Bastille Have Come Together with Multiple Academy Award® and Grammy®-Winning Xomposer Hans Zimmer to Release A Special Reworking of their Era-Defining International Hit Single, Pompeii.

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Bastille have come together with multiple Academy Award® and Grammy®-winning composer Hans Zimmer to release a special reworking of their era-defining international hit single, Pompeii.


The glistening rendition, entitled Pompeii MMXXIII came about as frontman Dan Smith and Zimmer were working together on other projects. A captivating live recording of the track was filmed in Cardiff with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, watch a clip of the video here.


Hans Zimmer says, “It’s been proven time and time again that a beautiful, crafted song by a great band can have many lives and Pompeii is a shining example of this. Working hand in hand with Bastille and my team at Bleeding Fingers has been an exhilarating experience and an honour to be part of this remarkable journey. I’m so excited to share this rendition with you all!”


Dan Smith says, “Having the opportunity to work with the living legend that is Hans Zimmer, and his brilliant team, has been an absolute dream. Working with them on this new version of “Pompeii” has been incredible and has put the biggest smiles on our faces throughout the whole wonderfully surreal experience.”


Pompeii is the lead single from the band’s multi-million selling debut album Bad Blood and was originally released in 2013 charting at No.2 in the UK charts. The single remains in the Top 50 most streamed songs of all time in the UK with over 3.5 billion streams.


2023 has been a year of celebration for the Grammy and Brit winning four-piece as they mark the 10-year anniversary of the release of their breakthrough debut album, Bad Blood which catapulted the band from alt-pop newcomers to global chart-conquering festival headliners.


Over the summer Bastille released, ‘Bad Blood X’ an extended edition of Bad Blood which included 3 never-before-heard demos, 2 additional covers and a suite of Bad Blood live tracks. The band have also played a special series of sold-out Bad Blood X shows and festivals across the UK, Europe and the US giving fans the opportunity to hear the album in full alongside other fan favourites.


Released on the 4th of March 2013, ‘Bad Blood’ charted at #1 on the UK Albums chart, spending 3 weeks at the top and earning the title of the biggest-selling digital album of 2013. Bastille were crowned the British Breakthrough Act at the 2014 BRITS, along with receiving two Grammy nominations. ‘Bad Blood’ has since gone on to achieve triple platinum status, with over 1 million copies sold in the UK alone. The band have amassed more than 11.9 billion streams across all partners since breaking through over a decade ago.

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Hans Zimmer has scored more than 500 projects across all mediums, which, combined, have grossed more than 28 billion dollars at the worldwide box office. Zimmer has been honored with two Academy Awards®, three Golden Globes®, four Grammys®, an American Music Award, and a Tony® Award. His work highlights include Dune: Part One, Top Gun: Maverick, No Time to Die, Gladiator, The Thin Red Line, As Good as It Gets, Rain Man, The Dark Knight trilogy, Inception, Thelma and Louise, The Last Samurai, 12 Years A Slave, Blade Runner 2049 (co-scored w/Benjamin Wallfisch) and Dunkirk, as well as multiple seasons of David Attenborough’s Prehistoric Planet, including the upcoming third season, and Denis Villeneuve’s Dune: Part Two, the follow-up to his Academy Award®-winning score for Dune: Part One.  Beyond his award-winning compositions, Zimmer is a remarkably successful touring artist, having just concluded his second “Hans Zimmer Live” European tour and performing in the Middle East at Dubai’s renowned Coca-Cola Arena for two consecutive nights as well as Formula 1’s Singapore Grand Prix.

Hard Rock Hotel To Make A Debut At Genting Highlands In 2027

A historic milestone was achieved today on 14th October 2023 as HR Resort & Residences Sdn Bhd had broken new ground with the signing of an agreement with the globally acclaimed Hard Rock brand, bringing the renowned hotel chain to King’s Park and further transforming Hard Rock Genting Highlands into the largest in Asia.


With the signing of this agreement, HR Hotel & Residences Sdn Bhd and Hard Rock International, a company known for its rock ‘n’ roll heritage, entertainment, and hospitality, have begun a collaboration for the ages. Located in the heart of the 130-million-year-old tropical jungle on the mid-hills of Genting Highlands, HR Hotel & Residences Sdn Bhd aims to introduce a world-class entertainment experience by fusing the tenacious spirit of Hard Rock with the unparalleled beauty of King’s
Park, an integrated entertainment hub and the first Central Business District (CBD) at 1,000 m above the sea level with 365 days of cool weather.


Thanks to this partnership, the blueprint for the legendary Hard Rock Hotel is now set in stone in King’s Park, Genting Highlands to have 1001 of the most luxuriously appointed hotel rooms and suites in Asia.


The new partnership was announced at an event attended by Hard Rock International’s senior vice president and head of global business development, Mr Todd Hricko, King’s Park’s group chief executive officer, Datuk Wira Jayandren Subramanian, and HR Resort & Residences’ chairman, Mr Lim Kim Chai, as well as King’s Park’s executive vice president, Mr Sean Chen.

“This partnership marks a monumental milestone in the world of hospitality,” stated Sean, Executive Vice President of King’s Park. “Our focus is on creating an unforgettable adventure that fuses the best of high-end design with the freewheeling energy of rock ‘n’roll. Here at King’s Park, the soon-to-be-open Hard Rock Genting Highlands in Malaysia will
represent the pinnacle of high-energy fun, luxury, and elegance for solo travelers, groups of friends, and families alike. When this spectacular hotel opens its doors in 2027, we will be sure to take centre stage alongside our wonderful partners at Hard Rock International in stunning the globe, and showing the world that indeed, the spirit of Rock is very, very much alive.”

He continued, “I too am an avid guitar player with a deep love for rock and guitar-based music. Thus, it is with enormous pride and venerable excitement that we’ve constructed a concept for Hard Rock Genting Highlands to make it the largest in Asia. There would be nowhere else that boasts this many Hard Rock branded rooms which would make it stand distinctly apart from its global equivalents. With its exquisite location at an amazing height of 1000 m above sea level, we are confident that this business will be a central pillar amongst the attractions at King’s Park and also a pioneering gem in the renowned Hard Rock tradition.

Sean went on to express confidence that the upcoming Hard Rock Genting Highlands hotel would generate a large number of jobs in fields such as room division, engineering, food and beverage, and other services, thanks to the high profile of the Hard Rock brand. This course will unquestionably spur economic growth and significantly improve the quality of life in Pahang and the surrounding states.

In his address, Todd remarked, “We take enormous delight in the fact that King’s Park will be home to another iconic property for Hard Rock, holding the distinction of the largest in Asia. This strengthens Hard Rock’s position and profile in the area. Here at Hard Rock, our success is predicated on a love of music and is the perfect synthesis of enjoyment and amusement. Our essence lies in developing the exact experiences people seek for, and I wholeheartedly believe that King’s Park, with its abundant options, would irresistibly lure persons to share in joy, savour drinks and culinary delights, and liberally indulge in adventures. We believe King’s Park to be the embodiment of these essential qualities, and we are ecstatic to have established such a pivotal cooperation with HR Resort & Residences.

The Hard Rock Genting Highlands Hotel is planning to open with an amazing 371 opulent hotel rooms and 630 suites, giving guests an exceptionally experiential stay. Guests can enjoy the hotel’s 200 square meter retail space, affectionately referred to as the “Rock Shop,” as well as the heated swimming pool, diverse dining options, Rock Spa, and nightly Rock ‘n’ Roll excitement in the hotel’s stylish lounge and bar. Visitors to this carefully chosen area will be able to purchase one- of a-kind Hard Rock souvenirs, infused with an unmistakable Hard Rock swag, to take home as a memento.

The eminent King’s Park is positioned at a practical 45-minute drive from Kuala Lumpur and is indeed as much a shining beacon of commercial excitement as it is a relaxing haven. As a result of its long and illustrious history, Genting Highlands
has become one of Malaysia’s most popular tourist attractions, drawing in over 41 million people every year and only continuing to grow in popularity.
King’s Park Genting Highlands is a colossal mega development that takes advantage of the booming tourism industry in the region thanks to a successful partnership between Yuk Tung Group and the Association for the Promotion of Higher Education in Malaysia (APHEM). Set to become Genting Highland’s first Central Business District (CBD), it spans a massive 61 hectares of freehold land and has an integrated entertainment hub that seamlessly combines commercial experiences with recreational delights. This massive RM10 billion gross development value project is set up well to take advantage of the improving investment climate in the heart of Genting. A staggering 53 million tourists are expected to visit Genting Highlands by 2026, with a catchment area of nearly 700,000 people within a 5-kilometer radius.


Taking cues from colonial and historical architecture, the King’s Park development displays a state-of-the-art 2,000-meterlong pedestrian boulevard with a 500-meter riverside patio and a total of 360 businesses spread throughout 12 beautifully built blocks. The approximately 18,680 square meters of ‘Truly Asia Cultural Streets’ is an ode to our rich East-Asian heritage and will only add to the splendour of King’s Park. The project also plans to include a halal retail zone and a halal luxury boutique hotel that will welcome Muslim guests from all around the world. This promotes cultural awareness, inclusion and diversity by capitalizing on the expanding demand for halal-friendly vacation spots and eateries. King’s Park will have a large area set aside for eco-sports and mountain biking routes, perfect forthrill and adventureseekers alike. Other attractions such as branded theme parks and the world’s largest terrarium, which spans an astonishing 600 meters, are also within easy walking distance, adding to the charm of King’s Park.

The inauguration of Accor’s famous Swissôtel brand within King’s Park Genting Highlands in 2028 will dovetail around the much-anticipated Hard Rock Genting Highlands, which is scheduled for a grand opening in 2027. There is little doubt that
King’s Park Genting Highlands, as an integrated entertainment hub and Central Business District (CBD), will have plenty of hotel rooms and exciting experiences to accommodate the discerning needs of every traveler, tourist, backpacker, or visitor.


Please visit www.kingspark.com.my or call +601162216168 to learn more about King’s Park.

For more information on Hard Rock International, visit www.hardrock.com or shop.hardrock.com.

KING’S PARK POISED FOR TOURIST STARDOM
RADIANTLY EMBELLISHED BY 18 MISS MALAYSIA TOURISM FINALISTS

18 dazzling Miss Malaysia Tourism finalists stole the spotlight at King’s Park in Genting Highlands, stunning nearly 200 guests at the King’s Park
Appreciation Night. The finalists from diverse states is scheduled to grace a number of events leading up to the grand finals on 13th October at the Berjaya Times Square.

At the entrance of King’s Park gallery, were Mr Thanesh Subramaniam, Executive Director, Mr Sean
Chen, Executive Vice President and Mr Steve Chan, Director of Sales & Marketing from King’s Park
flanked by 17 finalists from Miss Malaysia Tourism 2023.

In his heartfelt welcome, Mr Sean Chen, Executive Vice President of King’s Park remarked,
“King’s Park is on the verge of becoming the epitome of an integrated entertainment hub and
Central Business District (CBD) in the captivating realm of Genting Highlands. Our visionary development is destined to magnetize tourists, and we are genuinely delighted to actively contribute to the Miss Malaysia Tourism Pageant, showcasing the beauty of Pahang and
Malaysia.

He added, “Our involvement extends beyond the mere promotion of both institutions. We firmly believe in opportunity and empowerment, with these talented finalists serving as the
catalysts for such empowerment. The aligned values of King’s Park and Ms Malaysia Tourism share that common goal of showcasing the best that Malaysia has to offer, not only in beauty and heritage, but also in social progress and shared national prosperity.”

Winner of Miss King’s Park Lifestyle (middle) Miss Sherlyn Poh showing off her RM20,000 voucher to purchase
any property At King’s Park. With her were, (left) Datuk Jayandren Subramaniam and (right) Mr Sean Chen and the finalists of Miss Malaysia Tourism 2023.

The event showcased Malaysia’s esteemed designer, Yani Bakthiar, as the 18 finalists gracefully adorned her casual wear collection. Following this the finalists engaged in an enlightening session in Yani’s evening wear, expressing their perspectives on ‘shaping today’s lifestyle.’ This dialogue was a crucial step in the journey towards vying for the prestigious title of Miss King’s
Park Lifestyle.

At the panel of judges for the esteemed Miss King’s Park Lifestyle title were Datin Sri Ezzan Othman, Datuk Jayandren Subramaniam, Group Chief Executive Officer, King’s Park, Mr Sean Chen, Mr Darren Yang, Managing Director, Cornell Academy and Mr Lee Meng Tuck, Director of Business Development King’s Park.

The competition unfolded with intense fervor as the finalists showcased their eloquence and
answered the question with flying colors. Yet, amidst the exceptional pool of talent, emerged a singular victor – Age 24, Miss Shelyn Poh from Penang.

The new Miss King’s Park Lifestyle walked away with a grand voucher worth RM20,000 for her next property purchase within King’s Park, Genting Highlands and she also solidify her role as the new Brand Ambassador of King’s Park.

When asked about her victory as the new Miss King’s Park Lifestyle, she enthused, “This win is a delightful surprise, boosting my confidence for the days ahead in this competition. I am eagerly anticipating the opportunity to showcase and promote King’s Park and Malaysia on a global stage.”


For more information on Miss Malaysia Tourism, please visit www.missmalaysia.com.my or
King’s Park at www.kingspark.com.my.

KING’S PARK DEVELOPMENT SDN BHD TO PIONEER THE FUTURE OF EDUCATION BY SPONSORING 1000 STUDENTS, LAUNCHING CORNELL ACADEMY’S TRAINING ENDEAVOURS IN 2026

Students in Malaysia have a lot to be excited about with the launch of Cornell Academy, a new educational institute certified by Universiti Sains Malaysia, Graduate School of Business, offering a myriad of professional development and skill enhancement courses in the field of
Business Management, and Hospitality with many more other programs to come soon.

Today, in a Memorandum of Understanding signing ceremony between Cornell Academy and The
Approved Learning Center of Graduate School of Business, USM, Cornell Academy’s Managing Director, Mr Darren Yang welcomed the Dean and Associate Professor of Graduate School of Business, USM, Dr
Fathyah Hashim, its Centre for Executive Education and Development, GSB, USM, Dr Karpal Singh A/l Dara Singh and Edu Assist Sdn Bhd, Chairman, Professor Dr Nadarajah Lee at the King’s Park Gallery in Genting Highlands. Also in attendance at the event was Mr Sean Chen, Executive Vice President of King’s Park Development.
Agreement sealed.

From left to right: Mr Sean Chen, Mr Darren Yang, Professor Dr Nadarajah Lee, Professor Dr Fathyah Hashim and Dr Karpal Singh.

In his warm welcome address, Mr Yang expressed, ‘We are absolutely thrilled to solidify our partnership
today with the globally esteemed Universiti Sains Malaysia’s Graduate School of Business. This landmark partnership will commence by certifying Cornell Academy’s distinguished Business Management courses. As we look ahead, we envision an expansion into Diploma programs covering Food & Beverage, Retail, Business Management, and Entrepreneurship. This holistic approach will underscore a profound understanding of ESG principles, fortifying our commitment in sustainable education.’

He further emphasized, “The tourism industry is burgeoning, necessitating elevated training and a profound understanding of comprehensive business management, with a keen focus on the nuances of hospitality and delivering exceptional customer service. Cornell Academy keenly recognizes this demand. Through our collaboration with the esteemed Graduate School of Business, we aspire to elevate ambitious young talents to new heights in these domains. Our goal is to provide them not only with academic credentials but also a comprehensive understanding and practical experience in the industry, broadening their horizons.”

Underscoring its dedication, Cornell Academy has forged a significant partnership with King’sPark
Genting Highlands. The latter will generously sponsor training opportunities for 1000 students at its
upcoming integrated entertainment hub,set to welcome visitors from 2026 to 2028. This expansive hub will encompass retail outlets, restaurants, hotels, wellness centers,theme parks, and a plethora of other exciting attractions.

Echoing Cornell Academy’s initiatives, Dr Fathyah Hashim stated, ‘USM Graduate School of Business
currently boasts close to 30 affiliations with esteemed international universities, including those from the UK, China, and Taiwan, along with globally recognized accountancy, transportation, and technology bodies. We take immense pride in certifying Cornell Academy’s programs under Graduate School of
Business, USM as we consistently advocate for the advancement of knowledge and educational
excellence.’

Sharing King’s Park’s dedicated pledge to sponsor 1000 students at Cornell Academy, Mr. Sean Chen
emphasized, “At King’s Park, we firmly believe that we possess the resources necessary for the nurturing of exceptionally talented individuals within the walls of our integrated entertainment hub. Our vision entails close collaborations with all parties involved in order to foster these talents, contributing to the cultivation of a highly skilled talent pool tailored explicitly for this dynamic industry. The growing importance of possessing industry-relevant skills from the get-go cannot be overstated, as it
kickstarts efficiency and productivity upon entry into the workforce. Our aspiration is to play an integral
role in the promising growth of this vibrant group of young individuals.”

Sean further emphasized, “King’s Park fervently hopes for broader community involvement with this
sponsorship initiative. We firmly believe that engaging and supporting local development will empower
the region’s youth through enhanced educational and job prospects. This sponsorship’s diverse group of recipients will significantly contribute to promoting workforce diversity, fostering an inclusive culture within the industry. Our aspiration in sponsoring these individuals isto witness their transformation into invaluable assets, not only benefiting King’s Park but also enriching the entire industry.”

The commencement of course registration at Cornell Academy will start in 2025. Cornell Academy
invites aspiring individuals to join its Diploma programs in Food & Beverage, Hotel Management and
Business Management. Each course, priced at approximately RM36,000, for a three-year duration, integrates five days of hands-on training and one full day of classroom education per week. Students are guaranteed job opportunities upon successful course completion with no post-training bonding requirements. To explore further, details about Cornell academy and its enriching courses, visit the official website at www.cornellacademy.org

Brunch at Lou Lou James The Kitchen

As someone who enjoys trying out new restaurants and finding hidden gems in the city, I stumbled upon Lou Lou James The Kitchen located in Plaza Arkadia, Desa Park City, and I must say it was a pleasant experience.

The restaurant has a warm and inviting ambiance, with beautiful outdoor dining that gives off an al fresco feel.

I was intrigued by the story behind the restaurant, which was opened by Esther Ng and her late husband, James Gan, a Malaysia former national badminton player. Esther aims to keep her late husband’s memory alive through their shared passion for food and culinary arts. See the logo for Lou Lou James The Kitchen here? Something interesting is embedded there. There’s the initial E and J. I suppose this stands for Esther and James. Pretty romantic, right?

The concept of the restaurant revolves around al fresco dining, and it offers a variety of delicious dishes and refreshing drinks. The sun was high and the heat was unbearably hot though during my visit, and I was practically melting, so I decided to dine indoors where the air cond is refreshingly at full blast.

I got to indulge in some of the dishes on the menu, and I must say, I was impressed.

First, there was the Caesar Salad, which had the right balance of greens, croutons, dressing and Parmesan cheese, with an added twist of roasted chicken as a protein source. It was a delicious starter that whetted my appetite for more.

Next, I had James’ Big Brunch, which is the restaurant’s signature dish for brunch. As the name suggested, this is also a tribute menu for the late James Gan. It was a sizable portion of fluffy scrambled eggs, turkey ham slices, sausages, sautéed mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, and toasted bread. The dish was perfectly cooked, and it had a burst of flavors with every bite. If you’re looking for a hearty brunch with family or friends, this dish is a must-try. Warning: the portion is huge. Small eaters might find the portion a bit overwhelming, so this is perfect for sharing.

Seafood Tomyam Pasta was a combination of two of my favorite cuisines – Thai and Italian, which made this a unique and tasty dish. The pasta had a generous amount of seafood such as big fat prawns and mussels, infused with a spicy and tangy Tomyam flavor. It was a perfect balance of both cuisines that left my taste buds wanting more.

The Crispy Buttermilk Chicken Burger was another item that left a lasting impression. The chicken was crispy on the outside, juicy on the inside, sandwiched between two brioche buns, served with rich and creamy buttermilk sauce alongside with a generous serving of homemade fries on the side . It was a well-rounded burger that perfectly complemented the flavors.

I washed down all this deliciousness with a Mixed Berries Smoothies while my husband had the Iced Machhiato. The Mixed Berries Smoothie was refreshingly cool and came with a mix of blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries. I’m not a coffee person, so I just had a sip of my husband’s Iced Machhiato. I must say I’m quite impressed. The Iced Macchiato had the perfect balance of coffee, milk, and sweetness with a hint of hazelnut flavor.

Lou Lou James The Kitchen is a beautiful restaurant that not only offers delicious food and drinks, but also tells a story of two people’s love for each other and their passion for all things culinary. What’s also great about Lou Lou James The Kitchen is that it’s a pet-friendly restaurant, so you don’t have to leave your furry friends at home while you’re enjoying your day out. It’s a perfect spot for brunch with family and pets, or even a romantic dinner under the stars.

Whether you’re in the mood for brunch, lunch, or dinner, you’ll find something on the menu that will satisfy your cravings.

For more information on Lou Lou James Kitchen, check out the information below:

Lou Lou James The Kitchen
F-G-5, Plaza Arkadia, 3, Jalan Intisari,
Desa Parkcity, 52200 Kuala Lumpur.

Contact: 016-326 8209

Operating hours:

Weekdays 4pm-10pm
Weekends 11am-10pm

Note: The restaurant is not halal certified, but it is Muslim friendly where it doesn’t serve pork or lard.

Freediving Achievements Worth Celebrating

Why do I always make a point to celebrate small successes or little achievements? Some may see such things as not important but I think it is. Celebrating little achievements helps us track our progress. By acknowledging these smaller milestones, we get a clearer perspective on how far we have come in our journey. It allows us to evaluate our strategies and make necessary adjustments to achieve our larger goals and helps cultivate a positive mindset. Personally speaking, celebrating small achievements helps me focus on the positive aspects of my efforts and fosters a sense of gratitude and contentment.

Here’s celebrating mine and my instructor’s achievements and milestone in freediving. PB for me and AIDA Competition Judge for him. I just broke my PB last weekend while Swen has just passed his AIDA Judge’s course. A small milestone for me while a big one for him.

Congratulations, Swen Becht for being an AIDA Judge. I’m so proud and happy for you. I can now let my imaginations run wild all the way to Panglao or Vertical Blue and feel like a real athlete when I train with you. 😂😂😂

My current PB
FIM- 23.2m
CWTB- 20.3m
DYN- 30m
STA- 2 mins 6 sec

Let’s not talk about my pool skill. My DYN and STA are sorely stagnant. I haven’t been doing anything about that so it still sucks big time. But I did move up a little bit for FIM on my school’s leaderboard, so yay to that! 😂😂😂😂

Although there’s still much to improve but I’m pretty happy with my depth attempts progress. I’m still doing the 1m at a time thingie, so it will take a very long time if I were to attempt deeper depth…say…25m below. I hope I can hit 20m below consistently through both FIM and CWTB one fine day. That’s my goal for now.

There’s so much to improve, and I noticed that I need some skills upgrade when it comes to relaxation. My focus tends to break when my body feels the changes in temperature and when my awareness of surroundings becomes really hyper and really intensified.

I think it’s time for me to go back to my Saturday’s meditation session with my Reiki Grandmaster and focus on all the inner energy works so that I can go on a somewhat meditative state while freediving. The reason why I kinda stop meditating so much these days is because I tend to go into astral travel mode and I’m not grounded and need to be called back. 🤧🤧🤧

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Freediving at Bandar Saujana Putra Lake On Chinese Valentine’s Day

It was the 7th day of the lunar calendar yesterday, also known as the Chinese Valentine’s Day. Remember the Chinese mythology story of the star-crossed lovers, Niu Lang and Zhinu (The Shepard Boy and the Weaving Girl), who went on a lovey dovey mode and somehow angered the big boss in heaven and were punished to be separated and were only allowed to see each other once a year on the 7th day of the lunar calendar on a magpie bridge? Yea. Chinese Valentine’s Day is celebrated by the Chinese to commemorate the love of these two poor unfortunate souls.

It was a rainy day…as it would always be on 7th day of the lunar calendar. For a moment I wondered if Niu Lang and Zhinu would be able to meet on the magpie bridge since it was raining.

Ya, I know. I’m a hopeless romantic. The day would have been just another day staring at the screen while trying to clear all the backlogs of work I have if it were not because of these bunch. Yep. It was a last minute freediving trip to Tasik Bandar Saujana Putra. On a weekday. Ditch work, ditch meetings, ditch everything and jump into the lake to dive. Isn’t that cool? Yes guys, I dive tankless now and there’s no going back. 😂

Thank you everyone for making this day an interesting and an adventurous one. You guys are the best!

My dives do not end until everyone is safe at home, and here’s debriefing over lunch with my freediving instructor over what I can improve for my next dives. There’s plenty of things that I still need to work on. I still need to get used to freediving in the dark and get over the consuming shock on my body when thermocline hits, and I still need to work on my CWTB skills, but still, I feel quite accomplished with my progress, cuz I broke my previous PB record again during our lake session. Yea, bebeh…breaking my own records, 1 meter at a time. I can now dive down quite comfortably to 21 meters in one breath. I dive tank-less now, gaisssss. Made me feel so cool!😎 😂😂😂

Current PB
FIM-21.9m
CWTB-19.9m
STA- 2:06mins
DYN-30m

I know I need to start attempting to break my PB for STA and DYN too. The numbers don’t really match nicely with my depth attempts. I haven’t been doing anything about that since I was certified. Lack motivation cuz no safety buddy that I feel comfy with. Plus, I like depth better.😂

Til then, guys. Hoping to share with you more on my freediving adventures soon.

Mermaiding in My New Guppy Tail

Out mermaiding with my beautiful mermaid instructor Carmen Hui and Farrah Mazlani . I was having a nasty migraine earlier of the day but once I jumped into the pool, I feel so good! Haven’t been mermaiding so much with my instructor lately, cuz we were both busy with our own stuff, so I’m really glad to see her back in action today. 🫂

And yeaaaa…I got a new tail too! It’s another guppy tail!

So in love with this new guppy tail. The tail has such a big and pretty flare.

Initially I thought it would be really heavy and hard to dive and swim in, but it wasn’t as heavy and draggy as I expected.

So this is gonna be my new favourite tail for practice.😍😍😍

Here’s sharing with you the videos of yours truly mermaiding in the beautiful guppy tail.
@elliecleffairy So in love with my new guppy tail. 😍😍😍#wearessi #realdiving #iamssi #freedivinggirl #freediving #mermaidtail #mermaid #selamduyung #thelittlemermaid #ssimermaid #mermaidtiktok ♬ 오르골 클래식 : 캐논변주곡 (파헬벨) – Musicbox
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Thank you teacher Carmen Hui for the pics and videos. You’re the best. 😘😘😘

First Time Being On the Leaderboard As a Freediver

Played a little bit of a depth games at the lake with my instructor and ended up getting into Freediving Adventure Malaysia’s leaderboard. You know, I’ve never been a good student when I was in school.

I was the average kind of kid and didn’t shine in school. I’ve never made my parents proud and I’ve never made it as a top student throughout my entire schooling years, but yesterday it finally feels like I’ve accomplished something big as a student. I made it to the top 10 for two freediving disciplines in my freediving school; the FIM and CWTB.

So happy that I made it to 20m in one breath. That said, I think I’m beginning to really like diving deep in just one breath, so this won’t be my last time attempting to break my own personal best’s record. Posting this here for memories and as an inspiration for my next PB attempts.

Current PB
FIM-20.6m
CWTB-17.7m
STA- 2:06mins
DYN-30m

Thank you for coaching and being my safety, Swen Becht . I enjoyed the session very much.😄

Exploring Depths and Soaking Up Joy In A Blissful Island Retreat with Freediving Adventure Malaysia

 


Life can be pretty much hectic for me. There’s family commitments and then there’s work commitments. What I portray on social media might not be a true reflection of my reality. People often see me chillaxing and doing things that I like; scuba diving, mermaiding, freediving, martial arts etc, but trust me. I don’t have that much time to spare. I only make time for things that matters and more often than not, I work irregular hours and ended up working while everyone else is sleeping.

Anyway, it’s really rare for me to take a vacation, but when I saw Freediving Adventure Malaysia (FAM) was organising a freediving trip to Perhentian Island, I thought to myself; oh hey. Why not reward myself for a little escapade after non-stop taking up diving related courses since early of the year. I’ve passed my SSI Mermaid, SSI Dive Master and PADI Freediver course, all in a span of 6 months and it’s high time I take a little break and enjoy myself.

My recent trip to Perhentian Island was such unforgettable experience. Brace yourselves, guys. Long post ahead. Follow closely as I retell my story on how I embarked on a journey that was filled with thrilling underwater adventures, mermaiding, and scuba diving.

The trip was led by my expert freediving instructor, Swen Becht from Freediving Adventure Malaysia alongside with his team; Boey and Qihao. We stayed at Dlagoon Chalet, a pretty secluded chalet in Perhentian Island with a private beach of its own. They’re really patient and always made me feel safe and guided whenever I freedive with them. I’m so blessed to have met them. I would have not been able to fall in love with freediving otherwise.

I’ve met plenty of freediving instructors before throughout my entire career as a scuba diver. Some are even record holders and stuff, but there is nobody else I would openly recommend to those who would like to learn freediving than the instructors in FAM. They’re great at igniting passion and instilling confidence in their students. Freediving is a highly risky and competitive sport, and instructors can sometimes put lots of pressure on you during training. But with them, there’s no such thing, just lotsa assurance and lots of fun learning how to be a better freediver as you go along the way.

As I mentioned, this trip is a freediving trip. My journey took off with the necessary training to enhance my freediving skills. Under the expert guidance of my instructor Swen Becht and Freediving Adventure Malaysia’s team, I learned valuable techniques to explore the depths of the underwater world with ease and grace.

Their passion for this beautiful sport was contagious, creating an atmosphere of camaraderie and encouragement among my fellow trainees. With each practice session, I felt a sense of accomplishment and empowerment, breaking my own limits and expanding my horizons. Every dive was an opportunity to feel one with nature and discover the hidden treasures beneath the surface.

Here’s sharing some bits and pieces of my freediving adventure.

Dive site: The Police Wreck, Perhentian
Max depth: 16m
Free immersion line training with my FD instructor. I used to dislike this discipline but these days I feel okay doing it. Need more practice, though. There’s still so much to improve.

Something I don’t mind doing again; freediving down to see some boat wrecks. It feels so amazing to go down there in just one breath. I think I managed to go about 14-15m over here.😄

Nothing can ever compare to this. This is the most serene and zen moment that I’ve ever had.

Fun with the girls in my freediving family. Sunburned, don’t care. We had so much fun freediving around and doing our line training.

All the cute freediver guys, chillaxing at the beach after the line training and attempting PB.🤭😍

Me and my scuba buddy, mermaiding buddy, freediving buddy and bed buddy. Yea. We sleep together. Nothing scandalous there though. That dude is my husband. 😂

You know, our body is capable of many things. It’s our mind that we need to convince. I’m glad I made the plunge to go mermaiding and started freediving after that. I went from being terrified of depth without my scuba gears to this. I beat my previous 13m and went down to 16m.

Yea…I keep going deeper and deeper and keep wondering how much deeper I can go in one breath. It’s truly addictive. I feel like going deeper and deeper. 😂

Posting this as a motivation and inspiration for my next PB attempts. Hopefully I can beat my own PB next.

Current PB
CWTB- 16.5m
FIM- 15.7m
STA- 2:06m
DYN- 30m

Special thanks to Swen and of course, Qihao too for being my safety diver and making me feel safe during these attempts. I wouldn’t have been able to do so otherwise.

Yours truly with her husband and son.

A picture with my FAMily. Congratulations to all who were certified on this trip. And of course, congratulations to all the fun divers who created new personal best records as well. You guys are awesome. Special thanks to all instructors who helped us achieve all these. It won’t be possible without you. You guys rawks!

Apart from freediving, Perhentian Island also offered the perfect opportunity for me to embrace my inner mermaid.

And so I did. I was lucky enough to have Boey, Freediving Adventure Malaysia’s in-house mermaid instructor along during that trip. She was kind enough to facilitate my mermaid dives throughout the entire time I was there when we were not doing our freediving training.

Donning a pretty tail and graciously gliding through the crystal-clear waters was a dream come true to me. Mermaiding brought out the playful side of everyone, as we twisted and twirled, chasing imaginary underwater treasures. It was a magical experience that made me appreciate the beauty of the ocean and the freedom to indulge in our imaginations without restraint.

While my journey primarily involved freediving, I couldn’t miss out on exploring the wonders of the ocean’s depths through scuba diving. Here’s a picture of me and Abang Azharil ARt, whom I fondly addressed as Masterji. He was my scuba guide during the trip . Masterji and I have been friends on FB for quite some time, but have never met outside of social media. I’m glad I finally met him and managed to squeeze some time to go scuba diving with him during that trip. With his expert guidance, we embarked on underwater expeditions that showcased the vibrant marine life that surrounded us.

All geared up for scuba diving.

A picture of me with my freediving as well as scuba buddy, Kingston Tan. He decided to join me, my hubs and Masterji as well for some scuba diving.

From kaleidoscopic coral reefs teeming with life to enchanting schools of fish dancing in harmony, each dive felt like entering a living, breathing painting. The thrill of spotting exotic creatures, such as Nemo hiding within anemones, or encountering graceful sea turtles, created an immeasurable joy that words can hardly capture.

The most memorable spot is this, the San Choi Wreck. This is a well known dive spot in Perhentian and it’s my second time here.

It’s home to thousands and thousands of fish and marine lives.

The first time was with my instructor and we were freediving. I didn’t manage to dive deep and see much during the first time cuz I was already tired from my line training by the time we visited the site. I think I just went like…5m and called it a day. 😂

Glad we went scuba mode to this site again the next day. There’s so many marine creatures to see. Max depth for this site is just about 16-17m, so it’s quite a good site for open water divers as well.

Beyond the breathtaking marine adventures, my trip to Perhentian Island was made unforgettable by the wonderful people I met along the way. Swen Becht, my freediving instructor and mentor, not only taught me the art of diving but also instilled a sense of respect and love for the ocean within me. The bonds I formed with my fellow freedivers, buddies on scuba dives, and even the locals added another layer of richness to my journey. The shared laughter, encouragement, and support created a sense of unity that made every day feel like a celebration of life and friendship.


My journey to Perhentian Island with Freediving Adventure Malaysia was a vibrant tapestry of thrilling underwater escapades, carefree mermaiding, and awe-inspiring scuba diving experiences. Every glimpse into the underwater universe left me feeling not only exhilarated but also deeply connected to the pristine beauty of nature. It served as a powerful reminder of our responsibility to protect and cherish our oceans. As I reminisce about this incredible adventure, I am filled with immense gratitude for the joy, positivity, and personal growth it brought into my life. Perhentian Island will forever hold a special place in my heart as a sanctuary of bliss and unforgettable memories.