Category Archives: EZ 44 – Breathing Space

A Celebration of World Literature, Discourse and Culture @ GTLF 2016 世界文学,研讨与文化庆典汇集

For the sixth year running, Penang, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, will celebrate the George Town Literary Festival (GTLF) – one of the most beloved and respected literary festivals in the region. With its charming colonial architecture, vibrant multicultural community and intangible living heritage, the heritage site of George Town will welcome visitors from around Malaysia and the world for a three-day celebration of poetry, prose and spoken word from 25 to 27 November.

Helmed by Festival Director, Bernice Chauly, the three-day festival will see panel discussions, readings, spoken word performances, dance and film screenings around the festival’s theme; “Hiraeth”, a Welsh word which means “the longing for a homeland that is no longer there”. The theme captures a universal unrest and longing for a better world in a reality that sees mass displacement of people, gross violations of human rights and growing chasm caused by the proliferation of crippling neoliberalism and regressive ideologies.

The festival’s stellar line-up of world literary giants and respected social commentators including, Stefan Hertmans (Belgium), Adriaan van Dis (Netherlands), Olga Martynova (Germany), AC Grayling and James Scudamore (UK), Ayu Utami (Indonesia), Tishani Doshi and Mahesh Dattani (India), Tash Aw, Zainah Anwar, Dain Said, Dina Zaman and Karim Raslan (Malaysia), and many more.

GTLF 2016 is free and open to public, with the exception of the writing workshops. For more information on GTLF 2016, visit or email:

乔治市文学庆典 (GTLF) 迈入第六年,这也是槟城作为联合国教科文组织世界文化遗产区域,备受推崇的文学盛会之一。具备殖民时期的迷人建筑风情,活力的多元文化社区和无形的活古迹,乔治市将欢迎来自马来西亚和各国的游客,从11月25日至27日,为期3天的庆祝活动包括世界诗歌,散文和朗诵。

由艺术节总监伯尼斯 Bernice Chauly 主导为期3天的节目编排,将会有小组讨论、阅读、朗读表演,舞蹈和电影放映,并环绕着盛会的主题:“Hiraeth”,这句威尔士语的含义为:向往着回不去甚至不存在的故土家园。这项主题的灵感捕捉是源于目视群众流离失所、人权受到严重侵犯与不断增长的鸿沟,这是新自由主义泛滥与意识形态倒退所造成。

盛会也网罗了世界文学巨匠和受尊崇时事评论家包括:Stefan Hertmans (比利时),Adriaan van Dis (荷兰),Olga Martynova (德国),
AC Grayling 与 James Scudamore (英国),Ayu Utami (印尼),Tishani Doshi 和 Mahesh Dattani (印度),Tash Aw、Zainah Anwar、Dain Said,Dina Zaman 与 Karim Raslan (马来西亚 ) 等。


Setting Trends, Influencing Style 创造风格, 引领风尚

Raymond Choon

Creative Director & Owner/ Founder of Hairco

Setting trends and influencing style are the reasons Raymond Choon is currently one of Malaysia’s top hairstylists. Raymond only came in contact with hairdressing or hairstyling when he first stepped into London, a place commonly known as the hair heaven of the world. It was the place where Raymond experienced an epiphany of capturing the essence of hair and fashion in all moods and possibilities. Young and innovative, he explored uncharted beauty and unconventional experiments with the challenge of narrowing the gap between brands, products, people and expectations. Before returning to Malaysia, Raymond made another stop at Shanghai where he believed the importance of understanding what was desired is not only in the west but also in the east.

Today, Raymond is a successful hairstylist who owns a boutique hair salon at the Gardens Mall. Hair Corner offers customers a contemporary environment where celebrety treatment is the core of its hairstyling services.

身为马来西亚顶级发型设计师的Raymond Choon,凭借多年来不停地创造风格,引领风尚而在本地发型界享有崇高地位。Raymond与发型设计的初次邂逅地点,正是在国际发型界的中心舞台 – 伦敦,他在伦敦这段日子汲取了许多与发型和服装相关的专业知识,同时培养出广阔的眼光和视野。才华横溢而又勇于创新的他,屡屡挑战高难度,致力将品牌,产品,人们以及期望的隔阂予以消融。在返回马来西亚之前,Raymond曾经在上海停留了一段时间观察学习,因为对他而言同时掌握东、西方精髓知识才真正称得上透彻了解。

今天,Raymond已经在吉隆坡Gardens Mall拥有个人发廊 – Hair Corner。发廊内部设计洋溢着浓郁的当代经典氛围,为每一位踏入发廊的顾客提供如同名人般的顶级发型设计服务。

Going Against The Norm of Condominium Development

In the modern world today, high-rise residential is a norm. Thanks to rapid development and land scarcity, the phenomenon is especially apparent in a city like Penang, Malaysia where high-rises are perceived to be more sustainable in terms of the number of households it is able to harbour under one roof. This emerging trend results in the mushrooming supplies of high-rise residences as well as demand for it.

Amid the Heart of Penang, Middleton is silently sprouting on the land of Minden Heights’ township. Dubbed Bungalows and Semi-Ds in the sky, Middleton is one of the latest projects by BSG Property, the property development division of the renowned Boon Siew Group. During an interview with Mr Chong Hock Aun, the Head of Sales & Marketing of BSG Property stated that Penang, as one of the regions with the most rapid economical growth in Malaysia, has gone through major urbanisation in the past decade and enjoyed much recognition from all over the world with its touristic attractions and its uniqueness as an island paradise. This has gotten Penang’s real estate market into a very competitive position where all property developers are outdoing each other with innovative ideas in the homes they build.

BreathingSpace_BSG-2.jpgBreathingSpace_BSG-3.jpgMinden Heights, The Affluent Neighbourhood

As the name suggests, Middleton is indeed situated right at the center of the Penang Island. It is located at one of the most prestigious neighbourhood in Penang – Minden Heights. Apart from the easy access to and from all parts of town and amenities, Minden Heights retains the seclusion and serenity as a distinguished neighbourhood on Penang Island. Middleton provides the perks of living in an urban city minus the hustle and bustle of the urban lifestyle.

“With such a competitive market in Penang,
BSG Property is taking its development standards into a new height by designing Middleton to be not only aesthetically pleasant but also going against the norm of condominium developments. This is what makes this project stand out from other choices found around Penang Island where we will build units with Bungalow and Semi-D concept in the sky within Middleton.”
Mr Chong Hock Aun
Business Development Manager • Head of Sales & Marketing

Beneath the veil, Middleton houses 220 units of residences in total. Going against the stereotype of high-rise residential, there will only be 5 units per storey. Residents are able to enjoy absolute peace and solitude in their private pad as well as the facilities offered at Middleton.

Each unit is designed with a 1,409sqft layout that provides enough space to hold family gatherings as well as personal space to a private retreat for each family member. Residents will be amazed at the spaciousness Middleton could offer. Furthermore, each unit is furnished with quality finishes such as solid timber flooring for all bedrooms.

A home is a place where one rejuvenates and revitalises the soul for a new day. It is also a place where memories are created. Thus, it is important that we make the right choice that gives us the perfect home. Distinguished neighbourhood, avant-garde architecture, quality finishing and a spacious home in the sky – Middleton offers you the perfect home that elevates life, mind and soul.