News that Malaysia is the fattest Asian country in the world isn’t new at all, but the fact still stands that Malaysia holds this title till today- with no sign of letting up either. Almost half of the adult population is overweight or obese, and considering the health complications that accompany this condition, this is an issue that needs to be addressed.

Thanks to our country’s racial and cultural diversity, we’re completely spoilt for choice. Whether it’s Malay, Chinese, Indian, Japanese, Western or any other cultural cuisine you can think of, we’ve got it. Access to these cuisines is easy, and santan and oil are present in Malaysian food in excess.

Lack of exercise is also another major contributing factor, which, granted, isn’t completely our fault. We work long hours, and our streets and weather aren’t exactly the most pedestrian-friendly.

How can we lose weight, though? Here’re a couple of tips to help you on your path to a newer, healthier you:


This one is a no-brainer, but it’s surprising how often it’s pretty much neglected. Yes, as mentioned, we don’t exactly live in the most favourable environment for exercise.

All hope isn’t lost, however. You can easily get your daily exercise in by walking around in the mall, or by simply walking up and down the stairs. It doesn’t have to be for an hour. It can be for 20-30 minutes; as long as you’re moving, you’ll improve by leaps and bounds. The gym is also a fantastic option if you have a bit more time and money to spare.

FUN FACT: Muscles help burn fat. So the fitter you are, the more effectively you’ll burn fat.

Drink more water

Not only will water help you stay hydrated, it will also help you lower your appetite. Whenever you’re feeling particularly hungry, try filling up with some water before diving into your meal. Even sipping water throughout the day will reduce those dreaded hunger pangs- which is what we want to avoid. It’s all too easy to overeat when we’re hungry!

PRO TIP: Green tea is a wonderful alternative to water. It is a zero-calorie, fat-burning beverage that should be a staple in your diet.

Fix your diet

Yet another #obvious piece of advice, but like exercise, it suffers from neglect. It may be difficult at first, but to lead a healthier life, it is time to cut out greasy, sugary food from your diet. Instead of opting for nasi lemak, curry or fast food, load up on leafy greens, grains, fruits and protein. Protein is especially important when it comes to building muscle. Load up on this after your exercise routine for maximum effect.

FUN FACT: Nutrition has more to do with muscle-building than exercise does. While this doesn’t mean you should skip out on exercise, it does mean you should have a more balanced diet. Don’t forget your protein!

Prepare your own meals

The reason for this is simple: you don’t know what goes into your meals when other people prepare them for you. No, this doesn’t mean death to all food outings. It would simply be best to prepare the majority of your meals on your own. At least this way, you’ll be able to control what goes into your diet.

Get enough sleep

Lack of sleep can lead to weight gain. Don’t believe me? The more sleep-deprived you are, the higher the level of the stress hormone cortisol in your body. This stress hormone is one that increases your appetite. If you’ve ever wondered why you’ve been eating more lately (and it just so happened not long after you started having late nights at work), it is simply because of this. Even being deprived of 30 minutes of sleep can make you more susceptible to weight gain, so watch out!

Good luck on your journey to a healthier you!

Melissa Kartini
Nuffnang Community Team

  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Language: English
  • Starring: Alicia Vikander, Dominic West, Walton Goggins, Daniel Wu, Kristin Scott Thomas

Even if you’ve never watched the first two Lara Croft films, the image of Angelina Jolie donning that iconic tank top must at least be somewhat familiar to you. I mean, who doesn’t remember the tough #girlboss persona that Jolie represented? The first film was released nearly 20 years ago, and the impact is still there.

Ever since then, Jolie is seen as the personification of Lara Croft. So it is only understandable that the Croft to fill in her shoes is viewed under harsh scrutiny.

Alicia Vikander has a lot of expectations to meet, and luckily for her, she hits the ground running with her version of the famous Croft.

What is it about?

It has been seven years since her father disappeared, and though he has been declared as dead, Lara Croft (Alicia Vikander) refuses to accept it. And when she later discovers her father’s secret office, where she learns that he has gone on a mission to an island called Yamatai, she decides to follow him.

With a heart full of hope that he’s still alive, she goes to Hong Kong and hires a sailor, Lu Ren (Daniel Wu), to bring her to Yamatai.

It doesn’t matter that the journey there is a treacherous one; all she wants is to find her father again. Even if it means going head to head against an evil organization that has its sight set upon the same tomb her father has sworn to protect. The tomb of an evil Japanese empress.

Is it worth a watch?

If you like movies that are filled with brutal, exhilarating action scenes, then this Tomb Raider reboot might just tickle your fancy. “Tomb Raider” is spearheaded by a tough heroine who handles all obstacles in her path with an exciting mix of fearlessness, quick thinking and nail-biting recklessness.

This rebirth of Lara Croft isn’t just strong, however. She is also vulnerable and above all, human. As she goes through her first kill whilst descending into the beginning of her tomb raiding career, she experiences remorse. Remorse for taking a fellow human’s life. And this unexpected show of emotion is what makes Vikander’s version of Lara likable and without a doubt, relatable. It is different from Jolie’s Lara, which came to be fully realised, and this works in Vikander’s favour.

While there isn’t much that can be said about her co-stars as their appearances are minimal, Lara manages to serve as a noteworthy draw all on her own. That, and the thrilling action sequences, of course.

“Tomb Raider” is now in cinemas

Melissa Kartini
Nuffnang Community Team

Warner Bros. has finally dropped a trailer for one of the highly anticipated films of the year, and we’re already excited.

In the trailer of “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald”, we get to feast our eyes on a young Albus Dumbledore, who is stunningly played by Jude Law. From what we can see, anyway. Jude is just a heartthrob through and through. Ahem.

The trailer itself is a bit thin in regards to the plot, but from what little that can be seen, the second installment of this franchise is set to pave a path for yet another thrilling blockbuster. The trailer also gives us a glimpse of Newt Scamander’s (Eddie Redmayne) friend, Leta Lestrange (Zoë Kravitz), and his brother, Theseus (Callum Turner. Check out the 1:36 mark of the trailer).

As many of you may recall, the first “Fantastic Beasts” film ended with Grindelwald’s (Johnny Depp) escape from the government. Expect to see Dumbledore and Scamander teaming up to stop that mad man in his tracks come the second movie.

What you should not expect, however, is an explicit background on Dumbledore’s romantic history with Grindelwald. As stated by director David Yates, Dumbledore’s sexuality will not make it explicitly in the upcoming film- which is a downer for many Potterheads, certainly, but this is just the second film, so there is hope yet.

Either way, we can’t wait to watch the second installment of “Fantastic Beasts”.

“Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” will be in cinemas on November 16th

Melissa Kartini
Nuffnang Community Team

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Fourth issue of “Crunch” in, and we’re proud to introduce our featured talent of the month, Kittie Yiyi. A delight both online and offline, this eclectic fashion designer produces creations that are a treat to the senses.

Whether you love fun and whacky designs or something more feminine, even fairy tale-like, Kittie has something for just about everyone.


You can read our exclusive interview with her in our latest issue of “Crunch”.

Show your love and appreciation for Kittie Yiyi by following her

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Melissa Kartini
Nuffnang Community Team


We live in hot and humid Malaysia, which has, let’s face it, weather that encourages the appearance of pimples and acne. The existence of these aren’t limited to just your face, mind you. Sometimes they can take form on your back, and it doesn’t take a genius to understand that it can sometimes be embarrassing to wear back-baring clothes because of them.

Is there anything that can be done about these Hell spots, though? Here are a few tips to help you banish bacne.

Shower as soon as possible

Our bodies tend to produce more oil and sweat in hot and humid weather, and this of course, results in acne. Sadly, the majority of us aren’t escaping this predicament anytime soon, so it’s best to be consistent in our acne prevention. The first step is to shower as soon as possible when you return home- especially when you’re returning home from the gym. This is to get rid of all the oil, sweat and sunscreen from your skin; you don’t want these building up around your hair follicles. An infected hair follicle means acne, which is what we want to avoid.

Use a gentle body wash that contains salicylic acid

This helps to reduce inflammation and unclog pores. As implied above, it is best to use this consistently, as our weather makes our backs perfect breeding grounds for that dreaded bacne. Do this every day and it’ll reduce, if not banish, the appearance of bacne.

Use spot treatment but avoid benzoyl peroxide

Bacne can be treated using the same products meant for facial acne. So if you desire, you can use a spot treatment to speed up the banishing process. Be sure to avoid products that contain benzoyl peroxide, though; this is because it tends to bleach fabrics. You don’t want to find white spots on your cute top at the end of the day.

Do use a scrub

But do be gentle. If you aggravate the skin by scrubbing too hard, you could end up over drying it. This leads it to producing even more oil and in turn, breaking out. Not a very pretty sight. Alternatively, you could use a shower puff and a salicylic acid body wash instead. Scrub gently when you use this combo, and don’t forget to wash the shower puff immediately after your shower. These things are hotbeds for bacteria to grow in, and we don’t want that.

Melissa Kartini
Nuffnang Community Team


We all have deal breakers, essentially a list of traits that we won’t tolerate in a partner. But then there are some of us who take that list a bit too far, and end up with one that is a mile-long. Yikes!

Not only will this severely cut down on your chances of finding someone who might actually be right for you, you will scare off potential candidates as well. Honestly, who would want to deal with someone who seems so demanding and disagreeable?

For a better dating life, here’s a list of things that shouldn’t matter when you like someone:

  1. Their looks. So the person you like doesn’t look like a movie star. Ask yourself, “Does this really matter in the long run?” No matter how you look at it, it doesn’t. Looks fade with time, and if you’re going to spend the rest of your life with someone, it might as well be with someone whose company you enjoy. At the end of the day, you’re dating a person, personality and everything, not their face.
  2. Their body. Do you really need a beau with a six-pack? One can definitely see the appeal, but if you’re going to forgo someone just because they’re a bit chubby and don’t have a six-pack, you’re not going to have a good time.
  3. Their height. It’s perfectly normal to have a height preference, but their lack of (or excess of) height shouldn’t be a deal breaker. The man of your dreams might just be an inch shorter than you’d expect, or Mrs. Right might just be slightly taller than you. Don’t dismiss chemistry just because of their height.
  4. Their sense of style. Find their sense of style embarrassing? Some people just prefer to dress comfortably rather than to blow it all on clothes, and… Let’s just agree that all these superficial things don’t matter at the end of the day, okay? (Besides, if things start getting serious, you can always buy them something they’d look good in… Or throw away their ratty old polo shirt when they’re not looking. You didn’t hear this from me.)
  5. Race. If the only factor that is holding you back from being with someone is their race, then you’re missing out. There is nothing wrong with interracial relationships. If anything, it can be an opportunity to learn something new by sharing each other’s cultures. FACT: It is because of this quality that interracial couples tend to be more open-minded, mindful and have greater depth of views of people in society.
  6. How much money they make. Money would be nice, but just because your beau doesn’t make as much money as so-and-so, doesn’t mean they can’t make you happy. A life of luxury isn’t going to make you happy if you’re married to a douchebag.
  7. If they still live with their parents. A lot of millennials are still living with their parents. Unless they’re making absolutely no effort to save money and are just leeching off the latter, this shouldn’t be a problem. It just goes to show that they are being fiscally responsible. There isn’t anything wrong with saving for a better future now, is there?
  8. What your friends and family think. Who is dating that person, you or your parents? You are. While it would be great if your friends and family love your new beau, it is your opinion that matters the most in this situation. Now, unless they start expressing concern that the person you’re seeing might be abusive, you needn’t pay attention to what they have to say.  
  9. If they’re well-traveled. Not everyone gets the opportunity to travel abroad, and think of it this way, this is a chance for you to explore the world together. The thought of which makes it even more exciting, doesn’t it?
  10. If they’re awkward. Some degree of awkwardness is part of the parcel of the initial stages of dating. And if they’re just naturally awkward, well… It’s just part of their charm, isn’t it? Nobody is perfect, and you aren’t either. Lighten up a little.
Melissa Kartini
Nuffnang Community Team



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