PP14391/11/2011 (027028) NEWSLETTER 2011 • ISSUE 12
Cosmopolitan Living Artistry
Villa Pines -
The Quintessence of
Successful Listing of
4 FEATURE Welcome to the latest edition of UOA Jewels. We are delighted to share many exciting developments that
One @ Bukit Ceylon - Cosmopolitan Living Artistry have occurred since the previous edition reached your desks.
6 THE LATEST ON BANGSAR SOUTH
8 June 2011 marked a remarkable milestone for us at UOA Group (UOA) as we celebrated the successful
The Perfect Place to Live, Work and Play listing of our property arm, UOA Development Bhd on the Main Board of Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad
Papilio Bespoke Living at The Village following the launch of prospectus in May 2011. This achievement has further solidified our position as one
The Horizon Phase 2 of the leading property developers in Malaysia and is testament to our commitment to ensure consistent
Bangsar South City Knowledge Clinics long-term growth and sustainability.
6 8 COMMUNITY
Promoting Safe Bottles for Babies We are also proud to bring you the latest updates on Bangsar South, UOA’s flagship development which is
Step Up to English Proficiency with The Star fast becoming one of the most sought after residential and commercial addresses for today's urbanites who
Making A Charitable Difference appreciate stylish suburban living within a dynamic cityscape.
10 SALES In the ‘Feature’ and ‘Highlight’ sections, be inspired by our latest projects, One @ Bukit Ceylon – set to
Setapak Green Shines As Unique Urban Oasis become a significant landmark that would transform the skyline of Kuala Lumpur, and Villa Pines – an
exclusive sanctuary for the discerning.
Shuttle Service for Tenants Learn about our community involvement in various initiatives as we endeavour to make a difference through
12 HIGHLIGHT our giving programme for the betterment of society.
Villa Pines - The Quintessence of Modern Living
As you relish the updates in the ensuing pages, we at UOA thank you for all your unstinting support and
14 ECONOMIC wish you an enjoyable read of UOA Jewels.
A Greener Shade of Economics
12 Thank You.
Heralding the Successful Listing of UOA Development Bhd
Binjai 8 Captivates Buyers from Singapore
Hope Burns Bright for Cervical Cancer
The Handmade Loaf
21 DINING @ THE SPHERE
Colonial Charm at Tappers Café
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Welcome to the most coveted Featuring four unique design layouts ranging from 411 sq ft to
893 sq ft, the hotel suites are the embodiment of luxury
address in Kuala Lumpur, metropolitan living with infinite investment potential and
One @ Bukit Ceylon. attractive returns, thanks to a desirable location, guarded
privacy, great accessibility and close proximity to KL’s most
renowned lifestyle district.
A towering new city landmark right at the heart of Changkat From retail shopping (Pavilion KL and Sungei Wang) and
Bukit Bintang, One @ Bukit Ceylon offers exclusive hotel-style scrumptious hawker fare (Jalan Alor) to popular bars and chic
living in the city’s premier lifestyle enclave – where the synergy clubs, all your daytime and nocturnal needs are literally just
of endless urban excitement and exclusive service standards steps away. With two monorail stations and a future MRT
prevails from dawn to dusk. serving the area, getting around is a breeze.
Contemporary comfort amidst uber chic surroundings Towering elegance framed against the vast KL skyline
THE LATEST ON
The Horizon Phase 2
Phase 2 of The Horizon is fast taking shape with the completion
of four out of the eight 13- to 20-storey office towers. Built in
accordance to sustainable design specifications, it was recently
awarded the Green Building Index (GBI) Provisional Gold
Certification for Tower 1, 2, 3 & 3A – a recognition of exemplary
quality standards and testament to UOA’s commitment to
excellence through green innovation.
GBI certified buildings at The Horizon Phase 2
The Perfect Place to Live, Work and Play
Arguably one of the most sought after addresses for today's stunning RM100 million clubhouse, vast 6-acre park and
urbanites who appreciate stylish suburban living within a healthcare centre.
dynamic cityscape, Bangsar South is a fully integrated residential
cum commercial address that stands apart from the rest with its And with the awarding of the MSC Malaysia Cybercentre status,
central location, excellent internet and transport connectivity this new city enclave is now seamlessly connected to achieve
plus a host of retail, service and recreational facilities including a perfect harmony in the way you live, work and play.
The spacious and welcoming lobby A sweeping driveway that leads to the entrance
Papilio Bespoke Living at The Village Bangsar South City Knowledge Clinics
Hilker 1888 – a renowned German furniture company with 120 The Bangsar South City Knowledge Clinics is the latest initiative
years of luxury heritage – is one of the many established names undertaken by UOA, in collaboration with major industry
on display that offers a varied assortment of fabulous designs for stakeholders to promote knowledge sharing and business
your home. networking amongst the ICT-related businesses of Malaysia. The
clinics serve as a thought leadership platform that facilitates a series
To commemorate the launch of the new shop, all Bangsar South of technology-business forums hosted at the MSC Malaysia
residents will enjoy an exclusive, additional 5% discount* on all Cybercentre @ Bangsar South City.
the collections. So, make your way to Papilio Bespoke Living
today and explore the celebrated design options. Its inaugural technology-business forum, “Venture Capital
Financing” by Malaysia Venture Capital Management Bhd
*Terms and conditions apply.
(MAVCAP), received positive response from more than 50
Papilio Bespoke Living representatives of MSC Malaysia companies and paved the way for
Contemporary home inspiration for the discerning at Papilio Bespoke Living Positive response from participants at the first knowledge clinic
Unit G2 & M2, The Village, Bangsar South more exciting forums to come.
Featuring a fine collection of furniture and furnishings, Papilio No. 2, Jalan 1/112H, Off Jalan Kerinchi
For more information, log on to:
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home inspiration that draws on its travels across Europe and Tel: +603 2282 8262 or scan the QR code with your smartphone’s
beyond. Open Daily: 10am – 9pm QR code reader
Step Up to English Proficiency with The Star
From left: Ms. Cecelia Chan, Director of UOA presenting the mock cheque to Ms. Leanne Goh, Deputy Group Chief Editor (II) of The Star
S poken by millions of natives and non-natives globally, the In line with its aspiration of helping students to improve
English language today has become the lingua franca of their proficiency in the international language, UOA sponsored
Promoting Safe Bottles international communication and is the de facto standard
language for trade, travel and diplomacy.
RM50,000 for Step Up, The Star’s education pullout – a
segment dedicated to helping students in Years Four, Five
and Six to effectively improve their English language skills
Recognising the predominance and importance of English via interesting language strengthening exercises and fun
to our future generation, UOA worked in close collaboration syllabus-based content.
with The Star newspaper, Malaysia’s leading English daily,
Suria Bangsar South, a community centre operated by to nurture and encourage the learning of English language Published on alternate Thursdays, the pullout is intended
Soroptimist International Club of Bangsar (SICB) and sponsored by amongst vernacular school students. to inspire and cultivate a genuine interest in the English
UOA, hosted a community programme at Bukit Kerinchi in language among today’s youth, thus laying down the solid
April 2011. groundwork for their future success.
The event is part of an ongoing community programme, ‘Caring
For The Young’ held in support of the Ministry of Health’s recent
effort to educate the public about the potential danger of
Making A Charitable Difference
Bisphenol-A (BPA), which is used in polycarbonate to make infant In the spirit of philanthropy, UOA recently responded to
milk bottles. Happy mothers and their children with the gift hampers the plight of a family in Cheras desperately in need of
financial assistance. Bedridden while battling with lung and
‘Caring For The Young’ was initiated to promote awareness on liver cancer, Mr. K.P. Leong, 51, the family’s breadwinner,
children’s well-being through educational talks and activities for is laid off work due to his illness. His wife’s meagre wage
mothers with young children. of RM25 a day as a restaurant worker is barely enough to
sustain the mounting medical bills, school fees for their
A total of one hundred and fifty children, aged 2 years and below, three children and other daily expenses.
received hampers comprising BPA-free infant milk bottles and
baby toiletries courtesy of UOA, as well as goodie bags from The UOA’s representatives paid a visit to the family in their
Coronade Hotel. humble abode and presented a RM20,000 cheque to
them in the hope that the charitable contribution will help
In support of the community initiative, families of the recipients also ease their financial burden and lend support to their
brought in their old baby bottles in exchange for the safe-to-use welfare.
Mr. David Khor, COO of UOA explaining the benefits of a BPA-free From left: Mr. Yap Kang Beng of UOA handing over the cheque to the
milk bottle Leong family
Overwhelming response from buyers From left: Chan, Tunku Naquiyuddin and Lee all set for the ribbon cutting ceremony
Setapak Green Shines Shuttle Service for
As Unique Urban Oasis Tenants
An exclusive luncheon was held in March 2011 for early bird UOA recently launched its shuttle service for both Wisma UOA
buyers in appreciation of their tremendous support at the Damansara I & II. The momentous occasion was officiated by
spanking new property gallery of Setapak Green, a residential special guests, Y.A.M. Tunku Naquiyuddin Ibni Tuanku Ja’afar,
development by UOA. Chairman of Jimah Energy Ventures Sdn Bhd and Mr. Lee Tatt
Boon, Senior Partner of Skrine – both of whom are valued tenants
Setapak Green received overwhelming response during recent of the commercial buildings – together with Ms. Cecelia Chan,
previews with 95% of the units sold. Buyers were impressed by Director of UOA in the presence of invited tenants and the
the unique concept of a green urban oasis with majestic views of media.
the Petronas Twin Towers and Genting peaks.
The elegantly furnished Setapak Green show unit “With the shuttle service, tenants are now equipped with the
Rising amidst lush foliage and verdant surroundings, Setapak convenience to plan their schedules and manage their travelling
Green is a 26-storey condominium with 445 distinctive units time efficiently,” said Tunku Naquiyuddin.
ranging from 1,362 sq ft to 1,588 sq ft. Setapak Green comes
with features such as a 30,000 sq ft rooftop garden, reflexology This initiative is a positive indication of UOA’s commitment to
path, swimming pool, wading pool, children’s playground, excellence, and its endeavour to enhance its services for the
gymnasium, games room, function room and a multi-purpose betterment of the working community. Guests registering at the launch
“As a tenant at UOA Damansara, I am glad that UOA is continuously for KL Sentral in the evening, at 5.40pm and 6.30pm. The service is
looking for ways to improve the lifestyle needs of its tenants,” he available Mondays to Fridays, with the exception of Public
The service departs from KL Sentral to UOA Damansara in the
morning, with commuters having the option of boarding either at
7.45am or 8.30am. The return journey leaves UOA Damansara
Children delighting in fun activities
Villa Pines at a glance
Villa Pines - The Quintessence of Modern Living
Nestled in an exclusive and quiet enclave, Villa Pines is an “At Villa Pines, such desires for
exceptional freehold development featuring 20 signature units of
3-storey courtyard terrace homes. true living comfort is more than
ideal – it is the ultimate fact of
Spaciously built with units ranging from 4,338 sq ft to 5,512 sq ft,
Villa Pines offers five stylish and expansive design layouts – all life.”
which boast of 6+1 bedrooms complete with en-suite bathrooms.
Fulfilling the needs and comforts of a balanced inner city life, The prime neighbourhood’s essential shopping, dining, recreation
Villa Pines is surrounded by swathes of beautifully landscaped and education destinations are also within easy reach via major
greenery and comes complete with functional features and highway links such as LDP, Duta-Ulu Kelang Expressway
thoughtful facilities. At Villa Pines, such desires for true living (DUKE) and Sprint.
comfort is more than ideal – it is the ultimate fact of life.
A private and guarded urban sanctuary, Villa Pines embodies the
true spirit of privileged living that is synonymous with a modern
Come home to true relaxation
lifestyle. A private and tranquil living space
A Greener Heralding the
Shade of Successful
Economics Listing of UOA
Green economics is steadily gaining
momentum within the global community
as a viable approach in addressing the
economic and environmental crises government control. With the realisation that unregulated competition
facing the world today. is detrimental to the environment, the ‘invisible hand’ has to be guided
to appreciate the wider, ecological nuances of economic activity. Such
One of the first lessons taught in economics is the notion of the action needs to be spearheaded by governments, as the free market
Adam Smith’s invisible hand. This phantom appendage describes is unable to.
the perceived automatic propensity for economies to be
self-guided. Left to its own devices, the ‘hand’ will match resources This can happen on differing levels, building up layer by layer to what
(supply) to where it is required (demand), bringing balance to the is known as ‘green economics’. On the micro-level, it takes the
market. The differing theories on how economics works – more simple form of market distortions – taxes and subsidies – which in
laissez-faire or more socialist – are essentially a question on how turn, bends the natural supply-demand dynamics in favour of one
powerful this ‘invisible hand’ is. that fulfils an external aim. Taxing fossil fuels and providing subsidies From left: Alwi and Nazir presenting the prospectus for IPO at the launch
to green fuels, for example, reduce the demand for petroleum and
The question is whether the ‘invisible hand’ acts in defense of thus, lessen the need for the polluting process of petroleum
human nature or human welfare. There is a difference. Human extraction. Providing grants to companies exploring alternative,
nature is to gather and exploit as much of the world’s scarce renewable energies – solar, hydro or wind – and subsidising the price The dream of propelling UOA to greater heights has come a step
resources as possible, whether it be money, power, timber, oil or of such fuels, swing power demand in favour of cleaner alternatives. closer to realisation with the launch of prospectus for UOA
anything that powers the world. Human welfare, however, takes a Appeals to human psychology also work: aggressively promoting the Development Bhd (UOA Development) on 19 May 2011 at The
broader view in that the unfettered exploitation of said resources energy saving benefits of long-life bulbs over incandescent bulbs can Grand Ballroom, Hilton Hotel Kuala Lumpur.
may bring short-term gain but over the long-term will be depleted to convince consumers to pay extra to be eco-friendly individuals.
The event marked the release of its prospectus for Initial Public
the detriment of human society. Two and a half centuries of rapid Governments can also flex their muscle to speed up the process,
Offering (IPO) and created a sensational buzz among the guests
industrialisation leaves the distinct impression that the ‘invisible hand’ enforcing strict environmental standards to atone for the excesses of
acts in favour of the latter – capitalism has irrevocably changed the industries – the EU and Australia, for example.
planet physically, disrupting an ecological balance that has
In his speech, Dato’ Sri Nazir Razak, Group Chief Executive of
decimated biodiversity, exploited land, caused immeasurable A structured system of green incentives, supported by subsidies and
CIMB Group, lauded UOA Development’s debut on Bursa
pollution and triggered climate change. Perhaps the ‘invisible hand’ taxes, goes a long way to providing the basis of green economics,
Malaysia. He said that the company would be the largest IPO in
does not know best. Perhaps its motives need to be tweaked. forcing the ‘invisible hand’ to recognise and gravitate towards green
Malaysia for the year to date and upon listing, would rank among
alternatives. On a macro-level, this can be supplemented by an
the largest property developers on Bursa Malaysia.
“Capitalism has irrevocably changed overhaul in the way economies are assessed. Re-evaluating the
process of calculating national accounts while recognising an explicit
the planet physically, disrupting an contribution and associated rights of the natural world is a step in that
Following the launch, UOA Development was listed on the Main
Market of Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad on 8 June 2011,
ecological balance that has direction, bringing in concepts like nature’s capital, full-cost
heralding a monumental milestone in the history of UOA.
All smiles at the listing ceremony
accounting and interspecies ethnics to transform economics into
decimated biodiversity, exploited green economics. The Bretton Woods institutions, notably the World
land, caused immeasurable Bank and the IMF, are already incorporating this process to their “The company would be the largest market, thereby enhancing its financial capacity to expand its
policies by moving towards biodiversity valuation and crafting a operations within Malaysia.
pollution and triggered climate universal biodiversity finances system. Installing a system that is
IPO in Malaysia for the year to date.”
change.” unambiguously ecological will therefore force the ‘invisible hand’ to
At the listing ceremony, Tan Sri Dato’ Alwi bin Jantan, Chairman
With the listing of the company, UOA is set for an exciting journey
act in green ways. ahead in its endeavour to building excellence.
of UOA Development, said that as an integrated property
Above all, the search for equilibrium in economics is one of
developer in Malaysia, UOA Development is proud to join the
responding to signals and incentives. In the simplest terms, if the The core of any ‘green’ movement is the recognition that the world
ranks of listed entities on Bursa Malaysia. The listing signifies
market signals that it needs a certain widget – say broadband consists of much more than human society. Green economics is very
UOA’s commitment to enhance its position as one of the market
internet – the ‘invisible hand’ will guide companies to provide the much a nascent subject, but it is an important one, for it recognises
leaders in Malaysia, providing it with direct access to the capital
said widget in return for incentives, in this case, money. In a that the natural world plays an important part in maintaining a healthy
free-market, capitalist society, the market is left to find this long-run equilibrium for all parties, and not sacrificed for short-term
equilibrium on its own devices. In a controlled, socialist society, the gain. Because at the end of the day, this is still the only planet that
government dictates entirely how that equilibrium is met. Today’s homo sapiens can exist on. If we destroy it, then where else can we
societies straddle both extremes, differing only in the level of live?
Hope Burns Bright “Many women remain indifferent
about cervical cancer and unaware
for Cervical Cancer that they have an 80% risk of
Every woman, regardless of age, is at contracting HPV.”
risk of cervical cancer. Prevention is better than cure
Known as the second most common cancer affecting women To reduce the risk of cervical cancer, it is vital to undergo proper
in the world, cervical cancer is an insidious disease of the screening at regular intervals. Ideally, women should start their
Yeo engaging the crowd with his presentation
female reproductive system. Each year, 500,000 women are cervical cancer screening 3 years or more after first intercourse,
diagnosed worldwide with cervical cancer and 270,000 die or between 21 and 25 years old. In fact, all women who are
Captivates Buyers From
from it. sexually active should conduct a screening once every 3 to 5
years with appropriate follow-up routine as this can reduce
In spite of this, many women remain indifferent to cervical
Singapore cancer and unaware that they have an 80% risk of contracting
cervical cancer risk by up to 80%. Ways that can prevent
cervical cancer include regular Pap Smear Test, Liquid-based
HPV (Human Papilloma Virus), which causes approximately Cytology and HPV Vaccines.
90% of cervical cancers.
As befitting a project of the stature of UOA, Binjai 8 Premium With proper prevention of cervical cancer, hope burns bright for
Nevertheless, there is hope, for cervical cancer is one of the
Serviced Suites was all set to impress during its maiden
launch in Singapore on 19 and 20 March 2011. Held at the
“Binjai 8 denotes the perfect most preventable types of cancer with the right prevention
women across the globe. Yet, awareness remains poor
amongst Malaysians, which is a cause for real concern as the
Four Seasons Hotel Singapore, prospective buyers obtained equilibrium of cosmopolitan comfort methods – a fact proven by the significant decline in the number disease often does not produce any symptoms in its early
of deaths from cervical cancer in the past 40 years.
the first view of the property showcase and were suitably
and modern practicality.” stage. By the time symptoms of advanced cervical cancer are
detected – abnormal vaginal blood discharge, menstrual
periods that last longer or heavier than before, pelvic and back
To celebrate the unveiling of Binjai 8 in Singapore, UOA had If the positive interest at the launch is any indication, Binjai 8 What is Cervical Cancer? pain, loss of appetite, weight loss and fatigue – the chance to
invited two distinguished speakers – Mr. Benjamin Yeo, Head will have no problems capturing the imagination and eye of Cervical cancer is a disease caused by abnormal cell growth in the fight back would be slimmer.
of Research, Economic and Strategy of a leading global bank local and overseas buyers. cervix, the lower part of the uterus (womb). Almost all cervical
and Mr. Abraham Jacob, Manager of Malaysia Property Inc. – Still, cervical cancer remains treatable via surgery (cone biopsy,
cancers are caused by HPV, a persistent infection or “common
to share their insights into the Malaysian economy and lymph node dissection and hysterectomy), radiation therapy,
cold” in the realm of sexually transmitted diseases. There are
property market for 2011. chemotherapy, or a combination of methods.
more than 150 strains of HPV. Of these, 15 are ‘high-risk’ HPV
that lead to cervical cancer, 3 are probable high-risk and 12 are
Enviably set on prime freehold land within walking distance to low-risk strains. Out of these 150 strains, HPV-16 and 18 Today, the search for a better cure continues and doctors are
the iconic Petronas Twin Towers, Binjai 8 is a visually striking strains are the most dangerous and responsible for up to 70% conducting various types of clinical trials in their tireless efforts
addition to Kuala Lumpur’s city skyline. of the cases reported. to identify new and better targets for treatment, as well as
therapies that improve the quality of life for women during or
Factors that may increase the risk of cervical cancer: after cancer treatment.
From concept, design and architecture to amenities and
services, Binjai 8 denotes the perfect equilibrium of • First intercourse at an early age
cosmopolitan comfort and modern practicality. Its plethora of • Multiple bed partners To learn more about cervical cancer, visit
• Pregnancy at a young age www.powerovercervicalcancer.com.my or www.pocc.com.my
business facilities, including an exclusive and modern
business centre makes it the ideal, contemporary SOHO • Multiple childbirths
option for savvy professionals and entrepreneurs. • Smoking
Jacob sharing his insights into the Malaysian property market • Weakened immune system
• Prolonged use of oral contraceptives
• Family history of cervical cancer
The proliferation of hotels, big and This consolidation was the theme of the second half of the 20th
century, but trends ebb and flow. Though large hotel chains are
small, global and local, has come a now firmly entrenched in the industry, discerning tastes and rising
long way from the humble inns and wealth have allowed other breeds of hotels to emerge. Avoiding
taverns of yesteryear. the pervasive branding of hotel conglomerates but losing none of
the opulence or glamour, boutique hotels sprouted in the late i rmation
1980s, appealing to travellers yearning for a refreshing take on
As long as people have travelled, hotels in one form or another hospitality in their temporary abodes. Unique and intimate,
have existed. The word ‘hotel’ comes from the French hôte, boutique hotels offer a truly joie de vivre experience that combines
meaning to host, referring to the act of hosting a visitor under a style with fundamental comfort and amenities. It started with the
roof that is not their own. W Hotel (ironically now acquired by Starwood) and spread – from
the ice hotels in Scandinavia, to the Scarlet in Singapore and Hotel
Nondescript for centuries, the Renaissance in Europe and the Maya in Kuala Lumpur. A return to individualism was imminent.
explosion of world trade led to a more discerning, and wealthy,
class of travellers. Over the 17th and 18th centuries, grand hotels Concurrent to this, the explosion of global commerce and the
sprung up across the capitals of Europe – the Ritz in Paris, need for business people to spend extended time away from home
Claridge’s in London, Hotel Sacher in Vienna – spreading over to fuelled another modern trend in hotels – serviced apartments –
America (the Waldorf-Astoria in New York) and important colonial essentially rooms with all the amenities of apartments operated
cities (the Raffles Hotel in Singapore, the Taj Mahal Palace and within the full-service purview of a hotel. Highly popular in
Tower in Mumbai). These superseded the humble taverns with booming metropolises, particularly in Asia, serviced apartments
an emphasis on luxury and glamour, allowing hotels to become are a bit of a hybrid – being able to be operated by either large
synonymous with exceptional service, lush facilities and an hotel groups or by individual companies as a boutique
aspirational luxury lifestyle. establishment.
Until the 20th century, most of these grand hotels were single
separate entities, even in the rare cases of being owned by the
“The explosion of global commerce
same hotelier, a trend reflected in their names. The Savoy. Hotel and the need for business people
de Paris. The Algonquin. Hotel de Crillon. The idea of a
standalone luxury hotel that celebrates the art of refined
to spend extended time away from
enjoyment with a personal expression of genuine hospitality home fuelled another modern trend
appealed to the people of the day. But as global travel
expanded, wealth rose and entrepreneurship emerged, a new
in hotels - serviced apartments.”
class of hotels was born. Global hotel chains began to appear
post-World War I, starting with St. Regis in 1904, Hilton in 1920, The proliferation of hotels, big and small, global and local, has
JW Marriott in 1927, Intercontinental in 1946, Four Seasons in come a long way from the humble inns and taverns of yesteryear.
1960 and Mandarin Oriental in 1963. As global links continue to grow, there is room for all types of
hotels – group or boutique – to find space in the market. Taste,
Big hotel groups soon became the rage, and a flurry of after all, is subjective. And for every taste that exists, there is most
acquisitions followed, forming the present-day big five hotel likely a hotel for it.
groups – Hilton, Hyatt, Intercontinental, Marriott and Starwood.
In some cases, these conglomerates even acquired some of the
venerable historic hotels – the Hilton group now owns the
Waldorf-Astoria, while the Savoy in London is now operated by
the Fairmont Group.
LIFESTYLE DINING @ THE SPHERE
Colonial Charm at
The Handmade Loaf Tappers Café
Bread is not just good for nourishment, From Baker Anan’s sessions at the AT 19 Culinary Studio in Damansara Delve into a realm of gastronomic bliss when you step into
Heights and Alex Goh’s rotating baking classes to the professional Tappers Café at The Sphere, Bangsar South. With a tempting mix
it is also good for the soul – artisan certificate issued by the French Culinary School in Asia, learning how of local favourites and popular Western fare to offer, Tappers Café
bread and breadmaking have risen to bake your own bread has never been easier. Start with simple and is beautifully set to satiate the cravings of those with a taste for
easy recipes, like baguettes, and steadily move on to more complex simplicity and variety.
rapidly in popularity, all in the name of recipes that yield complex flavours. It is an addictive process that
wholesome goodness. gives maximum satisfaction when a batch of fragrant bread Kick start your mornings with a hearty full English or American
emerges from the oven. And, as anyone who has ever baked will breakfast – perfectly paired with mouthwatering selections such
The creation of bread is a simple process of mixing four ingredients attest to, the process of vigorous kneading is a great stress reliever. as the golden French Toast, Bangers & Mash and thick, fluffy
– flour, wheat, salt and yeast. The bread that most Malaysians are Hammering and punching the dough to strengthen it is an excellent Pancakes with Blueberries. To top it off, diners can indulge in
familiar with – the square cut loaves that line supermarket shelves – way to release pent-up frustrations, a trend that was highly popular endless sips of robust gourmet coffee or frothy teh tarik to
“Kick start your mornings with a
however, contains far more, including bleach, flour treatment agents, in American business circles several years ago. complete these divine breakfast offerings. hearty full English or American
emulsifiers, and preservatives. Why? Because the industrial processes breakfast – perfectly paired with
that create these commercial breads also strip the loaves out of Not a morning person? Why not tantalise your taste buds with the
much of their nutritional value, necessitating the re-injection of “It is an addictive process that all-time favourite, Hainanese Chicken Chop, a piping hot plate of mouthwatering selections.”
Hainanese Fried Mee or a spicy serving of Nasi Lemak delight for
synthetic vitamins and minerals. Bread is good for you, but some
types of bread are better than others, which may explain the rise of
gives maximum satisfaction when lunch or dinner instead? Or perhaps if you have a penchant for With prices as affordable as RM11 for a main course served
artisan bread popularity in Malaysia over the past decade. a batch of fragrant bread emerges Western flavours, we dare say that their crispy Fish & Chips, generously with satisfying portions, it is time you head down to
Chicken Parmigiana and Meatball Spaghetti are drool-worthy your nearest Tappers Café at Bangsar South, Jaya One or Cap
The word ‘artisan’ is used to describe the process of making
from the oven.” enough to keep you coming back for more. Square KL and indulge in the Tappers experience today.
something the traditional way, with little to no use of modern
implements. Artisan bread, therefore, is handmade and contains all the The flavour of the loaf, however, depends very much on the quality Complementing this array of enticing meals are the sweet
nutrients and flavours that traditional bread is supposed to have. No of the ingredients. The dry yeast and all-purpose flour found at temptations and refreshing thirst quenchers. A definite must-try is Tappers at Bangsar South
added preservatives. No artificial flavourings. Artisan bread has long supermarkets are inadequate for proper bread making, lacking their signature drink Goo Leng Ping, an ambrosial fusion of Unit G1, GF, The Sphere, No. 1, Avenue 1
been the mainstay of high-end outlets – the Shangri-La Hotel’s Lemon the gluten and strength to create a light, fluffy loaf. Finding the rose-scented cordial with milk that is reminiscent of sirap Bangsar South, No. 8, Jalan Kerinchi
Garden bakery or the bread counter at Urban Picnic in KL – but its right ingredients is surprisingly easy in Malaysia; there are scores bandung. 59200 Kuala Lumpur
availability has recently been spreading. Most supermarkets now have of specialist baking shops in the Mutiara Damansara area that Tel: +603 2241 2963
Tappers Café’s delectable selection of desserts, including the
a specialty bread section, while artisan outlets such as The Loaf in retail proper bread flours – from high-gluten to unbleached and Weekdays: 8am - 10pm, Weekends: 9.30pm - 10pm
Knickerbocker Glory Sundae, Crème Caramel and Apple Pie à la
Pavilion KL and The Bread Shop in Damansara Heights are attracting wholemeal to rye – as well as specialist equipment. This is not
Mode, are also guaranteed to satisfy your sweet cravings –
a huge following. There are even artisanal bakers that only bake to limited to the Klang Valley; stores such as Cooking Island in anytime of the day.
order, like White Brick Oven, run by a husband and wife team in Sungai Penang and Bakery Supply Shop in Seremban sell quality baking
Buloh that produces a beautiful variety of European-style loaves. products, including excellent imported yeast such as France’s Yet, what makes Tappers Café undoubtedly delightful is not
Saf-Instant. With the explosion of local interest in artisan bread, merely its palatable fare but also the warm colonial ambience that
And if you find buying artisan bread expensive and inconvenient, then having a beautiful loaf of fresh bread in Malaysia is incredibly easy embraces you the moment you enter the cosy place –
there is a better option: bake your own. All over the Klang Valley, today, either buying it or baking it. It is better, it is healthier and it transporting you to an enchanting era gone by.
professional and amateur bread making classes have sprouted up. will make you happier.
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46. Cookie treat since 1912 32. Giraffe relative C H E A P I L L S M A S T
5. “Star Wars” name 2. Nitrogen’s lack 14 15 16
10. Multipurpose plant 48. Kind of brain 3. Illegal coin 33. First pope L O R C A N O A H I N T O
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14. Unused 49. “Nutcracker” dancer 4. Tennis legend Poncho 37. Admonition to Spot A L I E N L U K E S T E W
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17. Drugstore purchase 55. Entry 7. Rural structure 42. Prefix with sphere 26 27 28 29 30
19. “Star Wars” name 58. Auto grille protectors 8. Combined meal 45. First name in baseball B H U T A N S T A P L E
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20. Engage in polemics 61. Remove marginalia 9. It’s of current interest ironmen R A R E O A H U T Y P E E
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21. Second or fourth wife of 65. Lessen the force of 10. Certain 3-D image 47. Bid N I B I R R N C O T A R
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25. Mountain goat’s perch, 70. Adams in “The Apartment” 18. Positions of control 55. Nile wading bird G A T E A U M O L A R
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27. A-one stuff 72. Brings in the sheaves 26. Do one’s part 57. Footnote term A I R E S O R B H O S T A
34. Feel malaise 73. Trawling needs 27. Artsy gathering place 59. Lead-in to “boy!” or “girl!” 64 65 66
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62. Adjuvant E L I S T O T E R A N E E
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40. Your place or mine, really safety 64. Barely manages
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