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Insider’s Guide Shah Alam, Selangor

4 CEO's Message 6 Editor’s Note 6 Letters To The Editor 8 Agenda Calendar of events and happenings

10 Comfort Zone Where to stay

12 Bites Where to eat


First Drives Hyundai IONIQ

14 Quench Where to drink

16 Applify Useful apps to add a little motivation to your workout regime

21 Savour Tepung Pelita

36 Humble Beginnings


12 Hours Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu

PANGOI’s Patrick Goi

54 Health & Fitness Exercising during the fasting month

56 Pack Up Must-have bags of 2019

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Tracker Spellbinding sunrises around the world


Perspective Malaysian fashion designer Tengku Syahmi


Tech’ Up

Must-have gadgets


Street Chef 58 MY List

Kuey Teow Goreng Kerang Jalan TAR

10 things and facts about Malaysia

60 Reads Biographies & Memoirs

62 At The Movies What’s showing in theatres

64 Firefly News


Open Journal More than just reading spaces

66 Network Map 68 Fleet & Service Info 70 Viewfinder Ramadan Bazaars

72 #FlyFirefly Our Instagram Stars!

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CEO's Message

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: customer_care@fireflyz.com.my

SPAFAX MALAYSIA Business Director Sue Loke sue.loke@spafax.com

Now that you’re seated, let’s discover our May issue of Fireflyz! We are happy to share with all of you that April was an eventful month for us as we turned 12 and ran many promotions for our passengers to partake. Most importantly, we are now flying back to Singapore and there is no greater joy than sharing this news with all of you. It gives us great pleasure to be able to resume flights to and from Singapore as the route plays a significant role in strengthening the economic and social ties between Malaysia and Singapore. It is important for business, for connecting family and friends, and for tourism too. In addition, having our Penang-Kuantan flights reinstated is a bonus for us and for all of you as well. This is a chance for many to embrace the heritage of Penang and to explore the hidden gems in Kuantan, with special promotions on offer to provide value to our customers. Many people assume there is little to interest them in Kuantan, but if truth be told, there are several sightseeing attractions in this town that are worth discovering. As we are currently offering the best Firefly Holiday packages, it is timely for tourists and locals alike to check them out on our website. I urge you to consider our Travel Protection Premium for your maximum coverage. Families who want to be seated together, do take up our seat selection option when you make your bookings. In the coming months, we will be unveiling bigger surprises for you. Therefore, make sure you stay updated with us by checking our website and social media pages. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to let us know. We value your feedback as it helps us to better meet your needs, and in turn, helps us to grow. Lastly, on behalf of all of us at Firefly, I would like to wish all our Muslim guests a blessed Ramadan. To provide greater choice and convenience, we will be offering special promotions and mounting extra flights to our existing destinations during this special month. Make sure you take this opportunity to fly back to your loved ones for a chance to berbuka puasa with them. May this holy month bring you and your family an abundance of good health and wealth.

Philip See Chief Executive Officer

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Editor's Note




t’s true. Time flies when you’re having fun. This is the fifth edition of the newly designed Fireflyz since it was launched in January this year. We’ve had so much fun putting each month’s issue together that May crept in almost unnoticed.

It was such a surprise that Fireflyz magazine kept me company throughout my one-hour flight to Penang from Subang. I rarely read an entire magazine but the February issue had many interesting stories. The article about a day trip to Sitiawan was very informative as I’ve always wanted to explore more of Malaysia’s less touristy places. And this article gave me some really great road trip ideas. I will be getting married this year and have not decided on our honeymoon destination yet. Another article that caught my attention was Health & Fitness on how to get fit together with our partners. We are both working hard to shed some weight before our wedding. It was fun and effective as we can encourage each other along the way. I would also like to compliment the new CEO on the changes that he has made to Firefly. As a fellow chemical engineering graduate, he is an inspiration to the young people out there. Keep up the good work and I look forward to more surprises soon.

May is also when Muslims around the world welcome Ramadan, the holiest month in the Islamic calendar when followers observe extreme abstinence, including fasting from sunrise to sunset, increasing prayers to Allah and engaging in spiritual reflection, amongst others. It is in this spirit that our Insider’s Guide this month takes a look at Shah Alam, the capital of Selangor state, where Southeast Asia’s second largest mosque, the Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah Mosque is located (page 22). With its latticed blue and silver dome – the largest in the world for a religious building at a diameter of 51.2 metres – and four minarets standing at 142.3 metres tall, the mosque is as stunning as it is imposing. Able to accommodate 24,000 worshippers at any one time, it will host iftar dinners after sunset, Maghrib and special Tarawih prayers every night during Ramadan.

Chan Ying Yie


I fly to Penang often. And the magazine has kept me occupied during each flight. I loved the March issue on Sekinchan. And proceeded to take a copy of the magazine as a guide during an inspired day-trip to Pantai Redang, Ah Ma’s House and Nan Tian Temple. I also tried the beef noodles featured in Street Chef and was duly impressed. What can I say… those pictures got me salivating in the cabin and after returning to KL, I vowed to make a trip to Ah Heng’s stall for a hot bowl of beef noodles. Keep up the good work!

Ramadan is probably one of the best times to be in Malaysia if you love food. Neighbourhoods in big cities will host bazaars offering seasonal favourites such as ayam percik, bubur lambuk, colourful agar-agar and Malay kuih. If you are new to Malaysia, Google ‘Ramadan bazaar’ and cab to the location by 5 pm for one of the most authentic travel experiences you’ll ever have. On Saturdays, find Chef Cilik at the Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman night market in Kuala Lumpur for the quintessential Malaysian noodle dish of char kuey teow fried by the deft hands of a 12 year old (page 42).

Lisa Chew


Elsa, my little girl, enjoys reading your magazine! She refused to sleep throughout the Subang to Penang flight. “Turn on the lights please, I haven’t finished,” I remember her saying. Thumbs up to the fabulous team! In fact, I personally loved reading ‘Want Not, Waste Not’. While reading, I started day-dreaming of opening one such shop in Penang. Who knows, one day I might be one of the personalities interviewed in Fireflyz!

Boon Pin


To fitness enthusiasts who are fasting, if you loath missing your regular gym days like I do, Cikgu Fitness Malaysia, Kevin Zahri, says it is perfectly alright not exercising at all for the entire fasting month. Like professional athletes who need off-seasons to recuperate, consider Ramadan your off-season (page 54). And because the holy month is also a month to slow down and reflect upon life, where else better than at one of the five destinations in our list of spellbinding sunrises to catch in the world (page 32). While you reflect upon that, here’s wishing all Muslims a blessed Ramadan.

We’d love to hear from you!

Write to us at ffmedia@spafax.com and stand a chance to win a 3D2N stay in a Deluxe Room at Mei Hotel Penang, inclusive of breakfast for two worth RM456.

Julie Goh Editor

May 2019

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The interior of the Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah Mosque in Shah Alam, Selangor


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Cultural Exchange

The 18th edition of the largest French Film Festival in Malaysia, Le French Festival is concluding soon. French film enthusiasts in Penang, Johor Bahru and Kota Kinabalu will have a few days to catch some of the latest award-winning French films at the nearest participating cinema. Those staying in Kuala Lumpur will instead have the opportunity to view the festival’s two art exhibitions, which look at current global challenges and women empowerment in modern society. When: Until 12 May Where: Golden Screen Cinemas at Gurney Plaza, Penang; Paradigm JB Mall, Johor Bahru; and Suria Sabah Mall, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia lefrenchfestival.com.my

Holistic Festival

It’s a holistic mix of health, wellness, food and music at a one-of-a-kind event at the AIA Glow Festival. Participants can look forward to instructions from international yoga stars Marysia Do and Laura Kasperzak. They can also take part in more than 30 classes, talks and workshops dedicated to yoga throughout the day. Snack on a wide array of healthy food and perhaps give back to the community by taking part in the 5km charity fun run. And when the sun goes down, groove to the beats of electrifying performances by big names such as The Sam Willows, Nina Nesbitt, Rudimental and Lost Frequencies. When: 25 May Where: Sentosa Island, Singapore glowfestival.sg

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Hollywood Soundtracks

This month, the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra will dedicate a weekend to blockbuster film soundtracks with The Music of James Horner. Having composed and scored films for over 30 years, the late James Horner, whose music draws influences from Celtic and electronic music, is best known for his Academy Award-winning songs in Titanic, as well as memorable tracks from Star Trek and Avatar. Under the direction of conductor Anthony Weeden, listeners will find themselves transported back to incredible silver screen moments. When: 25 – 26 May Where: Dewan Filharmonik Petronas, Petronas Twin Towers, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia mpo.com.my

Tradition & Heritage

George Town Heritage Celebrations was founded to commemorate the city as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Celebrating its 11th anniversary this year, this annual communitydriven event aims to highlight the importance of conserving George Town’s rich cultural heritage. Visitors can look forward to site excursions, where they can learn about the history, culture and traditions of key heritage buildings. There is also the everpopular Street Festival, with a long list of exciting activities, traditional handicrafts and workshops, games, demonstrations and cultural performances to enjoy. When: 6 – 8 July Where: George Town, Penang, Malaysia facebook.com/GeorgeTownCelebrations

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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


Heritage Charm

Once home to a wealthy tycoon during colonial Penang, the beautifully restored The Edison George Town is a luxury boutique hotel located along Lebuh Leith in the George Town UNESCO World Heritage buffer zone. Colonial heritage meets contemporary design is the aesthetic appeal of each of the 35 rooms and suites. Start the day with a continental breakfast at The Lounge, a space for socialising and working where guests can also grab a snack or beverage at any time of the day. Enjoy a dip in the pool or lounge and relax by the poolside cabanas. Those seeking some quiet time can find a good book to settle down with at The Library. Being just a short distance away from Penang’s main arterial roads, the hotel also serves as a great base from which travellers can explore the rest of the city. Enquire with the hotel for specially curated street food recommendations at eateries located close to the hotel. Address: 15 Lebuh Leith, George Town, 10200 Penang, Malaysia theedisonhotels.com


Quick Comfort

Enjoy a brief respite during short layovers at the brand new YOTELAIR Singapore Changi Airport, Asia’s first YOTELAIR. Located in the newly-built Jewel Changi Airport, the hotel offers 130 rooms known as ‘cabins’ that can even be booked for four hours. The cabins are cleverly-designed to optimise space and the family cabins can accommodate up to four individuals. Guests with more time to kill can work up a sweat in the 24/7 gym or explore world-class shopping, dining and entertainment options around Jewel Changi Airport. Overlooking the Rain Vortex, the world’s tallest indoor waterfall, and the complex’s breathtaking Forest Valley, guests can also enjoy a continental buffet breakfast at KOMYUNITI, a multifunctional space where one can work using the high-speed Wi-Fi or buy light snacks at any hour of day. Address: #04-280 Jewel Changi, 78 Airport Boulevard, Singapore 819666 yotel.com/en/hotels/yotelair-singaporechangi-airport

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Happening Hotspot

Thanks to its strategic location at the heart of the Golden Triangle, guests of the four-star Meliá Kuala Lumpur enjoy easy access to the most happening part of the city, with the monorail line just right outside their doorstep. Apart from the regular rooms and suites, guests seeking additional services can opt for The Level rooms. Choosing these rooms grants access to The Level Lounge, which offers free buffet breakfast, snacks and drinks throughout the day and high-speed Wi-Fi, among other services. Unwind at the outdoor swimming pool or get some exercise at the 24-hour gym. Have your fill of international cuisine at Kitchen@Melia and enjoy a drink (or two) at Garbo Gastro Bar and Lobby Bar. Within walking distance of Meliá Kuala Lumpur is the famous Jalan Alor food street, nightlife hotspot Changkat Bukit Bintang, as well as Berjaya Times Square and other Bukit Bintang shopping malls. Address: 16, Jalan Imbi, Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia melia.com/en/hotels/malaysia/kuala-lumpur/melia-kuala-lumpur/index.htm


Trendy Stay

One of the things that makes the four-star RED by Sirocco stand out is the mural painted on the 25-storey building’s main wall. The tallest in the country, it is painted by local graffiti artist Kenji Chai. Towering over colonial-style buildings along the quaint Heritage Row in Dang Wangi, the hotel is just a stone’s throw away from local eateries, art galleries and a monorail station. Each of the 143 stylish guest rooms are decorated with art pieces by local artists. Party the night away with tantalising cocktails and good music at The Rouge Club on the 25th floor. It is located beside the RED infinity pool, which is lit in a fierce red colour at night. Enjoy freshly baked bread and pastries or authentic banana leaf rice at the hotel’s eateries. There is also the option to treat yourself to a relaxing massage at The Rub Bar or work up a sweat at the in-house Workout Centre. RED by Sirocco also offers 6,040 square feet of event space, which includes the 23rd floor Grand Sky Ballroom that has a breath-taking panoramic view of the Kuala Lumpur city skyline. Address: Menara M101 Dang Wangi, No. 3 Jalan Kamunting, 50300 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia redbysirocco.com

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B i t e s : W h e r e To E a t

Fun Fusion Food

This quaint café in downtown Kuala Lumpur is housed in a refurbished shophouse with much of its original structure still in place, creating a space that brings to mind classic Malaysian coffee shops. Timothy offers a menu of contemporary fusion food, with dishes featuring Southeast Asian flavours with interesting hints of Western influences. On the menu are items like penne with Indian-inspired spiced butter chicken being offered alongside the hearty Signature Thunder Rice – a dish reminiscent of lei cha, a Hakka tea-based meal – served with herbal broth. There are also sandwiches, meaty mains and playful interpretations of familiar drinks including coffee, tea and refreshing sodas. Address: 24 Jalan Tun H.S. Lee, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia facebook.com/timothy.highstreetkl

A Little Piece Of Chocolate Heaven

A cool café dedicated to chocolate – does it get any better than that? Seniman Kakao is all about bean-to-bar chocolate made from single origin Malaysian cacao. If you fancy yourself a bit of a chocolate connoisseur, you’ll know this means beans coming from a single variety of cacao harvested in a particular region. For the rest of us, it’s just excellent chocolate! Hot chocolate is made by melting premium chocolate in milk, while desserts like éclairs and tarts are the real chocolaty deal. The café is housed in an old shophouse on Jalan Pudu Lama, and while there are tasty savoury staples, it will be the chocolate that will keep fans returning. Address: 29 Jalan Pudu Lama, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia senimankakao.com

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Flavours Of The Levant

Ebb and Flow is the second culinary endeavour from the team behind Drift Dining & Bar – a restaurant that has happily survived the fickleness of the Changkat crowd. This restaurant in Bangsar keeps to its contemporary Australian roots and also focuses on flavours of the Levant and North Africa, including Lebanon, Syria, Turkey, Egypt and Morocco. There are Drift favourites on the menu like the charcuterie board and Moroccan spiced cauliflower. Seafood dishes are particularly popular and considering the ingredients used and how well they are prepared, are reasonably priced too. Vegetarians are well catered for, and this is the kind of place diners will be happy to stay on for dessert and after-dinner drinks. Address: 16G Jalan Telawi 2, Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia myebbflow.com

Hearty All-Day Brunches

If you love brunch, head to Urban Daybreak where hearty Australian-style breakfasts and brunches are the order of the day, all day. This trendy cafĂŠ serves delicious brunch staples and diners can expect to find eggs cooked in all manner of styles, plenty of toasts and open-faced sandwiches, potato hashes, sausages, smoothie bowls, breakfast platters and more. Crowdfavourites include the Fried Chicken Waffles and the Avocado Smash with homemade guacamole. Of course, no brunch is complete without coffee. At Urban Daybreak, the coffee is good, strong, and is the perfect start to any day. Address: 11 Jalan Telawi 5, Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia facebook.com/urbandaybreak

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Q u e n c h : W h e r e To D r i n k

Game Changer

Bounce is an all-in-one playground with games, music and plenty of drinks. This brightly lit bar is decked out in retro neon stylings, making it a great space for photo ops. At Bounce, take your best shot at interactive games like darts, pool and beer pong, as well as challenge friends in a tournament ring located in the middle of the bar. There’s also a special machine that stores hundreds of arcade games. It’s not a bar without drinks – Bounce serves an extensive range of beer, wine, liquor and cocktails (mocktails are available too) alongside seasonal bar snacks. Address: Menara Lien Hoe, 8 Persiaran Tropicana, 47410 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia facebook.com/bouncemy

Biggest Club In Singapore

Just when you thought the club scene in Singapore had reached its zenith, along comes MARQUEE Singapore to pique your interest. Head to the island state for a taste of one of the most famous clubs in the world with outposts in New York, Las Vegas and Sydney. Spread across three floors at the Marina Bay Sands, expect all your senses to be stimulated from the cutting-edge sound system to the Ferris wheel right in the middle of the action. Top DJs will be making regular appearances with names like Afrojack, Tiesto and Steve Aoki already doing time on the decks. Address: The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, B1-67, 2 Bayfront Avenue, 018956 Singapore marqueesingapore.com

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Stunning Sunset Spirits

Located on the 71st floor of Singapore’s tallest city hotel, Swissôtel The Stamford, Bar Rouge is the place to be for an exciting night out, with delicious cocktails backdropped against stunning views of the skyline, as well as a roster of local and international DJs. For an evening tipple to remember, go for Bar Rouge’s Singhai Sunsets cocktails, visually stunning drinks in hues that correspond to the colours of the sky as the sun sets over the Lion City. There’s also champagne, wine, beer, plenty of liquor, inventive cocktails and more at relatively affordable prices, along with bar bites if you get peckish. Address: Level 71, Swissotel The Stamford, 2 Stamford Road, 178882 Singapore facebook.com/BarRougeSingapore

It’s All About The Gin

The gin renaissance shows no sign of abating and where once this was a drink to drown one’s sorrows, with some calling it “mother’s ruin”, it’s now one of the most popular spirits globally. MariGin has taken gin to the next level with 57 different types on offer. From gin infusions celebrating Malaysian flavours like lemongrass and kaffir lime to creative gin cocktails with very inventive names (Ripped Gin, anyone?), the star is the botanicals-based liquor. Gin & Tonic fans will be happy to see a wide range of gin, including Monkey 47 and Botanist alongside a good selection of tonic. And, there’s pool and gin pong – what else would you need for a good night out? Address: One KL, No 6, Jalan Pinang, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia marigin.my

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Applify: Apps In Focus

Sweat It Out

Daily Yoga - Yoga Fitness Plans


Publisher: Daily Yoga Culture Technology Co., Ltd Cost: Free – Silver Pro and Gold Pro subscription pricing varies with frequently changing discounts; Silver Pro experience vouchers obtainable for free Daily Yoga makes it easy for beginners and experienced yogis alike to practise yoga, even without having to go for class. This app is a comprehensive yoga resource with over 500 poses, more than 200 classes and more than 50 class plans for yogis of all levels. Users learn through high quality video guides recorded by real yogis with detailed audio instructions. Interact with the wider yoga community to exchange tips and motivate each other. Pro membership grants access to all content not available to free users including the Pose Library, Pro-exclusive guides and workshops from world-class coaches, account sharing for multiple devices as well as personal yoga plans and advanced data analysis.

Runtastic Running App & Mileage Tracker

Publisher: Runtastic Cost: Free – Premium subscription is RM39.99 per month or RM214.90 annually and includes a seven-day free trial

Home Workout - No Equipment

Publisher: Leap Fitness Group (Google Play) and ABISHKKING LIMITED (App Store) Cost: Free – Premium subscription is RM40.99 per month or RM164.99 annually and includes a seven-day free trial

Those not already into running may find that having a GPS-enabled running app draw your route out on a street map does bring a sense of satisfaction. Runtastic brings the added benefit of being able to track your No gym membership, no problem. Home Workout depends solely distance, duration, calories burned, average pace, speed on your body weight, an exercise mat and occasionally parts of and elevation changes, even in the free version. Bring your your home such as a wall, doorway or bench. Set your training plan favourite earphones as the app integrates music player for the week with reminders to ensure that you stick to your exercise apps such as Spotify, and for a more interesting running routine. Keep track of your results and progress, which includes experience, try some of the free narrative-driven a simple chart to record changes in weight and body-mass Story Runs. Investing in a Premium membership index. Not all workout plans are available to free users, so All apps are allows runners to access long-term plans in order a Premium subscription provides the benefit of accessing available on to achieve specific goals such as losing weight or unlimited workout plans and removing ads. Check out the Google Play and Apple training for marathons, as well as unlock all Story app publisher’s store page for other more targeted workout App Store Runs and view more detailed statistics. apps for weight loss and body building.

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Te c h U p : G a d g e t s


Opposites Attract


The GoPro Hero 7 Black has been given a makeover. The camera now comes in a limited edition colourway (dubbed “Dusk White”), but retains all of its previous functions – video recording up to 4K/60fps, 12MP still imaging and livestreaming, as well as a time-lapse function and selfie timer. RRP: RM1,869 gopro.com

Perfect Vision

The new Leica Q2 camera is meticulously designed with off-the-chart features. It boasts a full-frame 47.3MP sensor, 4K recording and weather sealed body in a compact form factor. A newly developed, high-resolution OLED viewfinder provides complete control over the subjects to be captured at all times. RRP: RM 22,350 leica-camera.com

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Sleek & Powerful


The latest addition to Huawei’s family of smartphones is the Nova 4e. It sports a Kirin 710 processor with 128GB of storage space and up to 6GB of RAM, as well as a 6.15-inch full HD+ display. The 32MP selfie camera takes the form of a teardrop notch, instead of the under-display punch hole seen in other current models. RRP: RM1,199 huawei.com

Health In Check

Samsung’s Galaxy Watch Active features a discreet, lightweight design, yet it offers a whole host of cool functionalities. The integrated heart rate monitor will send instant alerts when an abnormal heart rate is detected, while sleep tracking provides a clear rundown of a person’s full night’s rest. RRP: RM779 samsung.com.my

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Coastal Charm


Masjid Kristal or Crystal Mosque

master builders have been constructing boats from Cengal hardwood, without any drawn blueprints, using techniques and craftsmanship passed down from father to son. At its peak, some 30 shipping yards flourished along the riverbank. Only three remain today, one of which belongs to Haji Abdullah Muda, an 82-year-old legend who has been commissioned by the world’s top sailors to build racing boats.



Just an hour’s flight separates Kuala Lumpur from Kuala Terengganu, or KT, as locals call Terengganu’s state capital. Spend a few minutes admiring the Sultan Mahmud airport, which draws heavily from Terengganu’s wood crafting and boat-building

culture, before continuing your journey to the city centre. En route, stop by Nasi Dagang Mok Kiter to sample a favourite local breakfast. Unlike Kelantanese nasi dagang which features red rice, the Terengganu version pairs glutinous rice with fish curry, pickled acar, hardboiled eggs and toasted

grated coconut that’s hearty and soul-satisfying.


Begin your city tour at Pulau Duyong Besar, a village synonymous with Terengganu’s celebrated traditional boat-building industry. For centuries, KT’s

Just five minutes’ drive away, the Islamic Civilization Park may be unapologetically touristy but still great fun. Billed as an edutainment centre, the park houses lifelike replicas of 22 famous Islamic monuments, including the Dome of the Rock, Taj Mahal and Masjid al-Haram. To help you cover the four hectares of landscaped garden comfortably, trams and cyclos are available for hire.


Don’t miss Crystal Mosque,

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Terengganu State Museum


originated. Eat it deep fried and piping hot on the spot.

Even a full day can’t do justice to the 27-hectare Terengganu State Museum, the biggest museum in Southeast Asia. Its bragging rights: rare artefacts including the Batu Bersurat, which is the earliest evidence of Islamic Civilization in Peninsular Malaysia; and palatial buildings based on Terengganu’s ancient palaces. There’s also an outdoor display area showcasing reconstructed old palaces and real-life maritime vessels you can climb aboard. On the way out, stock up on keropok lekor at Kampung Losong, where the popular fish snack TOURISM MALAYSIA


the park’s only full-size monument whose glittering bronze-tinted domes and minarets add to its jewel-like appearance. For a different perspective, join the in-park river cruise which takes you past the picturesque fishing villages dotted along the Terengganu River.

All that walking would have worked up an appetite. Among the city’s many restaurants serving authentic Terengganu food, Singgang Budu is highly recommended for singgang, a unique-toTerengganu style of cooking meat in a lightly spiced tangy broth. For cuisine that’s hard to get outside Terengganu, try Madam Bee’s Kitchen, possibly Malaysia’s only restaurant specialising in Peranakan Terengganu food that’s a legacy of early Terengganu Chinese settlers who fused their traditions with Malay customs. Sample the Terengganu laksa and mee jawa.

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BRASSWARE: A zinc-copper alloy prized for its burnished look, brass is used to create decorative household and ceremonial items. Highly laborious and skill-intensive, each finished piece is a unique labour of love, skill and patience.

BATIK: Terengganu is home to the best batik artists in the country. Noor Arfa Craft Complex is the biggest batik retailer in Malaysia.

KEROPOK LEKOR: While widely available, Terengganu’s version of this fish sausage has much more fish meat. Try keropok keping, a wafer-like crispy variation.


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Tengku Tengah Zaharah Mosque

Pasar Payang


For a one-of-a-kind souvenir, save your moolah for Wanisma Crafts & Trading. Don’t be fooled by its humble trappings: the unassuming wooden shed that doubles as its workshop and retail outlet houses Terengganu’s only living brass artisan. Wan Mahadi’s family has been practising this craft for more than seven generations.

Traditional boat-building


After lunch, explore Pekan Cina, the site where early Chinese settlers built their first homes. This highly Instagrammable enclave is jam-packed with heritage buildings, quirky cafés, and formerly dilapidated side alleys beautified into artistic showcases swathed with imaginative murals, thanks to

the efforts of local Chinese associations. Look out for Turtle Alley, an initiative by the Turtle Conservation Society that aims to promote awareness about the endangered turtles nesting at the beaches of Terengganu. Another great photo spot is Ho Ann Kiong, an ornate 18th century red and gold temple, and the giant wishing tree behind it.


When you’re never too far from the ocean, it’s no surprise that most weekend activities take place at the beach. Pantai Batu Burok is a popular spot for picnicking, snacking on celup tepung (flour-battered seafood) and kite-flying. If you’re lucky, you might also catch seasonal outdoor shows that include occasional court dance and silat performances.

3.30pm Firefly flies to Kuala Terengganu from Subang. Flight schedules and hotel deals can be found at fireflyz.com.my.

From here, it's a short jaunt to Pasar Payang, a lively market packed to the rafters with folded batik in every colour, sacks and baskets brimming with serunding (dried meat floss) and pickled fruit, and trays of local kuih. Sure it’s chaotic and kitschy, but a fun experience for a KT newcomer nonetheless.


For less congestion and splendid views, head further south (just 10 minutes’ drive) to Kuala Ibai, an idyllic, casuarina-dotted park. The centrepiece is Masjid

Tengku Tengah Zaharah, a white Mogul-inspired structure designed by Raja Kamarul Bahrin, the same architect responsible for the Terengganu State Museum. During high tide, the water rises covering the foundation, creating the illusion of a floating mosque. It’s been a long but rewarding day; recharge at the beachside oldie-but-goodie Ocean Restaurant that lets you feel the breeze of the sea as you tuck into steamed garoupa, kam heong (golden fragrance) crabs and succulent prawns.


A must-do before leaving KT is to drive through the Kuala Terengganu Waterfront development to have a look at Southeast Asia’s first drawbridge. Linking the northern and southern parts of the Sungai Terengganu estuary when it becomes operational this year, it will give you a deeper appreciation of how the river and sea have shaped KT’s past and will continue to drive its future.

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Found in most markets, especially during the holy month of Ramadan, there are some similarities between tepung pelita and the Thai dessert takoh.

Tepung Pelita


Pandan Custard

•130 gm rice flour •150 gm sugar •1 litre pandan water (pandan leaves blended with water and strained)


•salt to taste


•In a pot, mix pandan water with rice

alaysia is famous for its varieties of kuih, and this is why we all love them so much. Perfect for breakfast, tea time or as a dessert, there are many types of traditional cakes that have struck a chord with foodies. There are many favourites, but tepung pelita may well be one that is unanimously loved by most.


flour and sugar over a low heat, stirring continuously until a smooth paste is formed. Once mixture is formed, remove from heat and allow to cool for a bit.

•Spoon mixture into pandan/banana leaf

boxes or containers and steam on low heat for 10 minutes. Once set, remove from heat and allow to cool.

•For the coconut custard, pour coconut milk, sugar and rice flour into a pot and cook over low heat. Like the pandan custard, continue to stir until a thick mixture is formed. Add salt to taste. Once mixture is thick, remove from heat.

•Spoon coconut custard over the pandan custard to the brim of each container. Allow to cool and set in the refrigerator before serving.

CUSTARD-BASED DESSERTS If you’re popping by the Ramadan markets this month, keep a look out for these delicious custardy sweet treats

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•900 ml coconut milk •3 tbsp sugar •50 gm rice flour •1 tsp salt

Banana leaves or pandan leaves (folded into tiny boxes). Alternatively, you can use small plastic containers.

Found in most markets, especially during the holy month of Ramadan, there are some similarities between tepung pelita and the Thai dessert takoh. The most obvious differentiator between the two is that the Thai version uses water chestnuts in its base. However, both desserts have two things in common and that is they come in their own little leafy boxes with a delicious creamy coconut custard topping. Best consumed hot or cold, tepung pelita is not that hard to make on your own. In fact, it could prove to be a nice kitchen adventure to conduct with the family during the fasting month.

Coconut Custard

SERI MUKA Also featuring two layers, the bottom half of this kuih features a glutinous rice base with a pandan custard cream on top.

TALAM UBI A variation of the kuih talam with a bottom layer made of tapioca flour and gula melaka and a creamy coconut topping.

PUDDING JAGUNG A simple yet highly-satisfying traditional kuih made from a coconut milkbased corn custard.

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Capital Experience


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or most, Shah Alam is like a familiar bridge to Klang, or Kuala Lumpur depending on your orientation. And yet, you’ll be hard-pressed to find residents from both ends who would have thoroughly explored this thriving capital of Selangor.

Shah Alam’s most iconic landmark is the Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah Mosque. Called the ‘Blue Mosque’ because of the blue dome construction, it exudes strength even from a distance with a majestic facade that includes calligraphy etchings of Quran verses. One of the biggest mosques in Southeast Asia, it was commissioned by the late Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah when Selangor needed its own mosque as a focal point of Islam. Built on a sprawling 14.6 hectare piece of land facing the Shah Alam Lake Garden, it was completed in 1988 and has been entered into the Malaysian Book of Records for the tallest minaret (140 metres) and the biggest dome in the country (52 metres in diameter). Careful attention has been paid to every structural detail, allowing it to stand for more than three decades with a splendour that has never faded Four imposing minarets that extend skywards are authoritative in stance. And as Jumu’ah (Friday Prayer) commences on the day of our visit, the cascade of worshippers filled the main prayer hall. The heatwave, while a cause for concern, did not infiltrate the confines of the interior. With bare feet on insulated marble floors and lattice-like

One of the biggest mosques in grills that seem to miraculously deflect heat, we feel a cool, Southeast Asia, it was calming breeze. The ornamental commissioned by the marble used is from Langkawi late Sultan Salahuddin while four chandeliers hang Abdul Aziz Shah and high above. has stood for more than Previously an open-air three decades with assembly, the main prayer hall is a splendour that now air-conditioned, with stained has never glass panes installed. They still allow faded. light in, but also prevent carpets and other soft furnishings from becoming overexposed and faded.

(From top) The interior and exterior design of the Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah Mosque is both stunning and breath-taking

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The current ruler, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah, is in attendance. He enters through a dedicated entrance for the royal family. His Majesty is approachable and regarded with much affection. A yellow carpet marks the pathway that he will take to the front row. Men are seen performing their ablutions, the cleansing ritual undertaken before prayers. Children can be seen scurrying around. Nevertheless,

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entering a holy place of worship require that certain rules be respected. No one should walk in front of another man praying. Women have their own separate section on the upper level. Sahibul Fadilah Muhammad Farhan Wijaya is the youthful looking Imam Besar (Grand Imam) of the mosque, who has been serving since 2014. Through wellplaced loudspeakers, his conviction is evident in his manner and fluid voice. No chatter can be heard during fleeting intermissions, despite the tightly gathered congregation. The crowd listens reverentially to his teachings. Japanese visitors are a common sight, owing to publications in Japan that have featured the mosque extensively in their pages. The Japanese government encourages its citizens to explore other countries and cultures, and many have taken the initiative to do so. Their tendency to be mindful of their surroundings is on display. They are respectful and hesitant to overstep their bounds. They are guided by volunteers from the Mosque Tour Guides programme, who are professionals and are knowledgeable about the role a mosque plays in the Muslim community and about Islam in general.

(From top and inset) A traditional Bugis house located outside the Sultan Alam Shah Museum; the back alley of Laman Seni Shah Alam is given a new lease of life with grafitti art and quirky installations

Museum. While it may have seen better days, it is an expositional delight for those who want an introduction to Shah Alam and the nine districts in Selangor. When Kuala Lumpur became the capital city of Malaysia, the proposal to move the state capital to a suitable place was up for grabs. Finally, Sungai Renggam was selected for development as a new satellite industrial city. The late Sultan renamed Sungai Renggam to Shah Alam in honour of his father, and it was proclaimed as the state capital in 1978. Its location midway between Port Klang and Kuala Lumpur spurred rapid development, and it became a prosperous industrial centre. In addition to a mini history lesson, the museum also houses a varied collection of keris (a traditional dagger with a distinctive wavy blade) and other exhibits such as the longest embroidered handiwork in Malaysia. It is nine metres long and features the official flower of Selangor as its motif. There is also a memorial in tribute to the late SM Salim, widely considered as the ‘King of Traditional Malay Songs’.

Art Stage

The grandeur of the mosque is even more evident in the evenings when the setting sun frames the blue of the mosque with hues of amber and pink.

We were also told to check out Laman Seni Shah Alam. Here, graffiti art has been approved and endorsed by the Shah Alam City Council. The urban art form is about making a statement with visceral in-your-face images and brilliant colours. It’s a validation for former ‘renegades’ who spent days spray painting public areas for kicks, often accused of vandalism and their work viewed with deep suspicion by the authorities.

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A short walk away from the mosque brings one to the Sultan Alam Shah

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Skytrek Adventure Shah Alam within the park provided a range of derring-do challenges such as zip-line flying fox and cable walks to overcome and get your adrenaline fix. As an alternative to the botanical gardens, there’s the Wet World Water Park with water-based rides and attractions that both adults and children will appreciate. For those preferring less strenuous leisure pursuits, one can unwind with a book at the Raja Tun Uda Library that also boasts a 6D theatre.

This dilapidated back alley is given a new lease of life with quirky creations and installations with social messages. Take for example The Courtyard mural that depicts a courtyard inhabited by Chinese settlers of yesteryears, or Bumiku that makes a case for consumers to ‘reduce, reuse and recycle’. There is also a depiction of the interior of the Blue Mosque thrown in for good measure. The Malaysian connection is apparent, even in an art form that has its roots in American hip-hop. The medium is just a ripple to carry ideas across. Images – yes, even those spray painted on walls behind nondescript shop lots – should provoke, in order to achieve a fresh visual narrative. An expression of the contemporary social landscape and youth culture, the site is worth a visit.

(Top) A visit to i-City should include stops at the City of Digital Lights and the Red Carpet 2 interactive wax museum (Below) Setia Alam Pasar Malam is the longest night market in Malaysia

And if you’re heading back to Kuala Lumpur after, be sure to drop by i-City’s Leisure Park. i-City is an ambitious mixed development that has just recently added Central i-City Mall to its slew of residential offerings. Hop on to the giant Ferris Wheel – it’s visible at night by commuters on the Federal Highway – before taking a stroll through the psychedelic City of Digital Lights. A ride on the carousel is a must if nostalgia beckons, while the SnoWalk is a winter wonderland that’s ideal for both adults and children.

Itinerary Fix

Regrettably, the well-known Taman Botani Negara Shah Alam is temporarily closed and undergoing restoration at press time. The concerted effort to reinvigorate this green lung – the last patch of remaining primary forest in Shah Alam – will go a long way to ensuring its sustainability as a botanical garden and forest reserve. Previously, it was a hive of activities with jogging, cycling and brisk tracking amid the verdant natural surroundings; while

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(Top) Hawker fare including traditional Malay kuih can be found at the Setia Alam Pasar Malam (inset) Durian paired with cendol, a shaved ice dessert, can be had at Seksyen 24

Lastly, the Red Carpet 2 is highly recommended as the interactive wax museum has an impressive roster of 100 celebrity figures. Don’t get too close to US President Donald Trump as his doppelganger doesn’t look very approachable. I found Mother Teresa and Queen Elizabeth II to be hauntingly realistic and Mr Bean on a bicycle with training wheels a riot to look at.

Moving on, a local we became acquainted with, clued us in on the longest pasar malam (night market) in Malaysia. At 2.4 kilometres in length, the Setia Alam Pasar Malam is a notable entry in the Malaysia Book of Records and it’s proudly proclaimed as such with a placard erected in concrete. The motivation to trek the full length is the reward of a sheer array of glorious food on display. Other neighbourhood night markets are long, but they tend to snake around the block. This one is a straight line and requires several pitstops towards the homestretch at the other end. You can’t help but be enticed by the aromas coming from the food stalls and street carts with mouth-watering favourites such as fried durian, steamed kampung chicken, grilled mushrooms, traditional Malay kuih, and homemade fish crackers. While shuffling through the crowd, I also tried black tofu that’s made from black soybeans and garnished with garlic, pickled radish and spring onions.

Food For Thought

Admittedly, Shah Alam is not the place that comes to mind when sumptuous food is mentioned. But what it lacks in reputation, it more than makes up for with audacity. A good start is Rojak & Cendol Shah Alam located at Seksyen 24.

As to fine-dining options, there’s none better than Chef Darren Teoh’s Dewakan. Located at the KDU University College in Utropolis Glenmarie, Dewakan was recently included as one of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants. The building blocks of Teoh’s dishes are local produce that lend his cuisine an unmistakable Malaysian nuance when combined. Dewakan is the combination of two Malay words: dewa, the word for god, and makan, which means to eat.

As the name implies, the stall serves rojak and cendol at a rather unremarkable looking food court. Nonetheless, it was recommended glowingly as ‘the best cendol in town’. Here, pungent durian is dunked into the popular sweet shaved ice dessert. And the verdict is that it has flavour and character in spades. I also sampled perfectly grilled crispy tofu pockets, drizzled with a sweet sauce and topped with a sprinkling of peanuts. The rojak was average but two-out-of-three isn’t too shabby.

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Made In


One of the Malaysian team’s winning creations, featuring monkeys in costumes inspired by the late singer Elvis Presly


Tengku Syahmi's interest in fashion design grew from his talent for sketching and drawing

engku Syahmi’s career in fashion received a blazing head start when he was named Most Promising Designer by the Malaysian International Fashion Alliance (MIFA) 10 years ago. Tengku Syahmi and fellow designer Jonathan Liang, his friend and classmate, were still studying at Raffles College in Kuala Lumpur when their lecturer encouraged them to take part in the MIFA competition. The organisers were so impressed that both design students were named winners in 2009.

“That kind of catapulted both of us into the industry even before we finished college, so I am very lucky in that sense,” said Tengku Syahmi, whose interest in fashion design was sparked at an early age. He liked drawing and sketching, which transformed into an interest in fashion design after Tengku Syahmi watched a fashion designer being interviewed on television as a young boy. His parents were quite supportive of his career choice, seeing fashion design as a realistic option for earning a living through the use of his talent for drawing. “Seeing how a person formed ideas, sketched them out and brought them to life was really interesting to me. You could create anything you want and make it happen,” he said. His experience working for another local fashion label helped open his

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While his parents originate from Kelantan, the family has not been going back to their home state for Eid in the last few years, especially now that his grandparents are no longer around. Instead, they would host small gatherings for relatives who have also chosen to stay back in Kuala Lumpur for the festive celebrations.

His label, Tsyahmi, strives to create functional clothes that can be worn for all seasons

eyes when it came to the business side of the fashion industry. This included sourcing for materials to converting designs into actual clothes, production and retailing. Fast track to today, Tengku Syahmi runs his own fashion label in Kuala Lumpur named Tsyahmi, catering mainly to made-to-measure, bespoke and bridal orders. Tengku Syahmi is constantly striving for newness when creating functional clothes that can be worn for all seasons. The label previously designed a few ready-to-wear collections before shifting its focus to bespoke orders. While the majority of orders received are still bridal orders, Tengku Syahmi added that the seasonal influx of bespoke orders tend to come in towards the end of the year, when many prepare themselves to attend big parties and events, and in the lead-up to the Eid festival.

“Usually, my mom would always cook at our house on the first day of Raya, and all our relatives who are around would come over after Raya prayers. With my family, the celebration is always about food. It will be a whole day of just feasting and catching up,” said Tengku Syahmi. He does, however, miss having more of his cousins and relatives around, as well as the delicious Kelantanese food such as nasi kerabu, budu dishes, nasi dagang with ikan tongkol and laksa. When asked what he thinks the next Eid fashion trend would be, Tengku Syahmi feels that the nature of fashion today is gradually moving away from favouring a few trends and has, instead, become more about individual choice.

Tengku Syahmi said with a laugh that his own preparations for Eid, or Hari Raya as it is more popularly known here, consist of him making clothes – not for himself, but for his customers.

“It’s no longer a question of whether traditional designs or modern designs are more popular, it’s now about what each individual wants,” he said. With big brands and designers alike competing to put their festive clothing designs out there, Tengku Syahmi feels the market has become saturated with choices.

“I have enough stock of men’s Raya wear to last for a long time, so I can just take something that I made in past collections, for myself. I have all those designs made in my size anyway,” he said, admitting that he is not very particular about his own everyday dressing.

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Based on his observations, new fashion pieces usually draw inspiration from something old. Designers are constantly using different cuts or different silhouettes to recreate traditional wear, whether it’s a well-fitted baju Melayu with a Mandarin collar or a baju kurung with a peplum top and a mermaid-cut flared skirt. “There’s a lot of everything that’s already been done, and I feel like the designs don’t really matter much anymore. People are not spending as much; because of all these options available at their fingertips and with the state of our economy right now, people care more about good deals and are being smarter with their spending,” he added. Tengku Syahmi feels that the future of fashion lies in sustainable designs that can be worn beyond seasons. New designs for traditional wear should be moving in the direction of greater versatility and practicality, so that these outfits can be worn at other occasions outside of the Eid season. Putting practicality into designs is what makes fashion designers problem solvers. “That’s the appeal in bespoke outfits. It’s designed for you and made to fit your measurements, and you can always wear versatile designs again for other functions and events. It’s all about having an idea, designing something with a traditional flavour and injecting ‘newness’ into it.” On more than one occasion, he has met brides of Chinese weddings ordering pantsuits for their wedding reception instead of a traditional evening gown, seeing it as a more practical choice of attire for the purpose of walking around

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and entertaining wedding guests. Interestingly enough, Tengku Syahmi said that the current generation seems to be gravitating towards simplicity and practicality in their bespoke outfit orders.

The future of fashion lies in sustainable designs that can be worn beyond seasons

“What’s always nice to see for Raya though – which I feel should happen during all festive seasons in Malaysia – is that I don’t just get Malay customers,” he said, adding that there were many customers from other ethnic backgrounds who placed orders for Malay traditional wear in preparation for open house functions or Malay weddings that they have been invited to.

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Grand Canyon, United States


Millions of years of geological history have given the Grand Canyon in Arizona some of the most expansive – and dramatic – views in the world. Carved by the Colorado River, and over a mile deep in places, the layers of red rock provide an ever-changing display of colour, depending on the time of day. At sunrise, greys and blues will gradually transform into orange, pink and even purple as the light and warmth of a new day dawns. The Canyon’s South Rim has several popular viewpoints to take a short stroll away from the crowds for a moment of tranquillity.

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Mount Fuji, Japan



A picture-perfect mountain 100 kilometres southwest of Tokyo, Mount Fuji is Japan’s highest peak and an active volcano. During July and August, intrepid travellers can climb the mountain and watch the sunrise from its summit. Alternatively, head to the lake resort of Fujigoko at the northern base of Fuji to see the sun come up behind the snow-capped mountain. When weather conditions are right, it will be reflected in the water and if you’re lucky (it only happens a few times a year when the sun aligns with the tip) you might even witness Diamond Fuji, pictured here.

The Maldives, Indian Ocean

The Maldives archipelago is a chain of 26 atolls made up of over 1,000 paradise islands. It is synonymous with white sandy beaches, blue lagoons, coral reefs and hammocks swinging between palm trees. Get a different perspective and see it as the day begins, when the clear waters are almost black and the sky begins to glow. The best way to appreciate the majesty of the Indian Ocean at sunrise is on a dawnlight boat trip – you might even catch the silhouettes of dolphins leaping out of the water. Feeling brave? Head to Hammerhead Point for a dawn dive with the sharks.

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Machu Picchu, Peru


Seeing the sun rise over this Inca citadel set high in the Peruvian Andes is a magical experience. The exact purpose of Machu Picchu, built in the 15th century, remains a mystery, though its archaeological monuments are thought to have represented a sacred link between the Andes and the Amazon. Travellers hiking the Inca Trail get going at 4 am to arrive (along with those up early enough to get a seat on the first bus from Aguas Calientes) as first light hits. Expect a panoramic view of cloud-capped mountains and subtropical jungle as the ancient city is gradually revealed.

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Santorini, Greece


Whitewashed houses clinging to the cliffs, azure blue sea and beaches of black, white and red lava pebbles make Santorini a photographer’s delight at any time of day. This Mediterranean island is one of the most popular holiday destinations in Greece, but get up early and you’ll be rewarded with peace, quiet and breathtaking views. As the sun rises, the indigo sea begins to blaze and neighbouring islands reveal themselves. You might spot a fisherman out on the water, while back on land, shadows dance across the houses as they glow pink in the morning light.

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Humble Beginnings Text Sumitra Valliappan / Photos courtesy of Patrick Goi




rmed with merely a few hundred ringgit in his pocket and a boatload of determination, Patrick Goi bravely ventured out of his hometown of Bukit Mertajam, Penang more than a decade ago with hopes of making it in Kuala Lumpur.

With a simple idea to make inexpensive fashionable clothing and accessories available for all levels of consumers, the PANGOI brand is now available at six boutiques across Malaysia, with plans to open up more outlets around the country and abroad. However, it wasn’t always a smooth journey for Goi who left home at the age of 17.

“I never wanted to be cocooned in the small town that I grew up in,” he said at his latest Pangoi boutique at Nu Sentral Mall in Kuala Lumpur. “I’ve always wanted a better life.” Pangoi International, which he founded, dabbles primarily in leather lifestyle products and merchandise. Although a relatively new player in the retail market, Goi has his eyes set on maintaining the highest standards for materials and workmanship.

There are six PANGOI boutiques in Malaysia with more opening across the country and abroad

“I arrived at Pudu bus station from Penang at 5.30 am without any friends or family,” he recalls of the midnight bus he took to Kuala Lumpur to further his education. “All I remember was that I was extremely hungry. So, I walked around to find myself some food from any of the restaurants that were still open before making my way to college,” said Goi, the youngest of five siblings. He attributes his success to the constant love and care shown by his mother and eldest sister. They made him focus on his studies, which led to him obtaining a partial scholarship to study at the Tunku Abdul Rahman College in Kuala Lumpur. “It wasn’t my thing, but I knew I had to at least get myself a paper qualification to fall back on should my dream of becoming a fashion designer not pan out the way I imagined it to,” he said. While enrolled in college, the enterprising Goi looked out for part-

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time jobs to earn some pocket money over the weekends and during festive seasons.“From working at retail outlets in the malls to selling perfume for brands like Chanel and Dior, I’ve done it all,” he says. “It was initially nervewracking as my command of the English language was poor and I was apprehensive when interacting with sophisticated city shoppers and tourists. I had to pick up the language fast.” It was perhaps his enthusiasm and passion for sales, coupled with Goi’s charismatic personality, that saw him go from a measly pay cheque of a couple of hundred Ringgit to RM2,000 during the good times. “I’d never seen that much money before that I thought they had made a mistake and added an extra ‘zero’ to the amount in my salary slip,” he added. Goi’s hard work paid off. He was on his feet daily, working from 10 am to 10 pm, while persevering in college to ensure that assignments and lecture notes were completed, even if it meant working late into the night.

Goi is directly involved in the production of his creations and travels regularly in search of high quality materials

With the experience and knowledge Goi gained from his time spent at departmental stores, he went on to open his very own fashion brand and sourced for materials from as far as Turkey to ensure that the products were all of high quality. Starting off with a small pop-up stall at The MINES Shopping Centre, he went on to eventually open six outlets in malls around the Klang Valley in just two years. Today, PANGOI sells an array of ladies and men’s fashion clothing and accessories. Confident his business acumen will serve him well, Goi has set his sights on the global market. PANGOI is a catchy play on Goi’s name – it has no inherent meaning but he found it to be unique and easy enough for customers to recall.

“It was crazy but I had no choice. By then, I had already fallen in love with the retail world and knew that was my calling. Nevertheless, finishing my studies and obtaining my degree was not an option but a necessity,” says Goi, who juggled both work and studies until he graduated. Upon graduation, Goi took on full-time jobs at departmental stores. He became one of the youngest store managers and learnt as much as he could about the retail industry. “It is such a vibrant industry and it’s fast-paced. Everything that goes on behind the scenes, and from the buying to the reconciliation of cash at the end of the day, I ensured that it was all meticulously done,” he said.

Goi is directly involved in the production of the designs and he travels regularly in search of high quality materials. “I’ve found that Korean materials seem to last longer. It also stands out in terms of design. Hence, you will find a lot of our creations have a very Malaysian aesthetic in terms of cut and fit, yet the look is very modern, thanks to the Korean materials that we use.”

Although it was a tiring job, Goi’s family and friends would always advise him to maintain a healthy work-life balance. “That’s when I realised what was truly important to me,” he said.“I started spending more time with my loved ones, taking my mother to holidays in Europe, which she would never have dreamt of going otherwise.”

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Unique IONIQ


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Sharp Design

lantra, Sonata, Tucson … those of you familiar with Korean automaker, Hyundai will easily identify these cars. But in 2016, the automaker lifted the covers off the IONIQ, its first model built from the ground up to feature a hybrid and electric drivetrain. From the moment it was launched by Hyundai-Sime Darby Motors (HSDM), the IONIQ Hybrid certainly drew attention here for its features and attractive price tag.

The IONIQ is undoubtedly a good looking car but its design is also functional. The fluidic exterior shape is highly aerodynamic in nature, which gifts the model a lower drag co-efficient of 0.24. This helps the model achieve smoother air flow resulting in improved fuel-efficiency. Its futuristic design is further characterised by Bi-xenon headlights embraced by the C-shaped LED positioning lamps. Hyundai has also afforded the model contrasting colours at the base of the bumper to further extend the model’s character. Depending on the variant, the car sits on specially-designed two-tone 15- or 17-inch wheels.

A portmanteau of ion and unique, the IONIQ is priced affordably just below the RM100,000 mark, making it one of the cheapest hybrids around. The locally assembled IONIQ Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV) fuel-efficient driving machine was viewed by many as a gateway option for drivers looking to purchase their first hybrid vehicle, or for those wanting to upgrade to a quality mid-size sedan. The IONIQ fits the mould of both.

Light & Safe The Hyundai IONIQ Hybrid is a fuelefficient vehicle for daily driving that’s also attractively priced

One of the key features of the IONIQ is the use of aluminium in both the hood and tailgate, which has shed 12kg off the car. Combined with the use of lightweight components along with a more compact build, this has significantly

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reduced the overall weight of the IONIQ, enhancing its power to weight ratio for improved efficiency and performance. Although lighter, there’s zero compromise on rigidity or safety as the hybrid model features advanced construction methods in its design, and the utilisation of an advanced high steel chassis for superior handling characteristics and high impact energy absorption.

Green Machine

It’s sleek and light but the true measure of any hybrid is always found under the hood of the car. Pop it open and you’ll find a Kappa 1.6 Atkinson GDI four-cylinder engine. The powertrain combined with a 32kW electric motor delivers a maximum output of 141PS with 265NM of torque. Paired with a newly developed and highly efficient six-speed dual-clutch transmission (6DCT), the IONIQ not only delivers exceptional performance and efficiency but also ultra-low emissions. Shaving precious cents off the monthly fuel bill aside, this Hyundai model also returns low noise, vibration and harshness levels for a quieter and more comfortable ride.

Safety First

The IONIQ comes with a spacious and modern interior with features such as climate control and a state-of-the-art infotainment system with smartphone connectivity. In the safety department, the model is equipped with Vehicle Stability Management (VSM), Front and Rear Parking System, sevenairbag system and the Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS). The slightly more enhanced HEV Plus model is upgraded with a host of other security and convenient features such as the Wireless Charging System for Smartphones, Blind Spot Detection (BSD), Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS), Automatic

The IONIQ has a spacious interior as well as a state-of-the-art infotainment panel

Emergency Braking System (AEB), Smart Cruise Control System (SCC), and a Rain Sensor.

Exceptional Value

VALUE HYBRIDS Go green without the hefty costs with these efficient machines:

In the compact sedan segment there are few models that can match the Hyundai IONIQ in terms of performance and features, especially in the subRM100,000 range. In terms of fuelefficient, low emission mobility, this hybrid from Hyundai has literally no competitors in its segment, especially factoring its impressive features and handsome design. You get all of that for a price that won’t put a dent in the wallet too.


Priced at just over RM84,000, this compact hatchback remains the most affordably priced hybrid. It is good value as it offers the same qualities seen in the regular Jazz with the benefit of a more efficient powerplant.

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Honda’s best-selling sedan is available in a hybrid variant. This further extends its popularity, even more so with an enticing price point beginning from RM91,832 onwards.


The C-segment MPV from Nissan is also a good consideration as it is a formidable sevenseater people mover that’s priced locally at just RM133,000.

The Hyundai IONIQ is priced from RM99,888, 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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Ready & Revving


BMW Introduces The 8

The first BMW 8 Series was introduced in 1989 and now three decades on, BMW Malaysia has introduced ‘The 8’, the newest member to the premium automaker’s portfolio of luxury vehicles. Developed on the race track to achieve supreme agility, precision, and poise, the new BMW M850i xDrive Coupe combines a new powerful V8 engine with BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive system and BMW EfficientLightweight design. The new model features a number of attributes such as state-of-the-art luxury, exceptionally advanced equipment features and emotionstirring design, which sets new standards in the luxury coupe segment. However, it is The 8’s supreme dynamic performance that will get drivers excited. It delivers a maximum output of 530hp along with 750Nm of torque to deliver a century sprint in just 3.7 seconds and a top speed of 250kmh. The BMW M850i xDrive Coupe is priced at RM1,088,800.

Greener X-Trail

The Nissan X-Trail has just gotten a facelift alongside some new enhancements. The most significant offering is a hybrid variant; featuring a 2.0-litre hybrid engine with Twin CVTC (Continuously Variable-valve Timing Control) paired with an XTRONIC CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission).The powerplant delivers 144PS and 200Nm of torque along with the output from the Electric Motor of 41PS with 160Nm. The new X-Trail also comes with a number of Nissan Intelligent Mobility advanced safety technologies such as Intelligent Forward Collision Warning and Forward Emergency Braking along with Intelligent Cruise Control and a Motion Activated Power Tailgate. Apart from the new 2.0L Hybrid model, the new facelifted X-Trail is also available in 2.5L 4WD, a 2.0L 2WD MID and 2.0L 2WD variants. The X-Trail 2.0L Hybrid is priced at RM169,900.

Restyled Iriz

Proton’s resurgence continues with the introduction of the 2019 Iriz, which has been updated with new design tweaks as well as features. The B-segment hatchback now boasts a more streamlined and sportier look, courtesy of slimmer headlights integrated with a prominent grille garnish and redesigned front and rear bumpers. The biggest switch-up occurs inside the car with the introduction of an intelligent head unit that uses an embedded eSIM card and carries apps for music streaming, navigation and voice recognition. The system features a 7-inch touchscreen with 16GB of memory and offers full mirroring capabilities for Android smartphones. Similar to the system used on the Proton X70, the Iriz also has full Wi-Fi connectivity that can be used as a mobile hotspot. The indicative price for the 2019 Proton Iriz begins at RM43,800.

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Poomy’s Kitchen founder K.R. Poomy at his stall in Lucky Garden, Bangsar

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very Saturday, the night market at Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman in Kuala Lumpur sees a most unlikely chef in action.

Dressed in a black T-shirt and cap, Mohd Raziq Rizqan fires up the stove to fry up char kuey teow. It’s the quintessential Malaysian dish of flat rice noodles stir-fried with shrimp, cockles, egg and beansprouts. Despite the heat and the flames, he moves with the dexterity and speed of one who knows what he’s doing. And far from a novelty act, he does it better than most adult chefs.

Mohd Raziq Rizqan dishes out delicious char kuey teow on Saturdays at the Jalan TAR night market

Raziq, who goes by the nickname ‘Chef Cilik’ (‘small chef’ in Malay) is only 12 years old. A Form 1 student at SMK Tiara

Permai in Kuala Lumpur, he has been helping out at his father’s stall for over two years. The sight of a young boy tossing ingredients over a ring of flames is enough to make anyone stop in their tracks, and while some might call it gimmicky, the food lives up to the hype.

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Each dish is cooked to order and served piping hot from the wok. The intense heat and the constant tossing and frying motions ensure that flavours are sealed in and that each plate of his char kuey teow has a slightly charred, smoky aftertaste. Presentation is messy, but the noodles are firm to the bite and each strand is coated in silky slivers of egg and a special homemade sauce. The shrimps, cockles and beansprouts lend texture and a contrasting bite. The dish is topped off with chives, which gives it a distinctive fragrance.

Coming from a family of chefs, it is only natural that Raziq’s interest in cooking was piqued from a young age.

Although soggier than Chinese-style char kuey teow, there is a nice balance of taste and seasoning. Each plate goes for RM7, and the stall sells up to 400 portions on a busy day. Raziq isn’t the only one doing the cooking. Roslan Ab Ghani, Raziq’s father, manages the stall together with his wife, sister-in-law and two of his other children.

The family has been in the food business for over two decades

“I don’t let him cook continuously, he has to take a break. What with the fire and the heat, he needs to be careful,” says Roslan, who has been in the food business for more than two decades. He also works as a university lecturer, guest speaker and trainer in disaster risk management. The family started selling char kuey teow six years ago. It was based on a recipe from Roslan’s brother-in-law, who is an executive chef. “We were previously selling salted fish nasi lemak, but switched to char kuey teow as there was a demand for it,” he elaborates. When it comes to dishing out a good plate of char kuey teow, Roslan enthuses that it’s all about the quality

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of the raw ingredients, from the type of kuey teow they use, which they get from a supplier in Selangor, to the sauce, which is a blend of soy sauce, salted fish sauce, and their own secret seasoning. “We’ve figured out the perfect ratio of ingredients,” he says. “It’s all a matter of following the recipe. The amount of chilli, even the size of the eggs affects the consistency.” As everything has to be served up fast and fresh on-site, preparations begin at home two days before the stall opens for business. At this moment, Raziq comes up with a plate of char kuey teow in hand and places it at our table. We ask if he’d be willing to answer a few questions, but he smiles shyly and retreats to the stove, where he quickly fires up another order. “He hasn’t taken to the fame,” Roslan chuckles, adding that they’ve seen many visitors coming to try their food ever since Raziq was featured on a local social media page and became an online viral sensation. Coming from a family of chefs, it is only natural that Raziq’s interest in cooking was piqued from a young age. His eldest brother, grandmother and uncle are chefs, while his grandfather owned a family food business in Kelantan.

Controlling the fire is an essential part of a good plate of char kuey teow

“About two years ago, Raziq asked if he could try cooking a dish on his own,” says Roslan. “We were surprised that he

had a flair for it. Since then, he has been helping out at the stall. But of course, his studies come first.” When asked if Raziq has interest in becoming a full-time chef when he’s older, Roslan reveals that his son hopes to become a member of the Royal Malaysian Navy. “For now, he enjoys cooking, so we let him do it,” he adds. “Not everyone is able to master the frying technique and it seems to come naturally to him. Sometimes it is quite surprising because we get tourists from as far as Australia and Germany calling us up, asking if ‘Chef Cilik’ would be able to cook a dish for them when they visit!”

KUEY TEOW GORENG KERANG JALAN TAR (Opens from 12 pm to 9 pm on Saturdays) Pasar Malam Jalan TAR, Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman, 50100, Kuala Lumpur (Located in front of Arked Metropoint)

Roslan also does the cooking occasionally, but leaves his family to run most of it as he is also involved with the traders association at Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman, on top of his lecturing duties. “Cooking is a skill you must practice constantly, or you will get rusty,” he says. “These days, when I give it a go, Raziq will playfully express disapproval that I’m not doing it properly.”

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Open Journal Text Eris Choo




ibraries have often existed as important archives – a place where access to knowledge promotes free thought and new ideas, and in turn, progress. As society evolves, so must its libraries. Thankfully, Kuala Lumpur has its fair share of exceptional libraries that provide a platform for communities to learn, discuss and grow.

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Rumah Attap Library and Collective

organisations and other libraries. “Our books are mainly in the fields of art, culture, philosophy and sociology. We are trying to showcase an alternative knowledge system to share with others. You won’t find cook books or picture books here,” says Cheong.

Tucked away on the top floor of the Zhongshan Building in Kuala Lumpur is Rumah Attap Library and Collective. It is essentially a collaboration between three local arts and culture organisations namely Amateur, In Between Cultura and Au Sow Yee Studio.

The bright and airy Rumah Attap Library and Collective is located within the Zhongshan Building and has over 4,000 books

Brightly lit and welcoming, the small but serene space features a striking wall of books on wooden shelves which dominate one side of the room, while a large wooden table and a cosy sofa complete the homely setup. Opened in 2017, the collective came about as the organisations needed a physical space to conduct their activities, such as book readings, film screenings and seminars. The idea to have a library to go with the space was to help build a sense of community. “For many Malaysians, libraries are not part and parcel of our daily lives,” says Rumah Attap founding member, Cheong Wey Jin. “In Kuala Lumpur, it’s especially hard to feel a sense of belonging, as people are becoming detached from one another. We hope that through the library and our activities, we can have a collective community to share our problems and offer viable solutions,” she adds.

RUMAH ATTAP LIBRARY AND COLLECTIVE 84c, Jalan Rotan, Kampung Attap, 50460 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia facebook.com/ rumahattap

There are over 4,000 books, mostly in the Chinese language, that were donated by the public, members of the

Students are welcome to use the library for free if they are working on school projects, but the space is also available for hosting events. Visiting the library is free of charge, but for those interested to borrow books from the library, there is a membership fee of RM100 a year, with special prices for the disabled, senior citizens and students. The library sustains itself through renting out the space and public donations. Visitors can also help themselves to light snacks and drinks from the fridge, payment which runs on an honour system. As the library is operated by volunteers, they are only open on weekends, with activities such as talks by scholars and book reading sessions held on weeknights. Opening hours: Saturday and Sunday from 11 am to 7 pm.

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Japan Foundation Kuala Lumpur (JFKL) Library With rows of books related to Japan lining the shelves and beautiful tapestries of dragons and tigers hanging from one side of the wall, the JFKL Library at Northpoint, Mid Valley City is an oasis of Zen and a gateway for visitors to explore Japan, right in the heart of Kuala Lumpur.

“One of our main objectives is to support Japanese language education overseas,” says JFKL’s Head of Japanese Language Department, Masako Umeeda. “When we first started in the 1990s, the Internet was not as readily available as it is today. Hence, it was important for us to have a library to provide materials for the public, especially for students and lecturers.”

Browse through the library’s extensive manga (comics) selection or make use of the audio visual facilities to watch Japanese shows and films


Established in 1992, the library is part of the Japan Foundation, a semi-governmental organisation supervised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, which seeks to deepen mutual understanding between the people of Japan and other countries through international cultural exchange programmes.

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lecturers.” The library now boasts an impressive collection of 14,000 books, CDs and DVDs. Aside from language books for those learning Japanese, there are also manga (comics), as well as the latest lifestyle magazines, newspapers, cultural books and novels in both Japanese and English.

The library provides materials related to Japanese language and culture

Lovers of Japanese culture will be thrilled to know that much thought has been put into the space’s design. Dolls dressed in elaborate kimonos greet visitors at the counter, and there is a section made to look like a traditional Japanese room, complete with floor cushions, tatami mats and also sliding doors. “Sometimes when we have visitors, we use the room for cultural demonstrations such as yukata fittings, tea ceremonies or demonstrations on Japanese etiquette, like how to enter a room,” says JFKL public relations officer Muhammad Nazreen Nana Khurizan. “The idea is to have visitors experience how it feels like to be in Japan.” JAPAN FOUNDATION KUALA LUMPUR LIBRARY 18th Floor, Northpoint, Block B, Mid Valley City, No 1, Medan Syed Putra, 59200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia jfkl.org.my/library

While the public are free to stop by and read at the library, signing up as a member for just RM10 a year allows visitors to borrow the materials, as well as make use of the audio visual equipment to watch Japanese cartoons, films and dramas. Opening hours: Tuesday to Friday from 10.30 am to 6.30 pm, and Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm. Closed on Sunday, Monday and public holidays.

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(top) Converted from an old village home, the Little Giraffe Book Club is also a community space

Little Giraffe Book Club

Children running and laughing in the courtyard, parents relaxing on the veranda, and wide double wooden doors – it may seem like a scene from a Malaysian Chinese village home. Except that this one is a library.

(Inset) Lee (far right) with staff members and volunteers

The brainchild of Lee Soon Yoong, the Little Giraffe Book Club in Kampung Baru Batu 11 operates as a social enterprise in the township of Cheras. While providing a community space for the public, especially children, to read and explore, it sustains itself through its café, which serves rojak, rice and noodle dishes in addition to snacks and drinks.

After returning from his studies in Taiwan, Lee decided to give back to the community where he grew up by converting an abandoned, dilapidated village house into a library. “It was challenging at first as many in the village did not understand what we were conceptualising,” he recalls. “We only raised RM5,000 after six months.” Taking a leap of faith, he decided to go ahead with construction, partially learning to do so from YouTube instructional videos. Eventually, the surrounding residents warmed up to the idea and their hard work. “The neighbour across the road is a retired contractor, and he must have seen how bad we were doing, so he came over to guide us. He even cooked meals for us,” Lee chuckles. The project was completed in six months with the support of the villagers, heritage groups and local authorities.

“The original library was started in 2011 by a group of retired kindergarten teachers and mothers, who wanted to encourage good reading habits among the village children,” says Lee, an architecture graduate. “However, it wasn’t convenient as it was housed in a container cabin, and they could only run it when they were free.”

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The library has over 3,000 books for children in various languages and serves food and drinks to help sustain its operations

There are approximately 3,000 books consisting mainly of picture books for children in Chinese, Malay and English. In addition, there is an emphasis on parent-child activities such as storytelling and sharing sessions. “Reading is a habit you inculcate from childhood. You can’t force an adult to read if they aren’t used to it. What we can do is plant a seed for the future,” Lee quips. While retaining much of its original structure such as wooden panels, doors and windows, the house has been redesigned to create an open space and to allow as much natural light in as possible. Tables and chairs are made from plywood, with a rustic finish. Lee says they also sell some of the furniture to help keep the library running.

LITTLE GIRAFFE BOOK CLUB 114, Jalan 15, Batu 11 Cheras, 43200 Selangor, Malaysia facebook.com/ littlegiraffebookclub

“In Malaysia, half-commercial and half-community spaces are still quite experimental,” he says. “If this is sustainable in the long run, we hope that it can be an example for those who want to do it in their own communities.” Opening hours: Wednesday to Saturday from 12 pm to 10 pm, and Sunday from 12 pm to 7 pm. Closed on Monday, Tuesday and public holidays.

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Part of an architecture company’s office in Kuala Lumpur, Booku was started in 2016 by the firm’s founders as a space to exchange cultural knowledge and promote literature. The library is located in a two-storey building which was formerly a residence, but now houses an office upstairs. “The initial idea was to have a walk-in library, since we have a large collection of reading materials and a beautiful space that wasn’t being fully utilised,” says Booku curator Lim Huei Miin.

Booku organises events on arts and culture, with book readings and talks for the public


However, finding it difficult to maintain the library due to a lack of manpower, they decided to use the space to organise events on arts and culture instead.

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The library is housed on the ground floor of a double-storey terrace house. Lucky visitors might meet one of its resident cats

In their first year, Booku held several book reading and sharing sessions, based on works by Italian author Italo Calvino. Later, they moved on to more unconventional activities such as having participants visit parts of Kuala Lumpur and relate their experience based on books that they’ve read. “The response and comments have been encouraging, and people are surprised with the quality of the events that we’ve managed to put together, such as photography and literature exhibitions,” Lim explains. “Usually, after the activities, we allow participants to linger and make use of the reading space.” Most of the library books are part of the firm’s private collection, and include titles on architecture, design and graphic arts, alongside magazines, novels and comics. There is also a music corner with vinyl records and an RP1 turntable. If you’re lucky, you might be able to spot the library’s resident cats – Ginger and Beer.

BOOKU 24 Jalan Sepakat 9, Taman United, 58200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia facebook.com/ read.booku

Lim hopes that the library will be able to cater to walk-ins in the near future. In the meantime, members of the public are welcome to participate in exhibitions and events at the space, by following updates on their Facebook page.

Not open for walk-ins.

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Health & Fitness Illustration Nurfarahin Kamarudin

Ramadan Survival




ssalamualaikum and peace be upon you, my brothers and sisters. Alhamdullilah, we are blessed to be able to welcome the holy month of Ramadan this year. The word “Ramadan” comes from the Arabic root word for “parched thirst” and “sunbaked ground”. It is expressive of the hunger and thirst felt by those who spend the month fasting. It’s not a walk in the park, especially during the first few days. Here are some frequently asked questions about exercising and working out during Ramadan.

Can you exercise during Ramadan?

Absolutely! This is a great opportunity to lose weight. In fact, 90 percent of you will lose some weight, no matter how much you consume during berbuka puasa (breaking of fast meal). The reason for this is because our daily calorie intake is much lower.

What exercises can I do while fasting?

Stick to light-to-moderate cardiovascular exercises such as swimming, slow jogging, brisk walks, table tennis or any activities that do not strain the body. Whatever you decide to do, bear in mind that you will be dehydrated, so further loss of fluids is going to make it worse. The first sign of dehydration is dizziness or light headedness. If you feel any of these symptoms, STOP! Remember: the first few days of fasting are always the hardest. It is the same when exercising during Ramadan. Your body needs time to adapt. So, take it easy and gradually build up the intensity of your exercises. And most importantly, listen to your body.

How long do I have to wait to exercise after breaking my fast?

It depends on what you’ve eaten. If you’ve taken a heavy meal at a buffet and feeling full, rest for 60 minutes to let the food settle and digest. If you’ve had a clean meal that is easily digested or a preworkout meal, give it 20 to 30 minutes before commencing your workout.

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What about weight training?

You can hit the weights after you break fast. Weight training is an absolute no-go during fasting as you will be doing your body more harm than good. Weight training requires energy, which usually comes from food. Without it, your body will break down muscle tissues instead. Being in a state of dehydration won’t help either.

What is the best time to burn fat?

An hour before iftar (the evening meal) is the best time to burn fat. By the time you approach iftar, you would have used up most of your body’s glycogen (sugar) and as a result, it turns to fat for its source of energy. Keep your training intensity low with a heart rate of around 65 percent maximum. For most readers, this would involve activities such as brisk walks uphill, slow jogs or some light housekeeping. If you are running out of breath, your intensity is too high.

Do Tarawih prayers help to burn calories?

Tarawih prayers burn plenty of calories. A one-to-two hour prayer session can burn up to 400 calories, depending on the climate and environment. But I’m sure we know that burning calories is not the main objective of performing Tarawih prayers! Remember, the holy month of Ramadan is the month of blessings and supplication to the Almighty. Let’s use this opportunity to shift our focus from the Dunyai (temporal world and earthly concerns) to the Akhirah (afterlife). All the best in your journey and have a blessed Ramadan!

About Cikgu Fitness Malaysia

Kevin Zahri is an award-winning US-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

Can I just rest all month?

Absolutely. That is what I do. 11 months of the year, I am very active. I play plenty of sports and hit the gym. During that one month of the year, I don’t exercise at all and just let my body recuperate. Think about it – even professional athletes need an off-season to ‘repair’ themselves physically and mentally. You can make the month of Ramadan your off-season.

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Pack Up : For Him


Man Enough


Stylish Flair

The Fendi Peekaboo X-Lite Fit is a slim tote for gents. Made of black calf leather, the design is easily distinguishable by a rigid panel on the back and a soft front section with turn-lock fastener. RRP: USD3,980 (RM16,190) fendi.com

Tumi’s London Roll-Top Backpack now comes in a new print. The African floral motif is cool, but the bag still manages to maintain a rugged feel. It has a roomy interior – enough to hold a laptop, plus enough clothes for a weekend away. RRP: RM2,290 tumi.my



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Vintage Appeal


The Montblanc Urban Racing Spirit document case is the perfect companion for work on-the-go. Recalling the stripes on 1970s racing cars, red detailing on the zipper pulls denote a bold and sporty attitude. RRP: RM4,500 montblanc.com

Celebrating An Icon

Dior has released a men’s version of its iconic Saddle Bag. It is hand-crafted in grained leather, featuring a jacquard strip with the inscription “Christian Dior” and an industrial-style buckle. RRP: USD2,700 (RM10,980) dior.com

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Blast From The Past


Burberry’s TB envelope clutch is a fashionable rework of a 1930s style from the label’s archive. The monogram hardware is its defining feature, which pays tribute to the founder, Thomas Burberry. RRP: RM6,900 my.burberry.com

From The Archive

The late Karl Lagerfeld, king of revisiting archives, redesigned the famous Chanel Boy bag for 2019. It is now elongated vertically for a fresh look and finished in a variety of leathers with hardware in different colours. RRP: USD4,200 (RM17,100) chanel.com

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Sleek & Chic


The Celine Le 16 bag evokes a classic aesthetic. It has a demure design, with a cropped flap and gently rounded sides – a nod to the fashion house’s heritage and historic bags from the 1960s. RRP: GBP3,200 (RM14,680) celine.com

Pretty Happy

Presented on ivory leather, the Gucci Zumi strawberry print mini bag is nothing if not whimsy. It is part of a new range, named after Los Angeles-based actress and experimental musician Zumi Rosow. RRP: USD2,200 (RM8,950) gucci.com

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10 things & facts about amazing




Major Exporter

Malaysia accounts for 39 percent of the world’s palm oil production. Palm oil is used in the manufacture of a variety of products, from cosmetics, soaps and lubricants to foodstuff such as margarine, chocolate and ice cream.

Giant Eagle

*Source: Malaysian Palm Oil Council

Dataran Helang, or Eagle’s Square, in Kuah, Langkawi is home to a massive 12-metre sculpture of an eagle spreading its wings. The inspiration for the monument comes from the island’s name, which is believed to be derived from the Brahminy kite eagle.

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Educational Institution

The keris is a dagger found within the Malay archipelago, including Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei and the Philippines. It has been used since ancient times as a weapon and a ceremonial piece, and is often associated with members of Malay royalty.

Established in 1816, the Penang Free School in George Town, Penang is the oldest English-medium school in Southeast Asia. The school counts Malaysia’s first Prime Minister, Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj, legendary Malaysian actor and director Tan Sri P. Ramlee, and doctor and philanthropist Dr Wu Lien-teh among its alumni.

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Gentle Giants

The Malayan Tapir is the largest species of tapir in the world and the only one common to Asia. Its unique black and white colouration helps the animal to cleverly camouflage in the rainforest.


Strike One

Malaysia has an average of 180 to 260 thunderstorms a year, and the third highest lightning activity in the world. Â *Source: US National Lightning Safety Institute


Oldest Cinema

The first cinema in Malaysia is The Coliseum Theatre in Kuala Lumpur. Opened in 1920, the art deco-style building has a seating capacity of 900 people. The cinema is still in operation today, showing mainly Hindi and Tamil films.


Going Green

Every first and third Sunday of the month is car-free morning in Kuala Lumpur, where certain roads in the city are closed to traffic from 7 am to 9 am. Members of the public are invited to cycle, jog, rollerblade or skateboard on the streets.


Communal Living


Seasonal Delights

Ramadan bazaars are a common sight all over Malaysia during the holy month of Ramadan, where Muslims observe a month-long period of fasting from sunrise to sunset. The bazaars sell delicious street food, as well as festive dishes and snacks that are not sold at any other time of the year.

Many ethnic groups in the states of Sabah and Sarawak still live in a rumah panjang (longhouse). These usually have private living quarters where families sleep and rest. There is also usually a large open corridor called a ruai which runs the length of the building.

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Reads : Biographies & Memoirs

Serving The Servant: Remembering Kurt Cobain

by Danny Goldberg Is 25 years long enough to determine if Cobain was a genius? Was Smells Like Teen Spirit an anthem for a generation of disaffected youth or simply the angst-ridden expression of a bored cynic? Was he a genius or did he simply die young and popular? The debate over the legitimacy of Nirvana’s lead man continues to rage, but what is undeniable is his status as a cultural icon further cemented by the act of his suicide. Although Cobain is typically portrayed as a reluctant individual caught in the tailspin of his own rising star, Goldberg, Nirvana’s manager from 1991 to 1994, adds a new dimension to the story. In Serving the Servant, Goldberg draws on his own interaction with Cobain as well as on previously unreleased interviews to illuminate Cobain’s brilliance, compassion and ambition, and sheds new light on why Cobain endures till today. RRP: RM118.90

Leonardo da Vinci

by Walter Isaacson Walter Isaacson, the acclaimed biographer whose previous subjects include Albert Einstein, Benjamin Franklin, and Steve Jobs, adds to his list of geniuses who changed the world with his 2017 biography of Leonardo da Vinci. Now available in paperback, Isaacson masterfully weaves the maestro’s artistic and scientific life to reveal a man whose passion for one is intrinsically linked to the other. Drawing from thousands of pages from Leonardo’s notebooks and contemporary discoveries of his life and work, Isaacson’s portrait is one of a misfit fundamentally defined by his burning curiosity in the subjects of anatomy, engineering, art and theatre. This new work by Isaacson illuminates the importance of questioning received wisdom while keeping an open and imaginative mind as the key ingredients of creativity. RRP: RM59.95

Ernest Hemingway

by Mary V. Dearborn Few writers are celebrated with as much bravado and machismo as Ernest Hemingway, whose CV includes stints as a war-time ambulance driver and other intrigues, big game safari hunter, amateur boxer, inveterate drinker and womaniser, and writer. Even fewer bring the lessons and virtues (if they can be called virtues) from these preoccupations to bear on their writing, and far fewer can make something as beautiful and heart-wrenching as Hemingway does in his novels and short-stories. Mary Dearborn’s 2017 book is the first full biography of Ernest Hemingway in more than 15 years and the first to be written by a woman. Drawing on never-before-used material, Dearborn creates a rich and nuanced portrait of this enigmatic and flawed artist, who was driven and doomed by the insatiable demons that haunted him throughout his life. RRP: RM84.95

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THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERS Hardcover Fiction & Non-fiction *based on the week of 14 April 2019

The Pianist From Syria: A Memoir

by Aeham Ahmad A memoir of a war-refugee who escapes from war-torn Syria to Germany, this is a contemporary account of the continuing and lingering impact of the conflict in the Middle East. Aeham Ahmad was born the son of a blind violinist and carpenter who taught him the piano and a love for music from an early age. A second-generation refugee – his grandparents and father were forced to flee Israel and seek refuge from the Israeli–Palestinian conflict – Aeham’s family built a life in Yarmouk, an unofficial camp to more than 160,000 Palestinian refugees in Damascus where family and music were their only haven. However, any plans to wait out the war in their new home would be disrupted by a new conflict in Syria, forcing Aeham to leave his family behind as he sought to find a new place for them to call home and build a better life. Told in a raw and poignant voice, this is a gripping portrait of one man’s search for sanctuary and of the bond between father and son. RRP: RM75.50



by Harlan Coben


The Valedictorian Of Being Dead

by Heather B. Armstrong As an honest and irreverent memoir by New York Times bestselling author Heather B. Armstrong, she writes of her experience as one of only a few people to participate in an experimental treatment for depression involving 10 rounds of a chemically induced coma approximating brain death. Armstrong has struggled with depression for years, but when she hit rock bottom in 2016, she decided to risk everything by participating in the experimental clinical trial. In her memoir, she recalls the torturous 18 months of suicidal depression she endured and the month-long experimental study in which doctors used propofol anaesthesia to quiet all brain activity for a full fifteen minutes before bringing her back from a flatline – effectively a brain reset. The experience was taxing for both Armstrong and her family and seems to have worked since she has yet to experience an episode of suicidal depression since. Disarmingly honest, self-deprecating, and scientifically fascinating, The Valedictorian Of Being Dead brings to light a ground-breaking new treatment for depression. RRP: RM89.90

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by Jacqueline Winspear


by Tara Westover


by John Carreyrou

THE CORNWALLS ARE GONE by James Patterson and Brendan DuBois


by Clive Cussler and Dirk Cussler


by Michelle Obama


DOING JUSTICE by Preet Bharara

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

John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum

Cast: Keanu Reeves, Halle Berry, Laurence Fishburne, Mark Dacascos, Asia Kate Dillon, Lance Reddick, Saïd Taghmaoui, Jerome Flynn Directed by: Chad Stahelski Release date: 17 May 2019


In this third instalment of the adrenaline-fuelled action franchise, super-assassin John Wick (Reeves) returns with a USD14 million price tag on his head and an army of bounty-hunting killers on his trail. After breaking the cardinal rule for members of the criminal underworld – taking a life on the neutral Continental Hotel grounds – Wick is given a one-hour grace period before he’s excommunicated, where his membership is revoked, he is cut off from other members and banned from using all services. With the help of hitwoman Sofia (Berry), who still trusts him, Wick has to fight his way out of New York City without the Continental Hotel’s resources at his disposal.

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Playing at the cinemas *Information is correct at the time of printing

Long Shot

Starring: Seth Rogen, Charlize Theron, O’Shea Jackson Jr, Andy Serkis, June Diane Raphael, Bob Odenkirk, Alexander Skarsgård Directed by : Jonathan Levine Release date: 3 May 2019


Fred Flarsky (Rogen) is a gifted and free-spirited journalist with an affinity for trouble. Charlotte Field (Theron) is one of the most influential women in the world. Smart, sophisticated, and accomplished, she’s a powerhouse diplomat with a talent for almost everything. The two have nothing in common, except that she was his babysitter and childhood crush. When Fred unexpectedly reconnects with Charlotte, he charms her with his self-deprecating humour and his memories of her youthful idealism. As she prepares to make a run for the Presidency, Charlotte hires Fred as her speechwriter, much to the dismay of her trusted advisors. A fish out of water on Charlotte’s elite team, Fred is unprepared for her glamourous lifestyle in the limelight. However, sparks fly as their unmistakable chemistry leads to a roundthe-world romance and a series of unexpected and dangerous incidents.


Cast: Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott, Will Smith, Marwan Kenzari, Navid Negahban, Nasim Pedrad Directed by: Guy Ritchie Release date: 24 May 2019


Following a series of live-action adaptations of its well-loved cartoon classics, Walt Disney Pictures releases Aladdin, which is based on the 1992 animation film of the same name. Aladdin (Massoud) is a street urchin with a kind heart, and after finding a magical lamp with a powerful genie (Smith) inside, uses it to turn himself into a prince to win the heart of the beautiful Princess Jasmine (Scott). But the evil vizier Jaafar (Kenzari) seeks to gain the power of the lamp for his own, and along with it the land of Agrabah.



Cast: Octavia Spencer, Diana Silvers, Juliette Lewis, Luke Evans, Missi Pyle, McKaley Miller, Corey Fogelmanis, Gianni Paolo, Dante Brown Directed by: Tate Taylor Release date: 31 May 2019

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Oscar winner Octavia Spencer stars as Sue Ann, a loner who keeps to herself in her quiet Ohio town. One day, she is asked by Maggie, a new teenager in town (Silvers), to buy some booze for her and her friends. Sue Ann sees this as a chance to make some unsuspecting, if younger, friends of her own. She offers the kids the chance to avoid drinking and driving by hanging out in the basement of her home. But there are some house rules: one of the kids has to stay sober. Don’t curse. Never go upstairs. And call her “Ma”. But as Ma’s hospitality starts to turn into an obsession, what began as a friendly invitation turns into a terrorising nightmare. And Ma’s place goes from the best place in town to the worst place on earth.

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News & Happenings


Firefly Network


Firefly Fleet & Service Info

Firefly Airlines Provides Relief To The Homeless

Firefly Airlines together with HANA (Homeless Are Not Alone) Malaysia Welfare Association brought joy to more than 900 underprivileged and homeless people in Kuala Lumpur, Penang and Johor Bahru recently. This was accomplished by providing them free meals, toiletry items, haircuts, medical check-ups, and job placements, where possible. C

As part of the Discovery – See It, Hear It, Sense It, Feel It, Touch It, Taste It campaign, the initiative aims to reach out to the less fortunate with selfless deeds that will serve as an eye-opener and encourage other Malaysians to do the same.





For three hours, the airline’s staff in the three cities helped to distribute 900 sponsored goodie bags containing toothpaste, toothbrush, soap, comb and Firefly’s in-flight karipap (curry puff) and peanuts. Many also generously contributed preloved clothing items and toys that were in good condition.

plays a vital role in our physical and mental health, which will eventually make us feel good. Most importantly, keeping our bodies clean helps prevent illnesses and infections.”

“We, as Malaysians, must have the love and care for each other,” said Philip See, CEO of Firefly Airlines. “To live in a clean and healthy environment is something that we all need to encourage and help others attain. Cleanliness cannot and must not be denied to anyone for any reason. Cleanliness

See noted that this is the first time Firefly has conducted a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme under the #FYcares pillar. To have it take place in three different states simultaneously proved gratifying to all who participated, he added.




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A Toast To The Future

What does this recognition as a Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) mean to you? There is a sense of self-satisfaction in conquering my fears and stepping out of my comfort zone. I also appreciated the opportunity to learn with others from different backgrounds and professions. I enjoyed my Toastmasters journey by progressing at my own pace.


Tell us, what is Toastmasters and what can one gain from it? Toastmasters International (TI) is a U.S.-headquartered non-profit educational organisation that operates clubs worldwide for the purpose of promoting public speaking and leadership skills. Being an active Toastmaster, you will become a more effective communicator and leader with active participation. What are the benefits of becoming a Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM)? In my opinion, Distinguished Toastmaster is just a title of recognition. I was an introvert and not very good at expressing myself. Knowing my limitations, my sister introduced me to Toastmasters in 2010. I found that it was a great platform for me to hone my public speaking skills. Being a technical person, I was good at communicating with machines and hardware, but not with people. FYH half page horizontal.pdf



What does your family think about your Toastmasters journey? Initially, my family was not very encouraging due to my hectic work life. They felt that I should rest more when not working. However, I convinced them that I could make it. And they respected my decision after witnessing my transformation. My wife is my strongest supporter. She is always there when I’m taking part in contests, conducting workshops or organising events. Looking back, what were your most amazing moments? I successfully revived a Toastmasters club and volunteered myself as its president. We have 10 new members now when previously there were only four left in the club. What you do after work also defines who you are. You’ll never know when certain soft skills will come in handy.

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Net work Map

Shah Alam

Banda BandaAceh Aceh

COOL STATE Explore the thriving capital of Selangor, including the iconic Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah Mosque. Read our Insider’s Guide on pages 22-27.

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: aceh@fireflyz.com.my 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


Airlines Marketing Representative

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: phuket@fireflyz.com.my

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 – Closed

21, Seletar Aerospace Road 1 #01-03, Singapore 797405 TEL: +65 3158 8279/+65 9178 5618 OPERATING HOURS: Daily; 7 am to 7:30 pm



Level 01, Departure Hall Kuala Lumpur City Air Terminal (KLCAT) Kuala Lumpur Sentral Rail Station 50470 Kuala Lumpur OPERATING HOURS: Mon to Fri: 9 am to 8 pm; Sat, 9 am to 5:30 pm; Sun – Closed

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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.

Kuala Terengganu

(Seletar (SeletarAirport) Airport)

Call Centre General Hotline: Malaysia +603 7845 4543 (Daily 8am – 9pm) Singapore +65 3158 8279 (Daily 7am – 7:30pm)

*Correct at the time of printing. Please visit www.fireflyz.com.my for more information.

COASTAL RETREAT Kuala Terengganu’s cultural identity is shaped by its proximity to the sea. Read our guide on pages 18-20.

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Our Fleet & Service Information

Get acquainted with our service information for a fuss-free travel experience. On-Time Performance

No-Smoking Policy

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

ATR 72-500


Avions de transport régional (ATR) No. of aircraft



7.65 m Maximum Fuel Capacity

841 Gallons

Maximum Cruising Speed

Passenger Seating

510 km/h


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)

27.05 m

Operation Hubs

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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Wheelchair Assistance

Manual self-propelled wheelchairs can be provided for a fee, subject to availability. Please enquire through our Call Centre upon booking.

Electronic Cigarettes

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 Batteries

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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Break Fast


amadan bazaars are a common sight in Malaysia during the fasting month. Often, Muslims will make the rounds to these neighbourhood bazaars to buy local scrumptious and mouth-watering delicacies for the breaking of fast, which will likely begin on 6 May till 4 June this year. Non-Muslims also frequent the stalls, drawn by the sheer array of dishes. While grilled meats and other comfort food are prepared by many vendors to fill empty stomachs, there are also sweet and savoury desserts such as trays of colourful kuih muih and curry puffs to tantalise the taste buds. Try the dadar gulung, a rolled pandan-flavoured crêpe made from rice flour that’s filled with grated coconut and palm sugar. You won’t be disappointed!

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