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Unravelling The Joint Pain Paradox

You are probably above 45 years of age, likely in your late 50s. You are not ill, you certainly don’t look it. Sure, you may be on some medications for your blood pressure or cholesterol but who isn’t at this day and age?

Prior to your joints degenerating over the months and years, you lead an active and fulfilling life – morning walks, active travels, enjoying sports, caring for your grandchildren even. You were the one people turned to, to cook for a family gathering, to holiday together, to hike with… you were living active and mobile in the prime of your life.

As your joints degenerated as arthritis progressed, all that has changed. Each day ends with an unbearable ache in your knees while each morning begins trying to get your stiff knees to warm up. It is not the sort of pain from a broken bone that eventually gets better, but a festering ache and stiffness within your joints that is always there.

Each day is a struggle with joint pain as you battle between ability and disability. You wish you could walk in the mornings as always but you only need to take a few steps to be reminded of your limitations. You would love to join your family at the mall over the weekends but just the thought of the staircase and you retreat back into the grip of joint pain.

You used to cook for the family but shopping and even standing for long is something you can no longer do comfortably. You may have lost some friends as your joint pain limits your ability to join in outings. Soon, your joint pain erases those many social engagements you were once a part of.

Yet you are unable to share how you really feel even with your nearest and dearest. You don’t look sick and yet you feel alone, defeated and trapped within your joint pain. How would anyone understand? Arthritis has robbed you of your ability, mobility and normality. No wonder you feel down and out.

But you try to help yourself. Painkillers are not what you really want but neither is the daily joint pain. So you compromise and opt for pain-relieving medications every other day. This is in addition to the other medications you are already on, be it for your high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or diabetes.

You have already been warned of the side effects of your painkiller medications to your tummy, heart or kidneys. And you feel that gastritis and the sharpness of these drugs… and yet you bear it. Because some hours of being pain-free, is still better than living every day in torment.
You then learn that the painkillers you have been taking, commonly Non-Steroidal Anti Inflammatory Drugs, or NSAIDs, have been shown to accelerate arthritis progression on top of their side effects (gastric bleeding, heart attacks, strokes and kidney failure amongst others). Studies have even shown that patients taking NSAIDs require joint replacement surgery sooner than patients who don’t take them.

At this point, you are ready to give up. The joint pain paradox is a battle you cannot win, either way.

Arthritis is Degenerative

Unknown to many, arthritis is not merely an affliction of ageing. Arthritis, of which osteoarthritis is the most common form, is an active, degenerative joint disease which causes the tissues of the joints to break down at an express rate. Without treatment, arthritis usually becomes worse over time and can be to affect all of the major joints in the body, including those in the spine, hands, hips, and knees. The risk of developing degenerative joint disease increases with age as is being of the female gender and being overweight.

Joint pain is a major bane of arthritis sufferers. Joint pain affects the patient physically and mentally - worsening arthritis as well as the patient’s perception of their condition. According to a research conducted by Arthritis Research UK, 80% of patients suffer from joint pain on most days, whilst 60% of patients suffer joint pain every day. Joint pain is as much a physical disability as well as a mental strain as it increases stress, distress and depression amongst arthritis sufferers.

Conventional Pain Management

The painkiller medications NSAIDs (ibuprofen, naproxen, celecoxib, etoricoxib) are by far the most prescribed group of medicines to manage joint pain, making them part of a multi-billion industry worldwide.  Indeed, it has been estimated that as many as 70% of individuals over the age of 65 years take NSAIDs at least once a week, with about half of this group taking an NSAID daily.

With arthritis being a chronic, degenerative disease, it is no wonder that many patients rely on these painkillers regularly to manage their joint pain. While NSAIDs work to relieve the symptom of joint pain, new evidence has emerged of it adverse effects taken on the long-term. In 2006, Osteoarthritis Research Society International (OARSI) formed an international committee to review all relevant guidelines and scientific evidence for the treatment of osteoarthritis. Based on the evidence that showed a worsening decline in joint function, and increased need for hip and knee replacements in osteoarthritis patients taking NSAIDs amongst others, the committee has advised against the long term use of NSAIDs to treat osteoarthritis.

Unravelling the Grip of the Joint Pain Paradox

This leaves patients with arthritis firmly in the Grip of the Joint Pain Paradox. You want to relieve your joint pain, but the comfort of painkillers are actually worsening your condition. Living this reality is thousands of joint pain sufferers without hope for an effective or safer alternative solution.

Until Lanconone®.

Lanconone® is a clinically researched herbal joint pain formula which has been tested against the NSAID painkiller ibuprofen. It was found that this herbal remedy worked as quickly and as effectively as the NSAID to relieve joint pain whilst supporting joint recovery at the same time. Comprised of seven authenticated Ayurvedic herbs in one patented formula, Lanconone® is now available in Malaysia, which was the basis of the media event.

The research on Lanconone® started a decade ago with the latest study against Ibuprofen published in the journal Trials 2016. Lanconone® demonstrated its ability to provide joint pain relief as quickly as Ibuprofen. Beyond pain relief, joint function amongst real patients with osteoarthritis was also found to improve after 12 weeks of treatment with Lanconone®. These results demonstrated Lanconone’s capacity to enable the joints to repair itself. This herbal formula is suitable for vegetarians and most importantly, it has been proven safe.

Lanconone retails for RM160 for a pack of 50 capsules and is available at Guardian, Caring, AA and other leading pharmacies nationwide. This article is brought to you by Nuvanta’s Nuvaceuticals division.

For further information, please contact 03-5636 3758 or email pharmacist@nuvanta.com

Tried Owee's Durian Fiesta, Korea Fever and Salted Egg Chicken Chop!

When it comes to Chicken Chop it is common to see the regular sauce and the most creative they can come up with are black pepper and mushroom sauce. At least that is what most shops who sells chicken chop will serve.

Visited Owee by Sayang Manis Restaurant very recently and I got shocked with the varieties of choices they have. Before I read out their menu, I prefer telling you about what exactly I ordered.

Salted egg Chicken Chop (Owee by Sayang Manis) RM15.90
Salted egg, Durian Fiesta, and Korea fever. I was astonished to see durian flavour to be on the menu. I was dying to try it and the rest salted egg and Korea fever sounded very delicious.

Owee does not only serve chicken chops but they also have other choices like noodles and rice so we will have plenty of choices to choose from.

Laksa Noodles
 (Owee by Sayang Manis) RM8.90
From noodles, we ordered laksa noodles as they said it is more of a Johor type of laksa and in rice category, we ordered Spaghetti Curry Katsu.

Now, here comes the big question! Is the differently flavoured chicken chop worth trying or we should stick to the basic?

 I would say Salted Egg chicken chop didn't make a huge difference from other basic flavours. The sauce was really delicious and it will make you crave for more like how you will crave for the basic sauce.

When it comes to Korea Fever, you should be a Korea food lover to really enjoy the food. It has a very distinct flavour where it represents Korean food too much that most Koreans will love it.

Korea Fever
Chicken Chop (Owee by Sayang Manis) RM15.90
As a Malaysian who is trying it for the first time, you might get a little shock because it tastes very different from our Malaysian food. If you love to try different types of flavours then this is a must try!

Durian Fiesta Chicken Chop
(Owee by Sayang Manis) RM15.90
Durian Fiesta chicken chop got me all excited! The sauce was really creamy and I could taste the durian. The sauce was really sweet like how a durian should be.

Durian Fiesta Chicken Chop
(Owee by Sayang Manis) RM15.90
If you like sweet sauce with your chicken then Durian Fiesta is a must try. I personally will say it is worth the try as come on, it is a combination of Durian and chicken.

Do you need more reason to why you should be trying it? Personally, I took some time to digest the fact that I am eating a cold durian sauce with hot fried chicken. Soon, it got addictive.

Spaghetti Curry Katsu
 (Owee by Sayang Manis) RM12.50
The Spaghetti Curry Katsu was nice. The chicken was crispy. I really liked the laksa noodle as it didn't taste like the ones I have tried from Penang. Apparently, that's how laksa's in Johor will be.

Laksa Noodle (Owee by Sayang Manis) RM8.90
It is in a curry form but it tasted really sour like how a laksa should be and it didn't have the overwhelming fish taste and it wasn't in a dilute form like the ones in Penang.

When it comes to beverages we tried Milk tea, White coffee and Ice Lemon Tea. The milk tea was worth the try and I will definitely go for it again.

The customer service was good and the food was served rather fast. I find the price to be rather affordable. To check out how Owee looks like scroll down. It is a great place to chill with loved ones.

(Owee by Sayang Manis)
For more information: 

SS15 Courtyard
Subang Jaya

Contact number:
016-929 3373

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(Owee by Sayang Manis)
(Owee by Sayang Manis)

(Owee by Sayang Manis)

Found a Solution for My Blurry Vision!

Yes, I do wear glasses now so I can see what is happening on the board during a lecture. My eyesight used to be crystal clear before I was a blogger.

Being a blogger means you literally have to spend your time on social media. At least, that's how it is for me. I have to constantly be up to date with what is going on around the world.

I have to constantly refresh my timeline for new updates so I can get some kind of content for my blog. I also used to edit my pictures and it means more starring at the screen.

Lack of sleep is also another reason to why my vision is blurry at times and it is fine at times. These days I can't even see who is 50 meters away from me clearly.

Now, I am trying out Berry Bright and I am still on the probation on finding out if it is working for me or not. These are the reason why I am trying out Berry Bright and also why I like it.

Berry Bright is an eye nourishing drink that is formulated to help us to easily replenish the vital nutrients that are essential to protect and maintain healthy eyes and vision.

It improves eye and vision health. Berry Bright contains natural whole food ingredients that are rich in eye nourishing nutrients and beneficial to maintain a healthy vision.

High in antioxidants as New Zealand Blackcurrant contains 4x more anthocyanins than North American Blueberry, 25x more Vitamin C than Europian Bilberry, and 2x the antioxidants of North American Blueberry.

Protects against the harmful blue light as Berry Bright contains Lutein and Zeaxanthin, these carotenoids offer blue light filtering and antioxidant to protect the eye.

It improves blood circulation and helps to eliminate toxins and reduce dark circle formation.

The ingredients are Blackcurrant Anthocyanins, Eyebright Extract, Marigold Extract, Vitamin C, Bilberry Extract, and Stevia. To know how each and every ingredient works click here (Ingredients detail)

Recommended for 

- Contact lens user

- Prolonged exposure to electronic devices

- Dry/fatigue eyes

- Long hours driving

- Long hours reading

- Prolonged Exposure to sunlight

- Poor eyesight

- Poor night vision

- For all age group

I tried both with Stevia and without, personally I like how convenient it is to make this juice. You just have to make the juice with 200ml of water which is either room temperature or cold water.

You can take 1 or 2 sachets per day but it is better to be taken before a meal. I prefer taking it before my breakfast.

It has blackcurrant taste and feels more like drinking juice but this juice caters us all kind of nourishment which we can't simply afford to get most days.

Of course, you shouldn't rely solely on this juice alone. You will have to get enough rest and sleep early. Also, stop staring at the screen for a long hour. Take a break in between while working.

Give your eyes ample of rest. It is one of the most vital organs in our life. Pamper it exactly how you will pamper your loved ones. Stop taking good visions for granted.

Thiruvin Manggai Review

Viknish Lokarag Asokan is back. This time he shook the world with an unexpected teaser which went viral recently.

Yes and no the teaser is not what the movie is all about. Watch it for yourself to know why is it a yes and a no.

I had the privilege to watch the short film and it got me real bad. Both main casts portrayed their role really well. The male cast, G Crack's role is something nobody could ever guess.

It is a very challenging role which he pulled off really well. The female cast Punitah Shanmugam's role can be seen on the teaser itself. Such a bold character who will also show the feminine side of hers in the short film.

Thiruvin Manggai is a simple story but the attention given to the small details in the short film is what makes the short film even better.

I can conclude Thiruvin Manggai as a painful journey of a beautiful story.

I don't wish to reveal much about the story. Manggai varuva (*will come). Watch and witness it yourself.

Thiruvin Manggai #TVM is an upcoming short film which is Written & Directed by Viknish Lokarag Asokan, which features G Crak II Asuranz, Punitah Shanmugam, Vicky Nadarajah and Mohana Raj in their respective roles.

Watch the teaser here: 

Chinese New Year and Valentines Day Special in Revolving Bintang Restaurant!

Yes, Valentine's day is just around the corner. If you're not as single and as lifeless as I am then I think this is the best time to plan on how to surprise your loved ones.

Not to forget, even Chinese New Year is around the corner. By having a feast in the first revolving restaurant in Malaysia, I don't think you can surprise your loved ones better than that.

Here are the special arrangements the Revolving Bintang Restaurant have arranged for you!

Valentine's Set Dinner

5 Course Set Dinner

RM 288.00 Nett per couple

Adam & Eve 
Carpaccio De Salmon

Love Tonic
Brocolli & Potato Cream Soup with Roasted Almond 

Getting Amourous 
Lime Sherbet

Centre of Attraction

Surf N Turf

Baked Tenderloin in Fillo Pastry With Mushroom Stuffing

Sweet Distraction
Passion Fruit Mousse with Berries

Freshly Brewed Coffee or Honey Lemon Tea

Double Happiness Set Dinner 

5 Course Set Dinner

RM 138.00 Nett per person

Seafood Glass Noodle with Honey Plum Sauce

Double Boiled Chicken & Lotus Soup with Chinese Herbal

Lime Sherbet

Main Course
Oven Baked Rack of Lamb with Garlic Brown Sauce


Grilled Salmon with Honey Light Soya

Nutella Tartlet with Strawberry

Coffee or Tea

I had the privilege to try both the sets and I loved it. It can be seen that efforts have been taken into account to display the food at it's best.

I had a pleasant time at the Revolving Restaurant. The view is so breathtaking and to have my view from where I sat to change every minute was rather fun-filled.

I was like that small kid who kept my eyes on the view as of course to be in a revolving restaurant is not something we regularly do.

The customer service was also excellent. They were very professional and was always there when we need them.
The entire experience in the restaurant felt fresh and calming. To those who will get dizzy very fast, I will not recommend this place as it is a revolving restaurant.

To those who love new experience on a special day then yes this is the right place for you!

For more information:

Bintang Revolving Restaurant

35, Bukit Bintang Street, Bukit Bintang,
 55100 Kuala Lumpur, 
Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur

 03-2148 9166

Boat Noodle's Prosperity Yum and Thai Fried Chicken For Limited Time Only!! At Damansara Perdana!!

Yes, as the title says Boat Noodle has come out with a new menu and it will only be served until the end of February 2018!

The story behind Boat Noodle is it is sold on boats in the floating markets of Ayutthaya. Now, they came up with Prosperity Yum with the choice of either Thai Rice Noodles or Springy Noodles. Each bowl goes for RM1.99 each.

Prosperity Yum (Boat Noodle) 
Try one bowl and you will be asking for more. Also, they had their own way of eating the noodle. You will have to mix 4 different types of spices in the soup before you have it.

Prosperity Yum (Boat Noodle)
It indeed made the noodle to taste so much better even though the original noodle was already tasty.

Prosperity Yum (Boat Noodle)
Next, they came up with Thai Fried Chicken where the chicken was really crispy! Is it worth the try? Well, it definitely is! It goes for RM12.90.

Prosperity Yum (Boat Noodle)
They also have 2 special beverages, Blue Butterfly and Mango Smoothie. Each going for RM 5.50.

Thai Fried Chicken (Boat Noodle)

If you like something fresh and sour then you should go for Blue Butterfly and if you like something sweet then you should go for Mango Smoothie.

One impressive part is Blue Butterfly came with lemon as well. Where when you add the lemon on the drinks, the colour of the drink will change from blue to purple.

Blue Butterfly (Boat Noodle)

Though these dishes are available only for limited time, however, Boat Noodle might continue to serve them if the public response is good.

Boat Noodle

For more information:

Boat Noodles
 G-3-A, Empire Damansara, 
Jalan PJU 8/8,
 Damansara Perdana, 
47820 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.

TOKUYA is now at Arcoris Plaza Mont Kiara!

TOKUYA is a 100 yen based Japanese Store that is newly opened at Arcoris Plaza Mont Kiara! Not only that, now they have come up with some premium items which you will get to purchase exclusively from TOKUYA.

TOKUYA is full of amazing and purposeful unique product. By purposeful unique what they truly mean is ‘Purposeful’ in the placement of its product to inspire people to make bold decisions.

By unique what they truly mean is 'Unique' in the way no one can replicate how the brand lifts the spirits of people where it seeks to bring people through a unique user journey through Japan (modern and old).

They cater items for home, kitchen. beauty, stationary and many more. Here are some images to give you some idea of what they have.

I personally shopped there and I purchased about 15 items for  RM107.00. I don't about you but for me, that is really a good buy.

The items that I bought are the items that are unique and I really truly use in my daily life like laundry net, wet tissue, razor, hair dry glove. slippers that you wear in your home (I have a thing for comfy slippers) and also many more.

For more information: