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Top 10 Female Bloggers Malaysia

11.28.2014

 a recent survey conducted by Top10Malaysia

It's an honour to be voted as one of the Top 10 Female Bloggers in Malaysia by a recent survey conducted by Top 10 Malaysia magazine alongside Kinky Blue Fairy, Shea, Hanis Zalikha, JQ, Michekins, Ash, Bangsarbabe, Kimberly and Paris B. I couldn't think of a better time for this to come. I have dreamt of being one of the best bloggers in Malaysia for a long time, but never have I expected to be voted as one of the top 10 in Malaysia.

This gift, is an encouragement for me to continue sharing my thoughts on my blog. The tears of joy and bitterness that accompanied 2014, I hope 2015 would be a better year for me. All I can say is, blogging is not about just owning a blog. It's also branding of yourself, the footsteps you have taken and cross paths with, the writings that follow you for years.

Blogging is not about attending as many events as you can, accepting whatever thrown into your way, or blogging everyday. Always find your voice, your niche and be someone everyone remembers.

thank you for voting for me, whoever you are

no longer plus size, that made me laugh haha

About Top 10 Malaysia

The Top 10 of Malaysia is an English language magazine owned and published by RHA Media Sdn Bhd. The acronym ‘RHA’ is derived from the words, ‘Research House of Asia’.  The magazine is all about celebrating beautiful stories of successful businesses, people, and inspiring lifestyles across the entire fabric of Malaysian life. It is also a monthly publication that seeks to acknowledge the excellence of Malaysian corporations and enterprises, personalities and bodies in the hope that they become paragons of inspiration, especially to the future generation who will see this as an impetus to strive for success, and pursue new opportunities. 

The Top 10 of Malaysia brings to its readers the vibrant faces and stories of success from all walks of Malaysian life, showcasing the crème de la crème of Malaysian companies and captains of industries, and of personalities and lifestyles through surveys, researches, interviews, and collaboration with local and international media powerhouses.

The Top 10 of Malaysia is published in association with Top 10 of Asia which is an initiative to showcase Asia’s excellence in all its diversity: arts, literature, cultures, industries, personalities, lifestyles, innovations, politics, governments, sports and so on.  

This initiative will bring to the readers beautiful, perhaps rare, insights into Asia’s excellence through the interviews conducted, articles, events and television programmes.

Currently, Top 10 of Malaysia has an estimated readership of 80,000 people. The distribution and reach of this magazine is wide and covers selected business chambers, embassies, hotels, VIP lounges, trade associations, professional bodies, events venues, and government agencies and ministries.

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Penguins of Madagascar GSC D-Box Review

The Penguins of Madagascar

I haven't been to GSC for the longest time and when an invitation to go watch The Penguins of Madagascar by Randy, I say why not. It's not just any cinema hall too because Randy has bought tickets for the D-Box! I wanted to try D-Box ever since I heard about it. Only two GSC cinemas halls has this - Pavilion KL and 1Utama (Hall 3). D-Box is like those theme park 5D or 6D motion seats that enhances your cinematic experience like real. The difference is when you watch D-Box at GSC, it's not going to be 30mins or less. It's going to be the full length of the movie!.
Plucky penguins Skipper (Tom McGrath), Kowalski (Chris Miller), Rico (Conrad Vernon) and Private (Christopher Knights) -- the most elite spies ever hatched -- join forces with a chic undercover organization known as the North Wind. Led by highly trained, handsome and arrogant Agent Classified (Benedict Cumberbatch), this special inter-species task force must stop a many-tentacled villain, Dr. Octavius Brine (John Malkovich), from destroying the world.

 Hall 3 at GSC 1Utama features D-Box

What's D-Box? 

After sound and image, D-BOX adds magic to films by introducing a new experience: immersive motion. Moviegoers will live the action just as if they were part of the scene that is occurring onscreen.

D-BOX’s technology is leading edge. After sound and image, D-BOX is the natural evolution of cinema. Much like a movie soundtrack, motion effects are created frame-by-frame by their Motion Designers in their California Studio creating the unique patented D-BOX Motion Code.

The signal is then sent to the actuators that act like little robots under your seat. D-BOX is smooth and blends perfectly with the sound and image to make your cinematic experience complete. Its motion is multilevel; it can allow you to feel the intensity as if you were speeding in a car chase or let you feel the subtle movements as if you were by the ocean, feeling the relaxing waves.

The result is an unmatched immersive experience: you will feel as if you are part of the onscreen action taking place right before your eyes.

Source: www.d-box.com
 laughing like made with the penguins

state of the art motion seats that shakes!!!
(macam massage chair haha)

     control the intensity level by adjusting the + or - button (beside your chair)

I laughed my way through the movie. The Penguins of Madagascar is really funny! Skipper, Ricco, Kowalski and Private went on this spy journey and have a face off with another spy fanatic team called the North Wind. The evil character this time is Dave a purple octopus with a vengeance for cute penguins. Children will love this movie I tell you!. 

Thursday movie night with the guys

My verdict about D-Box? It takes some time to get used to watching movies with your chair moving. Almost felt like someone is kicking you from the behind. However once you get used to knowing it's not someone kicking you, you'll enjoy the kick-ass motions coupled by the adventurous scenes of the movie.

D-Box tickets costs RM34 each at GSC Pavilion KL and GSC 1Utama. Not all seats are D-Box. There's only a total of 57 D-Box seats in GSC. Very limited so purchase your D-Box seats early if you want to experience your movie coming to life. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is what I am waiting for next and I bet watching it on D-Box will be AWESOME.

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All New Fitness First & Freestyle™ Group Training

11.27.2014


have you seen Fitness First lately?

Readers, I know I have lost some weight this year... about 20kg, not an easy feat. You know something? It's easy to lose weight, it's the maintaining the weight you have lost that's hard! *screams* so what's a city girl got to do to keep the weight from bouncing back?

go to gym lar

But going to the gym is soooo boring Tammy (my evil conscious is speaking). Well I do agree, I was a Fitness First member at Curve for a year and while it was fun exercising on the machines but I soon got bored and I didn't know what else to do since I could not afford the training sessions. 

However, recently things has changed in Fitness First. When I went back to Fitness First Curve with my friends for a blogger's experiential session, I was shocked (in a good way) how it has transformed from the club I once knew to this amazing brand new club. Splashes of red being used conveys energy, power and fiery passion. The colors that would make you do double duty at the gym *lol*.

hello Fitness First Curve, it's been some time!

eh what happened here? did I go to the wrong gym?

didn't use to look like this *shock*

wait is this the ladies bathroom?! love the bold red

the locker room looks like a hotel

so high tech one?! using key card to scan locker!!!

they even have a reality tv show called Fit For Fashion
(more info click here)

are you a social junkie? check out their "cyber" cafe haha

What else has changed since I last stepped into Fitness First?. Lovely member's lounge for work or to chill. The familiar beverage station said hello to me while I make a cup of hot tea and flipped through a magazine. What caught my attention next was the Internet stations had not computers but slim and appealing tabs waiting for me to get social. Not that I don't mind getting social on my phone with their free Wi-Fi access (only at selected clubs though).

And if you spot something different in the following pictures, large areas with markings on the gym floor was another surprise that caught me off guard. What is this sorcery? It looks like a playground. Surrounding this "playground" was weights and equipments for training. Of course, we were just in time to watch the trainers do their rounds here *lucky us*.

this playground is called the Freestyle™ areas where...

a qualified trainer will take groups of 4-8 fellow club members
through a fun, interactive 30 mins or more structured workout

(L - R) Mr. Ng Kah Wen (Assistant Manager), Mr. Kurts Stocks (Managing Director)
and Mr. Arun (emcee of the day)

With so many questions on my mind, I finally got the chance to hear the man speak. The man being Kurt Stocks, Managing Director of Fitness First. During a coffee chit-chat session, Mr. Stocks gave an inspirational speech about Fitness First's club transformation, their goals for the future and their stand as the leaders in the fitness and health industry. How serious are they? As serious as equipping their staffs (management to front liners) for training and staff fitness certification. Imagine from the time you walk in, you're greeted by their front liners who would be able to advise you on fitness concerns. I was pretty impressed with this.

Question 1:
Me: I love the new Fitness First makeover. How many clubs will undergo this transformation?.
Mr. Stocks: It will be by stages, currently there are five gym clubs - Curve, Avenue K, 1 Mont Kiara, & Gardens Mall (latest) follow by the rest of the outlets by end of this year. We have a total of 13 Fitness First clubs in Malaysia.

Question 2:
Me: I notice a change in the number of machines available compared to my last visit as a member.
Mr. Stocks: As we move forward as leaders in health and fitness, we move forward in understanding the human body is complex and designed to move with a purpose. The ultimate goal for Fitness First and it's members are to achieve their fitness target by going from here to there, efficiently which can be achieve through this new program called the FGT classes. The classes are supported by extensive training and delivered by fitness certified coaches. With FGT workouts, members will never need to train on their own again. Other new signature workouts besides FGT - Pro Cycling, Advanced Flow Yoga and Hardcore Max.

Also present at the session is Ng Kah Wen, the Assistant Fitness Manager who shared that the human body are designed to be flexible and not moved like robots. With Fitness First's introduction of the Freestyle™ Group Training (FGT) classes which combines the use of their specialised exercise technique, such as the Dynamic Movement Training (DMT), members can now explore new ways to challenge themselves.

Question 1:
Me: What is the "playground" that I see here?
Mr. Ng: It's our dedicated Freestyle™ areas and fitness experts can help you discover new training techniques and exercises that offer a dynamic and efficient full-body workout. The one thing you won't see in this area is machines. These areas are designed to focus on the movement, not on the machine, helping you get results 50% more than if you were using a fixed form machines!.

Question 2:
Me: What is the Freestyle™ Group Training (FGT)?
Mr. Ng: Called the Fitness First's Freestyle Group Training (FGT) these areas are used for FGT training workouts that create interactive, energetic experiences for groups of typically 4 - 12 members. You won't find this special programme anywhere else as it's unique to Fitness First. Freestyle training innovations such as Kettlebells and Suspension Exercise, offering variety to keep you motivated. 

the Dynamic Movement Training (DMT)

The core concept within Fitness Philosophy is the Dynamic Movement Training (DMT), it's more than exercise. It's fitness that suits our style and fits your life. DMT involves the entire body working together to challenge the cardiovascular, muscular and neural systems. Movements can be purely body weight, or can be loaded for even greater benefit. DMT gives three times the benefits of regular isolation training by improving overall strength, fitness and function all at the same time.

Scientifically, DMT increases muscle activation, is more energy demanding for accelerated weight loss, and enhances performance in life and in sport. Maximum results in minimum time.
  • ViPR
  • Suspension training
  • Kettlebells
  • Bosu balls
  • Steelbells
  • Medicine Balls
  • Dumbbells
  • Plyo boxes


let's try the FGT now shall we ladies?


this is how you do it aha aha

now let's see who can run faster?

Our Freestyle Group Training (FGT) is a combination of three-dimensional training movements that will challenge your muscles to move you in the way nature intended. Each of the challenging FGT classes are designed to help you reach your goals, whilst improving your everyday movement ability. This creates a workout that gives maximum results whilst making everyday activities easier to undertake. With FGT each workout is different.

Maximum Results in Minimum Time

It’s all about training in three planes of motion; everyone can get involved due to the large range of weights and equipment that we offer, plus everyone will benefit from the training.

Back to the unique program - FGT which is now available at all Fitness First Clubs for members to sign up. Works pretty much like signing up for the classes available at Fitness First. The FGT classes has three global program streams which are suitable for all fitness levels from beginners to the advance. 

FGT BASICS
A great workout that will cover all of the moves used in the other classes. By understanding the moves before you attend the other classes you can maximise your results!!

FGT CORE
This workout will challenge your core in three planes of motion. A three-dimensional core workout is the way to performing better in the gym.

FGT HIIT
Push yourself to the limit with HIIT training. Designed to get results quickly by mixing short, intense bursts of exercise with short recovery periods.

FGT Power
Learn to use the equipment to get stronger. Challenge your whole body with this strength workout. Using superset exercises and a mix of freestyle equipment to maximise your results.

FGT Strength
Use heavy equipment with explosive body weight exercise to increase your power.

I'm tired out after a 30mins FGT session
(normally it gets me an hour to be this tired on machine)

I would like to thank Fitness First for inviting us to experience the Freestyle Group Training (FGT) session. In a matter of 30mins of training at the Freestyle area, I could see why this program would be a hit amongst its club members. The guide and training given by the trainers helps members to achieve their fitness goals in less the amount of time taken to achieve on their own. Maximising the use of strength, regressing based on our limits, one can enjoy the advantages of FGT with Fitness First.

Whether you're aiming for weight loss, toning, muscle building, stamina or you have a disability, the trainers will guide you on a training session best suited upon assessing you. Definitely looking forward to the new Fitness First and it's expansion of activities and innovations as the leading health and fitness club in Malaysia.

see it for yourself, get a guest pass today
click here

Fitness First The Curve 
G70, Ground Floor, 
The Curve
No. 6, Jalan PJU 7/3,
Mutiara Damansara, 
Selangor, Malaysia
Contact No: +603- 7728 0077

Operating Hours:
Saturday and Sunday: 7.00am - 9.00pm
Monday to Friday: 6.30am - 11.00pm
Public Holiday: 9.00am - 8.00pm

Free New York Skin Solutions Christmas Facial & Skincare Kit

11.26.2014


When was the last time I went for a facial, I can't remember. It's been ages ever since I bought my first Clarisonic and subsequently tried Olay Pro X Cleansing device and Phillips Visapure (review will be up). Owning facial cleansing devices don't mean we can stop going for facials, especially when you have skin concerns and problems. The professionals would be able to help treat it, well at least much better than us normal consumers. I kinda miss going for facials, having to lay there for 1 - 2 hours, getting my face massaged.

Imagine my excitement when I check into my mailbox this morning and there's a e-mail from New York Skin Solutions offering the gift of glow via their Christmas Skincare Pamper Package worth RM568. I've never tried New York Skin Solutions before so I've filled up my details and book a date for 1st Dec, 2014 if its available at Curve.
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L'Oreal Paris Beauty Countdown Contest

11.17.2014

counting down to amazing prizes *weee*

L'Oreal Paris is having a contest now over at www.lorealbeautycountdown.com.my for shopaholics out there starting from now until 31st December, 2014. Get ready to shop your way to a grand prize of a car worth more than RM100,000 or win daily and weekly prizes. Christmas is around the corner so this is the best time and reason to shop for your girlfriends!. That's 10 weeks of big beauty thrills *heart* looks like it's going to be mascaras and lipsticks in my shopping list for my girlfriends this Christmas.


We're giving away amazing daily and weekly prizes over the next 10 weeks to reward our highest spenders! If you spend the most overall on L'Oréal Paris products by 31st December 2014, you'll drive home our Grand Prize - a brand new car worth over RM100,000!

HOW TO ENTER?
  1. Spend over RM20 on L'Oréal Paris products
  2. Upload a photo of your receipt
  3. Answer the questions on the website
  4. Shop more to increase your chances of winning

GRAND PRIZE: A CAR WORTH OVER RM100K
(I'll be happy to win any kind of car but ahem let's do this right)

GRAND PRIZE: A CAR WORTH OVER RM100K!
(YOUR OWN RIDE!!! WEEHOOOOOOO)
a mystery prize will be revealed every week on

Daily Prizes for Shoppers!
3 X L'Oreal Paris Hampers worth over RM100

New Dettol pH-Balance Body Wash Experiential Session

11.10.2014

let's talk dirty today shall we?

If you watched contagion, then you'll know everywhere around us are germs waiting to just hitch a ride on our skin. Well I always say to myself, there are good germs and there are the nasty germs but what can we do? Plenty.

Did U Know? I was a student nurse in Australia for a year
(darn, wish I taken pictures of myself in my uniform)

When I was a student nurse in Melbourne, I washed my hands more than 20 times in a day at the hospital. I was working in the infectious ward. Yeah INFECTIOUS WARD where infectious diseases could be potentially fatal to anyone who's not careful. Keeping germs away was crucial in my work. Disinfectants, anti-bacterial hand wash, gloves, face masks and showering when you get home before you touch anything else. The healthcare industry ain't kidding about germs.

why being germ-free is important

Keeping ourselves (nurses) germ free isn't the only key to staying healthy. We had to make sure there's no cuts on our skin or that any dirt is transferred over to our patients during care. In the winter, we were advised to moisturized our skin so it don't become dry, cracked or susceptible to infections. It was an eye opener being a nurse.

the largest organ on our body needs our love

The most important lesson of all is to care for ourselves first before we can care for others. Today I would like to share one of the ways we can do this in Malaysia where dirt, germs and pollutions are one of the environmental issues we face e.g Haze.

How Can We Protect Ourselves From Germs?
1. Use anti-bacterial bath care products
2. Moisturized your skin
3. Protect your skin

And there is exactly one product that can do all 3 in the shower. It's Dettol, the one brand my dad use for as long as I remember. Now Dettol has come out with their new and improved body wash with pH-balanced formula. They are the first anti-bacterial body care brand that not only keeps germs away, but also protect our skin, the natural barrier by keeping the pH levels balance and moisturized.

discovering Dettol's pH-Balance Body Wash at the experiential session
(many thanks to Dettol for inviting me)


Sharing about Dettol pH-Balance Body Wash on camera!
(watch my interview with Dettol)


introducing the 6 variants of Dettol's new & improved Body Wash
now with a pH-balance formula


the new & improved Dettol Shower Gel with pH-Balance


the right pH level can keep your skin healthy


I'm putting my hand to the pH test to see if this is true?
fyi pH4.0 - 6.0 is perfect for us

a comparison between brand x, Dettol & my skin's pH level

Brand X - alkaline (not good)
Dettol pH-Balance - acidic (perfect)
my skin - acidic (matches Dettol!)

Our skin's natural barrier - The Acid Mantle is a very fine, slightly acidic invisible film on our skin that protects us from bacteria, viruses and contaminants. It's naturally secreted by the skin with a healthy pH level of 4.0 - 6.0. Germs and contaminants are neutralized by the skin’s acid mantle keeping the skin healthy, soft and supple, free from dryness, cracks and abrasions. This prevents the growth of bad bacteria while keeping the good bacterias happy. The Acid Mantle is easily thrown out of balance with harsh cleansers and scrubs or excessive environmental exposure. 

What Other Factors?

  • Central heating or Air conditioning
  • Environmental changes: UV rays, Exhaust fumes, Pollutants, Dust, haze, heat
  • Oxidants
  • Harmful microorganisms such as germs and bacteria

How To Care  For Your Acid Mantle?
  • Cleansing (with a slightly acidic cleanser) & moisturise for healthy skin
  • Antibacterial Protection for germ free skin
Other ways to protect:
  • Sun-Protection
  • Treat the damage – wrinkles, pigmentation others
  • Treat your skin gently


after the pH-Balance testing, I was treated to a hand massage
(yay I love hand massages!)


and I laughed throughout the session.... LOL

check out the new Dettol Body Wash & get a RM5 OFF!

Don't forget to take the Dettol Challenge on http://goo.gl/NEeHNU and get a RM5 off any Dettol pH balanced 625ml shower gel variant, on top of 30% in store discount at Guardian from 1st Nov - 31at December, 2014. Dettol pH-Balanced Body Wash is available in 7 variants (Skincare, Original, Re-energize, Fresh, Radiance, Cool and Nourishing) at retail stores nationwide and is suitable for use by the entire family.

Recommended Retail Price:
Dettol pH-Balanced Body Wash 250ml - RM6.90
Dettol pH-Balanced Body Wash 625ml - RM15.90
Dettol pH-Balanced Body Wash 950ml - RM21.90
Dettol pH-Balanced Body Wash refill 900ml RM14.50

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