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Southern Jewel AN INSIDER'S GUIDE TO JOHOR BAHRU, JOHOR

12 HOURS IN CAMERON HIGHLANDS, PAHANG / OPEN JOURNAL MALAYSIAN CUSTOMS & MORE...

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Contents September 2019

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

10 Comfort Zone Where to stay

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12 Bites

Insider’s Guide

Where to eat EDDIE TAN

Johor Bahru

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Perspective

Theatre actress and director Ho Lee Ching

12 Hours Cameron Highlands

14 Quench Where to drink

16 Tech’Up Must-have gadgets

21 Savour Rojak buah

50 Open Journal Malaysian customs and traditions

54 Health & Fitness How to beat bloating

56 Pack Up Autumn essentials

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Tracker Make a beeline for these Malaysian destinations

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Humble Beginnings Malaysian designer Christy Ng

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Street Chef Nasi ayam goreng kunyit

58 MY List 10 things & facts about Malaysia

60 Reads Malaysian authors

62 At The Movies What’s showing in theatres

64 Firefly News 66 Network Map 68 Fleet & Service Info 70 Viewfinder Putrajaya

72 #FlyFirefly Our Instagram Stars!

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First Drives Lexus NX

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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

Dear Guests, Welcome onboard and a heartfelt Terima Kasih! for choosing us for your journey today. In Firefly, we work tirelessly to provide an enjoyable and affordable experience that is beyond convenience. That also means doing our part as a community airline to preserve the environment.

SPAFAX MALAYSIA Business Director Sue Loke sue.loke@spafax.com EDITORIAL Editor Julie Goh julie.goh@spafax.com

Flying with Firefly is one of the most environmentally sustainable ways to travel around Malaysia. Our ATRs have the lowest CO2 and fuel burn emissions and we have gone to great lengths to deliver a zero-waste experience starting with our recent partnership with Tetrapak to recycle beverage cartons used onboard. Our love and care for the environment is an important reminder that we have to appreciate this beautiful country of ours. As a nation, we must unite. As a society, we must look out and take care of each other. It is so easy to be caught up by the fear, division and selfishness sown by some and we, in Firefly, intend to do our part as a community airline. It starts with us and begins with simple gestures like “Thank You!” or “Terima Kasih!”. There are so many things to be grateful for. All that is required from each of us is to simply take some time throughout the day, be it at the start or at the end, to just list down three things that we are grateful for. It’s not easy at first but if you keep at it, it gets much easier. Wherever you are headed, be it for leisure or for business, we should not take for granted the opportunity we have to build connections and deepen relationships that travel enables. We hope Firefly is your airline to bridge and deepen relationships; be it with family, friends or business partners. Keep visiting fireflyz.com.my for incredible promo fares and great packages or visit Firefly Holidays for “Cramazing” (Crazy-Amazing) flight plus hotel deals! Once again Terima Kasih! for choosing Firefly. If you’ve enjoyed travelling with us, do spread the love to your family and friends. If we’ve fallen short, we would most certainly appreciate your feedback. Do write to us at customer_care@fireflyz.com.my. Selamat Hari Malaysia!

Philip See Chief Executive Officer Firefly Airlines

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Senior Writer Eris Choo eris.choo@spafax.com

Art Director Euric Liew euric.liew@spafax.com

Writer Noel Foo noel.foo@spafax.com

Graphic Designer Nurfarahin Kamarudin nurfarahin.kamarudin @spafax.com

Contributors PY Cheong, Caramella Scarpa, Fong Min Hun, Elaine Lau, Rubini Kamal ADVERTISING & MEDIA SALES Senior Sales Manager Shirley Chin shirley.chin @spafax.com

Sales Manager Emmy Aiza emmy.aiza @spafax.com

Sales Manager Vannes Ching vannes.ching @spafax.com

Sales Manager Khairul Adzman khairul.adzman @spafax.com

SPAFAX Chief Executive Officer Niall McBain Chief Operating Officer/Chief Financial Officer Simon Ogden

Managing Director, Asia Pacific Jean-Marc Thomas

Spafax Middle East Jelle De Mey Jelle.DeMey @spafax.com

Spafax USA Mary Rae Esposito maryrae.esposito @spafax.com

Spafax Europe Tullia Vitturi tullia.vitturi @spafax.com Spafax UK Steve O’Connor Steve.OConnor @spafax.com Spafax Asia-Pacific Agnes Law agnes.law @spafax.com

Spafax Canada Tracy Miller tracy.miller @bookmarkcontent.com Spafax South America Francisco Azocar francisco.azocar @bookmarkcontent.com

PRINTER Times Offset (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd (194695-W) Times Subang, Bangunan Times Publishing, Lot 46, Subang Hi-Tech Industrial Park, Batu Tiga, 40000 Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia Tel: +603 5628 6888 Fax: +603 5628 6899 Firelyz is published monthly by Spafax Networks Sdn Bhd for FlyFirefly Sdn Bhd (346606-K). No part of this magazine may be reproduced without the written permission of Firefly. All rights reserved. Copyright @ 2019 by Firefly. Opinions expressed in Firelyz are the writers’ and not necessarily endorsed by Firefly and/or Spafax Networks. They are not responsible or liable in any way for the contents in any of the advertisements, articles, photographs or illustrations contained in this publication. Editorial inquiries and inquiries concerning advertising and circulation should be addressed to Spafax Networks. Firefly and Spafax Networks accept no responsibility for unsolicited manuscripts, photography, illustrations and other editorial materials. The Editorial Team reserves the right to edit and/or re-write all materials according to the needs of the publication upon usage. Unsolicited materials will not be returned unless they are accompanied by sufficient return postage.

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Editor's Note

Letters

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WINNING LETTER

f there is a theme for this month’s issue, it would be one of acceptance – an active process necessary in a multiracial society like Malaysia’s. Take our Malaysian customs for example. When a group of friends or co-workers comprising of different races eat together, it is almost always at a place where pork and/or beef is not served. Or when we remove our shoes when visiting each other’s home. Understanding and accepting customs like these have kept the peace, harmony and unity of the country together for the past 56 years (page 50).

I am a professional music producer who now calls Penang home. Our company uses Firefly extensively for travelling between cities in Malaysia and on my very first flight, I heard a simple piano track being played over the PA system during taxi. On every subsequent flight, I always wondered about writing a custom jingle, or song for the airline, and even started a song on my return to the studio one day. But I always thought to myself, “Why bother…. They would probably never change it.” Until one day, I got onto another flight and heard a great little tune playing over the PA. I was so mad. I was taught a very important lesson that day, and thereafter, every time I fly Firefly I am reminded by this – do not be afraid of failure, but fear inaction. So a simple lesson to all: if you have an idea, or dream, go for it! If you fail, learn from it. If you don’t do it, someone else will. Thanks for the lesson, Firefly, and thank you for making my travelling one less thing to worry about.

Elton Collins PENANG, MALAYSIA

In a similar vein, accept that no one individual is the same. Ho Lee Ching is a stage actress and director who has been coping with the stigma of Tourette Syndrome (TS), a neurological disorder characterised by involuntary motor and vocal tics, from the age of eight. She has discovered that discrimination can come from unexpected places (page 28). I will add that labels from a lack of understanding can be avoided through education.

I’m in the air right now on the way to Langkawi. It has been a while since my last flight on Firefly, especially since the Singapore "hiccup" that is now, thankfully, sorted out, so I have not held the in-flight magazine for a while. While previously it had been a great read during my short haul trips, I am delighted with the layout changes – loving how the pictures intersect within articles for nice visual impact while the coverage variety from bites to books, tech to travel, fashion to fun facts, appeals to any reader or even perks new interest. Glad to be back onboard with the "new" in-flight magazine look. I appreciate that Firefly took the initiative in making something that was already good to be better, I look forward to the next edition already. I only have two, so two thumbs-up from this satisfied passenger.

Then there’s Christy Ng, the designer who had to sell shoes at night markets and out of her car boot to put herself through tertiary education. Not everyone is born into privilege but what Ng has is dogged persistence and it has paid off (page 38). The namesake shoe and bag brand now has clients in 30 countries.

Chin Choong Hiang KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA

Even in Johor Bahru, the capital of Malaysia’s southern state of Johor, heritage businesses are thriving alongside homegrown brands. Adapting to remain relevant is necessary but accepting that there will always be competition will move the business along (page 22).

Usually pictures do not do enough justice to the beauty of nature, but the pictures in the June issue of fall in many parts of the world were just fabulous. The article was captivating, taking you through the exceptional foliage and treks during autumn in Japan, Cotswold and Vermont. Reading about these places and feasting on the accompanying pictures during the one-hour journey to Subang from Johor Bahru was an inspiration for a holiday plan! Thank you to the team of the in-flight magazine.

If big cities are not your thing, consider visiting Cameron Highlands, dubbed Malaysia’s Little England for its cool weather, Tudor architecture and countryside lifestyle. Our bite-sized 12-hour guide will get you acquainted with the highlands named after Sir William Cameron, who mapped the area in 1885.

M.B. Usha

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA

We’ d love to hear from you!

If you’re visiting, enjoy your stay in Malaysia. To my fellow Malaysians, Happy Malaysia Day!

Write to us at ffmedia@spafax.com and stand a chance to win THE FACE SHOP Yehwadam Pure Brightening gift set worth RM583.00.

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Southern Jewel AN INSIDER'S GUIDE TO JOHOR BAHRU, JOHOR

Malaysia's southern city of Johor Bahru has hidden gems for those interested and intrepid enough to look for them. 12 HOURS IN CAMERON HIGHLANDS, PAHANG / OPEN JOURNAL MALAYSIAN CUSTOMS & MORE...

PHOTO: FAIRUS RAHIM

Letters may be edited for clarity and brevity, and will be published in the language in which they are written. Please include your full name, contact number and location when writing to us. Only one winning letter will be chosen each month.

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Upcoming

Events WHAT’S HAPPENING IN MALAYSIA AND AROUND THE REGION.

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Agenda

A Classic Favourite

Returning for its 10th year at KLPAC, the Singapore Dance Theatre (SDT) presents a new version of Ballet Illuminations featuring two world renowned works by George Balanchine – Serenade and Theme and Variations, originally created for the American Ballet Theatre. The highlight of the evening is a ballet performance created especially for SDT’s 30th anniversary by Timothy Harbour, the resident choreographer of The Australian Ballet. The dance theatre will also drop by PenangPAC to present Choo-San Goh’s masterpiece of choreography Double Contrasts, the dance duet from Configurations, culminating with Toru Shimazaki’s high energy and humourous Unexpected B, which was created especially for SDT in 2017 to music from Beethoven. When: 6 – 8 September; 13 – 15 September Where: KLPAC, Sentul, Kuala Lumpur; Performance Arts Centre of Penang (PenangPAC), Malaysia facebook.com/theklpac facebook.com/penangpac

For The Love Of Cinema

The annual SeaShorts Film Festival, a celebration of Southeast Asian short films is back for its third edition. Uniting people from different backgrounds who share a love for cinema, this weeklong affair features a series of film screenings, forums, masterclasses and open dialogues. The highlights of the festival this year are the screening of Ten Years Thailand, which features the works of four directors, who provide silver screen interpretations of their homeland’s future a decade from now. And 15Malaysia, which features 15 productions themed around taboo issues in the country, such as racism, paedophilia, and corruption. Winners of the best Southeast Asian short film and best Malaysian short film will be announced at the festival as well. There will be a two-day workshop by Rox Lee, a film industry expert from Philippines on the tricks of animation. The festival is open to those involved in the trade as well as enthusiasts and audiences interested in the filmmaking process. When: 25 – 29 September Where: Various venues in Melaka, Malaysia fb.com/seashortsmy

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Masterpieces & Eerie Classicals

The Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra (MPO) promises an exciting month this October, starting with conductor Jane Glover’s presentation of masterpieces by Handel, Hadyn and Mozart on 5th and 6th. Then resident conductor Naohisa Furusawa (inset) will lead the MPO and featured pianist P’ng Tean Hwa in the performance of works by Mussorgsky, Ravel and Prokofiev, on 11th and 12th. Things take an eerie turn on the 27th with the Halloween Spooktacular when witches, ghosts and creepy crawlies descend on the concert hall. The scariest night of the year will feature eerie classical favourites performed by ghoulish musicians led by their maestro. When: Various dates in October Where: Dewan Filharmonik PETRONAS, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, Malaysia mpo.com.my

Healthy Fun

Returning for the sixth consecutive year, The Music Run is set to get hearts pumping and feet thumping for its biggest event yet. Dubbed “Asia’s fittest party”, participants can choose to take part in a 5-kilometre or 10-kilometre run fuelled by music every step of the way. With 100 speakers lining the track and lending a street party vibe, this fun run is a one-of-a-kind experience that has attracted more than 250,000 participants from 13 countries since it started. The party doesn’t stop after runners cross the finish line, where there is a showcase of local bands, top DJs and the renowned Live The Beat show. They can choose to party at the main stage or chill out and soak up the festival vibes in the Music Village. There are cash and prizes up for grabs for the top five finishers in each category, and an additional cash bonus for the Malaysian with the best finishing time in each category. The event is held in partnership with CIMB this year and features new eco-friendly elements. When: 23 November Where: National Stadium, KL Sports City, Malaysia themusicrun.com.my

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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

SINGAPORE

Golfer’s Paradise

Located just 10 minutes from Seletar Airport by car, Orchid Golf & Resort Hotel is a tranquil escape from the urban hustle and bustle of Singapore. Along with its reputable 27-hole golf course and 160-bay driving range with automatic ball tee-up, the resort also offers a wide array of facilities, including karaoke rooms, a tennis court, sauna and jacuzzi, supermarket, gymnasium and three swimming pools, ensuring that avid golfers and other guests can enjoy themselves both on and off the green. Stay in comfort in one of 75 deluxe rooms and suites, each with its own private balcony overlooking the golf course and reservoir and equipped with modern conveniences such as a 40-inch LCD television with cable channels, complimentary coffee and tea, safe deposit box, in-room Internet access and room service. Guests can also enjoy dining-in at any of the resort’s restaurants, which provide options for Chinese, Japanese and even halal cuisine, or grab a cold drink at the sports bar to unwind. Address: 1 Orchid Club Road, Singapore 769162 orchidclub.com/orchid-golf-resort-hotel/

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Wholesome Fun

Families are in for a fun vacation at Village Hotel Sentosa as the hotel’s services, amenities and recreational activities are specially designed to cater to families with young children. Guests can opt to stay in standard rooms or family rooms, which comprise pairs of connecting rooms in a variety of configurations that allow for families to enjoy more space and privacy. Family rooms may include a kids’ welcome kit customised according to the child’s gender and age. Have fun splashing or floating about in the hotel’s themed swimming pools; namely the Children’s Play Pool, Lazy River Pool, Adventure Pool and Pamukkale Pool. Adults get to enjoy activities such as Aqua Zumba classes and cycling while the young ones occupy themselves with pool games, face painting and sculpted balloon giveaways. Satisfy hungry bellies at the all-day dining restaurant Native Kitchen with a range of Asian, Polynesian and Western dishes. The hotel is conveniently located across the road from Universal Studios Singapore and enjoys easy connectivity via shuttle service to VivoCity, which has easy access to public buses and the MRT. Address: 10 Artillery Avenue, #02-01 Palawan Ridge, Sentosa Island, Singapore 099951 villagehotels.com.sg/en/hotels/villagehotel-sentosa

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PENANG, MALAYSIA

Seaside Getaway

A long-established beach resort in Penang’s popular Batu Ferringhi area, Shangri-La Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa Penang is a five-star hotel with an elegant Malaysian aesthetic that promises a relaxing stay amidst lush greenery. The 304 spacious guest rooms and suites are divided into the Garden Wing and the more exclusive Rasa Wing, where guests can enjoy special perks like complimentary high tea and pre-dinner drinks, or exclusive access to an adult-only swimming pool. The hotel also offers recreational facilities and activities such as pitch-and-putt golf courses, tennis courts, a gym, relaxing spa treatments, beach sports and more. From now until 20 December, Malaysian citizens, long-term visa holders and permanent residents can enjoy a special 25 percent discount on room bookings made on their website, which comes with added perks such as daily buffet breakfast, dining discounts, spa treatments and more. Address: Jalan Batu Ferringhi, 11100 Batu Ferringhi, Penang, Malaysia shangri-la.com/penang/rasasayangresort

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA

Iconic Hotel

No hotel in the Malaysian capital has a more iconic location than Mandarin Oriental, Kuala Lumpur, situated right next to the Petronas Twin Towers. Combining contemporary design with a local cultural flavour, the hotel offers 629 guest rooms with spectacular views of the Kuala Lumpur cityscape and the lush, landscaped KLCC Park. Guests planning to dine-in are spoiled for choice as they can choose from 10 restaurants, bars or lounges. Savour the finest grilled meat at Mandarin Grill, classic Cantonese delicacies at Lai Po Heen or a little bit of everything from the buffet at Mosaic. Find relaxation and wellness at the hotel’s highly-acclaimed spa with a diverse selection of treatments in a tranquil setting. The hotel also offers much in the way of recreation with a state-of-the-art gym and personal trainers, an outdoor infinity edge swimming pool, an indoor golf centre as well as the Peter Burwash International tennis centre. Address: Kuala Lumpur City Centre, Malaysia mandarinoriental.com/kuala-lumpur

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

Chicken Done Right

PHOTOS: BEN’S CHARCOAL CHICKEN INSTAGRAM

Chicken done well is pretty hard to beat and Ben’s Charcoal Chicken (as the name strongly suggests) is all about chicken. Located on Lorong Kurau in Bangsar, this casual restaurant is the latest opening by The BIG Group. Choose from two types of grilled chicken – Classic and Spicy Piri-Piri – in quarter, half or whole chicken portions. Then choose from a great selection of accompaniments and sides, from a classic creamy mash and gravy to the more exotic Benten Bonito Fries. Diners can also opt for wraps, pita pockets and rice with chicken; and a selection of piquant sauces. If you’re looking for casual comfort food, this is where to get your cluck on. Address: 11B, Lorong Kurau, Taman Weng Lock, Bangsar, 59000 Kuala Lumpur facebook.com/TheBigGroup

Guilt - Free

If you’re looking for a healthier version of your favourite local ice cream, Sweet Escape by Inside Scoop has recently opened an outlet where sugar content has been significantly lowered. With the trend of healthy eating steadily rising and diners wanting more wholesome alternatives, Inside Scoop delivers the delicious hand-crafted ice cream they’re famed for minus the sugar (approximately a third less). There are standard and premium flavours on rotation from vanilla bean and tau fu fah (soy based) to Valrhona chocolate, durian and kefir. Vegan-friendly choices are also readily available. Address: 16G, Jalan Datuk Sulaiman, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, 60000 Kuala Lumpur, facebook.com/sweetescapemy

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Macarons Galore

PHOTOS: LADUREE MALAYSIA FACEBOOK

A quintessential French pastry is the macaron (not to be confused with the coconut-based macaroon) and Ladurée is where to head to indulge. Their second outlet is now open in Bangsar Shopping Centre and their selection of macarons and French pastries is perfect for afternoon tea, dessert or any time you fancy something sweet and oh so elegant. Choose from classic flavours like chocolate, raspberry and pistachio or be adventurous and try the fig and date or chocolate lavender. There is also a fantastic selection of tea, pastries and cake to whet your appetite and satisfy all your sweet cravings. Address: Lot FK04, Level 1 T117A, 285, Jalan Maarof, Bangsar Shopping Centre, Bangsar, 59000 Kuala Lumpur facebook.com/LadureeMalaysia

Hearty Pub Grub

Those looking for a fun, casual way to end the day should head to The Bierhaus, a gastropub specialising in that simple winning combination of good beer and pork. Beer comes by way of a great selection of imported craft labels as well as popular favourites on tap and in bottles; but if you’re in the mood for something else there’s also a range of classic cocktails, shots and liquors on offer. For a good meal, you won’t go wrong with any of the pork dishes – whether it’s the hearty pork chops, the huge pork ribs smothered in sauce or the spicy wild boar pizza. Address: 20, Jalan Wan Kadir, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, 60000 Kuala Lumpur facebook.com/bierhausTTDI

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

Live BPL & Karaoke At ADSC

There’s a new eatery at the Gardens Mall called Snitch by The Thieves and if it sounds familiar, it’s because this is the latest venture by the team behind the Breakfast Thieves. Within this venue is the After Dark Social Club, a semi-speakeasy sports bar where fun rules. Expect beer pong, tipsy karaoke sessions, Premier League games live in all their HD glory, weekly retro nights to boogie to your favourite 80s and 90s hits and a cool place to party that’s not all the way in town. Check their FB for when BPL games are shown and while beer is usually the drink of choice at sports bars, cocktails and shots here are the winners. Address: T-225A&B, Third Floor, The Gardens Mall, Lingkaran Syed Putra, Mid Valley City, 59200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia facebook.com/adscofficial

Live Music

Singapore’s Dempsey Hill has a reputation for its beautiful heritage buildings and exciting dining and entertainment venues. Maduro is a recent addition and it is already becoming known as the place to be for jazz in all its connotations and enthralling live performances. Forget about pulsating, crowded clubs and bars and come here for real musical talent and themed nights set amongst eclectic décor in a lovely venue. The elusive Mr. P is the man behind Maduro and is himself a talented musician, well known amongst the jazz cognoscenti. Get your chic threads on and come here for an evening of classic cocktails and topquality live music. Address: 40C Harding Rd, Level 3, Singapore 249548 facebook.com/maduro.sg

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Top Floor Party

On the opposite end of the spectrum comes this slick addition to Kuala Lumpur’s party scene. Located at Naza Tower, Dragonfly KL is the Malaysian outpost of the famed Jakarta club and one of the latest places to party with a view. Open from Wednesday to Saturday, each night sees different DJs play all the latest dance, 90s urban and hip-hop tunes guaranteed to get punters on the dance floor. Come here dressed up and ready to drink and dance till the wee hours. Keep a look out for international headline acts on the eve of public holidays and on certain weekends. Address: Level 50, Naza Tower @ Platinum Park Kuala Lumpur, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia facebook.com/DragonflyKualaLumpur

Rentak & Booze

Rentak (Malay for cadence or rhythm) has recently opened on the first floor of a pre-war shophouse on Jalan Tun HS Lee. Walking up the stairs from the quiet café below, the bar welcomes you with its tropical chic interior and anywhere that has a disco ball is already a winner. DJs run the music on an eclectic loop from 70s diva hits and disco favourites to very good chill out tunes to ease you into the weekend. The cocktail list is succinct but hits all the right spots and if you’re a teetotaller, they will happily whip up something delicious sans alcohol. Address: 198, Jalan Tun H S Lee, City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia facebook.com/rentakbar

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

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New from Fujifilm is the Instax Mini LiPlay. This hybrid instant camera allows images to be reviewed on an LCD screen before printing – thus saving film. It also records up to 10 seconds of audio, which can be included into a physical photo with a generated QR code. RRP: RM 689 instax.fujifilm.my

The LG Gram 17 offers portability without sacrificing power. With the newest 8th Generation Intel Core processor and up to 16GB of DDR4 memory, this 17-inch, 1.34-kg laptop works smoothly, even when running the most resource-thirsty files and apps. A 72W battery allows 19.5 hours of operation on a single charge. RRP: RM6,375 lg.com

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Put the outside world on hold. The Sony WF-1000XM3 is a pair of wireless earbuds that allows a person to lose themselves in their music. Using dual sensors, it actively cancels out surrounding noise, such as aircraft cabin noise – while innovative audio technology allows for an immersive sound experience. RRP: RM949 sony.com.my

Like A Pro

Enjoy laptop-like typing on the iPad Pro with Logitech’s keyboard case. The Slim Folio Pro (available in two versions, to fit an 11-inch or a 12.9-inch tablet) offers three distinct heights for all work surfaces. It provides front and back protection, as well as features a convenient spot to charge and stow the Apple Pencil. RRP: RM449 logitech.com

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12 H o u r s Text Alexandra Wong / Illustration Lauren Rebbeck / Art Direction Euric Liew / Photos Tourism Malaysia+123rf

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Retreat CAMERON HIGHLANDS’ “LITTLE ENGLAND” VIBE ENDURES WITH ITS ROLLING HILLSCAPES, TUDOR ARCHITECTURE AND COUNTRYSIDE LIFESTYLE.

Strawberry Farm

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Embark on your highland adventure with a visit to the Boh Tea Estate in Habu, Ringlet, one of three plantations owned by the biggest tea producer in Malaysia. Founded in 1929, these plantations are now equally important as tourist attractions. Join a guided tour to learn about tea manufacturing before having a spot of tea at the tea room, whose floor-toceiling windows ensure that no matter where you are, you will see amazing vistas. Further north, the newer Sungai Palas Tea Centre boasts an architecturally impressive overhanging café and an informative museum, but the roads are markedly more winding.

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Tea Plantation

Save room for Lord’s Café in Tanah Rata. This cosy eatery makes the town’s best scones, one of the most delightful – and delicious – legacies of the English. Baked in small batches, their crumbly, buttery and meltin-your-mouth munchies are available all day.

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Leaving behind Tanah Rata, take the main road heading into Brinchang, the second biggest town in Cameron Highlands. Thanks to its elevation, it’s the only place in Malaysia that grows strawberries all year round. Among the numerous strawberry farms, the biggest of the bunch is Big Red, which lets you pick your own fruit. A hydroponics farm, animal sanctuary, koi pond, and an extensive café – where strawberry is used in anything you can think of – provide entertaining distraction to those less enamoured of this juicy berry.

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Another popular choice is Kok Lim Strawberry Farm,

partly by virtue of the fact that memorabilia museum Time Tunnel lies within the same compound. Founded by history buff See Kok Shan, the split level building is stuffed with nostalgic curios that remind Malaysians and Singaporeans of their childhood. Among vintage teacups, 1970s postcards and old soda bottles, recreated settings such as an old-fashioned barbershop make this an Instagram-worthy stop.

noodles are dipped into a common hotpot filled with boiling stock. Of the many Brinchang restaurants offering this, of particular note is the Cameron Produce Organic Farm, as the vegetables come directly from their own farm. Both pure vegetarian and non-vegetarian broths are available.

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Venture all the way north to Mossy Forest, dubbed Cameron Highlands’ very own Middle Earth. The presence of low-level clouds – a natural phenomenon confined to mountain peaks – provides excessive moisture to the forest, enveloping

Home to a plethora of agricultural farms, there’s no better place in Malaysia to get fresh produce than at Brinchang. The best way to enjoy them is steamboat style, where meat, vegetables, and

Mossy Forest

the vegetation in ethereal mist and moss; and creating a unique biosphere where exotic orchids, primitive ferns and medicinal plants thrive. An easy walking trail aided by wooden platforms and staircases lets you enjoy the natural beauty. Continue along the same trail for another three hours to scale Mount Brinchang, which at 2,031 metres is the Highlands’ second tallest peak.

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TEA: Cameron Highlands’ fertile valleys and cool climate create ideal conditions for the best varieties of tea. The different varieties, the canning and processing as well as the way it is brewed determine our bodies’ access to its goodness.

Cactus Farm

Alternatively, drive there; the summit is one of Malaysia’s few mountains accessible by car.

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Turn back and drive south to the town centre. En route, stop by Ee Feng Gu Honey Bee Farm, a well-maintained apiary now into its third generation of owners. Watch how honey is cultivated in landscaped flower gardens peppered with a network of bee boxes. The bee farm doesn’t provide protective gear; however, the bees are so preoccupied with their hives that they rarely move far from their little homes. Make sure you sample the variety of honey available.

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detour to the Rose Centre, one of the largest flower nurseries in Brinchang. Bonus: it’s less crowded in the evening. Over 100 varieties of flowers blossom across ten terraces that are scattered with decorative sculptures along a scenic trail. Gardening geeks can raid the retail shop stocked with baby plants, cactus and gardening materials.

True Anglophiles would want to dine in style at The Smokehouse Hotel & Restaurant, a Tudor bungalow that looks like it came straight out of an English village. Founder Douglas Warin modelled it after his own home in the United Kingdom, way back in 1937, and its heritage charm has been painstakingly preserved by the current owners, the Malaysian Lee family. If you arrive early, ramble around the gorgeous gardens before adjourning inside for dinner, where winged armchairs, wood panelled walls and a real log fireplace provide the perfect backdrop for a menu of quintessential British fare such as steak and kidney pie, beef wellington and apple crumble.

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Do your last minute shopping at the Brinchang Weekend Night Market. Open from 3 p.m. till late every Friday and Saturday, this is a hot spot for visitors seeking locally-grown vegetables, fruits and flowers, especially on the last day of their trip. At dinner time, there are plenty of stalls selling local food to tempt you. Be sure to sample some of the delicacies.

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FLOWERS: Fresh flowers are a leading export product in the highlands. From roses and dahlia to fuchsia and gladioli, be prepared for both common and uncommon species. You can buy fresh cuts at flower nurseries and the market.

VEGETABLES: Cameron Highlands has the freshest and crunchiest vegetables, but not all greens are created equal. Look out for organic farms that do not rely on artificial fertilisers or pesticides, hence minimising impact on the environment.

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Rojak buah is a perfect dish to serve at home as an appetiser or even as a dessert.

Ingredients

Rojak Buah

SPICY, SWEET AND SAVOURY, THIS UNIQUE SALAD DISH FEATURES FRESH CUT TROPICAL FRUITS MIXED WITH A SHRIMP PASTE-BASED DRESSING.

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lending flavours is part and parcel of the magic of cooking, but every now and then you will come across a dish that will leave you stumped on how good it tastes, despite its unconventional pairing of ingredients. Rojak buah decisively falls into this category, with a combination of fresh cut tropical fruits and vegetables such as pineapple, mango, and sweet turnip (jicama) and a dressing made from shrimp paste, topped with toasted sesame seeds and chopped peanuts. Occasionally there’s an option of adding in sliced cuttlefish. The sheer description of it doesn’t sound all that appetising to begin with, but those who have savoured rojak buah will surely attest to ordering it again whenever they’re in Malaysia. Preparing it is extremely simple and effortless, making the dish perfect to serve at home as an appetiser or even as a dessert.

•1 small sweet turnip/jicama (washed

•2 tbsp shrimp paste •1 tbsp tamarind juice •1 tbsp sweet soy sauce •1 tsp chilli paste •1 tsp brown sugar •2 tbsp water

Method

•Cut turnip, pineapple, mango and

•When ready to serve, add in the chopped

•Cut bean curd into strips. •In a large bowl, mix the shrimp paste,

•Mix the ingredients thoroughly until the

cucumber into equal bite-sized pieces and set them aside.

fruits and vegetables into a large bowl and slowly trickle in the dressing. fruits are well coated.

tamarind juice, soy sauce and chilli paste.

•Once mixture is combined, add sugar to

•Add in fried bean curd strips and give it another quick toss or stir.

taste and gradually add in water to adjust its consistency. If needed, add more water to dilute the dressing according to your desired preference.

•Portion the rojak buah into plates or a platter. •Sprinkle both the sesame seeds and peanuts before serving.

MIX IT UP Rojak – meaning mixed in Bahasa Malaysia – is a term used commonly in a number of local dishes. Here are a few that will help you avoid confusion.

ROJAK MAMAK Also known as pasembur in Penang, this dish consists of shredded cucumber and sweet turnip, sliced boiled potatoes, fried dough fritters, prawn fritters, fried tofu and hardboiled egg. Optional add-ons include spicy squid and a variety of fried seafood. It is served with a May 2019 healthy portion of spicy peanut sauce.

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and cleaned) •1 small pineapple (cleaned and cored) •1 mango (peeled) •1 cucumber (peeled with seeds removed) •4 pcs fried bean curd •2 tbsp toasted peanuts (chopped) •1 tbsp toasted sesame seeds

CHINESE PASEMBUR Predominantly found in Penang, this version is similar to the rojak mamak with a few notable exceptions. The mixture is served with a sweet potato dressing and topped with strips of poached jellyfish.

MEE ROJAK A variation of the rojak mamak as it uses the same ingredients and spicy peanut sauce, with the distinctive inclusion of yellow egg noodles. Some stalls also include blanched water spinach and bean sprouts as well.

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MALAYSIA’S SOUTHERN STATE CAPITAL OF JOHOR BAHRU OR “JB” HAS MANY HIDDEN GEMS TO BE FOUND BY THOSE INTERESTED AND INTREPID ENOUGH TO UNCOVER THEM. September 2019

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he Siamese first named the southern Malaysian state of Johor as Gangganu or Ganggayu (meaning “a treasury of gems”) due to the many gemstones found near the Johor River. Arabic traders referred to it as Jauhar, from the Persian word Gauhar, which also means “precious stone” or “jewel”.

Heritage & Homegrown Businesses

Whilst JB-ites know these hidden gems deserve the spotlight, they only share their secret spaces selectively for fear of these being spoiled by crowds. Many of Johor Bahru’s heritage businesses and homegrown brands are still going strong, kept alive by both a loyal local following and a growing legion of new fans. real bananas (not banana essence!). One taste and you will be smitten.

Take the 100-year old Hiap Joo Bakery and Biscuit Factory, a hole-in-the-wall establishment on the junction of Jalan Trus and Jalan Tan Hiok Nee, the main heritage street. Daily, you will see long snaking lines of patrons at their entrance. They are waiting for fresh batches of the bakery’s star attraction to emerge from its century-old wood-fired oven: a light but aromatic banana cake, made from

Today, the oven is manned by James, the fourth generation of the Lim family who owns Hiap Joo. This grand old dame of local bakeries, a piece of living history, was originally founded in 1919 by an Englishman and handed over to James’ great grandfather in the 1930s. The bakery’s coconut buns are another must try. As Hiap Joo’s breads and cakes are preservative-free, they are best consumed within the day and should not be kept beyond three days. Just a stone’s throw away on Jalan Dhoby is another iconic establishment, the Salahuddin Bakery. One of its staples is the large triangular shaped Bengali curry puffs that many Malaysians will remember from their childhood. All the old-fashioned cakes, breads, pastries, and muffins sold here are also made in an old wood-fired oven they have been using since 1937. Across the street is IT Roo Café, one of the city’s oldest Hainanese coffee shops, founded in the 1950s by Jian Kai Xiang from Hainan. The place exudes a nostalgic air with its old photographs and retro décor. It is best known for its signature Hainanese chicken chop, made from a succulent slab of chicken

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deep fried in a golden brown batter and served with a black pepper or mushroom sauce, thick homemade potato wedges and coleslaw. In recent years, the appearance of trendier cafés like the Chaiwalla & Co. Container Café, Flowers In The Window and The Replacement Lodge & Kitchen has benefited generationsold institutions; helping to usher in a younger, more Instagramsavvy clientele whilst encouraging the older regulars to try something new. JB has many old school kopitiams (coffee shops). One of the best-known ones is Hua Mui nestled inside 131, Jalan Trus. Locals and day-trippers come in for their chicken chop and charcoal grilled toast served with small slabs of cold butter and kaya (coconut jam). It has been open for business since 1946 and still retains its vintage tiles and creaky staircase. Love gold and glitter? Pop in to Kwong Lee Soon Kee, a well-known local goldsmith, only two doors down at number 129. They have been serving the Johor Royal family for three generations, with their purchases and repairs. Strike up a friendly conversation with the owners and they may show you (and

(opposite page; from top) JB’s iconic crown arch is a replica of the Sultan of Johor’s crown; Hiap Joo’s banana cake; the 100 year old bakery (clockwise from top left) Hua Mui has been in business since 1946; the trendy Chaiwalla & Co café; Hua Mui’s popular chicken chop; Salahuddin Bakery‘s oldfashioned pastries and breads

even sell you) some vintage Nyonya jewellery, old jade and gems from their private collection in the backroom.

Places Of Worship

Jalan Trus is truly a “street of harmony” with its six places of worship within a three kilometre radius: the Catholic Church of the Immaculate Conception, Johor Bahru’s Old Chinese Temple, the Gurdwara Sahib Sikh Temple, the Arulmigu Rajamariamman Devasthanam Hindu Temple, the Shirdi Sai Baba Johor Centre and Masjid An Nur Kotaraya. Overlooking these is the imposing Bangunan Sultan Ibrahim on Jalan Bukit Timbalan that formerly housed the state

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friends and neighbours come together to peel, pluck, slice and shred ingredients as they chat and catch up. Fortunately, good commercial versions can still be found at Warong Hijau/Warong Pokok Ceri that also serves a killer version of nasi lemak ayam goreng (located off the main road at Jalan Lingkaran Dalam, near the flyover, at the junction of Jalan Inche Besar Zubaidah and Jalan Yusof Taha), Fatimah Nasi Campur (Stall Number 13) at JB’s Hutan Bandar (located off Jalan Abdul Samad, opposite SMK Sultan Ismail) and Warong Saga, a quirky little hidden eatery on Jalan Mahmoodiah, near Jalan Yahya Awal.

secretariat, a key symbol of the city and monument to Western and Eastern architectural styles. For something different, venture a little outside the old town to see the stunning Arulmigu Sri Rajakaliamman Glass Temple, the first glass Hindu temple in Malaysia and probably the world. With walls (inside and outside) fully covered by colourful pieces of glass, the temple not only features Hindu deities but also important figures from other key religions.

Classic Johorean Cuisine

A visit to JB is not complete without a taste of Johor Laksa. The dish consists of Italian spaghetti drenched in a thick Malay-style laksa broth made of fish (ikan parang or Wolf Herring is preferred), herbs, spices and chillies. It comes garnished with chye poh (Chinese pickled radish), fresh vegetables, sambal (chilli paste) and calamansi lime. Sultan Abu Bakar, the Father of Modern Johor, apparently fell in love with Italian spaghetti on an official visit to Europe. Upon his return, he asked the royal chef to use it in the local laksa dish.

(clockwise from top) Bangunan Sultan Ismail is a key symbol of the city; Warong Hijau/Warong Pokok Ceri’s nasi lemak ayam goreng; Johor Premium Outlets is a popular shopping spot; the stunning interior of the Arulmigu Sri Rajakaliamman Glass Temple

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TRAVEL TIPS

It is no secret that the city’s economy is buoyed by the many weekend visitors from Singapore, some of whom even own homes here. Johoreans too have spending power as many families have at least one member working across the causeway earning Singaporean dollars. To cater to growing cosmopolitan tastes, many contemporary shopping malls and restaurants have sprouted up. Johor Premium Outlets, Southeast Asia’s first luxury premium brand outlet, is still a popular shopping hotspot. Then there is Paradigm Mall with plenty of retail and restaurant outlets as well as an ice skating rink, climbing wall, an indoor virtual reality theme park and a 16-screen multiplex by Golden Screen Cinemas. A recent mall to open is the Mid Valley Southkey Mall that has a Sogo, Starbucks Reserve, halal Din Tai Fung restaurant, Hato Patisserie & Café which serves Spirited Away-styled desserts, and even a branch of Kuala Lumpur’s Czip Lee, an art supplies store that is heaven for stationery fans. After shopping, head down to a spot facing the Straits of Johor to chill out with some sundowners or comfort food. Try Tepian Tebrau for local fare like ice kacang (at Yong Yong’s) and ikan bakar; or Senibong Cove and Puteri Harbour. We like the cool Sunway Citrine Hub in Sunway Iskandar – notable outlets include Pizz@ (for good porkfree pizzas and pastas, cocktails, craft

Any time is a good time to travel. Tropical temperatures hover around 30 degrees Celsius with rainfall heaviest in September and November.

(clockwise from top) Paradigm Mall; Camp5 Climbing Gym in Paradigm Mall; boats at the waterfront

and draft beers), VOID (for a unique omakase-style fine dining experience) and Awesome Brew. They also have a nice children’s bookstore, Me Books Nooks by Me Books Asia. If you like fresh local seafood and produce, go just a bit further out from Sunway Iskandar to explore the Tanjung Kupang Seafood Market and the nearby Pak Ngah’s Jetty where local community group, Kelab Alami, runs tours and cooking classes. There is also the rustic FOLO (Feed Our Loved Ones) Organic Farm in Kempas that conducts farming workshops and tours. This list is but a small taste of the big range of flavours Johor Bahru has to offer. Plan for a little stopover on your next trip down south to savour these and much more.

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Pack lightweight easy-care clothing, including long sleeve tops, protective hats, sunscreen and insect repellent. Comfortable walking shoes are essential. Include a few smart casual attire for night-time. Step into Colour Beads on Heeren Street for a pair of highly embellished beaded Nyonya slippers. Shop at Jonker Gallery for inexpensive clothing items then hang with the hipster crowd at Calanthe Art Café or Limau-Limau Café. Relax at Casa del Rio’s Satkara Spa with a Melaka Palm Sugar Scrub, and Ginger and Kaffir Body Scrub. Discover a waterfront settlement where the 16th century Portuguese dialect is still spoken, and local dishes are served at Sea Terrace restaurant. Check out Cheng Ho Cultural Museum at Jalan Hang Jebat to view a replica of his mighty armada.

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P e r s p e c t i ve Text Tan Lee Kuen / Photos courtesy of Ho Lee Ching

Embracing Differences ACTRESS AND DIRECTOR HO LEE CHING USES THE STAGE TO CELEBRATE DIVERSITY.

“A lot of times when I try to explain to people that I have Tourette's, they have a blank look on their faces. I have to say that it's a syndrome, that it has something to do with the brain,” says Ho. As TS is little known in Malaysia, Ho would have to launch into an explanation of what it is, which she also sees as a form of spreading awareness.

(From left) Ho does not let Tourette Syndrome get in the way of achieving her dreams; scenes from Thunderstorm by The Actors Studio, directed by Dato' Dr. Faridah Merican

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hen Ho Lee Ching is on stage, she is a magnetic presence. In Stories for Amah, she delivered stirring monologues about identity and what it feels like to not fit in with society in her character as a mixed-race woman. In more ways than one, Ho has personal experience about what it means to be different. The stage actress and director has Tourette Syndrome (TS), a neurological disorder characterised by involuntary motor and vocal tics.

She would say the word "pika" several times a day, along with other words and phrases, some of which are made up. She would occasionally swear and scream. She also has motor tics where she pounds herself on the stomach until the area is permanently bruised. Tics can cause discomfort and individuals with TS are often embarrassed or stigmatised in unsupportive environments. But when she's on stage, performing, Ho discovers that she doesn't tic. “When I'm passionately

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focused on something, when my physical, mental and emotional energies are aligned, my tics disappear for a while,” says Ho. Her acting stint started after high school when Ho spotted an advertisement for an acting workshop online. “At that time, I was still very timid and didn't like doing things on my own, mainly because of Tourette's but I went anyway,” she says. She found that she had a flair for acting, especially with physical roles. Her talent and determination did not go unnoticed. Since then, Ho has taken on a range of roles in a variety of local productions, including an adaptation of Chinese playwright Tsao Yu's Thunderstorm, Dato' Faridah Merican's Dato' Seri and Mark Beau De Silva's Stories for Amah. Ho is also currently an actor-in-residence with The Actors Studio in Kuala Lumpur, as well as a coordinator and facilitator for the Theatre for Young People (T4YP) programme. Despite making it look effortless on stage, it isn't all that easy for Ho to prepare for her roles. “I take double the time to warm up and centre myself. Before a show, I'll come early to

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Before a show, I'll come early to do meditation and breathing exercises so I can get my mind focused on what I'm supposed to do. I lose focus very easily, it's one of the comorbidities of Tourette's.

do meditation and breathing exercises so I can get my mind focused on what I'm supposed to do. I lose focus very easily, it's one of the comorbidities of Tourette's,” she says.

Ho was eight when she first noticed the symptoms. “I started making involuntary noises and my body would shake and jerk. I thought it was normal until I started observing others and noticing that they don't do the things I do,” she recalls. Her mother would tell her to stop her behaviour but it wasn't something that Ho could control. It wasn't until she was 14 that Ho was diagnosed with Tourette's. “I was so happy. I could finally understand what was happening to me and also how to explain it to other people.” In school and growing up, Ho had her share of supporters and bullies. She had an active childhood, playing handball and working her way to a black belt in taekwondo. Tourette's has been associated with executive dysfunctions and academic challenges, which meant that Ho had some problems with planning or processing her thoughts. She would take a longer time to complete her assignments and reading required more effort. This only served to make the young lady more determined, buckling down and putting in the extra work to get good grades. “I've always felt like I had something to prove,” she says. Discrimination came from unexpected places. One lecturer would sigh every time she had a tic. Ho was called into her office and asked if she could try to control her tics. This is a common misunderstanding throughout her life, that her tics can be voluntarily suppressed. Ho retaliated by acing her assignment for the class. “I thought, is this what it takes for me to get someone to not look down on me?” Ho reflects.

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Even with theatre, where differences should be celebrated, Ho has found first hand it is not always inclusive. Years ago, she sparked a bit of an online furore when an audience member berated her on social media for disturbing a show.

neurodiversity, heterogeneity and inclusivity. “It's a topic that is close to my heart and I can only do things that I feel for,” she says.

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“When that incident happened – it was on Facebook – commenters were suggesting that people with Tourette's should only attend dress rehearsals or inform the producers before attending a show. These are people who do not have Tourette's and they are speaking on my behalf? You don't get to make decisions for us,” she rebukes.

(Left from opposite page inset) Ho directed In/Out by The Actors Studio; Ho in Dato' Seri and Stories for Amah

Because of this, she wants to do theatre that addresses the themes of

She staged OCD in 2018, a play about four individuals and their relationship with the disorder, and how they cope with it in their lives. "I want there to be more understanding about OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) and what it is like to live with it," says Ho. At the end of every show, there was a question and answer session, facilitated by a psychiatrist from the Malaysian Mental Health Association. Earlier this year, she directed In/Out, a physical movement performance in response to a rejection from a physical acting school in France because of her disorder. It is a highly personal piece about a girl who finds it difficult to fit into a normative society and is ostracised for her singularities. “I was disappointed with the school's decision,” she says. “This piece is about how we all have different brains, just living in this world. And despite the differences, we need to find a common language to communicate with each other.”

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BLESSED WITH AN ABUNDANCE OF NATURAL BEAUTY, HERE ARE FIVE STUNNING PLACES IN MALAYSIA DEFINITELY WORTH EXPLORING.

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Cameron Highlands

Lush, sweeping tea plantations nestle among strawberry farms and flower gardens in Cameron Highlands in Pahang, where a cool climate and incredible scenery make this a fantastic place for hiking. Don’t miss the Mossy Forest, home to gnarled, moss-covered trees and exotic flora, including orchids and pitcher plants. Visit first thing in the morning for a magical scene when the dense forest is shrouded in white mist. The region’s largest hill station Tanah Rata is a great starting point for hiking trails that take in tropical jungle, waterfalls and mountain peaks. Need a rest? Take afternoon tea at the BOH Tea Plantation or Jim Thompson Tea Rooms.

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Langkawi Island

With turquoise sea lapping at palm-fringed shores, Langkawi is a picturesque tropical island worthy of any postcard. Miles of fine sandy beaches are lined not only with luxury resorts but plenty of laid-back beach shacks too. Take a boat trip to explore mangroves, caves and islets or head further out for fantastic off-shore snorkelling. Beyond the beaches, Langkawi’s interior is verdant and varied, with paddy fields, rainforest and wildlife galore. Get a birds’ eye view of paradise from the Langkawi Cable Car then brace yourself for an exhilarating stroll over Mount Mat Cinchang on the Sky Bridge.

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Danum Valley

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A haven for tropical biodiversity, the untouched jungle of Danum Valley in Sabah is a stunning example of ecotourism at its best. Set within one of the world’s richest and most complex eco-systems, Danum is home to thousands of species of flora and fauna. Inhabitants include the orangutan, gibbon, mousedeer, clouded leopard, sun bear and the Borneo pygmy elephant. In addition to jungle treks and bird watching, visitors can also try river swimming and go on night safaris, all inside a conservation area without human habitation – simply nature in its purest form.

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Perhentian Islands

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Considered something of a hippie hideaway, this small archipelago off the coast of Terengganu is often cited as one of the most beautiful places in Malaysia. The islands boast white sandy beaches with crystal clear water and coral reefs, while the pace of life is laid-back with a friendly vibe. Scuba divers or snorkellers are in for a treat – expect to be joined by sharks and turtles among the teeming marine life. On land, if you don’t want to simply kick back and relax in this tropical paradise, head out to explore the pristine jungle – you should spot monkeys, monitor lizards and giant fruit bats.

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Gunung Mulu National Park

With striking primary forest, karst terrain, mountains, waterfalls and the most extensive cave system in the world, Gunung Mulu National Park is an area of exceptional natural beauty. Located in Sarawak state, this protected area is wild and remote with extensive bio- and geodiversity. It can be both a tranquil escape into nature, and a thrilling wilderness adventure. Limestone rock formations – both above and below ground – and phenomenal cave systems will capture your imagination. Visitors can take a canopy walk or jungle trek through thick rainforest, while intrepid travellers can climb to the summit of Mount Mulu for spectacular views.

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Humble Beginnings Text Rubini Kamal / Photos Goh Seng Chong

Taking

The Leap WITH STORES IN MAJOR SHOPPING CENTRES, CLIENTS IN 30 COUNTRIES WORLDWIDE AND COLLABORATIONS WITH LOCAL AND INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS, CHRISTY NG’S EPONYMOUS BRAND OF SHOES AND BAGS HAS COME A LONG WAY FROM HER LIVING ROOM.

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t all began on a holiday with friends in Thailand when she stumbled upon a shoe wholesaler and bought a few pairs. When she wore them back home, she kept getting compliments. Some friends even offered to buy the shoes off her for double or triple the price. When family and friends also wanted her help to pick out shoes for them, she realised she had an eye for it and decided to start a little trading business – buying shoes from Thailand and selling them at flea markets, pasar malams and even out of her car boot.

Ng’s passion for shoes was triggered after friends complimented her purchases in Thailand

On how she learnt to design shoes, Ng says it was through trial and error and using common sense. “I picked up a lot of ideas over the years from visiting factories and meeting industry experts. There is a saying: always mingle with people who are better than you, and eventually you will catch up.” A major turning point for her business was when she had a chance meeting with a journalist for a national newspaper, who wrote about her journey to create her own shoe label. “Other publications caught up with the story and the press coverage just snowballed. My sales shot up so much that I couldn’t cope,” she says. Ng decided to quit her day job to focus on the growing shoe business, which she ran from her living room. When her father met with an accident that caused him to be bedridden for a year, she was forced to relocate her business to make room for his hospital bed. Though she found

It was a matter of survival, Christy Ng recalls of that time. “My parents told me upfront that there was no money. So, I either find a way to fund my tertiary education or wash plates,” she shares. She juggled numerous part-time gigs as a promoter, doing data-entry and door-to-door surveys, on top of selling shoes to put herself through college to earn a basic degree that would secure her a job. When she got one at a pharmaceutical company as a product specialist, she decided to give up her shoe business to focus full time on her day job. But the itch to sell shoes eventually returned. Ng likens it to an innate inclination. “It’s a tendency, something one likes to do. Some people like to play music or race cars; I like to sell shoes.” By then, the landscape of the shoe business had changed. Most shops were selling the same designs. In a conversation with a close friend, in the wee hours one morning, Ng’s friend suggested that she should design her own shoes, since she had a flair for it. Deciding to take the advice, Ng produced a couple of designs under her eponymous label – Christy Ng.

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an affordable office space, Ng soon realised the high costs involved in running and growing a business. “Financing was one of the biggest challenges for us. Now, we’re a very bankable company but at the beginning, to bridge the financial gap, we really had to think out of the box,” she says. One of the extraordinary moves she made was to participate in a competition by Alliance Bank, where she had to pitch her business idea to convince the judges it was the best one. She won RM250,000, which she invested in infrastructure to update her E-commerce portal.

I picked up a lot of ideas over the years from visiting factories and meeting industry experts. There is a saying: always mingle with people who are better than you, and eventually you will catch up.

She also approached the late Nazrin Hassan, then chief executive officer of Cradle Fund, at an event to share about her business and request for funding. “They gave me a RM500,000 grant, which I used to advertise my website, which Alliance had paid for,” she explains. Later, she even got financial help from SME Corp to set up her own factory, while Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (Matrade) helped with funding to advertise her brand overseas.

Ng has grown her business out of her living room into a successful homegrown brand

“I think being resourceful is what helped us overcome our financing challenge. We’re go-getters. You can’t expect people to just hand things to you. When we don’t have money, we’ll go and find it. We never say die. That’s our spirit,” Ng says, recalling the many rejections she received as well as

the people who were willing to help her along the way. She landed her first store in 1Utama Shopping Centre, where her sales rocketed, because the management offered her a good deal. Today, she also has stores in other major shopping malls.

On what makes her shoes and bags a hit, Ng says it is based on a lot of experimentation, observation and analysis. “Design is very subjective. Sometimes I can like a design, but my customers don’t. If a bag is not selling, we try to make some minor changes and we find that it sells better. So, at the end of the day, our customers provide the inspiration,” she enthuses. Clients can also design their own shoes through the Christy Ng website, a unique option that the brand offers based on one of their core beliefs – individuality. It helps that Ng is also very tuned-

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in to current market trends and consumer behaviour. Being hardworking is important, she says but it’s also critical to be analytical. “It’s totally the opposite of what fashion school teaches. We don’t go by the fashion seasons, as we’re not suited for launches by seasons in this country based on our demographic, climate and buyers.” If there is one rule Ng follows, it is to do what she believes will work for her business. This means that while she is open to advice when it comes to making decisions and taking risks, she doesn’t follow them blindly. “Ultimately, you will have to bear

the responsibility of what happens to your company. So, you need to make your own decisions – that is what being an entrepreneur means.” The designer attributes her success to her ability to be consistent and persistent. “We’re very tough, we don’t give up easily. People fail because they give up. It is as simple as that. The difference between my brand and one that closed down is that I didn’t,” she quips. Indeed, the brand is now not only known for its shoes and bags, but also its collaborations with local as well as international celebrities like Scha, Syatilla and Yuna. Recently, Ng even partnered with Hilton Kuala Lumpur to create a unique mooncake gift box modeled after one of her designs. “We wanted to create something special compared to the usual packaging you find. So, we designed it as a bag, complete with a shoulder strap,” she shares. Reflecting on where she sees her business headed, she hopes Christy Ng will become a global brand. This next part of her company’s journey is well on its way, with an upcoming collaboration with an international label next year.

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GIVEN IMPROVEMENTS ON ALL-FRONTS, THE NEW LEXUS NX SOLIDIFIES ITS POSITION AS ONE OF THE BEST URBAN LUXURY SUVS AROUND.

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mongst more established players in the compact luxury crossover market, the Lexus NX series is fairly new. Introduced in 2014, the model arrived as an all-new, entry level offering from Lexus. From the moment it was introduced, the model drew attention, thanks to its value proposition, good looks and features. As it bears the brand plate of the luxury vehicle division of Toyota, the SUV is also synonymous with reliability.

Over the years, the NX continued to find its way into buyers’ hearts and homes, but after five years, the model was in dire need of a refresh. That came just a few months ago when Lexus Malaysia introduced the allnew Lexus NX, which features a number of enhancements that elevate the model a fair bit.

Young, Fresh Design

The model boasts some welcome tweaks in the overall design, which confirms its stance as an SUV meant for urban singles and young couples. The latest NX is unmistakable with its iconic spindle grille and Triple-L-Shaped LED headlamps. The addition of new sequential signal lamps also provides a more dynamic look. Overall, the design of the NX

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Overall, the design of the NX continues to deliver a dynamic expression of sportiness without forgoing the element of luxury that is associated with the Lexus brand.

Formidable Performance

To ensure it is up to the task of engaging in urban adventures whilst providing everyday ride comfort, the Lexus NX is equipped with a 2.0-litre twin-scroll turbocharged petrol engine. Paired with a new six-speed automatic transmission, the power plant offers a total output of 235hp along with 350Nm of torque. The range topping variant offers a 2.5-litre Hybrid engine combined to an E-CVT and E-Four wheel drive system for a more spirited and fuel-saving drive.

an advanced Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC) system.

Safety, Enhanced

Optimum Rideability

Undoubtedly the biggest advancement the current Lexus NX has gained is in the safety department. Vehicular safety remains one of the key focal points of this model, which is why it arrives with the latest Lexus Safety System+ (LSS+). The integrated suite of advanced safety systems includes the Pre-Collision System (PCS), Lane Tracing Assist (LTA) and Lane Departure Alert (LDA) and Precollision Brake Assist, all of which are designed to support vehicle operation over a wide range of speeds under varied conditions. Other safety features available in the NX include Parking Support Alert and Adaptive High-beam (AHS) and

The Lexus NX is equipped with various safety features and offers good stability even when driven at high speeds

Well Appointed Interior

RIVALS OF THE NX Competing European models vying for contention with the Lexus SUV.

AUDI Q5

The second-generation model is a considerable contender with its bold and sporty design. Under the hood lies a 2.0 TFSI engine producing 252hp and 370Nm of torque which moves all four wheels. Power is kept in check via a seven-speed dual-clutch S tronic transmission.

BMW X3

Featuring an intelligent all-wheel drive system paired with a 4-cylinder TwinPower Turbo petrol engine, you’ll find the X3 up for any sort of adventure. With 185Kw on tap along with its intelligent lightweight construction and precise aerodynamic measures, the X3 offers unmatched ride comfort both on and off the road.

Despite its size and taller ride, the all-new Lexus NX is still a fun SUV to drive. From the moment you engage the vehicle, you’ll find the NX is incredibly agile despite its height. It also provides good road feedback to the driver and most importantly maintains great stability even at high speeds. With a series of safety technologies working to keep the vehicle safe, drivers will find the Lexus NX as one of the most perfectly balanced SUVs in the market today.

VOLVO XC60

The World Car of the Year 2018 is deserving of its accolade as it boasts a great design along with exceptional craftsmanship and everyday versatility. The T5 variant is equipped with a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine putting out 254hp and 350 Nm of torque, paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission driving all September 2019 four wheels.

The cabin of the NX has also been given a bit of a revamp with the addition of new materials and textures that provide a luxurious touch. The intention of Lexus designers was to usher a sense of excitement into the cabin atmosphere by merging the structural beauty of a highperformance machine without sacrificing functionality. It is not only effective but also provides ample space to transport five adults comfortably. The boot space is also intelligently designed to hold three full-sized golf bags or travel-sized luggage for a weekend getaway.

The all-new Lexus NX is available in three variants – the NX300 Premium, NX300 Urban and NX300 F-Sport – and priced from RM292,000 to RM369,000. The range-topping Lexus NX 300h is priced at RM375,000. Prices are on-theroad without insurance.

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FOR PETROL HEADS LOOKING FOR A BIT OF TWO-WHEELED FUN, THESE BEAUTIES WILL SATISFY THAT NEED FOR SPEED.

Track Ready Runner

Built for the tarmac, the Aprilia RSV4 1100 Factory is the brand’s most powerful road-legal superbike. It certainly lives up to its billing too with a 1078cc powerplant that churns out 217hp and 122Nm of torque. But its racing pedigree isn’t due to just its powerful engine. The model boasts a lightweight design with forged aluminium alloy wheels that keeps the RSV4 1100 Factory to just under 200 kilos. To ensure riders experience the full capability of the motorcycle, Aprilia has outfitted the bike with a dynamic control package featuring adjustable traction control, launch control and cruise control. A Quickshifter function also shifts gears without the need for throttling down or engaging the clutch. The Aprilia RSV4 1100 Factory is priced at RM159,000, excluding insurance, registration and road tax.

Two-Wheeled Trailblazer Recently introduced by BMW Motorrad Malaysia, the BMW R 1250 GS Adventure is renowned for its capability as a high-level touring motorcycle. Designed for concentrated performance and impressive efficiency, the new adventure-oriented motorcycle features an air/liquid-cooled twocylinder 4-stroke boxer engine, which has been refined with BMW ShiftCam Technology. The 1254cc powerplant also boasts an increased output of 136hp with a maximum torque of 143Nm. Key features of the bike include LED head lamps and Day Time Riding lights, rain and road riding modes, Hill Start Control, Electronic Suspension along with Dynamic Traction Control, ABS Pro, and Dynamic Brake Assistant. Overall, the BMW R 1250 GS Adventure delivers long-term endurance, sporty dynamic riding and superior off-road qualities in one rugged and stylish package. The new BMW R 1250 GS Adventure retails for RM125,500, excluding insurance.

Italian Stallion

Powerful and stunning with an unconventional design, the Ducati Diavel 1260 S offers maximum riding enjoyment for motorcycle enthusiasts. The second-generation model arrives with a thoroughbred 1262cc engine delivering 159hp with 129Nm of torque with low-rev smoothness, which is perfect for everyday riding. Equipped with an upgraded chassis, the bike is perfectly at home on mixed-road routes, with optimum safety to boot. Class-leading safety technology and electronics such as its Bosch Cornering ABS and user-friendly engine performance control delivers sport bike-like performance. The sporty Diavel 1260 S also comes with adjustable front and rear suspension along with Ducati’s patented Quick Shift up & down (DQS), which allows for clutch-less shifting for added comfort and ride customisation. The Ducati Diavel 1260 S is priced at RM139,900, excluding insurance.

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Punch A FOOD TRUCK SELLING SIMPLE FARE HAS NEARBY OFFICE WORKERS HOOKED.

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ake a stroll down Jalan 51A/223 in Petaling Jaya between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., and it would be hard to miss the long line of hungry office workers and students queuing up at a particular roadside food truck in front of Crystal Plaza, just a short walk from the Asia Jaya Light Rail Transit (LRT) station.

(opposite page) Bitesized pieces of chicken, beef or squid are fried together with long beans, carrots and onions in a special spice mix

Those who have never visited the Ayam Goreng Kunyit Power food truck may be surprised to find that they only serve one item – rice with a goreng kunyit dish. While customers may choose the type of meat to go with their rice, the turmericspiced base remains the same in every pack sold.

(top) Office workers and students waiting patiently for their takeaways

Run by a group of friends from Cheras, Kuala Lumpur, the business originally started with a food truck in Solaris Mont Kiara that opened in 2015. Speaking on behalf of the group as one of the main partners running the business, Mohd Amir Mahmod said that the trend of businesses selling nasi ayam goreng kunyit was still in its infancy stage when they were starting out.

(inset) Sambal is added to the meat and vegetable mix to give it a spicy kick

“At first, there were maybe three or four sellers making nasi ayam goreng kunyit. The trend really grew when Mat Rock Special Ayam Goreng Kunyit (a restaurant in Kuala Lumpur) became popular, making nasi ayam goreng kunyit a popular lunch time dish. It’s a home-cooked recipe and people like it because it’s simple, delicious and reasonably-priced,” says Mohd Amir.

Original Recipe

“What’s special about this recipe is the mixture of spices that we use. We don’t just fry everything in turmeric; there are other spices mixed in together to give it that delicious taste,” says Mohd Amir. He added that the recipe works just as well with fish or crab, though these items are not on their regular menu. The choice of meat and vegetables is packed together with white rice and topped off with soy sauce and spicy sambal, creating a vibrant mix of savoury, spicy and slightly sweet flavours that their regular customers know and love. The mixture of soy sauce and sambal in particular seems to compliment the taste of turmeric really well. A basic pack with chicken sells at a low price of RM5 and for an additional RM1, customers can add a fried egg. Customers who want to mix all three types – chicken, beef and squid – and an egg on top of that, can do so for just RM9, making it one of the most

According to Mohd Amir, the original recipe that Ayam Goreng Kunyit Power uses is something they learnt from a friend, who later gave them permission to use it in order to start their business. A choice of chicken, beef or squid cut into bite-sized pieces is fried together with long beans, carrots and onions in their special mix of spices.

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affordable lunch time options in the area. Those with bigger appetites can request for more rice at no extra cost. Although the dish is most typically associated with chicken, Mohd Amir says beef tends to be the first to be sold out. “Customer feedback is generally positive. People love our chicken and our sambal, and they also like how fresh our vegetables are. We buy our ingredients every two days to make sure everything is fresh, but we usually sell out the prepared packs by the end of the day. One truck can sell about 300 packs daily,� he says.

(top) Marinated meat is deep fried and the vegetables and onions are mixed in after (inset) A basic pack with chicken costs only RM5; add an egg for an extra RM1

meat and vegetables are fried in large batches in the wok. The two people assigned to take the orders will put the food together in take-away boxes and collect payment from each customer to keep the line moving. By the end of the day, they would have sold out all of their prepared stock so that they do not have to go through the hassle of dealing with leftover ingredients.

(opposite page) The vendors working together to keep the line of customers moving during lunch hour

The Crystal Plaza food truck is their second; with a third located not too far away, in front of the GD Express office in Seksyen 51. While Mohd Amir is often seen at the Crystal Plaza food truck, he also oversees operations at other locations some days. The food truck operates only during lunch hour on weekdays, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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What’s special about this recipe is the mixture of spices that we use. We don’t just fry everything in turmeric; there are other spices mixed in together to give it that delicious taste.

Ayam Goreng Kunyit Power Jalan 51A/223, PJS52, 46100 Petaling Jaya, Selangor (in front of Crystal Plaza) Opens from 11.00 a.m. to 3.00 p.m, Mondays to Fridays

Booming Business

Ayam Goreng Kunyit Power’s first food truck, which still operates in Solaris Mont Kiara today, took only one month before people started noticing them and buying their food. Their popularity grew to the point that a few customers were even travelling all the way from the city centre just to try their food. Ayam Goreng Kunyit Power delivers bulk orders to groups who order over the phone.

Contact: 017-324 4123

“We started this second truck in Petaling Jaya in 2016. We found it to be a strategic location as there are lots of offices nearby, as well as a university, an LRT station and a large Tenaga Nasional office. This place is good for business, but we could not have known just how busy we would get when we first started out,” said Mohd Amir. Although most of their

customers appear to be office workers, he added that they see a good number of students queuing up for their food too. With business booming at each of their food trucks, Ayam Goreng Kunyit Power certainly has future expansions in mind. Mohd Amir says that they have already secured locations to open a couple of cafés to sell their star dish at Hospital Ampang and Menara Celcom and are currently tying up loose ends. He added that location is always a key factor when deciding on a new outlet or food truck spot.

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Malaysian

Customs

You Need To Know

WHETHER IT’S EATING WITH THE RIGHT HAND OR POINTING WITH THE THUMB, YOU KNOW YOU’RE MALAYSIAN IF THESE CUSTOMS STRIKE A CHORD WITH YOU. certain types of food and drink such as pork and alcohol for Muslims and beef for Hindus and Buddhists.

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iving in a multiracial, multi-faith society means that we Malaysians are blessed with a unique blend of customs in our everyday lives. Some originate from certain religious or cultural beliefs, while others developed gradually over decades of harmonious co-existence. Regardless of their beginnings, these distinctively Malaysian customs are a reflection of our diverse yet inclusive history, and are instrumental in forging a truly Malaysian identity that transcends racial and religious differences.

Because of this, Malaysians generally clarify any dietary restrictions upfront before cooking for or choosing a restaurant to eat at with a diverse group. Most will not eat beef or pork in front of those whose religions prohibit it out of respect, and many will wait till everyone has food on their plates before they start eating – even if it takes a while!

Eating Together

(from top) Eating with bare hands is rooted in cultural and religious beliefs; eating together is entrenched in the Malaysian way of life

Malaysians are united in their legendary obsession with food, but eating together in a group can be tricky due to the various religious and cultural dietary restrictions to consider. Religious observances may necessitate fasting or avoiding

Eating With Bare Hands

Many Malaysians enjoy eating with their bare hands, especially when they’re eating rice-based dishes with curries and sauces (think banana leaf rice and nasi lemak). It’s easier in some situations too (try eating crab in the shell with utensils!) or simply tastes better! Pure selfsatisfaction aside, however, this practice has religious origins for many. Hindus believe that your fingers represent the five elements, and touching your food with them creates a physical and spiritual connection with it, heightening your awareness and appreciation. Muslims eat with only the right hand, as the left hand is said to be used for bathroom functions and is thus, considered impure to use for eating. Where possible, they use three fingers to eat, in accordance with sunnah (the way of the Prophet Muhammad).

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Malaysian culture places emphasis on respecting elders

Greeting Etiquette

Handshakes are the common form of greeting for all Malaysians. However, women may prefer to avoid physical contact with men, so it’s best to wait and see if a Malaysian woman extends her hand first to prevent an accidental faux pas. A smile and a slight nod suffices otherwise. Muslims in particular may greet members of the same gender by clasping their hands between their own and bowing slightly (salam). Often, they will end a handshake with placing their right hand over their heart to indicate sincerity.

meeting an older acquaintance for the first time, Malaysians will default to using the appropriate honorific and their surname or first name. This cultural hierarchy is replaced by first names or common Mister, Missus or Miss titles in the workplace or business settings, which are considered the only exceptions.

Pointing The Right Way

Respecting The Elders

There’s a saying that goes, ‘be careful of pointing at someone with one finger, because the other four are pointing back at you’. Pointing is considered rude in Malaysian culture, so if Malaysians have to point at something (to indicate direction, for example), they will point with their thumb or extend an open palm instead. It is also more polite to use the right hand instead of the left due to religious beliefs.

As a mark of respect, all ethnicities in Malaysia greet their elders first and in order of seniority. For instance, someone arriving at a family gathering may greet the grandparents first, then the eldest uncle, and so on. Younger people may address their elders as ‘uncle’ or ‘aunty’, or ‘abang’ (elder brother) and ‘kakak’ (elder sister) if the age difference is only a few years. It’s a no-no for most Malaysians to refer to an elder on a first-name basis unless specifically given permission to do so. If

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Removing Shoes Before Entering Houses It might seem obvious to take off your shoes before entering a house to avoid tracking any dirt in, but this isn’t always common practice in other countries. People may want to leave their shoes on to keep their feet warm, protect their feet – particularly diabetics, for whom an injury to the foot can be quite serious – or for the sheer sake of convenience. Typically, Malaysians remove their shoes before going indoors and guests are expected to do the same. During festive or celebratory occasions, you know the party’s started when you see many pairs of shoes clustered around the host’s doorway.

Celebrating Different Cultures

Since Malaysia is a melting pot of cultures and faiths, Malaysians celebrate many different occasions and all are invited to be part of the festivities. Non-Muslims often fast in solidarity with their Muslim friends during Ramadan, Chinese will toss yee sang (raw fish salad) for Chinese New Year with their compatriots from other races, and Peninsular-dwelling Malaysians will cross the sea to toast their Sabahan and Sarawakian friends with tuak (rice wine) for Hari Gawai (harvest season) celebrations.

Malaysians typically own multiple types of traditional garments for different festivals (a saree for Diwali, baju kurung for Eid, cheongsam for Chinese New Year and more) and most will dress up during the festive period or when attending open houses. Some will greet or may even attempt to learn a few traditional greetings!

Gifting & Receiving

(from top) Shoes are a no-no inside the house; ‘Open houses’ during festive seasons see guests of different faiths visiting a home to feast and celebrate

Gifting can be quite tricky in Malaysia, so Malaysians always try to be mindful of their recipient when choosing a gift. Pig or dog motifs and elements may be offensive to Muslims, the colour black or the number four may be unlucky for the Chinese, and leather goods or frangipanis can be considered in bad taste by Hindu Indians.

Holding (& Visiting) Open Houses

It’s common for Malaysians to host ‘open houses’ during festive seasons, such as Chinese New Year or Eid al-Fitr, or special occasions such as weddings. A host of an ‘open house’ extends an open invitation for all to visit their home, usually during weekends. A steady stream of visitors will be coming and going from their house within that time to eat, drink, talk and celebrate. ‘Open houses’ are ubiquitous during festive seasons and Malaysians will visit multiple homes in a single weekend or holiday period. It is considered good practice for guests to give the host a heads up before they visit so they know to expect them and make sure they have enough food. Feasting is a staple of these events, so “I’ve gained weight!” is a common Malaysian refrain when ‘open house’ season rolls around!

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The value of the gift also has to be carefully considered: a cheap and generic gift may seem insincere, while an overly-expensive gift might make the recipient uncomfortable. For this reason, Malaysians tend not to open presents immediately upon receiving them in order to avoid potentially awkward situations. Gifters also generally avoid disclosing the cost of the item. The act of gifting isn’t taken lightly either. A gift given must be reciprocated, especially during the festive season, so it’s common to anticipate gifts and prepare some reciprocal presents in advance, such as fruit or chocolate.

Malaysians typically own multiple types of traditional garments for different festivals (a saree for Diwali, baju kurung for Eid, cheongsam for Chinese New Year and more) and most will dress up during the festive period or when attending ‘open houses’.

The Gotong - Royong Concept

Many hands make light work, as they say, and that’s exactly what the gotong-royong concept exemplifies: coming together to achieve a goal. Malaysians actively encourage and engage in gotong-royong for communal activities such as painting classrooms, cleaning up beaches, planting trees and so on.

Besides that, the collective effort to achieve non-physical goals such as meeting a donation target can also be known as gotongroyong. Malaysians as a people are kind-hearted and tend to give generously to those in need, such as those displaced by natural disasters or requiring large sums to treat serious medical conditions.

(top) Malaysia is blessed with a diversity of cultures

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Oh, The Bloat! FITNESS GURU KEVIN ZAHRI SHARES TIPS ON HOW TO COMBAT THE DREADED ‘WATER BLOAT’.

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e’ve all had it at some point or other – a bulging belly. If it’s not fat, and it’s not muscle, then what is it? Well, it’s bloat. It can be caused by gas, but most of the time, it’s due to water retention.

Did you know that most of your bodyweight comes from water weight? It fluctuates between 50 to 65 percent, and it is this very fluctuation that can make your weight shift upwards or downwards in just a matter of days. A major frustration that tends to get to many dieters is severe bloating. Bloating can quickly take sky-high levels of motivation down to a serious slump, as you start to feel that all your hard work is just not paying off. It is vital that you are mentally able to establish the difference between real fat gain and bloating so that this does not occur.

Avoid High-Salt Foods

A quick tip to prevent bloating, that most people might already know, is to avoid food high in sodium. Salt acts like sand on the beach – it traps water. However, this does not only apply to traditional high-salt foods that people think of, such as table salt, canned foods and soups, or soy sauce. Remember: sodium can be found in almost anything, and if you aren’t careful, you could easily be consuming far more than you think, simply because it’s ‘hidden’. Start reading labels so you can get your facts straight.

The good news is that bloating and water retention don’t have to be something that gets you down, as long as you make a few smart adjustments to your diet and lifestyle. Here are a few strategies to help combat bloating.

Sweat It Out

Drink More Water

Wait, what? While it might seem counterproductive to drink more water to combat bloating, drinking more water can kickstart the ‘flushing’ process, to get rid of our excess water. It’s also a tip that is probably emphasised by nutritionists and weight loss guides. But how much water should you drink? To keep it simple and without having to rely on tracking, just make sure your urine is clear. In a nutshell, clear urine indicates good hydration. Yellowish urine can be a sign of dehydration.

Sauna, steam baths, a run in the sun, heat treatments, hot rubs, and even activities like cooking, can play a role in reducing water bloating during your weight loss journey. Sweat it out as much as you can, but don’t forget to rehydrate!

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Consume Less Sugar

Your body cannot digest carbohydrates without water. The more carbohydrates you consume, the more water your body will store in anticipation. This is why trendy diets like Atkins, Intermittent Fasting and Keto diets emphasise on controlling when and how much carbohydrates you consume. Whichever diet you choose to follow, keep refined carbohydrates to a minimum. You don’t have to avoid them 100 percent. Again, a little here and there will keep you sane.

Stress Less

Another quick tip to help combat bloating is to keep your stress levels as low as possible. Leading a high-stress lifestyle will increase the likelihood of bloating in the body, so by keeping your stress levels down as best as you can, you can stay leaner and feel better about the progress that you’re making.

Drink Herbal Tea

Herbal tea is beneficial as the caffeine in the tea is diuretic, and helps to soothe the bloating. Don’t add sugar or honey, though, as this will only increase the calorie intake that you don’t need. If you’re trying to lose weight, sugar is the last thing that you want to be consuming.

About Cikgu Fitness Malaysia

Get Enough Fibre

Make sure that your diet is rich in fibre, which is key to regular bowel movements. In its natural state, your body does not break down fibre during digestion, which means that it will pull in extra fluid to aid the process. Fibrous foods such as grains may add bulk to your meals, but these are nutrient dense and help to curb cravings. However, while it is important that you get enough fibre on a daily basis, avoid overdoing your fibre intake or raising your intake upwards too quickly. Both of these can cause too much bloating to occur and make it harder to get that slim, svelte physique you’re after. Remember that moderation is everything.

Kevin Zahri is an award-winning U.S.certified personal trainer and nutritionist with over 15 years of experience. He is also the founder of Malaysia’s largest weight loss movement called Jom Kurus. Over the years, he has published several books and e-books, written for fitness and lifestyle magazines, and hosted and appeared on TV shows as well as magazines. Kevin is an avid corporate wellness speaker, web entrepreneur and a member of MENSA, the high IQ society. kevinzahri.com

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Pack Up : For Him

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When the going gets tough, a real man stays cool. Hugo Boss offers a contemporary jacket with a pop-colour hood and interior that really makes a statement. Crafted in stretch-cotton jersey, it is just perfect for streetwise gents. RRP: USD208 (RM856) hugoboss.com

Get Your Groove On

The Montblanc Meisterstuck portfolio has been given a 1980s makeover. The design for this season features an artistic graphic print of cassette tapes – evoking a nostalgic feel of the era’s pop culture. RRP: RM2,790 montblanc.com

Autumn Essentials

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AS THE WEATHER COOLS DOWN, IT’S TIME FOR YOUR STYLE TO SIZZLE. HERE’S A ROUNDUP OF THE SEASON’S WARDROBE ESSENTIALS TO KEEP YOU LOOKING STYLISH AND ON-TREND.

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Caps are not just for teenagers anymore. Choose a muted design like this one from Giorgio Armani, and you are on your way to dishing out edgy swagger. The midnight blue baize material is a perfect match for all outfits too. RRP: USD490 (RM2,015) armani.com

Weather Wise

If you are going to be carrying around an umbrella, at least make sure it doesn’t crimp your style. Burberry’s monogram design comes with an animated print. A smooth leather handle completes the design. RRP: RM1,250 my.burberry.com

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Pack Up : For Her *Some RRPs have been converted into Malaysian Ringgit and are correct at the time of conversion.

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Structured and lightweight, the Parker is a versatile bag from Coach that combines uptown elegance with downtown ease. The leather is embellished with floral appliques and metal hardware for a touch of cool, rebellious attitude. RRP: RM1,620 malaysia.coach.com

Cosy & Chic

For those days when you need a luxuriously lightweight layer to tuck into your favourite skirt or jeans, Dior’s cashmere sweater does it. It even has a bow detail and black bee embroidery on the back for that extra pizzazz. RRP: USD2,300 (RM9,459) dior.com

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Givenchy continues the logomania trend with this dual-tone grey fringe scarf. It comes printed with the label's iconic 4G logo, plus large G in dark grey on one side and light grey on the other. RRP: RM1,750 givenchy.com

Are You Ready, Boots?

Sleek and chic, ankle boots are this season’s biggest trend. Louis Vuitton’s latest is crafted from a gorgeous royal blue glossy patent leather. A side zip for easy fitting and a back loop in monogram canvas complete the design. RRP: USD1,280 (RM5,264) louisvuitton.com

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National Flower

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis, known colloquially as bunga raya, is the national flower of Malaysia. It has large trumpet-shaped flowers with five petals and a long stem, and comes in various colours such as red, pink, white and yellow.

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Living History

The oldest surviving rubber tree in Malaysia can be found near the Kuala Kangsar District Office in Perak. Planted in 1877, it was brought over from London’s Kew Gardens.

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The melody of the Malaysian national anthem, Negaraku, was taken from the state anthem of Perak, Allah Lanjutkan Usia Sultan. The lyrics were written by the first Prime Minister of Malaysia, Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra al-Haj, together with a panel of judges.

The Judiciary

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The Palace of Justice in Putrajaya houses the Federal Court of Malaysia – the highest court in the country. The building also has a museum called Muzium Kehakiman (Justice Museum), which chronicles the history of the legal system in Malaysia, with mock courtrooms as well as displays of wigs and judge robes.

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Musical Instrument

The rebab is a bowed string instrument that made its way into Malay culture from the Middle East, through Islamic trading routes. The instrument is usually made from the wood of the jackfruit tree, and in Malaysia, is used to accompany gamelan ensembles and some traditional dances.

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Aquatic Heaven

Frequently named one of the best diving spots in the world, Sipadan in Sabah is rich in biodiversity, with hundreds of species of fish, coral and marine life such as barracuda and turtles calling it home. A limited number of diving permits are issued per day to maintain its pristine condition.

Only In Borneo

Native to the island of Borneo, the proboscis monkey can be found in the jungles of Sabah and Sarawak. It is one of the largest primate species in Asia and has a distinctive appearance, with males sporting a large nose that hangs past its mouth.

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National Principles

PHOTO: SITI NURSYAFINA HAMDAN

Manok Pansoh is an Iban dish from Sarawak. Chicken and ingredients such as lemongrass, garlic and galangal are stuffed into a bamboo stalk and cooked over an open fire, resulting in tender, fragrant pieces of meat.

The Rukun Negara is a national pledge created in 1970 as a way to foster unity among the different races in Malaysia. It consists of five philosophies, and is recited in both primary and secondary public schools during compulsory assemblies.

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Batik is a Malay textile art, popular on the East Coast of Peninsula Malaysia. It is different from Indonesian batik, boasting larger and simpler patterns with lighter and more vibrant colours. The fabric often features motifs of plants and flowers.

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Reads : Malaysian Authors

We, The Survivors

by Tash Aw We, The Survivors is a story of class, education and the workings of fate and destiny. Ah Hock is an ordinary, uneducated man born in a Malaysian fishing village, trying to make his way in a country that promises riches and security to everyone but delivers them only to a chosen few. Like many, he remains trapped in a world of poorly paid jobs that just about allow him to keep his head above water. Caught in circumstances beyond his own control, he is ultimately led to murder a Bangladeshi migrant worker. Survivors is a confessional, a story of Ah Hock’s life leading up to the appalling act of violence told over several days to a journalist whose life has taken a different course. The book has been described as a portrait of an outsider like no other, an anti-nostalgic view of human life and the ravages of hope. It asks the question of whether individual agency alone is sufficient to reverse and unravel the tangled webs of history, circumstance and inequality. RRP: RM69.90

A Prince Called “Charlie”

by Tunku Halim The biography of Tunku Abdullah, the son of Malaysia’s first king, Prince is the story of his life at a time of rapid change for the nation. Tunku Halim, the son of Tunku Abdullah, is unsparing and complete in his portrait of his father who led a remarkable, riotous life as a corporate figure, a national ambassador and as a family man. First published as Tunku Abdullah – A Passion of Life, this revised edition contains a new introduction from the author as well as a new foreword by Dina Zaman. Much more than the story of a playboy and his party lifestyle, the book also covers Tunku Abdullah’s harrowing experiences in war-torn Japan, his controversial visit to Israel, his friendship with Malaysian Premier Tun Mahathir Mohamad and his many close shaves with death. It is also the story of Malaysia through the life of one remarkable man, revealing the dynamism and pulsating changes that he lived through. RRP: RM24

Where Monsoons Meet : A People’s History Of Malaya

By Musimgrafik Where Monsoons Meet charts a history of Malaya that is often overlooked in mainstream historic texts and presents its findings in a graphic novel format. Originally written by a group of Malaysian students in London in 1979, the book was resurrected on the 50th anniversary of Malaysian Independence to provide an on-the-ground perspective of Malaya’s independence story. It covers the period stretching from the days of the Malacca Sultanate in the 1400s to the Federation of Malaya’s independence in 1957. Some notable highlights include the colonial powers’ squabble over the rule of Malacca, the fierce rebellion of the Malayan people against the establishment of indirect British rule, and drastic British measures taken to suppress anti-colonial sentiments during the period of “Emergency”. Where Monsoons Meet is an invaluable, entertaining and edifying story of a people’s struggle against colonialism. RRP: RM23

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THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERS Hardcover Fiction & Non-fiction *based on the week of 11 August 2019

The King’s Chinese

by Daryl Yeap The King’s Chinese is the story of Yeap Chor Ee and the Straits Chinese in Penang, a community which emerged in the colonial Straits Settlements constituting a truly unique blend of Chinese, Southeast Asian and European cultural identities. The subjects of this volume, Yeap Chor Ee and his family members, are key figures in this cultural milieu. The central thread of the book – the life of Yeap Chor Ee, the "merchant prince of Penang" – touches on a multitude of people, events and businesses, from trading to banking, and sugar refining to property development. A penniless migrant from China, Yeap started out in Penang as a barber before subsequently becoming Penang’s richest man and one of the state’s greatest philanthropists. This book is invaluable in providing insight into the pulsing commercial centre that was pre-war Penang, and of a Malayan peninsula that was undergoing rapid change. Daryl Yeap, the great-granddaughter of Yeap, is both scrupulous and meticulous in her research and fills in the gaps within the wider narrative with compelling prose. RRP: RM55

Peninsula : A Story Of Malaysia

by Rehman Rashid The late Rehman Rashid – writer, journalist and raconteur – led a controversial life. At various times a political insider and a political outcast, Rehman’s unique outlook on Malaysia, on Malay-ness and politics is captured in all its outspoken glory in Peninsula. In part a personal memoir, the book also tells the story of the generational changes undergone by Malaysia since Independence. Thorough in his investigations and analysis, Rehman digs deep into both the past and the present to give his own unique perspective on what the future holds for the country. The narrative reveals the many strands of Malaysian history and the way they braided themselves into our particular incarnation of 21st century Malaysia. The prose of Peninsula is uniquely Rehman – poetic and with deep philosophical insights into the nature of being and belonging. Peninsula remains an important resource for those seeking answers to the question of Malaysia. RRP: RM50

by David Baldacci

WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING

THE NICKEL BOYS

THE NEW GIRL

ONE GOOD DEED

by Colson Whitehead

THRAWN: TREASON by Timothy Zahn

BECOMING

by Delia Owens

by Daniel Silva

EDUCATED

by Tara Westover

THE PIONEERS

by Michelle Obama

by David McCullough

THREE WOMEN

UNFREEDOM OF THE PRESS

by Lisa Taddeo

by Mark R. Levin

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

DAVID HINDLEY COURTESY OF LD ENTERTAINMENT AND ROADSIDE ATTRACTIONS

JUDY

Starring: Renée Zellweger, Jessie Buckley, Finn Wittrock, Rufus Sewell, Michael Gambon Director: Rupert Goold Release date: 27 September 2019 It is winter of 1968, and showbiz legend Judy Garland arrives in Swinging London to perform a five-week sold-out run at The Talk of the Town. It has been 30 years since she shot to global stardom in The Wizard of Oz, but if her voice has weakened, its dramatic intensity has only grown. As she prepares for the show, battles with management, charms musicians and reminisces with friends and adoring fans, her wit and warmth shine through. Even her dreams of love seem undimmed as she embarks on a whirlwind romance with Mickey Deans, her soon-to-be fifth husband. Featuring some of her best-known songs, the film celebrates the voice, the capacity for love, and the sheer pizzazz of “the world’s greatest entertainer.”

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Rambo : Last Blood

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

Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Paz Vega, Sergio Peris-Mencheta, Adrianna Barraza, Yvette Monreal, Genie Kim, Joaquin Cosio, Oscar Jaenada Director: Adrian Grunberg Release date: 20 September 2019

LIONSGATE

Almost four decades after he drew first blood, Sylvester Stallone is back as one of the greatest action heroes of all time, John Rambo. An ex-Green Beret haunted by memories of Vietnam, the legendary fighting machine has freed POWs, rescued his commanding officer from the Soviets, and liberated missionaries in Myanmar. Now, Rambo must confront his past and unearth his ruthless combat skills to exact revenge in a final mission, as he journeys to Mexico to rescue a friend’s daughter from a violent Mexican cartel. Aided by journalist Carmen Delgado (Vega), Rambo: Last Blood is a deadly journey of vengeance that marks the last chapter of this legendary series.

Ad Astra

Starring: Brad Pitt, Tommy Lee Jones, Ruth Negga, Liv Tyler, Donald Sutherland Director: James Gray Release date: 20 September 2019

20TH CENTURY FOX

Set 100 years in the future, the U.S. government has been building a giant telescope to find life outside of our solar system. The team is headed by engineercum-astronaut Roy McBride (Pitt), whose father H. Clifford McBride (Lee Jones) was the director of a deep space colony that disappeared while searching for extraterrestrial life near one of Neptune’s moons. After a freak accident destroys one of the moons, Roy is asked by the U.S. government to send a video message to his father, believing the incident is proof that the colony is still alive and might be conducting dangerous experiments. To get this message to reach Neptune, Roy has to get to the moon to transmit it. His journey will uncover secrets that challenge the nature of human existence and our place in the cosmos.

Abominable

Starring: Chloe Bennet, Tenzing Norgay Trainor, Albert Tsai, Eddie Izzard, Sarah Paulson, Tsai Chin, Michelle Wong Director: Jill Culton Release date: 27 September 2019

UNIVERSAL

DreamWorks Animation and Pearl Studio’s co-production Abominable takes audiences on an epic 2,000-mile adventure, from the streets of Shanghai to the breathtaking Himalayan snowscapes. When teenage Yi (Bennet) encounters a young Yeti on the roof of her apartment building in Shanghai, she and her mischievous friends, Jin (Norgay Trainor) and Peng (Tsai), name him “Everest” and embark on an epic quest to reunite the magical creature with his family at the highest point on Earth. But the trio of friends will have to stay one-step ahead of Burnish (Izzard), a wealthy man intent on capturing a Yeti, and zoologist Dr. Zara (Paulson) to help Everest get home.

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Patriotic Pride

Firefly is honoured to partner with the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture to launch the new Visit Malaysia Year 2020 (VMY2020) logo, officiated by Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. Under the partnership, Firefly is proud to fly the logo as part of its livery, and be part of the VMY2020 vehicle to promote Malaysia as a tourist destination for nature, history, culture and adventure – in line with its See It, Hear It, Sense It, Feel It, Touch It and Taste It campaign.

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Firefly News

Second Lease Of Life

Firefly Airlines, in collaboration with Tetra Pak Malaysia, has taken its first step into recycling its in-flight beverage cartons, with plans to gradually transition into more sustainable initiatives in the near future. While recycling in-flight items is known to be challenging, the airline is committed to help preserve the environment whilst reducing the need for extra resources. Firefly is the first full-service airline in Malaysia to separate used beverage cartons (UBC) onboard for recycling. The UBCs are collected and recycled into items such as paper, cardboards, roofing tiles and furniture.

Tokens Of Appreciation

Firefly Airlines’ recent week-long “Is Your Seat The Lucky One?” campaign brought smiles to the faces of many passengers on board, as they received various mystery gifts tucked into ‘lucky’ back-set pockets. The initiative was intended to convey the airline’s gratitude to their loyal customers, whilst fostering better relationships between customers and the airline. In total, 67 prizes including free return flight tickets, hotel stay vouchers and merchandise were given out during the campaign, which is one of many promotional activities the airline has planned for 2019.

Soaring High

It was a proud moment for Firefly Airlines when it flew Kedah’s Red Eagles football squad to and from the Subang Skypark Terminal for their final match at the Football Association Cup 2019 in Bukit Jalil National Stadium, Kuala Lumpur. The team returned triumphant as champions, having scored a goal in the 105th minute. As a token of appreciation, the squad was presented with a congratulatory plaque by Firefly to Red Eagles’ Vice President 1, Anas Hafiz Mustaffa.

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Net work Map

TOURISM MALAYSIA

Cameron Highlands

NATURAL BEAUTY Strawberry farms, tea plantations and fresh produce can be found at this mountain retreat in the state of Pahang. Turn to page 18 for more.

Banda Banda Aceh Aceh

Firefly Sales Offices & Counters

SUBANG

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

PENANG

Departure Hall, Main Terminal Penang International Airport 11900 Bayan Lepas TEL: +604 630 6665 OPERATING HOURS: Daily; 5:30 am to 10 pm

KELANTAN

JOHOR

Ground Floor, Aero Mall Senai International Airport 81250, Johor Bahru TEL: +607 598 7488 OPERATING HOURS: Daily; 6 am to 10 pm

INDONESIA

KEDAH

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

LANGKAWI

Airline’s Marketing Representative

Selected Airport Ticket Offices

Sultan Mahmud Airport 21300 Kuala Terengganu TEL: +609 667 5377 OPERATING HOURS: Daily; 7 am to 9 pm

PERAK

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

PAHANG

SINGAPORE

Sultan Ismail Petra Airport 16100 Kota Bharu TEL: +609 774 1377 OPERATING HOURS: Daily; 5:30 am to 9:30 pm

TERENGGANU

Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Airport 25150 Kuantan TEL: +609 538 2911 OPERATING HOURS: Sat to Mon, Wed & Thur; 9 am to 6 pm

THAILAND

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

SUBANG

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 OPERATING HOURS: Daily; 7 am to 7:30 pm

KLIA

KL SENTRAL

Lot L2.23, Level 2 Nu Sentral Shopping Centre 201, Jalan Tun Sambanthan, Brickfields, 50470 Kuala Lumpur OPERATING HOURS: Daily; 10 am to 10 pm (including Public Holidays); Last queue number: 9:30pm

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Ways you can check in aside from the airport : WEB CHECK IN: At www.fireflyz.com.my. Print out the boarding pass yourself. Available for Malaysia domestic and Singapore flights only. For Indonesia and Thailand inbound/outbound flights, check in is through the counter at the airport only. MOBILE APP CHECK IN: Via Firefly Mobile from your mobile phone. Download the app from Apple App Store and Google Play Store for free.

FAIRUS RAHIM

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.

Johor Bahru

RICH HISTORY Named after a Persian word for jewel, JB is a hidden gem waiting to be discovered. Read our guide on page 22.

(Seletar (SeletarAirport) Airport)

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

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

(Kuala (KualaLumpur) Lumpur)

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Our Fleet & Service Information

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

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

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Avions de transport régional (ATR) No. of aircraft

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Height

7.65 m Maximum Fuel Capacity

841 Gallons

Maximum Cruising Speed

Passenger Seating

510 km/h

Length

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 the aircraft door is closed. 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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Futuristic

Capital A

side from its well-paved roads and government ministries, Malaysia’s administrative capital of Putrajaya is also home to some of the country’s most stunning architectural wonders. Many of its buildings and structures are a blend of modern meets Islamic design, such as the Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin Mosque, seen here across the manmade Putrajaya Lake. Also known as the “Iron Mosque”, the building gets its moniker from its sleek and modern steel architecture, featuring glass reinforced concrete and a fine glass facade. Other noteworthy marvels are the city’s eight bridges, which connect various parts of the city and serve as a scenic backdrop for photo enthusiasts.

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