2011 issue 52
52 TRAVEL 3Sixty째 November The AirAsia Magazine
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contentsnovember 26 Cuisine
Home Sweet Home
Exciting Reads to Pick Up
34 Biz Body
Planning Begets Proﬁts
36 Health Matters Sweet Alert
38 Hot Rods
Speak of the Spoke
40 Guts & Glory Milking the Sports
Objects of Desire
10 Red Alert
44 Sleep Inns
50 Hit List
100 Pilot’s Perspective
56 Style Flying High
Vivildy Wild Vacations
AirAsia FAs New Outﬁts
76 Pachyderm Parade
Elephants, Elephants Everywhere
84 Silken Splendour ur Brocade from Chengdu
94 Noodling Around nd Hanoi Delicious Slurp-Ups
106 Travel Log
Hitch Hiking West to East st
BOARDING CALL News, Announcements,, Maill
06 Captain’s Address ess 08 Inbox
What our guests are saying ying about Travel 3Sixty°
Exciting News from AirAsia
Stuff you’d love to know
Travel 3Sixty°’s Super-cool Guide
November events to keep a lookout for
Roses of the North
contentsnovember PORT OF CALL 126 Destination Ubud, Bali
128 Route Map 134 AirAsia Sales Ofﬁces & Stations
136 Who’s the Boss?
84 JET SET
Fashion, News, Celebs
108 Travel in Style Fashion from Around the World
110 Autumn Harvest Creating the Perfect Look
IN FLIGHT 118 Junior Jet Club Wonderful South Korea
120 Plane Fun Puzzles & Games
Fab photos taken by AirAsia guests
5 tips for a more enjoyable ﬂight
Publisher Managing Editor Art Director Writer Photojournalist Editorial Assistant Graphic Designer
Kathleen Tan R. Rajendra
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AirAsia provided several rescue ﬂights to evacuate Malaysian students in Egypt when social unrest broke out in February 2011.
At AirAsia, giving to those in need comes supplies, including food and clothing naturally. It is second for survivors. nature for us to reach When Japan was hit by a devastating out across borders to earthquake and an ensuing tsunami, help our brothers and AirAsia launched the ‘To Japan with sisters in the ASEAN Love’ campaign, ﬂying humanitarian region and beyond, aid into Japan and raising funds for during their time our friends there. Christchurch in New of need. Zealand too suffered blows recently The monsoon when it was hit by repeated earthquakes. season with its heavy AirAsia supported recovery initiatives to AirAsia was there to help our friends in Japan with the rains is something restore iconic heritage buildings in the ‘To Japan with Love’ campaign. that we are city by donating accustomed to in the a percentage of tropics and it often causes massive ﬂooding. Unfortunately, proceeds from ticket sales to and things took a turn for the worse in the Philippines recently from Christchurch. when typhoon Nesat hit the country last month displacing As a truly ASEAN brand, AirAsia thousands of people. AirAsia responded immediately by will continuously and tirelessly offering free transportation of aid to the country. champion the region as a premier The aim of lending assistance to nations in need comes travel and tourist destination. not because we want to look good in the press or trumpet We continue to link the ASEAN our CSR activities. In reality, we help because of the links community with cities across Asia, we have with these nations. As a global airline, not only Australia and Europe. But just like we ﬂy to many of these countries, AirAsia also has a huge how we provided wings so that workforce that hails from all corners of the world. When a ‘Now Everyone Can Fly’, the country is hit by a calamity, somewhere, an AirAsia Allstar success of our brand has (that’s how we refer our staff members) too is affected. provided us with wings AirAsia was at the forefront of relief efforts in the wake to lend a hand to those in of the tsunami that struck the region in 2004. The following need. We believe that no year, after the terrorist bombings in Bali, we helped support corporation can live apart the revival of tourism in the island by giving away 12,000 from the community it free ﬂights to the destination. serves and we are ﬁrmly In the year 2008, the region was again affected by committed in practising natural disasters and social unrest when cyclone Nargis what we preach. hit Myanmar, an earthquake caused massive destruction in Sichuan, China and, Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi airport was shut down after a strike, leaving travellers stranded. Once again, AirAsia facilitated relief efforts and rescue missions. When a 7.6-magnitude earthquake hit Sumatra in September 2009, AirAsia ﬂew families of the victims, relief Dato’ Kamarudin Meranun agencies, Indonesian journalists and airport ofﬁcials from AirAsia Deputy Jakarta to Padang. We also helped transport 1.5 tonnes of Group CEO
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ROOT OF HAPPINESS S
Samantha Brown’s comments in Jetsetter Travel 3Sixty (Sept 2011) made me reﬂect on my life as a foreigner, working and living far away from my comfort zone which is my family and my home. For whatever reasons we choose to be away from our comfort zones, the sacriﬁce remains the same. But, tive to however far we go, albeit real happiness being relative every individual, sooner or later we realise that the source of joy and happiness is still returning to our roots. ~ Claire Mendoza, via Email
Here’s the buzz on AirAsia’s Twitter, Facebook and Weibo pages Great Customer Service by @AirAsia for thinking about customers ﬁrst. The service was ﬂawless. Matej Hargas @Empressrox, just dicovered that Da Nang is also a surﬁng spot. Just an idea for AirAsia to promote. Ahmad Maghfur Usman Let me chare why you should take AirAsia for KUL-SG. It’s cheaper, you get to board ﬁrst and have your choice of meal too. Can’t get that with XX airlines econ. Joel Chong
A SMALL WORLD AFTER ALL On a trip to Bali, I was attracted to the article A World of Fiestas Fiest (Sept 2011). I could not agree more with the fact that discovering a country is not only about its touristy places plac but about the people and what they actually do and enjoy. What struck me as I read the article is that a ﬂight ig full of passengers is just as interesting a place to start sta discovering other countries, people and cultures. I loo looked around and realised I was seated amidst people from fro France, China and India. All I had to do was say bonjour bo to the passenger next to me, which resulted in non-stop banter till we landed in KL. ~ Anubhav Shrivastava, S Kuala Lumpur
LETTER OF THE MONTH WINS A RM918 VOUCHER TO BE REDEEMED AGAINST AN ATC 0912 28’’ LUGGAGE.* *T&C apply. *Luggage shown here for illustration purpose only. Colours may vary.
A picture speaks a thousand words. How true! The front cover of the Sept. 2011 issue of Travel 3Sixty vividly captured technicians scurrying about their assigned task of ﬁxing a race car at a pit stop. Further ﬂipping the pages, I discovered how detailed their efforts were in completing a task – an apt reminder that TEAMWORK alone ensures success. Admittedly, despite being clueless and never a fan of F1, I actually digested all the information in the article. Perhaps I might just turn up for the next F1 race! ~ Dr Chin Loi Fei, via Email
Thanks to you! I’ve almost done the longest trip in my history, Five weeks, nine new countries, 20 new cities! Lastly, headint to Australia. Jun Pranolo I’ve just booked Bali including hotel for 2 for just RM500+! You guys rock! Ji-Ho Ngai Ever since Tony founded AirAsia, I’ve never stopped ﬂying to Kota Kinabalu yearly from KL. Thanks for giving me a pair of wings. Lian Kok Tong Thanks so much for the Promo Fares on AirAsia. I stayed up till 5am just to book 6 ﬂights. It was worth it! the total for 6 ﬂights was only $80! Michale Gonzalez
I’m going for my honeymoon with my loved one to Kota Kinabalu, Kapalai Island and Singapore! Thanks @AirAsia and @ KathleenTan. Do you still remember me? I was your No.1 fan at Chengdu gathering! :-D Sunkistchu AA must ﬂy to Chongqin! Then we don’t need to carry our luggage to transit at Chengdu, Guilin or Shenzhen to ﬂy to Southeast Asia. @AirAsia, the people in Chongqin welcome you! Walker0819
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redalert QPR’s CEO, Phillip Beard posing with AirAsia FAs wearing the team’s ‘away’ and ‘third’ jersey at Loftus Road Stadium, London.
Long Live the QUEEN AirAsia has clinched yet another sports sponsorship deal, becoming the ofﬁcial partner of Queens Park Rangers Football Club (QPR), a pro football club based in West London, England. AirAsia is sponsoring the club’s ofﬁcial ‘away’ and ‘third’ jersey for the next two seasons.
QPR, which was formed in 1882 and scored its highest league win in 1960, returned to the Barclays Premier League for the ﬁrst time in 15 years after winning the 2010/2011 npower Championship.
“OUR LOGO ON QPR’S ‘AWAY’ AND ‘THIRD’ SHIRT DOES NOT ONLY SYMBOLISE OUR ENERGETIC PARTNERSHIP, BUT ALSO A JOINT-REPRESENTATION OF THE HARD WORK AND CHALLENGES THAT WE WENT THROUGH – FOR AIRASIA TO BE THE WORLD’S BEST LOW COST AIRLINE FOR THREE CONSECUTIVE YEARS AND, QPR TO MAKE A COMEBACK INTO TOP FLIGHT FOOTBALL FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 15 YEARS.” ~ KATHLEEN TAN , AIRASIA REGIONAL HEAD OF COMMERCIAL
TRAVEL SMART AirAsia has launched a new and innovative feature allowing guests with smart phones to purchase AirAsia INSURE Travel Protection Plan while making bookings via AirAsia Mobile. Currently, AirAsia Mobile is supported on iPhone, Blackberry, Android and WAP-enabled phones. For more info on AirAsia INSURE, visit www.airasiainsure.com
A HELPING HAND AirAsia believes that no corporation can live apart from the community it serves, and continues to reach out in times of need. When typhoon Nesat slammed into the Philippines in September, devastating parts of the country and leaving thousands homeless, AirAsia responded immediately. To facilitate relief efforts during this crisis, AirAsia offered air assistance and freed up cargo space to transport aid to the Philippines. NGOs, aid and humanitarian agencies, and members of the public who are keen to help, may email requests to email@example.com
Jasmine Lee, Commercial Director of AirAsia Berhad (left) and Kathleen Tan, AirAsia Regional Head of Commercial (on motorbike) with AirAsia FAs at the launch in Kuala Lumpur.
In September, AirAsia X launched a fabulous promotion across its network with X-tra low all-in fares from as little as RM279 to Seoul; RM349 to New Delhi and Mumbai; RM589 to Christchurch, New Zealand and RM809 to London and Paris. For upcoming promotions and special airfares, follow us on facebook.com/AirAsia and twitter.com/AirAsia
DA NANG in December
Beginning Dec 16, AirAsia will spread its wings to Da Nang, Vietnam’s third largest city, with four ﬂights a week. This fabulous holiday destination has something for everyone. While history buffs are sure to love the UNESCO World Heritage-listed town of Hoi An, My Son Sanctuary and the Imperial City of Hue, sun seekers will delight at the variety of beautiful beaches like My Khe, Non Nuoc and Cua Dai. If you’re after a mix of heritage and adventure, head to the Marble Mountains where you can explore caves, tunnels and labyrinths, visit Buddhist sanctuaries and watch artisans carve stone sculptures.
GREAT AIRFARES AND HOLIDAY PACKAGES TO DA NANG AVAILABLE AT WWW.AIRASIA.COM!
The AirAsia Badminton Team emerged runners up recently at the Airline Sports and Culture Association (ASCA) world inter airline badminton tournament in Dubai, beating teams from other airlines. Commenting on the team’s performance, team captain, Jason Lim said, “Overall, I’m proud of my team’s ﬁghting spirit and their determination to deliver only the best performance.”
“THIS ‘WORLD ON SALE’ PROMOTION WILL FURTHER REINFORCE OUR PRINCIPLE AND PROMISE OF OFFERING AFFORDABLE VALUE-FOR-MONEY FARES TO OUR GUESTS, WHICH ENABLES EVERYONE TO FLY AND EXPERIENCE THE DESTINATIONS WE OFFER.” ~ AZRAN OSMAN-RANI, AIRASIA X CEO
For the second consecutive year, AirAsia has been named Number 1 Budget Carrier in Smart Travel Asia’s Best in Travel poll. Smart Travel Asia is an online magazine with a worldwide readership of one million, and the poll is based on actual experience, word-ofmouth, and brand impressions drawn from advertising and editorial in the media.
FREE CHECK-IN AirAsia introduced a counter check-in fee of RM10 per guest in September 2011 but guests can still enjoy free and convenient self check-in options via the web, mobile and kiosk.
WEB CHECK-IN Visit checkin.airasia.com to check-in and print your boarding pass. No printer? No problem. Opt to have a 2D barcode sent via SMS or email, so you can print your boarding pass at the airport.
MOBILE CHECK-IN Visit mobile.airasia.com to check-in, and receive your 2D barcode via SMS or email. Scan your 2D barcode at the Self Check-in kiosks at the airport to print your boarding pass.
KIOSK CHECK-IN Just enter your travel details at the check-in kiosk at the airport and a boarding pass will be printed immediately.
ALL ABOUT BAGS
Drop off bags that you intend to check in at the baggage drop counter, and have your travel documents veriﬁed. To enjoy up to 50% savings, be sure to pre-book your Supersize Baggage online at www.airasia.com. Supersizes include 15kg, 20kg, 25kg and 30kg.
Flower Power Thai AirAsia is sponsoring the Royal Flora 2011, an international horticultural exposition that runs from November 9 till February 15 next year in Chiang Mai, Thailand. With the theme ‘Greenitude’, the event focuses on reducing global warming to save the Earth and improve our quality of life. With over 30 indoor and outdoor gardens blooming with exotic plants from around the world, visitors will also get to see a fabulous display put on by AirAsia – our very own airplane crafted from thousands of tropical ﬂowers.
FLY TO CHIANG MAI! AirAsia operates daily ﬂights to Chiang Mai from Kuala Lumpur and Singapore; and Bangkok, Hat Yai and Phuket in Thailand. Book your ﬂights at www.airasia.com
In October, winners of AirAsia’s ‘ZAiA Cirque du Soleil Show’ contest received their VIP tickets to watch this theatrical extravaganza about a young girl’s journey of self-discovery. If you’d like to catch this amazing show, purchase your tickets at www.airasiaredtix.com and check out great hotel and ﬂight packages that offer up to 40% savings at www.airasiago.com. Don’t miss upcoming contests and promotions. Be a Fan of facebook.com/AirAsia and follow AirAsia’s twitter.com/AirAsia for real-time updates.
TO UBON Thai AirAsia has launched direct ﬂights between Chiang Mai and Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand. Commenting on this new route, Tassapon Bijleveld, CEO of Thai AirAsia said “It is our pride to be an airline that links people and creates good connectivity between provinces. AirAsia’s Chiang Mai – Ubon Ratchthani route will create a golden triangle connecting North, Northeast (Isaan) and South of Thailand!” AirAsia ﬂies between these two destinations three times a week. To book your ﬂight, visit www.airasia.com
AUTUMN COLOURS Autumnal foliage in Gakuenji Temple
November is a great time to visit Japan. In autumn, the weather is relatively dry and mild, and the autumn leaves are lovely. In fact, locals often gather at leafy spots to take in the colourful sights. www.jnto.go.jp
Matsue Castle in autumn
HERE WE COME! On November 30, AirAsia X will launch four ﬂights a week between Kuala Lumpur and Osaka prefecture in Japan’s Kansai region. To tickle your travel palate, here are a few hotpots you’ll not want to miss.
• Osaka-style okonomiyaki is a savoury pancake made with grated yam, pork or bacon, octopus, kimchi and cheese. • Takoyaki are fried or grilled octopus dumplings, and can be found at street stalls and specialty takoyaki eateries. • Tecchiri is fugu or pufferﬁsh hot pot, and is very popular delicacy in Osaka. Due to the fact that fugu contains lethal poison, chefs require a special license to serve it.
• Osaka’s ultra-modern subterranean National Museum of Art showcases a wealth of Japanese and international contemporary art. www.nmao.go.jp • Dotonbori is a great place to take in Osaka’s lively dining and nightlife scene, and catch a bunraku puppet show or theatre performances. • SpaWorld is an onsen theme park with thematic hot springs from around the world, including a Persian bath reminiscent of the Persepolis, an onsen inspired by Italy’s famous Blue Grotto and an Atlantis-style hot spring with sharks and tropical ﬁsh swimming below. www.spaworld.co.jp • The Osaka Castle is one of Japan’s most famous. It played a major role in the uniﬁcation of Japan in the 16th century. • Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum is the place to go to learn about Japan’s popular noodles and create your very own cup of noodles. www.nissin-noodles.com • The Osaka Maritime Museum offers a journey through maritime history and a look at a life-size replica Edo period trading ship. www.jikukan-ogbc.jp • Universal Studios Japan is the place to go for adrenaline-pumping theme park rides, 3D adventures, and a chance to meet your favourite characters including Shrek, Popeye and Hello Kitty. www.usj.co.jp
ART Attack SILVER MENAGERIE Comyns’ range of luxury sterling silver products feature a collection of condiment sets in the shape of frogs, hares and owls. The range, with its ﬁne craftsmanship and designs, allow users to appreciate the beauty of silver in various forms. The Comyns Silver Condiment Set consists a pair of salt and pepper shakers and, a mustard pot with an individually designed spoon. Available at Pavilion KL, Suria KLCC and the Royal Selangor Visitor Centre in Kuala Lumpur.
Contemporary art gallery L’espace La Vallée Village in Paris will be hosting the works of talented photographer Iris Della Roca until January 2012. The 25-year-old is showcasing a series of photographic prints called “As the king is not humble, may the humble be king”, a moving and optimistic portrayal of the children of Rochina. The gallery is located at La Vallée Village, a must see shopping destination where visitors can have their pick of all things très chic. www.lavalleevillage.com
Ziptrek Ecotours in Queenstown, New Zealand, which operates the world’s steepest tree-to-tree Flying Fox, welcomes little adventureseekers too now. A new tethering system means that the weight minimum has now been reduced to 30kgs, allowing younger children (six years and above) to participate in the Kea 6-line Tour. The high-velocity tour, which opened in November 2010 after the company’s original Moa 4-Line Tour, provides an extended ‘zip into town’ experience that includes a picturesque 20-minute trek through the ancient native beech forest on the Tiki Trail. www.ziptrek.com
Winners of the 2010 redAMP Best Band in Southeast Asia competition, Golden Dragon has just scored a recording deal with Tune Studios. Fans of the seven-piece Indonesian band can now look forward to their debut album, which promises pop-rock tunes with the sounds of Chinese classical music and orchestral elements. The band, which performs in Mandarin, draws inspiration from Hong Kong band Beyond and, Taiwanese singers Lee Hom and Jay Zhou.
One is a play about Us, the people, when faced with extreme and unfortunate circumstances. The other tells the he tale of three just-about-to-fail relationships on New Year’s Eve, when anyone who kisses will ‘blow each other up’ as s soon as the clock rings in the New Year. What’ll Break You// Apoca-Lips – a double-billed performance, will be staged at the Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre from Nov 3 – 13, 3, 2011.Tickets are priced at RM70 (evening shows) and RM45 45 (matinee shows). Free admission for disabled wheelchair patrons. Contact KLpac Box Ofﬁce at 03-4047 9000. www.klpac.org
Welcome the Year of the Dragon next year with the highly anticipated Macau Lunar Dragon Commemorative Coins. The Macau Lunar Dragon coin, which is the ﬁfth coin in the collection, will feature three beautifully and intricately designed coins that boast the dragon and the renowned historical site of Senado Square, one of the 12 placese in Macau listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. www.singaporemint.com
UP, UP & AWAY! Join the fun at the 5th Thailand International Balloon Festival 2011 in Chiang Mai from Nov 25 to 27. With stunning displays of colourful hot air balloons and lots of activities including band processions and food carnival, the event is bound to delight hot air balloon fans of all ages. Visitors are encouraged to wear or carry illuminated accessories beﬁtting this year’s theme, ‘Glow Night’. www.wind-and-ﬁre.com
WEIGHTY ISSUE Travelers who’ve paid for excess baggage know how handy a scale can be to weigh luggage before boarding ﬂights. AirAsia is now selling an electronic portable scale that will take the guesswork out from your baggage weight. The hand-held electronic device, which includes a hook and belt, measures 140 x 45 x 30mm and can weigh up to 40kgs. Its large LCD screen allows the device to be read in dimly lit situations. The battery-operated device comes with auto power off and data lock functions, as well as overload and low battery indicators. Available onboard AirAsia, AirAsiaX ﬂights, and www.airasiamegastore.com
COOK like a CHEF This November, Life Inspired (Li)’s brand new original production The Maverick Chef makes its debut across Asia. Sit back and enjoy an unorthodox gastronomic experience, brought to you by Michelin-starred chef – Alvin Leung. Catch the exclusive premiere on Nov 13, 2011 on Li (Astro B.yond ch706).
Lan Kwai Fong Carnival 2011 Nov 12 & 13 Enjoy ﬁne food and drinks, local art and live performances by Brazilian dancers, African drummers and magicians at one of Hong Kong’s hottest party venues, Lan Kwai Fong. www. discoverhongkong.com
Jamiroquai in Concert Nov 22
Timaru Festival of Roses Nov 24 – 27 Celebrate roses at one of New Zealand’s premier garden events with a sweet line-up of private garden displays, rose themed tours and fabulous ﬂoral art creations. www.festivalofroses.co.nz
26th SEA Games Nov 11 - 22 Jakarta, Indonesia hosts the Southeast Asian Games for the fourth time, sharing the limelight with co-host city, Palembang on Sumatra Island. www.seag2011.com
Jamiroquai, known for their soul, funk, jazz and world music, perform hits from their latest album Rock Dust Star Light at the Palais Omnisports de Paris Bercy. www.bercy.fr
Kooza Nov 23 to Jan 22, 2012
Guy Fawkes Night Nov 5 Lewes, East Sussex is home to the most dramatic Guy Fawkes Night festivities in England. Locals celebrate the foiled Gunpowder Plot to assassinate King James I by burning efﬁgies of Guy Fawkes in a bonﬁre and putting on grand ﬁreworks displays. www.enjoyengland.com
Cirque du Soleil’s electrifying tale of an innocent boy looking for his place in the world is brought to life using acrobatic performance and the art of clowning at the Nagoya Dome, Nagoya. www.cirquedusoleil.com/en/ shows/kooza/default.aspx
Pushkar Camel Fair Nov 1 – 9
Desert nomads, farmers and traders gather in Pushkar, Rajasthan to haggle over camels and enjoy a fair ﬁlled with tented bazaars, folk music, and camel cart rides and races.
Movember Nov 1 - 30 Grow your ‘Mo’ (moustache) to raise awareness and funds for men’s health issues, speciﬁcally prostate cancer and depression.
MAGIC MIRROR THE MUSICAL – Nov 25 – Dec 4
The legend of Guan Yin comes to life at Istana Budaya, Kuala Lumpur. Appearing as a wise general during the time of the Tang dynasty, Guan Yin defeats a demonic army, and bequeaths to the people a magic mirror that shows past karma and future consequences.
Affordable Art Fair Nov 18 – 20 Making art more accessible, this fair serves up affordable art from over 70 established and new art galleries, and features works by celebrity artists Damien Hirst, Takashi Murakami, and emerging Singaporean star Justin Lee.
3-NATION CHARITY RIDE 2011 Nov 18 - 20
Loi Krathong Festival Nov 10 On the full moon of the 12th lunar month, Thais ﬂoat traditional banana leaf rafts or krathong down the country’s waterways to symbolise the release of negative feelings. In northern cities like Chiang Mai, beautiful lanterns called khom loi ﬁll the sky. www.tourismthailand.org
Penang Bridge Marathon Nov 20
Annual Pinatubo Trek Nov 30
Runners dash across Penang’s iconic 13.5-km long bridge, touted as one of the world’s longest, during a marathon that moves along the island’s scenic coastal highway.
Every year, trekkers take a twohour walk to the crater of Mt. Pinatubo to commemorate the dramatic eruption of 1991, and appreciate the beauty of nature.
Bikers from Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore roar into Malacca, Malaysia for the biggest event on the regional super biking calendar. g
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Hot Dates! ■ JAPAN Shichi-Go-San (Children’s Shrine-Visiting Day) Nov 15 www.jnto.go.jp
■ SINGAPORE World Beats Nov 17 & 18 www.worldbeats.asia
■ MALAYSIA Bamboo Music Festival Nov 30 www.sabahtourism.com
■ THE PHILIPPINES The Ugly World Tour Nov 19 www.ticketworld.com.ph
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Every city has its special attractions, iconic landmarks, unique appeal and of course, its own delightful cuisine. Joining this rank of must-see, must-try is the amazingly wonderful desserts, cakes and sweetmeats that showcase the local culinary arts and the skills required to make these mouthwatering morsels. But letâ€™s not kid ourselves. We love our desserts and these sinfully rich, gooey and sticky cakes and sweets simply make for a memorable holiday! We asked our AirAsia Allstars to tell us about the best dessert from their home cities and hereâ€™s what they had to say! So, the next time you visit their home cities, make sure you savour the sweets too!
Sticky Rice with Mango This is a foolproof dessert with a clever play on taste, texture, ﬂavour and aroma. Although Thailand has loads of delicious and intricate desserts, the simple sticky rice with mango reigns supreme as a simple but satisfying dessert. Called Khao Niaow Ma Muang, the steamed glutinous rice is mixed with a little sugar, salt and coconut cream before being served with generous helping of sliced mangoes, lashings of thickened coconut cream and a sprinkling of crushed mung beans. It’s best eaten when the rice warm and the mango cold. Try using mangoes that are fully ripe but ﬁrm and with a slight tartness to it. The coconut cream topping is optional as the rice is already rich. “The Thai people are very adept at creating exquisite desserts and they always ﬁnd ways to incorporate fresh fruits into their dishes. This dessert is very simple to make but the rich and fragrant rice is beautifully complemented by the tart mango slices, making it quite difﬁcult to stop once you start eating it.”~Thanit Thanathanmanont, Revenue Manager, AirAsia Thailand
Kuih Bakar A dense and fragrant cake that looks a little like the bibingka from Sri Lanka and Philippines, this is a very popular Malay cake that is best cooked over embers for that smoky aroma. Rich with eggs and coconut cream and fragrant with pandan (screwpine) leaf extract that also lends the cake its green colour, this is a perennial favourite enjoyed with a cup of tea. At times called Kuih Kemboja, the top and bottom of the cake is always left to brown a little more for contrasting texture and ﬂavour. Traditionally, the cake is baked in a brass mould shaped like a large ﬂower over charcoal but using any metal or heatproof glass mould in a modern oven will yield good results too. A little sprinkling of sesame on top of the cake adds a pretty touch and nutty crunch. It’s easily available and almost every Malay kuih (cakes) seller will sell this simple but rich cake. Try making it yourself with this recipe at http://liling2000.blogsot.com “T “This is my favourite Malay kuih that’s delicious and fragrant with pandan d leaf extract. It’s also very easy to make le and you can change the ﬂavours from a pandan to cream of corn, sesame seed p paste or muscovado sugar for a deeply p rich sweet cake.”~ Shirene Moong, New ri Media Executive, AirAsia Berhad M
Nyonya Kuih Early Chinese merchants who plied the trade route along the Straits of Malacca eventually settled down and married local Malay women. From this inter-marriage, a unique hybrid called the Baba Nyonya or Straits Chinese was born. Practising a blend of Chinese and Malay cultures, the Baba Nyonya held tradition very close to their hearts. The women – the Nyonya – were superb cooks who’d toil hours in the kitchen, preparing everything by hand for feasts that they’d serve for the family. From this kitchen, an array of tasty cakes emerged, called generically Nyonya kuih. Mostly made from rice or glutinous ﬂours and coconut milk, the Nyonya would take extreme care to create the exquisite patterns and shapes in their kuih. Penang and Melaka in Malaysia, and Singapore are the remaining bastions of the Straits Chinese people as they continue being custodians of this unique culture. Great Nyonya kuih recipes at http://nonya-kueh.blogspot.com “S “Sweet or savoury, you can never get enough of Nyonya kuih! It’s easily g available and you can even get them av in supermarkets nowadays. They are fragrant, delicious and there is so many fr varieties to choose them.” ~ Sheikh va Uthman Bin Mustaffa, AirAsia Team U Leader, Customer Experience, Singapore L
Sweet Soups The Chinese are not great fans of dessert but are partial to sweet soups or tong sui. The term refers to any warm and sweet soup and the variety is endless. This concept of ‘drinking’ your dessert may be strange to Western palates but the Chinese have been enjoying this for centuries, and many soups are drunk for thier medicinal properties. The most common ones are adzuki bean, black-eyed peas, peanut, walnut and mung bean soup. The preparation does take a little time to cook the beans fully till they are partially dissolved into the liquids. Instead of white sugar, rock sugar and raw sugar are used for a deeper nuance. Also, the soups can range from rich creamy varieties to thin, clear, consommé-like ones with certain herbs and berries thrown in for added potency. Shops that sell tong sui will often have a few pots of different soups, which make a fulﬁlling dessert, especially on cold nights. Here’s a simple black sesame recipe at www.malaysiabest.net “T Leung Pak Kee, was founded in Hong “Tai Kong in 1988, and has always been a symbol of K Chinese traditional sweet soups. The signature C products include Black Sesame, Almond and p Walnut Desserts. Their shops can be found W in Hong Kong at Tsim Sha Tsui and Mong Kok.”~ Jeanne Stradmoor, AirAsia Marketing K Executive (Hong Kong), Commercial Div. E
Pisang Goreng with Brown Sugar The Indonesian archipelago is such a huge swathe of islands, cultures, people and traditions, it is almost impossible to pin one ‘national’ dessert. However, the humble banana fritter is a crowd favourite and a quick pick-me-up dessert as well. This dish is common in Thailand and Malaysia too but the Indonesian style of serving it with shredded coconut and a thick palm sugar syrup elevates the humble dish to sublime heights. Many say this way of serving the fried banana was invented in Bali but your guess is good as anyone’s. However, what is true is the explosion of taste and ﬂavour of biting into a crunchy fried banana that has been ﬁrst dipped in some coconut and topped with palm sugar syrup. Sweet and salty, soft and crunchy, the dish is truly memorable. “ a simple, everyday dish that you “It’s ccan eat any time of the day. Normally ssold at street stalls, housewives too love to prepare this dish at home as the lo ingredients are easy to ﬁnd. The sugar in ssyrup and coconut is optional as hot banana fritters are delicious on their b own!”~ Shanti Iriani, Corporate Culture o Executive, AirAsia Indonesia E
Lamingtons Believed to have been named after Baron Lamington who was the Governor of Queensland from 1896 to 1901, or his wife, Lady Lamington, this is actually a simple cake that showcases ingenuity more than anything else. Simply, it’s a piece of plain cake sandwiched with jam, dipped in chocolate sauce and generously rolled in shredded coconut. But, foodies think it was a clever way to reuse stale cake that may have turned a tad dry from sitting too long in the pantry – the older the cake, the better it soaked up the sauce and, the coating of coconut gave it a rich and nutty taste. Strawberry or raspberry jam gave it a slash of colour and a tart ﬂavour. Children seem to love this cake and you can dress it up in all sorts of toppings like chopped nuts and fruits and even nonpareil. It is so easy to make, you can whip up some even if you didn’t know to turn on the oven. Try your hands at baking your own at www.joyofbaking.com/lamingtons
“I am from Gold Coast and for the BEST lamingtons on the coast (and great Aussie pies!) head to Coolangatta Bakery located on Grifﬁth Street, Coolangatta!”~Kylie Lew, AirAsia Station Head / Gold Coast, Australia
Silvanas You’ll be instantly reminded of French macaroons when you try these delightful cookies hugely popular in the Philippines. Made from two layers of a cashew nut meringue that’s sandwiched with rich butter cream and coated with cookie crumbs, these cookies are eaten frozen and come in a variety of ﬂavours. Found easily at almost every bakery in the Philippines, the contrasting textures of the ﬁrm butter frosting, buttery meringue and gritty cookie crumb explode in your mouth with each bite and as most Filipinos will attest, you’ll never stop at one. Also, don’t even think of calling it a macaroon! Here’s a simple recipe for silvanas from http://sweettidigns.blogsot.com
Gulab Jamun Indians like their desserts sweet and milky and gulab jamun is arguably the most popular sweetmeat throughout the Subcontinent. Believed to have originated from Persia, gulab means rose – from the rosewater used to scent the syrup and jamun which refers to a type of Indian berry. The dessert is actually a two component dish. The little balls are made from milk powder and ﬂour, which is deep-fried and then thrown into a pot full of heady, rosewater infused sugar syrup. The spongy and creamy balls soak up the sugar and becomes rich and moist. This celebratory dish can be served at room temperature or cold. The pre-mix ingredients are easily found at most Indian grocers but if you want to make it from scratch, try this recipe at http://allrcipes.com “We Indians like our desserts sweet, milky and creamy. Gulab Jamun is enjoyed all over India and are even be sold in cans. The fragrant syrup and creamy balls make for a wonderful dessert and some heap a scoop of icecream to make it even more decadent!” ~ Arun Ravindran Nair, AirAsia Guest Service Agent, Kochi, India
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“I am from Manila and silvanas come in many sizes and ﬂavours. But they taste best when eaten frozen. You must try this amazingly yummy cookie when in Philippines!”~Karlo Seraﬁn G. Sanchez, Airasia Philippines Digital Executive
PAGES TO Through the ages, writers have drawn inspiration from the rich history and beauty of the world, creating stories that allow readers to travel through time and space. But books also inspire globetrotting, prompting readers to visit locations of ﬁctitious romances or great battles in the real world, or even seek out new, life-changing experiences. Here’s a list of fun tours and activities inspired by books. If you’ve been bitten by the Twilight bug, check out The Twilight Tour Company of Forks www. twilighttoursinforks. com that takes you to key locations in Forks and La Push in Washington, US as described in Stephanie Meyer’s romantic vampire series. You’ll get to visit Forks High School where Bella Swan first met Edward Cullen, and even stop by the place where Bella learnt the legend of the Cold Ones.
Exploring Paris on The Da Vinci Code Tours.
Dan Brown’s 2003 thriller The Da Vinci Code revived interest in conspiracy theories, religious art and secret societies, and spawned numerous
Exploring the world of Gion’s geisha.
tours, taking mystery buffs to key locations in the book – from Paris’ Louvre Museum and St. Sulpice to UK’s Rosslyn chapel, posited by Brown as the hiding place of the Holy Grail. In fact, the celebrated Louvre Museum www.louvre.fr even offers a fun Da Vinci Code trail that explores facts and ﬁction.
Margaret Mitchell’s Gone with the Wind set in Georgia during the American Civil War continues to draw fans to this bastion of Southern hospitality. Tourists
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Balinese culture is
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characterised by y a desire to produce harmony y and balance in lifee.
~ Tina Ross, Author of Bali Addiction – a collection of memoirs, advice and experiences from Bali.
keen on delving into 100 years of history and heritage in the Ofﬁcial Home of Gone With The Wind can follow the Southern Belles and Whistles Tour www. visitscarlett.com, and even visit Stately Oaks Plantation, which is believed to have inspired Tara Plantation, the ﬁctional home of Scarlet O’Hara. Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love, which was made into a ﬁlm has set soul seekers on a spiritual journeys of self discovery. Following Gilbert’s cue, many choose to indulge in the bounty of Italy (www.romaround. it), ﬁnd peace in the ashram of India and look for love and balance in exotic Bali. Some even go as far as tracking down Gilbert’s Balinese teacher, the medicine man, Ketut Liyer. For these hardcore fans, there are tour agencies to make all the arrangements. www. spiritquesttours.com
Arthur Golden’s Memoirs of a Geisha explores the intriguing world of Gion’s geisha, bringing hundreds of tourists to Kyoto in search of these fascinating kimono-clad artistes. Tour agencies like Kyoto Sights & Nights (www. kyotosightsandnights.com) offer an opportunity to enjoy a geisha party in an ochaya. For the novelty of donning a kimono and joining in a tea ceremony, visit www.japanforyou.com
Maggie Stiefvater In this exciting conclusion of Stiefvater tragically romantic werewolf series, Sam races against time to locate Grace as authorities hunt down Mercy Falls’ wolf pack.
ROMANCE IN THE TIN
DEATH WALKS IN EASTREPPS Francis Beeding Set in a quaint English seaside resort, this 1931 British crime classic weaves together a complex plot, high body count, exciting courtroom drama and great detective work.
THE MALAYSIAN ART BOOK FOR CHILDREN Rahel Joseph & Jo Kukathas
This colourful book introduces children to artworks by some of Malaysia’s most exciting contemporary artists, and prompts discussions on history, legends, architecture, symbols, feelings and inspiration.
WORDS: BEVERLY RODRIGUES IMAGES: ADAM LEE
READ OF THE MONTH
THE 5 LANGUAGES OF APPRECIATION IN THE WORKPLACE
Gary Chapman & Paul White Whether you’ve got a cushy corner ofﬁce or box-sized cubicle, knowing how to appreciate your staff and co-workers is invaluable. This book shows you how to do this even on a tight budget.
MINES WITH PAUL CALLAN Travel 3Sixty talks to Paul Callan about his debut novel, The Dulang Washer, set in the tin mines of Malaysia’s Kinta Valley.
INSPIRATION I came across a small pamphlet telling of how miners were induced to take opium to help them work the mines, and my sense of injustice and outrage was spiked. I researched the topic and most of what I read was concentrated on the tin mines of Kinta Valley.
RESEARCH I travelled the length and breadth of Perak in search of a mine while taking in 19th century Perak. Eventually, I found a replica mine, about the size of a small room, in a tiny museum in Ipoh. I spent months in the national library reading about mining in Malaysia.
WHY A DULANG WASHER? I’m a romantic at heart. When I began structuring the story, I was determined that there’d be a love story to highlight the human aspect of the life of a miner. When I discovered that dulang washers were predominantly women I eagerly embraced the character of Aisha.
FAVOURITE WRITERS AND GREATEST INFLUENCES I love the Russian writers – Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky, Solzhenitsyn, modern Irish writers such as James Plunkett and Sebastian Barry, as well as the Japanese writers Ishiguro and Murakami. Having read everything by Tolstoy, I suspect he has been my biggest inﬂuence.
NEXT UP I’ve just completed the ﬁnal draft of a story about the Indian Tamils in Malaysia, which begins in the mid 60s. It too is a love story, but it is also a dark story about the aspirations of young people and how much they can actually achieve in Malaysia. Dulang = ore panning equipment
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PLANNING BEGETS PROFITS
In today’s competitive business environment, planning well sets you apart from the rest and gives rise to greater proﬁtability. Whether yours is a start-up or a revival, knowing what investors and consumers want is key to success.
THE 4Ms INVESTORS LOOK FOR
Mark Suster, a former serial entrepreneur and partner at Los Angeles-based venture capital ﬁrm GRP Partners, offers advice on how to grab investors’ attention:
The investor may not be looking to invest immediately but you will have to say: “We may not have the full progress you’d expect but we’d like to meet you ﬁrst so that when you are at the stage you normally invest, you’d have a chance to judge our progress.” It is this momentum that is easier to judge than a single data point.
Investors might accept that a US$50 million outcome will drive good returns given their small investment size, low price of entry, etc. but almost all VCs care about investing in big markets with ambitious teams.
Many investors will invest US$100k as part of a $1.5 million round. But mostly when they do it’s just because they consider you part of their early stage investment portfolio where they’re less sensitive about ownership percentage. Most VCs will want a minimum of 20% to 25% stake. But if yours turn out to be a billion-dollar company, even an 8% stake will do.
Different Venture Capitalists (VC) have different calibration points for weighing in on the management team. Many consider 70% management and only 30% product. Given this, your team should be solid and impressive.
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TOP 5 GLOBAL RETAILERS
No. of Countries Present in
reviews are signiﬁcantly more trusted than manufacturer descriptions according to a survey of US Mom Internet users (eMarketer, February 2010)
of consumers online trust recommendations from people they know; 70% trust opinions of unknown users (Econsultancy, July 2009)
Proﬁt Margin 2009
PERCENT of total retail sales (online and ofﬂine) will be affected by the Web by the year 2014, as consumers increasingly use the Internet to research products before purchasing. (Forrester, March 2010)
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Source: Deloitte’s Global Powers of Retailing, 2011
BOY CANDLES Hart Main, a 13-year-old, has launched his own range of masculine-smelling candles, designed for those who ﬁnd it hard to get non-girly smelling candles! Called ManCans, the candles are presented in old soup cans and are made of a blend of natural food grade wax. ManCans are available in scents such as bacon, campﬁre, grandpa’s pipe and new mitt; retailing at US$9.50 each. So what happens to the soup? Main donates all the soup to soup kitchens, hospitals, churches and other non-proﬁt organisations. www.man-cans.com
One of the biggest health issues in modern times, diabetes is a serious matter that has recorded an alarming 346 million sufferers worldwide as at August 2011 according to the World Health Organisation. Let’s get educated on how we can balance out our lives in honour of World Diabetes Day, which falls on Nov 25, as we look at some life-saving facts.
PERCENT of deaths accounted worldwide are due to non-communicable diseases such as diabetes.
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people have accessed preventive chemotherapy for at least one disease in 2008.
of higher IQ have been averaged in a study on children who are breastfed longer; regardless of socio-economic status, the mother’s IQ or other factors such as birth weight. (www. healthdiscoveries.net)
MAGNIFICENT MAGNESIUM Magnesium helps improve the body’s sensitivity to insulin. According to a study published in Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism, magnesium supplements signiﬁcantly reduces the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. In the study, 52 overweight, insulinresistant (but non-diabetic) men and women were given 345mg of magnesium or a placebo everyday for six months. The results showed that those taking magnesium had better balanced blood sugar levels with insulin sensitivity and blood pressure improvements. Magnesium is found in pumpkin seeds, spinach, soy beans, sunﬂower seeds, sesame seeds and halibut.
FRUCTOSE FOUL Calorie for calorie, high fructose corn syrup, HFCS (not fructose in fruits) causes more weight gain than glucose or sugar. Why? Your body converts it primarily into blood fats (triglycerides) and adipose tissue, not into energy. Obese people who drank HFCSsweetened drinks with their meals had almost 200% higher fat (triglyceride) levels than obese people who drank a glucose sweetened drink. HFCS is instrumental in causing obesity, lack of energy and metabolic syndromes because chronic high triglycerides can lead to insulin resistance. (Teff KL and others, Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, 2008)
BETTER LATE THAN NEVER Diet and lifestyle are as good as (or even better than) medication in taking care of your heart health. Researchers from the University of Toronto, Canada, found that a simple diet of fruit, vegetables and nuts can be effective in reducing the risk of heart disease in just one week. Coupled with regular exercise, people can wean off their medication in as little as three weeks. Additionally, according to Dr Carlos Bernal-Mizrachi, an endocrinologist at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, a good supply of vitamin D is useful to prevent cholesterol from building up in your blood vessels, particularly for people with diabetes.
You don’t need to be a walking pharmacy, but here are some simple items to have in your trusty tote for the just-in-cases.
Have this For this
Alcohol-based hand sanitizer
Useful for cracked lips and mouth blisters in hot weather. Dampen tea bag and press on the area. Its tannins help stop bleeding in mouth and gum tissue.
When there’s not a sink in sight, this rids you of germs. Dole out a drop for clean hands, especially when you’re eating out.
Primarily useful for headaches, but truly life-saving if you experience heart attack symptoms. Chew one and get help immediately.
They remove splinters, bug stingers and glass shards.
Bandages, BandAids, plasters
New shoes are usually the cause of blisters. Use these to ease the pain or protect the feet.
Source: World Diabetes Foundation and World Health Organization (International Research)
Speakof theSpoke What’s ‘green’, healthy and making a huge comeback? The bicycle of course!
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Once the pride of millions around the globe, the bicycle has suffered a setback with the advent of fast and sleek automobiles. As recent as 10 years back, Asia was the biggest consumer of bicycles; China, India, Cambodia and Vietnam had a big bicycle-movement as most of the population could ill afford automobiles. As economic changes swept through China and India, the bicycle was conveniently discarded for motorised transport – starting with the moped, the scooter and then the car. The bicycle eventually turned into a relic and was only used in rural areas. As money began pouring into Vietnam too, enabling citizens to buy cars and motorbikes, the bicycle went into a decline here as well. Today, the humble bicycle is ﬁghting back and has evolved into a high-technology recreational product. Europe and North America have embraced the bicycle and its virtues as a keep-ﬁt product. Moreover, the outdoors has
Folding electric bike
become sexy again and so, the bicycle too has evolved with a new lease of life. Gone are the days when the bicycle was a lowly mode of transportation. Nowadays, the bicycle is stylish and caters to those who crave an active lifestyle. New and improved bicycles include off-road bicycles (mountain bikes), track bicycles and lightweight long-distance bicycles. Catering to a higher income group, these bicycles are no longer cheap or rudimentary. Some of these new generation bikes cost as much as a car due to the technology and material used in making them. Traditional bicycle manufacturers have had to reinvent their product line-up to cater for changing market demands. New manufacturers have emerged with pricey products due to costly R & D investments. In North America and Europe, a whole new market has opened up and bicycle manufacturers are keeping abreast with the ever-changing
needs of the consumer, while moving forward with technology. This has also prompted manufacturers to reinvent themselves to meet new market demands. While Taiwan and China are still the biggest producers of bicycles, North American companies are bridging the gap as they innovate by using lightweight but stronger materials. Gearings have increased on bicycles too, from the simple 3-speed to up to 12-speed at present. The evolution and future of the two-wheeler are well documented at international automobile shows where alongside sexy and sleek cars, the bicycle gets special podium mentions. Even car manufacturers are getting into the game by treating it as a serious mode of transport and not merely a lifestyle accessory. Several cars manufacturers now have bicycle line-ups in their portfolio with high technology ﬁttings. Audi, Mercedes, Porsche and Peugeot have had bicycles in their product portfolio for a few years now. New to the segment is Ford, which just unveiled its E-bike at the recent Frankfurt Motor Show. The ‘Smart’ car company also had a selection of bicycles at the same show. Environmentalists have promoted the use of bicycles in urban areas to arrest declining air quality, and solve parking and trafﬁc issues. In Paris, Washington and Hangzhou in China, bicycle-sharing programmes have been successful and are expanding their reach to many more cities. Another option is the folding bike (small compact bicycle that folds away and is easy to carry on board a bus or a train), which is also gaining popularity in crowded cities like Japan, Shanghai, London and Paris. Some of these folding bikes come with a small battery power pack and can be charged overnight. Mercedes Fintess Bike
With the rise in fuel costs, Japan has also seen a revival of the bicycle as a mode of transport. Tokyo has a large bicycle population just like London and Frankfurt. In Munich, bicycle rentals are hugely popular while bicycle trishaws function as small taxis in the city centre. It does seem that the world is making a huge U-turn in urban transportation and the bicycle is spearheading this movement. With many plus points to its credit such as reducing air pollution and trafﬁc woes, cutting down consumption of fossil fuel, and providing for a healthier lifestyle, the return of the bicycle is undoubtedly a wonderful ‘regression’ .
guts & glory
MILKING THE SPORTS Sports alone do not bring in the big bucks. Sports marketeers have wizened up to the fact that sometimes, the dough lies in ancillary businesses and tapping into this area is far more attractive and lucrative. CREAM OF THE CROP Cheerleading is a big part of NFL teams’ revenue. When executed well, cheerleading teams provide endless clicks for web-surﬁng fans and bookings for appearances – charging between US$100 and US$500 per hour per cheerleader, in addition to the swimsuit calendar revenue they make annually. However, the girls get paid less than US$100 a game, and with so many women wanting to audition, it is no loss on the teams’ parts. Here are some of the NFL Top Cheerleading teams:
OAKLAND RAIDERS The Raiderettes, as the cheerleading team is known, have among the most sponsors including Euphoria Nail and Body Bar, M.A.C. makeup, Betsey Johnson swimwear and 365 Teeth Whitening. Appearance fees cost at least US$400 per girl per hour to show up, with a minimum of two cheerleaders required at an event. www.raiders.com
With a history Not the best spanning 50 years, cheerleader website, this cheerleading squad has but the sponsorship revenue its own website, displaying they bring in is impressive the most extensive schedule – tanning, yoga and spa services. The Broncos are also of off-the-ﬁeld appearances with pictures that date back the only cheerleading squad that has a breast augmentation to every cheerleading group sponsor, Dr. Ben Lee; and one they’ve ever had from 1961. This team generates the most of the only teams, if not the money including sponsorships only team, to sell cheerleader from Tigi Bed Head, Boots packages for events. (Lucchese) and Palm Beach Tan. www.denverbroncos.com www.dallascowboyscheerleaders.com
• It takes 3,000 cows to supply the NFL with enough leather for a year’s supply of footballs. • The term ‘face-off’ in hockey was originally called a ‘puck-off’... changed for obvious reasons. • The household wrench was invented by boxing heavyweight champion Jack Johnson in 1922.
TOP 3 HIGHEST PAID WOMEN IN SPORTS 2011 Forbes released the latest list based on estimated earnings for the year, ending July 1, 2011. According to Forbes, tennis players dominated the top positions. The earnings include prize money, salaries, appearance fees, licensing income and endorsements:
Total Earnings: US$25 million
Total Earnings: US$12.5 million
The top-paid woman in sports signed an eightyear contract extension with Nike last year that could be worth as much as US$70 million, thanks to royalties from her own tennis line and a line of bags and shoes through Nike subsidiary, Cole Haan.
Danica Patrick (Racing)
Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark catapulted into the high-earnings list after defeating Jarmila Gajdosova of Australia at the Wimbledon tennis championships in London this year.
Total Earnings: US$12 million
Patrick’s part-time move to Nascar has been a bit bumpy, as her average ﬁnish was 30.5 in her ﬁrst six starts. She remains one of racing’s biggest stars with a dozen sponsorship deals, which include Tissot, Troy Lee Designs and Alpinestars.
SHARP SHOOTERS As the AirAsia ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) enters its third season soon, let’s take a look back at what has become one of the most exciting sporting leagues in the region.
TEAMS PARTICIPATING IN SEASON 3
AIRASIA PHILIPPINE PATRIOTS
CHANG THAILAND SLAMMERS
IN THE BEGINNING The AirAsia ASEAN Basketball League or ABL was launched in 2009 to nurture regional talent with the creation of a professional league in basketball. The league brought together corporateowned teams and national associations, providing a platform for players and teams to compete against each other in not only showcasing talent but also in excelling in the game. In the inaugural year, six teams – the Brunei Barracudas, KL Dragons, Philippine Patriots, Satria Muda Britama from Indonesia, Singapore Slingers and Thailand Tigers battled it out on the courts for the chance to be crowned league champions. It came as no surprise when the season’s early favourites, the Philippine Patriots lifted the ABL Trophy as they were quick to assert their dominance in the court.
GAINING A FOOTING The second season kicked off to an exciting start with the teams hungry for victory. The tremendous improvement in player skills, speed and competitiveness was clearly visible on the courts from the start. Proving that underdogs could not be simply written off, the Chang Thailand
Slammers (previously Thailand Tigers) entered the playoffs and trumped AirAsia Philippine Patriots 75 - 68, winning the championship in a nail-biting ﬁnale.
INDONESIA WARRIORS (previously Satria Muda Britama)
BIGGER & BETTER Thrills and spills are in store for the third season of the ABL. The league provides opportunities for local communities through its Internship Programme, which offers college students placements within the ABL – with teams in the region and major sponsors. Three teams – the San Miguel Beermen from the Philippines, Bangkok Basketball Holdings from Thailand and Saigon Sports Academy Basketball from Vietnam have signed on for the new season. Fans can expect more action on the courts as the teams battle it out for the glory of the ABL trophy this season. Will the AirAsia Philippine Patriots reclaim the top prize from the Chang Thailand Slammers or will both teams make room for a new champion? Watch the action unfold when the AirAsia ASEAN Basketball League resumes on Jan 14, 2012. Log on to www.aseanbasketballleague.com for the latest on the ABL.
WESTPORTS KL DRAGONS
SAIGON SPORTS ACADEMY BASKETBALL
BANGKOK BASKETBALL HOLDINGS
SAN MIGUEL BEERMEN
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Gateway to Hospitality
While most hotels clamour to be located in the thick of things in Chiang Mai, namely near the Night Bazaar, the Holiday Inn Chiang Mai has wisely taken a step back and found its roosting grounds slightly outside the city locale and away from the maddening crowd. This offers unobstructed views of the city and distant mountains, while the Mae Ping languidly ﬂows just beside the hotel. But fret not. The hotel is just ﬁve minutes away from the city centre and there are ample transportation options
Roses of the North Chiang Mai, the second largest city in Thailand, is totally removed from the hustle and bustle of Bangkok and offers instead, a tranquil vibe that suits visitors who need total rejuvenation. Nestled in a valley, the temperature is cooler, the air cleaner and the hospitality warmer in the city that is often referred to as the Rose of the North. 44
to get into the city, including a free shuttle service courtesy of the hotel to the Night Bazaar, another shuttle service to the Central Airport Plaza Mall, and cheap tuk-tuk services from the hotel to any part of the city (but make sure you negotiate the fee ﬁrst before getting in). The Holiday Inn Chiang Mai too has, arguably the largest rooms in the city, between 45 and 59sq metres in average size. Really, it’s like sleeping in a small hall! The large rooms are perfect for families especially if you have children with you. You can actually kick a ball around the room, though we wouldn’t recommend doing so. The cavernous lobby is accented with grand chandeliers and the ﬂoor-to-
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Things to do in Chiang Mai
• Go for spa and massages – the city is ﬁlled with spas and massage places that offer various types of treatments. Try the foot massage that’s available along most streets. • Cruise along the Mae Ping River and witness how the locals go about their daily lives.
Palace restaurant offers delicious Cantonese cuisine and reputedly serves one of the best dim sum brunches in Chiang Mai. Another plus point for the Holiday Inn Chiang Mai is its close proximity to the Muslim enclave on
• Visit the old, walled city and walk around the moat to see how the city grew. • Coincide your stay with the Sunday Walking Market that begins at Thapae Gate and extends all the way to the centre of the walled city.
Changklan Road, just ﬁve minutes away on foot across the Mengrai Bridge. Muslim travellers can easily get halal food here. All in all, the Holiday Inn Chiang Mai is a great hotel that is perfect for families. Affordably priced, spacious accommodation, great dining options and with easy access to all the main attractions of the city, this gem of a hotel will ensure your holiday in Chiang Mai is ﬁlled with memorable moments beﬁtting the Holiday Inn experience. Go to www.airasiago.com for great room deals on the Holiday Inn Chiang Mai
• Try a Khantoke meal. This is a traditional northern Thai meal where a selection of dishes is served on an elevated tray. • Experience Flight of the Gibbon. This fantastic rainforest experience enables you to see the world through the eyes of a gibbon. www.treetopasia.com • Sign up for a cooking class. Chiang Mai has many, top-notch cooking schools run by professional and experienced chefs. • Buy rubies, topaz, sapphires or other birthstones at bargain prices but make sure you buy them at reputable jewellers. • Visit the Warorot Market, the oldest produce, ﬂower and fruit market in Chiang Mai. • Shop till you drop at the Night Bazaar.
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ceiling glass walls let sunlight stream in during the day and offer soothing views of the Mae Ping River. At night, like a welcoming beacon, the lobby glows with warm, soft light. It’s a lovely way to return from your daily excursions into the city. For food, having your breakfast on the terrace overlooking the river at the River Terrace Cafe is a great way to start the morning. However, for serious foodies, the hotel offers ridiculously cheap Executive Lunch Buffets on weekdays with over 30 local dishes. This is a great way to get acquainted with the food of the north as it is distinctly different from what you may be familiar with in Thailand. The China
Riverine Heritage Nestled along the Mae Ping River, the RatiLanna Riverside Spa Resort is a ﬁtting tribute to Chiang Mai’s cultural heritage and the city’s iconic waterway. The Mae Ping literally meanders through this resort with pools of water ﬂanking walkways, lush with riverine vegetation. The sound of water, cascading off the side of walls and babbling across ponds, engulfs you the moment you step into this sanctuary, offering a kind of calm that
river, and the large pavilion near the swimming pool represents a community market. A majestic Buddha in the style reﬂecting the great Buddha of Chwedagon sits serenely in the Buddha Room. However, the clever combination of tradition with contemporary chic and creature comforts elevate the RatiLanna to a truly worldclass resort that frequently wins hospitality awards. I needed the calm real bad and the sound of trickling water below my room balcony was music to my ears. The rooms, just 75 of them, all faced the inner courtyard and the river, enabling privacy and quiet contemplation on the tranquillity of the place. The water theme continues even in the bath, where upon turning the taps in the bathtub, a small courtyard lit
immediately unshackles you from the humdrum of daily life. This resort is also a study of the cultural and architectural splendour of the ethnic people of Chiang Mai. The designs and decorative style echo elements found in traditional Lanna life, especially from the Tai Lue and Tai Yai ethnic groups and at least six hill tribes. In fact, the whole resort is fashioned to represent traditional Lanna life. The pier is the main entry point to the resort, Mira Terrace suggests local restaurants along the
up and water started babbling from the decorative wall. In the room, the teakwood ﬂoor made me ditch the soft bed and lie on the ground instead, enjoying the smooth, gleaming ﬂoors while staring at the heavy wooden ceilings above. The resort is also home to RatiLanna Spa, which offered surprisingly affordable spa treatments. The signature treatment here is the crystal oil massage that uses oils that have been infused with crushed semi-precious stones – amethyst for calming and balancing, aquamarine for healing and grounding, carnelian for energising and passion, and citrine for stimulating and balancing. The event I was looking forward at the RatiLanna was the arrival of monks in the early morning by boat at the resort’s pier to receive alms, which can be arranged by the resort for its guests. But alas, due to heavy rains, the Mae Ping was in a foul mood and the river wasn’t safe to traverse. Similarly, weather permitting, the resort will arrange to fetch its guests from the airport and take them to a pier to catch a ‘scorpion-tailed’ boat to the hotel. Again Mae Ping put paid to my plans to arrive by boat. Perhaps next time, this riverine paradise will be kinder and fully embrace me for a stay quite unlike any other I have experienced. Go to www.airasiago.com for great room deals on the RatiLanna Riverside Spa Resort, Chiang Mai.
Petit Pleasures While Chiang Mai is home to numerous hotels of all sizes, prices and personalities, The Small Chiang Mai is small and intimate but big on style, warmth and hospitality. Small it may be but the hotel has a large lobby, a reading area, a bar and lounge corner and even a dipping pool on the third ﬂoor. This hotel prides itself in keeping things small and simple which is want hotel guests want more often than not. A cross between a guesthouse and a boutique hotel, The Small has only 35 rooms divided into Petit (35sq metres) and Petit Pois (25sq metres). However, the rooms are spacious and appeal greatly to travellers who are generally out the whole day and need only a cosy room to return to everyday before
interesting as traditional elements of the local culture are reinterpreted in bright, brazen colours. Small and cosy, you’ll jump for joy knowing that almost all the major attractions of Chiang Mai are just a hop, skip and jump away from The Small – all on foot. Thapae Gate, one of the main entry points into Chiang Mai’s historic walled city is less than eight minutes away, which also houses a fantastic night market on Sunday evenings – a must-do when in Chiang Mai. About ﬁve minutes away, is the famed Night Bazaar that generally sees shopaholics in tears at the sheer amount of shopping available. A three-minute walk takes you to Warorot Market, the city’s produce, fruits and ﬂower markets and, Chinatown. Dotting the street on the left and right of the hotel are
AirAsia ﬂies to daily Chiang Mai from Bangkok, and Kuala Lumpur. Visit www.airasia.com for the full ﬂight schedule.
freshening up and setting out for more exploration in this culturally diverse city. The style of The Small is decidedly modern contemporary or Loft Art, and steers clear from clutter. This works well with its concept of keeping things intimate and chic. Splashes of colour appear quite unexpectedly on walls and on decor pieces, giving it a dramatic feel. The room walls are particularly
numerous temples with stunning structures and carvings. Large isn’t always better and great things come in small packages too and The Small is the perfect example of this principle. Go to www.airasiago.com for great room deals on The Small, Chiang Mai.
Vividly Wild acations If you’re looking for some adrenaline-pumping thrills on your next vacation, we’ve got them listed here. But before you get started, be sure to exercise safety precautions as you may need lessons and training to get in shape for the rush of a lifetime. WORDS: EFI HAFIZAH HAMZAH
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ROCK CLIMBING BASE Jumping BASE ASE iis coined i d ffrom B = B Buildings, ildi A=A Antenna t or towers, S = Span or bridges, and E = Earth or cliffs. It’s really only recommended for experienced sky divers. However, with proper training, you may get the license you’d need to be a BASE jumper. It’s not cheap because of all the gear and training you need, but if you’re an adrenaline junkie, this could be well worth the money.
BE SAFE As with everything extreme, ask
yourself some questions before doing this: Are you physically ﬁt to do BASE jumping? Does BASE jumping ﬁt your mindset? Do you make good decisions under pressure? Also, you’ll need to discuss your plans with your family because BASE jumping, while the ultimate thrill known to mankind, does come with major risks that are life threatening.
CHECK OUT www.extremesportscafe.com
for training, preparation and safety details. Click on ‘book online’ and you’ll be presented with a menu from kite-surﬁng to paragliding. For BASE jumping training, you’ll need to take the Skydiving I.F.F (Introduction to Freefalling) course in Melbourne.
Rock climbers ascend mountains using their feet and hands for propulsion and support. Rock climbing can take place indoors on specially-constructed rock walls before setting out to conquer mountain faces. Think of movies such as The Eiger Sanction, K2 and Vertical Limit and you’ll see how strenuous this can be.
BE SAFE Equipment safety is a must with rock
climbing. Get your gear from specialist stores, which carry only the best and safest gear. Training will also allow you to be physically ﬁt for the real climb where the air gets thinner as you ascend.
CHECK OUT www.camp5.com in OneUtama, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia for your prep course. It’s an indoor state-of-the-art climbing facility housed in a 24-metre high. The climbing gym offers panoramic city views and a specialist pro-climbing store. The training cost is reasonable, but you may need to invest a bit more for gear. They also do climbing excursions. TOP SPOTS El Capitan, Yosemite National
Park, USA; Wharepapa, New Zealand; Paarl Rock, South Africa; Kalymnos Island, Greece; Skaha Climbing Bluffs, British Columbia, Canada; Mount Roraima, bordering Venezuela, Brazil and Guyana; Trango Towers, Baltistan, Northern Pakistan & Dead Horse Point, Canyonlands National Park, USA (which Tom Cruise ‘scaled’ in the movie Mission Impossible). november travel3sixty 51
BOG SNORKELLING The challenge here is to complete two consecutive lengths of a 60-yard (55 metres) water-ﬁlled trench cut through peat bog, in the shortest time possible. Competitors must wear snorkels and ﬂippers, and complete the course without using conventional swimming strokes, relying on ﬂipper power alone. Wet suits are not compulsory, but are usually worn. This quirky yet extremely challenging activity was ﬁrst held at Llanwrtyd Wells, Wales, UK, in 1976.
BE SAFE You need to at least train for
stamina – weights and swimming will help greatly. Be sure to cover and protect any cuts or injuries on your body; it is a bog and it is dirty. It’s possibly the ‘best dirty sport’ there is on the face of the earth.
CHECK OUT www.bogsnorkelling.com This will give you an insight into the original bog snorkelling championship held in Wales. There are contestants who post comments and experiences so, you’ll get ﬁrst-hand information on the challenges ahead. TOP SPOTS It’s very British and there are
only two places that do it to perfection: Wales, UK, and Northern Ireland (www.irishbogsnorkelling.com)
SPELUNKING or CAVING Spelunking can be as adventurous and exciting as YOU want it to be. This is one adventure sport where you’re in total control. It can be a simple walk though a cave or one that requires face-inthe-dirt crawling and rappelling down bottomless shafts. Here’s what you need to know before you go spelunking through nooks and crevices – you cannot do this if you are claustrophobic. There are over 300 caving clubs in the world, most of which are in the USA. Die-hard spelunkers train hard. Many work out rigorously, go rock climbing, and even take up cave diving.
BE SAFE Being well-equipped and a checklist from the experts will take you further into the cave of your dreams safely.
CHECK OUT www.thailandclimbing.com, home of the Chiang Mai Rock Climbing Adventures (CMRCA). They offer comprehensive spelunking courses – Introduction to Caving, Vertical Caving and Exploratory Caving. They also provide spelunking adventure packages in Northern Thailand with trained experts to guide you. TOP SPOTS Ceki 2, Western Julian Alps
of the Italian-Slovenian borders; Picos de Europa mountains in Spain; Cango Caves, Oudtshoorn, Western Cape, South Africa; Waitomo Caves, Hamilton, New Zealand; Callao Caves, Cagayan, Philippines; Mulu Caves, Sarawak, Malaysia.
There are two types of shark diving: Caged and non-caged. Non-caged is designed for both advanced and novice divers, and can be found in practically all great aquariums that house sharks. Aquarium sharks are usually well-fed, so divers need not worry. Meanwhile, caged diving in the open seas places divers in the sharks’ lair. While the cage is there as protection, caged diving is still an extreme experience that inspires both fear and awe. Companies that arrange for caged shark diving expeditions, brief you on what to expect and what not to do. Waiting for a shark to come by can get boring, but remember, never ever stick your arms and legs out!
BE SAFE Being mentally prepared is key
to being safe when diving with sharks. Having as much information on what to expect and what to do is equally important. Take up excursions with expert shark divers – certiﬁed, recognised and known in the diving community.
CHECK OUT www.aquariaklcc.com It’s non-caged shark diving at its most awesome. You get to be as close as you can imagine to sharks, stingrays and other sea life. For open sea excursions, check out www.sharkdivingunlimited. com as they do caged dives for non-certiﬁed divers as well. TOP SPOTS Great Barrier Reef &The
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Neptune Islands, Australia; Farallon Islands & Florida, USA; Isla de Guadalupe, Mexico; the Bahamas; Dyer Island off Gaansbai, the Protea Banks & False Bay, South Africa; Cocos Island, Costa Rica; Hin Mu Sang, Thailand; the Maldives; Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt.
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DIVING WITH SHARKS
THE GOBI DESERT MARCH Seven days and 250 kilometres! It’s a challenge of a lifetime and you are your rival. The 4 Deserts is recognised as the ultimate test of human endurance’. This series is the brainchild of Mary K. Gadams who founded RacingThePlanet in 2002. The weeklong event takes place across the most forbidding landscapes and in the harshest climates on earth. The inaugural Gobi March was run in China in 2003. Over the next three years a new race was added to the series each season. In 2004, it was the Atacama Crossing (Chile) and in 2005, it was the Sahara Race (Egypt). In 2006, all four desert events were raced in one year, with The Last Desert Antarctica being the ﬁnal event in the series. Competitors can enter any of the individual races within the 4 Deserts series, but if they wish to take part in The Last Desert (Antarctica), then they must complete a minimum of two of the other races and receive an invitation to participate.
THE ROUTE The Gobi March is a six-stage
foot race. There is a checkpoint at each stage and you will have to be logged in by race staff and rehydrate before you make your way for the next stage. At stage 5, you will reach The Long March, which is between 70 to 90 kilometres long (roughly 40% the length of previous stages). The checkpoints here are about 10 kilometres apart. You can take the opportunity to rest or sleep at a designated Overnight Checkpoint where a tent with a campﬁre and stove is available for drinks and meals. Then you continue on to the ﬁnal stage.
BE SAFE Running, endurance, stamina training - pretty much everything that an Olympic track athlete needs to do. With proper training, you can be mentally and emotionally prepared. CHECK OUT www.4deserts.com You can register online at this website. You will also ﬁnd race schedules, blogs & news on the event.
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AirAsia’s Allstars Flight Attendants (FAs) come from all over the region and are proud ambassadors
of their respective countries. Here, they talk to us about their homelands as they take the new
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Compression and Weekend outďŹ ts for a spin, and tell us what they most like most about them.
TERESA KIMBERLY EPIL
YEARS WITH AIRASIA Just a few months now. Highlights in your career as a FA with AirAsia AirAsia has made me feel like I never left home. The team is warm and welcoming. The mentors, during my training, guided me to be an exceptionally good FA. I ﬁnd the people in AirAsia very hard working to the extent that even if it’s their day off from work, they ﬁnd ways to assist us whenever there is a need. I love it here. As a newly graduated FA, I love the ﬂying part. Every day, I get the opportunity to meet different people from various cultures and backgrounds. I am very proud to be part of Batch 01 of AirAsia Philippines and I am now ofﬁcially part of the AirAsia family. Tell us about your birthplace I’m half Swiss and half Filipino, but was raised in Philippines. Filipinos are known for our hospitability and are a very friendly lot. Philippines has a lot of world-class tourist spots. There are great beaches almost anywhere you go and up to 95% of the population speaks English. The food is great and inexpensive. But most importantly, we are unique because we are not what you expect from a typical Asian country. There are a lot of Spanish and American inﬂuences and this makes Philippines a special nation. What do you like about the new outﬁts? The Weekend outﬁt is chic and trendy while the Compression top allows us to work with ease and comfort. I like them both!
AirAsia ﬂies daily from Kuala Lumpur and Kota Kinabalu to Clark, Philippines. Visit www.airasia.com for full ﬂight schedule.
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NOOR AZLINA BINTI MOHD SAPAWI from Kajang in Selangor, Malaysia
YEARS WITH AIRASIA 6 months Highlights in your career as a FA with AirAsia My lifestyle has changed a lot since joining AirAsia. I have learnt to be more disciplined with matters of work and know how to manage my time better as well. You can only learn these qualities while working for a company that truly nurtures us to bring out the best. Tell us a little about your birthplace Malaysia is a peaceful and safe country. Eventhough Malaysians are made up of all kinds of ethnic groups, we celebrate and cherish our diversity. The whole of Asia is represented here in Malaysia! That aside, we are also rich with historical attractions, beautiful islands and million-year-old rainforests. What do you like about the new outﬁts? I like the Weekend outﬁt as it is casual, simple and helps me serve my guests in style and comfort.
AirAsia ﬂies from various destinations to Kuala Lumpur. Visit www.airasia.com for full ﬂight schedule.
IZWAN SYAFIQ BIN ISHAK from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia YEARS WITH AIRASIA 1 Highlights in your career as a FA with AirAsia w-Cost Airline, I am As a young family member with the World’s Best Low-Cost enjoying every moment of it. The learning process att AirAsia is ﬁlled onment. We are here with joy and laughter in a stress-free working environment. to make everyone feel like one big family. We may be low-cost but our service is always ﬁrst class! Tell us about your birthplace. hat’s renowned for its Kuala Lumpur is the centre of Malaysia, a country that’s alay, Chinese, Indian multi ethnic and multi cultural society consisting Malay, and other ethnic groups living together in harmony. I ﬁnd the food of k Malaysia one of the greatest attractions. The Malays have their nasi lemak, anaii and banana leaf rendang and ketupat, the Indians have capati, roti canai w rice, while the Chinese have dim sum, yong tao foo, char kuey teow. Some of these dishes are available onboard AirAsia,, and when you see stand why we are one one race enjoying the food of another, you’ll understand big happy family! What do you like about the new outﬁts? nd it makes the FAs The new Weekend outﬁt is more laid-back, stylish and ve, is quite unique look friendly and approachable. The concept, I believe, from other airlines in the world.
PHIMPAH MAYURA from Bangkok, Thailand
YEARS WITH AIRASIA 3 Highlights in your career as a FA with AirAsia I have been a brand ambassador for AirAsia for about three years now and the job has enabled me to participate in many events and, meet many wonderful people from various parts of the world. The work environment in AirAsia / AirAsia X is extremely challenging but enthralling nonetheless. Every day brings about unique challenges and the lessons learnt are invaluable. The experience has taught me how to carry myself as a representative of this amazing company, but more so as a self-respecting individual. Tell us about your birthplace I come from the richly-cultured and astoundingly colourful city of Bangkok. Anyone who has ever been to Bangkok takes with him unique memories. Being a native of this city, what I love most about Bangkok is the food! Every dish partaken is akin to a spice ﬁesta in one’s mouth. Thai food has won numerous fans around the world and if you are not yet a fan, what are you waiting for? Chances are, just one bite is enough to make you a fan for life! What do you like about the new outﬁts? The material used is very comfortable, almost like the ones used in sportswear. The cutting is also unique.
AirAsia ﬂies daily from various destinations to Bangkok. Visit www. airasia.com for full ﬂight schedule.
SHARIFAH SHAHEERA BT SYED ANOR ALI from Taiping in Perak, Malaysia YEARS WITH AIRASIA 3 Highlights in your career as a FA with AirAsia Becoming a FA has always been a childhood dream of mine. I was exposed to the job at an early age as some of my relatives were ﬂight attendants. I was fascinated seeing them wear their uniforms. Since then, I too wanted to become a FA. My favourite part of the job is the opportunity to travel and see many great places which I never thought possible. My job is both work and leisure combined into one. I’m certain that I’ve made the right move in joining AirAsia simply by looking at the amazing growth of this airline. Tell us about your birthplace Taiping is a town located in the northern part of the state of Perak in Malaysia. It’s known as a heritage town and, is also known for being the wettest place in Malaysia as it receives heavy rainfall annually. This wet environment has led to a fertile growth of ﬂora and century-old rain trees in Taiping Lake Garden. A peaceful town brimming with early Malaysian history, Taiping is a fairly compact town and most of the places of interest can be visited on foot. What do you like about the new outﬁts? The Weekend attire represents AirAsia’s tag line ‘Fun & Friendly’ and it gives the FAs a relaxed, casual and approachable look without compromising on our professionalism during work.
GAURAV ARORA (RYAN) from New Delhi, India GAU YEAR WITH AIRASIA Just a few months. YEARS Highl Highlights in your career as a FA with AirAsia li I am living my dream of seeing the world and working with people from all types of backgrounds at AirAsia. This diversity cult in culture, ethics and lifestyles is helping me achieve my person and professional goals. personal u a little about your birthplace Tell us b I was born and brought up in New Delhi. My city is made up ma religions, cultures and languages and is an equally of many divers place like AirAsia. The best thing about the city is its diverse mouth watering food. Additionally, the city never sleeps as loc the locals just love to party! Lastly, I just want to say ateethi b devo bhavah, which means we treat our guest like gods in India! Expect the same on our AirAsia ﬂights! What do you like about the new outﬁts? like tthe colour scheme of the new uniforms. I like AirAsia ﬂies to various destinations in India. Visit www.airasia.com for full ﬂight schedule.
HYEJIN LEE (JESSIE LEE)
from Seoul, South Korea
YEARS WITH AIRASIA 10 months Highlights in your career as a FA with AirAsia This is my ﬁrst job after graduating from university and so, AirAsia is special for me as the airline has opened up the world for me – literally! Eventhough I’m away from my country and sometimes I ﬁnd it hard to adapt to living conditions in a foreign place, I have so much to be thankful for as I get to experience new lifestyles and cultures. I thoroughly enjoy working as a FA for AirAsia and have had a fantastic run thus far. Tell us about your birthplace I was born in Seoul, the capital of South Korea. Seoul is the heartbeat of South Korea and is a very energetic and passionate city. You can experience the whole of my country here and it is also the most popular city in South Korea. As modern as it may be, after having hosted the 1988 Summer Olympics and the 2002 Football World Cup, the city is also rich with culture and tradition, which we South Koreans hold on to tenaciously. You can also experience all four seasons here, which transforms the city beautifully each spring, summer, fall and winter. What do you like about the new outﬁts? I like the Weekend outﬁt as it super comfortable and allows me to move about with great ease during work, while giving me a nice silhouette.
AirAsia X ﬂies daily to Seoul from Kuala Lumpur. Visit www.airasia.com for full ﬂight schedule.
ANGGI LESTARI KUSNADI from Bogor, Indonesia YEARS WITH AIRASIA 6 and a half years Highlights in your career as a FA with AirAsia I have had many wonderful experiences that have enabled me to learn a lot while travelling the world. It is challenging but at the same time, it is satisfying to be able to take care of our guests. The job has also brought about personal growth as I am a far more conﬁdent person now and I know how to multi-task effectively. Tell us about your birthplace I was born in Bogor, West Java. Bogor is about 60kms from Jakarta. What’s unique about my hometown is that Bogor is also known as ‘City of Rain’ (Kota Hujan) because it’s the wettest city in Java. It rains even in the dry season! If you ever come to Bogor, make sure you visit the Bogor Botanical Garden, established in 1811 by Sir Stamford Rafﬂes as the summer residence of the Governor General. What do you like about the new outﬁts? I really like the Compression top as it is comfortable to wear while giving us a nice shape. The fabric is also ‘breathable’ and keeps me dry even in tough working situations. I think it captures the essence of AirAsia – fun, friendly but serious about our promise to our guests.
AirAsia ﬂies to various destinations in Indonesia. Visit www.airasia.com for full ﬂight schedule.
NICOLAI BAQUIRAN FELIX from Parañaque City, Philippiness YEARS WITH AIRASIA 2 months Highlights in your career as a FA with AirAsia? me more Since working with AirAsia, my life has changed dramatically. I’ve became responsible, organised and able to work under pressure. Every day is a new and aces and exciting day. Working with cheerful, kind-hearted people from different races ervice is cultures makes this airline truly ASEAN. Providing our guests the best service what it all boils down to for me. It gives me great satisfaction to see theirr smiles, knowing that we have done our best in keeping our guests satisﬁed. Tell us a about your birthplace I am from Parañaque City in Manila. The Philippines is a tropical country with a wonderful mix of people, cultural delights and traditional attractions. Over a hundred ethnic groups, a mixture of foreign inﬂuences and, a fusion of culture and y of the arts have enhanced the uniqueness of the Filipino identity. The hospitality lcoming Filipinos knows no bounds and we are known to go the extra mile in welcoming y. guests to our over 7,107 islands. Filipinos are also fun-loving and friendly. e Throughout the islands, festivals are celebrated every day and guests are welcome to partake in the festivities. What do you like about the new outﬁts? I ﬁnd the new Weekend Outﬁt to be really cool. It feels comfortable and makes me feel dapper wearing it. The blue jeans is a nice touch and the black shirt iss super chic. Doesn’t feel like wearing a uniform at all.
DESIGNING COMFORT, DELIVERING PERFORMANCE
WITH COMFORT, WELL-BEING AND EASE OF MOVEMENT BEING THE MAIN CONCERNS TO BE INCORPORATED INTO THE OUTFITS, AIRASIA INTRODUCES A NEW SET OF UNIFORMS FOR ITS FLIGHT ATTENDANTS (FAs) ON BOARD AIRASIA AND AIRASIA X FLIGHTS. HOWEVER, THERE IS A WHOLE LOT OF WORLD-CLASS TECHNOLOGY AT PLAY WITH THESE OUTFITS, ENSURING THE WEARER BENEFITS NOT ONLY FROM THE SCIENCE IN THE MATERIAL AND CONSTRUCTION; THEY ALSO LOOK EXCEPTIONALLY STYLISH WEARING THEM.
ICONS & ILLUSTRATION © HPE CLOTHING
ANTI BACTERIAL PERFORMANCE TAILORED BREATHABLE MEMBRANE CLIMATE CONTROL QUICK DRYING The compression regulates blood ﬂow and the pressure supports the muscles to reduce fatigue and stiffness.
that not only had climate control and moisture wicking beneﬁts, it was also infused with silver nano-technology. The end product was a revolutionary material that was designed to be worn under the jacket. Consequently, AirAsia has become the ﬁrst airline in the world to incorporate intelligent compression fabric and design into its cabin crew uniform.
Climate Control Fabric This specially constructed yarn reacts as skin temperature rises, drawing heat away from the body with rapid cooling. When skin temperature is cool the fabric draws warmth from outside and transfers it to the body.
Phimpah wearing the compression top underneath her AirAsia jacket.
Realising that the FAs on AirAsia ﬂights work long hours in challenging environments on a daily basis, Human Performance Engineering Clothing (HPE Clothing) was commissioned by AirAsia to design a range of uniforms for the FAs that will not only promote and improve health and well-being, but also is stylish and chic, without looking overly formal. Recently voted the World’s Best Low-Cost Airline for the third consecutive year, AirAsia’s mission statement puts being a responsible and nurturing employer top of its list. As such, the new outﬁts had to be designed with these keywords in mind: Practicality, suitability, well-being and most importantly, fun and friendly. The challenge of designing and delivering this new generation outﬁt was undertaken by HPE Clothing while paying particular attention to the challenges faced by the FAs in their work environment.The ensuing result was
two sets of uniforms – the Compression Top and the Weekend Outﬁt.
COMPRESSION N TOP The Compression Top is a product designed exclusively for or AirAsia. The beneﬁts of wearing compression mpression garments whilst ﬂying are aplenty, as it helps regulate blood ood ﬂow and normalise pressure, support upport the muscular-skeletal system, em, increase functional performance e and reduce fatigue – all of which enables nables the crew to serve AirAsia’s guests sts comfortably throughout the ﬂight and, enable them to arrive at their destinations nations feeling fresh and energised. It was clear the garment ment needed to have multiple functions ns other than the compression feature for or it to achieve its goal. The fabric design was therefore important. HPE Clothing ng engineered its signature nylon / spandex dex composition with a specialised yarn n construction
“I AM PERSONALLY EXCITED TO SEE THE NEW UNIFORMS ROLL OUT. IT IS SUCH A GREAT FEELING TO HEAR OF THE EXCITEMENT FROM THE STAFF, RIGHT FROM THE SAMPLING PROCESS. THE INVOLVEMENT AND BUY-IN IS ALWAYS FASCINATING TO SEE.” ~ Tan Sri Dr Tony Fernandes, Group CEO of AirAsia Moisture Wicking Feature Cross-sectional ﬁbres allow better absorption, transportation and evaporation of perspiration that ensure the body temperature is consistently in its optimal range.
Silver Nano-technology Silver nano-technology prevents the multiplication of bacteria on textile surfaces without affecting the natural pH balance of the skin. This provides a hygienic ﬁnish, which prevents the build up of body odour (caused by live bacteria degradation in sweat), reduces skin irritation, allergic reactions, infections and illness.
WEEKEND UNIFORM AirAsia Group CEO Tan Sri Dr Tony Fernandes and Deputy Group CEO Dato’ Kamarudin Meranun envisioned AirAsia FAs wearing a weekend uniform that will reﬂect the airline’s image of daring to be different, sporty yet smart and sexy, and vibrant and stylish. The duo also wanted the outﬁts to echo AirAsia’s active involvement in the ﬁeld of sports.
Jessie Lee wearing the Weekend Outﬁt, which comprises a cotton shirt and a dark blue jeans.
One of the biggest challenges with the Weekend Outﬁt was to incorporate the intelligent fabric into the construction. After many attempts, HPE Clothing ﬁnally found a way to incorporate the high performance features into the cotton shirts. The Weekend Outﬁt too is anti-bacterial (silver nano-technology) and, comes with moisture wicking and climate control features. The fabric of the shirt is also anti-crease, ensuring the garment returns to its original shape after washing, thus reducing the need for ironing.
HPE CLOTHING Nick Harris, Exercise Physiologist and HPE founder has been at the forefront of human science for almost two decades. His many clients include Formula 1™ drivers, world-class golfers, tennis players and rock legends AC/DC during their Black Ice world tour. HPE Clothing uses intelligent fabric that adapts and responds to the environment, whilst supporting body movement, providing optimal comfort and ultimately assisting performance. Each piece of HPE Clothing has been designed with function and elegance in mind. HPE Clothing will extend its range late 2011, making its performance clothing technologies available to AirAsia guests via AirAsia Megastore. com and onboard AirAsia ﬂights. http://hpe-uk.com
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PARADE Why would celebrities and artists take time out to hand paint life-sized art elephants? Read about the Elephant Parade, and how those who’ve pledged support walk the talk in their respective industries. WORDS: BEVERLY RODRIGUES IMAGES: ELEPHANT PARADE®
Bali by Marut Thaumoonreang (Emmen 2010)
Elephant Parade London 2010
In 2006, Marc and Mike Spits visited Soraida Salwala (founder of Friends of the Asian Elephant) at the world’s ﬁrst ever elephant hospital in Thailand. There, they met Mosha, an Asian elephant calf who’d sustained severe injuries from stepping on a landmine. Moved by the plight of Asian elephants like Mosha and the incredible work Salwala was doing to protect injured and displaced elephants, the Spits created a sustainable avenue to support the cause. The father-son duo envisioned an Elephant Parade that would generate buzz and beneﬁt not only elephants, but art lovers, sponsors and buyers too. Commissioning two Thai artists who specialised in paper-maché work, they created baby elephant prototypes. Later, artists and celebrities were recruited to hand paint and decorate ﬁberglass elephants as a pledge of support. In 2007, the ﬁrst ever Elephant Parade was launched in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The public simply fell in love with the 50 colourful and quirky elephants scattered citywide. The event raised €248,500 in support of various elephant-related projects throughout Asia. Since its inception, the Elephant Parade has visited Antwerp, Belgium and Amsterdam and Emmen, the Netherlands, as well as London where the event raised a whopping €4, 900,000! Today, the Elephant Parade is the world’s largest open air art exhibition devoted to saving the Asian elephant. This month, the parade visits its ﬁrst ever Asian destination: Singapore. Local and international artists and celebrities have been hard at work putting brush to trunk. On November 11,
Almond Blossom by Serm Watcharin (Amsterdam 2009)
150 beautiful baby pachyderms will appear at hotspots throughout the city, and remain there for two months before being auctioned off by Sotheby’s in January 2012. Funds raised will be channeled towards The Asian Elephant Foundation www.theasianelephantfoundation.org and the conservation fund of Wildlife Reserves Singapore www.wrs.com.sg november travel3sixty 77
Aboriginal by Sukhum Noinonthong (Amsterdam 2009)
NADYA HUTAGALUNG, Regional TV Personality and Founder of GreenKampong.com
PLEDGING SUPPORT Head Chef of FiftyThree, Singapore
MY DESIGN I was inspired by a piece of rusty iron. The idea was to create rust and then let nature take its course in creating a design. Jonathan (the artist I’m collaborating with) and I decided to create a tearing elephant. The tear is made from crushed pearls, an ingredient that we use in FiftyThree. The message is whether nature can be left on its own to survive amidst the concrete jungles that have taken over their environment.
PLEDGING SUPPORT The plight of the elephant is not as well known as it should be. We should be doing much more to save them from extinction.
WALKING THE TALK At FiftyThree, we ensure that the chickens, pigs, cattle and sheep we cook are raised in the happiest of circumstances and have received the highest level of care possible. We serve only line-caught ﬁsh, not ﬁsh that has been harvested to the edge of extinction. We also try to buy local to reduce our food miles.
Corridors by Turdsak Phiromgrapak (Copenhagen 2011)
The Asian Elephant is a keystone species, and its well-being is crucial to maintaining balance in the eco-system. Protecting this species means protecting its habitat and the lives of many other endangered species as well.
MY DESIGN I’ve collaborated with two talented individuals: English artist Ann Healy and one of Indonesia’s top fashion designers and masters of batik revival, Edward Hutabarat. We’ve taken Hutabarat’s beautiful black and white batik designs and translated them into a modern work reﬂecting my mixed cultural background.
WALKING THE TALK GreenKampong started as a platform to share information on green technologies that I was sourcing for the Eco Home I was building for my family. It quickly evolved into what it is today, encompassing food, business, design, technology etc. Being ‘green’ does not mean spending a lot of money. We just need to cut back on consumption and move to a plant-based diet as much as possible.
COMMON GROUND A need for a place on this planet that is not in peril.
Image: Fly Entertainment Pte. Ltd.
Amor by Marut Thammaboonreung (Heerlen 2011)
Artistic Director, Singapore Repertory Theatre (SRT)
It’s important for us to raise awareness not just about elephants but about the state of our planet. As Asia becomes more consumerist, we have to remind ourselves that we have to protect and safeguard nature at our very doorstep.
I come from India, where elephants are a part of our society. Sometimes you spot captive elephants in the middle of bustling streets, which is heartbreaking. I love that the Elephant Parade raises awareness on the dwindling number of Asian Elephants due to deforestation, which forces them out of their natural habitats.
My elephant has a simple message. It’s painted gold on one side to signify the preciousness of the animal. The other half of the elephant is painted white, to signify that one day elephants could easily be extinct. There’s a famous saying ‘Elephants never forget’, so I used the phrase ‘Don’t forget’ to remind ourselves that we should never forget the elephants.
The Elephant Parade co-relates to theatre in a way; it uses art as a medium to share a message. The design of my elephant is inspired by the next play that SRT is involved in, Shakespeare’s Richard III starring Academy Award winner Kevin Spacey.
Film and Theatre Director
COMMON GROUND Artists in Singapore are a struggling (and sometimes dying) breed. Without support of all kinds, they too may one day become extinct.
WALKING THE TALK SRT stages plays that highlight the importance of the environment through the messages articulated and, eco-friendly production materials used. In August and September, SRT staged an eco-play titled Just a Dream, which featured a litterbug realising the importance of preserving the future of our planet. Puppets, costumes, props and magical stage effects used to create a theatrical version of Chris Van Allsburg’s beautiful illustrations, were made of Earthfriendly and recycled materials.
COMMON GROUND The Asian elephant has been known to be calm and affable unless provoked. I relate to that trait. Bon Bon by Rasamee Kongchan (Copenhagen 2011)
ELEPHANTS IN ASIAN CULTURE
Image: Justin Mott
The elephant reigns supreme in Asian culture and folklore. Most prominent is the Hindu deity Ganesha who is worshipped before undertaking any kind of activity. Ganesha’s half human and half elephant ﬁgure is said to represent the gentle strength of God. Queen Maya, the Buddha’s mother, was said to have dreamt of a white elephant entering her womb right before conceiving.
In Thai culture, white elephants are considered sacred and represented royal power, purity and fertility.
In ancient Sinhalan rule of Sri Lanka, harming an elephant was punishable by death.
Restaurateur, TV personality & cookbook author Gandhi said it best: ‘The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated’. This is a regional issue that transcends borders. Our present economic policies are saying that there’s no place for elephants other than a zoo, to do tricks or become beasts of burden. Even more vulgar is the sense that they’re only worth their ivory tusks. Our moment to help is now!
MY DESIGN I lost my Egyptian grandfather and Chinese grandmother this year, and wanted to dedicate my elephants to them. My grandfather was a well-respected, honourable general who died the day before the resignation of Hosni Mubarak. My grandmother was a strong woman, who lost everything during the Japanese occupation of China in WWII, and started over as a refugee in the US. She taught me the love and appreciation of food. I wanted to raise money for the cause, so I asked artist Le Quang Ha to paint them with me. Being a true artist, he did not need or want my help. The elephants are his interpretation of my story.
WALKING THE TALK I grow my own produce and livestock with contract farming of safe sustainable products for my restaurant in Ho Chi Minh. It has not been easy! We don’t sell bottled water and we ﬁlter and alkalize water to reduce carbon footprint, and effects on the eco system. But, I still import meats and wines. I’m trying to direct my customers back to locallysourced goods, but they need to be safe. This issue of sustainability is only going to grow bigger with time as it is the right thing to do. There’s a lot to do and I’m starting with baby steps.
COMMON GROUND I have a crude economic system screwing with my habitat and food. I’ve got big ears, and can’t get away from the noise of my next-door neighbour constructing his house.
GRAVE NUMBERS • Over the past 100 years, the Asian elephant population has declined by 90% and the extent of its available habitat has shrunk by 95%. Source: www.theasianelephantfoundation.org
• Major threats include loss of habitat and poaching. Only 25,000 to 35,000 Asian elephants remain in the wild. Source: www.theasianelephantfoundation.org
• The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species www.iucnredlist.org classiﬁes the Asian elephant as an endangered species.
ELE-FACTS! • The Asian Elephant is the largest living land animal in Asia; a big bull elephant can stand approximately 10ft high and weigh over 4,000kgs! source: www.colyerinstitute.org • Asian elephants consume 200kgs of food a day; they love bananas, bamboo and sugarcane. source: www.theasianelephantfoundation.org
• An elephant’s trunk contains about 100,000 muscles. source: http://animals.nationalgeographic.com
THE ELEPHANT PARADE WHEN? Nov 11 – Jan 11, 2012 WHERE? Orchard Road, Marina Bay, VivoCity, Singapore Zoological Gardens, Singapore Botanic Gardens, Rafﬂes Place & The Fullerton Heritage HOW? Fly to Singapore from Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia. Book your ﬂight on www.airasia.com or package ﬂight and accommodation at www.airasiago.com MORE INFO? www.elephantparade.com
K N I SSPLENDOUR L E T e llegacy, The egacy, cy ssplendour spl and dp production ucti c ion n of silk k have h ha ave always alway lw ys intrigued ed and an nd mesmerised. esm smerrised d. From Frro om m a closely clos c sely guarded ed secret sec in n royal roy r yal households housse eh e holds d to o a trade commodity, om mm y, the y the e silk k industry indus sttrrry y in Che Chengdu en ďŹ ndss a new ne lease e se of life eas liffe in in stunning sstunnin n g embroidered e ere ed art pieces. pieccess. WORDS & PHOTOGRAPHY: IRA DE REUVER
Embroidered sillk ďŹ‚ower at the Shu Brocade and Embroidery Museum in Chengdu.
An ardent admirer of the beauty of silk and intricate embroidery, I was intrigued when I spotted a stunning piece of Shu embroidery in Chengdu, the capital of Southwest China’s Sichuan Province. I decided to go in search of the story behind this unique art, hoping to ﬁnd the ancient cultural thread that runs through many of the beautiful arts and handicrafts found in Chengdu. Questions were buzzing in my head: What is the history of Shu embroidery? How do silk worms actually make silk? Will the youth of
China still be interested in learning such a craft, and where in Chengdu can I ﬁnd the best pieces?
Unearthing the Past The history of silk stretches back thousands of years and is coloured with age-old legends. A popular tale has it that around 2640 BC, the Chinese Empress, Si Ling Chi, noticed tiny worms spinning cocoons in the mulberry trees that stood in her palace garden. Unravelling one of the threads,
she discovered that it was a very long strand of shiny material. She collected more of these beautiful threads, spinning and weaving them into an exquisite piece of cloth to make a robe for the emperor, Huang-Ti. It is unlikely we’ll ever know who really discovered silk, but it is certainly clear that the ancient Chinese unearthed the silkworm’s secret. They kept this hidden from the outside world for over 2,500 years – even imposing the death penalty on anyone who revealed the secret. There are,
numerous myths about the origins of this delicate fabric. Silk was even said to have come from the coloured petals of China’s desert ﬂowers or possibly from a spider-like animal that ate until it burst open, revealing silk threads inside its body. Later, the real secret of silk began to spread to Japan, India and Europe.
Tracing the Thread Inspired to see just how silk is made, I headed out of Chengdu to visit a silkworm farm in the Sichuan countryside. Almost instantly, I was captivated by these creatures with the sounds they made while chewing mulberry leaves and the way they swayed their heads. I’d never imagined a worm could be so charming. Farmer Xie Yin Xiong and his family have been raising silkworms for almost
30 years now. “It’s not easy raising silkworms,” he explained. Temperature and climate need to be meticulously controlled and strict measures have to be employed to prevent bacterial diseases that can harm silkworms. Sericulture – the practice of breeding silkworms for the production of raw silk – is a labor-intensive and timeconsuming process and thus, an integral factor in the high price of silk. Silkworms, the offspring of moths, spew out thread from tiny holes in their jaws. They spin this thread into egg-bearing cocoons. The entire production process takes around 72 hours. According to Xie, silkworms lay over 500 eggs each spring. The eggs are laid upon strips of paper or cloth until the following spring, when the incubated eggs hatch and tiny black worms emerge.
Above: An exquisitely embroidered d piece with brilliantt colours depicting a phonenix at the Shu Brocade rocade and Embroidery dery Museum. Right: Silk worm cocoons.
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Once hatched, farmers transport the worms to trays containing their favourite food – mulberry leaves. After approximately six weeks, the worms begin spinning their cocoons. Once the cocoon is complete, the farmer removes it to prevent the shrunken chrysalis from hatching into a moth. The now empty cocoons are soaked in warm water to soften the gum that binds the silken ﬁlaments into a single thread of silk.
Brocade City Together with the Song Brocade of Suzhou, the Yun Brocade of Nanjing in eastern China’s Jiangsu Province and the Zhuang Brocade of nearby Guangxi Province, the Shu (the ancient name for Sichuan) Brocade in Chengdu is one of the four schools of brocade in China. It is the oldest school, and that from which the other three evolved.
Chengdu’s history has long been linked with the reﬁned art of Shu Brocade, which dates back well over 4,000 years. During the Warring States Period (475 BC to 221 BC) Shu Brocade became one of the most important trade commodities of the ancient world. By the Han Dynasty (206 BC to 220 AD), Chengdu became one of the Middle Kingdom’s major silk production centres. With large-scale production sites churning out such exceptionally high quality brocade, Chengdu was soon called the ‘Brocade City’ – a reputation that still lasts today, nearly 2,000 years later. In the late Qing Dynasty (1644 to 1911), Chengdu had more than 2,000 private workshops and more than 10,000 looms producing brocade. The state-owned Chengdu Shu Brocade Factory, which was set up in 1951, had more than 2,000 weavers specialising in the production of silk for bed covers.
Above: Looking almost like a painting, the skills needed to embroider a stunning piece like this takes years to master.
Yang Dequan, Deq quan, a Shu Embroidery master from Sunshine Hall working on an embroidery piece.
From the th he e early 1950s to the early 1990s, tthe ffactory’s products sold well. However, market changes after 1995 Howev ver, m led to tthe he sshutdown of the plant.
Reviving Reviv ving the Glory In a bid d to rrejuvenate the Shu Brocade industry, Mrs. Zhong Bingzhang told industr ry, M thatt the Chengdu Silk Company me tha staged has sta ged a revival. Now focusing on burgeoning tourist industry and the bur rgeo new marketable products such with ne ew m interior decorations and material as inter rior d trimmings, trimmin ngs, she has established Shujiang the Shu ujian Brocade Academy. Keeping the art alive in an era when Keepin g th people are more interested in young peo technology technol logy and instant gratiﬁcation
is one of the major challenges, but the academy has invited a number of master weavers from the old stateowned factory to teach young recruits this age-old craft on four traditional jacquard looms.
Superior Silk from Shu Shu Embroidery is renowned for its superb workmanship, brightness of colour and quality, and is characterised by the closeness of its stitches, which allows the embroiderers to highlight miniscule details in their subjects. One piece can include hundreds of thousands of stitches in a single ﬁgure and can take weeks, even months to complete.
The Finer Details
Interior of the Shu Brocade and Embroidery Museum in Chengdu, showcasing the various products on sale there.
In August 2010 UNESCO acknowledged Shu Embroidery as a National Cultural Heritage. “The only way for Shu Embroidery to survive is as an art,” explained Shu embroidery master Peng Shiping. “Otherwise it will become extinct. Its value isn’t only monetary; its real value is the cultural heritage it carries”. Award-winning Shu embroidery master, Yang Dequan, began her journey in Chengdu’s Shu Embroidery Factory as a teenager. Today, almost 40 years later, many of her works are exhibited in museums and public buildings across China. As China’s rapid modernisation continues unabated, there have been subtle changes in the features depicted in contemporary Shu Brocade.
Today, Shu Embroidery is used for both artistic pieces and practical al everyday objects such as pillowcases, ses, slippers, wedding gowns, dresses and quilts. To design a new pattern or to invent a new skill takes three to ﬁve years. Because Yang believes in n passing down the art from generation tion to generation, she teaches her pupils pils with passion. Twenty-three-year-old d Zhao Qin, one of her pupils, has been een studying Shu embroidery now for over two years. Her determination to become ecome e a skilled embroiderer is testimony to the revival of Shu embroidery and a resurgence of interest in China’s artistic rtistic and cultural heritage. AirAsia X ﬂies ﬁve times a week from Kuala Lumpur to Chengdu. Visit www.airasia.com for full ﬂight schedule.
The price of Shu embroidery The is d determine determined by several fac ctors, inclu factors, including the material use ed for the frame, packing used bo x, complex box, complexity of the pattern –w whether do double or single sided sid ded – and ssize. The price of a 3m X 1.5 5m brocade piece ranges 1.5m bet tween RM between RMB50,000 to RMB10,000, RM MB10,000, while a 20cm diameter brocade piece is dia ameter bro aro ound seve around several hundred RMB. Pla aces to S Places Shop for Authentic Shu Embroidery Au uthentic S
Suunshine H Sunshine Hall Shu Embroidery Em mbroider Salon A 58, Jinma S Street, Qingyang District, Che Chengdu T 028-869379 028-86937989-808 W www.cdsxt www.cdsxt.com
Shu Sh hu Broca Brocade Museum A 2, Caotang East Road, Qingyang D District, Chengdu T 028-873379 028-87337990 W www.cdbem www.cdbem.cn
Suunshine H Sunshine Hall Shu Embroidery Em mbroider Salon A 58#, Jinma Street, Qingyang District, Chengdu, S Sichuan T 028-869379 028-86937989-808 F 028-869370 028-86937089-816 E cdsxt2009@ firstname.lastname@example.org W www.cdsxt www.cdsxt.com
H AA N RN O OO OU I DN LD I N G
Vietnam’s capital is home to a dizzying array of delicious noodle soups that have elevated the local culinary scene to equally dizzying heights. WORDS: CONNLA STOKES PHOTOGRAPHY: AARON JOEL SANTOS
In Vietnam, pho is more than a noodle soup. It’s a national icon and muchlauded cuisine, at home and abroad. There’s no better introduction to both cultural and culinary matters in Hanoi, than slurping down an early morning bowl before strolling around Hoan Kiem Lake – the spiritual heart of this thousand-year old city, where pho (pronounced ‘fuh’,not ‘foe’) is eaten for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and even late night supper.
Your ﬁrst choice is whether to try pho with beef or chicken (most restaurants serve one or the other, seldom both). For the record pho bo (beef) is the original version. Either way you don’t need a reservation. Just take your seat, call for your pho, and soon a steaming bowl sits before you and the ritual begins: Add a drop of nuoc mam (ﬁsh sauce) if you prefer a salty kick, squeeze a wedge of lime to cut through the richness, scoop in a blob of chilli paste or, a sprinkling of freshly chopped red chillies to give it some ﬁery oomph. Some like to add in an egg. Some demand a fatty broth. Others say “easy on the onion.” When it comes to pho, Hanoians are as picky as New Yorkers in a sandwich deli. According to the Vietnamese American food writer and blogger, Andrea Nguyen, “Pho in Hanoi is almost ethereal in its modest portions and simple presentation. But with less fuss, you experience pho’s nuance and brilliance.” While the genesis of pho remains subject to debate, the general supposition is that pho bo sprang from an unlikely marriage of Chinese and French culinary inﬂuences in the early 20th century. Nguyen is often asked how Vietnamese cooks conjure up a delicate broth from leftover bits of beef and spices. “No one is sure but without doubt, pho Bac (northern pho) embodies Vietnam’s food, which is refreshing, intriguing, and beguiling,” she proffers. november travel3sixty 95
but for true connoisseurs, the ﬁnal touch must be a drop of liqueﬁed male Belostomatidae – a water beetle known to Vietnamese as ca cuong, which is now increasingly hard to ﬁnd. Often dishes must be made ‘just-so’. Bun rieu and bun cha ca (grilled ﬁsh with dill and turmeric) also beneﬁt from a dollop of mam tom, which boasts a pungent scent that can turn the unacquainted green. But for many locals eating these dishes without mam tom is the equivalent of an Englishman contemplating ﬁsh and chips minus the vinegar. Some years back, one national paper ran a gushing tribute to bun thang in which the writer even claimed the dish should only be served in white porcelain bowls made in the city of Hai Duong. That’s haute cuisine, Hanoi-style.
The Vietnamese Pasta While poets wax lyrical about pho, the city’s entire population lusts after bun cha, a lunchtime-only affair of barbecued marinated pork patties and strips of lean bacon served with fresh bun (cold rice noodles), herbs and greens on the side and a bowl of nuoc cham (a ﬁsh sauce-based mixture with vinegar, lime, pepper, chilli and sugar). The 20th century writer Thach Lam claimed the scent of grilling bun cha on the sidewalk could “inspire ailing people to rise from their sickbeds.” Bun – often translated a tad misleadingly as vermicelli – is a ﬂuffy, airy rice noodle used in multiple dishes. “It’s the most versatile Vietnamese noodle,” says Hanoifoodie Dao Chi Anh, who posts recipes of home-cooked meals on her blog Door2MyKitchen. “We enjoy bun in sour soup, salty soup, with chicken, ﬁsh, crabs, snails, pork ribs, goose, or
even bamboo shoots. To me, bun is the ‘pasta’ of Vietnam.” Besides bun cha, you should add bun rieu (pronounced bun zee-o) to your must-eat list in Hanoi. It’s a wonderful combination of sweet and sour ﬂavours with tomatoes, rice wine vinegar, puréed water crab meat, a handful of fried tofu cubes and, a side of fresh herbs and greens. “It’s a hot soup, but a cooling and healthy one,” explains Vu The Vinh, a local travel company operator. Another dish worth hunting out is bun thang, a traditional dish more commonly cooked at home. “A bowl of bun thang is a symphony of colours, textures and ﬂavours,” says Chi Anh. “Paper thin egg omelette strips, slivers of home-cured pork and chicken, spring onions and herbs, ﬂuffy prawn meat ﬂoss are all arranged around a shitake mushroom in the middle.” The soup, made from chicken stock with dried shrimps, is nourishing and comforting. A dollop of fermented shrimp paste (mam tom) is often added
Above: A woman ladling out chicken soup near Dong Xuan Market in Hanoiâ€™s Old Quarter. Left: Bun cha (grilled pork patties) on the grill at The Hanoi Cooking Center. Opposite page: A woman selling various chillies and spices at her street side market in Hanoiâ€™s Old Quarter. Preceding page: A bowl of beef pho at Madame Hien restaurant in Hanoi.
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NOODLE RESTAURANTS IN HANOI
• 42 Quan Thanh, Ba Dinh District • 32 Le Van Huu, Hai Ba Trung District
• 61 Dinh Tien Hoang, Hoan Kiem District • 49 Bat Dan, Hoan Kiem District
• 67 Duong Thanh, Hoan Kiem District • 22b Ta Hien, Hoan Kiem District A woman making chicken pho at her stall at Quan An Ngon restaurant in Hanoi.
Lesser Known Treats Around town, you will most commonly ﬁnd mien xao cua (stir-fried glass noodles with crab) or mien luon (a soup with eel). It’s also an integral part of Vietnamese spring-rolls (nem), where it is wrapped with minced pork or crab meat, giving the spring roll its wonderful bouncy texture. “Mien is another animal altogether,” says Chi Anh. “This glass noodle absorbs ﬂavours like a sponge.” Another honourable mention must be reserved for my van than, which wears its Chinese inﬂuences more evidently – egg noodles (my) in a pork broth with pork-ﬁlled fried wontons and steamed dumplings, as well as slivers of pork, a chunk of liver, an egg and, as Mark Lowerson describes on his food blog StickyRice, some “negligible” greenery.
Perhaps, because of its ﬂagrant Sino-characteristics, this dish is often overlooked even by Vietnamese food writers. It’s the least dazzling noodle dish but certainly a bowl brimming with tasty morsels. So, how should you decide on a passing whim whether to venture into a noodle shop when visiting Hanoi? Lowerson offers some advice: “I like busy places where division of labour is clear and a system is in evidence. I also like places where I can see tomorrow’s broth getting prepared, where there is care in the process.” Look for a crowd and large steaming pots, too, but don’t worry too much, as Anthony Bourdain once said, “You don’t have to go looking for great food in Vietnam. Great food ﬁnds you.” You just need to noodle around. AirAsia ﬂies daily from Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok to Hanoi. Visit www.airasia.com for full ﬂight schedule.
• 48B Phan Boi Chau, Hai Ba Trung District • 23 Bat Dan, Hoan Kiem District
• 29 Hang Hanh, Hoan Kiem District • 37 Cua Nam, Hai Ba Trung District
Bun Cha Ca
• Cha Ca Thanh Long, 31 Duong Thanh, Hoan Kiem District • Cha Ca La Vong, 107 Nguyen Truong To, Ba Dinh District
• 87 Hang Dieu, Hoan Kiem District • 40 Mai Hac De Street, Hai Ba Trung District
My Van Than
• 86 Pho Hue, Hai Ba Trung District • 22 Hang Phen, Hoan Kiem District
At Restaurant Ngon, (26, Tran Hung Dao, Hai Ba Trung District), you can ﬁnd all of Hanoi’s most famous noodle dishes in one destination, prepared at individual stalls. You can also sign up for a Noodle Stall Tour with Hanoi Cooking Centre, (46 Chau Long St.), www.hanoicookingcentre.com, for around US$50.
FAQs WITH GUESTS FREQUENTLY SEEKING CLARIFICATION ON A VARIETY OF ISSUES THAT CONCERNS THEM WHILE FLYING, CAPTAIN LIM KHOY HING LISTS DOWN THE TOP 10 FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS AND THEIR RESPECTIVE ANSWERS.
Q: WHY DO THEY DIM CABIN LIGHTS DURING TAKEOFF AND LANDING?
A: This is done for safety reasons. In the event of an emergency evacuation, your eyes need to be fully adapted to the night light so that you can safely jump out of the plane onto the slides. In an emergency, every single second counts. You can appreciate this if you enter a pitch black room from a lighted room – you won’t be able to see anything for a while. Q: WHY CAN’T I USE MY CELL PHONE DURING A FLIGHT? A: Cell phones have the potential to interfere with the avionics equipment on board the aircraft. Many airlines prohibit the use of cell phones at all times on board the plane. If you think it is harmless and try to use it surreptitiously in the air, think again. Have you received a call on your cell phone whilst driving in your car with the radio on? If yes, you would have heard the static just as the phone rings. Such electronic signals can jeopardise a ﬂight by interfering with onboard functions.
This doesn’t mean that the use of the cell phone would always lead to serious consequences in the air. But incidents can happen when there is a combination of many unknown factors that can interfere with the electronic system in the plane. Once the plane is in the air above 10,000 feet, some airlines may allow cell phones to be used provided the plane has been ﬁtted with the GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications) onboard. If this facility is available, users can make calls, send and receive text messages and access the Internet on their Smartphones.
Q: WILL I BE SUCKED OUT OF THE PLANE IF SOMEONE OPENS THE EXIT DOOR DURING A FLIGHT? A: This is extremely unlikely unless there is a major explosion with a gaping hole in the cabin and the passenger is unstrapped. As for the doors, they cannot be opened once an airplane is airborne and pressurised. This is because the air pressure inside the plane is greater than the pressure outside and this makes it impossible to open the door. The door can only be opened after the plane touches down because the plane is automatically programmed to depressurise the cabin when at the ground level.
EVEN IF AN AIRPLANE IS STRUCK BY LIGHTNING, THE ELECTRICAL CHARGES SIMPLY TRAVEL THE LENGTH OF THE AIRCRAFT AND EXIT HARMLESSLY. Q: WHAT HAPPENS WHEN A PLANE GETS STRUCK BY LIGHTNING DURING FLIGHT? A: Lightning is not exactly dangerous to airplanes. Even if there is a direct strike, it would not penetrate the cabin, affect the engines or the fuel tanks. When an airplane is struck by lightning, the electrical charges simply travel the length of the aircraft and exit harmlessly through the antenna-like rods at the trailing edges of the ﬂaps or, tail of a plane such as the Airbus. The strike, however, may cause some burn marks on the fuselage skin at the point of impact. The pilot would normally be aware of such a strike and report this incident to the engineers after landing for further inspection and rectiﬁcation if necessary. Q: IS TURBULENCE DANGEROUS AND CAN IT SNAP OFF THE WINGS OF A PLANE? A: On long haul ﬂights, unfortunately, it is almost impossible to avoid turbulence. While pilots try their best to steer clear of the conditions that cause turbulence by deviating off the route, climbing or descending, there are times when they still get caught in normal turbulence that’s not easily observable. Turbulence is classiﬁed into four types: • Light turbulence manifests as slight and rapid bumpiness. • Moderate turbulence manifests as light chops with greater intensity and with more rapid bumps. • A severe one causes passengers to feel some force against their seat belts and unsecured objects would be tossed about. • Extreme turbulence that can cause damage.
During turbulence, if you look outside the window, you might see the wings ﬂexing a little and the engine shaking slightly on the pylon. Do not be alarmed, as they are designed to do so and the wings would not actually snap off and nor would the engines drop off! Please note that a pilot can ﬂy safely through turbulence. It is generally an issue of discomfort rather than safety, as long as you have your seat belts fastened. Can a plane wing break off? Not in the normal range turbulence that the plane is designed to withstand but only in the most extreme cases where enough force is applied. The wings of a plane are incredibly strong and it is unlikely for a plane to be caught in such extreme turbulence.
Q: WHAT ARE THE DANGERS OF FLYING INTO A THUNDERSTORM? A: Weather wise, severe thunderstorms are a pilot’s worst nightmare. They cause major air trafﬁc delays because pilots strive to avoid them. Thunderstorms force airplanes to make long detours around them while storms near airports can prevent takeoffs and landings because they give rise to micro bursts and wind shears. Thunderstorm dangers include ﬁerce updrafts and downdrafts. These cause extreme turbulence that makes an airplane hard to control. Near the ground, thunderstorms sometimes create quick changes in wind speed and direction known as wind shear that has caused planes to crash. Hailstones associated with thunderstorms can heavily damage airplanes, including breaking windshields and turbine blades of jet engines. Rain or ice from the thunderstorm can sometimes be heavy enough to drown jet engines. Thus, pilots make every effort possible to avoid entering severe thunderstorms due to its inherent dangers.
Once these are in place, the airlines have to be certiﬁed and assessed before their planes are given the ETOPS certiﬁcation. This allows twin-engine planes to ﬂy on one engine for as long as 90, 120 or even 180 minutes over water to any suitable airport. On record, a United Airlines Boeing 777 once ﬂew for 3 hours and 12 minutes on one engine as it crossed over from Auckland to San Francisco.
Q: HOW SAFE IS FLYING? A: Flying is statistically safer than almost any other mode
PAYING ATTENTION TO THE SAFETY ANNOUNCEMENTS DURING A FLIGHT HELPS PASSENGERS UNDERSTAND SAFETY PROCEDURES THAT ARE PUT IN PLACE FOR A SAFE AND COMFORTABLE FLIGHT. Q: WHAT HAPPENS IF AN ENGINE OF A PLANE FAILS IN THE AIR? A: Flying with one engine on a twin-engine plane isn’t like a bird ﬂying with one wing. This is because technology nowadays is so advanced that a twin-engine plane with one functioning engine is able to ﬂy quite well, albeit with a few limitations. Many latest twin-engine planes, especially the Boeing 777 and 787, Airbus A330 (soon A350) ﬂy across the Paciﬁc and Atlantic Ocean. They are all ETOPS (Extended Twin Engine Operations) certiﬁed, meaning that they have to be able to ﬂy normally within an hour of a suitable airport in the event of an emergency. Usually ﬂying in Europe, this is not a problem but over the oceans this could be an issue if they are not certiﬁed. To allow long-distance ﬂights with twin-engine aircraft, rigorous rules have been set in place. Firstly, aircraft must be built and designed with proven engines. The performances of the planes are monitored by the manufacturers and authorities. They must demonstrate a high level of reliability and the aircraft must have additional redundancies to assure that all systems function when an engine fails in ﬂight.
of transport. That said, some airlines and pilots are safer than others. Ideally, if all airlines possess the same wellmaintained aircraft, by right, all should be equally safe. In reality, there will be differences in the way airlines are managed in terms of training, investment in technology, maintenance and other factors that make one airline better than the other. In fact, more than three million people ﬂy around the world every day without any issues. For instance, in the year 2000, more than one billion people ﬂew throughout the world. In the US alone, fewer people have died in commercial plane accidents over the last 60 years compared to those killed in car crashes in a typical three-month period. So, how safe is safe? ‘Safe’ is a relative term, which each of us deﬁne differently. Indeed, the ‘safest’ airline in the world is the one without any planes or one whose planes never ﬂy. Risk communications consultant Peter Sandman says, “The risks that scare people and the risks that kill people are very different. When hazard is high and outrage is low (car accidents), people under-react. And when hazard is low and outrage is high (air crashes), they overreact.”
Q: WHY DO I FEEL THE PRESSURE IN MY HEAD AND EARS? A: It is normal to feel pressure in your ears or head if you are ﬂying with a cold or if you have sinus(itis). This is partly due to the exertion in your ear drums caused by the unequal pressure between your middle ear and the air outside the body. Remember, when you swallow and you hear a slight popping sound in your ears, it means you are normal and do not have a cold. Air in the middle ear is always being equalised on both sides of the eardrum through a small pencil lead-size hole (known as the Eustachian tube), which is a membrane-lined tube, connected to the back of the nose. If you have a cold, the membrane becomes sticky and wet. It causes the middle ear to be blocked. When the tube is obstructed, the middle ear cannot equalise. When an aircraft climbs or descends, the outside air pressure changes and the vacuum inside will stretch the eardrum outward or inward. If the pressure is not equalised in time, it may stretch the eardrum membrane. This will prevent the eardrum from
vibrating normally and any sound may appear abnormal and cause pain in the ear. To overcome the problem, try swallowing, yawning or moving your jaw from side to side. This will exercise the muscles and open the Eustachian tube. If you still cannot get rid of the block despite the above, try this : Pinch your nostrils shut, close your mouth and blow your nose very hard a few times until you hear a popping sound. If it pops, then you have succeeded! If you are still uncertain, consult a doctor ﬁrst before you ﬂy.
Q: IS IT SAFE TO FLY DURING PREGNANCY? A: Airline policy regarding carriage for pregnant women can be summarised as follows: If the pregnancy is below 28 weeks, the expectant mother is allowed to ﬂy but will need to sign a ‘Release and Indemnity’ certiﬁcate to absolve the airline of any liabilities. If the pregnancy is between the 28th and 34th week, the expectant mother will need to obtain a medical certiﬁcate (of at least one week’s validity) from a doctor stating the expected due-date and her ﬁtness-to-ﬂy. She will also need to sign the ‘Release and Indemnity’ certiﬁcate. Any woman whose pregnancy is beyond the 35th week will not be allowed to ﬂy. The general rule for the carriage of an expectant mother is that no medical certiﬁcate is required unless her pregnancy is between the 28th and 34th week. Airlines are generally more concerned about the possibility of pregnant passengers giving birth during the ﬂight. However, if you’ve experienced medical issues recently such as heavy bleeding or high blood pressure, it is recommended that you consult a doctor prior to your ﬂight. Captain Lim Khoy Hing is a former AirAsia Airbus A320 and AirAsia X A330/A340 pilot who also used to ﬂy the Boeing 777. He has logged more than 25,500 total ﬂying hours and is now a Simulator Flight Instructor with AirAsia X. In his spare time, he shares his opinion on aviation issues with others. For more air travel and aviation stories, check out his website, ‘Just About Flying’ at www.askcaptainlim.com.
Craig Antweiler hitch-hikes some 9,500 kilometres to reunite with his student exchange foster parents in Malaysia with some fantastic experiences along the way.
Ever since I ﬁnished my student exchange year in Shah Alam, Malaysia, I couldn’t wait to return to my second home, reunite with my host family, indulge in some street side nasi lemak (coconut milk rice) and marvel at the countless serendipities of the country. From jaw-dropping scuba diving in Terengganu to colourful Kaamatan celebrations in Kota Kinabalu, AirAsia made it all possible. This time around, I didn’t simply want to board an aircraft. I was curious about the 9,500 kilometres that separated Germany from Malaysia. I wanted to go overland by hitch-hiking West to East. My brother too decided to join this amazing trip that would take us through many new and exciting locations. Our backpacks weighed a mere six kilogrammes each as we hit the road in Cologne, Germany. I was nervous for the ﬁrst time: Was I going to complete my trip on time? University started in six weeks time but trying to complete my trip within that time was not guaranteed. Neither was our route predictable. What if we’re not granted entry at certain borders? What if we fall ill? I decided not to think too much about it. I had to be optimistic. Arriving in Istanbul, we CouchSurfed with Furkan, an Engineering student there. CouchSurﬁng is a cool way to explore a place from a different perspective other than the
Right: Catching a lift with an Iranian family near Tehran, Iran.
ones offered by Lonely Planet. Instead of the usual mustsees, Furkan showed us his favourite places and offered insights into local secrets. Hitch-hiking in Turkey worked really well, quite the contrary to our awful experience two days later. With no lights, bar the crescent moon above us in the sky, a Turkish truck driver had just dropped us in the middle of nowhere. I noticed our water bottle literally empty. My brother commented on our situation with a wry sense of humor: “You wanted adventure? Here you go!” But less than 30 minutes into our seemingly desperate situation, a truck drove pass. We both waved vigorously to catch the driver’s attention. The huge vehicle came to a halt and a young driver smiled at us. Relieved, we jumped in. Some 20 kilometres away, we reached our destination, the hillside village of Mardin where a group of men invited us to have a chai tea. They were so excited to hear about our travels that they offered a hostel room for free!
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With CouchSurfers in Istanbul’s dazzling old town.
Next, we headed to Tehran, a sprawling megalopolis of 20 million in Iran. The historic old quarter boasts a fascinating bazaar. We strolled along the carpet shops and enjoyed the fragrance of the herbs sold there. The architecture there was mind-blowing with shimmering domes studded with ﬁne mosaics of turquoise and yellow tiles. Within days we swaped the dry deserts of the Middle East for the lush plains of India. Palm trees drifted by as we hopped onto a tractor that was heading closer and closer to the world famous Taj Mahal. Between masses of tourists, we stood in awe at this monument to love. Entering Thailand at Surat Thani, a local policeman allowed us to hop into a police car. After a short ride, he brought us to a beach and told us that we could pitch our camp for the night there. With a freshly plucked coconut in my hands, I enjoyed the sunset on my ‘private’ beach but minutes later the monsoon rain started to pour! The next morning I was squashed between six Thai guys in a truck. Every time I tried my newly learnt Thai phrases, we burst into laughter. I was also distracted by a roadside stall selling my favourite fruit – the durian. Near Hat Yai, I waved a Malaysian ﬂag and my cardboard sign read: “Saya mahu balik kampung. Shah Alam” (I want to go home. Shah Alam). At a petrol station, a Malay family offered to give us a lift. Chatting with them, I took a trip down memory lane. Finally, as I approached 75, Jalan Adang, my host brother Danial caught sight of me. He ran into the house yelling: “Craig is back. Craig is bearded.” Bumpy but exciting tractor ride en route to the Taj Mahal.
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Whether you are heading for a dive vacation or a safari trip, cycling to work or ﬂying off to your next destination, here are our November picks that will help you look your best.
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Carry All With perfect form and function, the Fiona Tote by TUMI is the perfect accessory for gals. In versatile Camo Lizard and gorgeous Frappuccino tones, it’s all you’d want in a tote. www.tumi.com
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Dive Master Water resistant to a depth of 300m, the OMEGA Seamaster Diver Co-Axial 300m comes with professional dive features, including a helium escape valve and a unidirectional rotating bezel. www.omegawatches.com
Gap’s 1969 Fall collection explores the idea of ‘jeanswear meets sportswear’. The women’s signature Legging Jean comes in a variety of fabrics and colours, including the Gummy Legging in black. Highlights from the menswear collection include the Super Skinny Clean in grey and the Slouchy Slim Rocker in black. www.gapinc.com
Seeing is Believing The Henry Holland for Le Specs eyewear collection features unisex pieces such as ‘Circle the Mesh’, ‘Hoodies’ and ‘Lennon’ and is a collaboration between the iconic Australian label and designer Henry Holland. Available in Singapore at ActuallyActually. www.actually.com.sg
Bag It The Coach Fall 2011 Men’s Collection features extra-premium leather and genuine exotics for the fashionforward man. With bags and cases for laptops, tablets and phones, the Crosby, Bleecker Legacy and Bowery Collections offer great designs to complement your look. www.coach.com
From vineyard tones of claret and plum to earthy tones of barley, wheat and slate, Banana Republic features separates tailormade to take centre stage this season. The season’s streamlined silhouettes are softened when juxtaposed with relaxed sweaters and cowl-neck knits. www.gapinc.com
utumn Harvest Take your pick from our selection of make-up, skincare a and fragrance to warm up to this fall.
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R Revlon introduces four new sshades of ColorBurst™ Lipstick in Ic Icy Nude, Cherry Ice, Rose Nectar a and Rosy Nude, each bringing a burst of rich, true colour that is infused with moisturisers a and antioxidants such as Sweet A Almond Oil to improve lip te texture and prevent drying. www.revlon.com w
Scent of a Man
A sensual, sophisticated and warm fragrance with rich notes of tobacco leaves, green tea, ginger and bergamot originally created for Sir Winston Churchill, Tabarome for Men by Creed is the scent of choice for the power elite. www.creedfragrances.co.uk
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Ultra sheer StriVectin-SH Age Protect SPF30/PA+++ is a sunscreen that not only protects skin against the rays of the sun but also helps repair sun damage. With niacin to strengthen skin’s own protective barrier and promote better skin health, this product is free of parabens, oil, artiﬁcial colours, dyes, alcohol and petroleum. wwwstrivectin.com
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Keep skin soft and smelling luscious with the Body Butter Duo from The Body Shop in invigorating Floral Acai, comforting Vanilla, relaxing Macadamia and uplifting Sweet Pea. Apply the rich cream on elbows, knees and legs and the lighter formula on the rest of the body for up to 24-hours of hydration.www.thebodyshop.com
Fit for a Princess
Feel like a princess with Fleurissimo for Women by Creed – a soft and feminine composition of rose and tuberose, enhanced with violet leaves and Florentine Iris. This ﬂoral scent was originally commissioned by Prince Rainier of Monaco for his bride Princess Grace Kelly to wear on their wedding day. www.creedfragrances.co.uk
Garnier BB Cream provides instant visible beneﬁts for a naturally ﬂawless complexion while protecting skin. An oil- and fragrance-free lightweight formula with lemon extract and mineral pigments, the cream spreads easily, making skin appear radiant and even-toned. www.garnier.com
M.A.C. Prep + Prime Future Length Lash Serum promotes longer, thicker and strongerlooking lashes with dramatic results visible in eight weeks when used twice daily. www.maccosmetics.com
AirAsia is ﬂying British musician Steve Appleton to various destinations in Southeast Asia and Japan, providing him a platform to share his music with fans in the region. Steve will be ﬁlming mini travel blogs from each destination, which will be featured on AirAsia’s Facebook page soon. With Sparks, the ﬁrst single from his new album climbing the charts in the Land of the Rising Sun, Appleton is certainly going places and talks about his music here.
Describe your musical style and your reasons for choosing it. You began writing and performing music when you were fairly young. At what age did you realise that this is what you wanted to do? I was 16 and chose to do music. This is a decision that I have never once regretted!
I’ve always looked upon life with a good attitude, in a ‘be nice to people and they’ll be nice to you kind of way, and I think my music represents that in the sense that it’s always feel-good and up-beat. But that’s not to say things will never change. There’s always a possibility that in ﬁve years’ time, I could turn out to be a very different person in the future.
Sparks, your ﬁrst single from the new album, is doing extremely well in Japan. Why do you think the Japanese have taken a shine to this number? I had a feeling that it would be well received in Japan before we released it. It’s a song that ticks all the boxes. They (my fans at least) like catchy, feel-good pop music, and I’m honoured that with all the competition around, they’re listening to my music.
If your songs are ssnapshots of your life eexperiences, what ccan listeners expect ffrom your second aalbum Colours? A boy becoming a man: I wrote my ﬁrst album When the Sun Comes Up when I was aged between 16 to 18, and it talks about that time of my life. Now I am all grown up, even to the point of having my own house. I look forward to seeing what album number three has in store for me. I’m already collecting memories for it.
What songs do you listen to when you need a pick-me-up? Rhythm and Blues – the real R&B from the 1950s!
What has been your favourite gig so far and why? I played at a venue called Liquid Rooms in Tokyo with a capacity of about 1,000. It was just epic! There was such an incredible atmosphere. I always put in as much entertainment as I can into a show. I played all my songs really tight and got the audience totally involved. Everyone had a great time, and as a performer, there’s no greater feeling than having a room full of people totally enjoying your music.
You travel a fair bit during your tours. What are some of your favourite memories of the places you’ve visited? I shot the music video for my ﬁrst song Dirty Funk in Cape Town alongside a Smart Car commercial that I was also shooting. I was there for two weeks. Everything was paid for and effectively, I had a two week holiday in heaven, but others call it ‘my job’!
Do you have any far-out experiences during your travels? I surprised my best friend on an airplane by booking the seat next to him on the way to Mexico without him realising. I was wearing a disguise (sombrero, moustache, the usual things) and revealed to him that it was me just after we took
off. Some other friends we were with ﬁlmed it as well. His reaction was priceless. He couldn’t speak for ﬁve minutes because he was so shocked.
If you were stranded on a deserted island, what are the three things that you absolutely could not do without? A compass, a raft and a supply of fresh water.
What do you hope to ﬁlm in your mini travelblog that you will eventually share with AirAsia’s Facebook page? My trips out to Asia as they happen, or at least the highlights. I just came back from Japan and it’s nice to be able to share the experiences with my fans. We’re also making it a travel-guide type blog as well, to share these amazing places Air Asia ﬂies to.
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KOREA! From super fast trains to super exciting 3-D movies, Dania Maryam Waqar totally enjoyed her trip to South Korea.
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R Recently, tl my parents t and d I ttravelled ll d tto Seoul, South Korea on Air Asia X. When we arrived in Seoul, we booked a car to go to Daejeon. Daejeon was a little far from Seoul and so, we were all very eager to visit the capital of South Korea. To get back into the city, we took the KTX train, which travels at a speed of 300kms per hour! Travelling on the train was a pretty cool experience and we reached Seoul Station within an hour! From the station, I could see Seoul Tower but what I really wanted to visit was the 63 Building. This is where the Wax Museum is located. The quickest way to get to the 63 Building was by a taxi. We quickly got into a cab and were soon on our way there.
At the museum entrance, we bought tickets for the ‘Big Three’, which allowed us to visit three attractions in the building. We chose to watch the 3-D Surﬁng Movie and visit the Aquarium and the Wax Museum.
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First, Fi t we wentt to t th the h W Wax Museum. We had lots of fun there. I took photos with ‘Queen Elizabeth’, ‘Michael Jackson’, a ‘werewolf’ and ‘Picasso’ too! Next, we went to the 3-D Surﬁng Movie that lasted about an hour. Since we didn’t understand Korean, the staff was kind enough to hand us earphones that had an English translation of the movie. It was great fun watching the ﬁshes pop out from the screen! They looked so real, I felt like I could almost touch them. A few times, it felt like I was going to get hit by ﬂying ﬁshes! Luckily it was only a 3-D movie! After having fun at the movie, we decided to head over to the Aquarium. There were lots of ﬁshes there! I even got the chance to see two girls dancing in the water with the ﬁshes. I saw some jellyﬁsh too. They were kept separate in a small aquarium, probably because they were poisonous.
I was quite hungry after visiting tthese attractions and so, we decided to g grab something to eat. We decided to g get some Indian food at Itaewon. We h had lunch at a restaurant there and for d dessert, chose to have some ice-cream a at Baskin Robbins. By this time, I was feeling quite tired a and we decided to return to our hotel. W We headed back to the Seoul Station to catch the fast train back to Daejeon. At the station, I saw a man playing a ﬂute. The music was very beautiful and my father bought a CD he was selling. We then quickly got into the KTX train and I was very excited to ride the super fast train again on my way back to my hotel! A few days after that, we ﬂew back to Malaysia. It was a wonderful trip and I had lots and lots of fun in South Korea. Dania Maryam Waqar, age 13
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Posing for ‘Picasso’.
To solve a Sudoku puzzle, every number from 1 to 9 must appear in: • Each of the nine vertical columns • Each of the nine horizontal rows • Each of the nine 3 x 3 boxes Remember no number can occur more than once in any row, column or box.
1. Airline ticket, 2. Cabin window, 3. Food Tray, 4. Baby bottle, 5. Passenger’s photos, 6. Seat headrest, 7. Passenger eyes, 8. Sunglasses.
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Holy bath at Tirta Empul Temple, Kintamani Mt., Bali. Muhamad Hanaﬁ Abu Bakar, Malaysia
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Knee Curls • Sit straight and gently lean forward and raise one knee. • Grasp the knee with both arms and gently pull the leg towards your chest as you lean back. • Hold for 15 seconds, then release and gently lower the leg. • Repeat with other leg.
DVT can occur when a blood clot forms in the large veins in the legs or the arms, leading to an either partially or completely blocked blood circulation. Sitting and moving very little during long flights may lead to the occurrence of DVT. If you are flying long distance, please ensure you perform onboard exercises such as the Knee Curls exercise to get the blood flowing to your leg. Or walk from your seat to the end of the aircraft (where permissible and when safe) and back to your seat to stretch your legs.
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Rest Assured To counter jetlag, sleep as much as you can onboard when you are flying west to east. The AirAsia Comfort Kit comes complete with eye shade, neck pillow and blanketto help you get some shut eye. When flying east to west, stay awake as much as possible. The neck pillow in Comfort Kit allows you to get comfy while reading a book or watching the clouds zoom by.
AirAsia is now selling Anti-DVT socks on board all AirAsia and AirAsia X flights. These socks come in Small (USA 3-6/Europe 35-39), Medium (USA 6-9/Europe 39-43) and Large (USA 9-12/Europe 43-47).
Keep Hydrated The air in the aircraft is pretty dry and will leave you feeling sluggish. To counter this, drink lots of water, avoid alcoholic drinks and reduce consumption of caffeinated & carbonated drinks!
Be Kind, Be Considerate • Do not kick or rock the seat in front of you. • Try not to talk loudly, especially if other passengers are asleep. • Use a handkerchief to cover your mouth if you cough or sneeze. • Be careful when you open the overhead cabins. • Do not switch seats without checking with the flight attendant.
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The landscape that you encounter in Ubud in Bali is as unique as the local culture. Rolling hills, pristine forests, steep ravines and undulating rice terraces all whip up a visual feast so breathtaking, you’ll be gob smacked at the beauty of it all.
Ubud offers not only a break from the boisterous booze-and-bikini scene in Kuta and Seminyak, but the place itself enjoys a relatively cooler temperature due to its location high up in the hinterland. In the olden days, Ubud was an important source of medicinal herbs and plants before becoming the island’s centre of arts and culture. It is believed that Ubud got its name from the word ubad, which means medicine in the local language. Souvenir and jewellery shops, galleries and workshops jostle for attantion along Jalan Monkey Forest and Jalan Raya Ubud in the town centre. At the corner where the two streets converge, the double-storey Ubud Market bursts with stalls selling batik shirts, sarongs, wood carvings, paintings, home décor products, and trinkets aimed at tourists. Craft villages between Ubud and Sanur specialise in arts and craft and are touristic by any seasoned
traveller’s standard but you will still ﬁnd the dedicated artisan plying his trade in quieter hovels. Head directly to Batubulan and Singakerta for stone carvings, or Mas, which is renowned for wood carvings. Silver and gold lovers should head for Celuk for readyand custom-made pieces. Check out Museum Puri Lukisan (Museum of Fine Arts) and learn about Balinese paintings from various art schools or drink in the splendour of the arts at Agung Rai Museum of Art (ARMA) or the NEKA Art Museum with artwork displays by renowned local and international artists. If you rather your arts be performed, the village of Peliatan offers traditional dances and gamelan classes. History buffs and outdoor travellers will enjoy a trip further aﬁeld to the 11th century Goa Gajah complex
with a stone carving of a demon’s mouth. Ahead of the cave is Yeh Pulu, a historical site dating back to the 14th or 15th century with rock carvings and a holy well. A 20-minute ride east to Ceking will take you to a hillside overlooking cascading rice terraces. Be warned that the majestic vista is often marred by persistent street peddlers hounding you every step of the way, hoping to sell a trinket or two. Finally, drink in the majesty of Ubud with an excursion through Monkey Forest, a sacred wooded area guarded by long-tailed macaques. The main trail leads you to Pura Dalem Agung Padangtegal, a temple of the dead, occasionally used for ceremonial purposes. For great hotel deals and packages to Ubud, Bali, visit www.airasiago.com
“Ubud is the best place to rejuvenate the soul and spirit and recover from the humdrum of everyday living. There is something spiritual about this place. You come away feeling that you been touched by a higher being.” ~ Marina Bandoorn, via Email
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Who’s the BOSS? Are all bosses from hell? Not so in AirAsia. Allstars talk about their superiors and what makes the working relationship so special.
WIDIJASTORO NUGROHO, Director of Commercial, Indonesia AirAsia
JEERANAN SONGSRI, Duty Executive of CBTO, Thai AirAsia
AMIR FAEZAL ZAKARIA, Head of Legal, MAA
He’s a good leader and one real partygoer! One night, both of us went partying in Bangkok and we had a hell of a time! The next morning, it was my boss who woke me up for a meeting. Crazy!
WE’RE BOTH THE SAME AGE, AND ALTHOUGH SHE IS MY BOSS, SHE IS ALSO A GOOD FRIEND. SHE IS GREAT AT WHAT SHE DOES, AND I THINK SHE IS SUPER FUN TOO!
Amir’s like Superman; He works around the clock, and has time to go biking and cycling too! My favourite memory of Amir is him wearing a shirt, skinny pants and a wig to our retro themed annual dinner.
ANDY SUSANTO, Assistant Manager Graphic Design, Indonesia AirAsia
JUKKRIT MEE-DATE, CBT Ofﬁcer, Thai AirAsia
PROMOTHINI SUDHAKARAN MENON, Administrative Executive, Legal, MAA
DARREN WRIGHT, Head of Commercial, AirAsia X
My ﬁrst impression was “Yummy!” He’s tall, slim and handsome! Darren has a laidback Aussie charm, but he’s also a no nonsense man who gives you full responsibility and ﬂexibility to get your work done.
SHERLIZA ZAHARUDIN, Publicity Manager, AirAsia X
JAGAN PERSATH, Head of Security, MAA
Jagan is a perfectionist but could be scolding us one second and joking around the next. My boss is also quite funny. He drives an old Honda Accord that has no bumper. When stopped by a road transport oﬃcer, he pleaded that he works in security and has no money to aﬀord one. They let him oﬀ!
GOVINDRAN (Roy), System Admin, Security, MAA