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‘An Ode to Malaysia’ by Nikola Hassan

Malaysia Day is held on 16 September every year to commemorate the establishment of the Malaysian federation on the same date in 1963. It marked the joining together of Malaya, North Borneo, and Sarawak to form Malaysia. BAZAAR is paying homage to the nation’s diversity in people, cultures and opinions. For our first installation, BAZAAR asked Nikola Hassan, Managing Director of Boutique Brand Experience Agency, Avant-X and self proclaimed patriotic Malaysian for a spin on her top five favourite Malaysian moments. 

Image Courtesy of Nikola Hassan

Image Courtesy of Nikola Hassan

#1.

Troika Sky Dining for the incredible view of the skyline especially during fireworks shows – Merdeka, New Year’s Eve. The best place to be for celebrations!

Image Courtesy of Nikola Hassan

Image Courtesy of Nikola Hassan

#2.

Malaysian Formula 1 Grand Prix, when the city comes to life for a world-class event. This photo was from the 2015 Gala Concert & Party featuring The Jacksons.

Image Courtesy of Nikola Hassan

Image Courtesy of Nikola Hassan

#3.

Dewakan. Chef Darren Teoh champions the use of local produce, foraging the jungle and river for herbs, flowers, fish and the like. It’s an eye-opening dinner every visit.

Image Courtesy of Nikola Hassan

Image Courtesy of Nikola Hassan

#4.

Langkawi for its simple charm. A great place to escape, relax, and be in the moment.

Image Courtesy of Nikola Hassan

Image Courtesy of Nikola Hassan

#5.

Lake Gardens. A beautiful civic space. Love that the Butterfly and Bird Parks are nearby, and the stunning Islamic Art Museum. A place to visit to “stop and smell the roses”, literally and figuratively.

Image Courtesy of Nikola Hassan

Image Courtesy of Nikola Hassan