Need a getaway? Treat Yourself with AIRBNB Wellness Staycation

Health and fitness are on most people’s list of priorities but sometimes even thinking about squeezing in an hour of self-care can be daunting.

In fact, the World Health Organization is now classifying burnout as a legitimate medical diagnosis, according to the International Classification of Diseases, WHO’s handbook that guides medical providers in diagnosing diseases.

According to WHO, “burnout is characterized by ‘feelings of energy depletion or exhaustion; increased mental distance from one’s job, or feelings of negativism or cynicism related to one’s job; and reduced professional efficacy.’ ”

With the rapid growth of wellness industry around the globe, the Malaysia Association of Tour and Travel Agents (MATTA) also recently announced that Malaysia is listed in the top 10 wellness tourism markets in Asia Pacific with expenditures standing at RM20.5 billion and 8.3 million trips as there’s a growing trend for wellness vacations .

A getaway can be a great jumpstart to a new plan that sets up good habits while exploring a new place at the same time. From practicing meditation and yoga to indulging in outdoor infrared saunas, take the time to rejuvenate in these luxurious wellness retreats without having to leave your home.

Below are the list of Sabah, Malaysia based Airbnb Homes for the city dwellers who need a quick gateway:

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  • Arcadia Mount Kinabalu, Ranau, Sabah

    Arcadia Chalets is situated within the Golf Club area on the plateau of Mount Kinabalu, 1500 meters above sea level. Mount Kinabalu is one of the highest mountains in South East Asia and is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Arcadia is a place to unwind with families and friends, have great conversations over dinner or just curl up with a book. People who want to get away from the hustle and bustle of daily life will enjoy the peaceful environment of Arcadia.

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  • CaravanBah, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

    Fancy a different kind of gateway? Treat yourself with the first caravan in Sabah, a mobile accommodation that gives you the freedom to travel anywhere. The caravan itself will be able to take up to four adults with a private shower, kitchen and mini bar available.

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  • Pagnakan Dii Tropical Retreat, Sandakan, Sabah

    Pagnakan Dii is the perfect tropical retreat for travelers who wants quiet gateway while experiencing the traditionally inspired Malaysian stilt house room that is made of tropical timber. Fun fact: The property itself is also sustainable friendly as 30% of the property is made of recycled and repurposed timber.
    Sunbean Luxury Villa, Kudat Riviera, Kudat, Sabah

    This beautiful and luxury Sunbeam villa is a tropical retreat for everyone who wants to escape the city. It is a luxury two-bedroom villa with easy access to the beach. The villa offers 2 large bedrooms with comfy beds and air-conditioning. Both rooms feature a private balcony that overlooking the tropical garden and swimming pool.

  • Hibiscus Villa, Kudat, Sabah

    A truly idyllic, luxurious and private holiday villa nestled amongst vibrant jungle on the stunning west coast of Sabah, Malaysian Borneo. It offers absolute privacy and exclusivity for up to nine guests. A stay at Hibiscus Villa is the epitome of peace, relaxation and escapism from busy lives.

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  • Frangipani Luxury Villa, Kudat Riviera, Sabah

    Frangipani is a luxury four-bedroom beach front pool villa with stunning sea view. All bedrooms are spacious, clean and have en-suite bathrooms with bathtubs and walk in showers. This space has been getting a lot of attention for the travelers and even the locals who want a quick break during the weekend.

Game Is On with District Race by AIA Vitality

Get your game on with the WORLD’S greatest URBAN EXPLORATION RACE!!

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District Race made its Malaysian debut in Kuala Lumpur.

First launched in Singapore in 2018, District is a ground-breaking technology platform that encourages people to lead active, healthy lifestyles by providing an engaging and fun urban exploration experience through the District Race app.

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Ben Pember, Chief Executive Officer of District Technologies said:

“Having conducted successful District Races in Hong Kong and Singapore, we are excited to finally introduce District Race to Malaysia. By offering Malaysians a brand new urban exploration experience, we hope to enable active living and allow everyone to develop a greater appreciation of their cities. District Race is designed for anyone and everyone, and we believe that District Race is a great starting point to motivate people to get out and rediscover what their cities have to offer.”

Heng Zee Wang, Chief Marketing Officer of AIA Malaysia echoes his sentiments:

“Maintaining a regular workout regime and an active lifestyle can be quite challenging for the current generation. Our work and family commitments plus long commutes often are barriers to us being able to maintain a healthy lifestyle. This is why AIA is excited to bring District Race to Malaysia for the first time ever – as a platform that enables Malaysians to explore their cities in a whole new way with their families and friends. We’re always looking for new and innovative ways to empower Malaysians to lead healthier, longer and better lives, and District promises a ground-breaking experience for everyone.”

The World’s Greatest Exploration App

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District Race app is an experiential technology platform that is redefining running and urban exploration through gamification. By combining cutting-edge augmented reality and location-based technology, the District Race app brings cities to life in an immersive urban exploration race.

Explorers can use the District Race app to navigate their way through the city, collecting as many points as possible by clearing virtual checkpoints and challenges. With no set route and set distance, explorers can create their own strategy and choose how they explore their cities.

From young urbanites looking to rediscover the city to elite runners who want to conquer a brand-new challenge or even families looking for a fun, healthy and educational experience together, District Race is designed to be an unforgettable experience for all.

Pre-event engagement to hype up the main race

The main race day will be held on 3rd November 2019 in Dataran Merdeka, Kuala Lumpur with ticket prices ranging from RM60 to RM130, including Early Bird and Regular ticket prices. Before the finale in Kuala Lumpur, the race will go live in stages across Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Melaka and Johor Bahru. Virtual checkpoints called ‘grids’ will be set up across these locations, allowing everyone to explore for free and have an amazing opportunity to experience the District Race before the finale. These grids will go live between 21 June and 20 October and give explorers the chance to win exciting prizes as they go out, explore and rediscover their cities.

A series of community events known as #ExploreEvents will also be held at these four cities, and will feature themed virtual districts. Each district offers different challenges that highlight landmarks, as well as the culture and heritage of each city.

Start exploring with the District Race app and be rewarded

District Race will be launching the Ultimate Explorer Challenge in Malaysia to encourage people to get out, explore, and level up their fitness. The person who scores the most points by completing District grids in Malaysia from 17th June to 2nd November 2019 will be rewarded with a round the world trip for them to try out our District Grids in more than 15 cities around the world. This aligns with the mission of enabling everyone to go further, do more, and explore. The winner of this challenge will be announced at the main race day on 3rd November.

In addition, Explorers who download the app and complete at least five grids between 17th June and 31st July will also receive a free ticket to District Race Kuala Lumpur on 3rd November.

The world’s greatest urban exploration race

Explorers can opt to join either of the two categories – Discovery and Open – on the main race day, as individuals or in teams of four. Both categories vary in terms of difficulty and the number of checkpoints.

The Open category is a classic category which has been created for those wanting to explore new places around their city and compete in new challenges – it comes with over 100 checkpoints and challenges to complete in two hours.

The Discovery category on the other hand, is a family-friendly grid that is recommended for beginners. This grid introduces Explorers to District Race with a smaller grid and a shorter one-hour mission, with over 50 checkpoints and challenges located around the Base location.

Each category includes three types of challenges that have to be completed, namely the Scan Challenge, Discovery Challenge, and Time Trial Challenge. Each challenge will test the explorers’ skills such as speed, knowledge of the city, dexterity and problem-solving. To complete these challenges, explorers will have to strategise and plan their own routes, choosing the checkpoints that will maximise their points.

Explorers can track their progress on the live leaderboards hosted on the District Race app, creating a sense of friendly competition and a desire to push for that last checkpoint.

Tickets for District Race Kuala Lumpur are now available for sale on:

www.exploredistrict.com/en/events/kuala-lumpur

The District Race app is now available for download via the App Store and Google Play.

Visit District Race Malaysia’s website for more information and follow District Race Malaysia and AIA Vitality on social media for the latest updates.

 

Event Date: 3 November 2019 (Sunday)

Event Venue: Dataran Merdeka, Kuala Lumpur

Event Time: From 6:00 AM until 4:00 PM

Programme:

0600 – Gates Open
0645 – Elite Wave
0700 – Open Waves begin
1200 – Prize Presentation
1400 – Discovery Waves begin
1600 – Event Ends

Run Distance With no set route and no set distance, explorers can strategise and plan their own routes, choosing which checkpoints and challenges to clear that will maximise their point.

How to Register Online Registration via Credit / Debit Card / PayPal on
http://www.exploredistrict.com/en/events/kuala-lumpur

Registration Deadline 1 November 2019
*Registration ends when all entries are filled

Race Pack Items All District Race Kits include the following items:
● District Race KL Tee
● AR-Enabled District Race KL Sticker
● District Race Bag
● AR-Enabled Finisher Medal (collect at finish line)

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The Grid
The Grid will feature different areas in Kuala Lumpur, with each offering a unique race experience. The Grid with virtual checkpoints will be released closer to the main race day so explorers can strategise and plan their route.

Checkpoints and Challenges
Explorers can devise their own strategy and route and collect as many points as possible from Checkpoints & Challenges within the Grid within the time limit. Points are awarded when explorers successfully navigate to a checkpoint or challenge. Receive additional points when a challenge is completed.

There are 3 types of challenges – Scan Challenge, Discovery Challenge, and Time Trial Challenge, each requiring a combination of 4 different skill sets – city knowledge, speed & endurance, dexterity, and problem-solving.

The Points
Checkpoint scores range from 100 to 400, while challenge scores begin at 500 points.

All explorers will need to collect as many points as possible within the time limit. Track rankings on our live leader board – collect as many points as possible and return to the District Base within the time limit to win. Late return to the District Base will result in a points-deduction penalty.

The Categories
OPEN – It is the classic category with over 100 checkpoints and challenges. It is created for those wanting to explore new places around their city and compete in new challenges. Explorers can join individually or as a team of 4 and complete the race in 2 hours.

DISCOVERY -It is a family friendly grid that’s recommended for beginners. This grid introduces Explorers to District Race with a smaller grid and a shorter 1-hour mission. There are over 50 checkpoints and challenges around the Base location. Explorers can join individually or as a team of 4.

District Base
The District Base is the heart of the District Race. Located at Dataran Merdeka, Kuala Lumpur, District racers can experience awesome tech-focused activities, augmented reality and virtual reality games, great food, drinks and pumping music before and after the race.

April is the Guardian’s “Let’s Go Natural” Month

We had fun and really enjoyed ourselves doing a ‘mini shopping” at the Guardian’s “Let’s Go Natural” Expo. So much deals and information we get from the 20 booths that were set up during the expo!

Mr DY Cho, Marketing Director, South East Asia of Guardian Health & Beauty Sdn Bhd giving his speech at the event.

Since April is Guardian Malaysia’s ‘LET’S GO NATURAL’ month in all stores, customers can get great deals and savings up to 50% for products such as:

One of the participating brands at Guardian's Let's Go Natural fair, Total Image.

  • skin care
  • cosmetics
  • hair care
  • oral care
  • bath care
  • health care

One of the participating brands at Guardian's Let's Go Natural fair, Palladio.

All these products contain nature-friendly ingredients.

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Marketing Director, Health & Beauty, South East Asia, Guardian Health & Beauty Sdn Bhd, DY Cho said:

“Central to Guardian’s brand philosophy is the concept of Healthy Beauty. To our customers, Health and Beauty are interlinked. Being beautiful means having both inner and outer beauty and the key is that good health is the root of true beauty. If you are Healthy on the inside, you will be a Beauty on the outside.”

He added being NATURAL is also an important component to being a Healthy Beauty.

“Products that have natural ingredients are also in demand and I am proud that we have nature-friendly brands and products that are exclusive to Guardian. This is our commitment to our Malaysian customers to bring in Brands that our customers want and brands which are setting the latest trends for the global health and beauty market.

All the 20 brands featured at the expo were innovative brands that incorporate the latest technologies and also have an emphasis on being NATURAL and even ORGANIC in its ingredients to promote Living Healthy and Living Beautiful.

 

Apex Biocare Introduces First Edible Whitening Sunblock

NuFinity White is soon to be a synonym to the health and beauty market segment with its innovation of being Malaysia’s first edible whitening sun protection.

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NuFinity White is created and produced by Apex Biocare, which aims to be a global leader in nutritional food and health supplements market segment and to contribute in raising the quality of life for those who enjoy the benefits of an active lifestyle and healthy diet.

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Apex Biocare vision is to continuously become the frontline of innovation for nutritional food and health supplements with a variety of carefully researched products to meet the need of the consumers today. We want to be known for our contribution in raising the quality of life of those that enjoy the benefits of an active lifestyle and healthy diet,’’ said Kirstecn Lim, General Manager, Apex Biocare Malaysia Sdn Bhd in her welcoming address.

NuFinity White is made of three main ingredients:

  1. colourless carotenoids (tomato extract) that gives protection from UVA and UVB rays induced-tanning
  2. marine collagen
  3. colourless carotenoids (melon extract) that promotes superoxides dismutase (SOD) level.

The production of NuFinity White comes with three main benefits:

  1. Whitening effect, which is mainly due to the core ingredient from the tomato extract, known to reduce the synthesis of melanin, resulting in fair and brighter skin tone
  2. Firming effect coming from the marine collagen where collagen is a protein present in the body and provides the matrix to sustain the body and skin texture. Marine collagen provides further integrity, firmness, and elasticity to maximise body collagen level to keep the skin supple
  3. Antioxidative effect from the melon extract (colourless carotenoids), the first orally effective Superoxide Dismutase (SOD), an enzyme that catalyzes the breakdown of aggressive free radicals produces by oxygen metabolism.

The result of consuming NuFinity White can be visible as fast as within 14 days and this is due to the direct melanin formation inhibition, thus making NuFinity White stand out from any other product available in the market.

Kirstecn added,

“With the launch of NuFinity White, we are certainly confident that Apex Biocare will continuously strike in providing the best product. Soon, we will introduce another two more quality and affordable product in collaboration with the manufacturers in South Korea.”

Apex Biocare will also be releasing other series of NuFinity product range including a collaboration product of probiotics made 100% in South Korea and a high-quality liver supplement, which provides protection over alcohol-related liver damage, drunkenness and hangover.

It is the vision of Apex Biocare to have NuFinity as a household brand, synonymous with high quality and affordable products for local and international. The company is expanding in the South East Asia region, including Indonesia, Vietnam, and the Philippines, as well as in the great China market.

Also present at the launch of NuFinity White were Dr. Chua Lee Suan, the Associate Professor from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia who shared on the pros and cons on dietary supplement. While Larissa Ping Liew, Miss World Malaysia 2018 shared her personal experience in consuming NuFinity White that has given her a confident radiant skin. Recognizing the confidence of a young and ambitious success, CAO The Label, a Malaysian-based womenswear label for chic and cosmopolitan ladies, came forward to dress the Miss World Malaysia in support of her appearance at the launch.

NuFinity White is available in a box of 30 sachets and is best-consumed one sachet daily. It is best to consume in the morning before meal or at night before bedtime. NuFinity White will be made available at affordable price in leading pharmacy stores nationwide soon.

For more information, visit http://www.nufinity.com.my or Facebook