AirAsia Group ramps up cargo services with Freightchain’s digital interlining

In an effort to further strengthen its cargo footprint across the region, airlines under the AirAsia Group have made available cargo spaces on their flights on Freightchain, the world’s first digital air cargo network based on blockchain.

Increase cargo space utilisation on flights with Freightchain

AirAsia's cargo services are managed by its logistics venture, Teleport who has also adopted Freightchain in order to provide AirAsia and other airlines a platform to increase their cargo capacity utilisation. With Freightchain, AirAsia is now able to fully interline its flights digitally with other airlines, allowing for a faster and more on-demand connectivity to transport cargo across Southeast Asia and beyond.

This will greatly benefit cargo-related businesses such as exporters, importers and freight forwarders as it simplifies the process and improves efficiency that translates into huge cost savings.

Tony Fernandes, Chief Executive Office of AirAsia Group, said, “As we continue to innovate across all aspects of the cargo business, the listing of AirAsia on Freightchain supports our goal to be a formidable and reputable digital cargo distributor in the region, providing customers the best services through our comprehensive flight network at the lowest possible cost.

"The ability to maximise cargo revenue through digital interlining is a game changer for the cargo industry. Freightchain provides an avenue to connect multiple airlines and destinations, opening up revenue opportunities for airlines and limitless connections for shippers through Freightchain’s interlining solution. All of our AirAsia Group airlines are now listed on Freightchain and we welcome other airlines to come on board to create an amazing digital space for the global cargo network.

Cargo loaded onto aircraft belly
"We have often witnessed the belly capacity utilization of scheduled commercial flights is below 100%, at times about 50%. There is a huge opportunity for airlines to leverage on demand interlining on Freightchain to fill the belly space to deliver significant convenience, so they never have to fly empty. Collaborating with Freightchain provides a new world of possibilities during this time to transport cargo to areas we aren’t able to reach on our own.

"Our digital transformation to become more than just an airline has been gaining strong momentum. On the cargo and logistics front, we have established Teleport that will utilise cargo spaces not only on our AirAsia flights but also other airlines, and this provides great synergy to our business. We’re making it possible for businesses to transport cargo to places outside our network and the region like Moscow and Brussels."

Like a match made in cargo heaven, Freightchain digitally creates a combined itinerary for air cargo bookings by searching, booking and arranging multiple routes to transport cargo across multiple destinations and airlines. The online booking process makes it seamless, simpler and faster as it eliminates the traditional process of manual contracts and agreements.

As the Freightchain platform runs on blockchain, it allows airlines to manage shipment bookings on their own, from finalising consignment details all the way to rescheduling. The payment and settlement process is simplified and secured with various methods including via wallet top up, credit card or even deferred payment. To date, Freighchain has on-boarded 10 airlines along with their agents and forwarders, including all of AirAsia Group's airlines based in Asean.

No silver linings to toxic positivity right now

Experts weigh in on the balance between acknowledging pains and creating opportunities for gratitude in conversations to boost mental health at the workplace

As mental health issues continue to rise amid the pandemic, employers and co-workers are taking proactive steps to create a more positive work environment to manage employees' mental health.

More often than not, these measures include keeping regular contact with the team and making sure that managers are checking in on more than just work tasks.

Asst. Prof. Dr Pamilia Lourdunathan
According to lecturer and clinical psychologist, Asst. Prof. Dr Pamilia Lourdunathan, there is an art to checking in and that one should be mindful of one’s conversations.

“Perhaps it is perceived as a given that one should always strive to stay upbeat and optimistic. However, telling a person who is coping with emotional loneliness, mental stress and coping with pandemic fatigue during the lockdown to look at the bright side can be unhelpful and dangerous psychologically,” Pamilia said.

Pamilia added that focusing solely on the positives and ignoring topics or issues that may elicit negative emotions invalidates the true source of anxiety, feelings, and sadness.

She said, “Well intended phrases such as ‘it could be worse’, ‘stay positive’ or even ‘be thankful’ shuts off further conversations about one’s emotional state. It is a form of toxic positivity”.

It may lead to stronger negative emotions that if let to fester may manifest in the form of physical illnesses.

Instead, Pamilia suggests that it would be kinder to acknowledge the pain a person might be experiencing and allow them the space to embrace and express what they are going through without suppression.

Train of conversations, she said, should be moved from ‘everything will be alright’ and ‘you need to move on’ to ‘it’s okay not to be okay’ and ‘let’s work on this together’. When we do this we are focusing on our internal locus of control and making these changes will help to improve the situation.

That, she said, is grounded gratitude.

“It is finding the balance between acknowledging the pain and making space for gratitude in order to form balanced emotional responses. Grounded gratitude is healthier than mindless gratitude as it shifts the sufferer’s attention towards achieving a more positive outcome.”

On grounded gratitude, a staunch advocate of conscious living and founder of Signature Market Edwin Wang said that the practice made him grounded and in return, he is able to make better decisions and that leads to achieving positive results for his business in the face of pandemic.

“As a leader in the organization, practicing gratitude is a must as what we believe, always becomes a reality. I always choose to believe that my team is awesome and they have done their best given the circumstances,” Wang said.

Edwin Wang

He added that having the mindset of leadership is very important. He is aware that sometimes the employees experience self-limiting beliefs; which affect their results and reputations.

He said, “95% of the time it happens subconsciously so as a leader I use the ‘Body Emotion Language’ (BEL) model in ontology coaching to coach them. We bring awareness to their concerns and self-limiting behavior, and with that new awareness, new possibilities can arise.”

Building a positive workplace culture needs to be developed and practised, especially during a crucial time, like the current pandemic.

The direct-to-consumer (D2C) e-commerce founder suggests having monthly all-hands sessions purely to acknowledge everyone. Every employee must feel that they are good enough and are unique by just being themselves.

In fact, the culture has been practised among the Signature Market team for 3 years. Currently, despite working remotely, they strive forward together towards their desired goal.

“Mindset is the key in creating an innovative world class company in Malaysia. Malaysian companies are still playing catch-up in this area. It is never about the fancy colourful bean bags or the fun ping pong table in the office. It is about how the leadership team treats their greatest asset which is their employees,” said Wang.

Touch ‘n Go's GO+ Hits the 1 Million User Mark

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Company’s first initiative in the financial services sector well received.

Touch ‘n Go Group recently announced that it has achieved a very important milestone where its financially inclusive investment product GO+ is concerned. The Group announced that GO+ users have surpassed the 1 million mark. All this was achieved in just over two months. GO+ was launched on 29 March 2021.

Effendy Shahul Hamid
“We are pleased that we’ve been able to get to this milestone in just over two months, and well ahead of our internal estimates. We will now build on this success and add more varied products in this category. We will also be making improvements to GO+ on the back of some very encouraging customer driven feedback and data on user experience,” said Effendy Shahul Hamid, Group Chief Executive Officer, Touch ‘n Go Group.

“Many of our users found the fungibility function between the GO+ balance and Touch ‘n Go eWallet use cases very attractive, and that drove sign-up’s. Another data point we were also encouraged by is the reach of this proposition and its agendas around inclusion. 73% of GO+ users are from outside the Klang Valley, and that number continues to grow,” added Effendy.

Touch ‘n Go launched GO+ on 29 March 2021 as its first step into the area of digital financial services. GO+ is a financially inclusive investment product that allows Touch ‘n Go eWallet users and all Malaysians to gain access to low-risk money market investments for as low as RM10. Aside from being able to earn more than banking current accounts, GO+ balances can also be used across all Touch ‘n Go eWallet payments use-cases.

In addition to GO+, Touch ‘n Go also introduced +Kawan campaign which allows referrers’ to reap the benefits from referring their friends/families to onboard to GO+. Referrers earn 1% p.a. bonus return rate per friend, with no limit on the number of friends they can invite. To date, a record of top three referrers has introduced 153, 133 and 74 of their friends (referees) respectively with the +Kawan campaign. Furthermore, referees who have inserted the referral code will stand a chance to win a Sony Play Station 5 for him/herself and also the referrer.

The funds in GO+ are managed by Principal Asset Management (“Principal”), Malaysia’s largest fund manager. The funds are invested predominantly into short term bank deposits with the top banks in the country (e.g. Public Islamic Bank, CIMB Islamic, RHB Islamic Bank and Hong Leong Islamic Bank) thus emphasising the funds are well managed, safe and secure.

Touch ‘n Go eWallet is the first eWallet provider to obtain approval to operate as a Recognised Market Operator by the Securities Commission of Malaysia. The approval enables the company to directly distribute capital market products, including money market unit trust funds, through the Touch ‘n Go eWallet platform, without having to be directed to a third-party application.

Modanisa Women Worldwide Band Together to help Palestine Victims

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Over 10,000 specially designed Keffiyeh Patterened shawls have been sold online globally in aid of the thousands of Palestinian citizens who have been left homeless and injured. Modanisa, Turkey’s first international e-commerce platform for modest fashion, has recently launched a fundraiser campaign for Palestine and is calling on all of its customers to do their bit to help.

All profits from the sales of the shawls will be donated to the Palestine cause, which will be used to provide medical care, treatment, food, water, basic necessities as well as Covid-19 hygiene products for the victims.

This will be done through a collaboration with Wafaa International Group in Palestine, which is also a member of the UN ECOSOC committee. Wafaa has teams in Gaza, West Bank and Jerusalem to mobilise the necessary help.

“The response has been overwhelming since we started on June 3 and it is still building. We have seen support from 140 countries in five continents and I am so thankful to all our customers for supporting us and for making this fundraiser cause a success so far.”

“Modanisa women near and far have definitely lent a helping hand by standing in solidarity with the Palestinian people who are in dire need of help now. Our brand also strives to encourage women to support movements of kindness in a bid to create a more peaceful and loving community worldwide,” said Samim Sürel, Modanisa’s Marketing and Brand Director.

This campaign, which is still ongoing, is targeted to raise an estimated RM415,000 to help those affected to rebuild their lives one step at a time.

Modanisa kicked off this campaign by being the first to make a donation of approximately RM41,000 and will now be making another donation of RM124,000. This is in addition to the overwhelming support from the public who purchased the Keffiyeh Patterned shawls worldwide.

This initiative is part of Modanisa’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme, aimed at empowering women of all backgrounds and nationalities to help those in need. Meanwhile, separate donations can also be made through LaunchGood, a charity platform which is also working together with Modanisa to raise more funds for Palestine.

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NTT to create world’s largest connected stadium, generating a ‘digital twin’ of the Tour de France

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The unique concept will bring together people, processes, and technology over 3,400km ensuring the continuity and resilience of the race

NTT Ltd., the official technology partner to A.S.O, today announced it will create the world’s largest connected stadium, a concept unique to the Tour de France, generating a ‘digital twin’ of the event. Millions of data points will be collected and brought to life through stunning, insightful visualizations and digital experiences for fans, as well as new services to support the event operations for this three-week long race that takes place from 26 June – 18 July 2021.

Due to ongoing travel restrictions and COVID-19 safety measures, NTT, together with A.S.O, will deliver a host of digital experiences to engage fans around the world. This includes:
  • Race Center – the official live tracking site that provides race updates including rider live tracking data on and on the official Tour de France Mobile application
  • LeTourData – data-driven insights and AI predictions on twitter, Instagram and TV broadcast
  • 3D Tracker – an immersive augmented reality app that provides 3D views of the stages
  • Tour de France Fantasy by Tissot – a fantasy sports game integrating data insights and machine learning (NTT predictor) to provide insights on the riders to watch
  • NTT Media Wall – a rich media display at the race villages featuring data insights and visualisations from LeTourData, and live race updates

Creating a digital twin with IoT and Edge Computing
The Tour de France is a mobile stadium that picks up and moves every day for 21 days, across 3,400km visiting some of the most remote locations in France, from the picturesque countryside to the harsh landscapes of the Alpes and Pyrenees.

Creating a digital twin of the event will enable operations staff to gain real time visibility and ultimately streamline operations to ensure the continuity and resilience of the race. NTT will use a broad range of IoT sensors, edge compute and networks, integrated into NTT’s smart platforms and mapped against a geo-location model of each stage of the Tour. This will enable real-time visibility of key locations and assets, COVID-19 contact tracing and in-the-moment updates of caravan and race arrival times.

In another first for 2021, NTT will use real time analytics at the edge to provide immediate race data back to official race vehicles. This will deliver a live overview of the race situation, even in remote areas or the high mountains.

Peter Gray

Peter Gray, Senior Vice President, Advanced Technology Group, Sport at NTT Ltd. commented: “The digitization of the Tour de France began in 2015 by capturing data from the cyclists to provide real-time updates. Every year we have been able to take the technology to the next level, this year we are creating what is essentially a digital twin of the event. It’s a highly dynamic and changing environment that requires immediate access to information to ensure continuous and smooth operations, resulting in more informed and engaged fans.”

Connectivity at the core, securely enabled by cloud
By providing a truly hybrid environment of physical servers, virtual servers, containers, and serverless functions for different workloads, all deployed via automated Infrastructure as Code, NTT is able to support this broad array of fan and operational services for A.S.O. This will all be monitored by NTT’s Services Portal and a global team of experts connected via NTT’s Managed Collaboration Service, facilitating the demand to be better connected, no matter where the race is staged and regardless of where computing, applications and users reside.

Creating a digital twin of the race also means greater connectivity of devices and vehicles, as well as more applications and platforms accessing services hosted in the cloud – whether public, private or hybrid. Whatever the host, for A.S.O, data will be at the core. This not only includes understanding where different data lies, but how to gather it and use it effectively to create better experiences, whether it be the fans, the media, or the cycling teams.

Gray continues: “A recurring theme for many organisations as they navigate the pandemic is how to ensure their customers’ changing needs and requirements are met. The ability to adapt has been at the heart of our seven-year partnership with A.S.O. We’re helping to constantly innovate the Tour de France, an event millions of passionate fans from around the world eagerly anticipate. Each year the stakes increase as we create new ways to reach and engage more people in new and exciting ways, which is no easy feat when you consider the complexity of the race.”

Yann Le Moenner, Chief Executive, A.S.O commented: “Technology plays a vital part in helping us innovate at the speed fans expect from their mobile and cloud-based applications, all the while providing event insights, rich analytics and intelligent digital solutions. Since 2015, we’ve brought a whole host of digital enhancements to the event to create the best ‘connected fan’ experience. This year is no different, delivering a data-driven experience across any device, wherever you are in the world. ”

Back By Popular Demand – 20gb For RM20 Promo Returns

Yoodo Gives Users #WhatYooWant with Special Promotion

The users have spoken, and Yoodo listened! Yoodo – Malaysia’s first truly customisable and 100% digital mobile service has brought back the immensely popular 20GB for RM20 promotion for all Yoodo users to enjoy.

“This year, we’ve been on a mission to give our users exactly what they want,” shared Chow Tuck Mun, Head of Yoodo. “We’re extremely happy to bring back an often-requested package for our users. The 20GB for RM20 offering is available for all beginning 23 June 2021.”

Yoodo users now only need to pay RM20 to enjoy 20GB of highspeed data for all their internet needs, whether to play a few rounds of Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, binge on a few seasons of their favourite shows on Netflix, or to simply stay connected to their friends and family over Zoom.

The promotion will replace the Double Special Extra promotion, which ended on 22 June 2021.

The return of the beloved promotion is in line with Yoodo’s #WhatYooWant campaign, which looks to listen to users and give them what they want. “Yoodo is all about the power of freedom - It’s the power to choose exactly what you need in a mobile plan, and the power to let us know what you want,” Tuck Mun continued. “Our users have spoken up about bringing back this promotion and we appreciate them for it. We look forward to bringing more of these offerings for our users.”

Yoodo Extends a Helping Hand to Malaysians with Connectivity at The Best Rate

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Eligible Jaringan Prihatin Users Can Now Access 80GB Data At Only RM5 Monthly

Yoodo, Malaysia’s first truly customisable and 100% digital telco, is happy to announce the most savings-friendly Jaringan Prihatin offering in the market! Yoodo’s Prihatin Pass can now be enjoyed by eligible users at only RM5 per month for 80GB* of highspeed data each month for one year.

The Pass originally debuted at RM20 per month for 80GB* of highspeed data has now been reduced to only RM5 to support Malaysians facing challenging times during this pandemic. The package gives eligible users 20GB of monthly high-speed data along with an additional FREE daily 2GB which can be used within an hour of their choice.

Chow Tuck Mun, Head of Yoodo, commented that the company was happy to deliver connectivity at an affordable rate to the eligible masses. “The highspeed data can benefit you whether you’re working from home, studying, or simply marketing your business online. Yoodo is glad to offer the Prihatin Pass to help you complete your tasks and save more money in one go.”

“We strongly encourage all users to check their eligibility and register for the pass, simply through the Yoodo app and take advantage of this offering.,” continued Tuck Mun. “As we find ourselves in an extended Movement Control Order, we’re even more reliant on internet to stay connected with each other or carry our daily tasks. Yoodo is here to help you stay connected always.”

Successful users can access the offering for 12 consecutive months until 31 July 2022, which is the offering’s final redemption date.

Yoodo also recently revived a promotion that offers users 20GB of data for only RM20 per month. The popular promotion was reintroduced following popular demand from Yoodo users and is now available for all users to enjoy.

Jaringan Prihatin is an initiative overseen by the Ministry of Finance and launched by the Malaysian Government to help eligible Malaysians stay connected with internet offerings thanks to an overall fund of RM1.5 billion.

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Ecovitta Reveals Secret to Sanitising and Cleaning Without Chemicals

Revolutionary Ecovitta EC01S Steam Cleaner Creates Healthier, Cleaner, and Safer Homes

The Ecovitta EC01S’s revolutionary technology simplifies the 3-step routine of sanitising, cleaning, and refreshing in one compact, multifunctional machine. Harnessing the power of ultra-dry steam, the EC01S is able to kill up to 99.9% of germs, bacteria, and viruses- including e-coli, dust mites, and bedbugs [1]. Better yet, the EC01S uses only water, allowing you to experience the benefits of your typical cleaning agents without the unpleasant smells, stickiness, and other harmful side effects that come with. Use it to sanitise deliveries, disinfect personal belongings, and clean every corner of your home. The EC01S is the perfect solution for the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

Ecovitta reveals revolutionary EC01S steam cleaner- the secret to sanitising, cleaning, and refreshing more efficiently without the use of harmful chemicals. Ideal for those who are sensitive or allergic to chemical cleaners; have sinus infections or asthma; or for families with babies, children, and pets. The EC01S’s ultra-dry, high-temperature steam kills up to 99.9% of viruses and bacteria, making it a must-have appliance during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, sanitising objects that are brought into your home can make all the difference. However, this can be a hassle, messy, and time-consuming to do.

Enter the Ecovitta EC01S. Simply fill with water for powerful, ultra-dry steam in under 30 seconds. At a temperature well-above the requirement to kill 99.9% of germs, Ecovitta is ideal for disinfecting quickly and effectively. Keep your Ecovitta ready and next to your entrance for fast and effective sanitisation of deliveries, personal belongings, and even clothing [2]- for your peace-of-mind and your family’s health and safety.

This all-in-one steam cleaner comes with 7 attachments for unrivalled multi-functionality- including floor head for various flooring; comb and glide base for carpet; squeegee nozzle for glass and mirrors; utility nozzle for above-floor cleaning; and deflector nozzles for precision. Pair these attachments with the specially designed microfiber cloths to loosen and lift dirt off surfaces- allowing you to clean and sanitise in one motion.

The EC01S works impressively for various surface types including carpet, sealed hardwood, marble, tiles, sofas, beds, glass, and more. This makes it ideal for cleaning virtually any part of your home such as your kitchen, stovetops, sinks, bathrooms, mattresses, and even toys. Experience clean like never before, the EC01S will leave your home feeling naturally refreshed, clean of dirt and grime, and disinfected of germs.

Dedicated to improving the lives of others, Ecovitta aims to create products that are healthier for customers, their loved ones, and the planet. Using only water, the EC01S does away with chemical cleaners, sprays, powders, and more. This reduces the health effects of breathing in these chemicals, lessens the damage done to the environment from chemical runoff, and saves you from spending money on cleaning agents that just get washed down the drain.

Stronger than ever, the EC01S’s instant-steam generator technology produces ultra-dry steam in under 30 seconds. Combined with its large, 800ml water tank, the steam cleaner is able to produce up to 50 minutes of uninterrupted, powerful steam [3]. Simply top-up with water and it’s ready to go again.

Designed and developed in the United Kingdom and sold in 22 countries, Ecovitta aims to change the way we care for our home and the environment. Since the 1980s, Ecovitta has produced and sold more than one million steam cleaners globally.

“For decades, Ecovitta has been continuously innovating steam technology. This has made us a trusted name in the industry as a brand and as an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) for world-renowned brands such as Hoover, Oreck, Morphy Richards, Bork, and many others. We are very proud to announce the launch of Ecovitta in Malaysia. Our EC01S is designed to sanitise, clean, and refresh all in one go. Swap out the attachment and it seamlessly replaces a variety of cleaning tools and products. It is an all-in-one machine designed to make cleaning easier and healthier- an essential for every home and family as we fight the COVID-19 pandemic together,” explains En Hashim Muhammad, Chief Executive Officer of Ecovitta Sdn Bhd.

“With air pollution and environmental toxins on the rise, the need to go green is becoming increasingly important. Toxins found in cleaning products are known to trigger allergies, cause sensitivity, and weaken our body’s immune system. This is why our products are powered by only water, in the form of steam, to effectively clean without any chemicals. This ultra-dry, high-temperature steam enables Ecovitta’s products to significantly kill up to 99.9% germs, bacteria, and viruses without the negative side effects of harmful chemicals [4],” adds En Hashim.

To celebrate the Malaysian launch of the Ecovitta EC01S in July 2021, Ecovitta Sdn Bhd is offering customers a very special 40% discount during the limited pre-launching period starting June 16 to July 6, 2021. The Ecovitta EC01S is priced at RM1,299 (RM779 after discount) and is available at It comes with free shipping and a risk-free, 90-day trial with money-back guarantee.

[1] Results based on lab testing under controlled conditions. Results may vary based on surface cleaned.
[2] Do not steam directly on to skin, plants or pets. Remove clothing before steaming them
[3] Based on optimised test settings in lab
[4] Results based on lab testing under controlled conditions. Results may vary based on surface cleaned.

iQiyi Partners with CITF for iQiyi Bersama Rakyat Malaysia campaign

  • Partnership to help accelerate immunisation efforts led by the COVID-19 Immunisation Task Force (CITF)
  • iQiyi’s 3,000+ titles of beloved Asian content made free for Malaysians who get vaccinated RM1.5 million worth of free iQiyi VIP subscription vouchers made available for redemption

iQiyi, the Asian entertainment streaming leader, joined forces with the COVID-19 Immunisation Task Force (CITF) to strengthen immunisation efforts in support of the National COVID-19 Immunisation Programme (PICK)’s agenda of reaching herd immunity by end-2021.

Through the “iQiyi Bersama Rakyat Malaysia (iQiyi with Malaysians)” programme, iQiyi will work closely with CITF to disburse RM1.5 million worth of iQiyi VIP subscriptions to Malaysians nationwide who have been vaccinated. By making the 3,000+ titles of beloved Asian content on the iQiyi International platform free to vaccinated Malaysians, the Asian entertainment streaming leader is doing its part in supporting the country’s Covid Immunisation Taskforce (CITF) to drive both the registration and average attendance rate, through advocacy and reward-based initiatives across the nation.

Khairy Jamaluddin, Coordinating Minister of the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme (NIP), said of the partnership, “A crucial aspect of containing the spread of COVID-19 is cooperation. Public-private partnerships send strong, clear messages that everyone plays a part in preventing the spread of COVID-19 and promoting vaccine awareness. I am looking forward to iQiyi and CITF working together to encourage more people to be vaccinated, while advocating the importance of staying home.”

He also reiterated that the CITF has significantly expanded immunisation efforts by ensuring access to more doses of vaccines which will allow for sufficient supply nationwide. The vaccine rollout will be further supported by the openings of several more mega PPVs that will have greater capacity, providing for the immunisation of up to thousands per day in the coming weeks, with plans to incorporate a drive-thru vaccine programme.

“We know how difficult the past year has been for Malaysians,” said Dinesh Ratnam, iQiyi's Country Manager for Malaysia, Singapore, and Brunei. “We are incredibly honoured to partner with CITF in extending free VIP subscriptions to our service to all Malaysians who have been vaccinated. We would love to keep everyone entertained with our beloved Asian content while they stay safe at home and hope it makes their time during the MCO 3.0 that much easier."

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Xiaomi Ranked 70th on the Top 100 Most Valuable Global Brands 2021

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Marking the third consecutive year that Xiaomi stays on the list with a 50 percent increase in brand value compared to last year according to Kantar

Global technology leader Xiaomi announced that it ranked 70th on the Kantar BrandZ Top 100 Most Valuable Global Brands 2021, up 11 spots from last year, with a US$24.8 billion in brand value (50 percent increase YoY). 2021 is also the third consecutive year where the annual publication features Xiaomi as one of the top 100 most valuable brands worldwide, a testament of Xiaomi's mission to relentlessly build amazing products with honest prices to let everyone in the world enjoy a better life through innovative technology.

Xiaomi’s relentless pursuit of cutting-edge technology and innovation forms the bedrock of the company’s development and growth. It enables elevated endurance, super-fast charging capabilities and more solid product performance. These innovations are a testament to its continuous efforts to explore and push the boundaries of technological innovation. In April, Xiaomi's commitment to innovation was also recognized by Boston Consulting Group (BCG) which selected Xiaomi as one of “The Most Innovative Companies 2021”. This is the fourth time Xiaomi has made the list.

Xiaomi is among the top 5 brands in the Consumer Technology Category of the Top 100 Most Valuable Global Brands, thanks to the trust and support of Mi Fans and users from all over the world. Kantar BrandZ adopts industry-leading brand valuations, along with research from the world’s most extensive brand equity study: Almost 4 million consumer interviews covering 18,500 brands across 512 categories in 51 markets.

In March, a new, revamped corporate visual identity was introduced, fusing eastern philosophy with the design concept of “Alive”. This new branding aims to further strengthen Xiaomi’s foothold in the premium market, while raising brand awareness with its audiences through its new dynamic logo. The concept of Alive is Xiaomi’s thinking and response to the turning point in the era of intelligent interconnectivity. Xiaomi is ushering into a new decade as it expands its presence from the masses to premium users, from technology to art space; from online to offline and all over the world.

According to Kantar, the Top 100 Most Valuable Global Brands recorded a remarkable increase in value of 42 percent this year, compared to a 6 percent increase last year and a 7 percent increase the year prior. This rise amounted to a gain of more than US$2 trillion in total brand value for the Global Top 100 and represented an acceleration in growth for the world’s largest brands, following the disruptions of COVID-19.

The Premium Smart Assistant: HUAWEI WATCH 3 Series Goes For Pre-Order Starting from RM 1,699!

Consumers can pre-order the HUAWEI Watch 3 Series and stand to receive freebies worth up to RM828*

The most premium HUAWEI smartwatch to date – the HUAWEI WATCH 3 Series – is making its way to Malaysia! The first smartwatch to be powered by HarmonyOS 2, the all-new HUAWEI WATCH 3 Series is one of the most personalised gadgets a user can own, pulling comprehensive insights by using a wearers’ vitals. In the era of the Internet of Things (IoT), smartwatches are poised to become the hub of interactivity between devices, empowering users with the next level of control over their hardware.

Starting from 25th June at 10:00 a.m. until 6th July 2021, consumers can pre-order the HUAWEI WATCH 3 Series and grab exciting freebies worth up to RM 828* on HUAWEI Store Online, Shopee, Lazada and Senheng. The HUAWEI WATCH 3 and HUAWEI WATCH 3 Pro from this flagship smartwatch series is expected to deliver consumers smart life experiences, constructed by enhanced interaction and interconnectivity in various scenarios. On top of being produced with a science-based health management solution [1], the smartwatch series brings premium features including independent eSIM calling, ultra-long battery life, Smart Alert Assistant functions and improved sports user experience, all wrapped in an aesthetic-focused overall design appearance.

Price & Availability
Now that you know when the pre-order period is taking place, be sure to block your calendar and head over to HUAWEI Store Online, Shopee, Lazada and Senheng to get your hands on the latest addition to the HUAWEI wearables family. In case you missed out on the earlier paragraphs, with every purchase, customers can enjoy amazing freebies worth up to RM 828*!


If you need a little refresher, continue reading to find out reasons why (as if you really need any reason) to pre-order the HUAWEI WATCH 3 Series:

Aesthetic-Focused Watch Design
The aesthetic values embedded in this HUAWEI WATCH 3 Series is the result of a fashion forefront and top smartwatch trends brought by HUAWEI brands. To make this a reality, HUAWEI brings premium features to its body such as the lightweight titanium and stainless-steel build, tracking-sensitive ceramic glass at the back, corrosion and sweat-resistant material. The ceramic glass delivers warmth to the touch and skin-friendly on top of its useful tracking features.

The Pro model comes with heavy-duty titanium form, it’s just not for good looks, but also offers comfort and withstanding extreme weather condition. HUAWEI WATCH 3 Series perfectly balances the epitome of craftmanship with a round design, minimalist appearance. Thinking of being presentable at work while tracking your performance on futsal court? Why bring different watches when the HUAWEI WATCH 3 Series alone can let you match both? From the first glance, the smartwatches come with an ultra-curved 3D and round edges glass screen with anti-fingerprint and scratch-resistant quality, these features provide durability for outdoor activities.

To deliver practicality, there is a 3D rotating crown attached at the right side to provide tactile feedback. The crown allows its users to zoom in and out with the visual on-screen across the menu options accurately and conveniently. The crown allows high precision finger movement recognition for the users. To match the aesthetic overall look, the watch faces are made to be useful by retaining a personalised unique look completed with adjustable strap options that can suit all genders and preferences.

Stay Connected with eSIM Calling Connectivity
Have you ever been annoyed with the fact that you need to hold your phone while jogging outside? Yes, you can carry a fanny pack and or wrapped it around your sleeve, but your smartphone sometimes can just get in the way. You want them to be there just to track your progress while staying connected, don’t you? Well thankfully, the HUAWEI WATCH 3 Series has got your back!

It is a standalone smartwatch series that supports eSIM to make or receive calls without needing your smartphone around. This offers complete independence to receiving calls compared to carrying a smartphone at hand that sometimes just get in the way in the middle of something. The eSIM feature supports the Malaysian tethering network, which means users able to opt-in without hassle, available to register an eSIM plan at the nearest local operator stores like Maxis, Digi & U Mobile. With internet connection enabled, users can benefit a seamless communication with the MeeTime application.

Ultra-Long Battery Life Lasts Up to 21 Days2
For many of us, we don’t like spending too much time just waiting to get our devices juiced up to their full capacity. It goes without saying that battery life is one of the key deciding factors for those who love to go break free without the need to keep charging. HUAWEI WATCH 3 Series will let users go about their day-to-day routines with its industry-leading, ultra-long battery life. The users can be worry-free about the needs to keep charging the smartwatch as they can stay powered for days.

While the HUAWEI WATCH 3 Pro model can last up to five days in Smart Mode and 21 days in ultra-long battery life mode [2], the HUAWEI WATCH 3 can accompany its users by lasting up to three days in Smart Mode, two weeks in ultra-long battery life mode [3]. Complimenting with the convenience of a long-lasting battery, both smartwatch models support the dual charge method. Users can utilise this with an option to charge with reverse wireless charging [4]. Why carry a big chunk of power bank when you can simply charge with a smartphone?

24/7 Continuous Health Monitoring Support1
You reap what you sow, and this applies to being aware of your health being. Acknowledging and addressing your health condition can go a long way for your future. The HUAWEI WATCH 3 Series lets users maintain their health with its science-based health monitoring features such as SpO2, heart rate, sleep, and stress1. By going hand in hand with long-lasting battery life, these comprehensive features can let its users stay up to date on their wellbeing every time they activate it on their wrist. For those who are not aware, SpO2 tracking can help you learn more about the level of oxygen in your blood. The SpO2 monitoring will help you to acknowledge when there may be an indication of important changes while you are running errands or sleeping early at night.

With a fast-paced lifestyle that has become more common (even if you’re stuck at home), unwanted stress can bombard you, further affecting your wellness. With that said, the heart rate and stress monitoring features from HUAWEI WATCH 3 Series come in handy. The heart rate monitoring feature can warn its users if the heart rate is not normal and as for the stress monitoring, it tracks stress level and suggests a method to release pressure like a breathing exercise. To complement the monitoring support during the day, the HUAWEI WATCH 3 Series also comes with a sleep monitoring feature that aims to improve the users’ sleeping condition throughout the night. Featuring HUAWEI TruSleep™ 2.0 and AI technology, the smartwatches can produce big data analysis before identifying common sleep issues and suggest personalised solutions.

24/7 Smart Alert Assistant Qualities
The HUAWEI WATCH 3 Series comes with smart alert assistant functions consisting of fall detection, SOS alert, video watch face, voice notepad and MeeTime application. This set of helpful features are expected to boost its users’ productivity especially while they are working. If the users are alone and don’t feel too well, the fall detection and SOS alert feature in the HUAWEI WATCH 3 Series has got their back. It detects if the users are about to fall and automatically enters Help mode to notify those who are in their emergency contact list that they have set up. With SOS alert, these smartwatches can make a phone call in an emergency. Users can also opt to manually press the volume button five times in a row turn on the alert.

On top of ensuring the safety of its users, the HUAWEI WATCH 3 Series helps increase productivity by providing a note-taking feature with its Voice NotePad. Users can easily record meetings almost instantly in voice memo form. It is worth to mention for online meeting, users can also enjoy smooth calls via Wi-Fi and data with its MeeTime communication app. The video watch face is just not for looks. Its multi-functional watch face can help to offer practicality for its users to personalise their layout design for easy navigation. Whether you want to retain the classic modern look or expressing your exquisite taste in fashion, these smartwatches wouldn’t let you down.

Enhanced Sports User Experience
Boasting a serious array of sports features, the HUAWEI WATCH 3 Series promises to enhance the sports user experience. It can be a hindrance when you’ve already gotten all prepped and ready for the action but the GPS from your device just cannot pin your actual location. With that, the Pro model of the series is recognised as the first-ever smartwatch manufactured with Dual GPS to allow users to stay active and move as further as they want. GPS wouldn’t be holding you back anymore!

To allow users to enjoy their fitness journey, both smartwatch models offer sports monitoring up to 100 workout modes. HUAWEI WATCH 3 Series has the capabilities to record key data and suggest suitable workout plans. Calories burnt, activity duration, heart rate interval, workout progress and recovery time are among the key data that can be generated from both models.

The World First Smartwatch Powered by HarmonyOS 2
Worry about connecting with a non-HUAWEI smartphone? Running on HarmonyOS 2, the HUAWEI WATCH 3 Series is a user-friendly device that supports smartphone syncs, not exclusively from HUAWEI but including Android and iOS-powered smartphones as well [5]. Out of the box, it sports a redesigned home screen with an interface grid launcher which you can easily recognise and wouldn't take too much time to familiarise yourself. The icons were set with a familiar layout for its users to navigate applications and features efficiently. Navigation is made easy with the gesture control feature. The smartwatches can sense hand gesture to answer a call when users release a clenched fist with a raised wrist. The is also support for video calling through HUAWEI’s MeeTime app. All in all, running on HarmonyOS 2 is aligns with its availability in the Malaysian market. You do not have to worry much about its application compatibility as it supports various available apps in the country via HUAWEI AppGallery installed on the connected smartphone.

Newly Launched My HUAWEI App
My HUAWEI App is a platform designed to be an updated version of the HUAWEI Support app for HUAWEI users that has just recently been unveiled. Its objective is to let HUAWEI users better connect via the community section and enjoy early official after-sales service, all in one app! Consumers can download the app here.

New HUAWEI Community Malaysia Website
Besides, you can join the new HUAWEI Community Malaysia and stand a chance to win an awesome price* by simply uploading your best night view photo in the Gallery. Good news for existing users, all you need to do is sign up with your existing HUAWEI ID on the HUAWEI Community Malaysia website to join designated events and unlock its full set of benefits. Explore more from this website.

You can be among the early adopters to use HUAWEI WATCH 3 Series now! Consumers can make pre-order from 25th June until 6th July 2021 via HUAWEI Store Online, Shopee, Lazada and Senheng. Freebies worth up to RM828 are up to grab for every purchase made*.

[1] This feature is not designed to be a medical device, and it is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. All data and measurements should be used for personal reference only.
[2] The ultra-long battery life mode is 21 days in the following situations: ultra-long battery life mode enabled, factory default setting, heart rate monitoring enabled, HUAWEI TruSleep™ enabled for sleeping at night, 30 minutes of Bluetooth callings every week,90 minutes of working out every week (GPS enabled), message notifications enabled (50 SMS messages, 6 calls, and 3 alarms a day), and the screen is turned on 200 times a day.
[3] The typical scenario of smart mode is 3 days in the following situations: factory default setting, 2 hours LTE connection every day, 22 hours Bluetooth connection with mobile phone every day, heart rate monitoring enabled, HUAWEI TruSleep™ enabled for sleeping at night, 60 minutes of using apps every week, 30 minutes of Bluetooth callings every week, 30 minutes of Bluetooth music playing every week, 90 minutes of working out every week (GPS enabled), message notifications enabled (50 SMS messages, 6 callings, and 3 alarms a day), and the screen is turned on 200 times a day. The smart mode in typical scenarios is 1.5 days when paired with an iPhone.
[4] This feature is limited to Huawei phones that support NFC reverse charging.
[5] Can be synced to smartphones updated with EMUI 10.0 or later, Android 6.0 or later, iOS 9.0 or later.

* Terms and conditions apply

ACCA Collaborates with Top Learning Institutions to Offer RM1,000,000 Bursary for Students to Study Accounting

ACCA and 17 leading learning institutions collaborated in setting up the RM1 million bursary fund to help students in need

ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) launches its Foundation in Accountancy (FIA) with the ACCA “FIA-1-Million” Campaign which is a bursary program that is set up by 17 top learning institutions in the country to provide financial assistance to help 1,000 Malaysian students fulfil their dreams of pursuing a successful career in the accounting and finance sector.

The seventeen (17) ACCA Approved Learning Providers that are part of this campaign will be granting sponsorships to a committed number of students across Malaysia to help school leavers take their first steps towards obtaining a world class accounting qualification – the ACCA Foundation in Accountancy (ACCA FIA).

Nationwide students especially those who have just completed their SPM examinations can contact and visit these Approved Learning Partners directly to enquire and sign up for the bursary which will be available from 22 June 2021 to 31 December 2021:

ACCA Approved Learning Partners – Platinum Partners
  • Imperium International College
  • INTEC Education College
  • Methodist College Kuala Lumpur
  • Sentral College Penang
  • Sunway College Ipoh
  • Sunway College Johor Bahru
  • Sunway College Kuching
  • Sunway TES
  • UOW Malaysia KDU

ACCA Approved Learning Partners – Gold Partners
  • Crescendo International College
  • Kompas International College
  • Institut Akauntan KTC Johor Bahru
  • Institut Sinaran
  • Methodist Pilley Institute
  • Pintar College
  • Taylor’s College
  • YES International College

In addition to helping students continue their education journey, especially those affected by the pandemic, ACCA and its partners considers this as the opportune juncture to identify ways to further strengthen the accountancy profession in Malaysia. This effort also enhances the contribution of the accountancy profession in nation building, given the changing economic landscape and the need for Malaysia to remain competitive as a nation.

Edward Ling
“The accountancy profession is one of the key areas that is currently under-served in Malaysia. In order to meet our country’s aspiration of developing 60,000 accountants to support our transformation into a developed nation, we need to work together with our partners in the education and government sectors as well as employers to look into new ways of developing and increasing the number of students embarking on the profession which we have identified as necessary for Malaysia’s growth” said Edward Ling, Head of ACCA Maritime South-East Asia.

According to the latest ACCA and IMA Global Economic Conditions Survey (GECS), the global economy is bouncing back in terms of confidence, orders, employment, and spending. The survey of 1,000 senior accountants and finance professional across the world recorded the biggest jump in economic confidence this quarter in the 12 years it has been running. The GECS is consistent with the view that the global economy stands a good chance of reaching its pre-pandemic level of activity later this year.

“In anticipation of potential growth opportunities in the coming months and year ahead, we must focus on developing our youth as highly-skilled talents will be critical as Malaysian companies increasingly look beyond home for bigger markets and regional excellence, whilst multinationals continue to view Malaysia favourably as a steppingstone to Southeast Asia,” Ling emphasized.

The introduction of the newly available ACCA FIA will now replace the Certified Accounting Technician (CAT) Qualification, as the most efficient route and entry point into accountancy for secondary school-leavers, graduates from non-accounting professions and for those seeking new prospects in their career.

“Students embarking on ACCA FIA can also be assured that they will learn from the best, as all our Approved Learning Partners meet rigorous standards of teaching quality, giving our young talents a strong start on their journey to a fulfilling career as a finance professional, with a globally-recognised qualification that is highly valued by employers around the world,” added Ling.

Timberland x Eastpak Collaboration

Sustainability, Durability, Authenticity

  The result is a responsibly-made, highly functional collection that fuses an old-school feel with a vision for a greener future. This collaborative Timberland x Eastpak capsule will be exclusively available in Zalora Malaysia on June 25th, 2021. 

Two iconic brands, both born of the outdoors, and both with a shared desire to protect it. Solid foundations for this second landmark collaboration between Eastpak and Timberland. Giving rise to a rugged, adventure-ready collection of packs and travel gear that epitomize the authenticity, responsible design ethos and quality craftsmanship that have defined both brands for decades.

The items in the Eastpak x Timberland collection are built to last a lifetime – the ultimate expression of sustainability. All main fabrics, webbing, linings, and bindings are made from 100% recycled materials, for an eco-conscious yet highly durable bag. At the same time, signature design details capture the utilitarian spirit of Timberland’s iconic yellow boot, such as: quad row stitching, rubberized boot lace zipper pullers, suede accents and embossed linings. It’s all tied together with a co-branded Eastpak x Timberland logo patch.

The result is a responsibly-made, highly functional collection that fuses an old-school feel with a vision for a greener future. This collaborative Timberland x Eastpak capsule will be exclusively available in Zalora Malaysia on June 25th, 2021.

The functional alternative to Eastpak’s classic icon, the Padded Zippl’r bag gets a complete makeover as part of this collaboration, bearing the hallmarks of both Eastpak and Timberland. Recycled fabrics and contrasting accents such as coated zippers, rubberized pullers and embossed lining form strong aesthetic reference points to the legendary footwear brand.

This mini bag has been a fashion icon ever since Eastpak introduced it to the lifestyle scene back in the ‘80s. It has now been elevated to a true, functional staple! Bearing the signature design elements that epitomize the Eastpak x Timberland collection, such as contrasted, suede, and rubberized accents from Timberland’s iconic yellow boot, as well as 100% recycled materials.

  • Volume: 24L
  • Water Resistant
  • Padded laptop sleeve
  • Leather details
  • Timberland shoe lace puller
  • Dimensions: 40x30x18cm
  • Laptop sleeve: 33x27cm
  • Suggested Retail Price: MYR 379
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A2JXJV10 - Olive Camo

  • Volume: 3.5L
  • Water Resistant
  • Leather details
  • Timberland shoe lace puller
  • Timberland leather accent
  • Dimensions: 16x28x12cm
  • Suggested Retail Price: MYR 219
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Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket reopens to the world as part of Phuket island’s ‘Sandbox Programme’ for vaccinated travellers – with no quarantine requirements

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Luxurious beachfront resort is ready to welcome domestic and international visitors from 1 July 2021 onwards with new guest experiences, a special reopening package, and the latest certified health and hygiene standards.

Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket

Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket, a luxurious beachfront resort on the northwest coast of Phuket, one of Thailand’s most beloved island destinations, is set to reopen its doors on 1 July 2021 as part of Phuket’s unique Sandbox Programme, which will allow vaccinated travellers from Thailand and overseas to visit the island and move around freely with no quarantine requirements.

Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket - Amore Dinner

To celebrate the occasion, Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket, which is owned and operated by Dusit International, one of Thailand’s leading hotel and property development companies, will welcome guests back with a wide range of family-friendly experiences specially crafted in line with Dusit’s four new pillars of gracious hospitality – including Service (personalised and gracious), Well-Being (delivering wellness experiences beyond the spa), Locality (uniquely linking guests with the local community), and Sustainability (social, economic, and environmental) – to add convenience, experience and value to every stay.

Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket -Beach

This includes providing guests with the chance to enjoy a deeper connection with the destination through a range of complimentary activities reflecting responsible tourism practices. Among some of the options offered are guided tours to support local fishing villages; sustainable crafts workshops such as upcycled tie-dye and bag painting; cooking classes featuring locally sourced ingredients; and Thai cultural workshops where guests can learn more about the history of Phuket and the island’s unique traditions and customs.

Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket - Beach
Guests will also benefit from Dusit’s new group-wide holistic wellness concept, Devarana Wellness, which goes beyond the resort’s traditional spa offering to weave well-being elements throughout the entire stay experience. From complimentary activities that enhance emotional and physical resilience, such as yoga, meditation, and breathwork, to healthy restaurant menus and ‘micro wellness moments,’ including the offer of essential oils on arrival, Devarana Wellness has implemented property-wide services to help guests destress, detoxify, and enjoy deep restorative sleep.

Every weekend, the resort also offers a Family Retreat Programme, designed by Devarana Wellness, which is packed with entertaining and enriching experiences for adults and children alike. A mini-farm workshop, educational kids camp, stand up paddleboarding, and family-focused wellness sessions are just some of the activities provided.

To prepare for welcoming international visitors, Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket has fully vaccinated its staff. It has also been certified for the Tourism Authority of Thailand’s new sanitary safety standard, SHA Plus. Certification is only awarded to properties that strictly follow official COVID-19 control guidelines and uphold the highest hygiene standards, including regular and thorough cleaning and disinfecting of all guest rooms and public areas.

Dusit’s carefully crafted ‘Dusit Care’ services are also in place to deliver additional convenience while maximising guest safety. Flexible check-in, anytime breakfast, and mobile payment methods are just some of the services offered so guests can stay with utmost peace of mind.

Suphajee Suthumpun
“We are delighted to reopen our doors to vaccinated visitors and welcome the world once again to Thailand at Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket,” said Ms Suphajee Suthumpun, Group CEO, Dusit International. “While international borders have been closed, we have been very busy reimagining our services and rolling out new experiences designed to add experience, convenience, and value to every stay, while ensuring guest safety always comes first. Showcasing our four new pillars of gracious hospitality – Service, Well-Being, Locality, and Sustainability – Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket has everything in place to create confidence among travellers, meet their post COVID-19 needs, and contribute to the safe and successful reopening of Phuket island. The resort's SHA Plus certification, which reflects operating procedures already in place at each of our properties, also demonstrates our readiness to welcome vaccinated travellers at each of our properties when the time is right. The sandbox programme is a big step forward for Thailand and the hospitality industry at large, and we look forward to doing our very best to contribute to its success.”

Set on the white sands of Bang Tao beach overlooking the Andaman Sea and surrounded by lush tropical gardens, Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket comprises 253 elegant rooms, suites and villas. Amongst other facilities, it offers a fully equipped gym, tennis and sports courts, a luxurious spa, an outdoor swimming pool, a watersports centre, a children’s play area, and easy access to the neighbouring 18-hole Laguna Phuket Golf Course. Five dining outlets cater to a wide range of tastes, including international favourites, Royal Thai cuisine, and fine Italian dining.

Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket - Wellness Activities

To mark its opening, the resort is offering three special Back to Paradise packages starting at THB 12,800 net inclusive of free nights, daily breakfast, and other exclusive privileges. The options include:

  • Book three nights and get an additional night free, inclusive of daily breakfast for two persons and daily THB 1,000 food and beverage credit.*
  • Book seven nights and get an additional three nights free, inclusive of daily breakfast for two persons, and daily THB 1,000 food and beverage credit.*
  • Book 10 nights and get an additional four nights free, inclusive of daily breakfast for two persons, and daily THB 1,000 food and beverage credit.*

The package is available for booking from 25 June – 30 September 2021, and valid for stay dates between 1 July – 30 September 2021.

Guests flying with participating airlines will also have the opportunity to earn up to 7,500 additional air miles.

*Terms and conditions apply.

What Dads Taught Us About Cars

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To be a good father is to be a gifted teacher. Who we are and what we do today is a tribute to everything our dads or father figures have taught us in life. When it comes to cars, wise advice from fathers or father figures is something we take seriously when we are faced with any issues.

So, in light of Father’s Day, here are five best car advice we’ve heard from fathers and father figures, which you can also pass down to your kids.

A ‘Healthy’ Engine for a ‘Healthy’ Car
A well-performing functional car requires a healthy engine which must be well-maintained to avoid issues such as engine breakdowns and to ensure lasting performance. One way to do that is to make sure the engine oil is checked regularly and changed as scheduled. As there are many moving and rotating parts in a car, the engine has to be well lubricated. When the oil starts to degrade and gets burnt off, friction between the parts might slowly increase which will affect the engine’s performance, as well as drivability.

Overheating can also cause engine malfunction. Keeping the temperature of the engine within its cool limits where the cooling system comes into play - when this system malfunctions, (maybe due to a leak), the engine can overheat and cause serious complications when you drive.

Keep Your Tyres in Shape
The lifespan of your tyres can quickly depreciate if they aren’t properly taken care of. Tyres that aren’t properly inflated can be a risk or threat on the road as they can become distorted and explode. One way to avoid this is to check the air pressure in your tyres monthly.

The proper air pressure for tyres is determined by the weight and design of the car, as well as the specific tyre dimensions recommended by the manufacturer. Usually, you can find the information about the air pressure on a sticker located by the driver’s door.

Time to Hit the Brakes or Change Them
Car brakes play a crucial part in your car’s performance. If your brakes don’t work properly, it can put you, your passengers, and others on the road in great danger. One way to ensure its working condition is to check the brake and the brake pads once a year.

If the brake pad is worn out or if you hear a cracking sound when you hit the brakes, it is time for a replacement. You should also check your brake fluids regularly as it works in transferring heat to all the different parts of the brake system.

Maximize Fuel Efficiency
The easiest and most effective way you can improve fuel efficiency is to change your driving habits. One way to do that is to minimize driving your car on a cold engine. This will burn more fuel due to the fuel injectors sending more fuel through the system to operate the car. Additionally, you are putting the cylinders and pistons at risk of wearing out when you drive off on a cold engine. So, to save fuel, you can start the engine and drive the car at a steady pace without acceleration to warm up the engine to a warmer temperature faster.

You should also avoid braking hard and with rapid accelerations - this will only lower the fuel efficiency because it burns more fuel. Another way to save fuel is by minimizing the use of your car’s air conditioner. You can do this by rolling down the windows during your drives once in a while.

Choosing a Quality Used Car
If you are looking to buy a car on a tight budget, opting for a used car is a smart alternative. Not only are used cars much more affordable, but you would also be able to pay off your loan in a shorter period of time. However, we understand that you may be wary of buying a used car because of its second hand nature. Fret not, with the right dealer, you can get a quality used car with a great deal.

Here are some ways on how you can spot a good quality used car.

  • Review the service or maintenance report: used cars that are serviced consistently according to their schedule give an indication that the car is in a good shape.
  • Check the inspection report: find a dealer that offers transparency in their transactions such as Carsome, which lists the full 175-point inspection report with pictures to showcase the exterior, interiors and more. Additionally, they offer a five-day money-back guarantee and a one-year warranty for extra peace of mind.
  • Take it out for a test drive: always view the car before your purchase to ensure its quality. Test driving is a great way to test the car’s brakes, tyres, gears, and engine for any abnormalities or issues.
  • Remember, Thank Your Dad!

What we learn from our dad, or our father figures are great life lessons that make us who we are today. Their sacrifice, love, and dedication made sure we turned out to be the best version of ourselves and for that, we humbly thank them!

If your dad is beside you, give him a great big hug and thank him for everything he has done. If not, ring him up and remind him how much you appreciate his life lessons.

Happy Father’s Day and stay safe!

This article was inspired by “What My Father Taught Me About Cars” on

Alchemy Stars – Futuristic Fantasy Mobile Game Now Available

The long awaited revolutionary strategy mobile RPG - Alchemy Stars is here! The game is available in English, Japanese, and Korean languages. For those who pre-registered are entitled to get tons of milestone rewards to help you kickstart your adventures!

Alchemy Stars is a hero-collection, strategy RPG developed by TourDogStudio. The game will require players to focus and strategize their party to defeat their enemies. The game has an RPG-type storyline that is simple and dynamic. It is written by Tadashi Satomi who was a scenario-writer responsible for the scenario, characters, and setting of the original Persona games.

The game tells the story of the world Astra, whom the Aurorians and Caelestites have inhabited for the longest time. However, peace did not last as Astra was invaded by dark creatures known as Eclipsites. Players will take on the role of the sole survivor of the Caelestites race, helping the Aurorian warriors to defeat the Eclipsites.

The game’s combat drew some reference from connect-3 puzzle games. In Alchemy Stars, Players match adjacent tiles with similar colors to activate their character’s attack. Also, by connecting more matching-colored tiles, players can unleash powerful skills that can cover the whole battlefield.

There are 4 different colored tiles in the game that matches the element of your characters. Red for Fire, Blue for Water, Yellow for Thunder, and Green for Forest. It is important to plan your party according to the elemental advantage as your character will only attack when you choose to connect the same-colored tiles. The only exception is your Party Captain as he or she can attack regardless of the colored tiles you choose to connect.

There are over 80 different characters split into 6 different factions for players to collect. Each of these characters has unique skills that are useful during combat. Unlike most hero-collection games where you just bring along all the high rarity characters and steamroll your opponents, certain high-level stages in Alchemy Stars require Players to bring along characters with specific skills to overcome the stage. This means that you will need to develop and use characters across different rarities instead of just the 6-stars.

Since the layout of the battlefield is always different whenever you revisit a stage, strategic party management becomes an important factor that will decide the outcome of the battle.

Besides fighting, Players can interact and learn more about your characters by playing through the character’s stories, chatting, and spending time with your favorite characters in the Colossus – a place where you can have your social gatherings with your characters and acquire important materials and resources that can aid you in your adventure. Players can improve your facility’s performance by deploying characters with the relevant work skill to increase the efficiency of your production.

Graphics-wise, the game features eye-catching sci-fi, fantasy illustrations. The game combines magic with futuristic settings such as the environment and character designs. In addition, the characters are dubbed by voice actors from Japan. The game also allows players to see characters in dynamic mode which features subtle movements or “wind-blowing” effects, particles, and other small details. To accommodate entry-level or older smartphones, players can choose to display their characters in Static mode.

You can download Alchemy Stars HERE or through the Google Play Store for Android users and at the App Store for iOS users.