Embun Spa gets creative in hard times

Yap Leng Kuen talks to Embun Spa about getting creative in hard times. Hard times have fallen on the spa business, and Embun Spa founder Aishah Ahmad will have to get creative to keep coming up with new products and packages. While the current Movement Control Order (MCO) period is on, customers can take up … Continue reading Embun Spa gets creative in hard times

New designs to revive sales hit by CMCO

Yap Leng Kuen talks to May Wong of C&W Classic Jewellery about reviving sales with new designs. Having sustained her business for 18 years, C&W Classic Jewellery founder May Wong was confronted with a sudden drop in sales when the second Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) was announced last October. She quickly moved in new … Continue reading New designs to revive sales hit by CMCO

BG Coffee project for the disabled

Ivy Pua talks to Yap Leng Kuen about Beautiful Gate Foundation BG Coffee project for the disabled. Believing that they should teach people with disabilities ‘how to fish,’ Beautiful Gate (BG) Foundation is helping its members to process coffee beans for sale. While the coffee beans come from Chiang Rai in Thailand, selection of the … Continue reading BG Coffee project for the disabled

Ayam TanSeri

A grocery business born out of the pandemic The pandemic had taken its toll on gyms and personal trainers, like Harizon Ramli, were left with very few clients to train. Seeing an uncertain future, PT of 12 years, Harizon Ramli, had quickly transitioned into the grocery business, selling fresh food, fruits and vegetables, as well … Continue reading Ayam TanSeri

Ng Wymin & His Adventure

Ng Wymin started his adventure in wildlife photography seven years ago, following the late YY Chin, retired banker and ardent photographer, to the wilds in Africa. Armed with a beginner camera initially, he soon developed a love for wildlife. He has vivid memories of the gorillas in Rwanda, where the volcanic range which spans Rwanda, … Continue reading Ng Wymin & His Adventure

A man, a camera and a plan

Sale of wildlife photos to fund center, find jobs for the autistic In Malaysia, autistic children have good educational resources but only until they are 18. As adults, they are left with little or no guidance, or find themselves in a normal work place environment which rarely respects their special abilities. They are given menial … Continue reading A man, a camera and a plan

Harizon Ramli By Yap Leng Kuen

One-stop online center for fitness With emphasis on contactless exercise, a new normal has emerged in online fitness training. The Artisans Haven opens its virtual doors to its first one-stop online fitness center that will focus on exercise, diet and nutrition. To be run by American Council on Exercise (ACE) certified coach Harizon Ramli, this … Continue reading Harizon Ramli By Yap Leng Kuen

520 Style By Yap Leng Kuen

Active promotion of styles on Facebook live The pandemic is no deterrent to 520 Style boutique as it goes on Facebook live to actively promote the latest styles that are mostly imported from South Korea. Staff doubling up as models will don these fashions, while highlighting their special features to viewers, who may then indicate … Continue reading 520 Style By Yap Leng Kuen

Toko Tjantik by Yap Leng Kuen

Toko Tjantik sees good sales of fashion masks Professional by day, Liony Tanuwijaya spends her after hours attending to her newly-opened Toko Tjantik. Launched only in September, the online fashion store based in Jakarta has received encouraging response, especially for handmade, customized, or one-of-a-kind products. “Our fashion masks have received a lot of attention; we cannot … Continue reading Toko Tjantik by Yap Leng Kuen

The Linc By Yap Leng Kuen

Looking to revive activities at The Linc With a vaccine against Covid-19 expected soon, trendy retail mall The Linc, that supports community-related projects, is drawing up plans for people to converge and have activities again. “As the mall comes alive again, we will create back lots of community-driven projects. “There will be a lot of … Continue reading The Linc By Yap Leng Kuen

Camei by Yap Leng Kuen

Concern over shortage of massage therapists Business at Camei Foot Reflexology may be down at the moment on fears over Covid-19, but the shortage of massage therapists is a concerning issue as the company prepares for better times. With news of a possible vaccine coming out as early as next year, the company wants to … Continue reading Camei by Yap Leng Kuen

Yap Leng Kuen | SF Floormart

Pushing ahead to sell more floor tiles Within the constraints of the Conditional Movement Control Order, SF Floormart & Hardware is eyeing small projects to sustain the company through the hard times. It currently has a two-month project for the supply and installation of 4mm (thickness) of stone polymer composite (SPC) flooring to 133 residential … Continue reading Yap Leng Kuen | SF Floormart

Yap Leng Kuen Series | Asian Esteem

Pick-up in exports of wooden frames As the coronavirus is, so far, brought under control in certain countries, picture frame maker Asian Esteem Industrial is seeing a pick-up in its exports to Australia and Singapore. “In September alone, there was a 20% increase in exports to these countries,’’ said founder B.K. Ng. Demand is expected … Continue reading Yap Leng Kuen Series | Asian Esteem

Yap Leng Kuen Series | Lovebyerna

Enticed by the intricacy of batik It was on a recent trip to Indonesia where Erna and Shariff of LovebyErna Empire saw first hand the intricate art of making batik and decided to start a batik-inspired fashion line. “We actually witnessed the traditional way of producing batik, and that was the turning point for us,’’ … Continue reading Yap Leng Kuen Series | Lovebyerna

Yap Leng Kuen Series | Seng Hup

Seng Hup’s lights of hope Light symbolizes hope. At Seng Hup Lighting, this message shines brightly through the variety of lights ranging from modern, classical to vintage. While the larger chandeliers are popular among owners of high end bungalows, the smaller range of chandeliers and lights are sought after by the young generation of condo … Continue reading Yap Leng Kuen Series | Seng Hup

Yap Leng Kuen Series | Grafiti Angel

Thriving on a bright outlook “Shine bright like a diamond,’’ goes the lyric of a song. For Bludiamond founder Lilian Lo, it is not only the diamonds that are sparkling; everyday for her is a day of smiles. “I’m happy to be in this line; people look for me on joyous occasions. So you see … Continue reading Yap Leng Kuen Series | Grafiti Angel

Yap Leng Kuen Series | HareNet

A line of business born out of Mother’s Love She was shopping for baby products for her three young children when it suddenly occurred to HareNet Marketing co-founder Ammie Chong that these could be a line of business too. “Seeing myself buying and discovering new baby products for my children inspired me to venture into … Continue reading Yap Leng Kuen Series | HareNet

Yap Leng Kuen Series | Corvan

Online sales strategies intensified by MCO Sales had dropped 98% at the start of the Movement Control Order (MCO) period for smart home appliances company Corvan Asia, but it fought back and doubled up on its online marketing. The result was a ‘drastic’ jump, of more than 30% in its online sales, which picked up … Continue reading Yap Leng Kuen Series | Corvan

Yap Leng Kuen Series | Candle Pit Stop

Challenges in online selling of scented candles The whole shopping dynamics for scented candles has changed, post the Movement Control Order (MCO) period. No longer can they just be displayed on shelves where customers can touch, smell and feel them, it is now all about getting a ‘total scentsorial experience’ online. How is that possible? … Continue reading Yap Leng Kuen Series | Candle Pit Stop

Skin Success

Living Skin Created by Lyn and May. In a world filled with soulless corporations mass produced generic products, My Living Skin was first conceptualized after longtime friends Lyn Yen and May Suan grew tired of the overpriced and ineffective products flooding the market. Rather than bemoaning the issues they faced, Lyn and May started experimenting … Continue reading Skin Success

Stationery Success

Vive is Unique. Vive is a unique brand. It doesn’t matter if it’s a birthday, Christmas, or even just a random act of kindness- there’s just something special about receiving a gift that simply warms one down to the core. If you’ve noticed a loved one feeling down or going through a rough time, perhaps … Continue reading Stationery Success

Yap Leng Kuen Series | Enclode

Starting a smart clothing line Enclode in Malaysia Arising from Covid-19, the concept of safety in clothing may go beyond what is usually applied in personal protective equipment used in hospitals and the workplace. Coming up with its range of eco-friendly, anti-bacterial and anti-odour clothing, textile engineering driven brand Enclode, looks set to change the … Continue reading Yap Leng Kuen Series | Enclode

Yap Leng Kuen Series | DCR

High demand for e-gift vouchers during MCO The demand for e-vouchers from DCR E-Gift Vouchers had shot up during the Movement Control Order (MCO) period, benefitting  organisations that could offer these e-vouchers. “Those organisations that offered the e-vouchers had twin advantages in this pandemic; orders just kept coming in and DCR could fulfil them without delay, … Continue reading Yap Leng Kuen Series | DCR

Yap Leng Kuen Series | Bling Bling

Proving the critics wrong When Sharen Ting of Bling Bling Paradise, which is well-known for its handcrafted phone covers, started her business 11 years ago, very few thought she could make money from these products. But she stuck to her belief and vision that one day, she will make it and prove them wrong. Over … Continue reading Yap Leng Kuen Series | Bling Bling