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JUNE 2019

A Walk Through Japan’s Glorious Past In Kyoto

MY Guide To Nanjing, China ■ Eid Al-Fitr Celebrations

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Sound Design In Films ■ Art Of Gold Embroidery ■ Gawai Festival

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Contents EXPLORE | Kyoto, Japan 34

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Japan’s spiritual heart has a glorious past

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TRAVEL CONCIERGE SEE

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TRAVEL CONCIERGE DINE

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TRAVEL CONCIERGE STAY

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Upcoming events for your calendar

What’s new in the world of dining

Hospitality news and options

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Muslims across the world celebrate Eid al-Fitr this month

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Features IN PROFILE | Sundra Kulendra 30 Sama-Sama Hotel KLIA balances growth with differentiated guest experience

EXPLORE | Sound Design

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WARISAN | Warisan Agung

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THE CURE

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FASHION + ACCESSORIES

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ENTERTAINMENT

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SEEN + HEARD

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The importance of sound in film

GIZMOS + GADGETS 61

TV chef Anis Nabilah

Cool gadgets in focus this month

Merungkai tradisi pembuatan seni tekat emas Lotions, potions, spas, and more

The globetrotter’s styling guide

Your in-flight entertainment guide

Events in Malaysia and around the world

PHOTOBOOK Gawai Dayak 52

Annual thanksgiving festival in Sarawak

Inside Malaysia Airlines NEWS

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FLEET

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SAFETY & SERVICE INFO 69 ENRICH QUICK GUIDE

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WHERE WE FLY

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TOURISM MALAYSIA

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Malaysia is home to lush tropical rainforests, majestic caves, emerald hills and crystal-clear waters teeming with marine wildlife. With over 30 national parks in the country, eco-tourists can experience a slice of this abundant natural beauty in its most pristine form. We list five beautiful parks no nature lover should miss.

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City Wonders While there is much to love about an outdoor adventure, a city getaway can be just as exciting, with architectural gems, cultural experiences and much more to discover. Here are six city wonders in the Asia-Pacific region that must be visited to experience their true charm, from the bustling Temple Street Night Market in Hong Kong to the majestic Sydney Opera House in Australia.

Set Jetting There’s a new trend in travel called ‘set jetting’, where fans travel to places where their favourite TV shows or movies were filmed. ‘Fandom tours’ allow visitors to relive moments from the show and create fantasies of their own. Explore ‘King’s Landing’ from Game of Thrones, which was shot in Dubrovnik, Croatia, or go cycling with the significant other on Nami Island, South Korea, as lovebirds Joon-sang and Yoo-jin did in the popular drama Winter Sonata.

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encapsulate the spirit of Hari Raya in Malaysia, do watch our video, Sama-Sama Balik Raya, which is on our official YouTube channel and Facebook page. And what is a celebration without food? Traditional home-cooked meals such as ketupat (rice cakes) and lemang (glutinous rice cooked in bamboo) served with a side of rendang (spicy meat dish) and peanut sauce are a common sight during Hari Raya. Kuih raya or cookies will also be served to guests, with 20 or more popular kuih raya to try. My personal favourite is the pineapple tart, as this reminds me of my days baking with my late mother and selling them for Raya.

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To share the festivities with our guests, we will be serving ketupat and rendang exclusively at our lounges in KLIA during Raya. We will also be serving a special festive menu onboard this month. On Business Class and Business Suite, savour our beef rendang, nasi hujan panas and delicious sayur lodeh. For Economy Class passengers, we have the chicken rendang Minang, as well as the nasi hujan panas and sayur lodeh. We will also be serving a special kuih raya, kuih semperit, in all cabins. These meals are available on selected flights. With all these delicious food, you might gain a few pounds after returning home from your trip to Malaysia!

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Group Chief Executive Officer Malaysia Airlines Berhad

On the topic of Malaysia Airlines, I am happy to announce that we have recently embarked on the next phase of our brand promise of Malaysian Hospitality. We will be introducing more direct benefits beyond just our products that will allow you to enjoy the most of Malaysia and Malaysian Hospitality. Our new app, MHassistant, is a special app for guests travelling on Malaysia Airlines, where they can download MHvouchers for use on a host of exciting experiences like dining and shopping in Malaysia.

Dear Guests, Thank you for choosing Malaysia Airlines and we hope you enjoy our Malaysian Hospitality onboard. If you are travelling to Malaysia this month, you will be able to experience Eid al-Fitr or Hari Raya Aidlifitri, when Muslims in Malaysia, and all over the world, celebrate after a month of fasting. In Malaysia, Muslims wake early in the morning for a special prayer at the mosque and later gather with their families to seek forgiveness from one another and give or receive money in packets. You will see men and women dressed in beautiful traditional wear, visiting relatives, friends and neighbours. To

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We also partnered with Expedia, Maxis and Grab last month for MHexplorer, our fully digitalised student travel programme. Via these partnerships, the travel experience has been expanded beyond flight tickets; students under the programme are able to customise their travel, from discounted flights, hotels and travel to and from the airport, to discounted mobile plans, on one convenient platform. We have more in the pipeline, so stay tuned. To those celebrating Hari Raya, I would like to wish all of you Selamat Hari Raya dan Maaf Zahir Batin. If you are on your way to balik kampung, we wish you a wonderful trip to your hometown. As always, I wish you a great journey with Malaysia Airlines and a wonderful visit to or stopover in Malaysia. Please sit back, relax and enjoy our Malaysian Hospitality. â–

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during Eid or Hari Raya, as it is known locally. Muslims will host “open houses” to welcome everyone into their homes to join in the celebrations. Food is the central theme and there will be lots to eat but let’s not forget our manners. Malaysia’s Prime Minister has traditionally held an open house and this year is likely to be no different. Check the venue a few days prior and head out early. Be prepared to queue!

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I love watching horror movies, but I have my fingers plugged into my ears half of the time or when I anticipate a terrifying moment. What’s the point of watching then, you ask? Well, I like the sense of terror, but I hate the scare. Have you ever thought about the ambient sound of a movie? How it is made, who makes them and what these people are called? They are called sound designers, and up until a couple of months ago, I had no idea of their existence. As Tan Lee Kuen writes, “sound may not be the obvious superstars of filmmaking, but it is one of its most important elements. If you’ve ever had to watch a clip of a movie without the sound effects or background music, you will immediately sense its absence. It’s a disembodying experience.” Read about these unsung heroes – they are Malaysians, have worked on films for the global stage, and won awards – on pages 44-47.

Julie Goh Editor

May was an interesting month. Malaysians looked back on a year of being governed by a new administration after the previous coalition, which ruled for more than six decades post-independence, was defeated in the country’s 14th General Elections on 9 May 2018. It appeared there were more critics than advocates of the government’s performance to date. No doubt this is fuelled by our need for instant gratification in this gladiatorial digital age we live in, or it may well be that as Malaysians, we love to bemoan things. We seem to forget that in governing a nation, the impact of government policies and actions requires time to take shape. One year is certainly too short a time. Also in May, Muslims around the world marked the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan on 6 May, where they abstained from food, drink and negative thoughts from dawn until sunset. This is expected to end on 5 June, when the festival of Eid al-Fitr will be celebrated. Tharik Hussain writes in this month’s issue that celebrations differ from country to country, but most focus their celebrations on the first day after Ramadan. It is a good time to be in Malaysia

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Our cover story this month takes us to Kyoto. Once the capital of Japan, the city is famous for its Zen gardens, Buddhist temples, Shinto shrines and traditional wooden houses; you’re more likely to see a real Geisha here than in any other Japanese cities. Writer Peter Weld has also included information on where to find Halal food, prayer rooms and shops that rent kimonos with matching hijabs for Muslim travellers. The story is on pages 34-41. Enjoy the issue, and to everyone celebrating, Selamat Hari Raya, Maaf Zahir dan Batin. ■

JUNE 2019

A Walk Through Japan’s Glorious Past In Kyoto

MY Guide To Nanjing, China ■ Eid Al-Fitr Celebrations

Sound Design In Films ■ Art Of Gold Embroidery ■ Gawai Festival

On The Cover Cherry blossoms in full bloom at the Kiyomizu-dera Temple in Kyoto, Japan. Story on pages 34-41.

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THE MAIL ROOM

Letter of the Month Going Places was never at the forefront until a story alleged that a picture of a piece of non-halal meat (which was actually beef) was published. The public relations was done right, restoring the airline’s dignity and attracting me to read it. The February issue was so apt with a descriptive article on the Spring Festival, festive food and a simple recipe, some zodiac predictions to begin the Year of Boar as well as stories of the lion dance and bian lian art. What’s more, the articles feature our very own homegrown expertise in Feng Shui and the preservation of a dying art. I'd love to see, additionally, costumes of people around the world celebrating Chinese New Year. As Editor Julie Goh said, her mom would sew 15 dresses for her. Also, perhaps feature the uniqueness of mixed marriages in Malaysia and how they celebrate the festive season, just like how Captain Izham Ismail would have celebrated with his late mother, who was from Guangzhou. Am looking forward to reading future issues. This is much better in terms of content and the effort put into publishing it, compared to magazines we may have to buy to read. CHEW HOONG LING, Teluk Intan, Perak, Malaysia

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I have been flying back and forth from Kuala Lumpur to Kota Kinabalu with Malaysia Airlines for work for the past few years. Unfortunately, most of my experiences have been forgettable. However, on 2 March, my flight from KUL to BKI was made memorable by Ms. Olivia Loo and Ms. Sharmalaa. Both gave me a very vibrant greeting with a smile as I walked into the cabin. These extraordinary crew members are hard to find. For a moment, their energetic vibes made me forget that the flight was retimed and further delayed due to operational reasons. As lunch was being served, I observed them from afar. I realised the two ladies attended to every request from demanding and angry passengers cheerfully. Additionally, they served all passengers with a genuine smile. As I write this, images of them working hard and smiling keep playing in my mind, warming my heart. I am glad I was on their flight. Both of them have proven that the crew of Malaysia Airlines are not all robotic and grumpy. I hope they will continue to give off positive vibes in their work and perhaps, pass them on to their colleagues and passengers along the way. LIN WOEI FOO, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The flight from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur was particularly quick this time as I was immersed in reading the articles in Going Places, on eating food for good luck, the Spring Festival and the acrobatic grace of the lion dance. As a Malaysian, I am so grateful and extremely proud that we’re able to celebrate so many different festivals in our beloved country with family and friends. The three articles reminded me of our good fortune in having our newest addition to our family, our daughter-in-law and her family enjoy the festivities of the Spring Festival for the first time. Thank you, Malaysia Airlines, for flying them home to celebrate the reunion with family and friends during this time, as many of our family members live in different parts of Malaysia and the world. CHRISTY LH CHIU, Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia

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Travel Concierge

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The inside track on the best accommodations, dining options and calendar of events from Malaysia and around the world.

Star-Studded Festival Celebrate the summer with music, arts, fashion and food at We The Fest. One of the headline acts appearing at the annual Jakarta event this year is hip-hop duo Rae Sremmurd, best known for their hit song Black Beatles that achieved fame on the Internet as the backing track for Mannequin Challenge videos. Also performing are Grammy-winning R&B artist Daniel Caesar, breakout singer and rapper 6LACK, Dutch future bass DJ San Holo, rising house music artist Yaeji and Canadian indie pop band Alvvays. With local Indonesian acts such as Dewa 19, Tulus and .Feast, music fans will be in for a good time. When: 19 – 21 July | Where: Jakarta International Expo Kemayoran, Jakarta, Indonesia wethefest.com

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Love And Heartbreak On The Silver Screen Catch 12 days and nights of outstanding international films as the 66th Sydney Film Festival takes place this month. Visitors can look forward to film premieres with red carpet openings, in-depth discussions, parties and more than 250 films from across the globe. Films include documentaries such as The Final Quarter, which documents the career of indigenous Australian rules footballer Adam Goodes, and Amazing Grace, which celebrates the life of iconic singer Aretha Franklin. Check out other feature films at the festival such as sci-fi thriller High Life and modern film noir title The Wedding Guest.

This month, the Kuala Lumpur City Opera will present Giuseppe Verdi’s much-loved La Traviata at the Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre. The three-act opera, which premiered in Venice in 1853, tells the story of Violetta Valéry, a Parisian courtesan with a lifethreatening illness who falls in love with the young bourgeois Alfredo Germont but is forced to break their relationship by his father, Giorgio Germont. This production will feature a double cast for the leading roles of Violetta, Alfredo and Giorgio, played by sopranos Ang Mei Foong and Joyce Khoo, tenors Tan Chee Shen and Yap Jin Hin, and bass-baritone Aw Yeow Hoay and baritone Martin Ng, respectively.

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When: 27 – 30 June Where: Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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The Latest In Arts The upcoming Manchester International Festival is a platform that showcases the newest original works and special events across a wide spectrum that includes performing arts, visual arts and popular culture. Premiering during the festival is TREE, a work by Idris Elba and Kwame-Kwei Armah that combines drama, music and dance in a contemporary South African setting. The festival also sees the world premiere of Invisible Cities, inspired by the 1972 novel of the same name about the exchanges between emperor Kublai Khan and the explorer Marco Polo. Swing by Albert Square to explore the Festival Square and savour delicious food and drinks, including at Supper Club events, as well as enjoy live music and performances. When: 4 – 21 July Where: Multiple venues across Manchester, England, U.K. mif.co.uk

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Cultural Exchange Penang’s highly anticipated annual arts festival, the George Town Festival, is back to celebrate its grand 10th anniversary next month. Carrying the theme ‘A Festival For Everyone’, the event will showcase 16 days of visual art, theatre, music, dance, film and photography to encourage the development of the arts among local talent. The festival is being made more accessible to the public than ever, with free admission to about 70 percent of events. Catch the brilliant light display and colourful performances at the opening ceremony on the first weekend or the plethora of stage acts at the grand closing ceremony on the final night. When: 13 – 28 July Where: Multiple venues across George Town, Penang, Malaysia facebook.com/GeorgeTownFestival

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Restaurant Openings, News+Reviews

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Not A Typical Kebab Shop Soho Persian restaurant Berenjak proves that kebab shops are more than a late-night supper haunt in London. Run by chef-founder Kian Samyani, the restaurant is inspired by the hole-in-the-wall kebab houses lining the streets of Tehran, featuring food that is reminiscent of Kian’s childhood meals eaten with his family. It’s best to bring a big group as many of the dishes are made for sharing, including Kashk E Bademjoon (blackened aubergine with whey, walnuts and dried mint); Panir Sabzi (Persian feta, radish, nuts and fresh herbs); and Khoresht E Zereshk (a Persian-style stew of corn-fed chicken legs stewed with saffron, onion, potatoes and barberries). Not sure where to start? Opt for the Feast Menu, a tableful of five mazeh (starter) dishes, Khoresht Ghaimeh Bademjoon (aubergine stew, split yellow peas and crispy potato) and a choice of kebab. berenjaklondon.com

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Sydney Side Up

Seafood Ahoy!

Fans of MasterChef Australia should head to Sydney on 21-23 June for the Sydney Good Food and Wine Show. As one of Australia’s key food festivals, expect nothing less than a stellar line-up of events, starting with masterclass demonstrations by Matt Moran, Maggie Beer, George Calombaris and Kylie Kwong at the Princess Cruises Theatre stage. There’s more, with Tucker’s Natural Cheese Alley featuring 11 of the region’s best cheesemakers; the Good Food Village, where you can try the freshest seasonal foods, many of which are not found on supermarket shelves; and the Let’s Eat, Citi dining pop-up, which gives you access to fantastic restaurants such as Meat & Wine Co, Butcher and the Farmer, and Olio.

Prepare for a shucking good time at the London Seafood Festival, a five-day event featuring top-class chefs and pop-ups to suit the summery mood. Held on 12-16 June at the Battersea Power Station, the festival has a host of ticketed events, including the Spice & Fish Masterclass at Cinnamon Kitchen Battersea; an Oyster Masterclass on the Thames with seafood specialists Wright Brothers; and a feast cooked up by Chef Vivek Singh and Chef’s Table star Asma Khan. The family-friendly event also includes activities like Create Your Own Sea Lavender Crown, with Miss Balooniverse, mermaids and The Bubble Wizard entertaining the kids, while parents can enjoy live music performances and a street food fiesta on 14-16 June.

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Restaurant Openings, News+Reviews

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Rooting For More The next time you’re in Kuching, stop by Roots by Food Journal, a restaurant that adds Spanish flair to a city known for its Sarawak Laksa, kueh chap and mee kolo. Leading the kitchen is executive chef John Lim, whose experience in Singapore-based restaurants Ola Cocina del Mar and Il Cielo has seen him develop a style of European contemporary cuisine with Japanese influences. Must-have dishes include the generously portioned and flavourful seafood or chicken paella; the Asian-inspired salmon tartare with soy sauce aged with ginger; lamb rack with Pedro Ximenez jus; and Wild Market Fish made with edamame salsa. Also keep an eye out for the restaurant’s special ‘Wild and Free’ limited-time menu, with dishes such as miso yuzu beef ribeye with spicy kale or Po’ Boy Tacos with tempura soft-shell crab, jambu air, wasabi and pomegranate vinaigrette. Dessert is not to be missed: have the Cheesecake Semifreddo, made with yuzu and served with caramelised pineapple, mangoes, sponge cake and cacao tuile.

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Food Fair The U.K.’s capital is turning up the summer fun with a Taste Of London, a five-day food festival on 19-23 June at Regent’s Park. Visitors can check out the best of the city’s street food (it’s more than kebabs and chips), shop from the country’s best producers, and learn from the best chefs. The festival’s theme this year is ‘Wild in the City’, including events like the Wild Kitchen, which features masterclasses about sustainable food sourcing and preservation; the Fire Pit, which sees the city’s best barbecue chefs cook up a storm for meat lovers; artisan producer markets, live entertainment, craft beer bars and more. Also look out for pop-ups by South African restaurant Wolfgat, crowned Restaurant of the Year at the World Restaurant Awards 2019, alongside Brigadiers, Indian Accent, and many more. london.tastefestivals.com

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Hospitality News+Reviews

THAILAND

Island Gem Located just steps away from Karon Beach and the crystal-clear waters of the Andaman Sea, Movenpick Resort & Spa Karon Beach Phuket sets the standard for luxury tropical island resorts, offering bespoke service, accommodation and facilities that are ideal for both business and leisure travellers. Spread over eight hectares of lush greenery, the resort boasts 363 well-appointed guest rooms, suites and villas, some of which come with private plunge pools, outdoor rainforest showers and rooftop sundecks. Work out on the go at the Fitness Centre, cool down from the heat with a dip in one of the resort’s four outdoor swimming pools, or unwind at the luxurious spa with a range of pampering treatments designed to indulge the senses. Guests are spoiled for choice when it comes to dining, with four top restaurants located on the beachfront serving everything from succulent steaks and wood-fired pizza to authentic Thai and Indian cuisine. The resort also caters to business travellers, with individual meeting facilities, dedicated spaces and venues for events, parties, gatherings and conferences, as well as a large ballroom space that can accommodate up to 1,200 guests. The resort is 15 minutes from the bustling Patong area and 90 minutes from Phuket International Airport. movenpick.com/Thailand/Phuket

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INDONESIA

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Excellent Service

Ancient Culture

The stylish upscale Radisson Medan prides itself on being well-positioned to deliver premier meeting and event facilities to customers with two whole floors of flexible function space. Surrounded by corporate offices and retail malls in downtown Medan, the hotel has 215 contemporary rooms and suites, all equipped with complimentary Wi-Fi and working areas with international power sockets. Guests who book suites will gain access to the Executive Lounge, whose privileges include private check-in and checkout, breakfast, daily snacks and evening cocktails and canapés. The hotel’s dining venue, Seven R Restaurant, serves local and international dishes for its buffet breakfast and all-day à la carte dining, while light snacks and drinks are available at the lobby lounge. Radisson Medan also offers a business centre for guests to work, as well as an outdoor pool and a fitness centre to unwind.

Experience the birthplace of Chinese culture in the ancient city of Xi’an at Renaissance Xi’an Hotel. Decorated with tangram-inspired geometric shapes, the hotel contains 396 guest rooms and suites filled with modern, curated furnishings. Dining venues at the hotel bring together a variety of classic Chinese cuisines in modern dining environments. Sample the best of Xinjiang and Xi’an cuisine at Si Specialty Restaurant or opt for authentic Cantonese dishes and spicy Sichuan favourites accompanied by traditional Chinese musical instruments at Wan Li Chinese Restaurant. For a different, openkitchen environment, try the all-day dining Food Studio. Renaissance Xi’an also has up to 2,415 square metres of space and state-of-the-art features for hosting events and meetings. Guests can also unwind in the indoor swimming pool that is specially designed to look like an outdoor courtyard or get in some exercise at the nearby fitness centre.

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Hospitality News+Reviews

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MALAYSIA

Family Favourite

THAILAND

Ultra-Luxe

From the large welcome chocolate chip cookie to the comprehensive Kids Club facilities, DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Penang has set itself apart as a premier family-oriented resort on the island. Of the 316 guest rooms and suites, 88 pairs of rooms can be converted into special linked family rooms with a lockable front sliding door for privacy. While other guests bask in the sun around the landscaped outdoor pool with an artificial beach, parents can take their young children to enjoy the resort’s Kids Club facilities, with an adjacent Kids Pool and Wet Play Area as well as babysitting services. The property is also home to the TeddyVille Museum, a unique teddy bear museum with adorable yet educational exhibits that provide insights into Penang’s history and culture. Enjoy the best of Malaysian cuisine at the all-day dining Makan Kitchen, grab a quick snack or beverage at The Food Store, or unwind in the Axis Lounge for afternoon tea or an evening drink.

Combining rich Thai culture with dynamic contemporary design, Rosewood Bangkok is one of the newer hotels to open in the heart of the bustling capital this year. Located along Ploenchit Road in the central business and retail district, this 30-storey ultra-luxury hotel pays homage to local heritage with contemporary Thai artwork, local craft and indigenous textiles forming the décor. The tower houses 159 spacious rooms, suites and studios, each with a modern interior design and a panoramic view of the Bangkok skyline. Guests have four food and beverage options to choose from: all-day dining at Lakorn European Brasserie, Chinese specialities at Nan Bei, various beverages and hand-crafted cocktails at Lennon’s speakeasy bar; and the G&O organic café. Take a relaxing dip in the saltwater lap pool or visit Sense spa and be treated to a combination of ancient Thai beauty rituals with the latest innovations in skincare.

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PORTRAIT OF MY MOTHER AS THE QUEEN ANURENDRA JEGADEVA

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BIRTH OF A NATION - DEATH OF A NATION - IVAN LAM

AKU, AYAH DAN LAGU PATRIOTIK - ZULKILFI YUSOFF

GONE WITH THE WIND - H.H. LIM

*THESE ARE EXAMPLES OF THE ARTISTS’ PREVIOUS WORK AND MAY NOT BE ON DISPLAY AT THE PAVILION.

Exhibitions, News+Reviews

Malaysia’s Triumph Four Malaysian artists are making history in Italy at the 58th International Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia, otherwise known as the Venice Biennale. Anurendra Jegadeva, Zulkifli Yusoff, Ivan Lam and H.H. Lim have been selected to represent their country at the international art show’s first Malaysian Pavilion, which has been curated by Lim Wei-Ling, the owner of private gallery Wei-Ling Contemporary in Kuala Lumpur. “These artists have established a name for themselves, both within Malaysia and on the international front,” says Lim. “I have seen how they have evolved and grown as contemporary artists, who are making statements about the world in which they live,” This year’s overarching theme for the Venice Biennale is ‘May You Live in Interesting Times’. The four selected artists will present new work under the sub-theme of ‘Holding Up A Mirror’, which revolves around ideas of identity during a time of immense political and social change. When: Until 24 November | Where: Palazzo Malipiero, 3198 2nd Floor, Campo San Samuele, Venice, Italy labiennale.org

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DRAGON ROBE. ASIAN CIVILISATIONS MUSEUM

BANK NEGARA MALAYSIA MUSEUM AND ART GALLERY

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Man Of The People Due to popular demand, the Bank Negara Malaysia Museum and Art Gallery in Kuala Lumpur has extended its exhibition on the personal and professional triumphs of Tun Ismail Ali, Malaysia’s first central bank governor, until the end of June. The free showcase is an insight into the man who was instrumental in laying strong economic foundations on which the newly independent Malaya could thrive. Though he passed in 1998, Tun Ismail’s impact is still felt, and the exhibition delves into his philosophies, chronicling his achievements in the hope of inspiring future generations. The exhibition also presents a selection of artwork from his personal collection, lending the viewer insight into his personal taste and unwavering support for local arts. When: Until 30 June Where: Bank Negara Malaysia Museum and Art Gallery Temporary Gallery, Level 2 Sasana Kijang, 2 Jalan Dato’ Onn 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia museumbnm.gov.my

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Dress To Impress The Asian Civilisations Museum in Singapore launches its Season of Chinese Art with a sensational exhibition entitled Guo Pei: Chinese Art and Couture. Guo Pei is one of China’s premier haute couture designers and her name hit the headlines when Rihanna famously wore one of her pieces, an incredible trailing yellow gown, to the 2015 Met Gala. The exhibition compares and contrasts 29 of Guo’s embroidered designs with 20 masterpieces of Chinese art. The designer grew up in Beijing and was surrounded with a wealth of Chinese imperial art, which now serves as a constant inspiration for her dramatic, sculptural and ornate gowns. The exhibition invites viewer to contemplate how Guo references Chinese aesthetics and traditions in her art. When: 15 June - 15 September Where: Asian Civilisations Museum, 1 Empress Pl, Singapore 179555 acm.org.sg

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MATTHEW MODINE AND STANLEY KUBRICK ON THE SET OF FULL METAL JACKET DIRECTED BY STANLEY KUBRICK © WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT INC.

SANDAL, 1940, BLUE RAFFIA UPPER AND BLUE KID. CARVED CORK HEEL. THE MODEL WAS MADE FOR ACTRESS LORETTA YOUNG FLORENCE, MUSEO SALVATORE FERRAGAMO

THE SHINING, DIRECTED BY STANLEY KUBRICK (1980; GB/UNITED STATES). GRADY (PHILIP STONE) AND JACK TORRANCE (JACK NICHOLSON). STILL IMAGE. © WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT INC.

2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY, DIRECTED BY STANLEY KUBRICK (1965–68; GB/UNITED STATES). STILL IMAGE. © WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT INC.

MOTHER EARTH, 2018, EVENING DRESS MADE FROM A NEWLIFE™, SILK, ORGANIC COTTON BLEND TREATED WITH NATURAL DYES AND RECYCLED PRINTED TEXTILES EMBROIDERED WITH ARCHIVE MATERIALS, STONES, SEEDS, SWAROVSKI CRYSTALS. THE DRESS WAS DECORATED BY THE ARTIST FRANCO GERVASIO. COURTESY OF LAURA STRAMBI, MILAN PHOTO IRENE MONTINI

Exhibitions, News+Reviews

Made To Last Life Behind The Lens For fans of classic cinema, Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition at the Design Museum in London is an absolute must. The American director, screenwriter and producer, who passed away in 1999, was one of the greatest and most original filmmakers of the 20th century. His repertoire includes The Shining, A Clockwork Orange, Full Metal Jacket and 2001: A Space Odyssey, among many others. The exhibition gathers 700 objects, a rich array of archive footage and a detailed model of the centrifuge set that Kubrick developed for 2001: A Space Odyssey, all of which help visitors delve into the genius of Kubrick and discover the inspiration behind his iconic works.

The Museo Salvatore Ferragamo in Florence, Italy presents a show devoted to sustainability, green design and the future of fashion. Sustainable Thinking is inspired by the brand’s founder, who was an early innovator in recycled materials, often using them for his couture pieces. Examples of sustainable designs made by the man himself from the 1920s onwards are on display alongside contemporary works created by the brand in the present day using new, environment-friendly materials and techniques. The exhibition offers inspiration to the next generation of fashion designers, artists and material producers, showing that protecting the ecosystem should be an imperative part of the design process.

When: Until 15 September Where: 224-238 Kensington High Street, W8 6AG, London

When: Until 8 March 2020 Where: Salvatore Ferragamo Museum, Piazza di Santa Trinita, 5R, 50123, Firenze Fl, Italy

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MY GUIDE | Nanjing, China

A Crossroads Of History

Nanjing, the capital of China’s Jiangsu province, is not only central to the country’s history but a vibrant metropolis. Words Charles Young | Illustration Maggie Li | Art Direction Euric Liew

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Relics Of The Rulers Nanjing has seen many rulers who led from the Presidential Palace, named after China’s first modern ruler, President Sun Yat-sen. This sprawling complex of grand buildings dates back to the Ming Dynasty and features a mishmash of various dynastic and European styles interspersed with classical gardens and a vast museum of 20th-century China’s history. Nearby, you can find the Ruins of the Ming Imperial Palace, located in a peaceful park. Although little remains of the palace apart from a single large gate, a few stumps

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of pillars or walls and a multitude of worn stone statues, you can imagine the former grandeur of the inspiration for Beijing’s Forbidden City.

Historical Crossroads Nanjing today is a sprawling highrise city, as modern and hectic as any in China. But it’s been around for a long time, recognised as one of the Four Great Ancient Capitals of China and the centre of numerous dynasties and key moments in the nation’s history. The best place to get a grip on the sheer bulk of its history is Nanjing

Museum, one of the oldest, largest and best museums in China. Well-organised with English captions and multilingual guides, it contains vast historic artefacts and probably needs a day to do it justice. It also houses one of the best collections of Ming and Qing porcelain in the world, as well as a stunning jade burial suit. Many other museums mark specific historic landmarks that took place in the city. The Taiping Heavenly Kingdom Museum, which charts the 19th-century Taiping Rebellion, the war little-known outside of China

that killed more people than World War One, is housed in the tranquil riverside Ming Dynasty Zhanyuan Gardens where rebels had their headquarters. Meanwhile, the city’s most infamous and tragic event is remembered at The Memorial of the Nanjing Massacre that occurred during the Japanese occupation in World War Two.

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malls such as Deji Plaza that line the streets of the downtown district around Xinjiekou. This is sometimes called Nanjing’s Times Square, and the neon-lit area is an excellent place for a stroll after dark even if you don’t want to shop.

Nightlife is another thing the city doesn’t skimp on, with several areas of bars and clubs. The most famous is the 1912 District area, west of the Presidential Palace, where international-style bars and restaurants occupy an entire block and have something for everyone. Other nightspots include the Gulou and University Districts. ■

Down By The Riverside Nanjing is located on the banks of the Qinhuai River, the lifeblood of the city. Along its banks, you can find some of the most interesting attractions. Right at the heart of the city is the Confucian Temple; the area surrounding it is one of the most vibrant and popular with tourists. At night, it’s thronged by people, and the colourful ancient buildings are lit up with traditional lanterns and less-traditional neon lights that reflect their light across the river.

at the revolving restaurant, Plum Garden, at the top of the Jinling Hotel in Xinjiekou.

pagoda for magnificent views and enjoy its famous vegetarian fare afterwards.

Nearby, you can find the Zhanghua Gate, the southern gate of the walled city constructed in 1387 during the Ming Dynasty. The 14- to 21-metre-high walls stretch around the city, and this is their grandest gate, the biggest ever built in China and well worth climbing to the top to admire the view.

At the base of the southern slopes, you’ll find the Xiaoling Mausoleum of Ming Dynasty, one of the biggest imperial tombs in the country. A tree-shaded Sacred Way, flanked by massive stone statues of auspicious animals such as lions and elephants, leads to a small bridge that crosses into the impressive and highly decorated mausoleum itself.

Purple Mountain There are several markets here, including night markets, a decent place to pick up souvenirs if you’re prepared to haggle. Popular items include yuhuashi bracelets and necklaces made from the local kaleidoscope-coloured ‘rain flower stone’ and intricately carved wooden objects such as boxes and statues. It’s also a good place to try the local cuisine at the many street stalls and restaurants that exude delicious aromas, especially along Fuzimiao Street. Nanjing is famous for duck dishes such as duck blood and tofu noodle soup, salted duck soup and Jinling roast duck, the ancestor of Beijing’s most famous dish. The best Nanjing food, however, is served

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Nanjing’s most popular outdoor destination can be found in its eastern suburbs at Purple Mountain, named after the purple-coloured clouds that often wreath it at sunrise and sunset. Besides naturally beautiful forests and lakes, it’s also home to over 200 scenic spots as well as historical sites from the Six Dynasties to the Republic of China eras. The oldest is Linggu temple, built in the 4th century, one of the most significant Buddhist sites in China. In immaculate gardens surrounded by ancient trees and populated by yellow-robed monks, you can wander from its brightly painted ‘beamless’ hall to the top of its 60-metre-high

Perhaps the most visited site on the mountain is the imposingly grand Dr. Sun Yat-sen’s Mausoleum, dedicated to the first president of the Republic of China, a pivotal figure in bringing down the Qing dynasty, and with it, over 2,000 years of imperial rule. It has the feeling of a pilgrimage site with thousands of visitors daily. If you want to know more about the man himself, there is a museum dedicated to him here.

Modern Nanjing Like any big city, Nanjing has its modern side, with an efficient metro system and recentlyrevamped airport. All your contemporary shopping needs can be met at the international brand stores in the air-conditioned

Useful info: • The Lukou International Airport is 35 kilometres from the city centre and also has domestic connections to most of the country. Two major train stations serve regional destinations and connect to China’s highspeed rail network.

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To get a bird’s eye view of the city, ascend to the viewing platform of the 458-metre-high, futuristic-looking Zifeng Tower in Gulou District, Nanjing’s tallest building and the 14th-tallest in the world. The viewing platform is on the 72nd floor, with the Intercontinental Hotel located just below and high-end restaurants and a nightclub right at the top.

• The best way to travel around the city and from/ to the airport is Nanjing’s excellent metro system, which is efficient, cheap, clean and safe. • Nanjing is one of China’s ‘furnace’ cities, best visited outside the hot and muggy summers, though be warned it can also get pretty cold during winter. • For up-to-date listings and information in English, check out The Nanjinger magazine available at many hotels, bars and restaurants in the city or online at thenanjinger.com. • If you’re in town for more than a few days, pick up a Nanjing Public Utility IC card; once charged with money, it can be used to pay for most forms of transport within the city and gives discounts on the metro and buses.

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IN PROFILE | Sama-Sama Hotel KLIA

Fostering Meaningful

Experiences Sama-Sama Hotel KLIA seeks ways to accelerate growth while delivering a differentiated guest experience, says its General Manager Sundra Kulendra. Interview Julie Goh | Photography courtesy of Sama-Sama Hotel KLIA

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Tell us a bit about yourself and how you got into the hospitality business.

I spent two years studying law. By chance, I was attracted to an idea from a friend who wanted to pursue Hospitality in Switzerland. That piqued my interest and I followed him, with the world as my oyster. What can you tell us about Sama-Sama Hotel KL International Airport?

Sama-Sama Hotel is the only hotel in Malaysia with an interconnecting covered skybridge to an airport. Being so close to the international airport, the hotel acts as the first gateway into the country for tourists. Hence, we are proud to carry that Malaysian pride. Our 442 wellappointed rooms and suites are all equipped with the latest technology and controlled with a one-touch panel. Guests will also find our indoor oasis covered with lush greenery quite calming. The backdrop of our man-made pond and waterfall with the sound of lapping water is

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a popular spot for wedding photos as we provide our own wedding-related services. The hotel offers options of three dining outlets: Degrees, a 24-hour all-day-dining restaurant; TBG, a bar and grill with live entertainment; and for light refreshments and afternoon tea, guests can listen to soothing numbers played by our resident pianist at the Palmz Lounge located at the hotel lobby. Jet-lagged and weary travellers can refresh themselves at our 24-hour Health Centre and Gymnasium. The hotel is also an ideal venue for international conferences, seminars, exhibitions, gala dinners and even weddings as we have 2,842 square metres of flexible event space, including 10 function rooms, one grand ballroom, state-ofthe-art audio-visual equipment, a spacious foyer of 150 square metres, and high-speed Internet access. Apart from the flagship hotel, we have two transit hotels in the satellite buildings of both

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Sama-Sama Hotel KLIA

1. Sama-Sama Hotel is the only hotel in Malaysia with an interconnecting covered skybridge to an airport 2. Its Airport FastTrack@KLIA service provides a seamless experience for guests 3. Hotel GM Sundra Kulendra

the KLIA and klia2 terminals, with a total of 150 rooms, perfect for passengers on a short layover. Whether it is for business or pleasure, we always believe in offering our guests the Sama-Sama Hospitality. From the minute you arrive from your flight or on your way to depart from KLIA, you have the opportunity of a seamless airport experience with our Airport FastTrack@KLIA service. Our knowledgeable staff will escort and guide you through customs and immigration using our dedicated lane at the airport. With the covered skybridge, we take it a step further by providing complimentary buggy services that run 24 hours to and from Level 2 of the Main Terminal Building at KLIA (next to the food court) for guests staying with us. We are also strategically located as it only takes 28

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minutes from the airport to the Kuala Lumpur city centre via the KLIA Express train. It takes just 20 minutes to Putrajaya, the administrative capital, and is within easy reach of Cyberjaya, the technological hub. What can guests expect when they stay at the hotel?

Sama-Sama is the preferred airport hotel for transits, especially for those with long hours between flights. From the moment guests walk into our lobby, they will experience the exclusivity of the hotel’s décor and setting. They will be greeted with a warm welcome from our friendly associates, clad in traditional attire and embracing our local culture. Our guests can expect a peaceful ambiance during their stay as it is our mission to deliver superior service. Relish our comfortable beddings and lush indoor tropical landscape with water features or opt for a relaxing afternoon by the pool surrounded by foliage. As a homegrown brand, how do you showcase your Malaysian identity?

Our name, Sama-Sama, means togetherness,

but it also means “you’re welcome”. The hotel’s logo is shaped as two hands coming together. It symbolises the way our nation’s various people and cultures come together. These two integral elements introduce us as much more than a hotel; we are a brand that connects people and cultures. Our name stems from our brand promise, ‘Making Meaningful Connections’. Ultimately, we strive to be a place that connects all who pass through its doors to a multi-faceted experience, even as it connects our guests to their next flight and to their next city. We are also proud to showcase the local motifs of batik and art in all guestrooms. It is also our practice to display and share our major Malaysian festivities with colourful cultural artefacts and lightings at the hotel lobby. For Hari Raya Aidilfitri (Eid), Chinese New Year, Deepavali and Christmas, we will invite our inhouse guests to the lobby for a feast concocted by our culinary team, with dishes from the celebration. This introduces the Malaysian culture to first-time and transit travellers and is a way for us to share the joyous occasion together.

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Our name, Sama-Sama, means togetherness, but it also means “you’re welcome”. The hotel’s logo is shaped as two hands coming together. It symbolises the way our nation’s various people and cultures come together.

What do you think are some of the current challenges faced by the hotel industry? Is there an imbalance in the supply and demand of rooms in Kuala Lumpur?

The hotel market is saturated, with more hotels opening this year. If things do not improve, this will eventually trigger a price war as hotels will start slashing prices, especially in densely populated city areas, to deal with stiff competition. Operating costs are increasing, and with factors such as the weakening currency, this is not healthy at all. There should be a tourism bureau to monitor these issues, to have a proper standing procedure on balancing prices and to keep the hotel industry thriving amid the current soft market. What about the employment situation? Is there a shortage of well-trained guest services staff in Malaysia? What is SamaSama doing about it?

We must face the reality that fewer people among the current generation want to work in the local industry. Graduates mostly look for overseas posting opportunities once they finish their studies with the allure of higherpaying jobs due to the currency exchange. Human resource literature suggests that hotels seeking to become known for their quality service should be selective in staffing, provide orientation and training, offer competitive and fair pay and benefits, and involve and empower employees. Sama-Sama makes internal training a crucial part of helping to grow employees’ skills and careers. As part of our mission to offer impeccable services, we have dedicated internal trainers from various departments. We also

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collaborate with local colleges and universities to recruit potential trainees; for those with potential and high commitment, we will hire them full-time. We have also increased our salary alignment scale to be competitive with other brands.

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How does the hotel retain its employees?

The local hotel industry faces challenges in filling job vacancies and maintaining employees in their roles. It is important for the industry and academia to work collaboratively to educate the general public on the rewards and benefits of working in the local hotel industry. At Sama-Sama Hotels, concrete strategies are implemented to improve our human resource management and to entice potential employees, such as by offering competitive salaries. Besides presenting internal rewards and bonuses, we also practise showing our appreciation to employees by giving them room for growth and improvement. What can the local government do to attract more tourists or business travellers?

I see this as a cooperative effort with all parties involved to increase our tourist attractions. Having tourist sites that can showcase the roots of our melting pot of cultures is a very good effort. Malaysia is known for its heritage, culture, people, food, beaches and eco-tourism, but the aggressive promotion of our products to compete with our neighbouring countries is still lacking. Our tourism body also needs to emphasise and increase our standard of cleanliness and security as this gives a good impression, especially to business travellers.

Disruptive technology such as ride-sharing has changed the way many industries operate. Do you see this trend with hotels?

Hotel guests are more tech-savvy than ever. Dealing effectively and profitably with this savviness is one of the top management issues in the industry. Guests expect to find free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, USB ports and so on. Hotels and other businesses in the hospitality industry are relying heavily on technology to streamline their services. Keeping up with technology is one of the major issues faced by hotel managers, but when dealt with properly, it is worth it. What’s next for the hotel?

The next few years will be competitive. However, with future extension plans by airport operator, Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad, and the anticipation of passenger growth for KLIA, I would say our business will be in good shape. SamaSama Hotel will be undergoing a makeover to give this place a new vibe, from our lobby and food-and-beverage outlets to our ballroom. It will also inspire our associates to excel in their jobs and deliver the best guest experience. ■

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ThousandYear Turn every corner in Kyoto and be reminded of its glorious past.

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Kyoto, Japan

Founded in 780, Kiyomizudera Temple is one of the most celebrated temples in Japan and was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994

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One thousand years is a long time to be the capital of a country, and that millennium certainly left its mark on Kyoto. Everywhere you go, there are reminders of the Japanese city’s former glory: Shinto shrines, Buddhist temples, Zen gardens, palaces, theatres, traditional craftsmen’s workshops and more. Down every street, it seems, there are wonderful discoveries waiting to be made; Kyoto rewards those who head out and start walking.

Temples, Shrines & Rock Gardens Of course, there are marquee attractions to have at the top of your list, such as Kinkakuji – the Golden Pavilion. Completely coated in gold leaf, this three-storey masterpiece was originally a villa built by the shogun, the country’s top

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general, around 600 years ago; it was converted into a Zen temple only after he died. What you see today is a reconstruction, the original having burned to the ground in 1950, but it’s no less magnificent for being new. It’s even more impressive when it has a backdrop of fall foliage or a dusting of snow. After marvelling at the gleaming exterior of Kinkakuji, you’d expect Ginkakuji – the Silver Pavilion, located to the east – to be coated in silver. It’s not, but some people find it and the surrounding gardens to be more relaxing than Kinkakuji. The temple known as Kiyomizudera sits on a hillside on the eastern fringe of the city, giving a nice overview of Kyoto. Getting there is half the fun because you must climb the winding, character-rich lanes of the Higashiyama neighbourhood to reach it. With an overall history of some 1,200 years, Kiyomizudera in its present form dates back about 400 years, its wooden halls having been constructed using meticulous joinery techniques, without any nails. It’s surrounded by a wooden deck from which people used to jump; they believed that if they survived the 13-metre

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fall, their wishes would be fulfilled. A less painful way of getting your wish to come true is to try to catch some of the water cascading from the nearby Otowa waterfall and then drink it. From Kiyomizudera, head south to Fushimi Inari Jinja, a Shinto shrine (Shinto is a religion that predates the arrival of Buddhism in Japan). There are Inari shrines across Japan, all featuring vivid orange gates called torii, but nowhere else will you see the hundreds of torii found here. There are so many of them, so tightly spaced, that visitors essentially walk through an orange

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tunnel, each torii painted on the side with the name of the donor. This is one of the country’s most popular attractions; if you want a photo without the crowds, try first thing in the morning or late in the afternoon on a rainy day, but even then, you’ll probably have to be patient. Kyoto is justifiably famous for its serene rock gardens; the best-known is at Ryoanji, a walkable distance west of Kinkakuji. Some 250 square metres in size, it consists of raked gravel and 15 larger rocks, arranged in a way that no more than 14 can be seen from any position around the garden’s perimeter (‘garden’ is a bit of a misnomer, for the only vegetation is the moss surrounding the clusters of rocks). It was intended to help the temple’s monks as they meditated on the wooden deck of the abbot’s residence; if they attained enlightenment, it was believed only then would they be able to see all 15 rocks at once. Ryoanji is by no means the only place in Kyoto to seek enlightenment. Kenninji, a temple in the Gion district, also has a nice rock garden, offering

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something that Ryoanji doesn’t: a spectacular ceiling painting of two dragons in one of the halls. Another option is to walk north from Fushimi Inari Jinja to a temple called Tofukuji, which has four distinctly different gardens, one on each side of the abbot’s residence. There’s a single dragon painted on the ceiling of a hall here too, but it’s more difficult to see than the double dragons of Kenninji.

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10. Swatches of fabric from old kimonos decorate a lane behind the Arashiyama train station. 11. Yumeyakata offers hijab in patterns that match a rented kimono 12. The Sagano bamboo groves are popular for a stroll 13. A Muslim prayer room on the third floor of Kyoto Tower across the street from Kyoto Station 14. Naritaya in the Gion neighbourhood serves tasty halal ramen 15. A halal traditional Japanese meal at Yoshiya Okunoniwa in Arashiyama

Kimonos, Japanese-style Hijabs & Halal Food Once you’ve ticked all the famous attractions off your list, it’s time to find your own personal attractions, ones that don’t appear in any sightseeing guidebook. What better way to do that than in a kimono? Dressing up in a kimono is an extremely popular activity in Kyoto, for Japanese and foreign visitors alike, for women in particular but also men. There’s no shortage of kimono rental agencies, but Yumeyakata offers a little extra: it has Japanese-style hijab. At its main store in Gojo or its Oike Bettei branch, the latter located inside a traditional machiya

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(wooden) house, you can take all the photos you want before changing back into your regular clothes, or you can venture out into the streets of Kyoto and return your kimono later in the day. Interested in taking a Japanese hijab home with you? Try Kyoto Handicraft Centre, just northwest of Heian Shrine. It offers square and rectangular hijab in a variety of colours and styles, but that’s just the beginning: you can also buy a wide range of souvenirs and artwork from all corners of Japan – lacquerware, fans, wall hangings, tea ceremony tools and much more. Recent years have seen a jump in the number of options available for halal food. In the Gion district, Naritaya serves 100 percent halal gyudon (sliced beef and onions on top of a bowl of rice) and ramen. In the northwest of the city in the Arashiyama neighbourhood, Yoshiya Okunoniwa serves excellent Japanese-style meals in a lovely setting – and it’s all halal. There’s also a tatamifloored prayer room with washing facilities. If you want to learn how to make your own ramen, the Ramen Factory, about one kilometre east of Kyoto Station, provides lessons in English. Everything

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here is halal and a prayer room is also available. Kyoto has a huge variety of accommodation, including Hotel Granvia, conveniently located in the Kyoto Station complex. Halal food is served in both its elegant Japanese restaurant, Ukihashi, and the more casual restaurant, Le Temps; on request, the hotel will provide prayer mats. There is a Qibla in all guest rooms. For an entirely different experience, try one of the city’s capsule hotels, such as the sleek, futuristic Nine Hours, near the popular Gion area. Men and women sleep on different floors (served by different elevators) in individual pods with shared washroom facilities. It’s the closest most of us will ever come to sleeping in a spaceship – but it’s a lot more affordable than space travel. ■

Originally called Heiankyo, it was modelled after Chang’an (known today as Xi’an), the Chinese capital city in the eighth century.

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n About the writer Freelance photographer and writer Peter Weld’s travels have taken him from A to Z – Afghanistan to Zimbabwe – but he has called Japan home for more than 30 years.

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EXPLORE | Eid al-Fitr

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Mubarak! As Ramadan ends, nearly two billion Muslims across the world celebrate Eid al-Fitr this month. Words Tharik Hussain | Photography 123rf

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The Muslim festival of Eid al-Fitr marks the end of the month of Ramadan, when Muslims fast every day from sunrise until sunset. There are two Eids in the Islamic calendar and each one marks a significant moment for almost two billion Muslims around the world. Eid al-Fitr comes first in the Muslim calendar and is celebrated on the first day of the month of Shawwal. This is followed, a little over two months later, by Eid al-Adha, often referred to as the ‘feast of sacrifice’ on the 11th day of the month of Dhul Hijjah, to mark the end of the days set aside for performing the Hajj pilgrimage in Makkah.   In 2019, Eid al-Fitr is expected to be celebrated on 5 June and Eid al-Adha will fall around 10 August. The dates for each Eid remain uncertain because the Islamic calendar is an actual lunar calendar that relies on the real cycles of the moon and therefore, a sighting of the new moon must be confirmed to determine the start of each month.

whereas some North African cultures refer to it as Eid Seghir or ‘the little Eid’. Eid al-Fitr can last up to three days for many Muslims, but most people focus their celebrations on the first day after Ramadan. Muslims normally begin this day by ensuring they are clean and in a state of purity. They do this by bathing and wearing either new or clean clothes.

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who can afford to are expected to make a special charitable donation before the prayer starts; it is the only congregational Muslim prayer that is not announced by an adhan (call to prayer).

Muslims then take part in the special communal Eid prayer at a mosque, or in warmer countries, in a special outdoor space, referred to as an Eid gah in parts of the Indian subcontinent. The Eid prayer is different to other prayers performed throughout the year in several ways. Muslims

The Eid prayer also does not have a specific set time but must be performed at some point between the latter part of sunset and noon, with many mosques holding several jamats 1 (congregations) during this part of the day. Like

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the weekly Friday Jummah prayer, the Eid prayer has two rakahs (units), can only be performed in congregation, and involves the Imam giving a khutbah (sermon). However, unlike the Friday prayer, the khutbah is delivered after the Eid prayer as opposed to before it, and the Eid prayer has several takbeers (a proclamation of the greatness of God or Allahu akbar), whereas there is only one takbeer at the start of the Friday prayer.

These food can differ around the world depending on regional tastes. For example, Muslims in China like to make savoury kewaps (long, thin mincemeat patties grilled on skewers) and sweet sangze noodles, while Muslims in the Indian subcontinent might make savoury snacks like samosas (triangular pastries stuffed with lightly spiced vegetables or meat) or sweets like gelebia (deep-fried syrup swirls) and for the main meal, a large biryani of slowcooked meat in flavoured rice is very popular.

As Eid prayers are often done in the biggest mosques, the period after the prayer is always a good opportunity to meet friends and neighbours with customary Eid greetings. In many parts of the world, this is done with “Eid Mubarak” (blessed celebration) and for many men by the shaking of hands and hugging.

Dishes like the biryani are often central to the family meal most Muslims will have at some point on Eid. In some cultures, this is the main ritual of the day, with everyone arriving at the home of the main family matriarch or patriarch to sit down collectively to eat.

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Other Eid Traditions

As it is the first time in a month Muslims will be eating in the daytime, most will cook special food to mark the day and eat together with family and friends.

Some Muslims have very specific clothing they like to wear on the day, like in Malaysia, where baju raya are items of clothing with significant features like the number of buttons – five

In Turkic countries, Eid is often referred to as Bayram, whereas some North African cultures refer to it as Eid Seghir or ‘the little Eid’. Eid al-Fitr can last up to three days for many Muslims, but most people focus their celebrations on the first day after Ramadan.

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representing the five pillars of Islam and one, the oneness of Allah. Many Muslims around the world also visit the graves of relatives on Eid. This is particularly important in Bosnia and Herzegovina, where the second day is set aside to pay respect to the country’s martyrs from the war in the 1990s.

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1. Festive food such as ketupat and rendang are eaten during Eid

Eid is explicitly seen as a time for forgiveness as well. In Malaysia, forgiveness is key to one of the main rituals of Eid, which sees individuals asking their parents and family members to forgive them of any wrongdoing from the past year. Eid is also a time when Muslims are explicitly generous. As a result, Muslims around the world are increasingly buying each other gifts for the festival. In some cultures, this might be actual presents purchased in advance and presented on the day. In many, this takes the form of giving money to children, who call these monetary Eid gifts “Eiddy”. Increasingly, authorities around the world arrange large-scale events to complement the day and encourage Muslims to celebrate together as a community. In many countries, various forms of entertainment are held for Eid festivals. Often, these include musicians on stage at events such as special food markets; in countries like Malaysia, firework displays might cap off the festivities. ■

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EXPLORE | Sound Design

Unsung Heroes Appreciating sound in a film. Words Tan Lee Kuen

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Three men are waiting at a train station in the middle of nowhere. There’s scant dialogue, the scene driven by the sounds of a somnolent afternoon of a hot day: the chirping of birds, boots scraping against dusty floorboards, cracking knuckles and a buzzing fly. This is Sergio Leone’s classic Once Upon A Time In The West, its magnificent 10-minute opening scene shaped by immaculate sound design. The scene ends with the roar of an approaching train, and the strains of a harmonica introduces the man they are waiting for. ‘‘It is one of my favourite scenes with almost no

dialogue but very good sound design,’’ enthuses Zahir Omar, a Malaysian filmmaker. ‘‘Sound can really shape a film and give it an added dimension. I think not enough attention is given to sound design.’’ Compared to directors, actors and the visual components of a film, sound may not be the obvious superstars of filmmaking, but it is one of its most important elements. Good sound design in films is such an essential part of the experience that we take it for granted. If you’ve ever had to watch a clip of a movie without the sound effects or background music,

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you’d immediately sense its absence. It’s a disembodying experience. When it came to his debut film, Fly By Night, a crime thriller set in Kuala Lumpur, Zahir paid attention to the sound production. Together with his sound designer and music director, they spent four months on sound design, a luxury for an indie film, but Zahir was determined to get it right. One of his favourite scenes in the film is set in the interrogation room. The ventilator fan gives off a low hum and a clock ticks in the background. The sense of humidity amplifies the emotions of the character in custody – the anxiety, fear and helplessness. Used effectively, sound is a powerful emotional tool. It can change the mood of a scene and set

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the pace of the plot. It can make us laugh or make us scared. A horror film would not be as impactful without the accompanying creepy sounds. ‘‘Sound is a great story-telling tool. It can create a great emotional experience for the audience. Without it, the audience will lose a big portion of the film’s experience,’’ says Axle Kith Cheeng, a freelance sound designer. In 2012, she won a prestigious industry Golden Reel award for sound editing by a student filmmaker for the stop-motion short film Head Over Heels. The Oscar-nominated film, directed by fellow National Film and Television School student Timothy Reckart, is about a married couple that has grown apart and is depicted as living in opposite sides of a floating house – one is grounded while the other’s world is upside down. ‘‘When both characters are in the house, we can feel their mutual hostility with the chaotic noises happening inside the house. The noise from Madge’s vacuum and Walter’s TV static suggest a very uncomfortable house,’’ Cheeng explained.

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animation series called Insectibles. ‘‘I had to design the movement sounds for a snail, a wasp and a caterpillar,’’ she said. For the snail, she crushed oranges to get the squishy and slimy sounds of a snail on the move. The caterpillar’s movement was reproduced with a rubber swim cap and the wasp was two pieces of raffia string tied to foil and flapped in time with the insect’s wing movements. Creating the right sounds is not a simple or trivial task, but sound designers often get the short shrift when it comes to time and budget, especially in low-budget productions. ‘‘Sound is still not a priority in film production; hence it is left to the very last stage of filmmaking where everything needs to be fixed in a short period of time,’’ said Cheeng.

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Georgina Tan, the managing director of film and media group Supernova Media agreed that budget is a contributing factor in the quality of sound in films. ‘‘I would say it is the biggest challenge,’’ she said.

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‘‘The correct treatment and layers can transform a seemingly bland offering into a visually stunning piece. The right sound can create an impactful sense of whatever the director or film creator had envisioned.’’ The sound design team at Supernova just wrapped up work on Astro Shaw and HBO Asia’s adaptation of Tan Twan Eng’s The Garden Of Evening Mists, a film set in post-World War II British Malaya. With this film, they had a proper budget and time to recreate the sounds of that era, including of Japanese fighter planes and weapons. ‘‘Anything that is not current can be challenging. Not only do you have to simulate sounds that are relevant to that time period, but as with every film that we do, there are special tricks,’’ said Tan. The trick of good sound design is to make it seamless and smooth, said Cheeng. ‘‘Because it is so subtle, you won’t notice it. But if it is missing, you will feel a kind of emptiness. As a good sound designer, we know when we have done a good job when the audience is not jolted out of their film experience because of the sound.’’ ■

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Anis Nabilah | CHEF’S CUT

Championing

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TV chef Anis Nabilah sets her heart on popularising Malaysian cuisine globally. Words Alexandra Wong | Photography SooPhye | Location courtesy of Kitch (M) Sdn Bhd

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was a working mother who would cook when she came home. We would make such a mess, but she didn’t care as she got to spend time with us.” Though Anis may be the family’s resident TV chef, on special occasions like Eid, everyone chips in. "Up to 200 people come over, so we're divided into two teams.” Anis tackles nasi jagung (sweetcorn rice) and ayam ros (a spicysweet chicken dish popularised by Penang restaurant Hameediyah).

When Anis Nabilah made her debut on the TV cooking show Icip Icip 2007, she took the industry by surprise. Petite, female and only 21 years old, she did not fit the celebrity chef mould during the pre-YouTube era, when maturity was an advantage. The fast-cut show format was often wildly improvisional. Audiences would see Anis scrambling to look for her ingredients, just like a harried housewife in a working kitchen. "Sometimes we planned the menu in advance, but there were days the producer would tell me in the morning we're going on a boat along the Sarawak river and you’ve gotta whip up something on the fly. Err… what to cook? Fish, of course!”

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Keeping it real, coupled with her bubbly personality, endeared Anis to viewers. Icip Icip became the first Malaysian show to be picked up by the Asian Food Channel, establishing Anis as one of the region’s most highly-sought television chefs and an unlikely champion for Malaysian cuisine. Anis’ love affair with cooking began at home; living under one roof with seven siblings, grandparents and parents. “Every day was the kind of feast you see during Raya (the Eid festival),” she says. Raising a large family made Anis’ mother more creative in the delegation of kitchen tasks, such as giving each child different-coloured bowls with different ingredients that make up a marble cake. “Mum

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How Anis arrived at the ayam ros recipe is a story for the family annals. Hameediyah was the caterer for her grandparents' wedding, where one of the dishes was its signature ayam ros. Hameediyah wouldn't reveal the recipe to Anis, so the determined young woman ate at the shop eight times and jotted her observations in a curry-stained notebook. Once she was confident that she’d nailed it, she cooked the dish and invited her aunts over to judge. "They said it tasted exactly like the original! Of course, being my aunts, they might be a bit biased.” Anis’ formidable palate – more precisely, her ability to crack the recipe of a dish by tasting it – is something she has demonstrated from a young age. As a teenager, she would cook her way out of trouble. Whenever she was grounded, she would concoct her parents' favourite comfort food; coming home unsuspectingly to the spread, their resolve understandably softened by the time Anis got around to asking, "Mak (Mother), can I go out this weekend?” "I was a rebel without a cause," she says. "Nothing bad, just normal teenage stuff like dyeing my hair pink and missing tuition.”

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Malaysian cuisine takes hours and scores of ingredients to prepare but is underappreciated

Growing up changed that. She insisted on paying for her studies in culinary school because her parents still had to fund three younger siblings. "I figured I'd given them enough trouble as a kid!” Enrolled at the Food Institute of Malaysia, Anis found her calling. "The rebel without a cause became a bookworm, nerd and teacher’s pet. For the first time in my life, I knew everything that was happening in a classroom. I picked up everything very quickly because I had a huge interest, (even though) I have an extra bone in my feet which makes standing in hard steel-toed chef boots for 10 hours a day very painful. Every night, I’d put my feet in hot water with salt, but the next day I'd be back at it.” Her peers commented that with her good looks, she belonged on TV instead of in an industrial kitchen. Their words proved prophetic. Six months after graduation, she was handpicked from 60 hopefuls to host Icip Icip, a MalaysianIndonesian collaboration. With 50 shows and counting on her resume, Anis is happy to continue taking on work that excites her on a project-to-project basis. She has a show coming out during Eid called 1, 2 Bakar to demonstrate ways of cooking with an oven. The idea is to gently encourage cooks to go out of their comfort zone and experiment, something that Anis is passionate about. Her goal is to see Malaysian food make it in a big

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Anis’ formidable palate – more precisely, her ability to crack the recipe of a dish by tasting it – is something she has demonstrated from a young age. way globally. Malaysians’ lack of appreciation for their own cuisine – and enchantment with the West – frustrates her, something she confesses to being guilty of at one point. “When I graduated, I wanted to cook French and Italian. They come up with all these fancy terms like mirepoix, which sound so glamorous when it’s just chopped vegetables.” That perspective changed when she did a show with local TV station RTM that required her to travel the breadth and length of Malaysia and learn every state’s culinary specialities. One memorable episode involved chopping a coconut tree to extract its umbut (hearts of palm), an ingredient that shot to fame when Brazil’s Alex Atala used it to make pasta. “Our ancestors have been using pandan (screwpine) for centuries, and all of a sudden, Nigella Lawson says pandan is the next ‘it’

ingredient; only then we are raving about it! Why are we waiting for other people to popularise our food?” she points out. “Malaysians like to say our food is the greatest, but we don’t support our industry with action. We are willing to pay through our noses for Western food, yet we don’t want to spend more for a local dish that has undergone hours of labour and utilises scores of ingredients to prepare.” Happily, she believes that attitude is shifting. “Rendang was named the world’s best food by CNN in 2017. For the first time, we gained a spot in Asia’s 50 best restaurants and it’s a Malay concept restaurant. I was like, finally! Looking at the culinary scene, I can see that the new generation of Malaysians are more appreciative of traditional food. They are working hard to push our culinary legacy forward and I want to be among them who are doing that.” ■

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Cook Like A Chef Anis shares her recipe for Nasi Jagung with Ayam Kapitan Penang. NASI JAGUNG (SWEETCORN RICE) Ingredients: n 2 cinnamon sticks n 5 cloves n 5 cardamoms n 4 star anise n 1 white onion, blended n 1 green chilli, blended n 4 candlenuts, blended n 2 tablespoons of kas-kas, blended n 5 garlic cloves, blended n 5 shallots, sliced n 2cm ginger, sliced n 4 lemongrass, bruised n 3 tablespoons of ghee n 2 cans of evaporated milk n 1 cup water n 1 cup warm water n 4 cups Basmathi rice, soaked for 15

minutes, toss and drain for 15 minutes n 1 can of corn in water n A big pinch of saffron n 1 tablespoon of chilli powder n 2 tablespoons raw honey n Scallions n Fried shallots n Salt

Method: 1. Sprinkle saffron into warm water and leave it to soak for 15 minutes. 2. Melt ghee in a non-stick

pan over medium heat. Sauté cinnamon, cloves, cardamoms, star anise,

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shallots, ginger and lemongrass till fragrant. Add blended spices, chilli powder and corn, and sauté for another 2 minutes or until the oil splits from the spices. Season with salt and remove from heat.

n 2 cans of canned tomatoes, blended n 2 cups coconut milk n 4 tablespoons raw honey n Salt n Vegetable oil n Water

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evaporated milk, honey and sautéed spices in the rice cooker. Leave it to cook and sprinkle scallions and fried shallots over rice before serving.

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AYAM KAPITAN PENANG Ingredients: n 2 whole chicken cut into four, with skin removed (Anis uses free-range chicken). n 5 tablespoons ghee n 4 star anise n 6 cardamoms n 6 cloves n 3 cinnamon sticks n 2 handfuls of dried chillies, boiled and blended n 1 big onion, blended n 10 shallots, blended n 8 garlic cloves, blended n 2 inches ginger, blended n 3 stalks lemongrass, bruised n 2 inches galangal, blended n 2 inches fresh turmeric, blended n 8 pieces candlenut, blended n 2 green chillies, blended n 2 tablespoons kas-kas (polished poppy seeds) n 3 tablespoons coriander seeds n 3 tablespoons cumin seeds n 2 tablespoon fennel seeds n 2 tablespoons black peppercorns

n 2-3 red chillies

Method: 1. Heat vegetable oil in pot and deep-fry chicken pieces that have been seasoned with salt. Fry till golden brown and set aside. 2. Heat a non-stick pan over medium fire; add

kas-kas, coriander seeds, cumin seeds, fennel seeds, black peppercorns. Toast spices for 2-3 minutes, stirring frequently. Set aside to cool. Place spices in a spice blender and blend until texture becomes fine powder. 3. Melt ghee in a big wok over medium heat. Sauté star anise, cloves, cardamoms and cinnamon till fragrant. Add dried chillies and sauté until the oil splits from the paste. Add the ground spices and the blended spices. Add a bit of water to slow the cooking. Add tomatoes and fried chicken and leave to boil for 15-20 minutes. Add coconut milk and boil for another 5 minutes. Season with salt, add honey and sprinkle coriander before serving.

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PHOTOBOOK

Giving

Gawai Dayak, an annual thanksgiving and harvest festival celebrated by the indigenous Dayak people in Sarawak, takes place on 1 June. David Hogan Jr spent a few days at the Patrick Libau Longhouse inside the Niah National Park and described it as one of the most surreal experiences for him.

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PHOTOBOOK | Klang Valley Street Art

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Male dancers wear large feathers as part of their headgear and carry long swords with chains, beads and a loincloth

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Gawai Dayak | PHOTOBOOK

Young Iban boys about to take part in the Gawai Kenyalang (Hornbill) dance competition in the longhouse

A mother and her daughter dressed in Orang Ulu attire for the celebrations

About the photographer David Hogan Jr is a semi-retired travel writer and photographer who spent 30 years travelling around Malaysia and the world. He prefers photographing nature and for eco-tourism now. blog.malaysia-asia.my / birdwatching.asia


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Seni Tekat Emas | WARISAN

Warisan Agung

Merungkai tradisi pembuatan seni tekat emas di Kuala Kangsar. Teks Rachael Lum | Terjemahan Yeo Li Shian | Foto LokaLocal

Setiap kali jarum halus itu menembusi permukaan lembut kain baldu, tangannya pantas meratakan benang emas tadi tepat pada coraknya. Dengan gelendong tangan dalam genggamannya, corak-corak flora yang rumit terus dilakarkan pada pencontoh kadbod. Lembut dan berkilat! Begitulah kehalusan sulaman yang dihasilkan dengan penuh teliti. Sulaman tekat emas perlu sempurna tanpa cacat cela ketika diserahkan kepada pihak istana. Sukar dikuasai oleh sesiapa termasuk golongan tukang tekat profesional, kemahiran seni tekat emas kini merupakan satu khazanah yang tidak ternilai khususnya di Kuala Kangsar, Perak. Seni kraftangan ini juga menjadi lambang keindahan identiti masyarakat Melayu.

Keluarga Pencinta Seni Tekat “Saya mewarisi kemahiran ini daripada ibu. Hanya dengan memerhati, lama-kelamaan saya pun pandai melakukannya. Masa itu, saya baru berusia 18 tahun,” kongsi Mardziah Abu Kassin, 50, yang berasal daripada generasi penggiat seni tekat di Perak. Demi menyara hidup, pelbagai produk kraftangan Perak seperti labu sayong, kusyen dan bekas daun pisang pernah menjadi produk niaganya. Namun, tidak seperti ahli keluarganya yang lain, minatnya terhadap seni tekat belum lagi berputik sewaktu kecil.

Seni kraftangan tekat emas manjadi lambang keindahan identiti masyarakat Melayu Tekat emas is a glistening artistic representation of the Malay identity

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Bagaikan ketentuan takdir, beliau terpaksa akur untuk mencubanya demi memenuhi permintaan terhadap tekat emas keluarganya yang kian meningkat. Bermula dari karya pertamanya – hiasan dinding tekat emas, minat beliau terhadap seni tekat semakin meningkat.

Each time the artist runs the needle through the velvet, she delicately smooths the gold thread at a precise angle. She traces the intricate floral patterns using a cardboard template and hand-held spool. Silky and shiny, every strand must be carefully woven; even the slightest slip can be noticeable. The gold embroidery, or tekat emas, must be perfect to be presented to royalty.

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Golden Heritage. Unravel the tradition of gold embroidery at Kuala Kangsar.

Tekat emas is an unusual skill to master, even among embroiderers. In Malaysia, this craft is a cultural heritage unique to Kuala Kangsar, the royal town of Perak state. It is a glistening artistic representation of the Malay identity.

A Family Of Embroiderers Mardziah binti Abu Kassin, 50, comes from a long line of embroiderers. “The skill was passed down to me by my mother. I didn’t learn formally, but after a long time of observing her, I was able to do it too,” she says.

She admits that previously, she did not share her family’s enthusiasm. Mardziah used to sell handicrafts such as cushions and betel leaf holders. Noticing that many customers asked about gold-thread embroidery, she decided to give it a try. The first item she made on her own was decorative tekat art that can be framed on the wall. From there, her passion grew. Mardziah is the eighth child in a family of nine children. Two of her older sisters are also skilled in tekat emas, but she is the only one who chose to do it full time.

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WARISAN | Seni Tekat Emas

Selain Mardziah, dua orang kakaknya turut arif dalam seni ini walaupun hanya beliau seorang yang menceburinya sepenuh masa. Kemahiran ini diwarisi daripada ibu mereka, Azizah Mohamad Yusof yang juga seorang guru tekat di Kuala Kangsar. “Saya juga sempat bergurukan arwah nenek sebelum pemergiannya pada usia 100 tahun. Banyak teknik yang saya pelajari,” tambah anak kelapan daripada sembilan adik-beradik itu. Kemahiran seni kraftangan yang diwarisi daripada beberapa generasi sebelum ini biasanya dikuasai oleh golongan wanita khususnya di Malaysia. Di negara Arab Saudi pula, seni tekat sulaman ini lebih kerap dipraktikkan oleh golongan Adam.

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Rekaan estetik bagi setiap hasil tekat juga berbeza mengikut negara pengeluarnya. “Di Arab Saudi, sulaman biasanya berilhamkan surah-surah al-Quran bertulisan jawi. Di Aceh, Indonesia pula, sulaman sabit pula sering diserikan dengan corak-corak flora. Di Malaysia, motif-motif bunga, haiwan dan geometri seperti bunga kekwa, bunga kertas dan bunga kemboja lebih digemari pelanggan,” sambungnya lagi.

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Menyulam Sebuah Warisan Sejarah seni tekat emas sudah lama menjadi sebahagian daripada lipatan sejarah perdagangan Malaysia. Sejak mula diperkenalkan kepada masyarakat tempatan sekitar abad ke-15 oleh saudagar-saudagar pedagang dari Timur Tengah, keindahan dan kehalusan kraftangan ini sentiasa menjadi buruan golongan bangsawan dan kerabat diraja. Selain menghiasi pelbagai barangan perkahwinan, pertunangan dan kelahiran, sulaman ini juga kerap menyerikan pakaian dan barangan rumah kerabat diraja seperti langsir, kusyen, alas meja dan cadar. Menariknya, keluarga Mardziah telah menghasilkan tekat emas untuk kerabat diraja Perak sejak tahun 1920-an. Malah, beliau dan 12 artis yang lain perlu menyiapkan semua tempahan tekat sulaman tangan dalam masa tiga bulan sebagai persiapan bagi hari pertabalan Yang Dipertuan Agong yang ke-13, Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin pada tahun 2007. Seni warisan budaya ini juga mula menerima penghargaan di peringkat antarabangsa. Tahun lalu, beberapa produk tekat emas yang dikomisenkan juga dipamerkan di sebuah muzium di Busan, Korea. Untuk menambah kapasiti pengeluaran, kebanyakan pengusaha seni tekat kini bergantung kepada bantuan mesin jahit. Mardziah bagaimanapun masih setia dengan kaedah lama – kain diregangkan pada sebuah pemidang kayu sebelum corak kertas diletakkan di atasnya.

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The skill was passed down to me by my mother. I didn’t learn formally, but after a long time of observing her, I was able to do it too.

The craft is predominantly mastered by women, at least in Malaysia. In countries like Saudi Arabia, it is usually practised by male embroiderers.

births and other important events. Within the royal family, it can be used to decorate clothes and household items, such as curtains, cushions, table cloths and bedsheets.

There are significant differences in the aesthetic designs. “In Saudi Arabia, they often sew Arabic phrases from the Quran. In Aceh, Indonesia, they do crescent moon designs but embellish them with floral patterns. In Malaysia, we have floral motifs, fauna motifs and geometric motifs,” Mardziah explains.

Mardziah’s family has been sewing for the royal family of Perak since the 1920s. In 2007, she and 12 other artists had the opportunity to prepare the gold-thread embroidery for the coronation of the 13th King, Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin. It took them three months to complete everything by hand.

Her own customers tend to request floral patterns such as the chrysanthemum, bougainvillea, frangipani and paddy.

Beyond Malaysian shores, this art has its share of cultural appreciation. Last year, Mardziah’s team was commissioned to make several traditional household items that are now exhibited at a museum in Busan, South Korea.

Threaded With Tradition The history of tekat emas is interwoven with the history of trade. During the 15th century, the embroidery was introduced to the local community by traders from the Middle East. The beauty and finesse of this craftwork naturally made it sought after by members of royalty and nobility. The embroidery would usually be used on ceremonial items for weddings, engagements,

Although many embroiderers rely on sewing machines to increase production these days, Mardziah still prefers the traditional way of embroidering her masterpieces. First, she stretches the fabric on a wooden loom, before fixing a cardboard cutout with the desired motifs on it. Using several needlework techniques, she

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Hanya dengan beberapa teknik jahitan, benang emas berjaya disulam pada kain manakala pencontoh pula padat dengan benang. Halus dan elegan! Rekaan yang lebih rumit pula memerlukan sekitar dua minggu untuk disiapkan. Tetap dengan pendiriannya terhadap kesinambungan tradisi, Mardziah juga hanya menggunakan bahan-bahan import berikutan kualiti benangnya yang lebih berkilat. Bekalan benang emasnya diterbangkan khas dari Jerman manakala kain baldunya pula diperolehi dari England, Korea dan Jepun. “Pada zaman lalu, kebanyakan produk tekat emas digunakan oleh golongan sultan untuk manghadiri majlis-majlis penting. Justeru, bahan-bahannya perlu diimport dari luar negara,” jelasnya. Menerusi sentuhan tangan yang mahir, ketelitian dan tahap kesabaran yang tinggi, hasil sulaman sudah pastinya kemas dan elegan! Sulaman benang emas lebih menyerlah pada kain berona terang. Lazimnya, sulaman dihasilkan pada kain berona gelap seperti merah manggis, biru laut dan ungu diraja. Hasilnya perlu selembut sutera ketika disentuh.

Melatih Generasi Baharu Hari ini, segalanya telah berubah. Tekat emas bukan lagi dikhususkan untuk golongan bangsawan. “Sejak tahun 1960-an, kebanyakan produk tekat emas seperti beg tangan dan kasut semakin dikomersilkan secara meluas dan digunakan ketika majlis perkahwinan,” katanya. Perubahan positif ini telah membuka peluang kepada golongan usahawan wanita seperti Mardziah yang kini mengusahakan sebuah kedai kecil di Kuala Kangsar sejak 1997. Hanya enam

daripada 13 orang tukang tekatnya adalah staf sepenuh masa. Harga setiap produk kecil boleh mencecah RM200 (USD48). Kos pakej-pakej perkahwinan pula berharga antara RM2,200 (USD530) sehingga RM6,000 (USD1,450) bergantung kepada rekaan tertentu. Cabaran utama dalam bidang ini terletak pada kos bahan-bahannya yang mahal dan semakin meningkat. Keadaan ini menggesa Mardziah agar berubah bagi mempercepatkan produktiviti tekat emas. Mesin pemotong digunakan bagi membantunya menghasilkan pencontoh. Beliau turut mempelajari teknologi baharu agar dapat bergerak seiring dengan keperluan dunia digital hari ini. Baginya, seni tekat emas diyakini akan terus diminati pada masa akan datang. Minat generasi muda terhadap seni kraftangan ini dilihat semakin meningkat. Ini sekali gus mendorong pembukaan pelbagai kelas vokasional untuk seni tekat. “Dahulu, susah. Tiada orang yang ajar. Hanya orang-orang lama yang tahu. Kini, ramai yang dah mahir sebab ada banyak kelas,” tambahnya. Di sekitar kawasan Kuala Kangsar sahaja, terdapat 30 hingga 40 orang tukang tekat. “Sekarang kami juga melatih anak-anak muda. Kebanyakannya sudah mahir dalam seni tekat. Anak-anak saya yang masih bersekolah pun tahu buat,” kongsi ibu beranak enam itu. Kebanyakan anak didiknya juga mengadakan4 bengkel bagi menjana sumber pendapatan. Bagi meningkatkan tahap kesedaran orang ramai dan memudahkan pengunjung yang mahu mengenali dan menghayati warisan seni tekat emas tersebut, pelbagai kelas dan bengkel demonstrasi diadakan. “Semoga warisan seni tekat emas khususnya sulaman tangan akan terus dipelihara dan tidak pupus ditelan zaman. Kraftangan ini akan terus kekal jika lebih ramai pewarisnya.” ■

Untuk maklumat lanjut tentang aktiviti dan kelas terkini bersama Mardziah, layari laman LokaLocal: loka.fun/tekat-emas.

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secures the gold threads onto the fabric, ensuring the cutout is completely covered by the threads to give it a finer finish. Complex designs can take Mardziah up to two weeks to complete. Per tradition, Mardziah only uses imported materials. According to her, the gold threads in Malaysia do not have the same quality and lustre as the kinds in other countries. She gets her thread supply from Germany, while velvet pieces are brought in from England, Korea and Japan. When done with trained hands, an eye for detail and lots of patience, the embroidery comes out neat and elegant. The gold threads gleam in vivid contrast against the bright fabric, typically fashioned in dark colours like maroon, navy blue or royal purple. When you run your fingers over it, the fine thread work should feel as smooth as silk.

Training A New Generation Times have changed and tekat emas is no longer reserved for the rich. “Since the 1960s, it has become more commercialised. Many people use it during weddings such as for handbags and shoes,” she says. To Mardziah, this shift opens doors for budding female entrepreneurs. She now owns a small shop in Kuala Kangsar that has been in operation since 1997. There are 13 artists working for her, six of whom are full-time staff. They can sell small souvenirs for up to USD48 (RM200) apiece, while wedding packages can cost between USD530 (RM2,200) to USD1,450 (RM6,000), depending on the selected designs. The business poses challenges. The materials used in tekat emas are expensive and costs are increasing. Mardziah has also made changes to quicken the process. Rather than carve out the template on her own, she uses a cutter.

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1.–2. Pelbagai kelas dan bengkel demonstrasi kini diadakan bagi meningkatkan tahap kesedaran orang ramai terhadap seni tekat emas Mardziah has started providing workshops and demonstrations to raise awareness of the art

Nevertheless, Mardziah estimates there are around 30 to 40 embroiderers across Kuala Kangsar. “Right now, we also train tekat students. Many of them have become good at it. Even my children who are still in school know how to do it,” says the mother of six. To raise awareness of the art, she has started providing demonstrations and workshops to Kuala Kangsar’s visitors. They won’t have enough time to finish embroidering the whole handicraft within a few hours, but it lets them understand the value of this heritage. “I hope tekat emas, especially hand-sewn tekat emas, can be preserved so that the craft will not ebb away with time. If more people are trained in it, then the craft will not disappear – it will live.” ■

For information on demonstration and classes, book a session with Mardziah on LokaLocal. loka.fun/tekat-emas

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THE CURE

Inspiring Health+Wellness

Preserve Moisture

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Don’t be fooled by its superbly light, waterlike texture – the Hada Labo Hydrating Lotion Light contains a powerful combination of four types of hyaluronic acids to deeply hydrate skin. The infusion of the formula from the surface to the inner layers of the skin helps to form better moisturised, plump and smooth skin, with the added benefit of facilitating improved absorption of other skincare products. Suitable for all types of skin with a balanced pH, the lotion is free from irritants and creates a high-density moisture barrier on the surface of the skin to deeply hydrate and help preserve the skin’s optimum moisture balance. hadalabo.com.my

Long-Lasting Hydration The new Skin Smoothing Cream by Dermalogica does more than replace lost hydration; it keeps skin hydrated for much longer. Upgraded with Active HydraMesh Technology, Dermalogica’s Skin Smoothing Cream works at the molecular level to reduce transepidermal water loss and provide 48 hours of continuous hydration, shielding the skin’s natural microbiome from environmental stress at the same time. The cream also uses key ingredients such as hyaluronic acid to provide deep hydration and lock in moisture, as well as grape seed extract to fight skin damage by helping to neutralise free radicals. dermalogica.com.my

Banish Blemishes

Pampering Baths Lush bath bombs have been turning ordinary baths into luxurious affairs in households everywhere for the last 30 years. The brand constantly produces new concoctions, combining a wide array of essential oils to soften bath water, provide skin benefits and create pleasing fragrances. With the advent of 3D printing technology, bath bombs have become highly artistic creations with eye-popping colours and interesting shapes. In celebration of the brand’s 30th anniversary, Lush shops worldwide, including the Lush Pavilion Store in Kuala Lumpur, are curating their own bath bomb ranges for the first time, choosing from 54 exclusive products previously found only in the bath bomb concept shop in Harajuku, Tokyo. lush.com

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When your face is troubled by an outbreak, it’s time to break out The Face Inc Blemish Essence. Take charge of oily complexions and keep acne at bay with this botanical proprietary formula. Tea tree leaf oil in the formula acts as an antibacterial agent, eliminating excess oil to reduce acne. Salicyclic acid works to exfoliate and break the build-up of oil, dirt and debris, while the anti-oxidising properties of green tea extract work to repair skin, soothe inflamed or irritated skin, reduce scars and inhibit the production of sebum. Apply a thin and even layer to the skin to banish the blemish without drying out the skin. thefaceinc.com

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GIZMOS+GADGETS

Our Pick Of Gadgets To Have For more gadget selections, visit goingplacesmagazine.com

Back To Basics Fitbit has released a pared-down version of its Versa smartwatch. However, this ‘Lite Edition’ retains key functionalities like steps, calorie and sleep tracking, as well as a heart rate monitor, more than 15 exercise modes, phone notifications, access to apps and clock faces.

Quick & Easy Huawei’s Matebook 13 is an ultra-slim laptop that eases the process of sharing pictures and videos. It does away with cables, and instead allows the exchange to take place wirelessly and safely across Huawei devices without streaming a USB or third-party software. huawei.com

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Game, Set, Match The Nitro 7 is Acer’s latest casual gaming laptop. It comes with advanced Nvidia GeForce GTX graphics, as well as a high 144Hz refresh rate for a smoother ingame experience. The 15.6-inch display is complemented by thin borders and a sleek chassis with a matte finish. acer.com.my

Staying Focused Sony has introduced an addition to its G Master E-mount interchangeable lenses. This 135mm F1.8 full-frame, large-aperture telephoto model offers exceptionally high resolution and exquisite bokeh – two qualities that are said to be a signature of the well-loved series. sony.com.my

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FASHION+ACCESSORIES

Demure Grace Rico Rinaldi draws from the butterfly for his latest womenswear. The colour palette recalls the insect’s beautiful wings, with soft pastels and varied shades in focus. Subdued yet sophisticated drapings cut a demure figure – perfect for the season’s festivities.

Effortless Style Fern’s latest batik pieces feature beautiful silhouettes in coral-inspired patterns and palettes. They are available in modern interpretations of the kebaya, as well as in the form of loose kaftans, robes, maxi dresses and sarongs – perfect for the season’s celebrations. fern.gallery

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Uplift Your Mood

The Appeal Of Diversity

The Alia B. woman is all ready for Eid, dressed in an array of looks and colours that symbolise optimism. Joy and love are expressed in shades of orchid and rose that soften into nude tones. Textures evoke a quiet grace with a selection of lace and embroidery.

The festive offerings from Parkson include traditional wear as well as contemporary wardrobe essentials. Comprising a range of different fashion labels, they marry the vibrant colours of the season with patterns found in the delicate architecture of Morocco.

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Floral Bloom

Timeless Yet Modern

Mag Lifestyle’s modestwear collection seeks to empower women through elegant designs. It includes pieces inspired by spring blooms, featuring florals and feminine nudes, dusty pinks and purples, grounded by rich maroon hues.

H&M’s Eid collection is a colourful expression of style. It focuses on elegant pieces such as long floaty skirts, kimono-tunics, kaftans and embellished tops in cool, breezy fabrics. Along with the gorgeous range of womenswear, there are also adorable dresses for girls.

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Ode To Femininity

Beauty In Contrasts

The current season sees Marks & Spencer introducing a range of curated modestwear designs. Easy-to-wear pieces offer style solutions for feminine dressing, with updated shapes and colours for a cool, contemporary take on modest dressing.

Melinda Looi takes inspiration from the lotus for her Eid collection this year. Deconstructed and juxtaposed, the flower is reimagined to take the form of flattering silhouettes, designs and cuts as well as unique detailing that fuses geometry and asymmetry.

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SPECIAL FEATURE

The Wonders Of Palm Vitamin E Tocotrienols

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ur brain undergoes more changes than any other organ as we grow older. While some of these changes are due to the natural consequences of ageing, we may develop conditions that can also affect our brain. The brain consumes more energy than any other organ in the body, at roughly 20 percent, says Professor Yuen Kah Hay of Universiti Sains Malaysia. It is nourished by a massive network of blood vessels. “Therefore, any damage to the blood vessels can lead to degeneration of brain tissues, possibly leading to neurodegenerative disorders such as cognitive dysfunction, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease,� he says. Hypertension, hyperlipidaemia and diabetes are just some of the conditions that can damage the fine blood vessels in our brain. Controlling the risk factors of such conditions would be very helpful to maintain our brain health and against damage. Professor Yuen recommends living a healthy lifestyle comprising a balanced diet and regular physical activity.

In a recent study on 121 human volunteers with WMLs, it was found that the mean lesion volume of the WMLs increased after one year, and further increased after two years in the case of patients who were not given tocotrienol supplements. Those given tocotrienol supplements did not show any significant changes in their lesions, suggesting that tocotrienols are neuroprotective in nature. Studies have shown that WMLs are closely associated with cognitive decline and dementia. Hence, tocotrienols have the potential to be used in the preventive treatment of such neurodegenerative disorders. Their neuroprotective activity may help reduce injury to brain tissues during an ischemic stroke. There is much to learn about the brain and why we need to nourish it to cope with the changes as we age.

If we need a little extra help, neuroprotective supplements such as tocotrienols can be helpful. With its important nutrients, tocotrienol, a member of the Vitamin E family, is one of the best sources of brain food. Given the important role that Vitamin E plays in maintaining the health and functions of the nervous system, tocotrienols, therefore, have an important part to play. Palm oil is one of the richest sources of tocotrienols and it is formulated into soft gelatin capsules with specified dose strengths (50, 100 or 200 mg per capsule) to provide optimal benefits when taken as a supplement. These supplements benefit the elderly as well as those who are younger but have risk factors that can lead to neurological problems such as stroke and dementia. The benefits of tocotrienol can be seen in studies on white matter lesions (WMLs). These are lesions that are formed in the white matter region of the brain, often due to small blood vessel disease and other conditions that can cause degeneration of nerve fibres in that region.

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70 Enrich Quick Facts & Guide 72 Our Network & Those Of Our oneworld Partners

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Inside Malaysia Airlines

65 News & Updates

We Call It Malaysian Hospitality Malaysia Airlines unveiled the second phase of its brand promise of Malaysian Hospitality with a launch event at the airline’s new ticketing store in NU Sentral Kuala Lumpur. The event saw the unveiling of a new video to announce the airline’s new product offerings, which are designed to enhance the overall travel experience and introduce more direct benefits to travellers. Significant improvements to the airline’s products and services have been made since the first phase was launched last year, including enhanced website and mobile app speeds, a more intuitive web booking experience, as well as a revamped Golden Lounge, which now sports a contemporary and luxurious Malaysian look and feel. Taking it to the next level, the campaign will also offer Malaysian Hospitality as an experience beyond flight tickets, through the introduction of a new app called MHassistant. Through this, guests travelling with Malaysia Airlines will be able to download MHvouchers that can be used on a host of exciting experiences, including amazing cuisine and shopping.

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INSIDE MALAYSIA AIRLINES

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Malaysia Airlines passengers flying Business Suite and Business Class from Kuala Lumpur to Narita and Kansai can savour the flavours of Japan, as the airline presents its exclusive summer menus, designed by Iketeru Hilton Kuala Lumpur’s Chef Masami Okamoto. Available until 31 August, the breakfast menu onboard MH88 from Kuala Lumpur to Narita will feature a selection of seasonal delicacies, starting with fruit, nimono (a simmered dish) and zensai (appetisers), followed by a main course of Salmon Shioyaki, Unagi Tamagoyaki and classic accompaniments. Meanwhile, lunch and supper on MH70 from Kuala Lumpur to Narita and MH52 from Kuala Lumpur to Kansai will feature traditional Japanese favourites such as Soumen Noodles with Goma Tofu, Smoked Duck Salad and zensai, as well as a main course of Braised Beef Brisket with Ginger Rice and classic accompaniments.

More Rewards Enrich, Malaysia Airlines’ frequent flyer programme, recently partnered with homegrown food-and-beverage brand Serai Group to offer exciting rewards to all its members. The campaign, which ran from April to May 2019, saw Enrich members earning double the Enrich miles when they dined at Serai restaurants and the group’s other outlets, including Jibby & Co, Jibby East and Jibby Chow. Six lucky members, who participated in the ‘Party of 10’ contest, were treated to a complimentary dining experience worth USD240 (RM1,000) at Serai Group restaurants of their choice.

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Step Ahead It was a sweet victory for Malaysia Airlines at the Malaysian Digital Association (MDA) d Awards 2019, as it walked away with Gold for Best Performance Campaign and Bronze for Best Use of Data. Both awards were for one of the airline’s digital campaigns called ‘Malaysia Airlines Global Grand Travel Deals made better with MAGIc’. The d Awards is an annual event organised by the MDA to recognise and honour talents and brands that embrace digital innovations in designing and executing memorable marketing campaigns for the masses.

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INSIDE MALAYSIA AIRLINES

Inaugural Flight

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Malaysia Airlines reinstated daily flights from Kuala Lumpur to Kochi, India on 1 April, with passengers onboard the route’s inaugural MH108 flight treated to goodies at the boarding lounge. Upon arrival in Kochi, the aircraft was given a traditional water salute, and passengers were greeted with flowers and cake by Malaysia Airlines’ Regional Head of Operations for United Kingdom, Middle East and South Asia, Khirrol Mohamad as well as Cochin International Airport, Airport Director & Executive Director (Operations) Chandrakumaran Nair and General Manager Dinesh Kumar Dy.

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More Benefits Malaysia Airlines recently partnered with Brand Expedia Group, Grab and Maxis to offer more benefits for members of MHexplorer, the airline’s fully digitalised student travel programme. Through the new partnership, Expedia will offer members eight percent off domestic hotel room rates and 10 percent on international hotels. Transportation to airports will be covered through the Grab partnership, giving members an eight percent discount on Grab cars to and from KLIA, Penang International Airport, Senai International Airport, Kuching International Airport and Kota Kinabalu International Airport. As for Maxis, MHexplorer members can save up to RM120 when they sign up for a Hotlink Flex Plus plan which comes with 10GB data and unlimited calls and SMS. Conversely, Hotlink or Maxis customers who sign up for the MHexplorer programme stand a chance to win flight tickets to Bali, Tokyo, Seoul or Osaka. During the MHexplorer Friends & Family promotion, Hotlink and Maxis customers will also enjoy twice the Enrich miles when they purchase flight tickets by downloading the promo code from their Hotlink Flex, Hotlink RED, or MyMaxis apps.

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A380-800 No. of aircraft 6 | Passenger Seating 494 Length 72.72 m | Wingspan 79.75 m | Height 24.09 m B777-200 Max. Cruising Speed 1,102 km/h

No. of aircraft 6 | Passenger Seating 286 Length 66.80 m | Wingspan 64.75 m | HeightATR 17.0572-500 m Max. Cruising Speed 944 km/h

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No. of aircraft 6ATR | Passenger 72-500 Seating 287 Length 58.82 m | Wingspan 60.30 m | Height 17.39 m Max. Cruising Speed 880 km/h

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SAFETY + SERVICE INFO

CABIN LUGGAGE HANDLING 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 requirements, 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 luggages on board. Hand luggage exceeding the 7kg weight limit is required to be checked in before boarding.

PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICES (PED) For safety reasons and in line with the Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia guidelines, mobile phones and all PEDs must be switched off once aircraft doors are 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.

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.

ZERO TOLERANCE OF ABUSE We value courteousness. Any form of threat, verbal abuse or violence towards our staff will be taken seriously. We are committed to supporting anyone who has been the victim of an assault.

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BAGGAGE FOR TRANSIT PASSENGERS We recommend that transit passengers in KLIA reconfirm their final baggage destination at the Transfer Desk to ensure they are identified and loaded accordingly. Just show your baggage identification tag to the Transfer Desk officer.

IN ADDITION TO AIRPORT CHECK-IN, HERE ARE OTHER OPTIONS:

COMFORT & CARE Personal care, baby paraphernalia and first aid treatment are available upon request.

ENTERTAINMENT

WEB: Check in online at malaysiaairlines.com. Print out the boarding pass yourself.

Movies, TV and Music On-Demand are available on selected flights.

ONBOARD CONNECTION Laptop power points are fitted on First and Business Class seats.

USB CHARGING Available on selected aircraft type (A350-900 and A330-200).

WEB-TO-MOBILE: Check in online. Your boarding pass will be sent to your mobile phone. The 2D barcode mobile boarding pass can be scanned at airport security and at the boarding gate.

FOOD & BEVERAGE All food served is halal. Special meals can be prepared with 24-hour notice. First and Business Class guests may use Chef-on-Call services to book meals 24 hours prior to departure on selected flights. Alcoholic drinks are available on flights over three hours to passengers above the age of 21. Our cabin crew reserve the right to decline serving and selling alcohol to any passenger who appears intoxicated. Consumption of personal alcoholic drinks is prohibited.

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.

WHEELCHAIR ASSISTANCE Wheelchair requests must be made through the Global Customer Contact Centre and/or Ticket Office and/or Malaysia Airlines appointed travel agents at least 48 hours prior to departure. Contact the call centre at 1-300-88-3000 for more information.

UNACCOMPANIED MINOR (UMNR) POLICY We provide assistance for children aged five to 14 years old travelling alone, with 24-hour advance request.

NO-SMOKING POLICY Smoking, including the use of electronic cigarettes, is prohibited on all flights.

MHMOBILE: Download and log onto flymas.mobi on your mobile phone and you will be sent a 2D barcode mobile boarding pass via SMS or email.

FASTCHECK SELFSERVICE KIOSK: Check in and print your boarding pass at these kiosks at the airport.

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ON-TIME PERFORMANCE Our check-in counters close 60 minutes before departure. Please allow at least 45 minutes for immigration and security clearance. Boarding gate will close 20 minutes prior to departure and late passengers will not be accepted.

CITY CENTRE COUNTER CHECK-IN: Available at KL Sentral in Kuala Lumpur and in Hong Kong.

EXCLUSIVE CHECK-IN: Enrich Platinum/Gold Members and First/Business Class Passengers can check in at the premium front-end check-in lounge, or via telephone, arriving 30 minutes before take-off if you do not have check-in baggage.

*Terms & conditions apply to the above, which is correct at the time of printing. Visit malaysiaairlines.com for more information.

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Langkawi Langkawi

Kota Bharu Kota Bharu

Alor SetarAlor Setar

Penang

Kota Kinabalu Kota Kinabalu Labuan

Penang Kuala Terenggganu Kuala Terenggganu Ipoh

Limbang

Sandakan Sandakan

Labuan

Lawas Limbang

Lawas

Lahad Datu Lahad Datu

Ipoh Miri

Miri Marudi

Mulu Marudi

Mulu Ba’kelalan Ba’kelalan

Long SeridanLongBario Seridan Kuantan Kuantan

Bintulu

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Tawau

Bario

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Sibu Tanjung Manis Tanjung Manis

Sibu

Kuching Kuching Johor Bahru Johor Bahru

LEGEND

MASwings flights operated by Royal Brunei

Greenwich Meridian

Greenwich Meridian

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ASIA + OCEANIA

Nizhnevartovsk Nizhnevartovsk Magadan Magadan Novosibirsk Novosibirsk

Omsk Omsk

Krasnoyarsk Krasnoyarsk

Bratsk Bratsk

Abakan Abakan PavlodarPavlodar

Irkutsk Irkutsk

Gorno-Altaysk Gorno-Altaysk

Semey Semey

Sea Sea of of Okhotsk Okhotsk

Okha Okha

Chita Chita

Ulan-Ude Ulan-Ude

Petropavlovsk Petropavlovsk

Blagoveschensk Blagoveschensk Khabarovsk Khabarovsk

Ust-Kamenogorsk Ust-Kamenogorsk

Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk Taraz

Urumqi Urumqi

Taraz Almaty Almaty Bishkek Bishkek

Osh Dushanbe Dushanbe

BeijingBeijing

Osh

Dalian Dalian Yamagata Yamagata Seoul Seoul Komatsu Komatsu Izumo Izumo Busan Busan Qingdao Qingdao TokyoTokyo Zhengzhou Zhengzhou Hiroshima Hiroshima OsakaOsaka Xi’an Xi’an FukuokaFukuoka Tokushima Tokushima Jeju Jeju Nanjing Nanjing NagasakiNagasaki Kochi Kochi Shanghai Shanghai ChengduChengdu MiyazakiMiyazaki Wuhan Wuhan Hangzhou Hangzhou Kagoshima Kagoshima Ningbo Ningbo Chongqing Chongqing Changsha Changsha Wenzhou Wenzhou

Kulob Kulob Islamabad Islamabad PeshawarPeshawar Faisalabad Faisalabad AmritsarAmritsar Multan Multan New Delhi New DelhiKathmandu Kathmandu Karachi Karachi Ahmedabad Ahmedabad

KunmingKunming

Kolkata Kolkata

Hyderabad Hyderabad

BayBay of of Bengal Bengal

NORTH NORTH PACIFIC PACIFIC OCEAN OCEAN

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AngelesAngeles South South China China Philippine Philippine SeaSeaManilaManila SeaSea

Siem Reap Siem Reap Bangkok Bangkok PhnomPhnom Penh Penh

Andaman Andaman SeaSea

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Ho ChiHo Minh ChiCity Minh City

Guam Guam

Cebu Cebu

PhuketPhuket Krabi Krabi

Colombo Colombo Hambantota HambantotaBandaBanda Aceh Aceh

MedanMedan Male

Guilin Guilin

Chiang Mai Chiang Mai Yangon Yangon

Goa Bengaluru Bengaluru Chennai Chennai

East East China China SeaSea Fuzhou Fuzhou OkinawaOkinawa TaipeiTaipei

Xiamen Xiamen Guangzhou Guangzhou Kaohsiung Kaohsiung Hong Kong Hong Kong Hanoi Hanoi

DhakaDhaka

Nagpur Nagpur

Goa

AomoriAomoriMisawaMisawa SeaSea of of Akita AkitaHanamaki Hanamaki Japan Japan Niigata Niigata

Tianjin Tianjin

Mumbai Mumbai

Asahikawa Asahikawa Memanbetsu Memanbetsu ObihiroObihiro KushiroKushiro

Vladivostok Vladivostok

TashkentTashkent

Male

Koror Koror

Kota Kinabalu Kota Kinabalu Bandar Bandar Seri Begawan Seri Begawan Tarakan Tarakan Kuala Lumpur Kuala Lumpur Singapore Singapore

EQUATOR

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Arafura Arafura SeaSea

Bali Bali

INDIAN INDIAN OCEAN OCEAN

Horn Island Horn Island

Timor Timor SeaSea BroomeBroome Port Hedland Port Hedland KarrathaKarratha ExmouthExmouth Paraburdoo Paraburdoo Newman Newman

Geraldton Geraldton Perth Perth

Kalgoorlie Kalgoorlie

Darwin Darwin

Port Moresby Port Moresby

Weipa Weipa

Cairns Cairns

Coral Coral Sea Sea

Townsville Townsville Mount Mount Isa IsaCloncurry Cloncurry Hamilton Hamilton Island Island MackayMackay Moranbah Moranbah Alice Springs Alice Springs Longreach Rockhampton Rockhampton Longreach Gladstone Gladstone BlackallBlackallEmeraldEmerald Ayers Rock Ayers Rock HerveyHervey Bay Bay Charleville Charleville Roma Roma Brisbane Moree Moree Brisbane

New Caledonia New Caledonia

Armidale Armidale Coffs Harbour Coffs Harbour Tamworth Tamworth Lord Howe LordIsland Howe Island Port Macquarie Port Macquarie Dubbo Dubbo Newcastle Newcastle WhyallaWhyalla MilduraMildura Wagga Wagga Wagga Sydney Sydney Port Lincoln Port Lincoln Adelaide AdelaideAlbury Albury Canberra Canberra Melbourne Melbourne Devonport DevonportLaunceston Launceston

Tasman Tasman Sea Sea

Auckland Auckland

Wellington Wellington

HobartHobart Queenstown Queenstown

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GMT +6

GMT +7

GMT +8

GMT +9

GMT +10

GMT +11

GMT +12

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AMERICAS + CANADA

Vancouver Seattle Portland

Gulf of Alaska

Milwaukee

St Louis

Phoenix

Dallas San Angelo San Antonio Brownsville Mazatlán

San José del Cabo Mexico City

Gulf of Alaska

Ixtapa

Tallahassee

Corpus Christi

Tampa Sarasota

Gulf of Mexico

Puebla

Belize City

Philadelphia Salisbury-Ocean City

Hudson Bay

Ponta Delg

NORTH ATLANTIC OCEAN

Bermuda

Charleston Jacksonville

Sargasso Sea

West Palm Beach

Montego Bay

Port-au- Santo Prince Domingo

Kingston

San Pedro Sula

Guatemala City San Salvador

Liberia

San Juan

Caribbean Sea

San Jose

Tobago

Santa Marta

San Andrés Island

Caracas Port of Spain

Panama City

PACIFIC OCEAN Honolulu

Martha's Vineyard Nantucket

Nassau Key West Miami George Town Havana Varadero Providenciales Cancún Cap-Haïtien Santiago Grand Cayman Merida

Managua

Lihue

Halifax

Portland

Watertown Boston New York

Raleigh-Durham Charlotte New Bern Myrtle Beach Atlanta Savannah

New Orleans Houston

Montreal

Buffalo

Pittsburgh Washington Winston-Salem

Nashville

San Diego

Toronto Grand Rapids

Chicago

Las Vegas

Monterey Ontario Santa Barbara Palm Springs Los Angeles

Ottawa

Traverse City

Hayden Denver Aspen Colorado Springs Montrose Vail

Reno

Sacramento San Francisco

Québec

Marquette

Yopal Cali

Bogotá Boa Vista

Baltra Island

Kahului

San Cristóbal Island

Kailua Kona

Guayaquil Talara

Tumbes

Chiclayo

Sargasso Sea

Macapá

Gulf of Mexico

EQUATOR

São Luís

Fortaleza Natal João Pessoa

Teresina

Cajamarca

Trujillo Puerto Maldonado

Maceió Aracaju

Caribbean Sea

Salvador Porto Seguro

Santa Cruz

Tacna

Calama

S AT O

Rio de Janeiro

Asuncion

Antofagasta

São Paulo

Copiapó Easter Island

SOUTH PACIFIC OCEAN

Chilean Sea

Comodoro Rivadavia

La Serena Santiago

San Juan Mendoza

Porto Alegre Rio Grande

Rosario Buenos Aires

Concepción Valdivia Puerto Montt

Punta Del Este

Neuquén Bahía Blanca

Osorno

San Carlos Bariloche

Castro

LEGEND

Scotia Sea

Balmaceda El Calafate

oneworld destinations

Río Gallegos

MH flights operated by Emirates

GMT -8

GMT -7

Punta Arenas

GMT -6

SOUTH PACIFIC OCEAN

Chilean Sea Ushuaia

GMT -5

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GMT -4

GMT -3

GMT -2

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Glasgow

Newcastle

Belfast Shannon

Leeds

Mariehamn

Oslo

Aalborg Billund

Westerland Amsterdam

Turku

Visby

Gothenburg

Helsinki

St Petersburg

Tallinn Tartu Riga

Aarhus Gdansk Hamburg

Kazan

EUROPE, MIDDLE EAST + AFRICA Pavlodar

Moscow

Vilnius

Kaliningrad

Novosibirsk

Omsk

Nizhny Novgorod

Samara

Kras

Abakan Gorno-Altaysk

Warsaw Berlin Semey Rotterdam Leipzig Kiev London Brussels Dusseldorf Ust-Kamenogorsk Prague Guernsey Frankfurt Jersey Ivalo Luxembourg Vienna Quimper Paris Basel Budapest Zurich Ljubljana Chisinau Kittila Astrakhan Geneva Simferopol Zagreb Bordeaux Milan Urumqi Venice Pula Chambery Kemi Kuusamo Belgrade Bucharest Almaty Taraz Genoa Varna Toulouse Bishkek Sochi Dubrovnik Rimini Marseille Leon Sofia Pisa Burgas Calvi Batumi Kajaani Tivat Tashkent Reykjavik Valladolid Tbilisi Barcelona Porto Bari Tirana Kavala Rome Olbia Osh Jyvaskyla Yerevan Ankara Brindisi Baku Madrid Volos Mytilini Cagliari Dushanbe Palma De Lisbon Preveza Helsinki Mallorca Palermo Athens Oslo Mariehamn Catania Erbil St Petersburg Turku Almeria Antalya Thira Kalamata Kulob Stockholm Tallinn Oran Algiers Tunis Malta Tangier Yekaterinburg Larnaca Karpathos Chania Sulaymaniyah Tehran Gothenburg Visby Tartu Inverness Melilla Paphos Beirut Aalborg Baghdad Islamabad Casablanca Aberdeen Riga Nizhny Novgorod Peshawar Aarhus Glasgow Billund Tel Aviv Amman Kazan Marrakech Al Najaf Gdansk Alexandria Newcastle Faisalabad Amritsar Moscow Vilnius Belfast Copenhagen Agadir Westerland Kaliningrad Leeds Shiraz Samara HamburgCairo Amsterdam Multan Shannon Shárm el-Sheikh New Delhi Warsaw Kathmandu Berlin Birmingham Gassim Hurghada Rotterdam Leipzig Dammam Cork Kiev London Brussels Dusseldorf Luxor Karachi Madinah Prague Guernsey Luxembourg Riyadh Dhaka Frankfurt Marsa Alam Jersey Ahmedabad Abu Dhabi Vienna Munich Quimper Kolkata Paris Basel Nagpur Budapest Jeddah Chisinau Zurich Ljubljana Taif Astrakhan Geneva Simferopol Zagreb Bordeaux Lyon Milan Abha Bucharest Mumbai Venice Pula Belgrade Chambery Hyderabad Varna Sochi Genoa Toulouse Dubrovnik Rimini Black Sea Caspian Sofia Leon Salalah Batumi Pisa Asmara Marseille Nice Burgas Urgench Tivat Khartoum Valladolid Goa Calvi Tbilisi Sea Porto Barcelona Kavala Tirana Rome Bari Bengaluru Yerevan Ankara Olbia Chennai Brindisi Baku Madrid Volos Mytilini Ashgabat Palma De Lisbon Preveza Djibouti Cagliari Kozhikode Mallorca Palermo Athens Tiruchchirappalli Almeria Erbil Catania Kochi Antalya Thira Ponta Delgada (Azores) Kalamata Oran Tunis Malta Algiers Larnaca Trincomalee Tangier Thiruvananthapuram Abuja Karpathos Chania Mashhad Sulaymaniyah Tehran Addis Ababa Melilla Colombo Beirut Mediterranean Sea Paphos Hambantota Casablanca Baghdad Banda A Lagos Accra Tel Aviv Amman Malabo Marrakech Al Najaf Alexandria Agadir Shiraz Kuwait Male Cairo Entebbe Shárm el-Sheikh Gassim Dammam Hurghada Nairobi Luxor Dubai Madinah Bahrain Kigali Riyadh Kilimanjaro Marsa Alam Muscat Abu Dhabi Zanzibar Jeddah Taif Dar Es Salaam

Celtic Sea

Cork

Birmingham

Norwegian Sea

Caspian Sea

Black Sea

North Sea

Ponta Delgada (Azores)

Mediterranean Sea

NORTH ATLANTIC OCEAN Dakar

Celtic Sea

Bay of Bengal

Anda Se

Gulf of Guinea

Luanda

Abha Asmara

Khartoum

Dakar

Salalah

Djibouti

Livingstone Abuja

SOUTH ATLANTIC OCEAN

Lagos Accra Windhoek

Harare

Victoria Falls

Arabian Sea

Addis Ababa

INDIA OCEA

Malabo

Maputo

Entebbe

Johannesburg

EQUATOR

Gulf of Guinea Cape Town

Nairobi Kigali

Durban

Kilimanjaro Dar Es Salaam

Port Elizabeth Luanda

Zanzibar

INDIAN OCEAN

Lusaka

GMT -2

GMT -1

Victoria Falls

Harare Mauritius

Windhoek Maputo

GREENWICH MERIDIAN

Greenwich Meridian

SOUTH ATLANTIC OCEAN

Livingstone

Johannesburg Durban Cape Town

GMT 0

GMT +1

Port Elizabeth

GMT +2

GMT +3

GMT +4

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HANDSET INSTRUCTIONS

GETTING STARTED For passengers with a seatback personal screen, please refer to the following instructions for use of the remote control. 擁有個人屏幕的乘客請參照以下圖像和說明來使用您的遙控器。 個人スクリーンをお持ちのお客様はお手元のハンドセットを下の画像と合わせてから続けてお読みください。

Business Suite & Business Class A380

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Window Display

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顯示視窗

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Mode

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Audio/Video Controls To Rewind, Play/Pause, Forward and Stop for Audio/Video

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Screen ON/OFF Button To switch the Interactive screen ON/OFF

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Home Button Shortcut to go to Main Menu

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QWERTY Keyboard - B738/A333

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音量 UP/DOWN 亮度 UP/DOWN

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FILM REVIEWS

WANT HELP WITH WHAT TO WATCH THIS MONTH? FILMMAKER AND DIRECTOR KAM RASLAN MAKES THE CASE FOR THESE MOVIES. Captain Marvel is an excellent extension of a story universe that has come to dominate movies for the last 10 years, and it doesn’t look like it will stop soon. I don’t know what’s more dazzling: This new Captain Marvel movie or the genius of the long-term thinking that has been put into plotting out the whole Marvel universe.

city), director Marielle Heller treats her wilfully unlikable characters with the unshakeable love of a parent and sees them through to a redemption of realism and understanding.

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Stung by the criticism that its top superheroes are all men (Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow doesn’t have any super powers), Marvel has answered the enormous success of DC’s Wonder Woman with Captain Marvel, the story of a regular human given super powers so enormous that they could dwarf anything that has come before. The movie barely scratches the surface of what she could potentially do, but from what I’ve seen already, she completely up-ends everything I thought I knew about the superhero laws of physics. She is Marvel’s woman with powers that equal DC’s Superman. I’m not going to ruin the plot of Captain Marvel’s genesis for you because her identity and life’s purpose are very cleverly revealed to us and to her in stages so that the movie ends in a very different place from where we imagined it might at the beginning. Unlike the DC universe, Marvel has barely put a foot wrong. DC faced a backlash after going way too dark and adult with Batman and with Superman before veering in the completely opposite direction with the near-slapstick and, well, comic-strip Aquaman that must have been aimed squarely at 13-year-olds. Marvel on the other hand has succeeded in appealing to the kid in us while also working to grow older with us. In creating an abundance of characters with slightly different demographic appeals (from aging, super-rich Tony Stark to life’s loser Ant Man and now Captain Marvel), Marvel has threaded a complex web of stories that speak to each other. The movies age with the actors in real time and when that story strand ends, another will emerge to take over. And then, who knows, in five years, the character might have a rebirth?

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THE ACCOUNTANT

CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME? Based on the true story of how celebrity biographer Lee Israel (Melissa McCarthy) fell from her heights as a New York Times bestselling author and was unable to pay her rent or feed her cat but suddenly found temporary success selling letters she forged of the dead celebrities she knew so well. But the success was only temporary, and the FBI closed in on her and her inept partner-in-crime (Richard E. Grant). I enjoy a good superhero movie, but Can You Ever Forgive Me? helps to remind us that movies can be about more than action, noise and a one-eyed man called Fury. They can also be about characters that are not saving the world but are down-on-their-luck. And it can be about great acting without the distraction of computer-generated special effects. Melissa McCarthy is one of the funniest people alive, but she’s proving that she can be a dramatic actor with heart, without taking the schmaltzy roles that Robin Williams chose. Richard E. Grant is compelling as a selfish conman in a role that might tell us what happened to his character in Withnail and I (1987). Both won Oscar nominations for their performances. Turning clichés about the romance of writing and New York on their heads (Sex and the City’s Carrie Bradshaw would have died in this

Perhaps because I come from a family of accountants, it was hard for me to imagine that a movie called The Accountant could be a high-octane thriller about a savant, Bondlike, ninja-like assassin who happens to also be incredibly good at doing sums. I consider being good at maths to be a super power, which might be why I enjoy The Accountant so much (I’ve watched it several times). Ben Affleck is the criminal underworld’s accountant who can be trusted to keep secrets because he has lived his entire life anonymously beyond the government’s control. Diagnosed with a high functioning form of autism, he shies away from people and sensory overload, and his only “friend” is a computerised voice that manages his work. After being persuaded to take on a seemingly safe job of corporate forensic accounting, he finds himself having to fight to save not just himself but also a young accountant (Anna Kendrick). What is so enjoyable about The Accountant is not that it is simply an action thriller but that the various plotlines, and the maths, need to be solved and unfolded. It is a journey of twists and discoveries as well as action.

Captain Marvel, Can You Ever Forgive Me and The Accountant are playing onboard. Check your in-flight entertainment system for channel information.

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NEW THIS MONTH

HOLLYWOOD

THE LEGO MOVIE 2: THE SECOND PART CHRIS PRATT, ELIZABETH BANKS, TIFFANY HADDISH, WILL ARNETT PG / 107 mins / Family / E, J, K, E+

Air Force pilot Carol Danvers finds out that she is one of the universe’s most powerful heroes. It is up to her to intervene when Earth is caught in the middle of an intergalactic battle between two alien races. With the help of S.H.I.E.L.D. and agent Nick Fury, Danvers sets out to uncover the truth behind her past while harnessing her superpowers.

BEST OF MALAYSIA

CHINESE

JAPANESE

HINDI

SAYA JUAL YE BANG

葉問外傳:張天志 / MASTER Z: IP MAN LEGACY

旅猫リポート / THE TRAVELLING CAT CHRONICLES

SOHUM SHAH, JYOTI MALSHE, ANITA DATE PG-13 / / 101 mins / Thriller / E+

MAX ZHANG, MICHELLE YEOH, DAVE BAUTISTA PG-13 / / 108 mins / Action, Martial Art / E+

Rose and Amin are a loving couple living a humble life. Their marriage soon faces complications when Rose loses her job through no fault of hers. She is hired as a salesperson and becomes wildly successful under the mentorship of Datuk Jaki. Meanwhile, her manager takes a liking towards her, resulting in Rose being torn between her career and her marriage.

Following his defeat by Master Ip Man, Cheung Tin Chi tries to lead a quiet life running a small grocery store and looking after his young son in Hong Kong. After running afoul of an opium den operator and some triad leaders, Tin Chi is forced to fight again, this time against a foreigner, in order to gain the respect of the people in his neighbourhood.

RATINGS:

G / U General audience. Suitable for all ages.

 arental guidance recommended. Some content may not PG P be suitable for children.

PG-13 Parental guidance strongly recommended. Some content may be inappropriate for children under 13 years of age.

A remake of Til Schweiger’s German hit film about a retired veterinarian, Amadeus, who suffers from Alzheimer’s and wishes to recapture moments of his life. He embarks on a remarkable journey with his granddaughter, Matilda, to Venice, the city where he fell in love with his late wife, Margaret.

The citizens of Bricksburg are faced with a new threat when Lego Duplo invaders from outer space destroy everything in their path. Emmet, Lucy, Batman and their friends must travel to strange and unexplored worlds that test their wit and courage, which will ultimately help them save their beloved city and defeat the invaders.

ZIZAN RAZAK, UQASHA SENROSE, NADIYAH SAHAB PG-13 / / 120 mins / Comedy, Romance / E+

HEAD FULL OF HONEY NICK NOLTE, MATT DILLON, EMILY MORTIMER, SOPHIA LANE NOLTE PG-13 / / 128 mins / Drama / E, E+

15 Suitable for audiences aged 15 years and above.

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SOTA FUKUSHI, YUKO TAKEUCHI, MITSUKI TAKAHATA PG-13 / / 118 mins / Drama / E+

Sotoru lives with his pet cat, Nana, but due to unforeseen circumstances, he is no longer able to care for her and must give her up. Setting out in search of a new home for the cat, Sotoru meets with old friends and his first love and acquaints himself with new friends while his own story unfolds in the process.

R R  estricted. Not suitable for audiences under 17 years of age. NR Not rated by the Motion Picture Association of America.

Contains scenes or language that may be disturbing or offensive. Viewer discretion is advised.

Programmes with Malaysian content.

Award-winning movies/programmes.

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CAPTAIN MARVEL BRIE LARSON, SAMUEL L. JACKSON, BEN MENDELSOHN, JUDE LAW PG-13 / / 124 mins / Fantasy, Science Fiction / E, E+

तब ु ्बा ड़ / TUMBBAD

On the outskirts of the village Tumbbad, a young boy, Vinayak Rao, searches for the secret of a treasure hidden in a mansion. His encounter with a wretched old lady who knows of the source of this wealth sets him on the path to greed. He then encounters the demon Hastar, who has protected the mystical treasure from Vinayak’s family for generations.

LANGUAGES: A Arabic / D Danish / E English / ES Spanish / F French / G German / H Hindi / I Italian / IN Indonesian / J Japanese / K Korean / M Mandarin / ML Malay / T Tamil / TA Tagalog

SUBTITLES: A+ Arabic / C+ Chinese / E+ English / J+ Japanese / M+ Malay

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MOVIES

FAVOURITES

LATEST

THE MARTIAN PG-13 / / 141 mins / Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi / E, J, K, C+ WHAT HAPPENS IN VEGAS PG-13 / / 99 mins / Comedy, Romance / E, C+ HE NAMED ME MALALA PG-13 / / 87 mins / Documentary / E, E+ New CAPTAIN MARVEL BRIE LARSON, SAMUEL L. JACKSON, BEN MENDELSOHN PG-13 / / 124 mins / Fantasy, Science Fiction / E, E+

THE MULE BRADLEY COOPER, CLINT EASTWOOD, MANNY MONTANA R / / 116 mins / Crime, Drama, Thriller / E, J, K, E+

FANTASTIC BEASTS: THE CRIMES OF GRINDELWALD EDDIE REDMAYNE, KATHERINE WATERSTON, DAN FOGLER PG-13 / 134 mins / Fantasy, Adventure, Family / E, J, K, E+

LEGO DC COMICS SUPER HEROES: THE FLASH JAMES ARNOLD TAYLOR, KATE MICUCCI, KEVIN MICHAEL RICHARDSON NR / 78 mins / Animation, Action, Sci-Fi / E

KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE R / / 129 mins / Action, Adventure, Comedy / E, J, K, E+ THE GOOD LIE PG-13 / / 110 mins / Drama / E, J, K, E+ X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST PG-13 / / 132 mins / Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi / E, J, E+

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New THE LEGO 2: THE SECOND PART CHRIS PRATT, ELIZABETH BANKS, TIFFANY HADDISH PG / 107 mins / Family / E, J, K

CREED II MICHAEL B. JORDAN, SYLVESTER STALLONE, TESSA THOMPSON PG-13 / / 130 mins / Drama, Sports / E, J, K, E+

WIDOWS VIOLA DAVIS, MICHELLE RODRIGUEZ, ELIZABETH DEBICKI R / / 129 mins / Crime, Drama, Thriller / E, J, E+

BAD TIMES AT THE EL ROYAL JEFF BRIDGES, CYNTHIA ERIVO, DAKOTA JOHNSON R / / 140 mins / American Neo-noir Mystery Thriller / E, E+

THE ACCOUNTANT R / / 128 min / Action, Crime, Drama / E, J, K, E+ For the complete list of Favourites, please refer to your in-flight entertainment system.

AWARD-WINNING MOVIES

New HEAD FULL OF HONEY NICK NOLTE, MATT DILLON, EMILY MORTIMER PG-13 / / 128 mins / Drama / E

PANDAS KRISTEN BELL, WEN LEI BI, RONG HOU G / 43 mins / Documentary / E

CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME? MELISSA MCCARTHY, RICHARD E. GRANT, DOLLY WELLS R / / 106 mins / Biography, Comedy, Crime / E, E+, C+

AQUAMAN JASON MOMOA, AMBER HEARD, WILLEM DAFOE PG-13 / / 143 mins / Action, Adventure, Fantasy / E, J, K, E+

THE HATE YOU GIVE AMANDLA STENBERG, REGINA HALL, RUSSELL HORNSBY PG-13 / / 133 mins / Drama, Thriller / E, E+

BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY RAMI MALEK, LUCY BOYNTON, GWILYM LEE PG-13 / / 134 mins / Biography, Drama, Music / E, E+

THE KID WHO WOULD BE KING LOUIS ASHBOURNE SERKIS, DENISE GOUGH, DEAN CHAUMOO PG / 120 mins / Action, Adventure, Family / E, E+

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A STAR IS BORN BRADLEY COOPER, LADY GAGA, ANDREW SILVERSTEIN R / / 135 mins / Drama, Music, Romance / E, J, K, E+

SMALLFOOT CHANNING TATUM, JAMES CORDEN, ZENDAYA PG / 96 mins / Animation, Children, Family / E

THE SOUND OF MUSIC (1965) JULIE ANDREWS, CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER, ELEANOR PARKER G / 174 mins / Biography, Drama, Family / E

I AM SAM SEAN PENN, MICHELLE PFEIFFER, DAKOTA FANNING PG-13 / / 132 mins / Drama / E, J, K

FROZEN KRISTEN BELL, IDINA MENZEL, JONATHAN GROFF PG / 102 mins / Animation, Adventure, Comedy / E, C+

SELENA JENNIFER LOPEZ, EDWARD JAMES OLMOS, JON SEDA PG / 127 mins / Biography, Drama, Music /E

THE LION KING MATTHEW BRODERICK, JEREMY IRONS, JAMES EARL JONES G / 78 mins /Animation, Adventure, Drama / E, C+

THE FAMILY STONE DERMOT MULRONEY, SARAH JESSICA PARKER, CLAIRE DANES PG-13 / / 103 mins / Comedy, Drama, Romance / E, J, K

SINGIN' IN THE RAIN (1952) STANLEY DONEN, GENE KELLY, DEBBIE REYNOLDS NR / / 103 mins / Comedy, Drama / E, K, E+

THE JUDGE ROBERT DOWNEY JR., ROBERT DUVALL, VERA FARMIGA R / /1 41 mins / Action, Crime, Drama / E, J, K, E+

For the complete list of award-winning movies, please refer to your in-flight entertainment system.

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MOVIES

CHINESE

JAPANESE

TAMIL

HINDI

SAYA JUAL YE BANG ZIZAN RAZAK,UQASHA SENROSE, NADIYAH SAHAB PG-13 / / 120 mins / Comedy , Romance / E+

葉問外傳:張天志 / MASTER Z: IP MAN LEGACY MAX ZHANG, MICHELLE YEOH, DAVE BAUTISTA PG-13 / / 108 mins / Action , Martial Art / E+

旅猫リポート / THE TRAVELLING CAT CHRONICLES SOTA FUKUSHI, YUKO TAKEUCHI PG-13 / / 118 mins / Drama / E+

பந்தம் / PANTHAM TOTTEMPUDI GOPICHAND, MEHREEN PIRZADA, AJAY PG-13 / / 120 mins / Action, Drama / E+

स् त् री / STREE RAJKUMMAR RAO, SHRADDHA KAPOOR, PANKAJ TRIPATHI PG-13 / / 128 mins / Comedy, Horror / E+

MISTERI DILAILA ZUL ARIFFIN, ELIZABETH TAN, ROSYAM NOR PG-13 / / 82 mins / Horror, Thriller / E+

比悲傷更悲傷的故事 / MORE

スマホを落としただけなのに

பேட்ட / PETTA RAJINIKANTH, VIJAY SETHUPATHI, NAWAZUDDIN SIDDIQUI PG-13 / / 135 mins / Action, Drama / E+

तु ब ्बा ड़ / TUMBBAD SOHUM SHAH, JYOTI MALSHE, RUDRA SONI, ANITA DATE, MADHAV HARI JOSHI PG-13 / / 101 mins / Thriller / E+

TANGISAN AKINABALU YURI MEJAL, SYAIFUL ZERO, PHANTHEGEROW, YUS WAISAR, HOSIANI KEEWON PG-13 / / 120 mins / Drama / E+

POLIS EVO 2 SHAHEIZY SAM, ZIZAN RAZAK, ERRA FAZIRA, MIKE LUCOCK, RALINE SHAH PG-13 / / 125 mins / Action / E+

HARI TERAKHIR SEORANG PENGURUS REMY ISHAK, SUSAN LANKESTER, AMERUL AFFENDI, NADIYA NISAA, MUSTAQIM MOHAMED PG-13 / / 80 mins / Comedy, Drama / E+

THAN BLUE JASPER LIU, IVY YI-HAN CHEN, BRYAN SHU-HAO CHANG, ANNIE CHEN PG-13 / / 105 mins / Romance / E+

起底组 / KEYBOARD

WARRIORS STEPHY TANG, GRACE CHAN, LAM YIU SING, YAU HAWK SAU PG-13 / / 100 mins / Drama, Comedy / E+

天氣預爆 / AIRPOCALYPSE

SHAWN, JENNIFER DU, XIAO SHENYANG, YU YUNPENG, WANG XIAOLI PG-13 / / 106 mins / Action, Fantasy, Comedy / E+

我不是药神 / DYING TO SURVIVE ZHENG XU, YIWEI ZHOU, CHUANJUN WANG, ZHUO TAN, YANHUI WANG PG-13 / / 117 mins / Drama, Comedy / E+

/ STOLEN IDENTITY KEIKO KITAGAWA, YUDAI CHIBA, RYO NARITA, KEI TANAKA, TAIZO HARADA PG-13 / / 116 mins / Drama , Thriller / E+

HOUSE WHERE THE MERMAID SLEEPS RINA KAWAEI, KEIKO MATSUZAKA, PG-13 / / 120 mins / Drama / E+

ந ீ ய ும் நான ும் /

NEEYUM NAANUM K.K. KHANNA, ARUN KUMARAN, JASMINE MICHAEL PG-13 / / 150 mins / Romance / E+

寝ても覚めても /

ASAKO I & II MASAHIRO HIGASHIDE, ERIKA KARATA, MASAHIRO HIGASHIDE, SAIRI ITÔ PG-13 / / 119 mins / Drama / E+

KOREAN 국가부도의 날 / DEFAULT KIM HYE-SOO, YOO AH-IN, HUH JOON-HO, VINCENT CASSEL, JO WOO-JIN PG-13 / / 114 mins / Drama / E+

멘소레! 식당 하나 / MENSORE CHOI JUNG-WON, NAH HYE-MI, OH SEUNG HYUN, BAN SEOJIN, GO YOO-AN PG-13 / / 94 mins / Drama / E+

无双 / PROJECT

GUTENBERG CHOW YUN-FAT, AARON KWOK, ZHANG JINGCHU, JOYCE FENG, LIU KAI-CHI, CATHERINE CHAU PG-13 / / 130 mins / Action, Crime / E+

僕のヒーローアカデミア / MY

INDONESIAN

TAGALOG

HERO ACADEMIA MOVIE DAIKI YAMASHITA, KENTA MIYAKE, AYANE SAKURA, NOBUHIKO OKAMOTO PG-13 / / 96 mins / Animation / E+

கடைக்க ுட்ட ி ச ிங ்கம்

/ KADAIKUTTY SINGAM KARTHI, SATHYARAJ, SAYYESHAA SAIGAL, PRIYA BHAVANI SHANKAR PG-13 / / 149 mins / Action, Drama / E+

ரய ில் பயணங ்கள ் /

RAIL PAYANANGAL SHALINI BALASUNDRAM, KABIL GANESAN, YAWANES ROBERT, MS. KARTHIK PG-13 / / 130 mins / Romance Drama / E+

미쓰백 / MISS BAEK HAN JI MIN, LEE HEE JUN , KWON SO HYUN, KIM SHI-A, BAEK SOO-JANG PG-13 / / 98 mins / Drama / E+

親密陌生人 / INTIMATE STRANGERS HYE-JIN YU, JIN-WOONG CHO, SEO-JIN LEE, JI-SOO KIM, JUNG-AH YUM PG-13 / / 115 mins / Romance, Comedy, Mystery / E+

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ROMPIS (CHEESE ROMANCE ) ARBANI YAZIS, ADINDA AZANI, UMAI SHAHAB, BEBY TSABINA, YASMIN KARSSING PG-13 / / 99 mins / Romance / E+

STORKS ANDY SAMBERG, KATIE CROWN, KELSEY GRAMMER PG / 88 mins / Animation, Adventure, Comedy / E, J, K, E+

HAPPY FEET ELIJAH WOOD, BRITTANY MURPHY, HUGH JACKMAN, ROBIN WILLIAMS PG / 108 mins / Animation, Comedy, Family / E, J, K, C+

ब ि य ॉ न ्ड थे क ् ला उ ड ्स / BEYOND THE CLOUDS ISHAAN KHATTAR, MALAVIKA MOHANAN, GOUTAM GHOSE, G. V. SHARADA PG-13 / / 120 mins / Drama , Family / E+

人魚の眠る家 / THE

世界でいちばん長い写真 / THE LONGEST PHOTO IN THE WORLD MAHIRO TAKASUGI , RINA TAKEDA , HONOKA MATSUMOTO PG-13 / / 103 mins / Drama / E+

KIDS

स र / SIR VIVEK GOMBER , GEETANJALI KULKARNI , TILLOTAMA SHOME, RAHUL VOHRA PG-13 / / 99 mins / Drama, Romance / E+

क ा र व ां / KARWAAN IRRFAN KHAN, DULQUER SALMAAN, MITHILA PALKAR, AMALA AKKINENI PG-13 / / 114 mins / Comedy, Drama / E+

प र म ा णु : थे स ् टो र ी ऑ फ़ प ो ख र ण / PARMANU: THE STORY OF POKHRAN JOHN ABRAHAM, BOMAN IRANI, DIANA PENTY, ADITYA HITKARI, VIKAS KUMAR PG-13 / / 129 mins / Drama, Action, History / E+

ब ध ा ई ह ो / BADHAAI HO

AYUSHMANN KHURRANA, SANYA MALHOTRA, NEENA GUPTA, GAJRAJ RAO PG-13 / / 124 mins / Comedy, Drama / E+

र ा ज ़ी / RAAZI ALIA BHATT, VICKY KAUSHAL, JAIDEEP AHLAWAT, RAJIT KAPUR, SHISHIR SHARMA PG-13 / / 138 mins / Romance, Drama / E+

HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS DANIEL RADCLIFFE, RUPERT GRINT, EMMA WATSON, PG / 161 mins / Adventure, Family, Fantasy / E, J, K, C+

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MALAYSIAN

HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE DANIEL RADCLIFFE, RUPERT GRINT, EMMA WATSON, ROBBIE COLTRANE PG-13 / / 157 mins / Adventure, Family, Fantasy / E, J, K, C+

HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX DANIEL RADCLIFFE, RUPERT GRINT, EMMA WATSON, RALPH FIENNES PG-13 / / 138 mins / Adventure, Family, Fantasy / E, J, K, C+

இமைக்க நொடிகள ் /

THE HOWS OF US KATHRYN BERNARDO, DANIEL PADILLA, DARREN ESPANTO PG-13 / / 117 mins / Romance, Drama / E+

IMAIKKA NODIGAL NAYANTHARA, ATHARVAA MURALI, ANURAG KASHYAP, RAASHI KHANNA PG-13 / / 170 mins / Crime, Drama, Thriller / E+

सू र म ा / SOORMA DILJIT DOSANJH, TAPSEE PANNU, ANGAD BEDI PG-13 / / 131 mins / Biography, Sport, Drama / E+

For the complete list of movies for kids, please refer to your in-flight entertainment system.

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TV PROGRAMMES

COMEDY

DRAMA

ENCOUNTER S1 BO-GUM PARK, HYE-KYO SONG, JI-WON BAEK 2 Episodes / 60 mins each / K, E+

FULLER HOUSE S2 CANDACE CAMERON BURE, JODIE SWEETIN, ANDREA BARBER 13 Episodes / / 30 mins each / E

BETTER THINGS S2

LETHAL WEAPON S3

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PAMELA ADLON, MIKEY MADISON, HANNAH ALLIGOOD 8 Episodes / / 30 mins each

DAMON WAYANS, SEANN WILLIAM SCOTT, KEESHA SHARP 5 Episodes / 60 mins each / E

Sam Fox is a divorced actress struggling to raise three daughters on her own in Hollywood. In the second season of the series, Sam begins to feel underappreciated by her daughters and tries her best to bond with them. At the same time, she fends off unwanted advances from a friend and tries to keep peace with her ex-husband.

Texan cop Martin Riggs relocates to Los Angeles and joins the LAPD Homicide Division. He is partnered with Roger Murtaugh, a senior LAPD detective who returns to the squad after recovering from a minor heart attack. The season opens with former international CIA operative Wesley Cole returning home and becoming Murtaugh's partner.

MURPHY BROWN S11 CANDICE BERGEN, GRANT SHAUD, ROBERT PASTORELLI 6 Episodes / 30 mins each

BASKETS S3 ZACH GALIFIANAKIS, MARTHA KELLY, LOUIE ANDERSON 8 Episodes / 30 mins each

SPEECHLESS S3 MINNIE DRIVER, JOHN ROSS BOWIE, CEDRIC YARBROUGH, MASON COOK 7 Episodes / / 30 mins each / E

SHAMELESS S8 EMMY ROSSUM, WILLIAM H. MACY, ETHAN CUTKOSKY 8 Episodes / / 30 mins each

QUEEN SUGAR S3 RUTINA WESLEY, DAWN-LYEN GARDNER, KOFI SIRIBOE 6 Episodes / 60 mins each / E

GOTHAM S4 BEN MCKENZIE, DONAL LOGUE, DAVID MAZOUZ, MORENA BACCARIN 7 Episodes / / 60 mins each / E

BLACK LIGHTNING S2 CRESS WILLIAMS, CHINA ANNE MCCLAIN, NAFESSA WILLIAMS 5 Episodes / 60 mins each / E

THE LAST SHIP S5 ERIC DANE, ADAM BALDWIN, CHARLES PARNELL 5 Episodes / / 60 mins each / E

THE ORIGINALS S5 JOSEPH MORGAN, DANIEL GILLIES, CLAIRE HOLT 5 Episodes / / 60 mins each / E

RIVERDALE S1 K.J. APA, LILI REINHART, CAMILA MENDES 8 Episodes / 60 mins each / E

AMERICAN WOMAN S1 ALICIA SILVERSTONE, MENA SUVARI, JENNIFER BARTELS 12 Episodes / 30 mins each / E

IT'S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA S13 CHARLIE DAY, GLENN HOWERTON, ROB MCELHENNEY 3 Episodes / / 30 mins each

COOPER BARRETT'S GUIDE TO SURVIVING LIFE S1 JACK CUTMORE-SCOTT, MEAGHAN RATH, JAMES EARL, CHARLIE SAXTON, LIZA LAPIRA, JUSTIN BARTHA 8 Episodes / / 30 mins each

LIFE IN PIECES S3 COLIN HANKS, BETSY BRANDT, THOMAS SADOSKI, ZOE LISTER-JONES, DAN BAKKEDAHL 8 Episodes / / 30 mins each / E

FRESH OFF THE BOAT S5 RANDALL PARK, CONSTANCE WU, HUDSON YANG, FORREST WHEELER, IAN CHEN 8 Episodes / / 30 mins each / E

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LAST MAN STANDNG S7 TIM ALLEN, NANCY TRAVIS, HECTOR ELIZONDO, AMANDA FULLER, MOLLY MCCOOK 11 Episodes / / 30 mins each / E

MAN SEEKING WOMAN S3 JAY BARUCHEL, ERIC ANDRE, BRITT LOWER, MAYA ERSKINE, KATIE FINDLAY, ROBIN DUKE, MARK MCKINNEY 4 Episodes / 30 mins each

ALL AMERICAN S1 DANIEL EZRA, BRE-Z, GRETA ONIEOGOU, SAMANTHA LOGAN, CODY CHRISTIAN 5 Episodes / 60 mins each / E

TRAINING DAY S1 BILL PAXTON, JUSTIN CORNWELL, KATRINA LAW 13 Episodes / 60 mins each / E

VAMPIRE DIARIES S8 NINA DOBREV, PAUL WESLEY, IAN SOMERHALDER 8 Episodes / / 60 mins each / E

PRETTY LITTLE LIARS S7 TROIAN BELLISARIO, ASHLEY BENSON, LUCY HALE 7 Episodes / 60 mins each / E

LEGACIES S1 DANIELLE ROSE RUSSELL, ARIA SHAHGHASEMI 6 Episodes / 60 mins each / E

RIZZOLI & ISLES S7 ANGIE HARMON, SASHA ALEXANDER, JORDAN BRIDGES 6 Episodes / 60 mins each / E

KRYPTON S1 CAMERON CUFFE, GEORGINA CAMPBELL, SHAUN SIPOS 5 Episodes / / 60 mins each / E

DECEPTION S1 JACK CUTMORE-SCOTT, ILFENESH HADERA, LENORA CRICHLOW 6 Episodes / 60 mins each / E

BLINDSPOT S3 SULLIVAN STAPLETON, JAIMIE ALEXANDER, ROB BROWN 6 Episodes / / 60 mins each / E

TIME AFTER TIME S1 FREDDIE STROMA, JOSH BOWMAN, GENESIS RODRIGUEZ 5 Episodes / 60 mins each / E

LONGMIRE S6 ROBERT TAYLOR, KATEE SACKHOFF, LOU DIAMOND PHILLIPS 10 Episodes / / 60 mins each / E

SUPERNATURAL S12 JARED PADALECKI, JENSEN ACKLES, JIM BEAVER 6 Episodes / / 60 mins each / E

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TV PROGRAMMES

TEEN TITANS GO! 4 Episodes / PG / 30 mins each / E

BEST OF MALAYSIA

DOROTHY AND THE WIZARD OF OZ 3 Episodes / PG / 30 mins each / E

BOCEY & FRIENDS LIVE (RAYA) PG / 30 mins

SEPAHTU REUNION AL PUASA PG / 30 mins

CHINESE

HINDI

JASON CAN'T COOK PG / 30 mins

YAAR MERA SUPERSTAR S2: TIGER SHROFF & DISHA PATANI PG / 30 mins / E+

JASON'S MARKET TRAILS PG / 30 mins

JAPANESE

MICKEY AND THE ROADSTER RACERS 5 Episodes / PG / 30 mins each / E

AQUAMAN 3 Episodes / PG / 30 mins each / E

DAPUR HANCUR LEBUR PG / 30 mins

CERITA DALAM KAIN PG / 30 mins

VAMPIRINA 2 Episodes / PG / 30 mins each / E

OH MY FAMILY RAYA PG / 30 mins

FAMILY SHOWDOWN RAYA PG / 30 mins

KAMI ANAK MALAYSIA: SARAWAK CULTURE PG / 30 mins

J.K.K RAYA PG / 30 mins

ENRICH JUNIORS & HI-5 EXPERIENCE A #LIFEENRICHED IN SYDNEY PG / 30 mins / E

SPORT BUNNICULA 4 Episodes / PG / 30 mins each / E

HISTORY

MARVEL'S GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY 2 Episodes / PG / 30 mins each / E

A DOOR TO HOKKAIDO STILL UNSEEN PG / 30 mins TAKEKI FUJITO: AINU ENGRAVER PG / 30 mins

LAW OF THE JUNGLE PG / 60 mins / E+

TRAVEL

RUNNING MAN PG / / 60 mins / E+ ICC CRICKET WORLD CUP PG / 30 mins / E ADVENTURE GOLF: SPAIN PG / 30 mins / E OCEANS OF CRIME PG / 30 mins / E

HALAL MAPS PG / 60 mins / E

THE SCORE: NBA'S EXPANSION PLANS PG / 30 mins / E

FLAVORS OF TOKYO PG / 60 mins / E

SCIENCE & TECH

THE MASTER OF FORTRESSES: MILITARY SUPERSTRUCTURE PG / 30 mins / E

ROA’A PG / 30 mins / E+

CNN: TALK ASIA: LEWIS HAMILTON PG / 30 mins / E

THE BIG BLOOM: A SCIENTIFIC ODYSSEY PG / 60 mins / E

RASIKKA RUSIKKA S4 PG / 60 mins / E+

NATURAL WORLD

LIFESTYLE

DAVID ATTENBOROUGH’S NATURAL CURIOSITIES: FINDING THE WAY PG / 60 mins / E

EXTRA GEAR SERIES 4 PG / 30 mins / E

MARRIAGE TRAINS PG / 60 mins / E

ANIMAL SOCIETY PG / 60 mins / E

JOURNEY UNDER THE EARTH: THE CONTINENT BELOW OUR FEET PG / 60 mins / E

BOBBY CHIN COOKS ASIA PG / 30 mins / E

SOUNDSTAGE ARIANA GRANDE: LIVE IN LONDON PG / 60 mins / E

SUPERSTAR RAJA: PART 1 & 2 - ANIMATION PG / 60 mins / E+

LIFE IN MOSQUE PG / 30 mins / E

BUSINESS MANAGING ASIA: GEORGE QUEK, FOUNDER AND CHAIRMAN BREADTALK GROUP + HENRY CHU, CEO BREADTALK GROUP PG / 30 mins / E

BEAUTY VS DIRTY 2 Episodes / PG / 30 mins each / E+

WORLD HERITAGE CANAL PG / 30 mins / E

RELIGIOUS ARABIC

BOLLYWOOD EXPRESS PG / 30 mins / E+

TAMIL

KOREAN SHOWBIZ

BY INVITE ONLY: KARTIK AARYAN & KRITI SANON PG / 30 mins / E+

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KIDS

FRENCH TUESDAY LOVE LETTER PG / 30 mins / E

FLAVORS OF CORSICA PG / 30 mins

COFFEE: THE DRINK THAT CHANGED AMERICA PG / 60 mins / E

For the complete list of TV programmes, please refer to your in-flight entertainment system.

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AUDIO ON-DEMAND + RADIO CHANNELS

THE HITS

MANDARIN

MALAY

COUNTRY

(Not available in A350)

Radio Channels

CHART TOPPERS

including... Buddy (above), Quinn XCII, Solange, Doja Cat, Ruth B., flora cash, Max Jury, Nick Waterhouse, Backstreet Boys, Claire Richards, LCD Soundsystem, Meghan Trainor, Tom Walker

including... Jolin Tsai (above), Eric Chou, Maggie Chiang, A-Do, Valen Hsu, Karen Mok, Rainie Yang, A-Lin, Jeff Chang, Xue Zhi Qian, Coco Lee

including... Satu Hari Di Hari Raya (above), Dayang Nurfaizah, Ziana Zain, Misha Omar, Exists, Yuna dan Orkestra Simfoni Kebangsaan, Datuk Ahmad Jais, Ning Baizura & Fairuz Hussein, Amy Mastura

Lynn, Connie Smith, Old Crow Medicine Show, Jason Aldean, Scotty McCreery, Kelsea Ballerini, Dolly Parton, The Highwaymen

JAZZ

JAPANESE

RELAX

RHYTHM & BLUES

including... Maren Morris (above), Kane Brown, Loretta

including... Rita Ora feat. 6LACK, Gesaffelstein & Pharrell Williams, Khalid, Louis Tomlinson, Sara Bareilles, Mariah Carey feat. Stefflon Don, AJ Mitchell, Stephen Puth, LSD feat. Sia/ Diplo/Labrinth

MALAY FAVOURITES

(Not available in A350)

including... Shatirah Amanda, TheOvertunes, Aamin Yusoff, Dayang Nurfaizah, Shahmimi & Adira, Misha Omar, Cakra Khan, Zee Avi, Ify Alyssa, Opick, Sufi Rashid, Ila Damiaa, Nasir P. Ramlee

including... Joanne Shaw Taylor (above), Macy Gray, Leon Bridges, Charlie Wilson, Alicia Keys, Stan Walker

including... SEKAI NO OWARI, Keyakizaka46, Jolin Tsai, Uriah, ATEEZ, CHAI, UVERworld, Big Marvel, Kenshi Yonezu, Phil Lam, RIRI feat. Junoflo, Shiga Lin, Jun Xu, Hikaru Utada & Skrillex, Yellow!, SoRi

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including... Branford Marsalis Quartet (above), Julian Lage, Cyrille Aimee, Christian McBride, Cecile McLorin Salvant, Thomas Quasthoff, Tia Fuller, Van Morrison & Joey DeFrancesco

including... SEKAI NO OWARI (above), OH MY GIRL, GOT7, Misia, Mika Nakashima, Aimer, Nogizaka46, Shota Shimizu, Hiragana Keyakizaka46, Hikaru Utada

including... Hauschka (above), Sleepy John, Jean-Michel Jarre, Emerson Phillips, Jens Buchert, Michelle Qureshi, Fiona Joy, Sherry Finzer, Yiruma, Yanni

CLUB

(Not available in A350)

WORLD including... Il Volo, At Adau, Ricky Martin, Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, Santana

KOREAN including... ATEEZ, J_ust, EXID, Jung Dongha & Oh Jun Sung

CANTONESE

KIDS including... Fairy Tales for Kids, Kids & Fairy Tales, Captain Allen Swift, The Sticker Club, The Wiggles, Little Feet Music

CLASSICAL

including... Khatia Buniatishvili, Olga Peretyatko, Christian Thielemann & Wiener Philharmoniker, 2CELLOS, Lang Lang, Leonard Bernstein, Stuart Skelton, West Australian Symphony Orchestra

including... Pakho Chau, Jason Chan, Phil Lam, Michael Lai, Prudence Liew, Candy Lo, Hacken Lee, Sandy Lam

INDONESIAN

including... The Overtunes, Ardhito Pramono, Ari Lasso, Bunga Citra Lestari, Superman Is Dead, Isyana Sarasvati, Judika, Sheila On 7

MEMORIES including... Oasis, Cyndi Lauper, Celine Dion, Scott McKenzie, Jennifer Lopez, Michael Jackson, Journey, Ray Parker Jr. & Raydio, Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

COMEDY

ROCK

(Only available in A350)

including... Nick Waterhouse, Joanne Shaw Taylor, Sundara Karma, White Lies, Bring Me The Horizon, FIDLAR, Evanescence , Nothing But Thieves

PLAYLIST

HINDI

(Only available in A350)

including... Luka Chuppi, Simmba, Zero, Namaste England, Mitron, Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety, Yours Truly Arijit, Vol.2, Jab Harry Met Sejal (OMPS)

including... Electric Love, Satu Hari Di Hari Raya, Renaissance the Classics, 10 Years of Mom+Pop, 2000s XL, 1990s XL, Urban Power Beats, Ultra 2019

NASYID

including... Hafiz Hamidun, Opick, Maher Zain, Ustaz Abdullah Fahmi, Inteam, Mesut Kurtis, Gigi, Raef, Haddad Alwi, Nowseeheart, Lah Ahmad, Harris J, Brothers

including... Gesaffelstein, Big Wild, Martin Garrix, Paces, Danny Byrd, Friction, Pola & Bryson, Claptone, Paul Kalkbrenner, What So Not, Kygo, Cosmic Gate, Fred V & Grafix, Mirami

(Not available in A350)

including... Flight of the Conchords, Jerry Stiller & Anne Meara, Joan Rivers, "Weird Al" Yankovic, Bocey

LIGHT & EASY (Not available in A350)

including... Yann Tiersen, Dami Im, Barbra Streisand, The Piano Guys, EB Duet, Human Nature, The Script, Michael Bolton, Boyz II Men, Il Divo

SOUNDTRACK (Not available in A350)

TAMIL including... Kuttram Seiyel. Seethakaathi, Playlist and Chill, The Ultimate Feel Good Mixtape, All About Love: Yuvanshankar Raja

TALK RADIO

(Only available in A350)

including... Flight of the Conchords, Jerry Stiller & Anne Meara, Joan Rivers, Bocey

including... The World of Hans Zimmer - A Symphonic Celebration (Live), Creed II (OMPS), James Horner - The Classics, The Rick & Morty Soundtrack, Blade Runner 2049 (OMPS)

Audio On-Demand segments depend on your aircraft type. Please refer to your in-flight entertainment system to see which segments are available to you.

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HINDI RHYTHMS Including... Rish, Saachi Rajadhyaksha, Mohit Chauhan, Akhil, Dhvani Bhanushali, Papon, Tony Kakkar/Neha Kakkar/Young Desi, Brijesh Shandilya/ Shilpa Surroch, Sudhanshu Gaur/Yash Kapoor

GOLDEN ERA including... Earth, Wind & Fire, The Main Ingredient, La Bouche, Tina Arena Duet with Marc Anthony, Dan Hartman, Mac Davis, The Shirelles, Modern Talking, Dionne Warwick, Fairground Attraction

ROCK ARENA including... The Clash, FEELS, Heart, Piroshka, Spirit, Delgres, PAINT, Elvis Presley, Electric Light Orchestra, White Lies, Circa Waves, FONTAINES D.C., Quiet Riot, The Black Angels, Indoor Pets

Passengers with AVOD can enjoy a host of radio shows across a range of genres. Channel numbers depend on the aircraft. Check your aircraft type and then on your in-flight entertainment system to find out.

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ARTIST OF THE MONTH Misha Omar's music is playing onboard under the Malay music genre. Check your in-flight entertainment system for channel information.

A fateful encounter in a singing competition she did not win catapulted Malaysian singer Misha Omar into the limelight in the early 2000s. With her dynamic and expressive voice that transitions smoothly between gentle and powerful notes, her sentimental pop ballads took the local music industry by storm. Her recent years have been defined by more live performances than studio work, caring for her family, as well as ventures into acting in film, television and theatre. Going Places catches up with her amid her busy schedule to hear her story and views. Tell us a bit about yourself. I am Misha Omar. Not many of you know that my name is Samiha@Aisha binti Omar. I am 37 years old and married with two kids. I grew up in a big family with seven siblings in Kota Bharu, Kelantan. How and when did you first get into music? It happened in 2001 when I joined this singing competition organised by RTM (Bintang RTM) and during full dress rehearsal, I met Datuk Adnan Abu Hassan (the late renowned musician and composer who mentored many

famous Malaysian singers, including Dato’ Sri Siti Nurhaliza, Fauziah Latiff and Dayang Nurfaizah). He had faith in my talent and brought me to BMG Music Malaysia. From there, we worked on my first album, which was released in 2002. How would you describe yourself as a singer? I don’t see myself as just a singer. I think I am more a storyteller, but in song. With a career spanning more than a decade, what are some of the challenges you have faced? The biggest challenge for me was two years ago, when I lost my voice right after giving birth to my son, Idris. Thankfully, I managed to recover my voice after attending lots of vocal classes with (vocal coach and songstress) Datuk Syafinaz Selamat. The music industry is unforgiving, and with many new singers being discovered all the time. How do you ensure you remain relevant to your fans? I don’t have a special strategy for this. I believe in pure talent, staying humble and working hard. Do not give up on learning. What has been the most memorable moment in your 18-year career? The most memorable moment in my career was when I heard my song being played on the radio for the first time. It gave me goosebumps! What inspires you in your music and in life? Honesty. When you are honest, you will give your all in life, your career and whatever you do. Who are some of your musical icons, and what is it about them that you admire? I have so much respect for Datuk Syafinaz Selamat. She’s a singer, a vocal teacher and a lecturer at the same time. She is so passionate about what she is doing right now, and she has helped a lot of people, including me. From her, I learned not to give up on learning. Each day, you learn something new and you’ve got to improve yourself from day to day. What do you think of the Malaysian music scene? I think the Malaysian music industry is growing. There’s a lot of new talent today and they’re venturing into multiple genres, not just pop. The use of social media has really helped them to boost their own marketing to make them mainstream. As an artist who has been around, I welcome them with open arms as I can learn a lot from them as well. How has social media changed you? I use social media as a way to reach out to my fans and to give them updates on my career. Less than half of my posts are about my personal life. Social media helps us a lot, especially when you’re about to launch a new single or album and you want the public to know about it. It really helps to generate a lot of hype over upcoming concerts or new singles. Social media makes a lot of things easier. How do you react to criticism? There are two types of critics out there, and I choose to listen to the constructive ones who will motivate me and make me a better person. For the rest who are critical and are always trying to put me down, I just turn a blind eye and ignore them. Taking in constructive criticism is what helps us to change.

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SEEN+HEARD

Happenings In Malaysia + Around The World

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Mercedes-Benz Malaysia President and Chief Executive Officer Dr Claus Weidner (left) and Vice President of Sales and Marketing Mark Raine at the grand unveiling of the marque’s latest models in Malaysia. The GLC 300 Coupé AMG Line, which is assembled locally in Pekan, is a progressive crossover SUV with superb off-road capabilities, while the GLE 450 AMG Line sets new standards for the full-sized luxury SUV segment. Fitted with a long list of cutting-edge features, both cars boast aesthetic appeal and supreme comfort while staying true to their identities as powerful off-road vehicles.

Avengers Assemble Travellers visiting the KLIA and klia2 terminals will have their last chance this month to take pictures with life-sized Avengers figurines, enjoy interactive games and purchase Avengers merchandise as part of the ‘Marvel Super Heroes Have Landed’ campaign by Malaysia Airports, in collaboration with The Walt Disney Company Malaysia and Maybank. The campaign kicked off in April in tandem with the release of Avengers: Endgame in cinemas and will end on 16 June. During this campaign, Maybank customers can enjoy attractive offers on limited-edition collectibles for spending a minimum amount with their Maybank cards at all international airports operated by Malaysia Airports.

Retail Therapy French luxury brand Fauré Le Page has opened its doors at Takashimaya Shopping Centre in Ngee Ann City in Singapore, thanks to an exclusive franchise agreement signed between the brand and FJ Benjamin Holdings. With more than 300 years of history, Fauré Le Page’s new Singapore store is the brand’s first in Southeast Asia and ninth worldwide. Decorated according to a green ‘garden city’ concept and accentuated with the brand’s signature shade of yellow, the store will also be pre-launching a special collection, which includes exotic clutches in alligator and python skin, with options of personalised medallions for those looking to customise their bags.

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Winning Big Lucky winner Eric Ngu Ting Wu walked away with a Malaysia Airlines Dream Holiday package worth about USD24,000 (RM100,000) in the DuitNow Launch Contest, a collaboration between Payments Network Malaysia Sdn Bhd (PayNet) and Malaysia Airlines. Launched in December, DuitNow is a service that facilitates fund transfers using mobile, MyKad or business registration numbers. A grand total of USD965,600 (RM4 million) worth of prizes was given out throughout the contest period, including cash prizes, a Mercedes-Benz GLC200, a Mercedes-Benz A200 and IKEA gift cards.

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