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THE ADVANTAGES OF AUTOMATED GATES

the crime rate sky rocketing today, people demand for reliable home security systems to protect their homes. No matter where you live in – city or suburb, we risk losing our possessions and lives even if we stay at home all day! Burglaries have become increasingly common that we lost our interest when reading related news. It only starts to matter when home theft happens to us.
Automated security gate is one of the highly sought after residential gates. Having an automated driveway gate installed at home doesn’t simply mean you don’t have to get in and out of the car just to shut the gate. It also helps securing your home from undesirable circumstances.
Some of the advantages of installing an automated gate system are:
Security
An automated gate system allows only the key holders to unlock the gate. This leads to a decreased risk of home invasion. The gate is the very first layer of security of a home. Will you be able to feel secure if an unwelcomed stranger can get through your gate without extra effort?
To add security levels to your commercial property, you can integrate an alarm system with surveillance cameras, use intercom to communicate with people who wish to enter your property, install proximity cards system and so on.
Safety
Aside from security reasons, your children and pets can be kept away from the streets, avoiding unwanted accidents with an automated gate system. Place the switch where kids cannot reach so that no one neither enter nor exit the house compound without an adult’s permission.
Besides, installing an automatic driveway gate will also offer protection against intrusions from uninvited visitors who might bring damage to your property.
Convenience
With an automated driveway gate installed, those who are in possession of the keys can easily access the property without the need to physically unlock and open the gate. Gates can be opened and closed in a few seconds with just a click.
Adds property value
Whether it’s your house or your office, having an automated gate installed for your property definitely increases its value when you plan to resell it. A good security system is always the best property investment that not only benefits you, but also the new owner.
Increased appeal

Now, automated gates come in various pleasant designs. Since automated gate system is a contemporary technology, so most designs are rather modern, too. Automated gates can surely add aesthetic value to your beautiful home. You can get the gate painted to match the fence, too.

EYE MAKEUP TIPS AND TRICKS

They say the best cosmetic is a smile on your face, but makeup helps your beauty to further shine as it diverts attention away from the flaws on your face. Have you mastered the art of applying lipstick, but want to learn more about makeup to help you through your makeup regime in the morning? Below we pen down some amazing makeup tips and tricks.
After applying foundation all over your face, use a tissue to wipe some off your cheeks before using a blush for a more natural look, instead of having a cakey-looking foundation on your face.
Pick eye shadow colours that contrast your eyes the best, in a good way. If you have brown eyes, they go well with blues, greens and jewel tones. Blue eyed beauties should consider golds and browns, while green eyes go hand in hand with pink and brown eye shadows. For a neutral look, you can use taupe tone eye shadow. It brings out every eye colour gorgeously.
You can also use eye shadow to replace as eyeliner. Apply dark tones with a small rounded brush or an angled brush just under your lashes. To create liquid eyeliner look, dip the brush tip in water before using.
Your face makeup needs a foundation to hold. The same goes to your eyes and lips. Use a primer before applying any makeup to your eyes and lips. Primers help your makeup to set for hours, without a smudge if your makeup is of good quality.

For your lashes, always use mascara that is not flaky. If your mascara has been sitting on your table for months, ditch it and get a new one. Apply mascara to your lashes by wiggling it at the base of your eyelash, before sweeping it out toward the end. You want a thick base with thin ends to make sure your eyelash stays high.

Never skip the cleaning routine for your brushes that should occur at least once a month. Unclean brushes trap dirt and oils, ruining your makeup, and in time bristles will break down. Remove excess colours by wiping brushes on a paper towel. Prepare a bowl of warm water, dip just the bristles into the water. Pump a few drops of mild shampoo into your palm, and then gently swirl the bristles into the shampoo. Clean bristles under running water. Squeeze out excess water and dry brush by hanging it. Cleaning your brushes will significantly lengthen their shelf life.
EYE SKIN CARE 101
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Compared to other facial areas, the skin surrounding our eyes is especially fragile and susceptible to more aging signs. They start to develop lines, bags and dark circles as we grow. When we are weary, our eyes show the first sign. If your eyes aren’t as energetic as they need to be, perhaps you have some serious eye care regime to patch up.
Get enough sleep. It is recommended to have at least 6 hours sleep a day to rest your body. Our eyes especially worked a lot throughout the day and there is no other to rest them except to have a nice shut-eye. So, instead of relieving yourself with endless comedy series that will only burden your eyes, manage your time well to get the rest your eyes deserved.
Use skin care products. We often neglect proper eye skin care when we can spend hundreds on facial skin care. Since our eye skin is thinner, these skin care products are designed especially for the eyes to give our eyes the necessary nourishment. Keep your eye skin moisturized and nourish them with vitamins. Some products are sensitive to light so they have to be applied and left on while you sleep.

Sun protection for your eyes is equally important as it is for your face. Prevent your eyes from aging due to the ultraviolet rays from the sun. Some of the aging effects caused by UV rays are lines, wrinkles, freckles and even skin cancers. Put on eye sunscreen to keep yourself prepared for all occasions at any location.

Don’t squint your eyes. We squint because as we move from a lighter to a darker place and vice versa, our eyes need time to adjust to the lighting. Wear sunglasses to prevent squinting under strong sunlight. Move toward or away from the object you are focusing on to avoid from squinting when there’s a problem focusing. If your vision has gotten blurry, do a thorough check up with an ophthalmologist or optician.
Camouflage your dark circles with a concealer that is a shade lighter than your skin tone. Different shades of concealers also provide varying masking effects.
To fight puffy eyes, use your eye gel that has been stored in the fridge. Or, use anything cold to reduce the swollenness. Try cold cucumbers, spoon, ice cubes. These methods will also wake you up on drowsy mornings.
Take care of your brows. Trim your eyebrows regularly, following the outline already provided by your beautician. Use eyebrow pencils that are a shade lighter than your hair colour. For a fuller brow, fill your brows with a pencil, then brush with powder.

EYE SKIN CARE 101

Compared to other facial areas, the skin surrounding our eyes is especially fragile and susceptible to more aging signs. They start to develop lines, bags and dark circles as we grow. When we are weary, our eyes show the first sign. If your eyes aren’t as energetic as they need to be, perhaps you have some serious eye care regime to patch up.
Get enough sleep. It is recommended to have at least 6 hours sleep a day to rest your body. Our eyes especially worked a lot throughout the day and there is no other to rest them except to have a nice shut-eye. So, instead of relieving yourself with endless comedy series that will only burden your eyes, manage your time well to get the rest your eyes deserved.
Use skin care products. We often neglect proper eye skin care when we can spend hundreds on facial skin care. Since our eye skin is thinner, these skin care products are designed especially for the eyes to give our eyes the necessary nourishment. Keep your eye skin moisturized and nourish them with vitamins. Some products are sensitive to light so they have to be applied and left on while you sleep.

Sun protection for your eyes is equally important as it is for your face. Prevent your eyes from aging due to the ultraviolet rays from the sun. Some of the aging effects caused by UV rays are lines, wrinkles, freckles and even skin cancers. Put on eye sunscreen to keep yourself prepared for all occasions at any location.

Don’t squint your eyes. We squint because as we move from a lighter to a darker place and vice versa, our eyes need time to adjust to the lighting. Wear sunglasses to prevent squinting under strong sunlight. Move toward or away from the object you are focusing on to avoid from squinting when there’s a problem focusing. If your vision has gotten blurry, do a thorough check up with an ophthalmologist or optician.
Camouflage your dark circles with a concealer that is a shade lighter than your skin tone. Different shades of concealers also provide varying masking effects.
To fight puffy eyes, use your eye gel that has been stored in the fridge. Or, use anything cold to reduce the swollenness. Try cold cucumbers, spoon, ice cubes. These methods will also wake you up on drowsy mornings.
Take care of your brows. Trim your eyebrows regularly, following the outline already provided by your beautician. Use eyebrow pencils that are a shade lighter than your hair colour. For a fuller brow, fill your brows with a pencil, then brush with powder.

BAKING WITH DIFFERENT TYPES OF SUGAR

More often than not, we come across popular recipes that call for white granulated sugar, icing sugar, or superfine sugar. And we just use what was available, substituting any other strange alternatives – molasses, brown sugar, honey – with whatever that is already sitting on your kitchen cabinet. However, different sugars impart different textures and flavours in your pastries, influencing the result of baking.
White sugar is refined cane sugar. It is the most common table sugar that you stir into your coffee and make flans with. The problem with white sugar is that it has all its minerals stripped off, providing consumers zero calories, about 16 calories per teaspoon. It has a moderate glycemic index, which resolves the myth that it is of high glycemic index. White sugar, when used in baking, does not merely sweeten the food. It provides even browning and lighter texture. Granulated sugar is fine, therefore easy to mix with other ingredients, e.g. creaming butter. Making meringues would be effortless with white sugar as it dissolves effectively. White sugar does not clump together, making it suitable for sprinkling on desserts.
Brown sugar can come in light brown and dark brown sugar. Brown sugar is said to be white sugar with molasses added back in, and its colour depends on its molasses content. Brown sugar has higher moisture content. This explains why brown sugar tends to clump together. You can keep a piece of bread in a container kept with brown sugar to prevent clumps. Brown sugar imparts a heavier flavour than white sugar. When packed, it contains 17 calories per teaspoon. For example, making brownies using brown sugar would result in a more caramelised taste. If you like your cookies with more caramel flavour, replace white sugar with brown sugar.
Muscovado, also known as dark brown sugar, is actually unrefined brown sugar, and was named poor man’s sugar. Since it is essentially sugarcane juice boiled and left to dry out, it retains most of its nutrition. It is stickier than brown sugar due to even higher moisture content, so you should take out some of the liquids used in the recipe. Muscovado can be used to substitute both white sugar and brown sugar in baking and making beverages, with 11 calories per teaspoon. It has a stronger flavour than brown sugar.
Sugar substitutes such as honey, maple syrup, molasses and corn syrup can be used to replace sugar in various recipes. Experiment on your own to compare the effects of different sugar alternatives with sugar. Planning to open up your own bakery?

VISIT MALAYSIA YEAR (VMY) 2014

Year 2014 has been declared as the Visit Malaysia Year. With hotels and tourist spots going on full force to welcome visitors from all over the world, this year is the best timing for you to explore Malaysia – the mysterious Southeast Asian country consisting of a peninsula and East Malaysia on the island of Borneo. These two regions are separated by South China Sea, at which a few beautiful islands stand.
Malaysia is summery all year long, with two monsoon seasons namely the Southwest Monsoon and the Northeast Monsoon. It is advised not to visit beaches and islands during monsoons. Refer to the list following for some of the hottest places for vacation ventures.
Perhentian Islands are located in the state of Terengganu. They can be accessed by water via Kuala Besut or Tok Bali. Compared to their peers along the same coast, Perhentian Islands are less congested with commercial activities. The surroundings are well preserved, featuring clear waters and clean beaches.

Activities to do: surfing, scuba-diving, snorkeling, canoeing, trekking and camping.
Taman Negara belongs to the Pahang territory although it essentially encompasses all three states on the East Coast. It is the habitat of a few of rare animals and you will be able to observe animals such as tapir, tiger, macaque, rhinoceros, and peacock-pheasant. The highest peak in the peninsula, Gunung Tahan, is also located within the national park.

Activities to do: canopy walking, bird watching, camping, trekking, cave exploring, fishing, mountain climbing.
Kuala Lumpur is the place to go for satisfying all your shopping pleasures. Visit its famous retail malls consisting of branded and high street vendors, cheap buys and local cuisine. For more local food and products, you can visit the Petaling Street at night. The city is rich in cultural buildings. Join a sightseeing tour to view them! Observe this enchanting city from the observation deck at KL Tower, the 7th highest communication tower of the world.
Activities to do: sightseeing, shopping, food hunting, bird watching, cave exploring, museum visiting.
Georgetown is another not-to-be-missed site. Located in Penang, it is home to a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit Georgetown for its beautiful religious buildings, museums, beaches, and some of the best cuisine in Malaysia. Tour along Batu Ferringhi, watch butterflies at Penang Butterfly Farm, or have a splendid bird’s-eye view of Penang while sipping on a warm cuppa from the top of Penang Hill.

6 THINGS YOU MUST KNOW ABOUT AESTHETIC CLINICS IN MALAYSIA

Apart from maintaining a proper diet as well as exercise frequently, another option to beautify your body is undergo either invasive or non-invasive cosmetic procedure(s). However, before you put yourself and your hard-earned money in the hands of an aesthetic clinic in Malaysia, here is a checklist of important things you must know:
Make sure the aesthetic clinic is properly registered
Keep in mind that any aesthetic procedure done at unlikely places like homes (be it the therapists’ home or your own) and hotel rooms is against the law and strictly prohibited. A valid aesthetic clinic is one registered with the Ministry of Health Malaysia. So, make sure that the clinic you plan to visit is listed under Annual Practicing Certificates (APC). Besides, the APC for the clinic also must be visible to the public.
Make sure your doctor is certified
There will be ugly consequences (literally) if the doctor you choose to perform your aesthetic surgery is either bogus or an unqualified individual. A qualified doctor has to be both trained and certified with Letter of Privileging and Credentialing (LCP) credentials from the Ministry of Health Malaysia.
Never hesitate to ask your doctor about the aesthetic products
Upon paying a visit at the aesthetic clinic in malaysia, make sure the aesthetic products such as Botox and fillers are both genuine and original. Keep in mind that these certain products are strictly supplied to a registered aesthetic clinic. If you are having a doubt regarding the products, do not hesitate to ask your doctor. This is your rights to do so and it is better safe than sorry.
Always let your doctor know about your medical history
Prior to getting an aesthetic procedure, always inform your doctor about your medical history. It can be anything relevant ranging from your past and current medications, infection, allergy or scarring. This will help your doctor understand your condition better before any final decision is made.
Ask for side effects
Any aesthetic surgery, regardless invasive or non-invasive, has its side effects. So, do not hesitate to ask your doctor what are the side effects if you choose a certain procedure.
Ask for a patch test
A patch test is a method where your skin is clinically tested to determine whether you have an allergy cause or irritation. You can request for your doctor to do a patch test prior to the aesthetic procedure, especially if you already know you have a sensitive skin.

NUTS AS A SOURCE OF PLANT BASED PROTEIN

Protein is vital for body growth and maintenance. Athletes and body builders need protein for muscle growth and tissue restoration. Protein can come from plants or animals. Eating protein in excess may bring negative effects to your body, quite unlike how we normally perceive. More of us have a diet made up of more meat than greens. Look at how a typical steak is served – potatoes, grilled vegetables and fries as side dishes.
Although eating meat does provide us animal based protein we need, eating too much meat may leach calcium from our bones. Meat is highly acidic. Besides, most animal meat we consumed now comes from animals fed with antibiotics and artificial hormones. Can you imagine swallowing these toxics? This does not mean you have to eliminate meat from your diet. Eat meat in moderation.
Another source of protein comes from plants. Nuts are a rich source of protein. Apart from protein, nuts are packed with vitamins, fibre and essential fats that are good for your heart. Due to their abundant nutrient, most nuts are considered as super foods.
Does your diet contain very few to no nuts? Incorporating nuts into your diet can seem effortless. Roasted nuts are easily available in packages at grocery shops, supermarkets and bakery goods supply. Roasted nuts are a healthier snack compared to chips. If you can, go for unsalted nuts. You can also buy raw nuts in bulk and roast them whenever you need to eat them. Light flavour a handful of nuts with some salt and pack them as your to-go snack.

Other than eating pure nuts, you can enjoy nuts in the following ways. Use peanut butter in your morning meals. Instead of simply buying one off the shelves, go for low sugar – better yet, sugar and sweeteners free – peanut butter. Your best bet is to use organic peanut butter which is made of real nuts, contains fewer preservatives and is not sweetened at all. Add some sliced bananas to top the peanut butter. You can also eat them with oats in milk and honey as breakfast.
If you are a fond baker, replace flour with almond meal. Almond meal is ground whole almonds that is essential for making almond macarons, frangipane and Sachertorte. Ground walnut or hazelnut can also be added into cakes for extra tang. Of course, you can coarsely chop up roasted or stir-fried nuts and mix them into cookie or cake batter prior to baking. Nuts also provide a fragrant topping. Sprinkle them over your cake.
Now that you know the benefits of nuts as a plant based protein source, recommend them to your friends. People are now more health-conscious and taking preventive measures from getting chronic diseases, nuts have become widely popular among chefs, bakers and other businesses.

UNIFI FOR YOUR BUSINESS NEEDS

TM recently came up with an advert that caught my eye. It featured a man in a shirt and tie, juggling a host of business solutions, entertainment packs and Internet connections in his hands. It appears that TM is reinforcing its position in business fibre by offering not just Internet for businesses but a series of solutions as well. They even seem to have a new slogan: Business Made Easier.
Let’s take a look at its Internet plans first. Whether you are a start-up or a more established SME, TM has a fixed Internet plan that would suit your business needs:
Unifi Biz Advance Plan 30Mbps and 50Mbps or https://www.unifimalaysia.com/unifi-biz/
Priced at RM279 per month and RM329 per month for the 30Mbps and 50Mbps respectively, Unifi Biz Advance Plan is what you need to ensure that the connection at your office or shop is consistent, fast and always connected. You are already frustrated when the Internet at home is slow or disconnects, so imagine how difficult, and not to mention costly to your business, it would be if your Internet were to go down at your office.
Unifi Biz Pro Plan
For a company that needs super fast Internet, Unifi Biz Pro Plan is the solution. The plan offers speeds of 100Mbps for RM379 a month. The speed isn’t symmetrical; download speed is 100Mbps while upload speed is 50Mbps but those are really good enough.
With all 3 plans, you’ll get 500MB a day of TM Wifi, cordless phone and wireless modem. You also have the option to add on:
Voice IDD – RM30/month
Security & Surveillance – RM99/month
SurePay – RM18/month
SurePay POS – RM18/month
HyppTV for Business – RM90/month
Simple Voice Plus – RM30/month
You may be wondering by this point, why do I need business Internet plans for my company? Why don’t I just sign up for a home fibre plan? First and foremost, TM (or any other service provider) will not allow you to register for a home Internet plan for a business address. Set that aside, TM’s Unifi Biz plans come with a promise of a restoration time not exceeding 12 hours. This is something that home fibre plans do not offer. This assures you that there will be lesser interruptions to your business should the Internet go down. Downtimes are really a no-no for any business.
It is advisable to select a service provider that offers beyond just Internet, which is TM in this case. Why? So that you don’t have to go searching for providers should you need to subscribe to business solutions in the future. Going to a one-stop provider like TM is recommended as they can provide you with business Internet and voice solutions, even security, entertainment and payment solutions, all at one place.

DON’T LET KNEE PAIN OVERTAKE YOUR LIFE

Symptomized by swollen joints, decreased movement and stiffness osteoarthritis is one of the most common knee disorders seen in the US. It is caused by the breakdown of the cartilage between the bones. Though it can occur in all joints it is most evident in the knees which are subject to maximum wear and tear with age. It is more evident in women in the menopause age when the estrogen levels in the body go down; estrogen is known to protect the cartilage – connective tissue found in the joints. Men, on the other hand, are less predisposed to osteoarthritis.
How is osteoarthritis treated
It is often treated with painkillers and prescription drugs. Doctors suggest physical therapy and the use of supportive devices like crutches in severe cases. Several studies are being carried out to find out how certain joint supplements can help in improving the health of the cartilage and thereby play a role in managing osteoarthritis. Two substances that are frequently used are glucosamine and chondroitin.
What is Chondroitin?
Chondroitin is a naturally occurring substance in the connective tissue of animals and human beings. This substance maintains the spongy nature of the cartilage by drawing water and nutrients from the blood, as a result, it maintains the cushioning effect in the joints.
How does it help?
Chondroitin is found in the cartilage of cows and shark. It is also manufactured synthetically. A few studies have found that chondroitin supplements reduce pain and increase mobility. It is believed that this substance slows down the breakdown of cartilage. It is usually found as chondroitin sulfate, chonsurid and chondroitin sulfuric acid.
Research has shown that a combination of glucosamine and chondroitin have produced beneficial results in some cases and patients had experienced pain relief.
Is there any recommended dosage?
Several brands manufacture this substance in different weights and forms. But when you take it as a supplement you can take 1000-1200 mg a day. It is advisable to seek the advice of a doctor before you take this supplement because it is not suitable for everyone.
Risks of chondroitin
Like many other supplements, chondroitin is perfectly safe for a majority of people though some people have reported diarrhea, rashes, hives, and headaches. It is always safe to take supplements on doctor’s advice. Since chondroitin is obtained from shark or cow cartilage the chances of contamination are high. It is recommended that you always take high-grade supplements from reputed manufacturers to reduce the risk of allergies.
People suffering from the following problems should not take this supplement:
Asthma
Prostate cancer
Bleeding disorders as chondroitin works as blood thinner
These supplements are also not recommended for young children and pregnant women as there is no evidence on how safe they are for this group of people.
Conclusion
According to a study published in The New England Journal of Medicine the efficacy of chondroitin in the treatment of osteoarthritis depends on each individual; in the study, only a few people showed pain relief from a combination of glucosamine and chondroitin while the others had no benefits at all.
Hence, if your general physician recommends the use of the supplements do go ahead and use them, you may be the lucky few for whom the substance works.

4 BENEFITS OF SWITCHING TO MICROFIBRE SHIRTS

You must think that cotton is the best fabric, as clothing that are ‘100% cotton’ always seem to be much sought after due to its apparent ‘purity’ of not having components of other materials. However, microfiber is becoming popular these days. It is a type of fabric made of polyester and nylon (polyamide) fibres woven very densely. The fibre strands are so fine, even finer than human hair, and hence its ‘microfibre’ name. However, some microfibre fabrics are constructed from other synthetic materials such as acrylic and rayon. A minimum of 1.0 denier (a unit of measurement to determine the fineness of silk, nylon or rayon) qualifies to be called a microfibre but better ones tend to have smaller deniers, with the 0.13 denier being the utmost superior quality.
You may have heard of microfibre towels and upholstery, but microfiber shirts? If you are sceptical to buy a microfibre top, here are the four benefits that might change your perception:
Durability
Do you know why microfibre is used in furniture covers and upholstery? The reason is simple: it can withstand daily wear-and-tear, as well as the rigours of children and domestic pets like cats and dogs. The same principle also applies to the usage of microfibre for the clothing material. Thanks to its durability, microfibre clothing has the ability to last longer if properly cared for.
Comfort
Given our tropical climate in Malaysia, it is natural that we always look for comfort when purchasing a shirt. Thankfully, microfiber provides the comfort that we really need for. Many athletes love to wear microfibre tops during endurance workouts like jogging and cycling, thanks to its moisture-wicking properties. On the other hand, regular cotton shirts absorb your perspiration and can become heavy when wet.
Shape-retention
Believe it or not, your microfiber shirt will always look as if it is just bought from a store no matter how many times you wash and wear it. Microfiber is popularly known for retaining its original shape, on top of staying crisp and fresh all day long.
Stain-resistant
A shirt made from microfiber has the benefit of being stain-resistant. If someone or yourself has spilt a drink onto your microfiber shirt, rest assured it is less likely to be permanently stained since the stain can be gently wiped away with minimum fuss. Simply do a search online to see how many have had red wine, most notorious for staining, spilt on their microfibre upholstery but have managed to remove the stains easily.