ON­WARD 2017

AF­TER A TU­MUL­TUOUS 2016

Escape! Malaysia - - Editor’s Note - JONATHAN GAN

which saw the death of many cre­ative artists and fi­nan­cial tur­moil, we’re glad to still be able to wel­come you to 2017 with the Es­cape! Mag­a­zine. De­spite sig­nif­i­cant changes to our ed­i­to­rial team, we’re de­lighted to still be able to bring you sto­ries of travel from near and afar with a more Malaysian spin from 2017 on­wards.

Change is of­ten ter­ri­fy­ing and fraught with un­cer­tainty but the New Year of­fers us fresh op­por­tu­ni­ties to cre­ate new des­tinies. So it is with great joy that we bring to you tales of longevity from Ok­i­nawa (pg 17), lo­cal tales on street food sur­vival in Pe­nang (pg 60) and of ad­ven­ture from Hulu Lan­gat (pg 68). Also in this is­sue are sug­ges­tions of places for those look­ing to spend a spe­cial Valen­tine to­gether while help­ing the poor in Siam Reap (pg 72).

If there’s one res­o­lu­tion in 2017 I can leave you with, it is the en­cour­age­ment to travel more with the ones you love. Whether you be­lieve it or not, Mex­i­can folk­lore states that peo­ple are a cul­mi­na­tion of their me­mories and sto­ries. It is be­lieved that as long as those who re­main re­mem­ber the tales of the de­ceased per­son, their soul is said to ex­ist in the realm of the dead for­ever. An in­ter­est­ing point if you wish to keep your soul im­mor­tal. So write the sto­ries of your life boldly, dear reader and we hope to have the op­por­tu­nity to hear of your travel tales as well one day.

Make your 2017 in­ter­est­ing.

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