Next Gen Next Gen en Welt-ing their way
How did you guys come up with the name Welt Supply?

Hoh: Basically, we wanted a name that sounds catchy. In a meeting, the word "Welt" came up, suggested by Eric who recently returned from Germany. "Welt" is actually a German word for world. Welt Supply does not only speak out about local cultural issues per se. We want to go beyond that, worldwide.

Eric: We felt "clothing" was such a generic term. We wanted a bigger brand image than just a clothing line.

Ho: "Supply" can also be in terms of the ideology that we are trying to spread.

When was Welt Supply formed and what was the inspiration behind it?

Hoh: The random idea came last year. Proper planning happened this Jan and we started producing the first batch of items in June. The inspiration was because other streetwear wasn't speaking a certain message and we want to have our take on it with an added value.

Eric: This is a personal thing for me because there was a new market in the streetwear culture and everyone was taking advantage by overpricing it. Kids were trying hard to afford it. So we said no, we'll do it in-house and that will keep the cost to a minimum. Our products are set at an affordable price with the best quality so the average Joe can afford it.

How does Welt Supply differ from other local clothing brands?

Eric: We were just three teens trying to start our own stuff and people can tell that we are trying to express ourselves from the heart.

Ho: Portraying what we want to tell people through items and clothing separates us from the rest. Coming up with a random design though looks cool but will only temporarily sell like hotcakes.

Where do you get your design inspirations?

Hoh: We get inspirations from artists like Barbara Kruger and give it a twist. The designs on our current tees hold a strong meaning to our heart and it's also inspired by current events happening around the world. That's the idea we try to push.

As a group of young students, how do you manage to find time for Welt Supply?

Ho: I guess its all down to time management and strategising Welt Supply's itinerary. As we don't outsource our work, we come up with timelines and weekly goals.

Hoh: Whenever we can't meet up, we communicate online and get things done anyway. Although we all have different roles, we do help each other out and give our individual input in all things related to Welt Supply. It's not a singular job and it's easier to carry out our tasks.

Eric: In my opinion, I devote time to this because it's a rare opportunity. As a 20-year-old, being given the chance to start something, is a gift in itself. If I don't take it and give it all my effort, it's going to be a wasted opportunity.

What advice would you give other students looking to start up their own business?

Ho: Find the right individual who can contribute and give progress to what you're trying to build.
Hoh: Get used to things not going your way. If plan A fails, work around it and find an alternative solution.

Eric: Don't do it alone. To be honest, three isn't enough. Learn and study your market (Marketing 101). It's also important to know how pricing works as to not overprice consumers or make a loss.

What can we expect from Welt Supply in the near future?

Ho: A wider range of items like hoodies, caps, and accessories will be introduced.

Eric: And since half the team is going abroad to further our studies, it will also help us spread the word about Welt Supply to be globally well-known and hopefully international production can take place soon after. We'll take things at a steady pace and work our way up because that was how it was since the beginning.]]>
Next gen Thu, 14 Dec 2017 05:29:07 +0000 Pan Eu Joe 511931 at
Laugh riot
Originating from Kajang, the International Business and Marketing graduate has one true goal in his mind; making others laugh.

"I didn't choose business, I was meant to take medicine, but I'm not about that life. I would say I'm still a doctor, as laughter is the medicine in the world," Harvinth says.

"My parents were not very happy with the decision, because business is not medicine," he adds.

Known as Harvinth Santira Kesu in the real world, the 24-year-old internet comedian is rapidly shooting through the local comedy scene with his off-kilter, often risque content, which all began with the use of a derogatory word in Tamil.

Stripping away the negative connotation attached to the word and turning it into a snappy meme, Harvinth would then create a caricature persona, complete with the inflections and accent stereotypically associated with Indians, to take over Malaysia's online comedy scene through satirical social and political commentary.

How did your parents and family respond when you decided to make reaction or comedy videos?

At first, they didn't know I was doing this until they started getting tech-savvy and started going online themselves. Then they realised I made videos.

My dad stalks all of my tweets, which is amazing. He knows more about my life than any of my fans. My mum is very supportive, she shares my videos on Facebook. But they always try to keep me in check with the language.

Why didn't you go into stand-up comedy instead?

I have tried stand-up comedy before, and it's very difficult. It's a whole other ball game. I grew up watching a lot of videos online, and a lot of actors in movies being funny.

A lot of Tamil movies are where comedians steal the limelight. In terms of that, I like developing and making a story come to life through a video, and making people laugh through a video rather than a stand-up comic.

Did you expect "pu**e" would catch on to become a meme?

I feel the word has always been a meme. Although there may be a lot of taboo surrounding the word in the Indian media and community, it had to take someone to bring it out of the people to make it something.

It happened on its own. I just helped push it a bit and to be honest, I never expected it to blow up.

What was it like when you met Prime Minister Najib Razak recently?

(laughs) No comment. Please watch my vlog on it; that would answer what I felt about it.

Are you going to maintain your level of comedy where it is currently at, or will it get crazier?

I'm not going for raunchy, or whatever. That is not something that I'm aiming for. My aim isn't to be the most controversial or crazy. It's solely to entertain and to be the most entertaining person out there.

If you're asking me whether my content will become more entertaining, then I would say yes. But if it's going to get more crazy? I can't guarantee that. It may be, it might not be. I definitely hope it'll become more entertaining.

Do you think your fans expect that of you?

I think I expect that of myself; to push my own boundaries. I want to test things that haven't been done before in Malaysia. I feel the country is very backward, in terms of its sense of humour and acceptance of content.

Malaysia is very, very backward; even Singapore is miles ahead of us in terms of content. I hope to bring edginess and out-of-the-box thinking with my content.

Do you plan on doing this for a long time?

Right now, life is going great. It's looking very promising, and if it continues going at this pace, then, definitely it is something that I will venture into, and hopefully more bigger things. I want to make things; whatever I am right now, I want to make it a thousand times bigger. You can never predict the future, so I can't say for now.]]>
Next gen Thu, 07 Dec 2017 09:37:17 +0000 Mark Mathen Victor 510083 at
Weaving textile with colours
"I've begun moving my art things out of the place I've been staying with a friend," she says, before continuing, "I'm moving back in with my mother, but I don't want to turn the house into a mess".

Growing up watching Mickey Mouse on television, Cheong's love affair with torrents of vivid colours began at a very young age, and has persistently grown since.

"I was fascinated by the animation, and how it was able to evoke happiness in those who watch it."
After completing her Bachelor of Arts in Textile Design, Cheong returned to Malaysia from Australia, submerging herself into the world of textile design and the multitude of responsibilities that come with it.

Having participated in Nando's Art Initiative 2017 recently, with "Sarang", an art piece inspired by batik designs and the mythical phoenix, she is concurrently trying her hand as an art director in commercials.

Why choose textile art design?

I'm interested in the process of making fabric. Fashion is about structure, the silhouette of the dress.
What makes the garment interesting is the fabric itself and the materials. I realised that I'm more interested in how to use the materials than how to make a dress.

Textile in a way relates to fashion. Most of my artworks are interactive, and it pops out, so you can touch them. Illustration can be included into the textile, and you can explore your own print. It's a different kind of approach with fashion.

Did you always want to be a fashion designer?

Yes, but now I'm more interested in being a textile artist. Working in fashion can be very fast paced, in terms of fashion and textile, and it follows trends. Nowadays we have highly competitive brands, but most don't pay attention to the quality of the material, so there is not much focus on the textile.

I'm attracted to the process and preservation of traditional arts, and how it relates to current trends. Fashion is just fashion; it's clothing. In textile, there are interiors, upholstery –there's a lot of exploration and experimentation.

What's the difference between working on commissions and art pieces compared to working as an art director?

In art directing, a lot needs to be taken care of; every single detail that people see on the screen. In textile, you need to focus on the materials, fibres and colours.

Art directing has me working with talents, the camera, and how the props look through the camera, and the necessary things like working with the director and screenwriter. My background in textile often influences me as an art director in creating the appropriate aesthetic.

Is it as artistically demanding?

They're both demanding in different ways. In textile design, I spend a lot of time looking for the proper materials and brainstorming ideas as the work in general is done by myself. For art directing, I have to work with others, as part of a cohesive, well-oiled team.

If you could choose one or the other, would you rather be a fashion designer or an art director?

I'd go with being an art director, as that way, I could still work in aspects of textile designing. I would also say it's more fun working with people as an art director compared to working on textile design by myself in a room.

Do you put a lot of thought into each art piece that you make?

Yes, every piece is personal and emotional. I can't create something without doing what I like. For textile design, it's always about what clients want, but I still try to incorporate my identity into the piece.]]>
Next gen Thu, 30 Nov 2017 07:30:07 +0000 Mark Mathen Victor 508009 at
Care to dance?
An important aspect in the classical Indian dance form of Bharatanatyam that marks the end of a student's rigorous training, her solo two-hour performance was well over three years ago. "Right now, I'm a full-time lecturer in Akademi Seni Budaya Dan Warisan (Aswara)," she explains.

Born in Johor, the 28-year-old caught the dancing fever at a young age. "My parents told me that I would never stop dancing if I heard music as a child. So they sent me to learn ballet," she says.

Completing her diploma and degree programmes with Aswara, she then set her sights on Korea National University of Arts's Master of Fine Arts programme, and has not looked back since.

As a choreographer, performer and teacher, she has now taken on the role that was once held by her mentor proclaiming, "When I was young, I had to make sure that everything I learned stayed inside of me. Now, whatever I had learned, I intend on transferring to my students. I want to give back, especially here, in Aswara (where I began)".

Was your family welcoming of this choice?

I started dancing at a young age, and my parents sent me to ballet school. They had no problems at all. Everyone is always shocked with this. Like, my mother is a principal in primary school, and my father works for the church, while my two sisters are into law and pharmacy. I'm really thankful for my parents' understanding and for knowing what I wanted.

Why Indian dance specifically?

Bharatanatyam was one of the compulsory subjects in Aswara. While doing my degree, I had the option of choosing one dance to major in. I was thinking of contemporary dancing, but my dean, Joseph Gonzales, urged me to choose Bharatanatyam as he believed I was very good at it. At the time, I wanted (to do) contemporary dance because it gave the option of studying in Korea. In the end, my dean advised me to do a double major.

So, the decision was dictated by the school?

Yes, but it was also my decision. For me, Bharatanatyam was really challenging and taxing on my stamina. It's very tiring to coordinate my body, from the eyes, neck, hands, fingers, leg movement and beats. There were also the facial expressions aspect through "abhinaya". Ultimately, I was attracted to the challenge of it all.

Have you been injured due to dancing?

I have had two major injuries in my life. The first happened while I was with ASK Dance Company. It was a duet, and my partner was supposed to lift me. In duets, there needs to be control, but his hand must have slipped, and he dropped me on my face. My head was (knocking the table) on the floor.

I completed the solo with blood streaming down my face. The surgery cost me 30-something stitches.

The second injury was not because of a dance; it was in one of the school's female washrooms. After using the washroom, the whole water tank dropped on my foot. This happened one month after my head injury. It really sent me into depression, because compared to the first injury, the second injury was worse due to how much more I needed my feet over my head.

Due to your fear of talking in front of a crowd, do you find it easier to communicate through the physicality of dance and facial expressions compared to just speaking?

Yes, body language is much, much easier for me. Maybe because of that, I prefer dance. Yes, I still have to perform in front of people, but it is a completely different thing. I'm still nervous, but it's much more calming; it is a different kind of "performance" compared to talking.]]>
Next gen Tue, 28 Nov 2017 06:28:15 +0000 Mark Mathen Victor 507240 at
Making it her own
She started Milk & Honey just last Dec, which initially sold enamel pins. She then ventured into scented soy candles and recently, patches.

We speak to the former barista and assistant manager at Roost – she's currently a public relations executive – to find out how it's like merging a creative side with a small business.

Growing up, were you always exposed to art?

Yes, I would say so. I had a friend in primary school who was just very creative naturally. I asked her where she learned to draw and paint so well, and she told me to join the free art classes that were held in the school. I did, and that was where I learned how to handle a brush properly, draw properly, and how to blend colours. That's how my interest in art started.

When did you realise you were artistically inclined?

In high school, we had a subject called Pendidikan Seni & Lukis. I always looked forward to the classes, but then I thought it was because I enjoyed the classes, that's why I did well in them.

It wasn't until one time my teacher told me I may have an art skill I should harness. He got my friends and I to paint the school with murals. Every time we painted, people who walked past would tell us we were really good at it.

The compliments stuck with me and I thought that perhaps, after I graduated from high school, I could venture into art.

How did Milk & Honey come about?

It was thanks to my own interest in collecting pins. I was constantly buying designs drawn by other people so I thought, maybe I could come up with my own designs and if other people liked them, they could purchase it. The thought of having people buy my designs and pieces made me very happy to just share this joy of little, tiny enamel pins.

How do you get inspiration to design your enamel pins?

Inspiration comes from everywhere; it could be from a television series I'm bingeing on, snacks that I like, or phrases that I say.

For my monster pins, they were actually designed back in high school. I completely forgot about them until earlier this year when my mother brought it up.

She suggested that I turn them into enamel pins, because no one else has them, and no one else knew about them. I took her advice and even gave them colours, names, and characters.

How did Milk & Honey evolve from enamel pins to different products like scented soy candles and patches?

I've always been interested in details and candle-making requires a lot of thought-processes.

When I finally sat down after days of researching, I made a small batch and realise how important aromatherapy is to people today. We're so busy with our hectic lives that we sometimes need time for ourselves just to settle down and be calm. Scented soy candles have the ability to do that. I wanted to make it in a way people can afford it and be soothed by something so simple.

As for patches, I don't make them myself but I collect them throughout my travels. It's a great way to personalise your wardrobe by putting these little items on your jacket, bag, or shirt.

If you buy your clothes from say, H&M, you're bound to bump into someone in the mall with the same outfit. To really make it your own, patches and pins are the way to go.

How do you plan to expand Milk & Honey as a brand?

For me, right now the focus is to establish the brand as an enamel pin brand before venturing into a holistic lifestyle brand.

Along the way, I will need to have more original designs to work with. I plan to have pop up stores in bazaars to get my brand out there and see how my designs connect with the local community.

My enamel pins sell well overseas, but I also want them to sell well locally. Hence, bazaars are the way to go.]]>
Next gen Thu, 23 Nov 2017 09:24:36 +0000 Pheony Chin 505797 at
A class act
"After the first movie, I continued to learn more about acting. Some days I work on camera work, photo shoots and even learn to sing which helps me enhance my voice while also improving my English and Chinese language," the 13-year-old said.

Released today, The Kid from The Big Apple 2: Before We Forget reunites Tommy Tam (Ti Lung) and Tan as everyone's favourite grandfather-granddaughter duo. Jason Tan also reprises his role as Ah Bao while Debbie Goh takes over the role of Sarah's mother, Sophia Lin, and joining the cast is Hong Kong's Shaun Tam.

How have you improved from the first movie?

I think in the first movie I didn't know how to act as Sarah. I needed a lot of time to practise and needed the director to guide me. This time I can immerse myself in the character and be just like her. I learned that sometimes if I felt I didn't do the scene well, I could request to do it again.

How do you feel working with your on-screen grandfather?

The first time working with him I felt he is a veteran actor so I must respect him but now working with him, I can be his friend more than a granddaughter. He has taught me many things in acting and during shoots, he told me I can act this way and he will help me along the way. Every advice he has given me is important but the one that stuck was not to think there is a camera and that I am the character in the movie.

How do you think you are similar and different to your character?

In the real world, I am a tomboy unlike Sarah who is more feminine. In terms of similarity, she likes to learn and search for new and special things. I am like that too.

In your opinion, what does an actress need?

I think using your heart to act is very important, and having a strong command of the English language.

How did your parents react to you being cast?

Their first reaction was "wow, my daughter can act" but they said I can continue to do what I like as long as I keep up with my studies.

How do you feel about your schoolmates recognising you as Sarah?

On the first day of secondary school, many were surprised to know I was Sarah. Many of them were already my fans, and wanted to take photographs with me and get my autograph. Now they are less star-struck and enjoy talking to me about acting.

Will you continue acting?

I don't know as I still need to learn and find myself. If anyone decides to offer me a role, I will need to ask my mum first.

If you weren't an actress, what would you be?

A chef. But I won't say I will go to culinary school. It is just my interest and hobby. My dream is to become a YouTuber.

What's your advice for those who are the same age as you?

Don't give up and try your best to do what you want to do. Remember that continuous learning is very important, and don't be a bad person.]]>
Next gen Thu, 16 Nov 2017 08:27:35 +0000 Yee Jie Min 503729 at
Game on
Gaming was a hobby, a dream to him. It never occurred to him that he would be making a living one day as the gaming editor of or that he would become the talent manager for young gamers eGG Network's Tashbunny, Keegan "Keegs" Tan from MBT, and YouTuber Amanda "HamletVA" Yow.

It wasn't easy getting there though. A three-month internship at a PR agency made him realise the PR life didn't suit him. Taking a great leap of faith, in 2015, he created The Assemblage, a gaming and tech news portal at a time when the Malaysian gaming industry was nearly non-existent.

While he gained many skills running the portal, the income wasn't enough to get by on which led to a three-month stint as a writer for an automotive trading platform. At this point, he had gained a little fame for his work on The Assemblage and he landed a gig as the editor of Gamehubs, a regional media outlet for all things gaming.

The Assemblage took a lot of energy and time and the 24-year-old was tired of running it all alone so he gave it up and the news portal was absorbed by where he is currently the gaming editor.

Just like the games he plays and reviews, his story is full of twists and turns but it isn't over yet.

You've worn multiple hats as an editor, a gaming journalist, a gamer, and the founder of your own gaming website. Which role was the most challenging and why was this so?

It would definitely have to be the founder role since I had to juggle everything by myself. I didn't have the funds to get a proper team for myself so I had to do content creation, website development, server management, video editing, and advertising all by myself.

I barely had time for myself but it was a good experience nonetheless as I managed to pick up quite a number of skills and contacts that I wouldn't have otherwise, and it made me much more competent and valuable in the job market.

Who are your heroes?

X-Play's Adam Sessler as he's the one who made me want to be a gaming journalist back when I was growing up. The late Satoru Iwata, as the amount of hard work he put in not only helped HAL Laboratories and Nintendo grow, but also helped the gaming industry grow. It was inspiring to see how one man could do so much and became such a notable figure in this world.

What misconceptions about gamers frustrate you the most?

The first misconception about gamers that I don't like is that gamers are an unsociable bunch. Every time I try to prove them wrong by showing myself as an example, it's always "I don't mean you …" There are a bunch of us who enjoy outdoor activities, work regular jobs, attend social events, and do stuff regular people do.

The other one is the belief that gamers are just wasting their lives away. To us, gaming is a form of entertainment just like watching movies or reading books. Some of us make money doing it while others are just playing games purely for entertainment. There's no harm in that.

What do you look for in a game?

The story. I want a game to be able to tell me a story that will either blow my mind, affect me emotionally, or just something to take my brain off from reality. Even if a game doesn't tell you the story directly, as long as there's some sort of lore behind the game that I can research on, I'm more than happy there.

Then comes the gameplay aspect. Whether it's combat mechanics, how you travel from place to place or anything that you have to do in the game. While others may disagree, I feel that story takes priority over gameplay. You could be chopping wood, hunting for treasure, or saving the damsel in distress but if they're not going to give me a good reason for it, it would just be another chore that I couldn't care about.]]>
Next gen Tue, 14 Nov 2017 09:25:26 +0000 Zoe Liew 503054 at
From starving to successful
Self-deprecating to a fault, and completely vacant in the stereotypes often associated to the more pretentious circle of artists, Yim claims, "I had no other talent. When I was in Form 3, I tried hard to study all the subjects, but my results remained bad. I felt like maybe I had no talent in studying, and that perhaps art is the only choice."

Not being bound by the shackles of responsibility as the youngest in her family, Yim would go on to join an art school, winning multiple awards and being part of various exhibitions along the way, before her big break came last year.

After almost seven years of living as a "starving artist", Yim submitted her embroidered artwork The Floating Castle for United Overseas Bank's 2016 Painting of the Year competition, ultimately snagging the US$25,000, (RM105,050) grand prize and a residency programme in Japan's Fukuoka Asian Art Museum.

Do you come from an artistically inclined family?

My mum loves craft. Before our family had financial problems, she would do crafts and decorations, but after, she had to work. By the time I was born, she had stopped completely. As for my father, he doesn't love art, and doesn't comment on my involvement in it.
As my mum was a chef, she would decorate the food so we would have the appetite to eat. I used to help her, when she would take the time to arrange things like carrots into flower shapes, small things that made the dishes look nice. It fascinated me.

Did they encourage you when you chose art?

As a first year student in college, I studied the basics of drawing, and when my mother saw my drawings, she responded "Oh, this is so realistic. My daughter painted this!" Initially they were really happy for what I could do, but after graduation, they were worried that art could not help me survive.

I tried to alleviate their worries, so I never asked them for money, and I had to work many jobs to survive, but after winning the prize money, I think they gradually began to believe in my ability.

Do you think it's necessary to study art in order to create art?

No, it's not necessary. There are artists without an art background, but they still do quite well. Yet what I cannot deny is that art school really helps us to find our voice. After I left high school, I knew nothing about art. But studying Fine Arts in Dasein Academy of Art really gave me a good guideline on how I could become an artist and which direction I could go towards.

What made you join UOB Malaysia's Painting of the Year competition?

I think you know! (laughs) The money! Other than the prize, I knew the winners from previous years. Gan Tee Sheng (2013's UOB Painting of the Year winner) is my best friend and I saw how his life changed after he won due to getting a lot of different opportunities.

At the time, I was still very poor and I had to do a lot of different jobs to sustain my livelihood, so I used to dream maybe I could join this competition, and it could change my life. I did not think I would win, as my experience was mostly in installation art pieces and sculptures, whereas the UOB competition were about paintings. I tried my luck.

Where do you get your inspiration for art from?

I grew up in KL, living in a flat with four houses. I never spoke to my neighbours, or knew anything about them. After I studied in college, I had a project about research and photography in Malacca. In my very first trip, I saw the difference while living with my friend's family in their neighbourhood, where everyone shared their food and conversed with each other as part of a community. It was very new to me. It made me think about the environment and the relationships between people.

Why was it important for you to highlight culture and tradition through art?

We study the past to know the future. We need to know who we are. This is the topic I felt would interest others as much as it interested me. Where we come from, who we are. I think this is important.

What was the experience that you took away from your Fukuoka Asian Art Museum residency programme?

It was my first time to Japan. I felt like the way they spoke and treated each other is so much different than what I had seen here. It was an interesting experience, because that environment affected how I talked and thought about things, even the language.]]>
Next gen Thu, 09 Nov 2017 07:54:06 +0000 Mark Mathen Victor 501500 at
Springboarding to success
Alongside the other children in the group, Cheong began training for the sport and the rest is, as they say, history. However, glory only came much later in her career when she bagged a silver medal at the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics, and finally won gold in the women's 10m platform individual final at the 2017 World Aquatics Championship held in Budapest, Hungary in July this year.

Growing up, did you ever imagine yourself to be a national athlete?

Of course, I never imagined I would be one of the national athletes in Malaysia to compete worldwide, but I feel really proud to be a national athlete.

When the national anthem plays, our flag is raised high up, and that really does bring pride and joy to the whole nation, that feeling is simply amazing.

As an athlete, I never really thought much about it but when people around me are happy and excited while telling me they are so proud of me that was when I realised the impact of it all.

In another interview, your coach Yang Zhu Liang mentioned you were previously an inconsistent diver. What changed and made you to become a world champion?

Diving is a technique-based sport. You can't always yield the same result 100% – anything can happen during training and also competitions. That is why, the right techniques and consistent training is very important in diving.

My techniques were not great when I was younger, but I am truly grateful that coach Yang Zhu Liang and the other coaches didn't give up on me, including the important people behind the scenes.

Thanks to their hard work and dedication, I could become a world champion in diving today. Still, I will continue working hard to polish my techniques and try to be more consistent.

How do you persevere and continue working hard to achieve your goals as a world champion diver?

My mindset is to not give up easily. Since I had chosen this path, I need to continue until the very end. Whatever we choose to pursue, it will never be an easy task, even more so for me when I'm suffering from injuries but still need to train.

Coaches may be harsh at times, but I know it means they truly care and want me to excel. Without a coach to push me, I will never know if I could exceed my own limitations. I believe with my hard work and passion, one day I would succeed.

I admit I had been inconsistent in competitions in the past. Maybe even in the future, the same thing could happen too. Nobody is perfect all the time. But when bad things happen, I choose to be optimistic and stay strong despite the failures. I will choose to learn from mistakes and return stronger. It doesn't matter how many times you fall, what really matters is how you get back up. I truly believe persistence and perseverance leads to victory.

What's a typical day like for you?

I usually rise at 7.30am, have a regular breakfast, and then begin my training at 8.30am. Training sessions could sometimes be in the gym, dryland training for diving – it all depends on the coach's arrangement.

I break for lunch at noon, have a short nap, and resume training at 3pm. Then at 7pm, I have my dinner and rest. This is considered a full day of training. However, if we have studies or classes, we would need to inform our new arrangements with the coach.]]>
Next gen Tue, 07 Nov 2017 09:30:52 +0000 Peony Chin 500811 at
Tasty morsels
"When we came up with the idea, I started telling my friends about it but most of them didn't believe we could do it. They wondered how we could prepare food on a scooter, but we were certain and confident that it would work out. Look at us now; we have proven that it can be done," Aiman said.

Serving a unique menu of toasted bread with different spreads, sandwiches and special coffees, Aiman and Aina each drive a scooter to their regular location in Setia Taipan with a one-of-a-kind crate fastened on the back.

They don't just use any scooter, but the Italian brand, Vespa. As avid Vespa fans, they both own eight vintage Vespas and the two which are used for business is a 1964 Vespa VBB 150 and a 1973 Vespa Sprint 150.

Open from 8.30pm to 2am, customers get to pick among three different buns – original, charcoal and chocolate – which are made by Aiman's father who is deeply passionate about baking and has his own bakery. You also get to pick the spread including chocolate, peanut butter, strawberry, kaya and butter. They also offer two types of sandwiches, chicken and seafood, as well as durian white coffee and hazelnut coffee, which is Aiman's mother's own recipe which she turned into a business.

What inspired TABS?

Aiman: We were looking for an idea how we could turn our hobby of collecting Vespas into a business. We started brainstorming how we could use the many Vespas we had just sitting at home.
Aina: Because Aiman's parents both had their own products, we decided to leverage on that.
Aiman: Combining that with Aina's passion for cooking, that was how TABS came about.

How did it all come together?

Aiman: I started by sketching the design and measurements of the crate – how many layers it needed to fit 200 buns. I then sourced for the materials and put them together. It took me three attempts to get it right. The crates aren't welded to the scooters and can be detached. We currently have three crates; two with us and one at our branch in Selayang.
Aina: Coming up with the menu, we taste everything before serving it to the customers. The buns are baked three times a week and we buy the spreads in bulk to maintain the stock. Other ingredients such as the vegetables, chicken and seafood are sourced daily to maintain its freshness.

What are your best sellers?

Aiman: Our best sellers are toasted bread with banana and kaya, chocolate and peanut, strawberry cheese, kaya cheese, and double mozzarella chicken.

What is the weirdest request from customers?

Aiman: We accept requests from customers as long as they are very sure about their choices. We got a customer who asked to combine chicken and chocolate and apparently, it works!

Will there be new items on the menu?

Aina: We are going to produce a hotdog bun and to go with it, we are making our own lamb sausage.

Any plans of expansion?

Aiman: We want to turn it into a franchise and open more branches so other people can try what we offer. We are also keen to invite those interested to open their own franchise with us. We can provide the Vespa, if they don't have one, the crate as well as all the ingredients that make the menu. Our aim is to have 10 branches next year.

What is your ultimate dream?

Aiman: We plan to open a cafe which will display all of our Vespas while telling the history of Vespa.
Aina: We also want to display our collectors' items. When you come in you can see items from the 60s to the 90s and at the same time, enjoy the food.
Aiman: I want to create an environment resembling a museum. This is our long-term plan and we are aiming to realise it in three years.]]>
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