[Movie + Giveaway] Stephen Chow "The Mermaid" Movie on CELESTIAL MOVIES (ASTRO Channel 322)

Have you watched Stephen Chow "The Mermaid" Movie? I love the movie and it’s my moist favourite Chinese movie thus day in year 2016. The Mermaid is a film that tells the story of a playboy businessman (Deng Chao) who falls in love with a mermaid, Shan (Lin Yun) who was sent to assassinate him. Upon release, this film broke numerous box office records and it will premiere exclusively on CELESTIAL MOVIES (ASTRO Channel 322) on Sunday 2 October at 9pm!
Yeah to Astro CELESTIAL MOVIES subsribers!
Let me tell you 5 things you should know about this show:
1.      The Man Behind the film
·         It is a 2016 Chinese-Hong Kong science-fiction, fantasy, and romantic comedy that was directed, co-written, and co-produced by Stephen Chow. This is his tenth directorial effort.
2.      Popularity of the film
·         The Mermaid was ranked as the No.1 Chinese movie with box office earnings of $7,025,381 in Malaysia and was also the highest-grossing film of all time in China!
3.      Inspiration of the film
·         Stephen Chow was inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale of "The Little Mermaid" to produce this film and wanted make it a modern interpretation of the story. Another inspiration came from his childhood, where he lived by the sea and always wondered what life was like under the sea.   
4.      What Happened Behind-the-Scenes
·         Deng Chao and Lin Yun ended up eating a total of 150 roasted chickens during a multiple takes of an eating scene just to ensure they got the best quality shot.
5.      Moral of the story
·         Liu Xuan’s development project had a direct impact on the merpeople, killing many of them and he only managed to save Shan by sending her back to the ocean so she could escape from this. Learning from his mistakes, Xuan set up a scholarship for research on environmental protection.

If you would like to watch The Mermaid all over again, please tune in to CELESTIAL MOVIES (ASTRO Channel 322) on Sunday 2 October at 9pm to catch this billion-dollar Chinese blockbuster! 

As you seen in the title of this post, there is a giveaway from me too! The Mermaid fever continues with this simple Share-and-Win Contest! Simply share the first visual in your social media and hashtag #ILikeCM #TheMermaid to win some exclusive Celestial Movies merchandise consisting of a tote Bag, selfie LED flashlight, erasable note pad, umbrella and RM50 Neway Cash Voucher!

Submit  your name, email address and your social media links by commenting on this post. There would be 3 winners for this simple Share-and-Win Contest. 

Get to Know Park Shin Hye - Mamonde’s Brand Ambassador

Mamonde Malaysia has introduced its brand ambassador Park Shin Hye through a greeting video, last July during its official launch. In the video, Park greeted everyone and congratulated Mamonde Malaysia on the launch of its first counter at Aeon 1Utama. Looking perky and cute in the video, Park also announced that she will be visiting Malaysia this October.
Park Shin Hye - Mamonde’s Brand Ambassador

While we wait for her arrival here in Malaysia, let’s get to know her first!

Born on 18 February 1990, Park has turned 26 this year. Her first acting debut was in 2003, in a drama called Stairway to Heaven, which earned her the Best Young Actress Award by SBS Drama Awards. Park’s career rose when she starred in the K-drama ‘The Heirs’ alongside Lee Min Ho, where she played Cha Eun-Sang. ‘The Heirs’ was a huge success in China with one billion views on Youku.com (a popular video viewing site in China) while Park had more than 11 million followers Weibo, the highest number followers for a Korean female actress. She was awarded the ‘Popular Foreign Actress Award’ at the Chinese Anhui Drama Awards. Park’s popularity continues to soar with her role as Choi In-ha in the drama Pinocchio which earned her Forbes Korea’s Top 40 Most Popular Celebrities. In the drama ‘Doctors’ that is currently airing on SBS, Park plays the female lead which makes her more popular than before. SBS expects to reach a 20 per cent viewership rating nationwide in the coming weeks with this drama gaining popularity. 
Park has won more than 23 drama and TV awards which also include the Prime Minister’s Award at the 6th Korean Popular Culture & ‘; Arts Awards and the Most Popular Actress (Film) at the 51st Baeksang Arts Awards in 2015.

Park has been the face of Mamonde since 2014. She was selected because of her pure beauty and her multiple talents that fit the brand’s image and also the brand message, ‘Inspired by Flowers’. The very same year, Mamonde’s Creamy Tint Color Balm which was used by Park in the drama ‘Pinocchio’, saw a sales surge which earned the phenomena, the ‘Park Shin Hye Lipstick Effect.’ Similarly this year, Mamonde’s new Highlight Lip Tint #6 (Pin Spot) which happens to be Park’s favourite, which she also uses in the drama ‘Doctors’, was seen flying off the shelves.

Finding a Balance in Digital Parenting

While children deserve the freedom to enjoy digital activities, there is a need to balance time spent on these through a ‘digital detox’. Given the multiscreen era that we are currently living in, it is unsurprising that learning how to ‘unplug’ is a test for most people, including children of today’s generation. With smartphones, tablets, laptops and gaming consoles within easy reach, gone are the days that we can leave the house without a device or two.

At a recent panel session organised by ZooMoo, a television channel for preschool children featuring animals, this topic along with the challenge of raising a child in the digital era was discussed. Keeping away from technology might not be feasible in today’s circumstances, however there are some ways for parents and children alike to balance their time spent on screens. 

Redefining the concept of balance

Most parents have an impression that if their child is watching TV or playing games, they are not getting any educational value as it is thought the primary purpose of these activities is purely for fun. However, as technology plays a big role in our lives, it is not about the removal but the mindfulness of using it. Instead of setting parameters on the amount of time allowed, the smarter approach is to know what content their child consumes and how they react to it. 

“Parents need to be the gatekeepers for their child’s time and activities spent on screens. Similar to any other activity such as play time, kids do not know when to stop and are likely to be upset when they are told to. It is about understanding your child and what works for them,” Dr. Shen-Li Lee, parenting expert and author of Brainchild stated.

During the session, a question on the effects of exposure to technology on a child’s social development was raised. Although current research doesn’t provide conclusive answer to whether or not there is a direct negative or positive impact on children, the main consensus is that consuming digital media in moderation is key.

“Screen time is not necessarily a bad thing as it can be used as an educational tool or part of bonding time. My girls and I enjoy watching ZooMoo and learning about the animals together,” said Aishah Sinclair, celebrity mom of two, radio DJ and ZooMoo brand ambassador.

Role model for healthy digital habits

Throughout the early years of development, one of the methods children will learn is through imitation. Watching their parents practice a well-balanced screen time routine will have a positive impact on children. Some examples include picking up a book to read, spending time outdoors, or even the simple action of putting away devices at the dinner table.

Relating to her personal experience, Aishah said “sometimes hiding the iPad from my girls does not work as they catch me using my mobile phone to answer urgent work emails. As parents, we need to ensure that we set good examples for our children to understand and emulate.” 

Clarins Anti-ageing Treatment Essences

Do you afraid of ageing? According to a research, this is the major concern for Asian women as early as 25 years old. When we aged, we needed extra care to help pave the way for young and beautiful looking skin.

To achieve a youthful skin, Clarins, the anti-ageing expert, has launched three pioneering anti-ageing Treatment Essences in August 2016. It is the first step in any anti-ageing beauty routine, tailor-made for skin at different ages, they are designed to enhance the youthfulness of all Asian women.
Clarins Research has discovered that the skin has a physical barrier that protects against external aggressions. In order for the powerful anti-ageing ingredients to effectively penetrate and reach its biological target which is located at the deepest skin layers, it is necessary to “unlock” this barrier. This is to allow the active ingredients to be able to absorb easily.
There are three types of skin ageing:

1. Age 25+ - Early signs of ageing: The outermost skin layer is made up of 15 to 20 layers of corneocyte cells, this compact structure forms a “physical” protective barrier limiting the penetration of cosmetic ingredients.

2. Age 35+ - More permanent signs of ageing: Water content in the upper skin layers decreases with age, lack of water is the second factor that limits the absorption of active molecules in addition to the physical barrier.

3. Age 45+ - Prominent signs of ageing: The accumulation of dead cells on the skin surface limiting the absorption of active ingredients.
As women are all unique, Clarins has formulated three specific Treatment Essences rich in plant extracts, with highly sensorial smooth textures that specially designed to “unlock” the skin barrier and optimize active skin absorption for skin at all ages and to ‘lock’ the skin with moisturisers.

The 1st tailor-made essences for different age groups and as an essential first step in any anti-ageing beauty routine, Multi-Active boosts skin vitality for 25+, Extra-Firming enhances skin bounciness for 35+ and Super Restorative reinforces skin smoothness for 45+.

Flavours of Mexico in Malaysia @ Cedar on 15, Impiana KLCC Hotel

Hi my lovely readers, I am back from my short vacation. For those reside in Malaysia, how was your long holiday? My holiday was ended with a happy note hence I hope yours’ are great too. Just after I landed in Malaysia, I was invited to the Flavours of Mexico in Malaysia at Impiana KLCC Hotel.

Flavours of Mexico in Malaysia @ Impiana KLCC Hotel
Date: 20th Sep to 24th Sep 2016
Venue: Cedar on 15 @ Impiana KLCC Hotel
Price: RM 98 nett per person
Expect an array of semi buffet style menu with apperizers, soup and desserts with a choice of main course prepared individually in the kitchen for best quality of food, serve with a free Margarita at “Flavours of Mexico”. I find that Mexican food is generally colorful in ingredients, and rich in flavours. The dishes have both a depth of flavours with its combination of savoury and earthy flavours including herbs and spices giving it its distinct kick of variety of chilies include fresh, dried, smoked and pickled, alongside garlic, onions, lemons and limes oregano, coriander, cinnamon and cocoa.
Let’s look into some of the menu available at “Flavours of Mexico” that is prepare by Chef Ivan Chavarria Hernandez, an International experienced chef who has worked in famous restaurants like La Sucursal, Valencia and Spain to Motel Mexicola.

New! Barbie Dreamtopia that will Inspire Girls of All Ages to Dream Without Limit

Mattel has launched their Barbie Dreamtopia, which is an all-new series set in a world created by the fearless imagination of Barbie’s youngest sister, Chelsea. Together, they embark on amazing adventures in four magical kingdoms of Dreamtopia: Wispy Forest, Rainbow Cove, Sweetville, and Sparkle Mountain. Through their adventures, they learn lessons that help them grow up and embrace the child within themselves.
Dreamtopia is a world where princesses express themselves through their beautifully entangled hairstyles, where mermaid swims through river of rainbow, where fairy create wings for anyone and queen that believes seeing magic in the rarest place.
"It's just a dream away.." Sail to the world of magical lands at Dreamtopia.

With the launch of Barbie Dreamtopia collection in major toy and departmental stores, little girls and parents can discover and experience the four enchanted lands where dream comes true. Girls are invited to unleash their imaginations through magical makeovers, photo taking opportunities, playtime with Barbie products, and stand a chance to meet and greet with Barbie from Dreamtopia.
Barbie Dreamtopia play dates will be taking place in the following dates and place.

Location: Toys ‘R’ Us Mid Valley (East Atrium) | Date: 7th – 15st September 2016
Location: Toys ‘R’ Us One Utama (New Wing)| Date: 7th – 11st September 2016
Location: Toys ‘R’ Us Suria KLCC | Date: 8th – 12st September 2016
Location: Sunway Pyramid (Blue Concourse) | Date: 14th – 18st September 2016
Location: AEON Cheras Selatan | Date: 27th – 2nd October 2016
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