Top 5 International Boarding Schools in Malaysia in 2017

August 25, 2017 EducationEducation GuidesLearning Life  No comments

Malaysia is among the top countries in Asia with the most number of international students. According to the ISC Research, there is a total of 170 international schools in Malaysia as of 2017. This comes as no surprise, as the demand for international schools in Asia continues to rise.

If you are planning to move to Malaysia and are looking for the best school for your kids, here are the five leading international schools to choose from:

  1. Marlborough College Malaysia

The school is one of the biggest international schools all over Malaysia. Located on a 90-acre estate in Iskandar, Marlborough College in Malaysia offers their boarding facilities to pupils in Year 5 and above. They aim to help their students develop meaningful and healthy relationships through their international boarding school.

  1. Nexus International School Malaysia

Operating since 2008, the Nexus International School prides itself with an Apple Distinguished School Award. The said recognition was given to only three schools in South Asia. Nexus is also the top option among many expats because it is located just 35 minutes from the Kuala Lumpur City Centre. Their boarding experiences include after-school activities, routine activities, and peer-to-peer camaraderie.

  1. Prince of Wales Island International School

POWIIS is dedicated to bringing the best of British education system into an authentic Malaysian context. Their boarding schools are known for having outstanding modern facilities. They assure that there are always domestic staff members available to help the students adjust to their new life outside the home.

  1. Cempaka International Ladies’ College

Founded in 2009, the CILC serves as the first private all-girls boarding school all over Selangor. This all-girls boarding school in Sepang currently has four boarding houses that comprise girls from all levels. The school follows the British and European educational system with a combination of rich cultural diversity of the region.

  1. Epsom College in Malaysia

The Epsom College, one of the oldest co-educational schools in Southern England, opened its Malaysia campus in 2014. Now the Bandar Enstek campus is successfully operating as a day school and boarding school. Boarding is offered to children aged 11 to 18, to prepare them for the world beyond their home. Each Boarding House has a study bedroom and communal areas such as kitchen areas, TV rooms, and laundry areas.

Have you chosen the best international boarding school for your child? We suggest you contact and make a visit to each of the schools listed above to help you make your decision!

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Get More Hotel Deals in Penang by Following These Easy Booking Hacks

August 21, 2017 Hotel  No comments

It’s no secret that hotel stays can be expensive, especially if you’re booking last minute. Hotels always have a sneaky way of emphasizing that there is only one room left, and you should book now. However, is that always really the case? Are there ways to get cheaper Penang hotel deals? Keep reading to find out more.

  1. Sign up to Booking Websites

This ensures that you’re always in the loop of things, and when prices drop you’ll get an immediate email! This certainly beats checking the hotel’s rates every day. Plus you can cross check and keep tabs on several hotels in Penang at a time.

  1. Stay up to Date on Coupon Deals

Coupons are the last thing many people will think of when planning a holiday. However, some hotels do have hotel coupon deals. These coupons will take you far if you can capitalize on them at the right moment.

  1. Use Your Miles to Book Your Hotel Room

The best time to do this is during off-season periods where rooms tend to be cheaper anyway. Using miles instead of cash to pay for your rooms will serve you well as you get to save quite a bit of cash to explore the Penang area.

  1. Find Membership Discounts Available to You

When planning a trip to Penang, you’ll want to look into every possible aspect that can lower your holiday bill. Joining travel organizations is one sure fire way of doing this. Most of these organizations will offer their subscribed members discounts. You’ll find that there are many deals that will enable you to save especially on accommodation.

  1. Call the Hotels!

This is something very few people actually ever do. After you’ve narrowed your hotel list, call each one and ask if they have any Penang hotel deals on offer at the moment. You may be pleasantly surprised to find out that they indeed, in fact, have several promotions on offer.

Conclusion

Penang hotel deals abound regardless of the season. It just takes a bit of effort to find them, but when you do, they’ll be worth every minute you invested to find them. You’ll have a less stressful holiday, and potentially more money to spend and enjoy thanks to all the promotions and deals you found. Apply these tips the next time you’re planning a trip to Penang!

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Top 4 Tips to Getting Your Dream Architect Job in Malaysia

August 19, 2017 Job Application  No comments

Are you looking for an architect job in Malaysia but don’t quite know where to start? Here are the top 4  tips to help you land the job of your dreams.

 

  1. Take Time to Create a Winning Portfolio

Your portfolio is one of the most important aspects of your career as an architect. Being able to show potential employers the work you have done, or projects you have worked on is crucial in them choosing you. Let your portfolio speak for you. Let it be professional, and yet, personal.

All the work you did in university, any voluntary experience you have, or professional experience. Let it all shine through. Make your portfolio as authentic as possible, rich in your history, experiences, and architectural achievements.

 

  1. Distribute your CV, Resume, Portfolio Widely

Once you’ve put together your portfolio, your CV and or resume, it’s time to start dropping off copies. You can send your documents via e-mail to as many companies in Malaysia as you can. Seek online forums, and create links with people. Use social media platforms like LinkedIn to connect with potential employers.

Going to drop off your portfolio in person can also be a great way of making sure that the right person gets your documents. Drop your portfolio at companies that aren’t hiring – you never know when an opportunity may arise.

 

  1. Prepare Well for the Interview

Dress for the job that you’re interviewing for. No casual wear, no shorts, no open sandals. A suit and tie, well-polished shoes and neat hair will take you far. Remember first impressions count.

During the interview, don’t be afraid to speak confidently about your larger life goals, your aspirations, values and how you believe you are the right fit for the company.

Attend conferences and network with those in your industry. This will help you develop a sense of confidence, and you will be up to date with what’s happening in your field so that you won’t be caught off guard during your interview.

 

  1. Don’t Be Afraid of Change

There are so many disciplines in architecture; sometimes people believe that once they have chosen one, they only have to stick to that one. That’s not true. You may have chosen residential architecture as your forte, but this doesn’t mean you can’t explore other architectural areas. Apply for an architect job in Malaysia in another architecture discipline; you may be surprised that you are the right fit for that company.

 

Conclusion

Malaysia is a young country. There are millions still in need of adequate housing. There are hospitals, shopping malls, complexes, bridges still to be designed and built. Don’t lose hope on finding an architect job in Malaysia. Keep applying, and doors will open.

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5 Things to Expect in an International Boarding School

June 26, 2017 Education  No comments

There is a rise in international schools in Malaysia as more and more parents are preparing their children to globalization. Are you interested in sending your child to an international school, and at the same time wants to give him a more nurturing environment? You can do so by enrolling him in an international boarding school. Does the concept of an international school sound new to you? Here are some things you can expect:

  1. Experienced teachers

Teachers of international schools are required to have certified training qualifications. The school shall provide training in case the teacher has not received a subject teaching certification from an international affiliate. There is a small teacher to student ratio so you can expect enhanced learning and that each student gets noticed.

  1. Higher tuition fees

It goes without saying that you have to pay a hefty sum for a year’s worth of learning in an international boarding school. The cost of full boarding ranges from RM13,000 – RM50,000 per term. Take note that schools have different terms. Some have one, some have two, and others have three terms in a year. These rates often do not include the extras, such as books and school uniforms.

  1. Modern Facilities

The good thing is you get what you pay for. Expect spacious accommodation for your child. Your child will have the right to participate in co-curricular activities, as well as use the school facilities because you pay for it.

  1. Wide range of extra-curricular activities

International boarding schools do not only focus on academics. There is an extensive list of activities that will keep your child engaged during his stay in the school. The Prince of Wales Island International School, for instance, allows their boarding students to extend their activities in the evenings or weekends as part of their Residential Programme.

  1. Larger network

Your child may have a hard time adjusting to a boarding school at first. But later on, he will learn to befriend others since they do everything together most of the time. As his network expands, he will have a better understanding of other culture and beliefs.

Your experience will vary from school to school. In case you have a prospect school right now, it is best to book a tour. This gives you a real idea of the kind of facilities and activities a school offers.

 

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Bariatric Surgery in Singapore: How Does It Work?

June 24, 2017 Wellness  No comments

It is easy for people to say that diet and exercise is the key to losing weight. However, due to differences in people’s bodies, some cannot shed some pounds by following what others are doing. Some people’s efforts with diet and exercise may not always be fruitful. If such is the case, a weight loss surgery may be a good solution.

Who Qualifies for Bariatric Surgery in Singapore?

Bariatric surgery, also known as gastric banding, obesity surgery or bypass surgery, is a procedure that is not available for everyone. A patient should be one of the following:

  1. The person has 40 or higher Body Mass Index, which means he or she is extremely obese; or
  2. The person has weight-associated illnesses such as severe sleep apnea, high blood pressure or type-2 diabetes AND has a BMI of 35 to 39.9.

How Does Obesity Surgery Affect Weight Loss?

There are different types of bariatric surgeries, each one differ in helping a person lose weight. One method is by restriction, wherein the stomach’s capacity for food is reduced. The person will easily feel full with less amount of food. Another method is by malabsorption, wherein the surgery causes the digestive system’s nutrient and calorie absorption ability to be limited. Bariatric surgery also causes a reduction of the production of the hunger hormone called ghrelin.

What Are the Popular Types of Bariatric Surgery?

With several medical breakthroughs nowadays, there are several operations being offered for weight loss surgery. However, three procedures are more popular than the rest, and these are:

  1. Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass, or RYGB This is the most highly sought out method. The upper part of the stomach is divided from the rest, creating a pouch that is only an ounce in volume. Then a part of the small intestine is likewise cut-off. These two disconnected parts: the small stomach pouch and the small intestine (bottom portion) are then connected to each other. In the end, this makes a small stomach, allowing only a small amount of food intake. With the first portion of the small intestine also cut-off, there is a significant reduction in calorie absorption. This rerouting can also contribute to hormone changes, which includes a reduction in hunger pangs. This surgery makes use of both restriction and malabsorption.
  2. Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy This is another weight loss procedure wherein a part of the stomach is cut-off. Unlike the previous method where the stomach is cut horizontally, this procedure cuts a part of the stomach vertically, leaving a tubular pouch that looks like a banana. Like RYGB, Sleeve Gastrectomy leaves a smaller stomach for reduced food intake, and it affects hunger and satiety. The disadvantage of this procedure is that it is non-reversible, unlike the RYGB.
  3. Adjustable Gastric Band As the name implies, it involves the use of an adjustable band that is tied around the stomach. This creates a smaller stomach pouch at the top. The opening between the smaller pouch and the rest stomach can be adjusted by filling up the band with saline solution. A port is placed under the skin to facilitate the introduction of saline to the gastric band. It is less drastic than the first two, which also means that the rate of weight loss is not as fast. However, there is lower risk of vitamin deficiency issues as it does not involve malabsorption.

The choice of which procedure to utilize depends on the patient and the doctor. If the excess weight in a patient is already causing type 2 diabetes, then the first two surgeries are usually recommended to treat the said illness.

Patients must also keep in mind that after getting bariatric surgery in Singapore, there is a need to adhere to a strict diet and exercise regimen. Although the procedures can greatly reduce food intake, maintaining a healthy lifestyle is necessary for a successful weight loss treatment.

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5 Most Recommended Hotels You Can Stay In Genting Highland

June 20, 2017 Hotel  No comments

Going to Genting Highland? You might want to start planning your visit now and start looking for the best hotel in Genting Highland during your stay to the popular theme park. Whatever your budget is, check out these five most recommended hotels you can stay in and near Genting Highland:

BUDGET HOTELS

  1. Resorts World Genting The hotel with an award-winning golf course offers rooms from the most affordable to the most luxurious. From RM49 onwards for a standard room per night, the hotel provides free WiFi plus other amenities for guests. For travelers with children, the hotel is also child-friendly.
  2. First World Hotel Missing First World Hotel is hard. The affordable hotel with colourful and striking exterior offers over a hundred rooms in different price range and room type. Starting from RM52 a room per night, the hotel’s lobby leads you straight into the indoor theme park of Genting Highland.

MID-RANGE HOTELS

  1. Hotel Seri Malaysia Genting Highland Located in Gohtong Jaya, the hotel is only a few minutes away from Genting Highland theme park, with five types of room available starting from RM100 onwards. There are also bicycles for rental if you’re up for some cycling.
  2. DZH Health Resort Club Also located in Gohtong Jaya, the hotel features a unique garden which would make for a perfect photo. There are six types of room available, including a Family Suite. There’s a shuttle service in case you need to get around. Free WiFi is available for all guests.

UPSCALE HOTEL

  1. Ion Delemen Hotel, Genting Ion Delemen Hotel is one of the few upscale hotels in Genting Highlands offering rooms with breathtaking views of the nearby valleys. Besides being a few minutes away from the Genting theme park, the hotel offers free WiFi and parking space for all its guests. There’s also free scheduled shuttle service to and from First World Plaza and Genting theme park.

Before you book a hotel in Genting Highland, consider how much you’re willing to spend for a room and how many days you’ll be staying there. In addition to these factors, also check other things such as the hotel location, the type of public transportation available (if you’re not driving), free WiFi, parking space, breakfast, pool, or gym.

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