27 September 2017 12:45

A Malaysian condom company is hoping to spice up sex lives with a contraceptive that tastes like the country's ultimate comfort food — a chili-infused rice dish known as nasi lemak.

Industry giant Karex, which claims to be the world's biggest condom maker, already offers an array of flavours in various pleasure-boosting textures, from grape to the pungent tropical fruit durian.

It is now set to launch a condom inspired by nasi lemak, usually translated as "fatty rice", originally a cheap breakfast consumed at street-side stalls but which is now common across the country, including at higher-end restaurants.

The dish consists of rice cooked with coconut milk, served with anchovies, roasted peanuts, a boiled egg, sliced cucumbers and a dollop of fiery chili sauce.

"We Malaysians are divided across our political ideas, religion and race," Karex chief executive Goh Miah Kiat told AFP from his office in Port Klang, outside the capital Kuala Lumpur.

"I felt one thing that unites us all (is): 'Where's the best nasi lemak place you've been?'"

Malaysia has been beset over the years by tensions between its Muslim Malay majority and its substantial ethnic Chinese and Indian minorities, with critics accusing the government of introducing policies that favour the Malays.

Karex — which sells condoms under the brand name Carex — spent six months carrying out tests before coming up with its nasi lemak prophylactic, which smells faintly of coconut and is coated with a warming lubricant.

The company is working on packaging and the limited-edition condom should hit shops in November or December.

Goh insisted the range of wacky condoms were more than just a marketing gimmick, and were about trying to encourage contraceptive use in the Muslim-majority country.

"For me, it's about public health, and I want to get the message across to people," Goh said.

Conservative attitudes are still common in parts of Malaysia and some people frown on the use of contraceptives in the belief they encourage pre-marital sex.

During a parliamentary debate in March, a lawmaker from an influential Islamist party proposed caning unmarried couples who had sex.

The nasi lemak condoms are aimed at the local Malaysian market but much of what Karex makes goes abroad.

The company produces five billion condoms annually from its four factories, with much of its output purchased in bulk by governments or international agencies for safe-sex drives.

 

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Petra Hapsari  15 September 2017 15:55

Seeing a sleepless student and fellow worker is probably not a new thing for you. Even you yourself might be one of those who are sleepless.

But be careful, lack of sleep might not only make you feel tired the whole day, but it might make the brain function decrease, causing various mental problems.

Mental problems that might occur due to lack of sleep:

1. Brain working slowly

Researchers found that lack of sleep can decrease the brain’s concentration and alertness. No wonder that after hours of no sleeping, you might get confused, become forgetful and find it hard to think clearly. In medical terms, the impaired thinking due to exhausted brain is called as brain fog. It may make you hard to make an important decision.

It might sound trivial, but brain fog is not something you can underestimate as it can be the early symptom of dementia.

2. Becoming forgetful

When you are sleepy, you tend to be forgetful. Not only your concentration and focus get disturbed, your memory will also get worse.

It is all because when you are sleeping, the nerves in your brain which save memory are strengthened. An expert from Faculty of Medicine in Maryland University, US, dr. Avelino Verceles said that when sleeping, brain records things we have learned and experienced in a day into the short-term memory — that is why you should not sleep in anger.

3. Hard to accept new information

Lack of sleep might affect your ability to understand new information. First, you will find it hard to focus that it is difficult for you to accept new information, then you will not be able to learn efficiently.

Second, lack of sleep will affect your ability to memorize things. Your memory will be weakened and it will be hard for you to memorize things you have learned.

4. Possible further mental disorder

Lack of sleep might not the direct cause of mental disorder. However, various researches found big potential of mental disorders such as depression, ADHD, anxiety and bipolar disorder.

A research in Michigan, US observed people from 21 to 30 years old. The result shows that people with insomnia at the first interview were four times more likely to suffer from depression when they were being interviewed again three years later. Other study found that sleeping problem occurs before depression. Besides, it is more difficult for depressed people with insomnia to get healed compared to those who do not have insomnia.

In a research, experts found that insomnia as well as other sleeping disorder might worsen manic or depression on patients with bipolar disorder. Lack of sleep can trigger mania, a phase of emotional explosion or uncontrollable behavior.

Lack of sleep also triggers anxiety. One study reports that around 27 percent of patients with anxiety started with insomnia.

The article was previously published in Hellosehat.com and all medical data has been reviewed by a licensed medical doctor.

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Petra Hapsari  12 September 2017 10:20

Your body needs protein as energy source, to build muscle mass, fix blood component and replace damaged body cells.

Generally, there are high-protein food that is good enough to meet your daily protein needs, including meat and lentils. However, there are some people who choose to not eat meat due to their choice to be vegetarians or for health purposes.

But how can one get enough protein intake without eating meat?

How much protein do our bodies need?

There are some argumentation about the daily need of protein for our bodies. So far, BPOM (Indonesian Food and Drug Monitoring Agency) recommends us to get at least 60 grams of protein per day.

If our protein intake is too much, our body will transform it into fat. Lack of protein causes muscle atrophy and general impaired body function.

High-protein food besides meat:

1. Egg

Egg is a source of protein that contains certain vitamin B, including B6, B12, thiamin, riboflavin, and folate. Egg is good as your protein source when you do not eat meat as one egg contains 7 grams of protein.

However, consuming egg too much is also not good because the yolk contains high cholesterol which can increase the risk of diseases related to cholesterol.

2. Soybeans

Vegans or vegetarians usually lean on lentils as their main source of protein. One of low-fat lentils with high protein is soybean. Soybean has fiber, omega-6 fatty acid, antioxidant and phytoestrogens.

You can also consume snacks made of soybeans which contains high-fiber-and-protein soybeans that will make you full for longer time.

3. Cottage cheese

Besides egg, cottage cheese also has high protein. Half-cup of cottage cheese contains 13 grams of casein protein to fulfill the nutrition for muscle recovery.

What is casein protein? It is a protein which is digested slower than common protein. It is good to build muscle mass, and it is often consumed by athletes.

Besides, this cheese can help build bones by its high calcium content. To process it, you can mix it with lentils, fruits or cinnamon to add more taste, fiber and antioxidants.

4. Vegetables

Besides having high nutrition and vitamin, vegetables also contain macronutrients such as protein which is good for body. For example, broccoli has 2.8 grams of protein per cup and asparagus has 2.4 grams of protein per cup.

Other vegetables that are easy to get and have high protein is corn since 100 grams of sweet corn contains 3.3 protein while one hump contains 4.68 grams of protein.

5. Peas

Vegetarians and vegans have consumed peas as main protein source. One cup of peas has 7.9 of protein which is the same with a cup of milk.

If you do not really like to consume peas, try to cook and mash it then serve it as main food companion.

The article was previously published in Hellosehat.com and all medical data has been reviewed by a licensed medical doctor.

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Petra Hapsari  05 September 2017 11:00

Is starring in a music video one of your dreams?

Norwegian bule Kvitland is back with another song and you have chance to appear in his upcoming music video!

Audun Kvitland, or mostly known as Kvitland, stole people’s attention after releasing a song titled ‘Nasi Padang’, showing how much he adores the Indonesian food.

Now, he is getting back with another song, and he opens a big chance for anyone to appear in the music video.

Watch the video announcement below to know how to star in Kvitland’s upcoming video:

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Petra Hapsari  04 September 2017 08:40

Garuda Indonesia is the first and biggest airline in Indonesia. It was founded during the era of President Soekarno who wanted to buy some planes to fight Netherland for the country’s independence.

The intention gained positive responses from traders who also gave donation to buy the planes. Finally, Indonesia bought Dakota (DC-3) plane and in 1949, it became a commercial transportation with Yogyakarta-Jakarta as its first route.

The name of Garuda Indonesian Airways (GIA) was initiated by President Soekarno, citing Dutch verse arranged by a famous poet during colonial era Raden Mas Noto Soeroto. The verse says, “I am Garuda, the bird belonged to Vishnu, spreading my wings high above your archipelago.”

Since 1949 until present, Garuda Indonesia becomes Indonesia’s pride. Every year they try toimprove to give the best service. Not only from technology, transformation also occurred on their fashion style. It can be seen from their flight attendants’ uniform.

Here are 18 portraits of Garuda Indonesia’s uniforms since 1949 until present as taken from their official Instagram account:

1. In 1949, Garuda Indonesia’s flight attendants’ uniforms were white and brown.

 

2. In 1959, blue became the theme of their uniform.

 

3. In 1970, the color of yellow and orange in their uniform made them looked cheerful.

 

4. In 1980, they looked more elegant with tie ribbon and long sleeves.

 

5. Still in 1980, they started wearing kebaya.

 

6. In 1985, the color of the uniforms is softer.

 

7. Starting from 1990, flight attendants started wearing long suits.

 

8. Around 1990’s, the uniform looks similar compared to the ones they had in 1985, but it was more fashionable.

 

9. Uniforms in 1999 were darker.

 

10. In 1999, they also had tosca uniforms.

 

11. In 1999, the upper suit had some patterns while the lower part was plain.

 

12. Starting from 2000, the uniform is full of pattern.

 

13. In around 2000’s, the flight attendants wore long pants.

 

14. Starting from 2010 until now, you might see this uniform.

 

15. And this one.

 

16. This one too.

 

17. In 2013, they added this purple uniform.

 

18. There is also special uniform for crew explore & explore jet.

 

Here is the full video of Garuda Indonesia’s fashion transformation:

 

Original article by Vindiasari Putri

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Petra Hapsari  29 August 2017 11:15

Once upon a time, probably not too long ago, people mistook some illness as effects of black magic.

A historian in medical science Lois N. Magner explained about this in his book A History of Infectious Diseases and the Microbial World. The belief among people that supernatural power such as santet can cause illness has existed since the last 3,500 years.

For example, according to an ancient Indian myth, it is believed that there are illnesses caused by supernatural power which makes shaman and the gods have to work together to fight against the devil in curing it.

Thanks to medical science, now humans can understand the cause as well as the cure of various diseases — not by using black chickens as sacrifice or other shenanigans, of course.

Here are five illnesses once were considered caused by black magic:

1. Epilepsy

Image: Shutterstock/Namning

In certain cultures, people still believe that when somebody has a seizure, he/she is being possessed by an evil spirit. However, the fact is seizure is purely a medical condition, and one of the reasons might be epilepsy.

Epilepsy is a chronic brain nerve disorder characterized by spontaneous recurrent seizures. Not all seizures are epilepsy, but every epilepsy is always characterized by seizures. 

Some types of seizure have symptoms, such as the person suddenly does not move like a statue or become stiff. This symptom sometimes makes the patient stop doing what he/she is doing. His/her face shows blank expression and confusion, and he/she does not respond to the surrounding. This is how the assumption of epilepsy as an impact of black magic began.

2. Mental disorder

Illustration: Shutterstock/Victor Moussa

Mental disorders include depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, personality disorder, trauma and eating disorder. One of mental disorders that mostly can be found in Indonesia is schizophrenia.

Mental disorder has symptoms that depend on the condition the patient suffers from, and the symptoms have different severity level. Generally, the person feels hopeless, is always sad, wants to stay away from the society, is always in anger and feels the need to rampage. People then began to assume that this is caused by black magic, or the person is possessed by genie since he was kid.

Unfortunately, the ancient stigma still exists in Indonesia. In 2014, report shows that there are 1,274 people with mental disorder are shackled, instead of sent to psychiatrists.

3. Fetus in fetu

Illustration: Shutterstock/Crystal light

Fetus-in-fetu is a rare condition. It is happened due to malformed fetus attached or inside someone’s body. The fetus might be the twin sibling of the person. Since it is inside the body, the patient might realize it only after he grows up.

Back in 2006 in India, a 9-year-old kid had a lump in the body. USG and CT Scan on the kid’s body showed mass of fetus along with the bone and tissue around it which has size around 10x10 cm. They also found 30 cm long of hair.

4. Ergot poisoning

Illustration: Shutterstock/Manfred Ruckszio

Ergot or Claviceps purpurea is fungus that attacks wheat plants and turn their color into black. If someone accidentally eats it, the person will get symptoms, including muscular pain, throwing up, hallucination, and he will also feel as if his skin is being scratched. These symptoms can be found in the scenes of Salem Witch Trials movie.

Salem Witch Trials is one of famous cases during early modern times. It occurred in American colonial era (1692-1693), causing almost 300 people accused of witchcraft and 30 people hanged.

Now, the experts presume that the disease happened at that time was caused by Ergot.

Researchers found that the symptoms were caused by active substance ergot alkaloids (lysergic acid) found in the fungus. As the time goes by, the acid triggers LSD (Lysergic Acid Diethylamide), hallucinogenic type of synthetic narcotic which can cause severe hallucination for the users.

5. Encephalitis Lethargica

Illustration: Shutterstock/SpeedKingz

Encephalitis lethargica or also known as von Economo disease is a disease whose cause is not known yet. The symptoms are high fever, headache and the absence of physical and mental responses. Besides that, the patient might also suffer abnormal eye movement, weak upper body, pain in muscles, tremors, stiff neck, changing behavior and even go into a coma.

In 1917-1928, encephalitis lethargica was spread to the entire world. It is noted that thousands of people suffered from Parkinson after suffering from this disease. The strange symptoms, quick spread, and the sudden disappearance of the epidemic made people assumed that this was caused by witches.

The article was previously published in Hellosehat.com and all medical data has been reviewed by a licensed medical doctor.

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  28 August 2017 11:00

It’s only days after Taylor Swift released her latest single ‘Look What You Made Me Do’ and only hours after she released the amazing music video. We are still stunned with the story line, the shades thrown and all the quotes of the video — proof that Taylor does know what we (both hardcore fans and haters) talk about her all these time.

But gossips aside, the song might be the new top hit of today and possibly kick ‘Despacito’ from its throne as The Song of 2017.

And as all popular songs, aspiring singers around the world love to make covers of ‘Look What You Made Me Do’, and boy they did it fast. 

We have compiled four of the best covers of the song from Youtube. Let us know which one you love the most!

1. The duet version by Sam Tsui and Madilyn Bailey

 

 

2. The rock version by Tyler Ward

 

 

3. The emotional (in a good way!) version by Leroy Sanchez

 

 

4. The instrumental version by GnuS Cello

 

 

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