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PROPERTY DEVELOPMENT 03 WELCOME TO THE SAFFRON 04 HONG LEONG HOUSING LOAN 06 LIVING DEEP IN THE LAP OF LUXURY INVESTMENT 09 BENEFITS OF INVESTING IN A UNIT TRUST 10 MISTAKE SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS MAKE 12 ENTREPRENEURSHIP : AMANDA NASIM 13 DEAL OR NO DEAL?

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SIGHTSEEING 18 4 GREAT PLACES TO VISIT IN PERTH 20 HIDDEN CHARM OF KOREA WHEELS 23 Audi R8 Spyder 5.2 FSI quattro 23 NISSAN LEAF CONTEST 15 today’s choices - firefly explorace


PROPERTY DEVELOPMENT

Welcome to The Saffron Coming to life in the heart of trendy Sentul East is The Saffron, YTL Land & Development’s most well received residential project in Sentul, with 100% of units sold to date. YTL L&D has built up an excellent track record of building high quality houses, apartments and condominiums with attractive and innovative designs.YTL L&D currently has a land bank of more than 2,000 acres of strategic development land in Malaysia. The estimated sales value is RM12 billion ringgit (US$ 3 billion). These strategic land banks have no holding costs. In line with its official launch, The Saffron at Sentul East is pleased to announce the release of limited premium units that offer discerning buyers the choice of properties boasting fabulous KLCC views or soothing pool views. Thanks to its outstanding façade and extensive lush landscaping, freehold status and convenient location, all units at The Saffron were snapped up in time almost immediately. In fact, with the new accessibility of Sentul Link, property experts have noted that its location a mere 10 minutes away from Mont Kiara will only serve to enhance the appreciation value. To get first pick of these limited premium units of The Saffron at Sentul East. Contact us via phone at 03-2143-3000/ 03-40410822, fax: 03- 4041-7655, or email us at sentul@ytlland.com

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PROPERTY DEVELOPMENT

Hong Leong Housing Loan

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Hassle-Free Application You can submit your application through any branch, or our friendly sales personnel can visit you at your home or office to assist you.

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For more information , kindly contact: Hong Leong Contact Center at 03-7626 8899


with ishings

furn signed e d m “Custo orary twist” p contem

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a mode

eep Living, a Malaysian-based

away, to suit individual tastes and room

manufacturer and retailer of

configurations. Deep Living’s colour palette

modular furniture and customised

favours monochromatic colours, accented

interior design solutions, recently opened

with brightly coloured accessories, such as

their new 8,000 square foot show gallery,

the cushions on sofas.

located on Jalan Yew, Sungei Besi, Kuala Lumpur. The gallery showcases

The designs are unique as they are the

an extensive selection of Deep Living’s

result of founding partner Blaine Robert’s

Designing Lifestyle collection, including their

experiences during his time in the Asean

range of unique and contemporary sofas,

region. According to Blaine, Malaysians

tables, chairs, kitchens, bedroom sets and

are pretty traditional with their choice of

lighting solutions.

interior furnishings, but this is changing now to a preference for customised, individual

Deep Living Sdn Bhd is a subsidiary of sofa

interior decoration and Deep Living offers

manufacturer De Sofa Manufacturing Sdn

the right solutions to suit this burgeoning

Bhd. Prior to the opening of the Sungei Besi

demand for customised furniture.

show gallery, they maintained a studio in Kota Damansara and another in Penang.

Blaine has been resident in Malaysia since

Deep Living’s inventory is manufactured

2002, but worked in the Asian-Pacific region

at their Shah Alam factory, which is also

for several years before moving here. The

capable of producing customised designs,

Japanese capital of Tokyo was his home

using mostly locally sourced materials.

for 12 years, where he learnt the art of minimalism in design, followed by several

Blaine Robert Creative Director

Deep Living’s show gallery is open seven days a week and is located at Wisma 88, No 88 Level 1, Jalan Yew, Off Jalan Sungei Besi, Kuala Lumpur. For enquiries, kindly contact Ms Neena Teo at 03-9226 2966 (Office) / 03-9222 5166 (Reception), 03-9222 5066 (Fax) or email: deepliving.info@gmail.com

Deep Living’s designs are based on the

years in both Hong Kong and Singapore,

principles of simplicity and offer clean,

both of which added their unique national

modern, contemporary designs, with

architectural and design sensibilities to

many pieces being modular, i.e. furniture

his design repertoire. It is this wealth of

that can have pieces added or taken

experience that Blaine brings to Malaysians

Deep Living’s website is located at:

via Deep Living.

http://www.deepliving.com.my

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INVESTMENT Benefits of Investing in a Unit Trust Diversification The spreading of risks over a wide variety of

Professional Fund Management

securities in different sectors. Normally to do

Your ability to employ a team of well-

this, you must have a substantial amount of

trained, in-house investment professionals

money to buy a diversity of stocks. However,

who conduct full-time regular investment

unit trust funds facilitate this by providing

research and analysis in managing the assets

small savers with an opportunity to pool their

of the Fund. With such investment expertise,

savings to invest in a diversified portfolio of

research facilities and information network,

stocks or you could think of it as “not putting

sound investment decisions may be made.

all your eggs in one basket”.

Liquidity You can redeem all or part of your units on any Business Day and the Manager will purchase them.

Hassle Free You need not trouble yourself with complicated decision making and arduous paperwork involved in investment in the securities market.

Affordability You only need a small amount of money to participate in a professionally managed portfolio of investment and enjoy the same benefits accorded to others when investing in high priced securities. At the same time, you can also reap better returns from a portfolio of investment as opposed to the limited number of securities which one can invest individually.

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INVESTMENT TEXT: JOYCE LIM

MISTAKE SMALL

BUSINESS OWNERS MAKE

A business may start small but it has great potential. To fully realize its potential, the business needs to be built on solid foundation. Let’s look at the basics in business and some common mistakes small business owners make: ● Don’t know when to get a loan and use the wrong type of loan ● Too little cash to meet business and personal need ● Starting a business that they have no knowledge on ● Inadequate business viability check

Case 1 Mr. LP, a sole proprietor, runs a trading business on a rented factory premise who finds it difficult to meet his bank repayments.

Don’t know when to get a loan and using the wrong type of loan

2 other business loans, 3 credit

Not providing enough cash reserves for periods of low income and cash flow brought on by economic situation or inability to meet demand

card and 3 personal loans within a

Inadequate business planning results

short period of 1 ½ years to meet

in minimal reserves that last him

increasing need for working capital

about a year compounded with loan

and to service the increasing credit

repayment on his high ticket personal

card balances and personal loans

items like his luxury condominium

used to finance his personal lifestyle.

and car

The business owner started with 1 business loan and expanded using

A few of the personal loan have effective interest of more than 20%

He basically has no personal savings

p.a!

and rely on overdraft facilities and new loans to cover any shortfall.

Tips: Started off with own money

With low sales and cash inflow, the

or at least partially. Less time on how

problem becomes apparent as

to meet loan commitment, more

his business loan, credit card and

time to grow the business and be

personal loan monthly repayment is

nimble in bad times or in the face of

about RM15k on average monthly

new competition.

income of RM16K for the last 3 months

Tips: Have reserves to tide over period of low sales, living expenses and loan commitments

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INVESTMENT

CASE 2

Conclusion

Mr. J, an engineer in a multinational

Common mistakes made in business

company wants to start his own

may not have a significant impact

business. He has some savings and

because the amount is small and

together with his wife opens up a

can be quickly covered back.

café. Mr. J has no prior experience

However when it’s a multi-million

working in a café.

or multi-billion business the same mistake can bring down an empire!

Starting a business that they have no knowledge on

Inadequate business viability check

Mr. J learns from hands-on

Location – people traffic and other

planning – the process can be

experience what is required from

competition was done by going 1

accelerated and avoid costly

planning the menu to having

to 2 days to check out the people

mistakes by:

sufficient ingredients needed by

traffic and the area was fairly new, so

the cook. Without prior experience,

not much indication as to the likely

Acquiring knowledge through

he also underestimates the cash

competition

readings and others’ experience by

requirement to have the business

Differentiation – how unique is the

having a mentor

up and running successfully and his

offering that will attract customers

New entrepreneurs usually lack knowledge and experience in operating a business. With some

resources were soon exhausted. The

Acquiring experience by working in

‘right’ thing he did was to pay off his

In the end, the café was closed

the same area to learn basic ins and

entire borrowings prior to starting his

within a year because they run out

outs of the business

business.

of money and has operational issues like lack of staff.

Planning the financial, both the

TIPS: Pay off debts or have minimal

business requirement and personal

debt so that you can focus on

to manage during low or no surplus

growing the business. Should the

income from business during its

venture be unsuccessful, it allows

initial/gestation period.

time for the person to get back on his/her feet without worrying about foreclosure.

The business may be sustainable, are you?

ABOUT THE WRITER “Being a Certified Financial Planner with more than 10 years experience in accountancy has made me very passionate to educate people on managing their finances. Through talks, workshop as well as personal consultations I provide guidance on the practical approach to better cash flow management which includes keeping track of the expenditure, savings from income and ways to grow the savings. It is my sincere intentions that the guidance I provide would help you get the best out of every cent that you make or own,” Joyce Lim, CFP, Trainer from Simply Empowering Enterprise. Contact details : E-mail : joycelim@joycelim.net; Website : www joycelim.net SEPTEMBER 2012 | TODAY’S CHOICES ● 11


INVESTMENT

The Multitask Entrepreneur The world’s largest frozen yogurt

how they agreed. I think he saw that I

retail chain Tutti Frutti opened in the

had the energy, I proofed to him that

United Kingdom on Friday.The first

even without an initial plan, that I can

flagship store in London’s Covent

do it. You’re going to bring a brand

Garden is owned by a group of

into the UK, come on I’m 19 what do

young Malaysian entrepreneurs.

I know about bringing a brand in. It

London’s first Tutti Frutti outlet was

was a lot of hard work, team work

officially opened on Friday by Lord

the journey was good, it was fun, it

Powell who had served former British

was tiring, stressful but amazing,” said

Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.The

Amanda, Founder & Director, Tutti

idea to open the frozen yoghurt store

Frutti UK.

there was conceived by 19-year-old Amanda Nasim, who’s in her final year studying Finance and Economics at York University. She had pitched her proposal to Amanda Nasim, 19

Jay Kim, the founder of the frozen

Founder & Director, Tutti Frutti UK

yoghurt retail chain at the Tutti Frutti International Convention in Los Angeles early this year on obtaining the master license to open a franchise in the UK. ”I gave a presentation on how we would do well in the UK, which locations we’ll have and thats

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INVESTMENT

DEAL OR NO DEAL?

3 common sales mistakes & how to avoid it SALES MISTAKE NO.1:

SALES MISTAKE NO.2:

SALES MISTAKE NO.3:

Replacing a follow up call with

Sending details and pricing in an

Agree to send further details

an email

email after meeting

by email

A hectic workload and multi-tasking

During a productive meeting, the

It may seem a logical progression

in the workplace can cause many

client may already be interested

in a conversation with a client but

professionals to send an email rather

and want to know more about the

how often can the salesperson be

than speak to the client directly over

product or company. They may be

sure what exactly the client was

the telephone. Whilst the reasoning

excited about the product and it is

interested in and that it wasn’t

behind this may valid” I don’t want

often the ideal opportunity to close

just a fob-off designed to end the

to disturb them if they are in the

the business deal. But commonly,

conversation as quickly as possible?

middle of something” - This lack

many opt to send details and pricing

Any time a sales opportunity presents

of direct contact could seriously

to the client in an email after the

itself the salesperson must make the

prevent any progression with the

meeting when the client’s emotion

most of it and relying on email to do

client through the sales process.

of “wanting to buy” had cooled

the job of selling is often a sure-fast

Considering how many emails the

off. More than likely, the client will

way to lose business.

average person is likely to receive in

open the proposal and focus on

a day, unless it is essential that the

the most important thing to them

client speaks with the salesperson,

at that time- the price. In a face

the likelihood of getting a positive

to face meeting a salesperson has

response is remote.

the biggest opportunity to use the client’s “emotion to buy”, at the

The best way to persuade and use sales skills is faceto-face and the second best way is by phone.

moment when the client was most excited about what the salesperson had to offer. This is often the best opportunity to close - when the salesperson could have overcome a “price” objection and re-closed for the deal.

3 golden rules to nail the deals ● Always call for follow-ups, there’s hardly ever an excuse for email follow-up unless the salesperson has tried numerous times and they want to let the client know they’ve been trying to get hold of them ● Close for the business when the salesperson is in front of the

Resorting to “selling by email”

client - especially as it gives

should be a very last resort.

them the chance to handle

Having tackled through the

their objections.

maze of offline and online selling styles, the challenge is now to

● Salespeople must be aware

present a structured, confident

of not falling for a “fob-off” and

and client-friendly approach to

open the conversation back up

closing the deal.

to discussing the offering and how it will help them.

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SIGHTSEEING TODAY’S CHOICES ● PROMO

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Closing Date: 31 October 2012

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FLY AWAY ASIA TEXT: Bell Abd Rahman

IMAGES: Tourism Western Australia

Kings Park One of the most popular attractions in Perth. Kings Park was renamed in 1901 in honor of King Edward VII. The main attractions in King Park are the unique bushland, tranquil parkland, and botanic garden. Almost 60% of the park areas consist of natural bushland containing 319 species native plants and 80 species of bird. It is also a popular spot for picnics because of its remarkable views of the city. Don’t forget to check on the Kings Park open air cinema where you can view latest movie releases

4 GREAT PLACES TO VISIT IN

Perth

on the lawns of the tranquil Synergy Parkland. How to get there? Located on Fraser Avenue in the heart of Kings Park and Botanic Garden, getting there is easy if you are from city center. Make sure to make your stop at city center before heading to Kings Park by walking, bus, or taxi.

Perth is known as the Jewel of Western Australia, one of the most

Swan Bells

beautiful and natural city on earth.

Getting at the top of Swan Bell Tower

The Fact that, Perth is isolated

will get you sway for its beautiful

from other cities made it earns the

view of surrounding area. There

designation as the most beautiful

are six floors in the Swan Bell Tower.

and natural city on earth. From

Observation deck will be on the

beaches to wildflowers, Perth is the

very top which overlooks the Swan

perfect getaway of your perfect

River whilst the city view will be on

holiday vacation. Spring come

the other side end of the tower.

between September to November,

Based on Sydney Opera House for

this is when the wildflower will be

its design, the tower was surrounded

in full bloom. Your eyes can enjoy

by beautiful fountains. You wouldn’t

the beautiful scenery all along

want to miss going there, as the

spring time. If you’re looking for

fountains gently flowing water and

beaches, December to February will

the waving of the palm trees leafs.

be the best period as the summer

How to get there? The Bell Tower is

is approaching around that time.

situated in Barrack Square in Perth

Nevertheless, Perth can always be

CBD, Western Australia. You can

one of your amazing destinations

catch the Blue Cat bus or take a

either for business or pleasure.

short walk from the heart of the city towards the river on Barrack Street.

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FLY AWAY ASIA Rottnest Island There’s something at Rottnest for

Tourism Australia’s Kuala Lumpur Suite 12-1 Faber Imperial Court Jalan Sultan Ismail 50250 Tel: 03 2786 7999 Fax 03 2070 4302

every type of nature lover. From walking on white sandy beach or just lay around breathing the ocean air or observing the wildlife preserve at its own jungle. Not to forget, the beautiful scenery under water if you want to scuba dives and explores the famous shipwrecks. The island did offer all of it to you. Regardless the scenery and nature, Rottnest are famous for its history sites. Once there is Aboriginal prison located on the island. For historic lover, you’ll be eager as you will discover many

The most popular way of getting

Did You Know?

there are by ferry ride. Get to the

● Perth is the sunniest capital city in

colonial houses that preserve as historic attractions. How to get there?

Hillarys Boat Harbor in north Perth or Barrack Street Jetty in Pert city center before taking your ferry to the island.

Fremantle

the world, with an average 8 hours per day sunshine 365 days per year. ● Perth is also the capital city in the world with the most consistent wind

Small harbor town that located

with the welcome breeze of the

at the mouth of the Swan River

'Fremantle Doctor' arriving to cool

also serve as harbor of Perth. As

down beach goers between 12pm &

you exploring the town, it will bring

3pm virtually every day of the year.

you back to 19 century with the architectural of the preserved

● The Mint in Perth is the world's

buildings. Take a day visit to

oldest mint still operating from its

Fremantle and be one of their

original premises.

people. Taste their best cup of coffee while enjoying and relaxing

● Kings Park and Botanical Gardens

along the harbor or go fishing near

are visited by over six million people

harbor for some fresh fish and chips.

a year

From Fremantle prison, markets, museum, all will not disappoint your visits. How to get there? You can go there by plane, car or ferry. Pick your best rides.

● The virtually untouched Ningaloo Reef stretching 260 km in length, located in the North West Cape region of Western Australia is one of the rare places on earth where you are able to walk straight from the beach on to a Coral Reef.

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FLY AWAY ASIA TEXT: Bell Abd Rahman

IMAGES: Korea Tourism Organization

Seoul Seoul is the capital city of South Korea and also the country’s main attractions and economic center. What’s making Seoul interesting is because of the mixture of preserve ancient architecture and sight of modern lifestyle. Hidden charm of their ancient architectural are palaces that hidden all around the city.

Deoksugung Palace The most popular palaces in Seoul are Deoksugung Palace was once occupied by several of Korean royalty. Architectural design is the beauty of palaces. You can’t compare the throne and audience hall with other palaces. Deoksugung palace also is an art museum that kept a statue of King Sejong the great.

Namdaemun Market Shopping heaven is Seoul second name. They’ve variety place of shopping from elite shopping mall to weekend market. One of the famous shopping markets you shouldn’t miss when you visit Korea is Namdaemun

Hidden Charm of Korea

Interesting mixture of traditional and modern culture, South Korea has become one of an interesting country to visits which will leave you with beautiful experience. Pristine beauty of nature to various shopping places will make your stay full of excitement. So, don’t wait anymore, book your ticket to Korea and have a great time exploring what Korea have promise to you.

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Market. The market was name after the famous Namdaemun Gate, Korea first national treasure. The market is popular among tourist and local for its bargains in anything of good stuffs. You can have your clothes and foodstuffs just along the tiny crowded streets of Namdaemun.


FLY AWAY ASIA Myong-dong

Gyeongju

Myong-dong, are the famous place

Small city located at Southeastern of

for shopping and entertainment

South Korea. Famous for its Bulguksa

area. Located at the downtown of

temple, famous attractions once

Seoul, people from all age range

depicted on Korean paper money

come here for all the unimaginable

(won). Bulguksa is an example of

things u can find here. Also, major

Korean buddhist architecture. If you

fashion designers open their

want to have the romantic feeling

boutique around this area because

just like in Korean drama, Gyeongju

of its range of tourist and local that

is the best place as you enjoy the

visit Myong Dong. From, eating,

cherry trees along the main streets.

drinking, entertainment and fashion, all you can find in Myong-Dong.

Seoraksan National Park

Busan

The leaves change colours every

Not so far from Seoul, you can stop

autumn, the peaks shrouded in mist,

by at Busan, a seaport surrounded

and old architecture of famous

by beaches. The most beauty and

temple. You can have all these while

famous of beach there called

visiting Seoraksan National Park. No

Haeundae beach. Haeundae beach

wonder Seoraksan National Park

is one of the famous shooting places

never empty by the visitors.

for Korean film and drama because of its beautiful scenery. You can go visit Haeundae beach from summer to winter because no matter what seasons, the beach will take your breath away. During wintertime, you can watch seagulls flying just right above your head.

Jeju Island Prepare to be mesmerized by the beautiful nature of Jeju Island, also called as “Island of the Gods”. The weather is similar to Hawaian Islands, mixture of volcanic rock, frequent rains, and temperate climate. From lying around the sandy beach, Jeju Island offers you variety of activities such as hiking, bird watching, waterfalls, and many more. Jeju Island is famous when local having their summer vacation.

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WHEELS

The Audi R8 Spyder 5.2 FSI quattro “Breathtakingly dynamic open-top driving” The Audi R8 Spyder 5.2 FSI quattro

the vehicle’s total weight and center

makes a powerful statement. The

of gravity low. It tapers off to two slim

sculptured lines of the emotion-

fins extending to the trailing edge of

packed, high-performance sports

the car, emphasizing the elongated

car are a fascinating and unique

silhouette. Audi offers the R8 Spyder

interpretation of its dynamism. Unlike

5.2 FSI quattro with a choice of

the Coupé, the Spyder does not

three colors for the top. The body

have sideblades behind the doors.

is available in eleven paint finishes,

The side panels and the large cover

with metallic and pearl effect finishes

over the storage compartment for the

standard. The windshield frame is

cloth top are made of a carbon fiber

coated with anodized aluminum.

composite. Two arched cowls, which extend to the spoiler lip and include large, integrated air vents, give the rear of the open-top two-seater a powerful profile. Like every open-top Audi, the R8 Spyder 5.2 FSI quattro has a cloth top – an uncompromising solution for a high-performance sports car. The soft top’s approximate weight is a mere 30 kilograms (66.14 lb); it thus keeps

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WHEELS

Nissan LEAF

Journey to Zero Emission

The Nissan LEAF is the first mass-

will satisfy 80% of motorists who,

produced EV by Nissan Motor.

according to studies, travel an

Though the LEAF offers a unique

average of 100 kms a day.

driving experience because it has no internal combustion petrol or

Recharging can be done

diesel engine and is powered entirely

conveniently at home (or at outdoor

by an electric motor, the driver will

kiosks when they are available) and

find that it handles and performs

takes no more than 8 hours from a

like today’s conventional cars. It

fully empty battery to a full charge.

offers a comfortable interior space

With an optional Quick Charger, it

for five adults and delivers strong

takes just 30 minutes to reach 80% of

acceleration without generating any

battery capacity (from empty); 10

exhaust gases and pollutants.

minutes with a Quick Charger can provide up to 50 kms of range.

Quieter than most luxury cars, the LEAF has acceleration which is

the LEAF has been picked as ‘Car of

better than a car with a 3.5-litre

the Year’ and was also chosen as the

petrol engine as maximum torque is

2011 World Car of the Year. The LEAF

available from the moment is moves

is also the first EV to be assessed with

off.

the maximum 5-star rating by the US National Highway Traffic and Safety

The range on a fully-charged battery

Administration.

depends on the driving style but

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