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Playground For Women @ KOA Fitness, Mont Kiara

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“I feel like all the guys are staring into my soul,” and “there are too many hot guys there, I can’t focus,” are reasons I hear most often from girl friends who tell me why going to the gym isn’t their thing. It comes as no surprise that most women are afraid to hit the gym, or do anything other than cardio at the gym, in order to avoid the judgmental (and occasionally inappropriate) gaze of the gym’s male population.

Koa Fitness was created to solve this very problem. Its founders Nicholas Mak and Marie Ann wanted to create a gym that women from all walks of life can call their playground, as well as a gym where they can feel completely comfortable at ease in. To fulfil this niche, they created a safe space where women can train and improve themselves in the company of other women with similar fitness aspirations that would motivate them further to achieve their personal goals.

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The word ‘Koa’ is a Hawaiian term that means ‘warrior’ or ‘brave’.

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Koa Fitness emphasizes strongly on being a gym that can cater to any type of woman- be it university students trying to get their beach bod ready for the year-end vacation, or a driven career woman in need of a workout to melt the stress away. Aside from being an open gym that allows members to enter anytime during the gym’s opening hours to workout in whatever way they like, Koa Fitness also has various classes and programs that can aid various fitness goals whether it’s to lose weight or gain muscle mass.

To create a unique experience for women, the gym suggests pre-programmed workouts plans designed specifically for women each day on a message board in the center of the establishment. Coaches are also always on site to help ensure everyone is working out the right way to prevent any injuries.

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Many women have complained that the free weights section is one of the most intimidating places to be in at a conventional gym, as it’s almost exclusively filled with men. Hence, a free weights section is something the founders felt were a compulsory addition to Koa Fitness. For those who prefer free-form strength training but want to add a bit more variety to their workout, a large selection of Kettle-bells and Medicine Balls are available to members.

Not forgotten are machines that target specific parts of the body. Whether you want to tone up or pack on some muscle, these machines can definitely aid in your fitness goals. For those who want stronger legs and a tighter booty, Koa Fitness also has a fully functioning weighted squat rack.

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Also a part of Koa Fitness is a beautiful studio that is used for curated classes including (but not limited to) Booty Pump, Xpress Sweat and Lean n’ Mean. Popular Malaysian dancer Maybelline Wong will be debuting her brand new dance class, FMMSTYL, in Koa Fitness sometime in February. You can check out all current classes available here.

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Maybelline giving us a preview of her latest dance class, FMMSTYL.

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Toys For The Boys

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“I need to buy my boyfriend a gift, what do guys like?” is a question I’ve heard way too often. As I’m sure any other guy who’s social circles are filled predominantly with women can attest to, the question, in itself is pretty subjective. Every man, to a certain extent, is in fact, different. They have different interests, hobbies and passions. However, there are a few things that I think you can’t go wrong with, especially for guys who love their gadgets.

1. Google Chromecast, RM160.38

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The Google Chromecast is a device that will turn any HD television into a pseudo Smart TV. Simply plug the Google Chromecast into your television, and you can stream content from your phones, tablets or laptops at your heart’s desire. You can binge watch Netflix, watch your favorite YouTubers on the big screen, look at old family videos or even mirror your phone screen to your television so everyone can watch you play Candy Crush.

Get this as a gift if . . .

He loves movies and TV series, or is constantly on YouTube. If he does, I’m sure he’d love watching his favorite content on the television’s big screen from the comfort of his couch. Plus, it’s not as easy to Netflix and chill if two people are fighting for space while trying to watch a movie on an iPhone screen.

Alternatively . . .

Chromecast Ultra

For the purists, who only accept the best of the best when it comes to their media, the Google Chromecast Ultra (RM499), does everything the Chromecast can do, only faster, and clearer. The Chromecast Ultra features Ultra HD / 4K Resolution as well as improved hardware. The Chromecast is avalable at Maxis outlets, whilst the Chromecast Ultra is available on Lazada’s online store.

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2. XiaoMi MiBand 2, RM149.90

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The XiaoMi MiBand 2 is a hybrid between a fitness tracker, and a smart watch. Besides telling you the time, a built-in pedometer tracks the number of steps you take, while a heart-rate monitor allows you to maximize the intensity of your workouts. However, that’s not everything that this little piece of tech can do, it links to any Android smartphone via Bluetooth, and displays message notifications and call alerts on its OLED screen. It is also certified water resistant, so the occasional splash won’t damage it either.

Get this as a gift if . . .

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A fairy and a vamp hike up Bukit Kutu

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Jun and i have been trying to hike more, with my enthusiasm for it high post-NYE
He usually goes off into the jungle by himself on some weekdays to train/run
Those i don’t go cos i’m busy with work, and i can’t keep up when he trains… i’d just slow him down

Recently tho i’ve been feeling like i just want to slow down on the partying… we do the same thing every weekend – drink, get hungover next day, eat lunch, chill, run errands, social events. If we plan ahead to GO FOR A HIKE, then at least i’m mentally prepared and won’t venture out to drink the night before and just stay in like a super angelic fairy. Dahlah i’m stuck to my laptop most hours/days, the desire to be active outdoors feels so much greater these days…

I told him to choose between Gunung Nuang and Bukit Kutu, not really caring where we went cos either way it’d be a new hike for me. He chose the latter and we arrived there to find… SO many cars parked past Kampung Pertak.

Jun: Damn! So many cars!
Me: Maybe… there’s a wedding…
Jun: We shouldn’t come on a weekend next time

But we were already there, and it was a GORGEOUS DAY!

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We had to cross two rivers at the beginning of the trek and i whined a little bout hiking with wet feet.
He firmly consoled me that my Salomon shoes were made to dry quickly and he was right.

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The hike all the way to the top was mentioned to take 4 hours, but we overslept (haha OH WELL) and ended up starting to hike up at 3pm, when others were making their way down.

Peeps: Lambatnya naik!
Us: Urm, hike sikit aje

We passed a fair number of people on the trail, some of whom had camped on the summit the night before. I was like no way am i gonna camp if i can help it… i’d rather just go up and down quickly in one day and be done with it :p

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Cantiknya akar <3

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There are so many butterflies in that forest, and this beautiful blue one let me crouch incredibly near.

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Upcoming art workshops & shopping parties in KL!

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I don’t usually do this but it seems like a whole BUNCH of interesting fashion events are happening in the next 7 days so i thought i’d share!

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Left: Malaysian label Maarimaia will be setting up a store at APW this Saturday 21st. I went for their launch last month (which i have failed to mention on the blog :p) and bought the same dress in the image which i wore to the Jaeger-LeCoultre Christmas event. Follow @maarimaiaofficial for more updates!

Right: Love Bonito is having a CNY Styling Workshop with Fashion Valet in their Pavilion store this Saturday too! Click *here* for more details how to get in!

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One of the most darling designers i know just launched his new space in Publika! I missed the launch cos had a clashing event.
Say hi to the Dream Makers Club by Jimmy Lim, he took over Celeste‘s space and is directly across Cuevolution and down the corridor from My Apparel Zoo! I blogged bout Jimmy’s collection at last year’s KLFW *here*

To get up to their stores, you gotta take the lift next to Sony to Floor B2.

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The space is SO Jimmy.

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Took a shot of Cuevolution cos her wall is just so pretty.

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Me with Ai of Cuevolution and Jimmy of Dream Makers Club.
Two of my favourite people to hug, eat and drink with!
Well the drinking is with Jimmy, Ai doesn’t really drink heh.

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They’re both collaborating to have a clearance sale this coming week so go go go!
Part of me doesn’t wanna go cos of the temptation and i wanna save more $ to travel this year.
Another part of me doesn’t want to miss out cos i’m eyeing the Cristina Sabaiduc scarves… -_-

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Celebrate! By Tish x Sitka | Little Collins KL | Food I’ve been scoffing

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Last month Jun and i went to the launch of Celebrate!, a collaboration between bespoke event planner Tish Lifestyle, and Sitka Restaurant. I recently blogged about eating at Sitka Studio *here*.

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Jun, me and Shermaine

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Jun, me, Jenifer, Shermaine and Mei Ling

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Ili from Agak-Agak

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Sparked by their boredom in the dining scene; Shermaine Wong (Founder of Tish), Jenifer Kuah (owner of Food Foundry, Feeka, Butter + Beans) and Chef Christian Recomio (award-winning chef and owner of Moonfish Café, UK) have come together to hold a series of monthly supper club events. Each monthly edition of Celebrate! will have a different cinema culture theme that will inspire the room décor, tablescape and menu.

February 14-16: In the Mood for Love
March 16-18: Andy Warhol’s The Silver Factory
April 20-22: Wes Anderson
May 11-14: Joy Luck Club
June 15-18: Fight Club

I’m already eyeing which ones i want to rsvp for!

Aimed to  “create, provoke and experiment unique dining experiences by uniting food, culture, cinema and music”, each ticket is priced at RM 140 nett for a welcome bubbly / wine / drink + 3-course menu.

To purchase tickets for Celebrate! supper club, drop by Sitka Eating House + Wine Bar on Jalan Batai or email [email protected] Tickets can be purchased via bank transfer and cash.

For more information, visit www.tish.my or www.sitkarestaurant.com.

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I went for Lilou and Heloise’s joint mum + daughter birthday party, which really means, it’s more of the daughter’s party filled with bouncy castle (i’m not complaining!) and sugar-high kids. The theme was purple Minnie Mouse and i helped organise the cakes (made by Little Collins) that day!

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The birthday fondant cake is made of the cakery’s signature chocolate mud layered with chocolate ganache, the butter cupcakes with classic buttercream were topped with fondant cutouts, and the cake pops (not pictured) were red velvet dipped in milk & white chocolate.

Frances Voon has been running her Little Collins cakery & cafe in Solaris Mont Kiara for 8 years before expanding with an online cake store – www.littlecollinskl.com – so one doesn’t have to do cake runs for parties anymore. They deliver to YOU 😉

Her little team of bakers and decorators provide ready-made cakes to choose from, party desserts, and custom make novelty cakes which customers can walk in to taste or meet for a consultation to build their “dream” cakes.

Thanks to Frances, KBF readers get 20% off orders till 30th April 2017!
Just quote promo code: kinkybluefairy

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