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EDITOR’S NOTE HEALTHY & HAPPY! HELLO READERS! Welcome to the first issue of Today’s Choices, the FIRST FREE reversed concept magazine in Malaysia that covers about “Lifestyle and Business” simultaneously. We’ve got a great reading medium for you and it’s all about how to look good, feel your best and improve your knowledge about finance or business. Looking good is on our minds all the time, even if we won’t admit it. After all, we‘re bombarded every day with trends, models and diet fads – but the first step to look good outside is to take care of your inner and be happy. So we’ve put together a series of practical and inspirational tips for your mind, emotion and body to follow. You could pick up a new exercise to get your body moving, go for a short holiday, try out some tips from beauty, style and health section, challenge yourself with our contests, dress up with cool outfits or even have a drink. Everything that helps you feel better and think clearer will put you on the right track to look good. Always pack Today’s Choices into your bag before you head out to experience some discount by showing our GRAB THEM SECTION! “ Salute Pinktober – Hard Rock Café, Kuala Lumpur “.

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Publisher Esther Ming Dato’ Mohd Noor Editor Yuse Yusof Writers Nabila Rahman Mendy Chan Brendon Lim Branding & Advertising Ain Nadia Phyllis Siraj Melissa Tan Designer Ammar Lutfi Contributors Xash Rebecca Saw Joyce Lim Publisher Virtus Mediaset Asia Sdn Bhd (1001356-X) Lot 102, Block C, 1st Floor, Perdana Exclusive, Damansara Perdana, No15, Jalan PJU8/1, 47820 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia. Printer BHS Book Printing Sdn. Bhd. (95134 K) Lot 17-22 & Lot 17-23, Jalan Satu, Bersatu Industrial Park, Cheras Jaya, 43200 Cheras, Selangor, Malaysia ©2012 Virtus Mediaset Asia Sdn Bhd. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced whether by copying, recording, or any other means whatsoever without prior permission from the publisher. Views expressed in TODAY’S CHOICES are not necessarily those of the publishers.

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COVER STORY 51 RADIO PRESENTER BY DAY & DJ BY NIGHT PATRICIA K “THE MULTITASKER” TRAVEL 10 TRAVEL NEWS: LEGOLAND MALAYSIA 12 Ever Tried | Audicious Escape 14 Ever Seen | Malaysia’s Taj Mahal 15 Ever Been | WHERE SharkS De-stress Your Mind HEALTH & FITNESS 20 WHAT IS YOUR DNA? 22 Benefits of Pink Grapefruit 24 It’s Not Just Treating the Cancer 26 Body First STYLE & FASHION 27 LOUIS VUITTON & YAYOI KUSAMA 28 Bra or No Bra 30 Revive Your Look & Your Life 32 think pink 34 Watch Defines You

15 BEAUTY & SOUL 38 6 TIPS TO LOOK BEAUTIFUL 40 5 Reasons for Your Hair Loss 41 Get Inspired! Katy Perry 42 NEWS & REVIEW : SIMPLYSITI “BEJEWELED” TASTE BUZZ 44 Rebecca Saw (The Nomad Gourmand) 46 TODAY’S CHOICES PICKS VARIETY 61Music : MAROON 5 ● THE WANTED 62 Films: THE CHERNOBYL DIARIES ● Looper ● HOUSE AT THE END OF THE STREET 63 TV Highlights: Men at Work ● Jane by Design ● The Big Bang Theory GRAB ME 56 Peppiave 57 Hotel de Art 58 Xash (diary addicitons) contest 07 hotel de art ● 19 celebrity fitness ● 43 hard rock cafe pinktober


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Come by, check-in & discover our spaces!

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, museums, galleries, botanic gardens, agricultural parks, theme parks, shopping centers and many more. Whether for business or leisure, guests guaranteed a luxurious stay at affordable prices. So come by, check in and discover our spaces. One thing we promise,

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Welcome to Hotel de ART, Malaysia’s first Art-Themed Hotel!

Hotel de Art

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TRAVEL NEWS

THE WAIT IS FINALLY OVER

LEGOLAND OPENS ITS DOORS Everyone knows that LEGOLAND is based on the universally popular LEGO construction toy range. For those of you who ever played with LEGO might be excited that LEGOLAND is now opening its first theme park in Asia and our country is the lucky one. Now you can now enjoy more than 40 world class rides and attractions that’s consists of exciting and enjoyable roller coaster to adrenaline rush race cars as well as family-focused interactive shows at the established 76-acre theme park fill with Asia’s based love landmark. If you keen on visiting LEGOLAND Malaysia around this year, make sure you visits its official website at www.LEGOLAND.com.my for more information and current promotion.

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Admission Fees Regular Price: Adult: RM140 Child/Senior Citizen: RM110 Annual Pass Price: Adult: RM245.00 Child/Senior Citizen: RM180.00


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Tanjung Rhu Resort – the embodiment of beauty, tranquillity, luxury and style, is quintessentially a Resort like none other in Langkawi. Located in the most scenic part of the Island, commanding magnificent views of the Andaman Sea and the ancient limestone hills, the charm and appeal of Tanjung Rhu Resort lies beyond its bricks and mortar and extends far beyond the physical confines of the Resort. Guests who have experienced the magic of Tanjung Rhu return time and again to the Resort, drawn by the destination’s unrivalled features of :

Secluded Privacy and Tranquility Inspiring Setting and Breathtaking Locale Abundantly Rich Natural Heritage A Stunningly Beautiful Beach Exquisite In-Room Experience

The resort experience at Tanjung Rhu is made complete by an unmatched level of service, the hallmark trait of the Resort. Genuine warmth, personalised care and attention to details are what differentiates Tanjung Rhu Resort from all other 5-star resorts in Malaysia. Tanjung Rhu Resort understands that it is the ‘small touches’ such as remembering a guest’s preferred seat in a restaurant or a preferred time for turn-down service, not bothering the guest with paperwork or delivering upon their smallest request, that ultimately makes the difference. Tanjung Rhu Resort is ultimately, a ‘personal’ resort.

Life is a paradise in Tanjung Rhu.

Please visit our website at www.tanjungrhu.com.my Call our 24-hour reservation at 603-21617766 or email your enquiries to : resort@tanjungrhu.com.my Mukim Ayer Hangat, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah Darulaman, Malaysia. Tel : 604-959 1033 Fax : 604-959 1899

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TRAVEL

EVER TRIED

Audacious Escape

RIVERBUG (Kampar) Water Rafting Itinerary:

To the brave and bold risk taking

It is a challenging outdoor activity

adrenaline addicts, this one’s for

which allows you to get up close

you! Mild rushes, slight goose bumps,

and personal with nature as you

layers of water with a folly bunch

breeze through the exotic riverbank

09:30 am

of friend, now you have got to give

and captivate the extraordinary

Pick up from Gopeng Town. Depart

White Water Rafting a go. If you’re

sights along the way. Kampar River

for Ulu Geruntum (Starting Point)

thinking of what to do a plain sunny

has vastly been known for its clean

weekend, why not head over to

water and safe rafting trips, which

09:45 am

Kampar, Perak where greenery

makes it a plus for beginners to join

Arrive starting point. Put on white

outshines pollution and risk overflows

in o the adventure. So bring your

water rafting equipment, safety

fear and try the White Water Rafting

eager, adventurous and positive

briefing will be given by RIVERBUG

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attitudes along, and get ready to

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wild fun creating an unforgettable

10:00 am

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experience. Viva la Escape’!

White water rafting commences.

water sports for big groups of people.

Covering the distance of 7 km with 9 big rapids along the way. The journey takes around 1 1/2 - 2 hours. 12:00 pm Upon arrival at the ending point, Light meal is served with cold drinks. 01:00 pm Freshen up and end of tour. For more information: 012 – 3131006

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TRAVEL

EVER SEEN

Kellie’s Castle

Malaysia’s Taj Mahal

A little too late, a young Scottish

deeply too. Not before long after

folly Kellie’s Castle built over passion,

World War 1, a heart-rending flu

love, determination and believe

from the Europe spread over to Asia,

never saw the dawn of its beauty.

causing Kellie and hundreds of his

William Kellie’s Smith was a young

passionate workers an unfortunate

gentleman who had vast visions

death end. How a fairy tale could

when he arrived in Malaya in his

turn so cold, Kellie kept his love in his

early 20’s, started planting rubber

entire castle for his family. The castle

trees while merging into tin mining

was then sold to a British Company.

eventually became the owner of

Today, some still say they hear

Kinta Kellas Estate and Kinta Kellas

eccentric screams of the laborers

Tin Dredging Company. Bouncing

and a boy’s cry from the deep end

back with his jobs, Kellie’s found the

of castle, a spirit passing through

time to marry his sweetheart, Agnes.

the 2nd corridor and a young curly

They soon conceived a daughter,

haired girl fleeting by in a white

but although Kellie’s loved his

blouse haunting the beautiful castle;

daughter very much, he always that

nevertheless doesn’t the hear-

he wanted a son. Kellie’s was urged

ranching love story make you want

by a young worker from Madras

to turn back the clock?

to pray to a Hindu Goddess. Time passed as the hollow corridors made

Kellie’s Castle also used to be the

a pin sound enormously loud. Kellie’s

setting for ‘Anna and the King’

waited for eleven years before his

and still a popular tourist attraction

wishes swanned upon him; a young

located in the heart of Batu Gajah.

William Smith was born.

Kellie’s Castle is not your typical love story, and it is definitely an

A beautiful Hindu Temple was built for the Goddess he had prayed so

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astonishing sight to see!


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Imagine a world beyond

family, friends and if one desires to

imagination; one man’s vision is

organize an event. Life beneath the

clearly not enough to capture a sea

sea comes to us beyond the glass

of creatures. Aquaria KLCC is a

door, only fingertips away, staring

magical underwater world beneath

back at us as we watch them flee

the KL Convention Centre in the

with freedom together in a world

heart of Kuala Lumpur. The man built

they call Home.

and designed beauty consist’s more than 250 different species and over

If you can’t get enough of this sea-

20,000 land and aquatic animals,

blue world, why not visit the Atlantis

equipped with professional care-

Gift Shop where you will find Exclusive

takers and licensed divers.

Aquaria Klcc merchandises such as toys, apparels, accessories and

The pool of sea features more than

souvenirs.

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Come and experience this wonderful

that remarkable! This would be an

journey, a story that starts in a tunnel

ideal imaginary place to spend with

and ends beyond imagination.

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Admission Fees

With MyKad / MyKid Adult RM 35 Child RM 25 Senior Citizen RM 25

Non MyKad / MyKid Adult RM 45 Child RM 35 Senior Citizen RM 25


Gem Island Resort & Spa is

your ultimate private island getaway with only one resort. It is one of the few privately owned islands in Malaysia built with its superb natural beauty still intact. Gem Island is located in a Marine Conservation Park with crystal clear waters, a spectacular underwater seascape of corals and marine life as some of its natural wonders. Built along the ridges of the coastline and maintaining its lush greenery, it offers facilities such as an in-house Spa for you to enjoy a luxurious holiday and rejuvenate all your senses.

Away from home and at this private island resort of Gem Island is a romantic boutique retreat with 45 sea frontage villas hugging the coastlines while preserving its natural environment. Each villa is tastefully furnished with air-conditioning and a fan, a balcony with swing chair, a king size bed and a day bed, TV with satellite channels, tea & coffee making facilities and attached shower room and toilet. Gem Island Resort & Spa houses a restaurant that serves Local, Chinese and Western cuisine with fine wines and liquors to accompany meals while the Gem Shoppe offers souvenirs and basic conveniences. The Tusita Spa offers full body oil massages and various Spa packages to rejuvenate your senses by our trained masseuse for a perfect holiday.

How to get here:

The convenient location of Gem Island can be reached by a scenic drive along the East coast or a swift flight, either by Air Asia, Malaysia Airlines or Firefly to Kuala Terengganu (TGG). From the airport, 30 – 40 minutes drive by road to Marang Jetty and then a 15 minutes boat ride to the private island resort.

Reservation:

Traveling period from March till October yearly and rates as follow : Every Sun-Thu – RM290 per room + Breakfast Every Fri-Sat – RM350 per room + Breakfast For triple room ( 3rd adult) is extra RM130 per room + Breakfast For triple room ( 2 adult + 1 child) is extra RM100 per room + Breakfast Public/school holidays is RM350 per room + Breakfast. Return boat transfers : RM65 per adult, RM50 per child.

For more Information: Gem Island Resort & Spa, Suite C2-5-1, Solaris Dutamas, Jalan Dutamas 1, 50480 Kuala Lumpur. Tel : +(6) 03 - 6205 5555 Fax : +(6) 03 - 6205 5557 Website : www.gemisland.com.my


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Closing Date: 31 October 2012

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HEALTH & FITNESS

PINK GRAPEFRUIT HEALTH BENEFIT The grapefruit tree grows in

and some forms of cancer. One

called pectin, which is a complex

subtropical regions and it yields a

halve of a pink grapefruit contains

carbohydrate that gives pink

bitter fruit. The flesh of a grapefruit

4.9mg of lycopene.

grapefruit antibacterial, antifungal

can vary in colors of red, pink and

and antiparasitic properties. Thus, the

white. According to Medicinal

Lowers Cholesterol

consumption of pink grapefruit will

Food News, the pink variety of

According to the “Journal of

boost the body’s immune system to

grapefruit contains a much higher

Agriculture and Food Chemistry,”

fight any bacteria, fungi or parasites

concentration of vitamins and

pink grapefruit contains several

it may come into contact with. This in

minerals that the white variety. Due

bioactive compounds that lower

turn boosts the level of overall health.

to the increased vitamin and mineral

blood cholesterol levels. A study

concentrations of pink grapefruit, you

performed by Shela Gorinstein at the

Detoxification

can gain a variety of health benefits

Department of Medicinal Chemistry

PropertiesAccording to World’s

by eating it.

and Natural Products, School of

Healthiest Foods, the consumption

Pharmacy at The Hebrew University

of grapefruit juice is beneficial for

Antioxidant Benefits

established that pink grapefruit

liver detoxification. Grapefruit juice

According to CancerProject.

lowered cholesterol and triglyceride

will significantly increase the activity

org, pink grapefruit has a high

levels more than white grapefruit

of the liver enzymes responsible for

concentration of lycopene, which

in those previously diagnosed with

breaking down toxins and thus allows

is the pigment that gives the

atherosclerosis.

greater excretion of toxins from the body. Since certain carcinogens are

grapefruit its pink color. Consumption concentration of antioxidants, which

Antibacterial Properties

fight free radicals that can cause cell

According to the iHealthDirectory,

damage and promote heart disease

pink grapefruit contains a substance

of lycopene increases the body’s

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among these excreted toxins, the risk of cancer is reduced.


Oats Fibre: Why are they

good for health? Your heart is your lifeline. The formula to keep it fit and healthy is to eat healthy and exercise regularly. While the solution to a healthy heart seems simple, the path can be challenging. Packed work hours leave us with no time to spare for exercise. While some of us are never motivated to switch to a healthy diet consisting of vegetables, fruits, whole grain cereals and pulses, others just ‘don’t find time’ to fix a healthy meal. The temptation of high fat, high salt and high sugar food and beverages is another big hurdle we often fail to cross. The consequence of this negligence is a possible increase in bad cholesterol in the blood; the biggest enemy of the heart. Read on for a simple way to help take care of your heart…

Fibre: The True Superhero Fibre is a true superhero; as it helps to keep the digestive system healthy. Additionally, when soluble fibre like beta-glucan (found in oats) becomes part of a healthy diet and exercise regimen, it helps fight bad cholesterol, which is considered to support heart health. Across the globe, health agencies also have recognized the benefits of fibre, especially soluble fibre like oats beta-glucan.1,2 Cholesterol is produced in the body and also comes from the food that we eat. Some of this cholesterol is used by the body to make a substance called bile acids, which is important for digestion. However, excess cholesterol can be dangerous and may block arteries and result in heart attacks. Studies have shown that dietary fibres, especially oats fibre can help lower blood cholesterol levels by facilitating their removal from the body.2,3

Food Safety and Health Bodies that recognize the effect of 3 g/day of oats beta-glucan to reduce blood cholesterol:1,2,4 US Food and Drug Administration European Food Safety Authority French Food Safety Agency Joint Health Claims Initiative in the United Kingdom Ministry of Health, Malaysia

How does Oats Fibre help reduce cholesterol in the body? Beta-glucan is the soluble fibre found in oats. It forms a highly viscous solution in the intestine and traps some of the cholesterol containing bile acids and excretes them through the stools.3 Daily consumption of adequate quantities of beta-glucan would help ensure that this cycle takes place over and over again, leading to removal of excess cholesterol from the circulation and maintenance of healthy cholesterol levels in the body.3

Health Facts !! About 35% of Malaysian adults have high cholesterol levels.5 High cholesterol is one of the major factors that lead to the development of heart disease. It has been estimated that Malaysians probably consume only 13–16 g of total fibre per day,6 which is much lower than the recommendations of the Malaysian Recommended Nutrient Intake of 20–30 g per day.7

Sip-up the Fibre To ensure that our diet contains adequate fibre, we could start by including foods like kangkong, lady’s finger, apples, red beans, oats etc. into our daily meals. Fibre-containing beverages are also now available and is a quick and convenient way to ensure adequate fibre in the diet. For example, if you consume beverages that provide 6 g of fibre per serve, you are actually meeting 20% of your daily fibre requirement (Recommended Nutrient Intake Malaysia7) in just one shot. Look out for beverages that contain Oats Fibre. They have good amounts of beta-glucan which are known to support heart health; and what’s more, they taste good too!!!

Make sure to include Oats Fibre in your diet!!!

References 1. Scientific opinion on the substantiation of a health claim related to oat beta glucan and lowering blood cholesterol and reduced risk of (coronary) heart disease pursuant to Article 14 of Regulation (EC) No 1924/2006 EFSA Journal. 2010;8(12):1885 [15 pp.]. doi:10.2903/j.efsa.2010.1885. 2. Wolever TM, Tosh SM, Gibbs AL et al. Physicochemical properties of oat β-glucan influence its ability to reduce serum LDL cholesterol in humans: a randomized clinical trial. Am J Clin Nutr. 2010 Oct;92(4):723–732. Epub 2010 Jul 21. 3. Lia A, Hallmans G, Sandberg AS, et al. Oat beta-glucan increases bile acid excretion and a fiber-rich barley fraction increases cholesterol excretion in ileostomy subjects. Am J Clin Nutr. 1995 Dec;62(6):1245–1251. 4. Guide to Nutrition Labelling and Claims. (2010) Food Safety and Quality Division, Ministry of Health, Malaysia. 5. National Health and Morbidity Survey 2011, Ministry of Health Malaysia. SEPTEMBER 2012 | TODAY’S CHOICES 6. Ng TKW. Dietary fat and fibre intakes of Malaysian adults: Issues and implications when ‘western targets’ are set as dietary goals. Mal J Nutr. 1997;3:137–147. 7. Recommended Nutrient Intake for Malaysia, Ministry of Health Malaysia, 2005.

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HEALTH & FITNESS Reflections By: Dr.Harjit Kaur. Consultant Breast & Endocrine Surgeon, Prince Court Medical Centre

IT IS NOT JUST ABOUT

TREATING THE CANCER... initial treatment and management

spouses to provide support to their

of the disease. The emotional and

wives during these trying times

psychological aspects however are

but who provides the support to

much more difficult to treat. Many

them? They are equally traumatized

find it difficult to move on with their

emotionally and psychologically.

lives. Embarking on a relationship

The woman they love, the mother of

may be difficult for some. How do

their children is sick and they have

they tell their potential partners

no idea if she is going win the battle

about their disease? How much do

against the disease. Who do they

they tell? How do they assure their

share their grief with? Many of them

It’s only after some time that reality

partners that they are going to be

in their endeavour to stay strong for

sinks in and she starts to think about

alright? How long do they wait after

their partners suffer depression and

herself and how she is going to get

treatment before making the first

anxiety in silence.

through this. It is during this emotional

step towards a relationship? What

time that she is most vulnerable.

about fertility and body image

The decisions she makes about her

issues? These are all very difficult

It’s not about just treating the Cancer

treatment very much depends upon

questions to answer and there is no

It’s about taking a holistic approach

her individuality and support that she

right or wrong to it. The stress of all

to the whole family unit which

has. Unfortunately, many don’t have

these questions often discourages

includes children if they are at an

a very good support system around

some from pursuing any relationship

age of reasonable understanding.

them and may find themselves very

and some existing relationships may

It’s about addressing all the issues

much alone and this may trigger

suffer in the process. Dysfunction in

at hand one at a time to ensure the

poor choices and decisions on their

sexuality and intimacy are one of

best possible outcome not only for

treatment plan.

the most common problems faced

the patient but for the entire family or

Many of these women have no

Battling against a disease itself is

in the management and facing our

avenue to discuss these issues

not a one woman show. It’s not just

fears and being ready to open up

and their feelings. Many are often

between the doctor and patient but

and talk about it . It is a team effort

reluctant and embarrassed to ask

it involves the whole family and circle

and the helping hand needs to be

these questions to their doctors and

of close friends. We often overlook

extended always. If we reach out

suffer in silence.

the emotional turmoil and impact

to each other the possibilities are

the diagnosis has on caregivers and

endless.

When a woman is diagnosed with cancer, her whole world comes crashing down . She goes through a roller coaster of emotions and often her initial thoughts are not so much on herself but rather her family.

social unit. It’s about being involved

There is a tremendous impact

spouses. These people need just as

on a young woman when she is

much support and help. A caregiver

diagnosed with breast cancer. When

with full understanding of the issues

it involves losing a breast many

to expect will help do wonders

are devastated. With support and

to a patients overall outcome as

counselling some get through the

well. We always look towards the

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HEALTH & FITNESS

BODY FIRST

These handy tips will help your body go the distance so that your busy lifestyle doesn’t end up causing you unnecessary aches and pains.

1

IF THE SHOE FITS To avoid pain tomorrow, choose your shoes carefully today. For exercise, its good idea to be professionally fitted with footwear designed to adequately support your feet.

2

WATER WORKS As well as keeping you hydrated (which can help to prevent headaches), water keeps the digestive system in good order and flushes out the waste products.

3

EAT GOOD FATS Fish oils are rich in beneficial oils known as omega -3 fatty acids, found in fish including tuna, salmon, mackerel and sardines. Fish oils are often taken by people with arthritis.

4

STRETCH IT OUT Stretching exercises relieve muscle tension and promote relaxation. To de-stress at work, do some simple stretches at your desk during breaks.

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Vuitton Collaboration Marc Jacob says...

STYLE & FASHION

Louis Vuitton & Yayoi Kusama are

like other collaborations, that this will

teaming up to create a collection,

bring the work of Kusama to a new

launching on July 10 - with a second

audience and that’s the audience

instalment landing in stores in October.

of Louis Vuitton,” added Jacobs. “It

The French fashion house first worked

continues something I began when I

with the Japanese artist back in

came here which is the idea of art and

February, when it offered financial

collaboration, or collaboration with

support for her retrospective at the

artists. For many people who don’t

Tate Modern.

look at art or go to galleries, or maybe they’re not aware of Kusama’s work,

“Her energy is just endless,” Vuitton

there will be a new venue, a new

creative director Marc Jacobs said of

place to see this work and to come to

the artist. “Through the painstaking sort

appreciate it through the eyes of Louis

of obsession in each of her canvasses

Vuitton.”

and installations that she’s created, you see this world that never ends. I guess that’s what I admire and that’s what I respond to in terms of feeling for her and for her work.” The collection will focus on Kusama’s bold signature surreal spots, which will appear on skirts, tops, leggings and bags. Jacobs first met 83-yearold Kusama, who voluntarily lives in a psychiatric institution, in 2006 at her Tokyo studio.” Louis Vuitton has outlets and fans all around the world and I hope, like with other collaborations, and expect,

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STYLE & FASHION

BRA OR NO BRA? Can your bra cause breathing problems?

by hooks on the back of bras digging

Breathing is undertaken using a

thick back strap with at least two sets

number of muscles, one group of

of hooks and padding on the inside

which are the accessory muscles.

of the hooks.

into the skin. Choose a bra with a

These run from the upper part of the upper ribs. When wearing tight

Can your bra cause circulation problems?

fashion bras, the middle ribs are held

Large breasts require support or the

tight, which means the upper ribs

muscles supporting them will have to

have to work harder. Sports bras can

work too hard. The most problematic

cause breathing difficulties if worn all

areas are the pectoral muscles in

the time. They are designed to hold

the chest. If the problem is severe

the breasts in place during exercise,

enough, the neurovascular bundle

but should not be over used because

of nerves to the arm can become

they are much more constrictive

compressed and the woman may

than ordinary bras.

feel pins and needles. Constantly

the cervical spine and attach to

having breasts being pushed inwards

Can your bra cause irritable bowel syndrome?

can cause circulation restriction, which may damage breast tissue.

Fashion bras can constrict the rib conventional bras. The pressure

Can your bra cause back pain?

can be so great that it could even

The trapezius muscle connects the

affect digestion.The British School of

neck to the shoulder. It is recognised

Osteopathy has noted Irritable Bowel

that a badly fitting bra providing

Syndrome and constipation as a

insufficient support causes this muscle

result of illfitting bras constricting the

to tighten, to take up the weight of

digestive process by putting pressure

the breasts. This can lead to shoulder,

on the diaphragm.

neck and back pain because this

cage by several inches more than

muscle is being constantly strained.

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STYLE & FASHION

ROEURVLIOVOEK

Y &YOUR LIFE 1

Recheck Your look

First impressions happen only once, so you should take the time to find outfits that speak to who you are. This is why it’s so important to regularly reassess your look. You need to adjust your look every five years at least to better reflect your station in life. Those mini-jean skirts you wore in your twenties probably won’t help you convey the look you want to after age thirty. Update your clothes and overall look so that your style fits your life-stage.

2

Label your style

3

De-Clutter Your Wardrobe

Knowing what your ‘look’ is makes shopping easier so you won’t have a schizophrenic wardrobe where nothing really goes together.To label your own style, ask yourself: How much time do I have to get ready in the morning? How do I spend my day? Who are the style icons I most admire?

To clear an overcrowded closet, determine which items you’re wearing for the wrong reasons

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If you present yourself to the world the way you would like to be seen, it will change your life. Coming into your own true style changes everything from your posture to the way you speak to people, because you’ll feel more confident.

and donate them to charity. It might be those pants you’re hanging on to because they were expensive, but that just don’t fit right. Or the sweater your mother-in-law gave you that’s the wrong color for your skin tone. Or a blouse that better reflects your twenty-something rather than thirty-something style.

4

Determine your go-to colors

Wearing the right hues for your individual skin tone can make you look more awake and approachable. Incorporate those colors into your wardrobe so that you feel great and make a bigger impact on others.. To determine which ones work best on you, hold fabrics of different shades to your face. Note which colors make your eyes pop and skin glow — and which make you look pale or tired. A brown-eyed, dark hair woman with olive undertones may look best in earth tones such as gold, autumn red, and olive green.


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SPECIAL

THINK PINK!

We’re always on the lookout for enlightening wardrobe ideas, which usually involves pouring through fashion trends or endlessly scanning street style blogs but in supporting breast cancer awareness this coming October, we’ve compile Styling Tips on how to be trendy in pink. So, read on and let us freshened up your outfit and help us promote breast cancer awareness.

#1 keep it casual Jeans with bright colors are becoming a trend in 2012. But there is one color that is so favored by lovers of fashion, especially celebrities, and the color is pink! Too scared to wear bright pink? try wearing a lighter pink (dusty pink) and a neutral colour top.

#2 Balance bright accessories with neutral frock One of this season’s key trends is vibrant, look-at-me color. With that in mind, we’re more than happy to bring you yet another example of how to execute this look, simply consider Jessica Alba as your guide. The actress spotted looked radiant in a fuchsia scarf with equally vibrant flat. She smartly kept the rest of her attire casual. Whichever vivid color you choose to wear, pick accents in muted colors to balance your overall look.


SPECIAL

#3 Print on Print One of the hottest things we’re seeing right now on runways and magazine covers is the print-onprint trend—a fusion of florals, polka dots, stripes, and animal skins that delivers a clashing, eyecatching statement. Unfortunately it’s a task that’s not always easy to do, but take a cue from Miranda Kerr, her attention to color and texture were factors into a successful print-on-print outfit.

#4 Head to toe Pink Monochromatic dressing is undoubtedly chic, but putting together a successful single-hued ensemble can be tricky. Try playing with colour gradients, a darker shade of pink when wearing a pink blazer or lighter shade as a skirt when you pair it with a hot pink top.

#5 Go Peplum! We are crazy over peplum silhouette, whether it’s a dress, skirt, or top, we just love them all. While shorts might be too casual for some dressier events, Saldana’s ensemble worked well because of its chic silk fabric and the way she styled them with a dramatic ruffled blouse and pairing them with a simple black ankle strap pumps. Verdict; a very elegant look, on-trend, and definitely worth emulating.

about peppiave Peppermint Avenue or Peppiave is an emerging e-clothing store who was cofounded by 3 irda sisters, Irda Suriana, Irda Nurhidayah and Irda Nuralia. Their Signature look is upbeat, playful and arty; Peppiave appeals to women of all ages and shapes who wants elegant, quality,wearable daytime or night look. Their aim is to bring LA fashion to your doorstep.

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STYLE & FASHION COMPILED BY: XASH

WATCH

DEFINES

YOU

Time is indeed of essence and it’s no wonder that watch connoisseurs have always been fascinated by this art of telling time. Every watch tells a story – its craftsmanship, divine movement, tiniest details handcrafted and devoted to this art. Not just a fashion accessory, a watch tells who you are and what you’re made of. And for every moment of your life, you can be sure that there is a timepiece suited for you. Here’s a quick guide on what type of watch would match your style:

Girl-Next-Door Chic

Sporty Babe

Classy Executive

Social Fashionista

You’re easy-going and

Always up for something

You’re just beginning to

Lastly, the belle-of-the-

carefree! One with the

new, you’re one

shine! Audrey Hepburn

ball…you live life on the

boys, and one with the

adventurous girl. Whether

and Victoria Beckham are

edge and constantly have

girls, leisure is your middle

it’s marathon runs or

your style icons and you’re

something or other to do.

name. Disciplined, yet

finding new places to

all about ladylike class.

It’s always a busy moment

you certainly know how to

eat – you’re the one with

Unassuming yet ready to

with you – whether it’s

have fun!

the ideas in your group!

make a statement, you

catching up with old

No doubt, you need a

exude a powerful feminine

buddies or meeting new

And for someone with

watch than can keep up

charm and you’re totally

people! Your motto?

your laidback attitude,

with you.

ready to take on the

“What’s life without a lil’ bit

world.

of drama?”

you need a watch that will take you from day to night

Opt for watches with a

with ease. Think classy

strong attitude and action-

An elegant steel watch

You certainly need a

analog watches that

packed with modern

with a diamond sparkle

watch with enough glitz

exude low-key elegance,

and durable materials

will seal your classy

and glam to match

wrapped in distressed

to accompany you on

status. Always ready for a

your personality. Opt for

leather straps for a slight

your adventures, whilst a

black-tie occasion or no-

a timepiece adorned

rugged edge.

timepiece that’s slightly on

nonsense meetings, your

with precious extras and

the masculine side will give

watch exudes simplistic

sparkles even after-dark…

you a chic androgynous

glamour and elegance.

after all, it needs to stand

edge.

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Yellow light is well known for its ability to be absorbed by collagen and stimulate re-modelling of the skin, whereas the blue light is popularly used to deal with acne and blemishes of the skin. The combined design features of the fabric with the

SunSoul is ideal for warm countries. Suggest wearing them when you spend most times outdoors. The design is also sporty enough to be worn for casual and sporting occasions.

fluorescent pigment result in only the visible, healthy blue or yellow light

Different styles available to suit your

damage and blemishes.

reaching the skin at about 70% of

fashion sense, from sleeveless, short

the sun’s intensity, while 98% of UV

sleeve, to long sleeve shirts. You

The SunSoul’s unique material acts

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can also pick a variety of stylish

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and the hat in 2 trendy colours: fluorescent yelomöd and blumöd. The yellow or blue pigments in the material convert the UV rays and sunlight into healthy coloured light and then transmitted through the skin to treat skin problems.

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1

Concealer is only half the battle when it comes to fixing flaws.

To perfect your complexion (no matter what your skin tone), try lipstick in a warm pink. “It distracts people’s eyes from blemishes and other imperfections,” says makeup artist Morgan

6 TIPS TO LOOK BEAUTIFUL

with absolutely less make up

Schick.

2

want a healthy glow? The good news is

that you don’t need a lot of makeup to achieve greatlooking skin, says New York

Sure, it’s chilly in your bathroom in the morning, but don’t

be tempted to crank up the heat in the shower. Hot water followed by cool, dry air leads to rough skin. To lock in moisture post-shower, pat — don’t rub — yourself dry, and coat skin in a thick alphahydroxy lotion.

3

Keep your eyes open when

applying liquid liner — otherwise your line will look uneven. Apply by drawing three dashes, one on the corner, one in the middle, and one on the inside corner of your eye. Then go back and connect the dashes for a smooth line.

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4

Naturally pale but

makeup artist Paula Dorf. For natural-looking results, apply glow products to the apples of your cheeks, the bridge of your nose, your hairline, and chin.

5

Plump up your lower lip! When your lips look small, the rest

of your face looks larger by comparison. The best way to beef up your mouth is to dab a shimmery gloss in the middle of your lower lip (on top of a lip-tone lipstick or gloss).

6

Olive oil is a great cure for all things dry. For soft cuticles,

place your fingers in a bowl of warm olive oil. Olive oil is also a great way to remove waterproof mascara. Put a few drops on a cotton ball and smooth over closed eyes.


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5 REASONS FOR YOUR HAIR LOSS 1

The condition “alopecia” is believed to be the primary

cause of both early male and

3

Medication containing high doses of vitamin A such as

those for supplementing diets,

female hair loss. The most dreaded

blood pressure, gout treatment,

genetic “male pattern balding”, or

contraceptives, and antidepressant.

androgenetic alopecia typically

Also, chemotherapy, though

results in a receding hairline

preferentially destroy cancer cells,

combined with hair loss on the crown

it also can destroy cells responsible

of the head. Woman’s hair, on the

for normal growth of hair and

other hand, thin progressively all over

nails. That’s why cancer patients

the scalp.

sometimes are unable to keep their

2

hair and nails during treatment. Imbalance of male or female hormones, known as androgens

and estrogens. For instance, I experienced a major hair loss a

4

Hair loss may occur as part of an underlying health disorder,

such as anemia, lupus or diabetes.

couple of months after delivering

Since hair loss may be an early sign

my baby. During pregnancy, high

of a disease, it is important to find the

levels of certain hormones in the

cause so that it can be effectively

body keep hair that would normally

treated. In the case of thyroid

fall out. When the hormones return to

abnormality, whereby the thyroid

pre-pregnancy levels, that hair falls

gland is overactive or underactive,

out and the normal cycle of growth

hair may fall out excessively.

resumes. In such temporary losses related to hormones, there is no real need for a hair loss remedy.

5

Stress-related reasons. Though not common, after

undergoing an illness, a major surgery, menopause, or traumas (e.g death of a close one), some people experience a sudden loss of hair.

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BEAUTY & SOUL

HAPPY

RELAXED

One hit of bright, playful

If you’ve snatched a

colour — turquoise definitely

moment to chill, don’t

qualifies! It sends an instant

waste it putting on a lot of

message of joy. For a look

makeup! Use soft pink on

that’s less daring but still

cheeks and lips and a swipe

striking. Pick just one spot for

of brown mascara — just

the blue liner for your eyes

right for a lazy day.

and nice peach colour lip gloss.

BE

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Warm metallics on eyes

Got a negotiation coming

and cheeks say, “Come

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closer... closer....” For a

red lips and power brows.

subtle seduction, dab

DARING RED COLOUR LIPS !

shimmery taupe, pewter, or

Line lips with a pencil that’s

brown cream shadow onto

slightly darker than your skin

the center of your lids, then

tone, then apply a smudge

feather the color outward.

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REBECCA SAW THE NOMAD GOURMAND

The name of your blog and what was your inspiration behind this blog?

friends. It’s amazing how food does

the Pink October is one of the most

bring people together. I won’t say

widely recognised. I think cancer

everyone that I have met is my best

in any form is a cause for concern

When I started this blog way back

friend now, but the journey has

and each year I trust the awareness

in 2008, I was at a rather low point

certainly taught me a few things

spread by this campaign has

of my life. One of the ways I coped

about life. After 4 years of blogging, I

managed to reach out to a lot more

with the situation then was to surf

realized how much I have changed,

people; not to mention the fund

the internet for food articles to read.

how the blog has played a big part

raised that has presumably assisted

Yes, reading about food actually

steering me in the direction of my

those affected by this disease. I

makes me happy. It was then I

current career and also how it has

have not been personally involved

stumbled upon a few blogs which I

enriched my life via the business

in a Pink October campaign, other

subsequently begin to follow rather

and networking opportunities it has

than just a side supporter so I would

religiously. I started to toy around

presented, directly or indirectly.

appreciate any opportunity to be involved!

with blogspot and the next thing

as a whole, a person who doesn’t

How do you manage your time between business and blogging?

Advise “Eating For Beauty and Health?

seem to be able to remain at one

Tons of discipline, strict time

Moderation is the key. Choose

place for long and in another way,

management and above all,

your food and drinks wisely. There’s

it also means a traveling foodie,

passion. Other than that, Business

enough information about literally

someone that travels about seeking

will always come first. After all,

every food type if you care to

culinary pleasures. I thought it was an

realistically the business pays the bills.

google.I know time and money may

I knew I have a blog! The name thenomadGourmand describes me

be a deterrent but I’m sure with

apt name at that time!

What is your favourite part of the blog?

Your point of view on Pink October Campaign (Breast Cancer)?

At first it was meeting fellow bloggers.

I know of many organisations who

Gradually I begin to meet my readers

would run their own breast cancer

too, and some have become close

awareness campaigns as well but

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Buffalo Kitchens

Latest Recipe

Huck’s Cafe

Signature Dish: Buffet-style

Signature Dishes: Basil Seed Mint Soda, mini wonton with spicy shrimps, Grilled Salmon Garlic Asparagus with Lime Rice

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La Risata Restaurant

Magnificent Fish & Chip Bar

Signature Dishes: Insalata Di Rucola E Zucca, La Parmigiana E Melanzane, Pizza Romano, Fettucine Mare E Monti, Arragosta

Signature Dishes: Fish chowder , English Onion Soup, Barramundi fish n chips, Kilkenny pint

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28, Changkat Bukit Bintang. +603 -2142 7021

Bumbu Bali

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Daikanyama Signature Dishes:  Shitake Mushrooms, soft shell crab salad, Saikoro Steak. 42, Changkat Bukit Bintang +603 -2141 0323

Daidomon Charcoal BBQ Japanese Restaurant

Sugimoto Signature Dishes: Nabeyaki Udon and Salmon Sashimi Don, Kamameshi set, Sashimi, Saikoro / Inaniwa (Hot) set, Health set, Volcano. Jalan27/70A, Desa Sri Hartamas. +603 -2300 1102

Daidomon Charcoal BBQ Japanese Restaurant Signature Dishes: Japanese Buffet Style Lot 4, Level 3, Great Eastern Mall, No. 303, Jalan Ampang +603- 4252 8155

Onsemiro Signature Dishes: Yukhoe bibimbap, Ganjanggejang, baby pajeon 2nd Floor, The Intermark, Jalan Tun Razak, Kuala Lumpur +603 – 2161 2461

Kameya Signature Dishes: Seafood Fried Rice, Soba Noodles.

Gokuraku Ramen

Gokuraku Ramen

BB Park, 7 Jalan Bukit Bintang. +603 -2142 0153

Little Korea

Uncle Jang Korean Restaurant

Signature Dishes: Tomato Maki, Ultimate Tonkotsu Ramen, Gokuraku Miso Ramen, Annin Tofu

Signature Dishes: Steamed Egg in Hot Stone Pot, Mo Dum Ku Ee, Belly Pork, Beef Bulgogi, Kim Chi Jji Gae.

Uncle Jang Korean Restaurant

S25 & S26, Level 2, Mid Valley Megamall. +603 -2282 3924

5-3, 7-3,9-3, Jln Solaris One, Solaris Mont Kiara +603 -6203 7217

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Signature Dishes: Dakgalbi, Rice cake (Dduk), Ramen & Fried rice


COVER GIRL

RADIO presenter by day & dj by night

PATRICIA k - the multitasker

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How would you describe being a multi-task working woman?

wants to listen! There are so many things that I love about my jobs. But I am very spontaneous as well.. You

I love working and being

never know what might happen in

independent, I like that I can take

the future.

care of myself and that I can also be

days are very hectic and packed,

Do you have any hidden passions &hobbies which you would like to pursue in the future?

and I try my best to get everything

There are so many things that I want

done and plan my schedule ahead

to do! I love sports, but right now

of time, but sometimes it does get a

work is so packed that I am having

bit stressful. I feel very obligated to

a hard time fitting everything in my

making sure everyone is happy and

schedule. I would love to start horse

satisfied with me when I work, and

riding again! I used to do equestrian.

that is actually the heaviest part of it

I have had two horses. Would love

all. I do not like letting people down

to try get back into that. I LOVE

and when I do, I feel really guilty.

ANIMALS... I would run my own zoo if I

able to help my family and friends if there is anything needed. They are very important to me. I mean my

could! But I love dancing as well, but

Since ‘Pink October’ is coming soon due to the breast cancer awareness program, do you have any thoughts on it?

have not done it for a while, and so many other things.

come together and support these

You must tell us your eating habits, what do you do to stay young/ healthy?

kind of events. I have some friends

I LOVE food. And my weight will go

that have lost their mothers to breast

up and down. But of course I am

cancer and I couldn’t even imagine

a girl and try my best to look stay

losing my mum the way they have. I

as healthy as possible. I take my

am in full support of charities such as

vitamines every morning and I try to

this. It is really important we can all

drink lots of water throughout the

show that we do care about each

day. Eat breakfast, and I love to drink

other and can help families that

juice and eat fruits. I try to get up

really need it.

early and go to the gym as much as

I think it is very important that people

possible, usually I will try run at least

What do you love most, career wise? I love meeting new people and I love

sit-ups etc.

which is one of my favorite things to

If you could visit any one place around the world (for a whole month), where would that be? Why?

do. I get to explore new music and I

That is such a tough question! I

get to showcase it to everyone that

can’t say just one place.. But then

learning. The beauty about my job is that I get to meet so many lovely and interesting new people that are so kind.. I get to travel as well

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3 km every morning and do some


COVERGIRL again! I think I would say.... Niseko,

of each other! I am very emotional

Japan! I really want to go skiing

and I am very loving to my people. I

and snowboarding there... Just

think it is so important that we show

one month of exercise, snow and

that we care for each other and that

fun!! But then again, Borocay and

no one should ever feel alone in this

Seychelles would be the bomb

world. I try to help out as much as I

as well! I would also love to go on

can if anyone needs it. And I don’t

animal expeditions.. There are so

like seeing poverty and pain... It can

many around the world right now!

really get to me.

Africa, south America, New Zealand.. So much to see and do!

Do you carry with you any Life Motto’s?

Where do you see youself in 10 years? I can’t... I really can’t say! I am very spontaneous as said, and I might

Everything happens for a reason! I

be in some other part of the world

have been through a lot, but I know

at this time .. Hopefully saving

that if I had not been through all

endangered animals or

these things.. I would never have

Skiing and snowboarding

ended up here and doing what I do

instructor. You never

right at this moment! It is always best

know but I do hope

to think positive thoughts in the end..

I have found my

Even though you can have bad

husband and

memories.

have kids at

What is the most significant value which you believe in?

this time:)

Family ... and not to sound cheesy, love:) I believe in showing love and support to people (and animals) around you and to take care

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The name of your blog and how it started?

forward thinking of his designs, are

believe that the fear of breast

truly impressive and his impact in

cancer is something very real to

Currently the name of my blog is

the fashion world will always be

females -- especially when these

Diary Addictions, although many

remembered.

assets are more often than not, something we feel defines us as

would also be familiar with my

females -- something we’re proud

online shopping was just beginning.

Any favourite post in your blog that you would recommend to Today’s Choices readers?

It was a hassle to browse through

I don’t have a favourite article or

monthly routine.

all the different online blogshops

piece I’ve written on because the

everyday as I would have had to

key function of my blog is to highlight

bookmark each one of the and thus,

new updates from each individual

what began as compiling daily blog

blogshops, all in one convenient

updates for my own convenience,

place. This is done an average of

Your wish to Malaysia for National Day? What is the one thing that you’re proud most about Malaysia?

became both a directory and review

one to two times a week and are

My wish for Malaysia this National

site for other online shopaholics like

often the latest runway and high

Day would very simply be open-

myself.

street fashion inspired influences

mindedness and awareness...that

as well as unique pieces I come

youths and young adults alike will

Who is your idol in Fashion?

across and would like to share with

recognize that it is we who make up

There are many fashion brands

my readers. Think lookbook.nu outfit

the country and decide what we

which I admire for their humble

inspirations on a weekly basis!

stand for. And I’m proud to say that

previous blog name -- Diary of an E-Shopaholic. I started the blog about 3 years ago, when the trend of

of. Thus, awareness at an early stage is very important and self-checking should be cultivated as part of our

Malaysians have come a long way

beginnings such as Hermes, Gucci

since Independence Day, that we

someone I look up to in the fashion

Your point of view on Pink October Campaign (Breast Cancer)?

industry -- his vision, flamboyance,

I look forward to Pink October

culture.

architectural influences and fashion-

campaigns every year as I do

and Chanel. However, the late Alexander McQueen would be

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HERE & THERE TEXT: BELL ABD RAHMAN

Today’s Choices AT Raya Charitable Dinner

“Manisnya Senyuman Syawal”

The charity dinner is organized by

SHEB together with Mr.Remie ( Head

THE PPIP (Persatuan Pembimbing

Of Treasurer) and Mr. Hazman

Insan Perihatin) and also the co-

Baharom , President and Founder of

organizers - SHEB ( Secretariat- Hal

PPIP Kuala Lumpur and Selangor. The

Ehwal Bandar) For Jalinan Kasih

objective of the dinner is to spread

Charitable Home in Cheras. Today’s

the ‘SMILE’ to those in need and

Choices was invited to be one of the

the event was attended by almost

co-sponsor of the event as well. The

70 orphans from Rumah Jalinan

dinner is officiated by Encik Azhar

Kasih, Cheras. The event was held

Mustafa ( vice President of Pemuda

in Kampung Pengantin located in

Umno Wangsa Maju and Exco Of

Setapak on 3rd September 2012.

The orphans received gifts , books from PTS Media Group and fund from AIDIJUMA SCARF. Due to the good response, they are planning to do it again next year with more charitable homes to join..

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Maroon 5 Live in Malaysia Date: 20 September 2012 (Thursday) Venue: Stadium Shah Alam Time: 9.00 pm

VARIETY

the best of both worlds MAROON 5 vs the wanted Fans of Maroon 5 and The Wanted must be excited that both of the bands are going to perform again here in Malaysia! This time around, they will perform in their own concert – Maroon 5 Live in Stadium Shah Alam and The Wanted Live in Kuala Lumpur. If you are going to both concerts, make sure to purchase Maroon 5’s latest album “Overexposed” and “Battleground” by The Wanted.

The Wanted Live In KualaLumpur Date: 17 September 2012 (Monday) Venue: Surf Beach @ Sunway Lagoon Time: 8.15 pm

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VARIETY | FILMS

THE CHERNOBYL DIARIES SYNOPSIS: The film follows a group of six young vacationers who, looking to go off the beaten path, hire an - extreme tour guide. Ignoring warnings, he takes them into the city of Pripyat, a deserted town since the disaster more than 25 years ago. After a brief exploration of the abandoned city, however, the group soon finds themselves stranded, only to discover that they are not alone…

CAST: Devin Kelley, Jonathan Sadowski, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Olivia Taylor Dudley, Jesse McCartney, Nathan Phillips and Dimitri Diatchenko

DIRECTOR: Brad Parker IN THEATERS: 6th September

LOOPER SYNOPSIS: LOOPER is set in the near future and involves a group of hit men called Loopers, who work for a crime syndicate in the further future. Their bosses send targets back in time, and the Looper’s job is to simply shoot them and dispose of the body. The target vanishes from the future and the Looper disposes of a corpse that technically doesn’t exist. A very clean system, unless you let your loop run…

CAST: Joseph Gordon Levitt, Bruce Willis and Emily Blunt DIRECTOR: Rian Johnson In theaterS: 27th September

HOUSE AT THE END OF THE STREET SYNOPSIS: A mother and daughter move to a new town and find themselves living next door to a house where a young girl murdered her parents. When the daughter befriends the surviving son, she learns the story is far from over.

CAST: Jennifer Lawrence, Elisabeth Shue and Max Thieriot DIRECTOR: Mark Tonderai IN THEATERS: 4th October

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TV HIGHLIGHTS | VARIETY

THE BIG BANG THEORY (SEASON 5) SYNOPSIS: Back for a new season, Howard and Bernadette continue plans for a wedding, Leonard and Priya try to have a long-distance relationship, and Penny and Raj find things awkward after having drunkenly slept together.

Premieres 19th September WarnerTV (HyppTV Ch162) Wednesdays, 10.30pm

MEN AT WORK (SEASON 1)

JANE BY DESIGN (SEASON 1)

SYNOPSIS:

SYNOPSIS:

Clueless, yet always hilarious, the men of Men At Work

Jane Quimby is a young girl who has just landed

are an endearing bunch. After Milo has been dumped

her dream job to work with world-famous designer,

by his girlfriend, his friends rally around him to offer

Gray Chandler Murray. Everything seems to be going

their guidance. The group includes Neal (the sensitive

according to plan, except for the fact that she is

one), Tyler (the witty one), and Gibbs (the womanizer).

still in high school! In financial turmoil because of

The well-intentioned guys take on mating, dating and

her parents’ departure, she now has to live a secret

relating to women, and they may not get it right but

double life, as she cannot afford to lose either side.

they usually have a good time.

StarWorld HD (Astro Ch722) Tuesdays, 9pm

beTV HD (Astro Ch720) Weeknights, 8.30pm

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