Posts in Season 1
Going green and loving it

Two childhood friends with a nation changing goal: to educate Malaysians on healthy eating through a new concept called Chai Bar. You’re probably already familiar with this name being one of the few salad bars in the country, but there is a strong determination behind it’s doors that many do not know about.

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Shifting cages : From the office desk to the fighting ring

He describes himself as “a bit of a geek” but we see him as anything but. Also known as The Hound, Nik Harris is no newbie in the world of mixed martial arts. The charming 27 year old is ranked one of the top four middleweight fighters in Southeast Asia who has represented Malaysia at international arenas more than once and holds an impressive fight record under his belt.

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Cracking the code

More than a handful of us have found ourselves in situations that define how we live and what we do with our lives. For this 28 year old, it was the time he fell extremely ill while pursuing his studies in the United States. The sudden decline in health saw a turnaround in his view towards life, and it’s from that realization that started him down the entrepreneurial road of technological endeavours.

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Barbarians, paddles up! Take it away!

A privileged opportunity presented itself and we were invited to join them as they practiced for an upcoming race in Melaka. It was a fine crisp morning when we arrived at the marina and observed as the members of KL Barbarians gradually piled in. There was a strong sense of camaraderie in the air and everyone got along really well. I sat down with team captain, Lesley, and vice captain, Amran, and got to learn more about the sport from their perspectives and how going the extra mile is part and parcel of existing in the team.

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Rooting for the underdog

At first glance, you may think that Eddie Tan just graduated from university. The unassuming 27 year old is the head baker at Cake Tella, a home based and family operated bakery that specialises in alcoholic cakes. In this ever expanding artisan industry, he believes that delivering quality desserts made with authentic ingredients is absolute key.  Eddie’s not in this for the sake of being an entrepreneur; every whisk of the eggs and beat of the batter contribute to telling a story. It’s an interesting point of view if you think about it as nobody would usually use cakes as elements of storytelling. We sat down with the aspiring baker as he explains how 'cakes tell la!’.

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A national triathlete's inspiring comeback

Too often when life throws you a curveball, you’re usually told to get back up and fight the good fight. For two time SEA Games gold medalist Kimbeley Yap, her challenge came when a car hit her off her bicycle while she was training for the 2015 SEA Games. That incident put her in and out of a coma for 8 days and in the hospital for a month. Kimbeley had been involved in sports all her life. Growing up, she participated in competitive swimming and cycling, which made her a notable figure in the sports industry. 

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Having faith and conquering mountains

You might know Melvin as one of the co-founders of Extreme Supercars. That business has since ceased operations, but Melvin’s story is still making its way around. He fought cancer at age 17 and underwent the amputation of his right leg in the process, not knowing what will happen next. After Extreme Supercars, he was faced with a mountain of debts and struggled to pay them off. Fortunately, he did not pause on that note. His innovative ideas and business thinking have led him to establish MLUX Suites & Residences.

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Paving the road for young filmmakers

It's somewhat uncommon for an individual like James Lee to go into the arts. The 43 year old from the small town of Ipoh was a good student and was even elected the head prefect at school. He found his love for comic books at a young age and wanted to tell stories through drawings. Life's funny ways then took him down a different direction and made him an auteur in a different medium of storytelling. Today, he is a pioneer in the Malaysian Indie film scene, having won numerous awards internationally for his cinematic works and helps to nurture emerging filmmakers in the country. 

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For the love of music

Hidden away in a nondescript shop lot in Kepong, one would never guess that Starmount Studio – the brainchild of ICOM (International College of Music) graduate Alex Tan – houses one of Malaysia’s best kept secrets. Eschewing the well-tread path of relying on lucrative commercial projects, advertisements and jingles of many sound studios, Alex has kept his eye firmly on the goal – music. A peek at the Starmount Studio website sees his mantra proudly stated “Music. Passion” and Alex has been steadfast through the many obstacles, and trust us, there were many.

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Pushing boundaries one chart-topping single at a time

Who hasn’t heard of John O? He’s the lead singer and songwriter of the successful Malaysian pop superband Paperplane Pursuit, self-taught musician and music producer, and proud wearer of that lightning blue hair. He carries a charm and charisma that exudes friendliness and did I mention he has an amazing voice? John loves music so much that he knew he wanted a career in music from a young age and despite all that stood in his way, he worked hard to make sure that happened. 

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Resiliency and a passion for design

He knows a thing or two about law and she’s got the hands of Picasso, and together they run 4Thirteen Group - a branding and design agency that’s the first of its kind in Malaysia. Danny Gnaniah (DG) felt called to establish a design firm, and with the help of his fiancée and business partner Doreen Chew (DC), the two of them began on what was the start of a whirlwind adventure. But no success story is ever smooth sailing - after a partnership with fellow colleagues turned sour, it led them to a resounding loss and a debt of RM60,000.

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Feeding a passion for the culinary arts

There comes a point in most of our lives where we wonder if the road we’re on is the only road we’re ever going to take. For some of us, we’re given a chance to travel down a different path altogether. Not everyone takes it but when the opportunity presented itself to Liang, it began his journey down a road not so frequently travelled. He rocketed to fame in his twenties as a singer in the Malaysian music scene. Fifteen years later, he’s heading the kitchen in his very own restaurant serving a colourful fusion of French and Asian cuisine.

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