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I Tried It: YouTube Exercise Videos

I Tried It: YouTube Exercise Videos

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There are two things I know for sure: Armie Hammer looks beautiful in a tracksuit and I don’t want to leave my apartment this winter. Because of the latter, I realized online exercise routines could be my saving grace.… Read more The post I Tried It: YouTube Exercise Videos appeared first on A Cup of Jo.
Veggie Burritos (With Black Bean Hummus)

Veggie Burritos (With Black Bean Hummus)

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Have you tried black bean hummus? It’s delicious on everything from carrots to chips, but especially burritos. So, to continue our month of vegetarian dinners, we’re sharing the recipe for these smoky cauliflower burritos made with the savory spread.… Read more The post Veggie Burritos (With Black Bean Hummus) appeared first on A Cup of Jo.
Why You May Want to Add Adaptogens to Your Daily Routine

Why You May Want to Add Adaptogens to Your Daily Routine

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If you’re into wellness trends, you’ve probably heard about the life-changing power of adaptogens. I recently started taking a couple of them in capsule form, and I’ve definitely noticed feeling more energetic and mentally sharp throughout the day, skipping right over the 2pm slump that always hit me post-lunch. Fans of adaptogens claim stress reduction, improved sleep, and even weight loss, and even though it sounds like a no-brainer to add them to your diet, turns out that no one actually knows what the eff they are. At this morning’s editorial meeting for example, Chanel asked if she should be using them, and then I reminded her that she’d been habitually taking ashwagandha powder every morning. So… yeah. If you’re clueless when it comes to the
Do These 4 Things to Get Your Book Club Back on Track

Do These 4 Things to Get Your Book Club Back on Track

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Why am I assuming that your book club is, in fact, off track? Because it is. Has been for a while. Let’s face it — you haven’t met in months (and you spent most of the last meeting talking about Oscar screeners.) As millennial women, we’re consistently drawn to the idea of the bookclub without fail. This will be great! I’ll read more challenging material! We’ll talk about real ideas! Yet almost everyone I know is a disgruntled or AWOL member of a literary group that has gone completely off the rails. As a member of a newly hatched book club myself (we’re still talking over names, but “The Most Exclusive Book Club in Austin” is a working title.) I thought it might be a good idea to do a little research on how to keep our club on track b
We Try To Figure Out How Khazanah Spends Government Money In The Tech Sector

We Try To Figure Out How Khazanah Spends Government Money In The Tech Sector

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Khazanah is looking to invest into smaller tech companies nowadays, owing to some “stretched” valuations in the tech industry today.  And the types of companies they invest in as a GLC includes ones that add value to the Malaysian ecosystem, more of those that are involved in manufacturing, and they go where the trends take them.  Once particularly bullish on tech companies, Khazanah Nasional revealed that 2017 was a pretty slow year for them in terms of tech investments. Nevertheless, the sovereign wealth fund was able to record a rise in the value of its portfolio by 8.2 percent last year, despite an investment outlook that was more cautious. It will still continue its successful bid into US technology investments, but the outlook on the local scene may initially seem unpro
Google Pay Is Coming To Singapore – Replaces Android Pay And Acts Like DBS’ PayNow

Google Pay Is Coming To Singapore – Replaces Android Pay And Acts Like DBS’ PayNow

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Google announced today (21 February) that they will be launching Google Pay, its cashless payment mobile app which will replace Android Pay. In a statement released by Google, Mr Chen Way Siew, APAC Payments Partnerships Lead of Google said the app “can be used wherever Android Pay was accepted.” “Their existing Android Pay app will be updated in the coming weeks to Google Pay and all of their existing forms of payment will be linked to the new Google Pay app,” he added “Pay Here, Pay There, Pay Anywhere” Screenshot of Google Pay site Google said it will make the feature “consistent” across all Google products like Chrome and Google Play. Users can also link rewards cards and earn points and enjoy perks on the Google Pay app. According to Tec...
This Filipino Couple Quit Their Jobs To Open A Café That Serves Food Like Malunggay Pasta

This Filipino Couple Quit Their Jobs To Open A Café That Serves Food Like Malunggay Pasta

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Rodrigo Escobar and Andy Wong, who are graduates of Business Management and Integrated Marketing Communications, started their career in the corporate world. “The idea of business started during our employment. We were both dealing with many business people and somehow *naisip din namin na magbusiness kagaya nila. Because we were the ones processing their transactions, then why can’t we do the same?” (*Translation: we also thought of doing business) Rodrigo was working for different advertising agencies focusing on digital marketing, while Andy in the digital industry focusing on online shopping. Maybe you can consider this as a product of two individuals who were brave enough to risk a lot of things and pursue this journey without knowing any positive outcome. Birth of S...
Your Kid Could Be The Next Zuckerberg—These 6 Places In The Klang Valley Can Show Them How

Your Kid Could Be The Next Zuckerberg—These 6 Places In The Klang Valley Can Show Them How

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As our education system continues to recognise the importance of computer literacy (as evidenced by the introduction of computer coding into the national school syllabus), parents today might find the option of giving their young ones a headstart in the field by enrolling them in specialised programmes. Half of the highest paying jobs in America now require some knowledge or skill in coding. It’s possible this trend might show itself in Malaysia too. To that end, we list down some of the places within the Klang Valley that offer education in coding, programming, and many other important computer skills. 1. CodeJuniors Located in TTDI, CodeJuniors offers game-based coding classed to children in two age categories—Little Juniors (5–8) and Explorer Juniors (9–15). Classes are facilitate
M’sians Used To Cry Over CNY Commercials. Why Did We Stop?

M’sians Used To Cry Over CNY Commercials. Why Did We Stop?

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Between the shifting public interest and the dying television advertisements, festive advertisements aren’t getting as much traction this year.  Besides developing jadedness towards tear-jerking ads, the younger generation aren’t as exposed to those ads, particularly since they consume less material on traditional mediums (i.e. television).  Can you even name any Chinese New Year commercials this year? I know the first 5 seconds of some of them since they appear before I can watch my YouTube video, but other than that I realised that this year’s conversations lack that quintessential heartwarming ad that was made popular by Yasmin Ahmad in the Petronas Advertisement era. It’s not like companies have stopped producing Chinese New Year ads. It’s just that they
You Waste 158 Hours A Year Stuck In Traffic—These 4 Solutions Could End That In M’sia

You Waste 158 Hours A Year Stuck In Traffic—These 4 Solutions Could End That In M’sia

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Malaysia ranks as the country with the third highest number of car ownerships, with 93% of Malaysian households owning at least one car. This coupled with our dense population makes for heavily congested roads and bad traffic conditions. There are solutions to this problem—some still development, and some already implemented. These include technological solutions that incorporate cloud computing, AI, and big data. Urban Malaysians understand more than anyone the pains of being stuck in traffic during the weekday rush hour. In a 2016 statistical analysis provided by TomTom, the urban Malaysian living in Kuala Lumpur spends on average an extra 41 minutes a day stuck in traffic, which ultimately equates to 158 hours wasted per year (if based on 230 working days annually). 93% of all Malaysi