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Faces of Penang 2019

FACES OF PENANG 2019: Influential Captains & Upcoming Leaders

  • YAB Chow Kon Yeow
  • YB Steven Sim Chee Keong
  • YB Sim Tze Tzin
  • YB Yeoh Soon Hin
  • Tan Sri Datuk Alex Ooi Kee Liang & Puan Sri Datuk Joanne Phor Li Wei
  • Dato’ Seri Damien Chua Wei Kee
  • Dato’ Cher Chen Chiang
  • Datin Poon Lee Fah
  • Allen Tan
  • Alvin Poh Hsien Yang
  • Anne Lee
  • Sean Lau Chee Seong & Cheryl Ng Chai Hong
  • Caren Lee Gie Lun
  • Chris Daniel Wong
  • Dr Lim Ban Keong
  • Fifi Ch’ng
  • Eric Tiw Haojie
  • Joseph Goh Kah Leong
  • Jimmy Foo Kok Keong
  • June Goh Hooi Choon
  • Tan Loy Sin
  • Leon Lee
  • Ooi Chok Yan
  • Tan Li Mei
  • Syed Aidid Syed Mohamad
  • Chef Petr Feher
  • Dr Tan Boon Cheong
  • Tan Wei Xin
  • Toh Bok Piew & Desmond Toh
  • Vincent Chew & Ann Lee
  • William Koay
  • Wilson Yeoh & Edwin Yeoh
  • Waqar Saeed Bhatti
  • Wong Soon Ping
  • Boey Tze Nin
  • Chef Audee Cheah
  • Franco Tan
  • Esther Loh
  • Katharine Joan Chua
  • Kevin Wong
  • Ooi Wei Ming
  • Ravin Vello
  • Seah Kok Heng
  • Stephen Soon
  • Nigel Law
  • Oo Lean Hooi

Rigg Design Prize 2019

The Rigg Design Prize is the highest accolade for contemporary design in Australia. Hosted triennially, this prize reflects on the NGV’s dedication to the contemporary design and architectural scene in Australia. In 2018, this prestigious award was awarded to Hecker Guthrie, outstanding Melbourne design practice that has demonstated excellence in creative achievement.

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Installation view of Home: feast, bathe, rest, 2018
Arent & Pyke design studioAustralia est. 2007 Designers Sarah-Jane Pyke & Juliette Arent

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Installation view of Imaginarium, 2018
The Society Inc by Sibella Court design studio
Australia est. 2009 Designer Sibella Court

Ten Australian design studios working in the interior design and decoration field were shortlisted for the Rigg Design Prize 2018 with the exhibition theme as Domestic Living. This required the ten entrants in the Rigg Design Prize 2018 to demonstrate in their interior work how interior design can transcend basic functionality to become a form of communication embedded with values, ideas, attitudes and narrative.

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Installation view of Take It Outside, 2018
Amber Road design studio
Australia est. 2013 Designers Katy Svalbe and Yasmine Ghoniem

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Installation view of Wunderkammer, 2018
Scott Weston Architecture Design design studio
Australia est. 1997 Designer Scott Weston

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Installation view of Inner-Terior, 2018
Danielle Brustman design studio
Australia est. 2012 Designer Danielle Brustman

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Installation view of We’ve boundless plains to share, 2018
Flack Studio design studio
Australia est. 2014 Designer David Flack

 

 

Terracotta Warriors & Cai Guo-Qiang

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Kneeling Archer
Qin Dynasty 221–207 BCE
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Emperor Qin Shihuang’s
Mausoleum Site Museum, Xi’an (2812)

The National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) presents the Melbourne Winter Master-pieces, featuring a dual presentation of past and present Chinese art and culture. Opening in May, this exhibition will bring forth this concept by exhibiting the world famous ancient Terracotta Warriors alongside a parallel display of new works by famous contemporary artist, Cai Guo-Qiang.

The Terracotta Warriors are known as the guardians of immortality and the eighth wonder of the world. This exhibition will feature eight warrior figures and two life-size horses from the Imperial Army, as well as two half-size replica bronze chariots, each drawn by four horses. ‘The Transient Landscape’ by Cai Guo-Qiang on the other hand will see new art works inspired by his home country’s culture and its enduring philosophical traditions, including a monumental installation of 10,000 suspended porcelain birds.

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Cai Guo-Qiang, Qatar, 2016
Photo by Wen-You Cai, courtesy Cai Studio

Sizzling Hot at Heart

Wondering how food preparation using hot stone would taste like?

Maple Palace places the art of intricate Chinese cuisine at the heart of its establishment – to create some of the most tantalizing taste made to leave the customer who walked through its doors asking for more.

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Deep Fried Bean Curd With Chef’s Special Spicy Sauce Served In Hot Bowl

In order to create a more sizzling effect and visit to Maple Palace a memorable dining experience, this season sees the restaurant present one of history’s most esteemed cooking methods known to enhance food’s most flavoursome elements moments after serving.

Bitter gourd may not be everyone’s favourite but its nutritious element are more widely known in the Asian community for various health benefits including weight loss. Maple Palace prepares one of Asia’s most darling and yet simple dish, Scramble Eggs With Bitter Gourd , to perfection.

Check out the restaurant’s chef special Deep Fried Bean Curd With Chef’s Special Spicy Sauce Served In Hot Bowl . If a pastry chef is ranked by creating the best chocolate dessert, than Chinese cuisine chef special using bean curd should be the equivalent.

If there’s any element worth salivating for from the Chicken With Rice Wine & Basil Leaf Served In Hot Stone Bowl , than it’s definitely the blend of the fragrant rice wine and basil. Allow the sizzling steamy hot bowl sear the chicken to perfection infused with chef’s specially selected rice wine.

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Scramble Eggs With Bitter Gourd

Best and Weird in the Oscars and Grammy Awards

Fashion plays a very important part in the Oscars and Grammy Awards, superstars’ and celebrities’ best moments are either on stage or on the red carpet.

Walking the red carpet is a golden opportunity for them to show off their unique and stylish clothing accompanied with expensive branded jewelry, with hopes that their choice of fashion would appeal to the paparazzi and journalists. Every year, there are always ones who capture the spotlight with their fantastic taste in fashion while some would appear with the most unusual and unexpected gowns. This year, most of the VIPs that attended both these awards emphasized on being elegant and graceful. Of course there were also a few who tried too hard to impress. 

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Top Grand Tourer : The Bentley Continental GT Convertible

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Designed, engineered and handcrafted in England, Bentley proudly presents the all-new Continental GT Convertible. This stunning third generation model symbolises Bentley’s mastery of creating the world’s most definitive Grand Tourers. Benefitting plenty off the new kit, the Bentley GTC is not only exquisitely beautiful from roof up to down, it also comprises of the most technological advanced portfolio products.

This includes an elegantly tailored convertible roof that sweeps open in 19 seconds, a finely crafted personalised cabin and many more exciting features. The Bentley GTC also presents the audience with its powerful and responsive driving experience from the 635 PS W12 engine, eight-speed dual-clutch transmission and latest chassis technology which heightens the sensory experience of open-air motoring with an exhilarating performance.

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The Watch of The Deep

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Oyster Perpetual Rolex Deepsea

Created in 2008, The Oyster Perpetual Rolex Deepsea exceeds the most exacting demands of professional divers in terms of robustness, precision, reliability, while featuring the aesthetic codes characteristic of the Oyster. Created to challenge extreme depths, it is equipped with a rotatable bezel with a virtually scratchproof 60-minute graduated Cerachrom insert in black ceramic that allows divers to monitor their underwater and decompression time for their safety.

Featuring a 44 mm Oyster case with redesigned lugs and sides, the Oyster Perpetual Rolex Deepsea is waterproof to an astonishing depth of 3,900 metres (12,800 feet) and an additional safety margin of 25%. Each Rolex Deepsea then undergoes a special hyperbaric test developed in conjunction with world-renowned French Company COMEX (Compagnie Maritime d’Expertises).

A Rolex-patented Ringlock System case architecture which allows the watch to resist the colossal pressure is based on a combination of three essential elements: A domed 5.5 mm thick sapphire crystal, a high-performance nitrogen-alloyed steel ring positioned inside the middle case of the watch between the crystal and case back, and a case back in Oystersteel and grade 5 titanium.

The case of the Rolex Deepsea is also equipped with a helium escape valve that allows excess pressure built up inside the watch case to escape during divers’ decompression stages in a hyperbaric chamber. Furthermore, the Rolex Deepsea is equipped with a new generation movement, calibre 3235, which incorporates the Chronergy escapement combining high energy efficiency with great dependability,  and a paramagnetic blue Parachrom hairspring made from an exclusive paramagnetic alloy.

Like all Rolex watches, the Oyster Perpetual Rolex Deepsea is covered by the Superlative Chronometer certification. This exclusive designation testifies that each watch has successfully undergone a series of tests conducted by Rolex in its own laboratories according to its own criteria, which exceed watchmaking norms and standards. The certification applies to the fully assembled watch, after casing the movement, guaranteeing superlative performance on the wrist.

The Rolex Deepsea’s Oyster bracelet is equipped with an Oysterlock safety clasp that prevents accidental opening and a double extension system that allows the watch to be worn comfortably over a diving suit up to 7 mm thick. Using a toothed panel located under the clasp cover, the patented Rolex Glidelock system allows fine adjustment of the bracelet length in approximately 2 mm increments up to around 20 mm, while the Fliplock extension link extends the Rolex Deepsea bracelet by 26 mm.