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What Is The Difference Between Food Allergy & Intolerence

Dr Mecherl Lim

An Intuitive Medical Practitioner in Alternative Medicine (MD) (MA), Naturopath (ND), Holistic Kinesiology (HK), and Functional Medicine (FM)


Food Allergy occurs when the body has chemical reaction to eating a particular food & drink. The symptoms for mild to moderate food allergy or intolerance may sometimes be similar, but food intolerance does not involve the immune system and does not cause severe allergic reactions (Anaphylaxis)

A Food Allergy occurs when the immune system reacts to harmless food. Learn to read food labels so you can avoid foods that cause allergic reactions.

Food Allergy & Food Intolerance

Symptoms of food intolerance occasionally resemble those of food allergy so food intolerance is commonly confused with food allergy. Food intolerance does not involve the immune system and does not cause severe allergic reactions (know as anaphylaxis). Food intolerance also does not show on allergy testing. Food intolerance can be a difficult concept to understand and is poorly understood by doctors as well. Sometimes, substances within foods can increase the frequency and severity of migraine, headaches, rashes (such as hives) or stomach upset such as irritable bowel.

Professional diagnosis and confirmation of allergies is important. In Australia, about one in 10 infants, one in 20 children up to 5 years of age, and two in 100 adults have food allergies.

Food Allergies has been Increasing

Allergies in general are on the increase worldwide and food allergies have also become more common, particularly PEANUT ALLERGY in preschool children. About 60 per cent of allergies appear during the first year of life. Cow’s milk allergy is one of the most common in early childhood. Most children grow out of it before they start school.

Inherited Allergy

Children who have one family member with allergy disease (including asthma or eczema) have a 20-40 percent higher risk of developing allergy. If there are two or more family members with allergy disease, the risk increase to 50 to 80 percent.

Most of the time, children with food allergy do not have parents with food allergy. However, if a family has one child with food allergy, their brothers or sisters are at a slightly higher risk of having food allergy themselves, although that risk is still relatively low.

Allergy is an Immune Response

Allergies are an overreaction of the body’s immune system to a protein. These proteins may be from foods, pollens, house dust, animal hair or mould. They are call ALLERGENS. The word allergy means that the immune system has responded to a harmless substance as if it was toxic.

Food Intolerance is a Chemical Reaction

  • Food Intolerance is a chemical reaction that some people have after eating or drinking some foods: It is not an immune response. 
  • Food Intolerance also does not show on allergy testing.
  • Food Intolerance can be a difficult concept for doctors as well. Sometimes substances within foods can increase the frequent severity of migraine headaches, rashes (such as Hives) or stomach upset.
  • Food Intolerance has been associated with Asthma, Chronic Fatigue and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).
  • Professional diagnosis and confirmation of allergies is important in Australia, about one in 10 infants, or in 20 children up to 5 years of age and two in 100 adults have food allergies.

Therapy

The preferable approach to the nutritional management of immunological food reactions or food hypersensitivities consists of dietary avoidance and the treatment of symptoms resulting  from inadvertent exposure. Nutritional supplements are needed when major food groups are being avoided.  This will ensure the optimum nutritional intakes are maintained. Digestive enzymes example: Dr MH zyame should be taken by individuals who seems to be sensitive to many foods. Bicarbonate of soda , Dr MH Proflora A, taken one hour after meals can improve symptoms. By improving digestion the allergenic load may be destroyed or digested more thoroughly.


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Intraoperative Radiotherapy (IORT) A New Breast Cancer Treatment Innovation

Dr. Teoh Mei Shi

Consultant Breast, Endocrine & General Surgeon

MBBS (India), MS (USM), Fellowship Breast Oncoplastic Surgery


Screen Shot 2017-11-10 at 1.37.42 PM.pngBreast Cancer is the most common cancer amongst women in the world. Incidence of breast cancer is increasing and the lifetime risk of developing breast cancer in Malaysia is one in 15 women. In developed countries, the lifetime risk of developing breast cancer in women is as high as 1 in 8 women. With more awareness and screening for breast cancer, women are detecting breast cancers earlier, which are smaller and have better survival outcome.

Treatment for breast cancer has evolved significantly over the last few decades due to better understanding of the tumor biology and its behavior. This has led to better adjuvant therapy like systemic chemotherapy, radiation therapy, hormonal therapy and targeted therapy. For most of the earlier twentieth century, Halsted radical mastectomy was the standaradised operation for all stages of breast cancer resulting in poor cosmetic outcome. However, over the recent decades, breast conserving surgery (BCS) eg. Lumpectomy has become the popular alternative to mastectomy in the treatment of early breast cancer.

When detected early, the breast conserving surgery involves a lumpectomy followed by 4-6 weeks of external beam radiotherapy to the whole breast and boost to the tumor bed. This combined method has been proven to reduce local recurrence of breast cancer by 60-70%. However, the side effects of whole breast radiotherapy treatment can be detrimental eg. pain and oedema to the breast, skin fibrosis, fatigue and tiredness and in some cases, there can be associated radiation- induced lung injury and cardiac morbidity.

Over the last few years, a new innovative breast cancer therapy known as Intraoperative Radiation therapy (IORT) has become available using the Intrabeam technology. IORT delivers a single dose of radiation directly to the area where the tumor has been removed during surgery.The principle of this approach is to destroy the remaining cancer cells within the lumpectomy cavity where more than 90% of local recurrences usually occur close to the tumor bed.

The Intrabeam IORT is delivered using a miniaturized radiation applicator that is inserted and positioned into the lumpectomy cavity after removal of the tumor. A calculated low energy radiation dose is administered for 20-30mins after which the wound is closed surgically. The operation carries standard risks of bleeding and infection and slightly higher seroma collection comparable to normal breast surgery.

This technology is an excellent option for women having a lumpectomy or breast conserving surgery and is for individuals diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer. The IORT therapy may function as two options ie. as a boost therapy or as a single treatment. Patients are carefully selected and multidisciplinary discussion with breast surgeon and radiation oncologist is carried out to decide the best outcome for the patient.

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IORT offers the following advantages:

  • Reduced radiation treatment time (single session vs 20-25 sessions) in candidates selected for surgery
  • Minimized radiation exposure to surrounding healthy breast tissue, underlying bones, lungs and heart.
  • Reduced daily trips to the radiotherapy centre and convenient for those staying very far away.
  • Same day radiotherapy treatment and no treatment delay for those going for chemotherapy after surgery
  • Provides additional radiotherapy “boost” for high-risk patients who need additional external beam radiation therapy.

The international TARGIT research group has been investigating this new method of delivery radiotherapy for breast cancer after lumpectomy since 1998. The trial compared Intrabeam IORT to standard external beam radiation therapy and found that both treatments were comparable and equally effective with an overall low breast cancer recurrence as well as better breast cancer survival rates. Women who had intraoperative radiotherapy had the advantage of fewer skin side-effects and better cosmetic outcome compared to women who had whole breast external beam radiotherapy.

Conclusion

Intrabeam IORT will be a technology of the future for breast cancer treatment. In properly selected cases, the patients can be offered an alternative option whereby they can receive a shorter dose treatment with lesser side-effects to the breast. It can also be time saving, cost-effective and offers the patient an overall better quality of life.

This treatment will be available at Loh Guan Lye Specialists Centre where a dedicated and trained team of Breast Surgeons and Radiation Oncologists can be consulted to see if you are eligible for the treatment.

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When People Unite 民群集居的力量

The Tulou in Fujian and Diaolou in Guangzhou provinces were self-built structures by the locals who were mainly living outside the fort located deep inside the hilly or mountain areas. Both of these amazing architectural wonders were inscribed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 2007 and 2008. Today, these heritage sites are becoming more of a tourist attraction than a residential area as they have attracted visitors from different parts of the world.

In the past, the commoners were given protection by the emperors in forts but constant wars among the different quarters battling to eliminate one another had led to the shift of commoners to the southern regions such as Fujian and Guangdong provinces. There, the people began to build their new homes but unfortunately they were met with robbers and bandits. As such, the people themselves decided to build a ‘big house’ so that they could stay together. It was a show of strength and a great example of how everyone could be protected by sheer unity. Besides, the most interesting elements about these structures were the escape routes and embrasures.

福建的土楼和广州的开平碉楼分别在 2008 年和 2007 年被列入世界遗产名录。年轻的一代去旅游,或会问大老远的去看这些古老建筑,除了拍拍照片,那里还有什么。

游览土楼、碉楼,最深刻的印象就是那许多防御的射击孔。那是一般现代化的‘家’都没有的,因为众多的我们幸运的不是活在乱世中。

土楼和碉楼的存在,除了是历史遗迹、民风文化,最原始的理由却是为了生存。团结就是力量,因而有了这种人类群集居住在一起的案例。这两种特色的古老建筑冒出来的时代并不相同,用的建筑材料也有所不同,却都主要是为了防卫而建设。

土楼是宋元时期出现的类似古堡的建筑。族群因为躲避战乱,由中国北部移民到南部而群聚一楼。有些土楼除了通声口、枪口,还有暗道、暗门等以备逃命。

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Dongyanglou [东阳楼] 露天民居歌舞剧场

It was a show of strength and a great example of how everyone could be protected
by sheer unity.

团结就是力量,因而有了这种人类群集居住在一起的方式。

The Fujian Tulou or simply known as ‘earth buildings’ were built during the Sung dynasty and its building materials relied heavily on available raw materials such as stones, wood, bamboos and most important, the sand, soil and clay. These buildings come in all shapes and sizes depending on the earth structure and the weather in that area. The main purpose is to create a strong structure with sufficient ventilation and light. In short, these Tulou were well-structured and safe for residents while able to house between 200 to 800 people.

The Hakka and Minan villagers in Fujian were those responsible for constructing these buildings. The buildings could be distinguished in two categories, one being the standalone unit and the other being the cluster type. Although there were many Tulou in the province, only 46 were regarded as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Eryilou, also known as ‘The King of Tulou’, was the largest single unit built in 1770 consisting of four floors from the outside layer and another floor inside. It possesses an impressive outer ring diameter of 71 metres with 48 rooms on each level. Tourists are allowed to visit this building where the residents offer a wide range of local handmade products and souvenirs. Not to mention one would be amazed when walking up and looking into the rooms that were once living quarters. Situated not far from Eryilou were the Nanyanglou and the Dongyanglou. The former is now a museum and the latter was converted to a performing area to entertain and educate visitors on its unique culture.

On the other hand, the Diaolou entered the Chinese architectural scene during the Ming dynasty until right before the end of the Chinese Republic era. Similar to the Tulou, these high towers most combines of Western and Chinese style were built as protection in response to local banditry. There were more than 3,000 of such towers in the past but today, only around 1,800 remain of standing, most of which are unoccupied if not abandoned. The construction of these buildings were mainly funded by overseas Chinese with the hope that their immediate and extended family members could have a safe place to protect themselves when necessary.

土楼的造型有圆形、半圆形、方形、四角形、五角形、交椅形、畚箕形等,各具特色。土楼的建设原料是就地取材的,用的是当地的木头、石头、竹和泥。其建设根据气候地形,精巧的采光、通风,有一定夏寒冬暖的作用,除外还能防风、防震呢!换句话说,那是一个极其实用的安全建设。古时这庞大牢固的单体式的建筑建设,根据大小,可容纳 200-800 人左右。一个土楼,几乎就是一个村落。福建土楼有两种:1)客家土楼、2)闽南土楼。被列入世界遗产名录的有 46 处。土楼又分为单元式,或群土楼。

[二宜楼] 堪称“圆土楼之王”,为福建省单元式闽南土楼的代表,建于清乾隆五年。[二宜楼] 至今还有人居住在里头。大门旁的土墙上印刻着土楼起居应该遵守的条规。往里头走,中间的大广场摆着许多买卖档口,那是一般大伙儿集聚的地方。随着时间变迁,土楼里有着不少中西文化交流的见证:壁画、彩绘、木雕、楹联等等。除了户户供用的梯楼、各住户简朴密集的家、祭拜祖先的厅堂,里头还能看到好一些年迈的妇女健步的扛着重物而行。[二宜楼] 旁是 [南阳楼] – 一座小形圆土楼,目前是《土楼博物馆》。附近另有方形的土楼 [东阳楼],也作露天民居歌舞剧场,演出有关当地文化风俗的短剧如嫁喜娘等。除外,也有好一些住在土楼外的居民,以旅游业、卖土产、经营农家饭菜为生。

碉楼,是始于明朝,后来民初时期才逐渐发展,总体遍布在开平。许多碉楼是海外华侨生回来资助为村落家人建的。民初时多用于防匪、防洪、抗日、共产党地下活动等等。碉楼最多时达 3000 座,如今只存千余座。也许碉楼的建设很多是隐藏在树林或竹林里,再加上产权不明等问题,不少碉楼已是没人居住的了。

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Zilicun Village 自立村碉楼群

Built with stones, bricks or concrete, these tower-like buildings were very well-equipped with solid prison-like bars and thick metal windows to shelter against any shooting or force entry. Furthermore, there were special embrasures created to take aim at intruders. The Zilicun village was among the best preserved architecture site and it contributed to the largest number of Diaolou recognised by UNESCO. Walking up these old buildings allow visitors to experience how people lived in these tall buildings that were designed not only with relatively small rooms but also narrow staircases with plenty of steps. Nonetheless, the view from the building was breathtaking. Another not-to-be-missed attraction was the luxurious Li Garden with private canal, beautiful gardens and six villas built by a wealthy Chinese emigrant businessman living in the USA. Not forgetting a Diaolou for emergency protection purposes.

The Tulou and Diaolou were once built for protection but today these fine heritage buildings open their doors to the world showcasing what residents in the past would have done to protect their families and belongings. Perhaps the attitude and the unique architecture will be good research and study materials for generations to come.

开平碉楼的建设,融合了中国传统乡村建筑文化与西方建筑文化,有着欧州不同时期不同风格的建筑艺术。开平碉楼种类繁多,若从建筑材料来分,可以分为四种:石楼、夯土楼、青砖楼、混凝土楼。有一些防御的碉楼很高,梯级很多,再有就是那些如牢房的钢窗门、钢铁支、许多的射击孔。

[自立村碉楼] 是景区中最完善碉楼群。想要感受一下碉楼可进去一、两间碉楼逛逛,走一下那些不容易上下的楼梯,看看每一层楼里里外外的情景。不远出的[立园]是一家豪宅,除了建有大小花园、六幢别墅,还有一幢古式碉楼,也就归入碉楼景区之一。

说白了,土楼是把一个村落的人口集聚而成的家,碉楼则一般是过渡时期的避风港。这种人类群集居住在一起的建筑,或许有一天会是未来防御建设的最佳考察项目。

Masterworks of MoMA – MoMA 极品佳作

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The Hon. Premier Daniel Andrews, Glenn D. Lowry, Director, MoMA, and Tony Ellwood, Director, NGV in front of Robert Delaunay’s Simultaneous Contrasts: Sun and Moon, 1913 (dated on painting 1912). Photo : Scott Rudd

The National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) will be presenting a major exhibition of modern and contemporary masterworks from New York’s iconic Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). The international exclusive exhibition is slated to open in June 2018 at NGV International in Melbourne.

The exhibition will feature 150 works including never-before-seen masterpieces in Australia and is the largest instalment of the Melbourne Winter Masterpieces series. It will explore the development of major art movements and represent more than 130 years of radical artistic innovation. Masterworks from MoMA will be on display from June 8, 2018 to October 7, 2018.

维多利亚国家美术馆(NGV)将呈现一场现代和当代杰作大型展览会,展品将来自纽约标志性的现代艺术博物馆(MoMA)。而这项国际独家展会将于 2018 年 6月 在墨尔本的 NGV 国际举行。

此次展会将有 150 件重点作品亮相,其中包括澳大利亚前所未见的佳作,也是墨尔本冬季杰作系列中的最大型连载展览。它将探索重大艺术运动的发展,并象征着超过 130 年的激进艺术创新。至于来自 MoMA 的杰作将于 2018 年 6月8日 至 10月7日 展出。

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Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (French, 1864–1901) La Goulue at the Moulin Rouge, 1891-92 • Oil on board • 31 1/4 x 23 1/4″ (79.4 x 59.0 cm) The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of Mrs. David M. Levy
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Salvador Dalí (Spanish, 1904–1989) The Persistence of Memory, 1931 Oil on canvas • 9 1/2 x 13″ (24.1 x 33 cm) • The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Given anonymously © 2016 Salvador Dalí, Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
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Vincent van Gogh (Dutch, 1853–1890) Portrait of Joseph Roulin, early 1889 • Oil on canvas • 25 3/8 x 21 3/4” (64.4 x 55.2 cm) The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. William A. M. Burden, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Rosenberg, Nelson A. Rockefeller, Mr. and Mrs. Armand P. Bartos, The Sidney and Harriet Janis Collection, Mr. and Mrs. Werner E. Josten, and Loula D. Lasker Bequest (all by exchange)
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Edward Hopper (American, 1882–1967) Gas, 1940 • Oil on canvas • 26 1/4 x 40 1/4″ (66.7 x 102.2 cm) The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Mrs. Simon Guggenheim Fund
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Constantin Brancusi (French, born Romania. 1876–1957) The Newborn, version I, 1920 • Bronze • 5 3/4 x 8 1/4 x 5 3/4” (14.6 x 21 x 14.6 cm) Art, New York. Acquired through the Lillie P. Bliss Bequest © 2016 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

A Spiritual Journey Capturing the essence of Muslim life in Southeast Asia through the lens

by Adline Abdul Ghani


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2nd Prize Winner Redzuan Bohari – Malaysia Caretaker of the 18th-century Kerisik Mosque in Pattani.
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3rd Prize Winner Rahmat Hidayat – Malaysia “Guide from the heart” Selected Top 50 finalists
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Etha Ngabito – Indonesia “Making their way to the mosque”
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Lin Joe Yin – Malaysia Mass iftar (breaking of fast) at Dataran Merdeka, Kuala Lumpur.
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Kritchayathorn – Thailand “New member”.

Over the years, the Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia (IAMM) has hosted numerous photographic exhibitions to showcase the diversity of Islamic people and culture throughout the world. However, this year, the museum decided to organise its inaugural photography competition and exhibition, entitled “A Spiritual Journey: Islamic Culture and Heritage in Southeast Asia”.

The initiative behind the competition was to inspire creativity among photographers, as well as to document the visual appeal of Islam in Southeast Asia. It is a platform for photographers to immerse themselves in a subject matter that has not been the focus of any photography competition before. Through the eyes of these enthusiasts, the Southeast Asian Muslim cultural identity will be shared with the public and the world, providing new perspectives and understanding of the region.

More than 120 photographers answered the call and submitted their works. This diverse pool of talent not only hailed from Malaysia, but also Indonesia, Thailand, Cambodia, the Philippines, France, Germany and United Kingdom. Coming from different backgrounds, both professional and amateur, these photographers shared their views and perceptions of the Islamic elements of Southeast Asia, which is home to over 230 million Muslims.

They’ve captured various glimpses, from intimate moments of solitary prayer and reflection, to the nurturing of the next generation onto the spiritual path, as well as occasions where Muslims come together, united by faith and community spirit. It is clear from the photographs that the fusion of modern and traditional practice has developed into a unique identity, which can only be appreciated by a journey through the peninsula and archipelago.

The top three photographers – Mazlan Bin Samion, Redzuan Bohari and Rahmat Hidayat, who are all from Malaysia, were presented with Grand Prizes totaling MYR 10,000  on the exhibition’s opening day. In addition to the winning entries, the exhibition, which was held at the IAMM’s Open Space Gallery  from  14 July  until 14 October 2017, also showcased the top 50 photographs selected from the many that were submitted.

The encouraging public response that the exhibition garnered is proof that photography exhibitions continue to have a vital role to play, not only as a visual art form, but as a medium for expression, documentation and understanding.

Having Ultimate Fun at Universal Studios Japan 日本大阪环球影城

By Oo Lean Hooi


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Travel to Osaka is not complete without making a trip to Universal Studios Japan (USJ). The world’s largest Minions Area and The Wizarding World of Harry PotterTM are the two unique attractions that draw the crowd from far and near to experience the USJ fun and magic moment.

The main feature of Universal Summer Festival are the Minion Hacha-mecha Snow Party and Minion Water Surprise Parade. You can dance with the Minions during the snow party or splash around when the water surprise parade passes by to enjoy real summer fun.

The Wizarding World of Harry PotterTM is a must-visit theme park, especially for Harry Potter fans. When you first step into the iconic Hogwarts castle and Hogsmeade village, you step inside a world where magic is real and you can also experience the 4K3D technology of unparalleled realism.

USJ Halloween event is one of the region’s most anticipated events. This year USJ will bring to its visitors the scariest-ever Halloween Horror Night. 20 different types of the living dead – the widest variety of zombies ready to come out on the street and “attack” people. Scare-addicts, this is the event of the year you’ve been waiting for.

night_party_main-edit.jpg每当夏季到来,USJ 就会为粉丝们准备超级精彩且会陷入疯狂的 Summer Fun,今年夏日活动就有小小兵陪伴大家欢度夏日假期,其中最让人期待就是“小小兵雪花疯狂派对”与“小小兵水花惊喜游行”,与小小兵一起展开泼水乐。

哈利波特的魔法世界是强烈推荐一定要到达的,尤其是哈迷们,不管排多长的队伍都一定要想法子进入霍格沃茨城堡,跟哈利与他的伙伴体验禁忌之旅,这项游乐设施以4K3D 最新技术进化,完全是真实体验与哈利一起追“金探子”。

从9月8日起,日本环球影城也配合年度万圣节推出期间限定的“环球惊喜万圣节与惊魂夜”,白天有变装游行、不给糖就捣蛋活动,最刺激就是夜晚的高达 20 种街头僵尸出没。想想,没有胆量还真的没有勇气入园区。

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首次出现在大阪环球影城万圣节有“亡者森林”,游客会在影城全区面对僵尸们的对峙,体会生死瞬间的战栗感。还有“创伤 3 恐怖监禁实验室”,你会走进史上最长,没有出口的恐怖馆。还有备受喜爱的“鬼娃恰吉”、“半夜鬼上床迷宫3”、“大法师-除魔行馆”、“贞子-被诅咒的游乐设施”、“学校怪谈”,单听这些设施名字,爱挑战恐怖的你真的不可错过。当然,所有活动时间及地点,还是要以日本环球影城的公告为主。


Special thanks to Universal Studios Japan and APPLE Vacations
Website: www.usj.co.jp

Aloft Taipei 台北中山雅乐轩酒店

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First Aloft Hotel in Taipei, brings Vibrant Social Scene in the Buzzing City.
台湾第一间Aloft Taipei雅乐轩酒店,为台北注入活力新潮流。

By Oo Lean Hooi


Under the big name of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc (NYSE: HOT), Aloft Taipei as the very first Aloft Hotel in Taiwan, and the 10th Hotel in Greater China is designed to meet the need of global travelers.

As the leader in the international Specialty Select Brands in hospitality industry, Aloft Brands is ideally positioned to meet the needs of the next generation of traveler. Aloft Taipei offers comfortable loft inspired rooms and a vibrant social scene, all in a modern tech-savvy environment.

The stunning exterior of Aloft Taipei Zhongshan had been designed by renowned architect T.D. Lee featuring 88 breezy & cozy rooms, an urban design aesthetic, live music performances, and a buzzing social scene.

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Located in the Zhongshan District of Taipei, the hotel is less than 10 minutes by car from Taipei Songshan Airport and less than 5 minutes on foot from the closest Taipei Metro Station. Besides, the hotel also offers easy access to the city’s numerous iconic attractions and close to a variety of theaters, local craft shops and night markets.

With tech-forward millennials in mind, the hotel offers brand signatures such as SPG® keyless, ultra-comfortable plush signature bed, custom amenities by Bliss® SPA.

Not to miss it, Aloft Taipei Zhongshan will also showcase up-and-coming music talent in its W XYZSM bar as part of its signature “Live at Aloft Hotels” events that happen around the world. During daytime, W XYZSM will serve international buffet breakfast, and transform into a hip bar by night.

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在吉隆坡入住过 Aloft Kuala Lumpur,对这间酒店创新概念颇为喜欢,不管是设计、音乐、科技或软硬设施,都让我深感满意。今年的台北行,特地选择入住台湾第1间, 亚太第 10 间的 Aloft Taipei 。

从品牌创立至今,Aloft 已经在酒店业开创了许多突破性的里程碑,包括推出全球第一「Botlr」机器人管家、第一个用手机取代房卡的SPG® 智慧入住、以及用手机的表情贴图即可点客房餐饮等创举。

雅乐轩酒店位于台北中山区,该区是艺术气息与在地文化最浓厚的结合。不说其他,走路不用2分钟就可到达捷运站,酒店后面还有热闹的小吃市集、文创和购物商圈,这对一个旅人来说,绝对是一个很棒的住宿点。

酒店的外观与公共空间设计是出自于李天铎鬼才设计师之手,设计灵感源自台湾宝岛最珍贵的自然景观「山与水」衍生而来,独特且跳脱建筑常规的外观造型矗立于文化气息浓厚的中山区中极为抢眼,完美诠释李天铎的又一惊艳作品。

酒店拥有 88 间设计新颖的客房,均配有蓝芽门锁,用手机的 SPG®应用程序即可开启房门。此外,客房内皆配有英国斯林百兰 Slumberland 的舒适睡床、Bliss® 的沐浴备品,且更配置 88 幅来自台湾在地新锐艺术家的创作品装置艺术。

Aloft Taipei 酒店招牌 W XYZSM 吧位于酒店最高楼层,除了是时尚男女们的最佳约会地点,更将举办一系列「乐动雅乐轩 (Live@Aloft Hotels) 全球音乐活动,展现雅乐轩与生俱来的,充满活力的品牌特色。