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If we have to list out movies that are heavily blessed with star-studded casts, Murder on the Orient Express would be right up there. Why wouldn’t it be? Especially with so many award winners manning the front line.

Talk about glittering.

But we’re not just here to talk about the talents this elegant murder mystery boasts. We’re here to bring a Murder on the Orient Express contest to your attention. Win, and you’ll be one of the lucky contestants to watch the premiere of this movie!

Here are the deets:

  1. Fill in the google form here
  2. Follow 20th Century Fox (foxmovies.my) on Facebook
  3. Follow NuffnangMY on Facebook and Instagram
  4. We will notify the 30 winners via social media or WhatsApp
  5. Winners to post about Murder on the Orient Express on Instagram and include @NuffnangMY and #OrientExpressMY in the caption. (You can post the movie poster or tickets or anything at all about it!)
  6. Last chance to join is 23rd November!

Winners will receive:

  • 10 pairs of Premiere Tickets for 28 Nov 2017, 9:15pm, MBO Starling
  • 20 pairs of In-Season Passes

Sounds pretty easy, no? So, go go go! Grab this chance to watch this thrilling movie for free.

Murder on the Orient Express is coming to cinemas this 30th November

Melissa Kartini
Nuffnang Community Team

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Talk about taking the adage “Waste not, want not” to the next level. As part of an effort to highlight the problem of food wastage, a small-batch ice-cream chain from Portland, Oregan called Salt & Straw took the unconventional approach of creating ice-cream… made from food waste. Yum!

Now, before you turn up your nose and gag at the thought, take a gander at this flavour they had on their limited edition menu: sweet, spiced-rum-flavoured ice-cream that is drizzled with gloriously warm brown apple butter.

That doesn’t sound so bad now, does it? In all honesty, it sounds sinfully delicious.

But wait a minute. That can’t be hygienic.

Don’t freak out. When we say “food waste”, we don’t mean Salt & Straw picked the ingredients off kitchen floors and out of dumpsters. Perish the thought!

When we say “food waste”, we mean perfectly edible food that might have otherwise ended up in the trash. You get us? See, it’s not that bad!

As an example, let us take a look at how they created that spiced-rum-flavoured ice-cream.

The spices used to create flavoured liquor come from Portland’s Eastside Distilling. And according to Fast Company, “Salt & Straw will re-steep the rum-soaked spices in cream, then ribbon in the caramelized apple butter made from bruised apples that were destined to be tossed.”

So it’s all good.

Why does it matter, though? It’s just a couple of bruised apples.

To us, it might just be a couple of bruised apples, but to the entire world, it is part of the staggering approximate 1.3 billion tonnes of food that is wasted every year. That is a lot of food!

To zero in on just how serious this is, that is about 1/3 of the food produced every year, wasted.  And the reality is, more than enough food is produced every year to feed all the people in the world.

This isn’t just bad news for them, but for our environment as well, since excess food production also means more greenhouse gas emissions.

So take note of the message that Salt & Straw tried to send out. It is time that we do our part by making better decisions and ensuring there is less waste at a household level. The same goes to food companies as well. We might be a small part of a bigger picture, but every little bit counts!

Let’s save the planet; one bruised apple at a time.

Melissa Kartini
Nuffnang Community Team

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Perfectionism. The word itself doesn’t sound bad- in fact, it sounds downright wonderful. Who wouldn’t want to achieve perfection, right?

We’re humans, after all, and it’s perfectly human to want to win. That sense of achievement we get once we attain a goal is pretty darned hard to replace.

But here’s the thing with perfectionism. While it can be healthy (we call this “adaptive” perfectionism), there is a darker side to the picture. Maladaptive perfectionists want and cannot accept anything but perfection. Failure to do so results in a spiral into depression.

Below, we’re going to highlight the key signs of perfectionism, and how they can be affecting you and your quality of life negatively.

You procrastinate. A lot. 

Normal people would procrastinate by watching an episode of Friends or Game of Thrones before starting on their assignment. You, on the other hand, spend hours, days, even weeks on an assignment, obsessing over every detail you’ve made to the point that you miss your deadline. Nothing you create ever meets the insane standards you’ve set for yourself, and in the end, you never move forward.

You have an all-or-nothing mindset.

If you’re not good at something, why bother doing it at all? Rather than making a fool of yourself, you’d rather miss out on a class. Instead of going for football practice, you’d rather stay at home, but you’re perfectly fine with going to baseball practice. Because guess what, you’re better at baseball than football. This kind of mindset can prevent growth in those less than perfect areas despite knowing there is a learning curve.

You avoid trying new things.

That cool new sport everyone’s raving about and you’d love to try? Or that new dance school that just opened up and you’d love to sign up for? No and no, on both counts. Out of fear that you’ll make a mistake, you bar yourself from trying new things. Which, trust us, you will regret in the long run. What’s life without a bit more colour in it?

You obsess over previous mistakes.

While everyone else can move on, you can’t. You stay fixated on the mistake you made, and you build it all up in your head, until you finally, finally cripple from the stress of it all. No matter how small the mistake, it doesn’t really make a difference to you. Everything is either perfect or not. Anything less than the former is completely unacceptable.

High, unrealistic goals.

It is one thing to set your goals high, it is another matter entirely when you set them out of reach. Because you define yourself by your accomplishments, you have an innate need to be the very best. Which is a good thing in healthy doses, but bear in mind that you are human too. Remember Icarus, the man who flew too close to the sun? Don’t be him.

Difficulty in sharing your thoughts and feelings.

Why? Because by admitting anything of the like is equivalent to revealing that you are a flawed human being. In your mind, it is a sign of weakness, and it is precisely this mentality that can hinder you from forming warm, genuine relationships. Which is a shame, because it can get pretty lonely all on your own. We humans are social creatures at the end of the day.

The thought of socialising leaves you anxious.

Rather than experiencing butterflies before meeting new people, you get the uglier side of the coin: anxiety. There is a constant worry that people will be watching and judging your every move. What if you make a mistake and embarrass yourself in front of them? The thought is too terrifying to even consider.

Having some of these traits doesn’t mean you’re a perfectionist, but if you found yourself nodding to more than a few of these, you might be. All is not lost, though! Realisation is the first step to recovery, and the quality of life you’ll enjoy thereafter will be well worth it. So don’t be afraid to take that step; everything in life is a journey.

Melissa Kartini
Nuffnang Community Team

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Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need a huge wardrobe to be stylish. Nor do you need to grab every on-trend piece in sight. Admit it. You know they’ll only go out of style once the hype blows over!

So what exactly makes a good wardrobe?

While it definitely helps to have a few statement pieces, it is essential to build your collection with a couple of good, solid classics first. It might sound drab, but it’s true!

Let’s take a quick look at the ten pieces your closet cannot do without.

Solid T-Shirt

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It’s always a good idea to stock up on a couple of solid t-shirts. White, grey and black ones in particular. These are the ones that you can immediately pull on whenever you’re in a rush, and know that you look good– especially when you dress them up with some bling bling.

Solid Cami

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A fun alternative to the casual t-shirt, a solid-coloured cami is the way to go if you want to opt for the playful route. It’s just as easy to accessorise with, and just as easy –if not easier- to pair with other clothes! Talk about a bang for your buck.

Plain Shirt

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Sometimes we want to look a bit more sharp, a bit more polished. What better option is there than a nice, crisp shirt? Depending on how you style it, you can go from Casual Chic to Sophisticated Corporate Lady to Downright Laidback Casual Urban Gal.

Who says shirts are boring?

Turtleneck

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The thing that we love about turtlenecks is that they do so much without asking for anything in return. It’s amazing how a simple outfit can be transformed into one that effortlessly breathes casual sophistication. Pair this with a statement necklace and you’ve got some glamorous vibes going on.

Jeans

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How many times have we thanked our lucky stars that we have a trusty pair of jeans in our closet? Way too many. Which is exactly why this all-time favourite has made it to our list. With its versatility, you can dress it up or dress it down, and best of all, you can create dozens of outfits with it. It is just that versatile.

Denim Shorts

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The more fun-loving cousin to the trusty pair of jeans, denim shorts are especially appreciated in our hot and humid country. What is there not to love? They’re cute, they’re comfy, and they possess just about the same level of versatility that a pair of jeans do, albeit more so in the casual sense.

Little Black Dress

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Who could ever forget the Little Black Dress? A forever classic, there is a reason why this piece has earned an eternal place in every woman’s wardrobe. It is not only elegant and chic, it is perfect for just about any occasion! Be it a casual day out with your friends, a job interview, a formal dinner or (God forbid) a funeral, the LBD has got your back.

Denim Jacket

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The best way to lend an air of casual cool to your OOTD is by pulling on a denim jacket. Simple and fuss-free, this item will keep you warm while ensuring you peace of mind. This is yet another item that possesses high mixing and matching power, after all.

Leather Jacket

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For instant badass, might we suggest a sexy leather jacket? Bold and daring, this statement-making number is a purchase that you will not regret. It looks good with just about everything and it enhances your OOTD without a hitch. Talk about a winner.

Nude Strappy Heels

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We’ve all heard praises for black heels, and that’s wonderful. But why not turn our attention to the more demure nude strappy heels? Not only can you pair them with just about anything from everyday casual wear to red carpet stardom (why do you think celebrities wear these so often?) they can grant the illusion of longer legs too. That’s win-win in our book.

Now, before you run out to buy any of these awesome classics, remember that these are things that you shouldn’t cheap out on. Given how frequently you’ll be wearing them, it only makes sense, no? Quality is your friend here, dear readers.

That aside, happy shopping!

Melissa Kartini
Nuffnang Community Team

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The Korean wave is a strong one. What with its attractive array of music (kpop, anyone?), dramas and of course, beauty products to choose from, it is no wonder that people are sitting up and taking an interest in Korean culture.

One of the most successful of which being their beauty regimen. If there is one thing we’ve noticed about Korean celebrities, it is their effortlessly flawless skin. Smooth, bright, pimple-free and poreless- just how is that humanly possible? It is not just their young ‘uns either; their older celebrities seem to sport the same skin as well. It is certainly worthy of envy.

So it is not surprising that people have started nosing into the beauty practices of Koreans.

And if you’re privy to Korean beauty trends, you might have heard of “glass skin”.

What is “glass skin”, exactly? This particular class of complexion is essentially that perfect Korean skin we all know and love, taken up a notch. The difference being? Glass skin supposedly possesses an even, all-over sheen that makes your skin look like -you’ve guessed it!- a piece of glass.

This is something that most people would find just about impossible to achieve, but one lass has done just that.

Going by the name elliejellyb3an on Instagram, Ellie Choi has successfully obtained this and has even shared her beauty regimen with us. Talk about generous!

Needless to say, we’re endlessly grateful for her wisdom.

Check out her Instagram for those grab-worthy tidbits!

Melissa Kartini
Nuffnang Community Team

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If you’ve been thinking about starting a blog, you must have come across the terms “free blogs” and “self-hosted blogs” before. So, what exactly are these? And why are there two kinds? What’s the difference?

To put it very simply, the differences between the two lie in what you want to do with your soon-to-be-blog. If you’d just like to be a casual blogger, then the free route is for you.

If your reason for starting a blog is to enhance your professional image, then the self-hosted route is the way to go.

As for the reason why these are categorised as such, allow me to draw a comparison between WordPress.com and WordPress.org. Seeing that WordPress has a powerful presence on the Internet, this is the easiest and perhaps one of the most relevant comparisons one can make.

For this particular article of this 2-part article series, I’ll be focusing on WordPress.com.

WordPress.Com, a Summary

With similar URLs, people often get confused between WordPress.com and WordPress.org, but once you learn the differences, they cannot be anymore different.

The most obvious contrast to take note of is that one is paid for while the other isn’t. This is because the free version comes with many restrictions that encourage you to eventually self-host your own blog.

This “free” version is WordPress.com, a website that allows you to sign up for an account and create a blog under them. “Free” because it does have a paid option, but this upgrade is often times more expensive than having a self-hosted blog. Do note that even if you upgrade to a paid WordPress.com, you will not be able to access everything that WordPress.org blogs can.

To keep things short and sweet, the following are the features that WordPress.com does and does not offer, neatly split into pros and cons:

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WordPress.Com, a Conclusion

If you don’t mind any of the hurdles WordPress.com comes with, then you can go ahead and sign up for a free account. This version of WordPress is perfectly tailored for those who want to blog as a hobby, and those who want to explore the world of blogging.

Honestly speaking, blogging doesn’t have to be taken seriously, and this is the perfect way to have fun without worries in mind.

You’ll be able to improve your writing while you’re at it too!

Melissa Kartini
Nuffnang Community Team

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