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A SINGAPORE INSIDER'S GUIDE TO TIONG BAHRU'S ART DECO ARCHITECTURE, MURALS AND MORE
12 HOURS IN LANGKAWI, MALAYSIA / OPEN JOURNAL FERMENTED DRINKS / TRACKER FIVE BEST ROAD TRIPS
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Contents July 2019
4 CEO's Message 6 Editor’s Note 6 Letters To The Editor 8 Agenda Calendar Listings
10 Comfort Zone Where to Stay
12 Bites Where to Eat
Insider’s Guide Tiong Bahru, Singapore
14 Quench Where to Drink
12 Hours Langkawi
17 Savour Char Kuey Teow
50 Open Journal Gut-Friendly Beverages
56 Health & Fitness Brain Booster
58 Pack Up Wardrobe Essentials
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Tracker Road Trips
Perspective Ilia Iryani, Malaysia’s First Female Stunt Performer
Street Chef Auntie’s Kitchen, Little India, Penang
60 MY List 10 Things and Facts about Malaysia
62 Reads Business and Management
64 At The Movies What’s Showing in Theatres
66 Network Map 68 Fleet & Service Info
70 Viewfinder 72 #FlyFirefly
Our Instagram Stars!
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FIREFLY EDITORIAL ADVISOR CEO, FlyFirefly Sdn Bhd Philip See Editorial Committee Izra Izzuddin, Saisundary Sundra Kumar PUBLISHED BY FlyFirefly Sdn Bhd (346606-K) CITTA Mall, 3rd Floor, No.1, Jalan PJU 1A/48, Pusat Perdagangan Dana 1 47301 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia Tel: +603 7845 4543 Web: www.fireflyz.com.my Email: email@example.com
Welcome aboard your home in the sky, and my heartfelt thanks to you for choosing Firefly Airlines. We strive to earn your loyalty every time you fly with us by offering a safe and reliable service to the destinations of your choice. As our 2019 campaign ‘Discovery – See It, Hear It, Sense It, Feel It, Touch It, Taste It’ generated a lot of interest, we have put together more exciting holiday packages that will create magical and unforgettable moments for you and your loved ones. Let us be the magical spark to open your eyes wide to discover all the beauty that our destinations have to offer. Do take the opportunity to explore Singapore via Seletar Airport. Take a tour of the island and discover the culture, nature, artistry and modernity contained in this beautiful city; with its many skyscrapers and landmarks that offer breath-taking views and scenery. Besides the usual shopping locations and metropolitan attractions, you will also find that Singapore has many beautiful places filled with nature for you to escape the urban lifestyle. They provide a refreshing vista of tranquillity in this modern, bustling city. Fly with Firefly Airlines from Subang to experience the most convenient way to travel to Singapore. And to all those who wish to fly from Singapore to Subang, it’s equally convenient. The travel experience is simple and aims to set the standard for service, with our commitment to deliver comfortable and hassle-free regional connectivity to passengers. Be it for business or leisure, with smooth traffic flow and calm weather, you will be able to experience door-todoor travel in less than 2½ hours! We sincerely thank you for your continued support. Please sit back and enjoy our renowned Malaysian hospitality. Our crew members are friendly, professional and well trained, sharing a passion to ensure that your journey is as comfortable as possible. On behalf of all Firefly employees, thank you once again for putting your faith in us. I wish you a smooth flying experience!
Philip See Chief Executive Officer
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’ve always imagined that I could live in Singapore. I mean what’s not to love about our neighbour south of the border? It’s a world-class city, squeaky clean, efficient, law-abiding to a point some might find it boring, and if asked, her citizens will be quick to point out they have the best chicken rice in the world. And they say this because Hawker Chan’s chicken rice is really the only one to ever be awarded a Michelin star. I have tried the world’s cheapest Michelin-star meal but I have to say I was disappointed with his rice. Chan uses plain white rice, not rice cooked with chicken broth. There is a distinct difference in the aroma, taste and flavour.
I have always enjoyed travelling with Firefly. Not only because of its fare but the service has improved tremendously since my very first trip. Because of my wife’s confinement after childbirth, I am constantly travelling back and forth between Alor Setar and Kuala Lumpur. Firefly is the best choice for me and the first thing I do is to look for reading materials. I really like the new look of the magazine. It is colourful, resourceful, and a pleasure to flip through. I enjoyed reading the article about women and their contributions. In particular, I am inspired by the story of Anita Yusof who travelled all over the world solo on her motorbike. Perhaps one day I can start my own journey travelling around the world. Finally, I wish that the magazine was thicker and has more pages. I ended up reading the same article several times. To the Fireflyz team, keep writing inspiring stories so that we can enjoy this amazing world through your airline window!
Ahmad Faizuddin SELANGOR, MALAYSIA
Then in housing estates such as Tiong Bahru, you’ll find old-school charm where quiet streets belie a hip neighbourhood that’s home to some of the island’s craftiest cafés and restaurants, hawker stalls, bookstores and pretty street art, to name a few. In this month’s cover story, our Tiong Bahru insider’s guide has everything you need to know about one of Singapore’s oldest public housing towns (page 22).
You did an amazing job with the in-flight magazine. Being a frequent flyer, not many in-flight magazines catch my eye. Fireflyz is flying above and beyond with its modern and eye-catching layout filled with informative and inspirational articles. The March Issue with a feature in honour of International Women’s Day was one of them. The stories of the five women’s determination and strength will inspire others to follow suit. The more I read about their achievements, the more it ignited a sense of gratitude in me for women around the world. Their contributions are invaluable and deserving of the highest respect.
In this issue too, we’ve got some very interesting stories that you may or may not have heard about, for instance, did you know that Malaysia’s first female stunt bike performer is a 33-year-old hijab-wearing mother of twin daughters? Yes, Ilia Iryani Shuib may have a penchant for extreme activities but the lady is also hardworking and disciplined, character traits that are needed to thrive in the male-dominated industry (page 28).
Tan Choong Yen PENANG, MALAYSIA
This was my first trip with Firefly, which I was surprised I could redeem with Enrich Miles. I was hesitant to choose between the karipap and peanuts and the stewardess was kind enough to give me both as in-flight snacks. Another plus was landing at Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport, which was only 19 minutes away from my destination, Sunway Pyramid. It also took me less than five minutes to get out of the airplane and eventually the airport, which I have never experienced on any other airlines. Thanks Firefly for this wonderful experience and I will consider this carrier again for my next flight.
Next, read about the homegrown stationery brand, Mossery. Born out of a passion to share thoughtful and beautifully-designed notebooks, planners and other cute accessories, the founders used their savings to produce the first batch of products and operated out of one of their homes. But now they have a space in a commercial building and orders come from as far as Canada and Poland. It’s a truly inspiring story of turning passions into actions (page 38).
Chua Chong Keat
Do read too about the fermented beverages that have taken the world by storm. I admit we’re a little late in singing the praises of bacterial brews such as kombucha, kefir and makgeolli but isn’t it always better to be late than never?! (page 50). Gut health is important, not just for our digestive system, but for our overall physical and mental health. Until we can stop running and start living, we need all the help we can get to stay healthy and ahead in the rat race.
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A mural depicting the community in Tiong Bahru, Singapore.
A SINGAPORE INSIDER'S GUIDE TO TIONG BAHRU'S ART DECO ARCHITECTURE, MURALS AND MORE
12 HOURS IN LANGKAWI, MALAYSIA / OPEN JOURNAL FERMENTED DRINKS / TRACKER FIVE BEST ROAD TRIPS
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Events EVENTS FROM MALAYSIA AND AROUND THE WORLD TO CHECK OUT
Celebrating The Arts
The George Town Festival, a month-long arts festival held in the northern state of Penang, is back to celebrate its grand 10th anniversary. Founded to foster development of the arts among local talent, this year’s festival carries the theme ‘A Festival For Everyone’. The public can enjoy 16 days of visual art, theatre, music, dance, film and photography at almost no cost, as about 70 percent of the festival’s events do not charge an admission fee. Catch the opening ceremony on the first weekend of the festival, which features a brilliant light display and an array of colourful performances. The festival will end in grand fashion on the final night as a plethora of acts take the stage. When: 13 – 28 July Where: Multiple participating venues across George Town, Penang, Malaysia facebook.com/GeorgeTownFestival
PHOTOS: QAEDI SHAMSUDDIN/FLICKR
The highly anticipated annual Japanese folk festival Bon Odori Kuala Lumpur returns this month. Originally a folk dance associated with the Japanese summertime festival to honour ancestral spirits, the festivities in Malaysia stand as a testament to over 60 years of bilateral relations between the two countries. Every year, the one-day event sees tens of thousands of visitors, many of whom will don traditional Japanese yukata and wooden geta footwear. The 43rd edition of Bon Odori this year takes place at its usual venue in Shah Alam, featuring a full evening of performances, including traditional Japanese drumming, the main Bon Odori dance in which everyone participates, as well as a great number of booths selling traditional Japanese food and drinks. When: 20 July Where: Kompleks Sukan Negara Shah Alam (Panasonic), Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia facebook.com/bonodorimalaysia
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After a stellar 2017 English production, The Actors Studio will soon be showing Tsao Yu’s drama masterpiece Thunderstorm (or Lei Yu) in Hokkien and Cantonese. Directed by the leading lady of Malaysian theatre Dato’ Dr Faridah Merican, this localised adaptation of one of China’s most famous modern plays tells an epic drama about family, society and corruption. Chou Pu-Yuan is the head of a wealthy, successful and seemingly happy household. However, family members will soon find themselves heading for turbulent times as their perfect façade hides a web of intrigue and a dark family secret. When: 25 – 28 July Where: The Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre (KLPAC), Sentul, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia klpac.org
High Octane Weekend
Energy levels will reach a fever pitch in Singapore as the Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix returns. As top racers pit their driving skills against one another on the asphalt, ticketholders to the three-day event can also experience exquisite dining in special hospitality facilities and enjoy world-class music acts such as Swedish House Mafia, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Muse, Cardi B, Fatboy Slim, Toots and the Maytals and Hans Zimmer. Sign up for the ultimate VIP treatment with two new experiences: The Cube, a special elevated viewing deck overlooking the main concert stage with free flow drinks and canapés; and Upper Deck, an exclusive upper level zone with the best view of the race track, serving fine cuisine and offering an array of specially curated activities. When: 20 – 22 September Where: Marina Bay Street Circuit, Singapore singaporegp.sg
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C o m f o r t Z o n e : W h e r e To S t a y
KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA
Never A Dull Moment
Situated right in the heart of Kuala Lumpur’s Bukit Bintang district, Dorsett Kuala Lumpur provides guests with a comfortable stay in the city centre within easy reach of top tourist attractions. Guests who love to shop will find no less than eight shopping complexes within walking distance from the hotel, including Pavilion Kuala Lumpur and Berjaya Times Square. The hotel’s 322 stylish chic guest rooms and suites were last renovated two years ago to give them a refreshed look and feel while prioritising guest comfort. Enjoy quality dining at Checkers Café or Windows Lounge, and unwind in the swimming pool or 24-hour gym. Dorsett Kuala Lumpur’s four function rooms provide stylish spaces for events and meetings. Under a new brand-wide initiative, it also offers a 26-hour full stay, which allows late check-out for guests; as well as the Dorsett KL 3 Wishes package, where guests can enjoy special value-added items at the hotel. Address: 172, Jalan Imbi, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia dorsetthotels.com/malaysia/kualalumpur
Conveniently located within easy reach of Singapore’s business districts and tourist hotspots, the four-star M Hotel Singapore is designed to cater to both business and leisure travellers alike. The 415-room hotel is within walking distance from the Tanjong Pagar MRT (Mass Rapid Transit) station and is fairly close to Marina Bay, Sentosa, Chinatown and Clarke Quay. Business travellers will love hotel features such as the comfortable in-room workstation and complimentary wireless Internet connection, a business centre, fully-furnished office suites as well as laptop safe boxes. Feast and drink to your heart’s content at the hotel’s five food and beverage venues: The Buffet Restaurant, Café 2000, Hokkaido Sushi Restaurant, J Bar or Tea Bar. With over 1,228 square metres of combined event space, the stylish ballroom and meeting rooms are well equipped to host a variety of functions. Recreational facilities include an outdoor swimming pool, jacuzzi and 24-hour gym. Address: 81 Anson Road, Singapore 079908 m-hotel.com
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Holiday dreams come alive at the 5-star Mövenpick Resort & Spa Karon Beach Phuket, a family-friendly getaway that offers the ultimate holiday experience. Surrounded by lush tropical gardens and only steps away from the pristine sands of Karon Beach, the resort offers a range of luxurious accommodation – perfect for families, groups of friends and couples seeking comfort and privacy. Luxuriate in one of its exquisite villas, cool down from a hot day at one of the resort’s four swimming pools, or indulge in pampering treatments at The Spa after working out in the fully-equipped fitness centre. Keep the little ones entertained at The Play Zone, where a line-up of fun programmes and recreational activities await. Come evening, treat the family to fabulous dining at one of the resort’s seven restaurants and bars, or head out to the bustling Patong area which is just a 15-minute drive away. Address: 509 Patak Road, Tambon Karon, Amphoe Mueang Phuket, Chang Wat Phuket 83100, Thailand movenpick.com/en/asia/thailand/phuket/ resort-phuket-karon-beach/overview
GEORGE TOWN, PENANG, MALAYSIA
Family Fun Time
DoubleTree Resort by Hilton is every bit the family-oriented resort from the large welcome chocolate chip cookie right down to the special kids’ section in the buffet line. Located in the Batu Ferringhi area, the resort has 316 non-smoking guest rooms and suites, of which 88 pairs of rooms feature a special lockable front sliding door, turning two normal guest rooms into a family accommodation for four. Savour the best of diverse Malaysian cuisines at the all-day dining Makan Kitchen and enjoy light snacks and beverages at The Food Store and Axis Lounge. Take a dip in the landscaped outdoor pool with an artificial beach or sunbathe on the real one that guests enjoy private access to. The Kids Club comes with its own pool and wet play area, as well as babysitting services should parents need their own time out to relax. The TeddyVille Museum on the premises is a must-see attraction, offering interesting trivia on teddy bears and Penang’s history and culture in adorable Instagrammable exhibits. Address: 56, Jalan Low Yat, 11100 Batu Ferringhi, Penang, Malaysia penangresort.doubletree.com
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B i t e s : W h e r e To E a t
Sitka’s Second Coming
Plaza Batai has become a mini gourmet haven with various types of cuisines competing for attention. Sitka Eatinghouse was one of the original eateries and known for its tasty salads, fish dishes and unique flavour pairings courtesy of chef-owner Christian Recomio, who enjoyed success in his Scottish homeland before coming to Kuala Lumpur. Sitka has recently re-emerged with a new look, revamped menu and the country’s largest selection of natural, organic and biodynamic wines. The new menu revolves around sustainably-sourced premium ingredients, including linecaught fish and artisanal soy sauce. A melding of regional tastes is showcased in dishes like foie gras and confit duck dumplings and green miso salmon – all of which has the ideal organic wine to match. Address: 8-5 Plaza Batai, Jalan Batai, Bukit Damansara, 50490 Kuala Lumpur sitkarestaurant.com
Burger & Fries, Please!
There are very few food mergers that work as well as a cheeseburger (or just a burger) and fries. What’s there not to like about grilled meat between a white bun with pickles, tomatoes and lettuce? Add some American cheese and you’re good to go. This is not a gourmet burger joint, but a hole-in-the-wall that just does burgers well. From the people behind Mikey’s Pizza, the NY Burger Co. recently opened in Plaza Batai offering burgers featuring their house-made Australian beef patties. Choose from the classic NY Hamburger, NY Cheeseburger, Shroom Burger and the Empire Burger if you’re very hungry! The signature Crack Sauce and hand-cut fries round everything up nicely. Address: Unit 8-3, Plaza Batai, 6 Jalan Batai, Bukit Damansara, 50490 Kuala Lumpur. facebook.com/nyburgerco
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A good Chinese restaurant is a welcome addition in any neighbourhood and the Fat Fook Inn in Mont Kiara is wowing diners with its delicious seafood and pork dishes and comfort food interpretations. The interior is dominated by a vibrant mural and a cool wall of mounted blue and white Chinese ceramics – a successful combination of tasteful and cool. Begin with delicately poached dumplings before embarking on a series of tasty dishes like whole steamed fish or deep-fried fish with Thai sauce (its sister restaurant is The Fat Fish – hence, the fresh seafood) and battered pumpkin with buttermilk gravy, accompanied by their famous pork lard rice. There are also reasonably priced set lunches comprising a main dish, rice, vegetables, soup and Chinese tea. Address: 15-0-2B, Shoplex Mont Kiara, Jalan Kiara, Mont Kiara, 50480 Kuala Lumpur facebook.com/fatfookinnkl
Happy Mansion is one of the most popular and quirky places to dine in PJ. There’s something for everyone here from classic Thai to typical local desserts. With the addition of Pizza Mansion, a wood-fired pizza joint, the dining choices are complete. The menu is succinct, and the dough is made fresh daily – once this runs out, you will have to satisfy yourself with other menu items like the flavourful truffle mac and cheese or the equally tasty classic version. The crust here is in between the crunchy thin and doughy thick styles, and there are 10 types of pizza (four vegetarian choices) to choose from with a good variety of toppings from roasted cherry tomatoes and buffalo mozzarella to chickpeas, fresh basil and eggplant. Address: BG3 Block B, Happy Mansion, Jalan 17/13, Section 17, 46400 Petaling Jaya facebook.com/pizzamansion
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Q u e n c h : W h e r e To D r i n k
It’s Not Dirty, It’s Good Whiskey!
Whiskey is the tipple of choice at D by Dirty, a whiskey bar in TTDI, where cabinets filled with the ‘golden nectar’ (or ‘water of life’ if you’re a purist), leather sofas and a striking wall mural beckon. Whiskies run the gamut of single malt Scotch whiskies from Arran 10yo and Jura 12yo to Glenfiddich 12yo. Served by glass or decanter, this is the ideal place to head to after a hard day at work to unwind and enjoy your favourite single malts. There’s food in the form of hearty bar snacks such as sliders and bruschetta; and the occasional whiskey tasting. For punters who prefer wine and cocktails, these are available too. Address: 110B Jalan Burhanuddin Helmi, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia facebook.com/dbydirty
The original speakeasies were illicit watering holes serving alcohol during the Prohibition. Being illegal, they were very well hidden. And, while we are no longer living in a prohibitive state, the allure of the hidden bar is strong. Camouflaged entrances lead to intimate spaces filled with people who like cocktails and good music – this is Circa. Located within the gentrified Plaza Batai, between a grocery store and brunch favourite Yellow Brick Road, this bar requires a passcode (check their IG and FB for details) to enter. Don’t come here for just a beer – Circa is all about the cocktails, which are unique flavour concoctions with groovy names like Ma Cham Ma Cham and Tongue Thai’d. Another good reason to linger is the great roster of DJs who are regulars on the party circuit. As Circa says, come for the cocktails, stay for the music. Address: Plaza Batai, 6 Jalan Batai, Bukit Damansara, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia facebook.com/circabarkl
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Putting Cool Back In Coffee
The first thing that everyone notices about this hipster (in a good way) café in Bangsar is how cool it is. Rage Social Club is conveniently located in Menara UOA (Bangsar LRT station) and revolves around coffee in all its caffeinated ground glory. Beans are roasted locally and cover all tastes from Colombian to Ethiopian and home-grown. Traditionalists will stick to the usual flat whites, long blacks, cappuccinos and macchiatos. The adventurous will go for matcha with asam boi and a host of flavour combinations guaranteed to pique the adventurous palate. It’s IG-worthy and there’s even a space with a punching bag and bean bags for lounging around. Address: LGF-3A, Menara UOA Bangsar, Jalan Bangsar, Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia drinkrage.com
It’s Time For A Highball
The classic definition of a highball is whiskey with a mixer, usually soda, served in a tall glass with ice. It’s also the name of the latest addition to the nocturnal hangouts in Damansara Heights – home of JungleBird and Skullduggery. HighBall has music courtesy of a roster of top club DJs, nights with free-flow wine and cocktails for the ladies and one-for-one whiskey and draught beer for Wednesday gentlemen’s nights. Obviously, you can come here for a Highball but there’s a list of other cocktails to peruse, including the refreshing Lychee Mint Sour. This is a classy neighbourhood bar well worth a mid-week wind down or all-out Friday night party. Address: 69M Plaza Damansara, Jalan Medan Setia 1, Bukit Damansara, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia instagram.com/highball_bd
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Te c h U p : G a d g e t s
A Smart Start
The Nokia 1 Plus is an entry-level smartphone offering basic features. As an Android Go device, the apps are lighter in weight and use fewer resources. It sports a 5.45-inch display and 8GB of storage, as well as two cameras (8MP main, 5MP front facing). RRP: RM329 nokia.com
Live The Adventure
DJIâ€™s Osmo Action camera allows for the recording of fastpaced videos at a quality of 4K/60fps and 4Mbps. It has two screens â€“ one allowing users to easily frame themselves, and another as a responsive display. It is waterproof at depths of up to 11 meters; as well as oil, water, dirt and temperature resistant. RRP: RM1,550 dji.com
The Logitech G502 Lightspeed is a high-performance gaming mouse. It charges wirelessly and features 11 buttons that can be programmed to customise commands. The sensor is capable of tracking over 400 inches per second, and delivers 16,000 dots per inch of pixel-precise accuracy. RRP: RM699 logitechg.com
Bang & Olufsen has recently unveiled its third generation Beoplay H9 headphones. This new model promises a whopping 25 hours of wireless playtime from its built-in battery. It also comes with Google Assistant, plus touch-activated controls on the earcup that respond to gestures. RRP: RM2,332 bang-olufsen.com
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S a vo u r Text Richard Augustin / Photos Tourism Malaysia, 123RF
Char Kuey Teow STIR-FRIED TO PERFECTION WITH THE RIGHT AMOUNT OF CHAR AND SMOKINESS, IT’S NOT SURPRISING TO SEE WHY THIS NOODLE DISH IS A HIT WITH MANY.
hen it comes to street food, you will always find char kuey teow featuring in the top five of any foodies’ list. The Chinese flat rice noodle dish is a perennial favourite among Malaysians and can be found in many coffee shops around the country. But what if you were to pinpoint what makes a good char kuey teow great? Well, the answer is pretty much down to heat and timing.
•2 tbsp light soya sauce •2 tsp dark soya sauce •1 tbsp sugar •½ tsp fish sauce •Salt and white pepper to taste
•1 tbsp cooking oil •2 tsp chopped garlic •8 pcs fresh medium-sized prawns (shelled) •50 gm blood cockles (shelled) •50 gm fish cake (sliced) •1 handful bean sprouts •400 gm flat rice noodles •1½ tbsp chilli paste •1 egg •2 stalks Chinese chives (cut into one-inch length)
•In a hot wok, heat oil and quickly stir-fry
garlic. Stir in prawns, followed by fish cake. Add in bean sprouts and then the flat rice noodles. Do a quick stir, ensuring the ingredients are mixed well.
•Add in soy sauce and continue to stir-fry.
Once sauce is mixed in, add in chilli paste according to taste. Move the ingredients
to one side of the wok and crack open the egg into the empty spot.
•Mix the egg quickly with the rest of the
ingredients. Add in cockles and continue to mix before adding chives. Stir well and if needed, season with a dash of white pepper and salt. Once done, remove from wok and serve immediately.
NOT YOUR AVERAGE KUEY TEOW DISH The secret is first and foremost a good wok and the right amount of high heat. A list of staple ingredients such as light soya sauce, prawns, blood cockles, chives and sprouts also needs to be on standby before the mad dash of stir-frying commences, bringing all those flavours together. The beauty of this dish is in its simplicity, but you may need a few tries before you perfect it. If you’re itching to have a go, here’s what you’ll need to get a hot plate of char kuey teow delivered from your kitchen.
When it comes to stir-fry noodles, char kuey teow may rule the roost, but it’s not the only dish that is deserving of recognition.
WAT TAN HOR Prepared in a hot wok with a variety of ingredients, including chicken, beef or seafood, this dish consists of flat rice noodles, which is first stir-fried before being topped with rich April 2019gravy. egg-based
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KUEY TEOW BASAH The Malay version of the char kuey teow featuring rice noodles stirfried with prawns, cockles and sprouts, and served with a gravy made from eggs, soya and oyster sauce.
FRIED BEEF KUEY TEOW This Chinese dish consists of flat rice noodles flavoured with soya sauce and stir-fried with thin strips of beef, onions and scallions. It is served dry with a side serving of pickled chillies.
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12 H o u r s Text Azman Ibrahim / Photos 123rf / Illustration Lauren Rebbeck / Art Direction Euric Liew
STEEPED IN LEGENDS AND MYTHS, LANGKAWI REMAINS ONE OF MALAYSIA’S TOP TOURIST DRAWS FOR ITS WORLD-FAMOUS BEACHES, CLEAR EMERALD WATERS, SPECTACULAR SCENERIES, AND A BIT OF DUTY-FREE SHOPPING. Panorama Langkawi SkyCab
The best way to get around Langkawi is by car, which you can rent at the airport upon arrival. If you are the adventurous sort, a scooter is a cheaper alternative. Beach gear and water bottle tucked in your daypack, head to Ulu Melaka for the day’s first order of business – a hearty breakfast at Nasi Dagang Pak Malau. This quaint restaurant by the edge of vast rice fields dishes out the most delicious nasi dagang on the island. Savour the fluffy and fragrant rice with coconut milk and fenugreek, with your choice of korma kambing, gulai ayam or ikan, or kerutuk daging. Pick a table nearest to the rice fields and soak in the stunning view with Gunung Raya, Langkawi’s highest peak, peeking from behind the clouds in the distance. If he is not too busy, the proprietor, Pak Malau, will come around and show you a magic trick or two.
by another jealous of her beauty, and was sentenced to death in 1819. The living museum portrays facets of her life in the 1800s through authentic Malay homes, including the house she grew up in, exhibits, art and a live theatre production. Enter the houses, walk around the compound – perhaps in her sandals – and you’d leave
After breakfast, what could be more appropriate than to pay your respects to the most famous of Langkawi’s legends? A stone’s throw away is the Mahsuri Mausoleum & Cultural Centre, the final resting place of Mahsuri, a maiden falsely accused of adultery
believing every bit of her tragic lore.
Your homage over, it’s time for a 360-degree view of the island. Thirty minutes away is Oriental Village Langkawi, home to Panorama Langkawi SkyCab which operates
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surrounding vista as you walk along its entire span. Once on firm ground, spend some time at the 3D Art Museum, the world’s second largest featuring more than 100 amazing artworks on three storeys of space.
To cool off in the island’s afternoon heat, head to Temurun Waterfall, a mere three minutes away from Pantai Pasir Tengkorak. It is a three-tier waterfall with a cumulative drop of about 200 metres, the tallest in Langkawi. A short hike through a paved pathway brings you to the main fall and a pool, perfect to dip and swim in to rinse the salt water off your skin. Temurun is a seasonal fall that flows strong and steady only during the rainy months of August through October.
the island’s famed cable car ride. Skip the queue by opting for a private, VIP or glass-bottom gondola. One of the world’s steepest, the ride takes 15 minutes to reach the two stations atop Gunung Machincang. Linger at the Top Station which is 708 metres above sea level. Mail a postcard, grab a bite and enjoy the panoramic view of the entire island, the approximately 550 million year-old sandstone formations that make up the peaks of the mountain, its flora and fauna, and the Seven Wells Waterfall in the distance. From the Top Station you can access the 125 metre-long curved suspended Sky Bridge that offers spectacular, changing perspectives of the
Once a hidden gem, Pantai Pasir Tengkorak is becoming increasingly popular among visitors by offering a perfect little spot for relaxing. Feel the soft white sand under your feet. Its crystal clear water is perfect for swimming. However, before taking that dip, secure your belongings as those pesky macaques up in the trees are quick to come down and claim your possessions as theirs.
There’s no better place to enjoy a late lunch on the
island than by the pristine beaches of Tanjung Rhu. Drive through quiet, leafy roads that eventually lead to the spectacular Andaman Sea shoreline with its azure waters juxtaposed against white, powdery sand. Head to Scarborough Fish & Chips Restaurant, a humble outlet at the beginning of the beach stretch for some of the best western and seafood fare in Langkawi. Have a hearty meal with a truly awesome view!
Five minutes away is the Langkawi Craft Complex that showcases a treasure trove of authentic art and handicraft by local artists and craftsmen. Browse through
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its halls and be amazed by the various products and artefacts on display, including batik, glassware, jewellery, wood craft, paintings, clothing, accessories, home furnishing and more. Pick up a painting or two, or just talk to the local artists and craftsmen to learn more about their trade and the art community on the island.
Galeria Perdana, a short drive from Langkawi Craft Complex, is a must for visitors. This sprawling museum houses gifts, mementos and awards presented to Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad when he was Malaysia’s fourth Prime Minister from 1981 to 2003. Spend at least one hour here, and prepare to be mesmerised by the impressive
array of displays, including vintage cars, in its multiple galleries. While browsing, don’t forget to look up at the ceilings that feature intricate, colourful plasterworks. Outside, the compound spreads across more than five square kilometres, boasting lovely gardens landscaped with local trees and shrubs.
cool, contemporary vibes and friendly service. Grab a stool at one of the long wooden bars facing the sea, order your favourite poison and you’re all set for the most spectacular sunset on the island. Slowly sip your drink and wait until the sun is completely gone for the most glorious display of colours and hues in the sky above.
Langkawi’s most prominent landmark is Dataran Lang in the town of Kuah. It features a 12-metre tall sculpture of an eagle poised to take flight, displayed atop an elevated platform on a star-shaped concrete deck overlooking the Kuah Jetty. The reddishbrown eagle, according to legend, lends the island its name. Walk around the square, pick your spots for Instagram-worthy poses and enjoy the cool sea breeze before taking your leave.
Your Langkawi adventure will not be whole without savouring its seafood. Hop over to Orkid Ria Seafood Restaurant adjacent to Thirstday for what is arguably the freshest seafood on the island. Incidentally, the two outlets are run by the same family. Popular items on the menu include mud crabs served grilled, steamed, curried or in chilli sauce. Or go for black pepper prawns or steamed fish. If seafood is not your thing, cross the road to Seashells Langkawi within the premises of Laman Padi, the rice museum. The Malay restaurant offers nasi periuk kukus platters served with your choice of lamb shank, sea bass, ayam kampung or beef dishes. Ask to be seated in one of the wooden huts in the middle of the rice field for an incredibly amazing dining experience.
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To wind down your day head to Pantai Cenang, the island’s most popular beach, recently upgraded with many pedestrianfriendly features that include paved public squares and walkways. A favourite watering hole is Thirstday Bar and Restaurant with its
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ART: Langkawi is home to many artists and craftsmen – both budding and established. Pick up a painting or a carved wood wall art on display at the Langkawi Craft Complex.
BATIK: Exclusive handmade batik makes great gifts for friends or loved ones. Atma Alam Batik Art Village in Padang Matsirat has a wide range of batik in soft silks, cool voiles and comfortable cottons – perfect for formal evening or casual day wear.
CHOCOLATE: Langkawi is a true chocoholics heaven. There are numerous duty-free shops offering a wide variety of chocolates at a fraction of the prices you would pay on the mainland.
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FROM TRENDY HIPSTER CAFÉS TO VINTAGE RECORD SHOPS, SINGAPORE’S TIONG BAHRU IS A SEAMLESS BLEND OF NEW AND OLD-WORLD ALLURE. July 2019
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(from top) Towering skyscrapers alongside Art Deco architecture; walls become canvasses for pretty murals by local artists
Architects charged with the design of the abodes along Tiong Bahru drew inspiration from cultures all around the world. Besides Nanyang influences, an Art Deco style called the Streamline Moderne was a dominant theme. Building silhouettes reflected the aerodynamic aspects of ocean liners, aircraft and trains of the pre-war era, while the Nanyang incorporations resulted in a concentration of spiral staircases, porthole windows and rounded corners that gradually became synonymous with Tiong Bahru. They have since become favourite snapping spots for travelling photographers. During the early years of its establishment, Tiong Bahru earned the colloquial nickname of ‘er nai chun’, or ‘Village of Mistresses’, due to the propensity of rich tycoons to house their mistresses in those flats. Today, Tiong Bahru resembles any other laidback neighbourhood. Locals bustle about as they conduct their daily affairs, or relax with a cup of freshly brewed coffee as they laugh and talk amongst themselves. But the neighbourhood is dotted with eclectic artistry, food, fashion and local attractions that have set Tiong Bahru apart from all the rest, if one knows where to look.
iong Bahru is a name that is seldom brought up as a must-see attraction in Singapore and it often flies under tourists’ radar. Nonetheless, this unassuming neighbourhood is an integral part of Singapore and possibly the most characterful part of it as well.
Tiong Bahru started as the first public housing estate to be built in Singapore by the Singapore Improvement Trust in the 1920s. The name Tiong Bahru comes from a combination of Hokkien and Malay characters, in which Tiong means ‘to die’ and Bahru means ‘new’. This somewhat macabre title is the only thing that remains to remind locals that Tiong Bahru served as a cemetery for almost thirty years before its development.
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Tiong Bahru also caters to bibliophiles with some of the best indie bookshops that can be found in Singapore. There, bookworms can spend hours perusing volumes of literature, poems, graphic novels and children’s stories.
Visitors can stroll around the myriad of stores that offer the latest trends in fashion and interior design, or browse through the more unorthodox, where you might find oddities like retro wooden radios and polar-bear shaped bookshelves. Those with a keen eye for the arts can also keep a look out for the various mural paintings scattered all along the district, relics left behind by great artists and photographers that remind both tourists and locals of the traditional quirks that make Singapore’s culture uniquely its own.
(from top) Shelves stocked to the brim at Books Actually; shop designer and limited edition home decor at Maissone; uncover hidden secrets through its heritage trail tours
Tiong Bahru also caters to bibliophiles with some of the best indie bookshops that can be found in Singapore. There, bookworms can spend hours perusing volumes of literature, poems, graphic novels and children’s stories. Pride towards local authors is evident among stores like Books Actually and Woods in the Books, both of whom keep shelves stocked to the brim with local published works.
GRAVES OF TAN TOCK SENG, CHUA SEAH NEO & WUING YE HO
BIRD CORNER & FORMER HU LU TEMPLE
LIM LIAK ST
LINK HOTEL LIN ROOFTOP BAR @ LINK HOTEL
DESIGN OF TIONG BAHRU FLATS
COQ & BALLS
KIM PONG RD
H GUA MO
LE LE POT
PIN PIN PIAU KAY & Co.
DE GOLDEN SPOON
NIMBLE & KNEAD
TIONG BAHRU COMMUNITY CENTRE
HOUSE OF PERANAKAN PETIT TIONG BAHRU QI TIAN GONG TEMPLE
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P.S. CAFE PETIT
THE OUTRAM PRECINCT
MARILYN TAN JEWELLERY
THE HORSE SHOE BLOCK, BLOCK 78
LOO'S HAINANESE CURRY RICE
SENG POH GARDEN & DANCING GIRL SCULPTURE
KAMPONG CHICKEN EATING HOUSE
SIN HOI SAI CURATED RECORDS TIONG BAHRU BAKERY
WOODS IN THE BOOKS
BINCHO @ HUABEE
OPEN DOOR POLICY
COO BOUTIQUE HOSTEL
TIONG BAHRU MARKET
THE ORIGIN & DEVELOPMENT OF TIONG BAHRU
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THE ARCHITECTURE OF TIONG BAHRU
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History buffs will be pleased to know that a Heritage Trail exists to take visitors on a trek back in time through some of Tiong Bahru’s more significant historical sites. The Heritage Trail starts at the famous Tiong Bahru market and continues on to the Bird Corner, formerly a popular spot for romantic couples. Now, the bare blue hanging rings on the
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pergola serve as distant reminders of the congregation of birds in cages that once hung there, trilling their symphonies. Another interesting spot to look out for is the private burial plot of Tan Tock Seng and his family. One of the early pioneers in Singapore, Tan’s philanthropic endeavours live on through architecture that he dedicated his life towards, such as the Tan Tock Seng Hospital and the Taoist Thian Hock Keng Temple. Further down the trail is the Monkey God temple, dedicated to the worship of Sun Wu Kong, the legendary monkey god from the classic 16th century fable Journey to the West, and the Tiong Bahru Community Centre. This building is historically significant not only to Tiong Bahru, but Singapore as well, as it once served as a stand-alone air-raid shelter in the 1930s when war raged in Asia.
(from top) The Tiong Bahru Community Centre was an air-raid shelter in the 1930s; Monkey God Temple; classic brunch at Forty Hands; pastries at Tiong Bahru Bakery, one of Singapore’s best French bakeries
And of course, one cannot leave without sampling the food at Tiong Bahru’s bevy of restaurants and cafés. Who doesn’t love a good cupcake? At Plain Vanilla Bakery, dessert lovers can choose from twelve regular cupcake flavours, along with delectable seasonal specials. Besides their famous cupcakes, Plain Vanilla Bakery also serves cakes, confectionaries, tarts and breakfast pastries. With its overhanging floral bouquets and vintage parked bicycles, it is hard to imagine a more perfect ambience to savour a cupcake in.
A short walk from there will bring you to the Tiong Bahru Bakery, another renowned café and one of the best French bakeries in Singapore. The Tiong Bahru Bakery offers a wide assortment of sweet and savoury pastries, cakes, confectionaries and breads, but their best-selling signature dish by far would be their croissant. The buttery, flaky layers, inlaid with sweet almonds and dusted with icing sugar, goes best with a cup of rich, bitter-sweet coffee. It is little wonder that the petite bakery is constantly packed with customers at all hours of the day. Those looking for a more substantial meal can do a food crawl on the level above the Tiong Bahru market, which houses a number of hawker food stalls
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(from top left) Local food at hawker institution Tiong Bahru Market; Kampong Chicken Eating House’s unique yellow-skinned chicken served with rice; Plain Vanilla is more than just a hipster hangout; Golden Spoon’s famed Crab Bee Hoon Soup
that have been honoured with The Plate awards and Michelin’s Bib Gourmand. There, you will find local Singaporean delights from the classic char siew rice, prawn noodles and char kway teow, to sweet treats like soya bean milk with grass jelly and traditional Nyonya kueh. Seafood enthusiasts can make their way to De Golden Spoon for their famed Crab Bee Hoon Soup; or Sin Hoi Tai, one of the oldest restaurants in the district serving an extensive menu of seafood offerings, from abalone and curry fish head, to salted egg crabs and fried clams with garlic. Singapore is known far and wide for their chicken rice, and the Kampong Chicken Eating House is a must-try for those looking to see what the fuss is all about. So named for their free-range, kampung-bred chickens, the eatery’s specialty is, of course, their chicken rice served with their uniquely yellow-skinned kampung chicken, which acquires its distinctive hue from being boiled in water infused with ginger. Often touted as having less cholesterol and fat than regular chicken rice dishes, this modest food outlet is definitely worth a stop in the Singapore food trail.
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DID YOU KNOW? • Tiong Bahru has seen its fair share of fire disasters in 1934, 1955, 1958 and 1959, owing to the easily combustible thatched roof huts. After the last major fire, houses were built with cement and concrete. • The Japanese occupation during World War II led to a surge of people relocating to Tiong Bahru, apparently to take advantage of the district’s obscurity to evade capture. • Tiong Bahru flats are designed with eco-friendly features such as air vents to keep the indoors cool, and ledges above windows to prevent rainwater from seeping in. • Most of the streets in Tiong Bahru are named after prominent businessmen, merchants and leaders. • Tiong Bahru was once famous for its bird singing corner, where avian lovers from all over Singapore would gather to hear birds sing.
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P e r s p e c t i ve Text Noel Foo / Photos courtesy of Ilia Iryani Shuib
MALAYSIA’S FIRST FEMALE STUNT RIDER ILIA IRYANI IS OUT TO PROVE THAT WOMEN CAN DO ANYTHING.
umping at a random opportunity just over a decade ago turned Ilia Iryani Shuib from an aquatic biology student into Malaysia’s first hijab-wearing female motorcycle stunt rider. The Selangor native was in the first year of her degree programme at Universiti Sains Malaysia in Penang in 2008 when the opportunity came knocking.
and perform at the event together with their stunt team,” said Ilia, now aged 33. Having a penchant for extreme activities, the idea sparked her curiosity and she went along with it. Although she had no experience riding a motorcycle at the time, Ilia had been passionate about martial arts since her school days, winning several karate competitions and later taking up the traditional martial art form of silat while studying for her diploma. She had won several silat tournaments too and was active in a university club that regularly did outdoor activities such as mountain climbing.
“I was helping to organise a small event and was put in charge of finding sponsorship. That led me to the motorsport company RK-M,” she said. RK-M, a company whose main products are motorcycle chains and sprockets, promised to provide both financial sponsorship and entertainment by their own motorcycle stunt team.
The show was a success and Ilia impressed the company so much that they immediately offered her a place on the stunt team for future shows across the country. “They agreed to pay a token sum each time I joined them, so I thought, why not? It was one way that a student like me could make a side income,” she said, adding that the thrill of performing led her to love motorcycle stunts even more.
“Maybe they saw some potential in me, and they then suggested that I try to learn two basic motorcycle stunt skills
Ilia started out with easier stunts like the ‘merry-go-round’ and ‘chainsaw’, and progressively expanded her repertoire
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to include more impressive ones such as the ‘wheelie’, ‘stoppie’, ‘doughnut’, ‘burnout’, ‘drift’, ‘stopper stand’ and ‘high chair stoppie’.
A random opportunity turned Ilia Iryani into Malaysia’s first female stunt performer
Riders need to wear as much protective gear as possible, even for ordinary practice sessions, as the risk of injury is high. A helmet, gloves, padding, body armour and high-cut shoes are all considered necessities – the more protection, the better. In addition to that, riders need to always check that their bikes are in tip-top condition, from the clutch to the brakes, tyres, balancing and handling.
Ilia’s parents initially strongly disapproved of her venture into motorcycle stunt riding – often referred to as ‘stunting’ by riders – but after being invited to watch a show and seeing the meticulous safety measures that riders take each time before getting on their bikes, they softened their stance and grew more supportive of her.
“These measures won’t completely prevent injuries, but they will definitely minimise them. Even when we’re only practising,
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there’s a high possibility of us injuring ourselves. The worst injury that I’ve had is a broken thumb, but I was lucky that the bones were not fractured, so the recovery was fine,” she said. Scratches, scrapes and torn ligaments are incredibly common, but Ilia is grateful that she has never collided with another performer. “The injuries never discouraged me from continuing. I would actually feel encouraged because the injuries are lessons that help me to identify my mistakes, learn from them and perform better next time,” she added. Ilia dedicates herself largely to her live performances, many of which take place during regional Bike Week events across the country. While having started out in stunt groups, she currently performs solo on a part-time basis. Besides RK-M, she also performed with Modenas in the past and currently works with Benelli, riding the light TNT 135 for most of her shows. is juggling her responsibilities as a mother with her part-time motorcycle stunt riding career. On average, she performs once a month and can only dedicate time to practise a week before each show.
She had a brief stint in the film industry, making cameo appearances as a stunt rider in Adnan Sempit 2 and Bro, Nampak Motor Gua?, but she largely preferred performing live over acting. She also worked for a year as a stunt performer at Movie Animation Park Studios in Perak, where her husband still works, before going on a three-year hiatus. “Whenever I perform, I get a lot of support from the audience. When they come up to take pictures with me after a show, they would express their admiration for what I do and tell me that I inspire them, and I get similar feedback on social media,” said Ilia on what she likes best about performing.
“Before this, I did not need to worry about looking after my children and my family, I just needed to focus on myself. But now, I have to balance my time between caring for my family and performing,” she said. She feels that her growth as a stunt rider has slowed, now that family has become the top priority. Nevertheless, Ilia’s passion for stunt riding has not faded and she is determined to continue to put herself out there. She is also mulling over the idea of starting up a stunt training centre in the future, to provide a platform for youths who enjoy extreme sports to explore the world of motorcycle stunts. She added that the centre could help teach youths how to translate their interest into a means of making a living through proper marketing and securing work with their skills.
Ilia took a threeyear break to start a family and returned to performing at the end of last year
“But first, I need to focus on improving, making a name for myself as a stunt rider and earning a little income along the way. I hope that I will be recognised internationally someday as a female stunt performer who wears a hijab,” said Ilia.
“To me, this is not just a pastime. This is something I can do to inspire others – especially women – to pursue the things that they want to do, even if it is difficult. Live your dreams.”
“My advice to women who are interested in performing stunts is to first be yourself. Don’t just jump in because you think it’s trendy, you have to be sure that this truly is your passion. This industry is filled with challenges and you need to be strong, inside and out, in order to overcome them. Never give up, whatever it takes.”
Now married and a mother of twin daughters, Ilia returned from her stunt riding hiatus at the end of last year. To her, the biggest challenge right now
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Charity The holy month of Ramadan is one of the most important months in Islam where Muslims are
strongly encouraged to do good deeds and give to charity. Tesco stepped in to play its part by giving back to the underprivileged community, while working towards its own goal of reducing the wastage of unsold surplus food in Tesco stores. Working together with Food Aid Foundation, Tesco prepared a special meal for over 300 urban poor families living at PPR Lembah Subang 1 for the breaking of fast in the month of Ramadan in May, using ingredients consisting almost entirely of surplus food from Tesco hypermarkets. The activity was just one of many charitable acts carried out under the Tesco Food Surplus Donation Programme, which was launched in October 2016. Under this programme, Tesco gathers unsold surplus food items that are still fit for consumption from all of its hypermarkets on a daily basis, to be distributed to charity homes and the underprivileged community through its food bank partners, Food Aid Foundation and Kechara Soup Kitchen.
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The initiative is also in line with the actions of Tesco Group Chief Executive Officer Dave Lewis, who currently leads a coalition named Champions 12.3. Made up of leading figures from corporations, governments, institutes and non-profit organisations worldwide, Champions 12.3 is dedicated to achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Target 12.3, which aims to halve global food waste per capita at all levels by 2030. As the first hypermarket chain in the country to start such a programme, Tesco promises to keep up the effort in order to maintain its position as a leading contributor in food surplus donation, and to do their part in helping the needy in Malaysia. To-date, more than 3.6 million meals, which is equivalent to 1 million kilogrammes worth of food have been distributed as part of the initiative.
own throughout the months of Ramadan and Syawal, by purchasing Tesco Charity Food Boxes, which were made available until 30 June 2019 at all Tesco hypermarkets and online via Lazada. For just RM50 each, a gift box containing necessary food items such as cooking oil, noodles and canned food were donated to needy families.
Going one step further than just donating to the poor, Tesco also offered its customers the opportunity to join in and carry out charitable acts of their
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Road GRAB SOME SUNGLASSES, PROGRAMME YOUR PLAYLIST AND GET THAT MOTOR RUNNING – WE’VE PICKED FIVE OF THE WORLD’S BEST ROAD TRIPS FOR YOU.
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Great Ocean Road, Australia
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If you don’t have six months to spare to do Australia’s Big Lap (the 15,000 kilometres circumnavigation of the whole country), the Great Ocean Road is a fabulous stretch that only takes a few days. Running along the south coast of Victoria, this popular – but pleasingly quiet – road trip starts in Melbourne and heads west for around 241 kilometres. As well as taking in majestic beaches, sheer cliff faces and spectacular rock formations (the Twelve Apostles is on this route), you’ll also experience ancient rainforests. As you wind through the centre of lush Great Otway National Park, look out for some of Australia’s unique birds and wildlife.
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Route 66, USA
No list of the best road trips is complete without the iconic Route 66. From the cornfields of Illinois to the beaches of California, this legendary U.S. road trip takes in Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico and Arizona. Along the way, you’ll find a Cadillac Ranch, a petrified forest, the Mojave Desert and the world’s largest rocking chair. All that and an endless supply of archetypal truck stops, classic diners and old-school motels – it’s kitschy Americana at its best. The trip can be completed in two weeks, but we recommend blocking out a month to really get your kicks.
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Manali-Leh Highway, India
Not for the faint-hearted, a road trip on the dramatic Manali-Leh Highway rewards thrill-seekers with a magnificent Himalayan adventure. The scenery includes lush meadows, snow-capped mountain peaks, valleys and glaciers, whilst throughout the route you’ll pass dozens of Buddha statues and other sacred sites. At Surajtal you’ll see the country’s second-highest lake, quickly followed by Baralacha-La, considered one of the most beautiful landscapes in the Himalayas. At 4,890 metres, it’s breathtaking in more ways than one. And watch out for the Gata Loops – a series of 21 hairpin bends that stretch for seven kilometres and take you up almost 500 metres. Like we said, not for the faint-hearted!
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The Ring Road, Iceland
In theory, you could drive around Iceland in a couple of days. But that wouldn’t allow for all the stops you’ll want to make for unique local attractions and breathtaking views. The 1,332-kilometre ring road, or Route 1, is fantastically picturesque and has countless stop-off points. Think waterfalls, mountains, beaches, glaciers, hot springs and fjords. You’ll pass pretty farms, rural villages and the charming capital city Reykjavik (make time for a few days’ stopover). Natural highlights include the active volcano Hekla, the stunning Godafoss waterfall and Vatnajökull, Europe’s biggest glacier.
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Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland
Stretching for 2,500 kilometres up the western coast of Ireland, the Wild Atlantic Way is the longest coastal route in the world. Huge sea cliffs, incredible beaches, historical landmarks and glimpses into local culture mean that every day offers something new. The full route passes through nine counties and takes up to four weeks, but you can choose one of five shorter sections for week-long trips. Look at Wild Atlantic Wayâ€™s website to map your route and choose activities and attractions along the way. Note to Star Wars fans: Skellig Michael Island off the coast of County Kerry (photo, left) was the location for the Jedi temple, where Luke Skywalker trained Rey in The Last Jedi.
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SIMPLE YET ELEGANT, MOSSERYâ€™S PAPER AND STATIONERY PRODUCTS PROVE THAT PEN AND PAPER CAN STILL BE RELEVANT IN A DIGITAL AGE.
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Humble Beginnings Text Eris Choo / Photos courtesy of Mossery
There are currently over 50 cover designs to choose from, themed around nature and minimalism. Expect everything from cute animal prints of foxes and flamingos to gradient hues inspired by the sunset or our galaxy. Most of the designs are developed in-house, but they regularly collaborate with international artists as well.
Mossery founders Vivian Loh (left) and Lim Jun Yuen
“Many of these independent designers have their own fans and followers, so not only do we provide a platform for them to showcase their work, we also build a community of like-minded individuals who share a common love for design,” Loh quips. Mossery uses paper that is Forest Stewardship Council certified, which means that they are sustainably harvested and of high quality. The entire production process, from printing and binding to cutting and packaging, is tightly monitored to ensure excellent and consistent quality in their products.
hen graphic designer Vivian Loh started making and selling handmade notebooks in 2011, it stemmed from a simple dream – to share beautifully-designed and thoughtful products that would inspire joy and creativity in others.
Aside from planners and notebooks, they also carry a range of other items such as stickers and accessories, including patches, pins, greeting cards, brushes and pens. “Our goal is to inspire the world to create. It doesn’t matter where you’re from or
“I previously worked at an advertising firm designing corporate stationery for clients, and realised there weren’t many brands out there offering such products,” Loh recalls, adding that she would work on her notebooks by night, and sell them online or at weekend art bazaars. What began as a pet project soon turned into a full-time business. With demand for her products growing, Loh quit her job in 2014 and teamed up with fellow graphic designer Lim Jun Yuen to build up the brand. Thus, Mossery was born. A play on the words ‘moss’ and ‘stationery’, Mossery is a reflection of the duo’s love for nature and stationery goods. Their core products are their customisable planners and notebooks, which typically feature simple yet distinctive cover art. “We believe that every individual is the author of their own story, so they should be able to write, draw or pen down their thoughts as they see fit,” Lim explains. Customers can add their name or an inspiring quote to the cover, before selecting the type of style that fits their needs best – be it a planner, sketchbook, wire- or thread-bound notebook. They can also opt for different kinds of paper, such as those catered especially for mixed media or watercolour.
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what background you have – the mind is capable of great creativity,” Lim enthuses. While the brand has certainly made a name for itself today, it hasn’t always been smooth sailing, especially in the early stages. “We started with nothing at all. We used our own savings to produce our first batch of products. Sometimes, we only made RM100 a month,” says Lim, adding that when they launched their first series of notebooks, he cold emailed retailers around the world, to which none replied. The pair finally got a breakthrough when they received a large corporate order, allowing them to use the funds to launch their customised planners. The rest, as they say, is history. “Previously, we operated out of Jun’s (Lim’s) house in Ampang, so we didn’t have to pay rent. As the business grew, we ran out of space to keep our stocks. In 2017, we moved to a commercial building in Petaling Jaya,” says Loh.
Most of Mossery’s orders are from abroad
can browse through their wares, and a production area at the back where the notebooks are given their finishing touches. Today, Mossery products can be found at several retailers and distributors in Malaysia, including Stickerrific in Petaling Jaya, CzipLee in Bangsar, Kinokuniya at Suria KLCC and Writer in Penang. They also stock in Australia, Canada, Germany, Netherlands, Poland, Saudi Arabia, Spain, United Arab Emirates, United States and the United Kingdom; in addition to shipping worldwide for online orders.
The two-storey building now houses a small retail space where customers
“Most of our orders come from overseas, but there is definitely a potential for the Malaysian market. It’s very inspiring for us to see that people from all around the world are willing to part with their money to buy Malaysian products!” Lim says with a grin. A major challenge for the pair has been to ensure that the quality of their products is up to par. “The industry has pushed down prices of notebooks and planners to the point that quality doesn’t matter anymore. People want things cheap and fast,” Lim laments. “Until we can build our own factory and manage the end-to-end supply chain, it’s still going to be an ongoing battle for now.” However, they feel encouraged to see that there is an increasing appreciation for good design. “When we first started, many people questioned why our products were so expensive compared to the notebooks they were used to. We’re happy that people today are more willing to pay for quality and beautiful art,” Loh quips. Lim thinks that the Internet and social media have given brands the ability to reach out to customers and build a personal connection with them. “With the traditional distribution model where you have suppliers, manufacturers, retailers and distributors, there is a lot of disconnect and it is difficult for brands to engage customers directly. Social media makes it easy to share our vision and mission, be as creative as we want
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Today, social media makes it easy to share our vision and mission, be as creative as we can with our postings, and improve on our products based on direct feedback from customers.
with our postings, and improve our products based on feedback from customers,” he he explains.
In an era of increasing digitalisation, one wonders if there is room or even a demand for paper products but both Loh and Lim believe that Mossery is proving naysayers wrong.
“Computers may allow us to create spreadsheets or digital artwork, while the smartphone is a great communication device, but we truly believe that pen and paper are indispensable tools when it comes to the creative process,” says Lim. “It allows us to jot down ideas and gain inspiration, minus the distraction.”
MOSSERY (60)3-7865 5165 Shop visit by appointment only mossery.co
As for future plans, Loh says they will reach out to more retailers and continue to grow the brand, while pursuing their mission of inspiring people through nature and good design.
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F i r s t D r i ve s Text Richard Augustin / Photos courtesy of groupe-psa.com and respective local distributors
French Crossover Appeal WITH A STYLISH DESIGN AND INTUITIVE FEATURES, THE PEUGEOT 3008 SETS THE BENCHMARK AMONGST COMPACT SUVS.
he first Peugeot 3008 was released in 2008 and although it didnâ€™t really set the market on fire for the French manufacturer, it still managed to steal away a couple of Car of the Year awards in the U.K. Eight years later, Peugeot lifted the covers off the second generation model and made significant improvements.
You could say Peugeot looked long and hard at the previous generation, kept its best attributes and rectified its faults in the all-new 3008. The results certainly speak for themselves with a sharper, tighter design coupled with an interior that raises the benchmark in the segment. As such, buyers looking for a quality family SUV should not overlook the Peugeot 3008.
Cutting Edge Design
The new 3008 benefits from a streamlined design that is far removed from the previous model. It has grown up a fair bit too with a longer wheelbase so it sits proportionately better as well. The updated model also gains a redesigned front face with a new chequered chrome grille. The sportier look is further enhanced with the addition of dynamic LED headlights with sequential scrolling indicator and a new signature 3D rear claw taillight. This present-day 3008 rides on 18-inch Los Angeles Shiny Haria grey alloy rims.
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Power & Poise
With its 1.6 THP engine under the hood, the latest 3008 is equipped with 167Ps of power and 240Nm of torque, making it one of the most powerful SUVs in its segment. Paired with a 6-speed automatic gear control transmission with Tiptronic and sport mode, the SUV also manages to deliver an exhilarating drive along with a respectable fuel efficiency of seven litres per 100 kilometre. The suspension set up of front Independent MacPherson struts and integrated pressurised hydraulic shock absorbers affords the vehicle an assured and composed ride with comfort to match.
A True Modern Interior
If you were to pinpoint the best attribute about the new 3008, it would undoubtedly be its interior. Featuring the latest generation Peugeot i-Cockpit, the cabin is both beautiful and well-built with all the modern refinements todayâ€™s discerning drivers would want. The 3008 also features USB and Bluetooth connectivity, Apple Carplay and Android Auto, auto electric parking brake and automatic dual zone air-conditioning among its key features. Thereâ€™s also a 12.3-inch digital Head-Up Display screen that exhibits speedometer, odometer and other various displays. Space is also plentiful with a total of 590 litres in the cargo area, which can be extended to 1,670 litres with the rear seats folded flat.
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Safety & Convenience
Peugeot has given its current 3008 an impressive list of safety features including six safety airbags, Emergency Brake Assist (EBA), Anti-Skid Regulation (ASR) and Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), Hill Start Assist, Advanced Grip Control and Hill Assist Descent Control (HADC). Negotiating the SUV in and out of tight spots is also a breeze thanks to the 180-degree reverse camera and Peugeot Park Assist with front and rear parking assist sensors. As such, it is not surprising to see the 3008 sporting a full five-star rating from EURO NCAP.
The Peugeot 3008 is one of the most powerful SUVs in its segment and features extensive safety features, perfect for families with children
ALL IN THE FAMILY Two other worthy considerations from the Peugeot family
NEW 2008 SUV PURETECH
The compact crossover is catered to owners looking for a nippy crossover. Equipped with a 1.2-litre turbo engine, the 2008 delivers 112Ps of power and 205Nm of torque, making it suitable for a variety of urban adventures.
The all-new Peugeot 3008 is undoubtedly impressive and it’s a good alternative that challenges both European and Asian rivals in the SUV segment. With a great design and cutting-edge interior features, the 3008 should be given a look, especially factoring its asking price of well under RM150,000. It also comes with a five-year manufacturer’s warranty, together with a 24-hour Peugeot Assistance service and complimentary access to the Sky Lounge at the Subang SkyPark Terminal.
Fitting the needs of those looking for a larger people mover, this crossover certainly fits that task with its seven seats. Powering this SUV is a 1.6-litre twin scroll turbo engine capable of 167Ps of power and 240Nm of torque.
The Peugeot 3008 is priced from RM141,888, excluding insurance.
Disclaimer: Vehicle images shown here are stock photos and may not reflect the exact choice of colour, trim and specifications available in the Malaysian market.
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Soon In Showrooms New People Mover
Mazda is expanding its SUV portfolio with the new CX-8, which sits between the hot-selling CX-5 and flagship CX-9 models. Featuring three rows of seats, the people mover will no doubt appeal to large families, especially with its handsome design. The model will be available in four variants including a top-of-the-range 2.2-litre SkyActiv-D turbodiesel with 188hp and 450Nm of torque and an all-wheel drivetrain. The three petrol variants feature a 2.5-litre SkyActiv-G naturally-aspirated engine with 192hp and 257Nm of torque. Each model features a six-speed automatic transmission. Key features of the new CX-8 are 19-inch alloys, automatic LED headlights, LED fog lamps, LED taillights, keyless entry/push start, triple-zone climate control, 10-way powered driverâ€™s seat, MZD Connect and six airbags. No indicative price is available yet for the new Mazda CX-8.
After making a name for itself as one of the most popular electric vehicles in Europe, the BMW i3s will finally arrive on Malaysian shores. The German premium automaker is bringing its first Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) or pure electric vehicle to Malaysia later this year, solidifying its position as a leading e-mobility provider in the country. The emissionfree vehicle is powered by a formidable synchronous electric motor with a SingleSpeed Automatic Transmission. The full electric vehicle delivers a maximum output of 135kW/184hp, with a peak torque of 270Nm. The BMW i3s can sprint to the 100kmh mark in just 6.9 seconds and can reach speeds of up to 160kmh. It also comes with access to charging facilities like ChargEV across the country. The BMW i3s is priced at RM279,000.
The Megane Returns
In the world of hot hatches, the Renault Megane R.S. has always been a perennial favourite among sports driving enthusiasts. This is the reason why many Malaysian drivers are awaiting the arrival of the new fourth-generation model from the French manufacturer. The latest Renault Megane R.S., available with a manual or an EDC Auto transmission, has been made more powerful by a new turbocharged engine with direct fuel injection. The four-cylinder 1.8-litre unit combines maximum power of 280Ps at 6,000rpm with peak torque of 390Nm. Offering outstanding driving pleasure on the road and on the track, the model is equipped with Renaultâ€™s 4CONTROL four-wheel steering system for outstanding agility through tight turns and impressive cornering stability at higher speeds. The Renault Megane R.S. is priced at RM279,000.
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anyone? FOR OVER 20 YEARS, THIS HUMBLE STALL HAS BEEN A HOTSPOT FOR AUTHENTIC INDIAN FOOD IN PENANGâ€™S LITTLE INDIA.
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Street Chef Text Yukeshwaran Devadas / Photos Teoh Wei Ni
bustling kitchen manned by three bubbly ladies is sure to grab your attention when you pass by Eng Loh Cafeteria. The stall, Auntie’s Kitchen, started as a result of Anjinadevi Rajamanickam’s passion for cooking. With more than 23 years of experience and support from her trusted close friend, Jotheeispare Sockalinggam and her sister, Krishnaveni Rajamanickam, they have been serving delicious Indian fare to the neighbouring office workers and students for as long as one can remember.
From Monday to Saturday, one can visit the stall for a tasty lunch fix but according to their loyal customers, Fridays are the real deal because nasi briyani is on the menu. Anjinadevi initially chose the day to offer the dish because of a larger crowd of customers compared to other days and, over time, it became a hit.
Anjinadevi with a plate of her popular nasi briyani at Auntie’s Kitchen
It all started with her desire to cook since young, which she conveyed by frequently making meals for her former colleagues. With their encouragement, she decided to start her own stall. Word of mouth about her home-style food spread throughout her residential area, which spurred her to set up a second stall in Farlim, catering for the dinner crowd. When asked how they came up with the stall’s name, Anjinadevi’s son, Kesavan Raju, says, “It’s pretty obvious. The kitchen is predominantly operated by these three ‘aunties’ who cook with such passion. In fact, many regulars don’t even know the name of the stall, yet they do play a huge part in popularising it, as they commonly call my mum ‘Auntie’, a giveaway to the name.” “I’ve been cooking here for 10 years and it’s perhaps the experience that enables me to prepare as many dishes as possible before the clock hits the lunch hour mark,” says Jotheeispare, who is known for her wide smile despite the stifling heat in the kitchen.
The term ‘home-cooked food’ gets bandied about quite a lot in the food scene but this little stall is one of the few places that lives up to the tag. Customers enjoy watching the cooks rustle up numerous dishes at any one time; the sizzle of marinated meats as they hit the hot oil, aromatic curries brought to a boil and the preparation of a variety of dishes are more than enough to get their appetite going. Every morning, Anjinadevi, or Kesavan, decides on the menu for the day, when small changes are often made along the way. She calls out the next dish to be prepared to the kitchen, which is right in front of the food counter, and the ladies get it deftly done notwithstanding the time constraint. Meanwhile Kesavan directs the flow of the kitchen and calculates the price for each customer’s meal. Their signature nasi briyani is mildly spiced and its tantalising aroma would draw any dedicated food enthusiast to the large rice cooker. The basmati rice is tinged a light-yellow colour and generous additions of raisins, mixed
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vegetables, cashew nuts and herbs round up a pleasant interplay of flavour and texture. As such, the rice is a tasty staple that enhances the scrumptious side dishes such as spicy chicken sambal, mutton varuval (Indian-style spicy stir-fry), fish sambal and many more. Vegetarians are also not overlooked, with options like fried bitter gourd, tofu sambal, okra and eggplant gumbo and vegetarian kurma. Keep an eye out for specials such as fried fish stuffed with belacan, chicken and fish cutlets. Anjinadevi says that the final touches for a complete briyani meal are dollops of their homemade pickles and chilli sauce (a thinner than normal version made with fresh chillies). The former offers a sweet-sour punch that many are addicted to, while the latter is a must-try for hot spice lovers. The pickles are also sold in bottles and have proven to be popular.
Spicy squid is a side dish that serves as the perfect complement to a briyani meal
We were served nasi briyani with spicy stir-fried chicken, fried chicken, curry fish head, squid gravy, hard-boiled eggs, assorted vegetables and pickles. While the savoury squid and crispy chicken were highly palatable, we were blown away by the stir-fried chicken and curries. With a symphony of spices and tender texture, the diced chicken pieces ranked as the best side dish, while the vegetarian kurma, chicken and mutton curry perfectly punctuated the briyani with their own savouriness. We washed the food down with a cup of rasam, a tamarind-based soup with peppery spices. Despite the proximity of Auntie’s Kitchen to other briyani-centric restaurants, it is easy to see why it has garnered a loyal following.
dish because everything on the menu tastes just like home-cooked food,” she says. Occasionally, when running short on time, she rings up Anjinadevi to reserve food, a common practice by regular customers. Some even request for particular dishes, which she keeps in mind and prepares the next day.
Auntie’s Kitchen Corner Lot of Eng Loh Cafeteria and Hotel 48, Lebuh Gereja, 10200 George Town, Penang, Malaysia
Meera KR, a lawyer from a neighbouring legal firm, has had lunch here on weekdays for more than 20 years. “There’s no need to look elsewhere for a proper lunch as both vegetarian and non-vegetarian food are provided. I can’t pick a favourite
When asked how Auntie’s Kitchen became well known for its ‘homecooked’ food tag, Anjinadevi says, “We source for fresh produce daily at the market and we cook with much love and attention, which results in good flavours. Our customers have developed a close bond with us over time, so we aim to always provide them with the best service and reasonable prices.” The shop that their stall is located within bustles with a mix of Malaysian favourites such as char kuey teow, curry mee, chicken rice and more but Anjinadevi says they complement one another and there is hardly any competition. “We are doing fine in terms of catering services too, so that’s one area we are keen to expand on,” says Kesavan. Having mastered the skills to cook in large portions, Anjinadevi has turned Auntie’s Kitchen into a household name for corporate functions and weddings too. Clearly, these ‘aunties’ have been making a name with their unpretentious, honest-to-goodness meals without any modern-day marketing; just a good serving of home-cooked charm.
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Originating in Southeast Asia, ginger has been used for thousands of years to soothe the stomach and aid digestion. The science behind the root’s power is that it increases saliva production and thus increases the volume of digestive enzymes that break down food in the stomach. Ferment it with yeast and sugar and you have an authentic, naturally sparkling ginger beer, quite unlike the carbonated version you find in stores. For truly authentic ginger beer, made using original Victorian methods, use a symbiotic culture of yeast and bacteria called ginger beer plant to ferment your drink and pack it full of probiotic goodness. While the popularity of authentic ginger beer has waned in recent decades, some small craft brewers are reigniting interest in the drink. Hong Kong’s Symmetry Brewers, for example, creates small batches of authentic ginger beer using symbiotic cultures. It’s rich in probiotics as well as anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties from natural, raw ginger.
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Open Journal Text Sharon Crowther / Photos 123rf
If you haven’t heard of kombucha, or ‘booch’ as its devotees call it, you’re missing out on a digestive health trend that’s as cool as it is good for you. This fermented, sweet tea is packed full of antioxidants and probiotics and, according to Forbes, it’s currently “the fastest growing product in the functional beverage market” with global sales expected to exceed USD1.8 billion by 2020. But the drink that’s become a runaway hit with health-conscious millennials is no new kid on the block. In fact, it’s known to have been used in China as far back as the Tsin Dynasty in 221 BC, when it was known as the ‘Tea of Immortality’. Today, it’s made in much the same way as it’s always been made: by adding certain strains of bacteria and yeast – a mixture called a ‘Scoby’ – to sugar and green or black tea, then allowing it to ferment for up to 30 days. The result is an effervescent powerhouse that’s tangy, sweet and easy to
Kombucha is a popular alternative to soft drinks
stomach. And, while long-life pasteurised versions are steadily appearing on supermarket shelves, purists rely on local micro-brewers to get their hands on the probiotic-packed, un-pasteurised variety. “The short shelf life of unpasteurised kombucha means small, local, businesses are better able to meet consumer demand,” says Matthieu Morisset, founder of Cha Cha Kombucha, one of Kuala Lumpur’s micro-brewers. “This means we’re seeing a lot more interesting brands and flavour combinations in this sector than in the soft drinks market.” Morisset was a home brewer with a passion for vegan food and fermentation before launching his business last year. In addition to original kombucha, he also sells a zingy ginger version and a thirst quenching watermelon flavour, stocked in retailers, gyms and restaurants across the city. “In Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia and the United States, kombucha is already an established trend,” he says. “The movement in these countries towards clean eating, plant-based or even raw diets, has been happening for a while. Fermentation has also been a big trend in the food scene in these places. People are familiar with the benefits. In Malaysia, the kombucha craze is just getting started as people are realising it makes a healthier alternative to sugary soft drinks, and it’s also a good way to support local businesses.”
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Sweet or salty, mango or banana, everyone loves a lassi. The moreish blend of yoghurt, water, fruit or spices is one of India’s bestloved drinks and its popularity around the world is soaring as consumers become more informed about its probiotic benefits. Historically, Ayurveda, the ancient holistic healing system of India, recommended a cup of lassi, made with diluted yoghurt or buttermilk, at the end of a meal to aid digestion. In fact, lassi has been a staple of Indian menus since as far back as 1,000 BC. The yoghurt, or dahi, used in lassi contains lactobacillus, a good bacteria which lubricates the intestines and helps the body absorb nutrients. Regional variations of yoghurt-based digestion aids have evolved to please local palates all over India and should be on every travelling foodie’s eat list. In Punjab, in India’s far
north, lassi is served with lashings of cream and sweet flavours such as mango and rose. In neighbouring Haryana, you’ll find a salted version of lassi, called chaach. On the east coast in Andhra, no meal is complete without buttermilk spiced with curry leaves, coriander and ginger. Lassi contains good bacteria that aids digestion and helps the body absorb nutrients
In Kuala Lumpur, Visalatchi’s Restaurant in Brickfields is famous for its mango lassi with a pinch of cardamom while Ganga Cafe in Bangsar serves up some of the best sweet or plain lassi in the city.
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Kefir is another rising star on the probiotic drinks scene. Made with milk or water, kefir has a faster fermentation time than other fermented drinks, making it a great option for those looking to make probiotic-rich drinks at home.
Kefir is a caffeinefree alternative for those seeking the same health benefits of kombucha
Milk kefir is made by adding a kefir bacteria culture to fresh milk and allowing it to rest at room temperature for just 24 to 48 hours. The bacteria ferments the milk, prevents it from spoiling, and transforms it into a rich, tangy and nutritious drink with the consistency of a smoothie. Water kefir is made in much the same way but the milk is substituted for sugar water, fruit juice or coconut water. It has many of the same health benefits of kombucha, without the caffeine. “It’s harder to make kefir in our Malaysian climate because the heat makes the fermentation process less stable,” says Samantha Ng of Wise Crafters, a clean-eating meal plan specialist that also brews and delivers water-based kefir in Kuala Lumpur. “If you don’t control the temperature, the kefir will become too fizzy or too alcoholic.”
Ng drinks kefir every day as part of a nutritionally balanced diet. She learned how to make the drink through research and reading. The increasing interest in beverages like kefir is tied to a bigger movement in Malaysia towards more nutritionally dense, less processed diets, she says. “As our lifestyles grow increasingly hectic and work schedules become more and more demanding, looking after our health and the health of our families is also becoming more and more important. Kefir is a way for people to look after their digestive systems and ensuring their bodies are gaining optimum nutrition from their diet,” she says. “It’s a trend, of course, but hopefully, it’s also teaching people how to eat better in the long term.”
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Originating in Russia and Eastern Europe, kvass is a fermented health tonic, which has been brewed since the middle ages; when contamination forced the population to find ways to purify drinking water. Kvass is produced by fermenting stale or toasted bread – usually wheat, rye or barley – in salted water and is full of naturally occurring probiotics. Adding beets gives the drink added vitamin C, folate, magnesium, potassium and iron; and gives this lip-puckeringly sour drink an earthy, mineral-rich aftertaste. While kvass doesn’t have quite the same following as kombucha, it is gaining popularity among a growing number of health conscious consumers in Singapore and Hong Kong. It is used to treat kidney stones, combat fatigue and boost immune function. It’s also used to alleviate morning sickness and reduce liver spots on the skin.
(from top) Fermented rice wine makgeolli is one of South Korea’s trendiest probiotic drinks; Kvass is made by fermenting stale or toasted bread in salt water
This ancient fermented rice wine from South Korea, brewed since the 10th century, has been reinvented in recent years to become one of the country’s trendiest beverages. Once considered a peasant’s drink, it’s now produced in small batches by urban micro-breweries for an increasingly sophisticated crowd. Fans of makgeolli enjoy its unique sweet and tart, creamy and bitter flavour as well as its probiotic goodness that’s rich in amino acids and dietary fibre. It’s also mildly alcoholic, making it a gut-friendly alternative for socialising. Like other fermented beverages, makgeolli has a short shelf life, which means local, small-batch brewers are better positioned to fulfil demand. Micro-breweries and ‘Mak Bars’ have burgeoned across cities like Seoul, where the drink is paired with everything from street food to fine dining. Mr. Anh’s Craft Makgeolli on Gyeongnidan Road is a Michelin recommended Mak Bar, where mouthwatering food is washed down with probiotic goodness.
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Brain Booster THIS MONTH, FIREFLYZ’S RESIDENT FITNESS GURU KEVIN ZAHRI TEAMS UP WITH DR MUZAIMI MUSTAPHA, ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF MEDICAL NEUROSCIENCE AT UNIVERSITI SAINS MALAYSIA, TO TALK ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF EXERCISE AND HOW IT’S LINKED TO BRAIN HEALTH.
elcome back, readers! After a whole month of Eid feasting, it’s time to get back on track with your diet regime and start working out to shed the extra pounds you’ve gained over the festive season. Since I started this column in January 2019, I’ve talked a lot on exercise and nutrition, but did you know that physical activity helps to improve brain health as well? Here are some facts on how exercise can influence brain health, and reasons why you should work out regularly to achieve balance in both body and mind.
It Fuels The Brain
The adult brain consumes an estimated 20 percent of the body’s daily energy, despite taking up only two percent of the body mass. In fast growing children, this demand can reach up to 30 percent. If the brain is to serve you well, you will not want to compromise on providing it with an uninterrupted blood supply and the nutrients it needs. For blood supply to reach the brain efficiently, a healthy heart function and good blood circulation is key. Physical activity and regular exercise ensure this.
It Is Scientifically Proven
Evidence from research in brain science on both animals and humans over the past two decades has shown that physical activity helps your brain to function better. In fact, it sharpens certain brain functions, particularly those related to thinking, planning and decision-making. In studies using laboratory mice, those subjected to regular physical activity appear smarter at distinguishing novel objects from ones they have seen before, compared to mice that are sedentary. When forced to swim, the same exercising mice somehow found a way to keep their face afloat and were not unduly stressed out in the water. Even when a rescue platform was concealed from sight, the exercising mice were able to land on the platform faster than the sedentary ones.
A Healthy Body Is A Healthy Mind
Being in tiptop shape both mentally and physically can help to improve one’s self esteem. Exercise, especially those done in common areas or team sports, offers an opportunity for you to meet new people and socialise. Peer support is important, as it not only helps to motivate participants to exercise better, but also provides a sense of belonging to a team.
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It Improves Brain Function
Increased blood flow to the brain as we exercise regularly has been shown to benefit brain performance in two brain areas – the ones dealing with our cognitive abilities and functioning. The prefrontal cortex is a high energy-consuming “centre” that regulates our deep thinking, organising, planning and decision-making. The other brain area is called the hippocampus, which is the seat of learning and memory. Thus, regular exercise and physical activity can help to make us more alert and aware of situations and our surroundings.
It Is The Key To Happiness
When you exercise, the body releases neurochemicals called endorphins and serotonin, otherwise known as “happy” hormones. These chemicals give you an immense feel-good factor, as well as a sense of empowerment and confidence that supports your mental health. Aside from helping you to sleep and eat better, which improves your overall wellbeing, exercise also increases your energy levels so you can face stressful situations head on, and with a clearer mind.
It Prevents Brain Decline Obesity is not only harmful for the body, but also your brain. In fact, studies have shown that obesity is the most potent brain-shrinkage risk factor. Brain scanning research has shown that regular physical activity increases brain volume. By increasing brain capacity, exercise prevents premature shrinkage and early decline in cerebral function.
It Helps With Stress
Stress is becoming more common in our fast-paced, hectic society. Besides being physically fit, mental health is an equally important component to focus on, to ensure a balanced life. Exercise is a great way to achieve this as it allows you to channel stress away in a productive manner. A great stressreducing activity is dodgeball. Imagine throwing those balls at a person you are mad at – instant stress relief! Tennis, futsal, badminton, or even just running alone provides you a moment of quiet contemplation, which might just be what you need for a mental boost.
About Cikgu Fitness Malaysia
Kevin Zahri is an award-winning U.S.certified personal trainer and nutritionist with over 15 years of experience. He is also the founder of Malaysia’s largest weight loss movement called Jom Kurus. Over the years, he has published several books and e-books, written for fitness and lifestyle magazines, and hosted and appeared on TV shows as well as magazines. Kevin is an avid corporate wellness speaker, web entrepreneur and a member of MENSA, the high IQ society. kevinzahri.com July 2019
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Pack Up : For Him
In Good Time
The Versace Navy Glaze watch is very much a staple accessory for the modern man. It has a double case middle, which reveals the fashion house’s iconic Greek Key engraved onto the metal. RRP: RM5,000 versace.com
Dior has recently collaborated with renowned Japanese illustrator Hajime Sorayama. The exclusive designs include this cotton fleece sweatshirt featuring his signature dinosaur robot motif alongside cherry blossom petals. RRP: RM5,000 dior.com
Essentials FROM BAGS AND SHOES TO HATS, WATCHES AND EVERYTHING ELSE IN BETWEEN, THIS SEASON’S WARDROBE ESSENTIALS GUARANTEE YOU’LL LOOK YOUR BEST ALL THE TIME.
The season sees Lanvin’s creative director Bruno Sialelli revealing a collection of sneakers in contrasting colours and materials. Made from the softest suede-effect calfskin leather, each one offers both style and comfort. RRP: RM2,300 lanvin.com
Party on the outside, business on the inside. The Coach Signature Rivington backpack mixes downtown cool with boardroom functionality. Roomy enough to store a laptop, it is just the thing for young, creative professionals. RRP: RM3,200 malaysia.coach.com
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Pack Up : For Her *Some RRPs have been converted into Malaysian Ringgit and are correct at the time of conversion.
Nothing says adventurous like an extra wide brim. The Hermes Trinidad hat is both bold and stylish at the same time. It adds a touch of elegance to even the most casual of outfits. RRP: RM3,850 hermes.com
Featuring a tangle of pretty poppies, this printed maxi dress from Tory Burch is chic and effortless. With a tie-strap blouson top, smocking and floor-grazing skirt, it will look perfect poolside or styled for events like garden parties. RRP: RM1,875 toryburch.com
Green Step Forward
Burberry’s Monogram Stripe E-Canvas is a pair of low-top sneakers primarily made using renewable resources. The style is printed with the label’s monogram stripe and finished with a refreshed logo. RRP: RM2,150 my.burberry.com
For All Occasions
Featuring a drawstring fastening and adjustable crossbody strap, the new Michael Kors Blakely is a bucket bag that transitions from day to night with ease. Carry it for a refined complement to the season’s feminine prints. RRP: RM2,329 michaelkors.com
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10 things & facts about amazing Malaysia
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10 Things Malaysian
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July 7 is George Town World Heritage Day, a holiday in the state of Penang. The George Town area was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2009.
Tiny But Smart
The lesser mouse deer (kancil) is a small hoofed mammal commonly found in the forests of Malaysia. In local folklore, it is known as Sang Kancil, a character renowned for its intelligence in outwitting larger predators to escape danger.
The Bukit Jalil National Stadium in Kuala Lumpur is the largest stadium in Southeast Asia and the eighth largest in the world, with a capacity of over 87,000 seats.
The typical Malay village house is built on stilts, which helps to protect against floods, thieves and wild animals; it also provides added ventilation.
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The Rajang River in Sarawak is the longest river in Malaysia, measuring 563 kilometres. It originates from the Iran Mountains, a range of mountains on the island of Borneo, and flows into the South China Sea.
Roti Canai is a well-loved Malaysian breakfast dish, served with curry or daal (a dipping sauce made from legumes such as lentils). The dish is believed to have been brought over by Indian Muslim immigrants, and can now be found in eateries all over the country.
Let It Rain
Malaysia has two monsoon seasons: the annual Southwest Monsoon from April to October and Northeast Monsoon from October to February. *Source: cia.gov
Coat Of Arms
The Malaysian coat of arms features a shield flanked by two tigers, a fourteen-pointed star representing the states and federal territories in Malaysia, as well as a crescent that symbolises the official religion as Islam. The national motto is “Bersekutu Bertambah Mutu”, or “Unity is Strength”.
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As pretty to look at as it is tasty, kek lapis Sarawak (Sarawak layer cake) is a baked dessert made from butter, flour, milk and eggs. It often features beautiful colours, motifs and patterns, achieved by sticking the different layers together with a sweet jam.
The kompang is a traditional Malay hand drum that is often played by an ensemble at social events or celebrations such as weddings. It consists of a round wooden frame covered by goat hide or buffalo skin, which serves as the drumhead.
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Reads : Business & Management
Why Should Anyone Be Led By You?
by Rob Goffee and Gareth R. Jones First published in 2006, this new edition of an influential leadership text features a new preface by both Goffee and Jones on authentic leadership. They argue that leaders don't become great simply by aspiring to a list of universal character traits; rather, effective leaders are authentic individuals who deploy individual strengths to engage followers' hearts, minds, and souls. Authentic leaders are skilful at consistently being themselves, even as they alter their behaviour to respond effectively to changing contexts. In short, the authors present a powerful case: that it takes "being yourself, in context, with skill" to be a successful, authentic leader; and they show how to do that in this lively and practical book. Drawing from extensive research, Goffee and Jones reveal how aspiring leaders can hone and deploy their unique leadership assets while managing the inherent tensions of successful leadership. RRP: RM89.90
The Wisdom Of Finance
by Mihir Desai Harvard Business School professor Mihir Desai in his “last lecture” to the graduating Harvard MBA class of 2015 took up the cause of restoring humanity to finance. With incisive wit and irony, his lecture drew upon a rich knowledge of literature, film, history, and philosophy to explain the inner workings of finance in a manner that has never been seen before. The mix of finance and the humanities creates unusual pairings: Jane Austen and Anthony Trollope are guides to risk management; Jeff Koons becomes an advocate of leverage; and Mel Brooks’ The Producers teaches us about fiduciary responsibility. In Desai’s vision, the principles of finance also provide answers to critical questions in our lives. Among many surprising parallels, bankruptcy teaches us how to react to failure, the lessons of mergers apply to marriages, and the Capital Asset Pricing Model demonstrates the true value of relationships. The Wisdom of Finance captures Desai’s lucid exploration of the ideas of finance as seen through the unusual prism of the humanities. RRP: RM59.90
The Fourth Industrial Revolution
by Klaus Schwab The Fourth Industrial Revolution, or Industry 4.0, is a phrase that quietly snuck into the business lexicon over the last few years after the author, Klaus Schwab, announced its imminent arrival in a 2015 article. Characterised as a technological revolution, Industry 4.0 is shorthand for what Schwab describes as a fusing of the physical, digital and biological worlds. Schwab outlines the key technological megatrends at the heart of the revolution and predicts major impacts on the way we govern, do business, organise society and behave as individuals. Industry 4.0 will impact all disciplines, economies and industries at an unprecedented rate with significant consequence for the management of business and policy-making - prophetic and important. RRP: RM74.95
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THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERS Hardcover Fiction & Non-fiction *based on the week of 16 June 2019
by John Carreyrou If nothing else, the sudden and unprecedented success of companies such as Facebook, Uber and Tesla have turned 21st-century investors into a frothing mob, hungry for the next big thing that will revolutionise the world and generate absurd returns. Accompanying this hunger is an unprecedented level of risk-taking, which in turn goes a long way to explain how Theranos, a Silicon Valley company promising to revolutionise the blood testing industry with its Edison machine, became the darling of some of the smartest and most influential investors in the world. The only problem was that the technology didn’t work. Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes, once recognised as the youngest self-made billionaire by no less than Forbes magazine, now faces fraud charges that could send her 20 years behind bars. Author Carreyrou, an investigative journalist for the Wall Street Journal, wrote the first article in 2015 prompting authorities to open investigations into Theranos. Bad Blood, which reads like a thriller, provides additional details in what can only be described as the anatomy of a fraud. RRP: RM69.90
WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING
THE 18TH ABDUCTION
THE GUEST BOOK
ASK AGAIN, YES by Mary Beth Keane
UNFREEDOM OF THE PRESS
HOWARD STERN COMES AGAIN
by David McCullough
by Delia Owens
by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
by Dorothea Benton Frank
by Sarah Blake
by Mark R. Levin
by Larry Gonick and Tim Kasser Google’s unofficial motto until 2018 was simply “Don’t Be Evil”; it’s now a less eye-catching “Do The Right Thing”. Perhaps an acknowledgement that morality has no place in the business world, especially when a company is worth about US$750 billion, the move is an implicit nod to the maxim of business: leave right and wrong to the lawyers, but good and evil is a question for the philosophers. Hyper-Capitalism, a unique graphic novel exposing the roots of our modern economy, suggests that yes, there is good and evil in the business world; and no, we aren’t, on balance, on the good side of the equation. Drawing from contemporary research, Gonick and Kasser describe and illustrate concepts (such as corporate power, free trade, privatisation, and deregulation) that are critical for understanding the world we live in, and movements (such as voluntary simplicity, sharing, alternatives to GDP, and protests) that have developed in response to the system. This book might not instruct you on how to become the top dog in your organisation, but it does reveal just how you might act in a slightly less evil way should you reach that point. RRP: RM69.90
by Howard Stern
by Tara Westover
by Michelle Obama
Snap a photo of the front cover of this month’s Fireflyz and get a 5% discount at Lit Books store. Address: P-01-11 Tropicana Avenue, 12, Persiaran Tropicana, Tropicana Golf & Country Resort, 47410 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia TEL: 03-7886 6988
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A t T h e M ov i e s
Spider-Man : Far From Home
Starring: Tom Holland, Zendaya, Jake Gyllenhaal, Jon Favreau, Samuel L. Jackson, Jacob Batalon, Marisa Tomei, Numan Acar Director: Jon Watts Release date: 2 July 2019
Picking up after the events of Avengers: Endgame, the world is feeling the loss of Tony Stark, aka Ironman, whose sacrifice allowed the Avengers to defeat Thanos once and for all. A grieving Peter Parker (Holland), who looked to Stark as a mentor and father figure, decides to leave his heroics as Spiderman behind for a few weeks to join his best friends Ned, MJ and the rest of the gang on a European vacation. However, Parkerâ€™s plan to get away from it all is quickly scrapped when Nick Fury (Jackson) shows up in his hotel room. Together, the pair must work with Mysterio (Gyllenhaal) to help uncover a mystery of several elemental creature attacks that are wreaking havoc across the continent.
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Playing at the cinemas The Lion King (2019)
*Information is correct at the time of printing
Starring: Donald Glover, Beyonce, Chiwetel Ejiofor, James Earl Jones, Seth Rogen, Billy Eichner, John Oliver, Keegan-Michael Key Director: Jon Favreau Release date: 18 July 2019
WALT DISNEY PICTURES
Simba idolises his father, King Mufasa, and takes to heart his own royal destiny on the plains of Africa. But not everyone in the kingdom celebrates the new cub's arrival. Scar, Mufasa's brother and former heir to the throne, has plans of his own. The battle for Pride Rock is soon ravaged with betrayal, tragedy and drama, ultimately resulting in Simba's exile. Now, with help from a curious pair of newfound friends, Simba must figure out how to grow up and take back what is rightfully his.
Starring: Chadwick Boseman, Taylor Kitsch, Stephan James, Sienna Miller, J.K. Simmons, Toby Hemingway, Keith David Director: Brian Kirk Release date: 12 July 2019
21 Bridges follows an embattled NYPD detective (Boseman), who is thrust into a citywide manhunt for a pair of cop killers after uncovering a massive and unexpected conspiracy. As the night unfolds, lines become blurred on who he is pursuing, and who is in pursuit of him. When the search intensifies, extreme measures are taken to prevent the killers from escaping Manhattan as the authorities close all 21 bridges to prevent any entry or exit from the island.
Once Upon A Time In... Hollywood
Starring: Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, Margot Robbie, Dakota Fanning, Al Pacino, Luke Perry, Damian Lewis Director: Quentin Tarantino Release date: 26 July 2019
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Quentin Tarantinoâ€™s Once Upon A Time In... Hollywood visits 1969 Los Angeles where everything is changing, as actor Rick Dalton (DiCaprio) and his longtime stunt double Cliff Booth (Pitt) make their way around an industry they hardly recognise anymore. The ninth film from the writer-director features a large ensemble cast and multiple storylines in a tribute to the final moments of Hollywoodâ€™s golden age.
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Net work Map
LEGENDARY ISLAND A top Malaysian tourist destination with sandy beaches and folklore aplenty. Turn to page 18 to find out more.
Banda Banda Aceh Aceh
Firefly Sales Offices & Counters
Subang Skypark Terminal Ground Floor, Departure Hall Terminal 3 Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport 47200 Subang, Selangor TEL: +603 7846 3622 OPERATING HOURS: Daily; 5 am to 10 pm
Departure Hall, Main Terminal Penang International Airport 11900 Bayan Lepas TEL: +604 630 6665 OPERATING HOURS: Daily; 5:30 am to 10 pm
Ground Floor, Aero Mall Senai International Airport 81250, Johor Bahru TEL: +607 598 7488 OPERATING HOURS: Daily; 6 am to 10 pm
International Departure Hall Sultan Iskandar Muda Airport Banda Aceh EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org OPERATING HOURS: Daily; 8:30 am to 5 pm
Main Terminal, Sultan Abdul Halim Airport 06550 Alor Setar TEL: +604 714 3911 OPERATING HOURS: Daily; 7 am to 8 pm
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Selected Airport Ticket Offices
Sultan Mahmud Airport 21300 Kuala Terengganu TEL: +609 667 5377 OPERATING HOURS: Daily; 7 am to 9 pm
Floor 3, Room 302, Phuket International Airport Maikhao, Thalang, Phuket 83110 TEL: +66 76 351 477 FAX: +66 76 327 312 EMAIL: email@example.com
Level 5, Departure Hall Main Terminal Building Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) 64000 Sepang, Selangor OPERATING HOURS: Daily; 5:30 am to 12 am
Sultan Ismail Petra Airport 16100 Kota Bharu TEL: +609 774 1377 OPERATING HOURS: Daily; 5:30 am to 9:30 pm
Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Airport 25150 Kuantan TEL: +609 538 2911 OPERATING HOURS: Sat to Mon, Wed & Thur; 9 am to 6 pm
Langkawi International Airport 07100 Padang Matsirat, Kedah TEL: +604 955 9622 OPERATING HOURS: Daily; 9 am to 8 pm
Sultan Azlan Shah Airport 30350 Ipoh OPERATING HOURS: Daily; 9 am to 5 pm
City Ticketing Office
Lot R-01, 3rd Floor, CITTA Mall No.1, Jalan PJU 1A/48 Ara Damansara 47301 Petaling Jaya Selangor, Malaysia OPERATING HOURS: Mon to Fri: 8:30 am to 5:30 pm; Sat, Sun & Public Holiday â€“ Closed
21, Seletar Aerospace Road 1 #01-03, Singapore 797405 TEL: +65 3158 8279 OPERATING HOURS: Daily; 7 am to 7:30 pm
Lot L2.23, Level 2 Nu Sentral Shopping Centre 201, Jalan Tun Sambanthan, Brickfields, 50470 Kuala Lumpur OPERATING HOURS: Daily; 10 am to 10 pm (including Public Holidays); Last queue number: 9:30pm
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Ways you can check in aside from the airport : WEB CHECK IN: At www.fireflyz.com.my. Print out the boarding pass yourself. Available for Malaysia domestic and Singapore flights only. For Indonesia and Thailand inbound/outbound flights, check in is through the counter at the airport only. MOBILE APP CHECK IN: Via Firefly Mobile from your mobile phone. Download the app from Apple App Store and Google Play Store for free. KIOSK CHECK IN: Check in and print your boarding pass at these kiosks at the airport. This service is available for code share passengers as well.
NEW VIBES Tiong Bahru is a heartland housing estate that has been reinvigorated with hip retail concepts and trendy eateries. Read about it on page 22.
(Seletar (SeletarAirport) Airport)
Call Centre General Hotline: Malaysia +603 7845 4543 (Daily 8am â€“ 9pm) Singapore +65 3158 8279 (Daily 8am â€“ 9pm)
*Correct at the time of printing. Please visit www.fireflyz.com.my for more information.
(Kuala (KualaLumpur) Lumpur)
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Our Fleet & Service Information
Get acquainted with our service information for a fuss-free travel experience. On-Time Performance
Our check-in counters close 30 minutes before departure. Please allow at least 45 minutes for immigration and security clearance. Boarding gates will close 10 minutes prior to departure and late passengers will not be accepted.
Cabin Luggage Handling
Avions de transport régional (ATR) No. of aircraft
7.65 m Maximum Fuel Capacity
Maximum Cruising Speed
Maximum range with full passenger load
72 (single class) 27.17 m Wingspan
Smoking, including the use of electronic cigarettes, is prohibited on all flights.
890 nautical miles (1648.28 Km)
Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport, Subang & Penang International Airport, Penang
Passenger and crew safety onboard our flights is our highest priority. In compliance with the airline’s policy and in observing Occupational, Safety and Health Regulations, cabin crew are no longer required to stow passengers’ hand luggages into the overhead stowage compartment. This is to minimise occupational hazard and ergonomic risks faced by cabin crew
in the aircraft. Cabin crew on duty will, however, assist passengers travelling with infants, young passengers travelling alone, the elderly, and passengers with reduced mobility. Passengers who are fit and in good health must carry, stow and secure their own hand luggage on board. Hand luggage exceeding the 7kg weight limit is required to be checked in before boarding.
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Manual self-propelled wheelchairs can be provided for a fee, subject to availability. Please enquire through our Call Centre upon booking.
Electronic cigarettes must be carried on one’s person or in carry-on baggage only. Recharging of the device in-flight is not permitted.
Refusal to Carry or Restraint of Passenger Onboard
Firefly has the right to refuse to carry passengers that they consider to be a potential risk to the safety of its other passengers and crew. We value courteousness. Any form of threat, verbal abuse or violence towards our staff will not be tolerated.
Portable Electronic Devices (PEDs)
For safety reasons and in line with the Regulatory Guidelines, mobile phones and all PEDs must be switched off once on board the aircraft. Whilst cruising, devices placed in flight mode may be used. The devices must again be switched off during the approach for landing until the aircraft is parked at the terminal building. Devices transmitting strong signals must remain switched off throughout the flight, until disembarkation. The Captain may prohibit the use of devices that can interfere with the aircraft’s system.
Lithium metal or lithium ion cells or batteries for portable electronic devices (PEDs), including medical devices must not exceed 2g for lithium metal batteries and 100Wh for lithium ion batteries. All spare batteries, including lithium metal or lithium ion cells or batteries, for PEDs must be carried in passengers’ carry-on baggage only. These batteries must be individually protected to prevent short circuits. For PEDs containing non-spillable batteries, they must be 12V or less or 100Wh or less. A maximum of two spare batteries may be carried. These batteries must be individually protected to prevent short circuits.
Fresh & Frozen Seafood
Fresh and frozen seafood are strictly not permitted in check-in baggage. They may be accepted in cabin baggage, subject to the destination’s quarantine regulations. They must be properly packed and meet the cabin baggage weight and size requirements. A maximum of 2.5 kg of dry ice per passenger is permissible if dry ice is used to carry these items. We reserve the right to refuse carriage if the items are not properly packed.
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View finder Photo 123rf
Firefly flies to Banda Acehâ€™s Sultan Iskandar Muda International Airport from the Penang International Airport in Penang.
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View finder Photo 123rf
ocated 17 kilometres north of Banda Aceh, Sabang is the northernmost and westernmost city in Indonesia. Comprising of a main island called Pulau Weh and several smaller islands, it is known for its beautiful sandy beaches, which boast crystal clear waters that are a hotspot for marine biodiversity. The two main beaches are Gapang and Iboih, home to rare sea life such as frogfish, reef sharks and gurnards. Lucky scuba divers who come during the right season might even spot manta rays and migrating sea mammals such as whale sharks and dolphins. There are also a number of resorts and budget accommodation options on the main island, as well as activities such as yoga and biking tours.
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