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WELCOME MESSAGE FROM THE TEAM Hello to all the beautiful readers of 2Cents! This issue of the magazine would be a special one for me as it ’s my last. Yes, I’ll be leaving my heart with 2Cents and furthering myself to better opportunities. 2 years and 4 months I have been here and there hasn’t been a time where I didn’t regret being a writer. It has exposed me to so many things and learn along on how to be independent, confident and most importantly to stay happy. With that being said, here are some of the best articles to craft for all of you to read on! Cafes are pretty much a trendy thing to do and it ’s the next best thing to showing off to your friends on how happening you are. However, visiting a themed concept cafe would take you to another level of cool. Unique concept themed cafes around the world was an interesting piece to write as you find out so much of the creativity people have when it comes to expanding out of the box. Next, one can’t go anywhere without my love for food! I’ve had the pleasure of exploring to two places for this month. One was in Terrasse Cafe and Bistro where you’ll be splurged by their cocktail mixes, pretty European type of ambiences and of course their food speciality. Lastly, was this modern colonial cuisine in Manja Restaurant right in the heart of the city. It ’s complexity in the dish is shown through its bursting flavours and fusion of Malaysian flavour into their western type of dishes. Perfect place for a night out with loved ones. Incorporating my love for psycho thriller movies, I’ve even compiled 10 totally twisted AF movies for all to enjoy and must watch. I’m definitely a sucker for movies that would blow my mind and here are just some of the movie. If I were to tell all films I love, even one whole magazine wouldn’t be fitting. Writing about something I love has been the icing on the cake and for all to read, share and enjoy has been a ride of joy for me. It ’s been a great pleasure inspiring, educating and keeping all of you entertaining. Those of you who love to write, my advice is to start doing it. I’m never the grammar Nazi but heck, I always believe writing from your heart and soul slowly it ’ll show. Have a great read and signing off for the last time Sincerely, Natasha Christopher

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“Unique”Themed Cafes

Cafes nowadays are a booming business in the food and beverage department. Almost everywhere you go, they’ll be a new cafe opening up somewhere nearby you. It’s sort of like a norm now where most cafes are being branded as a hipster or the in-trend thing to start a business with. However, for me, cafes are more of a place to keep my friends and family close and also that one book you’ve been dying to finish in a peaceful place and cafe is the perfect spot. However, because of the common cafe vibe, there are some ‘think-over-the-box’ cafe owners who dare to go beyond the normality of how a cafe should be. Here are some of the quirkiest cafes around the world.

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A. The Kid-Mai Death Cafe, Bangkok The Kid-Mai Death Cafe looks more like the scene of a funeral than a place you’d want to hang out with your friends. Black is the dominant colour, but that’s probably the least morbid thing about this establishment. Wreath of flowers are used as floral decorations and on the menu, you have names like “ageing”, “illness” and even “death”. Plus, to earn a discount, there’s a coffin for visitors to lie down into! Yikes! However, for the owner of the cafes, they prefer the term “death awareness cafe” to encourage people to enjoy every moment of their life.

Death-Themed Cafes

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B. The New Lucky Restaurant, India Have you ever imagined what it’s like to dine with the dead? Well, you can do that in The New Lucky Restaurant in Ahmadabad, India. This place is built literally around a cemetery so you get to have the full experience too. You may think it’s creepy but this place became popular due to its unusual settings. The restaurant owner, Krishnan Kutti didn’t want to disrespect over the gravestones when he first bought the property. Every morning Krishnan would make sure he cleans and puts flowers on them.

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C. Fortezza Medicea, Italy What could be worse than death when you’re alive? Serving time in prison. In 2007, a restaurant opened in Fortezza Medicea, near Pisa, Italy. To make this prison cafe more believable, the wait staff are the inmates with some serving life sentences. You’d think that it’s scary to have your food served by real-life murderers, however, this restaurant is extremely popular and some even have to book weeks in advance to get a spot on the table. The concept of this is mainly a rehabilitation program for the inmates.

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D. Cannibal Sushi, Tokyo Would you even dare to visualize yourself being like Hannibal Lecter that eats human flesh? Surprisingly now you can but it’s not like what you think. The beautiful tradition of serving sushi on the body of a naked woman - which is only a replica - where guest can “endeavour” them. The skilled waiter would dissect the body in front of the visitor with the help of scalpel and expect to see bloody sauce spilling out with the help of special effects.

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A. The Owl Cafe, Tokyo While Japanese are creative in redefining the ordinary, owl cafes are a concept that is unique about Japan. There are about four owl cafes in the Tokyo area. You can pet the birds and take photos (no flash photography) with them. About $12 will even get you an hour-long session with the birds of prey. It’s almost like a themepark attraction than an animal cafe.

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Animal-Themed Cafes

B. The Huskitory, Melaka Who doesn’t love dogs? Especially huskies. Out of the many cafes in Malaysia, one must experience this place. The Huskies are all well-trained and groomed by the owners. Some of this Huskies are also award championship winners in a dog competition. If you’re wondering if you can kidnap the dogs back home, you can’t as these Huskies are all privately owned. Be there about 5-6 pm or 7-8pm daily for their feeding time too.

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C. Les Cafe Des Chats, Paris Love to purr all the way to Paris and drink coffee with cats? Here’s your chance to do so if you’re a cat lover. In 2013, Parisians witnessed the opening of France’s first ever cat café in the Marais. Ever since it’s opening, the place is popular and is always high on demand to the owners would recommend booking before coming in. It’s so popular that they had to turn away 300 potential customers because it was so packed.

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D. Little Zoo Cafe, Bangkok Not only will you be able to see the typical cat and dog type of animals but sticking true to its name, you have exotic animals to see too. Little Zoo Cafe serves as a way for potential exotic pet owners to familiarize themselves because these animals takes more patience. They also serve drinks and snacks. One of the animals you can witness if you visit this place are such as hamsters, corgis, racoon, meerkat, fennec fox, chinchilla and many more.

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A. POISON APPLE, BANDAR SUNWAY Upon arriving, you’ll be bewildered with the creation of the iconic Lord of the Rings’ Hobbit door -which is customized by the team – with a signboard written as Poison Apple. As soon as you enter into the restaurant, you’ll feel like a Princess or King entering into a land of fairy tale. The ambiance does feel like you’re entering one of your childhood storybooks that have turned into reality. It’s a place that’s full of not just one fairy tale story but a tremendous amount of it. Picking up inspiration from Snow White, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Jack and the Beanstalk, ogres, grim characters and many more.

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b. BREAKING BAD, LONDON Someone call Jesse Pinkman and Heisenberg because the chemistry has gone a level up. Breaking Bad had created a large following for its unique narrative. As you enter, the renovation of the interior is fitted like Walter White’s lab and the drinks come in various unique concoctions that would make you relive your favourite television moments.

Movie/TV Show Themed Cafes

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C. GIGER- BAR, SWITZERLAND The fascinating thing about this place is probably the intricacy of the design and feel you’ll get once you enter in. It might feel like your dinner might pop out of your chest mid-meal and scatter around the room. For those of you are unfamiliar with Giger, he is the Swiss surrealist artist who did the set designs and visual effects for the film Alien.

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D. CENTRAL PERK, SINGAPORE The F.R.I.E.N.D.S themed cafe is certainly a big hit and talked about when it first opened. The team led by young owners has made this possible through a crowdfunding exercise which led to the interest of investors. You can take a wonderful memory lane when pieces of Rachel, Monica, Phoebe, Joey, Chandler and Ross found all around. Who knows you’ll be serenaded by Phoebe’s “Smelly Cat” song while you’re there too? Well, that dream might just come true.

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E. ALICE IN WONDERLAND, TOKYO In the Tokyo suburb of Shinjuku, lies a magical world that will transport you back to Alice In Wonderland themed cafe. Patrons would be in for an afternoon tea with a twist of immersive decors and characters mascots. Nothing beats Japan when it comes to themed cafes. There is also a Wonderland Cafe in Nottingham.

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A. Modern Toilet, Taiwan Some of you might be grossed out by this concept let alone to eat in one. The meals here off their extensive menu are all presented in miniature toilet bowls and resemble steaming hot diarrhea. This definitely sounds like a fear factor challenge. You can upgrade your drink to have it served out of a urinal. Mind over matter guys!

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Toilet -Themed Cafes

B. Poop Cafe, Canada Poop Cafe Dessert Bar, dubbed Toronto’s first toilet-themed bar that offers tasty emoji poop treats and drinks in novelty loo mugs. Hungry customers can enjoy an array of Thai, Japanese, and Korean desserts served up in a toilet, urinal, bathtub or old squat toilets while sitting on the loo – chairs made from old toilets.

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A. The Earthquake Cafe, Spain Want to shake up your eating style in a cafe, no pun intended? Well, this may be a dangerous place to eat but fret not, no one has ever been injured… yet. The dining here comes with a nerve-wracking 7.8 magnitude earthquake as the cafe is built to withstand such Richter scale numbers. The plates and glasses are heavy so they would stay put and the staff are required to wear safety gear, though mostly for the entertainment purposes of it. Of course when the “show” starts, the food and drinks are known to spill a little so dress accordingly.

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Mother Nature Themed Cafe

B. RED SEA STAR UNDERWATER CAFE, ISRAEL Dining with the waters sounds more like a unique cafe on its own. Situated in Eliat, Israel, this is the perfect spot for honeymooners, romantic couples or those looking for a unique experience for date night. It comprised of two areas; surface area and an underwater area. The surface area also offers a fantastic view of the Gulf of Aqaba. As for the underwater area, this 5 feet below sea level, offers a gastronomic and excotic food while seeing sea creatures swim. Fun fact: this place is the world’s first underwater restaurant.

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A. Cabbages & Condoms, Bangkok Yes, you saw that right. This is a concept restaurant in Bangkok, Thailand that was created by non- profit association. The restaurant promotes family planning, uses condoms as décor on the walls and instead of being offered an after-dinner mint, you’re offered an after-dinner condom. I had the pleasure of coming to this cafe and all I can say is Thailand never fail to surprise me!

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B. TWIN STARS IN MOSCOW, RUSSIA You might think you’re seeing double after all those shots of vodka, but it’s actually because the entire waitstaff is made up of identical twins. The restaurant was inspired by a 1964 Russian film called Kingdom of Crooked Mirrors, which is about a girl who looks in a mirror and sees her twin in an alternate universe. After throwing a few back, you might actually start seeing quadruple.

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C. JUNK CAFE, PENANG Most people would throw any junk that has been piling in their house but not this unique cafe in Penang. Easily one of the most fascinating cafe places, this place stores vintage collection of all sorts like wooden old school table and benches, rusty musical instruments and funky antiques you have never seen in a long time. Plus, their burgers and coffees are what makes this cafe an entertaining one.

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D. DINING IN THE DARK, KUALA LUMPUR Located in the party streets in Bukit Bintang lies an almost blind dining experience. It’s a restaurant in total darkness with every movement, taste and breath is an adventure. Diners can also look forward to their 4-courses surprise menu are specially designed by renowned Chef Werner and team. The main theme to dining in the dark would be to take a unique approach to appreciate one’s food.

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School Uniforms Around the World

Growing up, we’ve always been exposed and taught many things that would shape us the person that we are now. One of the experiences of growing is through the education system. When we enter school, we are taught to obey rules within the walls of where we are studying. Uniforms are one of those ways where it’s every student’s identity. All over the world, students wear uniforms to school that incorporates their country’s culture or just a simple buttoned up shirts. Here are some examples of how school uniforms looks in other parts of the world.

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Verdict Perfect for those with sensitive skin, the product penetrates deep, leaving your skin hydrated and smooth after application. It also protects and helps with irritation and redness of the skin, making a dream come true product for all. The HadaLabo+ Sensitive Skin range is the ultimate holy grail for everyone with sensitive skin. And it’s totally worth the money to get beautiful skin.

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Maxilip LipBalm Is Here To Rescue You From Dry Lips It’s amazing when you can go out feeling all confident and no one can stop you in your tracks. Except for one thing! Dry lips. Yes, it bruise our ego and mess our mood up. Los Angeles based alternative health practitioner Hari Simran Khalsa said the lips act as a ‘doorway’ to our body’s inner workings. Luckily for everyone, Rohto Mentholatum’s Maxilip Lipbalm is the exact solution you need for an uplifting healthier lips. It comes in two flavours; one is MAXILIP Lipbalm -Caviar with Hyaluronic Acid and MAXILIP Lipbalm - Q10 with Pomegranate.

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MAXILIP Lipbalm - Caviar With Hyaluronic Acid • It has double layer for the purpose of brightening • Maxilip is a unique double layers lip balm that helps hydrating and boosting the skin’s elasticity to make lips look smoother, firmer, fuller and more youthful. • Outer Layer contain ceramide that helps maintain and restore skin barrier function for long-lasting moisturization. • Inner layer contains Precious Caviar that improves elasticity, brightens dull lips and smoothens lips. Its Hyaluronic Acid smoothes fine lines and retains moisture to prevent dryness while its olive oil ingredients gives you a moisture without feeling greasy.

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What’s not to love about travelling? Sightsee some of the best views ever, soaked in the country’s culture and even indulge in their local cuisines. Of course, not every travelling experience has to be like sunshine and rainbows. With every country, lies protocols and strict regulations that you have to adhere to. Laws are there to make sure everyone obeys the rules within that certain countries codes. Some view these rules are somewhat harsh and shouldn’t even exist as it can lead to many negative outcomes rather than the positives. Whatever it may be or their reasoning behind it, these countries pretty much govern one of the strictest laws around the Asian region. Image : FOTOKITA Getta Images

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Iran With 82 million inhabitants, Iran is the world's 18th most populous country. Due to Islam being its official religion, they are tied to the Sharia Law. Which means every Muslim in Iran should be doing their daily prayers, fasting and give donations to the poor. That doesn’t seem all too bad but when it hit is when Iranians are prohibited from doing any actions or any sort of propaganda against the government. Going against such things would result in huge consequences.

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A recent case was when women’s rights defender Saba Kordafshari who was arrested in prolonged solitary confinement for a few days before being transferred to prison. All this is because she was speaking out her opposition to forced veiling or it’s called White Wednesdays campaign. Besides that, the dress code is also pretty tough here where a man can’t be seen sporting a certain hairstyle or look and women need to be covering their head in Hijab and avoid wearing skinny jeans. Also, western music is strictly prohibited.

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China Given that China is still a communist country, you ought to know that the law being implemented would be a nightmare. Censorship is one of the biggest law they have included in where anyone who is in China, strictly blocked from entering any social media sites like Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter, Youtube, Google and any news that is deemed scandalous or even classic literature can be scrubbed off before it is allowed to be on store shelves. For example, the political satire famous book written by George Orwell, Animal Farm is banned in 2018 to avoid potential protests by its citizens. Heck, even Winnie the Pooh was ban in full effect in any platform as they used it as a meme to mock Chinese President Xi Jinping. Looks like China won’t be getting their dose of ‘Hunny’ for quite some time.

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Besides that, from the government wants the people to see the squeaky clean image of them, they also removed the Tiananmen Square Massacre of 1989 across the country in their textbooks, school curriculum and even on the Internet, making it nonexistent info for the youth of the future.

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Singapore An island city-state off southern Malaysia, with up to 5.8 million population presents some of the most absurd laws in the world. Singapore is known for its cleanliness and that’s also because of its strict rules. Spitting in public can also be slapped with a fine. Ban on chewing gum is pretty much the main highlight here. It is true you cannot buy chewing gum in convenience stores or grocery stores but health chewing gum like nicotine gum and sugar-free gum are available at the pharmacist's. You can even get caught by selling gum as your first-time penalty comes in as high as $100,000 or a prison sentence of up to two years. Imagine being incarcerated for a chewing gum!!!

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Adhering to their cleanliness, if you don’t flush the public toilet after using it, you can be caught by a fine. Speak of charging for someone based on common courtesy, yikes! It has become so advanced so much so that many Singaporean elevators are equipped with urine detection devices which means it can detect the scent of urine and will set an alarm off. Not only that, it’ll keep the doors closed until a police officer arrives.

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Recently the women in Saudi Arabia thrive when the government lifted the ban that allows women to now drive. However, being bound to their strict religion and tradition, social laws mainly apply to women are still stern. The country’s dress code for women only allows women to cover themselves up by wearing full-length and all-black robes for them to head out. What’s even worse is the fact that if a woman is raped, she can be found guilty if her clothes are considered too revealing. To keep up with its strictness, photographing pictures of government and military installations is illegal there and can be resulted in a prison sentence. Also, avoid taking pictures of local people without first asking permission.

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Women’s rights in this country seem unlikely to receive justice for them as the testimony of a woman is two times less valuable. They need at least 6 male witnesses to file a lawsuit. It is also hard for women to get custody of their children after a divorce if they are older kids. Besides that, it also reported that there were many cases of women who are brutally killed for not obeying the laws. It’s no wonder many Saudi Arabian women flee the country for their safety and freedom.

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Image : Karen Lim Bhutan In the news, we often hear about how Bhutan is constantly in the list for the world’s happiest country. Though people may be happy, there are certain rules you have to obey when you visit Bhutan. All tourists must obtain a visa before arriving in Bhutan and are issued after a full payment made. You can only visit special areas with a special permit that will be obtained by the tour operator. When you leave Bhutan, travellers will have to pay a US$20 departure tax except for Indian nationals. The royal family of Bhutan is still revered by their people as God so for those who diss them, maybe looking at deportation for good. Maybe the best thing is never to ask or talk about politics in this country. Speaking about God, if you are visiting a monastery, temple or a stupa, it’s always respectable to walk around the prayer wheels in a clockwise direction. For all you smokers, Bhutan is the first country in the world to have completely banned the sale and production of tobacco and smoking is banned in public places too. You can, however, bring your own tobacco provided that it's up to 200 cigarettes for personal use and declare it upon arrival where it will be subjected to sales and customs tax. If got caught smuggling tobacco in, you’ll be in prison for three years.

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Image : Dick Thomas Johnson Flickr Japan Everyone who goes to Japan is bound to love something from there. Sometimes their rules may be strict but that’s also what keeps the Japanese obedient and respectful people. Smoking, gambling, and the legal drinking age is 20 years old. Japanese laws when it comes to drinking in public are generally relaxed which means they are free to consume alcohol in parks, at the station or even inside a train. Of course, drinking responsibly would be a priority too. When it comes to commuting via trains, it is forbidden to talk on your mobile phone. They would instruct you to turn your phone to silent or as they called it “manner mode”. Plus, even going to the park would forbid them from not playing frisbee, no drums, no crying (WHAT?), no pets, and no skating. Japanese are known for their good work ethic and that comes with strict working policies and all employees including from the CEO down to the lowly staff to perform excellently and respect those who are higher than him. The topic of World War II and the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki is highly prohibited to talk about.

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Image : David Guttenfelder AP 7. North Korea This communist country pretty much takes the icing on the cake for the strictest laws in Asia. With the nation’s isolation from the outside world, there are so much of mind-boggling laws they have that will shock you. Internet is an important part of every human being but in North Korea, only certain people are allowed to use the Internet and this includes, the North Korean political leader, their family, and military’s cyber-warfare department. Other places, Wifi is banned. Plus they can't use standard Windows or Mac operating systems but rather their own Red Star OS. When it comes to the media as well, programming is controlled by the government by putting only news that the citizen should know about. This is where the rules get more controlled. You can only have an option of 28 styles of haircut that is approved by Kim Jong-Un, with men having 10 styles to choose from and women with 18 various styles. When it comes to fashion, jeans are a big no-no as it deemed as a symbol of capitalism. Even, North Koreans must not smile or talk loudly on the 8th of June. This day was when North Korean President Kim II-sung died. As well as on his birthday (April 15). Those who don’t do this will be sent to labor camps.

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If you’re already suffocating by just reading some of the laws stated in North Korea, you can’t call for help either. Making international calls is illegal unless they receive government permission. A man in 2007 was sadly executed and shot by the government for not complying. However, what was interesting about North Korea is rumours that marijuana is legal there. But you can debunk this myth as it's completely illegal. One of the many confusion that stemmed is from their hemp plant which resembles like a marijuana plant. Would you still visit any of these countries even though they have strict laws?

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Design

LOGITECH MX MASTER 3

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From the first look of this mouse, it has the shape of an outer space transportation. The futuristic look in this would attract a lot of people that’ll make them look more stylish. Much of the action takes place on the thumb side of the mouse. Another wheel here lets you scroll horizontally, though not with the same speed as the main wheel. A pair of buttons for moving back and forth sit below it. Another on the thumb pad allows you to initiate gestures.

MASTERING PRECISION WITH TOUCH OF A MOUSE

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Ever wonder what it’s like to have such infinite potential and instant precision whenever you use your computer mouse? It’s all coming true to you after you’ve met the Logitech MX Master 3. It’s the most advanced Master Series mouse yet – designed for creatives and engineered for coders. If you can think it, you can master it.

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They’ve reinvented the wheel as you can spot from first glance. It allows you to scroll 1,000 lines in 1 second! Now that’s amazing. The all-new MagSpeed Electromagnetic scrolling is precise enough to stop on a pixel and quick enough. With all the speed you must be thinking on how loud it must be but it’s the opposite. It’s nearly silent, as if a pin drop silence type. The wheel’s machined steel gives it a premium tactility and enough weight to offer a dynamic inertia you feel- but don’t hear. It’s crafted form meets intuitive control that you’ll work comfortably with a silhouette perfectly for the shape of your palm. Create, make, and do more intuitively with ideally-place front/back and gesture buttons and a new thumb wheel.

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You can seamlessly control multiple computers with your Flowenabled MX Master 3 by simply moving your cursor to the edge of the screen. Your MX Master 3 flows with you, even between Windows and macOS operating systems. Effortlessly transfer text, images, and files between computers- copy on one and paste to the other.

Performance

Master 3 for your laptop, home computer, and office desktop.

Conclusion

The fact that this mouse offers tons of amazing features and you can expect brilliant performance, it’s no wonder that this Logitech speciality is a favourite among many.

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Customize MX Master 3 and configure every action for your specific workflow. MX Master 3 is fully customizable in nearly every app you use – and you’ll work faster with predefined customizations optimized for your favorite apps - Adobe Photoshop®, Adobe Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro™, Google Chrome™, Safari™, and Microsoft Word®, Excel®, PowerPoint®, and Edge. MX Master 3 stays powered for up to 70 days on a full charge – and gets three hours of use from a one-minute quick charge. Use the included USB-C charging cable to top up the power.

SPECIFICATIONS: WEIGHT: 141 G WIRELESS OPERATING DISTANCE: 10M8 NOMINAL VALUE: 1000 DPI

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The light and powerful rugged 12� tablet is designed to provide the mobility and connectivity to help field users stay productive; its durability offering peace of mind for those in some of the dirtiest, wettest, most challenging and most critical workplaces. Updated features include an enhanced 1000 NIT FHD display with anti-glare coatings, allowing customers to access and showcase their work even when out in direct sunlight. The screen is also glove responsive and multi-touch capable.

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BUILT TO WITHSTAND RUGGED AND EXTREME NATURE Meeting the demands of workers in harsh environments, from the factory floor to ambulances, desert sandstorms to Arctic conditions. All this you can find with the latest Dell Latitude 7220 that’ll blow your mind off.

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The tablet can be configured to individual user needs, with options including the latest 8 th Generation Intel Core Processors boasting up to 2TB 1 of high performance and reliable PCIe solid state drives. The tablet has passed MIL- STD-810G/H testing and is also IP-65 rated for protection against dust, dirt and water ingress, along with hazardous location Class 1 Div 2 certifications. Drop tested from 4 ft (approx. 1.2 metre) and tested to withstand -20 to 145 Fahrenheit (approx. -29 to 63 Celsius) temperatures 2 , the tablet is built to support you whatever the environment.

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One thing that’s interesting about Dell Latitude 7220 is you have a built-in infrared camera with Windows Hello facial recognition allows users to log into their devices securely and easily. Optional next-generation fingerprint, contactless and contacted smartcard readers could benefit to those needing to balance the security of their data with user accessibility.

Performance

recognition based secure device access. Next-generation Fingerprint Reader option is available for authenticated device access.

Conclusion

If you’re someone who has to use a tablet in harsh conditions of the weather with amazing features to wow you, this would be the perfect device.

4.7

When speed matters, get a much needed boost with improved thermal management and the 8th Gen Intel® CPUs. A USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type C™ port also allows for up to 2x (10GB/sec) faster data transfer rates. Besides that, when it gets bright, go brighter. Viewable in direct sunlight, the 1000-Nit glove touch-capable screen helps you get your work done. And the new rugged active stylus allows an even faster and more accurate interaction with the tablet’s screen.

SPECIFICATIONS: WEIGHT: 1.33 KG PORTS & SLOTS : TYPE - C PORT, USB 3.1 TYPE-A OPERATING SYSTEM: WINDOWS 10 PRO 64 BIT

CONTACT: DELL TECHNOLOGIES 1800 88 2888 WWW.DELL.COM.MY

Whether you manage a two hundred PC’s or a single one, Dell has the security features and support in place to help simplify your job. The infrared camera plus Microsoft ‘Hello’ enable facial

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AMD Radeon Pro 5000M Series Price: To be announced Website: apple.com

Based on the powerful AMD RDNA architecture, the Radeon Pro 5000M series mobile GPUs offer superb performance and incredible visual fidelity for video editing, 3D content creation and macOS-based game development. As the first 7nm discrete mobile GPUs for professional users, the new Radeon Pro 5000M series offers up to 8GB of GDDR6 memory with up to 192 GB/s bandwidth – doubling the bandwidth of GDDR5. Users will also benefit from up to 4.0 TFLOPS of single-precision floating-point performance and ultra-smooth, high-frame rate visuals on the MacBook Pro Retina display.

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HONOR Band 5 Sport

Price: RM 79 Website: hihonor.com

The HONOR Band 5 Sport integrates smart features such as running form monitoring, courtside sport performance tracking, daily activity tracking and monitoring, sleep monitoring, and message reminders. It can precisely monitor ten types of motion data, rating overall game performance, whether you’re playing tennis, basketball or badminton. This fitness band is a revolutionary breakthrough in sport band wearables thanks to its six-axis sensor, which can detect seven types of running data. Users can get up to 97% accuracy for running by attaching the band to one of their shoes.

Apple OtterBox Phone Case Price: from RM 180 Website: switch.com.my

OtterBox, the No. 1-selling smartphone case brand in the U.S., adds personal style and protection to any Apple device with a wide portfolio of case styles, colors and graphics. Symmetry Series protects against daily drops and bumps with a slim profile and trusted protection. Symmetry Series is rocking trendy new case graphics and day-to-night solids to match any mood or outfit. Show off your device with a clear case for sleek Apple iPhone protection. Commuter Series is made for life on the go. With a hard outer shell and inner silicone slipcover, Commuter Series offers protection against drops and bumps when at home, work, on the train or anywhere in between.

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Lenovo Legion Y545

Price: from RM 4,099 Website: lenovo.com/my

Packed with performance and features, the Lenovo Legion Y545 Laptop comes with 9th Generation Intel® Core™ processors to deliver desktop-like performance in a conveniently portable package. Thermally optimized to run cooler and quieter, with a full-sized white-backlit keyboard, this laptop is primed HONOR for those who VIEW20 demand gaming wherever life takes them. The bulky gaming laptops of old are gone, and now is the time to embrace a machine that is worthy of you—stylish on the outside, savage on the inside. At 24.7mm thin and 2.3kg in weight, the Y545 was redesigned to deliver the ideal balance between epic Price: Starts from RM1,999 gaming performance and practical portability. Website: Ground Floor of Highstreet @ One Utama Shopping

Centre. HONOR View20’s rear camera is the first to be powered by the SONY IMX586 48MP sensor, with a 1/2-inch large CMOS, and equivalent 1.6μm pixels in Quad Bayer array. The sensor, boosted by the Kirin 980 chipset, supports new 48MP AI Ultra Clarity mode to produce photos with unmatched detail and clarity. The Kirin 980’s dual-NPU processes the photo using an advanced AI algorithm – the quality of the photo is assessed, details in dark areas are optimized, and colors are adjusted to appear more vivid.

HTC Vive Cosmos

Price: RM 3,699 Website: www.vive.com

Vive Cosmos was built to adapt to the needs of VR customers with ease, versatility, and performance at the forefront. The all-new Vive tracking system offers a simplified setup that makes getting into VR faster and easier than ever before, with six camera sensors for wide and accurate inside-out tracking. Cosmos features a 2880 x 1700 combined pixel resolution—an 88% increase over the original Vive—delivering crystal-clear text and graphics. All-new LCD panels reduce the distance between pixels and combined with real RGB displays minimize screen-door effect.

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Acer ASPIRE E 15

Price: RM899 Website: Lazada

Price: RM2,659 Website: Acer outlets or authorized dealers

This full-featured waterproof portable speaker with high-capacity Aspire E Series laptops are great choices for everyday users, with lots battery to charge your devices goes a long way. Wirelessly connect of appealing options and an attractive design that exceed expectations. up to 3 smartphones or tablets to the speaker and take turns With many enhanced components, color choices, and a textured metallic playing powerful stereo sound. It even has a built-in rechargeable finish, the Aspire E makes Porsche Design HUA WEI Mate 30 everyday RS better. With added enhancements, Li-ion battery supports up to 20 hours of playtime charges Website: you get an even richer media experience. Acer TrueHarmony™ delivers Price: To beand announced consumer.huawei.com/ The fifth handset to join the exclusive the PORSCHE DESIGN Matemore 30 RSlifelike continues to set the Acer standard for performance high-end smartphones and tablets via USB. Plus,line-up, no more worrying about rainHUAWEI richer, audio, while ExaColor™ producesand consistent smartphone engineering and functional design. The new device combines cutting edge technology with the ultimate in smartphone aesthetics. Powered by or spills; you can even submerge in water. colour accuracy and Skype-certified components provide uninterrupted the newest HUAWEI Kirin 990 5G, the world’s first flagship 5G SoC, the PORSCHE DESIGN HUAWEI Mate 30 RS supports both 5G Non-Standalone(NSA) and audioSuperCharge and video. and a sleek aerodynamic design enhanced by two luxurious Standalone(SA) modes, adds to its performance credentials with wireless HUAWEI color versions. While the color black represents simplicity and strength, red is passionate, glamorous and adventurous.

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OnePlus 7 Pro

Price: From RM 2288 Website: www.oneplus.com

The 6.67 inch Fluid AMOLED display on the OnePlus 7 Pro is our most advanced screen ever. Experience unrivalled smoothness and clarity with a 90 Hz refresh rate and QHD+ resolution. Every tap, swipe and button press feels instant and effortless thanks to the world’s first AMOLED display with a 90 Hz refresh rate. Besides that, capture life in brand-new ways with a 48 MP main camera, ultra wide angle lens and 3x optical zoom. Combined with smart scene recognition and new Nightscape 2.0 technology, the OnePlus 7 Pro is your personal photo studio. Also, experience true speed with up to 12 GB of RAM, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Mobile Platform and up to 256 GB of storage.

Panasonic LUMIX S1H

Price: To be announced Website: www.panasonic.com

A new Digital Single Lens Mirrorless camera equipped with a full-frame image sensor combining the professional-level video quality and high mobility of the mirrorless camera. As previously announced during its development, the LUMIX S1H is the world’s first camera capable of video recording at 6K/24p *1 (3:2 aspect ratio), 5.9K/30p (16:9 aspect ratio), and 10-bit 60p 4K/C4K. The LUMIX S1H incorporates a Body I.S. (Image Stabilizer) to effectively compensate for hand-shake movement. Combining the Body I.S. (5-axis) and the O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer, 2-axis) in the LUMIX S Series lenses, the Dual I.S. 2 compensates for virtually any type of blurring even more powerfully, allowing the use of a 6.5-stop*4 slower shutter speed.

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Asus Zenbook Pro Duo

Price: RM 12,999 Website: www.asus.com

Take your creativity and productivity to the next level with the groundbreaking ASUS ZenBook Pro Duo! Designed to give you the ultimate edge in workflow efficiency, the powerful RTX Studio Laptop features a full-width 4K ASUS ScreenPad™ Plus that works seamlessly with the main 4K UHD OLED display. It’s never been this easy to harness your full creative power. ASUS ScreenPad™ Plus gives you on-the-go computing like you’ve never experienced before. It’s a full-width 4K secondary touchscreen that works seamlessly with the main 15.6-inch 4K UHD OLED touchscreen, giving you endless ways to optimize and personalize your workflow.

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Nokia 3.1 A

Price: RM 569 Website: www.nokia.com

Enjoy 2 days of battery life1 powered with advanced AI features, such as Adaptive Battery. It learns how you use your device and manages apps in the background to minimize battery consumption. This gives you more time for the apps and services you use the most, so you can go even longer between searching for aVIEW20 power outlet. Motion Photos bring your pictures to life by capturing a short video the moment you press the shutter button to snap a photo. HONOR Get things done and find answers with the Google Assistant. Get help with directions, make calls and get the latest news - using only your voice.

Price: Starts from RM1,999 Website: Ground Floor of Highstreet @ One Utama Shopping Centre.

HONOR View20’s rear camera is the first to be powered by the SONY IMX586 48MP sensor, with a 1/2-inch large CMOS, and equivalent 1.6μm pixels in Quad Bayer array. The sensor, boosted by the Kirin 980 chipset, supports new 48MP AI Ultra Clarity mode to produce photos with unmatched detail and clarity. The Kirin 980’s dual-NPU processes the photo using an advanced AI algorithm – the quality of the photo is assessed, details in dark areas are optimized, and colors are adjusted to appear more vivid.

Acer Monitor ET2

Price: RM 1,499 Website: www.acer.com

With this monitor, you’ll get the best of it from its professional color adjustment. For professional editing, achieve true-life accuracy with 6-Axis Color Adjustment. You can even share with what’s on your screen with friends and family as colors stay true no matter what angle you’re viewing from. Plus, to avoid getting tired eyes from looking at the monitor screen for long, the AcerVision Care incorporates several technologies to reduce eye strain and provide a more comfortable viewing experience.

JBL CHARGE 3

Acer ASPIRE E 15

Price: RM899 Website: Lazada

Price: RM2,659 Website: Acer outlets or authorized dealers

This full-featured waterproof portable speaker with high-capacity Aspire E Series laptops are great choices for everyday users, with lots battery to charge your devices goes a long way. Wirelessly connect of appealing options and an attractive design that exceed expectations. up to 3 smartphones or tablets to the speaker and take turns With many enhanced components, color choices, and a textured metallic playing powerful stereo sound. It even has a built-in rechargeable finish, the Aspire Razer Phone 2 E makes everyday better. With added enhancements, Price: From RM 2600 Website: www8.hp.com Li-ion battery supports up to 20 hours of playtime and charges you get an even richer media experience. Acer TrueHarmony™ delivers When it comes to tablets mobile gaming, UltraMotion technology reigns supreme. The razer is still the only with a true 120HZ consistent screen, and smartphones and via USB.our Plus, no more worrying about rain richer, morePhone lifelike audio, whilesmartphone Acer ExaColor™ produces that includes both touch sampling and display refresh rate. Break into your favourite mobile games at silky-smooth speed with no lag, complete with a or spills; you canaccurate even submerge in water. colourIGZO accuracy Skype-certified components provide response that’s to the touch. Our 5.7” screen boasts a 120Hz 1440x2560 display,and delivering an unrivaled standard in mobileuninterrupted gaming refresh audio and video. to take the Razer Phone to the next level. rate. It’s now improved with a 50% brighter display and better color accuracy

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Visiting the Land of the Rising Sun with Influencer, Nana Bebu Japan is truly one of the most beautiful countries to visit while you’re on vacation. From geishas, cherry blossoms to the amazing culture of food they have to offer there, it’s no secret that Japan is a sort of places to go to tick it off your bucket list at least once in your life. If you’ve not been to Japan before and want some inside scoop on some of the best place to head to, you’re in luck. Nana Bebu is a social media influencer and also an accomplished Youtuber. She regularly travels and sharing insights to where she’s been is something she loves to do too. Here’s Nana Bebu highlights on some of the places she went in Japan and the story behind it.

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Mojiko Station It’s the oldest station in Kagoshima Line and was an important port for international trade from the end of the 1800s onwards. The moment you enter the entrance, it’s classic European style with some Japanese touches of their architecture is something to behold and be amazed at. What’s interesting about this railway line station is you can leisurely walk from the station to several other historic buildings located in an attractive waterfront area too. You have libraries, cafes, restaurants and museums too.

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Canal City Shopping Centre, Fukuoka

Part of the Mojiko experience as well, you can make your way to the observatory place where you can see the beautiful view of this amazing place. You can even make your way to the Kawachi Wisteria Garden where it features spectacular flower tunnels. Lastly, make your way to the Kitakyushu Manga Museum too for comic book enthusiasts!

It’s a large shopping complex conveniently situated between Tenjin (downtown area), Nakasu (entertainment district) and Hakata (originally a port city). It’s basically all of the city package rolled into one where you have 250 shops and restaurants, amusement facilities and even a high-class hotels.

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Food We set out to have our first dinner in Kitakyushu in this famous local area. The soup was very sweet and delighted all of us with the taste. The sashimi was very different from all the other times I’ve eaten it as it has a very fresh, thick meat and presents a vibrant flavour. Definitely was satisfied with the meal!

Banana Beer This is a must have when you’re in Moji Port. The taste in this banana beer is really special as it’s really smooth and whole lotta banana peelings. There’s an option of the alcohol flavor or non alcohol but personally for me, I prefer the non alcohol as it’s more concentrated in its banana flavour. Pair up your beverage with a local grilled curry dish and you’ll have the perfect meal. ABOUT NANABEBU IF YOU WANT TO FIND OUT THE LATEST HAPPENINGS OR WHEREABOUTS NANA BEBU WILL BE VENTURING TO NEXT, FOLLOW HER ON HER INSTAGRAM @NANABEBU. ASIDE FROM THAT, SHE ALSO MAINTAIN A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE AND FASHION TIPS TO GIVE YOU ALL. CAN BE SEEN THROUGH HER SOCIAL MEDIA. INSTAGRAM: NANABEBU FOLLOWERS: 321K

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Since it’s Christmas month, all our thoughts go to Santa Claus and his helpers spreading joy and cheer around the world. But then, why wait for him when we can go visit him, tentatively speaking? Social media influencer and mother to a beautiful child, Dudu Ann had the opportunity to explore the colourful and rather chilly country of both Finland and Iceland.

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When it comes to Finland, there are so many things to see and do. From sleighing the snowy mountains through a reindeer, meeting the doppleganger of Santa Claus, to picturesque winter scenes. Here are some of the pictures; Worth knowing the city of Rovaniami is the city where it’s the "official" home town of Santa Claus, and for viewing the Northern Lights.

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A land that is defined by its dramatic landscape with volcanoes, geysers, hot springs and lava fields. One of the main attractions in Iceland that draws in a crowd of more than 2.3 million visitors per year is the Blue Lagoon. The Blue Lagoon is a geothermal spa in southwestern Iceland. The spa is located in a lava field near GrindavĂ­k on the Reykjanes Peninsula, in a location favourable for geothermal power, and is supplied by water used in the nearby Svartsengi geothermal power station.

Another attraction is the Diamond Beach. One of the most unique things about the beach is that it never looks the same. Even if you just visited the day before the beach will have changed completely and the natural ice sculptures, the icebergs, will have reformed, melted away and new ones appeared. Many of the icebergs are over 1,000 years old and have made their way through the grand lagoon first as enormous ice blocks and now smaller bergs enjoying their last moments until their join with the Atlantic ocean. The icebergs glisten on the beach giving it the name Diamond beach.

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Alvin Chong

Talks About His Hometown, Penang and the TikTok App The talented Alvin Chong rose to fame as a singer and actor when he was a contestant for the singing reality show called Astro Star Quest (ASQ). Ever since after the show, he went on to work alongside notable names like Alif Star, Siti Nordiana, Isabela Vinzon and more. However, with his success, Alvin still holds his hometown, Georgetown, Penang close to his heart and never forgets his roots. Even as an avid Tiktok user, he even documents #ExperiencePenang to his Tiktok profile. If you think Penang is all about food, think again. Here’s Alvin explaining to us on how Penang is more than meets the eye and his fondness over the TikTok app.

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How long have you been on TikTok and what inspired you to try it?

I’ve always been a big fan of social media, as it always piqued my interest. Making comical and dance/song videos really highlight my personality so, with TikTok, it’s the perfect fit for me. I have been on TikTok for about a year and a half now since early 2018. For a video that is only 15 seconds long and allows me to link my other social media platforms makes it easier for me too. It allows me to distinguish between short-form content and longer-form ones, which gives my followers an option to choose which content they want to consume.

If you were to describe Penang in a sentence, what would it be?

As a Penangite, I can safely say that it is impossible to summarize the beauty of Penang into a single sentence. To me, Penang holds precious moments as I was growing up, memories with my family and friends that I will cherish for a lifetime. Marry that with the Penang, I know now and you have an amalgamation of good eats, hidden gems shared with the one’s dearest to me.

Here are some of the top places you can visit while you’re in Penang Play Hide&Seek With The Street murals of Penang

Street Art in Georgetown – Penang Street Art, and in particular George Town Street Art, has in the past few years enhanced its position as the street art capital of the country. This began with Marking George Town in 2009, and this showcase has successfully brought crowds of people waiting to have their photo taken in front of the wall paintings.

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Embark on a Food Marathon

The streets of Penang city is often regarded as a food paradise mainly because of its diversity in ethnicity, culture and religion. Due to that fact, people from around the world often visit Penang to celebrate and experience the variety, be it street or hawker food. With the never-ending variety of food here, it is nearly impossible to find a store that will disappoint you.

Beautify Your Life With Butterflies

The Penang Butterfly Farm, aptly rebranded to Entopia Penang, is an attraction that encapsulates the voices of nature within its botany covered dome. The entire structure is divided into two main sectors: The Natureland, is a vivarium shared harmoniously by the invertebrates and reptiles who cohabitate in the intricately designed ecological space; and The Cocoon, a two-story learning exhibition with a plethora of fun activities and opportunities for visitors to learn about how our natural environment sustains itself.

The Colors of Georgetown, Penang

Located near the New World Park, next to Burmah Road are rows of renovated remodelled houses in beautiful designs and colours. They have been turned into chic restaurants, pubs and quaint businesses that have their own unique architectural features revealing the influence of Chinese and European styles.

Why do you think people should try the TikTok app more?

What I really like about TikTok is that the platform almost magically understands user behaviour but it’s actually its machine learning technology. It takes into account Millennials and Gen Z consumption preferences, which gives rise to extremely interactive challenges and trending topics that anyone can participate in.

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GUIDE TO SEARCHING

FOR JOBS ON Small and medium businesses (SMBs) in Malaysia are adopting digital technologies and hiring professionals with technologyrelated skills, according to data from LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional network. In Malaysia, there are more than 4 million members on the network.

With more companies embracing technology to grow their businesses, exciting opportunities for young and digitally-savvy professionals are emerging in the country. If you are currently looking for a job, here are five tips to help you get started in your career journey.

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1. Make your Linkedin profile shine

Upload a recent solo photo taken with good lighting, cropping the picture so that your face is clearly seen. Add a summary and share details that will enlighten recruiters about what makes you a great hire.

2. Showcase and enhance your skills

LinkedIn has found that various tech skills are in demand today. At the same time, companies also value soft skills, such as your ability to work with different people. If your dream job requires skills that you still need to master, check out the online courses on platforms like LinkedIn Learning. Once you feel more confident, consider taking LinkedIn Skills Assessment to prove your proficiency.

3. Explore Jobs on Linkedin

LinkedIn has found that various tech skills are in demand today. At the same time, companies also value soft skills, such as your ability to work with different people. If your dream job requires skills that you still need to master, check out the online courses on platforms like LinkedIn Learning. Once you feel more confident, consider taking LinkedIn Skills Assessment to prove your proficiency.

4. Connect with People

Check your network in case you have any connections at the companies that interest you. Reach out to them if they would be willing to give you a referral.

5. Keep up with the companies you would want to work for

Follow Linkedin Company Pages and set alerts in case they have openings. This lets recruiters know you are interested and helps increase your chances of hearing from them. Not only does LinkedIn have a wide variety of job opportunities, it also has the community to help you find the right one. Besides that, small and medium businesses (SMBs) in Malaysia are also recruiting young talent to help them achieve their goals. Generation Y, also known as millennials, make up 76 percent of SMB employees, while Generation Z, who have recently graduated from college and are stepping into their first jobs, account for 7 percent. Generation X comprise 15% of SMB employees. Hope this helps!

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WHY LISTENING IS SO IMPORTANT? Written by: Natasha Christopher If you ever wonder why certain people goes to this one person to rant or just to let their emotions out, you could say it’s from trust. Yes, confiding in a person you really trust is truly important as well but the main thing they keep going back to the same person besides they might offer good advice is the fact they are good listeners. You know how sometimes people don’t want a solution but rather a listening aid for their problems may it be from stress at work, relationships or family matters, all they need is for someone to value them through the art of listening. I had my fair share of wanting people to listen to me when I have an issue, but then they turn the other cheek and it always upsets me even more than I already have. Some of the examples if you want to be a better listener for your loved ones is; learn to not look, reply or engage in your phone when they are talking, constantly looking at your watch or even looking distracted or interrupting them. All of that will make them feel like their issue is boring. No one likes when that happens. Being unheard results in feelings of disconnection and loneliness. Essentially, human beings just wants to be understood. Being in a psychology major as well, it has taught me to be a better listener and cater to people’s problem. For example, while in college I was exposed to a subject where you have to learn to speak in a counseling session manner and through that course, I’ve figured that you can know so much about people when you start listening to them. Ever since then, whenever a friend comes to me to pour their feelings out, I’ve adopted this lifestyle of speaking less and listening more. It works wonders, I tell you.

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To be a good listener, it takes a little adjustment that you’ll adapt to it in no time. Just practice the no-no’s I spoke earlier and you’ll be in the right path. Here are some tips. Practice Active Listening

while looking away, it’ll distract them from ever opening up completely.

So, what active listening does not only are you quiet most of the way but it’s also putting the situation about them. For example, active listening requires question be thrown to them but in a subtle way. Like, “Are you saying that _______”, “What I heard you say was ______”, “Did you mean that _______.” This would bring you a deeper understanding of the issue the person came up to you and be able to help them by feeling good even though you were only just listening.

Paraphrase

When you restate, in your own words, what the speaker is saying, you prove that you’re listening carefully – after all, you wouldn’t be able to repeat anything if you weren’t paying attention.

Non-verbal Communication is Key

No Judgement

Nonverbal communication is the process of sending and receiving messages without using words, either spoken or written. Also called manual language. About 60-70% of our communication involves non-verbal. It’s important to know this just so you see whether to encourage the speaker to open up, be supportive or many more. Observation is also important.

It’s one thing to listen to them but it’s another thing when you judge them. No one likes to be judged on what they are going through. Puts a negative circle on the whole thing and in turn, you’ll be labelled as the narrow minded one. Always make it your goal to be as open minded as you can.

Make Eye Contact

Showing that you are paying full attention to them can be done through the power of eye contact. If you don’t look at the person that you’re speaking with, it shows you almost don’t care about him or her feelings. Even if you are listening

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Try this method and see all the difference you can make when it comes to communicating.

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Creamy Cofftail

Exquisite French Cuisine All Here In

Terrasse Cafe & Bistro In this quiet neighborhood area of Seksyen 17, Petaling Jaya lies a cafe and bistro that most people may not know of but it’s time for you to take notice. Upon arriving, you’ll think with the small wooden door entrance, it’s just another cafe but not till you go upstairs which is where the fun is at! Established just this year of September,Terrasse Cafe & Bistro has quickly been raving by the people who visit this fusion cafe and bar. Afternoon will be a cafe themed, dinner would be a French dining experience and ending the night with cocktail bar vibe where lights are dimmed and house music being played in the background. We spoke owners Sze Lee, and Kisson (also bartender/head chef and director) during our review. When asked what was the inspiration behind Terrasse Cafe & Bistro, all they wanted was a laidback vibe. “Sze Lee studied in UK for a few years and I (Kisson) studied in Germany back then, so it made us see the many inspiration picked out from different bars and restaurants from all over the country. Essentially we want it to be a fusion of cafe and bar where everyone can sit back and relax.” Kisson also owns a few cocktail bars and speakeasy places, hence making it another step up level on cocktail fusion on where the coffee cocktail (cofftail) is famous here. The alcoholic cocktails are also a hit among customers here. Terrasse Cafe & Bistro Address: 622A, First Floor, Jalan 17/8, Happy Garden, Section 17, 46400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor. Business Hours: Daily, 11am-1am. Contact: 011-1198-9178

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Besides that, one of the things that’ll attract you to come here is their superb interior designing by Sze Lee. She majors in Fashion Designing but her creativity stands out through it’s display. In Terrase, you have four different sections you wish to be seated at. You have a sunroof feel vibe (during nighttime you can catch a glimpse of starry skies), a factory themed, forest and a British garden themed that is especially catered for VIPs.

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Since the cofftail and cocktail was one of the main highlights in this place, let’s review them!

Cofftail Flavoured coffee with all the art but placed in a cocktail glass, making it a luxurious drinking experience.

Sweet Potato Latte, RM 12 (hot) Truly never tasted how this both fusion could gel so well. Such a creamy yet flavourful sweet potato coffee this was. The “garnish” on this coftail revives a good combination of aroma before you sip on it.

Matcha Latte, RM 12 (hot) For all you green tea matcha lovers, this beautiful extract of match latte certainly would win your hearts! Even their art on the coffee may look like a simple one, but to me it sort of represented the sun, trees and skies. But that’s just my interpretation.

Sweet Potato Latte, RM12 (hot)

Matcha Latte, RM 12 (hot)

Cocktails

Terrasse, RM 45 This signature drinks is infused with Earlgrey extract, gin, rum, jasmine tea, elder flower, angostura bitter, orange, lime and egg white (which explains the smoothness of the cocktail). If you’re looking for a sweet alcohol infused cocktail this is the one for you. The orange and lime ingredients in do balance out each other and certainly a slow and chill drink that many would prefer to order.

Ich Vermiss Dich, RM 45 Terrasse, RM 45

Ich Vermiss Dich, RM 45

Directly translate in German which means ‘I miss you’, comes with Cointreau, Italy vinegar, angostura bitter, orange, lime, rosemary and egg white. If you’re a person who loves smokey and slight bitter taste to a cocktail this would be the perfect cocktail for you – Ich Vermiss Dich.

PROMOTIONS!! Even get affordable deals when you visit Terrasse Cafe & Bistro on Thursdays! Buy 2 Cocktails free 1 Gin Tonic. Look out for their Happy Hour promo on Gin & Tonic only from 5-8pm everyday. Price range RM33 one and 2 Gin & Tonic for RM 40. Last till end of December! More promo soon to be updated. Check their social media website for further info.

Food! Seafood Aglio Olio, RM 36

Canard a l’Orange, RM 42 This French classic main course stunned us with how brilliant the combination of flavours were. It simply consists of French roast duck, orange sauce and sides of salad. Naturally one of the naturally trickiest things was to ace the orange sauce so its acidity doesn’t overpower the whole dish. Luckily for Terrasse Cafe&Bistro, they nailed it in terms of flavour, presentation and the juiciness of the duck. The sauce and meat pairs well together. The roast Canard a l’Orange, RM 42 duck was generous in portion and juicy for most part. Can be shared with 2 people.

I’ve always loved aglio olio. Plus it with seafood and my heart is taken. For this rendition of the seafood aglio olio, my verdict would be that I love how generous the seafood portion are. Just like that, I’m sold. The aglio olio has the right texture and taste that isn’t too overwhelming nor is the spaghetti noodles were oily. With cherry tomatoes, herbs, clams, squid and prawns into the Seafood Aglio Olio, RM 36 mix, it ought to be a nice touch of balance when you indulge in one of their cocktails.

Ratings

In-House Special Cakes, RM 18 For the sweet tooth-ers, make sure you indulge in their beautiful made three slices of different cakes. Personal favourite: Blueberry Cheese Cake.

4.7 Presentation

In-House Special Cakes, RM18

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Pamper Yourself With

Modern Colonial Cuisine in Manja

@ Old Malaya With a View

As soon as you make the turning from the heavy traffic along KL’s Lorong Raja Chulan, you’ll be enticed by the luxurious and quiet dining row of restaurants (Old Malaya area) that you can dine in. It’s almost like you’ve spotted a gem of place in the midst of the busy city centre. Manja Kuala Lumpur is located in one of them. It’s where the past, present and perhaps the future collides. Before Manja KL existed, this place was a home to a family who then decided to sell his house off. If you enter this fine dining spot, you’ll be able to see the untouched bricks which was left there for about 100 years ago, preserving the history of nature. What makes this place a place to visit is also from its bold dark red and solid colours plus with its artistic wall art that makes its a Instagrammable top spot. Every corner in the room you see here is meant for a feast of the eyes. Let Manja Restaurant pamper you; Address: 6, Lorong Raja Chulan, 50250 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Business Hours: Daily, 12 pm - 4 pm (Lunch) ; 5.30 pm - 11pm (dinner) Contact Number: 012 3737063

When it comes to the view, you get to see the beautiful KL Tower as you sit at the bar outside. If you need a more cozy way of eating with a view, you can head upstairs where you are welcomed with ambient lights with a glass sky picture perfect of the KL Tower. With its view, environment, and warm welcome by the staff are heading to a great start, its refreshing drink never fail to cheer you up either. ‘

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Cocktails

Spirit of Borneo (RM 29) Keeping to its Borneo spirit cocktail, it is a drink that has tuak in it where they have an artisan producer that make it but infusion of the cocktail are made in-house. What make this shaken cocktail special is the many layers it has. You have a floral layers where it has an elderflower syrup, a citrusy lemon juice and the egg white that make the froth for a creamier drinking experience. You should try this drink because it has cili padi infused in it too. Kicks in a punch with tasty flavours.

Spirit of Borneo (RM 29)

Starters

Main Course

Taiping Duck Done Two Ways (RM 116)

Tawau Prawn Terrine (RM 34) Roasted Eggplant and Black Sesame Hummus (RM 34) Roasted Eggplant and Black Sesame Hummus (RM 34) Beautiful presentation of this dish comes with a fire roasted eggplant that comes in a puree form with spiced cashew nuts, toasted walnuts. As for the hummus, it is done with black sesame, dotted with dollops of fire roasted romesco (bell pepper sauce), goat cheese puree,tomato, grape and olive salad with handmade sweet potato chips. The puree mixed with almost everything else is just soothing to the mouth. The way it just sort of blends in perfectly with everything else is just amazing on its own. The black sesame gives it a hint of sweetness but balancing out the goat cheese flavours itself. Dip the sweet potato chips in and you’ll have a nibbles platter. Can be shared by two people.

Tawau Prawn Terrine (RM 34) Their prawns are obtained straight from Borneo and it’s all wild sea prawn instead of farm prawn which means it’s all antibiotic and hormone free. The wild sea prawns are diced in a tangy aioli of Tibetan Pepper, tomato chives, sweetened shallots, oelok chili sauce and includes with creamy ebiko avocado with caviar plus herb dressings. When it comes to Tibetan Pepper, what differs it from other peppers is when you bite on it, this pepper gives you a tingle or somewhat of a shock to the taste senses which isn’t too spicy. Wild sea prawn are generally a little bit sweeter so the flavours doesn’t require much effort in terms of getting the taste from this dish. It comes with a house made white bread which enables you to soak up that last sauce. Although some of the ingredients are foreign to you but you can definitely taste the Malaysian flavours in there.

Ten Cha Fish Lobster Butter Soba Price) Ten Cha Fish Lobster(Market Butter Soba (Market Price) Grilled seasonal catch in a ginger palm marination, glazed with a ten cha green tea accompanied by organic soba cooked in house made lobster butter sauce where they take the shell, char-grilled it and extract of oil. Also comes with juicy morsels of river lobster meat topped with sturgeon caviar. Finishing it with microsalad of herbs and shredded Nori. Every part of the freshwater river prawn is being put to use which represents the dish stunningly. It’s a modern colonial twist with Hong Kong inspired dishes. Once you eat into the soba and prawn butter sauce, and you’ll be mesmerized at how blissful this marriage of flavours goes well together. The ten cha green tea gives you that smokey taste as it is chargrilled that sits adaptly to the other colourful ingredients and the lobster meat is just fresh from its core.

Ratings 4.8 Presentation

4.9 Ambience

4.6 Taste

Verdict

4.6

Taiping Duck Done Two Ways (RM 116) All of the duck here are provided from Taiping hence what it’s called in the menu. It’s all organic free range duck that is done in two gorgeous preparations. One is grind overnight with kiwi tenderiser and fresh apple puree. Then they sous vide the duck to maintain its juiciness pink of the duck with better infusion of the natural tenderiser. Next, is a dry rub of 5 spice, yellow bean, and ginger root then pan roasted to give the colour on the skin of the duck. Lastly, it is accompanied by a Japanese Teppan style garlic fried rice and mango salsa. Be sure to dip your duck into their home made chilli oil infusion and sambal tamarind kicap sauce for all you spicy lovers. The sous vide duck presents bursting of flavour with chilli oil. The tenderness of the meat as it melts in your mouth is something out of this world. Give the pan roasted duck a try too as it’ll take you back to your favourite hawker stall Malaysian flavours. It’s a big portion that can be shared with 2 to 3 people. Three words for this dish, stunning to its core. (Okay, maybe four words then!)

Manja emphasis on quality and local product/produce comes out through its amazing flavours where people from east to west can come together to dine a fusion of colonial cuisine that would be impossible to blend but Manja did it. Though it’s more on the fine dining prices but it is worth it when you’re paying for the view, ambience and most importantly the cuisines.

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To provide current and potential MINI owners with one of the most unique MINI Countryman PlugIn Hybrid experiences, Auto Bavaria, the largest retail and service organisation for BMW, MINI and Motorrad in Malaysia recently organised their first ever private cycling event - The Auto Bavaria MINI Ride. The by-invitation only event enabled its participants the unique experience of stage cycling with the support of the MINI Countryman Plug-In Hybrid, very much like at an international multiple stage bicycle race. The event began at the rise of dawn with participants meeting at Auto Bavaria showrooms across the Klang Valley and beginning their journey driving the new MINI Countryman Plug-In Hybrid with their personal bicycles mounted on the top of the premium SAV to the start location of the ride at Plaza Batai in Damansara Heights area. Led by a pacer, the participants climbed a maximum elevation of 137m in between the route from Plaza Batai to TTDI and a 1km MINI sprint challenge stop at TTDI park before cycling back down to Yellow Brick Road cafe where the participants enjoyed brunch, before once again driving the MINI Countryman PlugIn Hybrid back to Auto Bavaria showroom where they received more insights on the features and capabilities of the new Plug-In Hybrid from MINI the ideal compact premium SAV that fits the urban lifestyles of cyclists. Participants were really impressed at how the new MINI Countryman Plug-In Hybrid performed, especially its user friendliness in mounting and carrying bikes as well as having the ability to provide the cargo space to carry all the necessary for a great day out cycling. A participant was even shocked to learn that the MINI Countryman Plug-In Hybrid was assembled in Malaysia as the vehicle offered the premium creature comforts and premium build quality. The MINI Countryman Plug-In Hybrid harnesses the power of electricity, connectivity and commands the presence of the MINI heritage to deliver a new captivating driving experience. Zap to work electrically and escape the city on weekends with an electric driving range of up to 42km and a total mix driving range of up to 500km on a full tank of fuel, there’s no limit to where the MINI Countryman PlugIn Hybrid can take you. Sustainable driving has never been more fun! The compact premium SAV is powered by a high-tech lithium-ion battery which is managed at its optimum operating temperature by an advanced cooling system that excels its output and service life and can be recharged with the use of a conventional 230-volt household socket or a dedicated electric car charging paint. The charging port is located behind a flap on the front left side scuttle of the vehicle. The Auto Bavaria MINI Ride was also supported by renowned home and car audio specialist Harman Kardon studio for the MINI sprint challenge.

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HEALTH

Could

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Stress?

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n the wake of World Mental Health Day, the global event will have many of us reflecting on the status of our own emotional wellbeing. As our lives become increasingly hectic, and the pressures of modern life often seem overwhelming, it’s no surprise that the levels of stress, anxiety and depression are skyrocketing. In fact, mixed anxiety and depression is now the most common mental disorder in Britain* and the World Health Organization has cited that “if we don’t act urgently, by 2030 depression will be the leading illness globally.” Whilst counselling, CBT, talking therapies and of course drug interventions play an important role in helping to alleviate anxiety and depression, often these treatments simply tackle or control the symptoms of poor mental health. For many, treating the cause of these conditions is vital and that’s where the ancient practice of Ayurveda could provide a helping hand in restoring your wellbeing. CGH Earth Wellness, the brand behind a collection of leading luxury Ayurvedic hospitals in beautiful Kerala, India believes that the curative approach of Ayurveda could offer a solution when it comes to tackling the cause of modern-day stressors that significantly impact our mental health.

In the Ayurvedic principles, the body constitution or bio energies are classfied as below, the disturbance in these results in peculiar symptoms. Poor mental wellbeing comes in three forms depending on the underlying cause of an imbalance in one or more bio-energies, therefore the treatment course is unique to each individual: Vata – stemming from the colon, vata-type is categorized by feelings of fear, anxiety, nervousness and insomnia Pitta – arising from the intestine, pitta-type is more dangerous and is associated with feelings of anger, fear of failure or losing control. This format is also vulnerable to seasonal-affective disorder Kapha – coming from the stomach and associated with a feeling of heaviness, drowsiness, weight gain and a general sluggishness.

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In all three cases, these enter the general circulation and lodge in the nervous system, interfering with its functioning. To counterbalance this impaired function, CGH Earth Wellness recommend Manashanthi Chikitsa – a treatment that literally means mental peace and seeks to tackle stress management with a view to relieve the ill-effects that come from the burden of mental strain, insomnia, lack of concentration, fatigue and headaches. The treatment course for Manashanti chikitsa follows the 3 stages, Poorvakarma - preparatory phase, Shodana – cleansing or eliminating phase and finally Samana which is the corrective and rejuvenation phase.

1. Poorvakarma During the first stage, the body is prepared for removing toxins through Snehanam (internal and external oleation), followed by Swedanam (therapeutic sweating)

2. Shodana

3. Samana

Once the body is prepared, the doctor will determine the cleansing or panchakrma treatment based on each individual’s body constitution and the root cause of their medical condition. These two stages of treatment will ensure that the imbalances in the doshas (body constitution) are stabilized.

The third and final stage of treatment where the body is slowly brought out of the intense cleansing and elimination stage by giving corrective medicines and moderate therapeutic treatments, appropriate diet and yoga asanas to correct and rejuvenate the body.

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Totally Messed Up and Twisted AF Movies If there is something Halloween have in common with movies is how gory and twisted the world is. Think about it, every once a year, you style your favourite characters and spook people. Have you ever thought that maybe the character that they pose during Halloween is something they’ve always hidden in themselves? Or an identity that they can be free to channel openly during the month of October? Yes, sounds messed up, right? Well, it’s the same way that goes when I watch movies that has the most shocking twist and disturbing scenes. Hence, the super intense thought sentences to the start of this article. When it comes to watching movies, I have a soft spot for choosing a movie that an insane plot twist and sometimes disturbing (depends on the level of it). Let’s give an example of the highest grossing R-Rated movie so far, The Joker(2019). Todd Phillips’ direction in this brilliant film takes its spin on the darker side of mental illness and what the Joker (played by Joaquin Phoenix) has to go through. I remember leaving the theatre feeling so overwhelmed with emotions of sadness and how cruel the world actually is. For any movie to have that kind of negative impact on me and for many, it shows how disturbing it is to the point I don’t know if I can watch it for the second time. Don’t get me wrong, The Joker overall is such a brilliant piece from its cinematography, acting, and the built-up storyline but I may need to prepare myself to watch it a second time. Only goes to show the effect one has when watching this movie. Let’s not even delve into the TV series called Black Mirror. You can never binge watch this series and if you did, you might just be a tad creepy. If you’ve watched it, you’ll know. That’s the beauty about movies at times. It moves you in ways that you never thought you could feel, act or do. When it comes to totally messed up movies, it might just move you in the most f**ked up way possible and I say this with no filter and hesitation. *THERE ARE SPOILERS IN THIS LIST!*

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Image via Jas Shelton

Most psychology students definitely would have heard of this real life experiment that was carried out by the American psychologist, Professor Philip Zimbardo and creator of the Stanford Prison experiment. The experiment itself is so messed up because it’s where Zimbardo conducted an environment where he hires college students that pretend to be either prisoners or guards. They will need to be in this experiment for a certain amount of weeks, however, due to power getting to the pretend guards mind and the thinking the pretend prisoners to be as real, they had to stop the experiment. In this movie, you can see how the human mind changed when you’re being put to a role and stuck through it. The amount of torture the prisoners goes through as well as that sense of leadership from the guards certainly created lots of reasons why this true story film is controversial.

Image via IMDB

By now you would know Jordan Peele’s iconic Us movie that hit cinemas everywhere earlier this year. From winning an Academy award for Original Screenplay for the mind-blowing movie, Get Out, Jordan Peele is no stranger to producing even more twisted movies. With the film Us- which stars Lupita Nyong’o and Jordan Peele himself- delves into the mistaken identity, doppelgangers and a whole lotta keeping yourself on the edge of your seat throughout the entire movie. This ambitious horror film sends a complete shocker to the viewers with its creepy portrayal of the characters, modernized iconic scenes from movies and music videos too. In an interview with Empire podcast, Jordan Peele breaks down on the some of the behind messages of Us. “This movie’s about maybe the monster is you. It’s about us, looking at ourselves as individuals and as a group.” Goosebumps just reading this.

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This newly released Netflix film, Fractured features a wife and daughter who disappear from the emergency room after the injured daughter fell at a gas station. This is where the husband/father (played by Sam Worthington) becomes convinced that the hospital is hiding something. The man panics and frantically searched for the entire hospital if that means holding important authority figure captives to save her wife and daughter. But what is so messed up is the ending part. It makes you question, is life but a reality or a dream? The guy who directed The Machinist, Brad Anderson takes us all through an intense journey filled with conviction that the hospital really up to no good. After watching it, you’ll feel hmmm literally fractured.

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Being a film that has earned great reviews, Hereditary talks about when the matriarch of the Graham family passes away, the daughter and grandchildren begins to unravel cryptic and increasingly terrifying secrets about the grandmother’s past. Toni Collette stars in this supernatural psychological horror film raises the bar with her portrayal of emotional agony of losing someone to being in the heat of trying to reconnect back with her family through a supernatural calling. The ending of the film does not fail to disappoint in terms of of cult came to being with wanting the eldest male child, Peter to take the reigns as the prince Paimon as it’s called to take over the kingdom, in a sense. It’s clear that the grandmother was in a cult attempting to grant Paimon a body in return for wealth or power and prepare Peter’s body. Also prepare for some scenes with jump scares and creepy noise.

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Gerald’s Game is one of Stephen King’s classic stories. You know it’s bound to be twisted as heck. It starts of as when a woman accidentally kills her husband during a kinky game gone wrong. She was handcuffed to her bed with no hope of rescue, she then begin hearing voices and seeing strange vision including her late husband who she thought is still alive. You also get to learn on the conversations she has with herself and about her dark past via flashbacks through her relationship with her father. This psychological horror thriller film centers the whole shoot on her bed being tied with dialogues that you need to pay attention to. The ending of the film would make you imagine and understand why things happened the way they are.

Image : Collider

Screenplay by M.Night Shyamalan, Devil takes on five strangers who are trapped in an elevator ride in a Philadelphia office tower with each having a dark past to bear with. In order to be out of the elevator, they need to face the revelation of their secrets. As the story goes, frightening events turned into terror when they begin to realize that one of their number is Lucifer himself. It all takes the dialogue between the passengers and the movement and physical action from the elevator ride that makes it an exciting and suspenseful movie altogether. According to Screenrant review of the Devil it says “What Shyamalan has crafted feels more like his Sixth Sense, Unbreakable and Signs days, rather than the frowned-upon latter half of his work portfolio. Devil reminds me of a time when the M. Night just wanted to tell entertaining stories that bent genre conventions, rather than stories that served as thin veils for his preachy or egotistical sermons.”

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NEWTRENDS

PUMA, BALMAIN AND MODEL

CARA DELEVINGNE

THEIR FIRST-EVER COLLABORATION

This fall, iconic brands PUMA and BALMAIN join together to debut their first creative collaboration: PUMA x BALMAIN created with Cara Delevingne. This exciting partnership takes the form of two limited-edition capsule collections, both designed by BALMAIN’s Creative Director Olivier Rousteing and his good friend and muse, the English actor and model Cara Delevingne. This is PUMA’s first-ever collection with Cara Delevingne, who has been working with PUMA since 2016. In a collection that’s the first of its kind, three forces come together: the irrepressible spirit of Cara Delevingne, the luxurious sensibilities of BALMAIN, and the performance heritage of PUMA. This new collection stands at the intersection of sports and fashion, with pieces inspired by traditional boxing gear and infused with Parisian couture. Bra tops, boxing shorts, and sneakers are elevated with a stark color palette, hits of gold, and design elements straight out of BALMAIN’s atelier. One collection of footwear, apparel and accessories, produced by PUMA, will be carried in the brand’s own stores and puma.com, as well as at select independent retailers. BALMAIN will also carry a selection of items from this line in its own boutiques. Another collection of six items, produced and distributed by BALMAIN, will be shown as part of the Parisian house’s Spring 2020 designs and carried at BALMAIN addresses worldwide, as well as online, at Balmain.com. Select retail partners will also carry items from the collection. The collection will be available exclusively at PUMA KLCC, PUMA Sunway Pyramid and PUMA.com.

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NEWTRENDS

ASICS launches the 22nd iteration of its top-of-the-range, neutral long-distance running shoe, the GEL-NIMBUS™ 22. A trusted training partner for runners’ all of abilities for over 20 years, the shoe incorporates human-centric science and advanced technology to provide long-distance runners with superior cushioning for the most comfortable ride in the series to date. Designed for neutral runners, the shoe features ASICS’ advanced cushioning technologies – FLYTEFOAM™ Propel and FLYTEFOAM™ – resulting in a lighter, spring like feel.

Named after the Latin term for the Nimbus cloud formation, the ASICS collection has become synonymous for comfort, with each new release featuring new and improved technology to increase the benefits for runners. As the 22 nd iteration, the GEL-NIMBUS™ 22 shoe is incorporating a variety of new features including;

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Improved Cushioning: The GEL-NIMBUS™ 22 shoe adds soft and bouncy FLYTEFOAM™ Propel midsole compared to version 21, for improved softness underfoot 1 . The midsole has been reconfigured with soft, bouncy FLYTEFOAM™ Propel midsole material, now positioned closer to the ground. This allows the midsole to compress more when the foot first hits the ground for a more responsive feel. There is also a larger section of GEL™ technology cushioning that wraps all the way around the sole for improved rearfoot impact protection.

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Increased Breathability: The new monofilament mesh upper material is softer and provides more ventilation.

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Enhanced Fit: The shoe geometry becomes slightly wider and higher in the toe box than GEL-NIMBUS™ 21 model, allowing the foot to spread naturally.

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DJI’S LIGHTEST AND SMALLEST FOLD-ABLE DRONE DEBUTS IN MALAYSIA

DJI, the global leader in civilian drones and aerial imaging technology, opens a new frontier in drone possibilities with the DJI Mavic Mini, an ultra-light folding drone designed to be the everyday FlyCam. Weighing just 249 grams, Mavic Mini is portable, easy to fly, designed for safety, and perfect for everyone who wants to experience the fun of flying. Mavic Mini made its debut at the DJI Kuala Lumpur official launch event today, held in conjunction with VSTECS Astar, DJI’s authorized distributor in Malaysia. Mavic Mini builds on the technological innovations in DJI’s renowned series of folding Mavic drones, from the original Mavic Pro through Mavic Air and Mavic 2, to pack professional-quality drone features into the lightest possible frame. That puts Mavic Mini in the safest drone category, which in many areas exempts it from regulations that apply to other, heavier drones. Despite its small and light body, Mavic Mini’s high-grade camera is capable of capturing compelling footage in high definition, while its new DJI Fly app’s suite of creative features seamlessly transforms photos and videos into professional-quality productions. In addition to that, its enhanced, stable flight performance provides more opportunities to explore using one of the longest flight times for a drone of its size. Users can unleash their full imagination with Mavic Mini’s exciting accessories, including a DIY Creative Kit and a 360° Propeller Guard for added safety. Mavic Mini is immediately available for pre-order at VSTECS’ resellers and DJI authorized retailers across Malaysia. Mavic Mini will come in two purchase options. The standard package includes Mavic Mini, remote controller, one battery, extra propellers, and all necessary tools and cables for RM 1,599. The Mavic Mini Fly More Combo will include all of the components from the standard version with the addition of a 360° Propeller Cage, Two-Way charging Hub, two additional batteries, three sets of extra propellers, and a carrying case for RM 1,999.

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Celebrating its 70th anniversary this year since its launch in 1949, Onitsuka Tiger continues to appeal to fashionistas around the world with a contemporary collection that combines fashion with sports, and heritage with innovation. On July 3, 2019, Onitsuka Tiger celebrated its 70th anniversary and announced a special collaboration with seven designers, popular in Japan and abroad. The sixth stage, to be launched on November 18, is a collaboration with Teppei Fujita, the designer of sulvam, beloved by many celebrities.

For the shoes, Fujita updated the plain-toe “TAI-CHI-REB™ shoes” which were inspired by Tai Chi shoes. “Fashion is free” says Fujita. “That’s how I could maximize the attractiveness of both brands by destroying our fixed image in a good way”. For the color, he used black. light gray stitches were added to the plain black toe to express originality insusceptible to anything with monotone. White stitches are randomly applied on the black-based apparel and Fujita’s concept of fashion being free is reflected in the design, just as it is in the shoes. The loose-fit TRACK TOP and TRACK. PANTS are embellished with white × black tape on which the logos of Onitsuka Tiger and sulvam are printed, evoking a stylish and sporty mood. The brand name ”sulvam”came from ‘Salvum’ a Latin word meaning impromptu performance and represents the process where all professionals related to fashion embody their inspiration like a band’s jam session. This collaboration is also like such a session which produces beautiful sounds. New images and videos created especially for this collaboration will be shown on the special website listed below, and also on social media. They are also scheduled to be featured in the KLCC and Midvalley stores from November 18.

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ONITSUKA TIGER COLLBORATES WITH

SULVAM DESIGNER TEPPEI FUJITA


100PLUS Rallies Malaysians to Live an Active Lifestyle Malaysia’s first isotonic drink, 100PLUS, gets Malaysians on their feet with an active lifestyle event- 100PLUS Aktifkan Malaysiaku. The three-part nationwide call to an active lifestyle started in Kota Kinabalu, followed by Kuala Terengganu, with its finale flag-off taking place in Kuala Lumpur on the 16th of November at Bukit Jalil National Stadium. 100PLUS Aktifkan Malaysiaku is a call for an active lifestyle among Malaysians and aims to encourage more to start living an active lifestyle and giving their 100% in everything they do, fueled by 100PLUS. The 100PLUS initiative, Aktifkan Malaysiaku flagged-off over 10,000 Malaysians in attendance, along with 100PLUS ambassadors Datuk Wira Lee Chong Wei, Hairul Azreen, Mira Filzah and Syafiq Kyle, who ran and cheered on participants as they stomped the grounds of Bukit Jalil National Stadium for an exciting 6KM run.

Even Netflix Approves of this Panasonic Full Frame Mirrorless Camera Panasonic is now proud to announce the LUMIX S1H, a new Digital Single Lens Mirrorless camera equipped with a full-frame image sensor combining the professional-level video quality and high mobility of the mirrorless camera. As previously announced during its development, the LUMIX S1H is the world’s first camera capable of video recording at 6K/24p *1 (3:2 aspect ratio), 5.9K/30p (16:9 aspect ratio), and 10-bit 60p 4K/C4K.

The LUMIX S1H incorporates a Body I.S. (Image Stabilizer) to effectively compensate for hand-shake movement. Combining the Body I.S. (5-axis) and the O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer, 2-axis) in the LUMIX S Series lenses, the Dual I.S. 2 compensates for virtually any type of blurring even more powerfully, allowing the use of a 6.5-stop*4 slower shutter speed.

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Hada Labo recently launched its new range of Hada Labo+ Sensitive Hydrating Range with a stunner of crowd of beautiful girls donning in white. The event was held in GMBB on 28 November 2019. The Hada Labo+ Sensitive Hydrating range consists of a Face Wash, Lotion, Milk and Cream – all formulated with multiple protective soothing formula to strengthen and restore balance in your skin. With triple protection formula to effectively cure in protection of the skin, soothes redness and repairs damaged skin. As with all Hada Labo products, the Hada Labo+ Sensitive Hydrating range also contains the signature ingredient which is Hyaluronic Acid that penetrates deep into skin to intensely hydrate and restore the skin's moisture. It is pH balanced and free from fragrance, colorant, alcohol and mineral oil. Here are some of the things that was going during the event:

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STARBUCKS® SNOW GLOBE COLLECTIBLE To-go-cup-shaped snow globe with the Malayan Tiger (Harimau). Poly lid and figure with glass body in to-go-cup- shaped snow globe with red lid Also includes iconic figures of Starbucks Holiday, such as: Holiday Red To-go Cup, coffee bean, red apron, wooden floor , christmas tree, laser cut copper of ‘Malaysia’, silver glitter ‘snow’. Price: RM 118 Website: starbucks.com.my

CHRISTMAS FLUFFY TREE PET COSTUME What’s the next best thing about Christmas? Yes, dressing up your furry little friends with Christmas outfit to get into the spirit. Who needs Christmas tree when you can have a fluffy tree costume for your dog? Its length is from the neck to its chest area so it’s totally safe and doesn’t itch your pet. Price: RM 32.20 Website: catsgarden.com.my

CHRISTMAS STORY CARD SCRAMBLE GAME You have been invited by your family to celebrate the Christmas season. Collect and match cards and strategize your family members. Gather your wits as you journey through this, A Christmas Story-themed game board. Who will be the first to complete their collection on the quest to celebrate this most joyous of seasons? Enjoy this entertaining A Christmas Story game packed with inspired moments from the classic movie. Pour a glass of eggnog and have a blast with your family. Great for family fun (12+ yrs.) 2-4 players. Price: RM 189 Website: www.fruugo.my ISSUE 20

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DYSON AIRWRAP™ STYLER COMPLETE Attracts and wraps hair, using air. Yes, the Coanda effect attracts hair to the barrel, then wraps it for you. No clamping, gloves or awkward winding mechanisms. Just voluminous curls and waves. Plus, its intelligent heat control measures airflow temperature over 40 times a second and regulates heat, to ensure it always stays below 150°C. The hair brush also creates a straighter style with less frizz and fewer flyaways. Price: RM 2199 Website: www.dyson.my

CLIFFORD’S CHRISTMAS PRESENTS This perfect gift for children in conjunction with Christmas features the famous Clifford the dog getting ready for the festivity has never been more fun! With 30 lift-the-flaps, this new Clifford title is sure to be a Christmas treat! It’s Christmas Eve on Birdwell Island, and Clifford and his friends are very, very busy. They buy Christmas presents, decorate the tree, and play in the snow before they go to bed. Price: RM 43 Website: bookdepository.com

MISS DIOR BLOOMING BOUQUET EAU DE TOILETTE A discreet and elegant glass bottle topped with a delicate pearl for a free and easy new approach to fragrance application. A glass bead tip delivers just the right amount of fragrance right where you want it, with no waste. This floral bouquet pays homage to Christian Dior’s legendary passion for flowers. At its heart lies the tenderness of a peony and Damascus rose accord honed by a radiant Calabrian bergamot. Its poetic trail is adorned with a lacework of white musks. Price: RM 169 Website: www.sephora.my ISSUE 20

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CHRISTMAS SWEATERS There’s nothing like celebrating Christmas without dem ‘ugly’ sweaters. It’s exquisite layout design, loose design, o-neck long sleeves, a variety of Christmas print design makes it a perfect one to wear with your friends and family. Since it already has their very own fashion print, as well as its loose and comfortable,can be used with a variety of tight pants, jeans. Price: RM 30 Website: www.lazada.my

FLY 360 DEGREE ROTATABLE UNIVERSAL PHONE HOLDER A car phone holder is highly of importance when one wants to drive. This 360 degree rotatable car universal phone holder with options for air conditioner vent clip or suction cup on the pedestal stand. Elegant and fashionable with leather and slip resistant foam rubber grips make it suitable for phones, GPS, PDA, MP4. Easy installation, with simple to follow instructions on packaging. Certainly makes for a perfect Christmas gift. Price: RM 14.30 Website: mrdiy.com.my

PIXI OVERNIGHT GLOW SERUM A serum that works while you sleep to exfoliate and soothe skin for a brighter complexion in the morning. Sleep off fatigued and stressed skin with the Overnight Glow Serum by Pixi. The potent serum helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and fade sun spots over time with a nutrientrich formula including calming cucumber and aloe vera extracts, as well as nourishing vitamins A, C and E. With all that festivity from late nights, best product to gift your loved ones. Price: RM 120 Website: www.sephora.my ISSUE 20

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LOVENGIFTS VINTAGE CHRISTMAS JINGLE BELL BRACELET Grab Zalora’s special collection for this seasons holiday with Vintage design bead charms!Measuring at 18x2x2 cm, buy this bracelet and GET LOVENGIFTS exclusive gift wrapping worth RM12.99 value. This piece of fine jewelry is perfect for occasions like birthdays, bridesmaid gift, Best Friend Forever (BFF) gift, any special moments worth remembering and most importantly, for those who wants Christmas to be around forever! That makes all of us. Price: RM 50 Website: www.zalora.com.my

YVES ROCHER AT THE HEART OF PINE TREE LIMITED EDITION KIT A resourcing Christmas Orange and Cedar Wood scent! An irresistible gift to give to others or to treat yourself! 4 mini products to discover the At The Heart of Pine Trees collection, with the revitalizing, fresh and fruity aroma of orange and cedar. In this set you have At The Heart of Pine Trees Bath and Shower Gel, Body Lotion, Hand Cream, and Lip Balm. Worth noting that this kit is 100% recyclable too. Price: RM 50 Website: www.zalora.com.my

HAPPY BUNCH’S JOYFUL BOX For kins, chums, workmates and basically anyone who warms up your heart or has their name secured on your thank-you-list. Make their festive season extra warm and fuzzy with a box loaded with gifts that are big on love for all to enjoy. Joyful Box includes: 5Luxe Scents Co. Fresh Pine & Fir Needle Soy Wax Melts, Huey&Wah Hot Cocoa Mix Tube, Huey&Wah Salted Caramel Marshmallows and a snowflake Coasters. Price: RM50 Website: happybunch.com.my ISSUE 20

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