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Let The Best Take The Podium 让最好的登上奖台

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Motorclassica, Australasia’s premier event for vintage, classic and exotic motoring enthusiasts, recently hosted over 24,000 visitors at Melbourne’s Royal Exhibition Building.

More than 160 pristine, rare and desirable machines represented some of the best collections around Australia.

Now in its ninth year, Motorclassica brought together a collection of classic cars and motorcycles in the southern hemisphere, mixed with the newest supercars and sports cars from the world’s premium automotive manufacturers.

In 2018, Motorclassica will celebrate 90 years of the Australian Grand Prix with an exhibition of significant racers from down through the decades, including the very first winning car from 1928.

A stunning 1932 Alfa Romeo 6C Spider was named ‘Best in Show’ at the 2018 Australian International Concours d’Elegance at Motorclassica. Owned by Lawrence Southward, the spectacular Alfa 6C 1750 GS Spider was judged the ‘best of the best’ among the many class winners in the hotly-contested Concours Competition.

The world-heritage listed Royal Exhibition Building will also house a Motorclassica display of cars and motorcycles from the Art Deco era of design, from 1910 to 1940. Motorclassica kicked off its annual Tour Classica, which saw many of the key entrants’ parade through the Melbourne CBD.

Post War Classic closed.jpg经典车展(Motorclassica)是澳大利亚为复古、经典和异国风情的汽车爱好者而设的鉴赏珍藏盛会,并且也让墨尔本皇家展览大厅创下接待逾24000名参观人数。

来自澳大利亚各地最佳收藏,共有 160 多台原始、稀有和令人憧憬的经典梦之车展出。

在迈入第九年,经典车展除了汇集了南半球的古董汽车和摩托车,还混合了世界顶级汽车制造商最新款的超级豪车和跑车。

2018Motorclassica 将庆祝澳大利亚大奖赛的 90 周年,展出几十年来的顶尖赛车手,其中包括 1928 年以来首辆获奖汽车。而令人惊叹的 1932 年阿尔法罗密欧 Spider2018 年澳大利亚国际车展上被评为“全场总冠军”。

这辆炫目的 Alfa 6C 1750 GS SpiderLawrence Southward所拥有,历经激烈的比赛后,被评为众多优胜者中的“王中王”。

而被列入世界文化遗产的皇家展览馆还将展出经典车展中1910 年至 1940 年装饰艺术时代之设计的汽车和摩托车。一年一度的经典车巡展拉开了序幕,许多重要的参加者在墨尔本中央商务区展开游行。

The Living Language of Beauty 美的生动言语

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The ultimate expression of the Maison’s Savoir-faire. Stones are paramount in Cartier’s design studios. Understanding them, recognising what makes them special and capturing their beauty to maximise their potential is the designer’s primary task. The creativity and expertise of Cartier have allowed it to develop its signature style, which has continued to evolve for some 170 years.

Launched in July 2018, the latest COLORATURA COLLECTION by Cartier celebrates virtuoso voices and their echo around the world in a sensorial exploration of colour. Driven by a universal curiosity, the Maison investigates creative diversity; uniting the four corners of the globe and blending the variety of vast continents alongside their local traditions.

The correlations between past and present, the connections between cultures and generations all viewed through the human values of celebration, sharing and joy. The diversity of the world offers a rich palette. Colours combine; horizons meet. Together they compose a dynamic score: the vibrant colours of India, the uncompromising contrasts of Asia and the Orient, the subtle palettes of Japan, and the staccato shades of Africa are united by a shared vision of style and a jubilant spirit.

这是出自名门世家自由奔放的极限写照。在卡地亚的珠宝设计工作室里,原石具有至高无上的地位。设计师的首要任务是理解和认识它们的特质、捕捉它们的美丽,并最大限度地发挥它们的潜力。卡地亚的创造力和专业技能导向本身的强烈标志风格,类似风格已经持续发展 170 年左右。

卡地亚在 2018 7 月推出的最新 COLORATURA 系列,透过对色彩无限的感性探索,艺术家声音也唱响世界各地。在网罗所有好奇元素的推动下,卡地亚尝试多样性创意;融合地球的四个角落,各大洲的多元化和当地传统特色。

而过去和现在的枢纽,文化和世代之间的连接,都是通过人们庆祝、分享和欢乐的价值观视察。世界的多样性提供丰富的调色板,因此颜色的组合来自于视野观察,它们共同构筑一个动态的乐章:印度属于充满活力的颜色,亚洲和东方毫不妥协的对比色彩,日本微妙的调色板及非洲断奏一般的色调,皆因共同的风格愿景和欢欣鼓舞的精神联系在一起。

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Redefining Performance 重新定义性能

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The Superlative Chronometer status is symbolized by the green seal that comes with every Rolex watch and is coupled with an international five-year guarantee.

The notion of Superlative Chronometer, first formulated in the late 1950s, forms a centrepiece on the dials of all Oysters. The rate results achieved showed greater precision than the criteria for obtaining a mention. To mark these exceptional qualities, Rolex created the term of “Superlative Chronometer”. This precision is tested by Rolex using an exclusive methodology that simulates the conditions in which a watch is actually worn and is much more representative of real-life experience.

Each movement is submitted to COSC (the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute) for its official certification, after 15 days and 15 nights of testing involving seven eliminating criteria in five static positions and at three temperatures. In 1914, a similar Rolex wristwatch was granted the first “Class A” precision certificate by the famous Kew Observatory in Great Britain, the highest authority in the world in terms of precision, and responsible for the certification of marine chronometers.

Rolex’s Superlative Chronometer certification reflects the pursuit of its goal by adopting the strictest chronometric precision criteria in the industry, criteria which are more representative of real-life wear. The brand can therefore offer its customers a superlative level of performance that pushes back the limits of mechanical watches and makes Rolex the benchmark of watchmaking excellence.

肩负着历史悠久的精准使命,劳力士手表的绿色印章吊牌代表着顶级天文台精准时计至高无上的象征,并且享有 5 年的国际保修福利。

二十世纪五十年代末,劳力士构想出超卓天文台精密时计概念,所有蚝式腕表的表盘中央均印有此标志。而获得的测试结果是比标准更为严格苛刻。为了表扬卓越的精确品质,劳力士创造了”超卓天文台精密时计”的术语。劳力士研发出非凡卓著的检测方式及高科技设备为腕表进行测试,并授予其“超卓天文台精密时计”的认证。

每枚机芯均送往瑞士官方天文台认证 (COSC) ,历经十五个昼夜的测试后,方能获取其官方认证。其中包含七项淘汰基准,并在五个静态位置及三种温度状况中进行测试。所有劳力士机芯均获授予此瑞士天文台精密时计认证。1914年,一款相近的劳力士腕表亦获著名的英国乔城天文台 (Kew Observatory) 颁授“A级”精密时计认证,乔城天文台是世界上评定精准度的最高权威,负责颁发航海天文钟的认证。

劳力士超卓天文台精密时计认证采用钟表业中最为严格的计时精密基准。此基准不仅更贴近日常生活的佩戴情况,并展现品牌力求精准的决心。由此,劳力士便能为顾客提供超卓性能的腕表,不断突破机械腕表极限,成为超卓机械腕表制造商的典范。

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“WOW” Factor

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Each year around 60,000 people flock to New Zealand to experience the magical world of World of Wearable Art (WOW). This year, WOW celebrates its 30th year as one of New Zealand’s most spectacular art shows and single largest theatrical production. WOW is a renowned international wearable art competition providing artists from all over the world a platform to showcase their work. Featuring a total of 140 extraordinary finalist garments by 147 designers from 17 countries in this edition, the Awards Show 2018 was taken to a whole new level that wowed the audience across 18 days in Wellington, New Zealand.

The winners of this year’s Supreme WOW Award, which is also the most prestigious award of all, has shown incredible potential and creativity in their work. Natasha English and Tatyanna Meharry from New Zealand bagged the Supreme WOW Award with their stunning creation, WAR sTOrY. The sisters are also the first ever two-time Supreme WOW Award winners, having taken the top award in 2013 for The Exchange.

This event was initially launched by Dame Suzie Moncrieff in 1987 to put art on the human form, but without an amazing and capable team each year, it would not have turned into such a resounding success. The WOW 2018 Creative Team had Show Director Malia Johnston coordinate the entire show, Set and Lighting Designer Geoff Cobham design a world of magical lights and Music Director Paul McLaney direct compositions into the body of this consolidated show.

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Penang International Luxury Collections Week (PILCW) 2018 槟城国际奢华周

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The 2nd edition of PILCW 2018 once again saw an exhibition of luxury items including antiques, art, stones, vintage cars, properties, carpets, etc. Chairman of Penang State Tourism Development, Heritage, Culture and Art, The Honorable Yeoh Soon Hin in his opening speech acknowledged the fact that Penang is lacking in exclusive products and services in the luxury tourism sector. He applauded PILCW for being a very good initiative to provide this beautiful island with such a platform. Organiser and President of CHT Network, Ch’ng Huck Theng said that it was not easy to organise this event, especially when market sentiment is rather slow as the public is still very much in a wait and see mode to monitor how the economy will be reacting to the new government’s budget announcement. However Ch’ng stressed that life has to move on. “Rather than waiting in shops, such events do help in bringing in new potentials and reconnecting with existing clients” Ch’ng added.

The three day event started with a Grand Opening where Yeoh was the Guest of Honor and all guests sang Happy Birthday to celebrate his birthday after the opening. One of Penang’s top jewelry boutiques Venessa Diamonds presented an exclusive contemporary Nyonya jewelry show during the VIP preview evening. Two specialists from KL were invited to speak about investing in art, coins and notes. Winson Loh from Pinkguy Gallery talked about Collecting vs Investing in Malaysia Art, whereas Cho Chun Long gave an insight of Collecting Rare Coins & Notes. The last day of the event saw MNP Auctioneers hammering off arts, antiques and collectibles.

Sponsors for the PILCW 2018 were the Penang State Government, RHB Premier, Lamborghini Kuala Lumpur, Thai Airways International, Sunsuria Berhad, Royal East (Australia) and Gurney Paragon Mall.

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今年堂堂迈入第二届的 2018 年槟城国际奢华周 (PILCW),结合了古董、艺术品、珍石、古董汽车、房产和地毯等奢华臻品公开展出。槟城旅游、古迹及文化事务委员会主席杨顺兴在开幕致辞时表示,槟城在奢华旅游领域中,一直缺乏独特性的奢华产品与服务,

PILCW 恰好弥补了缺失的这一块,为此,他称赞 PILCW 为槟城这座美丽的岛屿,提供了一个绝佳的奢华旅游推动平台。活动主办者兼 CHT Network 创办者庄学腾表示,在这个市场笼罩着低迷氛围,民众普遍抱持观望心态,等待新政府颁布的财政预算案是否能够振兴经济的大环境下举办这场活动,实属不易。无论如何,庄学腾认为生活始终要回归正常。“与其守株待兔,不如主动出击,透过活动开发潜在新客户群,以及和原有客户保持良好联系。”庄学腾补

道。

荣誉嘉宾尊敬的杨顺兴受邀主持开幕仪式,正式掀开这场为期三天的活动。仪式结束后,众出席贵宾也同时为尊敬的杨顺兴高唱了一曲生日歌以庆祝他的生日。在贵宾预展当晚,作为槟城最具知名度之一的珠宝精品店,Venessa Diamonds 呈现了一场独一无二的现代风格娘惹珠宝秀。两位来自吉隆坡的专家,受邀前来主讲艺术品、古币和古钞相关课题。来自 Pinkguy 画廊的卢詠申主讲马来西亚艺术品收藏与投资课题,而 Cho Chun Long 则深入探讨珍稀币钞之收藏课题。活动最后一天,MNP 拍卖行现场举办了一场拍卖会,拍卖品包括了艺术品、古董和其他珍稀收藏品。

是次 2018 PILCW 主要赞助单位为槟城州政府,RHB PremierLamborghini Kuala Lumpur,泰国国际航空,Sunsuria BerhadRoyal East (澳大利亚) 和葛尼百丽宫。

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158th Lexus Melbourne Cup 第158届墨尔本杯盛情上演

The Melbourne Cup Carnival is Australia’s most well known horse racing event held on the first Tuesday of November every year. Neil Wilson, Chief Executive Officer of Victoria Racing Club (VRC) has declared the 158th Lexus Melbourne Cup a resounding tourism success. Across a span of four days, it has successfully attracted 303,587 local, regional and international visitors who gathered to enjoy the racing, fashion, entertainment and hospitality of the world’s most vibrant racing event.

The 158th Melbourne Cup’s greatest highlight was the breakthrough win for Godolphin. Four-year-old Cross Counter took the lead during the final stages of the race and claimed victory for the first time ever, becoming the first English horse to win this historical event.

Throughout the Carnival, 451 horses competed in 37 races with more than $20 million in prize money. Channel 7’s coverage of the Lexus Melbourne Cup was streamed to a local and global audience on Twitter for a third straight year, viewed by more than 2 million.

Myer Fashions on the Field was a big hit that saw 556 stylishly dressed men and women and 305 children and families compete for more than $436,000 in prizes.

The Birdcage enclosure once again played host to international and local celebrities including Elle Macpherson and Megan Gale at Lexus; Montana Cox at Kennedy; Rebecca Harding at Seppelt Wines; Elyse Taylor and Usain Bolt at Mumm; Sam Smith, Dionne Warwick and Bella Heathcote at 1 Oliver St; Lara Worthington at Bumble; and Scott Disick and Sofia Richie at Ultra. 

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作为澳大利亚极负盛名的赛马活动,“墨尔本杯嘉年华”落在每年 11 月首个周二举行。维多利亚赛马俱乐部 (VRC) 首席执行官 Neil Wilson 宣布,“第 158 届雷克萨斯墨尔本杯(Lexus MelbourneCup) 给旅游业增添一抹浓厚的亮丽色彩。这项为期四天的赛事中,成功吸引凝聚了 30 3587 名本地、区域和国际游客,共同观赏这项集中赛会、时尚,娱乐和款待元素的盛会,同时也是全球最具活力的赛马盛宴。

158 届墨尔本杯最大的亮点是 Godolphin队取得了突破性的优胜。4 岁的赛马 Cross Counter 在最后阶段取得历史性领先,并一锤定音,成为第一匹赢得压倒性胜利的英国名驹。

综观赛事狂欢期间,共有 451 匹马参加了 37场比赛,奖金超过 2000 万澳元。第7频道连续第三年在推特上向当地和全球观众播放雷克萨斯墨尔本杯,观看人数超过 200 万。另外,Myer 赛场时尚大赛也是一个备受瞩目的环节,556 名着装时尚风潮的男女和 305 名儿童与家庭参加了时尚比赛,争夺逾 43 6000 澳元的奖金。

尊贵的鸟笼区再次迎来了国际和当地名流闻人,如代表雷克萨斯的 Elle Macpherson Megan Gale; 肯尼迪的 Montana Cox; Seppelt Wines Rebecca Harding; MummElyse Taylor Usain Bolt; 1 Oliver StSam Smith, Dionne Warwick Bella Heathcote; Bumble Lara Worthington ,还有 Ultra Scott Disick Sofia Richie

Endometriosis

by Dr. Mecherl Lim

MD (MA) Naturopath (ND), Holistic Kinesiology


Endometriosis occurs when tissue comparable to the lining of the uterus is found in other areas of the body such as on the ovaries, fallopian tubes, bladder, bowel and vagina.  The misplaced tissue may grow and is occasionally found on the organs and other parts of the body. Endometriosis affects 10 percent of women of childbearing age. 

WHAT ARE THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS?

  • Pain before and during menstruation, at ovulation (midway between periods) and during intercourse.
  • Painful urination and pain in bowel movements during menstruation.
  • Bladder discomfort and urinary frequency.
  • Gastrointestinal upsets such as irregular bowel motions, flatulence and bloating.
  • About 30 to 40 per cent of infertile women have endometriosis- commonly because the fallopian tubes are blocked. Sometimes infertility is the only symptom.
  • Heavy or irregular bleeding, sometimes with large clots.
  • A number of women have endometriosis but no symptoms and occasionally there may be unusual symptoms such as sciatica- caused by pressure of the endometrial growth.  Some women may experience fatigue, especially if they are bleeding heavily and become iron deficient.

HOW IS IT DIAGNOSED?

Diagnosis is by laparoscopy; That is, under anesthetic a small telescopic instrument is inserted into the abdomen.

WHAT CAUSES IT?

Basically, the misplaced tissue behaves like the lining of the uterus and each month it swells, breaks down and sheds. This may cause inflammation, pain, pressure, internal scar tissue formation and abdominal problems such as bowel congestion.  In severe cases bands of scar tissue (adhesions) may develop.  There are no known causes of the misplaced tissue and below are some of the suspected causes:

  • Menstrual back flow, either via the uterine wall and blood circulation or via the fallopian tubes.  Some suggest tampons may encourage back flow, so it may be wise to use external pads, at least during the night.
  • Hormonal imbalances, especially high oestrogen levels or inappropriate oestrogen metabolism. It can recur or start when postmenopausal women go on hormone replacement.
  • Other possibilities include genetic predisposition, immune imbalances, following abdominal surgery, or the body may reactivate some “embryonic ability” to make new tissue.

HOW THE DOCTORS TREAT IT?

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These may include painkillers, progesterone, anti-progesterone, and testosterone derivatives such as Danazol. GnRH agonist (such as nafarelin) suppresses the body’s production of reproductive hormones and reduces symptoms, but has many potential adverse effects, including pseudo-menopause. Other analagesics may be used for pain relief. Hormone therapy that disrupts the secretion of estrogen and may be employed to limit growth is also used. Currently, prescribed pharmaceuticals rarely help  endometriosis.

SURGERY

The type of surgery now available varies from minor “day surgery” to cauterization of endometriosis spots, laser technology and extensive removal of scar tissue and microsurgery. If it is possible to remove all endometrial tissue, regrowth is unlikely to recur or cut out visible growths, and to reduce adhesions between pelvic organs.

THE HOLISTIC APPROACH

There is not one single remedy that will significantly improve the symptoms of endometriosis.  You should find a practitioner experienced in treating the problem, that is, a herbalist, Naturopath, Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner or Homeopath.

TEA RECIPE

You can use chamomile and ginger, both of which help reduce inflammation. Simmer finely chopped ginger root in water for about 5 minutes. Use half to 2 teaspoons of ginger per cup of water, depending on your taste. Then add the chamomile and let it stand covered for a few minutes. For bloating, try combining peppermint and lemon balm tea.

OTHER HOLISTIC SUPPORT

Effective results in the treatment of endometriosis involve replacing saturated fats in membranes with EFA. This is a slow process and can take months to reverse the concentrations of fatty acids in the membranes. Because of this, it may be necessary to take GLA for about 6 months before reasonable effects are observed.

Fish Oils can also be used for their PGE3 anti-inflammatory effect. The activity of Delta-6-Desaturase Enzyme can be increased with nutrients such as : Zinc, B6, C, and Magnesium, whereas vitamin A and copper will inhibit Delta-5-Desaturase Enzyme thereby inhibiting PGE2 and arachidonic acid production.

Oestrogen receptor density may be increased in hypothyroidism. Therefore, women should be checked for hypothyrodism or decreased utilisation of thyroid hormones.

SUPPLEMENTATION such as DrMecherlHerbs SHE 18, (TCM herbs) Thyroid 17 (TCM) has been shown to decrease oestrogen effects and promote progesterone effects via anterior pituitary regulation which will regulate cell surface receptors that will benefit in these women. SHE 18 is also traditionally used in dysmenorrhoea, ovarian and uterine pain as an anti inflammatory and spasmolytic.

DIET

If you have high oestrogen levels, a diet rich in Phyto oestrogens may “crowd out” at least some of your stronger oestrogens- such as DrMecherlHerbs PhytoNutrients plus Soya food, linseed, sunflower seeds and an intake of whole grain food twice daily.

HOW CAN YOU PREVENT IT?

According to a scientific survey, women with a higher consumption of green vegetables and fresh fruit have a 40 per cent relative reduction in the risk of endometriosis while those with a high intake of beef, other red meat and ham have an 80 to 100 per cent increase in risk.

  • Reduce your meat intake, have two fish meals weekly and some nuts and seeds, as these foods provide essential fatty acids and help reduce inflammation.
  • Have a salad or soup with lunch, including green vegetables.
  • Include cooked vegetables with your evening meal.
  • Eat at least two pieces of fruit daily.

GOOD ADVICE

Endometriosis is a difficult and complex problem. Do your best to follow the dietary and lifestyle advice and get a practitioner ‘sadvice for specific treatment.


Dr Mecherl Lim

An Intuitive Medical Practitioner in Alternative Medicine (MD) (MA), Naturopath (ND), Holistic Kinesiology (HK), and Functional Medicine (FM)

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