“I don't want to be oblivious, I want people to acknowledge my existence, that is all”.

Issue 3

The third issue features three everyday individuals, each living their own respective stories in life. Enter Syaffiq, a self proclaimed ordinary person in a quest to live his life in the most courteous way possible. Fadzir, on the other hand is well known and adored by netizens for his photogenic traits and nature, but his own social life leaves much to be desired due to his past. Finally we have Ishkandar, a person who strives to make the most of his life. He takes pride in his job as a barista as it allows him to experience the company of people from various walks of life.

1) Syaffiq - Mild
2) Fadzir - Nonpareil
3) Ishkandar - The Dropout

Influence Asia 2017: Celebrating the Online Influencers

This weekend, a large number of popular and influential social media personalities from all over the region gathered together at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to celebrate Influence Asia 2017, Asia’s largest social media awards show. This year’s event marked the second time it was hosted after the success of the inaugural show in Singapore back in 2015.

Organised and produced by influencer marketing and media company Gushcloud and hosted by Yello Digital Marketing (YDM), this year’s Influence Asia marked the second time it was hosted since the success of the inaugural show in Singapore back in 2015.

Taking place at Plenary Hall in the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, the event saw over 300+ nominees from Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, and Korea vying for the top awards in nine categories with Singaporean rapper, Sheikh Haikel and former Miss Universe Malaysia 2012 pageant, Juanita Ramayah at the helm as hosts for the evening.

The award ceremony was further enlivened with the appearances of guest artists from all over the region such as Project E.A.R, DeFam, Noo Phuoc Thinh, Tulus and Jessica Jung. Their energetic and world class performances proved to be the icing on the cake for what was already an exciting event.

Taking on the tagline “For The Future” as the theme for this year, Influence Asia aims to be the largest, most watched and most respected live awards show in honouring individual or group achievements in the Social Media Influence industry across Asia. And their purpose? To build professionalism, sustainability, positivity, legitimacy and respect in the Social Media Influence industry amongst all players in the industry.

It is a bold step in acknowledging today’s youths for their tackling of the rapidly changing modern lifestyle via the clever use of social media. One can only imagine how big the industry will grow around this within the next 10-20 years and we believe that through events like this, we can generate positive awareness and impact for society in times to come.

Check out more photos from the event here.

Written by Ayoi Edited by Ariff Fadhullah

The Humanitarian | Hidayah

Nur Hidayah Zainudin is an active human activist who loves to partake in humanitarian causes as well as youth social events. She, who had caught my attention with her facebook posts which mainly consist of photos from many interesting events she had participated

Describe about your recent activities or events that you went.
The latest event that I took part in is the National Aspiration and Leadership Summit, which has just occurred recently. Due to overwhelming request of participants, the organizing committee changed the entitlement of this symposium to be a Summit. In this year's event, we were listening to speech from speakers of various backgrounds, covering issues regarding economy, entrepreneurship, leadership, humanity and politics.

do you think it is worth to at least attend an event that is, let say not your interest?
Yes, I think it's totally worth it because I will take this opportunity as a new challenge for myself. I always hold this principle in my life: to be positive no matter what life throws at me.

I see alot of sport events in your events list, why do you participate in this kind of event? and what is your thought on sports?
My thoughts about sport.. Hmm.. I'm not really into sports in the first place. The main reason why I join a lot of running event is to get fit and consequently be healthier. I self-experimented and believe me, the more active our body is, the more it can endure with anything. And now I have a good stamina and are getting healthier, and happier.

How can you make the world better?
Be kind to the people around you. You will never feel better about yourself as a result of demeaning, bullying, or dragging others down. This is corrosive to our own self-esteem and our souls. Seek to uplift others and by so doing you will be lifted. Remember, be kind. Always.

Humanitarian events that you've attended is quite interesting, do you believe in second chances? feeding the homeless would atleast shed a light on humanity? or what is your stand regarding this matter?
 I do believe in second chance. Every human is born in the fitrah of kindness. I joined this program because I wanted to see the actual life, the reality in our country. Not all of us live a wealthy life. Seriously we should be grateful with what we have, instead of begging, start making changes to ourselves.

My most unforgettable moment during feeding the homeless is, having a conversation with an uncle who addressed himself as "Mantaraniza" (not his real name since he forgot his name due to some bad history of his life). He used to be so rich, owning a consultancy oil company. He used to be in the same table with Tun Mahathir and some other political people (which i don’t remember their names). He was rich, had a perfect life. He owned everything. But what makes him to be what he is now is, he was backstabbed by his friend, went bankrupt and sick. But he reminded us to have a clear vision in life in setting our goals.

We must be determined and devote our lives to the career that we love. We are the ones who control ourselves, we are what we are thinking now. Think out of the box. That's what he said to me. I can say that, there's hope. There's light and we must become the light. If we don't help others, what is the purpose of living? The true having is giving. The more we give the more we get back.

Nur Hidayah Zainudin photographed by Grains & Pixels. Follow Hidayah on her social media accounts; Twitter: @Chimot_95


“People don’t choose me, I choose people”

Story & Photographed by Andean Sam Assistant Jafnie Firdaus
Written by Ariff Fadhullah Wardrobe by C02

Generation Z. A demographic of sophisticated yet particularly educated youths who are credited for their affinity with modern day technology since it plays a huge role in their social lives through the use of social media. With the power to reach out through to the entire world their fingertips, just who wouldn’t find it hard to resist the temptation of seeking recognition for themselves?

Enter Fadzir, also known as “ajey”, an entity who would fill a square or two in your Instagram feed. He is simply a 19-year old boy hailing from the state of Terengganu but has all the characteristics envied by the youths of this generation.

Blessed with a picturesque appearance and lovable attitude, he has succeeded in capturing the hearts of many; a situation that is reflected as his follower count on Instagram had broken the 60,000 mark. However Fadzir never expected to strike gold from simply posting selfies on his account; something he only did for fun to begin with. “I started posting stuff on Instagram when I was 16 years old, I thought it’d be fun to post a variety of self-portraits on my account, but never thought it’d be liked by thousands of social media surfers.”

We did a photoshoot in Pahang, a state complimented with plentiful views of lush greenery. I believed that this was the kind of environment that might help Fadzir ease up and open up a little regarding his current situation and he just went with it.The 5’ 11’’ tall Fadzir covered boldly with uniquely designed garments by C02 for the day as it brings out the essence of feelings he has to offer to the world; “distinctive” and “nonpareil”.

Fadzir has a firm stand on relationships, be it friends or love. He prefers people who are able to take care of him. However hot-tempered, dirty and stingy people are a big no.

There are times when Fadzir finds this topic rather hazy in his thoughts. He recalls that he has fewer friends; a result due to certain consequences from his past where he was ostracized from his peers in school due to standing out more in his academics. But instead of challenging the flow, he decided to ignore them; establishing this as the new status quo while he befriended most of his female classmates as they were the ones who were academically equivalent to him.

“People don’t choose me, I choose people” he says, expressing the principle which he sticks to when it comes to friends to avoid further mishaps. Meanwhile in regards to his love life, he believes he’s too young to pursue a serious relationship but does admit he had fallen in love before.

Read the full story of Fadzir in the upcoming issue of Andean Sam.
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THE DROPOUT | Ishkandar

“I don't want to be oblivious, I want people to acknowledge my existence, that is all”.

Story & Photographed by Andean Sam Assistant Zulaikha Ain

Ishkandar Zamiri is a barista in one of the most famous coffee chains in the world. He was an aspiring kid with lots of dreams, however life’s circumstances made it difficult for him to pursue them; a situation he describes as ‘unfortunate’. But the strong willed 22 year old refused to see this as a reason to stop living his life to the fullest, and he currently enjoys his job of making coffee for people through many walks of life. He opens up more during the shoot as he said he wants to be noticed, “I don’t want to be oblivious, I want people to acknowledge my existence, that is all”.

What is your one ultimate career you would want to achieve?

I used to dream of being a pilot, everyday was all about aircrafts, but my life changed its’ lane, now I’m looking forward to being an actor.

What are your biggest regrets in life?

 I hate my life after SPM because I did my worst for that exam. I was a little too stubborn then and all I know is that I didn’t pass the exam with flying colors. Now my life’s outlook seems pretty dim for anything bright since I have loans and problems. Meanwhile, I have friends furthering their studies as doctors and engineers, but here I am making coffee to earning money in exchange of a better life; and I am only 22. Yeah, you could say that I regret my decisions when I was in high school. I guess my hormones have been playing tricks on me. Also, I never finish what I started, which is very bitter for me because I hate being left behind.

What could we possibly find in your music playlist right now.

I hear a lot of Jeremih’s these days and my favorite is Planez. Other than that are A$ap Rocky and Bryson Tiller.

One thing you feel proud of, but no one knows. 

I was one of the top three MMA fighters in the region. I was very sure that time that I’d want to make it as my profession as a MMA fighter. But again, there was another turning point in my life. I got injured and it requires a lot of money for me to proceed with the surgeries. I am a fan of Dominick Cruz though. It’s sad that I have to let go another dream of mine but life goes on.

You would like to be reborn as?

I’d want to be myself, except a little taller. I don’t know, but I don’t think I can be anybody else, it doesn’t suit me and well, I know myself better than anyone else! BUT, if I really have to be reborn again, I would want to be Jason Statham because he’s a cool guy to me.

Catch the full story in the upcoming issue of the e-mag, follow Andean Sam on instagram for further info. Also check out the behind the scene video below if you haven't.

The Dropout | Gallery

Mild | Gallery

Monochrome | Gallery

Outcast | Gallery