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Diana Khoo

Diana Khoo, Editor

One of the greatest compliments I can receive is when a reader writes in with bouquets, as well as when they say how much they are looking forward to the next issue. It is sentiment that is mutual, I must say. No sooner do my team and I dust ourselves off after sending a stack of pages off to the printer do we immediately begin dreaming, discussing and planning the next issue. This is the third of our four annual issues — I am amazed at how quickly the year has flown by.

It is in this light that we beckon you to slow down, step back and — to steal a phrase from Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg — lean in. After all, as a friend of mine likes to say: God, not the devil, is in the details. Hence, our decision to feature the homes of three young and very talented individuals — Oxford-educated technopreneur Karl Loo’s city pad, digital strategist Tercia Goh’s duplex loft and one of the city’s original influencers and successful bloggers Joyce Wong’s bright and bijou aerie. Their creativity, keen eye and unique way of embracing life are only to be marvelled at and we hope their homes serve as founts of inspiration. We are certain you will be equal parts charmed as well as amazed.

Still on the topic of youth, we were also lucky to have the boyish banker-turned-hotelier Amran Ahmed graciously show us around his cluster of luxury villas set atop a hillock in mystical Langkawi, which he developed from scratch and without much prior experience. If you like what you read in our feature on Ambong Pool Villas — the best part of the story probably lies in the fact that you can experience it yourself all too easily — the island only a mere hour’s flight from Kuala Lumpur. Our Work Space section this issue also features youthful entrepreneur Tan Boon Yao’s latest masterpiece, Babel Fit, which is without doubt the Klang Valley’s most luxurious gym to date and one that makes you look at working out from a holistic way-of-life perspective.

Naturally, we have also included profiles on cutting-edge international designers, the hottest design-conscious buys with which to adorn your home as well as a special Moon Cake Festival menu — complete with recipes, of course — graciously provided by cookbook author par excellence, Puan Sri Betty Saw. Please enjoy the issue. Until December then.