Friday, August 10, 2018

Kao Malaysia has an All New look for Laurier | Laurier New Packaging

Head your way to the main atrium for some exciting fun!
Today marks an exciting week as Kao Malaysia launched the All-New Laurier with a sporty brand new look! Being present during the launching ceremony, I was one of the lucky attendees who managed to witness Laurier's new packaging that reflects a renewed identity of a product that is 'Made with Love'. As we all know (especially the ladies), we always have that time of the month where we look for pads that would be comfortable without disrupting our daily routine. With the All-New Laurier sanitary pads, it features a breakthrough Japanese technology filled with innovation, particularly focusing on the 'Ultra Absorbent Core'.

How cute is this station? I got myself looking pretty comfy too
The launching of the New Style All New Laurier Made with love
Growing up with Kao Malaysia, I've always looked at Kao as a reliable brand since it came from Japan. (Typical mindset of mine). hehe. I noticed that Kao has grown so much in slowly changing its image to be more sophisticated and active to suit the different styles of women today. Targetting to elevate the quality of life and sharing the joy of innovative products to maximize satisfaction for people like you and me. For your information, the development is based on Kao's 'Yoki-Monozukuri' values which combine needs and R&D to provide seamless comfort during that month of time.

FYI: Yoki-Monozukuri values are focused on a strong commitment for customers satisfaction.

Here's the new packaging for the Laurier Perfect Comfort for day time
And this is what the night time Laurier Night Safe packaging looks like
Looking at the new packaging, it definitely looks like they put a lot of LOVE into it. Every detail of it looks so kawaii, which makes me feel that I can trust the brand, even more, when im on my periods. With the new look, I believe you would agree with me that it looks minimalist, fresh and young which eventually made me purchase a few new pads for me to bring home since it was on promotional prices. Yes, I know, guilty as charged. Also, a little bird told me that the product has been upgraded to be better than before with an Ultra Absorbent Core with wider paddings to prevent leakage, so I had no regrets with my purchase.

OH, dont forget to get your free samples while youre there
Or grab some of their great value packs for more savings
Stumbbled upon Elfira Roy who is also a Laurier user
Talking about my purchase, you should really make your way to Sunway Velocity Mall whenever you have the time. Why? Because you'll stand a chance to win the Grand Prize of 5D4N trip to Japan for 2 complete with a personal photographer! To be eligible to be in the running of the prize, all you need to do is purchase any All-New Laurier products worth RM20 and capture a photo that describes 'Made with Love', then upload the photo on Kao Laurier Facebook with the hashtag #LaurierMadewithlove. And basically, the photo with the most number of likes wins! It's that easy!

Dont forget to make your way there and possibly win yourself a trip to Japan!
So what are you waiting for? No plans for the weekend? Be sure to make your way to Sunway Velocity mall to witness the exciting launch. For more information on Laurier, you may also visit Laurier's official Facebook page or Kao Malaysia's official website for more updates. When sanitary pads are made with love, you know that you are well taken care off. With no leaks, it equals to no worries. I got my stock on standby already. How about you?

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Orton-Gillingham Approach | Dyslexia Intervention Malaysia

Did you know at least 1 in 10 people are throught to be affected by dyslexia? 
Dyslexia. Is it a condition or a disease? Well, let me clarify to you that dyslexia is actually a condition that can be corrected which is best to take action when they are still young. Dyslexia is not about understanding the condition, but it's more to understanding how the mind works. Thus with help of experts and proper intervention to rectify the reading problem of dyslexic children is necessary before they fall behind in traditional schooling which can lead to irreparable harm, low self-esteem and the widening gap that becomes increasingly difficult to close.

The location of Altuz Academy
It's sad to know that dyslexia is looked as a negative societal implication and it is crucial for parents to be aware of this condition to ensure that their children are able to read proficiently to ensure their quality of life. If you notice that your kids are having a problem with reading, it's about time you give them attention and see if they need further assistance in correcting the condition. Dyslexia is not a disease, but a condition that CAN be corrected, and of the places that can assist would be Altuz Academy located in Solaris Mt Kiara.

Teaching using phonograms
There are tons of different approaches to correct dyslexia, but at Altuz Academy, they mainly focus on using the Orton-Gillingham Approach, which is highly structured in evidence-based, as an approach to teach reading. A plus note would be that it's also recognized by the International Dyslexia Association (IDA), so you won't have to worry about the education system being unstructured. With Altuz Academy, taking solutions for dyslexia a step further, a premier education center for dyslexia intervention is now finally available in Malaysia. YAY!

The founders of the Orton Gillingham approach
The Orton-Gillingham approach was developed in 1920 by Dr. Samuel Orton, a doctor who first discovered the existence of dyslexia together with Anna Gillingham, a gifted teacher, and psychologist. If you are not aware, this approach has been supported by over 100,000 scientific studies over 70 years that conclusively showed that a reading approach should include five important pillars, namely phonemic awareness, systematic phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension.

Classes can be in private or in groups of 2-4 students
One technique of teaching using multisensory
Just for your information, all academic language therapists at the academy has gone through vigorous training and has done supervised practicum accredited by the  Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators which is reviewed by the International Dyslexia Association. Founder, Dr. Choy Su-Ling finds it critically important that remedial specialists, educators, and teachers are highly trained in an evidence-based approach with oversight and accountability.

With Dr. Choy Su-Ling
The centre is managed by Dr. Choy and Yap Jo Ling and has created history by being the first two AOGPE-trained academic language therapist from Malaysia. With aims to maintain the high standards of teaching, rest assured you can guarantee that your children are in good hands. Altuz Academy provides a powerful instructional approach that benefits students of all ages and abilities so that learning becomes a long life rewarding experience.

Altuz Academy
By Daniel Britton
If you may have a child who you suspect to have symptoms of dyslexia, or if you may know someone who may be suffering from the condition, feel free to drop by Altuz Academy for guidance from professionals to progressively have a solution for all your dyslexia worries. Let's make a difference together to make a change to give better guidance to those who have this dyslexia condition so that they are able to live a better lifestyle. Again, I'd like to emphasize that Dyslexia is not a disease, but a condition of how their mind works. They might also be smarter than you think too as they use some parts of the brain that some people don't commonly use.

Altuz Academy
9, 3rd Floor, Solaris Mt Kiara, Jln Solaris, Mont Kiara, 50480 Kuala Lumpur

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Siti Nor Yuwana cooks with mum’s recipe and own creations to win 2018 Cabaran Raja Kuah Knorr

Siti Nor Yuwana Zulkifli, 35, has won the 2018 Raja Kuah Knorr Challenge, thanks to her late mother’s recipe of Mum’s Heritage Chicken Curry (Kari Ayam Warisan Bonda) and two other creations of her own.

The food operator from Kuala Lumpur also presented Sliced Creamy Beef (Masak Lemak Daging Salai Berapi) and Saucy Chicken My Way (Ayam Masak Kicap Cara Saya) to impress the judges to win the grand prize of an Umrah package for two persons worth RM25,000 plus RM15,000 cash and hampers.

Siti Nor Yuwana said: “I also have my husband to thank for signing me up for the contest and I never expected to win. We are instead both being rewarded with going on the Umrah together and enjoying the other goodies too!” 

Cabaran Raja Kuah Knorr is continuing the quest to create newer and greater appreciation for Malay gravy dishes which have a great following amongst all Malaysians. After its inaugural introduction in 2016, the event organised by Unilever Food Solutions continues to focus on gravy dishes which constitute up to 70% of the dishes served by Malay food operators, mainly as curry, served with soy sauce, turmeric and other spices.

UFS Malaysia Managing Director Nusrat Perveen said: “There is a growing trend of utilising chicken flavour as well to titillate the tastebuds so Unilever Food Solutions is acknowledging these culinary efforts using Knorr Chicken Powder.

“This year, we have a special partnership with NSK Trade City, the largest wholesaler in Malaysia and our biggest cash & carry partner, which is famous with their large range of good quality and affordable items for canned food, drinks, bodycare products and detergent, just to name a few!” said Nusrat.

Making the decision of the best of the best for Cabaran Raja Kuah Knorr 2018 were distinguished judges namely celebrity Chef Mohd Johari Edrus (better known as Chef Jo), UFS Chef Mohd Hadzrin Mohd Din and Saji cooking magazine editor Rosmarlinda Kamarudin.

They scored the Cabaran RKK contestants based on criteria such as cleanliness, food presentation and taste. Cabaran Raja Kuah Knorr is open to all Malaysians and sending an entry is simple by creating 3 types of gravy dishes consisting of either curry, soy sauce, or lemak (turmeric-coconut based gravy) using Knorr Chicken Stock. A total of 10 contestants from all over Malaysia, including one from Negeri Sembilan were selected to compete in the grand final recently.

The other winners for the 2018 Raja Kuah Knorr Challenge were:
- first runner up Fazerina Ibrahim, 34 of Selangor won RM10,000 plus hamper
- second runner up Ali Zainuddin Adnan, 39, walked away with RM6,000 and hamper
- plus top 7 consolation prizes of RM1,000 and hampers.

Unilever Food Solutions wants to grow for the future and engages 800 million consumers every year. UFS aims to do this in a sustainable way and focuses on four areas to make the difference: improving health & well-being, increasing food safety, reducing food waste and sustainable sourcing. Great food transcends geographical boundaries and cultural differences, and this is more than obvious in a multi-cultural country like Malaysia where locals and even foreigners enjoy the cuisine offered in this wonderful melting pot of differing tastebuds.