She has always been an inspiration.
Malaysian, Yunalis Mat Zara'ai not only breaks barriers in terms of how one gets discovered, her song, Crush, a collaboration with Usher, peaked at number 3 on the US Billboard Adult R&B chart.
Yuna is also the spokesperson for OPPO's latest, the OPPO Find X3 Pro.
So, when Fab! Luxe was presented a chance to speak with her, we jumped at it.
We talked about her work, her travels (Yuna divides her time between Kuala Lumpur and Los Angeles), how the pandemic has effected her and of course, OPPO Find X3 Pro.
Yuna, you become a singer in a rather unconventional way. Walk us through that.
I started to write my own songs and taught myself to play the guitar when I was 14 years old. I then started to upload my music on Myspace. Thanks to the power of the Internet, my music started to gain attention from the public and I was able to perform in many events since 2006. Fast forward to today, I am able to reach a wide audience not just in Malaysia but all the way to the States, and I’m immensely grateful for that.
We also heard that some labels turned you down initially because you do not want to conform to what is expected. Tell us about it.
I think since the very beginning I was very sure of how I wanted to make my music and how I wanted to portray myself artistically. It was actually a blessing in disguise because by starting an independent label I learned so much about myself and the industry. Major labels tend to mould artists into what they want, so I was glad I got turned down! All I can say is that no matter the circumstances, you should always stand up for yourself and stick to your personal values. Do not change yourself just to fit in with others.
Going international in the entertainment industry is not an easy feat but you managed to do it. What made it possible for you?
I think I really owe this to the people who have discovered me - my fans from way back who found my music online, my management who noticed me in my early years. But of course, I deserve to give myself a little credit too. I was relentless, and I think when I was younger, I was very hungry for new experience and constantly challenging myself to do better. If I had not stepped out of my comfort zone and shared my music to the world, I will not be who I am today.
Yuna, you very recently helped launch OPPO’s latest flagship smartphone – the OPPO Find X3 Pro. Tell us what makes this phone very special.
As an artist and creative person, I love capturing beautiful moments everywhere I go. My Instagram feed is like my personal art gallery and every photo or video tells a story. With the OPPO Find X3 Pro, I am able to capture and look back at my memories in their most vivid and vibrant form, thanks to its one billion colour display. Also, as a musician, I really appreciate the audio quality of this device, with its Dolby Atmos-powered stereo speakers.
If I can only use one word to describe the performance of the OPPO Find X3 Pro, it will be “fast”! This phone is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor and there is no lagging at all due to its powerful performance. Its display panel has a high refresh rate up to 120Hz, which from what I learnt is what makes your viewing experience smooth and enjoyable.
Technical stuff aside, the design of this phone is absolutely gorgeous! I personally like the Blue version, with its matte yet satin-like finish. The smooth curves of the phone give it a futuristic, sleek look, and I think it goes really well with my everyday outfits.
As an international singer and songwriter, I am sure you need a gadget that caters to all your needs without compromising on time and effort. What is the most important factor you look for in a smartphone?
When I’m on the go, it’s important for me to have a device that is powerful enough to work alongside me throughout the whole day. The OPPO Find X3 Pro works well for me that way as it has a long-lasting battery life. Even if I happened to have forgotten to charge my phone, it can be easily recharged back to 100%, thanks to OPPO’s SuperVOOC 2.0 flash charging. In fact, I can even use the Find X3 Pro to charge other devices too, as it has a reverse wireless charging function.
How has the pandemic effected you, Yuna?
With the current travel restrictions and all, it is definitely disappointing as a touring artist that I am unable to travel around to different cities to perform and meet my fans in person. I am constantly experimenting new ways to break this barrier. One example would be a special virtual showcase that I did end of last year, livestreaming my performance from Aquaria. That was something that I would have never thought to be possible if it wasn’t for COVID! With my schedule being relatively free compared to pre-pandemic, I can take my time to create and release more new music. I also enjoy being able to spend more time with my family in KL.
When the world finally opens up again, what is that one thing you’d want to do?
I can’t wait to travel once again, not only just to be able to meet my fans and perform, but to also explore and bring my OPPO Find X3 Pro out and about to capture more beautiful moments around the world.
What is next for Yuna?
I am really excited to share more music with all of you as we continue to work on them, so do stay tuned for that!
Any last words?
I’m really honoured to be able to be chosen as an OPPO Finder as I really relate to the Finder’s Sprit — to be constantly finding for more opportunities and challenging myself with my work as a musician to become better everyday. I hope that this can inspire my fans to find for the limitless possibilities in their everyday lives, regardless of whatever they do. As we gradually revive from a challenging year, let us find for more exciting moments and awaken the colour in our lives together.
Fab! Luxe spoke with Evelyn Wang, Country Manager of BALL Watch.
Catch their three latest models, Engineer III Marvelight Chronometer, Engineer Hydrocarbon Original and Engineer Hydrocarbon NEDU.
These units are on retail, globally.
Tell us about Ball Watches, Evelyn – where they originate from, what BALL Watches stand for?
BALL Watch was first established in America in 1891, during a time of great advent and subsequent development of American railroads – and the need for precise, accurate timekeeping. The Kipton Disaster, a catastrophic collision between two trains caused by the train engineer’s unreliable watch, made the world recognise the need for reliable, strict standards regarding timepieces. BALL Watch was the first successful system that set the standard for railroads, and the first to be recognised for its accuracy and uniformity in timekeeping. BALL Watches’ tagline is “Since 1891, accuracy under adverse conditions” - We are continually updating the product range in line with changing consumer patterns, but despite these changes, we never forget our founding spirit of industrial function, and we stand for the shared commitment of accurate timekeeping.
Ball Watches Chief Operating Officer, Daniel Alioth said there is a special message behind the three latest watches you are launching. Tell us about it.
As a brand focused on empowerment, innovation and adversity under extraordinary circumstances, the pandemic that has blindsided the world this year is a reminder to us that there can be solidarity and strength when we come together as one in times like these. Even amidst the darkest of days, hope and courage perseveres, and we wanted to create a one-of-a-kind timepiece to represent the courage and strength that the world has demonstrated in the past year. As such, a special “Caring” edition of The Engineer III Marvelight Chronometer has been launched, featuring the colours of the rainbow. The watch that once ran railroads now empowers the world to live bravely and carry on with purpose.
What are the unique features of each of the watches?
The Engineer III Marvelight Chronometer (SGD $3,638) has been reimagined with a new rainbow colour scheme as a show of solidarity against the COVID-19 pandemic. For the first time, the model will feature gas tubes at every index, with state-of-the-art technology allowing for superior brightness that lasts 25 years. The model is also equipped with a COSC certified chronometer movement, protected by the Amortiser anti-shock system and is water-resistant to up to 100m/330sqft.
The Engineer Hydrocarbon Original (SGD $4,250) is the vital companion to those keen on deep water diving, including a graduated unidirectional bezel that accurately measures dive time, special indents for diving gloves, a water-resistancy of up to 200m/660ft and a patented Amortiser shockproof system.
The latest model of the Engineer Hydrocarbon NEDU (SGD $6,200) features a revamped bezel framing either a black dial, or a brand new gradient blue dial, handsomely finished off with a diver motif to honour the NEDU’s official emblem. The model features a unidirectional rotating bezel, ergonomic contours, and a guarantee to a depth of 600 meters due to the rugged construction of a watertight case. It also comes complete with luminous microtubes of H3 gas for instant reading in deep waters, as well as protection from shocks of up to 7,500Gs and magnetic fields to an intensity of 4,800A/m.
How and where can our readers get these watches?
These exclusive models are available at all authorised BALL Watch retailers, or on BALL Watch’s exclusive website.
Besides Singapore, where else in the world are these watches launched / retailed?
They are available world-wide: Across Europe, North America and the Caribbean, Central and South America, Greater China, North Asia, Southeast Asia, Oceania, Middle East and Africa.
Website / information
For more information on Ball Watch, please visit https://www.ballwatch.com/global/
It was 2005 when Jaslena Ahmad started her jewellery line, Lena Jewellery. An arts enthusiast, she has always designed her own jewellery. This was a skill encouraged by her mom ever since she was little.
Lena started selling semi-precious beaded jewellery at private sales and was soon offered retail spaces at Parkson in Pavillion and Robinson in Gardens Mall, in Malaysia. Soon after she started making custom design high-end pieces for private clients, which she is still doing today. Lena also designs limited editions made by great jewellery craftsmen in both Italy and Hong Kong. Her materials are sourced from all over the world.
Lena was a corporate player in the television industry for 14 years before she got married and started a family. This jewellery business has taken her to various jewellery events in Europe and Asia. She has also presented her jewellery at the 2011 Teen Choice Awards in Los Angeles, California - at their Backstage Lounge where artists and performers came to view and picked up those pieces.
Check out Lena’s pieces at http://www.lena.com.my/
Aura Natural was founded by Chaaru Dharmaraj, a creative problem-solver, customer experience designer, home-maker and a mother of a seven year old.
She quits corporate life two years back to take a break and spend time with her son. Having worked as an independent architect, and then a UX designer for few top companies in India, Singapore and Malaysia, understanding customer behaviours and their needs is something that she finds very satisfying.
Chaaru had been struggling to find a decent solution for her acne and dry skin. Having tried multiple products from the market, she never found a satisfactory solution. Either her skin dries-up further or more acne popped-up. As she kept trying various brands, she realised that the issues were related to high comedogenic ingredients, perfumes and other synthetic chemicals.
Chaaru researched more about the ingredients and tried various products only to realise that she is sensitive to many of these chemicals. This brought Chaaru and her husband to experiment and make their own soaps and shampoos last year. She also experimented on body oil and body butter. It was thrilling for this duo - with the possibilities in mixing calendula, argan, rose infused, rosehip, pumpkin seed oils to name a few. Her experiments with these oils and butters resulted in very positive outcome; her skin started becoming lot more supple.
Chaaru started-out giving her creams, oils and potions as gifts but was pleasantly surprised when she started getting calls asking her to produce more and to sell them.
Aura Natural is now available. Do check them out on socials.
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