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EDITOR’S NOTE I'll go the distance this time… Seeing more the higher I climb… Gloria Estefan - Reach

A

s we all know, another year has passed by us so quickly; that there was no time to grasp all that the year had to offer. Now is the time to look back at what happened all year. Take time out and go vacation in

order to focus on what we need, and want to change, for this next New Year that is coming upon us. Keep flipping Today’s Choices as you may find many

Publisher Esther Ming Dato’ Mohd Noor Editor Yusmaliza Yusof Writers Mendy Chan Brendon Lim

December 2012.

Branding & Advertising Ainnadia Yusof Phyllis Siraj Melissa Tan

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of Petronas. I realized how beautiful Malaysia is; a small country in the map but full of talented people and play big role to a publication like us. I am very impressed with cooperation the given by Xash and Rebecca Saw that always have a gut to challenge themselves to be outstanding in their blog writing arena. This is what I used to say “Passion Outshines Dream”. I am big fan of their blog and I must say these bloggers have great passion behind their writing. Now it is your turn to read them and feel their passion. Indeed, I’ve been meeting so many powerful and interesting people throughout my early journey with Today’s Choices this year such as Azlan Iskandar ,man of the cover. A friend of mine from Subang Skypark once said to me “ Yus, we are only have 20 to 30 years to live this life (healthily and

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TEXT: YUSMALIZA YUSOF PHOTOGRAPHY: JASON WONG (FINGERONSHUTTER) ASSISTANT: JOHN LING (FINGERONSHUTTER) COORDINATOR: AINNADIA YUSOF GROOMING: MakeMeOver by MIK APPAREL: JADI BATEK

COVER STORY 47 THE SEARCH FOR THE NEXT MALAYSIAN SQUASH PLAYER - AZLAN ISKANDAR "THE TEACHER" TRAVEL 07 TRAVEL NEWS: KURNIA CARE TRAVEL INSURANCE 10 Ever Tried | PITCH PERFECT 12 Ever Seen | REAL DANCERS TURN INTO HORSES 14 Ever Been | HELLO KITTY CLOSER TO YOU HEALTH & FITNESS 19 BALANCING YOUR MANTRA 20 A RECIPE FOR GOOD HEALTH 22 WHY SO SERIOUS? 25 GOLFING HELPS TO DELAY ALZHEIMERS 26 AM I GETTING ENOUGH CALCIUM? STYLE & FASHION 27 PUSHING BOUNDARIES IN BERLIN 28 GET YOUR HOLIDAY LOOKS! 29 COLOURS OF DIWALI 30 LET VIOLET EXCITES YOUR DAY 32 PACK UP YOUR LUGGAGE LIKE A FASHIONISTA!

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EVER TRIED bat, press a button and hit the balls,” said Freebairn. “In fact, we have quite a few ladies playing in baju kurung!” he adds. The fully-automatic batting cage centre which is imported from the US, is fitted out with the very same pitching machines that the professional ballplayers use daily to fine tune their hitting technique. It has eight cages, each equipped with a state-ofthe-art machine that allows balls to be pitched at different speeds, and height, all controlled by the player! There’s also an area for T-ball, the kids’

PITCH PERFECT!

A perfect place to reduce your stress

version of the sport. Other facilities include a portable 70 feet long “Bullpen” tunnel for pitching and batting, and are available for rental for promotions or events. After that, you can chill out at the café and pro-shop housed in a unique dome structure.

B

aseball found to be the most exciting

that so far only existed in movies or sitcoms

game in the last 10 years by a team

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just tipped the excitement factor higher!”

Laboratory in New Mexico. It is a huge

said Tim Freebairn, General Manager of It’s

sports in several countries such as United

a Hit! Batting Cages.

States of America, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and Cuba.

It’s a Hit! is one of the pioneers in the use of rooftop space in Malaysia. The sight of the

Baseball also is a well known sport since

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it is part of popular culture, especially

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in fashion, food, movies, video games

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The location is attractive, but what keeps people here is being part of a sport/recreation that is truly special in this part of the world.

first batting cage centre in the region that captured the imagination of many and

What makes this fully-automatic batting

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cage centre truly different from sports

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TRAVEL

EVER SEEN

REAL DANCERS TURN TO HORSES

I

n Malaysia, "Kuda Kepang" dance was well loved by the people of Johor, especially the Javanese

descent. "Kuda Kepang" are usually made of wicker, which is like a horse with no legs. It is made of woven bamboo or animal skin colored to make it more attractive.Typically, there are 10 to 15 people per group of dancers dancing horses moving normally would have a head. In the beginning, all the motion on the direction of exaggerating the dancers are waiting to use the rope to control the game. This dance is usually performed in the councils of the crowd to enliven the atmosphere like when welcoming dignitaries, celebrated the wedding ceremony and feast days. In the past there were many taboos for those who watch the show horses moving like dancers do not lash out or be hit by

this dance is associated with "Sidina Ali". To mimic the army steps "Saidina Ali" and he was born dancing horses moving. Now, the art "Kuda Kepang" still be a show that is enough to make the hearts of the audience captivated. Although the existence of these cultural relics began to compete strictly by the entry of foreign art and culture to their homeland, the dance still showed high attraction. Until now, we do not know who or where that sparked community groups (creating) "Horse braid" was first. In fact, art "Kuda Kepang" found in many areas and each recognizes the arts as one of their traditional culture. Including, pointed out some time ago, recognized also by the people of Johor in Malaysia as its own in addition to Reog Ponorogo. The phenomenon spread of the art of "Kuda Kepang" in various places, with various and pattern, can be an indicator that the art culture that seemed full of magic is back "on the

disasters.

rise" as a cultural art which should

There are various opinions about

art.In the southern state of Johor be

the origin of this dance. There are opinions that relate the origin of the "Wali Songo" who lived in Java during the 15th century. As part of the ffort to spread Islam in the rural areas in Java, "Wali Songo" facing difficulties to get close to people there. He got the idea for the dance while

be noted as an original Indonesian sure to watch the trance-inducing Kuda Kepang dances in Muar, accompanied by the euphony of ghazal music and devotional chanting. Johor Tourism Department Suite 5-4, Johor Tourism Information Centre (Jotic),

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features Barney™ and friends where

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interactive games and touch play

unique experiences and excitement

chance to have photo opportunities

screens and a dance class led by

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characters from HIT Entertainment

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and Sanrio Hello Kitty Town. Visitors

birthday celebration with Hello

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Kitty at Apple and Strawberry Party

fascinations can be found at Level 2

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Rooms. Level 3 features the famous Thomas

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bumper cars themed on Percy™,

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Mavis™ and Troublesome Trucks™

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HEALTH & FITNESS BALANCING

1

YOUR MANTRA REST If you over work, always remember,

your health is in line as well, your body needs rest! Try taking a 10minute break

B

in between shifts (if not, in the morning ased on the old saying ‘All Work and No Play Makes Jack a Dull Boy’, essentially has a solid

meaning behind it. How many times have we felt as if it was a challenge balancing both these necessary areas of our lives? Do you want to work as hard but still have a fun and healthy lifestyle? While working hard might be your daily mantra, it’s important to remember how to find balance and center yourself once in a while. People often say, making a living involves much sacrifices, working late hours or back to back jobs. One year later, they usually too stressed, incapable of coping or have turn into workaholic’s with no social life whatsoever. How many of us have gone through a similar motion? Let’s discover a couple new means to overcome this state of adversity and balance again our once fun-filled lives. Live by these STEPS and you’ll be there at no time:

and night). Clear all thoughts during this period and rest your eyes. (Water refreshes one’s body; try splashing water on your face)

2

5

PASSION Remember never to forget your

passion or hobbies. Make a little time for these pleasing little deeds.

6minute

Say ‘NO’ to last

Don't leave work until the day before it's due, do it a couple days before and then relax because your done

HEALTHY DIET First things first, have a healthy

breakfast before you start your day, every day! (Even if you have to munch an apple on the way to work) It’s crucially

while everyone else is stressed out.

7

WORKOUT NO, it’s not hard to balance it all!

Practice a routine of doing something

important as our body needs a good

for 21days; it’s proven that before you

amount of energy to keep you going.

know it, it’s become part of your daily

3

routine. Try jogging; it’s the simplest

CATCH-UP

workout that helps you lose weight all

Work hard all the time but make sure

over your body, even your face!

your play time is proportional to that time of work. Call up a friend/loved one and catch up. I’m sure someone is missing you! Make time for your play, family and

8

BELIEVE Train your mind; STAY POSITIVE,

HAVE POSITIVE THOUGHTS, BELIEVE!

friends; it’s surely part of the long term

Having a balanced life is possible!

investment in your life!

“Work hard, Play Hard, Stay Healthy!”

4

TAKE A BREATHER Enjoy life, take a vacation every now

and then, if budget is your anxiety, go for a picnic, drive to a beach, there is always something to do.

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CELEBRITY FITNESS SPECIAL Celebrity Fitness - Studio Club Endah Parade

OdeD HEALTH GO R FO PE CI RE A Para h Enda r, Celebrity Fitness opens in Carrefou T

he very foundation to good health

No more fuss about parking

is balancing healthy eating and

and members can also get their

fitness. With our busy schedules, are

perishables for a healthy meal just a

we able to achieve that?

hop away after working out.

Celebrity Fitness, one of the

This Celebrity Fitness outlet is

leading fitness companies in South

strategically located for residents of

East Asia noted that the element

the neighbourhood as well as the

of ‘convenience’ will certainly

many residents and students from

encourage more to lead a healthy

across the highway in Bukit Jalil.

lifestyle.

Additionally, this club is just a short drive away from Cheras, particularly

It is no surprise that Celebrity Fitness

areas such as Taman Connaught.

is always located in busy locations where one can dine, have leisure

“Our Sri Petaling club is the first to

moments and of course find time

be opened under our agreements

to stay fit all under one roof. The

with hypermarket chain Carrefour;

all-new outlet is no exception as they

the next will be in Bukit Rimau, Shah

open their doors in Carrefour, Endah

Alam”, cited Choi KwangHo, Vice

Parade, Sri Petaling.

President of Sales and Personal Training of Celebrity Fitness Malaysia.

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Studio Club Endah Parade Machine Area


CELEBRITY FITNESS SPECIAL

The Sri Petaling club will be fully

ample space to make their workout

equipped with all the latest state-

routine effective and efficient. Highly

of-the-art equipment and facilities

qualified and experienced yoga,

including an in-house sauna, plus

aerobics, dance instructors and

RFID safety lockers for peace of

personal trainers are on hand to

mind while exercising. Besides that,

guide members through the correct

Celebrity Fitness has ample world-

routines and stances, maximizing the

class fitness stations from Life Fitness,

benefits of their workout.

For more information, kindly contact Celebrity Fitness at 1300 – 222 – FIT (348) or simply visit www. celebrityfitness.com.

including the well-known Vipr and TRX.

“Whatever your needs and preferred workout, Celebrity Fitness

“Our members have access to

has the answer for you!” says Choi

other Celebrity Fitness clubs too

enthusiastically.

which makes for another aspect of convenience for our members!” Choi

Naturally, the opening of

added.

another Celebrity Fitness club should be met

The roster of activities that Celebrity

with the appropriate

Fitness clubs provide is quite

level of celebration.

impressive, offering an extensive

Thus, in conjunction

selection of over 100 workout classes

with the opening of

every week, with aerobics, dance,

the Sri Petaling club,

yoga and cycling listing among the

we’re giving out an

most popular. Members are able to

exclusive Celebrity

select their preferred workout style

Fitness gym bag for

from these classes; for instance,

every sign up.

Studio Club Endah Parade Aerobic Room

if a member prefers high energy aerobics classes, they may opt for signature classes such as Celebrity Fitness Dance N’ Attitude TM, Celebrity Fitness Fast Fit TM, Celebrity Fitness

Studio Club Endah Parade Treadmill

Element TM and many others. Similarly, if a member prefers a slow-paced and a relaxing workout, then they may join yoga and pilates classes. Another key feature in our club is the designated “Personal Training” area where members are provided with

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HEALTH & FITNESS BY: DR. IZAN SOFIA (MD UKM)

WHY SO SERIOUS? How can laughter help a relationship? People who

Many studies have shown that

out of your serious self and loosen up. Laughter is a powerful tool for

incorporate humor and playfulness

and reduce stress. These are just a

combating stress and conflict. It can

into their relationships are able to

few of the ways that laughter can

dissipate anger, sadness and other

drop some of their inhibitions and

improve your health:

negative emotions. In addition to

defensiveness. This allows them

making you feel good, laughter can

to enjoy more spontaneity and a

● Laughter is relaxing.

improve your health and make your

deeper emotional connection.

A good session of laughing can

relationships with others closer and

When laughter and humor are

relieve muscle tension and make you

stronger. There are a wide variety

used to defuse conflict, negative

feel more relaxed. This in turn can

of benefits to be gained by making

emotions like resentment and anger

calm you and bring a general sense

daily laughter a priority.

don’t get a chance to build up. In

of well being.

Have you laughed lately? If not, get

laughter can boost your energy level

fact, laughter and a shared sense of The physical benefits of laughter can

humor are nothing less than essential

lead to an improved outlook on life.

for strong and healthy relationships.

Laughter can bring optimism and a

● Laughter can boost your immune system. Infection-fighting antibodies are

more positive attitude. It can also

Children laugh hundreds of times

released when you laugh. Stress

bring resiliency that will help you

per day, but as adults we can

hormones are decreased as laughter

bounce back from disappointments

sometimes go through an entire day

reduces stress.

and survive tough times. Laughter

without sharing a heartfelt laugh.

will leave you feeling energized and

Maybe you’ve started taking life very

renewed, ready to face life’s daily

seriously as you’ve gotten older, or

● Laughter can reduce chronic pain.

stresses without being overwhelmed.

maybe anxiety and stress have taken

Medical studies have shown that

their toll on your ability to appreciate

10 minutes of laughter can diminish

Laughter is a contagious social

humor. Or maybe you grew up

chronic pain for up to 2 hours.

activity. When people are in a group

in a household where humor and

and they hear someone laughing,

laughter weren’t encouraged. This

they often join in spontaneously.

doesn’t mean that you can’t start

● Laughter can improve your creativity.

Laughing with other people helps us

now and learn how to make laughter

You can face challenges with more

to make a connection with them,

an important part of your life.

perspective with a good sense of

opening the door to communication

Like all of life’s most important

humor. This leads to more creative

and creating a bond. When two

skills, humor can be learned and

problem solving.

people in a relationship share a

rediscovered. I’m not suggesting

common sense of humor, it can

that you start to act like a child

reduce stress between them and

again, but you can learn something

defuse conflict. By introducing more

about laughter and humor by setting

humor and playfulness into your

aside time to develop your playful

relationships, you can strengthen

side.

them and make them more satisfying. 26 ● TODAY’S CHOICES | NOV-DEC 2012


Oats Fibre: Why are they

good for health? Your heart is your lifeline. The formula to keep it fit and healthy is to eat healthy and exercise regularly. While the solution to a healthy heart seems simple, the path can be challenging. Packed work hours leave us with no time to spare for exercise. While some of us are never motivated to switch to a healthy diet consisting of vegetables, fruits, whole grain cereals and pulses, others just ‘don’t find time’ to fix a healthy meal. The temptation of high fat, high salt and high sugar food and beverages is another big hurdle we often fail to cross. The consequence of this negligence is a possible increase in bad cholesterol in the blood; the biggest enemy of the heart. Read on for a simple way to help take care of your heart…

Fibre: The True Superhero Fibre is a true superhero; as it helps to keep the digestive system healthy. Additionally, when soluble fibre like beta-glucan (found in oats) becomes part of a healthy diet and exercise regimen, it helps fight bad cholesterol, which is considered to support heart health. Across the globe, health agencies also have recognized the benefits of fibre, especially soluble fibre like oats beta-glucan.1,2 Cholesterol is produced in the body and also comes from the food that we eat. Some of this cholesterol is used by the body to make a substance called bile acids, which is important for digestion. However, excess cholesterol can be dangerous and may block arteries and result in heart attacks. Studies have shown that dietary fibres, especially oats fibre can help lower blood cholesterol levels by facilitating their removal from the body.2,3

Food Safety and Health Bodies that recognize the effect of 3 g/day of oats beta-glucan to reduce blood cholesterol:1,2,4 US Food and Drug Administration European Food Safety Authority French Food Safety Agency Joint Health Claims Initiative in the United Kingdom Ministry of Health, Malaysia

How does Oats Fibre help reduce cholesterol in the body? Beta-glucan is the soluble fibre found in oats. It forms a highly viscous solution in the intestine and traps some of the cholesterol containing bile acids and excretes them through the stools.3 Daily consumption of adequate quantities of beta-glucan would help ensure that this cycle takes place over and over again, leading to removal of excess cholesterol from the circulation and maintenance of healthy cholesterol levels in the body.3

Health Facts !! About 35% of Malaysian adults have high cholesterol levels.5 High cholesterol is one of the major factors that lead to the development of heart disease. It has been estimated that Malaysians probably consume only 13–16 g of total fibre per day,6 which is much lower than the recommendations of the Malaysian Recommended Nutrient Intake of 20–30 g per day.7

Sip-up the Fibre To ensure that our diet contains adequate fibre, we could start by including foods like kangkong, lady’s finger, apples, red beans, oats etc. into our daily meals. Fibre-containing beverages are also now available and is a quick and convenient way to ensure adequate fibre in the diet. For example, if you consume beverages that provide 6 g of fibre per serve, you are actually meeting 20% of your daily fibre requirement (Recommended Nutrient Intake Malaysia7) in just one shot. Look out for beverages that contain Oats Fibre. They have good amounts of beta-glucan which are known to support heart health; and what’s more, they taste good too!!!

Make sure to include Oats Fibre in your diet!!!

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References 1. Scientific opinion on the substantiation of a health claim related to oat beta glucan and lowering blood cholesterol and reduced risk of (coronary) heart disease pursuant to Article 14 of Regulation (EC) No 1924/2006 EFSA Journal. 2010;8(12):1885 [15 pp.]. doi:10.2903/j.efsa.2010.1885. 2. Wolever TM, Tosh SM, Gibbs AL et al. Physicochemical properties of oat β-glucan influence its ability to reduce serum LDL cholesterol in humans: a randomized clinical trial. Am J Clin Nutr. 2010 Oct;92(4):723–732. Epub 2010 Jul 21. 3. Lia A, Hallmans G, Sandberg AS, et al. Oat beta-glucan increases bile acid excretion and a fiber-rich barley fraction increases cholesterol excretion in ileostomy subjects. Am J Clin Nutr. 1995 Dec;62(6):1245–1251. 4. Guide to Nutrition Labelling and Claims. (2010) Food Safety and Quality Division, Ministry of Health, Malaysia. 5. National Health and Morbidity Survey 2011, Ministry of Health Malaysia. NOV-DEC 2012 6. Ng TKW. Dietary fat and fibre intakes of Malaysian adults: Issues and implications when ‘western targets’ are set as dietary goals. Mal J Nutr. 1997;3:137–147. 7. Recommended Nutrient Intake for Malaysia, Ministry of Health Malaysia, 2005.


Experience the best golfing in Langkawi GOLFING HELPS TO DELAY ALZHEIMERS

A

nyone who has dealt with people suffering from mid- to late-stage Alzheimer's knows how difficult it

can be to transport someone from fear and confusion to contentment and lucidity. This is the moment where you are looking for ways to help delay or prevent the onset of Alzheimers before it’s too late. For instance, playing a round of golf can help boost your brain power and walking the course will help even more. Studies have shown that new brain cells are created and more oxygen is pumped to the brain when you are active in some kind of aerobic exercise. On this point alone, golf could help ward off Alzheimers. In addition to good nutrition and exercise, mentally stimulating your brain is also believed to help prevent Alzheimers by stimulating blood circulation and improving neural pathway connections. Think of how much mental power it requires you to keep your cool and positive thinking after hitting a bad shot. Golf is constantly challenging your mind in terms of coordination, concentration, visualization, estimation, strategy, preparing for and practicing each shot. Even if you are playing golf alone, it still offers many spoken and unspoken social opportunities that will help stimulate your neuro pathways. Think of all of the nonverbal social thoughts that occur while you are waiting for your turn to approach the ball; such as pace of play, other players club selections and success. It does not matter if this is your worst round of golf because golf is good for your mind and body!

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HEALTH & FITNESS Physical Effects Calcium is necessary

AM I GETTING ENOUGH CALCIUM “ HYPOCALCEMIA”

for the regulation of muscle response and nerve function. Accordingly, a lack of serum calcium can result in muscle stiffness, twitches and tremors. Owing to the subtlety of these symptoms, they may not appear conspicuous enough

P

to indicate a serious condition, sychological Effects Low serum

presence of associated physiological

calcium can affect your sense

or neurological symptoms.

of overall well-being, resulting

particularly in babies. Hypocalcemia may cause tingling

in behavioral changes. Among

Neurological Effects The most acute

or numbing of your fingers and toes.

these effects are lethargy, anxiety,

symptom of hypocalcemia is seizure.

Hypocalcemia can also cause a

depression and irritability. If you have

Because calcium is necessary

prolonged QT interval, a type of

hypocalcemia, you may also exhibit

for neurological function and

heart arrhythmia that manifests as

loss of appetite and jitters. These

development, low serum calcium

an abnormally long interval between

issues may appear indistinct and you

can cause brain damage, resulting

the high points and low points

may simply feel an overall sense that

in serious neurological complications.

on an electrocardiogram. Other

something is wrong. Although these

Because hypocalcemia can be

cardiovascular effects include low

symptoms could be attributable to

difficult to identify, particularly in

blood pressure and congestive heart

anything, they more substantively

infants, you may not notice it until the

failure.

indicate hypocalcemia in the

onset of these serious symptoms.

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STYLE & FASHION Bart de Becker, HUGO Creative Director with Jared Leto

PUSHING BOUNDARIES IN BERLIN HUGO FRAGRANCES INTRODUCES THE NEW HUGO RED PERFUME FOR MEN

B

erlin became the hub for the pushing

I am grateful to be part of this process that

daring. The launch of HUGO Red was no

of boundaries, as the global media

is so original and energizing. We had a lot

exception with guests being presented

joined musician and actor, Jared

of fun shooting the campaign and also at

with an original and exclusive setting.

Leto, for the exciting press launch of the

the global press event yesterday.” Jared

Throughout the event editors from around

new HUGO perfume for men, HUGO Red,

Leto, HUGO Red ambassador

the world were challenged to utilize their

which will be launched in 2013.

senses to explore what HUGO Red stands “No one could better represent the spirit

for. Beginning with a bold fragrance reveal,

HUGO Fragrances is thrilled to announce

of HUGO Red than Jared Leto. He is a

they were exposed to the tension created

Jared Leto as the ambassador for the new

great example of someone who embraces

by the signature accords of the perfume.

addition to the fragrance collection, HUGO

pressure and constantly pushes his own

Later, captured in darkness, Jared Leto

Red. Jared has accompanied HUGO

boundaries in order to achieve new heights

personally welcomed the guests to witness

Fragrances throughout numerous events

of creativity. We are excited to be with

the iconic flacon reveal, celebrating

in the past year and has become strongly

Jared again on this journey and work

ground breaking design and innovation,

connected to the brand, synonymous with

with him on the extra-ordinary new men’s

which is at the core of HUGO’s DNA.

its innovation, creativity and irreverence.

fragrance.” Gerd von Podewils, Global

HUGO Red is set to follow in the footsteps

Marketing Director HUGO BOSS Fragrances,

Jared Leto’s final message to his guests

of the iconic HUGO Man, a bestseller

P&G Prestige

was “Creativity and pushing boundaries go

for nearly two decades and its hugely successful follow up, HUGO Just Different.

hand in hand. For me it’s about reinvention Always out to innovate, HUGO never

which leads me to discover new things –

disappoints when it comes to choosing

it’s what keeps life exciting. This is the spirit

”It’s been a pleasure to work with HUGO

ground breaking event concepts and

of HUGO Red…I know you are going to

again - I always love working with the team.

locations that are bold, unusual and

love it.”

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STYLE & FASHION

LET VIOLET EXCITES YOUR DAY!

V

iolet is the color of the crown

Psychological

chakra, which is concerned

● Violet stimulates inspiration

with the energy of the higher

and humility. It assists in

mind. It also affects the entire skeletal

stimulating dream activity.

and nervous systems of the body. It is very antiseptic, purifying on

● A true violet is fifty percent

both physical and spiritual levels. It

blue and fifty percent red. It is

helps balance the physical and the

the balance of the physical and

spiritual energies. Violet is effective

the spiritual. It is a reminder that

in cancerous conditions of the

we need both aspects within our

body. Arthritis can be eased by a

life for balanced health.

violet light that leans more toward the blue shades. Violet also helps

● Violet helps to restore a proper

the body assimilate nutrients and

perspective both in regard to

minerals. It is the color of dignity,

the mundane aspects of life

honor, self-respect, and hope. It

(including the physical well-being),

is used to bolster self-esteem and

and the spiritual aspects, helping to

counter feelings of hopelessness, as

keep them practical.

well as in the treatment of mental and nervous disorders. It purifies

● Violet is excellent in calming or

our thoughts and feelings giving us

overcoming the excesses of violent

inspiration in all undertakings. The

insanity. It controls irritability in the

violet energy connects us to our

sane.

spiritual self-bringing guidanc , inner strength, Enhances artistic talent and

● Violet controls excess hunger.

creativity.

Violet is an inspiring and spiritual color. In meditation violet can

Physical

help open us to our past lives,

● Violet stimulates the spleen.

especially those which are presently

● Violet depresses the motor nerve,

affecting our health. Leonardo

lymphatic and cardiac systems

da Vinci believed that the power

● Violet nourishes the blood in the

of meditation can be magnified

upper brain. It purifies the blood.

ten-fold under the violet light falling

● Violet maintains the potassium and

through the stained glass window..

sodium balance of the body ● Violet is good for bone-growth.

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H&M OPENS SECOND STORE IN SETIA CITY MALL

O

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destination Setia City Mall in anticipation of the Swedish fashion retailer throwing its doors open at 11am, last month. Lex Keijser, Country Manager for H&M Greater China, Singapore and Malaysia officiated the ribbon cutting ceremony together with Nicholas Hong, Store Manager of H&M Setia City Mall and welcomed an excited crowd of H&M lovers into its second Malaysian store. The lucky first customer in line was rewarded with a RM200 voucher (Calvin Chin Kok Hoe, 19 years old) and the

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It’s that time of the year again - where

PACK UP YOUR LUGGAGE LIKE A

FASHIONISTA! Wardrobe essentials for that 4-day out of town. Be prepared for all-that-tourist-walking whilst looking at your best.

Christmas songs are soon-to-be-played in shopping malls and the excitement of a new year beckons. Many of us will be looking forward to that rewarding holiday with all the public holidays coming up. Every year, my family and I will usually take a holiday trip out of country and I’ve mastered the art of packing 4 hours (my current record) before the flight. The essentials are simple once you get the

a

c

hang of it and here are a few must-have items to throw in your luggage:

3) The versatile combo Feel free to pack your favourite cotton tees and shorts! I always believe one can never pack too many of light tops -- they

b

don’t take up much space or weight. Shorts are slightly trickier as depending on the material of your shorts, such as denim, it would probably be a good idea to pack just one pair and the rest of lighter material.

4) The specific activity If you know for sure the type of activity you’ll be doing -- for example, going to a nature conservation/rainforest would naturally involve jungle trekking and hiking. If so, wear your sneakers during the airport transit to save space and be sure to pack

d 1) The Simple Maxi

2) The Skinny

Never doubt the versatility of a simple

One pair (maximum two) of skinnies is more

maxi dress. Whether it’s of cotton or

than enough for a standard 4-day trip.

chiffon material, you’ll be surprised how

Remember that you probably won’t be

convenient this piece of dressing is. If

sweating too much in these and it can be

you’re doing plenty of walking (which

worn multiple times for short periods of time

you probably will be as a tourist), jeans

(say a 1-hour dinner) before you change

and tight bottoms are a definite no-no as

into something else.

they’re simply too uncomfortable to be walking around for hours in.

Tips: What they’re best used for? Airports! That transition from boarding and

Tips: Shorts are pretty awesome, you

departure -- it gets cold in the plane and

never know if the night could get slightly

in the waiting room at times. I always find

chilly or if you’re going to see some sort

it more convenient to wear skinnies during

of performance or temple which requires

the travel to and back. Don’t forget skinnies

something past your knees. A casual maxi

are heavier as well. So it’s best not to pack

dress is the perfect go-to clothing for these

too many to save luggage space for

type of situations.

souvenirs back home.

more sport-friendly gear, be it your hardy track pants or yoga pants.

Tips: I personally like wearing a sports bra under a light jacket. This keeps you relatively cool and non-sticky whilst keeping all those mosquitoes away. If your entire trip is all-jungle and less sightseeing/city tours, opt to replace your handbag with a backpack instead, this will come in a lot more useful during hiking and trekking.

tly tricky and makeup are sligh I find that accessories have to, you if But it. of out opt and would usually and watch, versatile rings, stick to your favourite liner). I eye tte, pale , tion nda makeup basics (fou r leaving something or othe usually have a fear of out and best r you g brin to behind, so try not on hand-carry. remember, no liquids

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BEAUTY & SOUL

LIP GLOSS CAUSES SKIN CANCER?

C

hances are, if you use

strawberry-flavored product.

lip balm enough to be

Your best bet is a lip product that

concerned that you’re

contains petroleum. Petroleum keeps

addicted to it, others have noticed

moisture in the lips, so it will help

your habit and perhaps commented

prevent future chapping instead

that it can cause cancer. However,

of perpetuating it. This is because

typical lip balms don’t contain

some ingredients in lip balm can

substances that are addictive in and

increase chapping and cause you to

of themselves and they’re not chock-

continue using these products, you

full of carcinogens.

may wonder whether this qualifies as an addiction. If you think you use lip

Rumors that lip balms contain

balm too frequently, there are things

dangerous cancer-causing agents

you can do to kick the habit.

or acids are no truer than the cover story of that tabloid you

Applying lip balm can make your lips

thumbed through in the checkout

feel good at the moment, especially

line yesterday. In fact, the worst

if they’re dry or chapped. The action

side effect to overuse of lip balm is

of applying lip balm can also feel

an increase in lip chapping. Some

comforting. Using it can become

ingredients in lip balm can lead

an almost unconscious habit, like

to a tendency to use the product

twirling your hair or biting your

more frequently by prolonging the

fingernails.When you feel the urge

chapped effects.

to apply, trying replacing lip balm with something else, such as a drink

Avoid products with phenol, menthol

of water

or salicylic acid. Balms with these ingredients may cause a pleasant tingling feeling, but that sensation is actually protective layers of dead skin on your lips peeling off. Also avoid lip balms with an added scent or flavor, which may irritate the lips. Go for something natural instead of that tempting chocolate- or

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The worst side effect to overuse of lip balm is an increase in lip chapping


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BEAUTY & SOUL

SHOWER MORE, DAMAGE MORE How much you should shower?

I

t’s conventional wisdom that the

The more showers you take, the

The chemistry of each person’s skin

more you shower, the cleaner you

more frequently this damage takes

is different, so showering ever day

are. Lathering up with a healthy

place and the less time your skin

may not be as damaging to some

dose of soap and washing it off with

has to repair itself through natural oil

people as it would be to others. Still,

a nice stream of hot water should

production. What’s more, the horny

you might want to skip a shower

kill any germs on your skin. Studies

layer of your skin can be sloughed off

every once in a while. You can also

by medical researchers have shown

by scrubbing, exposing the delicate

protect your skin by using soft soaps

quite the opposite, however. Using

skin cells beneath. The result of

with warm instead of hot water. To

plain old soap (as opposed to

showering too frequently is generally

top it off, apply a moisturizer after

antimicrobial or antibacterial soap)

dry, irritated and cracked skin.

each shower. We all love feeling clean, but we also have to strike a

doesn’t kill skin-borne bacteria. It actually disturbs microcolonies of skin flora and fauna, transferring them to the surrounding environment -- like your shower, for instance. For this reason, surgical teams and patients are generally restricted

Using plain old soap (as opposed to antimicrobial or antibacterial soap) doesn’t kill skin-borne bacteria.

entering an operating room. How

Another problem related to

much is too much, though, when it

showering too often is the use of

comes to the health of your skin? You

a towel to dry off. While rubbing

likely shower every day, but is that

yourself dry with a towel is common

more often than you should?

practice, it’s also a damaging one for your skin. Air drying is the optimal

Anytime you take a shower --

way to dry off following a shower,

especially a hot one -- with soap and

but if you don’t have time to wait for

a scrubbing device like a washcloth

evaporation or don’t like tracking

or a loofah, you’re undermining

bathwater throughout your house,

the integrity of your skin’s horny

you can still use a towel. Just make

layer. The soap and the hot water

sure it’s a soft one and use a gentle

dissolve the lipids in the skin and

patting motion to absorb water.

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healthy skin. Still, showering regularly is recommended for good personal hygiene. Showering too much, however can have a potentially damaging effect on your skin. So, be gentle to your skin!

from showering immediately before

scrubbing only hastens the process.

balance between clean skin and


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BEAUTY & SOUL

SAY HELLO TO HOMEMADE HAIR MASK Have you ever tried making homemade hair masks? Hair masks really work effective for damaged or dull hair. They will be very helpful for you to improve the condition of your hair. Most popular benefits of using hair masks are they don’t include any harmful chemicals that can cause damage for your hair. It is really fun making hair masks for your hair at home.

Olive oil hair mask

Oatmeal hair mask

Olive oil is very beneficial for hair

For the preparation of oatmeal hair

growth and conditioning of hair. Take

mask, take 1 tablespoon of oats, 1

5 tablespoons of olive oil and 2 eggs.

tablespoon fresh milk and almond oil

Mix olive oil and eggs and apply it

each. Mix all these ingredients well to

thoroughly to your hair. Wrap your

make thick paste.

hair with shower cap and allow it to set for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes,

Before applying the mask, comb

rinse your hair thoroughly with water.

your hair to take out all the knots you have in hair and also ensure

You can also use honey along with

that your hair is not wet. Apply the

olive oil to get much effective results.

paste and leave it on your hair for

Take 2 tablespoons of honey and 3

20 minutes. After then rinse your hair

tablespoons of olive oil.

thoroughly with gentle shampoo and water.

Mix both honey and olive oil well and then apply the mixture thoroughly

Egg and yogurt mask

to your hair. Cover your hair with a

Take 1 egg, 1/4th cup plain yogurt

shower cap or plastic wrap. Allow it

and 1/4th cup mayonnaise. Beat

to set for 15 minutes. Rinse your hair

egg until it turns foamy. Now add

well with shampoo and water.

yogurt and mayonnaise to beaten egg and mix all these ingredients

Avocado hair mask

well.

Take one ripe avocado and mash

It is quite easy to prepare these hair masks and you can use any of these home made recipes to prepare a mask for your hair for making your hair well-conditioned.

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flesh of it. Add 1 tablespoon of

Massage your scalp (scalp massage)

honey and 2 tablespoons olive oil

and then hair well until your hair

to avocado mash and mix it well

becomes wet with the mixture and

until it turns creamy. Apply it to your

cover your head with a plastic wrap.

hair thoroughly and leave it for 20

Leave your wet hair for an hour and

minutes. After 20 minutes, use a

then wash out using mild shampoo.

gentle hair shampoo and rinse your

Rinse your hair with cold water for

hair thoroughly.

better results.


SOPHIE PARIS Malaysia was officially launched in January 2012. It is the 5th and latest market ventured by SOPHIE PARIS, the Asia’s largest fashion direct selling company. We are proud to be the number 1 Fashion Multi-Level Marketing Company in Malaysia, which has rapidly cloaked Klang Valley in its own special tone of magenta! The unique range of French-designed and well priced bags, wallets, watches, accessories, watches, belts, personal care, skin care and beauty products, lingerie, garments and more have wasted no time in capturing the imagination of Malaysia's fashionistas, and, we pledge that you will certainly be a SOPHIE-holic as you browse through our fantastic catalogue! There are more than 18 Business Centre all over Malaysia for now. Sophie Beauty Boutique is one of the Authorised Business Centre located in Bukit Rahman Putra, Sg Buloh.

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BEAUTY & SOUL

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Yellow light is well known for its ability to be absorbed by collagen and stimulate re-modelling of the skin, whereas the blue light is popularly used to deal with acne and blemishes of the skin. The combined design features of the fabric with the

SunSoul is ideal for warm countries. Suggest wearing them when you spend most times outdoors. The design is also sporty enough to be worn for casual and sporting occasions.

fluorescent pigment result in only the visible, healthy blue or yellow light

Different styles available to suit your

damage and blemishes.

reaching the skin at about 70% of

fashion sense, from sleeveless, short

the sun’s intensity, while 98% of UV

sleeve, to long sleeve shirts. You

The SunSoul’s unique material acts

light is either blocked, absorbed by

can also pick a variety of stylish

the material or converted to safe,

headgear; there are six different

coloured light.

types of caps, hats, and visors to

and texture as well as prevent sun-

as a selective filter when it’s exposed to sunlight. The dense knit material captures UV rays from the sun and blocks it to a degree of UPF 50+

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Sunsoul apparel & accessories are

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and the hat in 2 trendy colours: fluorescent yelomöd and blumöd. The yellow or blue pigments in the material convert the UV rays and sunlight into healthy coloured light and then transmitted through the skin to treat skin problems.

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would result in a similar amount of light exposure one would receive from an IPL treatment in the clinical setting.


TASTE BUZZ!

GRAND HYATT KUALA LUMPUR Introduces exciting dining options to the vibrant city

T

he highly anticipated first Grand Hyatt in

makes THIRTY8 the signature restaurant

Malaysia, Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur is

of the hotel. THIRTY8 has a total capacity

now open. This elegant and contemporary

of 368 people and an ideal location for

luxury hotel with 370 guestrooms and 42

entertaining business associates, meeting

suites, offers business travelers, tourists and

friends and family gatherings. THIRTY8 is

local guests a sophisticated ambience.

open from 6.00 am till 11.00pm and serves

Situated in the Kuala Lumpur City Centre

buffet breakfast and ala carte lunch and

(KLCC) and right next to Kuala Lumpur

dinner.

JP teres

Convention Centre, the hotel is within walking distance to the iconic Petronas

Featuring the best of Malaysian cuisine

Twin Towers, Suria KLCC, KLCC Park, Dewan

such as roti canai, beef rendang, satay,

Filharmonik Petronas as well as the Golden

chicken rice, ais kacang and teh tarik,

Triangle shopping and entertainment

local cuisine from local chefs at JP

district.

are bound to satisfy both travellers and

teres

locals alike. Show kitchens featuring satay Located strategically on the 38th floor, the

grills, tandoor ovens, roti hot plates and

quadruple volume space of THIRTY8

wok stations serve up freshly prepared

is the defining element of the restaurant.

ala carte lunch and dinner from 11.30 am

The space comprises of the stunning

to 11.00 pm. The restaurant has a total

360-degree city view, the dining area, a

seating capacity of 226 guests including

bar and a lounge. The design and layout

two exclusive private dining rooms and is

of the restaurant allows for an effortless

conveniently located on the ground floor

space for an open but comfortable

with direct street access.

THIRTY8

ambience. Heightening the discerning diners’ experience are the lively show

Poolside is a full fledge restaurant on

kitchens offering a range of steaks, Chinese

the same level as Essa Spa, fitness centre

seafood, sushi and sashimi. The bar and

and the swimming pool. The restaurant

lounge areas are the perfect venues for

serves simple and healthy international

pre and post-dinner drinks. While the bar

and local favourites. It has an extensive

is on the same level as the restaurant, the

bar dispensing fresh juices, smoothies and

lounge is a relaxing yet elegant sitting area,

signature specialty iced teas. The all-day

adjacent to the Lobby on 38M. Though

alfresco dining outlet has views of the

located on 38M, the lounge is part of

Petronas Twin Towers.

Poolside

THIRTY8 and is accessible via the bubble lift or staircase by the bar. It is the elegant

Reservations for Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur

curves, captivating views, the dramatic

may be made by calling +603 2182 1234 or

sense of space and vibrant cuisine that

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TASTE BUZZ TEXT & IMAGES: REBECCA SAW

Sharone Hakman of Masterchef US

Cooking demo in Mid Valley!

I

had the privilege of interviewing Sharone

being on TV and now making his “media”

Ah cool, he’s my type of chef! Remember

Hakman when he came to Malaysia

appearances. We all know they (TV chefs,

those olden days of cooks – our

on 15th September as part of his recent

reality shows finalists) might put up a front

grandmothers and mothers? A pinch of this

promotion tour. Out of all the chefs I have

for the camera. But Sharone, I’ll like to think

and a shake of that? Yes, all that “agak-

had interviewed, met and chatted with in

he’s as affable and charming

agak” recipes!

my blogging life and as a foodie, the one

as he was during media sessions

Instincts are best,

thing that struck me hard about Sharone

when he’s alone and at home.

and great chefs

was his genuinity. That big guy is thoroughly

have them in the

REAL, and I could catch no pretenses from

Oh, it helps too that he gave me

fibres of their being!

him throughout the duration of the half a

a bottle of his Hak BBQ sauce!

There were some

day I spent trolling him from the interview

Bribery! LOL, just joking! Find out

questions that we

room to the supermarket and till he finished

more about Hak’s BBQ sauce here:

asked during the

his cooking demo on stage at Mid Valley.

www.haksbbq.com.

media interview;

While with other chefs I caught a sense of

Hak’s is his very own creation

“What Malaysian

reservedness, or maybe even a touch of

and brand of BBQ sauce. Being a

food have you

arrogance (the “I don’t think you know

firm believer in health and good

sampled so far?”

food, or what you’re talking about but

food, Sharone had spent a great

since you’re writing about me, I’ll give you

deal of time and effort in the research

some time”), Sharone treated everyone

and production process of Hak’s. The

and anyone with the same boyish charm

sauce contains no preservatives, artificial

In fact he liked it so much that one of

and easy attitude.

flavourings or chemicals. During the

the dish he cooked during the cooking

interview, he revealed that he’s a “go by

demonstration that day was black rice

He was tired and that is undeniable. By

instincts” kind of person, and the same

infused with coconut milk. Black rice was

the time he hit our Malaysian shores, he

principle goes into his way of cooking. Thus

used because it is healthier and also for the

has been on the road for cooking demos,

to formulate the recipe for his Hak’s sauce,

aroma and taste. He tried to use as much

interviews and media appearances day

a process that has to be documented

local ingredients as possible and another

after day for weeks and yet I saw him light

strictly since it’s setting the standard for all

of his dish was our local squid fried with a

up and all re-energised when the topic

future bottles, Sharone admitted that he

concoction of our spices that he picked

of cooking and food came about. A

had a hard time.

up from the spice section of Carrefour, Mid

one of which

chef can say he loves food and cooking,

. His reply ” Nasi Lemak” . Oh yea! *Fist pump in the air!*

Valley.

but it’s when they talk about it that you’ll

He said it was really difficult for him to be

catch that glimpse of TRUE passion, and in

so “methodical and calculative”; to have

And he came up with the ideas of 2 dishes

Sharone, it wasn’t just in his WORDS (he did

everything measured by exact miligrams,

on the go, literally as he walked through

as all chefs, said he loves cooking), but in

so much so that he needed a team of

the aisles of the Carrefour at Mid Valley.

all muscle fibres of his body.

scientists right behind him as he cooks to

As usual Sharone selects and cook his

help him lock down the recipe!

ingredients based on instincts, which at

Of course he could be putting on a show;

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most times turned out favourably. Another

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TASTE BUZZ

Fried squids.

Duck Breast with Coconut Milk Rice.

Las Vacas Meat Shop No.33, Lot 5, Ground Floor, Wisma Winbond, Jln Yap Kwan Seng, Kuala lumpur Open Monday to Sunday, 11am - 11pm www.facebook.com/LasVacas

Pink juicy duck breast! thing he joked about during the interview was how much he had “messed up” in his cooking journey, but he’s a firm believer that it is all a good lesson and it enhanced his overall life experiences greatly. He opined that one should always take risks and never regret the outcome. I loved how he was all smiles and incredibly engaging throughout his whole cooking session. He

Big Plate

made sure “everyone” in audience was given attention and even tried to “speak”

No. 27, Jalan Alfa F U6/F Pusat Perdagangan Subang Permai, Shah Alam

to the audience of the upper floors. Generously sharing tip after tip; such as how to cut a duck, and so forth Sharone was delightfully to watch. Thanks again Sharone for giving us your time! I’m definitely going to try the burger recipe you shared with the Hak’s sauce bottle and I’m looking forward to your new upcoming 2 flavours – chilli padi (bird eyes chillies) and honey as well as the pineapple and jalapeno. Sharone, please come again! For more information, visit his official website at www.sharonehakman.com or even better, stalk him on his new Facebook page at www.facebook.com/eatsharone Thanks to FOX International Channels (FIC) : www.foxinternationalchannels.com for this amazing opportunity!

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Azeezah Al-Ansar Steak House No 11A, Jalan AU2, Taman Keramat, 54200, Kuala Lumpur.

Ruz Alladin No 32 Jalan Datuk Sulaiman, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, 60000 Kuala Lumpur Open daily, 11am-10pm


Whether you’re craving for local favourites or Western specialties, there is something for the most discerning taste buds here at Serai. Our menu comprises of traditional dishes such as the Nasi Kerabu and Nasi Lemak and hearty Western meals such as the Gourmet Beef Burger and Moroccan Spiced Lamb Shank. End your meal on a sweet note with our array of delectable home-made desserts.


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myBurgerLab 14 Jalan 21/22, Seapark, Petaling Jaya Open Tuesday - Sunday, 5-10.30pm www.facebook.com/ myBurgerLab

Teh Tarik Place Lot LG21, Ground Floor, Empire Shopping Gallery, Jalan SS16/1 SS 16, 47500 Subang Jaya Open daily, 10am-10pm

Murni SS2 53 Jalan SS 2/75, Taman Sea, Petaling Jaya Open Tuesday – Sunday, 24 hours

Mali's Corner

The Humble Chef Cafe

No.9-1, Jalan Langkawi, Platinum Walk, Danau Kota, 53300 Kuala Lumpur www.facebook. com/pages/MalisCorner/205903596110930

54 Medan Setia 2, Plaza Damansara Bukit Damansara, 50490 Kuala Lumpur Open Monday - Friday,10am3pm | Saturday, 6pm-12am

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Burger Bakar Kaw Kaw Jalan 4A/27A, Seksyen 2 Wangsa Maju, 53100 Kuala Lumpur Open Tuesday - Sunday, 6.45pm-2am www.facebook.com/ BurgerBakarKawKaw

Suzi's Corner Jalan Ampang, Ampang Point, Kuala Lumpur Open daily, 5pm-5am


COVER GUY

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What is the unique of AISA (Azlan Iskandar Squash Academy)?

allowance but I have my own

The first academy in Malaysia

wrong that I retired from playing

which I don’t think anybody has

squash for Malaysia. Perhaps, I should

expertise of doing it or starting it.

do a press conference on this. The

I must say, it such a worthwhile

perception has to be corrected well.

business now and honestly I don’t need to do that. It is completely

project as we have a corporate and Ministry Of Youth and Sports

Share us your favourite sports besides squash?

Malaysia supporting it as well.

Surfing, wind boarding and rock-

Definitely, the whole point of this

climbing.

company sponsoring it such Maxis

academy is to encourage more and

Azlan Iskandar is Malaysia’s most well-known squash player, founder of AISA and businessman who was born in Sarawak and has rapidly earned a fan following for his enthusiasm, his endearing sense of bravery, and an impeccable sense of style. He is one of the few sport celebrities whose name is recognised by Malaysians from ages 8 to 80. He is now also a squash icon in Malaysia who has touched many young blood in rural areas with Azlan Iskandar Squash Academy (AISA) recently.

more kids to play squash especially

Tell us more on your lifestyle?

from rural areas. We have 8 - 10

I am easy going person but depends

great coaches, some of them are

on my mood because I don’t really

ex-national players and imported

social, being wild and going party

coaches – it’s a mix.

every weekend, those are simply not my game. It just not my lifestyle

How do you do with the promotion of AISA?

and I hate stay late at night and I do

I have been promoting it the

and challenge the world. People

whole year. Managed to set up in

find it is hard to believe but I prefer

Terengganu, Miri, Kuching, Sibu,

to relax at home and chill because

Negeri Sembilan and we are now

my schedule is quite packed. When I

targeting to open in Pahang and

have time, I will spend more time for

Kelantan by end of the year. My

doing things that I like to do such as

journey doesn’t stop as a squash

sport activities.

love to wake up fresh in the morning

player but to contribute back to the society by opening AISA in rural

Woman?

areas. I have a book on basic rules

To me a confident, independent,

in playing squash which available in

and career woman is sexy. The time

Bahasa and English. You can get the

is changing, women empowerment

book at MPH and soon in Popular.

is very important. An ideal woman for me is someone that must have

Why you choose this year to retired?

lot of things in common and believe

The truth is I am still training for

definitely have a great idea to be

Commonwealth and Asian games.

together for a long time.

in the same fundamental of life and

I just retired from professional circuit and for the record; professional circuit is where you will be earning

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If you have given a chance to play squash with singer


COVERGIRL

(female) in Malaysia? Who would that be? I have no interest with any! If they want to play with me, I play. I don’t have any preference because I am easy going person. I can with play with anybody even the kids from my academy.

If you weren’t a squash player, what would you be today? I live my life without regrets and never look back. Since at the very young age, I know all I wanted to do with my life was 100% to play squash. I certainly don’t believe in the easy way. Definitely, I know that we are only human and we have flaws but life is too short so go get your goals and seize the day.

Goals in Commonwealth and Asian Games? I want to stay fresh with team and no longer play individual because I don’t want to let anybody or even my team down again.

Nicole David? I believe Nicole David is one of the best athletes in the world. She works hard and talented. We grew in the same batch, and we all believed in hard work and goals in our lives. Honestly, we have never taken each other as competition but more on the mission to raise the Malaysian’s Flag again and again. What Nicole has achieved is brilliant for the squash team of Malaysia. As part of the team, I am proud of her achievement.

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9th & 10th Nov | Plenary Hall, KLCC This year, K&Q presents 5 major comics – led by comedy superstar Ron Josol from Canada, funniest Iranian American you will have ever known, Max Amini and funny man Papa CJ from India. Douglas Lim, our own comedy star and the Queen will be none other than Shazia Mirza, one of UK’s funniest female comic.

The Shout! Awards 2012

23rd Nov | Surf Beach @ Sunway Lagoon Back for its 3rd edition, The Shout! Awards will be aired live on 8TV at 8.30 pm. The show will be kick off with an exclusive look at the red carpet featuring various celebrities, artists and personas of the entertainment industry!

2NE1 Global Tour New Evolution

8th Dec | Stadium Malawati Embarking on their first ever World Tour, 2NE1 has achieved the distinction of being the first Korean girl group to hold a world tour. This tour will feature original designs by Jeremy Scott, and is the first time they have specially designed stage costumes by a world-famous fashion designer.

The Jacksons Unity Tour

13th Dec | Stadium Negara Multiplatinum icon, The Jacksons is back on tour together for the first time in nearly three decades. The Unity Tour marks the first time siblings Jackie, Jermaine, Marlon and Tito Jackson have toured together overseas since their groundbreaking Victory Tour in 1984.

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VARIETY | FILMS

BREAKING DAWN PART 2 SYNOPSIS: After the birth of Renesmee, the Cullens gather other vampire clans in order to protect the child from a false allegation that puts the family in front of the Volturi.

CAST: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner DIRECTOR: Bill Condon IN CINEMAS: 22th November

THE HOBBIT:

AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY - PART 1 SYNOPSIS: The adventure follows the journey of title character Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakenshield.

CAST: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Graham McTavish, Ken Stott, Aidan Turner, Dean O'Gorman, Mark Hadlow, Jed Brophy, Adam Brown, John Callen, Peter Hambleton, Andy Serkis

DIRECTOR: Peter Jackson In CINEMAS: 13th December

JACK REACHER SYNOPSIS: From The New York Times bestselling author Lee Child comes one of the most compelling heroes to step from novel to screen-ex-military investigator Jack Reacher (Tom Cruise). When a gunman takes five lives with six shots, all evidence points to the suspect in custody. On interrogation, the suspect offers up a single note: "Get Jack Reacher!" So begins an extraordinary chase for the truth, pitting Jack Reacher against an unexpected enemy, with a skill for violence and a secret to keep.

CAST: Tom Cruise, Rosamund Pike, Richard Jenkins, Werner Herzog, David Oyelowo and Robert Duvall

DIRECTOR: Christopher McQuarrie IN THEATERS: 20th December

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FILMS | VARIETY TV HIGHLIGHTS

RISE OF THE GUARDIANS SYNOPSIS: RISE OF THE GUARDIANS is an epic adventure that tells the story of a group of heroes – each with extraordinary abilities. When an evil spirit known as Pitch lays down the gauntlet to take over the world, the immortal Guardians must join forces for the first time to protect the hopes, beliefs and imagination of children all over the world.

CAST: Chris Pine, Alec Baldwin, Hugh Jackman, Isla Fisher & Jude Law

DIRECTOR: Peter Ramsey

IN CINEMAS: 22nd November

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VARIETY | HYPPTV

ULTIMATELY

SPORTY HyppTV set to bring the best in American & Football sport True to its promise of bringing only the best to its subscribers, HyppTV has announced a much awaited

From the left to Right, Pn. Shahidah Ridwan (Vice President Consumer TM), Mr. Jeremy Kung (Executive Vice President of New Media TM) and Mr. Adam Zecha (Executive Vice President Head of Sales (SEA), ESPN STAR Sports).

and exciting development in its channel line-up in the form of two new live sports channels! HyppSports HD Channel (Channel 174) and FOX Football Channel (Channel 173).

HyppSports HD Channel HyppSports HD Channel in collaboration with All Sports Network (ASN), which is made available in high definition (HD) kicks off with a series of live sporting events featuring a range of quality American sporting events including American football programming from the National Football League (NFL), professional ice hockey from the National Hockey League (NHL), collegiate NCAA sports events, and the pickup truck racing series from NASCAR. If that’s not enough, contact sports fans are also in for a treat with Cage Fighting Championship and TNA Wrestling also available on HyppSports HD Channel! Other content also include the Australian Football League (AFL), which together brings subscribers a one-stop shop for high adrenaline sporting events. 60 ● TODAY’S CHOICES | NOV-DEC 2012

Fans can enjoy up to four (4)

leagues, such as Spain’s La Liga

matches simulcast live in full HD on

BBVA, the Netherland’s Eredevisie,

each match day on HyppSports HD

the Russian Premier League and

(Channel 174) and its companion

even Argentina’s Primera Division

channels HyppSports2 HD,

are not left out! To top it off, fans

HyppSports3 HD, HyppSports4 HD.

of English Premier League giants,

HyppTV subscribers will now be able

Chelsea and reigning champions

to enjoy their favourite teams in

Manchester City will also be

action, be it Barcelona, Real Madrid,

delighted to find programmes from

Chelsea FC or Manchester United as

ChelseaTV and CityTV available on

they seek European glory!

the channel, highlighting in depth player and coaches interviews, club

FOX Football Channel

history and previous match highlights.

FOX Football Channel is a 24-

HyppSports HD channels and FOX

hour non-stop football channel,

Football are currently available for

showcasing some of the best

subscription by ala-carte option at

football leagues in the world. Thanks

RM15 per channel.

to HyppTV, fans of other football


HYPPTV | VARIETY

POWER, PASSION & PRIDE

Let the ruthless rivalries and Texas sized power struggles begin!

The Ewings are back in the all-new series

support. Making matters complicated

Dallas - based upon one of the most

is the presence and ambitions of Elena

popular television drama of all time - as

Ramos (Brewster), John Ross's girlfriend

the battle for energy, power, love and

and Christopher's former fiancée, whom

money rages again! Secrets, schemes

the cousins grew up with at Southfork.

and betrayals abound within the Texas oil dynasty known as the Ewing family

With an increasingly volatile feud

as the iconic elder Ewings - with original

now brewing between John Ross and

Dallas series stars Larry Hangman, Patrick

Christopher, the stage is set for J.R.

Duffy and Linda Gray returning to star

(Hagman) to return to his nefarious ways

in the new series as J.R., Bobby and Sue

and rekindle his own long-standing rivalry

Ewing, respectively. They are joined at the

with his younger brother, Bobby (Duffy).

Southfork ranch in Dallas, Texas, by the next

As the current family patriach, Bobby will

generation of Ewings, who take ambition

stop at nothing to keep the younger Ewings

and deception to another level.

from perpetuating the battle that nearly brought down the entire family. Bobby

Developed by Cynthia Cidre from the series

is backed up by his wife, Ann (Strong),

created by David Jacobs, the all-new

whose beauty and grace match her fierce

Dallas stars Josh Henderson and Jesse

resolve to maintain peace within the

Metcalfe (both are previously starred in

family. But when a medical issue threatens

Desperate Housewives), Jordana Brewster,

his life, Bobby is forced to make a tough

Julie Gonzalo, Brenda Strong, Callars Harris

decision that could forever alter the lives of

with Duffy and Gray and Hagman.

everyone he loves.

In the all-new Dallas, John Ross

The all-new Dallas will absolutely attract

(Henderson), J.R.Ewing and Sue Ellen

attention from not only younger generation

Ewing's son, is determined to undermine

but also for those who have been watching

his grandmother's legacy by drilling for oil

the series many years ago. So, if you are

on Ewing land. Meanwhile, Christopher

keen to know what will happen in the

(Meltcafe), Bobby's adopted son, hopes to

Ewings family, catch the season premiere

take the family business away from oil and

of Dallas on WarnerTV (HyppTV Ch162)

in the new direction of alternative energy

on 29th November at 10pm. Warner TV

sources, motivated by Rebecca Sutter

is available in HyppTV Platinum Pack

(Gonzalo), Christopher's fiancée, who is

Package, where HyppTV subscribers can

trying to find her place in the vast Ewing

enjoy up to 30 world class channels with

family tree - a far cry from her upbringing

10 channels in High Definition (HD) for an

with only her brother, Tommy (Harris), for

affordable price of RM30 a month.

FIRST & EXCLUSIVE

Channel 162

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BERJAYA AIR

YOUR GETAWAY STARTS WITH US

C

urrently, Berjaya Air operates

reliable machine for island operation

seats, offers added comfort and

with 3 units of Dash 7 aircraft

with its Short Take Off and Landing

shorter travelling time. It is also

(48-seats) and 2 units of ATR 72-500

(“STOL”) performance. It is suitable

equipped with a new ‘Elegance

(72-seats).

for operation into island with short

Cabin’ and well known for its

 

runway such as Tioman Island and

reliability and environmental friendly

The Dash 7 aircraft powered by 4

Pangkor Island.

features, a good plane for bringing

units of Pratt & Whitney, fitted with

  

a small group of passengers to their

48 passenger seats, whilst not a new

The ATR 72-500, the new generation

holiday destinations such as Redang

machine, but is a good and very

aircraft, fitted with 72 passenger

Island and Langkawi.


BERJAYA AIR SPECIAL Background

Way forward

Besides offering flight services,

Berjaya Air Sdn Bhd was first

As where we came from, Berjaya

Berjaya Air also offers holiday

incorporated in year 1989 as

Air’s plan is to continue developing

packages by working closely with

Semangat Budi Sdn Bhd. After the

new destination where flying the

hotels and resorts. A range of holiday

incorporation, the name of the

passengers to a place where

packages from budget to premium

Company was changed to Pacific Air

everyone can have fun, enjoy

hotels are available at our websites

Charter Sdn Bhd and Berjaya Charter

the sun and sea, release stress,

for purchase with options for activities

Sdn Bhd in year 1990 and 1991

pamper yourself with SPA, celebrate

such as golfing, SPA and etc….

respectively. Finally in year 1992, the

honeymoon/anniversary, enjoy

Company was renamed as Berjaya

quality time with family, organise

Passengers around the world can

Air Sdn Bhd till today.

conference and etc….as per our

also opt for a do-it-yourself holiday

Tagline:-

package. The online booking

Berjaya Air Sdn Bhd is an immediate

 

system offers hassle-free holiday

subsidiary of Berjaya Vacation Club

planning. Key in travel information

being the ultimate holding company.

“YOUR GETAWAY STARTS WITH US!” or “YOUR GETAWAY AIRLINE”.

As at today, the Company has a paid

  

bookings are then processed by the

up share capital of RM 200 million.

To be “Your Getaway Airline”,

airline’s Passenger Services Support

Berjaya Air aims to provide

team. Payments can be done via

Business

passengers with trusted and reliable

credit card or bank transfer.

Since its inception in 1989, Berjaya

ticketing and reservation service.

 

Air has dedicated itself to providing

The airline uses the SITA Gabriel

Here, we are, BERJAYA AIR – “YOUR

reliable air travel services to

reservations system with the airline

GETAWAY STARTS WITH US!”. For more

passengers into beautiful islands.

code ‘J8’. Flight reservations on

information, please visit our website

The airline operates with propeller

Berjaya Air can be made through

aircrafts from its main base at

travel agents in all major cities

SkyPark Terminal Lapangan Terbang

across Malaysia and overseas.

Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah, Subang.

Flight schedules and airfares are

Berhad with Berjaya Land Berhad

on the SECURED booking form and get instant quotations. Confirmed

at www.berjaya-air.com.

published in major Computerised The destinations offered are from

Reservation Systems (CRSs) and

Subang to Tioman Island, Redang

Global Distribution Systems (GDSs).

Island, Pangkor Island and Langkawi

In addition, passengers may also

Island. In addition, Berjaya Air

book online through the company’s

also offers direct flight services

website.  

connecting Singapore (Changi Airport Budget Terminal) to Tioman Island and Redang Island.

Summary of Berjaya Air’s scheduled flights as follows: ● Kuala Lumpur (Subang) to Tioman Island (SZB/TOD /SZB, 12 times a week) ● Kuala Lumpur (Subang) to Redang Island (SZB/RDN/SZB, 7 times a week)

In addition to the flight services, Berjaya Air works closely with the hotels/resorts so as to offer holiday packages to our passengers on top

● Singapore (Changi) to Tioman Island (SIN/TOD/SIN, 5 times a week) ● Singapore (Changi) to Redang Island (SIN/RDN/SIN, 5 times a week, excluding monsoon period) ● Kuala Lumpur (Subang) to Pangkor Island (SZB/PKG/SZB, 3 times a week) ● Kuala Lumpur (Subang) to Langkawi Island (SZB/LGK/SZB, 4 times a week) ● Kuala Lumpur (Subang) to Hua Hin, Thailand (SZB/HHQ/SZB, 3 times a week)

of offering the flight service for both new destinations.

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ATTRACTIVE

HOLIDAY PACKAGES

FOR ALL

For enquiries & reservation, contact us at: Call Centre (Mon-Sat, 0900-1800 Hrs) Tel: 03-2119 6616 Email: reservations@berjaya-air.com

Holiday Packages Office (Mon-Fri, 0830-1730 Hrs) Tel: 03-7847 1338 Email: enquiry@berjaya-air.com

Airport Ticket Office (Daily, 0630-1800 Hrs) Tel: 03-7846 8228 Website: www.Berjaya-Air.com

www.facebook.com/BerjayaAir


TIOMAN ISLAND

7x WEEKLY - TIOMAN FLIGHT SCHEDULE

FLIGHT NO.

DEPARTURE

ARRIVAL

Subang - Tioman

J8 182

0950 hrs.

1050 hrs.

Monday - Sunday

Tioman - Subang

J8 183

1120 hrs.

1220 hrs.

Tuesday & Thursday

Tioman - Subang

J8 189

1350 hrs.

1450 hrs.

Singapore - Tioman

J8 302

1110 hrs.

1200 hrs.

Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday

Tioman - Singapore

J8 301

1230 hrs.

1320 hrs.

Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday

DURATION

1 hour NON-STOP

WE FLY EVERY

Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday

Packages are also available online : Free & Easy, Golf, Dive and SPA

For enquiries & reservation, contact us at: Call Centre (Mon-Sat, 0900-1800 Hrs) Tel: 03-2119 6616 Email: reservations@berjaya-air.com

Holiday Packages Office (Mon-Fri, 0830-1730 Hrs) Tel: 03-7847 1338 Email: enquiry@berjaya-air.com

Airport Ticket Office (Daily, 0630-1800 Hrs) Tel: 03-7846 8228 Website: www.Berjaya-Air.com

www.facebook.com/BerjayaAir


REDANG ISLAND

3x WEEKLY - REDANG FLIGHT SCHEDULE

FLIGHT NO.

DEPARTURE

ARRIVAL

Subang - Redang

J8 760

1110 hrs.

1210 hrs.

Redang- Subang

J8 761

1240 hrs.

1340 hrs.

DURATION

WE FLY EVERY

1 hour NON-STOP

Monday, Wednesday & Friday

Packages are also available online : Free & Easy, Dive and SPA

For enquiries & reservation, contact us at: Call Centre (Mon-Sat, 0900-1800 Hrs) Tel: 03-2119 6616 Email: reservations@berjaya-air.com

Holiday Packages Office (Mon-Fri, 0830-1730 Hrs) Tel: 03-7847 1338 Email: enquiry@berjaya-air.com

Airport Ticket Office (Daily, 0630-1800 Hrs) Tel: 03-7846 8228 Website: www.Berjaya-Air.com

www.facebook.com/BerjayaAir


PANGKOR ISLAND

3x WEEKLY - PANGKOR FLIGHT SCHEDULE

FLIGHT NO.

DEPARTURE

ARRIVAL

Subang - Pangkor

J8 280

1100 hrs.

1140 hrs.

Pangkor - Subang

J8 281

1200 hrs.

1240 hrs.

DURATION

WE FLY EVERY

40 minutes NON-STOP

Wednesday, Friday & Sunday

Packages are also available online : Free & Easy, Golf, Dive and SPA

For enquiries & reservation, contact us at: Call Centre (Mon-Sat, 0900-1800 Hrs) Tel: 03-2119 6616 Email: reservations@berjaya-air.com

Holiday Packages Office (Mon-Fri, 0830-1730 Hrs) Tel: 03-7847 1338 Email: enquiry@berjaya-air.com

Airport Ticket Office (Daily, 0630-1800 Hrs) Tel: 03-7846 8228 Website: www.Berjaya-Air.com

www.facebook.com/BerjayaAir


LANGKAWI ISLAND

5x WEEKLY - LANGKAWI FLIGHT SCHEDULE

FLIGHT NO.

DEPARTURE

ARRIVAL

Subang - Langkawi

J8 528

1130 hrs.

1245 hrs.

Langkawi - Subang

J8 529

1315 hrs.

1430 hrs.

Subang - Langkawi

J8 526

1410 hrs.

1525 hrs.

Langkawi - Subang

J8 527

1555 hrs.

1710 hrs.

DURATION

WE FLY EVERY Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday

1 hour & 15 minutes NON-STOP

Sunday Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday Sunday

Packages are also available online : Free & Easy, Golf, Dive and SPA

For enquiries & reservation, contact us at: Call Centre (Mon-Sat, 0900-1800 Hrs) Tel: 03-2119 6616 Email: reservations@berjaya-air.com

Holiday Packages Office (Mon-Fri, 0830-1730 Hrs) Tel: 03-7847 1338 Email: enquiry@berjaya-air.com

Airport Ticket Office (Daily, 0630-1800 Hrs) Tel: 03-7846 8228 Website: www.Berjaya-Air.com

www.facebook.com/BerjayaAir


HUA HIN, THAILAND

3x WEEKLY - HUA HIN FLIGHT NO.

DEPARTURE

ARRIVAL

DURATION

Subang - Hua Hin

J8 628

1040 hrs.

1220 hrs.

Hua Hin - Subang

J8 629

1400 hrs.

1740 hrs.

2 hours & 40 minutes NON-STOP

FLIGHT SCHEDULE

WE FLY EVERY

Tuesday, Thursday & Sunday

Packages are also available online : Free & Easy, Golf and SPA

For enquiries & reservation, contact us at: Call Centre (Mon-Sat, 0900-1800 Hrs) Tel: 03-2119 6616 Email: reservations@berjaya-air.com

Holiday Packages Office (Mon-Fri, 0830-1730 Hrs) Tel: 03-7847 1338 Email: enquiry@berjaya-air.com

Airport Ticket Office (Daily, 0630-1800 Hrs) Tel: 03-7846 8228 Website: www.Berjaya-Air.com

www.facebook.com/BerjayaAir


BERJAYA AIR SPECIAL

THE CITY OF PURE GOLD

L

ocated an easy three-hour drive south

GOLFING IN HUA HIN

of Bangkok, is the twin cities of Cha-am

and Hua Cha-am, the smaller of the two is nearly all beach and characterised by the broad sweep of a casuarina-fringed shores but Hua Hin, the capital of Prachuap Khiri Khan is by far the most famous beach resort in the royal province. Hua Hin which means Stone Head was originally known as Baan Same Rieng or Baan Laem Hin (Stony Point Village). In the 1920s, shortly after world war I The Southern Railroad was constructed to give people opportunities to travel overland all the way to the Malaysian border. Hua Hin's rise came with the opening of the Railway Hotel and soon afterwards the first complex of bungalows (Central Hua Hin Village). Today, Hua Hin which came into vogue in the 1920s as the retreat for the elite of Bangkok society recently celebrated its 100th anniversary. Hua Hin is larger and more luxuriously developed and further distinguished as Thailand’s oldest beach resort thanks in part to the magnificent stretch of sandy seaside which, separated at one end from a still active fishing village by a rocky headland, curves gently for some 5 kilometres to its southernmost point, Khao Takiab, where Buddhist temples cling to the cliffs. Beyond lies another, more secluded beach, Hat Khao Tao. Hua Hin’s status as a royal resort has been further enhanced by the summer palace that King Rama VII had built. Named Klai Kangwon, meaning ‘Far from Worries’, the palace now serves as the permanent residence of the revered sovereign, His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej and his loving wife, Her Majesty Queen Sirikit.

With its year-round warm climate, friendly people and abundance of beautiful countryside, Thailand is a natural choice as a great golfing destination. Include with that, Hua Hin, a tranquil beach town with landscape varying from wide, sandy beaches to green hills and you have a great setting for some world-class golf courses.

The Banyan Golf Club This winner’s choice was designed and constructed by Thailand’s leading golf course architect and Managing Director Pirapon Namatra of Golf East. The championship golf course and clubhouse has claimed awards in the top 3 “Best” places for three consecutive years by Asian Golf Monthly. Also the Banyan rouse was featured in the Top 1000 in the World by Rolex.

The Royal Hua Hin Golf Course Founded in the year 1924 during the reign of King Rama VI, the Royal Hua Hin Golf Course is the first golf course in Thailand with international standard. Runs along the hillside in the area of over 240 acres A.O. Robin’s design, it is a paradise for golf lovers.

Black Mountain Golf Club Hua Hin “Black Mountain is one of my favourite courses. This golf course is simply incredible, presented immaculately all year round and is truly a great test of golf.” says Thongchai Jaidee, the three-time Asian Tour Order of Merit Winner Multiple Winner on the PGA European Tour with 13 wins around the world.The renowned Black Mountain offers an 18-hole championship golf course of unrivalled distinction and prestige. Crafted with the thoroughly experienced architect, Phil Ryan of Pacific Coast Design, the course caters to golfers of all skill levels.

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BERJAYA AIR SPECIAL

RELAXATION & SPA IN HUA HIN

TOUR IN HUA HIN

Luxurious spas abound and not just at the

A very recent addition to the scene, Plearn

Plearn Wan Wan is a one-stop rendezvous for shopping,

many luxury resort hotels. These holistic

eating and drinking in an atmostphere

centres take pampering and silky pleasure

reminiscent of Thailand and Hua Hin of

to new heights, as well-trained therapists

yesteryear.

offer a wide range of massages, body and facial treatments making the whole

Mrigadayavan Palace

experience one to be savoured. Various

The Palace is located on Bang Kra Beach

Thai massage centres offer an inexpensive

within the Rama VI military camp, between

introduction to the traditional healing art of body kneading and stretching.

Cha-am and Hua Hin. Completed in 1924,

Elephant Thai Massage

VI as a summer getaway. There are 16

this summer palace was built by King Rama buildings of golden teak, in Thai-Victorian

Located on Naresdamri Road, Elephant

style, all connected by elevated airy

Massage has a pleasant atmosphere with

walkways designed to catch the breezes

traditional Thai decor. Treatments include

from all directions.

traditional Thai massage, reflexology, facial massage and a special physical therapy massage.

Khao Takiab

Nicha Health Spa and Massage

Khao Takiab (Chopstick Mountain) offers

At the southern end of Hua Hin Beach, superb views of the bay from the small

Located on Chomsin Road, Nicha has

temple perched on top, an ideal vantage

good facilities and a great choice of

point for photos, provided you can make

packages with tempting names such as “Touch of Angel”, “Body Paradise” and “Wonderful Lady”.

Raintree Spa Set in a beautifully restored wooden house on the corner of Poonsuk Road and Soi Selakam, Raintree is a very professional spa which has an extensive range of massage and spa treatments in lovely premises. It’s quite unusual in that it’s set right in the heart of the bar district but it’s definitely a high class establishment. Prices range from a few hundred baht to thousands for the special packages that can last several

Hua Hin is the most popular seaside resorts in Thailand among overseas visitors as well as Thais.

it up the steep steps. Boat trips to the offshore islet of Koh Singto (Lion Island) can be arranged and a small but thriving community is emerging. Small seafood restaurants abound around the foot of the hill, supplied by a nearby fishing village.

Hua Hin Hills Vineyard A former elephant corral, this picturesque setting is home to the many varieties of grapes used to produce Thailand’s leading and critically-acclaimed wine range, Monsoon Valley. A visit to The Sala is a wonderful way to pass a few hours, learn

hours.

about and sample the range of wine,

White Sand Massage and Spa

adventurous can also enjoy an elephant

White Sand is located on Chomsin Road, easily accessible on foot but otherwise slightly away from the main tourist drag.

as well as enjoy a bite to eat. The more ride amongst the vines. Wines can be purchased at cost price from the retail shop.

They have an enticing menu which includes hot stone massage and various body scrubs, as well as Swedish massage and aromatherapy.

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