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[Travel] Top 6 Things to Do Around Sunway Putra Hotel Kuala Lumpur

What's there to do and see in KL? The city of Kuala Lumpur has much to offer, even for locals! Many residents of Klang Valley may not have explored these parts as well. Here are some of the top spots for both tourists and locals seeking to embark on a 'Cuti-cuti Malaysia experience' within a stone's throw from Sunway Putra Hotel.

MUD Kuala Lumpur

Learn the history of Kuala Lumpur through a culture-based musical at MUD KL! The theatre 'Panggung Bandaraya' was designed by A.B. Hubback in 1901 with a unique curved façade and a copper dome above the main porch. Before it was transformed into a theatre, it was Kuala Lumpur Sanitary Board's first official administration office and hosted many important meetings that shaped Kuala Lumpur’s early town planning. The family-friendly musicals are performed by an energetic cast with excellent interaction with the audience to keep everyone entertained.

Petronas Twin Towers

Standing at 451.9 metres, the 88-storey twin towers is a Malaysian icon and a must-visit for tourists. A wide array of shops are available for shopaholics alongside various local and international cuisines. You may also buy a ticket to grab the opportunity to explore the bridge connecting both towers on the 41st and 42nd floors. Try to be here during the early evening so you may get both daytime and night time photographs as the towers light up spectacularly at night. You may also enjoy a cool breeze at the adjacent park and fountain.

Kuala Lumpur Bird Park

The KL bird park is the largest free-flight, walk-in aviary in the world thus you are advised to allocate about 2-3 hours for this spot. Visitors get to have close encounters with the birds as they fly freely in the enclosure, resembling their natural habitat. Children find it especially thrilling as visitors are allowed to feed the birds and there will be plenty of close up photo opportunities.

Chow Kit Fresh Market

This wet market is open from 9am - 5pm and is frequented by many locals due to its fresh produce and meat. Let your tastebuds explore the vast array of sweet and unique fruits which you may not find elsewhere. Some 'strange fruits & vegetables' you may see include durian, rambutan and petai. Kindly note that durian is not allowed in most hotels due to its pungent aroma. You may also grab some meat, vegetables and other ingredients for cooking here.

Marini’s on 57

After a long day exploring the city of Kuala Lumpur, it's time to unwind at Kuala Lumpur’s highest rooftop bar, Italian restaurant and whisky & cigar lounge. Grab a scrumptious dinner at the award-winning Italian restaurant before enjoying cocktails over one of the best views of Kuala Lumpur, with a close proximity to Petronas Twin Towers. The view is breathtaking during sunset as the city grows quiet and the beautiful night scenery slowly unveils itself.

Aquaria KLCC

A world-class aquarium that is home to animals & marine life from all over the world. This oceanarium has a massive exhibition of over 5,000 different aquatic and land-bound creatures over a sprawling 60,000 square foot space right in the Petronas Twin Towers. Explore the Piranha Tank, Coral Walk, Flooded Forest and much more! A guaranteed fun-filled day for families and children. Dare devils may even choose to dive with the sharks!

Sunway Putra Hotel

There's much more to explore in KL so make sure you book a good hotel nearby such as Sunway Putra Hotel which is in close proximity to many attractions. Have a great stay complete with Malaysian hospitality and delicious food. You may book your hotel and flight tickets via Traveloka. It's convenient as the hotel details, photos and reviews are all located in 1 place.
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[Food] Kimchi Fried Rice Recipe

Kimchi fried rice is one of my favourite lunches which I bring to work or have on relaxing weekends. It's super easy to cook and fast too since most of the ingredients are ready.

Ingredients

  1. Rice
  2. Eggs
  3. Kimchi
  4. Meat - bacon, sausage or spam is very convenient
  5. Chilli Paste (Gochujang) but I'm using Kimchi Base because that's all I have

Instructions

  1. Cut kimchi into bite size pieces and cook slightly
  2. Add cooked meat or cook it before adding kimchi
  3. Add the rice, kimchi juice and chilli paste. Stir until even.
  4. Make a hole to add the egg. Make sure you don't pour the egg on the rice or else it will become soggy. Stir constantly and mix with rice.
  5. Transfer into bowl and add topping of your choice. I chose MORE KIMCHI!

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Get Hands-On and Help Others as a Nurse Practitioner

We’ve covered a lot of ways you can improve the lives of others – and of course your own life in the process. There are a lot of movements and jobs to take advantage of that give you the opportunity to touch other people’s lives and help them form a better future. There are even professions that allow you to be on the leading edge of social change. The most rewarding job of them all, however, is a job in nursing.

The demand for nursing professionals has been on the rise since the Affordable Care Act was first introduced. This new piece of regulation has really changed our healthcare landscape. According to studies complied by Bradley University and its Doctor of Nurse Practitioner programs, there are more DNP positions available than ever before. The fact that DNPs are more cost-efficient than doctors also means hospitals and medical institutions are hiring more nurse practitioners to support their expansions.

You can learn more about how you can get hands-on and help others as a nurse practitioner from the full infographic, Nurse Practitioners: Improving Quality of Care and Saving Costs by Bradley University.

Nurse Practitioners Improving Quality of Care and Saving Costs
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Furthering Your Education Takes Guts

Today's job front calls for people to have far more technical skills than at any time in history. Knowing basic computing is a must, and learning the vastly growing new markets, and reviewing the old, seems to never end. This goes double for new inventions that can boggle the mind and calls for retraining to the point of overwhelm. It's all a person can do to keep up, thus the need for furthering your education and getting those higher degrees.

How Tough Is Getting Your Degree

online masters in social work
The difficulty of further education depends on your lifestyle, as well as the available curriculum in your field of pursuit, your budget, and how disciplined you are, especially if it's been 20 years since you last brought your favorite tele based lunchbox on the road and enjoyed the smell of blackboard chalk. You'll have to set up a domestic schedule for your family so you can actually perform in class. However, there are online college degree classes available that are just as legitimate as on site teaching.

Rapid Deployment

Actually, life experience and the mercy of the colleges for returning students can allow for the comfort and speed of getting a degree, even if you've children to raise or old folks to tend to. Even with a 9-5 you can make some headway. All these things add up to college or school credit for degrees in everything ranging from a full blown online masters in social work to computer programming. Actually, there are many fun degrees you can get in such a wide array of interesting fields, one might feel like the legendary Aladdin seeing the Cave of Wonders. So, don't fret, there are solutions and ways around any obstacles.

What You'll Need to Get Started

online masters for social work
It's going to take some doing, but once you get started, you can't stop. Building the lifestyle foundation for a stressful and productive advanced education means that should problems arise in the future, you'll be better prepared to experience life and bounce right back into the college grind. You'll need all past educational records, yes, even the rotten ones. Every course in everything you've studied no matter how weird or esoteric.

What was considered weird just 30 years ago is now standard in education and industry. You may have taken a course for certification in how to grow rare white wallabies and tossed it to the side, only to find out that there is now a major need for animal rescue specialists. Anything might be converted into college credit so keep records, let the admissions experts review it all, especially if you do go for a masters of social work online. If you can add a few more credits from upgrading via a short course, do so.

The Cost of Going Back to College

Now we get to the meat and potatoes of what most people fear, the costs. For seniors and parents, veterans, and professionals, the costs can be minimal if not any at all. Employers will sometimes foot the bill, and grants and financial aid can make the money part of the equation moot. It's not like when you're starting out and you have to take out a costly student loan. It makes no sense to pull that quagmire on older people. In many cases, you can write off a great deal of your continuing education should you have to pay something. If push comes to shove, discounts can be had, but it's highly unlikely you'll have to pay an arm and a leg to further your education.

The Equity of a New College Degree

Now that we've gone over the somewhat finer points in going for that first or extra college degree, you should see the benefits that investing in yourself can bring. You'll be brighter, have more confidence, and have companies see you as a viable asset worthy of a choice salary. You can't go wrong when you plan to continue your education, so get up off the couch and go for it.
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Whiter Teeth in 1 Week with Philips Sonicare Healthy White+

Want whiter teeth while removing up to 100% more stains and 7x more plaque? Give the Philips Sonicare a shot! I just converted over from a traditional toothbrush and I have to say.. I'm super impressed!!

Contents

  • 1 toothbrush handle
  • 1 DiamondClean brush head (standard size)
  • Travel charger
  • Hard travel case
  • Hygienic travel cap
It's really easy to use. There are 2 modes - Clean and White.. and 3 speeds / intensities. Speed 1 is good enough for me but you can up the intensity without a problem. It's still gentle and doesn't hurt my teeth or gums at all.
It's not too heavy nor bulky and has a slight grip at the back to prevent slip. Since it IS bigger than a manual toothbrush, it took me a while to get used to it.
It comes with Smartimer that vibrates to inform you that the time is up for each side and you should switch to another side. This has really helped me to brush my teeth for the optimal 2 minute duration.
Unlike my previous electric toothbrush that turned in circles, the Sonicare vibrates with 31,000 strokes per minute. You can attach other brush heads but the one I'm using is the DiamondClean brush head. It has densely packed diamond-shaped whitening bristles in the middle for optimal stain removal. The shape ensures each tooth is thoroughly cleaned without hurting the gums. It's safe for orthodontics, dental work, veneers and implant material.

Results:

  • Much whiter teeth in 1 week!
  • Lighter coffee stains
  • Visibly less plaque
  • Cleaner teeth including hard to reach areas
I honestly had a mindblown experience when I saw the results within a few days! I did not expect it to be sooo much better than a manual toothbrush. I could SEE the plaque reducing and there was no doubt that my teeth were whiter.
The recharge indicator will notify you when it's low on battery. It's quite long lasting and is quick to recharge.
It comes with a really handy travel case that can store up to 2 brush heads.

Where to Buy?

The Philips Sonicare HealthyWhite+ Sonic Electric toothbrush HX8911/02 retails for RM 439.
Sold at the Philips Brand Store in Publika Shopping Gallery Kuala Lumpur and Sutera Mall Johor Bahru and the Philips Experience Store in Bayan Lepas, Penang. You can also buy online from www.blip.my or Lazada.

** Product was provided by the company for review purposes. However, this has not affected my thoughts on the product in any way.
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[Home & Living] The Pros and Cons of Buying a Condominium

For those who want a hybrid between an apartment and a house, buying a condominium might be the best housing option. There are many benefits to purchasing this type of property. For example, owning a condo is very similar to buying a house, but it is usually less expensive. If you are looking into purchasing a brand new condominium, sites like PropertyGuru will be the best place to start looking for new launch condo.
The Pros and Cons of Buying a Condominium
However, there are some cons involved. Many elements of this type of property are much too similar to apartment living. You are very close to your neighbors, often sharing a wall and if you live in this type of building, you will likely have neighbors above and below you. Condo life is not for everyone, but if you are dedicated to the prospect of owning one, you should read this list of pros and cons.

You Have No Yard to Mow

For people who dislike yard work, owning a condo is the dream. You don’t need to worry about mowing your yard, gardening or keeping up the outward appearance of your home. You will instead pay dues to an association, who will take care of your maintenance needs. If you have a busy work or social life, then this choice is probably the way to go, because you have less to worry about when it comes to home maintenance and upkeep, according to Money Crashers. You also don’t need to worry about paying thousands of dollars per year for a gardener or maintenance person. You simply pay your dues every year.

The Downside of Not Mowing The Yard Yourself
Unfortunately, there are some cons to not being able to work on the yard yourself. Some associations are underfunded and have no money in reserve to pay for improvements like new paint, new roofing and concrete or wood repair. In order to avoid this issue with your association, make sure to research your association before making a purchase, and determine how many condos the association manages. If you live in a smaller community and your neighbors fail to pay their dues, it will have a much bigger effect than if you live in a larger community and a handful of people fail to pay their dues.

Buying a Condo is Cheaper Than Buying a Similar House

While the cost of your condo depends on your neighborhood, region and the size of your home, you will typically spend less than you would on a house of similar size in a similar area. According to Amy Tierce, a regional vice president with Wintrust Mortgage in Needham, Massachusetts, you would pay about 70 percent of what you would spend on a similar house with the same square footage in the same area. Therefore, buying a condo might be the best option for you, especially if you are paying your mortgage on one income, if you have other debts or if you want to save your money for travel, children or retirement.

The Downside of Buying a Condo
The downside is that you don’t just pay for the property when you buy a condo. You also need to factor in those aforementioned association dues, which could range from as low as $100 to month to over $1000, or more than your mortgage, especially if you’re living in a luxury property with a top-notch gym, swimming pool and 24-hour gated security.

Additionally, if your association needs to work on a dire project, like a burst pipe and there is not enough money in reserve to cover repairs, you may be asked by the association to pitch in money for the repair, as much as thousands of dollars. You should be prepared for these unplanned expenses if you own your property. Keep in mind that this type of property is often much harder to sell than houses, especially since yours is probably hard to distinguish from the others in your building.

Condos Offer a Sense of Community

There is a big sense of community in these buildings. While homeowners will say the same thing about their neighborhood, condo owners tend to live in much closer proximity to each other than homeowners in the suburbs. If you are a social butterfly who loves interacting with your neighbors, this type of living is probably a good option for you, since you will have plenty of opportunity to interact with your neighbors at events and parties.

The Downside of a Close Knit Community
While many people love socializing with their neighbors, others prefer their privacy. If you like your privacy, you might prefer buying a house where you’re more closed off from your neighbors. Also, if loud noises annoy you, this might not be the best option. You might hear your neighbors’ entertainment sound systems, or loud unpleasant neighbors talking or stomping around.

That being said, the grass is always greener on the other side. It is best to be well informed before making the move on purchasing a new condo, but one person’s pros might be another person’s cons. You might love the sense of community or you might be annoyed by the noise. You might love that you don’t have to deal with yard work or you might yearn for the opportunity to garden. Whatever you prefer in a home, educate yourself and make sure you know all your options before deciding on a property to purchase.
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[Fitness] Jonlivia Air Hotpants Review

If you have a pet at home, I'm sure you feel my pain! When I do any kind of exercise or yoga or stretching, you can be SURE that Sakai will be my 'gym buddy' - except he's only there to kacau.
Yep. Just standing in the way and breathing in my face the entire time. Probably checking to see if I'm still alive.
Phew.. Getting some rest. Not sure why HE is so tired.
I'm probably one of the least flexible people on Earth and I don't exercise much so house chores will have to do! I wear my Jonlivia Hotpants S+ to clean the house or cook, accompanied by my Sudio Vasa Bla for some music. You'll be surprised how much you sweat especially with this! The effect will definitely be much better if you wear it to work out.

4 Layers

With the 4 layers and breathable AirFabric, it's super comfortable to wear. The compression and heat circulation causes you to sweat 3-4 times more so your workout is more effective.

The first time I wore it, I was certain the pants were a scam. I did not sweat at all! Then I took it off and realised..
My whole leg was wet with sweat
It's amazing how comfortable they felt even though I was sweating intensely. There's a thin strip of airy fabric on the inner side so it doesn't feel stuffy.

One thing I disliked was the white thread used for the stitching on the outer side which is very visible. It doesn't look as good when I wear it out xD

Strong but Stretchable

Made of excellent stretchable material and extra layer of strap on hips to prevent it from breaking even when you're doing squats (tested and approved).
It does not drop or feel uncomfortable when I'm twisting and pulling my body in all sorts of directions. The pants will cling to your body perfectly. These pants can stretch better than me LOL Still working on my posture. Don't judge.

High Waist

I love how this pants can be pulled to tummy level! Wearing tight low waist pants/underwear will cause 'muffin tops' where the fats around the waist bulge out. With long term wear of high waist ones, this bulge will reduce and flatten.

Hidden Back Pocket

I like how this pants comes with it's own hidden pocket at the back! It comes with a zip too so it's perfect to keep your house /locker key.
Simply pull your top down and it's hidden! However, the small pocket will not fit your phone.
You can buy Jonlivia online on their website. The pants are available in different lengths and up to 3XL size!!

** Product was provided by the company for review purposes. However, this has not affected my thoughts on the product in any way.
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4 Ways for Singles to Spend Valentine’s Day Alone

Valentine’s Day is the feast of Love. All over the world, this day is the favourite holiday for romantic couples. The number of people walking hand in hand and kissing in the streets is staggering. For many singles, this holiday is rather depressing: love is in the air and you feel so lonely in this crowd of romantic couples. There is no reason to give way to despair and misery.
If you don’t have somebody to love yet, it’s OK.
You shouldn’t focus your attention on your single status. Do you love yourself? Of course, you do. Then, be your own Valentine. Dating experts from YourBrides, the website where every single man can meet a single Ukrainian girl, advise to spend this day the way you want and make it Your Day.

#1 Invite other singles

If you’re single, it doesn’t mean you’ll necessarily spend this day in solitude. Everything is in your hands. You’re not the only one who is going to celebrate it being out of a relationship. Probably, there are a lot of singles among your friends who also dread the coming Valentine’s Day. So, unite! Organise a party or head for the cinema, shopping mall, entertainment center, spa, or a café. If you’re obsessed with the thought that you won’t receive a teddy bear or a bunch of flowers on this day, nothing prevents you from indulging in a nice gift. Just imagine: your boyfriend could have turned out to be stingy, but fortunately you’re single and you don’t economize on gifts for yourself. Buy a bunch of your favourite flowers, dine at a stylish restaurant, or purchase beautiful lingerie. Who knows what you really want to receive as a gift better than you?

#2 Be selfish at last!

Focus on yourself on this day. Imagine that there are no other people but you in this world. Allow yourself things you didn’t have time or money for before. Turn off your phone, order your favourite Italian food, and watch all the episodes of that popular series you’ve wanted to watch.

#3 Broaden your horizons

Why sit at home on this day? There is the world outside and it’s waiting to be explored. So, pack your stuff and travel to the nearest city or town. Visiting new places clears up your mind and inspires. Who knows, maybe some nice guy will also decide to spend Valentine’s Day in another town and you’ll bump into each other on the street or sit next to each other in a train. If you can’t decide where to go, catch the nearest train and get off at a random station. Don’t worry about what other people will think. Remember, it’s your day and you can do everything you like.

#4 Share your love

Apart from romantic love, there are other kinds of love. You’re full of love and warmth, so share it with those who want to feel it. Volunteer at a local orphanage or nursing home. You’ll see the difference between being single and lonely or abandoned. Do you have any nephews or nieces? Offer your brother or sister to babysit their kids. Buy plenty of sweets and spend this wonderful day in the most wonderful way. Be the best aunt: take them to the zoo, buy what they want, and have fun together. Try to view the world as kids do – notice small miracles around you, pay attention to details, be curious, and spontaneous. Open your heart and it will be filled with love soon.
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[Beauty] Natural Skincare for Sensitive Skin - COCO2U

COCO2U is designed and formulated with Organic Virgin Coconut Oil and Natural Botanical Active Ingredients. Thus making it suitable for sensitive skin. It's very gentle and infuses skin with hydration, protecting it.
They're also made with aloe vera, aquacacteen, argan oil, grape seed extract and more! Also, no Animal Testing, Artificial Preservatives, SLS, parabens or Petroleum Derived Chemicals were involved.
I'm using products from their COCO2U Skincare Starter Kit which contains mini sized products for a complete routine. The Luminous Serum is FREE btw! I had just done a facial exfoliation and could not believe how comfortable these were on my skin!

Coco2u Hydrating Cleanser RM 90/100ml

This is the first time I liked a cream cleanser. I've always disliked cream based ones because they're so greasy and heavy so this came as a shock.
Please note that this will not lather up but it still cleans well! It can even remove light base makeup but for heavier makeup, I would recommend a proper remover. It's superrr gentle, does not agitate extra sensitive skin after exfoliation and actually leaves your skin feeling so soft and smooth! No greasy feeling at all and it wasn't hard to wash off.

Coco2u Pore Refining Tonique RM 70/100ml

This is supposed to reduce pore size while improving texture and tone. I can't see such effects but it's quite nice to use as the toner has a cooling and soothing sensation which is great after a hot day or exfoliation.

Coco2u Luminous Serum RM 120/30ml

An intensive treatment that organically replenishes and rehydrates the skin for instant radiance and softness. Despite its thick look, it's really lightweight and absorbs in no time! A few drops from the dropper is enough for my whole face. In order to make this bottle last longer, dot it all over your face before patting in. This will help spread the product evenly before it absorbs.

Coco2u Bioactive Day Moisturiser RM 110/30ml

A moisturiser with added SPF20 sun protection? How convenient! It works to increase skin firmness and makes skin more youthful. Skin instantly gains a soft glow after application. I do not like the tub at all though. The product is more jelly-like and thus required scooping, which is not very convenient in a small jar. The full product comes in a pump bottle though.

Coco2u Bioactive Night Moisturiser RM 110/30ml

Strangely, I thought the night moisturiser was lighter than the day moisturiser. It had a slight resemblance to sleeping masks and provided ample hydration even for an air conditioned room. It ensures your face stays supple and radiant in the morning so you can look fresh and renewed everyday!

FREEBIE Alert!

It's super worth it to buy now in order to get the discount AND freebie!

** Product was provided by the company for review purposes. However, this has not affected my thoughts on the product in any way.
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