Do you have a hard time sticking to a budget? As recommended as it is, the 50:30:20 rule doesn’t work for everyone. In order to successfully manage your personal finances, you must make sure that your budget is specifically designed for your income and expenses. If you’ve noticed that you’re unable to save 20% of your salary because of your spending habits, try paying yourself first.

 

What is paying yourself first?

Paying yourself first puts the focus on saving first and then spending. With your savings contribution for the month moved out of the way, you’ll be able to spend what’s left without feeling guilty or worrying about eating into your savings. If this method works for you, it can be an extremely effective way to reach your savings goals each month. These consistent contributions can help you build long-term wealth!

 

Why should we pay ourselves first?

Of course, you can’t withdraw money from your savings account – unless it’s an emergency. The more you save, the more prepared you’ll be for financial emergencies, such as pay cuts, car repairs or hospital stays. If you’re unable to save because of your income, try reducing your expenses. Please don’t be ashamed of seeking financial assistance if downsizing still doesn’t work for you – there is nothing wrong with needing support.

 

How do we pay ourselves first?

Once your salary comes in, start by moving 10% of your income to a savings account. Don’t get too comfortable with that rate – observe your spending habits for the month and see how you can save more. Slowly increase the percentage each month until you find one that’s right for you and your financial goals. You can then automate this savings rate for more efficiency!

 

Paying yourself first takes away the burden of constantly having to track your expenses, which is a habit that many of us have trouble sticking to. Instead, it helps us build the more inviting habit of accumulating wealth. Keep experimenting with budgeting and saving, and remember not to be too hard on yourself. At least once you pay yourself first, you’ll feel a sense of reward and won’t feel guilty about spending money later that month.

As we go through another total lockdown, we can’t help but to feel anxious about our finances. Many jobs, hours and wages have been lost with thousands of businesses having to pause operations or permanently close. When facing uncertain situations like these, it is only natural to have an anxiety response, but if your fear has become overwhelming and disruptive, it may be a sign of an anxiety disorder. 

 

Money-related anxiety can cause your stress to reach unhealthy levels. Like other forms of anxiety, it can affect your physical health and daily life, causing insomnia, loss of appetite or inability to focus. If left untreated, anxiety can also develop into depression. Below are some signs often related to financial anxiety:

 

Overspending

 

Fear Of Spending

 

Financial Denial

 

Compulsive Behaviour 

 

Whether you find yourself engaging in these behaviours, or are looking to develop a more positive mindset towards money, here are healthier ways for you to cope with financial anxiety:

 

Manage your debt

 

Automate important payments

 

Create a budget

 

Track your spending

 

Develop an emergency fund

 

Seek help 

On the heels of World Environment Day, comes World Oceans Day – an annual celebration of the heart of our planet and its importance to all life on Earth. The ocean provides us with oxygen, nourishment and even employment, but now, it is in need of our support. This June 8th, the theme of United Nations’ World Oceans Day, The Ocean: Live and Livelihoods, reminds us that the ocean is our lifesource, so we must protect it from global warming, pollution and overfishing.

 

We may not be able to go out and clean up the beaches this year, but we can still help save the oceans from inside our homes. Through small actions and sustainable decisions, we can make a big difference! Don’t give up on sustainability during this time, if anything, the pandemic has shown us how dependent we are on the ocean, which is why we must work together to protect it. 

 

When it comes to conscious shopping, a brand that is making it easier for consumers is terrae – while other fabrics release microplastics into the ocean, theirs is made from repurposed ocean waste. Founded by two friends, Azalea and Suan, the sustainable fashion brand focuses on inclusivity, innovation and information. “Our goal is to create activewear and athleisure pieces for real bodies in real situations, while doing our best to minimise our impact on the planet”. 

 

With a name inspired by the word “Terra”, the Latin / Italian name for Earth, terrae aims to integrate sustainable practices into their production and supply chain processes, and at the same time, raise awareness and educate their followers on issues such as climate change and how to live a more sustainable lifestyle. “Doing well and doing good don’t have to be mutually exclusive, and our goal is to achieve both in the long term”.

 

Read on for their take on sustainable fashion and how you can help save the ocean from home!

 


Why did you start terrae?

About a year and a half ago, we were on our way to lunch after attending a workout class together and what was supposed to be our usual car ride from the gym to our favourite chicken rice shop, turned into a conversation about wanting to make a difference in areas we felt strongly about — sustainability, fitness and (cute) clothes. That’s how it all started!

 

 

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How did you come up with the creative idea to use ECONYL®?

We spent quite a long time researching sustainable fabrics that were suitable for activewear. ECONYL® is one of the most innovative and sustainable alternatives to virgin nylon, having been made from ocean waste such as discarded fishing nets and other materials bound for landfill.

 

 

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What is the sustainable fashion industry like in Malaysia?

We believe the concept of sustainability is still in its infancy in Malaysia. In recent years, we’ve noticed a number of sustainable fashion brands sprouting up in Malaysia and around SEA, but none that really focused on activewear or athleisure in particular, which is where we aim to fill the gap. We still have ways to go as a nation when it comes to shopping more mindfully, but we’re seeing signs that we’re on the right track, which is encouraging.

 

 

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What challenges have you faced as a sustainable fashion brand?

There’s no question that fast fashion continues to dominate the fashion industry with new design launches every week, and prices being cheaper than the cost of a meal. It can be difficult to connect fashion to the destruction of our environment as the effects and consequences are so far removed from the end consumer by the time the final garment reaches us. Compared to seeing plastic bottles floating in our oceans or litter in the streets, the environmental damage caused by the fashion industry is a lot less obvious because it doesn’t happen in our own backyard. The negative impacts occur in developing countries where the majority of our clothes are produced today.

 

As a sustainable brand, one of our biggest challenges is pricing our products in a way that is fair for our manufacturing partners, our customers, as well as ourselves to be able to continue to operate and grow as a business. Additionally, the challenge with activewear compared to everyday garments (that can be made out of natural fibres), is that there needs to be the right balance between stretchability, compression, breathability and comfort for it to be suitable for work outs. This unfortunately means that they need to be made from synthetic fibres like polyester and spandex, which release microplastics into our waterways when washed. While ECONYL® is a good starting point, our goal is to be able to improve on our product offerings with the introduction of better and more advanced technology.

 

 

 

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Other than your fabrics and packaging, how else do you promote sustainability?

We work with a number of non-profit organizations, as well as the local community throughout the year! Here are some of our initiatives in the time since we’ve launched:

 

We’re also organising an online activation this World Oceans Day! Due to movement restrictions and rising Covid-19 cases, we won’t be able to do organise a physical cleanup, but we’d like to encourage our community to show us how they lead a more sustainable lifestyle, be it through cultivating good habits, or even doing a cleanup of their own in their neighbourhoods.

 

 

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How can we protect our oceans from home?
  1. Eat less seafood (watch Seaspiracy on Netflix if you haven’t already!)
  2. Take shorter showers
  3. Refuse single use plastic as much as possible
  4. Support organizations working to protect our oceans
  5. Learn about why oceans are a critical part of our ecosystem, then share your wisdom with your friends and family!

 

 

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“With so much negative news in the world today, trying to effect meaningful change or create lasting impact as an individual can feel overwhelming, isolating, and even impossible at times. It’s important to remember a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step — we just have to start somewhere.”

 

Support terrae by shopping their pieces here and follow them on Instagram for more sustainability tips!

In an effort to reduce plastic waste that enters our landfills, The Body Shop Malaysia turns recycled plastic bottle waste returned by customers into recycled plastic combs.

To encourage customers to recycle, the brand incentivises customers to bring back their empty plastic bottles through the “Bring Back Our Bottles” campaign. In August 2020, The Body Shop Malaysia also included an additional platform for customers to gain from recycling their bottles via The Body Shop mobile application. Customers who brought back their bottles would be able to get RM1 off their next purchase. Customers would also be able to receive a stamp on the App, and upon collecting 10 stamps, customers can redeem a recycled keychain-fragrance for free.

More than 3,000 empty plastic bottles were returned in 2020. As a brand that believes Business As A Force For Good, The Body Shop looks forward to the day when incentives are no longer needed to do the right thing! This year, The Body Shop introduced the recycled plastic comb made from used packaging. For each comb produced, two plastic bottles will not end up in our landfills.

This World Environment Day, The Body Shop Malaysia urges customers to help restore our planet by returning its packaging to The Body Shop stores, thus closing the loop, and moving towards zero waste packaging.

Every year, on 5 June, World Environment Day is celebrated to encourage governments, businesses and citizens to do their part in protecting the planet. The global platform highlights the importance of nature, inspiring action to be taken against pressing environmental issues. From sustainable consumption and environmentally-friendly businesses, to ecological restoration and education, positive change is needed for a greener future!

 

There’s no denying that more people care about protecting the environment these days, but the term “sustainability” has turned into a buzzword that’s thrown around in marketing campaigns. As more companies and brands have grown to focus on sustainability, it’s become harder to understand what that word actually means. By definition, sustainability is “the use of natural products and energy in a way that does not harm the environment”. When companies and brands claim to be sustainable, are we, the consumers, able to tell if it’s true?

 

This World Environment Day, we would like to introduce you to the latest sustainability platform, Upcycle4Better, founded by sustainable fashion advocate, Seri Mizani, and visual storyteller, Hafreez Amminuddin. With their stellar combination of creativity and innovation, that’s a match made in heaven, Upcycle4Better is on a mission to create a community that’s inspired by the beauty of maintaining environmental sustainability through upcycling. After all, team work does make the dream work! Below, they break down sustainability to help us, as consumers, understand the impact of our actions and choices.

 

 

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What is sustainable consumption?

Seri: Speaking based on the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal 12, in my understanding, sustainable consumption is about moving towards green growth and getting to a point where we all could provide a triple-win perspective – a balance between the people, the economy, and specifically the planet. To make it simple, it means with whatever choices you make, you have to consider “is this going to harm the people, the planet and the ecosystem in the long run?”. I know, it’s so intense! It’s a lot to take in and it’s easier said than done too.

We’re only at the start of finding sustainable ways when it comes to our day-to-day consumption and lifestyle. However, I do believe that the pandemic has heightened our environmental awareness. I feel like some of us have been slowly implementing sustainability in our lives without realising it, such as buying from local small businesses, eating more plant- based, or just reusing the same baju for 3 straight days because we’re just working from home, haha!

Anyways, personally, how I see sustainable consumption at the moment, is making sustainable choices / decisions that are achievable for us. Start small. Going for a sustainable lifestyle will not happen overnight, so do what sparks you!

How can we build a sustainable culture here in Malaysia?

There are a good amount of things that we can do as individuals to minimise our impact and create a better relationship with our environment. However, there is more that we can do as a collective.

Building a culture means having the like-minded people with the same values. Right at this moment, realistically, building a sustainable culture in Malaysia means educating the people around us on what it means to be “sustainable”. There are people who still see it as vague, which is understandable.

Most of us were not taught to understand what sustainability and caring for the planet means. Not even in school. That is why we do believe education is key when it comes to building a culture, especially if it is a sustainable one.

What are some affordable ways people can practice sustainability?

Up-cycling, of course! It’s the most economical way to practise sustainability. You can do it with food by making leftovers, repurposing empty jars, or restyling your old clothes. There’s a lot of ways!

Keep up with Upcycle4better’s efforts and join their community by following them on Instagram!

Global Running Day is an annual celebration of the beloved pastime that encourages physical wellness and community spirit. Held on the first Wednesday of June, it is an important reminder of the positives that running can provide and the power of unification, especially during these times. 

 

Running has seen a boom during the pandemic – it was the #1 fitness trend of 2020 and continues to be in 2021 as gyms are forced to shut down and lockdowns limit other physical activities. People have become more health-conscious since the COVID-19 outbreak began and many took up running as a way to stay active and healthy, release anxiety, and cope with cabin fever.

 

In Malaysia, Brand New Waves Running Club has been promoting running and fostering community spirit since 2019. Founded by a group of individuals who believe in change for the better, they have successfully built a sense of belonging for like-minded members with a safe and empowering space that celebrates active lifestyles, music, fashion and art.

 

This Global Running Day, we connected with three captains from Brand New Waves Running Club for their advice on starting a running routine and staying motivated!

 

Tengku Adlina

When did you start running?

I started running 2 years ago, April 2019 specifically. I attended one of BNWRC’s Sunday morning sessions at KLCC park.

 

What was a misconception you had about running?

I somehow always thought that running is just something you can do. And if you can’t, it means you’re just not physically good at it. But I learnt that just like everything else, you can always get better. Everyone has a starting point. And I definitely started on my first day.

 

How has the pandemic affected your running – have you been running more or less?

Last year when the pandemic first hit, I definitely did not run as much as I did because I had to figure out how to run alone without the group. It’s not as motivating. But currently, I am running more now as I’m starting to find my rhythm and confidence in running alone.

 

Physically and mentally, how has running helped you cope with the pandemic?

It definitely is a huge part of how I cope with the pandemic. Since everything has shifted to working from home entirely for me since last year, I spend almost all day in my room. It’s a good way for me to get some fresh air and movement. Mentally, it has become my way of checking in with myself. Every run allows me to reflect back on my current wellbeing. If there was anything troubling me, it surfaces itself during my run and I allow myself to process it then. If I’m having a good day, it is also reflected in my run. If I’m not having such a good day, the happy hormones would naturally kick in by the end of the run hence elevating my day a bit better. It probably is my number 1 method for coping with the pandemic actually.

 

Although it has distanced us, the pandemic has also amplified our community spirit. How has your running club continued to support and empower each other during this time?

We still continue to encourage people to run with our postings and resharing other people’s post of them going for runs. We run events and campaigns – we had one early this year where we passed virtual batons to people (#BNWRCrelay). That was quite cool and got many people motivated to go out and run again even if they hadn’t in a while because a ‘baton’ was passed to them. The most important thing is staying relevant; to people’s emotions, what’s going on around us, and coming up with something for the community that speaks to what they might be going through.

 

What advice do you have for new runners?

Keep showing up and don’t overwhelm yourself with information about how to run. Just run first, and have fun with it. You’ll figure out the rest along the way.

 

Diyana Radzi

When did you start running? 

I represented my school’s track & field team as a sprinter and began road running at 15 years old. When I took an interest in exploring other sports and forms of exercise, I wasn’t running as frequently, but picked it back up right before our first lockdown last year.

 

Without the right focus, running can be hard at the start. What motivated you to continue running? 

Initially, running was my coping mechanism. It was my quiet time with myself, for me to give that mental talk I needed, for me to enjoy being outside and soak in its beauty and drown out the rest of the world. Then, I kept on running cause I loved how good it made me look and feel. Not that I’m the fittest person out there, and it doesn’t matter to me if I have the best abs or not, but running generally makes me feel good about myself, physically and mentally. I don’t necessarily love the feeling during running, but the feeling after is so good, it’s enough to make me want to do it again and again, (almost) every day. Yes please to that daily boost of endorphins!

 

What was a misconception you had about running? 

That I had to beat yesterday, every day. Be faster with every run. Boy oh boy, was I wrong. You’re only wrecking your body if you overdo your runs. Getting injured would be counter-productive to your progress. Enjoy the journey! You’ll eventually get to where you want to be.

 

Physically and mentally, how has running helped you cope with the pandemic? 

The world feels a little bit nuts right now to be honest. To me, running is my natural antidepressant. That boost of endorphins and serotonin really helps me stay sane, and keeps me in a better mood, which in turn makes me a better person. It’s a form of self-care, both physically and mentally, as long as you don’t overdo it. At a time where everything seems so scary and uncertain, running is the one thing that makes sense.

 

What are the benefits of running in a group? 

I love running in groups! If it weren’t for BNWRC, I don’t think I would’ve made running a habit. Group runs are a great way to keep you motivated. “Mana nak breakfast / minum lepas ni?” will definitely motivate you to finish your run! But on a more serious note, I started running in a group for safety reasons because at that time, I only had time to run at night and running with a group of people is definitely the safest strategy.

 

What advice do you have for new runners? 

Listen to your body. A good run is one where you feel good after, not dying for air with soreness everywhere. Set a targeted time to run then slowly increase it, and when you’re more comfortable, build your mileage gradually. Don’t worry about the pace, you’ll slowly get there (and yes, to run fast is a slow process. At least it is if you want to achieve it with a low risk of injuries). Run your own race (a really good tagline from BNWRC!). Don’t compare your progress with other runners cause it’s really not a competition.

 

Fatemah Shatar

When did you start running?

Around 3 or 4 years ago…I think.

 

Without the right focus, running can be hard at the start. What motivated you to continue running?

Rather than relying on motivation, which comes and goes, I prefer tapping into discipline. I know it sounds pretty stern, but it’s going with what you feel on that day. You can just do a short run with an easy pace, and even walk a little on low motivation days, but push yourself on days where you feel you can go total athlete mode!

 

What was a misconception you had about running?

Some people are just born runners and I am not one of them. Looking back now, it sounds as If I am putting myself down, but that was a serious belief I had back then. To be honest, there is no such thing – there is only practice, dedication and discipline that separates a good runner from a bad one (if there is such a thing!).

 

Physically and mentally, how has running helped you cope with the pandemic?

It helps immensely! Physically, it goes without saying that it helps improve my overall fitness and health. But what’s even greater is how it helped me mentally, because when I’m running I get to enter into this meditative space which is free of stress and noise from the outside world.

 

What are the benefits of running in a group?

Running in a group is pretty special. There’s an immediate sense of togetherness and that feeling that you are never alone, plus it helps you be more committed! When there is a planned run, you’re not gonna bail too many times as you would do if it’s only you.

 

What advice do you have for new runners?

Mentally…don’t be afraid, don’t be intimidated and don’t let anyone, including yourself, tell you that you can’t do it. And on the practical side, do read about injury prevention and some basic information about running so that you can enjoy running for a very long time!

 

Get in on the action by following Brand New Waves Running Club on Instagram and Facebook for more inspiration, motivation and advice!

Remember the self-care ratio we shared? It narrowed down the focus of self-care to: future relief, instant relief and basic needs. Instant relief is also known as self-soothing, which is a short-term fix to a stressor. It’s the candles, bubble baths and other quick remedies that provide us with short-term stress-relief.

 

Self-soothing is a skill that can help us cope during these overwhelming times and tolerate the uncomfortable emotions we’ve been feeling on a daily basis. From experiencing big life changes, to emotional exhaustion and burnout, it’s become crucial for us to know how to handle these tough situations by calming ourselves down, making space for difficult feelings and developing a perspective.

 

If you shake your legs when you’re agitated, or bite your nails when you’re nervous, you’ve actually been self-soothing. Without even knowing it, that’s how you’ve been comforting yourself when facing anxiety, fear and trauma – it’s your way of letting yourself know that you’ll be okay. However, that doesn’t mean that you don’t need to learn how to self-soothe.

 

Learning how to self-soothe teaches us how to notice the strong, unpleasant feelings during moments of stress and anxiety, before we start to feel overwhelmed by them. Being able to identify and acknowledge these negative emotions allows us to consciously choose healthy ways to cope, find our balance and be kind to ourselves. Without it, we may find ourselves turning to unhealthy coping tools, lashing out or completely avoiding the situation.

 

To self-soothe, pay attention to your five senses – touch, sound, sight, smell and taste. What self-care activities appeal to each one of them and, to put it simply, feel like a warm hug? Remember that we all find comfort in different things, so it isn’t a one-size-fits-all practice. Here are some self-soothing strategies to get you started!

 

Touch

 

Sound

 

Sight

 

Smell

 

Taste

 

Avoid unhealthy coping mechanisms, like drinking alcohol, smoking cigarettes and binge eating, because these compulsive cravings will cause further stress and anxiety.

Lately, we’ve been experiencing information overload and consistent bad news, so scrolling through social media isn’t the best way to relax and unwind after a stressful day. Reading can help you relieve stress and escape from the anxieties of the real world. Some self-help books feel hard to read, they’re either too practical or too spiritual, and forcing yourself to focus will be more exhausting than relaxing. 

 

We’ve found five entertaining books that you can add to your self-care ritual! They’re inspiring, fun to read, and will help you improve your life. These books are written as if the author is right next to you, guiding you and cheering you on. Remember to choose the right book for you, one that you can benefit from, and apply what you read to your life. Reading can make you happier and healthier!

 

The pandemic has reminded us of what is truly important in life, which is also the foundation of a minimalist lifestyle. This book shares how to find happiness in simplicity, and use minimalism to improve your health and relationships. If you’ve been feeling overwhelmed lately, this book can help you eliminate unnecessary commitments and stress from your life, as well as bring more joy by celebrating the small things.

 

Self-care books can be cheesy, but this relatable read offers a refreshing and engaging experience. Written by a fellow millennial, the author is honest, and hilarious, as she guides you on a journey of self-love and acceptance with simple self-care rituals that have worked for her. For realistic advice to help you refine your daily routine, pick up this book and put her self-care practices to play!

 

Written by a psychotherapist, who is also a New York Times best-selling author, this book is for those who are curious about giving therapy a go. It gives you a behind-the-scenes look of what it’s like to be a therapist, and at the same time, places the therapist in the patient’s chair, opening you up to the process and importance of therapy. The book demystifies therapy, de-stigmatises mental health and humanises therapists in a witty and wonderful way.

 

Although this book is written for those who live in the US, the financial wellness advice from most chapters can be helpful for everyone and applied everywhere. It offers a friendly approach to finance, which can be a tough and intimidating topic, but this book manages to make the complex ideas easier to understand. Grab yourself a copy and you’ll be well on your way to financial literacy!

 

This anti-diet book dismantles diet culture and helps you reclaim your health. The author highlights how harmful diets are for our mental and physical health, and shares how to stop feeling guilty about eating, allowing us to enjoy food better. It promotes intuitive eating, which is when you listen to your body instead of society, and aims to heal unhealthy relationships with food for a healthier version of yourself!

You may have skipped school because of period pain, or have gone home early because of a stain, but in many countries, including Malaysia, children have been missing school because they can’t afford menstrual hygiene products or are afraid of being bullied for having their periods. 

 

Period poverty is a global problem that affects up to 500 million individuals (more than 800 million people menstruate daily). They have limited access to sanitary products and hygiene facilities, such as toilets, handwashing facilities and/or waste management. This human rights issue is exacerbated by the lack of education on menstrual health and hygiene, and the prevailing taboos and stigma. As a result, millions of individuals are held back from reaching their full potential at school and work because it threatens their opportunities, health and overall social status.

 

In Malaysia, the pandemic has made matters worse. Individuals in poor urban areas were already struggling to find an absorbent substitute for unaffordable sanitary pads, resorting to paper, newspaper and ‘kain batik’. In rural areas, they’ve even had to make use of coconut husks and banana leavesNot only are these ‘alternatives’ extremely uncomfortable, the unsanitary conditions they provide put wearers at risk of developing infections, which can lead to serious health issues.

 

Period poverty doesn’t just affect girls and women, it is a global sanitation problem. According to UNICEF, 2.3 billion people live without basic sanitation services worldwide, and in developing countries, only 27% of the population have a hand washing facility (soap and water) at home. The lack of education on menstrual health and hygiene among boys and men also harms for those who menstruate, as it affects their confidence and social solidarity. 

 

Menstrual Hygiene Day is a global advocacy platform that promotes good menstrual health and hygiene for all. Their goal is to end period poverty and stigma by 2030 by raising awareness and breaking the stigma around menstrual health and hygiene, and engaging decision makers to increase action and investment in menstrual health and hygiene at global, national and local levels. 

 

Achieving menstrual equity worldwide will empower people to manage their menstruation safely and hygienically, with confidence and without shame. It will allow everyone access to menstrual products, proper toilets, hand washing facilities, waste management, and education.

The fourth annual Women of the Future Awards Southeast Asia, the only movement of its kind to recognise and nurture the pipeline of young female talent across the region, in association with NTT, announced today 61 shortlisted finalist across 11 countries comprising Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor Leste and Vietnam.

 

The COVID-19 pandemic has undoubtedly revealed the enormous reliance on women at home and in the essential services and, as identified by the UN, it has put hard-fought gains for women’s rights and representation of women across all industries under threat. It is therefore more important now than ever to shine a light and recognise women’s leadership and nurture, develop and support female talent.

 

This year’s line-up is phenomenal, with candidates from all over the region and from truly diverse sectors. From business dynamos and entrepreneurs to athletes and academics, the women shortlisted work tirelessly to empower others, forge new paths and positively impact their colleagues, communities, and the world at large.

 

The number of nominations received – the highest since the initiative launched in 2018 – reflects the growing and diverse pool of female talent in the region, with shortlisted candidates from backgrounds ranging from astro-physicists to Olympic gymnasts, to human rights lawyers and architects.

 

The finalists from each category comprise:

Arts & Culture

  1. Nandini Balakrishnan (Malaysia)
  2. Adana Legros (Cambodia)
  3. Melissa Tan Li Hsia (Malaysia)
  4. Pamela Poh Sin Tan (Malaysia)
  5. Red Hong Yi (Malaysia)

Business

  1. Angie Ang (Brunei)
  2. Sharlene Chan (Singapore)
  3. Imeiniar Chandra (Indonesia)
  4. Josefhine Chitra (Indonesia)
  5. Sharon Tan (Singapore)
  6. Sarah Voon Ruyen (Malaysia)

Community Spirits & Public Service

  1. Ruby* (Philippines)
  2. Sereyrath Aing (Cambodia)
  3. Thae Su Aye (Myanmar)
  4. Manoly Sisavanh (Laos)
  5. Jonia Leite Soares (Timor Leste)
  6. Maria Glorian Tomen (Philippines)

Entrepreneur

  1. Pratiwi Hamdhana AM (Indonesia)
  2. Amanda Cole (Indonesia)
  3. Tan Nini (Malaysia)
  4. Thyda Thaung (Cambodia)
  5. Abetina Valenzuela (Philippines)

Media & Communications

  1. Hou Hemmunind (Cambodia)
  2. Falencia Naoenz (Indonesia)
  3. Panha S. Theng (Cambodia)
  4. Benjienen Toledo (Philippines)
  5. Alice Yu Yuebo (Singapore)

Mentor (open to both women and men)

  1. Ireen Catane (Philippines)
  2. Duncan Hewett (Singapore)
  3. Konthea Mean (Cambodia)
  4. Mikaela Luisa Teves (Philippines)
  5. Ma Carmela Vilela-Toreja (Philippines)
  6. Phillia Wibowo (Indonesia)

Professions

  1. Nur Amalina Che Bakri (Malaysia)
  2. Grace Chong (Singapore)
  3. Maria Pilar Lorenzo (Philippines)
  4. Izreen Ramli (Malaysia)
  5. Jiraporn Sindhuprai (Thailand)
  6. Busayapa Srisompong (Thailand)

Property, Infrastructure & Construction

  1. Lim Wai Cheng (Singapore)
  2. Veronica Ng (Singapore)
  3. Chan Pichmonyka (Cambodia)
  4. Mei Tan (Malaysia)
  5. Quek Su Jun Edwina (Singapore)

Science, Technology & Digital

  1. Nur Adlyka Ainul Annuar (Malaysia)
  2. Regine Chan (Singapore)
  3. An Dongmei (Singapore)
  4. Irene Lock Sow Mei (Malaysia)
  5. Yi Lin Ng (Malaysia)
  6. Malypoeur Plong (Cambodia)

Social Entrepreneur

  1. Souphaphone Dangmany (Laos)
  2. Huong Dang (Vietnam)
  3. Louise Emmanuelle d.G. Mabulo (Philippines)
  4. Raudhah Nazran (Malaysia)
  5. Aida Zunaidi/Wei Qi Wong/Ming Chi Toh (Malaysia)

Sport

  1. Farah Ann Abdul Hadi (Malaysia)
  2. Bùi Thanh Huyền (Vietnam)
  3. Lao Khang (Laos)
  4. Jen Macapagal (Philippines)
  5. Nicole Tiamzon (Philippines)
  6. Qinthara Nabigha (Indonesia)

The winners of the Women of the Future Southeast Asia Awards 2021 will be announced on 6 October, 2021 at the awards ceremony at the Hilton Hotel Singapore.

More details can be found on here.

Was your skin not a fan of the famous 10-step Korean skincare routine? Do ‘must-have’ products end up gathering dust on your skincare shelf? Here’s some good news for you (and your wallet): when it comes to sensitive skin, less is more. We know, it’s always so tempting to buy the latest ‘miraculous’ skincare products on the market because let’s face it, who doesn’t want healthy, glowing skin? But before you allow these impulsive purchases to cause reactionary breakouts, remind yourself that everyone’s skin is different – what works for others may not work for you, and vice versa.

Skincare acids have been all the rage, but they can be damaging when not used properly, especially to sensitive skin. That’s why it’s so important to research skincare ingredients and avoid combinations and frequencies that trigger irritation, redness and flare ups. You can check out our beginner’s guide to chemical exfoliation here. Don’t let that discourage you though (or give you FOMO) – read on for our review on two multi-tasking products from Threebs, a local online health and beauty store, that can help you benefit from the skincare acids without having to worry about getting a skin reaction!

Some By Mi

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard of one of the best-selling K-Beauty brands in the world, Some By Mi. They were made famous by their cult-favourite Miracle toner, which has sold millions of units (one bottle every three seconds) with the promise of gently getting rid of sebum and spots. The clean beauty brand has made sure it’s suitable for acne-prone and sensitive skin by using naturally sourced ingredients that comfort the skin, excluding worrisome and provocative ingredients that cause skin to become sensitive, and putting all products through a skin irritation test so that they can be safely used on sensitive, problematic skin. Here’s what we tried:

1. Some By Mi’s AHA BHA PHA 30 Days Miracle Toner

The combination of three skincare acids in one product may sound daunting to some, but fear not – we found that this toner quickly calms sensitive skin. While the AHA, BHA and PHA work together to remove dead skin cells and impurities, the 10,000 ppm of Teatree water acts as a good calming agent for the skin.

Key Highlights:

It left our skin feeling smoother, fresher and more hydrated!

2. Some By Mi’s AHA BHA PHA 14 Days Super Miracle Spot All Kill Cream

Another 3-in-1 product, this intensive care spot cream clears out sebum and impurities with the help of D-Panthenol, to control oil-water balance and recharge the moisture, and 750,000 ppm of Truecica™, an exclusive calming ingredient to quickly calm the skin. Unlike other spot treatments, this does not dry out problematic areas.

Key Highlights:

It didn’t cause a burning sensation, our spots felt calm and comfortable.

The Verdict: If your skin is prone to redness, stinging and tightness, give Some By Mi a try. Shop their products now on Threebs!

One of the secrets to healthy, glowing skin is a strong skin barrier. Having a well-functioning outer layer means that our skin is being guarded against infections, breakouts and dull, unhealthy appearances. 

 

To learn more about this shield, we turned to Dr. Hanhushar Gunasagaran, an aesthetic doctor and co-founder of TheoryBox, to break down the importance of skin barrier defense. TheoryBox is a clinical brand of skincare designed and developed to help people of all ages to achieve happier, healthier skin. 

 

What is the skin barrier?

“The skin is made up of layers that protect your body from harmful environmental toxins and pathogens that can penetrate your skin and create problems. The outermost layer, often called the skin barrier, is made up of skin cells that are bound together with lipids. In order to function properly, the skin barrier needs to be in good health as it protects you from external stressors, and also locks water in your body.”

 

What weakens the skin barrier?

“The skin barrier can weaken as a result of over-exfoliating, harsh chemicals and alcohol-based products, and pollution and environmental toxins. Other causes include excessive UV exposure, genetics, aging, and certain skin diseases.”

 

How to strengthen the skin barrier?

“To strengthen the skin barrier, avoid the triggers mentioned above. 

We have two masks that can help: 

 

You can shop TheoryBox’s skincare products here.