An accredited naturopath from Australia, living in Malaysia, Johanna specialises in herbal medicine, nutrition and bach flower remedies. She believes that our body has an innate capacity to fight diseases and heal itself. Her passion for holistic well-being is wholly embedded in her own lifestyle especially as a mother of 3 children.
A NLP Practitioner, Pilates Coach and Obesity Trainer, with a Masters in Health Management, Carina has helped many people in Europe, US, Middle East & Asia improve their well-being. Being born with an autoimmune disease, Carina’s fascination in this field began as a child and she has pursued it ever since.
Australian born and bred, Rhyce now resides in Singapore and has so for 3 years. Having spent five years in Marketing & Sales, Rhyce now manages the Singapore operations for GuavaPass. His days are now spent taking fitness classes with his fellow Guavas. Possessing a passion for travel and adventure, Rhyce aims to travel the world, doing things that push him out of his comfort zone along the way. His favourite city so far is Tokyo! Read full bio
Holistic Nutritionist, ACE Certified PT and Medical Exercise Specialist, Marissa has dedicated her life to helping others achieve their optimal health. As a Malaysian native, Marissa is very familiar with not only the local cuisine but also with the problems that arise from trying to eat healthy, locally.
A highly qualified Naturopath & Practitioner Member of the National Herbalist Australia Association, Amanda believes that a balance between our physical and emotional health, leads to overall wellbeing. You can catch her on television or read one of her articles in numerous local and international publications.
Joanna loves all things healthy and encourages her readers to live a healthy balance lifestyle with a good mindset and intentions. She is pursuing in integrative nutrition course to become a health coach as well as a yoga instructor, hoping to help others achieve their goals in living a healthier lifestyle.
A fitness enthusiast who can be seen throwing some mean punches at boxing classes, Shakila ( better known as Sha) is currently the Business Development Manager at WOGI Sdn Bhd. Prior to entering the world of digital gifting, Sha was an entrepreneur who ran two homegrown businesses with two physical boutiques which she subsequently successfully sold.
On the academic front, she is currently undertaking her PhD in Marketing which is slated to be completed in 2020. Sha also holds a Master of Science in Management and a degree in Business and Commerce.
Dr. Gheeta pursued medicine at Moscow, Russia after completing her pre-university foundation in science at Sunway University College. Upon receiving her doctorate, she worked at Hospital Sultan Ismail, Johor Bahru. She is currently a medical scientific liaison at one of the world's leading pharmaceutical companies in Malaysia. Apart from her regular job, she is also a nutrition and wellness consultant and finds joy in treating patients and being able to save lives. Health and fitness is a huge part of her daily life and she believes in staying healthy and fit.
For Khang Nee, whose interests lie in travelling, architecture, and writing, becoming a writer seemed like the most natural career choice for her. After graduating, she joined NUYOU magazine as one of its reporters, but left her job after 2 years to travel to New Zealand for a working holiday. After returning home, Khang Nee took on the editing position for various fashion, health, beauty and travel magazines, and all her years of experience made her understand that by doing the things you enjoy in life, it represents the greatest respect any person could have for themselves.
An Indian by birth and upbringing, Hridya started her blogging journey from the time she moved out of her home for her first job. Her wedding brought her to the beautiful region of South East Asia. After a few years as a stay-at-home mother and wishing to achieve something more but also look after her little girl, she began her “handmade” journey – paper quilling and beading which she finds to be the most therapeutic hobbies in the world. Apart from her handwork, she also writes for a couple of other blogs related to health, medical information and travel. She is currently based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with her family.
在印度土生土长的Hridya在离家工作后便同时开始了自己的博客之旅，而她幸福的婚姻也将 她带到了东南亚的这个美丽国家来。在成为全职家庭主妇数年后，Hridya希望在看顾小女儿的 同时也能够拥有自己的事业，于是便开启了自己的手作之旅——卷纸艺术和串珠是她认为最能 治愈心灵的嗜好。除了手工，她同时也在数个博客上撰写有关健康、医学资讯和旅游的相关文 章。Hridya目前和家人定居于马来西亚吉隆坡。
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Maryam received her MSc in Public Health and Clinical Nutrition, Eating Disorders from University College of London, UK. She has developed a special interest in working collaboratively with psychologists and physicians regarding disordered eating, anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorder recovery during her clinical placements. Also, she has participated in community visits & projects such as Nursing Home, Shelter Day Centre, Palliative Care, etc. Maryam focuses on promoting good health through nutrition and the primary prevention of nutrition-related illnesses to the public.
Currently, she is the Marketing Nutritionist at Euryka Naturopathics Sdn Bhd where she conducts health talks and product training, imparts nutritional-related information on social media platforms and takes part in event management.
Hema graduated with her MD in 2014 and has been serving as a medical doctor in the government sector for about 2 years. Her field of interest lies in endocrinology and she is passionate about fighting the war against diabetes. She describes herself as being ‘addicted’ to fitness, healthy foods and leading a wholesome lifestyle.
Practicing as a health and wellness coach with a passion for nutrition, fitness, and sustainable living, Ivy works closely with clients to cater a balance that work for each individual, no matter where they are on the eating and exercising spectrum.
An ex acne sufferer, a beauty and skincare addict (especially DIY) and a graduate in Journalism. Combine the 3 and you get Rachel striving to shed light on all things skin related, either gathered from her own cystic acne experience or a good talk with beauty experts, or maybe from her educational read from health and beauty channels
Frederick Khoo believes in fixing the cause of the problem by helping people through active rehabilitation. He is a hands-on practitioner, specialising in Trigger Point Dry Needling and manual therapy to manage his clients’ pain. He also corrects their movements to prevent further injury through corrective exercises and clinical Pilates. Working closely with different sports coaches, he is able to resolve injuries and get his clients back into training. As co-founder of Precise Rehab Sports Rehabilitation Centre, Frederick conducts workshops, trains physiotherapy students and emphasises the merits of a pain-free active lifestyle.
Jesrina is a passionate advocate for healthy living and is determined to contribute towards positive lifestyle change in Asia. An avid foodie and fan of desserts, Jesrina is a true testament to the fact that you don’t have to give up what you love to enjoy the healing power of a balanced, natural lifestyle. PurelyB naturally marries Jesrina’s two passions in life – the digital world and healthy-living – as she hopes to help simplify health and wellness for the connected generation.
Prior to Maggie's shift into Human Empowerment, she searched for her purpose in the far corners of the globe and inside powerful media conglomerates. She collaborated with government and business leaders creating promotional country reports distributed with USA Today. From Africa to Asia to Europe, she called home to seven different countries before the age of twenty-five. Then upon her return home to Los Angeles, she joined Corporate America where she worked in sales and marketing for Disney and Turner Broadcasting.
Strength & Nutrition Coach
Athletes, celebrities and high achievers seek Nick in order to gain an "unfair" advantage in their field of play. He dedicates his time to simplifying the geekiest studies and methods, making them practical for his clients to benefit. He commits to stay on top of research and best practices in strength training, functional medicine and nutrition from around the globe.
Expertise: Strength Training, Nutrition and Supplementation, Athletic Development and Performance, Post-Rehabilitation Training
Qualifications: Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach through Australian Strength & Conditioning Association. Certified Sports and Exercise Nutrition Coach through Precision Nutrition, Canada.
Fahada was born and raised in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and had completed her education with a Master of Research (MRes) in Epidemiology in 2013 from University of Newcastle in the UK. She is passionate about healthcare and wellness and works as a Nutritionist. Fahada also writes, gives talks and is interested in education. Her goal is to become a health consultant and hopes to help others attain a level of optimal health.
Jackie is a mother of two from the UK based in Malaysia and writes regular columns for several magazines. These include the parenting title, Bonda, the magazine for the Association of British Women in Malaysia and The Expat. She guest blogs for various Malaysia and UK-based websites, and chronicles her experiences of expatriation and motherhood on her blog. She is also working on a collection of short stories, as well as a novel.
Dr.Sumithra Nadarajah (MBBS, FMUCP) is the founder and medical director of Thrive Health Clinic, a functional medicine clinic that helps patients overcome their chronic illness. Thrive Health Clinic is located in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia. Its focus is in combining advanced western diagnostics with holistic and integrative healing modalities to nurture and heal the body, mind and soul.
Shannon is the author of Asian Raw Food Kitchen by MPH Group Publishing, a cookery instructor and blogger behind JustAsDelish.com. Having recovered from her own health issues naturally, she now strives to empower others with nourishing real food through her classes and blog. Her specialty includes raw food and allergy-friendly recipes that make you feel good, and that tastes just as good. Get connected with Shannon on her Blog, Facebook, Google+ and Instagram.
Kahmun is a person who is naturally curious about a myriad of topics and an avid reader. When she is not running around volunteering and advocating for better mental health care services, you will see her serving in church, going out for movies, spending quality time with people she holds dear in her heart while exploring the various cafés found in the city. From time to time she goes jet setting around the world to explore and discover people of different cultures; all while having a good book to read in hand.
A Fitness enthusiast & a true fatty at heart, Esther for years has used her own body as a guinea pig to test out countless fad diets and workout trends - through which she gained a better knowledge on the importance of good nutrition and consistent training. After years of chasing short term solutions (Yes, teatoxes too insert facepalm emoji) she figured out that “fitness” doesn’t boil down to a magic diet plan or one specific type of training. With a passion for gains and noms, Esther is on an everlasting journey to find the perfect balance between fitness goals and boozy brunches.
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Caryl and Paul have been exploring Southeast Asia for over 15 years but the last 3 years have seen them based in the region on a full-time vegan travel adventure. They are currently based in Siem Reap, Cambodia where they welcome guests to stay with them at their Vegan Villa, in between trips to new and exciting destinations where they try to find vegan-friendly food, restaurants, hotels, resorts and information to share with others.
Rohini Bajekal has an MSc in Nutrition and Food Sciences from the University of Huddersfield and is an advisor to Women for Women’s Health UK, a social enterprise dealing with women’s health education. She has worked in the public relations industry in London and was Brand Manager of India’s first cold-pressed juice brand. Rohini has a degree in Theology from the University of Oxford.
Beledees has always been an enthusiast in fitness and living a healthy lifestyle. Whilst struggling to choose a degree in between MBBS and Nutrition, she did not regret in pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Nutrition with Wellness and found her true passion. In the future, she hopes to contribute creatively to influence more people to follow a healthy lifestyle. She also hope to learn more about complementary and alternative therapies in the wellness field.
Emylee is a wellness lifestyle writer. She loves sharing her thoughts and personal experiences related to natural remedies, yoga and fitness through her writing. She currently writes for How To Cure. She loves connecting with others experiencing health concerns and helping them through their recovery journeys through natural remedies.
Publications: Family Love Kitchen, Happy Cooking Days, Organic Life, BMS Organics Great Taste.
Being Interviewed by:
Print media – Sin Chew Daily, Guang Ming Daily, Oriental Daily, United Daily, Long Life Magazine, Merit Magazine, Organic Life, New Straits Times etc.
Broadcasts media – 8TV Family Home-cook Delight, National radio station AiFM Taste with Love, Love Living etc.
Elina is a vegan powerlifter who shares her fitness journey and plantbased recipes and guides on her Instagram and YouTube. She is involved in the fitness community, whereby she received 2nd place in her weight class at Malaysian Powerlifting Open 2018 and is an ambassador for The Outlaw gym and MY Protein. Also, Elina actively pushes the growth of the vegan community by hosting vegan events, working with the Malaysian Vegan Society and collaborating with local vegan brands. She hopes to continue educating the local Malaysians on the vegan lifestyle and reducing the stigma on the topic in the fitness industry.
Dr Meneka graduated from 1st Sechenov's Moscow State Medical University and completed her housemanship training at Hospital Melaka. She subsequently moved to serve in Sarawak General Hospital, Kuching. At Sarawak General Hospital, she served as a medical officer in the Emergency and Trauma Department, where she gained experience in managing a variety of illness, general gynaecology issues, and early antenatal care in pregnancy. She was also actively involved in seeing patients in the One Stop Crisis Centre. She has attended update courses in various disciplines and is skilled in performing bedside ultrasound and echo scans. During her work in Kuching, she has also organised seminars and update courses for her department and hospital. Being multilingual, she believes in facilitating patients with a capability of better communication, understanding their queries and addressing their health concerns. Dr Meneka has a keen interest in Dermatology. She has plans to complete the Diploma in Medical Aesthetics. Dr Meneka is currently practicing in Dr. Tan & Partners @KL Eco City</P?
Zarina Parry lives in KL. She started looking for baby swim classes when her first child was 6 months old and found one teacher, who consequently returned overseas. After baby number 2, she decided to get a certification in baby and infant swimming with Austswim, Australia’s national swimming organisation and has been teaching since 2013. In August 2017, with another baby swim teacher, she opened a swimming school centre, Aquabubs, providing baby and infant swim classes in a purpose built, baby-friendly facility, with a heated, saltwater pool.
Raisa Gabrielli is the author of Raisa Reviews, a Malaysian based lifestyle website focusing on food and travel reviews; the content is vegetarian/vegan-friendly and also includes tips on health and sustainability. After backpacking solo through SEA for three months, Gabrielli deepened her passion for yoga, and its philosophies – so she became 200 Hours Yoga Alliance certified in Nepal in 2018. Currently, she teaches at Hot Yo Studio and Aos Studio in Hartamas, Kuala Lumpur.
Annabelle is the face behind TheGreenBaker - an aspiring healthy baking endeavor. Growing up with seafood allergies and being lactose intolerant, she has always enjoyed discovering the ways food can heal and provide the fuel she needed as she was training as a state swimmer. In 2008, she became a vegetarian after witnessing the mistreatment of animals while working as a food and travel journalist in the US.At this time, she was also training for marathons and knew she had to obtain ample nutrition for her active lifestyle without the use of pills. And so a life-long passion and research began for healthy yet delicious food combinations. Experimenting with flavours and seasonal ingredients brought her solstice and a creative palate like never before, disproving the popular misconception that vegetarian food is “tasteless, bland, and depriving of oneself”. With the aim of getting certified as a Health Coach this year, her food philosophy is simple: Food should taste good and make you feel good - untainted, pure, and simple.
A world traveler and lover of all things food and travel, Dena has lived in almost every continent (minus Africa and Antarctica!) due to her father's job and then for her own work which has ranged from marketing in the beauty industry to headhunting and consulting. She's always dreaming about what her next plate of food and next trip will be while sitting at her office desk, but let's refrain from telling her boss that. Now living in the bustling city of Hong Kong, she knows it's important to balance all the heaviness of the 'work hard, play hard' culture with clean eating and exercise. She shares her food and travel experience at http://www.mouthingoffglobal.com/ or follow her on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter.
Sophia Smith is beauty and lifestyle blogger, graphic designer and a food enthusiast. She is very passionate about eco-friendly and green topics, sustainable fashion, eco beauty, and conscious business. Sophia's other hobbies centre around her love for yoga, wellness rituals and living in balance with nature. She loves sharing meaningful content that inspires people. Sophia has contributed to a number of publications including Eco Warrior Princess, Naughty Nutrition, Herbs Mother Earth Living, Yoga Trade, Sivana Spirit, Bonvita Style, Carousel, and Cause Artist.
You can find out more about her writing by following her on Twitter
I am passionate about health and wellness, and I thrive in connecting with people, and helping them to reach their own goals and true potential.
British by passport, KL has been my home now for over 10 years. After coming for a holiday to visit family on my way to Australia and New Zealand, I ended up staying here to pursue a job opportunity and the rest, you could say, is history. My time in KL has been fantastic, and my love of travel, experiences and adventures has grown firmly in that time.
After 9 years in sports marketing, events and business development, followed by a stint in the publishing field, I was fortunate enough to take some time out to rediscover my true passion and the bigger question - once found, could I turn it into a job!? My road of discovery lead me to wellness and training as a health coach with the globally renowned Institute of Integrative Nutrition, as well as training as a Personal Training (NASM) and Yoga Instructor (Yoga Alliance). I offer these services in KL under my brand Common Wellness, along with making the most of my marketing and events background, bringing together unique wellness events. Furthermore, I represent the global wellness platform, Welltodo in Asia, helping their expansion into the key markets of Malaysia, Singapore and Hong Kong through content, careers and events.
Morning yoga, running, cycling and fueling myself with wholesome and tasty food are my firm favourites when it comes to pastimes, along with travel, family, friends and a good glass of Malbec ;-)
Margaux Diaz completed her Master’s degree in Biotechnology from the University of Southern California. She is a firm believer in the power of self-motivation and inspires others through her writing. She has a keen interest in helping others build up their knowledge and self-confidence, as well as guiding them through making permanent healthy lifestyle choices. She has been writing on the subject of health and fitness for five years now and her interest has only continued to flourish.
Certified Personal Trainer
Qualification — NASM CPT
SMART. SEXY. SASSY. Perli lives by the mantra of women’s empowerment, self-love, strength and confidence through beauty. Specialising in strength training & body transformation, she is also a huge believer of physical and mental wellness. This daring go-getter believes that there is nothing our body can’t achieve, it’s our mind we have to convince. Perli is driven to push anyone out of their comfort zone. She’s sassy and spicy with colourful body art and she is certainly someone you can’t un-see.
Catalyst of Equality. Selfie Junkie. Coffee Lover.
Find her on Instagram at @panperli
Dr. Carolyn Goh holds a Medical Degree (MBBS), a Bachelor’s in Engineering, a Master’s in Bioengineering as well as a PhD in Bioengineering. Dr. Goh is also trained in the Gut and Psychology Syndrome (GAPs) nutritional protocol, Viteras Swiss Detox and Bowen Therapy. Whilst working as a researcher at Imperial College, she ran a successful wellness clinic integrating nutrition, mitochondrial therapy, detox and the Bowen Technique in St. Johns Wood, London.
She is passionate about natural remedies and empowering others to heal naturally, harnessing the body’s innate healing ability with help from Nature’s apothecary.
An English and Philosophy major, Alia is passionate about simple ethics and values. Through her previous experience in copywriting she aims to write effective and creative pieces that can bring ethical changes to society.
Born from a rainbow spectrum of light, peace, love & stardust, this Indian mermaid is one who paints magic wherever she goes. This free-spirited wanderlust and Jane-of-all-trades is also an artpreneur and jewellery designer for her own brand, Deeper Than Fashion. Harmini has written for various online publications as well as for her own blog www.deeperthanfashionmy.com.
My name is Emily and I work with CertaPet. At CertaPet, we take a lot of pride in educating people about emotional support animals.
With the primary goal of helping those in need of an Emotional Support Animal, Certapet strongly believes that having an ESA is beneficial, valuable, and can foster an overall positive change in a person's mental health. From depression to PTSD to anxiety and more, Emotional Support Animals assist their owners in managing their mental or emotional condition and can potentially reduce the symptoms these individuals experience. CertaPet connects individuals who have a disabling condition or mental health diagnosis with a Licensed Mental Health Professional who provides an evaluation and treatment for the individual through a secure online platform.
Malisse is the Founder and Chief Estrogen Officer of BOBBLE, an eco-organic period care company. Her vision is to empower women through education on periods and menstrual well-being, where part of that is to give menstruators access to a safer alternative through BOBBLE’s range of certified organic cotton period products. BOBBLE’s values also align with several United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals, in which part of the purpose behind the brand is to make an impact on all menstruators despite their socio-economic background.
In parallel, she is an independent consultant on behalf of a boutique German innovation agency, where she advises large corporations on innovation strategy.
She is a Hodgkin’s Lymphoma cancer survivor, a mother of 2, and an advocate in the support for women and youth for gender equality, period equity and talent development. She currently sits on the Board of Advisors for Lean In Malaysia.
Geeta Lachmandas is a well-known personality in the Cooking & Wellness arena in Kuala Lumpur. Owner of Culinary Capers, which started as an ordinary cooking school in 2004 offering classes in many innovative cuisines, she ventured into the culinary health & wellness scene only in 2012, after she brought her own weight down by following a regime of clean eating comprising mainly of whole food & whole grains. Her “Healthy Cooking & Living” classes, which became very popular in 2013 and 2014, are both true reflections of her firm beliefs that to be healthy, we must eat natural, whole and unprocessed foods as well as avoid the use of any artificial colourings, flavourings, additives or preservatives. Her penchant for clean and holistic living also started her foray into yoga and daily meditation, starting her journey towards uncovering her true self, whilst letting go of the many limiting beliefs she had about herself and her fears of starting a new business.
LiYing Lim is really a daydreamer and writer with a passion for gratitude and self-love practices with a day job as a social media producer. She was the Beauty Editor of Harper's BAZAAR Malaysia for five years, and has since moved to Hong Kong for her new role in South China Morning Post. She would love to help those on the same journey to self-realisation and is always available on Twitter and Instagram.
Jia is an Optometry graduate and an avid foodie who fell in love with healthy eating and nutrition. She enjoys experimenting and creating healthier versions of all of her favourite foods. To her, creating healthy recipes is all about creativity and innovation and she believes healthy and mindful eating is a form of self-love. As a food enthusiast, she aspires to be an advocate for breaking the stereotype of healthy eating.
Find out more about Jia on her Instagram.
Samira is a marketer and writer specialized in lifestyle, personal development, wellness, and hospitality. She's been location-independent and travelled full-time since 2016, and has so far visited 50+ countries across all continents.Apart from consulting for different brands, ranging from MNCs and non-profits to start-ups, she helps people to explore more and design a lifestyle they're excited about. Passionate about wellness, she thinks it's powerful how much practising healthy habits can affect our physical and mental health.
More than anything, Samira loves creating, learning, and improving – everything from business results to life in general. Different approaches to thinking and living fascinate her. That’s why she reads a lot and always will continue experiencing different parts of the world.
During her time in Melbourne, Janice embraced the city’s health craze where clean eating and organic whole food options are easily accessible at most of the brunch cafes. Ever since, she has been a self-professed avocado eating machine, and is always keen to explore and try out any new restaurants in town. However, she does not take her high metabolism for granted and can be seen swimming laps on most weekends. To calm her non-stop chattering mind, she practices Ashtanga Yoga to find her own grounding in the present moment.
I am a doctor and I enjoy the gift of life. I believe in living our lives to the fullest and no dream is out of reach. Becoming a doctor has been a childhood dream of mine and I have sacrificed most of my youth studying and it’s a decision that I will never regret. I love being in the medical field and having the ability to help people with their problems, let it be emotional or physical. I have been abroad for the past 6 years in Moscow completing my medical degree and I have developed a passion for medical missions. I have travelled to rural areas in India, villages in Sri Lanka and various places in Malaysia and Russia on medical missions to help the needy. I believe in giving back to the society.
Reading and writing has been my favourite past time since young, I can bury myself in books for hours and remain lost in the world the writer has created. I enjoy expressing myself through writing.
I love travelling and learning new cultures. Differences in culture are to be embraced and celebrated. I feel rejuvenated every time I travel and I crave for more the instant I’m back home. I also enjoy cooking during my free time. It’s easier to connect to people’s heart through food especially when there’s a language barrier.
I am also learning to adapt into living a healthier lifestyle. I believe in taking small steps when it comes to healthy living and making lifestyle changes. I want to be able to inspire people along the way as I embark this lifetime journey with them.
Mackenzie is an American content writer, strategist & photographer living in Singapore with her husband and two dogs. With more than eight years of experience in the food and nutrition space, Mackenzie strives to inspire others to incorporate healthier habits into their daily routines through writing. She has previously worked in content marketing for companies including DuPont Nutrition & Health and Beef. It's What's For Dinner.
Mackenzie is a fitness enthusiast and a passionate home cook - she can often be found in her kitchen creating and photographing mostly healthy recipes for her blog. When Mackenzie's not writing or cooking, she enjoys reading, walking her dog and catching up on podcasts.
Alyssa became a certified herbalist through the Bellebuono School of Herbal Medicine. She is also studying to become a health coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. She is a published essayist who’s been featured on HerbMentor and a herbal educator who has written two e-books with Nick Polizzi at the Sacred Science. Alyssa is passionate about bringing plant medicine back to the people through education and relationships. She is a small business owner in Portland, OR where she makes rebalancing, custom holistic healing kits that fit each client’s unique situation and bioavailability.
Banyan Tamarind Foods was inspired by a beautiful project started in India, called The Banyan Tamarind Initiative. The work sets out to shift the education of the environment, from cities to villagers, where the biggest shift in environmental protection is set to take place. Banyan Tamarind Foods began serving delicious gourmet vegetarian cuisine, fast food style, in 2016. The food has since been successfully served at over 30 events, and has grown through word-of-mouth and recommendations. Finding flavors, colors and textures from world gourmet, like the streets of Mexico, to the countertops of Tokyo, combining different ingredients, which come together in a scrumptious and finger-licking meal, is the map for every dish. Every bite is filled with adventure, bringing an experience of a journey into eating. During the meal, one stops to discover something new, or revisits something familiar. The food is comforting, as well as being delightfully delicious!
Syed Harris Umar is a Flycyle Instructor whose aim of being a part of the fitness industry is to motivate or inspire at least one person every time he conducts a class. A fitness enthusiast he enjoys researching and experimenting with different type of workouts and exercises, as well as different approaches to diet and nutrition. Besides spinning and going to the gym, he also maintains an athletic lifestyle playing sports such as basketball.
Follow him on Instagram or email him at [email protected]
Teresa Ling holds a Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis from Western New England University in Massachusetts, United States. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), with a total of 8 years experience working with individuals with ASD in Malaysia as well as in the United States. She worked as graduate assistant/teacher at The New England Center for Children (NECC) in Massachusetts for 4 years. She has acquired extensive experience working with ASD individuals age ranged from 2- 22 years, focusing on early intervention, academic skills as well as job coaching in community settings. She is currently providing one-on-one ABA services, parent training, and consultations for clients with special needs.
When Sze Kaye launched into the Marketing space, her work capsule wasn't at a huge corporate firm. Instead, she found herself strategically positioned at what to her was the best digital consulting agency in town. In her three years there, her proudest achievement was bringing her colleagues together. Behind her quiet demeanour, her unique gift of bonding people saw her organising Halloween dress-ups, birthday pranks and even succeeding in getting her colleagues to complete a 30-day plank challenge which soon became a daily must-do in the office! Outside the digital media sphere, Sze Kaye is passionate about eating healthy and has since become a vegetarian for ethical reasons. She eats more than just salads and has been prepping her meals daily for almost two years now. Her colleagues can attest to her delicious and vibrant-looking meals! Sze Kaye has a knack for transforming sinfully indulgent desserts into unexpectedly healthy versions! Ask her about her really yummy brownie.
As a Certified Health Coach, Amanda supports women to heal aspects often overlooked that may be limiting their health and ability to enjoy life. She encourages women to deeply explore their own health, looking beyond the traditional models. Success for her clients is developed through a diverse and holistic range of mechanisms. Relationships/sex/love, career, spirituality, nutrition, self-care, and body image are key topics of exploration.
Polish-bred and Malaysia-based Nika Karan, is a holistic health coach & yoga teacher. As a busy entrepreneur and mum of 2 boys, she's on a mission to teach other mums how to get in the best shape of their lives while eating better, cooking faster and exercising smarter. Follow Nika on Instagram @nikakaran for more inspiration on healthy living in Asia.
Emma Jory is an Internationally Certified Pilates, Yoga & Barre Educator, and health coach, who specialises in helping women during their pre & postnatal journey. She began teaching in the fitness industry in 2003 and has since gained many certifications. Emma believes Pilates is the Rolls Royce of exercise and should be practiced by everyone to keep a strong, pain free, healthy balanced body, both mentally and physically.
Pilates not only improves your posture, core strength flexibility and reduces pain, but it increases your overall happiness and quality of life.
Amelia’s unshakable passion for healthy living was unearthed by chance when constant, sometimes aggravated bodily pains began plaguing her once carefree life. A combination of research and frequent visits to the doctor catalysed a holistic lifestyle change. What used to be a couch potato is now a proud devotee of a balanced and sustainable lifestyle.
Equipped with a Degree in Communication and Media Management (B.A.), Amelia quickly found interest in the power of social media. At PurelyB, not only can she explore her field of interest in greater depths, she’s also surrounded by like-minded people who are all advocates of leading a sustainable, healthy lifestyle. Amelia is also deeply rooted in her belief of integrating work with passion, and loves the fast-paced and exciting world of startups.
Nadia has always been active since young, starting off with dance classes at the age of four. Her love for fitness never stopped and she has completed multiple obstacle races and 10km runs internationally including in Scotland and Germany. Her biggest achievement so far is completing a half marathon in Milton Keynes, London when she was a student there.
For the last 10 years, Adelina lived abroad in many countries: mainly Australia, USA and England. Her relationship with yoga started when she was in Chicago where the stresses of work, studies and the harsh winter made her seek out a warm and relaxing outlet.
She fell in love with hot yoga, finding that it helped with her productivity and energy levels. It also helped her deal with everyday stresses and kept any weight gain at bay.
Adelina spent a month in the Himalayas for her Ashtanga and Vinyasa yoga teacher certification in 2012, followed by a Hot yoga teacher certification in Koh Samui in early 2015. Upon returning to Malaysia and not being able to find a studio in KL that suited her needs, she decided to open up her own studio – Hot Yo Studio.
With a knack for dabbling with words since young, Lin Li’s passion for the written expression is more than evident.
Previously a reporter while in Singapore, she now enjoys writing on the various aspects of life, using her writings to magnify the unheard voices in the community.
When not preparing for her next article, Lin Li enjoys travelling, visiting flea-markets and bazaars filled with hand-crafted goodies, and absorbing the pulse of the local scene.
Anis Nabilah is an international celebrity chef and media personality hailing from Malaysia. Beginning her career at a very young age, she is now considered to be one of the most accomplished young celebrity chefs in the world.
A childhood fascination with the culinary arts became a career pursuit when she enrolled in the Food Institute of Malaysia graduating with a Diploma in Culinary Arts in 2007. During her time at the FIM, Anis was able to showcase herself in several international cooking competitions held across Malaysia and won numerous awards and accolades; one of the most memorable being the medal in the Culinaire 2007 competition.
Anis Nabilah is a household name in her home country of Malaysia. Her passion and commitment to her work is second to none. She has hosted 35 cooking shows which have been aired on all the main TV networks in Malaysia. For the last six seasons, Anis Nabilah has been the host of Malaysia’s number one cooking show i.e. Selera on TV3.
Her work has brought her on a magnicient food expedition that has covered Europe, South Africa, Australia and all over Asia. Anis Nabilah is certainly one of the most recognisable faces in Asia having been featured on TV shows such as ‘Icip-Icip’ (AFC), My Taste of Hong Kong (TLC Asia) and Eating Wild (AFC). In fact, she was the only celebrity chef from Malaysia to appear on My Taste of Hong Kong – a food and travelogue show aired on TLC Asia in partnership with the Hong Kong Tourism Board.
In 2014, Anis Nabilah was given the honour of being selected as one of 80 of the world’s most inuential celebrity chefs invited to participate in "Restaurant Australia", a campaign organised by the Tourism Australia. In February 2015, the Singapore Tourism Board invited Anis Nabilah to participate in "Asia's 50 Best Restaurant 2015" campaign.
Undoubtedly Anis is truly passionate about sharing her knowledge about food with fellow enthusiasts. In fact, one of her goals in life is to set up her own culinary institute in Malaysia one day. Anis Nabilah’s bubbly personality and extensive knowledge in the culinary arts is certainly a winning formula and is set to take this young and ambitious celebrity chef to greater heights.
JJ is a multi-hobbyist with a passion for whole foods, fitness and natural living. Colours and shapes inspire her beyond words, and she loves translating that into soulful handicrafts, and clean recipes for nutrition, wellness and beauty. She enjoys recreating words and flowers onto fabrics through hand-embroidery for herself and others on a commission basis. Her years of experience as a full time and freelance journalist has exposed her to a variety of topics including food, lifestyle and travel. Currently, she lives in the Middle East with her husband, learning more about food, culture and people. She dwells in everything handmade and homemade.
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Max is a full-blooded Filipino born and raised in Hong Kong until 17, then proceeded to live in 3 different countries ever since. She is a wanderlust, an advocate of youth leadership, peace, and living a purposeful, fulfiled life. She also strongly believes that it is impossible for her or anyone to advocate for anything without the fundaments of good health and well-being.
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Being a voracious reader with an overactive imagination spurred Clarissa’s passion for writing and creative expression, and her drive to sate her boundless curiosity for knowledge has inspired her to learn more about the world. Like most, she’s a foodie, and Clarissa is striving to make a positive change in her well-being by integrating everything that is clean, green and all-natural in her life. She enjoys the arts and dance, and she also writes about the Korean entertainment scene at hellokpop.com.
大量阅读的习惯和活跃的想象力激起了Clarissa对写作和创意表达的热爱。她为满足自己无 限的好奇心而不断地追求知识，这过程也启发了她探索和了解世界的念头。与一般人一样， Clarissa也是名美食爱好者，但她试着在日常饮食中融入更多的绿色和天然食物，透过饮食改 善，促进自身的健康。Clarissa也热爱艺术和舞蹈，平时还为hellokpop.com撰写韩国娱乐 新闻。