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Welcome to Hello Zafigo, a series of online conversations with women from all walks of life from all over the world. Listen in while they share stories on life, culture, and a common love for travel! After all, life is a journey and realising our fullest potential makes it an adventure! We will be bringing you casual chats and even educational workshops covering various topics such as mental health, social impact, finance hacks, and everything else in between.

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2020 was quite a year! Here’s a look back at all the amazing people we got to speak to:

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The fashion scene in Malaysia has gradually grown more prominent over the years, thanks to great designers like Melinda Looi and Farah Khan who have helped make a name for us. It is also undeniable that fashion trends are ever-changing and creators are constantly hard at work discovering, reviving, and modernising traditional wardrobe pieces for a whole new generation.

For a cultural mosaic like Malaysia though, where each ethnicity has its own unique garb, how do we assimilate contemporary designs while staying true to our rich culture and heritage?

This 11 September at 3pm, Malaysian designers Ariffa Maryam Yeop Abdul Mutalib and Fern Chua, who are known for their use of batik, chat with returning guest host, Eliza Thomas about how each of their brands incorporate a sense of Malaysia into their designs. All this while adding modern twists and trends to not just suit different style aesthetics, but generations as well.

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The fashion scene in Malaysia has gradually grown more prominent over the years, thanks to great designers like Melinda Looi and Farah Khan who have helped make a name for us. It is also undeniable that fashion trends are ever-changing and creators are constantly hard at work discovering, reviving, and modernising traditional wardrobe pieces for a whole new generation.

For a cultural mosaic like Malaysia though, where each ethnicity has its own unique garb, how do we assimilate contemporary designs while staying true to our rich culture and heritage?

Returning guest host Eliza Thomas spoke to Malaysian designers Maryam Mutalib and Fern Chua, who are known for their use of batik, about how each of their brands incorporate a sense of Malaysia into their designs. All this while adding modern twists and trends to not just suit different style aesthetics, but generations as well.

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Over the weekend, Zafigo’s founder, Marina Mahathir, had a chat with Kaori Sasaki on all things Olympics. From vaccine requirements to the logistics to (of course) the concerns surrounding hosting the games during a pandemic.

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For our 15th episode of Hello Zafigo, we spoke to Low Ngai Yuen and Susan Lankester about the lack of support given to our local arts and culture scene and what we can do to change it. Here’s a recap of that conversation.

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A recap of what we discussed during the fourteenth episode of Hello Zafigo. We talked about mental health accessibility in Malaysia, what it means to feel ‘languished’, the importance of having words to describe how we’re feeling, and more.

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“Queen of spice” Sapna Anand; chief eating officer of The BIG Group, Benjamin Yong; and Food Hero Asia winner, Ili Sulaiman come together to talk about their tantalising adventures, delicious discoveries, and the flavourful inspirations behind some of their most popular ventures.

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28 November 2020

New Year Travel Trends: Reinventing Vacations

We spoke to Rohan Raghavan from Google and Emily Tan from Klook Malaysia on insights they’ve gotten from Malaysian travellers this year, and how we can apply these trends to 2021.

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13 November 2020

Have Followers, Will Travel: Influencer Tourism

We spoke to three well-travelled women, Thuymi Do (Adventure Faktory), Pashmina Binwani (The Gone Goat), and Mynn Lee (She Walks The World), who influence your travel choices for a living.

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31 October 2020

Creative Destinations: Travelling Through Journalling & Art

There is no better way to cement your travel memories than through creative expression, as told by artist and urban sketcher, Gladys Teo-Simpson and destination wedding photographer, Jane Lee.

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17 October 2020

Differently-Abled: Exploring The World Without Limits

What do you get when you have a visually-impaired Assistant Professor of Bioengineering, Dr Mona Minkara, and a national para-athlete, Senator Raz Adiba together? Inspiring stories that’ll make your heart full!

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3 October 2020

Holi-dates: Creating Meaningful Family Vacations

Deborah Chan and Lu Sean Seah discuss the importance of introducing travel to our children during their early years, how the current pandemic has affected or changed such trips, and how we can still make the most of travelling locally.

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18 September 2020

The Art of Travel: Finding Inspiration in the Journey

Artists travel for inspiration on different fronts. Homegrown contemporary artist, Red Hong Yi talks about her creative process, personal influences, and how her own travels, near or far, impact her art.

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18 July 2020

The Benefits of Solo Travel

There is something special about people who venture out alone to travel the world. Experienced solo travellers, Priscilla Patrick and Mei Mei Chu chat with Marina Mahathir about their solo adventures and leaving the comforts of home, the issues they have faced, places they have seen, people they have met, and so much more.

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27 June 2020

Succeeding Your Way In The World

What does it take to leave home to pursue a dream and actually make it come true? We speak to two young Malaysians who have made names for themselves and their country in the global arena – squash champion Nicol David and singer-songwriter Yuna Zarai.

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13 June 2020

The Future Of Travel

Tony Fernandes and Lavinia Rajaram discuss the global crisis impact on the travel industry, and AirAsia and Expedia specifically, how the brands are coping, what they are doing differently, and the possible scenarios for the travel industry when we are all released from our lockdowns in the near future.

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30 May 2020

Shifting Your Mind

The ability to shift your mindset has never been more important than it is now.  As we realise “back to normal” no longer exists, how can we embrace the “new normal” while maintaining mental and emotional health? Certified women’s health coach, Amanda Luukinen explores how to live well staying in the same place.

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3 May 2020

Hustle From Home

Remote working guru, Aisha Preece takes us through the various ways we can make money online, the skills we need, where to find the opportunities, and how to get started. Aisha also shares useful mindset tips that helped her get started, that you too can use in your own remote working search.

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3 April 2020

Travel In The Time Of COVID-19

Marina chats with ZafigoX alumna, Dr Sakia Haque and Xyza Cruz Bacani (visual artist/reporter) share about COVID-19 and the situation in their respective countries, how the governments are handling the crisis, and how the pandemic is affecting them on personal, social, and occupational levels.

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