Life Inspired’s TASTEMAKERS To Honours Entrepreneurial Excellence This August

Life Inspired’s TASTEMAKERS To Honours Entrepreneurial Excellence This August
20 Jul


Life Inspired’s original series TASTEMAKERS returns for a third season to recognise the entrepreneurial achievements of personalities from Malaysia, Singapore, and for the first time ever – Indonesia. Catch three brand new episodes of Tastemakers this August, set to premiere in conjunction with National Day celebrations of each featured country.

Entrepreneurship is the pivotal theme for Tastemakers this season. Tastemakers’ producers collaborated with media partners from Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore to handpick 12 entrepreneurs; each 30-minute episode captures the aspirations and inspirations of each country’s four innovative business owners who constantly push the envelope with their fresh, unconventional ideas and business acumen.

“There is no better time to express national pride and showcase success stories featuring great entrepreneurship from Asia’s leading industry tastemakers than in the month observing National Days of these three countries. We hope that the achievements of these 12 individuals will inspire and encourage our audiences to fulfil their life aspirations,” said Anne Chan, General Manager of Life Inspired.

“Having these individuals coming from 3 cultural backgrounds are very interesting as we can see how tastemakers in each country leverage on their environments to grow. Singaporean Tastemakers are very International, while Indonesian Tastemakers are very dynamic and creative; while Malaysian Tastemakers are resilient and adaptable. As the world moving towards globalisation, our channel aims to showcase cross cultural content that’s relevant for our audience” adds Anne Chan.



Life Inspired’s Original Production, Tastemakers is back again this year to celebrate the success stories of personalities from Malaysia, Singapore and for the first time ever, Indonesia.

This year, we celebrate entrepreneurs who have taken considerable initiative and risk to fulfill their dreams and actualise their aspirations by pushing new frontiers. Don’t miss these exclusive interviews as you will get an insight on how this inspiring group of go-getters and high flyers set the bar to be the cream of the crop.

Behind every Tastemaker, there is an inspiring story to be told. So, enter into the world of these “tastemakers” as they meet another tastemaker and share each other’s success stories. You will see what really amounts as two trendsetters drift in deep conversation.


Alia Bastamam
One of Malaysia’s fastest rising stars, the 30-year old designer has come a long way since her days as an architecture student. Having dressed many of the country’s celebrities and ‘who’s who’ of Malaysian society such as Scha Alyahya, Tengku Chanela Jamidah, Ning Baizura and Nabila Huda, the daughter of Malaysian Rock God, Amy Search.

Khailee Ng
Khailee has an incredible knack for creating and spotting new businesses and is now Managing Partner at 500 Startups – a Silicon Valley venture capital seed fund & startup accelerator, where he Manages the South East Asia region.

Mac Chung Lynn
Mac is the CEO and founder of Nando’s Singapore and Malaysia. She discovered the brand by eating in a Nando’s store in London while pursuing architecture. When Mac brought in the international Nando’s chain to Malaysia, many sceptics foretold her business would last no more than a few years in the local dining scene.

Adrian Yap
Adrian Yap is the co-founder and Chief Executive of Freeform – known for restaurant chain The Bee and Malaysia’s most notable annual arts festival Urbanscapes. Acts to date that Freeform, have secured include Scottish Rock Band Franz Ferdinand, Icelandic Band Sigur Ros, and Tenacious D – led by Hollywood star Jack Black.

Bu Shu Kun
Interior designer and co-founder of Architology, a design consultancy firm which undertakes interior design projects spanning from commercial properties to residential developments. Shu Kun’s clear thinking and convincing designs are evident at outlets like restaurant The Refinery, bar Tuckshop and popular nightclub Trace.

Nathan Yong
Co-founder of Air Division in 1999, the first Singaporean design company to sell its designs to high-end furniture retailers. In addition to running his own furniture label and consultancy, the award-winning Yong now also serves as design director for Grafunkt, a promising Singapore-based company that focuses on Asian designers and products.

Loh Lik Peng
Restaurateur, hotelier and founder of The Unlisted Collection with his very first Hotel 1929. He has garnered a worldwide reputation for transforming old heritage buildings into luxury boutique hotels and dining outlets.

Rachel Lim
Co-founder of 2010 blogshop Love, Bonito, which is now the fore-runner in Asia’s online fashion scene with many accolades –‘Best Blog Shop Award’ from Asia Pacific Blog Awards and ‘SME Asia Award 2013/14’ by Asian Business Journal and The Trade and Industry Association. Love, Bonito’s latest collaboration is with Indonesian designer Tex Saverio – famous for designing a dress for Jennifer Lawrence for the Hunger Games.

Leonard Theosabrata
This multi-talented Product Design graduate from California’s Art Center College of Design wears many hats. His notable establishments include award-winning contemporary furniture brand Accupuncto, curated department store Goods Dept and Indoestri, a vocational school for design and woodwork.

Christian Rijanto
Graduate of famed business university Babson College; Christian Rijanto co-founded the Ismaya Group – a food and beverage firm that has dished out concepts such as Shanghai-inspired bistros, Japanese fusion and specialty coffee to a rising pool of wealthy consumers. The Ismaya Group recently added music and events to their substantial portfolio.

Erastus Radjimin
From humble beginnings as a bellboy in Hawaii, to co-founding Artotel – hotelier Erastus Radjimin has gone on to expand the 2012 boutique chain. Incorporating contemporary art into every corner of the establishment, Artotel is one of the hottest places to stay in Jakarta.

Donny Pramono
Founder and CEO Donny’s liking of frozen yoghurt during his postgraduate studies in the United States led to the inception of Sour Sally. To date, the frozen yoghurt brand is now available in 7 cities across Indonesia and is intending to expand even further across Asia.


The trilogy kicks off with Tastemakers Singapore on August 9; followed by the August 16 debut of Tastemakers Indonesia; and comes full circle on August 23 with the season premiere of Tastemakers Malaysia.

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