4 Things you can do to beat the traffic this Merdeka Day

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Commuting through public transportation is exhausting especially under the blazing heat of the sun and the unbearably heavy traffic. There is one thing worse than commuting, though, and that is commuting during a national holiday. In case you can’t help but go from one place to another despite the increase in the volume of people on the streets, here are some tips you can do to at least make your travel a bit more bearable

 

  • Know the KTM Timetable and the ETS Schedule by heart

In their website (www.kltransit.my), you’ll find notices, timetables, train ticket bookings, and other alternative mode of transportation you can take. If you really must travel on the Merdeka Day Parade, make sure to know the KTM timetable, parade route and steer clear of those routes as much as you can.

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  • Use technology to your advantage

There are a lot of apps that would make your commuting life so much better. Google Maps can show you real-time traffic advisory and route information. Waze uses your GPS location to accurately tell you how to navigate the road with real-time updates on traffic jams, accidents and road blocks. It may even be wise to hail an Uber or Grab taxis if you’re carpooling with friends to save time and avoid paying the price for parking.

 

  • Don’t be afraid to take the longer roadIf you are in your car and you happen to encounter a traffic jam that looks like it will not end anytime soon, you should consider going the long way. This might seem like a bad idea at first, but consider this: more people always want to take the nearest route, so you have a higher chance of smooth driving along emptier roads using the longer route.

 

  • Make sure that you are safe on the road

This may not seem like traffic advice, but hear us out: if you are safe on the road, nothing much will hinder your travel. On the other hand, if you got into an accident, this will only be an inconvenience to you, but also to a lot of other motorists. Which is why before you should make sure that your vehicle is in good condition and your tank is full before you take on the road.

Public transportation is a huge help in lessening the heavy traffic on the roads. Even if you own a car, schedule days where you could take the KTM or ETS trains. Chances are, you will spend less, and your day will have a bit of adventure in it.

What’s In: Top 5 Tips to Achieve that Beach Bod Look Effectively

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What can you give to have that sexy beach body look? There’s no magic potions, pills, or food that will solely make you slim and fit overnight. Such body goal is intensively done on several weeks, days, and pounds to reduce your weight from 150 to 70 kilograms. It’s a matter of balanced diet, exercise, and 2 doses of perseverance and discipline.

If you want to start it by going to your nearest gym, here are some reminders to take note of:

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Before Workouts:

–           What You Should Eat

Fitness is not achieved overnight and by just exercising the whole day. The foods that you eat are important factors too in order to obtain your ideal weight. Athletes who eat slow-digesting carbs like whole grain for breakfast have lesser insulin levels allowing them to gain more endurance and burn fat easily. Therefore, before heading to the gym, make sure to grab any of these slow-digesting carbs such as sweet potatoes, fruit, oatmeal, and whole-wheat bread.

 

–           What You Shouldn’t Eat

In addition, if there are foods that you should eat, then there are also those who fall under the ‘avoid’ category. Don’t eat high-fat meals at most 4 hours before workouts. High-fat meals block nitric oxide—a special gas that helps in dilating the blood vessels, hence it allows more blood to flow to the circulation and makes the muscles contract.

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During Workouts:

–           Don’t Over-exercise

A workout is different from a proper workout. You don’t just go to the gym and lift anything that you want. Fitness is achieved with strategy. In exercising, you must know your strengths, limitations, expectations, and your goals. They will serve as your guide on how to exercise effectively. For instance, training with heavy weights is absolutely great to condition your strength and mass. But too much heavy weight training can cause muscle tear and hinder muscle growth. It’s recommended to keep your heavy-weight-higher-reps exercises not more than 8 weeks, then change it to lighter-weight-higher-reps routines to keep your muscles unpressured.

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After Workouts:

–           Grab a Protein Shake

People who drink protein powders rich in casein and whey after workouts for 10 consistent weeks are reported to have increased muscle mass than those who don’t.

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– Do some stretching

Studies showed that people who stretch after workouts were more flexible than when they do it beforehand.

 

Most importantly, love what you do and do it for yourself. Keep in mind that you want to be slim because you want to feel better with yourself. Prove that you could live fit and healthy!

 

Exciting Things To Do And Places To Stay At In Port Dickson

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Finally, the annual leave you have been haggling with a co-worker for has been approved. From then on, you can no longer wait for that week-long getaway in Port Dickson to come. In fact, you wished you could fast-forward time so you could rush home to pack up. But before you throw your things in your suitcase, make sure that your itinerary is ready for a smooth-sailing trip. And you may also want to consider finding a place to stay at near those places you want to visit. That way, transportation will not be an issue, saving those fares for something else.

 

Here are some of the exciting places to go in Port Dickson as well as nearby hotels or inns you can spend the night at.

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Ostrich Farm  

 

If you are traveling with kids, this tourist attraction should be on your list. The kids will surely have fun feeding those giant birds. You can even let your youngsters ride on them for a more unforgettable experience. Aside from ostriches, there are also other animals in the farm that your children can enjoy watching. The ostrich farm is just a few steps away from the Ancasa Residences, a 4-star apartment with outdoor pool and a full-service spa, where you can wrap your day up.

 

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This beach that takes pride with its white sand and clean shoreline will take your breath away. This is indeed a perfect escape from the city life. Its scenic view will take you away from the stressful thoughts of deadlines, monthly meetings, and other work-related loads. Along this beach is the Bayu Beach Resort, a budget accommodation with swimming pool, restaurants, sauna and gym.

The Avillion Port Dickson was modelled to evoke the feel of a Malay fishing village and that homeliness coupled with modern facilities is what keeps guests coming back.
The Avillion Port Dickson was modelled to evoke the feel of a Malay fishing village and that homeliness coupled with modern facilities is what keeps guests coming back.

Avillion Village Resort  

 

Avillion Village Resort is an accommodation and an attraction in one. You can get a glimpse of the Malaysian culture with traditional musical instruments and stuff in the place. If a water chalet in Port Dickson would please your eyes and if its Old World ambiance relaxes your other senses, you are in the right place.

 

Now that you have a sneak peek at what Port Dickson has in store for you, prepare yourself for an adventure that you will never forget.

A Short Guide To Kuala Lumpur For First Timers

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Are you coming to Kuala Lumpur for the first time and unsure what to do? If you’re wondering whether you should bring your jacket (hint: you should), where to stay or how to get around, here’s a short guide on what to do in Kuala Lumpur.

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Accommodation

 

There are plenty of places to stay in the middle of the city. Rooms are also generally available all year round even if you’re late on your Kuala Lumpur accommodation booking. If you’re looking for more upscale places, there are hotels or service apartments to cater for your needs. If you’re on a budget, look for budget or boutique hotels. AirBnB is also starting to grow in Kuala Lumpur if you prefer staying in a more cosy place.

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Travelling around Kuala Lumpur

 

To get around, you will have plenty of options. Kuala Lumpur used to have the reputation of having the worst taxis in the world. But you don’t have to worry about being conned if you know your options.

 

Ride services like Uber and Grabtaxi are available in Kuala Lumpur. Just download the app, enter your destination and choose your preferred ride. The economy option is usually good enough, but luxury cars are available if you feel like travelling in style. They’re also easy to get even after midnight. Even better, there’s no surcharge for booking one after midnight.

 

Alternatively, you can also use the trains. Within Kuala Lumpur, the trains will be connected to main areas like KLCC, and if it doesn’t stop directly at your destination, it will be a short walk.

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Food

 

The food is aplenty here. Malaysia is well known for its street food, which is a mix of the many cultures there. If you’re adventurous, try to ask the locals where are the best street foods, or look online. Plenty of foodies have created blogs dedicated to just certain types of food.

 

Food is also generally clean and safe to eat. Just be careful if you’re not used to spicy food! Most food in Malaysia has chili in it, so check before ordering.

 

It is also cheap, so you won’t break your budget eating out.

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Weather

 

The temperature is hot and humid here, but most buildings will be air-conditioned, so don’t be surprised that you’ll need to wear a jacket indoors.

 

If you plan to walk around Kuala Lumpur, just make sure to dress comfortably and bring sunscreen.

 

Rain gets pretty heavy here, and there will be some thunderstorms, but that’s a given in the tropics. If it does rain, it usually last about 3 to 4 hours, mostly in the late afternoon to evening.

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Language and Culture

 

Most urban Malaysians can speak English, so you don’t have to worry about learning the language. But knowing basic Malay phrases like thank you (terima kasih) and sorry (maaf) will go a long way.

 

Malaysians are also generally easygoing, friendly and helpful by nature, so most of us will be receptive if you want to ask directions or just questions in general.

 

So don’t be intimidated if you’re new. Kuala Lumpur’s a welcoming city.

How to Tour Malaysia on a Budget

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Malaysia is one of the best places in Asia to travel for people on a budget. The locals are very friendly, the sights are breathtaking, and the cities are vibrant and full of life.

After you’ve had your fill of these places, you can enjoy lush rainforests, jungles filled with trees and wildlife, the most beautiful islands, and the best beaches in the world. One of the most intriguing features of Malaysia is its cultural ethnicity. There are three major groups of living here. These are the Chinese, the Indians, and the Malays.

Malaysia_Lanterns_620With the diversity of travel destination found in his country, travellers have a lot of flexibility in choosing the type of the trip and activities they want to do. They can partake of the most delectable Malaysian cuisine or visit the majestic mosques and temples.

If you plan to travel to SouthEast Asia, it would be fun if you include Malaysia to your itinerary. If you are on a budget, here are some things that you need to know to get the best travel options in Malaysia:

Peak season is between May and September. Setting your accommodations and flight tickets before the season starts is imperative. If you can, you must also book your reservations to travel spots you want to go to.

Malaysia is one of the cheapest travel destinations in Asia. It is paramount to spend your money only on necessary things if you are on a budget. Staying in practical accommodations is one of the best ways to travel for the budget-conscious.

Hostels provide comfortable sleeping quarters. Some of these offer three-star features bur are a lot cheaper. Dorm type lodging in hostels cost about MYR 40 while a private room costs about MYR 80.

4298011A hotel in Petaling Jaya is your practical choice because of its proximity to the capital, Kuala Lumpur.

Dining in Malaysia is an experience in itself. There are a lot of cross-cultural cuisines here. Influences from India, China, Thailand, and Malay cuisine are dominant in the food scene. Malaysian is known for its array of curries, bread, and grilled food.

La+Pergola+RestaurantYou can dine at fancy restaurants if you choose. But for those on a budget, you can go to hawker stalls and markets to get your fill. Travellers will not go hungry in Malaysia since street food is always a good option. You will not spend so much, and you get a taste of Malaysian home cooking.

Touring Malaysia need not break the bank. If you know where to stay or eat, you are going to save some real cash which you can spend on the sights you want to see. This way, you can enjoy all the great spots Malaysia without worrying too much about the cost.

Moisture Is Key: Top 5 Things You Need In Your Beauty Regimen

Every once in a while, you may find yourself stressed out with everything that is happening in your life. Be it school, work, or household chores, these small worries can pile up and eventually take its toll on your appearance. Fortunately, there is one simple secret to looking young and healthy: moisturizing.

Sure, eating a balanced diet and exercise can create wonders on your body, but maintaining a beauty regimen that focuses on keeping your body well-moisturized will give you a unique glow. To achieve this, here are the top 5 things you need to have at hand.

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  1. Lipbalm for your Lips

Caring for your lips is one of the easiest ways to make small yet significant changes in your appearance. Make sure to have a lip balm in handy, regardless of the weather. You can also use a moisturizing lipstick, but lip balms are the way to go if you are often in a hurry to do your daily chores. Bonus tip: lightly brush your lips with a toothbrush to remove dead skin cells after brushing your teeth in the morning.

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  1. Night Cream for your Eyes

 Some people tend to forget that the eyes are indeed the ‘windows to the soul’, and that they require proper moisturizing as well. Use eye cream before going to bed, and you will notice that you look less tired and drained the morning after. Bonus tip: after drinking tea, take the used tea bag, pat it try, and put it on your eyes to reduce soreness.

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  1. Protection for your Face

For your face, use a moisturizing cream that also provides protection from the sun. The skin on your face is very susceptible to the harmful effects of the sun’s rays, so moisturizing it alone is not enough. Bonus tip: if you could find the time, use moisturizing face masks at least once a week.

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  1. Treatment for your Hair

Here is a quick course to hair care: shampoo is for cleaning, conditioner is for moisturizing. Both helps to keep your tresses healthy, but adding moisture to your hair will make it vibrant. Get a hair treatment cream from the store, or make your own. Hot oil treatments can be made at home: take about a spoonful or two of coconut oil, heat it for a few seconds on the stove, massage it into your hair and scalp, then cover it with a towel or shower cap. Rinse it thoroughly after about 15 minutes, and you will get a well-moisturized hair. Bonus tip: add some fragrance by adding a few drops of vanilla or other essential oils to the treatment.

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  1. Body Lotion for your Skin

Body care products are readily available in stores, so you should have no excuse to have a body lotion at all times. Choose a body lotion that feels light on the skin to keep you feeling fresh even on hot days. Like the face cream, the body lotion should also provide protection from UV rays. This means that the lotion should at least have an SPF 30 rating. Apply it on your skin after every shower, and throughout the day if necessary. Bonus tip: use an empty container (like the small jar for your eye cream), fill it with your lotion, and use it as a body lotion/hand cream throughout the day.

 

Aside from the tips above, keeping a happy outlook in life will make you avoid looking dull and dry. Remember to always moisturize and you will see that you will radiate beauty even more.

 

Where to Take Your Kids for Family Fun This Merdeka Day

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Merdeka day is one of the most celebrated holidays in Malaysia because it marks the total independence of the country from the British Empire.

 

This is a momentous day for all Malaysians and deserves to be celebrated, and this is usually the day when families go out and have to enjoy the spirit of Merdeka. There are many family friendly attractions in Kuala Lumpur that will surely provide an all-in-one fun experience to every member of the family especially to the kids.

 

Theme parks in Malaysia are the best places to visit during this holiday, for that quick family bonding fix. Two of the most popular and most accessible theme parks in Kuala Lumpur are the places to be for families this Merdeka Day, and they are Sunway Lagoon and Berjaya Theme Park.

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Sunway Lagoon in Selangor

 

This theme park is one of Malaysia’s multi-awarded attractions due to its awe-inspiring number of rides which is now at over 80. One of the most famous rides that this theme park has is the 360-degrees rotation pirate ship which will satisfy the need for an adrenaline pumping fun of your kids. Aside from that, there are so much more in store in this theme park than you’d expect.
What to do:

  • Ride their 360-degrees Rotation Pirate Ship.
  • Explore, have fun and learn about exotic animals and the wildlife in their Wildlife Park.
  • Enjoy surfing as you catch the waves of their man-made surf beaches inspired by the waters of Africa. Their man-made beach is over 13,000 square meters big, offering tons of water activities and sports, perfect for everyone in the family.
  • Have fun hunting for and running away from Zombies with their “Scream Park.”
  • Let your kids play with other kids and explore their creativity and imagination with Sunway Lagoon’s Captain Kid’s Candyland playgrounds.

 

If you think the outdoors would be the perfect place for your family to bond and enjoy Merdeka Day, Sunway Lagoon should be on top of your list.

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Berjaya Times Square Theme Park 

 

Contrary to the outdoor driven nature of Sunway Lagoon, Berjaya Times Square Theme Park is otherwise.  This place offers an all in one playground for kids that will surely satisfy their thirst for fun and adventure.  Their attractions include the following:

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Fantasy Garden 

 

This is a very child-friendly attraction that is suitable for pre-schoolers and toddlers. It has rides that are safe for kids but are fun enough to keep them active:

  • Botanic Drive
  • Buddy-Go-Round
  • Crazy Bus
  • Fantasy Trail
  • Flying Bumble Bee
  • Honey Bump
  • Kid’s Theatre
  • Molly’s cool Swing

 

Galaxy Station 

 

On the other hand, while you leave your kids to have some child-friendly fun in the Fantasy Garden, you can head on to Galaxy Station if you seek for thrills that will give your adrenaline a boost.  The Galaxy Station offers adrenaline pumping rides that are Galaxy themed:

  • Dizzy Izzy
  • DNA Mixer
  • Oort’s Express
  • Robo Crash
  • Spinning Orbit
  • Supersonic Odyssey

 

If you’d prefer to have an indoor attraction without going far away from the city, Berjaya Times Square Theme park is the place to be.

 

Merdeka Day is more than just a commemoration of the independence of Malaysia, but also, it’s a day for friends and family to bond and enjoy the essence of freedom brought about by this national holiday. What better way to enjoy freedom than to live free and enjoy the rides offered by these awesome theme park in Malaysia.

An Essential Guide: Costs of Private International Schools in Malaysia

 

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Education in Malaysia is of very high standard, and expat parents and locals altogether shouldn’t struggle finding a decent school for their children. All the same, many expat parents like to school their children at international schools where they can easily be enrolled in a curriculum of their home country or of any other country they wish, besides Malaysia.

 

Another reason why most parents send their children to international schools is so that they can acquire a well-rounded education, with access to world-class facilities and special classes–like a Brain Gym! Many international students have also discovered studying in Malaysia really is a “value-for-money” option, which attracts many and makes them want to accomplish all their scholarly excellence and endeavors in Malaysia much more than in any other country.

 

Below is a structured list of fee estimates for the top 10 primary and secondary level international schools, which expat parents and locals are more likely to pay when they choose to enroll their children in the most prestigious international schools in Malaysia.

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1) British International School Kuala Lumpur
SYLLABUS & CURRICULUM   British National Curriculum   IGCSE
FEES RANGE   (Primary) RM35,000 – RM50,000   (Secondary) RM50,000 – RM80,000

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2) Fairview International School
SYLLABUS & CURRICULUM   British National Curriculum   International Baccalaureate (IB)
FEES RANGE   (Primary) RM10,000 – RM17, 000   (Secondary) RM19,000 – RM22, 000   (Pre-University) RM23,000 – RM30, 000

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3) Australian International School Malaysia (AISM)
SYLLABUS & CURRICULUM   Australian Curriculum
FEES RANGE   (Primary) RM25,000 – RM35,000   (Secondary) RM35,000 – RM50,000

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4) ELC International School
SYLLABUS & CURRICULUM   British National Curriculum   IGCSE
FEES RANGE   (Primary) RM15,000 – RM25,000   (Secondary) RM25,000 – RM35,000

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5) Prince of Wales International School Penang
SYLLABUS & CURRICULUM   British National Curriculum   IGCSE  A-Levels
FEES RANGE   (Primary) RM35,000 – RM50,000   (Secondary) RM35,000 – RM50,000

 

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6) Garden International School
SYLLABUS & CURRICULUM   British National Curriculum   IGCSE
FEES RANGE   (Primary) RM40,000 – RM74,000   (Secondary) RM80,000 – RM88,000

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7) Sayfol International School Kuala Lumpur
SYLLABUS & CURRICULUM   A Levels Cambridge International Curriculum IGCSE
FEES RANGE   (Primary) RM13,000 – RM18,000   (Secondary)RM19,000 – RM27,000

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8) UCSI International School Subang Jaya
SYLLABUS & CURRICULUM   A Levels–Cambridge International Curriculum–   International Primary Curriculum (IPC)
FEES RANGE   (Primary) RM18,000 – RM23,000   (Secondary) RM23,000 – RM33,000

 

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9) Sri KDU International School
SYLLABUS & CURRICULUM   British National Curriculum IGCSE   International Baccalaureate (IB)
FEES RANGE   (Primary) RM35,000 – RM50,000   (Secondary) RM35,000 – RM50,000

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10) REAL International School
SYLLABUS & CURRICULUM   Cambridge International Curriculum   IGCSE
FEES RANGE   (Primary) RM15,000 – RM25,000   (Secondary) RM25,000 – RM35,000

 

 

Above all else, education in Malaysia is top-notch and of universal standard, may be this could be the reason why many international schools are structured everywhere around Malaysia. Many expat parents love enrolling their children in international schools around Malaysia for their high quality education, competitive costs, and availability of top-notch facilities such as a state-of-the-art-library, special classes, diverse study options from either home country or other countries and more. They also do it to raise global citizens, and at least parents no longer have the worry of their children experiencing a culture shock at school anymore every time they’re away from home. All the same, if you’d wish to enroll your child in a Malaysian international school, above is a structured list of fee estimates of the top 10 international schools, which you would more likely pay in order for your child to be enrolled in any decent international school around Malaysia.

How To Buy The Right Air Purifier And Water Filter

These days, it’s better if you have at least one air purifier and water filter for your household, especially when we’re struck with haze and other environmental disasters every year, with many people facing a decrease in health (sometimes death) due to the harsh environment, whether indoor or outdoor.

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Aside from taking precautions and whatnots, you can also get a portable air purifier and water filter in Malaysia. Not only are they easy to be carried and moved around should you need it, these portable devices are also reasonably priced; making them a good investment.

 

Air purifier:

 

For a portable air purifier, they come in many shapes, sizes and weight (which ranges from 1.5kg to 4kg). Do some window-shopping online and you can see that they go as low as RM50, with 6 months to 2 years of warranty. There are plenty of minimalist designs but for those who’d like to add some style to their space, there are also beautiful air purifiers for décor.

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Overall these purifiers function the same way and have similar features, so make sure your portable purifier doesn’t weight more than 4kg, has at least 1-year warranty, can maintain optimum humidity, has easy smart-touch button, and a certification. Having an air purifier especially during the haze season is an advantage to your heath.

 

Water filter:

 

For a water filter in Malaysia, you no longer have to get a plumber to install the device in your household, as the portable water filter is easy to use, install or uninstall. These devices are especially useful if you live in an area where it’s prone to flood or flash flood, contaminating the water in the surrounding area. Most of the portable water filters found in the market comes in two shapes: a long stick or a jug-like shape complete with pumps.

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The prices can range from RM80 to RM500, weighing no more than 5kg. When looking for a portable water filter, make sure the device comes with at least 1-year warranty, weighs no more than 5kg, has a certification, can remove particles over 5 microns (rust, dirt, silt, sand), remove odour and taste, and chlorine. The ability to remove any unwanted substance is important as your health is at risk if you drink contaminated water that hasn’t been properly filtered.

 

Do some window-shopping online to determine which devices would benefit you the most, taking into account your budget, personal needs and other things.

4 Ways On How To Reward Your Employees If You’re Bootstrapped

 

getty_143922977_9706939704500109_53565Increasing the salaries of your employees is still the best way to reward them for their excellent performance and productivity. However, this is a very difficult option if you are running a bootstrapped business wherein every dollar in your coffers needs to be re-injected into your cash flow to keep the business afloat. This basically means that increasing the salaries of your employees is out of consideration. In this case, you need to find other options in rewarding your employees. So check out these ways that allow you to show how grateful you are for their hard work.

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  1. Show your appreciation.

    There are several ways on how you can extend a hand of appreciation. A written note commending the employees would go a long way in boosting office morale. However, it’s highly recommended that you approach the employees and thank them personally. This creates the honest impression that you truly care about the extra efforts they are doing to help grow your business.

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    2. Give out awards to deserving employees.

    The best way to do this is to put up an “employee of the month” policy. This promotes confidence and healthy competition in the workplace. To make things more interesting, you should set up a wall where previous winners are posted with tallies of how many they have won the award.

    celebrate3. Celebrate personal milestones like birthdays, weddings, graduations, and anniversaries.

    This injects some form of social life in the workplace. A simple surprise birthday cake can make an employee’s day memorable. Celebrating personal milestones among your employees also promotes camaraderie which helps in easing tension if there’s any.

    sb10061547eo-0014. Provide business-related outings like team-building activities.

    Think of this as a paid vacation for your employees but it’s still geared towards growing and making your business better. Sure, you are going out for fun but you should also use it to drive the point that teamwork in the workplace is very important. That said, your outings should include interactive activities wherein your employees have to divide themselves in teams and compete against each other.

 

A lot of entrepreneurs who manage bootstrapped companies often make the mistake of assuming that monetary incentives are the only way to reward employees. Nothing is further from the truth. There are alternative ways on how you can show your appreciation. These include the strategies discussed above or apply these employee engagement strategies.