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The Great Mini Move over, oversized bags. It’s now all about keeping your essentials in little sling bags even when on a glamorous night out. It has a cool, street vibe that adds just the right amount of casual to your ensemble as it does in Rita and Anujas’ feminine get-up. And hey, your hands are free to move around!

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Jojo Goh in Coach.

Lexie Rodriguez in Fendi.


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Jourdan Dunn in Versace.

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Big Business The classic coat gets a contemporary refresh with large lapels and in luxurious fabrics. As the saying goes, go big or go home and that’s exactly what these celebs have opted with unique lapels that adds drama and flair to their look.

Elizabeth Debicki in Burberry.

Pretty Feet

Why play it safe when you can have funky, graffiti detailed footwear to funk up any outfit. Just ground it with basic denims like Lori and Ella!

Elena Perminova in Burberry.

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Mary J Blige in Burberry.

Lori Harvey in Dolce & Gabbana.

Ella Richards in Dolce & Gabbana.


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Diane Kruger in Tibi.

Get ready to be complimented when you slip on retro cat-eye sunglasses. This season is all about smaller frames with an exaggerated wing design. Do it like Tina and play with patterns that coordinate with your outfit!

Tina Leung at Tory Burch event.

Cara Delevingne in Burberry.

Check It Out Gingham prints are classic and has a preppy vibe that is perfect for warmer weather. Get on the gingham bandwagon like these spring picks especially Cara’s tuxedo inspired bodysuit!

Neelam Gill in Burberry.

Vanessa Hong at Tory Burch event.

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Style Setter

Chrissy Teigen

Objects of her affection

This feisty model rocks a wide range of styles but always with a hint of drama and sexiness!

Put your best foot forward with short hemlines. Wrapover sequin dress, RM359, from Zara.

She amps up the glam with this red floaty frock.

Showing off her long, lean legs in a sophisticated gleaming number. Punch the air with super sparkly and super big rocks! Ring, from Swarovski.

Pushing her style boundaries with statement boots and a kimonoinspired dress!

Gold accent in strong lines gives this gown a fresh take.

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Elaborate dress + dark lippie = modern glam done right!

Add an edgy twist to your basic outfit. Thigh high boots, RM249, from H&M at www.hm.com.

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Clutch this elegant yet bold accessory. Bag, RM9,450, from Saint Laurent.


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long the years of putting together an inspiring magazine like The Weekly each month, we’ve had the opportunity to meet many amazing women from all walks of life who continue to impress us with their tenacity and drive. One such person is Tiara Jacquelina. An actress who thrives on pushing outside her comfort zone, Tiara has been a tour de force in the arts industry for years – and she is about to wow us yet again as she directs her first musical, OlaBola The Musical, this month. Read our exclusive interview with Tiara as she opens her home to us and gets passionate about what keeps her going to do what she does. As we celebrate Chinese New Year and usher in the Year of the Dog, some of KL’s top chefs share delicious recipes so you can prepare a feast to remember! Red has always been a wardrobe staple, so do enjoy our fashion spread as we show you how to wear this sizzling colour – be it for CNY, at the office or on a date. Whether it is the stress of the upcoming festivities or the weather that is doing a number on your skin and hair, we share our guide on how you can turn on your charm while keeping your good looks in tip-top shape. Happy Chinese New Year and Gong Xi Fa Cai!

The team behind the cover shoot featuring Tiara Jacquelina. Read the exclusive intervew on page 18. Welcoming the Year of the Dog with these fashionable mutts! Turn to page 42.

Tips and tricks to regain your glow in no time on page 30.

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Takes Time These stars just couldn’t get enough of each other, so they’ve rekindled their romances: Looks like second helpings are twice as nice!

MEGAN FOX AND BRIAN AUSTIN GREEN Despite calling it quits in 2015, Megan and her hubby reconciled following news that they were expecting their third child together.

JENNY SLATE AND CHRIS EVANS Jenny and Captain America himself are giving love another try! The stars, who previously broke up a year ago, have started seeing each other again after a short break.

MILEY CYRUS AND LIAM HEMSWORTH Miley and Liam are back on after breaking off their engagement in 2013. The pop star has been wearing her Neil Lane engagement ring again, too.

FAYE WONG AND NICHOLAS TSE These Hong Kong pop stars got back together in 2014, a whopping 11 years after going their separate ways, proving that true love never dies.

ADAM LEVINE AND BEHATI PRINSLOO It took dating someone else for the Maroon 5 frontman to realise Victoria’s Secret model Behati Prinsloo was the one. After a brief breakup, he promptly proposed to the blonde bombshell.

SELENA GOMEZ AND JUSTIN BIEBER Things are looking up for Selena and Justin. The pair went separate ways more than five years ago but recently reunited, to the delight of #Jelena fans everywhere.

JERRY YAN AND CHILING LIN Are things back on track for Taiwanese actors, Jerry and Chiling? Rumours that they’ve kissed and made up have been circulating since they were spotted together last November.


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Mary J Blige lets a gold dragon take centre-stage on her Temraza dress.

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These celebrity transformations will help you set mind- or body-focused intentions to live even healthier in 2018

Kelly Clarkson It’s no secret that the American Idol winner has battled with her weight, having yoyo-ed since she sprung to fame. Despite her body critics, Kelly says she’s happy with her curvy shape.

Drew Barrymore The 50 First Dates actress revealed that she lost nine kilos in just over a month. The 41-year-old admits she feels really great since dropping the extra weight.

SISTAR’s Dasom The k-pop diva swears by cucumbers. She lost 10 kg over three weeks by simply muching on cucumbers, which have anti-inflammatory properties too.

Rihanna Her new curves have sparked plenty of talk but the singer says she’s proud of her shape. “I have the pleasure of having a fluctuating body type,” Rihanna candidly explains.

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Plus-size model Ashley Graham on body positivity “I am more than my measurements. I’m not me just because I’m curvy. Let’s worry about our own bodies. My body is MY body. I’ll call the shots.”

South Korean singer CL on self-love: “You have to be who you truly are and love who you are to be beautiful. It’s also important to be free and honest, so you can enjoy life and have fun.”

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Former US first lady Michelle Obama on setbacks “Instead of letting your hardships and failures discourage you, let them inspire you. Let them make you even hungrier to succeed.”

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Cover Style

Go- Getter!

Known for her work in Puteri Gunung Ledang and soon her directorial debut with this month's OlaBola The Musical, Tiara Jacquelina pushes her boundaries all the time as she keeps fit and up-to-date with upbeat pieces. Think edgy leather and denim for day and all-out glam in bold tailored suits for night!

Skirt, RM359, from Zara.

Earrings, RM69, from Dorothy Perkins. Ankle boots, RM3,475, from Jimmy Choo.

Big Bang watch, from Hublot.

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Behind the scenes of the cover shoot with Tiara at her lovely home.

PHOTOGRAPHY: KIMMUN/HOPSCOTCH PHOTOGRAPHY / STYLING: SABRINA SALEHUDDIN / ASSISTED BY: STEPHANIE DE SOUZA / HAIR: KAY TUAN/CENTRO / MAKE-UP: SHENG SAW / APPAREL: PLEATS PLEASE / ACCESSORIES: TIFFANY & CO., AND BOWERHAUS

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ou must have the heart of a refrigerator if you did not cry at Ola Bola,” declares Tiara Jacquelina. “I wept buckets!” Like millions of Malaysians who watched Chiu Keng Guan’s 2016 movie about the Malaysian football team who successfully qualified for the 1980 Olympics, award-winning producer, actress and arts advocate Tiara was deeply moved by its themes of dedication, perseverance and patriotism. More than just a story about footballers, the film sparked an appreciation for Malaysia’s glory days. Unlike most people, Tiara did not stop at nostalgic reminiscings. “The experience and learnings from Ola Bola were invaluable. They could live on beyond a movie,” she says.

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So Tiara went back to watch the movie a second time and began plotting it as a musical. From that germ of a thought, an outrageous idea was born: To create a musical that will translate the electrifying atmosphere of that pre-qualifying Olympic match on stage. Oh, and in the musical, the actors will rap, not sing, to befit the raw, gritty energy of footballers. “It will be nothing that Malaysia has ever seen before,” she promises. Tiara is no stranger to impossibly high benchmarks. Juggling many roles in her 20-plus year career as a model, actress, producer of stage productions and soon, director of the Ola Bola theatrical remake, Tiara has been the driving force behind a string of critical and commercial successes that have all been game changers.


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Puteri Gunung Ledang The Musical ran for three sold-out seasons locally with one sold-out season in Singapore, and won eight awards at the 2006 BOH Cameronian Arts Awards. Her 2011 follow-up, The Secret Life Of Nora, which was spoken and sung in both English and Bahasa Malaysia, saw Malaysia’s biggest collaboration of West End stars and local talents while An Evening With The Phantom brought West End star Ramin Karimloo to Kuala Lumpur. Meanwhile, the just-concluded MUD: The Story Of Kuala Lumpur holds the record as Malaysia’s longestrunning musical with over 2,000 shows staged within three years.

Early Influences Tiara’s passion for theatre can be traced back to her drama days at her alma mater St Mary, which has a tradition of public theatre performances. In her maiden stage debut as Nancy, a feisty character in Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist, she felt the adrenaline rush of entertaining people: “You never forget it once you do it.” It was also at St Mary’s where Tiara cut her teeth as a producer by organising variety shows and musicals. She took the initiative to open the shows up to other schools and personally went there to sell tickets – learning, in the process, that she could “sell a fridge to an Eskimo!”. As if her plate was not already full enough, Tiara was active in interschool debates and cheerleading. “My experiences shaped me into a confident young woman. I believe that if you just put your mind to it, you can do anything.” Tiara’s early role models were her grandmother, who headed a stevedoring business at a time when hardly any women were in business, and her mother, who had to raise three children on her own. “My father passed away when I was 14. I was the eldest. I was always independent. At 16, I was already earning money doing TV commercials as a talent to pay for college. One less worry for my mother.”

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“My experiences shaped me into a confident young woman. I believe that if you just put your mind to it, you can do anything. At 16, I was already earning money doing TV commercials” That combination of pragmatism and entrepreneurism led her to set up her own company at 17. Excited after learning about “big, hairy, audacious” marketing concepts in college, Tiara set up a talent casting company to provide services to advertising agencies. She recalls walking into a top KL firm, coolly requesting to see the “No. 1 man with an idea that would transform the face of advertising.” “And who might the No. 1 man be?” the receptionist deadpanned. Without missing a beat, she replied, “Leo Burnett!” In all likelihood, the late founder (who died in 1971) would have done what the amused but impressed creative director did – which was to award the spunky teenager a casting job for a commercial. The company she set up was no flash-in-the-pan; it eventually evolved into Kit Kat Club Entertainment, a talent agency that launched the careers of local stars like Sofia Jane and Nasha Aziz, among others. Tiara herself ventured into acting in her 20s. She was the female lead in Shuhaimi Baba’s Ringgit Kasorrga and had a small role in the Hollywood movie Beyond Rangoon. However, the lure of being in the driver’s seat was even stronger. Combining her love for theatre with entrepreneurship, Tiara founded entertainment production company Enfiniti Vision Media in 2003.

To Enfiniti And Beyond Enfiniti’s first project was Puteri Gunung Ledang, a 2004 Malaysian epic fantasy film with an unprecedented budget of USD4 milllion (RM16 million). This being her first – as well as Malaysia’s first – attempt

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at making a film of this scale, she refused to cut anyone any slack. “We basically said to everyone, ‘You have an opportunity to rise to this challenge with Enfiniti and work on a film you’ll be proud to see your name on the credits for. This could be a film that is the game-changer for our local industry.’ The benchmark for this movie was no less than the calibre of Gladiator and Lord Of The Rings, and they should expect to work 100 times harder than they did for any of their

“It is about getting people to think big and get past the perception that Malaysian actors and actresses cannot do these things too” previous movies. You should have seen the look on some of their faces!” Today, Puteri Gunung Ledang is known as Malaysia’s first ever submission shortlisted for an Oscar at the 2004 Academy Awards. Two years later after the success of Puteri Gunung Ledang, she decided to make a musical version of the movie. Again, it faced widespread skepticism and technical hurdles. “People just couldn’t picture Malaysians singing to each other,” she says. “If you can picture the Phantom of the Opera singing, why can’t Hang Tuah do the same? It is about getting people to think big and get past the perception that Malaysian actors and actresses cannot do these things too.”

Making Her Mark While Tiara may not have changed the face of advertising at 17, no one will dispute the fact that she has overcome the odds to popularise musical theatre in mainstream Malaysia. Enfiniti has grown beyond a production house. Recognising the value of performing arts to nurture creativity and critical thinking, Enfiniti also runs an Academy of Performing Arts, led by beloved thespian Joanna Bessey, which offers drama-based leadership courses to anyone between the ages of three and 55.

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Tiara makes no secret of her mission to prove that Malaysia has what it takes to stage bold and innovative world-class productions. Given its underlying message of daring to dream big, OlaBola The Musical dovetails perfectly with Tiara’s mission. “Back then, Malaysia did not have the tallest building like the Petronas Twin Towers, or our national car, the Proton Saga. Yet we had a big dream to enter the Olympics! I hope the musical will capture that inspirational psyche.”

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“I expect a lot from myself. Pushing my limits constantly keeps me on my toes. Otherwise you will never grow and you will never find out what your true potential is.”

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“To get the best results for work, I surround myself with people who are smarter than me. Many people are afraid to do that, but I think, if you are not smarter than me, why are you here? I can do it myself! Smart people – or people with big egos, for that matter – take a lot of pride in their work so they do their best not to let themselves down.”

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“You should never underestimate the importance of a strong support group. It might sound corny but my family is my biggest source of inspiration and strength. My husband is so supportive and wise, and my children are way cleverer than I was in my teens. They are so switched on and centred.”

Breaking New Ground Looking at Tiara’s career, a clear pattern emerges: Each one breaks new ground. Stepping into the director’s seat for the first time, she laughingly confesses to being the “pesky producer who always goes up to the director and says, ‘Can you try this? Can you move that?’ So you know what? I thought I’d just do it myself instead of annoying someone else.” Her greatest challenge is to recreate the setting of the pre-Olympics qualifying football game in the newly renovated Istana Budaya. “The moment people walk in, I want them to feel like they are in a stadium with 50,000 cheering people,” she says. It is a formidable task, but she points out that “technology has turned theatre on its head. You can use stage magic to create a different world. I am a big fan of technology and new ways of presenting theatre, which I started more than 10 years ago in Malaysia with Puteri Gunung Ledang The Musical.” OlaBola The Musical will be the first musical to incorporate rap and hip-hop. Explaining her rationale, she says, “Footballers are grimy, sweaty and active, not the sort who will be singing arias to each other. How would they communicate? Then it hit me: Rap! It is the perfect medium to convey their youthful energy.” Backed by her dream team, Tiara believes OlaBola The Musical will be her best work yet. “I want a show that will blow people’s minds. Not good, not great, but mind-blowing.” A mind-blowing musical with rapping footballers? Only Tiara Jacquelina would come up with a big, hairy, audacious idea like that. W OlaBola The Musical will be staged at Istana Budaya from February 22 until March 22, 2018. ART DIRECTION: RINA AHMAD SAPIUDDIN / STYLING: SABRINA SALEHUDDIN / ASSISTED BY: STEPHANIE DE SOUZA / PHOTOGRAPHY: KIM MUN/HOPSCOTCH PHOTOGRAPHY / HAIR: KAY TUAN FROM CENTRO HAIR SALON / MAKE-UP: SHENG SAW / APPAREL AND ACCESSORIES: MASSIMO DUTTI, TIFFANY & CO., MICHAEL KORS, LONGCHAMP, GIUSEPPE ZANOTTI AND SPORTMAX

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happiness – and your skin will feel those prosperous vibes too. The Shiseido Eudermine Revitalizing Essence will give your skin just the hydration it needs. 4. Givenchy 2018 Chinese New Year Prisme Libre 1, RM305 This loose powder combines four complementary pastel shades to mattify and give your complexion a luminous radiance. It comes in a limited edition design that pays tribute to the festive season, with red, gold and cherry blossoms. 5. Lancôme L’Absolu Rouge, RM110 Want an ultra-luxurious, hydrating lip colour that leaves your lips super soft and elegant? Then the iconic Lancôme L’Absolu Rouge is the one you must have. Available in three lovely finishes: Sheer, cream, and matte. W

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Clarins’ new eye- and lip-lining pen combines three shades – intense black, indigo blue and brown – to define your eyes, while one universal nude shade in natural beige helps to contour your lips. Limited Edition 4-Colour all-in-one pen, RM135, from Clarins.

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La Prairie’s sacred bottle of cellular night elixir addresses skin’s regeneration process and reduces wrinkles and lines by infusing your skin with life-giving nutrients. Platinum Rare Cellular Night Elixir, RM6,050, from La Prairie.

NEW LOOK!

The number-one best-selling treatment for scars and stretch marks in over 24 countries, Bio-Oil works wonders with its blend of vitamins A & E, PurCellin and natural plant oils. RM34.95 (60ml), RM58.25 (125ml) and RM79.45 (200ml).


Just A Kiss

Alluring lips are just what you need to entice your man this Valentine’s Day

Read My Lips For a 24-hour shade-shifting lipstick, the Everlasting Glimmer Veil gives off a 3D effect so your ip colour looks different under lip changing light. Available in nine colours. Kat Von D Beauty Everlasting Glimmer Veil Liquid ipstick, RM110, at Sephora. lipstick,

POWER OF LIGHT Give your skin some extra TLC with intense Hydra-Light Therapy by AsterSpring. This treatment incorporates different coloured light wavelengths to target problem areas on skin. Available at AsterSpring Centres for RM538 and AsterSpring Signature Centres for RM580.

Organic Treats New to the beauty scene is Lip & Co and its delicious lipstick range that is cruelty-free, vegetarian-friendly and has natural skin-loving ingredients. Available in 10 distinctive shades. At RM49 each, from lipandco.com.

Leave Your Mark If you want a lippie that is more matte and intense, give YSL Beauty’s Tatouage Couture a go. Its breakthrough formula delivers over-the-top colour pay-off with an undetectable, naked feel. Cheers to kissable lips! At YSL Beauty stores.

SMOOTH AS BUTTER Shea butter has been used since ancient Egypt by sub-African women to protect their hair and skin from the ferocious sun. Understanding its benefits, L’Occitane has partnered with Rifle Paper Co. to release a limited-edition collection of hand creams, soaps, body creams and scrubs. The Shea Butter Hand Cream (RM128 for 150ml; RM92 for 75ml; RM45 for 30ml) leaves hands soft and smooth while the Shea Extra-Gentle Soaps (RM29 for 100g) keep your skin clean. Also in lavender, verbena and milk scents.

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Beauty News

BEST FACE FORWARD Arm yourself with the right arsenal to look your best all year

Accentuate your features with THREE’s Ascendance collection that has it all covered! First, dress your lips in pastel colours with Lyrical Lip Bloom (RM188) before painting your eyes with Whisper Gloss For Eye (RM144). Finish off with Epic Mini Dash (RM131) for that healthy flush on the cheeks. THREE stores are located at Pavilion KL, The Gardens Mall and Isetan Lot 10.

Q A

How can I achieve a clear complexion with luminous skin?

Use a mask! We’ve been trying the two wash-off masks as well as two leave-on masks from Mamonde. Infused with rose petals and extracts of green tea and peppermint, the Petal Purifying Bubble Mask is the star of the range. This skincare remedy is specially formulated to combat dull and dry

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skin. To unclog pores, the Pore Clean Clay Mask contains walnut shells and leaves of heartleaf hottyunia to exfoliate and remove dead skin cells. At night, apply the Calming Hydro Sleeping Mask, which contains a water gel formula to refresh sensitive skin. For dehydrated skin, the Enriched Nutri Sleeping Mask works all night to fortify and reinvigorate. Its formula blend combines evening primrose oil, camellia oil and sunflower oil. At RM85 each.

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GO ORGANIC It is hard not to fall in love with Melvita’s new flagship store at Suria KLCC (Lot 228B, 2nd floor). The goodness of Melvita’s iconic oils with its hero, Argan Oil, has its own stand-alone wall while a “Stop Nasties, Start Organic” corner has info about harmful chemicals.


Looking Lovely

IT’S YOU

Experience Emporio Armani’s Because It’s You fragrance for women with vanilla and musk notes. Discover the power S of two with Stronger fo your With You, for man, as the two balan scents balance each other, just like a symbol of true love.

Make first impressions count when you look and feel your best. Try these must-haves:

ROSY EFFECT Sealed with the antioxidant-rich wild rosehip seed oil, the Wild Rose Beauty Balm doubles as an exfoliating cleanser, moisturiser, booster, mask, lip balm and nail balm. At RM305, from Neal’s Yard.

EXOTIC SENSES

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Master-minded by Leslie David, Diptyque’s Rose Delight is a limited edition collection featuring scented paper, wax candles and scented ovals for your linens.

Nail It!

Ban Odours

Dewy Skin

Painting your digits with colours keeps the festive spirit up. Remind yourself of the happy holiday memories with eight of BANDI’s winter nail colours. The Gelique Winter collection – Holiday Star, RM111.

Cure the woes of underarm odour with Aesop’s Herbal Deodorant Roll-On. Using a botanical formula, this herbal concoction with essential oils will help to save you from embarrassing scenes. At RM117 (100ml).

Combining an exotic blend of plant-derived cold-pressed oils from the Brazillian Amazon, Kiehl’s Instant Renewal Concentrate Mask soothes and moisturises deeply for supple skin. At RM150 for four pieces.

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Beauty


30 Days to a

Gorgeous

YOU

Whether it’s the stress or weather that’s been doing a number on your skin and hair this year, it’s time to switch on your glow mode

HIT REFRESH There’s no denying that proper skincare begins with clean skin, and we’re firm believers in using makeup removers before facial cleansers to ensure a thorough clean. The [1] NARS Aqua-Infused Makeup Removing Water, RM133 (200 ml), uses micellar technology to lift makeup while the [2] FACE Inc Clear Cleansing Milk, RM58 (50 ml), removes the remaining grime without stripping skin of moisture with gentle Aloe Vera extracts. Love a foam based cleanser? Use [3] Tres Lala Fresh Bubble Foam Cleanser, RM89 (140 ml) to deeply purify and nourish your skin. If you experience dry, flakey skin, gently rub on [4] The Body Shop Drops of Youth Liquid Peel, RM125 (145 ml), on dry skin instead of using a physical scrub. It lifts dead skin off from its surface without harshness, so complexion remains soft.

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Beauty

BEAUTY CHEAT SHEET

Strong Brow Game Keep eyebrows on fleek, without wondering if they’re still there after a hot yoga class. The Benefit brow wax is the quickest way to flaunt your favourite features. Look out for a Brow Bar near you to look polished and put-together.

Eyes On You If you struggle with drawing eyeliner, you’re not alone. Whether you like a dramatic cat eye, or just a tinge of colour to highlight your peepers, the Browhaus Eye Define semi-permanent eyeliner enhances your eyes without the struggle, so they look perfectly defined even when you’re rushing for time in the morning.

Get ready in record time with these time-saving beauty treatments. Now you can truly say #IWokeUpLikeThis!

Lash Out Want to have flirty, long lashes all the time? Maybe its time to be an eyelash extension convert. There are plenty of options to choose from but do opt for salons with lash specialists trained to enhance your eyes with the right curl, length and quantity. And go for customised lashes to perfectly blend into your real lashes.

TARGETED RESCUE

Load Up On Moisture

Serums are packed with active ingredients that target skin concerns, and some might be tempted to just use serums alone to hydrate skin as they are lightweight, and generally feel better on the skin in our weather. However, the key ingredients that serums lack are ceramides and fatty acids that strengthen skin’s moisture barrier and keep hydration in. The bottom line? Don’t skip the moisturiser.

Using a combination of retinols and antioxidant-rich oils, the [5] philosophy Ultimate Miracle Worker Retinol , RM305 at sephora.my, delivers potent anti-aging results without the dryness often associated with retinols. For lifting results that liken themselves to thread lifts, try the [6] Albion Infinesse Upsurge Solution, RM395 (40 ml), which contains a mix of peptides, antioxidants and royal jelly extract to boost skin firmness and elasticity. Stress and pollution can cause skin to act up, so calm redness and skin discomfort with the [7] Lancome Advanced Genifique Sensitive, RM270 (20 ml) – a month-long treatment serum which strengthens and soothes. Formulated with illuminating

La Prairie Skin Caviar Luxe Cream, RM2,200.

ingredients like platinum golden silk essence, Japanese pearls to firm, and theanine, a plant extract which evens out skin tone, the [8] Cle De Peau Beaute Le Serum, RM1,200 (40 ml) , gives skin a lit-from-within glow. For a more intense purifying effect use the [9] Skeyndor City Pollution Barrier Boosting Serum, RM499 (30 ml) for face and neck. Givenchy Hydra Sparkling Rich Luminescence Moisturizing Cream, RM280.

Sulwhasoo Concentrated Ginseng Renewing Cream EX, RM795 (60 ml).

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Beauty

A Hair Affair Keep tresses frizz-free and shiny by nourishing weakened hair ends, and imbuing them with hydrating ingredients

For damaged hair, apply the Phyto Phytokeratine Extreme Mask, RM406 (200 ml), at lazada.com.my, to intensely repair, nourish hair strands and reduce breakage.

The L'Occitane Aromachologie Olivier Nourishing Mask, RM155, helps repair very dry hair, as well as hair damaged by daily aggressors.

The HASK Superfruit Healthy Hair Deep Conditioner, RM45.90 (335 ml) from Guardian, strengthen hair, restores shine and fights frizz with a blend of nourishing ingredients derived from super fruits like acai berries, mangosteen and capuacu.

Clean excess oil from your scalp and hair with the Matrix Biolage Scalp Pure Shampoo.


EXTRA CREDITS Let’s face it: not everyone has the time to indulge in an 11-step Korean skincare routine every day. There’s no need to beat yourself up over it, as there are aesthetic treatments and facials that can target your skin concerns quickly and effectively. High-intensity Focused UltraSound (HIFU), is able to burn off unwanted fats, and tighten skin for a slimmer jawline. If your problem is skin redness, the Quadrostar ProYellow Laser can be used to even out the skin tone. This 577nm wavelength laser shrinks dilated capillaries without damaging them, hence reducing skin redness. It also eliminates acnecausing bacteria, and reduces dark spots. Get your glow on with the Hydro Therapeutics Treatment Plus – it uses hydrafacial and ultrasonic cleansing to deeply clean skin, while brightening products and radio-frequency currents lighten and tighten skin for party-ready skin in a flash.

HAVE A MASKQUERADE

Restore the youthful look of skin by helping to moisturise, preserve and strengthen the delicate skin around the eyes with Elizabeth Arden Advanced Ceramide Capsules Daily Youth Restoring Eye Serum, RM255 (60 capsules).

Masks are like a weekly meditation session for your skin. Recharge hydration levels with a gel-based mask or decongest pores with a clay mask. Better yet, mix and match both on different parts of your face to really target your skin concerns.

Hydrate

LANEIGE Time Freeze Sleeping Mask, RM150 (60 ml).

Clarify

FRESH Umbrian Clay Purifying Mask, RM280 (100 ml), at sephora.my.

Chanel Le Lift Skin Recovery Sleep Mask, RM450 (75 ml). Biotherm AquaSource Everplump Night, RM195 (75 ml).

La Mer Blanc, de la Mer The Brilliance White Mask, RM1,030 (30 ml + 50 ml).

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Clarins Super Restorative Instant Lift Serum Mask, RM95, (30 ml).

Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Melting Clay Mask, RM58 (100 ml).

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Beauty Update

Bad Habits to These beauty routines may seem rather normal, but may be the cause of headaches, allergic reactions or worse

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ou might be surprised to learn that some beauty habits can negatively affect your health if you do them the wrong way. Here are eight routines to rethink, along with what to do instead, so that you can look and feel good, too.

Regular gel manicures The lights used to seal gel manicures give off UVA light. This type of light causes ageing and skin cancer, and while there’s no study conclusively linking manicures and cancers, some doctors suggest practising caution if you get gel manicures done regularly. One simple solution is to use sunscreen on your hands before your appointment – keep it off the nails themselves, though, as it will affect how the gel sets.

Using wipes to remove your makeup Cleansing wipes can contain a preservative called methylisothiazolinone (MI) which has been linked to the development of allergic reactions that cause rashes and itching. The increasing number of reactions is of such concern, that the substance won’t even be allowed in products which are not rinsed off skin after use. Until then, choose wipes that don’t contain it or stick with creamy (MI-free) cleansers to clean your skin.

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Break in 2018

Wearing your ponytail too tight

Applying eyeliner inside your eyelids

Shaving your legs before a pedicure

More than half of migraine sufferers say that wearing their hair in a ponytail can trigger their headaches. “Pulling the hair causes traction on the nerve endings in the scalp that can cause pain in the neck and facial muscles. This can precipitate a headache,” says neurosurgeon Dr Richard Parkinson. The good news is that taking the hair down causes the pain to go away – almost instantly in some cases.

Liner applied here is more likely to spread into the tear film, potentially damaging contact lenses and irritating sensitive eyes. It’s better to line outside the rims, but if you can’t master that technique, make sure you thoroughly sharpen your pencil eyeliner before each application. “That way, you’ll have a fresh tip which can help prevent infection,” says Dr Alison Ng from the Centre for Contact Lens Research at Canada’s University of Waterloo.

Digging out ingrown hairs

Biting your nails

You might not want your pedicurist to see your hairy legs, but shaving, particularly with a blunt razor, can cause tiny nicks in the skin. This is a problem if your salon has less than perfect hygiene as there can be bacteria in the water in which you soak your feet. Ideally, shave at least 24 hours before your appointment. The American Podiatric Medical Association also suggests getting your pedicure early in the morning – the foot baths are likely to be cleanest at this time, reducing risk of infection further.

“Plucking out ingrown hairs can lead to infection and scarring, as the tweezers are much larger than the follicle area,” says dermal therapist Laura Tsun from Sydney’s Pure Aesthetics. “If you get ingrown hairs they can be removed by a beauty therapist, but prevention is a better idea. Exfoliating regularly with a body scrub or loofah prevents hairs from becoming trapped.”

It might be tempting to nibble off a hangnail or the rough edge of a nail rather than using an emery board, but every time you put your fingers in your mouth, you expose your body to the germs on them, risking infection. That’s why nail biters are twice as likely to have traces of bacteria like salmonella and E coli in their saliva than non-biters. Painting nails with something unpleasant can help break the habit if you bite your nails regularly.

Having a Brazilian Removing all your pubic hair means you’re up to four times more likely to catch STIs, including herpes and HPV. It’s not known exactly why, but it’s possible that hair removal can cause tiny tears in the skin, which might make it easier for bacteria to enter the body. You can still keep hair neat and tidy by trimming instead – or wait 24 hours after shaving or waxing to have sex. W

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Hair Know How

It’s time to

LET IT OUT

Fake a fringe with this modern ’40s-inspired look. Section off hair from one side of your crown and pull it over to the other side, keeping it loose at the hairline. Secure with hairpins. Pull the rest of your hair up to a French twist and, to ensure that your ’do stays up throughout the evening, mist hair with the Percy & Reed Surprisingly Strong Extra Hold Hairspray. TOP TIP: Prime hair with a volumising spray or foam, concentrating at the roots and then throughout the lengths.

ALL TIED UP

Go from desk to dinner party by simply throwing an oversized black bow around a low, loose ponytail. This fuss-free look is a quick and easy way to elevate the classic working woman staple, and instantly adds sophistication. TOP TIP: Get rid of tangles easily while blow-drying with the new Wet Brush Flex Dry at amazon.com, which works on both dry and damp hair.

Jennifer Behr bow velvet hairclip, at net-a-porter. com.

SEGMENTED BRAID

Start with clean, blow-dried hair in a leftside part and smooth it down to a side ponytail. Apply a mattifying texturiser or sea salt spray to add grit and provide a weathered effect, before making a fishtail braid down the entire length. Then, using copper wires that you can get from craft or hardware stores, tie them around sections of the braid to create the segments. Finish with a few sprays of mediumhold hairspray for more grip. TOP TIP: You can also decorate with flowers, ribbon or any other accessory of your choice.

KMS Hairplay Sea Salt Spray, (200ml).

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TEXT: TEXT: STEPHANIE ELIZABETH SHARON LIEW/PHOTOS: KOH / PHOTO: SHUTTERSTOCK COURTESY OF SHISEIDO PROFESSIONAL

RETRO FLAIR

Christian Siriano.

Philosophy.

Bottega Veneta.

You choose! Whether you’re headed to an office party or a fancy soirée, suit yourself with these easy yet glamorous hairstyles


Fashion LOVE ACTUALLY Who doesn't love a versatile bag like a sling bag? Easy to wear even when you have your hands full. Plus it can double up as a clutch with just a simple tuck of the shoulder strap.

TEXT AND STYLING: SABRINA SALEHUDDIN / PHOTO: DOLCE & GABBANA

Crossbody bag, RM169.90, from Zara.

Love Box leather bag, RM7,920, from Saint Laurent.

Shoulder bag, from Love Moschino at www. moschino.com.

Mailbox bag, RM2,170, from Kate Spade New York.

Dolce & Gabbana.

Jazz Heart bag, from Stella McCartney at www.stellamccartney.com.

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This wrist-candy goes well with your casual basics. Watch, RM315, from Swatch.

POUNCE ON IT Usher in the Year of the Dog with these delightful presents for yourself!

Update your everyday carryall with a cute bag charm. Zodiac charm Hero the Puppy, RM188, from Bonia.

Add unexpected kitsch to your traditional cheongsam. Gold bracelet, from Poh Kong.

Keep it handsfree when hosting, or to store those red packets safely!

This month’s

FASHION NEWS

Dachshund zip cross-body bag, RM850, from Tory Burch.

FEMME FATALE Wear Guess like J. Lo does in her latest video. This sizzling hot mama turns heads in her sexy number and is the face of Guess Jeans Spring 2018 ad campaign.

UNLEASH YOUR INNER VIXEN! Feel and look good with flirty lingerie from Triumph, designed to enhance your cleavage, sculpt your curves and highlight your sexy style. Our pick for Valentine’s Day? Their Magic Wire and Sexy Cushion Essential for that seductive, perfect cleavage. The memory cushion pads ensure a perfect fit (and lift) every time!

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Viva Avant Garde tote, RM1,355, from Longchamp.

LET THERE BE ART How about flaunting creative flair like graffiti in red while you are still in the New Year mood? It adds a chic touch to your festive attire.


CNY VIBE For a contemporary outfit that is festive-approved, try these looks – they are easy, Khoon Hooi.

modern and can be worn to your next cocktail soiree or casual Sunday luncheon REUNION DINNER

Contrast hues add a contemporary feel while the sleek and polished shape means it is wearable 24/7.

Watch, from Ice Watch.

Diamond studs, from D’first at Poh Kong. Knot detailed block heels, RM325, from Nelissa Hilman.

Pants, from Ted Baker.

Satchel, RM3,500, from Mulberry.

Embellished jacquard dress, from Dolce & Gabbana at net-a-porter.com.

DAYTIME HOUSE VISIT

TEXT AND STYLING: SABRINA SALEHUDDIN / PHOTOS: TRIUMPH AND GUESS

Coin purse, RM190, from Radley. A cat-eye frame with retro vibes adds pizzazz to a more traditional enssemble.

Sunnies, from Burberry.

Necklace, from Tory Burch.

Silk embellished blouse, RM337, from Maarimaia. Lace pump heels, RM2,620, from CH Carolina Herrera.

Key cuff, from Tiffany & Co.

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Fashion

PUPPY LOVE Be it sweet or spicy, red is the style-setter of the season BY SABRINA SALEHUDDIN

Into The Flare

Look dapper for a luncheon with the boss in this tweed jacket with a textured top and a super flare palazzo. 1. Top, RM139.90, from Zara. 2. Tweed jacket, from Gucci. 3. Palazzo pants, from Innaired. 4. Sunnies, from Prada. 5. Earrings, from Kate Spade New York. 6. Heart motif bag, RM169, from Warehouse. 7. Heels, RM4,325, from Jimmy Choo.


Parka, I’m In Love!

Inject fun into casual chic layers for the evening with clashing monochromatic prints and patterns. 1. Printed knit dress, RM999, from Karen Millen. 2. Turtleneck knit top, RM259, from Massimo Dutti. 3. Parka, RM1,499, from Tommy Denim. 4. Embellished brocade shoulder bag, RM255, from Faith at Debenhams.

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Fashion

Rock ’n’ Roll

Embroidery and tulle make an outstanding partnership – and a knockout cuff just adds sizzle to your twirl! 1. Sheer dress, from Bernard Chandran. 2. Camisole, RM209, from Warehouse. 3. Jacket, RM599, from Bebe. 4. Stone detailed cuff, from Giuseppe Zanotti. 5. Bag, from Gucci.

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A Chic Brew

Re-use your cocktail dress for daytime by pairing it with casual printed long pants for a little unexpected twist. 1. Red tube dress, RM299, from Zara. 2. Floral flare pants, RM659, from Bebe. 3. Fringe earrings, RM89, from Bowerhaus. 4. Heart motif bag, RM830, from Radley. 5. Pump heels, RM229, from Faith at Debenhams.


Fashion

Cool Sweats

Athleisure is still going strong this season! Revive a conservative sweater with bold, vibrant colours and high-street combos. 1. Sweater, RM789, from TH X Gigi at Tommy Hilfiger. 2. Frill pencil skirt, RM150, from Love, Bonito. 3. Sunnies, RM49.90, from H&M. 4. Knapsack, RM1,600, from Kate Spade New York. 5. Boots, RM229, from The Collection at Debenhams.

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Firmly Cinched

Reclaim the hourglass figure this season, as you strut in this sharp ensemble – especially with playful detailing in all the right places. 1. Knit top, RM699, from Karen Millen. 2. Leather pencil skirt, RM699, from Karen Millen. 3. Jacket, RM1,499, from Massimo Dutti. 4. Belt, RM79, from Redherring at Debenhams. 5. Satchel, from Aigner.

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Fashion

Swept Away

Add a layer of leather to enhance the edginess of a printed maxi dress. Slip on comfy brogues for that laidback chic look. 1. Off-shoulder leather top, RM1,699, from BCBGMAXAZRIA. 2. Printed maxi dress, RM999, from Guess. 3. Clutch, RM4,150, from Jimmy Choo. 4. Brogues, RM199.90, from Zara.

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East Meets West Think that bodycon dress is passĂŠ? Not when it is cleverly combined with bold and rich oriental printed add-ons!

1. Bodycon dress, RM149, from Nicki Minaj X H&M. 2. Earrings, RM150, from Bowerhaus. 3. Clutch, RM380, from Lulu Lulu.


Fashion

Smash Hit

Swap out your plain jacket with one embellished with studs and jewels for that much awaited date night! 1. Embellished jacket, from Bernard Chandran. 2. Pants, RM899, from Karen Millen. 3. Watch strap, RM189; and watch face, RM479, both from Fossil. 4. Backpack, RM809, from TH X Gigi at Tommy Hilfiger. 5. Ankle boots, RM255, from The Collection at Debenhams.

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PHOTOGRAPHY: KIMMUN/HOPSCOTCH PHOTOGRAPHY. / HAIR: SHERRY WONG / MAKEUP: ELMA SALWANA ROHANI USING LANCÔME / MODEL: ADA/ANDREW’S MODEL / MODEL DOGS: AH CHOO AND POPPY

Keep It Bright

Standout trousers are a stylish alternative to dresses and skirts when house hopping during CNY. Tip? Bold floral prints keeps the look festive! 1. Blouse, from Innaired. 2. Pants, RM1,590, from Paul Smith. 3. Sunnies, from Dolce & Gabanna. 4. Clutch, RM3,795, from Jimmy Choo. 5. Brogues, RM199.90, from Zara.

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Fashion Ideas

Rosette necklace, from Mouawad.

Get ready to break hearts with this sexy number!

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Sapphire and diamond necklace, RM3,178, from Diamond & Platinum.

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Necklace, from Swarovski.

A PLACE IN MY HEART

HEARTBREAKER

Pretty little gems that makes a great gift for yourself or even your best gal!

All eyes will be on this sexy heartshape neckline.

CITY OF LOVE Get all wrapped up in a girly stole that works as a headscarf, knotted on the neck or as a bag accessory! Stole, RM400, from Longchamp.

! e s e h t t r a e We h Sequin Bardot mini dress, RM295, by Oh My Love at my.topshop.com.

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SUGAR HIGH

1. Platform heels, RM309.90, from Charles & Keith. 2. Clutch, RM1,170, from Longchamp.

Nothing beats a dose of pastel pink and all things pretty on Val’s day.

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STRAPPED IN LOVE Add these charming accessories to your arm candy. 1. Lip ornament, RM175, from Coach. 2. Build a Bag Handle, RM2,990, from Anya Hindmarch.

6BLOW ME A KISS

Go flirty and playful on a girl’s night out. Finish off with a white shirt combo. Leather mini skirt, RM650, from Topshop at my.topshop.com.


8 1. Sunnies, from Kate Spade New York. 2. Sneakers, from TOD’S.3. Skinny jeans, RM299, from Liquor & Poker at zalora.com. my. 4. Slogan tee, RM105, from Topshop at my.topshop.com. 5. All Is Love Falabella Box mini bag, from Stella McCartney at www.stellamccartney. com.

HEART MATTERS

Sometimes going street-style casual is all it takes for a winning look and OOTD-ready!

TEXT AND STYLING: SABRINA SALEHUDDIN. / PHOTOS: AIGNER.

Leather + punchy palette + classic silhouette = Polished perfection.

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PUT A RING ON IT

STRUT IN STYLE Heading out? Step out of your comfort zone and try on a dress in leather or artsy heels.

We say the bigger, the better!

Aigner.

1. You & Me ring, RM229, from PANDORA. 2. Gold-tone, Swarovski crystal and resin ring, from Dolce & Gabbana at net-a-porter.com. 3. Gold heart ring, RM1,499, from Poh Kong.

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SCENT-SATIONAL The fresh scent of ESCADA N.O.W is uniquely feminine with cinnamon, tonka bean, magnolia and spicy ginger that instantly stimulates the senses. At RM320, available at departmental stores and SASA outlets.

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Fashion Focus

Jewel Fantasy!

COLOUR CRAZE Transform your favourite piece into something new and exciting with these vibrant pieces. Metal earrings, RM79.90, from MANGO.

Calla gold-tone, leather and suede bracelet, from Loewe at net-a-porter.com.

Candy 18-karat white gold enamel ring, from Alice Cicolini at net-aporter.com.

Flaunt the runway look with these stunning gems MIDAS WARRIOR WHAT’S UP, FOLKS?

Go bold with gold – and take your ensemble to regal heights.

From feathers to beads to exotic hues, embellished chokers spruce up any outfit. Embellished necklace, RM59.90, from Red's Revenge at zalora.com.my.

Highness necklace, RM3,490, from Swarovski.

LET’S ROCK ’N’ ROLL Lend rugged and edgy vibes to a simple outfit and unleash your inner rock goddess with metal, silver and black.

Light Le March de Merveilles bracelet, from Gucci at Gucci.com.

Fit necklace, RM1,190, from Swarovski.

Paguro beaded choker, from Rosantica at neta-porter.com.

Star studs, from Kate Spade New York.

Earring, RM1,150, from Versace.

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Metal earrings, RM69.90, from Zara

Ring, RM26,999, from Poh Kong. Bangle, RM2,680, from Saint Laurent.

TEXT AND STYLING: SABRINA SALEHUDDIN / PHOTOS: COURTESY OF VICTORIA’S SECRET

Diamond bracelet, from Tiffany & Co.


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Showing extra love this Valentine’s Day can be a real health kick

Socialise With Your Colleagues

Building strong relationships with workmates is smart. It’s because spending time with colleagues outside of work encourages a healthy sense of belonging and “we-ness”, say researchers at the University of Queensland.

Give To A Stranger

Performing a handful of “random acts of kindness” boosts happiness and helps to reduce the physical impact of stress. Everything counts, from giving up your seat when on a public transport to donating blood. Any small act helps, you won’t regret it!

Spread The Hugs

The power of an embrace can help reenergise someone who really needs it. As long as you’re hugging someone you know and like, when you make contact you’ll experience a surge of oxytocin, a hormone that fights stress, lowers blood pressure and improves memory. FEBRUARY 2018 | The Malaysian Women’s Weekly

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Love Your Life

When is the best time to… BOOK A THERAPY SESSION? In the morning. If you see a psychologist to overcome anxiety or tackle your fears, you might make greater progress if your appointments are scheduled early in the day. That is when your cortisol levels are highest, which appears to enhance the benefits of therapy.

TAKE A BREAK? On Wednesday nights. Your memory, concentration and response time are no longer at their peak after you have hit the 25-hour mark of your work week. For most people, this falls on Wednesday, which makes it a good time to rest up.

SET NEW GOALS?

GET READY FOR VALENTINE’S DAY

Gifting bouquets of flowers, especially roses on Valentine’s Day, never gets old. With Happy Bunch’s Valentine’s Day promo, surprise your loved ones with a beautiful bouquet. Be it classic pink and red roses, these romantic blooms will definitely make this V-day very special! Head to www.happybunch.com.my for more details.

GIVING LOVE THIS MONTH Featuring stories

by survivors of domestic violence, Tina’s Journey portrays the voices of real women who attended Bernice Chauly’s creative writing workshops. Get a copy with a minimum RM30 donation to Women’s Aid Organisation. Visit wao.org.my.

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FUN FOR THE FAMILY Want to do something different with the family this Chinese New Year? Opt for a fun yet relaxing getaway instead at Club Med Cherating. Get ready for festive activities including a magnificent fireworks display and Chinese dragon dances. Book your family stay at www.clubmed.com.my today!W

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On your birthday. If you have not gotten down to fulfilling those resolutions from the new year, fret not. Personal landmarks such as your birthday, a holiday, or even the change of season can feel like a fresh start, so use them to get motivated.


Health Update

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Getting ng healthy does not have to ttake lots of time – there are some ffastt ways to make a real difference

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hink that you do not have enough time to overhaul your diet, fitness or health? Well, think again. You can accomplish a lot in just five minutes. Check out these speedy ideas for a happier and healthier you!

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BE THANKFUL

Five-minute journalling is a wellbeing trend in the US right now. Just spend five minutes twice a day – morning and evening – reflecting on paper about questions relating to happiness, like, “What would make today great?” or “What could have made today better?”. Some of your answers will help you to realise how good your life already is, while others will give you perspective on actions to help make improvements. “It is a reminder that you have the power to change the things in your life,” says UJ Ramdas from Intelligent Change, creators of The Five Minute Journal app.

TRIPLE ANTIOXIDANT INTAKE Black tea, green tea and oolong tea contain polyphenols. Their antioxidative properties protect against inflammation and carcinogens, and may boost insulin activity. This can help to prevent Type 2 diabetes and cancer. “Maximise the healthy antioxidants by letting your tea brew for three to five minutes and by stirring the tea leaves in

the pot at least twice,” says Dilhan C. Fernando from tea-makers Dilmah.

…10 MINUTES SLEEP BETTER

Before you go to bed, spend 10 minutes “brain dumping” to help signal to your mind that it is time to switch off. “Jot down everything taking up space in your brain – it might be what you need to do tomorrow, things that are worrying you, or your feelings about something,” says nutritionist Gemma Clark from The Sprout Nutrition & Wellness.

Get everything down on paper so your brain can relax, knowing that it does not have to hold on to everything “Get everything down on paper so your brain can relax, knowing that it does not have to hold on to everything,” she adds. “That helps you to sleep better.”

ENERGISE YOUR MIND Colouring can help to relieve to stress. With adult colouring books on trend, extend their benefits by spending 10 minutes doing Colourtation.

Devised by neuroscientist Dr Stan Rodski, this programme turns the act of colouring into a meditative process. Instead of pictures to colour, it provides shapes and patterns that focus the mind. The end result leaves your mind calm, but also revved up for futher tasks and activities. Studies show that students using the books before a mathematics test scored higher than those who had not coloured. For examples of these colouring books, visit colourtation.com.

…IN 15 MINUTES

IMPROVE YOUR RELATIONSHIP Give each other 15-minute massages two or three times a week. Not only does the person receiving the massage enjoy it, the one giving it gets a psychological boost from the activity, say researchers from UK’s University of Northumbria. Couples found they suffered less stress, had greater overall wellbeing and were more satisfied with their relationships in just three weeks.

BURN MORE CALORIES Getting out of your chair to walk or stand up for 15 minutes every hour during an eight-hour working day will increase your energy burn by more than 95 calories. “Start by taking phone calls standing up,” suggests physiotherapist Ryan Ebert. “You can also ceate a set routine for your morning or mid-afternon coffee break and take a walk to reach them.” W FEBRUARY 2018 | The Malaysian Women’s Weekly

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Women Share

Connecting the DOTS What does it take to be on the cutting edge of cancer research? The Weekly spoke exclusively to one of Malaysia’s top research scientists to find out

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he mention of science likely conjures up studious images of Einstein-lookalikes in cold sterile laboratories. But this is hardly the case when one meets Prof Dr Cheong Sok Ching. Tall, elegant and stylish, the lead scientist of the Head and Neck Cancer team at Cancer Research Malaysia (formerly known as Cancer Research Initiatives Foundation or CARIF) and The Weekly’s past Great Women of Our Time award nominee, exudes calm and confidence that belie her high achievements as one of Malaysia’s top scientists in the field of cancer research. Six years ago, the Top Research Scientists Malaysia (TRSM) initiative was established by the Academy of Science to promote excellence and leadership in science, technology and innovation. Although she was named as the recipient, Dr Cheong insists it was the joint effort of her team that garnered success. “As scientists, we do not work alone. Our role is to put all the pieces together, so that it becomes whole. That’s the cornerstone of research – finding innovative solutions to problems, in my case, the cure for cancer,” explains Dr Cheong. “Ultimately, it is about working with other people to make something good out of our research.”

Tiger Mum’s Daughter

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swimming competitions, tennis tournaments as well as piano and ballet exams. Her father, a general practitioner, and her mother, a science teacher, took learning very seriously and wanted to cultivate talent through exposure to different activities. “I used to complain about going for tennis lessons at 7am on Sunday mornings,” she says. However, she now sees how it has helped to develop tenacity, character and discipline. It also dawned on her recently how much she took after her mother. “She was always talking to people, making connections and helping others. Only now do I see the similarity in our characteristics,” muses the mother to two children, aged 14 and 11.

Reversing Cancer

Her face lights up when the topic of cancer and research is broached. The problem with cancer, says Dr Cheong, is that it is part of one’s own body. That is why treatment is so challenging because everyone responds differently. In the last eight years, Dr Cheong and her team have been working on developing a vaccine for oral cancer that can function as therapy. The vaccine projects have received tremendous support from the Ministry of Science, Technology & Innovation (MOSTI) and the Newton-Ungku Omar Fund under

Tools For Detection

Another exciting development is the recent launch of MeMoSA (Mobile Mouth Screening Anywhere) app for healthcare professionals. The app allows doctors or dentists to snap photos of suspicious-looking growths in the oral cavity of patients and send them to the nearest specialists immediately. The idea for the app was triggered several years ago when she attended an oral screening exercise with the University of Malaya at Marudi, Sarawak. The long, treacherous journey inland made her realise how many people in the inlands do not have easy access to general healthcare, much less cancer diagnosis. “In cancer treatment, early detection is crucial in increasing the success of treatment and cure. This communication tool will be highly useful for patients to get an early and accurate diagnosis of oral cancer so that they can commence treatment early,” she says. The bottom line is to provide a wider reach of cancer programmes for everyone, including young scientists who may choose to dedicate their lives to research. “Young scientists must be given the right opportunity to advance themselves. If we want change, we must be the change,” she says. W

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“As scientists, we do not work alone. Our role is to put all the pieces together, so that it becomes whole. That’s the cornersone of research – finding innovative solutions to problems such as the cure for cancer.”

the auspices of the Academy of Sciences Malaysia and Medical Research Council, UK . She has also worked with the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute based in Hinxton, UK, where she “played with cool genetic tools such as the CRISPR, a genome editing tool using an enzyme called Cas-9 to systematically eliminate genes to identify those responsible for driving cancer development”. “These genes have the potential to turn cells cancerous,” she says. Each gene is bar-coded and individually tested for tumourigenic potential, which requires a lot of patience and a deep understanding of cancer cell behaviour. The vaccine that Dr Cheong is working on has already completed efficacy trials and is currently undergoing toxicity tests. If all goes according to plan, Dr Cheong hopes that it will commence to clinical trials in 24 months. It is no walk in the park, however. Despite massive publicity, she still feels that cancer awareness is low, more so for cancer research, as people do not understand why research takes so long to bear results. That is the basis behind evidence-based medicine, she points out, because every step along the way requires diligent documentation and cross-checking.


Wellbeing

STOP feeling

guilty! Does guilt often stop you from enjoying life to the fullest? Maybe it’s time you silence your inner critic and kick your guilt habit. Here’s how you can start

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uilt can be a good thing. It can motivate you to try harder and make you feel accountable for other people’s feelings. But when feeling guilty becomes a habit, it can have a seriously negative effect. Research shows women feel habitual guilt more intensely than men – probably due more to social conditioning than chromosomes, but also because of the multiple roles we play in today’s society. So how can you kick the guilt habit? Start by flipping your negative thoughts to positive ones. Here, we find solutions for the most common guilt-inducing situations.

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You feel guilty about…

ENJOYING YOUR FOOD How often do you find yourself saying, “I mustn’t, I shouldn’t, I can’t,” when it comes to ordering dessert? How many times have you opted for a salad when what you really fancy is a big bowl of pasta? It’s no wonder eating and guilt go hand-in-hand. How to flip your guilt? Remind yourself that food is meant to be enjoyed, and give yourself permission to treat yourself sometimes. And if you really feel you’ve overindulged, own it and then promise yourself you’ll do better next time. “Get the right advice on how to eat well, and start small,” advises nutritionist Zoe Bingley-Pullin. “You don’t have to make radical changes to your diet, like cutting out whole food groups. But do learn how to shop and cook correctly, to balance your portions, and to eat mindfully.”

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You feel guilty about…

SAYING NO You’d rather not go to your friend’s ’80s-themed birthday party, but you say yes anyway, because you don’t like to let people down. How to flip your guilt?

You feel guilty about…

ENDING A RELATIONSHIP You want out, but you stay because you worry about causing your partner pain. How to flip your guilt? Put yourself in your partner’s shoes. “Ask yourself how you’d feel if someone stayed in a relationship with you only because they feel too guilty to end it,” suggests clinical psychologist Jo Lamble. “Because that’s what you’re doing – and it’s not fair on your partner.”

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And if you have children, it’s not fair on them either. “If you’ve worked hard to save the relationship and you’re still miserable or you’re fighting all the time, it’s not a healthy environment for your kids,” says Jo. “You’re also their role model, so think about what you’re teaching them. You want to show them how to address complex issues and resolve them, but also that sometimes you have to make some tough decisions in life.”

Remind yourself that it’s okay to put our own needs first. “A healthy sense of entitlement is recognising that other people matter, but you matter as well,” says clinical psychologist Dr Sarah Edelman, author of Change Your Thinking. “If you ignore your own needs, it impairs your social and family relationships.” And you don’t even have to say “no”: just say, “I can’t, but thanks for thinking of me”.


You feel guilty about…

NOT SPENDING ENOUGH TIME WITH YOUR KIDS You plan your spare time around your children’s schedule because you worry that as a busy working mother, you’re neglecting your kids. How to flip your guilt? A recent study shows that the quality time you spend with your children is far more influential than the quantity. Plus, being on tap 24/7 is not doing your kids any favours. “You’re not teaching them independence,” says Jo. “And by sacrificing your own interests, you are teaching your kids that adults shouldn’t have any fun, and that parenthood is all hard work.”

You feel guilty about…

SKIPPING A WORKOUT Whether you had a genuine schedule conflict or a burning desire to go home and watch Game of Thrones instead, you end up feeling lazy.

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How to flip your guilt? “A pretty good rule is: if you really don’t feel like going to the gym, you’re often better off not going,” says Timothy Olds, Professor of Health Sciences at the University of South Australia. “For instance, you know you need enough rest to fit in your workout.” Plus, missing a session won’t undo the good you’ve already done – as long as you don’t make a habit.

You feel guilty about…

ASKING FOR HELP Whether you are struggling to meet a deadline at work or need someone to do some food shopping when you’ve got the flu, you feel too needy and embarrassed to reach out for assistance. How to flip your guilt? Remember that most people enjoy helping others. “It gives them an opportunity to feel good about themselves,” says Dr Edelman, “and it’s a good way of forming bonds. Asking for help is a positive, healthy part of social interaction with others. People feel more connected when they can help you; it’s part of community.” W

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Real Life

Rape, Drug Abuse, Jail... It sounds like a movie, but this true story is about how a woman battles the odds for a new lease on life

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hen Siti* was 14, her life spiralled out of control. Her father accused her mother of having an affair, and claimed that she was a product of it. Then he raped Siti. She couldn’t bear living under the same roof as him, so she left home soon after. For Siti, now 43, this was the start of years of drug abuse, which led to her spending time spent in prison. She moved in with a string of boyfriends. Sex was a part of each relationship, and it was one of these boys who introduced her to drugs. “Each boy who offered to let me stay with him also made me believe that he loved me and

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that he would take care of me,” she said. “If I refused sex, my boyfriend would leave me and I would have no place to live and no food to eat. So I had a few boyfriends, one after another. They got tired fast. One of these boyfriends introduced drugs to me when I was 14. We took drugs together to forget our problems.” At 16, Siti gave birth to her first child, and married her boyfriend. “My husband and I continued to take drugs at home, even after having a few children,” she said. Siti’s first stint in prison for drug offences was at the age of 21. She was in and out of prison three times, spending 13 years in jail. She confessed that the third – and last – time she was


Real Life

LEARNING TO FORGIVE

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During her prison stint, Siti was helped by a non-profit organisation that supports incarcerated mothers and their children. She learnt she was angry with her parents, and had spent so many years wanting them to ask her for forgiveness. “I realised that I could not sit waiting for my parents to ask for forgiveness, when I myself had never asked my children for forgiveness,” she explains. “So, in my last year of prison, I asked my children to forgive me because I was not there for them.” Siti also reconciled with her older brother and sister. She had been angry with them because they didn’t protect her from their father, but she came to realise that they were teenagers then and didn’t know how to handle the situation. Over the years, they had advised her to be a good person and a good mother, but she didn’t listen, she said. They later stopped talking. “My sister and brother were very angry with me when I went to prison,” she recalls. “Now I know they were sad too. For many years, they had been trying to help me but I pushed them away because of what happened when we were young. Now I know that they never stopped loving me.” During her prison term, Siti wrote a letter to her future self as a form of encouragement. “Your first mission is to bring your children back into your life, (so you can) stay together under one roof,” she wrote. “Don’t forget to prove to those who look down on you wrong… this time, you are determined to change your

life to be a good daughter, sister and mother to your whole family, and assure them you will keep your promises. You must also love yourself more… to be stronger, wiser and smarter.” While in prison, Siti also wrote to her siblings, explaining why she was angry with them. She also apologised and asked for their forgiveness. Her siblings replied to this letter personally, by visiting her in prison. They encouraged her to let go of the past, and said that they’d support her when she was released. But they weren’t alone – her father was at this visit too. She was 40 then, and this was the first time she had seen him since she was 14. While they didn’t talk then, she has since let go of her past. “I have forgiven my father,” she reveals. “We are not close and never will be. But I no longer hate him.” Sadly, Siti never got to make peace with her mother, as she died during Siti’s last year of incarceration.

A NEW FAMILY Siti was released from prison two years ago, and has since turned her life around. She first moved in with her sister and her family, where they lived together with three of her children. She now works as a cleaner in a condo, and lives with her kids and her new husband in a rental flat. “I met my current husband, who is also a former drug addict, in my post-release rehabilitation programme,” says Siti. “We have a similar rocky past. We supported each other through our rehabilitation journey and got married once we completed our rehabilitation programmes and were declared cleared from drugs.” Siti is currently going through assessments, and is hoping her secondyoungest daughter will move in with her by the end of the year. She is still fighting for access to her youngest child. Her two oldest children are now married, and she became a grandmother while in prison Her family enjoys having BBQs and organises weekly karaoke sessions at her sister’s house. “Life is still not so easy because we do not earn so much, but at least I have my children with me,” says Siti. “I don’t know what the future is going to hold; but take things one day at a time; my children and I are happy because we are together now.” W *Name has been changed to protect privacy FEBRUARY 2018 | The Malaysian Women’s Weekly

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incarcerated was the most difficult, as her children were older then. Four of her younger children were put in children’s homes; her son was separated from his three sisters, who were in a girl’s home. Her two older children were old enough to look after themselves, and her mother-in-law took care of her then one-year-old child. Siti’s older children were very angry with her for going to prison, and didn’t want to talk to her. While she was in prison, she was informed that her husband had put their baby up for adoption to a couple of his friends – without her permission. She has not seen this child since, and is now divorced from her first husband. “In prison, I thought of all my children every day,” she shares. “I thought of how I hurt them, and how I made them sad and angry. I thought of how I couldn’t be a good mother to them because I was in prison.”


Good To Know

Your appetite What you should know Hungry all the time? Here are 10 urprising facts that could explain surprising why we eat too much

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a hard time understanding the fact that artificial sweeteners deliver a big hit of sweetness minus the energy, or kilojoules. The result? It triggers a process that increases your appetite to encourage you to eat more food – it’s the brain’s way of making your energy intake match the sweetness it has detected.

time you’re hungry for a snack, halve the portion. Testing that theory, food psychology researchers proved that when only small snacks are available, you’ll eat 400 fewer kilojoules than when there’s a large portion in front of you, but you’ll feel just as satisfied 15 minutes after eating.

Artificial sweeteners make you eat more. The brain has

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bad night’s sleep is the 3Aenemy.

A lack of sleep increases the body’s production of a natural appetite stimulant. Called 2-AG, it works by regulating the enjoyment you get from food – the more it circulates in your blood stream, the more pleasurable eating becomes. It helps explain why sleep-deprived people find it much harder to resist snacks like biscuits, chocolate and chips not long after they’ve eaten a meal.

plays role. 4aStress

For many women, their appetite increases when stressed. Research shows that stress makes “comfort foods” like

pizza and ice-cream seem more appealing. One explanation is that sugar and fat-rich foods may dampen the body’s stress response. We may use them to “self-medicate” – to cope.


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So do something physically active after lunch to avoid that mid-afternoon snack. The best choice is aerobic exercise because it affects the levels of two gut hormones – boosting peptide YY and lowering ghrelin. That’s a combination that suppresses appetite, and the effect lasts for two hours.

Social media food snaps 7 “ruin your

appetite”. Looking forward to dinner tonight? Don’t look at social media if your friends like to post lots of food pics. Seeing too many foodie photos zaps your appetite and makes your next meal less enjoyable to eat, say researchers. Food photos increase something called satiation, where you become tired of the food you’re eating – or looking at.

The noises you make, like crunching and chewing, lower your “real time” appetite. When you can’t hear those noises, you’ll end up eating about 25 per cent more. Dubbed the “crunch effect”, it works as a sensory cue to remind how much food you’re putting in your mouth, say researchers. So try to avoid dining at noisy restaurants.

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hungry. When you need to eat, levels of the hormone ghrelin peak and, as well as stimulating appetite, ghrelin temporarily dulls areas of the brain involved in impulse control. The result ? You’ll find it harder to make a sensible, rational choice. Do delay making decisions until after you’ve eaten something.

Almonds are an 10 appetite-busting

snack. To keep your appetite under control, eat 40g of almonds a day. When people did that as part of a US study, their hunger levels and appetite at mealtimes fell significantly after four weeks. And despite the nuts providing an extra 100kJ a day, the participants’ weight remained unchanged. Researchers say this may be thanks to the healthy fats, protein and fibre that nuts provide W .

an appetite control centre in your brain. 6There’s

It’s not just the hormones and substances released by your gut that influence appetite – a brain chemical called serotonin plays a key role too. Serotonin activates neurons that curb appetite and block those that increase appetite. To increase your serotonin, have a massage – your levels will be 28 per cent higher afterwards.

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Love Quiz

Are You A Good

LOVER?

Take this quiz to decode your love life!

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t takes more than sheer sexiness, outward attraction and expert techniques to be a good lover. Some couples can still elicit passionate responses from their mates, even after years of marriage. Those expert lovers have that special elusive quality that makes them stand out. How about you and your partner? Let this fun quiz help you suss up the state of affairs in your relationship. Remember, honesty is the best policy. Your first quick response is usually the most revealing.

8. If you think he is wandering, do you: a. kick him out of the house. b. try to communicate with him and discuss his feelings. c. ignore it. 9. On Valentine’s Day, he gives you a sexy nightgown. Do you: a. return it. b. hide it away. c. model it for him.

1. At a Christmas party, you flirt with someone else to make him: a. a little jealous. b. just because you enjoy others’ company. c. to get back at your partner’s flirtations.

10. Do you sometimes surprise him with romantic gestures such as love notes or intimate meals?: a. yes. b. never. c. sometimes.

2. a. b. c.

When you are angry, you: explode. keep it inside. try to talk about it.

11. If you are going out, do you: a. choose the entertainment. b. both choose it. c. he chooses.

3. a. b. c.

You married him for: love. convenience. you hate to be alone.

4. a. b. c.

Do you know his favourite foods?: yes. no. sometimes.

12. Do you occasionally enjoy doing child‑like activities together, such as going to an amusement park or a playground?: a. sometimes. b. never. c. always.

5. If he is watching a TV programme that you do not like, do you: a. do something else. b. go to sleep. c. snuggle up to him. 6. a. b. c.

If he gives you a compliment, do you: thank him. take it for granted. let him know how much it means to you.

7. a. b. c.

How often do you say you love him?: every day. at least once a week. not very often.

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SCORING 1. a‑3; b‑2; c‑1 2. a‑1; b‑2; c‑3 3. a‑3; b‑1; c‑2 4. a‑3; b‑1; c‑2 5. a‑2; b‑1; c‑3 6. a‑2; b‑1; c‑3 7. a‑3; b‑2; c‑1 8. a‑1; b‑3; c‑2 9. a‑l; b‑2; c‑3 10. a‑3; b‑1; c‑2 11. a‑1; b‑3; c‑2 12. a‑2; b‑1; c‑3 13. a‑3; b‑1; c‑2 14. a‑3; b‑2; c‑1 15. a‑1; b‑2; c‑3

13. We openly discuss what each other’s needs are: a. always. b. never. c. sometimes. 14. Since you met him, your appearance has: a. improved. b. stayed the same. c. gotten worse. 15. I am sensitive to his moods: a. never. b. sometimes. c. almost always.

SCORE ANALYSIS 38 ‑ 45: You are among the select few who have that special quality that will keep him devoted to you, no matter what your age. 28 ‑ 37: Your better‑than‑average score shows you are striving to be a considerate lover. You need to overcome your shyness and show him how much you really care. 22 ‑ 27: This score suggests you are not the epitomised ideal of femininity and allure. If the lines of communication are more open, then the warmth and passion will follow. 15 ‑ 21: This is virtually a no‑love score. You need to work on improving your own self‑image if you are hoping for a more lasting relationship with your partner.


Relationships

Seeking your soulmate? Invite them into your life using the principles of manifestation and energy work

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f you’re searching for your ideal partner or want to rekindle the passion in your current relationship, you may feel like you’ve got to keep putting yourself out there until you eventually find someone you click with. However, according to the Law of Attraction, finding your soulmate is an inner process that starts with you. “The Law of Attraction says that whatever vibration we offer to the universe is echoed back to us through what we attract into our lives, and that vibration is determined by our thoughts, emotions, actions and intentions,” explains manifestation coach Juliet Martine. Think of yourself as a magnet, attracting people and experiences that reflect your inner beliefs and energy. Here, we find out how to send the right vibration into the universe, to invite a loving relationship into your life.

CLEAR NEGATIVE BELIEFS Often, limiting beliefs and self-talk hold us back from manifesting our dream life. In the case of relationships, we may tell ourselves repeatedly that we aren’t worthy/ loveable/ attractive/ successful enough. To overhaul negative self-talk, catch yourself when you’re having a limiting thought, for instance, “I’m not worthy”. “Reflect on the first time you remember feeling or thinking that way,” says Sarah Davis, founder of Soul-Mate Magnetism. “Ask yourself, ‘Is that still true for me today?’, because the event you’re thinking of may have been years ago.” Next, consider, “What evidence do I have now to suggest that I am worthy?” Perhaps you got a promotion at work. Doing this often will help to change your beliefs, and in turn, the type of relationships you attract.

HOW TO

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DECLARE YOUR INTENT It’s common for people to have a mental checklist of what they’d like in a partner. The problem is, these can become limiting conditions that cause us to overlook potential soulmates, because they don’t fit our expectations. “Instead, put your intent out there in terms of how you want to feel in the relationship,” advises Martine. “Do you want to be in a relationship that’s fun? Respectful? Loyal? Deeply intimate?” She suggests declaring this in a “statement

Simply imagine yourself at a future point where you’re in that relationship and it’s familiar and wonderful


Also, practise feeling the way you want to feel. “If you want to feel nurtured and loved in a relationship, consider what you can do today that enables you to feel more nurtured and loved,” advises Martine.

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of intent” to the universe. “State it in the first person, in present tense, in the positive and in terms of what you want, so it might be, ‘I am now in a wonderful, loving relationship with my partner. Together, we are living a life of freedom and joy travelling the world.’”

CALL THE ENERGY IN Once you know how you want to feel in a relationship, try to live in a place as if it’s already happening. “It’s about calling the energy in, simply by imagining yourself at a future point where you’re in that relationship and it’s familiar and wonderful,” explains Martine.

To be in a loving relationship, you have to first open your heart. “We need to be vulnerable enough to bring down the guard over our heart, in order to have that deep emotional connection with someone,” says Davis. “Connect with yourself every day through journaling and meditation; practise speaking up and saying how you feel in the moment; and thirdly, start asking for what you need.” As a result, you’ll send out the vibration of being open and emotionally available, helping to attract a compatible partner into your life.

TRUST THE UNIVERSE Once you’ve done the inner work, it’s normal to feel impatient or anxious for your soulmate to arrive. Instead, try to keep your energy light and joyful, trusting that the relationship is on its way. “It’s just a matter of divine timing and we don’t know what that timing is,” says Martine. “Life can turn very quickly – one day, there’s nothing on the horizon, and the next day the love of your life is there.” W

We need to be vulnerable enough to bring down the guard over our heart, in order to have that deep emotional connection with someone

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Indulge Queen of Hearts

TEXT: SA’IDAH SHEIKH JAFFAR / PHOTO:JOHN PAUL URIZAR/BAUERSYNDICATION.COM.AU

Rich and delicious biscuits — wonderful for Valentine's Day or any other occasion! It also makes for a picture perfect sweet treat for someone special

DIGITAL BONUS

Click here for the recipe of this Choc Berry Hearts!

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Get Your Home Festive-Ready Tackle Chinese New Year taboos with these handy goods Lights On

No Knives

Make Tea

Blue Hues

Make Noise

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Fun Fact: Turn on the lights on New Year’s Eve to ensure a bright year ahead.

Fun Fact: Avoid using sharp things as it is a bad omen.

Fun fact: A tea ceremony is held on the first day.

Fun Fact: Firecrackers fend off evil spirits.

Fun Fact: Fanta sounds like “fat ah” in Cantonese.

KitchenAid Classic Food Chopper, RM169, from www.westmetric.com.my.

Miniature Gold Fish Tea Pot, RM990, from Royal Selangor.

Fun fact: Blue is used to decorate homes for longevity and harmony.

Portable Bluetooth speakers SRS-XB40, RM749, from Sony.

Classic Fridge (FN-120CR 125L), RM1,699, from Daewoo.

NYMANE, RM169, from IKEA.

Unika vase, RM95, from BoConcept.

Add Richness

DID YOU KNOW?

Usher in prosperity by hanging a mirror in your dining area to reflect the dining table. However, according to some beliefs, be careful about positioning a mirror opposite your bed. It can attract a third party into the relationship, create insomnia and bring nightmares!

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Place a round bowl filled with round fruits in the centre of the table to signify the richness of life. Different fruits have different significance. For instance, apples boost friendships whereas pears are for energy. If you do not favour fruits, you can use fresh flowers as an option. However, avoid dried flowers as they represent decay and stagnation. W

TEXT: YAP JIN WEN / MAIN PHOTO: IKEA / ADDITIONAL PHOTOS: SHUTTERSTOCK

Heart Of The Home


Passionate About Food

Use Up Leftover Wine

Pot Luck!

This is how you do outdoor cookouts in style

Why let unfinished bottles of wine go to waste? Here’s how to make best of the spirits Red Wine With red wine, there are a few ways to go about it. You can boil it down and freeze the concentrate in ice cube trays. When you're ready to make a sauce, just pop a cube out. You can also use it to poach eggs or fruit such as pears or prunes. Or simply make mulled wine to accompany your dinner.

Cook With Flowers Made from enameled cast iron,this durable Le Creuset Flower Oven (L2104-0214S) roasts, slow-cooks and braises while locking in the intensity of flavours. RM1749

White Wine The same can be said for white wines. It pairs well with lighter meats and fish. Use it for sauces, poaching or marinades. Mix wine and Dijon mustard as a sauce that you can drizzle over pan-fried meat. Or braise chicken thighs in a garlicky wine broth, which makes the meat both tasty and tender when allowed to simmer for a period of time.

Stock ’Em Up Store your leftover snacks in these compact Modular Mates Tupperwares (Starter Set – Black). RM108, at www.tupperwareplus.com.

Fortified & Sweet Wine

TEXT: SA’IDAH SHEIKH JAFFAR AND YAP JIN WEN / PHOTOS: COURTESY OF RESPECTIVE BRANDS AND RESTAURANTS

Fortified wines are particularly great for splashing on hearty roasts such as lamb. Laying the meat on a bed of root vegetables slathered in wine will yield fantastic gravy at the end of your roasting time. Another way to use the wine is to make jams, chutneys or marmalades. You can also drizzle sponge cakes in a trifle with sweet wines for added flavour.

WEEKEND MUST-EATS Seafood Delight

Taste of South Africa

The Fat Fish is a vibrant seafood deli stocked with salmon, scallops, sole and sea urchin. They are famous for their rice bowls but also serve mains such as fish and chips, as well as braised lamb shank. Located at 15-0-5 Shoplex Mont’ Kiara, KL.

There is a new chicken joint in town and it hails all the way from South Africa! Galito’s promises delicious lip-smacking, 24-hour marinated flame-grilled chicken with bold African flavours and spices that will leave you wanting more. Located at e@Curve.

Serves Big Groups Prepare various dishes at one go with this multi-cooker Pensonic 3.0 L Steamer (PEN-PMC1301). RM199, at www.senheng.com.my.

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CNY Tasty Delights TIP Sprinkle Nestum on fried prawns for added crunch. This dish is best served right away when ready.

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The Weekly teamed up with chefs to bring you a collection of CNY-inspired dishes. Time to serve up a mouth-watering feast for your family!

Stir-fried Tiger Prawns with Salted Egg Yolk Prep 10 MINS Cook 10 MINS Serves 6 12 tiger prawns, cleaned 50g margarine 12g curry leaves, chopped 10g bird’s eye chillies, sliced 20g salted egg powder 10g potato starch 15g sugar 3g salt 5g chicken stock cubes 35g Nestum, plus extra Chopped coriander and sliced red chillies, to serve

Chef Chew Keng Chai, 41, Sunway Putra Hotel

Chef Chew first started his culinary journey in 2002 and received his fundamental training at The Malaysia Selangor and Federal Territory Ku Su Shin Choong Hung Restaurant Association. He started cooking at an early age, often helping his father in the kitchen to prepare meals for the family. His culinary inspirations usually come from the competitions he participates in and from his travels. In 2016, Chef Chew joined Sunway Putra Hotel, Kuala Lumpur bearing the title “Chinese Chef”. The inspiration behind this savoury dish is his family as it’s their favourite and cooking it reminds him of home.

1. Heat enough oil in a wok, fry the prawns until golden. Once cooked, place the prawns onto a plate lined with paper towel. Set aside. 2. In another wok, heat the margarine until it has melted. Add curry leaves and chillies into the wok and fry until the spicy aroma is released. Turn down the heat. 3. Add the salted egg powder, potato starch, sugar and salt into the wok together with the chicken stock and fried prawns. 4. Mix the ingredients until well combined and add the Nestum into the wok. 5. Serve fried prawns sprinkled with extra Nestum on a plate along with coriander and red chillies.

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TIP To remove fish scales, gently blanch the fish before steaming. This causes the scales to appear for easy removal.

Steamed Tiger Grouper with Garlic

Prep 30 MINS Cook 30 MINS Serves 8-10 1kg tiger grouper, cleaned GARLIC PASTE 200g garlic 20g shallots 20g red chillies 1½ tbsp cooking oil ½ tsp salt Pinch of white pepper 20ml soy sauce FISH SAUCE 100ml soy sauce 20ml fish sauce 10ml sesame oil 200ml water 20g fine sugar Parsley, for garnish, optional

1. GARLIC PASTE: Heat up oil in a pan. Add all ingredients from Garlic Paste except salt, white pepper and soy sauce. 2. Slow cook and stir well until fragrant. Finally, add in salt, white pepper and soy sauce into the mixture and mix well. Set aside and let chill. 3. Pour chilled Garlic Paste on top of tiger grouper. 4. FISH SAUCE: In a pot, combine all ingredients from Fish Sauce and bring to boil. Set aside. 5. Steam the fish for 8 mins. 6. Serve the cooked fish on a plate. Pour the Fish Sauce over it and garnish with parsley if you like.

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Chef Chris Lim, 30, Palace of the Golden Horses

Chef Chris graduated from the Malaysia Selangor and Federal Territory Ku Su Shin Choong Hung Restaurant Association in 2016 and built his experience locally prior to winning the World Golden Chef Competition in 2010. Chef Chris loves coming up with dishes that are out of the box and using traditional methods of cooking to make foods that are staples in the Chinese kitchen. He joined Kim Ma Restaurant at Palace of the Golden Horses in 2010, first as Chef De Partie then as Senior Chef De Partie. This dish is inspired by the word yu (Mandarin for fish), which shares same pronunciation as the word “abundance”.


TIP Scallops are easily overcooked so it’s important to pay very close attention when cooking them.

Seafood Stuffed Scallops with Grapefruit Citrus Marmalade

Chef Tan Tzaan Liing, 52,

The Westin Kuala Lumpur

Prep 15 Mins Cook 5 Mins Makes 4-5 4-5 large-sized fresh scallops 4 tbsps grapefruit citrus marmalade 2 tbsps fresh grapefruit pulp STUFFING PASTE 100g prawns 50g squids 50g water chestnuts Coriander, to your desire Salt, to season Cooking oil Grapefruit leaves, finely sliced, to garnish Raspberries, to garnish

Following the footsteps of his mother who was also a chef in Singapore, Chef Tan has been in the culinary industry for 30 years. His impressive resumé has seen him working in Japan, Taiwan and Indonesia. Cantonese cuisine is his expertise. Chef Tan joined The Westin Kuala Lumpur as Chinese Chef de Cuisine in 2013, leading the Five Sen5es culinary team. Chef Tan says he chose this dish because it reminds him of a famous Hakka dish – yong tau foo.

1. STUFFING PASTE: Finely chop all the ingredients and season with salt. 2. Slice each scallop horizontally. Stuff prawn and squid paste in between. 3. In a wok, heat 2 tbsps of cooking oil and pan-fry stuffed scallops until golden brown on each side. 4. In another wok, heat enough cooking oil to deep-fry the pan-fried scallops for about 3 to 4 mins on high heat. Remove scallops from wok. 5. Place scallops on plate. Mix grapefruit citrus marmalade with fresh grapefruit pulp. Cover scallops with the mixture. 6. Top with grapefruit leaves and raspberries.

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TIP If you do not have a thermometer, another way to know if the oil is hot enough is when it starts to bubble.

Crispy Prawns with Tobiko

Prep 10 MINS Cook 15 MINS Makes 4 4 prawns Sugar, for marinade Potato flour, for marinade 1 egg, separated Salt and pepper, for seasoning Cooking oil Mayonnaise, for coating ½ mango, cubed ½ kiwi, cubed ¼ cucumber, cubed 30g tobiko (flying fish roe)

1. Rub prawns with sugar and potato flour. Let it marinate for an hour, then wash. 2. Marinate the prawns in egg white, salt and pepper. 3. In a pot, add some oil and heat until it reaches 180°C (see tip). 4. Coat the prawns with egg yolk and potato flour and deep-fry until crispy. 5. Drain the fried prawns on a plate lined with a paper towel and thinly coat them with mayonnaise. 6. Place the prawns on plate and garnish with fruits and tobiko.

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Chef Michael Wong, 49,

Le Méridien Putrajaya

Chef Michael’s culinary journey started 33 years ago as a commis chef in Happy Valley Restaurant in KL. He gained his culinary skills from Hong Kong chefs for 15 years and created his own recipes along the way. At only 23, Chef Michael earned himself the title of Chinese Executive Chef when he helped to open the San Sui Yen Restaurant at Genting View Resort. His inspiration for this dish comes from wanting to create something that is both delicious and wholesome.

TIP Never leave the stove when making ice-cream custard. Stirring constantly for 6 to 10 mins yields great results.


Moutai Longan Ice-Cream

Prep 20 MINS Cook 10 MINS Serves 10 250g almond milk 30g Chinese almond 4 eggs 80g sugar 20ml Moutai (distilled Chinese liquor) 100g longan, peeled and seeded

1. In a blender, combine the almond milk and Chinese almond. Blend until smooth. 2. Transfer the almond blend into a pot and cook on medium heat until simmering. 3. In a bowl, mix the eggs and sugar until combined. Pour the warm almond blend into the egg mixture while stirring with a wooden spoon to make the ice-cream custard. 4. Pour the mixture back into the pot and cook on medium heat until it thickens. Be sure to stir constantly as it could burn at the bottom. 5. Cool the thickened custard overnight in the refrigerator. 6. The next day, mix in the Moutai and longan into the custard and pour into a container to set in the freezer for at least 6 hours. 7. Serve ice-cream with strawberry scroll (recipe below).

Strawberry Scroll Prep 5 MINS Cook 5 HOURS Makes 10 ROLLS

Ashley Yiin, 26, Ashley’s by LivingFood

This talented lass is the person behind the delicious guilt-free dishes at Ashley’s by LivingFood. The culinary graduate discovered healthy food could also be enjoyable when her parents opened their first outlet, LivingFood at Menara Tan & Tan. While LivingFood has closed, Ashley’s by LivingFood – named after her by her father – has been in operation since 2014. Ashley created the Moutai longan ice-cream just before Chinese New Year in 2016 when she first discovered the Moutai drink. “A fresh batch of longan was available at the market so I decided to use that and our homemade almond milk to create a dairy-free ice-cream.”

3 cups strawberries 1 cup raspberries

1. Line a 12 x 17 inch baking tray with parchment paper. 2. Blend strawberries and raspberries until smooth. Spread the mixture onto prepared baking tray until ¼ inch full. 3. Place the baking tray in the oven or dehydrator at 70°C for 8 hours. 4. Cut the fruit leather into strips and roll. Tie each roll with a piece of twine to resemble firecrackers.

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Kacang Tumbuk Bundt Cake Prep 20 MINS Cook 40 MINS Serves 12-20 260g caster sugar 170g butter 3 eggs 2 egg yolk 2 tsps vanilla essence 300g flour, sifted 3 tsps baking powder, sifted ¼ tsp baking soda, sifted ½ tsp salt 1 cup heavy cream FROSTING 400g cream cheese, room temperature 75g butter, room temperature 100g sugar 5 pieces flaky kacang tumbuk

1. Preheat oven to 170°C. Grease and flour the bundt pan. 2. Cream sugar and butter for 9 to 11 mins using the creaming method (see tip), scraping the mixture every 3-4 mins. 3. Add one egg at a time, making sure that each egg is incorporated with the batter. Add in vanilla essence. 4. Add half of the sifted mixture into the batter. Beat until incorporated. 5. Add the heavy cream and continue beating. Then add remaining sifted mixture. Fold until smooth. 6. Add cake batter in prepared cake pan. Bake for 40-45 mins (firm when tested). Set aside to cool. 7. FROSTING: In a mixing bowl, cream butter, cream cheese and sugar together until no lumps can be seen. 8. Roughly flake the kacang tumbuk into mixture. Give it a final mix to evenly distribute the peanut candy bits. 9. Once the cake is cool, frost the entire cake. Top the cake with chunks of assorted kacang tumbuk.

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Basira Yeusuff, 30 Root Cellar KL

Basira has been working in professional kitchens ever since she finished secondary school, taking a break only to finish culinary school. She has staged at a Michelin twostar restaurant in Berlin and done a stint in Switzerland. Root Cellar KL was founded after Basira headed a couple of restaurants in KL and decided it was finally time to do start out on her own. After seeing various peanut cookies being served during CNY, Basira decided to give the Malaysian childhood snack her own spin.


TIP The creaming method is when you mix sugar and fat (i.e. butter) together and beat until it is light and creamy.

PHOTOS: EDMUND LEE/BLU INC MEDIA / TEXT: SA’IDAH SHEIKH JAFFAR / RECIPES: COURTESY OF RESPECTIVE INDIVIDUALS / TABLEWARE BY BENDANG STUDIO

TIP You can find Bienetta Florentine mix at baking supply stores. Cut the cookies right away as they harden quickly.

Almond Flake Cookies

Prep 10 MINS Cook 10 MINS Makes 40 200g almond flakes 100g Bienetta Florentine mix 100g dark chocolate, melted ½ tsp fine sea salt

1. Preheat oven to 180°C. Line a shallow baking pan (13 x 14 inches) with parchment paper. 2. In a bowl, mix almond flakes and Florentine mix until well combined. 3. Spread the mixture evenly onto prepared pan and bake for 6 mins or until golden brown. 4. Once baked, use a tray to flatten the cookies. Using a knife, cut the cookies into rectangles (3 x 1.5 inches in size). 5. Transfer the cut cookies onto a flat plate or tray and refrigerate til harden. 6. Dip one edge of cookie into chocolate, sprinkle sea salt and refrigerate.

BENDANG STUDIO LOCATED IN KAMPUNG SUNGAI PETAI, ALOR GAJAH, MELAKA, BENDANG STUDIO IS FAST BECOMING A COVETED CERAMICS BRAND THAT ALMOST ALWAYS SELLS OUT AS SOON AS IT HITS THE SHELVES. FOUNDED BY ROZANA MUSA IN 2010, THE NAME BENDANG WAS CHOSEN AS A TRIBUTE TO ROZANA’S GRANDMOTHER’S HOUSE WHERE SHE PREVIOUSLY HOUSED HER STUDIO. FIND HER CERAMICS AT KEDAI BIKIN OR FOLLOW THEM ON INSTAGRAM AT @BENDANGSTUDIO_OFFICIAL.

Sara Khong, 32, Author and Blogger

Sara is a home cook and founder of lifestyle portal, JewelPie and food blog, New Malaysian Kitchen. She is also the author of two cookbooks – Malaysian Meals in 30 Minutes and One Pot Wonder. A graduate of Law from University of London, Sara travelled the world to explore different cuisines and attend cooking classes, including at Le Cordon Bleu. She also got a certification from HarvardX in Science & Cooking. Sara chose this recipe because “even if you are busy, you can still make cookies”. W


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This savoury jam is perfect as a spread on burgers, sandwiches or even as a dip for crackers

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TEXT: BAUERSYNDICATION.COM.AU / PHOTOS: JEAN PAUL URIZAR/BAUERSYNDICATION.COM.AU

Prep 1 hour 45 mins Makes 3½ cups 1kg ripe Roma tomatoes 6 fresh long red chillies 2 fresh small red Thai chillies 3 cloves garlic, crushed 2 tsps finely grated ginger 2¼ cups (500g) caster sugar 1⁄ cup (80ml) white vinegar 3 ¼ cup (60ml) lemon juice 2 tbsps fish sauce 1 tsp coarse cooking salt 1. Start by sterilising the jars (see below). 2. Chop the tomatoes and chillies coarsely. (Pic A) 3. Place the tomatoes, chillies, garlic, ginger, caster

sugar, vinegar, lemon juice, fish sauce and salt in a large heavy-based saucepan over high heat. Stir, without boiling, until the sugar dissolves. Bring to the boil, then reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally, for about 1¼ hours or until the jam is thick. Cool for 15 mins. (Pic B) 4. Blend or process the jam until almost smooth, leaving a little texture. (Pic C) Ladle into hot sterilised jars; seal immediately. (Pic D) Label and date the jars when cold. Store in a cool dark place. Refrigerate after opening for up to 3 months. Suitable to freeze. Not suitable to microwave.

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Expert’s Advice Choose the ripest tomatoes you can find. Once you’ve bought them, make sure you don’t refrigerate them as this dulls the flavour. Instead, store them in a sunny spot until you are ready to use them. If the tomatoes are a little under-ripe, store them with ethylene-producing fruit, such as a just-ripe banana, to accelerate the ripening. When cutting lots of chillies be sure not to touch your eyes as they will burn.

Sterilising Jars It’s important the jars be as clean as possible and make sure your hands, the preparation area and tea towels are clean, too. The aim is to finish sterilising the jars and lids at the time that the preserve is ready to be bottled. The hot preserve – in this case, jam – should be bottled into hot, dry, clean jars. Three easy methods of sterilising jars are: 1. Put the jars and their lids through the hottest cycle of a dishwasher without using any detergent. 2. Lie the jars down in a large saucepan or boiler, cover with cold water and bring to the boil. Boil over high heat for 20 mins. 3. Stand the jars upright without touching each other on an oven tray. Place on the lowest shelf of the oven and set the temperature to 100°C (or the lowest temperature possible). Close the door and leave the jars to heat through for 30 mins. W

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Jars that are not sterilised properly can cause the preserves to deteriorate during storage.

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With the evolution of multipurpose cookers, all you need is one appliance to get it all done. To help you decide on which one, we give you the lowdown on the best cookers out there EFFORTLESS COOKING

Still a prototype in the making, the Healsio HOTCOOK has already garnered a lot of attention as this waterless cooker cooks without water! By using moisture in the ingredients themselves, this one-of-a-kind cooker retains the vital nutrients in your food without compromising on flavour. For details, call the Sharp hotline at 1800-888-678.

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INFUSE WITH FLAVOUR This French-designed cookware produces the most exquisite flavours. Le Creuset’s durable cast iron cookware is trusted by professional chefs and is ideal for slow cooking, searing, grilling and baking. Round French Oven, RM2,173, from Le Creuset.

A Fryer – And More! Enjoy healthy fries that you can easily make at home with the Elba multicooker. Just detach the removable frying basket when you want to cook in other ways, including steamboat, stewing, stir-frying, braising, baking, grilling and steaming. EIMC-D8142 (WH) Multicooker, RM456, from Elba.


All-in-One Cooker Can’t decide whether to get the pressure cooker or the slow cooker? Get the best of both worlds with Philips All-in-One pressure cooker! Better still, it also sautés, bakes and multi-cooks. Philips All-in-One cooker, RM799, from Philips.

Take It Up A Notch Fretting over what to cook for dinner? This gadget comes with 16 free pressure cooker recipes. Despite being labelled as a pressure cooker, it also doubles as a multicooker, slow cooker and steamer.

TEXT: YAP JIN WEN / PHOTOS: COURTESY OF INDIVIDUAL BRANDS

Cornell Pressure Cooker, RM599, from Cornell.

THE PARTY STARTER Got a reunion dinner or party to prepare for? Food prep will be a breeze with the Fornello multicooker, which allows you to grill, stir-fry, steam, stew or

serve up a steamboat. With all these great functions rolled into one unit, you need not buy many pots for a slew of cooking methods. FMC Fornello Multicooker, RM319, from Faber. W

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Safety First Elba takes safety and precaution measures very seriously. Equipped with multi-safety features, this pressure cooker allows you to cook with a peace of mind and – most importantly – it uses less electricity too. Elba (EPC-6000SS) Pressure Cooker, RM493, from Elba.

The special stew cooking mode on the Sharp pressure cooker lets you prepare your favourite rice, porridge, soup tendon, bean, meat and stew quickly and easily. Its self-set pressure maintains a cooking period within 0 to 99 minutes and will not run if the cover is not closed properly. KQA60RD Pressure Cooker, RM549, from Sharp.

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Decor Ideas

It’s A Wrap!

Present your loved ones with a heartfelt gift this month of love - we’ve got three creative gift wrap ideas you’ll be proud to present

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FUN AND VIBRANT Colourful, crafty and playful for arty friends, family and children. Involve the kids in painting wrapping paper (it’s good enough to frame) and make cute pompoms that are forever recyclable.

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HOW TO MAKE: 1. POMPOM WOW You will need: Yarn, fork, sharp scissors. Step 1: Wrap yarn around fork prongs. Step 2: After 15 to 20 revolutions, thread piece of yarn through fork’s middle prongs and tie firmly around layers of yarn. Step 3: Carefully remove tied yarn from prongs. Cut each loop at the centre point, fluff out into ball, then trim to neaten.

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2. CUTE WOOLLY TASSELS You will need: Yarn, 5-cm x 10-cm piece of cardboard, scissors.

Step 1: Wrap ball of yarn around longer sides of cardboard about 15 times. Cut ball of yarn. Step 2: Cut 15-cm piece of yarn and slide one end under wrapped yarn on one side of cardboard. Pull to top and tie in loose knot. Step 3: At bottom of tassel, cut through layers of yarn. Carefully remove cardboard. Step 4: Tighten knot at tassel’s top then thread piece through bead for tying to gift. Step 5: Cut another piece of yarn and wrap around tassel, about 1-cm from top. Tie a knot, then tuck ends into tassel.

3. FREEHAND COLOUR POP PAPER You will need: Plain white wrapping paper, paint in various colours, paintbrush.

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Step 1: Select paint colour and paint short, fat strokes on paper. Let dry. Step 2: With another colour, paint strokes slightly overlapping first strokes in different directions. WHERE TO GET MATERIALS: • Assortment of yarn, from Daiso. • Plaid FolkArt acrylic paint, from ArtFriend. • Pebeo pop art brown polyamide brush set of four. • Semco Bird embroidery scissors gold, from Spotlight. • GIVANDE gift wrap roll in white, from IKEA.

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HOW TO MAKE: 1. LOVELY LEATHER TASSELS

MINIMALIST MARVEL

You will need: Piece of leather, fabric scissors, hot glue gun, string or black cord.

Step 1: Cut a 5-cm long, 2-cm wide leather strip. Step 3: Turn strip lengthways. Make small cuts about 0.5-cm apart along the long side, stopping at the middle of the strip. Step 3: Cut 10 cm of cord and tie ends together to make loop. Step 4: Place knotted end of loop at one end of strip on solid half, on back side of strip. Step 5: Heat glue, then glue along solid side of strip. Roll strip, starting with end where knot has been placed, and completely roll up to form tassel, with cord sticking out the top. Step 6: Hold tassel firmly until glue dries. Loop it through a hole on tag, then attach to gift.

Sophisticated neutrals with a feminine touch, for the design lovers in your life. Leather bows add modern opulence. Attach simple cards with washi tape for a crafty finish.

2. LUXE LEATHER BOWS You will need: Craft or utility knife, ruler or tape measure, A4-sized leather piece, pencil, leather glue, mini pegs.

Step 1: Using sharp knife and ruler to guide you, cut 2-cm thick long leather strips. Step 2: From the strips, cut 3 x 16-cm lengths, 2 x 15-cm lengths and 1 x 5-cm length. Step 3: Turn the five longer strips over and use pencil to mark centre on back of each strip. Step 4: To make the points of the star, take the end of each strip and glue the side facing down to the middle of the side facing up, then secure with peg. Set aside to dry, then repeat the process for each longer strip. Step 5: Repeat step 4 for the other end of each longer strip, so both ends of strip are folded into centre, with right sides facing up. Step 6: Once dry, remove pegs and layer the three longest pieces on one another, intersecting the middle of each piece on the diagonal. Glue, add pegs and allow to dry. Step 7: Repeat step 6 with two 15-cm lengths. Step 8: Loop the 5-cm strip into a small cylinder to fit on top of bow. Glue ends together then glue cylinder into position.

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WHERE TO GET MATERIALS: • Kaiser craft knife, from Spotlight. • Border black washi tape, from MT Tape. • Faux leather in tan, from Spotlight. • 3M Scotch advanced formula super glue, Mr DIY. • Mini peg pack of 30, from Typo. • Assortment of gift boxes.

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GET BEDAZZLED Edgy, moody and avant-garde. Decorate gift boxes with shards of old CDs and create slick gift tags to dazzle the receiver.

1. BLACK AND SILVER SHARD TAGS You will need: Black and silver sheets of A4 card, scissors, black cord or string.

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Step 1: Cut various-sized shard shapes out of both black and silver sheets of card. Step 2: Tie a small knot at end of cord. Step 3: Make small hole in top of each card tag, then thread cord through hole of first shard until it catches on the knot at end. Step 4: Tie second knot on cord after first shard, leaving enough space between knots so shards can swing freely. Thread cord through hole of second shard in alternating colour until it catches on second knot. Step 5: Tie third knot on cord after second shard, then thread cord through hole of third one in alternating colour until it catches on third knot. Cut cord then tie or tape to gift.

2. MUSIC MOSAIC BOX WHERE TO GET MATERIALS: • Glitter tape in bronze, silver and gold (pack of three), from Kaison. • Gift boxes in onyxl. • Simplicity Black President Braid 6-mm, from Spotlight. • Mini hot melt glue gun.

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You will need: Gift box, hot glue gun, old CDs, sharp scissors.

Step 1: Use scissors to cut CD into pieces. Step 2: Heat hot glue gun, then glue shattered CD pieces on top of gift box, forming mosaic pattern. Allow to cool.

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Travel

A Sojournin

SYDNEY One of the most popular cities in Asia Pacific, this vibrant city continues to attract thousands to her shores

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f your travels take you to the beautiful Down Under and you find yourself in Sydney with a few moments to spare, here is what you can see and do in just a few days without having to leave the city.

Sydney Opera House Tour Probably one of the most iconic buildings of Sydney and the whole of Australia, the unmistakable Opera House is a true jewel which stands out at the Sydney Harbour. Officially opened on October 20, 1973, this architectural marvel was the brainchild of Danish architect Jørn Utzon. Though many pass by the building and snap pictures of it, not many have actually gone inside.


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Hop on and off the Big Bus to explore the city.

A centre of performing arts that showcases worldclass concerts, the tour within the Opera House educates visitors about what happens within the beautifully designed structure during the performances. The tour takes you behind the scenes and reveals what actually goes on backstage – from the unloading of props and stage management to costume designs.

Admiring the steel arch of the Sydney Harbour Bridge from below.

Big Bus The fastest way to see this lively city is on the Sydney Big Bus, which provides the “hop-on hop-off” sightseeing service as it makes stops at popular sites within the city. There are two tours: One covers Sydney and its vicinity, and the other, the Bondi Beach area. If you are keen to see the Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge, this is a must-do! One-day tour tickets cost AUD50 (RM156.81) per adult and AUD33 (RM103.50) per child. For the brave-hearted, climb to the top of Sydney Harbour Bridge for amazing views.

Take a whale-watching cruise and get a glimpse of these magnificent creatures.

Whale-Watching Sydney is blessed to be situated close to the ocean, which is why whale-watching is such a popular pastime. At the Sydney harbour, humpback whales can be seen quite clearly during their migration period. Fantasea Cruising takes you close enough to witness these humpback whales when they come up to the surface. Reasonably priced at AUD49 (RM153.70) per adult during weekdays and AUD59 (RM185) during weekends, this experience definitely beats the ordinary!

Harbour Bridge Climb Besides the Opera House, the Sydney Harbour Bridge is one of the most photographed places. This steel arch bridge carries trains, cars, bikes and pedestrians between the Sydney central business district (CBD) and the North Shore. To make it more interesting, you can climb the bridge and enjoy the spectacular view from the top of the arch. BridgeClimb Sydney started in 1998 and attracts both tourists and locals.

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Whether you are hunting for souvenirs or just window-shopping, Pitt Street is a shopper’s paradise.

There are numerous stairs and walkways built throughout the bridge so you do not have to worry; it is not like climbing a mountain or a tree. You just have to walk many steps going upwards and then walk back down again. It is very safe and the professional guides know what they are doing. Highly recommended for the spectacular view from the top!

PLACES TO STAY

Shopping at Pitt Street Like every major city in the world, Sydney has her very own famous street filled with shops and commercial centres to satisfy the needs of those who seek retail therapy. If you are short on time but need to do some quick shopping, Pitt Street is the place to go. From high-end brands to everyday favourites, Pitt Street has everything that you are looking for. Everything can be found along the same road, so you need not scour any further to pick up that last-minute Aussie souvenir.

ADINA APARTMENTS For those who prefer serviced apartments over hotels, the Adina Apartments can be found in a few areas of Sydney and offer spacious lodgings at very affordable prices. The property at the Sydney Town Hall is recommended as it is right next to a train station and close to restaurants and shopping districts.

Sydney Fish Market

TEXT AND PHOTOS: SHAH SHAMSHIRI

The Sydney Fish Market is not just a fish market in Sydney; it is actually the world’s third largest fish market situated about two kilometres from the CBD. An easy way to get there is by hopping on the sightseeing Big Bus as the fish market is one of the popular stops en route. People don’t just go there to buy fish, but more importantly, to eat fish! With the freshest array of fish and seafood available, the market boasts several stalls which sells a myriad of mouth-watering seafood delicacies. From fried to grilled – and everything else in between, the Sydney Fish Market is certainly a compulsory stop for die-hard foodies! W

Feast on a smogasbord of fresh seafood at the Sydney Fish Market.

RADISSON BLU PLAZA The Radisson Blu Plaza in Sydney is located at the tip of Pitt Street and is just a few minutes’ walk from the ferry terminal as well as the Sydney Opera House. Once home to the Fairfax newspaper empire and the prestigious bank of New South Wales, the Radisson Blu is ideal for those who like being near the city.

THE DARLING HOTEL If you are looking for luxury, this is the place to be. Situated at the famous Darling Harbour, The Darling Hotel has been acknowledged as one of the finest five-star properties in the world, according to Forbes Travel Guide.

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Events

Nails On Wheels gave ladies a manicure on the spot.

Getting a free blood pressure check.

A Festival for

Women

A shopping event just for women – the first of its kind! Happy shoppers at WomenFest Malaysia.

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eld late last year, WomenFest Malaysia was organised to provide an avenue for local women entrepreneurs to introduce and promote their business ventures. The Weekly was proud to partner with WomenFest in its aim to become the first fashion and beauty market space of local brands in the Klang Valley. Over two days, more than 100 local brands – including Alia Bastamam, DIDA, Naelofar Hijab, KULET, Limkokwing Fashion Club, Sazzy Falak, Velvet Vanity, among many others – gathered at MATRADE Exhibition

Frejya’s booth.


Ainee Suhaidi and her team show off their wares.

Datin Sofia Stefanie at the SPARKS booth.

Celebrity Sazzy Falak also made an appearance.

TEXT: YAP JIN WEN

Learning how to use makeup with Nad Ismail of Nvdisms.

Convention Centre to give Malaysian women a shopping experience like no other. The event also provided WomenFest with the opportunity to collaborate with the Pink Ribbon Wellness Foundation and LPPKN in order to raise awareness about breast health. Proceeds from donations were channelled to the Pink Ribbon Wellness Foundation. Apart from the shopping market, there were also fashion and beauty workshops, pampering sessions by Nails On Wheels, a best-dressed contest, a lucky draw station, and over 20 food trucks provided by Tapak KL and Asian Taste to keep tummies satiated. Healthcare personnel provided by Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development were also on hand to provide free medical check-ups and offer advice on the importance of breast health. W

Co-founders of KULET, Aina Syahirah and Julieanne Kang.

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Diary LA LA LAND Don’t miss catching Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling’s superb performance in the Oscar-winning musical comedy-drama. Premiering on February 10 at 9pm, HBO/HBO HD (Astro Ch411/431). You’ll find yourself crying one minute and laughing the next!

WHAT’S HAPPENING IN...

FEBRUARY It’s a month for celebrations!

A Spot Of Tea Treat yourself and a loved one to afternoon tea at Sunway Putra Hotel’s Atrium Lounge.Choose either the English Afternoon Tea Set or the Malaysian Afternoon Tea Set, priced at RM55 per pax. Served daily, visit putra.sunwayhotels.com to find out more.

Unleash Your Inner Artist Whether it’s to set free your inner spirit through expressive portraiture by watercolour or to achieve Zen through brush lettering, make time to develop yourself this month at one of Stickerrific’s workshops. Go to stickerrific-store.com to find out more and to sign up.

OlaBola The Musical

Incubus Live!

Tell It In A Song

This hit movie is back, but this time as a stage musical! Happening at Istana Budaya from February 8 to March 11, OlaBola The Musical will feature two of the movie’s original cast – Lim Jian Wen and Luqman Hafidz. Get your tickets at olabolamusical.com.

The alternative rock band will be performing at KL Life Centre on February 13, 8pm. Tickets at ticketcharge.com.my.

Love 101: 101 Ways To Say I Love You is a six-CD compilation album to get you in the mood for love. At amazon. com.

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TEST DRIVE

THE TestLOOK Drive

EXHILARATING RIDE THE PERFORMANCE

Incorporating Subaru’s new DYNAMIC X SOLID design philosophy, the all-new Subaru XV SUV is built for a comfortable drive in both urban and outdoor settings. Its front exterior sports Subaru’s signature hexagonal grille with C-shaped headlights, matte-black cladding on the front bumper and a new aluminum wheel design.

THE TOYS

The satisfaction of the drive comes from the revamped 2.0-litre Boxer Engine equipped with direct injection. Developed to weigh 12kg lighter, the new model is ever more powerful and fuel efficient. Other exciting features include a lighter Lineartronic CVT transmission, auto-step shift control and a 7-speed manual mode function for powerful and responsive acceleration.

Fun features such as the infotainment system, Subaru XV audio system and cruise control are included to make long-distance driving enjoyable. The highlight of the XV is the X-Mode system that provides assistance to drivers by controlling the car’s engine, braking, and 4-wheel-drive capabilities. Hence, rough roads are easier to conquer.

From RM118,819, the upgraded Subaru XV comes in six colours: Sunshine Orange, Dark Blue Pearl, Pure White, Silver Metallic, Dark Grey Metallic and Crystal Black Silica. All equipped with 7 SRV Airbags at the front, side, curtain and knee. Visit subaru.asia for info.

THE PRICE

GADGETS

COOL KIDS ON THE BLOCK

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LIKE A PRO Decked with a second rear camera, the Samsung Galaxy J7+ makes it possible to achieve professionalquality photos. Its Live Focus mode lets you adjust out-of-focus background before and after the photo has been taken while its rear and front lenses allow better picture quality in low light. At RM1,599.

SLIM AND BORDERLESS The Acer Aspire C22-860 PC is just like a plasma TV but better! Only 11mm thick, it’s powered by 7th Gen Intel Core i3 processors with 4GB DDR4 memory that is upgradeable to 16GB. The bonus: it also comes with a detachable webcam! At RM2,399. FEBRUARY 2018 | The Malaysian Women’s Weekly

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Diary FOOD REPORTER

AN INDONESIAN TREAT

Naughty Nuri’s 1995 Signature BBQ Spare Ribs (RM49)

Balinese Ayam Bertutu (RM35)

Naughty Nuri’s BBQ Satay Lilit (RM26)

Naughty Nuri’s Signature Roast Pork Salad (RM28)

Naughty Nuri’s needs no further introduction as they are famously known for their pork dishes, most notably the Naughty Nuri’s 1995 Signature BBQ Spare Ribs (RM49). It is undoubtedly the highlight of the dining experience here. The ribs are marinated with Balinese spices and generously brushed with sweet sauce, then grilled to perfection. The result? Tender, fall-off-the-bone meat with smoky charred sides. BBQ Satay Lilit (RM26) is made using minced pork that has been marinated with Balinese spices. This dish is great for sharing especially if you are planning to sample Naughty Nuri’s many offerings. Another dish worth a mention is the Balinese Ayam Bertutu (RM35) – a lovely rendang braised quarter chicken with condiments like sambal hijau. The condiments themselves are a joy to munch on, but mix it all together with the caramelised

onion rice and you have yourself a winner. If salad is more your thing, fret not as there’s always Naughty Nuri’s Signature Roast Pork Salad (RM28) to dive into. The plate is loaded with mesclun salad, purple cabbage, tomatoes, hard-boiled egg, papaya and watermelon cubes that have been tossed with asam margarita vinaigrette. Not forgetting the crispy skin roasted pork for added crunch! Other dishes like Babi Guling A’la Naughty Nuri’s (RM165 for half a piglet) and Indonesian Style Mee Goreng (RM25) are highly pleasing as well. Naughty Nuri’s is a spacious restaurant that has both outdoor and indoor dining area, suitable for both a family or friends affair. *Non-halal restaurant. Naughty Nuri’s is at 2, Jalan 20/70A, Desa Sri Hartamas, 50480 Kuala Lumpur. Tel: 016-556 4611.

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PHOTOS: COURTESY OF NAUGHTY NURI’S

Hailing all the way from Indonesia, Naughty Nuri’s is all set to share with you a taste of their home.


Cut out and keep

Couples’ Night In SWORDFISH & WARM PANZANELLA SALAD

KINGFISH WITH TOMATO SUGO

TANDOORI SALMON SKEWERS

NUT-CRUSTED BARRAMUNDI & ROSTI


Couples' Night In KINGFISH WITH TOMATO SUGO

SWORDFISH & WARM PANZANELLA SALAD

PREP 10 Mins COOK 1 Hour SERVES 4

PREP 15 Mins COOK 30 MINS SERVES 4

4 thick slices sourdough bread •4 cups water • 750g roma tomatoes, chopped • ¼ cup olive oil • 3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced • 1 long red chilli, sliced • 4 x 200g kingfish fillets • ¼ cup parsley leaves or micro herbs • French fries, bread, to serve

TIP: Tear basil just before serving to release the fresh aroma and flavours

1 Preheat oven to hot, 200°C. Line 2 oven trays with baking paper. 2 In a large bowl, toss capsicums, broccoli, onion and tomatoes with 2 tbsps oil. Season to taste. 3 Spread vegetables in a single layer on 1 tray. Bake 20-25 mins until starting to soften. Add beans and bake a further 5 mins. Remove from oven. Cover and keep warm. 4 Meanwhile, place fish on second tray. Spray with olive oil. Bake 8-10 mins until just cooked. 5 Preheat a chargrill on high. Rub bread with cut side of garlic and spray with olive oil. Chargrill bread 1-2 mins, each side, until crispy. Transfer to a plate. Cool, then tear into chunks. 6 In a bowl, combine vegetables, torn bread, basil leaves, capers, vinegar and remaining oil, tossing gently. Serve swordfish with panzanella salad.

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NUT-CRUSTED BARRAMUNDI & ROSTI

TANDOORI SALMON SKEWERS

PREP 25 Mins COOK 20 Mins SERVES 4

PREP 20 Mins COOK 20 Mins SERVES 4

1 cup macadamia nuts • 2 tbsps olive oil • 1 clove garlic, crushed • 1 lemon, grated zest, juice • 4 x 200g barramundi (or other firm white fish) • 1 large potato, scrubbed • 1 celeriac, peeled, quartered • 50g butter • 300ml thickened cream • 2 tbsps tarragon • steamed asparagus, to serve

TIP: Use any greens of your own choice. You can replace macadamias with almonds or hazelnuts.

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1 Preheat oven to moderate, 180°C. Line an oven tray with baking paper. 2 Pulse nuts, oil, garlic and zest in a food processor until mixture resembles coarse breadcrumbs. Season to taste. 3 Place potato and celeriac in a saucepan of cold water. Bring to boil, remove from heat. Cover with a tight lid, set aside 10 mins. Drain well, cool. Peel potato. 4 Meanwhile, place fish on tray. Divide nut mixture among fish and press down firmly. Bake 8-10 mins until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork in the thickest part. Grate potato and celeriac into a bowl and season to taste. Mix well. 5 In a large frying pan, heat butter on high. Place 1⁄3 cup measures of mixture into pan, flattening with a spatula. Cook 2-3 mins until golden. Turn and cook 1-2 mins. Drain on paper towel. Repeat. 6 In a small saucepan, bring cream to boil on high. Stir in lemon juice and tarragon. Simmer 2-3 mins. Serve fish with rosti, asparagus and sauce. FEBRUARY 2018

1 cup Greek-style yoghurt, plus extra to serve • 1 tbsp tandoori paste • 750g skinless salmon fillet, cubed • 2 tbsps olive oil • 1 small onion, finely chopped • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped • 1 lemon, grated zest, juice, plus extra wedges to serve • 3 green cardamom pods, bruised • 3 whole cloves, lightly bruised • 2 tsps curry powder • 400g can lentils, rinsed, drained • 1 cup vegetable stock • 60g baby spinach • 1⁄3 cup coriander leaves • mango chutney, warmed, to serve

1 In a bowl, combine ½ cup yoghurt and paste. Coat salmon and thread onto 8 soaked bamboo skewers. 2 In a large frying pan, heat oil on medium. Add onion, garlic, zest and spices to pan. Cook, stirring, 3-5 mins until onion softens. 3 Stir in lentils to coat in oil mixture. Pour in stock and bring to boil. Simmer 2-3 mins until reduced slightly. Remove from heat and set aside. Mix TIP: Soak bamboo spinach through. Cover and set aside 3 mins until skewers in warm spinach wilts. Add coriander and lemon juice. water 20 mins to help prevent scorching, or 4 Preheat grill on high. Place salmon skewers on a foil-lined oven tray. Grill 6-8 mins, turning, until use metal skewers. lightly charred and cooked through. Serve with lentils, mango chutney, extra yoghurt and lemon wedges.

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TIP: Cooking time will vary depending on the thickness of fillets used. When buying fish fillets, look for firm flesh with no unpleasant odour. This dish would also be delicious cooked with fresh mussels.

1 Preheat chargrill on high. Spray bread with olive oil. Chargrill 1-2 mins each side. 2 In a large saucepan, combine water, tomatoes, oil, garlic and chilli. Bring to boil. Simmer, covered, 30 mins. Remove lid, simmer a further 10-15 mins until liquid has reduced by half. 3 Place fish over sauce, skin-side down. Cover and simmer a further 6-8 mins until fish is cooked when tested (turn, if liked). 4 To serve, place grilled bread into bowls, arrange fish on top. Spoon sugo all around fish. Sprinkle with parsley and serve with French fries and bread for soaking up.

1 red capsicum, seeded, chopped • 1 yellow capsicum, seeded, chopped • 2 cups broccoli florets • 1 red onion, thin wedges • 250g punnet cherry tomatoes • ¼ cup olive oil • 100g green beans, trimmed, blanched • 4 x 150g swordfish steaks • 4 slices sourdough bread • 1 clove garlic, halved • ½ cup torn basil leaves • 1 tbsp baby capers • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar


Shopping

What’s in store? Check out our guide for new products and services before you head out to the shops

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Formulated using natural extracts such as lemon, tea tree oil, aloe vera, seaweed and crystalline salt, the all-new Colgate Naturals toothpaste comes in three variants – Pure Fresh, Real White, and Gum Comfort – to protect your teeth and gums. Priced at RM11.90 for 120g.

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Bring your peepers to life with Mata Lens. It uses Double Coating Sandwich Printing Technology and offers four colours: Natural Black, Natural Choco, Dreamy Beige and Dreamy Grey. Priced at RM38 per box.

Retain your youthful skin with the Eucerin Hyaluron-Filler + Elasticity range that helps fill up wrinkles and increase elasticity and skin radiance with burdock and lady thistle plant extract. Price starts from RM169.

Wellness Booster

Raisin-licious Snack

Soupy Goodness

Spread festive cheer with the BRAND’S Octagon CNY Festive Hamper that contains BRAND’S Essence of Chicken (12x70g), Essence of Chicken with Cordyceps (6x70g) and Ca’ya (3x100ml). At RM130.

Bite into Nature’s Heart’s new oat and raisins biscuits. It’s free of cholesterol, trans fatty acid, contains no added preservatives, and the raisins are made from real grapes to give you better nutrition. At RM5.90.

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Horoscopes

What Do The Stars Say? Start the month right with some astrological guidance

PISCES (FEB 20 – MAR 20) You are deeply connected to a special person, but that does not mean that you have to spend every minute with them. This is your time to shine – people will finally notice you. All indications suggest that you will leave nothing to chance. Careful planning will ensure success.

AQUARIUS (JAN 21 – FEB 19)

When dealing with close partners, match cool conventionality with a hint that you are completely and utterly unusual – and you will drive them mad with desire. Break out of your shell just when others least expect it. There is no need to feel embarrassed by the results, which will be positive. You are in one of your secretive phases and would like nothing better than to be able to slip off and enjoy some time away from prying eyes. You have a generous spirit and would like to do something beneficial for others. When you see an opportunity to be charitable, do not hesitate to offer help where it is needed. It will surprise you what a boost it gives to your self-esteem.

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ARIES (MAR 21 – APR 20) You will be rolling up your sleeves and getting down to business. No messing around! Liberate your inner workaholic and pursue your ambitions. You do not have to go all out to conquer the world, but if you waste your time, you may risk throwing away a good opportunity to do something you can really be proud of.


TAURUS (APR 21 – MAY 21)

GEMINI (MAY 22 – JUNE 21) You need to exercise discipline, keep your composure and resist time-wasting domestic distractions. You can even try throwing your weight around at work – within reason, of course. Make sure you only pick battles you can win.

CANCER (JUNE 22 – JULY 23) The pressure is on – but this is a good thing! You will be motivated to pursue your goals. Do not disregard criticism as it may be the best advice ever. You bring a sense of possibilities to your relationships while partners provide the practical grit.

LEO (JULY 24 – AUG 23)

VIRGO (AUG 24 – SEPT 23) Beware of temptation, which is lurking everywhere. Avoid over-indulgence and making careless choices. While you should loosen up and enjoy your life, do not forget to keep an eye on the budget so you can afford your dreams.

LIBRA (SEPT 24 – OCT 23)

SCORPIO (OCT 24 – NOV 22) Your relentless drive to make your mark is leaving you little room to compromise – and even less to relax. Work off all that stress by engaging in physical exercise. It will leave you in a much better mental state to make cool, calm decisions.

SAGITTARIUS (NOV 23 – DEC 22) Your feelings run rather deep this month. Take the time to process your thoughts. Do not judge your partners oor take them for granted. Give them your support and encouragement. Work-wise, take your time to focus and do what comes naturally.

CAPRICORN (DEC 23 – JAN 20) You may act tough, but you are not as hard as people think. Be sensible and take an assertive line. Instead of telling others what to do, it is far better to convince them that they are really doing what they want and that it was their idea all along! W

Your emotional confidence is rising and you are about to bounce back. Balancing passion with common sense will help you steer your way out of a sticky situation. When dealing with authority, learn to hold your tongue and think before you speak.

TEXT: UNIVERSAL PUBLISHING SERVICES / PHOTOS: SHUTTERSTOCK

Your personal prospects are very bright. But take time to reflect and think about where you are going, what you are doing – and who you want to be doing it with. Financially, you are faring well. You will be more focused by mid-month.

Your imagination is awakened and you have great ideas that may seem out of reach but with perseverance, dare to reach for the stars. Take the opportunity to explore a whole range of options and be open to where they might take you.

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Share A Secret

“My decluttering frenzy drove my family absolutely crazy!”

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Then I moved from junking physical items to virtual ones – I took to trashing badly-taken family photos on the family laptop and online platforms, if there was nothing physical to clear! Through it all, I would make up lies that I did not know where missing things were, or pinned the fault of losing things on someone else if anyone asked for the binned items. At the back of my mind, I knew that it was all wrong, but I refused to admit that I was the one responsible. Towards the end of the year, I finally realised that I had gone overboard. My husband kept hounding me about missing shirts and boxer shorts while packing for a last-minute business trip; Ben was screaming for his old figurines when he could not find them in his toy storage box; and Sara became her teenage surly self, texting me ‘sad face’ and ‘annoyed face’ emojis instead when she couldn’t retrieve our family holiday photos for a school project. All the while, I was getting frustrated figuring out what items went where, and which boxes they were in. I was left exhausted, as operation TIDY ended up becoming a cleaning catastrophe. At the end of the day, I felt stressed and drained, not because of the housework, but because of all my lying, thoughtlessness and selfishness, that had ultimately caused my husband and kids unhappiness. The house was spick and span, but we missed the warmth, laughter and love we had when things were still a little chaotic. Those were the things that made up a home, I realised. What is a little clutter like ugly family photos and household keepsakes? After all they show how a house is lived in, and contains precious memories. For this coming Lunar New Year, I have decided to get my three loved ones to go on a short family holiday, and forget about cleaning for once. W *Name changed to protect privacy.

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en*, put away your toys! Sara*, stop Instagramming and start cleaning up your room! And dear, can you stop wearing your torn shorts and socks, and throw them away? Some have holes so big that you’re flashing the neighbours when you walk the dog.” Two years ago, this would have been part of a typical day in the Chong* household, where I am a one-woman organising-managingcleaning company, helping my three family members sort out their affairs. I like cleaning, and I like to think I do a good job. That was until I made a mess of their lives! I really dislike untidiness. Like a laser-sighted drone, I would hover around at home, and when I spotted areas that looked unkempt, I would zoom in and start a clean-up operation. My friends think I’m a Martha Stewart gone wild, but I do believe everything has its place – all drinks need coasters, all pens have their pen covers. I’m also a huge fan of decluttering. It is my alternative to a yoga workout: Clearing away unwanted stuff at home is akin to sweeping away the cobwebs of my mind, leaving me feeling cleansed and restoring balance to my life. Every couple of months, I would push my husband and two kids to join me in my favourite spring cleaning ‘hobby’. After all, a family that cleans (while grumbling and groaning) together, stays together! Last year, however, I took things a step too far. After the annual Lunar New Year spring-cleaning, I felt a sense of accomplishment, but also empty and unfulfilled. I resolved to upkeep our home’s state of cleanliness. I started operation TIDY – Throw It Daily, (Not) Yearly. Every day, I made it a point to dispose of a few items, like old dresses or makeup past their expiry dates. My advice to my husband and kids to do the same fell on deaf ears, so like a spy agent, I targeted their personal items to ‘eliminate’. I bid good riddance to my husband’s tattered undergarments and yellowed clothes. Stuffed Mr Bear-Bear and plastic Princess Dress-A-Lot met their ends in a black garbage bag. I was merciless, and did not ask permission from the rest of my family. Every day, I would become anxious if there wasn’t anything to bin. I started throwing away usable glassware and cutlery, just because they didn’t fit our home’s decor. I bought more things to replace old ones if anybody made a fuss, which undermined operation TIDY… but I didn’t care – it was throwing away old stuff I cared more about.


The malaysian women's weekly february 2018  
The malaysian women's weekly february 2018  
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