Category Archives: Vol 40

Art Talk @ Matrade

The Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE) in collaboration with National Visual Arts Gallery Malaysia organized for the first time ‘Art Talk @ MATRADE’ with the theme Malaysian Art Going Global. The Art Talk is aimed to increase the awareness on the development of art sector in Malaysia as well as the potentials to elevate the sector to global market. It also serves as an excellent platform for participants to listen to the experiences by prominent galleries and artists which have been promoting Malaysian arts in the international market. MATRADE CEO Dato Dzukifli Mahmud gave the welcoming speech and Chairman of NVAG Dato Mahadzir Lokman officiated the event. Among the three invited speakers were Professor Jailani Abu Hassan, Mohammad Nazli and Ch’ng Huck Theng. About 150 guests from the art related industries attended and there was a showcase of artworks from Galeri Segaris, Galeri Chandan and sculptor Ch’ng Huck Theng.

A Show of Feminine Touch

In conjunction with its 62nd Anniversary Celebration,  the oldest registered art society in Malaysia – Penang Art Society – played host for the first time in organizing the International Women Artists Exhibition where 93 female artists from 11 different countries participated. While the majority were Malaysians, the rest came from Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Taiwan, Nepal, Australia, Pakistan, Iran, Finland and Germany. Guest of Honour was the Chief Minister of Penang, Mr Lim Guan Eng, accompanied by President of Penang Art Society Ch’ng Huck Theng, Organizing Chairperson Cheong Mei Fong, Teh Ee Ming and Haryany Mohamad from the Penang State Museum and Art Gallery.


More than 150 friends, artists and art lovers attended the opening ceremony.  During the ceremony, Ch’ng presented his painting entitled ‘PEACE’ to the Chief Minister.


Wild luxury : We Brought a Zoo

Images courtesy of  Jamala Wild Life Lodge &

Waking up to the roar of the lions, bathe while a bear gazes on the opposite site of your window or seeing the sharks swim by near your dining table, and you are fully surrounded by the world’s most dangerous animals. For animal-loves who seek to have an intimate experience with the wildlife, the Jamala Wildlife Lodge is where a world of adventure, excitement and luxury awaits…

The Jamala Wildlife Lodge located within the National Zoo & Aquarium, is Canberra’s first all-inclusive luxury resort. The lodge is split into three accommodation precincts, where guests get a chance to relax in 5-star African inspired accommodation hubs, each with its  own unique wildlife experience. Specially designed to integrate with the exhibits, the lodge aims to raise animal awareness and to give guests a once in a lifetime opportunity to immerse in the wildlife world in an opulent and fairly unique surroundings. What makes Jamala an interesting lodge is not just about living with the animals but it is the story behind the lodge. ‘Jamala’ is named after the owner’s beloved king cheetah that died due to renal failure, and that explains the existence of the lodge as the owner’s efforts to support the conservation of endangered species.


At night, you hear the deep roar of the lions, joined by ghostly scream of the cheetahs and bears, with their eyes fixed on you next to your bed. When you finally drift into relaxing sleep, if they started to howl, don’t expect a good night’s sleep. Once they are close enough to you, you can almost feel the vibrations in your ribcage! Day or night, you are going to experience the fear in the heart, as the room is separated by only a millimeter-thin glass from a few fierce friends.Jungle Bungalows


Have you ever wondered if sharks and human can actually be friends? Yes, only in uShaka Lodge, you get to experience hand feeding these majestic creatures under the guidance of shark experts. This magnificent lodge, boasting of two bedrooms, is located within an aquarium building with a private access to the shark tank. Surrounded by Colobus monkeys outside the room, the lodge also has its own lounge, an infinity pool, spa and a terrace to watch the monkeys. With a truly African lodge theme, every part of the room is embellished with Africa’s artworks, fine carvings and artefacts, bringing a small slice of Africa into Canberra.


Nothing could beat the Giraffe Treehouses, where you can interact with the giraffes without leaving your room. The Treehouses overlook a petting zoo full of alpacas and also the resident giraffe, “Hummer”. This gentle and shy creature might even greet you at the balcony. So remember to reward your friendly neighbour with some treats when he visits you in the enclosure. Giraffe Treehouses


Guests can enjoy pre-dinner drinks on the terrace accompanied by white lions, hyenas and/or snow leopards, before sitting down to enjoy a three-course African inspired gourmet cuisine made from fresh ingredients. Dinner will be served in the Rainforest Cave or in uShaka lodge, and you will be flabbergasted with its unique wildlife sanctuary.


The animal kingdom is full of wonder and amazement.  Join in the all-inclusive overnight packages that includes with two private tours, and you will have the opportunity to take part in two distinct experiences:  the early morning expedition and afternoon tour. A light breakfast is available in the Rainforest Cave between 7am and 8.15am prior to the tour. The morning tour provides you with a glimpse behind scenes where you can discover the creatures at their best; watch them in action and learn about the workings of the zoo. If you are looking for interesting animal facts, explore the zoo together with the expert keepers in the afternoon of a fascinating insight.

BVLGARI Roma Turned 40

Born in 1975, Bulgari Roma has sailed through four decades with its key values: contemporaneousness and modernity. The new models presented this year – the commemorative edition Bulgari Roma Finissimo, Bulgari Roma Tourbillon Finissimo, Bulgari Bulgari Solotempo, and Bulgari Roma Tubogas – are celebrating the 40th anniversary of a legend which incarnates a large piece of watchmaking history.

Bulgari Roma is designed as a very limited series for the great jewellery House founded in Rome in 1884 by Sotirio Boulgaris and as a gift for his hundred best clients, as well as in tribute to the beauty and influence of Rome.


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This year marks the first in which Swiss luxury watch manufacturer IWC Schaffhausen debuted as an official partner of the festival du Film Francophone d’Angoulême, which was held in Angoulême, France, from 25 to 30 August. IWC CEO Georges Kern presented Emmanuel Finkiel from France with the “Valois IWC du Réalisateur” for his film “Je ne suis pas un salaud”. At a gala dinner hosted under the motto “Pour l’amour du cinéma” approximately 100 VIP guests and global stars such as Christopher Lambert and Vincent Lindon celebrated the creativity and diversity of French-speaking cinema. To date, IWC Schaffhausen has supported well-known festivals from as far afield as Beijing, New York, Zurich, London and Dubai.

ANGOULEME, FRANCE - AUGUST 30: Stephane Rotenberg (L), Emmanuel Finkiel (C) is awared a IWC Schaffhausen watch on stage during the closing dinner?hosted by IWC during the?Festival du Film Francophone d?Angoul?me ?on August 30, in Angoul?me, France. (Photo by Francois Durand/Getty Images for IWC) *** Local Caption *** Stephane Rotenberg;Emmanuel Finkiel
ANGOULEME, FRANCE – AUGUST 30: Stephane Rotenberg (L), Emmanuel Finkiel (C) is awared a IWC Schaffhausen watch on stage during the closing dinner?hosted by IWC during the?Festival du Film Francophone d?Angoul?me ?on August 30, in Angoul?me, France. (Photo by Francois Durand/Getty Images for IWC) *** Local Caption *** Stephane Rotenberg;Emmanuel Finkiel

La Galeri by Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton is opening its second private museum La Galerie in Paris in less than a year. The inauguration was celebrated in style with a garden party attended by Vuitton face Michelle Williams, the invitation-only exhibit was curated by Judith Clark, a professor of fashion and museology. The 6,500-square-foot exhibition space is located on the historic Louis Vuitton grounds in the northern suburb of Asnières-sur-Seine, which also houses the former family home and the workshops where the luxury brand still produces its most exclusive made-to-order items. Spread over two floors are around 400 objects and documents from the house’s archive of 26,000 objects and 165,000 documents. They range from couturier Paul Poiret’s trunk to items from the Vuitton family’s personal collection, including a pair of 17th-century Venetian women’s platform shoes.louis-vuitton--Louis_Vuitton_480_Asnieres_4_1_DI3

2nd Anniversary Celebration Launch of Loyalty Card

Gurney Paragon Mall opened its doors on 23rd July 2013 and since then, it has been filled with exciting events and activities. The mall offers a mix of retail, food and entertainment outlets so that shoppers can visit their favourite stores or catch a movie all within the same mall.

In conjunction with the 2nd anniversary celebrations, Gurney Paragon launched their new loyalty programme – The Gurney Paragon Card. Speaking at the launch of the Gurney Paragon Card on 8th August 2015, Hunza’s Group Executive Director, Khor Tze Ming, said, “Gurney Paragon Mall has always stood for value and quality and the Gurney Paragon Card is a manifestation of our promise to our customers. Most importantly, it symbolises our commitment to treat our customers as individuals by offering a loyalty programme that caters to various needs and lifestyles.”

Penang’s state EXCO for Tourism Development, YB Danny Law commended Hunza for introducing a programme to benefit its customers during his speech at the anniversary celebration. “It is a bold and smart move from a sizeable, local ‘born and bred’ company like Hunza to introduce this loyalty programme to its shoppers. A loyalty programme is the ultimate resource for the retailers to stay in direct contact with their customers,” he said.

The upscale mall, located between the busy Kelawei Road and Gurney Drive, aims to become a favourite spot for shoppers and to turn an ordinary shopping trip into a wonderful experience at the mall.

A cake-cutting ceremony was held to celebrate the 2nd anniversary of the mall and Hunza’s Group Managing Director, Khor Siang Gin, presented the Gurney Paragon Card to YB Danny Law and YB Yap Soo Huey, who attended the event.


Art & Honour

It was a night of celebration at the Grand Ballroom of Cititel Penang when the Penang Art Society marked its 62nd year since its establishment. A total of 250 guests from near and far attended the event and also witnessed the launch of the “Penang Art Society@62” book. It was a night of entertainment as guests sang the birthday song to celebrate the society’s anniversary and later, the Penang Art Society president Ch’ng Huck Theng paid tribute to the 7 senior members who had contributed to the success of the oldest registered art society in Malaysia. They are none other than Dato’ Tay Mor Leong, Dato’ Soon Ah Leng, David Goh, Lim Soo Mun JP, Tan Chiang Kiong, Liew Chock Yoon as well as Song Jin Tek who unfortunately passed away two days before the dinner. Among the VIPS were Abdul Rashid Razak, Tai Keik Hock, Ooi Kok Chuen, Foo Yong Kong and Choo Eng Hin.

Going the Distance with Rado

For fans of plasma ceramic who prefer a more pared-down model, Rado presents the Rado HyperChrome Automatic. Polished plasma ceramic meets rose gold coloured elements, which add to the deep warm metallic shine of the plasma, achieved without the use of any metal. Undercover, this metallic-looking watch has all the benefits of ceramic. It is the timepiece that will not only stand by you as you are put through your paces on the court, track or field, but will be equally at home on your wrist at a black tie event. In short the lightness of this high-tech ceramic watch makes it a pleasant companion, while its hardness ensures that it will come out without a scratch.

When Restoration Becomes a Vocation

To commemorate its 20th anniversary, the 100% Poinçon-de-Genève-certified watchmaking Manufacture Roger Dubuis incorporates the remaining antique movement blanks and re-launches a unique restoration project – Millésime – entirely dedicated to its Hommage collection.

Millésime is a demonstration of admiration for generations of watchmakers while highlighting the traditional watchmaking arts, whilst embodying an audacious combination of traditional and modern craftsmanships. Exclusively available in Roger Dubuis boutiques, one of these restoration Millésime models will be produced annually.


Photoshoot Hommage restauration Shooting
Photoshoot Hommage restauration