Combat2Empower: Join Celebrity Trainers to Raise Awareness and Funds for Human Trafficking Survivors

It’s always a great time to get fit, get moving and help save lives.


#Combat2Empower is a mass charity fitness extravaganza with celebrity trainers and personalities to raise funds for Tenaganita’s shelter for survivors of human trafficking. The shelter provides a refuge for survivors to recuperate, access justice and be empowered to start rebuilding their lives. The event will also be a platform to raise awareness on modern-day slavery.

The event runs from 8.30AM to 2.30PM, with 3 main activities:
Yoga with Daphne Iking & Azzie Moggie
Zumba with Patrix, Tammy & friends (True Fitness)
Body Combat with Jon Kin, David Thoong, Rene Low Lee Peng, Myke Hong, Tee Jiun Hoong, Winnie Lau & Peggy Beh
Participants will receive a Free T-Shirt, a medal, 2-weeks pass to True Fitness, and mineral water – all in a customized goodie bag!

Date: Sunday, 26 February 2017, 8.30am – 2.00 pm
Venue: Dewan d’Lavender, Pusat Komuniti Bukit Damansara, No 3, Jalan Setia Budi, Bukit Damansara, Kuala Lumpur, 50490, Malaysia

Participation Fee RM 80.00 + 6%
For further information: 
016-2320002 (Jen) /

If you are not available to join on this date or if this is not your thing but would love to help, please do consider registering anyway, and your spot will be passed to a deserving person!  



i-Care Optometry Opens in Bangsar Village

Luxottica First Concept Store in Malaysia is now open to serve you


Do you use eyeglasses or sunglasses? I don’t think anyone of us here in Malaysia would survive driving daily without sunnies. The weather can be very hot and bright, causing poor vision while driving if we don’t wear sunglasses. So I guess it’s safe to say that we all love our sunglasses to protect us from the glaring light of the sun.
Great news! If you love good quality sunglasses and eyeglasses, you’d be happy to visit a new optometry store, i-Care, which recently opened in Bangsar Village. i-Care Optometry Bangsar Village announced their partnership with Luxottica as the first Luxottica concept store in Malaysia. Luxottica Group is a leader in design, manufacture, distribution and sales of premium fashion, luxury and sports eyewear. Luxottica has the most extended worldwide retail network for prescription and sun segments comprising over 7,000 stores worldwide in North America, Asia-Pacific, China, South Africa and Europe and a strong and well-balanced brand portfolio.
i-Care Optometry Bangsar Village carries some of Luxottica’s best known and most prestigious eyewear brands in the global fashion and luxury industries such as RAY- BAN, OAKLEY, BURBERRY, BVLGARI, COACH, DOLCE & GABBANA, EMPORIO ARMANI, GIORGIO ARMANI and PRADA. Check out these chic collections of designer eyewear! 


I particularly looove the black Burberry sunglasses on the right!



This blue Emporio Armani sunglass looks very hip and cool!

Being one of the leading eye care and eyewear providers in Klang Valley and Kuala Lumpur, i-Care Optometry provides qualified Optometrists and Opticians who endlessly pursue to provide quality professional eye examinations. Well trained Optical Dispensers and Fashion Consultants are also known for their friendly services in all their outlets.
Kim (Model), Kevin Siew (Managing Director of i-Care Optometry), Mr Sami Haikio (General Manager of Luxottica Malaysia) and Josh (Model)
“We are very excited and proud to be entering this new partnership with Luxottica, a leader in design, manufacture, distribution and sales of premium fashion, luxury and sports eyewear,” said Kevin Siew, Managing Director of i-Care Optometry.  He added, “i-Care Optometry will have a wide influence in fashion, luxury and sports with eyewear products that are exciting to our customers. We are confident that this partnership will have great success.”
Conveniently located in Bangsar Village, i-Care Optometry is easily accessible for those staying in Klang Valley and Kuala Lumpur. At its media launch held at Bangsar Village, i-Care Optometry revealed a number of new collections for Men and Women.

The opening ceremonies were highlighted with a short eyewear fashion show featuring a male and female model in their different attires and matching eyewear. 


This season’s most stylish range for women comprises of COACH – Kissing C (Pamela), BURBERRY – Canvas Check, DOLCE & GABBANA – Filigrana, PRADA – Baroque and BVLGARI – Serpenti Limited Collection. Also stealing the show for men are eyewear from EMPORIO ARMANI Essential Eagle Collection, OAKLEY – Carbon Plate, RAY-BAN Wayfarer Denim and GIORGIO ARMANI – Timeless Elegance collection.


This is a really nice, sporty eyewear from Oakley and Ferrari



“i-Care Optometry has always made it a point to care for the less fortunate. Corporate Social Responsibility is a priority for us,” said Kevin Siew Managing Director of i-Care Optometry. To spread the love as we began the year 2015, i-Care Optometry sponsored vision care including eye test, spectacles frames and lenses worth RM3000 to LightHouse Children Welfare Home Association for a year long supply.
LightHouse Children Welfare Home Association, Kuala Lumpur is a welfare home established since May 2005 in Malaysia. The home looks after underprivileged children from various troubled background such as alcoholic and drug addicted parents, single parents, children from hard-core poor families and some who have even been physically and sexually abused. LightHouse believes very much in their tagline, “Every Child Counts”.
Where to find i-Care Optometry outlets:
i-Care Bangsar Village, Bangsar
F18, 1st Floor, Bangsar Village Shopping Centre, No 1,Jalan Telawi Satu, Bangsar Baru, 59100 Kuala Lumpur. Tel: 03-22879788
i-Care Publika Shopping Gallery, Solaris Dutamas
Lot 66, Level UG1, Publika, Solaris Dutamas, No 1, Jalan Dutamas 1, 50480, Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-62033368

i-Care Empire Shopping Gallery, Subang
LG-13, Lower Ground Floor, Empire Shopping Gallery, Jalan SS16/1, 47500 Subang Jaya, Selangor Darul Ehsan. Tel: 03-56317620
i-Care The Weld
L1-05, 1st Floor, The Weld Shopping Centre, 76, Jalan Raja Chulan, 50200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Tel: 03-21630936
i-Care Main Place
GF-32, Jalan USJ21/10, The Main Place 47630 Subang Jaya, Selangor. Tel: 03-80819216

About i-Care Optometry
i-Care Optometry (M) Sdn Bhd is one of the leading eye care and eyewear providers in Klang Valley and Kuala Lumpur, and set to become the preferred choice for generations of Malaysians. Established in 2001, i-Care Optometry (M) Sdn Bhd now has five outlets extending from Kuala Lumpur to Klang Valley, namely Bangsar Village, Empire Shopping Gallery, The Weld, Publika Shopping Gallery and The Main Place, USJ.
About Luxottica
Founded in 1961 by Leonardo Del Vecchio, always involved in protecting eyes and optimising the look of men and women everywhere, the Luxottica Group is now a vertically integrated organization, producing and distributing prescription frames and sunglasses of high technical quality and style. The constant attention paid to research and development, technological innovation, the adaptation to market evolutions in respect of people and the environment, have led Luxottica through worldwide expansion.
With net sales of more than Euro 7.3 billion in 2013, over 73,000 employees and a strong global presence, Luxottica Group is a leader in premium fashion, luxury and sports eyewear, with over 7000 optical and sun retail stores in North America, Asia-Pacific, China, South Africa and Europe and a strong and well-balanced brand portfolio.

Amante Nail Spa Charity Fair for Children

When was the last time you joined a charity event? Or at least did something to help the less fortunate?
Not everyone in this world is privileged to have a roof above his head, a soft bed to sleep on, a blanket to shield the cold, a pair of shoes under the feet, 3 meals in a day or to be loved by a parent. It is heart-breaking and heart-wrenching to see or even think about the despair of unfortunate and innocent children, whose painful paths have been created for them by others.

Amante Nail Spa, a superlative spa for women housing popular beauty and wellness needs, will be hosting a one-day Amante Charity Fair on 7th September 2014 from 10am to 6pm. In conjunction with this fair, customers can purchase the Amante Charity Coupon booklet for RM35. Inside the booklet are 7 pieces X RM5 cash vouchers where you can purchase treatments, activities, food and games at Amante Charity Fair and BONUS thank you RM88 Hot Stone Massage treatment.


Proceeds from the Amante Charity Fair will be donated to GOOD SAMARITAN HOME – Home for Children in Malaysia for their education. Amante Nail Spa believes by helping to raise funds for this home would make learning possible for students of all ages, from pre-school to graduate school, providing basic education to those who need it most. Please come and join us on the 7th September 2014 at Amante Kota Damansara to show your support for these amazing young children and to Good Samaritan Home.
Getting To Know the Good Samaritan Home
They arrived, frightened, frustrated, anxieties written all over their faces, undernourished and neglected. They have been removed from home because of derelict parents, or have suffered the heartbreak of a home shattered by divorce, ran away parent, abandoned, or have tragically lost one or both parents. These are the children who come to Good Samaritan home. It takes time to erase the effects of these tragic experiences. Good care and warm love erase fears and dispels anxieties. Every effort is made to provide a homelike atmosphere.
Good Samaritan Home is a non-profit charitable children’s home committed to serve the poor and needy children in our society. Its aim is to provide for the physical, spiritual and educational well-being of the children. The home started operating in January 1999 with just one child and currently has 32 resident children and another 30 children in the Extension Program.
How Can You Help?
1. Purchase the Amante Charity Voucher booklet at only RM35 from the nearest Amante outlet. Visit for a list of locations near you.

2. Don’t have time? You can transfer/bank in to Amante Beauty Care Sdn Bhd (MAYBANK ACC NO. 512491131743). Send transfer note/bank-in slip to with name, e-mail address & mobile number. You can collect your Amante Charity Coupon Booklet on 7th September 2014 at Amante Charity Fair.
3. Lastly, SAVE THE DATE! Let’s all join hands in helping these children have a better life. See you at the Charity Fair:
7thSeptember 2014, Sunday
10:00am to 6:00pm
Amante Kota Damansara @ Dataran Sunway
Level L3, Central Park
(multi storey parking),
No.3-03, Jalan PJU 5/13,
Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
Tel: +603-6141 7613
Tel: +6018-285 5244
A day of fun and wellness activities awaits you. Bring your girlfriends, your boyfriend, your husband, your loved ones and let them join you in helping these children, even just for a day. Your time and support can make a big difference to these children’s lives.

St. Patrick’s Society Charity Night 2013

Last week, I attended an event that gave me an up-close experience of how many good people are out there. It was a totally enlightening night, a gleam of light amidst this world full of tragedy and heart-breaking news. 

St. Patrick’s Society of Selangor is a non-profit organization, promoting the social life and community of Irish people and people with Irish connections in Malaysia. They have social and cultural events while strongly involved in organizing charity events to raise funds for orphanages and other groups.  

St. Patrick organized a charity night last 11th of May held at the Irish ambassador’s residence in Jalan Ampang Hilir. Interesting items for the silent auction were displayed by the foyer, together with auction sheets where guests can easily write their names and bid price. Some of the items for silent auction were these amazing paintings:

All of the items for sale at the event were donated by members, local businesses and other groups who share the same vision with St. Patrick’s Society. So this means all the proceeds will go to the charity funds and will be awarded to the beneficiary group of this event. It’s really amazing. And look at these paintings! Kudos to the artist of these really unique images. These surely took a considerable amount of time to create and the style is simply beautiful. 

Before the program started, guests arrived and registered with the reception team. For the benefit of this charity event, all guests have to buy their tickets for drinks which include soft drinks, beer, wine and other liquor. Food was ready to be served, which, as I learned, was also fully sponsored by one of the society’s members. And mind you, the food looked really great, served by a caterer. I managed to try some of the dishes later that night and they really had good stuff. 

Each table was prepared with wine glasses, a free bottle of wine and event information sheets. 

On another table was an artist who worked on a seriously impressive piece of artwork. The artist, Melanie Bayoud, started from a blank sheet of paper and her finished artwork of a Celtic harp drawing was auctioned on the night itself as well. 

Soft drinks, beer, wine and other liquors were also sponsored. Tables serving the drinks were waiting next to the food banquet. One of the sponsors was Wine Talk who provided wines through wine tickets purchased at the reception and another box of wine for live auction. Here was Wine Talk’s sommelier, David Stephan, with St. Patrick’s Society members, Tony and Cherry Beadsworth:

The program started with introduction from the organizers and a brief discussion about the beneficiary of the charity event, the Chin Student Organization (CSO). 

Education is important to everyone. Unfortunately, not all are fortunate enough to be given  the right to education. The CSO is a voluntary organization created to meet the needs of Chin refugee children. It was formed in March 2005 by a small group of Chin university students who came to Malaysia in search of a secured and safer life away from the turmoil of Myanmar. They aim to provide education to the Chin refugee children who are not eligible for formal education in Malaysia.

All the teachers are working as volunteers to teach these children. But aside from education, the organization also needs to provide meals, school items and other basics, especially uniform. Some people might think that uniform is a small thing and shouldn’t be a priority but for refugees, having a uniform is important as this gives an instant recognition that they belong to a school or a group. This will protect them from being taken away, mistakenly captured or other worse possibilities. In a world where children are helpless, safety measures save lives. 

Food is definitely a priority as well. Children need to have their basic meals provided, including milk. My son is highly dependent on milk for nutrition and I know how important milk is to growing children. It’s a challenge at the moment for CSO as they don’t have sufficient funds to provide milk daily. 

Some of the children from CSO were at the event and gave a short presentation. Each student shared a short experience and what they hope for in the future. This was a highlight of the event and gave everyone a heart-warming moment, hearing each child’s thought and hope in their lives. 

The evening continued with dinner for everyone and the live auction where the society members gave more donations to the charity. 

I was really surprised that a charity event could be so lively and fun. Everybody seemed to be having a good time. But on top of it all, I am amazed at how generous these people are. The members of St. Patrick’s Society are such a blessing to these refugee children. Couldn’t there be more of them in this world? The event raised more than RM150K plus 100 uniforms and a new sewing machine for crafts! This will make a valuable difference to these children and their lives.
As a mother who works her way through life to provide a good future for her child, I cannot imagine my son not having a chance to good education or even milk everyday. To Chin Student Organization, to St. Patrick’s Society of Selangor, to the Irish Embassy and to all who supported this event, may you all succeed in making this world a better place to live in for more children. You make miracles for each child and for their loved ones. 

To know more about CSO, check out their site:

To know more about St. Patrick’s Society, check out their site: