The Life e-magazine Jan issue: Passionate pursuits

Dressed in a scarlet gown and lounging on its sprawling train with a dreamy expression in her eyes, Ms Emily Hwang, 41, belongs to the world of high fashion. The collector of fantasy gowns looks every inch a couture queen, and she is also a businesswoman focused on international investments.

Life! writers Bryna Singh and Lee Jian Xuan speak to Ms Hwang and two other corporate leaders about their passionate pursuits for the January cover story of The Life digital magazine.

Mr Alwyn Chong, 36, is as passionate about photography as he is about his beauty business. He is the managing director of cosmetics and fragrance distributor Luxasia's China, Taiwan, Thailand and Philippine markets.

There is also award-winning architect Tan Kok Hiang, 54, an Aikido instructor and practitioner of two decades.

In this issue, too, traverse Turkey with journalist Eddino Abdul Hadi and experience the many worlds and eras that coalesce in the cities and villages. Turkey connects the East and the West, past and present.

Food editor Tan Hsueh Yun joins two sumptuous food tours in Tasmania. Her story introduces some of the best food and drink purveyors in Hobart, as well as an ultimate full-day feast of the freshest seafood on a cruise.

The Life also looks at the huge appeal of mini versions of designer bags, with fashion writer Leslie Kay Lim showing why less is more.

The Life is a monthly e-magazine filled with features about travel, food, pursuits, style and design. The January issue will be out tomorrow and can be downloaded for free on The Straits Times Star mobile app for iPad and Android devices. Go to the Apple App Store or Google Play to download The Straits Times Star app. The Life is best viewed on an iPad or Android tablet.

BRYNA SINGH