KUALA LUMPUR (June 26): Heidi Shamsuddin says fairy tales travel and move. They come from our past, into our present and are the stories we leave behind for our children. If we stop telling them, they will die and eventually be forgotten. She has researched myths, fables, legends, folklore and magic stories from the region and adapted 61 of them in an anthology, Nusantara: A Sea of Tales. The author has also recorded more than 40 of these stories on her YouTube channel, Nusantara Fairy Tales with Heidi, to bring them to a wider audience. Paraphrasing English writer Diana Wynne Jones, she says fairy tales begin with “what if” questions that let readers walk around a problem “to see the rights and wrongs of it to see if there is a solution”.
Shiseido was Japan’s first Western-styled pharmacy when it opened its doors at Tokyo’s Ginza district in 1872. Its first product was a toothpaste. The beauty conglomerate which operates in about 120 countries and regions worldwide, offering women skincare, make-up, suncare and fragrance products, has turned 150.
Shiseido Malaysia managing director Elaine Too, the first woman to helm the local operation since it was set up in 2005 and the first to assume a leadership position that had always been held by Japanese men, talks about the brand in the country. Beauty and vanity go together for Too, who admits that aggression was part of the mix in her approach to make Shiseido, “a sleeping beauty” when she joined, better known, and push it forward.
Malaysia is excited about the brand’s big birthday too, and has activities lined up to celebrate. One of these involves The Crimson Cloud installation outside Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, inspired by the company’s DNA and designed to show its enduring emphasis on research and development.
Guests raised a glass in Bordeaux, France to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Penfolds’ Bin 60A Coonawarra Cabernet Kalimna Shiraz. The legendary 1962 Bin 60A is the Australian wine producer’s star performer, with trophies and gold medals to its name. The sumptuous birthday banquet was held at Bordeaux’s Palais de la Bourse, a magnificent venue befitting the wines, food and entertainment for the evening.
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