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the magazine

volume two

2010

Lifestyle is a bi-annual magazine from Mulpha Land Bhd., published with the primary objective of keeping all Mulpha privileged guests abreast with the latest lifestyle issues and the Group’s upcoming developments. Copies of Lifestyle can be obtained from the Mulpha International Bhd. office. For enquiries, please call (603) 7957 2233 or (603) 7955 1344 or contact Zainal Shukri at zainal@mulpha.com.my

CHAIRMAN Chung Tze Hien CEO Lai Meng GENERAL MANAGER Ronn Yong EDITOR Faridah Hanim EDITORIAL BOARD Zainal Shukri Mulpha, Malaysia Koh Boon Teng Mulpha Land, Malaysia Terence Lee Mulpha Land, Malaysia Sally Morgan Mulpha, Australia & Hayman Thomas Thang Mulpha, Vietnam Karen Evans Bimbadgen Estate, Australia Mark Jensen Sanctuary Cove, Australia Karen Edwards Norwest Land, Australia Peter Lewis The Hotel School Sydney, Australia Erin Millar Hyatt Regency Sanctuary Cove, Australia

ADVERTISING/SALES ENQUIRIES Zainal Shukri (603) 7957 2233 ext 382 zainal@mulpha.com.my INTERIOR DESIGN Design Development Department Mulpha Land & Property Sdn. Bhd. PRINTING Label Plus Sdn. Bhd. CONTACTS Mulpha International Bhd. (603) 7957 2233 Mulpha Australia Limited (Australia) (61-2) 9268 5000 Mulpha Vietnam (Asian Fame Dev. Ltd.) (848) 930 4009 DISTRIBUTION Mulpha’s Lifestyle magazine is a free publication showcasing the quality of life with a controlled circulation of 2,000 copies, offered to an exclusive database through selected distribution channels. • • • •

Mulpha Group of hotels -InterContinental Sydney -Hilton Melbourne Airport -Hyatt Regency Sanctuary Cove -Hayman Great Barrier Reef Residents of Leisure Farm Resort &  Residences, Johor Lifestyle brand owners Professionals

Mulpha International Bhd is a diversified conglomerate and a component stock of the Bursa Malaysia Composite Index since 1983 and listed on the Main Market of Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad. Its shareholder’s fund is in excess of RM 2.7 billion. The Group’s focus is on property development and investment, infrastructure and civil construction with operations and investments in Malaysia, Vietnam, Singapore, Hong Kong and Australia. Over the years, Mulpha has leveraged on its expertise abroad to become Malaysia’s largest real estate investor and developer in Australia, owning world-class assets that include Sanctuary Cove and Hyatt Regency Sanctuary Cove in Queensland, InterContinental Sydney, Hilton Melbourne Airport, Norwest Business Park Sydney, The Hotel School Sydney, Bimbadgen Estate in New South Wales’ Hunter Valley and the world-renowned and award-winning Hayman Great Barrier Reef.


Contents lifestyle with a difference volume two

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after hours

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Tee up!

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Patchwork Farm

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House of Prime

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Of Old and New: Making TCM Modern

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All Under One Roof

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Scent Of A Woman

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From Reel To Real

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Girls Getaway

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Spring Sensations

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Family Break

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Beyond The Cars

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Tee Up! A new clubhouse promises to take the Sanctuary Golf experience to new levels.

Sanctuary Cove, one of Australia’s premier golfing destinations with two internationally-renowned championship golf courses – The Pines and The Palms – recently added one more accolade to its titled greens with the official launch of a new clubhouse. The unveiling marks a major milestone for Sanctuary Cove, cementing its position in the Australian golf arena. Mulpha Sanctuary Cove executive general manager Alison Quinn said the state-of-the-art clubhouse “definitely had drawn investors to the region”, adding to the exclusive appeal of membership at The Pines. Quinn also added, “It shows the commitment Mulpha (the owner and developer of Sanctuary Cove) has to the precinct. This is an outstanding achievement for Sanctuary Cove, the golf and country club members, and Mulpha.” Flagged as one of the world’s most spectacular golfing facilities, the brand new state-of-the-art Sanctuary Cove Country Club opened in December 2009 but had its official opening ceremony on 9 April, 2010. Located overlooking the 18th hole on The Pines championship golf course, the AUD$12 million Sanctuary Cove Country Club is also hoped to attract buyers into the AUD$2 billion masterplanned Sanctuary Cove community.


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The stunning clubhouse, designed by renowned architects Cox Rayner, features an undulating floating roof system that mimics the unique course layout of The Pines. Its full height, glazed glass walls provide natural light and uninterrupted views of The Pines, enthralling members with its scenic views. Meanwhile, the clubhouse’s two main pavilions feature an exterior rock wall that blends with the environment and creates a building form that is fully integrated with its surroundings.

Golfers familiar with The Pines championship course, that remains one of the toughest in Australia, will certainly welcome the new opulent addition to an already distinguished institution. The 18-hole championship golf course with an AGU rating of 76 is the only signature golf course in Australia designed by Arnold Palmer. Sanctuary Cove Country Club chairman Greg Herring said members are already thoroughly enjoying the new facilities. “Having the clubhouse overlooking the 18th hole of The Pines is perfect. There’s a real sense of camaraderie amongst our members who are now spending more time relaxing together in the Lakeside Café and Jabiru Restaurant,” he says. Herring also said the clubhouse would provide a private sanctuary for members. “This is truly a first-of-its-kind clubhouse for Australia and rivals the luxurious facilities on offer at the world’s most prestigious courses.”

Work on the clubhouse began in July 2008. The two-level building has a built-up area of 3,400 sq metres with furniture and fittings costing AUD$600,000 that include a grand piano and a harp. The Ground Floor houses the mens and ladies locker rooms, Golf Shop and staff amenities. The upper floor contains the reception/registration area, lobby, administration area, kitchen and board room. For leisure, guests can look forward to two dining options on this level that provide an award-winning gourmet menu – the Lakeview Bar and the Jabiru restaurant. Each can accommodate 120 and 100 people respectively. If that’s not enough, there is also an outdoor terrace that can seat 80 people with sweeping views of the driving range, putting green, mountains and The Pines’ 18th hole. 


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The official opening in April of the Sanctuary Cove Country Club was no less a social affair. Among the 200 guests attending the event were Mulpha Sanctuary Cove Developments’ Chairman Seng Huang, Local Federal Member Mr Stuart Robert MP and Local State Member Michael Crandon MP. Joining current Club Chairman Greg Herring were past Chairmen, Phil Billings, Harry Kember and Murray Sargent, who were on hand together to pull the curtain and announce the club as officially open. The new clubhouse will take the Sanctuary Cove golf experience to unseen levels, and put it among the finest and most elite in the world. Already The Pines golf course is applauded for its style and premier design. The recent multi-million dollar rejuvenation of the golfing amenities, including the opening of the clubhouse, will pave the way for state-of-the-art facilities and newly-configured fairways to further enhance the Sanctuary Cove golfing experience – which is widely regarded among Australia’s elite players.

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Presently, 1,200 of the 1,800 exclusive memberships have been sold, half of them to residents of Sanctuary Cove. Residents who do not play golf have the option to purchase access memberships, similar to social memberships. Members pay between AUD$4,500 per year (single) and AUD$6,000 per year (family). Now that the wraps have come off the arresting showcase at The Pines, it will perhaps be tough to top the event off. Well, maybe not. Come 2011, golfers can look forward to the re-opening of The Palms. The course is currently closed and being redeveloped by Ross Watson, a renowned Australian golf architect. Pundits are already anticipating that this will be one of the best of Ross Watson’s courses ever, rivaling Pacific Harbour and Magenta Shores. One thing’s certain: Golfing in Sanctuary Cove will never be the same again.


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Patchwork Farm

Patchwork Farm Long before it became a trend, Leisure Farm residents were already enjoying their own garden in the backyard, thanks to Kayu Manis.

Michelle Obama did it. So did Queen E II. By planting their own vegetable garden (technically, in the case of Queen Elizabeth, it was Her Majesty’s royal gardeners), they began a green revolution. The world took notice and suddenly, that empty patch in your backyard would look so much cooler with a garden full of produce than the standard pool. More than just a passing trend, anyone pining for freshness, good taste and superior nutrition will agree that nothing beats the joy of savouring the fruits of your labour. Literally. Growing your own produce is also economically viable, helping you save money in the long run.

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For city dwellers, the chance to have their own plot for kitchen farming may be rare, but not so at Leisure Farm. Residents at this premier gated community in Johor have the opportunity to farm their own vegetables or fruits at the communal orchard, Kayu Manis. Vegetable plots are available for lease where residents have the freedom to grow their own garden with maintenance provided by Leisure Farm. Carved in a corner at the southern fringe of Leisure Farm’s Canal Park, the 22acre orchard, next to the mangrove reserve and the Bale Equestrian and Country Club, is also a welcoming reprieve for those less than green-fingered able. Within Kayu Manis’ confines, residents can enjoy the orchard’s all-encompassing beauty. With help from Leisure Farm’s able gardeners and horticulturists, Kayu Manis boasts of a

veritable encyclopedia of plants and herbs. Fruit trees such as guava, rambutan and dragon fruit can be found alongside the ubiquitous banana and jackfruit. There’s also durian to be found, and come the fruiting season, the orchard is busy with families delighting at the chance to enjoy the bounty. Additionally, local herbs and spices, such as lemongrass, basil and chilli are also grown, scenting the air with their own unique fragrance. Kayu Manis’ existence goes beyond enjoying an urban farming experience. There’s also the communal factor that makes the orchard distinct in today’s generational living. With its bountiful of fruit plants and kitchen herbs, Kayu Manis let families and children experience nature and all its wonders. Seeing how fruits and vegetables grow naturally in the


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environment also encourages kids to have a sense of awe, delight and appreciation. The orchard also presents residents with a green refuge, as the area provides a natural habitat for birds, insects and wild plants to flourish. Added to this is the lush landscape that is further accentuated by mangrove vegetation, natural rivers and lakes, refreshing minds in a serene atmosphere generously gifted by nature. Similarly, the hillside rice paddy terraces fringing the orchard evoke the peaceful landscape of the beautiful island of Bali. A stroll within these surroundings at any time or day will certainly transport visitors to the charm of yesteryear’s living, where life remains unharried and laidback.

Perhaps the most significant contribution Kayu Manis could impart to residents at Leisure Farm is its role in creating a cooling effect on the residential climate. With trees that can filter harmful particles out of the air and improve air quality, the orchard only promotes healthier living. Kayu Manis’ detailed planning and striking landscape has earned it the prestigious Institute of Landscape Architects Malaysia (ILAM) award in 2007. With more plans to expand its fruits tree repertoire, Kayu Manis is set to be a haven for residents seeking serenity, or simply to flex those fingers and backbone and nurture the earth to life.

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House of Prime

House of Prime Mulpha Australia’s new headquarters at 99 Macquarie was honoured recently for its successful work on heritage building refurbishment. Just months into making Transport House at 99 Macquarie Street its headquarters, Mulpha Australia Limited was honoured Winner – Heritage Preservation at the prestigious 2010 Urban Taskforce Australia Development Excellence Awards recently. Says Mulpha Australia Limited CFO, Greg Dyer, “This is a wonderful accolade for 99 Macquarie Street and for Mulpha, recognising the company’s desire to retain and enhance the important heritage of the building whilst creating a modern and harmonious business environment for the Mulpha team and our tenants.” In describing their choice, Urban Taskforce Australia’s chairman of the panel of judges, Chris Johnson, stated that “the project demonstrates how a heritage building can be refurbished to attract top tenants and provide exceptional environmental outcomes.” The awards acknowledge development projects that achieve “the best outcomes in terms of client requirements, environment, business and community considerations; as well as time, cost and quality, and recognise the crucial role of the developer in making a new development an outstanding success.”

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Transport House in fact is an outstanding example of Modernistic architecture reflecting the Inter War Stripped Classical and Art Deco styles.

Sydney’s Macquarie Street is renowned for its collection of public historical buildings. Stretching form Hyde Park to the Sydney Opera House, walking tours of the city often include this stretch of the road, engaging visitors in Sydney’s colourful history and scenic urbanscape. The street is also today considered one of Sydney’s prime business addresses, and it is within this backdrop that Mulpha Australia Limited now welcomes its new home at 99 Transport House. In 2002, Mulpha acquired the historic Transport House building as part of its acquisition of another of Mulpha’s major assets, the adjacent InterContinental Sydney.

Since then, the company has worked closely with the Heritage Council to recapture the glory of Transport House and its distinct place in Sydney’s urban history. Macquarie Street was New South Wales 5th Governor Lachlan Macquarie’s grand design to making Sydney into a grand city. He began his term in 1810 and was largely attributed for planting the seeds of Australia’s foundation. During the period between the 1930s and 1940s, Macquarie Street witnessed an avalanche of construction – multi-storey office buildings housing banking institutions and insurance firms; a testament to the impact of early modernism in Sydney.


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Transport House was part of this movement, originally built in 1938 for the New South Wales Department of Motor Transport. Built by the architects Henry E. Budden and Mackey, Transport House’s design was considered remarkable even then, winning the architects the Sulman Award in 1936 and in 1939, the building was awarded the Royal Institute of British Architects medal. When Transport House was first conceptualised, the designers envisioned a large, imposing office tower that would extend along York Street from Margaret to Erskine Street. The building would also have horizontally aligned wings each side of the central vertical tower. When the building was finally completed, only the south wing and the tower were built. This, however, would work towards the building’s advantage, giving it a modern aesthetic appeal for an art deco design of that era. Transport House in fact is an outstanding example of Modernistic architecture reflecting the Inter War Stripped Classical and Art Deco styles. After the boom of the 1920s, there was a heightened confidence and embracing of emerging modernist ideals in design and architecture. The building had distinctive green terracotta tiles, an art deco interior, air conditioned throughout with escalators – a concept new in Sydney at that time – that ran down to Wynyard station below.

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The bronzed winged Mercury figure on the grille over the main doors is a symbolic reference to the transportation function of the building.

When conservation works took place in 2009, the building’s terrazzo and marble surfaces were repaired, lift doors and indicators restored and given a bronzed finish. The stair handrails and rings were re-chromed and bronzed, with the original entrance doors repaired and reinstated. Original light fittings and ceiling recesses were meticulously reconstructed from glass fragments, photographic and archaeological evidence to maintain as much authenticity to the original building. As part of the AUD$30 million refurbishment, Raynor Hoff, considered as Australia’s finest sculptor, provided the architectural modelling in both bronze and stone for Transport House’s 99 Macquarie Street logo. The logo features a winged wheel motif, relating to the theme of transportation and is featured extensively throughout the building.


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The bronzed winged Mercury figure on the grille over the main doors is a symbolic reference to the transportation function of the building. The Roman god, Mercury (also known as the Greek god, Hermes), was the messenger of the gods and the protector of travellers. Mercury was known as the god of the roads and was traditionally shown in his winged hat and shoes, holding his herald’s staff with two snakes. The abstracted wings of Mercury, etched in the granite awning over the entrance door, and the bas-relief over the two feature windows on the mezzanine level, are further depictions of the symbolic theme. Further sculptural features by Hoff are incorporated above the entry on the Phillip Street façade.

Transport House 99 Macquarie Street is situated adjacent to InterContinental Sydney and is within walking distance of all major business houses in the city and famous landmarks such as the Sydney Harbour, Sydney Opera House and Royal Botanic Gardens. This provides a very pleasant and friendly environment in which to work and easy access to local business as well as being conducive to spending leisure at lunchtime for the Mulpha team and other tenants in the building. The recent honour bestowed to Transport House by Urban Taskforce Australia certainly goes a long way in recognising the effort in which Mulpha has invested to bring rebirth to this heritage building.

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All Under One Roof Bangsar remains one of Kuala Lumpur’s most envied neighbourhoods for its location, layout and lifestyle.

Those familiar with Bangsar will attest to the recent shift in living culture. A new mall in Telawi area (Bangsar Village I and II), a revamped icon (Bangsar Shopping Centre), and a series of cosy restaurants and cafés along Jalan Ara (One Bangsar) have all created a self-contained neighbourhood that makes it the ideal place to live and play. Surprisingly, Bangsar never started out as an affluent area. In fact, Bangsar’s early days were as a rubber estate. Named Bungsar Estate after founding members, Edouard Bunge and Alfred Grisar, the area was so quiet in the early 70s, at times with stretches devoid of street lights, that anyone thinking of settling here would undoubtedly prompt some raised eyebrows. What drove a change in Bangsar’s development was the opening up of Jalan Maarof. The road connected Jalan Damansara to Jalan Bangsar, simultaneously creating easy access to Kuala Lumpur and the suburbs beyond. Suddenly, Bangsar was the centre of everything.


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contemporary art galleries, niche designer stores and clothing fashion outlets.

By the late 80s – fittingly the age of decadence – Bangsar became the home for KL’s upscale restaurants and gourmet eating places. In the 90s, the area around Telawi became known for its snazzy watering holes, chic cafés and quaint pubs that opened dance floors and doors way into the night. Even the neighbourhood mall, Mun Loong (where the present Bangsar Village I is located), hinted at Bangsar’s penchant for panache, stocking London’s high street brands and designs. Even when the area’s hip rating sizzled with competition from newer neighbourhoods, such as Changkat Bukit Bintang and Sri Hartamas, Bangsar bounced back and reinvented itself. Today, Bangsar residents welcome a new mall, Bangsar Village, that caters to the everyday needs of families and individuals without having to venture out into Kuala Lumpur. It thrives as a lifestyle-centric hub offering the best in retail therapy, independent bookshops,

As a self-contained neighourhood, Bangsar happens to have everything. But Kuala Lumpur’s most eclectic and vibrant suburb is more than just a designer residential area. It offers an enviable lifestyle among a melting pot of independent thinkers. There are the creative thinkers, the thespians, artists, young professionals and blossoming families who call Bangsar home simply because of the encompassing element it provides. Public parks are within walking distance, as is the Bangsar Sports Complex with its various recreational activities and the Pantai Medical Centre. Buses are at your doorstep while the Light Rail Transit is just a stone’s throw away. Adding to the beauty of Bangsar is the fact that residents can choose to live as close as

they want to the pulse of Bangsar or create their own sanctuary. Case in point: Bukit Bandaraya. The area borrows from the quiet calmness of the surroundings – where pockets of green lung still exist and inadvertently impacts the languid pace of those living in Bukit Bandaraya. While Telawi may be the heart of Bangsar, a place throbbing with music and life, Bukit Bandaraya remains the serene, elegant ‘sister’ whose beauty is best felt rather than experienced.

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Those familiar with the Bangsar area will also attest to Bukit Bandaraya’s change in living dynamics. Its closest cluster of restaurants and cafés along Jalan Bangkung are hidden from the busy Bangsar artery of Jalan Maarof. Here’s a chance to linger over lunch within the quiet confines of the residential neighbourhood, or even practise yoga with your child at one of the child-friendly centre-cum-cafés. The contemporary Bangsar Shopping Centre around the corner now boasts of a dedicated gourmet food hall, upping the ante in personalised grocery shopping. Even homes in Bukit Bandaraya are distinct, playing upon the breezy, quiet location. On a lazy weekend, awash with the sound of silence, Bukit Bandaraya – known to locals as Millionaire’s Row for its high concentration of million-dollar

property – seems too good to be true for a commercial neighbourhood with a well-heeled air. Soon to join the residents of Bukit Bandaraya is Enclave Bangsar. This boutique development by Mulpha Land Bhd will be a collection of seven unique bungalows set within an environment made alluring by a green architecture model. Once completed, Enclave Bangsar will be a showcase on the latest concept in modern architecture embodied in lavish living spaces. Homeowners can look forward to low density living with homes that offer luxury and refinement, inside and out, without compromising on today’s eco-centric values. Home designs differ with owners having a choice between three different floor plans and façades with a built-up area ranging from 7,500 sq feet to 9,500 sq feet.


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Central to the layout is a garden spine with water features and greens linking each unit to other villas complemented by ready landscaping and a private pool, giving each home a distinct ‘retreat’ feel. Adding to the green theme will be its sustainability features: Each three-storey home will use solar power for their hot water system that will also power up the rainwater recycling system to supplement the home’s water needs. In keeping with Enclave Bangsar’s exclusivity, the development is also design-driven with innovative safety features. Within each home is a power back up for strategic lighting and security. Homes are also equipped with an alarm and security system complete with CCTV and panic buttons. Entrance to the area is monitored by security guards through

individual auto gate access to each villa, providing peace of mind to residents. Indeed, Bukit Bandaraya is a unique example that there is a homely hideaway beneath the hard-paced surface of urban Bangsar living. Residents can access Kuala Lumpur, Petaling Jaya and Damansara via major roads and highways, such as the Federal Highway, SPRINT Highway and Lebuhraya Mahameru. The Kuala Lumpur Sentral Station, a self-contained city concept and transport hub serviced by Bangsar Light Rail Transit (LRT) with direct rail link to Kuala Lumpur International Airport, is just minutes away. It’s no surprise then that when it comes to neighbourhoods under the radar, Bukit Bandaraya is a nice little jewel that tops residents’ choice.

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Girls Getaway

We understand that ‘girls just want to have fun’. So girls, gather your best

friends and treat yourselves to a weekend away at the luxurious Hyatt Regency Sanctuary Cove. While you’re here dive into our sparkling beach lagoon pool, stroll the chic boutiques in The Marine Village or simply immerse yourselves in great food and wine. The Hyatt Regency Sanctuary Cove is a five-star resort hotel styled as a traditional 1940s grand Queensland homestead. Set in the heart of Sanctuary Cove, Queensland, the Hyatt Regency Sanctuary Cove is a fully integrated Gold Coast resort, surrounded by superior sporting and recreational facilities and overlooking the Sanctuary Cove marina,

Girls’ Getaway package includes: - Daily buffet breakfast at Cove Café - Indulgent Alpha-H spa packs - Use of fluffy robes - Slippers - Chocolates For AUD$280* per room per night twin share, our Girls’ Getaway is perfectly designed for you to relax and unwind.

lagoon and golf course. * Twin share accommodation. Rooms consist of two double beds.

Hyatt Regency Sanctuary Cove Manor Circle Sanctuary Cove Resort Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia 4212 Tel : +61 7 5530 1234 E-mail : sanctuarycove.regency@hyatt.com

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SYDNEY INTERNATIONAL FOOD FESTIVAL During October, Sydney celebrates its love of food with a month long festival offering extraordinary food experiences in unique Sydney locations. InterContinental Sydney joins the festivities with an array of offerings during

IT’S NOT JUST SEAFOOD Dining takes centre stage in the grand hotel dining room of Café Opera. With a menu changing daily, navigating the cuisine of France, Italy, Spain and Asia, it’s the popular seafood buffet that takes the lead. On Friday and Saturday evenings, watch our chefs perform their magic at live cooking stations of lobster tails, spanner crab and scallops plus authentic seafood paella served from a giant feature pan.

the festival month. Step into Spring and enjoy a 3 course deluxe lunch buffet, Monday to Friday for AUD$38* per person, including a glass of wine. Offer valid from 1 to 17 September. Group bookings welcome. During October and as part of the Sydney International Food Festival, enjoy Flavours from Around the Globe, buffet dinner Sunday to Thursday is AUD$60* per person. Sunday lunch is AUD$50* per person including endless sparkling wine. *Above offers cannot be used in conjunction with

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any other promotion, offer or discount.

Spring Sensations Welcome to spring time at InterContinental Sydney, the perfect season to discover or re-discover this beautiful city. Take a picnic basket out to one of Sydney’s iconic harbour islands, or for horse racing enthusiasts the Spring Racing Carnival is on at Royal Randwick. And here’s a sneak preview of what’s on offer in the hotel.


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FATHER’S DAY – 5 SEPTEMBER Celebrate Father’s Day with unlimited beer and sparkling wine whilst enjoying our sumptuous seafood buffet, roast of the day with all trimmings, live cooking stations, and for the indulgent our home-made desserts. AUD$95 per person. AUD$80 per person for Priority Privilege members. BRAZILIAN DAY OF INDEPENDENCE – 7 SEPTEMBER The Independence Day of Brazil was officially announced on 7 September 1822. Since then the country proudly celebrates this day with lots of fanfare and excitement. Enjoy authentic Brazilian dishes like Feijoada, Moqueca de peixe and Churrasco. NATIONAL DAY OF GERMANY – 3 OCTOBER Celebrate the “Day of German Unity” with authentic German dishes like Zigeuner Schnitzel, Kartoffel puffer with Smoked Salmon (potato pancake) and Eisbein with sauerkraut (pork knuckle).

LEBANESE DAY OF INDEPENDENCE – 22 NOVEMBER Celebrate the liberation with authentic Lebanese dishes like Fattous, Falafel (chickpea dumpling), Shish Taouk (roasted Lebanese chicken) and Lamb Kofta. KIDS IN THE KITCHEN Of course we can’t forget our younger guests. Let us entertain your children with cup cake decorating and cookie making, whilst you relax and enjoy lunch in Café Opera. Your little chefs will be introduced to a brand new world of icing fun and baking. Children of all ages welcome. Saturday and Sunday, 12.30pm - 2.30pm.

117 Macquarie Street Sydney NSW 9253 9000 sydney.intercontinental.com

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Family Break The Hayman experience is like no other. Australia’s most awarded five-star resort takes guests into an exclusive realm of luxury, relaxation, indulgent dining, leisurely activity, reef adventure and breathtaking scenery.


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The Hayman experience begins before you arrive and will linger long after you leave.

Enjoy time with your family at Hayman with a special FAMILY OFFER* which includes:

FROM AUD$335 PER PERSON PER STAY (TWIN SHARE) BONUS OFFER - SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER**

• An additional room for 3 nights’ twin share at 50% discount

Cruise Whitsundays is inviting a second child to travel free when

• Daily beachfront buffet breakfast in Azure • Two 3-hour Hayman Kids Club or Creche sessions per child per stay • 50% off à la carte menus for children 5 - 12 years • Complimentary meals for children 4 years and under • 50% off launch transfers for children 5 - 12 years • Special school holidays activity programme

accompanied by an adult and one other child on its Great Barrier Reef Adventure Cruise to Knuckle Reef, for an exciting day out on the water with snorkelling, an underwater viewing chamber and a giant waterslide. Hayman Great Barrier Reef Queensland, Australia 4801 Tel: +61 7 4940 1234 E-mail: reservations@hayman.com.au

*Hayman Short Break and Family Offer valid for sale until 30 September 2010 and valid for travel until 21 December 2010. Offers based on twin share accommodation and minimum 3-night stay including daily buffet breakfast for 2. Family Offer based on additional room of equal value available to bona fide families at 50% off the Hayman Short Break offer and includes two 3-hour Kids Club or Creche sessions per child per stay and launch and meal offers for children. **Cruise Whitsundays’ Bonus Offer valid for travel 1 September to 31 October 2010. Return launch transfers from Great Barrier Reef Airport (Hamilton Island) to Hayman can be purchased in conjunction with air travel, through Hayman Reservations or your Travel Specialist. Subject to availability at time of booking.

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Beyond The Cars Yes, it’s about the race, but at the 2010 Formula 1 Singtel Singapore Grand Prix, it’s also about carnivals, concerts and more!

On 28 September, 2008, the world witnessed the first ever night race in Formula One history and for two years, nothing else has come close to the Formula 1 Singtel Singapore Grand Prix. The only night race on the Formula One calendar has produced drama, excitement, spectacle and above all, a great weekend of entertainment both on and off the track, earning itself the title of the ‘jewel in the Formula One crown’. Since its debut, Singapore’s Marina Bay Street Circuit has caught the attention of an international audience who witnessed a spectacular view of cars racing past historical landmarks and modern skyscrapers under a canopy of stars and some 1,500 lighting projectors illuminating the street circuit. Held on public roads in the heart of downtown Singapore, the Marina Bay Street Circuit is within walking distance to five-star hotels, shopping malls, renowned food establishments and the newly launched Marina Bay Sands. With five subway stations bringing spectators right to the doorstep of the circuit park, the 2010 Formula 1 Singtel Singapore Grand Prix is easily the most accessible event on the motorsports calendar. From 24 to 26 September, Singapore GP will continue to enthrall spectators with its unrivalled hospitality service and non-stop live entertainment, transforming the circuit park into one big carnival.


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International acts from the likes of Chaka Khan, Backstreet Boys and Travis have graced the event, keeping spectators’ adrenaline pumping throughout the Grand Prix weekend with their electrifying performances.

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Apart from the thrilling action from Formula One and support races such as the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia and Formula BMW Pacific, international acts from the likes of Chaka Khan, Backstreet Boys and Travis have graced the event, keeping spectators’ adrenaline pumping throughout the Grand Prix weekend with their electrifying performances. Due to the favourable response, Singapore GP has boosted the excitement quotient with about BND5 million worth of entertainment across the circuit park this year, ensuring that the 2010 Formula 1 Singtel Singapore Grand Prix ticket is great value-for-money. The expanded and improved entertainment repertoire ensures there is something for everyone, from headlining acts to adrenaline-charged shows to interactive artistic displays. For a start, two adrenaline-charged performances are set to debut in Singapore. This year, a freestyle trials motorbikes stunt show will take centrestage on the floating

platform, exclusively for Bay Grandstand patrons (SGD $298 for a three-day pass). This high-action bike show featuring professional freestyle stunt bikers will keep the crowd on the edge of their seats with a showcase of spectacular tricks and daredevil stunts performed on a 50-metre wide and 12-metre high stage setup, against the stunning backdrop of Singapore’s Marina Bay skyline. Over at the other parts of the circuit park, the visually spectacular Brazil Brazil is bound to leave you breathless. Packed with muscle, backflips, and the sexy sounds of Samba, these world masters in Capoeira will entice and entertain with an extraordinary show that combines the Brazilian martial art with the live music and dance of Rhythm Carnival, Brazil’s hottest samba band.


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The expanded and improved entertainment repertoire ensures there is something for everyone, from headlining acts to adrenaline-charged shows to interactive artistic displays.

Arts and soprano lovers will be thrilled to know that Singapore GP is also introducing two iconic Italian acts to the night race for the first time, transforming the circuit park into a visual and musical treat, complete with dramatic sets, lavish scores and acrobatic numbers. In Zone 4 of the Marina Bay Street Circuit, expect gravity-defying acts such as life-sized pianos and ships hoisted into the air while dancers in aggrandised costumes, suspended midair, twirl to the rhythm of symphony music as part of an after dark audiovisual show themed Italian Harmony by production maestro, Studio Festi. Hitting the stage on an equally high note are the DIV4S, an ensemble of four sopranos who are protĂŠgĂŠs of legendary tenor Andrea Bocelli. This glamorous quartet will be enthralling race-goers with a repertoire which includes evergreens, Italian classics, cinematic hits and soothing arias. Their multioctave falsettos accompanied by strings and orchestra suggestions make for an enchanting performance at the F1 Village Stage in Zone 1. So far, world champions Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton have been crowned king of the Marina Bay Street Circuit in 2008 and 2009 respectively. With groundbreaking rule changes, different driver allegiances, new teams and the return of Formula One legends,

just who will rule the Singapore streets this year? Fans can enjoy the electrifying action this September with a three-day general ticket to the 2010 Formula 1 Singtel Singapore Grand Prix priced from SGD$188 to SGD$1,288. Tickets can be purchased online (www.singaporegp.sg) or via the ticketing hotline +65 6738 6738. There is a choice of grandstand or walkabout tickets that lets fans get even closer to the action. Or, opt for the new Premier Walkabout ticket introduced this year that allows fans access to Zone 1, the nerve centre of the race, and the rest of the circuit park. Premier Walkabout patrons have access to specially designed bleachers located at strategic locations around the circuit park to maximise viewing opportunities, as well as entertainment offerings throughout the Circuit Park.

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Race promoter Singapore GP has also expanded and enhanced this year’s hospitality offerings to continue to provide a world-class experience for distinguished patrons of the 2010 Formula 1 Singtel Singapore Grand Prix. A choice of four suite selections – Paddock Club, Sky Suite, Club Suite and The Green Room – allows guests air-conditioned trackside luxury, private grandstands, an all-day international menu, multiple LCD screens and a premium open bar. Along with the signature personalised service from Singapore GP Suite Ambassadors and a fantastic entertainment programme, three days spent at the circuit will race by. Additionally, patrons will also be able to enjoy more variety of dishes, which will feature signature dishes from 5-star establishments. Sky Terraces will be fitted with resort-style furnishings and alfresco bar, while the larger Sky Terraces at the Pit Straight, Turn 1 and Turn 2 will be fitted with a stage for live entertainment. The three-day hospitality passes for the 2010 Formula 1 Singtel Singapore Grand Prix are priced from SGD$3,500 for the Green Room to SGD$8,000 for the Formula One Paddock Club™ ticket. Interested parties can email hospitality@singaporegp.sg or call +65 6731 5900 to find out more information.


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Of Old and New: Making TCM Modern

Of Old and New: Making TCM Modern The ‘organic’ nature of traditional medicine practices augur well with present preferences for a more sustainable lifestyle.

Somewhere in the recesses of her still conscious mind, Adlina Zaid begins to doubt her choice of treatment. Ensconced in the soporific ambience of the blissful Spa Village at Pangkor Laut Resort, her mind begged the question: When will I be gripped by the realm of ecstasy? For now, undergoing the tui na treatment at the spa, all she could think of was her muscles crying out in agony. “Actually, it wasn’t so bad,” she confided later. “At the end of a stressful week, you’d want this kind of treatment for all your stiff neck and bad back. I never felt better.” The treatment was Adlina’s first induction into the world of Traditional Chinese Medicine, now commonly referred to as TCM. Not surprisingly, while TCM has purportedly been around for over 5,000 years – and a common practice among the Chinese community in Malaysia since the first influx of immigrants from China – it took Adlina this resort getaway to discover TCM’s appeal.

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“In these days of huge international pharmaceutical companies and modern highpowered methods of drug development, it is worth recalling how much we owe to compounds discovered in the natural world through folk medicine.” According to research from the Helmut Kaiser Consultancy, global interest in TCM is increasing, with a market growth rate estimated over 12 percent annually. In 2003, the market reached 42 billion euro; in 2010 that figure is expected to reach 79.5 billion euro. To say TCM is enjoying a renaissance is to say the least. Driven in part by a rapidly evolving lifestyle plagued by stress and an increasing rise of chronic diseases, many have turned to alternative natural therapies or folk remedies in search of prevention rather than cure. The ‘organic’ nature of traditional medicine practices augur well with present preferences for a more sustainable lifestyle. Additionally, proponents of TCM argue that while side effects of synthetic drugs go undetected until they’re used by a larger population, traditional remedies, particularly in the use of herbs, have gone through many generations. To quote Professor Peter McNaughton, Head of the Department of Pharmacology at UK’s Cambridge University: “In these days of huge international pharmaceutical companies and modern high-powered methods of drug development,

it is worth recalling how much we owe to compounds discovered in the natural world through folk medicine.” TCM is generally acknowledged as being able to handle chronic and degenerative health issues more effectively than modern allopathic medicine. When health complaints are devoid of standard labels and names, TCM is capable of approaching the problem. In modern medicine, someone might come in with a list of complaints and diagnosis and tests would follow. Based on the tests results, a disease name would be given. If results cannot fit the name, the doctor is at a loss to treat the patient irrespective of how serious the list of complaints. “The sensible approach would be to treat the list of complaints individually – 10 complaints, ten individual medicines,” says TCM practitioner Lee Jok Keng. “TCM does not work that way.” The list of complaints, he explains, would be visualised to fit into a learned pattern. Then one treatment would be given based on the pattern perceived. “It’s like someone gazing into the sky and seeing so many stars at once. For a trained astronomer, he’ll see a collection of stars as a


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lion, a hunter, a scorpion, etc. He sees pattern because he is trained to see them. An untrained eye would only see dots of random stars.� So refreshing is this approach to the art of traditional Chinese medicine that some countries are now offering university degrees for the serious study of TCM. Today, many universities in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Australia, Canada, the United States of America, Europe, including France, have degree and post-graduate degree courses in Chinese medicine. In Malaysia, a full degree course is being offered at the International Medical University and INTI College. Yet, modernising Chinese medicine does have its challenges. Herbs used in TCM contain a huge and often, complex, cocktail of chemicals with medicinal properties that modern pharmaceuticals cannot yet replicate.

There are also issues of the use of unfamiliar terminology, quality standards that are unclear, and undefined efficacy. Internationally, there has been an urgent movement to not only objectively standardise TCM, but also its medical efficacy, scientific explanations and effective regulation.

rigorous scientific testing or clinical validation that constitutes other medical sciences, TCM can easily fall into the realm of myth – or even superstition. Science is the way to go if TCM were to be taken seriously, and in the long term, be accepted as an integrated approach to modern medicine.

The establishment in 2008 of the Herbalome Project by the Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics in China is cited as the most ambitious one ever undertaken in putting TCM on the 21st century medical map. Researchers will embark on a daunting 15-year study using continuous study of data screening for toxicity and identifying active ingredients in herbal preparations. TCM practitioners are only too aware how important it is for the field to be made more scientific and user-friendly. In lacking the

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Perhaps one of the finest examples of modernising a traditional practice with a 5,000-year-old history is to bring it mainstream in ways that is easy for the modern, urban generation to grasp. Over the last few years, TCM has made headways into the spa and health industry, not just in China, but worldwide. Says Chik Lai Ping, vice president for Spa Division of YTL Hotels, “It’s easy for the new generation to lose interest in TCM practices that is ancient and useful. They lack patience waiting for recovery but forget that traditional medicine is not drugs that give you a quick fix.” The spa, she says, provides the perfect path that enables TCM to execute its healing methods by giving it a fresh look and appeal. The right ambiance coupled with the right facilities can only heighten the TCM experience. In a soothing and relaxing environment enriched with natural beauty, the spirit of true healing can occur. Therapies such as scrubs, bath soaks and even the fire

treatment of moxabustion suddenly look more alluring. “Spas, like that of Spa Village, allow one to experience not just the treatments but the soul of TCM,” Jok Keng explains. “Hospital settings generally cannot incite the true spirit of traditional medicine. The patient wanting true healing has to feel calm and peaceful and allow for the flow of time to nurture the soul.” But he is happy to note that even now, there have been an evolution in hospital environment where the cold and detached atmosphere have been replaced by cutting edge, modern facilities that are becoming increasingly like spas.  While there is no doubt that the TCM trend will continue to move towards integration with modern western medicine, making it as a body of complimentary and/or integrative medicine, there is also a new evolution. Just as there is a revival of the field, termed ‘modern TCM’ by experts for its secular, materialistic and factual approach, so too will other forms of TCM be popular. There’s been

an increase in the number of Chinese and Western practitioners, as well as scholars, who are attracted to the more ‘classical’ practice of TCM (pre-20th century), or even earlier (pre-10th century), where the practice was more spiritual and the deeper aspects of the being is given due consideration. With such rapid progress and increased interest, one can only wait with breathless anticipation to see where the journey ends with TCM.


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Scent Of A Woman

SCENT OF A WOMAN Camille Goutal, daughter of legendary perfumer Annick Goutal and head of niche perfumery Annick Goutal Parfums, speaks on the complex relationships between scent and memory, tradition and innovation and mother and daughters.

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Please give us an overview of Annick Goutal Parfums. Annick Goutal is a Perfumery House, guided by the values of its creator and characterised by its remarkable sophistication and the excellent quality of its raw materials. Annick Goutal’s secret lies in its talent for transforming emotions into fragrances. Each unique creation represents a moment of happiness, a treasured emotion, or a powerful memory connected to a significant event or even a loved one.

What is your first olfactive memory?  Growing up with my mother, every moment was tied to a scent. Whether it was hours spent playing in the lab experiencing each raw ingredient, or walking the lavender fields. Scent is a part of my every memory.    

Annick Goutal was the first woman to lead niche perfumery... what was your favourite memory of your mother? I remember having breakfast in bed with my mother on Sunday mornings and cuddling up against her. I loved the smell of coffee and toasted bread in our house, the feeling of calm and happiness. 

Have you always wanted to be in the family business? I first wanted to become a photographer, but fragrance was also a passion for me at a very young age. I involved myself in the creative process as much as I could. 

My inspiration came from materials: The texture of an oriental fabric, the resin ingredients and the colour used in the Oriental paintings. How has the brand changed over the years, managing to flourish when there are thousands introduced and discontinued every year?  People have a passionate love for the brand. Each fragrance has stood the test of time because they speak so clearly to the women and men that covet them. The company has always been a labour of love, and I believe that clients can sense that. 

What is your signature fragrance? What was Annick’s? If I had to pick one, I would say Songes.  It was the first scent that I created. I love white flowers and powdery scents. My mother was fond of roses, and created Ce Soir ou Jamais in their honour. This perfume was her dream and her quest. 


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What inspired last year’s ‘scentsational’ collection… Les Orientalistes?  It was mainly the rough material. My inspiration came from materials: The texture of an oriental fabric, the resin ingredients and the colour used in the Oriental paintings. I was fascinated by the fact that the Orientalist painters use their imagination to depict a harem scene as they were not allowed to enter into a harem. They were in the same spirit state we were when we compose. I was also touched by the sensuality depicted in the Oriental paintings and I wanted to create very sensual and warm perfumes. 

Does art, music, travel or any other sensory experience inspire you creatively?  As you probably know our perfumes are the reflection of our lives, the people we meet, and the people we love. We launch a perfume when we have finally succeeded to describe the emotion we have chosen. I find it really interesting when people, wearing my creation, share my feelings! You convey a message. I am so pleased when I see mothers buying Petite Cherie (Little Darling) for their daughters. It is the same love declaration that my mother did to me when she created this perfume. 

Tell the story of Petite Cherie.  My mother created this perfume for me when I was 20 to mark the special time in life when a girl becomes a young woman. Petite Cherie is a fresh combination of fruity and floral ingredients including peach, musk rose, pear, fresh cut grass and vanilla. The fragrance was created as a symbol of a mother’s love for her child. 

Are any of your daughters interested in perfumery?  I have two daughters. They’re just six and nine respectively and like wearing perfumes. They steal mine in our bathroom as soon as I turn my back... especially the little one who literally ‘bathes’ herself in Vanille Exquise!

What is next for you? We are continuing to develop Annick Goutal into a lifestyle brand beyond fragrance; we expanded our skincare in 2009. Within the next two years we will be introducing an Annick Goutal cosmetics line, extending the brand into potpourri, household linens, and a jewellery company designed by Virginie Monroe is also in the works. We will be busy!

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From Reel To Real From kids flick to action adventure, there’s much to do and explore at the celluloid world of Singapore’s Universal Studios.  


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Kung Fu Panda cavorting with Marilyn Monroe. Shrek hanging out with a Mummy. You can be forgiven thinking this is Halloweeen come early, but it’s the time-tested formula that has helped a global brand succeed even during crunch time. Welcome to the world of Universal Studios. More specifically, welcome to Singapore’s latest exhilarating attraction – a world filled with movie rides and celluloid mascots, where everything is amplified for the pleasure of the young and old.

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First, an introduction. Universal Studios Singapore is the world’s fourth Universal Studios, after California, Florida and Japan, that has entertained not just kids, but skeptic adults as well. The theme park in the island republic is built as part of the integrated Resort World Sentosa development in Sentosa Island that hopes to turn Singapore into the preferred Asian destination for family fun and entertainment. Considered one of the world’s most expensive and extensive resorts at USD$4.4 billion, Resorts World Sentosa will also include the world’s largest Marine Park and a destination spa by 2012 to support its Universal Studios attraction.

dark that’s more a play on psychology than true horror. Universal Studios Singapore encapsulates all the thrills, spills and magic of movies that have long made cinema goers diehard movie buffs. If you find yourself clapping in glee at the end of the credit roll of a film, the same happens here, with appreciative guests ending each attraction with a gleeful round of applause. At just 20 hectares, Universal Studios Singapore is by far the smallest among the Universal theme parks, but its compact size makes navigating it a breeze. Six theme zones – Madagascar™, The Lost World™, Far Far Away™, Ancient Egypt, Sci-Fi City™, Hollywood and New York – recreate some of Tinsel Town’s most successful movies and recognisable icons, plunging guests into a surreal world of fun and fantasy.

The attractions at Universal Studios Singapore range from tame-as-a-lamb guided drive on a desert jeep in 1920s Egypt to a pee-inyour-pants, indoor roller coaster ride in the

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Get your bearings by standing at the lagoon at the end of Hollywood Boulevard. It gives you a sweeping view of all the attractions – and crowd estimate – plus the best snapshot! From Hollywood zone, with its dynamic architecture, palm trees and the famous Walk of Fame, it’s a choice between turning left to explore Madagascar™ or right to New York. Either way, you’ll experience a total of 24 rides and attractions, 18 of which are original or adapted for Singapore, including the world’s tallest dueling coasters. Called Battlestar Galactica™, guests have a choice between a seated ride or a suspended one that propels thrill-seekers through several inversions, a zero-G roll, a Cobra roll, corkscrews, vertical loops and near collisions mere inches apart. Similarly, the two zones based on the animated films Shrek (Far Far Away™) and

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Madagascar are also exclusive to Universal Studios Singapore, with a Transformersthemed attraction making its international debut at the park next year. Apart from the rides and attractions, Universal Studios Singapore is also unique in the sense that it’s designed to make it tropics-friendly. There are greens, plants and flowers of all manner dotting the theme park, playing up on its distinctive tropical location. While giving the area a lush, pleasant feel, the greenery also helps give shade and comfort while park goers wait in line for a ride or an attraction, as do some areas with air-conditioning and ecocooler systems that run from an integrated water management system. Half the rides and performances are also staged indoors, away from the heat, humidity, and tropical downpours.

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Movie concepts notwithstanding, the theme park impresses visitors with its Asian nuances, often found in the food and beverage department. Where else but at Universal Studios Singapore can one find Cantonese Fried Kuey Teow alongside a thick crust pepperoni pizza? The hungry have 13 options to choose (and refuel!) from, serving a diverse

menu that includes halal choices, with a little something for everyone. From rocket sauce burgers with thick milk shakes on the side at Mel’s Drive-In™ (from the hit movie American Graffiti) to an Egyptian-theme buffetaria, you’ll never go hungry at the park. Entry to this movie-theme theme park is also the cheapest among all the Universal Studios worldwide. Weekday admission costs SGD$66 for adults and SGD$48 for children. Whether you’re a movie buff or not, Universal Studios Singapore is the kind of escapade that’s unlikely to disappoint.

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lifestyle by MulphaLand Vol 2, 2010