Beautifully pieces by local talent all in one place! What more if you could peruse and shop these items online. Well now you can with DESIGNation.Co!. Here are 6 cool things you can buy at DESIGNation.Co
Convoy Co is all about durable goods made ith integrity. This leather watch roll made with high quality leather form New Zealand, can fit up to 4 watches and added accessories. It’s also available in Black and Grey.
2. Random Bean’s Baymax Coffee Table
This intriguing coffee table is a beautiful center piece for any room. Made with high quality materials, the Baymax Coffee table by Random Bean is a definite cool buy.
A beautiful and interesting bag by Repleat Co. The Origami bag bridges the gap between functionality and design. Design to be powerful to wear and allow the world to see you.
4. Cuts Studio’s Dr. Seuss Engraved Quote Block
A fun and unique item to have, this block is engraved by a really cool quote by Dr. Seuss, and who doesn’t like Dr. Seuss. Hang it on the wall and smile every time you see it.
An incredible amount of work and craft when into making this beautiful terrarium. And it looks amazing.
Industrial styling are always cool and this little pipe desk lamp is perfect to add that little bit of style to you desk space.
DESIGNation.Co is a retail store with a great concept. They support only local designers and want to help these talented people to reach their audience. But not just any designer is picked up by DESIGNation.Co, they carefully curate from only the best artistry and craftsmanship to offer the best to the public.
Carrying items for Home Decor, Furniture, Stationary and Accessories. The retail brand has some well crafted products to offer.
Founder and Curator of DESIGNation.Co Michelle Alice Tan tells us that there are certain key points that they look for when curation for the retail outlet. She says that they must be “Malaysia, the designs need to be original, and the products must be of high quality.”
“DESIGNation is an incubation and retail platform for local independent designers. What sets us apart is that we are the pioneers in Malaysia to promote only local designers. Our main aim is to create high-level international standard products. So essentially, we don’t just curate and sell local products but we also invest in local designers to create new products.” – Michelle Alice Tan, Founder and Curator of DESIGNation.Co
The list of designers that they carry is nothing short of superb. With high quality products that truly showcase the highly skilled and talented designers and speaks to the uniqueness of DESIGNation.Co
Michelle Alice Tan also shares with us that DESIGNation.Co hopes to “uplift and improve the quality of design in Malaysia to meet international standards”, and “to encourage the public to value good design”. Taking a step further in doing their part for the local economy they also hope to “enable the local creative economy to flourish. To tackle creative brain drain in Malaysia”.
DESIGNation.Co’s vision of uplifting and improving the quality of local designs is already well on its way being backed by designers such as Wood&Steel, Nala Designs, Kedai Bikin, HWA and many more, already producing amazing quality pieces.
They also just celebrated the 1st year Anniversary of DESIGNation.Co this past 16th September 2015 (on Malaysia Day!). And is currently having a sale that you simply have to check out, here.
Ramadan is upon us and a recent poll taken by Rakuten Malaysia found that bonding with the family is the biggest priority for Malaysian Muslims during Ramadan.
The poll was conducted on 100 Malaysian Muslims which had some interesting findings. The poll found that 28% of the respondents listed “family bonding” as the most important element of Ramadan for them. This was followed by growing spiritually (24%) and having enough energy for their work or school activities (21%).
However, the poll also found that respondents did not see certain things as a priority. For example, getting enough exercise (1%), getting adequate sleep (4%) and getting sufficient nutrition and hydration (9%) did not seem to be as important to the respondents. This is not necessarily good because a lack of all these things can have a significant impact on one’s physical well-being during Ramadan and even thereafter.
1) Exercise can be made easier by doing it at home
The poll found that 42% of respondents exercised less or less often during the fasting month compared with other periods, while 29% said they do not exercise at all – either during Ramadan or any other months.
According to a review study published in the Journal of Fasting and Health by Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, the optimal time for exercise during Ramadan is in the evening, about two to three hours after the breaking of fast. A separate study published in the Asian Journal of Sports Medicine said there might be benefits to exercising in the evening since iftar (the sunset meal) would partially compensate for the fluid and calorie deficits accumulated during fasting.
To get more exercise, try exercising at home and at Rakuten, you’ll be able to check out their ample list of exercise and fitness equipment available online.
2) Enhance the quality and quantity of sleep
Sleep is as important as food and drinks intake during fasting, as it helps reduce fatigue and restlessness. Recently, The World-Wide Sleep Index study showed that Malaysians have the shortest sleep duration, which isn’t doing any of us any favors long term. Almost half (48%) of respondents said they got less sleep during the fasting month compared to other days, with 55% of them sleeping five or fewer hours per day during Ramadan, versus just 22% during non-Ramadan months. This is far lower than the National Sleep Foundation’s average recommended duration of seven to nine hours for adults.
It is important to improve sleep quality, you can get some tips here on how to get better sleep. If you would like to try sleep aids, then visit Rakuten and get aids such as the Fitbit Flex Wireless Activity + Sleep Wristband which monitors sleep quality and has a silent wake alarm for “sahur”.
3) A family that eats (and cooks) together stays together
We Malaysians enjoy eating together and a lot of the time, communal eating is something that we all do almost on a daily basis. With 42% of respondents preferring to have their iftar at home – in line with their priority on family bonding – staying close to loved ones while getting the right nutrition can be easily combined into one. Taking time to cook together and catching up with one another during “sahur” (pre-dawn meal) and “iftar” will provide ample opportunities for the family bond to grow stronger
Cooking together, as well as baking together is a great bonding activity. Bond with your family and friends by making some cookies for Raya. If you don’t have any baking equipment, you’ll be able to get some easily with these endless choices, available online at Rakuten.
Sometimes when the weekend comes along, you just don’t know what to do and are just itching to do something.
The thing is, you’re fed up of malls, cafe hopping, cinemas and well, just had enough of what the city has to offer. This calls for a short weekend getaway. Perhaps an overnight trip is not suitable as you’ve too much to do and also, don’t have the time to plan an overnight trip.
So, a day trip is the answer such as going to Sekinchan or even to Gopeng for something more adventurous. Both aren’t too far away and frankly, a great day out for you and the family or with a bunch of friends.
Besides those day trip suggestions, here’s one which will get you active and get you out in the great outdoors. Getting fit is a great way to bond with your family and friends, but another fantastic bonus is that it’s a way to improve your health and fitness.
Check out these amazing locations around and outside the Klang Valley. They’ll also give you some awesome photos to post up on Instagram :).
1. Paya Indah Wetlands, Dengkil
Paya Indah Wetlands is ideal for those who don’t want to drive out too far. It’s located in Dengkil, just on the outskirts of Putrajaya. It’s known for its wonderland of flora and fauna. You can do a run or if you have a bike, you can cycle too. And if you don’t have a bike, the great thing is that there are bikes for rent. Perfect if you’re not up for lugging your bike around. There’s a 30km of trail through swamplands and bamboo forests – great for photo ops! If you’re into fishing, you can also try your hand at fishing there. If you’re lucky, you’ll also be able to grab a glimpse of the hippos and crocodiles! PS- don’t miss out on the crocodile feeding sessions.
Fitness level: Beginners
2. Bukit Segar, Cheras
Bukit Segar, aka Bukit Saga, Bukit Apek, Bukit Putih, is just off from Taman Cheras, or more specifically, Taman Segar Perdana. It’s a hill that’s higher than Bukit Gasing and if you’re looking for more of a challenge in hiking, this hill is the one to check out. The trails are clearly marked from Station One to Station Six. At Station Five, you can choose between hiking up to the peak at Station Six, or, if you’re up for it, you can try to conquer the steep descent to the Bukit Segar’s waterfall.
For those who are wanting to climb Mount Kota Kinabalu, Bukit Segar is the perfect training ground for you. It’s not too far away from the city so the distance getting there won’t take up too much time. Ideal for city dwellers
Fitness Level: Intermediate to advance
3. Broga Hills, Semenyih
Now, if you’ve yet to hear about Broga Hills, it’s located in an oil palm plantation in Semenyih. Famed for the ‘lalang’ that lines the trails (as seen in the photo above), it is the ideal place for a hike and you can even do some sprint training if you’re into that sort of thing. It has clear paths and three peaks and once you reach the highest peak (which is approximately 400m), you’ll be rewarded by breath-taking views of plantations, the rainforest, nearby communities, and mountains. If you can wake up to catch the sunrise here, you’ll be able to snap some beautiful photos.
Fitness Level: Beginners to intermediate
4. Jeram Perlus, Sungai Gabai Waterfalls, Hulu Langat
JeramPerius is known for its waterfall and to get there, you’ll have to hike along a rather challenging trail. It is situated mildly deep into the jungles of Hulu Langat and it takes approximately 2.5 hours of trekking to get there. It’s also one of the tallest waterfalls in the area. For first-timers, it is advisable to engage an Orang Asli guide to get there. The last you want is to get lost in the many sidetracks in the trail. If you’re looking for a day out trekking enjoying the jungle followed by a picnic and then, having the waterfall all to yourself, Jeram Perlus is highly recommended.
Fitness level: Beginners to intermediate.
5. Bukit Kutu, Kampung Peretak, Kuala Kubu Bahru
Bukit Kutu is well known to many hikers. It’s located in Kuala Kubu Bharu, approximately 80km away from Kuala Lumpur. So, not too far away for a day trip. You’ll pass through an Orang Asli settlement, and the trail continues with some streams, a huge overhanging rock, a former British colonial hill station and terrific panoramic views of the Titiwangsa range.
Fitness level: Beginners to intermediate
So the next time you find yourself or someone close to you moaning about having nothing to do hit up one of these trails and find yourself a waterfall or hiking trail to explore. It’s definitely a sure way to perk up your weekend!
This is the era for mobile smartphones. Yesterday, the Chinese multinational electronics company, Huawei, has launched the P8 flagship smartphone in Singapore.
The new Huawei P8 is set to take the mobile smartphone world by storm with the launch of the new flagship mobile phone. Innovative, creative, sleek, smart all rolled in one, it’s truly a beauty to behold.
Along with the launch of the P8, Huawei also showcased a portfolio of their wearable devices which will be released later this year. From what we saw at the preview of these wearable products such as the TalkBand N2, which also can work as a Bluetooth headset and the TalkBand N1, Bluetooth earphones and activity tracker. Excellent gadgets for fitness fans.
We are particularly keen on the Huawei Watch, as from what we saw, it’s going to be an amazing piece with hopefully, a good price point. Richard Yu, the Chief Executive of Huawei consumer business group said that the Huawei Watch will be launched later this year, hopefully within the next 3 months.
Yu also said that Southern Pacific is a key part of their strategy to deepen and expand our presence in high growth potential markets. Huawei strives for excellence and to bring value to their customers. Thus, they’ll continue to invest more energies and resources into engaging their consumers.
Huawei P8 Quick Specs:
- 5.2-inch full-HD screen, 1080 x 1920 pixels
- 144.9 x 72.1 x 6.4 mm
- 13 MP rear and 8 MP front camera
- 2680 mAh battery
- Kirin 930 Octa-core 64-bit, 2 GHz chipset
- 3 GB RAM, 16 GB ROM
- Dual sim
- Android 5.0 lollipop, Huawei EMUI 3.1
- 3G, LTE connectivity
The P8 has also some rather cool features. From the “Wake Up Plus” to help you locate your phone when you’ve misplaced it, to it being “spill resistant” which means your phone won’t get damaged should be you get caught with it in the rain – super handy for us living in tropical countries.
It also has a feature where you can reduce the noise from the wind when you’re on the phone speaking with someone. Again, a useful feature in line with the brand’s philosophy about adding and bringing more value to the consumer.
To celebrate the launch of the P8, Huawei has a special service called the P8 VIP Service:
- One to One exchange (within 12 months)
- Free delivery service
- Free protective screen replacement – valid for ONE screen change for a broken screen (within 12 months)
- warranty of 3 months for LCD screen warranty
The P8 is priced at RM1,799.00. Competitively priced for what this nifty smartphone can do.
Bruce Jenner first announced to the world of her transition to becoming a woman to Diane Sawyer in April this year.
To say that it went viral is an understatement and the topic became the hot topic of just not her town, but around the world. During the time of the announcement, Jenner was still using masculine pronouns. Jenner also did not reveal her chosen name nor did she reveal when she would publicly appear as a woman.
Today, the reveal has happened. Caitlyn Jenner, formerly known as Bruce Jenner has made her first public appearance and has done so with aplomb. She did it by announcing to the world her new identity by appearing on the cover of Vanity Fair for July 2015. There is truly no better way to make an announcement!
The cover photo is shot by a renowned photographer, Annie Leibovitz and she is really beautiful. The cover line says it all: “Call me Caitlyn.” Vanity Fair also launched a hashtag, #CallMeCaitlyn; which has already taken Twitter by storm, with a host of people showing their support for Caitlyn.
Kim Kardashian, Khloe Kardashian, and Kendall Jenner have stated their admiration and support for Caitlyn, along with others on social media.
Jenner’s story in Vanity Fair is written by none other than Buzz Bissinger, the author of Friday Night Lights. Jenner said that she is finally free and no more living a lie. There are now no more secrets and said that as soon as the Vanity Fair cover comes out, she said “I’m free.” – strong words for a strong woman.
Trick art has never become more fun and it has literally brought art to the masses in a fun, interactive way.
If you don’t know what trick art is all about, it’s also known as the ancient art of “tromple-l’oeil”, which in French means to deceive the eye. According to Wikipedia, it is an art technique that uses realistic imagery to create the optical illusion that the depicted objects exist in three dimensions.
In some forms of trick art, it is also considered 3D art and the 3D factor is observed in terms of its height, width and depth. Sculpture, for example, is a form of three-dimensional art.
There are many forms of 3D art and trick art. Some of the more popular trick art pieces can be found on the streets of Ipoh and Penang. Some of which you probably may have seen on your friends’ social media posts.
Recently, trick art museums have grown in huge popularity. If you’ve not been to one, go pay a visit the nearest one to you and you’ll understand the fun, the hilarity and even, the wonder of it all. It may bring out the child in you! A great bonus is that you’ll get some terrific photos (not to mention conversation starters) out of it.
Here are the Top 5 Trick Art Museums In Malaysia:
1. Trick Art Museum, i-City, Shah Alam
Trompe l’oeil has thrilled many people since this place opened at i-City in Shah Alam. Your eyes play tricks on your mind as the 2D paintings have been skillfully painted to make the art appear three dimensional. The museum boasts 8,000 square feet of space and has 2 floors of delights for you to explore.
There are varying themes in this museum. The optical illusions are created by the clever painting of shadows and action outside the perimeter of the picture frames. The real fun comes in visitor participation in order for you to enjoy the full effect of the paintings (as shown below).
Address: Jalan Multimedia 7/AJ, i-City, 40000 Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia.
Ticket price: RM10 per person
Opening hours: 11am – 11pmTel. no: 03-5521 8800/8494Website: www.i-city.my2. Magic Art Museum, Melaka
One of the latest attractions to hit Melaka is the Magic Art 3 D Museum at the Bayou Lagoon Park Resort. This museum comprises of two floors and the art is well done and there are quite a lot of interesting exhibits to participate in. It’s best to go with two or more friends. The more the merrier when it comes to visiting trick art museums because some pieces look better with more people in it when you take a photo.They’ll tell you to take off your footwear before you go in, which isn’t too bad as some photos look better without footwear but we’ve never been asked to remove our footwear at other trick art museums so this may be off-putting for some others.Address: Bayou Lagoon Park Resort, Jalan Wakaf Utama, Bukit Katil, 75450 MelakaTicket price: Currently, there is a special promotion for the entrance fees at RM15 for an adult and for a child / senior citizen, it’s RM12. The normal price is RM25.Opening hours : Mon-Thur : 9am – 7pm. Fri – Sun, Eve Public & School Holiday : 9am – 9pmTel. no: 06-2311604For more details, visit their Facebook page.3. 3D Trick Art Museum, PenangThe museum was set up by six people consisting of interior designers, painters, sculptors and a mass media expert, which created Penang’s first pure hand-drawn 3D museum.This one isn’t as large as some of the others listed here, but it’s still a fun place to visit if you’re ever in Penang and looking for something fun to do. Some say that this museum is more suitable for kids but it is still a place which is fun and taking photos will definitely bring a smile to your face.Address: 10, Lebuh Penang, Georgetown, 10200 Pulau Pinang, MalaysiaTicket price: Adults – RM15 (With MYKad), Children aged 12 and below / Senior Citizens – RM10. Foreigners – RM25Opening hours: Mon – Fri 9am – 6pm, Weekends & public holidays 9am – 9pm.Tel. no: 04-263 1628Website: www.penangtrickart.com4. Kuso Trick Art Gallery, Johor Bahru
If you’re ever in Johor Bahru and looking for something fun to do with the family, visit Kuso 3D Trick Art and prepare yourself to be entertained. Why is it called KUSO? On their website, they explain that the word “kuso” is a new term that has a double meaning, which can be to make fun of something or of someone or pertaining to anything hilarious and funny.
It’s the first destination for 3D trick art in Johor Bahru filled with unique 3D paintings and interactive pieces. There’s something for everyone and it’s suitable for all ages.
Address: 83 & 85 Jalan Mutiara Emas 10/2, Taman Mount Austin, 81100 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia.
Ticket price: Adult / Child – RM18. Children ages 5 and below will not be charged ticket prices.
Opening hours: Sun-Thu : 11am – 8pm, Fri-Sat : 11am – 9pm.
Tel. no: 07-358 7973
5. Langkawi Art of Paradise 3D MuseumThis museum is the newest one to surface, opening earlier 31st of January this year. It’s the largest 3D art museum in Malaysia and it’s the second largest 3D art museum in the world. Located in Oriental Village in Langkawi (where the cable cars are), the museum has an exhibition space of nearly 2,000 square metres in a three-storey building. Large much? We think so!The museum is divided into nine zones covering optical illusion, aquarium, safari, interactive 1 and 2, fantasy, classic, Egyptian theme zone, ancient palaces and scenery as well as the Malaysian zone. It has more than 100 pieces of 3D paintings produced by 23 Korean artists in collaboration with local artists. Definitely a must-visit!Address: Art in Paradise Langkawi, Oriental Village, Burau Bay, Pantai Kok areaTicket price: Adult – RM38, Child – RM28. Family ticket for 2 adults & 2 children – RM120. Children of ages 2 or under is free.Opening hours: 9am – 6pmTel. no: 016-557 6096For more details, visit their Facebook page.
From Terengganu to Johor, we pinpoint 12 great waterfalls that you could hike to for a picnic this weekend.
Ah…wouldn’t it be nice to go for a picnic to get away from our daily four-walled life when we get the chance? Even better when there is a waterfall nearby for you to dip your feet or swim in to cool down on a sunny day! It’s a great way to explore more of Malaysia’s nature too.
The beauty of waterfalls is that not only the rushing sounds of water can calm your mind, it releases negative ions to its surroundings too . Negative ions have been proven to help strengthen your immune system, provide more oxygen to your brain and improve your mood as well . Maybe that’s why everyone’s more happy and relaxed when they are around places with flowing water like waterfalls!
Of course, checking the weather report would be wise before you head to the waterfall and it’s best not to go after a heavy downpour because there’s a possibility of flash floods. Here are some important safety tips to take note of when you are heading to a waterfall:
- If you or your child can’t swim then stay at the shallow areas or wear a life jacket or a float. Under the waterfall and certain areas at the waterfall might have strong undercurrents which is very dangerous even if you are an experienced swimmer so tread carefully.
- The rocks near the waterfalls are slippery so be very careful if when you are climbing on them.
- Don’t camp near the waterfalls in case a flash flood happens.
- Do not litter, keep the area clean so that the waterfall stays beautiful for our future generations.
So gather your family and friends and make your way to these waterfall picnic spots during your free time:
One of the nicest waterfalls around Selangor and with about 3 waterfalls nearby. The only thing is that you need to cross about 5 rivers to get to the falls so proper footwear (Like Adidas Kampung) is recommended. The river currents will be strong after the rain so if you are bringing kids, then it’s better to wait for a sunny day. Also, it’s only open to public from Friday-Sunday since the Selangor State Fishery conducts research there.
Temir Valley is a nice retreat where you can just picnic on the decks which are scattered around the waterfall area. If you are lucky to be there during the durian season, you can even have that as your dessert during your picnic.
Sungai Pisang sits just along Karak Highway. You can drive in from Batu 12 Jalan Gombak Lama, park at a lay by and walk for about 15 minutes to reach the waterfall directly. There will be a steep trail to reach the waterfall area and a campsite but there are ropes to aid you. I know I mentioned picnic spots but you can also choose to take a hiking path to reach the falls instead where you can explore more jungles or try waterfall abseiling.
This cascading waterfall can be packed with people on holidays and weekends but since it has so many tiers, you can explore the upper tiers before having your picnic at the lower pools.
Although it’s located in a less well-maintained forest reserve, Pulai Falls is a rare gem to visit during weekdays because you’ll probably have the waterfall to yourself as not many people would venture there. You can picnic near the first cascade of waterfalls then hike to reach the main fall in a gorge (pictured above).
A popular picnic spot for many but due to the number of accidents that has happened in the waterfall, there are danger zones that are marked so avoid those areas and stick to the lower falls.
One of the tallest waterfalls in Malaysia that can even be spotted when you are on the North-South Expressway. Head to Chenderiang town to get to the route to Lata Kinjang. There will be a parking fee of RM1 to enter the area which has some stalls and facilities along the road leading up to the waterfall area.
It used to be called Mt Ophir but now it is named so after the legend of Puteri Gunung Ledang. This waterfall is located inside the Gunung Ledang Resort so you need to pay a small fee to enter. There are stairs available to help you reach the waterfall tiers and nice picnic spots to relax at while you ponder about whether the legends are true.
Lata Seru is located inside Hutan Lipur Air Menderu, Kemasik where you can find campsites, shelters and some cement stairs that will lead you to the waterfall picnic area. There you can find a small waterfall and a shallow pool to splash in for children and adults alike. There’s a not-so-obvious river trail from the waterfall that would take you 45 minutes to reach a nice waterfall that’s not so populated.
You have to pay an entry fee of RM2 before entering the premises which is equipped with plenty of facilities such as toilets, campsites, food stalls, prayer rooms and more. It’s closed on Wednesdays and could be pretty packed on the weekends so come early to enjoy a bit of serenity before the crowd kicks in.
You might have to walk a bit to reach these remote cascading waterfalls in the Endau Rompin National Park but it is a nice picnic spot with not too many people on a good day. What’s super cool is that there’s actually a small cave called Gua Kelapa Gading ( Kelapa Gading Cave) right behind the the middle section of the waterfall at 25 meters.
This isn’t a picnic spot but budding photographers who want to take nice shots of rainbows could make a visit to the Rainbow Falls at Sungai Lembing. The catch is that you’ll need a 4-wheel drive to access this spot. There are tours and 4W drive services available around the town so book early to get the good slots. The rainbow usually appears around 9.30- 10.30am and if you are lucky, you may even catch a double rainbow!
IKEA announced that there is an important safety notice to all customers who have purchased the PATRULL KLÄMMA or the PATRULL SMIDIG pressure mounted safety gate models.
The PATRULL KLÄMMA or PATRULL SMIDIG pressure mounted safety gates are safe to use in a doorway between rooms or at the bottom of a staircase. However, these items are not suitable to be placed at the top of a staircase.
IKEA has received reports where the friction between the wall and the pressure-mounted safety gate has been insufficient to hold the gate in its intended position. In addition, the lower metal bar could constitute a tripping hazard. If the gate is mounted at the top of a staircase this poses a fall hazard and risk of injury. There have been 3 reports identified where children have been injured as a result of falling downwards on stairs. No incidents of injury reported in Malaysia.
Customers who wish to keep their PATRULL KLÄMMA or PATRULL SMIDIG safety gate for use in a doorway between rooms or at the bottom of a staircase can contact the IKEA store to receive updated user instructions and new adhesive warning labels to put on their safety gate, free of charge.
Customers who wish to return their PATRULL KLÄMMA or PATRULL SMIDIG safety gate with date stamp 1510 (YYWW year-week) or prior, are welcome to the IKEA store to return it for a full refund. Any PATRULL safety gate extension unit may also be returned for a full refund. Proof of purchase (receipt) is not required to obtain a refund.
Identifying marks and location
A permanent label is attached to the metal bar at the bottom of the safety gate containing product information. The date stamp (YYWW) is also found on this label as indicated below.
PATRULL KLÄMMA and PATRULL SMIDIG safety gates have been sold in IKEA Malaysia since the 1st of September 2005. For more information, please contact IKEA Customer Relations at 603-7726 7777.
Every culture is characterized by a particular numerical symbolism which often differs from that of other regions.
There are many reasons why some numbers are considered lucky and why some numbers are unlucky. Some of the reasons are due to superstitious and some could be due to folklore, legends, religious traditions, etc.
The common unlucky number in most countries is number 13. This is because it could be due to biblical connotations such as 13 people at the last supper and even, thirteen members of a historic witch coven. At some hotels and even apartments and condominiums, the number 13 is completely omitted.
Some countries such as U.K, U.S.A., France, and The Netherlands consider the number 7 to be lucky as again, there is some biblical reference when God created the universe in 7 days, the week also has 7 days. Some believe it is because of the 7 wonders of the ancient world and even because of the 7 ancient planets.
Norway, on the other hand, considers numbers 9 and 13 to be lucky due to mythology believes. In Sweden, they believe the number 3 is lucky as all good things come in the group of 3. Russians believe that 000 is lucky and even numbers are unlucky.
Whatever the reason why numbers are considered to be lucky, in some ways, each person has their own superstitions and quirks. To some people, a certain number may be lucky whilst that same number will be unlucky to others. To each his own, in that sense.
It is good knowledge to know what are lucky and unlucky numbers as it’s good for general knowledge, especially when you go traveling. It will help you understand the culture of the country you’re visiting better and also help you avoid taboos or offending someone.
All of us freeze food. There’s nothing wrong with freezing food because frankly, the freezer is one of life’s best inventions as a freezer really helps us keep food edible and fresh for longer.
A lot of families rely on the freezer for keeping the food they buy during their weekly shop because not everyone has time to go grocery shopping a few times a week.
If you’re someone who has been freezing food, it’s also important to note how to handle frozen food and the best tips for freezing food. Whether you have your chest freezer or an upright freezer, the tips below will ensure you’ve successful freezing every time you need to freeze food.
Top 10 freezing tips
1. Ensure all cooked foods is cooled before you freeze them. Freezing food, when it’s hot, will only increase the temperature of the freezer, which will also spoil your freezer and freezing hot food can cause other foods to start defrosting.
2. Never re-freeze anything that’s been frozen and defrosted for use. It is even recommended not to freeze food that was frozen raw and then cooked.
3. A full freezer is more economical to run as the cold air doesn’t need to circulate so much, so less power is needed. If you have lots of space free, fill plastic bottles half full of water and use them to fill gaps. Alternatively, fill the freezer with everyday items you’re bound to use, such as sliced bread or frozen peas.
4. Wrap it. Make sure all the foods you freeze is wrapped properly or placed in sealed containers, otherwise your food can get freezer-burn (yes, there is such a thing).
5. Portion out your food. Always freeze food in realistically sized portions. You don’t want to have to defrost a stew big enough to feed eight when you’re only feeding a family of three.
6. If in doubt, throw it out. Contrary to what many people think, freezing doesn’t kill bacteria. If you are unsure of how long something has been frozen, don’t take any risks and throw it out.
7. Freeze fresh food. What you put in the freezer won’t improve the quality of your food. Don’t freeze old food because you don’t want to waste it; the point of freezing is to keep food at its best.
8. Label your food. It may seem a bother to do this but believe us, it’s practical as it saves you time because you’ll be able to see exactly what you’re looking for if everything is labeled clearly. It also helps to keep your freezer organized and this reduces wastage because you’ll know exactly what’s in your freezer at all times. Put the date you froze it along with the name of a dish or item you’re freezing. We recommend you use different colored markers such as a blue marker for raw foods and a red marker for cooked foods. This way, you’ll be able to identify things quickly.
9. Defrosting is essential. A freezer working at its optimal capacity means regular mantainence. An icy freezer is an inefficient one, so make sure you defrost your freezer if ice builds up. Don’t worry about the food; most things will remain frozen in the fridge for a couple of hours while the freezer defrosts. Give it a good clean too so you’ll also be able to reorganize it and discard anything that has been kept for too long.
10. In case of a freezer emergency… If there has been a power cut or you think the freezer has been turned off at some point, do NOT open the door. Foods should remain frozen in the freezer for about 24 hours, leaving you time to get to the bottom of the problem.
If you’re wondering what are the best storage times for food, check out the infographic below for recommended storage times for frozen food.
Source: tasteofhome.com & lifehacker.com.