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Fabio Panzeri joins Braun Buffel, offers fresh take on classic designs

The man has worked with notable labels such as Prada, Dolce & Gabbana and Calvin Klein. Now, he is adding another feather to his cap by joining German maker of leather bags and accessories Braun Buffel. Fabio Panzeri’s appointment as creative director is aimed at bringing a touch of modernity ...

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Taking on the world: Meet UN-Habitat’s first Asian female head

IF there is one quality that defines Datuk Maimunah Mohd Sharif – the newly elected head of UN-Habitat – it is her determination to make a positive, tangible difference in people’s lives. The former president of the Seberang Perai Municipal Council (2011-2017) and until recently mayor of Penang Island City ...

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‘Hit Refresh’: Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella’s memoir more business-like than personal

When Satya Nadella was announced to Microsoft employees as the company’s third CEO in February 2014, the new boss had his fair share of challenges to tackle. Being at the helm of an organisation on the defence due to deflated Windows PC and phone markets, and having to lead burnt ...

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Hong Kong pop star Gillian Chung announces engagement

Congratulations to Gillian Chung! The Hong Kong pop star has just announced her engagement to her Taiwanese doctor boyfriend on her social media accounts. The Twins singer posted a picture of her diamond engagement ring on her Instagram on Wednesday (Jan 31) and tagged her fiance, writing in Chinese, “Next ...

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Extreme explorer takes on adventures around the world

“Man overboard!” the tanned, rugged-looking man yelled out. We were sailing on the Pangaea, a sea vessel belonging to South Africa-born Swiss explorer Mike Horn. No one was actually overboard – everyone was safe. Horn was showing members of the media what to do if someone were to fall off ...

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Malaysian celebrities and their well-loved dogs

By ANNE GRACE SAVITHA and EVELYN LEN Dogs are indeed one of the most popular pets around the world. They are loving and loyal, and our pets become part of the family. This coming lunar new year, we will usher in the Year of the Dog, according to the Chinese ...

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‘Glee’s Mark Salling commits suicide weeks before jail time for child porn

Mark Salling, who played bad-boy Noah “Puck” Puckerman in the hit musical-comedy Glee, died of an apparent suicide Tuesday, weeks after pleading guilty to possessing child pornography. He was 35. Salling pleaded guilty in December after authorities said a search of his computer and a thumb drive found more than ...

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Ursula K. Le Guin: A voice more relevant than ever is gone

When I was very young and on the cusp of becoming a bookworm, I was bemused by those rah-rah blurbs on some books espousing the virtues of the writer as a “warm and compassionate soul”. How could one determine that from a person’s writing? Words are merely words, after all. ...

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Meet Singapore’s Carrie Bradshaw, columnist Sumiko Tan

A veteran sports writer from India who works in Singapore recounted an exchange he had with a taxi driver; it seems the man was astounded that the journalist had not read Sumiko Tan’s column that had appeared in The Sunday Times the day before. “How can you not have read ...

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Malaysian billionaire Robert Kuok finally releases his ‘Memoir’

Known to be a very private person, Robert Kuok, or Kuok Hock Nien, has finally come out with his long-awaited autobiography at age 94. A Memoir is a journey back in time to Johor Baru where Kuok grew up and turned a small family company into a diversified multinational, multibillion-dollar ...

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