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THE PUBLISHER I am proud that we have come this far, thanks to all your support. We have taken note that the number of affluent individuals in Asia, and in Singapore especially, have increased many folds in the last few years. Indeed, we have noticed a significant increase in the number of such individuals among our readers in the last 2 years. We are very encouraged by this increase and based on your feedback, we decided to update our contents to serve your needs and rests further. We note in particular, a common feedback that readers would like to explore the possibilities of using our publication to learn about one another, and get to know one another. In other words, the affluent want to network each other. Going forward then, we aim to reach out to even more affluent individuals from Singapore, South East Asia, and the rest of Asia. We aim to be The publication that links the affluent to one another all over this part of the world, which is arguably the most affluent today and many years to come. Our new contents include features on individuals at work, at play, at social events, and more. In the months ahead, readers who wish to share their stories of themselves at work, at play, or anything entrepreneurial, I would be most happy to hear from you at Paul@affluent-media.com. Our cover this issue features the four presidents of four Supercars clubs in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Kuching, and Miri. A gathering of all their members’ Supercars, totaling about 250 and valued at about S$250 million, would be a fine example of the affluent networking and playing together. Fancy yourself making the cover of our next issue? Drop me a note and let’s discuss the possibility. Between now and then, we hope you enjoy this issue.

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PAUL TAN / Managing Director / Publisher Paul has never been away from the magazine industry since he started as an advertising sales executive more than 10 years ago. And now, as the MD/Publisher who spearheads Affluent magazine, he says “Magazine is in my blood, it’s a trade where Passion, Stamina and Foresight is important and key to making a magazine a success. It far supercedes the monetary rewards. For me, what is important is crafting and creating a magazine that’s of a quality difference.”

JACKLYN KHOO / Vice-Chairman Managing a company in the male-dominated sector has never been easy for a woman, but the Chairman’s wife and also CEO of MOVA has done it! Jacklyn, armed with determination and hard work took MOVA from a two-men team to over 100 to-date since MOVA started in 1986. The business was built from scratch to a 7-storey MOVA building, a chain of workshops in the automobile business, an engineering arm and several CNG set-ups. To many, she is the leading inspirational example of a modern woman.

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CONTRIBUTORS

WRITERS ADELINE YEO Exuberant, bold and spirited, Singapore artist Adeline Yeo’s works are true expressions of the storied facets that make up life’s journey. Her art is an expression of her intense thought, a communication of deep emotion and a revelation of her full life. Adeline is also the author of ViVa! Life Illuminated. Today, her works are highly sought after by industry leaders and discerning art collectors

ANDRE FROIS A wanderlust backpacker who enjoys the imagination of modern fashion and applies his education in engineering to his reviews of haute horlogerie. Addicted to change, he tries his best to find a new adventure every day. He has written for several fitness, men’s and luxury journals, and also enjoys writing music, customising musical instruments, teaching martial arts, acting in short films and learning new languages as he travels. He is currently writing a few books, one of which catalogues the ancestry of Portuguese Eurasians in Singapore

KWOK LEONG A civil engineer by profession who currently works in a prestigious Malaysian company, Kwok Leong also contributes greatly to AFFLUENT Magazine’s Adventurous Travels, Beauty & Health, and Food & Wine columns. While cooking and baking during his free time is a way to show love for his family, Kwok Leong also shares an interest in gardening, listening to music, and caring for his Dutch aquarium. With a strong passion for exploring the world, this seasoned traveller swears to complete his “Wonders of the World” tour one day

MALLIKA KAPOOR With a love for fashion that goes back to her adolescent years, Mallika is a design graduate who loves putting pen to paper. Having lived across India, Dubai and now Singapore, she is not new to change and is thus immensely inspired by the swinging trends in luxury

MICHELLE ZHU Michelle is a Jill of all trades, but mistress of none. Like everything else in her life, her work in copywriting and journalism tends to be eclectic. The gym-phobic ambivert enjoys indulging in new dining experiences, computer gaming and horror film marathons

ROHAIZATUL AZHAR A wordsmith with his head in the clouds, Rohaizatul Azhar cut his teeth in the industry as a journalist for The Straits Times Urban. During his tenure at the national broadsheet, he has interviewed some of the world’s most prolific designers, including Karl Lagerfeld, Jason Wu, Diane von Furstenberg and Carolina Herrera, and attended numerous fashion weeks around the world. In his spare time, Rohai can be found at the nearest Starbucks with his custom quadshot Carame latte (nonfat, of course) and a good book

MARIE WEE To make this writer and editor’s day, just give Marie Wee a sunny breakfast of truffled eggs with buttery waffles overflowing with honey; a dripping juicy grilled steak with rich, even marbling; or the freshest fish from Tsukiji Market (or, fly her there). Marie has been writing about the epicurean lifestyle and indulgences that make the good life for the past 16 years, whether in The Peak, Female, Lonely Planet, Escape or Corporate Traveller magazine. Yet she is still searching for the next best thing to recommend all the time. Call it the journalistic instinct – she calls it her hungry mind

PHOTOGRAPHERS ALBERT TAN (OLIVE TREE STUDIO) Olive Tree Studio is fronted by Albert Tan, a visual arts professional with over ten years experience in commercial photography. While photographing people may be his passion, Albert has also managed to leverage his passion and talent in commercial product photography. Examples of his eye for detail and perspective are evident in a portfolio that spans food, watches, jewellery and high fashion

LAI WEE LEONG WILLIAM Lai Wee Leong, William is an event photographer. His portfolio boasts of the Audi Fashion 2009 Cartier, ION Orchard Opening, Ms Singapore World 2009, Singapore International Jewellery 2009, Modish Wardrobe 2009, Fashion show and a Book Launch By Audrey Quek Image covered for Mocca, Media Corp during his term as official photographer. His coverage of the Celton Wish Ball at Keppel Island, the Louis Vuitton Event at ION Orchard, Richard Mille Event at Richard Mille Loft, Montblanc Event at Luxe Art Museum and Victor Victoria Event at St Regis can be found in luxury magazines

MARTIN TAN (MARTIN T. PHOTOGRAPHY) Martin Tan is one of Singapore’s most prolific photographers producing the most diverse range of pictures right from fashion to interior design to product shoots. Martin graduated from Singapore’s leading art school, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts and set up his own studio, Martin T Photography in the year 2000

WILLIE YEO Photography has always been Willie Yeo’s passion. It started as a hobby on the weekends until he decided to make it a profession about 10 years ago. Willie enjoys capturing events, weddings, products, interiors, food, sports and concerts. He has previously also contributed his photographs to publications such as iWeekly, Style, Style Weddings, Manja and Ezhealth

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PUBLISHED BY AFFLUENT MEDIA PTE LTD Chairman S. P. Yow Vice Chairman Jacklyn Khoo Managing Director Paul Tan General Manager Catherine Ng

PUBLISHER Paul Tan ✒ paul@affluent-media.com

ASSOCIATE WRITERS Adeline Yeo, Alvan Loo, Andre Frois, Edmund Wee, Greg Waldron, Hoi Lam, Jason Ng, Kuan Siew, Kwok Leong, Mallika Kapoor, Marie Wee, Michelle Zhu, Rohaizatul Azhar, Sandy Lee, SL Ng

CREATIVE Creative Designer Knoriz Shane N. Torres

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CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS Martin Tan (Martin T. Photography), Moky Mok, William Lai, Willie Yeo

ON THE COVER ADREN HOW, Co-founder of ONLY Aesthetics Photography by Willie Yeo

ADMINISTRATION Serene Heng, Edmund Lim

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Page 34 The mechanical self-winding timepiece with a new 42mmdiameter is powered by its in-house Calibre 1335 with an eight-day power reserve.

Page 35 A tourbillon at 12 o’clock and a carrousel at 6 o’clock are featured with a date display at 3 o’clock.

This page Blancpain is the first to associate offer the Carrousel, Minute Repeater and Chronograph all in one timepiece.


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Top from left Living the dream with rare, champagne and chocolate colored diamond earrings; The butterfly ring: 102 Round Brilliant Cut Diamonds bearing D - F colors and weighing 1.31 carat in total. A subtle hint of glamour, a symbol of forever.

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TREND REPORT We may be well into the high Summer season but the fashion world is already gearing up for what to wear in the months ahead. From slouchy tailored suits, for a new spin on power-dressing, to bright bold colours that will make you stand out, the early fall collections are certainly moving to a wearable and relaxed direction. We present you the top trends (and covetable looks) you need to have in your wardrobe for coming season. Too soon, you say? It is never a bad thing to be well-prepared.

CHANEL CHLOE

STELLA MCCARTNEY

Bundle Up The coming season, give your winter coats a rest and get cozy with a fabulous statement blanket instead. Designers are emphasising on layering with thick wraps that will keep you warm while looking extra cool.


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FENDI BOTTEGA VENETA

JONATHAN SAUNDERS

ROKSANDA ILINCIC

Block Party Getting dizzy from the mishmash of prints and patterns this season? Then check out pre-fall’s array of colour-blocking pieces. Designers are doing away with common colours and infusing a touch of the bright and bold for looks that will make you a standout anyway you look at it. GIVENCHY IMAGES COURTESY OF RESPECTIVE BRANDS | WRITTEN BY ROHAIZATUL AZHAR


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ALEXANDER MCQUEEN

CHRISTIAN DIOR

Plaids, Please

KENZO

Don’t count on this trend to go away anytime soon because it has been made official, plaid is not staid and is here to stay. A recurring pattern in almost every collection, this season’s checks are done with bold colours to give it a fresh and youthful spin.

Gaucho Glam

MAX MARA

Let loose and go cropped with this season’s coolest culottes. While it may not be for everybody, the easy, breezy look has gotten the stamp of approval from some of the most forward-thinking designers. Team them with well-fitted shirts for a balanced look and sleek pumps for sophisticated take on corporate dressing.

VALENTINO

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PROENZA SCHOULER BOTTEGA VENETA ALTUZARRA

Orange is the new black Well, Pantone may have declared magenta the colour of 2014 but if the pre-fall collections are anything to go by then the designers are having none of that. The hue for the upcoming season is orange - and in every shade from juicy shades to redtinged bricks and rusts.

Relaxed Menswear PHILIP LIM

As with Spring/Summer 2014, sharp tailoring has taken a backseat next season with trousers given a loose-fit cut which recalls the slouchiness of sweatpants. Elsewhere, jackets are worn big but balanced with sleek accessories for a chic overall look.

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/News + People

ROSIE HUNTING-WHITELEY

Law of the lady Last month, Goldheart unveiled new pieces for its Women Jubilee Collection. Defined by its two-gems setting, the rings come in rose or yellow gold and embellished with brilliant diamonds.

Champagne Circles Perrier-Jouët’s complete range was recently launched at The Black Swan, a glamorous café and bar. The Perrier- Jouët Belle Epoque 2006, Belle Epoque Rosé 2004, and Belle Epoque Blanc de Blancs 2002 can be enjoyed with two specially curated menus.

Celebratory Bow Along with all the cinematic glitz at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, Rémy Martin will unveil its coveted XO Excellence decanter. Inspired by the elegance of the movies, this special edition makes its appearance in a stunning gold case.

EMILIA CLARKE

Behold the bling Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Emilia Clarke chose Chanel Fine Jewellery for the Vanity Fair Oscars Party. Designed in 18 carat white gold and embellished with diamonds, the pieces finished their looks off beautifully.

Summer Time Dior embraces the dawn of yet another summer with the Diorsoreal sunglasses. Think vintage meets futuristic; the stunning lines that define the shape of this collection are already a hot favourite among celebrities including Rihanna and Eva Herzigova.

*Retailing for S$ 468 at 1855 The Bottle Shop in Singapore.

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Black Beauty While there was a lot of beauty to watch out for during the Chanel Fall/Winter 2014 Ready-to-wear show, there is one item that needs a special mention. Chanel’s Premiere Triple Row in steel and leather made an appearance on model Cara Delevingne during the runway show.

CARA DELEVINGNE

Dark Do’s Chanel presents the J12 Intense Black watch in stainless steel. Equipped with a self-winding mechanical movement, the timepiece features a stunning dark dial with black numerals.

Out in the blue Swiss watchmaker Blancpain once again came out in full support of the ocean at this year’s World Ocean Summit. The brand thus applauded the efforts of scientific explorations and underwater photographers in their combined quest to increase the knowledge and concern about the ocean.

PAUL SMITH

Perfect Additions Paul Smith designs Lladró’s sixth guest series and the results are fun and colourful pieces that highlight the designer’s signature look. Sculpted in porcelain the cats and dogs appear behind masks and scattered with confetti.

All the pampering you need Dermacare recently unveiled its third Aesthetics & Laser Clinic and second Dermacare Medispa, at Raffles City. It also unveiled the new Stem Cell Gold Facial and the revolutionary JeNu Active-Youth Skincare System.

The rebel is out! This year Audemars Piguet launches six new versions of its rebellious collection of the Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph. The range stays with its 42mm supersize and changes things up with 18 carat pink gold and stainless steel options.

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/News + People

Sultry Sightings Actress Jessica Biel made an appearance on the red carpet in an elegant Chanel sequin embroidered strapless dress, wile Rihanna made a bold statement in a black tweed jersey asymmetrical top and long skirt from Chanel. Lupito Nyong’o chose a multi-coloured muslin dress from the brand while Vanessa Paradis kept it classic in a Chanel black tweed jacket, leather clutch and boots.

L-R RIHANNA, JESSICA BIEL, LUPITA NYONG’O, LOAN CHABANOL, AND VANESSA PARADIS

Sharing Values

DIANNA AGRON

At Baselworld 2014, Corum announced its newest partnership with Russian theatre and cinema actor, Maxim Matveev. The actor chose to wear the Ti-Bridge Power Reserve for the occasion, marking the moment with the contemporary piece.

CHLOE SEVIGNY

Glamour at the Gala Chloë Sevigny, Dianna Agron and Haley Bennett attended the 2014 MOCA Gala in Los Angeles, wearing Louis Vuitton Fall/Winter 2014. While Chloë chose the Flip Flap Monogram pochette, Haley opted for the Monogram Petite Malle.

Custom Creation Actress Jennifer Connelly attended the Paris premiere of Noah wearing a custom made Louis Vuitton dress. The silk cady and radzimir black and white ensemble flaunted beautiful embroidery with mirror sequins and silver glass paillettes.

MAXIM MATVEEV

Trendy Sightings Model and actress Du Juan stepped out in a black ensemble that she paired with a Miu Miu python bag. The Spring/ Summer 2014 piece added just the right amount of glamorous texture for the day. She also attended an awards ceremony in Hong Kong, wearing a tulle stretch top and bicolour taffetas skirt by Prada.

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GISELE BÜNDCHEN

DIVIDED

DAVID BECKHAM

The heat is here!

ALEXANDER WANG

H&M turns up the heat this summer with four exciting new launches. Supermodel Gisele Bündchen becomes the face of H&M’s summer campaign, while David Beckham unveils his Swimwear collection for the brand in May. Add to it, the new H&M Loves Music Collection from Divided that brings pieces for men and women designed in two themes- Dance Floor and Summer Party. Finally, H&M also announced its latest collaboration with designer Alexander Wang that will go live early November 2014.

True Blue Tiffany & Co. unveiled its 2014 Blue Book at the Guggenheim Museum a few months ago. Present at the launch were celebrities including Jessica Biel, Kate Bosworth and Katie Holmes. L-R KATIE HOLMES, JESSICA BIEL, AND KATE BOSWORTH

When stars align

MARION COTILLARD

Marion Cotillard once again lends her elegance to the famous Lady Dior. The French actress comes alive in Dior’s Pre Fall 2014 collection carrying the iconic bag in photographs captured by Jean-Baptiste Mondino.

Adrenaline Rush Four-time Formula One World Champion, Sebastian Vettel took part in the Shanghai celebrity race, held a few days before the Chinese Grand Prix. The competitive race saw Vettel compete against celebrities including actor Jimmy Lin and snooker player Pan Xiaoting.

SEBASTIAN VETTEL

L-R LÉA SEYDOUX, ANNABELLE WALLIS, DAKOTA FANNING, AND RITA ORA

All up in style This season we saw four stunning celebrities step out in Prada. While Dakota Fanning carried a Prada Spring/ Summer 2014 printed Saffiano bag, singer Rita Ora stepped out in a multi-coloured natté wool coat and knitwear by the Italian designer. There was Annabelle Wallis in Prada at film awards hosted in London and Léa Seydoux who attended a press conference in Beijing wearing Prada Spring/Summer 2014.


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/Makeup Report

HIGH SHINE

Barely there make-up looks may be au courant this season but nothing screams summer more than a lightly bronzed skin that’s paired with bright and nude accents. Here are some ways to look like you’ve spent some quality time under the sun.


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BLUSHING BEAUTY While bronzers are great for defining your face to give you a more sculpted look, there’s no denying that a swoosh or two of the perfect shade of blush can add a feminine glow to your skin. But spring vivid shades may prove to be too loud for the Summer’s look du jour. The trick to make them look natural? Try blending the blush first before lightly dusting some bronzer over it.

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TRY: 1. Stila Convertible Colour Dual Lip & Cheek Cream Shade Extensions in Lotus; 2. Burberry Light Glow in Tangerine Blush No. 6

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TRY: 1. Too Faced Sweetheart Beads Radiant Glow Face Powder; 2. Diorsnow White Reveal Pure Transparency Loose Powder SPF 15 PA++ in 001 Crystal Lilac; 3. Diorsnow Fresh Reveal Light-Reveal Colour Correcting Powder in 001 Crystal Rose; 4. Tarte Maracuja Waterproof Ceaseless Concealer in Light

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PEEPER KEEPER Elevate your natural look for a nighttime soiree by going for deeper eyeshadow shades or mixing a few rich hues together for the perfect blend. Stick to a single wash of shimmery eyeshadow to avoid looking too severe.

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/Skincare

Lifting The Veil The search for the perfect solution to achieve youthful-looking skin is a never-ending quest for every woman. And while going under the knife and invasive aesthetic treatments may be the easiest way to attain that dream, it is not everyone’s cup of tea. ROHAIZATUL AZHAR rounds up 8 new-and-improved products that promises to lift and sculpt your visage without so much as a sting.

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2. GUERLAIN ABEILLE ROYALE FACE TREATMENT OIL Made from Ouessant Honey, dubbed the ‘grand cru’ of honeys, this Face Treatment Oil promises to hydrate, tone, lift and smooth your skin in just six hours. The Ouessant honey is not only rich in amino acid, from which collagen - essential in the fight against fine lines - is found, it is also rich in fructose. The latter is essential in repairing skin elasticity and is high in reparative capabilities.

1. SKIN INC AGE REVIVAL STEM CELL SERUM

3. LA MER LIFTING CONTOUR SERUM

Moving beyond dousing your skin with active ingredients to fight ageing, Skin Inc’s Age-Revival Stem Cell Serum aims to re-programme your skin at its DNA level. Formulated with advanced apple stem cell technology using a rare species of the Uttwiler Spatlauber apple, it re-energises the skin to generate new tissues faster as well as fight against harmful UV rays. The serum is also formulated with one of the highest percentages of active ingredients in any skincare and will leave you looking youthful.

Improve your facial contours from the inside out with La Mer’s Lifting Contour Serum. With a unique texture that gives an instant tightening feel on the skin, this refreshing gel-serum resculpts the face’s three-dimensional look for a more age-defying look. The active ferments in the serum stimulates the skin’s natural collagen and elastin so as to enhance its density. The high-performance serum for face and neck visibly defines and reshapes contours while dramatically transforms the skin’s appearance.

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4. SK-II STEMPOWER ESSENCE With a generous blend of Stem-Acanax, Artichoke Extract, Kinren Extract and Pitera, SK-II’s Stempower Essence promises to reduce the visibility of your pores and leave you with supple skin. The result: Your skin becomes bouncier and more resilient.

5. CLINIQUE REPAIRWEAR LASER FOCUS The Repairwear Laser Focus from Clinique not only smooths lines but also restores and corrects the skin’s appearance. Containing a high-level peptide complex, which boosts natural collagen production, it also helps maintain existing natural collagen. The result: Skin becomes more firm and diminishes the appearance of lines and wrinkles.

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8 6. CLARINS SHAPING FACIAL LIFT This new-and-improved opaque lightweight lotion rejuvenates the skin whilst gently lifting the skin to give your face the much-desired contours. The non-greasy Shaping Facial Lift formula absorbs quickly into the skin and effectively drains excess water and boosts blood circulation. This slims down full cheeks as well as diminishes any signs of double chin. The result: A beautiful V-shaped contour and a more youthful looking complexion.

7. LANEIGE PERFECT RENEW ESSENCE EX Formulated with a variety of high antioxidant ingredients, including pomegranate extract which can enhance skin’s elasticity and slow down the aging problem, Laniege’s Perfect Renew Essence EX prevents signs of aging by promoting deep hydration and giving your face a more contoured and sculpted look. It is also rich in Vitamin C and minerals, to further brighten the skin for a healthier and more tender skin.

8. ESTEE LAUDER RESILIENCE LIFT FIRMING/SCULPTING FACE AND NECK CREME Combat skin damage and premature sagging with this cream, from the iconic French beauty giant, that promises to re-energise and counteract dehydration. This oil-free product features the exclusive Photo--Activated Lift Complex which supports the skin’s natural collagen, laminin and elastin production with the help of three light-responsive serums as well as the Sirtiun 3D technology, which helps boost skin’s energy.

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Pick of the Month

Time to make space on your vanity for some fabulous new products that will make you shine. AFFLUENT rounds up the best make-up and skincare goodies to add to your beauty trove.

SMOOTH AS SILK

POWER PUFF Finely milled to leave you with silky smooth complexion, Givenchy’s Prisme Libre loose powder is a smartly packed powder that comprises four harmonious shades to give you that natural, peachy glow. They are separated into compartments so that they can be used separately, or all together, depending on your preference.

The J’Adore Dry Silky Body Oil from iconic French house Dior promises to give you that delicious soft skin every woman craves for. With the moisturising properties of plum oil and the relaxing effects of ylang-ylang essential oil, the oil-free body oil immediately envelops the body drenches the skin in the intoxicating scent of the house’s signature perfume, J’adore.Trust us, your body will love you.

FASHION SCENTS Interesting fragrances are well sought-after and a spritz of Tralala by Penhaligon’s certainly hits the spot. A fascinating blend of whiskey, saffron and green violet, the fragrance is done in collaboration with British fashion label Meadham Kirchoff. Perfect for both day and night.

GILDED PEEPERS Orogold Cosmetics’ 24K Exclusive Eye Kit is made with Palmitoyl Oligopeptide as well as Vitamins E and A to ensure the good health of the skin around the eye area. The kit comes with a serum, a moisturising formula cream as well as an intensive solution for dark circles. The best part? The gold flecks infused in the creams provide a light shine around the eyes for a more sparkling finish.

FRESH FACE APPEAL Get that natural rosy glow with Clinique’s Moisture Surge CC Cream Swirl. Developed specifically for Asian skin, it is perfect for achieving a fresh, radiant appearance in a snap. This colour-correcting creme is lightweight and enhances the skin’s complexion through three skin perfecting smart swirls.

PAINTER’S KIT

Combat dull and tired skin with this soufflé-like foam cleanser from RMK. Called Powder Soap, the facial cleanser, made from Papaya Proteinase, moisturises the skin, leaving it looking brighter and clearer while keeping it moist and supple.

IMAGES COURTESY OF RESPECTIVE BRANDS | WRITTEN BY ROHAIZATUL AZHAR

MEADHAM KIRCHHOFF

Designed to cater to every possible face-painting needs, Make Up For Ever’s new range of Artisan Brushes comprises 75 hand-crafted make-up brushes that are specially designed for the face, eyes and lips. The complete collection is available at the Make Up For Ever Pro Loft at 36 Armenian Street. A selected range of the brushes is also available at Sephora stores islandwide.

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Spring Is Here!

Embrace yourself with the freshness of Spring with these varied notes of sensuality brought to you this season.

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CAPTIVATE YOURSELF Clinique brings to you Calyx, named after the green leafy coverings that surround a flower bud. There’s a bit of grapefruit, mango, rose, neroli, orris and sandalwood, among other notes that give this new fragrance its energetic and captivating personality.

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HAPPY TIMES The all-new Lanvin ME L’eau is the perfect choice for spring! Its signature musky, citrus aroma is softened by the sensual touch of vineyard peach, silky musks and cedarwood.

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VA VA VIVACIOUS! Montblanc’s Legend Intense is a warmer and more intense take on the ‘Legend’. Its combination of fresh jasmine, white cedarwood, Pomarose and red apple makes for an exciting and intriguing scent for the day or the evening!

RIGHT TUNES There is a lot that makes the Hugo Man Music Limited Edition special. A download code for exclusively composed tracks is surely one of them. The other is the fresh fruitiness of the new scent, unleashing green apple, sandalwood and cedarwood.

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IN A CLASS OF ITS OWN Inspired by the classic Giorgio Armani blazer, the new Eau d’Arômes is timeless, fluid and sure to be a talking point for every gentleman. As water blends with amber and iris, so the modern man finds his new scent calling.

BACK TO ITS ROOTS Travel closer to the home of Dolce & Gabbana, Sicily, with its new fragrance. Titled ‘Dolce’, the new scent is the epitome of femininity with its soft mix of white flowers, Neroli leaves and Papaya flowers.

IMAGES COURTESY OF RESPECTIVE BRANDS | WRITTEN BY MALLIKA KAPOOR


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When it comes to having the perfect skin, women spare no time and effort to find the best solution. With V10 Plus, that seemingly endless quest can now take a backseat. The popular Japanese skincare brand has developed a series of skin-saving serums that not only promises clear skin but also reduces the signs of aging. Research at V10 Plus shows that adequate hydration is key to having good skin. But aging causes a drop in hydration level and, by the time one reaches the age of 60, it drops to an alarming 30 per cent level. The brand’s new products - the Quasi serum as well as the Ceramide serum - promises to combat the problem. And just like all previous skincare products, the water-based serums do not contain paraben, artificial colouring or mineral oil. In fact, these skin solvers are made from natural plant extracts, leaving your skin looking revitalised.

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V10 PLUS CERAMIDE SERUM The lack of ceramide, which are moisture-capturing molecules, causes a depression in the skin barrier. This leads to dryness as well as giving the skin an overall rough texture. The ceramide serum, made from vegetable ceramide that’s extracted from rice polishing, is a solution that combats this problem. The serum keeps moisture in the skin, giving you a more dewy and healthy complexion. It also protects your skin from the harmful ultraviolet rays. + V10 Plus is available at selected beauty retail outlets and salons. www.v10plus.co.jp

V10 PLUS QUASI SERUM Made from a combination of natural extracts, including plant, orange and lemon as well as sugar cane and sugar maple, the Quasi serum is great for defining a bright aura around the face. These intense extracts inhibits the formation of melanin and prevent tell-tale signs of aging, such as dark spots and freckles, to form on the skin. The moist texture also leads to brighter and more translucent skin.

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do not contain paraben, artificial colouring or mineral oil. In fact, these skin solvers are made

SKIN SAVER Treat your skin to these new serums from V10 Plus for a youthful, radiant looking skin.

from natural plant extracts, leaving your skin looking revitalised.

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Forever Young Pre-wedding jitters? Dr Kim Byung Gun from Seoul’s BK Plastic Surgery Hospital shares the benefits of Stem Cell Fat Graft to combat the signs of aging and having youthful-looking visage.


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While there is no

way to stop aging, we can delay the process by using the best technology

So your flowers have been ordered, the invitation cards have been sent out and the custom-made bridal couture is flying in from Paris. If there’s one more thing you need to complete the wedding preparations, it is to attain radiant skin.

WHAT IS MEDIPOST STEM CELL GRAFT? To perform stem cell enhanced fat transfers, the fat is first extracted right here at BK Plastic Surgery Hospital under local anesthesia with IV sedation. This is done through the use of our Advanced Liposuction techniques. This fat is then placed into a centrifuge to isolate the stem cells, which are then concentrated with a special process by MEDIPOST. BK Plastic Surgery Hospital endeavors to raise the quality of stem cell-enriched fat graft procedure by affiliating with the frontrunner in stem cell technology and regenerative medicine, called MEDIPOST. Together with MEDIPOST, we run a stem cell laboratory in the hospital. + BK Plastic Surgery Hospital BK Building, 106, Dosan-daero, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, Korea Tel: +82-10 5021 8886 www.bkhospital.com

Every bride wants to have the best skin on the big day – One that is firm and has great elasticity. To achieve this, we suggest going for a stem cell fat graft procedure that guarantees a more radiant and youthful-looking skin. While there is no way to stop aging, we can delay the process by using the best technology. However, before making any decisions, I suggest that all patients have enough consultation time with the surgeon so as to choose the right method and the right technology.

DELAY AGING WITH STEM CELL FAT GRAFT PROCEDURE! Recently, it is a very common trend amongst women to marry younger men. Understandably, many are concerned over the condition of their skin especially on the day of the nuptials. For couples with a big age gap, stem cell fat graft is the perfect answer. While having consultation with patients, a big ratio of women actually request for a surgery that makes their face youthful.

MEDIPOST STEM CELL GRAFT PROCEDURE STEPS 1) Harvesting unwanted fat from abdomen, hip, or thigh 2) Separating harvested fat into pure fat cell and stem cells 3) Grafting pure fat cell and stem cell together into desired areas

Usually, Asian face has little bit of volume around the forehead and also high cheekbones. As they age, however, their skin looses its firmness and the entire volume around the face gets diminished eventually. This is where the stem cell graft comes in as a solution.

IMAGES COURTESY OF BK PLASTIC SURGERY HOSPITAL | WRITTEN BY DR. KIM BYUNG GUN, DIRECTOR OF BK PLASTIC SURGERY HOSPITAL, EDITED BY ROHAIZATUL AZHAR


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/Talk

More Than Skin Deep Power couple Adren How and Jermaine Teo share the unique story behind the success of ONLY Group, a home-grown aesthetics provider that has developed remarkably over the years.

Adren How and Jermaine Teo, founders of local multi-award winning medical aesthetics group ONLY, do not believe in hard-selling when it comes to business. Even with the recent mushrooming of beauty clinics, salons and spas in Singapore, their staff are highly discouraged from aggressively promoting the brand’s services to keep up with the competition.

“Instead of hard-selling, we build our business in the way we want to be treated: with integrity and honesty. Our first and foremost priority is helping our clients, and delivering on our promises to them.” THE ONLY STORY The pair have been married for 14 years, and have come a long way since they established The ONLY Group in 2005 and opened their very first outlet at Holland Village in August 2006. “When we first started out, it was a virtually unknown industry where ‘aesthetics’ meant either dermatology or beauty salons. Aesthetic clinics,

Above Since 2007, Jermaine Teo and Adren How have been at the forefront of the beauty and medical aesthetics industry with ONLY Aesthetics. Below Adren How, 39, Chief Executive and founder of the ONLY Group.


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The ONLY Group is due to launch their first regional outlet in Jakarta, Indonesia at the end of 2014.

doctors, technology and products were generally unheard of in any beauty business. Hence, it was a challenge to overcome the social stigma and safety concerns related to aesthetic technology.”

Sports recovery and pain management is now also part of ONLY’s portfolio, partering prominent institutions in the local sports industry such as S. League Champions (Tampines Rovers) and ONE Fighting Championship (ONE FC). Their concept store, Absolute Zero at Pacific Plaza, was the first in Asia to offer Whole Body Cryotherapy services, a medical treatment using cold liquid nitrogen to counter pains pains and induce recovery.

It was during this time that ONLY Aesthetics made its foray with the local industry’s first painless hair removal technology, known as intense pulsed light (IPL) hair removal today, which became an instant hit among the market. Riding on this intial success, the Group then went on to introduce more groundbreaking treatments and technologies to consumers, including needleless mesotherapy and teeth whitening. A BEAUTIFUL EVOLUTION Working together with the world’s top medical aesthetic manufacturers on an international level, Jermaine and Adren have since grown ONLY Aesthetics to a total of five prime locations in Singapore: Dhoby Ghaut, Raffles Place, Holland Village, and its latest being the 1,600 square foot O Medical Clinic that recently opened in May. Located on the fifth floor of Wheelock Place, O Medical Clinic is the first and only to offer SMASLift™, a non-surgical treatment using high-intensity focused ultrasound technology from Korea to contour, sculpt and rejuvenate skin.

SET TO SOAR There is no doubt that the brand, with its state-of-the-art technologies and pioneering treatments, has been widely and well received. Aside from numerous aesthetics and beauty related awards from leading publications in Singapore, it notably cinched the ‘Singapore Outstanding Enterprise’ and ‘100 MostLoved Beauty Professionals’ awards, both in 2011, as well as the ‘Most Promising SME’ award last year in 2013. Despite all that Jermaine and Adren have achieved, they keep their ambitions firmly rooted on the ground. “We take things a day at a time, and our plans are always changing. We do believe, however, that ONLY will be a household name in Singapore when it comes to aesthetics within the next few years.” Adds Adren, “Life is about winning some and losing some, but with Jesus, we win what truly matters.” + www.onlyaesthetics.sg

“With the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) working closely with the healthcare and travel sectors to position Singapore as an advanced medical care destination, there is an increase in the number of foreigners seeking healthcare services in Singapore. We aim to target this high potential market with the opening of the O Medical Clinic,” says Adren. PHOTOGRAPHY BY WILLIE YEO | WRITTEN BY MICHELLE ZHU


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/Talk

A Lifetime of Smiles DR CHENG ENG WAH, founder and principal surgeon of iDental Surgeons, takes pride in embracing the latest technologies that have revolutionised the practice of dentistry.

Dr Cheng Eng Wah has always known that he is good with his hands and has found his perfect calling. He is the founder and principal surgeon of iDental Surgeons, a dental practice that is dedicated to providing premium patient care services using the latest in dental laser and treatment technology. Launched 23 years ago, the group delivers dental services to more than 10,000 patients and brings together the expertise and experience of a dedicated team of 30 dentists and nurses operating in five clinics.

“I love what I am doing. I enjoy doing braces and making people look better and smile better,” shares Dr Cheng. “I will constantly think of ways to improve the treatment plan for the patient and I take lots of courses to keep myself updated to the latest development in braces treatment. It’s just like a hobby to me.” Dr Cheng became a dentist in 1986 at age 23. He has been described by those close to him as a workaholic who keeps himself well informed with new developments in dentistry. He takes courses regularly to keep himself updated. Today iDental Surgeons complements the expertise of its doctors with investments in the most advanced technologies that are integrated into daily dental treatments for patients. It is also the first clinic in Singapore to offer the technologically advanced LiteTouch™ laser treatment, a minimal invasive procedure that has revolutionised the practice of dentistry. He explains, “It reduces the need for anaesthesia during procedures, preserving sound tooth structure while removing decay, preventing bacterial contamination by killing germs, and protecting teeth against recurrent decay, ensuring less discomfort during and post treatment. Thorough assessments of dental problems such as worn-out, defective fillings, fractured teeth, decay, and bleeding gums are done with the aid of intraoral cameras.” Dr Cheng also takes pride that the clinic uses DIAOGNOdent, one of the newest technologies, which is a painless, no-radiation technique that is able to detect hidden decay that could easily be missed with just a visual examination.


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With a special interest in orthodontics, Dr Cheng who is a member of the Royal College of Surgeons in the United Kingdom and a member of the American Orthodontic Society, is an accredited Invisalign dentist with Invisalign Platinum Elite Provider status since 2009. “I have been doing braces for more than 20 years. I was excited when I was first introduced to Invisalign as it is able to overcome a lot of short fall of braces. These include difficulty in maintaining good dental hygiene as braces trap food, more carries and gum diseases, more pain and ulcers. Patients also come in on emergency visits with braces coming loose or wire poking the cheek. For many adult patient, braces are too“ugly”.

I enjoy making people

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was on. Dr Cheng was much influenced by Bruce Lee and he loved Chinese martial arts comic books. However, he admits that he is afraid of the dark and scared of “ghosts”. Dr Cheng who is an avid collector of Peranakan antiques, is married and has three children aged 11, 13 and 15. A doting father, he makes it a point to spend his weekends with his wife and children and enjoys sharing his “Kampong” experiences. He would take his family to catch “longkang” fish, catch all kinds of sea creatures at low tides, and cycle in Pulau Ubin. One other thing that still hasn’t change about Dr Cheng - he is still afraid of the dark. + iDental Group of Clinics i.Dental powered by Invisalign Centre 168 Robinson Road, #09-13 Capital Tower (S) 068912 Tel: +65 6323 2813

He has since been appointed by Align Technologies as its Invisalign Key Opinion Leader for Asia Pacific. This year, Dr Cheng was awarded the honour of running the first Invisalign flagship store in Singapore. It seems that Dr Cheng is not only good with his hands but also good with his legs, which explains his athleticism - he was a competitive long jumper, canoeist, windsurfer, and sailor as a young man. He grew up with three brothers in the 1960s and 1970s in Prinsep Street catching “longkang” fish and watching “Ultraman”. He recalls that his father owned a bicycle shop and they were the first in the neighbourhood to own a television set. Whenever they turned on their television, the neighbours would surround their house to watch whatever program

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The christening of the Silver Discover, the third ship joining the Silversea Expeditions fleet in Singapore was the first to take place at Singapore’s new Marina Bay Cruise Centre. Silversea’s President EMEA & Asia Pacific since 2012, Steve Odell has been in the cruise industry for about 30 years. He joined leading ultra-luxury cruise operator Silversea, renowned for its prestigious ships and exotic locations, in 1998 and has seen the industry grow from small and unsophisticated to its maturity offering great diversity and choices for travelers. “The Silversea Expeditions has opened to travelers the most exciting and remote places in the world. I am staggered by the explosion of opportunities in this part of the world. If I can have a wish, it is for the company to expand its business further and faster because we are just scratching the surface of its potential,” he said.

Since its launch in 2008, Silversea Expeditions has established itself as the world’s leading, ultra-luxury expedition cruise line that has enabled guests to view extraordinary scenery; get closer to marine life and wildlife; as well as viewing first hand some of the world’s last wildernesses in a manner that is sympathetic to the environment. All this is offered aboard authentic expedition ships with some of the world’s leading expedition experts. “It is an easy concept to sell. It is addictive. My work gives me high level of satisfaction and the most enjoyable part of my work is meeting the customers face to face.” Steve, who has served as chairman of the International Cruise Council of Australasia between 2005 & 2007, and has held board positions with the UK’s Passenger Shipping Association and the Asia Cruise Association, cites some challenges in the industry -- they include overcoming the stigma of the cruise industry. “It is making travelers understand what it means – that it is secure, easy, great value for money and opening people’s minds. As a leader in the industry, we must continue to be good at innovation and deliver the variety and choices to travelers while ensuring the safety and security of our customers and checking that our operations are sensitive to environmental issues. Most importantly, we must do what we say and show that we are trustworthy.”

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THE PERFECT JOURNEY Conrad Combrink, director of Expedition Planning and Strategic Development was given the responsibility for creating and coordinating many of the important aspects of the newly created Silversea Expeditions cruise programme.

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SILVER DISCOVERER The Silver Discover consists of five suite categories with facilities onboard that include 12 Zodiac boats and a glass-bottom boat for unique exploration of marine life; a swimming pool; a gym and beauty salon; a restaurant and pool grill; a lecture room for indepth stories and briefings about the destinations and a panoramic lounge. She weighs 5,218 tonnes, is 338 feet long and 51 feet wide.

The Silver Discoverer enables guests to explore remote areas of Micronesia, Melanesia, Polynesia in addition to the Russian Far East, Southeast Asia, New Zealand and Australia, including one of its hidden treasures, the Kimberley. This vast area in North West Australia is just slightly smaller than Thailand and about 500 times the size of Singapore. To get the most of a journey on the Silver Discover, Conrad suggested, “Read about the destination because the Expedition is all about the destination that is delivered very differently. Do as much as possible – for example for this cruise, witness the spectacular tidal change at Montgomery Reef, view King George’s towering twin falls plunging over 551 feet and experience the sheer vastness of Mitchell Falls from a helicopter. It is ideal for the adventurer at heart with the desire to explore. We create memories and here is where dreams become reality.” + Details of Silver Discover’s 2014 voyages are available at www.silversea.com Follow Silversea on Twitter, Facebook and the Silversea Blog.

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Once the home of the Khmer empire, Cambodia is well loved by travellers for its sites of historical and cultural grandeur, one of which is embodied in the architectural gem that is Heritage Suites Hotel. Being the only Relais & Châteaux hotel in the country, this disarming retreat is set amidst an idyllic village and stands out among Siem Reap’s top boutique properties.

Sink into the comforts of contemporary life, found within an oasis of old colonial glamour.

TRADITION MEETS MODERNITY Despite its classic façade of whitewashed walls, dark woods and stone elements, Heritage Suites Hotel is anything but rustic. The exclusive abode offers 26 rooms, each boasting its own distinctive touch of luxe aside from private courtyards, majestic floor-to-ceiling windows and alfresco showers amidst the lushness of nature.

Every corner of Heritage Suites Hotel unveils a serendipitous encounter, with its spacious lobby and rooms transformed into exciting art exhibitions that are never duplicated. Designer pebbles are raked into shapes against perfectly manicured lawns, and baths can be taken in a stone tub right inside your very room. Guests will be enchanted by the soft light cast by four-foot paper lanterns against the high ceilings, lacquered sofas and Indochina prints within their quarters. AT THE HEART OF DISCOVERY This sumptuous sanctuary is just minutes away from the scenic Siem Reap River, the quaint and beloved Old Market (Psah Chas), and the fairly new National Museum – amongst other itinerary essentials that make for an authentic Angkor experience.

Time-Honoured Pleasures Heritage Suites Hotel is a member of the Relais & Châteaux group, an association of nearly 520 outstanding hotels and their independent owners, maître de maison, grand chefs and chefs. It offers guests the opportunity to enjoy the art of living and build their own treasure trove of living memories over all five continents. Established in France in 1954, the Relais & Châteaux signature reflects its ambition: “All around the world, unique in the world.”


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– Magnus Olovson, Maître de Maison of Heritage Suites Hotel

Indulge in classic or intense adventures that go beyond extraordinary. Heritage Adventures, the hotel’s in-house tour and excursion provider, goes the extra mile to ensure that the very best of Cambodia is at your fingertips. Tailor-made excursions for Heritage guests include private sunset and Champagne cruise tours on the Tonlé Sap Lake, and abseiling through towering trees within the rainforests. Zip past the hidden temples of Angkor on the hotel’s in-house quad bikes – alternatively, the hotel also provides vintage cars such as the Mercedes 1962 for you to get around Siem Reap comfortably in style.

premier spa, where the art of traditional Khmer massages are administered to soothe and recharge tired bodies. Oil and deep tissue massages, body wraps, reflexology and facials are also performed by highly skilled professionals – using only organic products for a naturally therapeutic and holistic experience. +

REVEL TO THE FULLEST Jazz performances and traditional Apsara dance shows are just some of the special and weekly line-ups that constantly amaze and entertain. Warm up by the evening bonfires crackling beside the salt-water pool at The Pool Bar over a candle-lit dinner and cocktails. For an intimate indoor atmosphere, the hotel’s refined mezzanine, The Heritage Restaurant, offers a piquant mix of traditional Khmer, Asian and Western cuisine.

For more information on Heritage Suites Hotel, visit www.relaischateaux.com/heritage

Relais & Châteaux Tel: 1800 733 2460 (Toll-free - within Singapore) or +65 3158 3022 (Outside of Singapore) Email: rc-asia@relaischateaux.com www.relaischateaux.com

Top clockwise from left French colonial façade of the Heritage Suites hotel; The 1,130 sq ft Red Poppy Suite; All-day dining at The Heritage Restaurant.

Page 66 Vintage cars are provided for airport transfers and excursions.

After a full day of activities, enjoy the royal treatment at the hotel’s award-winning IMAGES COURTESY OF © RELAIS & CHÂTEAUX - HERITAGE SUITES HOTEL, SIEM REAP, CAMBODIA | WRITTEN BY MICHELLE ZHU


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in Bhutan – Dhensa Punakha Join me, KWOK LEONG, on a journey of discovery to Bhutan, in search of the heavenly abode called Dhensa Punakha.

HELLO BHUTAN! It was my first ever trip to Bhutan, flying Druk Airways. Known as the land of the thunder dragon, Bhutan is also the kingdom of happiness where the Gross National Happiness index is the highest in Asia. A simple request for a window seat had earned me a rare opportunity for a bird’s eye view of the great River Ganges and the spectacular Himalayan mountain range, which is home to the world’s highest peaks of Mount Everest. THE JOURNEY The fresh mountain air and tranquil atmosphere at Paro International Airport was such a far cry from the city life I used to know. Conversant in good English, Mr.

Norbu, my Bhutanese tour guide brought out the excitement in me with the prospect of a journey full of discovery throughout my trip. From Paro, we continued our journey to the capital of Bhutan, Thimpu, for a lunch break. Along the way, we passed by an adventurous iron chain bridge across the Paro Chu River, which was built 800 hundred years ago. Lunch was authentic Bhutanese cuisine, comprising of many side dishes with very unique combination of flavours. Traversing the mountains in the sub-alpine landscape offered me a glimpse of the very beautiful Magnolia and Rhododendron


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Admiring the picturesque sunrise,

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flowers, the Himalayan Pine trees with elongated cones, and other rare plants thriving in the wild. The winding road ascended to the highest altitude at Dochula, home to the historic 108 stupas on a backdrop of the mighty Himalaya mountain range; and gradually descended to a subtropical landscape throughout our journey to the royal winter capital of Punakha Valley. DHENSA PHUNAKA BOUTIQUE RESORT After several hours of scenic drive around the perimeter of the beautiful mountains, we finally arrived at Dhensa Punakha Boutique Resort. “Dhensa” literally means “heavenly abode” in the national language of Bhutan, “Dzhongkha”. Staggered on the slopes of the pine forest, the resort has a double-ceiling reception area with an upstairs library and an outdoor lounge; six cottages comprising twenty four private suites, a restaurant with indoor and alfresco dining area, and a spa further down the slope; all overlooking the beautiful Punakha Valley. MY PRIVATE SUITE There are only four private suites in a double-storey cottage, two on each floor, all are corner units. A broad staircase led up to my suite on the first floor; and my first impression of the room was space and luxury. The wingchair at a corner was perfect for reading my favourite book, while I indulged on the free snacks and drinks from the well-stocked mini bar. Against

lungful of fresh mountain air – there is no better way to soak up the Bhutanese goodness than staying in ultra-modern comfort in such a pristine setting.

the wall was a super cozy bed with fluffy pillows, facing an LCD TV that offered international channels and feature movies. Hi-speed wifi was also available. The bathroom was equally luxurious with a standalone bathtub as the centerpiece, accentuated by quality amenities, an oversized shower head, ironing facilities and a safe in the wardrobe. My favourite spot was the private lounge at the balcony, divided from the room by a floor to ceiling glass panels. The balcony offered a panoramic view of the beautiful valley and the surrounding nature. Each morning, I would anticipate for the sun to emerge gingerly from behind the majestic mountain range. Admiring the picturesque sunrise, native-bird watching and inhaling a lungful of fresh mountain air – there is no better way to soak up the Bhutanese goodness than staying in ultra-modern comfort in such a pristine setting.

This page The solid staircase from the lobby leading down to the suites, the restaurant, and the spa; Kwok Leong at Punakha Dzong, the second largest and oldest dzong in Bhutan.

Opposite Dhensa Restaurant’s alfresco dining area offers a panoramic view of the Punakha Valley.

ROOM SERVICE Room service was top notch. Each time I went out for an excursion or dinner, I came back to my room and realized everything was back in order again; the bed sheet was tidied up, snacks and drinks were replenished. IMAGES AND TEXT BY KWOK LEONG NG


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A staff brought it to me and it took him almost fifteen minutes to drape me up in the knee-length robe of vibrant colours, tied to the waist by a cloth belt. Wearing the elaborate but elegant costume is compulsory for Bhutanese men attending formal occasions.

RESTAURANT The restaurant served buffet style meals. Breakfast was mainly continental, while lunch and dinner were a combination of contemporary cuisine and traditional Asian favourites. The chef was said to use only the freshest organic produce from local farmers in their kitchen. Worth mentioning was the indulgent toasted butter cupcakes during breakfast; and the delicious meat curry that was flavourful but not overwhelmingly rich or spicy. Indoor and alfresco dining options were available. SPA The dedicated spa cottage offered exceptional treatments and therapies using Dhensa’s very own hand-blended essential oils. My full body massage session was complemented with the tranquil ambience of the surrounding forest, perfect for rejuvenating my mind, body and soul. INTRODUCTION TO TRADITIONAL COSTUME On my second day, I was introduced to the traditional Bhutanese costume for men, “Gho”, in the comfort of my own suite.

PUNAKHA ATTRACTIONS A short trip down the valley to Punakha town allowed me to explore the locals’ way of life; the things they sell in the shops, the menu in the restaurant, and the variety of fresh local produce at the roadside market. There were even night clubs, dance floors and karaoke for the community to socialise after working hours. Punakha Valley is also home to many places of interest in Bhutan. The most majestic of all was the Punakha Dzong, which was the second oldest and second largest dzong in Bhutan. We crossed Bhutan’s longest suspension footbridge to get to the dzong, which looked enormous even from afar. The whitewashed exterior was highlighted with orange lining and delightfully embellished with intricately carved wooden window frames in vivid colours. A visit to the legendary Chimi Lhakhang monastery is a must in Punakha. Strolling through the serene paddy fields to get there, I was instantly captivated by the innocent and happy rural lifestyle of the local villagers. Drawing visitors around the globe every day, Chimi Lhakhang bears a very amusing history about the “Divine Madman” who advocated the use of phallus symbols to ward off evil. It comes as no surprise that many Bhutanese buildings have an imaginative phallus symbol painted on the exterior wall!


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The low density of

Dhensa Punakha offered me a discreet sanctuary to reacquaint Just a five-minute trek up behind Dhensa Phunaka was the peaceful Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup Lhakhang Nunnery which houses one of the largest bronze statues of Bodhisattva in Bhutan. The Bhuddist lodge together with the beautiful white and gold stupa stood on a windy mountain plateau, offering a sweeping view of the river and surrounding valleys. PICNIC IN STYLE The picnic lunch was the most original outdoor activity in my itinerary. About ten minutes’ drive up the mountain behind Dhensa Punakha, the dedicated resort staff laid the picnic ground in the unspoiled forest. I had a great time enjoying the mountain breeze, collecting pine cones, while binging on the sumptuous sandwich of rare tuna slices, caramelized onions with a subtle taste of crushed capers and balsamic vinegar, freshly prepared by Chef Andi. Making a toast to Mr. Baljit with a glass of chilled local beer, we chatted about topics that brought back the happy days of innocence. FAREWELL TO DHENSA PUNAKHA My trip to Bhutan was both adventurous and unforgettable. The unusual itinerary, complemented with the luxury stay at Dhensa Punakha, I had the time of my life. The low density of Dhensa Punakha offered me a discreet sanctuary to reacquaint myself, retreating from the crowd into a pure haven of relaxation, rejuvenation and inspiration. I would highly recommend it to all discerning travellers who yearn for privacy, luxury and authenticity in their travel escapade. + For more information on Dhensa Boutique Resorts, please log on to www.dhensa.com

myself, retreating from the crowd into a pure haven Opposite The outdoor lobby lounge high up in the valley offers a picturesque view of the sun rising behind the mountain peaks; Kwok Leong in traditional Bhutanese Gho, enjoying dinner with Mr. Baljit Singh, the General Manager of Dhensa Punakha Resort. This page Dhensa Spa uses allnatural ingredients for their treatments and therapies; The happy faces of Bhutanese monks reflect the high Gross National Happiness index in Bhutan; The low-density luxury suites of Dhensa Punakha, only four in each cottage.

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Instruments of nature Add power to your words with these stunning pens by Namiki. Inspired by Japan’s spellbinding natural landscapes, Seki-tei (Rock Garden), Kusu-dama (Healing Sphere) and Matsu-ba (Pine Needles) are all handcrafted using gold and silver flecks on black lacquer. S$ 1,800 +65 6735 6788 www.namiki.com

Practical or powerful? Louis Vuitton’s newly reincarnated Lockit bag is both practical and powerful. It arrives in beautiful and supple Veau Cachemire leather; preserving the curved top of the original bag and flaunting the iconic LV padlock on its side. S$ 5,800 +65 6788 3888 www.louisvuitton.com

IMAGES COURTESY OF RESPECTIVE BRANDS | WRITTEN BY MALLIKA KAPOOR


Arabian pure breed (black) 49 x 18 cm Limited edition

High porcelain

The purity of the most beautiful of horses in a Lladró High Porcelain creation, the brand’s maximum artistic category. Several days of painstaking work to achieve this perfect silhouette, the elegance of its black decoration and the extraordinary wealth of the saddle. A limited edition handcrafted at the Lladró workshops in Valencia – Spain.

Lladró Boutique: Paragon #01 - 28 · Tel: 6738 3900 | Lladró Corner: Takashimaya Dept. Store, Basement 1 · Tel: 6737 6979 www.lladro.com


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Rose without thorns Bold and dainty all at once, this ‘Rose Dior Bagatelle’ large model necklace will take your breath away with its arrangement of diamonds, pink sapphires and emeralds. Crafted in white gold, it looks striking against any outfit. Price upon request +65 6509 8828 www.dior.com

The scent of preciousness Be a part of something special with Bulgari’s Opera Prima, a feminine fragrance launched on the eve of the brand’s 130th anniversary. Inspired by Rome, this stunning bottle created by master glassmakers Venini, comes alive in yellow gold with 250 carats of citrine along with diamonds and amethyst. Price upon request +65 6735 6689 www.bulgari.com


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An embellished mood Set the tone for a little sparkling glamour with this pair of earrings from Chopard. Two briolette tanzanites, suspended from a beautiful openwork gem-set lace motifs; it’s a picture too pretty to pass up! Price upon request +65 6733 8111 www.chopard.com

Queen ‘B’eautiful You’re sure to feel like royalty in this Madame K collar from designer Andria Wijaya’s Queen of Rock Range. Stainless steel gives this black and white piece its beautiful shape, embellished with Swarovski crystals, pearls and spikes. Price upon request andriaw.myshopify.com


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THE WOLF IS LOOSE Bentley unleashes an elegant beast with a heart for motor sport. The aforementioned animal Bentley unleashes upon both the sporting and luxury automotive worlds cannot be understated. The new ‘S’ models expand the range of the fabled car brand’s Continental GT range, injecting it with an edgy allure as well as a ferocious bite, no less. Sporting Bentley’s signature engine growl nevertheless, the Continental V8 S model challenges the modern state of sporting agility, while boasting impressive stability thanks to a lowered and meticulously re-engineered chassis. Available as both a convertible and as a coupe, the luxurious grand tourer is nothing less than an exhilarating experience that devours the open road with ease. This handcrafted stunner by the century-old artisan from Crewe, England, in true Bentley spirit, is customisable to its owner’s every whim. Amongst a selection


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of 17 colour coats are Kingfisher Blue and Monaco Yellow, which are unmistakable signature hues of the storied manufacturer. Just recently debuted at the IAA motor show in September of 2013, its sports exhaust option features re-tuned mountings and redesigned silencers, while the optional Mulliner Driving Specification package includes a jewel fuel filler cap, 21inch seven-spoke Black Limited Edition alloy wheels and drilled alloy foot pedals. Fancy your cabin trimmed in diamondquilted, perforated leather with indented headlining? This glorious package also entails your ride being tailored with Mulliner dark-tint front and rear lights as well as majestic Beluga gloss door mirrors to match the lower Body Styling Specification. Bentley’s impressive twin-turbo V8 engine churns out a 521bhp and 680Nm of torque. This state-of-the-art system easily achieves a range of more than 500 miles on a single tank, working in tandem with its potent 4-litre power train. The convertible sprints

from zero to 100km/h in 4.7s, while its coupe variant achieves 100km/h in a mere 4.5s. Both brandish a top speed of almost 310km/h, which is much more than anyone would expect from a luxury steed. The fuel economy of the Continental V8 S is 10.6 litres per 100 kilometre and its carbon dioxide emissions are minimised to a low 246g/km. Furthermore, four of its eight cylinders go into standby when the car is in cruising mode, saving much fuel along with the environment, whilst ready to be fired up in a flash anytime. Amid the fury of this epitomy of power, Continuous Damping Control (CDC) technology has bumps and rattles under control, ensuring a smooth journey above the expectations of modern luxury. + Bentley Singapore Wearnes Automotive Pte Ltd 45 Leng Kee Road Singapore 159103 Tel: +65 6378 2628 Email: bentley.sales@wearnes.com

Opposite The Continental V8 S: a racey, svelte silhouette that does not compromise the majesty of the traditional Bentley visage. Right The unmistakable grill of Bentley.

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A Taste Of

ONE PARADISE One Paradise stands out with its tantalizing menu and highly personalised services that have made private parties and corporate events most memorable. Private parties, celebrations and corporate events will never be the same with treats that feature signature dishes from a whole range of renowned and popular restaurants including Taste Paradise, Paradise Pavilion, Seafood Paradise, Canton Paradise, Paradise Dynasty, Paradise Inn, KungFu Paradise, LeNu and My Nasi.

Tossed Oriental Style Chicken Drumlet as well as Wok Fried Sliced Beef with Chinese BBQ Sauce. Impress your guests with international delights such as Oven Baked Boneless Chicken Spanish Style, Deep Fried Japanese Panko Ebi, Sautéed Half Shell Mussel “Viet-Thai” Style. One Paradise’s cocktail/cocktail butler menus feature a wide array of fine canapés and hors d’oeuvres to suit any occasions. Highlights include delectable tapas influenced by both Asian and international cuisines. It is also well equipped to cater to the demands of full or half-day seminar

One Paradise, the catering arm of Paradise Group of restaurants, stands out from the rest with its range of exquisite dishes, highly personalised services and polished set-ups that are a visual treat. Through One Paradise, tantalising Asian cuisine, international delights as well as chef’s recommendations from its restaurants make any event a memorable experience at home, office or any location of your choice. Popular Asian banquets, International delights plus various cocktail menus and seminar packages form part of its comprehensive offerings. Fans of Asian dishes from the Paradise Group will delight in a selection of chef’s specials that include One Paradise Oven Baked Chicken, Baked Kabayaki Style Fish Fillet, Seaweed Coated Prawn Fritters, Wok-

or a slice of Peking Duck wrapped with crepes & cucumber, spring onion & Hoisin sauce or Shanghai “La Mien” served with Sakura shrimp, scallion & XO chicken floss can also be served at these ‘live’ stations. All your party needs are available at One Paradise -- besides fully customised menus, linen lined buffet tables decorated by a floral piece and stylish centerpiece are provided as part of its catering set-ups. The company can also provide professional butlers and service staff during events besides equipment rental, floral services and even wine selection. +

All images Popular Asian banquets, International delights plus various cocktail menus and seminar packages form part of the offerings by One Paradise.

packages with impressive selections for a refreshing breakfast, hearty lunch and afternoon tea. Watch One Paradise chefs in action when you choose from the list of a-la-minute items. Enjoy local delights like Nonya Laksa and Kueh Pie Tie which can be prepared on the spot. Roast whole poulet with vegetables and Cajun cream sauce

One Paradise A catering concept by Paradise Group Tel: +65 465 6565 www.oneparadise.com.sg

IMAGES COURTESY OF ONE PARADISE | WRITTEN BY SANDY LEE


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AROSSA GRILL & WINE BAR Brick walls and wooden flooring lend a warm, rustic touch as guests cozy up to hearty meals here. Chef Chiaki Watanabe delicately grills quality imports including Wagyu beef, steak and seafood to preserve their fresh flavours while delivering a tempting aroma. Among them, the T-bone steak and lobster win the popularity votes, with over 120 labels of Old and New World wines to match.

www.arossa.com.sg Tel: +65 6636 2951

DELICIOUS With seven outlets in Malaysia, Delicious truly lives up to its name by bringing its hot favourites to Singapore. The duck confit spaghetti is a must-try – so zesty with sun-dried tomatoes, and with an Asian twist from coriander. Other must-tries include the Thai mango and beef salad with medium-rare pan-seared steak that is mouthwateringly tender and juicy. We’re also enchanted by the sky blue furniture and white bird cages – quirky and pretty.

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www.thedeliciousgroup.com.sg Tel: +65 6636 0903

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CRYSTAL JADE PRISTINE The philosophy behind the modern Cantonese cuisine here is to keep it all healthy and wholesome by steaming, simmering or sautéing the food. Top-notch ingredients, which include Wagyu beef and Kurobuta pork, are skilfully treated to present rich layers of flavours. And the results are greattasting yet nutritious options such as the unique chicken beancurd made from kampung chicken and steamed with ginseng and cordycep mushrooms.

www.crystaljade.com Tel: +65 6636 1836 IMAGES COURTESY OF SCOTTS SQUARE | WRITTEN BY MARIE WEE

DÔME CAFÉ Dôme is everyone’s old favourite for a good reason – its espresso is made from Arabica coffee beans roasted to perfection. And fans don’t just come for the coffee. Apart from popular dishes such as the Seafood Marinara, a threetier delectable hi-tea set for two is offered daily between 3pm to 6pm. This comes with freshly brewed coffee or tea to accompany seafood, savoury scones, pretty little cakes, and a chocolate fondue that is oh-so-thick. www.dome.sg Tel: +65 6538 2256

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MAISON KAYSER Croissants here are so fluffy and buttery they have received rave reviews from the home of croissants, Paris, from French newspaper Le Figaro. Its Baguette Monge, voted best in Singapore by The Straits Times, has its crispy crust covering a cotton wool-like centre. Get the pastries to-go at the counter or savour them in the all-day dine-in bistro.

SUSHI ICHI

www.maison-kayser.com/en Tel: +65 6636 3672

www.sushichi.com Tel: +65 6299 0014

The Palate’s Paradise True gourmands love Scotts Square for its array of top quality cuisine, from Kyoto’s kaiseki-ryori to epicurean European fare and Chinese delicacies.

We’ve had a long-time love affair with Sushi Ichi, which brought over favourites from its Michelin-starred predecessor in Ginza. The creatively crafted Kyoto kaiseki-ryori here are top tier with ultra-fresh ingredients including ikura and uni imported directly from Tsukiji Market. While enjoying them, have the sommelier recommend its carefully curated labels of sake or shochu to match.

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We love how it is all about serving beautiful all-day breakfast here. And they dish them up with an interesting international approach, which varies from the Tex-Mex inspired Santa Fe, using tortilla parcels and jalapeno salsa, to the French-inspired Boulevard St Michel, using French toast, but adding twists with parmesan crumbed poached egg and spinach soufflé.

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LIFE ON THE FAST TRACK Owner of Moo Bar & Grill RAYMOND LIM who has been helping start ups in the F&B industry has found a new thrill in the fast tracks. Raymond Lim, owner of Moo Bar & Grill at McCallum St, seems to have the Midas Touch in the F&B business. Success in his ventures has made him a guru of some sort as he has been approached by many people asking for advice on the F&B business. Today, Raymond offers his expertise on a consultancy basis to help new F&B start-ups as well as establishment of partnerships and ventures. It all started back in 2000 when Raymond opened CAESARS wine & oysters bar in Liang Seah Street with the support of his father. It became an instant hit and remained healthily profitable for some thirteen years.

Soon, Raymond was looking for new challenges as he felt that there was no creativity in the drinks business. “A beer is a beer,” observed Raymond. “No one comes up to you and say hey your beer is very nice”. In 2006, he opened Shanghai Jazz beside Raffles Hotel at Seah Street and became the first in the industry to combine dim sum and wine in Shanghai Jazz. This too, proved to be popular and profitable. Five years later, Raymond took a big gamble and opened Moo Bar & Grill at McCallum Street. His half a million dollars investment in setting up Moo Bar & Grill

Image top/right Restaurant owner and F&B consultant Raymond Lim, who enjoys activities that involve mostly his Maserati and Lamborghini, is also an active member of ExotiCars Club.


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The feel-good factor was super

addictive and the camaraderie of all the participants was out of this world.

has paid off handsomely. The Moo Bar & Grill has since become the favourite haunt of lawyers, bankers, expatriates and professionals in the Shenton Way and Robinson Road vicinity.

profiles of all these people, their humility and brother-next-door demeanor are very humbling. The networking opportunities in this Club are priceless and not replicated in any other social clubs in Singapore.”

Interestingly, Raymond’s love for good food and fine wines was first cultivated from his four years with Singapore Airlines as a member of the cabin crew. Fresh from the end of his National Service in the Navy in 1995, Raymond joined the airlines as a flight steward.

Raymond participated in his first Malaysian drive with the ExotiCars Club in February this year and that experience was “mind blowing”. He recalls, “Together with three other supercars clubs from Kuching, Miri and Kuala Lumpur, we had 50 supercars touring from Singapore – Kuala Lumpur Cameron Highlands- Kuantan - Singapore over five days escorted by six outriders. We were escorted and treated like Royalties. The feel-good factor was super addictive and the camaraderie of all the participants was out of this world.”

He married an SIA stewardess but since the airline could not allow Raymond to fly on the same flight with his spouse, the love struck couple resigned together and he decided to strike out on his own. Despite his success, Raymond is renowned among his friends to be fun loving and someone who lives his life to the fullest. A fan of fast cars, the father of three teenaged children recalls that he first started with Alfa Romeo and then, BMWs and Maserati. He currently drives a Lamborghini Superleggera. He enjoys activities that involve mostly his Maserati and Lamborghini and as a member of ExotiCars Club, he enjoys its activities and also looks forward to hanging out with his many fellow club members who have become good friends.

The Club has since lined up several more overseas trips for its members throughout the year and Raymond has vowed that he “would not miss them for the world”. In fact, Raymond was so impressed by how well-run the ExotiCars Club that he volunteered to join its committee and was recently elected into the committee at its annual general meeting. Raymond enthused, “It’s such an honour to be working alongside this group of established professionals and businessmen.” +

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AFFLUENT upclose

ONE LOVE A pledge of allegiance that sprung from a common affinity for splendid machines.

Like many friendships, the unification of four supercar connoisseur associations blossomed from a memorable party. President of the Singapore ExotiCars Club (ECC) Chia Boon Teck fondly recalls his organisation’s hosting of the Supercar Club Sarawak (SCS) in Marina Bay Sands, which included the Sarawakians being treated to a 20-supercar convoy drive to high tea. Besides the fun he had, Chia remembers the gregarious affair for the stepping stone that it was, sharing, “two months later in June 2013, 30 ECC members flew up to Kuching to celebrate SCS’s second anniversary over a weekend of round-

the-clock partying. The Sarawakians taught the Singaporeans a new definition of ‘play hard’. More importantly, SCS introduced ECC to members of the Miri Supercars Owners Club (MSOC).” “We couldn’t get enough of one another,” recounts Chia. He divulges how the Sarawakians visited their newfound Singaporean friends again during the Singapore Formula One Grand Prix weekend in September 2013, and celebrated the event at ECC’s annual bash at the Marina Mandarin hotel. “Not wanting to be outdone, MSOC hosted SCS and ECC to a weekend of eco-adventure in Miri and


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I founded ECC

in August 2009 with 30 members. We are now 160 strong. The ECC has evolved a lot over the last five years not only to stay relevant but to stay ahead of the game.

– Chai Boon Teck, President of ExotiCars Club Left Friends: the presidents of the four supercar enthusiast associations: (L-R) William Lau, Datuk Philip Ting, Erwin Dato Azizi, and Chia Boon Teck.

Mulu in November 2013, which involved chartered commercial planes and a private helicopter,” Chia tells of the clubs’ opulent expeditions. “The Superfriends from East Malaysia and Singapore then decided to complete the triangle with the West Malaysians in December 2013. They flew to Kuala Lumpur for a dinner with the Blue Jackets (a Kuala Lumpur supercar owners club) at the brand new Grand Hyatt hotel. A new alliance was forged instantly.” Eager to make known their newly forged alliance to all their respective members, the four supercar clubs organised a 5-day 4-night “friendship drive” across Kuala Lumpur, Cameron Highlands, Kuantan,

and Singapore in February 2014. This involved 50 cars from all four clubs and furthermore, involved the Sarawakians having to ship their supercars to Kuala Lumpur. “Talk about enthusiasm!” Chia adds. “At the end of the event, the presidents of the four clubs pledged to take turns to organise joint events throughout 2014 to keep the friendship torch alight and burning bright.” “When I was asked by one of my club’s member about a meeting with ECC in April last year, his immediate reaction was, ‘Singaporeans are snobbish. They will not want to know us.’ To our surprise, the ECC said yes and we had to tell everyone to rearrange their plans to come along,” disclosed SCS President Datuk Philip Ting. “Am I glad that we did! Members of ECC are not the ‘ugly Singaporeans’ we thought they would be. Singapore should give the ECC an award for being such good ambassadors of their country.” MSOC President William Lau expressed his gratitude toward his peers, while expressing his ambitions for the teething four-way partnership, “in a recent event, 2014 was smartly named as 2 nations 0 boundaries 1 drive/alliance 4 clubs. I believe in the next few years this alliance will connect with more clubs from around the globe, and plan a lifetime of infinite events, travel and share the same auto passion motto, and most importantly true friendship.”

Singapore should give

the ECC an award for being such good ambassadors of their country.

– Datuk Philip Ting, President of Supercar Club Sarawak

IMAGE COURTESY OF KEK POH HUI | WRITTEN BY CHIA BOON TECK, EDITED BY ANDRE FROIS


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AFFLUENT upclose

To the privileged few that are a part of this

fraternity, this is just the beginning. Many more

achievements are to be made and this alliance will grow from strength to strength in the near future.

– Erwin Dato Azizi, President of Blue Jackets

Blue Jackets President Erwin Dato Azizi echoed Lau’s sentiments. “Our associations have created a platform for its members to share and learn new experiences, ranging from driving, technical, social and family gatherings as well as business networking opportunities to name a few. The core values that all the clubs share in common is the ability to respect and accept all its carefully chosen members as their extended family. But more importantly, it is the members’ ability to keep the bonds strong within each respective club, which will keep the ‘fire’ alive for the clubs to remain for the next generation,” he chimed in. “To the privileged few that are a part of this fraternity, this is just the beginning. Many more achievements are to be made and this alliance will grow from strength to strength in the near future.” A delighted Chia responded to the positivity of his counterparts, saying, “We look forward to many more reasons to toast each other throughout 2014 and beyond.” +

I believe in the next few years this alliance will

connect with more clubs from around the globe, and plan a lifetime of infinite events, travel and share the same auto passion motto, and most importantly true friendship. – William Lau, President of Miri Supercars Owners Club


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AFFLUENT event

SUPERCAR RALLY More than 50 supercars gathered on 27 February 2014 at the Pavilion mall in Kuala Lumpur, where they had a sumptuous lunch at Mdm Kwan’s restaurant, before setting off on the Amicitia Rally 2014. Organized by the Blue Jackets Society, the four-day drive saw the supercars, which included Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati, Porsche and AMG covering a distance of about 1,410km. For their nightly rests, the supercar enthusiasts checked into exquisite hotels, such as Pullman Hotels & Resorts at Putrajaya Malaysia, Cameron Highlands Resort in Cameron Highlands as well as Hyatt hotel in Kuantan. The drive ended in Singapore on the evening of 2 March 2014 with all clubs attending a gala dinner hosted by the ECC (ExotiCars Club Singapore). They enjoyed a gorgeous dinner prepared by Oscar’s restaurant at the Conrad Centennial Hotel Singapore. +


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NEW WONDERS It was a night aimed at discovering the wonders of New Zealand as 50 premium guests mingle during an intimate evening soiree hosted by Affluent magazine. The gorgeous estate of the New Zealand High Commissioner at Queen Astrid Park became the perfect backdrop for the three-hour occasion. Guests were treated to a sumptuous buffet spread, great wines sponsored by Beam Global as well as an ice-cream cart that featured one of New Zealand’s most popular flavour, Hokey Pokey. Stylish guests also had the opportunity to appreciate two stunning Bentleys – the Flying Spur and GTC – from Wearnes and tried the delectable taste of The Balvenie’s single Malt Scotch whiskey. +


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H A N D C R A F T E D S I N G L E M A LT Our Malt Master, David Stewart, has over 50 years of experience handcrafting the finest malt whiskies. He is the guardian of all the skills and traditions required to preserve the distinctive, honeyed taste of The Balvenie.

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TOTTS DELICIOUS On 4 April 2014, 30 wellheeled foodies put on some aprons and got their hands dirty in the kitchen of Totts Cooking School. There, they were led by the school’s very own Chef Giovanni to prepare a sumptuous spread which includes starters, main course and dessert. Organised by AFFLUENT, ‘Let’s Get Cooking’ was an intimate affair where some of society’s finest received firsthand guidance from a renowned chef. The dishes prepared included Snail pasta shell served on a spoon or a plate with a choice of filling, such as tuna and tomato and oregano, or Sicilian reduced ragout sauce or mushroom and parsley and ricotta cheese, with savory bread crumbs and orange and lemon zest. For the main course, the welldressed group prepared two dishes Vegetable rosti with pear salad or a variation with smoked salmon as well as the sea bass fillet served warm on a bed of fennel puree. +


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SUIT UP On 10 April 2014, 30 well-heeled guests were treated to a night of fashion and brought on a journey to appreciate the renowned Italian savoir-faire in tailoring. Organised by Affluent magazine, the evening soiree was held at the Canali boutique in Paragon. The stylish elites were served champagne and canapes as they get up close and personal with some of the Italian fashion house’s bespoke specialists while appreciating the apparels and leather goods in the boutique. As part of the evening’s itinerary, the smartly dressed gentlemen were given the rare opportunity to have their suit measurements taken personally by the knowledgeable specialists. +


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AFFLUENT living

Versace’s future as a niche label in the luxury furnishings market is set in stone.

Millions are well aware of Versace’s dominance as a trendsetter in the fashion industry. Growing from strength to strength, the storied Italian dynasty is confident of soon sealing its position as a leading interior purveyor. The plush Via Gesù sofa, for example, is giving Versace’s competitors a run for their money. Dressed and detailed in the rich tradition of Italian design, this recent offering by the fashion stalwart is merely an introductory morsel of the new bevy of elegant home furniture that Donatella Versace has created.

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Quilted from its back to its arms with the understated V motif, the Via Gesù Sofa formerly known as the Palazzo Sofa bears numerous traits of the Plazzo Bag, one of fashion’s more memorable ‘it’ bags. Bearing the unmistakable Versace V at its core, this striking work of art also has both its bases adorned with the house’s Medusa head emblem. The arms just above them quietly unsheathe to reveal secret drawers.

similarly fashioned furniture pieces. This manifestation of fashion in the form of furniture is padded and swathed in premium Nubuck leather, yielding an endearing velvety texture.

Placing comfort and sophistication at the forefront, this shellgrey looker is paired with grey and umber cushions, and is complemented by a wide array of

The Via Gesù Sofa

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Dressed and detailed

in the rich tradition of Italian design, this recent offering by the fashion stalwart is merely an introductory morsel of the new bevy of elegant home furniture that Donatella Versace has created.

Versace’s pampering of the discerning home owner extends to an imperial range of tableware. Crafted in beautiful white ceramic and lined with gold, this opulent yet contemporary series of eating apparatus is inspired by both dinner parties of the affluent Greco-Romans, as well as of the decision-makers of our modern world. Medusa once again rears her enchanting visage, this time upon the Medusa Gala and Medusa Gala Gold line, which are embellished with ribbon motif and fullfaced gold plume. These baroque-style table accessories are crafted in the meticulous spirit of Versace, immersing one into the dolce vita that the lauded designer label stands for. + Da Vinci Home Collection 191 Upper Bukit Timah Road Tel: +65 6468 6333 Da Vinci Home Marina Bay Sands 2 Bayfront Avenue L1-29 Tel: +65 6688 7555 www.davinciasia.com

The Medusa Gala Gold collection


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OMEWARD BOUND

Premier design collective Bonaldo’s alluring new designs for the modern home.

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CAVE SOFA A plush low-rise mound of comfort, the Cave Sofa is an inviting place of rejuvenation rounded of all possible edges. Padded in captivating texture, the harshness of pointed ends is omitted in this Mauro Lipparini creation ideal for families with young members. The Cave Sofa sports a style Lipparini coins a “casual comfort”, whose capacious surface area encourages the freedom of lounging. Hoisted slightly above the ground by durable matt-coated feet in anthracite grey, dove grey, black, white or red, its down and polyurethane padding can be either upholstered with removable fabric or leather covers. This bespoke beauty can further be customised with optional fabric or emery-leather armrests, and magazine racks or storage compartments in emery-leather.

BASKET PLUS BED Also by Mauro Lipparini, a low, futon-like mattress is crowned by a soft, curvaceous headboard that hugs one edge of the Basket Plus Bed. Its basket portion, whose soft upholstery is fully removable, features witty storage options. ALFIE RELAXING ARMCHAIR Showcasing Giuseppe Viganò’s flair with angular shapes in minimalist interior design, this emeryleather-swaddled armchair complements modern layouts excellently, while offering the home owner lavish respite. Both the footrest and the chair itself are padded with simple, thick and matching cushions, available in fabric, eco-leather and leather. The Alfie Relaxing Armchair comes in matt anthracite grey, black nickel, chromed, red and white.


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SPIRAL MIRROR Inspired by the seam stitches that line fabric, emeryleather and felt objects, the almost iPhone-shaped Spiral Mirror’s periphery is embellished with fabric cord. This cord was the idea of lauded designer Ryosuke Fukusada, furnishing this 167cm by 70cm conversation piece in different available colours in order to match a plenitude of interior ensembles. BANDY SOFA BED (on main page) Padded in high-grade polyurethane, the asymmetrical Bandy Sofa Bed has been likened to a pair of soft rocklooking shapes. Open them up and the Bandy Sofa Bed offers a comfortable 130cm by 200cm surface. A flagship Bonaldo piece by Pier Vittorio Prevedello, it offers several colour options for both its fabric

and stitching. The Bandy Sofa Bed is a hot favourite offering by Bonaldo primarily because of its pleasing look, its innovative transformer design and its use of prime-quality materials. + XZQT Home 8 Pandan Crescent #01-05 (Along West Coast Highway) Singapore 128464 Tel: +65 6774 8031 XZQT Studio 1 Kaki Bukit Road 1 #01-19/20 Enterprise 1 Singapore 415934 Tel: +65 6749 0813 Calligaris by XZQT 3 Temasek Boulevard #02-405/406 Suntec City Singapore 038983 Tel +65 6734 0290


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BY MY HAND Introducing an elder craftsman who believes that elegance can only be achieved by tremendous human endeavour.

Beginning in the 1960s, a family of Italian ateliers carved a name for themselves by rigorously upholding the philosophies of Italian craftsmanship. Applying Italian handiwork in its unadulterated perfection to all their creations, brothers Fernando, Aldo and Vasco enjoyed exponential success over the decades with their now-Salone del Mobile stalwart and veteran, whom the design and interior industry always has high expectations of.

Rather than replacing Toncelli’s labour

of love with robots and production lines, the proudly “manufatto Italiano” label instead uses cutting-edge equipment to bolster the consistency of its products.


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identity never crossing their minds, CEO and commercial director Lorenzo Toncelli and artistic manager Tommaso Toncelli spearhead one of the few furniture labels in the market that boasts its own research and development unit. Intrepidly forging ahead, Tommaso and Lorenzo share that their focus is dedicated to keeping Toncelli adaptive to advancements in technology and global style, while their strength is the attentiveness to detail of their bespoke brand’s experienced staff. Toncelli recently wowed fans at the recent Eurocucina fair, with a life-size model that depicts the ideal modern kitchen. A sleek and pristine cube lined with sophisticated culinary accessories, this submission to the premier “Euro-kitchen” fair led exhilarated enthusiasts along a 5m-high corridor to five display models.

The Invisible collection by Toncelli.

Fast-forward half a century, Toncelli stays as true to its motto, “the work of man”, as ever. With passion still evidently burning fervently, this family-run nowinternational enterprise is now bolstered by the latest technology. Rather than replacing Toncelli’s labour of love with robots and production lines, the proudly “manufatto Italiano” label instead uses cutting-edge equipment to bolster the consistency of its products. With the thought of compromising their fathers’

In the spirit of the brand’s quiet style of making huge impressions, Toncelli’s new foray is named Invisible. Aptly coined, this understated collection has made waves in the luxury and design sectors with unostentatious pieces that dazzle with uncanny form and grace. Highlighted by seemingly floating surfaces, balletic curves and clean lines that lead the eyes along its enchanting design, Invisible’s aesthetics were the vision of the Toncelli family, which was to offer an unpretentious living and cooking environment that pleases the owner none the lesser. Supported by durable stainless steel and premium-grade lightweight carbon-fibre,


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100% recycled paper. An easily cleaned material held together by special water-based binders containing oils made from cashew nut shells, PaperStone is extremely resistant to abrasion, compression, impact, traction and the different kinds of liquids that might spill on a kitchen counter.

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This discreet but serious contender for design awards tucks away its state-of-the-art functions, which unravel upon the touch of a button and are easily controlled by an online touchscreen. One might notice the absence of grooves and handles along the Invisible series’ pieces. Joints and handles, for that matter, have been deliberately omitted too. which is chemically, mechanically and thermally very resistant, the Invisible kitchen also introduces the Toncelli following to several post-modern materials. Grooved marine wood is treated with sea salt at specific temperatures and varnished in Toncelli laboratories to yield a driftwood look, while Ziricote wood is a durable hardwood specially sourced from Central America and highly prized for its light-dark grain finish. One might be surprised to learn that part of Toncelli’s Invisible kitchen is also fashioned from

Very satisfied with its endeavour, Toncelli recently declared of the Invisible line, “it maintains the values of artisan products made in Italy and the excellent qualities that have characterised every kitchen built in over fifty years.” + Artisan Furnishing 71 Kim Yam Road Singapore 239369 Tel: +65 6733 9060 www.artisan.com.sg

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Cool Illuminaries Modern technology and uncompromising quality is in the details with the latest Gaggenau Vario cool 400 series.


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“ Acclaimed over the decades for its intelligent solutions, Gaggenau’s technology too lends its savvy to the preservation of foods. A discerning applicant of state-ofthe-art know-how, the renowned brand confidently addresses the issue of food storage with impressive results – the almost doubling of food shelf life. Gaggenau’s Vario cooling 400 series neatly compartmentalises ingredients and ready-to-eats alike with grace, while both guaranteeing minimal changes in freshness and that the home owner incurs no hefty electrical bill, thanks to the Gaggenau vario cool 400 series’ NEA 4 energy ticks. These high-grade aluminium and stainless steel refrigerators, freezers, fridge-freezer combinations and wine climate cabinets are all certified with at least an A+ or A++ energy efficiency rating. PRESERVING FOOD The 480-litre RC 472 and 369-litre RC 462 refrigerators, for example, are lined by LED lights that emit no heat, wasting no energy from the cooling process. This array of appliances is also equipped with No-Frost technology, which keeps frost from forming along the appliances’ walls. Daily conveniences facilitated by Gaggenau appliances are expanded by the Vario freezers RF 471, 461, 411, 463 and 461 of the 400 series, which can dispense ice cubes, crushed ice or chilled water while

These high-grade aluminium and stainless steel refrigerators,

freezers, fridge-freezer combinations and wine climate cabinets are all certified with at least an A+ or A++ energy efficiency rating. their doors remain closed. To match the fellow Vario cooktop of the 400 series, the dispenser is fitted with a 3mm stainless steel frame. The ice makers in models RF 471, 461 and 411 produce a maximum of 1.4kg of ice daily and store up to 4kg, while models RF 463 and 461 are fitted with a dispenser for ice and water.

The precision-engineered Vario line also offers fridge-freezer combinations like the RB 492, RY 492 and RB 472, whose four-star freezer drawers are capable of applying temperatures as low as –25°C. PROTECTING WINE Thoughtfully crafted treats for the wine aficionado, the Vario wine climate cabinets RW 464 and 414 confidently safeguard precious wines. The Gaggenau 400 series wine climate cabinets chamber up to 99 bottles, and even magnum-sized bottles, in two divided climate zones that can be separately fine-tuned to temperatures from +5°C to +20°C. A modern ventilation system filters air through an antibacterial active carbon filter which absorbs and locks in odour particles, while undesirable scents caused by exposure to daylight are prevented by the optional glass door’s UV protection. This elite device also comprises of a compressor suspension, so that wines are stored in a vibration-less environment, ready to be served or presented using the cabinet’s presentation light any time. +

For more information on Gaggenau please visit Gaggenau Experience Centre 11 Bishan St 21, Level 4 Singapore 573943 Tel: +65 6356 1080 Biz hours: Mon to Fri 9am to 6pm Sat: Strictly by Appointments Sun & PH Closed Opposite Professional technology for the discerning.

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Following a record-setting success of over 32,000 visitors in 2013, Fine Art Asia will be returning to Hong Kong for its milestone tenth occasion in October, shortly after the launch of its Beijing edition in May.

Above, L-R Charles II silver sideboard dish, London, 1674. Koopman Rare Art, London.; Ming dynasty gold belt buckle. Susan Ollemans, London.

Asia’s leading annual art fair, Fine Art Asia, is set to take the global arts scene to even greater heights with its tenth edition at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre this year. The highly-anticipated event will be staged at the peak of the art season in Hong Kong from 4 – 7 October, and coincides with Sotheby’s auctions at the same venue. Its VIP preview and vernissage will be conducted on the eve of the event on 3 October. BRIDGING EAST AND WEST Reputed as the only fair to feature a vast range of collectibles from both Asia and the West, Fine Art Asia is now a key annual fixture in the international art calendar. The fair has grown exponentially over the past decade to function as a worldclass platform for some of the world’s most renowned galleries, catering to a rapidly expanding number of keen and knowledgeable collectors in Asia.

ONES TO WATCH Organised by Art & Antique International Fair Ltd (AAIF) and recognised as Hong Kong’s first globally acclaimed noncorporate art enterprise brand, Fine Art Asia will once again play host to 100 international galleries including top-tier dealers such as Rossi & Rossi (London and Hong Kong), Galerie Dumonteil (Paris, Shanghai and New York), and Vanderven Oriental Art (The Netherlands). Dealers, collectors and art enthusiasts can look forward to viewing collections ranging from ancient Chinese and Himalayan bronzes, to European antique furniture and decorative arts, as well as impressionist, modern and contemporary works. Making its debut at Fine Art Asia 2014 is MacConnal-Mason Gallery from London, a widely acclaimed establishment founded in 1893. The gallery specialises in English and European 19th and 20th century paintings and sculptures. Another new exhibitor is Walter Arader Himalayan Art, New York, showcasing its gilt bronze sculptures of Tibetan, Chinese and Nepalese origins that date back to the 14 – 18th centuries. David Aaron Ancient Arts, London, will be exhibiting at the fair yet again for its second year running,

whilst other renowned returning exhibitors include Siegelson, New York, as well as Bowman Sculpture, London. TEN YEARS, NEW FRONTIERS Aside from celebrating its landmark 10th edition of the fair this year, Fine Art Asia has also collaborated with Guardian Beijing, a well-established art organisation in China, to present the long-anticipated Beijing edition of the fair, Guardian Fine Art Asia (GFAA). GFAA promises an impressive display of museum-quality collections from Asia and Europe comprising fine art jewellery and timepieces, antique silver, and 20th century Chinese ink paintings. This highlight event is held in association with China Beijing International Fair for Trade in Services (CIFTIS) from 28 May to 1 June, a comprehensive international trade show organised by the Ministry of Commerce of the PRC and the People’s Government of Beijing Municipality, and supported by the World Trade Organisation. + www.fineartasia.com

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