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BEST WESTERN PREMIER Dua Sentral, 6th Floor, 8 Jalan Tun Sambanthan 50470 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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Six months have flown pass since our first revamp, but then again, who cares? As far as the world is concerned, the words ‘Party’ and ‘Fashion’ have already far outlived their verbal shelf lives. The endless stream of shameless “In Your Face” advertising that we have been screen-fed throughout the past two decades of our internet-connected lives has carved a shortcut right through our uninspired neural patterns to preserve stimulating activity for more important things. But I digress. Here at 360 Celsius, we are constantly striving to reinvent ourselves to bring you only the freshest and most inspiring material that our resources allow us to. So in the six months since we revamped the magazine, the 360celsius family has grown to have a fully operational TV channel called 360 Celsius TV, our very own poolside lounge at Best Western Premier called 360 Celsius Fashion Lounge, a new and improved events division, and more than 50,000 fans on our Facebook page!

Our theme this month is “Lifestyle Redefined” in celebration of those who dare to do things differently. So we took a daring turn to dangle our magazine in front of critics by putting Leng Yein in an elegant Farah Khan gown on our front cover. We say this with the utmost respect for the successful entrepreneur she is. We’ve also included a feature on renowned international film photographer Paul Gadd, upcoming most sought-after artist Ali Nurazmal, and another eye-opening photo essay by Pein Lee. There is so much to uncover this month so I’ll leave you to the rest of it. Last but not least, on behalf of the 360 Celsius family, I would like to wish all our Muslim friends and family out there “Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri” and “Maaf Zahir dan Batin”. Thank you and see you at our next 360 Celsius Fashion Lounge event!

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Managerial Group 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 Marketing and Communication Manager Mahzad M Business Development Associate Soodeh Amirbakthiary Circulation Octavia Hardy Editorial Managing Editor Kenneth Lim Editor Kogi Vijay Writer Kieran David Jumawan Azral Abdull Hanan Fashion Consultant Niloofar Faghihi Creative Art Director Zhafry D’Haji Hasan Senior Designer Mim Abdullah Graphic Designer Iverson Leong

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Editor’s Note .....................................................................6 Roundtable ......................................................................10 Bulletin ............................................................................18 Soundscape Johnnie Walker Wicked Mixmasters Unite An Exclusive Interview With The Party-Starters At Johnnie Walker’s Black Circuit Lounge ......24 Radio DJ Beyond The Voice Meet FlyFM’s Most Fashionable DJ ..............28 Album Review .....................................................................31

Creative film photography Film Philosophy Paul Gadd Describes The Beauty Of Film Photography .................32 Alcohol art All Bottled Up Johnnie Walker Goes To The Bar, Sets It Higher ............................................38 artist The Advent Of Ali-ism Uncovering A Gleaming Gem In The Local Contemporary Art Scene ...............40

Scripts & Stories Books review ......................................................................37

Aura footwear Shoe Away Back Pain Healthy Footwear For Healthy Posture ..........62 Clothes & More Maketh The Man Grooming For Men ..................................66

Style Look The Man Bag ............................................86 Men’s Boots ..........................................87 Quilted Handbags ....................................88 Boots ........................................................89

Styleshoot Poetic Rebellion DKNY Fall 2012 ............................................72 Rocking It Paul Smith Autumn/Winter 2012 ...................78

Style TrenDspotting Leather Up .............................................90 Funky Fruitilicious .................................92 Cut-Outs .................................................93 Tailored Shorts .......................................97

Interview These Shoes Are Made For Walking, Further Interview With Shoe Designer, Kheng Yu .........84

Tips Don’t Muck Up The Make Up Make Up Dos and Don’ts .........................94




Innotech Gadgets

It’s Time For Nixie Yesterday’s Tubes Tell Today’s Time Renowned ..................................114 Gadgets Tech Me Home Redefining The Modern Household ..........116

Mobilize Alfa Romeo Perfection In Motion Alfa Romeo Embodies Over A Century’s Worth Of Automative Excellence ..............118 Photo Essay Pit Days Experience The Off-Track Drama ........122

Post Events Watch Women’s Tag Heuer Aquaracer Quartz A Swiss Classic That Never Gets Old ...........96 Citizen Men’s Eco-Drive Perpetual Chronograph Watch A Touch Of Class, Vintage Style ...................98

Space Properties Home Away Your Slice Of Paradise At Belleza .............102 The List The Space Specialists The Alumix Wardrobe System Wastes No Space .....................................106 Tropez Triumph Turning Furniture Design Indoors-Out .......108

360 Celsius Fashion Lounge @ Best Western Premier, Dua Sentral ...................................... ...138 The Grand Launching Of Sneidero @ Jalan Maarof, Bangsar ..........................................................139 Island Shop Boutique Launch @ Bangsar Shopping Centre ......................................................140 Celebrating The Original: Hennessy X.O Appreciation Grows Event 2012 @ The Equatorial Hotel Kuala Lumpur ..........................................141 We Make Bluutiful Women @ 1 Utama .............................................................................142 360 Celsius Splash Burlesque Sunday @ The Pool ............................................................................143



Personalities Leng Yein Business As Usual How Leng Yein Built A Brand Around Her Name .................................46 The film director To Be Wa.Re About The Latest And Greatest Video by Henry Ooi ................................52

Delectables Restaurant Review Lounging To Be Home Experience The 360 Celsius Fashion Lounge .................................132


ON THE COVER For this issue, we shot well-known model and entrepreneur Leng Yein in glamorous outfits by Farah Khan. Widely known for her daring style and sex appeal, Leng Yein impressed us with her versatility by strutting it like it was her own skin. Special thanks to our good friends Henry Ooi, M Academy, and of course, Farah Khan for making it all possible.


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“Transformasi Berjaya, Rakyat Sejahtera” (Successful Transformation, Prosperous People)


TWO Most of us seem to overlook the date 16September, but if you didn’t know already, 16 September 1963 marks the linking of Malaya, Sarawak, North Borneo, and originally, Singapore to form our pride and joy, Malaysia, thus the name Malaysia day. Although Singapore separated from the original formation, North Borneo however, was renamed to a name familiar to our ears, which is Sabah. Beginning September 2010, 16 September was declared a public holiday. Today, celebrations are held all around Malaysia in remembrance of this historical moment.



ONE As Kakiseni’s first take on promoting arts to people, Philippe Gaulier, Professor in theatre pedagogy, will be coming down to KL, and he is here to inspire. Known for his work with notable talents Emma Thompson, Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen, you are sure to be under the wings of an experienced senior in the field. Known for his unique approach called “Le Jeu”, participants will go through a five hour class through the course of five days at KLPac to discover the “Le Jeu”. A rare chance and opportunity to learn from Master Gaulier. Slots are highly limited. Call 011-14362480 for reservations, or log on to for more info.


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Johnnie Walker Black Circuit Lounge VIP Race Party



Landing at the beautiful island of Penang, Johnnie Walker’s Black Circuit Lounge is back, and this time, with a British edge to it. Featuring two-time Formula 1 world champion, Mika Hakkinen as their VIP guest, this is one party to not be missed. THREE

Date: Saturday, 4 August 2012 For more Information, please visit:

Superstars of Magic 2, directed by David Lai (Malaysia)


Prepare to be blown away as Genting’s International Showroom will play host for eight of the World’s Best Magicians for a few shows throughout 18 August 2012 till 9 September 2012. Featuring “The World’s Greatest Escape Artist” Dean Gunnarson, all the way to the “World’s Youngest Manipulation Artists”, Sos and Tigran Junior, this show redefines the meaning of “Magic”. five

Date: 18 August 2012 – 9 September 2012 Time: 9pm Ticket: RM250, RM130, RM90, RM60 Venue: Genting International Showroom, Genting Highlands, Pahang, Malaysia

four The Fine Selection of Authentic Kampung-style Food


four Experience “Kampung Style” themed delicacies with Chef Saiful of the Abdul and Charlie’s restaurant at the Mines Wellness Hotel as he brings you an exclusive experience of traditional Malaysian food and desserts. Prepare to “berbuka puasa” with more than a hundred different varieties of scrumptious nourishments. Just don’t forget to leave some for us. The Abdul and Charlie’s Kampung Style Buka Puasa is priced at RM80++ for adults and RM45++ for children aged 5 to 11 years of age. We also have a special room rate of RM180++ at Mines Wellness Hotel for those who buy of Ramadan buffet. For more information, please contact +603-8943 6688 ext 1122 or visit



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seven The Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra pays homage to local talents Alleycats, Jay Jay of Carefree and Fredo of Flybaits, in this one night only event. The concert features none other than Alleycats, Jay Jay and Fredo themselves under instructor, Dato’ Ramli MS. This is a high profile concert brought to you by great local talents is the must-go concert.

Date: Saturday, 1 September 2012 Time: 8.30pm Ticket: RM300, RM220, RM160, RM100 Venue: Dewan Philharmonik Pertonas, KLCC

LEGOLAND MALAYSIA Bringing you Asia’s first one-of-a-kind theme park, Legoland Malaysia is set to open its Lego brick gates really soon. Playing a major role in everyone’s childhood, Lego has set a trademark all over the world with its Legoland theme parks and in celebration of the launch of Malaysia’s first Legoland on the 15th of September in Johor, you are sure to have your kids begging you for a road trip. For more information, log on to eight


SIX Feeling adventurous? The Coalition Duchenne group, a worldwide organization with the quest to raise global awareness about Duchenne, will be running its second annual Expedition Mt. Kinabalu on Saturday, 25 August 2012 alongside an international team of 60 other climbers, and under the leadership of Duchenne founder Catherine Jayasuriya. Climbers, it’s time to take on the Everest of Malaysia. For more information, please contact Catherine Jayasuriya at +6088219468 or log on to


Date: Saturday, 15 September 2012 onwards . Time: 10am – 6pm weekdays, 10am – 8pm weekends, closed on Wednesdays Tickets: Adults – RM140, Children – RM 110 Venue: Legoland Malaysia, Nusajaya, Johor



nine If laughter is your remedy and music is your life, then head on over to Genting’s Arena of Stars to catch the 3 Hard Tenors live. Back by popular demand, the Taiwanese trio consisting of Jacky Wu, Kang Kang and Jason Xiao Zhong are back to deliver minute after minute of laughter in a form of a musical. Based on the original 3 tenors consisting of Placido Domingo, Jose Carrerras and Luciano Pavarotti, prepare to erupt in laughter.

Date: 28 September 2012 Time: 9pm Ticket:RM503, RM403, RM323, RM253, RM183 and RM133 Venue: Arena of Stars, Genting Highlands, Pahang

Maroon 5 “Overexposed Tour 2012” Live In Malaysia


MAROON 5 “OVEREXPOSED TOUR 2012” LIVE IN MALAYSIA ten Got the “Moves Like Jagger”? Maroon 5 will be in town once again and are scheduled to play on the 20th September 2012. They’re not coming alone though. Special guest The Cab!, an American alternative rock band hailing from Las Vegas, Nevada, will be rocking out alongside Maroon 5 in a one night only performance. Additional info, log on to Date: Thursday, 20 September 2012 Time: 9pm Ticket: RM488, RM358, RM298, RM198 Venue: Shah Alam, Selangor



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A lot of us remember the original Total Recall from 1990 to be the one with the three-boobed chick, and Arnold, of course. It had amazing special effects for the time, so it’s no surprise that we’re looking at a modern take on the iconic film. Welcome to Rekall, the company that can turn your dreams into real memories. For a factory worker named Douglas Quaid, even though he’s got a beautiful wife who he loves, the mind-trip sounds like the perfect vacation from his frustrating life - real memories of life as a super-spy might be just what he needs. But when the procedure goes horribly wrong, Quaid becomes a hunted man. The line between fantasy and reality gets blurred and the fate of his world hangs in the balance as Quaid discovers his true identity, his true love, and his true fate. Now, who says memories are priceless? Answer the question and complete the slogan below to stand a chance to win exclusive prizes! In Total Recall, what is the name of the company that sells implanted memory for a virtual experience? A] Umbrella Corporation B] Rekall Corporation C] The Union D] Recall Corporation Complete the slogan below in no more than 20 words: If 360 Celsius was a corporation that could implant an artificial memory in my mind, I would want to be …



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This contest is only open to Malaysian citizens and permanent residents aged 18 and above. The closing date for entries is Sunday, 19 August 2012. All winners will be notified by telephone by Friday, 24 August 2012 unless stated otherwise. Winners will be selected on their correct answer and most creative slogan. Prizes not collected by Friday, 31 August 2012 will be forfeited. Prizes are not exchangeable with cash. The promoter (360 Celsius) reserves the right to substitute the prize with another of the same value should the prize for some reason become unavailable. The judge’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entertained. Employees of 360 Celsius, their sponsors and their advertising agencies are not eligible to participate.

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WICKED MIXMASTERS UNITE An Exclusive Interview with THE party-starters at johnnie walker®’s black circuit lounge

They’ve got wicked smooth turntable techniques, they’re in demand and they’ll soon be slammin’ their tunes at Johnnie Walker®’s Black Circuit Lounge. Find out more as the DJs spill the beans on their life, their career and the excitement for this upcoming spectacular event!

/// Greetings DJ Benji Boko! Can you tell us a little bit about yourself as a DJ and the story behind your success?

Honestly, I’m not there just yet! I’m on my way and it’s been a pretty mad journey – couldn’t do anything else though. This is the only thing I love doing and want to do for the rest of my life. I got into it by listening to soundtracks on early 90s graffiti videos, then watching the DMC competitions and it all snowballed from there!

What do you strive to achieve when performing? How do you ‘keep it real’? I improvise! I DJ but I use technology to allow me to mess around and re-invent live. It’s always different, as well as being current.

What do you do when you are not performing?

Make music and at other times, I cook, drink coffee, travel, philosophise, conspire, aspire, inspire. You know, the regular guy stuff.

What would you consider your greatest achievement?

Getting my first album out there and really being able to sustain myself on the thing I love doing the most.

What was the inspiration behind your style of music? Are there any idols involved in that line of inspiration?

DJ Benji Boko


‘Fo sho!’ Fatboy Slim, DJ Yoda, A-Trak, Prodigy, Basement Jaxx. The list goes on and on, all the way to stuff like Moby. I like a lot of music. It’s not just music that inspires me. Films are also pretty good ammo for me.

Now it’s time to blow your own bagpipe. Can you tell us why you’re worth keeping our ears peeled for?

I wish I had a great answer here. Hopefully I can look back on this question in a few years and give you a better response! Just come and see me live and hopefully, you’ll dig it!

What can the folks who will be at the Johnnie Walker® Black Circuit Lounge expect from your set on party night? Hip-hop, dubstep, breaks, drum and bass – it’s heavy party music but no chart crap. I like to do things a little different so put on your sneakers and just get crazy!

We heard that you performed in front of a massive crowd of nearly 17,000 people in the 02 Arena in London! Seriously, what did that feel like?

Mental! So mental that I fell asleep after my performance! So much energy was used up in such a short span of time. It was easily the most incredible feeling of the last couple of years! You got to try it!

How does it feel to be associated with the world’s number one Scotch Whisky; Johnnie Walker® and their Formula 1™ platform of “Step Inside the Circuit”?

Well, considering it as one of my favourite whiskies, I’m pretty happy! Let’s just hope that there’s more than enough to go around for the entire night!

/// Greetings DJ RAYRAY! DJ RayRay

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself as a DJ and the story behind your success?

I hope my show can make the crowd feel what I feel. I don’t just play all the Top 40 stuff. My music is atmospheric.

I started listening to hip-hop music when I was 15. I got interested in DJing after watching many hip-hop music videos but the main reason I wanted to be a DJ is because I love music. I like to share the music I love with my friends. I saw DJ Kentaro’s performance online one day. His scratching skills impressed me and made me want to get better. I learned to master every skill. I cherished every opportunity in my DJ career. I am very lucky to meet many people who taught me a lot about DJing skills, such as Taiwan’s DMC Champion DJ Afro and DJ Mr. Gin. They are my greatest teachers.

What do you strive to achieve when performing? How do you ‘keep it real’?

Because of technology, most DJs have started to use computers while performing – it includes me as well. But I think what sets my shows apart is my taste in music. I like to collect CDs and Vinyls, and I sometimes use them as samples and add them to my performance. Moreover, I think a good show must be creative. I am not only a music player but also a performer. I control the entire club’s atmosphere, so every detail to me is important.

What do you know about the Malaysian party-goers so far? What are you expecting to experience once you get here? I’ve been to Malaysia before. Malaysians have good taste in music and are also very vocal. If the DJ is good, they give you their feedback. I am looking forward to have a great connection with the Malaysian people once again.

What can your fans expect from you in the near future? I’m going to release a House mixtape which includes one song that I sang and two songs that I produced. I think it will be awesome.

How does it feel to be associated with the world’s number one Scotch Whisky; Johnnie Walker® and their Formula 1™ platform of “Step Inside the Circuit”? This is a tremendous opportunity to further my music career. Johnnie Walker® is an internationally renowned brand. It’ll be great for my portfolio – the recognition would do me good. It’s definitely a pleasure to work with Johnnie Walker®.

/// Greetings DJane GERI! Can you tell us a little bit about yourself as a DJ and the story behind your success?

I have been immersed in music for a very long time, from my early days as a classically trained pianist and violinist and now relayed to the decks. I am a self-taught DJ so my style and technique are entirely unique. During the last quarter of the year 2010, I was invited to a few nightspots in Kuala Lumpur. Recognising the massive opportunity there, I decided to be based in KL and managed to get weekly residencies with a few clubs. In Year 2011, I gained considerable attention from organizers locally and internationally and was chosen to perform around the nation and also overseas – Cambodia, Singapore & Maldives. I was also nominated for Best Female DJ 2012 at the Choon’s Awards.

What do you know about the Malaysian party-goers so far? What are you expecting to experience once you get here? Malaysians are still shy so I won’t expect them to go really wild till late in the night.

What was the inspiration behind your style of music? Are there any idols involved in that line of inspiration?

I would have to say it comes when I’m listening to podcasts of other DJs. There are a lot of good DJs and producers from different genres out there that I get my inspiration from, and it would be a really long list if I had to name them.

What can the folks who will be at the Johnnie Walker® Black Circuit Lounge expect from your set on party night?

Selections from my set will range from sexy house grooves to fists-pumping-in-the-air anthems.

How does it feel to be associated with the world’s number one Scotch Whisky; Johnnie Walker® and their Formula 1™ platform of “Step Inside the Circuit”?

Awesome! I’m humbled to be associated with such a recognized and much loved brand around the globe. And now to get to spin in one, I swear it’s going to be awesome! DJane Geri


soundscapejohnnie.walker.BCL /// Greetings DJ DIRECT! Can you tell us a little bit about yourself as a DJ and the story behind your success?

Some people would describe me as fun and charismatic. I am also highly business minded. Coming from the city of Philadelphia, as a battle DJ, the turntables were part of my every day surroundings. Philly gave me the confidence to take Las Vegas by storm.

What was your wildest moments as a DJ? Meeting Michael Jackson while I was playing his song Billie Jean. He walked up to me and asked me to scratch. He liked that I was already scratching to his music and it caught his attention.

What was the inspiration behind your style of music?

DJ Jazzy Jeff is my biggest inspiration and idol. Till this very day, he is a student to the art that he helped create, and that in itself is motivating.

What do you strive to achieve when you are performing?

When performing, my goal is not to sound the same as other DJs but to keep the crowd interested no matter what direction I go. I started out as a battle DJ so I also like to splash a quick battle routine on my DJ set.

What would you consider your greatest achievement?

My greatest achievement would be my Music Director position that I hold at the #1 after hours in the country, Drais Las Vegas. I’m the leader of the VIP room and also voted Best DJ there.


I believe I have a unique style that keeps parties exciting and fresh. People are attracted to my persona which helps me connect with them on the dance floor.

How does it feel to be associated with the world’s number one Scotch Whisky; Johnnie walker® and their Formula 1 platform “Step Inside the Circuit”?

Being a whisky drinker, Johnnie Walker® has always been my drink of choice. I’m both humbled and honoured to be part of such a respected brand.

DJ Direct


INTO OVERDRIVE WITH A LINE-UP OF A LISTERS AND A BRITISH STYLE VIP RACE PARTY IN PENANG Motorsports is as much about the lounge parties as it is about the actual sport. Come August 4, the highly anticipated JOHNNIE WALKER® Black Circuit Lounge – Great Britain VIP race party shifts into overdrive to present the ultimate line up of Formula 1™ trackside experiences – with a British touch to it. To further commemorate Penang’s rich historical heritage with the British, this event is to be held at the Penang Turf Club which was built by the British in 1864. This year, JOHNNIE WALKER® has upped the ante as Johnnie Walker Global Responsible Drinking Ambassador, Mika Häkkinen will be making his appearance. The Flying Finn will be flown in to Penang to attend this exclusive bash to deliver the Never Drink and Drive message through JOHNNIE WALKER®’s primary Responsible Drinking social initiative worldwide known as Join The Pact. The award-winning World’s No.1 Scotch whisky and global partner of the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes™ Formula 1™ team


since 2005 will also be celebrating their “home” race in Silverstone, Great Britain while commemorating Penang’s rich historical heritage with the British. The VIP race party will feature a number of British-skewed highlights, from headline British DJ Benji Boko who will be keeping the dance floor packed with a British-inspired set list, to iconic and instantly recognisable British decor and even teainspired cocktails to debut at the returning Black Flavour Lab mixology bar. In addition, JOHNNIE WALKER® Black Circuit Lounge VIP will also feature three other renowned DJs from different corners of the world –DJ Direct from the USA, RayRay from Taiwan and home-grown Malaysian spin artist DJane Geri. And just like any of JOHNNIE WALKER®’s initiatives, this event once again promises to electrify! So if you’re looking for the perfect excuse to party, just head on to https://www., click ‘Like’ and enter the contest to get your hands on those money-can’t-buy VIP passes.

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BEYOND THE VOICE Meet Fly fm’s Most Fashionable DJ Fly FM’s DJ Zher Peen is known for much more than her voice. The genial 26-year old is not just brains, beauty, and style; she also possesses a radiating presence. This combination has placed her high up on the list of some of the most influential and addictive personalities in the local entertainment industry. But what keeps her looking so good while she’s at it? Someone had some explaining to do…


“Bathrobes at dinner while on holidays, humongous ribbons and tiny dresses for award show work, plain old pyjamas to the studio… I can be quite a fashion disaster” What inspired your passion for fashion?

Fashion and music to me are two branches on the same tree, so growing up and being mesmerized by strong personalities like Gwen Stefani, Bob Dylan, The Spice Girls, The Libertines, The Beatles and many more inspired my own search for the ever elusive personal style.

How would you describe your fashion sense?

Comfortable, playful and sometimes confusing.

To what extent do you believe that people should dress their age and size?

My philosophy is: if one is still able to rock skinny jeans, heavy jewellery and eyeliner even at the age of 64 like Steven Tyler, then by all means. Beth Ditto (vocalist of indie rock band Gossip), Johnny Depp, Kate Moss, Audrey Hepburn, Coco Chanel and other fashion icons all have it—unwavering style; they know their look, what works and they stick to it. Bizarre or otherwise, once found, intrinsic and uncompromising style I believe, will look good at any age and size.

Give us examples of your boldest outfits ever worn?

Bathrobes at dinner while on holidays, humongous ribbons and tiny dresses for award show work, plain old pyjamas to the studio… I can be quite a fashion disaster (laughs)

What are your fashion pet peeves? Turtlenecks, rubber clogs and bad perfume/ cologne.

Now that radio DJ’s play a more visual role than the traditional voice, what image do you hope to portray to your audience?

When I get dressed, I go by “I wear what I like and like what I wear,” which carries through to my fashion on-air as well. I don’t know how the audience interprets my style but I just have fun with it and hope for girls to see me and realise that you don’t have to have the perfect face, body or be someone you’re not.

What made you agree to become a brand ambassador for Onitsuka Tiger?

I have always loved the marriage of rich heritage and fresh relevance in Onitsuka’s designs and I feel a brand like this is

important now more than ever, as a large part of this generation’s fashionistas have an insatiable hunger for authenticity and the vintage. When they approached me to be a part of the family, I was honoured!

Which are your main objectives as brand ambassador and how do you achieve them?

My main objective is for as many people to see how great the shoes are and for everyone to experience their own! I wear them all the time.

What do you love most about Onitsuka Tiger? Which is your favourite pair?

What I love most is the quiet elegance of the designs; very zen and calm. They do not necessarily pop out to “slap” you visually, yet they are subtly captivating enough to make you look twice. My favourite pair is the Mexico mid-boots in black. It comes with a fringe at the back with gold detailing; it’s breathtaking.

What shoes are you wearing right now?

I practically live in my Onitsuka Tiger Mexico mid-runners.

What do you love and dislike most about being a radio DJ?

I love making people’s day either by the songs we play or giving them prizes, making them laugh and having the option of wearing pyjamas to work but hate not being able to eat in the studio, not even a sandwich; but the rule’s probably there for safety reasons anyway.

What led you to a career in radio?

I met my old college mate, friend and now colleague Prem again when we got the 8TV Quickie gig, which we’re still doing. He is on Fly FM’s Pagi Rock Crew (6-10am) now but back then his slot was in the evenings, called the Rush Hour. So he invited me on as a guest one day and I fell in love with the whole process, the creative control, dynamics and not long after, his radio partner left and I auditioned for the job.

What’s a typical DJ-ing day like at Fly FM? What do you do on the job when you’re not on-air?

I’m typically rushing scripts, shooting videos for FLY30 on, brainstorming, recording, interviewing artistes or generally lurking around the office like a creep and annoying my boss and colleagues to have coffee with me.

Describe one of your most embarrassing moments while on the air.

I remember interviewing a spokesperson for breast cancer awareness and wanted to say at some point that “prevention is the best cure” but ended up fumbling and said “prevention is the breast cure…”

What song would you never ever play on your show? That Crazy Frog tune, no way.

Who would be a dream guest to have on your show? The Kills

What has been the most interesting/creepy/funny call-in you’ve ever gotten?

I received a bouquet of flowers once, along with a book titled “Last Day of My Life” which was quite scary because it came across like a cryptic “your days are numbered” message to me.

Since you have the best of both worlds, which do you prefer – being on radio or TV? Why?

Radio and TV are like milk and cereal, sugar and coffee, sambal and petai—they go hand in hand for me and can’t imagine one without the other, both being very similar in vein but vastly different in practice. I like radio for certain reasons like the challenge of painting a picture in our listener’s minds in 30-seconds but I love TV for its visual aspect, the space to say more than what we can verbalize. When I’m on TV I’m pulsing to get back on radio the next day and vice versa and my work on both ends inspire the result of each other, so being a “media amphibian” in this sense is thoroughly rewarding in a lot of ways.



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Hosted by well-known radio host, emcee, and personality, Lexie Rodriguez, the show will embody a light-hearted, tongue in cheek vibe. 360 Celsius Buzz will be released online at 4pm every Wednesday and Friday and can be found at the 360 Celsius Facebook page and 360 Celsius TV Facebook page, YouTube, MSN Video Malaysia and on the 360 Celsius website. There are also a few dedicated segments such as the 360 Inside that takes a sneak peek on the exciting events, behind the scenes and red carpet interviews that have been happening in KL each week; 360 In Or Out which showcase the ever changing fashion trends; 360 Experience that offers you with a galore of interesting


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Biso Benar #six - by Go Gerila

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This year marks the 20th anniversary of the passing of the late legendary singer, Datuk Sudirman Haji Arshad, a man who holds a special place in the hearts of many Malaysians. It’s only apt that his legacy is being honoured and commemorated with Aku Sudirman: Suatu Interpretasi, a compilation bursting evergreen tunes by the legend himself such as Salam Terakhir, Toyol and more; but what makes this album all the more special is that the compiled tracks are clever reinterpretations by some of the nation’s greatest artists of today, namely Altimet, Hujan, Saleem and many more, hence the album title. There is truly is no better way to introduce the icon to the younger generation than this. Great effort.

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oceania artistsmashing pumpkins Oceania is truly a return-to-form record for the Smashing Pumpkins despite being somewhat underwhelming on first listen; but that’s only because the album is meant to be listened to in sequence – like a concept album, claimed by none other than the frontman, Billy Corgan himself. Evidently made for the die-hard fans of the band, the album gives them exactly what they’ve been expecting – Corgan’s magic touch, something many feared he had lost. It sounds modern and relevant yet retains the classic Smashing Pumkins emotional feel. The production is delightfully superb, which provides tremendous depth to the album. What a comeback.

The Idler Wheel is Wiser than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do artistFiona apple It’s been seven years since her last album, and I say with zero hesitation that Fiona Apple is back in her fullest glory with this album. The Idler Wheel… is such a wonderfully made masterpiece of a record that would compel you with its riveting songwriting and deep lyrics, all the while seamlessly exhibited through an impressively raw production that still manages to get so much emotions across – if seven years were what it took to make this happen then so be it. Welcome back, Ms. Apple.

The Bravest Man in the Universe artistBobby Womack While The Bravest Man in the Universe may not be quite a masterpiece, it is without a question a bold achievement by the legendary Bobby Womack, considering that the album is one he could only have made in this darkest point of his life (he has been fighting cancer during the making of the album and was recently declared cancer-free, thankfully), adding up to his strongest work since the early ‘80s. Passionate and wise, overall this is a deeply satisfying record worth dwelling in.


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FILM PHILOSOPHY PAUL GADD DESCRIBES THE BEAUTY OF FILM PHOTOGRAPHY Digital photography may have become the modern way of life, but for those who know and understand the true capabilities of film photography the dark room is still home sweet home. Renowned international photographer Paul Gadd has an impressive international photography portfolio under his belt. And while a lot of his work involves digital photography, Paul is an outstanding film photographer who still passionately keeps the art alive. To find out more, we visited him at his Malaysian base called the The Print Room where he teaches and promotes film photography. What does photography mean to you? Photography is what I do best, it’s what I enjoy doing.

What do you strive to achieve with your photographs? Is there a style that you are particularly good at or well-known for?

I don’t think I am well known for anything apart from being an outspoken grumpy b******, but if I really have to say something, I guess my portraits, I always shoot wide. The space is as much a part of a portrait as the person, I hate close up shots of faces, they are too easy.

What got you hooked to photography?

Well, my grandfather was a photography freak who would shoot hundreds of thousands of flowers on Kodachrome, so maybe that was a reason I initially got interested? It definitely wasn’t the flowers though. Then later on at art school when I was majoring in sculpture, I turned to photography to record my works. Actually, obstructions would be a better name for them. They were so big, always in the way. So at the eleventh hour I changed from sculpture to photography.

When and why did you realize that you preferred film photography over digital? Since actually bothering to study photography as an art and not as a users manual.

Generally what type of equipment do you use?

Nikon for 35mm, prime lens, (never zoom, that’s for people who can’t be bothered to go close to their subjects), and Mamiya Rz67.

How practical and affordable can film photography be as compared to digital photography?

It’s actually very affordable, you can pick up second hand Nikon and prime lens in good condition for around RM1k - this with the occasional service will easily outlast you. Film and processing is relatively cheap, although you can’t get a decent lab to process slide film in KL anymore, and I mean decent! Then going onto digital. You’re looking from a range of a few thousand Ringgit to over 100K depending on the quality. Each camera will need updated software and in some cases a new laptop to support the software. Then as you shoot digital, any photography skills you once had when you shot film are now non-existent as your brain doesn’t need to function. You will be shooting thousands of under or overexposed poorly composed images which will need unlimited hard drives and DVDs in which the life span of these are uncertain, so you need to buy a backups just in case, and a protection surge plug just in-case a bolt of lightning zaps your house. On top of that, a digital cameras life span is approximately 2-years, which means reading through this whole paragraph again.

Can you elaborate on some of the key differences between film and digital photography? It’s all about personal preference and what you want really. I love the quality of film so I stick with it. There is a difference especially when the image goes to print. A film image

Above: A photograph shot and produced by one of Paul Gadd’s students from The Print Room.

seems to have life, whereas a digital image is flat as a pancake, lifeless. One of the biggest disadvantages of digital is shooting in a harsh light situation, for example, your shooting into the shadows but it’s a sunny day, if you expose for the shadows, everything with sun on it would be overexposed, which in digital camera terms, this means… screwed up. So, you need to shoot 3 images, one for the shadows, one for the mids and one for the highlights and a graphic designer to get that perfect image. Refer to number 6.

When and why was the Print Room established?

I think we must have been drinking. It seemed a good idea at the time, something KL needs or needed. We are both passionate about the arts, and film photography seems to be simply dying, anyone with a digital camera or iPhone seems to think they can be a photographer, so I guess that’s why we did it. We wanted to see if we can build more interest and skills in film photography, to try to preserve photography as an art form.


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Here at the Print Room, you’re offering classes on film photography to both beginners and professional enthusiasts. Can you tell us more about it? We have two types of classes, firstly a basic black and white (RM1200 for three weekends) which covers a bit of history, to cameras, to shooting, to processing to printing, and finally we have an exhibition of their works. Then the next course (RM900 for two weekends) is mainly concentrating on printing and toning. We have a fully fitted darkroom with six enlargers and processing room. For both classes, paper and chemicals are inclusive.

How’s the response for the classes so far?

Well when there isn’t a public holiday getting in the way, it’s great.

How has the awareness and appreciation for film photography amongst Malaysians been since you started the Print Room?

It’s always been here but not on a commercial sense. Since the print room I have met so many potential photographers, much more talented than what is out there now, but they are not given the chance to show what they can do, and this is where we come in. It isn’t easy to be a part of an exhibition; it takes a lot of work. You should see my students at the moment, they are here every night until one or two in the morning printing their images to be ready for the next exhibition “Market” They are working so hard, and they are enjoying it, this is what photography is about, not shooting crap and adding a sky later. You see

photography in Malaysia is having the same problem as sculpture, it is still not recognized as art. A sculpture is only good to hold the door open and a photograph is something you hang in the toilet which gives you something to look at whilst taking a dump.

There’s a beautiful picture of your parents in their youth (when they’re both 18). Do you ever see it as an inspiration? The composition and the lighting. Would you someday like to recreate that image for yourself?

Haha, I think, oh Christ, were they ever that young? Actually the girl who shot that had MS and couldn’t stop shaking, that’s why some bits a blurred. It makes the picture.. and its daylight. As my partner always used to tell me.. “light is God” But it is true, once you get the light right, then your shot should just work its self out.

You’ve shot celebs and VIPS such as Dain Said, Bernard Chandran, Patrick Teoh and even Tun Mahathir. Any interesting experiences as a photographer? There are always stories in every shoot, but I prefer shoots where I go off and shoot what I feel like, it’s more personal. I think it shows in my work as well. When I was shooting my book Five Minutes, I shot a transsexual prostitute in Penang, she charged me RM150 and RM30 for the mama san.. ‘happy ending’ not included. But recently, I did a shot of a celeb and what I heard, during the interview the celeb said some things to the writer which then was published, he got the writer fired. That was very un-professional; if you don’t want to be quoted, then don’t bloody say it.

Above: Photographs shot and produced by Paul Gadd’s students from The Print Room.


Do you change your approach when you deal with celebs and VIPS as opposed to ordinary people? Basically does your whole approach to shooting change due to awareness of who they are? Not at all, I go in and chat, they are just people after all. I think the only person I would be different around would be people like the Queen or Annie Leibovitz, I would probably drop my camera and trip over my tripod.

From your experience, what are some of the hardest shots to get right?

Portraits are for me the hardest, but the most fun. Anyone can shoot a person, but to get their personality onto print, that is hard.

Are there any subjects or locations that you would like to shoot before you depart? (like a photography bucket list) A war from both sides, that would probably be when I depart, shot for being a traitor haha!

You went on a road trip 4-5 years across Malaysia to shoot general scenes of everyday life. This would all culminate in your book Five Minutes: People of Malaysia. Originally was that the plan? Did you envisage this book or publication being the end product? The original intention was an exhibition; the book just came into the equation when I realized that I had shot over 200 people.

In that book, you’ve shot a wide spectrum of people. How do you get your subjects to look so natural and relaxed for your shots?

Most people outside KL are pretty relaxed anyway, so I shoot them how I see them.. It’s just in KL that takes a bit more effort. Hmmm, wonder why that is..

Left: Paul Gadd explaining the film processing precedure. Below: A hand-painted photograph of a man in the midst of removing feathers in a market by Paul Gadd.


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Left: A photograph shot and produced by one of Paul Gadd’s students from The Print Room.

You’re also doing Five Minutes: People of Korea. How is that going along? Is there any difference or similarity with Five Minutes: People of Malaysia?

It’s going well, I’m really enjoying myself, I have never driven all over Korea either so everything is new. This time I am using all types of cameras, medium and 35mm, Kodak slide, Polaroid which I managed to buy a load of in Seoul, and black and white. I’m shooting a lot of snapshot as well as staged shots. I learnt a lot whist shooting Five Minutes Malaysia, so hopefully this one will have more of a direction. Although shooting their PM and Actors will need a lot more protocol than I needed in Malaysia.


You also did another road trip to shoot heritage buildings in Malaysia. Can you tell us a little bit about your (interesting) experience? I never shot architecture before I met my partner. In a sense it’s similar to portraits, shooting in natural light, but unfortunately you have to be setup ready before sun rise and also waiting for the sunset and a hell of a lot of walking. The book, which is still WIP is a heritage guide book with most of the heritage buildings in both east and west Malaysia. I think so far I have shot around 250 buildings, but a couple of rules this book has is that the buildings have to be publicly accessible and not ruined by renovation, and there are a lot of buildings which have been totally ruined by renovation. It’s quite sad.

Finally any last words of wisdom to prospective photography aspirants who may want to follow in your footsteps? Don’t do it for the money cos you will be disappointed, do it for the love of the Art.. and ditch that bloody digital camera.

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Paul Gadd’s vivid and stunning images have been featured in various publications in London as well as Asia such as The Guardian, The International Herald Tribune, Marie Claire Malaysia, Marie Claire Thailand, ME India, Cleo Malaysia, Harpers Bazaar Malaysia, OK! Malaysia, Stuff Malaysia, Debut Daily USA to name a few. Paul has also shot commercial for clients such as Toshiba, Barclays Bank, DeGem Malaysia, L’Oreal Malaysia, Malaysia Airways, The Association of Accredited Advertising Agents Malaysia and Philip Morris Korea. A great believer of social causes, Paul has contributed his talent for charity photography projects such as the National cancer Society, Home of Peace (Orphanage), Arts and Earth (Environmental Awareness) and more. Spending most of his time in Seoul, South Korea, and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Paul has held several exhibitions in various parts of the world such as UK, Spain and Malaysia. He has currently finished his first photography book, Five Minutes, based on portraits of people in Malaysia.

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In this memoir, we are given a look into the life of Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Malaysia’s ex Prime Minister. Through his 22 years of leadership, a lot was done, and lot has changed as well. Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad explores a slight difference that is fairly important to our history and even examines his own role as Prime Minister through a total of 62 chapters and over 800 pages. This is a book that is also capable of giving you a learning experience and a closer view into the world of politics in Malaysia through the eyes of Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad as Prime Minister, the more you progress through. Available in English, and recently in Malay under the title Doktor Umum: Memoir Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, this is not the first book from Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, but this is definitely a book worth reading, especially for us Malaysians who are politically inclined.

A pictorial guide to some of Malaysia’s most cleverly designed homes. Featuring 25 houses, this hard covered book delivers a whole inside look into these houses. Besides rooms, personal swimming pools, walkways, and even fish ponds, this book also emphasizes on its beautiful designs. Readers will find themselves looking into luxury detached bungalows all the way to holiday retreat homes that are situated in the middle of a forest. Nevertheless, these houses all feature a similar thing in common, the innovative workmanship, and also the smart design of the architects. So if you just bought a piece of land, and pushing yourself with a design, or whether you want to be amazed by some of the amazing right here in our backyard of Malaysia, this book would definitely do the job.


Author Various Publisher Matahari Books Body 2 Body: A Malaysian Queer Anthology represents a medium in the form of stories for the countries gay, lesbian, bisexual, transsexual and transvestite community. Long denied a voice, the book features 23 stories, fiction and non-fiction. This paperback might just open up your mindset and change your perception on the aforementioned. From stories about coming out of the closet, all the way to sex change, the stories in this book will be different from anything in the average book that is picked up today, and let’s not forget that these stories are all written by local writers, some of which are your average layman, and some of which are from diverse lifestyles. Pick one up, and surprise yourself with what society calls, a scandal.

Author Jeremy Chin Publisher Self Published The story revolves around a chap named Timothy Malcolm Smith, who posseses one of London’s best creative minds, ever. Being based in an ad agency in East Central London, Timothy meets his peak in fame and decides to move on to a fresh, brand new scene, New York City. Timothy always had an ambition to join a marathon, and was training behind the scenes since he was young. Never has he run in a competition, although he was within reach with some of the world’s best. With all eyes on him, the day arrives, and Timothy launches with a flying head start and maintains a big lead. With victory within grasp, the unexpected happens. This is one book which is filled with surprises. A good read by Malaysian writer Jeremy Chin.

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ALL BOTTLED UP Johnnie Walker Goes to the Bar, Sets it Higher

While countless variations of the often inspiring spirit has fuelled some of the best and most eventful times of our lives, the bottle and its label remains the most defining representation of its contents. With packaging and contents being inseparable as far as identity and iconic value is concerned, Johnnie Walker has gone out of its way to put its iconic bottle through a groundbreaking marketing campaign. The world’s first crowd-sourced [Project Black Inspiration] Limited Edition JOHNNIE WALKER® BLACK LABEL™ bottle was recently unveiled at Zouk Main Room in Kuala Lumpur. The party was a massive event with all of the glitz and glamor you would expect from the award winning world’s number one Scotch whisky. Major talents were there – everyone from Josiah Mizukami, Fay Hokulani, some of the Miss Universe Malaysia 2012 finalists, Carl Graham, Dian Sharlin, Raj Aria, Andrew Lee, Eva T, Jeremy Teo and Ori Chew, and a few


other movers and shakers. The guests also had a chance to try out a brand new JOHNNIE WALKER® BLACK LABEL™ signature cocktail called “Urban Black”, specially made by award-winning mixologist Yi Shawn Chong. Grand as that may be, this new venture by JOHNNIE WALKER® was less about the crème de la crème popping bottles in the club. Their mission was to develop an innovative platform on Facebook where the fans could share their creative ideas as well as engage in active crowd sourcing. They envisioned that

their society would embody an “open arms” approach and this event proved it a success. This ground-breaking venture and a global first for the brand gave over 100,000 JOHNNIE WALKER® Facebook fans across Malaysia and Singapore a chance to get their creative juices flowing and sharing their ideas to provide creative input and shape the next Limited Edition bottle design – a collaboration with internationally acclaimed designer Mark Ong a.k.a. SBTG (Mr. Sabotage). The renowned artist is known for placing his

Grand as that may be, this new venture by JOHNNIE WALKER® was less about the crème de la crème popping bottles in the club. personal touch on sneakers that are sought after by collectors and have attracted the likes of global celebrities such as Kobe Bryant, Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda and Joe Hahn. Leading the design’s creative direction through the Project Black Inspiration Facebook application, Mark collaborated with JOHNNIE WALKER® fans to craft each design element of the bottle, ranging from the colour palette, to graphics and inspirational quotes. The collaborative effort gave birth to a bold and exciting new bottle design. The three week long campaign yielded more than 13,000 new JOHNNIE WALKER® Facebook fans at a rate of one new fan every two minutes and 90,000 content “Likes” at a whooping rate of three “Likes” per minute.

The bars were raised at the exclusive launch party, with 100 lucky Malaysian Facebook fans and their friends whom were invited to the exclusive launch party and received their very own limited edition bottles featuring the final design, specially engraved with their names. When the news broke about this highly anticipated campaign back in January, JOHNNIE WALKER® Malaysia invited four established individuals in their respective fields to co-create their own unique JOHNNIE WALKER® bottles with Mark Ong. These starlets were chosen based on their inspirational stories of personal progress and the bottles were designed based on their passion for life and their jet-setting careers. Graffiti artist Kenji Chai a.k.a. Black Fryday,

Winnie Loo, the founder of A Cut Above, singer-songwriter and host Hannah Tan and multi-talented musician, singer and producer Reshmonu all collaborated with Mark Ong to develop their own personalised and handcrafted JOHNNIE WALKER® bottle designs, which were displayed at the launch. A grand total of 22,000 limited edition bottles featuring the final design have been produced and is being sold exclusively in Malaysia and Singapore. In Malaysia, the Project Black Inspiration Limited Edition JOHNNIE WALKER® BLACK LABEL™ retails at participating clubs and bars at the same price as JOHNNIE WALKER® BLACK LABEL™.

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The of Ali-ism

Uncovering A Gleaming Gem In The Local Contemporary Art Scene

It is a mixture of talent, comprehensive learning and commitment reflecting what Ali Nurazmal is today. The long years of educational journey illuminate the direction of his artistic career. At the age of 34, Ali Nurazmal is fast becoming the most sought after realist figurative painter in the Malaysian Contemporary Art Scene.

Working on the various formalistic approached, it take years of research, practices and experiments to reached into a state of becoming; a liberation of ideal.



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 hat is the significance of the W major piece Imitation Master-After Caravaggio II? Personally, I take pride in freehand strokes, no gridlines, no projector nor tracing lines. The latest major piece, Imitation Master- After Caravaggio II took me six months to compose the 6 ft x 11ft with eight serious portrait figures proportionately into it and another eight months to put in the colors and strokes

before the final detailing. During certain period I was so obsessed with it, I slept next to painting for weeks just to get it right. And the whole making process of this painting was documented from the beginning to the end. After challenging myself to this feat, it again amazes me how the old masters manages to paint 50 figures which can span on 30 ft wall without any photographs or projector at all in the olden days. Photo: The painstaking process of one of Ali’s masterpieces ,Imitation Master-After Caravaggio II, captured in sequence.


You started painting at the age of 9 and won various competitions both national or international. Did your family play a part in this? Yes my dad played a big part in this. I still recalled when I enter my first competition; I wanted that BMX bike so badly. When I won first prize, my dad consistently push me to enter competitions. So I never stopped even once since primary school until now to produce artworks.

How did your artistic journey change when you were in your teens? I knew my journey was still far. I need to push my limits and challenge myself to progress. So I began to frequent my visit to Central Market to meet up with Abdul Ghani Ahmad, landscape artist. I would insist him to check and comment every time I showed my work. I was personified by his skills in using water color. He was the first to teach me how to use the medium. Most of the artist here build their career through a painstaking commitment,� more precisely - a self-taught artist. It inspired me to work hard on my technical skills in order to achieve higher quality in producing an artwork�. So I began to frequent my visit to Central Market to meet up with Aris Aziz and Abdul Ghani Ahmad. I would insist they check and comment every time I showed my work. I was personified by their skills.

What were the challenges involved in establishing yourself as an artist?  y first break was Satire in Paint, my very first M solo only at the age of 31. I still remember I was left less than a few hundred ringgit in my whole savings account; I just started painting the first major piece Imitation Master-After Caravaggio for 5 months which became the benchmark painting. From then I took the path of a full time professional artist which I have never looked back since.

You have elements of humor in your work where does that come from? I always claim myself to be an entertainer, the visual imageries are humorous and witty and at the same time bizarre for its context.

Photo: Ali’s work place is normally a beautiful mess that looked like a peek into his artistic mind.

The Imitation Masters series is ornate and elaborate to camouflage the real idea. Only at close inspection, one will discover the dark side and the cynicism in the issues of the contemporary lifestyle we are in. Many of the visual imageries I painted my own portrait in it. Some describe it as self obsession; however I am just obsessed into absorbing myself into the mood and situation of the paintings.

as an artist, How different it is to have formal education in art and being a self taught? It brought me to understand the fundamental problems in art as in formal education. It also gave me the ability to at times in order to advocate certain problem in representational issues. This requiring the student to be able to distinguished the formalistic issue within the nature of art. Whereas the traditional mode of self -taught in defining the nature of art

subsequently evolve around the proficiency in achieving higher qualities in technical practices.

You seem to be very much influenced by the old masters from the Baroque and Renaissance period such as Caravaggio and Michelangelo? Imagine a huge ten foot sculpture by Michelangelo those days to chisel a whole piece of marble, the whole of human figure must be complete as one piece without a single crack or else he has to re-sculpt it. The old masters to me are still the most amazing artists. To match their ideas, skills and effort is simply daunting. Each of their pieces seems to reverberate with peace and serenity, unlike the modern living lifestyle of the artists fazed by so many different


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“I always claim myself to be an entertainer, the visual imageries are humorous and witty and at the same time bizarre for its context.�

Upcoming Exhibition Alism will be his 3rd solo at Core Design Gallery at 87, Jalan SS15/2A, Subang Jaya 47500 Selangor, Malaysia. The preview will start from 10th August onwards. Please contact 012-6117976 for preview. Official exhibition is on from 2nd September to 25th September.

distractions. I was trying to push my limit on perseverance, focus and most importantly the energy to put into a major painting for a year like the way the old masters would have done it. It was not easy and not many artists have the patience to work relentlessly on a major piece of 6 ft x 11 ft oil painting with eight serious figures in it.

there seems to be a recurring self portrait of yourself. Why so?

how do you think your works will evolve in the future?

My works are to address my own personality, a view to my own surroundings and environment. I like to be up front, to take the lead. I like to be in control of myself. The recurring image of self-portrait, depicted in utmost dramatic composition, may seem to project a sense of narcissism. However it is a tool to communicate my view of the world and me being the main actor in my own paintings.

I am sure my works will evolve; I am just at the beginning stage of my career. I may have different subject matters or even different medium later. At this moment, I am still not satisfied with the current challenges I have set for myself to achieve even just painting on canvas only. In the future I may only produce eight major paintings per year just to challenge myself to another different level.


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BUSINESS AS USUAL HOW LENG YEIN BUILT A BRAND AROUND HER NAME It may not appear so at first glance but those blessed with beauty and good looks among us also have their own crosses to bear. Just ask Malaysia’s very own fashion celebrity and former international model Leng Yein. When people look at her they see the sexy jaw dropping vixen photographed posing among the latest cars in the USA, or riding her outrageously pink Hummer. When her fans look at her they see a fun-loving girl who parties in Rome or Bangsar at the trendiest hangouts. When critics look at her they see flaws and stitches and condemn her for her choices. But what most people don’t see is what lies beneath the surface to the person within. On first encountering the phenomenon that is Leng Yein it is easy to assume that she has not a thought in that pretty little head of hers except for keeping up appearances, gossip, and other frivolities. But appearances can be deceiving. There is definitely more to her than meets the eye. Well known as a model, Leng Yein is also a savvy entrepreneur who fully intends to establish herself not just as a fashion celebrity and media darling, but also as a successful business woman with a conscience who speaks her mind on issues dear to her. One of her latest ventures has been the recent opening of her new fashion brand accessory shop KUMO in Pavilion, Kuala Lumpur. Among the products featured include funky glasses, cute and fluffy poppies, stylish accessories for shoes and trainers known as wingZ, limited edition Kitty dolls and also limited

edition SugarDaddy tee shirts as well as those designed by Leng Yein herself. Although currently living in Bangsar, this Kuantan born lass has travelled and graced magazine covers and pages the world over. But her heart remains with home because it’s where she started out after all. “Nothing really turned out the way I planned or dreamed. Back in school and being a pure science stream student, I used to think I’d end up as a surgeon in some top hospital.” Instead life took a different turn for her and in addition to the jet setting lifestyle of a celebrity she is also the owner of (alongside KUMO), a boutique, a nail and beauty salon, a tattoo parlor and even a mamak restaurant named the Taj. But success did not come easily. “After completing my SPM, I had to make a decision whether to continue my studies as a professional or stay back and step right into the working world. I decided to give up my studies and start working.” Such a major choice is indicative of Leng Yein’s willfulness and determination to make her own way in the world. Traits that would define her outlook and character even today. And she still had to work hard to make her dreams a reality. “It took months to learn how to do tattooing, body piercing, running a beauty and nail salon among others. It took five years for me to slowly start opening all my shops and businesses,” she notes ruefully.

“Nothing really turned out the way I planned or dreamed. Back in school and being a pure science stream student, I used to think I’d end up as a surgeon in some top hospital.”


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“Leng Yein brilliantly uses her exposure as a model and media figure in the public eye to promote and market her business ventures. Leng Yein is no longer just a model; she is a brand.”

Career wise her first love remains modelling, yet she has incorporated it into her new role as entrepreneur. Much like Paris Hilton and Kim Kardashian who have become celebrity entrepreneurs through image and personal brand cultivation, Leng Yein brilliantly uses her exposure as a model and media figure in the public eye to promote and market her business ventures. Just like them, Leng Yein is no longer just a model; she is a brand, representing an image and lifestyle that can appeal and be marketed to a wider audience. Leng Yein has taken to the net to reach out and connect with her fans and adorers enabling more effective publicity and imagebuilding. An avid user of social media, she keeps her fans in the loop by responding to their questions, interacting with them and through regular updates of her personal and professional life. She posts about special events and occasions, product previews and special offers along with photos and videos. She even links with fan entries and posts that appeal to her. On a personal note she opens up about her thoughts and feelings for her audience to read and acknowledge. In effect, she immerses herself and her fans in the shared experience that is the lifestyle phenomenon known as ‘Leng Yein’. They are not just fans now, but a community. Underlying the lifestyle signified by the brand name and image of ‘Leng Yein’ is the personal conviction that everyone has a right to live life the way they want. “After all, it’s my life,” says Leng Yein. “I decide what I want to do, where I want to go, and who I want to be with. I do not harm or hurt anyone, so my conscience is clear,” she added. “Don’t be ashamed to take charge of your life.”



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Entrepreneur, model, deejay, musician and many more, Leng Yein is a fascinating multifaceted personality.

It’s a view that’s been further strengthened by adverse reaction to her well-publicised recourse to plastic surgery. Leng Yein is unfazed “At the end of the day, if you feel good just the way you are, then good for you. But if going for a nip and tuck makes you feel oh-sovery-awesome about yourself, then why not?” By attracting publicity, and by being in the spotlight, Leng Yein succeeds in highlighting and publicizing her businesses. At the same time it also enables her to focus attention on issues and concerns that she feels are dear to her. “I believe in giving back to society, helping the needy, and mending broken dreams,” she said. Engaging and building rapport with fans and admirers has allowed her to reach out and help those in need. Giving them support and encouragement so they can find their own way in the world. “By making people happy, giving them help and encouragement, it makes me happy and alive,” she added.


In keeping with her personal philosophy and once again exhibiting the boldness that has carried her thus far, Leng Yein has recently become the lead vocalist for Taiwanese band SugarDaddy. Although she is a trained musician being able to play the flute, piano and the organ, she’s never really had a chance to showcase that side of her personality. But now, she’s not only getting to flex her creative muscles so to speak, but also embarking on a new promotional and career opportunity as well. Playing the Electro Hip-hop genre of music, SugarDaddy will be out with their first album in August of 2012. A SugarDaddy fashion brand is also in the works along with other ideas. Entrepreneur, model, deejay, musician and many more, Leng Yein is a fascinating multifaceted personality. She is a strong, intelligent and capable woman who has

overcome obstacles in both her personal and professional life, to come out the better. A lover of travel and exploration; not only of the world, but of life who is always looking to enrich it further. Not just for herself, but for others as well. Leng Yein has said that she wants to be remembered as “a strong independent woman with brains, guts and personality.” She will most certainly be that. But more importantly to her fans and admirers, it is her generosity and acceptance of the world into her life that will always stand out strong.

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The local film industry has been having its regular triumphs, but once in a blue moon, it spits out a bright spark that excites and inspires us. Henry Ooi, a wellknown local commercial and film director with a decorated international portfolio is in the final stages of rolling out his latest and most progressive fashion video as we speak. We at 360 Celsius interviewed the man and his partners behind the camera about video as well as and the industry. Please explain what you do and what your job entails?

I’m a commercial film director by profession. But of course once you’ve tried your hand at film, you will do whatever film requires you to do. So let me redefine that, I’m a film director, rather. My job is to create visions that sell, inspires, and entertains my viewers.

What inspired you to get into film?

That’s a long story. We could have a tea break over this question. I was a boy who got cheated by film when I was young. I would put a towel over me and pretend that I am Superman. I even jumped off a set of stairs and broke my tooth and head. I knew nothing about film, but finally when I got a chance to experience my first shoot when I was 17. I fell in love with film and since then I knew a fool like me would be able to fool other people from that moment on.

What was your path to becoming a commercial director like?

Again, I was a fool. But then I didn’t want to remain one forever. So, I started from a very low position as a Production Assistant, which for me was the best position in the

industry, because this is when I could be involved at every department and learn the basics of the film industry. As I moved along, I met great people. I love fashion, so I went to the wardrobe department, then to the art department, then handling a full production design, but I knew that my goal is to become a film director, so I moved on to become an assistant director to a few pioneer directors in town. I learned and kept on learning and I eventually got noticed great people in the industry who believed in me. I was given my golden chance ten years ago.

Do you have a signature style that you are known for?

Every artist has their own signature style and you can see it if you pay enough attention. But in my case, I can’t use my signature style all the time as I’m in advertising for a living. I need to make believe, sell, and entertain for the benefit of the product that I am assigned to work on.


HENRY OOI is a prominent commercial/film director of one of Malaysia’s top commercial production companies. Founded by the man himself, Playhouse Pictures enjoys a reputation for being at the cutting edge of commercial direction and production. A refined eye for beauty and graphic images, commercial/film director Henry Ooi honed his craft after some serious years of experience as a wardrobe stylist, art director and production designer. With nearly 16-years of experience in the industry, his illustrious career has made name for itself at some of the country’s top ad agencies. As the director, Henry is the driving force in his film’s production and acts as the crucial link between the production, technical and creative teams – like a storyteller who brings vision to reality. He develops aesthetic to devote the story, conceiving and making films where the artistic direction is not obvious, but always present. To date, Henry’s talents have gone places – New York, China, Taiwan, New Zealand, Europe, the Middle East and South East Asia. He has been nominated and has won many accolades which include three gold awards at the New York Promax Awards, Best Cinematography and Best Commercial at the Malaysian Film Festival, Best Director at the Kancil Awards and Best Music Video at the AIM. Henry’s success even contributed to Carrot Film’s capture of the Production House of the Year award in 2005.

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Photo: Shooting the video took immense effort, but so did post-production work. Because it was shot in slow-motion, more frames than regular videos had to be painstakingly processed to ensure pixel perfection.

Tell us about WA.RE.

This video is titled WA.RE. The name is actually taken from the words water and fire. I have loved fashion all my life. Before I got fooled into the film industry, I always wanted to be a fashion designer. But since I spent half of my life in film, I would now love to marry both worlds. With the technology available today, we are experimenting with new digital looks and also the desire of working with lots of up and coming talented people and companies in Malaysia.

What was the inspiration behind the video?

The concept is simple, I want to see high fashion styling in motion and capture it in super slow motion, detailed in hi resolutions using the new Epic, by Redcam. The technology can capture movement at up to 299fps, allowing us to have enough frames to view it like a magazine. Inspired by my all -time favourite, Salvador Dali, with his surrealism work, my final vision is to create the look of a piece of paint work in motion. Everything happened quite spontaneously one day at Cineray Post. I was working on a project with artist Mark Wilenkin and I told him I want to test up some visuals with the Red camera, machine, and software he was working on. Then all hell broke loose, and the thought became an idea and concept. That’s why it is sometimes dangerous to put great minds together. Even if only for a short time.


How was it like sourcing for sponsors?

When we started to spread the idea to more people in the industry, everyone got excited and wanted to be a part of it. The list grew every day and the team got bigger, and bigger. This is why I love my job and I love the people who believe in me. After a week, I got back up from my partners and producers from Playhouse Pictures, a sponsorship from Base models management, equipment from Cinered and The Rental house, makeup and hair from M Academy and Kimarie salons, stylist Adrian Chee, Director of Photography, Eric Oh and crew, music composer Paul Morrison, WASP studio and, 360celsius.

We know that there were some ferocious looking dogs in it. How did you get them to act so aggressively?

First of all, no animals were harmed on the shoot. The dogs are such lovely animals, they were huge and tame. Secondly, no models were harmed on set either. One of the models had a problem holding the dogs although she was trying to work with it. But I called a big “NO” as she already had two kilograms of wigs on her head. It was worst than holding two dogs together. So what I did was to shoot it separately and re-comp it back together. Credit goes to all the models who were suffering for my vision.

Above: The water element was far from simple to bring to life. The hairpiece that you see in the image above alone was costly in terms of time, effort, and money.

Above: Fire on the otherhand, proved to be a different challenge when it came to bringing the heat to life and making the flames look realistic.

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Vincent Ho – Marketing Director at Kimarie Group

My team and I, under Kimarie for hair and M Academy for makeup, were responsible for coming up with the hair and makeup for the video that is in line with Henry’s vision of what he hopes to achieve. Due to the very elaborate nature of the hair pieces, we had difficulty keeping them secured on the models at first, and they would move about too much when the models were in motion. It took us a few tries, but everything worked out in the end.

ERIC OH - Freelance Cinematographer

The main challenge for this project is that we wanted the imagery to convey a certain emotion and we believed the best way to achieve that is to shoot everything in highspeed (slow motion). We wanted the look to be that of a slick magazine spread so the lighting had to reflect that as well. This project is different from what I normally do because it’s a marriage of high fashion world with motion picture. That and the fact that this shoot isn’t done for a specific client gives us much more room to be creative in the styling of the models and sets as well as the lighting.

What were the main challenges behind putting such a film together in terms of time, money, man power?

Well, without sponsorships, I don’t think I could have made it on this film for sure. It would cost me an apartment. But with all the sponsorships I had, the film belongs to all of them.

Can you share with us some of the most interesting moments of the project? Interesting moments? 16-hours of shooting! Every single moment was interesting!

When and where will we be able to watch the final product?

We are still working on the final video. There is a lot of compositing that needs to be done. It would take us up to two months to complete the full movie. But look out for it online at 360 Celsius TV and on the 360 Celsius Facebook fan page in mid-August 2012.


AZRIL – Founder & Company Director for BASE Model Management

Base Model Management was honoured to be selected as the modelling agency to supply both male and female Caucasian models for this project. Henry sets a goal of professionalism, flourished with creativity and satisfaction in his work. As each scene has a different approach, we’re proud to say that our models that are not only experienced, but also easy to work with.

Paul Morrison – Wasp Studios

My aim is to push the boundaries on every project and more importantly enjoying the process. I’ve never worked on a MTV style film that is geared towards fashion. The challenge for this project was to write a track that doesn’t feel like it is post scored to the film, but one that feels like a MTV video that has being cut to the music. The result is the bridging of the gap between film, music and indirect marketing of fashion and a brand.

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UNDER PRESSURE WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT HYPERTENSION We’ve heard of the silent killer that strikes when least expected, but there are ways to detect and prevent the fatal consequences of hypertension.

Everybody has and needs blood pressure to survive. When the heart beats, it pumps blood into the arteries and creates pressure in them. The pressure of blood flow against the arterial wall is the blood pressure that we measured. This pressure in turn causes the blood to circulate through to all the vital organs of our bodies so that they receive the oxygen and nutrients necessary to function.

pressure measured). The blood pressure in our bodies is not constant and changes according to changes in posture, stress level, emotion, physical activities and sleep. In addition, our blood pressure changes according to our circadian rhythm too. In the early hours of the morning, blood pressure usually rises sharply but at night, our blood pressure is lower especially during sleep when it is at the lowest.

In a healthy person, the arteries are elastic and stretch when the heart pumps blood through them. The degree in which the arteries stretch depends on the amount of force the blood exerts. In a normal resting circumstance, the heart beats about 60-80 times a minute. The blood pressure rises when the heart beats or contracts (the so-called systolic blood pressure or the top pressure measured) and falls when the heart relaxes between beats (socalled diastolic blood pressure or the bottom

What is high blood pressure (hypertension)?


A normal blood pressure is 120/80 mm Hg. Blood pressure of 120-139/80-89 mm Hg is considered “pre-hypertension” (see table). In an adult, if the blood pressure is 140/90 mm Hg or higher, one has high blood pressure (or hypertension). There are several stages of hypertension depending on the level of blood pressure measured (see table). In a diabetic

or renal failure person, the threshold for high blood pressure is stricter at a lower level of 130/80 mm Hg. Normally, a blood pressure is measured after 5 minutes of rest several times over a period of time before a judgement is made about high blood pressure. Alternatively, a 24-hour ambulatory blood pressure monitoring can also be applied to diagnose high blood pressure. In Malaysia, 43% of adults over the age of 30 suffer from hypertension.

The blood pressure in our bodies is not constant and changes according to changes in posture, stress level, emotion, physical activities and sleep.


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Symptoms and complications of high blood pressure: High blood pressure usually has no symptoms which is why it’s called the “silent killer”. Many people have hypertension for many years without knowing it which is why it is dangerous. Frequently, one is diagnosed to have hypertension after suffering from complications of hypertension such as stroke, heart attack, heart failure, kidney failure, retinal detachment/blindness or aneurysm of aorta. An increase of 20 mm Hg in systolic blood pressure will double the risk of a heart attack or stroke in people between 40 to 70 years of age. The only way to diagnose hypertension is to have your blood pressure measured. Approximately 90-95% of the cases of high blood pressure have no known cause and it is called primary or essential hypertension. The rest are secondary to conditions such as abnormal hormones secretion from adrenal gland (e.g. pheochromocytoma, Cushing’s syndrome, Conn’s syndrome) and coarctation of aorta. However, some risk factors may predispose one to developing hypertension.

Risk factors for high blood pressure are obesity, salt, alcohol, lack of physical activity, stress, race, hereditary, aging, diabetes, smoking, chronic kidney disease and obstructive sleep apnoea.


Generally, a combination of weight loss, dieting, exercise and medication is necessary to treat hypertension. There are many medications available to treat hypertension. New medicine continues to be introduced to help treat hypertension. Some remove excess fluid and salt. Others open up and relax the tone of arterial blood vessels, while others act at hormonal levels to prevent arterial blood vessels from constricting. These medicines all work to lower the blood pressure. However, this happens only when you are regularly on the medicine(s) which is the reason that antihypertensive medication cannot be stopped, even after blood pressure is lowered. As a result, most patients will need to take medications for life, not because of addition, but to maintain their blood pressures within the normal range to prevent all the complications of hypertension. Medicines are effective in treating high blood pressure in most cases. However every person reacts differently to medication for hypertension. As a rule of thumb, the first step in antihypertensive pharmacotherapy is monotherapy with either an ACE inhibitor, ARB or a calcium antagonist. If the blood pressure remains high, the next step is to combine an ACE inhibitor or ARB with a calcium antagonist. Failing which, in step 3, a diuretic will be added to the combined ACE inhibitor or ARB with a calcium antagonist therapy.

Finally, in step 4, if the blood pressure remains resistant to control, an alpha-blocker or betablocker can be added to the above cocktail of antihypertensive medications. When the blood pressure is under control by any of the above medications (or a combination of them), the dose must be carefully regulated and blood pressure regularly checked, either at home with a home digital blood pressure machine (sphygmomanometer) or at a doctor’s clinic. Sometimes, a 24-hr blood pressure monitor is necessary to ensure that the blood pressure is absolutely well regulated especially in patients that have already suffered from adverse effects of hypertension such as stroke, heart attack or aneurysm when meticulous blood pressure control is vital to prevent recurrent events. One should visit a doctor to discuss and monitor blood pressure approximately three to four times a year.


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SHOE AWAY BACK PAIN HEALTHY FOOTWEAR FOR HEALTHY POSTURE Let’s face it; you’ll never catch me walking barefoot around the streets of Kuala Lumpur. You’re not going to do that either. We’re going to wear shoes, even if some the shoes we wear are bad for our feet and our overall posture. And remember that old wives’ tale – “You’ll catch a cold if you don’t put on shoes?” Well, I’m not sure how far and wide that goes but most of us know by now that if you don’t wear the right kind of shoes, you’re bound to get caught up with a whole load of health problems. Just like you, your foot deserves some TLC too. We’re not asking you to quit indulging in your shoe fetishes, nor are we’re talking granny footwear here either. But there is definitely a good pair of footwear that you can indulge in without cramping your style – something to add to your shoe cupboard with pride. While choosing a pair of shoes is not rocket science, it is not always the easiest of tasks either. Buying shoes should be a well thought out decision, taking it into account, the pros and cons. A poor fit can lead to back, knee and hip pain as well as painful foot conditions. Your feet are the foundation of your body and it deserves special attention. Furthermore, did you know that 25% of the bones in your body are in your feet? HOW TO SELECT THE RIGHT PAIR Blisters, corns, ingrown toenails, nail fungus, hammertoe and athletes’ feet – these are just

some of the maladies which can stem from poor fitting shoes. Other serious side-effects include damages to the nerve, muscular and skeletal systems. If you are serious about walking the walk, keep in mind Benjamin Franklin’s most renowned quote, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”. This practice is appropriate when it comes to shoe shopping. Good fitting shoes can ensure your body is well supported from the foundation up. Here are somethings you should consider when purchasing a pair. • When you decide to shop for shoes, try to do it at the end of the day. During the day, feet have a tendency of retaining fluid which makes them swell. Shoes that fit comfortably in the morning may be too tight in the afternoon. • Always try on your shoes while standing as your foot will expand when you’re up on your feet. • Always make sure that you have plenty of toe room. Your toes shouldn’t be touching the front of the shoe. If the toes do touch the tip, upsize the shoe. A good distance between your longest toe and the tip of the

shoe is approximately one-half of an inch. • Get a good fit all the way around; the top, side and bottom. Ensure the widest part of your foot fits the widest part of the shoe. • Try on both sides of the shoe and walk around the store to see if they feel good. You should avoid trying on and walking around in just one side of the shoe as one foot might be larger than the other foot. • Bring along a pair of socks (if you are going to be wearing the shoes with socks). Keep in mind that cotton is thicker than rayon, and rayon socks are thicker than nylons. • The material of your shoes is also important. Leather and nylon mesh aloow the feet to breathe and insure better flexibility. • Make sure the shoes feel good as soon as you try them on. If you think that after a tight fitting shoe is broken in, they will fit better, you had better think again. Just ask yourself this question. Is it going to be worth the pain waiting for the shoe stretch factor to take effect? Before the stretch factor takes place, the tightness is already going to take a toll on your feet. • If your wear orthotics, it’s essential that you bring them with you when you are trying on new shoes; they need to fit properly in them. Many shoes offer the option of


INFO The main reason for getting shoes from MBT is to solve physical health problems.

In addition to being known as the scientifically proven brand, MBT is associated with comfort, health/benefits and orthopedic benefits.




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“We’re not asking you to quit indulging in your shoe fetishes, NOr are we talking granny footwear here either.” removing the insole to allow you to replace it with your custom-made orthotic which increases comfort. • All shoes are different. Your ideal size may vary according to the model, even if it’s from the same manufacturer. Last but not least, pick a store with knowledgeable staff. They should be able to advise you according to what type of activity you practice, your body type, your gait and the shape of your feet. Invest in your health! Being frugal isn’t recommended when buying new shoes.

masai barefoot technology MBT “anti-shoe”

Every so often, some genius comes up with a “revolutionary” new type of footwear that supposedly takes care of the welfare of your feet and posture. You would have spotted some of it, these so called state-of-the-artcutting-edge-super-scientific-but-totallyorganic-and-back-to-nature-the-way-ourancestors-did-it shoes. What do they do for you? These baby’s claim to give you great posture, tone your muscles, enhance your metabolism, take you straight to your ideal weight, get rid of ugly cellulite, mow your lawn, and usher in a golden age of universal love and world peace (we are kidding about world peace, but they might help with the lawn). This footwear might seem too good to be true but you can now buy a pair of shoes that can actually improve your posture. Be wary if you are after a quick fix – these shoes don’t create wonders over-night. Most posture support shoes are designed with a rocking or inclined sole, which changes the way you walk. You need to give yourself sometime before getting accustomed to the design of the shoe before you do the walking. Known as the “anti-shoe”, MBT helps you improve your posture by relieving the pressure on your joints and back. As a result,


you have more endurance and comfort to go even longer when you’re walking, standing or working on your feet. Furthermore, the MBT anti-shoe has a firming effect on your abs, legs and buttock muscles. Masai Barefoot Technology or popularly known as MBT, was the brainchild of Swiss engineer Karl Müller. Inspired by the way the Masai tribes of Kenya walked barefoot across uneven terrain, Karl went on to design this “physiological footwear” that improves posture and reduces stress on feet as well as the knee and hip joints. He was determined to prove that there was a connection between the Masai tribe’s barefoot lifestyle and lack of back problems. So, this is how the “rocker-bottom” shoes came about. When you slip on a pair of MBT shoes, the ground doesn’t feel flat and stable, and your body has to balance itself in order to create stability. That is the role of the curved sole design. The integrated balancing area requires an active and controlled rolling movement that can help the body to improve balance and posture while standing and walking. Now that’s science right under your feet. Available for both men and women, the MBT “anti-shoe” has received rave reviews from many enthusiastic wearers who swear by the fancy footwear.

At the 1968 Mexico City Olympics, Onitsuka’s Mexico 66 tiger-stripe design became an instant classic, forming a key part of the vintage collection to this day.



Onitsuka Tiger traces its history back to 1949, when the company’s founder and namesake created his first basketball shoe. This was quickly followed by a running shoe, which found fame in the 1950’s as the first racing shoe to be worn by legendary barefoot Ethiopian runner Abebe Bikila. As one of the world’s most enduring sports brands, this cult label continues to inspire a new generation of athletes and collectors with its commitment to performance and design. Featuring a collection of retro, sports-inspired trainers that bridge the gap between performance and fashionable footwear, the company has maintained the tradition of specialising in the manufacturing of sports shoes using original ideas and applying epoch-making techniques.




Founded in 1946, Sebago’s marine-inspired Dockside line of boat shoes offers the best possible performance. Sebago’s original hand-sewn Docksides, the classic boat shoe, with genuine moccasin construction, classic moulded rubber non-slip sole and fully functioning rawhide lacing system provides the optimum fit. Although other big names are making their own “immitations”, Sebago boat shoes are built to endure more than a splash of water or dockside cocktail at high tide, thanks to the wax-coated leather that blocks off unwanted moisture. The leather sock lining inside plays a role in putting in the comfort as well as style. It moulds to your foot so that there’s no need for us to slip on a pair of socks. Till this very day, Sebago continues to hand sew and stitch their shoes to ensure their famous quality, classic comfort and timeless style continues to anchor down the hearts of footwear aficionados.




Favored by running enthusiast and professional athletes, Asics shoes have perfected the fit for walking running or jogging. Asics shoes are tailormade to protect your feet and make your gait and joints stronger by combining a tailormade patented cushioning system as well as supporting your feet stability. Other factors that contribute to the comfortness of Asics shoes are the light weight synthetics as well as contours. The lightweight synthetic, mesh composition as well as shock absorption allows buyers to attain that much needed comfort, natural stride as well as curve of their feet.

did you know?

The Onitsuka Tiger Mexico 66 is most memorable for its appearance in the Bruce Lee film, Game of Death. Lee laced up in a yellow and black colorway, which inspired the jumpsuit worn by Uma Thurman in the Kill Bill series. The Onitsuka Tiger HL202 Mexico 66 was inspired by Bruce Lee´s outfit in the movie “Game of Death” from 1978. This is also the colorway that Uma Thurman rocked in the Quentin Tarantino movie “Kill Bill”. This footwear by Onitsuka Tiger was first introduced in 1966, and it was the first shoe featuring the so called Tiger Stripes. Source:


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CLOTHES & MORE MAKETH THE MAN GROOMING FOR MEN It doesn’t matter how much you disagree, but you just can’t deny the fact that people will judge you based on how you look. You can walk the walk, and talk the talk, but your physical appearance will always dominate the first impression. You can be a successful professional, raking in the moolah, driving around in a swanky supercar, but if you’re not Johnny Depp and are going to be out there looking as if you’ve just rolled out of bed, then it’s time to make that change. You should start looking as if you just stepped out of an expensive day spa. When it comes to being a “man’s man”, grooming plays a very important role, and it doesn’t come as a surprise that many men out there get even the most basic of grooming essentials wrong. Whether it’s about being the top cat at the office or being a hit with the ladies, you need to know how to play your cards right. For those guys who have a devil-may-care attitude, it’s time to start now. Here are a few tips to start with! FACE Keep an Eye on Your Eye Wrinkles, eye bags and dark circles – they come with the age. More than any other visible changes on the face, the delicate skin around your eyes first comes to show signs of aging. According to research, the skin loses collagen and elasticity and repetitive contractions like squinting can etch deep lines. Here’s how to fix it up: • As you sleep, gravity pulls fluids in your face downwards. This results in eye bags. The best way to reduce them is by stacking an extra pillow under your head. • Doesn’t matter if you’re working hard or partying hard, if your eye looks swelled up the next morning, just place chilled spoons or cotton balls dipped in a 50/50 mix of cold water and milk over your eyes for 5 minutes. It’s an instant fix!


A Close Shave Dragging a blade across your face may seem like a daily act of violence (the Sweeney Todd shaving method that is) but shaving the right way actually helps keep your skin fresh. According to skincare specialist, the lowgrade friction from shaving increases collagen production and leaves the skin feeling smoother. That’s one of the reasons why men have lesser wrinkles compared to women. Researchers have also found out that as little as a quarter of shaving debris can be hair; the remainder is sloughed-off skin cells. A rough cut clears cells that aren’t ready for removal, causing irritation. Here are some tips to ensure you have a smooth shave: • Pre-shave oil helps prevent razor burn for those prone to shaving problems. The lube helps plump up dead skin cells with moisture, pushing them away from the face and leaving them exposed for cutting. Prepping with a hot washcloth on your face can further prepare your skin and hair. • The least invasive method involves a warm washcloth and exfoliant. Wash the inflamed area with the warm washcloth, moving in a circular motion. Once the skin is clean and the pores have opened from the warm water, use an exfoliant such as a sugar or salt scrub. You can use what you already have in your pantry, combining a sea salt, Epsom salt or raw sugar with sesame or vegetable oil. Like with the washcloth, gently scrub circular motion over the inflammation. The opening of the pore and exfoliation of the epidermal layer should draw the ingrown hair out for you to grab with a tweezer and remove. • Finish with a hydrating post-shave cream. Shaving actually helps keep your skin

fresh. The low-grade friction from shaving stimulates collagen production and smoothens the skin. SKIN In Your Face Most men use soap to wash their face. We say, skip the bar soaps as they tend to dry out the skin. Instead, find a good cleanser that your skin responds well to and stick with it. Choose a creamy cleanser if you have dry skin or a clear cleanser if you have oily skin. And here’s another piece of advice: wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen that protects against UVA and UVB rays. Even if it’s a cloudy out there, get a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher and reapply every two to three hours you’re outdoors. And, for the sake of your overall health as well as your appearance, don’t smoke Eat This! In order to keep your skin from looking like a crumpled piece of paper, get an extra boost of some of these super-nutritious food that work miracles on your skin. Some of the food items that put a speed bumper on the aging process of your skin are: Salmon – Feast on it! It’s rich in omega-3 fatty acids that nourishes the skin by reducing the body’s production of inflammatory substances, decreases clogged pores and prevents fine lines and wrinkles. Snapper – Like salmon, this tropical fish is also packed in anti-inflammatory fats and the beautiful skin booster – the mineral selenium that reduces the risk of sunburn and promote an even skin tone. Turkey – Turkey meat contains high concentration of the mineral zinc that maintains collagen and elastin fibers that



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safeguards the skin’s elasticity and firmness. Sweet potatoes – It contains a large amount of beta carotene that helps protect your skin from potential damage caused by too much sun exposure. Kiwi – Packed with more Vitamin C than any other fruit, this tangy-sweet treat maintains the collagen in the skin and helps keep it firm. Sunflower Seeds – Keep your skin from getting all saggy and wrinkled by munching on sunflower seeds. Packed in Vitamin E, it has the ability to diminish the appearance of scars. Tea – If water is too boring for you, alternate your water intake with hot or unsweetened green or black tea. They boast their own supply of acne-fighting antioxidants and phytonutrients (healthy substances from plants).

and dead skin cells and this allows the scalp to breathe easier and sprout hair follicles that are more strong and healthier.

HAIR Man-tain It A good haircut is just the beginning but above that, your hair needs maintenance – well, almost just like your car. Your locks might just be the attention grabber but keep in mind that it goes all the way back to the roots. Keep the pores clean by scrubbing the head’s epidermis prevents flakes and dryness. By doing so, you remove the debris

As for the hair-raising issues under your clothes, men have become a lot keener on positive image portrayal and being an excessively hairy man doesn’t quite bring out the manliness quotient on the same scale it did a long time back. Whoever said Big Foot was non-existent!

And if you’ve started to shed more hair than your four-legged furry friend, just add one to two tablespoons daily in salad dressings or into smoothies. If you get them in a gel-capsule form, you can take one to two capsules daily. Stashed with essential fatty acids, flaxseed oil promotes healthy and shinny hair. Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow! The shorter the better; for men in general, short haircuts works with everything and it’s the easiest solution to looking neat and clean without going over-the-top.

Today’s men prefer to trim or even eliminate body hair. Some of the most common ways of getting rid of chest and back hair are with


hot wax, electrolysis and shaving. As for the ‘region down under’ and armpits, trimming with a clipper or scissors is more appropriate. Trimming your genital area will profit your personal hygiene, your appearance and it may even spice up your sex life. With lesser hair, you won’t be prone to excessive sweating. Grooming your body hair is definitely a positive step towards being more presentable. Take the extra time before taking a shower and trim yourself clean. But then again, some hairy men tend to live with the fact that they are hairy. Sorry girls – that’s a hair-raising experience that you’ve got to deal with on your own.

After you have finished your shave, rinse your face in warm water and apply an after shave balm or mousturiser, to sooth and protect the face.



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camel active Denim Collection Jeans from head to toe

Denim, especially as jeans, is as timeless as fine wine. One thing is clear as far as denim is concerned: The jeans look will never die out entirely. And now, in conjunction with the rugged cut that camel active conjures, the classic five-pocket pants and the casually-cut jeans shirt are pepping up its image. This remake is certain to be a success, creating a striking denim look from head to toe. camel active offers urban swashbucklers their outfit for the streets.

The jeans shirt – quite unselfconscious with a relaxed rock star attitude. That’s how the close-cut blue denim shirt from camel active presents itself. The buttons are metal studs, which form a simple yet effective contrast to the completely dark blue tinted denim or bleached denim wash. The jeans pants – the essential second piece of the denim outfit and the favorite of all men. Thanks to the wide variety of colorings and cuts, jeans can now be worn for any occasion. And it doesn’t matter whether it’s a dark or a light wash: denim pants such as those from casual men’s wear and denim label camel active make no compromises when it comes to being casual.


The workwear flair of the denim collection is expressed in the many different five-pocket variations and the boot-cut version with its loose-cut and lightly flared legs as well as in the deep blue shades of dark and tinted. When treatments for that “used look” are applied to jeans shirts and worker pants, they accentuate the true “authentic vintage made for travelling the globe”. Complete the head to toe denim look with jeans inspired canvas shoes and ultra versatile backpack and leather belts. In Malaysia, camel active footwear is sold in exclusive camel active stores in Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya, Petaling Jaya, Kajang, Shah Alam, Seri Kembangan, Kuantan, Kota Bahru, Johor Bahru, Batu Pahat, Penang and in camel active outlets in all leading department stores and major fashion retailers.



LEFT IMAGE: - Black shearling aviator coat - Black stretch merino wool turrtleneck sweater - Black crepe sode peplum skirt Price available upon request


DKNY FALL 2012 Inspired by the beat generation, these are clothes for a true new yorker— Sweet and strong, pretty and tough, smart and street. The city palette is a tonal mix of matte, sheer and gloss: Black, steel, moody blues, potion and crimson.



The silhouette is one of soft structure—rounded shoulders, a short flirty skirt with blackout legs and a leather bandeau belt. Leather rules in everything from sexy skirts, and molded jackets and coats.


LEFT IMAGE: - Black merino wool turtleneck sweater - Black embossed leather alligator side peplum skirt RIGHT IMAGE: - Black knit twill collarless jacket with shiny leather binding - Black stretch merino wool turtleneck sweater - Black knit twill A-line skirt with shiny leather binding Price available upon request



Dresses openly flirt with front or back cutouts. Sheer/opaque tops reveal and conceal with sophistication. The new flippant skirt combines style and substance in bonded feminine fabrics, like lace, crepe窶電e窶田hine, wallpaper florals, or animalia. Or play it straight with the stitched窶田rease trouser or a lean pencil skirt.


LEFT IMAGE: - Majestic blue dolores floral print blouse with neck tie - Majestic blue bonded silk dolores floral print side peplum skirt with leather binding RIGHT IMAGE: - Black wool melton coat with shiny leather sleeves - Black stretch reino wool turtleneck sweater - Black crepe side peplum skirt Price available upon request



Rocking It

Paul Smith Autumn/Winter 2012 The Paul Smith Jeans collection takes inspiration from the ‘Stonemasters’; a group of climbers in the late seventies and early eighties who pioneered the art of free climbing. The group climbed in the most basic sportswear, making new garments from reworked sleeping bags and military surplus jackets when needed.


IMAGE: - Moss stitch wool jumper - Slub cotton waffle henley - Jumbo cord chino Price available upon request



Outerwear takes basic sportswear details and updates them, the most notable piece being a reworked sleeping bag jacket with sheep skin pockets and collar, and leather reinforced elbows. Wool donkey jackets, parkas and hooded smocks are also strong styles in outerwear this season.


LEFT IMAGE: - Boiled wool donkey jacker with leather yoke - Black washed denim western jacket - Black washed denim jean - Red Ear jacquard shirt RIGHT IMAGE: - Red Ear 100% Shetland wool SB soft contructed blazer - Red Ear Drainpipe fit light wash denim jean - Concealed hood button neck sweatshirt Price available upon request



Prints continue the outdoor theme; a moon and star print runs throughout the collection, featuring on both jacquard linings and shirting. A washed out flora and fauna print is also seen on chambray shirts. The colour palette of the collection is dark; midnight black, charcoal greys and damsons sit alongside rich autumnal shades of burnt red, green and taupes.


LEFT IMAGE: - Wool, cotton and silk fleck baseball jacket - Vintage washed denim jacket - Slub cotton check shirt - Red Ear Overdyed black, black selvedge denim jeans RIGHT IMAGE: - Down parka - 100% merino, twisted yarn zip thru cardigan - Pindot blazer - Grey flame chambray shirt - Black rinse wash denim chino Price available upon request


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THESE SHOES ARE MADE FOR WALKING, FURTHER Interview with shoe designer - Kheng Yu Beat the odds. That is the main theme that comes to mind after having a chat with this genial shoe designer. Although she had a relatively meteoric rise to fame and recently had a successful launch of her standalone store at KL CityWalk, Kheng Yu acknowledges that the ride was not always so smooth. You’d be surprised to know that Kheng Yu was almost paralyzed once and it was this dreadful event that inspired her to come up with her own line of footwear. “When I was in my early 20s, I had severe pain in my legs and I had difficulty walking. I was admitted into numerous hospitals, tried finding all sorts of ways to get myself cured, but I never found a solution. Even my doctors gave up on me; but I was never prepared to give up on myself.” It was a battle that had to be fought, so she went out on her own to do some research. And what she found next was almost of miraculous proportions.

“When it comes to shoe design, I love crafting footwear that is elegant with a touch of class and furthermore, I do not take pride in creating painful shoes. The concept behind the Kheng Yu brand is based on comfort and re-working elegance in a creative and sustainable way, hand making shoes to fit.”

“It was not an actual sickness. I found out that the reason behind my paralysis was due to ignorance – I was not too concerned about getting the perfect footwear for my feet.” Please note that she didn’t frequent high heels.

So how did her first pair of shoes explode into a respected line of shoes? “My first pair of sandals was not built to perfection, but I could walk in it. After a few changes, I attained my first commercial success – I made shoes that aided women with foot problems such as bunions to walk without discomfort.”

But what’s most remarkable about the designer is that she started making and wearing her own shoes. Although it wasn’t an over-night miracle, Kheng Yu was on the road to recovery, and she has not stepped into a hospital since. As the recipient of the excellence award in the women shoemaking category in 2007 at the Malaysian Footwear Designer Competition, the fashion design graduate with a major in footwear technology describes herself as a shoe artisan.


Her designs are simple yet distinctive, with comfort being the overriding attraction to the shoes. The Kheng Yu line of footwear appeal to individuals who crave authentic, personalized products to enrich their lives with.

Fuelled by her passion, her skills, and a strong vision to offer her clients luxury and functionality, Kheng Yu designs made-toorder shoes. She gives individual attention to each pair and prides herself with creating a design unique for each customer. “Creativity aside, the actual making of a shoe is a very technical process. Furthermore, a made-to-order shoe requires more attention.”

I made shoes that aided women with foot problems such as bunions to walk without discomfort

To Kheng Yu, a good pair of shoes is a pair that has a good shape, fit, design, materials and one that complements the anatomy of the feet. “A good shoe is a shoe that you want to wear, a shoe that feels good. A good shoe is a pair that can stand the test of time.” Manufacturing aside, the other tedious part is marketing the shoes. “I have to admit that at first, it was tough to gain the trust of buyers. Being a young shoemaker at that time, people just didn’t have the confidence in me. They probably thought that I’d be like one of those “one-hitwonders”. But Kheng Yu proved them wrong. Met with rave reviews from the media, Kheng Yu went on to receive a design award from Datuk Jimmy Choo. “I was overjoyed! Actually, that’s an understatement. Let’s just say that I was simply over the moon!”

shoe had to go through a research process in order for me to create a good design.” Kheng Yu has always believed that design and innovation should always come together. The designer who would someday love to collaborate with Ferragamo is already making shoes for buyers in Italy. “I’ve been getting good reviews. My clients have mentioned that my shoes are what they would like to call ‘happy shoes’ and that they enjoy being a part of the process of choosing the style, fabric and the detailing.” When asked about her favorite designer, Kheng Yu told us that her idol and source of inspiration would have to be Salvatore Ferragamo because of his beautifully simple yet stunning designs.

“I was still fresh in the industry at that time and the award definitely came as a surprise to me. I have always observed Jimmy Choo’s designs and found that it was all about the elegance and class. I went along that line and I knew I couldn’t go wrong.”

Of course, dollars and cents are not the only reasons behind her creations. “I think I’d be delighted to see someone who really cares for the well-being of their feet and back in a pair of Kheng Yu’s. After all that I have been through, I’ve been constantly striving to make shoes that are comfortable and fashionable,” said Kheng Yu. For her, it’s more than a business it’s a passion.”

What has been the most difficult part of creating your first collection – from concept to completion? “Detailing. Every inch of each

Kheng Yu plans to steadily build up her business and portfolio through ongoing research of the market and materials. With

these tools and her insatiable passion for perfection, she aims to develop the brand as being reliable and credible by continuously providing high-quality products, excellent service, and definitive brand identity. “By creating an experience for consumers, I aim to expand my business locally and internationally.” Creation is one of the most valuable gifts we can have and Kheng Yu, despite the obstacles she has faced has kept up the distinctiveness in her work – it’s something that has always made her succeed. Using beautiful materials and stylish designs, her shoe line made a huge statement in the industry – that shoes could look good and also be good for your feet. Over the years, Kheng Yu’s footwear has continued to combine fashion, comfort and luxury with both men’s and women’s shoes.


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Man Bag

If you’re a man of fashion, you’d know bags have become a necessary tool and style staple, and certainly not seen as solely a women’s item anymore. Rest assured that today’s men’s bags are made masculine, stylish and makes an ideal accessory to any modern wardrobe. Whether it’s a messenger bag, a briefcase or a sling tote, it’s great for carrying all your necessary belongings (iPad anyone? A laptop? A notebook or two even?), especially perfect as you run around for back-to-back important meetings, all the while looking less than shabby doing it. Worth an investment, we say. 1. Windsor Brown Single Zip Briefcase Dunhill | price: n/a 2. Prince of Wales Check Nylon Tote with Brown Leather Trim Paul Smith AW12 | price: n/a 3. Leather Diplomatic Bag in Tan Valextra | price: RM10,648 4. Boston Alligator Weekend Bag in Black Ralph Lauren Shoes & Accesories | price: RM88,764

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A comfortable yet stylish pair of statement boots is all that jazz in the men’s footwear department this season. Always on trend, there are countless designs that provide a great all-year round option and are effortlessly easy to be dressed up or down with simply a pair of jeans and plain tee. For those who are on the showy side, you may like to opt for a pair of printed or coloured ones, guaranteed to be a headturner on the streets. 1. Leather Monk-Strap Boots Alexander McQueen | price: RM2,252 2. Originals Desert Boots Clarks | price: RM388.20 3. Otter Black Leather Chelsea Boots with Orange Sole Paul Smith AW12 | price: n/a



4. Kanahwa Leather Lace-Up Boots in Black/Blue Paul Smith AW 12 | price: n/a 5. Johnny Leather Ankle Boots Yves Saint Laurent | price: RM3,108

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If there was one handbag style that’s here to stay, it’d be none other than the quilted handbags, no doubt; in fact it’s quite an essential item easily found in every respectable stylista’s closet, all thanks to Coco Chanel who legendarily created the Chanel 2.55, circa 1955. Almost all distinguished design houses today have since followed suit and released their own signature quilted handbags, whether you want a small clutch or a shoulder bag, you’re sure to find a quilted tote to call your own.



1. Quilted Tarras Bag in Black Barbour | price: RM292 2. Quilted Barrel Holdall in Black Topshop | price: RM177 3. Quilted Bag with Chain Strap in Blue MANGO | price: RM171.50 4. Stam Bag in White Marc Jacobs FW12 | price: n/a 5. The Large Single Quilted Patent Bag in Bordeux Marc Jacobs FW 12 | price: n/a

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Whether tall and slouchy or short and structured, women’s boots is absolutely one of the biggest footwear trends of the past year. Ranging from cute ankle boots to sexy knee boots, even thigh highs for the lucky ladies blessed with mile-long legs, the perfect pair of boots could just be the essential staple you’ve been looking for in order to dress up or down with, thanks to its versatility. You can never go wrong with a flattering pair of skinny jeans well tucked into knee boots, or simply go casual by matching a pair of ankle boots with t-shirt-and-shorts. Oh, they keep your feet warm during rainy days while you walk steadily tall in them. What’s not to love? 1. Suede Ankle Boots in Berry Alexander McQueen | price: RM3,018 2. Clash Suede Knee High Boots ASOS | price: RM491


3. Paule Leopard-Printed Ankle Boots DKNY Fall 2012 | price: n/a 4. Mayor Suede Wedge Boots in Purple Jimmy Choo | price: RM2,658 5. Classic Suede Cowboy Boots in Brown Marc by Marc Jacobs | price: n/a

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No trend is as ferocious as the leather trend, agreed? Some of the most high-end labels such as Jil Sander and Jean Paul Gaultier have been seen leathering up their runway looks for Fall/Winter 2012 with stylishly detailed pieces while pairing them with fur and such, displaying luxuriousness in the most swaggering way. While we don’t exactly embrace leather as choice of fabric in our weather, it hasn’t (and shouldn’t) stop us from owning a leather jacket or two, just because it’s oh-so-lavish.

1. Fur-Lined Leather Biker Jacket DKNY FW12 | price: n/a 2. Stretch Cotton-Twill & Leather Varsity Jacket Paul Smith | price: RM4,301 3. Black Leather Harrington Topman | price: RM319 4. Tailored Leather Blazer DKNY FW12 | price: n/a 5. Lightweight Leather Military-Style Jacket Ralph Lauren Black Label | price: RM4,542 6. Contrast-Front Quilted Leather Bomber Jacket Givenchy | price: RM7,840

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What could possibly be fresher than adding a zest of life, by literally displaying a favourite piece of fruit or two on yourself? Nothing, really! While we don’t exactly recommend piling them up (of course unless you wouldn’t mind looking like a tree, then go ahead), in small doses, the fruity trend could actually add major squeeze of quirky fun to any basic look. Seeing so many respectable designers hopping aboard this almost-edible bandwagon, we think it’s time you ladies to go ahead fill up those baskets with these ripest picks of the season. 1. Fruit-Printed Tankini Top Pret-a-Surf | price: RM608 2. Daddy Tie-Front Citrus Shirt Equipment | price: RM85 3. Apple-Printed Pleated Cotton Skirt J.Crew | price: RM743 4. The Looker Cherry-Printed Cropped Low-Rise Skinny Jeans Mother | price: RM1, 126 5. Pineapple-Printed Bikini Anna & Boy | price: RM732 6. Fruit-Printed Dress by Wal G Topshop | price: RM157










Heading out for a sexy night out with the chicas? Why not peek-a-boo, or two! Forget the conventional ways of sexy such as cleavage-showing or even the up-tillthere slits of a mini-dress and go for the clever cutaways from one of today’s hottest trends – the slide-and-dice. Whether it’s a core cut-out dress or a top featuring a cutout back, this slightly provocative trend has been spotted amongst the bold trendsetters at the fashion forefront and it’s not hard to see why simply because it can be a super chic and sassy way to flaunt what you’ve got. Ladies, let’s cut to the chase now, shall we? Have no fear and go for it. 1. One Shoulder Cut-Out Dress Halston | price: RM1,561 2. Cut-Out Bandage Dress Hervé Léger | price: RM5,272 3. Cut-Out Belted Wool-Blend Crepe Dress Lela Rose | price: RM4,753 4. 90s Cut-Out Maxi Dress by Oh My Love Topshop | price: RM221 5. Lattice Cut-Out Bodycon Dress Topshop | price: RM176 6. Cut-Out Sleeveless Shirt by Rare Topshop | price: RM167



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Makeup is always not pretty. If you make a mistake, you can really advertise it on your face. By right, a makeup expert should not make a mistake, but in the real world, sometimes even a makeup maven can get it wrong. I’ve been doing makeup for 11-years (I started wearing it when I was six!) and when I meet someone new or walk in public I can’t help but scrutinize every girl’s face and see how she puts her best face forward. And quite often, I see the same mistakes they make over and over again. Here’s a short lesson and some tips so you can always be at your most prettiest! Sometimes a girl has to know her “don‘ts” before her “do‘s”. Mistake 1 : Wearing the wrong shade of foundation Although I’m strongly against this concept, you can’t help but see whitening products on every shelf. Nothing can be worse than picking a shade that’s not suitable that you end up looking sallow and grey. So girls please try a color resembling the closest to your skin. When I’m torn between two bottles, I usually mix them up or go for the darker one. If you however, like to go for a tanned look, please also pick the foundation that matches your skin. A foundation isn’t suppose to give you a tan. That’s what bronzers are for! And who wants to look like Snooki?


Mistake 2: Over plucking your eyebrows For the longest time I had the worst eyebrows. I didn’t know the proper way to pluck or draw them till my manager (I was working at a makeup counter in 2000) realized I wasn’t sad coming to work but had sadly drawn eyebrows instead. It changed my entire face. Ladies please remember once you thin them out it takes a very long time before they fill out again. Get a professionals help to groom them and you can maintain it from there. The best way to fill them up is by using a slanted flat brush with a brownish brow powder. Mistake 3: Not getting your hair did No point having a primped face with bad hair. Keep it healthy, get regular cuts and don’t outgrow it longer than your bra strap. Hair is meant to frame your face not your butt. More often I see girls with half colored hair because they can’t be bothered to touch it up. Girls, if you can’t maintain it, don’t start it. It just spells “l-a-z-y”. Mistake 4: Over drawn lip liners or lip liners that are too dark Honey we know where your lips are. Keep lipstick in check by using a nude color or the color closest to your lipstick. And please blend it in with your lipstick. Mistake 5: Over bronzing In our climate, powder or gel is the best formula to use. You want to apply just enough to look sun kissed and not sun damaged. I suggest using a big soft brush and sweep it across your forehead, jaw line and shoulders. Mistake 6: Glitter before you’ve had your morning coffee Friends don’t let friends wear glitter before after hours. Please keep this for dress up time and when you hit the clubs. And definitely not at the office. I was once on a shoot and the producer wore lime green glittery eye shadow. Although she ran the show, no one could remember her name and instead we all secretly called her Green Eye shadow girl the whole time.

Too much of it makes you look very very disturbing. The best part to apply is on your cheekbones, cleavage and the inner corners of your eyes.

Mistake 7: V jay jay art I’m not sure which is worse. Gluing stones and feathers on your lady parts or boasting to the world you did. Mistake 8: Too much luminating products A tiny bit makes you dewy and glowy. Too much of it makes you look very very disturbing. The best part to apply is on your cheekbones, cleavage and the inner corners of your eyes. And I mean a tiny speck.


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Women’s Tag Heuer Aquaracer Quartz A Swiss classic that never gets old

From watches named after race car drivers (McQueen Monaco), to the world’s first chronographs, Tag Heuer watches are watches that are built to last. The Tag Heuer Aquaracer Quartz for women has been a favourite among lady followers of Tag Heuer. This particular model boasts a diverse amount of features that are sure to be women pleasers. It comes at a reputable 27 millimetres, sheathed in a steel case. With quartz movement as an engine, and sapphire crystal as a shield protecting the beautifully crafted dial, this machine is designed with “premium painted on its face”. It also features unidirectional steel rotating bezel, a screw in crown, white mother of pearl dial, luminescent hands, date display, a double locking clasp for security and lastly, is water resistant of up to 300 meters. A mouthful of features, but so worth it.


The sapphire dial window is anti reflectant, so telling the time is easier in broad daylight or direct sunlight. A much welcomed addition especially if you are outbound.

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Tailored Shorts


Men and shorts are inseparable, especially in this tropical weather where more often than not, just the mere thought of having to put on a pair of trousers out of the house could actually be excruciating. Now that’s not to say we’re ditching trousers altogether; we’re just saying, putting on a pair of well-tailored shorts to work can actually be damn good idea – hey, it’s breezy, and it could be super stylish too. Just take a good look at the hottest trends off the men’s runway since way back in 2007 – notable designers such as Dolce & Gabbana have been sending troops of men clad in smart shorts, setting the trend for years to come; and yet till today, only a few men have seen able to gather a pair to go short. It’s all about throwing in the right pair in your daily work wear equation while keeping in mind that moderation is key. Oh, while you’re at it, here’s a tip: leave the long socks at home. Seriously, why the hell not?


1. Harvard Twill Shorts in Pink Marc by Marc Jacobs | price: RM901 2. Madison Tailored Linen Shorts Ralph Lauren Purple Label | price: RM878 3. Peach Oxford Tailored Shorts in Orange Topman | price: RM157.30

4. Navy Aztec Tailored Shorts in Blue Topman | price: RM157.30 5. Grey Herringbone Tailored Shorts in Mid Grey Topman | price: RM157.30 6. Working Man Shorts in Heather Black Obey | price: RM202.90

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Citizen Men’s Eco-Drive Perpetual Calendar Chronograph Watch A touch of class, vintage style

From one of the world’s largest watch producers in the worlds, Citizen. This Japanese company brings you a vintage style, yet manages to fit in a modern community with its unique technology. A standard chronograph watch is an understatement, but having a chronograph watch that lives on natural sunlight and, even indoor light redefines the way watches operate. This technology introduced in 1995 by Citizen may last up to 120 to 270 days on end. It is also capable of being submerged of up to 660 feet. A mineral window covers up the beautifully designed black colored dial, below a unidirectional rotating bezel, while it straps on your hand with its vintage brown leathered straps, and is reinforced by a titanium bezel. And if that’s not enough to tip you off your boat, it has a dual time display and also has an alarm feature. Disclaimer: Watch straps are made of pig skin.


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Your Slice of Paradise at Belleza

It’s often the ultimate dream to have an exclusive vacation pad to fall back into like a fluffy bed; one that liberates the mind and presents metaphoric chicken soup for the soul. It isn’t easy to come across anything that fits the bill without blowing a hole in your pocket with one, yet despite the odds, we’ve found the perfect exception to that rule with Belleza Garden Homes, an exclusive residential oasis cradled in the tranquil country-side vicinity of Kolej Heights Utara.

in Jitra, Kedah, which is the brainchild of renowned property conglomerate Country Heights Holdings Berhad (CHHB). The sprawling development itself spreads across 489-acres of prime freehold land and plays home to a distinguished enclave of Bungalows and Garden Homes.

Belleza Garden Homes is pin-dropped in the peaceful pastures of Kolej Heights Utara

Being a true advocate and expert in hospitality, wellness, and environmentally


friendly practices, CHHB has kept Belleza Garden Homes close to its vision of “Ever Searching for Better Living” by tailor-making every inch of the prized development to provide its residents with a holistic lifestyle experience. Here, nature’s beauty is kept close to the design philosophy. While the developers have gone to great lengths to ensure that Belleza Garden Homes is fully equipped to accommodate the modern

way of life, they still went to great lengths to give it the rustic charm and natural appeal commonly reserved for relaxing vacation resorts. The development’s modern architecture is surrounded in the well-manicured embrace of the Linear Park. As if to soften the hard, angular architecture of the residential units, the Linear Park is peppered with lush greenery and soothing contours that seamlessly flow along and around the vicinity. Where most terrace houses have a service alley at the back, the Linear Garden continues to flow through to provide an all-encompassing 30-ft radius of spacious greenery.

This much-sought after mix of modernity and countryside charm is not easy to find in other places around the country. Those looking for a slightly less stressful pace of life but yet do not want to go fully rural would find what they are looking for in Belleza Garden Homes.


Belleza Garden Homes, which was officially unveiled to priority registrants in January 2011, has since garnered 100% sales take-up, an astonishing result by any standard. The Group is optimistic that 2012 will see the continuity of this success in the forthcoming launch of Belleza Garden Homes Phase 2A, a sequel to the remarkable achievement of Phase 1.


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in Thailand. The North-South Expressway links Kolej Heights Utara with other major towns and cities with ease of travel by flight via the Sultan Halim International Airport in Alor Setar within a mere 15-minute drive.

PROPERTYINFO Belleza Garden Homes - Phase 2A Address

Kolej Heights Utara, Jitra, Kedah.

Land Title Residential



Land Area

22’ x 80’ (1,760 sq ft)

Built Up

2,059 sq ft – 2,831 sq ft

Listing Price

RM 350,000 onwards

Bathrooms 3 /4

Bedrooms 4/6

Total Units 97 units

Launching Date Q4, 2012

Unique Selling Points

- Gated & guarded community - Low density development - 15 ft backyard linear garden concepts - Modern façade design - Wider land size - Fully facility Residence Clubhouse Open for registration. For more information, please visit or call Ms Ooi Han Yin @ 019 600 1522


With that being said, one does not need to sacrifice the convenience of modern day infrastructure to enjoy pampering embrace of being tucked away in stress-free greenery; at least not with Belleza Garden Home’s strategic location. Kolej Heights Utara is well connected with excellent arterial access to Alor Setar, Kangar, Kuala Perlis and Hadyai

Thanks to the rest of Kolej Heights Utara’s facilities, Belleza Garden Homes is surrounded by ample amenities which include a fully equipped Sports Living Clubhouse. The Clubhouse comes complete with a swimming pool, children’s playground, indoor badminton courts, a fully equipped gymnasium and restaurant as well as meeting rooms, complementing country-style living lifestyle. Where safety is concerned, Belleza Garden Homes is a gated community with every home protected within a well-guarded perimeter. Experienced in creating green environments in all its other development projects, CHHB even went to the extent of building Belleza Garden Homes with concealed underground cabling and drainage system. So be it a vacation home, an investment, or even a reason to retire to, those who seek an affordable dream home, with resortfeeling, and a well-manicured environment with full security will be pleased to find that Belleza Garden Homes has it all.


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With space management being a scarce resource for urbanites, it is no surprise to see ingenious and efficient space-savvy furniture being sold in mass quantities. But there is always a catch. Durability isn’t always a selling point with the bulk of seemingly disposable products that are priced to appeal to the masses. Specializing in space management, known for their enduring quality, and known for their knack to design functional form, Alumix is now offering an efficient new wardrobe system for the space-conscious. A popular choice for both residential and commercial applications in places like Maldivian resorts, hotels in China, and condominium projects in Singapore, this wardrobe system is proof that sturdy furniture doesn’t always have to be heavy and bulky. In fact, all the compartments within the wardrobe are modular, which means that they can be disassembled and reconfigured to meet changing needs. So if you are looking for more than your average “disposable” D-I-Y storage solutions, and are really tired of deceivingly good-looking furniture that are just no good out of the showroom, then this is definitely a reliable and refreshing option to consider.


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Rustic furniture has always been a popular choice for the outdoors, but every so often, we come across a collection like the Tropez Collection.


Bringing the comfort of interior furniture to the outdoors, Diez drew inspiration from the world of sports from the 20’s and 30’s by using a familiar language found in elegant sailing boats and handcrafted tennis rackets. Made of thermo-lacquered aluminium profiles, plastic fabric and porcelain plate, this extensive collection comprises several pieces, including a bed, chaise lounge, armchair, sofa and modular sofas, poufs, high and low tables, a stool and benches.

“Tropez considers the world of outdoor furniture in a light-hearted and unpretentious way; much like a lacewing bird would land in a garden with ease.” said Diez. Sleek yet casual in nature, the versatile collection can seamlessly complement a variety of environments and landscapes. Experience it itself in the flash at Linds Furniture.

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The best food can come from the most humble kitchen. And while it should be an intrinsic element of any household, the kitchen is often tucked away behind the scenes and given relatively little emphasis on aesthetic appeal compared to the rest of the house. The other end of the kitchen design continuum however, presents us with droolworthy designer kitchens by world class designers. Of course, like any fine art, there have always been those who understand and appreciate the value of a great kitchen, one that is as aesthetically pleasing as it is functional. In this respect, the good folks at Snaidero, one of the largest international Italian kitchen exporters, have been crafting some of the greatest and most iconic kitchens that the world has ever seen. So what does it take to produce such outstanding pieces of functional art? For one, Rino set up Snaidero’s first partnerships with some of the most famous names in Italian design at the beginning of the 1960’s. This move was a spoon full of sugar to sweeten the otherwise visually drab furniture industry, and it placed Snaidero in a league of its own and saw their award winning designs bask in the limelight of international success.




Amongst the most notable pieces was with architect Virgilio Forchiassin who created his innovative interpretation of the kitchen area called “Spazio Vivo” in 1968. Highly regarded as a notable piece of art, Spazio Vivo was variously exhibited at the time and found its way into the Moma Museum of Modern Art in New York just this year. Snaidero also managed to capture the spirit of auto-couture in their kitchen designs thanks to their collaboration with Pinnifarina, the world-renowned design house behind iconic auto-couture masterpieces like Ferrari, Maserati and Alpha Romeo to name a few.

One example here is the Ola 20, a work of art that complements Snaidero’s classic signature design ethos with curves and smooth lines which enhance space with cutting edge chic. The Pininfarina design language embodies almost a century’s worth of automotive design excellence fusing technical acumen with stylish sensibility. With its sleek and eloquent contours, it is reminiscent of the aerodynamic form of a supercar.

an exclusive signature style and innovative functions. The Good Design Award, run by the Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design, is the most prestigious award in the world for new products that stand out for their exceptional design, functionality and aesthetics. A grand total of eight Snaidero kitchens have received this award, so it is no surprise that Snaidero is famous for producing only the best kitchens money can buy.

All in all, Snaidero’s partnerships with leading Italian designers have resulted in the development of kitchens that bear both

All Snaidero kitchens are made in Italy at a production facility covering an area of 115,000 m2. An advanced integrated IT system

Tempo by Michele sbrogiò (1986) “I feel that the most successful objects are those that are anonymous, in the right measure. This is a feature that design ought to have. It should take a backseat to the object, to ist result, to ensure itself a much longer life” - Michele sbrogiò


Cutting Edge Production

An elegant marriage of art and functionality, the Ola 20 is the latest kitchen design range brought to you by world renowned kitchen specialist Snaidero in tandem with Pininfarina, the design house behind iconic auto-couture masterpieces like Ferrari, Maserati and Alpha Romeo to name a few. Mica lacquering provides fine reflective surfaces and along with the new finishing Dark Ash Wood, adds to a long list of customizations in designing your ideal kitchen.

manages the entire production process from the moment an order is received, covering the material acquisition, manufacturing, assembly and delivery stages. Snaidero has employed a “just-in-time” production strategy since 1994, which is supported by a fully qualified team of craftsmen. This approach enables them to offer personalized options for each and every kitchen whenever required by customers. The large number of automated processes at work enables them to produce an average of 2000 kitchens per day. Every Snaidero product is made using extremely high quality components and materials (ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and SA8000 certified) and according to a well-defined environmental policy. This equates to careful and responsible use of wood as a raw material, in line with strict international standards regarding sustainable management of woods/ forests and of the global ecosystem as a whole. Moreover, all Snaidero kitchens are made using panels that comply with the European “E1” formaldehyde emission limit classification. As far as the production process is concerned, the company has been using water-based paints in its matt finishes since 2006, reducing environmental impact to negligible levels. INTERFAL MARKETING SDN BHD Lot 158, Jalan Maarof, Taman Bandar Raya, 59100 Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur Tel: +603 2093 9588 Fax: +603 2093 6588 In the beginning It all started back in 1946, when Snaidero founder Cavaliere Rino Snaidero opened his first furniture production workshop in anticipation of the rapid growth in demand for furniture during the post-war reconstruction period. Rino couldn’t have been more accurate about the boom; his foresight helped him quickly cotton onto the burgeoning renaissance of Italian style and innovation that was taking place at the time, when Italian designers and architects were taking the lead on a global scale.


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IT’S TIME FOR NIXIE Yesterday’s Tubes Tell Today’s Time renowned

The classic tubes that were replaced by LCD displays have been revived. Derived from the word “Nixie tube”, the technology involves a glass tube which produces orange, neon-like lights, and can be shaped into numerals or alphabets that are arranged behind each other within a tube. The Nixie clock is a clock which displays time through the use of Nixie Tubes. The classic tubes that were replaced by LCD displays have been revived. Derived from the word “Nixie tube”, the technology involves a glass tube which produces orange, neon-like lights, and can be shaped into numerals or alphabets that are arranged behind each other within a tube. The Nixie clock is a clock which displays time through the use of Nixie Tubes. The existence of the Nixie tube can be traced all the way back to the year 1955. Nixie tubes were initially used as light signage in train stations, taxi stands, and the likes. And while the application of Nixie tubes to tell time can seem redundant and outdated next to today’s LCD technology, Nixie clocks have

become an amusing novelty that is almost artistic as an aesthetically pleasing work of art. Nixie clocks are handmade, and come at diverse prices based on the amount of tubes, the clock’s size, design, and materials. Not only is this clock capable of flaunting its premium looks while preserving its vintage value, it also has you spoilt for choice. If that’s not enough to tickle your curiosity, have it done yourself in a DIY package, where the aforementioned specifications can still be customised to your requirements. Whether you are looking for something to fill that empty space in your home, or maybe just a pure vintage junkie, here’s something to add up to your collection of retrotronics. It’s about time.




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TECH ME HOME REDEFINING THE MODERN HOUSEHOLD Jetsons or no Jetsons, the average household today features a host of technological marvels far more advanced than what we ever had just ten years ago. In this section, we bring you some nifty and innovative gadgets and home appliances of today. 1.Sanyo Indoor Smokeless Electric Grill Now, if you thought that a barbecue party has always had its exclusivity for the outside, think again. Sanyo has changed things up with its electric powered smokeless grill and has allowed barbecues to be held indoors as it is virtually smokeless. Working with its basic functions is a breeze and it is very user-friendly so it does not require rocket science to operate. Aside from being focused, the grill features temperature control, a large cooking surface measuring at 200 square inches, and even has a dishwasher safe drip pan. But if you still prefer the old school outdoors, the Sanyo smokeless grill does just fine too. ( 2.Tagg GPS Pet Tracker So we all thought that GPS technology belongs in cars, smartphones, aircraft, and military drones right? We now have a GPS tracker for your four legged furry companions called the Tagg GPS Pet Tracker. Keep track of your little companion’s location when you have the slightest hunch of doubt. This device is also capable of sending you an alert when your pet strays out of your pre-determined zone. So what happens if you decide to take your pet out of that zone? With just a press of a button, the tracker is turned off. The Tagg GPS Pet Tracker may be less amusing than the electric shock collar that administers an electrical charge to your pet when it trespasses the invisible perimeter, but it certainly is a more humane way to keep your pet in line. ( 3.Bluelounge Cable Box It is an unsightly mess, but we’ve all had cables and wires lying around at some point in our hi-tech lives. But no longer does one need to dwell in this unattractive sight as the Bluelounge Cable Box is here to rid you of your tangle nightmares. To put it plain and simple, it’s a box, but a box worthy of a spot under your desk, or even your living room as it has the looks to go along. Aside from keeping your wires neat and out of sight and away from dust, its fire retardant plastic casing prevents your surge protector from catching fire. Keeping things inside the box, in this case, is much better than the opposite. (



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perfection in motion alfa romeo embodies over a century’s worth of automative excellence Alfa Romeo, a name that played its part in shaping legends such as Enzo Ferrari, is now more than a century year old. Over the years, the fabled brand has become a cult icon. And while they are far from mainstream, Alfa Romeo has secured itself an irreplaceable spot in the realm of automotive excellence.


It took Alfa only three years since its starting point in 1910 to create their first racing car. 1925, in the inaugural world championship for Grand Prix cars to be exact, competition was tight. After all was said and done, a winner crosses the finish line, and it is Alfa Romeo who emerges in victory. A definite proud moment for Alfa Romeo. What followed thereafter was a great amount of exposure and soon, the name Alfa Romeo was slowly getting noticed all over the world. It was a year which saw Alfa Romeo’s rise to success, and it didn’t just end there. The most beautiful Alfa’s were seen making their way onto podiums throughout the world in the 60’s and 70’s as well. It was not just a household name anymore - it was a way of life.

companies, A.L.F.A resumed three years when the war subsided, and started all over again with leftover parts that were present prior to the war. The name was then changed again in 1920 to one which we are all more familiar with, Alfa Romeo. And it stuck ever since.

Known initially as Societa Anonima Italiana Darracq (SAID) in 1910, forged by the French Automobile firm of Alexandre Darracq and a few Italian investors, the company evolved into A.L.F.A in the year 1909. Production however came to a halt in 1914 when World War One came about, and the company then saw Neapolitan entrepreneur Nicola Romeo as their director in 1915, who turned the A.L.F.A factory into an Italian and Allied military hardware production facility. Just like the other

“Torpedo 20-30hp” was a name that played an important role as far as the automotive industry is concerned. Naturally, we might think that the Torpedo 20-30hp would be a weapon capable of delivering massive damage, or maybe a form of ammunition, and it would definitely not ring any bells, but here’s an important fact. “Torpedo2030hp” was the given name of the first car to ever be produced in 1920 by the newly named Alfa Romeo, and it has most definitely landed a page in Alfa Romeo’s history books.

Behind the badge

Contrary to popular belief, the right part of the Alfa Romeo logo is not a fire breathing serpent or dragon. The creature in the emblem is in fact a serpent eating a human child. The gruesome idea came to be when Romano Cattaneo was given the task of coming up with a logo for Alfa, and gained inspiration from the Visconti family’s coat of arms displayed on their door while waiting for a train.

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The year 1920 didn’t just mark the start of the newly revived Alfa Romeo, it was also a very successful year. Alfa met their first success at Mugello, with driver Giuseppe Campari coming in victorious in first place. Success carried on when the legendary Enzo Ferrari placed second at Targa Florio. That was the starting point for Alfa post war, and Alfa were building beautiful road worthy cars and well performing sports cars. Alfa Romeo strolled on with the hype in the year 1960 and was known for its small cars and models that were made for the Italian Police Force, with the most notable of all being the Giulia Super or the 2600 Sprint GT which was also given the nick name Inseguimento, and it doesn’t just stop there. In the same year, The Prime Minister of Italy could be seen riding in Alfa’s and was attached to Alfa’s for a very long time. Forwarding on to recent times, The Alfa Romeo Giulietta series has made a name for itself. Photo::


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The Giulietta Quadrifoglio Verdeis in particular is being used as the safety car for the World Superbike Championships, and most recently, Alfa’s modern take on the Giulietta has won a respectable number of awards, among them being named Best Engine 2010, being voted Auto Europa 2011, and being named Best Compact Car at the Die Besten Awards. Unlike mainstream car manufacturers that roll out new rides every year, Alfa Romeo’s focuses on quality over quantity. Choosing quality over quantity, every car that rolls out from Alfa Romeo’s stable of premium performance steeds has consistently been a testament to the brand’s ingenuity and impeccable attention to detail. And like the romantic journey through history that it has shared with us, the fabled brand continues to champion its proud heritage of perfection into the future. image sourced (from top to bottom):,,


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Photo: One of Hitotsuyama Racing team’s Audis belts out of the garage on race day.

The action on the track has always been the main focus of a race, tailor-made for spectators to enjoy. But oftentimes, the action off the track can be just as dramatic, emotional, and interesting as that of the track (and we don’t just mean the car girls). In addition to Formula 1 and the GP500 motorbike series, Sepang International Circuit plays host annually to the Super GT motorcar racing series. The Malaysian round of this 9 race season is the only event in the series held outside of Japan and have long held the attention of console gamers in the form of GranTurismo, now into it’s umpteenth incarnation. This year in June, Sepang once again roared to the engines of these high performance streetcar based machines, and was seduced by the provocative presence of the Super GT Race Queens.

Photo: The racing machine is given several helping hands before engines are started in the pit lane.



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Left Top: The drivers are not the only ones caught up in the intensity and concentration. Precise maneveurs in the garage and pits are crucial. Hand signals help to mitigate the overwhelming loudness of roaring engines and exhausts.

Left Bottom: Specialised tools are required for otherwise mundane tasks such as changing tyres, highlighting the need for speed and efficiency.

Right Top: Minutes before the race-start, crews from different teams gather for a last minute briefing. Tech crews (foreground) continue the endless analysis of telemetry and performance data.

Popular imagination and support are stirred in the Super GT by the fact that most of the vehicles used in racing may be purchased in street legal form, much like the World Rally Championships. All teams must use approved vehicles, modified to strict standards to avoid overcooking the cars and creating an uneven playing field. Nevertheless, the competition is as fierce as ever, and the series enjoys a loyal following buoyed of course by it’s virtual existence as a video game sensation.

Right Bottom: A crewmember wearing full fire retardent head gear wanders into the heat of the pre-race preparations.


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Top: Cyndie Allemann cools off after the race day practise session. The in-car temperatures peaked at around 55 degrees celsius and challenged the Swiss national’s physical endurance limits. Middle: The crew fall into position, ready to move the car into the Super GT arena.

As with all motorsports in the 21st century, technology and efficiency form the cornerstones of Super GT. These two aspects are fused together by the human element of driver and the often unseen but very crucial presence of the pit crew. Backing up these front line warriors and their race machines are race engineers, technicians, strategists, team bosses and sponsors. At Sepang, all these elements came together in the heat and humidity to truly challenge these awesome racing machines. The drivers and crew were pushed to the limits of their physical and mental endurance in a race environment faced only once a year in the Super GT class of racing. Bottom: Hideto Yasuoka of Hitotsuyama Racing team synchronises his watch prior to heading out for the qualifying session.


Ambient and reflected temperatures were so high at Sepang that race tyres were laid out in the sun to warm up.


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Privileged access was granted by the Hitotsuyama Racing team, who are competing this year with two Audi RS8 LMS based vehicles. Notably, car number 21 is co-driven by Cyndie Allemann, 26 from Switzerland. Allemann is the only female driver in the Super GT series since its rebranding, and has made a notable impact with the fans and is an extremely capable and competitive driver, mixing it up with the best of them. She has an impressive motorsport resume supporting her and is looking forwards to developing her career in Super GT as well as running a successful go-karting business back in Switzerland.


Left Top: Cyndie Allemann is the only female driver in the Super GT. At 26 years old, she’s racked up an impressive racing resume. Cyndie takes a personal interest in all aspects and here she installs her personal steering wheel into her Audi RS8’s cockpit. Left Middle: Even with speed restrictions in the pit-lane, navigating out of the garage and into the pratice round requires coordination and timing. Right Top: Three of the many modern samurai of Hitotsuyama Racing on the track, right before the race, undertaking last minute prep and adjustments. Right Bottom: Cyndie Allemann settles into the cockpit of her Audi RS8 LMS, in preparation for the race.


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Super GT is already renowned for its openness, for example daily pit walks are conducted for fans, allowing them up close interaction with drivers, Race Queens and the opportunity to be up close with their dream machines. In this photo essay, we get even closer, to bring you an intimate account of the normally un-fetted activities of motor racing. From set up to practice to pre-race preparations, we bring you what leads to those hot laps on the track, showing that it’s more than just 50 laps that count. Here are images that most of 60,000 race fans on the day probably didn’t get to experience first-hand.


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360 Celsius has unveiled the 360 Celsius Fashion Lounge, a unique venue that the company prides itself with to be the one of its most versatile and engaging fashion concepts yet. Paying homage to the passion for fashion, the 360 Celsius Fashion Lounge will primarily host events that have to do with all things fashionable.


Located at the newly opened Best Western Premier Dua Sentral hotel in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, the venue promises to offer much more than a swanky lounge and bar. While the 360celsius Fashion Lounge boasts the ample space and all the bells and whistles required to hosting a wide range of events, it was conceptualized with fashion shows in mind. What truly makes it stand out from your usual swing-by is its visually pleasing functional dÊcor. A sizable catwalk and stage adorns the venue’s interior, carefully designed to elevate the prominence of its subjects. According to Farbod Sadeghian, the CEO and Founder of 360 Celsius, the idea behind the 360 Celsius Fashion Lounge is to provide a venue for brands to position their products in a way that makes them look stylish and fashionable.

On top of all that, the 360 Celsius Fashion Lounge also sports a sprawling 4000 sq ft swimming pool which further elevates the tranquillity venue’s ambiance, and of course, providing more opportunities for party-goers to have fun. A typical 360 Celsius Fashion Lounge event will see models parading products down the catwalk, exhilarating performances to set the mood and liven up the crowd with, and a well entertained crowd. To complete experience, the 360 Celsius Fashion Lounge is complemented with HUGO’s, a fusion restaurant combining exquisite Mediterranean and oriental cuisines, Infinity Pool which boasts aq fine selection of coffees and Pan-Asian highland teas with snacks. Then there is also the Premier Lounge, which is a personalised exclusivity service catered to the Premier Rooms with free flow of snacks and beverages.

“What truly makes it stand out from your usual swing-by is its visually pleasing functional décor.”

“Malaysia is a fast-developing nation, and the people here have a growing interest in things that are not necessarily practical, but mainly because they are iconic, stylish, and trendy,” said Mr Sadeghian. “Almost anything from a chair to a car can be sexed up and made fashionable with the correct positioning.”



BEYOND HOSPITALITY Luxury and Relaxation at Palace of The Golden Horses

The term ‘luxury’ is commonly reserved for material opulence. But the thickening of our concrete jungles and our increasingly hectic lifestyles has made wellbeing itself a luxury. This is where Palace of the Golden Horses comes in, with outstanding service and ample facilities to bring us an experience beyond hospitality. Set amidst a backdrop of clear skies and lush greenery, Palace of the Golden Horses is one such rare haven in a class of its own, boasting an unrivalled combination of tranquility, privacy, convenience, and top-notch service. But unlike most prominent hotels, the focus here is placed on providing guests with a complete package where the emphasis is on health and wellbeing. While hospitals is the modern go-to for most health related issues, it isn’t always the best or most comfortable option for many. These days more and more people are beginning to realize the rejuvenating effects of alternative treatments on the body and mind. With stress and unhealthy lifestyles being the number one cause of a large portion of today’s health issues, Palace of the Golden Horses poised to be one of the world’s most widely known hotels in the realm of health tourism. In fact, it is already fast becoming


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well-known for providing an unrivalled holistic experience that extends far beyond hospitality. This enchanting palatial property is fully equipped with ample facilities and all the best state-of-the-art bells and whistles to accommodate everything from high-profile corporate conventions to scenic leisure cruise. In addition, the hotel also provides a 2.1km jogger’s track, a beautifully landscaped swimming pool, and an executive fitness center for the health conscious, a luxurious spa for rejuvenation and relaxation, as well as a health screening centre called Golden Horses Health Sanctuary. Thanks to its breathtaking and romantic environment, outstanding service, and exclusive privacy, the hotel is also a much sought-after wedding destination. As far as quality is concerned, you can rest assured that it will be of world-class proportions

as Palace of the Golden Horses has a reputation that speaks for itself. It has already received numerous accolades as a world-class hotel and a clientele graced by an impressive list of prominent international and local figures. So for those who seek an escape from the hectic urban grind and a pampering of a lifetime, look no further for Palace of the Golden Horses is your oasis. For more information, visit Palace of the Golden Horses Jalan Kuda Emas , MINES Resort City 43300 Seri Kembangan, Selangor T: 03- 8946 4888 F: 03- 8943 2666 E:

Impeccable reputation To put the extent of its reputation into perspective, the award winning luxury hotel has been the venue for many high profile events, to name a few, the ASEAN Informal Summit, 1998 Commonwealth Games, Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), World Cup Golf, Inaugural Women’s World Cup Golf, Brazilian World Cup Team, the Non-Aligned Movement Summit (NAM), FEL World Cup Horse Jumping Final, Gourmand World Media Awards, Global Indian Film Awards (GIFA), Manchester United & Chelsea Asia Tour, Disney On Ice and until recent such as First Ladies Summit 2010, CIMB Asia Pacific Classic PGA Tour 2010, Western Digital family day carnival, Mercedes-Benz 125th Anniversary 2011, Johnnie Walker Black Circuit Lounge 2011, International Golf Tourism Convention (22 – 25 April 2012) organized by International Association Golf Tourism Operators (IAGTO), and most recently, the Manchester City Football Club Summer Camp (28 – 31 July 2012). ACCOLADES The high standard of attentive service at Palace of the Golden Horses has been recognized with the international accolades for establishing the gold standard of hospitality service. The awards they have received so far include the likes of Best MICE Facility and Service Hotel 2008 and Best Innovative Chinese Restaurant 2008/2009 for Kim Ma Cantonese Fusion Restaurant, as well as the recent World Luxury Hotel 2011 for Country Winner – Luxury Golf Course.


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A stunning new concept centered on fashion and parties with a personal touch, the Fashion Lounge features fashion shows, cocktail and drink menus and a stunning venue located at Best Western Premier at Dua Sentral.


@ BEST WESTERN PREMIER, DUA SENTRAL Paying homage to the passion for fashion, 360 Celsius was enthralled in introducing the preview of the 360 Celsius Fashion Lounge. A stunning new concept centered on fashion and parties with a personal touch, the Fashion Lounge features fashion shows, cocktail and drink menus and a stunning venue located at Best Western Premier at Dua Sentral. According to Farbod Sadeghian, the CEO and Founder of 360 Celsius, the idea behind the 360 Celsius Fashion Lounge is to provide a venue for brands to position their products in a way that makes them look stylish and fashionable. On top of all that, the 360 Celsius Fashion Lounge also houses a sprawling 4000 sq ft swimming pool which further elevates the tranquillity of the venue’s ambiance, a casual space to entertain whilst staying close to the action. The 360 Celsius Fashion Lounge is the perfect place to mix business with pleasure in upbeat, styled surrounds with an outdoor seated courtyard.


For those who have not heard of the name Snaidero, the company brings to you a premium line of La-Z-Boy chairs and now, kitchen designs for your home, with an edge.

THE GRAND LAUNCH OF SNAIDERO @ JALAN MAAROF, BANGSAR On 16 May 2012, Snaidero by Interfal Marketing launched a new line of premium kitchen designs at their outlet located at Jalan Maarof, Bangsar. Snaidero is the company bring that brought us the premium line of La-Z-Boy chairs. This time, they introduced kitchen designs for your home, with an edge. Imported from Italy, Snaidero now features kitchen settings that were exclusively designed by world renowned Ferrari designer, Paolo Pininfarina. Present for the launch were Snaidero’s Area Manager for Asia, Mr. Pier Nicola Moneta, and amongst invited guests Dr. Ken Yeang, Datin Mahani, Datin Betty Fong, Dato’ Ong Chong Joo, and Datin Angie. If you love your kitchen with a touch of class, or maybe have the premium desire of lazing back on a high end La-Z-Boy chair, Snaidero is the place to go to.


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In conjunction with the launch, Island Shop also showcased its latest collection, Summer 2012.


@ BANGSAR SHOPPING CENTRE Thursday, 5 July 2012 was a memorable one for Island Shop, as it marked the launch of Island Shop’s latest boutique. Island Shop started off since the 1980’s and was first introduced in Singapore. The brand then continued on expanding to Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia soon after, and continues to expand with its latest addition. Now located in Bangsar Shopping Centre, the modern outlet brings a fresh new concept and places you in the likeness of an urban resort. Elements of mosaic and bronze surrounding the outlet, it brings a new and fresh outlook. In conjunction with the launch, Island Shop also showcased its latest collection, summer 2012. Inspired by a collective of globe-trotting tales, the latest collection brings you a number of choices. If you are a fan of bohemian aesthetics, or just an aficionado looking for comfort yet versatile body cloths, do head on over to the latest Island Shop Outlet at Bangsar Shopping Centre.


Guests were then given the opportunity to savor Hennessy X.O served from the Limited Edition Hennessy X.O Mathusalem.


Hennessy X.O successfully orchestrated not just another gastronomic experience, but a meeting of two originals: the original X.O at the Hennessy X.O Appreciation Grows Event 2012. This prestigious affair that was held at the Equatorial Hotel Kuala Lumpur featured Iron Chef America winner and three-time James Beard semi-finalist for Best Chef: Southeast, Edward Lee. Guests were beckoned into the lounge area where jovial camaraderie and conversations convened over Hennessy X.O before making their way into an art gallery-themed passageway which provided a captivating experience for the senses, as the history of Hennessy X.O was highlighted through skillful speed pencil art sketches. Enhancing the affair further, the Hennessy X.O Limited Edition Mathusalem was unveiled in grandeur as world renowned dancer from New Caledonia, Soufiane Karim, created a dramatic accompaniment as a precursor to the projection mapping of the new packaging designed by Arik Levy. Guests were then given the opportunity to savor Hennessy X.O served from the Limited Edition Hennessy X.O Mathusalem.


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Hosted by Megan Tan, the event was attended by celebrity model Carla Soong and bluunis ambassadors – Jessie Koo, Alice Sim and Chong Sui Pei.


@ 1 Utama shopping centre Bluunis showcased its full arsenal in making beautiful woman at an exclusive event held at 1 Utama. With everyone decked out in bluunis’ delectable shade of blue, the jiving beats of a live jazz band paved the way for what would soon evolve into a fabulous afternoon for all in attendance. Hosted by Megan Tan, the event was attended by celebrity model Carla Soong and bluunis ambassadors – Jessie Koo, Alice Sim and Chong Sui Pei who were present to share their ‘bluutiful’ experience with invited guest. The rest of the afternoon came to completion with a photo opportunity as well as a lucky draw session that saw a very fortunate few walking away with wellness and beauty packages from bluunis that brought the festivities to a radiant end.


The 360 Celsius Splash Burlesque Sunday showcased some of the hottest models in town dressed as Burlesque dolls, donned in corsets sponsored by Corset Me.


The pool party was back and it was better than ever! With the temperatures soaring high, the guests at the 360 Celsius Splash Burlesque Sunday held at The Pool in Ampang certainly needed something to beat the heat – a light hearted event with a twist. The event, with a French theme to it did not feature a baguette-eating contest. The 360 Celsius Splash Burlesque Sunday showcased some of the hottest models in town dressed as Burlesque dolls, donned in corsets sponsored by Corset Me. The sultry vixens strutted some sexy moves with a few teasing surprises with feather boas, net stockings and some naughty-but-nice-props. The party didn’t just end there – the guests got a chance to whet their appetite with a wide array of booze, food and some entertaining live music by a certain celebrity DJ – we don’t want to mention names here!


Index AUGUST / SEPTEMBER 2012 Anna & Boy


Alfa Romeo


Asics /Onitsuka Tiger 5.01.08, Level 5, Pavilion, 168 Jalan Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur Malaysia

Herve Leger

Alexander Mcqueen Alumix Structural System 38A-2, Jalan PJU 5/8, Dataran Sunway, Kota Damansara Asos Barbour Baxter Shop Belleza Garden Homes Best Western Premier Dua Sentral Blue Lounge Cable Box Bluunis Camel Active Citizen Clarks Core Design Gallery Corset Me DKNY

Interfal Marketing Sdn Bhd No. 158, Jalan Maarof Bukit Bandaraya, 59100 Kuala Lumpur Island Shop J.Crew

Pacific Regency KH Tower, Jalan Punchak, Off Jalan P.Ramlee. 50250 Kuala Lumpur. Palace of the Golden Horses Jalan Kuda Emas, Mines Resort City, 43300 Seri Kembangan, Selangor Paul Smith Pret – a – Surf

Jimmy Choo

Prince Court Medical Centre 39 Jalan Kia Peng, 50450 Kuala Lumpur

Johnnie Walker

Ralph Lauren

Kitch(M) Sdn Bhd M-1-6, Plaza Damas, Jalan Sri Hartmas 1, 50480 Kuala Lumpur


Kheng Yu Klasiq Lela Rose Linds Furniture 162, 168 and 170, Jalan Maarof, Bangsar 59100 Kuala Lumpur Mango Marc Jacobs MBT Shoes & Sebago Foot Wear Urban 360 Jalan SS20/27 47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor Darul Ehsan

Schmidt Marketing Flagship Store (M) Sdn Bhd Ground Floor, Avenue K Jalan Ampang, 50450 Kuala Lumpur Soda Swiss Gold Lot 73A, Level UG1, Solaris Dutamas, No.1, Jalan Dutamas S1, 50480 Kuala Lumpur Tagg The Hill 23, Lorong Dungun Damansara Heights The Pool 347, Jalan Ampang Kuala Lumpur www.facebook/thepoolkl Topshop/Topman


Molecule Lot 6.49.02, Level 6, Pavilion 168, Jalan Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur



Urbano E Fresco D2-G3 Solaris Dutamas Publika, No.1 Jalan Dutamas 1, 50480 Kuala Lumpur






Yves Saint Laurent


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