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‘Plant’-ing that zen feeling around your home



In your arsenal of tools and tactics for staying calm and improving your well-being, plants can prove to be precious resources.

Whether in herbal tea, decorative planters or essential oils, they can help us relieve tension and soothe the mind.

Here’s how to best use plants to improve your mental health:

> Dried flowers for rooms and closets

When it comes to scents, lavender is high on the list for a calming effect.

It can be placed in the entrance of rooms or your home for a sensory atmosphere that imbues a peaceful vibe as soon as you walk in the door.

Balconies or windows are also great spots to place them.

And if you really don’t have the space, you can slip some into small fabric bags and t

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Living with Alzheimer’s: A time for learning and adjustment


Seventy-eight-year-old Amy has Alzheimer’s disease, and she is cared for at home by her daughter Azlina. Her husband and domestic maid help as well.

“I feel a deep sadness for the fate of my mum, but as a family, we’ve come to accept it as part of life. Mum is now totally dependent on us and she’s no longer able to communicate verbally,” says Azlina.

“But we’re fortunate in some ways because she has been very gentle even in her most difficult moments and she still is. The hardest part was mainly handling our own emotions,” she adds.

Alzheimer’s disease is a degenerative brain disease caused by complex brain changes following brain cell damage. It leads to dementia symptoms that gradually worsen over time, with the most common early symptom being trouble remembering new information because the disease usually impact

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Living with Alzheimer’s: A time for learning and adjustment


Seventy-eight-year-old Amy has Alzheimer’s disease, and she is cared for at home by her daughter Azlina. Her husband and domestic maid help as well.

“I feel a deep sadness for the fate of my mum, but as a family, we’ve come to accept it as part of life. Mum is now totally dependent on us and she’s no longer able to communicate verbally,” says Azlina.

“But we’re fortunate in some ways because she has been very gentle even in her most difficult moments and she still is. The hardest part was mainly handling our own emotions,” she adds.

Alzheimer’s disease is a degenerative brain disease caused by complex brain changes following brain cell damage. It leads to dementia symptoms that gradually worsen over time, with the most common early symptom being trouble remembering new information because the disease usually impact

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Study shows many disabled music professionals feel unable to reveal their condition



Disability remains a taboo subject in the music industry. This is the unfortunate finding of a new British consultation funded by the Arts Council England.

The phenomenon is such that some professionals in the sector refuse to talk about their health condition or impairment for fear of reprisals.

The study is based on the testimonies of several hundred artists and other professionals in the music industry. More than 70% of them identified as suffering from a disability (motor, neurological, sensory or cognitive) or a long-term health condition that is non-visible.

Although this term covers a wide range of realities, most of the people concerned "sometimes" or "never

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BLACKPINK’s Lisa smashes records with solo debut MV


BLACKPINK’S Lisa’s first solo debut with her single LALISA has achieved an impressive record-breaking number of views since its release on Sept 10. On that day alone, the music video amassed a grand total of 70,368,743 views on Youtube – and counting.

By 2.05 pm KST on Sept 12, her music video reached 100 million views on Youtube. This achievement marks the LALISA music video as the fastest music video in the world by a solo artiste to rack up that many views within 49 hours and 5 minutes.

Although Youtube hasn’t officially confirmed the record yet, Lisa can go to sleep knowing she achieved what many music artistes dream of.

According to reports, Lisa insisted to have Thai elements included in her song and music video to pay homage to her heritage.

“I was talking to [producer] Teddy Park and wanted to put a Thai vibe in my song, and he came up with an arrangement that had the perfect Thai mood. I loved it,” sh

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Wedding bells for supermodel Jasmine Tookes


Another Victoria’s Secret Angel got hitched! Supermodel Jasmine Tookes tied the knot with Juan David Borrero in Quito on Sept 4. Borrero is the son of Ecuador’s vice-president and also works as a Snapchat executive.

The 30-year-old model wore a custom Zuhair Murad gown and shared on her Instagram story that she drew inspiration for her bridal look from Grace Kelly.

The bridal gown is elegant with its sheer lace bodice, high neckline, a keyhole back and long sleeves. The gown features a removable skirt with a train measuring 4.5 metres and allows her to have a sleeker look at the reception. The model also paired the dress with a lace-trimmed veil which was even longer than her train.

“I sent him my inspiration, and he drew up the most b

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Park Hye Jin release debut album ‘Before I Die’


Following her hugely successful How can I EP, Park Hye Jin has just released her debut album Before I Die.

The whole album is written, produced and performed by the South Korean-born and now LA-based producer, rapper, singer and DJ.

To celebrate the launch of the debut album, Hye Jin unveiled the official music video for her recent single Let’s Sing Let’s Dance. The track has been described as a wistful dance track accompanied by her mantra-like vocals over piano keys and rumbling bass.

The music video directed by Kevin Lombardo follows a young New York City bodega worker clocking off for the night and cutting loose to Hye Jin’s music.

Lombardo explains: “In the video we see Hye Jin dropping in around places in New York City to curate a good vibe, acting as a spiritual director to fans all over the world. This video should represent the vibe that Hye Jin puts on

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A mother’s viral birthday surprise amused many netizens


A son’s amazing birthday surprise for his mother quickly turned comical. According to Info Awam, Talib Zamri was excited to present his mum her birthday gift.

The gift was in a form of a flower bouquet and a clear balloon sits right in the middle of it. The balloon started to rise higher and higher into the air the moment she untied the ribbon, and revealed a string of purple ringgit notes attached to the end of the balloon.

However, her delight turned into disappointment because no one thought to grab hold of the balloon and the money before it all flew away in the sky!

The rest of the party looked bewildered and unsure how to react to the situation. “Why didn’t you glue it?” his mum said as she watched the money fly away.

Unknown to her, the surprise had just started. They asked her to pull out a stem of flower from the bouquet. When she pulled out the flower, a string of real mon

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