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This blog captures the musings and anecdotes of the daily life of a Malaysian who is now living in Melbourne, Australia.

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Improving my Cantonese through Korean Dramas.... ^^

16/10/2010

Improving my Cantonese through Korean Dramas.... ^^

So if there is one thing about watching Sung Kyun Kwan, it's that I actually improve my Cantonese thereafter.

If you were reading my blog, you'd know that I am actually attending korean language classes now, and at least 85% of the students are from Cantonese speaking background.

During class, we do compare the vocabulary in the korean dramas, and since Sung Kyun Kwan is a drama based about the 14-1500s?, the writers of the drama have utilized a lot of antiquarian words from the past, which if paired with chinese subtitles, and my limited knowledge of how to read chinese, I am actually able to identify if the words are of sino-korean origin, or if its a pure Korean word.

Sung Kyun Kwan is now up to episode 15 next week, and apparently the 은장도 - Eun Jang Do, which is a ornamental knife/dagger worn by women of higher ranking in those days will be playing the pivotal role in revealing her identity as a female to one of the other main leads in the drama.

Apparently Korean language came about the same time as Cantonese, and Hokkien which was in circulation, which was around the Tang Dynasty era. So if you had a strong command of thge Cantonese, or Hokkien dialect, it would greatly aid your pre-language background should you be interested to study Korean in future. ^^
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Milking the Commonwealth Games bandwagon for all its worth.

09/10/2010

Milking the Commonwealth Games bandwagon for all its worth.

In Malaysia, having indians dressed in punjabi suits, or saris on a daily basis is an almost common sight.

An abundance of indian stall food, mamak, teh tarik is available. Not to mention almost cheap. Murukku, Murtabak, Chapati, Roti Canai, you name it, we have it.

So it's Commonwealth Games in India, and the childcare centre I'm working at is has been working on the theme of India.

With Australia currently the lead in the medal tally, there is more reason for viewers to be paying attention to the games.

Coles Supermarket is also jumping on the bandwagon.

One of its advertisements has a male host who informs a mother that she only has to spend ten dollars for dinner for a family of four. (Eating out in Australia is generally expensive, okay).

So they are promoting their prepared packet masala curry, and then we have a scene with dancing indian women folk in bright red, and yellow saris around a water fountain. The scene then fast forwards to dinner, and the entire family is in awe of the mother's cooking skills.

Currently on Channel Ten, there are indian food cooking demonstrations.
They have even brought in a chef from an indian restaurant.

Ok, perhaps I'm being cynical. I get cynical about prepacked instant food packages from a western supermarket. When basically not much has been done except to add water, and some seasoning!

Except for say, if it was bought originally from that ethnic group's asian grocery store.

I really prefer food made from scratch, or at least the effort was 75% of it. That's how I do my cooking anyways.

But anyways, it is a good starting point for Aussies, and perhaps other migrants in Australia to learn a bit about the indian culture.

What with the hullaballoo that the Australian government threw in regards to barring further incoming migration early this year.

For Malaysians, I hope we continue to have our morning teh tariks and roti Canai in peace and for the many years to come.

-- Sent from my Nokia E71.

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04/10/2010

Ultraceuticals: Protective Daily Moisturiser SPF30+ Review.

The Front
List of Active Ingredients.

So I was chosen by the good people of Active Skin to be among those selected to review this product from Ultraceuticals range of suncare protection creams.

Product: Ultraceuticals- Protective Daily Moisturiser SPF30+ (Untinted)
Product Type: Sun Care.
Skin Type: All Skin Types

Functions to: 
* protect skin from Ultraviolet (UV) rays that damage and age the skin. 
* Containing both chemical and physical screening properties
* Specific ingredients to protect against daily environmental damage.

Ingredients include:
* Oxybenzone 3.0% w/w,
* Octyl Methoxycinnamate 7.5% w/w,
* Zinc Oxide 4.9% w/w,
* Phenoxyethanol,
* Sorbic Acid, Oat Kernel Flour,
* Tocopheryl Acetate,
* Tocopherol,
* Camellia Sinesis Leaf Extract,
* Lactic Acid

My Reviews: 
I have trialled this product over a period of 10 days now.

When I first received the product, I was assuming that it would be a typical face moisturiser. However, the thick cream consistency would mean to say that it would have the "sun cream" feel and consistency due to the number of active ingredients present in the product. 

It does not seem to have any fragrance (fragrance free) which is good for those who have a sensitivity to fragrances.

I have used this product over my toner, and before application of my normal BB Cream, which so far has not posed much of a problem for me.
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Dermalogica: Soothing Protection Spray Review

More than half trialled of the sample size.
List of ingredients on the back.
Solution on a cotton pad.
So I was chosen by the good people of Active Skin to be among those selected to review this product from Dermalogica's range of face care toner solutions.

Product: Soothing Protection Spray (250 ml)
Product Type: Toner.
Skin Type: Sensitive.

Functions to: 
* protect skin from reactive ozone
* botanicals immediately reduce irritation, redness and inflammation.
* Shields skin from further environmental assault caused by temperature extremes, pollution, irritating cosmetic products, harsh detergents, chemical exposure, stress, poor diet or hormonal factors.

Ingredients include:
* Dermalogica's exclusive Anti-Ozonate Complex to Soothing Green Tea,
* Canadian Willow Herb,
* Cucumber,
* Licorice
* Raspberry extracts deliver potent anti-itching, healing and antioxidant properties.

My Reviews: 
Toners are important as they help prep the skin prior to the application of the moisturiser, as the beauticians at the salon that I frequent for my monthly awaited facials each month. The use of toners helps the effective absorption of the moisturiser.

As my skin ranges between between dehydrated/dry/sensitive, I was sent this product for trialling purposes. I have at the time of this post, trialled this product of a duration of over 10 days which was integrated into as part of my daily cleansing face regime. (i.e., cleanser, toner, moisturiser).

The Soothing Protection Spray left my skin feeling soothed. When used effectively with a cotton pad, it helped remove the last traces of make-up before the application of the face moisturiser (and there was a lot left!). It also helped made the pores shrink and gave a calming effect.
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