Unveiling of McDonald’s Fries Crosswalk at McDonald’s Bukit Bintang

McDonald’s, or rather, more fondly known among the locals in Malaysia as Mekdi has been a big part of our lives, and I’m here today at McDonald’s Bukit Bintang, the very first McDonald’s restaurant that opened its doors in Malaysia 40 years ago. Yes, Mekdi has been around for 40 years in Malaysia, people. And I remember my happy memories with ‘Mekdi’ from my growing years to my adulthood. I had birthday parties in McDonald’s.Whenever people talked about McDonald’s, I would remember celebrating my birthdays with friends, my first date ever with my husband when we just started dating, late night study sessions right before college’s final and even our son’s birthday were celebrated at ‘Mekdi’. McDonald’s is definitely not just my regular restaurant where I get a quick meal, but it’s a place where fond memories are made.

Here’s yours truly at McDonald’s Bukit Bintang and I’m excited to share with you the unveiling of the iconic McDonald’s Fries crosswalk.

The crosswalk was officially unveiled on 15 March by YB Dato’ Seri Dr. Shahidan Bin Kassim, Minister of Federal Territories, as well as YBhg. Dato’ Azmir Jaafar, Managing Director and Local Operating Partner of McDonald’s Malaysia, at McDonald’s Bukit Bintang.

The crosswalk is located at the heart of the city. What makes this even more special is that this crosswalk is located right in front of the McDonald’s Bukit Bintang restaurant – the very place that’s dubbed as the Malaysia version of Shibuya crossing.

Yours truly at the McDonald’s French Fries crosswalk. In all honesty, the crosswalk is really insta-worthy.

Curious why the McDonald’s French Fries was chosen as the icon? When eating the McDonald’s French Fries here in Malaysia we all know how creative we Malaysians can get when it comes to food. How many of you like to pour your fries on a tray and create a mountain of fries to share with friends? Or dip your fries in your sundae for that sweet and savoury treat? These are the joys of having our iconic French Fries – it tastes great but also evokes a sense of joy and fun with family and friends.

“We are confident that this crosswalk will add to the beauty of Kuala Lumpur and make it a must-see destination for tourists from all over the world. And with the announcement of the Malaysian borders reopening on 1 April, we hope that tourists visiting KL will not only shop at the Golden Triangle, but also experience feel-good moments at McDonald’s Bukit Bintang and take photos of our Fries crosswalk. With this new iconic crosswalk, we are extending our support to the Ministry of Federal Territories and the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) in enhancing its socio- economic development initiatives to make Kuala Lumpur a more prosperous city by 2030.” Melati Abdul Hai, Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of McDonald’s Malaysia said when asked about the McDonald’s aspiration for the iconic McDonald’s Fries Crosswalk.

McDonald’s remains committed to contributing to the nation’s economic recovery, as it announced its five-year business expansion plans earlier this month. As part of its Vision 2026, McDonald’s Malaysia will be investing RM1.35 billion over the next five years to open 205 new restaurants, as well as offering more than 50,000 career opportunities for Malaysians by the year 2026.

McDonald’s French Fries not only tastes good but it also brings people together and creates feel-good moments, so it’s no surprise that McDonald’s fries continues to be one of the most popular items on their menu. It’s called the world-famous fries for a reason and is enjoyed by millions of people every day around the globe.

If you’re ever in Bukit Bintang and happened to see the iconic McDonald’s Fries crosswalk, do experience how it’s like crossing over. Take some pictures, videos and maybe some TikToks, and have some ‘I’m lovin it’ good time at our beloved Mekdi.

 

How To Check Students’ Examination Results and Progress Online By Using SAPS Ibu Bapa

Have you heard about the SAPS system?  SAPS system is an acronym for Sistem Analisis Peperiksaan Sekolah, also known as Saps Ibu Bapa. It is an online examination result review system provided by the Ministry of Education Malaysia (MOE) on the http://cleffairy.com/why-online-dating-sucks/ portal. In line of making Malaysian education system digitally accessible to parents, Saps Ibu Bapa was created to allow parents to check their children’s exam results quickly simply via the internet without having to go to school and meet the children’s class teacher. Yes, you’re reading that right, you can now check your children’s examination results without making a round trip to the teacher’s office. That’s really convenient, especially for busy parents as now you can monitor your children’s progress in school with just the tips of your fingers.

The SAPS System function features:

Examination slip
Examination results and scores
Student’s position in class

Saps Ibu Bapa: How to Check School Exam Results Online
To review online exam results through this SAPS system, please follow these steps:

Login to the SAPS NKRA Portal at the following link: https://sapsnkra.moe.gov.my/ibubapa2/
Select the PARENT REVIEW button
Enter No. Identification card.
Then select the School and Year of Examination you want to check.
Example: 123456789101, High School, 2021.
Then click Review Report.
Select the Type of Exam Result you want to obtain.
Example: END OF YEAR EXAMINATION
Then select whether Show Result Slip / Show 2021 Examination Marks
You may make a printout for your reference and use as required. The exam result slip will be displayed in downloadable PDF format. This slip contains the detailed results of the selected test/ examination such as marks, grades, position in the class and position in the degree or form.

The data recorded in this system is very important for reference and analysis by parents, headmasters, PPD officers, ministries and other parties who want to improve the standard of learning and teaching in schools in Malaysia.

The SAPS system can be accessed and used to check the examination results of primary school students from Year 1 to Year 6. The system can also be used to review the results of previous years to make analysis and enhance the efforts of children in certain areas.

Note: Public examination results such as UPSR, PT3, STAM and SPM cannot be checked through the SAPS NKRA System.

For more information, please refer to the following channels for inquiries:

SAPS Hotline: 012-6497579

Monday to Friday 8:30 am – 5:00 pm (except on public holidays)
Break Time 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm (Friday break at 12:00 – 2:50 pm)

My PADI Advanced Open Water Course Experience

When I passed my Open Water Diver certification back in 2020, I was immediately offered to take up Advanced Open Water Diver license. My classmates were all excited for it and they immediately signed up and proceed with the course, just right after they were certified as an Open Water Diver. But I wasn’t so keen. Unlike them, I was concerned for many things. First of all, I did my Open Water course when I was on an island trip. Time was a constraint. Second was the budget for the fees and last but not least, I wasn’t sure if I was really ready to dive deeper and go for Advanced Open Water.

Just a few confined water dives in the pool and a mere few skill performing dives in the open water and you wanna go further and deeper in the sea? You got to be kidding me! Although I’m quite a confident woman, my confidence wasn’t that great when it comes to diving. When I just passed my Open Water Diver course, I wasn’t really confident in the water yet. I was still scared and my diving skills was just so-so and worst of all, my buoyancy and whatnot was still crappy. Instead of jumping the bandwagon like everyone else, I decided to wait. I wanted to get more experience in diving and log more dives before I take up the Advanced Open Water course.

It’s tough being a scuba diver, actually. This fact is especially true during the pandemic era. When I obtained my Open Water Diver licence it was already during Covid19 pandemic era, and going for more dives is really difficult. My country executed nationwide lockdown and traveling to other states is made impossible. We were banned for certain period of time and tourism attractions were forced to close their doors to tourists. I couldn’t travel to my preferred dive sites; eg: beautiful tropical islands to dive and increase my diving skills experience. Living in Kuala Lumpur makes it worst as there are no pretty dive sites nearby.

But I like diving. I wanted to dive despite of the lockdown restrictions, and so, I decided to go for freshwater diving in lakes nearby Klang Valley so that I can gain more experience.

Read up my lake diving experience here:

https://cleffairy.com/lake-diving-at-hulu-langat-selangor-with-scuba-dobedo-divers/

https://cleffairy.com/lake-diving-at-saujana-putra-lake-selangor-with-i-divers/

https://cleffairy.com/things-ive-learned-through-scuba-diving-in-limited-visibility-dive-spots/

Yups, I’m a huge advocate of being more confident in the water and mastering your skills first before signing up for ‘license upgrade’. Apart from that, I’m all for diving with instructors that I can trust my life with. So after logging more dives my guide, (now instructor) asked me if I would like to sign up for Advanced Open Water and upgrade my skills. This time around I said yes. By the time I decided to sign up for this I’ve logged more than 20 dives. I’ve grown more confident and comfortable in the eater and I was itching to challenge myself. I was ready to do deeper dives, and even night dives.

This is my instructor from I-Divers. Muhamad Arif, whom I fondly called Abang Arif (Habang Ostat).

All geared up and ready for my Advanced Open Water Course

There are a few things that you need to know about Advanced Open Water Course. First, you are expected to know all the basics. And unlike the Open Water course, Advance Open Water course is designed to help you upgrade your skills as well as your max depth. As an Open Water Diver, you are only allowed to go to a maximum of 18 meters. But as an Advanced Open Water Diver, you are allowed to dive up to 30 meters max. Apart from that, you’ll also be allowed to dive at night with your buddy.

There are no written exams for this course, but manuals will be given and you’re expected to do some knowledge reviews with your instructors.

The PADI Advanced Open Diver’s syllabus that my instructor designed for me includes:

-Deep diving
-Night and limited visibility
-Peak performance buoyancy
-Navigation
-Search and recovery

You’re required to do 2 pool sessions (at instructor’s discretion. This can also be done in the open water) and 2 open water dives. Generally this takes about 1-2 days to complete.

Here’s sharing with you my experience during my PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course.

Our instructor teaching us how to use the compass

Learning to navigate on land first before we jump into the pool and do it again underwater. I was taught how to set my bearings and navigate in repricopal line. Apart from that we were also taught how to use the compass to mark patterns under the water to ease our directions. It was confusing at first but now I can navigate better with my compass.

Happy faces. These are my classmates for the day.

Time for pool session. Our pool session took place at Pusat Akuatik Darul Ehsan (PADE) at Shah Alam, Selangor. The pool’s max depth was 5m deep, perfect for training dives.

Class in session with my fellow dive buddies

Peak performance buoyancy. We’re taught everything about weighting, trimming, and extensively on how to control our buoyancy in this session.

Yours truly performing hovering skills.

Peak performance buoyancy. Hovering with my classmates with Jalur Gemilang by the end of the session.

Search and recovery session requires you to search for objects that has been dropped in the water. We were taught multiple search patterns during this session.

Open water session in the lake- Deep dive. We dive up to 22m deep during this session.

Getting ready for night dive&limited visibility

Although I’m quite familiar with this particular dive spot, this is the first time I dive at night over here.

It’s totally a different environment. It’s abit intimidating, but at the same time, I can feel the thrill.

But all is well, and I managed to performed all skills to my instructor’s satisfaction and I was finally certified as an Advanced Open Water Diver. Yay to that. I can now legally dive deeper and go for night diving with my buddies.

Special thanks to my instructor Abang Arif aka Habang Ostat. Thank you for being part of my diving journey and thank you for making the educational experience a happy one.

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Anak Datuk K, Asyraf Berubah Disebabkan Azizan Osman 

 

Jika ditanya tentang ekonomi ketika ini, pasti ramai kata nak berniaga pun susah. Tapi, apa yang susahnya kalau memang lahir-lahir orang kaya! – Itulah mindset dan kata-kata netizen jika dikaitkan dengan Datuk K atau keluarga Datuk K.

 

Anak Datuk K iaitu Asyraf Khalid dulunya bukan seperti sekarang. Menurut Datuk K sendiri, anaknya sangat sukar yakin diri, rasa tidak berjaya dan selalu kecewakan dirinya. Namun kini, beliau bersyukur kerana Anaknya telah berubah.

 

Baru-baru ini, dalam sebuah Majlis Sambutan Hari Jadi Datuk K dan Majlis Makan Malam, Datuk K sendiri telah mendedahkan tentang perubahan anaknya.

 

Lebih menarik lagi,  beliau telah menjemput Datuk Wira Dr Azizan Osman untuk makan malam bersama di rumah beliau.

Pendedahan Ketika Majlis Makan Malam Sempena Sambutan Hari Jadi Datuk K

 

Datuk K memberi ucapan yang mengejutkan anaknya sendiri dan juga Datuk Wira Dr Azizan Osman pada malam itu. Jom lihat video yang dikongsikan oleh anak tiri Datuk Seri Siti Nurhaliza iaitu Asyraf Khalid ini.

Dalam ucapan ini, beberapa perkara telah diungkap dari hati Datuk K sendiri. Rupa-rupanya, Datuk Wira Dr Azizan Osman telah mengubah dan membimbing anaknya Asyraf bukan sahaja dalam perniagaan tetapi juga dalam kehidupan. Hanya ambil masa 3 tahun, kejayaan datang bertubi-tubi. Syukur sekali, segala perspektif kehidupan menjadi bertambah baik buat Asyraf Khalid.

 

Kata-Kata Luahan Dari Asyraf Khalid

 

Dalam majlis malam tersebut, Asyraf yang ditemui berkata,

 

“Saya ingin membuat beliau bangga dengan saya merupakan ‘big why’ selama ini. Alhamdulillah, semuanya berubah bila bertemu dengan Mentor saya yang betul-betul ubah bisnes Mutyara, malah hidup dan memberikan saya banyak perspektif lebih baik,”

 

Pada mulanya mengenali Datuk Wira, mereka berniat ingin belajar dan dibimbing untuk berjaya dalam perniagaan, tetapi selepas bermentor Datuk Wira, bukan sahaja perniagaan yang Datuk Wira fokuskan.

 

Beliau juga dapat bezakan kehidupan peribadi dan perniagaan Mutyara sebelum bermentor dan selepas bermentor Datuk Wira Dr Azizan Osman. Kalau dulu, beliau sebenarnya seorang yang nakal dan sering kali kecewakan ayahnya dan tidak berjaya.

 

 

Dengan perjalanan perniagaan pilihannya dan mentor usahawan terbaik dari RichWorks International ini, Titan RichWorks ini faham perjalanannya masih panjang. Beliau sangat bersyukur dengan luahan bapanya dalam majlis tersebut.

 

“Saya ingin mengucapkan terima kasih kepada bapa yang membesarkan saya sebegini, sentiasa beri bimbingan, tak berikan saya kesenangan dan sentiasa percaya meskipun banyak kegagalan dalam hidup. Saya ambil kegagalan itu sebagai pengajaran dan terima kasih kepada Mentor yang dapat mengeluarkan potensi yang ada dalam diri ini,” Kata Asyraf.

 

Hidup Berubah Sejak Ada Mentor

 

 

Selepas bersama RichWorks dalam program Titanium ataupun lebih digelar dengan nama Titan RichWorks, Asyraf melihat Datuk Wira Dr Azizan Osman amat pantas sebagai mentor terbaik bagi dirinya.

 

Datuk Wira Dr Azizan Osman bukan membantu membimbing berkaitan bisnes sahaja, malah membantu secara holistik termasuk bab kepimpinan dan perhubungan sesama manusia dan bersama Allah SWT.

 

Tak cukup itu, dengan nilai-nilai baik didikan mereka dalam kumpulan anak didik Azizan dan RichWorks, Asyraf Khalid juga dilihat berubah menjadi lebih baik lagi.

 

Para titan Richworks juga telah diajar untuk sentiasa merendah diri, terapkan nilai murni dalam kehidupan. Walaupun kebanyakan usahawan Titan Richworks sudah mencapai kejayaan pada tahap jualan jutaan ringgit, masing-masing tidak lokek berkongsi ilmu dan perkara betul yang mereka lakukan,” ujar Asyraf berkaitan titan Richworks dan kejayaan Circle Usahawannya.

 

Kata Luahan Dari Datuk K Mengenai Azizan Osman

 

 

Azizan Osman yang dikenali pakar pemasaran no 1 Asia ini pastinya dikagumi ramai oleh, malah Datuk K juga terasa begitu. Bukan sahaja kagum, malah beliau turut mencemburui Azizan Osman yang berjaya melahirkan ramai usahawan jutawan berjaya di Malaysia.

“Saya pun cemburu dan kagum dengan Azizan, kerana ada kebolehan membina ramai jutawan yang mana saya tak boleh buat. Bayangkan jutawan yang Azizan bimbing ini, boleh mengingati Tuhan, beribadah, bersedekah daripada hasil kejayaan mereka, saya percaya sebahagian pahala akan dapat kepada beliau kembali kerana hasil bimbingan, didikan dan tunjuk ajarnya.”

 

“Azizan memimpin tangan mereka semua, tunjuk mereka mana longkang, mana tempat nak kena langkah, mana tempat nak kena lompat, awak semua (rakan usahawan jutawan) sangat beruntung. Saya tak dapat ini semua ketika seusia anda dan masa memulakan perniagaan,” jelas Datuk K lagi.  Contoh terdekat adalah anaknya sendiri. Kerana itulah beliau benar-benar teruja dan berterima kasih kepada Datuk Wira.

 

 

Kata Datuk K lagi,

 

“Jangan lupa masyarakat lain, di luar sana ada juga orang yang tak berjaya seperti kita, jangan terlalu berbangga dan ego, tapi ‘be humble, more humble and more humble’, ajar mereka untuk capai kejayaan,”

 

Kesimpulannya, jelas dengan adanya Mentor Usahawan Datuk Wira, Datuk K sendiri nampak anaknya telah berubah dengan lebih baik. Walaupun kita dengar hal ini seperti simple sahaja, tetapi sebenarnya ia telah beri impak yang besar kepada Datuk K sekeluarga atas kejayaan yang dicapai oleh Asyraf dan Tya.

 

Tahniah Diucapkan!

Richworks Bantu Usahawan Hadapi Tahun 2022

Tahun 2022 adalah masa untuk mengutamakan isu-isu jangka masa panjang yang menjadi lebih serius akibat pandemik. Ini termasuk masalah pengangguran, ketidaksamaan, sistem perlindungan sosial yang tidak komprehensif, kegagalan mengharungi perubahan iklim seperti banjir serta kurangnya daya saing industri negara di rantau Asia Tenggara.

Peningkatan kos sara hidup yang drastik ini amat mengganggu situasi rakyat akibat kekurangan pendapatan untuk menampung keperluan asas serta bebanan hutang yang ditanggung bagi menampung kenaikan kos barangan, perkhidmatan dan juga keperluan harian

Memandang serius permasalahan ini, Richworks tampil dengan strategi dan Langkah-langkah membantu usahawan dalam menaikkan perniagaan mereka. RichWorks International adalah penganjur acara dan seminar terbesar di Malaysia dalam bidang pembangunan keusahawanan dan pemasaran.

Visi RichWorks adalah menjadi ‘Netflix’ Pendidikan Usahawan dengan 100 juta pelanggan menjelang 2025 dengan akses mudah ke kandungan berorientasikan results dan penyelesaian yang dipercayai di platform dalam talian – RichWorks.com untuk Inspire, Educate & Add Value kepada komuniti di seluruh dunia.

Perihal Datuk Wira Dr Azizan Osman

Datuk Wira Dr Azizan Osman merupakan seorang World Class Business Educator dan Asia’s No.1 Business, Marketing & Leadership Coach terkenal dengan keupayaan uniknya untuk membimbing anak muridnya sehingga mendapat results dan beribu-ribu pemilik perniagaan dan usahawan telah berjaya menerusi strategi dan metodologi kejayaannya yang telah terbukti untuk meningkatkan pertumbuhan perniagaan mereka dari sifar hingga berjuta-juta.

Sejak 2008, RichWorks telah melatih lebih dari 10,000 syarikat menerusi Master Coach Datuk Wira Dr Azizan Osman, yang menarik lebih daripada 650,000 peserta dan pelanggan dalam lebih daripada 1,500 acara dan seminar dan RichWorks berjaya melahirkan lebih 700 Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs) menerusi program mentoring RichWorks – Titanium dan SPIRE.

Dengan rekod prestasi terbukti, strategi perniagaan dan program mentoring yang berimpak, RichWorks berjaya membantu membina beribu-ribu usahawan dan jutawan yang berjaya hanya dalam tempoh 6 – 24 bulan.

Perkongsian Mentor Usahawan : Datuk Wira Dr Azizan Osman

“Banyak perkara saya kaji dalam tempoh 2 minggu lalu antaranya sentimen pasaran, kadar inflasi dengan kenaikan harga barang yang telah jangka malah sebut pada Ogos tahun lalu lagi.

Kenaikan sesetengah barang dilihat sekitar 30% hingga lebih 100% ketika ini. Sebab itu, kritikalnya untuk anda semua ada kesedaran ini, terutama mereka yang sedang jalankan bisnes kerana bukan mudah pada tahun ini.

Semalam, saya berpeluang bersama dengan kumpulan pemilik syarikat dan peniaga Cina bahawa memang banyak syarikat sedang tutup atau dah lingkup. Walaupun peniaga ini ada kilang di China, mereka sudah tak nampak apa perlu dibuat, selain tak pandai soal pemasaran.

Saya juga sedar bahawa sebenarnya untuk mula semula bisnes dari kosong agak susah bila ditanya seorang usahawan dalam pembinaan, apa bisnes yang bagus ketika ini?

Pertama kali, saya tidak tahu memberikan jawapan apa. Tapi saya sedar bahawa bagi mereka yang ada bisnes ketika ini dan kekal lakukan seperti biasa, maka dia akan ‘mati’!

Hal ini kerana pasaran bergerak perlahan dan orang ramai tidak berbelanja agresif seperti sebelum ini. Kalau kekal dengan usaha normal, anda akan mati dan jika kekal kecil anda akan pupus.

Maka sebagai Titanium di bawah bimbingan saya, tak bersyukur jika anda tak buat betul-betul untuk berkembang. Sedangkan ada sebahagian Titan yang sangat agresif, berjuang betul-betul untuk berkembang dan kekalkan momentum.

Saya ulang, pasaran kini perlahan dan orang lebih berjaga-jaga untuk membeli. Kalau anda lagi slow dari pasaran maka tunggu saja untuk ‘mati’. Hargai apa yang anda ada sekarang, buat dengan lebih baik dan agresif lagi.

Bayangkan jika anda sendiri terpaksa mulakan bisnes baru dari kosong, apa yang boleh dibuat? Bagi yang dah ada bisnes, anda sudah tahu pasaran, cuma ‘malas’ nak engage lagi.

Bila pasaran perlahan maka anda perlu lebih pantas, guna semua platform yang ada. Jika takut-takut, anda akan ketinggalan.”

Program Live Session Bersama Datuk Wira Dr Azizan Osman

Mentor Usahawan, Datuk Wira Dr Azizan Osman akan berkongsikan perspektif tentang 10 cabaran bisnes, selepas pandemik dan 2022 ini dalam Live Session di saluran Telegram Azizan Osman Official, pada Ahad ini, pukul 8 pagi.

Boleh sertai dan boleh klik di Saluran Telegram Azizan Osman Official

https://bit.ly/vcdwdao

Things I’ve Learned Through Scuba Diving in Limited Visibility Dive Spots

I went exploring the Saujana Putra Lake again over the weekend with my husband and my dive buddy.

This weekend dive marks my 9th freshwater, limited visibility dive. My first two was in Empangan Semenyih, Selangor while the rest was at Saujana Putra Lake.

It may not be my first limited visibility dive, but each of these dives still feels like the first to me. Most dive buddies in my circle are are sea divers. Naturally, diving in the sea, especially tropical ones like in Malaysia is like exploring paradise. The tropical sea water is nothing short of crystal clear, and a home to abundance of marine lives. The only time Malaysian seas and islands gives bad visibility and weather is probably during monsoon season, which unadventurous and untrained divers commonly avoid for safety reasons.

Many of my dive buddies cannot understand why I’m so fond of lake diving. Lake diving is not the same as diving in the sea, especially in Malaysia, as the visibility can be as crappy as 0m-1m max, but I’ve learned plenty of things through freshwater lake diving:

* I learned to be more mindful of the weight I carry and to make extra effort to watch my buoyancy. Kicking mud up is a no, no. As it will make things worst for everyone.

* It builds alot of confidence and I’ve learned to be calm and not panic in alot of underwater situations.

*I’m not a patient person, but this help me have compassion and be more patient towards those who are diving with me.

* Limited visibility trained me to be more observant towards the surroundings. If you are not observant, you cannot spot anything at all and you wouldn’t be able to enjoy your dive.

* I learned the importance of exposure suit and how dressing up for the occasion is helpful in protecting you from hazards and unexpected injuries.

* I learned to quickly adjust to the changes of temperature and visibility; cuz there’s thermocline here. The temperature can be warm one moment and the very next moment at the same depth it can suddenly turn very cold. The water colour changed drastically too at certain depth. One moment it can be clear green then the next moment it can be yellowish or muddy.

*I learned to make effort to be alert all the time.

* I learned to make effort to be more self-reliant instead of totally relying on my guide or my dive buddy to keep me safe, as losing buddy and direction is really common when you dive in limited visibility.

Despite of this, I still have more to learn. To me, as long as I’m a scuba diver, I will always be a student diver. The learning will never stop, and I will always need instructors and more teachers to teach me and guide me. That’s the most funny thing about learning. The more you learn, the more you realized that you know less. It’s really humbling, if you ask me.

One thing for sure, this will definitely not be my last dive here. Some stuff I’ve learned here, is not something I can cultivate in pool trainings. I’m itching to do more dives at this spot, especially night dive. There’s even more to see at night over here in the lake.

Freshwater limited visibility diving is not for faint hearted scuba divers or freedivers alike. If you’re not adventurous and have no sense of adventure, you wouldn’t be able to enjoy it, but if you’re someone who doesn’t mind going rugged and extreme dive, then you should give this a try if you haven’t yet.

New Year’s Eve Flood Relief Charity Lake Dive with iDivers

2021 was a challenging year. Not just for me but for everyone else as well, I’m sure. Covid19 is still raging, but despite being thrown into nationwide lockdown during the first two quarters of the year, I’m glad there’s growth where personal development is concerned. These are some of the things that I should give myself credit for;

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😎I took up plenty of diving specialty

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😎I got certified for Nitrox.

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😎I went lake diving for the first time at Semenyih Dam and fell in love with lake diving.

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😎I was awarded Specialty Diver by SSI.

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😎I attended first aid classes, learned how to provide first aid, perform CPR and use AED and I’m now a certified Basic Life Support Provider.

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😎I started learning Qigong and Taichi, and ended up doing it consistently

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😎I learned how to wield cold weapons and I can now play with sword and sabre.

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😎I learned the art of meditation and mindfulness.

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Come to think of it, it’s not exactly a year wasted. I’ve made plenty of good progress, and that’s really a lot in comparison to the years before Covid. The best part of all? My social circle is now full of people who helped me grow and push me to be the best version of myself.And speaking of people who empower one another, I decided to end end 2021 meaningfully with a splash, and kicked off 2022 with a big splash as well. Literally. And figuratively.And how was it splashy? Well, I went for the new year’s eve and midnight countdown charity dive organized by iDivers and #habangostatclan. If you are a Malaysian, you are probably aware that the nation was shocked by the recent flood disaster in Klang Valley and many has lost their homes and belongings. In the spirit of #kitajagakita, iDivers decided to organize a flood relief charity dive.Here’s sharing with you the faces of my buddies who were there that night, hoping to have some underwater midnight fun at the lake and at the same time, help out our buddy in need.Dive pros from SSI, PADI and IANTD worked hand in hand as our dive guide that night.Behind the scene before our night exploration.Equipment checkMe and my husband. He was my dive buddy that night.With Ms. Syahnaz and Anna Maria from KAIA Underwater AcademyMy new dive buddy, Ms. AinNew dive buddy, Ms.EchaWith Colonel (Dr) Mohd Hafizi, Senior Consultant Emergency and Hyperbaric Medicine at Hospital Angkatan Tentera Tuanku Mizan.Dive briefing was done by Instructor Arif from iDivers.Instructor Arif, making sure everyone understands the dos and don’ts that night before our dive.Now, most of us are just normal civilians, and we are not trained or qualified to be in the front scene to help flood victims, but as scuba divers, we certainly can dive for charity.Diving for charityAll proceeds for the donation drive and the new year’s eve and midnight countdown dive that night goes to one of our dive buddy who is affected by the recent flood disaster. Any extras would be donated to the needy as well.I don’t know what’s in store for 2022, and I don’t have a resolution for it. All I’m hoping is that I will be empowered and my days will be happy and blessed with no worries.Thank you buddies for making such beautiful memories. You guys are awesome.

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#elliexdiving
#letsgond
#escapetounreal
#habangostat
#habangostatclan
#iamssi
#wearessi

GT-Racing Ergo Z Gaming Chair Review

I’ve been contemplating of a workstation upgrade and change my not so comfy office chair to a better one, but I can’t find any good deals that’s worth my money, so I’ve been putting it off, until I saw this one, the GT-Racing Ergo Z Gaming Chair. To be honest, I was aiming to get the TT Racing Duo V3 Gaming Chair, which costs about RM350 during sale and RM500++ during non sale time. This is abit over my budget, and did not exactly have the function that I wanted.I wanted the reclining to 180’degrees position and adjustable arm rest. The entree level TT Racing Duo V3 Gaming Chair does not offer this function. It can only be adjusted to 150’degrees and the arm rest is not adjustable. There’s also this annoying cushion at the front crotch area that I don’t really fancy. There are other TT Racing Gaming Chair that offers the functions that I wanted, of course, but they’re the higher end models and abit on the high side of the budget as well and I wasn’t willing to spend such exorbitant amount of money.After browsing and weighting my options, I settled with this GT-Racing Ergo Z Gaming Chair. It has all the features that I need, including reclining to 180’degrees, which will allow me to lie down for a nap and adjustable arm rest. The best part of this is that it costs me only RM290 including delivery, which is below my budget for a new office chair upgrade.So, am I happy with my purchase? Yes, definitely. No regrets. The GT-Racing Ergo Z Gaming Chair is not only affordable, but very comfy too. Here’s sharing with you what I think about it;

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Design: It’s pretty much like other gaming chair in the market, but still smart and sleek. The ergonomic shape with wing-like backrest really does follows your body shape. It’s practically the sports car seat design and somehow made you feel like you’re sitting in a sports car seat.

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Comfort: Very comfortable. The paddings and cushions. It comes with two extra external pillows as well for your neck and your waist.Swivel: Yes, the chair allows smooth 360’degrees swiveling.Adjustable height: Yes, you can adjust the height as you like.

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Reclining: Able to recline from 90’degrees up to 170’degrees, which is great for any setups, be it for work, gaming or leisurely movie watching session. It’s also nice to nap on it. All you need to do is just pull the lever and make it recline and you’re good to go to Dreamland.

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So am I happy with my new GT-Racing Ergo Z Gaming Chair? Yes. I’m definitely happy with it. Although the chair does make you feel a little hot due to the faux leather material, it’s still comfortable to sit on for long hours as the cushion paddings is thick enough to support my weight. Sitting on the chair makes me feel like sitting in a comfortable car seat, going on a roadtrip somewhere and it’s really a good feeling. The only thing it lacks to complete the fantasy is just a Bluetooth speaker blasting my favourite traveling songs.

If you’re looking for a budget gaming chair with features that’s offered in higher end gaming chair, this GT-Racing Ergo Z Gaming Chair is quite a good bet, I must say. This gaming chair is available on Lazada and Shopee for less than RM300. To get more value for your money, I recommend you to get this during sale where you get further bonus discounts and free delivery.

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Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. I just hope to help you make decisions on whether to buy this or not should you decide to buy a budget gaming chair.

OXY Anti-Blackhead Gel, Effective Weapon to Combat Oily Skin& Blackheads

Blackheads and oily skin are amongst the top skin concerns faced by teenagers. When teens hit puberty, their oil glands become overactive thereby resulting in the production of excessive sebum. The excess sebum and built-up of dead skin cells in the hair follicles then forms blackheads.

The need to use a facemask during this time of the pandemic can worsen one’s skin condition as it traps dirt and bacteria underneath it. Without proper care and treatment, blackheads will potentially lead to enlarged pores.

OXY the skincare brand for teens has introduced the new Anti-Blackhead Gel that is specially formulated to treat blackheads. It is gentle on the skin yet effective in diminishing blackheads which is usually found on the nose.

Effective ingredients found in its formulation include:

Glycolic Acid (AHA) and Salicylic Acid (BHA)
Glycolic Acid and Salicylic Acid are both active ingredients that targets different layers of the skin. While Glycolic Acid exfoliates and removes dead skin cells from the surface of the skin, Salicylic Acid is able to penetrate deep into the skin and clear out impurities such as dirt and sebum from the pores to ensure skin around the nose area is clear and smooth.

Salicylic Acid used in the new OXY Anti-Blackhead Gel is derived from Wintergreen Leaf Extract, which is 100% natural Salicylic Acid that comes with skincare benefits such as purifying the skin, removing excess sebum and ultimately helping to get rid of blackheads.

Witch Hazel Leaf Extract
With the possibility of inflammation caused by exfoliation, the new OXY Anti-Blackhead Gel is packed with Witch Hazel Leaf Extract to soothe the skin and bring down inflammation. Other than its soothing properties, the Witch Hazel Leaf Extract also helps to tighten the pores to reduce the appearance of pores on the problemed area.

High Purify Centella Asiatica Extract
Centella Asiatica Extract promotes collagen reproduction in the skin, which is important, as collagen helps the skin cells to renew and repair themselves. This ingredient has also been found to calm inflammation, soothe redness, and repair damaged skin to achieve an overall even complexion.

The OXY Anti-Blackhead Gel is to be applied after cleansing the skin. Pat dry, squeeze out an appropriate amount of the gel on the fingertip and apply a thin layer on the nose. Leave it to dry for about 3-5 minutes. Then, gently massage to exfoliate and remove blackheads. Lastly, wash thoroughly with water.

This product is recommended to be used 2-3 times a week. Traditional blackheads removal methods such as using tools or our fingers to squeeze them out may risk permanent scarring on the skin and cause damage to the epidermis layers of the skin; therefore, gentle chemical exfoliation is the way to go.

The new OXY Anti-Blackhead Gel retails at RM14.90 (18g) and is available at leading pharmacies and supermarkets nationwide. For more information about the new OXY Anti-Blackhead Gel, kindly log on to oxy.com.my.

PTTI Lancar Kempen 2 Juta Bangkit Belajar

KUALA LUMPUR: Selepas lima tahun mengukuhkan jenamanya sebagai pusat peningkatan akademik dan pakar dalam membantu pelajar Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM), PTTI terus dedikasi meneruskan misinya.

Terbaru, jenama popular dalam dunia pembelajaran itu melancarkan kempen 2 Juta Bangkit Belajar pula pada 27 Oktober di sebuah hotel terkemuka di ibu kota.

Bertemakan ‘Berjuta Kejayaan Bermula dengan Langkah Pertama’, usaha pusat ilmiah itu dilihat sentiasa mahu menggalakkan pelajar terus belajar walau dalam apa jua situasi termasuk mengharungi pandemik COVID-19.

Sinonim dengan calon SPM selama ini, bagaimanapun inisiatif baru dianjurkan sebaliknya terbuka kepada pelajar tingkatan 1 hingga lima.

Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif PTTI, Siti Farhana Abu Osman atau lebih dikenali sebagai Cikgu Fana berkata, sasaran 2 juta pelajar itu diberi secara percuma untuk belajar dalam talian menerusi aplikasi pembelajaran, PTTI Better Result selama sebulan.

“Bermula hari ini (27 Oktober) hingga 27 November depan, kita buka kuota belajar percuma dalam talian untuk 2 juta pelajar ini. Kita sedar ramai golongan ini terkesan akibat pandemik dan terus bangkit membiasakan fasa peralihan endemik.

“Mereka dari tingkatan satu hingga lima, boleh memuat turun aplikasi PTTI Better Result dan selepas itu boleh belajar secara ‘live’ mengikut jadual yang ditetapkan.

“Kita bagi percuma sebulan ini sebagai rangsangan kepada usaha tak kenal jemu membantu pelajar. Lagipun pembelajaran dalam talian sudah menjadi ‘trend’ dan tuntutan semasa saat ni,” katanya.

Ditanya kenapa membuka peluang kali ini kepada pelajar lain dan bukannya calon SPM, Cikgu Fana percaya usaha belajar awal itu tidak pernah menjadi satu kerugian.

“Sebab kita nampak lagi awal pelajar itu mula belajar, makin mudah dan cepat untuk mereka ini menjadi cemerlang. Dengan rekod kejayaan membantu pelajar SPM, kita percaya PTTI boleh bantu lebih ramai lagi pelajar untuk cemerlang dalam pembelajaran.

“Misi kita sendiri mahu menawarkan pembelajaran yang konsisten menerusi teknik mudah untuk meningkatkan kefahaman dan prestasi dalam pembelajaran pelajar

“Kita menyeru semua pelajar mengambil peluang untuk skor dalam pembelajaran kerana mereka ini mampu untuk mendapat keputusan cemerlang,” katanya.

Serentak dengan kempen itu,
penyanyi muda popular Iman Troye turut diumumkan sebagai duta pusat ilmiah berkenaan.

Pada majlis sama, penyanyi yang meledak dengan lagu Teman itu turut melakukan simbolik pelancaran single keduanya berjudul Nang.

“Kita kali pertama menggunakan khidmat dan pengaruh Mira Filzah sebagai duta. Seterusnya sejak awal tahun ini, anggota K-Clique, MK
pula mengambil alih posisi itu.

“Sejak September lalu, Iman turut dipelawa sebagai duta selama setahun. Jadi sekarang kita ada dua duta, MK dan Iman,” katanya.

Cikgu Fana menambah, Iman atau nama sebenarnya, Siti Nur Iman Alyssa Sahabudin dilihat mempunyai kredibiliti dan tarikan untuk menarik lebih ramai pelajar untuk skor.

“Iman pun pelajar peringkat Diploma dalam bidang muzik di Universiti Teknologi Mara(UiTM), Shah Alam. Saya dapat tahu, dia antara pelajar yang cemerlang dan mendapat sijil dekan.

“Dia memang boleh jadi inspirasi kepada pelajar lain. Malah Iman turut merakamkan lagu jingle 30 saat berjudul Pilih PTTI yang disadur daripada lagu popularnya, Teman,” katanya.

Turut hadir memeriahkan majlis itu ialah pelajar cemerlang SPM 2020.

Kini dilancarkan, 2 Juta tempat belajar percuma selama sebulan. Daftar sekarang di www.MampuSkorSPM.com