Archive | May, 2007

SpongeBob SquarePants Performs Musical World Premiere In S'pore

31 May

SINGAPORE: You may have seen him on television but for the first time, popular cartoon character SpongeBob SquarePants has come alive on stage.

SpongeBob on Thursday performed his musical world premiere in Singapore.

The musical combines live acting with puppetry and costumes.

SpongeBob SquarePants Live! takes audiences under-the-sea.

The musical is set in the make-believe, subterranean city of Bikini Bottom.

And SpongeBob is joined by all his friends from his TV show.

Also joining in the fun was actress Zoe Tay who was in the audience with other celebrities.

The show is in town from 31 May until 6 June at Singapore Expo Hall 3.

Tickets range from S$38 to S$68. – CNA/yy

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10,000 Terpukau

30 May
RAMAI peminat naik ke atas pentas untuk menari bersama Ramlah Ram.

MEMANG meriah! Dua perkataan tepat menggambarkan Konsert Pancaindera Mingguan Malaysia yang diadakan di Bukit Merah Laketown Resort (BMLR) di Perak, malam Sabtu lalu.

Buktinya, kira-kira 10,000 penonton menyerbu kawasan lapang taman tema popular itu sejak awal petang lagi walaupun hujan lebat turun sebelum itu.

Tepat pukul 9 malam, konsert berkenaan memulakan tirai dengan persembahan pasangan hos, Roslan Shah dan Haiza menerusi himpunan lagu-lagu Allahyarham Sudirman dan gelek dangdut.

Seterusnya, acara memotong kek meraikan sambutan ulang tahun ke-10 BMLR oleh Pengurus Besar BMLR, Jasmi Osman, Pengurus Kumpulan Hotel dan Resort MK Land, Anuar Yang Ghazali bersama kakitangan BMLR serta artis-artis popular yang menjayakan konsert berkenaan.

Dan konsert yang ditunggu-tunggu akhirnya terlaksana apabila artis-artis popular tanah air antaranya Ella, Dayang Nurfaizah, Elyana, Ramlah Ram, Diana Naim, Faizal AF4, Rosma AF1, Bob AF2 dan Fiq (Mentor) membuat persembahan mereka.

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*Rombongan bas yang membawa artis dari Kuala Lumpur ke BMLR hanya melibatkan Fiq dan Ina Naim kerana selebihnya lebih selesa berkereta sendiri.

*Ratu rock, Ella memaklumkan dia akan sampai sekitar pukul 8 malam kerana menghadiri konvokesyen anak buahnya di UiTM, Shah Alam.

*Hujan lebat sekitar pukul 2 petang mengundang rasa bimbang kepada penganjur. Namun cuaca kembali panas dan baik sejam kemudian sehinggalah konsert berakhir.

*Sesi artis bertemu peminat pada pukul 5 petang sesak dengan orang ramai sehingga menyaksikan adegan tolak-menolak dan tidak terkawal.

*Pentas konsert menjadi bahan usikan kerana dihiasi dengan segala jenis pokok dan daun serta kelihatan seperti khemah askar. Siap ada jaring di atas bumbung konsert itu.

*Ramai artis yang pulang selepas konsert berakhir kerana mempunyai aktiviti pada pagi Ahad. Lalu, kes tumpang kereta berlaku di kalangan mereka. Antaranya Ina Naim yang menumpang kereta Rosma.

*Ina kelihatan sibuk bergayut di telefon bimbitnya sebelum konsert bermula. Apabila ditanya, katanya, ada masalah keluarga. Namun yang musykil, raut wajah kelihatan berseri-seri ketika bergayut.

*Malam malang Haiza. Pertama dia hampir tersungkur kerana tersalah pijak tangga pentas. Kedua, jaring di atas pentas terputus lalu jatuh ke atasnya. Ketiga, ada serangga yang suka menghinggap di badannya.

*Fiq bertuah apabila seorang peminat menyanyikan hampir keseluruhan lagu Tiga Malam Tanpa Bintang yang dipersembahkannya. Namun awas Fiq, vokal peminat tersebut mendapat pujian ramai.

*Seorang peminat lelaki terlampau seronok dapat berjumpa dengan Ramlah Ram. Ceritanya, sudah bertahun hendak jumpa Kak Ramlah.

*Ella memang menjadi tumpuan penonton malam itu. Tindakan beraninya yang turun di celah-celah penonton menyebabkan dia diserbu. Akibatnya, pasukan Rela bekerja keras mengawal keadaan.

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Lindsay Lohan Enters Detox: Report

30 May

LOS ANGELES: Actress Lindsay Lohan entered treatment for alcohol abuse three days after she was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, People magazine said on Tuesday.

Citing a source close to the family, the weekly magazine said on its website that the actress, 20, had entered a specialised treatment centre, while celebrity gossip site TMZ.com said her lawyer drove her there.

On Saturday, Lohan, who starred in the 1998 film “The Parent Trap” and 2003’s “Freaky Friday,” crashed her black Mercedes into a curb near the Beverly Hills Hotel and was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving and of possession of illegal drugs.

Police Lieutenant Mitch McCann said Lohan had been cited for driving under influence and the case would be presented to the district attorney’s office.

He said the actress could face felony charges because of “some additional contraband found in the vehicle”.

The actress is 20. It is illegal in California for people under the age of 21 to drink alcohol.

The actress, who most recently starred in “Bobby” and “Georgia Rule,” was admitted to a detoxification clinic in January outside Los Angeles after revealing that she attended Alcoholics Anonymous meetings.

The centre in Malibu also treated Britney Spears in February and March.

Lohan is to appear in court August 24.

– AFP/so

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Bebas Tuduhan Dadah – Mael XPDC

29 May

Oleh NOOR AZMAH IBRAHIM

PETALING JAYA 28 Mei – Penyanyi utama kumpulan Real XPDC, Mael dibebaskan oleh Mahkamah Majistret di sini hari ini daripada tuduhan mengambil dadah jenis Tetrahydrocannabinol pada Mac lalu.

Majistret Azroul Hisham Azulan memutuskan demikian selepas pegawai pendakwa, Cif Inspektor P. Ravi memohon untuk menarik balik pertuduhan berikutan ujian air kencing penyanyi itu disahkan negatif daripada pengaruh dadah.

Mael yang berkemeja lengan panjang biru dan berseluar jean kelihatan ceria dan segera meninggalkan perkarangan mahkamah sebaik dia dibebaskan.

Mael atau nama sebenar Syed Ismail Syed Ibrahim, 39, didakwa mengambil dadah jenis Tetrahydrocannabinol di Jalan Aman 3/59 di sini pada pukul 9.30 malam, 7 Mac lalu.

Dia dituduh mengikut Seksyen 15(1)(a) Akta Dadah Berbahaya 1952 yang membawa hukuman denda maksimum RM5,000 atau penjara tidak lebih dua tahun dan diletakkan di bawah pengawasan polis jika disabitkan kesalahan

Dua tahun lalu, penyanyi yang berasal dari Muar, Johor ini pernah dihukum penjara setahun setelah mengaku salah melanggar perintah pengawasan yang dikeluarkan oleh Mahkamah Majistret Kajang berhubung kesalahan menagih dadah.

Mael yang pernah menjadi vokalis kumpulan rock XPDC, telah didapati melanggar syarat pengawasan polis kerana masih menagih dadah dalam tempoh pengawasan.

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Fadzil Satukan Moden Dan Tradisional

28 May

UMPAMA dalam pejabat, mungkin itu gambaran yang sesuai untuk diberikan kepada cara susun atur rumah ini. Biarpun ringkas, namun pemiliknya rasa senang berada di kediaman sendiri.

Tidak banyak melibatkan penggunaan perabot dan hiasan, hanya yang diperlukan sahaja.

Ini kerana pemiliknya, seorang lelaki bujang, tidak suka barangan hiasan rumah yang terlalu banyak. Juga yang kecil-kecil, susah untuk membersihkan rumah, katanya.

Ruang rumah banyak yang dibiarkan kosong untuk memberikan keselesaan kepada penghuninya yang kebanyakan masanya dihabiskan di luar.

Bukan itu sahaja, pemiliknya juga lebih senang memilih barangan dari negara-negara yang eksotik, seperti India dan Afrika yang lebih berbentuk tradisional.

Barang-barang ini juga sebagai ilham beliau mencipta susun atur kediaman yang lebih kontemporari dengan mencampurkan unsur-unsur moden dan tradisional.

Barang-barang ini dibeli apabila beliau berkesempatan ke negara-negara berkenaan untuk melancong.

Itulah cita rasa Fadzil Teh, yang menghias pangsapuri mewah yang didiaminya sejak sepuluh tahun lalu mengikut seleranya sendiri.

Asalnya pangsapuri Casaria yang terletak di Taman Maluri itu dibeli secara berkembar dan kemudian dipecahkan di bahagian tengah rumah untuk mendapatkan kawasan yang lebih luas.

Koridor juga dibiarkan terbuka luas dengan tingkap yang mengikut ciri-ciri tradisi Melaka iaitu cermin tingkap tradisional yang berwarna-warni berbentuk segi empat, berkepak dua dan pastinya tampak indah dipandang.

Lantai simen diubah kepada parket untuk menampakkan suasana rumah papan bagi menyampaikan ilham susun atur rumah yang agak tradisional.

Ruang tamu yang luas diletakkan perabot kulit berwarna hitam sebagai tempat istirahat selepas penat seharian bekerja.

Malah ruang meja makan juga diberikan tumpuan ringkas yang serupa. Hanya diletakkan sebuah meja makan mewah untuk lapan orang tetamu dan almari kaca, sudut ini dihiasi dengan balang kaca besar sebagai hiasan.

Selain bilik yang disediakan untuk tetamu Fadzil juga menyediakan sebuah bilik besar khas untuk ruang kerjanya yang menempatkan cakera padat, komputer, fail-fail dan juga gambar-gambar Fauziah Latiff, iaitu penyanyi yang diminatinya.

Mengakui gemar dengan warna-warna garang terutamanya merah, dinding rumah ini diwarnakan dengan warna merah dan hijau serta kuning sambil diselang-seli dengan warna putih untuk menampakkan sedikit kelembutan.

Sebagai insan yang gemar dengan suasana yang damai dan harmoni, hiasan di dalam bilik diberikan keutamaan termasuk pengubahsuaian yang dilakukan di dalam bilik mandi dengan penggunaan jubin-jubin yang mewah.

Bagi menampakkan keunikan warna merah dan putih menjadi pilihan untuk memberikan rasa kesegaran dan kepuasan.

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Romanian Abortion Movie Wins At Top Prize At Cannes

28 May

CANNES, France – A harrowing Romanian film won Cannes’ top prize late Sunday, as the world’s biggest film festival brought the curtain down on a 12-day run remarkable for its star-studded brightness — and the death-obsessed darkness of its movies.

“4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days” elbowed aside 21 other films to snatch the Palme d’Or at a glittering ceremony marking the end of the festival’s 60th
edition.

Its victory, and that of other films that picked up Cannes’ lesser awards, highlighted a preference for small arthouse fare over big-budget pictures that were also in competition, many of them from the United States.

Cristian Mungiu, the director of the winning movie, said after accepting the golden trophy from 69-year-old US actress Jane Fonda: “You don’t necessarily need big budgets and big stars to make stories.”

His small-budget film evokes the big themes of personal freedom and political repression through a wrenching story about a girl’s illegal abortion in communist-era Romania.

“This is just like the best event that has happened to a wave of Romanian cinema,” he said of his win.

The festival’s runner-up Grand Prix trophy went to “The Mourning Forest,” a low-key tale by Japanese director Naomi Kawase that builds up power as it looks at people haunted by deep personal loss.

Third place, the Jury Prize, was shared by “Persepolis,” an autobiographical animation about grim life under the ayatollahs in Iran by French-Iranian debut director Marjane Satrapi, and “Silent Light,” a Mexican movie about love, death and faith, by Carlos Reygadas.

“I want to dedicate this prize to all Iranians,” Satrapi said, days after Tehran slammed her film as misrepresenting the “achievements of the Islamic
revolution.”

A South Korean actress and a Russian actor picked up awards for their performances in two other films that dealt with mortality and grief.

Best Director went to US filmmaker Julian Schnabel for “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly,” about a mute and paralysed former French magazine editor who struggles to write a book.

Best Script went to “The Edge of Heaven,” a touching movie by a German-born Turkish director about death and forgiveness across an East-West divide.

A special prize for the festival’s 60th anniversary went to US director Gus Van Sant, who was back with “Paranoid Park” after winning the Palme four years
ago for “Elephant.”

The Cannes jury this year was headed by British director Stephen Frears and included actresses Maggie Cheung of Hong Kong and Toni Colette of Australia, and Turkey’s Nobel prize-winning author Orhan Pamuk.

They – and many of the 15,000 festival-goers – sat through a programme that was dominated by dark themes.

Death figured in all the competition line-up, with tragedy being the dominant treatment in most cases.

The few who treated death with bleak humour – mainly veteran directors the Coen brothers, who presented an existential cowboy film called “No Country for
Old Men,” Quentin Tarantino, who brought “Death Proof” to the screen, and Serbian filmmaker Emir Kusturica, with his colourful Balkan romp “Promise Me
This” — were snubbed in the awards.

Out of competition, Michael Moore’s new documentary “Sicko” about the deficiencies of the US health system, and “A Mighty Heart” about the widow of
Daniel Pearl, the Wall Street Journal reporter decapitated by Islamic extremists in 2002, created a stir.

A steady, glittering stream of stars flowed throughout the festival.

Among the famous who trod the red carpet were Brad Pitt and partner Angelina Jolie, George Clooney, Sharon Stone, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jude Law, Matt Damon, Norah Jones, Gong Li, Kylie Minogue and U2.

Several of the A-listers made it clear that they, too, were part of the surge of seriousness that had overtaken Cannes.

DiCaprio presented a documentary he made about the dangers of global warming “The 11th Hour,” while Jolie evoked the pain of the woman she played in “A Mighty Heart.”

Clooney, Pitt, Damon and the rest of the cast attending a world premiere of “Ocean’s Thirteen” held a charity bash to raise money for the Sudanese displaced by the Darfur conflict. – AFP/ra

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Mila, The Comeback Kid

28 May

Mila is determined to work hard at her singing career.
Mila is determined to work hard at her singing career.

DENNIS CHUA talks to the winner of Akademi Fantasia 5 who was twice on the brink of being dropped.

NOR Syarmilla Jirin is the comeback kid of Akademi Fantasia, Astro’s hit reality talent show.

Twice on the brink of elimination, Nor Syarmilla, or Mila, is the newly-crowned queen of Akademi Fantasia 5.

At the end of the first concert on March 17, host Aznil Nawawi announced that there would be two eliminations. Facing the drop were part-time actress Adyana Kholid (Diya) of Gombak, Mila, and Ebi Kornelis @ Firdaus Yaimal of Sabah (who eventually finished as runner-up).

Diya went home; just as Aznil was about to announce the next to go, the producers decided to spare Mila and Ebi because contestant Wan Nurul Zhana Wan Hanizan, the former Traxx FM disc jockey, had withdrawn from the show due to personal reasons shortly before the first concert.

Then at the end of the third concert on April 1, Mila once again faced the drop, together with fellow Penangite Aryanna Ahmad (Dekna).

Once again, she was relieved: Astro pulled up a “kejutan” (surprise) and spared them both, as the musical theme for the evening was forgiveness and mercy.

Looking back, Mila said: “Sometimes I feel if Zhana had not pulled out, I would not have won…”

She said that her two near-elimination experiences were a “wake-up call” and from that day onwards, she worked extra hard to master all the skills the Academy’s teachers and principal Roslan Aziz taught her.

She improved by leaps and bounds from the fourth concert onwards, her SMS votes rose significantly and placed her in the third, second and finally first position at the end of subsequent concerts.

Life hasn’t been easy for Penang girl Mila, the eldest of security guard Jirin Burhan’s three daughters.

“We learnt the value of thrift at a young age. I was never to spend more than RM1 for my school meals in primary school,” she said.

Mila studied in Sekolah Kebangsaan Teluk Kumbar in her hometown, Bayan Lepas, and later did her secondary education in Sekolah Menengah Teluk Kumbar and Sekolah Menengah Teknik Tunku Abdul Rahman in Ayer Itam, George Town.

She was a member of her primary school’s nasyid choir, and took part in her first singing contest at the Prangin Mall in George Town when she was 16.

“One of the earliest songs I remember singing was Sudirman’s Salam Terakhir. I was 13 and performed it for a teacher’s farewell party in Sekolah Menengah Teknik Tunku Abdul Rahman,” she said, adding that she was also a member of her school’s choir.

Mila also learnt to dance when she was 17 and was one of 20 students who represented Penang in the 2004 Citrawarna Malaysia celebrations in Dataran Merdeka, Kuala Lumpur.

“That was my first visit to Kuala Lumpur. I only returned for AF5,” she said.

Jirin, 46, and his wife, factory employee Zurina Haron, 36, insisted that Mila complete Form Five before embarking on a singing career.

“Emphasising the importance of education, my parents only gave their blessings to my singing career once I completed my Form Five,” she said.

Mila’s father is a former musician, and excels in playing the drums. “He taught me a lot about music, both traditional and modern. My mother and my youngest sister, Nor Fazlin Sakina, 10, also love singing.”

Mila began her singing career by performing with various singing groups and bands at dinner shows and weddings. She performed twice or thrice a year in Penang, and sometimes in Langkawi.

“We sang mostly for tourists and this is where I learnt to improve my English,” she said.

Her parents gave her full support when she chose to audition for Akademi Fantasia 4 last year. She was rejected, but luck was on her side this year.

“Akademi Fantasia has been a wonderful learning process for me. I’ve learnt so much about music, performing and the people of my country,” she said.

She cites stage performance teacher Fatimah Abu Bakar, vocal performance teacher Adnan Abu Hassan and vocal techniques teacher Syafizawati Sharif as her favourite coaches. “Cikgu Fatimah and Cikgu Syafizawati were like mother figures to me.”

When she learnt that Roslan Aziz was the principal of AF5, Mila initially felt a little nervous, as Roslan is known to be a “cikgu garang” (strict teacher). That feeling changed as she got to know them. “My teachers were a lot nicer than I thought. They may have been stern and demanding at times, but at the end of the day, they cared for us.”

Mila has been a follower of Akademi Fantasia since its second season. Among her favourites are AF 2 heart-throb Wan Muhammad Khair Wan Azami (Kaer) and A 4’s second runner-up Farhan Azizan.

“I love Farhan for her superb vocals and versatility. She is also a fighter, who made it in AF after exiting two Malaysian Idol seasons.

“Kaer is mature, knowledgeable and romantic. His hit song Izin Ku Pergi is so lovely,” she said.

Among established artistes, her idol is Anita Sarawak, whom she dubs Malaysia’s “queen of entertainment”.

Now that she’s a budding star, Mila promises not to rest on her laurels.

“I’ll continue to improve my singing and performing skills, as Abang Lan (Roslan) always tells us. Nothing comes easy in life, and certainly not the status of a superstar,” she said, adding that she plans to learn songwriting and playing the piano.

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Pilates For The Ultimate Workout

28 May

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It is popular among young and old alike as it suits many people of all ages, weight and sizes. KARINA FOO tells you how to train problem areas using Pilates.

2. (Intermediate) Rest your head down again. Lift your legs up but keep knees bent. Check to see that knees are parallel to the hips, or that thighs are at a straight 90 degree angle.
2. (Intermediate) Rest your head down again. Lift your legs up but keep knees bent. Check to see that knees are parallel to the hips, or that thighs are at a straight 90 degree angle.

3. Now engage your abs and crunch up.
3. Now engage your abs and crunch up.

4. (Advanced) While in this crunch position, extend your legs up and toes are pointed towards the ceiling. You'll feel it in your lower abs by now.
4. (Advanced) While in this crunch position, extend your legs up and toes are pointed towards the ceiling. You’ll feel it in your lower abs by now.

1 (On your left side) Lie on the mat with your left elbow beneath you.
1 (On your left side) Lie on the mat with your left elbow beneath you.

2 (Advanced) Try to do the same exercise but with your supporting arm straight (but keep the elbow slightly bent). This lifts your body higher and intensifies the exercises making your abs work even harder.
2 (Advanced) Try to do the same exercise but with your supporting arm straight (but keep the elbow slightly bent). This lifts your body higher and intensifies the exercises making your abs work even harder.

FORGET the gym, leave your trainers at home and get a mat out. It’s time to tone your mid section, back and butt. Yes, those common “problem areas” that lots of us complain about can be taken care of with some stretching and resistance training (against your own body weight) with Pilates.

These exercises demonstrated by Celebrity Fitness Pilates instructor, Tara Zewar shows a series of flowing movements that work more than one muscle at a time.

“You gently and gradually go from one exercise to the other. There are varying options for level of difficulty and level of intensity so you can choose which ones to do and challenge yourself from there,” said Zewar.

Pilates is gaining worldwide popularity and is going strong at many fitness clubs.

It is also practised by old and young celebrities alike – Madonna at 49 and 19-year-old actress-singer, Hilary Duff.

Why? Because it’s a form of exercise that suits many people of all ages, weight and sizes.

It comprises slow conditioning movements with virtually no impact at all but helps to increase metabolism and blood flow throughout your body.

You’ll build flexibility, endurance, strength and coordination without gaining bulky muscles, rather, you’ll have a leaner and more toned body.

Pilates is done to engage and strengthen the body’s core, sometimes referred to as the “powerhouse”, which is the abdominal muscles (abs) or torso and mid-section region.

While you concentrate on your muscles working, you also have to focus on your breathing techniques – (inhale through your nose as you feel your rib cage going upwards and outwards, and exhale through your mouth as your rib cage expands outwards).

Expect to see results only if you combine Pilates (at least twice a week) with regular cardiovascular workouts and eat a healthful diet. By the way, the best thing about these exercises is that you don’t need shoes (but do wear comfortable clothing)!

Just remember:

* Consult your doctor if you are unsure about your health condition to perform this series of exercises (or any exercise).

* Avoid abrupt and jerky movements because it’ll strain your joints. Do these exercises in a slow and controlled momentum. Keep the transition between each movement fluid.

* Always keep a straight posture (stomach draws in towards the spine, chest up and shoulders back).

For all exercises starting from a lying down position, check that your lower back is flat on the mat. There should be no gap between it (don’t arch your back upwards). You can place a small towel underneath your lower back for support.

 

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Naturopathy: Fatty Liver Linked To Alcohol

28 May

I have been diagnosed with a fatty liver. I’m 34 years old and I’m on the heavy side. What can I do to improve my condition?

Fatty liver is not a liver disease. It simply means there are more fats in the liver than normal. It may be caused by various diseases, including chronic alcoholism and obesity. Fatty liver can also occur in diabetes mellitus and in pregnancy (acute fatty liver of pregnancy).
Identifying the underlying cause is necessary in the treatment of fatty liver. For instance, nutritional causes are treated by altering the availability of fat coming into the liver. This is accomplished by providing available carbohydrates or by adding protein to overcome a complete or large deficiency in protein needed to make lipoproteins (proteins linked to fat and not capable of being dissolved in water).
You can reduce the incidence of getting a fatty liver by avoiding excessive alcohol consumption, in order to decrease the rate of metabolism and secretion of fat, leading to the condition. Overweight patients may have a fatty liver, so watch your weight and increase your physical activities. It is a good idea to watch your diet; excess dieting and protein malnutrition can also result in a fatty liver.
Supplementation with lecithin may be helpful. The main constituent of lecithin, phosphatidyl choline, has the ability to increase the solubility of cholesterol and break down the fatty deposits in the bloodstream. A regular intake of high PC-lecithin will help reduce liver damage and protect the organ.
Numerous scientific studies have demonstrated that milk thistle can help improve liver function by cleansing it of dangerous toxins, as well as stimulating the formation of new liver cells. Together with milk thistle, dandelion enhances the flow of bile and thus dramatically improves conditions such as bile duct inflammation, liver congestion and a fatty liver.

It could be nerve damage or old age

I often experience pain at the ball of the foot in the morning until I have to limp. My uric acid levels are within the normal range. Please help.

Pain in the ball of the foot may have many different causes (including arthritis, poor circulation, pinching of the nerves between the toes, abnormal metatarsal length and posture problems, and various diseases). However, most often the pain is caused by nerve damage or by an age-related change that affects the foot, called metatarsalgia.
The first step in treating pain in the ball of the foot is to determine the cause of the pain. If improper fitting footwear is the cause, then the footwear must be changed. Unloading excessive pressure in the ball of foot and redistributing weight from the painful area to more tolerant areas with orthotic may be beneficial.
Supplementing with herbs with anti-inflammation properties may be helpful too. Celery seeds have been proven to contain the substances that exert anti-inflammatory properties. Together with guaiacum, which also have the same properties, they can be very helpful in helping people suffering from joints pain.
Antioxidant nutrients such as beta-carotene, vitamins C and E, selenium, zinc and particularly alpha lipoic acid may help to alleviate nerve damage.
Applying an ice pack on the inflamed area may help to control the inflammation and relieve pain. Take breaks.
Alternating repetitive tasks with breaks are encouraged to relieve the pressure on the foot. Don’t perform one activity continuously for hours at a time.

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Jurnal Kembara Haliza Di Eropah

27 May

Oleh: TENGKU KHALIDAH TENGKU BIDIN

Menjelajah kota-kota indah di Eropah menjadi impian sesiapa saja. Bagi yang mampu dari segi kewangan dan mempunyai masa, cepat atau lambat impian itu akan pasti terlaksana.

Bagi yang kurang berkemampuan barangkali memilih untuk melancong ke tempat-tempat yang lebih murah atau membiarkan saja impian indah itu mampan di kepala.

Bagi mereka yang gemar melancong, keindahan Kota Rom dan Paris sudah tentu menjadi destinasi yang tidak boleh tidak dipadamkan dalam jurnal kembara mereka. Pelakon Haliza Misbun juga mempunyai impian yang sama.

Berjalan-jalan ke seluruh Eropah, singgah melawat Menara Pisa di Itali, menjejaki laluan air menaiki gondola di Venice dan menyelusuri lebih 200 jambatan di Gent, Belgium… arghh apa lagi yang lebih indah selain dari itu?

Haliza tidak pernah menjangkakan peluang itu datang kepadanya sehinggalah syarikatnya, Halle Pictures diberi kepercayaan oleh RTM baru-baru ini. Halle Pictures diberi kepercayaan untuk menerbitkan rancangan Jurnal Kembara yang bakal menemui penonton pada Julai depan.

‘’Memang saya suka melancong. Sudah banyak tempat saya pergi, tidak sangka pula peluang ke Eropah datang secara percuma seperti ini,’’ kata Haliza yang juga Pengarah Urusan Halle Pictures.

*Jurnal Kembara dokumentari realiti

Haliza bukan sahaja bertindak sebagai penerbit, sebaliknya turut menjadi perantara rancangan yang berkonsep dokumentari realiti itu. Jurnal Kembara singgah di negara seperti Perancis, Belgium, Jerman, Belanda, Monaco, Austria, Vatican City dan Itali.

‘’Dalam kehidupan, apa pun yang saya buat mesti dengan minat yang mendalam. Kerana minat saya melancong, maka rancangan ini selesai penggambarannya dalam masa yang ditetapkan iaitu kira-kira 21 hari sahaja untuk 13 episod pertama,’’ kata Haliza.

Tentunya kita sudah banyak diberi input tentang rancangan bercorak pelancongan seperti ini. Bukan sahaja di RTM, banyak stesen swasta lain juga sudah beberapa kali menghidangkan menu yang sama kepada penonton.

Untuk memberi kelainan, Haliza menyelitkan banyak unsur baru yang jarang digunakan dalam banyak rancangan kembara yang dihasilkan dengan kos melebihi RM200,000 itu.

Turut bersama ialah Penerbit Eksekutif Halle Pictures Abdullah Ayob Basri.

Di setiap lokasi, Haliza memastikan perlu menemu bual beberapa pelajar Malaysia yang sedang menuntut di negara orang.

Selain pelajar, turut ditemu bual ialah petugas-petugas yang berkhidmat untuk pejabat kedutaan Malaysia di luar negara.

‘’Itulah yang menjadikan Jurnal Kembara ini berbeza. Kita dapat menyelami pengalaman, suka dan duka mereka di tempat orang secara langsung melalui Jurnal Kembara,’’ kata Haliza lagi yang sempat merakamkan temu bual dengan Duta Malaysia di Austria, Datuk Mh. Arshad.

Apa yang dipaparkan bukan keindahan semata-mata, tetapi juga sejarah, latar belakang dan keunikan sesebuah daerah di sesebuah negara yang dilawati. Malah aktiviti Haliza dan krew juga dirakamkan untuk menyelitkan unsur realiti.

Sepanjang di negara berkenaan, Haliza dan krew senang menyewa motorhomes untuk memudahkan pergerakan mereka.

Melawat bakal mentua?

Banyak yang sudah maklum mengenai cinta Haliza dengan jejaka Perancis semenjak awal tahun lalu. Sementelah ke Paris, sempat Pancaindera mengusik Haliza tidakkah menjenguk keluarga teman lelaki itu?

Manalah tahu, kut-kut dapat singgah bersua mata seketika, senang urusan perkahwinan nanti kalau menjadi.

Dengarnya juga Haliza sudah semakin mesra dengan keluarga jejaka bernama Cedric itu banyak orang sudah maklum mengenai kisah cinta mereka.

Bagaimanapun kata Haliza, dia hanya sempat mengirimkan SMS dan menelefon kerana keluarga Cedric berada di daerah Vichy.

‘’Agak jauh kalau saya ingin melawat mereka. Perjalanannya sama seperti Kuala Lumpur ke Johor, sedangkan saya ke sana untuk bekerja bukan berseronok-seronok.

‘’Hajat hati memang ingin melawat mereka, tetapi apakan daya. Tidak ada kesempatan. tetapi saya sempat mengirimkan SMS dan menelefon bertanyakan khabar saja,’’ kata Haliza yang kelihatan semakin ceria dengan buah hati barunya itu.

Siapa Oliver Mohd Radhi?

Ketika di Belanda, Haliza yang sedang menjalani penggambaran di satu tempat di tepi kaki lima dikejutkan dengan suara garau seorang lelaki Inggeris.

Dia bercakap dalam bahasa Melayu dan membuatkan krew teruja untuk berkenalan dengan lebih dekat. Lelaki itu ialah Oliver Mohd Radhi berasal dari Belanda dan pernah beberapa tahun menetap di Malaysia dan Indonesia.

Sewaktu menunaikan janjinya mengagihkan gambar kepada Pancaindera minggu lalu, Haliza juga ditemani oleh Oliver. Amboi, sampai ikut pulang ke Malaysia.

‘’Tak adalah. Kebetulan dia ada kerja, dia datang saja ke sini kemudian terus hubungi saya. Ajaklah dia lawat Utusan sekali, tak salahkan?

‘’Perkenalan kami hanya sebagai kawan. Dia banyak bantu krew penerbitan semasa kami berada di Belanda tempoh hari tu,’’ katanya.

Jejaka Belanda itu memeluk Islam pada 1994 dan sangat fasih berbahasa Melayu. Malah, Haliza dan Radhi kini sudah jadi kawan baik yang sering berutus berita dan cerita suka dan duka. Nampaknya jejaka Perancis kenalah bersaing dengan jejaka Belanda pula untuk menawan hati anak Pak Misbun yang seorang ini.

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