Invisible Lurkers: 3 Things You Can’t See In Your Tap Water

Malaysians tap water is generally considered safe for consumption, with the national Safe Drinking Water Act regularly ensuring that it is drinkable and conforms to global quality standards. Nevertheless, Malaysia’s tap water does not enjoy the same confidence by the rest of the world, ranking only 47th globally in terms of water quality, according to the latest Environmental Performance Index. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 2014 advised that only two countries in Southeast Asia had tap water that was safe to drink directly (Singapore and Brunei). So should you filter your tap water? To help you decide, here are three harmful things that may be hiding in your water. Bacteria Water treatment ensures all bacteria are killed. But as the water still has to travel through miles of pipes and for some, stored in household or apartment tanks (when was the last time you cleaned your tank?), there’s a chance for contamination. In 2014, Forum Air Malaysia tested 14 water samples throughout the Klang Valley from vending machines, and found all of them to be contaminated with E. coli, Coliform and Clostridium perfringens: microbes found in sewage. Disinfectant Disinfecting chemicals are used to kill the bacteria mentioned above. But their byproducts, such as chlorine, still remain in your tap water. While Malaysian tap water contains disinfectant in acceptable levels, it makes sense to eliminate any of it if possible, as there have been studies showing that they could be carcinogenic (cancer-causing). Heavy Metals A study by University Putra Malaysia in 2012 concluded that tap water in all 12 Peninsular states contained levels of arsenic,...

The 6 Hottest Furniture Trends In 2017 You Should Incorporate In Your Home

  With 2017 around the corner, perhaps now is the best time for you to do a home makeover for a fresh start. If you’re bored and uninspired by how dull-looking your humble abode is, check out these six hottest furniture trends in 2017 that you should incorporate to upgrade your home:       Modern Vintage-Looking Furniture Modern vintage-looking furniture are all the rage right now   Furniture pieces in this trending category include office chairs and coffee tables made of burled wood with contemporary materials or textures. Check coffee tables online that have a modern look with vintage hints if you want your home to look retro.             Mixed Metals Mixed metal furniture includes pieces made of gold, brass, polished silver and nickel, and new metal finish, like white plaster Look out for chairs and beds with such finishing. This trend might be suitable if you’re going for the minimalist theme, since such furniture feature a neat and simple look.             Upholstered headboards Beds with upholstered headboards can be fantastic, especially if you aim for a luxury feel for your bedroom Not only does the headboard add a luxury touch to your room, it also doubles up as a comfortable back rest, as you read or watch TV before sleeping.             Stainless Steel Any polished stainless steel furniture can boost the contemporary feel to your home For 2017, the trending color for stainless steel furniture is black. Black stainless steel gives a very sophisticated, sleek, and modern appearance to any space or...

New Year, New You – 6 Smart Tips for Flawless Looking Skin this 2017

When was the last time you looked in the mirror and liked the skin you saw? The responsibilities and stress that weigh us down every day can take a serious toll on the health and appearance of our skin, making it look tired, old, and unhealthy. If you’re ready to make the change this 2017 and you want to bring out a flawless glow, these 6 timely tips for perfect skin will start your New Year right. Lay Off the Gadgets – Did you know that constantly sitting in front of a computer or using a smartphone for hours on end can cause premature aging? According to a report published a few years back, frequent and prolonged use of computers or mobile phones can accelerate the development of wrinkles, fine lines, turkey neck, and jowls – all associated with aging and poor skin health. If you can’t lay off gadgets, at least exercise your face regularly as you use them and give yourself a short break every hour or two. Invest in the Right Products – What kind of skin care products are you using and are they targeting the right problems? Some people just buy what they think they need without actually considering their skin issues. For instance, there are millions of people who live with cellulite because they usually don’t see these dimples which commonly occur behind the thighs. An useful anti cellulite cream can help reduce the appearance of cellulite and make the skin look more taut and smooth. Be sure you’re investing in the right products to target your specific skin issues. Nourish From Within...

Neat and Tidy in Time for New Year – 10 Things to Toss Out Before 2017

  With the New Year come new beginnings. But unless you’re ready to let go of all that old junk lying around your home, you might not experience much of a difference. To greet 2017, why not clear out your space for a fresh, positive, and clutter-free start to what just might be the best year of your life? Clear out the mess, get rid of old clutter, and ring in the New Year all neat and tidy by tossing out these 10 things.             Receipts and Tags Most, if not all, of us have a collection of random receipts and tags lying around in a myriad of places in our homes. Whatever the reason behind that incessant need to hoard proofs of purchase, it’s high time to let the habit die. Sift through your receipts and keep those that you need for potential returns. All the rest can go in the bin.             Charges and Cables Without a Device That tangled conglomeration of cables, cords, and charges must have come from somewhere. But all too often, the device they used to bring to life no longer even exists in your home. Get rid of unused, faulty, and cluttered wires and chargers by bringing them to the nearest recycling center.             Old Beauty and Self-Care Products If it hasn’t been touched or used in the past year, it doesn’t deserve a place on your bathroom counter. Toss out the old products and save yourself the counter space.             Broken...

Information Tech Investments – 3 IT Skill Enhancement Courses to Boost Your Professional Career

  In Malaysia, the IT industry has become one of the most successful in the economy, growing by 14% in just 2016 alone. This is mainly because Malaysia has established itself as one of the most aggressively advancing countries in Southeast Asia, thanks to its effort to improve technologies across the nation. For many IT specialists, the sudden boom in digital services can be a massive career opportunity. However, companies aren’t so quick to hire. Employers only want the best of the best when it comes to their IT professionals. And that’s why many of those who are hunting for IT jobs need to improve their list of credentials and qualifications if they want to get companies’ attention. Wondering how you can land a career in IT? These 3 courses should set you apart.               SAS It’s becoming more and more important for businesses to analyze data and digital information to understand consumer behavior. This is why SAS has turned into one of the most lucrative IT courses in Malaysia. This course teaches students how to perform advanced data entry, retrieval, management, report writing, and graphics development; in order to help business plan and forecast their futures. IT specialists with SAS backgrounds can expect to find their place in human resource, finance, business intelligence, and even customer relations management.               Database Administration Focused on the creation, management, and maintenance of large data files, Database Administration or simply DBA is a course that has gained popularity among IT experts who want to work in the digital storage niche....