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Catcha Group backs new venture, Instahome - The New Way to Rent a Home

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Instahome introduces The New Way to Rent a Home in Malaysia with the aim to transform the region’s home rental experience.  Instahome was founded in September 2020 by prolific internet entrepreneurs in Southeast Asia (SEA), Patrick Grove and Eric Tan. Grove is also the Group CEO and Co-Founder of Catcha Group, a leading SEA internet group, behind companies like iProperty, iflix, iCar Asia and Rev Asia. Prior to launching Instahome, Tan was Grove’s Chief of Staff in Catcha, where he led the group’s investment team. He was also formerly a founder of another Catcha-backed live-streaming app, VIP Live in Indonesia and previously, the Head of SEA at a London-based mobile app analytics startup, Reflection.io. Months of research and survey by the team has proven that renting a home could turn out a very frustrating process for renters across the country. Most renting experiences are plagued by fake and/or inaccurate listings, misleading photos and a cumbersome and overly-manual process.  With these in mind, the idea of Instahome was born, looking to leverage on the use of design and technology to help renters dramatically improve home rental experience for tenants, agents and landlords.  In a 200-renters survey in Klang Valley conducted by the Instahome team before the launch, a staggering 60% of the renters complained that the quality of listing on existing property websites as their biggest frustration when looking for a rental home.  “As a team of frustrated renters, we asked ourselves ‘What is the dream renting experience?’ and we realised that the world of renting has not caught up with the times,” says Eric Tan, CEO and Co-Founder of Instahome. “We set out to create a better and new way to rent a home. On Instahome, we personally visit and check all of our homes before listing them on our platform – no more filtering through hundreds of fake, inaccurate and poor-quality listings.”Additional key features of Instahome include:-3D virtual tours, HD photos and videos of every listed homes-Scheduling home visits on the platform-Renting online, without the hassle of paperwork-Discovering and arranging for maintenance services-Paying rent on time for rewards redemption and the building of a credit profile Another major problem on existing property websites is the duplication of listings. This is because landlords normally work with a few agents to look for tenants for the same rental properties and these agents would subsequently list the same units on major classifieds. This results in a horrible search experience for a would-be renter, as one has to spend hours, unknowingly enquiring the same units. “In the past, some of our team members have visited the same property twice (some even thrice!) with different real estate agents when they were looking for a place to rent as the exact property address is not disclosed at the point of viewing. It’s a huge waste of time and effort for all parties involved. Therefore, we make sure all the listings on Instahome are unique. Once a property is listed by our partner agent, we will reject all future requests by other agents to list the same unit. For agents, it only takes 1 minute to list their property with Instahome – all we ask for is the property address, rent, and deposit requirement, we then take care of the rest. We want to make sure that agents find tenants in the most efficient manner. We are very fortunate to have signed up more than 100 agents across Klang Valley to partner with us officially at launch, and we look forward to many more agents who have already expressed interest to work together once our platform is live. We want to make renting a home as easy as buying a T-shirt online,” Tan added.  Patrick Grove, Co-Founder and Investor of Instahome, is no stranger to the online property marketplace scene. He was the Chairman and Co-Founder of iProperty Group, SEA’s largest property website. iProperty Group was acquired by Rupert Murdoch’s REA Group for US$532m in 2015, as one of the region’s largest tech exit. “I am extremely excited to launch Instahome with an extremely passionate and talented founding team. Except for online property classifieds, the real estate industry has largely remained the same in the last 20 years. With our operating experience in iProperty, extensive industry network and personal frustration on the problem, we are very convinced that Instahome is the future of home rental,” Grove commented.
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Male Netizen: I Am Moving To Penang Now! Malaysian Girls Are More Fond Of Tubby Men.

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Dear Malaysian girls, what kind of boy would attract you? Tubby type of man or muscular type of man? According to recent surveys, it turns out that most Malaysian women prefer tubby and elder guys. Boys, you didn't expect it, right?!   A survey from the "JustDating" dating mobile app revealed that 53% of interviewed Malaysian women prefer tubby and elder men. They think that guys with a little belly can give them a sense of security because they can hug them like a bear doll when they are lonely.It's worth noting that 70% of Penang women who love tubby and elder men are young girls aged 18 to 25.    Don't worry if you are a muscular guy because women in Selangor prefer muscular men! Women in Klang Valley who aged between 28 and 35 years old are more interested in boys who have strong thighs, strong biceps, and buttocks.    The survey also showed that women in Johor are different from women in Penang and Klang Valley. They like thin boys with long hair. 88% of women in Johor are biased towards men with artistic charm.In addition to body shape, women also said that they like to observe men's Adam's apple, especially when they drink water.Malaysian netizens say this survey is quite accurate. The male netizens (probably with a small belly) said that he is moving to Penang!Girls, what type of guy do you prefer? Guys, are you going to a new city to find your love?Source: RedChili21Cover Photo: Pinterest | Pinterest
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Fight between sisters during birthday goes viral on the internet | If you have a siblings, you would understand this

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On 19th Oct (Monday), the video of a fight between two sisters during a birthday party went viral on the Internet, reaching the Trending Topics of Twitter. In the video, the younger sister, three years old, was about to blow out the candles on the cake when her older sister blew it out before her. Annoyed and frustrated, the younger girl started the fight. The fight was like those soap opera scenes with loads of hair pulling and jerks, and man, trust me, it is kinda satisfying. And let's not forget, to take a good look at the older sister's expression. Now that's a real villain face. Following the sensational clip, just a hundreds of other memes were created. Here's a few :-    The video was posted by a relatives of the girls, and she told the Hugo Gloss website that the girls have a normal sister relationship, and they get along very well. But because it was the youngest's birthday, and all the presents and hugs were for the little girl, so it is quite normal for the older one to feeling jealous of her sister. According to her, the fight ended with a twist, with the sisters cutting the cake together. She explained that "It is that relationship of sisters. One hour they are slapping each other, another time they are hugging." All in all, we do love our siblings, just not the time when they disturb our peace. Then, we are not siblings. Hahahaha...just kidding. Let's take a look at the video, again, and again. Cause it is so satisfying!!! 
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Covid19 News

CSIRO‘s Study: SARS-CoV-2 Can Survive For 28 Days On Smooth Surfaces.

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Amidst of COVID-19, predicting and mitigating its spread has become the most important task of many medical professionals in order to protect people. The study of Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) has contributed greatly to this effort because this study shows us how long SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) can survive on different types of surfaces.   The study is based on the agency's previous COVID-19 work such as vaccine testing and wastewater testing. It was conducted completely in the dark in order to remove the influence of ultraviolet (UV) light on the virus. The research found that SARS-CoV-2 survived longer at lower temperatures. At 20 degrees Celsius, it can live up to 28 days on smooth surfaces such as glass (such as those found on mobile phone screens), stainless steel, and paper banknotes.Meanwhile, at 30 and 40 degrees Celsius, the survival time of the virus decrease as the temperature rose.   The same experiment for Influenza A has discovered that it sustained on surfaces for 17 days, which highlights just how resilient SARS-CoV-2 is. Hence, the public is encouraged to reinforce good practices such as proper handwashing and cleaning surfaces. Source: Bernama
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3 Ways Parents Can Boost Their Family’s Digital Security

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  3 Ways Parents Can Boost Their Family’s Digital SecurityKeeping your family digitally secure has never been more important .The good news is that establishing protective measures is relatively simple. Start with the big three: passwords, parental controls and app use. By shoring up your defenses both on and offline, you can likely keep everyone in your family safe and secure.The Child Online Safety Index (COSI) found that out of 30 countries, Malaysia ranks 14 for child exposure to risky content and 11 for cyber threats. While exposure risks remains between average and above average, families playing an active role in laying the foundation for security can promote a safer and more conducive online environment. Here are some of the ways parents can help to protect their families online:   1. Strengthen your passwordsSecurity starts with a strong password. Always use a combination of numbers, symbols and uppercase and lowercase letters—and use different ones for every account. Keep track of all of them with a password manager, which can keep all your logins and passwords in one place and remind you to change your password regularly. Some apps even suggest strings of letters, symbols and numbers that are near impossible to crack. When using password manager apps, make sure the device itself is well protected.    2. Parental controls are the front line for a family’s digital security.Screen time, internet access and age-appropriate content are just a few of the many things parents need to monitor. With apps like Boomerang Parental Control, powered by Knox, parents can screen calls, track movements and monitor texts at a glance. Take an active role in approving the apps they download and keep an eye on screen time. Above all, supplement online parental controls with real face-to-face conversations to navigate the internet together.   3. Protecting your kids means watching out for phishingSafeguard your children and their devices from malicious content. When phishers lift sensitive personal information from an app, game or website your child visits through phishing, it could have disastrous effects. Brush up on protection protocols for the tablets and phones that your kids use. In addition to exercising parental controls, talk to your kids about staying safe on the internet and have those conversations frequently.COSI found that Malaysia ranked 15 out of 30 when it comes to parental guidance and mediation in their child’s online activities. On top of implementing preventive measures, parents will have to lead by example by practicing and fostering cybersecurity hygiene practices at home., In times where kids are spending time and learning more online, it is key that we instill healthy digital habits from a young age and develop awarenesss towards using mobile devices and surfing on the internet.
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Food Promotion News

Like Real Durian! Cadbury Dairy Milk Limited Edition Durian Flavored Chocolate Is Back!

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You may have eaten durian-flavored snacks, ice cream, candy, milk tea, and others. How about durian-flavored chocolate? The good news is that Cadbury Dairy Milk Durian is right here for you!Cadbury Dairy Milk Durian is made with pure fresh milk, fragrant milk chocolate, durian seasoning, and wheat.Many Malaysian netizens continue to praise after the trial and share their experiences on the Internet!Some of them said they feel like eating real durian!This limited edition Cadbury Dairy Milk Durian also available in 3 different packages, 40g, 100g, and 165g. Now you can buy it in major supermarkets, convenience stores, and even online platforms!This limited edition Cadbury Dairy Milk Durian will only be sold until October 31st.Do you want to take a bite too? Then go buy it, don't miss it again this time!Cover Photo: IG Of Cadbury Malaysia | IG Of Hidayah Mustaffa Kamal
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Boba In Instant Noodle?! MAMEE x Tealive: Spicy Mi Boba Was Launched On October 3

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Good news to Boba and instant noodles lovers! Tealive collaborated with MAMEE to launch out Spicy Mi Boba. It is like a great "BANG" to our imagination. We usually have instant noodles and boba milk tea separately, but now we have both of them in one single cup. Can you guys imagine the flavor? How exciting is that!   Photo Souce: Linkedin Of Bryan Loo This new Spicy Mi Boba is gonna bring MAMEE Instant Noodle and Tealive milk tea to another whole new level. As Spicy Mi Boba could either be cooked in hot or cold water, it brings us two sentiments although there’s only one flavor.   Photo Souce: Linkedin Of Bryan LooAs the seasoning powder contains sugar, spices, creamer (contains milk), and black tea powder, the soup base is gonna be spicy and sweet at the same time.    Photo Souce: Linkedin Of Bryan LooSpicy Mi Boba is sold at RM15.90 for 3 cups, and RM29.90 for 6 cups. You can get up to 24 cups for RM109.90. They’re sold exclusively on Tealive’s webpage for now.How to eat:1. Open the cup lid partially.2. Pour the seasoning powder & creamer into the cup.3. Add boiling water up to the waterline marking (approx. 250ml) then stir well.4. Close the lid and simmer for 3 minutes.5. Stir well, and add in boba. Finally, it is ready to serve!*Add in ice cubes if you like it cold.        Photo Souce: Linkedin Of Bryan LooDare yourself to taste the Spicy Mi Boba today! You’d find spicy noodles from MAMEE Noodles, which are weirdly but wonderfully combined with Tealive pearl milk tea! Grab it now!Cover Photo: Linkedin Of Bryan Loo | Linkedin Of Bryan Loo
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iMedia Acquires Stakes in Top Online Chinese Media in Malaysia

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iMedia, one of Malaysia’s leading integrated digital media groups, today announced it has acquired a controlling stake in Goody25 (www.goody25.com), one of the leading Chinese Language websites in Malaysia.   iMedia, recently announced its own plans to join Bursa Malaysia via its own 100% acquisition by Rev Asia Berhad, currently listed on Bursa Malaysia for approximately RM40m. Upon approval by regulators and shareholders, the Goody25 acquisition will be part of iMedia’s move to Bursa Malaysia. The acquisition of Goody25 (www.goody25.com) and GoodyMY (www.goodymy.com), is via Goody Technologies Sdn Bhd. iMedia is at present the exclusive sales representation partner for all brands under Goody Technologies and steps up as a major shareholder. As part of the deal, all technology assets from the company will be fully merged into iMedia’s ecosystem. Goody25 is a leading Chinese language social news media and content portal that primarily focuses on the latest news and trendiest stories on lifestyle, fashion, art, entertainment, travel, and food. Launched in 2015, it has grown into a prominent brand and source for many visitors from Malaysia and across the region and has consistently placed in the Top 20 websites visited by Malaysian Internet users and the top Chinese language site based on Alexa rankings. Goody25 operates 5 different Facebook Pages, and together they have a strong social following with over 900k followers on Facebook and Instagram combined.  According to Google Analytics, Goody25 recorded an average of 10.8 million page views and 2.65 million users per month in year 2020 (based on GA’s January to August data).  GoodyMY, the English language social news portal, was launched in 2019 and is expected to record a visitor count of over 500k by the end of 2020.  Aaron Lim, Managing Director of Goody Technologies, said: “A lot of hard work have been put on building the Goody25 brand. We have grown fast independently in the past 5 years and is now looking forward to expand the company further with iMedia. We take great recognition to have become the first Chinese media acquired by iMedia and we, at Goody Technologies, take this as a testament and acknowledgement to our team’s hard work and dedication. My partner, Alex Ooi and I, want to thank our users and clients for their support and we will continue to strive in providing top quality content and services. We are excited with the prospects of working with iMedia, who will serve as a solid partner in helping Goody Technologies grow further in the coming years”. Voon Tze Khay, Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder of iMedia, said: “We are excited to welcome the Goody brands to our fast-growing content and social influencer network. Over the last few months since representing Goody25 and GoodyMY as part of our sales network, we have shown our strength and expertise in providing integrated digital solutions and influencer marketing campaigns in generating greater revenue for the group. We will continue to expand on our revenue streams by working closer and merging the KOLs under the Goody brands to be part of our larger influencer network. There is much more to come and we look forward to continue working with the Founders and their team”.iMedia — Malaysia’s fast-growing integrated digital media company with a combined following of over 10 million visitors across its websites, social platforms and influencer network — has an extensive portfolio of popular online brands and influencer network which include OhMedia, Ittify, Newswav, Malaysia Gazette and Oriental Daily Online.
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Life Is Full Of Happiness | German Artist Made Interesting Graphics With Masks

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The epidemic has lasted for more than half a year. Wearing masks has become an indispensable part of our lives. A German artist added funny cartoons to the mask, hoping to alleviate people's anxiety.Using computer graphics, Steffen Kraft created pictures with disposable masks, such as painting the mask as a coffee cup, making the ear strap as a spaghetti shared by a couple, and even more.Many netizens liked his paintings and thought they could reflect the life of the epidemic. They left a message: "The series of novel coronavirus pneumonia works are very creative." "Interesting and meaningful."
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You Will Always Be Our King | Marvel Pays Tribute to Chadwick Boseman in Heartfelt Video

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On Sunday (30 August), Marvel Studios released a short film in tribute to Chadwick Boseman who passed away on Friday (28 August). Almost five minutes long, the video featured some clips from the Marvel film "Black Panther" and also clips from behind-the-scenes. The film also featured some words and praises said by the producers and actors from the studio in remembrance of Boseman.    Photo source: YouTube"It was Chadwick Boseman's performance in '42' that really made us take a second look," says producer Nate Moore. "Chadwick is an amazing actor who we thought would fit perfectly with the MCU," Kevin Feige added. "He's regal and grounded, and he brings a gravitas to it," says Lupita Nyong'O. "And I think he wore the crown with dignity." "He did the work, obviously," Michael B. Jordan praised. "I just think he did an incredible job being true to the character."    Photo source: YouTube As the Black Panther also appeared in other Marvel films, Boseman had a chance to work with the other superheroes as well. The film of tribute also showed the praises of those superheroes that he had worked with, including Captain America (Chris Evans), Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and the Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson). "We must find a way to look after one another as if we were one single tribe." - King T'Challa. The short film ended with the headline "You will always be our king" indicating that Chadwick Boseman will forever be a king in our hearts. 
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