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How to take care of your heart


Listen to your heart

 

Are you aware of the signs of a heart attack? Watch this video to learn how to identify the symptoms.

 

Protect yourself, your loved ones, and people around you from heart diseases. It starts with awareness.

 

 

Visit www.pantai.com.my/cardiology and blog Health Pulse for more details.

 

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Introducing JoyFood Ang Ku Kueh (Not Your Ordinary AKK)


Not your ordinary Ang Ku Kueh

 

I love Ang Ku Kueh. Unfortunately, my delicate gastrointestinal tract couldn't tolerate glutinous rice well. If I'm not mistaken, the sticky ang ku kueh skin is made of glutinous rice flour. I avoid glutinous rice products as much as I can because they upset my stomach and I will stay bloated for many hours.


So, when my friend, Yibin, registered Dietitian and Founder of Beyond Food introduced her version of Ang Ku Kueh to me, I was beyond delighted!


 

What is JoyFood AKK (Ang Ku Kueh)?


JoyFood AKK (Ang Ku Kueh) is made with all-natural ingredients and high protein ingredients. They come in 3 different flavors, i.e., mung bean, black sesame, and peanut.

 

Fun fact: JoyFood AKK looks and tastes like ordinary ang ku kueh, but without the sticky texture of glutinous rice flour.

 

 

Yibin created and developed her JoyFood AKK according to the international guidelines of IDDSI level 4 (pureed diet). IDDSI stands for International Dysphagia Diet Standardisation Initiative.

 

JoyFood AKK is suitable specifically for individuals with chewing and/or swallowing difficulties.

 

Not only so, they are also a great option for health-conscious individuals who are looking for high-protein snacks.



These AKKs are freshly prepared using cook-freeze method to retain nutrients and provide convenience.

 

They are pretty easy to prepare. Just take individual AKKs out from their frozen packaging. Do not need to defrost (yay!). Steam for 8-10 minutes over medium heat. Do not over-steam (yep). Serve immediately.





 

Why choose JoyFood AKK?


I choose JoyFood AKK over ordinary AKK because of their high protein content. Another reason is there's no glutinous rice flour (easier for digestion) and they are so easy to swallow because they are non-sticky!

 

I'm having them for breakfast. I bought all 3 flavors so I get to decide which 2 flavors I want for breakfast. They are also a good option for snacks in between main meals.



Who can benefit from JoyFood AKK?


Those who can benefit from JoyFood AKK are senior citizens or people with swallowing and/or chewing issues, people who are not eating well, people who are losing weight, people who wants to have high protein snacks, and vegans.

 

I personally think they are great for people with digestive issue and for children too!






Source: Beyond Food website | Beyond Food Facebook

 

How to place order?

 

Contact or WhatsApp Yibin at 01124341408 to purchase JoyFood AKK.


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Time Management & Concentration Improvement Tips for Work Productivity

 

Time Management Tips

 

More often than not, I experience not having ample time to complete my daily work. Below are five quick time management tips that I'm trying out to manage my time wisely and be more productive.



1. Set Clear Goals


Set SMART goals: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Time-Based. 

 

This by far is the hardest tip but I'm getting there.


2. Prioritize Wisely


Learn to prioritize tasks based on urgency and importance by using the Eisenhower Matrix (Urgent vs Important).

 

I find this matrix very useful because it helps me to group my to-do list good enough to keep procrastination at bay, or else all tasks will end up in the 'urgent & important' box and I will be dead. LOL.

 

 Source: Hive.com


3. Organize Yourself


Write down the deadline and allocate time to complete each task and project.

 

Apart from the word 'goal', 'deadline' is another scary word. However, I realize that it's very important to set a deadline to avoid tasks from getting nowhere. Going with the flow doesn't help most of the time; setting a deadline does.


4. Take A Break


Always make time for a short break between tasks to refresh yourself. Of course! I will be taking my fruit-break or coffee-break around 4pm daily.

 

The keyword is make time. No one has enough time, you just have to make time.


5. Plan Ahead


Make it a habit to write down your "to-do" list for the next workday. My good friend Amanda is adamant that this tip of planning ahead helps her throughout the day as she manages her music school schedules.


Concentration Improvement Tips

 

Below are six quick tips to improve concentration and focus for better work performance.

 


 

1. Ensure Quality Sleep


Get at least 7-8 hours of quality sleep every night.

 

I diffuse Lavender essential oil at night because it helps me to have longer deep sleep (I keep track with my smartwatch). I also take supplements (ageLOC Reset) to help me sleep better.


2. Get Physically Active


Engage in exercise or physical activities at least 3 times or up to 150 minutes per week.

 

Physical activity immediately boosts the brain's dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin levels—all of which affect focus and attention. (Source: The Mental Health Benefits of Exercise)


3. Stay Hydrated


Drink water regularly and at least 8 glasses in a day to avoid dehydration.

 

Lack of water to the brain can impair short-term memory function and the recall of long-term memory, as well as cause a variety of symptoms such as brain fog, exhaustion, headaches, sleep issues, stress, anger, and depression. (Source: Staying Hydrated Boosts Brain Power)


4. Focus, Focus, Focus


Learn to focus on one task at a time to avoid mistakes from multitasking.

 

Multitasking reduces your efficiency and performance because your brain can only focus on one thing at a time. When you try to do two things at once, your brain lacks the capacity to perform both tasks successfully. Research also shows that, in addition to slowing you down, multitasking lowers your IQ. (Source: Multitasking Damages Your Brain And Career, New Studies Suggest)


5. Train Your Brain


Try brain training activities such as sudoku, chess, or crossword puzzles.

 

Doing certain brain exercises to help boost your memory, concentration, and focus can make daily tasks quicker and easier to do, and keep your brain sharp as you get older. (Source: 13 Brain Exercises to Help Keep You Mentally Sharp)


6. Meditate


Try yoga or deep breathing exercises while meditating.

 

Meditation is an excellent practice for reducing stress and increasing happiness, but it also helps your ability to focus. (Source: Here's The One Hack You Haven't Tried Yet For Overcoming Procrastination)

 

 

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Join the #ListenToYourHeartWithPantai campaign at Pantai Hospitals


How well do you know your heart?

 

Did you know that the No. 1 cause of death in Malaysia is heart disease for the past 18 years? Every year, more and more Malaysians suffer from heart diseases.

 

Heart disease is no longer an age-related disease like how we used to believe. Someone as young as 35 years old may suffer from heart disease too. The trend of younger people getting heart disease is increasing and this is a worrying scenario.

 

Do drop by Pantai Hospital Kuala Lumpur, Block A lobby, as they are running the #ListenToYourHeart campaign to raise awareness about heart diseases and encourages more people to live a heart-healthy lifestyle.




On-ground interactive games


When you are at the lobby, look out for the above area. Play the game on the TV screen and find out what makes your heart healthy!





Tips to care for your heart

 

Fortunately, we can take charge of our heart health to minimize the risks of heart diseases.

 

We can do so by understanding heart disease risk factors, symptoms, preventive measures, and treatments. Then, we can do our part to spread the word and make a positive difference in our community by taking the lead to make some important changes in our life such as:


  • Eat a well-balanced diet
  • Stay physically active
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Do not smoke
  • Regularly check your cholesterol and blood pressure



Take loads of selfies & photos


Look out for the colorful frames at the campaign corner and do take selfies and photos!




Caring from the Heart care box


Walk away with a care box, courtesy of Pantai Hospital Kuala Lumpur!




Join the #ListenToYourHeartWithPantai online contest

 

Just follow the steps below from 1-31 July 2022 and stand a chance win amazing prizes! More information about the attractive prizes can be found on the #ListenToYourHeart campaign website.

 

Step 1: Like/Follow one or more of the 11 Pantai Hospitals Facebook (FB) or Instagram (IG) accounts in Malaysia.

 

Step 2: Upload a photo or video of you practicing a healthy lifestyle of your choice and write a creative caption by telling us what inspires you to do so.

 

Step 3: Tag 3 friends/family with the hashtag #ListenToYourHeartWithPantai and challenge them to participate.

 

Step 4: Post your photo or video entry and make sure your FB/IG profile is set to PUBLIC for the duration of the contest.


Let's #ListenToYourHeartWithPantai and together, let's raise the awareness of taking care of our beloved heart! Let's stay active, healthy, and young together!


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Cute CoffeeBot Paper Sleeves


CoffeeBot Paper Sleeves #1 - Check out the robot's eye part. This is the normal look.



CoffeeBot Paper Sleeves #2 - Mask on! This robot is practicing one of the most basic preventive measure against COVID-19.



CoffeeBot Paper Sleeves #3 - Party robot welcoming the year 2022, or what's left of 2022. Lol.

 


CoffeeBot Paper Sleeves #4 - I think this robot looks like the frontliner who's giving vaccine jabs.

 


CoffeeBot Paper Sleeves #5 - Awww! A robot with heart-shaped eyes. Let's spread love and kindness!

 

 

Don't you agree that great satisfaction comes from sharing with others? Use my referral code and get more benefits when you signup - https://coffeebot.eber.co/r/GIIXYK

 

There is a Coffee Bot machine at Pantai Hospital Kuala Lumpur at Bangsar. You can find it at the lobby at Block A, almost next to Starbucks.

 

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Green Week at Club Med Asia Pacific Resorts (30 June - 6 July 2022)

 

Green Week at Club Med Asia Pacific resorts


According to the Sustainability at Club Med website, Green Week returns to Club Med's Asia Pacific resorts in 2022 for a second edition as part of Club Med's sustainable vision for the planet.
 

There are 7 days of green activities organized at Club Med resorts in the APAC region to raise awareness on sustainability and local development.

Since I live in Malaysia, I'd like to highlight the activities to be held at Club Med Cherating. If you'd like to find out more about activities at other Club Med resorts, please head over to their Sustainability - Green Week 2022 website.


Images below are from Sustainability at Club Med website.

Day 1: Jump back into NATURE

 

Tree planting; Mini Club seedlings planting to kickstart the young ones' first environmental sustainability journey; Amazing Family! digital treasure hunt to learn about the local culture, history and biodiversity at Club Med Cherating.

Day 2: Our ZERO FOOD WASTE agenda

 

Participate in engaging activities (e.g. cooking demonstrations) using leftover food waste and peelings.

Day 3: Live the 'WILD' LIFE

Learn how to create local animal arts & crafts using upcycled materials; discover local flora & fauna during nature walk with G.Os; learn how to make your own sustainable soap; discover how soap affects marine life at the turtle conservation workshop at Club Med Cherating.

Day 4: Bye bye PLASTICS

 

Participate in beach and mountain clean ups to preserve the local ecosystem; take part in a quiz about plastic waste to learn about the impact of single-use plastics on the environment to reduce the impact of plastic waste.

Day 5: Stand in SOLIDARITY

 

Join the Worldwide Snacks emblematic event with La Fondation and a fundraising event to be held at Club Med Cherating for the Turtle Conservation Society of Malaysia, an NGO that restores depleted wild populations of critically endangered turtles in Malaysia.

 Day 6: Preserve LOCAL CULTURE


Learn about local ingredients used in local cooking in cooking classes and local food corner; discover local culture and products at local markets; support local artisans and sustainable products by purchasing local products at the Boutique.

 Day 7: AND AFTER? Work towards the future


Make the pledge to work towards the change you want to see in the world by planting your wishes for the future of our planet on their Wish Tree.

 

 

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How I Celebrated My Birthday & Father's Day in 2022


Happy Birthday to me!

 

Thanks everyone for the birthday wishes!



My first pair of Michael Kors sneakers - Michael Kors Allie Extreme Color-Block Leather & Logo Trainer. Quoting the product description: Constructed from smooth leather and Signature-print canvas with a color-block finish, they feature a bubble sole that delivers a lightweight feel and chic "walking on air" appearance.


Thanks to hubs for this awesome gift!



My two boys spent some of their pocket money to buy this Bundaberg Ginger Beer for me.





My sister - who knows me well about my favorite fruit - bought these lovely durian as my birthday fruit!



Thanks Miki for this carrot cake! Miki is my go-to personal fashion advisor if I'm looking for some stylist pieces of attire.



 
 
Thank you Amanda for this coffee burnt cheese cake! Amanda is the principal and founder of Fusion Music Studio in Puchong. Contact her if you want to enroll your kids in music lessons.
 

 

Happy Father's Day to hubs!

 

In conjunction with Father's Day, all four of us took the LRT to downtown KL, the Pasar Seni area.



There was a skateboarding event by VANS at Kasturi Walk next to the Central Market building in KL.


 
 Since we were already in this part of town, hubby said we should try some well-known dishes at the nearby Kedai Kopi Lai Foong.
 


We didn't order this roast duck. But my youngest saw it hanging there and went, "Papa look! A flamingo!"


 
 We ordered this famous lala beehoon. My eldest loves lala so I shared this bowl of yummies with him. The portion was huge and the amount of lalas was pretty impressive. The soup was very tasty.

 
 My husband ordered this plate of char kuey teow.

 

Father's Day project by my eldest boy

 
He crafted and wrote sentences about the things that he appreciates his papa for on a piece of paper. Then he cut the sentences on the paper into strips and put them into a glass jar.
 
After that, he presented the jar to his papa for him to pull out each strip to read what was written on it. Awww!

 

Father's Day project by my youngest boy


This was done at his kindy. Thank you teachers for the thoughtful art & craft!


Happy 9th Father's Day to the hubs!


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