AFTER A TUMULTUOUS 2016
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.