5 Things Dog Owners Can Relate To

Close up of a Border Collie being held and looking direct into the camera. A loving expression on the dogs face.

They’re goofy, they’re playful, they’re wholesome, dogs can be ridiculously adorable or downright disgusting at times but one thing for sure is that they never fail to bring joy to any with a simple nose “boop”.

Although usually placed higher than cats in the pet ranking list by many, having a dog is like having a kid around the house, you’d never know what they’ll do next; whether it be knocking over the vase, running head on into a sliding window or actually eating your homework, these “doggos” offer an experience of having a kid without actually needing to have a kid.

Here are 5 things every dog owner can relate to.

1) Dog hair is part of the house now

After years of watching that little pup growing into a full-sized adult, you’ve learned to accept the fact that dog hair is everywhere now. From the floors of your bedroom to every item of clothing in your closet, it is now part of your home.

2) No bathroom privacy

Dogs love you so much that they can’t spend a minute away from you, even if you’re taking that time off for a little loo time. Seeing their owners walk in a room and not appear again for the next 15 minutes is just too much to bear; that doesn’t mean they don’t have their own solution for it though as they’ll just have to scoot on in, make a bed out of toilet paper and look deep into your eyes while you handle your business.

3) Dog food is more gourmet food than yours

You’re fine with eating instant ramen or quite literally anything that is on sale at the grocery store because you’re used to the “college student” lifestyle. When it comes to your dog though, it’s as complicated as a Starbucks special menu order; only organic, non-GMO, gluten and dairy free whole foods that are produced by a farmer/artist named Abdul from the depths of rural Kelantan for that good boy.

4) Picking up poop doesn’t feel like picking up poop anymore

You don’t pick up your own poop or even someone else’s poop, but for your dog, you won’t hesitate for even a second to pick that bad boy from off the floor. Why do we do that? Maybe we’re just proud of the fact that they know how to do their business outside of the house now or we’re just giving our pals a hand, quite literally.

5) Your phone is full of their pictures

We get it, they’re cute. That isn’t enough though as you’ve got to let the whole world know about your pupper and its cuteness. Other than that, your Instagram and Snapchat stories are usually filled with their faces either close up near the “snooter” or from a full-on photoshoot of it hopping around the grass.

5 Things Cat Owners Can Relate To

In a world divided by dog owners and cat owners, some of us simply appreciate these animals by who they really are.

Although cats are usually coming in as second best, they’re still fun to look at on the internet as the YouTube recommendations show; to share your space with them however, can be tricky and could even develop what some would call a cat-fear. 

Luckily the experience of owning a cat is still what one could consider as an experience, so here are the five top things every cat owner can relate to.

1) We think of our cats before buying any furniture or clothes

Clawing. Yes, it’s an unlockable perk that comes with every cat. Some of us cat owners have specific shirts we would rather wear and not wear around our cat while our furniture can’t escape from the ever-disturbing clawing. Safe to say though, cat owners obviously live with the fact that their clothing and furniture are suffering, but they’re completely fine with it.

2) Worried about leaving your pets alone at home? Not so for cat owners

When you go on vacation and are away from home for a few days, chances are that your cat is on vacation too, but at home. Unless if your cat has certain dietary restrictions or medical necessities, it’s all gravy for you to just leave a bunch or food and water out while having litter that will last.

3) They were built for photoshoots, but don’t often stay still

Cats know what’s up when you storm out of the room to look for your camera; and just like that, that opportunity for a photoshoot would usually be gone. Although, your eyes won’t forget the extravagant sight that once was.

4) Cat toys only work until they don’t

It can have feathers or even one of those dingily bells that makes every other dog go heads over heels, but it is likely that cats are more interested in toys that don’t move at all. Toys do have the charm to make a cat hop around, but the charm of it doesn’t last as anything plastic and still would instead keep your cat entertained for hours and hours.

5) Another one and another one

We don’t really know when to stop do we. Introducing new cats to one another may be a pain at first as they are quite territorial, but when they bond, it is as if they were a match made in heaven. Known stereotypically as the “cat lady”, it’s pretty similar to having tattoos as cat owners don’t often see any issue to owning just one more.

Mahathir’s Secret Recipe to Staying Healthy at 95 Years Old

At 95 years old and out of a second term as Prime Minister when he was 94 two years ago, Mahathir remains an icon for this country.

Once the world’s oldest leader of a nation, one couldn’t help but to what is the secret behind the former Prime Minisiter and how is it that he has managed to balance his health and politics at such an endearing age.

One of it, is to read the news every day in order to keep the mind active; in his column “Here’s my recipe for staying healthy” published in the New Sunday Times, regular reading helps with talking or making speeches as memory of certain words or phrases would then spring to mind. 

He also says to eat healthy and not to overeat unnecessarily because “the body really does not need a lot of food except when one is young and growing. For them the food is needed to ensure good bodily growth. Still, the amount must not be more than what is needed.” 

To avoid blood pressure diseases, Mahathir also advises to eat less not to be obese as organs may then fail and shorten one’s lif         espan.

Personal hygiene is also one of the ways and Mahathir advises to brush one’s teeth every day after meals.

“One characteristic of the human body is that all the parts need to be used all the time in order for them to be healthy and to function well. If they are not used or neglected, they will wither and lose their ability to function” he said and went on to describe the most used muscles in the human body need to be developed well.

One other advice was to stand up and sit up straight as it’s associated with hunching of the back.

“This progressive bending can be mitigated or avoided by consciously sitting or standing upright. It also prevents loss of height. Horse riding helps as it is important to sit in the saddle consciously upright to avoid backache.” 

“At all times stand upright like a military officer. Also, when walking it is important to keep a straight back. These deliberate straightening of the spinal column strengthens the bones and prevents them from collapsing.” he wrote, finishing with training himself to be disciplined as well, though he tends to get emotional about loyalty to country.

Fed Up with Working from Home? Here are A Few Ways to Spice Things Up

Most of us have been working from home for almost a full year now and are undoubtedly getting bored with the daily bed to desk and desk to bed routine.

Whether it be the workspace or simply the décor that you have in your bedroom or home office, work can and should be enjoyable even if you’re missing out on the social life that the office offers.

Here’s a few ways to make working from home that less dull

1) Play around with the décor

See that blank wall opposite your empty workspace? Make it your own! You don’t have to be an artist to make a wall a piece of art, simply hang pictures or use a small whiteboard and magnets to show notes or even cards from your friends. 

Draw out a daily calendar or write down word of the day ideas or doodles to create what essentially is your “me space”.

2) Update your computer

No, we’re not talking about updating the system or getting a whole new computer; we’ve all been there with looking for a single word file in a messy desktop. Reorganize your files in a proper manner as it’ll be easier on the eyes. 

Consider a change of theme too, choose pictures of a tropical paradise, a deep jungle or pictures of a past vacation as a desktop background to individualize your work platform.

3) Senses, they’re important

Moving on from what we can see, have you thought about what you can hear, smell or feel? You may consider starting your day with a laugh by watching one of the many sit-coms on Netflix.

Background music is more than a dinner for two, having some background music playing on Spotify or even ambience music on YouTube while you work sets the mood of a coffee shop for example right in the comfort of your own home.

Do certain scents make you feel much more at peace? Maybe a vanilla scented candle, an oak wood scent stick or even the fresh breeze that comes in form an open window.

And then, there’s touch. Grab a warm fuzzy blanket to keep your feet warm or have pillow next to you. These are just some of the things you can experiment with as they are endless.

4) Plan wisely

Now that we quite literally spend work time working, we’re missing out on routines such as commuting and going out for lunch. Don’t just forgo of these routines but replace them with something that could be done at home as they are essential for a balanced work life.

Spend the normal commuting hours for a quick work out or yoga session to get your body clock up and running as if everything is normal. Take the time off to grab a quick bite from the “pantry” whenever you need it and utilize lunch time to cook up a balanced meal. By using these time slots wisely, it gives your mind a much-needed break and also replicates those that you would have in the office.


None of us known how long we’ll be working from home, but why ponder on questions and possibilities when you can make the best of your situation. 

The boredom and isolation we are experiencing now is just another challenge to overcome, take this opportunity to try new work from home styles that makes working from home an experience, not a punishment.

UNIQLO’s Other “Roadside” Stores around Asia

UNIQLO’s first roadside store opened in Japan in 1985, fast forward to today there is soon to be 5 of them across southeast Asia.

Scheduled to open in December 2020, Malaysia’s UNIQLO roadside and community-based store will be launching in the township of Bandar Sri Damansara.

“It is a new type of store for Malaysia that complements our existing network of mall-based stores.” said Uniqlo Malaysia and Singapore chief executive officer Yuki Yamada

“Our new store is carefully designed to ensure enough space and accessibility for all, including families with children, elderly people and people with disability, and will feature its own car park for our customers.”

While we’re a month away from the opening of the store, we found other roadside stores that UNIQLO has opened before this which gives an insight on how the store in Malaysia might look like.

1) Myeong-dong, Seoul, South Korea

UNIQLO’s biggest Asian flagship store, it is located in the prime position of Myeongdong, one of the main shopping districts in central Seoul and is a tourist attraction by itself next to the streets

2) Yangmei District, Taoyuan City, Taiwan

Similar to the ones in the Philippines and Thailand, this store is located along a three-lane road, next to a hardware store and is opposite a governmental building.

3) Westgate Center, Metro Manila, Philippines

With its huge presence in metro Manila, its roadside store opened just 22km away from the city in September 2019.

4) Phatthanakan Road, Bangkok, Thailand

Opened in March of 2018, it was the first roadside store opened in Southeast Asia 

Malaysians Lack Proper Work-Life Balance as KL Ranks 4th Most Overworked City

A person spends an estimated 13 years and two months, at least 90,000 hours and almost one-third of their lives working, but some of us go beyond that and are overworking to a worrying level.

According to the NST, a survey shows that Malaysian employees are overworked, sleep deprived and suffering from work-related stress as 53% are getting less than seven hours of sleep in a 24-hour period.

The survey took into account like working hours, holiday days taken, paid maternal/paternal days, commute hours and many other factors. 

In terms of work-life balance, Malaysia ranks 47th while it ranks in the top four for longest working and commute hours, overworked population and fewest minimum vacations offered.

“Asian countries don’t prioritize meaningful work/life balance. I’d say it’s frowned upon in some companies, which is absolutely pathetic.” said a Twitter user, @navinmogan.

“Productivity is not about time management, it’s about #health and #focus. You can’t hit your KPIs consistently when you’re half-dead.”

The Graduan writes that many employees claim the lack of flexibility in the Malaysians working life as according a Business Insider report, 75% of new mothers in Malaysia quit the job for that reason itself; other factors include not up-to-par childcare services and having bosses that are unsupportive.

With the standard working hour set at 48 hours per week for some, it only mounts on to the pressure of trying to balance life and work; with the culture of overworking being implemented in most Malaysians, the long hours of hunching over a computer is taking a toll on them day by day.

A survey by AIA Vitality 2019 of 230 organisations and 17,595 employees found that 84 per cent of employees reported were suffering from at least one or more musculoskeletal conditions. Other than that, the study also includes findings such as:

  • 32% have one or more chronic conditions such as kidney conditions, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, heart disease, stroke or cancer
  • 90% do not have a balanced diet
  • 42% are either overweight or obese
  • 45% of organisations do not offer mental health services

A healthy nation would require a healthy population at foremost as former deputy health minister, Lee Boon Chye, says that ““The success of a nation is dependent on the health of its people and initiatives such as the Malaysia’s Healthiest Workplace survey become increasingly crucial as more and more Malaysians enter the workforce every year”.

Agile working has always been one of the ways experts thought to fix this issue, where an organization delegates its employees to work where, when and how they choose; this not only offer maximum flexibility but also minimum constraints.

Ryan Carroll, Country Manager of Randstad Malaysia, told Focus Malaysia, “Agile working is gaining popularity in Malaysia, as more and more employees want to have autonomy in the way they work. However, as much as technology has helped made it possible to be more productive and creative at work, it can be quite frustrating and intrusive for those who feel that they need to respond to emails immediately, even during the weekends.”

6 Ways to Spot Fake News

Fake news isnt something new, but it’s been increasing much more lately expecially due to the Covid-19 pandemic forcing the public to want to know more and read more.

Fake news comes from anyone who wishes to share their thoughts or stories to the world and there is no regulation pretty much on whatever that is being circled around people’s own social media platforms.

Misinformation and fake news doesn’t only spread unnecessary fear and confusion but also harm those who are part of the message that is travelling around. Invented reviews of your products or inaccurate financial updates, for example, can do serious reputational damage.

Here six ways to differentiate fake news from news:

1) Be critical

Much of fake news is written with a shock value that is purposed to surprise readers on sight. Think critically and ask yourself “Why has this story been written? Is it to persuade me of a certain viewpoint? Is it selling me a particular product? Or is it trying to get me to click through to another website? Am I being triggered?”.

2) Check the source of the story

Every story has a source and if you have doubts, do some digging! Research about the author or publisher and decide if it’s trustworthy. Be aware that much of the credibility can be a false; so, if you see a suspicious post that looks like it’s from the World Health Organization (WHO), for example, check the WHO’s own site to verify that it’s really there.

3) Who else is reporting on the story

If the story is in fact true, some other news agency is bound to pick up on it. Follow professional news agencies and check if the story is up there in order to filter out what is and what is not.

4) Examine the statements

If it’s credible, there should be a lot of facts included in the story such as quotes from experts, data, surveys and statistics. Does the evidence prove that something definitely happened? Or, have the facts been selected or “twisted” to back up a particular viewpoint?

5) Don’t take images at face value

Images can be altered in many ways to show another story these days; even if it’s 100% correct, it can be altered to represent something else. You can use tools such as Google Reverse Image Search to check where an image originated and whether it has been altered.

6) Check if it sounds right

Use common sense and read the story to yourself. Does it sound true? If it doesn’t sound true to you, the story probably isn’t as you choose what you believe.

Working from Home is Hurting Our Backs, Here’s How You Can Prevent Them

*Safe to say, admin has definitely switched his sitting position after writing this article and is amazed*

Who would’ve guessed it that we’ll be working from home for the rest of 2020; or to be exact, working form our bed, sofa and kitchen table for the rest of god knows how many more months.

Our work from home setups differ wildly among individuals, but most of us complaint about the same thing – sore and stiff backs that comes from the long hours spent on in front of the computer. After months of this situation, it is safe to say that some of us already miss our office and couldn’t wait until this mayhem is all over.

Although, there are adjustments we can make to our daily work setting to make working from home that much bearable.

1) Working from your bed

Experts frown upon working on your laptop from your bed as it gives zero support and has no neutral position to work from. 

If you really want to make it work, rest your laptop on a pillow to bring it to a more manageable level so that you don’t have to lean down to it. Support your lower back by placing a rolled-up towel underneath and bend your knees and hips at a 90-degree angle. Place your laptop on your thighs at a comfortable screen-angle.

2) Working at a dining table

Woman Working From Home Using Laptop On Dining Table

This option would likely be for people who don’t have a work desk at home, it does miss some vital elements though as a desk. There’s no really lumbar support and may be too high to work from.

Make sure to have your feet on the ground to create a stable base for your ever-important spine, put a cushion or box on the ground if your feet can’t reach it. Sit on a couple of cushions until your shoulders feel relaxed and put a rolled-up tower behind your back to prevent slouching. You can even consider an external keyboard and put your laptop on a few books.

3) Working on the sofa

With many of us working in the living room, a sofa seems like the most comfortable option as the squishy exterior along with puffy pillows make all so luscious. However, sofas generally don’t allow you to sit with your knees bent and your legs on the ground, so most of us would find ourselves literally tucked in by it.

Sit on the edge so that your feet are on the floor and use pillows as support for your back; place a couple of cushions on your knees to raise your back for support. However, you can also sit on the floor against your sofa as well!

4) Working at the coffee table

The key is to find a position that best replicates the ideal positon: Knees, hips and elbows bent at 90-degrees with the back in a neutral position and our shoulders away from the ears. 

5) Working on the floor

Mid adult woman sitting on floor, leaning on sofa, talking on, using laptop, side view

Yes, it’s considered an option and some of us like the freedom we get from working on the floor as well. 

To do so, use a small table as a makeshift desk and sit on a cushion or yoga bolster. Vary your sitting position every now and then from crossing yourlegs to sitting in a squat or on a cushion; this would ensure that your pelvis, hip and spine would be more free and mobile.

6) Using a kitchen top etc as a standing desk

You might not think of this, but expert to suggest it brings a whole new perspective to working from home.

Find a high surface such as a kitchen worktop that is high enough to be at elbow height; just simply stand while working on your laptop placed on the surface. Make sure that you’re typing at elbow height and that your shoulders feel relaxed. You might also consider putting something soft like a rug under your feet to stand on.

Don’t stick with just one of these positions, mix and match instead to make working from home that less back-aching, literally.

Malaysian Aunty Shows That Kindness is Always Possible

As the world goes through a tough time with the ongoing public health crisis and politicking that has shrouded the nation in anything but peace, a story of a how a local freelancer has proved to the public that kindness is always possible.

In a thread of nine tweets, the user @adamzainaal talks about his experience that started off when he realized he did not have enough cash on hand to pay for his parking ticket.

While walking away from the parking ticket machine, he crossed paths with a Chinese aunty who then ask “kenapa dik?”. 

After telling her about how he lacked the two ringgit cash for his parking ticket, the aunty proceeded to take out her purse and insisted on paying the remaining amount.

Although he insisted that he would just grabbed some spare change from his car, the aunty then told him “we’ve all been there, and dunia sekarang pon tengah kelam kabut. Be nice to one and another alright?”

The man decided to help out with the aunty’s groceries in order to repay her deed; after talking on the way back to their cars, “she was saying that shes sad that her daughter couldnt come home from the US (she works there) for christmas. She bought christmas decos from ikea and then asked me how was my raya during the pandemic” he tweeted.

“I told her it was aite la as long i get to see my family also. And she really smiled hearing that. She mentioned that she hasnt been seeing her daughter since last year new years and she honestly dont know when can she come back. And as i was loading all of her stuff in her car-

“Then i noticed she took out her purse again. She wanted to pay me for helping her putting her stuff in the car. She legit took out rm50 and wanted to give it to me because i told her i’m a freelancer (in translation susah nak dapat job at the moment) but i declined it.”

Upon reaching home, the freelancer discovered the RM50 bill again as it was apparently snuck into his Ikea bag by the aunty, much to his surprise.

He then ended the thread by stating that he now has the RM50 placed on his magnet board for emergencies only and also as a reminder the aunty.

“Act of kindness is random,free, and 0 energy. This story i shared, is one of the kindness that i received by strangers out of… many. It really shows that there are people who are genuinely baik.” he said.

“Malaysia Truly Asia” but in Quarantine

KUALA LUMPUR 16 APRIL 2020. Sebahagian individu warga tempatan yang dikuarantin sementara melambai tangan tanda Sokongan kepada barisan hadapan yang bertugas untuk Covid19 dan Kerajaan Malaysia ketika tinjauan di Impiana Hotel pada program “Thumb to Malaysia ” malam ini. Impiana hotel antara lokasi yang digazetkan kerajaan bagi menempatkan individu yang perlu menjalani saringan Covid 19. Seramai 500 orang yang baru pulang dari luar negara ditempatkan sementara bagi saringan covid 19. NSTP/ASWADI ALIAS.

Although “Malaysia Truly Asia” isn’t really in the happenings lately, the nation’s pride in hospitality is still being showcased in a way like never before even during Covid-19 – in quarantine.

Malaysians and essential workers are still returning from all over the world and going through the mandatory 14-day quarantine, although willing to fork out the fees which includes lodging from the government and also catered food for the stay, some are appalled with the quality of food while some aren’t.

At a time of doom and gloom and a current conditional movement control order (CMCO), it is already bad enough that returnees are having to face various travel risks, but to be given a distressing amount of food when already confined to the four walls of the room for two weeks may be too much to bear for our quarantines. 

The issue was first shed light on when a tweet shared the reality of the quarantine experience when a distressing amount of food was served.

It is also notable to mention that she paid RM2,100 for the stay.

With various quarantine centres spread throughout the country, travelers and returnees aren’t able to choose their own quarantine centres even if the experience in each of them differ like day and night,

(Credit: Jack Lim)

Apart from dirty sheets, this person under surveillance (PUS) has to go through even dead bugs in his stay!

Some however had memorable experiences when it came to both the lodging and the food. 

At a local Facebook group “Malaysia Quarantine centre support group”, pictures of the meals in quarantine are constantly being shared and a vast difference between the experience can be seen.

Some are calling on the government to increase the transparency for quarantine costs as the services in hotels differ wildly even when all locals are to pay RM2,100.

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While non-citizens are to bear the full cost of RM4,700 for the quarantine and an extra RM700 to share a room with an individual, little has been said about the food and lodging situation.