8 Key Ingredients To A Healthier, Longer, Better Life

Achieving a Healthier, Longer, and Better life has been a common goal even before the arrival of the pandemic. But how do we know if we are on the right path to attain this ideal life? To uncover the answers, AIA launched the “Healthier Together” study.  

The research revealed the 8 key ingredients to a Healthier, Longer, Better Life, unlocking the gateway to a healthier and more fulfilled way of life while sparking meaningful discussions around happiness, stress, well-being, relationships, and more. The study findings were based on insights from over 80 wellness experts from various fields and the results were validated through a survey of 6,000 consumers in the Asia Pacific region, including 1,500 respondents in Malaysia.  Through this groundbreaking research, it is revealed that only 29% of Malaysian respondents adopted at least seven of the eight ingredients while 46% only achieved three or fewer key ingredients.

Here are the 8 key ingredients and some interesting findings:

1. Having An Optimistic Outlook

Most Malaysians believe that having an optimistic outlook and finding the positives in life are essentials for a better well-being. A positive mindset is cultivated through reflection on life events, no matter big or small, that has brought you joy and fulfillment. Also, gratitude and thankfulness make us enjoy life’s little moments and allow us to view the world from different perspectives.

2. Sense of Independence

Personal autonomy gives us confidence in making choices when facing obstacles in our lives. To achieve this key ingredient, you need to actively participate in your financial health, physical health, and mental health. Malaysians shared that they take control of their lives by saving up for the future or rainy days (63%) and are more proactive in going for  regular medical check-ups (48%) to ensure that they are always in their best health. 

3. Make Time To Recharge

Living in a fast-paced world, we often forget and underestimate the benefits of recharging and unwinding after a long week at work. Especially during this pandemic where working from home has somewhat blurred the lines between work and personal time. Thankfully, 66% of Malaysia respondents find this key ingredient crucial and make time for relaxation by engaging in activities that they enjoy.

4.  Be Active & Engaged

Through this study, it was found that Malaysian respondents were keen to improve their connection to a wider community which will help develop better social, physical, and mental health. With the practice of mindfulness techniques such as breathing and meditating, 41% of Malaysians believe that these powerful forms of actions help them achieve this key ingredient. Also, volunteering for a charity or a cause is determined as another compelling action that helps Malaysians feel active and engaged in their lives.

5. Self-Motivation

Giving yourself goals to accomplish and finding joy in everything you do are some of the approaches to achieve self-motivation. To unlock this key ingredient, establish achievable objectives and create a plan to attain your goals. While taking the time to acknowledge one’s success and achievements are highly regarded in Australia, Thailand and Hong Kong, Malaysians are more likely to consider completing a task an achievement, no matter how small. 

6. Never Stop Learning & Exploring

The continuity of engaging and exploring with new ideas and experiences throughout our lives plays an important role in ensuring life satisfaction. By putting in the time to acquire a new skill such as singing, cooking, or even painting, we are enriching ourselves while having an end goal to look forward to. It is great news that Malaysians prefer to seek new information, ideas, and knowledge through reading. With the accessibility of the internet, there is no excuse for not expanding your horizons. So, go out there and challenge yourself or learn something new!

7. Maintain Quality Relationships

Through this study, Malaysians shared that having heart-to-heart talks and meaningful conversations with friends and loved ones is one of the most important actions to maintaining quality relationships. It is a blessing to be surrounded by individuals and groups that are like-minded, share similar interests, and are honest with each other. And while we receive attention and care from others, it is crucial that we take up the same role and always prepare ourselves to reach out to them proactively, listen to them, or even offer help when needed. 

8. Understand Yourself & Your Emotions

This research has also shown that Malaysians are very aware of their feelings and emotions with 54% of them frequently using coping strategies, which is a higher proportion than other markets. Comprehending our feelings and thoughts help us understand what we want in life, what motivates us, our strengths and weaknesses, and our capabilities and limits. By handling our stress and negative emotions with coping strategies and reflecting on our feelings, we will then be able to live a more purposeful and fulfilled life despite any challenges that may come our way.  

As part of the efforts to spur meaningful conversations about health and wellness during these challenging times, AIA has recently launched the “Hoping & Coping Through the Pandemic” video series which features its Global Ambassador David Beckham together with 14 other AIA regional ambassadors, including AIA Malaysia’s very own Nicol David, coming together to share their personal experiences and approach to practicing a healthy lifestyle during the pandemic. You can also view the complete findings of AIA’s Healthier Together study and survey HERE.

A masterpiece for the new year

To supplement the demand for modern design high-rise apartments in Klang South, another prime spot within Gravit8 has been earmarked for a 29-storey residential tower.

The Tresor is set in the masterplan’s most impressive parcel, offering unobstructed views of the exquisite 8-acre Lakepark.

Drawing inspiration from the stunning island of Santorini, a distinct island experience is brought to life through its architecture, aesthetics and holiday-styled facilities.

You’ll wake up to clear lakefront vistas and end the day with astonishing sunsets at The Tresor.

The Tresor comprises 416 units of freehold serviced apartments and 25 boutique shops. Spread across 2 wings, The Tresor features a link bridge connected to the Pier8 retail mall on Level 1 and 24 family-friendly facilities spanning across 1.3 acres on Level 8. 

With multiple layouts of 1+1 to 3+1 beds and sizes that range from 551 – 1206 sq ft, The Tresor caters to both small and big families. 

Another exciting tidbit is that the development has a different concept added into the mix called Parkhomes. It offers owners the easy convenience of parking their vehicles right at the doorstep of their unit, allowing them to enjoy easy entry into their homes while indulging in the benefits of a fully equipped facilities floor within a secured environment and so much more. Parkhome units are located at Levels 2 – 7 and come with 3 car parks each. 

The RM1.3billion integrated development of Gravit8 is made out of residential and commercial components. Located in the mature township of Klang South, it acts also as a community hub with the 8-acre placemaking Lakepark @ Gravit8 gaining major traction amongst residents near and far.

A natural convergent point for young adults, Gravit8 has managed to achieve strong take-up rates for its residential towers. The first two towers, Nordica and Adria were handed over in Dec’19 while another two more, Andaman and Ashino are scheduled for completion by July of this year.

Newly launched, The Tresor is set to continue the successful run of Gravit8’s other residential components. Incorporating holiday vibes into its design concept and offering functionality in its apartment-built ups.The entire development is on an upward momentum with business operators like KFC and Orbix International School setting up business at Pier8, the retail mall – so what better time to register your interest now! Contact Ivy / Michelle at 011-1638 6882 / 03-3323 7688

Is the Year of the Ox a good time to buy a house?

Even though the much anticipated CNY celebration is different this year, it is still a time where families look forward to coming together, no matter how physically far apart they are. CNY reunions may not be possible, but we make the best out of technology through virtual reunion dinners, online gifting and other creative ways to welcome the Year of the Ox.

Albeit open houses and lion dances might only make a comeback next year, there are still plenty of CNY promos to soften the blow of this hard-hitting period. For one, Sime Darby Property (SDP) is bringing auspicious CNY deals online with a number of beautiful freehold developments for you to choose from.

What makes this year an Ox-picious time to invest in a home?

In every crisis lies the seed of opportunity. If you’ve been thinking about it, this could be the  best time to buy a property as the overnight policy rate (OPR) is at a record low since 2010, which can translate to thousands in savings per property through a lower repayment amount.

Another layer of savings comes from the government’s ongoing Home Ownership Campaign  (HOC) that will end soon this May 2021. HOC is a great way to reduce your cost of buying or investing in a new home through:

  • Stamp duty exemptions on instruments of transfer and loan agreement 
  • A minimum 10% discount offered by developers

On top of that, SDP’s CNY deals are happening from now till 28th February 2021, offering great savings on selected properties:

1. RM8,888 Prosperity Package

2. Up to 18 months of loan instalments taken care of

3. Lucky Draw for selected properties

A new year is a new beginning. If you’re looking for a new home, read on for exclusive festive deals on the selected SDP properties. 

Featured properties with auspicious CNY deals

1. Serini in Melawati, KL

Nestled in a popular matured township of Melawati, the twin towers of Serini Serviced Residence are freehold and surrounded by both nature & modern conveniences. Type A (from RM499,000) is move-in ready & comes partially furnished with kitchen cabinets and air conditioners – perfect for investors or first home owners looking to move in soon.

Be the first 8 to book during the campaign to enjoy up to 12 months of loan instalments, plus a chance at a lucky draw!

2. Lot 15 in Subang Jaya City Centre (SJCC)

This freehold serviced residence located in the centre of Subang Jaya is a dream home for urban dwellers. Lot 15 is expected to be completed by the end of 2021, so there is no need to wait long to move in or to rent out. From RM592,999, it comes semi-furnished with hotel grade finishes. 

The first 8 units booked during the campaign are entitled to the RM8,888 Prosperity Package and up to 18 months of loan instalments* taken care of. Limited units remain, so don’t miss out!

*Selected units only

3. Ilham Residence in City of Elmina, Shah Alam

Ilham Residence is one of the recent launches in the City of Elmina, featuring freehold double-storey linked houses that come with up to 20 exciting facilities catering to all generations. 

Type 3 has a flexible dual-key layout with 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. For bigger families, there is Type 4 with 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. This CNY, purchasers of selected units of Type 3 and 4 get to enjoy the RM8,888 Prosperity Package plus 3 months of loan instalments taken care of.

4. Serenia Ariya in Serenia City, The Garden City of KLIA

Serenia Ariya is located in the picturesque Serenia City which stretches along the ELITE Highway, between Putrajaya and KLIA. Don’t miss the special CNY preview for the final phase of this popular development. The final phase consists of freehold 20’ x 70’ double-storey linked houses with 3 types of build-ups, ranging from 1,589 to 1,934 sqft. Type 2 starts from RM 667,888 and comes with 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms.

Best not to dally, as the first 2 phases are already sold out. Remember to book by May to take advantage of the HOC 2021 benefits and stamp duty waivers.

5. Embun 2 in Bandar Ainsdale, Negeri Sembilan

With the WFH lifestyle becoming a norm, one can consider living further away from the bustling city. Imagine staying in a lakeside home surrounded by parks and open spaces – that’s what Embun 2 is all about. 

Located in Bandar Ainsdale, Seremban, Embun 2 is the newest launch comprising 20’ x 70’ freehold double-storey linked houses priced from RM551,888. Make this lakeside home your reality this CNY with extra savings from the RM8,888 Prosperity Package on top of 8 months of loan instalments taken care of. 

To discover more participating properties with auspicious deals, check out SDP’s CNY website.

But how to buy houses safely during the pandemic?

With Covid-19 cases raging all over the country, there is great concern for safety. Furthermore, no inter-district and inter-state movements are allowed during MCO 2.0. Purchasing a property is a huge decision, but how do you buy a property without being able to visit the show unit or the sales gallery? Fret not, SDP has addressed these concerns for you.

Explore from home! SDP now has 360 degrees home tours of existing show units and 3D virtual show units on its website, complete with all the information you need for every development. 

Have questions, need more information, or want to book your unit immediately to lock in the special deal? Let the sales gallery experience come to you via an Online Guided Sales Experience, all from the safety and comfort of your own home. 

Simply visit Sime Darby Property website and follow these steps: 

1. Register your details for the property you are interested in.

2. SDP Sales Consultant will get in touch to guide you over the phone, provide advice and answer any queries you may have.

3. When you are ready to book your unit, the Sales Consultant will help you complete your booking online & safely from home.

For more information on the CNY 2021 promotions and participating projects, check out their website here.

5 Signs That It’s Time To Ditch Your Old Bed

One of the many things that a lot of people fail to realize is that their daily life and health are affected by the mattress that they sleep on. Taking your 8 hours of rest after a long day on a bad bed will give you back problems, neck stiffness, joint pain, and even rashes and eczema from dust mites. Even though low stress levels and a well-balanced lifestyle is important to keep your health in check, a good mattress also plays an important role in making sure you have sufficient rest and comfort to feel fresh and motivated for the day. So, how do you know if it’s time to change your mattress?

1. Having The Occasional Numbness

Have you ever woken up in the middle of the night to sudden numbness in the arm or even muscle spasms at certain parts of your body? That is because your blood is not circulating to all parts of the body while you are asleep. Now, you must be wondering, how does a good bed help improve blood circulation? Slumberland’s latest Far Infrared Ray (FIR) series of Vitalize mattresses uses high tech bioceramic yarn, containing minerals that absorb and reflect heat from the human body and recycles it into FIR. The FIR not only boosts your blood flow but also elevates your metabolism and promotes a better immunity system in your body. With a better circulatory system, muscles will relax while efficient absorption of nutrients and oxygen will take place.

2. Mood Swings & Anxiety

At this age and time, we face our laptops, phones, and television for many hours a day without realizing that these electronic devices emit positive ions. Do not be fooled by the “positive” term as these ions will cause you to have mood swings, anxiety, and even depression. These positive ions affect city dwellers the most as humans can only absorb the beneficial negative ions at the rate of 15-20% every day due to the lack of a natural environment. Instead of booking a road trip to the nearest waterfall or mountains for the abundance of negative ions, you can have a Slumberland Vitalize mattress at home. Its FIR technology works wonders in eliminating positive ions while you have a restful sleep, which will in return improve your mood in the morning and for the rest of the day!

3. Sore Muscle & Joint Pains 

Rising up in the morning with a sore muscle or pain in the joint really kills the mood for a fresh start to the day. While it’s important that we warm up during exercises or maintain good posture while sitting in the office, a good bed can alleviate pain and relieve stiffness. The FIR component supports our body’s natural healing process, encouraging joint and muscle recovery by improving the blood circulatory system that will facilitate healing – especially after a workout or exercise routine. 

4. Rashes On Legs and Arms

If you’ve woken up with rashes on your arms or legs, that’s most probably the doing of the dust mites. This skin irritation can disrupt your daytime activities and make you uncomfortable during your sleep at night. Dust mites are mostly found in beds due to the presence of humidity from our perspiration and skin flakes. To prevent dust mites, fungus, and bacteria from harming you during your precious sleep, Slumberland Vitalize mattress combats all of the above with the Hycare Ⓡ treatment that protects you from skin irritation and breathing difficulties for people with Asthma. It also prevents unpleasant odor from forming on your bed to ensure you have a good night’s sleep.

5. Restless & Sleepless Nights

Waking up after an 8-hour sleep should give you ample energy to start your morning. However, the same duration of a sleepless and restless night has an opposite outcome where you will be tired and stressed out throughout the day. The lack of quality sleep is most probably affected by the bed you sleep on. With a mattress equipped with FIR technology, you will be able to reduce insomnia, enhance your sleeping quality, and wake up feeling well-rested from a deep and comfortable sleep. You can now wake up feeling revitalized and fresh without worrying about your productivity and performance in school or work!

Consuming a well-balanced diet and exercising regularly are some of the important elements for a healthier life. Having a good and restful sleep is also crucial too in working towards a better you. This is where Slumberland Vitalize mattress comes into the picture with its high-end FIR technology that has been proven to be beneficial to your health and sleep quality.

You can now get a set of two free Comfort Rest Plus Pillow* and Anti-Dust Mite Mattress Protector** worth RM708 when you purchase a standard package for any one of the 3 variants available. Slumberland is also giving away a complimentary set of Vitalize Essential Oil and Nano Mist Spray worth RM188 for the first 500 customers. For more amazing deals, check out Slumberland’s Super Deals with free gifts worth up to RM3,248.

Shop the Slumberland Vitalize mattress now for a comfortable and restful night at Lazada, Shopee, or visit Slumberland stores here.

*Quantity of free pillows is based on the mattress size.
**Free mattress protector is only applicable to Queen & King size mattresses.

EcoWorld & iMedia Support Local Businesses with Digital Advertising Worth RM1,000,000* in Total up for Grabs

With the ongoing pandemic in Malaysia, many small enterprises are shutting their doors due to the lack of funds and assistance needed to help them survive through this difficult time. For those who planned to start a business this year, they are also affected as the uncertainty of the economy and market has made them less confident to start a company as planned. With this in mind, EcoWorld and iMedia joined forces and aim to support small businesses and start-ups by giving out a total of RM1 MILLION* worth of media value to the selected SME partners.

Back in May 2020, iMedia initiated a #BinaBersama project that gave out RM500,000 media inventory to selected businesses, which received an overwhelming response. Through this initiative, the chosen SMEs were supported in terms of free advertising through iMedia’s brands and platforms such as Oh! Media, Goody25, and ITTIFY – all three platforms have a combined number of unique visitors of more than 2.9 million and a total of 4 million followers. For small businesses and start-ups, this amount of exposure is high and a rare opportunity but through this project, these businesses managed to overcome their darkest days by having their products and services promoted to consumers for FREE!

The first #BinaBersama initiative ended in November 2020 and iMedia has now partnered EcoWorld for Bina Bersama 2021, scheduled to kickstart in Jan 2021. The digital media value has not only doubled this time but all of iMedia’s media platforms will take part in helping out the chosen SMEs too. Oh! Media, Goody25, and ITTIFY will be joined by Newswav, Moretify, Beautiful Nara and many more for this round of media advertisements, which can have a total potential reach of 5.9 million users. That’s a lot more people viewing your digital advertisements online!

If you are an SME owner and have plans to own or rent a space for your business, we’ve got good news for you! No matter which commercial unit you choose to start-up or expand your business – either in a shop lot, shop office, commercial hub, factory, or even a retail warehouse – you will be eligible to participate in Bina Bersama 2021 and receive free* media coverage on iMedia’s platforms. 

There are up to 13 commercial properties at the various EcoWorld townships located in Klang Valley, Iskandar Malaysia, and Penang which are available for business opportunities. Perfect for those who plan to open a restaurant, café, clinic, salon, beauty & fashion shop, pharmacy, dental clinic, convenience shop, hardware shop, pet shop, pet clinic or any other business! The most talked about EcoWorld Business Parks – especially Eco Business Park in Johor, have the most flexible space usage as it can be used as a showroom, factory, retail warehouse, shop office, or even a cafe! Not only is the area well-guarded with top-notch security systems, these business parks are strategically located and easily accessible from major highways. 

With iMedia’s group of media platforms and vast experience in online news publishing, influencer marketing, and digital advertising, this collaboration with EcoWorld’s premium business locations will definitely help SMEs increase brand awareness as well as their online presence.  Bina Bersama 2021 will be a huge help to local businesses who are as vital as larger corporate companies to help improve the country’s economy. 

Register your interest now: www.ecoworld.my/binabersama

A One-of-A Kind Liveable City Is Now in Malaysia. Where Is It?

Ever wonder why the core of a city is always known as the “heart” of the city? This is because the heart in our body functions as a focal region that gives life and growth to the areas surrounding it. The heart of the city is a technologically advanced location where information is exchanged daily, businesses flourish, social settings take place and where the best infrastructures are easily accessible. 

Gamuda Cove is designed in a way that allows residents to access healthcare centres, schools, offices, and other facilities all within 10 minutes. There are also walkways, bikeways, motorways, trams, and many more transportation amenities that connect homes to all the other areas in this smart sustainable city. When it comes to intercity traveling, Gamuda Cove is directly connected to the Elite Highway and access to Putrajaya will be connected via an upcoming direct flyover. 

Within the 1530-acre township of the Cove, lies the “Heart of Cove”, the busiest and most happening central hub of this liveable city. This 60-acre commercial area will be the connecting point of various districts and the entire residential estate of Gamuda Cove in the next 5 years. The “heart” was precisely planned and designed to create an environment where walkability, work, live, and play are not only accessible to each other but also able to form a dynamic relation that will encourage businesses and growth on all levels. From education to wellness, business settings to leisure and entertainment, Gamuda Cove has it all!

1. Contemporary Urban Lifestyle

The Cove will consist of a Wellness Park, Education Park, and  townsquare filled with cafes, restaurants, spas, and many more leisure and lifestyle vendors within the next 5 years.  There will also be a 60-acre pet-friendly Central Park that allows everyone to bring along their furry friends for a stroll. These facilities and development will in return cultivate the contemporary urban lifestyle which is also known as the “KL & PJ Lifestyle” to those residing inside and around Gamuda Cove. This is good news to those living within the radius of South Klang Valley as delicious food, beautiful parks, and fun entertainment will just be a heartbeat away!

2. Leisure & Entertainment

As Gamuda Cove is located next to wetlands and forest reserves, you can get close to nature at the Paya Indah Discovery Wetlands and Discovery Park. These parks are not only educational but also made for those who crave adventures and excitement. You can go on a safari tour, ride on a hot air balloon, participate in bird watching, and partake in many other interesting activities there. The SplashMania Water Theme Park on the other hand is a great place to drench the tropical heat away with your friends and family. After all of that fun and enjoyment, head over to the Leisure & Entertainment Park for a meal and relaxation, it’s that convenient!

Gamuda Cove’s Townsquare, which is made up of The Street, The Alley, The Plaza & Bond Avenue. Register here if you are interested to know more about Townsquare!

3. Live SMART With Technology

While connectivity is an important element in a community, the combination of technology and nature are equally essential in powering up the security, energy management, and sustainability of Gamuda Cove. The township is 5G ready and furnished with high speed internet while utilizing the enhanced SMART technology on all of its surveillance cameras and detection devices for crime prevention. When it comes to energy and waste management, Gamuda Cove implements solar systems to light up public spaces while food waste decompose stations and recycling stations are set up at residential areas. All of these features create a sustainable lifestyle and environment at Gamuda Cove.

4. Wellness & Community Engagement

Relaxation and living well has never been so easy with the community pocket parks and waterfronts at Gamuda Cove. Social integration and community engagement at this estate are well facilitated with scenic landscapes and greenery all around. The much anticipated pet-friendly park on a 5KM plot will be a favourable location for all who enjoy spending time with their pets and loved ones. The Cove will also have supporting facilities such as education institutions and health care centres within 10 minutes of wherever you are in Gamuda Cove.

5. A Nature Sanctuary

When you hear the name Gamuda Cove, you cannot help but to think of it as a nature sanctuary filled with a rich biodiversity and ecosystem. Due to its location between the Kuala Langat Forest Reserve and Paya Indah Wetlands, it was intuitive for Gamuda Cove to plan the township in a way that allows the land surrounding it to be at its most natural state. While the 60-acre Central Park is nestled in the middle of the township, to the south of Gamuda Cove is the waterway connecting the residential and commercial areas to the Paya Indah Discovery Wetlands.

The beautiful landscapes, developed infrastructures, and captivating nature of Gamuda Cove does not only contribute to the township’s aestheticism but also the liveability of the entire city. It is here at Gamuda Cove that you get to experience what it is like to live in a community that excels in all aspects of an advanced and refined township. This liveable city of Gamuda Cove will ensure that you live well, live connected, live smart, live green, and live vibrantly.

For more information about Gamuda Cove, visit the Gamuda Cove Experience Gallery or visit their official website here

The Glass, The Stone, The Steel: Ilham Tower’s Premium Fitted Workspaces

Designed by the acclaimed Foster + Partners, Ilham Tower is a spectacular 60 storey skyscraper, combining Grade A office suites,  a hotel, a public art gallery, gift shop and event spaces. Located at No 8, Jalan Binjai, the building projects a dramatic union of glass, steel, stone & greenery and  is equipped with fibre optic backbone, energy-saving light fittings, cluster lighting controls and indoor air quality CO2 sensors. 

1. A Workspace for All

Aside from offering card access and turnstile control security, Ilham Tower also provides executive restroom and shower facilities on every floor. With 600 parking bays allocated to office tenants at affordable monthly rates, 12 dedicated high-speed passenger lifts and 2 service lifts to office floors, you’ll definitely have that morning peace of mind upon arriving at the office.

2. The Glass, The Stone & The Steel

Inspired by the elements found in Ilham Tower, the fitted offices named The Glass, The Stone and The Steel are ready for immediate occupation without the hassle of setting up and configuring the furniture & fittings. The Glass located on Level 32 is designed with 1 room and 4 workstations, making this 322 square feet office suitable for groups of five and below.

The Stone on the other hand, has two types of offices that can accommodate 20-28 people. Located on Level 11, this 2,831 (Type A) and 3,046 (Type B) square feet office space comes with different sizes of meeting rooms, manager rooms and workstations. Both office types are equipped with a store room, a server room and a dry pantry.

For companies with more than 50 employees, The Steel is the better choice as the 6,450 square feet office consists of a 16-seat boardroom, two 6-seat meeting rooms, 15 rooms and 37 workstations. This Level 32 office space is also equipped with 2 store rooms, a server room and a dry pantry.

3. Accessibility & Art Gallery

This modern and prominent tower is just a two-minute walk away from the Ampang Park LRT, making this location accessible to all parts of the city. In addition to being an architectural masterpiece amongst the KL city skyline, there is also Ilham Gallery, a public art gallery that takes up 2 floors of  Ilham Tower and houses contemporary art from all over the world.

4. Hotel, Event Space & Ballroom

When it comes to relaxation, the Element Kuala Lumpur Hotel by Westin comes to mind. You will definitely enjoy the 360-degree panoramic view of the Kuala Lumpur city skyline at the hotel’s lobby on the 40th floor. Its event space & ballroom are able to accommodate 150 & 300 people respectively, perfect for company dinners, functions, seminars, weddings and parties.

Ilham Tower’s facilities and amenities as well as its sustainability as a green building is what makes it an exemplary 21st century skyscraper. Not only does Ilham Tower provide some of the best features for workspaces but also combined relaxation, recreation, and accomodation all under one roof.  For enquiries on the fitted offices, please click here.

Make your home a haven with clean, allergen-free air

As with any contagious disease, the COVID-19 pandemic has done more than just rob us of lives. It has also forced almost the entire world to stay indoors and to social distance from loved ones and friends. With everyone cramping into a fishbowl life, a new question arises: Is our home truly a safe haven? 

According to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EFA), indoor air is 2 to 5 times more polluted than outdoor air and is often compromised by PM2.5 ultrafine particles, allergens, bacteria, harmful gases as well as air humidity – most of which could affect our health. No matter how often you vacuum a room, there will be particulates that float in the air as they are too tiny and light to settle on the ground for long. The higher the concentration of particulates in the air, the higher the presence of bacteria and viruses. 

Published in the National Library of Medicine, a paper reviewed six studies conducted over 10 years on the association between indoor air quality and its effects on respiratory health among Malaysian schoolchildren. Conclusion: children exposed to poor indoor air are more likely to suffer from respiratory illnesses. 

The serious haze that occurs sporadically worsens the situation, to the extent of halting traffic movement and closing schools. A report prepared by the Academy of Sciences Malaysia says it all: “During the 1997 haze, Kuala Lumpur General Hospital recorded a substantial increase in cases of upper respiratory tract infections, conjunctivitis, and asthma.”

Aside from regularly washing hands, wearing a mask in public and sanitizing hard surfaces in the house, what else can you do to protect your home?

Lancet1, among the world’s oldest and independent general medical journals, has also stated that “proper conditions indoors have the potential to reduce the spread of COVID-19; conversely, improper conditions, such as limited ventilation and filtration, can make indoor environments high-risk settings.” The Philips Air Purifier 3000i Series can eliminate these risks by removing up to 99.9% of viruses and aerosol while purifying the air of contaminants (in a 20m2 room) in less than 8 minutes using AeraSense, a built-in smart technology that continuously monitors the air and detects particulates, gases and allergens in real time. The sensor is able to identify the myriad of indoor pollutants such as pollen, dust mites, mold spores and even pet dander.

This product was developed by Royal Philips – a leading health technology company headquartered in the Netherlands. Aside from consumer health and home care products, it is also recognised for diagnostic imaging, image-guided therapy, patient monitoring and health informatics, and has become a global leader in air purification with a team of over 100 scientists, doctors and engineers working on it.

Philips NanoProtect Integrated HEPA and active carbon filter makes it possible to remove from the air up to 99.9% of viruses as well as 99.9% of toxic fumes (aerosols) from paint, insecticides and synthetic materials. The filter was designed to have low airflow resistance, which maximizes the cleaning speed and efficiency in aerosol removal, as measured by Clean Air Delivery Rate or CADR. HEPA filters are safer and more effective than UV devices and ionizing air cleaners. UV radiation is harmful to humans and ionizing air cleaners produce ozone which is harmful to the environment. 

The size of SARS-CoV-2 (or COVID-19) virus is estimated to be between 50 –140 nanometers (nm). Philips air purifier removes 99.97% of particles as small as 3 nanometers (0.003μm2), smaller than the smallest known virus3, from the air which passes through the filter. A similar performance is expected for SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) aerosols4

Philips Clean Home+ app allows you to check real-time indoor and outdoor air quality. With this free app, you can control your purifier anytime, anywhere, receive air quality and allergen management advice. It reflects the amount of pollutants filtered and how much life your filter has left. Siri and Amazon Alexa compatible, you can command the purifier with just your voice.

The purifier also comes with auto-ambient lighting which automatically adjusts according to the environment in the room. Keeping it running while you sleep will not be a problem as it is ultra-quiet and nonintrusive to light sleepers. 

During the launch of the product, Nicholas Lee, Personal Health Leader of Philips ASEAN Pacific said, “With the Philips Air Purifiers, we want to provide our customers with the latest intelligent, personalized solutions that can help them breathe easier by creating healthy indoor spaces.”

“Philips products are subjected to rigorous testing before they are released to the market. We conduct life and durability tests. Our Philips air purifiers have been validated to perform under continuous operation in an indoor environment for three years,” added Lee.

Philips air purifiers are developed and manufactured in compliance with all safety regulations and standards (IEC/EN 60335-1 IEC/EN 60335-2-65). They can be used safely in a wide range of indoor environments, including homes, offices, schools or dental clinics. This study from the Goethe University of Frankfurt am Main reports that four Philips Air Purifier 2000 Series AC2887/30 operating in a classroom with 27 students can remove 90% of aerosols within less than 30 minutes5

For more information, visit Philips website here.


*Microbial Reduction Rate Test conducted at Airmid Health Group Ltd., tested in a 28.5m3 test chamber contaminated with airborne influenza A (H1N1).

1 The Lancet: Lancet COVID-19 Commission Statement on the occasion of the 75th session of the UN General Assembly.
2 Tested with NaClaerosol by iUTA according to DIN71460-1.
3 Supporting literature for the size of coronavirus [// Ref source: s Vargaet al. The Lancet 2020, Vol 395, May 30, e100 Dimension of SARS-CoV-2: 60 -140 nanometer].
4 WHO, Scientific brief. Transmission of SARS-CoV-2: implications for infection prevention precautions. 9 July 2020
5 Testing mobile air purifiers in a school classroom: Reducing the airborne transmission risk for SARS-CoV-2 J. Curtius, M. Granzin, J. Schrod medRxiv 2020.10.02.20205633; doi.

Good news and cool tips from TNB

With the CMCO extended until 6 December, most of us will be stuck in the house. Oh no, that means higher electricity bills? Have no worry, Tenaga Nasional Berhad is here to save the day! They have put together a new, snazzy website with many tips to help you save some Ringgit. 

Before we get to the tips, here are some good news. Times are tough now for most Malaysians, and TNB understands this fully. Here’s the list of its initiatives to help Malaysians ease the burdens. As a TNB’s residential customer (under Tariff A – Domestic), you will enjoy:

  • PRIHATIN discounts of up to 50% (based on electricity usage) for your monthly bill until 31 December 2020. Click here for more details.
  • Easy Payment Plan for outstanding bills without any surcharge.
  • No late payment surcharge for bills from 18 March 2020 to 31 December 2020.
  • No disconnection during this period for defaulted bill payment. Disconnection of supply will only be done if it is requested by the account holder or instructed by relevant authorities due to any legal matters.

During CMCO, meter reading will go on as usual – which means you will receive actual bills (except for areas under TEMCO where movement is restricted by the authorities). TNB is indeed doing its best to stay true to its slogan “Better. Brighter.”

Now let’s look at some useful tips:

1. Power down when not in use

Switch off and unplug all your electrical devices (except the refrigerator, of course). Examples of these energy-sucking culprits are tablets, iPads, wifi modems, Astro decoders, desktop computers, laptops, digital televisions, toasters, microwave ovens and electric stoves. 

Sikit-sikit, lama-lama menjadi bukit’. This old Malay adage holds much wisdom. It is convenient to leave your iPad on for half an hour or so while you have a meal, but the combined wattage of half-hours over a month can make your bill hike up high. 

Wifi modems don’t need to be on throughout the night when you’re sleeping. A flip of the modem switch can help you save a chunk of money each month.

And don’t forget your beloved mobile phone. Switch it off at night and let the battery rest. The less cycles of charging, the longer your phone’s battery lifespan. 

2. Free your fridge of clutter

A refrigerator cools its contents down by circulating cold air. When this cold air cannot move properly, the fridge motor has to work harder to hit the temperature KPI that you set.

A fridge packed full with things blocks air-flow. Try to manage your grocery mania to avoid suffocating your fridge. Your wallet will thank you later. 

3. Air-conditioning tricks to try

The ideal temperature for lowest electricity consumption is 24 degrees Celsius. That should cool your room enough. Just give your air-conditioning unit a few minutes-lah. Patience, please.

To ensure the room cools faster, close all the windows and doors of that space. Clean the filter regularly too. A dirty filter can slow air-flow through the air-con unit and affect its performance. The results will be lower energy use and cleaner air.

4. Laundry tricks

Most moms would already know that doing a full load will be more energy and cost efficient than half loads. But here is an additional tip: hang the clean laundry as soon as they’re done.

This will minimise wrinkles and reduce the number of clothes you need to iron. So, you save electricity and effort here as well. 

For more tips and tricks, visit their website here. It also comes with an Energy Calculator and an educational tab on Energy Efficiency Labels. The calculator can give you an estimate of how much electricity is used by an appliance. It can even show you the difference of consumption between one appliance to another. 

Don’t forget to click the main menu icon on the website. You’ll see a host of helpful links and information for residential homes, businesses, renewable energy, safety and advisory, energy efficiency, and so on.

Transform and thrive in your marketplace with Alibaba Cloud

Source: Malaysiakini

Looking for the tools to aid the digital transformation of your or your client’s business? Alibaba Cloud is the one-stop shop that ticks all your boxes.

Alibaba Cloud helps local businesses drive their digital transformation and thrive in their markets through top-of-the-line cloud products, technical enablement, and go-to-market resources and support, regardless of the industry.

Through its comprehensive range of cloud computing products and services, Alibaba Cloud enables IT providers, independent software vendors, and system integrators to create better IT services and add more value for their customers.

How can Alibaba Cloud help businesses in Malaysia?

1. One-stop web hosting solution

Alibaba Cloud offers a complete package of web hosting solutions suitable for businesses of all sizes. From basic static websites to complex sites supporting all kinds of applications, you can host them all on the Alibaba Cloud platform.

Alibaba Cloud’s web hosting solution is:

  • Secure: The security and stability of your site is guaranteed.
  • Low cost: Save up to 65% on compute resources vs. competitors*
  • Easy to use: Easily deploy services with Alibaba Cloud’s integrated marketplace software and images. Build a complete web hosting package with its domain and domain name system (DNS) products.
  • Scalable: Scale your resources on demand with Alibaba Cloud’s high-performance elastic computing services. Alibaba Cloud grows with your business.

2. Intelligent digital marketing solutions

Traditional brick and mortar retail alone is no longer effective for engaging customers. Your business needs digital marketing tools to scale marketing campaigns and target multiple audiences simultaneously. Alibaba Cloud helps you achieve this easily with its digital marketing and cloud intelligence products.

  • Targeted campaigns: Identify and create accurate customer profiles for your business through big data analytics. Build precise advertising solutions with Alibaba Cloud’s demand-side platform (DSP) solution. Deliver customised content using Elasticsearch and machine translation.
  • Multi-channel experience: Reach your customers through multiple touchpoints. Deliver multimedia content to customers across the global seamlessly with object storage service (OSS) and content delivery network (CDN). Manage content effectively with a relational database service (RDS)-based multi-channel content management system (CMS).

3. World-class ecommerce solutions

Alibaba Cloud has powered the annual Double 11 Shopping Festival, the world’s largest online sales event, for 10 years. Local businesses can leverage on the same capabilities to expand globally.

  • Large-scale online promotion: Alibaba Cloud handles over 491,000 orders/second while defending against countless malicious attacks during the annual Double 11 Shopping Festival. You can rest assured it can handle your online promotions, however big, no sweat!
  • Accurate and interactive search engines: Personalise your site’s product search results with Alibaba Cloud’s advanced machine learning and deep learning technologies. Create intelligent and customised product recommendations for a better customer experience.

4. Cutting-edge big data and AI solutions

Build end-to-end data intelligence services easily regardless of application with Alibaba Cloud’s big data and artificial intelligence (AI) solutions. From intelligent cities to smart manufacturing, Alibaba Cloud can help you tackle challenging real-world problems holistically through data.

  • Big data processing and analytics: Build powerful and accurate data analytics tools with E-MapReduce and MaxCompute. Communicate information effectively through data visualisation with QuickBI and DataV. Store and access data without any ETL (extra, transform, load) tools using Data Lake Analytics.
  • AI and machine learning: Alibaba Cloud’s Machine Learning Platform For AI provides end-to-end machine learning services, including data processing, feature engineering, model training, model prediction, and model evaluation — it combines all these services to make AI more accessible than ever.

5. Advanced local data centres

Alibaba Cloud has two availability zones in Malaysia to ensure high availability and strong disaster recovery capabilities, allowing customers to deploy mission-critical workloads in multiple availability zones and switch over within seconds.

The dual-availability enables Alibaba Cloud to provide you high-performance low-cost and useful cloud products regardless of your sector. Its services can meet the needs of developers, SMEs, large enterprises, and financial institutions, as well as the public sector, and provide the support companies need as they break into the global market.

Alibaba Cloud boasts an extensive list of successful case studies. Browse its customer success stories here. Among its satisfied Malaysian clients are Sabah Credit Corporation (SCC) for the Sabah state’s e-wallet Sabah Pay; financial technology (fintech) company Revenue Monster Inc; TNG Digital Sdn Bhd, the operator of Touch ‘n Go eWallet; and PrestoMall, formerly known as 11street Malaysia.

Alibaba Cloud’s cloud-based solutions support the demands of your business, website, or application. Use the same solutions that empower the Alibaba Ecosystem to reach a new level of creativity, inclusivity, and success.

Find out more about Alibaba Cloud’s extensive portfolio of cloud computing products and services, sign up here.

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