Satisfy your Mid-Mmorning Hunger Pangs at #theBBP

Eating great food with family and friends is a national Malaysian pastime. This makes eating and chilling out at Bukit Utama’s “The BBP” the perfect location for a fabulous time. The BBP, an acronym standing for among other things - Big Black Pig, Best BBQ Pit, Best Beer Promo.
BBP is a gastropub style restaurant with a gorgeous beer garden serving classic, mouth-watering barbecue fare specialising in pork dishes such as pork ribs and their delightful beer can chicken – known as “One Hot Chick”. 
BBP also offers an extensive selection of local and imported beers, perfect for those after work meet-ups.
But why wait till only after work? If you’d prefer a daytime meet up, why not head down to BBP for their newly launched brunch menu set? 
#theBBP - Build your own brunch (BYOB)
If you need a place to have a good brunch with family or friends, check out BBP’s new brunch menu. The menu includes popular a la carte meals like the usual ever-popular Eggs Benedict, special Spicy Pork Sandwich, Iberico Bacon Croissant and even Muesli with various fruit selections to choose from. 

Sebclair™ Cream - An Effective Non-steroidal Treatment for Seborrheic Dermatitis

Sebclair™ cream, the number one treatment for seborrheic (PRONOUNCED: seb-o-REE-ik) dermatitis (SD) in America was launched on 17 January 2016 by A.Menarini Singapore Pte Ltd, a subsidiary of the leading bio-pharmaceutical company in Italy at the Hilton Kuala Lumpur. Being the latest addition to Menarini’s range of innovative and clinically-proven dermatitis treatments, Sebclair™ is the first NON-STEROIDAL ANTI-INFLAMMATORY TOPICAL MEDICAL DEVICE CREAM (TMD) INDICATED FOR SEBORRHEIC DERMATITIS (SD) to be introduced in Malaysia.  
(From left to right) Prof Dr Giuseppe Micali, Dr Henry Foong Boon Bee (President of Persatuan Dermatologi Malaysia) and Dr Steven Januar Kusmanto showcasing Sebclair™ to doctors and members of the media. 

SD is a long-term chronic inflammatory skin disorder affecting areas where sebaceous glands (oil glands) are present in high density and are most active. SD is a common skin disorder, affecting 2-10% of the general population. In a published study in the Chinese Journal of Dermatovenerology in 2008, Asian adolescents ages 12-20 years are affected by SD; Macao (2.66%), Guangzhou (2.85%), Malaysia (17.16%) and Indonesia (26.45%). SD causes scaling, erythema (reddening) and sometimes pruritus (itching) of the scalp, nasolabial folds (nose area), eyebrows, eyelids, face and centre of the chest. It appears most often in adults ages 30-60 and in infants within the first three months of life as ‘cradle cap’. Mild SD may appear as uncontrolled dandruff.
Often underdiagnosed, SD does not affect your overall health, but it can be uncomfortable and cause embarrassment. This skin disorder may need many repeated treatments before the symptoms go away. There is no cure for SD, but there is a wide range of products available to treat its signs and symptoms. 
Speaking at the launch was Prof Dr Giuseppe Micali, Head of Dermatology Department and Dermatologist Residency Program Director, University of Catania, Italy, who highlighted the limitations of the current treatment for SD. 
“In my experience, when there’s an inflammation, topical anti-fungals are not very effective. So, we need a combination of therapies. For the past years, there’s a need for a new treatment. There needs to be non-prescription agents, such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory and antifungal that represents a promising approach in the management of some mild to moderate forms of SD, as demonstrated by in vitro and in vivo studies,” he said.
Sebclair™ cream is approved for use in Malaysia as a medical device cream and is indicated for the treatment of SD in both infants and adults. It is a non-steroidal cream that has demonstrated both anti-inflammatory and antifungal properties. Sebclair™ for treatment of SD has comparable efficacy and fewer relapses than a low-potency topical corticosteroid. Sebclair™ has been recommended as a first-line treatment for seborrheic flares and for long-term maintenance in the newly published Asian SD Consensus Guideline Handbook. It has the potential to replace both anti-inflammatory and antifungal treatments in SD patients. 

Primary Care Skin Forum 2016 – Malaysia’s First Skin Symposium of 2016

Subsidiary of Italian’s No.1 bio-pharmaceutical company, A.Menarini Singapore Pte Ltd, ushered the New Year in launching three guidebooks for medical doctors in Malaysia at an informative skin forum on 17 January 2016. The ‘Primary Care Skin Forum 2016’, Malaysia’s first CPD (Continuing Professional Development) symposium of the year saw doctors equipped with the latest medical updates in treating the three most common chronic skin disorders, namely, Atopic Dermatitis (AD), Seborrheic Dermatitis (SD) and Acne Vulgaris.
The forum was jointly organised under the patron of Persatuan Dermatologi Malaysia (PDM), the Malaysian Paediatric Association (MPA) and three other medical associations in the private medical sectors, namely Malaysian Medical Association (MMA) Selangor, Private Medical Practitioners Association of Selangor and Kuala Lumpur (PMPASKL) and Federation of Private Medical Practitioners’ Associations, Malaysia (FPMPAM).
(From  left  to  right)  Dr  Leong  Kin  Fon,  Dr  Lee  Yin  Yin,  Dato’  Dr  Noor  Zalmy Azizan  and  Prof  Dr  Giuseppe  Micali  (Head  of  Dermatology  Department  and  Dermatologist Residency Program Director, University of Catania, Italy) signing three consensus handbooks and  another book  entitled Seborrheic  Dermatitis.  The  three  consensus  handbooks  are namely: 1.Proceedings  of  the  MEDIATE  Advisory  Board  Forum:  The  Role  of  Medical  Device  in Flare and Remission Treatment of Atopic Dermatitis 2.Asia-Pacific      Seborrheic      Dermatitis      Leaders’      Summit      2014:      Consensus Recommendations  for  the  Diagnosis  and  Management  of  Seborrheic  Dermatitis  in Asian Patients 3.Proceedings   from   the   4th   Asia   Pacific   Leaders’   Summit   2015 –   Meeting   the Challenges  of  Acne  Treatment:  An  Evaluation  of  the  Role  of  Dermocosmetics  in Management of Acne Vulgaris in Malaysia.

In his opening speech, Dr Henry Foong Boon Bee, President of PDM said, “Skin conditions form a large proportion of the consultations in a primary care clinic. This is very timely for general practitioners to come together to be updated with the latest advances in skin diseases so as to help patients get the best possible care.”
Updates in Atopic Dermatitis
Dr Leong Kin Fon, Consultant Paediatric Dermatologist Hospital Kuala Lumpur began the first session by addressing the common misconceptions and myths surrounding AD, which is commonly known as ‘eczema’ among Malaysians. He highlighted that AD presents itself in four basic components namely, skin dryness, itchiness, inflammation and infection.
Dr Henry Foong (
President of Persatuan Dermatologi Malaysia)
delivering the
opening address to doctors and members of the media at the Primary
Care Skin Forum
Dr Henry Foong (
President of Persatuan Dermatologi Malaysia)
delivering the
opening address to doctors and members of the media at the Primary
Care Skin Forum
Dr Henry Foong (
President of Persatuan Dermatologi Malaysia)
delivering the
opening address to doctors and members of the media at the Primary
Care Skin Forum
 Dr  Henry  Foong  (President  of  Persatuan  Dermatologi  Malaysia)  delivering  the opening  address  to  doctors  and  members  of  the  media  at  the  Primary Care  Skin  Forum 2016.

Due to the multifaceted aspects of AD, managing the disease requires a combined rotational approach that will consist of moisturisers, cleansers, anti-itch package, steroids, antibiotics and mild antiseptics. All these, in addition to subjugating environmental triggers.

Happy Monkey Year! 恭贺新禧!

It’s the First Day (Chor 1) of Lunar New Year! Here’s a short post to wish my Chinese friends a very happy Monkey Year ahead! Wishing you and your family a healthy, and successful year!

大年初一咯,在此我们恭祝所有华裔同胞新年快乐,事事顺利,步步高升, Huat ar!

[Food] A Spring in The City @ Tai Zi Heen, Pullman Kuala Lumpur City Centre Hotel & Residences

Both my hubby and I were born and raised in KL. Hence, we got no ‘kampung’ to ‘balik’ and we always stay in the KL City Centre during Chinese New Year. However, we enjoy this as it is the best moment for our family and friends gathering as most of our family members and friends are also locate in KL. We could have gathering every day in the jam free city, yay! 
We love to gather in restaurant because we Chinese love to eat. Hence, many restaurants have come out CNY menu with auspicious dishes including Yee Sang.
Now, if you are looking for authentic Chinese cuisine in a contemporary restaurant, I’d recommend the Tai Zi Heen at Pullman Kuala Lumpur City Centre Hotel & Residences. Themed as “Spring in the city", Tai Zi Heen is offering mouthwatering Chinese cuisine especially made available in this Lunar New Year. 

Prepared by Chef Michael Wong, I find his creations features diversified color, aromatic flavor, and excellent taste. Let’s see some of the CNY dishes we have tried recently.

Crispy whitebait Yee Sang (Regular: RM 50, Medium: RM 75, Large: RM 125) 
Crispy whitebait Yee Sang is more crunchy and crispy than traditional Yee Sang. Pair with chef’s signature plum sauce, Crispy whitebait Yee Sang is a great Yee Sang for the whole family because most of the older people (Well, like my in laws and my parents) don’t eat raw fish.

Tai Zi Heen Yee Sang is also available from Vegetarian snow pear yee sang, salmon yee sang, crispy whitebait yee sang, Hamachi yee sang, abalone yee sang, and four seasons prosperity yee sang (butterfish, salmon, tuna, jellyfish) available in regular, medium and large sizes.
Supplemental orders of abalone, salmon, Hamachi, butterfish, Canadian surf clam, tuna, shell fish, snow pear, crackers and crispy whitebait are available too.

[Makeup] Physicians Formula is in Town! Learn More on The America’s No.1 Premium Face Powders, Mineral Makeup, Natural/Organic Makeup Brand

Physicians Formula has finally arrived Malaysia, yay! Created by Dr. Crandall in 1937 out of love for his wife who had sensitive skin, Physicians Formula is the America’s No.1 Brand products are free of the 130+ known irritants found in many brands.
Physicians Formula is targeted to female working adults seeking for healthy yet glamorous makeup. This brand offers a range of high quality, innovative, glamorous yet healthy products that are catered to the mass market category. Physicians Formula is the only cosmetic brand that provides a healthy, yet glamorous solution for your makeup needs. It provides the latest, most innovative, class-to-mass products designed even for the most sensitive skin, in fun and exciting forms. Physicians Formula changed the face of cosmetics by being a pioneer in makeup formulations that are: Hypoallergenic Dermatologist Tested Developed for Sensitive Skin Safe for sensitive eyes & contact lens wearers Created without any of the 132+ known harsh ingredients found in makeup Today Physicians Formula is #1 in leading market segments.
Being the  #1 in Premium Face Powders #1 in Mineral Makeup #1 in Natural/Organic in the America, Physicians Formula has continued to cultivate a philosophy of innovation. From its inception to today, Physicians Formula has an impressive list of 1st ever category changing innovation, all of which adhere to the brand’s commitment to high quality standards and advanced product performance.
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