Sunday, April 21, 2019

Collagen stuffs

So, kita semua tahu apa itu collagen kan. Ada orang cakap lambat kan proses penuaan, ada orang cakap nak cerahkan kulit ada orang cakap bagus untuk lutut/joints..

But do we really know  how it works? Apa yg buat die berkesan/tak berkesan/jenis apa yg kena ambik, berapa quantity nk kena ambik and berapa lama nak kena ambik?

Sy ingt lagi the first time saya amik collagen is in my early twenties, masa tu zaman follow blog hanis zalikha, and dia promote Tojours collagen, bukan Tojours yang sekarang, Tojours yg dulu dlm bentuk serbuk dalam container bulat yg boleh campur dalam air/makanan atau moisturizer/night cream., bau ikan dia sngtlah kuat.

Masa tu early twenties muka belum ada masalah apa, tapi nk pakai juga. Nak flawless mcm Hanis Zalikha lah katakan. So pakai for about a week, then muka naik jerawat. So stop.

(Few years later I realize kalau first time pakai mmg muka akan berjerawat sebab dia nak buang toxin. Don't know the truth about this is haven't research about it.)

So, saya start ambil collagen balik bila dah kerja, at the time around mid twenties. Sebab perasan dah mula ada pigmentation and dah start kusam sikit. At this time mmg cuba macam2. Kinohimitsu, Radiance Signature, Aura White, and pernah beli Tojours balik, time tu dah ada Tojours Collagen Shot. Tapi saya ni tak consistent, semuanya minum sampai habis botol/kotak, tengok xde perubahan terus stop.

Then in my late twenties, sy pergi salon di Alamanda, and hairdresser tu suggest sy amik K-Colly 17 sbb my hair is dull, and of course it will benefit kulit muka sekali. So sy try, and this time it really kinda works. Cos I can see the difference in my skin.
Tak tahu lah collagen yg dulu sy amik xnampak berkesan because I'm still in my early/mid twenties, so xnampak kesan sngt. Could be juga kan. But could be brand lain2 tu mmg xberkesan untuk sy. But after that I stop again, sbb money constraint.

So this year, remember awal tahun semua org buat 10 years challenge? So sy pun ikut sama, and I can compare myself in 2009 and me now.  In my early 30s. 32 years and 3 months to be exact.


Even though gambar kiri tu pakai makeup gambar kanan tu tak, but you can see the obvious difference there. Kusam and nampak penat. Actually masa mid twenties lagi dah nampak penat. And then I went to all those beach trip, mmg balik from all those trip mmg muka dah banyak pigmentation. Sun burn can heal easily but once the sun gave you those pigmentation, they're not that easy to get rid of.

So sekarang, mana2 pergi org dah panggil kak, regardless lah sy pakai jeans and converse sekalipun still kena panggil kak.
So sy rasa mmg dah time untuk ambik collagen secara serius balik😓.

Tapi this time sy plan nak research betul2 dulu and stick to the one yg mmg betul2 boleh bagi kesan, bukan just beli je mana2 collagen yg ada tulis collagen and hope magic will happen.

So berapa sebenarnya umur yg sesuai amik collagen?

Kita semua tahu collagen semula jadi badan start berkurang seawal umur 20.
Setiap tahun dia kurang 1%, by umur 50 kita dah hilang 50% collagen dalam badan. Lepas menopaus, rate collagen menurun laaagi cepat.

And then kita perlu tahu tentang hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid ni ialah component yg promote kesihatan colagen dalam badan kita.
Collagen tugas dia menegangkan kulit, tapi hyaluronic acid nourish and hydrates the collagen itself.
Hyaluronic acid dlm kulit kita start hilang seawal umur 18 lagi, tapi kesan pengurangan hyaluronic acid ni hanya akan start nampak masa umur late 30s and early 40s.

So bagi saya mmg eloklah start amik supplement collagen in our late 20s and early 30s.
Kalau ada duit banyak okla kot amik staring mid twenties. haha.

Ok, bila dah rasa dah time kena amik, kena tau pulak jenis dia.

Collagen Type apa yg perlu kita ambil?

Collagen ade baanyak jenis actually.
Yang untuk kulit ialah Type I and Type 3.
Type 2 ialah untuk our cartilage/joints dekat lutut, siku atau buku lali kaki.


So Type 1 & 3 tadi yang untuk kulit, muscle, kuku, rambut dan kesihatan tulang.

So make sure cari yg Type 1 & 3.

Collagen ni datang dari mana?

Collagen boleh datang dari
1. Ikan (Marine collagen)
2. Lembu (Bovine Collagen)
3. Khinzir (Porcine Collagen)

Di Malaysia mostly saya pasti collagen adalah dari sumber marine.
Tapi kalau tengok collagen yang dari US, lebih banyak Bovine sebab most people tak suka bau hanyir ikan. So kena tengok betul2 jenis collagen apa yg tulis kat botol.

Tapi saya perasan collagen oversea lebih transparent on mana dia amik source collagen dia. You can easily see from the description on the bottle. Tapi collagen di malaysia mostly hanya tulis colagen sahaja. So taktau marine or bovine.

Berapa banyak nak kena ambil sehari?



Boleh refer link ni.

Minimum 5000mg/5g maximum 30000mg/30g sehari.


Macamana rupa collagen yang ada dekat pasaran?

OK di pasaran ada banyak, oversea punya, Malaysia punya. Malaysia punya ada yang dijual di pharmasi, Watson'Guardian, ada jugak yang dijual dekat kedai/kiosk jamu.

Kalau rajin meh tengok beberapa yang saya search di website iHerb. Actually banyak je lagi dekat Amazon semua, tapi kita narrow down lah ok.

1. California GOLD collagen



Sekarang rank no 1 di iHerb ialah California GOLD collagen.
Kalau boleh zoom the 2nd photo, its a marine collagen, 
Sourced from:  Fish (One or more of the following: Cod, Haddock, Hake & Tilapia).

2. Neocell Super Collagen C


Yang ni pun highly rated, source dia takde pulak tulis di botol, tapi melalui research internet, dia ialah bovine collagen.
So bovine collagen ni memang tidak consider lah sebab lembu US sembelih keee?

3. Sports Research Collagen Peptides


Ini pulak famous dikalangan orang yang active bersukan Collagen Peptides from Sports Research, ranking agak baik di iHerb tapi bovine collagen jugak.


Counterpart nya ialah this one, from the same brand, 
Source : Hydrolyzed marine collagen peptides [from non-GMO verified, wild caught pacific snapper).

Kalau korang notice, dekat botol memang akan clearly state berapa jumlah content, source collagen dengan detail, ikan jenis apa, bahagian ikan yang mana, ikan tangkap kat mana, ikan bela ke ikan liar. So kita pun rasa best sikit la kan tengok. 
Contoh macam ade sesetengah orang tak mau ikan tilapia sebab ada yang di farmed secara besar-besaran di China and dibagi makan pallet or benda2 tak elok. So that's why some manufacturer akan declare oh ikan dia tak farm, dia caugt wild fish ifrom this and this ocean. 
Camtu sekali ha punya detail, betul tak betul tak tau tapi diorang memang kena declare, USFDA regulation.



OK yang Malaysia punya pun ada macam2 jenis collagen. Tapi most collagen di Malaysia ni guna nama Collagen sahaja tapi ingredient mainly more to berries and antioxidant. Collagen maybe small part of the product. Ada yang memang takda langsung collagen. Collagen is merely a marketing name.
Kalau tak percaya boleh compare collagen luar negara yang saya list dekat atas ni dengan collagen2 Malaysia macam Qu Puteh dan Aura White.

Sebagai contoh ini Pure collagen dust yg sy amik 10 tahun lepas. Memang pure marine collagen dibuat dari sisik dan tulang ikan. Tak campur apa2. Memang rasa ikan. Most collagen US mcm nilah, main ingredient ialah collagen, and tambah benda2 lain macam Vitamin C and anti-oxidant yg lain.



OK first kita tengok off the shelf punya collagen. Maksudnya yang kita boleh dapat di Watson/Guardian.

1. BEAUXLIM Collagen Mix with Pomegranate



Tengok content dia, 
 Pomegranate Juice Powder, Grape Juice Powder, Blackcurrant Juice Powder, Fructose, then baru dia mention Marine Collagen Powder (Fish) and yadayada....

2. Kinohimitsu Diamond Collagen Drink


Lychee Juice, Fructose, Collagen (Fish), Apple Juice, Citric Acid etc..

So nampak beza kan, ingredient dia more to berries instead of the collagen itself.

OK sekarang kita tengok collagen yang dijual dekat kedai/kiosk jamu pulak. Yang ni yang paling ramai orang tahu dan guna.

1. Aura White

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Actually Aura White ada macam-macam jenis.
Saya just grab yang ni la sebagai contoh,
Content:Berry, Berry Berry Berry...Collagen.Berry...


2. Secret Skin White (Yang Jihan Miskin dan Dr Halina pakai)




Yang ni nampak best sikit sebab clearly tulis Hydrolyzed Salmon collagen. 
Walaupun first time dengar. Sebab kalau US/UK punya collagen pun selalu dengar cod.haddock, pollock etc, belum pernah pulak dengar salmon, bukan ke salmon mahal? 
tapi price pulak RM120 boleh dapat 2 botol so sis suspicious sikit.


3. Qu Puteh


Diorang claim Qu-Puteh ni berbeza dari yang lain sebab dia ada Argan.
Sis penat pulak nak research apa kebaikan Argan, 
Tapi tak perasan ada collagen tak dalam ingredient, yang ni sis xsempat belek kat kedai. Google gambar ingredient dpt gambar atas ni je. Nanti sapa2 tolong clarify kan boleh?


4. K-Colly Sweet 17



Ok yang ni claim ada hydrolized marine collagen ,hyaluronic acid, l-glutathione and of course segala mak nenek berry tadi.

Ok so sekarang korang notice tak apa beza produk collagen oversea, product collagen Malaysia off-the shelf dengan produk collagen kedai jamu?

Kenapa Malaysia punya banyak berry, fruit juice, seed, tapi US punya tak ada?

OK, ni saya rasa lah, collagen US tu memang collagen betul lah, tapi Malaysia punya collagen ni lebih focus kepada anti-oxidant, thats why banyak berry fruit juice la seed la apela semua ni.
Berries kan memang bnyak anti-oxidant.
Kalau tengok Dr Halina review Kawaii Collagen pun dia lebih review tentang anti-oxidant, bukan collagen. 

Boleh baca kat sini


Bagus ke tak anti-oxidant?
Mestila bagus, and memang dia boleh membantu sihatkan kulit juga. Dan dia juga lebih kepada pencerahan.

So totally different lah dari collagen. Sebab collagen ni lebih kepada, kesihatan kulit yang lebih ke anti-penuaan.

Satu lagi product yang anti-oxidant ialah Glutathione. Korang pernah dengar kan, orang suruh ambil pil glutathione untuk cantikkan kulit.
Tapi diorang pun ada cakap yang Glutathione kena ambil dengan Vitamin C baru berkesan. 
Berkesan untuk apa? Untuk cerahkan, sebab anti-oxidant tugas dia untuk protect kulit, tapi Vitamin C yang berfungsi sebagai agen pencerah.
Collagen pulak, melambatkan penuaan, repair kulit, kuku,joints.

So dalam macam-macam jenis ingredient yang ada, ingredient mana satu yang paling penting untuk kita pilih product collagen yang bagus?

OK ini terpulang kepada korang nak apa. Korang nak jaga kulit je ke, cerahkan kulit je ke, atau nak lambatkan proses penuaan.
So for me personally, saya memang nak cari collagen, so saya make sure dia ada

1. Hydrolyzed Collagen
Macam saya cakap tadi, minimum 5g/5000mg sehari.
2. Hyaluronic Acid
120-240mg sehari,
3. Vitamin C
For adult women, 75mg sehari,

Tiga ni paling penting. sebab Collagen akan dapat diserap lebih effective dengan Vitamin C. Hyaluronic Acid saya dah explain kat atas tadi.

4. L- Glutathione

kalau ada glutathione tadi pun ok, tapi kalau dah banyak berry berry semua tu rasanya dah serve the same purpose. (Correct me if I'm wrong ya)

So saya rasa mungkin lah kenapa K-Colly 17 berkesan dekat saya masa last time saya cuba dulu, sebab dia ada semua 3 ingredient yang saya list kat atas tadi. Mungkin lah kan. 
Just that saya tak berapa prefer lagi sebab dia tak declare marine collagen dari ikan apa and berapa banyak content hyaluronic acid, vitamin C and ingredient dia yang lain.

So sekarang saya nak cuba yang lain pula, and sekarang saya memang nak cari yang pure collagen sebab lagi satu factor ialah saya bersukan, memang collagen perlu untuk org yang bersukan for joint and muscle heath especially those in their 30s. Yang kebanyakan jual di Malaysia mostly untuk kulit sahaja.
So hopefully I can find one that suites me.

Kalau saya jumpa, saya akan cuba and bagitahu experience saya disini nanti.

For further reading boleh tengok dekat semua link dibawah ni.

Ada je yang claim, kalau kita makan dengan sihat tak payah pun ambil collagen supplement semua ni. So terpulang kepada diri masing-masing ye. Know what you want and need for your body. Baca dulu fikir pros and cons and then decide.

References:

https://www.xtend-life.com/blogs/supplement-ingredients/l-glutathione
https://www.harpersbazaar.com/uk/beauty/skincare/a19701339/do-collagen-drinks-work/
https://www.beautifulwithbrains.com/truth-collagen-drinks-work/
http://www.theskinpharmacy.com/blog/do-collagen-drinks-work
https://www.self.com/story/collagen-supplements
https://www.renewalliance.com/blogs/i/7-tips-for-buying-the-best-collagen-supplement
https://www.drkellyann.com/all-about-collagen/much-collagen-take-daily/


Sunday, February 17, 2019

Types of Engineers in Malaysia


For those engineering students about to graduate, have you ever wondered what type of Engineers are there and which role suits you the most and you want to apply once you enter the working world?

Here are some examples that comes in mind. 
(*This might apply to civil engineering, electrical & mechanical, not sure about chemical, computer, IT, aerospace engineering etc.)

To make it general and easier to understand, let’s take an example of a project of 'Building a house.'


*p/s: This should be read with a pinch of salt.😼

What your Job title is
What you actually are
Project Engineer
He/She/Apache Helicopter will,
1.      Monitor the project schedule,
when the house is going to be build, when the item to build the house should arrive,
2.      Chase design engineers for design/drawings to submit to customers,
3.      Entertain customers when they come for meetings, 
     Record minutes of meeting of the said meeting, 
     Order food for that particular meeting.
4.      Keep track on the financial aspect of the project – if customer pays RM100K for the house, best to make the cost of building the house way lesser, better if can squish more money from customer for variation orders, means if the customer wants to add more windows, charge more! 
      Heck if they want to add another screws, charge more!!

Basically you MANAGE stuffs.

QA/QC Engineer
He/She/Apache Helicopter will,
1.      Check on item needed to build a house, 
       eg. check if the door knobs working, the plug points OK, if they’re not, send back to customer for replacement/refund etc.
2.      Also check on what other people is doing. Check whether the brick man’s laying enough brick, the wiremen wire stuff correctly and the measurement of the house is correct according to drawing, and if they’re not right, ask them to do it correctly.
3.      If all of these quality are not satisfactory, conduct a comprehensive meeting asking why they are not meeting the quality standard, and dig deep until everyone admit their mistake.
4.      Do yearly audit.

Basically HATED by many.

Design Engineer
He/She/Apache Helicopter will,
1.      Design (or rather draw - not much of designing new stuffs, most of the time copying previos project’s design/drawings) of the house layout, house foundation, house wiring and other drawings.
2.      If the house design is new, they should study new solutions and come out with new design. 
      Should know product specs and all the international/local regulations and design standards.
3.      Prepare list of material needed to buy the house, how many kilos of cement, how many tonnes of brick, how much tiles, lighting equipment, to, cosmetics stuffs like house furniture, paint for the whole house, to spare stuffs, spare fans, spare air-cond, spare awnings etc. 
      If they overbuy or wrongly bought and item, QC will audit the hell out of them. PM will make noise of how they mess with the project’s budget.
4.      Although they design the built of the house, they might not know how to repair/service the house themselves. Unless they’ve been to training.
Perfect in Excel skills, and other softwares, because, they sit in front of the computer like 70% of their time.

Basically a glorified draughter, Also the scapegoat.

Service Engineer
He/She/Apache Helicopter will,
1.      Service a house that already been occupied if there are problems, or needing to install new equipment or upgrade all equipment.
2.      THE person who do hands on and servicing on the item that designed by design engineer, checked by the QCs and managed by the PM.
3.      Knows all the technical thing about the house way better than the engineers who design it.

Basically the MAIN man, if there’s a miscalculation somewhere, they die first.

Testing Engineer
He/She/Apache Helicopter will,
1.      Do testing after the house is built, whether the lights working, the faucets functioning, doors not squeaking, toilet bowl’s flushing etc, before testing it again with customer and ready to live in.
2.      Might have same level of knowledge as service engineer, since they do hands on.
3.      But didn’t involve in repairing the house, after they are completed.

Basically testers (internal). Risk of dying not as high as the service engineer.

Product Engineer
He/She/Apache Helicopter will,
1.      Have a detail knowledge about a specific product. Eg. Product engineer for toilet stuffs will know detail spec on wash basin, bath tub, shower head, toilet bowl etc.
2.      Do marketing for all these products, training to customers, new product launch, etc.
3.      Answer customer queries on those products.
4.      Develop product catalogs
5.      Carry those heavy catalogs to marketing events.

Basically a Cuckoo/Coway/Avon promoter.

Sales Engineer
He/She/Apache Helicopter will,
1.      Sell windows, doors, toilet bowls, kitchen cabinet, whatever stuffs that makes a house.
2.      Persuade(force/blackmail) clients to build their house with you.
3.      Know some technical specs of the products just enough to sell them.
4.      Have great negotiation skills.
5.    $$$$$ oriented
6. Probably also the MAIN man, because if he didn't get a job, everybody else won't have a job.

Basically a Car salesmen, a prince charming and TALKS A LOT.

Draughter
He/She/Apache Helicopter will,
1.      Help engineers draw stuffs.
2.      Have mad AutoCAD skills, can finish a drawing 3 times faster than engineers.

Interns
He/She/Apache Helicopter will,
1.      Print stuffs
2.      Google stuffs
3.      Make a report of how they print stuffs and google stuffs.

Basically office boy/girl.

Engineering Students
Basically babies.

NOT AN ENGINEER IN ANY WAY OR FORM.




Friday, February 15, 2019

The power of what people say to you

*I wrote this in 2017 wonder why I didn't post it earlier*

 I take science stream because one of my classmate used to say to me,

 'Kau amik art stream je lah lepas ni' 

when I moved to another school.

I dont know his intention but at the time it sounded condescending. So I continue science stream in highschool, pursue engineering in university and became an engineer.
Same as that particular classmate.
I'm satisfied.
But he forget what he said. 

Why did he asked me to pursue art stream? and why i don't want to?
Because I love to write novels in highschool even when the teachers are teaching.
Because in my society, art stream is equivalent to - you cant do well at maths, and you cant handle science subject.
 Normally art stream student consists of students who got bad grades in science subject.
 In short - you're stupid.

 How it should be - I should take whatever stream I like to do not because someone or somebody says a certain way. but I didn't know better at the time.

 I go to private uni because one of my granduncles,responded to my not so good SPM trial result with
"Hmm, masuk UiTM boleh la" 

his daughter was studying in UTP at the time. So I vowed not to pursue my study in UiTM and apply for UTP, Uniten and MMU, got accepted in Uniten and MMU and I chose MMU.
Few years later her daughter ends up quitting studies in UTP and continue her studies in UiTM.
He forget what he said to me.

There are no good or bad institution, there are just bad students. A lot of renown people in various field came from UiTM.

 How it should be - adults shouldn't plant this idea in their head that public subsidized universities are not better....etcetc

 Thats 2 of my biggest life decision as a result from what others are saying. I was 16, and I didn't know that I shouldn't live my life on people's expectation. I should live my life, as how I see fit. As how I LIKE it. As how I WANTED it to be.

Luckily,  I turned up OK. And I'm not one of those who always wonder 'what if?'

Saturday, January 05, 2019

2018 Preview

2018 really scares the shit out of me cos it's gone so SO fast.

My aim is to not live a routine life.

And I want to improve my climbing.

But what I basically did the whole year, is TOTALLY routine.

Work - climb - tuition.

I repeat that through the whole year.

Although starting October my life become a little bit hectic and routine breaks with job interviews, house viewing by prospective tenants, moving house and new cat(s).

At the end, my routine is scarier than ever and even though I send a lot of my projects in climbing, my climbing grade did not improve. Which really really bumped me.

Then all of the sudden 2018 end with not much thing happened.

Life just passes me by.

I honestly freaked out.

I really hope 2019 will not move that fast.

I'm really scared.

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Ironi

Rezeki yang paling saya inginkan, ialah kasih sayang.

Tapi saya mungkin orang yang susah untuk disayangi.

What do I want in life?

At the moment, there's too many things in my mind that requires decisions, a thorough thinking, that need analyzing, that requires solution. At some point it is too overwhelming.

One of my aim in 2018 is to not live a routine life.
My wish is to not work 9-5 anymore, 
Come to think of it, I started toying with this idea when I started travelling and meet other people who travel. They live simply with little to no commitments but they were happy travelling and see the world.
But in order to be able to do that, I need to work to have enough saving.
I still love my engineering career. Staying up late at the office willingly just because I wanted to.

Then I had the opportunity to do want I wanted to since I was in high school - climbing.
This is the time where the environment in my workplace turned less and less exciting.
All I can think of is my next climbing session. How to get better. So I started to go back home right on time to go to the climbing gym. And hated the time I take in traffic travelling back home. The time I could've use to climb.
And to make things worse, (or better - depends on perspective), I then met my now husband who willing to climb with me.
It made me not want to waste any single minute after 5.30pm in the office even more.

I decided to leave the company, apply for a normal job, as long as it's near home, and I could climb after work on Wednesdays and Fridays.

I live that way for over a year, happy, I can sleep again after Subuh(though its not good actually) breakfast at 8am, arrive at office 8.30am. No traffic. Go back at 5.30pm, reached climbing gym at 6pm.
Or on alternate days, go tutoring at student's house.
My aim is to transition to tutoring full time after few months working that normal job.

And after over a year, that normal job somehow made me unhappy.

Despite all the benefits (good pay/close to home/close to climbing) its making me unhappy and make me a bitter person and I wanted to leave.
So I started looking for other job in Cyberjaya, but since my background is Engineering, its hard trying to go to different field, even if I'm willing to negotiate the salary.
So I applied for engineering job again.
I got it and of course it's not in Cyberjaya. I got one in Shah Alam, one in KL.

I'm happy I got a job, but there's still something unsettling about it.
So I asked myself, and people who I asked opinion to asked me back, what do you want actually?
What do I want in life?
I wanna be an engineer, but after few years, I wanna do normal job so I can climb, I got that normal job near to home and can climb, still unhappy, then I look for engineering job again.
Still doesn't 100% satisfied.

What do I want?

When I look at it, I still love engineering, but at some point other factors are making me unhappy.
When I work in Cyberjaya, I really love it, the place, the convenience, but there are other factors that's making me unhappy.

So eventually, there are some other factors that's making me unhappy and I will run to find some other thing that'll make me happy.

What I want is just happiness, regardless of where the source of happiness is coming from.

At the moment, as it has been for couple of years, my source of happiness is still climbing.
But if I took that engineering job in KL, my climbing time will definitely reduce drastically.

But climbing can't pay the bills and I cant be doing it till I'm 40.

But I've missed this opportunity in my twenties, why can't I do it in my 30s?

I am really frustrated and undecided at the moment.

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Mind rants

Just my flowing thoughts.

Sometimes you think people are being mean to you, but sometimes, we don't realized we are being mean to others. 
For example, I realize that when I stand by the idea that I think is ideal, I belittle the opinion/ideas of others.
What I learn is that,
If you have an opinion, It's OK to say it and stand your ground but you don't have to say that others are wrong.

Agree to disagree.

Other people entitled to their opinion too you know.
 

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