Instant Family [Movie Review]

The trailer of Instant Family has got me laughing out loud, thus I just could not NOT watching it when it was released.
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And plus, I need to laugh the stress off.

SYNOPSIS
Instant Family Trivia
  • Directed by: Sean Anders
  • Produced by: Sean Anders, Stephen Levinson, John Morris, Mark Wahlberg
  • Production companies: Closest to the Hole Productions
  • Distributed by: Paramount Pictures
  • Running time: 119 minutes minutes
  • Budget: $48 million
  • Box office: $76.6 million
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Metascore: 57
  • IMDb: 7.6/ 10
  • Tomatometer: 82%
Pete and Ellie Wagner feel there is a void in their marriage. When Pete jokes about adopting, Ellie becomes interested in the idea and further goes online to check on a nearby foster care centre. After consulting with Karen and Sharon, the social workers at the centre, the couple was invited to a foster fair. 
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They become intrigued and interested to adopt a teen, Lizzie and tells Karen and Sharon their interest. The social workers inform them that Lizzie's mom is a drug addict and currently serving time, and she has two younger siblings. If they agree to take Lizzie, it is kinda package - Lizzie comes with her siblings, Lita and Juan. 

The live-in starts pleasantly. The kids listen to Pete and Ellie and the grown-ups love the kids. But it doesn't take long for things to go haywire. As first time parents with an instant 3 kids, nothing seems to work in their favours. The support group that they have been attending does help them, albeit a bit. 
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When Lizzie told the Wagners that their mom is coming out of prison and wants to see her kids, the couple starts to feel the sadness. 

Will the real mother breaks the family?

MY REVIEW
Plot: 4.9/ 5.0 I cried. Yes. The storyline was simple but it was very heart-tugging and near to my heart - coz I am missing my family. And this is based on a real event - the Anders' experience.

Cast: 4.9/ 5.0 The cast fits nicely to their individual character. Mark and Rose did amazingly superb as the first time parents. The kids are magnificently 'annoying' too.

Will  I watch it again: I don't mind watching it again. Oh. Be sure to bring tissues ok.

The pictures are taken from IMDb and other sources on the Internet. Thank you.'
Rawlins GLAM
012.280.1977

Should I Do Intermittent Fasting?

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Just like what Ellen Degeneres said in one of the episodes of her talk show, with the coming a new year, there will be a new regime of diet that will emerge.

The current craze of diet regime is 'intermittent fasting'.

Most would be a bit turn off when reading the word 'fasting' as it conveys the message of not eating/ taking anything and that will leave a person hungry or worse, starved.

But intermittent fasting (IF) is more about strategy and not starvation. Results may vary to each individual. That's why you will find so many variations on intermittent fasting as via the fasting, each individual will eventually find what works best for themselves.

IF doesn't involve specific foods but rather a strict schedule regarding when you eat.  And IF is actually not necessarily a diet but rather a dieting pattern of a lifestyle. Meaning - if you're disciplined enough and the body is able to function normally and optimally while IF, you can practice it regularly. IF is a cycle of a period of fasting and non-fasting designated between hours of the day. Meaning you'll have hours to eat and then hours to think about what to eat next. Unlike the Ramadhan fasting, one is allowed to drink plain water, tea or coffee with no sugar, sweetener or milk during IF. 

NOTE: For a beginner, you are advised to practise fasting for a few days in a week to introduce and ease the body and its system to IF.

Reading from blogs, here are some of the IF variations :
  1. 16:8. This one seems to be the most popular variation of IF. One is allowed to eat between 12 pm until 8 pm and you'll have to fast for 16 hours for a few days in a week.
  2. 24 hours where one is to stay away from all food and drink with calorie for the whole 24 hours, once or twice a week.
  3. 5:2 where one is allowed to eat as usual for 5 days a week. Whereas for the 2 days, one is allowed to eat within the calorie intake of 500  - 600 kcal only. 
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Which one do you think will fit you? I will say that I would love to try No. 2 and No.3 first. 

CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR BEFORE STARTING ANY DIET OR CHANGING YOUR LIFESTYLE IF YOU HAVE A CONDITION OR DISEASE

Will IF helps to lose weight?
Here are some points taken from Kevin Zahri's blog on IF.
  1. Calorie: With limited food intake period, automatically you limit the total food intake for the day. When the calorie intake is less, you'll lose some weights too.
  2. Water: As our body is made of water, the majority of it. But the amount will fluctuate according to sugar intake and insulin hormone. As IF limits the food intake, thus it will limit the sugar intake too. This will lead to the stabilization of the blood glucose level and lower the level of the normal insulin hormone. The drop in the level of the insulin hormone will force our body to discard the excess body water due to the low sugar intake in our diet. 

Other benefits of IF?
  1. IF promotes stronger insulin sensitivity which means you have better blood sugar control
  2. If can reduce blood lipids ultimately leading to losing body fat. OH YAY!
  3. IF will improved inflammatory markers thus will reduce the risk of certain diseases caused by inflammation
  4. IF increases production of hormones in-charge of energy balance (ghrelin and leptin). Ghrelin causes hunger while leptin helps to stretch out the energy we get from food
As mentioned earlier, just try whichever variation and find out what food/ diet will fit you the best.
All the best to all.
Rawlins GLAM
012.280.1977

The Beauty Power of Cleanser + Serum In A Bottle

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When I was younger (not too many years ago), I took a part-time job as MUA, just to earn some extra cash for my studies. I have always love beauty and learn to do makeup during my uni years. One thing that I realised after all of these years handling makeup, how hard it is to remove makeup and have a clean face afterwards. 

I actually have found a brand that removes my heavy makeup clean but the price was way too much for me! In the end, I bought it and used it economically for three years. Then I turned to baby oil as it was economically saving and easy to find but it leaves my skin way too oily to my liking - adding more problems to my already super sensitive skin.

My search for the ultimate super functional and saving cleanser comes to an end when I found the Pore Purifying Serum Cleanser by Althea Exclusives.

THE CLAIMS
Here is what the Pore Purifying Serum Cleanser by Althea Exclusives claims:
  1. A pH balancing cleanser that soothes the skin
  2. Perfect cleansing solution
  3. Intense moisturization with a dual moisture cell system
  4. Exfoliate away dead skin with the purifying powers of Mint extract
  5. Suitable for all skin types - that includes sensitive ones too
So, in a layman term, the Pore Purifying Serum Cleanser by Althea Exclusives is a beauty superhero with a combined power of a cleanser and a serum
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WHAT IS A DUAL MOISTURE CELL SYSTEM | A combination of water and oil in overlapping layers that gently yet effectively remove makeup and dirt residue from the skin. 

RAWLINS' EXPERIENCE
After a few makeup sessions and tried the Pore Purifying Serum Cleanser by Althea Exclusives, here are my reviews.
  1. Priced at only RM33/ bottle, this amazing bottle could last very looooooonngggg as I only need a few drops to clean the (heavy) makeup that I have on. Why I say heavy? I love to glue down my brows, put layers of concealer on it and later a lot of foundation to cover the imperfections on the skin. Considering all that, it cleanses the heavy work amazingly with a few drops, on a spot. 
  2. Upon application, I feel a light cooling effect - this is the mint extract working its magic, I think. 
  3. After cleaning the makeup, I use it again as I need to really clean the skin (those acne scars are like dirt-traps and I have quite a few thus the need to really clean them). Using the circular motion to spread the light liquid on the face, I notice some dirt and dead skins do come off. So that's another tick to Point 4 in the Claims Section.
  4. My skin was left with soothing feeling and moist to the touch after the applications. So that's a tick to the Point 3 in the Claims Section.
  5. So far, my skin has no reaction of any kind (after a few times of using the Pore Purifying Serum Cleanser by Althea Exclusives) so that's a tick to the Point 5 in the Claims Section. This also relates to Point 1 in the section too.
  6. Considering all the points above, it is THE PERFECT cleansing solution for me! So that's a tick for Point 2 from the Claims Section. It is affordable, super saving and it does the magic!
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My brows are almost non-existense
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A few drops of the magic concoction
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Now you see my brow - just with a swipe
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Half of the face is cleansed
If I find beating my face up was a time-consuming and hard work before, now I feel less burdened and eager to do more makeup as the cleaning process is much lighter nowadays. And the skin is cleansed and purified too. All thanks to the magic of the Pore Purifying Serum Cleanser by Althea Exclusives.

If it works for a guy with super sensitive skin like me, I bet it will be working very well for you too!
Get yours now from Althea Korea today.

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012.280.1977

Top 10 Series That I Love To Binge-Watch

By now, I think y'all know that I love to watch movies - A LOT.
Some were premieres (which I love the most), and some were on my own (during outings with besties or whenever I need 'ME TIME').
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And now, via digital screening, I watch series online too - A LOT!
I am so into mystery, horror and comedy series so here are the series that I have watched and currently viewing.
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  1. Riverdale : Remember Archie Comics? The cute comics about a-little-clueless-not-so-innocent Archie that's been the centre of attention from both Veronica and Betty? This one is a totally different universe as Riverdale shares the naughty, criminal and more grown-up side of the characters. Expect violence, sex and lots of twists in the series. So, don't let your kids watch this. 
  2. Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: Another series that is the total opposite of the cute innocent character that it was before (Sabrina, the teenage witch). This series deals with demonic forces, sex and gore. A series for the grown-ups who take series and movies as it is and not dwell on it.
  3. Rupaul's Drag Race: Yes Mama! The art of Drag is totally at a different level here. An award-winning reality show of Creativity, Uniqueness, Nerve and Talent by the Queen Mother herself, RuPaul. Also, not for the faint-hearted.
  4. American Horror Story: A horror story that has been told many times over, and in each season had its own theme. The best of all, Lady Gaga starred in 3 seasons, out of 8 seasons that the series has aired.
  5. The Blacklist: A crafty and intelligent international criminal who is wanted worldwide? A tough daughter with daddy issues? A must watch.
  6. Midnight Texas: I discovered the series by accident. And later come to love it - a series where mystical, mythical and magical creatures assemble is my go-to series. Who will not love a story where a vampire cooperate with an angel to defeat the dark side, right? Also, not a series to be watched with your kids.
  7. Charmed (2018): With all new characters and witching powers and demons. At first, I tend to compare it to the previous ones but then I come to love the characters and the story-telling - this is more current. Also, not suitable for kids.
  8. Superstore: Again, discovered the comedic series by accident. It is a story of the lives of Cloud 9 store employees. 
  9. Manifest: My deputy director recommended me the series. A supernatural series that tells a story of the passengers of an airline that suddenly reappear after being presumed missing and dead for five years. Watching it kinda brings me to hope that the lost MAS plane will be discovered soon, to bring closure to those involved.
  10. The Marvellous Mrs Maisel: I discovered this comedic series by accident too. It tells a story of a recently young separated Jewish mother of two who has the knack for comedy and how she sees the world and faces it headstrong.
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So, what have you been binge-watched lately?
K-Drama?
Any other series that you think might interest me?
Do share.

Rawlins GLAM
012.280.1977

Chinese New Year Buffet Dinner @ The Armada Petaling Jaya

Happy New Year 2019 to all.

How was the celebration? 
Did you get to watch all the fireworks?
Did you dance the night away with friends?

Or did you just watched the fireworks from your television set and then went to sleep (just like me)?
Either way, may 2019 bring us more health, wealth and wisdom.
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And in no time, it will be Chinese New Year celebration!
And I bet, everyone will be looking for amazing deals to have a family and friends reunion during the celebration.

Here's one.
Come over to The Armada Petaling Jaya and enjoy a wide variety of ‘good luck’ dishes for your Chinese New Year Reunion Buffet Dinner, starting from 1st January until 4th February 2019. You and your loved ones get to enjoy the good ol' Chinese New Year traditional dishes such Chinese Fried Chap Chye with Mushrooms, Yong Chow Fried Rice in Lotus Leaf, Pak Far Chicken, Deep Fried Garoupa Thai Style, Stir-Fried Kam Heong Lala and Wok-fried Tiger Prawns with Buttered Coconut Almond Flakes (just naming a few).
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The prices for the buffet are as below:
  • RM90+/ adult
  • RM72+/ senior citizen
  • RM45+/ child

If you want family-only affairs, so please ask for Prosperity Set Menu and Chef Chew and his team will whip up the set for you. The exclusive set menu is available for a minimum of 10 pax and it is certainly ideal for family, friends or business gathering to welcome the new year. Here are the choices of the Prosperity Set Menus  that are available from 1st January until 19 February 2019:
  • The Everlasting Future set @ RM1188+
  • The Bountiful Treasure set @ RM1288+
  • The Prosperity of Luck set @ RM1388+
  • The Prosperity of Fusion set @ RM1508+

No Chinese New Year celebration will be complete without Yee Sang. Don't forget to order the Yee Sang to kick off a prosperous new year by raising your chopsticks and Loh Hei to boost good luck and prosperity. Armada PJ prepares Yee Sang selections too:
  • Fruitti Veggie Yee Sang (Vegetarian) for RM78+/ portion
  • King Salmon Yee Sang for RM88+/ portion
Indulge all you want, wishing for the best of 2019 and choose the set of your choice. 

Another good old traditional dishes that awaits you here at The Armada PJ is the Poon Choy, the braised Treasure Pot of goodness that is available for dine-in and as a takeaway, priced at RM428+ each. 
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Contact [+603 7954 6888 ext 4557] or email armada@armada.com.my for reservations or enquiries.
Enjoy!
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012.280.1977

Master Z: Ip Man Legacy [Movie Review]

Growing up, I love watching kung fu movie and the Chinese ghost movie (where the ghost is jumping around and one has to kill it with the black dog's pee). Remember those movies?
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I love this comic-like poster
If you do, then we are of the same age. Haha.
Anyway, it has been quite some time since I last viewed a kung-fu movie. Last week, on an impulse, I decided to watch this movie (also because I see Michelle Yeoh is in the movie).

SYNOPSIS
Master Z: Ip Man Legacy Trivia
  • Directed by: Yuen Woo-Ping
  • Produced by: Raymong Wong, Donnie Yen
  • Production companies: Mandarin Motion Pictures
  • Running time: 108 minutes
The movie is set in the 1960s when the Westerners are just starting to invest in the development of foreign lands and Hong Kong is booming with modernisation.
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The movie started with the defeated Cheung Tin Chi decided to live a modest life - leaving behind him the martial world and living the straight life, raising his son. Once in a while, he moonlights as a mercenary. Until he decides to truly live a simple modest life as a grocer. 

Somehow, one's past will never be a thing in the past as it always catches with you when you least expect it. During one of his grocery deliveries, he comes across the damsels in distress, Julia and Nana who are trying to run away from Kit, a leader from one of the Cheng Lok's organised crime gangs. He helps the girls and in the process, gets caught by the police. Kit was released without any punishment but Tin Chi was detained longer which makes him late for his son's birthday treat at the famous steak house runs by one Mr Owen Davidson. 
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I must have that ticket! 
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You managed to get the tickets for me? Cheers to that!
Kit, a sore loser that he is, decides to return the favour by lighting Tin Chi's house/ shop on fire. With him and his son barely escape the fire, Tin Chi manages to defeat the gang. 

Julia offers him shelter and her brother, Fu offers him a job at his nightclub, the Gold Bar. As his retaliation, Tin Chi lights one of Kit's opium den to ashes. Kit's sister, Tso Ngan Kwan, who is also the head of the Cheng Lok triad, instructs Kit to stop pursuing his vengeance as the Cheng Lok triad is turning over a new leaf and venturing into legit businesses. 
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I will fight you for that seats
Again, being a hardheaded and hotblooded guy that he is, Kit decides not to heed his sister's advise and turn into dealing heroin on the Bar Street, the street that is run by Fu. After Nana has died due to overdose by heroin forced into her by Kit, Tin Chi and Fu starts to comb the street to find the source of the heroin. And during their course of unveiling the villain, the duo somehow gets into a fight with the Cheng Lok gang.
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And you want to fight me for that ticket too?
Will Tin Chi and Fu succeed in their mission?

MY REVIEW

Plot: 4.3/ 5.0. I am not a Ip Man fan but I know for a fact that the plot is very similar to any other movie - the champion tries to run from his past but somehow forced to relive the past again, in order to live happily ever after.  It is predictable but the flow of the story brings you on a fun journey of the martial arts world in the 1960s. I kinda like the whole storytelling of this movie. The choreography of the fighting scenes is cool, especially when Liu Yan and Michelle Yeoh fights! Woohoo!

Cast: 4.9/ 5.0. I did not watch the Ip Man Series so I will not be comparing the actors to the series. What a cast this movie has - star-studded! There's the mysterious mercenary Tony Jaa, the ever beautiful and graceful Michelle Yeoh, the bulky and good in the kitchen Dave Bautista and the ever serious Max Zhang. Not forgetting Liu Yan, who is not only beautiful but also can defend herself. I must admit that the fact there are strong women in this movie is another attraction why I chose to watch this movie. 

Will I watch it again: I don't mind watching it again with the right companion. 

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Rawlins GLAM
012.280.1977


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