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  • LIFESTYLE

    Sports LUX variations

    Life, Samila Wenin, Published on 01/05/2014

    » Sports chic is now — there’s no doubt about it. From drawstrings to mesh, and from hoodies to sports stripes, the 1990s that ushered in the worldwide live broadcast of European league football left the post-millennium fashion enthusiasts with the zombie of a trend that is resurrected once every two years whenever the Olympic or the Fifa World Cup is on the go.

  • TECH

    Reviving a nostalgic fantasy

    Life, Samila Wenin, Published on 17/07/2013

    » First released in 1991 on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES), the forth installment of the world’s best loved Role Playing Game series, Final Fantasy IV holds a special position in the heart of those RPG aficionados whose gaming life didn’t begin with the invention of PlayStation, and whose love affair with the genre didn’t begin with the slightly overrated Final Fantasy VII.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Back to entertain us

    Life, Samila Wenin, Published on 07/03/2013

    » From The Beatles' mod suits to the punk gear flaunted by the Sex Pistols, music-inspired fashion dominates at least one chapter in each era of the history of style. And 20 years ago, in the final decade of the 20th century amid a stream of minimalism and American sportswear, Kurt Cobain gave flannel shirts and striped jumpers their place in that history, pioneering a look that continues to symbolise the musical genre he and his band spearheaded.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Animal planet

    Life, Samila Wenin, Published on 21/02/2013

    » Summer always means safaris, hence the abundance of leopard, zebra and python motifs on the summer fashion runways.

  • TRAVEL

    Far from the madding crowd

    Life, Samila Wenin, Published on 28/02/2013

    » First, it was Ahmadinejad. Now, it's Kerry.

  • OPINION

    Let the punishment fit the crime

    Life, Samila Wenin, Published on 28/02/2013

    » I'm an old-school mother who is reluctant to condone the modern school of spank-free parenting. Not that I enjoy handing out a spanking or two once my little one starts her meltdown routine. But as a single mother who works full-time, I guiltily admit I cannot afford a rod-free disciplinary method in order to ensure she grows up rational, conscientious and with self-esteem.

  • OPINION

    When modelling is no longer child's play

    Life, Samila Wenin, Published on 16/01/2013

    » There's nothing particularly captivating about the photo. A model in a cropped tank-top and hot pants, or perhaps it's a skirt? The model is sitting straight with both legs bending to her right, her feet arched as if she's in five-inch stilettoes, although it's a pair of ballerina pumps she's wearing.

  • LIFESTYLE

    It's a sweet treat

    Life, Samila Wenin, Published on 01/02/2013

    » Love it or loathe it, February is the month when everyone is seeing red, whether or not they're in love. There's no way you could get through a day in mid-February without spotting that red heart _ the symbol of love, the epitome of cultural commercialism that is St Valentine's Day.

  • TRAVEL

    Hail to the Highlands!

    Life, Samila Wenin, Published on 13/12/2012

    » The Scots don't say the word "loch" the way we do. It's the first and most obvious difference I spot soon after boarding the coach on a journey to the Highlands, and it became the first Scottish Gaelic way of pronunciation I have unconsciously adopted ever since. It's pronounced with a fricative sound, with the back of the tongue against the soft palate like the way the German pronounce "Bach".

  • LIFESTYLE

    Designing the feel-good factor

    Life, Samila Wenin, Published on 18/12/2012

    » Simon Rawlings was reflecting on a certain moment _ one he deems among the best of his work for the project which is to be Thailand's landmark building: The Ritz-Carlton Residences at Mahanakorn.

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