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Introducing the new Navigator, your

magazine QL005/07 Issue 5
FROM THE COCKPIT

A Message From the Managing Director

Welcome to the newly revamped Navigator! From this issue onwards,
Navigator will be bringing you the latest news and views from bonvo,
Amezcua, Prana as well as QVI Club.

Inside these pages, you can read about V-Jakarta, the grandest event of
the year which attracted over 3,000 participants from across the globe.
At this mega-event, Q Lifestyle’s exhibition booth was packed with IRs
eager to buy merchandise, find out about the Amezcua Bio Disc and Ch’i
Energy Pendant, and interested to know more about XchangeWorld – the
international holiday exchange network exclusive to QVI Club members!

We also have a special article on Kuala Lumpur, perhaps the most thriving
and cosmopolitan city in South East Asia, and a great place to celebrate
Malaysia’s upcoming National Day on 31 August. Finally, make sure you
check out the delicious vegetarian recipes and other interesting stories
and travel tips which make this our biggest issue yet!

As we progress through 2007, watch out for more new products and
promotions from Q Lifestyle and when you travel, don’t forget to bonvo
before you go!

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#08-02A Suntec Tower One
Singapore 038987
+65 6491 0900 main
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We welcome your feedback! If there are
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issues of Navigator or you have suggestions
and comments that you’d like to share, please
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CONTENTS
Baggage Claim - Questions & Answers 06 Destinations - Bonvo 17

Arrivals - News 08 Destinations - Prana 18

Boarding Pass - Latest Happenings 08 Destinations - QVI 19

Travel Guide - Smart Travel Tips 10 Passport - Around The Globe 20

On The Runway - Feature Story 12 The Transit Lounge - Interview 22

Destinations - Amezcua 16 From The Galley - Recipes 25
BAGGAGE CLAIM

Mr. Azadeh, family and new friends enjoying Mr. Radha & his family enjoying a lot of activities Mr. Sohawon & friend taking an elephant for a
their “new Year” holiday in Goa. and sights on their trip to Bali. spin while on his trip to Bangkok.

Goa, India. Bali, Indonesia. Bangkok, Thailand.

I was truly jovial when my friend Ashkan T h e re ’ s o n l y o n e w o rd t o d e s c r i b e I went to Bangkok in November 2006
Shakiba’s offered me to go on a QVI our recent one-week vacation in Bali and stayed at Elegance Suites Hotel, 

holiday using his membership. Without – WOW! o n e o f t h e QV I H o m e R e s o r t s . T h e
much consideration I quickly decided to hotel staff was friendly and helpful and
go to Goa, India together with my friends The trip was a dream come true for me the service given was excellent. I had a
during the Iranian New Year holiday. We and my second son, Gokul! great time in Bangkok and managed to
stayed at an XchangeWorld associated visit a number of places of interest such
resort, Royal Goan Beach Club at Haathi As a true animal lover, my son is an avid as The Crocodile Farm, Tiger Temple
Mahal. The hotel was very nice and fan of the television programme, Animal and the numerous shopping markets
provided excellent service! Planet and is particularly interested in that dotted the city. On one of the
Komodos (a type of reptile) and has evenings, I decided to go for a cruise.
The moment we reached Goa, we were always wanted to see it in real life. My A s t h e b o a t s l o w l y g l i d e s t h ro u g h
amazed by the natural beauty of son was in total euphoria when he finally t h e ca l m C h a o P h ra ya R i ve r, I wa s
its beaches. But Goa indeed has a lot got to see the reptile at the Bali Zoo and captivated by the beautiful sight of
more than that! We went for a one-day started to take snaps of it from various Bangkok’s night scene while enjoying the
t o u r t o Ta m b d i S u r l a a n d h a d a n different angles! As for me, my dream of mouth-watering dinner on board. The
unforgettable experience as we went on going water rafting was finally fulfilled whole experience was simply amazing!
elephant riding, walked the jungle trail as I took the whole family to our first
and visited the Shri Mahadev Temple. water rafting adventure through a 12Km I thank QVI Club’s Customer Service
We spent the eve of the Iranian New Year course which was exhilarating and Team for such wonderful assistance in
at one of the beach bars and met a lot of literally breathtaking! arranging my trip. With the exemplary
other Iranians. We truly had a great fun! s e r v i ce ex p e r i e n ce d , I ’ ve p ro m i s e d
I t f e l t l i ke t h e w h o l e o f I n d i a w a s We are very happy with our decision to myself to book my holiday only through
celebrating with us as there were stay at Rama Candidasa, an QVI Club/bonvo from now onwards!
fireworks that evening. We found out X c h a n g e Wo r l d a s s o c i a t e d r e s o r t .
that the fireworks were actually meant Beautiful and elegant rooms coupled Sohawon Mohammad Shah Noorani
for ce l e b ra t i n g t h e H i n d u C a r n i va l with great facilities and top notch service
which also falls in March. It would take made our stay there a truly memorable
me the whole page if I were to describe one! QVI Club has indeed given us a
all the excitements we had during our vacation experience that is truly beyond
stay in Goa, but all in all our experience our expectations! We can’t wait for our
was superb! next holiday! Thank you QVI!

Azadeh Ghorashi Radha Titans

Email us your questions about anything Q Lifestyle related and we will answer them for you in this forum as
well as post your letters and feedback.

Reach us at: navigator@qlstyle.com
Another milestone in QVIs commitment in giving its customers maximum benefits, affordable, diverse quality vacations.

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Rompin properties is situated right in front of Tioman Island and Each room is tastefully furnished and well equipped with a wide
undoubtedly one of the best areas in Malaysia. Tioman is the array of first class convenience such as air conditioning, TV, a phone
biggest and most impressive island at the east coast. There is a line, mini bar and fridge, hot and cold water, shower and bath tub,
brisk jungle covers a ridge on the to help you feel at ease after a long
west section of the island, which day of outing. Swimming pool, sauna,
ends at the idyllic location of a retail shops, landscaped garden,
beautiful palm fringed beach. multi-storey car parking, fire
T i o m a n o f f e r s a w i d e ra n g e o f protection and equipment and
activities for visitors: snorkeling in 24-hour security are among the
crystal clear water, discover the basic facilities provided.
beautiful underwater world when
you go diving, or just laze on the Get yourself in action with an array of
beach while you work on that water sports such as surfing ,
tan. Also, there is a jungle on the windsurfing, sailing, diving, jet skiing,
island that is just begging to be fishing. If that sounds too energetic,
explore d . T h e d e n s e fo rest i s a pamper yourself with a body or foot
h a b i t at fo r m a ny k i n d s of f l o ra massage under the shade of a tree,
and fauna. take a stroll along the seashore, read
a book. Or just simply relax and enjoy
Nestled in its own grounds, Rompin property offers its guests a the exotic ambiance and while away the hours while catching a tan
peaceful retreat and yet is ideally situated within easy walking on a deckchair. A variety of amenities and shopping areas are
distance to the beach. Its spacious and well decorated rooms give available along this magnificent waterfront to enhance your
spectacular views over Tioman Island Beach and the surrounding. vacation pleasure.
Entrance into the rarefied atmosphere of the resort instantly places
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ARRIVALS
Ahe Heads Q Lifestyle’s Customer
Service Team

It is with great pleasure that we formerly
introduce Ahe, also affectionately known
as ‘Pearl of Phornlada’ by some of our
QVI members, as Head of Customer
Service Department, Q Lifestyle.
A h e f i r s t j o i n e d Q u e s t Va c a t i o n In this issue, Ahe shares with us the
International’s Thailand office in vision and goals.
November 2002 as Customer Service
Officer and was later transferred to the First of all, I would like to thank the
new Singapore office. With her strong Management Team for believing in me
background and experience in customer and giving me the opportunity to lead
service, we are confident that she will the Q Lifestyle Customer Service Team.
lead the Q Lifestyle Customer Service
Team to new heights and ensure we I consider myself a customer-centric,
follow the company’s mission to ‘Go The service-minded person and heading the
Extra Mile’! Q Lifestyle Customer Service Team is an
exciting challenge. I’m looking forward
to embracing this fantastic opportunity
and with the support of my colleagues,
I’m certain I can achieve my objective:
to nurture and lead a dynamic,
proactive and passionate Customer
Service Team which is always willing to
‘Go the Extra Mile’. My aim is to raise
the bar in terms of the service level, be
proactive in preempting our customers’
needs, provide solutions, and ultimately
see satisfied customers with happy
smiles on their faces. 

Unity Global Network Gathering in
Bali, Indonesia 16 - 20 April 2007
In order to understand QVI Club
memberships better and be able to
better promote the products, the Unity
Global Network recently arranged a
g a t h e r i n g fo r c o r e l e a d e r s i n B a l i ,
I n d o n e s i a . To ex p e r i e n ce QV I C l u b
firsthand, the group decided to stay in
two XchangeWorld associated resorts
while having their discussions, product
training and presentations during their
four night stay. They were extremely
impressed with the resorts’ quality and
had a lot of fun there. With the product
knowledge they obtained from this
b u s i n e s s c u m l e i s u re t r i p , t h e y a re
co n f i d e n t t h a t t h e y ca n b o o s t t h e
s a l e s o f QV I C l u b m e m b e r s h i p s t o
the next level!

Top L-R: Warm up session on the first day to know more about QVI Club, The leaders had an in-depth discussion about how to sell QVI Club memberships.
Bottom L-R: In the midst of a QVI product presentation, Posing by the pool of Bali Emerald Villas before the farewell party on the last day.
Q Lifestyle Team Joins
the Grandest V-Con Ever!
With great enthusiasm and eagerness, the Q Lifestyle team arrived in Jakarta to
prepare for the most anticipated event of the year! The excitement built up as the
days progressed and as preparations came to their final stage. It was amazing to
witness the vast empty hall of the Jakarta Convention Center suddenly turn into
a massive ocean of over 3,000 exuberant IRs as they streamed in to check out the
exhibition booths on the first day. The eye-catching Q Lifestyle booth was packed
with participants who eagerly enquired about Q Lifestyle products, bought various
merchandise for their loved ones, watched a demonstration on the wonders of the
Ch’i Energy Pendant or simply browsed around collecting marketing collaterals.

As the event unrolled, participants were surprised with impromptu activities such
as the Crazy Hour Sale during which Q Lifestyle merchandise was sold at heavily
discounted prices. To add to the excitement, a Lucky Draw Contest took place which
offered those who spent USD50 or above at the booth a raffle ticket and the chance
to win phenomenal products such as the Amezcua Bio Disc and Ch’i Energy Pendant!

After a week of excitement, inspiration and discovery, V-Jakarta came to an end.
However participants had no reason to be sad as they all know that the end of
V-Jakarta marks the coming of yet another extraordinary event! Q Lifestyle looks
forward to seeing you at the next V-Con!

CONGRATULATIONS to the Q Lifestyle Lucky Draw Contest winners!

First Prize: Ch’i Energy Pendant, Amezcua Bio Disc with Waist Pouch
(Retail price: USD 1,138.00)

Name : Mr Ghalami Pooya - Iran
IR ID : HC074029

Second Prize: O ne Carton of NutriSky New Fruit Drink
(Retail price: USD 600.00)

Name : Mr Krimly Yusuf - Saudi Arabia
IR ID : HU158254

Third Prize: One set of Cordyceps Men’s Programme
(Retail price: USD 540.00)

Name : Mr Balasubramaniam Shanmuganathan - Malaysia
IR ID : AA014761

Bonvo Prize Draw Winner at V-Jakarta!

Another highlight was when bonvo took centre stage and announced the winner
of the bonvo V-Jakarta Lucky Draw Contest. Mr. Richard Khaw was overwhelmed
with surprise and joy as bonvo announced him as the lucky winner. For booking with
bonvo, Mr. Khaw won return air tickets and an accommodation package for two at
Prana Samui. He will enjoy the wonderful facilities and services at the resort including
From Top:
a pleasurable spa treatment from Amezcua Wellness Centre and delectable dining The crowds come into V-Jakarta, The QLifestyle
treats at the Amala Restaurant with compliments from bonvo. The prize certificate booth, Prana GM Simon Illingsworth and I.R.,
was presented by Mr. Juergen Michel and Ms. Carol Kung from the Q Lifestyle Team. QLifestyle trainer Juergen Michel and Ahe with
I.R. Kids, Juergen Michel and Carol Kung with
prize winner.

BOARDING PASS
TRAVEL GUIDE
THE NEW AIR-TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS

I
n the new world, the scary one where terrorism is a daily
reality, we must all adapt to new regulations and security
measures to ensure our safety. While standing in line at the
airport, the extra checks may be a hassle to some, but think
about what could happen if we didn’t have to go through all
this. To make your security check more bearable, Navigator
explains the new air travel regulations so you can be prepared
before-hand.

Air travelers may now carry liquids, gels To ensure the health and welfare of • Present these items for additional
and aerosols in their carry-on bag when travelers, in the absence of suspicious inspec tion once reaching the X-ray
going through security checkpoints, activity or items, amounts greater than machines. These items are subject to
provided they are in a see-through plastic 3 ounces of the following liquids, gels additional screening.
ziploc bag. and aerosols are permitted through the
s e c u r i t y c h e c k p o i n t i n re a s o n a b l e Steps have also been taken to ensure the
With certain exceptions for quantities for the duration of your security of the boarding areas after you
prescr i p t i o n a n d ove r- t h e - co u n t e r itinerary (all exceptions must be pass through the security checkpoints.
medicines, baby formula and breast milk, presented to the security officer in front Therefore, any liquid, gel or aerosol, such
and other essential liquids, gels, and of the checkpoint): as coffee or soda, purchased in the
aerosols, the following rules apply to all secure area beyond the security
liquids, gels, and aerosols you want to Baby formula and breast milk if a baby or checkpoint is allowed aboard your plane.
carry through a security checkpoint. small child is traveling; All
p re s c r i p tion and over-the-counter Please note that if you have a layover
All liquids, gels and aerosols must be in medications (liquids, gels, and aerosols) and are re-screened at your connecting
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three-ounce or smaller container. Larger including KY jelly, eye drops, and saline airport the current rules (see above) for
containers that are half-full or solution for medical purposes; carry-on bags apply.
rolled-up toothpaste tubes are not Liquids including water, juice, or liquid
allowed. Each container must be three nutrition or gels for passengers with a Yo u a r e p e r m i t t e d t o b r i n g s o l i d
ounces or smaller. disability or medical condition; cosmetics and personal hygiene items as
Life-support and life-sustaining liquids such lipstick, lip balm and similar solids.
All liquids, gels and aerosols must be such as bone marrow, blood products,
placed in a single, quart-size, zip-top, and transplant organs; Items used to Offer your cooperation in the screening
clear plastic bag. Gallon size bags or augment the body for medical or process by being prepared before you
bags that are not zip-top such as cosmetic reasons such as mastectomy arrive. Pack liquids, gels, and aerosols in
fold-over sandwich bags are not allowed. products, prosthetic breasts, bras or your check-in baggage even if you do not
Each traveler can use only one, shells containing gels, saline solution, or normally check a bag.
quart-size, zip-top, clear plastic bag. other liquids; and, Gels or frozen liquids
Each traveler must remove their needed to cool disability or medically In addition to liquids, gels, and aerosols
quart-sized plastic, zip-top bag from related items used by persons with numerous other potentially dangerous
their carry-on and place it in a bin or on disabilities or medical conditions. items are not permitted in carry-on
the conveyor belt for X-ray screening. baggage. Travelers should read more
X-raying separately will allow Security You are allowed reasonable amounts about previously prohibited items to
Officers to more easily examine the over 3 ounces of the above listed items in avoid complications during screening.
declared items. your carry-on baggage, but you will need
to perform the following:
Please keep in mind that these rules were
developed after extensive research and • Separate these items from the liquids,
understanding of current threats. They gels, and aerosols in your quart-size and
are intended to help air travelers bring zip-top bag.
essential toiletries and other liquids,
gels and aerosols for short trips. If you • Declare you have the items to one of
need larger amounts of liquids, gels and the Security Officers at the security
aerosols such as toothpaste or checkpoint.
shampoo, please place them in your
check-in luggage.

For More Information and a detailed list of acceptable and prohibited items, please go to:
http://www.tsa.gov/travelers/airtravel/prohibited/permitted-prohibited-items.shtm
FOR LOVE OF LAPTOP
Care for yo u r e l e c t ro n i c co m p a n i o n

O
ver the years, the society we live in has become more modern and tech-savvy. As more
players in the technology industry join the battle field to gain some share of the pie, it is
not difficult to find such gadgets at a price that won’t burn a hole in your pocket.
Laptops, for example, are becoming so competitively priced these days that practically anyone
can own one. So if you intend to buy a sleek thin laptop with the latest specifications or if you
already have one, the following tips could be useful to ensure your laptop lasts longer!

1 Do not operate in extreme cold or heat

Your laptop is sensitive to extreme heat or cold. Hot or cold weather can warp the case, ruin components and damage batteries.

2 Do not leave your laptop in a car for extended periods of time

Leaving your laptop in a car can expose it to temperature stresses and to theft. Intense heat can warp the case or ruin
internal components.

3 Operate at room temperature

When moving from the cold, allow your laptop to reach room temperature before operating. The display needs to be at room
temperature to function properly. Laptops will form condensation when subjected to temperature change which can damage the
laptop if it is turned on whilst the condensation has not evaporated from the internal components yet. CD’s (music or CD-ROM)
can also form condensation, so let them warm up before using them in the laptop.

4 Keep your laptop out of areas where it may get wet

Water damages the laptop’s components and also introduces a shock hazard. Do not turn on your laptop when it is wet.

In the event of water spilling onto the keyboard:

• Quickly shut off the power and remove the plug from the wall socket.

• Remove the battery and quickly turn your laptop over with the keyboard facing down as shown. The reason is because the hard
disk in most laptops is located at the bottom, hence this method will prevent water from seeping into the hard disk. This may not
save your laptop but it may save your data.

• Leave your laptop in this manner for 24 hours to let the water dry inside.

• Send laptop for repair.

• Place power cables where they cannot be stepped on or tripped over.

Carelessly laid cables could send you and your laptop flying.

• Avoid areas with a lot of dust or smoke

Both dust and smoke can damage your laptop. The laptop’s internal fan draws
a lot of air through the computer. Buildup of any sort can short circuit
sensitive connections.
ON THE RUNWAY

Kuala Lumpur
City of Diversity
It’s hard to think that just ten years ago, Malaysia was a dusty little backwater in
Asia when it came to tourism. Today, Malaysia ranks second in Asia for tourist
arrivals (behind China) and has transformed itself into a multi-cultural travel
destination with plentiful resorts, activities and places to visit.

Kuala Lumpur, or KL as it’s known in the region, has transformed itself from
absolutely nothing to a gleaming bustling city with modern skyscrapers and a
distinct local flavour.
There is plenty to explore in KL, from the sacred Batu caves to Some of the local festivals and holidays you can view or take
its colonial architecture, from its boisterous Chinatown section part in are:
filled with street vendors and night markets, to its colourful
Little India. Local museums, mosques, temples, and huge Thaipusam - The Indian festival where devotees of Lord
mega-malls abound giving visitors plenty of choice of places to Subramaniam prove their faith, make amends or seek
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go, and things to see, do, and eat. blessings by piercing their bodies with metal spikes and hooks
and carrying elaborate cages and decorations, some weighing
Kuala Lumpur came into being in the late 1860’s when it was over 50kg, in a parade to their temple. While to the outsider
founded by a band of prospectors in search of tin. The village this may look medieval and painful, devotees claim they feel no
started at the meeting point of the Kelang and Gombak rivers pain but only slight discomfort.
and the name Kuala Lumpur means “Muddy Confluence” in the
local Malay language, not a name befitting the modern, vibrant Chinese New Year - Celebrations involve food, fireworks,
city that now stands in its place. lion dances and dragon dances and are most vibrant in KL’s
Chinatown section. The New Year usually falls anywhere from
From its humble, noisy and sometimes violent beginnings, KL late January to late February and is quite a spectacle. This is
has always been a survivor. Through its early Chinese also a very popular time to visit Asia and KL in particular.
uprising, the British Colonial period and onwards to modern
KL, the traces of its past in its architecture, people and customs Deepavali - The Indian festival of light, marked by tiny oil
stand as a reminder of its ability to change with the times yet l a m p s o u t s i d e t h e h o m e s o f H i n d u fa m i l i e s t o e n t i ce
keep its identity distinct and pure. Lakshmi, the Goddess of wealth, inside. Deepavali is best
celebrated in the Little India section where street fairs clog
With its abundance of cultures and religions, Malaysia, and KL the roads and sell all sorts or Indian crafts, food, clothing
in particular, has a potpourri of festive occasions and holidays and Jewellery. Most tourists love to get henna painted on
for tourists to join or observe. While some occur on the same their hands, which is a temporary Indian tattoo featuring
day every year, others follow the lunar calendar and the elaborate and beautiful designs which fade away after
dates and events change each year, so it is always best to 1 - 2 weeks.
check with the tourism board if you plan to visit during one of
the many festivals.

L-R:
KL at night,
Lord Muragan’s Temple at the Batu Caves
“According to Lao Tse, the reality of a hollow object is in the void and not in the
walls that define it. He was speaking, of course, of spiritual realities. These are
the realities also of the Petronas Towers. The power of the void is increased and
made more explicit by the pedestrian bridge that ... with its supporting structure
creates a portal to the sky ... a door to the infinite.”
Dawid Tadeusz Mauno, architect (1995)

City Day - On February 1st of every year, KL commemorates Some of the more popular tourist destinations in KL are:
becoming a federal territory and celebrations take place at
Tasik Perdana and Lake Titiwangsa in the north of the city. Petronas Towers - Currently the world’s second tallest
building at 88 stories, it is designed based on an eight-sided
Flora Fest - This deliriously colourful festival takes place in July star, a design that echoes the arabesques found in Islamic art.
every year with KL blooming with a multitude of colours. The A sky-bridge connects the two towers at the 41st floor
Festival includes floral exhibitions and culminates with the giving those who travel up to it a spectacular view of the city.
International Floral Parade, a sight to truly behold. Be forewarned though, there is a set quota for visitors per day,
so get there around 9am to avoid disappointment.
National Day - Malaysia celebrates its national day from
midnight August 30th where crowds gather at Merdeka The Lake Garden - In the Jalan Parlimen area of KL, these
Square for fireworks and festivities, followed the next morning 92-hectare gardens were once home to the ranking British
by parades, usually at Commonwealth Stadium. official and there is plenty of natural splendor to enjoy. You can
expect to find a butterfly park, planetarium, insect museum,
Colours Of Malaysia - Celebrated for two weeks in
September, this festival embraces everything Malaysian. Rich
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fe a t u r i n g c ra f t s , p e r fo r m a n ce s a n d fo o d g a l o re . Above L-R:
Petronas Towers and Park,
Pasa Malam (market)
Kuala Lumpur not only has plenty of interesting festivals
and holidays to partake in, but its multi-cultural roots Main Image:
Petronas Towers at night
have produced a score of fabulous places to see and visit.
Soaring modern edifices compete for space next to
colonial buildings and lush, spacious parks. Street markets,
galleries, museums, cafes, food stalls and huge shopping
complexes give the adventurous tourist plenty of reasons
to explore the cities back alleys and side streets.
walk-in aviary, orchid garden and hibiscus garden within Some of KL’s favourite nightspots include:
its confines, giving nature lovers and those seeking solitude
from the bustle of KL a place to lazily relax. Make a day Tiff’s Jazz Lounge - Found along Jalan Bukit Bintang, this club
of it, pack a picnic for your family and hire a boat to sail on specializes in jazz, blues, acid jazz and chillout music to help
Tasik Perdana Lake. wind you down after a hard day pushing the pavement. The
surreal decor of this lounge will make you think you’ve gone
Batu Caves - The Batu Caves comprise of numerous caverns, down a rabbit hole and are sitting at the Mad Hatter’s tea
some rarely explored and off-limits, some filled with large party. Colours clash, installation art amazes and lasers dance
limestone outcrops, stalactites and stalagmites, cave fauna, as the DJ or band start their groove.
and other underground wonders, many of which are Hindu
temples to various deities. The most famous of these is the Zouk - This infamous Singaporean club recently opened a
Sri Subramaniam Temple which takes up the main cave and branch in KL and plays all the tracks you’d expect from a
holds one of Hindu’s holiest shrines to Lord Subramaniam. A world-renowned club. House, trance and disco throb from
272-step concrete staircase leads from outside the caves to within its amoeba shaped confines. There are a few different
the temple cave, while a cave gallery lies at the foot of the cave spaces to choose from within its walls, each distinctly different,
complex featuring clay figurines and wall paintings of Hindu giving visitors the choice to drift from one to another. The main
mythology. Admission to the caves is free, and while you would room is a 2-level space adorned with plastic palm trees and
expect the caves to be way outside of town in the jungle (they world-class lighting, while other areas like Velvet Underground
were at one time), KL has expanded itself right to the base of are a disco-house mirror ball extravaganza. The loft is a
the caves, so travel is minimal. smaller bar area that’s edgier and more experimental in its
sounds (expec t cutting edge elec tronica, alternative,
A happening, modern city like KL surely has to have a variety of electro-clash, industrial and eighties) to be spun here, while
nightlife available to suit everyone’s taste and it doesn’t KL’s youth hang at the Terrace Bar by the main entrance.
disappoint. Modern clubs, night markets and other delights Zouk can be found along Jalan Ampang and its opening hours
abound to tempt the senses and your wallet, so why not head vary depending on which international DJ, band or event is
out and enjoy some of the local flavours while you’re in town? playing that particular evening.
Do however be warned that KL’s nightlife does shut down
rather early compared with other countries, so expect to be out
no later than 2am.

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Those of you who wouldn’t be caught dead on a dance-floor, Suria KLCC - For an upscale shopping experience there is no
never fear, Malaysia has a phenomenon known to the locals better place than the KLCC. Located at the foot of the Petronas
as Mat-Rock, which is the local version of all those hair metal Towers, the KLCC offers you exclusive international fashion and
and heavy metal bands we used to all go and see in the 80’s. electronics brands as well as numerous toy shops for the kids.
You can expect to see a variety of live bands in the many clubs No matter what your budget, KL has something for everyone.
that dot KL’s side-streets and main roads, where you can catch
everything from blues, R&B, funk, rock, alternative, industrial, No visit to any foreign destination is complete without savoring
classic rock and yes, even mat rock for you to bang your head the local delicacies, and KL is no exception. While space
and pump your fists to. regretfully doesn’t permit us to list the wide range of choices
KL has to offer, rest assured that every nook, cranny and
What vacation wouldn’t be complete without shopping for street of KL overflows with choices and the scent of exotic
those impossible to find at home items, such as ethnic pieces gourmet treats.
and hard-to-resist upscale bargains? Well KL doesn’t let you
down there either, with plenty of variety, from street markets to While in KL why not sample some of the local favourites such
mega malls in which to part with your Rupiah. as the Malay Rendang, a spicy, tangy, sweet and sour dish
made with beef or mutton that just melts in your mouth, or
Check out these buying havens for some interesting finds, Satay, another Malay dish comprised of skewered meats
selections and bargains: (usually beef, mutton, or chicken, but sometimes fish as well)
grilled in an open air barbecue and eaten dipped in a
Central Market - Stroll on down to this venue, located in a spicy-sweet peanut sauce. Then there is the Indian Tandoor
cavernous art-deco building on Jalan Hang Kasturi where you (northern Indian) or the Southern Indian curries, whose
can find all kids of craft outlets, souvenir shops, clothing and varieties would take up this entire article, and don’t forget all
antiques. Some of the items are a bit over-priced but haggling the mouth watering Chinese dishes as well.
is welcomed so sharpen up your bargaining skills before
heading down. So there you have it, KL, modern city with traditional flavour.
Truly a world-class destination for any traveller.
The Mid Valley Mega Mall - This humungous complex has
got everything you can imagine. With 300-plus stores, unique
items and branded goods are not hard to find. The mall also
boasts an 18-screen cinema, bowling alley, Carrefour
hyper-mart and an enormous food court for your local dining
needs. The new KL Komuter Mid-Valley station makes getting
here extremely easy and there is also a free shuttle bus service 15
to Bangsar station.

BELOW:
Top: Underground Mosque
Bottom: Friendly Locals

Main Image: KL At Night
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“Too many choices, not enough time” is a
common saying heard on Koh Samui.
Simon Illingworth - GM Prana Resort

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Most tourists find the amount If you are after rest and relaxation then placid Tigers at the local zoo or cuddle a
sitting by the pool, sipping a fresh juice cheeky primate at the Monkey Theatre.
of choice overwhelming on co c k t a i l w a i t i n g fo r y o u r n ex t s p a If you are finding the weather a bit
this island that has something treatment will be the logical choice stifling, strap on a dive tank and explore
for everyone. From Mild to for you! the spectacular underwater world.
Wild, lazy or crazy the choice Need to stretch your legs? Then grab Ok, so you’re feeling a bit more
is yours. your camera and take a leisurely stroll energetic? Grab a cart and whack your
along a sandy beach to a local temple way through one of three great golf
where a multitude of sights can be seen courses or jump on a quad bike and head
to stimulate ones mind and senses. for the hills!

Wa n t t o g e t f u r t h e r a w a y ? G ra b a Got a need for speed? Try your hand at
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the island. Pause at one of the many go-karts or scramble your marbles
lookouts and snap a few pictures of the Zorbing down a hill.
stunning Samui landscape.
If all of the above leaves you reeling,
Just down the road you may find then a flavoursome snack of fried
the Secret Garden of Buddha statues, a beetles maybe your ideal dare at a
Butterfly Farm or a bucket of bananas local market!
to feed a hungry elephant before
trekking to see amazing waterfalls.

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DESTINATIONS - QVI CLUB

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N E W QV I H o m e R e s o r t s Chateau Dale Resort The Grand Tower Inn
i n Pa t t a y a a n d B a n g ko k , Chateau Dale Resort is located between Conveniently located near to Sapan
Thailand! the famous Thai resort city of Pattaya Kwai Skytrain Station, The Grand Tower
a n d t h e fabulous Jomtien Beach, a Inn allows easy access to the city’s
highly sought-after destination for those main shopping and entertainment
who long for a relaxing family vacation areas and is especially near to Chatuchak
amidst a peaceful and tranquil ambience. Weekend Market.
Venture for expeditions to nearby islands
or try out various water sport activities After a long day of shopping and
such as water skiing, wind surfing, scuba sightseeing tours, treat yourself to a
diving and fishing. Amenities such as relaxing time at the hotel and be
golf, tennis or horseback riding are in the pampered with the hotel’s modern
vicinity. Souvenir shops, food stalls and amenities which include health centre,
restaurants offering sumptuous seafood sauna, spa, swimming pool and aerobic
delicacies are widely available along the studio. Have a pleasant dinner with
beach road. family at the hotel’s restaurant which
serves delectable international cuisines
Enjoy the on-site facilities which include Sit back and relax at the lobby lounge
swimming pool, sauna, restaurant and while listening to the piano is another
snack bar. All units are fully furnished option for you to spend your time with
with air-conditioning, satellite TV, fridge, the loved ones.
safety box, iron and board, tea and
coffee making facility and balcony for All rooms feature air conditioning, cable
your maximum comfort. TV, mini bar and IDD telephone system.

“New resort, new experience! At QVI Club, we aim to
give you a new travel experience with memories that
will last forever!”
PASSPORT
Costa del Sol is situated in the south of Spain and has been transformed into a tourist hotspot
over the years thanks to its beautiful sunny beaches. But if you think Costa del Sol is only
about beaches, you’ll be surprised!
The province of Malaga, in which Costa del Sol is situated, How to get there?
offers a huge variety of attractions ranging from art and
cultural sites, to shopping and dining, leisure parks, marina, From the airport follow the signs to the railway station
beaches and much more! Catch bullfights that are held (within walking distance). The trains run every half an hour
throughout the spring to autumn period in the many bullrings from 6.00 a.m. to 11.00 p.m. Heading west, the final stop is
scattered across the province. While you are in Malaga, make Fuengirola. From Fuengirola, take a taxi to the resort, which is
sure you don’t miss the province’s most authentic artistic situated 4 km away.
medium, Flamenco. You can catch the best performances
during the different festivals held mainly between the months Resort Amenities
of June and September.
Snack bar, restaurant, bar, swimming pool, children’s pool,
Marina Dorada is located just outside Fuengirola, one of the tennis court, live entertainment, security, games room,
towns in the highly popular region of Costa del Sol. The resort playground area, medical centre, ATM.
is a perfect destination spot for your next family vacation with
a string of amenities easily accessible onsite and nearby. Some Nearby Amenities
of the amenities at the resort include snack bar, restaurant,
bar, swimming pool, children’s pool, tennis court, live Convenience store, gym/health, sauna/steam room, beach,
entertainment, games room and playground area. Once you fishing, scuba diving, sailing/boating, golf, windsurfing, squash,
step out of the resort, you will be pleasantly overwhelmed with horse riding, Jacuzzi.
the numerous activities on offer such as fishing, scuba diving,
sailing/boating, golf, wind surfing, squash, horse-riding. After Unit Amenities
all this excitement you’ll want to wind down so why not treat
yourself to a quiet and relaxing time at the sauna or Jacuzzi? Air-conditioning, alarm clock, dishwasher, iron & board,
washer/dryer, fully-equipped kitchen, satellite TV, hairdryer,
telephone, patio/balcony, radio/stereo, safe, DVD player.

Marina Dorada,
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Below L-R:
T h e A l c a z a b a h , Ya c h t s a t F u e n g i r o l a , O l i v e s i n S p a n i s h M a r ke t ,
R o m a n A q u e d u c t s , R o c k o f G i b r a l t a r, P i c a s s o M u s e u m ,
Shopping Mall in Malaga, Flamenco Dancer, Cathedral of Malaga,
Malaga Bullfighting Arena

Main Image: Malaga Cityscape
Additional Service

Babysitting, auto rental, maid service

Address

Urb. Marina del Sol , Ctra. Cádiz Km 206,
29649 Mijas Costa, Málaga, Spain

Marina Dorada is an XchangeWorld associated resort.
Contact our Customer Care Team at (65) 6491 0927 or email
customercare@xchangeworld.com to book your holiday!

Spain... Ole!
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THE TRANSIT LOUNGE
This time round, we have a chance to chit chat with one of our Platinum
Members, Mr. Efren Miranda. Despite the fact that he has only been a QVI
Club member for less than a year, the easy going gentleman has already
travelled to five Asian countries including Thailand.

N: What attracted you to becoming a QVI Club member? N: What is your idea of a perfect holiday?

QVI Club membership is affordable and it is very easy to make To be near nature and be able to meet
a hotel/resort reservation. In addition, the QVI staff are local people and new friends!
accommodating and supportive and the customer service given
is exceptional! N: Amongst all the countries you have
been to, which one has left you with
N: Using your QVI Club membership, where have you the strongest impression?
travelled to so far?
Without doubt, Thailand!
I recently travelled to five Asian countries and I’ve just come
back from a holiday in Bangkok, Thailand. N: Name at least 3 essential items you
always take with you when
N: What is your most memorable holiday experience and why? travelling overseas.

We were very touched with the hospitality of our new Thai Camera, medicine, sun block.
friends whom we met during our recent trip to Bangkok. They
took me and my family on a free sightseeing tour for 13 hours! N: If you were to be exiled to a desert
island and could only take one person
N: How about your worst holiday experience and why? and one personal item with you, who
and what would you select and why?
I have always enjoyed every one of my holidays and I haven’t
had any bad experience so far. If ever I have to encounter one, My wife Lily and a survival kit! With my
22 I’ll make sure I learn something good out of it! w i fe a ro u n d I d o n ’ t n e e d t o w o r r y
because she is like MacGyver and can
N: What do you like to do most when on vacation? make impossible things possible!

Island hopping and snorkeling! I really enjoy the times when I
can marvel at the beauty of nature.

N: What are your favourite destination spots?

Any place where I can find beautiful scenery and
historical architecture.

Left: QLifestyle’s Lalaine, Ahe, Lily (Mr. Efren’s
wife) and Mr. Efren.
A b ove : M r. E f re n & h i s fa m i l y i n T h a i l a n d .
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FROM THE GALLEY

MEDITERRANEAN VEGETABLE & POLENTA CAKE

BOREKS

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Each issue, FROM THE GALLEY will feature mouth-watering, healthy
vegetarian dishes from around the world.

To submit a recipe, email us at navigator@qviclub.com

WATERCRESS ROULADE WITH PARMESAN

BAKLAVA
Ingredients: (Serves 4-6) Ingredients: (Makes 35-40)

560ml/18fl oz Milk 210g/7oz instant polenta 225g/8oz grated feta cheese
35g/1 1/4oz butter 35g/1 1/4oz Parmesan 225g/8oz grated mozzarella cheese
Red Capsicum Green Capsicum 2 eggs worth of egg substitute
Yellow Capsicum Olive Oil (For Cooking) 45ml/3 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
Zucchini (Cubed) Eggplant /Aubergine(Cubed) 45ml/3 tbsp chopped fresh chives
Red Onion (Cubed) 120g/4oz Sun Dried Tomatoes 45ml/3 tbsp chopped fresh mint
4 Cloves Garlic (Crush) 30g/1oz Chopped Tomatoes Pinch of nutmeg
225g/8 oz filo pastry
Mint & Pistachio Dressing 45-60ml/3-4 tbsp melted butter
60ml/2fl oz Milk 25g Shelled & Skinned Pistachios Freshly ground black bepper
30g Mint Leaves 50ml Olive Oil
1 Clove Garlic Preheat oven to 180C/350F. In a bowl blend the feta and
mozzarella with the egg substitute. Add chopped herbs, season
Bring milk to boil and whisk in polenta, lower heat and cook with black pepper and nutmeg and mix well.
for 5min, stir in butter, parmesan, salt, pepper. Turn onto
greased tray and spread to 1.5cm thick and cool to set. Cut the sheets of filo into 4 rectangular strips approximately
7.5cm/3in wide. Cover all but one or two of the strips with a
Halve Capsicum, brush skin with a little oil and place skin side damp cloth to prevent them from drying out.
up under hot grill till blackened. Peel away skin and cube.
Brush 1 strip at a time with a little melted butter.
To make dressing bring milk to boil, remove from heat and
transfer to food processor with other dressing ingredients Place 5ml/1 tsp of filling at the bottom edge. Fold 1 corner over
and lightly process. the filling to make a triangle shape. Then, continue folding the
filo over itself until you get to the end of the strip.
Heat olive oil add vegetables and heat for 8min. Cut polenta
into 8cm rounds and fry with melted butter till brown. Top Place on a greased baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes until
with vegetables and dressing. golden brown and crisp.

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“Moderation. Small helpings. Sample a little bit of
everything. These are the secrets to happiness and
good health.” Julia Childs

Ingredients: (Serves 6-8) Ingredients: (Serves 6-8)

350g/12oz Ground Pistachio Nuts Vegetable oil for greasing
150g/5oz Icing Sugar 1 tbsp freshly grated parmesan
15ml/1 tbsp Ground Cardomon 85g/3oz finely chopped watercress (discard the thick stems)
150g/5oz Melted Butter 4 eggs worth of egg substitute
450g/1 lb Filo Pastry Salt and black pepper

Syrup: Filling:
450g/1 lb Granulated Sugar 200g/7oz cream cheese
300ml/ 1/2pint Water 3tbsp milk
30ml/2 tbsp Rose Water 85g/3oz finely chopped watercress (discard the thick stems)
5 finely chopped spring onions
First make the syrup. Place sugar & water in saucepan bring to
boil then simmer 10min, stir in rose water and leave to cool. Preheat oven to 200C/400F. Grease a 23x30cm swiss roll tin,
line with baking paper then sprinkle with parmesan cheese
Mix together nuts, icing sugar and cardoman. Preheat oven
to 160c/325f. Brush a large rectangular baking tin with Mix together the watercress, egg substitute and seasoning then
melted butter. pour into the tin. Cook for 7-8min until the egg substitute has
set, then remove from the oven and cool for 5min. Sprinkle more
Take 1 sheet of filo pastry at a time, brush with melted butter parmesan on mixture.
and place in tin, repeat till you have 6 layers. Spread half of
nut mixture over filo sheets pressing down with spoon. Repeat To make the filling, turn the cooled mixture onto a chopping
another 6 layer and rest of nuts, finally cover with one last set board, peel off the baking paper, then spread the filling over the
of 6 layers of filo. Cut pastry diagonally and pour over base. Roll up from the short end peeling off any baking paper as
remaining melted butter. you go. Refrigerate for 30 minutes then serve in slices.

Bake 20min, then increase heat to 200c/400f and bake
for 15min until light golden brown. Remove from oven
and drizzle with syrup and cool.
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