Man at His Best

The December 2016 Issue

The December 2016 Issue featuring Ewan McGregor, Brickfield Asia College's Raja Singham, Seattle entrepreneur Dan Price, the gruesome past of Kodaikanal hill in India, how to have a brocation and some tips from blockbuster novelist Robert Harris on how to write a bestseller.

BY Editors | Dec 2, 2016 | Film & TV

The December 2016 Issue

Ewan McGregor

From having played all sorts of roles, the Scottish actor now makes his directorial debut in American Pastoral.


The prophet motive
He made headlines for raising his employees minimum wage, but is now being sued by his brother. Is Seattle entrepreneur Dan Price an angel or devil?

The return of a legend
What Rimowa did to bring a Junkers F13 aircraft back from the dead.

A whiter shade of pale
An Indian hill in Kodaikanal hides a gruesome past, the infamous Suicide Point.

How to have a brocation; and the lazy man’s guide to a house party setup.

The smart man’s guide to writing a bestseller
Blockbuster novelist Robert Harris shares tips on the secret of his success.

Photo essay: Slow boat to Banda
In Banda, a nutmeg farm holds a key connection to the archipelago's Dutch past.

What I’ve learned: Pedro Almodóvar
On guilt, 1971 and why he will not approve a biopic.

What I’ve learned: Christopher Guest
On intuition, comedy analysis and his youth.



For this month's Man of note, we look at Raja Singham and how the BrandLaureate's 'Education Man of the Year is paying back to the local community. On Books, we have a Christmas gift-worthy list and a review on The Girl on the Train. Moving onto Film, we find out why it's hard for non-American filmmakers to make Great American movies, plus, we have a look at Louis Theroux’s new Scientology documentary. For Hardware and Digital, we list out our gadget wish list for Christmas and columnist Kevin Sintumuang talks the new vocabulary of tweens and emojis.

Our Big Picture picture of the month is JW Anderson's reinterpretation of an editorial image for Loewe’s visual history book. We also look at the culprits who steal water from fire hydrants for Interesting Thing. Food and Drinks gives us Cloudy Bay's citrusy 2016 Sauvignon Blanc and some common Southeast Asian ingredients that are shaking up the LA food scene.

On the Style front of MAHB, we go behind the scenes of making a suit, a stylish backgammon set, look at Hackett’s new jacket collection, MCM’s nomad collection; the new relaxed pants and Prada’s A/ W16 campaign featuring and the full-force of a MA-1 bomber jacket. For Grooming, we go back to the basic suds, the simple soap bar. For Watches, we have a Singaporean connection to the Swatch Peace Hotel, plus, Bell & Ross’ marine chronometers. On Automotive and Travel, we look at personalising your Lamborghini and one of our own travel to Bali with MINI. 

Columnist Kuah Jenhan discusses the Malaysian goodbye for A Thousand Words On Our Culture and we look at Pernod Ricard Malaysia' effort to light up the rural community with their 'Bottled Hope' campaign. 


Featuring coats of the season, for that upcoming winter vacation.

What, this old thing?
Eight well-dressed men share their favourite heirloom items and the stories behind them.

Vintage style
Look out for these best second-hand stores in the world.

One can never have too many shoes.

All-time high
Esquire Malaysia’s Best Dressed Real Man, Andre Amir shows us some of his favourite styles.


Spoil your pet bird with a timepiece.

Meet the speedmasters
Think the CEOs of luxurious watch brands spends all their days in the bedroom? Think again.

In from the cold
The history of Tudor watches.

Dial it down
A closer look at enamelled dials.

One for the fans
Scuderia Ferrari watches are designed for the fans.

Last Resort

The Mira Hong Kong

Ultramodern amenities with topclass and old-school service.

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