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Designed with a matt plasma high-tech monobloc case and bracelet with the exception of polished middle links, the new Rado HyperChrome Match Point is set to stun fanatics of the racquet sport. Known as Rado’s sporty and sophisticated collection, the tennis inspired timepiece looks even sportier with its tachymeter scaled engraved around the polished bezel. Either for daily occasions or red carpet events; simply put on the Raxdo HyperChrome Match Point and let the timepiece does the talking and makes you noticeable.

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Luxury of Legacy

Guaranteeing a ‘‘home-away-from-home’’ experience, The Peninsula has been synonymous with luxurious comfort and impeccable service. Operated since 1928, The Peninsula has a unique identity amongst the world’s leading hoteliers with nine flagships around major cities. This year Paris joined the family as the first European foray of the Hong Kong–based hotel group. Situated at 19 Avenue Kléber, The Peninsula Paris was revamped from the former Hotel Majestic – one of the most glamorous belle époque buildings in city. With celebrities Zhang Ziyi and Jean-Pierre Marielle at the opening inauguration, marked the hotel’s grand entrance into Europe.

10years of Excellence: Splendid Designs Iconise Spaces

For the past 10 years ever since 2004 when Splendid Interior Décor was set up, various  homes and buildings  throughout  Penang have housed the signature mark of interior design excellence by Splendid Interior Décor. Inspired by the maestro himself, Darren Tan, some of Penang’s landmarks which boast of his works include the Gurney Paragon and Fettes Residences.

Along with business partner Ms. Sylvie Sim, Splendid was set up 10 years ago with a lot of encouragement from friends and families, and the hardcore commitment to ensure it would be a success. Their clientele started with referrals to overseas clients who were seeking to build their homes in Penang under the Malaysia My Second Home Programme and from there, the referrals continued to incorporate clients in the booming property sector in Penang.

Sylvie attests the 10 solid years of business relationship between them is based on trust and a balancing of roles among the partners. While Sylvie manages and makes decisions on administrative matters, the decision making in all other aspects is left up to Darren. “I have absolute trust and confidences in his decisions and I am there to back him up all the way”, she says.

The 10 years have seen Darren and his team at Splendid win a number of achievements for their designs. However when asked to highlight the award that meant the most to him Darren unhesitatingly replied “the 2012 InPenang Award for Best Interior Design House. It is an honour for me to be associated with Ch’ng Huck Theng and his network of friends and associates. I believe his way of doing business is the best way as business based on friendships is sustainable. In addition, receiving an award that originates from Penang has special meaning for us as we are Penang based as well. It is a feather in our caps when organisations in Penang recognise Penang progenies. It inspires us to achieve even more.”

Darren states that whatever good name his firm gets is all due in a very large part to his team.

“Our team really deserves the credit for it is they who hold the fort together, working hard and most importantly, with burning passion to see to successful completions on time and happy clients,” emphasises Darren.

Armed with passion, a solid business partnership and a dedicated team that stands firm with him, Penang can look forward to many more splendid interior designs that will make spaces become iconic.

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A Taste of Asia’s Finest

When we talk about Asian food at its finest, the award-winning Maple Palace restaurant promises to deliver the best food, service and ambience. From simple dinner to a very special occasion, the restaurant frequented by elite clientele, eventually has become one of the top spots for the upper echelons of society. It is no wonder that the restaurant has attracted international celebrity chef, Martin Yan and the restaurant has received a certification of appreciation of ‘Taste of Malaysia 2015/2016’ from him.

Maple Palace restaurant is famous for their commitment to the food purity without the use of MSG. Opened in 2009, the restaurant specialises in wide array of Cantonese and Szechuan dishes made from freshest and finest ingredients. Giving tradition a little artisan twist, the dishes display incredible flavours with unique interpretations that pay homage to various Asian cooking methods. To provide personalised dining experience, Maple Palace restaurant offers made-to-order dishes which are prepared based on individual tastes and preferences, allowing patrons to order off the menu.

Undeniable many know the restaurant for its aromatic fish steamboat with its flavourful soup based however there are other delectable dishes that stand out in the menu. BBQ Roasted Spanish Iberico Black Pig Spare Rib, Fresh Crab Mee Hoon Soup in hot clay pot, Spanish Lamb Leg with Mixed Herb and Whole Lobster Thermidor are among the dishes that you should give them a try when visiting Maple Palace restaurant.

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BBQ Roasted Spanish Iberico Black Pig Spare Rib

Also not forgetting, the restaurant does provide devilishly good desserts. Tuck into with a wide range of refreshing desserts such as sweetened peanut cream, chilled mango sago with pomelo, glutinous rice ball with grated peanut or the chilled six treasure tea with sea coconut to wrap up a satisfying meal. A must-try dessert is the black sesame glutinous rice balls which served in warm ginger tea. The rice balls and ginger tea creates a great flavour and wonderful texture, make every bite a delight to chew.

Every six months, the restaurant chef along with his team of kitchen mavericks relentlessly works to design new degustation menu to provide something different to diners each time they visit the restaurant as well as to improve their overall dining experience. The blending of both new and old, east and west make a memorable dining experience.

The restaurant was honoured with the ‘‘Pinnacle International Excellence (PIE) Award 2014’’ under the Emerging Class trophy for Fine Dining (Chinese) category.

For more information or to make reservations, please call +604 227 9690 / +604 227 4542 or visit

Majestic Pavilions that Speak

A World fair that gather over 145 participant countries under the theme of ‘‘Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life’’, Expo Milano 2015 is a thrill round-the-world trip brimming with surprises. After the World Expo in Shanghai in 2010, Malaysia is proud to join the exhibition again to celebrate this grand occasion with other worldwide exhibitors including a number of International Companies, Civil Society Organizations and Sponsors. Let’s take a tour through this impressive ground to explore each Pavilion and you will be introduced to a lively journey of each country’s culture, traditions and latest technology.

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Grown in Britain & Northern Ireland

Designed by British artist Wolfgang Buttress, the huge structure is inspired by a bee’s journey. The unique beehive is built from 169,300 individual aluminum parts and is assembled following the Fibonacci sequence. From an orchid to a flowery meadow and then returning to its hive, all companied by real-time audio sounds and visuals which has made UK Pavilion stand out among others.

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The Land of Hope

This is the first time China has been involved in the World Expo. Designed by New-York based architect Yichen Lu, the 49,000-square-foot Pavilion features an undulating timber frame roof covered with bamboo and aluminum panels. Matching with its evocative theme, China transmits its reflection on the theme of gratitude and respect for our mother earth, based on the concept that man is an integral part of nature.

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Feeding the World with Solutions

In a massive exhibition space of 4,133 square meters, the Brazilian Pavilion is the work by award-winning designers from Studio Arthur Casas and Atelier Marko Brajovic. The concept of the Pavilion derived from the metaphor of the network – flexibility, fluidity and decentralization. To highlight the country’s commitment to global access to food, the stunning Pavilion is filled with giant trampoline nets.

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Different Ways of Producing and Providing Food

Spread over 3,592 square-meter space, the building is made up from laminated wood and is designed to look like a covered market that is the mainstay of French food culture.

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The Coca-Cola Pavilion

The building makes ample use of highly sustainable materials, reusable and recyclable. Wood, glass and water give life to a Pavilion that is completely demountable and reusable, after the Expo, in its new destination that will benefit the community; after the Exhibition the Pavilion will be disassembled and rebuilt as a sports hall for sports and physical activities.

Waving Malaysian Flag in Milan

This year marked Malaysia’s year as the Chair of ASEAN, which is the seventh largest economy in the world and home to a consumer market of over 600 million people. Flying the Malaysian flag high with the theme ‘‘Towards a Sustainable Food Ecosystem’’, the Malaysia Pavilion launched at Expo Milano, showcases the best of Asia to drive regional growth.

The Pavilion represents the nation’s strong economic fundamentals, underpinned by comfortable levels of external reserves, low external debt, low unemployment and healthy inflows of foreign direct investment. Proudly Malaysian-made, the architectural design of the Pavilion is made up from four seeds which emblematic the Rainforest Seeds; also explained the kaleidoscope journey of Malaysia. The seed-shaped Pavilion is constructed with ‘‘Glulam’’, or a glued laminated wood made from tropical timber. The ‘‘Glulam’’ combined with the structurally complex design of the pavilion, is a testament of Malaysia’s capabilities in both innovative design and use of sustainable materials. In addition, this is the first appearance of ‘‘Glulam’’ in the European Market after having satisfied Europe’s stringent entry requirement.

The Malaysia adventure begins in the first seed, where the nation’s diversity is explored. Continues in the second seed, where it represents its natural food ingredients used in local gastronomic specialties that found in Malaysia’s rainforests.  Recognising that the rainforest are the country’s primary resource, the third seed showcase the country’s commitment to protect and safeguard the forests as a source of health and wellbeing for the future generation. To conclude this enlightening journey, the fourth seed delves into Malaysia’s rich heritage, offering the best of its music, arts and culture.

Malaysia’s presence at the Expo has enhanced the nation’s relationship with the European Union, and yet the Expo has created a platform for Malaysia to promote trade and investment. There are over 140 participating countries in the expo this year showcasing the best of their technology, creativity and innovation as the countries’ efforts for sustainable future.  The six-month Expo carries the theme ‘‘Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life’’, is currently running until 31st October 2015; and is expected to attract about 20 million visitors.

Penang Art Society@Melbourne, the Inaugural Overseas Arts Exhibition

Fostering Ties through Arts

From 1 to 30 June, Australian art lovers, collectors and the public had the privilege of personally getting acquainted with Malaysia arts at a special exhibition titled ‘Penang Art Society @ Melbourne’ that took place at the astonishing gallery at SpACE@Collins, Collins St, Melbourne, Victoria. Organised by Penang Art Society (PAS) Malaysia and curated by the society’s President, Ch’ng Huck Theng emphasized that this first of its kind exhibition is a cross cultural exchange event to encourage cultural immersion, to promote international understanding and goodwill between Malaysia and Australia. The PAS@Melbourne marked an important milestone for the Society as it is the first ever art exhibition down under.

The exhibition was officiated by the Consul General of Malaysia to Australia in Melbourne, Dato Dr Mohammad Rameez Yahaya. ‘‘PAS has provided an important platform to nourishing and promoting the Malaysian art and culture scene. As we all know that people nowadays are emphasizing more towards the quality of life, arts and culture play important roles in enabling people from different background and different races to understand each other hence making this a better and peaceful planet to live in. The Malaysian government is proud of PAS’s effort in bringing Malaysia arts and culture to Australia and I would like to congratulate its President, Mr Ch’ng Huck Theng for taking this initiative to make possible this exhibition,’’ said Dato Dr Rameez in his speech. He further added that this is an important step to not only provide an exposure for the Malaysian artists but more important sharing and bridging the bond between two great countries.

‘PAS@Melbourne’ featured a collection of artworks from 20 renowned Malaysian artists, whose works have been exhibited at various international biennales and art shows, ranging from the Malaysian modern to contemporary art. President Ch’ng said in his statement, ‘‘having celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2013, the PAS is the oldest registered art society in Malaysia with over 500 members and still growing. Established in the 1950’s, it was set up with the objective of consolidating various artworks from the region including paintings, photography, Chinese calligraphy, poetry, music, dance performances, bonsai, feng shui and others, to preserve and further promote these cultures. ’’

Among the VIPs that attended this colourful event were Turkish Consulate General, Ersel Ozdemir, Felix Wong Director from Echo3 Media, Colin Abbot from AMBC, Ita Puspitasari Consulate for Social Cultural Affairs Indonesia and Councillor Ken Ong.