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    COMOS: Malaysia’s First Electric Vehicle Car Sharing Program

    For those who don’t have a car and sometimes have the need to hire a car, this electric car-sharing program is the best thing compared to regular car hire. As for those who have cars but are keen to change up to be more eco-friendly, this is a great option!

    Since the launch of the very first Electric Vehicle (EV) Car Sharing Program or in short Cohesive Mobility Solution (COMOS) last year, the program has been slowly gaining popularity.

    Launched by Malaysia Automotive Institute (MAI), Malaysian Green Technology Corporation (GreenTech Malaysia) and CMS Consortium, it offers complete E-Mobility services. How? Simply by bringing together various parts of the EV ecosystem and the people involved, creating a cohesive working partnership for all involved. For example, bringing together EV users, EV charging providers, EV fleet operators, parking management operators, and telecommunication network operators. In this collaboration, it comes together in the concept known as the “Cohesive Mobility Solution” (COMOS).

    COMOS’s main aim is to provide smart connectivity and mobility solution that promotes a sustainable green environment, aka being eco-friendly. This program addresses the government’s current agenda in reducing the CO2 emission, reducing the nation’s fuel consumption, which then reduces fuel subsidy. It also is set up to encourage the use of public transport so it helps to reduce traffic congestion in the city.

    Car sharing isn’t difficult with this system and the benefit of this offers an alternative to using public transportation. The process is simple to do and not complicated.

    So, how does it work? See the steps below.

    The following cars are available for use:

    The COMOS program is available in Klang Valley, Langkawi and subsequently in Melaka, Johor, and Penang. For more information, visit their website or their Facebook page.

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    Best 5 Malaysian Furniture Stores

    Malaysians can be a creative bunch and lately, we have been having a buzz of creativeness pop up in our city in more ways than one.

    No, it’s not about food but furniture is what we’re talking about here. Specifically, furniture made by local Malaysian designers and the keyword is “local”. Local designers that are crazy talented which have surprised us with fun and fantastic offerings.

    If you’re looking to spruce up your home or better yet, furnish your new home, then look no further because these designers have got something for everyone and what’s great about them is that their creations are not just great to look at but more importantly, their products are useful.

    Furnishing one’s home isn’t easy for everyone nor is it everyone’s cup of tea. Some of us love it, others dread it. However, either way, it needs to get done. For those who don’t particularly enjoy anything to do with furnishing and interior design, it really isn’t all that bad. What’s terrific about the whole process is that you get to make your own place just that – your own. Putting your personal stamp on your home is the best way to create a space where you love being in and that you can feel “at home” with.

    So, if you’re shopping around for furniture, don’t miss out on these local talents. We’re big advocates of buying local where we can and by the looks of these designers and what they have in their stores, the furniture scene is about to change because these furniture brands are giving other furniture brands a run for their money.

    Here are the Best 5 Malaysian Furniture Stores:

    1. Kedai Bikin

    Kedai Bikin is a spin-off from Studio Bikin, which is an architectural firm based in Kuala Lumpur formed by Farah Azizan and Adela Askandar, who are architects by training. Kedai Bikin is a line of locally-crafted furniture and accessories. They aim to make things contemporary with a “Malaysian feel”.

    They even have remakes of the 1960s and 1970s classic Malaysian furniture with a modern touch, such as the popular Merdeka chairs and Grandaddy loungers, which you may recognize from your grandparent’s home (as pictured above on the right). Their Mr. Parquet coffee tables are also one of their popular items that are creatively made from parquet. If this interests you, take a look at their designs on their website here or their Facebook page.

    2. Wood & Steel

    As the name suggests, Wood & Steel creates furniture, using these two materials – wood and steel. Designed by Ierfan Azriff, the pieces feature geometry and simplicity. Furniture pieces include chairs, coffee tables, and cabinets. Wood & Steel are not just about furniture. They also have two cafes that serve up coffee and food, one located at Taman Tun Dr. Ismail and the other, at Kota Damansara.

    They sell their furniture at their cafes so what you see at the cafe, you can purchase. This brand doesn’t have a website, but they do have a Facebook page and you can also follow them on Instagram for updates on their furniture and cafes. The brand also has furniture on sale at DESIGNation.co, where you can purchase the items online or at the DESIGNation.co store at Publika.

    3. Heartifacts by Heartpatrick

    Heartifacts by Heartpatrick do one-of-a-kind furniture and decorative items. It’s not the run of the mill stuff and you know what? That’s what we love about it! Their products are made mainly from restored recycled material. Due to the fact that they use restored recyclable material, the products may also vary in terms of design and the final dimension. 

    This place doesn’t do bulk items for sale like IKEA. They specialize in handmade products and thus, as all items are handmade, they take time. The Heartifacts, as they’re affectionately known, are introduced in batches. When the items are ready, they’ll be announced on their Facebook page and if you’d like to buy it, drop them a line and you can take it from there. They also hold open days called the Heartifacts Open Day for viewing of the entire available collection. The Heartifacts Open Day will be announced on Facebook so stay tuned if you’d like to nab a piece soon! By the way, they also do custom-made pieces. For more information, check out their website and their Facebook page.

    4. Usang Collections

    Usang Collections is all about rustic furniture. The heart of the brand is to showcase eco-friendly furniture using recycled and quality materials. All their furniture is made only from reclaimed boat wood, which made from timbered teak wood from natural primary forests. If you are looking for unique for your home, look no further because each piece here has its own rich history.

    What we like about this brand is that they also believe in fair wages and environmental sustainability. You can see their commitment to environmental sustainability in their collection and if you talk to them about their work, you’ll find that they’re passionate about what they do. Besides their wide array of ready-made collections to choose from, they also customize furniture, so, this is a great way to make your furniture your own. For more information, visit them at their store at Centrio Pantai Hill Park or check them out on their website www.usangcollections.com and also, on their Facebook page.

    5. Waris Papan

    This brand hails from Negeri Sembilan, Seremban and founded by a young man by the name of Ahmad Rosisi. At Waris Papan, they work with pallet wood and all their furniture is made from pine wood. Their vision is to develop contemporary and rustic furniture with wood.

    The products may be simple in form but the beauty lies in its simplicity. Affordability is also something that they aim to deliver to their customers and if you look at their website, you’ll see that their products are indeed affordably priced. For more information and updates, follow them on Instagram or visit their Facebook page. Recently, they’re on their way to opening their first Waris Papan Cafe so you’ll be able to sit on beautiful furniture with a good cuppa and if you so wish, you can also discuss your customized furniture order with them there, as they also do customized orders.

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    Colours Of Roses: What They Mean & Signify

    “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet” – William Shakespeare

    Shakespeare knew what he was talking about because when it comes to roses, a lot of women love them and who can blame them as this flower can always brighten up someone’s day.

    While every flower has a wonderful story to tell, the rose has abundant history and there are also meanings behind the color of each rose. With Mother’s Day coming up, flowers are popular gifts with good reason because a lot of mothers do love flowers. It is also one of the best ways to show appreciation to someone and to show them that you love or care for them.

    Used for hundreds of years to convey messages without words, roses have long been a symbol of confidentiality – the Latin expression sub rosa (literally “under the rose”) means something told in secret. Have you ever got flowers from a secret admirer? Well, if you have, then, lucky you! It is perhaps the reason why some people chose to give roses to their love interest without sharing who they are to pique your interest.

    Regardless of color, the unique beauty and subtle fragrance of every rose convey a message guaranteed to elicit delight from the recipient and if you’ve ever gotten roses at work, you’ll probably be the envy of others as well! Flowers are always a good idea. You don’t need a special occasion to send someone flowers and if you feel like doing just that, one doesn’t have to be limited to sending just roses.

    Flowers will put a smile on anyone’s face unless, of course, if they’re allergic and if they are, then send them something else instead! If you’d like those flowers to convey a special silent message (other than what’s written on the card if there is a card), find out what the meanings of flowers are here.

    If you’re looking for a way to add a little extra sentiment to your silent message of affection the next time you send roses to someone, see the list below for the meanings associated with the different colors of roses.

    Credit: 24hrscityflorist.com

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    Great Gift Ideas For Mother’s Day!

    Mother’s Day is just around the corner and if you’re looking to find a way to celebrate this special day with your mum, here are some ways you can do so!

     For the fashionista mum, you can surprise her with these super cute shoes from Melissa

    However, if you don’t want to buy footwear for your mum, then choose one of these options on shopback.my – you’ll be spoilt for choice and there is something to suit every budget.

    For the athletic sporty mum, maybe surprise her with the Logitech X100 Mobile Speaker which she can hook on to the treadmill or if your mum is into yoga or pilates, then the Logitech AnyAngle as it will allow her to adjust the iPad freely while watching YouTube yoga channels. You can purchase these items here. Alternatively, you can purchase fitness classes or membership for your mum from Curves, a women’s only fitness center.

    For the homemaker mum, you may like to buy her something that she would need for the home. However, we feel that Mother’s Day is all about spoiling your mum, and one of the best ways to do so is to treat her to something that she can use to take care and pamper of her skin, like the Philips VisaPure, or even, something to ease any aches and muscle pains like the Infraphil Infrared Light, both of which you can purchase on Blip.my.

    For the working mum, being on the go is something very common and any working mum will also know that looking at her best is important. Bobbi Brown’s new Face Mist is ideal for touch-ups and it also hydrates and soothes the skin for a healthy glow. Or if you want to get her something that she can use for the office, some tech accessories might just be suitable.

    For the mum who loves to travel, getting her a trip is perfect for her. You’ll be able to get fantastic offers on some trips for your mum on this site. Just be sure not to surprise your mum with a trip. At times like this, it’s always best to consult her so that you know for sure that she’ll be able to go on this trip and this way, your effort, and money won’t go to waste!

    For the foodie mum, a foodie treat will always be a delight. You can take her for a sumptuous meal at any of the places and best of all, there are not only lots of choices for you to choose from but all places have special offers and promotions!

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    Coca-Cola Collectors Fair Gets Personal With Personalised Cans!

    Heads up Coca-Cola collectors and fans of all things Coca-Cola, you’ll want to know about this!

    This year, at the annual Coca-Cola Collectors Fair, it pays tribute to the iconic contour bottle as it celebrates its 100th anniversary, but there’s an extra treat for visitors who can also get a limited-edition personalized can.

    During the Chinese New Year season this year, Coca-Cola had a unique promotion where you could get your own personalized can. It was a huge hit and if you missed out on the opportunity to grab your own personalized can, don’t miss out on this event!

    One of the most recognized images in the world is the iconic Coca-Cola contour bottle. It first made its appearance in 1915 and the collectors this year will be displaying their own bottles that have been lovingly collected.

    The event will be taking place on Saturday, 9th May 2015 at the Lower Ground Concourse at Berjaya Times Square from 10 am till 9 pm. 

    The Coca-Cola Collectors Fair this year will be boisterous and colorful with cheerleaders on stage, interesting Coca-Cola memorabilia displays from over 60 Malaysian and international collectors, plus quizzes and prizes to be won.

    As for you being able to grab your own personalized Coca-Cola can, the Happiness Machine that produces personalized cans will be present at the event. So, all you need to do to get one is purchase six 325ml cans of Coca-Cola and you’ll be eligible to get a can with the name of your choice on it.

    Managed by 7-Eleven, purchases must be made at the venue of the Coca-Cola Collectors Fair and can be redeemed only on the day of the event by showing the proof of purchase while stocks last.

    For more information on the mall’s latest activities and promotions, visit Berjaya Times Square’s Facebook page.

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    The Language Of Flowers & The Meanings Behind Them

    Who loves flowers? We’re not sure about you but if we were to get some flowers, it always brightens up our day. 

    Did you know that there are meanings behind flowers and even a language to them? Sure, not everyone is particular about the meanings behind flowers but there are a number of people who are and thus, it does pay to know what’s what in the flower world, especially when you’re giving flowers to someone to send the right message through.

    The key to picking out any gift for anyone is finding out what they really love, and sharing that. When it comes to sending flowers, it will mean even more if you match your gift to the recipient’s personality and, of course, the occasion.

    Some florists will suggest asking these questions before you order flowers.  If you can answer these simple questions, you’re more likely to pick flowers that the recipient will love.

    • What colors does that person like?
    • Does that person have a favorite flower?
    • What kind of message do you want to convey through sending the flowers?
    • What adjective best describes that person’s personality?

    If you can answer these questions, it’ll help your florist create an awesome floral creation for you. If you’re wondering why one of the questions is asking what adjective is best to describe the person you’re sending flowers to, it’s because it’ll help the florist come up with an arrangement best suited to that person and also because these are “known” categories when it comes to selecting the right kinds of flowers for someone.

    Natural: People who are casual, earthy, and prefer the outdoors. Flowering or green plants, meadow flowers, and woodsy accents suit this personality best.

    Romantic: People who are generous, spontaneous and extravagant. Bouquets of soft colors, light fragrances, and accents of lace or ribbon might suit romantics.

    Expressive: Individuals who seek personal betterment and are attracted to the unconventional, from new age to the arts. Exotic flowers and unusual combinations of shape, color and texture will match their creativity and artistic bent.

    Traditional: Family-oriented people who are trustworthy and prefer classic styles. They appreciate lush arrangements with a variety of flowers.

    Contemporary: Individuals who are cutting-edge trendsetters and live in the moment. Vogue styles such as monochromatic bouquets or modern minimalistic arrangements are popular.

    If you’re wondering what the flowers you got recently meant, here’s a handy infographic that explains some of the meanings behind some flowers. If the meanings don’t match the floral creation you received, don’t look too much into it. Some people don’t know the meanings of flowers and chose it merely because they liked the look of it and if so, don’t dwell on it too much because it’s the thought that counts. Just send them this article and hopefully, the next time you get flowers, it’ll mean exactly what they want to convey.

    Source: Blooms Today

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    Top 5 Ways To Wake Up Early Even If You’re A Night Owl

    How many of you are night owls? Raise your hands. Well, if you’re a night owl and have difficulty waking up in the mornings, these tips are for you!

    It’s tough being a night owl in a world that’s built for and hugely rewards early risers.  Schools start at 7:30 am for most children who are in the morning sessions and for those with typical office jobs, it’s the 9-5 regime that one has to wake up to pretty much the same time every day.

    If you happen to have a job which requires you to work what it called the “graveyard shift”, then that is quite a different story. Or even if you’ve flexible working hours, it is sometimes still important to wake up early to get the necessities of life done. Chores such as banking, dealing with meetings at offices, going to the post office or sorting out things at local government offices (which all close late in the afternoon) cannot be avoided. At times like these, waking up early is needed.

    Some night owls consider waking up at 12 pm a big deal, but that may not be good enough. Life happens most of the time during the day as that’s just the way things work. Sure, you can work in the middle of the night but with the rest of your world sleeping, it isn’t always fun. You’ll find that you’ll miss out on a lot of things in life as well. You know the sayings, “early to bed, early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise” There is some truth to that.

    You know the sayings, “early to bed, early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise” and “the early bird catches the worm“? Well, there is some truth to that. The world doesn’t stop working when you’re sleeping and whilst you’re sleeping, you could be missing out on a lot of things.

    So, if you’re looking to change up your night owl habits, here are some tips for waking up early that actually work. Don’t believe it? Try it and see. It takes determination in anything to get things done and to make it work. So, don’t discount these tips because they can help.

    Rise and Shine! Here are Top 5 Ways To Wake Up Early Even If You’re A Night Owl:

    1. Apply early to bed, early to rise increments

    Train your body to anticipate sleep. Yes, it is not impossible and you can train your body to do that by sleeping and waking up at the same time every day. Waking up in the late afternoon isn’t going to help you so you need to resist the urge to sleep late and be determined to wake up early even if you didn’t get enough sleep because you had difficulty sleeping the night before.

    The trick is to do it in increments, meaning to train your body to change its habits slowly but surely. So, instead of sleeping at the same time, sleep 30 minutes earlier and wake up 15 minutes earlier. Unlike other tips for waking up early, this is very sustainable because it’s just a minor change. You won’t really feel the 30-minute difference! The next day, you can adjust your sleep further back by pushing it further by another 30 minutes and so on. If you do this continuously, you’ll be a morning person in less than a month.

    2. Change your environment to your advantage

    Block all sources of light, even the tiny red light indicating your TV’s turned off. Put your gadgets away and stop watching TV at least one hour before bedtime, as the blue light from these screens can disrupt your production of melatonin, the hormone that regulates your sleep cycle.

    If you want to read, use a real book and a night light. Keep your bedroom at a comfortable chill. If you live in a noisy neighborhood, invest in soundproofing your room or get an app that plays soothing sounds to drown out the noise. All these tips will help you sleep better and if you want to find out more on how to get a better night’s sleep, see here for more tips.

    3. Do not nap

    If you’re feeling sleepy, do NOT nap!! Napping isn’t going to help you because if you’ve not much self-control, you’ll find that you’ll be sleeping much more compared to that half an hour you were intending to do so. The tendency to oversleep is very likely so instead of napping, make sure you go to bed much earlier.

    4. Create a wind-down routine

    It is important to create a wind-down routine for your body on a daily basis to get your body ready for “sleeping mode”. What you do before bedtime is your body’s trigger for sleeping, so try to keep these activities relaxing and stick to them like a routine.

    For example, you want to take a hot drink followed by a warm shower prior to going to bed, then do so but ensure that you stick to the routine so your body will learn to program itself to go to sleep mode once you start those habits. It’s also important to note to do these activities in order and roughly the same time every day. Do NOT look at your mobile phone or tablet. It is essential not to look at electronic devices prior to bedtime because they don’t help to get your body ready to sleep, but your brain will feel stimulated instead. So, put all those devices away and relax. It’s time for the body (not just the devices) to recharge.

    5. Train your brain to wake up

    If your first reaction is to hit the snooze button when your alarm goes off, you’ll need to retrain yourself big time. Hitting the snooze button doesn’t do you any favors in training your body to change its habits.

    If getting up from bed is difficult for you, then train yourself to do things differently. Instead, bargain with yourself, by allowing yourself another 10 minutes to slowly awaken up. However, in those 10 minutes, don’t fall back right to sleep on the bed. Open the windows, slowly take the time to prepare coffee or your breakfast, or turn on the TV to listen to something to wake you up. So by the time your alarm clock goes off again, you’ll already be fully awake and not likely to hit the snooze button. More importantly, you’ll be ready to face the new day!

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    Recyclables To Be Separated From Organic Waste From September 2015

    It’s been announced that households need to prepare themselves for the mandatory practice of separating garbage effective September this year.

    It was announced at the end of last year that there will be a separation of garbage from this year and recently, it was mentioned again to help the public become aware of this in order for them to prepare for it.

    The rule will start in September 2015 and a maximum compound of RM1,000 would be imposed on errant households by 2016. According to Solid Waste and Solid Cleansing Management Corp (SWCorp) chief executive officer Datuk Ab Rahim Md Noor, he said that water isolation will involve the disposal of food waste for the first two days of the collection every week and the third-day collection is for recyclable garbage.

    A specific company has been appointed to collect garbage in Putrajaya, Kuala Lumpur, Pahang, Malacca, Negeri Sembilan, Kedah, and Perlis. The company will also observe and note down any household that do not adhere to the rule.

    Beginning this September, each household must separate their recyclable items in separate transparent plastic bags while regular wastes (organic waste) such as food is to be placed into plastic bags.

    The food waste bags have to be thrown into the wheelie-bins while the transparent bags with recyclable items should be placed at the side of the bin along with any bulk waste.

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    25 More Awesome Hiking Spots Around Malaysia

    These days, we are lucky that we’ve more than one or even a few ways of finding the right kind of exercise to suit you. 

    Living a healthy lifestyle involves exercise, a balanced diet and work-life balance. When it comes to exercise however, a lot of us don’t seem to be disciplined about it and let this part slide. If you’re not sure how to start exercising, walking and hiking is one of the best ways to get fit while exploring the lush rainforests Malaysia has to offer.

    Here are some pointers to take note of before you start your hike:

    • Tell someone about your hiking itinerary. Let them know the location, the estimated hike duration and who will be hiking with you.
    • Don’t ever hike alone. Always go in groups (minimum 4 people) in case of emergencies.
    • Know where you are hiking to and don’t stray from the path if you are a beginner. Engage with a local guide if you are treading into remote areas. Don’t enter closed-off areas.
    • Bring a map, personal first aid kit, Swiss army knife, whistle, compass, lighter/matches, headlight/torchlight, gloves, enough water and snacks to last through your hike. Learn to use your gear before the hike. Always filter and treat the river water before drinking.
    • Keep track of the weather. Postpone your hike if it rains. If you are already on the trail, seek shelter in a thick forested area, away from peaks, rivers, lone trees, exposed areas and rocks.
    • Wear shoes with a profile (Pattern on soles to prevent slipping), dress in layers (polyester material is recommended) if hiking on higher mountains, bring towels and dry clothes if you’re planning to swim in the waterfalls, sunscreen, sunglasses, and caps/visors.
    • Do some warm up exercises first and start slow. You can let the slowest person in your group to lead the pace. Remember to take breaks in between too.

    Now that you are prepared, you need to find your hiking kakis. If you can’t find any hiking kakis in your circle, you can join these local hiking and nature groups during their events:
    Kuala Lumpur Hiking & Trail Running
    Open Sky Unlimited
    Malaysian Outdoor Trekking Hiking Scuba (MOTHS)
    Malaysia Outdoor Buddies
    Malaysian Nature Society (MNS)
    Penang Adventurer’s Club (PAC)
    Waterfall Survivors Malaysia
    PACat Adventure Team

    Without further ado, check out these hiking spots that you can find in the different states in Malaysia below. We have included the level of difficulty and estimated time to complete the hike too so you can pick the trail that is suitable for your fitness level. You can even practice hiking and trail running on these hills and mountains to prepare yourself for a big expedition or competition.

    Kuala Lumpur

    1. Bukit Saga, Cheras

    Difficulty: Moderate to Hard
    Hike duration (To and From): Less than 4 hours

    Located in the same vicinity with Ahpek Hill, Cheras, you can opt to hike through thejungle route or the marked route. Do expect many ascends and descends on the way, despite its low elevation. All trails will lead you to this amazing waterfall where you can take a dip before hiking back.

    2. Sungai Ampang, Kampung Kemenseh

    Difficulty: Moderate (Good for beginners since there is no elevation.)
    Hike duration (To and From): About 9 hours because you will be resting at each waterfall

    Find this trail a few kilometers behind Zoo Negara beside Kampung Kemenseh. You will meet with 4 waterfalls throughout this trek. Also, you will be walking through shallow to knee-deep rivers most of the way so be sure to wear the right shoes and gear. Be prepared for the leeches too.

    3. Bukit Ketumbar, Cheras

    Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
    Hike Duration (To and From): About 1 hour

    Bukit Ketumbar is another hill to hike on around the Bukit Saga vicinity and this hill has 3 trails that lead to the peak. The shortest trail only takes you about 20 minutes to reach the peak while the longer and harder trail will take you about an hour. You can bring your kids or little siblings to go for the short hiking trail too. It’s a great workout for the whole family!

    Perak

    4. Bukit Kledang, Ipoh

    Difficulty: Moderate to Hard
    Hike duration (To and From): About 4 hours

    Bukit Kledang is a famous hill for hiking and mountain biking among the Ipoh folks, located in the town of Menglembu. It has four common hiking trails that goes for 4-2 miles (6.7km, 1 hour), 4-3 miles (6.9km, 1 1/2 hours), 4-9 miles (7.8km, 2 hours) and up to the RTM broadcasting tower located on the peak (4 hours). For those who want a challenge, try the RTM trail where you have to hike over 3 hills before reaching the peak.

    5. Bukit Larut, Taiping

    Difficulty: Moderate to Hard
    Hike duration (To and From): About 2-3 hours

    Also known as Maxwell Hill, Bukit Larut is a forest reserve that is filled with unspoiled nature trails for you to hike on. You can’t drive your own vehicle into the area so you can opt to hike up to explore the facilities on the hill or take the 4X4 Land Rovers which operate from 8am-5pm daily to reach to the summit. From there, you can head to the Gunung Hijau trail (1,448m above sea level) to hike. We recommend getting a guide for that because not many people hike on that trail.

    6. Gunung Liang West and East, Behrang Hulu

    Difficulty: Hard
    Hike duration (To and From): About 10 hours to a whole day

    For seasoned hikers with an advanced fitness level, you can aim to reach the two peaks of Gunung Liang (1933m) West and East in just 10 hours or make camp halfway before continuing. The river crossing at Lubuk Hantu is said to be a difficult route so make sure you are very fit before undertaking this trail which just goes up all the way.

    7. Gunung Bujang Melaka, Kampar

    Difficulty: Moderate
    Hike duration (To and From): About 8 hours

    Most people will make camp at the camp site available at the halfway point of the trail in Gunung Bujang Melaka (1,233m) so they can have a more relaxing hike that lasts for 2 days, 1 night. It takes about 4 hours to reach the summit and on the start of the trail you can take a dip at the Batu Berangkai waterfalls too.

    Pahang

    8. Fraser’s Hill

    Difficulty: Moderate to Hard
    Hike duration (To and From): About 2-8 hours (Depending on trail)

    There are 8 marked trails in Fraser’s Hill and each of them has its own share of history. Like the popular Bishop Trail, which is named after Reverend CJ Ferguson-Davie from Singapore. He rediscovered Fraser’s Hill on 1917 while searching for the missing Louis James Fraser who disappeared from this hill in 1915. All the marked trails are connected to each other so if you want a more challenging route, you can continue from the Bishop Trail to the Pine Tree Trail which is a 5.5km trek up a 1,500m mountain.

    9. Cameron Highlands

    Difficulty: Moderate to Hard
    Hike duration (To and From): About 2 hours- a full day (Depending on trail)

    Prepare to get your shoes dirty as you trek through any of the 13 trails that can be found around Cameron Highlands. You can purchase a map which shows you the trails from most accommodations around the area. Remember to bring enough refreshments and a warm jacket as the temperatures can drop to 15 degrees Celsius at higher altitudes. You can even hike to the Boh Tea Plantation through trail 9A which will take half a day.

    10. Gunung Irau, Brinchang

    Difficulty: Hard
    Hike duration (To and From): About 7 hours

    Many hikers who have climbed this trail raved about how the surroundings look like a scene from a Lord of the Rings movie. Also known as the Mossy Forest, the terrain is filled with moss-covered plants and trees as well as unique flora and fauna. Be careful on where you step though because the soil is wet and muddy even on sunny days.

    Penang

    11. Bukit Bendera

    Difficulty: Moderate
    Hike duration (To and From): About 4.5 hours

    Instead of taking the tram service to reach the top of Bukit Bendera, why not hike up through the few trails located nearby? You can opt to take the 10.2km guided tour from the East Side of Bukit Bendera/Penang Hill if it’s your first time. Alternatively, you can take the more challenging route through the Youth Park if you are already familiar with the area.

    12. Laksamana Trail, Teluk Bahang

    Difficulty: Moderate to Hard
    Hike duration (To and From): About 7 hours

    Known as the longest and most challenging forest trail in Penang, the Laksamana trail will start from Taman Rimba Teluk Bahang and end at the top of Bukit Bendera. Remember to pack enough food and water to last throughout your journey since it will be a long hike filled with ascends and descends.

    13. Lily Pond Circular Walk, Botanical Gardens

    Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
    Hike duration (To and From): About 2 hours

    This is an easy route which starts at the main entrance of the Botanical Gardens. You might have to do about 30 minutes of steep climbing but after that, you can relax and enjoy the serenity of the greenery around you as you trek through.

    Selangor

    14. Puchong Hill, Ayer Hitam Forest Reserve

    Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
    Hike duration (To and From): About 2 hours

    There are multiple ascends and descends in this marked trail so it is not exactly super easy. It could get crowded on the weekends too so best to be early. You can also join this group to try hiking here at night, they will hike for 2 rounds on the same trail to get a good workout.

    15. Bukit Kembara, Taman Tun Abdul Razak

    Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
    Hike duration (To and From): About 2 hours

    The trail at Bukit Kembara or Bukit Indah as some will call it, is located around an old reservoir called Ampang Impounding Reservoir, which was the first water supply reservoir in Kuala Lumpur in 1888. There are numerous marked trails you can go for so if you don’t want to hike all the way to the peak then you can pick another route to head back to the parking lot.

    16. Bukit Kutu, Kuala Kubu Bharu

    Difficulty: Moderate to Hard
    Hike duration (To and From): About 8 hours

    Standing at 1,053m, most people would say Bukit Kutu should be called a Gunung instead of a Bukit because of its height and difficulty. Once you get to the peak, you will find remnants of Treacher’s Hill, a Colonial hill station in the past. If you are not afraid of heights, climb onto the free standing boulder to get a 360-degree view of the jungles and dam-lake.

    17. Lubuk Mecu and Lata Medang, Kampung Pertak

    Difficulty: Moderate
    Hike duration (To and From): About 6 hours

    The journey is less than 10km but the paths might be muddy (leeches were reported too). You will be crossing a few rivers through the trail and the currents at the waterfalls can be strong. If you are not a good swimmer, it’s best to wear a life jacket if you want to swim in the waterfalls.

    Negeri Sembilan

    18. Gunung Angsi, Seremban

    Difficulty: Moderate
    Hike duration (To and From): About 3 hours

    Located in Ulu Bendul Recreational Park, you have register and pay a fee of RM5 per person before you can start hiking there. Do arrive before 11am because they would not allow you to hike if you come after 11am. The easier route to Gunung Angsi is throughBukit Putus and the longer route is through the Ulu Bendul Recreation Park.

    19. Gunung Datuk, Rembau

    Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
    Hike duration (To and From): About 2 hours

    At a height of 870m, this is the highest mountain in Negeri Sembilan. This is another mountain where you’ll have to pay a fee of RM5 per person to enter. The hiking trail is well-marked so you won’t get lost easily. Keep a lookout on some footprints left on those rocks while you’re there as local legends said it was made by Hang Tuah.

    20. Bukit Penda, Mantin

    Difficulty: Moderate
    Hike duration (To and From): About 2 hours

    Experienced hikers, if you want to seek new trails to get to a peak, Bukit Penda would be a great hill to explore. The hill is located between Bukit Galla and Bukit Gangis, and there has been numerous attempts to find trails leading to the peak of Bukit Penda but so far none has been found. If you do find a trail to the peak, do share your success with the hiking community here!

    Sabah

    21. Mount Kinabalu

    Difficulty: Hard
    Hike duration (To and From): Either one whole day or you can split it into 3 days, 2 nights

    Every hiker aims to conquer Mount Kinabalu at least once in their life. It is the tallest peak between the Himalayas and New Guinea at 4,095m, situated inside Malaysia’s first World Heritage Site, Kinabalu Park. If you are still not prepared for the epic hike to the summit, you can always try hiking from Laban Rata to the low peak first or try the guided nature walks around the park.

    22. Torolobou, Ranau

    Difficulty: Moderate to Hard
    Hike duration (To and From): Either in 2 days, 1 night or you can split it into 3 days, 2 nights

    Get a local guide for this hike because it is not a very well-known trail compared to Mount Kinabalu. You will be hiking to Minisulai Falls and Cave before going to Torolobou River the next day. Since it might rain, leeches are abundant so bring some leech repellent and wear the right gear.

    Sarawak

    23. Mount Santubong

    Difficulty: Moderate to Hard
    Hike duration (To and From): About 5 hours

    Mount Santubong stands at 840m high and though it seems to pretty low, you will be doing a lot of steep climbs on the way to the summit. If you’re lucky you might spot some wildlife on your way. At the peak, you can savor the beautiful view of the South China Sea. For beginners, you can opt for the jungle trekking trails at the bottom of the mountain first before trying to climb up the summit.

    24. The Pinnacles, Mulu National Park

    Difficulty: Moderate to Hard
    Hike duration (To and From): About 10 hours or you can split it into 2 days, 1 night to 3 days/ 2 nights

    These quartz formations are one of the attractions of Mulu National Park. To get there, you’ll first have to take a boat ride across Melinau River to Kuala Berar, then walk for 2- 3 hours through the jungle to reach Camp 5, the base camp. The next day, you begin the difficult hike which brings you to very steep (near vertical parts) trails. But it’s all good when you reach the top to see the awe-inspiring Pinnacles, very Instagram-worthy too!

    25. Lintang trail, Bako National Park

    Difficulty: Moderate
    Hike duration (To and From): About 4 hours

    The Bako National Park has about 16 colour-coded jungle trails for you to explore. The Lintang trail is one of the more popular ones among hikers because there is a section between the Ulu Assam and Serait junctions where you can spot the rare proboscis monkeys. Be sure to tread quietly the moment you hear strange grunting noises then keep a lookout for them.

    If you’re not that keen to venture out hiking further afield, then check out these local hiking spots within the Klang Valley area.

    Still not convinced about hiking? Remember that safety is paramount and never go hiking alone. Happy hiking and remember to Leave No Trace, keep the trails clean so don’t litter!

    This article was brought to you by www.healthworks.my, Malaysia’s leading health community.

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    Top 5 Ways on How Sleep Can Help You Lose Weight

    When it comes to sleep, a lot of us don’t link it with weight loss. Lack of sleep doesn’t just make you feel tired and cranky, it can also make it harder for you to lose weight!

    Recently, an analysis done by researchers at Columbia University found that people who sleep less than seven hours per night are heavier, gain more weight over time, and what’s worse, that they have a harder time losing weight.

    Other effects on lack of sleep are also doing you more harm than good but if you’re on a weight loss journey, then ensure that you get enough shut-eye time or you’ll find it tougher to shed those unwanted pounds. Getting enough sleep has never been more essential for our bodies, especially if you’re wanting to lose weight.

    Here are 5 reasons your bed can be the ultimate weight-loss tool:

    1. It Stops Late-Night Snacking

    The longer one is awake, the more likely it is for us to consume unwanted calories. According to researchers at the University of Pennsylvania, over the course of seven days, they found that sleep-restricted subjects (sleeping from 4 a.m. to 8 a.m.) gained more weight than their well-rested counterparts (sleeping from 11 p.m. to 8 a.m.), mostly because they ate 550 calories from 11 p.m. to 4 p.m., a time that the other group spent in bed asleep. So, if you want to lose weight, make sure you try to get to bed asap at night to stop late-night snacking.

    2. It Helps You Burn More Calories

    When you’re asleep, your body goes into a torching calorie mode. A study from the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that normal sleepers’ resting energy expenditure — the number of calories burned when you’re not moving was 5% higher than their tired counterparts. They also burned 20 percent more calories after a meal compared to sleep-deprived people.

    3. It Boosts Fat Loss

    Did you know that even if you have the exact same diet as your friend but if you’re not getting the sleep, you won’t drop as much fat as them? Well, it’s true. A study from the University of Chicago compared the weight-loss results from sleeping eight and a half hours per night versus only five and a half hours per night. In both situations, people ate the same number of calories (about 1,450 calories per day). While both groups lost about six and a half pounds, more than half of that weight was fat for well-rested people, compared to only a quarter for tired participants.

    4. It Helps You Shop for Healthier Food

    The first rule of grocery shopping is – NEVER ever go grocery shopping when you’re hungry or when you’re feeling exhausted. This is because you’ll tend to crave more unnecessary calories when you’re hungry and if you’re shopping for food when you’re hungry, you’ll end up buying a lot of food that is not necessary. If you’re well-rested, you’ll be in a better frame of mind to buy what is needed and you’ll be less likely to buy junk food!

    5. It Keeps Your Brain Focused

    Brain health is very important and getting enough rest is crucial for good brain health. Your brain actually functions differently without sleep. Researchers at Harvard Medical School performed brain scans on people who reported high daytime sleepiness and measured their brain activity in response to high-calorie foods. The scans revealed reduced activation in the ventromedial prefrontal cortex — an area of the brain involved with inhibition and behavior control. Translation: Lowered inhibitions indicate a tendency to overeat when you’re tired.

    There was also another study from Columbia University that found brain activity differences in sleepy people’s response to food. Their study revealed increased activation in the insular cortex, which regulates pleasure-seeking behaviors. Importantly, unhealthy food activates this region more than healthy food, which means that skipping out on sleep could make it harder to skip out on buying snacks or eating unhealthy high-calorie laden foods. If you’re keen to get more sleep, you can also condition your brain for better sleep. Find out just how to do that here.