Georganic Malaysia, a Korean skin care brand that advocates the #cleanbeauty movement, is recruiting brand ambassadors to reach out to those who embrace natural skin care products.
If you love nature and ingredients that are pure and clean, Georganic has a skin care range that you may want to add to your skin care routine.
They have cleansing oil and foaming cleanser, moisturisers and serums. Check out the range at Modern Essentials
The company recently introduced a stockist programme which you can check out here, if you’re interested to be a stockist.
If you don’t want to be a stockist but would just like to buy an item or two, head to Modern Essentials and type the promo code of Georganic Malaysia’s brand ambassadors before checking out to enjoy a 5% savings.
The brand ambassador will also thank you for doing so, as the brand ambassador programme is not without rewards 🙂
Meanwhile, the company is always on the look out for more brand ambassadors so if you feel that you qualify, do get in touch with them on their Instagram or Facebook Page.
The sundubu jjigae (Korean soft tofu stew) served at Choi’s Don & Dak in Kuchai Lama, KL, is a sizzling delight and one of my favourite Korean meals.
The soft tofu just melts in the mouth, while the soup which is slightly spicy and has minced meat, egg, kimchi, among other ingredients, titilates the taste buds with a burst of flavours.
The sundubu jjigae, which is a very popular Korean stew, is served with 3 side dishes at Choi’s Don & Dak. Side dishes are also known as banchan.
Another popular stew on the menu is the kimchi jjigae. Both are priced at RM15.50
I also love their corn tea. Very, very nice!
As I was paying for my meal, the clock caught my eye. This restaurant has a clean and simple setting.
That’s the lady boss. Not only can she cook but she paints as well. She is seen here decorating the wall of Choi’s Don & Dak with the help of an employee.
The wall art is completed. Isn’t it lovely?
The restaurant owners are from Incheon, Korea, and they’ve been living in Malaysia for 10 years. Choi’s Don & Dak opened here 5 years ago.
Do check out the restaurant when you’re visiting Kuchai Lama.
Last year, I wrote about a cafe which is also owned by a Korean couple. It is a drawing cafe located in Eco Botanic, Johor Bahru. This story reminded me of that cafe as the owners are South Koreans and they love to draw! 🙂
After working in a bank for 4 years, Xin Yi decided to get out of the daily grind and made the switch from banking to baking.
Today she runs a successful home-based and online-operated bakery called Wholesome Treats, which offers options for gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan and regular butter-based baked goods.
Wholesome Treats has been operating for over 3 years now.
Xin Yi took a leap of faith when the bank posted her to Cambodia for a 6-month stint. As things were slow there, she found time to reflect deeply on what she really wanted to do.
She says that while she enjoyed working in the bank which offered her job security and vast learning experience, she wasn’t sure that was how she wanted her life to be like for the next 10 years.
“One thing I was certain – I didn’t enjoy the rat race, and I wanted to do something more tangible that I could derive joy from,” says Xin Yi.
“My mum bakes a lot during her leisure time for our family when I was younger, and I developed an interest for baking from that.
“I started to bake for my family during university days, when I had more room and time to explore on my own. I found myself falling back to baking over the weekends when I was in the corporate world, just to find some peace and joy,” she says.
“I toyed with the idea of starting something of my own – simply because I was young and had nothing to lose. I bounced the idea to my close friends and they were really supportive.
“It took me a while to convince my parents — as like all well-meaning parents — job security was a major concern. However, my family believed in me and have remained my pillar of strength until today – and for that I’m super grateful to them.
“I resigned and gave my all to starting this new venture the moment I got back from Cambodia,” she adds.
Why Inclusive Baking?
Xin Yi always had a liking for gluten-free and vegan food during her university days, so she decided to incorporate this concept into her baking. There is also an increasing trend among consumers for healthy cake recipes.
“I wanted an all-inclusive product offering that could cater to people of different dietary requirements – be it whether they’re gluten-intolerant, lactose-intolerant, diabetic and looking for some sugar-free baked goods or those who are just looking for a regular classic butter cake,” she explains.
Wholesome Treats’ Future Plans
“Currently, I’m operating from a home kitchen. I’ve had it in my mind to have a central kitchen of my own so I could navigate better and have a more comfortable workspace, but that’s for the far future ahead.
“For the not-so-distant future, I’m looking at product expansion, such as doing more bake sales (having a mix of sliced cakes, ice cream and cookies) in the months to come as bake sales have received good response when I did it a few times last year. I definitely will be testing out more new products this new year!
Collaboration with Modern Essentials
The recent collaboration with Modern Essentials where Wholesome Treats gave out NINEWARE Rabbit Bowls to the first 15 customers who bought 5 tubs of cookies and above, was well-received by Xin Yi’s customers.
“My customers really liked the Rabbit bowls and some even asked about it well after the promo has ended. Some of my customers also asked if there were any bowls with ox “ears” since this is the Year of the Ox.
“Going by the overwhelming response, I’m certainly looking forward to collaborate with Modern Essentials again as cute tableware always complements food, cakes and cookies,” she says.
Covid-19 has opened up a window of opportunities for virtual laughter clubs to open worldwide, as people want to laugh amid the gloom.
Dr Madan Kataria’s keynote address before launching the first ever Mega Laughter Malaysia event held on the 6th of Feb on Zoom and attended by laughter enthusiasts from across the globe.
Depression is the No. 1 sickness in the world. There is no treatment for depression. Those suffering from depression need support, love and care and this is what the Laughter Yoga Movement stands for.
Laughter benefits one’s physical, mental and emotional health.
Everybody can laugh when everything is ok. Virtual Laughter Yoga clubs have sprouted since the pandemic. From what had started as a recreation activity in a neighbourhood park in Mumbai, India in 1995, Laughter Yoga is now practiced in 115 countries.
Dr Madan’s vision to achieve World Peace through Laughter is also manifesting this year as the non-profit organisation has been given the green light to build two headquarters — one in India (Nashik) and one in the United States (California).
The good doctor also praised the Malaysian team, namely the Johor Bahru Happy and Joyous Club, and Laughter Yoga Malaysia for the success of the Mega Laughter Malaysia event and for bringing Laughter Yoga to hospitals, dialysis centres, cancer patients, among others, over the last decade.
Laughter is a universal language that needs no translation. It banishes negativity, increases endorphins and sends joy throughout the muscles, nerves, organs and tissues.
That’s why the demand for Laughter Yoga clubs and activities has sprouted during the pandemic.
With so many of us facing challenges of isolation, insecurity, financial and job uncertainties, among others, the stress and pent-up emotions have impacted our mental health to some degree. Some have forgotten how to laugh.
Dr Madan Kataria, a medical doctor and the founder of the laughter yoga club movement that started in 1995 in Mumbai, said Covid-19 has provided opportunities to laugh more frequently as hundreds of free virtural laughter clubs are sprouting in the midst of the pandemic.
Currently there are more than 10,000 Laughter clubs found in India, and between 8,000 to 9,000 found worldwide. This is just a rough estimate as the organisation does not have a structured data on all the clubs.
“Laughter Yoga is not a comedy. It is an exercise programme for Health and Wellbeing. Dialysis and cancer patients have turned to this exercise, which is part laughter and part yoga as it incorporates the Pranayama breathing techniques, to enhance their overall health,” Dr Madan said in a Zoom meeting today.
“If you laugh for 10 to 15 minutes a day, one can enjoy many benefits. Laughter strengthens the immune system and keeps the mind positive. It is the quickest way to drive away depression and anxiety,” he said, adding that laughter is also a universal language.
Dr Madan thanked the Johor Bahru Happy and Joyous Club for bringing Laughter Yoga to places and people who would benefit from the exercise over the last 10 years, namely, in dialysis centres, drug rehabilitation centres, cancer patients, the physically and mentally challenged and senior citizens.
Since the Movement Control Order was implemented, the Johor Bahru Happy and Joyous Club has been conducting Laughter Yoga on their Facebook Page daily from 9am to 9.30am. The pandemic has deterred physical meet ups but in the virtual world, members can meet and laugh beyond borders.
If you’re feeling bored or frustrated but you don’t want to curse and swear because that’s just adding to the negativity, you can try speaking Gibberish for a few seconds. That is just to melt the frustration, and clear the way for joy to flow in. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, maybe Sarjit Kaur can explain it better.
Sarjit will be one of the presenters who will share her thoughts on this at the Malaysian Laughter Yoga Zoom, the first of its kind on February 6, 2021 from 2pm to 5pm (Malaysia time). It is organised by Mega Malaysia Laughter, a non-governmental organisation.
The aim of the 3-hour event, which will be launched by Dr Madan, is to increase public awareness on Laughter Yoga, foster ties among Laughter Yoga practitioners and enthusiasts as well as share updates on Laughter Yoga.
Six dynamic laughter Yoga Teachers/Masters will be sharing their expertise as follows:
1. Merv Neal (Australia) on ‘Laughter Yoga & Business and the Pandemic’
2. Bill Lewis (UK/Malaysia) on ‘Rhythm & Laff’
3. Shifra Arwas (Israel) on ‘The Wisdom of the Older Child’
4. Dusty Susan (Australia) on ‘Cradle to Death’
5. YM Dr. Raja Kamariah Raja Mohd (Malaysia) on ‘Laughter in the Malaysian Public Sector’
6. Sarjit Kaur (Malaysia) on ‘Embracing our Authenticity’
Meanwhile 7 Laughter Yogis will also be present to lead and share their Laughter Exercises. They are Kara Sherman (USA), Keyem Thomez (Bahrain), Sara Mei Woo (Singapore), Bachan Singh (Malaysia), Lina Lim Lee Mui (Malaysia), Raja Perumal Raja (Malaysia) and Siem Lee (Malaysia).
The organisers are expecting a turnout of 500 participants from all over the world. All are welcome to join the event on Feb 6. There’s also a new laughter song titled “Kung Fu Ha Ha” which they’re keeping under wraps until the day of the event, so do turn up on Feb 6 🙂
To know more about Laughter Yoga, you may check out
Johor-born Wushu Artist Lee Swee Seng the founder of Martial Dance.
In 1998, Lee Swee Seng thought to himself. What else could Wushu be besides being a competitive sport and a form of self-defense? He was 18 then — a young man coming of age boldly chasing his dream of showcasing Wushu as a performing arts.
Lee met with waves of resistance but he worked hard on his ideals to expand on the concept of “Martial Dance”, a fusion of dance with martial arts. After 22 years of persistence, he has gained local and international recognition with numerous award-winning choreographies under his belt.
“I’m very grateful to everyone I’ve met in my life and I’m proud to be a Johorean,” says Lee who started practising wushu at age 11.
He joined the Malaysia national team at 17 and represented the country in local and international competitions. He has received invitations to perform and teach at various arts festivals around the world.
JCI Ten Outstanding Young Malaysians Award 2020 for Cultural Achievement
Lee’s most recent achievement was winning the JCI Ten Outstanding Young Malaysians Award (TOYM) of 2020 for Cultural Achievement. Previous winners included Malaysian celebrities like Sinje Lee, Penny Tai, Fish Leong, Gary Chaw, among others.
Lee graduated from Southern University College with a business management degree and is now the founder, artistic director, and wushu director of Lee Wushu Arts Theatre, located at Taman Nusa Bestari in Iskandar Puteri.
In 2001, he won the gold medal in the SUKMA Games, and another gold medal in the Hong Kong International Wushu Festival, making him a notable name in Malaysia Wushu industry.
“I’m extremely thankful to JCI TOYM’s judges for the acknowledgement. The honour of receiving the “Ten Outstanding Young Malaysians” award has strengthened my sense of duty to further promote Martial Dance, which is Malaysia’s unique arts, on both the local and international platforms, and spread the greatness of Wushu to the world.
About 25,000 people have learnt “martial dance” from him, both locally and globally. In line with Lee’s vision to promote martial dance, this form of arts is now being taught in schools in the southern part of the peninsula, from primary to secondary, vernacular to national, and also Chinese independent schools. Lee’s students and team members don’t only learn wushu, they have also adopted the spirit of martial arts and have followed him into community care and welfare work.
When Covid-19 descended upon the world in 2020, Lee remained unfazed. He has been filming and uploading videos to his Youtube channel Jack Lee Wushu, since April last year.
Despite the fact that international performances has halted due to the pandemic, Lee continued to churn out creative choreographies with artists from all over the world through the iCloud web. On December 7, 2020, he participated in the “China-ASEAN International Theatre Festival” and contributed to the international arts scene under the new normal.
“Mass innoculation will enable life to return to normalcy where we can come out and mingle with one another without any fear of getting infected with the coronavirus.”
By Michael Tay, Johor MCA Government Coordinating Affairs chairman.
I’ve seen far too many “To Let/For Sale” signs on gates and roller shutter doors of shops and houses in Johor, Malaysia, lately.
People are selling their houses due to cash flow difficulties and many have depleted their savings since the pandemic. Some have not eaten for 2 to 3 days, and the number of homeless people in Johor is increasing.
All this negativity is indeed depressing, which is why I would like to urge the government to roll out the coronavirus vaccination programme and get as many people vaccinated as soon as possible.
Herd immunity is the answer to reviving Johor as well as Malaysia’s ailing economy which has been badly hit by the Movement Control Order 2.0 To achieve herd immunity, about 23 million or 70% of the Malaysian population needs be vaccinated.
It has been reported that retail businesses nationwide has dipped about 90% during the first week of MCO 2.0 as the apparel segment had to cease operation.
Consumer confidence has been affected by the pandemic and job uncertainty, prompting many to stay at home and be more prudent with their spending.
I would like an update on the negotiation with the Beijing-based biopharmaceutical company Sinovac, the manufacturer of CoronaVac. Why is the vaccine not here yet, when neighbouring countries Indonesia and Singapore have already launched their immunisation programmes?
Indonesia recently rolled out its mass free Covid-19 vaccination programme with its President, Mr Joko Widodo affectionately known as Jokowi, being the first person in the country to receive the first jab of the CoronaVac. Indonesia targeted those age 18 to 59 to receive the vaccine shots in the maiden phase of its immunisation programme.
Singapore received its first batch of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 in December 2020. However, there were reservations among Singaporeans toward taking the vaccines.
I can’t wait for my turn to get vaccinated. However, I would prefer to receive the vaccine which only require one dose instead of the Moderna, or Pfizer/BioNTech and other vaccines that need two shots — a priming dose followed by a booster shot. But that is, if I were given the choice. If there’s really no option then I would take any vaccine that comes my way.
But I would suggest that we start assembling our frontliners and volunteers now for deployment to all vaccine distribution and administration centres. The people who will be administering the jabs must be well prepared for the large number expected to throng public hospitals in urban, suburban and rural areas once the immunisation programme is rolled out.
The Prime Minister’s Message To The Rakyat
Last month, Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin did say that over 80% of Malaysia’s population (close to 27 million people) are expected to be vaccinated by the 1st quarter of 2021.
Malaysia is going to be the first country outside China to carry out the clinical trial of a Covid-19 vaccine candidate made by the Institute of Medical Biology Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, China which will involve 3,000 volunteers.
You can read more about Malaysia’s immunisation plan in the link below.
My Advice: Consult A Doctor Before Getting A Vaccination
I would like to advise those who have diabetes, hypertension or any other comorbidities to consult a family doctor or any qualified physician prior to getting the vaccination.
Malaysia reportedly has one of the highest number of diabetic patients in Asia, with approximately 3.9 million people over the age of 18 which is 1 in 5 adults with this disease.
For those who do not have underlying health issues, I would urge them not to hesitate in getting themselves vaccinated as only when there is herd immunity can there be hope for life to return to normalcy. We will then be able to come out and mingle with one another no longer fearful of getting infected with the coronavirus, like the good old days where retail outlets, hotels, fitness centres and eateries were abuzz with activities.
Disclaimer: The views expressed in Your Say are those of the contributor, not the blog owner.
An ACCESSTRADE Affiliate Has Earned RM30,000 to date since joining the affiliate marketing platform in 2019.
Like all businesses, there are success stories and there are epic failures. But failure is also a part of success. If you put in the effort and do the work, and refuse to give up, you may just hit the bullseye eventually!
After I posted Get Affiliated With ACCESTRADE And Start Earning Money, a friend asked me whether ACCESSTRADE affiliates really make money. She also asked if affiliate marketing is profitable?
To answer my friend’s question, I have here real case studies of 2 young ladies who have made money from affiliate marketing. One of them is Nur Afifah who started affiliate marketing with ACCESSTRADE in March 2019 and has to date made RM30,000.
She shares her lifestyle and beauty products to her followers on Instagram and Twitter. In an interview with ACCESSTRADE, Nur Afifah said that it was important to remain relevant and active on the social media platform. She posted consistently and interacted with her followers. Another tip was to create unique engaging content and to promote what you love doing, She also recommended products which she herself had tested and liked.
Another Instagrammer to check out is Alysha, who has generated sales of over RM135,000 for advertisers of ACCESSTRADE via WhatsApp and various group chats, and earning herself a commission totalling RM7,700 to date.
After reading Nur Afifah and Alysha’s success stories, are you inspired to give affiliate marketing a try? Signing up is free. If you’re interested, you may sign up via this link https://bit.ly/3oOlzE4
After you’ve registered, you can start applying for campaigns to promote upon approval. ACCESSTRADE will give you a referral link where you can promote on various social media platforms. Don’t worry. You will get approval quite easily. When someone clicks on your link and makes a purchase, you’re entitled a commission.
The benefit of joining this network is, you can generate income from numerous campaigns, and their advertisers include Shopee, Lazada, Speedhome, eBay, Pomelo, among others.
Hopefully in 2021, more advertisers and publishers will come on board.
What is ACCESSTRADE and how do you promote to earn money from it?
2020 was undeniably a tough year for many. Some 30 years ago, taxi drivers and hawkers toiled to send their children to university. Today there are graduates who are driving Grab, selling kitchenware online or even becoming pasar malam traders.
Not many are in a position to turn away any kind of income in order to put food on the table, especially if they’re the sole breadwinners. The rich are still doing well … affected, but they can still afford the little luxuries that add small pleasures to daily lives. The rest of us really need to work harder and curb extravagance.
ACCESSTRADE is an affiliate marketing platform which was launched in 2018 in Malaysia. This Cost Per Action (CPA) affiliate marketing network has been around since 1999 and it’s found in Japan, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam and Singapore.
It’s not that difficult to earn money from affiliate marketing but you need to do the work.
Firstly, you need to sign up with Accesstrade and once you’re approved, you’ll get your own referral link. You can then promote this link on various social media platforms ranging from blogs to Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, among others.
When someone goes to Accesstrade via your link to sign up and start promoting a campaign, you are entitled a small commission. You will also get paid for conversions. Click on the image to sign up. It’s free and you do not need to fork out any capital.
You can also buy stuff using your own link. The merchants include Shopee, Lazada, Watsons, just to name a few.
Cookies duration is 60 days and there’s no cap on the number of referrals. They can be from anywhere across the globe. When the referee makes the required action — which is to sign up and promote a campaign — you will receive your commission.
You will not be paid if the referral only signed up but did not take any further action or is already an existing affiliate.
The campaign is only valid within the first 6 months after the referee has signed up, and the performance result will be reflected on the conversion report after the 10th of each month.
This is Yi Xian, who joined ACCESSTRADE not too long ago and he’s making money from it. Click on image to read his story and learn how he does it.
Remember, you can promote the link via your blog, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Telegram, etc.
Update: I’ve been told that the rabbit bowl has been fully snapped up! Awesome, and thank you for the support.
The Chinese community is set to usher in the Year of the Ox which is 牛 (pronounced Niu in Mandarin) on Feb 12, 2021.
Will the Year of the Metal Ox bring in more cheer and better luck than the Metal Rat? Fortune favours the bold and those who work hard will be lucky. Well, hopefully.
Looking for some guilt-free indulgence during the Chinese New Year?
WholesometreatsKL, a bakery in Bandar Utama, Selangor, beckons with a variety of wholesome and healthier treats handcrafted for those who crave for cupcakes, cakes and cookies.
The menu features gluten-free, vegan, non-vegan and non-gluten free baked goodies that will leave one spoilt for choice.
The cakes and cookies look so alluring!
Chinese New Year is a time to feast, and treating yourself and loved ones to a wholesome treat is a sweet gesture of love and gratitude toward self and for friends and family who have stood by you through thick and thin.
For the Niu Year, Wholesometreatskl is collaborating with Modern Essentials where customers who buy 5 containers of cookies will get a free NINEWARE Rabbit bowl, made from polypropylene.
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