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Kuala Lumpur, the Wicked City

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My Kuala Lumpur tour has been long late as I planned it earlier this year to visit my friends there. But, never mind. The tropical city is one such place where you can travel all-round the year. It stands 7th amongst the top 10 magnificent cities of the world. And, if you are a foodie, you gonna love KL. The place is a foodie heaven, as you have ample of cafes, restaurants, eateries and street dining all around.

Dining

Get prepared to enjoy Durian. The food taste much better than it smells. Though it is forbidden in planes, hotels and taxis, but for all you Durian lovers, it is customary to enjoy a Durian Dinner. And, I personally love to enjoy this as my supper! The famous tropical fruit is just amazing.

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Rice with Sambal

Small dried fish curries when prepared with Nasi Lemak carry a yummy taste. I have tried this sumptuous national dish and I warmly recommend it for all.

You cannot ignore the street food of Kuala Lumpur. Do not be scared to taste it. It is warm and there are no chances for you to get sick. The same goes for beverages. I have enjoyed it several times and never had an upset stomach. You certainly don’t have to compromise with your health.

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 Just like the food of KL, the etiquettes and local habits of this nature friendly city are amazing. Regardless of the openness to the global influence and urbanity of the city, KL is still conservative. Chiefly, any behaviour which attracts attention to the people concerned is generally avoided.

OH yes, exposure is a big no-no. You cannot show off your flesh in the public. The dress code os quite conservative and you’re bound to follow the standards. Even at places like beach and while pursuing sports, there are minimum standards to be compiled with. And, yes, when I entered my friend’s house, I had to remove my footwear. Your body language counts a lot. Yes, while greeting someone, you got to use both your hands. And another thing, you cannot touch someone’s head.

The public display of affection is a big no-no! Holding hands is fine, but you kissing are literally prohibited in the public!

But, how can you ignore the beauty of the nature’s paradise. The places of attraction of KL are simply stunning. The major iconic attractions of the city which define its tourism are Petronas Twin Towers, Batu Caves and Colossal Buddha. Right from the organic Lake Gardens to i-City Shah Alam, you’ve places which are mesmerizing and eye-dazzling.

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Petronas Twin Towers

Designed in 1998, the towers stand at 452m high. The design and look of the tower is inspired by Islamic art and architecture with a contemporary viewpoint, replicated by glass and steel façade.

Batu Caves

One of the best attractions of KL, this limestone hill comprises of three major caves and some smaller ones too. They are beautiful and exotic.

Menara KL Tower

The most known and famous landmark of KL, Menara KL Tower was made in 1994. This shimmering tower spindle apex is seen from almost all places of Kuala Lumpur.

Oh, alright… I personally had a great trip to the city and would love to recommend this tourist destination for all nature lovers.

Where have you traveled lately? Where do you want to go? 🙂 kuala lumpur

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6 Must Have Essential Oils at Home

Today on OiB, I’m going to tell you about essential oils. The first question in your mind would be, why are they important for you? Let me tell you. They are so important for you and your health because they are organic and natural without the toxic elements found in mainstream home products.

Nature is the best remedy and that’s what I believe in. Without much ado, Let’s go through the best essential oils for you to have for your home:

  1. Lavender

It is the most versatile essential oil and that’s why it tops my list. What it does? In two words, it is great for skin care. It will relax your body, heals bruises and cuts, and also cures skin irritation.

That’s not the only great part. Its aroma is so refreshing that it makes you feel as if you are in a garden surrounded by beautiful blossoms.

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Lavender | OrganicIsBeautiful

With the use of DIY lavender home-made products, you will be physically and mentally relaxed which will help to get energy for the things you really need to do. Also, very useful to help you fall asleep.

What Lavender Oil heals?

  • Skin rashes
  • Pimples
  • Headaches
  • Burns caused by insect bites
  • Small burns
  • Cuts and scrape

As I always say about lavender, it does a magic – hard to believe unless experienced.

  1. Tea Tree

Your skin is a mirror of the beautiful heart you have. Allow tea tree oil to keep your skin smooth and bless it with amazing benefits so that you look more beautiful that you think.

Benefits of Tree Oil

  • Keeps skin clear
  • Keeps it healthy irrespective of exposure to pollution
  • Keep foot odor away
  • Remove toe nail fungus
  • Diminish cold sores
  • When you have a bottle of tea tree oil, you have not to worry about first aid
  • Heals burns caused due to an insect bite

What Tree Oil Cures?

  • Foot fungus of athletes
  • Eczema
  • Pimples
  • Colds
  • Nail fungus
  • Dandruff
  • Burns caused by insect bites
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Tea Tree | OrganicIsBeautiful

Add a few drops of it in your shampoo and conditioner to allow your hair to retain its original form. Beautiful skin complemented with beautiful hair is all that tree tea oil gives you every time you use. That’s why I love it.

  1. Lemon Oil

The nature of citrus is at work here. This cleansing oil offers astonishing health benefits for you to avail. Read on below.

  • It offers a spiritual experience and arouses psychic awareness.
  • Get rid of heartburn as well as indigestion with just a few drops of lemon oil in water
  • Add lemon oil in water stored in bathroom for cleaning and germs control. This DIY worked for me.
  • You will be blessed with increase alertness as well as concentration
  • Mix lemon oil with some peppermint and it will act as an insect and ant repellant
  • It is a perfect hand sanitizer when mixed with Aloe Vera gel
  • Inhaling lemon oil clears nasal passages
  • Its antiseptic properties clean skin as well

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    Limes & lemons (Image credit: Gourmet Sleuth)
  1. Peppermint

I, mostly, use peppermint to relieve myself from nausea and constipation. A massage with a mixture of carrier oil and peppermint onto the abdomen reduces stomach cramps.

What it Cures?

  • stomach queasiness
  • Tick under skin
  • Bronchitis

To relieve cough, you can make a DIY mixture with eucalyptus, carrier oil and peppermint. Two drops of oil can be used to appease overheated feet.

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Peppermint | OrganicIsBeautiful
  1. Eucalyptus Oil

The benefits of eucalyptus oil are wide-ranging. It is widely used as an organic deodorant. Follow below to know which conditions it cures.

  • Asthma
  • Chest congestion
  • Pain and aches of joints
  • Inflammation

It accelerates healing process.

Quick DIY: You can get rid of pain by applying a few drops adding to a compress.

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Eucalyptus | OrganicIsBeautiful
  1. Clove Oil

Clove oil is used in dental products. It is very strong so be careful and dilute it first before use.

What Clove Oil Cures?

  • Toothaches
  • Gum disease
  • Burns and wounds
  • Ear aches
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Cloves | OrganicIsBeautiful

I use it mostly for dental purposes, but it can also be used to repel bugs. Just add a few drops to a diffuser to repel bugs from your home.

As it is really concentrated, I don’t recommend its use for sensitive skins.

There you have it. I’m enjoying the many benefits of essentials oils and hope to hear from you too. Tell me about which essential oils you use and why.

Amanda

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4 Years Living Abroad. My Tricks to Be Happy (No Matter What)

The title is challenging. I like challenges 😉

Today on OiB I will discuss the secret to happiness. Being happy is the key to good health and a good health is vital to having a successful life. This could work the other way round too but this way happiness is always guaranteed.

These ways have brought me immense calmness and satisfaction which have in turn leaded me to feel complete and thus happy as well.

Lets start by the basic

  1. You don’t need anyone to be happy. Remember this notion to always succeed and feel good about the independence of life.
  2. You are more valued. Always keep your own advice above others while respecting and acknowledging theirs on the side as well.
  3. Be observant. Get more out of everything by paying attention to it closely.
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Emotional balance | Organicisbeautiful

It is easier than you think (really!)

Go with the flow

I recall when I had my huge suitcase back a few years ago, freshly graduated and ready to conquer the world a step at a time. I lended in Shanghai. I knew no one, and for anyone who has the chance to put a feet in China, you will know that it is such a chaos that even getting a taxi direction is a challenge in itself. How do you cope? You don’t. You just go with the flow. I learnt that the best asset is sometimes the simpliest: a friendly smile and the body language will do the rest (or not…).

I turned 27 a few weeks back, time to reflect. 4 years abroad, and more to come soon. Still loving it. Why? Cos I go with the flow, no matter what… and where!

It is Okay to do mistake, we all do. It is Okay to feel lazy, say “fu** the world” and stay all day on Netflix, scrolling over Vikings. There are days I really doubt the overall purpose. What does the sentence say? “There is no better place than home”.

Yep!

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I still have my Spice Girls poster hanging around in my teenager room with my gameboy and sneakers. Sexy 😉

Happiness takes many forms and it takes more than 4 years to undiscover them all. I know for a fact that we do not need more stuff that we think. I explain. I came to Asia with a huge suitcase. At the time, I was allowed only 35kg, I reached way above. I left with 15-16kg and did not wear most of the clothes. It is an anecdoctic example, yet it shows you sometimes, less is more.

Live every moment

It is important to understand that no moment can ever come back hence I cherish each of them. It helps since I am rarely in a bad mood. Beeing angry doesnt help. It is as simple as 1+1 =2. Not rocket science!

I started OiB 8 months ago, it is growing faster than I expected, to my genuine and humble gratitude.

That was my first post here. I still recall how nervous I was when I first clicked on “publish” that day. It was a Sunday afternoon.

Finding a passion that turns into a hobby is all I wish you all. It gives a ordinary day a twist taste. A bit like when you order a blueberry cheese cake, and it comes with the vanilla ice cream. (Food analogy always help to get the point accross).

Keep creativity on the loose

Always keep making plans so that your creativity isn’t rusted or lost through the time and you feel proud of yourself. That is a true statement. Plus, accept your limitation. My big one? When I publish an article I have spent time and effort to prepare to only notice later some annoying typo mistakes, the french-english grammar mistake I can’t seem to eradicate once and for all.

As I say earlier, its Okay to do mistake. Keep going 😉

What helps is to always have new plans for yourself and pursue them as soon as it is possible to keep yourself from losing any energy and excitement altogether. I write an article every 3 days, 4 days if I feel lazy, 5 … hmmm Nop! Rule number 1 = consistency!.

Do what you thought you won’t ever be able to and do away with your fear of being unable to do something.

Give Back

Simple. It does not have to be your entire salary. It actually does not have to be money. I gave blood last week, it took 1 hr. 1hr of my time save up to 3 lives. Think. I will repeat IN BOLD this time:

1 HOUR OF YOUR TIME SAVE UP TO 3 LIVES.

Think about 3 people you know besides your family, the guy sitting in front of you while you read OiB, the cashier at the Carrefour desk, her daughter or son. Think. Think again and simply go.

Volunteering is the best way to stay happy alone. It gives you inner satisfaction as you do new things without any expectation in return. This helps one rise above expectations and lifts you to stay elevated for your own self.

Hence these ways definitely make you better off alone while exercising, thinking positive, eliminating negative thoughts, valuing experiences more than things, accepting realities to work for them, pondering on your blessings, helping, sleeping well, focusing on life goals and your own strengths have been scientifically proven to bring about happiness for a longer time too.

NOTE: Thats a longer article than usual, I usually do not do too much of “me” time. Yet, I hope you enjoy this article, if it makes you smile just a little bit, it was worth every french mistake 😉

Next post on natural lips palm you will crave for 😉

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3 Easy DIY Carrot Masks You Will Love!

Carrot, Lemon and Olive Oil Face Mask

Step 1: Prepare the mixture

Peel and boil one large carrot until tender (when a fork can easily pierce through it, it’s ready). Mash the carrot with a fork. We want a creamy consistency.

Now, add the following:

  • 1/2 tbsp of Organic Honey.
  • 1/2 tbsp. of Extra virgin olive oil.

NOTE: If your skin is oily, you may omit the extra virgin olive oil.

  • A few drops of organic lemon juice. How many you may ask? Read below 😉
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Olive Oil | OrganicIsBeautiful

Basically, your skin type will depend on the amount of lemon juice you add in. Because lemon juice is a natural astringent, you should know that the oilier your skin, the more lemon you want in your mask! Simple. ). If you have dry skin, add about 8 drops of lemon and if you have oily skin, add up to 1 tablespoon.

Step 2: Check consistency

The mixture shouldn’t be too clumpy or too runny. If the mix is too thick, you can add in a bit more extra virgin olive oil or water to thin it out. You can add a bit more honey to the mix to give it a thicker, paste-like texture.

Cool down. Let the mixture cool down so that the temperature is comfortable on your skin.

Step 3: Mask time

Let the fun part begins!  Apply the carrot mask onto a clean and bare face, even your neck if you wish, but avoid the eye and mouth area.

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Carrot | OrganicIsBeautiful
Carrot | OrganicIsBeautiful
Carrot | OrganicIsBeautiful

Leave it on for 10 -15 minutes and wash it off with warm water afterwards. Pat dry and follow up with your favorite moisturizer or eye cream.

Carrot and Coconut Oil Face Mask

Step 1: Wash, chop and blend.

Get a large carrot and cut it into 5 or so chunks. Wash them while boiling 3 cups of water in a sauce pan. Now Add carrots, reduce heat to low, cover and steam for 8-10 minutes.

Now you want to get the right texture. How?  First slowly drain water and add carrots to food processor or blender.

Step 2: Add the secret oil.

  • Add 1 tbsp. coconut oil and blend until smooth. Like a yammi puree 😉
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Carrot in Skincare | OrganicIsBeautiful

Step 3: Pamper your face.

My favourite part. You will see the result straight away! Apply face mask to face, avoiding the eyes and mouth. Allow to set about 15-20 minutes. Don’t forget to wash face with warm water, and gently wipe off any remaining bits with a wash cloth.

NOTE: If you need a moisturizer, apply a little coconut oil or olive oil.

Carrot and Avocado Face Mask

Step1: Peel, boil and drain

Pick 2 or 3 large carrots in your kitchen and slice them into small rounds. Boil the carrots in a small pot until they’re easily pierced with a fork. Drain the water away and pour the cooked carrot slices into a small bowl.

Time to get exciting and … messy! Oops! 😉 Mash the carrots thoroughly with a fork.

Step 2: Get the right mixture

  • 4 1/2 tablespoons of olive oil with the carrots1/2 tablespoon at a time, until the mixture has reached a smooth, creamy consistency.
  • 2-3 spoonfuls of the avocado as you go along as well. If you prefer a slightly different consistency, simply adjust the amount of oil to suit your preference.
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Avocado | OrganicIsBeautiful

Step 3: Be patient

Wait until the mask has cooled sufficiently to apply, and then smooth it onto your skin. Leave it in place for about 10 minutes; rinse it off with warm water and pat your skin dry.

Done!  Source.

Thank you for reading OiB. Did you check the easy DIY homemade scrub ?

Lots of love! Amanda

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Find The Right Deodorant for Your Skin

Been using the best, the most powerful or the most scented deodorants but haven’t achieved the purpose? Here’s the prefect deodorant choosing guide revealed!

I tried so many of them but was miserable when it came to wearing a sleeveless shirt. Think, I live in Malaysia, a very tropical country. It is basically summer all year long! (I know you are a bit jealous, and I do not blame you for that 😉 )Hence I feel for you and want to put an end to your misery too! You could now stay sleeveless, strapless or get close anytime you want to! Today, on OiB, I shall also introduce you to one of my very own DIY recipe for a nature inspired deodorant as well.

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Rose Petals | OrganicIsBeautiful

There are many different types of deodorants available in the market. Some are chemically strong while others are organic in nature. There are also some which provide additional skincare factors such as repairing under arms skin, reducing rashes, irritation, black patches and itchiness. These are carefully formulated skincare deodorants which are very dually beneficial. Organic deodorants also stay long but they cannot mostly preserve your baby skin while people who want to be naturally beautiful, use deodorants that are most inspired by nature.

I have already mentioned here a excellent DIY deodorant a few month back. For more information and alternative, have a look at my benzoin Oil guide.

Deodorants or antiperspirants now control the bacteria or the breaking down of bacteria to reduce or eliminate the smell in addition to overpowering them with their own good fragrance. There are also some highly formulated deodorants that help the skin to recover as well.

The right one to choose should have the following:

  • It is recommended to use a roll-on for greater coverage and longer absorbed protection.
  • Use the ones formulated by doctors
  • Look for certified safe cosmetics seal
  • Choose rose or citrus influenced smells as they are stronger and much more natural
  • Don’t pick brands that list general ‘fragrances’ as ingredient, they are probably hiding hormone-disrupting scents being used.
  • Check for a low skin deep hazard ranking as low as zero
  • Aloe-vera and mineral extracts are additional features you should seek.

Make Your Own

If you think natural deodorants don’t work, then you better try this DIY formula which is a great skincare formula deodorant as well.

⇔ Ingredients:

Here’s what you need:

⇔ Direction:

  1. Take ¼ cup of baking soda and ¼ cup of cornstarch and mix it in a bowl
  2. Next, mix 6 tablespoons of coconut oil in it until they are well mixed and add any oils if you want to.
  3. Lastly, store this in a small jar or any deodorant bottle for use and enjoy your DIY deodorant well!

Now it benefitted my skin as well as reduced the odor thanks to the oil fragrances I added in it. The choice remains on people whether they would want to invest in making one such aluminum free deodorant or if they want to keep using those hard-on-skin deodorants that fly away in just a few minutes.

For more feedback on natural deodorants and newer DIY deodorant tricks, comment in below to ask me more.

Think, do you want to question me or do you want others to question your hygienic habits?

AmandaDeodorant

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