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World Asthma Day 2022 Conference in Malaysia

World Asthma Day 2022 “Closing Gaps in Asthma Care”

Yeah‼️ SiennyLovesDrawing 👩🏻 would like to sharing here about her recent media attendance to witness the awareness conference on theme “Closing Gaps in Asthma Care” in conjunction with the World Asthma Day 2022

It was being officiated by YB Khairy Jamaluddin, the Minister of Health of Malaysia 🇲🇾 “For the past 2 years, we have been busy with the pandemic Covid-19. Now, as we transition to the endemic phase, it’s time that we go back to optimize the health care system. The Health Facts 2021 released in 2021 by the ministry has showed that the asthma-related deaths are the 2nd highest recorded at the government hospitals. This can be avoided through bridging the gaps in asthma care,” YB Khairy said at the conference

He has also thanked all Malaysians for adhering to Covid-19 standard operating procedures (SOP) during the current transition into the endemic phase, especially during the Raya festivities , yes, #kitajagakita

This World Asthma Day Conference 2022 was organized by Asthma Malaysia & Dr Helmy Haja Mydin, the Co-Founder of Asthma Malaysia. Asthma Malaysia is a non-profitable organization with the mission to serve as a credible resource on asthma, to raise awareness of best standards of care & to empower patients in the management of their asthma. Its vision is to be Malaysia’s leading portal for asthma with a view of creating more informed & empowered patients. Also aim to ensure that asthma care in Malaysia is equal to the best in the world with a view to reducing the suffering & deaths associated with it

This conference was attended by,

  • Dr Sri Wahyu, President of Malaysia Family Medicine Specialists Association
  • Assoc. Prof. Dr Pang Yong Kek, President of Malaysia Thoracic Society
  • Prof Ernest Poh, Consultant Respiratory Physician, UMMC
  • Prof Dr Roslina, Chairman of Lung Foundation Malaysia
  • Dr Thirunavukarasu Rajoo, Honorary General of the Malaysian Medical Association
  • Mr Amrahi Buang, President of Malaysian Pharmacist Society
  • Dr Sanjeev Panchal, Country President of AstraZeneca Malaysia
  • Dina Nadzir (Sinar FM Radio DJ & singer), an Asthma Patient, you may check out her IGTV recording sharing about her Asthma journey via below,
  1. Episode 1️⃣📹🌐 https://www.instagram.com/tv/CTqnegAlaMl/
  2. Episode 2️⃣📹🌐 https://www.instagram.com/tv/CTvz83JF6J_/
  3. Episode 3️⃣📹🌐 https://www.instagram.com/tv/CTyjNWxlefs/

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World Asthma Day is an annual awareness event supported by Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA), US based National Heart Lung & Blood Institute (NHLB) & the World Asthma Foundation. It aims to raising awareness of asthma & how it affects sufferers. The day falls on the 1️⃣st Tuesday in May each year with aims to raising support for sufferers & their families. Asthma also is included in the WHO’s Global Action Plan for the Prevention & Control of NCDs & the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

SiennyLovesDrawing has learnt so much from her attendance at this half-day conference aimed to discuss the challenges & solutions in addressing the gaps in asthma care in Malaysia in line with the World Asthma Day 2022’s theme ~ Closing Gaps in Asthma Care ~ In Malaysia, asthma affects almost 2 million children & adults with respiratory diseases being the 2nd most common cause of death within the Ministry of Health hospitals[1]

However, the lack of recognition of asthma as an area of focus in the national healthcare agenda, in particular has been cited as one of the major barriers in enabling earlier & equitable access to both diagnosis & evidence-guided treatment among the asthma patients in the country[2]

Note[1] ~ Health Facts 2017. Ministry of Health Malaysia. Planning Division. Health Informatics Centre
Note[2] ~ Cheong AT et al. Implementing asthma management guidelines in public primary care clinics in Malaysia. NPJ Primary Care Respiratory Medicine (2021) 31:47

This conference is held to commemorate the celebration of the World Asthma Day 2022 in collaboration with the Malaysian Thoracic Society (MTS), Malaysian Family Medicine Specialists’ Association (FMSA), Malaysian Medical Association (MMA), Malaysian Pharmacists Society (MPS), Novartis Malaysia & AstraZeneca Malaysia

It started with the opening speech by Dr Helmy Haja Mydin, the Co-Founder of Asthma Malaysia. During this conference, healthcare experts, patient representatives & industry partners have come together to explore the potential of making asthma as a key non-communicable disease (NCD) priority area in Malaysia

The sessions are as follows,

  • Asthma Control: Paving the Way Towards Symptom-free Days , by the Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ernest Poh Mau Ern, Consultant Respiratory Physician, UMMC

Asthma & COVID-19

1. People with moderate to severe asthma may be at higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19. COVID-19 which affects the respiratory system can cause an asthma exacerbation & possibly lead to pneumonia & acute respiratory disease[3].

2. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, GINA released some interim guidelines for asthmatics and physicians to adhere to as below[3]:

  • People with asthma should continue all their inhaled medication, including ICS, as prescribed by their doctor
  • In acute asthma attacks, patients should urgently see their healthcare provider to prevent escalation of the condition
  • Nebulisers should, where possible, be avoided for acute attacks due to the increased risk of dissemina:ting COVID-19 (to other patients and to physicians, nurses & other health personnel)

3. Pressurised metered dose inhaler (pMDI) via a spacer is the preferred treatment during severe attacks (spacers must not be shared at home)

4. While a patient is being treated for a severe attack, their maintenance inhaled asthma treatment should be continued (at home & in the hospital)

  • Patients with allergic rhinitis should continue to take their nasal corticosteroids, as prescribed by their clinician
  • Routine spirometry testing should be suspended to reduce the risk of viral transmission & if necessary, adequate infection control measures should be taken

This session also included recorded video with virtual sharing from 2 asthma patients, do check out to view from the FB live recording links at Asthma Malaysia’s FB page

Note[3] ~ GINA Report 2022. Available from https://ginasthma.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/GINA-Main-Report-2022-FINAL-22-05-03-WMS.pdf. Last accessed, May 12 2022

  • Addressing the Gaps in Asthma care in Malaysia , by Dr. Sri Wahyu Taher, President of Malaysia Family Medicine Specialists’ Association & Assoc. Prof. Dr. Pang Yong Kek, President of Malaysia Thoracic Society

Current Gaps in Asthma Care Worldwide

According to GINA, in addition to unequal access to diagnosis & treatment, the current gaps in asthma care exist[4]:

  • between care for different socio-economic, ethnic & age groups
  • between wealthy & poorer communities and countries
  • in communication & care across the primary / secondary/ tertiary care
  • in communication & education provided for people with asthma, (quality of asthma care plans)
  • in asthma knowledge & asthma awareness between health care providers
  • in prioritization between asthma & other long-term conditions
  • between prescribing inhalers & monitoring adherence & ability to use them
  • between the general public’s (non-asthmatics) & health care professionals’ understanding that asthma is a chronic (not acute) disease
  • between scientific evidence & actual delivery of care for people with asthma

Note[4] ~ Closing Gaps in Asthma Care, World Asthma Day 2022. Available from https://ginasthma.org/closing-gaps-in-asthma-care-world-asthma-day-2022/. Last accessed, May 12 2022

Dr Sri Wahyu has recommended that each of us to take The Reliever Reliance Test via 🌐 https://asthmamalaysia.org/#take-survey

  • Dialogue : Making the Case for Asthma to be Recognized as Key NCD Priority in Malaysia , by the Moderator, Prof. Dato’ Dr. Hj Abdul Razak Abdul Muttalif, Former Head of Service, Senior Consultant Respiratory Physician & Professor in MAHSA University. The panelists are Dr. Sri Wahyu Taher, President of Malaysia Family Medicine Specialists Association, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Pang Yong Kek, President of Malaysia Thoracic Society, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ernest Poh, Consultant Respiratory Physician, UMMC & Dina Nadzir, Radio presenter, Asthma Patient Representative

  • Relaunching of Asthma Malaysia Website , by Dr. Helmy HajaMydin , Co-founder Asthma Malaysia, Prof. Dr.Roslina, Chairman of Lung Foundation Malaysia, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Pang Yong Kek, President of Malaysia Thoracic Society & YB Khairy Jamaluddin, Minister of Health Malaysia
  • The Pledge to Improve Asthma Care in Malaysia

Witnessed by YB Khairy, this conference was ended with the pledge signing by multi-stakeholders (Listed below) to express their joint commitment in improving asthma care in Malaysia, bravo all

We, the undersigned pledge to work together to make asthma as part of the key non-communicable diseases (NCDs) priority area in Malaysia by 2025

Towards this end, we are committed to implementing and supporting the following:

  1. Pushing for a dedicated National Strategic Action Plan for Asthma
  2. Reducing asthma-related deaths by 50%
  3. Increasing access to spirometry services to improve asthma diagnosis in the primary care
  4. Enabling greater healthcare resources to allow early & equitable access to treatment for patients across all asthma severities
  5. Increasing awareness & understanding among public on asthma especially in school & work setting

Together, we champion the cause for Asthma in Malaysia

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This pledge was signed by,

  • Dr HelmyHajaMydin, Co-Founder of Asthma Malaysia
  • Associate Professor Dr Pang Yong Kek, President of the Malaysian Thoracic Society (MTS)
  • Dr Sri WahyuTaher, President of the Malaysian Family Medicine Specialists’ Association (FMSA)
  • Dr ThirunavukarasuRajoo, Honorary General Secretary of the Malaysian Medical Association (MMA)
  • Andrew Tan, Deputy President of Malaysian Pharmacists Society
  • Professor Dr Roslina Abdul Manap, Chairman of the Lung Foundation of Malaysia
  • Dr Sanjeev Panchal, Country President of AstraZeneca Malaysia
  • Dr MayureshFegade, Chief Scientific Officer of Novartis Malaysia

SiennyLovesDrawing has captured the highlights from her media attendance at this conference & then posted on her TikTok account

You may check out the full FB live captured from this conference via 🌐 https://www.facebook.com/siennyyong/posts/1759476034227384 & via 🌐 https://www.facebook.com/siennyyong/posts/1759534667554854

Website 🌐: https://asthmamalaysia.org/

#AsthmaMalaysia #AsthmaWorldDay2022 #Asthma #stayhealthy #health

#COVID19 #Coronavirus Outbreak ~ Travel Not??

Updated 8 June 2020, 10am

Hmm…SiennyLovesDrawing 👩🏻 as travel lover 💗 really curious 🤔

“Do you still continue your travel plans now due to the increasing ⬆️ concern of COVID-19❓⁉️ Even now with the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) for Malaysians❓⁉️

COVID-19 has already reached more than 💯K cases worldwide 🗺 🌍 according to World Health Organization (WHO)‼️ Most of the countries even exercised travel bans & restrictions ❌⛔️

WHO has declared COVID-19 as a pandemic @ 12 March 2020 via 🌐 https://www.facebook.com/WHO/posts/2976138652431498

Ohh no…There are many major events around the world 🗺🌍 have unfortunately been called off OR postponed to a later date because of COVID-19 pandemic via 🌐 https://www.facebook.com/bbcnews/posts/10157529269427217

This included the cancellation ❌ of ITB Berlin 2020 ~ 1️⃣ of the largest travel exhibition, 1️⃣st time in the history 😔

The list of cancellation/ postpone running events via 🌐 https://toughasia.com/covid-19-chaos-race-cancelled-or-postponed/ & 🌐https://www.facebook.com/56873804990/posts/10151241985109991/

Even with the many attractive ⬇️ flight fares & tour packages in the worldwide 🗺 🌍 market now❓⁉️

As travel lovers 💗💗, do you still planning your next trips❓⁉️via 🌐 https://www.facebook.com/CDC/posts/10157666459261026:0

She 👩🏻 has read & personally trust that there are people 👫👭👬 still travelling to enjoying no ❌ queue at airport check-in counters/ imigresen counters & quiet planes ✈️ now

Also some travellers are NOT ❌ willing to forfeit payments made for travel & hotel bookings, leave cancellation & decided to just carry on with their holiday plans 😎

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Hmm…Personally she 👩🏻 thinks that not to miss some of the flight sales now as the travel period till next year, 2021. By then surely no more COVID-19 by then, yes ✅, be optimistic & positive 😃😁

Just sharing her personal thoughts 💭 towards COVID-19 as travel lover 💗 Do continue reading 📖 till the end to find out “So, how about SiennyLovesDrawing 👩🏻❓⁉️ Does she travel now❓⁉️

1. Reliable & latest COVID-19 updates

Keep yourself updated with the reliable COVID-19 daily updates i.e. WHO, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), local health ministries (e.g. Malaysia 🇲🇾 Ministry of Health) etc.

Refer the daily COVID-19 status from Malaysia 🇲🇾 Ministry of Health FB page, as of this blog posting being updated via 🌐 https://www.facebook.com/kementeriankesihatanmalaysia/

Do check out daily COVID-19 updates in Malaysia 🇲🇾via 🌐 https://newslab.malaysiakini.com/covid-19/en

Also the reliable news 🗞📰 channels i.e. British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC News), CNN International, local news / radio 📻 channels etc. via 🌐 https://www.facebook.com/cnn/posts/10160548551401509

2. Travel destination

If your travel destination📍is already with major travel warnings/ restrictions & having “widespread sustained (ongoing) transmission”, then the answer may be easy ~ CANCEL your travel plan

As at this blog post posted @ 10 March 2020, China 🇨🇳 , South Korea 🇰🇷 , Iran 🇮🇷 & Italy 🇮🇹 are the high ⬆️ risk countries i.e. with Level 3️⃣ Travel Notice Warning ~ Avoid Nonessential Travel from CDC via 🌐 https://www.facebook.com/CDC/posts/10157656517951026

For other countries, you may then decide whether necessary & must travel during this period of time OR to reshedule/ postpone 🗓 the trip

3. Travel modes

Do you travel to your next destination with plane ✈️, bus 🚌, car 🚗, taxi 🚕, rail 🚂, cruise 🚢 etc.❓⁉️

Travel with plane ✈️ currently as high ⬆️ risk mode of travel. If you do need to plan air travel, suggest to stick with those airlines that have more flexible cancellation & flight change policies ☺️ via 🌐 https://www.facebook.com/cnn/posts/10160548766431509

Not just that travel with cruise 🚢 also not ❌ advisable due to the serious COVID-19 affected cruise cases being reported 🗞📰

4. Travel essentials

Rental pocket wifi 📶 is an useful item 👍🏻 to stay connected during your trips for latest COVID19 updates 😃

Standard travel insurance policies usually do not ❌ cover trip cancellations because people have a “fear of traveling” via 🌐 https://www.facebook.com/abcnews.au/posts/10160843571159988

COVID-19 is now well-known around the globe 🗺🌍 , hence mostly all insurance providers consider COVID-19 as a “forseeable impact on travel” & exclude it from coverage in most of all travel insurance policies, unless you have bought 1️⃣ before Jan 2020

Not to worry, do consider to upgrade your life & medical insurance policies 😉 via 🌐 https://www.facebook.com/AIAMalaysia/posts/3073490869328171

She 👩🏻 has now added ➕face mask 😷, hand 🖐🏻 sanitiser, multivitamins 💊 etc. into her backpack 🎒

5. Self protection pre, during & post travelling

Keeping fit & strengthen own immune system. Do practise good 👍🏻 hygiene to self protect against any infections

Always carry your own cutlery 🍴🥢& reusable water bottle while travelling 🧳🎒via 🌐 https://twitter.com/WHO/status/1236292602984640514

Also to avoid eating raw 🐟🦀🦞🦐🦑🐙 or undercooked food when travelling abroad. Not ❌ to visit any wet markets where animals are slaughtered, dressed/ butchered 🔪

Do try to avoid shake hands 🤝 / welcoming hugs 🤗 / kissing 😙 lips/ cheeks/ hands when meeting people 👫👭👬 during travel journeys

Instead change to another polite greeting style, time to show what we have learnt from the diversity culture across the globe 🗺🌍via 🌐 https://www.facebook.com/WHO/posts/2979238552121508

Let’s wave 👋🏻, nod & a bow OR a Namaste 🙏🏻 greeting via 🌐 https://www.facebook.com/11450527254/posts/10156388599217255/

Do enjoy this creative Corona song, truly inspired for COVID19 prevention ya

Ohh ya…Each of us can now perform own self assess yourself via 🌐 https://www.doctoroncall.com.my/coronavirus/how-to-find-out-if-i-have-coronavirus-online-test

In case of symptoms suggestive of acute respiratory illness 🤒 before, during or after the trips, all travellers 👭👬👫 are encouraged to seek medical attention & share own travel history with the medical cum healthcare provider 👨🏻‍⚕️👩🏻‍⚕️

6. Be a responsible traveller

Highly recommend 👆🏻you all not ❌ to simply sharing any unverified messages, voice messages, WA messages, emails received etc.

Yes ✅, not to add unnecessary confusion to an already difficult situation

Stay alert & be mindful that only to trust the news gained from verified reliable news providers 🗞📰 via 🌐 https://www.facebook.com/kementeriankesihatanmalaysia/

Please note that you may be charged for spreading fake news, including through social media channels if being caught by your respective local territories 👮🏻‍♂️👮🏻‍♀️ then

How about SiennyLovesDrawing 👩🏻❓⁉️ Does she travel now❓⁉️

She 👩🏻 has actually decided not ❌ to participate 2️⃣ media trips within Asia 🌎 that she has been invited since 15 March 2020 📧

Yes ✅, she 👩🏻 does think twice before she on board her trips now due to COVID-19. She can’t be selfish & only thinking about her travel love 💗 She still had her loved ones (especially her mama 🧓🏻 after late papa 👴🏻 recent passed away) who will worry if she insists to still travel due to current COVID-19 threat

Instead, she 👩🏻 suggests to exploring own living city 🌆🏙 to ease your travel bugs & you may be surprised that many awesome places near you actually, as well as within states in her home country

Yes ✅, she 👩🏻 has been sharing 👩🏻‍💻📝 a lot more about Kuala Lumpur, her living city 🌆🏙 in her recent blog posts

🌐 https://siennylovesdrawing.wordpress.com/2020/02/25/things-to-do-kl-tower-malaysia/

🌐 https://siennylovesdrawing.wordpress.com/2020/03/03/where-what-to-eat-kuala-lumpur-malaysia/

🌐 https://siennylovesdrawing.wordpress.com/2018/11/18/fun-places-in-kuala-lumpur-malaysia-%f0%9f%87%b2%f0%9f%87%be/

Hmm…Don’t always want to explore other countries & being far away from own home country ☺️

Do check out her travel stories within the states of her home country #cuticutimalaysia 🇲🇾 via 🌐 https://siennylovesdrawing.wordpress.com/category/travel-tourism/malaysia/

Let’s be a responsible traveller & take care of own self to enjoy exploring the world 🗺 🌍 , of course including your home country

ONLY IF she 👩🏻 is an orphan, her thinking would be different. She will not care & now surely on long leave, grabbing all great 👍🏻flight deals to exploring the world 🗺 🌍 Life is too short not to travel & gain more life experiences, don’t you agree❓⁉️

Currently, she 👩🏻 is busy reading travel blogs, travel online magazines, noting down 📝 travel details & then planning for her future travel trips from her to-travel list, yes, a good 👍🏻 way to ease her travel bugs…Lol…🤣😆 via 🌐 https://www.facebook.com/travelandleisure/posts/10158447597124073

Sharing is caring, do check out the list above to enjoy 12 museum virtual tours across the globe 🗺 🌍 ya

Lastly, she 👩🏻 wishes that COVID-19 will be under control very very soon & everything return to normal, the usual crowd in public transportation, on the road etc. At least, the RMCO just announced from 10 June till 31 August in Malaysia

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Yeah‼️ @siennylovesdrawing 👩🏻 wishes all #happynewyear #happynewyear2019 🎉🎊😃😁 Still remains her favourite 💗 quote ~ “Everything happens for a reason” ~ . . New 🆕 2019 with new 🆕 @tawaftimepieces ⌚️😍🤩 . . Do enjoy this #OOTD #photos 📸📸 album (swipe left ➡️ for more) while she 👩🏻 wears #tawaftimepiece⌚️during her #travels #travel #travelling 🛫🛬🚊🚌🚐🚕🚗 dining 🍽😋🤤 #art craft #doodle 🎨🖌🖊🖋✍🏻 . . She 👩🏻 chooses 👩🏻‍💻🛒🛍✅ SAFA from the Classic collection, why❓⁉️ . . 💗 For unisex 🙋🏻‍♀️✅🙋🏻‍♂️✅ 💗 Unique as with #Arabic numbers 🔢 💗 With both clockwise ↩️ & anti-clockwise ↪️ 💗 Light & not heavy 🤣😆 💗 Stylish stripes watch belt 💗 No need to charge battery 🔌🔋i.e. No additional charger to pack for travels ~ Perfect for her to travel light 👍🏻✌🏻 . . Website🌐: www.tawaf.online 🛒🛍🎁💝 Ohh ya…Her #blogging 👩🏻‍💻📝 up already, blog link at profile, enjoy reading 📖 ya 😃😁 . . #brandtawaf #thetawaf #wristwatch #watch #accessories #Tawaf #timepiece #timepieces #lifestyle #watches #blog #productreview #blogger #bloggers #influencers #influencer #siennylovesdrawing #lifestyle #BluincIWD2019

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She 👩🏻 does believes everything happens for a reason 😃😁

“How about you❓⁉️

#COVID19 #Coronavirus Outbreak ~ Travel not❓⁉️

Welcome your share of thought 💭 at the comment space below

#Coronavirus #COVID19 #health #healthy #news ##tourism #KLWhatsFun #KL #KualaLumpur #VisitKL #VisitMalaysia2020 #VMY2020 #GayaTravel #travel #travels #travelling #trip #Malaysia #VM2020 #MYtravelmediabuddy #TourismMalaysia #blog #blogging #blogger #bloggers #influencer #influencers #siennylovesdrawing #life #lifestyle #city #AirAsiaTravelBuddies #asia #asean #sharing #sharingiscaring #influencer #influencers #travels #travelling #travel

Impressive Bon Om Touk ~ Cambodian Water Festival 2018

Yeah‼️ SiennyLovesDrawing 👩🏻 is gonna sharing 👩🏻‍💻📝 here about her impressive 🤩 & unforgettable experience gained from the annual Cambodian 🇰🇭 Water 💦💧 Festival 🎉🎊, Phnom Penh, Cambodia 🇰🇭

So, it was all started with a short queue to get her 👩🏻 cheap ⬇️ flight ticket ✈️ during the AirAsia BIG Xchange & BIG Fest event ❤️ in Sept (as shown in the short clip 📹🎥below). It was with only a limited choice of destinations📍📍available

She 👩🏻 has chosen ✅ for Phnom Penh 🇰🇭 under Lane B with a very 1️⃣st intention to meet & visit 1️⃣ of her girlfriend 🙋🏻‍♀️ who is working there as an expatriate currently. However, sadly 😟 that her friend 🙋🏻‍♀️ wasn’t around ❌ Phnom Penh 🇰🇭 during her travel dates 🗓 Sigh…From a friend visit👭, then she had it as 1️⃣ of her annual solo travelsss 🎒🧢🕶👟

💗 ~ Everything Happens For A Reason ~ 💗

Also initially she 👩🏻 did plan to let go this solo trip because of a clash to a tourism event ~ MITA Sarawak, Malaysia 🇲🇾 that she 👩🏻 has always supporting 💪🏻✌🏻the tourism authority 😊 in Malaysia 🇲🇾️

Guess what❓⁉️

Her trip is gonna be during the annual Cambodian 🇰🇭 Water 💦💧 Festival 🎉🎊 named Bon Om Touk in local Khmer language 🇰🇭 from 21 Nov to 23 Nov 2018 😃😁 It also known as The Pirogue 🚣🏻‍♂️🚣🏻‍♀️ Racing Festival 🎉🎊 or Water 💦💧 & Moon 🌑 Festival 🎉🎊 & Boat Racing 🚣🏻‍♀️🚣🏻‍♂️

It was really a coincident‼️ Once she 👩🏻 has decided ✅ to stay with this solo travel 🎒🕶🧢👟 due to the complicated & difficult flight change 😟✈️ Also this gonna be her 1️⃣st visit to Phnom Penh, Cambodia 🇰🇭

This biggest celebration marks a 12th century naval victory with boat 🚣🏻‍♀️🚣🏻‍♂️ racing along the Sisowath Quay 💦💧 with the boat 🚣🏻‍♀️🚣🏻‍♂️ racing on the Tonle Sap River, in particular the area stretching from street 104 to street 178 of Phnom Penh city centre 🇰🇭

Many hostels 🏡🏘, hotels 🏢, restaurants 🍽🍴 & bars 🥂🍻🍸around this area ~ Very convenience for all visitors 👫👭👬

Photo 27-11-2018, 3 21 18 PMPhoto 27-11-2018, 3 22 33 PM

In the morning 🔅🔆 & before the race 🚣🏻‍♂️🚣🏻‍♀️ starts during this 3️⃣-day festival 🎉🎀, the riverside & streets were much more peaceful 😌

Once the race starts around 🔟am, the huge crowd 👭👬👫 at the riverside will be observed 😃👏🏻🙌🏻

However, in 2015 this celebration 🎉🎊 was cancelled ❌ due to the low ⬇️ water level 💦💧

Hurray‼️ She 👩🏻 always wanna appreciating & experiencing a country’s tradition culture during her travels ✈️🎒🕶🧢👟 This is just so a lovely 💓 coincidence 😉

So, what’s this water 💦💧 festival 🎊🎉 all about❓⁉️

It’s a 3️⃣ days non-religious celebration 🎉🎊 & symbolised as an ancient appreciation 🙏🏻 for centuries to the river 💦💧for providing a source of livelihood to the farmers 👨🏻‍🌾👩🏻‍🌾 & fishermen 🐟🎣

Hmm…It’s a kind of local Khmers 🇰🇭👫👭👬 thanksgiving 🙏 celebration 🎉🎊

The Cambodian boat crews 🇰🇭🚣🏻‍♀️🚣🏻‍♂️ were face forward. Many of the boat crews 🚣🏻‍♀️🚣🏻‍♂️ were complemented with a colorfully-costumed lady 💁🏻‍♀️at the prow dancing to the beat of the drums 🥁🥁

However, from her observation, majority of the boats now don’t really practising this tradition though. Hmm…From her 2️⃣ days visits to the festival, she only noticed for 2️⃣ boats with a colorfully-costumed lady 💁🏻‍♀️ at the front of the boat 🚣🏻‍♀️🚣🏻‍♂️

For the 1️⃣st 2️⃣ days, races 🚣🏻‍♀️🚣🏻‍♂️ are run with 2️⃣ boats 🛶🛶 each, with the big race 🚣🏻‍♂️🚣🏻‍♂️ happening on the last day, when all the boats 🛶🛶 take to the river 💦💧 to compete 😃

There were carnival, rides, traditional music 🎼🎶🎵 performances, dances 💃🏻🕺🏼👯‍♀️👯‍♂️🕴🏻etc. in the evening 🏙🌃🌌

There were many stall vendors, definitely food 🍛🍲🥘🍽🍴& drink 🥤🍻🍷🥂🍸🍹overflow on the streets, Khmer pop bands 🎼🎹🎧🎶🎵entertaining the crowds 👭👬👫 etc.

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Personally, she 👩🏻 was impressed how the local vendors actually earn their living 💰by selling drinks 🥤& snacks 🥡🍰🥧🥪 to the huge crowds 👭👬👫 at the riverside during the boat racing 🚣🏻‍♀️🚣🏻‍♂️

There were approximately 300 boats 🛶🛶 with 19k pax of boat rowers 🚣🏻‍♀️🚣🏻‍♂️ Wow!!

Hmm…🤔 How about the huge crowd 👭👫👬attended for this 3️⃣-day festival celebration 🎉🎊 in Phnom Penh❓⁉️

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It was about 4.5million people 👭👬👫 including expatriates, foreign visitors, local Khmers from all provinces etc. as shared at the closing ceremony 😁

Ohh yeah‼️ This year, 2018 i.e. The 3rd great successfull year with Cambodia 🇰🇭 has handbuilt the world 🌍🗺 ‘s longest rowing boat 🚣🏻‍♀️ at 87.3m long & 1.99m wide with cost of $60k. It was completed successfully 👍🏻👏🏻🙌🏻 in Sept by more than 14k local Khmers 🇰🇭👭👬👫 in 192 days 😲😃

Guess what❓⁉️

Another Guinness World 🌍🗺 Record 🏆 won (It’s the 5️⃣th one) by Cambodia 🇰🇭 as this long dragon boat 🚣🏻‍♂️ is capable of carrying 179 boat rowers 🚣🏻‍♂️🚣🏻‍♀️ on it‼️ Wow‼️😲 This great 👍🏻 news was anounced on 12 Nov at Prey Veng province of Phnom Penh 🇰🇭

From her own experience, a few points 📌📌 to note if you’re interested to be at Phnom Penh or Siem Reap for this great 👍🏻 annual celebration 🎊🎉

Ohh ya…A pair of comfy shoes 👟 is essentials ✅ because it was vehicles free 🆓 i.e. No public transport ❌🚌🚕🚗 🚐 being available to the festival 🎉🎊 ground📍, more details via 🌐 https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50551697/city-hall-issues-vehicle-ban-for-water-festival/

In this connection, the only option would be just getting around by your own foot 👣

Yeah‼️ SiennyLovesDrawing 👩🏻 got her sun ☀️🌞 protection from the 🆕 Petal Velvet Sunaway SPF50 ordered & purchased 👩🏻‍💻🛒 from Althea Korea 🇰🇷 You must remember to put up your sunscreen to avoid sunburn

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Next, do bring an umbrella 🌂☂ (You may loan it from your hotel, it can be a weapon if needed)/ wear a cap 🧢

Do dress up in a light modest clothing 👚 to enjoy the boat 🚣🏻‍♀️🚣🏻‍♂️ race cheerings with the local Khmers 🇰🇭👭👬👫 at the riverside under the hot sunny 😎☀️ day

Ohh ya…Do remember your refillable water 💦💧 bottle to avoid dehydration ya 😌

She 👩🏻 was with the local Khmers 🇰🇭👫👭👬 on her 1️⃣st visit & then 2️⃣nd visit the next day at the designated area by Tourism Cambodia 🇰🇭 for the foreign tourists 👬👫👭 (Served with free 🆓 flow of drinks🥤🥤available)

The riversides 💦💧 were extremely packed & crowded 👬👫👭 with both the local Khmers 🇰🇭👫👭👬 & foreign tourists to cheering for their favorite ❤️ boats🚣🏻‍♂️🚣🏻‍♀️during the races, so suggest you to bring only the bare necessities & hold on tight to what you have. Also being alert with your surroundings too while in the huge crowd 👭👬👫

Why❓⁉️

Hmm…You never know whether you will be being targetted by any pick-pockets/ bag-snatchers 😈👿 whom may just roaming around the crowded festival 🎉🎊 riversides 💦💧& streets. So, even though this festival 🎉🎊 is a free 🆓 celebration 🎉🎊 , however it can get really expensive if you make a mistake by carrying valuables into the crowds 👭👬👫

Always better be safe then sorry ya ☺️😉

There were several types of rowing 🚣🏻‍♀️🚣🏻‍♂️ styles observed from her visits, i.e. sitting down & manual rowing, standing up & manual rowing, standing up & auto rowing etc. She 👩🏻 is curious 🤔 how the marks will be allocate within each different styles as well as the determining factors of winning 🏆🎖 too❓⁉️

Perhaps logically the shortest time 🕛 of completion from the start till end time of each boat at the finishing line (The 2️⃣ red ❤️ boats 🚣🏻‍♀️🚣🏻‍♂️ as captured in the photo 📸 & vBlog 📹🎥below)

There were live announcement during the boat racing 🚣🏻‍♂️🚣🏻‍♀️, however in local Khmer 🇰🇭 language & ❌ no English translation. It would be good to have a live English announcement in the next year festival onwards ya 😊

The King Norodom Sihamoni 🤴🏻, Prime Minister Hun Sen 👨🏻‍💼& some senior officials 🙋🏻‍♂️💁🏻‍♂️ have all attended the closing ceremony on the last day of this festival 🎉🎊 She 👩🏻 has observed from the TV screen 📺 at the foreign visitors designated booth

Ohh ya…She 👩🏻 has enjoyed the longest & the pretty 😍🤩 fireworks 🎆🎇 so far from the closing ceremony of this water festival 🎉🎊

Really amazing beautiful 😍🤩 & with the boats 🛶🛶 decorated with LED lighting💡💡screens represented by each relevant authorities of organising & managing this water 💦💧 festival 🎊🎉 e.g. Tourism, Justice, Ministry of Art & Handicrafts etc. to name a few noted 😉

SiennyLovesDrawing 👩🏻 has captured a vBlog 📹🎥 for sharing here, do click in to enjoy it ya 🤗

Ohh ya…Some of the eateries 🍽🍴 & shops 🛒🛍may close ⛔️ during this water 💦💧 festival 🎉🎊 (All 3️⃣ days) & resume their operation then 🤗

This festival 🎊🎉 also ended with lots of clean up & tidy up at the riverside by the local Khmers 🇰🇭👬👬👬

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SiennyLovesDrawing 👩🏻 was blessed 😇 that she 👩🏻 stay with her decision to continue with this solo travel & really enjoyed this water 💦💧 festival celebration 🎊 🎉 & highly recommended 👍🏻👆🏻to all travellers that would like to appreciating & participating local heritage & cultures celebration. Definitely worth your time to learn the unique local Khmers🇰🇭👬👫👭’ lifestyle better

More details,

🌐 https://www.tourismcambodia.com/tripplanner/events-in-cambodia/water-and-moon-festival.htm?fbclid=IwAR32x21NsTrdH3CScoy8ayDq4oyS0T0bRYkXBh-TAOKoARcCXNc8d7_2P5k

Also welcome 🤗 to check out SiennyLovesDrawing 👩🏻 ’s top contributor 👆🏻 account via 🌐 https://www.tripadvisor.com.my/members/siennylovesdrawing for her recent reviews about the Cambodia 🇰🇭 ’s tourist attractions, food & accommodation stay ya 👩🏻‍💻📝

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Folkcharm Travels with Air Asia Foundation

Today, Happy International Women’s Day ‼️3️⃣8️⃣🙋🏻‍♀️👩🏻💃🚶🏻‍♀️🏃🏻‍♀️👭👵🏻👩🏻‍💼👩🏻‍💻💇🏻‍♀️😘😍

Yeah‼️ SiennyLovesDrawing 👩🏻 was invited 📩📧💌 by Air Asia Foundation to attend & witness the ethical fashion 👚👕👗🧣show “Loom to Life” by Folkcharm Crafts 👚👕👗🧣from Bangkok, Thailand 🇹🇭

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It was an eco-fashion ♻️ show which happened on 🔟 Feb i.e. during the Social Enterprise Market 🛒🛍🎁 named Destination: GOOD at 📍2️⃣, Jalan Hang Kasturi, Kuala Lumpur, West Malaysia 🇲🇾 from 7️⃣ to 1️⃣3️⃣ Feb 2018🤗

Do enjoy a short clip 📹🎥 captured by her before the fashion show 👚👕👗🧣started,

The fashion show 👚👕👗🧣opening by Yap Mun Ching, Executive Director 👩🏻‍💼 of Air Asia Foundation, & Passawee T. Kodaka, founder 💁🏻‍♀️ of FolkCharm Crafts (with short Bob hairstyle)😊

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Thailand’s 🇹🇭 Folkcharm Crafts 👚👕👗🧣~ Live sustainably ✅ by knowing the origins of what you wear ~ brings the ethical wear 👚👕👗🧣 from the streets of Bangkok 🇹🇭 & Tokyo 🇯🇵 to KL 🇲🇾 catwalk – modelled by the sizzling AirAsia crews👩🏻‍✈️👨🏻‍✈️

What❓⁉️Air Asia crews👨🏻‍✈️👩🏻‍✈️❓⁉️

Nope, SiennyLovesDrawing 👩🏻 was truly impressed 😍🤩 & thought they are all professional models🙋🏻‍♀️🙋🏻‍♂️ Bravo‼️👏🏻👏🏻

Do enjoy a short clip 📹🎥 captured by her from the fashion show,

~ We just love ❤️ all things NATURAL💚❗️ ~ FolkCharm Crafts 👚👕👗🧣was having their much-loved 💚 cotton-based apparels & accessories on display at the market🛒🛍🎁

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She loves 😍 the great 👍🏻 workmanship & each details from handcrafts art 👕 👚👗🧣of Folkcharm Crafts❤️

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Truly amazing‼️ It’s once said the longer you wear it, it will become softer after👍🏻🤩

Do enjoy a short clip 🎥📹 of all its apparels 👕👚👗🧣& accessories captured by her from her visit to the Social Enterprise Market🛒🛍🎁

With grant 💰 from Air Asia Foundation, Folkcharm Crafts 👚👕👗🧣has to develop seasonal, customisable tours 🛫 to villages in Loei 🏞 Province & the travellers👫👭👬 will,

  • Experience the rural way of life that revolves around the craft community in beautiful untouched Loei🏞
  • Stay in traditional village accommodation🛌
  • Eat home-cooked 👨🏻‍🍳👩🏻‍🍳 North-Eastern Thai 🌶 meals by the locals
  • Engage in activities e.g. cotton-weaving, basketry, soap-making, crop-harvesting, natural dye etc.😉

Hmm…This kind of travel 🎒🕶🛫 definitely worth to participate ✅ as it’s educational for both adults 👩🏻👨🏻👴🏻👵🏻 & kids👧🏻🧒🏻👦🏻🧑🏻 , perhaps SiennyLovesDrawing 👩🏻 will join in too, if so, do stay tune for her travelling 🎒🕶🧢👟 sharing 👩🏻‍💻📝 then

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More details, https://www.airasiafoundation.com/social-enterprise/folkcharm/

Website🌐: http://folkcharm.com/folkcharm-travels/

FB: https://www.facebook.com/folkcharm/

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Hmm…Have you shop 🛒🛍🎁 for a good cause before❓⁉️

This Destination: GOOD Social Enterprise Market has retailed over 2️⃣0️⃣0️⃣ sustainably produced items from Asean 🌎 social enterprises. All the items were so uniquely precious handcrafted. A must visit when they are having subsequent markets 🛒🛍🎁 in the future👍🏻😃

Again, more about Air Asia Foundation❓⁉️

It has established since March 2012 as the philanthropic arm of the AirAsia Group. The Foundation is mandated to support ✅ social enterprises as a way of empowering underprivileged individuals👬👭👫 , as well as projects that seek to preserve & revive the region’s unique cultural heritage. Through its work, the Foundation is committed to helping build an ASEAN 🌎 of the future👆🏻👍🏻

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When people 🗣👤👥 ask, “Why social entrepreneurship❓⁉️”

It’s because money 💰 goes a long way if people 👫👭👬 know how to use it sustainably✅ Hence, the born of Air Asia Foundation😀

Find out more via,

Website🌐: https://www.airasiafoundation.com/

FB: https://www.facebook.com/AirAsiaFoundation/

#ThinkCityxWUF9 #DGxWUF9 #AirAsiaxWUF9 #DestinationGOOD #socialenterprise #Asean #WUF9 #AirAsia  #cotton  #organiccotton #cottonpicking #natural #organic #locallysourced #locallife #weaver #handmade #organic #handloom#localcraft #folkcraft #folkart #ethnic #rural #tradition #simplelife#ethicalcrafts #folkcharmjourney #thailand #empowerment #locals #villagelife #rural

ASEAN NI award, https://siennylovesdrawing.wordpress.com/

The ASEAN IN Award 2017

SiennyLovesDrawing👩🏻was invited to witness the official launch🎊🎉of the ASEAN IN Award🎖🏆2017. This award🎖🏆will be organised in Dec for the 1️⃣st time by The Malaysia Global Chamber of Commerce with the co-operation of Ministry of International Trade & Industry, Ministry of Communications & Multimedia Malaysia as well as the Intellectual Property Corporation of Malaysia 🇲🇾

“Inaugural Award Ceremony Recognize Startups & Bridging Winners to ASEAN countries”

Hmm…What’s this award🎖🏆about❓⁉️

~ Innovative, Intellectual, Infinity ~

It is set up to groom & to bridge boundaries & barriers for ASEAN youth of innovative market. There are 3️⃣ categories for this 1️⃣st ASEAN IN Award🎖🏆competition & expecting approximately 5️⃣0️⃣brands will be participating

  • Top IN Personality Award
  • Top IN Entrepreneur Award
  • Top IN Corporate Award

Why this award🎖🏆❓⁉️

It is set to be the platform for thought leadership & experience on the trends & business opportunities for start-ups & upcoming entrepreneurs by established entrepreneurs who have managed to break the boundaries in ASEAN👍🏻

It was 1️⃣st started with a welcome note presented by Dato’ Sri Dr. Alex Ong, President of Malaysia Global Chamber of Commerce emphasized on the objectives to enhance the Small-Medium Enterprise (SME) & Startups branding cum credibility. Continued with a speech by the co-organizer Emage by Evelyn Ch’ng on the vision, mission & its foundation for The ASEAN IN Award 2017😃

The organizers further emphasized that it is to create more awareness among entrepreneurs & upcoming entrepreneurs about it as  this Award will encourage & promote further business opportunities among ASEAN Entrepreneurs from fellow ASEAN countries🗺👍🏻

The ambassadors & partners who will be supporting & mentoring all the award winners👭👬👫are Dr Ng (Association of International Certified Aesthetician), Dr. Janson Ang (The Givingbank.com & Janson Group), Mr. Soo Hoo (Malaysia Association of Professional Trainers & Coaches (MAPTAC), Ms. Isabelle Liow (Mrs Malaysia Globe), Ms. Yudi Yap (Musician & Cultural Entreprenuer), Celest Yeo (Syn Consulting), Alicia Bon (LeBon, Jason Chan,Strategic Alliance Event S/B), Ben Tan (Mad Agency), Edward (Get Discovered Media PLT) & Joecess Lim (Celmonze Aesthetic Academy)👍🏻👏🏻

SiennyLovesDrawing👩🏻 was inspired by Jan Chia, the performer💁🏻🎤🎼at the end of this launching🎊🎉

From Jan’s sharing, understand that she used to be a talented singer but a car accident crashed her dreams☹️She lost her mobility & used 1️⃣ year to stand on her feet again😃Bravo❗️She didn’t give up on herself👍🏻

She found her another talent cum potential instead, she is now a certified translator, marketing her services online & securing some engagements with big corporates, MNCs etc. within 1️⃣ year😁👏🏻

Truly honour her fighting spirit & her entrepreneurship on marketing herself, be INNOVATIVE & value your INTELLECTUAL property, no matter where you are and how you are‼️

The co-founder also highlighted that the future to award less fortunate with disability entrepreneurs & it’s part of the organizer contribution to the society. Further, this award illustrated on the implications of this opportunity when it opens the market to more than 626 million people👫👭👬& the younger generation👶🏻👦🏻👧🏻that need to be aware of the importance of bridging & networking in ASEAN🗺

Hence, all the award winners👫👭👬will be receiving a mentorship to expanding its businesses to other ASEAN countries🗺

Interested to participate as a nominee for this 1️⃣st ASEAN IN Award🎖🏆2017❓⁉️

For more details,

Email📧: info@asean-in-award.com

Contact no.☎️📞📱: +6019-7199696

FB: https://www.facebook.com/AseanInAward/

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