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President & CEO M Waqas ur Rehman Managing Director Louis Niel

Editor In Chief M Awais

Design Director Beenish Waqas

Editorial Director Larry Fogg

Marketing Manager Edona Alina Badjva

Creative Director Chalo Garcia

Manager Pakistan M Asad

Int. Relation Manager Irum Shah

Manager UAE Sumbal Khan

Manager Norway Nadeem Bhadjwa

Manager USA Christine Szeredy

Dear readers “The cover story of EMAL this month featuring Chole New Ms. International world and was crowned at the West Palm Beach International Film Festival” On Thursday 13th April twenty year old Emirati undergraduate student of ESMOD Dubai, Hessa Al Shawab, was awarded a gold medal . 2nd Safari Health Marathon was held by Bahria Town organized by Sitwat Babar Project Director Bahria Town. Exclusive interview with Bollywood actor and filmmaker Sohail Khan who now is the new brand ambassador for the Indian menswear brand Stile by Gulam Ali which opened its first store in Dubai last year read full interview inside. DIL UK Gala 2017 celebrating 10 years of DIL in Britain was held at Madame Tussauds in London. In our home & Decor section check out the pieces and ideas you need for your most comfortable, luxurious and personal home ever. Read the Do’s and Don't’s by Mr. Larry fogg while your trip to Java, Indonesia. Don’t miss to know the 2017 nail paint trend. How to use mask sheet will keep your skin fresh and there are some mouth watering food recipes do try.

Manager UK M Awais

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n Thursday 13th April twenty year old Emirati undergraduate student of ESMOD Dubai, Hessa Al Shawab, was awarded a gold medal at the EmiratesSkills 2017 National Competition Pre Qualifications for Fashion Technology held in Abu Dhabi at ADNEC, achieving a result of 92% after completing 1 imposed blouse, a creative skirt, embellishments and technical drawings with the maximum time allowed being a total of ten hours. Dr Maitha Al Shamsi Minister of State and Simon Bartley President of WorldSkills awarded the Gold Medal to Ms Al Shawab at the conclusive of the pre qualifications event. Her success will see her join the UAE National Team competing in the Fashion Technology category at the international 44th World Skills 2017 in Abu Dhabi, putting her fashion design skills to the test on the global stage among competitors from over 75 different countries. Esmod Dubai Ceo-Founder Tamara Hostal received the Achievement Trophee from Dr. Maitha Al Shamsi UAE Minister of State. Tamara Hostal commented: "we are extremely proud of Hessa's impressive achievement and for the fact that ESMOD Dubai's highest standards of fashion education in the UAE are being recognized by Worldskills Experts committee, and the Abu Dhabi Centre for Technical and Vocational Education and Training ( ACTVET), created by the Abu Dhabi Executive Council. Held every two years, the WorldSkills Competition is the biggest vocational

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Hessa Al Shawab, Simon Bartley & Dr Maitha Al Shamsi

Hessa Al Shawab

Hessa Al Shawab, Dr.Maitha Al Shamsi, Sabine Storch, Abdulla Saleh Al Shawab

education and skills excellence event in the world that truly reflects global industry. Competitors represent the best of their p e e rs a n d a re s e l e c te d f ro m s k i l l competitions in WorldSkills Member countries and regions. Most competitors are under the age of 23, and demonstrate technical abilities both individually and collectively to execute specific tasks for which they study and/or perform in their workplace. ESMOD Dubai is this year proud to be represented by Ms Al Shawab at what will be the first WorldSkills Competition to ever be held in the Middle East, showcasing the value of skill development and raising the recognition of skilled professionals across the region. Under the expert tuition of her teachers acknowledged as some of the industry's most highly qualified professionals, Ms Al Shawab has been trained over the three year Undergraduate Program to design and produce garments from A to Z, in a fully supported learning environment of unique and patented

Tamara Hostal, Dr. Maitha Al Shamsi, Simon Bartley

programs licensed by the KHDA in Dubai. The first and only Fashion Institute in the Middle East, ESMOD Dubai is entirely dedicated to fashion, cementing itself as a worldwide education leader in fashion design and patternmaking for ready-towear, couture and haute couture. With a focus on innovation and creativity, ESMOD Dubai's teaching, methodology and curriculum extends to dynamic programs which are updated continuously to meet the ever changing fashion trends both regionally and globally. During WorldSkills 2017 Hessa Al Shawab will showcase the importance and calibre of vocational skills and education from ESMOD Dubai that equips tomorrow's regional fashion leaders. All courses are run all along the year. Enrollments for the BA Fashion Design Undergraduate Program are now open with the next batch scheduled to commence in September 2017.



Until September brings another round of refreshed iPhones, the two smartphones in this comparison may well be the two most popular (and possibly the best) phones you can buy. Let's see how the features and specs of the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Apple iPhone 7 compare.


WEIGHT The Galaxy S8 mm (0.04 in) wider. While the iPhone is 1 is 8-percent taller, but measures just 11percent thinner, the S8's curves prevent it from feeling chunky in hand.


The Galaxy S8 mm (0.04 in) wider. While the iPhone is 1 is 8-percent taller, but measures just 11-percent thinner, the S8's curves prevent it from feeling chunky in hand.

The Galaxy S8 has a much highercapacity battery, but many other factors determine real-world battery life. Stay tuned for our review for battery tests.

FAST CHARGING Apple still hasn't added any quick-charging tech to iPhones.



Similar to batter y capacity, camera megapixels tell you very little about photo q u a l i t y. S tay t u n e d fo r rev i ew u n i t impressions.

The S8 doubles the iPhone's RAM, but that doesn't always translate into better performance.

WIRELESS CHARGING Samsung is one of the few smartphone-makers still supporting wireless charging – which also includes fast wireless charging, if you go with a special Samsung-made pad.

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DISPLAY SIZE While the Galaxy S8's overall phone size is a little bigger, its screen size is 40-percent bigger than the iPhone's, reminding us that slim-bezeled phones offer more than looks: They also give you more screen-size bang for your phone-size buck.

Both offer impressive water resistance, though Samsung's IP rating is higher.


DISPLAY TYPE Apple is rumored to join Samsung with an AMOLED flagship later this year, but the iPhone 7 sticks with IPS.

FINGERPRINT SENSOR Samsung moves the fingerprint reader to the back of the phone this year, to accommodate that nearly-all-display front side.

IRIS SCANNER Similar to the Note 7, the Galaxy S8 has an iris scanner. It supposedly works faster than the one in the Note, though, and our launch-event demo appeared to confirm that.

FACIAL RECOGNITION It may not be very secure, but Samsung offers a facial recognition login as an alternative to the fingerprint or iris scan.

PRESSURE-SENSITIVE DISPLAY Apple's 3D Touch lets you deep-press on the screen to launch various shortcuts throughout iOS. The Galaxy S8 has similar tech, but instead of spanning the entire screen it's only baked into its onscreen home button.

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The Galaxy S8's display has a 75-percent sharper pixel density, but remember Apple does plenty of things in other areas (contrast, white balance, brightness) to make its screens competitive with highend rivals. With that said, display analysis firm DisplayMate recently graded the Galaxy S8 as having the best smartphone display to date.


FASHION DNA PAKISTAN The British Council Pakistan announced call for applications for the globally run Fashion DNA Project in collaboration with the Fashion Scout and London Fashion Week.

Zohaib & Gina Hassan

Maheen Khan

Humza Bokhari

Munib Nawaz

Shammal Qureshi & Mohsin Sayeed

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Rebekah Roy and team

Sury Bagenal

Bibi, Guest & Mohsin Sayed

Mohsin Sayeed Kinza Latif

Ayesha Mustafa

Six designers were selected through an exacting process for Fashion DNA culmination of which was a show by Fashion Scout at LFW ie London Fashion Week.

Maheen Khan, Sonya Battla, Hamza Bokhari of Jeem, Zuriya Dor and The PinkTree Company went through several mentoring session in person and on Skype with To b y M e a d o w s , S a f i a Minney, Sury Benegal and

Carri during a period of six months. The aim was to produce collections that break boundaries and create a global appeal for Pakistani fashion. The majestic Freemason Hall played host to six collections that presented an eclectic range of Pakistani fashion.


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Pursuing its traditions Bahria Town continued to maintain its uniqueness by arranging healthy & lifestyle activities for the community. Team Bahria Town has been playing a massive role to contribute for the betterment of the society by organizing such healthy sports activities to bring people out from their routine life and to refresh their bodies and minds. in which more then 300 males and females participated in 20 different categories starting from U-17 to U-45. The management of Bhria town facilitated the event by providing fool proof security measures to avoid any unpleasant incident. Commodore Muhammad Ilyas , vise executive project 1 was the chief guest where as Sitwat Babar, project director Bahria Town was also present at the eventuality, a fine race sports flag was dropped by Sitwat Babar to start the race from Safari Club. It was an enthusiastic gala where people from different age group participated vigorously with glee. The organizer ensures that the contestants were bestowed with juices and fresh water during the race. Although the route was with a long distance but the amazing part was that people from different age group participated and showed there full interest in the race. The marathon denouement at Mini Golf Club. Inscribing the audience, CMDR Muhammad Ilyas said that Bahria has always arranged healthy events for its residents. He also admired Sitwat Babar the brain behind for going out of the box and organizing the event in a unique style. While talking to EMAL, Sitwat babar share her views and thanked the participants and the management of Bahria Town for organizing such a splendid eventuality. She also promised that very soon an exclusive female event will be organized. "Bahria Town is fully prepared to host the 4th edition of Bahria Town

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A sports flag was dropped by Miss Sitwat Babar to start the race from Safari Club.

International $15,000 ladies squash championship."Said, Sitwat Babar when once Pakistan squash federation will lift the ban, she further add up that they need just a month time to make sure all the arrangements for holding the event. Later on the chief guest distributed the shields and certificates to the participants, Ali Haider won U-17 to U-35 male category while Shanzy took the female category title. Brig Syed Abid Ali won the title of U-35 to U-45 while Sadia Sikandari took female title. Participants were served with a delicious meal at the closing ceremony.

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Bahria Twon is fully prepared to host the 4th edition of Bahria town International $15,000 ladies squash championship

DIL UK Gala 2017 at Madame Tussauds, London

DIL UK Gala 2017 celebrating 10 years of DIL in Britain

HC Syed Ibne Abbas & Sadaf Abbas

DIL UK Gala 2017 celebrating 10 years of DIL in Britain was held at Madame Tussauds in London. Patrons Dr. Maleeha Lodhi, Princess Badiya bint el Hassan, the High Commissioner of Pakistan Syed Ibne Abbas and DIL UK Chairperson Nikki Hubbard MBE, spoke at the evening. Ahmereen Reza, DIL UK co-founder was also present on the occasion. The event was supported by Barclays, Bestways Foundation, BMA Capital, Citibank, HBL and UBL and UBS. Guests included eminent members of the Pakistani community and DIL supporters in Britain. Funds raised from the evening will go for schools that DIL UK maintains in Pakistan and for projects that are run for marginalised women and terminally ill children in Britain.

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Funds raised from the evening will go for schools that DIL UK maintains in Pakistan and for m a r g i n a l i s e d w o m e n a n d terminally ill children in Britain.

Susuan, Nausheen & Sophia

Ambareena & Aintah & Moazzam Ricky

Romana Ahmad,Tanya Rehman & Tehmina Lalani

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Noreen & Aymen

Ambarina & Amna Aymen & Moazzam Bushra & Faisal

Fozia, Zeeshan, Shenaz & Nazoo

DIL UK Chairperson Dr. Maleeha Lodhi & Gina Hassan Nikki Hubbard

Akmal, Moazzam and Friends

Dr. Maleeha Lodhi with DIL Team

DIL UK Members Ebrahim, Samir & Friends

Guests at the Gala

Rubina and sons


Shabana & daughter

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Guests at the Gala

Raheela & Hassan

HRH Princess Badiya bint el Hassan

Tasnim Ghiadwala & Friends

Roumana with Dame Edna & Friends

Dr. Maleeha Lodhi



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Congratulations are being given as the winners of the American Advertising Awards have recently been announced. These prestigious awards are stiffly competitive, attracting over 40,000 competitor entries every year. This year EMAL Magazine, an international modern living magazine, was recognized. EMAL Magazine, a multi-country and online digital magazine has spread its wings to the United States. Bringing health, beauty, fashion and travel across the globe, EMAL focuses on multiple facets of everyday life. Most recently, this internationally award winning magazine has captured the essence of an up and coming professional commercial model named Chloe New. Chloe is a fun, passionate, and hardworking model who has used modeling to gain perspective on life and increase her self-esteem. Leading as an example in the industry, Chloe has grown and accomplished her long-term goal of becoming an internationally recognized model. Showing her devotion and love for beauty and the fashion industry, Chloe represented Italy in the Ms. International World event during their annual pageant that took place aboard Bahamas Cruise Line. Chloe New recently participated in the West Palm Beach International Film Festival, warming the hearts of many as she was crowned as Ms. International World Supermodel. EMAL Magazine is now very proud to feature Ms. International World Supermodel Chloe New. Find out more about this gorgeous model as she graces the pages of this award-winning magazine. Written by: Angel Beth

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PHOTOSHOOT CREDITS Model: Chloe New Photography: Chalo Garcia Hair & Makeup: Angela Reno Fashion Stylist: Laurel Mona Wardrobe: Bella Boutique Assistant: Juan Carlos Garcia Production Writer: Angel Beth

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Charming Townhouse, TO INSPIRE YOU TO MAKE YOURS! Do you remember your first home with your significant other? No doubt that cosy start-up place holds a special place in your heart. But it probably didn't look like this. This two-storey townhouse boasts stunning design and luxurious furnishings, the home is as stunning is it as enviable. Enjoy wonderful features and unique design, all thanks to the expertise of designer Elena Lapshina. The townhouse is a sensational mix of class and sophistication. You'll no doubt feel the faint strains of nostalgia while making several notes for your own home. Take the tour and feel inspired, and bookmark your favorite ideas!

We start our tour on the bottom floor of this timeless townhouse. The bottom floor boasts a state-of-the-art kitchen-dining area that leads onto a terrace, a stylish living area and grand entrance.

The living room is tastefully decorated with modish art works and patterns. The different patterns add a subtle level of depth to the room. A large ornamental horse makes a most interesting lamp.

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T h e r o o m i s delightfully light and fresh due to the large uncovered windows and double height living room.

Stacked wood under the T.V screen adds a unique twist on an organic element. A geometric lamp is a fashionable element that ties into the stately decor.

Ordinary houseplants would never fit into this sumptuous house. The designer decided to plant delicate bonsai trees instead, and we must say- it works!

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Glass panels add dimension to the room and indicate that the top floor is for the exclusive use of the homeowners.

The sublime master bedroom is the epitome of comfort and opulence. The t r e n d y monochromatic color scheme is utilized to perfection while the bed is the picture of w a r m t h a n d contentment.

Arguably the most luxurious room in the townhouse, the bathroom sports LED lighting, his-and-hers amenities and glass panels.

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The stairs are an architectural masterpiece, and placing them so close to the kitchen was a stroke of genius. The matching color palettes unify the area and complements the state-of-the-art appliances.

The opulent dining area reflects the design of the rest of the house. The table and chairs contrast in colors, but their design is stylishly similar.

The house’s architecture is a work of art in itself. The lines and structure a design feature all on their own.

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We now make our way up the stairs. On our way to the second floor, we’re treated with a unique stair railing that makes you feel safe, and is fashionably unique.

On the second floor, we find a second living area that is a diverse relaxing area. You can retire with your favorite book, play the piano or just enjoy the luxurious surroundings.

A carefully crafted accent wall doubles as a design feature for the upstairs living room and for the stairs. It also serves as a cosy reading s p o t f o r t h e homeowner.

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decided to travel to Central Java, Indonesia, to visit the Buddhist temple of Borobudur and the Hindu temples of Prambanan. After spending time researching the Internet, I contacted Mr. Wiedy Antara of Borobudur World Heritage to inquire about the possibility of arranging a special tour package for me with a private car and driver. Mr. Wiedy responded with some suggested activities and we finally customized a five day private tour package that included Borobudur, Prambanan, the Dieng Plateau, the Mount Merapi volcano, and several other tourist attractions in the vicinity of Yogyakarta City. I arrived at Yogyakarta, Java, Indonesia in the early afternoon on Friday, 6 April, where I was met by Rudy, my driver, with a Suzuki minivan. After a quick stop at an ATM machine, we drove to visit the Hindu temples of Prambanan where a pre-arranged guide was waiting for me to arrive. With the assistance of my guide I was able to explore Prambanan, the inner zone temples, and the nearby Prambanan Museum before an afternoon rain shower arrived. Prambanan is a 9th century Hindu temple complex and is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Originally there were 240 temples within the complex that consisted of three zones. The outer zone was surrounded by a wall. The middle zone contained hundreds of small temples. The inner zone was the most holy zone and it contained eight main temples and eight shrines – these temples and shrines have all been reconstructed. The largest temple within the inner zone is forty-seven meters tall. We continued driving for about an hour to the Manohara Hotel, which is situated within the Borobudur Park and is within two hundred meters of the temple entrance. The rain had subsided by the time I checked into the hotel, received my Borobudur entrance pass, breakfast voucher, audio visual presentation voucher, and was briefed on the details for my Sunrise Tour the following morning. Since I still had thirty minutes before Borobudur closed for the day, I walked up to Borobudur and around a portion of the temple base to become familiar with the temple layout. While I was there, a man

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requested permission to take a photo of his wife with me. I agreed and loaned my camera to him so that he could also take a photo with my camera – requests for photos with me occurred nearly everywhere I went whenever I was walking alone. The documentary video presentation on Borobudur was magnificent and provided much insight in preparation for my visit the following morning. Borobudur dates from the 8th century and is the single largest Buddhist structure on Earth. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage site. It consists of six square platforms above which are three circular platforms and a large main stupa dome at the very top. The literature states that the temple is decorated by at least 2,670 wall relief panels and 504 Buddha statues. The three upper levels have a total of 72 Buddha statues seated inside perforated stupas. It is situated in the Kedu Plain between the two volcanos of Mount Sumbing and Mount Sundoro to the west and Mount Merbabu and Mount Merapi to the east. The eruption of Mount Merapi during October and November 2010 covered Borobudur with volcanic ash, and the temple complex was closed during November 2010 to clean up the ash – the upper levels remained closed to the public


THE DO'S & DON’TS: Ÿ Just smile! People from Indonesia,

especially on the island of Java, appreciate the polite smile of foreign people they are introducing, and they will certainly give you a smile back. Friendliness is in their nature, so you should just be relaxed. Ÿ When you are approaching older people, it is considered as a really polite gesture to bend down a bit. Not all of the people actually do that, but it shows your respect and older people will appreciate it, especially if they notice that you come from another country. Ÿ When you are talking to someone, you should use following titles which will make you sound more respectful and polite: Ÿ Bapak for men

until late September 2011. Following the reopening of the upper levels, the Borobudur Conservation Agency has restricted the number of visitors to the upper levels to 82 people. Mr. Wiedy said that since people who visit after 9:30 AM are allowed only five minutes to visit the three upper levels, the Sunrise Tour becomes even more special. After dinner, as I walked through the hotel lobby, the receptionist called me by name and informed me that a man named Mr. Ronnie would be the guide arranged by Mr. Wiedy for my Borobudur Sunrise Tour. I got up at 4:00 AM and met Mr. Ronnie in the hotel lobby at 4:15 AM. As part of my tour package, I was given a tour ticket, a flashlight, and a sarong to wear at the temple. Visitors to the temple are required to wear a sarong but the rule didn’t appear to be strictly enforced. Although quite a few people were gathering in the lobby for the tour, Mr. Ronnie and I left early and we were the only ones at the upper levels the temple for about fifteen minutes while Ronnie pointed out stupas

of particular interest. After a spectacular sunrise, I took photos from the upper levels before returning to the hotel to enjoy a wonderful buffet breakfast. I returned to the temple by myself after breakfast and systematically walked around each of the six square lower levels admiring the carved relief panels and had one last quick look at the three circular upper levels. Many young people stopped me and wanted to practice English and to have their photo taken with me – I requested them to also take a photo with my camera on several occasions. Borobudur was an ancient Buddhist pilgrimage site and two additional nearby temples were part of the ancient pilgrimage route to Borobudur. They are Candi Mendut and Candi Pawon – Candi means temple in Java. I was able to visit both of these small temples en route to my next hotel after I finished exploring Borobudur. On Sunday morning, we departed the hotel at 6:30 AM and drove for about two hours to the Dieng Plateau. The Dieng Plateau is a volcano caldera that was formed by the eruption of the ancient Mountain Prau. It is 2,000 meters above sea level and volcanic activity still continues in the area. The scenery is spectacular and this region grows large quantities of potatoes. The ancient Javanese Hindus built many temples and made Dieng Plateau a sacred place. The temples were built between the 8th and 13th centuries and about nine of the temples remain today.

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Although there are several temple complexes on the plateau, the largest is Complex Candi Arjuna. It consists of an area with five temples and an adjacent area to the North called Complex Darmasala with two ancient wells and only temple foundations remaining. The five temples in the complex from north to south are Candi Arjuna, Candi Semar, Candi Srikandi, Candi Sembadra, and Candi Puntadewa. Complex Candi Sietiaki with one intact temple, Candi Sietiaki, is several hundred meters to the west of Complex Candi Arjuna. Complex Candi Gatotkaca is adjacent to the road several hundred meters to the south of Complex Candi Arjuna. Two additional temple situated sites farther away from Candi Arjuna are Candi Bima and Complex Candi Dwarawah. We parked at the roadside entrance to the Candi Arjuna Complex, and I walked to the complex to see the temples first. I continued walking to the adjacent Complex Darmasala and paid special attention to the two ancient wells that the literature states have never run dry even during droughts. I also walked to the Complex Candi Sietiaki to have a look at Candi Sietiaki before hiking back to the highway entrance where I also visited Complex Candi Gatokaca. After exploring the seven temples that remain in the vicinity of Candi Arjuna, we drove to visit an active volcano crater called Sikidang Crater. I hiked to the edge of the crater with spectacular boiling mud that was spewing out sulfur gas and steam. There was so much steam that it was difficult to capture the very large roaring boil of the mud in a photograph. My next stop was at Candi Bima, which is near the entrance to the Sikidang Crater. Candi Bima was the eighth actual temple that I would visit – I did not visit the Candi Dwarawati Complex where one more temple has been reconstructed. Telaga Warna, which means colored lake, is a very beautiful lake that attracted many visitors. Our last stop was at the Dieng Plateau Theater to see a documentary film about the Dieng Plateau volcanic action and geothermal activities. Once again, I was surprised at how many random strangers stopped me at various locations at the Dieng Plateau and asked to have their photos taken with me. Several times I loaned them my camera so that I could also have a photo with them. It was also interesting that I was never approached by random strangers when I was accompanied by someone. The drive back to Yogyakarta took approximately three hours where checked into my last hotel. That evening I had the opportunity to go to dinner at a local restaurant with Mr. Wiedy Antara. He is a very unique person from Borobudur who went to the university to learn English and journalism. He specialized in travel journalism and ultimately returned to Borobudur where he teaches local residents English, computers, and how to be drivers and/or tour guides – the first course taken is free, and the costs for two additional courses are pro-rated. He is also largely responsible for promoting Borobudur into the most popular tourism site in Indonesia. My

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Ibu for women Mas for boys Mbak for girls Never start a conversation with local people with your hands placed on your hips. It is considered as an insulting act and people will think you disrespect them. Ÿ In addition, you should never touch other people’s heads, because Indonesian people find it rude. Ÿ Writing letters in Indonesia using the red ink is a gesture that symbolizes anger and the ending of a friendly relationship, so, if you are not angry, you should avoid the red color. Ÿ Ÿ Ÿ Ÿ

driver and all of my tour guides were Borobudur local residents from Mr. Wiedy’s school. We had a wonderful dinner, and I was extremely happy that Mr. Wiedy is focused on improving opportunities for the Borobudur local residents. Anyone who may wish to contact Mr. Wiedy can do so via email. On Monday morning, 9 April, we drove to Mount Merapi where I explored a portion of the site of the 2010 eruption and hiked out on an area of the lava flow. We drove back to Yogyakarta to tour the Sultan’s Palace and the Taman Sari and to visit a batik factory. In the evening, I went to the Ramayama Dance Ballet presentation atthe Purawisata Jogja open air theater in Yogyakarta. Fortunately for me, they passed out a brief description of the story in English before the actual performance began. The costumes were exquisite and the performers coupled with the musicians were a delight to watch. We returned to the hotel sometime after 10:00 PM and I completed my final packing to be ready to meet Rudy at 5:00 AM the following morning for my flight back to Singapore. Rudy was in the hotel lobby waiting for me when I arrived at 4:45 AM for our final drive to the Yogyakarta International Airport. As I flew to Singapore, I marveled at how courteous the Javanese drivers were and how much I enjoyed all of the Indonesian people that I interacted with during my trip – especially the young adults that wanted to be photographed with me. After returning to Singapore, I continued on to Thailand where I attended the Songkran Festival at Chiang Rai. The Songkran Festival is the celebration of the original Thai New Year. One of the highlights of Songkran is the many water fights in the streets engaged by people of all ages. I walked to one of the main streets in Chiang Rai and a small Thai boy approached me and began spraying me with his water gun. He soon ran out of water and, after refilling, he returned with his smaller brother and they both enjoyed drenching me with their water guns. Some people stationed themselves curbside in the streets with barrels and tubs of water, buckets, pans, and hoses to constantly refill the barrels and tubs. They would engage people passing by. Other people put tubs and barrels of water in the beds of trucks and would throw water at the other people alongside the streets and in the streets. The Chiang Rai Times newspaper published a photo of an elephant being used to spray people during the water fights. The water fights are all in good fun and are thoroughly enjoyed by everyone.


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here are some really incredible skin care innovations coming out. The one I’m talking about today is sheet masks, and I hope I’m not late to the game. After all, celebrities like Chrissy Teigen, Lady Gaga, and even Cristiano Ronaldo are already on to the trend. Sheet masks have two components. The first one is the sheet itself. The second component of a sheet mask is the “essence”, the skin-saving liquid that the sheet mask is soaked in. You can introduce a sheet mask into almost any beauty routine, regardless of whether you want to use it at night or in the daytime, regardless of whether you have an Asian beauty routine with 10 different steps, or a simple cleanse and moisturize routine, and regardless of your unique skin concerns. I make it pretty easy in this sheet mask guide:

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Start with a clean slate. Whether this means washing your face with a basic Cetaphil-type cleanser, doing a double cleanse, or just following the oil cleansing method is totally up to you. Asian beauty gurus would urge you to use a cleanser with a low pH, however.

Next, it is time for lighter skin essences and serums. The great thing about sheet masks is that they really improve overall ingredient absorption, including that of whatever you apply below them. However, you want to make sure whatever serum you use is oil-free and non-occlusive, or else it’ll prevent the essence in your sheet mask from penetrating. This step is optional, as well.

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If you wish to, you should exfoliate your skin, but it’s not mandatory. If you are keeping true to the Asian beauty philosophy, you should opt for a gentle chemical exfoliant made of either glycolic, lactic, or salicylic acid. However, using a physical exfoliant is still okay, as long as it is gentle and not overly abrasive.

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Sheet masking time! Open up the package, and gently pull out the mask, making sure not to make a mess or allow any product to drip off. Line up the mask, so that the eye, nose, and mouth holes line up with your own features. Starting with the center of the face, gently pat and smooth the mask over your skin, making sure that it covers your face evenly and without too many folds. If there is any excess essence left from the sheet mask, massage it into your neck and chest. Sit back and relax for the next 15-20 minutes.


Once your skin has absorbed all of the essence-y goodness, remove the sheet mask, and lightly massage any remaining product into your skin. If there is too much product left on your skin, you may gently wipe it away, or splash your face with water to remove it.

Now is the time for occlusive layers that will lock all the moisture into your skin, and provide additional protection. You may now use any thicker or oil-based serums, as well as creams and moisturizers. If your routine is more minimalistic, just a layer of moisturizer will suffice.


SHEET MASK HACKS Instead of storing your sheet masks in the cupboard, store them in the fridge. The colder temperature will really invigorate your skin and make the whole experience extra refreshing. This is especially nice on hot days!

If there is still a lot of essence left in the package, boil your used sheet mask to sanitize it, and place it back inside the package and seal the top. This way you can get double the use out of the mask. However, if you suffer from breakouts, you should skip this sheet mask hack because it could worsen the situation.

Since a lot of essence is left in the package, you can use it for the next few days as a serum, before moisturizing. Take a mask with you when travelling, and use it for on the go pampering.

If you are also concerned about wastefulness and environmental impact, make a reusable sheet mask by cutting eye, nose, and mouth holes into a muslin cloth. Soak it in your choice of essence, and apply like a sheet mask. When you are done, instead of throwing it away, wash it and save it until the next use!

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If you are concerned about the cost associated with sheet masks, you can try making your own. You can buy reusable packs of cotton masks, and simply soak them in your favorite oil, serum, or essence, and use them like you would any other sheet mask.






e tracked all of the nail looks from the spring-summer collections, but the extreme risks taken on the runway can't always be applied. Still, that doesn't mean we can't look to the pros for inspiration. We tapped


Madeline Poole, Sally Hansen's global color ambassador, runway manicurist, and all-around nail-art genius, to spotlight the biggest trends of the season you can actually achieve at home. Start your summer right with her DIY suggestions, ahead.

COLOR BLOCKING “Circles were seen on the pendants at Etro as well as hardware, ring handles on the bags [at] Chloe, Edie Parker and many more," Poole noticed. She translated this trend to her manicure designes, which "is an ideal trend for nail art since the circular shape really lends itself to the shape of the nail and is graphic and simple to create." She suggests using a ball head pin or the end of an eraser as a DIY dotting tool to keep your circles uniform in size.

'80S GRADIENT "Spring 2017 NYFW was filled with color," said Poole. "The vivid colors and signature shoulder pads of the '80s sprinkled the runways in New York and London." Poole and the Sally Hansen Team gave both Monse and 3.1 Phillip Lim gradient nails for the SS17 runway shows, extending the life of last year's ombrĂŠ nail. But to update the trend, Poole suggests applying a surprising color combination: teal, magenta, and hot pink.

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BRIGHT LOOK Rainbow stripes are a no-brainer for summer, and Poole's taking notes from the technicolor runways at Marc Jacobs, Fendi, and Altuzarra. "When painting your nails with a striped look, start with the most sheer and light color first," Poole recommends. For those who aren't about perfectly straight lines, Poole also suggested "choosing 4 or 5 different shades from the '80s revival palette and layering them by using a striping brush to create random order and coloration." The irregularity will give you a painterly finish and mask any mistakes, too.

MATTE METALLICS At Cividini, we saw a solid gold nail, with a few flakes of silver, which was layered with a matte top coat. On the Michael Costello runway, nails were painted a matte shade of gold, but also fell into another of summer 2017 nail art trends: weird French manicures. The tips of the models’ nails were painted a deep purplish burgundy. There were also some matte silver nails at Desigual, in addition to a few other designs.

MIDNIGHT NAILS High shine black polish is making its mark as 2017’s best nail accessory. Whether vertically striped (as spotted at Vera Wang), curved around the cuticle, or painted at the cuticle, or painted at the tips- it’s a simple but bold look that appears equally chic when painted over bare nails or alongside vibrant pops of color.

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INGREDIENTS: Onion Lemon Mango Cucumber Tomato Corn Coriander Honey

1 small (finely chopped) Juice 2 tbs 2 (cubed) 1 (cubed) 1 (cubed) ½ cup Leaves as required (chopped) 1 -2tsp

MANGO FUSION SALAD METHOD : In small bowl, add finely chopped onion and lemon juice, mix well and set aside. Cut mango, cucumber and tomato into cubes. In bowl add mango cubes, cucumber cubes and tomato cubes, corn boiled and coriander leaves. Now add onion influence lemon juice and honey and give it a good mix. Salad is ready. INGREDIENTS: Elbow macaroni Mayonnaise Distilled white vinegar White sugar Yellow mustard Salt Ground black pepper Onion Celery stalk Green bell pepper Carrot (optional)

4 cups uncooked 1 cup 1/4 cup 2/3 cup 2 1/2 tbs prepared 1 1/2 ts 1/2 ts 1 large 2 1 1/4 cup

CLASSIC MACARONI SALAD METHOD : In a bowl add 1-10 ingredients and mix well. Fish Masala is ready. Wash fish properly and apply fish masala and marinate for 2 hours. To make masala, heat oil and add chopped vegetables and saute, add salt, ½ tbs of prepared fish masala and mix well until tomatoes are cooked, add chopped coriander and dish out. Heat oil and fry marinated fish, both sides until done (6-8 mins each side). INGREDIENTS:

CHICKEN SHAWARMA METHOD: Stuffing: Tomatoes Carrot Capsicum Cucumber Cabbage Jalapenos

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Stuffing: ½ Cup Julienne ½ Cup Julienne ½ Cup Julienne ½ Cup Julienne 1 Cup ¼ cup

Whole Wheat Pita Bread: Whole wheat flour All-purpose flour Salt Sugar Dry instant yeast Olive oil Warm water Chicken: Chicken boneless Yogurt Ginger garlic paste Whole spice powder Lemon juice Red chili powder Salt Black pepper powder Olive oil Tahini Sauce: Tahini paste Garlic mayo Yogurt Strained Salt Water

Whole Wheat Pita Bread: 2 cups 1 cup ½ tsp ½ tbs 1 & ½ tsp 4-5 tbs as required Chicken: ½ kg 3 tbs ½ tbs 1 tsp ½ tbs 1 & ½ tsp or to taste 1 tsp or to taste 1 tsp 1 tbs Tahini Sauce: 4 tbs 2 tbs 2 tbs -¼ tsp or to taste 1-2 tbs

METHOD: For Whole Wheat Pita Bread: In bowl, add whole wheat flour allpurpose flour, salt, sugar and instant yeast and give it a good mix. zAdd olive oil and mix well. Now add warm water, mix and knead well until dough is formed, apply olive oil over the dough, cover and let it rest for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, knead dough again and cover, let it rest for 15 minutes. Now take a dough and make 6 balls of the dough. Sprinkle some wheat flour on working surface and roll the ball with the help of rolling pin into a flat round circle, cover & let it rest for 15 minutes. Heat griddle and put round dough on griddle, cover and cook both sides on low flame until light brown. For Chicken: In chicken boneless, add yogurt, ginger garlic paste, whole spice powder, lemon juice, red chili powder, salt, black pepper powder, mix well and marinate for 15 minutes. In frying pan, add olive oil and marinated chicken, cook until chicken is done. For Fusion Tahini Sauce: In bowl add tahini paste, garlic mayo, yogurt, salt and water, mix well. Pour fusion tahini sauce in the sneezing bottle and refrigerate for 10-15 minutes. For Stuffing: In bowl, add tomatoes, carrot, capsicum, cucumber, cooked chicken, cabbage, jalapenos, mix well and set aside. For Assembling: Take pita bread, cut from the center and make a pocket, add stuffing and drizzle fusion tahini sauce. Take pita bread, add stuffing and fusion tahini sauce, roll it, wrap in butter paper.

DRAGON CHICKEN METHOD: For Chicken: In bowl, add chicken, corn flour, egg white, soysauce, black pepper crushed and salt, mix well and marinate for 30 minute. In frying pan, add oil and marinated chicken, fry until crispy and golden brown, set aside. For Sauce: In wok, add oil, red chili crushed, garlic,

INGREDIENTS: Chicken: Boneless chicken Corn flour Egg white Soy sauce Black pepper Crushed Salt Oil Sauce: Oil Red chili Garlic Ginger Tomato ketchup Chicken stock Tomato paste Red chili paste or pepper sauce Salt Soy Sauce Honey Green onions stalk Sesame Seeds

Chicken: Julienne cut 350 gms ¼ cup 1 2 tsp Crushed ½ tsp ¼ tsp or to taste For frying Sauce: 2 tbs Crushed 1 & ½ tsp or to taste Chopped 2 tsp Chopped 1 tsp ½ cup ¼ cup 2 tbs 1 tbs or to taste ¼ tsp or to taste 1 tbs 2 tbs Chopped 2-3 tbs Optional

ginger and sauté until golden. Add tomato ketchup, chicken stock, tomato paste, red chili paste or pepper sauce, salt,soy sauce and cook until sauce thickens. Add honey, fried chicken, green onion stalk and mix well. Garnish with sesame seeds and serve.

INGREDIENTS: Butter Brown sugar Milk Peanut butter Vanilla extract Confectioners' sugar


1/2 cup 2 1/4 cups 1/2 cup 3/4 cup 1 teaspoon 3 1/2 cups

METHOD: Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir in brown sugar and milk. Bring to a boil and boil for 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from heat. Stir in peanut butter and vanilla. Pour over confectioners' sugar in a large mixing bowl. Beat until smooth; pour into an 8x8 inch dish. Chill until firm and cut into squares.


SMURFS THE LOST VILLAGE Release on 7 th April 2017 In this fully animated, all-new take on the Smurfs, Smurfs The Lost Village, a mysterious map sets Smurfette and her friends Brainy, Clumsy and Hefty on an exciting race through the Forbidden Forest leading to the discovery of the biggest secret in Smurf history.

FAST ANDthFURIOUS 8 Release on 14 April 2017

Now that Dom and Letty are on their honeymoon and Brian and Mia have retired from the game—and the rest of the crew has been exonerated—the globetrotting team has found a semblance of a normal life. But when a mysterious woman (Oscar® winner Charlize Theron) seduces Dom into the world of crime he can’t seem to escape and a betrayal of those closest to him, they will face trials that will test them as never before.


Release on 21 April 2017

Katherine Heigl stars as Tessa Connover, who is barely coping with the end of her marriage when her ex-husband, David (Geoff Stults), becomes happily engaged to Julia Banks (Rosario Dawson)—not only bringing Julia into the home they once shared but also into the life of their daughter, Lilly (Isabella Rice). Trying to settle into her new role as a wife and a stepmother, Julia believes she has finally met the man of her dreams, the man who can help her put her own troubled past behind her. But Tessa's jealousy soon takes a pathological turn until she will stop at nothing to turn Julia's dream into her ultimate nightmare.

THE TICKET Release on 17th April 2017 Dan Stevens and Malin Akerman star in this intense breakout drama about a blind man who inexplicably regains his vision and becomes possessed by a drive to make a better life for himself. However, his new improvements—a nicer home, a higher paying job, tailored suits, luxury car—leave little room for the people who were part of his old, simpler life: his plain wife (Malin Åkerman) and close friend Bob (Oliver Platt). As his relationships buckle under the strain of his snowballing ambition, it becomes uncertain if James can ever return from darkness.


Release on 21th April 2017 Born in China follows the stories of three animal families, transporting audiences to some of the most extreme environments on Earth to witness some of the most intimate moments ever captured in a nature film. A doting panda bear mother guides her growing baby as she begins to explore and seek independence. A two-year-old golden monkey who feels displaced by his new baby sister joins up with a group of free-spirited outcasts. And a mother snow leopard—an elusive animal rarely caught on camera—faces the very real drama of raising her two cubs in one of the harshest and most unforgiving environments on the planet.

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EMAL Modern Living magazine is based on various aspects of everyday life including everything from fashion to health and technology around t...