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If there is anything that can get your mood going for romance, it is Valentine’s Day. Admit it, even the most apathetic of you might feel the slightest stirrings when you see and hear that much anticipated day being talked about left and right.

So to satiate those stirrings of yours, I’ve gone ahead and gathered five romantic movies for your viewing pleasure. Nothing quite like a quiet day in watching chick flicks, amirite?

Clueless

If there is a movie that absolutely every teenager (and even adults!) has to watch, it has got to be “Clueless”.

Loosely based on Jane Austen’s beloved classic “Emma”, “Clueless” is jazzed up to modern day Beverly Hills. It centers around the life of Cherilyn “Cher” Horowitz (Alicia Silverstone), who is a kind, if somewhat spoiled, high school girl just a few months shy from 16 years old. Her goal throughout the majority of the film is to play matchmaker and to improve the lives of others- both acts of which lead to hilarious, heart-melting and for some, heartbreaking situations.

So if you’re looking for a light-hearted film that has plenty of laughs and sass in it, then “Clueless” might just be the one for you.

You’ve Got Mail

With Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan as the stars of this, do you really need any other reason to give it a watch? Inspired by the play “Parfumerie” by Miklós László, “You’ve Got Mail” is a story about two business rivals who are unaware that they are involved in an online romance with each other. In real life, there is no love lost between Kathleen Kelly (Meg Ryan), the owner of an independent children’s bookstore, and Joe Fox (Tom Hanks), a man who belongs to the family that owns a chain of mega bookstores.

In the online world, things cannot be anymore different. The pair hold a mutual affection for each other, and are always looking forward to responses from the other. It is as though it’s a match made in heaven.

Can their love hold true when they learn of each other’s true identities, though? Watch to find out.

13 Going on 30

Undoubtedly one of Jennifer Garner’s best films, “13 Going on 30” is a fun, light film that is so full of heart that you cannot help but to keep watching it. And of course, root for Garner’s character, Jenna Rink.

Jenna Rink is a gawky 13-year-old girl who wants nothing more to be popular. And the only way she can do it is by getting an in with the ruling school clique. In fact, she goes as far as to do their homework to get them to attend her birthday party. Which is always an advisable thing to do, of course.

After an unexpected turn of events that essentially grants Jenna her dearest wish, she wakes up in a gorgeous Fifth Avenue apartment- and finds out that her dream has come true. The only thing? She’s no longer 13, she’s 30. At first, Jenna is baffled, but as she discovers all the gleaming things that await her, she is overjoyed—until she isn’t. Is it possible that what she wished for isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be?

10 Things I Hate About You

The modernisation of William Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew”, “10 Things I Hate About You” is another one of those films that teenagers should give a watch.

“10 Things I Hate About You” is about two sisters, Kat (Julia Stiles) and Bianca (Larisa Oleynik), who aren’t allowed to date- at least, not until the older of the two does. It is a rule that was set by their overprotective father, Walter (Larry Miller), who believes that due to Kat’s antisocial nature, both of his girls will stay untouched until they graduate- just like he had planned.

But thanks to Cameron James (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), a particularly smitten and determined boy who wishes to date Bianca, a chain of events is triggered that eventually leads to the school’s bad boy, Patrick Verona (Heath Ledger), trying to win Kat’s heart. All because he had been paid to do so. It is a recipe for disaster, for sure, but is it possible that a happy ending is in the cards for Patrick and Kat?

Let Me Eat Your Pancreas

And because we need to show Asian films some love too, here is a Japanese one that gained a lot of popularity when it was released last year: “Let Me Eat Your Pancreas”.

Ahh, sounds like a horror film, doesn’t it? Despite its zombie-like title, “Let Me Eat Your Pancreas” is a deceptively beautiful story that will keep you glued to the screen from the beginning to the end. If you don’t believe me, give the following summary a read and if it piques your interest, give it a watch.

“Let Me Eat Your Pancreas” is about the main character and narrator, “I” (Takumi Kitamura & Shun Oguri), and Sakura Yamauchi (Minami Hamabe). The tale begins with the narrator reminiscing his past, where he recalls the memory of a girl, Sakura, he used to know in high school, and how he had gotten to know her. It had all started when he accidentally picked up and read her diary, which details her struggle with a pancreatic disease. And despite being stoic and regarded as stand offish, the lad offered the bright, rambunctious lass support in the only way he knew how: by being there for her. Outside of her own family, he is the only person she has got, after all.

Melissa Kartini
Nuffnang Community Team

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Chinese women are known for having exceptionally flawless skin, and thick, luscious hair to boot, too. Exactly how many of us have looked at an impeccably groomed Chinese woman, and admired her white, poreless skin? Far too many to count! And we at Nuffnang bet your bottom Ringgit that this has happened more than once.

That said, that doesn’t mean you can’t attain the same level of beauty as well. Here, I’ll share a couple of Chinese beauty secrets that will help you along the way:

Rice water

Inexpensive and pretty much readily available in every Asian household, this beauty secret is one that you can get started on right away. All you have to do is soak unpolished rice in water, and stir it until the water turns milky. It is at this point that you can dip a cotton pad in the mixture, and pat it all over your face.

What’s more is that you can keep this in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days! This homemade toner is great for helping keep that dreaded oil shine at bay.

Mung beans

Mung beans are used for de-puffing and treating acne- news those with problematic skin will rejoice over for sure. These beans have been a part of Chinese skincare for centuries too, which means there has got to be a darned good reason behind this practice.

Adding on, they’re applied in the form of face masks, and have been used by ordinary people and empresses alike even during olden times. These masks are created by grinding up the beans and adding water until the mixture turns into a paste. An alternative method is buying the powdered form from health stores and mixing it with Greek yoghurt.

Herbal tea

This one’s a no-brainer, given the widespread popularity of tea in Chinese culture. These herbal remedies are prescribed depending on a variety of factors as such the season and your symptoms. For instance, Goji is generally prescribed during the summer when it is most potent, and is commonly used for detoxing and boosting your defense system. Other popular herbal teas include and are not limited to red dates, Chrysanthemum, Bei Qi and Huang Qi.

Fun fact: After drinking Goji tea, you can eat the berries afterwards. These plumped up, juicy berries are filled with vitamin C, amino acids, antioxidants, minerals and carotenoids. Perfect for enhancing your skin!

Turmeric mask

While more commonly associated with the Middle East, it turns out that turmeric is popular with Chinese women as well. This powerful root has been relied on as far back as ancient China to help reduce wrinkles and even out skin tone, and continues to be widely used to this day.

To create your own DIY turmeric mask, all you have to do is mix a tablespoon of turmeric powder with a teaspoon of honey and a teaspoon of almond milk. Leave it on your skin for about fifteen minutes, wash off, and check out the difference in your complexion.

Jade roller

This one might sound a bit odd, but hey, don’t knock it till you’ve tried it. Jade rollers are meant to help improve circulation, which will in turn improve your complexion and help your skin heal.

This is best done after you’ve used a face mask. Simply and gently roll it across your face from the centre to the outside, and enjoy the cooling sensation that comes with it. These devices also supposedly soothe and de-puff your skin, as well as help decrease wrinkles.

Did you find this article helpful? Or do you know any Chinese beauty tips you’d like to share? Hop on over to Comment below!

Melissa Kartini
Nuffnang Community Team

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While there’s always the classic movie date to stave off awkwardness during the first date, it can get a bit dull after a while. After all, just how many first movie dates can you go on before you start getting restless?

Luckily, this article is here to sort that out for you. If you have no other idea what to do on a first date, you might want to consider one of the following! Especially with Valentine’s Day drawing ever close. You don’t want to bore your potential Valentine now, do you?

So without further ado, here’s the list:

Coffee shop

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If you and your date are the type to keep things low-key, perhaps a date at a coffee shop might be right up your alley. It’s casual enough for conversation, you’ll have something to drink, and if you really want to lengthen the date, you can order another cup of coffee! Or even a snack. Sounds pretty good, right?

Heck, if things get too awkward, it’s easier to end the outing here than from a dinner date.

And if the usual chat-at-a-coffee-shop approach is too dull for you, you and your date can always order cups of coffee to go before going out for a walk.

Amusement park

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With a plethora of activities to choose from at an amusement park, you and your date will hardly ever have a moment of boredom. There are plenty of games and rides to be had, and if either of you are feeling peckish, you can nip on over to one of the food stalls. Which, by the way, come in such a wide variety that you’ll be spoiled for choice.

All in all, a fun, casual day. Do you really need more?

Comedy show

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Not one of the most conventional romantic outings, but it’s one that makes you go, “Why didn’t I think of that?”

The atmosphere is relaxed, and the two of you will (hopefully be) laughing your butts off at the jokes they have to offer. Plus, this is an excellent way to gauge whether you both share the same sense of humour! Not that it’s necessarily a deal breaker if you don’t, but it would certainly help if you do.

Pet shelter

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Bond over your mutual love for animals by visiting a pet shelter. Not only will you have the companionship of an adorable dog (or cat!) to dispel the awkwardness between you and your date, you’d also be contributing to a worthy cause! Talk about a win-win situation.

Conversation won’t be too much of a worry either; you’d have plenty to talk about whilst bathing or walking one of the animals.

Ice-cream

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Sweet and oh-so-satisfying, an ice-cream date is yet another low-key alternative the two of you might enjoy. And just like the coffee shop suggestion, you’ll have the flexibility of lengthening the date by ordering another helping- and you’ll also have the option of taking your ice-cream to go and going for a walk.

Yummy!

Rock-climbing

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Ooh, this one is a doozy. A definite must-try for workout enthusiasts out there, rock-climbing is an activity that will get your blood pumping in no time. Heck, you can even spice things up by having a little competition on your own. Last one to reach the top has to pay for dinner afterwards.

That would certainly make your date a bit more interesting, wouldn’t it?

Go bowling

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Or play darts or pool. You can even try your hand at archery or head to the arcade. You get the picture. Find a fun activity that will keep the both of you occupied and conversation will naturally follow. This will hold even more so true if again, you have a little contest between you and your date.

More free food, anyone?

Concert

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This might be a bit expensive, but having a concert date is just about as foolproof as you can get awkward-wise (unless your date is a total jerk, in which case, you have my condolences). Music is best enjoyed with company, and even if you can’t find anything to talk about beforehand, you’ll definitely have lots to chatter about afterwards.

And hey, if the both of you already like the artist in question, you have very little excuse not to have something to chat about. So have at it.

Zoo

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Ever wished you could visit the local zoo? Here’s your chance. Both a highly interesting and unconventional alternative, going to the zoo is a fantastic way to zap away any potential awkwardness. It’s a great learning experience, and you’ll also have the option to eat at the zoo or somewhere outside afterwards.

Just be sure to remember to wear sunscreen!

Food festival

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It is no secret that we Malaysians are generally foodies. So what better way to spend a date than by going to a food festival? The both of you can choose from a wide variety of food, which means there is no need to debate over what you’d like to eat. I’m sure some of us have had that tug-of-war experience over where and what to have for dinner.

A food festival is a fast and easy way to solve that.

Melissa Kartini
Nuffnang Community Team

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Valentine’s Day is coming up, and we all know what that means. Flower sales are going to hit the roof- for roses, especially.

Did you know, though, that there is more to roses than their natural perfume and aesthetic? For instance, the colour of the rose you pick for your loved one can symbolise your feelings for them. Such is the language of flowers.

With this in mind, we’re here to provide you with a rose colour guide to help you with your purchasing decision. This and the upcoming month are (mostly) going to be about love, so let us help you make this year’s Valentine’s Day extra special.

Red

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Ever popular, red roses are seen as a traditional symbol of love and romance, which understandably makes them the go-to choice for Valentine’s Day. What flower says “I love you” better than the red rose, after all?

Connections to love aside, the red rose also embodies the meaning of beauty and perfection.

Pink

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Another popular option, the pink rose understandably has softer connotations than its red cousin. Admiration, gentility, grace, joy and sweetness are some of the meanings that this lovely flower is instilled with.

If you feel your special someone possesses any of these traits, it might be a good idea to have a couple of pink roses in your bouquet.

Yellow

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The colour yellow is often associated with bright, uplifting happiness so it is only natural that the yellow rose reflects the same meaning. If you want to tell someone that they make you happy, yellow roses might be your best bet.

Why, even just looking them lifts your mood without even trying!

Orange

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If you believe red is the only colour that represents boldness and passion, you have another think coming. The orange rose is a fantastic alternative for those of you who prefer a more light-hearted tone in your gift.

So highlight the passion in your relationship by giving your loved one orange roses. These blooms are associated with energy, and are used to symbolise enthusiasm, desire and excitement.

White

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While understated, the white rose remains an extremely popular choice in the flower business. These sophisticated blossoms are used to represent innocence, purity, remembrance and charm.

They can also be traditionally found at weddings, where they symbolise new beginnings.

Peach

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An elegant way of expressing your gratitude to someone is through the peach rose. A cross between the colours pink and orange, this soft-toned petaled beauty is soothing to both the eye and heart. This makes it incredibly apt for representing appreciation, don’t you think so?

Sneak in a couple of peach roses in your bouquet to say “Thank you” with eloquence.

Lavender

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Want a more unique way of saying “I love you”? The lavender rose might be perfect for you.

A slightly unusual choice that is no less enchanting than its fiery red cousin, the lavender rose possesses an alluring air thanks to its more delicate shade. It also reflects love at first sight, and an eagerness to grow your relationship.

Which makes it more than adequate to gift to the girl (or guy!) you have your eye on. *winkwinknudgenudge*

Of course, there are more ways to express your feelings, but devoting effort by saying them through flowers makes your Valentine’s Day bouquet all the more meaningful. We’re sure your loved one will appreciate it.

Melissa Kartini
Nuffnang Community Team

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It’s the beginning of the year and our second issue of “Crunch” is out- and with it, our featured talent of the month! This time the title goes to the beautiful, equally ambitious Careen Tan of The White Atelier.

For a taste behind why we love her so much, feel free to peruse the following blog post.

We’re sure you’ll adore her as much as we do.

The Truth About Social Media

…is that what you see, isn’t always what you get.
 
…is that what you see, are the highlights of my life.
 
…is that what you see, is what I CHOOSE to show you.
Yes, guys. That’s the truth about social media. You may say, “Well yeah, I already knew about it. I knew everything that you mentioned above.”
We may all KNOW it, in our heads. But very often, whenever we scroll our Instagram feeds and Facebook timelines, we tend to forget all of that and be subconsciously influenced to think that whatever we see is how that person really is, how things really are, in real life.

Read More

Happy reading, Nuffnangers!

Show your love and appreciation for Careen by following her blog @careentan

Melissa Kartini
Nuffnang Community Team

If you’re a fan of Dr. Sandra Lee – who is more famously known as Dr. Pimple Popper – then you’re in for a real treat. The doctor, who gained YouTube fame for uploading videos of her popping her patients’ zits, cysts and blackheads, has gotten her very own TV show.

You read that right. Her very own TV show.

From popping zits on YouTube videos to doing the same on television, Dr. Pimple Popper is making strides in the entertainment world. The sole difference now being? Television viewers will get a more in depth look into her world of dermatology.

The TV show is aptly named “This is Zit”. And rather than simply watching her perform extractions, viewers will be afforded a look into her office, her preparations before appointments and even her patients’ background stories. So for those of you who simply can’t stand seeing ginormous zits and cysts being popped in all their liquid glory, the format of “This is Zit” might help mitigate the ick factor.

By helping viewers learn of the patients’ stories and struggles, “This is Zit” has an emotional aspect that draws people in. One cannot help but to watch on to see the conclusion. Will the patients’ troubles be solved? Will they be at peace with themselves? We have to know!

Such is the appeal of “This is Zit”. This TV series follows the story of four patients: Angelina, who has a baseball-sized lipoma under her breast; Delano, a homeless man whose job search is complicated by the growing lump on his back; Carla, who has 50-year-old pilar cysts in her scalp; and Brenda, who has a sizable growth above her eyebrow.

Do you dare watch “This is Zit”? Your favourite popstar awaits.

“This is Zit” premiered on January 3rd. Catch it on TLC!

You can watch her YouTube videos here

Melissa Kartini
Nuffnang Community Team

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