Wednesday, March 2, 2022

What Are the Mental Health Effects of Bullying?

Children in schools and high schools have an increased chance of becoming victims of bullying. Kids at these ages are mainly developing their moral compass, and we can't entirely blame them for behaving aggressively since we, the adults, are responsible for their counseling. To better understand how kids can get bullied and how they can deal with it, we have put together this piece of content. 


1. What are the types of bullying?


To start, let's understand the different kinds of bullying that kids can become victims of. 


Physical Bullying: Physical bullying is also one of the most common types of bullying ever since the whole concept started. It's basically a physically stronger kid than others hitting, kicking, punching, shoving, or damaging property. This is also a more severe type of bullying that affects the child's physical and mental state. 


Verbal Bullying: This type of bullying takes the form of calling others negative and humiliating names, insulting them or making them the subject of a bad joke, cursing, racial or other offensive remarks, and teasing them in a way they don't enjoy. Even though these are just words, verbal bullying can take its toll on the victim's mind if done for too long. 


Social Bullying: Social Bullying is pretty hard to pinpoint since it is mostly done behind the person's back; you hardly know who it is, ruining the social reputation of the victim. This can be done through spreading false rumors, playing nasty pranks or jokes, mimicking their imperfections and faults, excluding them from social gatherings, damaging their social reputation by other means. Social Bullying leads to dire consequences as, in the long run, it will alienate the child, which could damage their personality growth and development. 


Cyber Bullying: Cyber Bullying is defined as the intentional and continuous harm dealt to a person through the usage of mobile phones, computers, and other electronic devices. Since it is so easy to bully someone on the internet and get away with it, there is a high risk of getting picked on while using it. This type of bullying includes spreading hurtful rumors, impersonation, intentionally blocking someone out, abusive and hurtful messages. 


 2. What are the signs of bullying?


The following are signs that have been observed in people suffering from bullying:


Emotional and behavioral hints of bullying

● Change in sleeping patterns
● Change in eating patterns
● Frequent anger or tears
● Mood swings
● Feeling ill in the morning daily
● Withdrawing from people
● Starting to stammer
● Increased aggressiveness and unreasonable behavior
● Refusing to talk about wrong things
● Beginning to pick on siblings
● Consistently losing money or stealing.

Physical hints of bullying

● Unexplained bruises, marks, cuts, and scratches
● Coming home with missing or damaged belongings or clothing
● Coming home hungry or angry.

School hints at bullying

● Not wanting to go to school
● Changing their walking route to school. 
● Don't want to attend school using the bus/tram/train
● School grades are consistently falling.

Other hints of bullying

Sometimes hints of bullying can be subtle:


● Often sitting alone or being excluded from groups at school
● Frequently targeted for teasing, mimicking, humiliation, or ridicule at school
● Can't speak up in class and feel insecure or appear frightened.


3. What are the mental health consequences of bullying?


Bullying has become a part of our lives, even though there have been countless movements and attempts to end it. The reason for this is that bullying might not feel like a big deal to the bully, but the victim could be inflicted with permanent mental damage. Even though bullying doesn't cause learning and developmental disabilities like Autism, it can certainly make it worse and prevent the child from overcoming the challenges and difficulties they are facing. Here's a list of how bullying can affect children:


• Social isolation

• Changes in eating habits

• Sleep disturbance

• Feelings of shame

• Low self-esteem

• School avoidance

• Symptoms of anxiety

• Bedwetting

• Higher risk of illness

• Psychosomatic symptoms (stomachaches, headaches, muscle aches, other physical complaints with no known medical cause)

• Poor school performance

• Symptoms of depression


4. What are some tips and strategies, including how schools can help? 


As we mentioned before, stopping bullying completely is something that cannot be done on a global scale. However, there are some methods and tricks children can use to avoid getting bullied in the first place. Here's a list of strategies, methods, and tricks that have proved to be most effective to avoid getting bullied:



● Not Giving the Bully a Chance. If you aren't there, you can't get bullied. It is highly advisable that children avoid getting bullied by simply not giving the bullies a chance to pick on them. Obviously, you can't avoid them in class, but you can eat at a different table, relax in a different area and avoid school parts that bullies usually visit. 
● Stand Your Ground & Feel Good - Your body posture and facial expression could be the reason why bullies might be picking on you. Stand up tall and walk your way bravely; chances are, the bullies might not want to risk a confrontation with you. Kids who appear confident and aren't overweight have less chance of getting bullied. Less time on the sofa and more for exercising. 
● Two is Better than One - Getting yourself a buddy, preferably someone who is stronger than you, is an excellent solution to ending the bullying. Besides, two or more pose a bigger threat to the bullies than you on your own. So, go out and make good friends who will stand up for each other.
● Ignore - There have been instances where the bully stopped picking on someone just because the victim began to utterly ignore their presence no matter what the bully did. Try ignoring their actions and moving past them. 
● Never Hit Back - Bullies will be stronger than you on average, so don't ever hit back. You also could end up in trouble even though you are the victim here. 
● Tell an Adult - If all else fails, the best thing is to tell an adult and handle the situation responsibly. 


People living in Atlanta, Georgia, who are being bullied because of being different from others their age should contact I PEEP BXS. They specialize in providing professional help to children and young adults diagnosed with Autism or other learning developmental disabilities. Led by a behavioral analyst at I PEEP BXS excels in assisting individuals to overcome the challenges they face and secure a happy, quality life filled with opportunities.



Saturday, February 26, 2022

Chocholate Banana Cake

It can be tough to get my boys to have more fruits. Therefore I have decided to sneak some bananas into my chocholate cake :p


1 3/4 cups (230 grams) all-purpose flour

3/4 cup (75 grams) unsweetened cocoa powder (regular unsweetened or Dutch-processed)

1 1/2 teaspoons (6 grams) baking powder

1 1/2 teaspoons (6 grams) baking soda

1/2 teaspoon (2 grams) salt

170 grams granulated white sugar

2 large eggs, at room temperature

1 cup (250 grams) mashed ripe bananas (about 2-4 large bananas)

1 cup (240 ml) filtered water or coffee, at room temperature

1/2 cup (120 ml) milk, at room temperature

1/2 cup (120 ml) corn, vegetable, safflower or canola oil

1 1/2 teaspoons (6 grams) pure vanilla extract (may omit)

I used my Phillips food processor to blend the bananas (If you have too many, you can freeze them and use them later). Remove the bananas. 

Beat eggs with oil. Then add in sugar. Add on the rest of the liquids. Add the mashed bananas. 

Add in all the dry ingredients. 

Preheat convection oven at 180 degrees C and bake for 35 to 40 minutes until a stick in the center is dry.

Enjoy the soft and fluffy cake! It is even better to have it with home made banana ice-cream!

Friday, February 25, 2022






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Thursday, February 24, 2022

MummyJene The Best Blog For Health Tips Routine


As a fulltime working doctor mommy, I really need to juggle my time well. Learning from fellow mommies like MummyJene provide great support and resources through mommyhood..Below are her tips!

During the early weeks of the quarantine period, my besties and I took to the challenge of exercising at least 15 minutes daily. Amazingly, most of us became very consistent. One bestie outshined us all by sticking to her 30-minute to 1-hour exercise every morning. When most of us just started our day, she would be sending us a photo of her post-workout selfie. Then at tea time, we would take a break from whatever we are doing and say hi to each other through our chat group. We usually share how productive our day was. And this bestie who finished her workout before 7 am would have the most productive day. Her dedication to fitness was inspiring that in the second week, most of us have followed her suit. This is how accountability partners or groups can improve our motivation to achieve our goal of a healthy lifestyle

Stay-at-home vs Working Mom Healthy Lifestyle Tips

Most of us would love to have an accountability partner with a similar schedule. This is where staying at home vs working mom differs. The schedule is what separates us. But instead of focusing on our differences, I want to encourage you that our similarities are far more important. Let's start with a health tip routine with MummyJene's blog.

Healthy Morning Routine For The Busy Working Mom

The morning rush is an epitome in the house of a busy working mom. "Hurry" and "we're late" are the most repeated words. And if you were like me, you probably missed a lot of breakfast throughout the year. The best way to stop these morning problems is to start your day earlier and to boost your energy. But how do we do that? MummyJene has great tips on her website on how to achieve a healthy lifestyle. According to her, starting small and not getting overwhelmed is the first step. Here is a list of her morning routine for a great healthy day.

  1. Rise early. The rule of thumb for Mummy Jene is to always start your day earlier than the children. When you have the house to yourself, you have a minimal distraction.

  2. Exercise. If you are a working mom, early morning is the best time for you to exercise. This is the time that you have the most energy, so grab the opportunity and sweat it out.

  3. Start your day with a glass of water. Staying hydrated is essential in body functioning. After 8 hours (probably less because you're a mom) of sleep and a good sweat from your exercise, you need to replenish on the water. This way, your body is ready for a new day. Plus, it's good for your metabolism.

  4. A quiet time to yourself. Quiet time is a good way to rest from exercise and to create a balance of physical and emotional wellbeing. Depending on you, quiet times can be done through bible reading and prayer, or reading a good book with coffee. As long as you find the needed calm to steady your heartbeat and your breathing.

  5. Don't go hungry. A full meal will help you avoid munching all day and avoid all the extra calories. Plus a healthy meal gives you the right energy boosts needed for the morning hustle.

Healthy morning routine for tired stay at home mom

According to the Pew Research Center, stay-at-home moms (SAHM) have risen over the past decade. And because of this change in trend, awareness of the health condition of SAHM has also increased. It has been known that loneliness and depression are more prone to stay at home vs working mom. Acknowledging this, MummyJene has published health tips that focus on holistic wellbeing. According to her, children will benefit the most if they have a healthy mummy to take care of them. Be healthier with this morning routine.

  1. Start early. Again, it's always good to start your day earlier than the children. When you have the house to yourself, you have the least distraction.

  2. Drink a glass of water. Staying hydrated helps your body function in its optimal state. After your sleep, you need water, so your body kickstarts its metabolism and is ready for a new day.

  3. Have a quiet time. This is probably the most important that you need to be consistent with. Your quiet time in the morning will have a tremendous effect on your emotional health. You can do whatever you like in your quiet time. Be it prayer, meditations, or just plain procrastination. It's not being lazy, it is self-care.

  4. Set your schedule. Schedule your day. This is important because everything happens differently at home, depending on the mood of the children. Make a priority list of the things that you need to complete. Household chores are unending. So a schedule can help you manage your expectations and not over exhaust yourself. 

  5. Take note to include exercise in your schedule. You can do this early in the morning, during kid's nap time, or in the afternoon while hubby is home to entertain the kids. Exercise can be done at any time of the day as long as you know how to manage your energy.

  6. Eat a healthy breakfast. Take it as the liberty to prepare a healthy meal every day for you and your family. Nothing beats a nutritious meal. As they say, let food be thy medicine.

I hope this article helps you to build a balanced lifestyle!

Wednesday, February 23, 2022

Everything You Need To Know About Malaysia Car & Motorcycle Road Tax


Do you know that vehicles and motorbikes all need road tax, car tax, or Vehicle Excise Duty in Malaysia? Or are you completely confused about the road tax system in Malaysia? Road and car tax, or Vehicle Excise Duty, is a responsibility by any car or motorcycle owner, which vehicles (either private or company) are used on public roads - paying tax is compulsory if you own one. Car tax rates are based on different factors. Find out these and more in this article.

What Is Road Tax?

Road tax is a fee you pay on your vehicle or motorcycle if you want to drive on the road. If your car is duly registered in the country – it has a number plate – then you must pay road tax. The tax money is paid directly into the central government purse used for road work and maintenance. Road tax is administered by the Road Transport Department (JPJ).

How Much Do I Pay For Road Tax?

Are you ready to renew your vehicle road tax? The amount you pay for road tax depends on:

  • The vehicle's engine cubic capacity

  • Your location

  • Type of use (private or company)

  • Type of car

Vehicle's Engine Cubic Capacity

The bigger the engine size of your vehicle, the more tax you pay. The price increase is because it's believed that the bigger the vehicle's engine size, the more the car pollutes the environment. Hence, big engine vehicle owners have to pay more for driving more polluting cars. It is to encourage ownership of less polluting vehicles.

Location (East or West Malaysia)

The location you reside in plays a significant role in determining the amount you pay for Malaysia's road tax. If you stay in East Malaysia, you will probably be spending a lesser amount than others in West Malaysia. The condition of Sabah and Sarawak road infrastructure and the network isn't the same as the ones in Peninsular - therefore, driving from one place to another in areas like Sabah and Sarawak takes a longer time.

Similarly, many people in this location (Sabah and Sarawak) drive four-wheel drive vehicles with strong engines due to the geographical condition, rugged terrain, and inferior road surface. Due to these reasons, vehicle road tax rates are cheaper in East Malaysia. Road Transport Department (JPJ) said that the more affordable road tax structure in Sabah & Sarawak is meant to compensate for all the inadequacies in that location. Furthermore, in locations such as Labuan, Langkawi, and Pangkor, if your vehicle engine capacity is 1,000cc or less, you pay a flat fee of RM20; however, If your vehicle engine capacity is more than 1,000cc, you'll have to pay 50% less of the road tax price being paid in Sabah or Sarawak.

Type Of Use (Private or Company)

The type of use of your vehicle also plays a role in determining the amount you pay for road tax. If your vehicle is registered as a private car, you will pay less money than cars registered as a vehicle.

Type Of Vehicle

All vehicles in Malaysia are divided into two broad sections:

  • Saloon: Sedan / Hatchback / Coupe / Wagon / Convertible

  • Non-Saloon: MPV / SUV / Pick-ups / Commercial

These two categories also pay a different amount for vehicle road tax. Private cars are classified as 'saloon' vehicles; they pay a lesser fee to Non- Saloon cars. However, MPV, SUV, or pickup trucks are classified as non-saloon vehicles and pay a higher rate than saloon cars. For the Non- Saloon cars category, it does not matter if it's private or company-owned; you pay the same amount.

Final Thought

We must make sure that our roads are safe by paying our road tax regularly. If you want to renew your road tax or auto insurance, you can always do it online at

Friday, December 24, 2021

Vit’s Italian Mi Goreng Series Will Definitely light up Your Christmas Theme

 Hello, Vit’s Noodles Lover! Let’s welcome December with a festive cheer because we’re definitely feeling the holiday spirit! Christmas is coming and there could be no greater method for partaking in this merry season than with some Christmassy food and pastries. Furthermore, nothing rings in the bubbly cheer like Christmas gifts and food, obviously!

Do you guys know that Vit Makanan (Kuala Lumpur) Sdn Bhd started out as a food trading company in 1975 and gradually ventured into the instant noodle industry. Since the expansion and with the best people in hand, our capabilities and resources have empowered us closer to becoming the world’s preferred noodle expert that signifies global standards in nutritional value, quality and services.

Christmas is a magical season and by buying Vit’s products, you can absolutely feel the Christmas soul! Vit’s Noodles will be happy to introduce to you guys about our new Italian series that definitely will level up your instant noodles craving.

Aglio Olio is a traditional Italian pasta dish from Naples, Italy. Usually cooked with just olive oil and garlic, Aglio Olio is fragrant and a classic pasta dish. You should attempt Vit's Italian Mi Goreng Aglio Olio flavor that is tasty, we bet.

If you prefer tomato-based pasta sauces, Vit’s also got it in Bolognese flavour! Made with fresh tomatoes, garlic and herbs, their new Vit’s Italian Mi Goreng Bolognese is going to be any kid’s or adults comfort food.

Therefore, we would like to take this opportunity to present you with our new product “Vits Italian Mi Goreng Carbonara” featuring exclusive products for you to taste and enjoy. Vits Italian Mi Goreng Carbonara is the latest menu of Vits Italian Mi Goreng series. Its Italian Mi Goreng Carbonara is a combination of Mi Goreng inspired by the classic Italian menu. Introducing the latest Vits Italian Carbonara from Vits made from cheese, chicken ham, butter, chili flakes and cream adding the aura of Italian cuisine. It tastes just as good as being in Italy. Vits Italian Carbonara Fried Noodles is free of preservatives and artificial colors.

The taste of classic cuisine that will satisfy you and the preparation of simple and original recipes. Perfect for those of you who care about time and the aroma of real Italian cuisine.  You can make delicious Italian-style Mi Goreng in as few as four or five steps at home to satisfy your Italian food cravings.

You can be sure that these Italian-style quick noodles will become your new favorite meal due to their affordable prices.

Been craving for your favorite comfort food? You know where to buy? The promo is only Rm 5.95 available at Shopee and Lazada. 

Now you can grab the first and only Malaysia’s Italian Series Instant Noodles from @vits_malaysia. Products are available online and Aeon stores at the moment.

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Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Living With COVID-19 : A New Era with a Multi-Pronged Approach in Response to COVID-19

 While the pandemic continues to devastate communities around the world, it is apparent that the COVID-19 virus will be among us for a long time. In Malaysia, the COVID-19 pandemic has not only impacted the economy and the society, but also our healthcare resources. With this in mind, Roche Malaysia recently organised a media round table to focus on the management, interventions and treatment options, aside from the required vaccinations, to help communities, especially the vulnerable patients, cope with living the new normal. 

The esteemed panelists included Dr Chua Hock Hin, Consultant of Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases from the Sarawak General Hospital and Dr Leong Hoe Nam, Consultant of Infectious Diseases at Rophi Clinic, from Mount Elizabeth Novena Specialist Centre, Singapore while the session was moderated by Dr. Peter Tok from the Centre for Clinical Outcome Research, Institute for Clinical Research, Malaysia.   

“The public needs to be aware that there are  treatment options  which are present now  and soon to be available which will help to control symptoms, as well as contributing to the prevention  and treatment of this disease,” said Dr. Peter. He believes that these tools are needed to prevent and fight future COVID-19 outbreaks and minimise economic shutdowns while ensuring the public feels more at ease living with COVID-19.


“COVID-19 is the biggest global health challenge of our time, but how do we learn to live with it? said Dr. Chua. “One of the best ways is to equip ourselves with the necessary knowledge to understand the disease and the variety of treatment options which includes modern medicines, diagnostics solutions and vaccines. As we are all aware, many companies, research institutions and governments are working tirelessly in collaboration to find therapies that have the potential to treat and manage COVID-19, while the search for safe and effective treatments must continue. That is why it is imperative that the healthcare system acts early alongside vaccines with preventive and treatment methods, in order to eradicate the COVID-19 disease.”

He also added that the “most vulnerable" COVID-19 patients need to be protected as these are patients who are unable to build up an adequate antibody response against COVID-19. These patients, although they have been vaccinated, are also susceptible to breakthrough infection due to their underlying medical comorbidities or medications. “There are a number of different treatments available as well as currently being developed, aiming to address the needs of both non- hospitalised and hospitalised sick patients,  ranging from prophylactic therapies to treatment. This will hopefully help to prevent them from developing severe illness and offer more treatment options when they are  hospitalised, allowing these patients to have a new ‘normal’ and living with COVID-19.”

Dr Leong mentioned that apart from clinical care, supplemental oxygen and mechanical ventilation, there are several treatment options which have proven effective in treating patients with COVID-19 such as neutralising antibodies (NAbs), anti-virals, immunomodulators.  Commenting on NAbs, he said “These neutralising antibodies are naturally occurring antibodies that play an important role in the immune system. They signal the presence of a pathogen in the body so that white blood cells can locate and kill it. Neutralising antibodies are responsible for blocking the entry of a pathogen into a cell so that it is firstly unable to infect healthy cells, and secondly, it is unable to replicate and cause severe infection1. Antivirals on the other hand, work differently depending on the drug and virus type. Antivirals can block receptors so viruses can’t bind to and enter healthy cells, helping it fight off a viral infection and lower the viral load, which is the amount of active virus, in the body2 . Another treatment includes immunomodulators. This is a class of agent that stimulates or suppresses the immune system. We see it used in the fight against cancer, infection, or other diseases3.

Dr Leong further commented on NAbs, stating that, “These NAbs are a state of the art treatment and if given early to patients, we significantly reduce morbidity and  mortality of these patients.  We have made it this far throughout the pandemic, and we will continue to be resilient to face more upcoming challenges, especially with these innovative treatments.”


Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Roche has explored multiple approaches to meet the needs of those affected by the virus. Although vaccination rates are increasing globally, most countries are entering a fourth wave of rising cases, and treatment options for the full range of disease severity and variants of concern are still needed. 

Deepti Saraf, the General Manager of Roche (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd said that, “In these exceptional times, we are committed to working with our healthcare system in their fight against COVID-19 and minimising its impact. We have developed a growing number of diagnostic solutions that help to detect and diagnose the infection, and continue to develop and support potential therapies which can play a role in treating the disease.”


“The impact of COVID-19 goes beyond those who contract it. That is why we are working with healthcare providers, authorities and organisations to help make sure patients continue to receive the latest innovation in tests, treatment and care they need during these challenging times. Building on a longstanding tradition of partnerships, we are working together to make healthcare stronger and more sustainable in the future.”


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