Author: Bella

Roti Canai is by far Malaysia’s number one export to the world and is also home to some of the most versatile food items to ever exist in the Malaysian food repertoire.

Roti kosong, roti tampal, roti pisang, roti milo, roti KLCC, roti anaconda, roti bom, roti planta, roti ghee, roti cheese double triple quadruple and many more, there are endless possibilities when it comes to our beloved breakfast, lunch and dinner staple.

It was just two days ago when Malaysia was rocked with the introduction of Roti Canai Ular; well, hold on to your horses because here comes Roti Canai Sarang Telur. 

A creation of Che Ri in Kuala Kangsar, the roti has the addition of two sunny side up eggs on top as if it is nestled in the roti dough – giving the impression of a bird’s nest.

According to @TwtKuale, the restaurant that serves this tasty morsel, DY Zaiam Delight, is situated in Kota Lama Kiri, Kuala Kangsar.

Patrons to the eatery will not only be stunned with the roti creation but also be mesmerized by the collection of old school memorabilia on display.

Visitors who have frequented to the restaurant attest that the eggs are the star of the show – especially if you like them runny and gooey.

“The eggs are jiggly, and the taste is superb!”

Hey, we’re sold! So if going to Kelantan to sample some Roti Canai Ular may seem too far away, why not try Roti Sarang Telur in Kuala Kangsar?

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Puppy love is a pretty common phase that many of us have encountered at one point in our early lives. Nascent, young and naive, those who have experienced it will likely remember what it was like. However, with the advent of technology, more and more teenagers are now taking to new ways to find their sweethearts.

Which brings us to the risks that social media inherently poses to these impressionable young minds, many of whom have secretly taken to joining social media apps like Tinder, or most commonly Facebook, with hopes of their first chance at dating someone. And inadvertently, it is through this that many Facebook ‘dating’ groups that these minors will wind up trying their luck on.

One such Facebook group was found by netizen Phei Chin, who explained that the intention of the group was for their members, who are predominantly comprised of Taiwanese and Malaysians, to find love online. While that isn’t eyebrow-raising for the most part, what is cause for concern is the fact that some of the group’s members are actually underage.

“I saw girls and boys as young as 11 years old posting themselves as if it was Tinder.” Phei said.

And while that alone should be concerning enough, it turns out that adult members from the same Facebook group have expressed their interest in these minors.

While there is no telling as to whether their intentions are real, the fact that these suggestions are being made to begin with calls upon the likelihood of young, underage teenagers being put at risk of potential pedophilia and cases of sexual grooming and abuse. In speaking to WORLD OF BUZZ, Phei notes that some of these members have come forward to admit that they were only joking around, despite the serious matter at hand which often carries criminal charges.

Section 31 of the Child Act 2001 states that:

Any person who, being a person having the care of a child, sexually abuses the child or causes or permits him to be so abused, commits an offence and shall on conviction be liable to a fine not exceeding twenty thousand ringgit or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding ten years or to both.

In addition, Section 376 of the Penal Code states that:

Whoever commits rape on a woman under any of the following circumstances:

  • (d) without her consent, when she is under sixteen years of age;
  • (e) with or without her consent, when she is under twelve years of age;

shall be punished with imprisonment for a term of not less than *ten years and not more than thirty years and shall also be liable to whipping.

The page remains in operation with its young members potentially vulnerable to the privy of older, adult members. Phei has informed us that she has made a report over the matter to Facebook.

Given the nature of this Facebook group, it is difficult to ascertain just how young teenagers can be protected over social media. If you or anyone you know has witnessed potentially dangerous situations for children and minors online, please be sure to report them to PDRM’s Cyber Security division at https://www.cybersafe.my/cyber999.html, or 1300-88-2999. 

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Did the MCO just create a pet dumping crisis?

July 13, 2020 | News | No Comments

KUALA LUMPUR: Sometime in April, Fatimah (not her real name) contacted her friends to find out if they had any cat to spare.

The private-sector clerk, who is in her late 30s and has a young child, even “advertised” for a cat on Facebook.

Fatimah, who has never kept a pet prior to that, was apparently in search of a feline companion to keep her and her family occupied during the Movement Control Order (MCO).

“We can’t go out anywhere… it will be nice to have a cat to keep us company,” she said.

Incidentally, during the MCO – enforced since March 18 – many social media users have been making requests to adopt puppies and kittens. Explaining why they wanted a pet, some said they had a lot of time on their hands while others said their children were bored and wanted a cat or dog to play with.

And, when queried by animal rescuers in the comments section, most of them said they have either never owned a pet before or it has been a long time since they had one.

So, what will happen to their newly-adopted pets once life gets back to normal post-MCO when they return to the office and children to school?

Like the Malay idiom Habis madu sepah dibuang (After the honey is drained, the remnants are discarded) will the poor animals be dumped onto the streets after they have outlived their usefulness?

UNHEALTHY CULTURE

​This is exactly what seasoned animal rescuer and Malaysia Animal Society president Arie Dwi Andika is worried about. Describing it as an unhealthy culture, he said abandoning pets when they are no longer useful should not be happening in this country as Malaysians are in general educated and compassionate towards animals.

“To legitimise their actions, they would say they have no time (to look after their pets) or have too many commitments or the neighbours are complaining,” he said.

He said abandoned pets usually fare very poorly on the streets as they have no survival skills. As such, these animals would normally starve to death or become ill or get killed by predators or meet with an accident.

“Even more worrying is the fact that the number of animals adopted was far lower than the number of pets abandoned during the MCO period,” he told Bernama.

In April, media reports had quoted Arie as saying that the dumping of pet animals such as cats and dogs had tripled in and around the federal capital during the MCO.

He did not rule out the possibility that the pet owners were acting out of fear that their pets may transmit the COVID-19 virus to them or they may not be able to look after them after losing their source of income due to the MCO.

Arie said taking home a pet, whether it is a stray or an expensive purebred cat or dog, is a long-term commitment for the owner who must be ready and willing to look after it forever.

“Caring for an animal includes taking it to a veterinary doctor for regular vaccinations to keep it disease-free and neutering it so that it doesn’t reproduce,” he said.

SHELTERS NOT THE SOLUTION

Expecting animal shelters to become more congested when more people start dumping their pets there, Arie said over-congestion is the reason why rescuers are not able to run their shelters well.

“The real function of a shelter is to temporarily house injured rescued animals that are treated and then (put up for adoption or) released again,” he said, adding that animals by nature like to be free and would not want to be left in a cage.

Commenting on the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) 2015 which, among others, protects the well-being of pets, Arie said enforcement of the law has been ineffective due to weaknesses in producing proof of ownership.

“For example, if an abandoned pet has no collar or microchip embedded in its body, how can we find out who the owner is? The Act does not provide for a microchip identification system which we think is necessary to help detect owners who abandon their animals,” he explained.

He also said that in Malaysia, animal rescue groups are at odds with the local authorities over the management of strays.

​Pointing to their Trap-Neuter-Release (TNR) programme – whereby street cats and dogs are trapped, neutered and then released again – Arie said while their humane initiative kept the stray populations in check, the local authorities, on the other hand, prefer to trap and kill animals that pose a nuisance to the public.

“Our TNR efforts are wasted when animals that have been neutered (the tip of their ears are clipped to indicate this) are caught and killed,” he said.

ANIMAL ABUSE

Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) patron Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye, meanwhile, urged those who have adopted pets during the MCO to make the necessary arrangements to ensure the animals are cared for when they are at work.

Dumping them on the streets or in markets is the most irresponsible thing to do, he said, adding that when a person decides to take a pet, they should be willing to look after it until it dies.

“Pets are not playthings that can be discarded when one gets bored with them. Animals reared at home depend entirely on their owners, not only for food, water and shelter but also tender loving care,” he said.

Stressing the importance of AWA 2015, which was enforced in 2017, Lee said animal abuse cases had increased by 30 percent in 2018.

Urging the authorities to act immediately each time an animal cruelty case is reported to them, he said in their efforts to apprehend and punish the perpetrators concerned, they should also create a special line for people to call and report animal abuse. Did you like this article?

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In the new movie Palm Springs, Andy Samberg’s character Nyles and Cristin Milioti’s Sarah wake up to the same day, every day, which Nyles describes as “one of those infinite time loop situations you might have heard about.”

For everyone still following stay-at-home orders, that description also feels like it applies to life in coronavirus quarantine. What is a weekend? What is a Wednesday? When every day is just another day at home, “infinite time loop” sounds pretty accurate.

Palm Springs premiered on Hulu July 10, providing some much-needed new content for everyone staying at home. The saturated colors, Hawaiian shirts, goofball expressions, and nihilistic dialogue also made for premium GIF fodder. So, in addition to showering us in 90 minutes of mostly wonderfulness from Samberg and Milotti, Palm Springs also gave the internet the gift of new memes — that just so happen to also have big time coronavirus quarantine vibes.

Here are some Palm Springs memes that almost too perfectly describe quarantine.

For when you’re trying to explain what life is like when every day is the same.

For when lol nothing matters.

For when you’re a trash person who’s given up.

For when your quarantine buddy turns out to be pretty darn great. 

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Residents of senior care facilities around the world have been under intense lockdown for months to prevent the spread of coronavirus. That’s meant that people like Robert Speker, an activities coordinator at the care facility Sydmar Lodge in England, have had to get creative to keep residents entertained and uplifted.

Speker’s latest activity was a photo shoot re-creating classic album art with Sydmar Lodge’s residents, which he shared on social media. For example, alongside the cover of Adele’s 21 is Vera’s 93

“I did the project to make them happy and I think the models’ families have enjoyed it, with even grandchildren posting about their grandparents, but the risks of Covid means they could be in lockdown for a long time and I want to make it a good time,” Speker told the Jewish News.

Other residents posed as David Bowie, Bruce Springsteen, the nurse from Blink 182’s Enema of the State, and more.

The re-creations contain some amazing details. Taylor Swift’s 1989 album gets re-imagined as 1922. Resident Sheila Solomons smashes her cane just as the bassist of The Clash smashes his microphone stand on the cover of London Calling. Rock on, Sheila.

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A few weeks after Apple announced it would start developing its own silicon chip for Mac computers, we have a solid lead on what the first computer to use it might be.

TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said in a research note on Friday that a new 13.3-inch Macbook Pro will debut Apple’s original silicon chips. According to Kuo’s note, spotted by MacRumors, it will enter production in a matter of months, presumably in time for a late 2020 or early 2021 launch. Aside from new chips, it’ll closely resemble the most recent Macbook Pro model.

Beyond that, Kuo predicts a new Macbook Air with the same chip in either late 2020 or early 2021. He also predicted new 16-inch and 14.1-inch Macbook Pros with mini-LED displays for late 2021 releases.

None of this is horribly surprising, obviously, as Apple releases new laptops on a regular basis. This is potentially fascinating because we could have two otherwise identical Macbook Pro models on the market later in 2020, one with an older Intel chip, and one with a new Apple chip. Apple claims its new custom silicon chips will enable better battery life due to more efficient power consumption, among other performance enhancements.

Given how expensive new Macbook Pros tend to be, get excited to either break the bank or just wait until a few years from now until you can get one refurbished.

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5 ways to cope with climate change anxiety

July 13, 2020 | Health, Info | No Comments

Melting ice sheets. Wildfires that turn the sky red. Record-breaking heat waves. 

The terrifying effects of climate change are hard to miss. They also leave many people fearful about the future of the planet and our civilization. 

If that sounds familiar, you’re not alone. A recent survey, conducted in December by The Harris Poll on behalf of the American Psychological Association, found that more than two-thirds of respondents experience at least a little “eco-anxiety” and more than a quarter feel a lot of that stress. The APA defines eco-anxiety as anxiousness or concern related to climate change and its effects. 

Respondents between ages 18 and 34 — who are probably contemplating what it means to inherit an earth increasingly on the brink of environmental collapse — were most likely to report worrying about climate change, and nearly half said that anxiety affected their lives everyday. 

The online survey of 2,017 U.S. adults asked participants about eco-anxiety and whether they changed any habits to reduce their contribution to climate change. The survey results were weighted to be reflective of the national adult population, taking into account factors like age, sex, education, region, household income, and race and ethnicity. 

Increased resilience can help you weather eco-anxiety. 

Sixty percent of the respondents said they had made changes in response to climate change. The most popular, adopted by more than three-quarters of participants, included reducing waste through reusing and recycling items; upgrading their home’s insulation; limiting use of utilities like water, heat, and electricity; and consuming less in general. 

Respondents, however, were less likely to change their daily transportation or dietary habits; only roughly two-thirds said they have or would do things like carpool, walk, bike, eat less red meat, or become a vegetarian or vegan. People who experienced eco-anxiety were much more likely to feel motivated to change their behavior compared to those who didn’t. 

While climate change anxiety may feel too demoralizing to address, Arthur C Evans, Jr., CEO of the APA, says there are practical ways to manage that stress. It’s particularly important to gain a sense of control; research shows that when people lack a feeling of agency, it can increase their psychological distress. And there are few things that make humans feel completely out of control than the possibility that the world is ending.

Instead of letting that doomsday scenario overwhelm you, Evans recommends getting a handle on your eco-anxiety with the following approaches: 

1. Get educated about climate change. 

There’s still time to prevent — with drastic action — the catastrophic effects of climate change, but people may hear only the most pessimistic reports and then hopelessly tune out. 

Evans says one way to deal with stress related to the unknown aspects of climate change is to learn as much as possible about it. That includes understanding what’s at stake and how average people can make a positive difference. Otherwise, it can be easy to make false assumptions about the consensus on the worst-case scenarios while missing positive stories about activists pushing politicians and corporations to step up. Educating yourself will help you see both climate change and courses of action more clearly and that can reduce anxiety, says Evans.

2. Find concrete ways to make a difference. 

The APA survey found that half of adults didn’t know where to start in order to combat climate change. While it’s true that governments and the private sector have the power to make the most radical changes, the average person can alter their habits in important ways. 

Half of adults didn’t know where to start in order to combat climate change.

Eating less red meat, for example, can reduce carbon emissions. Participating in strikes and protests, like those held by Greta Thunberg’s Fridays For Future, draws attention to the issue and helps inspires others to act. Calling your elected official, whether at the local, state, or Congressional level, and pressing them to do more on climate change makes it harder for them to ignore the outcry.

“People can do things in their own community,” says Evans. Letter writing campaigns, volunteerism, and political and public advocacy are all ways to get involved in climate change activism. 

3. Reframe negative thoughts. 

In general, research shows that re-framing negative thoughts can help alleviate stress, anxiety, and depression.

“[I]t really is rethinking an issue that may seem big and amorphous and putting that into proper context,” says Evans. 

If thoughts of the apocalypse keep creeping into your mind, or even prevent you from making future plans, it may be helpful to focus your attention on the present moment while finding something positive about those circumstances. People who develop this skill tend to cope better than those who find it difficult to regulate their thinking, actions, and emotions. 

4. Address all the stressors in your life, not just climate change. 

Eco-anxiety may feel unique compared to other sources of anxiety, but it’s important to think of climate change-related stress as part of your overall mental health. You may also be experiencing financial, relationship, professional, or physical stress, which can exacerbate your feelings about climate change, and vice versa. It’s critical to address other stressors and to seek professional help if necessary. 

“The more stressors you experience, the more likely you’ll feel greater psychological stress,” says Evans.

5. Build your resilience. 

Increased resilience can help you weather eco-anxiety. Evans recommends boosting resilience by continuing to develop a social network of friends and family. Strong social and emotional support has been linked to well-being, material aid during times of adversity, and lower rates of psychological distress following a disaster. 

“We know…that social support is probably one of the strongest predictors of how people are doing psychologically,” says Evans. 

These strategies can be helpful no matter the type of anxiety you might be feeling, but can be particularly useful when trying to combat eco-anxiety by restoring or gaining a sense of control. 

“It’s important to do and act and to feel like you have some agency around this issue,” says Evans. 

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KUALA LUMPUR: The Movement Control Order (MCO) imposed to curb the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic has affected many business sectors and social activities.

However, it has also led to innovations which have been introduced as people adjust to the new way of life.

For instance, Malaysians who are used to watching movies in the theatres may now have to start going to drive-in cinemas as found in many developed nations.

This may become a reality for Malaysia, which may emulate other countries, including our neighbour, Thailand, which chose to open drive-in cinemas as an alternative to traditional ones as a way to curb the spread of Covid-19.

However, as Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said in a media statement yesterday, it is subject to the set standard operating procedure which would require patrons to remain in their own vehicles, food to be sold online and collected in a drive-through.

For this, the Ministry of Communications and Multimedia Malaysia together with the Ministry of Housing and Local Government will work out the SOP for the operators involved.

This could be the solution for those who worry about watching movies in a mass audience in an enclosed space as the Covid-19 pandemic is still a cause for worry.

However, the question now is whether drive-in cinemas are relevant in the country considering the weather and the sound of running car engines, as well as the complacent attitude of some Malaysian drivers. These are some of the things which the cinema management must look at.

Cinemas, theatres and live event venues have been allowed to operate from July 1, but all activities must be held in a closed venue within the SOP.

Today is the 115th day of the MCO which was enforced on March 18, and the 30th day of the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) introduced to curb the spread of Covid-19 in the country.

The effort has been successful with zero cases of local transmission recorded in the last 24 hours, the second consecutive day.

No new deaths have also been recorded during the same period, and the cumulative number of deaths due to the pandemic remain at 121 for 24 consecutive days.

However, until a vaccine is found, it is important that Malaysians remain cautious and consistent in taking preventive measures against the spread of Covid-19.

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Flowers have always held a soft spot in our hearts. Words that humans aren’t able to express clearly, we put our hopes in them by delivering the intended messages. For instance, black roses are used to represent death and mourning. You can’t possibly send one for somebody’s birthday celebration! You don’t want to get kicked out before having the chance to say a simple ‘Happy Birthday’.

The same goes with dried flowers. People buy such flowers to keep them by their side longer. If you are this kind of person, wouldn’t you be interested to get your own story customized into dried flowers? Meet Pui Kee, a young Malaysian florist who crafts stories into flowers. 

Before we dive into Pui Kee’s unique way of crafting flowers, let’s get to know a little more about her.

This 23-year-old girl who identifies as a daydreamer, was born in Seremban. She attended Form 6 but chose to quit for the sake of her dream-chasing journey. So, she started working in a flower shop and was lucky to meet a florist who was willing to teach her the art of flowers. But in order to make her dream come to life, she knew that learning from only one source was not going to be enough. Hence, she took up a short lesson conducted by a florist she admired and even went to the extent of travelling to Thailand to learn skills from her favourite flower shop.

Speaking to WORLD OF BUZZ, Pui Kee said, “I don’t want to make my shop like people will only buy flowers on special days. I want people to view flowers as a companion in life. This is why I specialise in crafting dried ones.”

Started Her Online Business At 21

Back in 2018, she opened up a Facebook page called, Hanaya Space. She takes in orders and customises the flowers according to stories requested by her customers. Pui Kee is best known for her originality in her crafts. She never repeats the same design. Besides, she buys fresh flowers and dries them on her own to ensure the best quality in the results. Customers have been leaving good reviews regarding her crafts. In fact, many were surprised to find out about the existence of a young talented florist with a twist who has an online store based here, in Malaysia.

Although Pui Kee is passionate about her dream, being a florist is just her part-time job. She also works as a counsellor in a school for the time being as she said her online shop is still growing at a small scale. Nevertheless, her talent is slowly getting recognized by many ever since she was featured on City Plus FM and Sin Chew.

“To live a life you love, first you have to do the things you like” – Pui Kee

Want to have your story crafted into flowers that you can keep for a long time? You can also attend a flower workshop conducted by the talented florist by checking out her official accounts below! 

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Who wouldn’t be tongue-tied when meeting a Prime Minister right?

Malaysian Youtuber couple, Sugu Pavithra, finally got the opportunity to meet Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin for the first time in person today (9 July) but were rendered speechless when he asked a simple question.

According to Bernama, when the Prime Minister had asked the Youtuber “Not cooking today Pavithra?”, she was all jitters and went speechless for the moment.

“When he asked if I had anything to eat. I was at a loss for words and only managed to reply ah, ah yes…,” said Pavithra, in the report.

The couple had received a special invitation to the launch of the 50th anniversary of Rukun Negara in Putrajaya today, where they met the Prime Minister.

The couple said, “The Rukun Negara is the foundation to strengthen unity.”

Pavithra also added that “The principles of the Rukun Negara are also being taught in schools, but at home, I will try to inculcate the values in my children.”

Sugu Pavithra are a young couple from Sungai Siput, Perak that had gained popularity through their cooking videos on Youtube. The couple is well-known for speaking fluent Malay in their videos and sharing a glimpse into their humble lives while also sharing simple recipes.

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