1. Other eco-materials include

5,000 year old Copper Infused Riverwood: Compass exterior

paint made from recycled rice husks, 100% organic leatherlike

textile from wine making and British Farmed Wool

carpets and embroidered cotton for exteriors.

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This story first appeared in Cruise, Augustman 2019

The doors pivot outwards and upwards for effortless

access. Fully open, they rise to almost 3m, adding to the sense

of occasion on arrival. This is complemented with expressive

exterior lighting. A focal point is the smart, illuminated

matrix grille and Flying B mascot which come to life as

one approaches the car, with light running across the grille,

through the mascot and along the bonnet central spine of the

car and into the cabin itself. At the rear, a ‘horseshoe’ section

of the boot is a 3D OLED screen on which lighting effects can

blend in with the rear lamps.

Inside, light from the surrounding environment is

harnessed via an innovative glass roof embedded with prisms

that channels energy into the cabin using fibre optics. At the

centre of the main console is the control hub of the high tech

Bentley Personal Assistant AI in the form of an illuminated

Cumbria Crystal centrepiece. The technology offers a whole

new level of personalised comfort including ambient lighting

control and responsive Adaptable Biometric Seating with

sensors that monitor temperature, passenger position and

environmental conditions to deliver maximum ease. Bentley

Personal Assistant also curates personal driving experiences,

offering points of information along a route, journey

suggestions or available luxury experiences nearby.

Additionally the concept car is equipped with the Air

Purification System located in the boot to purify air before it is

supplied into the cabin. For a holistic experience, Bentley has

as far as collaborating with ethically aware fragrance house

12.29 to develop a unique scent for the EXP 100 CT based

on the rich heritage of Bentley, incorporating sandalwood and

fresh moss.

Taking advantage of an all-electric platform, the car is

powered by a cutting edge battery electric powertrain with

a top speed of 300kph and a 0.100km time of less than 2.5

seconds. Optionally autonomous, the car manages the driving

experience based on the external environment and passenger

wellbeing. This might include maximising an exhilarating selfdrive

across mountain roads, or disengaging from a stressful,

inner city commute.

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THE CRUISE

Dreaming

On The High Seas

Get ready to be treated to a luxury cruising experience with an all-suite

accommodation, personalised service and excellent upscale dining options

on board Dream Cruises’ Genting Dream

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If you truly want to feel like you’re living in a floating

city, Dream Cruises’ Genting Dream is the cruise

line for you, given that it offers today’s affluent

Asian travellers stellar hospitality services such as a

pre-boarding lounge, butlers and spacious comfort,

where over many of their staterooms come with

private balconies.

With a total length of 335 meters, this 150,000 ton vessel

can accommodate about 3,300 passengers. It also boasts over

35 dining and bar concepts, and is even home to a large water

slide park that occupies almost half of the upper outdoor

decks. Not forgetting it’s casinos, duty-free shopping, arcades,

a bowling alley, Zouk nightclub, a large theatre, basketball

court, mini golf, a rock climbing wall, high ropes courses,

karaoke rooms, and even a kids’ club.

Given her size (it is said to be as tall as an apartment

block with 18 decks!), Genting Dream provides every amenity

you can think of - beyond what you can imagine and with so

many activities on board, you might not even want to leave!

An Unforgettable Journey

At the start of your cruise journey, download the Dream

Cruises app. This is the easiest way to view the Genting

Dream itinerary and timetable on-the-go, browse shore

excursions, book evening shows, purchase Wi-Fi subscription,

check your bill, and view general ship information.

The Genting Dream is jam-packed with 24 hours of

entertainment. The daily schedule is available on the Dream

Cruises app or you can view it from the TV in your room. On

top of that, the lovely attendants will deliver newsletters to

passenger rooms daily, so be sure to skim through it.

Experience the cruise of your dreams by selecting from

an impressive array of spacious staterooms – featuring private

balconies, ocean view and tastefully designed for pure pleasure.

The ship provides 1,674 cabins and more than 100 connecting

rooms. Is your priority a delightful haven of complete peace

and quiet or a grand two-bedroom villa perfect for lavishly

entertaining newfound friends? Featured in all staterooms

on board is the Dream Bed, a unique combination of high

quality mattresses and silky soft sheets.

Once you have fully rested, take a dip in the refreshing

waters of the pool and soak in some sun while you’re at it.

Or, maybe you’re a bit of a daredevil looking for the next

adrenalin rush? Make your way up to the uppermost deck

and pick from five thrilling slides that are guaranteed to get

your heart pumping. For little water lovers, there’s also a small

winding slide and a water playground to climb up and splash

around in!

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THE CRUISE

Make your time on the cruise extra special when you

choose The Palace, a “luxury ship-within-a-ship” concept

featuring an unprecedented level of service and comfort.

The Palace suites come with round-the-clock butler service

that offer just about any type of assistance that you may need.

This includes laundry preparation, room service, as well as

booking any activity you wish to pamper yourself with – from

spa treatments to shore excursions. As a guest of The Palace,

you’re entitled to a fine dining experience at The Palace

Restaurant. But for even more privacy, book yourself a meal

in the private dining area, that will make you feel like you’re

the only ones aboard. If you want some quiet time at the pool

and as a Palace guest, you’ll have access to your very own deck

of private pools that come with panoramic views of the sea.

Enjoy the journey in pure comfort with European bed linen and

designer brand bath amenities, with over 70 percent of staterooms

featuring private balconies.

The Final Table Experience

The dining offerings on Genting Dream encapsulate the very

best flavours from around the world and one such culinary

experience is provided by internationally acclaimed celebrity

chefs Mark Best and Shane Osborn. Fans of Netflix’s reality

cooking competition, The Final Table would recognise this

dynamic duo as one of the finalists on the show. The Final

Table Experience recently had the chefs embark on a 5-night

Singapore – Nha Trang – Ho Chi Minh City – Singapore

cruise and conducted enrichment talk to share their

experience filming the reality TV series in Los Angeles, as well

as cooking demonstrations and tasting sessions of the famous

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On the Genting Dream there are five

waterslides, including two speed slides.

Thanksgiving Turkey Burger that received positive comments

by Hollywood stars Dax Shepherd and Colin Hanks on the

TV show.

A world renowned chef, Mark is universally recognised

for his critically acclaimed Sydney based restaurant, Marque,

followed by further success with the Pei Modern in Melbourne

and Sydney. In 2016, Mark embarked on a new journey with

Dream Cruises, which sails from Hong Kong, Singapore and

Guangzhou with his Seafood Grill and Prime Steakhouse,

offering choice cuts of steak and seafood.

Meanwhile chef Shane is considered one of Australia’s

greatest chef exports and was the first Australian to be awarded

one and then two Michelin stars while he was head chef a

London’s acclaimed Pied a Terre. In 2014 , Shane opened his

own restaurant, Arcane in Hong Kong and recently won its

first Michelin star.

A perfect balance of flavours, the Thanksgiving Turkey burger

was elevated by the cranberry sauce.

Chef Mark Best and Chef Shane Osborne are

two of the world’s top chefs.

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THE CRUISE

Genting Dream is a vessel for your dreams where it features

all the comfort of authentic Asian hospitality, combined with

the finest experiences from around the world.

Culinary Adventures

In collaboration with Dream Cruises, Mark is also bringing

his culinary creativity offshore with his first-ever restaurants

at sea across the Dream fleet, including Explorer Dream, the

fleet’s latest addition which will be homeported in Sydney and

Auckland from October 2019 to March 2020.

Seafood Grill by Mark Best offers guests uniquely styled

dishes with Australian influences, while enjoying the relaxing

ambiance of al fresco dining under the southern stars.

During Explorer Dream’s Australia deployment, Mark

will also host a series of Market to Table experiences,where

guests will have the opportunity to join Mark in visiting

local markets, meet resident farmers face-to-face and source

local produce at various ports. From there, guests may enjoy

exclusive and immersive cooking classes where Mark will

create and demonstrate a selection of dishes with the produce

sourced at the markets.

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SPECIALISED SERVICE CENTRE EXCLUSIVELY FOR

MERCEDES-BENZ, BMW AND AUDI CAR OWNERS

AT KOTA DAMANSARA

We provide a full range of fixed-price services, each performed in a structured series

of operating procedures to ensure faster and more efficient performance servicing;

especially for Mercedes-Benz, BMW and AUDI car owners whose car warranties have expired

LIST OF SERVICES

Lubrication & Maintenance Service

Air Cond Service and Maintenance

Programming and Adaptation using latest STAR Diagnostic Compact 4 and BMW

ISID Diagnostic Tester

Computer and Electronic Programming complete with SCN Coding

Suspension System

Engine and Automatic Transmission Overhauling

Braking System ABS/ETS/ASR/SBC/ABR

Hydraulic and Pneumatic Suspension System

Prominent Autotech Sdn Bhd

No 8-E, Jalan Teknologi, Pusat Teknologi Sunsuria

Kota Damansara PJU 5, 47810 Petaling Jaya Selangor

Tel: +603-6151 5369 / +603-6151 8369

Fax: +603-6150 5369

Email: enquiry@prominentautotech.com.my

OPERATING HOURS

Monday to Friday, 8.30am - 5.30pm

Saturday, 8.30am - 3pm

Closed on Sunday and Public Holidays

www.prominentautotech.com.my


THE VACATION

Athens

Amazing

With its historic temples, outdoor cinemas and thronging markets, Athens never

ceases to please visitors young and old

Text by Shah Shamshiri / Photos courtesy Pexels

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Once upon a time, ancient Greece was

deemed as one of the most powerful

civilisations of the world. With a

great empire to match, they were also

known for their tales of ancient Gods

and Goddesses like Zeus, Hera and

Apollo, all depicted in stories and legends. The Greeks were

also renowned for great philosophers such as Aristotle and

Socrates who played important parts in human history.

But myths and legends aside, present day Greece is also a

great place to explore as the country has countless attractions

to offer. Though known for their islands of Santorini and

Mykonos, their capital Athens does not fail to impress either.

Ancient And Modern

Athens, the capital of modern-day Greece is said to be

the birthplace of democracy. Also known to be the oldest

city in the world, it is named after the ancient Goddess of

Wisdom, Athena. With a population of 3.7 million, the

city has progressed from a farm-based economic hub to

an industrial centre of the Mediterranean. Today, tourism

has become a core focus for Athens drawing tourists by the

millions every year, especially those interested in learning

more of ancient history.

Among the most visited sites include the Epidaurus

Ancient Theatre. Highly regarded for the amazing architecture,

the theatre which was built in 340 B.C. can hold up to 13,000

spectators and is still used today during the annual Epidaurus

Festival. Apart from the astounding architecture, researchers

from the Georgia Institute of Technology discovered the

elusive factor that makes the ancient amphitheatre an acoustic

marvel. It’s not the slope, or the wind - it’s the seats. The rows

of limestone seats at Epidaurus form an efficient acoustics

filter that hushes low-frequency background noises like the

murmur of a crowd and reflects the high-frequency noises

of the performers on stage off the seats and back toward the

seated audience, carrying an actor’s voice all the way to the

back rows of the theatre. Imagine that! They had surround

sound system way before modern-day technology!

Another compulsory stop is obviously the landmark of

Athens, which is the Parthenon Acropolis, a temple erected in

honour of the Goddess Athena. Perched on the hilltop in the

centre of Athens, the word acropolis is actually a combination

of two words, with ‘Acro’ meaning hill and ‘Polis’ meaning

city. Construction of the temple began in 477 B.C. during the

peak of the Athenian civilization. A 13 meter-tall statue of the

Goddess Athena once stood at the temple adorned with a tonne

of gold. Today, the only remaining structure is the temple and

it is considered as the democratic symbol of Greece and also

one of the most historical monuments on earth.

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THE VACATION

Sights And Sounds

Though famous for their historical sites, don’t forget

to savour the other offerings such as the delicious local

cuisine. The Roof Garden Restaurant of the Grand

Bretagne Hotel and the Hytra Restaurant offers some

of the best delicacies along with a view to match.

For some peace and tranquillity, hop on the

cruise by Evermore Cruises which departs the Athens

harbour and takes visitors to witness the beauty of

three famous surrounding, namely the islands of

Hydra, Poros and Aegina. The trip takes a whole

day and passengers are given various package

choices to experience while exploring the three

islands. Undoubtedly the islands offer breath-taking

vistas that can only fit picturesque postcards. From

beautiful buildings, to immaculate sketches of nature,

this is one cruise that is highly-recommended.

Truly, Athens is a sure-fire eye-opener. The

sneak peek into ancient history and the marvellous

tales surrounding the city is bound to keep visitors

captivated. Athens effortlessly proves that modernity

and the old past can co-exist in harmony.

Places to stay

Hotel Semiramis.

This modern and yet funky hotel gives out that retro

vibe with the lollipop colours used in the interior

design as well as some parts of the exterior. Situated

in the more exclusive residential areas of Athens, the

hotel is perfect for the modern traveller.

Wyndham Residence

For those craving a more spacious lodging, check out

the Wyndham Residence which offers several types

of apartment-like accommodations. Strategically

located in the heart of the city, it is just a stone’s

throw away from metro stations as well as shops and

business centres.

The Hilton Athens

For that luxurious touch be sure to check-in at the

Hilton Athens, one of the oldest and the best 5 star

accommodations in Athens, situated not too far from

the heart of the city. Some of the rooms also offer a

spectacular view of the famed Acropolis.

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THE VACATION

New York’s

Latest Luxury Stop

Amid the busy and fast-paced life found within the metropolitan city of New York, stands

an extravagant and yet subtly serene place to stay known as The Marmara Park Avenue

Text by Shah Shamshiri / Photos courtesy of The Marmara Park Avenue

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Centrally located yet conveniently

discrete, The Marmara Park Avenue

towers high at a quiet corner of the

Nomad neighbourhood, just north of

Madison Square Park. This five star-class

accommodation is definitely the perfect

sanctuary for those who seek some tranquillity, and yet prefer

to remain close to the city centre.

From the Empire State Building and the legendary

boutiques of Fifth Avenue, to the serenity of Madison

Square Park, The Marmara Park Avenue delivers the best of

Manhattan. Occupying a richly historied 21-story building

that dates back to 1927, the hotel is an up-and-coming

landmark defined by a subtle elegance that uplifts the ordinary.

Get ready to discover an unparalleled range of restaurants

and bars mere steps away from the comfort of your rooms.

Conveniently located near Grand Central Station and

boasting more than eight train lines in the immediate vicinity

of the hotel, you’ll be able to access every corner of New York

City easily.

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THE VACATION

Style Meets Comfort

Pairing impeccable style with unmitigated comfort, The

Marmara Park Avenue honours New York City’s history

while constantly evolving the very meaning of hospitality. The

property’s spacious lodgings have been meticulously crafted, in

keeping with the modern contemporary interior design styles.

Offering a range of exclusive luxury units from rooms, suites,

lofts and even penthouses, you are in for an unforgettable stay.

All accommodations are, in fact, equipped with a generous

amount of space while some even come with a living room,

an open kitchen, spacious bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms

as well as complimentary internet access complete with home

entertainment systems including satellite TV channels.

Like most five-star accommodations, The Marmara Park

Avenue also has other amenities including a fully-equipped

24 hour fitness centre and gym and even a subterranean lap

pool. However true to the brand’s Turkish origin it also has an

authentic Turkish hammam! This sets the property apart from

most international hotels in New York.

Besides the rooms and lofts it is also an ideal venue for

planning social events and meetings.

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A Perfect Place

When it comes to drinks and dining, drop by 114. It is

Manhattan’s premier classic cocktail bar located in the

heart of Midtown. Situated within the stunning interior of

The Marmara Park Avenue, 114 is the ideal space to enjoy

delicious cocktails and food in an intimate setting fit for any

gathering. The rooftop bar offers a truly amazing view of the

neighbourhood’s skyline while guests enjoy sipping on some

the best original Marmara concoctions.

With so many offerings, it is no surprise why many

renowned A-list celebrities have stayed at the venue including

top model Coco Rocha as well as reigning Miss Universe

Catriona Gray.

Obviously, The Marmara Park Avenue lives up to its

name as a high-class residence in the busy quarter of New

York’s central area. The place makes guests feel right at home,

and perhaps many would be tempted to extend their stay.

Truly, this is no ordinary hotel, lingering on in your memories

reminding you to return soon!

Visit https://park.marmaranyc.com/ for more details.

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THE LIST

DINING OUTLETS & SHOPS

Function Areas

3 Greens I

23 Greens III

25 Poolside Terrace

First Floor

5 Greens II

8 Ballroom I

9 Ballroom II

10 Ballroom III

Outlets

1 MST Golf Pro Shop

2 De Manshop

4 Twenty 7 Restaurant

6 Spring Garden Chinese Restaurant

7 The Palm Coffee House

11 Gin Shui Tei Japanese Restaurant

12 Kindyland Tropicana

14 The Green House Florist

Outlets

15 Alam General Store

16 Tropicana Clinic

17 Eco Salon

18 Havana Lounge & Havana Cozy

20 QingHeGu Korean Restaurant

21 J Italian Restaurant

22 Thai Odyssey Spa & Massage

24 Bowling Alley

MST Golf Pro Shop

Ground Floor, Golf Wing

Tel: 03-7804 6348

Open Daily: 7.00am - 7.00pm

De Manshop

Ground Floor, Golf Wing

Tel: 03-7880 4063

012-331 8063 (KK Wong)

(Call mobile for appointment)

Open Daily: 11.00am - 7.00pm

Twenty 7 Restaurant

Ground Floor, Golfers’ Lounge

Tel: 03-7804 8888 ext. 325

Open Daily:

Mon to Sun: 6.30am - 11.00pm

Spring Garden

Chinese Restaurant

Ground Floor, Main Wing

Tel: 03-7880 7226

Mon to Sat:

11.30am - 2.30pm | 6.30pm - 10.30pm

Sun to Public Holidays

10.30am - 2.30pm | 6.30pm - 10.30pm

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The Palm Coffee House

Ground Floor, Main Wing

Tel: 03-7804 8888 ext. 306

Weekdays: 11.30am - 3.00pm

6.00pm - 10.30pm

Weekends & Public Holidays:

11.00am - 10.30pm

Gin Shui Tei

Japanese Restaurant

Ground Floor, Main Wing

Tel: 03-7886 9168

Open Daily:

Lunch: 12.00noon - 3.00pm

Dinner: 6.30pm - 10.30pm

Kindyland Tropicana

Ground Floor, Main Wing

Tel: 03-7804 8888 ext. 318

Mon to Fri: 8.00am - 3.00pm

Closed on Weekends and Public

Holidays

QingHeGu Korean Restaurant

Ground Floor, Palms Wing

Tel: 03-7802 8917

Mon to Fri: 11.30am – 3.00pm

6.00pm – 10.00pm

Weekends & Public Holidays:

11.30am – 10.00pm

The Green House Florist

Alam General Store

Tropicana Clinic

Eco Salon

Ground Floor, Walkway

Tel: 012-370 7303 /

03-7880 1388

Mon to Fri: 9.00am - 6.00pm

Sat: 9.00am - 5.00pm

Closed on Sunday

Ground Floor, Walkway

Tel: 03-7804 3095

Open Daily: 10.45am - 9.00pm

Ground Floor, Walkway

Tel: 03-7805 5461 (Dr. Molly)

Mon to Fri: 9.00am - 7.00pm

Sat: 9.00am - 4.30pm

Closed on Sun and Public Holidays

Ground Floor, Walkway

Tel: 03-7804 9316

Tues to Sat: 10.30am - 7.30pm

Sun: 10.30am - 6.00pm

Closed every Mon and Public

Holidays

Havana Lounge &

Havana Cozy

Lower Ground Floor, Palms Wing

Tel: 03-7804 8888 ext. 514

Open Daily:

Mon to Thurs: 5.00pm - 1.00am

Fri to Sat: 5.00pm - 2.00am

Closed on Sunday

J Italian Restaurant

Ground Floor, Palms Wing

Tel: 03-7805 3935

Mon to Thurs: 11.00am - 3.00pm |

6.00pm - 11.00pm

Fri to Sun: 11.00am -1.00am

Thai Odyssey

Sports Wing Entrance

Tel: 03-7803 1233

Open Daily: 10.00am - 10.00pm

Driving Range

West Course

Tel: 03-7880 6164

Open Daily: 7.00am - 11.00pm

Mon: 2.00pm - 11.00pm

Bowling Cafe

Poolside Café

Lower Ground Floor, Sports Wing

Tel: 03-7804 8888 ext. 327

Lower Ground Floor, Sports Wing

Tel: 03-7804 8888 ext. 327

Mon to Fri: 3.00pm - 11.00pm

Sat to Sun: 10.00am - 11.00pm

Tues to Fri: 4.00pm - 7.00pm

Sat, Sun and Public Holidays:

8.00am - 7.00pm

Closed on Mon

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THE LIST

MAIN CONTACT NUMBERS

Head Office

+603 7710 1018

Customer Care Support & Tropicana

Privilege Card Services

+603 7713 8888

customercare@tropicanacorp.com.my

CORPORATE OFFICES

TROPICANA CORPORATION BERHAD

Head Office

Level 2, 7, 9, 10, 11 & 12

Tropicana City Office Tower

No 3, Jalan SS 20/27

47400 Petaling Jaya

Selangor Darul Ehsan

Tel: +603 7710 1018

Fax: +603 7725 3035

corpcomm@tropicanacorp.com.my

www.tropicanacorp.com.my

Office Hours:

9am - 6pm (Monday - Friday)

Closed (Saturday & Sunday)

TROPICANA GOLF &

COUNTRY RESORT BERHAD

Clubhouse

Jalan Kelab Tropicana

Tropicana Golf & Country Resort

47410 Petaling Jaya

Selangor Darul Ehsan

Tel: +603 7804 8888

Fax: +603 7804 3688

gm@tropicanagolf.com

www.tropicanagolf.com

Office Hours:

9am - 6pm (Monday - Friday)

9am - 1pm (Saturday)

Closed (Sunday)

PROPERTY GALLERIES

TROPICANA AMAN (KOTA KEMUNING)

Property Gallery & Show Unit

No 2, Persiaran Aman Perdana 3

Bandar Tropicana Aman

42500 Telok Panglima a, Selangor

Tel: 1700 81 8868

enquiry@tropicanacorp.com.my

www.tropicanaaman.com.my

Office Hours: 9:30am - 6:30pm

(Monday - Sunday)

TROPICANA HEIGHTS (KAJANG)

Property Gallery & Show Unit

Tropicana Heights Show Village

Off Jalan P6/2

43500 Semenyih, Kajang, Selangor

Tel: +603 7453 2328 / +6016 239 7565

enquiry@tropicanacorp.com.my

www.tropicanaheights.com.my

Office Hours: 9:30am - 6:30pm

(Monday - Sunday)

TROPICANA DANGA BAY

(ISKANDAR MALAYSIA)

Property Gallery & Show Unit

Lot PTB 22902, Teluk Danga

Jalan Persiaran Abu Bakar Sultan

80200 Johor Bahru, Johor

Tel: +607 2341 585

enquiry@tropicanacorp.com.my

www.tropicanadangabay.com.my

Office Hours: 9:00am - 6:00pm

(Monday - Sunday)

TROPICANA GARDENS (KOTA DAMANSARA)

Property Gallery & Show Unit

Lot 52581, Jalan PJU 3/21

Tropicana Indah Resort Homes

Kota Damansara

47410 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

Tel : +603 7880 0989

enquiry@tropicanacorp.com.my

www.tropicanagardens.com.my

Office Hours: 9:30am - 6:30pm

(Monday - Sunday)

THE RESIDENCES (KL CITY CENTRE)

Property Gallery

4th Floor, South Block

Wisma Selangor Dredging

142A, Jalan Ampang

50450 Kuala Lumpur

Tel: +603 2166 1188

enquiry@tropicanacorp.com.my

www.tropicanatheresidences.com.my

Office Hours: 10:00am - 6:00pm

(Monday - Sunday)

TROPICANA DANGA COVE

(ISKANDAR MALAYSIA)

Property Gallery & Show Unit

Lot PTD 28845-28892

Taman Cahaya Kota Puteri, Plentong

81750 Masai, Johor

Tel: +607 3823 355

enquiry@tropicanacorp.com.my

www.tropicanadangacove.com.my

Office Hours: 9:00am - 6:00pm

(Monday - Sunday)

TROPICANA METROPARK (SUBANG JAYA)

Property Gallery & Show Unit

Lot 38515, Jalan Delima 1/1

Subang Hi-Tech

40000 Subang Jaya, Selangor

Tel: +603 5636 6888 / +603 5637 3018

enquiry@tropicanacorp.com.my

www.tropicanametropark.com.my

Office Hours: 9:30am - 6:30pm

(Monday - Sunday)

TROPICANA 218 MACALISTER (PENANG)

Property Gallery

No 16, Jalan Anson

10400 Penang

Tel: +604 2105 888

enquiry@tropicanacorp.com.my

www.tropicana218macalister.com.my

Office Hours: 9:30am - 6:30pm

(Monday - Sunday)

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PROPERTY MANAGEMENT OFFICES

TROPICANA

MANAGEMENT SERVICES

(TMS)

Jalan Kelab Tropicana

Tropicana Golf &

Country Resort

47410 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

Tel: +603 7804 8888

ext : 513/557

Fax: +603 7806 5044

tms@tropicanacorp.com.my

Office Hours:

9:00am - 6:00pm

(Monday - Friday)

9:00am - 1:00pm (Saturday)

Closed (Sunday & Public Holiday)

TROPICANA GRANDE

Level 1, Management Office

Block A, Tropicana Grande

Condominium, No 3, Persiaran

Tropicana, PJU 3

47410 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

Tel: +603 7610 0968

Fax: +603 7610 0966

tropicanagrande@

tropicanacorp.com.my

Office Hours:

9:00am - 5:30pm

(Monday - Friday)

9:00am - 1:00pm (Saturday)

Closed (Sunday & Public Holiday)

TROPICANA INDAH

Jalan Kelab Tropicana

Tropicana Golf &

Country Resort

47410 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

Tel: +603 7804 8888

ext : 154/557

Fax: +603 7806 5044

tisb@tropicanacorp.com.my

Office Hours:

9:00am - 6:00pm

(Monday - Friday)

9:00am - 1:00pm (Saturday)

Closed (Sunday & Public Holiday)

CASA TROPICANA

B-5-17, Block B, Casa Tropicana,

No 5, Jalan Persiaran Tropicana,

PJU 3, Tropicana Golf &

Country Resort

47410 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

Tel: +603 7883 0982

Fax: +603 7883 0292

casatropicana@

tropicanacorp.com.my

Office Hours:

9:00am - 5:30pm

(Monday - Friday)

9:00am - 1:00pm (Saturday)

Closed (Sunday & Public Holiday)

TROPICANA CHERAS

No 6, Jalan Tropicana Cheras 1

Taman Tropicana Cheras

43000 Kajang, Selangor

Tel: +6013 202 0746

tropicanacheras@

tropicanacorp.com.my

Office Hours:

9:00am - 5:30pm

(Monday - Friday)

9:00am - 1:00pm (Saturday)

Closed (Sunday & Public Holiday)

TROPICANA HEIGHTS

(FAIRFIELD/PARKFIELD)

Off Jalan P6/2, Bandar

Teknologi Kajang 43500

Semenyih, Kajang, Selangor

Tel: +603 8725 9800

fairfield@tropicanacorp.com.my

parkfield@tropicanacorp.com.my

Office Hours:

9:00am - 5:30pm

(Monday - Friday)

9:00am - 1:00pm (Saturday)

Closed (Sunday & Public Holiday)

TROPICANA HEIGHTS

(RIDGEFIELD)

Jalan Tropicana Heights 2/1

42000 Kajang, Selangor

Tel: +603 8723 5191

ridgefield@tropicanacorp.com.my

Office Hours:

9:00am - 5:30pm

(Monday - Friday)

9:00am - 1:00pm (Saturday)

Closed (Sunday & Public Holiday)

THE RESIDENCES

Basement 1, Menara TR

No 121, Jalan Ampang

50450 Kuala Lumpur

Tel: +603 2770 6338

Fax: +603 2270 6343

theresidences@

tropicanacorp.com.my

Office Hours:

9:00am - 5:30pm

(Monday - Friday)

9:00am - 1:00pm (Saturday)

Closed (Sunday & Public Holiday)

TROPICANA GARDENS

(ARNICA & BAYBERRY)

Level 5, Residensi A,

Tropicana Gardens,

No 2A, Persiaran Surian,

Tropican Indah

47810 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

Tel: +603 2714 6172

trop.gardens@

tropicanacorp.com.my

Office Hours:

9:00am - 5:30pm

(Monday - Friday)

9:00am - 1:00pm (Saturday)

Closed (Sunday & Public Holiday)

TROPICANA GARDENS

(CYPERUS & DIANTHUS)

Level 6, Residensi C,

Tropicana Gardens

No 2A, Persiaran Surian,

Tropican Indah

47810 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

Tel: +603 2714 6175

trop.gardens@

tropicanacorp.com.my

Office Hours:

9:00am - 5:30pm

(Monday - Friday)

9:00am - 1:00pm (Saturday)

Closed (Sunday & Public Holiday)

TROPICANA AVENUE

P-LG-01, Lower Ground Floor

Tropicana Avenue

No 12, Persiaran Tropicana

Tropicana Golf & Country

Resort, PJU 3, 47410 Petaling

Jaya, Selangor

Tel: +603 8605 3608 /

+603 8605 3609

Fax: +603 8605 3618

trop.avenue@tropicanacorp.

com.my

Office Hours:

9:00am - 5:30pm

(Monday - Friday)

9:00am - 1:00pm (Saturday)

Closed (Sunday & Public Holiday)

TROPICANA

AMAN (ARAHSIA)

Arahsia Tropicana Aman

Jalan Aman Arahsia 2

Bandar Tropicana Aman

42500 Telok Panglima Garang,

Selangor

Tel: +603 8687 5512

arahsia@tropicanacorp.com.my

Office Hours:

9:00am - 5:30pm

(Monday - Friday)

9:00am - 1:00pm (Saturday)

Closed (Sunday & Public Holiday)

TROPICANA

AMAN (BAYAN)

Bayan Tropicana Aman

Jalan Aman Bayan 1

Bandar Tropicana Aman

42500 Telok Panglima Garang,

Selangor

Tel: +603 8687 5525

Fax: +603 8687 5530

bayan@tropicanacorp.com.my

Office Hours:

9:00am - 5:30pm

(Monday - Friday)

9:00am – 1:00pm (Saturday)

Closed (Sunday & Public Holiday)

TROPICANA

AMAN (CHERIA)

No.1 Jalan Aman Chria, Bandar

Tropicana Aman, 42500 Telok

Panglima Garang, Selangor

Darul Ehsan Malaysia

Tel: +603 8686 1088

Fax: +603 8686 1087

cheria@tropicanacorp.com.my

Office Hours:

9:00am - 5:30pm

(Monday - Friday)

9:00am – 1:00pm (Saturday)

Closed (Sunday & Public Holiday)

TROPICANA LANDMARK

Level 5, Tropicana Landmark

Lorong Kondo Bundusan

Off Jalan Bundusan

88300 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

Tel: +6088 742 052

tropicanalandmark@gmail.com

Office Hours:

8:30am - 5:00pm

(Monday - Friday)

8:30am - 12:30pm (Saturday)

Closed (Sunday & Public Holiday)

TROPICANA

METROPARK (PANDORA)

Level P4, Menara A,

Pandora Residensi

Jalan MP1, Tropicana Metropark

47500 Subang Jaya, Selangor

Tel: +603 5036 2088

Fax: +603 5036 2089

pandora@tropicanacorp.com.my

Office Hours:

9:00am - 5:30pm

(Monday - Friday)

9:00am - 1:00pm (Saturday)

Closed (Sunday & Public Holiday)

TROPICANA

METROPARK (PALOMA)

Tower B, Level 4,

Paloma Residensi

Jalan MP1, Tropicana Metropark

47500 Subang Jaya, Selangor

Tel: +603 5022 9099

Fax: +603 5022 9097

paloma@tropicanacorp.com.my

Office Hours:

9:00am - 5:30pm

(Monday - Friday)

9:00am - 1:00pm (Saturday)

Closed (Sunday & Public Holiday)

TROPICANA

DANGA BAY (BORA)

No 01-01, Residensi Bora

Jalan Danga 1/1, Teluk Danga

80200 Johor Bahru, Johor

Tel: +607 2074 234

boraresidences@gmail.com

Office Hours:

9:00am - 5:30pm

(Monday - Friday)

9:00am - 1:00pm (Saturday)

Closed (Sunday & Public Holiday)

TROPICANA

DANGA BAY (TROPEZ)

G-03, Blok B, Tropez Residen,

Persiaran Danga Perdana,

80200 Johor Bahru, Johor

Tel: +607 2446 559

Fax: +607 2374 088

tropezmanagement@gmail.com

Office Hours:

9:00am - 5:30pm

(Monday - Friday)

9:00am - 1:00pm (Saturday)

Closed (Sunday & Public Holiday)

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Your success and happiness lies with

you. Resolve to keep happy, and your

joy and you shall form an invisible

host against difficulties.

- Helen Keller


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