• Living,  Love & Sex

    8 Things To Know About Dating An Introvert

    Introverts can be hard to understand. Here are some things to keep in mind if you’re dating one:

    Everyone is different in their own right. Often times, a person is seen to be an introvert or an extrovert. Being with an extroverted person is fun, their outgoing, love to be around people and enjoy doing new and exciting things. But what about the other end of the spectrum?

    Understanding an introvert can be a challenge if you’re not one yourself.

    1. Forget Preconceptions About Introverts

    Entering any relationship with preconceptions isn’t good to begin with. Even more so with introverts, there are so many stigmas surrounding introverts, such as hard-to-talk-to or shy individuals. Bringing misconceptions into a relationship will hinder their ability to feel comfortable with you. This can jeopardize a good relationship.

    2. Finding Balance  

    If you are someone that likes to be in a crowded room, know that introverts often get overwhelmed by large crowd. Though every introvert is different, some are able to interact more than others. It’s best to gauge their ability to do so and find a balance for your need to socialize and your partner’s need to have a quiet night.

    3. Don’t Expect Them To Join In All The Time

    Getting to know your introverted partner and gauging their comfort level with certain activities will do your relationship good. You can’t expect them to join you every time you want to head out, sometimes they need to re-energize with some alone time. If you’re not sure why they don’t want to head out, you can always ask, just don’t pressure them.

    4. Don’t Mistake Being Introvert for Being Shy

    One of the many misconceptions of introverts is that they are shy. Introverts prefer to have a close group of friends that they can connect with on a deeper level. Small talk with people they rarely meet is not of interest to them.  But that doesn’t mean you can just skip introducing them, you can never tell when someone can become a good friend.

    “I’m an introvert … I love being by myself, love being outdoors, love taking a long walk with my dogs and looking at the trees, flowers, the sky.” – Audrey Hepburn

    5. Know Their Limits

    Know the limits of your introverted partner and you can gauge their comfort level. This will allow you to know when it’s best to have a quite night in, or when they’re up to a night out with friends.

    6. They Are Good At Giving Advice

    This would be a bonus. Whatever your problem is, introverts will always try to help with useful advice. Their thoughts are never motivate by social pursuits or popularity but only for your best interest.

    7. Your Time Together Is Precious

    They enjoy spending time with people they care about. To an introvert, your time together is that much more important to them, then you may think it is.

    8. Find An Activity To Enjoy Together

    Make the effort to find an activity you can both enjoy, whether indoors or outdoors. The key here is to push their limits (slowly) without pressuring them.  Here’s a tip, either do an activity with just the two of you or his/her close group of friends.

  • Home,  Living

    6 Cool Things That You Can Buy at DESIGNation.Co

    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

    1. Leather Watch Roll by Convoy 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.

    3. Repleat Co’s Large Origami Bag

    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.

    5. Riumz Biosphere Terrarium Steps

    An incredible amount of work and craft when into making this beautiful terrarium. And it looks amazing.

    6. Vertical Sphere’s 3-Legged Pipe Desk Lamp

    Industrial styling are always cool and this little pipe desk lamp is perfect to add that little bit of style to you desk space.

    ABOUT DESIGNation.Co

    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.

  • Celebrities,  Living,  Wedding

    Are These The Most Expensive Weddings In Malaysia?

    Whatever your inclinations, we can all agree that weddings do not come for cheap. In Malaysia, a wedding is expected to set you back by at least RM50,000 on average, and this does not include the cost for a honeymoon.

    However, that average amount is nothing compared to some of the most luxurious weddings that have taken place in Malaysia. Read on and be amazed:

    1. Rozita Che Wan and Zain Saidin

    The famous couple reportedly received sponsorship worth RM13million for their wedding.

    With sponsorships worth about RM13million, the 2013 union between actress Rozita Che Wan and her actor beau, Zain Saidin has been touted as the “most expensive wedding of the year”.

    Sponsorships included jewellery valued at RM10 million from Habib Jewels and items from 27 sponsors.

    On top of that, Rozita also reportedly received RM23,300 in wang hantaran (monetary gifts) and  RM9,300 in mas kahwin (dowry).

    The wedding, held at Setia City Convention Centre in Shah Alam, was attended by some 200 guests.

    2. Benjamin Yong and Elizabeth Lee

    High-profile couple Benjamin Yong and Elizabeth Lee could have forked out RM54,000 for their wedding performances alone.

    BIG Group creator Benjamin Yong and Bowerhaus co-founder Elizabeth Lee celebrated their union in one of the most extravagant affairs in 2014.

    Held in Chin Woo Stadium in Kuala Lumpur, the carnival-themed wedding had all the makings of a vibrant funfair, including a spinning carousel centrepiece, a 25-piece swing band, aerial trapeze dancers, ballerinas, synchronised swimmers, and a variety of colourful wedding cakes and goodies.

    An online bridal magazine owner we spoke to estimates that the high-profile couple could have spent at least RM54,000 on the performances alone.

    Though it is hard to estimate just how much the carnival-themed affair costs, it is also possible that the couple could have forked out RM10,000 on the carousel and RM50,000 for décor lights.

    Photography might have cost another RM20,000, and this is for their Kuala Lumpur wedding alone.

    Prior to that, the high-profile couple had a pre-wedding kitchen tea party and ceremony in Sydney, Australia, and a traditional Chinese tea ceremony in the Ritz-Carlton, Kuala Lumpur.

    3. Siti Nurhaliza and Datuk Khalid Mohamad Jiwa (Datuk K)

    So this is what a RM12,000 wedding cake looks like!

    One of the most elaborate celebrity weddings to have gone done in Malaysian history has got to be the union between pop princess Siti Nurhaliza and entrepreneur, Datuk Khalid Mohamad Jiwa (Datuk K).

    Some sources estimated that the 2006 affair incurred over RM12 million. Their multi-tiered cake, calledIndah Percintaan (The Beauty of Love) itself had cost RM12,000. Siti also reportedly received RM22,222 in wedding dowry and RM30,000 in wang hantaran.

    However, the couple later refuted the claims, saying that many of the items, including jewellery and dresses, were sponsored.

    They did however, receive RM1 million from a local TV station to televise their wedding reception. The event, held in Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, was attended by 2,500 guests and broadcasted to 6.3 million viewers nationwide.

    In 2010, E! News Asia named the power couple the Third Most Powerful Celebrity Couple in Asia, right after Chinese entertainers, Simon Yam and wife, Qi Qi and Bollywood superstar couple, Aishwarya Rai and husband, Abhishek Bachchan.

    4. Marion Caunter and SM Nasarudin SM Nasimuddin

    Marion Caunter and SM Nasarudin’s wedding is rumoured to have cost RM5 million.

    He was one of corporate’s most sought-after bachelors. She was the stuff of every teenage boy’s dream. Together, popular television personality Marion Caunter and Naza Group of Companies’ joint group executive chairmain, SM Nasarudin SM Nasimuddin tied the knot in what went down as one of the most talked about weddings in the local entertainment scene.

    The white rose-themed wedding reception, held in Mandarin Oriental, boasted some major star power, with celebrities like Elaine Daly, Deborah Henry, Tom Abang Saufi, as well as Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin on the guest list. Local pop stars Ning Baizura and Sean Ghazi performed with the Russell Curtis band.

    There is no telling just how many guests they had at the close-door event, but Mandarin Oriental was estimated to charge roughly RM300 per pax in the year 2010.

    The wedding is rumoured to have cost RM5million, according to an online bridal magazine.

    5. Serina Redzuawan and Gavin O’Luanaigh

    One Night: A Malaysian Wedding, aired on the Asian Food Channel, showcased the lavish wedding between Chef Wan’s daughter, Serina (right) and Englishman O’Luanaigh 

    Daughter to the nation’s best known chef, Redzuawan Ismail (Chef Wan), Serina’s wedding to Englishman O’Luanaigh is certainly one we will remember for a long time.

    The three day affair, which saw the attendance of nearly 1,000 guests was featured on the Asian Food Channel (Astro – Channel 703) along with her famous father. The show detailed Chef Wan’s dedication towards giving his daughter her dream wedding, from the careful selection of the menu to finding the best designers and jewellers in the country.

    While we understand that many components in the wedding was sponsored (including Serina’s tiara and evening gown) which reportedly cost RM15,000, the couple is estimated to have spent up to RM20,000 on the photography house, Kudegraphy itself. They could have also engaged a few photographers for the occasion.

    Elsewhere, the couple were estimated to have paid RM3,000 for the services of their make-up artiste, Baby Elle.

    During the solemnisation, O’Luanaigh reportedly handed over RM1,000 in wedding gifts, and a whooping RM30,000 in dowry before placing the ring on Serina’s finger.

    For a lot of people, celebrating their special day can be a very costly indulgence, but many feel that the costs are justified because it is (in theory) a once-in-a-lifetime event. While it is easy to get caught in a nuptial frenzy, it is important to stick to your budget, especially if we are not a daughter of a well-known figure in the country. After all, not everyone can decorate their wedding venue with white and pink roses, to make it look like something out of a fairytale.

    Do not overspend on your wedding so you can stroll happily down the aisle together and have a debt-freeever after.

    Local sites like The Wedding Notebook and Bridal Guide will give you an idea on how to work on your wedding budget.

    One way to secure a brighter financial future for you and your partner is by growing your savings pool. You can do this with investment instruments like unit trust or fixed deposit.

    Do you know of any more expensive weddings in Malaysia recently? Let us know in the comments section below.

    This article was brought to you by www.imoney.my.

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  • Food,  Living

    Top 10 Trending Food Trucks in Malaysia

    Today, a new generation of street food lovers is lining up at food trucks like never before. On top of conventional brick-and-mortar restaurants or street stalls which already made Malaysia a food heaven, Malaysians now have another lip-smacking choice! Just like restaurants, they produce high quality and delicious food but with their on-the-wheel advantage, it also means that these mouthwatering food trucks can be at any time near you! Or even in the compound of your house if you want them to! But one thing for sure, the aroma of food truck cuisine will soon waft through downtown streets of Malaysia, especially in the Klang Valley. Let’s check out the Top 10 Trending Food Trucks that you should flock to!

    1. La Famiglia Food Truck

    We bet you have never tried Pastas cooked by the Italian Mafias. To be precise, top-notch-yummylicious pastas. Introducing you the one-and-only unique La Famiglia.  An Italian mafia themed food truck, La Famiglia is the pasta specialist you should be glad if they are parked around your neighborhood. And don’t worry, if they are mafias, they would be the friendliest ones you will find. In fact, the founders of La Famiglia came from vastly different backgrounds such as banking, construction and animation.

    Often spotted at Dungun in the daytime & heads to Subang (SS15) at night, La Famiglia gains traction and reputation in recent years making them the crème de la crème of food trucks.  This success is largely built from their passion and dedication of serving perfecto pastas. Oh and their inexpensive price of food makes a difference too!

    Facebook: Vivalafamiglia | Instagram: the_famiglia

    2. Flaming Wheels

    The Flaming Wheels is a purpose-built-kitchen-on-wheels offering healthy quality local and international cuisines at affordable prices. From the sexy outlook of the truck to the best quality of food, Flaming Wheels is a one-of-its-kind food truck you will just sit there and admire. Focusing its location on participating universities in the Klang Valley, Flaming Wheels is not just about on-the-go food experience, but their thoughts towards a noble cause wins the hearts of many. Did you know that Flaming Wheels was established with an ambition to provide support and raise funds for Make-A-Wish ® Malaysia?

    Remember to order chili beef nachos and Moroccan lamb stew from the Flaming Wheels next time they park around your vicinity. Not sure when they will be around? Why not install their App “Flaming Wheels” from the AppStore & Play Store for easy viewing of their locations, menu and weekly discounts!

    www.myflamingwheels.com | Facebook: Flamingwheelskl | Instagram: flamingwheels

    3. Burger Giler Power

    While most of us are familiar with burger stalls set up around the streets of Malaysia, we hardly come across one that moves around on-the-wheels. Burger Giler Power is one such on-the-go burger truck that you will often see at Taman Melawati, in front of Espresso Lab from 5 to 10pm. Barely into its first year of business, Burger Giler Power has quickly gained their fan base especially those around Taman Melawati with its signature mouthwatering gourmet burgers.

    Can’t picture the goodness? Imagine charcoal buns, homemade patties, and fresh ingredients combine with juicy sauces. That’s right! It is their signature gourmet burgers we are talking about and just to name a few, do try out their Classic Cheese Burger, Cajun Chicken Burger and The Chief Burger. At the sideline, crispy mushroom and chicken broccoli salad are worth trying too!

    Facebook: Burgergilerpower | Instagram: Burgergilerpower

    4. The Laughing Monkey Cafe

    Hate it when you have to look for car park just to have a cup of coffee? Feel annoyed when you have to walk some distance during lunch time just to buy a coffee? Look out for The Laughing Monkey Café! A truck which is dedicated to providing you with affordable, rich, freshly brewed coffee and delicious sandwiches at your doorstep. And trust us, it is easy to spot the Orangey cute little truck of The Laughing Monkey.

    Warn you! You would be wrong to think that coffee served from a truck will not be any good. The Laughing Monkey’s coffee (and hot chocolate) would top the coffees of many brick-and-mortar cafes out there. And why not when they will come to your doorstep? The Laughing Monkey Café was founded when two colleagues, Kelvin & Justine were caught in the rain while they were walking some distance from their office just to get a coffee.

    Facebook: TheLaughingMonkey | Instagram: laughingmonkeycafe

    5. Curbside Cantina

    Serving up tacos and other Mexican treats, Curbside Cantina is a Mexican influenced food truck that you’ll find it quite interesting, well at least not just another food truck serving you the conventional western cuisine. While this colorful truck does not really have a fixed spot (perhaps Bangsar would be the best catch), their creative menu of good food is their best selling point. Look, Chilli Con Carne with Papadums, Cemita Burger, Chicken Quesa Tacos, Steak Tacos, Beef Cubano Sandwich and Churros are not the ordinary words you will see else-trucks.

    Also be rest assured of the standard of Curbside Cantina as Curbside Cantina is an extension of a catering company called Cantina Moderna. The founders & team have been in the catering scene since 2006 and even ran a restaurant, Pink Sage, from 2008 to 2011. Now, go catch this Cantina On-The-Go.

    Instagram: curbsidecantinakl

    6. Cowboys Food Truck

    Launched on 7 Dec 2014, Cowboys Food Truck is one of the newcomers with their Texas-inspired western barbeque dishes.  Founded by 2 “cowboys” – Ku Azharul Nizar bin Ku Abdul Rahman and Christopher Tang, and a “cowgirl” Chong Rhu Jan, who are all pretty much in love with barbeque food.  Cowboys’ menu illustrates the influence of Nizar’s years in Dallas, Texas.  Combined with Christopher’s F&B experiences gained in Australia as well as Ru Jan’s assistance in marketing and promotion, the idea of Cowboys Food Truck was conceived to serve the most authentic American-style barbeque food around the neighbourhood.

    If you’re a fan of barbeque food, don’t forget to try out their speciality – Flame-grilled Chicken Wings which comes with choices of Garlic Parmesan or Spicy BBQ.   Also look out for the Chuck Norris platter which consists of sliced smoked beef brisket, crispy buttermilk fried chicken chop and Chuck Norris certified delish wings.  Better still – try both!  You’ll also never get bored of their menu because they are creative enough to rotate their menu items every single day!  Do catch them around Subang Jaya or follow their Facebook and Instagram for location updates.

    Facebook: cowboysfoodtruck | Instagram: cowboysfoodtruck

    7. Little Fat Duck

    They’re called “Little Fat Duck” but don’t let that confuse you as they don’t actually serve any duck.  They are one of the pioneers of a new dining craze that is sweeping through the city of Kuala Lumpur.   They offer affordably priced yet hearty French and Italian Cuisine for on-the-go diners and urban hipsters.  Surfaces on most nights at Subang SS15, you’ll see crowd building up from 8:00pm onwards.  Nevertheless, there is a makeshift dining space by the street provided for their customers because the waiting time can go beyond 15 minutes at peak hours.

    The aglio olio is a must-try! Pasta served with a choice of chicken or beef, and a generous seasoning of chilli flakes and Italian herbs gives a perfect spicy rendition of the classic Italian fare.  For mains, you wouldn’t want to miss their tender chicken confit and grilled fish. The former consists of a whole chicken leg served atop mashed potatoes while the dory fillet is grilled to perfection with a generous serving of Hollandaise sauce and mashed potatoes. And yes! They serve desserts too! The simple yet delicious homemade milk puddings will definitely remain unforgettable to you.  Overall, the affordable yet delicious Italian and French fare from a food truck has proven to be a big hit amongst college students and professionals within the city.

    www.littlefatduck.com | Facebook: littlefatduckmalaysia | Instagram: littlefatduckmalaysia

    8. The Boys Food

    The boys are taking over the kitchen to bring you pastas, sandwiches, burgers, and hotdogs hot off their mobile kitchen.  They will impress you with their new crispy chicken burger, sloppy fries, and the most-awesome double cheese burger – Jimmynator!  How could you resist The Boys’ temptation when you see so many scrumptious meals sitting on the plate before you?

    Believe it or not, their foods are selling at RM5.00 on average. We know, right? Unbelievably cheap!  They usually found camping out in Dataran Wangsa, so hop on over for late night gourmet snacking by the street and we ensure you will not regret staying up late or putting on extra calories over these yummiest-food-ever!

    Facebook: The-Boys-Food | Instagram: theboysfood

    9. QGastro Truck

    Serving one of the best pastas and tortilla on wheels, QGastro Truck will make sure you taste the freshest, delicious and reasonably priced Western food in town.  If you’re planning to chase the QGastro Truck food truck down, let us just tell you that it’s going to be easy peasy to do so. The shiny black truck is always located behind BHP Taman Melawati (open car park) from 8pm onwards daily except Mondays.   Remember to try out some of the creative menus such as Sambal Prawn Pasta, Aglio Olio Special, and Chicken/ Beef Wrap if you are near the neighbourhood.

    Instagram: qgastrotruck

    10. Babarittos Food Truck

    Babarittos Food Truck was founded by a young entrepreneur, Hafiey Mughnie Amran, who loves street food since his time in college.   With the idea of simple, fast and affordable, Hafiey set up his business right after he completed his studies in the field of aircraft engineering.

    Based mainly outside the PV16 Condominium in Danau Kota, Setapak, Barbarittos are known for their burrito wraps and nachos among their selection of mixed western dishes. What you want to go for here are their gourmet burgers and juicy burritos, all hot off the stove! Other than operating daily in Setapak, they also offer catering services at other locations on weekends.  With their healthy and high quality meals, they have gained a following, regularly going to events where they sell up to 500 burittos a day!  Definitely well deserved to be one of the top 10 trending food trucks in Malaysia!

    Facebook: Babarittos | Instagram: babarittosmy

    The compilation of this list was made from the accumulation of public votes. To view the result of the Top 15, download Pollbook on App Store/Google Play. Thank you for reading.

    This article was brought to you by www.tallypress.com, an online ranking magazine that revolves around the hottest topics in Malaysia.

  • Living,  Love & Sex

    Can Arguing Save Your Relationship?

    Most people share the same notion when it comes to romance, the lovey-dovey image of a couple enjoying the company of one another. That however is just a single scene and not the whole story.

    Not every relationship is a Hollywood movie, no doubt that there are some in the world, but they’re far and few in between. In reality, it takes work to have a successful relationship. After the initial glow of passion fades away, what you are often left with is a work in progress, not the end product.

    Most couples argue; event in Hollywood romantic movies, there’s always a part of the movie where the characters will have to confront an uncomfortable situation. But we do see arguments in a negative light don’t we?  Arguments do have a positive or rather a more beneficial side to it. Let take a look…

    Open Communication

    Arguments are often set off by a disagreement of an opinion. They can be a sign that you and your partner are open to engage in a heated debate with one another. Confronting issues rather than hiding then and brewing emotions of resentment.

    More often than not, we would learn new things whether positive or negative about both our partners and ourselves. This in turns allows for growth, sometimes a personal growth or a growth in a relationship.

    A study conducted in India showed that 44% of couples believe that arguing can help keeps the lines of communication open

    It’s Healthy

    Psychology Today, list arguing (not fighting) as one of the keys to a healthy and happy relationship. All of us know that keeping things bottled up isn’t healthy, with a partner that allows you to have open lines of communication,  results in a much less stressful relationship (see Open Communication)

    Shows That You’re An Individuals

    The ability to argue shows that you are really an individual. Not someone with ‘no’ personality that just goes along with anything. Unless that is what you and your partner want,  it doesn’t boat well in a relationship.

    Having believes and values of your own are valuable to your relationship. Sharing and learning from one another is part of the whole experience and makes it exciting.

    The Relationship Means Something to You.

    We as humans will only argue about things that matter to us. You wouldn’t jump in an argument over something you couldn’t give a hoot about would you?  So arguing can be a sign that you care about the relationship, where it’s going, and that you’re willing to fight for it.

    Getting Pass Arguments

    Though arguments can have a beneficial side, how you get pass an argument is a highly important aspect. Pushing egos aside, being tolerant and understanding whilst keeping an open mind, will all help in your relationship.

    Resolving issues

    If you are able to get pass arguments in a matured and understanding manner, you and your partner have the ability to resolve issues. This is highly important for a long term relationship, issues will arise one time or another, and it’s important to be able to handle them with respect and care for one another.

    You Keep It Real

    Though romance and relationships go hand in hand, there is a difference between romance and romanticizing reality. Understanding that romance is fleeting and comes and goes in a relationship is as real as it gets. After the initial passion fades, there will be many issues to face, a person that understands that reality, will have a higher chance at a healthier and happier relationship.

    Maturity

    There is a different between arguing and fighting. Arguing is non-combative, raising points without raising your voice or name calling (from psychology today). This shows maturity of a person. If you and your partner are matured enough to have a respectful argument, you would also have mutual respect for one another.

    Acceptance

    When we argue we show a different side to our personality. Often times this side has no hidden truths, its full on and full out, expressive emotions. Seeing each other in a different light over an argument is not an easy thing. But it will allow for both you and your partner to fully accept one another.

    Important note:

    It is important to note the different between arguing and fighting (see Maturity). Couples that are able to argue and not have it escalate to a fight have a good chance of a healthier and happier relationship.

  • Living

    13 Things You Didn’t Know About Malaysia

    There are many things about Malaysia that we love, from the abundance of food to our multi cultural society. But how much about our country do we really know. In celebration of “Hari Merdeka” here are some little known facts about this country we love, Malaysia.

    Top capital city for lighting

    Here something that would surprise you. Our capital of Kuala Lumpur is the top capital city for lightning and ranks fifth in the world with a “lightning flash density” of 48.3, as well as ranking third worldwide for number of thunder storm days per year at 180-260 days.

    KL railway station is built to withstand 2 feet of snow

    The Kuala Lumpur Railway station on Jalan Hishamuddin is said to be able to withstand up to 2-6 feet of snow. Built by the firm of J.A. Russell, architect P.C. Russell whom was probably worked under direction of A.B. Hubbock, the official architect of Selangor State. According to Legend, the design was taken from a 1911 Moscow Trade Fair pavilion and that the roof is design with snow gutters.

    Source: New York Times

    Highest suspended bridge

    The suspended bridge at Mount Kinabalu, is said to be one of if not the highest suspended bridge in the world. The bridge is at 3600 meters above sea level, Via Ferrata on Mount Kinabalu.

    Bonus Fact: Via Ferrata is Italian for “iron road”, the Via Ferrata at Mount Kinabalu was verified by Guinness World Records as the highest via ferrata in the world

    World’s longest insect
    Officially named Phobaticus chani, this remarkable stick insect can measure up to 56.6cm in total length, And was discovered by Sabah amateur naturalist Datuk Chan Chew Lun.

    Source: Star Online

    Biggest cockroach infestation

    Gomantong Cave in Sabah has the highest density of cockroaches in the world. The amazing Cave houses roughly a million bats. The cockroaches thrive in the dark and damp environment and feed off bat dropping. Here’s a video from National Geographic, forewarning it’s not for the faint of heart.

    No bats no durians

    Durian trees only flower at night, so Bats are the main pollinator. Dr. Christine Fletcher from FRIM, the flowers that are pollinated by Bats produce better fruits and more bundles.

    Pet cemetery

    Something for those pet lovers out there, in fact Malaysia actually has two pet cemeteries, Pet Memorial Services and Pets in Peace Malaysia. For the love of the furry ones in our families, you can give them a proper burial service.

    140 different languages spoken

    We all know Malaysia to be a multi-cultural society where our medium of spoke communication is often a mixture we refer to as Manglish. It would surprise you to know that Malaysia has 140 individual languages listed, 2 of which are extinct.

    Source: ethnologue.com

    Largest Round about in the world

    The Largest Roundabout in the world is right here in Putrajaya. The Roundabout measures at an impressive 3.5km in diameter. Although, there is some dispute over the roundabout being the largest, its contender is The Savannah in Port of Spain in Trinidad and Tobago.

    Source: Expatgomalaysia.com

    Largest Underground Cave Chamber

    Located in Mulu National Park, in Sarawak, the Sawarak Chamber (600 m by 415 m and 80 m high), is the world’s biggest cave chamber. The Clearwater Cave is among the top ten longest caves in the world measuring at 189km.

    Source: Unesco.org

    Oldest English School in Southeast asia

    Founded by Rev. Sparke Hutching in 1816, the Penang Free School is the oldest English School in South East Asia.

    Source: the-v.net

    South Most Tip of Asia

    Tanjung Piai Johor National Park Lays claim to the title of the south most tip of the Asian continent. Located in the district of Pontian, the national park covers an area of 926 ha.

    Source: Malaysia-traveller.com

    Local time has been adjusted eight times

    The Time in Peninsular Malaysia has been changed a total of 7 times and East Malaysia a total of 6 times, with January 1, 1982 being the latest adjustment made for both Peninsular and East Malaysia. Also, on December 31, 1981 Malaysia declared that people living in West Malaysia would move their clocks ahead by 30 mins to match East Malaysia; the switch was made on January 1, 1982.

    Know any interesting Facts about Malaysia? Share them in the comments bellow

  • Living,  Travel

    Day Trip: 101 Sekinchan Guide

    A picturesque beach side village surrounded by paddy fields, Sekinchan (in Chinese pronounced: “shi geng zhuang”) has been gaining popularity since it was chosen as a location for several TV dramas. The village itself is located 1.5 hours drive, out of Kuala Lumpur, and is a great destination for a weekend getaway.

    So if you decide to head to the beautiful and bountiful village, here’s a rough guide to help you out.

    Accommodation

    You would probably want to maximize your experience at the village by staying the night. Waking up to the sound of waves and the beautiful views would only be awe inspiring if not a welcoming change from waking up in the city.  Here are some of the best rated accommodations for you to check out.

    A+ Boutique Hotel

    A boutique hotel with a modern retro vibe, A+ Boutique Hotel has a 4 out of 5 star rating on trip advisor. The hotel itself is located along the main road of Sekinchan and is a short drive to the paddy fields and Redang Beach. Room rates range from RM59 – RM239

    East Sun Hotel

    This beautiful and modern hotel gets a 3.5 out of 5 rating on trip advisor. The East Sun Hotel has a very modern design and the Rooms are fitted with all the modern creature comforts. Price range in RM88 – RM198.

    Sekin Fisherman Village Hotel and Resort Sekinchan

    If you want something a bit simpler, the Sekin Fisherman Village Hotel would have you covered. Call for room prices.

    Restaurants

    If there’s one thing to do in this village is eat. Being blessed by the ocean’s bounty, seafood is in abundance and readily available for your feasting pleasures. Sekinchan is a fishing village after all.

    Restoran Cha Po Tion

    Famous for a variety of seafood dishes such as shark soup, seafood porridge, vermicelli (mee hoon) seafood soup, steamed lala and deep fried calamari. The Cha Po Tion Restaurant is a favorite among local and tourist alike.

    Food Blogger Auntie Lilly from followmetoeatla.blogspot.com headed to Sekinchan for some food trippping, and Cha Po Tion was one of her stops. Read it here.

    Cha Po Tion Restaurant
    9990B Jalan Besar Bagan, Bagan Sekinchan
    45400 Sekinchan, Selangor
    Tel: 016 – 6761 769

    Restoran Loong Hua

    HungryGoWhere lists Loong Hua in their Sekinchan food trail article. and highlights their signature dish, the The claypot yellow eel. The restaurant is of course stocked with other amazing and fresh seafood dishes.

    Loong Hua Restaurant
    73 Lorong 3, Bagan Sekinchan,
    Sekinchan, Selangor 45400

    Began Seafood Restaurant

    This restaurant seems to be a popular one along the seafood street. Of course it has some awesome seafood dishes to try out that are surely to be delicious.

    Note: You should know you could grab some grub right at the beach, prawn crackers, fresh fruit juice and Raw Oysters! Sounds just delish. Fair warning though, the area is very popular hence cleanliness isn’t top priority.

    Activities

    Sight Seeing

    Going over from the city, there are tones of things to do. First on the list, sightseeing, grab a breath of fresh air and take in the beautiful view of a beach side village surrounded by paddy fields.

    Make A Wish

    Stop by at the Pantai Redang Beach and make a wish by throwing red ribbons onto the tree. It’s a fun thing to do whether you believe in it or not, and is surely be able to lift your spirits.

    Photography

    Get ready your SD-cards for a no hold bared photo shoot. The village is picturesque scene, with tones of great angles to be discovered. Hopefully you’ll find enough to keep your trigger finger happy for awhile.

    Head Over To The Fisherman’s Wharf

    If the only place you’ve seen fish is in the supermarket, or at the pasar. Stop by the fisherman’s wharf and see how it’s done. Seeing it for yourself would be rather a good experience.

    Relax and Enjoy Yourself

    The main thing is to relax and enjoy yourself on the trip. The change of scenery and pace from your normal daily life should at the least revitalize you for when you head back. So sit back, relax, breath in the fresh air and enjoy the view, in the little village of Sekinchan.

  • Health & Fitness,  Living

    Benefits Of The Lemon Water Diet

    The Lemon Water Diet is popular for helping its followers lose weight. Celebrities such as Beyonce, Heidi Kulm and Jennifer Aniston are just a few that are fans of the lemon diet. But the diet is a lot more than just a weight lost program, it’s a cleansing detox that has a few more benefits for your overall health. Read Lose Weight in 7 Days with Lemon Diet for the Diet Plan.

    TIP: Use purified water at lukewarm temperatures, not scalding hot. Avoid cold water as it would be it would be a lot for your body to process and takes up more energy. Always use fresh lemons, organic is preferable. Squeeze ½ a lemon with each glass and drink it down before eating anything.

    Cleanses Your System

    Lemon juice will increase the rate of urination in the body and as such will help flush out unwanted materials. Citric acid in lemons promotes enzyme function which stimulates the liver and aids detoxification. Toxic are released at faster and helps to keep you healthier.

    Boost Immune System

    Lemons have Vitamin C and Potassium. The Vitamin C found in lemons are great for fighting off colds and demonstrates anti-inflammatory effects as well as helps to enhance iron absorption. Potassium helps control blood pressure and lemons also reduce the amount of phlegm produced in the body.

    Reduces Appetite

    Pectin a soluble fiber often found in citrus fruits creates a feeling of fullness that helps stave off hunger. As such you will be less likely to eat small snacks throughout the day or make poor food choices.

    Promotes Healing

    Ascorbic acid, Vitamin C promotes wound healing in the body, and is important to maintain healthy bones, tissue and cartilage. The Vitamin C also helps with inflammation in the body.

    Freshens Breath

    Lemon juice can help with bad breath; the antiseptic qualities will help to kill off bad bacteria in the mouth acting as disinfectant.  Lemon juice is also much healthier than Coffee for you morning wake up beverage.

  • Living,  Tech

    Maxis Introduces World’s First “Kid-Sourced” Voice Navigation On Waze

    Maxis has made headlines with the introduction of the world’s very first “Kid-Sourced” Voice Navigation on Waze!

    It is called the Safe Mode Kids and it’s the first of its kind collaboration between Waze and Maxis. This came about after Maxis was inspired by a survey which found that 97% of Malaysian parents claimed they drive much safer when children are the car. With that information, Maxis decided to take it a step further and developed the Safe Mode Kids project.  “kid-sourced” voices of Malaysian children aged 3 to 12 to develop an innovative way of reminding parents to drive safer.

    Why is it “kid-sourced”? It is called that because the voices of Malaysian children aged 3 to 12 years of age was used to develop an innovative way of reminding parents to drive safer. A rather genius way to promote safer driving on the roads, and particularly timely with the Raya season upon us.

    This is quite different from the other Waze special voice packs that usually feature a single celebrity voice. Maxis’ Safe Mode Kids did it differently as they invited different children to donate their voices for Waze directional prompts with charming reminders to drive safe.

    Instead of the standard Waze navigation prompts you will hear sentences such as  ‘All set. Don’t forget your seatbelt’, ‘Re-routing. Eyes on the Road!’ and “Accident reported ahead. Please be careful, ok?”. The best thing is, Safe Mode Kids will be available to all of Waze’s more than 50 million users around the world!

    The Head of Marketing Services, Sulin Lau said that with the festive season approaching and knowing that Malaysia ranks 17th in the world for ‘most dangerous roads’, they felt that the Safe Mode Kids could be a charming and effective way to remind our fellow Malaysians to drive safer.

    Commenting on the partnership, Eleanne Hattis, Waze, Head of APAC said, “Safety is the utmost mission for any new feature or campaign Waze develops as we work together with citizens to improve their time in the car. We’re proud to work with Maxis on this project, amplifying a common goal to use mobile technology to promote safer roadways. People generally drive safer with children in the car, and we believe this is an attention-grabbing feature that will assist in spreading the cause.”

    Here’s how to get the Safe Mode Kids voice pack:

    • Download/open Waze
    • Select Settings
    • Click on Sound
    • Go to Voice Language
    • Select “English (US) – Safe Mode with Kids” (powered by Maxis)

    For more information, please visit www.maxis.com.my/safemode. Don’t delay getting this app, parents! Road safety is paramount at all times and if having little reminders like these help us drive safer, that surely can’t be a bad thing.

  • Home,  Living

    Family Bonding Is Top Priority During Ramadan

    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 drink intake during fasting, as it helps reduce fatigue and restlessness. Recently, The World-Wide Sleep Index study showed that Malaysians have the shortest sleep durations, which isn’t doing any of us any favours 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.