Tropicana Mar-Apr 2018 #117 Edge of Excitement

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Vol. #117 March / April 2018

EDGE OF EXCITEMENT

EDGE OF EXCITEMENT

KDN No. 1505 (7892) | Vol. # 117 March / April 2018

DATUK RAMLI

IBRAHIM

From Kuala Lumpur to the

Konark Dance Festival

JOEY WOO AND

JEFFREY YANG

Of The Art Of Tree

Why sustainability and closing the

loop is a thing of beauty

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EDITOR’S NOTE

The

Edge Of

Excitement

Deep into March, any tentative

steps you’ve made into the New

Year be must now be full-on

strides. This issue of Tropicana

is about forging forward with

confidence and taking that leap

– not into the unknown, but

after having calculated the risks

and weighing out the pros and

cons – into something relatively

unchartered.

Eschewing the obvious travel

destinations, how about escaping

to a small isolated outcrop in the

middle of the Atlantic surrounded

by the ocean and some of the

most pristine diving available?

The island of St Helena is the very

definition of far flung, the kind

of place you’d go because you’ve

already done it all, or because it

promises something quite unlike

anything you’ve done before.

Even the celebration of Easter,

resurrection and rebirth needn’t be celebrated the same with recipes for chocolate eggs

that are, wait for it … vegan.

Perhaps no other cover personalities epitomise the quality of forging their own path

more than Joey Woo and Jeffrey Yang of Art Of Tree. Partners in life and business, their

successful furniture business makes use of salvaged timber as opposed to wood logged

from precious forests. This route was neither the easy or obvious one, but not only

does it make environmental sense, it makes business sense. Their company produces

dramatic conversation pieces for residential and commercial use that buyers are sure to

love for a lifetime.

We hope you enjoy this issue. If there’s one thing we hope you take away from it is

a reminder that when you are teetering on the edge of excitement, it can be frightening

and thrilling at the same time, but it will never be boring. So go ahead, take that leap.


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VOLUME

#117

ON THE COVER

18 Against The Grain

THE SCENE

14 The Happenings

PROPERTY NEWS

50 Annual Family Carnival @

Tropicana Golf & Country Resort

51 10 th Chinese New Year Prosperity Food

Preview @ Palm Coffee House, Tropicana Golf

& Country Resort

52 Lucky Start To 2018 @ Tropicana Metropark

Property Gallery

53 A Healthy Start @ Tropicana Gardens

Property Gallery

53 Tropicana City Mall Property Gallery &

Office Lion Dance

54 Tropicana Golf & Country Resort

Bags Award For Country's Top

Golf Courses

CULTURE

28 Books

30 Film

32 Music

THE HOME

36 Boom Boom Pow

37 Masculine Appeal

42 Music To Your Eyes

130 CONTACT US

132 THE LIST

134 THE END

THE SWING

56 Fairway Flare

58 The 18 Hardest Golf Holes

In The World

THE TIME

64 Piaget Party

THE LOOK

66 Hot Off The Runway

76 Heart Strings

HEALTH

84 Power Up From Start To Finish

THE COOKBOOK

88 Sweet Easter Treats

94 THE DISHES

THE DRINKS

100 Sling When You're Winning

THE GAME CHANGER

106 The Shape Of Things

THE DRIVE

116 The Come Back Kid

THE VACATION

124 Far And Away

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THE DIARY

2/4 – 29/4

WORLD GOURMET SUMMIT

Southeast Asia’s premier haute cuisine festival, World Gourmet

Festival is where you’ll enjoy back-to-back epicurean experiences, from

vintner dinners to themed and celebrity meals. Step into some of the

most celebrated restaurants in Singapore the likes of Bacchanalia and

Tippling Club for special menus, or opt for the specially designed wine

tasting sessions and try the best vintages at specially paired dinners

hosted by visiting Master Chefs. Serious foodies can also listen in on

gastronomic talks with world-renowned Michelin-star chefs or pitch in

at hands-on cooking workshops.

Various locations across Singapore

www.worldgourmetsummit.com

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THE DIARY

30/3 – 31/3

TALITHA TAN LIVE

One of the capital’s most consistently reliable dining spots, Alexis

Ampang’s weekends are when the lights dim, the wine glasses clink

and avid live music lovers come to catch performance showcases

from mostly jazz-inspired artists. Putting a spin on things, local

singer songwriter Talitha Tan takes to the stage at the end of March.

Grabbing the spotlight for her single ‘Okay’ released in 2016, she’s

performed at major festivals such as Urbanscapes and Good Vibes;

here’s your chance to catch her in a more intimate setting.

Alexis Ampang

Lot 10 & 11, Great Eastern Mall

303 Jalan Ampang

50450, Kuala Lumpur

03-4260 2288

www.alexis.com.my

8/12 –

30/3

SYRIA, YEMEN,

IRAQ: THE RISK

OF FOREVER

BEING LOST

Held in

collaboration with

the International

Committee of the

Red Cross (ICRC),

this photographic

exhibition

brings tragic life to the destruction taking place in Syria, Iraq and Yemen

resulting from the current armed conflicts. Divided into four sections:

Religious Edifices, Commercial Structures, Social Dwellings and Historical

Monuments, it attempts to record the before and after destruction and

recollect the memories of the shared heritage shared between its denizens

and the rest of the world.

Open Space Gallery

The Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia (IAMM)

Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia

Jalan Lembah Perdana

50480 Kuala Lumpur

03 2092 7070 / 2274 2020

www.iamm.org.my

21/3

RUTH SAHANAYA

Divine Indonesian diva Ruth

Sahanaya makes her debut on the

Petronas Philharmonic stage at this

mid-week evening performance.

Sure to enthrall her fans with her

evergreen and latest hits, she will be

accompanied by her band in a special

one-night-only concert celebrating

her glorious 30-year career in music.

Dewan Filharmonik PETRONAS

PETRONAS Twin Towers

Kuala Lumpur City Centre

50088, Kuala Lumpur

03-2331 7007

www.mpo.com.my

14/4 – 29/4

PENANG INTERNATIONAL FOOD

FESTIVAL

This two-week event serves up a smorgasbord

of dining experiences in an explosion of heady

aromas, and mouthwatering taste profiles.

Highlighting the endless delectable food choices

available, PIFF2018 will celebrate Penang as

a food capital and recognise some of its food

heroes. Weaving food, stories, experience,

culture and traditions, satiate your curiosity as

well as your appetite.

Various locations across Penang

piff.com.my

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THE DIARY

28/4 – 29/4

HSBC WORLD RUGBY SEVENS

As the only Southeast Asian stop on the 10-leg HSBC

World Rugby Sevens Series, the Singapore Sevens sees

the world’s best rugby teams face off for sporting glory

at the country’s iconic 55,000-seater National Stadium.

With a shorter game and fewer players on a full-size pitch

compared to traditional 15-a-side rugby, Rugby Sevens

offers explosive pace and gives players more room to

showcase their skills, across the two-day tournament.

Singapore National Stadium

1 Stadium Drive

Singapore, 397629

+65 66 53 8900

www.singapore7s.sg

19/4 – 22/4

30TH MALAYSIA INTERNATIONAL

JEWELLERY FESTIVAL 2018

Established in 1994, Malaysia International

Jewellery Festival is recognised as a pioneer

in the industry, and in 1997 was accredited by

the Malaysia Book of Records as the biggest

international jewellery fair in the country. The

dazzling event is an opportunity to connect with

international jewelers, admire some of the most

luxurious jewellery collections and even pick

up some wearable pieces and add some glitz and

glamour to your wardrobe.

Hall 5, KL Convention Centre

Jalan Pinang, Kuala Lumpur City Centre

50088, Kuala Lumpur

03-2333 2888

www.mijf.com.my

26/4 – 29/4

HOME DESIGN AND INTERIOR EXHIBITION

2018

An annual event for the house proud, HOMEDEC

brings ideas and inspiration to Malaysian

homeowners. With 16 years of experience, it’s

become the place to meet with industry experts

and professionals and consult with experts in home

designs, trends and interior solutions. A one stop

shop, you’ll also find everything you need here to

fit out, decorate or even renovate your space be it

commercial or residential, from soft furnishings and

home appliances to solar heating and home security.

KL Convention Centre

Jalan Pinang, Kuala Lumpur City Centre,

50088, Kuala Lumpur

03-2333 2888

homedec.com.my

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THE DIARY

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JEFFREY YANG AND JOEY WOO

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JEFFREY YANG AND JOEY WOO

against

the grain

Art of Tree is a Malaysian furniture business that combines practical,

poetic beauty with leading-edge thinking befitting times when resources

are scarce and global warming and environmental degradation is a

concern. Tropicana meets its founders Jeffrey Yang and Joey Woo.

On Jeffrey Yang

Suit from

Hugo Boss

On Joey Woo

Lace top, pleated lace

skirt and earrings all

from Kate Spade

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JEFFREY YANG AND JOEY WOO

On Jeffrey Yang

Suit from

Hugo Boss

On Joey Woo

Chiffon dress from

Villiam Ooi

Serpent bangle from

Giuseppe Zanotti

Earrings from Kate

Spade

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JEFFREY YANG AND JOEY WOO

It takes insight to see beauty in places

where it isn’t apparent, it takes

acumen to turn it into a successful

business. Partners in life and in

business, I met Jeffrey Yang and

Joey Woo, Founders of Art of Tree. at their

showroom hidden away in an industrial estate

in Shah Alam.

We took a seat at a table in the corner. Large slabs of wood

lined the walls, the floor was a maze of wood furniture. There were

benches, chairs, and coffee and dining tables, all stunning pieces,

their surfaces rippling circles of gold, brown and black. Each is a

work of art, many impressive in size. In and of themselves they are

conversation pieces, but what makes these items truly remarkable

is their source.

“It is not very often that we are presented with an opportunity

to run a business that makes a positive impact on the environment.

A lot of people when they talk about timber furniture, they

immediately think of deforestation,” Art of Tree Creative Director

Jeffrey explained. Art of Tree supports zero deforestation. Its

raw material is not procured from precious million-year-old

rainforests, but instead from salvaged wood.

Grown in cities, the salvaged wood his business uses were once

urban trees that were uprooted in a storm, struck by lightning, or

felled to make way for development.

For progressive-minded, environmentally-conscious

consumers concerned about the ethics and the sourcing of wood

used in their furniture and household items, this is a timely

revelation.

You don’t have to be a champion of the environment to want

to own one of the remarkable pieces of furniture by Art of Tree.

Solid, and practical, they are pieces around which families will

share stories. “I look at Art of Tree from a business aspect first,

it has to be sustainable. For consumers, [being green] is not their

top priority. Ultimately, it is the aesthetic. We have to put a lot of

effort to making sure that our products stand out and are better

than the rest,” Jeffrey said pragmatically.

“It is not very often

that we are presented

with an opportunity

to run a business

that makes a positive

impact on the

environment.”

This combination of practical, poetic beauty and leadingedge

thinking befit times when resources are scarce and global

warming and environmental degradation is an international

concern. It has brought Jeffrey some well-deserved recognition

from Entrepreneur Insight magazine’s 100 Most Influential

Young Entrepreneurs 2017, and seen Art of Tree bag SME

Magazine’s SME100 Award 2017. The company also recently

placed Top 35 SMEs in the AmBank BizRACE 2018.

THE BEGINNINGS

Like a trail through the forest, the path that led Jeffrey and

Joey, Art of Tree’s General Manager, to this point was not always

clear or straight.

Jeffrey, who is originally from Johor, has a background in

electronic engineering from the University of Manchester

Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST). It was his passion

for exotic tropical fish, which he bred and exported to foreign

markets, that led him first to driftwood for aquariums and

eventually to salvaged or aged wooden furniture, which formed

the start of his personal collection.

Jeffrey’s understanding of wood, its inherent unique traits,

different strengths and durabilities came from years of deep

research. It took two years of trial and error for him to master

the art of transforming these discarded pieces into objects of

beauty. Even YouTube was an important learning source for

increasing skills, tips and tricks for his hands-on approach to the

business.

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JEFFREY YANG AND JOEY WOO

On Joey Woo

Chiffon dress and

earrings from Kate

Spade

Serpent bangle from

Giuseppe Zanotti

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“Working with each

tree’s natural

form including its

irregularities, the

result is a piece of

furniture that is

always unique.”

Jeffrey credits 2016 as the year their business took off,

and thanks to Joey, whose focus is on marketing and business

development, Art of Tree began exporting to Singapore and Saudi

Arabia in 2017. They are predominantly residential bound, Joey

explained. In a bid to expand their reach for 2018 more emphasis

will be placed on commercial use in offices, hotels, restaurants and

bars.

WHERE THE MAGIC HAPPENS

Crafted from tree species such as Raintree, Acacia, Angsana,

Chengal and Mahogany, Jeffrey leads the Production &

Designing team to work with each tree’s natural form including

its irregularities. The result is a piece of furniture that is always

unique, and often oddly shaped. Even what is typically viewed as

an imperfection, like the tree’s cavities, is preserved.

The process begins with the selection of wood, often from

sawmills and through local municipalities. After being left to

dry, slabs are marked out and cut, and then the magic happens, a

process that typically takes two weeks, but special commissions can

take up to two months.

Breathing new life into what would have otherwise been

consigned to the mill for wood chips or the incinerator, the wood

is sanded, polished and its cavities filled with resin, and a final

coat of water-based polyurethane is applied to its surface once

dried. The legs of the table or chair uses powder-coated steel (which

is aesthetically appealing and practical) once it has been welded

and glasstable tops are cut to fit. It’s a time-consuming, laborious

process but the result is its own reward.

Unlike Jeffrey, Joey’s love of timber came gradually as

she immersed herself in Art of Tree’s day-to-day operations.

Possessing a business and finance background with extensive

experience in the oil and gas sector, she has been the business end

of Art of Tree. As the person who oversees the brand’s marketing

she sees perception as one of her main challenges.

“Whatever you share on social media, there will be someone

who inputs something negative about what you do,” she shared.

Her response is always non-confrontational. “The last thing that we

should be doing is fighting back; instead, we try to explain.”

FAMILY AND SHARED GOALS

Jeffrey and Joey feel even more passionately about Art of Tree and

its philosophy with children in the picture. The pair has two boys,

aged seven and four.

“Because we have kids, we are always thinking about them, the

next generation, how many trees will actually be left for them.”

Though Joey doesn’t describe herself as being an eco-warrior, being

a mother and a partner in the business has stirred a passion in her.

“I’ve started to see a lot of things differently. If there are no

customers in the showroom, I feel reluctant to switch on the airconditioning.

We bring our own containers to pack food instead of

having them pack it for us in plastic containers, we recycle plastic

bottles…” She continued with a list of little things that make a big

difference, values she and Jeffrey instills in their children.

The pair, who met in Singapore in 2008 during a mutual

friend’s wedding, complement each other perfectly. They make a

beautiful couple and their passion for their business, their family,

each other and life was apparent in our conversation. Joey and

Jeffrey recognise that their business is still in its infancy and has

room for growth but they are prepared to make certain sacrifices

to ensure their business meets its full potential.

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JEFFREY YANG AND JOEY WOO

“When the business is expanding, we don’t spend a lot of time on

ourselves,” Joey revealed. “I think the only time that we have is

during work. I know that sounds very unhealthy for a relationship

but this is the prime time to grow the business, and both of us have

the same mission.”

Jeffrey is an early riser; Joey’s workday begins later so she can

spend breakfast and homework time with them in the mornings

before the eldest heads off to primary school. The school is also

conveniently located opposite the showroom so that when it lets

out, the kids can come straight to the store. A play area in the back

keeps them and customers’ kids occupied as parents pick out their

favourite piece. However, when 7pm rolls around, it’s all about

family. Joey revealed that they don’t even have a TV or flip open

iPads at home.

Understanding and commitment to a common cause is so

important as certain things have had to take a backseat for the

couple. Holidays to far-flung destinations or any holidays at all,

for example. With the exception of Mondays, the showroom is

open all week including weekends when the children are not in

school.

“We’re very lucky,” Joey beamed, “My kids are easily contented.”

Jeffrey concurred, “We are pretty much grounded here in Malaysia.

But that is okay with us, because Malaysia is a very beautiful

country and there are still a lot of places that we could explore,”

citing Penang as his favourite.

The New Year has seen the couple develop a strong resolve

to make more time for short getaways, adventures to parks and

waterfalls, and getting fitter and eating healthier. “We’re trying to

run every week, have a more balanced diet, with more fresh fruit

and vegetables, and less fried food and meat,” cheered Jeffrey.

Taking care of their lifestyle is important for themselves and for

the business as there is still so much to achieve in life.

“joey and jeffrey

recognise that their

business is still in its

infancy and has room

for growth but they

are prepared to make

certain sacrifices to

ensure their business

meets its full

potential.”

GROWING THE BUSINESS

Though some would assume the supply in salvaged timber would

be short, Jeffrey feels it is untapped and that Art of Tree has much

growth potential. Together with Joey, they have mapped out plans

to continue expansion.

“The first stage is to create a stronger presence here in Malaysia,

to cover a wider range of products, and grow our search channel

by opening up other showrooms and having a stronger online

presence through e-commerce and perhaps even e-commerce

partnerships,” Jeffrey revealed.

The pair is also interested to explore collaborations with

different designers, celebrities and influencers, recognising it as

an effective way of sharing their unique selling point with a wider

audience.

THE BUSINESS OF MAKING THE WORLD BETTER

Art of Tree’s unique selling point also underpins Jeffrey’s and

Joey’s desire to gain ecolabel certification, which would give the

brand the consumer confidence it needs in Europe and USA. The

process is long, complicated and not without its challenges.

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On Jeffrey Yang

Clothing, Jeffrey’s own.

On Joey Woo

Off-white cotton top

from H&M Studio

High waisted pants

from H&M

Earrings from

Kate Spade.

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TAKING CARE OF YOUR ART OF TREE

FURNITURE

Art of Tree pieces require very little

maintenance and have a half-year

warranty against cracking. Founder and

Creative Director Jeffrey Yang suggests

resurfacing once every three to five years

and avoiding the following to ensure the

longevity of any piece purchased.

1. AVOID THE ELEMENTS

“ Most natural products, timber

especially, are more suited to being used

indoors. Exposure to UV rays from

sunlight can affect the coating and cause

the colour to fade and lose its lustre.”

2. BE CAREFUL WITH SHARP OBJECTS

“Anything that compromises the coating,

such as sharp objects used with force can

cause a deep scratch that penetrates the

wood. If this happens and you spill wine

or curry onto the table, it could seep

through and stain.”

3. AVOID EXCESSIVE TEMPERATURES

“Art of Tree pieces have been tested

against hot water up to 100°C. Anything

hotter, such as a pan straight off the

stove, is going to burn the coating.”

4. DONT USE CORROSIVE CLEANERS

“ When cleaning the table, avoid things

that could damage the coating like

thinner, which is often used when

painting or removing nail polish. “Water

and detergent are fine.”

Jeffrey nodded in the direction of an elegant chocolate

coloured slab. “It came from Taiping Lake Gardens,” he recalled

“August 23, 2012. It was in the papers, caused by a storm. [The

salvaged tree] was kept with Majlis Perbandaran Taiping for

three and a half years before they decided to sell it.” He spoke of

the slabs with the familiarity of a friend. But tracing the precise

source of Art of Tree’s timber is not always possible, though it is

a lofty goal worth striving for. As Joey underlined, “We have to

start somewhere.” The good news is that government agencies

and establishments are already recognising their efforts. “FRIM is

going to, hopefully, work very closely with us and provide us with

the traceability of their trees,” Jeffrey added.

Repeatedly, both Jeffrey and Joey talked of “closing the loop”,

to give back to where it makes a difference, and are in negotiations

with NGOs like PEKA – which was formed to stop the destruction

of natural resources – and Future Forest (a forest management

company) to channel part of the proceeds of Art of Tree’s sales

into planting trees, rehabilitating forests and contributing to the

source of their livelihood, Mother Nature. As Jeffrey put it, “to

become a company that absorbs carbon rather than produces it.”

Adopting a ‘closing the loop’ philosphy would not only transform

the company into one that is carbon neutral but has the potential

to transform it into one that is carbon negative.

This thoughtful approach doesn’t stop there. Heavily involved

in corporate social responsibility (CSR), Art of Tree has also

supplied initiatives like Pitstop Community Café with furniture,

and donated items to be sold to raise funds for homes for the

handicapped.

Jeffrey summed it up perfectly. “Every tree that we salvage, and

every market share that we gain from making the furniture from

salvaged trees is market share we are taking from furniture makers

that use forest trees. If that market share is three percent to five

percent, then it means we are making the world three percent to

five percent better. And if we can plant 10 or even 100 more trees,

that will make an impact for the generations to come.”

Sustainable, eco-conscious and shrewd, Art of Tree is the kind

of business run by the kind of business people Malaysia and the

world needs more of.

PHOTOGRAPHY BRIAN FANG, M8 STUDIO

ART DIRECTION NOR HAMIMAH ABDULLAH STYLIST BOSCO LIM

MAKE UP AND HAIR JOEY YAP

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On Jeffrey Yang

Leather jacket from

Armani Exchange

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near his home in 1984 has

always been a puzzle to Rob

Ryan, a detective with Dublin’s

murder squad. Twenty years

ago, Rob and two friends failed

to come home after playing in

the woods, and hours later only

Rob is found, clinging to a tree

in blood-soaked sneakers, with

no recollection of the previous

hours. When the body of a

12-year-old girl surfaces in the

same woods where his friends

disappeared, Rob must wade

through repressed memories for

the chance to solve her murder

and the mystery of his own past.

BLUEBIRD, BLUEBIRD

ATTICA LOCKE

The setting for this novel

of race and justice is the

backwater town of Lark,

East Texas – the people are

poor, racial tensions are

high, and a double murder

has been committed, that

of a local white woman and

a black male lawyer from

Chicago. Darren Matthews,

an alcoholic black Texas

Ranger facing suspension and

a broken marriage, returns

home to Lark to solve the

murders, working against

local law enforcement with

questionable morals and

against time before the

hostility between the races

erupt into an all-out war.

CURATED BY CHAI TZE YUEN

Our Pick...

THE LONG DROP

DENISE MINA

Three women are dead, murdered in their home in Glasgow. William Watt,

the man of the house, is charged with the murder of his wife, daughter and

sister-in-law despite having an alibi. Determined to clear his name, Watt

meets with Peter Manuel – a criminal who would do anything for a quick

buck – who offers information on the real killer, and they spend the whole

night on an inexplicable pub crawl. The next time they meet, Manuel is on

trial for the murder of Watt’s family (and others) and calls Watt to the stand.

This true crime story explores what happened during those missing hours,

and examines how a story isn’t always what it seems.

“A masterpiece by

the woman who

may be Britain’s

finest living

crime novelist.”

Daily Telegraph

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CULTURE | FILM

Major Thrillers

Films that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the credits roll.

CURATED BY CHAI TZE YUEN

NO COUNTRY FOR OLD

MEN [2007]

When Llewelyn Moss

discovers two million dollars

in cash surrounded by dead

men, he takes the money

and sets off a chain of events

that puts his family in

danger. Moss finds himself

being pursued by various

parties who want the money

back – including a chilling

mercenary played by the

brilliant Javier Bardem – and

hot on everyone’s trail is the

local sheriff, who soon finds

that these events may be too

violent for him to control.

Starring: Josh Brolin, Tommy

Lee Jones, Javier Bardem and

Kelly Macdonald

DON'T BREATHE [2016]

It was supposed to be an easy

job – break into the house of a

blind man, and walk out with

his rumoured fortune. Sounds

simple enough. But once

Rocky, Alex and Money – the

three friends who planned

this – are in the blind man’s

house, they soon realise he isn’t

as helpless as he seems. What

follows is a gripping cat-andmouse

chase as the blind man

tries to locate the three thieves

in a house he knows like the

back of his hand.

Starring: Stephen Lang, Jane Levy

and Dylan Minnette

Our Pick...

NORTH BY NORTHWEST

[1959]

One of the greatest thrillers

of all time tells the classic tale

of mistaken identity when

New York ad executive Roger

Thornhill is mistaken as

government spy George Kaplan

and chased across the US by

enemy spies, getting kidnapped

and being framed for the

murder of a UN diplomat.

Hoping to clear his name and

on the run from the enemy

spies, Thornhill must now

determine who he can trust in a

plot filled with twists and turns

that culminates in a dramatic

chase on Mount Rushmore.

Starring: Cary Grant, Eva Marie

Saint and James Mason

MEMENTO [2000]

The story is told as two different sequences interspersed with each other – one

chronologically, the other in reverse chronological order; this fractured timeline makes

things as confusing for the audience as it is for the lead character who suffers from short

term memory loss and is unable to form new memories. In this situation we find Leonard,

who is searching for the people who murdered his wife and having to rely on notes, Polaroid

photos and tattoos to bring him closer to the truth of what happened.

Starring: Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss and Joe Pantoliano

SE7EN [1995]

Young detective Brad Pitt

is teamed up with retiring

Morgan Freeman, who

reluctantly takes up one last

case, to investigate a series of

gruesome murders that have

been occurring around the city.

These murders are elaborately

set up and brutal in nature,

and each one represents one

of the seven deadly sins. As

the investigation progresses,

it soon becomes clear that the

culprit has something even

more sinister in store for the

detectives.

Starring: Morgan Freeman, Brad

Pitt, Kevin Spacey and Gwyneth

Paltrow

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CULTURE | MUSIC

Good as new

The best new music coming out of the speakers.

COLORS

BECK

After the folk rock stylings of

Morning Phase, Beck is done with

watching from the sidelines and

being a spectator. Colors, his 13th

album, is an unabashedly perky

slice of pop that sees this musical

chameleon take to the dancefloor.

The title track is a perfect

example of this, bristling with

energy, happy handclaps and

nostalgic 80s electro pop patterns.

Pop producer and repeat Beck

collaborator Greg Kurstin is

partially responsible for the slick

shiny packaging. ‘Dreams’ and

‘Up All Night’ are similarly so

uplifting, they could soundtrack

summer. On paper ‘Wow’ shouldn’t

work. Weighted by an 808 beat that

could have been lifted from Ying

Yang Twins’ ‘Wait (The Whisper

Song)’ and Beck’s trap rap flow, it

comes across as a pastiche of the

latest hip hop chart toppers, yet

manages to sound convincing.

Colors might not suit hardcore

Beck fans; the album sounds like

a celebration, and one having

recovered from a spinal injury it

might be. But given how different

it is from Beck’s previous outputs,

all of which have been creatively

varied, it just goes to show that the

more you think you know Beck, the

less you know Beck.

AMERICAN DREAM

LCD SOUNDSYSTEM

When LCD Soundsystem

issued their grand farewell

in 2011 with concerts in

Madison Square Garden and

a documentary, clubbers were

despondent. Who else could

deliver dancefloor beats and

truth like James Murphy and

his cohorts? Then when the

band started doing the rounds

in 2015, fans felt betrayed. Was

it all a ruse? With the late 2017

release of American Dream,

a tight 10-track album that

creatively picks up where the

band left off, who really cares

what the band’s motivations

were; LCD are back.

Admittedly American

Dream is darker and more

sombre than previous efforts.

Less the life of the party, more

the after-party comedown,

it’s Murphy’s brutally honest

reflection on age and mortality.

At 47, the frontman has lost

friends and heroes, notably

Bowie, who is also a major

influence. The title track sets

the pace with starry synths

and a dirgey quality. The wry

art rock track ‘Tonite’ features

cowbells and Murphy’s caustic

yet comedic narrative. Besides

‘Other Voices’ and its bass

thumping electro funk beats,

it’s the album’s most upbeat

number and, like the rest of

the album, is bittersweet and

brilliant.

NO ONE EVER

REALLY DIES

NERD

Almost everything

Pharrell touches

turns to gold. This has

included appearances

on ‘The Voice’, a

fashion line, and

being spokesperson

for various

environmental causes.

His band NERD, with

co-conspirators Chad

Hugo and Shay Haley,

however, has not been so lucky. As a solo artist, Pharrell has gained

recent plaudits for his carefree bright soul pop, whereas NERD, as

Pitchfork once painfully put it, is “ a reliable repository for all of

Pharrell’s worst ideas.” Until now, that is.

NERD’s fifth output, something of a work of protest, is

consistent in its direction and purpose, something that previous

efforts have lacked. It also calls in favours from famous friends

and features, among others, Ed Sheeren, MIA, Frank Ocean and

Kendrick Lamar. Not everything works, but even the weaker tracks

have the capacity to grow on you. Floor fillers include ‘Lemon’, a

bleepy bouncy number with a wicked Rihanna rap, and ‘Voila’ which

features a memorable robotic vocal refrain that’s a little Will I Am.

Meanwhile, the jaunty ‘Deep Down Body Thurst’ comes closest to

‘Happy’’s all-together-now sing-a-long vibe.

Our Pick...

MELODRAMA

LORDE

New Zealand artist

Lorde seems so

ensconced in our

musical psyche

that it’s difficult

to remember that

Melodrama is only

her sophomore

album. Her debut, Pure Heroine was released when

she was only 16. Despite the pressure that might have

been laid on her shoulders, Time magazine named

her one of the world’s most influential teenagers. On

the cusp of being an adult of voting age Melodrama is

a more mature effort, managing to be introspective

without being indulgent. Lorde’s knack for cuttingly

honest poetry skips over syncopated beats that, while

dark, remain firmly in the pop realm. Standout tracks

include ‘Liability’ – a haunting tale of rejection and

loneliness that harks back to the emo angst of My

Chemical Romance – and the strident ‘Writer in The

Dark’. Its shrill vocal acrobatics, not unlike that of

Kate Bush, provide a hint of things to come from this

talented young lady. Lorde is just getting started.

CURATED BY MUNA NOOR

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THE HOME

Boom

Boom Pow

B & O’s BeoLab 50 speaker system

packs a punch

If you like your musical and cinematic experiences

of the “in the club” or “at the movies”

variety, Bang & Olufsen floor standing

BeoLab 50 loud speakers deliver exceptional

performance.

Featuring innovative sound controls

that can be accessed via the Bang & Olufsen

app from a mobile device of your choosing,

the BeoLab 50’s has a uniquely unfolding

Acoustic Lens that can be adjusted according

to your listening preference: focused

towards a preferred listening spot or for a

room-filling sound performance.

Active Room Compensation technology

creates custom filters that compensate for

the acoustic behaviour of your room for

superior performance and the aluminium

surface and warm oak lamellas of the unit

add a touch of refinement.

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THE HOME

Masculine

Appeal

From sleek leather sofas to pop art accessories, Gabrielle Fagan reveals the looks to consider.

WORDS BY GABRIELLE FAGAN / PRESS ASSOCIATION / THE INTERVIEW PEOPLE

Some things may shriek male style – oversized leather

sofas, black bed linen, coffee tables overloaded with

video games and collections of beer mats – but there

are all sorts of ways to style up a bachelor pad, man cave or

fella’s flat, and ensure it’s more ‘designer cool’ than ‘macho

mistake’.

REGULAR GUY

Steady, loyal and reliable by nature, he likes decor to match

– practical, comfortable and low-maintenance. Think

traditional-style and leather sofas, sturdy coffee tables, and

lots of brown and black (doesn’t show the dirt!).

“Men’s spaces needn’t be boring these days, especially if

they incorporate good design and embrace a cohesive look

by sticking to natural materials and neutral shades,” says

Emma Brindley, group interior design manager, Redrow

Homes.

“An oversized sofa – curves give a softer look – can be

the ultimate statement piece. Add warmth and comfort with

knitted throws, and show off your style credentials with geometric

trend patterned cushions, and a rug in monochrome tones or colour.

Add more personality by creating a gallery wall of favourite movie

posters or sporting icons.”

THE ENTERTAINER

It’s all about parties and socialising for him and his ‘open house’ policy

means there’s always someone calling in for drinks, so a well-furnished

dining/kitchen area is essential.

“Country style chic has been a big trend – with white washed or

pastel toned rooms, solid wood floors and furniture, and aged leather

furnishings in vintage tan leather,” says Leanne Dixon, head of product

for chair specialists, HSL.

“It’s all about understated style for men’s rooms, where the look

doesn’t overpower and is versatile to suit any occasions without fuss or

frills. Bachelor spaces are often multifunctional, so furniture should be

sleek and stylish.“For a colour palette to please both sexes in a shared

space, take on the trend for deep, moody greens and blues.”

(See next page.)

ALL IMAGES BY PA PHOTO/HANDOUT/THE INTERVIEW PEOPLE

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BRAND MAN

This guy loves his designer labels;

everything in his wardrobe and home shows

off his taste and is chosen with care. A fan

of Pinterest and Instagram, he’s always

one click away from his favourite designer

furniture outlets.

“There’s an increasingly design-literate

male audience, who are looking for product

aesthetics as well as functionality and

performance, from technology to the home,”

says Naomi Shedden, senior trend analyst at

Trend Bible.

“Interior design is becoming a more

democratic process, where a balance has

to be achieved between the preferences of

all family members. We’re seeing a move

towards simpler, cleaner and more modern

trends as a result, but balance is key.

The trend for a grey palette is a classic

sign of this move towards a more masculine

look, which can be softened through

accessories and lighting. We’re even seeing

a move towards including softer shades like

pink, to create a balance of warm and cool

tones. Adding industrial details will ensure

a setting doesn’t look ultra-feminine or

overly-decorative.”

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THE HOME

GAME BOY

He’s fun, with that essential GSOH, and adventurous – so he’ll

experiment with his decor. As long as it has personality, colour and

boyish charm, he’s happy. Bright, primary colours, pop art posters

and fun collections of toys from his childhood or memorabilia are

key ingredients in this interiors recipe.

“Men have, stereotypically, always had a set area of the home

which they can call and style their own way; the shed down the

bottom the garden being a classic example. However, in the last 10

years, the man pad has become less masculine in its tone,” Mark

Turner, of interiors brand We Love Cushions, says. “Cool designer

gadgets and softer furnishings have made for a more relaxing – as

well as practical – space. When it comes to sharing a home, a retro

vibe can be perfect for both men and women – archival collections

and vintage poster designs in light and bright hues add a visual

twist to a neutral palette, with textures being key to a softer feel.

“A man’s bedroom is a personal space which can be a real

reflection of his taste. There’s room for playful, witty touches, such

as posters or displays of photographs.”

“When it comes to

sharing a home, a retro

vibe can be perfect for

both men and women”

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THE HOME

MUSIC TO

YOUR EYES

Concert halls and opera houses as wondrous on the eyes as they

are on the ears

TEXT BY MUNA NOOR

A

date with a symphony orchestra or

an operatic tenor has always been

an occasion. But a recent crop of

concert halls and opera houses designed

by star architects has elevated the

experience to one that is multi-sensual.

Marrying fabulous form with perfect

function, these astounding structures

are not mere works of beauty, but

engineering feats. Here acoustic design

is the unseen, unbilled performer

equally deserving of a rapturous

applause. We survey six performance

halls, some modern others classic, that

simultaneously enthral one’s sense of

sight and sound.

WALT DISNEY CONCERT HALL, LOS ANGELES

As part of a number of initiatives undertaken to revitalise Downtown Los Angeles, there

was little doubt that Frank Gehry’s Walt Disney Concert Hall would have the capacity to

transform particularly given the magical spell his Guggenheim Museum cast in Bilbao.

A mere stroll from City Hall and Grand Central Market, its shimmering metal curves

and crisp silver folds are an undeniable attention grabber particularly against the glass

towers and rectangular brownstone buildings typical of the area. As a result, Walt Disney

Concert Hall has already secured countless cameos in a number of films and TV shows

since it was unveiled in 2003.

The building, which is home to the LA Philharmonic and the Los Angeles Master

Chorale was a gift to the city partially funded by Lilian Disney, widow to Walt, and later

when project costs escalated by the Disney family and Walt Disney Company.

Standing in stark contrast to its exterior, its Concert Hall, designed in a shoebox and

arena arrangement by Japan’s Nagata Acoustics, utilises hardwoods like Douglas Fir and

Oak. The Walt Disney Concert Hall also has fans in the city’s Transportation Authority.

Noise suppression measures were utilised during the construction of the Metro which

runs under the auditorium. Now that deserves an encore!

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SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE

Australia’s most iconic building, the

Sydney Opera House had difficult

beginnings. Perched at the end of

Bennelong Point in the busy but

beautiful Sydney Harbour, the celebrated

masterpiece was disowned by its

architect, Denmark’s Jorn Utzon before

it was completed due to clashes over

budget cuts and changes in his design.

When it was eventually officiated in

1973 by Queen Elizabeth, 16 years after

it was first conceived, Utzon was neither

invited nor mentioned at the reveal.

Fortunately his architectural genius has

been recognised; he was awarded the

prestigious Pritzker Architecture Prize

for it in 2003.

As the son of a naval draftsman, who

grew up in Denmark surrounded by

ships and boats, the Sydney Opera House

was perhaps the building he was destined

to design. Meant to resemble white sails

billowing in the wind, it was declared a

UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2007.

Breathtaking to behold particularly

from Sydney Harbour Bridge, nothing

compares to seeing the multi-event

performance space up close as details not

apparent like its tiled roof, glass walls

and concrete and white birch interior are

revealed.

HARBIN OPERA HOUSE

Located in the frigid far north of China, until

2015 Harbin was known to the outside world

for its Ice and Snow Festival. The Harbin Opera

House changed all that.

Part of the Harbin Cultural Island, an arts

hub set on the Songhua River wetlands, the

Harbin Opera House’s sheer scale is enough to

wow. Yet it is its sinewy form, at once futuristic

and otherworldy, that is truly breathtaking. The

visionary work of Beijing firm MAD Architects,

in an article by CNN Edition MAD Architects

principal Ma Yansong revealed his inspiration,

"I took this pattern of the water flowing from

the river banks, and I turned it into modern

architecture."

Comprising a 1,600-seat grand theatre and

a smaller 400-seat performance space, Harbin

Opera House’s interior is just as breathtaking.

Nature inspired, glass walls and skylights

provide continuity and connectivity with

surrounding landscape. Its Grand Theatre is

particularly striking. Nestled inside walls sculpted

from Manchurian ash, its curves and hollows

resemble the living breathing innards of some

supernatural beast. Designed to evoke emotion,

Harbin Opera House does so even before the first

precision perfect note is played.

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PALAU DE LA MUSICA

CATALANA

In a city famed for the fantastical design

flourishes and fanciful architecture of

its first son Antoni Gaudi, the Lluis

Domenech I Montaner designed Palau

de la Musica admirably stands its ground.

Located in Barcelona’s central Barri Sant

Pere, and constructed at the turn of the

20th century, it is a wondrous example of

Catalan modernista style.

One only needs to look at the bright

pretty floral mosaics that curl around the

arches of the Palau’s ticket window and

climb its ornate columns to be charmed.

Commissioned for the highly influential

Orfeo Catala choral society and funded by

benefactors who supported the group’s

proudly Catalonian cultural movement,

Montaner gave local artisans similar

creative freedom.

Inside the choral connection remains

evident in the busts and sculptures that pay

tribute to composers of choral masterpieces

such as Bach, Beethoven and Wagner,

and even Greek mythology. That the

Palau’s 2,200-seat concert hall has hosted

not just the choirs and choral groups it

was intended for but orchestras and jazz

bands is remarkable given the building’s

significant use of decorative glass. Designed

by Antoni Rigalt, colourful stained glass

panels set in arches along either side of

the auditorium and a spectacular inverted

dome skylight that mimics the glorious

golden rays of the Spanish sun also

makes it unique to Europe.

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PALAIS GARNIER OPERA

As much a cultural landmark of the city

as Sacre Coure or Louvre, the centuries

old Palais Garnier Opera is as much a

work of art as the ballet performances to

which it has become reknown. Designed

by French architect Charles Garnier in

a Beaux Arts style, even to describe it as

opulent is an understatement, as the finest

artists, sculptors, mosaicists and painters

of the time were engaged to complete this

lavish tribute to arts and culture.

The Neo-Baroque ornamentation

on the building’s external facade is a

mere taster of what lies within. From

its sweeping marble staircase, gilded

archways and alcoves, and painted ceilings

depicting operatic movements and the

history of music, no expense or detail was

spared. The Grand Auditorium, which

seats 1,979 in a horse-shoe configuration,

has the largest stage in Europe, and is

the infamous setting of Gaston Leroux’s

gothic tale The Phantom Of the Opera,

itself inspired by a tragic accident

involving the auditorium’s seven ton

crystal and bronze chandelier.

Yet it is the sumptuously elaborate

hallways of the grand foyer that stands

out the most. Befitting the high society

for which it was originally intended, its

ostentatiousness is dazzling.

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THE HOME

HAMBURG ELBPHILHARMONIE

Sat atop the Kaispeicher A, a 1960’s warehouse in the HafenCity quarter,

the ambitious Elbphilharmonie was, during its construction, the subject

of derision by Hamburg’s residents. Targeted to open in 2010, the Herzog

& De Meuron designed urban complex was four times over budget when

finally officiated in January 2017 six years behind schedule. But as proof

of the redemptive powers of art, design, culture and music, performances

at the Elbphi, as it’s now affectionately known, have been sold out since,

and its transformative space has attracted millions.

The building draws in its audience even from a distance. 108 metres

at its highest point, it is Hamburg’s tallest building, and has a rooftop of

surging waves that rise over the industrial waterfront like a charging

tsunami. Inside star architects Herzog & de Meuron apply a maze of

stairways, curved 80-metre escalator and dramatic foyer and curved glass

windows that frame the city to such impressive effect that it renders

the building’s residential complex and string of restaurants and cafes an

almost unnecessary diversion.

Not so Elbphi’s three performance spaces, which are are considered

to be among the world’s most acoustically advanced. Master acoustician

Yasuhisa Toyota (his Nagata Acoustics also worked on LA’s Walt Disney

Concert Hall) used 10,000 algorithmically designed gypsum fiber panels

to disperse sound waves in the 2,100 seater Great Concert Hall.

Combined with the hall’s vineyard arrangement, which puts performers

at the centre of attention and its audience no more than 100 feet away,

the result is not just parity in sounds and performance, but the kind of

precision engineered acoustics and clarity that could render a pin drop

audible.

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Quality. Innovative. High

capital appreciation.

These are just some of the

signatures of the property

projects undertaken by

Tropicana Corporation

Berhad. The following pages

showcase some novel and

stunning residential and

commercial developments

as further testament to

the organisation’s flair in

this industry. Tropicana

Corporation hopes to create

a more compassionate and

supportive community,

especially within its

circles of influence. As

a responsible developer,

Tropicana Corporation

continues to deliver on its

responsibility to give back

to society by supporting

various charitable

causes and participating

in celebrations and

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ANNUAL FAMILY CARNIVAL @

TROPICANA GOLF &

COUNTRY RESORT

28 JANUARY 2018

ABOVE: FUN, GAMES AND PRIZES TO BE

WON AT THE CARNIVAL BOOTHS. ABOVE

RIGHT: THE LIFESTYLE BAZAAR PROVIDED

VISITORS WITH LOTS OF SHOPPING

OPPORTUNITIES AND UNIQUE GIFT IDEAS.

For those of you who made it out to Tropicana Golf & Country Resort’s Annual Family

Carnival, what a fun filled occasion it was. Held all day on Sunday 28th January in the

Golf Wing, the event, now in its 24th incarnation, brought together fun, games, food,

fashion and more.

With rows of stalls selling arts and crafts, as well as clothing and jewellery to browse

at the lifestyle bazaar, there were plenty of brilliant gift ideas to consider and unique items to

purchase if you wanted to treat yourself.

For those who wanted to be a bit more hands on, workshops like flower arranging were lined

up and carnival booth challenges like Hole in One and Ring Toss beckoned those who fancied their

chances at taking home a hard-earned prize. With lots of delicious food offerings to indulge in,

performances to watch (including belly dancing and a magic show), and an animal petting area to

enthrall children of all ages, the carnival proved to be a great way to spend quality time with family

and friends.

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10TH CHINESE NEW YEAR PROSPERITY FOOD

PREVIEW @ PALM COFFEE HOUSE, TROPICANA

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5TH FEBRUARY 2018

The reunion dinner that precedes Chinese New Year is

such an important part of festivities that it has become

a beautiful tradition for families to return home no

matter how far away they may now live or work.

To usher in the 2018 Year of the Dog and celebrate

great food in greater company, Tropicana Golf &

Country Resort hosted its 10th Chinese New Year

Prosperity Food Preview at the Palm Coffee House

located in the main wing of the Tropicana Golf &

Country Resort clubhouse.

Introducing its festive promotion, which ran until

28th February, the mouth-watering spread provided

a taste of some of the delectable seasonal specialties

that were being offered. Among them the colourful

and refreshing Yee Sang in Fruity and Salmon Saffron

varieties. A favorite Malaysian Chinese New Year dish

because of its communal nature, the act of coming

together to toss this delicious delicacy and wish for

good things is an annual attraction amongst friends,

colleagues and business associates.

The BIG Prosperity Pot Luck was a decadent treat

best shared. A superior broth steamboat served with

seafood, mixed vegetables and a choice of noodles in one

convenient pot, diners could also add various premium

side dishes such as Sabahan lobsters, king prawns, sea

cucumber and abalone to elevate it into something truly

indulgent.

No reunion meal is complete without roasted dishes.

The Hang Fook Prosperity Delights corner included

succulent dishes like Prosperity Crispy Roasted Duck,

Wealth Roasted Pei Pa Chicken, and Fortune BBQ Char

Siew Beef, which were all savoured with delight.

Those who preferred to dine at home did not miss out.

Tropicana Catering Specialists conveniently catered for

off-site Chinese New Year gatherings with their affordable

Happiness and Harmony packages too. Huat ah!

CLOCKWISE FROM

TOP LEFT: WISHING

FOR GOOD LUCK

AND GREAT HEALTH

AT THE TABLE-

LONG YEE SANG

TOSSING; WAITING

EXCITEDLY FOR THE

BIG PROSPERITY POT

LUCK STEAMBOAT;

THE SUCCULENT

ROASTS OF THE HANG

FOOK PROSPERITY

DELIGHTS COUNTER.

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PROPERTY NEWS | NEWS

LUCKY START TO 2018 @ TROPICANA METROPARK

PROPERTY GALLERY

27 TO 28 JANUARY 2018

The Year of the Dog was welcomed with open arms by all at

Tropicana Corporation with a special series of events held

at the Tropicana Metropark Property Gallery in Subang

Hi-Tech. Two afternoons of interesting talks and exciting

tutorials were organised across the weekend of 27th and

28th January. With most zodiac signs being encouraged to

be careful with their finances, it was the perfect time to pick

up some tips and listen to some sage advice from Feng Shui

Masters Prof Joe Choo and Master Kenny Hoo. The pair

spoke on how to Jumpstart Your 2018 For A Better Year

and Greater Wealth & Prosperity in 2018, respectively.

There were also tutorials on Chinese New Year beauty

for looking your best when the Lunar New Year rolled

around. Guests were treated to refreshments and had the

chance to win Tai Thong dining vouchers worth RM100.

Those less fortunate were not forgotten, as a charity wishing

tree was erected in the space to share in the prosperity.

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TROPICANA CITY MALL PROPERTY GALLERY & OFFICE LION DANCE

20 FEBRUARY 2018

You couldn’t escape the thunderous sound of drums and clanging of cymbals that

reverberated across the mall. The Year of the Dog had arrived. In recognition of the

hard work and dedication of the staff of Tropicana Corporation, the auspicious occasion

was celebrated with a thrilling Lion Dance performance at the Tropicana City Mall

Gallery Office. As the nimble lion leapt about, its athletic feats drew gasps, cheers and

clapping from the appreciative crowd. By the time it left the building, it had generously

left each office table with a peeled mandarin for good luck and continued good fortune.

Gong Xi Fa Cai!

SMILES &

LAUGHTER

FOLLOWED THE

AUSPICIOUS

LION DANCE

AT OUR

TROPICANA

CITY MALL

GALLERY

OFFICE.

A HEALTHY START @ TROPICANA GARDENS

PROPERTY GALLERY

27 TO 28 JANUARY 2018

The last weekend of January was an exciting one

across multiple Tropicana related properties. At

Tropicana Gardens Property Gallery, the Lunar New

Year was ushered in with a strong resolve to get

fitter and healthier. Helping visitors to gain insight

into their physical wellness and take control of their

health, BP Healthcare Group were on hand to provide

free health screenings and informative health talks.

Mental health was not forgotten either, and the Mayi

Ayuryoga Academy’s yoga and breathing workshop

was a rejuvenating reminder to pause and be mindful,

a great practice in this increasingly fast-paced world.

ABOVE LEFT: STARTING THE LUNAR NEW YEAR

OFF FITTER, STRONGER AND HEALTHIER WITH A

YOGA AND BREATHING WORKSHOP.

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PROPERTY NEWS | NEWS

TROPICANA GOLF & COUNTRY RESORT BAGS

AWARD FOR COUNTRY'S TOP GOLF COURSES

We’ve always known it but it isn’t official

until Golf Magazine says so. Announced in the

November/December 2017 issue of Golf Magazine,

Tropicana Golf & Country Resort proudly ranked

#2 in the magazine’s list of Top 10 Courses in

Malaysia.

Judged on criteria such as terrain, design variety,

overall playability, conditioning and maintenance,

location and overall service among other things,

the award is voted for by readers in an annual poll

and includes prestigious golf courses from all over

the county. Tropicana Golf & Country Resort was

pipped only by Horizon Hills Golf & Country Club;

you can bet we’ll be vying for the top spot in 2018.

Malaysia 2017

1 Horizon Hills Golf & Country Club

2 Tropicana Golf & Country Resort

3 Kota Permai Golf & Country Club

4 Sungai Long Golf & Country Club

5 East Course, TPC Kuala Lumpur

6 Templer Park Country Club

7 The Mines Resort & Country Club

8 The Els Club Teluk Datai

9 Royal Selangor Golf Club (Old Course)

10 West Course, TPC Kuala Lumpur

ANOTHER FEATHER IN TROPICANA GOLF

& COUNTRY RESORT'S CAP WITH ITS

IMPRESSIVE PLACING IN GOLF MAGAZINE'S

ANNUAL TOP 10 COURSES IN MALAYSIA

AWARDS.

SEPTEMBER-OCTOBER 2017 GOLF MAGAZINE / GOLFMAG.COM.MY 75

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ADIDAS

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your game!

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Fastback

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GALVIN GREEN

Abigail VENTIL8 TM Windbreaker

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PING

Boonie Hat

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GALVIN GREEN

Miriam VENTIL8 TM Plus Jumpsuit

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GALVIN GREEN

Wyatt Belt

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CURATED BY DANIEL J.

TAYLORMADE

Supreme Cart Bag

www.taylormade.com

PING

Glove

www.ping.com

TITLEIST

Velocity Golf Balls

www.titleist.com

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NEWS | THE SWING

THE 18

HARDEST

GOLF HOLES

IN THE

WORLD

Hang tough and tee them off.

THE TELEGRAPH / THE INTERVIEW PEOPLE

PEBBLE BEACH,

MONTEREY, CALIFORNIA

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laying golf is like being in a relationship. If

you commit time and energy to it, it can be

rewarding and the outcome satisfying. But

some people love the drama. In which case,

playing these courses, and specifically these

holes is like having a relationship status that

reads: complicated.

P1

1. Cliff House Hotel - garden

Not a traditional starting point for our

Mephistophelean course, but will give the player

a taster for what awaits. At the five-star hotel in

Ardmore, Waterford you drive from the tee box at

the top of the cliffs towards an artificial green on a

floating pontoon out at sea with environmentally

friendly golf balls made of fish food that dissolve

after they land in the briny. It’s a hole in one or

nothing.

2. Pebble Beach – 8th par 4, 428 yards

You have to tee off blind at the first of a trio of

holes known as ‘The Cliffs of Doom’ at ‘America’s St

Andrews’ and make sure the drive stays short of the

abyss that drops on to the beach and Pacific Ocean

below. The second shot is, if anything, even more

difficult, a 200-yard five iron across Stillwater Cove

to a green protected by five bunkers that slopes at a

devilish gradient from back to front and a fairway

that tilts the ball towards the sea.

3. TPC Sawgrass - 17th par 3, 137 yards

More terrifying than the Island of Doctor Moreau,

the three-par monstrosity designed by Pete Dye tests

the best players’ nerve, setting them the challenge

of chipping on to the Island Green (actually a

peninsula, with a narrow path to access it) across the

lake. You either land it safely or play your third shot

from the tee and though it’s technically well within

a professional’s capabilities, the position of the trees

creates an unpredictably hazardous, swirling wind

over the hole. More than 100,000 balls a year hit the

drink.

4. Royal Portrush - 14th par 3, 210 yards

Uphill holes are usually challenging but none more

so that ‘Calamity Corner’ whose green is protected

by vicious winds whipping off the Atlantic, thick

punitive rough on the left and a 75ft deep ravine on

the right with dense rough. Precision and an iron

psyche are key - once you have managed to cross the

‘yawning chasm’, the green itself is positioned on a

precipice with a 100ft drop.

55. Carnoustie - 18th par 4, 444 yards

In Angus 444 is the number of the beast. The Barry

Burn snakes through the fairway to punish hookers

and slicers then venomously curls back again to

present a nasty obstacle for the second shot as Jean

van der Velde found out when it cost him his dry feet

and the Claret Jug. Add in the fairway bunkers on the

right and a regular hoolie blowing off the North Sea

and most amateus would be grateful to get down

in eight.

66.

PGA National - 15th par 3, 179 yards

Kicks off a trifecta of demanding holes known as ‘The

Bear Trap’, named in tribute to the course’s designer,

Jack Nicklaus. Looks relatively straightforward on a

still day but the winds rarely relent. If it blows right

to left the chances are that your tee shot will end

up in the bunker at the back of the green. If it’s a

headwind off the tee the likelihood is that you will

end up rinsing your ball in the lake which surrounds

the green on three sides just as Raymond Floyd did

twice to blow a four-stroke lead in the 1994 Senior

PGA Championship with four holes to play.

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“You probably get a sense

of what is to come when

you board your helicopter

after finishing at the 18th

so you can ascend to the

top of the nearby Hanglip

Mountain to play your tee

shot”

CAPE KIDNAPPERS,

NEW ZEALAND

7. Cypress Point - 16th par 3, 219 yards

One of the greatest challenges in the game on the course called

‘The Sistine Chapel of golf’. Alister Mackenzie gave the player

two options, either to drive over the Pacific Ocean to the green

or play safely to the fairway on the left. Few can resist the

temptation to see if they can carry the 233 yards that span the

inlet to the tiny green and Jack Lemmon, during one year’s

Bing Crosby Pro-Am, had to be propped up by Clint Eastwood,

Peter Jacobsen and Greg Norman to stop him falling 30ft down

the cliff when he played his precariously positioned second.

Three-times Masters champion Jimmy Demaret said of the

hole, "There is no relief. The only place you can drop the ball

over your shoulder is in Honolulu.”

8. Doral - 18th par 4, 473 yards

Refreshed by course arcitecht Gil Hanse two years ago,

the hole is the original ‘Blue Monster’: a spiteful par-four,

presenting water on the left and trees on the right, studded

with unforgiving bunkers. Thirty balls ended in the drink off

the tee on the PGA Tour last year, while only half of those who

attempted it hit the fairway. Nobody has made an eagle here

since 2005. As Bubba Watson put it, "It’s an impossible hole.”

9. Kiawah Island - 17th par 3, 221 yards

One of the most beautiful holes on a pretty spectacular course:

fescue grass, palm trees and oaks fringe the fairway, and the

water presents an enticing backdrop. But be distracted by the

view at your peril: the tee shot, which carries entirely over

water and features two horrible bunkers on the left, is a brute.

10. Cape Kidnappers - 15th, par 5, 650 yards

One of the most dramatic holes on any course, anywhere - and

one of the most challenging. Quite apart from its monstrous

length, the Tom Doak-designed hole on New Zealand’s North

Island features drops into oblivion on both sides of a narrow

fairway and winds which make some of gales which batter

British links courses look like gentle zephyrs. No wonder it is

known as the ‘Pirate’s plank’.

11. Ko'olau Golf Club 18th par 4, 476 yards

This Hawaiian course reserves its grimmest challenge for its

final hole, a nightmare par-four which requires two shots

over sheer ravines to even reach the green. Players have been

known to give up after seeing ball after ball disappear into the

abyss.

12. Royal Troon - 8th, par 3, 123 yards

The ‘Postage Stamp’ was given its ominous nickname by a Golf

Illustrated writer, describing the treacherously small scale of

the putting green. Finding that surface is one of the biggest

challenges in links golf: a tee shot struck from high ground has

to sail over a gully and onto a green set into a sandhill. Deep

bunkers add to the sense of peril on the shortest hole on a

course that hosts the Open Championship.

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13. Whistling Straits - 18th par 4, 500 yards

or ‘Dyeabolical’, as it’s also known. A huge par four where

birdies are nigh-on impossible starts with a tee shot that must

avoid sand dunes, bunkers and a creek, before a downhill

approach shot that has to deal with often violently gusting

winds. The green itself is huge, inviting three putts-aplenty.

14. Royal Melbourne - 6th par 4, 428 yards

Designed by Alister MacKenzie, this horror forces players to

dodge a cluster of sculpted bunkers - so deep and vast players

must feel they are in the desert - as they try to negotiate a

sharp dogleg right. The approach shot can then be considered

relatively simple but then you get to the green: elevated and

so steeply angled from back to front than players have been

known to put off the surface entirely and end up in one of the

surrounding sand traps.

15. Augusta National - 12th par 3, 155 yards

The scariest par three in golf? One of Augusta’s (many)

landmark holes has been known to sink many a Masters

wannabee, guarded as it is by swirling winds all around, Raes

Creek in front and - of course - the azaleas which flower behind

the hole. Tom Weiskopf, four times a runner-up at Augusta,

hit five balls in the water on his way to a 13 here in 1980. Nick

Price puts it thus: "It’s the one hole I’ve played that demands

absolute commitment mentally. Wind or not, if you don’t have

that, you will pay serious consequences.”

16. Oakmont - 1st par 4, 482 yards

Oakmont can shred the nerves of even the steeliest golfer right

from the start thanks to its brutish first hole. A fairway that is

only 24 yards wide allows no room for error, surrounded as it

is by bunkers and horrible rough. Approach shots can be hit

blind if the effort from the tee ends up short, and - just to cap

things off - the green slopes front to back.

17. St Andrews Old Course - 17th par 4, 495 yards

The Road Hole is the most famous in the Open rotation with a

reputation as the toughest par 4 in championship golf. Drives

should carry 260 yards over the replica railway sheds to reach

the right edge of the fairway. Approach should be to the right

half of the green to avoid the Road Hole Bunker. Anything

long will result in a shot from the road behind the green.

Nasty.

18. Entabeni Safari Reserve - 19th par 3, 395 yards

The strangest hole in golf, and certainly the hardest. You

probably get a sense of what is to come when you board your

helicopter after finishing at the 18th so you can ascend to the

top of the nearby Hanglip Mountain to play your tee shot. The

longest tee shot on any par three in golf then takes almost 30

seconds to land, with a spotter on the ground being told the

rough direction of the shot before going off to search for it.

Incredibly, 15 players have managed to score a birdie.

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SCOTLAND

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THE TIME | NEWS

Piaget Party

At the time of writing, SIHH – Geneva’s annual invite-only watch trade show – was in

full swing, and few parties were as celebrity studded as Piaget’s.

WORDS BY MUNA NOOR IMAGES BY PIAGET

Piaget Altiplano Ultimate

910P in 18K white gold

Piaget Altiplano Ultimate

910P in 18K pink gold

COCO ROCHA

WEARS PIAGET

DESPITE THE WINTER COLD OUTSIDE,

guests to Country Club de Genève were

surrounded by lush vegetation and pink

flamingos, and sipped on colourful cocktails in a

celebration of living life on the bright side. That’s

the theme of Piaget’s 2018 global campaign, which

was unveiled by supermodel and campaign muse

Doutzen Kroes. Also in attendance were Piaget

CEO Chabi Nouri, Piaget International Brand

Ambassador Ryan Reynolds and friends of Piaget

Coco Rocha, Barbara Palvin, Shanina Shaik and

Joel Dicker.

Founded in 1874 in La Côte-aux-Fées by

Georges-Edouard Piaget, the luxury maison’s

signatures have been the design and manufacture

of ultra-thin movements, as well as its refined

sense of style. Not to be outshined, Piaget’s watch

and jewellery novelties such as the Altiplano

Ultimate Automatic watches, which at 41

millimetres is the world’s thinnest mechanical

automatic watch, as well as Possession pendants

and bangles were also part of the celebration

and were worn by the brand’s VIP guests and

ambassadors.

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NEWS | THE TIME

IMAGES BY IWC SCHAFFHAUSEN

IWC SCHAFFHAUSEN: IN CELEBRATION OF 150 YEARS

IWC Schaffhausen turns 150 this year and to mark this important milestone, the company unveiled

a special Jubilee collection at SIHH that comprises 27 limited-edition models from the Portugieser,

Portofino, Pilot’s Watch and Da Vinci families. IWC also commemorated the occasion with the

launch of its first-ever wristwatch to feature the original digital hours and minute display – just as

it appeared on its Pallweber pocket watches back in 1884. Sadly we can’t feature all 27 pieces, but we

can pick some of the brand’s historical highlights.

JAEGER-LECOULTRE

X BENEDICT

CUMBERBATCH

The English are excellent timekeepers –

punctual to a fault; which makes the pairing

of Swiss watchmaker Jaeger-LeCoultre and

its new brand ambassador actor Benedict

Cumberbatch well, elementary of course.

Best known for playing the title role

in the BBC production of ‘Sherlock’, the

multi-award-winning actor famously wore

a Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin

Perpetual engraved watch in the Marvel

adaptation of ‘Dr Strange’.

The actor who attended SIHH 2018, an

annual invite only watch trade show held

in Geneva, clearly relishes his new role,

declaring himself, “ a great watchmaking

enthusiast … delighted to be associated with

such an outstanding watch manufacturer”.

You’ll see him next playing Patrick Melrose

in Showtime’s limited series ‘Melrose’ due

for release later this year.

www.jaeger-lecoultre.com

Big Pilot Watch (1940)

1,000 pieces were supplied to the German Air Force in 1940 and was the

biggest wristwatch ever built by IWC.

Portugieser Wristwatch (1954)

Built in 1939 at the request of two Portuguese merchants, it uses pocket

watch movement calibres 74 and 98 for its precision timing.

Aquatimer (1967)

Released when diving was growing in popularity as a sport, the brand’s

first dive watch was watertight to a depth of 200 metres and featured a

rotating bezel for adjusting the diving time situated under the glass.

Da Vinci Lady Chronograph (1988)

Featuring a semi-mechanical chronograph movement and a date and

moon-phase display, this women’s watch was available in 18 carat yellow

gold and stainless steel versions, set with or without 95 diamonds.

Savonette Pocket Watch Pallweber (1886)

The culmination of the 1884 deal between Johann Rauschenbach and

Salzburg watchmaker Josef Pallweber, this was the first digital watch

assembled by IWC, where time is shown as a sequence of numbers.

IWC Tribute to Pallweber Edition "150 Years" (2018)

Available in a limited edition of 250 pieces, this “digital” timepiece, in an

18-carat red gold case, utilises a patent-pending solution to advance the

watch’s single-minute disc. Where the historical version used toothed

cogs, this reverential update uses an ingenious separate wheel train and

barrel.

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THE LOOK | HOT OFF THE RUNWAY

SUIT

YOURSELF

Up your work wear game.

TAGLIATORE

Cotton Blazer

www.tagliatore.com

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HOT OFF THE RUNWAY | THE LOOK

Stripe Hype

Whether chevron, vertical or

horizontal, embrace the striped life.

SACAI

Short Sleeved Shirt

www.sacai.com

BALMAIN

Cardigan

www.balmain.com

ETRO

Cufflinks

www.etro.com

PRADA

Belt

www.prada.com

SALVATORE FERRAGAMO

www.ferragamo.com

CURATED BY DANIEL J.

MCQ BY ALEXANDER MCQUEEN

Shoes

www.alexandermcqueen.com

THOM BROWNE

Eyewear

www.thombrowne.com

THOM BROWNE

Backpack

www.thombrowne.com

ETRO

Fedora

www.etro.com

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THE LOOK | HOT OFF THE RUNWAY

FRINGE

BENEFITS

Let loose and play with these

stringy details.

DIOR

J’adior Flap Bag with

Beaded Fringing

www.dior.com

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HOT OFF THE RUNWAY | THE LOOK

Pearls of

Wisdom

The allure of old

fashioned pearls.

ALEXANDER MCQUEEN

Choker

www.alexandermcqueen.com

OSCAR DE LA RENTA

Pearl Burst Cuff

www.oscardelarenta.com

MOY PARIS

Bib Necklace

www.moyparis.fr

DOLCE & GABBANA

Sunglasses with Pearl Embellishments

www.dolcegabbana.com

GUCCI

Single Double G Earrings

with Pearls

www.gucci.com

CELINE

Baroque Necklace in

Leather with Agate

www.celine.com

SIMONE ROCHA

Scalloped earrings

www.simonerocha.com

CHANEL

Camilia Necklace

www.chanel.com

GUCCI

Pearl Studded Pineapple Ring

www.gucci.com

CURATED BY DANIEL J.

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A SHOE-IN

Get your kicks with Sicilian Majolica-inspired tile and

floral accents.

DOLCE & GABBANA

Mondello Wedges

www.dolcegabbana.com

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PRABAL GURUNG

www.prabalgurung.com

Sheer Genius

Ace the trend with a fine layer.

TOM FORD

Pointed Pumps

www.tomford.com

GIVENCHY

Black Blouse

www.givenchy.com

ALBERTA FERRETTI

Capelet

www.albertaferretti.com

DOLCE & GABBANA

Semi Sheer Clutch

www.dolcegabbana.com

PRADA

Floral Blouse

www.prada.com

ALEXANDER MCQUEEN

Red Dress

www.alexandermcqueen.com

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THE LOOK | HOT OFF THE RUNWAY

Fun, fierce and fishy

The Paul Smith Spring/Summer 2018 line will catch you hook, line and sinker

with its colourful love of the sea and elegant new shapes.

WORDS BY REMI DUTTA

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HOT OFF THE RUNWAY | THE LOOK

At time of print, the Beast from the East was

wreaking havoc on UK and the US. What should

have been spring was plunged again into winter –

bitterly cutting, cold, wild winter.

British designer Paul Smith might not have

known it when he put together his latest Spring

Summer Collection of women’s and menswear

and accessories. But if there was ever a time to

embrace the sun and warmer climes, it’s now.

80S NOSTALGIA

Going boldly where many British designers have

feared to tread, this season Paul Smith turns the

focus is on vibrant block colours such as bright

purple and bottle green. Traditional British

tailoring cloths are also a key theme this season,

including classic check and houndstooth fabrics

in more muted colours.

Featured throughout the Spring/Summer

’18 show, a new 1980s-inspired jacket shape has

been created for men this season with a strong

shoulder line and a single button to accentuate

the waist and create a sharp and structured

silhouette. The jacket is also 1.5 cm longer than

the existing Paul Smith Soho fit and features

ticket pocket detailing.

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Paul Smith women’s suits are equally

alive with colour, print and detail this season

with emphasis placed on relaxed but elegant

tailoring. Taking its cues from the men’s

collection, the women’s double-breasted suit

jacket comes with exaggerated 1970’s lapels and

a strong shoulder line, and is available in classic

checked cloths, unique colour-blocked designs

and a vibrant jacquard of the Midnight Hawaii

print that depicts a tropical sunset. Echoing the

surfer feel a relaxed fit suit in sun-bleached blue

with a gentle floral design printed on reverse is

offered as a key look.

Wearing suit jackets and trousers as separate

pieces is a theme this season across both the

men’s and women’s collection, and demonstrates

the versatility of Paul Smith tailoring, showing

how the individual elements of a suit can be

worn in a more casual, everyday way. Men’s

trousers are pleat fronted and softened to offer a

relaxed silhouette with a taper at the ankle. For

women, suit jackets are styled over dresses and

contrasting patterns and checks are clashed.

At the other end of the spectrum, formal

eveningwear also stands out. Exaggerated,

1970s-style lapels feature velvet detailing on

some jackets and the key Ocean print (more on

that below) is seen embroidered on other lapels.

A luxurious night scene in jacquard features

in both men’s and women’s versions of a jacket

to further emphasise eveningwear options. For

women formal eveningwear is given a delicate

embroidered treatment as elements from the

Ocean print are presented as colourful embroidery

on the shawl collar on an evening jacket.

“The Ocean print of Paul Smith’s Spring/

Summer ’18 collection is a bright and cheerful

take on a classic Hawaiian shirt motif that

evokes a 1950s surfer spirit”

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FOUND AT SEA

As ever with Paul Smith tailoring, linings are

given special attention and feature a range of

seasonal prints and surprises for the wearer.

The Ocean print of Paul Smith’s Spring/

Summer ’18 collection is a bright and cheerful

take on a classic Hawaiian shirt motif that

evokes a 1950s surfer spirit. Included in the

print are elegant floral formations, undersea

corals and Japanese koi carp. Similar links to

Japanese culture have been central to Paul

Smith designs since Paul made his first trips to

the country in the 1980s.

As with previous seasons, this key print

acts as a focal point for the collection and

features in every product group including

clothes, shoes and accessories for men and

women. The Ocean motif is also presented in

many different scales and applications: from

all- over prints on T-shirts and shirts to subtle

placement graphics and embroidery.

Key Ocean print products for men include

a Ripstop field jacket that features in the

advertising campaign and colourful shortsleeved

Hawaiians shirts. For women, notable

Ocean print products include a full-length

Ripstop mac and repeating Ocean print tops

and long dresses, presented on either a black,

yellow or blue base.

PS I LOVE YOU, JAPAN

As a regular visitor to Japan since the 1980s, Smith

has made many visits to Tokyo’s famous Tsukiji

Fish Market. The discovery of vintage food

packaging on one visit inspired two graphic fish

prints that feature throughout the new men and

women’s collection. These Aquatic prints blend

Japanese landscape scenes, graphic text

and two types of fish: a tuna on a red and blue

design, and mackerel on a mainly yellow base.

Although a major theme in the Spring/

Summer ’18 line, the most eye-catching and

unexpected use of the Aquatic print appears in

accessories; for men, on ties, belts and leather

accessories; for women, on the box bag; and in on

Smith’s signature Basso trainers and espadrilles.

These perfectly compliment the single graphics

from the Ocean print that have been isolated as

solo applications on key shoes, bags and leather

accessories, notably the koi carp wallets for men

and floral leather bags for women.

Get ready to dive in. The Paul Smith Spring/

Summer ‘18 Women’s and Men’s Tailoring

collection is available online and in stores now.

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THE LOOK

On Samantha

white denim jacket with

fringe and BK initialed

embroidered corset

from BRIAN KHOO

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THE LOOK

HEART

STRINGS

Move to the rhythm of

sensuality with pieces

that will tug on your

heartstrings

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THE LOOK

On Lidiana

gold fringe dress

from BRIAN KHOO

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THE LOOK

On Samantha

fringed bra top and

high waisted hot pants

from BRIAN KHOO

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THE LOOK

On Lidiana

off shoulder top and

fringed skirt

from BRIAN KHOO

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THE LOOK

On Samantha

gold fringe dress

from BRIAN KHOO

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THE LOOK

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THE LOOK

On Lidiana

backless goldfringe dress

from BRIAN KHOO

PHOTOGRAPHY

BRIAN FANG (M8 STUDIO)

ART DIRECTION

NOR HAMIMAH ABDULLAH

STYLING

BOSCO LIM

MAKEUP & HAIR

JOEY YAP

MODELS

LIDIANA & SAMANTHA @

ANDREWSMODELS

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HEALTH | THE SUSTAINABLE DIET

Fuel For Marathoners:

Power Up From

Start To Finish

When it comes to a race, nutrition strategy is equally important to your

success as the months you spend in training.

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| HEALTH

In endurance sports competitions, “hitting the wall” is a much-feared

phenomenon. Amongst runners, this challenge is particularly real during

the second half of the race. It is a condition characterised by sudden

fatigue and loss of energy due to the depletion of glycogen stores in the liver

and muscles.

Glycogen is the body’s most preferred form of energy. When glycogen

stores are depleted, the body turns to fat as its next energy source. However,

fat is less efficient as an energy source because the body has to work harder

to convert fat into fuel. With all these physiological changes happening

inside the body, runners may start to feel lightheaded, tired and demotivated

to complete the race; they are basically “hitting the wall”. Applying the right

nutrition strategy will help runners avoid or minimise these effects.

PRE-RUN

The Day Before

Contrary to popular belief, there is no good reason to feast the day before

your run as it may overwork your digestive system and disrupt sleep. Instead,

aim to top up your glycogen stores and stay hydrated by choosing highcarbohydrate,

low-fat and moderate-protein meals the day prior to the race.

This can be achieved by eating a higher-than-normal amount of bread, pasta,

rice or other carbohydrates at every meal.

And just for one day, you don’t need to feel guilty reaching out for the salt

shaker as you’ll need to boost your sodium intake in anticipation of the loss

through sweat the next day. Gas-forming foods such as baked beans, pulses,

cruciferous vegetables, bran cereals and spicy foods should be avoided. Stick

to foods that you are familiar with; it is not a good time to be adventurous.

• Cereal with milk and banana

• Roll with peanut butter

• Oatmeal with banana

• Toast with honey or jam

• Milky drink

• Fruit smoothie

4 HOURS OR LESS

On race day, eating a carbohydrate-rich meal two hours before your run

helps to ensure an optimal fuel level.

Try any one of these pre-run meals at least two hours before flag off, and

optimise your hydration level by accompanying the meal with one to two

cups of water (240ml per cup).

DURING THE RUN

Whenever a run goes beyond an hour, refuelling should be taken into

account. The general rule of thumb for a marathon nutrition strategy is

to refuel carbohydrates every 40 to 45 minutes, which means that you

may need five to six refuellings to cover the full 42-kilometre distance

adequately. Water, electrolytes and carbohydrates need to be replenished,

but carbohydrate is the main refuelling energy nutrient during a marathon.

Guidelines from The American College of Sports Medicine recommend 30

to 60 grammes (120 to 240 calories) per hour.

In a tropical country with a warmer than average climate such as

Malaysia, glycogen stores tend to empty more quickly, which means

refuelling may need to be done more often, possibly every 30 minutes. There

are a few refuelling products that you can opt from, with pros and cons

attached to each option.

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Sports drinks

Sports drinks are easy to take in.

Consuming beverages containing

electrolytes and carbohydrates can

provide benefits over water alone. These

drinks help replace minerals lost through

perspiration while keeping you hydrated

at the same time. Based on experts’

opinion, 180 to 240 millilitres of glucoseelectrolyte

solution containing 6 to 10% of

carbohydrates is recommended at 10- to

15-minute intervals.

Gels

Gels have an advantage over sports drinks

as they are more energy-dense and can

replenish higher levels of carbohydrates

and electrolytes per feeding. Despite this

efficiency, runners who rely on them should

also remember to rehydrate as gels do not

address this need.

Sweets

Eating jelly beans or gummy bears may work for some runners as these are

considerably tastier than gels, bars or drinks. However, this mode of nutrient

delivery is slower and less nutritious, so why bother? The simple answer is

gratification. During a long distance run, it helps to have a tasty treat to look

forward to during the last few clicks and if you’re 15 to 20 minutes away from the

finish line, they’ll make a great pick-me-up.

Sports bars

Sports bars are energy-dense and pack

the most carbohydrates, proteins and

micronutrients. However, they may not be

a practical choice for high intensity events

as solids tend to increase the likelihood

of a gastrointestinal upset. Many sports

bars include protein, which may not be

important to drive performance during

your run but will help accelerate the

recovery process if you consume it right

after.

POST-RUN

Your post-run goal should be recovery. When done right, not only are your

glycogen stores, fluids and electrolytes replenished, but protein synthesis can

also be optimised to repair damaged muscle tissue. The tip is not to wait too long

after the race to refuel. A study at the University of Texas found that the body

replenishes glycogen at three times the normal rate immediately after exercise

and this rate slows as the clock ticks. So if “speedy recovery” is what you are

looking for, consume a recovery drink or a recovery sports bar with a 4:1 ratio of

carbohydrates to protein within 30 minutes after picking up your finishers tee and

medal.

One last thought: whether your choice of fuelling is via a fruit or sports bar,

drink or gel, it is always a good idea to test the product while training so that you

know what to expect on the actual day. Sure, you can take advice and refuelling

cues from your running buddies, but exact calorie needs vary from person to

person. Experiment with what works best for your own body and remember that

practise makes perfect.

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BEAUTY & WELLNESS

RESTORE & REFRESH

Business at neighbouring Singapore needn’t all be meetings

and presentation pitches. Think ahead and book the Mandarin

Oriental Singapore’s Restore & Refresh programme and return

reinvigorated.

Priced at SGD 1,350 per room based on double occupancy,

and valid from now until 30 June 2018, the Restore and Refresh

package includes two nights accommodation in a Marina Bay View

room, Mandarin Oriental’s Quintessence’s Spa Music Collection

and bespoke Bath and Shower Oil, return limousine transfers to

Lululemon Duxton Road with in-store personal fitness session, a

wellness lunch at Dolce Vita and daily buffet breakfast at Melt Café

for two at the hotel.

Among the restorative treatments you’ll be treated to are a

pampering Abhyanga healing treatment that includes a full body

massage with warm neem and traditional ayurvedic triphala oil,

a revitalising body scrub, and a private Yamuna body rolling

experience to ease tension and increase flexibility. Ohm.

www.mandarinoriental.com.

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Sweet

Easter

treats

Can a dairy-free chocolate treat cut the mustard at Easter?

Vegan chocolatier Pana Barbounis certainly thinks so. Here are

three recipes from his book, Pana Chocolate The Recipes, so you

can test the theory at home

WORDS BY KEELEY BOLGER / PRESS ASSOCIATION / THE INTERVIEW PEOPLE

Have a cursory glance at the Easter treats available online and in the

supermarkets and you might be surprised by what's on offer.

Where once creme-filled eggs, sugar-shelled treats and hollow

chocolate bunnies were the norm, nowadays you're just as likely to

have your head turned by chocolate 'Scotch' eggs, cheese flavoured

hot cross buns and savoury 'cheester' eggs.

Adding to this alternative trend is chocolatier-with-a-difference Pana

Barbounis.

The Melbourne-based entrepreneur founded Pana Chocolate three years ago,

creating dairy-free, soy-free, gluten-free luxury chocolate bars containing no

refined sugar. Including enticing flavours like ginger and pineapple, fig and orange

and coconut and goji, the bars are now sold worldwide and stocked in more than 20

countries.

And with his first book out, Pana Chocolate The Recipes, Barbounis is keen to

show that despite the untraditional ingredients, his raw vegan offerings certainly

aren't taste and fun-free.

Truthfully, they do require a bit more welly to make - as well as some more

involved searches for ingredients and, in some cases, equipment - but if you're after

a different kind of Easter showstopper, this could be a good place to get cracking.

Tempted to tackle the challenge? Here are three recipes from Pana Chocolate to

give a whirl....

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Ingredients

Makes 4 bars depending on size of moulds.

15g sour cherries, chopped

13 almonds, roughly chopped

3 tbsp pumpkin seeds

2 dried apricots, finely diced

45g bar of Pana Chocolate Raw Cacao (or a

raw chocolate bar of your choice)

BLOOM BARS

Step to make

1. Combine all the ingredients except the chocolate

in a small bowl and mix them together with your

fingers.

2. Press the mixture evenly into four 12cm x 3cm

moulds, the fruit should help the nuts and seeds to

stick together. Freeze the mixture for 30 minutes

to make it easier to pop out of the mould.

3. Melt the chocolate slowly over a bain-marie.

Remove the bar mixture from the moulds and,

using a fork, dip the bars into the melted chocolate.

Tap the fork against the side of the bowl to remove

any excess chocolate. Place the bar on a tray

lined with baking paper and refrigerate until the

chocolate has set.

4. Tip: For a different method of presentation, line

the moulds with half the melted chocolate and set

in the fridge. Once set, add your seeded nut mix,

then pour the remaining chocolate on top and

return to the fridge. When the chocolate has set,

knock out the bar.

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Ingredients

Makes 18.

65g psyllium husk (available from various

online health food stores)

200g Brazil nut pulp (use online tutorials

to make this)

1 tbsp ground cinnamon

1 tsp ground nutmeg

1 tsp ground ginger

1 vanilla bean, split lengthways and seeds

scraped

70g flax (linseed) meal

150g coconut sugar

2 pinches of Himalayan pink salt

165g chopped medjool dates

1 tbsp maple syrup, plus extra for glazing

220ml filtered water

80g sour cherries

35g dried cranberries

100g Pana Chocolate Raw Cacao, broken

into chunks (or a raw chocolate bar of your

choice)

CHOC-CHERRY

HOT CROSS BUNS

For the chocolate cross:

120g cashews, soaked

2 tbsp filtered water

2 tbsp cacao powder

Step to make

1. In a bowl, combine the psyllium, Brazil

nut pulp, spices, vanilla seeds, flax meal,

coconut sugar and salt. Ensure there are

no clumps in the mixture. Pulse the dates

in a high-speed blender until they form a

chunky paste (approximately four to five

seconds).

2. Add the maple syrup, filtered water and

date mixture to the dry mix and massage

together with your hands until combined.

Continuing to use your hands, fold

through the sour cherries, cranberries and

chocolate chunks.

3. Form the mixture into balls of

approximately three tablespoons each,

and place them on a non-stick sheet,

leaving a few centimetres between each.

Using a pastry brush, glaze each bun

with maple syrup (not too much - they

shouldn't be dripping).

4. To make the mixture for the chocolate

cross, blend the cashews, water and cacao

powder until smooth. Using a piping bag

with a small nozzle, pipe the mixture into

a cross onto the top of each bun.

5. Dehydrate the buns at 40C for at least

12 hours. If you don't have an electric

dehydrator, search online for advice on

how to dehydrate the buns in an oven.

" Barbounis is keen to

show that despite the

untraditional ingredients,

his raw vegan offerings

certainly aren't taste and

fun-free"

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Ingredients

Makes approximately 8 medium eggs.

11 medjool dates, pitted

85 ml filtered water

1.5 tbsp lemon juice

2 tbsp coconut sugar

1.5 tbsp coconut butter

1 tbsp tahini

2 pinches of Himalayan pink salt

2-3 45g bars of Pana Chocolate Raw Cacao

(or a raw chocolate bar of your choice)

Step to make

1. Using a 7cm chocolate egg mould, or

similar, first make sure the mould is

completely dry, then begin lining it.

2. Melt the chocolate slowly in a bainmarie.

3. Hold the chocolate mould on a slight

angle. With a ladle, spoon the chocolate

over each mould to fill. Tap the edge

of the mould with the ladle handle to

release any air bubbles. Tip the mould

upside down over the bowl of chocolate

and let the excess drip out, tapping

gently with a metal spatula. Run the

spatula over the top and sides of the

mould to remove all excess chocolate.

Set in the fridge for 30 minutes.

4. To create a date paste, blend the medjool

dates, filtered water and one tablespoon

of the lemon juice in a high-speed

blender until smooth. Pass through a

fine sieve, if desired. Set aside.

5. Combine the coconut sugar and the

remaining half tablespoon of lemon

juice in a bowl. Mix until the sugar

dissolves.

6. Fold together the coconut butter, tahini,

salt and 80g of the date paste. Transfer

the mixture into a piping bag and

pipe into each lined chocolate mould.

Squeeze some filling into each chocolate

mould, leaving a gap of approximately

2mm at the top of each mould. Close the

moulds with chocolate.

7. Using a metal spatula, scrape off the

excess chocolate. Keep your hand and

spatula flat to ensure you don't puncture

your chocolates.

8. Set in the fridge for two hours. Once set,

knock the chocolates out of the moulds.

Any extra filling can be used as a spread

on banana bread or toast!

CARAMEL

LAVA EGG

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DISHES

CLUBHOUSE

Tel: 03-7805 3935

www.jojoitalianrestaurant.com

OPERATING HOURS

Monday to Thursday

11.00am to 11.00pm

ROASTED AUSTRALIAN BEEF RIBS

Slow-roasted to coax out the hearty flavours and ensure that the beef

retains all of its umami goodness, the meat on this popular dish literally

pulls off the bones without much difficulty. Basted in liberal amounts

of sweet smoky barbeque sauce, it is glazed to a mouthwatering delight

and served with potato wedges and vegetables on the side, for a tangy

dish that is a surefire winner.

Friday to Sunday

11.00am to 1.00pm

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CLUBHOUSE

Tel: 03-7804 8888

www.facebook.com/ginshuitei

OPERATING HOURS

Monday to Sunday

Lunch 12.00pm to 3.00pm

Dinner 6.30pm to 10.30pm

BEEF KAKUNI RAMEN

Ramen noodles cooked in beef broth and served piping hot with slivers of braised beef,

seaweed and cabbage on the side makes this delectable meal. By using the slow cook

method, the meat’s juices are retained, making it tender and easy to pull apart. The light

broth is moreish, and the simple ensemble of cabbage and seaweed makes this dish a

wholesome one.

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DISHES

Lot 413, 4th floor,

Suria KLCC ,

50088 Kuala Lumpur

Tel: 03-2166 9881

www.taithong.com.my

OPERATING HOURS

Monday to Saturday 11.30am to 10.30pm

Sunday and Public Holidays 10.30am to 10.30pm

GOLDEN OYSTERS

Oysters are considered a great delicacy in

many parts of the world. These premium,

imported oysters are given a different twist

from the usual raw variety. Individually

crystallised in a sweet concoction, the platter

consists of eight golden oysters and are

sumptuous whether eaten on their own or

with rice. A slight crunch on your first bite

leads up to a succulent burst of flavour inside.

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CLUBHOUSE

Tel: 03-7804 8888 (ext 306/309)

www.tropicanagolf.com

OPERATING HOURS

Monday to Friday 7.00am to 12.00am

Saturday to Sunday 7.00am to 8.00pm

PETTO DI POLLO RIPIENO

Stuffed chicken breast, succulent to the bite, makes this

dish a must-try! Ample portions of cheese, mushroom,

turkey ham and fresh herbs are stuffed into a wellmarinated

chicken breast. Roasted to perfection, the

chicken is then served with a dollop of mash potato and

fresh greens, and is topped off with mushroom cream

sauce to complement the lusciously rich taste profile.

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DISHES

Clubhouse

Tel: 03-7805 3935

BUSINESS HOURS

11.30am to 3.00pm

5.00pm to 10.30pm

SAMGYETANG

A hearty bowl of healthy goodness, the Korean Samgyetang Chicken

Ginseng Soup is simple but thoroughly satisfying. Served hot, it features

chicken stuffed with rice, ginseng and garlic and is garnished with enoki

mushrooms, scallions, and red and green chilies. Contrary to what you’d

imagine, it’s traditionally eaten during the hottest days of summer. Meant

to energise the body, take a cue from our Korean friends and eat up.

OPERATING HOURS

Monday to Sunday

Lunch

11.30am to 3.00pm

Dinner

5.00pm to 10.00pm

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DRINKS

ATLAS

SLING WHEN

YOU’RE WINNING

A toast to some of the best bars our

southern neighbour has to offer.

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Having made over its culinary scene and defined itself as a gastronomic

capital, Singapore has now turned its attentions to mixology and

liquid libations, and is already earning plaudits for its efforts.

Innovative and imaginative, their cocktails are only rivalled by the fantastic

spaces in which they are served up and celebrated. From gilded bars and secret

spaces to exotic dens and prohibition style watering holes, here’s toasting some

of the best after-dark haunts to imbibe at, and not a Singapore Sling in sight.

ATLAS

Gracing the ground floor of Singapore’s iconic Parkview Square building

in Bugis, Atlas is grand on an immense scale with a rarified elegance lifted

from a bygone era. The bar, like the building it takes up residence in, is a

celebration of the grand Art Deco lobbies of Europe and New York, and its

cocktail menus feature a bewilderingly long list of liquid libations for every

decadent age – golden, gilded and crazy.

There’s a special emphasis on gin and champagne, with the bar hosting a

monthly Juniper Tuesday tasting session for members of the Juniper Society.

However, if spirits or wine are more your speed, the bar generously throws

open the doors to its 40-year old family cellar to like-minded connoisseurs and

features an impressive list of bottles meticulously curated from around the

world. Whatever your choosing, Executive Chef Daniele Sperindio supplies

European cuisine befitting the sense of occasion a night here promises.

Atlas, Parkview Square, 600 North Bridge Road, 188778, Singapore.

T: +65 6394 4466

W: atlasbar.sg

Open: Monday to Thursday, 10am to 1am; Friday; 10am to 2am; Saturday, 3pm to 2am

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TIPPLING CLUB

Few establishments can boast Top 50

appearances on both Asia’s best restaurants

and best bars lists, but the pairing of British

Chef Ryan Clift and Head Bartender

Joe Schofield has proven a winning

combination. Adopting an equally novel

and experimental approach to its drinks as

it does its food, Schofield’s expertly crafted

cocktails are as playful as they are inventive.

Even the most classic concoction is subject

to cutting-edge wizardry like thermo

infusion and sonic wave ageing.

Their latest culinary adventure,

Dreams and Desires, launched in

November 2017, is a selection of edible

cocktails – 12 alcohol-spiked gummy bears

served up in a traditional confectionary

store paper sweetie bag. Each is meant to

evoke a passion or pastime. With names

like Holiday (coconut, pineapple, lime leaf

and rum) and Happiness (yuzu, lemon,

orange, honey and tequila), you just need

to ask yourself what life holds for you?

Tippling Club, 38 Tanjung Pagar Road,

088461, Singapore.

T: +65 64 75 22

W: www.tipplingclub.com

Open: Monday to Saturday, 12 noon to 12

midnight

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APOTHECARY BAR

The speakeasy phenomenon shows no signs of going away and Singapore

is no exception. Joining the fray is Apothecary, a themed bar hidden away

in Oxwell & Co’s four-floor British gastropub institution. Access into this

hallowed space is through a secret door located in the private dining room

on the third floor, and space is somewhat limited with room for only 12.

But once ensconced inside, your spirits may be lifted.

Surrounded by wooden cabinets filled with mystery potions in glass

jars and curiosities that wouldn’t look out of place in a Victorian chemist,

the concoctions here promise to treat all that ails you. Among those

dispensed by the bartender from the small but intriguing menu is the

Croak and Wheeze Relief, an elixir made with 12-year-old Glenfiddich

whisky infused with honey, orange bitters and cigar-smoked sage. Wash

down your “ meds” with the best modern British cuisine; it could be just

what the doctor ordered.

Apothecary, 3rd Floor, Oxwell & Co, 5 Ann Siang Road, Chinatown,

069688, Singapore.

T: +65 6438 7036

W: oxwellandco.com

Open: Wednesday to Saturday, 6pm until late

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GIBSON

Name checked on Asia’s 50 Best Bars list in

2016 and 2017, Gibson is the recent addition

from husband-and-wife duo Indra Kantono

and Gan Guo Yi. A sexy, vintage-styled cocktail

bar with brass-edged marble tables, an emerald

green long bar and swing and jazz on repeat,

their latest foray elevates a night at the bar into

an occasion, without being stuffy about it.

Led by award-winning bartender and alcohol

ambassador Aki Eguchi and Rhyse Borland,

formerly from Eau De Vie in Sydney, the team

have 24 ingenious cocktails inspired by the

theme “ People, Time and Place”. Take their

Botanic Gardens for example: made with bee

pollen infused gin and mixed with apple juice

and fermented honey, it’s served in a hanging

beehive-shaped glass garnished with orchids, so

you have to sup it like a hummingbird. The food

here is just as exciting and celebrates seafood and

its sweet briny flavours.

Gibson, 2nd Floor, 20 Bukit Pasoh Road,

089834, Singapore.

T: +65 9114 8385

W: www.gibsonbar.sg

Open: Mondays to Thursday, 6pm to 1am; Friday

and Saturday, 6pm to 2am

JIU ZHUANG

Nestled in a secluded corner of Dempsey Road, the exotic

Jiu Zhuang pays tribute to Singapore’s rich and storied

history with its intricate oriental bar and innovative

Chinese menu. Taking a leaf out of 1920s Shanghai, this

intimate space with a courtyard garden has been designed

in a neo-Siheyuan style and is liberally decorated with

antique pieces.

Cocktails here are inspired by the seasons, and its list of

premium spirits and wines is as ample as it is impressive.

What sets it apart is its emphasis on Asian tipples. Expect

Tsingtao beer served in bowls and a curated ‘Owners’

Collection’ that boasts award-winning saké like the

Iwamura Brewery Junmai Daiginjo Premium with Gold

Flakes, which is unique to Singapore. Complementing the

setting, Jiu Zhuang serves up excellently executed modern

Chinese bar bites and daily dim sum. For a burst of flavour,

try the Jiu Zhuang Xiaolongbao with Single Malt Whisky

Infusion and aromatic Double-boiled Jiu Zhuang Wanton

Dumplings with Dried Scallops in Superior Broth. Yum

seng!

Jiu Zhuang, 6D Dempsey Road, 249683, Singapore.

T: +65 6471 1711

W: www.jiu-zhuang.com

Open: Monday to Saturday and public holidays, 5pm to 1am

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“Too much of

anything is bad, but

too much Champagne

is just right.”

- F. Scott Fitzgerald -

BANK BAR

You don’t need to work in the banking and finance sector to want to invest some

time in this bank. Despite its smart dark wood interiors, grand chandeliers and

marble top counters, Bank Bar is equally welcoming to the shorts and sandals set

as it is the suits.

Located in the city’s business district, this sophisticated and somewhat

sprawling bar and bistro serves up hearty platters of comfort food alongside

beers and cocktails with names that riff on money and millionaires. Among

their signature drinks is the Offshore Account, which is an apt mix of rum and

rich Caribbean flavours. For something with a little more privacy, plump for the

20-seater lounge, which serves up premium wines and whiskies. Ultimately, you

don’t have to be rolling in it to pull up a chair here.

Bank Bar, One Shenton, #01-01 Shenton Way, 068803, Singapore.

T: +65 6636 2188

W: wwwthebankbar.com

Open: Monday to Saturday, 11am-12 midnight

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THE GAME CHANGER

A recent recipient

of the Padma Shri

award, one of the

highest awards in

India, Datuk Ramli

Ibrahim frequently

travels to India to

perform. On one of

his recent tours, Lee

Kuen was there to

chart this legend’s

every move and

Odissi pose.

WORDS BY

TAN LEE KUEN

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It is close to midnight when the AirAsia

flight lands at Biju Patnaik International

Airport in Bhubaneswar, India. As the

journalists and dancers stumble out

groggy and with sleep in our eyes, Datuk

Ramli Ibrahim is waiting to welcome us at

the arrivals hall, the warmth of his megawatt

smile warding off the cool of the winter

night. He personally greets the journalists he

knows while ensuring the ease of everyone

else. As we ride the van to our hotel, he keeps

up a lively chatter to revive flagging spirits.

It is surprising, and not a little heartwarming,

to have Datuk Ramli meet us

personally. We are in Odisha as part of a

special group by the Sutra Foundation –

made up of parents, important guests and

journalists – to attend the Konark Dance

Festival where Datuk Ramli and his dancers

were to perform ‘Ganjam’.

This is only the second time Sutra has

organised a cultural tour to India, and part

of the charm is seeing Datuk Ramli’s Odisha,

a place he has been coming to on-and-off for

the past 40 years – first as a student, then as a

performer, and now, a star. Despite his busy

schedule, he would take time to join some of

the excursions in the tour. With his quick

intelligence, extensive knowledge, personal

connections and flair for storytelling, Datuk

Ramli is the perfect guide.

Odisha, formerly known as Orissa, is

an off-the-beaten-track eastern state on the

Bay of Bengal in India. It was once the seat

of the Kalinga kingdom with far-reaching

influence all the way to Southeast Asia. The

area was a confluence of Hindu, Buddhist

and Jain heritage, and its current capital city,

Bhubaneswar, is known as the Temple City

– it boasted 7000 temples at its zenith; less

than a tenth of that remain today. This rich

heritage can be viewed at the Odisha State

Museum, a quiet but interesting building

with a rich collection of antiquities, some

dating back to the 3rd century B.C. On our

visit, Datuk Ramli is keen to point out his

favourite statues holding Odissi poses while

explaining their significance to his dancers.

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“When Datuk Ramli first

arrived in Bhubaneswar

in 1976, it was a bare

and dusty city, a wild

contrast to Europe

where he had just

finished a ballet tour

with the Sydney Dance

Company.”

Odissi is the oldest surviving dance form

in India, and a distant precursor to today’s

Odissi was practised in the shrines by female

temple dancers called mahari or devadasi.

The ceremonial aspect of the dance was lost

during the state’s turbulent history with

successive foreign rulers and was replaced

by the gotipua, a traditional dance of Odissi

elements and acrobatics performed by

young boys dressed up as girls. This style of

dancing would have a heavy influence on

what is practised today.

Datuk Ramli’s journey with Odissi

started in Australia in the 1970s. Whilst

studying for his engineering degree and

pursuing a career in ballet, he fell in with

fellow Malaysian student, Zamin Haroon

(who would later become celebrated Indian classical dancer, Chandrabhanu).

One afternoon, while hanging out at Zamin’s home and listening to records,

Datuk Ramli heard his first Odissi song, a track by renowned vocalist

Raghunath Panigrahi, and he was hooked. “ I fell in love with the music first

and it triggered my interest in Odissi,” he says. As a perfectionist, it was

inevitable then that the young Ramli Ibrahim would make his way to Orissa

to learn from the gurus.

“ I met with the great dancer Indrani Rahman who told me that if I was

learning Odissi, I must meet with Debaprasad Das,” remembers Datuk Ramli.

Debaprasad Das is one of the pioneering Odissi gurus in India, known for his

naturalistic style. “ Eventually I met with him in Bhubaneswar. When I saw his

then-student Gajendra Panda performing, I knew that this was the style that

I wanted. I took to Debaprasad and started learning from him,” relates Datuk

Ramli as we settle in for our interview at the spartan reception area of the

Odisha State Guest House, where he has a suite.

When Datuk Ramli first arrived in Bhubaneswar in 1976, it was a bare and

dusty city, a wild contrast to Europe where he had just finished a ballet tour

with the Sydney Dance Company. But he was unfazed. “ There was no culture

shock,” he insists. “ I love the chaos and flexibility of life.”

By now he is comfortable in this city that he regards as a second home,

constantly pointing out landmarks as we travelled around Bhubaneswar. “ The

city has changed a lot since then. One of the differences I’ve seen is that the

city has gone through a greening campaign. It wasn’t so green before. There’s

been a great improvement in town planning here and it’s on the cusp of being

a Smart City,” he says.

In 1982, Datuk Ramli returned to Kuala Lumpur and embarked on a

stratospheric career as an Odissi dancer and choreographer. A part of the

dynamic 1980s arts scene in Kuala Lumpur, Datuk Ramli was certainly a

force to be reckoned with, introducing a little-known Indian classical dance

to Malaysian audiences and single-handedly nurturing it to become a part

that is well entrenched within the local Malaysian dance industry today.

In 1983, he formed Sutra Dance Theatre, followed by the Sutra Foundation

in 2007, under which umbrella he now operates the dance company, an

academy and an art gallery.

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“Datuk Ramli and his dancers

put on an exceptional show,

a sensorial feast against the

backdrop of the 13th century

Sun Temple…”

“ Odissi has become synonymous with me and

the foundation because we have transformed a dance

that was not known to one that is. Sutra is not a fringe

company. It is a mainstream company that is able to

conduct performances for a week. We were the first to

do so when it was unheard of,” he says.

His fame is not only confined to Malaysia. Sutra

has performed in over 150 cities worldwide, including

Carnegie Hall in New York City. In India, where it

all began, he is a celebrated guest. In 2011, he was

awarded the Sangeet Natak Akademi award for his

contributions to Odissi, a prestigious honour in the

arts that he shares with gurus such as Kelucharan

Mohapatra and Debaprasad Das. [We are thrilled to

find out that after this story was written, Datuk Ramli

had received the Padma Shri award in January 2018,

one of the highest awards in India.]

When Datuk Ramli Ibrahim performs in India, it

makes the news. Stories of his troupe performing and

of his Malaysian guests are in The Hindu. The Konark

festival billboards, which features Datuk Ramli, are

plastered all over the city. “ It’s a bit of an overkill,” he

had modestly said to the Director of Odisha Tourism,

who replied, “ But you rise to the occasion.”

Sure enough, Datuk Ramli and his dancers put on an

exceptional show, a sensorial feast against the backdrop of

the 13th century Sun Temple, famous for sculptures frozen

in Odissi poses (as well as ones of a more erotic nature). The

production, ‘Ganjam’, which first premiered at Istana Budaya

in 2015, is Sutra’s final collaboration with Dr Dinanath

Pathy, who passed away in 2016. Datuk Ramli has known and

collaborated with the Odisha artist and art historian for over

20 years, and it felt like a fitting tribute to perform the work

in this hallowed space. The video of the performance, posted

up on the Odisha Tourism’s Facebook page, had the highest

number of views of the entire festival.

After the show, the group has a late dinner at the outof-the-way

Lotus Resort, an eco-resort in Puri by the Bay of

Bengal. It has been a full day, followed by the emotional rush

of the evening’s event, and everyone is visibly tired, including

Datuk Ramli. Even so, he sits, ramrod straight, in the bus

with the rest of us for the hour-and-a-half journey back to our

hotel in Bhubaneswar. Tomorrow is another full day for him

– including site visits, a talk and an interview – before he joins

the rest of the group for Bollywood night. The razzmatazz

of Bollywood is not for him, but he knows it is good for his

dancers’ morale to have a bit of fun.

Perhaps the constant go-go-go is taking a toll because

Datuk Ramli says he hopes to take some time off soon.

“ I hope to fall back a little bit next year, to rest so as to

rejuvenate. I want to take a sabbatical. I feel I would function

much better if I take some time out to reflect.” From India

to Malaysia and all over the world, Datuk Ramli Ibrahim has

long carried out the Herculean task of championing Odissi –

so yes, he deserves a break.

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THE DRIVE | NEWS

BMW 5 SERIES HYBRID WITH EDRIVE TECHNOLOGY LAUNCHED

The All-New BMW 530e Sport is the

fifth BMW iPerformance model to be

introduced in the country. Offered in

Sport Line it features LED headlights for

both low-beam and high-beam, side lights,

as well as daytime running lights, which

complements the elegant high-gloss black

front bumper, ready to turn heads on the

road.

Accentuating its sporty vibe is the

double round exhaust tailpipe on both

left and right and 19” V-Spoke light alloy

wheels. The All-New BMW 530e Sport

also offers Comfort Access providing a

seamless owner experience without having

to reach for your car key and contactless

boot operation.

Powering the All-New BMW 530e

Sport is the latest-generation inline

4-cylinder BMW TwinPower Turbo

2-litre petrol engine, which generates

184hp and 320 Nm of torque. Combined

with the BMW eDrive system’s state-ofthe-art

electric motor, the All-New BMW

530e Sport has an overall system output

of 252hp and 420 Nm of torque, enabling

the car to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.2

seconds. With a top speed of 235 km/h,

the All-New BMW 530e Sport enjoys

segment-leading figures of consuming only

2.0l/100km of fuel with a significantly low

CO2 emission of 46g/km.

It also offers an all-electric driving

range of up to 48km with a maximum

speed of up to 140km/h – the best in its

segment, and has three innovative driving

modes: AUTO eDrive, MAX eDrive, and

BATTERY CONTROL.

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Command over the new premium

plug-in hybrid business sedan can be

achieved via the BMW Connected app,

which allows one to not only monitor

the performance of the car, but also

dictate the interior atmosphere. It also

empowers one to monitor charge levels of

the high-voltage battery, the locations of

charging stations, and the distance covered

on electric power alone as well as the

consequent amount of petrol saved.

Available in Bluestone Metallic,

Mediterranean Blue, Alpine White, and

Black Sapphire for RM 343,800 on the

road, without insurance, and with BMW

Group Malaysia’s latest 5 Years Unlimited

Mileage Warranty, Free Scheduled Service

Programme and BMW Tyre Warranty

Programme.

HONDA MALAYSIA HAS A BUMPER YEAR

In 2017, the Honda Malaysia recorded total sales of 109,511 units,

setting an all-time high record in the history of the company since

it was established in 2003.

Despite the challenges in the market last year, Honda Malaysia

launched 6 new models: the BR-V, City, Jazz and Jazz Hybrid, City

Hybrid, CR-V and All-New Civic Type R, with the City emerging

as Honda’s best-selling model contributing 27% of its total sales.

Honda Malaysia also introduced Honda Pride. With 12

specially designed benefits such as 5-years warranty with

unlimited mileage and genuine parts, Honda Pride is dedicated

to the customer’s experience in after sales. The company also

increased the number of dealerships in 2017 to cater to the

expanded customer base. Interestingly Honda’s Sport Hybrid

i-DCD made local history as Malaysia is the only country outside

of Japan to introduce the technology.

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FERRARI 488 PISTA’S TRACK-

DERIVED PERFORMANCE

Unveiled at the 2018 Geneva Motor

Show, the 488 Pista is the successor to

Ferrari’s V8-engined special series – the

360 Challenge Stradale, 430 Scuderia and

458 Speciale, and marks a significant step

forward from the previous special series

in terms of both sporty dynamics and for

the level of technological carry-over from

racing.

Compared to the 488 GTB, the new

model weighs an impressive 90 kg less

which, when combined with the largest

ever increase in engine power for a

special series car (+50 cv), results in a new

benchmark for Ferrari’s V8 sports cars.

Its engine is the most powerful V8 in

Ferrari history and punches out 720 cv with

the highest specific output in its class (185

cv/l). Torque is higher at all engine speeds,

delivering a feeling of consistently smooth,

powerful acceleration with even faster

turbo response times, and an engine sound

that is uniquely and unmistakably Ferrari.

The design of the 488 Pista is focussed

on functional aerodynamic concepts.

The concept of the front is echoed in the

dolphin-tail rear spoiler, which appears

suspended. The 20” carbon-fibre wheel

rims are optional while other carbon-fibre

parts include the engine cover, bumpers

and rear spoiler.

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ADVERTORIAL

THE DRIVE

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THE

COME

BACK

KID

Mercedes 300 SL roadster still mighty after 60 years

WORDS BY

THOMAS GEIGER / DPA / THE INTERVIEW PEOPLE

he strikingly elegant coupe version of the Mercedes-Benz 300

TSL with the gullwing doors is the most famous and also the most

expensive version of the car to buy at auction.

Fortunately, the conventional 300 SL roadster is a tad cheaper

and more plentiful. For those seeking grace, pace and comfort, it is

the better buy, say experts.

Before we get into the nitty-gritty, let's just rewind back

to 1954, when the advent of the gullwing was the automotive

equivalent of a flying saucer landing on earth. It was also arguably the world's

first supercar.

IMAGE BY STEPHEN REUSS/DPA/THE INTERVIEW PEOPLE

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“The roar of the

six-cylinder engine

still sends a

tingle down the

spine of enthusiasts.

This was one of

the fastestproduction

cars

of its day.”

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The brand with the three-pointed star

was persuaded by its American importer

Max Hoffmann to adapt the racing issue

of the 300 SL for road use. The car boasted

a unique shape, and performance which

shamed contemporary products from

Porsche and the rest of the competition.

The up-and-over doors made the 300

SL into a star, and celebrities queued up to

be seen in one or to call the car their own.

Unfortunately, stars are apt to wane, and

that is what happened to the 300 SL.

It hardly seems possible today,

when a fine example of the car will fetch

around USD 1.4 million, but in the 1950s,

enthusiasm for the exotic German car faded

fast.

In 1957 – only three years after the

gullwing made its debut – the company sold

just 70, says York Seifert, who publishes the

magazine of the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Club

in Germany.

It was just as well for the Stuttgart maker

that importer Hoffmann agreed to take

several hundred more examples, thereby

persuading Mercedes-Benz not to stop

production. Hoffmann imposed only one

condition: If Stuttgart wanted him to sell

more gullwings, then they would have to

produce a drophead version of the 300 SL.

Blueprints for a fresh-air variant already

existed, and the car was ready to roll in 1955.

Stuttgart opted to phase out the gullwing in

favour of the ragtop, and business took off.

Hoffmann was a shrewd salesman,

and he saw that many customers for

the glamorous gullwing found the car

impractical. Ventilation was poor and the

doors made for a high side entry.

IMAGE BY ROYCE RUMSEY/DPA/THE INTERVIEW PEOPLE

“The advent of

the gullwing was

the automotive

equivalent of

a flying saucer

landing on earth. It

was also arguably

the world's first

supercar.”

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The roadster version was a comfortable cruiser, and a

new swing axle improved the car's cornering behaviour and

predictability.

Weight was up, but the fun factor increased a lot too.

At 250 kilometres per hour, top speed was still sensational.

There were wind-up windows on conventional doors, and a

cloth hood which made getting in and out of the cabriolet

much less of a pain.

“ Gullwing drivers even started saying the roadster was

designed for softies and called it a rolling lounge,” says

Hoffmann.

Today, the roar of the six-cylinder engine still sends

a tingle down the spine of enthusiasts. This was one of

the fastest-production cars of its day and it needs only 10

seconds for the surge to 100 km/h from a standing start.

Naturally, this is no cheap classic either, and roadster

examples in excellent condition change hands for around

USD 1.25 million.

Detractors of the gullwing used to say that getting

out of one was like escaping from an egg cooker, since the

cockpit quickly became unbearably hot.

After stepping out of a roadster, by comparison, a

lady or gent will feel refreshed and maybe just a little

windswept.

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THE VACATION | NEWS

WORDS BY MUNA NOOR

IMAGES BY GENTING STAR CRUISES

SUPERSTAR LIBRA CRUISES TO MACLEOD ISLAND MYANMAR

If it’s not enough that you can escape

the city to the tropical high seas and

islands on Malaysia and Thailand’s

west coast via any of SuperStar Libra’s

triple homeports of Kuala Lumpur/Port

Klang, Penang and Phuket, Genting Star

Cruises has added another emerald gem

to its list of places to exotic islands to

explore.

Launched in November 2017, the

unspoiled MacLeod Island is part of the

Mergui Archipelago on Myanmar’s south

coast, an area of rich biodiversity and home

to the indigenous seafaring Moken people.

Surrounded by the azure waters of the

Andaman Sea, it remains an insider secret of

untapped diving, snorkeling, fishing, jungle

trekking and sun soaking potential.

En route, expect exciting activities and

world-class service on board SuperStar Libra’s

ten-storey cruise ship, including shopping

experiences, live international performances,

sports and recreational activities, and for those

who love to live life at a leisurely pace, spas and

swimming pools galore.

www.starcruises.com/my/en/ships/libra

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NEWS | THE VACATION

IMAGES BY WWW.SLH.COM

OVOLO, SYDNEY

Heritage meets modern luxury at the Ovolo

Woolloomooloo. Overlooking the iconic

Sydney Harbour, the hotel is housed in an

historic building and has a warehouse style

exterior. All 100 rooms continue the theme,

being spacious and bright with eclectic pieces

and bespoke bed head art. Many are also split

over two levels taking full advantage of the

views. Guests can enjoy some downtime in

the Lo Lounge – be sure to download the

Secret DJ app to pick the next song – and

extras such as mini-bar, happy hour and

laundry are all included in the room rate.

www.slh.com/ovolo

IMAGE BY NICCOLO HOTELS

THE MURRAY, HONG KONG

Now open, The Murray is the latest

addition to the luxury contemporary chic

collection by Wharf Hotels. Built in 1969,

the hotel’s building is an architectural icon

in the heart of the city and one of eight

historic landmarks under Hong Kong’s

Conserving Central initiative, and the

legendary Foster + Partners were tasked

with its conversion into luxury hotel. The

result is a contemporary stylish sanctuary

consisting of 336 spacious suites and

guestrooms. Gourmands will be pleased

too – The Murray offers five restaurants

and bars including Michelin-starred

Cantonese restaurant, Guo Fu Lou.

www.niccolohotels.com.

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THE VACATION | NEWS

FAR AND

AWAY

Wild and windswept, the island of St Helena

is so remote, the British outpost would

attract few travellers, until now

WORDS BY

CLAIRE SPREADBURY / PRESS ASSOCIATION /

THE INTERVIEW PEOPLE

ISTOCK

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THE VACATION

SANDY BAY

Until last year, St Helena was one of the world’s

most remote inhabited islands. Set adrift nearly

2,000 miles from the tip of South Africa, it took

a full six days to sail there on the mail boat from

Cape Town – and that ship sailed only once every

three weeks.

But in 2017, weekly flights began operating to the

tiny volcanic island where Napoleon lived his last years

in exile. Now visitors can get there in just six hours from

Johannesburg (including a refuelling stop).

There are hopes that tourist numbers will swell as a

result. Previously, only a few intrepid adventurers made it

to St Helena – between May 2016 and May 2017 the island

welcomed just 4,000 of them. Now the aim is to attract as

many as 30,000 visitors a year.

But the British Overseas Territory marooned in the

South Atlantic Ocean, only measures 16km by 8km.

The question is: Will anyone actually bother to go?

WHY GO THERE?

The sheer bragging rights alone! It’s been touted as one of

the world’s last undiscovered destinations and very few

people have actually been. With between 400 and 502 unique

species, and impressive marine biodiversity, it is on the

United Kingdom’s list for possible future UNESCO World

Heritage Site status.

WHAT IS THERE TO DO?

St Helena’s natural beauty is undoubtedly its biggest draw.

Various walking routes wind along rugged coastlines,

through stark deserts and across cloud forests. Diana’s Peak,

which rises 823 metres above sea level, is one of St Helena’s

great attractions and forms part of a national park.

A 200 nautical mile maritime zone in the seas around the

island has been designated a Marine Protected Area (MPA),

boosting its status as a world-class diving destination. From

November/December until March, it’s possible to see and

even swim with whale sharks, and year round 18th century

wrecks are accessible. Visibility is generally good and the

water temperature ranges between 18 and 26 degrees Celsius.

There are also several historical landmarks on the island,

including Plantation House, home of the island’s Governor

since 1792. Jonathan the 185-year-old giant tortoise, who is

possibly the world’s longest living animal and definitely an

internet celebrity, resides in the grounds. House tours cost

£10 per person including tea or coffee.

JAMESTOWN ARCHWAY LEADING

TO THE SEAFRONT

WHY HAS ST HELENA BEEN CUT OFF FOR SO

LONG?

Costing the British government £285 million, the airport

was delayed by several years due to environmental and

geographical challenges, and was subsequently crowned “ the

world’s most useless airport” .

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Marooned in the

South Atlantic

Ocean, St Helena

only measures

16km by 8km”

THE RUGGED COASTLINE

OF JAMES BAY

EXPLORE COASTAL

MARINE CAVES

CLIMB LADDER HILL

FOR VIEWS LIKE THIS

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THE VACATION

PLANTATION HOUSE AT

MANTIS ST HELENA

JONATHAN, 185 YEARS OLD

HERITAGE ROOM AT MANTIS ST HELENA

WHERE TO STAY?

Revel in the island’s history by booking a room at Bertrand’s

Cottage, once home to one of Napoleon Bonaparte’s most

famous officers, Grand Marshall Bertrand. Restored by

Enterprise St Helena (ESH), it has three en-suite bedrooms

and a lounge and restaurant with views across the garden

to Deadwood Plain, where horse-racing took place in

Napoleon’s time. Rooms start from £130 per night with

breakfast. Book it at sthelenatourism.com.

For something more luxurious, try the four-star,

30-bedroom Mantis St Helena on Main Street in Jamestown

(pictured on this page). Three Georgian properties have

been carefully restored to make up the property, where

rooms costs from £210 per night with breakfast. Make your

reservations through mantishelena.com.

DES JACOBS

LEARN THE LINGO

Everyone on St Helena speaks English but there are a few

local terms it’s worth adding to your holiday vocab. ‘Eierce’

(pronounced like pierce) means yes, ‘mussie’ is the phrase

for ‘it must be’, and if you want to sound exasperated about

something, simply say ‘phew ya’.

Flights are now available to book via SA Airlink (flyairlink.

com), from Johannesburg to St Helena.

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Country Resort

47410 Petaling Jaya

Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia

Tel: +603 7804 1533

(Direct Line)

+603 7804 8888

(General Line)

Fax: +603 7806 5044

tms@tropicanagolf.com

Office hours:

9am – 6pm (Monday – Friday)

9am – 1pm (Saturday)

Closed (Sunday)

B-G-05, Casa Indah 1

Condominiums

No 2A, Persiaran Surian

Tropicana Indah,

PJU 3 Kota Damansara

47410 Petaling Jaya

Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia

Tel: +603 6140 9194/6140 9166

Fax: +603 6140 9168

casaindahcondo@yahoo.com

Office hours:

9am – 5.30pm (Monday – Friday)

9am – 1pm (Saturday)

Closed (Sunday)

No 1, Jalan Tropicana

Selatan 1, PJU 3

47410 Petaling Jaya

Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia

Tel: +603 7883 0866

Fax: +603 7883 0966

merchantsquare@tropicanacorp.com.my

Office hours:

9am – 5.30pm

(Monday – Friday)

9am – 1pm (Saturday)

Closed (Sunday)

Dicasa Management

Services Sdn Bhd

Lobby Level

No 14, Jalan Kiara 5, Bukit Kiara

50480 Kuala Lumpur

Wilayah Persekutuan, Malaysia

Tel: +603 6203 9229

Fax: +603 6203 9339

casakiara2@tropicanacorp.com.my

Office hours:

9am – 5pm

(Monday – Friday)

9am – 1pm (Saturday)

Closed (Sunday)

B-5-17, Block B

Casa Tro picana

No 5, Jalan Persiaran Tropicana

PJU 3

Tropicana Golf & Country Resort

47410 Petaling Jaya

Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia

Tel: +603 7883 0982

Fax: +603 7883 0292

casatropicana@tropicanacorp.com.my

Office hours:

9am – 5.30pm

(Monday – Friday)

9am – 1pm (Saturday)

Closed (Sunday)

CASA INDAH 2

CONDOMINIUMS

Property Management Office

A-02-01, Management Office

Casa Indah 2 Condominiums

No 2B, Persiaran Surian

Tropicana Indah Resort Homes

PJU3

Kota Damansara

47410 Petaling Jaya

Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia

Tel: +603 6142 6288 / 6388

Fax: +603 6142 6788

casaindah2@tropicanacorp.com.my

Office hours:

9am – 5.30pm

(Monday – Friday)

9am – 1pm (Saturday)

Closed (Sunday)

ARENA MENTARI BUSINESS

PARK

Property Management Office

Block C, Wisma TT

No 1, Jalan PJS 8/15

Dataran Mentari

46150 Petaling Jaya

Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia

Tel: +603 5621 1979

Fax: +603 5621 1980

istimabudi@gmail.com

Office hours:

9am – 5.30pm

(Monday – Friday)

9am – 1pm (Saturday)

Closed (Sunday)

TROPICANA INDAH SDN BHD

Property Management Office

Jalan Kelab Tropicana

Tropicana Golf &

Country Resort

47410 Petaling Jaya

Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia

Tel: +603 7804 4722

+603 7805 5855

Fax: +603 7806 5044

tisb@tropicanacorp.com.my

Office hours:

9am – 6pm (Monday – Friday)

9am – 1pm (Saturday)

Closed (Sunday)

TROPICANA GRANDE

Property Management Office

Level 1, Management Office

Block A, Tropicana Grande

Condominiums

No. 3 Persiaran Tropicana

47410 Petaling Jaya

Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia

Tel: +603 7610 0965

Fax: +603 7610 0968

stephaniechua@tropicanacorp.com.my

Office hours: 9am – 6pm

(Monday – Friday)

9am – 1pm (Saturday)

Closed (Sunday)

TROPICANA CHERAS

Property Management Office

To be ready soon

For more information, please

contact Sales & Marketing

Department at:

Tel: +603 7710 1018

DAMANSARA INTAN

E-BUSINESS PARK

Property Management Office

A328, Block A

Damansara Intan

No 1, Jalan SS 20/27

47400 Petaling Jaya

Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia

Tel: +603 7118 3111

Fax: +603 7118 3222

gracewong@tropicanacorp.com.my

Office hours:

9am – 5.30pm

(Monday – Friday)

9am – 1pm (Saturday)

Closed (Sunday)

FORTUNE PARK APARTMENTS

Property Management Office

A-5, Pangsapuri Suria Perdana

(Fortune Park Apartments)

Taman Serdang Perdana

Seksyen 4

43300 Seri Kembangan

Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia

Tel: +603 8944 9331

Fax: +603 8944 9332

fortunepark@tropicanacorp.com.my

Office hours:

9am – 5.30pm

(Monday – Friday)

9am – 1pm (Saturday)

Closed (Sunday)

TROPICANA HEIGHTS

Property Management Offi ce

Off Jalan P6/2, 43500

Semenyih, Kajang

Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia

Tel: +6013-2020746

Fax: +603 7806 5044

tisb@tropicanacorp.com.my

Office hours:

9.00 am to 5.30 pm (Monday – Friday)

9.00 am to 5.30 pm (Saturday)

Closed (Sunday & Public Holidays)

TROPICANA CHERAS

Admin Of fice

6, Jalan Tropicana Cheras 1, Taman

Tropicana Cheras, 43000 Kajang,

Selangor.

Tel: +6013-2020746

Fax: +603 7610 0968

stephaniechua@tropicanacorp.com.my

Office hours:

9.00 am to 5.30 pm (Monday – Friday)

9.00 am to 5.30 pm (Saturday)

Closed (Sunday & Public Holidays)


THE LIST

FACILITIES AND TENANTS AT

TROPICANA GOLF AND COUNTRY RESORT

TROPICANA GOLF AND COUNTRY RESORT

SITE LAYOUT PLAN

N

Buggy Track

DRIVING R

WESTERN COURSE

Practice Green

Children’s

Playground

Landscape

18th Green

18

14

Tai Thong

13

32

Children’s

Playground

21

48

19

20

17

22

15

16

M

L

17

33

Landscape

30

31

29

Administration

Office

24 23

25

26

MA

C

34

35

36

Landscape

28

27

Poolside

Cafe

38

37

39

SPORTS WING

41 42

43

44

40

Carpark

Lake

45

46

LEGEND

Lower Ground

Ground

Level 1

47

To Basement

C

With a gross built-up area of over 380,000

square feet (35,303 square metres), Malaysia’s

largest and award-winning Clubhouse

at Tropicana Golf & Country Resort is

truly impressive. This is a listing of all the

facilities and amenities that are built for

the convenience of all Tropicana members,

residents and their guests

Golf / Sports Membership 03-7804 8888

Vivian ext 208

Membership Email membership1@tropicanacorp.com.my

Golf Email

golf@tropicanacorp.com.my

Sports Department 03-7804 2087

Operating Hours 9.00 am – 6.00 pm (Monday to Friday)

Email

gm@tropicanagolf.com

Website

www.tropicanagolf.com

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THE LIST

VING RANGE

Practice Green

Buggy Track

9th Green

FOOD AND BEVERAGE

Main Wing

7 Twenty7 03-7804 8888

(Ext 326)

15 Gin Shui Tei Japanese Restaurant 03-7886 9168

36 Poolside Café 03-7804 8888

(Ext 327)

9 Spring Garden Tropicana

Chinese Restaurant 03-7880 7226

11 The Palms Coffee House 03-7804 8888

(Ext 306)

The Palms Wing

8 Royce 017-322 3668

26 J Italian Restaurant 03-7805 3925/3935

25 Myeung Dong Korean BBQ 016-3684500

13

Main

Lobby

Landscape

8

Car Porch

12

MAIN WING

11

10

9

7

asd

Main Kitchen

6

GOLF WING

1

2

5

Golf

Counter

4

3

Buggy Station

EASTERN COURSE

1st Tee

SPORTS AND RECREATION

Sports Wing

46 Outdoor tennis court

43 2 indoor tennis courts

45 4 indoor badminton courts

31 12-lane computerised bowling alley

33-34 2 play pools with water slides and waterfall

42 3 squash courts

23 Multipurpose studio

38 Japanese bath and Jacuzzi

3-4 Male changing rooms with

360 private lockers

35 Resort-style larger-than-Olympic-size

swimming pool

41 Sauna and steam bath

24 Snooker room

39 2 table tennis courts

40 Well-equipped gymnasium

44 1 VIP badminton hall

47 1 futsal court

Fountain

Buggy Pick-up Area

LEISURE AND ENTERTAINMENT

24 Havana Lounge 017-885 4188

27 Thai Odyssey Spa & Massage 03-7803 1233/

03-7804 1129

29 Bowling & Café 03-7804 8888

16 Gaming room

37 Library

22 Spine & Joint Tropicana 03-78042072

rk

Carpark

Carpark

FUNCTION AREAS

6 Greens I

10 Greens II

30 Greens III

32 Poolside Terrace

28 Spanish Courtyard

12-14 The Grand Ballroom (First floor)

Carpark

asement Carpark

Sales & Marketing (Banquet Function) 03-7804 8888

Liza ext 141

Sandy ext 142

Siti Fairuz ext 155

Mas Suria ext 517

Email

salesmarketing@tropicanacorp.com.my

Toll Free 1800 88 8128

Lake

GOLFING FACILITIES

Golf at Tropicana 03-7804 8888

(Ext 211/212/200)

Tropicana Driving Range 016-243 4801/

012-278 3172

Buggies and turf mates

56-bay driving range

27-hole championship golf course

18-hole putting greens

5 Female changing rooms

with 60 private lockers

AMENITIES

20 Alam Convenience Store 03-7804 3095

1 De Manshop Tailoring 03-7880 4063

21 Eco Hair Saloon 03-7804 9316

2 Pro-Shop Golf Shop 03-7804 6348

17 Kain 017-200 8142

18 Kindyland Tropicana 017-314 6754

48 Klinik Tropicana 03-7805 5461

19 The Green House Florist 03-7880 1388

3-4 Prayer room

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THE END | KAPALUA BAY BEACH, HAWAII

“Security is mostly a superstition. Life is

either a daring adventure or nothing.”

–Helen Keller–

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