5 Things To Consider When Choosing A Fitness Centre

You’ve finally made the decision to sweat it out at a gym or fitness centre for an active, healthier lifestyle. These are the five important things to consider when choosing a fitness centre:


  1. Make your own ‘must-haves’ list

As a guideline, create your own list that you’d like a fitness centre to have. This will make it easier for you to cross out the ones that don’t cater to your personal needs. Your list of ‘must-haves’ could be a particular training, a spacious workout area, personal training options, or a variety of equipment.


  1. Check their websites or social media woman-surfing-webIf you haven’t been to the fitness centres of your choice, check out their websites or social media to find out the facilities and other promotions. You can also read their customers’ testimonials, which may contribute to your final decision when choosing the right centre.


  1. Take advantage of introductory classes/promotions jcc%20wellness%20group%20exercise1_resize762__1_1Most fitness centres normally provide complimentary introductory classes and other similar promotions (i.e. free use of gym equipment/studio for one hour), so be sure to take advantage of that before you make a decision and visit a fitness centre near you.


  1. Choose a convenient location To avoid inconveniences (like traffic jams or lengthy commute) and excuses, it’s best to choose a fitness centre based on your lifestyle and location. If you plan to work out everyday during lunch hour or after work, perhaps you can choose a centre near your office. If you plan to work out on the weekends or weekday mornings, choose a centre near your home.


  1. Check out the centre’s membership contract contractimageBefore you seal the deal, read through the contract right to the last detail. Bring up any important things such as discounted memberships during off-peak hours, additional items (i.e. towels, robes), discounted group class/therapy, and additional charges that may have come with certain classes.


Before you make that long-term commitment, ask yourself if you really need a fitness centre to achieve your lifestyle goal? A membership could be costly, so sign up for it only if you’re ready to commit. Watch out for sneaky payments and extra costs that some centres love to charge. When visiting a fitness centre, you also need to consider how clean and well maintained the centre is. A dirty gym or fitness centre that reeks of sweat is a huge turn off, and can ruin your mood.

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Where To Go In Kuala Lumpur This Deepavali

Deepavali is one of the most waited and celebrated holidays in Malaysia. It’s a holiday that pays tributes to Lord Rama and his wife Sita. Like many other festivals in the country, Deepavali is celebrated by all races.

It is also known as “Diwali” or “Festival of Lights.” As with most festivals, Kuala Lumpur (KL) is brimming with activities in celebration of the religious holiday. If your visit to KL coincides with Deepavali, here are some places you can check out.


Little India Brickfields  

little-india-brickfields-www-virtualmalaysia-com_More commonly known as simple “Little India,” this medium-size urban area is located just five minutes from KL Sentral Station. While it is always festive-looking year-round, Little India is even more bursting with activities days before Deepavali as people shop for spices, religious items and traditional clothes to wear for the religious holiday. Little India Brickfields is famous for its beautiful yellow arches which are great backdrops for any KL photo-op.


Hindu Temples

hindutempleThere are many Hindu temples in Kuala Lumpur. We recommend visiting Sri Kandaswamy Kovil in Brickfields and Sri Mahamariamman Temple in Chinatown. Hindus conduct their ceremonial rites and prayers in the morning. When visiting any religious venue in Malaysia, make sure you dress appropriately. Sleeveless tops and shorts are not permitted inside the temples so make sure you carry a large, long scarves to cover up.


Major Shopping Malls

Deepavali is one of the biggest holidays in the country and as such, major shopping malls in KL are lavishly decorated with Deepavali decors and lights. Suria KLCC is located right below the majestic Petronas Towers. Pavilion KL and The Gardens Mall are two of the high-end shopping venues you can also visit.


Batu Caves  

batu-caves-39426Batu Caves is one of the most iconic and popular tourist spots in Malaysia. The caves are located 12 kilometers north of KL. You can reach Batu Caves easily via the KTM Komuter train at KL Sentral Station. See the KTM Komuter timetable for the list of departures to and from the caves.


We suggest getting there in the morning to avoid the large crowds and the midday heat. A gigantic statue of Lord Murugan stands proudly at the foot of the caves at 42.7 meters in height. The statue is made of 1,550 cubic meters of concrete, 250 tons of steel bar and 300 litres of gold paint.


Happy Deepavali

This religious holiday also commemorates the triumph of good over evil. Families all around Malaysia celebrate this national holiday by coming together, eating traditional Indian, Malay and Chinese delicacies and watching fireworks display. We hope that these tips can help you enrich your KL travel itinerary during the Deepavali holiday.

Sources:   • http://www.kuala-lumpur.ws/attractions/brickfields.htm   • http://www.kuala-lumpur.ws/magazine/deepavali-in-malaysia.htm   • http://kuala-lumpur.attractionsinmalaysia.com/Batu-Caves.php

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This School Holiday, Bring Your Kids to These 5 KL Destinations

Going out with children is never the same as going out alone. What entertains you may not be entertaining for your kid. Thankfully, Malaysia’s capital offers a lot of kid-friendly attractions and activities. Check out the following kid-friendly spots in Kuala Lumpur, and fill in your kids’ time with lots of school holiday activities.


  1. Ilham Gallery. Teach your kids art appreciation while indulging their creative side. Ilham Gallery’s Tours for Tots is especially geared towards children, letting them experience the joy of creating art forms. The tour starts with a welcome song and ends with a gift bag full of craft materials. Along with the tour, your child can sculpt and take self-portraits.


Registration for the tour opens every 11 am from Tuesday to Sunday.


  1. Petrosains Discovery Center. An interactive place spanning 7,000 square meters, Petrosains is sure to stir up your child’s curiosity (and your own, too). It is located on the fourth floor of Petronas Twin Towers, and dedicated mostly to petroleum science. The place is laid out like a museum, showcasing everything from fossils to remnants of the space age. The place is especially popular for schoolchildren since it opened doors in 1999.


The center opens every 9:30 am from Tuesday to Sunday.


  1. KidZania. Fulfill your kid’s dream job, even if just for a day. KidZania is laid out like a mini city, complete with replicas of offices, equipment, and even cars. Within it, your child can take over any of the 90 jobs that run KidZania. Let them be anything from a lawyer to a secret agent, from a pilot to a doctor. This is the perfect primer to the working world of adults.


KidZania opens at 9 am on Sundays to Thursdays, and 10 am on Fridays and Saturdays.


  1. Skytrex Adventure. Perfect for outdoor-loving kids, activities here range from ziplining over two lakes to balancing on high tree logs. You can get your share of adventure, too, as the place is an all-ages venue. Complete any of the 15 challenges available, and even walk your kid through the Little Adventure course.


Skytrex opens every Tuesday to Sunday at 8:30 am.


  1. Berjaya Times Square Park. Located within the Berjaya Times Shopping Mall this is the largest indoor theme park in the city. Go here for a more relaxing time.The kids section is colorful and whimsical at times. Adults can enjoy the experience along with their kids for there are thrilling rides as well.


The theme park opens at 12 noon on weekdays and 11 am every weekends and holidays.


It all boils down to choosing which among these five would interest your child best. Kuala Lumpur offers lots of attractions for everyone. But you also have to ensure the safety of the children even as they have fun. These five attractions hit all the check marks in fun, child-friendliness and safety, so give them a shot.

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5 Reasons Why Server Colocation Might Be A Good Option For Your Business Website

Setting up your own IT department can be very costly. The infrastructure alone will require an immense amount of investment. This is not to mention the fact that you need to hire IT professionals to run and manage the servers. The payroll for these technicians can cause a significant dent in your coffers. In a nutshell, setting up your own IT department is simply an option you don’t have if you are running a small business website. This is why it’s highly recommended that you consider entering into a colocation deal. You will have access to all the equipment, space, and bandwidth you need at a fraction of the cost.


Main Reasons Why Colocation Is A Good Idea 

1) It will save you a lot of money and resources. As we mentioned earlier, running your own server infrastructure is very expensive. If you choose colocation, you will cut the cost down for up to 80%. It will also reduce your management costs because you don’t have to hire professionals to manage the servers. Almost everything will be handled by the host company.

security2) Your data will be more secure. Colocation providers will house your servers in protected data centers. They usually utilize security measures such as bio-metric scanners, codded access, closed-circuit cameras, alarm systems, and built-in software programs designed to prevent possible attacks by hackers.

3) You can easily scale your service up or down. If you are looking for server colocation in Malaysia, ensure that the provider allows you to scale up or scale down your services in short notice. This is especially true if you are running a business whose profitability is seasonal.

4) Your servers will be more stable. This means that your business website will always be afloat even if there’s a huge spike in traffic. In the event that it goes down, the colocation provider has the necessary manpower to bring your website back at the soonest possible time.

5) Recovery of lost data will be quicker and more efficient. There’s always the risk that some of your business data get lost or corrupted. But you don’t have to worry because colocation providers have security and backup measures set up to retrieve your lost data.


In conclusion, colocation is a very viable alternative for your business website if you want high-quality servers without going through the hassle of setting up your own IT department. Colocation is cheap and it comes with a lot of benefits, some of which were discussed above.

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The 5 Risks And Dangers Of Botox That You Need To Know

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Have you been thinking of getting a Botox injection? As most of us are already aware of, Botox comes with its own risks and dangers. However, not many of us know exactly what they are. Find out more about the risks and dangers of Botox fillers on the face:

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  1. Botox might not get rid of wrinkles and lines. If you’re hoping that Botox could make you look younger with no ageing lines, you’d be disappointed. Botox has the ability to weaken a muscle for three to four months, and makes muscle contraction (which creates lines) harder, but doesn’t completely remove the wrinkles permanently. If you want to get rid of lines, a different filler like Restylane works better.


  1. Potential allergic reaction. Botox came from the bacteria toxin botulism, so there’s a chance of you having an allergic reaction to ingredients and preservatives used (depending on your immune system), even if you can’t catch botulism. Some of the reactions due to the use of Botox include feeling faint, asthma symptoms, welts, rash, and itching.


  1. Potential lopsided appearance. If you’re unfortunate enough to get an unskilled injector who injects Botox in the wrong part of your face, you’ll risk having a lopsided appearance. Undoing the damage will cost more, and will definitely pose an even greater health risk for you. To stay safe, your injector should be really skilled at administering the injection and be highly experienced.


  1. Overdoing. Botox could cause drooping and more. Even if your Botox injector is highly experienced and professional, you’re still at risk of having dropped eyebrows, especially if you’re overdoing it. Botox overuse could lead to weakened muscles, making your face appear unnatural. If Botox is over-applied on the neck, it’ll cause a side of your face to droop. In the worst-case scenario, you won’t be able to hold your head up or swallow.

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  1. Other inconvenient side effects. Other side effects that you’re also at risk include loss of bladder control, difficulty breathing, trouble swallowing or speaking, vision problems, muscle weakness throughout the body, excessive tearing or eye dryness, drooling or crooked smile, cockeyed eyebrows or droopy eyelids, flu-like symptoms or headaches, and bruising, swelling or pain on the injected parts.


If you’re still adamant about pursuing. Botox injection, make sure you’re getting a highly qualified injector with the right license. Stay away from the black market services offering cheap Botox injection. If you think the offer is too good to be true, you’re probably right. Ask around, do your research and find out about customer’s testimonies.

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Use Your Business Trip to See More of Kuala Lumpur



Unless you were born and bred in Kuala Lumpur or thoroughly plied its sprawling network of public transport and walked its streets quite a bit, it’s highly unlikely that you would have seen all of its sights or heard all of its sounds.

As a visitor or business traveller faced with all the promise of spectacle and experience offered by the incredible city of Kuala Lumpur, how does one decide which place to see? If you’re visiting on business or for work, choosing a destination becomes even harder if you’re strapped for time.


Two of the least-known sights has to be along Jalan Raja Bot, often overlooked by locals and tourists as it is sandwiched between the more popular Jalan Chow Kit night market and Kampung Baru night stalls.


This tiny strip of night market starts around 10pm and lasts all the way to early morning – you can get uncommon jungle produce from here such as snails, pisang tanduk (tusk-shaped and -sized bananas), and Asian avocados. It’s where the big restaurants in KL also get their fresh meat and vegetables before the business day.


If you’re visiting Jln Raja Bot in the day, then be sure to stop by the Tatt Khalsa Diwan Gurdwara, the largest Sikh temple in Southeast Asia first built in 1922. If you’re free on Sunday, the temple gives out free vegetarian food to all lunchtime visitors.


If you’re hungry and keen on one of the best and hidden nasi lemak spots in town, then why not try Nasi Lemak Menangis (it’s so good it makes you cry) at Taman CT, just behind Kampung Baru National School? Forget Nasi Lemak Antarabangsa, this one’s the real deal, and there’s a regular busking band to entertain you all the way past midnight.


If you like food, take your business partners to the Kun Yam Thong Buddhist temple at Jalan Ampang (by the main road, 100 metres from the Malaysian Chinese Association building), where you can try out literally more than a hundred different vegetarian dishes and desserts – at street food prices.


Staying at a business hotel right in the city centre? You’d be surprised at the good cost value of five-star hotels when looking to reserve a Kuala Lumpur accommodation. The Sunway Putra Hotel, for example, is near the Putra World Trade Centre and costs a fraction of market prices.


From there, if you’re looking for a spot to wind down and get away from the bustle of it all, pay a visit to the Perdana Botanical Garden (from Pasar Seni LRT or KL train station, walk towards National Mosque and watch for signboards). It isn’t a new place but since its ongoing refurbishment from 2012 onwards, the rehabilitated garden features some of the best wildlife scenery you can find in the city. It’s quite surreal to be looking at deer at a waterfall while being surrounded by skyscrapers!


And there you have it! Even if you’re not willing to travel beyond the confines of the Kuala Lumpur City Centre or your business hotel, and can only go out after hours, there’s still plenty to see. All within 15 minutes’ from a nearby train/light rail station.

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Top 4 Essential Zumba Tips for Newbies

Zumba is a popular form of aerobic exercise in Malaysia and other parts of the world. It is fast, upbeat and enjoyable. The reason so many people like it is because most of it is dance and in that manner, men and women enjoy it more. In addition, Zumba classes are usually done in groups where friends or family members do it together.

If you want to engage in Zumba for fitness, here are some of the things you must remember:

  1. Stay Hydrated

Zumba classes can get intense, so always remember to bring a large water bottle with you. Even though the classes are usually held inside air-conditioned rooms, you’re sure to sweat buckets. Zumba is a total body workout, and classes can last for an hour. Make sure you stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water in between songs.



  1. Wear the Right Shoes

Zumba is an aerobic activity and requires some running, kicking or jumping. It is not advisable to go barefoot when attending classes. Get cross trainers or shoes that can cushion impact. Rubber soles also protect you from slipping while you move around.zumba-fitness-at-fitness-first-malaysia


  1. Wear Comfortable Clothes

You don’t have to dress up like the pros if you don’t feel like it. If you’re just starting out, you can wear a loose cotton t-shirt paired with jogging pants or shorts. For women, it is advisable to wear a sports bra because of the intense workout. Don’t forget to bring a face towel to mop up the sweat. More advanced Zumba students wear tank tops and leggings for additional ease of movement. That is of course, based on what you’re comfortable with.



  1. Work at Your Own Pace

A single Zumba session can have different types of workout paces. Some songs are faster and the movements are more complicated, while some are slower and easier to follow. The good thing about these classes is that people can workout at the pace they want. This is the reason why you’ll see a combination of age groups and fitness levels in a Zumba group class. If you’re more advanced, you can stay at the front and sort of lead the others. You can jump higher, kick harder, or move as intensely as you want. Beginners on the other hand, can stay in the middle or at the back section and concentrate on learning the moves and mastering the footwork.

Anyone can do Zumba. You don’t have to be really fit or well-coordinated to enjoy this kind of exercise. The important thing is that you’re taking a proactive step towards becoming more active and fit. Just remember these four tips and you’re good to go.

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Beginner Tips: Different Types of Bikes and How to Choose Yours


Choosing and buying a bike is an exciting experience. There are a lot of factors to consider such as budget, right bike size, how often the riding trips will be, the purpose of these rides, and whether the rides will be on rough roads or pavements.

However, the combination of these factors will give you seemingly endless choices that could easily be overwhelming. For beginners, the first thing to know is the different types of bikes and what kind of road they are best for.


  • Mountain Bike   
    The mountain bike is made for rough terrains and gravel roads. It has a shock-absorbing suspension that is best for unpredictable off-trail rides. The knobby tires and the strong brakes also give the cyclists a much better control of the bike compared to other types.


  • Road Bike        
    For urban bikers that want to navigate the concrete jungle, the road bike might be the best choice. Road bikes have thinner tires than the mountain bike and have much lighter frames, which makes them perfect for road racing. Road bikes also have curved and dropping handlebars, which puts the rider in a bent-over position that is suited to increase the speed.



  • Hybrid and Commuter Bikes   
    They hybrid and commuter bikes have features that came from the mountain bike, and other feature that is inspired by the road bike. These two types of bikes have moderately thick tires that are perfect for pavements or smooth roads. The rider is also positioned upright for a more relaxed riding. Most models can also be fitted with accessories to help you transport items to your destination.





  • Folding Bike
    There is a rising trend in the popularity of folding bikes in eastern countries. The folding bike is best known for its compact design with smaller wheels. Much like hybrids, these bikes are also great for both smooth and rough roads. For those who want to buy a folding bike in Malaysia, there are other factors that should be considered such as affordability, weight, the length of travel, and even style.


Before purchasing a bike, make sure that it fits you perfectly. Ask the store for help in finding the right frame for your size and try to go for a test ride. It is important that you are comfortable in riding the bike and that it caters to your riding activities, may it be off-road biking or urban commuting.

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The Millennial’s Guide to Job Hunting


The millennials, those born between early 80’s and early 2000’s, are already starting to dominate the workplace. In fact, it’s been projected that by 2025, 75% of the global workforce will be composed of millennials.

These millennials are known to have a disruptive mindset. And they’ve been bringing about changes in almost every industry, especially in talent acquisition. With stable economies, better working environments and higher technology, millennials are changing how we look for jobs. Brought about by these changes, job hunting tips from those who came before the millennials won’t just be enough. Below is a list tailored for the millennial who wish to enter the workplace or maybe switch career.job-hunting-plan

Be visible The internet works in both ways. It has enabled businesses to advertise vacancies to a much larger audience, while also enabling the jobseekers to be visible to the headhunters. It pays to create an attractive and complete profile on joblisting sites. Start with LinkedIn, Jobstreet and Monster. The more sites you join and create a profile in, the more visible you become to those seeking the talent and skills you possess.

Stand out A larger audience for employers means tighter competition for you. In order to stand out, your cover letter needs to do the talking. Make it sparkle enough to keep the recruiter’s attention and reasonable enough to mention your goal and highlight your achievement. At this point, it matters that you’re able to string up words properly.

For your resume, recruiters don’t spend much time reading the details so make sure you’ve highlighted what you do best in a way that stands out at first glance.

Think outside your industry Instead of searching for specific skills or positions in job listing sites, try broadening your search to include other industries. Think of other industries where your skills can come into use. Finished a psychology degree? Don’t limit yourself checking out human resource jobs. There are psychology graduates who are now successful in sales, marketing and even business.bigstock-business-woman-holding-a-card-29452100

Network and use it Now this is a classic advice but will always be relevant. Technology these days even makes this a lot easier. Whenever you’re surrounded by like-minded individuals or professionals along your line of work, never forget to exchange business cards or simply find a way to keep in touch. You never know when they come in handy. Check out your friends list in facebook, you might have added an acquaintance from a company you’d like to get in. Ask them for job vacancies and you might even get a referral.

Keep moving Even when you’re unemployed, you don’t want potential employers to question gaps in your resume when they review your experience. Never be idle even when unemployed. It could be focusing on your passion, doing volunteer work, or learning a new skill or hobby. Preferably, it’s something related to your industry or line of work. Most employers understand this need for gap periods especially for millennials so impress them by filling those gaps with productive activity.

Job hunting may have changed for the millennial. Those tips above only guide you to be more effective and efficient in using the technology this new age has provided. At the end of it all, your success will still depend on you.

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Pursuing Business Studies: Why Is It a Practical Choice for Millennials?


Aren’t you decided yet on what course to take? Well, better consider this: Nowadays, several companies, on varying scales, have been emerging and dominating Malaysia’s economy. With millions of services and products offered locally and internationally, it is quite undeniable that money comes in and out quickly of these huge companies’ hands.

However, being a part of these firms is not as easy as one, two, and three. They want to hire people who are competent enough to make ends meet. These people are those who have advanced degrees relevant to the job description. So, if you want to be a part of these top-ranking companies and earn a lot of cash, then it is best for you to take a Bachelor of Business course in Malaysia.

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What Do the Trends Say?  

Based on Malaysia’s economic trend, it showed that its economy has been performing well, as evidenced by its overall growth of 5.3% from the past year due to improved domestic demands and strong government support. Thus, economists predict that in the near future, the number of businesses existing in Malaysia will increase dramatically due to increase in crude oil exports and foreign investments. From franchised stalls to large corporations and from local goods to international commodities, Malaysia will soon be dominated by large firms.

Therefore, as large business institutions target Malaysia for capital expansion, it is also predicted that most prestigious business schools in Malaysia will focus more on educating young minds to keep up with these astounding trends. It is expected that the country will produce more entrepreneurs than employees, as the former were expected to fuel and boost Malaysia’s economy towards its further development.


What Are the Perks?  

  1. Business is Everywhere

Because business is involved in almost all aspects of people’s lives, students, who graduated with Bachelor of Business degrees, are qualified on several career opportunities worldwide. During the 3-year learning experience, the schools educate students everything about the functional areas of establishing and managing a business. Hence, these graduates are sought-after by the biggest companies worldwide due to the belief that these minds know how to run a company well.

  1. Easy Start-ups

Once you graduate, you won’t be far from living your dream. Nowadays, starting a business is more convenient and affordable because you don’t need  to sacrifice your entire property just to open a small stall. Well, you certainly need to take some chances. But with your hard-earned degree, you will be wiser and more practical to participate in the economy’s ups and downs.


Hopefully, these reasons were able to persuade you, even to a certain extent, to take up a business course that will help you to achieve success. When opportunities knock, make sure that you are always prepared to accommodate them. Good luck on your future endeavors!

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