Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Babysitting made easy at Waka Waka Playland Furama Hotel Bukit Bintang

While mommy was busy absorbing all the beauty information at Natugee x Mrs Malaysia World event on 20 October,  Mr husband, my mom and my 2 boys had a great time at Waka Waka Playland Furama Hotel Bukit Bintang.

Waka Waka KL
Furama Hotel Bukit Bintang
136, Jalan Changkat Thambi Dollah, Pudu, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
03-2733 5755
Official website

This indoor playground caters from children as young as 1 years plus to activities suitable for those of primary school age. My boys are 3.5years and 10 months old. The play areas are very colorful and well lit.

For baby Yi,  the play area has slides,  swings and wall mounted Montessori toys to train fine motor skills. Lots of cute little toy houses to play peek a boo in.  The area is well padded with foam pieces so it safe with low risk of serious injury.

Look at how much the boy is enjoying himself.

Make belief games using props such as an elegant carriage like this are also ways in fostering creativity in young children.

Bing boy, on the other hand, has a lot more play options in Waka Waka. He enjoys climbing the rubber volcano and sliding down. I'm very impressed with his gross motor skills given that the slope is actually fairly steep and only recommended for children 5 years old and above.

Since his recent visit to Super Park, he has learnt how exciting flying fox is.  This flying 'turtle' is a much cuter and safer options for him with lots of foam mattress on the ground to cushion the fall just in case.

Sliding can be lots of fun when it becomes a race. This slide with multiple lanes make the game so much more competitive and fun to make new friends.

Bing could not participate in the tubing game due to height limit in another playground. But the one in Waka Waka is specifically designed for smaller children.  I always feel amazed at how agile he is in sports and games. I am a proud momma looking at how fast he picks skills up.

Feeling hungry after playing? No worries,  the cafe serves great finger food and drinks with a big open dining area for everyone. Other facilities include clean toilet,  baby room and nursing room in the facility. Socks are compulsory in the playground which are important to maintain cleanliness and hygiene.

For those attending meeting or conference like me,  Furama Hotel Bukit Bintang is a good choice. 4 star accommodation in city centre with an infinity pool,  spacious conference meeting rooms, yummy food as well as Waka Waka Playland to keep the little ones happy and the spouse some me time supervising from far. Their event parking rate is also one of the cheapest at RM5 each entry.

Monday, October 21, 2019

How to curb the obesity epidemic- be active with all day family fun at Super Park Malaysia

Growing up in the city often means less space to exercise as well as more screen time. Coupled with parental guilt due to long working hours,  quality family time is often spent having expensive meals out. These are definitely not helping to tackle the issue of obesity, starting from bad habits in childhood. Childhood obesity is the root for many chronic  noncommunicable diseases like diabetes and high blood pressure. Read this article published by UMSC to understand more about this issue.

Therefore,  keeping everyone active is essential in combating this crisis. One of the ways is spending a fun day at indoor playgrounds such as Super Park Malaysia! Birthday party packages also include private gathering area in which food catering and cake can be arranged.

SuperPark Malaysia
Unit 4-1, Level 4 Avenue K Shopping Mall, 156, Jalan Ampang, 50450 Kuala Lumpur,
Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
03-2789 1408

Let's pose at their Halloween photo booth before heading in! Some children dressed up for tricks or treats as well. We got the whole day pass at RM70 each person (fees charged from 3years old) so we could explore the park at our own leisure with multiple entries and each armband has complimentary access to a locker. Dear parents,  this is not a daycare centre though so please supervise your children at play.

The park has 2 levels.  The entrance on level 4 directly leads to young children gym (under 100cm) which features a huge ball pit,  climbing ladder and monkey bars.

Bing boy is just around 100cm which means he could access most of the play areas.

Green slopes with climbing ropes,  stepping stones as well as slides for the slightly adventurous.

There are also multiple ball games- basket ball throwing, life sized pinball, goal shooting, indoor soccer, baseball down to air hockey and table soccer to suit children and adults at all ages. 

Haunted house is one of our favorite with multiple dim litted tunnels, maze and slides which connect level 3 and 4. The transparent connecting tube is not for the faint hearted. And the spooky sound effect during their Halloween celebration adds up to the excitement.

Many young children do not have the energy to go through the whole circuit of pedal car. But Bing boy was the exception. He did it all on his own for a total of 5 rounds! He even did flying fox without falling off the seat. Bravo!

The only thing he does not enjoy is ice skating. He has never quite gotten the ability to balance on the ice skates. Mommy can balance herself but am not good at it either. That's why we both have to hang onto the sides of the rink and decide to get off after 10 minutes which is just the time limit anyway.

Air hockey is a great sport and Bing boy manages to get a few acquaintances in the process.

Besides this,  the augmented reality game is another activity great for team building or family group.

Even though Super Park is really packed,  we are impressed at how clean and tidy the facility is. Plenty of lockers are provided to safekeep personal belongings with shoe racks nearby. There's a separate sitting section for those waiting with many sockets to plug in your phone or laptop or even to grab a quick bite. Washrooms and baby rooms are equally hygienic and pleasant with a cosy breastfeeding couch and water filter.

The day pass is definitely worth getting. There are so many activities which await children and adult alike that there is simply no time to feel bored and start scrolling the phone! Try Super Park and let me know what you think.

Healthy is the New Happy - Natugee x Mrs Malaysia World event at Furama Hotel Bukit Bintang

Being healthy is the key to successful ageing. Highly stressful lifestyles often result in bad food choices and sedentary lifestyles,  resulting in hormonal imbalances. And raging or lacking of hormones can definitely cause skin problems, besides using the wrong skincare products. Healthy is the new happy is a beauty event coorganised by Natugee and Mrs Malaysia World at Furama Hotel Bukit Bintang.

Feeling tired? This may not just be due to lack of sleep. Hormones usually work in harmony in our bodies. It can be difficult to spot when hormonal problems are brewing because symptoms can be vague like gaining or losing weight,  bloated stomach,  cold or heat intolerance, stress and anxiety versus sluggish minds.  We had to go through a detailed questionaire pertaining to various hormones.

Dr Linda,  a medical doctor who specializes in regenerative medicine,  explains how regular hormonal checks could be helpful in solving these issues. She provides services and consultations for those with hormonal imbalance. I find her practice different  because mainstream medical practice like what I'm currently in do not test hormonal levels routinely. We only check them if it's suggestive clinically. Hmm,  food for thoughts.

The event then continued by an amazing talk by Natugee's founder Miss Rena Rifaee how to read labels for skincare products. The ingredients with the highest concentration is listed in descending order and watch out for ingredients after the 5th ingredients because these can be the hidden harsh ingredients such as SLS and SLES.

5 common misconceptions for skincare was also explained. Squeaky clean skin is too dry and can cause excessive sebum production and breakout. Good fats such as omega 3 fatty oils are essential for good skin. Do not be tricked in believing that pores will shrink. The only way to keep the pores from enlarging is by keeping our skin clean. Dehydrated and dry skin are not the same! Dry skin lacks oil and need exfoliation and moisturizer. Dehydrated skin has excessive dead cells that requires exfoliation but moisturising doesn't really help. Hyaluronic acid may help though.

The event was also attended by Mrs Malaysia World finalists. They all looked gorgeous posing for a group photo. Even though they are married,  these ladies are great examples how to maintain their physical fitness and beauty.

Throughout the talks,  we had free-flow high tea by Furama Hotel. There was a mouthwatering selection of danish, assorted fruit kebabs, macaroons, handcrafted chocolate,  marshmallow, walnut banana cakes, cheese cakes,  puddings, sponge cakes, nuts and muruku. Drinks were mineral water, guava juice and coffee.

Besides these eye opening talks,  3 booths were also set up by Natugee, The Asian Parenting, as well as Waka Waka playland under Furama Hotel Bukit Bintang.

I had the luck of getting 200 TAP points from the wheel of fortune,  as well as a great goodie bag containing the following products

-Natugee Deep Cleansing Lotion 20ml & Natugee Happy Skin Mask
-Narinar Aromatherapy Oils
- BondaHaven Spa Essential oil
-Jamu Tun Teja MEKAR Breast Herbal Firming Cream
-Lovera Magic Jelly Baby Multipurpose Gel for baby skin
-Wirdora Rivoli Swarovski Brooch Set
-Eori Eczema Wonder Skin Oil
-CHIIO Succulent by The Nitty Gritty

These are great examples of skincare products using only natural ingredients without harsh chemicals such as paraben,  alcohol and are safe for babies as well as breastfeeding or expecting mothers. Quality products are really important for those with sensitive skin and eczema too.

Thank you so much for all the sponsors and Furama Bukit Bintang for the wonderful afternoon event! It was an eye opener to the road to beauty. Watch the highlights here.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Jean C 30 days hydrolyzed collagen drink review

Good quality collagen supplement does not have to be expensive! Collagen consumption is particularly important for those who has bad lifestyle habits such as profligate eating and alcohol drinking,  smoking and regular suntanning. In my previous article,  I pointed out how to supplement collagen correctly.

Jean C,  Jeanne Calment in full,  is a centenarian who lived until the age of 122. She inspired the brand Jean C to produce collagen supplement that promotes Healthy Ageing at an affordable price tag for Malaysians. Such a great collagen drink in Malaysia!

Collagen production plummets as we age,  starting as early as 25 years of age. Collagen is essential for skin,  joint, bone,  hair and nail health. Each sachet of Jean C contains 3g of marine hydrolyzed collagen (We need about 5g in a day) . This form of collagen is the easiest to be absorbed by the body.  Marine collagen has the highest quality but those with seafood allergies have to refrain from consumption.

Besides that,  other phytonutrients in Jean C are derived from the following natural plant extracts:

- also known as, “king of carotenoids”, is 800X stronger than coq10, as well as 75x stronger than alpha lipoic acid to protect against damage and increase skin moisture retention ability.

Amla (Indian Superfood)
- has 20X vit C compared to orange which reduces the effect of premature aging, hydrates the skin to lighten pigmentation and
reduce scar.

Açai (Amazon Superfood)
- is rich in polyphenol and anthocyanins which area essential to control pigmentation, treat acne and lighten scars

Baobab (African Superfood)
- is also called  “ tree of life” superfood as the level of antioxidant is twice that of pomegranate. It is also rich in polyphenol to boost skin moisture and collagen production.

Lingonberry (Scandanavian Superfood)
- contains more antioxidants than blueberries & cranberries. Arbutin inhibits melanin production to prevent uv induced hyperpigmentation.

How to use?

Mix 1 sachet to 150ml of water. Take daily for 2 to 4 weeks to start seeing the results.

What does Dr Yingzangel think?

Even though studies done for the benefit of consuming collagen are not huge and exhaustive,  there is definitely visible improvement as early as 2 weeks. I could see that my skin has become more radiant with more even skin tone. I also love the refreshing grape taste that Jean C has. And what's more,  such a good product is only selling at RM89 for 30 days supply!

Just be careful that pregnant and breastfeeding mothers should avoid taking Jean C though because it's simply unethical to do research for supplements in this group of people. Therefore we do not have enough safety data to recommend use.

Grab your own Jean C 30 days hydrolyzed collagen drink now! Free delivery nationwide. Use JEANC79 to get a further RM10 off from your order. Or Buy 3 for RM219 - JEANC219 to get RM48 off with (normal price RM267)

Official website

Disclaimer: the opinion given is merely a personal experience and does not constitute formal medical advice. Please seek your medical professional's advice before any complementary therapy. Always ask for certifications before proceeding with treatment and stop if discomfort or side effect ensues.

Authentic Korean Pub Food | Gangnam Street Kuantan Food Review

I really think Kuantan lacks good authentic Korean food before Gangnam Street was opened.  Most of the Korean food here is already Malaysianized with fairly standard menus. Gangnam Street is recently opened by a young Korean gentleman Kim whose mother is the owner of Ye Mi Won Kuantan. Read on to find out our dining experience.

Gangnam Street
16, Lorong Tun Ismail 8, Sri Dagangan Bussiness Centre, 25000 Kuantan, Pahang
017-986 7408
Opens daily 1pm to 12am

Gangnam Street is a children friendly pub and restaurant with spacious and comfortable dining environment. All the ingredients are directly imported from Korea!

We love the decorative trinkets displayed on the shelf.

Our sumptuous dinner started with a classic Korean appetizer- corn salad that washes down well with a can of beer. Sweet corn kernel pan grilled with diced capsicum and mozzarella cheese drizzled with Italian herbs and ketchup. This creates a healthy entree which tastes like pizza. Yum! Bing Boy's favorite.

My classic cheese pull photo.

Cheese Gaelanmali is a great side dish. An egg omelette with a slightly gooey centre with melted mozzarella cheese, cabbage,  seaweed and mushroom with ketchup. The dish should be devoured hot to enjoy the fragrance of melted cheese. Another children friendly dish.

Original YangNyeom is a must order! Korean fried chicken done well with a sweet soy based sauce that wasn't too sticky. It's lightly flavoured with golden crispy skin and fresh juicy flesh. We love how chicken breast,  drumstick and Maryland besides the classic chicken wings were also served for healthier lean protein portion.

Maeun YangNyeom simply means spicy fried chicken. Each servings come with a generous  10 pieces of fried chicken,  enough to feed 2 to 3 adults. The spicy sauce comes from the chef's secret recipe which was very pleasant and not irritating to the pallate. Lightly toasted sesame seeds further brought out the fragrance.

Spicy Teokbokki contains soft and chewy Korean rice cakes fried in a mildly spicy homemade sauce (with customisable level of hotness) with glass noodles, a half boiled egg, fish cakes,  Shitake mushroom, cucumber and cabbage. The flavor was well balanced with just the right amount of sweetness and spiciness with an aftertaste of the fragrant sesame oil.

Kimchi Bokkem Bap is none other than a warm and cosy serving of Kimchi fried rice with fresh shitake mushroom, pork slices, seaweed slices to give a healthy crunch. The sunny side up egg complement the taste very well with our favorite runny yolk.

Gimbap is a seaweed sushi roll with the following ingredients: sausage,  cucumber,  preserved carrots and egg. Nicely plated as the ultimate crowd pleaser which also provides wholesome nutrition with each bite.

Besides beer towers, fruit soju is also available. These are non carbonated fruit based drinks with flavours such as apple and yoghurt which are slightly sweetened to help digesting our heavy dinner.

3 complimentary side dishes also come with each order. They deserve special mention. The potato wedges are made from premium imported potatoes and baked until fluffy and soft inside. Preserved radish cubes are crunchy and works well to wash away the oiliness of fried chicken. The refreshing salad contains homemade lemon zested sauce with   iceberg lettuce, raisins,  roasted sunflower seeds, capsicum,  cucumber and purple cabbage.

This is thus far the best Korean food we have sampled in Kuantan with a verdict of 8.5/10! And more menu is coming soon as requested by their customers. We can't wait to try more of these delicious treats.

Saturday, October 12, 2019

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