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In case you’ve missed my post about it on Facebook, here it goes: for those of you who don’t already know, we at “Crunch” are giving our e-magazine its very own universe! Which means it’ll be getting its own website. How exciting is that?

Best of all, we want you to be a part of it.

We’re accepting submissions. Articles, videos, photographs, all sorts of creative work. For this round of submissions, we’re accepting those under the theme of “My First Time”.

This can be about anything. It can be about the first time you worked abroad, the first time you lost a friend, the first time you won an award, etc. As long as it fits the theme, we’re ready for your content!

So don’t waste time. Come along and join in on the fun!

How to submit?

  • For articles/images/videos/etc: simply email us at crunch@nuffnang.com
  • For images and videos: you can post them on your Instagram account, and use the following tags #CrunchTime and #MYFirstTime

The deadline? 

  • 27th April 2018

Psst. Have I mentioned that we’ll be publicizing your submissions on our Facebook and Instagram? I haven’t? Now I have ; )

We look forward to Crunching through your content!

You can also check out “Crunch” on Instagram at @crunchbynuffnang

Melissa Kartini
Nuffnang Community Team

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In light of the ever-nearing approach of Earth Day, I thought it was well about time to draw up a list of things we could do to observe this event.

Not just for this event, however, but for the days and hopefully years to follow as well. It might be tough, but let’s do our part to save the environment. Thankfully enough, going green doesn’t have to be difficult! Here’re 20 things you can do without fuss immediately:

  1. Swap plastic for reusable shopping bags! This one ought to be obvious, but it is unfortunately a practice that has yet to properly penetrate our society. So the next time you’re planning to go shopping, remember to bring a couple of shopping bags with you. It might not seem like a lot, but you’ll be opting out of hundreds of plastic bags by just doing this.
  2. Try to limit your washing. Not only is it a waste of energy to do multiple loads in a week, it is a waste of water, detergent and time. Limit your laundry days to just once a week, and dry your clothes out under the sun instead of tossing it in the dryer to maximise on your energy-saving potential. Your electricity bill will thank you for it!
  3. Recycle. It has been said a thousand times, and I will say it again. One of the best ways to help our environment is to recycle. If you have any books, papers, plastic bottles, aluminum cans and the like that you don’t need, recycle them.
  4. Make use of leftovers. Just because there are some leftovers from lunch doesn’t mean you have to throw them away. If there is anything that can still be saved, save it for dinner or another day. You can do something similar for fruits as well. For example, a banana that has gotten black spots can still be eaten! You can bake it into banana bread.
  5. Use biodegradable detergents and washing powders when cleaning. Replace your chemical-heavy detergents and soaps with more biodegradable alternatives. It’s a good step towards helping the environment.
  6. Reject straws! Plastic is particularly nasty for the environment, but there are those that are even worse than some. Straws are one such example. Why? It’s simply because of how quickly they end up in our landfills and oceans after just one use. Talk about a waste.
  7. Use the train. In the ideal world, we’d only use trains to travel. Alas, this isn’t possible for the majority of us just yet, especially if we don’t live in KL. But what we can do is use the train as much as possible. Honestly speaking, it’s a lot cheaper than using a car, and you don’t have to worry about traffic, tolls or parking!
  8. Turn off the electricity when not in use. Another obvious one, but sadly neglected. The next time you’re heading out of the room or have no need for something that you were using, turn off the electricity. You’ll be surprised by how much money you can save from this in just a month.
  9. Store water and use it to wash the dishes. Instead of washing the dishes under running water, you could store water in a small basin and dip the dishes in it. This will greatly reduce water wastage without much effort at all.
  10. Store rainwater and use it to wash your car. This is not something that can be done all the time, but it is worth trying out. Store rainwater in buckets so you could use it to give your automobile a much-needed wash!
  11. Get yourself a Kindle. I know, I love the feeling of a real, physical book in my hands too. But that is the price one has to pay if they’d like to go green. Plus, think about all of the space you’d have by not having a ton of books! And if owning a Kindle doesn’t tickle your fancy, there is always the library.
  12. Donate your old clothes. Is there anything in your closet that you’ve not worn in over half a year? Or God forbid, years? Then it’s about time to give them away. You’ll not only make room for new clothes, there’ll be others who’ll benefit from your old ones! Win-win.
  13. Ditch disposable nappies. It’s bad enough that disposable nappies are costly in the long run, they’re also filling up our landfills! Both of which are huge no-no’s on any environmentally-conscious mind.
  14. Take shorter showers. There’s no denying how tempting it is to take long, comfortable showers after a long day, but truth to be told, this is simply a waste of water. Cut down on your shower time, and if you find that difficult to do, use cold water to shower. You’ll find yourself out of there in no time!
  15. Bring your own bottle of water. It might seem innocent, but it really isn’t. Rather than buying bottled water, invest in a bottle of your own and bring water from home. It’s a step towards preventing hundreds and thousands of plastic bottles ending up in landfills.
  16. Start a compost pile. If there really is food waste – fruits and vegetables, specifically – that you can’t save, then it might be about time to start your own compost pile. It could be a great source of nutrients for your plants.  
  17. Carpool. If you’re going out with a group of friends, carpool whenever possible. You’d be doing your wallets, gas tanks and environment a kindness.
  18. Use cold water only. Yes, most of us avoid taking cold showers if we can help it, but the amount of money and energy you’d save from this is surprising. Try to get used to showering in cold water. It’ll comfort you to know that it is also more physically beneficial for you in the long run as well.
  19. Opt for green toilet paper. Stay eco-friendly and reduce your environmental footprint with green toilet paper. These are readily available, so there’s no excuse to miss out on them.
  20. Airdry your hair instead of blow-drying it. It is not exactly ideal to walk around with wet hair, but it would be good for it to not be blow-dried after every wash. Not so fun fact: blow-dry your hair too much, and it’ll end up brittle. Save it for special occasions if you must blow-dry.

There’re loads more that can be added to this list, but for the now, these will do. I hope you enjoyed reading this as much as I enjoyed compiling it!

Good luck on your journey towards a greener you!

Melissa Kartini
Nuffnang Community Team

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Are you aware that Malaysia has a problem with strays? If you’re a local, you definitely are. No matter where you go, you’ll see at least one or two stray cats or dogs roaming the streets. During such instances, you’ll notice that they’re usually starving underneath their dusty, and times grimy, matted coats.

Is that really a life you’d wish on any living creature?

Jean Liew is an animal rescuer who believes that every animal deserves to have a good life. In a Celcom campaign that she has recently partaken in, this deeply held belief of hers reverberates through the heart-wrenching video that has taken social media by storm.

In it, she highlights a problem that has yet to alleviate in Malaysia: the problem of strays. It is no secret that the streets are far too cruel a home for cats and dogs alike to live in. Not only are they prone to starvation, they are also at an extremely high risk of contracting diseases. The threat of them encountering animal-haters is all too real as well.

Is there anything that can be done about this, though?

Yes, of course. Here are some of the things you can do the next time you see a stray:

  • You can feed it and get it cleaned.
  • You can bring it to the vet to have it neutered.
  • While you are there, you can also have it vaccinated to prevent it from getting rabies.
  • You can bring it to the local pet shelter to put it up for adoption.
  • OR you can ask friends and family if they’re interested in adopting a furry little friend.
  • Even better, you can adopt it yourself.

At the barest minimum, along with giving it food and shelter, getting it neutered is one of the best things you can do for it. Indeed, this might not seem like a lot, but by just helping to neuter at least two cats, you could prevent them from multiplying up to 420,000 strays in just seven years! That is a lot.

It is admittedly not the perfect solution, but it is the most humane one. Let’s do our part to save animals from the cruelty of the streets.

Want to sponsor a snip? Check out the following:

TNRM Malaysia

Melissa Kartini
Nuffnang Community Team

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This is it. It took 10 years in the making, but it is finally here. Almost. Spanning the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe, the long-awaited “Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War” movie is set for the ultimate and deadliest showdown this 25th April! We don’t know about you, but we can’t wait!

So in light of the movie’s upcoming release, we’re here to amp up the anticipation by giving out free “Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War” premiums to 10 lucky contestants! The only thing you have to do?

Take part in our fun and easy contest.

Here are the contest details:

  1. Fill in this Google form and answer correctly to stand a chance to win
  2. Share this post on your Facebook timeline
  3. Follow MarvelMalaysia on Facebook
  4. Follow Nuffnang on Facebook
  5. We will announce the 10 contest winners on our Facebook
  6. Contest ends on April 22nd

The winners will receive:

  • The top 3 winners will each receive the entire set of premiums
  • The 7 runners-up will receive 2 premiums each

The premiums are listed below: 

  • Limited Edition Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War Pin Badge
  • Limited Edition Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War Cap 
  • Limited Edition Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War Card Holder 
  • Limited Edition Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War Notebook
  • Limited Edition Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War T-Shirt
  • Limited Edition Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War Umbrella
  • Limited Edition Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War USB Drive

Sounds like a breeze, doesn’t it? So don’t hesitate; go and get these prizes while they’re still hot!

“Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War” is hitting cinemas this April 25th

Melissa Kartini
Nuffnang Community Team

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It is not a pleasant topic, but the painful reality is that cancer is an ever-present threat in our society. Young or old – though the risk is even higher for those in advanced age – anyone can be diagnosed with cancer. However, here is something that you may not be aware of:

The majority of cancer research focuses on cancers that are more common in Caucasians. Because our biological makeup is different, much of what we know may not directly apply to Asians.

To highlight the severity of this lack of research on Asian-leaning cancers, only 5% of genetic studies involve Asians. This, despite genetics playing a huge role in our risk to cancer- and Asians making nearly half of the global population.

This is an issue that Cancer Research Malaysia placed emphasis on during World Reverse Cancer Day.

Here are some quick, hard facts about cancer in Malaysia:

  • About 100,000 Malaysians contract cancer every year. The majority of cancer-riddled patients are women.
  • Estimates state that 1/4 Malaysians will suffer from cancer by the age of 75.
  • In another estimate, it is believed that Malaysian cancer sufferers will increase by 15% in 2020.
  • The main cancers that plague Malaysians are breast cancer (14.5%), intestinal cancer (12.1%), lung cancer (11.8%), cervical cancer (5.7%) and throat cancer (5.4%).
  • In 2014, cancer was the 4th major cause of death in government hospitals.

And here is a list of what Cancer Research Malaysia does to combat cancer in Malaysians:

  • It focuses on neglected areas of research i.e. niche cancers often found in Asians.
  • It improves survival rates by being more accessible.
  • It repurposes drugs to shorten time and cost of bringing treatment to patients who need it.
  • It partners with the top scientists in the world and leverages on the best technology to better results.
  • It works on training the next generation of Malaysian cancer researchers.

This isn’t a job that Cancer Research Malaysia is able to do alone, however. As it is an independent, non-profit cancer research organisation based in Malaysia, it needs the aid of the public too. Donations and research grants are how it keeps its goal going.

So if you’re interested, you can help Cancer Research Malaysia by becoming a partner, donating money and or volunteering.

What are you waiting for? Show your support for Cancer Research Malaysia by following these pages:

Website || Facebook || Instagram || Twitter

Melissa Kartini
Nuffnang Community Team

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We’ve all heard it at least once or twice in our lives: that it’s not good to read all the time. Which, admittedly, does hold some truth to it, but in comparison to the TV-watching counterparts of bookworms, there is a surprising benefit (along with many others) that reading has over it.

What is that, precisely?

Apparently, better social skills. Surprising? Certainly!

Where’s the proof?

In a 2017 study conducted by Kingston University London, 123 volunteers were questioned regarding their entertainment preferences- both in terms of their preferred medium and genre. Do they prefer films, books, TV shows or plays? Do they prefer romance, action/adventure, comedy, fantasy, etc?

After this series of questions, they were then tested on their interpersonal skills, with a focus on their behaviour and respect towards others.

The result of their experiment? It was found that the volunteers who preferred reading novels were more likely to showcase positive social behaviour and a better ability to empathise with others. Those who preferred watching TV had the direct opposite result.

According to cognitive scientist Keith Oatley, “When we read about other people, we can imagine ourselves into their position and we can imagine it’s like being that person. That enables us to better understand people, better cooperate with them.”

Makes sense, doesn’t it? After all, it’s much easier to be sympathetic/kinder to others when we can understand what they’re going through.

PS: Those who love fiction had the highest ranking in social skills.

All the more reason to pick up a book, don’t you think? ;)

But wait! There has to be more, right?

Of course. There was a reason why the volunteers were asked regarding their genre preferences. Because as it turns out, your genre preferences are often associated with certain traits. Weird!

For example, those who love comedy are able to relate well to others, and those who love romance and drama showcase the most empathy.

How curious. Well, the more you know, hm? Might be time to keep mum on your entertainment preferences if you want to maintain an air of mystery around yourself.

Melissa Kartini
Nuffnang Community Team

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