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Transformation to me , means working from the inside out. Bringing forth the essence – and full potential of someone (something) is doing a great big favor to the world. Lights that shine brighter illuminate us all. If one of the pleasures of Today’s Choices Magazine is in learning about the dreamers and visionaries who bring positive change to our lives, you, the readers : deserve much of the credit. Many people will tell you that rejecting your present situation is the way to create positive change. You may notice that these people achieve virtually no positive change themselves. That is because, paradoxical as it seems, the best way to improve your situation is to accept it. Unconditionally. Warts and all.
Rejecting our failures is the reason that denial exists and the most of us ever learn to draw. It is unacceptable for you to be as chubby or poor, sick or sluggish as you are, the truth is sheer horror. There is an approach to life allows you to meet every day this way, to see errors calmly and address them quickly. It entails dropping all self-hatred and resistance and continuously accepting everything that happens, without cruelty or condemnation. I made as many mistakes as others did, and it was not big deal eventually. Remember this, feel free to recommence hating yourself. The experiment is over. But notice the present moment instantly becomes intolerable, and denial resumes. You will sense that all is not right with your life, but since you will no longer see it clearly, you won’t be able to fix it. I’d take a hard look at an imperfect circle I’d drawn, then erase at lump and smooth out the curve. They soon began the same. Before long their lines became almost perfectly straight, their circles damn close to circular. See! Nothing is perfect. But, you may be thinking, if I accept everything as is, I will lose my motivation. Oh really? Have you ever fallen in love, totally accepting someone who totally accepted you? What motivated you to spend time together? The answer- my friend, is LOVE. And nothing in the world is as energizing. Self- acceptance frees you, self -rejection just makes you freeze! So why don’t you do the same thing your own self by learning to love yourself more each day without fail. What’s the smartest change you’ve ever made? My answer: Take total ownership for everything in your life. Nothing else matters.
MELAKA ART & PERFORMANCES FESTIVAL 2013 MAPFest 2013 features more than 40 artists, from Malaysia, Indonesia, Australia, France, Japan, Thailand, Ireland and Poland. Do you remember when you were 11? Australian filmmaker Genevieve Bailey travelled the world for six years talking with 11-year-olds to compose this insightful, funny and moving documentary portrait of childhood I am Eleven. From an orphanage in India, to a single-parent household in inner-city Melbourne, to bathing with elephants in Thailand, I am Eleven explores the lives and thoughts of children from 15 countries. I am Eleven weaves together deeply personal and at times hilarious portraits of what it means to sit at this transitional age. These young minds provide us with a powerful insight into the future of our world, as they share their thoughts on a range of subjects such as love, war, global warming, music, terrorism, culture, family, happiness, religion and the future. Director Genevieve Bailey will be a guest at the festival. During an improvised duet in MAPFest 2010, French/Laotian hip hop artist Tho Anothai met Ikko Suzuki, a contemporary Japanese dancer, and discovered an exciting creative alchemy together. Their new, must-see, Asian spiritual hip hop work IKOTO is based on this encounter. Set in a Zen environment, it is a mix of traditional Japanese dance, hip hop dance, contemporary dance and theatre. Naik Naik will bring together a talented group of Malaysian and Australian artists in dance, music and visual arts to make a performance especially for this year’s festival, inspired by the history of Melaka as told by interviews with local people. Created over a two week intensive collaborative efforts in the lead up to the festival, Naik Naik will be a moving tribute to and celebration of place and Melaka’s unique multicultural heritage and contemporary identity. The audience will join the artists in the dusk to dark procession as it travels from site to site, starting at A Famosa fort. Artists are Cheryl Stock, Tony Yap, Aida Redza, Chor Ng Guan, Rithaudin Abdul Kadir, Weizen Ho, Sharon Jewell and Brendan O’Connor.
These are some of this year's program highlights. MAPFest is also delighted to share that it has a new Australian sister festival, Mapping Melbourne – Asian Contemporary Arts Festival (Australia), produced by Multicultural Arts Victoria (MAV) for the first time this year from 5-8 December. MAV has been working with Tony Yap Company (TYC) as a partner in MAPFest for the last four years, along with our other sister festival, In the Arts Island Festival (Java/Bali/Indonesia) June 2013. Mapping Melbourne creates new links and pathways for artists involved in MAPFest and Arts Island Festival into Australia. Its program will include a VIP launch, fashion event, showcase of contemporary site specific performance and multimedia work from artists involved in this year’s MAPFest and Arts Island Festival alongside others from Australia and Asia. Conceived over a now-infamous teh tarik in 2009 by two Melakans, producer Andrew Ching of E-Plus Entertainment and choreographer/director Tony Yap, MAPFest has established itself as an un-missable 3 days in the Malaysian art-lover’s calendar. This year’s festival sees the focus firmly on the stunning UNESCO World Heritage area of Melaka around Bukit St Paul, where there will be a rich concentration of visual and performing arts events easily experienced in one location over the three days of the festival. For more information on the Melaka Art & Performances Festival 2013, please visit http://www.melakafestival.com
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It also plays a major role of seafood provider to the Klang Valley and is a tourism attraction of Selangor. The journey will take about 30 minutes. Besides ferry services, speedboats are also available 24 hours on call. The locals are mainly of Teochew and Hoklo (Hokkien) Chinese descent with Teochew, Hokkien and Mandarin as the chosen dialects spoken.
COVER STORY 45 CARL GRAHAM: CREATIVE DIRECTOR OF ROLLMODEL ACADEMY TRAVEL 07 EVER BEEN: PULAU KETAM 08 EVER SEEN: SULTAN ABDUL AZIZ ROYAL GALLERY 09 EVER TRIED: HORSE RIDING AT ULU HATI, SELANGOR HEALTH & FITNESS 15 5 WAYS TO BREASTCANCER-PROOF 17 OLIVE OIL: LIQUID GOLD 18 HEALTHY FOOD DAMAGE YOUR TEETH 27 SEX & BODY BEAUTY & SOUL 30 MAGIC TOOLS FOR YOUR HAIR 33 WORDS FOR SOUL 35 THE POWER OF CAT EYES 37 FASHION: AGE DOESN’T MATTER
Pulau Ketam, literally translated means ‘Crab Island’, is a small island located off the coast of Port Klang, Selangor, Malaysia that was founded circa 1880. The island is easily accessible from the Port Klang jetty by ferry. The “floating houses” that come into view as soon as visitors approach the island is a sight to leave any city slicker in awe. Perched casually on long wooden stilts, these dwellings are suspended about one to ten (1-10) metres above sea level. The main thoroughfares are narrow concrete pavements, whilst in the residential areas, older rickety wooden plank-bridges can still be seen. A trip to Crab Island or Pulau Ketam makes an enjoyable family outing from Kuala Lumpur. You can take the KTM Komuter train from KL Sentral to Port Klang, a rail journey of about 1 1/2 hours with the slow train stopping at 18 stations along the way.
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Pulau Ketam itself is a low-lying and a muddy island fringed with mangrove forests providing an ideal habitat for crabs and other marine crustaceans. The island was first settled by a group of fishermen from Hainan in southern China in the 1870s. Today it is home to a community of about 8000, majority Chinese, who have built mostly wooden homes on stilts over the soft tidal mudflats. Services such as schools, a clinic, police station and electricity have been added over the years. There are two settlements on the island, Pulau Ketam village and Sungai Lima village. There are no roads or cars and the only way to get around is by boat or walking cycling on the narrow wooden or concrete boardwalks within the village.
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Sultan Abdul Aziz Royal Gallery
EVER SEEN Sultan Abdul Aziz Royal Gallery was the brainchild of the Eleventh Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia, the late Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah. Initially it was called ‘Muzium Kenangan’ (Memorial Museum) was built in 1988 at Jalan Kota, Kampung Jawa in Klang. After H.R.H. Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah ascended the throne in 2001 as the Ninth Sultan of Selangor, he instructed that Sultan Suleiman Building which was built in 1909, be turned into the new Royal Gallery.On 19th October 2007, the Royal Gallery was officiated by H.R.H. Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah. GALERI DIRAJA SULTAN ABDUL AZIZ, is dedicated in honour of his late father, Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah, who ruled over thirty-nine years as The Sultan of Selangor and two years as The Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia. GALERI DIRAJA SULTAN ABDUL AZIZ highlights the rich history and heritage of the Selangor Sultanate originating in 1766 from the Bugis Sulawesi Royal family of Opu Tanreburung Daeng Relaka of the Malay Archipelago. The 1909 classic colonial building housing GALERI DIRAJA SULTAN ABDUL AZIZ has a long history. The British occupied it during the colonial period as the land and administration office, the Japanese during World War II as its war headquarters and later by several local authorities until its recent restoration into GALERI DIRAJA SULTAN ABDUL AZIZ. Visitors will get an insight of the late Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah’s childhood and early years as a crown prince, his career in military and public offices until his appointment as the Eighth Sultan of Selangor in 1960 and as the Eleventh Yang di-Pertuan Agong in 2001.The Royal Collections consists of a range of magnificent personal collections of artifacts and gifts covering the period of his reign. Included in the exhibition are replicas of Selangor’s crown jewels. Visit GALERI DIRAJA SULTAN ABDUL AZIZ and discover for yourself Selangor’s unique rich royal heritage and legacy. Galeri Diraja Sultan Abdul Aziz, Bangunan Sultan Suleiman, 41000 Klang, Selangor Darul Ehsan. For futher information Tel: 03-3373 6500 Fax: 03-3373 6510
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EVER TRIED Uluhati is a farm located in the hills of Ulu Langat, Selangor, about an hour’s drive from the heart of Kuala Lumpur. The word farm conjures different meanings to different people because there are many different types of farm. In the case of Uluhati the meaning can be quite unique because what we do here at Uluhati is different from most farms.Today at Uluhati, whilst we still have the fruit trees, altogether about 100 trees of durians, mangosteen, rambutans,etc, Uluhati also has a collection of farm animals for our own consumption and sale to the public. These would include range or kampong chicken, range turkeys, guinea fowls, kampong goats and deer.
Horse Riding at UluHati, Selangor
We offer guided joyrides, casual rides, trail riding and riding lessons to our guests. Guided joyrides - This is mainly for first time riders who want to experience being on a horse. This ride will take place in the paddock and will be hand held. The charge is RM70-00 per hour or part thereof, regardless of the number of riders. Hence it is best if visitors come in groups of at least 10 people to make it worth the charge.
Horse riding is one of the unique features we offer at ULUHATI
Casual rides - These are for guest who have ridden before and are able to manage a horse on their own to a reasonable extent. The charge is RM70-00 per hour or part thereof, regardless of the number of riders. This ride will take place in the paddock.
Trail riding -This is only for experienced riders who are able to handle horses in the outdoors. Do bear in mind that our trail covers jungle trail with hills and valleys. Hence we will only allow riders who have at least 60 cumulative hours of riding over the last one year, which works out to about an hour a week of riding. The ride can last between an hour and a half to 2 hours. The charge is RM120-00 per rider session. Riding lessons - We offer basic riding lessons from the walk to the canter. We do not teach show jumping, dressage or other specialized riding techniques. Our approach is holistic in that we expect the student after spending time with us to know more than just to sit on a horse and make it move. We try to educate our students to take off and put on the saddle, so that they understand the animal better. Our philosophy is simple that the more you know about the horse the greater the chance that the rider and horse become one. Contacts: Address: Lot 2668, Kampong Kuala Perdik, Jalan Ulu Lui, Batu 18, 43100 Hulu Langat, Selangor. www.tourismselangor.my Shaipudin Shah Harun +6012 271 6262 Sept - Nov 2013 | TODAY’S CHOICES | 9 e-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org , email@example.com
UNISEL BEGINS ITS INTERNATIONAL INTERNSHIP PROGRAM Seven final year students of Bachelor of Communication (Hons) Journalism from Faculty of Communication and Media are embarking on their new journey in Turkey and Indonesia for their internship program. The interns, Intan Syazreena Bakaruddin and Nur Athirah Nabilah Musa are now pursuing their three and half months internship at Samanyolu TV in Istanbul. Whilst Abdul Malek Ahmad, Mohd Haikal Abd Jalil, Mohd Salehuddin Amir, and Muhammad Aiezat Mohd Fadzell are at Today's Zaman, also in Istanbul Meanwhile in Jakarta, Hamizah Abdul Hamid and Norhana Syazreen Abu Bakar will be placed at newspaper organisation in Tempo, and Garta. The international internship program is part of the faculty’s strategy to provide students with international exposure. Dean of Faculty, Prof. Dr. Azmuddin Ibrahim said students need to be given a wider exposure so they could handle more complex issues and be able to cope with the effects of globalisation. He said the advancement of technology has not only weakened geographical barriers but at the same time created interdependency between countries. Hence, to be competitive students need to be well-exposed to meet the new challenges. One of the students, Nur Athirah said performing internship abroad is an experience that is priceless in
The Istanbul group taking time off to visit the city
learning and picking up skills in the media industry especially in a foreign country. “It is also a challenge for us as we have to learn Turkish language and their culture in order to become a better journalist in the field.” Nur Athirah said she and Intan are attached at the TV international news department. Both of them enjoy performing their duties covering news on the Middle East especially crisis in Egypt. Mohd Haikal says this internship is a challenge to all of them as they are learning the media working culture in a foreign country. Haikal who sees writing as his escapism zone to express his feelings added that the art of covering news in Malaysia and Turkey is different. “This experience will certainly open new horizons for me after
graduating,” he adds. Mohd Aiezat Mohd Fadzell says he is taking the chance to go abroad for an internship because he wants to explore and gain more experience in this field. “I hope more UNISEL students will go abroad for their internships in future as they will learn and experience many things. This will serve as an eye opener for them as young aspiring journalists,” adds Aiezat who is into sports and politics. The internship program is made possible through a collaborative effort between unisel, MTDS (Malaysian Turkish Dialogue Society), and PASIAD (Association of Social and Economic Solidarity with Pacific Countries). UNISEL plans to expand the international internship program to several other countries through similar collaborations.
UNISEL BEGINS ITS MALAYSIA’S FIRST STUDENT-RUN INTERNATIONAL INTERNSHIP PROGRAM AGENCY LAUNCHED
Seven final year students of Bachelor of Communication Image East, the first student-run Lagis and Creative Head Nora Broadcasting of the university. (Hons) Journalism from Faculty advertising and public relations Salena Rashid who are also of Communication agency in Malaysiaand is Media lecturers at FCM. Suzie said Image East is an agency under are embarking on their new spreading its wings in the there are many talented FCM’s Media Centre which also journey Turkey and country.inFounded byIndonesia Universiti students in graphic design and manages its internet television, for their internship Selangor’s (UNISEL)program. Faculty of writing. TV Unisel, Unisel’s newspaper The interns, Intan Syazreena Communication and Media called The Voice and its future Bakaruddin and Nurhas Athirah (FCM), the agency “We are here to share Radio Unisel. 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HEALTH & FITNESS
top five easy and quick home remedies to get instant relief from food poisoning Ginger:
Ginger is a well-known remedy for various gastrointestinal distresses. Loaded with potent anti-inflammatory compounds ginger helps quell nausea and gastric distress. Chewing a piece of ginger tossed in honey helps relieve the severity of nausea. Ginger tea relieves stomach cramps and upset caused by food poisoning.
Cumin: Add a tablespoon of crushed cumin seeds to the
soup to soothe the inflammation in your stomach. Crushed cumin with fenugreek powder mixed with a glass of water or half a cup crud helps relive abdominal pain and vomiting. Cumin seeds are of great benefit to the digestive system as they help stimulate the secretion of pancreatic enzymes, compounds necessary for proper digestion and nutrient assimilation.
The acidity of the lemon juice kills the micro-organism and toxins in the gastrointestinal tract.Squeeze juice of a lemon and add a pinch of sugar to it and drink, or you can even add lemon to your tea.Since fluid intake is very important as one tends to lose more water through diarrhea taking lemon juice in short intervals helps you keep hydrated.
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breastcancer-proof Worship a wee bit of sun
People who get the most vitamin D, which lies dormant in skin until ultraviolet rays activate it, may protect themselves from a variety of cancers, including non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, breast, and colon. Ironically, it even improves survival rates of melanoma, the most serious skin cancer. But 10 to 15 minutes a few days a week is all it takes to benefit. If you're out any longer than that, slather on the sunscreen. (If you go the supplement route, aim for 400 IU of vitamin D a day.)
Sweat 30 minutes a day
One of the best anticancer potions is a half hour of motion at least five days a week. Any kind of physical activity modulates levels of androgens and estrogen, two things that can protect women against estrogen-driven cancers such as ovarian and endometrial, as well as some types of breast cancer. The latest proof comes by way of a Canadian study that found that women who get regular, moderate exercise may lower their risk of ovarian cancer by as much as 30%. Bonus: All that moving might speed everything through your colon, which may help stave off colon cancer. (Trouble carving out 30 minutes?)
Peppermint oil helps relieve symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, including indigestion, dyspepsia, and colonic muscle spasms. It is extremely beneficial for people suffering from stomach spasms due to food poisoning. Add a few drops to your tea; your cramps will vanish in a couple of hours.
Drop 10 pounds
Being overweight or obese accounts for 20% of all cancer deaths among women and 14% among men, notes the American Cancer Society. (You're overweight if your body mass index is between 25 and 29.9; you're obese if it's 30 or more.) Plus, losing excess pounds reduces the body's production of female hormones, which may protect against breast, endometrial, and ovarian cancers. Even if you're not technically overweight, gaining just 10 pounds after the age of 30 increases your risk of developing breast, pancreatic, and cervical, among other cancers.
Request a better breast scan
If you're at high risk of breast cancer—you have the BRCA1 or BRCA2 genetic mutation, for example—ask your doctor to pair your routine mammogram with an MRI. One study found that together, the two picked up 94% of tumors;
Steam a little green
Piles of studies have shown that piles of broccoli help stave off ovarian, stomach, lung, bladder, and colorectal cancers. And steaming it for three to four minutes enhances the power of the cancer-fighting compound sulforaphane, which has been shown to halt the growth of breast cancer cells. (Sorry, microwaving doesn't do the trick; it strips out most antioxidants.) Get more protection by sprinkling a handful of selenium-rich sunflower seeds, nuts, or mushrooms on your greens. Researchers are discovering that sulforaphane is about 13 times more potent when combined with the mineral selenium.
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SUPERFOOD FOR SKIN
Everyone knows the benefits of olive oil are vast
and numberless, so why are some people surprised to hear it is also great for your skin when applied topically? Some people might even recoil at the idea of putting oil directly on their skin. Where did this fear of oil come from? The oil on your skin is not bad; it is there for the benefit of your skin. In-fact you can clean your skin with oil. Your skin naturally produces oil because it needs it in order to work properly and maintain it’s natural barrier function. Properly functioning skin is beautiful, clear, and glowing. Properly functioning skin means that the skin’s barrier function is working. The barrier function is the epidermal layer, and it is incredibly delicate yet powerful. It’s main purpose is to prevent water loss as well as excess absorption of water from entering the body. It literally protects every cell. Learning to work with your skin and not against it will pay you dividends in beautiful, healthy skin. Learning about amazing ingredients like olive oil will help you in your quest to be beautiful and healthy. Let’s learn a little about this amazing oil from olives. Called “liquid gold” by Homer, olive oil has been used for thousands of years by Phoenicians, Egyptians, Romans, and Greeks; not only for its healing properties- but also as a natural, deeply penetrating moisturizer. Olive oil contains a wide variety of valuable antioxidants that are not found in other oils. Oleic acid , carotenoids, oleuropein, and vitamin E are absorbed and used by our skin. Oleic acid helps to soften the skin, vitamin E improves the elasticity of the skin, and carotenoids protect your DNA and RNA. Yes, that’s right – olive oil has been found to reduce oxygen damage to DNA and RNA, which is a factor in preventing cancer, skin damage and signs of aging. Studies on mice showed that application of olive oil immediately following exposure to UVB rays had a preventive effect on the formation of tumors and skin cancer.
Are you one of those people with sensitive skin? Olive oil is unlikely to cause allergic reactions, it is one of nature’s most gentle oils. So go ahead and feel good about putting it all over, regenerate skin cells, soften tissue and add softness to dry, scaly skin – especially during winter when the air is more dry. Use olive oil to shave skin and clean your face. There are many ways to use olive oil on your skin. The most effective methods are the most simple, rub it on your skin after a shower or bath and use an exfoliating scrub that includes olive oil. Don’t use lotions, use a serum (the difference is that serum is oil based) and use a serum that has olive oil in it. Sandstorm sugar scrub is simple and effective, not only does it include olive oil but it also contains fish oil, another nutritious ingredient and Succulent skin serum is also jam-packed with superfood for your skin including olive oil, coconut oil and lavender. Sept - Nov 2013 | TODAY’S CHOICES | 17
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HEALTHy FOODS DAMAGE YOUR TEETH
BEWARE! Sugar-free alternatives
Sugar-free alternatives to soft drinks, sweets and gum may be tempting, but can damage teeth and lead to other health problems, according to a report published by The Guardian last year, which states: “Sugar-free gum, sweets and soft drinks, marketed as healthy alternatives to sugary products, can damage teeth, cause gastric problems and are unlikely to promote weight loss.” It’s important to get to know the different kinds of sweeteners. Many have been shown to reduce the risk of tooth decay including xylitol, which has been approved as a tooth-friendly component of chewing gum by the European Union, according to the NHS website. The most commonly used sweeteners used by soft-drink giant Coca Cola are aspartame, acesulfame-K and saccharin, which have also been proven safe by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). If in doubt, read food and drink labels to make sure that your sweeteners are safe.
Snacking on dried apricots may be a tasty way to hit your five-a-day, but dried fruits contain concentrated amounts of natural sugars, which can stick to your teeth and cause tooth decay. If you want to reap the benefits of fruit, while reducing the damaging to your teeth, stick to fresh options which are lower in sugar and enjoy them as part of a main meal. Tooth-friendly snacks include raw nuts and seeds or dried pulses such as soya beans and chickpeas.
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Try and stick to three meals a day Snack on low-sugar and low-acidity foods Maintain good oral hygiene between meals
Juices and smoothies
Apples may keep the doctor away, but they don’t do the same for the dentist. No matter how fresh they are, many fruits juices and smoothies can be acidic and anything with a PH lower that 5.5 may cause tooth decay. This includes orange juice (pH 3.8), grapefruit (pH3.3), pineapple juice (pH3.4), cranberry juice (pH2.6) and even the lemon or vinegar on your salad (both pH2.0). Stick to alkaline foods which have a high pH level and neutralise the acid effects of sugar. Good alkaline options include beetroot, celery, cucumber and spinach.
Carbonated drinks - whether sugar-free or not – should be consumed in moderation due to their high acidity, which can erode tooth enable.
Stick to chewing gum that is approved as tooth-kind.
Many nutritionists believe that snacking on fruits and juices between meals is an important part of a healthy diet. Some dieticians believe eating smaller meals more frequently – also known as grazing - is better for the digestive system and metabolism, but this increased exposure to food could spell bad news for teeth. Dentists suggest that by sticking with three meals a day, you can reduce your exposure to sugar and acid. If you must snack between meals, stick to low sugar options such as raw vegetables, nuts and cheese. Maintaining a good level of oral hygiene, which includes brushing twice a day and regular flossing, is important in maintaining healthy teeth, no matter how ‘healthy’ you think your diet is.
Beetroot, carrot, celery is a delicious, low PH start to the day
Drinking plenty of water is an important way of staying energised and hydrated, but not many people realise that carbonated water – a weak acid solution - contains carbon dioxide and if consumed regularly, can wear away the enamel on teeth. In fact, some experts warn that sparkling water, which has an acidic pH of around 3, can be as erosive to teeth as a sugary soft drink if exposed for a longer period. Luckily, teeth can repair enamel erosion through a process called remineralisation, as long as they’re not constantly exposed to fizzy drinks. Dentists recommend drinking carbonated water through a straw to reduce exposure to teeth or drinking in big gulps, rather than small more frequent sips.
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NAIL CARE 8 WAYS PERFECT pEDICURE! Do Erase Memories of Pedicures Past
dry mouth prevention tips What is dry mouth?
Dry mouth or xerostomia, a condition that affects approximately 20% of the population, arises when the salivary glands malfunction and fail to produce sufficient saliva. Saliva is a key facilitator of most oral functions, most notably speech, chewing and swallowing and as such dry mouth can have a significant impact on an individual’s quality of life.
What are the causes of Dry Mouth?
The causes of dry mouth are many and diverse, ranging from such factors as stress and depression to smoking and old age. Dry mouth is also a common side effect of numerous prescription medicines, particularly; anti-depressants, anti-histamines, anti-hypertensives, analgesics and appetite suppressants. Those with diseases such as Sjogrens, dementia and diabetes as individuals needing oxygen or simply mouth breathers will likely suffer dry mouth.
What is the impact of Dry Mouth on Oral health?
Saliva provides an important natural defence against bacteria. Poor or reduced saliva flow will result in increased levels of bacterial plaque, leading to rapid tooth decay. Early prevention and protection is therefore essential to maintain healthy teeth.
Is Dry Mouth reversible?
This depends on the cause. If the dryness is a side effect to a particular medicine or the result of stress it may be possible to treat or regulate, leading to resumption in normal saliva levels. Where the malfunction of the saliva glands is due to aging, radiotherapy or Sjogren syndrome, then this is irreversible. Whether temporary or permanent there are a range of saliva substitute and stimulant products that are highly effective in alleviating the condition, allowing sufferers to significantly improve their oral function.
What is the difference between a saliva substitute and a stimulant?
In short a saliva substitute is an artificial substance that mimics the consistency and characteristics of normal saliva, where as a stimulant induces production of natural saliva. Substitutes are recommended for individuals with no glandular activity or at night for those with only limited activity. Substitutes tend to take the form of a viscous gel or spray, whereas stimulants are most commonly in the form of a sugar-free lozenges or gum. 20 | TODAY’S CHOICES | Sept - Nov 2013
Don’t Risk a Color Clash
You’ve finally found your perfect shade of nail polish. So would it be too matchy-matchy to wear it on your fingers and toes? Wearing the same shade of polish on your fingers and toes helps you look more finished. You can use two different colors, but make sure they coordinate. Having red fingernails and blue toenails isn’t the way to go.
Do Soften Calluses Carefully
Calluses and corns are hardened skin that can crack and hurt if they get too thick. During a pedicure, don’t let the salon technician use a razor on your feet. Razors raise the risk of infection. At home, soak your feet in warm water for at least five minutes. Then use a foot file, pumice stone, or exfoliating scrub to remove calluses. Don’t go barefoot, either -- it can cause calluses
Do Go Natural Once in a While
You might think bare toenails are ugly, but nails need to breathe and have moisture, and polish acts as a barrier. So skip the nail polish for a week or longer each month and enjoy the low-maintenance look. It’s a good idea to remove your nail polish if you can’t fix it as soon as it chips. Your toenails are vulnerable to damage in the spots where polish is missing. If by some miracle your polish lasts two weeks, go ahead and change it anyway.
Don’t Get Hooked on Fish Pedicures
Some salons let a certain kind of fish nibble the calluses off your feet rather than scrubbing them off. Some states have banned these “fish pedicures.” Salon workers can’t clean the tubs well in between customers while the fish are in them. And it’s not possible to clean the fish, so they may spread infections from other customers.
Dark, dramatic shades such as red and purple can stain nails yellow if you leave them on for more than two weeks. Use an acetone nail polish remover (or a nonacetone remover followed by lemon juice) to remove stains. When you polish, use a clear base coat first. But if your discolored nails are also thick, brittle, or curled, you may have a fungal infection. Skip the polish and head over to your doctor’s office instead.
Do Trim Toenails Right
In between pedicures, cut your toenails straight across to trim them. This helps prevent ingrown toenails and keeps them strong. Filing your nails slightly so they’re rounded in the center is fine. Before you polish your nails, gently clean underneath them with a manicure stick. If you have diabetes, your health care provider will do regular foot exams and teach you how to care for your feet.
Do Cultivate Beautiful Cuticles
Cuticles keep out germs, so treat them well! Tell the nail technician not to push back or cut your cuticles during a pedicure. This lowers your risk for infection. In between visits, never tear your cuticles. You can soften ragged cuticles by rubbing in moisturizer. If you notice that your cuticles are red or irritated, see your doctor.
Don’t Shave Before a Pedicure
No matter how embarrassed you are, don’t shave your legs before a pedicure. Bacteria are more likely to get into your body through tiny nicks or cuts on freshly shaved legs. Certain kinds of bacteria live in tap water and can thrive in a dirty footbath. They can cause boils or other hard-to-treat infections, so wait until after your pedi to shave. Sept - Nov 2013 | TODAY’S CHOICES | 21
HEALTH & FITNESS
HEALTH & FITNESS
Diet to Keep Away a Heart Attack If you have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or a history of heart problems, you have a higher risk of heart attack and stroke. You can lower your risk by making this small change -- at each meal, choose foods that are healthy for your heart.Don’t make a list of foods you “shouldn’t” eat -- the focus of most diets. Instead, increase your motivation by choosing a positive perspective. Each time you eat one of these healthier foods, remind yourself – with each bite, you’re lowering your chance of having a heart attack or stroke.
Diet to Keep Away a Heart Attack Exercise.
Activity is good medicine. Exercise strengthens your heart, improves blood flow, raises “good” HDL cholesterol, and helps control blood sugar and body weight.
Eat more vegetables, fruits, and whole grains.
The dietary fiber in these foods helps lower “bad” LDL cholesterol -- one of the main contributors to heart attack and stroke. Put these on your plate with every meal to reach these daily amounts: At least 5 cups of fruits and vegetables and three 1-ounce servings of whole grains a day
Eat more legumes (beans), seeds, and nuts.
Your weekly target: 4 servings of either nuts, seeds, or legumes such as black beans, garbanzos or lentils.
Eat lean, unprocessed protein.
Make fish and chicken your mainstays. They help lower your chance of a heart attack and stroke, while red meats (beef, pork, and lamb) increase your risk. The American Heart Association suggests you eat at least two 3.5-ounce servings of fish a week. Tofu and soy protein are also lean sources of protein – and not just for vegetarians anymore.If you’re craving some type of processed meat -- bacon, deli meats, hot dogs, sausa ge, chicken nuggets, or jerky – limit those to no more than 2 servings a week. 22 | TODAY’S CHOICES | Sept - Nov 2013
Feed your body regularly.
When you skip a meal, you’re more likely to overeat later. For some people, eating 5 to 6 mini-meals works best to limit calories, help control blood sugars, and regulate metabolism. For others, 3 meals a day works better, since extra meals can trigger overeating. See which approach works for you.
Add years to your life by quitting. No matter how many years you’ve been smoking, know this: Research shows that quitting works as well -- if not better -- than just about any heart drug available.Quitting now will lower your risk of death from heart disease by 33%.
Experiment with new flavors.
Try using dried herbs and spices instead of salt, which can drive up your blood pressure. For chicken, try using rosemary, garlic, or sage. For fish, try dill or tarragon. Try vinegars – from balsamic to rice vinegar, to add zest to ho-hum food.
Celebrate each pound you lose.
Small steps help with obesity and heart health. Just dropping 5 or 10 pounds -- even if you’re still technically overweight afterward -- will reduce your risk of having a heart attack or stroke by lowering your blood pressure, Sept - Nov 2013 | TODAY’S CHOICES | 23
CELEBRITY FITNESS SPECIAL
CELEBRITY FITNESS SPECIAL
Workout Tips for Prenatal Mums
There is no scientific evidence against pregnant women entering a swimming pool. In fact, Aqua Zumba helps to relieve the stress of carrying extra weight of carrying a child when one submerges in the water. Working a large muscle group in both arms and legs, this exercise offers a low impact cardiovascular workout and allows you to feel “stress-less” and weightless. While one could take it easy and enjoy the beautiful scenery when swimming in Celebrity Fitness, Mid Valley, pregnant mums are advised to start slowly by performing the exercise for 5 to 10 minutes for at least 3 to 5 times per week. Once the body is comfortable with the pace of the exercise, one can gradually increase their workout period. (Available only in Celebrity Fitness Mid Valley)
In few months time, it will be a new life for the both of you. The last few months were spent getting yourself ready to welcome your new bundle of joy and it is understandable that as a mum-to-be, you are nervous about the whole affair and constantly worried about your health, which directly affects the health of your unborn child. Worry no more! Did you know that even while carrying, you can still exercise? Known as prenatal exercise, recent research has proven its efficacy and importance. As long as you do not face any contraindications, you can happily partake of certain exercises throughout your pregnancy. Working out while pregnant will help to maintain one’s emotional and physical state and works as a stress reliever. But, prenatal exercises are different in that instead of working out to tighten your muscles, you are now working out to loosen your body’s muscles for childbirth. The correct exercise performed regularly will eventually prepare you for labor and delivery, which will be easier the fitter you are. In this article, we describe several exercises that you can do right now, as long as you, as a mum-to-be, consult the doctor first before starting this, or any other fitness, regime to identify any underlying health conditions. These exercises will help to get your heart pumping, stretch your body and manage your weight.
Start by equipping yourself with some basic knowledge on some workout tips from Emelda Vincent, Fitness Development Coach of Celebrity Fitness Malaysia in knowing the right workout activities to maximize the benefits. These could be as follows:-
These are internal exercises that target the pelvic floor muscles which support the rectum, vagina and the urethra. This workout strengthens the muscles during your pregnancy and can prevent incontinence after delivery and even makes childbirth easier. As it is a controlled movement exercise, it is recommended to do 5 sets of 10 repetitions each day. Each time the pelvic muscles contract, hold for a slow count of five and then relax.
This increases muscle tone and strength and is a must-do for pregnant women. As labor and delivery requires lots of strength, pregnant women are advised to build up their body endurance by performing some strength training for 15 to 30 minutes in 3 to 5 days a week. While taking note on what are the right workouts to do, pregnant mums must also beware of fitness activities that should be avoided. Pregnant mums are not encouraged to do any waist-twisting movements, as this can lead to abdominal trauma. Extreme activities such as jumping, hopping and skipping are best avoided as these cause body imbalance. Mums-to-be should also not exercise under hot and humid weather as this could increase body temperature and that can be harmful to the baby. All in all, it is vital for pregnant women to work out at least 3 times in a week. If exercise is not an option for you, pursuing a hobby such as gardening, cooking and even shopping in a mall will reap benefits. The idea is to keep moving as any form of activity is beneficial. So long you do not put yourself in a high-risk activity, the tears of joy and laughter are coming to your way!
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HEALTH & FITNESS
HEALTH & FITNESS
Health And Fitness
4. Sex Improves Heart Health
three tips to help you become more focused and productive
A 20-year-long study shows that men who had sex two or more times a week were half as likely to have a fatal heart attack than men who had sex less than once a month.And although some older folks may worry that sex could cause a stroke, the study found no link between how often men had sex and how likely they were to have a stroke.
5. Better Sleep
GET HEALTHIER IN BED?
1. Less Stress, Better Blood Pressure
1. Do creative work first. Typically, we do mindless work first and build up to the toughest tasks. That drains your energy and lowers your focus. “An hour into doing your work, you’ve got a lot less capacity than (at the beginning. “Every decision we make tires the brain. In order to focus effectively, reverse the order. Check off the tasks that require creativity or concentration first thing in the morning, and then move on to easier work, like deleting emails or scheduling meetings, later in the day.
3. Train your mind like a muscle. When multitasking is the norm, your brain quickly adapts. You lose the ability to focus as distraction becomes a habit. “We’ve trained our brains to be unfocused,” Practice concentration by turning off all distractions and committing your attention to a single task. Start small, maybe five minutes per day, and work up to larger chunks of time. If you find your mind wandering, just return to the task at hand. “It’s just like getting fit,” Rock says. “You have to build the muscle to be focused.”
2. Allocate your time deliberately. By studying thousands of people, we are truly focused for an average of only six hours per week. “You want to be really diligent with what you put into those hours, most people focus best in the morning or late at night, and studies show that 90 percent of people do their best thinking outside the office. Notice where and when you focus best, then allocate your toughest tasks for those moments. 26 | TODAY’S CHOICES | Sept - Nov 2013
Having sex could lower your stress and your blood pressure. That finding comes from a Scottish study of 24 women and 22 men who kept records of their sexual activity. The researchers put them in stressful situations -such as speaking in public and doing math out loud -- and checked their blood pressure. People who had had intercourse responded better to stress than those who engaged in other sexual behaviors or abstained. Another study found that diastolic blood pressure (the bottom number of your blood pressure) tends to be lower in people who live together and have sex often.
2. Sex Boosts Immunity
Having sex once or twice a week has been linked with higher levels of an antibody called immunoglobulin A, or IgA, which can protect you from getting colds and other infections. A Wilkes University study had 112 college students keep records of how often they had sex and also provide saliva samples for the study. Those who had sex once or twice a week had higher levels of IgA, an antibody that could help you avoid a cold or other infection, than other students.
The oxytocin released during orgasm also promotes sleep, research shows.Getting enough sleep has also been linked with a host of other health benefits, such as a healthy weight and better blood pressure. That’s something to think about, especially if you’ve been wondering why your guy can be active one minute and snoring the next.
3. Sex Burns Calories
Thirty minutes of sex burns 85 calories or more. It may not sound like much, but it adds up: 42 half-hour sessions will burn 3,570 calories, more than enough to lose a pound. Doubling up, you could drop that pound in 21 hour-long sessions.”Sex is a great mode of exercise,” Los Angeles sexologist Patti Britton, says. It takes both physical and psychological work, though, to do it well, she says.
Having sex and orgasms boosts levels of the hormone oxytocin, the so-called love hormone, which helps people bond and build trust.In a study of 59 women, researchers checked their oxytocin levels before and after the women hugged their partners. The women had higher oxytocin levels if they had more of that physical contact with their partner.Higher oxytocin levels have also been linked with a feeling of generosity. So snuggle up -- it might help you feel more generous toward your partner.
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MEDIC CORNER by: Dr. Izan Sofia (MD UKM)
Symptoms Migraine headaches often begin in childhood, adolescence or early adulthood. Migraines may progress through four stages — prodrome, aura, attack and postdrome — though you may not experience all the stages.
Migraine? What causes migraines?
Some people who suffer from migraines can clearly identify triggers or factors that cause the headaches, but many cannot. Potential migraine triggers include:
Migraine is a severe, painful headache that is often preceded or accompanied by sensory warning signs such as flashes of light, blind spots, tingling in the arms and legs, nausea, vomiting, and increased sensitivity to light and sound. The excruciating pain that migraines bring can last for hours or even days. Migraine headaches result from a combination of blood vessel enlargement and the release of chemicals from nerve fibers that coil around these blood vessels. During the headache, an artery enlarges that is located on the outside of the skull just under the skin of the temple (temporal artery). This causes a release of chemicals that cause inflammation, pain, and further enlargement of the artery.
•Allergies and allergic reactions •Bright lights, loud noises, and certain odors or perfumes •Physical or emotional stress •Changes in sleep patterns or irregular sleep •Smoking or exposure to smoke •Skipping meals or fasting A migraine headache causes the •Alcohol sympathetic nervous system to respond •Menstrual cycle fluctuations, birth control pills, hormone with feelings of nausea, diarrhea, and fluctuations during menopause onset vomiting. This response also delays the •Tension headaches emptying of the stomach into the small intestine (affecting food absorption), •Foods containing tyramine (red wine, aged cheese, decreases blood circulation (leading to cold smoked fish, chicken livers, figs, and some beans), hands and feet), and increases sensitivity monosodium glutamate (MSG), or nitrates (like bacon, hot to light and sound. dogs, and salami) •Other foods such as chocolate, nuts, peanut butter, avocado, banana, citrus, onions, dairy products, and Triggers do not always cause migraines, fermented or pickled foods. and avoiding triggers does not always 28 | TODAY’S CHOICES | Sept - Nov 2013
One or two days before a migraine, you may notice subtle changes that may signify an oncoming migraine, including: •Hyperactivity •Constipation •Irritability •Depression •Neck stiffness •Diarrhea •Food cravings
Most people experience migraine headaches without aura. Auras are usually visual but can also be sensory, motor or verbal disturbances. Each of these symptoms typically begins gradually, builds up over several minutes, then commonly lasts for 10 to 30 minutes. Examples of aura include: •Visual phenomena, such as seeing various shapes, bright spots or flashes of light •Vision loss •Pins and needles sensations in an arm or leg •Speech or language problems
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BEAUTY & SOUL
MAGIC TOOLS FOR YOUR HAIR Your comb is tangled in your hair again, so you apply another product. Except this product doesn’t help either, and your hair is even more dry and brittle.If your hair is dry, you know how important it is to keep it hydrated to avoid damage and breakage. Whether you’re washing, drying, styling, or just getting out of the shower, these essential dos and don’ts can help protect your hair and keep it healthy.
Drying Guide for Dry Hair
Styling Guide for Dry Hair
Squeeze wetness out of your hair. Rubbing a towel back and forth causes friction, which breaks your hair. Spray on a detangling, moisturizing product before using the blow dryer, flat iron, or curling iron. This protects against the heat and keeps your hair from drying out. For maximum protection, spray it on from the ends to the roots and then brush through, rather than combing, to cover hair completely.
Always clean your blow dryer’s vents regularly or buy a new one. When lint or hair build up in the dryer vents, the air can’t flow through freely and the pressure goes down. This means that you end up using too much heat to style your hair. Ask your stylist to check your blow dryer, flat iron, or curling iron and other styling tools to make sure they’re in good working condition.
Use natural boar bristle brushes while blow drying. Hold the blow dryer 4 to 6 inches away from the brush as you style.
Use products that contain nourishing oils, like argan, avocado, and olive instead of heavily fragranced or volumizing products, which can dry out hair. Deep condition at home up to twice a week and in the salon once a month. Get regular trims from your stylist to keep your hair healthy and manageable without having to overuse conditioners or detangling products. After showering at the gym, apply conditioner from ends to roots, then spend 10 minutes in the steam room. The steam opens the hair’s cuticle, allowing the conditioner to penetrate the hair. After leaving the steam room, rinse hair with cool water to close the cuticle. Spray in a leave-in conditioner with UV filters before going to the beach or pool to protect your hair from the sun. Pull your hair back in a silk scarf, or braid it, to prevent the elements from damaging it.
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BEAUTY & SOUL
Sweet potatoes are a great source of the antioxidant beta carotene, which your body turns into vitamin A. “Basically, every cell of the body cannot function without enough A,” Fishman says. It also helps protect and produce the oils that sustain your scalp, and being low on vitamin A can even leave you with itchy, irksome dandruff.Other options: Carrots, cantaloupe, mangoes, pumpkin, and apricots are all good sources of beta carotene.
These are the only type of nut that have a significant amount of omega-3 fatty acids. They’re also rich in biotin and vitamin E, which helps protect your cells from DNA damage. Since your hair rarely gets much shielding from the sun, this is especially great, Drayer says. Too little biotin can lead to hair loss. Walnuts also have copper, a mineral that helps keep your natural hair color rich and lustrous, Fishman says.
MAGIC TOOLS FOR YOUR HAIR
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MOTIVATE YOURSELF TODAY AND EVERYDAY!
Feed your mind everyday.
Read, watch and listen to inspiring and encouraging material everyday. Just a few minutes a day can make a huge difference and help you to stay focused on what’s important. There is enough distraction and discouragement everywhere around you. You are exposed to negativity all the time. That is not in your control. What’s in your control is that you can make a deliberate effort to expose yourself to positive influences.
Do. Do. Do.
Exotic super fruits may come and go but when it comes to vitamin C, “It’s hard to top this nutrient superhero,” Drayer says. C is critical for circulation to the scalp and supports the tiny blood vessels that feed the follicles. Too little C in your diet can lead to hair breakage.Other options: Kiwis, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, and strawberries.
Focus on your dreams.
Have a clear vision of what you want. If you really want something, it should be the first thing you think about in the morning and the last thing you think about before you sleep. That is the minimum. You need to visualize this many more times during the day. What the mind continuously thinks about it brings about. Feed you mind the vision you have created every chance you get. With time, it will become effortless. You will not be able to separate yourself from your vision. It will become part of you. That’s when things start happening.
Start the day with passion.
The first thing you do or say in the morning often has a huge effect on the rest of your day. When you get up in the morning remind yourself of your dreams and your why. Say positive things about how your day is going to be. For example, I often say “today is going to be the greatest and best day of my life.” It’s going to be better than yesterday and I will do everything possible to achieve my dreams
The iron, beta carotene, folate, and vitamin C in spinach help keep hair follicles healthy and scalp oils circulating.
WORDS FOR SOUL
Besides being rich in protein and vitamin D (both are key to strong hair) the omega-3 fatty acids found in this tasty cold-water fish are the true superstar. Your body can’t make those fatty acids, which your body needs to grow hair. About 3% of the hair shaft is make up of these fatty acids, Drayer says. Omega-3s are also found in cell membranes in the skin of your scalp, and in the natural oils that keep your scalp and hair hydrated.Other options: If salmon doesn’t thrill you, you can also get essential fatty acids from fish like herring, sardines, trout, and mackerel, as well as avocado, pumpkin seeds, and walnuts (see below for more wonderful things about walnuts.)
A great source of protein, eggs are loaded with four key minerals: zinc, selenium, sulfur, and iron. Iron is especially important, because it helps cells carry oxygen to the hair follicles, and too little iron (anemia) is a major cause of hair loss, particularly in women, Drayer says.Other options: You can also boost your iron stores with animal sources, including chicken, fish, pork, and beef.
Oysters are rich in zinc, a lack of which can lead to hair loss (even in your eyelashes), as well as a dry, flaky scalp. Three ounces has a whopping 493% of your daily value. You can get some zinc through fortified cereals and whole grain breads, but oysters can boast a good level of protein too. “Remember, hair is about 97% protein,” Drayer says. Without enough protein, your body can’t replace the hairs that you naturally shed every day and what you do make can be dry, brittle, or weak.Other options: Get your fill of zinc with nuts, beef, and eggs.
BEAUTY & SOUL
One sure way to get demotivated is not to take any action. Do something everyday to get you closer to achieving your dreams. Little things count and momentum builds up. Inaction is probably the number one cause of frustration and failure for a lot of people
Don’t set unrealistic goals or expect too much too soon. If you do this you will feel that you are not getting anywhere and will be discouraged. Set out achievable daily, weekly, monthly and yearly goals. This will help you to see the big picture and to understand how every small thing you do is adding to that picture.
Cliché, I know, but true. Know that lasting success does not come overnight. Anything worth having is worth the wait. As long as waiting is not all you are doing!
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BEAUTY & SOUL
THE POWER OF CAT EYES There’s no shortage of new liners on the market, but Hourglass artistic director of makeup Gina Brooke is “obsessed” with liquid formulas. “Having a liner that doesn’t tug or drag on the skin is crucial for getting the perfect winged effect,” Brooke says, extolling the virtues of the brand’s new Script Precision Liquid Liner, which has one of the smallest felt tips around, measuring in at a wee 0.5 millimeters. Lancôme’s new Artliner, with its super-fine foam tip, and Peter Thomas Roth’s new Lashes to Die For The Liner, which contains a peptide-infused formula that enhances the natural length and thickness of your lashes while lining your lids, are also good bets.
Egyptian Magic Forget the enormous budget, on-set squabbles, and that epic running time. Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s Cleopatra made makeup history, featuring Elizabeth Taylor at the height of her fame, wearing thick streaks of liner on the top and bottom of her eyes that came to a tapered point far past the outer corners. For once, it wasn’t the screen legend’s famously full brows that stole the show. Wings of Desire Audrey Hepburn also deserves credit for popularizing the winged liner look as Holly Golightly in 1961’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s. The actress was blessed with dark velvet eyes that tilted up naturally at the outer corners, making her a perfect poster child for the thin, flicked line. Her on-set makeup artist on the iconic film, Wally Westmore, reportedly alternated brown and black liner with shadow, depending on whether they were shooting day or night scenes
La Bella Donna Sophia Loren was fond of applying black liner slightly beyond her eyes, even angling the tip down subtly to accentuate her natural almond shape. Piles of mascara completed her signature va-va-voom look, which was the subject of an homage at Dolce & Gabbana’s molto italiano Spring show. Strokes of Genius The late Amy Winehouse didn’t do anything subtly, and that includes her eye makeup. The singer’s overdrawn cat-eye was impossibly thick, piled with sooty shadow that touched her brows at times, and managed to look cool even when streaked and runny following her heart-pounding live performances. Sept - Nov 2013 | TODAY’S CHOICES | 35
BEAUTY & SOUL
The color of adventure and social communication
BEAUTY & SOUL
AGE DOESN’T MATTER !
Rule 1: Express Yourself “Keeping up with the latest trends is harder as you get older. The key is, you need to get in touch with your own personal style - rather than try and keep up with fads. Wear things that you love and feel good about. Get shoes that are fun to wear, whether that’s because they’re a bright colour or an interesting shape. If you like something and you feel good in it, it’s probably OK. Don’t think too hard - go with your gut reaction.”
Rule 2: Get A Little Black Dress
Effects of Orange Enthusiasm : Orange is optimistic and extroverted - the color of the uninhibited.
Rejuvenation : Orange helps to restore balance to our physical energies.
Stimulation : Orange is not as passionate or as excitable as red, but it is stimulating, particularly to the appetite - the worst color to have in the kitchen if you want to lose weight.
Courage : Orange helps us to take account of our lives, to face the consequences, to take action and make appropriate changes, and then to move onward and upward.
Vitality : Orange has a more balanced energy than red, not as passionate and aggressive, but full of vitality. 36 | TODAY’S CHOICES | Sept - Nov 2013
“An important rule for me is to have a great little black dress. If you’re older make sure it’s not too short or too long - you’ve got to get it just right. I’d say just above the knee, but it depends on your body and what looks best on you. A classic black dress provides a foundation that you can embellish with accessories (opens in a new window).” The color orange radiates warmth and happiness, combining the physical energy and stimulation of red with the cheerfulness of yellow. Orange relates to ‘gut reaction’ or our gut instincts, as opposed to the physical reaction of red or the mental reaction of yellow. Orange offers emotional strength in difficult times. It helps us to bounce back from disappointments and despair, assisting in recovery from grief. The color psychology of orange is optimistic and uplifting, rejuvenating our spirit. In fact orange is so optimistic and uplifting that we should all find ways to use it in our everyday life, even if it is just an orange colored pen that we use. Orange brings spontaneity and a positive outlook on life and is a great color to use during tough economic times, keeping us motivated and helping us to look on the bright side of life. The color orange relates to social communication, stimulating two way conversations. A warm and inviting color, it is both physically and mentally stimulating, so it gets people thinking and talking! At the same time, orange is also stimulating to the appetite. However, young people do respond well to it as it has a degree of youthful impulsiveness to it.
Rule 3: Accessories, Accessories, Accessories
“The best way to update your wardrobe is by accessorising, especially if you’re a little bit timid. Keep your clothes classic but add a fabulous necklace, beautiful shoes or a great handbag.
Rule 4: Emphasise Your Best
“Lengthen your silhouette - tailored shorts are a very good, grown-up alternative to skirts, and look very chic with a jacket. Try and minimise your least favourite parts by wearing darker colours on them, and playing up your good assets. Women’s ankles and wrists are often lovely at any age, so don’t cover them up - show them off with cropped trousers and three-quarter length tops.”
Rule 5: Be Tasteful, But Not Frumpy “It’s so tricky to get this right, but an older woman must strike the balance: dress too young and you can look old, but dress too old and you can look frumpy. The sizes do come up a little small though so don’t feel bad if you end up in an extra large. If you love your beautifully toned legs, wear skirts. But avoid the mini-ski.
If you love your beautifully toned legs, wear skirts. But avoid the mini-skirts - there are ages when mini-skirts are not appropriate. Go for a skirt that finishes just above the knee. It will still look sexy and you won’t have to worry about flashing too much flesh. Sept - Nov 2013 | TODAY’S CHOICES | 37
STYLE & FASHION
The Talk Of The Town
Fashion sandals can be classified based on the activity for which they are used or by their design and model. Fashion sandals for women are wide in range, and there is surely not just one for anybody’s desire. Categorization of sandals based on activity include sandals such as dress sandals, walking sandals, beach sandals, water sport sandals and weekend sandals. Categorization of sandals based on models include sandal types such as Espadrilles, Strap Upper, Heel sandals, Wedge heel, Cork heel, Stiletto heel, Thong sandals, Flat sandals, Slide sandals, Platform sandals, Ribbon sandals, Ankle Strap sandals, Barefoot sandals, Flip-flop sandals, Designer sandals, Mule sandals, Open-toed sandals, Peep-toe sandals and Bare-foot sandals.
The most important thing to remember is that socks and sandals don’t go with each other and it is a strict No-No. Socks and sandals look bad on anyone, but women seem to know this innately and rarely pair them. In fact wearing sandals with socks is considered by most to be a faux pas. The next important thing is that you have properly fitting sandals which suits your feet. Some people are little conscious about their feet. If you are one among them and if you are very self-conscious about your toes, it is advisable to find a close-toed sandal. There are various designs and there are the ones which even though are close-toed sandals allow your toes fresh air. These are the strappy type of close-toed sandals. Women with larger feet should go for sandals with heal as they look flattering on them. In fact such sandals even lessen the size of the foot in appearance. Further the legs look longer and evenly shaped. Most importantly you must remember that you should wear sandals which fit for an occasion. Select sandals according to the place or event you are headed to.
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STYLE & FASHION
FASHION FOR HIM
It’s hard to find a men’s style guide without a section dedicated solely to care and maintenance of clothing. Despite having its own rules for care and maintenance, the necktie is an essentially easy to care for accessory. A properly maintained necktie will last a lifetime, and can save you a fortune when you consider replacing those expensive accessories.There are a few things you can do to keep your necktie looking its best when you’re wearing it. Once tied, the end of the necktie should never extend below your belt buckle. Most neckties are silk, and don’t hold up well to repeated cleanings. Tucking a napkin into your shirt may be an awkward look, but unless you know of some foolproof way to stay stain-free during a meal, this is your safest bet without removing your tie. Only do it if you’re in a food court, or in the privacy of your office. A lunch meeting? Consider the tie a casualty should it suffer a fatal stain. As with shoes, try not to wear neckties two days in a row – giving them a break will help them retain shape and keep them looking crisp. When undoing a non-releasing knot, undo the knot properly. Tugging on it to release the knot will only stretch the tie out of shape; take the time to untie it much you like you initially knotted it.
Ties should be stored upright, so a tie rack is indispensable addition to your closet. Gravity will do the hard work of keeping wrinkles out, and the darkness of your closet will keep the colors bright. Many ties are dry-clean only. Just the same, the chemicals and presses used can make a tie lose its shape and luster, so dry cleaning should be a last resort. When a tie gets too wrinkly, you should not iron it, under any circumstances. An iron can fade colors and press ties in awkward ways. Try hanging them in a shower with the water turned up as hot as you can; 10-15 minutes in this steamy environment will ease even the toughest wrinkle. Just make sure not to get them in direct contact with water. 40 | TODAY’S CHOICES | Sept - Nov 2013
STYLE & FASHION
FASHION FOR HIM
QUICKEST WAYS TO IMPROVE YOUR IMAGE Fit is King – The most dramatic improvement you can
make in your style is to make sure everything fits impeccably. Most guys wear clothes that are too large. Make sure everything you wear is almost hugging the shape of your body – without being tight. Bad fit is an epidemic, cure yourself.
Keep it simple – You want a wardrobe that looks great on you, but don’t overdo it. Don’t wear more than three pieces of jewelry or more than three colors. Don’t dress like a rock star unless you’re in a band. If you want to be flashy, a simpler but stylish look would be sporting a black striped dress shirt with a white blazer, a dark pair of jeans, a dressy belt, and your sharpest dress shoes. You could also add a flashy watch or a simple accessory like an interesting necklace, but nothing more. Change the way you see casual – casual doesn’t have to be boring. Have fun with collared shirts, or take some inspiration from those who approach casual a bit differently.
Stay a notch above – Don’t overdo it to a fault, but dare to take some risks. It’s always better to be a little bit overdressed than underdressed in any setting. All you have to do is think about where and who you’re going to be with and just step it up one notch. But make sure you’re not better dressed than someone who is more important in a certain setting, like your boss.
Pay attention to your supporting pieces - Some sweaters are lean and others are big and chunky. The first rule of thumb is that your top and bottom halves need to match. If you’re wearing a big, chunky, rugged fisherman knit sweater, your bottom needs to be rugged, too. Don’t wear a fisherman’s sweater with a beautiful silk-and-wool suit pant. Instead, wear it with something as casual as cargos or jeans, or dress it up with a Harris tweed blazer. 42 | TODAY’S CHOICES | Sept - Nov 2013
DIY CASUAL JEANS TO WORK
STYLE & FASHION
Get a Boyfriend Blazer - Before you slip on a pair of weekday jeans, consider your workplace and what is appropriate—if you are a banker or a lawyer, you might be limited to twill trousers even on Casual Friday! But if you work in a more casual profession, try upgrading a sleek pair of jeans with a structured blazer.
Buy a Silk Blouse -A sweet silk blouse will give your jeans a feminine feel—look for tops with pretty patterns or intricate necklines. If your workplace is more formal, skip distressed denim and go for a crisp pair of dark-wash jeans.
Look For a Chic Button-Down -A crisp button-down shirt is a no-fail piece for the office. For a streamlined appearance, tuck a light-hued blouse into matching skinny jeans like Zoe Saldana, then take it to the next level with chic booties and bold eyeglasses. Or, if your workplace is more laid-back, try a simpler version, like Taylor Swift, and add a pop of color with burgundy flats.
Try a Little Leather Jacket -A cropped leather jacket gives a jeans-and-a-T-shirt look a luxurious spin. Just skip the heavy motorcycle jacket in favor of a cropped fit,.Add a feminine touch with accessories like a great pair of heels and a fun bag.
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CARL GRAHAM CREATIVE DIRECTOR ROLLMODELS ACADEMY
“We don’t have to be big, strong, 6 feet tall, dark and handsome like the fairy tales”
What is Rollmodels? What is the main focus?
What is the biggest misconception of being a male model?
Rollmodels aims to improve companies visual branding and concepts. Creating ideas and visions for companies to grow, develop and become more in tune with their customers and clients. We take this philosophy into our Academy, which helps individuals create their brand and marketing tools to enable them to BE PROFESSIONAL and stand out amongst the crowd in a very competitive industry.
As always people think models are unintelligent and it’s just about their looks, and I do feel that there is never smoke without some kind of fire, right? Over the years I have people telling me “It’s ok for you, you’re a model. You don’t have to worry about being fat” How wrong these people are. To keep looking good is a JOB by itself. For example, you think if I didn’t take care of my skin, eat healthy, go to the gym or even condition my hair that I would still look like I do? Of course, I wouldn’t. I believe times are changing, models have to become more savvy, aware of their options and also more aware of their competition and so in turn this is creating a new breed of models that understand the industry, clients and can start to take control of their own futures rather than leaving it in the hands of others like it used to happen 10 or 20 years ago.
What gets you excited about discovering talents at this point? How do you decide to do one? When someone has passion for what they do, it is extremely invigorating and inspiring to be a part of their world. The Rollmodels team and myself have vast experience and knowledge of making it in this industry and passing on that knowledge is a great gift to enhance others lives. Breeding new, strong-minded, self-sustaining, passionate people could only help the industry and enhance other lives around that industry. Creating a network of creative, ambitious and knowledgeable talent is the excitement I need to get up everyday and do what I love. In terms of deciding is basically the individual and their passion. How do you juggle your schedule as a model, businessman and creative director of Rollmodels? When you have passion for things in your life, you tend not to worry about being busy, tired or at least frustrated with a busy schedule. It is my choice and my passion to do this everyday and so juggling becomes part of the fun of having so many wonderful opportunities and interesting things to do and of course interesting people to meet. My modeling is still very important, because again I love that job, it’s so much fun on set and now I have created Rollmodels which basically gives me that fun every single day.
CARL GRAHAM The huge deal you have accomplished with Rollmodels? So far, Rollmodels is very young. Like a little baby just learning to crawl however, this baby is crawling very well and will soon learn to stand and then its an endless opportunity of walking anywhere and in whichever direction we want. It’s very exciting at the moment and the next 6 months will be fantastic because the Academy is coming to fruition and all the hours, hard work and creativity will start to change peoples lives. Our first few students were the big accomplishments up to this point, literally giving them the power to be who and do what they want in the industry.
What makes a good man? I would like to think a good man is genuine, honest, caring and above all able to make decisions that enhance his life and others around him. There are many versions of a good man, we don’t have to be big, strong, 6 feet tall, dark and handsome like the fairy tales. Just an honest, strong minded (understanding what he wants and more importantly doesn’t want), responsible and caring person, oh and able to wash up the dishes ;) How do you handle attention from your female fans? Mmmmm, well it’s kind of strange because I never really notice things like that. My brother used to say all the time ... that girl is looking at you and this girl is doing that and so on and I never noticed. I’m normally pre occupied with thoughts or just getting on with things in hand. It’s very flattering and nice when people pay you attention but it can also be quite daunting and nerve wrecking. So many eyes watching you! It’s like when I do the fashion shows, I’ve done hundreds but I still get nervous because people are looking at YOU, even
though they are there for the clothes, it’s YOU in the light and so it can be daunting but of course attention is always nice. You have been meeting many races in Malaysia, what accents do you suffer with? Which one is a challenge? Yeah, Malaysia is very unique like that, which is one of the main reasons for me living here. Great diversity but I must say that I’m quite used to a lot of different cultures and I have sort of adapted to understanding at least 3 words per sentence and then try and make the rest of the sentence to make sense! Sometimes just guessing based on the subject or pointing helps. In Malaysia so many people speak fantastic English and it has never never really been a problem. Boleh faham laaaa ! ;) Women these days…… WOW…. What can I say here? I love women, simple. They have certainly changed from the era of my mother but still the fundamentals of women and what they want out of life are very similar. I LOVE the way women have started to take charge and control of their futures and not just settled for the ‘supposed to be’ attitude from years ago. It’s a great time for all of us to realize that it’s not about how people think we should be but to take a stand back and understand one thing only…. How YOU want to be. Who is your muse? My muse is no particular individual or company. My family inspires me everyday because they have backed me in all my decisions and chances that I’ve taken. Passionate and creative people around me continue to amaze me and help me project my thoughts and visions in a clearer dimension that becomes concrete from thoughts to actual. A muse is about inspiration of a creation process and I find many inspirations from many areas of my life including knowing that I made some vital decisions and took advantage of great opportunities.
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dining tips! Ask your waiter to “triple the vegetables, please.” Often a side of vegetables in a restaurant is really like garnish A carrot and a forkful of squash. When ordering, ask for three or four times the normal serving of veggies, and offer to pay extra. “I’ve never been charged,” says dietitian Jeff Novick, R.D., director of nutrition at the Pritikin Longevity Center & Spa in Aventura, Florida. “And I’ve never been disappointed. I get full, not fat.” Ask how the food was prepared; don’t go by the menu. For instance, cholesterol-free does not mean fat-free; the dish could still be filled with calorie-dense oil. Neither does “lite” necessarily mean light in calories or fat. Order from the “healthy, light, low fat” entrées on the menu. Most chains will even list the calories and nutritional content of such foods. Applebee’s, for instance, offers approved Weight Watchers options, Bennigan’s has its Health Club entrées (which it will serve in half portions), and Ruby Tuesday lists the nutritional information for its entire menu. Beware of the low-carb options. Restaurant chains have jumped on the low-carb bandwagon, offering numerous low-carb options on their menu. But low-carb doesn’t mean low-cal. For instance, at Ruby Tuesday the Low-Carb New Orleans Seafood packs 710 calories and 42 grams of fat — ouch! A much better bet — the Low Carb Veggie Platter — leaves you with just 297 calories and 16 grams of fat.
West 57th Street Café (Zang Toi Café)
Named after the location of the headquarters of The House of Toi, West 57th Street New York, our cafe has become affectionately known as the Zang Toi cafe, due to how everything about it exudes the Zang Toi brand identity.
Get ‘Hi’ Nadeje Cake Shop
Pick Me Up
Established since 2006. Nadeje prides itself on its quality fresh ingredients and finest handmade Mille Crepe & other special cakes/desserts that taste flavourful and satisfying all on its own.
When it comes to food, we always ended up eating our scrumptious food especially desserts and snacks in different places because we can't find these desserts and snacks provided in the same place. We always wonder wouldn’t it be convenient and more enjoyable if there is a place that can provide most of the delicious desserts and snacks that can fulfill our taste sensations. Instead of hoping for a café nearby to open up to meet our taste desire, we decided to get this inspiration energized by kick starting our own dessert and snack café.
Word has it that more Delicious cafes are springing up in the Klang Valley and other parts of Malaysia and Singapore so that more food loving folks will have a taste of Delicious' simply sumptuous dishes.
Victoria Rossa English Tea Room
Victoria Rossa English Tea Room serves all things quintessentially British including the afternoon tea, freshly baked butter cake and raisin scones with strawberry jam and Devonshire clotted cream. Our Old-Fashioned English Breakfast tea is a match with scones whilst our Edwardian’s Special Blend tea is perfect with the Orange cake. Victoria Rossa’s Rose tea is also delicious with our delightful Old English butter cakes.
Artisan Roast Coffee
Exclusive French restaurant Maison Francaise provides an atmosphere of tranquillity and serenity to our guests after a busy day. Nature, calmness and comfort awaits you with a spectacular and breathtaking view of KLCC.
The Hill is an award winning restaurant, bar and lounge nestled a midst one of the rolling hills of Damansara Heights in Lorong Dungun on a 18000 sq ft plot of land, the venue boasts 3 sub venues; The Beer Garden, The Dining Room and The Lounge. It boasts a wide selection of cocktails and dishes all customized with detailed precision to ensure it is of the highest quality and taste for our valued customers. 50 | TODAY’S CHOICES | Sept - Nov 2013
The Yogitree Real Food Café
The Yogitree Cafe is about life on this planet. We strive to promote well-being and awareness of the foodwe eat whilst maintaining a sensible balance because, hey.....we love food right? Eat with your Head!
Artisan means handcrafted. The cafes are constructed using materials that men have invested their lives into: wood, stone, brick, metal along with all the imperfections of man. Our food is made using real ingredients with no powdered substitutes for butter and no colourings. Just good decent food.
TWG Tea Salon & Boutique
Previously known as Baker’s Inn, Bakerzin started out in 1998 as a modest patisserie located off Sembawang Road, Singapore, dealing with wholesale orders and supplying French bread and pastries to restaurants and hotels. During this time, founder of Bakerzin, Daniel Tay, and his team of passionate bakers began experimenting and conjuring new and indulgent creations. As word spread, Bakerzin steadily gained a reputation in the industry as not just an authentic French bakery but one with an excellent selection of scrumptious sweets on its order list.
TWG Tea, which stands for The Wellness Group, is a luxury concept that incorporates an international distribution network to professionals, unique and original retail outlets and exquisite tea rooms. A veritable tea institution, TWG Tea is passionate about sharing their expertise and has become a point of reference for tea lovers thirsty for knowledge.
Let us take you on a culinary adventure, expanding your taste horizons with our passion for great tasting food. This food journey is about us getting back into the kitchen and creating good food which looks exceptional for great people. We don’t have to be stuffy to enjoy good food. This is the NOSH way.
Ploy is the brainchild of Jared Lim, Asian private equity investor by day, avid food fan by dinner time. Culminating from years of travel, experimentation and unadulterated gluttony, Ploy is a study in modern Asian cuisine. After 6 months of daily food tasting, the results speak for themselves – an entirely built from scratch menu with over 60 offerings, influences that span 4 continents and over 35 new and original sauces. Our dishes cater to taste buds that embrace Asian spices in not-so-Asian dishes. We recommend you always order a variety of dishes and share them within the table Asian style.
T Forty Two
The T Forty Two café, located at Empire Shopping Gallery, Subang is a cosmopolitan café perfect for light, Europeaninspired meals or relaxed meetings over afternoon tea. Premium blends by T2 are presented in delicate mismatched chinaware, alongside dainty melt-in-the-mouth pastries and decadent desserts from the patisserie, making this the perfect spot for high tea.
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Head to Swich Café for best cakes in KL! text and images by Rebecca Saw
For those who find HP Towers on Jalan Gelanggang a challenge to get to on weekdays (like me) the Swich outlet in Publika is a wonderful alternative. Located on one of the connecting bridges in Publika Mall, Swich Café allows dine-in as well as take-aways. It you choose to dine in, like I always do, the armchairs are comfy and the ambiance relaxed and cosy. There’s plenty of sunlight so it felt as if you’re dining alfresco, but still within air conditioning comfort of the mall. Swich Café menu is dotted with a variety of light meals such as sandwiches, burgers and salads, while for drinks one can choose from coffee to hot chocolate and fruit juices and teas. Their selection of cakes is hard to ignore, as there are as many as 8 – 10 types available daily. I usually end my cakes feast here with an ice cream or two, as Swich’s homemade ice creams such as Strawberry Balsamic and Coconut & Cempedak are real unusual treats!
Recommended items include the Beef and Barbie Burger as well as the Salted Egg Soft-Shelled Crab Pasta Cheng Cheng, owner and baker of Swich for those who love their crustaceans. Café traded lawyer robes for kitchen whites late early last year to churn out KL’s most unusual but intriguing cakes. Her Cempedak Cake has earned a place in TimeOut KL “Best Things We’ve Eaten in 2012” and it is now firmly on my “One of the Best Place for Cakes in KL” list.
Her Cempedak Cake aside, I go gaga over her wonderfully rich and moist Valhorna Chocolate Cake and weak at the knees for her Jackfruit Hummingbird Cake; a marvelous creation combining 2 local fruits that had seem to be an unlikely If you’re in the vicinity, do remember to pay Swich Café combination at first but had since proved a visit. Cakes to look out for are the Valhorna Chocolate, to be one of her best creation ever. Cempedak Cake, Jackfruit Hummingbird, Burnt Sugar Cake, Mangosteen Cake, Soursop Cake and the Pavlova. And that’s precisely the reason that got me On weekends, Swich Café is serving hooked on Swich cakes; intriguing cakes Afternoon High Tea sets at RM55+ for 2 pax. and ingenious pairings. That and the fact that Swich’s cakes bordered on the tricky M-01, Mezzanine Floor, Block B, HP Towers, but not impossible line of being moist but 12 Jalan Gelenggang, Bukit Damansara, 50490 non greasy, balanced sweetness with a rich Kuala Lumpur. aftertaste yet not cloying. 60185995152 Avocado and pistachios? Would they work? Well Cheng Cheng combined both and it did turn out scrumptious!
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Every Room is A Personal Art Gallery
One thing we promise, you’ve never seen anything like it! Welcome to Hotel de ART, Malaysia’s first Art-Themed Hotel! This Boutique Hotel is Malaysia’s most creative and exciting lifestyle hotel, with 58 rooms designed around different Art themes like fairy tales, flowers & nature, movies, cities like Paris & New York, mystical Egypt, posh Europe and majestic China and even legendary superstars like Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson, Mickey Mouse, Hello Kitty, and even Lady GAGA!! Provided with a wide range of amenities, guests are sure to experience utmost comfort. While staying here, you are within close proximity from the famous i-City, Blue Mosque, Shah Alam stadium, Bukit Cahaya Agricultural Park, theme parks, shopping centers and many more. Whether for business or leisure, guests are guaranteed a luxurious stay at affordable prices.
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Men & Women
Are Created Equal "Mummy, we miss your curry!" pleaded the daughters of Yana, the coolest mother I know in her 50's and an old friend of mine. "I'm not gonna cook", she says firmly. "Not until each and every one of you decide that you could also be some help to me in the kitchen." So everyone participated in the cooking process by filling the house with aromatic fragrances of a hundred spices that sneakily dance through every open window in the neighborhood, making curious stomachs growl. Even her husband, a big strong rigid Indian man, was pounding turmeric and dried chilies into paste until chain of sweat beads decorated his shiny half balding forehead. "In the end, everyone played a role and we had fun! I'm not gonna be the slave at home; doing all the cooking, washing, and sweeping. Girl, this is how you should train your children and your HUSBAND." Yana even told me that when her daughters get married one day, she will remind them that their man should also be sharing chores at home instead of role playing: The King. On the other hand, for the longest time I was (unfortunately) dating a man whom strongly believes that woman is made to serve man. "Every Christmas my mother, aunts, basically all the women in the family would be busy baking and talking in the kitchen; while my dad, uncles, and myself would watch football in the living room. That's how it's supposed to be, Cin. Now go do your stuff,” said our ‘gentleman’. Stuff? I remember that one freaky Friday evening when I was busy preparing Pollo al Chilindron for dinner I almost chopped my index finger off while trying to butcher a big fat bloody chicken thigh. "Could you give me a hand here, please? This knife is too blunt I can't seem to cut this joint off." I would be amazed if you don't find the following response below unbelievable: 56 | TODAY’S CHOICES | Sept - Nov 2013
"If you can't do it, leave it. Don't cook,” he claimed in a falsely calm way with the ever so irksome PS3 controller on one hand. "What am I supposed to do then? Leave it in the sink till it stinks?" "What if I am not around? Shouldn't you LEARN how to do it? Learn how to do it, Cin," and he continued to make sick love to his official wife, the PS3. A couple of hours later, the chicken was still there and it started to really stink. Instead of helping me to axe that one part of a chicken, he decided we throw the fresh groceries I specially bought for the occasion into the garbage disposal. I could feel tears welling up at the corner of my eyes but as blind as love could make a girl be, I thought that’s normal. Today, I thank God for retiring me from that relationship where I was treated as a cook, masseuse, cleaning lady, and gardener. Even the maid next door was paid to do her job! I thought long and hard about the whole matter. Is that how it’s supposed to be? Is it a woman’s job to do the housework as long as her man is the breadwinner of the family? Gone were the days when women cooked in caves while their men were out hunting for food with a parang. What happens if both parties are working to sustain a family yet couldn’t afford to hire a maid? So I went around town and ask around some male and female friends - What IS normal? A close friend of mine once told me, “God had taken one of Adam’s rib to create Eve and brought her unto as a ‘helpmate’ for him.” Having that said, she would be fine if her husband turns out to be a man who doesn’t bother to share any burden at all. I nodded quietly, secretly rejecting the idea completely. Later on, I learned that the word ‘helpmate’ is not synonymous with assistant, servant, or minion. The Hebrew phrase, azer k’negdo, refers to ‘powerful and extensive aid and support’. It also means ‘opposite’; which implies that Adam and Eve were designed to work and fit together to become something stronger than either of them was alone.
My best friend shared a story, which I find very interesting and relatable at the same time. A husband complains about feeling tired so he wants his wife to help him earn money by also working because he thinks that at home, his wife is 'not working'. His psychologist laughs and asks: "What time does your wife wakes up daily to make breakfast? How do your kids go to school? After taking them to school, who does the laundry, prepares the meals, washes the dishes, and takes the kids to bed? And after you go back home from work, what do you do?" "Of course I take a rest because I worked the whole day at the office. She doesn't work, she is only a housewife!" Based on all four stories above, I think it's time for us to draw a clear conclusion. There is nothing wrong in believing that a woman should do most of the housework, provided
she is not working full-time / if her husband is the sole provider. However if both parties are working, I believe a man should at least still know how to iron clothes, change the diaper, or CUT THE CHICKEN. And no matter what, a man should know how to change a bulb, fix a broken pipe, or at least, change a tire for his own sake. How would you bring up your son? How would you want your daughter to be treated when she becomes a lady? God created Eve in the way that He did to show that woman has equal status in creation to man, and in some ways to complete man in the integral union of marriage. Woman was created to be ‘beside’ man, not beneath or above him. I hope this article could be a reminder for all of us to appreciate each other's roles and sacrifices as man and woman.
Tey Cindy is a celebrity blogger and travel writer life-stylist who writes about her search for beauty and inspiration in everyday life. From fashion to home deco, travel to food, health and beauty; get inspired as she takes you on a journey through her wanderlust at teycindy.com Sept - Nov 2013 | TODAY’S CHOICES | 57
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I remember a real incident where a girl caused a not so little stir on Twitterverse because she thought she had lost her car in a shopping mall. The very moment she panicked and her car was nowhere within her sight, she tweeted something she shouldn’t have tweeted, or to be more precise, she shouldn’t have tweeted at all. In the moment like that:
Are we oversharing?
a) Don’t you think you should be focusing more on the most important thing i.e FIND YOUR CAR, b) What exactly do you want your 20k something followers to do?, and c) Why the dependency on social media, you seriously think society owes you that much when you yourself didn’t do what you had to do to find your car? The public outcry didn’t end there, the person actually misplaced her car or something. Imagine the responses that she has received. Outrageous. Some of us think it’s rather silly to post photos of every little thing we eat. I honestly don’t do that, but thanks to Instagram (which is already a part of Facebook) some people don’t actually touch their food until it’s Instagram-ed!
Social media is the way of life these days. I remember when I first started working about 13 years ago, even the usage of emails was pretty new and sometimes considered a “luxury”. I recall opening my inbox as soon as I stepped into my workstation and I will see a lot of important mails on the top and in the middle are a mixture of things that are worth sharing sent by my peers. From the funniest home videos ever recorded to words of wisdoms to live by.
Some poor people will see lots of babies’ vomit, constant rage about some grumpy women having PMS or even a gory picture of a severely damaged ankle. Then it doesn’t quite end there, you see just as awful stuff on your Twitter timeline too. It is full of complaints, vanity, hatred and it has simply become a platform where we excessively vent just about everything. The time and energy we consume on venting can easily be used for fixing the issues itself, don’t you agree?
All these happened in merely an inbox, where you can always pretend that you’re busy for as long as your eyes are glued to the computer screen. It was like a chained reaction, these emails and “informations” were conveyed from one recipient to another and the next thing you know, more than a thousand people have already seen the same things being circulated.
I like cute things. I like useful tips. I like when my good friends post photos of their amazingly beautiful toddlers and the innocent things they mumble about. I also have some really annoyingly positive friends whose smiles are infectious and updates are exciting or inspiring, and that makes me all chirpy and cheerful. What i find less attractive is when I see photos that make me feel… painful in the stomach, almost literally.
I miss those days, when things were much simpler and limited. You can still pretty much do the same today with busy pretending to be busy at work by making a super serious face while actually surfing Facebook. Actually not just at work. Now, if the first thing you do when you wake up is check your Facebook updates, what do you mostly see?
Think about the time where you almost throw up either by seeing updates about potty training or when you’re bombarded by photos which are self captured …. in a bathroom. Not to forget the kind who post EVERY single thing they do, like George Clooney once said, life wouldn’t be personal if we share it.
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There are so many internet jargons these days to accompany what we post daily. I do however enjoy nice culinary updates from people who know good food and are great in kitchen, I don’t think we mind these kind of posts.
“Life wouldn’t be personal if we share it”
Okay, okay, we get it, you’re happy. But sometimes we do wonder who are these “happy” people trying to prove to, themselves or others? Conversations between two lovebirds should stay in their mobile phones and not wall post or exchange of tweets. At the end of the day we choose what we want to see and respond to, just like how i urge my friends to send message directly to my phone or inbox instead of asking me things on a wall post or status comment. Do I want the world to know that i’m meeting them at whatever time it is? Let your (smart)phone serve its’ purpose, to connect. At the end of the day, social media is like your second phone or email, you check it regularly but do we want to know what other people think of other people (and not in a good way) and how much their entire wardrobe costs? Maybe not.
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FIRST-TIME MALAYSIAN WINNERS AT THE KL-LAUNCH OF THE LARGEST GLOBAL PRESS PHOTOGRAPHY CONTEST AND EXHIBITION, WORLD PRESS PHOTO (2013) TNT Express Malaysia and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands present first-time Malaysian winners at the 2013 World Press Photo tour and exhibition in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia TNT Express Malaysia along with the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands hosted the world's largest and most prestigious annual press photography contest exhibition, the World Press Photo (WPP) 2013, which featured stunning pictures taken by members of the press worldwide. Founded in 1955 and based in Amsterdam, Netherlands, the World Press Photo Foundation is an independent, non-profit organization. As the 56th edition of the WPP contest and marking its third time in Malaysia, this year, winners were selected from a total of 103,481 photo submissions taken by 5,666 photographers made up of 124 nationalities. (L-R) Mr Ton Mandemaker, Head of Mission at the Embassy to the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Malaysia; World Press Photo 1st Prize for Sports Action Winner (from The exhibition covered various categories under the WPP Malaysia) Dr Chen Wei Seng; Dato' Jailani Johari, Deputy Minister of Communication and including Contemporary Issues, Daily Life, General News, Multimedia Malaysia; World Press Photo 2st Prize for Staged Portraits Winner (from Nature, Observed Portraits, Sports Action, Sports Feature, Malaysia) Mr Stefen Chow; and Mr SC Chong, Managing Director of TNT Express Malaysia Spot News, and Staged Portraits. at the poster-signing launch gambit of the official launch event of the World Press Photo 2013 Kuala Lumpur tour and exhibition.
“The partnership between TNT Express Malaysia with the Embassy is a representation of intercultural exchange between two organisations, and two countries; the Netherlands and Malaysia,” offered Mr Ton Mandemaker, Head of Mission at the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Malaysia at the WPP 2013 Kuala Lumpur launch at Bangsar Shopping Centre (BSC). A special highlight of this year’s exhibition is that among 54 winning photographers, marking Malaysia’s milestone entry into the exhibition are two winning submissions by Malaysian photographers including a second prize win, a Staged Portrait of Chinese contemporary artist Ai Weiwei by photographer Stefen Chow (below left image); and the colourful bull-racing photograph entitled “Joy at the End of the Run” by Dr Chen Wei Seng (below right image) whose vibrant capture taken in Sumatra earned a first prize win under the Sports Action category. Selangor-based Dr Chen and Beijing, China/Singapore-based Chow were both in KL to attend the launch at BSC.
For more information on the World Press Photo, please visit http://www.worldpressphoto.org
World Press Photo of the Year 2012: Paul Hansen, Sweden, Dagens Nyheter (above image) 20 November 2012, Gaza City, Palestinian Territories The bodies of two-year-old Suhaib Hijazi and his elder brother Muhammad, almost four, are carried by their uncles to a mosque for their funeral, in Gaza City. The children were killed when their house was destroyed by an Israeli airstrike on 19 November. The strike also killed their father, Fouad, and severely injured their mother and four other siblings. Israel had begun an intense offensive against Hamas-ruled Gaza on 14 November in response to continued rocket fire from Palestinian militant groups. In the first days of the offensive, Israel struck at targets of military and strategic importance, though the scope of attack later widened to include residences suspected of harboring Hamas militants. By the time a ceasefire was brokered on 21 November, over 150 people had been killed in Gaza. Of these 103 were thought to be civilians, including at least 30 children. Other first prize wins included Alessio Romenzi’s photo for General News Stories depicting displaced people attempting to cross the border from Syria into Turkey, (below left image), as well as Stephan Vanfleteren Staged Portraits of patients receiving treatment at Africa Mercy hospital ship docked at Conakry, Guinea. (right image)
HYPPTV MEGA QUIZ GRAND PRIZE WINNER ANNOUNCED!
Lucky subscriber walks away with a brand new home entertainment system
Telekom Malaysia Berhad’s (TM) award winning IPTV service, HyppTV recently announced the grand prize winner for its HyppTV Mega Quiz contest which ran for nine (9) weeks from 27 May until the 28 July 2013. The winner, Ahmad Shakir Roslan from Kuala Lumpur, who is also a HyppTV Platinum Pack subscriber, won himself a 55” Sony Full HD 3D Smart LED TV, a Sony 3D Blue-Ray Disc Home Theatre system, a La-Z Boy Pinnacle recliner chair as well as HyppTV exclusive goodies to complete his home entertainment make over. Jeremy Kung, Executive Vice President, New Media TM, who gave away the prizes to the lucky winner said: “The HyppTV Mega Quiz contest was one of our various initiatives to add some fun and interactivity on our website for subscribers to indulge in. Besides engaging through on-ground events, this is yet another platform for us to reach to our subscribers i.e. through online and social media where all our HyppTV subscribers nationwide can participate. The contest was also our way to reward our subscribers for their loyalty towards HyppTV, and what’s more interesting than to give them a home entertainment makeover, so the winner can have an even more exciting HyppTV viewing experience!”. “With the service now being available on both UniFi and Streamyx (4 & 8Mbps) and on multiscreen devices through HyppTV Everywhere, HyppTV is already marking its mark in the market with its aggressive nationwide expansion. We now enable more Malaysian TV viewers to enjoy HyppTV’s world class content even if they are outside of the UniFi coverage areas come rain or shine, either at home or beyond. The offerings provide our customers with more convenience and flexibility for an enhanced service experience, making our HyppTV not just Primetime, Anytime, Everytime as per our tagline, but we have included Everywhere as well!,“ he added.
The HyppTV Mega Quiz contest was a web-game application ran on its website that required subscribers to guess the award-winning programmes aired on HyppTV based on several pictorial clues. Based on ranking system, users with the fastest and most correct answers then stood a chance to win weekly prizes courtesy of HyppTV, while the grand prize of a Sony Home entertainment system are given to the contestant who gained the most correct answers collected during the whole contest duration. When asked, a smiling Ahmad Shakir said, “I’ve been taking part in the HyppTV Mega Quiz contest since week 4, but never won any of the weekly prizes other than just being ranked in the top 5. Nevertheless, I continued playing until the very end of the contest week. So I guess being constantly playing may have contributed to the high score. I am very happy that I won in the end and with my new Sony 55” Smart LED TV and Home Entertainment System, I will surely get a kick of watching HyppTV at home now”. HyppTV, the award winning IPTV service is powered by TM’s high speed broadband service, UniFi and Streamyx 4Mbps and 8Mbps which make it available to viewers nationwide come rain or shine. Through HyppTV Everywhere – the first multiscreen offering, subscribers can watch channels on their PCs as well as Android and Apple iOS tablets and smartphones, further enabling users nationwide to enjoy the service. Currently, HyppTV offers customers 112 channels consisting of 18 free channels with 8 Radio Channels and 50 premium channels - of which 30 channels are HD; 16 Video-OnDemand (VOD) genres and 20 interactive channels. For more info on HyppTV, log on to www.tm.com.my/hypptv and visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/hyppworld.
ARE YOU COMPETING WITH YOURSELF ENOUGH? It only makes sense that competing with others distracts from the distinctiveness that makes special. By comparing ourselves with others, we lose the magic that developing our core affords the world. Competition with others in a sense makes us ordinary. It encourages imitation and, if we are not careful, makes us lose our essence. How boring.Perhaps the best illustration of the magic that competing with oneself can bring to our art is Steve Jobs. Steve Jobs’ maniacal obsession with his art was apparent to all in the careful attention to detail observed in most Apple products. This was clearly born out of his internal vision, which would not have seen the light of day if he did not stay committed to tapping into his inner creativity. We owe it to the world to bring our originality and insights to the work that we do. What is your art? Are you currently focused on making it the best possible version of your art that the world has ever seen? What are you doing to improve it and to make it delight and connect with your audience?
Here are three ways I keep myself focused whenever I find myself trying to compete with others: 1. Write down your goals Writing down your goals is one of the easiest ways to keep in touch with your inner purpose and see where you’d like to be in a given time frame. Research has shown time and time again that writing down your goals dramatically increases your chances of achieving them. When writing your goals, it is important to write down the steps you have taken or plan to take to accomplish them. Also, make sure your goals are Specific, Measurable, Active, Realistic, and Timed (S.M.A.R.T) to increase your chances of success.
2. Track your progress Next, track your progress. This would give you a sense about how far along you are in your journey towards improving your art. Getting a good sense of your progress, helps you determine areas in which you need to improve or work harder. It also reassures you that you are on track if you are meeting all your set targets for yourself. 3. Devise a plan for improvement Now that you have reviewed your goals, devise a plan for improvement that can help you perfect your art. Since you have the best understanding of what the best expression of your art should look like, come up with action steps that can help you improve to the best of your ability and that can help you reach your definition of success. These three steps have never failed me because they keep me focused on my inner compass and help me continually review and evaluate myself for improvement.
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Toxic Employees? What is a “toxic” employee? • They are very negative, always blame others for their problems, and do not hold themselves accountable, even as they feel entitled to many “rights.” • They are capable of doing good work, but often spend much of their energy pretending to work, doing only what is minimally necessary to stay out of trouble. • They enjoy workplace games such as one-up-man-ship and drawing others into bickering. They also may draw weaker co-workers into “negative bonding” alliances. • They treat as important only those seen to be of equal or superior organizational status, or those who can do them a favor. They ignore or treat poorly those who are perceived as lower or unimportant. • They sabotage others’ work by backstabbing, badmouthing, spreading rumors, and withholding information. So why are toxic employees allowed to flourish? In my experience, there are several reasons. First, the boss just doesn’t see it – or quite believe what he or she is being told. This occurs mostly because toxic employees behave very differently toward their superiors than toward others, in the process gaining a higher up organizational ally who protects them. Second, the boss may at some level himself or herself fear the toxic employee, or at least fear that a lawsuit might result if the employee is challenged or terminated. Finally, the boss may not understand how detrimental to the workplace a toxic employee really is and instead view the employee’s strengths as outweighing the negatives.
The first step is to recognize what a toxic employee is. The second, ideally, is to try not to hire toxic employees in the first place – by checking references, asking behavior-based interview questions that show how the applicant works through problems, or by doing personality tests. It’s also important to set clear expectations and have a clear job description that can be shown to the employee if problems later arise. Once problems do arise, it is critical to swiftly confront them. The manager first should gather information from other employees in order to thoroughly understand the problem. Then, the manager should meet with the employee, state generally what he or she has heard, and ask the employee for his or her perspective. After hearing this, the manager can then get specific regarding the information he has gathered (it’s not helpful to just tell the employee she has a “poor attitude”) and where it is consistent or inconsistent with what the employee is saying. The manager should ask the employee what he or she thinks would improve things. At the end of the meeting, clear expectations need to be set Sept - Nov 2013 | TODAY’S CHOICES | 67
12 Things Success People Do Differently
’d always believed that a life of quality, enjoyment, and wisdom were my human birthright and would be automatically bestowed upon me as time passed. I never suspected that I would have to learn how to live - that there were specific disciplines and ways of seeing the world I had to master before I could awaken to a simple, happy, uncomplicated life.” 12 things success people do differently to increase their levels of happiness. These are things that we can start doing today to feel the effects of more happiness in our lives:-
Express gratitude. – When you appreciate what you have, what you have appreciates in value. Kind of cool right? So basically, being grateful for the goodness that is already evident in your life will bring you a deeper sense of happiness. And that’s without having to go out and buy anything. It makes sense. We’re going to have a hard time ever being happy if we aren’t thankful for what we already have. Cultivate optimism. – Winners have the ability to
manufacture their own optimism. No matter what the situation, the successful diva is the chick who will always find a way to put an optimistic spin on it. She knows failure only as an opportunity to grow and learn a new lesson from life. People who think optimistically see the world as a place packed with endless opportunities, especially in trying times.
Nurture social relationships. – The happiest people
12 Things Success People Do Differently Practice acts of kindness. – Performing an act of kindness releases serotonin in your brain. (Serotonin is a substance
that has TREMENDOUS health benefits, including making us feel more blissful.) Selflessly helping someone is a super powerful way to feel good inside. What’s even cooler about this kindness kick is that not only will you feel better, but so will people watching the act of kindness. How extraordinary is that? Bystanders will be blessed with a release of serotonin just by watching what’s going on. A side note is that the job of most anti-depressants is to release more serotonin. Move over Pfizer, kindness is kicking ass and taking names.
on the planet are the ones who have deep, meaningful relationships. Did you know studies show that people’s mortality rates are DOUBLED when they’re lonely? WHOA! There’s a warm fuzzy feeling that comes from having an active circle of good friends who you can share your experiences with. We feel connected and a part of something more meaningful than our lonesome existence.
Increase flow experiences. – Flow is a state in which it feels like time stands still. It’s when you’re so focused on what you’re doing that you become one with the task. Action and awareness are merged. You’re not hungry, sleepy, or emotional. You’re just completely engaged in the activity that you’re doing. Nothing is distracting you or competing for your focus.
Savor life’s joys. – Deep happiness cannot exist without
Commit to your goals. –
slowing down to enjoy the joy. It’s easy in a world of wild stimuli and omnipresent movement to forget to embrace life’s enjoyable experiences. When we neglect to appreciate, we rob the moment of its magic. It’s the simple things in life that can be the most rewarding if we remember to fully experience them.
Develop strategies for coping. – How you respond to the ‘craptastic’ moments is what shapes your character. Sometimes crap happens – it’s inevitable. Forrest Gump knows the deal. It can be hard to come up with creative solutions in the moment when manure is making its way up toward the fan. It helps to have healthy strategies for coping pre-rehearsed, on-call, and in your arsenal at your disposal. Being wholeheartedly dedicated to doing something comes fully-equipped with an ineffable force. Magical things start happening when we commit ourselves to doing whatever it takes to get somewhere. When you’re fully committed to doing something, you have no choice but to do that thing. Counter-intuitively, having no option – where you can’t change your mind – subconsciously makes humans happier because they know part of their purpose.
Learn to forgive. – Harboring feelings of hatred is horrible for your well-being. You see, your mind doesn’t know the difference between past and present emotion. When you ‘hate’ someone, and you’re continuously thinking about it, those negative emotions are eating away at your immune system. You put yourself in a state of suckerism (technical term) and it stays with you throughout your day. Avoid over-thinking and social comparison. –
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Comparing yourself to someone else can be poisonous. If we’re somehow ‘better’ than the person that we’re comparing ourselves to, it gives us an unhealthy sense of superiority. Our ego inflates – KABOOM – our inner Kanye West comes out! If we’re ‘worse’ than the person that we’re comparing ourselves to, we usually discredit the hard work that we’ve done and dismiss all the progress that we’ve made. What I’ve found is that the majority of the time this type of social comparison doesn’t stem from a healthy place. If you feel called to compare yourself to something, compare yourself to an earlier version of yourself
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NOT EVERY CUSTOMER IS FOR YOU Yes, that's right. All members are not created equal, so don't waste your time on the ones who don't matter. Sound harsh? Whether the economy is hot or cold —survival is never easy. Businesses of all types and sizes go bankrupt and die every day. One thing is for sure: Only the smart survive. While companies focus on branding and customer-loyalty strategies to attract and retain customers, the consumer's attitude is, "It's all about me." Consumers expect companies to do anything to earn their business.
Which of your customers deserve your closest attention? Know your key accounts
Differentiating against businesses offering similar products at similar prices will, in many cases, come down to customer service. Creating an outstanding customer experience first requires an analysis of the right accounts to invest in. Even though it’s not an easy idea to embrace, not all customers are good customers and not all revenue is good revenue. Careful review of each relationship will be required to dive into the profit reality.
Use the right metrics
Although broad measures like minimum order values seem to create a safe feeling around whether interactions deliver a margin, the reality can be otherwise. A whole host of factors including delivery size and frequency, order complexity and speed of payment affect where profit really kicks in.Put simply, investing heavily in customers that barely break-even is not an effective use of stretched resources. Businesses able to embrace alternative accounting (like ABC) to get the route of these issues will benefit from spending their customer retention money more wisely. Having the insight to say ‘no’ is perhaps as important as having the opportunity to say ‘yes’.
CRM to the rescue
CRM functionality will become a must have for businesses serious about delivering a great customer experience. Software that effectively manages the 360 degree customer view – all contact and relationship history, in addition to the sales and marketing process, task workflows and documentation – will allow the level of service customers will come to expect as standard. And if it’s fully integrated with the back office financial administration to minimize quote to cash information leakage, it will be of even more value.
All Customers Are Not Created Equal
Successful companies are using sophisticated analysis and deployment strategies to segment customers into categories such as "high value" and "low effort." This lets them allocate a disproportionate amount of resources to high-value customers, resulting in improved loyalty and higher revenues from customers who are good for business. For example, think of the frequent traveler points offered by many airlines, hotels, and rental car companies.
Successful companies employ these simple concepts: Customers who want to form a business-to-business partnership instead of treating your organization like a commodity are more profitable over the long term. They tend to buy more and complain less, they collaborate on innovation and product development, and they keep switching costs high. (Simply put, switching cost is the amount it would cost a customer to move from your organization to your competitor. This cost is prohibitive because you already have a multifaceted, long-term relationship with the customer.) 70 | TODAY’S CHOICES | Sept - Nov 2013
Not all customers are of equal value. Segment your customers and focus on those who will help deliver higher profit margins and make you more money. Loyal customers are good for business. A loyal customer costs less in terms of marketing, sales, and service. That saves money. Allocate a disproportionate amount of time, money, and resources to acquiring and keeping high-value customers. This is a good return on investment. Sept - Nov 2013 | TODAY’S CHOICES | 71
The exterior design: perfect space in a most attractive guise
The new B-Class from
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Agile: space and dynamics abound Efficient: drive system with a new engine and a new dual clutch transmission Safe: COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST, radar-based collision warning system as standard, PRE-SAFE® featuring for the first time Active Parking Assist: Active steering intervention during parallel parking maneuvers Sensational: outstanding aerodynamics set a new benchmark in the segment
ubstantially more agile and efficient, but as comfortable and spacious as ever – the new B-Class from Mercedes-Benz is a winner on all fronts. The vehicle's lower height and more upright seat position provide for a first impression that hints at the compact sports tourer's dynamic credentials. The second generation of the B-Class car heralds a new compact class era at Mercedes-Benz in terms of both design and technology. The entire drive programme is completely new: a four-cylinder petrol engine with direct injection and turbocharging and a dual clutch automatic transmission. Several new assistance systems support the driver. 72 | today’s choices | sept - Nov 2013
The new B-Class is a typical Mercedes sports tourer, offering plenty of space combined with impressive dynamic performance as a hatchback saloon. The characteristic lines of the exterior design indicate both of these attributes: front and rear sport a width-emphasizing design, with a wide, prominent grille and headlamps extending along the sides at the front while the rear end features a wide rear window, two-piece tail lights with horizontally offset meander and a large tailgate with low loading sill. The new sportiness and the outstanding aerodynamics are particularly evident in the side line: the bonnet flows seamlessly into the A-pillar and the roof line descends sleekly to the striking roof spoiler. The roof features a swage line which lends the vehicle a longer appearance. The pronounced wheel arches offset by dynamic feature lines under the beltline are a sporty interpretation of the current design line from Mercedes-Benz. The bottom edge of the body features dynamic side skirts which lend the vehicle add a light touch to the vehicle's appearance. Refined details such as the modern-look headlamps with the new spotlight element confirm the brand's unmistakable premium credentials which shine through in the compact segment, too. An outstanding drag coefficient of cd = 0.26 underlines the positioning of the new B-Class at the forefront of its market segment.
The drive: designed for maximum efficiency
The new B 200 features a new BlueDIRECT petrol engine with direct injection and turbocharging as well as a new automatic transmission, the 7G-DCT 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The simultaneous development process enabled perfect coordination of engines and transmissions, e.g. with regard to implementation of the ECO start/stop function which features as standard on all B-Class models. Common features of the new drive systems are the use of state-of-the-art technologies for maximum efficiency, very smooth running, high tractive power right from low revs, sustainability in terms of impending emissions standards and low weight. The new four-cylinder petrol engine (internal designation M270) mark the launch of a completely new engine series. Another Mercedes-Benz premiere is the new 7G-DCT dual-clutch transmission in the B-Class. This transmission is extremely compact, extremely variable with regard to adaptation of the engine speed thanks to seven gears, features an electric oil pump for start/stop capability, shifts gear without any interruptions in tractive power and combines the comfort of an automatic with the efficiency of a manual transmission. The new Mercedes-Benz B Class is priced at RM 220,888.00. For more information, log on to www.mercedes-benz.com.my.
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TECHNOLOGY & GADGET
TECHNOLOGY & GADGET
Samsung 2013 Smart TV platform The On TV Home Screen, Personalisation and TV Search Aids
Samsung 2013 Smart TV Platform - Personalisation What’s more, since Samsung’s Smart TVs can set up separate accounts for and even automatically respond to the presence of different individual users, the ‘recommendations’ feature can be personalised to the extent that the TV will track different viewing patterns for different logged in users separately.
Samsung 2013 Smart TV Platform - On TV Screen When you first switch your new Samsung Smart TV on, the default homescreen is ‘On TV’. This features a reduced version of the live picture from the AV input, or the broadcast you were watching when you last turned the TV off; a selection of six recommended ‘currently showing’ broadcast programmes to the right of the live picture; and a row of six ‘coming up’ programmes running along the screen’s bottom. All these quick TV links are presented with full photo-quality icons of the shows in question. The really clever bit about this page, though, is that the programmes on show are those the TV thinks you’re likely to be interested in, based on a record of your viewing habits. Yes, that’s right: Samsung has gone all TiVo on us, using the programme data digital broadcasters send with every show to build up a viewing profile of your favourite genres, actors etc. Obviously the effectiveness of this system will increase over time, as the set is able to record a more detailed record of your preferences. But even after a few days of use while doing this test it had started to get at least a feel for what sort of stuff we were watching via the built-in Freeview HD and Freesat HD tuners. 74 | TODAY’S CHOICES | SEPT - NOV 2013
For all its attractiveness there is something a little confusing about the layout of this home page though. The main reason for this, we think, is that it focusses too much on recommendations, when perhaps allowing space for an EPG programme list down the side might have been helpful. Strangely, by limiting the options available to just 12 recommended ones, you actually feel a little as if the TV is trying to dictate to you what to watch, rather than trying to make your life easier. To put it another way, unless you happen to want to watch one of the recommended programmes (which in the early days of getting the TV you most likely won’t), the On TV page can sometimes feel more like a barrier to search than an aid. Samsung 2013 Smart TV Platform - Other TV Search Aids At least the On TV screen provides links to three more screens along the bottom that turn out to be extremely useful. The Guide one (which is only available if you’re watching one of the tuners) calls up an attractive full electronic programme guide. The Timeline calls up a gorgeously graphics rich list of what’s showing on your five favourite channels at each hour ahead from the current time. (Though again, it seems a shame you can’t also scroll down on this screen to see all the other channels too.) A final link takes you to the library of recorded TV shows you’ve got stored on a USB HDD or memory stick. The bottom line is that all the information you want can be accessed from the On TV menu sector, but we don’t entirely agree with Samsung’s decision to put Recommended services on the first screen. Personally a more fulsome listings-style page to kick off with would have suited us more, with a Recommended link appearing below. Source: http://www.trustedreviews.com/samsung-2013-smart-tv-p Sept - Nov 2013 | TODAY’S CHOICES | 75
TECHNOLOGY & GADGET
HYPE UP YOUR SMARTPHONE’S APPS
Growing number of downloadable software applications (“apps”) are available for use with smartphones and tablets. These apps can be used by those who are living independently or by caregivers as a means to remotely keep in touch, monitor and, if need be, assist those who need you. Apps for iOS devices, such as the iPad, can help you keep track of loved ones. — CJG-Technology/Alamy.Here are a few apps to consider. Most of these are for use with the Apple iOS family of devices — namely, iPad, iPhone or iPod touch — but some of these (where indicated) are available for other platforms, too. iCam If a loved one has a computer with a webcam, allows you to monitor multiple live video feeds over Wi-Fi or cellular connectivity. With the person’s consent, you can check in, visually, to ensure he or she is doing well. You can also record and play back events, if need be, and set up the app to notify you when motion is detected (the free iCamSource PC or Mac software is required). For instance, you might place a webcam by the medicine cabinet or fridge (or both) so you’ll know when a loved one is taking his or her pills or eating a meal. On a related note, free video chatting apps such as Skype and FaceTime are also a great way to keep in touch.
Tell My Geo Iconosys’s Tell My Geo is a smartphone application that can find or track, for instance, an Alzheimer’s patient. The cared-for’s smartphone can be set to send regular location updates (using GPS technology) to a loved one’s smartphone. Plus, the app has large emergency buttons to press, such as “Where Am I?” “Send Location” and “Call For Help.” Registered users are mailed adhesive decals to place on the phone with information for emergency medical professionals. Tell My Geo also contains medical information, sort of like a digital med-alert bracelet, including medical conditions, allergies, blood type, and doctor and emergency contact info.
SwannView If your loved one doesn’t have a computer webcam, a more robust video monitoring solution — that works on virtually any smartphone or tablet — is SwannView, a free download that works with Swann Security’s all-in-one kit. This package includes four color cameras (Swann’s PRO-580 model; each with 480 lines of resolution) and a 500-gigabyte digital video recorder (DVR) to record up to 30 days of video from all four cameras, simultaneously. SwannView works over Wi-Fi or cellular connectivity – on a BlackBerry, iPhone, Android, Windows or Symbian device – so you can remotely log in to see a live, realtime view. These mountable all-weather cameras also have an infrared LED night vision feature that can see up to 65 feet in the dark. Similar to the above mentioned iCamSource software, you can also set up this kit to send you an email if the cameras detect motion. 76 | TODAY’S CHOICES | Sept - Nov 2013
Asian Water Sports Village Located at Taman Tasik Prima, Puchong, it is not too hard to find. It is well hidden in a huge residential area. Familiarity with this residential area would be an advantage. Asian Water Sports Village (AWSV) is founded, supported and operated by a group of water sports enthusiasts and professionals whose passion is to make water sports as accessible as possible to everyone!Since our establishment as the The only Licensed Water Sports Center within Klang Valley, you do not need to travel far (save time and money!) to enjoy water sports that used to be available only at Port Dickson, Phuket or Bali! Operating at one of the biggest lake in town (200 acres), our private beach is also a perfect haven for an outdoor hangout.
“Play All You Can” & “Unlimited Rides”
Visit Us : Jalan TPT 1, Taman Puchong Tekali, 47150 Puchong, Selangor
Telephone : 016 – 229 1030 016 – 227 1030 016 – 262 1030 (9.30am – 7.00pm)
We revolutionize the water sports industry by bringing into your mind the concepts of “Play All You Can” & “Unlimited Rides”! Satisfy yourself with our unlimited rides packages at unbelievable price!Being the authorized distributor for BRP Seadoo Towable Tubes in Malaysia and Singapore, we bring in the finest, latest and hottest water sports rides from the US and Canada! Be the first to enjoy the new and never-before rides here at Asian Water Sports Village!We work as hard as we can so that you can play as hard as you can! Safety is of paramount importance here! We make sure all the personnel are well equipped and trained (Aquatic Rescue, First Aid & CPR), the vehicles are all properly maintained (complies with US Coast Guard Guidelines) to make your experience as safe as it can be! So, your job is just to have fun!Everything is already included in the package except food for barbeque of course. But noworries! Barbeque facilities are provided which include a fridge, utensils, cutleries and other helpful things. Sept - Nov2013 | TODAY’S CHOICES | 77
SEKINCHAN PADDY FIELD Strongly recommended for photographers. Blue skies and green fields are waiting for you. Whether you are a nature lover or just trying to get away from the city, this is a good choice for you.
Sekinchan is a small, cozy farming and fishing village just north of Kuala
Lumpur. It has gotten extremely popular over the years with city slickers from KL heading over to enjoy the simpler things in life. It is well known for its mechanised farming methods and high yield of rice. The ride to Sekinchan is scenic with oil palm trees along the coastal road, stalls selling handmade cotton pillows, eateries offering a wide variety of local delicacies, and suddenly, almost in the middle of nowhere, vast expanses of paddy fields bordering a stretch of fishing villages.This small and peaceful town has a unique dual characters, It is both a fishing village as well as a rice producing area. Drive north along the main highway that cuts through the town and you will see vast expanses of paddy field on your right. Take the left turn when you reach town and you see a busy fishing port. This is an Interesting place. I believe most of us have seen paddy field before. But, have you ever get close to it. In Sekinchan, you can drive right beside the paddy fields. There are roads connecting the town with the small village located (Site A) in the center of the paddy fields. Along the way, you will find water path (aqueduct), little bridge, birds, bird house, farmers and their giant machine. This is the main attraction in Sekinchan. 78 | TODAYâ€™S CHOICES | Sept - Nov 2013
Waterfall Climb & Abseil at Sungai Perdik Sg Perdik is a secluded waterfall in a little-known area of Hulu Langat, Selangor. The stream and rain forest surrounding it offer an impressive wilderness experience, yet the site is quickly and easily assessable even for large and less fit groups. The program begins with a short briefing on the method and safety equipment that will be used to make the ascent and abseil. A short river hike of 15-20 minutes gets the participants to the spectacular 30 meter high waterfall. Participants will ascend the waterfall using safety ropes which the instructors have set up. The final challenge is an abseil with fantastic views of the jungle.
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LANGKAWI ISLAND… FUN IN THE SUN
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Fly with Berjaya Air four times a week to Langkawi Island. As many know, Langkawi Island lies in the north western coast of Peninsular Malaysia. The exact location of these tropical islands is at the site where the Straits of Malacca meets the waters of the Andaman Seas. The other islands in this group are Island of Pregnant Maiden (Pulau Dayang Bunting), Lion Island (Pulau Singa Besar) and Beras Basah Island. Langkawi is coined from the Malay words Lang and Kawi. Lang is a brown eagle and Kawi is a local manganese stone. The ancient fishermen must have seen eagles flying clutching the manganese stones! A giant monument of a brown eagle clutching the manganese stone greets all visitors to Langkawi near the Kuah Jetty. The main tourist attraction of Langkawi Island is its virgin white sandy beaches.
The Legend of Mahsuri The best known legend of Langkawi is of Mahsuri, a pretty maiden who lived during the reign of Sultan Abdullah Mukarram Shah the Second who ruled Kedah between 1762 and 1800. She died under tragic circumstances for a crime she did not commit. She died a victim of a conspiracy plotted against her out of jealousy by Mahura, her very own mother-in-law for her magnetic personality. Mahura bitterly objected to her husband’s intentions of taking Mahsuri as his second wife and eventually agreed that their son, Mat Deris should seek the hand of Mahsuri in marriage. Since then, Mahura had grown bitterly jealous of Mahsuri for whom she bore much hatred. In time, Mahsuri gave birth to a baby boy and he was named Mat Arus. This inflamed Mahura even more. Mahsuri was accused of committing adultery with Deramang, a young troubadour who she befriended. The chieftain of Langkawi, Dato Karma Jaya, her own father-in-law was so taken in by Mahura’s accusation that, without a proper investigation, he sentenced Mahsuri to death. As proof of her innocence, some people say, white blood was seen gushing out of her wound during execution at Padang Hangus. Others maintain there was the sudden appearance of white mist that enveloped the spot where she was executed, which it was believed was a sign of mourning of her innocence. Sept - Nov 2013 | TODAY’S CHOICES | 81
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Oriental Village & Cable car
The entrance for the Langkawi cable-car, which takes visitors all the way up to Mount Mat Cincang, Langkawi’s second highest peak, is located in The Oriental Village in the upper northwest of Langkawi Island, near Pantai Kok. Entering the village and passing through the pleasant oriental garden and souvenir shops, visitors make their payment at a counter before stepping onto an escalator which brings them to the cable-car pedestal.Once in, the cable-car ascends; you’ll begin to notice the temperature dropping and a windy breeze begin flowing into the cabin through ventilation slits at the top. After around 600 metres, the cable car reaches the first station, where you disembark to either; take another cable car up to the peak, or lull around the observatory deck and admire the magnificent surroundings. Most will not spend too long here, as the view from the peak is even more amazing. After a short queue, you can grab another cable car and ride up another wire cable which doesn’t rise too sharply, though the initial jolt of the car leaving the second station can feel quite unnerving. As the car settles to a decent speed after the brief spurt from the station, passengers will be treated to an even higher view of the rainforest and hills below. The car here is at its coolest and in too short a time, you’ll reach the final station which is where most of the excitement is. Passengers leaving the cab will be greeted by a menagerie of stalls selling souvenirs, toys, snacks and drinks.
The Dataran Lang, literally the Eagle Square, is the very first landmark that comes across the sight of visitors, arriving by ferry, to Langkawi. Located next to Lagenda Park near Kuah Jetty, the square boasts of a wonderful statue of a reddish brown eagle all geared for a flight. The eagle, with its huge brown wings, is perched on a massive rock, looking afar at the vast Andaman Sea.Being in Langkawi, the land of numerous legends and mysteries, this massive eagle also has a story attached to its presence. As per the local folklores, the name Langkawi is derived from two different words 'Lang' or 'Helang' (meaning eagle) and 'Kawi' (meaning reddish brown). For this reason, Langkawi means reddish brown eagle, and the island is marked by its presence. Since its establishment in 1996, Eagle Square is visited by travellers to experience a hushed evening walk. The square is delightfully landscaped, and features picturesque ponds, bridges, covered terraces, and barrel vaults. Besides, Dataran Lang is doted with numerous souvenir outlets and eateries.
This wide and long beach is the most popular beach on the island and the centre of Langkawi's tourism infrastructure. It is a lively place also at night with various bars and restaurants. Despite being the most popular beach on the island with the densest infrastructure, it’s still quiet and laid back. Along Jalan Pantai Cenang, which runs parellel along the beach, you find all the facilities and services you possibly need on your holiday (restaurants, access to resorts, laundry services, motorbike rental, island tours, water sports etc. or to get tickets to scuba diving and snorkeling around Pulau Payar Marine Park).Accommodations are located on both sides of the road. On the beach side you can find resorts and bungalows with beach views while on the other side on the road you can find more budget (backpacker) friendly accommodation with lower prices. So for backpackers, Cenang Beach is the place to stay in Langkawi. 82 | TODAY’S CHOICES | Sept - Nov 2013
Sungai Kilim Nature Park is a 100sqkm protected mangrove swamp with mangrove forests, remote beaches and blue lagoons. From the river banks up to the estuary, there is a good variety of flora and fauna here, ranging from the overhanging ‘bogak’ trees to iguanas, macaques and tree crabs. Located at the northeast tip of Pulau Langkawi, the Sungai Kilim Nature Park is also noteworthy for the beautiful limestone rock formations emerging from the river bed to the unique mangrove swamps all the way to the sea. Fun fact: Note the interesting (and funny) names that some are called: the Temple of Borobodur, the Elephant Stone and the Hanging Gardens.
Underwater World Langkawi is one of the largest marine and fresh water aquaria in South East Asia. Since the start of its operation on 26 August 1995, it has become one of the must visit tourist destinations in Langkawi and has attracted a large number of foreign as well as local tourists. The concept and theme of Underwater World Langkawi are geared towards Knowledge, Education and Entertainment. It is built to raise awareness on the importance of conserving our precious aquatic life forms, thus creating understanding of the deep and inseparable bond between man and nature. The complex is divided into three sections: Tropical Rainforest, Temperate and Sub-Antarctic. The Sub-Antarctic was probably the most popular section – the ‘penguin-arium’ houses cute little rockhopper and black-footed penguins that cause quite a few people to crowd around the exhibit to get a good look. Other highlights of the tourist-friendly Underwater World include an Educational Resource Centre, a cafeteria and a three-dimensional (3D) theatre – be sure to watch the short movie about Michael, a little prehistoric fish and his life before becoming a fossil. Lastly there’s a giant walk-through six million litre underwater tunnel tank which houses an extensive number of fish including sharks, giant stingrays and green turtles.
Pulau Dayang Bunting – Island Hopping
Pulau Dayang Bunting, or the Isle of the Pregnant Maiden, is the second largest island in the archipelago. Located 17.6km from Kuah, It’s about fifteen minutes' boat ride from Langkawi main island and definitely worth a day trip. Its name 'The Island of the Pregnant Maiden" is inspired by the legends which surround the lake or by the physical appearance of the island itself which resembles the belly of a pregnant woman.On the island are found the well-known 'Lake of the Pregnant Maiden' and 'Gua Langsiar' (Banshee Cave), which was so named because of the banshee wailing like sound produced by the blowing wind.The cave is very heavily forested and sits on top of a limestone hill towering 91 metres above sea level, on the island's west coast. Dayang Bunting has impressive limestone hills and most of the island is still covered by dense forest. A jetty has been constructed near the lake to enable the boat to drop its visitors off and tourists normally alight here before heading off to the cave, which is about eight kilometres to the north.The large lake, set in tranquil surroundings is suitable for swimming. Its waters are also said to possess magical powers that will enable barren women to bear children if they drink water from the lake. Fringed with mangrove swamps, the island flourishes with rich ecosystems. It offers excellent snorkelling. Sept - Nov 2013 | TODAY’S CHOICES | 83
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SUNSET CRUISE WITH TROPICAL CHARTERS These sunset cruises in Langkawi operate 7 nights a week and is always a blast. We depart the marina at 5 p.m. and return at 8 p.m. after the sun has set. During the trip you will enjoy our on-board BBQ dinner feast with chicken, prawns, fish and beef, and a multitude of veggies and salads, or you may join our cocktail cruise and nibble on a selection of tasty snacks. Our Free Flow Bar will surely entertain you throughout the evening. Be sure to try our Pinacolada's and Sensation Sling's. The sound of fabulous music of all genres will be something that you will be dancing the night away with. The Salt Water Jacuzzi net is a great place to relax and let the warm Langkawi sea wash over you while enjoying your drink on the net.The trip will take you through some of the 99 islands of Langkawi before turning west and heading into the sunset.You will witness if you are lucky one of the most beautifull sunsets Langkawi has to offer. Don't forget your swimming gear, towel, and camera!!
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Take a leisurely sail
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Through Langkawi's lovely and enchanting islands we take you on a leisurely sail that will remind you of how beautiful the world is. On board you will meet our friendly crew, who will explain the flora and fauna of the islands and assist you throughout the day. During the course of the day, you can expect to see a variety of wildlife, including monkeys, sea eagles, and dolphins. Upon arrival at our private, secluded beach, you may relax on the white sandy beach, swim, snorkel or play Frisbee! Kayaks are available to explore the coastline, and you can take a short walk through the jungle! Our beach crew will prepare a memorable international BBQ lunch, which you can enjoy under the cooling shade of the jungle canopy at the edge of the beach.
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