Apple’s Growth In Cambodia

MOSCOW, RUSSIA - SEPTEMBER 29, 2014: New iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 P

Apple Inc spearheaded into Cambodia in 2006 when outlook in the market was highly uncertain and specific quarters of the nation was laughing at Apple’s bold move, dicing with the favours of success.

Well, the last laugh is on them. Bite my Apple, so it seems. See where Apple is today in Cambodia? Since launching their products, Apple has experienced nearly 300 percent growth exponentially, leaving many other players dumbfounded with such unexpected rapid progress.

Cambodia’s premier Apple reseller, iOne started the ball rolling by selling Macs and offering free classes for all Mac users whether they bought one or not. Practically everyone in Cambodia could go to the open class, fuelling interests and gaining traction for both Apple and its local consumers.

Having gained a foothold in the personal computer marketplace, Apple then moved into the mobile business among trepidations in the Cambodian sector and it proved to be a game changer when its iPhone products proved popular among young professional Khmers.

Currently the iPhone represents half of Apple’s sales figure and in Cambodia, it is now leading in smartphone sales. The appearance of iPad garnered more users that demand a trendy and easy to carry mobile device so much so that Apple later launched the iPad 2, a slimmer and lighter version of the previous device. Since then more than 15 million iPads were sold worldwide.

With a leading local network service provider, Smart, which currently provides 4G LTE bandwidth – rolling out the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus packaged with its data and call plans – crunched up more numbers in Apple’s sales.

Apple’s strategy of designing their devices to update each other automatically gives an edge to all users that own an iPhone, iPad and iMac. Therefore Apple has shown its advantages to the mass market that their devices are user-friendly and easy to connect. It’s no wonder that Cambodians are recognising the value of Apple’s seamless systems.

In a way, it explains Apple’s continuous rising popularity in Cambodia and the local industry has also predicted a stable steady growth that sees Apple in a positive light in its annual growth.

Hair removal

Facial threading versus facial waxing

Since I lived in Malaysia, I’ve tried a new hair removal treatment. I used to go to waxing salons, but here I saw a threading salon for hair removal. I had never heard of it, so I did some research and I figured I should give it a go. After actually getting the hairs on my face removed via threading, I’ve made my own comparison between both hair removing methods.

Facial waxing:

When you go for a facial waxing, a hard or soft wax is applied to your face. This is in accordance to where you want your hairs to be removed, whether it’s on your upper lip, chin, eyebrow, or even sideburns. For the hard wax option, the aesthetician will apply the wax directly on the targeted areas, wait a few seconds for it to harden, then pull it off in one swift movement for an effective removal of hairs.

In the case of soft wax, a cloth strip will be placed over the wax once it’s been applied, which will later be ripped off as well. See any left overs? Don’t worry, the aesthetician will pull out any visible hairs with tweezers.

Some natural oils such as sunflower, vitamin E or coconut oil will then be applied to the waxed areas to minimize any redness or ingrown hairs, as well as giving your skin that lovely sheen.

It’s said that the hard wax treatment is less painful than the soft wax, as the wax used is thicker and ‘grabs’ on to each strands of hairs more firmly, which minimize the discomfort once it’s pulled off the skin. But for me personally, I don’t really feel the difference as I’m too used to waxing, except to notice that the price for hard waxing is always higher. I must say that most hard wax leaves fewer irritations and ingrown hair, though.

Waxing of the eyebrows

Waxing of the eyebrows

Facial Threading:

This method is the most common form of hair removal in India for the obvious reason – it’s way cheaper than waxing. Threading doesn’t involve a lot of materials, all you really need is a good spool of thread, but it requires much more of art and skill than waxing – otherwise the aesthetician will risk burning and cutting your skin.

To start with, some powder will be applied to the targeted areas to eliminate any oil or moisture to ease the hair removal. A length of thread will then be twisted around each other in a loop, in a triangle shape around the fingers and mouth of the aesthetician. It sounds pretty weird, but only the dry and clean part of the thread will actually your skin, and the used thread are as a rule thrown out after use, so you don’t need to worry about hygiene issue.

Moving on, the hair will be caught and ripped out of the follicle when the two threads are twisted around each other between the fingers of the aesthetician. There is some effort required from you as well; you will need to stretch your skin around your eyebrow and stick your tongue into your upper lip for a smoother hair removal process. Once all the hairs are removed, some aloevera or soothing gel will be applied on your skin to ease the burning and the pain (no kidding, it really brought tears to my eyes)


So, which method is the best?

Both methods last about the same amount of time and effectively remove the hair off your face. Threading is definitely the cheaper option of the two, as it involves fewer materials. However, some people think threading is a lot more painful than waxing. But, of course this depends on your own pain tolerance and personal view, so I think if you haven’t tried either hair removal method yet, you should just try it once and decide which method you prefer. And don’t forget: beauty is pain!


Where to find waxing or threading salons?

In Klang Valley area alone, there are hundreds of beauty salons that offer both hair removal treatments. I personally used Beauty Guide, the online directory and e-magazine for all things beauty and wellness related. You can check it out yourself at for the list of hair removal salons closest to you. Happy trying!


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Facebook SMS

Texting through Facebook

Is social media really that social?

Technology and Social Media are developed to make communicating with each other easier and faster. But have you ever thought about how “anti-social” it actually makes us?

One of the features that Facebook offers nowadays is the Facebook SMS, which lets users interact with the website through text messages. To name one example, when it’s the birthday of one of the people in your contact list you will receive a text message. This SMS reminds you of their birthday and offers you the possibility to congratulate them as rapid as possible by just replying “1”. Piece of cake right?

Facebook SMS

Facebook SMS

But doesn’t that take away the personal touch?

Sceptics will always be there to comment on things that go beyond the ideas that we are used to. When e-mails were found out they probably still preferred an old fashioned letter, or even a pigeon that brings their post. The opportunity is there; Facebook is not forcing you to participate, so you remain the one that’s in control. You can also enter your own message in the text, and let the service post that for you, if you prefer a more personal touch.

Thing is, that sometimes innovations will not be always to your liking. But hey, you are free to choose what you want to use. If you feel more comfortable with sending a postcard, then you should absolutely send that! I think it is very handy for when I don’t have a lot of time on my hands and still want to let my friends know that I think about them. No need to unfriend me, I might not have had enough time to send you an essay of 500 words explaining to you how much I wish you a happy birthday. Alright, maybe I cheat a little because I did not actually remember it myself, but needed to be reminded by a device, so what? At least I don’t forget the 554 birthdays from all my contacts.

It is the future!

Nevertheless, it is part of the future and technology will expand our norms and values, and will exceed our expectations of possibilities eventually. Facebook gives everyone the power to share anything with the people they care about. Facebook SMS from Smart enables everybody to receive and send messages, wall posts, add friends and  update status via SMS text messages! There is no need for an internet connection, and added to that, it is also very cheap with its 1 cent per SMS.

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Botox treatment

The truth about Botox – a powerful neurotoxin

Back in the early nineties, when Botox first appeared in the medical scene, people were shocked. Injecting a chemical substance under the surface of your skin to obtain firmer and youthful skin? That just didn’t seem right to many of us, and the ones who actually did the treatment were ultimately considered as narcissistic and vain.

Today, with the technology that revamped the entire concept of Botox and made it safe and almost painless, many of those with wrinkly forehead and line-creased mouth line up for this treatment with the hope of bringing back a youthful face – and no doubt it works! Now it’s just another medical appointment for many of us, and are considered as normal as a manicure.

botox treatment

botox treatment

How does it work?

The doctors still debate about the rationale of the use of Botox as a medicinal treatment, but many describe this lethal neurotoxin as a “wonder drug” despite its hazardous possibilities. Why? While it’s known best for its use in cosmetic surgery, Botox (scientifically known as botulinum toxin) is also widely used to treat various medical issues including migraine, severe sweating, and dystonia.

Even though it’s one of the costliest and toxic substances known to man, it has proven to be very successful and valuable therapeutic when administered with caution. Botox is usually injected in very small concentrations in order to do its job, preventing nerve cells from reaching muscles, thus effectively blocking its communication with neurotransmitters. This results in the muscles being paralyzed for a period of time – making the skin surface appear ‘smooth’ and bouncy.

Although it might look like the wrinkles are “filled”, Botox is NOT a filler. The goal is to make facial features appear more relaxed with visibly minimalized wrinkles. Eventually you will be able to enjoy your rejuvenated face in 4 – 5 months after each session, and the cost of this procedure normally starts from USD 300.

Can it be applied in the entire face area?

Not quite, the law only approves the area between the eyebrows, also known as the thinker’s wrinkle. But recently, new areas that have been declared safe for this procedure has been added, including the area around the corner of the eyes, or the so-called crow’s feet lines. Of course, it’s possible to use Botox in your forehead and other places such as lips and cheeks, but these are off-label and can only be done by a professional physician.

 What are the risks and side effects?

The injections are generally well tolerated by human body and side effects are minimal and rare. But in very some exceptional cases, small unusual responses can occur. According to research, almost 1% of the people that have used Botox developed antibodies to the chemical substance that rendered the treatment ineffective.

 -How unlucky can one be?-

Furthermore, mild pains, numbness, headaches or other weaknesses can occur. All of these minimal side effects usually fade within a few days after the procedure, after which the full effect of the Botox treatment can be seen, youthful skin and all.

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Stem cells

Stem cells


stemcell treatment


What is a stem cell?


Stem cells are simply cells that are able to change into other types of cells. The idea of ​​stem cell therapy is that activated stem cells are placed in the body in order to help the body to regenerate cells that cannot be developed on their own. Stem cells can divide and provide for the production of specialized cells, such as cardiac muscle cells, red blood cells and skin cells. These cells play a major role in the development of a human body.


Stem cells are generally located in embryos and within the cellular tissue of human adults. They are found in almost all tissues of an adult body, especially in the bone marrow and are usually in sleep mode, activated only when necessary.


The potential of stem cell therapy is enormous, just think about the possibilities of the generation of healthy brain cells to combat the effects of Parkinson’s disease and dementia, or even to encourage the growth and re-employment of numerous areas of the body. Because the potential benefits of stem cell therapy are so great, there is a lot of research thrown into the precise effect of stem cells for human body.


The potential of stem cells is also seen in the cosmetic field, to prevent aging from the natural loss of collagen, help skin retains its volume and elasticity and the healing of scars.


Stem cell treatment


There are already a number of products on the market that use stem cells as one of its ingredients or have the ability to activate them in your body in order to achieve a good cosmetic result. These are also available in injectable liquid form based on one’s body fat, better known as the “stem cell facelift”.


Also known as lipofilling, this treatment have actually been arond for quite a while before falling in popularity, although thanks to the focus on stem cells research, lipofilling is now back as one of the most preferred filling treatments. It works by removing fat cells from the body which will later be filtered in a laboratory. During the filtration, healthy cells distinguish themselves during the spin process of unhealthy cells, amongst which include stem cells that are activated by the centrifuge process from their sleep modeThese cells are then injected back into the skin, where the stem cells provide for wrinkle softening, the volume and reduction of scar tissue.

Breast augmentation

Bigger breasts with implants or fat transfers


Did you loose your breast volume after pregnancy, aging or weight loss? Or did you always have small breasts? Then a breast augmentation (also known as mammoplasty) can give you the volume you’ve always wanted.

Breast augmentation can be the right decision for you

Breast augmentation can be the right decision for you

What is breast augmentation?


Breast augmentation is not only about increasing the size of the breasts, but it also help to shape the breasts for a more balanced figure. To increase breast size or breast volume, silicone implants or your own body fat (fat transfer) can be used in surgeries that will result in firmer, shapelier breasts. Nowadays, a breast augmentation is more commonly performed for beautification reasons.


Breast augmentation by implants


The first option for breast augmentation is silicone gel-filled implants. Patients will be anesthetized during the duration of this surgery. The implants will be inserted via incisions that are usually made underneath the breasts, in the armpit or around the nipples. This depends on the type of implant, your anatomy, the preference of the cosmetic surgeon and your own personal preference. Normally, the method that leaves the less scars will be chosen.


Implants come in various shapes and sizes. A cosmetic surgeon will advise you on which implants will suit you best. The entire procedure may take about one to two hours.


Breast augmentation by fat transfer


If you’re looking for a relatively small increase in breast size and natural results, a fat transfer breast augmentation may suit you better. This method uses liposuction to take fat from other parts of your body, such as your stomach or thighs and inject it into your breasts.


A big advantage of this method is that the scars won’t be too visible, because the fat is injected with a needle so it will only leave some tiny dot scars from the needle. However, the disadvantage of this method is that the augmentation volume is very limited.


This surgery takes between 45 minutes and two hours.



What are the risks of a breast augmentation?


A breast enlargement by fat transfer has fewer risks than one with implants. When deciding to do a breast augmentation surgery, you should consider if the advantages of having bigger and shapelier breasts are worth the risks of complications of the surgery. Some of the risks of implants and complications after the surgery include scars, bleedings, infections, poor wound healing, pain around breast, fluid accumulation, wrinkling of the skin over the implant, and change of feeling in the nipple.








The abdominal fat-removal surgery

People in Malaysia are becoming increasingly aware of their physical appearance. Beauty treatments and medical aesthetic procedures have soared in popularity due to the latest fashion and beauty trends in the media.

Sometimes changes in your diet and working out does not help to get the body you’d like to have. In order to remove the last of the stubborn and unwanted fat, liposuction can assist to help you remove the excess fat. One of the popular area for liposuction procedure is the abdomen (tummy/belly), to remove love handles and get the flat stomach that so many people lust after.

Liposuction literally means fat (lipo) aspiration (suction). It’s not meant for weight-loss, but rather a method to remove excess fat locally, such as on the abdominal area. A condition for liposuction is that the skin needs to be smooth, so that the fat under the skin can be sucked. In cases such as cellulite, the fat can be removed through dermolipectomy.

Both dermolipectomy and liposuction are performed under general anesthesia, and the duration of the each operations depends on the amount of fat that needs to be removed.

The consultation

Before you proceed with this fat-removing surgery, have a thorough discussion and consultation with your trusted and certified surgeon/speacialist on what to expect and set realistic goals. The doctor will explain and advice you on the exact steps to be taken before and after procedure to ensure yourself the best results.

Your surgeon will need all the information about yourself in order to achieve the best outcome and minimize any possible risks on the surgery, so be sure to be transparent on matters like your current health status, previous surgeries in the past, drugs, alcohol, smoking, allergies and medication.


The procedure

For the excess fat-removal surgery, there are several methods available including:

Abdominal liposuction

The surgeon performs the liposuction with a small, hollow needle.
Just before the surgery, the surgeon will mark the targeted area of your abdomen. During the operation small incisions made in inconspicuous places on your stomach, and a liquid will be injected under the skin to seperate the fat from the skin for easy suction, which the needle will then vacuum the fat away.

Dermolipectomy of the belly

The difference between liposuction and dermolipectomy is in the method, dermolipectom cuts the fat away instead of vacuuming. This results in a larger incision on the abdomen in order to remove the adipose tissue.

Post- surgery result

It’s important to remember that liposuction is not a treatment for obesity. There is a limitation to the amount of fat that can be removed from your body at any given time, which are nomally between 600- 1000cc – too much, and it will affect your health. Patients can normally see the full result of the liposuction surgery after 6-9 months.

Facelift surgery

The inside out of a facelift surgery


Aging skin is a big nightmare for a lot of people. Nowadays there are multiple options to counter the process of aging skin. However, at some point, when the skin on your face is has lost it’s elasticity, a facelift is the best option to make you appear younger.

Of course, there used to be plenty of misconceptions and fear on the side effects of a facelift surgery due to the antiquated medical technology. Luckily, our generation is able to enjoy the benefits of a facelift surgery with minimal aggravation or complications thanks to newly developed techniques.


Facelift is not only for old people

What is facelift surgery?

A facelift, also known as rhytidectomy, is a surgical method to treat facial wrinkles and skin sagging caused by aging. A plastic surgeon removes excess skin, tightens underlying tissues and muscle and redrapes skin on the face and neck.


What are the complications of facelift surgery?

Fortunately, complications are rare during a facelift surgery. However, it’s not completely risk-free. For example, there’s a possibility of external bleeding a few hours after the surgery. That is the reason patients will have to stay overnight at the clinic. There is also a risk of infections.

This is more common for people who are heavy smokers. Furthermore, your skin will probably be swollen for about two weeks after the surgery before they heal. The worst complications include poor wound healing, skin loss, facial nerve injury, numbness, temporary or permanent hair loss at the incisions, persistent pain, and scarring.

You will have to decide for yourself if you think the benefits of the outcome are worth the risks and potential complications.


When to consider a facelift?

Most importantly, a facelift should always be YOUR decision. You can consider it if you feel like you don’t look like yourself anymore because of time, gravity, sun exposure, and/or heredity. If you feel like you look older than you feel inside, or you might feel like your facial skin sagging and excess skin is a social or career obstacle, those are good reasons to consider a facelift.


What outcome should you expect?

A facelift is not meant to make you look different, it just helps to give you a younger appearance. It’s a very personal decision, and it should help boost your overall self-confidence, but don’t do it because of peer pressure or it wouldn’t change your own perspective about yourself. Remember, just with every other medical surgery, it will not stop your skin from aging or improve the quality of your skin. The outcome will last longer if you live healthy and take good care of your skin.


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Stem cell therapy

The latest medical cell-regeneration technology

What is stem cell therapy?

I was never sure what stem cell therapy was, or that it was as upcoming as it is.  Well, it is a technology that exceeds medical expectations since it helps regenerate old cells. Aging is the result of cellular damage building up over time. This therapy can be seen as a new way of transplanting non-differentiated stem cells with the ones that have a severe defect, or don’t even work at all.

Stem cell treatment

Stem cell treatment

Where do they take the stem cells from?

The stem cells that are used to replace the old and broken ones can be taken from four other locations in the human body.  First of all, it can come from the bone marrow. Secondly, it is possible to generate stem cells from the patient’s blood. Thirdly, the blood in the navel cord of a baby is full of stem cells since these are still developing and when collected, can be used for the therapy. Finally, the organs of an adult human.

Is the stem cells therapy only for humans?

This is an interesting question isn’t it? So, is it only possible to transfer stem cells from one person to another? No! And that is the beautiful part of this therapy. You can transfer stem cells to yourself, to another person, or even to an animal.  They are still researching the possibilities of these technologies, but it has already been proved that even with animals, it is possible to transfer cells to a different species.

But, how does it work?

It is a very complicated technology, but I will try to simplify it. They begin with the extraction of the various stem cells from the body. They place the cells on an artificial soil that allows them to grow stronger and bigger until they are able to replace and help heal or support the other cells. Eventually when the cells are ready to do their work properly, they are inserted in the blood veins or directly to the targeted areas.

Why would someone do that?

It is especially designed for older people that have poor health, sickness or other weaknesses. The treatment is also offered here in Malaysia, at the Beverly Wilshire Medical Centre in Kuala lumpur. The people that undergo the treatment will have more energy, improved memory, and less joint or bone pains (arthritis).


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Facelift for a youthful skin

Facelift for a youthful skin




Due to aging of skin, wrinkles and lines tend appear on our face as we grow older. Sagging cheeks and folds in the neck may also occur while you age as the skin becomes less elastic and stable. Smoking, excessive consumption of alcohol, unprotected exposure to sunlight, and stress also contribute to the emergence of wrinkles and premature skin aging.

To counter all the effects of skin aging, you can opt for a facelift treatment that can help reduce wrinkles and sagging skin, making you look years younger. Most people start going for a facelift between the age of 40 to 70 years old.

There are several options to a facelift:

– A injectables treatment: for example with botox or fillers

– A Liquid Facelift

– MACS-Lift

– A Vampire Facelift

– A Feather Lift

Of all these alternatives, facelift is seen as the most effective operation; it masks not only the wrinkles and folds such as doing botox and injectables, but also corrects the underlying causes.


The facelift surgery


During surgery, an incision is made between the hairline and ears. The slice begins approximately 5 cm above the ears in the hair. From there, the slice gets pulled along downward the ear and disappears in the hair behind your ear lobe.


After the plastic surgeon has made the incision, the skin gets pulled up and tightened. Also subcutaneous muscles and connective tissues are tightened. Thereafter, the skin is fixed with sutures. By pulling the skin tight, the wrinkles under the eyes and beside the nose disappear. It can also reduce the appearance of “double chin” and tighten the skin around your neck.


A facelift is a comprehensive operation that takes several hours and performed under general anesthesia. It can be carried out in many different ways and can be combined with other surgeries. Consult with your surgeon before getting an additional surgery for best results. Other aesthetic surgeries that you can consider are:

– Botox injections

– Eyebrow Lift

– Eyelid correction

– Chin implant