One of a kind, Spark Optics is a stylist independent optical shop, available in-store and online. Since its humble beginning in 2015, this is a place to go for everything extraordinary.
“We think differently, rebellious by nature, free spirited, independent and yet passionately honoring our heritage” says founder of Spark Optics Wayne Ng. The shop-in-café concept is unique and located at the heart of Penang’s heritage enclave, Georgetown. With the attitude of not not settling for any less than perfection for customers, Spark is led by an experienced optician of more than 25 years, together with a rigorously well-trained & multi-talented team.
Spark is home to many local and international “indie eyewear” brands from around the globe. Housing only unique artisanal, hip and period eyewear brands for those with a hunger for independent thinking. For those who need a good pair of spectacles and not forgetting to look cool with it, Spark is definitely a place to eye on.
Coffee drinkers always prefer their coffee hot when served and preferably could stay hot until they finished the drinks. Ember Mug² is the latest upgraded version smart mug that not only keeps the coffee hot but it allows drinkers to choose and maintain their preferred beverage temperatures. Best about Ember is that it takes no more than 30 seconds to set up for the first time, has a longer build in battery life, easy to clean and submersible up to 1 meter in water. Furthermore Ember is a connected device and coffee drinkers can easily customize, preset and be notified once the drinks are ready to drink with the right temperatures. Now your coffee is just nice. Not too hot, not too cold.
A Glowing Dino
For those who love Jurassic World, the Raptor Lamp 2.0 is a must have collectable item that can be placed on your table or shelf. An astounding model of a Velociraptor with moving jaw, adjustable neck and limbs combined with 7 rotational acis, it infuses the raptor with spirt & vigor. The dinosaur body comes with power and dimmer switches as well as an electrical input. When opening the mouth of the Raptor Lamp 2.0, you can find two-way LED light source from its jaw and tongue while the silicone claw can grab a smartphone upright. In short, this cute little dino will not bite but glow.
Brush your teeth with a smart toothbrush is not only revolutionary but also pretty cool. Trusted oral care brand and industry leader has created Oral-B iO, a new toothbrush that uses 3D and AI technology to guide you in what is the best way to brush your teeth. Oral-B iO is beyond just a tooth brush that is powered by a smooth magnetic drive system that combines the gentle energy of micro-vibrating bristles with Oral-B’s dentist-inspired round brush head. With 7 cleaning modes and a smart pressure sensor, it informs you when brushing is just right so gums stay protected. And personalized brushing encouragement delivered in real-time through the first-of-its-kind interactive system that wakes you up, provides a 2 minutes countdown and when brushing mission completes, you will receive a smile.
The Perfect Shield
Covid-19 may be one of the reasons for technologists to speed up the race in search of the perfect shield but the actual fact is that this virus is definitely not the last to threaten the human race. Toronto based VYZR believes that it is crucial to create an effective protective personal equipment that can protect humans against all airborne pathogens and other environmental hazards. The BioVYZR a type of PPE known as a Powered Air Purifying Respirator that is easy to wear, light weight, durable and weatherproof. Additionally, this technology comes with anti-fogging face shield that includes six N95 filter refills with a build in fan that can lasts 8-12 hours on a single charge. The only downside for this innovation is that anyone wearing this will look like an astronaut walking on earth.
Adding greens into one’s home somehow just add value to the interior and provide a soothing lifestyle. Imagine how amazing if one can have a garden in the living room yet providing fresh green produce for consumption. OGarden Smart is an indoor micro farm that allows city dwellers to grow up to 90 types of plants simultaneously and with an expected harvest time within one month. This smart rotating garden can grow fruits, vegetables and herbs in a controlled environment with no hassle of ‘sunlight’ and water all year round. It is an easy to use and minimal maintenance creation that allows your family to stay healthy with no pesticides organic greens. Not to mention it also helps save the environment and money. OGarden Smart is not only a hobby for some that can have fresh produce at their finger tips but it is also important to teach generations to come about saving and protecting the environment through smart innovations.
Imagine as an adolescent, arriving in a foreign country short of cash, not knowing anyone and having no resources or accommodation.
This is how Patrick Ng remembers his first day in the country in 1978. Then at 19, it was a day he’ll never forget because the humble beginnings did not foretell the exciting and successful career that was to follow.
“I came from Johore, Malaysia, during the time of Gough Whitlam’s free education policy to study Architecture at RMIT. While I was excited to start my new life here, the policy was at its tail end and it was offered to me at the last minute which left me completely unprepared.
Thankfully, a Monash Uni student coordinator was able to help me with accommodation and the rest is history,” recounts Ng.
In 1994, Ng founded StrataPNA at the age of 35 and today he is the leading architect and co- director of StrataPNA and Own Your Own Block (OYOB), a property development company.
OYOB’s portfolio boasts a multitude of projects in Victoria with a value in excess of $250 million. Its latest, a 410 lot residential land development, is a unique housing estate abutting Kororoit Creek which will be the longest linear park in the state of Victoria upon completion.
Leaders of the Generosity Economy
OYOB has always been the game changer not only in property development, but in its pursuit of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
Ng, with co-director Dhilharan Sivaratnam, founded OYOB with a unique business model: to build the largest property development community in Australia by making property affordable for everyday Aussies.
But it goes beyond that. OYOB’s 20 staff members and investment community have collectively raised over $1 million over the last 8 years, giving back to communities through what they call the “generosity economy.”
“We’re so grateful for the opportunities that have been afforded to us and we aren’t just giving back, but are also helping our community grow and engender sustainability in the charities we support,” says Ng.
This Generosity Economy is the bedrock of OYOB where it extends into the non-profit sector via partnerships with multiple stakeholders to create long-term impact on communities.
“We’re so grateful for the opportunities afforded to us and we’re not only giving back, but also helping our community grow…”
Giving back in a disruptive way
OYOB is disrupting the traditional understanding of charity by moving beyond philanthropy.
Rather, their whole workplace culture and community participate in meaningful experiences to deeply connect with the charity.
Every year, the company and its business community embark on two major philanthropic endeavours raising funds for charitable causes as well as to foster engagement and build strong business bonds through ‘shared experiences’.
So while OYOB has always supported local charities, it was in 2012 that Ng was introduced to Peter Baines, the founder of Hands Across The Water (HATW or Hands), a phenomenal charity caring for at-risk children for the last 15 years throughout Thailand.
OYOB was especially engaged with Hands because of its unique model of ‘shared experiences’ in the form of bike rides and its highly successful business engagement programs.
For its bike rides, the challenge of a highly engaging 500km ride is not only life-changing and impactful that it ‘gives back’ to donors, but also delivers significant funding to children in need.
OYOB is disrupting the traditional understanding of charity by moving beyond philanthropy.”
Every rider raises funds before embarking on the five-day 500km bike ride journey.
“We instantly form incredible bonds with fellow riders as we’re pushed beyond our comfort zones and celebrate our achievements collectively. In addition, staff commitment has grown and we have been able to foster trust in business that years of meetings would not have achieved,” said Ng who’s completed his fourth 500km bike ride this year.
Following the April Thai bike ride, OYOB will embark on its fourth charitable shared experience in September: its Tuk Tuk ride in Sri Lanka to empower disadvantaged rural communities. OYOB is working to better publicise this unique charity model in Melbourne and is seeking for strategic partners to create a larger and more sustainable impact.
“For those who would like to be involved, we’ll again host a Charity Gala Ball in June to raise funds for these communities and celebrate our achievements in life and business.
Join us and come along for the ride of your lifetime.”
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