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As I type this, our 360celsius Facebook fan page has just received our 30,000th “Like”, and we are overwhelmed with joy. It’s hard not to start this note without stating the obvious, but we at 360celsius would like to once again extend our deepest gratitude to all our beloved fans, family, friends, partners, and sponsors for the generous love and support that you have given us so far! Ever wondered what it would feel to be slowly eaten alive by maggots? Or even having the insides of another person pumped right into your belly from a tube through your nose? This time around, we shift our focus towards healthcare and wellbeing, giving you a rare glimpse into the medical world, from some of the grossest to some of the most advanced, as well as expert insights into the condition of the local healthcare system. We’ve also got big plans in store for you that you are guaranteed to love. So keep your eyes peeled and stay tuned for our upcoming events, goodie giveaways and other exciting developments through our magazine and Facebook fan page at www.facebook.com/360Celsius Before we leave you to the rest of the magazine, we would like to dedicate a special shout-out to our dear friend V, who recently broke down from stress at the pinnacle of her career, and is currently suffering from a rare mental condition that prevents her from having any normal social interaction. Her unfortunate situation has undeniably inspired this issue’s theme, to remind everyone that health, both mental and physical, is the most important wealth next to love that one can have. We hope and pray for her swift recovery.

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WATCH OUT, 360TV IS HERE! While you can read all about it in our magazine and online arms, we’ve hired our own professional video crew and will very soon have our own TV channel to bring you a complete Malaysian experience unlike any other.

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MANAGERIAL CEO - Publisher Farbod Sadeghian BOARD OF DIRECTORS Dato’ Seri Hj. Mohamad Radhi Abdullah M. Sofia Sai Darshan Gunasingam Editor in Chief R Bayat Director of PR M Sofia Executive Asst. to the Publisher Octavia Hardy Finance Director Alireza V Jahromi MARKETING Head of Business Development (International) Erwin Marcov Head of Business Development (Malaysia) Carissa Koh

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WE AT 360celsius ARE PLOTTING TO BRING YOU A TRUE MALAYSIAN EXPERIENCE! A HIGH ENERGY INTERACTIVE SESSION WE WOULD LIKE TO CALL ‘360 Roundtable’, AND IT WILL BE HELD AT VARIOUS LANDMARK VENUES ON THE LAST FRIDAY OF EVERY MONTH WHERE YOU CAN EXPERIENCE AND EXERCISE THE KEY PRINCIPLES OF CRITICAL INTERACTION WITH THOSE WHO MATTER! That’s right! The 360 Roundtable will literally be a roundtable session. You’re invited to come join us with your imaginative ideas in order to help us achieve our visions and enhance the organization’s creative energy and goals. Of course, you also stand a chance to win some really cool prizes. Stay tuned to our facebook page to make sure you don’t miss out no any of these great exepriences!

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JUNE/JULY’12 CONTENTS

Editor’s Note .............................................................4 Roundtable ................................................................8 Bulletin .....................................................................16 Soundscape Artist Mad Vibrations (When 360 met Mad Sally) ........................20 Album Review .....................................................................24

Creative Art Art Core At The Core Design Gallery ........................26

Scripts & Stories Books review ......................................................................28 Aura fun facts Crawling in my skin These wounds they will heal ...................56 Healthcare

Cracking down What you need to know about damage teeth .....................................60

Eating your way to a healthier heart Heart-healthy food that are loaded with nutrients ............................66

Fashion Styleshoot Equestrian Inspiration Raoul Spring/Summer 2012 .....................70 The Traveller Bally Spring/Summer 2012 ......................76 Watches Watch Your Heart The Suunto quest lets you wear your heart on your wrist-in style .......................94 Chrono Classic Discreet yet generous, this chronograph mesmerizes onlookers with the excellence of its exquisite materials and its flawless, well-balanced proportions ........................96

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Beach Bound ............................................84 Sporty Chic ..............................................85 Go Athletic ................................................86 Surf Up ......................................................87 Beach Wear ..............................................88 Chick Kicks ..............................................89 Men’s Sneakers .......................................90 Shades .....................................................91

Space Properties Urban Abode Swiss-Garden Residences Perfects The Art Of Urban Living ...........................98


GPS Travels Springing Into The Natural Therapy Soak Up The Natural Goodness ..............124

Post Events 360celsius Year #2 Party @ Urbano e Fresco .................................................................134 Mines Wellness Hotel Invests Rm1.3 Million, Focuses On Wellness Resort Positioning @ Mines Wellness Hotel ..........................................................136 Women Of Power And Passion – Time Out With Alice, Teresa And Pauline By Emme Lizs @ Gardens Hotel and Residences .............................................137 The List The Road Not Taken Da Vinci American Collections Presents Thomasville: Reinventions .........................106 Drawing The Modern Curtain Alumix Does It Right ............................108

Innotech Gadgets Mobilize Bikes

Reviews ...........................................116

The Vespa Still Buzzes After 65 Years How the little wasp came from a humble scooter to an international pop icon ........120

Charles & Keith Summer 2012 Collection Launch Cocktail Event @ Suria KLCC, Kuala Lumpur ..................................................138 The Opening of the First Onitsuka Tiger Flagship Store in Malaysia @ Pavilion, Kuala Lumpur .......................................................139 33 Years & Beyond By A Cut Above @ Mid Valley Mega Mall ..........................................................140 Optical 88* Spectacular Show Sensational Shades Of Glamour @ Mid Valley Mega Mall ..........................................................141 ROLEX BOUTIQUE BY SWISS WATCH GALLERY @ Pavilion, Kuala Lumpur .......................................................142

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JUNE/JULY’12 FEATURE/CONTENTS

Features Eh, What’s Up ‘Doc’? Famous Doctors Who Don’t Actually Practice Medicine .....................36 Of Blood, Brains, & bills The Condition Of The Malaysian Healthcare System .........................42 Disaster diving A Day In The Life Of Mercy Malaysia .......................................46

Personalities The Urologist

Taking It Below The Belt With Laparoscopic Robotic Surgery ...........30

Delectables Restaurant Review Rooftop Relish T@ste6 takes gastronomy to the skies ...128

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ON THE COVER This was one of the most chilling photoshoots we’ve ever had, not because we were scared, but because the operation room was really cold. This was also the first time that the entire crew adorned or outfits and realized just how silly we looked in them. Thankfully, we were all behind the camera throughout the shoot.


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QUIVVER (UK) @ BIANCO, VERTIGO CLUB KL

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TWO Quivver a.k.a John Graham is making his way back to KL after a ten year hiatus. This vocalist, song writer and record producer brings his triple threat sound pedigree to bringing a new oral experience to fans. KLites, come join this electronic dance music maestro and party the night away.

Date: 15 June 2012. Time: TBA. Ticket: cover charge RM 45 incl. 1st Drink Venue: Bianco, Vertigo Club KL, The Gardens Mid Valley

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JASON MRAZ ‘TOUR IS A FOUR LETTER WORD’ CONCERT IN KUALA LUMPUR

JASON MRAZ ‘TOUR IS A FOUR LETTER WORD’ CONCERT IN KUALA LUMPUR

ONE Music lovers rejoice for Jason Mraz and his band will once again be visiting our shores. Part of the ‘Tour is a Four Letter Word’ tour. Jason’s song-writing performance is well known having penned hits such as ‘The Remedy (I won’t worry)’, ‘I’m yours’ and latest hit ‘I won’t give up’. It will be held at Merdeka Stadium this coming June 19, 2012. It’s a performance much anticipated by the fans.

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8 lucky concert goers will get to meet Jason Mraz in person on concert day. The 200th, 400th, 600th, 800th, 1000th, 1200th, 1400th, and 1600th person to buy a Jason Mraz concert ticket will each win ONE exclusive backstage ‘Meet and Greet’ pass. To be entitled to this, concert goer will be required to leave their contact details at the ticket counter upon purchasing the ticket. Date: 19 June, 2012. Time: 8.30 pm. Ticket: Arena - RM345, RM295, RM185, RM95 (numbered seating) Terrace - RM235, RM75 (free seating) Tickets are on sale from May 10, 2012 via AirAsiaRedTix. Venue: Stadium Merdeka, Kuala Lumpur. For further information: www.AirAsiaRedtix.com

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SHREK THE MUSICAL

THREE A wonderful treat is in store this June as the popular Dreamworks blockbuster franchise lands in Malaysia for a fun filled musical extravaganza. Join loveable yet grouchy ogre Shrek as he embarks on a magical journey to rescue Princess Fiona and be the hero he was always meant to be. Be enthralled as various loveable characters such as Donkey, Gingey and the other fairytale misfits that graced the screen grace the stage. Featuring 19 new songs as well as the Shrek anthem ‘I’m a Believer’, this mega production has a 70-strong cast, orchestra and crew.

Date: 19 - 24 June 2012. Time: June 19-22, 8pm; June 23-24, 3pm & 8pm. Ticket: RM190, RM290, RM390, RM490, RM590 (excludes RM3 ticketing fee). Venue: Plenary Hall, KL Convention Centre, Jalan Ampang, KL.

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AUTOBACS SUPER GT ROUND 3 MALAYSIA 2012

AUTOBACS SUPER GT ROUND 3 MALAYSIA 2012

four On 9 & 10 June 2012, JPM Motorsport will again be bringing the SUPER GT Round 3 back to the Sepang International Circuit. Get ready for a stunning array of high powered, stylishly designed mean machines as they eat up the circuit and thrill the throngs. There will be carnivals and games, and Akihabara Town, like its Japanese namesake will be providing the best in hi-tech gadgets to fiddle along with food festivals, and live performances by local and international acts as they whip the crowds into a hedonistic frenzy.

It’s a great day out for families and car aficionados alike and a chance to unwind while getting the chance to meet and mingle with SUPER GT drivers and get up close with these metallic speed monsters themselves. It’s also a chance to soak in some Japanese hi-tech culture and let your hair down as internationally renowned artists and DJ’s spin a crescendo of sound to get the fans in the celebratory mood. See you all at Super GT Round 3!

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CHRISTINA PERRI LIVE IN MALAYSIA

CHRISTINA PERRI LIVE IN MALAYSIA

FIVE Christina Perri will be performing live in Malaysia on the 7th June 2012. The YouTube sensation who first burst onto the scene with her self-written song ‘Tragedy’ and fame with ‘Jar of Hearts’ and ‘A Thousand Years’ which was also featured in the movie ‘Twilight’, will be giving fans a musical treat they will not soon forget.

Date: 9 -10 June 2012. Time: 9.00am -6.45pm. Ticket: Grandstand normal price RM 100, Grandstand promo RM 80, PIT Walkabout (required Grandstand ticket) RM100, Corporate Suite RM 1000. Venue: Sepang International Circuit.

Date: 7th June 2012. Time: 8.30pm. Ticket: Early Bird Discount until 30th April- RM79 (regular), RM151 (chill out zone), RM207 (party zone), Normal Price – RM98 (regular), RM188 (chill out zone), RM258 (party zone) Venue: Venue: KL Live, Kuala Lumpur

For further information: http://www.supergt.com.my/v2/

For further information: http://www.ticketpro.com.my

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F&B PROMOTION - PACIFIC REGENCY

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SIX Here’s a tribute to all fathers out there: an afternoon of laughter and good times over brunch at Soi23 Fine Thai restaurant at Pacific Regency Hotel Suites.

Fathers will receive a special mocktail upon arrival to Soi23 Restaurant. Here, our chefs have prepared a lavish spread of local and international dishes such as Thai Fried Yee Mee, Mutton Masala, Dim Sum, Tandoori Lamb Leg, a Pasta Station to name a few. A selection of other dishes includes the famous Thai Pomelo Pearl Salad, roasted strip loin, and for sweet endings, we highly recommend the crispy deep fried banana fritters and a range of ice-cream to choose from.

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The Father’s Day Brunch is priced from RM58++ per person. Please call +603-2332 7777 ext. 6804 for reservations or simply email fnbadmin@pacific-regency.com in advance for bookings.

RAINFOREST WORLD MUSIC FESTIVAL 2012

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CORSET ME

CORSET ME

SEVEN In conjunction with 360 Celsius and FTV @ The Pool, are pleased to announce our inaugural Corset Me fashion show on Sunday, the 24th June 2012. We cater for a wide range of fashionable corset wear for all occasion and we will be showcasing some of our amazing designs that day. Corset Me offers good quality designed corsets and deliver to your door wherever you are in the world (terms and conditions applies). So be creative and be bold, be daring and be different, be YOU and Flaunt Your Assets In Our Corsets!

Date: Sunday, 24 June 2012. Time: 3pm till late.Venue: The Pool, Kuala Lumpur. For further information contact +6016 2139 476

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RAINFOREST WORLD MUSIC FESTIVAL 2012

EIGHT The Rainforest World Music Festival is a unique festival that brings together on the same stage renowned world musicians from all continents and indigenous musicians from the interiors of the mythical island of Borneo. A line-up of 12 international bands and 6 Malaysian bands will be performing a diverse range of world musical genres, stretched across seven different acts per night over three nights.

The festival also will organize an afternoon informative of workshops, ethno-musical lectures, jamming sessions and mini concerts, followed by evening performances on the main stage which has proven to be a hit with the audiences from all over. Date: 13 – 15 July 2012. Time: 10.00am – 12.00am. Ticket: adult (above 12 years) RM 113, child RM 58. Venue: Venue: Sarawak Cultural Village, Kuching, Sarawak. For further information: www.jazzborneo.com


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MAD VIBRATIONS WHEN 360 MET MAD SALLY Mad Sally, the awesome poprock band that played for our Year #2 Anniversary Party, has established themselves as one of the most entertaining bands in the Malaysian music scene, and we at 360celsius vouch against all subjectivity that aim to deny it. Naturally, we dragged them out with eyes pried open for an early morning shoot and a chat at a nearby mamak. How did Mad Sally come about?

It was to prevent fraud. Our original bass player wished to purchase quality goods from Petaling Street, and I instructed him to say: “I may look like a mat salleh, but don’t give me mat salleh prices.” So from our heartfelt desire to uphold trustworthy business practice in KL, came our band name. “Mad Sally” – a name you can trust, and who will give you good price.

Your outfits are very striking. Explain yourselves!

Being a band is not just about playing your instruments well – our audiences get good value for money in that we stimulate all their senses at once – aurally of course, and visually with what we wear and how we move our clothes with our bodily movements. Audiences have even claimed to be able to taste our music, often saying that it was a ‘sweet’ performance. I hope we don’t add to Malaysia’s diabetes epidemic.

Do you have a particular genre or era that you’re partial to? We have to constantly exercise our musical muscles with different exercises; otherwise we will end up becoming musical wimps. And no

one finds a wimp sexy. Variety is the spice of life, but generally we do love our musical food to include a full dish of disco, a good portion of pop, infused with lots of rock flavoring.

Read that the band will be releasing their debut recording soon. What kind of style or genre will it have? Yes we will. The genre will be Disrop. The mutated monster offspring of Disco, Pop & Rock.

Can you describe the creative process?

We are like those mad scientists who invent killer viruses. So we think about how we can get our listeners feeling hot and sweaty from being infected by our music. Often our inspiration comes after learning a batch of songs written by other people that have managed to infect millions with their music. Then often a new melody arises, like a mutation of an old tune which may then spawn some word sounds which eventually become legible lyrics. We then bring these dangerous substances to the band so that we can construct them into a fully arranged song. This is then recorded in the studio to create the track, which is like safely sealing the virus in a syringe ready to be injected into people’s hearts!

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soundscapeartist interview azral hanan images marc concept photography MAD SALLY, Get Ready....and.....Action!

Do you believe that to compose ‘authentic feeling’ songs one must first undergo the experience of what one is singing about?

Sure it helps to go through the experience. Didn’t The Beatles live with their friend in a Yellow Submarine for a while? That’s why that song sounds so authentic. It sounds like certain song styles are very dangerous to write, like gangsta-rap. But then again, imagination land can be a very real place. Don’t people wake up dreaming of being in a fire then have burns on their skin in the morning? I hope that The Trammps didn’t injure any one or burn down any discos when they wrote “Burn, Baby, Burn, Disco inferno…”

Has a crowd of raging women thrown their panties at you during a show?

What are your thoughts on censorship?

The stage is the sovereign land of Mad Sally, so anyone who gets on stage becomes the rightful property of Mad Sally. We usually get a good price on eBay for Mad Sally fans. They seem to be better quality than the average band fan.

People offend themselves. Censoring music is perhaps the worst thing that any government can do. All it does is ruin the market and stifle new ideas. For what? I have a feeling that people’s moral fibre can’t be destroyed by listening to a song, and if it was damaged that easily, then perhaps the problem doesn’t lie with the song.

What is the strangest, bizarre or just stand out things to have happened during a show?

A random guy once got up to play a rock song with us and his guitar playing was great, until he got to the solo. This became so painful to listeners in the audience that I think half of them died and many suffered severe psychological trauma that they might never listen to music again without reliving the experience. Fortunately Mad Sally is well trained in the secret art of ending a song deftly without anyone realizing it. We saved many lives that night.

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Yes many times. It is great, but we prefer if the undergarments are new, and that they throw the original packaging with it. This way we can return them to the store and get a refund, or perhaps a replacement in a colour that we prefer.

what would you do If a fan came up on stage trying to hug and sing along with the band?

after all is said and done and you’ve tasted the heights of success. What do you think will be the final story of the band?

Immortality as science advances to such a degree death is banished and everyone lives happily ever after. Though what most people don’t realize is that the immortality drug’s main ingredient is the congealed sweat of Mad Sally members collected from performances over their lifetime. It’s a huge government conspiracy as the sweat is running out, and people will soon become mortal again, unless a new band that is as awesome as Mad Sally comes to save humanity. The future looks bleak. Find out more at www.madsally.com

“we usually get a good price on ebay for mad sally fans. They seem to be of better quality than the average band fan.”


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360PLAYLISTS

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Poison by Rocket Juice & The Moon

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Gratitude #two - by Beastie Boys Ditiup Kata Rindu #three - by One Buck Short Somebody That I Used to Know #four - by Gotye x Kimbra Climax #five - by Usher

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I Won’t Give Up #six - by Jason Mraz Unpretty #seven - by TLC

Yuna is a name that needs no introduction; in fact if you’re a Malaysian, chances are you’ve enjoyed bopping your head to a tune of hers a couple of times on the radio and have been humming it ever since. And that is not at all startling because it is pretty hard not to like her. Armed with trademark velvety vocals and the sweet sound of her acoustic guitar, she’s gone on to win countless hearts (and ears) over the years and eventually bagged herself a record deal with the US-based Fader label. Her self-titled debut US release is such a gem of an album you would absolutely be impressed with; not only because it’s such a well-produced album (one of the big names who co-produced the album is none other than Pharell Williams), but mostly because you’d be proud to know that our home girl has made it this far. We are truly humbled and can’t wait to see what else she’s got in store.

Realize artistReza Salleh Another prominent name from the local singersongwriter scene with music worth checking out would be none other than Reza Salleh, whose album Realize has earned him five AIM nominations, which is the local equivalent of the Grammy Awards. Having been performing for over a decade, expect no less than greatness from this album as Reza aims to take you away from your chaotic everyday life with his ever-soothing vocals, effortlessly layered in wonderfully-arranged tunes consisting of multiple instruments, further proving he’s a man with a sound that’s here to stay.

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Undun

artistThe Roots This album may just be the band’s best ever yet. Inspired by a Sufjan Stevens track from Greetings From Michigan, Undun is a concept album that tells a story about a downfall of a young man, Redford Stevens, told backwards from the point of his death - impressed yet? The story offers listeners opportunities for reflections in life from the perception of someone on the journey “from a man to a memory”, accompanied by a soundtrack made of flowing, echoey R&B grooves so sombre that leaves you with the bittersweet taste of life: “you either done doin’ crime, or you done in”. Genius.

We Can’t Be Beat #eight - by The Walkmen You’re So Fine #nine - by Guba x Yuna Please Forgive My Heart #ten - by Bobby Womack

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Yesterday is a Distant Dream artistOJ Law If dreamy music is what you’re into then look no further as Yesterday is a Distant Dream is bound to set you off on a breezy, soul-searching trip of your own. Trust OJ to make treasurable music with the ability to make your heart ache a certain way only he knows how, as you go along tapping your fingers and singing away his equally heartfelt lyrics. The album can get quite addictive if you ask me, despite having to suffer slightly with its production quality which doesn’t justify the brilliance of the songs.


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ART core At the Core Design Gallery

From the outside one would be forgiven in thinking it’s just like any other double terrace house lining the street. Look closer though and you’ll see the name ‘Core Design Gallery’ proudly emblazoned on the front of the house. Upon entering the premises, it’s a whole different point of view. The inspirational brainchild of husband and wife team Scarlette Lee and Chun Hooi Tan, Core Design Galleries (CDG) was established in 2009 as a new innovation in the evergrowing and vibrant art scene of Malaysia. A fusion of art gallery, design studio and live in home, CDG is a living concept that juxtaposes contemporary art, design and architecture not as separate elements, but as interrelated aspects of a whole. For Scarlett and Chun art and design is not just about water color paintings hanging on plain gallery walls. Nor is it about expensive works stowed away in mansions only for private collectors and viewings. No, art is more than just paint on canvas or dusty collections. Their vision is about contemporary artistic works interacting with people and spaces. It is about lived in, living art. A piece of art looks different hanging in a gallery wall. How would it look in someone’s home? How would it interact with the lighting and spatial dimension of a residence? Similarly they want to raise public appreciation and awareness of the contemporary art form and make it accessible for everyone.

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“If you look at the new generation they are not interested in paddy fields and all those things. They are looking, seeing things like concrete jungles from a different perspective in their photography. They’re seeing installation works in a totally different light,” explains Scarlett. This philosophy is encapsulated in the physical layout of the Gallery itself. The lower floor has been completely opened up. The living room ceiling was dismantled and hacked away, revealing the steel reinforcement bars or BRC wire mesh underneath, which was then left bared and incorporated into the design of the gallery by hanging lamps and metal filigree to enhance its look. The sense of borderless space is enhanced with minimalist decor. The old fashioned parquet staircase was replaced with a clean steel version without hand rails. The lack of rails takes a while to get used to but with time it barely registers a second thought. The support and assistance structures were left untouched. No finishing was applied. Instead the original cement render was left bare and naked with no touch ups. This is in line with their view that you don’t need to spend lavishly

on Italian marble or granite to make the setting stylish. On the contrary, if the space can be made appealing even cement render adds to its overall look and design. It’s all about minimalism and getting back to basics in terms of design. Back to the core. That’s the genesis of the name Core Design Gallery. “Again it is inexpensive and it’s a matter of how to use inexpensive things in the right way. We didn’t spend a lot in renovating. The major cost is in hacking off a lot of walls. So what you are doing is a stripping off as to back to the originality of the house.” said Chun. Core Design gallery is all about functionality, affordability and being contemporary. And that is the key word, contemporary. For contemporary art in Malaysia has been a driving passion for Scarlett. A pharmacist by training her first love had always been the arts and along with her design architect husband Chun, they set out to realize their dream. It is a passion that has seen her travel the length and breadth of the country in search of up and coming artists. “You never imagine what kind of works they can do under some atap


Tasteful space can be simple

The old house gets a new life

roof and come up with some amazing things,” said Scarlett. She goes on to add. “That is the most exciting part of the journey. To discover all these artists in our own backyard.” For these artists to be discovered and groomed by CDG has its tangible benefits. The CDG vision for the relationship between the gallery and the artist is all about promotion, collaboration and development. “We will sit down with him (the artist) and actually go through the process of development together on a weekly basis,” said Scarlette. The dream though, remains setting up a Workshop for artists, architects and designers to exchange and discuss ideas. Much like Core Design Gallery itself, it’s all about different aspects combined as a whole to bring forth art.

Mailing Address 87, Jalan SS15/2A Subang Jaya 47500 Selangor Darul Ehsan, MALAYSIA Contact Person Ms. Scarlette Lee Office number : +603-56121168 Email : scar@coredesigngallery.com

Reflecting their commitment in terms of promoting and raising the profile of contemporary art and artists in Malaysia, CDG is at the forefront with themed and solo exhibitions highlighting some of the best of Malaysia’s contemporary artists and their works. Themed exhibitions included the ‘ROAR of the Brutalists’, 7th Movement, the bizarre and aptly named ‘Cirque Du Freak’ and currently on show ‘Malaysian Landscape’. Their next exhibition will be ‘Ahmad Scissorhands’ where contemporary artists showcase works that explore inner turmoil skirting on the aspects of dream and reality, horror and fantasy . Solo artists have included Ong Oh Hup Hoe with his 7th Heaven Series and Shafarin Ghani and his Oeuvre of Movement No 1. Both have garnered rave reviews in the Malaysian media. For his part Chun also runs the Design Workshop which integrates architecture, interior design and contemporary art. CDG Workshop has developed client-based projects ranging in value from a few hundred thousand ringgit private residences, to multi-million dollar commercial properties.

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SCRIPTs&STORIESbooks text Azral hanan

The Keeper of Lost Causes Author Jussi Adler-Olsen Publisher Dutton Adult Danish detective Carl Marck has been consigned to the depths of the Copenhagen police department. His job is to wrap up unsolved cases that the politicians deem expedient to solve. Carl knows it’s a cushy assignment where not even his superiors will care and he can just while away the hours waiting for the day he can finally claim his pension. But, things take a different turn when he gets an assistant who cleans up the basement and inadvertently sparks Carls interest in the case of a missing female legislator from five years ago, presumed dead. The original title was literally ‘The Woman in a Cage’ (Danish Kvinden i buret). Her story plays as big a role as any here. She is no anonymous victim. Adler-Olsen takes care to distinguish his main protagonists and like any great detective and sidekick combo we can see the contrast between the miserable Carl, his curious assistant and their developing bond. ‘The Keeper of Lost Causes’ is an engaging introduction in what is hopefully to be a long and lasting series.

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Much Ado The Sex About Loving: Slave What Our Favorite Murders: Novels Can Teach You About Date Expectations, The True Story of

Not So-Great Gatsbys, and Love in the Time of Internet Personals Author Jack Murnighan and Maura Kelly Publisher Free Press

Trawling through romance novels and examples of romance in the classics authors Maura Kelly and Jack Murnighan not only invites readers on a wonderful journey of discovering a treasure trove of literature - but also how notions and ideas of love and romance are handled through stories and their relevance to real-world conceptions of love. Using examples from real-life interspersed with related scenes from various works through the ages reveal how the quest and understanding of human relationships is a unified process that binds and emanates through both the fictional and the real world.

Serial Killers Gerald & Charlene Gallego Author R. Barri Flowers Publisher CreateSpace (May 19, 2011) The story of Gerald and Charlene Gallego and their horrific murderous spree in the 1980s is vividly brought back to life. They would abduct young women to be Gerald’s sex slave by having Charlene entice them to smoke pot in their van. At least 10 victims have been identified, including a new born baby. Another foray into the dark recesses of humanity. True crime buffs may find this another engaging addition to their collection. Others may just see this as just another indictment of the human race. The one glimmer of light is that these monsters have been caught, which enabled this book to be written.

The Hunger Games Author Suzanne Collins Publisher Scholastic, Inc The movie is finally out. One could be forgiven for thinking this might be the next ‘Twilight’. Or ‘Twilightslayer’ if one is so inclined. There is a ‘love triangle’ of sorts going on, but that’s about the only similarity. As far as the book is concerned, there was a minor controversy in that some readers accused Suzanne Collins of being far too closely ‘inspired’ by Battle Royale, a Japanese novel that was turned into a cult film. What makes this story so amazing is the meticulous worldbuilding and attention to detail. Her description of hunger, famine and the desperation of it would hold true in the real world. And in Katniss, Suzanne has created a deep and fascinating character that readers will want to follow till the end.

Underland Chronicles writer INFO Born on August 10, 1962, Suzanne Collins us the American television writer and novelist who’s best known works include The Hunger Games series.

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TAKING IT BELOW THE BELT WITH ROBOTICS Most men would be wary about letting a robot have a go at their family jewels or anywhere near them, and we do can see how it can appear quite intimidating. But when cancer hits you square in the prostate, Laparoscopic Robotic Surgery is becoming quite an attractive option amongst patients these days compared to the traditional knife. We speak to Dato’ Dr. Sahabudin, a veteran urologist who has performed dozens of Laparoscopic Robotic Surgeries, for a clearer picture of the situation down south. Please explain your field of expertise. What is an Urologist? What is urology? My expertise on the whole is as a consultant urologist. I do everything in urology. Urology is to do with the genital urinary systems which involve the prostate, the urethra, and the kidneys and of course the genital organs the testes and the penis as well.

Could you give us your medical and professional background?

I’ve been in urology since 1987 when I was the Head of the Urology Centre that is the National Institute of Urology, Hospital Kuala Lumpur. I did the first open radical prostatectomy in this country back in 1997. Since then I’ve done a score more enough to know the complications that patients go through. This led to my study of non-surgical minimally invasive procedures such as robotic surgery and Laparoscopic prostatectomy. In 2001 robotics was introduced into radical prostatectomy and I was involved. Then in 2003 we managed to purchase a robot for Hospital Kuala Lumpur. Since then I have been working in robotic surgery till my retirement in 2007.

Petronas bought a robot of their own and I was invited to participate in setting up this Centre of Excellence. Not only that but I’m still doing my work in the field of robotic surgery to provide minimal post-op side effects and maximum patient satisfaction.

As you grow older into the 40s and 50s, that’s when the non-communicable diseases strike. That’s when all the cancers such as the prostate, the bladder start appearing. For bladder cancer smoking is something you should avoid completely.

What are the more common urological disorders among Malaysians?

Many Malaysians are unaware of the prostate and more unfortunately the risk of prostate cancer. What are the function and potential disorders of the prostate?

Urology involves major diseases like kidney stone diseases which is very common in this country. The other major urological issues are due to aging male problems like prostate, prostate cancers, bladder cancers, and genital cancers like testicular cancers, penile cancers and so forth.

In this country for example, incidences of stone disease is very common. Up to 70% of urological problems admitted to hospitals involve stone disease. This has a lot to do with our lifestyle, especially our eating and drinking habits. For example we drink coffee and tea but fail to drink adequate amounts of water to reduce the so-called supersaturation that takes place in the urine.

The prostate is an organ that lies just below the bladder. It functions to provide the glucose, fructose and sucrose soup that makes up 10% to 30% of seminal fluid, enabling it to survive outside the body during sex. Without the prostate no procreation is possible. After puberty the prostate begins growing in size, and the question is “how large?” Up to 30% of males are lucky that the enlargement is not too drastic that it causes medical problems. However, for 60% of males the prostate enlargement will cause problems.

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I’ve been in urology since 1987 when I was the Head of the Urology Centre that is the National Institute of Urology, Hospital Kuala Lumpur.

How does one go about detecting and preventing prostate cancer?

The actual causes of prostate cancer are unknown for now. We do find that if you have a family history of say one or two members of the family developing it there is a 50% chance of you also developing the cancer. Detecting it early while it is still in the prostate can be done only by Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) through a blood test that rates between 0-4 normal standard levels for the Asian population. If it’s anything above 4 then a biopsy is recommended to confirm if it’s cancer. If it’s confirmed, then several options are available to the individual including surgery. This comes in two forms which is open conventional surgery which has had an excellent 20 year track record. Or one can opt for robotic surgery which has gone up by 82% in the U.S.

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ARE urological disorders and illnesses a major healthcare issue in this country?

It is and along with stone disease, renal failure is also a common problem in this country. So much publicity and effort is spent on organ transplants and donations but nobody talks about preventing renal failure. And despite renal failure due to stone disease being a preventable illness in this country the rate is quite high. Personally I think this is a major issue which should be addressed in terms of raising awareness on a national level. That prevention is all about minor lifestyle changes. Let’s make it into a national health issue.

Other than medical treatments and open surgery, there is also Laparoscopic Robotic Surgery. Could you give an explanation of what laparoscopy is and what are the benefits?

Open surgery is primitive way of treating some of these dreadful diseases. Nobody wants to be cut. The knife is a primitive instrument. Today you have technology in the form of lasers, ultra sound, radioactive devices and so forth which perform more precise surgery. Using a knife to cut muscle is destructive because muscle can never heal back perfectly. It heals by fibrosis that means it’s never normal again. And cutting the muscle always involves pain but minimally invasive procedures avoids cutting of the muscle or obvious permanent scarring.

Dato’ Dr. Sahabudin Raja Mohamed is the Consultant Urologist and Head of the Centre of Excellence for Urology and Men’s Health Centre at Prince Court Medical Centre (PCMC) as well as the chairman of the MDAC at Prince Court

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An actual robotic surgery being performed on a patient in the operating room

Secondly whenever you cut, it exposes the internal organs to the atmosphere, so the bowels will be diluted. When this occurs the patient is unable to eat or drink for days and will lose their appetite. It’s important for people in hospital to be able to eat and drink and live normally. Thirdly cutting involves a lot of pain. In contrast, Laparoscopic robotic surgery involves using a port to pierce through the skin and between the muscles; this is similar to using a needle to draw blood. Pain is only felt when the port is there, but is minimal once the port is taken out. There is also very little post-op pain and minimal exposure to the atmosphere and to infection.

Infection? What are the chances?

When you get an infected wound it takes a long time to heal. Also whenever you are admitted to a hospital there is always the risk of nosocomial infection (hospital acquired infection).

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How then does Laparoscopic robotic surgery reduce the risk of such complications?

The longer you stay in hospital the higher chance of contracting the infection. With open surgery wear stay and recovery may take a week or two. With robotic surgery or minimally invasive procedures, patients are ready to go home the next day. Minimizing your stay reduces the risk of nosocomial infection. Staying too long bedridden in hospital invites the potential risk of getting deep vein thrombosis. Also, a longer stay means higher costs in terms of medical and nursing costs. With minimally invasive surgery there’s also hardly any blood loss which is important. No-one wants to risk a blood transfusion because there are no 100% safe blood reserves anywhere. We actually get the consent of the patient, pre-informing

them that blood transfusions are never guaranteed to be 100% safe. It’s best then to minimize chances of it being used. Statistics reveal that compared to open surgery where nosocomial rates are up to 20%. But with robotic surgery it’s only 0.8% with hardly any transfusion necessary. Patients stay for 24-48 hours before going home. Here at PCMC, with Laproscopy, they’re discharged after three days because most of these patients come from outstation whereas in US and Europe, they have hotels adjacent to the hospital so they get discharged the same evening or early morning and check in to the hotel for two to three days before going home. We don’t have that facility, but we have a hotel facility here so we keep them an extra day to make sure that they’re fit enough to travel home.


Raising Standards. Committed to a Culture of Excellence. About Malaysia Geographically, Malaysia is as diverse as its culture. From cool hideaways in the highlands to warm, sandy beaches and rich humid mangroves, the capital city of Kuala Lumpur also offers a lively nightlife scene and a fascinating art and performance culture, which blends contemporary and traditional styles from many backgrounds. One of Malaysia's key attractions is its extreme contrasts. Towering skyscrapers look down upon traditional wooden houses built on stilts, and five-star hotels sit several meters away from ancient reefs. About Prince Court Medical Centre Prince Court Medical Centre is a 300 bed private medical facility located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur. Born of a Malaysian vision to be the forerunner in the provision of clinical services and patient care delivery, we are internationally accredited by Joint Commission International (JCI). We aim to be the leading healthcare provider in Asia. We provide a comprehensive range of familycentred healthcare services. International Business Lounge Prince Court Medical Centre is fast becoming a hospital of choice for our international patients. Over the years, we have seen a steady increase in patients coming from all over the world. Our International Business Center is specifically designed to ensure all the needs of our international patients are met. A dedicated team has been appointed to respond to requests, co-ordinate with agents, arrange the admission and discharge of patients and follow up post-discharge to ensure our services are of the highest possible standards. Services for interpreters and visa extension can also be arranged on the patient’s behalf. We are here for you Heal yourself in our naturalistic appeal, comfort and ambience of our environment with our doctors and staff trained to heed to your every need. While at our hospital, you can be assured that you have the latest state-of-the art services and facilities to diagnose, treat and cure your illness efficiently and effectively at a competitive rate. We work closely with leading insurance companies and thus, it’s hassle and stress-free with our insurance desk taking care of all the calls and paperwork. Give us a call and we will take care of you as we assure satisfaction and happy hearts.

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EH, WHAT’S UP ‘DOC’? FAMOUS DOCTORS WHO DON’T ACTUALLY PRACTICE MEDICINE

Bill Cosby as Heathcliff Huxtable on The Cosby Show

Neil Patrick Harris as Doogie Howser on Doogie Howser

Jane Seymour as Michaela Quinn on Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman

Mandy Patinkin as Jeffrey Geiger on Chicago Hope

The medical world has long been a hot hit for the silverscreen and idiot box. With such intelligence, a caring heart, sense of humour and charm, here is a list of our favourite ‘docs’ that have cured our lonely TV nights without charging a dime (no hospital bills here!). These days, as medical shows have become a staple in our households’ television and cable viewing schedule, the much revered fictional TV doctors have turned into an everyman, possessing the ability to heal while also making us laugh and cry about the realities of illness, trauma and death. As for the real doctors, well, they’ve emerged as medical reporters, talkshow hosts and even infomercial participants. Today’s medical shows have become a mix of soap opera, drama, and it has made us imagine the medical career as something that is so surreal. Furthermore, I’m quite sure that most of us want to be taken care of by some of these popular TV caregivers who gave us the warm fuzziness regardless of what kind of series they were part of. The Doctor Is In…Your TV While they may be actors in real life, these fine folks were the best at mending their patients on the small screen as television health care professionals. Here are some of our favourites.

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• Bill Cosby as Heathcliff Huxtable on The Cosby Show Specialty: Ob-gyn The funny Dr. Huxtable (Bill Cosby) delivered medical advice and babies as a private physician with an office in his brownstone home in Brooklyn Heights, N.Y. As the amiable and bemused center of his household, Cliff Huxtable was always ready to deliver advice when he wasn’t at the hospital delivering babies. Bill Cosby’s most indelible character helped the show run for eight seasons from 1984-1992, and it was one of the biggest shows of the 1980s. • Neil Patrick Harris as Doogie Howser on Doogie Howser, M.D. Specialty: Surgery As a child prodigy who graduated from high school at age 9 and Princeton University at age 10, Doogie Howser (Neil Patrick Harris) was inspired to go into medicine after he survived two bouts with pediatric leukemia. He became a full-fledged physician at

age 14, and, thanks to his intelligence and caring demeanor, earned the respect of patients and his more seasoned colleagues. The show made Neil Patrick Harris a household name, and he’s been in the spotlight ever since. • Jane Seymour as Michaela Quinn on Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman Specialty: Internal medicine Craving a bit of adventure, Dr. Quinn (Jane Seymour) moved to the Wild West from Boston in the late 19th century. Independent and strong-willed, “Dr. Mike” stood her ground as a female physician in Colorado Springs, Colo., as she treated locals and visitors with a combination of herbal remedies and modern medicine, eventually earning the respect of the town’s citizens. • Mandy Patinkin as Jeffrey Geiger on Chicago Hope Specialty: Cardiothoracic surgery Brutally honest may be the perfect


description for Dr. Geiger, the stellar heart surgeon (Mandy Patinkin). As a brilliant, neurotic doctor, Geiger pushed the limits in and out of the operating room to do what he felt was in his patients’ best interest. Admittedly emotionally unstable and haunted, Geiger was known for his passion and compassion for his patients and colleagues, especially his best friend, neurosurgeon Aaron Shutt (played by Adam Arkin). • George Clooney as Doug Ross on ER Specialty: Pediatrics The charming and good-looking emergency room pediatrician Doug Ross (George Clooney) had quite the hospital fan base, including his young patients and fellow doctors and nurses. After growing up with an abusive father, Ross was especially sensitive when it came to child abuse patients. In fact, as a staunch supporter of his patients’ rights, he regularly clashed with authority and at times risked his career to do what he felt was right. Ross resigned from the hospital after he advised the mother of a terminally ill patient how to administer a deadly dose of medication. • Christine Lahti as Kathryn Austin on Chicago Hope Specialty: Cardiothoracic surgery As a foil to the passionate, wildcard surgeon Dr. Geiger, the more stable yet still outspoken Dr. Austin (Christine Lahti) was a fearless surgeon with an impressive reputation. Her ego and hunger for power made her a star in the operating room but an antagonistic personality outside of it. • Alex Kingston as Elizabeth Corday on ER Specialty: Surgery Hailing from England, Dr. Corday (Alex Kingston) joined the team at County General to hone her trauma surgery skills. Although she struggled to learn the American hospital lingo (“page Dr. X” not “bleep Dr. X”), she eventually became one of the most wellliked and compassionate doctors on staff.

TOp : George Clooney as Doug Ross on ER Left: Christine Lahti as Kathryn Austin on Chicago Hope Right: Alex Kingston as Elizabeth Corday on ER

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Dylan Walsh as Sean McNamara & Julian McMohan as Christian Troy on Nip/Tuck Zach Braff as J.D.Dorian on Scrubs Matthew Fox as Jack Shephard on Lost

• Zach Braff as J.D. Dorian on Scrubs Specialty: Surgery The quirky, caring, and charismatic Dr. Dorian (Zach Braff) had a knack for connecting with patients — whether they wanted to or not. Prone to daydreaming, Dorian always returned to the real world to help his patients feel more comfortable and get better. Dorian was often found confiding in or seeking advice from his trusty sidekick, Dr. Chris Turk (Donald Faison), and cranky-but-wise mentor, Dr. Perry Cox (played by John C. McGinley). • Dylan Walsh as Sean McNamara on Nip/Tuck Specialty: Plastic surgery The talented and skilled surgeon (Dylan Walsh) opened each conversation with his new patients this way – “Tell me what you don’t like about yourself.” Although his original interest in plastic surgery was more altruistic (he wanted to help fix serious injuries and disfigurements), instead McNamara opened a private practice for vanity procedures with his best friend, Dr. Christian Troy. • Julian McMahon as Christian Troy on Nip/Tuck Specialty: Plastic surgery While at first glance Dr. Troy (Julian McMahon) seemed like the stereotypical big-deal plastic surgeon — with flashy cars and a penchant for picking up women —

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he also had a sensitive side that stemmed from an abusive childhood. Although perhaps deeply flawed, Troy’s charm and mischievous personality balanced out his business partner and best friend Dr. McNamara’s more reserved attitude. • Matthew Fox as Jack Shephard on Lost Specialty: Spinal surgery Dr. Shephard (Matthew Fox) was a wellrespected Los Angeles spinal surgeon who ably took on emergency trauma care in the aftermath of a plane crash on a mysterious island. The dire circumstances that followed the accident gave Shephard multiple opportunities to save the lives of his fellow passengers and island inhabitants — he even daringly performed a beachside appendectomy on himself. A natural leader, Shephard had a calm demeanor in the face of danger. The brave “man of science” also believed in the power of humanity; his mantra was “live together, or die alone.” • Hugh Laurie as Greg House on House M.D. Specialty: Nephrology and infectious disease As the head of the hospital’s diagnostics department, the caustic and unconventional Dr. House (Hugh Laurie) has a passion for solving unsolvable medical cases, in part because of a personal misdiagnosis that permanently damaged his leg. House has an uncanny ability to see through his patients’ lies, which usually lead him and his team of diagnosticians to the correct — and often lifesaving — diagnosis.

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Robin Williams as Dr. Hunter “Patch” Adams on Patch Adams

• Patrick Dempsey as Derek Shepherd on Grey’s Anatomy Specialty: Neurosurgery They don’t call him McDreamy for nothing. The heart-throb surgeon, Dr. Shepherd’s (Patrick Dempsey) undeniable charm (and luscious black locks) and experience make him the brain surgeon to see. He can become deeply affected by his patients — he even slipped into a depression after a pregnant patient died. Shepherd is currently leading a clinical trial for Alzheimer’s disease with his wife, surgeon Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo), who lost her surgeon mother to the illness. • Chandra Wilson as Miranda Bailey on Grey’s Anatomy Specialty: Surgery Tough-love attending general surgeon Dr. Bailey (Chandra Wilson) may be short on stature, but she’s big on skill, determination, and order. While her demeanor may come across as abrasive at times (colleagues nicknamed her “The Nazi”), she is fiercely loyal to those she cares about, including her surgical interns. “Grey’s Anatomy” has been popular since its 2005 debut, and a big part of that is the supporting work of Chandra Wilson as Dr. Miranda Bailey, whose tough persona helps shape the younger doctors.

• Kate Walsh as Addison Montgomery on Private Practice Specialty: Ob-gyn and maternal-fetal medicine Level-headed and caring, Dr. Montgomery (Kate Walsh) joined the private practice Oceanside Wellness Group in Los Angeles after she left her job and Grey’s Anatomy colleagues at Seattle Grace Hospital. As one of the country’s most highly respected obgyns and neonatal surgeons, Montgomery is confident but not arrogant. She empathizes with her patients but does not sugarcoat the sometimes harsh truths about their and their babies’ prognoses. • Robin Williams as Dr. Hunter “Patch” Adams on Patch Adams Patch Adams was a real-life doctor who cheered up terminally ill children. It is the perfect role for Robin Williams, scoring him a spot on this list of best movie doctors.

Chandra Wilson as Miranda Bailey on Grey’s Anatomy Kate Walsh as Addison Montgomery on Private Practice

Patrick Dempsey as Derek Shepherd on Grey’s Anatomy

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“Doctors” who never even held a scalpel! Adding a “Dr.” to the beginning of a name automatically bestows an air of authority. Historical figures, politicians, TV and radio personalities, athletes, musicians – yes, there is a doctor in the house!

Top: Dr. Henry Kissinger Left: Dr. Dre Right Dr. J Bottom: Dr. Bill Cosby

• Dr. Henry Kissinger We hear about “Doctor Kissinger” a lot, and we know that he is considered one of the great statesmen of modern times. He has been well-known in foreign affairs — and for good reason. His Ph.D. is in international relations. Not only was Dr. Kissinger Secretary of State under Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford, but he has consulted with numerous U.S. presidents since then, and is not shy about expressing his opinions on issues of international note. He was instrumental in opening relations with China, and in other accomplishments, including receiving the Nobel Peace Prize. • Dr. Dre Andre Romelle Young probably doesn’t ring any bells for you. However, you probably have heard of Dr. Dre. No, he isn’t a “real” doctor. But he is known for his musical accomplishments. He is credited with being a major influence in the rap world, bringing West Coast G-funk rap into popularity. He is found in close association with Eminem (he mentored the young rap star), 50 Cent, and Snoop Dogg. Dr. Dre is a record executive and even has some acting credits under his belt. He is one of the most recognized “doctors” out there. • Dr. J One of the most famous basketball players of all time, Julius Erving was known as Dr. J. Erving is known as one of the players that ushered what we known as modern basketball. He was known for his spectacular dunks, and the “slam dunk” is widely credited for being popularized by Dr. J. His style of play was flashy and exciting. He won three championships, and was awarded four MVP awards. He holds the distinction of being #5 on the list of high scoring basketball players. He is a Hall of Fame member, and a member of the NBA 50th Anniversary All-Time team. • Dr. Bill Cosby On TV, the fictional Dr. Cosby was a doctor. But Bill Cosby, the standup comedian turned actor, didn’t have that distinction in real life. However, all of that changed when he went to the University of Massachusetts and got a Ph.D. in education. Now, Dr. Bill Cosby truly is a doctor — even if he doesn’t practice medicine.

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The Non-Existent, Non-Medical Doctors There are plenty of fictional doctors who don’t practice medicine — even in fantasy. • Dr. Seuss Millions of children read books by Dr. Seuss in classrooms all over the country — and around the world. ‘The Cat in the Hat’ is probably the most famous Dr. Seuss book, but there are many, many more, including the holiday favorite, ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas’. Dr. Seuss, though, is the pen name of Theodor Geisel. He intended to become a “doctor”, earning a Ph.D. from Oxford, but he never finished. Giesel was also a cartoonist, and was known for his humor. • Dr. No The first James Bond film, Dr. No, featured a mad scientist as the title character. Dr. No works for SPECTRE, an organization bent on extortion and terrorism. He isn’t the boss, though. James Bond battles him. He has a metallic hand, since he lost his real hand to radiation. Dr. No dies after being hit by radioactive materials. Dr. No is played by Joseph Wiseman. There is no doubt that Dr. No remains a famous “doctor”, and the launching of Bond Villains in the Bond movie franchise.

From top to bottom: Dr. Seuss Dr. No Dr. Claw Dr. Evil Dr. Who

• Dr. Octopus One of the most dangerous super villains in the world of comic books, Dr. Octopus threatens Spider Man regularly. Dr. Otto Gunther Octavius is a mad scientist with metallic arms that allow him to manipulate several objects at once. The metallic arms became fused to his body during a radiation leak (radiation can do just about anything). He is also known as “Doc Ock”, and has appeared over the years in Spider Man comics. Perhaps the most disturbing thing about Doc Ock is his continuing friendship with Peter Parker’s Aunt May.

• Dr. Claw One of the most well-known “doctors” in fiction is Dr. Claw, the nemesis of TV’s Inspector Gadget. Dr. Claw runs the criminal organization, known as M.A.D. Dr. Claw owns a cat, and pampers this cat. Dr. Claw is known for his convoluted plans, and plots to kill Inspector Gadget as he steals something that is usually large. One of the things about Dr. Claw is that his face is not seen on the cartoon show; only his hand, stroking a cat. This spoofs Ernst Stavro Blofeld, a bond villain. • Dr. Evil Very few people are not familiar with Dr. Evil, the villain in the Austin Powers movies created by Mike Meyers. Mike Meyers famously plays both Dr. Evil and Austin Powers, as well as other characters. Dr. Evil, like Dr. Claw, is a spoof on the James Bond villain Ernst Stavro Blofeld — although we see quite a lot of Evil’s face. He aims at world domination, helped by his dwarf clone Mini-Me and his cat, Mr. Bigglesworth. Unfortunately for him, Dr. Evil’s complex plans often end in disaster for himself. • Dr. Who Dr. Who is the time-traveling alien known as the “Doctor”. He is a kick-butt time lord, fighting evil whenever it occurs. It is considered the longest running science fiction television series, and considered the most successful. Dr. Who is played by different characters, and is in his 11th incarnation. It’s easy when you can regenerate. Dr. Who has been fighting villains since 1963, even though there was a hiatus between 1989 and 2005, when the series rebooted.

Dr. Octopus aka Doc Ock in Spider Man

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OF BLOOD, BRAINS, & BILLS THE CONDITION OF THE MALAYSIAN HEALTHCARE SYSTEM Malaysia has some of the finest doctors and healthcare facilities, and some of the worst. But what makes a doctor or hospital good or bad? Can local government healthcare facilities compete with those of the private sector, or even those abroad? To find out more, we spoke to Allan Fernandez, a medical administrator, with experience in Malaysia and Singapore, who aims to improve the quality and delivery of healthcare for medical professionals and patients. FRom your experience, What does it take to set up a good hospital?

From the hospital’s Board of Directors down to its cleaners, each one must share a common passion and commitment to delivering not just quality medical care, but to provide patients a comfortable and conducive environment to aid in their recovery. I am a firm believer that doctors and nurses should not be overly burdened with non-clinical or administrative tasks; each minute spent filling up forms is a minute less spent on a patient. Similarly, medical administrators should not be over zealous in their roles; they must understand that they serve the doctors, not the other way around. The quality of medical care should never be compromised for the sake of profit. What I just described is the perfect hospital, which in truth rarely exists. To find that ideal equilibrium between the business end of hospital management, legal and statutory compliance, the provision of medical services and the role it plays in the community is the challenge every hospital faces.

In your opinion, what has been done right with the local healthcare system so far? What does it lack?

This is a highly subjective and sensitive issue. To some, the system is not broken; it just needs to be fine-tuned. Others, for reasons either financial or altruistic, are calling for a complete overhaul of the healthcare delivery system in Malaysia. Personally, I feel there is much for Malaysians to be proud of with the local healthcare industry.

We have one of the cheapest and most convenient healthcare delivery systems in the world. In most places in Malaysia, you can visit a GP, receive consultation, investigations and/or medicines for RM30 - RM60. Visit a government clinic, and this service is virtually free. Contrast this with the insurance-based healthcare models in the developed countries: you first visit your local GP, then travel to a diagnostic centre for your investigations, then back to the doctor for either a referral or a prescription, then travel again to a specialist for further consultation or to a pharmacy to collect your medicines. While your insurance (which you pay for) covers the cost of your treatment, the amount of time and money spent on traveling and fuel will probably be more than what you would otherwise pay in our current fee-for-service/ out-of-pocket model. We are also fortunate to have many competent doctors and nurses in this country, and most hospitals are relatively well-equipped with advanced treatment and diagnostic facilities. There is, however, a general perception, both by the rakyat and within the medical community, that we are not as good as our neighbours, that the best Malaysian doctors are foreign graduates who prefer to work overseas because of better pay or prospects, that government hospitals are inferior. Recent data and surveys suggest that the cost of primary, secondary and tertiary healthcare in both the private and public hospitals is rising exponentially, and that the quality of healthcare provided has not improved in

tandem with the increase in fees. It is easy to dismiss this as Malaysians wanting everything to be good and cheap. However, there are a multitude of contributory factors: talent drain, lack of specialists, high costs of pharmaceuticals, equipment and facilities, inefficient purchase and cost controls, aging population, old or poorly-designed hospitals that simply cannot cope with the current patient load, the need to balance equitable healthcare with profit targets, lack of trained and efficient EMS (emergency medical services). These problems, among many more, are endemic to the industry worldwide, it is not specific or unique to Malaysia.

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Allan Fernandez comes from a family of doctors. His late father Dr Tibbs Fernandez was the former President of the MMA. He returned from Melbourne to take over a medical group practice in Johor upon his demise. Since then, he has completely revamped the management and operational policies at the Practice, strengthened the goodwill with doctors, patients, corporate clients and the community, expanded the group from 4 clinics to 8, established a pharmacy division and provide consultancy services to several private specialists and medical centres in Malaysia and Singapore.

Where do we stand in the global scene? Like any business, healthcare needs a strong brand. Look no further than our local hospitals, why are some hospitals perceived as better than another? Could it not be that the doctor most qualified and competent to treat your particular condition works in a less “glamourous” hospital? Why do some Malaysians seek medical treatment in Singapore, Thailand, India, Australia and further abroad? Have we maximised our potential as a destination for medical tourism?

Positioned globally, we must concede that our medical facilities have not attained the prestige and reputation of places like John Hopkins, Mayo Clinic, the Royal Cancer Hospital, the London Clinic or the Price of Wales Hospital. Many of these hospitals are established teaching and research institutes, making pioneering advances in medical sciences, treatment and modalities. From a regional perspective, we lack a clear identity or position with regard to medical tourism and the quality of care we provide. Singapore has done well to build and maintain its reputation as the premier provider of medical services. Its modern and efficient hospitals are known to have the most advanced treatment and diagnostic facilities, and can boast of having some of the most highly trained and experienced doctors in

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the region (many of whom are originally from Malaysia). Thailand, with its equally competent foreign-trained medical professionals, has carved a niche as providing a standard of hospitality and service currently unmatched by even their Singapore counterparts. While this reputation is limited to a few “boutique” hospitals such as Bumrungrad and BMC, these two hospitals collectively treat over 600,000 foreign patients a year. Are Malaysian doctors less competent than those in Thailand and Singapore? I think not. However, we were slow to respond to the potential of medical tourism and are now forced to play catch up. To improve our goodwill, brand and standing in the global and regional scene, healthcare providers in Malaysia may wish to consider focusing on certain subspecialties, partnering with top international hospitals to set up research and training centres in Malaysia with specific emphasis on cardiology, oncology and geriatric care. Given demographic trends, these would be the key growth areas for the local healthcare industry.


“Times have changed, doctors today

do not enjoy the unfettered respect and autonomy of their predecessors.”

aboutalan Where do you see the local industry heading in the near future?

Like the patients it treats, most people in the industry understand that there is no “magic pill” that will cure all its problems. While certain steps need to and have been taken to provide “symptomatic relief” - such as Klinik 1Malaysia, free treatment for senior citizens, higher pay for government doctors, etc- a more holistic approach needs to be adopted.

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Allan Fernandez comes from a family of doctors. His late father Dr Tibbs Fernandez was the former President of the MMA. He returned from Melbourne to take over a medical group practice in Johor upon his demise. Since then, he has completely revamped the management and operational policies at the Practice, strengthened the goodwill with doctors, patients, corporate clients and the community, expanded the group from 4 clinics to 8, established a pharmacy division and provide consultancy services to several private specialists and medical centres in Malaysia and Singapore.

The proposed introduction of a national healthcare financing scheme (1C1M) sounds like the perfect solution to the problems and shortcomings in the industry. While the aim of minimising out-ofpocket medical expenses and providing equitable healthcare cover for all citizens is a sound and just notion, until we address and improve the existing inefficiencies in the public and private health sector, such a scheme may invariably fail to achieve those objectives. It is worth noting that no country has successfully implemented an insurance-based healthcare financing scheme that delivered on its intended promise. Both the NHS in the UK and Medicare in the US achieved a modicum of early success, but as the flaws were not adequately addressed before its implementation, both systems saw costs spiral and doctors opting out of the scheme, charging fees that only those with means or with high private insurance cover could afford.

One area that needs to be urgently addressed is Emergency Medical Services. There is a dire need for trained and competent EMS professionals, with fully equipped ambulances and rescue helicopters. The communications and relationship between the EMS services, police and fire department and the hospitals must be improved. I feel that EMS should be run independent of the hospitals, such that the patient is attended to immediately and sent to the nearest hospital for treatment. It is alarming that patients often wait hours for ambulances to arrive, and are forced to endure long travel times to reach the hospital. We can and must do better. Another worrying trend is the increasing number of medical negligence cases being brought to the courts; this is a forewarning of a litigious society and a future where doctors will invariably practice defensive medicine. While mistakes are rare, effective training and safeguards will greatly reduce the risk of medical negligence and help instill confidence in the patients that their lives are in good hands. Times have changed; doctors today (and in future) do not enjoy the unfettered respect and autonomy of their predecessors. It is a difficult time for many doctors, as the changes are coming hard and fast: increased patient expectations, the need to stay relevant with current medical technologies and advances, demands by hospital administrators, new laws and regulations, compliance issues and more. On a final point, I reiterate my first: Healthcare may be a business, but patient care - not profit should be its primary objective.

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Photo: Residents continued to remain in their homes after the earthquake whenever possible. They preferred this to makeshift shelters set up in mosques and community centers. October 2009.

DISASTER DIVING

A day in the life of the MERCY Malaysia

If things can get messy in the sterile, controlled environment of an operating theatre, imagine taking the action out onto a disaster stricken site. It may be too much to handle for most, but for the great men and women of MERCY Malaysia, this is just another day at work. Pein Lee, a photojournalist whose work has been picked up by various local and international publications, followed the elite team of volunteers on one of their trips to provide vital aid and relief to earthquake victims. In October 2009, the west Sumatra district of Padang Pariaman was struck by a 7.6 magnitude earthquake. 24 hours after the incident, MERCY Malaysia were on the ground conducting surveys into what possible aid and assistance could be provided. I was a volunteer and part of the small advance party that set the path for an entire team that comprised almost 30 volunteers, including doctors, surgeons, nurses and logisticians. MERCY Malaysia is a Malaysian based NGO whose primary mission is to provide emergency medical care in areas of natural disaster and human conflict. They have operated in areas such as Giza, Afghanistan, Myanmar, Philippines and in this case, Indonesia. MERCY was also in the frontline after the tsunami of 2004, in Aceh, Indonesia. Padang Pariaman saw MERCY leap into action in the same

country, facing similar issues albeit on a much smaller scale, although no less pressing in urgency. During the Padang Pariaman mission, MERCY cooperated with various agencies including the United Nations, MÊdecins Sans Frontières as well as the Singapore Army in providing emergency care and relief missions. While MERCY was instrumental in coordinating the facilities at the Pariaman district hospital, it was the outreach and mobile clinic missions that provided a wide net of medical services including the distribution of hygiene kits and supplementary food aid to victims and beneficiaries in hard to reach areas. More information on the activities of MERCY Malaysia can be found at http://www.mercy.org.my/

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Top: The 7.6 magnitude earthquake left many timber structures in tatters, with a surprisingly low fatality rate in some areas. This was attributed to the time of the earthquake in the mid-afternoon, which meant many had not returned home from work or school. October 2009. Left: Logistician for MERCY Malaysia, Encik Haafiz, organises the distribution of hygiene kits and water during a routine stop of one of the communities ‘adopted’ by MERCY in the Padang Pariaman district. October 2009.

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Right: A lady at Padang Pariaman shows the treatment she received for injuries sustained during the earthquake. October 2009. Bottom: Gunung Tandikat stands watch over the western Sumatran district of Padang Pariaman, site of relief operations by MERCY Malaysia. October 2009.

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Top: In spite of the destruction visited upon this home, the occupants escaped with only minor injuries. October 2009. Middle: Protein sources are readily available from padi field ponds. Aid distributed included rice and drinking water. October 2009. Bottom: Getting to know the situation on the ground is vital to providing the best possible assistance and aid. Here, Doctor Lai Vui Boon mingles with the residents of Kg. Tandikat before deciding on what action to take. October 2009.

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Top: Mobile clinics are an effective form of reaching beneficiaries or victims of natural disasters who are not able to attend a formal hospital. During these sessions, in addition to treating injuries, primary healthcare is also provided. October 2009. Middle: Aid workers and community volunteers unload donations of water and foodstuffs to be distributed to a makeshift shelter in the Padang Pariaman district. October 2009. Bottom: Dr Lai Vui Boon (L) examines a child accompanied by her mother at a mobile clinic run by MERCY Malaysia in the Kg. Tandikat area in Padang Pariaman. October 2009.

“MERCY Malaysia is a non-profit organisation focusing on providing medical relief, sustainable health related development and risk reduction activities for vulnerable communities in both crisis and non-crisis situations.” Mercy Malaysia’s Mission extracted from www.mercy.org.my

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Left: Two pairs of sisters hang out by the roadside. The communities encountered are resilient and caring. Passersby in vehicles often stop to pass donations, either monetary or in kind. October 2009

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Top: Life carries on after a natural disaster. For the residents of Padang Pariaman, activities such as fishing and rebuilding seemed to carry on without interruption. The primary needs of survival prevail over grief and suffering. October 2009. Left: A young girl looks at what remains of her home. The makeshift shelter outside provides a place to sleep due to fears that the home may be unstable. MERCY Malaysia embarked on a re-building mission shortly after concluding relief operations. October 2009.

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All photographs were taken using a Leica M8 digital camera, with either a Leica Summarit 35mm f2.5 or Carl Zeiss 21mm f.28 Biogon lenses.

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Photo: The little girl had been crying for 3 days up to when this photo was taken. She had refused the attention from her grandparents and preferred to stick close by her elder sibling. Their parents were not home as they work in Jakarta. October 2009.

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CRAWLING IN MY SKIN THESE WOUNDS THEY WILL HEAL

Common sense says that being healthy involves clean, wholesome living along with avoiding things harmful to our well-being. These four recognized medical treatments suggest that sometimes, common sense can be a load of crock…literally.

Maggot Debridement Therapy (MDT)

The pale wriggly maggot is a revolting sight and conjures images of decay and death, but maggots were used to clean wounds by the ancient Aborigines of Australia, and the Maya Kingdoms of the Americas. Maggot Debridement Therapy (MDT) involves live maggots feeding on open wounds and injuries. Proponents claim it is effective in removing dead tissue, disinfecting wounds as well as assist in healing. The first field test of MDT was in 1929 and it became a widespread treatment throughout the 1930s up to WWII where new drugs such as penicillin would render MDT nearly obsolete. In 1989, it was reintroduced by Dr. Ronald Sherman to deal with antibiotic resistant bacteria, and is now used in over 20 countries including Malaysia. Today, it is sanctioned by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a means of “debriding non-healing necrotic skin and soft tissue wounds, including pressure ulcers, venous stasis ulcers, neuropathic foot ulcers, and non-healing traumatic or post-surgical wounds.” There have been reports of MDT being used to treat burn injuries but currently there is no indication that this is a widely accepted medical practice.

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MDT is effective in debriding dead and necrotic tissue. It is efficacy as a disinfectant, however, is debatable although some studies show that the digestive secretions have strong antibacterial properties that can inhibit and destroy a wide range of pathogenic bacteria including those resistant to antibiotics. The maggots are kept on the wound via a mesh cage or pouch with the bottom cut off, in direct contact with the injury. The maggots excrete digestive enzymes that debride (clean off) necrotic tissue by dissolving it. The digestive juices liquefy the necrotic tissue into a soupy broth that the maggot absorbs. In theory what is left behind is clean healthy tissue. Although it does work in debriding away the necrotic flesh of the patient, some studies indicated its effectiveness is similar to modern non-MDT methods. The only difference being that patient’s report greater pain during MDT. Another concern is that leaving the maggots too long or even using too many maggots could endanger healthy tissues as well as the dead and damaged ones.


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Top: Leeches Below: E-Coli Bottom Right: Maggots

It is premature letting the little blighters feed on me before I’m dead. So I’ll pass.

Hirudotherapy (Leech therapy)

Most people would normally refuse any sort of blood-sucking on themselves. Even Twilight fans would rather have their lifeblood drained by the pallid Edward Cullen and happily die in his arms in the process. It is doubtful though that Twi-Hards would squirm in ecstasy at the thought of having a slimy, ugly leech or two doing the same. Hirudotherapy is the use of leeches in aiding medical and surgical procedures. The word ‘Hirudotherapy’ comes from the Latin name of the animal which is ‘Hirudo medicinalis’. The process is simple and easy. The leeches are introduced to the area that requires treatment. Once they are attached they begin feeding and engorge. Feeding may take up to an hour at which time they will release. Leech saliva contains a potent anti-coagulant which prevents clotting and allows it to feed uninterrupted. This is useful especially in limb, organ re-attachment, transplant and reconstructive surgery. During re-attachment stagnant (venous) blood pools, preventing new fresh blood from flowing in with oxygen and nutrients to feed the newly attached flesh. The leech not only feeds on this venous blood but its anti-coagulant property causes the venous blood to flow out hours after the leech has stopped feeding. The removal of venous blood stimulates fresh blood flow into the arteries which promotes better growth in transplanted limbs and organs.

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Leech therapy has a long history stretching back to ancient Egypt and India, through to Greece and the Islamic Caliphate right down to the 19th Century where usage began to wane. Back then medical theory posited that people fell ill due to having the ‘wrong’ sort of blood or an imbalance of bodily fluids and the leech was perfectly suited to correct and heal the ailment by removing the excess or ‘bad blood’. In modern times leeches are used extensively in surgery. Other than a few cases of prolonged bleeding and an allergic reaction or two there is little risk involved. Have pasty faced Edward Cullen suck me off or an ugly little leech? The leech wins every time.

Helminthic therapy (worm therapy)

Each of us is an individual cosmos – a living breathing universe with its own inhabitants. Microbes, viruses and even worms. Parasitic worms infest our innards and sometimes need to be surgically removed. A grotesque birth occurs as the intestines are opened and hundreds of slithering worms burst out. Surprisingly other than to gross people, these worms do have their benefits. Helminthic Therapy is referred to as Worm Therapy since it utilizes parasitic worms to help patients with auto immune diseases such as Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Crohn’s Disease among others. Parasitic worms are transplanted into the patient’s body. Not just

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are the author’s own. Always consult a doctor/ qualified physician/ for more information, when making any health decision or embarking on medical treatment.


any worm will do. They must be harmless to humans, don’t multiply or spread to other people and a limited lifespan are preferred. The hookworm and the whipworm are best. If the patient wishes to discontinue the treatment all they have to do is use worm medicines.

In 2009 the United States Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) reclassified the worms being sold for worm therapy as a ‘drug’. It requires FDA approval before sold legally in the United States. Today patients have to import the worms using special permits or buy outside the US.

Hygiene Theory states that when the human immune system is not exposed to parasites and bacteria, it weakens and increases the chances of the person developing auto immune diseases. Therefore parasitic worms are introduced to modulate the human immune system so it can recognize and deal with parasites and bacteria and strengthen itself. In other words ‘what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.’

Easy to remove and virtually undetectable. As for the diarrhea, it’s a risk we all take every time we patronize a dodgy ‘warung ‘anyway.

The whip worm is administered by consuming a tasteless solution containing the worms in the form of ova (invisible to the naked eye). That’s right. The person drinks a soup of worm eggs/hatchlings. These hatch and grow in the intestines. The hook worm is administered differently. They enter via bandages placed on the skin. From there they make their way inward towards the intestines. Many studies suggest that patients show an improvement in their condition. Although actual numbers are unavailable, researchers and the kin of patients have reported distinct benefits for those undergoing the treatment. Large scale clinical trials are being planned in the United States and the United Kingdom by private researchers. General side effects if any include diarrhea and fatigue. One UK researcher felt the worms nibbling on his intestines. But he had infected himself with about 50 worms. The recommended amount is between 10-25 worms

Fecal Bacteriotherapy

The second method would is even worse, for it involves pumping the poop through a tube (nasoduodenal tube) inserted into the nose straight into the gut. The first recorded modern instance occurred in 1958. There is almost no literature of it having happened in the past or considered as a treatment. Our ancestors probably couldn’t imagine pushing it back in, except perhaps as an exotic torture.

This is all about poop, logs, stools and scat. For many it’s the worst of the worst. It’s utterly disgusting and only scatophiliacs would love. Despite the near universal repugnance, human fecal matter has been found to play a stomach churning role in certain ‘specialized’ therapy.

Recently trials and field research has shown that for CDI it is an incredibly effective treatment, with ratings of 85% to 92% well above the performance of any clinical drugs in use. Some doctors advocate that fecal transplant be the first recourse in CDI treatment instead of the last resort.

Fecal Bacteriotherapy or fecal transplant is a procedure that enables human fecal matter from one person to be transplanted into another. The theory is that beneficial bacteria from a healthy human and therefore healthy fecal matter will displace harmful bacteria in the guts of the patient.

The main risk is that the fecal donor hasn’t been properly screened and their sample contains harmful bacteria or viruses which may cause worse harm. Other than that there seems very little danger reported.

It is used to treat patients with Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) an infection that is increasingly resistant to antibiotics; symptoms include diarrhea and in some cases can lead to life-threatening ailments like toxic megacolon. There are two ways of reintroducing healthy colonic bacteria into another person’s guts. The first is through a ‘fecal enema’. Fecal matter from another person (usually a relative) is donated through defecation. It is then liquefied and fed through an enema tube directly into the bowels of the patient.

Imagine a stranger pooping into your insides. Of course nothing beats pumping it through the nose. What if the tube were see-through? (Cringes)

The maggots are kept on the wound via a mesh cage or pouch with the bottom cut off, in direct contact with the injury.

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CRACKING DOWN WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT DAMAGED TEETH

“ For those already with porcelain crowns, a fracture of your crowns may also occur. Keep an eye on your crowns...”

Many people who are not aware of the consequences of repairing broken or chipped teeth, or those who are fearful of what restored teeth look like, choose simply to let their damaged teeth simply remain unrepaired. A damaged tooth can be saved and repaired to look and feel like the real thing – perhaps even better! There are several treatment options available. When a tooth gets chipped or fractured, the first consideration must be to ascertain whether the pulp, the vital living portion of the tooth, has been damaged. If one feels sensitivity, pain or discomfort, it may be due to the pulp being exposed. Ultimately, the condition of the pulp and the extent and amount of remaining tooth structure will determine the choice of treatment. Upon discovering your tooth being fractured or chipped it is recommended that you consult your dentist immediately to avoid further damage to the tooth structure which can lead to exaggerated tooth damage and complications in treatment.

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Different types of tooth fractures include the following: Minor Fractures Minor fractures, such as minor chips on the biting edges of teeth are often simple to repair. If the chipped tooth is of sufficient length, it may be cosmetically contoured (further elaborated below). In terms of treatment, it is always best to preserve the shape and health of the damaged tooth to avoid further damage. More Serious Fractures Serious fractures, often caused by an accident or the event of mishap are best treated in a timely manner. Depending on the extent of the damage, your dentist may choose to bond some teeth and crown others, especially when time is needed to determine if the nerves in the teeth can be saved.


Bonding involves the application of composite resin to the existing tooth as a conservative method of covering fractures. Crowning involves preparing, shaping and ultimately covering the repaired tooth. Porcelain Crown Fractures For those already with porcelain crowns, a fracture of your crowns may also occur. Keep an eye on your crowns to see if dark outlines appear at the gum line. Should dark outlines appear you may have a fracture of the crown or shrinkage of gum tissue. If detected early, some of the minor porcelain fractures can be treated by smoothing the chipped porcelain or bonding composite resin to the area. In more advanced fractures, the crown may have to be replaced. Vertical Root Fractures In these extreme cases, there may be no practical way to save the tooth, leaving extraction as the only answer. However, all possibilities should be considered prior to the extraction of any tooth. In the event of the need

for extraction, consider the possibility of an immediate implant replacement. Cosmetic Contouring As a Restoration Treatment Cosmetic contouring is an ideal treatment for small fractures and chips as minimal tooth reduction is involved and an anesthetic is normally not required. The rough edges are carefully smoothed out, composite resin is applied, the tooth is contoured and polished to look, feel and operate as it originally was. The cost and time involved is also at a minimum and one is left with healthy restored teeth. Making restorations last Dental restorations, like everything in life, do not last forever. Dental materials are subject to not only chipping and fracturing but everyday wear and tear. This can be exaggerated by grinding teeth, chewing ice and bones or brushing too aggressively. Even normal chewing eventually causes degradation and eventual break down.

Materials used to bond the restoration of teeth can also deteriorate when exposed to oral fluids over a long period of time. If you have dental restorations, you can minimize the risk of degradation by cutting down on food such as candies, chewing gums and other sticky refined carbohydrates. Also avoid clenching or grinding your teeth or use a custom fitted nightguard. Minimizing intake of stain causing food and drink such as coffee and tea and avoiding sweet drinks, sugar intake and smoking can also help preserve the restorations and the general well being of your teeth. Regular brushing (twice a day) and flossing of teeth (by pulling out the floss horizontally instead of vertically to preserve the restorations) to remove plaque is also essential. Regular visits to your dentist to assess and safeguard the general well being of your teeth and to check for signs of small chips and fractures is highly encouraged to avoid major tooth problems over time.

Left : Dr Janmeet Kaur Bali in action. She is the Consultant General Dentistry of the Oral Health Centre at Prince Court Medical Centre Kuala Lumpur

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TRIPPING ON WELLNESS MINES WELLNESS HOTEL WILL TAKE CARE OF YOU They say that success lies in the mind. And to that we say “Aye!” Ideally, we should maintain a well-balanced lifestyle to remain healthy and competitive. Yet to consistently exert mind over matter in the pursuit of happiness within the man-made reality that we live in today can often be an unforgiving affair. Our bodies are just not made to take the mental, physical, and emotional battering of a hardworking urbanite. A glistening treasure shining brightly amidst the drab urban expanse of modern Kuala Lumpur, Mines Wellness Hotel is a triumphant conceptual innovation in the fast developing wellness tourism industry. The Mines Wellness Hotel appeal comes not just from providing a full complement of services and amenities in the promotion of fitness and health in terms of the material body, but also in refreshing and nourishing the soul of the individual. The sprawling tropical themed resort hotel presides over a 150-acre man-made lake that is the perfect retreat from the urban ratrace. Replenish your zest for life lazing on the beach enjoying the scintillating view. Or engage water sport activities such as parasailing and even water skiing if you’re up for it. To bring forth their ideal as a wellness resort, the entire compound is not only a smoke-free

Current rack rates start from RM540++ onwards. Special room rates are currently being offered for the Wellness floor, RM280 ++ onwards (6 months validity to Sept 2012). For more information, please call: 03-8943 6688 for bookings or 019 600 1403 to speak to a Wellness consultant. Website: www.mineswellnesshotel.com.my

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environment, but also features a 22-room and one suite Wellness Floor. It is furnished with eco-friendly materials such as coconut husk beds, organic pillows and salt crystal lamps. In short, the Mines Wellness Hotel is fully committed to the lifestyle of holistic wellbeing while being at the same time in accordance with environmentally conscious practices. As far as being environmentally friendly goes, the Mines Wellness Hotel has won the prestigious Asean Green Hotel Recognition Award 2012 for the second time since the first win in 2010. Take advantage of the holistic oriented services and facilities such as Ayurveda, TCM, and Health Recuperation. But that’s not all; for fresh and healthy food is served at various outlets on site along with a host of other features that make Mines Wellness Hotel the epitome of physical and spiritual resort wellness management. On top of all that, the

Mines Wellness Hotel also offers exciting new developments in personal development, and alternative therapy and treatments. Amongst these are their wellness packages that include organic snacks, lunch, yoga or qi gong, as well as Body Detox, Slim Away, and Stress Me Free, all which are tailor-made to encourage maximum overall rejuvenation and regeneration. Of course, it’s not to say that there aren’t ways to preserve and elevate one’s wellness. In fact, numerous products and services are being offered in response to the overwhelming demand for wellness, from apparent quick fixes to long-term solutions. But for those who truly seek more than just the best treatment that money can buy, nothing quite compares to the comprehensive pampering that can be found at the Mines Wellness Hotel. All you need to do is turn up, and the good folks of the Hotel will take care of you.

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EATING YOUR WAY TO A HEALTHIER HEART HEART-HEALTHY FOOD THAT ARE LOADED WITH NUTRIENTS The single most important step you can take for heart health starts with picking out heart-healthy food items. If you’re finding ways to kick start a heart-healthy lifestyle, you have to start by watching what you eat. Everyone is looking for that one magic food, but the truth of the matter is that it doesn’t exist. You need all kinds of different nutrients that are available in various food items. From fresh produces to whole grains, beans to fatty fish – they’re all just as important as the other. These items offer all sorts of complex heart-protective nutrients. There is a lot of misinformation about what type of food are or aren’t heart-healthy, so it may surprise you to learn that you don’t need those fancy exotic fruits, imported nuts, or even pricey supplements to take care of your ticker. All you need to do is get regular exercise, quit smoking, control your stress and add some “super-food” to boost nutritional goodness while eating your way to a healthier heart. So, the next time you’re out doing grocery shopping, stock up on some of these items.

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RED RED WINE

NUTS ABOUT NUTS!

If you drink alcohol, a little red wine may be a heart-healthy choice. Resveratrol and catechins, two antioxidants in red wine, may protect artery walls. Alcohol can also boost HDL, the good cholesterol.

Walnuts contain alpha-linolenic acid or ALA, an omega-3 fatty acid similar to those found in heartsmart fish, such as salmon. Alphalinolenic acid has a number of heart-healthy effects, independent of its cholesterol-lowering effects. It has been shown in previous studies to reduce the risk of sudden death from dangerous abnormal heart rhythms. Almonds are high in monounsaturated fats, the same type of healthpromoting fats that are found in olive oil. They’re chock full of vitamin E, plant sterols, fiber, and heart-healthy fats. Almonds may help lower LDL cholesterol and reduce the risk of diabetes.

COOKING WITH FRESH HERBS

Fresh herbs provide invigorating flavor along with its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties and can help your system fight heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes. Rosemary, sage, oregano, and thyme contain antioxidants which are important in preventing many disorders of the heart and blood vessels.

LIKE A VIRGIN... However, don’t exceed one drink a day for women; one to two drinks for men – and consult your doctor first. Alcohol may cause problems for people taking aspirin and other medications. Too much alcohol can be a bad thing for the heart.

The extra virgin olive oil, made from the first press of olives is especially rich in hearthealthy antioxidants called polyphenols, as well as healthy monounsaturated fats. When olive oil replaces saturated fat (butter), it can help lower cholesterol levels. Polyphenols may protect blood vessels.

SPILL THE BEANS

Beans, lentils and other nutritious legumes are the best sources of lean vegetarian protein. Legumes are made up of high-quality carbohydrates that are rich in vitamins, minerals, and fiber. They tend to be notably high in soluble fiber, folate, magnesium, iron, and potassium. These heart-healthy nutrients help lower cholesterol, triglycerides, and blood pressure, and they can reduce your risk of coronary artery disease, diabetes, and osteoporosis. Black beans pack in a good amount of protein, soluble fiber, folate, iron, potassium, and other hearthealthy nutrients.

THE JOY OF SOY

Make soy protein the main attraction more often at dinnertime by cooking with tofu instead of red meat. You gain all the heart-healthy minerals, fiber, and polyunsaturated fats of soy – and you avoid a load of artery-clogging saturated fat.

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A top food for heart health, it’s rich in the omega-3s EPA and DHA. Omega-3s lower risk of rhythm disorders, which can lead to sudden cardiac death. Salmon also lowers blood triglycerides and reduces inflammation. The American Heart Association recommends two servings of salmon or other oily fish a week. Tuna is also a good source of heart-healthy omega-3s and it generally costs less than salmon. Albacore (white tuna) contains more omega3s than other tuna varieties. Reel in these other sources of omega-3s, too: mackerel, herring, lake trout, sardines, and anchovies.

THE WONDER BEANS

According to some studies, the isoflavones found in edamame and other soy products can help to lower the risk of heart disease and also known to lower blood cholesterol levels. When edamame is used as a protein source in place of meat, the cardiovascular benefits are further enhanced. Edamame is also a good source of folate and vitamin K which are important for heart health.

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‘EH, WHAT’S UP DOC?’

The latest research on carrots shows these sweet, crunchy veggies may help control blood sugar levels and reduce the risk of developing diabetes. They’re also a top cholesterol-fighting food, thanks to ample amounts of soluble fiber – the kind found in oats.

SWEET!

Sweet potatoes are a hearty, healthy substitute for white potatoes for people concerned about diabetes. With a low glycemic index, these spuds won’t cause a quick spike in blood sugar. Ample fiber, vitamin A, and lycopene add to their heart-healthy profile.

BARLEY BENEFITS

Try this nutty, whole grain in place of rice with dinner or simmer barley into soups and stews. The fiber in barley can help lower cholesterol levels and may lower blood glucose levels as well. Hulled or “whole grain” barley is the most nutritious. Pearl barley is quick, but much of the heart-healthy fiber has been removed.

WANNA GRAB A CUPPA?

A HEARTY BOWL OF HEALTH SHAKE IT LIKE A SALT SHAKER

This may be worth a try for people with high blood pressure. Kosher salt may give you more salty flavor with less actual salt – and less sodium – than if you sprinkled table salt on your food. The larger crystals impart more flavor than finely ground salt. You’ll still need to measure carefully; a teaspoon of Kosher salt has 1,120-2,000 mg of sodium, while the daily limit for most people is 1,500 mg. And in cooking, the taste advantage is lost.

POP IT!

Cherries are packed with anthocyanins, an antioxidant believed to help protect blood vessels. Cherries in any form provide these hearthealthy nutrients – the larger heart-shaped sweet cherries, the sour cherries used for baking, as well as dried cherries and cherry juice.

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Coffee and tea may help protect your heart by warding off type 2 diabetes. Studies show that people who drink 3-4 cups a day may cut their risk by 25% — and even decaffeinated coffee works. Caution is due; however, for those who already have diabetes or hypertension, caffeine can complicate these conditions.

Oats in all forms can help your heart by lowering LDL, the bad cholesterol. A warm bowl of oatmeal fills you up for hours, fights snack attacks, and helps keep blood sugar levels stable over time – making it useful for people with diabetes, too.

AN ORANGE A DAY…

This sweet, juicy fruit contains the cholesterol-fighting fiber pectin – as well as potassium, which helps control blood pressure. A small study shows that OJ may improve blood vessel function and modestly lower blood pressure through the antioxidant hesperidin.

YOU GO, YOGURT!

While low-fat dairy is most often touted for bone health, these foods can help control high blood pressure, too. Milk is high in calcium and potassium and yogurt has twice as much of these important minerals. To really boost the calcium and minimize the fat, choose low-fat or non-fat varieties.

Source: www.webmd.com


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Pre-Fall grew out of an Equestrian inspiration where we were instantly attracted to the rich textures of the saddle, and the bold color play of the Jockey rider, impeccably chic in red, vanilla and black. This palette is translated into a graphic mix of dot and tick prints, used singularly or in striking combinations, and juxtaposed with red or black.

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LEFT IMAGE: 20s Blouse NA Full Pleat Skirt NA Macrame Sandals RM699 RIGHT IMAGE: Deep Placket Blouse RM699 Paperbag Trouser NA Macrame Sandals RM699

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“Although these may all seem like clothes and ideas for the posh set, the brightest and most brazen shade of Clementine orange replaces Red in a series of mini dresses in georgette and wool crepe, one of them complete with peek-a-boo diamond cut out at the chest.

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LEFT IMAGE: Saddle Dress RM1099 Keyhole Flats NA RIGHT IMAGE: Grace Gown NA Macrame Sandals RM699

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The red, vanilla and black themed palette is translated into a graphic mix of dot and tick prints, used singularly or in striking combinations, and juxtaposed with red or black.

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LEFT IMAGE: Tara Maxi Dress RM1339 Double Wrapped Harness Belt RM379 Macrame Sandals RM699 RIGHT IMAGE: Capped Blouse RM499 Paperbag Trouser RM999 Macrame Sandals RM699

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The Bally Spring/Summer 2012 Men’s Collection captures the spirit of a relaxed European lifestyle reminiscent of the late 1950s, when first-class travel to chic destinations was a luxurious experience enjoyed by the most dashing of men.

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LEFT IMAGE: Mid length soft leather coat in matt nappa RM16,000 Cotton knit sweater with suede front RM3500 Classic shirt in techno cotton gabardine with chest pockets RM2000 Slim leg trousers in techno cotton gabardine RM1500 RIGHT IMAGE: Classic V neck sweater with perforated leather front RM4300 Slim leg trousers in techno cotton gabardine RM1500 Casual leather belt with square metal buckle NA

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As individual style began to find its place in the late 1950s and early 1960s, men began experimenting with different materials to express their personal flair. Inspired by archive pieces from the era, the look of Bally’s SS12 collection is light and comfortable yet handsomely well-groomed.

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LEFT IMAGE: Sartorial cotton drill blazer RM5400 Cotton knit sweater with suede front RM3500 Half-button cotton chambrey plaquet shirt with contrast pocket RM1300 Wide leg cotton drill trousers RM1700 Himbo-MD RM7200 RIGHT IMAGE: Sartorial blazer in cotton seersucker RM6500 Classic summer shirt in cotton seersucker RM1700 Slim leg leather trousers RM11,000 Hiten-LG RM5400

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From the easy going feel of the new deck shoe range, to the soft Sea Island cotton knitwear, and the carefree bags and accessories, every piece suggests an effortless summer lifestyle of languid luxury.

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LEFT IMAGE: Unlined nubuck leather blouson with ribbed collar RM12,000 Cotton poplin shirt with Swiss rose print RM1400 Classic cotton drill Shorts RM1400 RIGHT IMAGE: Look 2 – Classic V neck sweater with perforated leather front RM4300 Classic cotton drill Shorts RM1400 Jady RM1700

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BallyLove #2 Collection

One doesn’t need to be typically sartorial inclined to appreciate fashion; after all, fashion is supposed to be fun and taking it too seriously would only ruin it, wouldn’t you think? While we aren’t exactly fashion mavens here at 360 Celsius, we sure are an easily fascinated bunch where art is concerned. So imagine our delight when we first set our eyes on the BallyLove#2 capsule collection. One word came to mind: FUN. Now who would have thought such fun pieces of art could be so wearable? One Olaf Breuning clearly had a vision.

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Known for his fearless humour and strangely provocative art, New York-based artist Olaf Breuning tends to imbue his work with a playful, almost home-made appeal as if to downplay his role as a multimedia artist, and was once named the “joking sculptor” by a New York Times art critic. It’s almost as if he doesn’t want his art to be taken seriously; and that is indeed the beauty of Breuning’s work.


Inspired by vintage Bally posters, Breuning decidedly covered five models with white paint and started fitting them with wigs, shoes, gloves and handbags made of masking tape, which then he painted in vibrant Bally spring colours. The models were then placed sideby-side and photographed against a black background. This portrait essentially got the ball rolling for BallyLove #2 as the Creative Directors of Bally began partnering with Breuning to design the actual collection – result? A striking capsule collection of wearable mini works of art, featuring Bally’s iconic colours and Breuning’s trademark humorous artsy approach. Sartorially, every fun-loving piece in this collection is fresh, modern and on-trend due to its prominent colour-blocking element – we’ve checked. See how easy is that for us non-fashion victims? BallyLove #2 Collection includes women’s ballerina flats, men’s loafers, totes, handbags, a messenger bag, scarves and other accessories and is available in selected Bally flagship stores worldwide and online.

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One of the most fabulous trends of all time would be the ever sassy and fashionable beachwear trend, a trend undyingly embraced by every beach-bound stylista all around the world. No matter what your shape is, there’s always a style or two that you could transpire from the swimmingly trendy runway. For the trendconscious, indulge in wild prints or go colour-blocking by matching different colours in one get-up; fancy a vintage beach look? Why not go retro chic with a 60s-inspired high-waisted bikini. Love playing goddess? Unleash the Bond girl in you with a glamorous two-piece that shows off your figure – oh yes, the world is indeed your oyster. Check out some of our favourite pieces that we think you might like. 1. Red Stained Glass Print High-Waisted Bikini Topshop www.topshop.com | price: RM157 2. Rio Print One Piece in Blue Topshop www.topshop.com | price: RM167 3. Swimsuit with Frills and Open-Back in Turqoise H&M www.hm.com | price: RM63.90 4. Bikini with Large Silver Buckle in Blue Kyla Ruiz www.kylaruiz.com | price: RM330 5. Gold Studded Bikini in Brown Kyla Ruiz www.kylaruiz.com | price: RM330 6. Fiji Colour-Block Bandeau Bikini Top Milly www.net-a-porter.com | price: RM361

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Attention all fitness freaks – what if we were to tell you that dressing up like you’re going for a run could actually be très chic? Yup, you got it right. Now of course we don’t actually mean literally gearing up for a marathon, but rather “gearing up” in the sartorial sense – mixing and matching sporty elements into your daily outfit. Fashionistas around the world have been in a “sporty chic” frenzy ever since the trend took over the runway in recent fashion weeks; from streamlined track pants to surf-inspired skirts and high-fashion sneakers, there are in fact so many unexpected ways to incorporate athletic-influenced pieces into your repertoire. If a head-to-toe transformation of the trend seems out of your league, you’ll be glad to know there is a subtle way to sport this trend (no pun intended). Simply add an edge to your otherwise feminine dress with a pair of high-top sneakers or pick a hooded outerwear and layer it over a crop top and pencil skirt for a winning look. 1. adidas Originals by Jeremy Scott SS12 Leather Biker Jacket (X36008) Adidas www.adidas.com | price: n/a 2. Sporty Square Tee in Poppy Red Topshop www.topshop.com | price: Rm270 3. Wmns Nike Dunk High Skinny Nike Women www.zalora.com.my | price: RM329 4. Scuba Skirt in Midnight Rag & Bone www.rag-bone.com | price: RM624 5. Fine-Knit Wool Jumpsuit in Fuchsia Stella McCartney www.net-a-porter.com | price: RM3,316 6. Leather Track Pants in Mustard Isabel Marant www.net-a-porter.com | price: RM5,400

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While our stylish female counterparts are currently exploring the sporty chic trend that is hot off this season’s runway, men have been known to wear the athletic trend for the longest time. While you may not exactly be the athletic type, we bet there has been at least one occasion where you enthusiastically put on your favourite team’s jersey in the name of moral support for your home team, or simply because the jersey is indeed a good-looking piece to be worn casually. Keeping in mind that moderation is key, injecting a sporty element into your ensemble could be as easy as just throwing in a pair of sneakers or a sporty windbreaker; now of course unless you’re gearing up for a round of golf which would actually require proper attire. Regardless of occasion, we insist that you go on out and play. 1. adidas Originals by Jeremy Scott SS12 Track Jacket in Black (X29826) Adidas www.adidas.com | price: n/a 2. Silk Chiffon & Cotton-Blend Sweatpants in Gray Lanvin www.mrporter.com | price: RM1,173 3. Contrast-Collar Cotton Jersey Rugby Shirt Polo Ralph Lauren www.mrporter.com | price: RM631 4. Rosewood Marl Tip Pocket Polo Shirt in Red Topman www.topman.com | price: RM88 5. Cypher Reynolds Revolt Boardshorts Quiksilver www.quiksilver.com | price: RM211 6. Chambray Firefly Windbreaker Nike www.nike.com | price: n/a 7. Field Trainer in Textile Blue Nike www.nike.com | price: n/a Image credits: adidas, Nike, Quiksilver, Topman, Mr Porter.

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It’s that time of year again; time to get into island mode and effin’ cool off from this insane weather! While you may think you would require a little less clothing (or none) than usual for such occasion, it doesn’t mean you should be looking less than ordinary. One of the sure-fire ways to keeping your cool is by sticking to the carefree, cool surfer look that never goes out of style; a look any kook could easily nail, whether or not you’re by the beach. So here we are, whipping up a dynamic selection or six of what could be part of your cooler-than-cool attire when you’re getting your surf up this summery season. Hang loose, yo.

1. Ennis Mid-Length Two-Tone Swim Shorts Saturdays Surf NYC www.mrporter.com | price: RM293 2. Nosara Flip-Flops Lacoste www.asos.com | price:RM123 3. Surf-Print Cotton-Jersey Polo Shirt Polo Ralph Lauren www.mrporter.com | price: RM428 4. Ellipsis 21” Boardshorts Quiksilver www.quiksilver.com | price: RM188.90 5. Big Surf Print Sweatshirt in Blue Topman www.topman.com | price: RM147 6. Vibrations Mesh Rasta Tank Top from the Bob Marley x Billabong Collection Billabong www.billabong.com/asia | price: n/a

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After a scorching hot day of fun in the sun, it’s time to unwind and have a little downtime by the beach for a little dining or sight-seeing; now what could be the solution for such occasion, without having to run back to the room to change? Beach cover-ups! The perfect cover-up can double as a mini-dress, appropriate for eateries and even the beachside pubs; simply choose a colour that would match your swimsuit, or opt for floral prints – summer dress in an instant! Beach cover-ups are usually made super lightweight and are available in so many styles: go feminine with a slip maxi dress or the ever-chic kimono style, or choose a fun playsuit or go for the conventional sarong if you’re the no fuss type; you are spoilt for choice, ladies!

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1. Chiffon Beach Dress in Turquoise H&M www.hm.com | price: RM73.95 2. Oil-Patterned Chiffon Kimono in Purple H&M www.hm.com | price: RM98 3. Floral Cover Up in Turquoise Topshop www.topshop.com | price: RM128 4. Printed Cotton-Voile Sarong Emilio Pucci www.net-a-porter.com | price: RM1,243 5. Denisha Hooded Printed Jersey Playsuit Diane Von Furstenberg www.net-a-porter.com | price: RM1,175 6. Tie Dye Maxi Cover Up Topshop www.topshop.com | price: RM148

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We’re all about going sporty this season and what else could be more defining than the perfect pair of sneakers to complete the look? For those short in height (no pun intended), fret not as there are sneaker-like heels that are as fab as the conventional sneakers; different heights, same athletic vibe! Don’t be afraid to go striking with bold choices of colours, or go edgy with a pair that screams “look at me!” Time to slip into one of these fearless pairs of shoes and run the world like you mean it, ladies. 1. adidas Originals by Jeremy Scott SS12 High-Cut Sneakers (V24529) Adidas www.adidas.com | price: n/a 2. ARK Leather Wedge Ankle Trainer Boots ASOS www.asos.com | price: RM418 3. Exclusive Topstar Ox Suede Trainers in Light Green Pony www.asos.com | price: RM295 4. Patchwork Leather High-Top Sneakers Gucci www.net-a-porter.com | price: RM1,940 5. Wmns Nike Dunk Low ’08 LE Nike www.nike.com | price: n/a

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If there’s one thing we could all agree at this point, is that men’s sneakers are undeniably the single most sought after style staple in one’s wardrobe. One could never go wrong with a classic pair of sneakers; they’re simply the reliable choice when attempting a look that is stylish yet versatile. What more could you ask for when they easily go from a day at work, to a night in town? Choose one that look sharp for a more put together get-up or consider a gallant choice of colour for an unshakeable sporty vibe.

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1. adidas Originals by Jeremy Scott SS12 High-Cut Sneakers (V24530) Adidas www.adidas.com | price: n/a 2. Classic Javelin Trainers Gola www.asos.com | price: RM319 3. 576 Leather and Mesh Running Sneakers in Black New Balance www.mrporter.com | price: Rm541 4. Nike Dunk High ’08 LE Nike www.nike.com | price: n/a 5. Flecked Denim Sneakers Dolce & Gabbana www.mrporter.com | price: RM1,037

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While sunglasses are technically a must-have for functional purposes especially considering the type of climate we’re living in, most men (and women alike) are likely to rely on them for an extra boost of style in their ensembles more than anything else. More often than not, sunglasses are unsurprisingly way too easy to style; simply pick one that flatters your frame, put them on (appropriateness of occasion apply) and you’re ready to go. Stick with a classic pair of wayfarers and let them make their own statement by pairing them with slick, headto-toe black for a modern James Dean look or if you’re more of an adventurous type, go ahead with an avant-garde type which could be unexpectedly wearable after all. Just make sure to play it safe with your outfit so that the sunglasses would stand out on its own. 1. Wood Aviator Sunglasses Alexander McQueen www.asos.com | price: RM1,207 2. Clubman Sunglasses in Red Topman www.topman.com | price: RM78.90 3. Leonard Matte Tortoiseshell Acetate Sunglasses Illesteva www.mrporter.com | price: RM745 4. Uni-Lens Visor Sunglasses Marc by Marc Jacobs www.asos.com | price: RM641 5. Original Wayfarer Sunglasses Ray-Ban www.mrporter.com | price: RM859 6. Round-Frame Acetate Sunglasses Linda Farrow Luxe www.mrporter.com | price: RM1,537

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This summer, camel active brings their rugged take on outfits for men who revel in outdoor and urban challenges. This collection would not look out of place in an Indiana Jones movie. Heck, a harpoon gun, rolled up whip or even a lasso could feel at home in this picture. But, I digress. Protective, compact cotton textiles in drill, gabardine and canvas “military weaves” present a matt look with real marks of wear and tear – including dust, dirt and patched areas. Linen and linen mixtures give the textiles a light, summery feel and make them comfortable to wear, while lightweight technical cotton materials and cotton-nylon mixtures provide functional, protective outerwear qualities.

1. Big-checks short sleeve shirt. Price: RM149.90 Casual T-Shirt with seasonal print and embroidery. Price: RM89.90 2. Drawstrings canvas backpack. Price: RM260.00 3. Cargo short pants with seasoned effects. Price: RM149.90 4. High quality cow-hide leather belt. Price: RM159.00 5. Maritime inspired striped long sleeve T-shirt with sea-salt bleached effects. Price: RM199.90 6. Canvas shoes with sea-salt bleached effects. Price: RM159.90 7. Vertical zipped leather wallet. Price: RM159.00

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1. Authentically-styled field jacket with heavy washing effects. Price: RM399.00 Short sleeve checks shirt. Price: RM149.90 Casual T-shirt with seasonal full print in off-white colour. Price: RM89.90 2. High cut leather and suede shoes with sheep leather lining and insole. Price: RM339.90 3. Ruggedly-styled cargo pants. Price: RM189.90 4. Leather belt with heavy stitching effects. Price: RM159.00 5. Black leather wallet. Price: RM149.00 6. Canvas duffle bags with leather trimmings. Price: RM280.00 7. Casual T-shirt with seasonal full print in khaki colour. Price: RM89.90

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Suunto Quest is designed for people who are passionate about trainning outdoors and value advanced planning, training and analysis tools.

THE SUUNTO QUEST lets you wear your heart on your wrist - in style

The Suunto Quest is a wristop training device that offers all the essential tools for outdoor training – real-time heart rate monitoring, interval timers and a stopwatch with laps, which can be recorded by simply tapping the display. These tools are all accessed through a user-friendly, three-button interface. Suunto Quest can be paired with Suunto Foot POD Mini for running cadence as well as speed and distance info, or with Suunto Bike POD or Suunto GPS POD for accurate speed and distance measurement in a variety of sports. For running enthusiasts, Suunto Quest Running Packs are available. These packs include Suunto Quest, Suunto Dual Comfort Belt, Suunto Foot POD Mini, and Suunto Movestick Mini.

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The Suunto Quest is compatible with Movescount.com, Suunto’s online sports diary and training community where they can download personal training programs from Movescount directly to their Suunto Quest and much more. Then again, isn’t this just an awesome lie detector to strap onto that unsuspecting someone?


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Chrono Classic Discreet yet generous, this chronograph mesmerizes onlookers with the excellence of its exquisite materials and its flawless, well-balanced proportions. Stretching from one horn to the next in a dynamic curve, the case’s profile is characterized by its fluidity. Designed to ensure perfect readability, the dial is minimalistic with a black or white surface featuring a trio of precise arcs. The counters are positioned to meet the date display at 6 o’clock and two dot markers at 2 and 10 o’clock, which contrast with the dial’s Arabic numerals. The ceramic-coated bezel matches the dial, providing monochrome depth and radiance and its clear design showcases the functionality of the timepiece. A purposeful, yet highly nuanced watch, the Chrono Classic celebrates women in all their diversity. www.swissarmy.com

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URBAN ABODE

Living in the urban heart of a vibrant metropolis comfort is all about convenience and modern facilities to engender a progressive cosmopolitan lifestyle.

Modernity mixed with Swiss-Garden Residences Perfects classical styles. That is the Art of Urban Living the ambience that greets residents of the newly developed Swiss -Garden Residences. Developed with partners Superville Sdn Bhd, the Residences is a hallmark of innovative design and fine living that has characterized Swiss-Garden International Hotels, Resorts and Inns as a premier hospitality provider distinguished in both the local and international stage.

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Swimming Pool @ Swiss Garden Residences

Space is a luxury at the heart of KL, and the Residences cleverly designed each of its 478 apartment units produce optimum ergonomic dimensions and efficient space management for its occupants. From the 550sfs one bed room deluxe to the 2700sfs pent house suites, one will be thrilled by the plethora of options available to suit almost every taste and requirement. At the pinnacle of all this splendor, a breathtaking panoramic view of the city Penthouse suites awaits those who can afford it.

Upon entering, one is immediately aware of the space and calmness. High quality amenities with a touch of modern chic grace the apartments. Square simple lines for the finishing coupled with soft cream colors on the wall and floor paneling add to a sense of freedom and relaxation. The feeling of space is further enhanced with balcony lights near the ceiling which give the illusion of more expanses through more light. The comfort and sereneness of lines and space is the perfect answer to a hectic day in the heart of bustling KL.

But it’s not just the interior that reflects the Residency’s highly evolved design philosophy; the layout of the Residences is dominated by two tall towers of steel and glass. The North Tower at 33 stories and the South Tower at 37 stories are a testament to the corporate vision that underlies Swiss-Garden Residences, and a stunning and defining landmark of architectural achievement. Being at the heart of the city, convenience is key, so the ultra-modern aesthetic is

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complemented by excellent amenities and services for occupants to enjoy. These include the Infinity pool, Jacuzzi, Squash court, gymnasium and sauna, full Wi-Fi connectivity and complementary shuttle services.

Swiss-Garden Residences has it all. An ultra-modern ethos merged with traditional aesthetics complemented by state of the art facilities and amenities located in the center of vibrant cosmopolitan KL. It is a brilliantly realized vision of comfort, modern living and sophistication that dynamically pushes the boundaries in urban residency architectural design in a truly cutting edge manner. www.swissgarden.com/hotels/residences

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A REVOLUTIONARY WINE CELLAR ALV190SG2E

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THE ART OF LAZING DOING IT RIGHT WITH LA-Z-BOY RECLINERS

Everyone deserves a throne that they can relax and rule from, even if that throne is just a recliner and that which they rule is a TV remote. And since relaxation is an international past time, it would be good to note that for the millions suffering from back pain at any given time, doctors have a surprising new suggestion for relief – a recliner.

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Gibson Recliner Rocker by La-Z-Boy The dream to sleep on

They have also patented a reclining mechanism that enables up to 18 incremental tilt positions so as to fit different positions of suiting your individual comfort and convenience. Seven out of 10 primary care physicians agree that sitting in a reclined position at home can help decrease back pain. And physicians tell us this because the full body support offered in a reclining chair or sofa – from the upper back down to your legs – relaxes surrounding muscles, ultimately taking tension away from the pain-ridden area.

LA-Z-BOY’s patented three position leg rest provides a choice of locking positions to keep the back reclined. This ensures constant recline without added effort or strain on your part. They have also patented reclining mechanism that enables up to 18 incremental tilt positions so as to fit different positions of suiting your individual comfort and convenience.

With this in mind, LA-Z-BOY comes to the fore once again combining their signature style and durability with functional design and health benefits. LA-Z-BOY reclining furniture is endorsed by the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) for its back and lumbar support. The key to getting relief is all about elevating your legs. 80% of doctors prefer for patients to sit with legs elevated up high and the back either partially or fully reclined.

The padded cushion also has multiple options. Some are tastefully decorated with patterns. Or they can choose the plain leather option for those so inclined. These reclining furniture is fitted with an independent back recline feature that allows the user to recline the back of the chair with the leg rest in the closed position in order to provide even more comfort. On top of that, LA-Z-BOY has also patented a full lay out recline position

meaning the user can kick back and stretch out for full-body repose and relaxation. Of course, physical relief isn’t the only benefit that these specialized recliners can offer. In today’s hectic world of go, go, go, many people aren’t taking the time to relax, and the result is a stressed-out society. An overwhelming 94% of U.S. doctors say relaxation at home is important to relieve stress, and 96% of them agree that sitting at home in a reclined position promotes relaxation. Since these doctors advise relaxing an hour each day as a way to reduce stress, it’s time to take their advice, go sit back on a LA-Z-BOY recliner and start relaxing as part of your new way of living long and healthy. After all, it’s what the doctor ordered!

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THE ROAD NOT TAKEN

Da Vinci American Collections presents Thomasville: Reinventions

Everyone talks about how all things ‘Old Skool’ are making a comeback. Fads come and go, but there are those that live on and fit right into the most modern man-caves and queen’s chambers. Unlike the media-driven masses, there still exists a rare breed of collectors whose selfmolded opinions drive them to seek things that only have to mean something to them. And from what we have seen, it seems that Da Vinci American Collections is one of the few brands which caters to that very group of resolute folks. The classic desk and chair you see on the left is part of the Thomasville’s new collection titled “Reinventions”. Da Vinci American Collections presents these beauties from the Thomasville Furniture company that has its beginnings rooted back in Thomasville, North Carolina, at the turn of the 20th century, and has been the leading brand of American furniture for more than 100-years. “Reinventions” draws inspiration from the early-1900s industrial progress. Designs borrowed and re-purposed from the factory floors and farms are set against weathered woods with straightforward shaping. Multitasking and convertible pieces reflect the resourceful American spirit of the time and can change along with needs, tastes, and imaginations. For those who appreciate the authentic, do explore this road not taken.

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DRAWING THE MODERN CURTAIN ALUMIX DOES IT RIGHT

Curtains do not always have to make a room look melancholic or like the inside of your grandfather’s time capsule. No. The eyes are the windows to the soul. And windows are the eyes into the soul of your home, your inner world. So it’s best to veil your private world in a way that not only complements your lifestyle, but encourages positivity and productivity. To that end Allumix provides modernized high quality sheers, curtains and blinds in appealing colours and design to suit any residence or taste. They have graced the windows of private residences, commercial businesses and even swanky hotels. Their sheers and curtains are sewn from imported fabrics that are tailor-made to your specifications. They also come in attractive patterns that range from classical style filigree designs of flowers and arabesque to modern, ultra-hip horizontal bands and tones. But what really makes it so special is the motorised blind systems that are easily integrated into smart home automation systems with no rewiring required. The motor mechanism can support up to 2800mm in width to fit any window. One can conveniently operate the motorised blinds from their mobile devices, adjusting height and lighting when required. This would technically save you energy and time, plus you’d even be able to do it from abroad with the correct home automation system. How’s that for modern living?

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Renowned Italian brand Baxter got their very own in-house designer ‘Draga’ to create special ‘destroyed’ pieces for a special section. The set in the image features a proportionally unique lamp which proves that lamps can and should come in much larger sizes. It also showcases their custom made table which can be personalized with the client’s own words should they opt to do so, hence each table is guaranteed to be unique. The collection gets quirkier, and is a true temptation to the curious.

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even comes fully equipped with a miniature carbon fibre steering wheel complete with the exact buttons and knobs from the real thing. Speaking of supercars, they have the Ferraris of televisions on display, and those boys and girls, are the gorgeous televisions by Metz. These can bring movies to life in ways that cannot be found in the mainstream televisions, yet these ultraexclusive masterpieces are just the tip of the iceberg of a full host of products that

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A TOUCH OF CONVENIENCE Living Smart with NOXEL

There I was at home, helping the kids with their homework when suddenly the doorbell rang. Thoughts of homework were all but forgotten as the kids started jumping in excitement as my older brother came through the door all packed and ready. He was joining us here in Rome for our return flight to Kuala Lumpur after a wonderful two week family odyssey through Italy. The kids had a wonderful time; my wife put her new camera through the ringer, taking so many snapshots and video files of the most memorable moments for keepsake as well as to show to friends back home. Before leaving our hotel for Rome International Airport, I had some time to play around with my tablet. I realized that the day of our arrival was going to coincide with a massive heat wave. That isn’t the homecoming I wanted for myself or my tired family so I switched the NOXEL AUTOMATION application to see what could be done about it! It’s so easy and convenient. With the NOXEL Automation home application, I can simply adjust the air-conditioner to maintain the Turbo Cool status for three hours before our arrival home. I also did a check of the security cameras to make sure everything was secure, even though having the NOXEL AUTOMATION Smart Guard feature made it redundant since it would automatically warn me if there had been something wrong. All this from thousands of miles and another continent away! My obsession with all things NOXEL AUTOMATION is the butt of family jokes and ribbing. But it’s truly astonishing that I can keep an eye out on the backyard through installed IP cameras with just a tablet. Imagine the comfort and convenience of knowing you could be anywhere in the world yet upkeep of your beautiful flowers and garden is still within reach of a press of a button. Just as I was about to run through the irrigation system and scheduling of NOXEL AUTOMATION Gardener, my three year old boy excitedly yelled “cabbie, cabbie!” telling me our transport from the hotel to the airport had arrived. “No worries. I can check everything on the way back!” I smiled to myself. My beautiful wife and cherubic children all smiled knowingly. They could read me like a book.

The next day, on the way back from KLIA heading home, I had extra time to check up on my emails and the temperature of the house. Noting how chilly the house was now, I quickly set the AC settings to normal before I have to fork out a fortune in paying the electricity bill. We finally arrived. There’s no place like home! As I helped the driver carry our luggage into the house, my wife used her smart phone to disarm the NOXEL AUTOMATION Smart Guard by changing the home preset from ‘Bon Voyage’ to ‘Home Sweet Home’. The security system was switched off, the entry lights turned on and the curtains were pulled back just the way she liked it. As I entered the hall ‘Pachelbel’s Canon’ greeted us, being played from my classical music collection. A welcome fit for the King and Queen of the house and our family. I looked at my wife and she said, “East and West, Home is the best!” and I agreed. Max and the kids are now busy checking out the video and snapshots of our trip. My wife and I join him and we remember the amazing family experience we had together. She uploads all the files of the trip NOXEL AUTOMATION Central media Control, System so that the journey can be relived and enhanced on high definition wide screens wherever we wish in the house, from the kitchen to the living room. It was getting late and as the kids happily yet exhaustedly trotted upstairs for bed, Max, my wife, and I watched quietly in contemplation as the deepening darkness was illuminated by brilliant illumination provided by our NOXEL AUTOMATION Natural Light Control System. The night sky hung brightly with stars above, my brother by my side sipping a drink, my beloved wife on my arms, and from within floated some easy listening tunes of my jazz collection. “How wonderful life is, when you’re in the world”. Thank you NOXEL, for being a part of my family.

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1.The FITBIT ARIA Wi-Fi SMART SCALE isn’t your ordinary bathroom scale. This high performance scale doesn’t just track the kilos you’ve put on but it also records your body fat and body mass index and it automatically uploads these findings through your Wi-Fi network to your Fitbit account to set weight goals, track your progress, as well as gain that extra drive by earning badges through Fitbit’s online and app tools. 2. The NIKE+FUELBAND is the inspiring athletes or the wannabe’s, anyone can now track every single move they make (or don’t make) throughout the day—from using the stairs to sitting at a desk. The innovative wristband features a built-in three-axis accelerometer that measures your motion and translates it into NikeFuel. The then band syncs it with the Nike+ website through a free iPhone app to record activity each day and track progress. 3. NEST LEARNING THERMOSTAT learns about you and your home to automatically adjust the temperature when you’re away, guide you to energy-efficient temperatures when you’re home and free you from programming hassles by creating a personal temperature schedule. With heating and cooling accounting for approximately 50 percent of the average household energy bill, Nest makes quite a difference by helping reduce energy consumption. 4. The LG FOLLOW ME VACUUM is vacuum cleaner that automatically trails the owner’s footsteps while vacuuming. It features technology that will constantly maintain a distance of 3.3ft between the main body and the user, allowing for an effortless, smooth vacuuming movement. The KOMPRESOR® technology enables stronger and longer lasting suction power. Reduced dust clouds when emptying the dustbin for enhanced hygiene and easier dust disposal.

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THE VESPA STILL BUZZES AFTER 65-YEARS HOW THE LITTLE WASP CAME FROM A HUMBLE SCOOTER TO AN INTERNATIONAL POP ICON

They say Rome wasn’t built in a day. It probably took a bit less for the humble little Vespa to become the pride of Italy, and a cultural automotive icon the world over.

Italian Football, Sophia Loren, Dolce Vita, Milan fashion houses, paparazzi, pizza and pasta, tomatoes with everything, spaghetti westerns and schlock 60-70’s era splatter fest films, Italy has given so much in terms of pop culture, enriching the lives of people the world over. But few contributions stand out as the Vespa, the Little Wasp that Could. Originally it began as a new source of revenue for the Italian company Piaggio, which before the Second World War had established themselves as manufacturers of aircraft and aeronautical parts. During the war the plants were a target of Allied bombings and were also mined by the retreating German forces to prevent them from falling into enemy hands. Enrico Piaggio set about reassembling the plant and rebuilding the company. This time he decided to venture forth into the light mobility industry. It was a decision based on his observance of the conditions in Italy at the time. He realized that in the chaos left after the war, heavier and costlier vehicles like cars and trucks were becoming less common. Not to mention the condition of the roads were spotty at best and cratered by bomb blasts at worst, but people still needed to go about their daily lives. There was a need for cheap, easy to use, mass produced mobile vehicles. It was an untapped market. In other words, two wheelers such as motorcycles. Enrico along with collaborator Corradino D’Ascanio an aeronautical engineer and inventor, set about their task. The first attempt was a small motor scooter based on motorcycles for parachutists but both Enrico and Corradino did not like the look. Corradino revamped it by designing a vehicle with a stress-bearing body and a direct mesh. This covered up the drive chain and made it look cleaner. He placed the gear

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lever on the handlebar making it easier to ride. Instead of the fork for the wheels, he designed an aircraft carriage style supporting arm, to enable ease in wheel changing. When Enrico saw the first prototype the MP 6 he cried, “Sembra una vespa! (It looks like Wasp!)” And so the Vespa was born. It was unveiled to the public in 1946 at the Milan Fair. Initially the Vespa was met with skepticism and curiosity by experts and the public at large. The first fifty sold relatively slowly but sales soon picked up as customers were offered installment payment plans. Piaggio would sell 2484 units in 1946. The number would later increase to 10,535 the following year and by 1948, 19,822 Vespas came off the production line and were snapped up by avid consumers. The increasing trend in sales continued and by 1950 the first German licensees began production which led to 60,000 new Vespas tearing the roads. Three years later the figure would rise to 171,200. By November 1953 the 500,000th unit left the production line and in June of 1956, the one millionth Vespa was produced.


While there are many variations of the origial Vespa, the iconic scooter is also a very personal and highly customizable fashion statement.

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Performance wise the Vespa has had an illustrious career. At the 1951 ‘International 6 Days’ in Varese the Vespa won 9 gold medals and was the top-rated out of all the Italian motorcycles present. Also in the same year it took part in an expedition to the Congo. Pierre Delliere, a Sergeant in the French Air Force, travelled from Paris to Saigon in 51 days on a Vespa, through Afghanistan. Carlos Velez an Argentinian rode a Vespa from Buenos Aires to Santiago del Chile, traversing the mighty Andes in the process. Another enthusiast, Roberto Patrignani rode his Vespa from Milan, Italy all the way to Tokyo, Japan. In 1980 two Vespa PX 200s were ridden by M.Simonot and B. Tcherniawsky to reach the finish line of the second Paris to Dakar Rally. A truly remarkable series of achievements for a vehicle that had originally been designed to deal with urban transportation on city roads. Even till today it still travels far. Giorgio Bettinelli travelled on a Vespa from Rome in 1992 to reach Saigon in March of 1993. He then rode his Vespa 36,000km from Alaska to Tierra Del Fuego in 1994-1995. In 1997 he would begin a globe spanning journey from Chile to Tasmania. In three years he would ride a distance of 150,000km across the Americas, into Siberia, then Europe, Asia, and finally Africa. The Vespa’s place in pop culture history was first established in the ‘Roman Holiday’ a 1952 film starring Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck in which the Vespa plays a prominent role as the main vehicle the two lovers rode as they went sightseeing through the streets of Rome. The film almost singlehandedly introduced the world to the Vespa. It also had roles in films such as ‘Quadrophenia’, ‘American Graffiti’ by George Lucas starring a very young Harrison Ford and was also ridden in ‘The Talented Mr Ripley’. In 1956 it was reported that John Wayne often rode the Vespa to get from one set location to another. Other celebrities of film and entertainment that have owned or ridden Vespas include legends such as Henry Fonda, Gary Cooper, Charlton Heston, Raquel Welch, Ursula Andress, Jayne Mansfield along with current stars like Matt Damon, Gerard Depardieu, Jude Law and even Eddie Murphy and Owen Wilson.

Since it’s appeared in 1946, the Vespa has become a perennial symbol of Italian youth culture.

In the United Kingdom it become a symbol of the 50s – 60s Mod-punk culture as the mods differentiated themselves from the leather wearing big bike culture prevalent at the time. In Italy and elsewhere the Vespa came to represent a sense of liberation, being carefree but with a dash of style. The young and trendy all rode Vespas on the streets of Rome and Milan. It became synonymous with the Italian youth scene. Although rarely encountered on the roads here the Vespa is well known in Malaysia due to local exposure to films and other entertainment and brand influences. Malaysian motor and auto enthusiasts are fanboys and girls of the Vespa and avid collectors. Recently a gathering had been held in October of 2011 at Tasik Titiwangsa, celebrating the Vespa. The 1Malaysia Vespa Jamboree was attended by over one thousand Vespa owners (affectionately known as ‘Vesparians’) from all over the country. Both young and old fans of this timeless scooter mingled and had fun while admiring the classic and newer models as they shone brightly in the sun. Representing freedom, leisure, style and comfort; the Vespa’s appeal cuts not only across borders but also eras. The humble Vespa may not have the grandeur of the Roman pillars or the Coliseum, yet it will endure just as well. A timeless yet functional artifact of Italian pop culture, style and ideal.

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When riding in the rain, it would be safe to assume that any painted lines and manhole covers are hazardous. Smooth concrete pavements like those that greet you upon entering car parks should also addressed with cautious speed as a wet entry could floor you in a second.

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SPRINGING INTO NATURAL THERAPY SOAK UP THE natural GOODNESS Since the ancient times, the Greeks first took a dip in these precious gifts that the earth gave to us. In the centuries since, cultures all over the globe turned to natural, mineralrich waters to treat a wide array of concerns, from the medical (sinus issues, muscle and joint pain) to cosmetic (skin clarity, psoriasis). Hot springs generally come from deep below the surface of the earth and when they emerge they bring along a high concentration and great variety of minerals that are mostly foreign to the human body and benefit our general health. Specific properties of hot springs vary depending on chemical composition, mineral concentration and water temperature.

Air Panas Ulu Legong (Ulu Legong Hot Springs), Kedah Located at the southern part of Kedah is a popular spot for those who want to enjoy the hot mineral waters. Just a mere 22km from Baling, Air Panas Ulu Legong is a perfect spot to go for a dip when the temperature decreases at night.

Mineral-rich and naturally heated, these hot springs are also known to increase metabolism, accelerate healing, soothe muscles, improve blood circulation, and detoxify the body’s lymphatic system. Soaking in the hot springs allows minerals to pass through your skin and be absorbed and utilized by body cells. This can fight the effects and symptoms of fatigue, insomnia, edema, poor micro-circulation, repressed immune system, and even arthritis.

Apart from those seeking relaxation, people with ailments and skin problems go there to seek therapeutic treatment by immersing themselves in the five hot spring pools which has high sulphur content with water temperature at between 30oC and 60oC.

So, why not step away from the hustle and bustle of the city life and just relax and let go of everything beyond the simple pleasures of the moment. Whether you’re a practicing balneologist (one who seeks the healing properties of natural hot springs) or just an occasional dipper, here are some spots where you can soak up the goodness of the earth’s rich minerals in Malaysia.

Ulu Legong Hot Springs, Kedah

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Sungai Klah Hot Spring Park, Sungkai, Perak

Air Hangat Village, Pulau Langkawi

Air Hangat Village, Pulau Langkawi Formerly known as Telaga Air Hangat (Hot Springs Well), the Air Hangat Village is a modern complex located about 14km northwest of the town of Kuah. This complex features an impressive three-tier fountain and an 18m-high carved riverstone mural, which depicts the well-known legend of the earth-shattering battle between Mat Cincang and Mat Raya – a tale based on the feud between two families. As with so many places on Langkawi, the springs are associated with this intriguing legend. At the Air Hangat Village, visitors can also witness day-long outdoor entertainment programs featuring Malaysian/ ASEAN cultural dances and traditional sports and games, live displays of Malaysian/ASEAN customs, Malay folk and classical dances, alongside other traditional Malay art and craft activities such as batik-painting and the game of Congkak. Sungai Klah Hot Springs Park (Sungkai), Perak Sungai Klah Hot Springs is nestled in the serene and lush forest patches, surrounded by hills and clear cold mountain streams and rivers. All 6.5 hectares enjoy the scenic view of well-tended oil palm plantation and durian orchard amidst a haven of tranquility. Its unique concept of a specially designed free flowing Hot Springs Swimming Pool and Therapeutic Park at the foothill of the Titiwangsa Range 200 feet above sea level is indeed creatively engineered to attract visitors who appreciate the wonders of

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nature. Families visiting the park can try out the family baths and enjoy the privacy of this special treat. Another popular family activity not to miss out on is the hot springs eggboiling experience. For visitors who are keen to experience the local Malay massage, the park offers one of the finest traditional massage packages to benefit from. For more adventure, visitors can take on the challenge of the Sungkai River or work off the calories trekking in and around the park as you immerse yourself in the natural wonders that surround the location. Gadek Hot Springs, Melaka Just about five minutes drive from Alor Gajah town lies one of Melaka’s many tourist attractions. Known as the Gadek Hot Springs, this hot spring spews steam and warms up its surroundings on cold mornings. Believed to possess medicinal properties, the hot waters of these living wells are slightly sulphuric in smell. Whether you are a casual tourist intending to enjoy a warm shower, or a wannabe scientist probing the wonders of subterranean activity, it’s a nice place to sit back and relax after you’re done experiencing the historical side of Melaka.


Pedas Hot Springs, Negeri Sembilan This hot spot is quite different from the others. There’s the hot spring of course, and there’s even an entire water park as well. The Wet World Hot Spring Pedas is located 15km from Seremban town, along the old trunk road headed to Tampin. The hot spring in Pedas is believed to have been discovered by locals while grazing their cattle, when the hot water of the spring caused their cattle to scuttle away in fright. The Japanese army were also said to have camped here during their raid of Malaya and they used the hot water to treat their injured comrades. However, far from the view that the Japanese were met with back then, this area is now a fun-filled and well equipped recreational water park.

Gadek Hot Springs, Melaka

Pedas Hot Springs, Negeri Sembilan

There are two types of hot spring pools to choose from – the public hot water pool or the private ones. At about 27°C - 34°C, the naturally hot water contain minerals that is said to have healing properties – it is said to provide relief for arthritis, joint pains, body aches and a variety of skin ailments. So for those with skin irritations do not miss out on the chance to have your own dermal hydrotherapy, particularly in the hot spring footbath pool.

Tambun Hot Springs, Perak

Tambun Hot Springs, Perak Chill out and take a warm dip in the Tambun Hot Springs located at the Lost World of Tambun. The hot spring water is 100% natural and fresh with the water flowing through the pool continuously from the main source via an underground pipeline. The water is then channeled to the nearby Kopisan River. Bubbling at an average temperature between 40oC to 50oC, the four pools are heavenly to dip your feet and even your whole body in. Rich in minerals such as sodium, potassium, magnesium and sulphur, the water is believed to be good for foot and skin problems, arthritis and the nervous system. It’s just the perfect way to relax and unwind before you head off for more action ahead at the Lost World of Tambun. Poring Hot Springs, Sabah Within the Kinabalu National Park, some 43km from the park headquarters and 19km north of Ranau lays the Poring Hot Springs. If you arrive here directly after climbing Mt Kinabalu, you can use your national-park entry ticket to gain admission to Poring (and vice versa). Steaming, sulphurous water is directed into pools and tubs in which visitors relax their weary muscles after hiking Mt Kinabalu. Available are the outdoor tubs which are free and the indoor ones that come with a meager charge. Located on the Park’s boundary at the edge of the Mamut River, Poring Hot Spring & Nature Reserve offers chalets and hostels, a butterfly centre, an orchid conservation centre, a five acre tropical garden with an animal rehabilitation farm, picnic areas, hot pools and a canopy walkway overlooking the forest. Another highlight of this area are the Rafflesia flowers, the world’s largest flower that sometimes bloom in the vicinity of the hot springs.

Poring Hot Springs, Sabah

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ROOFTOP RELISH T@ste6 TAKES GASTRONOMY TO THE SKIES It’s all about style, concept, atmosphere, and a trendy location for T@ste6, the new culinary hotspot that promises a merger of form, functionality, and contemporary art along with the simple pleasures of eating out. “As food & beverage is one of the key components in the hospitality industry, it is imperative that we stay relevant with the emerging dining trends. Dining out has also evolved from a mere appreciation of food to the appreciation of design element, theme, ambience as well as location,” says Swiss-Garden International’s Group General Manager, Central Region, Mr.Rayan Komatt. Strategically nestled in ultra-modern Swiss-Garden Residences in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, T@ste6 was designed to incorporate the contemporary with the stylish. Emphasizing spaciousness and relaxation to give the overall feel of freedom, convenience and the best of modern living. Aesthetically T@ste6 was conceptualized to provide the full ambit of the dining experience. Therefore its layout includes both an interior and exterior to maximize atmosphere and choice. A sense of space is created through the use of stark lines on the décor, and furniture. Gray and white pavement stones are set into the interior floor in wide bands. Square shaped chairs are rimmed dark wood in hue with soft lime green cushions. Furthermore the interior is divided into three main areas, each catering to a particular kind of culinary experience. The first two areas share the same motif in furniture and decor, but separated somewhat in that one section is clearly meant for the more casual patron with the tables uncovered and situated in front of the visually arresting open kitchen. Patrons can hold birthday parties and other social gatherings.

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A touch of refinement graces the second section which is more suited to quiet family dining, with tables arranged to accommodate more than four people and shrouded with tablecloth. It can easily accommodate wedding celebrations, corporate events and company dinners. The third section however is more reserved. A private dining room with a single grand table and complemented by a sleek shiny wine rack with rare yet affordable vintages. Moving outside, the restaurants is transformed into a ‘garden’ theme. Light toned rattan chairs and sofas with cream hued cushions in curved design accentuate the relaxed outdoor ambience. T@ste6 is the perfect setting for a host of elegant and distinguished events such as a private conference or banquet. The food is all about engaging the senses while giving old flavors a new twist. Its fusion of conventional cooking upgraded and modified with innovative ideas, is prepared with meticulous detail and quality by a youthful vibrant team headed by Chef Zairol. Be prepared to have your taste buds salivate, and your nose twitch, as the aromas filter through unleashing your gastronomic lust even as your eyes drown in the visual smorgasbord that will be laid out before appreciative diners. Among the many delights that await hungry patrons is the T@ste6 Ultimate Burger where a massive homemade beef patty is served between two buns and fries. It’s always a winner that can fill up any appetite. Then there’s the Chargrilled Skirt Steak with chili

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salsa to put a little extra spice in your stride. The Oven Roasted Duck Breast is enhanced with a serving of beetroot mash and balsamic reduction beer. Not to be missed is perennial favorite battered Fish & Chips with straw chips. Of course that includes pizza, here in the form of a unique interpretation of this popular classic dish simply named the Pear, Walnut & Rocket Pizza only here at T@ste6. For those with a sweet tooth you are welcome to the wonderful assortment of homemade sorbets and deserts lovingly prepared by Chef Zairol and his team. A suitable accompaniment to an already impressive meal. The management of Swiss-Garden Residences can pat themselves on the back. T@ste6 is truly a synergistic triumph of bold style, visionary concept, appealing ambience and sought after location that is more than capable of catering to the dining needs of visitors and residents alike. For a one-of-a-kind tantalizing gourmet experience, T@ste6 is the right place. T@ste6 opens daily from 12pm to 12am. Be the first to taste it today with an exclusive weekend BBQ Buffet with a BUY 1 FREE 1 deal. T@ste6 brings you great food, great ambience, great value and one great experience. The world of gastronomic bonanza at Swiss-Garden Hotel & Residences. For further information, please call 03-2141 3333 ext 1189 or log on to www.swissgarden.com or email us at fbexec_sghkl@swissgarden.com


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Amongst the luckydraw prizes and other goodies from our generous sponsors that were given out that night were an exquisite iPad cover by Bally, a Night Vision Monocle by Schmidt Marketing (Malaysia), an Automatic Peephole Viewer by Klasiq, food vouchers by House, beer by Luen Heng and liquor by Johnnie Walker.

360CELSIUS YEAR #2 PARTY @ URBANO E FRESCO

Last March, we threw a massive party at Urbano e Fresco @ Publika in celebration of our first year anniversary as well as our entrance into our second year in publishing. The turnout was almost double the amount that our humble expectations ever imagined, and for that we are ever grateful. Upon entering the venue, guests were invited to have their pictures professionally taken and processed on the spot, all thanks to Schmidt Marketing (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd. Guests were also treated to a unique experience with Klasiq’s Automatic Peephole Viewer display booth. With ‘Creativity’ being the main underlying theme of event, artistic expression was one of the attractions that night. The event saw talented artists Adeputra Masri and Donald Abraham collaborate live on a piece of art which was completed at the end of the party. Guests also got to join in the artistic fun thanks to the good folks at The Studio @ KL who set up all the tools, paint, and canvases for guests to Art Jam for free. Further entertainment for the night was provided by Mad Sally and the Aswara Percussion Ensemble (A.P.E.) who all played their hearts out to the crowd’s delight. We here at 360celsius would like to thank everyone who attended the celebration and everyone else who gave us their support, for it is because of you that we are growing stronger than ever as we plough through Year #2! To be in the loop with our current and upcoming line-ups of awesome events and exciting goodies, hit the “Like” button on our Facebook page at : www.facebook.com/360Celsius

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The day’s events included a ‘Pai Da Qi Gong,’ demonstration, a Sh’Bam dance show and an exclusive tour of the brand new Wellness Floor located on the 4th floor of the Hotel.

MINES WELLNESS HOTEL INVESTS RM1.3 MILLION, FOCUSES ON WELLNESS RESORT POSITIONING @ Mines Wellness Hotel On 22 April 2012 Country Heights Holding Berhad unveiled the Mines Wellness Hotel a new concept in resort hotel accommodation catering to the wellness conscious crowd. YB Dato’ Sri Dr. Ng Yen Yen’s representative, Y.Bhg. Dr. Junaida Lee Abdullah Ministry of Tourism’s Deputy Secretary General helped launch the opening with Tan Sri Lee Kim Yew, Founder and Deputy Chairman of Country Heights Holdings Berhad, Dianna Lee, Group Chief Executive Officer of Country Heights Holdings Berhad and Dr Henry Woo, President of the American Academy of Naturopathic Medicine at Seri Kembangan. The launch gambit was built by the employees of the Mines Wellness Hotel, as a unique bicycle-powered mechanism, which lifted the Mines Wellness Hotel’s new logo from the water feature in the Lobby symbolizing the rebirth of the Hotel into an environmentally conscious wellness getaway.

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The event was graced by invited media and loyal supporters of emma lizs boutique salon who were treated to a fabulous and enriching session with Teresa and Pauline both highly experienced women and experts in their respective fields.

WOMEN OF POWER AND PASSION – TIME OUT WITH ALICE, TERESA AND PAULINE BY EMME LIZS @ Gardens Hotel and Residences

It’s all about strengthening one’s inner beauty and fulfilling one’s true potential at Time out with Alice, Teresa and Pauline, the workshop event held by emma lizs for card members of the emma lizs Women of Power and Passion customer loyalty programme. Held on 21st April 2012 at the Gardens Hotel and Residences (Mid Valley City), the highly interactive workshop was hosted by Alice Teoh founder and owner of emma lizs who was looked radiant and glamorous all in white. Teresa Dian Chew is a Certified Image Consultant. Her extensive experience globe-trotting around the world provided a wealth of experience that she shared with the audience in how to be a successful person. Pauline Low, has been a professional belly dancer for the past 7 years and led the audience on a mass dance session. Participants were thrilled to learn that not only can you achieve a great figure with belly dancing but importantly, you can have so much of fun doing it. As a grand finale, emma lizs gave away exclusive enliven skincare hampers each worth more than RM1,000 in a lucky draw.

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The attending celebrities that night included the likes of popular figures as Aishah Sinclair, Carmen Soo, Hannah Lo, Sazzy Falak, Ms Malaysia 2012 Kimberley Ann Estrop-Legget, and TV personality Azura Zainal. Also gracing the event was the Managing Director of Charles & Keith International, Mr Fong Shee Beng.

CHARLES & KEITH SUMMER 2012 COLLECTION LAUNCH COCKTAIL EVENT

@ Suria KLCC, KUALA LUMPUR On 20th April 2012, Charles and Keith the leading fashion-forward footwear and accessories brand, kick-started its Summer 2012 Collection at Suria KLCC. A sensational celeb-studded event as stars and personalities from the world of media and entertainment gathered to celebrate the launch. The theme was minimalist elegance. Cocktail tables decked in orange with yellow orchids and live gold fishes completing the visual effect. Guests mingled with celebs and stars, and served a dazzling array of canapĂŠs and drinks while interviews and shoots were conducted by local TV stations highlighting the event. Popular emcee Adrian Seet introduced the Collection which was presented on the catwalk by ten professional models drawing applause from guests and onlookers. At the finale the Director of Valiram Group Mr Sharan Valiram and Mr Fong Shee Beng were invited on stage for group photo sessions with models and celebrities. Violinist Dennis Lau also graced the audience with a virtuoso performance that left everyone breathless.

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Since Onitsuka Tiger began back in 1949, it has not only produced Olympic gold winning sports shoes, but had become an iconic, global ‘sports-fashion’ brand with a unique Japanese sports heritage. Sneakers that were once known for their sporting performance have now been reissued for fashion that represents the forward looking face of modern, metropolitan Japan.

The Opening of the First Onitsuka Tiger Flagship Store in Malaysia

@ Pavilion, Kuala Lumpur Onitsuka Tiger, the much anticipated lifestyle sneakers brand debuts on our shores with the opening of its first flagship store on the 5th floor of Pavilion, Kuala Lumpur. The store encapsulates the Onitsuka principle, combining heritage and a modern classic aesthetic to portray a minimalistic concept that imbues the store and shelf space with visual appeal enhancing the impact of product and collection display. The wide-ranging collection includes some of the latest in SS2012 footwear, apparel and accessories among them the best-selling Mexico 66, Runspark and California 78 models. It is a must-see for fashionistas and Onitsuka Tiger aficionados. During the opening guests and visitors were treated to a footwear fashion show as models paraded through the store, with brand sneakers proudly on display.

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Celebrity guests and socialites included Amber Chia, Andrea Fonseka, current Miss Malaysia Universe Kimberley Legget, Juanita Ramayah, Gabriella Robinson, Boon LuXanne, Maggie Loo and scores more.

33 YEARS & BEYOND BY A CUT ABOVE @ Mid Valley Mega Mall

On 18 April A Cut Above celebrated 33 years of excellence in hair salon with “33 Years & Beyond” a showcase of their skills in a fashionable Vogue Chic party at the Mid Valley fashion week. The show was presented in three segments from the Glamour of the 20’s to the 40’s, edgy runway trends of today with a twist, to an astounding Avant-garde collection. Wednesday’s showcase presented works by the creative team consisting of Joe T’ng, Faevien Yee and even Winnie Loo. Senior creative director Faevien Yee presented the collection “Miraculous”. The event was hosted by emcee extraordinaire Angel Wong Chui Ling and featured super model Amber Chia and her Academy trained models strutting their stuff on the runway along with Miss Chloe Chen, Miss Malaysia World. Special mention goes to STYLO International for sponsoring the winners and finalists of the FORD Models Supermodel of the World competition and the Mercedes-Benz STYLO Model of the Year Search competition.

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Among the style icons and celebrities attending were Henry Golding, Frederick Lee, Debbie Goh, Leah Lo, OnFM DJ Max, OnFM DJ Nicholas, Henley Hii, Amber Chia, Chris Tong, Cheryl Lee, MayJune, Emmeline Ng, Tracy Cheong, Tsun G, Singer Danny to name a few.

OPTICAL 88* SPECTACULAR SHOW SENSATIONAL SHADES OF GLAMOUR

@ Mid Valley Mega Mall Recently, Optical 88* held its first Spectacular show hosted by iconic fashion model and international star from Thailand, Sonia Couling at the annual Mid Valley Mega Mall Fashion Week 2012. The Optical 88* Spectacular Show was developed in collaboration with renowned Fashion Show Producer - Mr. Daniel Boey and is a creative multi-faceted presentation where basic eyewear like shades and glasses sync simultaneously and seamlessly with the coolest fashion. On display are over 60 different eye wear brands and styles among them FENDI, PRADA, GUCCI, BVLGARI, Tom Ford, Roberto Cavalli, Hugo Boss, Porsche Design, Oakley, Tag Heuer and optical brands Silhouette and Rayban.

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Guests had the opportunity to witness beautiful displays of traditional skill as a true culinary candy master demonstrated the craft of candy painting for the delighted audience.

ROLEX BOUTIQUE BY SWISS WATCH GALLERY IN-STORE COCKTAIL EXCLUSIVELY FOR UOB BANK CREDIT CARDHOLDERS

@ Pavilion, Kuala Lumpur Rolex by Swiss Watch Gallery in partnership with UOB bank held an exclusive cocktail event for patrons and guests their boutique located in Pavillion, Kuala Lumpur. It was a truly memorable night as eminent jazz vocalist Janice Yap entranced a gathering of approximately 200 guests. Also in conjunction with Mother’s Day, professional therapists and makeup artists from Estee Lauder were on the scene to provide pampering and beauty sessions for invited guests. Guests using UOB credit cards were also provided a tailor-made12 month or 18 month 0% free instalment plan by Swiss Watch Gallery at no additional cost. At 1,754 square feet, Rolex Boutique by Swiss Watch Gallery is the largest Rolex and Tudor store in Southeast Asia, housing the most comprehensive collection of Rolex and Tudor timepieces. Customised and renovated according to Rolex’s global blueprint for its retail premises, its design and furnishings reflect Rolex’s commitment to modern luxury without forsaking tradition.

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Index JUNE / JULY 2012 A Cut Above http://www.acutabove.com.my/

Illesteva http://www.illesteva.com

Adidas http://www.adidas.com.my/

Interfal Comfort No. 158, Jalan Maarof, Bukit Bandaraya, 59100 Kuala Lumpur

Asics /Onitsuka Tiger 5.01.08, Level 5, Pavilion, 168 Jalan Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur Malaysia www.onitsukatiger.com/en-hk Alexander Mcqueen http://www.m-c-q.com/ Alumix Structural System 38A-2, Jalan PJU 5/8, Dataran Sunway, Kota Damansara http://www.zhaplin.com/

Isabel Marant http://www.isabelmarant.tm.fr/ Kitch M-1-6, Plaza Damas, Jalan Sri Hartmas 1, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia http://www.kitch.com.my/ Klasiqtronic www.klasiq.com

Asos http://www.asos.com/

Kyla Ruiz http://kylaruiz.com/

Aswara http://www.aswara.edu.my

Lacoste http://www.lacoste.com/

Bally 2.37.00 & 2.73.00, Pavilion 168 Jalan Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur Malaysia http://www.bally.com

Lanvin http://www.lanvin.com

Billabong (Pavilion) http://www.billabong.com/asia/ Camel Active Camel Active Store Lot 5.23, Level 5, Pavilion, No 168, Jalan Bukit Bintang, 55100, KL http://www.camelactive.de/ Charles and Keith http://www.charleskeith.com/CK/home Core Design Gallery http://www.coredesigngallery.com/ Da Vinci No.1017, Jalan Sultan Ismail, 50250, Kuala Lumpur http://www.davinciasia.com/ Diane Von Furstenberg http://www.dvf.com/ Dolce & Gabbana http://www.dolcegabbana.com/ Emilio Pucci http://www.emiliopucci.com Emma Lizs No. 133, Jln SS 17/1A, 47500 Subang Jaya http://emmalizs.com/ Fit Bit Aria http://www.fitbit.com/ Gola http://www.gola.co.uk/ Gucci http://www.gucci.com H&M http://www.hm.com

LG www.lg.com/my Linda Farrow Luxe http://www.lindafarrow.co.uk/ Linds Furniture http://www.lindsfurniture.com/ Luen Heng http://www.luenheng.com/ Marc Jacobs http://www.marcjacobs.com/ Milly (Aseana) http://www.millyny.com Mines Wellness Hotel Jalan Dulang, Mines Wellness City, 43300 Seri Kembangan, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia http://www.mineswellnesshotel.com.my/

Pacific Regency Hotel Suites KH Tower, Jalan Punchak, Off Jalan P.Ramlee. 50250 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. http://www.pacific-regency.com/ Polo Ralph Lauren http://stores.ralphlauren.com Pony http://www.pony.com/ Prince Court Medical Centre 39 Jalan Kia Peng, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia http://www.princecourt.com/ Quiksilver http://www.quiksilver.com.my/ Rag & Bone http://www.rag-bone.com/ Ray-ban http://www.ray-ban.com/international Raoul www.raoul.com Rolex http://www.rolex.com/ Stella Mc Cartney http://www.stellamccartney.com Saturday Surf NYC http://www.saturdaysnyc.com/ Schmidt Marketing Lot G-11 Ground Floor Avenue K, 156, Jalan Ampang, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia www.schmidtmarketing.com Swiss Garden Hotel & Residences 117, Jalan Pudu, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. www.swissgarden.com Swiss Gold www.swissiig.com

Molecule Lot 6.49.02, Level 6, Pavilion 168, Jalan Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia http://www.moleculeliving.com/

Suunto http://www.adtime.com.my

New Balance http://www.newbalance.com/

Tumi http://www.tumi.com/

Nest http://www.nest.com/

Urbano E Fresco http://www.urbanoefresco.com/

Nike www.nike.com

Victorinox Swiss Army http://www.fjbenjamin.com

Noxel Solutions http://www.noxel.com/

Xtra Furniture The Gardens Mall http://www.xtrafurniture.com

Optical 88 http://www.optical88.com

Zalora www.zalora.com.my

Topshop/Topman www.topshop.com

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