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Goods & Services Tax (GST Malaysia) & How It Will Affect You

Category : Living , Travel

The nation has been buzzing with everything to do with Goods and Services Tax (GST Malaysia) ever since it was confirmed last year that it will be implemented effective 1st of April 2015.

The GST rate is fixed at 6% and the sales and service tax will be abolished. At present, the sales tax and service tax rates range between 10% and 6%. Many companies and businesses have been scrambling to prepare for the implementation of GST and it was been a harrowing journey for some.

The government has said that GST will improve accounting, reduce tax fraud, and facilitate enforcement of the upcoming Anti-Profiteering Act and it could also end help end dishonest business practices. Despite these good points, there have been concerns that GST about how the tax would be applied to medical products and services, which are essential to many people, especially how it will affect low-income Malaysians.

During the unveiling of the national budget, it was announced that the following items and services would be exempted from GST:

  • RON95 petrol, diesel and LPG
  • Piped water for domestic consumers
  • Electricity up to 300 Kwh for domestic consumers
  • Transportation services such as bus, train, RT, ferry, boat, highway tolls and taxi.
  • Education
  • All local and imported fruit
  • Types of bread, tea, coffee and noodles
  • Medication for the treatment of 30 diseases
  • Reading materials and newspapers
  • Lobsters
  • Government healthcare

If you’re looking for more information about it, check out the official website for the Malaysia Goods & Services Tax (GST) Royal Malaysian Customs Department.

This Facebook page, Apa tu GST makes GST relatively easy to understand. We also came across a list of questions from nbc.com.my which you may find useful. Here are some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) related to GST that could help you understand GST better:

1. What is GST?

  • GST means Goods and Services Tax and it is a consumption tax based on the value-added concept.
  • GST Malaysia is imposed on goods and services at every production and distribution stage in the supply chain including importation of goods and services.

2. Is GST a new consumption tax?

  • GST will replace the present consumption tax comprising the sales tax and the service tax (SST).
  • The difference between GST and the present consumption tax is in terms of its scope of charge which is more comprehensive, inclusive of the manufacturing and distribution stages as well as providing a tax credit claim for GST paid on business inputs.
  • When compared with the present consumption tax system, the sales tax is imposed only at the manufacturing stage that is at the time when the goods are manufactured or when the goods are imported.
  • On the other hand, service tax is imposed on specific services at the time when the services are provided to the consumer.

3.   Why the sales tax and service tax (SST) need to be replaced with GST?

  • GST is a more comprehensive, effective, transparent, and business-friendly tax system.
  • GST can overcome the various weaknesses inherent in the present consumption tax system.
  • The inherent weaknesses under the present tax system are the cascading tax, double tax and pyramiding tax, tax erosion and leakages through transfer pricing and other means.
  • Besides that, GST is expected to increase tax compliance and is easier to administer in view of its self-policing method.
  • The businesses are required only to submit simplified tax returns based on prescribed formats.
  • All records and documents relating to the relevant transaction are required to be kept in the business premises for audit by the GST auditor.

4.   Why does the government want to implement GST?

  • The GST implementation is part of the government’s tax reform programme to enhance the capability, effectiveness and transparency of tax administration and management.

5.   Why the government proposes a GST rate which is lower than the current tax rate

  • The purpose of the government in proposing the GST at a lower rate is to neutralize GST impact on the rakyat and consumers so as not to unduly burden the rakyat especially the lower income group.
  • By imposing GST at a lower rate, it is expected that the consumers will benefit from the price reduction in most of the goods and services.

6.  Is it true that those earning below RM4,000 per month who are not liable to pay income tax will now have to pay tax under GST?

  • This perception is not correct as the scope of charge for both types of tax is vastly different.
  • The scope of charge for income tax is based on income received by an individual whilst the imposition of GST is based on the consumption of goods and services.
  • Presently, those not liable to income tax still pay sales tax and service tax on goods and services that they consume.
  • The issue is, most consumers are not aware that the tax element has been embedded in the price of goods and services sold by the retailers.
  • As a matter of fact, the imposition of GST will not make any difference to the tax burden of those earning below RM3,000 monthly as they would have paid tax on the consumption of those goods and services.

7.   How does GST work?

  • GST is charged and collected on all taxable goods and services produced in the country including imports.
  • Only businesses registered under GST can charge and collect GST.
  • GST collected on the output must be remitted to the government.
  • However, businesses are allowed to claim the input tax credit through the following mechanism and method:
    i. GST collected on the output (output tax) is deducted against the GST paid on input.
    ii. If there is excess, the amount shall be remitted to the government within the stipulated period.
    iii. If there is a deficit, businesses can claim for refund from the government.

8.  Who will collect GST and remit to the government?

  • GST can only be collected by persons who are registered under GST and the tax shall be remitted to the government within the stipulated period.

9.  How will the government ensure that the business will remit the right amount of tax collected to the government?

  • To ensure that businesses remit the right amount of tax, the government will conduct an early detection program through desk audit and transaction audit on the tax returns submitted by businesses for every taxable period.
  • The GST audit team will conduct field audit on records and accounts of businesses to ensure there is no tax manipulation by businesses.
  • Besides that, the GST risk assessment system, a computerized checking system, will trigger alerts relating to high risk cases.

10. Will the GST rate be increased in the near future like what has been done by the Singapore government?

  • The main objective of the government is to ensure the smooth and efficient implementation of the GST.
  • The government has no plans to increase the GST rate like what has been done by the Singapore government.
  • The government is concerned and always take into consideration the interest and welfare of the rakyat before making any policy changes.
  • It is important to note that even though the sales tax was implemented since 1972, the rate has been increased only once in 1983, whilst the rate of service tax has never been increased since its introduction in 1975.

11. Are all goods and services subject to GST?

  • In principle, GST is imposed on all goods and services produced in the country including imports.
  • However, certain basic foodstuff likes rice, sugar, flour, cooking oil, vegetable, fish and meat, eggs and essential services such as health and private education, public transportation, residential property and agricultural land are not subject to GST.
  • Such exemption is to ensure that the lower income group is not burdened by GST.

12. What benefits will the rakyat get?

  • Based on a GST rate of 6%, it is expected that there will be a price reduction between 0.08% to 2.71% in respect of eight components of goods and services.
  • With this price reduction, the rakyat will benefit from the cheaper goods and services such as clothing and footwear, basic food, communication, furnishings, hardware and maintenance, transport, housing, water, electricity, gas and fuel.
  • The tax burden borne by the rakyat and consumers is expected to be lower compared with that under the present tax system.
  • This is due to the reason that various basic needs such as rice, sugar, flour, cooking oil, vegetables, fish, meat, eggs, and essential services such as public transport, private education and health, residential properties and agricultural land are not subject to GST.

13. Do all businesses need to be registered under GST?

  • Only businesses with annual sales turnover of RM500,000 and above are liable to be registered under GST.
  • Businesses having an annual sales turnover of less than this amount are not liable to be registered under the GST.
  • However, such businesses can apply for voluntary registration.

14. How to apply for GST registration?

  • Online application can be made by accessing the form from the GST website.
  • For manual application, the application form can be obtained from any Customs Office or downloaded from the GST website.

15. Where and when application for GST registration can be made?

  • Customs Office is open to accept GST registration from 1 June 2014.
  • Businesses which have reached the RM500,000 threshold shall apply for registration within 28 days from the end of the month in which the threshold is reached.
  • Applications for manual registration shall be submitted to any nearest Customs Office.
  • Online applications can be submitted direct to the One Stop Processing Centre.
  • Online applications can also be made by using the computer and internet facilities provided at all GST offices nationwide.

16. Is there a registration charge for GST registration?

  • There is no charge for the GST registration processing.

17. Are exports of goods and services subject to GST?

  • Exports of goods and services are not subject to GST (subject to tax at zero-rate) to ensure that exports are more competitive in the international market.

18. How is the government going to control prices?

  • The government will take stern measures to ensure that the businesses do not take advantage of the GST implementation to increase prices of goods to make excessive profits.
  • Measures to be taken by the government include introducing the Anti Profiteering Act, intensifying enforcement action through the National Pricing Council, distribution of Shoppers’ Guide, as well as making the hypermarkets act as price setters.
  • Heavier fines and penalties will be imposed to make sure that the businesses comply with the rules and procedures formulated.
  • These measures are aimed at changing the profit-centred attitude and unethical practices of the businesses.

19. Who will administer the GST?

  • The government has decided that the Royal Malaysian Customs Department (RMC) manages and administers the GST to be implemented in Malaysia.

Source: GST Malaysia & NBC


Samsung Unveils New Galaxy S6 & Galaxy S6 Edge!!

Category : Living , Tech , Travel

Samsung fans will be delighted to know that the brand has unveiled its latest Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 Edge smartphones.

For those of you who are ardent fans and have been waiting for the official availability of the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, you won’t have to wait much longer. The smartphones will be launching very soon in Malaysia!

Samsung recently announced that the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge are Samsung’s most advanced smartphones to date and they have literally taken the new phones to another level. For Galaxy users, you’ll find that it’s taken a departure away from the previous Galaxy devices and the new features are rather cool.

The new Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge will feature a slim body made from an aircraft-grade metal. It is powered by the most advanced hardware around and the phone will also have its signature curved edges. The new Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge will be launched on the 2nd of April 2015.

What makes these smartphones so special? For one thing, its casing is made from a special light-weight material specifically used in airplanes. It’s definitely another class on its own and the fact that it isn’t plastic, that’s an added bonus! It will also have the iconic Corning Inc’s Gorilla Glass on both the front and back of the smartphones.

When it comes to the camera and screen upgrade, the brand did not disappoint as Samsung has spruced up their new smartphones. No longer will it house unpopular in-house apps that irritated many users no end because it swallowed up a lot of memory space. Now, that’s in the past. Samsung listened to their users and have churned out a real beauty. The new phones will be powered by Samsung’s own 64-bit, 14-nanometer Exynos processors, a departure from its previous reliance on Qualcomm Inc’s chips.

Another major noticeable change are the batteries. Users would need to know that the batteries in the new phones cannot be replaced, unlike the other Galaxy devices in the past. To compensate for this factor, the devices are the first from Samsung to support wireless charging without a dedicated accessory, which in itself is very cool! What’s more, the smartphones can also get four hours of power with a 10-minute charge by cord.

For those who need more tech talk, the specs are as follows:

Samsung Galaxy S6

  • Dimension: 143.4mm x 70.5mm x 6.8mm
  • Weight 138g
  • Colours: white pearl, black sapphire, gold platinum, blue topaz
  • Storage options: 32/64/128GB
  • Display: 5.1-inch Quad HD display. 2560×1440 pixel resolution at 577 ppi. Super AMOLED.
  • Operating system Android 5.0 Lollipop
  • Rear camera: 16-megapixel
  • Front camera: five-megapixel
  • Processor: Quad 2.1GHz + Quad 1.5Ghz, octacore application processor
  • Sensors: accelerometer, light, gyroscope, proximity, compass, barometer, fingerprint, hall, HRM
  • Connectivity: wi-fi: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4/5GHz), HT80 MIMO(2×2) 620Mbps, Dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, mobile hotspot, Bluetooth: v4.1, USB 2.0, NFC
  • Battery: 2,550mAh, with fast wired charging, providing four hours of usage after only 10 minutes of charging
  • Wireless Charging:WPC1.1(4.6W Output) & PMA 1.0(4.2W) compatible
  • Additional Features: Samsung Pay, Microsoft Apps (OneDrive 115GB for two years, OneNote), Google Mobile Services.

So, are you looking for a new phone? With these new features, the new Galaxy S9 and S6 Edge will have people hankering for it in droves because really, who wouldn’t want an awesome phone like this?! We’re definitely looking out for it!

Sources: The Star & ZDNet


Air Asia’s Free Seats Promo Is Back!!

Category : Living , Travel

For those looking to get cheap flight tickets, the timing couldn’t be better because Air Asia has brought its free seats promotion back once again!!

The free seats promotion from AirAsia is back with three million seats up for grabs! The airline released a statement yesterday stating that the offer will be for over 20 countries across their wide route network, including the route network of AirAsia X.

Bookings can be done via the Air Asia website from today till the 29th of March 2015. The travel period is valid from the 1st of September 2015 till the 31st of May 2016.

You can also book your tickets via the AirAsia’s mobile phone app, which is available on both iPhone and Android devices. If that doesn’t work, you can try booking your tickets on the mobile website here. It can also be booked via AirAsia’s mobile app on iPhone and Android devices, as well as the mobile website here.

The price for the free tickets promotions starts from RM0 onwards. Yes, you read that right, it starts from RM0!! It also recently abolished fuel surcharges, bringing us good news because customers only need to pay for airport taxes and fees when booking for this particular promotion.

If you’re in a need for quick break, this is the best time to book some vacay time. Happy holidays!


How To Be The Happiest Traveller

Category : Living , Travel

When it comes to travelling or going for that next long holiday, planning is everything. 

To be the happiest traveller, you’ll have to decide where you want to go and then, how long you want to go away for. Followed by planning all the other details pertaining to your trip. It may be fun to be spontaneous but believe us, when you’re in a foreign country, it isn’t always a good idea to leave things to chance and it can also be more stressful trying to find a place to stay at the last minute!

So, we advise that if you’re going on a holiday, especially a long one,  plan as much as possible for the basics of your trip (flight tickets, visas, accommodation, money, etc) and be fluid when you get there with your plans so you can still enjoy it at your own pace.

These days, there are countless sites designed to help you find the cheapest and most efficient trip. Not to mention sites where you can find information on practically anything you want to see or do to whichever country you’re visiting. You can save, compare, and purchase!

When you’ve decided where you want to go and the duration of your trip, you’ll want to brush up on your destination’s history, laws (including some strange laws!)and customs, and what are the best things to see and do (all within your set budget). It’s crucial you know the culture and the general do’s and don’ts of the country you’re visiting in so you don’t do anything frowned upon.

Before you buy your plane ticket, it’s best you check your immigration status as well if you’re unsure if you’re allowed to travel. A good site for you to check your own immigration status is on the official website of the Immigration Department of Malaysia. The site will tell you if there are any restrictions on you for traveling. You can find out if you have a travel restriction set on you if, for example, you’re wanted for tax evasion or if there is a court order on you, etc.

If you’re free to travel and have your destination in mind and duration of your trip set, you’ll need to book accommodation arrangements. Again, there are plenty of sites for you to check for places to stay within your budget range, from Expedia, Airbnb,  Agoda, TripAdvisor, Home Exchange, BedandBreakfast.com and more.

Once you have your tickets and accommodation set, you are mentally ready. However, you still need to pack your bags according to what you have booked. Packing well for trips is an art. You’ll need to know the season you’ll be going to so you take the right types of clothing, shoes and outerwear. Don’t forget to bring along medications, or other necessary items you might need depending on where you will be staying.

After all of that, there is still an important thing to do before you take off. Many people overlook this factor thinking it isn’t important, but it is. Travel insurance is what we’re talking about. Travel insurance isn’t expensive and there are various kinds of travel insurance you can buy. Get some before you take off because you never know if you’ll need it. Check out this site for different types of travel insurance for Malaysians.

You have to make sure that you are safe at all times and that you have enough money to carry you through your trip. How much you need is up to you but the most important thing you need to bring on your trip is a good attitude, a sense of adventure, willingness to try and see new things and best of all, to always be safe.


Win A Night’s Stay At Sepang International Circuit With Airbnb!!

Category : Living , Travel

Formula 1 Petronas Malaysia Grand Prix 2015 will be coming up very soon! 

For fans of the motorsport, there is a special and unique once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to spend the night at Sepang International Circuit (SIC)!! That is seriously quite cool! Airbnb are the ones who will be giving fans this golden opportunity.

From March 27-29, the famed track will be listed on Airbnb, offering two lucky winners (and up to three friends each) the chance to spend a night right at the heart of the action. Surrounded by the buzz, adrenaline and excitement of one of the most prestigious races in the world, winners will get to enjoy spectacular views overlooking the track’s sharpest bend.

Sanjeev Palar, former pit reporter and TV personality, will be hosting the one of a kind overnight experience. Once races have ended and the stadium lights switched off, Sanjeev will lead guests on an intimate midnight tour of the track where he will share stories and snippets of the track he knows so well. The group will then settle into the listing for the night and enjoy all the comforts of home before they awake to the revving of engines.

Upon awaking the next morning, Sanjeev will serve a traditional Malaysian breakfast, after which Sepang officials will then lead the lucky guests on an exclusive “Pit Walk” where fans can experience behind-the-scenes action at the teams’ pit.

Besides all that, there is more! The winners will also get to enjoy all the fun activities and entertainment surrounding the race: the Carnival, drifting and karting at the Xtrack and the after-race concert. And if that wasn’t enough, there are also Main Grandstand tickets to be won and these tickets allow you to watch all three sessions – practice, qualifying and race day itself.

So, how do you win this special prize? All you have to do is this:

  • Visit the Sepang listing on Airbnb before midnight on 22 March 2015 (Malaysia time)
  • Contact the host and through Airbnb’s messaging feature. Upon contacting them, tell them why you’d like to spend the night in Sepang International Circuit during the race weekend.

For more information, please see here for more details.

Airbnb has more than one million listings in 190 countries around the world. The Sepang trackside is the latest addition to Airbnb’s ‘A Night At’ campaign, designed to unlock places around the world where it’s never before been possible to spend the night. Some of those experiences have included a KLM plane in Amsterdam, Galeries Lafayette in Paris, an IKEA store in Australia and a ski lift in Courchevel in the French Alps.


Fake Milo Found & Video Of Fake Milo Being Packed Goes Viral!

Category : Living , Travel

Just a few days ago, government officials discovered fake packets of Milo after a raid in Negeri Sembilan.

Upon discovering this information, Nestlé Malaysia immediately began a campaign to warn its customers of the imitation Milo product.

Milo Malaysia posted a warning on its Facebook page , which was subsequently shared by Nestlé on their Facebook page. They posted a photo which explained to customers how to tell a counterfeit product from an original one. The tell-tale signs are to be found in the perforations of the plastic packs which contains the Milo product.

Nestlé Malaysia explained that all Milo packets are machine packed and cut. Thus, the edges on the top of the original packets will not have perfect perforation (as shown in the photo sample above, on the right).

According to the Malay daily, Utusan Malaysia, it had been reported that the domestic trade ministry had seized RM250,000.00 worth of imitation Milo packets in Mantin, Negeri Sembilan last Friday.

Nestlé Malaysia has said that they are taking this matter very seriously. They are working closely with the relevant authorities about this matter. Nestlé Malaysia has also urged customers to please report any cases if they have bought imitation Milo packets to its customer service department.

Other items seized were 1,000 empty boxes, 50,000 empty plastic packs, a printer, a weighing machine and a numbering printer. Six immigrant workers from Myanmar and Indonesia were arrested in the raid.

Recently, a video showing the production of the fake Milo has gone viral on the Internet. It shows two employees filling the chocolate powder into several green Milo packages in a room.

The video was posted on YouTube by Nithyananthem Karuppiah and it was published yesterday.

In Malaysia, the name Milo is infamous in almost every household and it is the go-to chocolate drink for most of us. Nestlé Malaysia reported that Malaysia is the world’s largest consumers of Milo.

Source: Malay Mail Online & Utusan Malaysia


MATTA Fair Returns This March!!

Category : Living , Travel

For those looking for affordable holidays and flight tickets, you’re in luck because the MATTA Fair is back from the 13th till the 15th of March 2015.

The Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agent (MATTA) Fair will once again be held at the Putra World Trade Centre and it is said that this time around, there are additional choices to be had in travel packages.

The fair has been known for having one of the best travel packages and flight deals in town. They aim to continue to bring travellers great deals. This year, there are 120 different exhibitors participating at the fair.

This year, Malaysia Airlines (MAS) will be the official airline for the fair. MAS is offering travellers special deals who will be traveling from the 14th of March till the 31st of December 2015. Travellers will have the opportunity to purchase holidays to popular domestic and international destinations at the fair.

There will be an exclusive promotion with fares from as low as RM135 (return flight) for domestic routes and RM250 (return flight) for international routes. Fares are all inclusive. There are also Golden Holiday Packages with various packages to both domestic and international destinations, plus the opportunity to earn higher Enrich miles points when they buy their tickets.

MAS is also offering a special discount of 30% off the normal MH gourmet meal (RM70 per meal) if the passenger wants something else instead of the usual fare offered. This offer is only available for international flights leaving from Kuala Lumpur.

Another bit of good news for MAS being the official airline for MATTA Fair 2015 is that travellers are also exempted from paying the Goods and Services Tax if tickets are purchased before the 1st of April 2015.

Source: Matta Fair


Top 5 Snowy Ice Hotels From Around The World

Category : Living , Travel

For those keen to have a winter get-a-way holiday or for those parents who want give their child the holiday of their dreams to experience what it can be like living in the kingdom of Arendelle, this could be it.

If your child has been bugging you to take them on a holiday to see snow because of their slightly minor obsession with Frozen, these snowy holiday suggestions will be a dream come true for them and they can channel their inner Elsa till their hearts content.

We live in a country where it’s all about rain or sunshine here and thus, we don’t get the four seasons of weather than others get to experience. If you’ve had enough of the heat and are longing to escape to a colder climate, the next few suggestions could be the answer to your need of cool weather.

Here are the Top 5 Snowy Ice Hotels From Around The World:

1. Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel in Alta, Norway

Every year, this frosty palace is remade entirely from snow, complete with an ice chapel for memorable wedding receptions. So, it’s perfect for that winter wonderland wedding! There are outdoor hot tubs for you to warm up in and it’s the ideal setting for snuggling up.

2. Igloo Village Kakslauttanen in Saariselka, Finland

The Northern Lights is indeed a sight to behold and probably should be on your bucket list of places to visit. If you do make it there, spend a night in Kakslauttanen’s glass igloo pods and view the Northern Lights from the comfort of your bed. It’s the luxurious way and perhaps, one of the best ways to see the Northern Lights. Guests brave enough to venture into the elements may try ice swimming, ice fishing or a reindeer safari (how Frozen themed is that?!).

3. Balea Ice Hotel in Cîrţişoara, Romania

Set at 2,000 metres above sea level, Balea Ice Hotel is located by Bâlea Lake, in the Făgăraş Mountains. The hotel is accessible by cable car only, between 09:00 and 18:00. The cable car goes from Balea Waterfall and stops near the hotel. You’ll be able to indulge in traditional winter activities like sledding, ice skating and a snowman-building contest where you can attempt a recreation of Olaf!

4. The Snowvillage Snow Hotel in Kittila, Finland

The snowvillage snow hotel is an impressive sight with all kinds of artwork and ice sculptures. It’s an unusual experience and if you can make your way there, you’ll be amazed by the beauty of the place. Every year, around 15 million kilos of snow and 300 000 kilos of crystal clear natural ice are used to build the spectacular Snow Village which changes in shape, size and design to wow visitors year after year.

5. The Hotel De Glace in Quebec, Canada

This hotel is the only true ice hotel in North America. The Hôtel de Glace was opened in 2001. It had moved its locations for a few years. First setting up its home in Montmorency Falls Park, on the outskirts of Quebec City, then moving to Duchesnay from 2002 to 2010. In 2011, the Hôtel de Glace moved to Charlesbourg and has remained there ever since.

Source: Time 


Famous Chinese Sculptures Visit Malaysia!

Category : Living , Travel

Famous contemporary artists Xiang Jing and Qu Guangci have combined their artistic genius to produce a Chinese art collective that is simply exceptional.

Paul Smith Kuala Lumpur is pleased to announce the upcoming exhibition of handmade sculptures by X&Q Art. The Chinese art collective X&Q Art have constructed colourful and vivid stories with their unique and arresting sculptures.

Each sculpture is a recreation of the artists’ original work and with its fine touch of craft and packaging, it is the ideal collectible for your art collection, delivering the concept of artistic gift. The core value of X+Q is to deliver the sincere wish of happiness, love and care through gift.

 

The sculptures are beautifully crafted. With its bright vivid colours, it’s a unique piece of art that will light up anyone’s home. The exhibition is showing in galleries all over the world, from London, Italy, Paris, Melbourne, Shanghai and now, it’s finally made its way here.

As the artistic director and founder of X+Q Art, Qu Guangci has attracted worldwide attention with his ability to present his work in dual nature, providing infinite space for viewer’s interpretation. Known for his ability to combine tradition and modernity, culture and design, art and commerce – all mingled with just the right balance.

His ‘The Angelest Qian’ collection sees a fusion of both Eastern and Western sentiments, referencing both in his series of winged oriental angels while instilling brightness and positivity through art.

Xiang Jing, one of China’s most successful modern artists has created complimentary pieces capturing a whimsical and humorous tone.

In her ‘I Have Seen Happiness’ sculpture series, Xiang Jing aims to celebrate youth and create an optimistic mood with her vibrant rabbit sculptures flocked in rich shades of red, blue, yellow and green. The collection is particularly appropriate given Paul’s own fondness for rabbits.

Don’t miss out on a chance to see these unique sculptures. Better still, get one for yourself because these babies are bound to jazz up anyone’s abode.

Sculptures are available in stores 2nd March till 2nd May 2015 at Paul Smith, Level 3 Pavilion KL. 


[Infographic] Strange Laws Around The World

Category : Living , Travel

When you are travelling the world, it’s useful to be aware of local customs and especially, the local laws to the said country you’re going to.

Whether you travel for business or leisure, travelling to foreign countries means that you’re going to a place where there is a change in culture. With that in mind, one should prepare as much as you can for the trip and it always helps to be prepared.

Hand signals could mean different things. Sometimes, clothing must or must not be worn in certain ways. Whilst travelling expands our horizons, it’s important to realise and know that with the change in culture comes a change in the actual laws of that foreign land.

Cheapflights.com.au travel expert Ben Rosier says it’s useful to be aware of the quirky laws in different countries because if you’re not careful, you could end up spending money paying off a hefty fine!

The infographic below provides some very interesting, new facts. In Capri, Italy for example, there is a band on loud footwear.  In Manila, Philippines, you may only drive your car 6 days out of the week and this law is to help keep congestion down in the city. Quite necessary since the city is packed to the brim with cars. In Kentucky, it’s illegal to keep ice-cream in your back pocket. Strange? Read on to see why, along with finding out the rest of the strange laws around the world.

Here are the 18 most strange laws around the world:

Source: Cheapflights.com.au


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