Saturday, July 16, 2022

TeamLab is coming to KL!

 The art collective teamLab, “teamLabResonating Microcosms“ will be held from 4th August to 30th November 2022 at Mitsui Shopping Park LaLaport BUKIT BINTANG CITY CENTRE (hereinafter "LaLaportBBCC",) a commercial facility that opened in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in January 2022.

teamLab, which has held large numbers of exhibitions worldwide, will exhibit its light artworks at LaLaport BBCC. Named “teamLab:Resonating Microcosms,” visitors will be immersed in its transformation by the presence of people and the environment of nature.

 

teamLabResonating Microcosms - Liquified Light Color, Sunrise and Sunset © teamLab

 

 

The Rooftop Garden, which features countless ovoids, is an art space that transforms through changes in the natural environment and the presence of people.

 

Under the sun, the ovoids reflect the world around them.

As the sun sets, the ovoids begin to shine by themselves. When an ovoid is pushed by a person, blown by the wind, or hit by rain, it shines brightly and emits a sound tone as it rises back up on its own. The ovoids around it also respond one after another, resonating out the same sound tone and light color.


The surrounding Resonating Trees also respond and change continuously.

 

teamLab is experimenting with the concept of color. The ovoids can change into a total of 57 newly-defined Liquified Light Colors.

 

The space of the work is interactively transformed under the influence of the wind, rain, and the behavior of the people in the space, making the environment and the people a part of the work.

 

 

When a light resonates from the trees in the distance, it signifies the presence of people. Perhaps people will become more aware of the existence of others in the same space.

 

Join me!


Venue: LaLaport BBCC Rooftop Garden (L4)

Fee: Free

 

Mitsui Shopping Park LaLaport BUKIT BINTANG CITY CENTRE

https://mitsui-shopping-park.com.my/

 

Official Exhibition Website

https://www.teamlab.art/e/lalaport_kualalumpur/

 

 

teamLab (f. 2001) is an international art collective, an interdisciplinary group of specialists such as artists, programmers, engineers, CG animators, mathematicians, and architects, whose collaborative practice seeks to navigate the confluence of art, science, technology, and the natural world. 

 

teamLab has held numerous exhibitions at venues worldwide, including New York, London, Paris, Singapore, Silicon Valley, Beijing, and Melbourne among others as well as large-scale permanent exhibitions in Shanghai, Macao, Tokyo, and Singapore. As of today, teamLab has welcomed over 28 million visitors to its art exhibitions worldwide.

 

The teamLab Borderless museum in Tokyo saw 2.3 million visitors from over 160 different countries and regions in one year since its opening and was recognized as the world's most visited single-art group museum.

It was also named one of TIME Magazine’s World’s Greatest Places of 2019.

Saturday, July 9, 2022

Antabax and R.E.A.L Kids Partner to Reduce the Spread of Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease

While Hand, Foot and Mouth Diseases (HFMD) is on the downtrend in Malaysia with 106,477 cases reported as of 18 June 2022, it is still an approximately 39 fold increase compared to the 2,710 cases reported for the same period last year, according to the latest report by the Ministry of Health Malaysia.  



Hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD) is a very contagious common illness which typically affects children below 5 years of age, although adults and older children can also be infected. 

HFMD is highly transmissible, and childcare settings are the most common places for HFMD to be contracted because of toilet training, diaper changes, and the fact that children often put their hands into their mouths.

What can we as parents do to keep the little ones safer? 



To accompany Malaysian parents in combating HFMD, Antabax, Malaysia's leading Halal anti-bacterial personal care brand is partnering with R.E.A.L Kids, the country’s largest owner-operated kindergarten chain with 45 centres and 3,600 students nationwide by equipping students, teachers and staff with Antabax care kits for on-the-go personal hygiene, and creative education materials to raise understanding of the dos and don’ts of HFMD.  

“As a leading brand in hygiene and sanitation solution for consumers, Antabax is committed to providing regular education and continuous access to strengthen healthy and hygenic habits, and together creating a healthier and cleaner community. Good personal care, good hygiene especially hand hygiene may help prevent the spread of HFMD. Through Antabax product solutions, we trust that parents and teachers play an important role in teaching children to wash or sanitise their hands frequently before and after eating, as well as before and after going to the toilet, after group activities or touching suspect surfaces, and avoid sharing or touching other children, sharing water bottles, food or toys.  Provide your child with their own sanitiser and show them how to use it, and when to use it too! Clean hands keep us safe,” says Chua Su Fee, Marketing Manager from Antabax. She further remarked that this activity is only the beginning of Antabax’s long-term commitment to continuously contribute and bring a positive impact on Malaysian families. 



Speaking on the partnership with Antabax, Ng Ming-yan, Operations Manager at R.E.A.L Kids says, “We are glad to partner with Antabax once again, as the brand continues to educate and raise awareness on infectious diseases that affect children in a creative and timely manner. We would also remind parents to reinforce good hygiene behavior at home, and to wipe down their little ones’ belongings to reduce the spread. Always remind your child to keep their hands away from their mouth, and if they are unwell do not send them to school but take them to a clinic or hospital for diagnosis.”

Antabax will be sharing educational materials and tips on reducing the spread of HFMD, which will be distributed to all R.E.A.L Kids students nationwide.  Content includes creative discussion and activities sheets for students developed by teachers and caregivers on reducing the risk of HFMD.  The brand continues its role as an enabler to encourage parents, students and teachers to get back in action by emphasizing good personal hygiene practices, which is in-line with its #BaxInAction theme.    

The brand will be contributing its products including antibacterial sanitizer spray, bar soap and antibacterial wipes which able to kill 99.9% of germs and give parents peace of mind about their child’s hygiene.   

A promotional voucher that can be used on Antabax products purchase is provided to support parents in making their next Antabax purchase. 



For more information on Antabax, please visit http://www.lamsoon.com.my/ or follow them on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Antabax.Malaysia/ and on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/antabax

Friday, June 10, 2022

Join Order & Win Contest to Win Prizes Up to RM10,000 on ShopeeFood Day

 


Join Order & Win Contest to Win Prizes Up to RM10,000 on ShopeeFood Day


KUALA LUMPUR, 10 JUNE 2022 - ShopeeFood invites everyone to join the Order & Win Contest and stand a chance to win prizes worth up to RM10,000. With an array of exciting prizes ranging from MMX Cordless Vacuum Cleaner, MMX Rotisserie Oven, MMX Hand Blender & Food Processor, and ShopeeFood vouchers to be won, you can also double your chances of winning by ordering from any Super Deals restaurants. 


To participate, simply follow the official ShopeeFood Instagram account (shopeefood_my), order RM25 and above from ShopeeFood between now till 14 June and like/comment your order ID on this link to enter. Lucky winners will be announced on 30 June 2022.


Here are 3 WAYS to maximize savings on ShopeeFood Day:


  1. Make the best of limited-time vouchers

Get your favorite snacks from popular joints like Bean Jr, Dao Desserts, or Lol Soon Kee Desserts that will surely tickle your taste buds, and redeem limited-time vouchers up to 65% daily between 3PM to 5PM.


  1. Enjoy FREE delivery to the fullest

Surprise your best pals with something refreshing like LiHo Tea, Chatto Tea & Coffee, or JuiceLab to re-energize them after a long day. Let it be known that all-day-long free delivery vouchers are up for grabs! 


  1. Get more discounts with the 1 SEN ShopeeFood Saving Pass

Satisfy your cravings from local and international restaurants like Little KL Food Hall, Salad Atelier, or Mad Mex Fresh Mexican Grill at only 1 SEN with ShopeeFood’s Saving Pass that allows you to get vouchers up to RM232.99. 





Be sure to check out ShopeeFood daily vouchers and checkout using ShopeePay for a seamless and convenient payment process.


ShopeeFood is currently available for delivery in Klang Valley, Johor Bahru, and Penang. For more information on ShopeeFood Day, visit https://shopee.com.my/m/shopeefoodday or follow @shopeefood_my on Instagram.


Terms and conditions apply. 


Thursday, June 9, 2022

Murad Method Facial System One Utama

 Work smart and play hard! After work, self pampering is a must. After hitting the 30s, I have noticed skin aging after years of sun exposure, harsh weather, pollution and stress. Therefore, I have started to undergo regular facial treatment to help my skin stay supple and fresh-looking.


I have recently enjoyed a relaxing facial treatment at Murad One Utama. I have been using Murad skincare products for a while now. But I have just discovered their well-kept secret: there are onsite facial treatments available in their physical stores at One Utama, Sunway Pyramid and IOI City Mall Putrajaya!

I was asked to fill up a questionaire stating my skincare issues, basic medical history and medications list. After initial consultation and assessment, an experienced aesthetician Alice correctly pointed out my skin concerns-- congested and oily skin, presence of acne with dull tired skin tone. Fine lines have also started to show up with loss of skin firmness as well. 


The treatment area has ambient lighting and tranquil background music. I was asked to change into a comfortable gown then lie down under a comfortable warm blanket. The therapist then introduced a calming lavender essential oil to ease me into relaxation-- there we go, Murad method facial treatment. She was very attentive and provided detailed explanation for the whole treatment process.

The facial treatment started with thorough double cleansing of my face, neck and shoulders. I particularly enjoyed the head, neck and shoulder massage which undid the knots and tensions in my muscles from a busy day at work. After steaming my face to open up the pores, chemical peeling was applied to gently yet effectively exfoliate to remove dead skin cells. I had some minor tingling which was expected.

After manual extraction, toner and serum was applied. This was followed by an advanced massage rituals and lymphatic drainage to ensure better absorption of the serum. After a cooling mask, I was treated to more serum, moisturiser and sunscreen to complete the treatment. 


The products used during my personalized treatment included:
1. Murad Environmental Shiele Essential-C Cleanser
2. Murad Blemish Control Outsmart Blemist Clarifying Treatment
3. Mura Vita-C Glycolic Serum
4. Murad Hydration Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisturiser

I have started this skincare ritual since then--- I have noticed clearer skin with less acne, more radiant skin tone and less fine lines. I love how transparent they are with the skincare product range used and how I can continue maintanence regime at home using suitable products. 


In a nutshell, Murad Method Facial System offers a unique whole-person skincare experience using Murad in-depth skin analysis, customised treatment matching specific skin concerns. The relaxing massage followed by branded cleansing ritual is indeed enjoyable. 


For more information, you can check out their official website at facial.murad.com.my









Monday, June 6, 2022

Mixed berries cheesecake




Ingredients 

 1 prepared 9-inch (6 ounces) graham cracker crumb crust

2/3 cup (5 fluid-ounce can) NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Evaporated Fat Free Milk

1 package (8 ounces) fat free cream cheese, at room temperature

1 large egg

100ml strawberry cordial (got ours from Cameron Highlands!)

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon grated lemon peel (optional)

1 1/2 to 2 cups dried cranberries 



Method

Simply crush half a packet of digestive biscuits using food processor.

Melt 50g butter to help pressing the biscuit base onto the glassware. To make it quick, I froze the base for 30mins.



Make sure all ingredients are at room temperature.

Preheat oven 180C 

Mix all the other ingredients using food processor until smooth.

Pour the batter into glassware. Sprinkle some chopped cranberries on top.

Bake for 30mins or until center of chopstick becomes clean.

Refrigerate overnight- you can also freeze it for ice cream like consistency!



Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until center is set.

Wednesday, June 1, 2022

Tips To Support Children Development


I am a proud mother of 2 really active boys. It is not easy juggling between work as a busy doctor and responsibilities as a mother. My youngest Yi has just started preschool end of last year. He is the bubbliest person in our family. But he hasn’t started writing at home. We were quite relaxed about it because we thought this was normal.



After a month at school, feedback from his teachers hit us into realization that he seems to have difficulty following teachers’ instruction as he gets distracted easily by other things such as toys and noises. We try teaching him using games and apps which trains his writing skills, concentration and thinking speed. After consulting our pediatrician, she has also advised us to look into improving his nutrition by reducing excessive sugar intake and ensure he eats a well balance diet including nutrients like DHA, Gangliosides, iron and etc. 



On certain days, Yi will come home acting up and refusing to sleep at night, still very energetic even at 11pm! Only to wake up next morning almost too late for school. After a few weeks, he has started to become attracted to the confectionery section in the supermarket, wanting to grab sweet things from the shelf. This leads us to suspect excessive sugar intake as the culprit. We have not previously introduced him to added sugars yet. 


True enough, Yi has been exposed to confectionery recently during birthday celebrations at school. Now we are very conscious of the amount of sugar he takes— he promises to only take 1 candy every 2-3 days (even in school! If he doesn’t ask for it, we will just omit it) and we have also tried to omit added sugar in his daily diet. Since he still drinks about 3 cups of milk a day, we have started to research about sugar content in formulated milk powder for children too.



Excessive sugar intake may affect cognitive development such as learning. I have also read from a clinical paper that sweetened beverages consumption may reduce verbal intelligence score by 2.4 points per serving/day. Few other studies also highlighted that high sugar intake level in a child’s diet may also cause obesity, impact on sleep, cavities and sweet tooth too.


After some research, we have realized that a well-balanced diet plays an essential role in Yi's ability to learn, focus and develop as well. Children needs to follow the food pyramid as well. We call it eating the rainbow at home to make it more fun and exciting so the children are more enticed to try food from various categories.


What preschool children needs in a day:

  • 2 servings of fruits 

  • 2 servings of  vegetables

  • 3 servings of grains, tubers, cereals and cereal products 

  • 2- 3 servings of milk and dairy products

  • 1/2 servings of meat/poultry

  • 1 serving of fish

  • ½ serving of legumes

  • 0 added sugar if possible!

  • for Yi at least 5 cups of water



Since he is still taking a fair amount of milk, we have started to research about formulated milk powder for children -- we come across Anmum Essential – and requested samples from Anmum Essential website. Our boy can be choosy at times, so it is important to provide him with nutritional drinks like Anmum Essential which contains key nutrients. Especially when nutritious food is not always available when we are out and about. 


These are what we discovered:



Anmum Essential is backed up by over 90 years of research from Fonterra New Zealand R&D Center. 


Anmum Essential contains MFGM Gangliosides DHA and has NO ADDED SUGARS. It has 

15 Key Nutrients. It is important to support your child’s overall growth and development. Sharing with you what I have read recently, did you know that studies showed…

  • DHA helps to build brain cells but Gangliosides helps to form brain cells connections. Both DHA & Gangliosides are equally important and form a complete jigsaw puzzle for optimal brain development. 

  • MFGM (milk fat globule membrane) helps to support emotional & behavioural development.

  • DHA helps to support brain development.

  • Prebiotic supports a good gut environment.  Good gut environment is important for nutrients absorption, digestion and body defence system.


My boy enjoys Anmum Essential. He loves the taste and has been asking for more milk in between meals. Sometimes we even add the milk powder into his overnight oat or use it to make kids-friendly milkshake. We have now started to purchase Anmum Essential regularly too.


Parents you can get your Anmum Essential free sample from https://www.anmum.com/my/en/sample-request 



Thursday, May 26, 2022

Continence Issues are Real!

 Incontinence and continence problems are common even for the younger generation!

Do you know that:


One in three women who have had a baby experience loss of bladder control.

One in 100 adults never achieve bladder control at night.

One in 20 adults experience bladder and bowel control problems.


Continence issues are not inevitable. In this article, I would like to discuss about stress incontinence. In particular, stress incontinence is mainly caused by weak pelvic floor muscles. Stress incontinence happens when physical movement or activity — for example coughing, laughing, sneezing, running, having sex or heavy lifting — puts pressure on the bladder, causing urine to leak unintentionally.


Other risk factors include:


Older Age causing weaker pelvic floor muscles.


Previous vaginal delivery, forceps delivery and pelvic surgery may damage pelvic floor muscles.


Excessive body weight putting pressure onto the bladder which overcomes the strength of pelvic floor muscles.


Therefore, toning up pelvic floor muscles is essential for good bladder and bowel control. It is also important for a more satisfying sex life too.


Firstly, start with good toilet habits:


  • Head to the washroom only when there in an urge and don’t go ‘just in case’

  • Take time to completely empty the bladder and bowel

  • Not delaying toilet trip when the urge comes

  • Use the correct posture on the toilet to pass motion (place your elbows on your knees, bulge out your stomach, straighten your spine and put your feet on a footstool if possible


Other tips include:


  • Shed the extra weight.

  • Add fiber to the diet.

  • Avoid foods and beverages that can irritate the  bladder such as chocolate, coffee, tea or carbonated beverages

  • Stop smoking


Traditionally, we refer our patients with continence issues to learn Kegel exercises which trains and strengthens pelvic floor muscles. However, it is not easy to teach and learn the correct technique as it involves contracting muscles in the private parts.

With the advent of technology, it is now possible to use Electric Muscle Stimulation (EMS) to perform Kegel exercise!


TensCare is a trusted brand which produces Kegel trainers using EMS. TensCare received one of the most prestigious awards in the UK last year- Queen’s Award. TensCare is a British brand with nearly 3 decades experience in electrotherapy, including pain relief treatment and muscle rehabilitation. Good news to share that TensCare Alivia Kegel Trainer has been awarded ‘Parent’s choice award 2022’ as the best kegel exerciser in Malaysia.

   

TensCare Kegel Trainers are safe and more effective than traditional kegel exercises. Many hospitals and pharmacies in the UK have adopted TensCare Kegel Trainers for postpartum recovery as well. Rest assured the devices are MDR (Medical Device Regulation May 2021) Certified.

There are two main types of TensCare Kegel exercisers— Alivia and Kegel Toner. Despite both using the same EMS technology, Kegel Toner is an entry-level kegel trainer with 2 simple yet effective programmes for beginners. It is suitable for women who want to strengthen their pelvic floor muscles and improve sensation. For those who are already experiencing continence issues, Alivia is the treatment of choice as it is specifically  designed for postpartum recovery.

Kegel Toner trains the pelvic floor muscles by using electrical stimulation to squeeze and relax them. The incontinence treatment it provides consists of two programs – the workout (Exercise) and the aftercare (Tone), both of which send gentle yet effective stimulation via a vaginal probe, making the inner muscles contract.


The machine has fine-tune adjustment settings for different levels of intensity to ensure the exercise is comfortable. It also comes with safety duration override. The unit will turn off after 20 minutes to ensure the pelvic floor muscle is not overworked. 20 minutes a day for 6 days a week for the duration of 12 weeks is the recommended period to achieve the optimal result.

This is what I personally think about TensCare Kegel Toner. Pelvic floor exercises should begin early even for young women, particularly those who are of child bearing age and 6 weeks after delivery. Kegel toner provides an easy and effective way to strengthen pelvic floor muscles-- there is no more worries about performing the exercise wrongly. Kegel Toner is safe to use -- of course always read the manual and avoid using it if you have active infections, pregnancy, pelvic cancer and no sensation in the pelvic area. Always consult your friendly gynecologist before use. Many women are simply too ashamed to seek medical advice for continence issues, let alone learning how to perform Kegel exercise properly and adequately. Many healthcare professionals often dismiss continence issues too -- as they are not life-threatening. Lack of the knowledge too may result in these healthcare practitioners unable to educate their patients too.


Many with stress incontinence may not perform Kegel exercises. They may then resort to wearing continence pads or adult diapers which may erode self confidence and impair quality of life, even leading to depression and anxiety issues. Patients may feel embarrassed, isolate oneself, or limit work and social life. One may also avoid physical and leisure activities. Therefore, stress incontinence should not be dismissed and should be taken seriously.


In severe cases of stress incontinence not responding to the above measures, pessary, urethral inserts and even pelvic surgery may be necessary.


However with treatment, many will be able to manage stress incontinence and improve their overall well-being. If you experience continence issues, speak to your doctor today!


TensCare Kegel Toner is available on Lazada store with a 2-year warranty from the brand: https://www.lazada.com.my/shop/tenscare-official-store


More about stress incontinence:


https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/conditionsandtreatments/incontinence-and-continence-problems


https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/stress-incontinence/



TeamLab is coming to KL!

  The art collective  teamLab , “ teamLab :  Resonating  Microcosms “ will  be held from 4 th  August to 30 th  November 2022 at Mitsui Shop...