For the love of Maggi Noodles… DO NOT IGNORE THIS

For all who love eating Maggi – Please take care of your health …

 

CORRECT WAY OF COOKING NOODLES

The correct way to cook instant noodles without harming our bodies and health. `Normally, how we cook the instant noodles is to put the noodles into a pot with water, throw in the powder and let it cook for around 3 minutes and then it’s ready to eat.

This is the WRONG method of cooking the instant noodles.

By doing this, when we actually boil the ingredients in the powder, normally with MSG, it will change the molecular structures of the MSG
causing it to be toxic.

The other thing that you may or may not realize is that, the noodles are coated with wax and it will take around 4 to 5 days for the body to
excrete the wax after you have taken the noodles.

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CORRECT METHOD :

1. boil the noodles in a pot with water.
2. once the noodles is cooked, take out the noodles, and throw away the water which contains wax.
3.. boil another pot of water till boiling and put the noodles into the hot boiling water and then shut the fire.
4. only at this stage when the fire is off, and while the water is very hot, put the ingredient with the powder into the water, to make noodle
soup.
5. however, if you need dry noodles, take out the noodles and add the ingredient with the powder and toss it to get dry noodles.

Dietician’s Note: If you buy plain hakka noodles which you make initially need to boil in water and discard the water. This will soften the noodles but to prevent it from sticking we need to add a tbsp of oil and also the noodles are deep fried partially to make it crunchy and then dusted with flour to prevent it from sticking while boiling. Hence when you buy the noodles they are already made unhealthy and this is the type we use to make stir fry noodles and the regular maggi too is made the same way plus they add MSG/ ajinomoto and other chemical preservatives.

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A large number of patient with the ages ranging from 18-24 years are ending up with pancreatitis either as a swelling or infection of the pancreas due to regular consumption of instant noodles….. If the frequency is more than 3 times a week, then it is very hazardous…

It’s My Law of Attraction

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Building a Retail Store – Flayva Boutique

As discussed in my previous blogs, I planned to share all of my experiences ranging from personal to business and I would like to begin with building a retail store. The information provided is provided free and all rights reserved to the respective companies mentioned here.

So building a retail shop from an empty was fun and as I always say, you should have fun doing what you do and do what you do with passion to learn. I was excited to have my company contracted to consult on this project. With much retail and hospitality industry experience, this was a piece of cake and definitely so much fun!

The store location was in Melaka in Malaysia, the heart of tourism in the state of Melaka. The owner is Stanley Seow, who you will see in my Tai Cheh Kong and Friends Videos on YouTube.

So to begin I will show you the layout, the design, the problems, the headaches, the heartaches, the financial implications and basically all the secrets revealed for you. the pictures and videos of the empty shell in the Palawan Megamall and how we transformed this into a successful booming little money maker.

The concept is simple, with a homely feel. Some keywords we brainstormed were: Picnic, House, Homely, Warm, Spain. We really hashed out the colours, tones, lighting with simplicity in mind. From the pictures below you will see show rack, picnic table, hat stand, make up stand and flowers behind the counter.

The initial design as drawn by me using Home 3D software:

Pre software layout:

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First design:

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Second design:

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So when the work began the floor was just simple concrete floor and white walls. My budget here was about $35,000 U.S inclusive of rental, fees, business registrations and first batch of stock. The cost of fit out was the biggest hurdle to combat, since the contractor obviously will charge for time, materials and other specifically designed items.

The custom made designs: 2 Awnings, Counter, Shelving and Picnic Table.

So we drew up an excel spreadsheet outlining all the costs and what we believed we would need. If you would like a copy of the budget, feel free to leave a comment.

As well as budgeting, part of our research was to check out the competition and finding out how much of our products would conflict with the stores surrounding us.

So our search began and just as we found many shops selling ladies fashion, we found that some products were identical, the same or copies in some way. This shouldn’t deter you from setting up a store. It’s now time to get creative!!

So how do you do that when the products the same?

Well for example almost 15 shops were selling black leggings, stockings, earrings and accessories. What we did was so simple yet time consuming. The stockings were packed into plastic cake boxes, which were displayed in a “cake fridge”.

As you will see from the pictures below, the basics began to come together quite quickly and at this point, I spent around $8K USD. Also at this point the shop was so close to opening date and there was big mistakes.

POINT: PAY ATTENTION TO DETAIL! CARRY A FINE TOOTH COMB!

1. The wording on the signboard was crooked and the contractor insisted that it wasn’t. So we got 2 metres and put them against the ends of the words and strangely enough they were about 12cm out!

Remember the contractor doesn’t care about the detail too much as long as it remotely looks close to the design in his brief. The reason he wouldn’t agree?

Well the words “Flayva Boutique” were super glued to the wall. To fix, he would rip the paint, damage the letters and guess who pays for this mistake? He does!

2. The awnings were terrible! These were the main feature of the shop and they were horrible. The ends were frayed and curling. The cost of these awnings were high so now the contractor was in a bit of dilema and he sure wasn’t going to change them at his cost. So we went back to the contract which he gave us and he was at fault, but we allowed some leeway here. We asked to have new ones made and the material changed. However, due to the outsourcing of the awning, it was going to cost him a fortune. So we negotiated to pay a small percentage for his loss, but he still had to replace the awning.

The point here is, no matter how much the contractor may lose, you must focus on your dreams here. If the smaller details are avoided, your overall dream will be shattered. So I argued for over 1 hour to have them change the material. Check Check Check Check Check Check Check Check EVERYTHING!

See below:

Curling Awning – Looks ugly right!

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Does this look new? Not at all! Plus it’s ripped.

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Anyway it all started to come together once I had the awning replaced and checked all the shop checked over by Stanley and we really ticked off each individual item off. Right from the dirt on the floor, to a tiny hand mark on the wall.

You can see the pictures here of Flayva Boutique before it was finished.

The day came for the handover of keys and excitement filled the atmosphere, with some fear with how to fill in a few days with stock that had just arrived from warehouses around the world.

The stock was all aimed at the average Asian girl who wanted to look sassy, gorgeous and not pay fortune for her clothing, accessories and shoes. So this is how we did it ….

SOURCING RIGHT PRODUCTS

How did I choose the products, without knowledge of Ladies’ Asian fashion?

This was the most fun part! First I got the owners to walk around with me in the city of Kuala Lumpur and point out exactly what they thought a girl should be dressed like and the clothes they should buy from their store.

Second and funniest part was to get a bunch of fashion magazines and cut out some pictures and mixed and matched some tops with skirts, shorts with tops, accessorize this and that. Well I will brutally honest, but I sucked! However I persisted and found myself becoming quite the fashion expert.

So then to source these HOT items. How when where?

There are way too many resources to mention here but the biggest secret would be to click here. It’s the best and safest. Tonnes of resources and many people find legitimate suppliers there. Even if you have a doubt, you just leave your question and the staff will research and give you feedback.

When you buy from China, Thailand, Vietnam and Korea, there’s no guarantee of safety. I used it to source 5 out of 10 repeat suppliers that Flayva now orders from. IT is worth a lot more than a couple of hundred bucks, but so cheap and easy to get help.

So after I sourced and contact my suppliers through salehoo, I asked the forums in salehoo and great responses were given and I continued to do business with my suppliers.

I got samples to some products free, catalogues and pictures (which is great for online shops etc.).

Then obviously the wholesalers locally were great to get a start, BUT yes BIG BUT, the price you pay here is 100% of your profits in THEIR pockets.

When sourcing from outside your home country, yes you can get a great price but I recommend to really do your homework. Salehoo will teach you everything about this.

PRODUCTS ARRIVE – WHAT THE F**** DO WE DO!

Well well well this is the worst part! Data entry and pricing. Well what do you do?

Get yourself a POS system! So what POS system should you get?

Well for hardware you can choose any cheap computer from your local computer store and you probably think I am crazy that I would suggest Salon Iris for retail. BUT it is amazingly powerful software that allows you to do so much with your products and clients that doesn’t cost you a fortune.

It prints bar codes, loyalty points, customer database, lay by, refunds, security, password protected sections. IT’S AMAZING for the price!

You can even lease the program, making it tax deductible. It is around 40$ US / month.

So you get yourself registered, and start entering the data. The better the POS system, the more control you have over your sales, stock and inventory control.

Once you have entered the products, get your labels printed and start tagging the products. Ensure you have protection against price changes in your software. Salon Iris actually allows you to password protect individual clicks and records everything.

READY SET … NOT QUITE

You will need to get yourself a good salesperson, an expert in fashion and has a passion for clothing. So we placed an ad on the window in the mall and within a few days we were ready to go.

The initial few days, I watched the shop from near and far and monitored the traffic. By doing this for a few days, you really can get a picture of YOUR market, not your competitors.

This is not the staff but one of the partners. Mandy is an expert on fashion and training the staff was completed thoroughly with her sound guidance.

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So now we’re ready in many ways … So what was the result … Click the pics to view!

WOW THAT SOUNDED EASY!

I don’t know how many nights we spent awake to put the ideas together, but with headaches, countless coffee and minimal sleep, the success of the shop was destiny. You know what though, it was worth it and was quite easy. Just plan and prepare for small windfalls and always ask!!!

My friend and client was completely satisfied and really made me feel the future of the shop will be a complete success.

If you require more information or assistance, you may call or email me. If you want to visit Flayva Boutique, you are more than welcome to do so in Melaka Palawan Mall.

Thank you for reading …

With love,

Micho – itsmylawofattraction

Tai Cheh Kong & Friends Recipes

So you’ve watched the video on YouTube and got acquainted with the people behind it.

We really had a lot of fun making the videos and tried really hard to keep it unedited and under half an hour for the full show.

The recipes will be listed here and you can search the blog, ask questions or even comment on YouTube as you like.

This comes as part of our initial 7 day transformation video which unfortunately failed as we didn’t even manage to wake up on the first day before 12pm.

In the mean time we decided to keep on trying as our success can only be achieved by our strong perseverance.

The recipes can be found here and on food buzz. Just search it’s easy!

Watch our first video here:

Our First Cooking Show! Part 1

 

So if you have any recipes you want us to explore, or just even give us ingredients, we will find them and provide the best combination of foods to cook up a delicious, healthy, well balanced meal without skimping on taste!

I want to personally thank the people who really helped bring it together. Stanley, Mandy and Charlie. These people are the greatest friends and we are having so much fun together to bring the viewers some fun and enjoyment in cooking.

Also I must give credit to my Nokia N97 haha, which films all the shows so well!

WIth Love, Micho

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If you could have any fictional creature from a book, film, or TV show as your pet, which one would you choose, and why?

 

Actually I am not sure how many people actually know this story of Belle and Sebastian from the 1980s, but the big white dog is amazing. Since I was a very young child of 8 years old, I used to watch it in Arabic during the war in Lebanon. Over many years of repeats and not really understanding why this TV show was so amazing.

Anyhow in 1987 we moved to Australia and funnily enough the show was the same but in English. At that time, I didn’t speak English of course so the first few years were a little blurry, yet still understood because I had seen it 100 times before.

By the time I had turned 11 I still was watching it, in the morning (on ABC) and in the afternoon straight after school.

I guess at that time it wasn’t very meaningful for me, but when I turned 11 I started to feel some emotions that I normally would not have known. Sadness, pride, happiness and even anxious with fear. 
I think the story is so well written and even for my age now of 30 if I was to watch again, would really give me a new meaning. Anyhow, the big white dog, Belle, symbolized a lot of things that we take for granted, friendship, love, protection and the simple joys of life. To go on a world journey with your best friend or in the search for someone is incredibly touching.

Not so much a creature but still that dog really taught me many things. Belle really was misunderstood from the beginning and as they searched to kill her, Sebastian protected her and befriended her. So many people around the world are not giving a choice to be understood and are labeled, taken for granted, abused and sometimes even killed.

It shows in a way a love of a mother to child by the way Belle was always at the forefront whenever Sebastian needed her. As they journey around the globe searching for Sebastian’s mother, it really drives home for me how important it is to be protected. 
On top of all the emotion, the dog is damn beautiful. So white, so pure. Even when the dog shows anger in the beginning, the ferocity of such animal is usually seen only during fear right? 
The lesson I learnt here is that you can befriend anyone, without judging. Keep an open mind and heart because usually the things that we fear the most maybe the ones that save us! 
Tell me what you think!

Love from Micho!
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7 Days Transforming your life. Happiness and Health. How much can I change?

 

So as I head with fast approach to my 31st year, I am feeling a little shabby! So in this 7 day blog / Vlog, me and my best friends are going to explore how much one person can change in a week and in an unprecedented live video, we will track the results. Digging into each of our desires for health and happiness, we hope to have some fun and learn a bit more about ourselves. Individually and together we’ll give you an insight into our hectic schedules, current bad lifestyles of drinking, smoking and food abuse.

Micho: Although I find myself smiling most of the time and quite happy, friendly and appreciate the over indulging in fine foods, wine and great delicacies, it has come to a point for me where I am classed as overweight and due to hereditary health problems such as blood pressure, heart and diabetes, my decision to change was inevitable or possibly face some dire consequences now and in the future.

I am of Middle Eastern blood and my friends described below are of Chinese blood. When we have exercised before, even though I am bigger size, Stanley’s stamina was far below mine.

Stanley and Mandy: My friends Stan and Mandy are underweight and have the tendency to follow suit with their eating habits. The different sizes between me and them is almost double. Their eating habits are similar to mine, yet the body make up is different, yet I would imagine their health status would be quite critical also, maybe not now, but the future.

Here are our combined problems:

Smoking, Over Eating, Not Enough Quality Sleep, No Exercise and actually eating the right food groups is non existent. A diet consisting of Fried this and that, heavy rice and noodle consumption and if it has oil, we love it!

The three of us tend to complain about the content of oil, fat and lack of nutrition in our diet, yet we still indulge in the bad things.

SO WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO ABOUT IT?

So how are we going to change it. Our first mission is to clean out our fridge, cupboards and goooooo shopping. Sure we are going to fight over the food at the shopping centre. Just bare in mind we are not experts or doctors, so for those who want to join us on our quest, please consult your doctor or physician. The basis of our program is purely for experimental purposes and have some fun.

We’ve also chosen to use some natural products from the Biolyn range ( available from our Biolyn Store) or contacting us through here. Each and every single product we use will be explained here in my blog or in the lawofattraction youtube videos.

Subscribe here … or watch the videos live on qik 

So let the fun begin….

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What ten words would you use to describe yourself? If your friends were asked to describe you, how closely would all the lists match up?

 

I think if you ask my friends and family what they think about my personality I don’t know how closely matched they would be. However here goes in 10 words:

  1. Damn Talkative
  2. Sensitive
  3. Caring
  4. A lot of Fun
  5. Annoying (especially when had just a few drinks)
  6. Dirty Cocky
  7. Arrogant (Well I think it’s just confident)
  8. Smiley
  9. Procrastinator
  10. Did I mention Talkative… I think everyone would write this twice too ..

So I asked my best friend to give me his 10 words about me, without seeing my list and this is what he came up with (No Editing to his words):

  1. Caring maybe to the point of mothering
  2. Annoying in the funniest way but talks too much
  3. So damn Funny especially when playing a prank.
    1. So I asked for an example and this one night we were in Melaka and there was a ladies group doing some sort of line dance, with one very special dancer. So I decided I would crash the party. I waited in the sidelines until they turned their backs and I copied what he was doing. You can see the video here. It was a random thing actually and wasn’t expecting that I would crash a dance class.
    2. Yep I am the big fat guy at the end dancing to copy the boy dancing 😉

     

  4. Easy Going
  5. Considerate and emotional
  6. Open Minded
  7. Crazy
  8. Stubborn
  9. Sensual – Well this one was a bit odd .. I think he meant exotic not sensual
  10. Arrogant
  11. Intelligent without perseverance.

Although his vocabulary is a bit off, I was a bit surprised that it closely matched to what I thought myself. He’s basically seen me day in and out, so I guess it’s a given that he knows me well.

That sums me up to a tea!

Love from Micho!

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