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PRODUCT SOURCING FROM CHINA FOR SMES – LEARN HOW

In recent times, China has clearly emerged as the global leader for manufacturing and the go-to for businesses seeking to source quality products. Importing products directly from China used to be a privilege that only big businesses have.

 

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However, with improvements in economic policies and transportation technology, businesses including small and medium enterprises (SMEs) all over the world can now source products directly from China, be it by air or sea. This may prove to be a tedious task, especially for SMEs who lack the technical know-how and costs of such shipping services.

Before one should plan to import from China, one should do market research first. Like any other market for any product or services, prices and quality differ from vendor to vendor. In the shipping sector, apart from essential costs of tax duty and shipping, hidden costs such as document processing, freight and logistics may cause total cost to increase by a substantial amount. This becomes a deterrent to small medium businesses who only have a limited capital to work around with or has a cost-saving structure.

Therefore, your relationship with your shipping partner should be one of trust. Costs should be outlined in a transparent manner be it essential or hidden costs. MyShipper Australia is an example of a shipping company that strives to do just that – helping small medium businesses to import directly from China.

Cost-savings, documents, paperwork; these are fine details that your shipping partner should deal with with and not take time off what matters most to you – your business and its growth. With a transparent cost structure and numerous cost-savings options, you can be assured that you get more bang for your buck.

 

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For example, unlike many other cost structures adopted by other shipping companies, you do not have to pay for the volume of a whole container. You only pay for the exact volume your shipment entails – the additional space is used by MyShipper Australia to ship other similar goods to similar locations as yours. With a global network of shipping partners, such a task is second nature to them.

For businesses, be it small, medium or big, time taken to deal and calculate shipping costs is unproductive use of limited resources. With a service such as MyShipper Australia, when you source product from China , they are the only contact point you need.

There is no need for a third party agent which we all know simply means more transaction costs. When you do not have to worry about the shipment processes of your products from China, you get to focus on managing and achieving the fullest potential of your business.

 

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The bottom line is that your shipping partner should be an entity you trust. Quotation cited should help you save cost – saving resources to grow your business. Shipping from China should not be a complicated task that becomes a barrier that stops you and your business from having a global reach. Instead, it should be a simple process that you shouldn’t have to be bothered about!

How do you source your products from China? Have you tried MyShipper Australia? We’d love to know how you felt using the service. Let us know in the comments below.

For more info, view here: http://www.goldcoastbulletin.com.au/gold-coast-online-startup-myshipper-provides-an-innovative-gateway-to-china/news-story/d9ba1a0ff48a444505e85cb517900c71

How Long Does Aesthetic Procedures Last?

Have you ever wondered about the effectiveness or lasting period of aesthetic medicine or procedures? Aesthetic medicine or procedures are usually non-invasive which usually doesn’t require incisions and have less downtime.

This explains its rising popularity, although the results of aesthetic medicine do not equal their surgical alternatives. Here’s a general low-down on how long an aesthetic procedure will last:

  1. Chemical Peels

Shelf-Life: Temporary

With chemical peel treatments, new skin growth is stimulated and skin’s surface texture and appearance is very much improved. Different types of chemical peels yield a variety of results. A “lunchtime” peel result is mostly temporary while deep and medium peel results could last several years. Check out this video to view some experiences with chemical peels.

  1. Botox Injections

Shelf-Life: 3 – 6 Months

Botox relaxes the muscles that cause the formation of wrinkles so that the muscles don’t contract and form creases on the skin surface. Depending on the person’s metabolic rate, Botox injection results could last beyond 6 months. Read more about botox in this article.

  1. Dermal Fillers

Shelf-Life: 3 Months – 1 Year

The result of dermal fillers largely depends on the product and the location of the injection. Collagen fillers last up to 4 months, hyaluronic acid fillers last up to 12 months, calcium hydroxyapatite fillers last up to 18 months and Poly-L-Lactic acid fillers last up to 2 years before the body breaks them down and absorb it.

  1. Laser Spider Vein Treatments

Shelf-Life: Permanent

Spider veins usually appear as aging progresses and with this treatment, laser is utilised to send strong bursts of light through the skin to break up blood in spider and varicose veins so that blood is distributed back into the body. While the end result is permanent, new spider veins may crop up in other parts of the body caused by aging.

  1. Laser Hair Treatment

Shelf-Life: Usually Permanent

A permanent way to reduce or remove unwanted facial and body hair, laser hair treatment is usually a long-term reliable solution to ensure that hair growth is reduced so that skin appears smooth without any stubble.

If you are interested in aesthetic medicine in KL, Malaysia, you might want to seek out Beverly Wilshire Medical Centre that has been a popular venue for aesthetic and cosmetic procedures.

 

What Is Stem Cell Therapy?

Stem Cell Therapy

Stem Cell Therapy in Malaysia

Stem cells are simply cells that are able to change into other types of cells.

What is stem cell therapy? First of all we need to understand what stem cells are. Stem cells are simply cells that are able to change into other types of cells. The idea of stem cell therapy is that activated stem cells are placed in the body in order to help the body to regenerate cells that cannot be developed on their own.

Stem cells can divide and provide for the production of specialized cells, such as cardiac muscle cells, red blood cells and skin cells. These cells play a major role in the development of a human body.

Stem cells are generally located in embryos and within the cellular tissue of human adults. They are found in almost all tissues of an adult body, especially in the bone marrow and are usually in sleep mode, activated only when necessary.

The future of stem cell therapy

The potential of stem cell therapy is enormous, just think about the possibilities of the generation of healthy brain cells to combat the effects of Parkinson’s disease and dementia, or even to encourage the growth and re-employment of numerous areas of the body. Because the potential benefits of stem cell therapy are so great, there is a lot of research thrown into the precise effect of stem cells for human body.

The potential of stem cells is also seen in the cosmetic field, to prevent aging from the natural loss of collagen, help skin retains its volume and elasticity and the healing of scars.

There are already a number of products on the market that use stem cells as one of its ingredients or have the ability to activate them in your body in order to achieve a good cosmetic result. These are also available in injectable liquid form based on one’s body fat, better known as the “stem cell facelift”.

Also known as lipo-filling, this treatment have actually been around for quite a while before falling in popularity, although thanks to the focus on stem cells research, lipo-filling is now back as one of the most preferred filling treatments.

It works by removing fat cells from the body which will later be filtered in a laboratory. During the filtration, healthy cells distinguish themselves during the spin process of unhealthy cells, amongst which include stem cells that are activated by the centrifuge process from their sleep mode. These cells are then injected back into the skin, where the stem cells provide for wrinkle softening, the volume and reduction of scar tissue.

One of the most popular medical centres that provides stem cell therapy in KL, Malaysia is Beverly Wilshire Medical Centre.

Read more about stem cells and the different ways of using these in this article.

Top 5 Fusion Food Places To Eat in Kuala Lumpur

Malaysia is known for its a multi-culture and ethnicity, from Malay, Chinese, Indian and lain-lain (others, e.g: Iban, Kadazan, Dusun, etc). Naturally, when people mention about Malaysia, immediately they will think about the food. Why? Because we Malaysians cannot live without our own delicacies. (IT’S TRUE!)

That saying, we enjoy eating and trying out different foods in Malaysia. There are the Malay stalls, Mamak restaurants, Chinese hawker shops, Indian banana leaf restaurants, local stalls like Roti John and Ramli Burger, and even the current in-thing in the country, food trucks! You can easily find these places in shopping lots, at almost every end.

This is the beauty of Malaysia, we are extremely proud of our lovely and exotic flavours, that we even fuse them into other dishes. Malaysian cuisine is truly fusion food.

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Ever heard of Beef Rendang Pasta? You can get them at Serai.

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Or the lip-smacking Satay Pizza? Sounds rather odd innit? But we can assure you they taste awesome. Dining in KL is definitely not something you should miss!

Here we have gathered the Top 5 Fusion Food Places To Eat in Kuala Lumpur, dining with a local kick!

1. The Point Restaurant & Bar
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Address: No. 122, Jalan Kasah, Damansara Heights 50490 Kuala Lumpur
E-mail: enquiry@thepointkl.com
Telephone: +603-20118008
Opening hours Monday – Saturday 5:00pm – 1:00am, Wednesday – Saturday 11:30am – 2:00 pm (Brunch)

2. Drift Dining & Bar
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Address: Ground Floor Bidara Condo, 38 Jalan Bedara, Bukit Bintang 50200 Kuala Lumpur
E-mail: reservations@driftdining.com
Telephone: +603 21102079
Operating Hours: Monday – Sunday 5pm til late

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Address: 23, Jalan Mesui, 50200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
E-mail: contact@table23.com.my
Telephone: +603-2141 0023
Operating hours: 11.30am – 12.30am

4. SOULed Outunnamed

Address: No. 20, Jalan 30/70A, Desa Sri Hartamas, 50480 Kuala Lumpur
E-mail: yum_yum@souledout.com.my
Telephone: +603 2300 1955
Operating Hours:
Mondays – Fridays: Noon till closing
Saturdays & Sundays: 5pm till closing

5. 51 Restaurant & Bar
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Address: Ground Floor Radius International Hotel, 51-A, Jalan Changkat Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur 50200
E-mail: nanthini@51.com.my
Telephone: 011-2611 2460
Operating Hours:
Tuesdays to Sundays – 5pm till 3am
Mondays – Closed

Still not too sure what is Malaysian cuisine like? This video by Fung Bro’s will give you a little idea!

Reference links:
http://www.thepoint.com.my/
https://www.facebook.com/thepointKL/
http://www.driftdining.com/
http://www.table23.com.my/
http://www.souledout.com.my/
http://www.malaysianflavours.com/2014/03/51-restaurant-and-bar-changkat-bukit-bintang.html
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9avFXTdbSo5ATvzTRnAVFg

 

Kardashian Effect? Plastic Surgery is on the Rise!

The Kardashians are considered to be the most hated family in America and attracts more hate than any other celebrities. Surprisingly though, the influence that they have is huge, especially in terms of their looks. In fact, the Kardashians have caused a rise in cosmetic surgery named ‘dash effect’ by plastic surgeons.

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The Kardashian women

 

It might be shocking to some, but the sisters have made a huge impact on the fashion industry, now considered as fashion icons. Many, diligently look up to them for fashion or beauty inspirations.

The trend is now to have big, plump, overdrawn lips associated with Kylie Jenner. Following her admission to using lip filler injections, it has been reported that there has been an increase in enquiries pertaining to lip fillers by 73%. Check out the video below for more about the lip fillers of Kylie Jenner.

While sisters, Kim and Khloe Kardashian have increase the trends for big posterior raising the inquiries by 54%. Big breasts are less demanded, nowadays it’s all about the butt. We see everywhere on social media pictures of the perfect butt as well as how to get them; the different squats to perform in order to achieve the ideal shape. For some, the fastest way is to have a Brazilian lift or buttock filler injection that gives a more plump and perky effect.

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The trend is now to have big, plump, overdrawn lips associated with Kylie Jenner.

 

Having big lips and big butts is no longer considered a feature, but more of a fashion statement.

But it does not simply stop there, plastic surgeries are being sought out by people wanting to look more like the TV reality stars – Going so far as to removing ribs for a thinner waistline or changing their face shape. The number of surgeries performed have tripled in numbers since 2011.

Fan spends more than $30000 to like her idol

Fan spends more than $30000 to like her idol

 

It is not realistic to try to look like someone via plastic surgery. However, what plastic surgery can do for you, is enhance your features and make you look at your own best.

Even though the Kardashian effect has been impacting the plastic surgery industry, the impact can also be seen that of a positive one. There is less stigma and taboo being attached to it and people are more accepting. People are openly getting cosmetic surgery done without hiding it.

As long as people are being safe, I say let them do what makes them happy. In the end, it’s about you! Check out the article on Sheknows.com for some aspects you should consider before taking plastic surgery.

Reference link:

http://www.beverlywilshiremedical.com/aesthetic-medicine/fillers/ 

 

Uproar over Uber

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Uber keeps drunk drivers off the streets.

Uber’s services are faster than cabs and pricing is more affordable—about 20% less than a taxi and 50% less than prepaid plans in Cambodia. Drivers have been courteous and vehicles have been impeccably clean.

All told, I think that Uber has built a better mousetrap in providing transportation services to the public. But I think that Uber should be regulated as a cab company– its “ride sharing” classification is a fiction. Uber closely monitors and controls the performance of its drivers and the condition of their vehicles. The company should compete on an equal regulatory footing with taxicab companies.

Unlike prepaid plans, taxis are mid-20th century outdated technology. Uber fills a huge need that taxis could have filled, but elected not to – the need for a reliable ride on site within a few minutes of deciding that you need it. Uber is reliable, inexpensive, and a cashless transaction with no hassle and an upfront ride quote via the app. With a taxi, a person either has to be in a downtown area where they can hail a taxi on the street (impossible in some areas at some times), or call a dispatcher who will send someone in “about 30 minutes” who maybe will show up.

Data unequivocally says that uber keeps drunk drivers off the streets. Inebriated people can’t spend 30 minutes waiting outside a bar for an expensive cab to maybe show up. No way. That requires finding the taxi dispatch number, having a conversation with dispatch, figuring out what address you are at – all hard to do when inebriated. Uber eliminates all of this, you literally just press a button and a few minutes later the car comes to you. No cash needed, you don’t even need to take out your wallet.

Uber also has the ability to form strategic partnerships, as they do with BeautyGuide and Dah Makan in Malaysia. Their reach allows them to offer customers sets of both startups the convenience of time that is usually afford to a more affluent section of society. The sharing economy is truly democratizing ownership of time and its preservation from tasks outside of human energy domains.

Of course the taxi owners (or the 3 individuals who own almost all of the taxi medallions) are in an uproar over uber – they invested in an old-fashioned technology that is now obsolete. Now they want the public to pay for their poor investment decision and absolute failure to innovate.

For a review of a customer of Uber, check out this article.

Why Airbnb’s Hosts Support Regulation

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Many people do rent out rooms in their own homes.

Sharing economy typically refers to the growing co-op movement where workers share in the ownership and management of a company. There are also new designs to reflect shared living arrangements and bartering between various service providers. Some people even share in the ownership and use of a car or a community garden or recreation space or device like iPhone 6.

In contrast Airbnb is a private business that charges a fee for providing advertising and some minimal level of customer screening for people who rent out a portion of their home or apartment. There is a mutual exchange, but it’s no different than if the tenant booked a room in the Holiday Inn. The Airbnb room may be cheaper, but the idea of making a profit for the homeowner and for Airbnb is the same.

And unlike co-ops and true sharing economic activity, Airbnb has opened the door for iPhone 6 Plus users that double as wealthy investors to buy up homes and apartments realizing that the profits from transient rentals is greater than the monthly rent or mortgage. There’s nothing sharing about this business model. It frequently flaunts zoning laws, safety regulations, building codes and noise ordinances, all in the name of ‘just providing a service’ and as the New York AG’s office pointed out, avoiding the required business taxes.

I have nothing against the concept of Airbnb, but their actual practice has often been exploitative and illegal, not unlike many fast buck businesses and certainly not like the real sharing economy, like the deals Apple has locked to launch iPhone 6 in Cambodia.

Turning the sharing economy into an issue of “good vs. evil” and choosing sides will not lead to sensible regulation and outcomes. There are two truths here with which regulators have to grapple. Many people do rent out rooms in their own homes, in the true spirit of a Bed & Breakfast, who are good hosts and provide an experience that many people prefer over hotels and motels. The extra income is a great help and we enjoy interacting with people from around the country who visit our community.

At the same time, it is clear that many property owners do not live in the homes and apartments they are renting, and they are not paying attention to who is living there. Cities do need to make smart and targeted regulation to stop cannibalization of affordable housing. I think many AirBNB hosts who live in their own homes would support regulation and zoning that stops excesses, while allowing them to rent out 2 or 3 rooms in the house where they live.

To find out more about Airbnb, check out this article.

Mobile broadband

The internet revolution

Nowadays, we can barely live without internet anymore. We use it to communicate, buy, sell, work, study, watch movies and TV series, games, and so much more. You may have tried to avoid it, but this is very difficult. It has taken over the world. But is this a bad thing? Not necessarily. It also made our lives so much easier. You don’t have to go all the way to the train station to see what time the train departures. You don’t have to walk through the whole city centre to find that one dress you need for that special night; you just Google “dark blue Maxidress” and there they are, all next to each other. You can find everything about anything. You can follow classes from home. You don’t have to write letters to your friend on the other side of the world; you can even see them now via internet!

 

Internet affects our lives, our economy, the way we advertise, and so much more. It became an essential part of our daily lives. Almost everyone has mobile broadband. No, I’m saying that wrong; almost everyone has UNLIMITED mobile broadband. The faster, the better. And if you don’t have it yet, you’re pretty behind. Because, who doesn’t want to send pictures to your friends via Snapchat all day? Or update your status on Facebook? Post a funny quote on Twitter? And post a filtered picture on Intagram? Stream the latest music via Spotify? Watch videos of funny dogs on a skateboard on YouTube? Maybe just a bit surfing on the internet to find the latest scores of your favourite sports? Or, in different words, be a bit overloaded with the things to do and see online.

A lot of things you can do on the internet.

A lot of things you can do on the internet.

Then, we of course want the best price for unlimited mobile broadband, but where to find this? I did some research and the provider that suits me most is P1. They offer ToGo® Unlimited Broadband and then you can choose an internet plan that fits you best. For all plans there is NO upfront fee, 1 month internet for FREE, FREE delivery, and online discount! For me, the ToGo® 109 is the best, because it has unlimited internet and 1Mbps Download speed which you can share up to four devices, for only RM 109 a month. However, there are two other internet plans to choose from. Maybe you should just take a look on http://www.p1.com.my/togo/ yourself and see if you agree with me.

 

Reference links:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mobile_broadband

http://www.p1.com.my/togo/

Apple

History of Apple

If you haven’t heard of Apple Inc., or just Apple yet, I don’t know what you’ve been doing the last decennia. You even might be reading this on an Apple device. This could be for example an iPhone smartphone, iPad tablet computer or a Mac personal computer. But I bet there is a lot more history behind the world’s second-largest information technology company by revenue, the world’s largest technology company by total assets, and the world’s third-largest mobile phone manufacturer.

Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne, founders of Apple Inc. in 1984

Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne, founders of Apple Inc. in 1984

Let’s start at the beginning. Apple was founded on April 1, 1976, by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne. The first thing they wanted to sell was the Apple I personal computer kit, which didn’t even had a case. This went on sale in July 1976 for $666,66. This was a huge success, and in the next few years Apple II and Apple III were created. More computers were designed in the next years as well and from 1980 the success was huge, but in the 1990s problems stared to come, because PCs were catching on with biggest competitors IBM and Motorola. However, in 2001, the Mac OS X made people going back to Apple’s computers. Also, in this year Apple opened its first Apple Stores. Like this wasn’t enough for a year, the iPod was released along with the iTunes Store that powered it, and the way music was consumed changed completely. The 2000s were great years for Apple, as they released more and more popular computers like the Macbook Pro and Air, iMacs and the Mac Pro. Then, in January 2007, Apple took another big step by making computers into smartphones, and so the iPhone was born. Later on, the same technology was used to create the iPad and iPod Touch.

Read this article if you want to learn more about Apple extending their iPhone’s lifecycle.

Reference links:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apple_Inc.

http://www.smart.com.kh/apple

Gym in Malaysia

Working out in Malaysia

Squats, lunges, fit, abs, muscles, crunch, cool down. What do all these words have in common? Exactly: GYM TIME. Gym freaks are going crazy even seeing these words, but not all of us are so familiar with all this gym / fitness vocabulary. That is why it is time to talk a bit about gyms (or fitness centres, whatever you prefer).

Don't forget to stretch!

Don’t forget to stretch!

What to do at a gym?

As some can’t even imagine why the hell they would go to a gym in the first place, let me please tell you that it’s not just lifting weights. There are plenty of things to do and I bet there is always something that you will like. For example, you could step on one of the cardio machines (i.e. elliptical, treadmill, bikes, stepmill, etc.) for a warm-up. You can also pick a nautilus machine, but if you have no idea how to use any type of fitness equipment, then I recommend you scheduling a session with a personal trainer so that he can teach you how to use the equipment safely.

If you don’t know how to use the machines, you might hurt yourself using them. But as this is a little bit basic, you also might want to hop on one of these balance boards to work on your balance. What’s even more fun is that most fitness centres offer classes, for example aerobics. These are very fun ways to work out. Ask for the possibilities at your gym, they might have more than you expected.

Best gyms in Malaysia

There are plenty of good gyms in Malaysia, but how can you find the one that suits you best? Luckily, there is a website www.beautyguide.com.my where you can find the right venue you desire in just a few clicks. You can also see the venues’ service listings, prices, locations and special promotions. So, what are you waiting for?

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