May 27, 2022

In search for the next Face of Malaysia 2022

International Celebrity Pageant Group alongside MK Group, a business organisation with diversified interests is organising Face of Malaysia 2022 modelling contest, officially launched recently at Quill City Mall, Kuala Lumpur, to give opportunities to aspiring models to become the New Face of Malaysia this year.

The winners of Face of Malaysia 2022 will be sent to compete in the 2022 Asia Model Festival Face of Asia finals in Seoul, South Korea in November 2022.

International Celebrity Pageant Group president and founder Lennard Tan is the license holder now having taken over the responsibility of organizing Face of Malaysia from former franchise holder Amber Chia who conceptualized and started the Face of Malaysia back in 2011…

“The reason we decided to acquire the license to stage Face of Malaysia this year, is because we believe that there are a lot of multi-talented individuals in our country that can make us proud globally,” said Tan at a press conference and launch of Face of Malaysia 2022.

Also present at the launch were MK Group founder and chief executive officer Dr Raymond Ang, supermodel Amber Chia, and International Celebrity Pageant Group (ICPG) advisors Datin Sri Puteri Irene Lai, Jenet Foo and Rowena San Naidu.

A series of auditions was held in various locations in search for new face models, with the KL and Johor auditions just concluded recently…

At the same time, Face of Malaysia Junior 2022 , is also open for the younger ones this year…

Amber Chia, founder and principal of Amber Chia Academy, will be the principal judge for the Face of Malaysia 2022 competition.

“Face of Malaysia is not only looking for exotic or unique faces but is also looking at multi-talented individuals with unique personalities that can represent our nation proudly,” said Chia who thanked Tan for having Amber Chia Academy as its collaborative partner.

The Face of Malaysia competition was open to Malaysians females 18-28 years old (168cm and above) and male 18-32 years old (175cm and above). 

And as for the Junior category, there are three age groups 5-8 years old (Junior), 9-12 years old (Pre-Teen) and 13-17 years old (Teen)

The children in the junior category will not be running for the international competition, but about 10 to 12 kid qualifiers will be sent to South Korea for a runway walk in a special fashion showcase….

Anyway, do look forward to the semi-finals which be staged in June…  The grand final is expected to be held somewhere in mid-July…

May 26, 2022

SLAÉ with Nature Inspiring Beauty anytime and everytime....

We women need makeup to improve our appearance…. Some of us can be addicted to makeup while others probably feel that they need to dress up well and wear nice makeup to boost their confidence…. Cos after all, we know very well that when we dress well and look great, it makes us feel good too and creates positive feelings….

A study somewhere says women need makeup for two main reasons; camouflage and seduction. Camouflage means hiding our negative feelings such as being anxious or insecure, while being seductive means feeling more attractive and confident…..

We all know that beautiful women can easily attract more attention and are normally more popular… and, like it or not, men justifies a woman’s personality based on her makeup… yes, it is true that each and every man probably have different opinion in defining attractive women but in the end, wearing makeup also leads to how men treat women…

But how safe is the makeup in the market? Many makeup however contains a lot of chemicals which function as emulsifier, thickener, coloring, preservative agents, fragrance and pH stabilizers in cosmetics… but I got introduced to SLAÉ

SLAÉ is a new brand of colour cosmetics / makeup that is inspired by nature, is safe and good for your skin; and it is with SLAÉ that you can be confident that you can be the best version of yourself with SLAÉ.

SLAÉ’s brand philosophy is ‘Nature Inspiring Beauty’ that drives its offering for cosmetic range with amazing lines of colours made with naturally-derived ingredients and safe formulation that are inspired by nature.

SLAÉ offers makeup products for face, lips and eyes that combine the goodness of natural ingredients through Ultra-Colour-Naturals Technology to deliver richly pigmented colours with high intensity and durability and also with Care4You formulation that is FREE from Parabens, Alcohol, Mineral Oils and Fragrance.

Among some of SLAÉ makeup products I am super loving are:-

Bare & Boujee Cushion Foundation -RM68.90
Achieve the best-looking skin with this game-changing creamy cushion foundation, that combines the goodness of natural ingredients through Ultra-Colour-Naturals Technology and inspired by the smooth sands of the Sahara desert. Contains oil-absorbing properties in a lightweight texture that covers skin in a matte finish.

Comes in Light Beige, Natural Beige, Coco Beige shades….

Bare & Boujee Compact Powder - RM44.90
Explore the limitless possibilities for perfect skin complexion with this fine compact powder, that combines the goodness of natural ingredients through Ultra-Colour-Naturals Technology and inspired by the smooth sands of the Sahara desert. Formulated with spherical silica with oil-absorbing function, and soft focus effect to make your skin appear smooth and flawlessly matte all day long.

Comes in Light Beige, Natural Beige, Coco Beige shades…

Bloom This Way Creamy Matte Lipstick - RM29.90
Swipe on the original creamy matte liquid lipstick of matte vibrancy with an everlasting adherence and wear. With this creamy lipstick, you get pure colour on your lips for a beautiful modern matte finish. With the unique Ultra-Colour-Naturals Technology, it sets into a lightweight thin veil of a smooth and flexible non-transferable matte finish. Its pigmented colour intensity remains pure and vibrant at all times.

Comes in 6 beautiful shades of Pretty Lily, Dahlia Delight, Brown Orchid, Sweet Pea, Pink Carnation, Plum Peony

Summerkiss Liquid Lip Matte - RM33.90
Magic in the summer liquid lip matte provides you with a weightless thin film and colour-saturated lips when you smooth on this liquid lip matte, achieving single-stroke payoff that leaves your lips with captivating vibrant lip colour. It stays on with high adherence providing an extended wear, keeping your lips comfortable, soft and sophisticated over time.

Comes in 6 gorgeous shades - Sandy Beach, Suntanned, Strawberry Colada, Tropical Pink, Sea Coral, Hot Babe

Bloom This Way Powder Matte Lipstick - RM29.90
Dress your lips in Powdery Matte Lipstick and you’ll find a luxurious powdery creamy matte finish that sets into an adherent lightweight film. Despite its powdery sensoriality, it glides onto your lips with a smooth swipe and is not drying thanks to the perfectly balanced blend of spherical powders and oils. Formulated with elastomer resin, it has a good staying power, as well as water and transfer resistance.

Comes in 6 delectably lovely shades - Classy Camelia, Dusty Peony, Coral Daisy, Sakura Blossom, Pink Tulip, Rosy Red

Feline Microblade Eyebrow Liner - RM33.90
Perfect brows precision has never been so easy. With a smooth gliding microblading technique, this ultra-fine tipped brow marker allows for hair-like strokes in application for a natural finish. Once set, the colour doesn’t budge, transfer or smudge on any other surface.
Comes in two shades of Black Brown, Brown

Feline Liquid Eye Liner – Black - RM32.90
Achieve eye perfection with immediate intense colour release, smudge proof and high-comfort wear eyeliner. Draw in the detail with this long-lasting, smooth gliding liquid eyeliner suitable with two different tips for personalised design. With a superfine and flexible micro-felt tip for high precision easy fluid application, to define eyes that glides onto the lash line.

Feline Triple Threat Mascara – Black -RM38.90
Creating a quick trick on your mascara. Get your voluminous and fluttery lashes with just a simple stroke, it is that easy. The small brush helps with the precise upper and lower lash mascara application for a fanned out look. It’s a mascara to stay all day with high and rich pigmented formula to catch some attention

I am seriously loving the makeup and yes, the lipstick does not stain my face-mask even after hours of wear… and my make up stays put pretty well… 

Gonna be exploring other products and shades in near future…. Go check it out, I am sure you will love how you will slay with these gorgeous Nature Inspiring Beauty products that is aptly named SLAÉ

World Asthma Day 2022 - Closing Gaps in Asthma Care

It sure was interesting attending the World Asthma Day Conference 2022 , and I learnt quite a bit about that scary respiratory disease that affected some of my friends and family members…


The event was officiated by the Minister of Health, YB Khairy Jamaluddin, and held to commemorate the celebration of this year’s World Asthma Day in collaboration with the Malaysian Thoracic Society (MTS), Malaysian Family Medicine Specialists’ Association (FMSA), Malaysian Medical Association (MMA), Malaysian Pharmacists Society (MPS), AstraZeneca Malaysia and NVS - Novartis Malaysia….


This half-day conference discussed the challenges and solutions in addressing the gaps in asthma care in Malaysia in line with the World Asthma Day theme this year: Closing Gaps in Asthma Care. 


Did you know that in Malaysia, asthma affects approximately two million children and adults with respiratory diseases sadly being the second most common cause of death within the Ministry of Health hospitals.


The lack of recognition of asthma as an area of focus in the national healthcare agenda, in particular has been cited as one of the major barriers in enabling earlier and equitable access to both diagnosis and evidence-guided treatment among the asthma patients in the country…

I like that how healthcare experts, patient representatives and industry partners have come together to explore the potential of making asthma as a key non-communicable disease (NCD) priority area in Malaysia in the conference…


The conference ended with the pledge signing by multi-stakeholders to express their joint commitment in improving asthma care in Malaysia while witnessed by YB Khairy in his role as our country’s Minister of Health…


YB Khairy also officiated the relaunch of Asthma Malaysia website which will be serving as a one-stop information hub for the public on asthma.


Asthma Malaysia is a non-profitable organization with the mission to serve as a credible resource on asthma, to raise awareness of best standards of care and to empower patients in the management of their asthma.


Asthma Malaysia’s vision is to be Malaysia’s leading portal for asthma with a view of creating more informed and empowered patients.

May 25, 2022

MyCycleXpo 2022 Calls Out to Cycling Business Owners and Bicycle Aficionados

RISE International Sports Exhibition Sdn. Bhd. will be organising the nation’s biggest cycling expo of its kind.

MyCycleXpo 2022 will be held from 29th July 2022 until 31st July 2022... The expo will be showcasing cycling related products and brands and is anticipating approximately 30,000 visitors.

“MyCycleXpo 2022 aims to establish Malaysia as a cycling hub within the region, as well as to reach out to the region’s cycling communities, and most importantly, to contribute to the nation’s trade revenue,” said Nik Badrul Hisham Nik Aziz, Chief Executive Officer of RISE International Sports Exhibition Sdn. Bhd.

Apart from its main purpose as a marketplace and testing ground for cyclists, MyCycleXpo 2022 will offer a list of activities for its participants and visitors.

Marketplace
The marketplace offers 5 different categories including bike and accessories, fashion, travel, healthcare and lifestyle cafe. The bike and accessories segment will be featuring cutting-edge cycling gear and technology including bicycles, cycling parts, accessories and gadgets from well-known brands. MyCycleXpo 2022 will also be the platform to source cycling activewear and fitness lifestyle apparel, specifically curated to maximise performance for cyclists on the go.

The travel exhibitors are from travel agencies and resorts offering cycling tourism packages and cycling activities. Helping cyclists to plan the dream cycling vacations with ease of mind. The healthcare booths will be offering nutritional supplements and healthcare devices to boost sports performance or maintain a healthy lifestyle. Visitors can also learn useful tips on the latest dietary nutrition, ways to optimise recovery, and how to improve cycling performance. Finally, the lifestyle cafe where the cycling community replenishes & recharge while experiencing the latest in fitness & cycling themed F&B concepts. 

MyCycleXpo 2022 is set to be the meeting point of Asia’s cycling clubs and influencers.

Activities
Visitors will stand a chance to ride with big names in the cycling industry in Ride with The Stars. Anuar Manan, former professional cyclists from the TSG Cycling Team with other cycling stars and celebrities will lead the Ride with Stars segment.

Other activities include a 2-hour Zumba session with Nas Adila Dance Crew, Pro Cycling Clinic, Reading Corner by Karya Seni, Exhibitors “Fire Sale”, Lucky Draw, Asean Push Bike Championship, Kids Zone, Street Soccer, Cycling Fashion Show, blood drive, along with talks and seminars.
 
 Entertainment and Showcase
One of the main focuses of the showcase will be the Ministry of Youth and Sports Pavilion. A place to gain information on the upcoming and ongoing activities offered by the Ministry of Youth and Sports for the public. Other entertainment and showcases include the BMX Stunt Show, buskers performance, mini concert, product launches, the Hall of Fame featuring the fascinating history of cycling in Malaysia, from its earliest days of adoption, right up to the modern era here today with Malaysia recognised internationally in the cycling industry and event booths, bringing forth the cycling event organisers involving Le Tour de Langkawi, Jelajah Malaysia, GFNY World Championship and many more.
Booths

The standard rate for local exhibitors is RM5,500.00 per year, eligible for all exhibitions under MyCycleXpo and the international rate is USD2,500.00 (RM10,977.50). 

Malaysian businesses who are interested to join may grab the early bird slots which is going for RM3,800.00 for a limited time only. 

Exhibitors will be provided with a standard Shell Scheme booth including a fascia board with 9 square metre (3 metre x 3 metre) exhibitors’ booth showcasing the number and company name, 2 units fluorescent lights, 1 unit 13-amp electrical point, an information desk, 2 chairs, 1 waste bin and needle-punch carpet flooring within the booth area.

Nik added that MyCycleXpo 2022 hopes to establish Malaysia as the cycling hub in Southeast Asia, as a continuity to Le Tour de Langkawi being one of the most established races in Asia. 

To know more about MyCycleXpo 2022, visit the official website at mycyclexpo.com or @mycyclexpo on Instagram, Facebook and YouTube.

May 24, 2022

JUNGLE HOUSE’S FIRST HONEY LIFESTYLE STORE IN MALAYSIA

If you are a honey lover like me in KL, chances are you would have come across Jungle House while window shopping at in One Utama Shopping Centre, Mid Valley Mega Mall, Pavilion Elite, Central I-City, D Pulses or the IOI City Mall… or if you are in Penang, then perhaps at the Queensbay Mall… Before I really got to know the brand, I was a fan of the freshly made honey drinks they sold… 

Anyway am here to share more about Jungle House….

Jungle House is touted the first honey specialty store in Malaysia, and stands unique with their tagline “All Things Honey” - advocating appreciation for honey and cultivating a honey culture for health-conscious Malaysians….

And fans of Jungle House or even fans of honey or those who know the many benefits of this liquid gold will be excited to know Jungle House has a unique 9th outlet, which also happens to be the first with a café concept at Bangsar, Jalan Telawi 3…..

The quaint-looking Bangsar outlet is a quintessential lifestyle haven with an alfresco and in-door setting where customers can leisurely enjoy a wide repertoire of honey-inspired F&B items including Honey Breakfast Oats, Russian Honey cakes, varieties of Croffles (cross between croissant and waffle), honey coffee, tea and juices – all paired with specific types and flavours of honey….

The new café allows you to stop by for a quick bite and sip of your favourite honey cakes and beverages in a very cosy and therapeutic environment…. 

And well of course, you can also shop for your favourite honey, beverage, honeycombs to various thematic and beautifully-crafted gift sets and personal care items like totebags, honey soap series, face masks and other merchandises here at this Jungle House store!!!!

Yours truly was one of the lucky ones invited over to check out this amazing store and it was so much more then I could imagine!!!

The idea of Jungle House was conceptualised on an adventurous trek into the deep jungles of Garut in West Java, Indonesia many years ago when the co-founders and owners , husband and wife team - Mr Paul Poh and Ms Ashley Lam chanced upon a company of indigenous bee hunters who offered them a taste of fresh, jungle honey.  

The honey was pure, organic, unadulterated, raw, flavoured only by the flowers that the honeybees visit for nectar and pollen, unlike the honey they have tasted previously….

And while Paul was new to the honey business, Ashley was already involved in honey retail business since 2007, hence began a business partnership of Jungle House in 2018….

Jungle House’s Chief Business Officer Ashley Lam explained, “Besides bringing this healthy, delicious honey to urban cities and the rest of the world, Paul and I were touched by these kind and generous bee hunters, seeing their challenges, difficulties and dangers of the job that brings little income, yet still committed to their craft. We want to help these hardworking bee hunters to make a proper living while harvesting honey responsibly.” 

Jungle House aims to bring raw unadulterated honey from hive to home, working with the indigenous communities mainly from the wild jungles of Indonesia and some from Thailand and Malaysia. 

Jungle House’s Chief Executive Officer, Paul Poh believes in improving and sustaining the bee industry, protecting the world by teaching the right beekeeping methods to save the ecosystem through bee population protection. 

With Jungle House, Paul & Ashley is committed to making the world a better place, as they bring you the gift of 100% pure, natural, raw, organic honey from the jungles of the world, straight to your home.

Honey is known as natural remedy, or superfood. People throughout the world has hailed the health benefits of honey for thousands of years. Rich in minerals, vitamins, antioxidants, and enzyme, consume a spoonful of honey daily to keep your immunity strong and healthy.

Jungle House has more than 10 types of natural flavours – mono-floral, raw, pure, natural honey without any addition of artificial flavouring such as Royal Black (nectar extracted from Mahoni tree), Royal White (Kiawe flower nectar),Jungle’s Heart (Strawberry flower nectar), Yellow Love (Linden flower nectar), Sweettooth (mango flower nectar), Jungle’s Eye (longan flower nectar), Pink Lady (cotton flower nectar), Roast Cube (coffee flower nectar), Citrus Bloom (orange flower nectar) & Fruit Boss (durian flower nectar). 

Jungle House provides daily honey as well as highly concentrated premium wild jungle honey such as Royal Black and Royal White honey which are very rare and contains high medicinal nutrition to benefit health immensely. Each drop of honey is precious and rare due to low supply from the wild jungles, and not harvested in farms.  Hence, Jungle House sees the need to preserve the bee colony so that both the ecosystem and business are sustainable…

Ashley adds, “In the current endemic situation, having to live with Covid makes it even more important to build up our body’s immunity level, and we can do that by taking superfood like honey.  Meanwhile it is our vision to have Jungle House’s presence in major cities in the country and region through carefully- planned expansion.  And we are committed to making the world a better place, as we bring you the gift of 100% pure, natural, raw, organic honey direct from jungles of the world to homes”.

During the event, consultant dietitian, Ms Indra Balaratnam shared about the nutrition and benefits on honey as it is known as one of the superfoods which help boost the body’s immunity.  “Honey comes with many nutritious benefits, being a powerhouse of minerals and vitamins, antioxidants and enzymes compounds which assist our body to increase its immunity and protect our health. Besides that, honey has properties which make it antibacterial and antimicrobial so it's good for the body and helps to soothe coughs and sore throat which make it useful to combat covid symptoms,” said Indra.  

Indra also demonstrated two honey recipes i.e Quinoa Chicken Salad With Jungle House Royal Black Balsamic Vinaigrette and Jungle House Overnight Oats. She said honey is highly versatile and can be incorporated into many recipes to enhance the taste or use as a key ingredient. It augurs well for the culinary creativity, the tastebuds and health all at the same time,” quipped Indra.

Did you know that it takes four elements, which are the bees, the flowers, the jungles, the weather, and the delicate ecosystem, all which has to be harmoniously thriving to contribute to the delicious taste, distinct flavours and amber tones of the honey that is harvested. 

Mr Deden Hamdan, who was a former banker before becoming a bee hunter for the last 10 years who has been collaborating with Jungle House on the supply of raw honey for the company since 2018 says “The challenges of bee industries are nature elements such as climate change & forest reduction and unscrupulous vendors that temper with the quality of honey through adulteration.  That is why we take extra care that the quality of our honey is of the purest & freshest and it is being collected, stored and transported in the most efficient and hygienic condition”

I definitely had an awesome time trying out their honey.. did you know that honey can also be bitter!!! That’s the Royal Black honey and naturally it is densely nutritious!!! Personally I love the Royal White (Kiawe flower nectar),Jungle’s Heart (Strawberry flower nectar), Yellow Love (Linden flower nectar) and Roast Cube (coffee flower nectar)!!!

And be sure to try out their Russian Honey cakes      (first originated when it was created for the Russian queen) and “Honey-misu” - a healthier version of Tiramisu but just as delicious if not more dessert!!!!! Am sooooo loving it!! My personal favourites!!!!

Be sure to check out Jungle House lifestyle store and cafe here at Bangsar Telawi (same row as Alexis) or one of their outlets in One Utama Shopping Centre, Mid Valley Mega Mall, Pavilion Elite, Central I-City, D Pulses, IOI City Mall, & Queensway Mall. The outlets come with only a retail section.  

For more information on Jungle House or order your honey products online , kindly log on to
www.instagram.com/junglehousemy/ or call +6012 203 0317.