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Hello Zafigo

Hello Zafigo

By Zafigo Travel
Sometimes, the most meaningful conversations begin with a simple “Hello!”

Welcome to Hello Zafigo, a series of online conversations with women from all walks of life from all over the world. Listen in while they share stories on life, culture, and a common love for travel! After all, life is a journey and realising our fullest potential makes it an adventure!

A twice monthly affair, we will be bringing you casual chats and even educational workshops covering various topics such as mental health, social impact, finance hacks, and everything else in between.
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Session #01 | Travel In The Time Of COVID-19

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Hello Zafigo Session #12 | New Year Travel Trends: Reinventing Vacations
As the world slowly recovers from COVID-19 and borders start to open across many countries, travel will take on a whole new meaning. 2021 is (hopefully) set to be the year when travellers and travel businesses push for a return to normality, but the pandemic has and will continue to change how we choose to travel.  So what travel trends can we expect to see in the new year – not just for travellers but for businesses within the tourism industry as well?   In this last Hello Zafigo session for the year, Zafigo’s founder, Marina Mahathir gets insights from Rohan Raghavan, the Industry Manager for Travel at Google, and Emily Tan, the Marketing Lead for Klook Malaysia, and talk about what is in store for travel. This episode is also available as a video, watch it here: Want to know what's coming up for Hello Zafigo? Head to for more info.
December 1, 2020
Hello Zafigo Session #11 | Have Followers, Will Travel: Influencer Tourism
As we become more dependent on social media as a means for news and information, the value of social media influencers continues to grow and evolve. For the travel market specifically, social content seems to influence travellers’ destination choices more than any other type of advertising.   Join us as we speak to three key opinion leaders in the travel scene — Thuymi Do (Adventure Faktory), Pashmina Binwani (The Gone Goat), and Mynn Lee (She Walks The World) — about the glamorous (and not so glamorous) life of a travel influencer and the possible pressures that come with it. We also touch on the current pandemic, how it has affected their globetrotting plans for the year, and what they think the future holds for the industry.   This episode is also available as a video, watch it here: Want to know what's coming up for Hello Zafigo? Head to for more info.
November 16, 2020
Hello Zafigo Session #10 | Creative Destinations: Travelling Through Journalling & Art
While we may not be able to physically travel right now, we can still journey with our minds by revisiting memories through a travel journal to keep our wanderlust spirit alive!   Join Marina Mahathir and special guests: artist and urban sketcher, Gladys Teo-Simpson (, and destination wedding photographer and avid journaller, Jane Lee ( as they share about how travel enabled them to better their crafts. Come learn how to get started with materials you already have, the different journalling styles you can explore – like sketching and painting, and also discover the lifelong benefits of keeping a travel journal. This episode is also available as a video, watch it here: Want to know what's coming up for Hello Zafigo? Head to for more info.
November 3, 2020
Hello Zafigo Session #9 | Differently-Abled: Exploring The World Without Limits
To the majority of us, travel can be a liberating experience. Meeting new people, exploring new places, and experiencing new cultures aren’t things that anyone is or should be excluded from. But travelling does pose a unique challenge for people who are differently-abled, in the preparation and planning department as well as the actual journey itself. This, however, shouldn’t be a reason to not go forth and explore, at least not in this day and age when accessible travel is becoming more popular (though a lot still needs to be improved).   But it’s more than just accessibility. Choosing to travel as a person with disabilities takes a lot of courage and determination, and that’s exactly what the guests of this upcoming Hello Zafigo panel have plenty of.   Marina Mahathir speaks to veteran newscaster and national paralympic athlete, Y.B. Senator Ras Adiba Radzi, and visually-impaired Assistant Professor of Bioengineering and scientist, Dr Mona Minkara, on the topic Differently-Abled: Exploring The World Without Limits.   This episode is also available as a video, watch it here:  Want to know what's coming up for Hello Zafigo? Head to for more info.
October 19, 2020
Hello Zafigo Session #8 | Holi-dates: Creating Meaningful Family Vacations
Travelling with children from a young age is an experience that can play a vital role in their growth. Much like how reading is instrumental to their development, the skills they acquire from the experiences and memories that travel brings are just as valuable. It can be said that travelling with children is beneficial to a parent’s development too, as it requires special skills such as preparedness and adaptability on their parts. In this Hello Zafigo session, Marina Mahathir speaks to the Ardent Traveler, Deborah Chan, and the Special Projects Coordinator from Makchic, Lu Sean Seah, and discuss the importance of introducing travel to our children during their early years, how the current pandemic has affected (and may continue to affect) or changed such trips, and how we can still make the most of travelling locally. This episode is also available as a video, watch it here: Want to know what's coming up for Hello Zafigo? Head to for more info.
October 5, 2020
Hello Zafigo Session #7 | The Art of Travel: Finding Inspiration in the Journey
After a two-month break, #teamZafigo is back with a brand new season of Hello Zafigo!   Travel has long been a favourite activity for artists as it brings about inspiration on different fronts. Seeing new places, meeting new people, and learning new things opens up a whole new world to them, and it’s common for artists to use these influences and incorporate them into their work.    Zafigo's founder, Marina Mahathir speaks to Malaysian contemporary artist,  Red Hong Yi about her creative process and personal influences, as well as how her own travels, whether near or far, have impacted her art.   This episode is also available as a video on our Youtube channel, watch to it here: Want to know what's coming up for Hello Zafigo? Head to for more info.
September 23, 2020
Hello Zafigo Session #6 - Independence: The Benefits of Solo Travel
There is something special about people who venture out alone to travel the world. Leaving the comforts of home is one thing; it’s still another to be without companionship as you visit new places and meet new people. Yet solo travel is – before the pandemic at least – booming, especially among younger people. What’s more, there are more women solo travellers than there are men.   In Hello Zafigo’s sixth (and final) edition for this season, Marina Mahathir talks to two solo women explorers, Priscilla Patrick and Mei Mei Chu, about their solo travels, the issues they have faced, and so much more. This episode is also available as a video, watch it here: Want to know what's coming up for Hello Zafigo? Head to for more info.
July 21, 2020
Hello Zafigo Session #5: Trailblazers - Succeeding Your Way In The World
What does it take to leave home to pursue a dream and actually make it come true? Zafigo's founder, Marina Mahathir speaks to two young Malaysians who have made names for themselves and their country in the global arena – former World #1 Squash Champion, Datuk Nicol Ann David and Award-Winning Singer-Songwriter, Yuna Zarai.   Read our recap of the session:   This episode is also available as a video, watch it here:  Want to know what's coming up for Hello Zafigo? Head to for more info.
June 30, 2020
Hello Zafigo Session #4: The Future Of Travel
Since the global COVID-19 pandemic spread around the world, it has literally thrown a spanner in the works of travel. People have stopped travelling, hotels are empty, tourist spots are silent, and thousands of airplanes are parked at airports and fields everywhere. The devastation that has been wrought by this invisible but deadly virus was unimaginable just a few months ago. Today everyone in the travel industry, as well as the public, are wondering what the future holds when we finally arise from this wreckage. Will we want to travel again? And if so, what will it look like?   This episode features two leading visionaries and experts from the travel industry who will give us some insights into what they think the future will look like.    Tan Sri Tony Fernandes is well-known as the founder and CEO of Air Asia, which revolutionised air travel in Asia and allowed many people, including women, to explore abroad like never before.    Lavinia Rajaram is the APAC Head of Communications at Expedia, the world’s full-service online travel platform, helping travellers plan and easily book for their travel.
June 17, 2020
Session #03 | Shifting Your Mind: How To Live Well In The New Normal
The ability to shift your mindset has never been more important than it is now.  As we come to realise “back to normal” no longer exists, how can we embrace the “new normal” while maintaining mental and emotional health? Marina together with women's health coach, Amanda Luukinen explore the ways we can make personal mindset shifts and how to live well staying in the same place since travel is not an option for the time being. Amanda also shares simple, effective tools you can use to help yourself maintain and improve mental and emotional wellbeing amidst all the changes. If you'd rather watch a video of the session, head here: Hello Zafigo Session #3: Shifting Your Mind - How To Live Well In The 'New Normal'
June 1, 2020
Session #02 | Hustle From Home: Earn Extra Income Online
For this session of Hello Zafigo, Marina Mahathir and Aisha Preece (founder of discuss the different ways one can earn money online, all from the comfort of your own home.   Aisha is a remote working guru who, after 10 years battling through the world of corporate banking, discovered various ways of earning an income online. This has given her the freedom and flexibility to travel to over 28 countries to date, without compromising her finances. Passionate about helping others learn how to make extra income online so they too can earn more, save more, and live more, she created Out and Beyond to provide resources and inspiration to help others live life on their own terms.   Hustle From Home: Earn Extra Income Online touches on the various ways you can make money online, the skills you need, where to find the opportunities, and how to get started. Aisha also shares useful mindset tips that helped her get started, that you too can use in your own remote working search. Download Aisha's presentation here. If you'd rather watch a video of the session, head here: Hello Zafigo Session #2: Hustle From Home - Earn Extra Income Online
May 6, 2020
Session #01 | Travel In The Time Of COVID-19
For the first session of Hello Zafigo, Zafigo founder, Marina Mahathir speaks to ZafigoX alumni, Dr Sakia Haque in Bangladesh and Xyza Cruz Bacani in the Philippines on the current situation in their respective countries. The women discuss how the pandemic is affecting them on personal, social, and occupational levels, as well as share suggestions on what can be done to overcome the sense of isolation that self-quarantine and a movement control order can bring. If you'd rather watch a video of the session, head here: Recap Of Hello Zafigo: Travel In The Time Of COVID-19
April 14, 2020