Use Your Business Trip to See More of Kuala Lumpur

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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  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.

 

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  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.

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

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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.

 

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  • 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.

 

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  • 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.

The Millennial’s Guide to Job Hunting

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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.

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

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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.

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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!

5 Ways To Get Rid Of Cellulite without Surgery

According to studies, around 90% of women around the world have cellulite. So if you have this skin problem, keep in mind that you are not alone. Even ladies who have a slim figure may have it at some point in their lives.

Genetics is the main culprit as to why women have cellulite. But although the majority of women all around the globe have this, many are still adamant about getting rid of it. The unsightly dimply effect of cellulite on one’s legs, thighs and arms are enough to lose your confidence and affect your fashion sense. You’d want to cover up affected areas even when it goes against your style.

But there is still a way to reduce the appearance of cellulite in your legs and thighs. You can do this by practicing a combination of the following methods:

 

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  1. Dry brushing.

We know that cellulite is fat that is lodged just beneath the skin. To remove these fat deposits, go straight to the affected area and dry brush it. Dry brushing encourages blood flow and helps to remove toxins accumulated in the area. Dry brush in a circular motion for at least five minutes daily.

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  1. Use the best cellulite cream.

There are hundreds of anti-cellulite lotions and creams available online, so how do you choose the one that’s right for you? Look for products that are most recommended by people around you, and not by people who live across the globe. The climate and the lifestyle may have an effect on the results they achieved. It is best to choose an anti-cellulite product recommended by fellow Malaysians.

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  1. Scrub with coffee grounds.

Coffee grounds aid in exfoliation of dead skin cells, while promoting the regeneration of healthier ones. Coffee is usually a primary ingredient in cellulite creams, but you can enhance speed up the reduction of cellulite by using actual coffee grounds on your skin. Furthermore, scrubbing your skin often allows it to better absorb the cellulite lotion you slather on.

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  1. Do yoga or stretching exercises.

The best way to get rid of fat is by exercising. Fat is expelled through sweating, and we know that cellulite is basically fat so more movement allows you to sweat more. Yoga is the most recommended form of exercise for cellulite removal because it works the arms and legs more. It further tones the areas where cellulite is apparent.

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  1. Lose some weight.

If your BMI is higher than recommended, then it’s about time that you shed some of those extra pounds. It is harder to remove cellulite if there is more fat than muscle.

 

Getting rid of cellulite naturally is not impossible. However, if your need is so great and immediate that it is already affecting your confidence and your day to day activities, medical procedures are always an option.

5 Ways To Avoid Defaulting On Your Mortgage In Malaysia

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What is a ‘mortgage default’? The term refers to a situation where a homeowner failed to keep his or her promises which was made through the signing of the mortgage contract and promissory note. When you’re falling behind on your mortgage payments, you’re automatically in default.

In this uncertain economy, homeowners may be facing financial hardships. If you find yourself in an unfortunate situation like losing a job and are unable to make mortgage payments, you are not alone. While the prospect of foreclosure is nerve wrecking, you still have a few options to avoid defaulting on your mortgage. Here’s how:ct-15-questions-you-can-expect-from-your-mortgage-lender-20160916

  1. Work with your mortgage lender Most banks don’t like to foreclosure on properties as it’s costly and the process takes too much time. Instead, they’d rather work with borrowers to come up with a solution that works for both parties. One of the solutions is to reduce monthly payments by extending the mortgage term. While you’ll end up paying more, it’ll give you enough time to pay and saves you from defaulting on your mortgage. Make sure to set up the right repayment plan. The short-term option is to try the Interest Only Mortgage, which reduces your mortgage payments.mortgage
  2. Refinance mortgage One of the most effective and easiest methods, you can work to get a better deal when asking to refinance your mortgage, provided you’re on the existing standard rate of your bank. If you decide to go with this option, make sure you choose the right plan which will work on your favours in the long run.mortgage-ins
  3. Get mortgage insurance Protect your home from unfortunate events by getting a mortgage insurance. The type of mortgage insurance you need in Malaysia depends on the benefits you want. Some of the benefits of getting mortgage insurance include reducing the amount of capital you may lose, removing financial burdens from your loved ones, allowing you to maintain your family’s lifestyle and keep your dream home in case bad things happen, and covers you against total and permanent disability and death. Check out the Mortgage Insurance by OCBC Bank.financial-advice-images
  4. Seek help from a financial adviser When you’re on the brink of defaulting on your mortgage, you should seek help from a financial adviser or accountant immediately. Your financial consultant will provide you with the right resources and expertise you need to plan and manage your finance and come up with a solution based on your circumstances.download-1
  5. Resell and downsize Reselling and downsizing your property is the drastic option that you can take in case everything else fails to take off. Once you’ve managed to sell your house, you can purchase a cheaper house or rent a cheaper place in a different location. This way, you’ll be able to pay off all of your mortgage using the money saved. While this option is costly and time consuming (as it requires you to move), it gives you long-term benefit.

Try any of the solutions mentioned, and if all else fails, you can always resell and downsize. As devastating as that is, it might have saved you from getting stuck with more financial problems in the future. Take action now and don’t procrastinate when it comes to managing your finance.

Your Family Vacation Gets Better in Kuala Lumpur

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Malaysia is one of the most underrated places in Asia for families. When people think of a family getaway, they almost always have Asia’s more tropical spots in mind. However, Malaysia offers a much more exciting alternative. It offers both the distinct hype of the big city and the quiet of secluded spots. It has dozens of fun amenities and adventures for families, catering both to the parents and to the little ones. And you don’t have to go to various places in the country either. Everything can be found in Kuala Lumpur — Malaysia’s capital and the sixth most visited city on Earth.

 

Indulge your young ones and enjoy the wide variety of entertainment the city offers. Here are some of the best family spots in Kuala Lumpur.

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Nickelodeon Lost Lagoon. This is the first Nickelodeon theme park in Asia, and is located in a 10-hectare span of forested land. The Lagoon offers amazing attractions such as water plays, tube rides, and Nickelodeon’s signature slime. Children of all ages will have a blast in the park’s amenities. Of course, trademark Nickelodeon characters will also be there!

 

Those who want a dash of extreme can try the Lagoon’s Monsoon 360 Vertical Free Fall ride. For a hot day, there’s nothing better for the family than a wet time with Splish Splash’s various exciting water effects. Adventurers of all ages will enjoy a journey throughout the Lagoon, via the Primeval ride.

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Where to stay: The Nickelodeon Lost Lagoon is settled right within the property of Sunway Resort Hotel and Spa. The Hotel has been awarded the 2016 Travellers Choice by TripAdvisor, so it’s a perfect family hotel in KL. There’s also an even larger theme park complex between the Lagoon and the Hotel proper, so there’s much more to see.

 

101 City Mall. Enjoy a cool time at the mall’s Olympic-size skating rink, or have some extreme fun at District 21. The latter is a post-apocalyptic theme park within the mall itself. Active children will have a blast! Since it’s in a mall, there are lots of shopping and entertainment spots all around.

 

After a day of activity, you can sit down to watch a movie at the mall’s GSC Cinema. For a relaxing evening with the family, you can check out the Lake Symphony around the main entrance’s picturesque fountains.

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Where to stay: The Le Meridien Putrajaya is located within walking distance from the 101 City Mall. It has great rates, and an outstanding Family Program. Get up to half off the rates of your second room, and let your kids enjoy the hotel’s specially designed play rooms.

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Aquaria KLCC. This is not your average aquarium — you can actually have a sleepover with your kids here! Children six to thirteen can bed right beside the huge walls of water, watching the varied marine life. Those fourteen and above can sign up for the “Cage Rage” where they can go on a close encounter with the sea’s predators. There are more than 5,000 creatures in this aquarium .

 

The Aquaria also offers feeding shows at different times of the day, with a different creature being fed at each time. This is an excellent educational experience for the kids as well. Of course, don’t forget to take home a shirt or a cool plushie from the gift shop on your way out.

 

Where to stay: A couple of minutes out from the Aquaria is the Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur — a premiere hotel with family rooms and babysitting services. There is also a full slew of recreation options within the hotel itself.

 

 

Kuala Lumpur is not your average vacation spot. It’s got feels, thrills, and moments of inimitable serenity. Treat your family to the vacation of a lifetime in this Global City. It’s an experience like no other.

5 Practical Ways To Organize Your Tools And Crafts Supplies

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If you are into craft making, then you know how difficult it can be to organize your tools and supplies. Without an organization and storage system, your work area can turn into a huge mess. It is important to organize all your materials and tools efficiently so you can easily find them when you need them. Below are some tips on how you can do it.60920-0000-3ww-l

1) Separate the tools and supplies from each other based on the material they’re made of. For instance, if you’re working with plastic, cloth, paper, or any other material, you should store each of them in separate compartments. If possible, label the storage boxes so that you know which box to open when you need a particular tool or material. 47553-in-use

2) Get an ESD tote organizer. This is usually made of thick plastic with several compartments. This is great for storing materials for craft making supplies like beads, buttons, pins, pens, and brushes. ESD tote organizers are also easy to carry around. gallery-1460485162-shoe-organizer-wrapping-paper

3) Repurpose a shoe organizer for your tools and supplies. This is a simple trick that can save you some money. Shoe organizers come with compartments that you can use instead as storage places for your tools and supplies.

9-grids-2-layer-drawers-storage-holder-make-up-organizer-holder-case-jewelry-font-b-box4) Make use of clear containers. You can use containers that are made of either glass or transparent plastic. This is so that you can clearly see what’s inside of the boxes. You don’t have to open up all the boxes just to find the tool or material that you currently need. 8a209df5-798b-43e2-9aeb-5cadc5e3d08f_1-6b56045a735062bc360e40ac8a51faea-jpeg-8ddc486bdd8ccedea3a169366bac4d84fc372f01-optim-500x500

5) Utilize upright magazine holders for paper supplies. These magazine holders occupy less space as well as protect your paper materials from folding. You can use the same holders to separate paper scraps from unused paper.

Organizing your craft making tools and supplies is actually not that difficult. A lot of the boxes and containers you need can be found just lying around in your home. Add an ESD tote organizer to the mix and you are good to go. No more eyesores and messy clutter in your work area.

4 Tips to Keep Wooden Furniture Pristine

Exquisite pieces of wood furniture do not come in cheap. It’s quality and workmanship assures owners that the pieces will last for a very long time; and it will, with proper care and maintenance.

 

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You can find well-maintained luxury wooden furniture inside a showroom. Or, you can also shop at an online furniture store in Malaysia. These stores go to great lengths to ensure that the items still look brand new and eye-catching by the time they ship it to customers.

But how does one keep wood furniture in top shape? Here are four tips to follow:

 

  1. Keep Furniture Out of the Sun – Hot summer sunlight streaming through windows can reach a temperature of above 140 degrees. This bakes the lacquer or varnish finishing, causing them to fade over time.

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  1. Keep Furniture Away from Air Vents – Dry air also damages wooden furniture in the same way that overly damp or moist air does. During the summer, you may use a humidifier to keep the wood from cracking and shrinking.

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  1. Use Warm Water and Mild Soap – Contrary to popular belief water and soap do not hurt wooden furniture. Just remember to wipe, not soak. You can use an old toothbrush with soft bristles to clean the hard-to-reach nooks and crannies. Afterwards, use a soft cloth to wipe it down.

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  1. Use Wax – Like skin, wooden furniture must also be moisturised to keep it looking good. A high-quality paste wax will also protect the furniture’s finish and make it shiny and attractive. You only need to apply a thin coating of wax and let it sit for at least five minutes. Buff it using a shoe brush or a piece of cloth. Repeat the buffing process after an hour. You will be left with a high shine and glossy finish.

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Wooden furniture is considered by many as an investment. It can last for many, many years and can even be handed down to future generations. It just needs a few minutes of cleaning and maintenance every couple of months.