Foreword: Behind half the success of JinnyboyTV

His is a household name most young Malaysians are familiar with. Shaking his hand for the first time, I remember thinking what a pleasant personality he is and how easy it was to speak to him. We talked about his childhood when Reuben Kang recalled his primary school days as challenging, because he was never able to focus in class. While classmates figured out how to bundarkan 58 kepada puluh yang terdekat, he imagined and doodled an alternate reality with make believe cartoon characters - all within the pages of his exercise book. Little did he know that innocent scribbling became the learning foundation of Reuben’s understanding of film visualisation.

Lecturer turns local masterpiece to global street wear

First, he got rejected a sponsorship by Malaysia Airlines because his brand was “too small” to collaborate with. Next thing you know, the ABSTRAX brand has skyrocketed across the country for its patriotic concept and fresh homegrown designs. It all started on a capital of just RM5000, and that sounds almost unfeasible; but co-founder Dr. Faiz has persisted through his fair share of difficulties in building up the brand to where it is today.

Bagging $1.4 million through Dota 2

Adam Shah is a man of little words yet people are familiar with his name. Otherwise known as his in-game alias 343, Adam started playing Dota professionally two years ago and is one of the game’s most valuable players. It started off as something to do with friends, as all other guys did in their teens. However, it soon evolved into something more than just a phase when he and his team began participating and winning Dota tournaments.

Two hands on the wheel

Not many people are permitted a third chance at life after dying twice on the operating table. Alvin Lim was riding his motorbike from KL to Singapore when he collided with an oil tanker causing his artery to rupture and blood to fill his lungs. The impact of the accident and the lack of blood flow to his spine resulted in the loss of the use of his legs. One might expect a person who has survived such experience to retire from social life and make do with their circumstance, but not Alvin.

A fresh take on the basics

Not many people are permitted a third chance at life after dying twice on the operating table. Alvin Lim was riding his motorbike from KL to Singapore when he collided with an oil tanker causing his artery to rupture and blood to fill his lungs. The impact of the accident and the lack of blood flow to his spine resulted in the loss of the use of his legs. One might expect a person who has survived such experience to retire from social life and make do with their circumstance, but not Alvin.

Builder's hands with a servant heart

Unfortunately, we live in a less merciful society where the words ‘you get what you deserve’ are thrown around like cigarette butts on the street. There is this notion that you have to strive to earn a helping hand, and if you’re at the right place at the right time, odds are things might turn out to your advantage; but what about those where such notion isn’t applicable? People who can only make do with what they’re given; should they be outcasted just because the events of life have put them there?

Driving the family vision

Tommy Chua was seated among complex optical instruments when I walked in to meet him. He was in mid-explanation of an analysis of a friend’s pair of eyes. There are many stories that our eyes tell, he says to us, but they aren’t necessarily the stories we would like to hear. Out of an eye-analysis, there is potential to find out if someone has diabetes, or whether a good diet has been kept, or whether illnesses has been contracted. The saying goes that eyes are the windows to our soul, but sometimes it’s the foreword of our life book. And for Tommy, reading these stories are an inevitable part of serving the community the best he knows how at Poh Seng Optical Co. 

Rethinking architectural design

Architectural marvels, they are all around us whether we acknowledge them or not. Some travel long distances just to behold the ingenious of a building big or small. These structures began as an objective, whether to provide a solution to a problem, satisfy human needs, or simply for aesthetic reasons. For BC Ang of WHBC Architects, the construction of a building isn’t about making the trendiest new apartment or the biggest shopping mall; but about designing something that will benefit and respond to the need of the community.

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A step further in kindness

Driving up to KL Pooch Rescue (KLPR) is a mission in itself. Down a small gravel backroad hidden just round the corner of a Chinese temple, you’d almost think you’re at the wrong place if it wasn’t for the sound of excited dogs barking and scrambling around. “Oh, they bark at everything!” Shannon laughs, “trees, leaves blowing, people. Everything.” When you drive up to the rescue centre, the first friendly face to greet you is a brown/orange stripey dog aptly named Tigger - a stray who stumbled upon KLPR, decided it was home. Walk in a little bit further to the source of the commotion and you’ll meet the pack of boarding and rescue dogs jumping to see who the new visitor is. In the centre of it all, just finishing up a swimming session with one of the pooches, is Shannon, smiling broadly from ear to ear.

Foreword: Changing lives through a pair of scissors

More than a handful of the guys reading would know this man not just as their favourite barber, but also their friend. Lex Low is the founder of OTHRS (formerly known as AmplitudeBarbershop) and he isn’t just interested in giving you the quick snip and go. Lex’s story is fourteen years in the making and it’s still going.

40 years on: baking with a heart to serve

Cozied in a shop-lot opposite the Klang train station is a cake shop that was officially registered as Regent Confectionary 40 years ago. Most people know it as the ‘Pandan Layer cake shop’ – the perfected cake layers are a generation worth of stories and experiences that tell us what it takes to be a great baker. But beyond that is the story of Uncle Cheng Yew Ho – a living tale of patience, passion and perseverance.  

Defining moments: stepping out and taking risks

It all started with an idea to make fashionable and affordable fitness wear for everyone to enjoy. Little did we know, it was the start of something much more than just an apparel company. Ash Be Nimble (ABN) was a small passion project of Hui Mathews, who believes that you can have vibrant and well fitted sports wear without breaking the bank.

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Where food is served and hearts are fed

The Pit Stop Community Cafe is nestled in the heart of Kuala Lumpur’s city hustle and bustle with no indication of its existence. But by as early as 3pm, a queue starts outside its premises. At 5.30pm, a strict briefing is given to those in queue, with rules that you must be courteous, you must keep the cafe clean, you are not allowed to waste food and if you are able to, pay as you feel your meal deserves. Then, dinner service begins. Most of them that come in are definitively categorised by their living circumstances. We label them homeless and sometimes, all they are to us is a statistic but here at the Pit Stop Community Cafe, they’re known as “street-friends” or “street-clients”.

The ironman behind iflix

Family man, triathlete, businessman; these are some of the hats Azran Osman-Rani wear on a day-to-day basis. In case the name doesn’t ring a bell, Azran is CEO of iflix Malaysia with a strong and powerful zest for purposeful living. His first love was for Ultimate Frisbee during his Stanford University days when his team was ranked number one amongst the west coast states.

Stretching capacities: it's more than a class

Consultant at Ernst & Young by day, and yoga guru by night, Shidah Mohamed’s passion for yoga began by accident after she was dragged by a friend to her first yoga class. Ten years on and she is determined that her contributions as co-founder at YogaOneThatIWant (YOTIW) will ultimately advance the community of yoga participants throughout Malaysia one small step at a time.