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The 5 Ways to Improve Your Cholesterol Level

As I have mentioned in my previous post about Cholesterol level, high cholesterol will increase the risk of heart disease and heart attack. It is crucial for all of us that prevention is better than cure. Even you are currently on medication, these methods would help to lower your cholesterol level too.

1. Food

All of us couldn’t resist the yummy delicacies in Malaysia, however making changes in our diet could improve our health and reducing the cholesterol level.

Oats is well known for lowering cholesterol level but the tedious process of getting it down just kinda – no to me. However, with the recently launched Nestlé Omega Plus® Milk with Oats, Nestlé has make it easy for you and me. I have no more excuse to escape from taking Oats.

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Some studies have shown that oats, when combined with other cholesterol-lowering foods, can have a big effect on cholesterol level. Nestlé Omega Plus® Milk with Oats combines both the Acticol®, plant sterols and Beta-glucan effectively battle down the cholesterol level.

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Honestly, I am not an oat person. However I am falling for this oat milk drink. Surprisingly it tasted yummy for me and it makes a healthy and filling breakfast. As I have gastric and acid reflux problem, I don’t have the luxury of delaying my meal time. Every morning before I walk my dog around the neighbourhood, I just pour hot water and the Nestlé Omega Plus® Milk with Oats from the convenient sachets into a cup, stirred; I’m good to go.

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As most of us are busy working adults, this would be a great way in managing our cholesterol level effectively by drinking two sachets a day. I kept some in my office so I would able to drink it if I am hungry to tea-hours.

2. Exercise

I remember that the consultants been telling me exercise is able to improve my cholesterol level. With moderate physical activity, it would help to raise high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol. So, work up to at least 30 minutes of exercise a day and it also help us to lose weight.

Exercising alone is boring, thus walking/jogging with Warrior is always my favourite activity.

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3. Quit smoking

Yes, smoking does contribute to high cholesterol level. So stop smoking and make a difference. Within 20 minutes of quitting, your blood pressure and heart rate decrease. Within one year, your risk of heart disease is half that of a smoker. Within 15 years, your risk of heart disease is similar to someone who never smoked.

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4. Lose weight

If your body weight is hitting high, try losing as little as 5 to 10 percent of you body weight. It would definitely improve your cholesterol levels. Start by eating healthy and exercise to challenge the weight loss.

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I would always take the stairs instead of elevator whenever I work in the head quarters.

5. Cut down alcohol consumption

The consumption of alcohol has been linked with higher levels of HDL cholesterol. Too much alcohol can lead to serious health problems including high blood pressure, heart failure or even stroke. So cut down your alcohol consumption or drink in moderation.

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Boosting Heart Health with Nestlé Omega Plus® Milk with Oats

At my age (I’m 26 this year), cholesterol level have never come across my mind when I feast on my favourite Malaysian delicacies. Some times I will just take granted on the exercises I have done in the week for eating more yummy food such as nasi lemak etc. However, I’m shock to know that the fact that Malaysians suffering from hypercholesterolaemia had increased drastically over the years. We are talking about one out of three Malaysians suffering from it.

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I’m at the launch of Nestlé Omega Plus® Milk with Oats, a healthy yet tasty beverage to boost our heart health on last Tuesday.

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As we know, the food link to high blood cholesterol is well known. The higher the intake of fatty food, the higher the cholesterol levels in our body. We need to ensure that HDL cholesterol levels stay high, and LDL cholesterol levels stay low, relative to each other to stay healthy. LDL cholesterol is a major risk factor for heart disease. As such, it is the main focus of cholesterol-lowering treatment.

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Nestlé has came out with the Nestlé Omega Plus® Milk with Oats; the first-in-market combined action of two naturally-derived cholesterol-lowering ingredients, Acticol ® and Beta-glucan launched by Malaysia’s heart health advocator, Nestlé Omega Plus®. Only Nestlé Omega Plus® Milk with Oats has Acticol® which is naturally derived from plant sterols, that have been scientifically proven to block cholesterol from entering the bloodstream. It works simultaneously with Beta-glucan from oats that binds with cholesterol in the gut and removes it from the body. This dual-action of blocking and removing cholesterol helps to manage cholesterol levels more effectively, compared to the consumption of oats alone1.

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Model, Cher Siew Wei, Corporate Wellness Manager, Khoo Kar Khoon, Communication Director, Ng Su Yen, Business Executive Manager, Milks, Chew Soi Ping, Executive Director, Sales, Chris Chan, Consumer Marketing Manager, Alesha Mah, Brand Manager, Evelyn Yoong, Innovation and Renovation Manager, Model

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I understand that preventative heart care is not a top-of-mind consideration for most Malaysian adults, as heart disease is usually perceived as an illness that affects the elderly2. However, research has proven otherwise, showing that Malaysians in their thirties have arteries akin to those in their seventies due to their lifestyles. It is important for us to prevent the illness attacking us.

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Malaysians are succumbing to heart disease at a younger age. We are able to obtain a consistent and pro-active solution to power up a holistic heart health management routine with the Nestlé Omega Plus® Milk with Oats. We kneel down the bad cholesterol and stay free from the heart disease.

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Apart from taking the Nestlé Omega Plus® Milk with Oats, it is alsoimportant to maintain regular exercise habit to bring down the cholesterol levels. But for the busy (or rather lazy) people out there, Nestlé is here to help Malaysians make effortless adjustments to their everyday routines for better overall health.

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Checking my cholesterol level and glad it’s within the healthy range. *phew*

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With Gary Yap

Nestlé Omega Plus® Milk with Oats comes in convenient single serve sachets – consuming the recommended two servings per day becomes effortless as you can slip the sachets into your work or gym bag and have it anytime of the day. Simply add 200ml of hot water and stir and you are ready to go with the power of two cholesterol reducing ingredients to enable you to live life to the fullest!

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Nestlé Omega Plus® Milk with Oats is available from May 2016 at all hypermarkets and supermarkets for RM 19.98 (10 sachets x 42g in one pouch). Head over to your nearest AEON, AEON BIG, GIANT, TESCO, ECONSAVE and MYDIN outlets to kick start your heart health today.

The Thinnest Condom Is Now Available in Malaysia – Sagami Original 0.02

Good news to the boys and mens out there, the thinnest condom is now available on sale in Malaysia. Okay, calm yourself down a little and witness the launch together with me below 😉

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Last Thursday was the launch of Sagami Original 0.02, the thinnest condom available in Malaysia at PLAY Club. Japanese condoms are the top notch in the industry, many of my friends actually imported them back from Japan for their usage. If you are one of them, now you can access to it so easily.

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Do you know that the brand Sagami, was founded in 1934, way back to our grandparents era. They are the first condom manufacturer in Japan and also the first condom manufacturer in the world to release coloured and dotted condoms. In 2004, Sagami has developed the Sagami Original 0.02, a polyurethane condom at just 0.024mm thick. Of course, it has instantly became the best selling condom in Japan. *you must be thinking they should have come to Malaysia earlier right?*

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Why Sagami Original 0.02 is the hit in the condom industry? Apart from the material used, which is safe for those who are allergic to latex, the Sagami Original 0.02 is 3 times stronger in pressure test and 2 times better in tensile strength test. In lay man terms, it simply means it wont break easily. Oh ya, forget about the expiry date since they can be actually stored for 5 years! I believe you finish it way faster than that 😛

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I always hear about the thinner the better for condom, but why?  It actually provides a more real feel experience, more sensitive and thus increasing the sexual pleasure to both the men and women. The Sagami Original 0.02 is exclusively available at selected Watsons stores nationwide only as well as Watsons Online Store.

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Emcee for the night – Miss Cay Kujipers

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Cheers to the MOET champagne party for the night!

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Drums performance for the night!

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One of my friend who used to study in Japan told me that during the schooling days they actually bought Sagami Original 0.02, pack it individually and sell them in the clubs to earn extra income. Sagami original is as if colgate when you think of tooth paste brand in Japan.

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Let’s share on what are the brands of condom you have tried  and whats the differences.  You got to grab the Sagami Original 0.02 from the nearest Watsons Store and try it out yourself. To give you a better impression how thin this really is, an average thickness of a human hair which is 0.06mm while the Sagami Original 0.02 is a third of the thickness of a human hair. Not to mention it is also more than twice as thin as the standard latex ultra-thin condom (eg. Durex Sensi-Thin, which is 0.048 mm). Try it out and share your experience here 😉 Enjoy safe and pleasure sex guys!

The Misuse of Disabled Parking Lot in Malaysia

The misuse of disabled parking lots issue in Malaysia has been the topic of countless hearings over the past several years. In line with the Persons with Disabilities Act 2008, the government has step up the availability of disabled parking lots in Malaysia. However, the these parking lots are built in very limited numbers.


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Despite the sad number of disabled parking lots, Malaysian seems to take advantage of the OKU parking lots for non other than the two reason, nearer to the entrance or the ordinary car parks are fully occupied. Probably if you ask those healthy people who parked at the disabled parking lots, they might answered you with “sorry sorry, five minutes jeh” or even worst off “how often you see OKU drivers on the road?”. I guess they don’t understand that the parking space is meant for the disabled even if it’s just for a few minutes.

But why? Why this issue has been rising as compared to other countries?

Do you know that British actually enforce a Blue Badge Scheme system whereby people who are using the disabled facilities will have to display their Blue Badged for inspection by the police officers and traffic attendants. If you to fail to produce a badge for inspection, without reasonable excuse, you can get fined to maximum of £1,000.

Looking back into the Malaysia enforcement system, the authorities have to increase the enforcement towards people who abused the facilities meant exclusively for the disabled such as parking lots. “The authorities must be quick to take action against such people. There is no excuse for an able-bodied person to use a parking space meant for the disabled even if it’s for a few minutes.”, said S Jeyaraj, disabled author of the guidebook “Guidance For Wheelchair Bound. He said this included members of the disabled community who did not drive but were passengers. “The parking spots are for disabled drivers not disabled passengers, as their drivers can drop them off and park elsewhere.”

What make things worst was the non-governed disabled parking sticker system has to be revamped and governed. You and I can easily walk into those stationery shops to purchase the disable parking sticker. Something has to be done, and applause to Selangor and Penang states that have taken the lead in this matter. Selangor has issued free parking stickers to disabled persons which covered all the municipalities in the state. Penang also issued similar free parking stickers to disabled persons for areas under the jurisdiction of the Majlis Perbandaran Pulau Pinang (MPPP).

So Malaysian, let’s spread the awareness on how important it is not to abuse OKU parking facilities. All these legal issues should be looked into by everyone. Shall you have any doubt over any issues, you can actually check it through AskLegal. A platform which simplifies the legal jargon for our understanding.

The Eastern Culture Modernization

Today, the traditional Eastern culture seems to be outdated for the youngster, both you and me. The new generations only worship the western culture. However, we should mind that the Eastern influence is now blending in modern times and taking the lead.

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The president of People’s Republic of China, Mr Xi Jinping initiates on the Silk Road Economic Belt, a development strategy and framework focuses on connectivity and cooperation among countries primarily in Euroasia. The concept derived from the Silk Road, an ancient network of trade routes that were central to culture interaction though regions of the Asian continent connecting the West and East from China and India to the Mediterranean Sea.

As the main traders during antiquity were the Chinese, Persians, Somalis, Greeks, Syrians, Romans, Armenians, Indians, and Bactrians. The Chinese traders have brought along the Eastern culture to all parts of the world.

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A very good example we could see today is from the food industry. There is a famous proverb in Chinese called min yi shi wei tian (民以食为天) – eating is as important as the sky. The Eastern culture is catching up with the modern food world as well, for example they have blend in with fine dining which is originated from French culture.

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Roast Iberico Pork Rib (Spanish Black Pig) with Grilled Bell Pepper

The traditional way of serving Chinese food is always known served in a big plate or bowl for sharing. Today the restaurant has blend in to serve individual portion during wedding or CNY dinner menu.

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Double-boiled Dumplings with Assorted Fresh Mushrooms in Supreme Stock

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Asian countries modernization has often been confused with Westernization. This is because modernization, when occurred in these countries, quite often meant accepting Western culture and resulted in great changes of everyday life. Even if modernization is necessary to improve human life, it will be indispensable for Eastern nations to maintain their traditional cultures too. Traditional cultures need neither to reject modernization nor to be absorbed in the streams of modernization. These two must harmonize and complement each other. Now is the time for each nation to seek its own individual and unique way of modernization.