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Air Asia Travel 360 April 2016


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Air Asia Travel 360 April 2016

  2. 2. 76 66CROSSING THEKHUMBU Khumbu Valley, Nepal 76HEADFIRST Hats and headdresses from around the world 88RESURRECTING THEPAST Bataan, Philippines 98RITUAL BITES Songkran, Thailand 108SALUTING CABINCREW Pilot's Perspective 112WHEN VIETNAM BECKONS... Travel Log Navigator CONTENTS CHECK-INAPRIL2016
  3. 3. BoardingCall 22 SPOTLIGHT Fun Travel Updates, Tips & More 26 HOT DATES April Events 32 ASEAN COMPASS Abodes of Enlightenment 36 QUICK BITES Green Your Plate 40 PAGETURNER Fiction As Fact 42 MONEY MAKER Entrepreneurs Rock! 44 PRESCRIPTION Diet Done Right 114 OFFTHE RACK Easy Breezy 116 VANITY FARE Au Naturel 118 JETSETTER De Fam 120 PICTURE PERFECT Photos taken by AirAsia Guests 122 UP INTHE AIR Joy of Flying 124 ROUTE MAP 132 DESTINATIONS 142 GET INTOUCH AirAsia Sales Offices & Stations 144 PEOPLE OF THEWORLD Mon People, Myanmar FlightPlan 06 CAPTAIN’S ADDRESS Experiencing India 08 TALK BACK Buzz from our Guests 10 THEVIEW Hot Air Rises 12 RED FORT News from AirAsia 20 MY AIRASIA Divine Offerings 46 SCORE BOARD Prevention is Better Than Cure 48 KIDS SPACE Talking in Code 50 HYPERTECH Wallet-Friendly Computing 52 TOUCHDOWN Auckland, New Zealand 54 SLEEP INNS Unbeatable Locations 60 HIT LIST Food Treks StyleFile InFlight PortofCall 66 60 52 98 88 108 CONTENTS CHECK-INAPRIL2016 2 APR2016
  4. 4. OntheCover Forqueries,assistance andfeedback,youcan reachushere: AirAsia on Twitter for information & assistance on simple requests: www.twitter. com/AskAirAsia For exciting news and tweets from AirAsia: AirAsia on Facebook: For AirAsia promotional updates, travel stories & news: AirAsia blog to share travel experiences and stories: Find us on Weibo at Folow us on RenRen at Have a question regarding travelling with AirAsia? Get your answers here at! We’ll help you out via chat, E-mail if you need further assistance ask Hiking in the Khumbu (Everest) region, Nepal IMAGE: GETTY APRIL2016|ISSUE105 PUBLISHER Datuk Kamarudin Meranun GROUPHEAD,BRANDS&COMM. Jenny Wakana EDITOR Beverly Rodrigues ARTDIRECTOR Kan Seak Hong SENIORWRITER Chitra Santhinathan SUBEDITOR Shamini Rajah WRITER Stuart Danker PHOTOGRAPHER Alex Chia Ariff Shah Sopian GRAPHICDESIGNER Fadillah Kamarudin EDITORIALASSISTANT Fazlina Bee Binti Abdul Rashid CONTRIBUTORS Captain Lim Khoy Hing, Derek Cheng, Edgar Alan Zeta-Yap, Ellyse Ng, Keeta Brennan, Llew-Ann Phang, Lyra Deanna, Ril Rahman, Shantini Suntharajah PUBLISHEDBY travel 3Sixty° c/o AirAsia Berhad LCC Terminal, Jalan KLIA S3, Southern Support Zone, Kuala Lumpur International Airport, 64000 Sepang, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia. +6 03-8660 4333 PRINTBY Percetakan Zanders Sdn. Bhd. No. 16, Jalan BK 1/11, Bandar Kinrara, 47180 Puchong, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia. PREPRESSBY DI Expressions Sdn. Bhd. 27, 1st Floor, Jalan PJU 1/3D, SunwayMas Commercial Centre, 47301 Petaling Jaya, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia ADVERTISINGENQUIRIES PHARPARTNERSHIPSMALAYSIA +6 03-2242 0990 MALAYSIA Indran Balavishnu Senthuran Mohan SINGAPORE May Aung THAILAND Panda Pochjanart INDONESIA Vikhram Radhakrishnan PHILIPPINES Frances Barsana SINGAPORE,UK&INTERNATIONAL Nick Lockwood © All rights reserved. The opinions and statements of contributors in travel 3Sixty° do not necessarily reflect those of the publisher or AirAsia Berhad. travel 3Sixty° and AirAsia Berhad are not responsible or liable in anyway for the contents of the advertisements, articles, photographs or illustrations contained in this publication. We reasonably assume that all articles are factual and not plagiarised or intentionally libellous. The editorial team reserves the right to edit and / or re-write all materials according to the needs of the publication upon usage. Reproduction of material from travel 3Sixty° in any form is strictly prohibited without the written permission of the publisher. Unsolicited materials will not be returned unless accompanied by sufficient return postage. All information correct at the time of printing. PP15075/07/2013(032403) Find us at DIGITALTEAM CONTENT Kikunaga Mitsuru, Abby Yao, Danny Lau, Irvin Hanni, Ari Fajar, Piper Loo WEBMASTER Hakma Juhari WEBDEVELOPERS Zulasyraf Razak EDITORIALENQUIRIES travel 3Sixty° wishes to thank MPH, Pansing, Quikmark Media, Advantage Quest, Ningku Lachungpa, Genefer Tan, Len Caccam, Krittiyawadee Pongpanich, M.J. Lee, Choi Yoke Cheng, Vannara Chheang, Wai Lin Aung, Tran Ngoc Thang, Frank Tang, Dorin Poh, Michael Liu Yang, Lee Kai Ling, Wang Bing, Kayo Harada, Deblina Ramachandran, Julia Citra Paramita To celebrate our 100th issue last November, travel 3Sixty° launched a special competition called INVITE , offering readers the opportunity to invite the editorial team to visit their community or hometown for a special cover story. By shining the spotlight on readers and their communities, the editorial team aims to nurture a greater bond with readers. To participate in this contest, email us at with‘INVITE travel 3Sixty°’in the subject line, and tell us about your hometown or community. We would love to hear from you. This competition will be held annually, with a winner announced in the magazine’s anniversary issue in August each year, along with a cover story highlighting the winner’s hometown.The winner will also receive fantastic prizes worth over MYR10,000! COMPETITION ALittleHistory The idea for this competition was inspired by Larrie Jessika (pictured above), a rural school teacher in Sarawak, who emailed us explaining how he uses travel 3Sixty° to teach his students about other cultures and the outside world. Inspired by this reader’s efforts, the travel 3Sixty° team visited the school to meet this amazing teacher and learn about his Bidayuh community. We were invited into the homes of students for a thoroughly local experience. (Read about this in our November 2015 issue, available for download at
  5. 5. AIREEN OMAR CEO of Malaysia AirAsia EXPERIENCINGINDIAA very warm welcome on board! I am happy to share my travel ex- periences once again, and this time, it will be about discovering India. Who would’ve thought that after all these years, my first visit to India was only last September! Although my trip was just for three days, I experienced so much and am eager to discover even more. Believe it or not, the high- light of my trip was mostly the deli- cious food I savoured! Visakhapatnam (more popularly known as Visag) was my first stop. It was at this relaxing coastal city that I enjoyed the freshest and most deli- cious seafood I’d ever had. It was here too that I discovered the treasure of South Indian coffee, which is made by mixing frothed and boiled milk with a decoction obtained by brewing finely ground coffee powder in a tra- ditional Indian filter. It was so good and South Indian coffee has become my new favourite beverage! From Visag, I flew to Delhi for a meeting and had a chance to feast on the most delicious spread of Indian breads, from roti and naan to paratha and dosai. I enjoyed these with an amazing variety of chutney and cur- ries. Honestly, I’d go back to Delhi just to savour all of these again! I also loved the leafy grounds of the Civil Aviation office, where officers play cricket with a tennis ball after work. I was also pleasantly surprised to find a pop-up barber along one of Delhi’s streets too, and will never forget this charming discovery. Goa was my next destination, as I was there to celebrate the launch of the inaugural flight from Kuala Lumpur to Goa. The narrow streets seemed like a maze to me. I enjoyed watching locals frolicking on the beach and the lovely sea breeze reminded me of Port Dickson (a coastal town in the state of Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia) in the early 80s. I also thoroughly enjoyed Goan cui- sine, which is influenced by the Por- tuguese and mostly seafood based. For lunch one day, I had a Goan style pomfret curry with rice by the beach, and it was amazing! To those who have yet to explore India, I strongly urge you to go check it out now, as it is truly a unique coun- CLOCKWISE FROM ABOVE Aireen Omar doing her part during the #GREEN24 event in Kuala Lumpur; Aireen's travelling Beruang (bear) in Delhi; Aireen in Goa; Aireen (third from left) presenting a mock cheque to Farahida Farid, General Manager of MAKNA; Lobster feast in Visag try with lots of wonderful surprises. I would like to take this oppor- tunity to also share with you about two causes that we, at AirAsia, are committed to: cancer awareness and climate change. These two causes are very close to my heart.  Most people I know have been af- fected by cancer in some way – lost a loved one or even been diagnosed with the disease themselves. Pub- lished statistics have shown that one out of four Malaysians are af- fected by this deadly disease, and more alarmingly, the World Health Organisation has reported that new cancer cases are expected to rise by about 70 per cent over the next two decades. Last year, we launched #AirAsiaMAKNA campaign in sup- port of the National Cancer Coun- cil of Malaysia (MAKNA). We will continue our efforts and we invite you to be part of this project and help those in need. Check out the hashtag for more info. The same goes for the very real issue of climate change. Mother Earth has been adversely affected; apart from many adverse weather conditions that have taken place throughout the globe, including natural disasters such as Typhoon Haiyan and freak floods in Malaysia, 2015 has been officially recorded as the hottest year in history. We can change climate change, and it is our responsibility to take care of the only place we can call home, planet Earth. As an airline, we are continu- ously doing our part by investing in fuel efficiency programmes, as well as streamlining our operations to reduce our carbon footprint and conducting green activities across all of our global offices. This is a global campaign for us at AirAsia and we are using the strength of our network, as well as our global brand and presence, to champion this cause and make a difference. We are also encouraging all of our business partners to play their part and participate in the project. You can find out all about the #GREEN24 movement and how you too can help change climate change by visit- ing   It was the need to educate that inspired us to take up these two causes and design initiatives to cre- ate awareness about both issues and educate the public. We thank you for your attention in understanding the causes we support, and hopefully, this will inspire you to also do your part in any way possible.  Here’s wishing all of you an amaz- ing journey ahead with AirAsia and see you on board again soon! 6 APR2016 www.travel3sixty.comCAPTAIN'SADDRESS
  6. 6. Having attended back-to-back meetings over the past few days, I arrived at Singapore's Changi Airport a little tired. Once settled on board, I adjusted my travel pillow comfortably, fully intending to sleep through my flight to Bangkok. While waiting for take-off, I started flipping through travel 3Sixty°, AirAsia’s inflight magazine, and was immediately mesmerised by the pictures in The Macanese Table, a feature story in the January 2016 issue. I read the history of Macanese cuisine with great interest. Macao had never been on my list of places to visit before but after that article, I’ll definitely be looking out for AirAsia ticket promotions to Macao. I also loved the traditions and beautiful pictures captured in the Coming of Age feature, as it reminded me of my trip to Japan with AirAsia in 2013. Engrossed in travel 3Sixty°, I lost track of time and reluctantly put it away only when I started nodding off with the magazine still in hand! I would like the travel 3Sixty° team to know how much I enjoyed your magazine, as well as the entire flight. Thank you! ~ MICHELLE TAN Here’stheBuzzon AirAsia’sSocialMedia Being a Filipino, I am proud of the achievements of world-renowned boxing champion and fellow countryman, Manny Pacquiao. As such, I was delighted to see the article entitled Sensational Sporting Moments in your January 2016 issue. The article featured last year’s bout between Floyd Mayweather and Pacquiao, and I have to agree that despite Manny's loss in that fight, he remains an icon of strength and a crowd favourite! I also loved your Climate Change Control write-up in the Red Fort column – it’s very timely in promoting activities that not only help create public awareness regarding the preservation of the planet and environment, but also serve as an avenue for like-minded people to come together and work towards a common goal. Thank you AirAsia for the wonderful flight as well. It was my first time flying with AirAsia and I had a superb experience from check-in, to on board service and right up to baggage collection upon arrival in Phuket with my family to celebrate my mum's birthday. Congratulations as well on your 100th issue in November and eight years of success! ~ DIANA MAGALLANO Just got Busan for return fare RM368 (RM99x2+tax). Thank you AirAsia! CH CHANG Thanks AirAsia for the Valentine’s rose gift. Keep on making people smile IVY FREDELUCES AirAsia...Welcome back to New Zealand! We are thrilled to hear the news. IPE MATHEWS Tahniah AA & AAX!!! Make Malaysia Proud!! See you again in March... LUFFY DE SHINICHI @AirAsia service is very good, @ askairasia helped me within minutes to respond to my queries, well done and thank you. FLONAHAKIM @tonyfernandes Flew to Langkawi on @ AirAsia in November. Only a short flight but great service. Was very impressed! ADAM_TURK13 Thanks to Capt. Suresh and his crew for getting me safely back to Sydney tonight. @AirAsia Really smooth and enjoyable flight. #ilovepilots KARENALONSDALE Grew up watching "Yan Can Cook" and delighted to try it as #AirAsia #inflightmeal MICHITWEETIE Palawan by plane! #elnidopalawan #palawan #philippines #itsmorefuninphilipines #airasia #plane #skyview #cny CAMILLE_DLNEY Here we go… On our way to Jakarta @airasianindonesia #AirAsia #airasiarides @ wmswestbike #UTHFESTIVAL #sydney #fixed #bike BIGRINGYOGI My story with AirAsia… I flew with AirAsia 6 times in 2015. Because of AirAsia, I spend less money to travel and visit more places in Malaysia and Indonesia. The service in the flight is good, the cabin crew are friendly and look great. Hope to fly AirAsia again soon. ISAAC AirAsia, you are great! The first time I went overseas I flew with AirAsia to Malaysia, it feels really good. LILI Thanks AirAsia, you took me to Malaysia, and I can fly with you to different cities. FENFEN LIKE WHAT YOU READ IN TRAVEL 3SIXTY°? Share your thoughts with us! To show you how much we appreciate your feedback, we’ll give the best Letter of the Month and two other published letters°reservestherighttoedit lettersforclarityandlength,andonlylettersregardingarticlespublishedintravel3Sixty°willstandtowinaprize. The cash vouchers may only be used at UniversalTraveller outlets. UniversalTraveller has been an industry leader in travelling products since 1990.The brand’s retail network can be found throughout Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore, with stand-alone outlets in major cities and many consignment counters in both countries. Initially, UniversalTraveller may have concentrated on winter products, but now has created a presence in the luggage business by cooperating with global brands and, is currently the distributor for several luggage labels. UniversalTraveller embarked on its latest premium luggage concept store‘Luggage Empire’ in 2009, a premium retail concept that offers selected luggage brands in an exclusive setting.The brands available include labels such as Royal McQueen, Jean-Francois and Airways and, distributor labels such as Calvin Klein, Heys andTravelpro® A DOWN JACKET & A 27" ROYAL MCQUEEN LUGGAGE WORTH APPROX. USD462 A 22" ROYAL MCQUEEN MULTIWAY BACKPACK WORTH APPROX. USD215 CASHVOUCHERWORTH APPROX.USD30 RM100CASHVOUCHER 1st PRIZE 2nd PRIZE 3rd PRIZE 2nd PRIZE I usually doze off during flights. This time however, sleep eluded me, so I picked up the travel 3Sixty° inflight magazine instead to occupy my time. I came across the article entitled Good Business Sense in the January 2016 issue, which was about launching a new business venture. It immediately sparked an interest in me as it was perfectly in line with my plans this year to start my own business. The article, which aptly summarised the essentials for entrepreneurs of start-ups to succeed in business, outlined among other things, the need to be frugal, to focus on customers, and most importantly, to believe in oneself! It also included inspirational words from financial gurus, and my favourite is Robert Kiyosaki’s quote, “It’s not how much money you make, but how much money you keep, how hard it works for you and how many generations you keep it for.” I can’t wait to see how this will influence me for the year ahead! One thing’s for sure… I will definitely keep reading travel 3Sixty° on my future AirAsia flights. ~ LORELIE ANN BATAYCAN 1st PRIZE 3rd PRIZE 8 APR2016 www.travel3sixty.comTALKBACK
  7. 7. THEVIEW Cue John William’s epic score as you board the Disney Fantasy cruise. Now, “a galaxy far, far away” is closer than you think, as fans, including myself, have the opportunity to live out their Star Wars fantasy for a day on selected year-round Disney cruises, which will take you from Port Canaveral, Florida, to Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay Cruise Port. I can imagine myself heading into paradise on this cruise where the ship transforms into a Star Wars wonderland that any fan would approve of. Safely tucked in my suitcase would be a Jedi Knight costume, as guests are encouraged to dress up as their favourite Star Wars character. And what would a Stars Wars- themed cruise be without special appearances by fan favourites like Chewbacca and Boba Fett? There’s also the Jedi Training Academy where young Jedi Knight aspirants can learn to become warriors and face off against the man himself, Darth Vader! But be careful as you learn the way of the force, as one may be swayed to cross over to the dark side. Think you’re a Star Wars expert? There are competitions held throughout the day where guests are tested on their Star Wars knowledge. Finally, the day culminates in a spectacular display of themed pyrotechnics – lighting, sound effects and lasers. So, forget the cold, harsh vacuum of space and board the Disney Fantasy cruise where you’ll be able to enjoy Star Wars under the tropical sun. ~ DANNY LAU, CONTENT EDITOR While I enjoy the odd adventure or two, there are times when I love to fall back on a more passive mode of travelling, and going on a cruise seems to fit the bill. Mention the word cruise and the first thing that comes to mind is holidaymakers in Hawaiian shirts, sipping pina coladas by the pool bars. I had this misconception until recently, when I learned about the myriad cruises available. There are ships equipped with rock-climbing walls, FloRiders (surf pools), and skydiving simulators; the options are endless! As someone with a penchant for nature, I’ve set my sights on the beauties of the past, more specifically, a cruise around the Dodecanese islands in Greece. As a wordsmith, I always welcome visual enrichment as I feel it helps with my craft – in the art of writing itself, and in understanding other people’s works. Not only are the aesthetics of the islands different from what I’m used to in Malaysia, but their architecture are legacies to behold as well. From the medieval forts of Rhodes to the Asklepieion (ancient healing temple) in Kos, the Dodecanese islands seem to be from another world. Of course, the cherry on top would be the pit stops: sampling the local cuisine, hiking beautiful trails and wading in crystal clear waters always have a place in my travel itineraries. For now though, this plan will have to remain a distant dream. ~ STUART DANKER, WRITER As a teenager, I dreamed of travelling the world and ardently listed down in my diary all the places I would visit in my lifetime. The diary may be long gone but when it comes to cruises, I remember that the Caribbean was my top pick. I envisioned myself standing on the deck of a cruise ship admiring the stars in the clear night sky and feeling the sea breeze on my face, while enjoying the dance music from the nightclub on board. Then recently, while browsing online, the words ‘Western Caribbean Dance & Golf Cruise’ caught my attention, and that old diary of mine flashed before my eyes. Passionate about music and dance, with an addiction to beach bliss, and a growing interest in golf, this cruise seemed like my dream come true! Setting sail from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, the Emerald Princess cruise liner docks at the Cayman Islands, Honduras and Cozumel for beach and golfing fun. On board, the one-week cruise packs in classes on the waltz, foxtrot, tango, swing, rumba, cha cha, as well as Latin and ballroom dancing, and offers nightly dance parties. Though I’ve missed the 2016 travel dates for this once-a-year cruise, I’m planning to catch the next one in 2017… it just gives me more time to prep for my dream cruise of music, dance, sun and sea! ~ SHAMINI RAJAH, SUB EDITOR The date was June 24th, 2012. Lonesome George, the last of the Pinta Island tortoises, was found dead by his caretaker. When I heard the news, I was shell-shocked (pun intended). I have to admit that when my pudgy high school teacher recited his perfectly-rehearsed lines about the Galápagos Islands, I was only vaguely attentive as I was more interested in doodling cool-looking pirates on the back of my Biology reference book.Yes, I was more fascinated by the fact that Galápagos was a haven for pirates in search of treasure, pillaging unsuspecting galleons, rather than the fact that the islands are home to various endemic animals. But even as an academically-challenged teenage disaster, I had an inkling how important that archipelago is to the world. After all, these were the islands which inspired Charles Darwin to write Origin of Species which shook the scientific community to its core and set science and faith on a historic collision course. George’s death was the main reason that spurred me to add another item to my ever-expanding wish list: taking a cruise to the Galápagos Islands. I want to walk through old lava tunnels, play with sea lions, sunbathe with marine iguanas and swim with giant tortoises. I believe visiting the islands will influence even the greatest of cynics into realising that protecting endangered species ultimately means protecting mankind. And we need to realise this soon, before we lose another species forever. ~ ARI FAJAR, CONTENT EXECUTIVE Rantings, ravings, ramblings or poignant pontificating, the travel 3Sixty° team mulls over these and other matters. In April, we dive into the dreamy world of cruises. HOTAIRRISES I grew up when The Love Boat was still on TV, but cruise ships didn’t pop up in my daydreams the way long rail journeys did. Perhaps this was because I love being able to look out the window and revel in stunning vistas that change as I travel. I’m sure it’s beautiful being at sea, but I don’t think I’d be able to stare at the ocean for too many hours. If I were to float in the sea for hundreds of miles, I'd do it for the majestic glaciers. Reading James A. Michener's epic novel Alaska in high school made me dream of glaciers, sky-high peaks and wildlife. There are 100,000 glaciers in Alaska and many ways to see and maybe even walk on them. I have two main ferry routes in mind: the Inside Passage on the Alaska Marine Highway from Bellingham, Washington to the Gold Rush town of Skagway, stopping by towns along the way; and the Prince William Sound farther north for the tidewater glaciers. I could throw in a day tour of Glacier Bay for the complete experience. It might be necessary to travel by land or fly on a small aircraft to get around, but extensive planning is a small price to pay for that grandeur. Strange as it sounds, I crave that feeling of smallness that few places outside of this great permafrost- covered state can give. ~ ABBY YAO, CONTENT EXECUTIVE 10 APR2016
  8. 8. REDFORT COMPILED BY: STUART DANKER The youths who took part in the 25th AirAsia Under-14 Volleyball Tournament “ITISIMPORTANTFORUSTOCONTINUEOUREFFORTSINEMPOWERINGYOUTHTHROUGHSPORTS.ASIAISFILLEDWITHSOMANYTALENTEDYOUNGFOOTBALLERS,AND ALLTHEYNEEDISTHEOPPORTUNITYTOSHINE.AIRASIAISVERYHAPPYTOBEPARTOFTHEIRJOURNEYANDINHELPINGTOINSPIRETHEMTOREACHFORTHEIRDREAMS.” ~AIREENOMAR,CEOOFMALAYSIAAIRASIA SHININGSTARS One of the many ways AirAsia helps nurture sporting aptitude among youths is via its AirAsia-Queens Park Rangers Coaching Clinic Tours, which act as springboards for young football talents. The latest instalment was the third and biggest event to date across four countries, including Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, and China. Two potential football talents were handpicked from each country, out of a total of 223 hopefuls. The eight youths enjoyed the experience of a lifetime, as they spent two weeks in London to train at the QPR Academy, meet the QPR first team, and watch a live match between QPR and Derby County FC. “THEPEOPLEOFSONGKHLA’SHATYAIANDITSSURROUNDINGPROVINCESHAVEGIVENTHEIR TRUSTTOAIRASIAFOROVER12YEARS,ASEVIDENCEDBYTHEYEAR-ROUND80-85PERCENT AVERAGELOADFACTORWEHAVEMAINTAINEDONTHEFOURROUTESWEHAVEOPERATEDTOTHE CITYOVERTHEYEARS.”~TASSAPONBIJLEVELD,CEOOFTHAIAIRASIA AirAsia increased its reach in southern Thailand when it announced Hat Yai as its latest hub in the region. The new Hat Yai base offers six services, which includes four domestic routes to and from Chiang Mai, Pattaya, Chiang Rai and Bangkok, along with two international routes to Kuala Lumpur and Johor Bahru in Malaysia. AirAsia's extensive network shows the tremendous growth since the first Bangkok-Hat Yai flight 12 years ago. NewHatYaiHub FROM LEFT Maneenuch Thongnounlert, AirAsia Hat Yai Station Head; Santisuk Klongchaiya, Director of Commercial, Thai AirAsia; Nadech Kugimiya, actor and Thai AirAsia brand ambassador; Tassapon Bijleveld, CEO of Thai AirAsia; Songpol Sawasditham, Governor of Songkhla Province; Prai Pattano, Mayor of Hat Yai district; Wing Commander Rittirong Konmanee, Hat Yai Airport Director and Panu Woramit, Director of the Tourism Authority of Thailand's Hat Yai Office during the launch of the new hub. Martino Chevannes, QPR in the Community Trust Manager (centre) with the eight Asian football talents at QPR's Training Ground in Harlington, UK PILLAROFSTRENGTH Tan Sri Dr Tony Fernandes, Group CEO of AirAsia, was awarded the Fourth Pillar Award by the US-ASEAN Business Council in February. The award recognised his extraordinary contribution towards the growth of ASEAN and in fostering better US- ASEAN relations. To date, Fernandes is the second person to receive the honour after the administration of US President, Barack Obama. The Fourth Pillar Award is presented to a person who has strengthened ASEAN through their efforts and involvement. 12 APR2016
  9. 9. REDFORT GROWINGFAMILY Thai AirAsia andThai AirAsia X fleets are growing; the former welcomed its 46th plane, an Airbus A320-300, while the latter welcomed its sixth new Airbus A330-300. Nadda Buranasiri, CEO of Thai AirAsia X, and Preechaya Rasametanin, Executive Vice President of Thai AirAsia, led the ceremonies to bless both planes, with executives from both airlines taking part in the ritual. In keeping with AirAsia’s long- standing tradition of giving back to the community, the management and AirAsia X Allstars visited the residents of Ampang Old Folks Home in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, during Chinese New Year this past February. Bearing angpow (monetary gifts) and hampers galore, the Allstars shared a joyful celebration with the senior citizens. “WEAREVERYHAPPYTOBEHERE TODAYTOVISITTHEELDERLY RESIDENTSOFAMPANGOLDFOLKS HOMEWHOHAVESOMANYLIFESTORIESTOSHARE. SPENDINGTIMEWITHTHEMHASBEENVERY REWARDING,WEDOHOPETHATOURLITTLEVISIT TODAYHASALSOBROUGHTTHEMCHEERDURING THISFESTIVESEASON.”~BENYAMINISMAIL, CHIEFEXECUTIVEOFFICEROFAIRASIAXBERHAD CNYCHEER Benyamin Ismail, CEO of AirAsia X (standing, second from left) and AirAsia Allstars with the residents of the Ampang Old Folks Home in Kuala Lumpur. ONAQUEST In March, popular CNN anchor and host of Business Traveller, Richard Quest, embarked on a round-the-world trip, travelling across 12 cities on 10 budget carriers – one of which was AirAsia, which Quest took from Colombo, Sri Lanka to Singapore. During his layover in Kuala Lumpur, Quest caught up with Tan Sri Dr Tony Fernandes, Group CEO of AirAsia. Catch Quest’s budget travels and interview with the man who revolutionised travel in the region from April 14 to 17 on CNN International. Business Traveller is a monthly programme that explores travel and lifestyle trends. AirAsia’s 14th exclusive route, launched in March, connects Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, with Shantou, China. With a frequency of four flights per week, this route will further cement tourism between Malaysia and China, allowing guests to discover the east coast of China's Guangdong province, as well as glitzy KL. ChinaConnectivity Guangji Bridge, Chaozhou Thai AirAsia's 46th Airbus A320 was welcomed by Preechaya Rasametanin, Executive Vice President of Thai AirAsia. 14 APR2016
  10. 10. REDFORT AirAsia X’s route from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to New Delhi, India, has taken flight. The maiden flight on February 4 saw a 90 per cent load, with a press conference and celebration held in New Delhi to commemorate the event. Visiting the Philippines has never been easier with AirAsia’s new Domestic Fly-thru service. Break free from the hassle of connecting flights when you fly from Puerto Princesa to Cebu, Davao, Tacloban, Tagbilaran, and Kalibo; or from Kalibo to Davao and Puerto Princesa. Both these Fly-thru routes connect through the NAIA Terminal 4 in Manila. Benefits include not having to wait to collect your luggage at transit terminals and guaranteed connecting flights. AirAsia offers more value to guests with its new Value Pack, which combines convenience and great savings. The package offers 20kg baggage allowance, as well as complimentary inflight meal and seat selection. To book, simply select your desired flight, click on your preferred‘Low Fare’, and then click‘Add Now’under the‘Value Pack’option. ARRIVINGINDELHI With an approximate population of 18 million, New Delhi, the capital of India, is a bustling city rich in cultural and historical heritage. The next time you are in New Delhi, be sure to make time for these magnificent sites. GURUDWARA BANGLA SAHIB This Sikh house of worship is known for its prominent golden dome and tall flagpole, and features a beautiful holy pond within its premises. Built in 1873, this massive building also contains a school and an art gallery. SWAMINARAYAN AKSHARDHAM Inaugurated in 2005, this Hindu mandir (place of worship) stands at a height of 43 metres. This impressive building was completed through the collective effort of 8,000 volunteers, clocking up an exceptional 300,000,000 volunteer hours! LODI GARDENS This place serves as a respite from the buzz of the city, and is a great place for a quiet stroll. It houses tombs of rulers from the Sayyid and Lodi dynasties, and the earliest structures date back to the 15th century. TopSpotsinDelhi FLY-THRUCONVENIENCE preferred Low Fare, and then click Add Now’under the‘Value Pack’option. FROM LEFT Benyamin Ismail, CEO of AirAsia X; HE Datuk Naimun Ashakli Mohammad, High Commissioner of Malaysia to India; and Amran Abdul Rahman, North India Director, Tourism Malaysia flanked by cabin crew during the launch of the inaugural flight. PACKING VALUE Gurudwara Bangla Sahib Swaminarayan Akshardham Lodi Gardens IMAGES:123RF 16 APR2016
  11. 11. Janaki carrying a pal kuddam (milk pot) at the entrance of Batu Caves, before climbing the 272 steps to the temple. 20 APR2016
  12. 12. Thaipusam is one of the biggest Hindu celebrations in Malaysia, and it gets its name from the Tamil month of Thai, and the star of Pusam that is at its highest point during this auspicious event. Mainly a Tamil-Hindu celebration,Thaipusam is believed to have come about from Lord Murugan’s victory over asuras (evil beings). Others credit Idumban (Lord Murugan’s biggest devotee), who prayed that whoever carried a kavadi (burden) on his shoulders and visited the temple should be blessed. No matter the origins, devotees generally view Thaipusam as a day to fulfil vows, observe penance and offer thanksgiving. One of the main celebratory venues for Thaipusam in Malaysia is Batu Caves, and it’s at this sacred site where Janaki performs her yearly rituals. A fortnight before the event, Janaki starts observing a vegetarian diet and prays extensively, with a one-day fast on Thaipusam eve as well. On the day itself, Janaki and her family pray at the river beside Batu Caves before the processions. She blesses herself with the river water and breaks sanctified coconuts, a practice that precedes many Hindu rituals as a symbolic offering. She then fills her pal kuddam (milk pots) and begins walking to the temple. Janaki does this barefoot, as footwear is considered taboo around the temple area. She climbs the 272 steps to the Batu Caves temple, amidst chants of “vel vel”, which literally translates to ‘spear’, and is a phrase of encouragement. All the while, she carries the pal kuddam over her shoulder, an offering that will later be poured over the vel in front of a statue of Lord Murugan, where her procession ends. While impressive, Janaki’s journey is only a small part of the big picture, which involves a 15-kilometre procession of devotees to Batu Caves. Besides carrying milk pots as offerings, devotees also bear other forms of kavadi, ranging from skewer piercings to portable altars weighing up to 30 kilograms, truly reflecting the grandeur and beauty that is Thaipusam. Janaki Chelliah, Business Analyst for AirAsia’s Route Revenue Department, invites the travel 3Sixty° team to join in on her yearly rituals at Thaipusam. DIVINEOFFERINGS WORDS:STUARTDANKER PHOTOGRAPHY:ALEXCHIA 21APR2016
  13. 13. WORDS: STUART DANKER SPOTLIGHT DynamicSevens Enjoy rugby action as the HSBC World Rugby Sevens takes to Singapore’s National Stadium this April 16 and 17. The name comes from the championship’s variant of the sport whereby teams consist of seven players instead of the traditional 15, which makes for faster-paced and more explosive action. Watch as teams try to take down the current defending champions, Fiji. It’s been three decades since the first Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Today, this popular event features international and local acts that cater to adults and children alike. This year’s festival takes place at over 20 venues across the city, including the Arts Centre Melbourne and The Coopers Malthouse, from March 23 to April 17. TheYak Ru® is one of Nepal’s premiere mountain biking races, taking participants on a gruelling 240-kilometre route through the Annapurna circuit. Stretching over five days with a total elevation of 5,416 metres, this race tests the physical and mental aptitudes of the riders. Rain, snow, heat and dust are commonplace on the route, making it one of the toughest cycling challenges of the year. BlazingTrails LAUGH OUTLOUD Also known as the mother of all festivals, the Aliwan Fiesta in Pasay City, Philippines, on April 23, brings together the country’s various cultures under the banner of one major event. Performers showcase their diverse roots in the festival’s dance competition, float parade and beauty pageant, while visitors get to enjoy the shows and immerse themselves in a rich cultural experience. ONEFORALL IMAGE:123RFIMAGE:YAKRURACE 22 APR2016
  14. 14. SPOTLIGHTIMAGE:123RF Take part in a fun run this April 10 at Ngamotu Beach in New Zealand. The Resene Rainbow Run features a 4.2-kilometre course amidst breathtaking landscapes and a joyful atmosphere as participants are peppered with coloured powder throughout the run. After the event, runners are welcome to stay on and enjoy the sunshine and food. VIBRANTRUN The Ocean Marina in Pattaya, Thailand, is where some 600 sailors from all over the globe assemble this April 30 to May 4. The Top of the Gulf Regatta has come a long way since its inception in 2005, and is now one of the largest sailing events in Asia, with participants from more than 30 countries fighting for the top spot across 12 categories. PattayaRegatta COMBAT ANDCHERRY BLOSSOMS Besides showcasing South Korea’s cherry blossom blooms, the Jinhae Gunhangje Festival also commemorates Admiral Yi Sun Shin, an exceptional naval commander who, against all odds, victoriously defended South Korea from enemy attacks in 1597. Amidst the beauty of the flowers, visitors can also enjoy military parades and marching bands during the event, which runs from April 1 to 10. This April 16, catch Malaysia's Queen of Rock, Ella, at Stadium Malawati in Shah Alam. Having been in the music industry for almost 30 years, Ella is no stranger to showbiz success. Ella raised the bar for Malaysian music in 1994 when her album Ella USA sold more than 350,000 copies, making her the country's best-selling female artiste. The upcoming Konsert Ella 2016 will see hits such as Dua Insan Bercinta and Istimewah, among many others. The Black Box in Kuala Lumpur will host a collection of contemporary dance performances produced by Joseph Gonzales (one of Malaysia’s leading dance choreographers), and reflecting on social and political issues in the country. Catch this artful performance on April 9 to 10. ATRUECALLING ROCKING THESTAGE IMAGE:GUYNOWELLIMAGE:SPORTOTAGO 24 APR2016
  15. 15. HOTDATES COMPILED BY: STUART DANKER LOCKITDOWN AUSTRALIA • APRIL 1JUNE 19 James McNeill Whistler’s renowned painting from 1871 is on display at the National Gallery of Victoria. This portrait of the artist’s mother is on loan from the Musée d’Orsay, Paris, exclusively for this showcase. DaeguInternationalMarathon2016 SOUTH KOREA • APRIL 3 This annual marathon in Gukchaebosang Memorial Park takes runners through the metropolitan city of Daegu, and covers the traditional distances of five, 10, 21 and 42 kilometres. Winners get to take home cash prizes worth USD8,800. WHISTLER’SMOTHER KUALA LUMPUR • APRIL 23 Urbanscapes, one of Malaysia’s main creative arts festivals, returns to Kuala Lumpur, with psychedelic rock band Tame Impala set to be one of the headliners. Since it formed in 2007, the band has garnered a huge following with songs like Feels Like We Only Go Backwards and Elephant. TAME IMPALA IMAGE:MARATHON.DAEGUSPORTS.OR.KR 26 APR2016
  16. 16. ELSEWHERE › South Korea Jindo Miracle Sea Road Festival April 7-10 › Japan Yabusame April 16 www.gotokyo. org › India Thissur Pooram Festival › April 17 www. › China Zhuang Nationality Song Festival April 21 › Indonesia Tumpek Kandang April 30 NEW ZEALAND • APRIL 18 The American alternative pop duo returns to Auckland following their successful tour in 2015. Responsible for chart-topping hits such as Stressed Out, Twenty One Pilots looks to put on a powerful performance for fans at the Logan Campbell Centre. VIETNAM • APRIL 9 Crawl, jump, climb and swing your way to overcome the obstacles in the Red Bull Champion Dash at Ho Chi Minh City. This five-kilometre race is open to teams as well as solo participants, making it the perfect team-building event or personal challenge for the weekend. IAmHardwell- UnitedWeAre INDONESIA • APRIL 2 Hardwell, one of the world’s hottest DJs, is performing at Carnaval Beach in Jakarta this April. This Dutch DJ was voted DJ Magazine‘s World’s Top 100 DJs in 2013 and 2014. He’s also known for dance hits such as Spaceman and Apollo. HANUMAN–THE SUPERHEROMONKEY SINGAPORE • APRIL 130 The Singapore Repertory Theatre’s The Little Company, which specialises in plays for children, brings to life the adventures of Hanuman (the famous Hindu monkey-god) adapted from the Ramayana. Suitable for kids aged five and above, this play is sure to capture your child’s imagination. www.sistic.sgcom TWENTYONEPILOTS OMBAKRINDU MALAYSIA • APRIL 22MAY 1 What was originally a best-selling novel series is now a live theatre performance at the Istana Budaya. It follows the lives of Hariz, a successful business owner, and Izzah, an abused village girl. Will they find love despite coming from different worlds and facing insurmountable odds? VENUE: ISTANABUDAYA,KUALALUMPUR Join us at twitter Join us at Facebook BEOURFANONFACEBOOK. COM/AIRASIAREDTIX,FOLLOW USONTWITTER.COM/REDTIX ANDPURCHASEYOURTICKETS FORTHEABOVEMENTIONED EVENTSATAIRASIAREDTIX.COM RedBullChampionDash HOTDATES 28 APR2016
  17. 17. WORDS: SHANTINI SUNTHARAJAH BROUGHT TO YOU BY ASEANCOMPASS 32 APR2016 ANGKOR WAT, CAMBODIA Angkor Wat is the most well known Buddhist temple in the world, and is said to be the largest religious monument on the planet. This is not hard to believe, considering that the temple is located on a site that measures over 1,000,000 square metres! Constructed in the early 12th century, Angkor Wat started out as a Hindu temple before gradually becoming a Buddhist place of worship. The entire temple complex features marvelous structures and sculptures of the Khmer empire, with virtually all the columns and surfaces of the temple, including its roof, carved with elaborate images and designs. SHWEDAGON PAGODA, MYANMAR Perched on the peaceful Singgutara Hill, 50 metres above sea level, the Shwedagon Pagoda is a spectacular sight highlightingYangon’s skyline. Believed to enshrine eight strands of hair from Gautama Buddha himself, this pagoda features a glittering stupa (dome-shaped building), adorned with nearly 30 metric tonnes of gold leaf, as well as diamonds and other precious gems. It is believed that the original stupa was built more than 2,500 years ago. Visiting the pagoda during sunset, when the golden stupa appears to be magnificently alight with flames of orange as it reflects the rays of the setting sun, is truly an unforgettable experience. Journey through Southeast Asia and be dazzled by some of the world's most beautiful Buddhist shrines. ABODESOFENLIGHTENMENT IMAGES:123RF BOROBUDUR, INDONESIA One of the most impressive Buddhist structures in the world, Indonesia’s Borobudur, is a massive compound allegedly built with over two million solid universe. Borobudur is essentially a stone creation signifying Buddhist beliefs about life and reincarnation. Archaeologists say that Borobudur was once brightly coloured, but the enduring grey stones standing today are still a remarkable sight, even without their colourful paintwork. PHA THAT LUANG, LAOS Legend has it that in the third century, in order to protect a piece of the Buddha’s breastbone, Buddhist missionaries from India erected a stupa in the region that is now Vientiane, Laos. Today, located on the same site, the Pha That Luang is an important national monument and a much- loved Buddhist icon to the people of Laos. The central stupa of this simple yet resplendent golden temple rises up to a height of 45 metres and is surrounded by terraces of increasing height, with each terrace representing a particular stage of the journey to Buddhist enlightenment. stone blocks. An aerial view of the temple reveals that it was designed in an intricate geometric pattern known as a mandala, which in Hindu and Buddhist symbolism represents the entire Shwedagon Pagoda, Myanmar Borobudur, Indonesia Pha That Luang, Laos Angkor Wat, Cambodia
  18. 18. ASEANCOMPASS CHASE THE LIGHT The word photography comes from an ancient Greek word that means drawing with light. Professional photographers are acutely sensitive to the amount of light and the direction it comes from, when they shoot. For instance, the ideal light for outdoor photos is when the sun is low in the sky, so early morning and sunset are the best times to snap your camera for outside shots. PACK ONLY ESSENTIALS You may have your heart set on capturing your holiday in a beautiful series of photos with a DSLR (digital single-lens reflex) camera, but rest assured, that plan will quickly be abandoned once you find yourself lugging a heavy bag of camera equipment around wherever you go! Do what the pros do and carry only what you need – simply pack a camera, a few memory cards, a portable storage unit, a flash unit and a small selection of lenses into a compact, lightweight camera bag and you’re good to go. GET TO KNOW YOUR CAMERA This tip is perhaps the most important one of all. Whether you’re traveling with a high end DSLR camera or snapping quick shots with your smartphone camera, knowing what that camera can and cannot do is vital to taking beautiful photos that forever preserve your holiday memories. So spend some time reading up and getting to know your camera first, before you set off on your trip. SOURCE: HIGHALTITUDEYOGA DoTheTwist The Spinal Twist helps your lower back feel comfortable and pain-free. 01 Again, sit at the edge of your seat and place your feet in line with your hips. Make sure your feet are planted firmly on the floor. 02 Now, keeping your hips steady, twist to the right. If you want a deeper twist, place your left hand on the outside of your right knee. 03 Allow your head and neck to naturally follow the movement of your body as you twist. 04 Repeat for 10 breaths. Beat the strain of long haul flights with these yoga moves and step off the plane feeling fresh and re-energised. FelineFlexibility This exercise called the Cat Cow keeps your spine flexible. 01 Sit at the edge of your seat and place your feet in line with your hips. 02 Place your hands on your thighs, inhale and roll your shoulders back so your chest points up and out. 03 Look to the tip of your nose, exhale and roll your spine forward. Allow your body to follow the natural movement. 04 Repeat for 10 breaths. IMAGES:123RF TAKEHOLIDAY PHOTOSLIKEAPROImpress friends and family with your gorgeous holiday photos. Just follow these simple tips for perfect travel snapshots. Eco- Friendly TravelRising temperatures, melting polar caps, unpredictable weather… Mother Earth needs all the help she can get. Here’s how you can pitch in while enjoying your travels. BYOB Totally ditch plastic water bottles that wreak havoc on the environment and Bring Your Own Bottle. When you’re going out exploring or sightseeing, always remember to bring along your refillable water bottle. GO LOCAL Eat what the locals eat at your holiday destination. Doing this helps reduce carbon emissions, as the ingredients in your meal did not have to be transported from halfway across the world before reaching your dinner plate. SELECT WITH CAUTION Make sure you don’t buy souvenirs made out of endangered species of plants or animals. For instance, give anything made from ivory, tortoise-shell or coral, a miss. PICK PUBLIC Fewer cars on the road equal to less pollution and thereby a cleaner environment. So opt for public transportation – taxis, buses, trains – as much as you can. If you have to rent, look for hybrid cars or choose a small car to ensure reduced carbon emissions. HIT THE SWITCH Be vigilant about turning off the lights, heater or air-conditioning in your hotel room whenever you step out. Not heeding this must-do leads to increased burning of coal and fossil fuels which adversely affects climate conditions. FUNTRAVEL FACT ACCORDINGTOSTUDIESONHAPPINESS,MONEYSPENTTRAVELLING 34 APR2016
  19. 19. QUICKBITES WORDS: CHITRA SANTHINATHAN Celebrate Earth Day on April 22 by eating green andmaking food choices that are healthy for our planet. GREEN YOUR PLATE What we put into our mouth not only affects our health but also the well-being of our planet. Make a difference in your eating and buying habits and save our planet with our green eating guide. BE CLIMATE-FRIENDLY Food at the top of the food chain requires more energy to pro- duce, and results in an increase in global warming. For example, cows produce methane, a potent global warming gas, while cattle- feed such as grains require large quantities of energy to produce as well. Synthetic chemicals such as pesticides and fertilisers also have a negative impact on food and air quality. Industrially produced food, especially meats, tend to contain higher levels of pesticides, hormones and antibiotics that are not beneficial for health. To stay healthy and reduce global warming pollution, limit consumption of red meat, avoid overly processed foods and eat more fruits and veggies! IMAGES:123RF BUY ORGANIC Alternative agri- cultural methods such as sustain- able farming reduce dependency on synthetic chemicals, and may also provide more nutritional benefits for the consumer. A study published in the British Journal of Nutrition in 2014 suggests that organically grown crops are higher in antioxidants than their conventionally produced coun- terparts. While more evidence is needed to back up these findings, eating foods that are produced sans chemicals is definitely good for you and Mother Earth. To make sure you are actually eating organic, look out for the stamp of approval from your local food and agricultural departments. In the US, the USDA Organic label en- sures a product is not grown with synthetic pesticides and fertilisers. THINK LOCAL Not just a food fad, eating local is one of the best ways to reduce your foodprint or food-related carbon footprint. Be- fore you savour that piece of fish, think about its journey to your plate – was the fish sourced locally or did it cross thousands of miles on a carbon-emitting cargo ship to reach your plate? Unsustain- able fishing practices deplete fish stocks and can also disrupt the marine environment. Eating and buying local as much as you can is ultimately better for our planet as it reduces pollution and the en- ergy used to transport, store and refrigerate food, and conserves precious ecosystems. By buying fresh produce from a farmer’s market or eating sustainably- caught fish, you will not only reap the best of seasonal produce, but support local farmers and fisher- men as well. WASTE NOT According to the Food and Agriculture Organiza- tion of the United Nations, one third of food produced for human consumption is lost or wasted globally amounting to 1.3 billion tonnes of food wasted per year! Food losses include a waste of resources used in food production such as land, water and energy, which in turn increases green gas emissions. To avoid wasting food and precious resources, think twice when purchasing food. Never buy more than you can consume, and always think twice before chucking food in the bin. Transform leftovers into creative new dishes, and learn to compost food scraps such as vegetable and fruit peels and coffee grounds.,, 36 APR2016
  20. 20. Barnana, is a healthy on-the-go snack crafted from organic bananas that have been dehydrated. The unique dehydration process employed ensures that the naturally occurring sugars caramelise and condense, creating flavourful nibbles packed in potassium. Barnana has no refined sugars, preservatives or cholesterol, and is organic, gluten and dairy free, non-GMO and Kosher friendly. The tasty snack comes in flavour varieties that include Original, Coconut, Chocolate and Peanut Butter. GoingBarnanas! Malaysian cold- pressed juice company, La Juiceria, branches out into food with its new Goodness Greens Café that focuses on clean and healthy eating. Menu highlights include plant-powered Super Soups made with fresh vegetables and La Juiceria Almond Mylk; Smoothie Bowls that include superfoods like açai berry and dragon fruit topped with chia seeds, cacao nibs, bee pollen and dessicated coconut; and customisable salads. Healthy beverages include the Vatté (vegan latte) that consists of a shot of espresso and Almond Mylk, and ginger rose tea, a sweet- spicy concoction. GreenGoodness Karma Wellness Water is a range of vitamin drinks that is low in sodium and sugar. The beverage, available in three delicious flavours including Orange Mango, Açai Pomberry and Passionfruit Green Tea provides up to 100 per cent of the recommended daily intake of many essential daily nutrients, minerals and vitamins including B3, B6, B12, Niacin, C, E, A and D. Karma Wellness Water is sweetened with a blend of stevia and pure sugar cane, is free from preservatives and contains only 22 calories. Packaged in 600ml bottles, the beverage is ideal for those on-the-go. GoodKarma Resorts World Sentosa debuts the first installation of Art at Curate, a Michelin star experience in partnership with Michelin Guide Singapore and Robert Parker Wine Advocate. CURATE, Asia’s first Michelin chef showcase restaurant, will feature a year-long rotating list of Michelin-starred guest chefs, with three-star Italian-born Michelin chef Massimiliano Alajmo leading the pack. Well-known for his multi-sensory approach to cooking, Chef Alajmo has a creative laboratory and culinary research centre within La Calandre, one of three restaurants he oversees in his native Italy. The inaugural Art at Curate runs from April 29 to May 6. Prices range from SGD220++ (no wine pairing) for four-course lunch to SGD480++ (with wine and champagne pairing) for eight-course dinner. Strictly by reservation. MICHELIN EXPERIENCE BARNANAWASCREATEDTOOVERCOME THEISSUEOFBANANASBROWNING QUICKLYANDBEINGSQUASHEDTHAT RESULTINWASTAGE.BARNANA ENSURESTHEREIS ZEROWASTEFARMINGBYSUSTAINABLY UPCYCLINGTHESEBANANAS,RESULTINGINADDITIONAL INCOMEFORORGANICBANANAFARMERS. GREENFACT 37APR2016
  21. 21. PAGETURNER The very first day of April is a day for practical jokes, breezy foolery and hoaxes played on the unsuspecting. But these are usually fleeting and gone in a day, eliciting no more than an eye-roll, or at worst, a good-natured smack. What happens though when the joke takes on a life of its own, when it’s immortalised in print, and manages to fool a whole host of readers? Hoaxes in literature are actually more rampant than anyone might think. History is studded with them, and they always seem to be about identity and experience – writers creating fake personas and ascribing written works to someone else, or placing fiction in the autobiography section. There’s the tragic story of the teenaged Thomas Chatterton, who, in a bid to have his poems published in 1769, pretended that they were the work of a 15th century monk, then killed himself when the hoax was discovered. And the audacity (and inherent irony) of the saga of The Education of Little Tree, the famous autobiography of a Native American orphan who struggles with racism even as he discovers his heritage. In actual fact, the WORDS: LYRA DEANNA FICTION ASFACTSlotted carefully in between the gilded hardcovers on literature- laden shelves, literary hoaxes are more common than most of us realise. novel was written by Ku Klux Klan member, Asa Carter, whose other well-known piece of writing was then-Alabama governor, George Wallace’s 1963 inaugural speech, which was most famous for the phrase‘segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever!' Even Shakespeare wasn’t spared, as one of the most famous literary hoaxes was executed by William Henry Ireland in 1794, when he claimed to find a host of documents from the famous playwright – from a love letter to Anne Hathaway to a historical drama screenplay called Vortigern. All of which, it turned out, he had written himself. A flip through more recent flights of fancy – which usually take the form of fiction masquerading as fact – and the pickings seem just as rich. Perhaps, people never learn? To YA fiction readers, 2010’s I Am Number Four should be instantly recognisable. The first book in the wildly successful Lorien Legacies series, it was written by Pittacus Lore – the pen name for James Frey and Jobie Hughes writing together (it was later revealed that Frey had removed Hughes from the project, but that’s another story). Frey had already courted controversy with his earlier works, both his memoirs – A Million Little Pieces, written in 2003, and its sequel a year later, My Friend Leonard. They were gritty and graphic, and dealt with Frey’s addiction to alcohol and drugs. In 2006, an article with the catchy title, AMillionLittleLies:Exposing JamesFrey’sFictionAddiction, was published byThe Smoking Gun website. It claimed that Frey had invented large swathes of his past in the books, including the part where he was arrested after getting high on crack, hitting a cop with his car and getting into a violent fight with a whole bunch of cops. In the actual police report, Frey had spent five hours in the police station, and posted bail for minor offences. It all unravelled from there, with Frey first defending himself by saying that all writers‘embellished’their memoirs, then publishing a note of apology in later editions of the books. Frey was also dropped by his literary manager, and publisher Random House even reached a legal settlement with him, which enabled readers who felt defrauded to get a refund. The once-memoirs ended up being sold as semi- fictional novels. Frey continued writing, and wisely, stuck to fiction. Margaret B. Jones (real name: Margaret Seltzer) also published a memoir called Love and Consequences: A Memoir of Hope and Survival. In it, she detailed a story of growing up as a half-white, half-Native American foster child, and of becoming a member of the south central Los Angeles street gang, Bloods. The truth is, Jones is ethnically white, and was raised by her biological parents in the San Fernando Valley. Her hoax was discovered when her own sister contacted her then-publisher, Riverhead Books, which has since pulled all copies of the book, and offered refunds to buyers. These less-than-memoirs have set the publishing world abuzz with scandal, raising questions about not just the ethics of the writers themselves, but of due diligence by the publishers. In many cases though, the reading public’s appetite for a book whose story has been proven fake hasn’t waned. In fact, a spectacle imbued by scandal often adds a bit of salacious appeal. So in the end, the only question is whether it is a good story told well, and hopefully, with a clear disclaimer that it’s fiction! Perhaps one of the most wave-making contemporary hoaxes in the literary world was the one pulled by the late Herman A. Rosenblat – because he fooled none other than pop culture icon Oprah Winfrey! Rosenblat was a Polish-born American writer. He wrote a holocaust memoir called The Angel at the Fence, which was supposed to be published in 2009 by Berkely Books. It told the sad, but ultimately sweet story of a young girl who threw apples and bread over the fence to a child Rosenblat who was incarcerated at the Buchenwald concentration camp in Nazi Germany – a young girl who would later become his wife. When Oprah Winfrey heard about the story, she invited him onto her show, and called his memoir“the single greatest love story”she had ever known. But before publication, doubts emerged as to the veracity of his facts, particularly from Holocaust scholars, who pointed out that Buchenwald’s layout would have made the story suspect. Rosenblat then admitted that he had fabricated the story of the little girl with the apples, which had captured so many people’s hearts. Rosenblat said he made it up because he wanted to bring joy to people, but the damage was done. FOOLING MSO. 40 APR2016
  22. 22. THEMARBLE COLLECTOR CECELIA AHERN A book that spans both a day and a lifetime, The Marble Collector looks at the shared story of Sabrina Boggs and her father, Fergus. When she receives a parcel of his belongings, Sabrina discovers a side to her father that she never knew – a truth even more important because Fergus is suffering from dementia. A sweet, heart-warming and heart-wrenching read. SHESPEAKS, HELISTENS MOUSUMI & NAVEEN BHAT Authors Mousumi and Naveen Bhat marked their quarter century of marriage in a slightly unusual way – with the launch of their book aimed at couples, both established and just starting out. Based on their own experiences, it’s about 'relationship fitness', from balancing career, family and finances to creating a good communication bond. It's simple and amusing, and full of real-life examples. THEBONE LABYRINTH JAMES ROLLINS Rollins’latest Sigma offering spans 50,000 years of human history. Seemingly random events have Commander Gray Pierce of Sigma Force tracing the evolution of human intelligence, even as Sigma itself battles for the future of humanity. Rollins deals with everything from the lost city of Atlantis to man’s first foray to the moon, in a sweeping epic of adventure, history, science and legend. THEWIDOW FIONA BARTON Jean Taylor stood by her man, Glen. Always. Even when he was accused of a horrible crime, the kidnap and murder of a little girl. But now he’s dead. And Jean doesn’t have to remain silent anymore. The Widow is a fast-paced, easy read, telling the story of the people who live on the edge of terrible crimes. READ OFTHE MONTH BROKENSKY LA WEATHERLY The first book in Weatherly’s new Broken trilogy, it is set in an alternative 1940s America where war is illegal, replaced by aerial dogfights.Teen pilot, Amity, works to maintain that peace, but soon finds corruption at the heart of her organisation, and betrayal around every corner. Prepare for an exciting amalgam of action, mystery and romance in this steampunk-with-a- twist offering. Former journalist, Fiona Barton, had a story in her head for many years. Inspired by all the time she spent covering trials, and sparked by the people-watching that had become second nature to her, Barton wrote The Widow. Her debut novel tells the story of a heinous crime, from the point of view of the wife of the accused perpetrator. WRITING THE WIDOW Natural curiosity as a child and an obsession with stories and books translated itself into a as they watched, and imagine the questions forming in their heads, the panic bubbling behind the tight smiles. I wanted to know what happened when the press pack left and the world stopped watching, because without witnesses or the distraction of the media scrum, masks cannot help but slip. RESEARCH & CHARACTER INSPIRATIONS Wives in the public eye inspired Jean Taylor, the widow in the title. Especially those married to men accused of notorious crimes, who stood by their men and remained silent about what they knew. Kate Waters, the reporter desperate for an exclusive, is an amalgam of a number of Kates I have worked with, and admired, over the years. determination to be a journalist. It meant that I was able to ask questions of anyone, meet people whose stories have never left me, travel to unlikely places and write for a living.This was my first novel, so everything was new. I had, for the first time, the freedom to decide what people were thinking and saying rather than being the reporter, recording people’s thoughts and words. I could invent motives and twists, inner voices, events and feelings. PEOPLE ON THE EDGE The people on the edge of a story, just out of the spotlight, have a sort of invisibility that always drew me in.While all eyes would be on the accused, I would catch the expressions of the wife or mother Most of my research for the book was done when I was a reporter. For 30 years, I watched and listened to people caught up in dramas, tragedies and conflicts. I squirreled away characters, snippets of conversations, encounters, and when I came to write the book, I had the best imaginable cast of characters to draw on. UP NEXT I didn’t set out to write a series but Kate Waters, the journalist in The Widow, is central to my second book. It’s the story of her investigation into the discovery of a baby’s body buried in the garden of a house – a hunt that leads to an unexpected reckoning for all those involved. TheWatcher 41APR2016
  23. 23. WORDS: LLEWANN PHANG MONEYMAKER Stepping into the business world with nothing more than an idea, a lifelong dream of fame and fortune and fiery gumption to match, is deserving of the Purple Heart! But surviving the bigwig competitors and building a thriving business require more than just fearless resolve and unwavering self-belief. Successful entrepreneurs exemplify a unique blend of confidence, vision and a sense of caring for others, which is what makes them truly admirable. THE UNBEATEN PATH While the rest of us gravitate towards the familiar, like a routine office job with a secure monthly wage, entrepreneurs move away from the customary to realise their special dreams.They are not afraid to travel the unbeaten path, and they go at it swinging. FAILURE IS NO EXCUSE It's only human to fear failure but successful entrepreneurs are not put off by it. Instead of giving up when defeated, they chalk it up to experience and continue to push a little further, dig a little deeper, until they break through the barriers. As the saying goes, 'If at first you don't succeed, try and try again'. Many well-established entrepreneurs live by this mantra and reap the sweet fruit of success only after years of dedication and hard work. PEOPLE FIRST Sincerely thinking of the value you can provide others in your business is a winning move. Keeping other people’s welfare at heart always puts an entrepreneur head and shoulders above the competition, especially if the competition is focusing only on the bottom line. NAILING THE NEED For entrepreneurs who get it right, their endeavour is not just about pursuing their own passion; it is also fuelled by the desire to create a product that the world needs. With persistence and hard work, they eventually wind up finding a solution to a problem, and that’s when they make it big. THE CURVE NEVER STOPS A college degree has never been a pre-requisite for entrepreneurship. When it comes to business acumen, a PhD holder and a school-dropout will both have to study from the book of life itself. Top-notch business people always consider themselves lifelong students and for them, the learning never stops. SOURCE: There’s so much more to being successful than just guts and glory. ENTREPRENEURSROCK! 12.6BILLION USD ISTHE ESTIMATED GLOBAL ADVERTISING REVENUE FACEBOOK IS EXPECTEDTO ACQUIRE IN 2018. 5CENTSWASTHE COST OF A BOTTLE OF COKE IN 1886 WHEN COCA COLAWAS FIRST ESTABLISHED,WHICH REMAINED UNCHANGED FOR 70YEARS. 18.9BILLION USD IS THE AMOUNT AMERICANS SPENT ON THIS YEAR’S VALENTINE'S DAY. There is no doubt that an unfulfilling job is detrimental – physically, emotionally and mentally. Even if the pay cheque is great but office morale is low, in the long run, your job will take a toll on you. Here are the sure signs that you need to rethink your options. SELFDEMOTIVATED You dread going into the office and you no longer have the drive to do your job. If you feel demotivated and frequently need a nudge from someone to get things done, it’s time to move on. THE BOSSY BOSS Your boss seems to be straight out of the movie Horrible Bosses! If bullying and hurling insults at you and your co-workers is your boss’routine order of the day – leave; you're worth far more than the daily abuse you receive at the office. MISERY AT THE COMPANY When your job woes are all your buddies hear about at get-togethers and your monthly wages are the only pro you can think of to stay on at your present employment, start scanning the recruitment pages. SOURCE: IMAGE:123RF JOB OVERHAUL 42 APR2016
  24. 24. DIETDONERIGHTArm yourself with the proper diet know-how and look great the healthy way. When staying in shape is a top priority, dieting inevitably becomes part and parcel of your keep-fit regime. It’s important, however, to diet properly so that you not only stay trim, but healthy as well. A good diet is one that targets weight management AND provides the dieter with the necessary nutrition, which includes greens, fruits and grains, non-fat dairy products, lean protein, fats (the good kind) and the occasional guilty pleasure. Diets that completely exclude carbs, fat or even entire food groups are taking an extremist approach, which is guaranteed to do more harm than good. So practise these good diet habits and get the best out of your diet. PROTEIN BREAKFAST If you find yourself hungry a short while PRESCRIPTION WORDS: LLEWANN PHANGNOTE:ALWAYSCONSULTADOCTORBEFOREYOUEMBARKONANYALTERNATIVETHERAPYOREXERCISEREGIME. IMAGES:123RF after having fruits or a bowl of cereal in the morning, take heart, your diet’s working. Continuously staying hungry though is not a healthy option. So to keep those hunger pangs at bay, add a good fat ingredient, like nuts, to your protein breakfast or simply have an extra serving of proteins. SNACK-200 Snacking while dieting is fine, as long as the calorie count does not exceed 200. The idea here is that your snack should contain sufficient protein and healthy fat to keep you full so you don’t end up binging during your next meal. Baby carrots and celery sticks are perfect choices as a diet snack. SALAD WISE Fresh greens are always great for dieting. If you frequently find yourself suffering from some ailment or rather, like headaches or stomach problems, or often feel anxious, irritable or depressed, then stress is your likely culprit. Here are some pointers to help relieve physical/emotional tension. IDENTIFY THE CAUSE Take time to think through the cause of your stress. Getting to the root of things will take the load off your shoulders and ease the strain. STAYCALMANDPOSITIVESome thingsaresimplybeyondyour control–that’sjustlife.Whatyoucan controlthoughishowyouchooseto respondtoyourproblems. KEEP HEALTHY Exercise, rest and eat well, and take up a soothing activity like tai-chi, yoga or meditation, which is a known stress alleviator. MAKE TIME FOR R & R At times, the best cure is spending time with your loved ones, or enjoying a get-together with your buddies. SEEK HELP If you've already tried some stress-relief strategies and still feel like you’re at the end of the road, seek professional help – it might actually save your life. SORTSTRESSOUT 600MILLION ISTHE NUMBER OF OBESE PEOPLE WORLDWIDE IN JANUARY2015. 544KILOGRAMSWASTHEWEIGHTTHAT EARNED ROSALIE BRADFORD 19432006THE GUINNESSWORLD RECORD FOR BEING THE HEAVIESTWOMAN EVER,TO DATE. 2.5%ISTHE AMOUNT OF FAT CONTENT IN BREWED ESPRESSO COMPAREDTO ONLY 0.6% IN FILTERED COFFEE. Just be aware of the contents of your salad and the serving proportions. Be careful not to over-indulge or overly cut back on any one ingredient so that your salad meal provides you wholesome nutrition. The trick is to strike a balance with the meat (if any), cheese, dressing and croutons in your salad. CARBS WORTHY Nutritionists say it's possible for you to enjoy carbs and still lose weight. This means you can shave off the pounds without having to sacrifice the yummier foods! Try complementing your protein intake with brown rice or a baked potato, and load up on fibre. Once again, balance is key. SOURCE:, 44 APR2016
  25. 25. WORDS: LLEWANN PHANG SCOREBOARD PREVENTIONISBETTERTHANCUREGet fit and stay injury-free during your workout. Here are some downright unconventional sporting competitions that give a new meaning to the phrase ‘anything is possible’. APPLE RACE The Great Huon Apple Race is an annual event in Tasmania’s Huonville, Australia. Competitors hurl apples from a bridge over the Huon River, and the owner of the apple that floats first across the finish line some 300 metres downriver is the winner. BED RACING The annual Knaresborough Bed Race in the English town of Knaresborough, NorthYorkshire, involves navigating a three-kilometre route with a bed on four wheels. The race starts and finishes at Conyngham Hall, and covers an uphill climb, a downhill run and a river-crossing, so it’s essential that the bed also floats! SHIN KICKING Part of the annual Cotswold Olimpicks (not to be confused with the Olympic Games) event in Gloucestershire, England, which began in 1612, this sport is about competitors kicking their opponents as hard as they can in the shins to make them fall.Today, participants must wear soft shoes when competing, but in the old days, people went at their adversaries with steel cap boots! Personal injury can happen anywhere, even during routine exercise.Though there are times when a mishap is simply unavoidable, more often than not, you can sidestep a workout injury by heeding some basic preventive measures. WARM UP AND COOL DOWN Diving head-on into a workout without warming up, or abruptly stopping without cooling down properly, are both equally damaging to your body. Always gear up gradually with some simple stretching and bending before launching full swing into your routine; and the same moves work work out. Rushing through your routine causes excessive strain on your body and increases the risk of injury. Take your time to focus on your workout and observe the movements of your body as you exercise. Remember – stay calm, keep cool and be in control. NOURISH AND HYDRATE Before starting your workout, make sure you are sufficiently nourished and hydrated. Don't binge; a low fat, low fibre snack that is moderate in carbs and proteins before exercise time is ideal, while a post-workout protein intake will help your muscles recuperate and just as well to cool you down after your workout. SAY 'NO' TO EXERTION Sending your body into overdrive spells trouble. While working out, pay close attention to your body and watch for any signs of pain or discomfort. If you feel sore after exercising, take a break from your workout for a day or two to let your body heal. Continued exertion of tired/sore limbs can lead to serious injuries. THE THREE CS Calm, cool, controlled – remember these buzz words the next time you re-energise. Also, always keep a refillable water bottle handy to stay hydrated before, during and after every session. DIVERSIFY Don’t repeatedly utilise the same muscles every time you exercise. Experts advise that you should vary your routine so that you don't repeat the same movements on a daily basis and continually overstress the same areas of the body. Diversifying your fitness regime also gives tired or sore muscles time to recover and revive. SOURCE: IMAGE:123RF 79.5MILLION USD IS CRISTIANO RONALDO’S TOTAL EARNINGS LASTYEAR, MAKING HIM THETOP EARNER ONTHE FOOTBALL FIELD IN 2015. 1300ISTHE NUMBER OF SITUPS GOLFER GARY PLAYER DOES DAILY, DESPITETURNING 80 IN OCTOBER 2015. 17,360ISTHETOTAL AMOUNT OF CALORIES CONTAINED INTHE 62 HOT DOGS MATTHEW STONIE ATE IN 10 MINUTES TOWIN THE NATHAN'S FAMOUS INTERNATIONAL HOT DOG CONTEST IN 2015. WEIRD SPORTS 46 APR2016
  26. 26. KIDS'SPACE WORDS: STUART DANKER IMAGE:123RFIMAGE:INMAGINEIMAGE:123RF From conveying secret messages to aiding long-distance communication, codes have always played an important part in our lives. Here are some of the most famous codes and cryptography to date. MORSE CODE Originating in the mid- 1800s, the Morse code was developed for transmitting messages via electrical telegraph systems, whereby every alphabet and number is represented by a series of short and long signals of sound. Because it was so adaptable, the Morse code found its way into other methods of transmission, such as the flashing of lights, which represent the code’s short and long signals initially utilised for sound. While not typically used to conceal messages, Morse code would still sound like gibberish to the untrained listener. ENIGMA MACHINE Invented in the 1920s by German engineer, Arthur Scherbius, the Enigma machine is a simple device resembling the old-style typewriter. In fact, it even works like one, but with a catch. The Enigma scrambles messages according to its rotor settings, so that in order to decrypt a message, both sender and receiver must have identical configuration keys. This code machine was mostly used during World War II, with keys that changed daily for added security. MODERN CRYPTOGRAPHY Codes have come a long way since the days of old. Computers today can handle far more complex numbers and algorithms than we could ever imagine. So for instance, although you can access your e-mail account in mere seconds, your password’s encryption mode is so complex that it would take billions of years for any computer to crack that exact password!;; TALKINGINCODEHumans have used encryptions to manipulate communication since ancient times. LOL › HOW MUCH DID THE PIRATE PAY FOR HIS PEG LEG AND HOOK? An arm and a leg! › WHY DID THE BELT GET ARRESTED? Because it held up a pair of pants › WHO EARNS A LIVING DRIVING THEIR CUSTOMERS AWAY? A taxi driver › WHEN DO ZOMBIES GO TO SLEEP? When they are dead tired › WHAT IS A MARTIANS FAVOURITE CHOCOLATE BAR? A Mars bar! › WHY IS THE CHEF SO MEAN? Because he beats the eggs and whips the cream › WHERE DOES A FISH KEEP HIS MONEY? In the river bank › WHY DID CINDERELLA GET KICKED OFF THE FOOTBALL TEAM? Because she kept running away from the ball! SOURCE: INTRIGUING FACTSHere are some mind- bogglers on codes! NOT SO ENIGMATIC During World War II, the British were able to crack the Enigma enciphered messages with the help of the Polish. The Germans, oblivious to this fact, were so confident in the Enigma that they used it for all their important defence communications, effectively costing them the war. MORSE BRILLIANCE During his capture in North Vietnam, US prisoner of war, Jeremiah Denton, made his captors happy by favourably answering questions on propaganda television. What the captors didn’t know at the time was that during the broadcast of his interview, he had sent out a Morse code message by blinking his eyes! ANCIENT ORIGINS It is believed that elements of encryption can be traced all the way back to the days of Egyptian hieroglyphs in 1900 BC. There was even an encrypted pottery glaze recipe found in Mesopotamia in 1500 BC.;; 48 APR2016
  27. 27. ultrasonic pi robot intel compute stick Lenovo Flex 3 WORDS: RIL RAHMAN HYPERTECH WALLET-FRIENDLYCOMPUTINGHaving evolved to become affordable tools for the masses, computers of the 21st century are technological marvels, with some costing as much as your favourite frappé! It’s hard to believe that just 50 years ago, computers were the size of a home convection oven and cost a small fortune! The advent of computers like the Commodore 64 and the Apple II in the 1980s revolutionised the industry forever, and today, computers have not only phenomenally shrunk in dimension and weight, but also cost a mere fraction of the price they fetched half a century ago. SINGLEBOARD COMPUTERS SBC With the sole aim of providing computer literacy to the masses at an affordable price, the UK-based Raspberry Foundation created a platform for cheap computers that could be set up and used by anyone, regardless of their age; that’s how the legendary single- board computer (a complete computer built on a single circuit board and containing all necessary features of a functional computer), Raspberry Pi, was born. Released in 2012, the Raspberry Pi is a low cost, credit-card sized computer LAPTOPS While not as game- changing as the Raspberry Foundation with their Raspberry Pi Zero, Intel is also one of the forerunners for affordable computing products for the masses, undertaking this task both as the sole manufacturer, as well as under collaborative partnerships with other industry giants. At the January 2016 CES (Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas, Intel announced the latest developments in their Compute Stick product line, which now has a faster processor and better graphics, while remaining the size of a stick of gum. This computer is perfect for first-time users who require something simple yet functional for their novice needs. Intel is also producing other new computing products priced below USD300 with their partners like ASUS, Acer and HP, who are creating multi-form devices of their own that give users computing flexibility like never before, without breaking the bank. The ASUS T100, HP Pavilion x360, Acer Aspire R11 and the Lenovo Flex 3 11 are just some of the devices with capabilities as powerful as recent mid- to high-end gadgets, and carry an affordable price tag. SMARTPHONES About a decade ago, smartphones were reserved mainly for the rich. Then, in the last five years, these communication devices not only became extremely economical, but also quickly progressed as the that is plugged into a computer monitor or television and uses a standard keyboard. It comes with a single-core processor, USB ports, HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) for video and an SD slot for storage. Powered via USB (the same connector that powers most smartphones today), the launch of the Raspberry Pi sparked off a frenzy among techies to design Lenovo Vibe X2 gateway to mobile computing. Today, flagship smartphones are available at prices no one could ever have imagined before! Brands like Huawei, Xiaomi and Lenovo are some of the pioneer makers of high-powered yet affordable smartphones. Products such as the Honor 5X, Redmi Note 3 and the Lenovo Vibe series combine dynamic mobile performance and affordable price points into a single device. While the very first smartphones were mostly glorified gadgets that gave you access to the web, but lacked the processing power to do anything else, today’s affordable mobile flagships are trailblazers in their own right – providing the masses with great communication and web experience, a superb feature-set and capabilities that were previously only available on devices that cost three to five times more. Multi-core processors, high resolution screens, high megapixel cameras and even fingerprint scanners are some of the premium features included in devices in the reasonable price range of USD150 to USD300. and build further platforms and systems around this credit-card sized motherboard. The Raspberry Pi was soon superseded by the Model B+ (cheaper release price), Model A (smaller form factor) and the upgraded platform – the Raspberry Pi 2 – which featured a faster quad-core processor, more RAM (1GB as opposed to 512MB in the original version) and a microSD slot instead of the full-sized one. Then in 2015, the creators of the Raspberry Pi finally succeeded in their quest for affordable computing with the release of Raspberry Pi Zero. While it shares the same processor as the original Raspberry Pi, it outperforms its earlier predecessor with a faster clocked processor, is one thirds the size and sells at a ridiculous price of USD5! This means that now, you can own a full-fledged computer that allows you to surf the web, perform productivity tasks, and playback multimedia content, all for the price of an iced beverage! The incredible Raspberry Pi story doesn't stop there – it has inspired other companies to create their own powerful, low-cost system- on-a-board, like the Banana Pi, Pine A64 and ODroid. Thanks to low- cost boards such as these, techies keep pushing the boundaries and continue their efforts to create new, affordable computing paradigms for the market. 50 APR2016
  28. 28. FELLOWES EXOLENS Designed for the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus, the ExoLens is a skeletal frame case that is attached to the smartphone, and allows specialised lenses to be used with the phone camera. Famous lens maker, Carl Zeiss, has produced a range of lenses that can be attached to the ExoLens, giving the iPhone better optics for more professional-looking images. CAMERAENHANCERSSuperb accessories that suit every shutterbug’s needs. MONUMENT VALLEY Voted as the best mobile game of 2014 at the 11th International Mobile Gaming Awards, this is a great game and a visual treat. Your goal is to guide a princess through beautifully designed levels that invoke Escher-like aesthetics and help her get through buildings and past obstacles. OS: ANDROID, IOS PRICE: USD2.99 Planetof theApps Play anywhere with these offline games you can install in your phone. BALDUR'S GATE II ENHANCED EDITION One of the greatest RPG sagas ever to exist on the PC is now right at home on the mobile platform. The game is about creating a band of heroes, escaping the evil wizard, Irenicus, and searching for adventure. OS: ANDROID, IOS PRICE: USD9.99 SWING COPTERSThis game comes from the same creators as Flappy Bird, only this time, you’re what seems like a potato with a helicopter hat, and instead of moving left to right, you move up the screen while trying to avoid swinging hammers. It’s frustrating but fun, and addictive!. OS:ANDROID,IOS PRICE:FREE ANGRY BIRDS 2 Who can forget the angry feathered beings made famous by this game; there’s even a movie to be released soon. As usual, your goal is to retrieve the eggs stolen by the evil green pigs. Get ready to pull, release and bash into some green ham! OS: ANDROID, IOS, WINDOWS 10 MOBILE PRICE: FREE Keep your smartphone lag-free with these quick fixes. TIPOFTHE MONTH KEEP ONLY PRIORITY APPS The more apps you install in your smartphone, the more you take up precious storage space, causing your phone to run at a slower pace. Some apps can go up to several hundred megabytes, so four or five apps like that are a tremendous setback to your phone’s efficiency. Keep only priority apps and uninstall the rest to improve your phone’s response rate. UPDATE YOUR APPS It often feels like a huge chore to update your phone apps, but app programmers usually roll out optimisation of the app with every update, making it function better in your phone. So to help your smartphone run smoother, head on to your Play Store or App Store and click the ‘Get Updates’ button to update your apps to the latest version. REBOOT This is a great way to clear the RAM (memory) of your smartphone and free up space that apps occupy in the system memory. Rebooting your phone can easily give you 30 to 40 per cent improved response time. PEAK DESIGN SLIDE Adaptable as a shoulder or neck strap, or a sling, the Slide combines the usability of a professional-level camera strap design with Peak Design's patent-pending Anchor Links for easy attachment and removal of the straps. Made from seat-belt webbing, it is durable enough for the bulkier DSLR cameras, and unobtrusive enough for smaller mirrorless cameras. GREENROOM136 JUNKMONKEY This heavy-duty yet comfortable bag is perfect for carrying your camera and photography equipment. Made with water-resistant Codura nylon outer fabric and ripstop inner fabric, it comes in two sizes – medium (with a 14 cubic-litre capacity) and large (19 cubic-litre capacity) – and can be customised with the add-on Kit Pouch for extra camera protection, thanks to the padded removable insert. MANFROTTO COMPACT ACTION TRIPOD For a complete, compact and affordable tripod, the Manfrotto Compact Action Tripod is the answer. Its sturdy aluminium structure and multi-use head enables users to create panning shots, and gives the flexibility of a ball head for multi-angle shots. 51APR2016
  29. 29. TOUCHDOWN Originally a Māori settlement dating back to 1350, Auckland is located in the country’s North Island and is also known as Tamaki Makaurau or ‘the spouse desired by a hundred lovers’. The moniker befits Auckand’s envious environs – ensconced by fertile volcanic slopes, rolling hills and sparkling waterways. Auckland became a British colonial settlement in 1840 through the Treaty of Waitangi, an agreement made between representatives of the British Crown and Māori chiefs. Early European WORDS: CHITRA SANTHINATHAN IMAGE:GETTY ABOVE Waitemata Harbour at dusk with the city skyline as a backdrop AUCKLAND, NEWZEALANDFrom sky-jumping to wine tasting, New Zealand’s most happening city has something for every traveller. settlers were awed by the city’s strategic natural harbours, Waitemata (also known as Auckland Harbour) and Manukau, as well as its fertile soils, and a European settlement soon thrived. The largest and most populous city in New Zealand, Auckland is home to a diverse population of different ethnicities. This cosmopolitan heritage is best sampled through the city’s myriad cuisines and festivals. An emerging arts scene coupled with an appreciation for the good life lends this city a cool, laid-back vibe. MUSTSEE/DO AUCKLAND WAR MEMORIAL MUSEUM charts the history of New Zealand through its Māori and Pacific collections, significant natural history resources and social and military history exhibits. As New Zealand’s first museum, it is the guardian of the world’s largest collection of Māori treasures and also hosts the country’s leading heritage libraries. Another highlight of the museum is its daily Māori cultural performances that culminate in the traditional haka (ceremonial war dance). SKY TOWER soars 328 metres high and is the tallest man-made structure in New Zealand. Three platforms afford visitors spectacular 360-degree views of the city, while Orbit, a revolving restaurant at the tower’s peak, offers tantalising tipples and fine-dining options high up in the sky! For those chasing sky-high thrills, the tower offers SkyJump, which literally involves plummeting 192 metres (while safely harnessed), off the tower at 85km an hour! TAKE A HIKE along some of the most scenic trails in the world. New Zealand is renowned for its awe- inspiring landscapes and hiking is the best way to experience the country’s beauty first-hand. Hikes of varying distances, from quick 25-minute walks to overnighters are available. Plan your journey with help from the Department of Conservation ( that lists amazing wilderness experiences in and around Auckland. The local council ( also provides walking maps for DIY hikes. A highlight is the Coast to Coast Walk, a 16km panoramic hike. RANGITOTO ISLAND emerged from the sea 600 years ago in a series of volcanic explosions. The island is situated about eight km northeast of Auckland and is visible from the mainland. The youngest of the islands in the Hauraki Gulf (a coastal feature of New Zealand’s North Island), Rangitoto’s volcanic landscape supports diverse species of flora and fauna. A summit track traverses the world’s largest pohutukawa (a coastal evergreen) forest and culminates at a 259-metre high peak that affords spectacular views of the city and the Hauraki Gulf. 52 APR2016
  30. 30. “We Kiwis love good coffee and food just as much as we cherish the outdoors. My favourite spot for a cup of java is VERVE CAFÉ (parnell. in historic Parnell for its bold, aromatic brews and big breakfasts. It’s the place I head to for my regular dose of flat whites and people-watching. Parnell has a cosy, villagey feel and yet is only a stone’s throw from the bustling city! Another one of my favourites for good brews is LITTLE & FRIDAY (www.littleandfriday. com) that has outlets in suburban Auckland. Each serves fresh food made with free range and organic produce. Menu highlights include homemade crumpets, as well as toasted sandwiches with delish fillings like smashed avocado and wood-roasted mushrooms. Dairy- free and vegetarian options are also available here. In Auckland, we’re blessed to have the great outdoors at our doorstep. I love a picnic on Takapuna Beach, a sandy stretch that overlooks volcanic Rangitoto Island. Auckland also produces fabulous wines and craft beers; when I have friends over, we usually head to West Auckland to sample the top drops on offer. At HALLERTAU ( in Riverhead, the owners brew different types of beer and serve them alongside top nosh that includes the catch of the day. At award-winning COOPERS CREEK winery (, visitors can sample familiar flavours such as Chardonnay, Syrah and Pinot Noir, alongside newer varieties like Arneis, Montepulciano and Viognier. Drink responsibly and remember to keep to the legal limits if you’re driving! It’s no secret that New Zealand is home to jaw-dropping landscapes; explore the great outdoors on a walk or tramp (overnight hike).The DEPARTMENT OF CONSERVATION ( lists some pretty good selections from hour-long walks to overnighters. One of the best hikes available is the TONGARIRO NORTHERN CIRCUIT that traverses the volcanic heart of Tongariro National Park with its landscape of glacial valleys, alpine meadows and emerald lakes.” SLEEP FORMOREHOTEL OPTIONS,VISIT THELANGHAM AUCKLAND 83SYMONDSSTREET, BOX2771,AUCKLAND1010 HERITAGEAUCKLAND 35HOBSONSTREET, AUCKLAND1140 CROWNEPLAZA AUCKLAND 128ALBERTSTREET, AUCKLAND1010 IMAGES:123RF IMAGE:LITTLE&FRIDAY InsideScoop Aucklander and human resources professional, Ashwini Thilagalingam, offers her suggestions for top nosh and outdoorsy pursuits in the harbour city. EAT MINCE AND CHEESE PIE, usually made with lean beef and topped with puff pastry, is undoubtedly a Kiwi favourite. A square of cheese placed atop the mince turns the pie into a deliciously gooey treat once baked! GETTING THERE AIRASIA X FLIES TO AUCKLAND VIA GOLD COAST FROM KUALA LUMPUR. EXPLORE THE WINE REGIONS that encircle Auckland to enjoy luscious wines, scrumptious food, and breathtaking scenery. Waiheke, a 40-minute ferry hop from downtown Auckland is home to clifftop wineries and spectacular settings; Matakana, less than an hour from the CBD, boasts beautiful beaches and boutique vineyards; and at Kumeu, Auckland’s oldest wine region, visitors will find renowned Kiwi wine producers alongside artisanal wine-makers. Emerald Lakes, Tongariro National Park Auckland War Memorial Museum Haka performance Mince and cheese pie 53APR2016
  31. 31. SLEEPINNS Thailand’s greatest epics in wall hangings and terra-cotta artworks. Yet, all this is done with clean lines and simplicity, creating a luxurious space where contemporary style meets tradi- tional grandeur. My suite, overlooking the central courtyard, was palatial, with plush carpeting and an earthy colour palette. A flat-screen LCD televi- sion swivelled between the king-sized bed with its elegant feature wall of diamond-shaped teak and the cosy living area where a platter of sin- ful dark chocolates sat temptingly, replenished location is so central that it’s hard to believe such an oasis exists. But, within this serene sanctuary, it is easy for guests to pretend that they are far removed from the big city. Named after the first capital of Thailand, which flourished between the 13th and 14th centuries, a time thought to be the golden age of Thai art and architecture, The Sukhothai reflects the grace and splendour of this pe- riod. The design of this 210-room property is inspired by the palaces of Sukhothai, which emphasised symmetry, open-air arcades, lush courtyards, reflecting ponds and the use of the chedi (stupa or pagoda) as a main design feature. The chedi is said to represent the es- sence of tranquillity, and I felt this soothing touch the moment I entered the property. To mirror the sumptuousness of design that characterised the golden era,The Sukhothai in- corporates opulent Jim Thompson silks, heavy teak furnishings, elegant marble and lots of mirrors. And, to infuse the design with cultural relevance, The Sukhothai features scenes from six acres of flower gardens, the stupa-studded reflection ponds and The Sukhothai’s tree- lined drive was bustling Bangkok. Yet, with its tuk-tuks weaving through manic traffic, ferrying passengers between amazing night markets, super malls and grand temples, the Big Mango was definitely out there… waiting to be discovered. In fact, The Sukhothai, located within walk- ing distance from both the Saladaeng BTS sta- tion and Lumpini MRT station, offers incredible access to the attractions of the city centre. Its Looking for luxury accommodation with the added advantage of a strategic location? Here are our top picks for sleeps that are sumptuous and strategic. UNBEATABLELOCATIONS TheSukhothai,Bangkok T o reach my 76 square metre Garden Suite, I had to walk through a water garden in the central courtyard where the over- hanging branches of tall trees seemed to graze ponds filled with lotus blooms in shades of ivory, lavender and pale rose. Here, with the birds chirping and the scent of dewy grass wafting in the tropical breeze, it was difficult to believe that just beyond the WORDS: BEVERLY RODRIGUES 54 APR2016