Category Archives: Events

03Dec/17

Drama Camp with Sharifah Sofia

Children need to exhaust their energy, explore their imaginations and unleash their potential.

Expand your child’s creativity through skillful play.

A 4-day Drama camp with Sharifah Sofia – curated for your child to have an amazing time while learning to listen, follow directions, remember, focus, accomplish objectives, take turns, work with others, compromise, perform in front of an audience and use the imagination.

Camp is limited to 15 children (3-6yrs old).

Contact +60126102369 to book your space.

 

 

07Sep/17

Lung Cancer and Melanoma Awareness Campaign

A while ago I was asked by Heather Von St. James if I could help post a little info on a campaign she has started 11 years ago to gain awareness on Mesothelioma. It is a rare type of cancer that occurs in the thin layer of cells lining the body’s internal organs known as mesothelium. The campaign is called, Lung Leavin’ Day. It’s an amazing story by such a strong survivor of such a rare type of cancer. Hey man, she had 1 of her lungs removed!!

I had recently attended a lung cancer and melanoma awareness workshop as cancer does run in my family. I figured that attending it would help educate me more about prevention and how to identify the signs and symptoms of cancer.

Lung cancer is one of the most common causes of death in the world and is estimated to be responsible for 1 in 5 deaths out of 1.59 MILLION deaths.. THAT’S MORE THAN 300,000 deaths!! In Malaysia alone, 4,404 lung cancer cases were recorded in 2012 with more than 80% leading to death.

Death is usually a taboo subject to talk about and so are diseases to be honest.. I mean, yes, people are aware of cancer.. they wear the pink ribbon, walk on for movember but are we really, REALLY aware of it? How often does one actually get checked?

To be honest, I’m pretty much a chicken when it comes to getting myself checked out but I try do it as often as possible and alhamdulillah, so far so good. There are so many things we need to do to get checked.. teeth, heart, physical health, breast cancer, colon cancer; the list goes on!!

What causes lung cancer?

Of course, many of us know that smoking is one of the leading risk factors for lung cancer and so is second hand smoking. Other risks include Radon (an odourless radioactive gas; second most frequent cause of death.), asbestos, inhaled chemicals, diesel exhaust, air pollution, radiation therapy to the lungs (eeeekkk), arsenic in drinking water and also family history. Yup! You can’t run away from those genetics.. ☹

In most lung cancer cases, symptoms usually only appear when the disease is already at an advanced stage and this makes early detection and timely treatment very very challenging. These symptoms include a worsening cough (or one that just won’t bloody go away), chest pain, wheezing, shortness of breath, coughing up blood, feeling tired easily and even weight loss with no known causes (and no, that sort of weight loss is NOT GOOD!)

Now what about melanoma?

To be honest, I never knew about it till this workshop and I’m glad I do now coz I need to get myself checked for it. Melanoma is a type of cancer that is most often on the skin. It begins in the skin’s pigment producing cells. It can also develop on other parts of the body including the eyes, digestive tract, nails and also the mouth. Melanoma is the most serious forms of skin cancer.

In the US, melanoma is the 5th most common type of new cancer diagnosis in men and 7th in women. There was actually an estimated 9,710 people who would die of melanoma in 2014!! Acral lentiginous melanoma is the most common type of melanoma in Asians and in Malaysia, 62.5% of melanoma cases are usually detected in stage iii. That’s already a bit late for detection I’d say..

There are many risk factors that cause melanoma and despite the benefits of Vitamin D, the sun (!!!) is a major source of UV rays. Moles are also a risk factor to a person if they have irregular or large moles. Fair skin, family history (yep! Still can’t run!), immune suppression, age, gender and even a rare, inherited condition known as xeroderma pigmentosum are also contributing factors to melanoma.

Melanoma can occur anywhere on the body and develop in areas that are most exposed to the sun (see… I don’t wear a hijab for nothing.. LOL). But hey, jokes aside, it can also develop in covered areas like the soles of your feet, your palms and even under your fingernails!!

For screening and diagnosis, you could actually do a self-examination. Go get checked by a physician and as they’re doing the screening, you could ask him/her to show you how to self-screen and what to look out for! There’s actually this simple guide to help you out (and we also have google) it’s called the ‘ABCDE’ acronym which is based on

Asymmetry – One half of a mole or birthmark does not match the other

Border – The edges are irregular, ragged, notched or blurred

Colour – The colour is not the same all over and may include shades of brown or black or sometimes even patches of pink, red, white or even blue!

Diameter – The spot is larger than 6 millimetres across (the size of a pencil eraser but they could even be smaller than that)

Everything – The mole is changing size, shape and colour

But…. The only way you can accurately diagnose melanoma is with a biopsy. This means that all or part of the mole or growth is removed and analysed.

That’s basically the low down on what I learnt the other day about these 2 forms of cancer..

But what if you are actually diagnosed with lung cancer, melanoma or any other type of cancer?? What are the things that can be done?

There are a few options of treatments that you could undergo if you are diagnosed.

Surgery

Removal of the tumor and surrounding tissue during an operation. Surgery is the oldest type of cancer therapy.

Radiation Therapy

Radiation therapy uses high-energy radiation to shrink tumors and kill cancer cells. X-rays, gamma rays, and charged particles are types of radiation used for cancer treatment.

Chemotherapy

Destroy cancer cells that may remain after treatment with surgery or radiation therapy. Kill cancer cells that have returned or spread to other parts of your body

Immunotherapy

A new treatment method that uses certain parts of a person’s immune system to fight cancer cells. This is done by stimulating the immune system to work hard or smarter to attack cancer cells and also by giving the immune system some extra components; such as man-made immune system proteins. (COOL HUH?!) This treatment basically targets the immune system and not the cancer itself.

There are a few treatments offered for immunotherapy

Monoclonal antibodies – man-made immune system proteins, which are antibodies designed to attack a specific part of a cancer cell.

Cancer Vaccines – substances introduced into the body to cause an immune response against certain diseases.

Non-specific immunotherapies – treatments that generally boost the immune system to help the body attack cancer cells. (I believe this one can be for anyone really).

Immunotherapy holds greater potential than existing conventional treatment approaches to fight cancer and increases long term survival. It helps improve quality of life with lesser side effects.

Target Therapy

The drugs known as targeted therapy help stop cancer from growing and spreading. They work by targeting specific genes or proteins. These genes and proteins are found in cancer cells or in cells related to cancer growth, like blood vessel cells. Doctors often use targeted therapy with chemotherapy and other treatments.

Hormone Therapy

This drug is not a selective estrogen receptor modulator (SERM) – it acts like an anti-estrogen throughout the body. This treatment option is used to treat metastatic breast cancer.

It’s amazing how many different treatments there are to help us with treating such a devastating and common disease and it’s great to know that in this country, we have access to all of these here in Malaysia. Alhamdulillah.

So it’s time I get checked soon coz I’m getting old (damn.. I am…) and I actually do have some moles I’ve been told to get seen to and yes, cancer is in my family history too. But if you ever find the chance to go for regular check-ups, I suggest you do just that. Remember, prevention is better than cure!!

24Mar/17

Mickey and the Roadster Racers – MID VALLEY

GET ROADSTER READY AT THE

DISNEY JUNIOR MICKEY AND THE ROADSTER RACERS CARNIVAL

MID VALLEY MEGA MALL, CENTRE COURT
WEDNESDAY 15 TO 26 MARCH 2017

In anticipation of Disney Junior’s latest animated series, Mickey and the Roadster Racers, kids and families in Malaysia will have the chance to get Roadster Ready at the “Disney Junior Mickey and the Roadster Racers Carnival” and earn their very own Roadster Racer’s license.

Beginning 15 March, this exciting interactive experience will see a Mickey and the Roadster Racers branded truck travel to three locations across Malaysia: Kuala Lumpur (15 to 26 March); Penang (29 March to 4 April) and Kota Bharu (6 to 8 April). The larger-than-life truck will unfold into an exciting and interactive family carnival where kids and families can enjoy a variety of Mickey and the Roadster Racers themed activities.

Kids can gear up to ride and race their own Roadsters through the Hot Dog Hills race course, receive their personalized Roadster’s Racers license, make their own Roadster helmets and take part in Mickey themed arts and crafts activities.

 

Mickey and the Roadster Racers will premiere on Disney Junior (ASTRO Ch 613) on 24 March,
2.30pm.

 

WHAT IS MICKEY AND THE ROADSTER RACERS ALL ABOUT???

Disney Junior’s animated “Mickey and the Roadster Racers” is a madcap racing series that showcases Mickey and his pals – Minnie, Donald, Daisy, Goofy and Pluto – and their unique transforming vehicles as they take on humorous high-spirited races and worldwide capers. The stories are designed to impart social and emotional lessons about friendship, teamwork, optimism and good sportsmanship.

Geared toward kids 2-7, each episode features two 11-minute stories as Mickey and his friends gear up for racing and other exciting adventures in the mini-metropolis of Hot Dog Hills and around the world. At the push of a button, the gang’s daily cars transform into personalized roadster racers: Mickey’s Hot Doggin’ Hot Rod, Donald’s Cabin Cruiser, Goofy’s Turbo Tubster, Daisy’s Snapdragon and Minnie’s Pink Lightning, which also converts into the Happy Helpers Van.

When Minnie and Daisy are not busy racing, they run their own successful business as the Happy Helpers, solving problems for anyone in need of a helping hand. The plucky pair demonstrate determination, ambition and resourcefulness as they take on challenges of all kinds, from rescuing a cat in a tree to egg-sitting to retrieving lost jewelry from the sewers of Paris.

With Mickey leading the way with his eternal kindness, contagious joy and authentic optimism, the series is designed to excite young viewers about learning new skills and the sense of accomplishment that comes from a job well done. Even when the gang competes against each other in a race or a Happy Helper assignment seems impossible, their strong friendship stays top priority and helps them find solutions to their problems.

As with all Disney Junior programming, “Mickey and the Roadster Racers” is guided by an established curriculum that nurtures multiple areas of child development: physical, emotional, social and cognitive, thinking and creative skills, as well as moral and ethical development. Stories emphasize multiple ways to solve problems and help kids develop critical thinking skills, along with perseverance and resilience. Curiosity and discovery are central to the series, as Mickey and his pals explore different countries, cultures and traditions on their adventures.

28Sep/16

BARBIE – Dreamtopia

Its the last leg of the tour and the girls and I managed to catch the all new Barbie Dreamtopia series..

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The whole idea of Dreamtopia was set in a world created in the fearless imagination of Barbie’s youngest sister, Chelsea. There are 4 magical kingdoms of Dreamtopis which are: Wispy Forest, Rainbow Cove, Sweetville and Sparkle Mountain. Continue reading

25Aug/16

Water For Life

As you may have seen on my Instagram page, I’ve had the greatest opportunity to get involved in a CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) programme called “Water For Life”. This programme was developed by PETRONAS Dagangan Berhad (PDB) to strengthen their position as a responsible corporate citizen amongst Malaysians.. “Water For Life” was initiated in 2013 in collaboration with the Malaysian Nature Society (MNS) and is targeted to provide villagers with access to uninterrupted clean water supply.

Being privileged and living in the city, we tend to take advantage of having clean water and when water is low or even cut for a few hours, we freak out.. Imagine living in a small village where water comes from the actual source and maintenance may be minimal but hard work and needed to be done by yourself.. We (city people) for instance have people doing it all for us and we done see how all of these things can affect our lives..

Now in their 4th year, PETRONAS, MNS and volunteers (including me) got together and set out to Dungun, Terengganu to help restore the water infrastructure to over 150 families in both Kampung Jongok Batu and Kampung Belimbing.

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posing for the cameras

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06Oct/15

International Baby Expo

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Expo Info

The Exhibition :
International Baby Expo

Date & Time :
6th – 8th Nov 2015
10:30am – 9pm (Friday & Saturday)
10:30am – 8pm (Sunday)

Venue :
Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC)

Admission :
Entrance is FREE

Exhibit Profile
• Maternity & Children’s Clothing and Accessories
• Medical Biotechnology & Management of
Infertility Services
• Natural Nutrition Food for Weaning Babies
& Organic Toddler Formula Products
• Diaper, Furniture and Toy Retailers
• Infant & Toddlers Safety Products
• Breastfeeding & Mommy’s Group
• Early Education Products
• Fitness & Slimming Beauty Services
• Other related products and services

01Oct/15

MYCYBERSALE – malaysia’s biggest online sale!

#MYCYBERSALE is back with a BANG! With its first year sale generating about RM67million in revenue from 227,000 transactions, this year #MYCYBERSALE is looking at over 400 participating eTailers including those outside the Klang Valley inclusing Sabah, Sarawak, Johor, Penang and Negeri Sembilan.

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#MYCYBERSALE is a great place for SMEs to start their online businesses as this is a great opportunity to be part of the e-Commerse Ecosystem and expanding their business and traffic across the region.

More popular eMarketplaces, such as 11street.my, GEMFIVE, Go Shop, Qoo10 and Agrobazaar have also participated,

#MYCYBERSALE 2015 is also expanding to target regional shoppers, specifically from Singapore, Brunei and Indonesia. Maybank and Visa will also assist to reach the target consumers as #MYCYBERSALE 2015 official promotion partners.

To cater for these bigger markets and to allow longer shopping period, #CYBERSALE 2015 is extended to 5 days, compared to only 3 days last year.

Exclusive and exciting deals up to 90% discounts on a wide range of products

await the shoppers throughout 28 Sept – 5 Oct 2015 which include;

clothes & accessories

kids & babies

home & living

books & media

health & beauty

electronics

travel and more

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Lucky draw contests will also be conducted throughout the sale period to appreciate and reward supportive eShoppers with attractive and bigger prizes (worth more than RM50,000) this year.

30Sep/15

Good Night Bed Mites!!

Ok…. Big EEEWWWWW… To know that the average bed has about 10,000 mites and 2MILLIONS mite droppings is DISTURBING!! That alone has made me feel super grossed out to go to sleep at night!!

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TOTALLY GROSSED OUT!!

Dust mites are only 0.3-0.5mm small making it almost impossible to see with the naked eye. They love warm and humid environment making Malaysia one of the most perfect countries for mites to reside. Mites can breed and feed on dead skin cells AND can live up to 2 months!! A single mite can produce 20 droppings a day AND LAY 100 eggs in its life time. So imagine having 10,000 mites laying up to 100 eggs in the span of 2 MONTHS!!! Eeeewwwwww!!!! In a mere 3g of dust, there are about 4,000 dead mites!!

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Mite feaces and droppings are strong allergens and can trigger allergies like asthma especially in children. As clean as we try to be especially when we have children, most times, it’s hard to get rid of mites as these little critters have clawed feet which grip onto bedding or fabrics when tried to be removed. We can always hoover and whack our beds, carpets and sofa’s as hard as we can but these little things just won’t budge.

Mites are known to cause allergies including asthma. Now that I know this, a little advice to parents whom want to reuse their old baby cots and mattresses, this would be one of the best ways to properly clean the usage of the past and allow new baby sleep on a old mattress with a brand new feel of CLEAN! Though I opted on getting a new mattress as it was WAY before the new SHARP invention was introduced.

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SHARP had done so much research on finding the most effective way to eliminate mites by breeding more than 5,000 mites (eeewwww) and experimenting the best way to eliminate these harmful critters… The conclusion was that any normal vacuuming couldn’t do the trick hence, SHARP had invented the new Mite Catcher with Heat Cyclone! Heated air between 40-60 degrees is blown onto the bedding which forces the mites release their grip off the fabric are are the brushed out with the vibrating power brush with centrifugal separation cyclone that sucks the mites out. The vacuum then incinerates (muuuaaahhahaha!!) them in the cyclone and bye bye mites, hello clean bed…

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The new SHARP Mite Catcher is a whole new innovation as it is the first of its kind. Seems to me that this could be better than a steam cleaner as steam cleaners may kill germs and mites, but they don’t really suck em out so good would they?

For more information on the all new Mite Catcher, check out these links!!

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wuaWTDA0TXw

Malaysia Website: https://www.sharp.com.my

Global website: www.sharp-world.com

Official FB page: https://www.facebook.com/SharpPlasmaclusterMalaysia

 

16Sep/15

TOMS: One for One

If you’re a shoe lover and a giver at the same time, there’s no way you haven’t heard of TOMS before.

With this amazing initiative to help those in need by using SHOPPING as a way of making that happen, TOMS hit that ball out of the park! Not only does buying a pair of shoes bring happiness to the consumers souls but it also brings happiness to a less fortunate on too.

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TOMS has only recently arrived in Malaysia but has been around for nearly 10 years! To date, TOMS has given more than 45 MILLION pairs of shoes to children in need since 2006. TOMS Eyewear has restored sight to over 275,000 since 2011 and TOMS Roasting Company has helped provide over 67,000 weeks of safe water since launching in 2014. In 2015, TOMS Bag Collection was founded with the mission to help provide training for skilled birth attendants and distribute birth kits containing items that help a woman safely deliver her baby. One for One!

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ONE for ONE

TOMS flagship launch was such a great event as it was their triple launch. 1 – Launching their new store on Level 3 next to GSC in MidValley Mega Mall (NOT Gardens, yeah!). 2 – The launch of the new bags that save lives. The purchase of one bag will help provide training for skilled birth attendants and distribute birth kits containing items that help a woman safely deliver her baby. Who would have thought of such a thing? 3 – Launching TOMS virtual giving trip. This, my friends, was an amazing experience. If you know me, I have a serious weak spot for children and happiness. The new virual giving trip will have you feeling all warm and fuzzy inside, you end with taking off the VR in tears!!

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The guys who made TOMS possible here in Malaysia! Big love guys!!

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Range of shoes at TOMS

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by buying a pair of glasses at TOMS you will be restoring sight to a less fortunate person

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little mini took her shoes right off when she walked into the store and tried every pair she could get her hands on

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Enjoying a bit to many cupcakes which are laid right in front of them!!

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we had a great time!

with Fahmi of TOMS, Sharifah Juliana of sjstyle.com and Azrin of TOMS

with Fahmi of TOMS, Sharifah Juliana of sjstyle.com (Who is also my sister) and Azrin of TOMS. oh!! and photobomber – Ameera

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We are happy with our purchase…. 🙂

 

 

10Sep/15

Smart Kids Asia

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Expo Info

The Exhibition :
13th Smart Kids Asia 2015

Date & Time :
10 – 11 October 2015
10:30am – 9pm (Saturday), 10:30am – 8pm (Sunday)

Venue :
Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC)

Admission :
Entrance is FREE

Exhibit Profile :
• Education Enrolment Pool
• Educational Products
• Edu-Finance Solution
• Nutritional Food & Beverage
• Information Communication Technology
• Leisure, Sport & Recreation