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Waterfall Deploys its Unidirectional Security Gateways in Japan
In Japan, as in other leading countries in Asia, industrial sites are applying best–practice security to defeat modern attacks on their control networks. Waterfall Security's Unidirectional Security Gateways currently protect power plants, chemical …
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Tiger-Consulting expands onsite payroll consulting services, now assists international clients with in-house migration to new payroll systems, ongoing management


San Diego, CA (PRWEB) July 30, 2014

Tiger-Consulting, an American-owned and managed firm specializing in Asia HR, Payroll, and PEO Services for American, Canadian, European, and Australian based enterprises, announced today it now offers across Asia-Pacific internal payroll systems migrations and ongoing in-house management. The new service, inspired by Tiger-Consultings work with a leader in the U.S. food and beverage industry for 50+ years, is now available to enterprises with operations in Australia, Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam.

The systematic rollout across the clients Asia operationsa complicated migration from regional, country-specific payroll systems to global integrated systems using the latest technologyserved as a catalyst for our team to formalize and now offer as a service to our 200+ clients in-house payroll systems migration support and ongoing management, said Neil Satterwhite, founder and CEO, Tiger-Consulting.

As the man on the street in Asia providing enterprise HR, payroll and business support throughout the region, Tiger-Consulting specializes in companies that have or want to have 1-100 employees in Asia-Pacific. The companys clientsmany household namesspan industries such as IT, Telecommunications, Social Networking, Finance, Pharmaceuticals, Gas & Oil, Food & Beverage, Travel, Recruitment and Hospitality.

For questions about Tiger-Consultings HR, Payroll, PEO, Local Bill-Pay and Onsite Payroll Migration & Management Support Services in Asia, contact SalesUS(at)tiger-consulting(dot)net. Custom quotes are free.

About Tiger-Consulting

Tiger-Consulting is committed to making expansion and management of satellite operations easier for international businesses. The HR, Payroll, Bill-Pay, and Employment Outsource Firm supports operations for 200+ enterprise clients that have (or want to have) 1-100 employees in Asia-Pacific. Tiger-Consulting has offices and experienced teams on the ground in 14 countries: Australia, Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam. Through strategic partners, the firm also supports clients in Europe, South America, and other key markets.







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Asia-Pacific Application Delivery Network (ADN) Market is Expected to Reach $1,693.6 million in 2018 – New Report by MicroMarket Monitor


(PRWEB) September 20, 2014

The Asia-Pacific Application Delivery Network (ADN) market report defines and segments the application delivery network market in Asia-Pacific with analysis and forecast of revenue. This market is estimated to grow from $ 685.1 million in 2013 to $ 1,693.6 million by 2018, at a CAGR of 19.8% from 2013 to 2018.

Browse through the TOC of the Asia-Pacific Application Delivery Network (ADN) market report to get an idea of the in-depth analysis provided. It also provides a glimpse of the segmentation in the market, and is supported by various tables and figures.

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The numbers of BYOD devices are expected to increase exponentially in this region, creating a market for network delivery options for these devices. Application delivery network optimizes real-time interaction between the device and server that enables an organization to make use of the full potential of such devices. The BYOD market has shown immense growth potential, which will consequently act as a strong driver for the growth of the Asia-Pacific application delivery network market.

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The only hindrance for the application delivery network market in Asia-Pacific is the distinctive closed ecosystem with local vendors enjoying the major share of the market. Vendors from outside the country find it very difficult to set-up and stabilize their footing in the Asia-Pacific market.

The Asia-Pacific application delivery network market contributes a share of around 22.8% in 2014 to the global application delivery network market. This figure is expected to reach approximately 29.1% by the end of 2018. This market has witnessed tremendous growth in the past few years mainly due to the presence of flourishing IT industry in this region. Furthermore, the BYOD market in China has increased to a large extent, which is also propelling the growth of the Asia-Pacific application delivery network market.

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The Asia-Pacific application delivery network market is segmented and forecast based on products, such as Application Controllers, Application Security Equipment, and Application Gateways. The market is further segmented and forecast based on deployments, such as Cloud Service Provider, Telecommunication Service Providers, and Service Provider Enterprises. The end-users of the Asia-Pacific application delivery network market include Small and Medium Businesses (SMB) and Enterprises. The Asia-Pacific application delivery network market is also segmented based on major countries in this region such as China, Japan, and India.

The Asia-Pacific Application Delivery Network (ADN) market report includes market share and value chain analysis, along with market metrics such as drivers and restraints. In addition, it presents a competitive landscape and company profiles of the key players in the Asia-Pacific application delivery network market.

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North America Application Delivery Network (ADN) Market

The North American application delivery network (ADN) market is estimated to grow from $ 1.09 billion in 2013 to $ 1.63 billion by 2018, at a CAGR of 8.20%. The market for application delivery networks in the North American region is primarily driven by the increasing number of smart devices.

The ADN market is a combination of WAN optimization and application delivery control (ADC). The market deals with the access of distributed applications that are used by several organizations over the web. ADN is an effort to make that network more receptive and adaptive to IT businesses. ADNs are needed for effective delivery of vital information over the web and to provide protection against potential security threats that may interrupt or halt network operations. This report gives detailed insights into the North American application delivery network market, segmented across various products, regions, verticals, types of end users, and end-user environments.

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Europe Application Delivery Network (ADN) Market

The European application delivery network (ADN) market is estimated to grow from $ 1.02 billion in 2014 to $ 1.54 billion by 2018, at a CAGR of 8.60%. The market is primarily driven by the implementation of cloud services by various organizations in the European region, which is expected to be the best way to reduce networking costs.

The ADN market is a combination of WAN optimization and application delivery control (ADC). The market deals with the access of distributed applications that are used by several organizations over the web. ADN is an effort to make that network more receptive and adaptive to IT businesses. ADNs are needed for effective delivery of vital information over the web and to provide protection against potential security threats that may interrupt or halt network operations. This report gives detailed insights into the European AND market, segmented across various products, regions, verticals, types of end users, and end-user environments.

The ADN market is expected to grow rapidly in the European region. The enterprises in this country are looking at various options to deploy cost-effective networks to reduce networking costs. Ongoing cloud techniques are some of the ways to reduce networking costs and include application delivery networks.

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Cuti Cuti Malaysia to launch more travel and Domain services in Malaysia


Seremban (PRWEB) July 31, 2014

Cuticutimalaysia.com.my is the leading portals in the region offering a full range of travel and tourism related resources. Cuticutimalaysia.com.my is the ideal place to start for anyone intending to visit Malaysia and the attractions around the country. There is a wide variety of resources and information about all the various places and the top tourist destinations in Malaysia like Cameron Highlands, Langkawi Island and Seremban, among others. Malaysia is home to some of the best tourist destinations and most luxurious golf resorts, islands and destinations in the world.

At cuticutimalaysia.com.my, members can now browse through the various segments that include attractions, food, transport as well as booking of accommodation in Langkawi. In light of this, cuticutimalaysia.com.my is visited by tourists who are planning their trips to Malaysia, checking on the most economical and feasible options around.

Having been offering all types of resources for tourists and visitors for well over a decade now, cuticutimalaysia.com.my will now increase its offerings. This will involve added travel and domain services in Malaysia. In the travel services segment, cuticutimalaysia.com.my has lined up several events and competitions while special promotions are offered as well.

To kick-start the launch campaign, there will be a few golf tournaments which will be held at Port Dickson, Pulau Langkawi and Seremban respectively. The tournaments are focused at attracting golfers and enthusiasts to join the new portal where they will be playing in some of the most luxurious and world-class golf courses in Malaysia. Members who compete in the golf tournaments can stand a chance to win a lot of attractive prizes by the partners of cuticutimalaysia.com.my.

Among the prizes involved include homestay vouchers and complimentary stays which are sponsored exclusively by Homestay.my, the leading online portal for homestay options around Malaysia. This will include free stays, exclusive discounts, promotional packages and many other prizes which are offered by the portal which will benefit those who are travelling around Malaysia.

Apart from that, there will be vouchers sponsored by Auto.com.my which will include discounts at workshops, special promotions and exclusive deals for automotive services for these tournaments. Auto.com.my is the Malaysia Car and automotive directory website where it is collaborating with cuticutimalaysia.com.my to attract more players at the golf tournaments in conjunction with the new launch of these services.

Another facet of this new launch is the forum segment. A travel-centric forum will be launched which will provide the platform for members to participate in the issues discussed and posted. From the best food and attractions in a certain place to directions on getting to a certain location, members can post treads and check with others. On top of that, the forum will include reviews on hotels, discussions on service and anything else pertaining to the travel industry of Malaysia.

On the other hand, there will be a business forum which is catered for businesses and entrepreneurs. The forum will provide the space for members to discuss issues related to businesses, operations and other related matters. To encourage more participation in this new forum, there will be a special promotion which will run for a limited time only. Members who register with the forum are encouraged to participate in the discussions treads and to post comments where applicable. Top posters and most commented ones will win special prizes including free Mynic domain names for local businesses. This is sponsored by Domain.advertising.com.my, the leading domain and website hosting company in Malaysia.







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Hotelogix Launches its Property Management System in French

San Jose, CA (PRWEB) July 31, 2014

Known globally for empowering small and mid-sized hotels with its user-friendly property management system, Hotelogix is taking a step forward by offering its PMS in the language of the hoteliers choice. Hotelogix PMS is already available in English, Spanish, Portuguese and Thai languages. The French PMS is the latest addition to its offerings that will meet the rising demand by hotels in the 29 French speaking countries of the world.

One of the hotels in Morocco who opted for Hotelogixs French PMS was earlier using Moroccos popular on-premise system but faced challenges like inability to manage room inventory distribution online and no remote access to data. The hotel owner realized the need for a modern cloud based solution. Hotelogixs integrated package of the French version PMS and the Distribution System now allows them to streamline operations, sell rooms to a higher number of online channels and generate more bookings. The integrated web booking engine helps them take a bigger part of bookings directly through their own website, thereby saving on hefty OTA commissions. Moroccan hotels are also assured of local support with Hotelogixs partner in Morocco, Forleaders Solutions.

Mr. Yassir Benjilali, Director General, Forleaders Solution says, A large part of small and mid-sized hotels, serviced apartments, resorts and other hospitality businesses in Morocco are still working manually or using legacy systems. Switching to Hotelogix will allow them to get benefits of the growing internet distribution market at a fraction of a cost of a legacy PMS.

Mr. Aditya Sanghi, CEO and Founder of Hotelogix, says, Hotels in Morocco have used Hotelogix for some years and we expect to see higher adoption of the new French interface in the coming years. The small and mid-sized hospitality segment contributes to more than 10% of the national income in the Moroccan tourism industry and a significant population of Morocco speaks French. Our French version PMS will empower properties in all the French speaking countries of the world to use the technology that is adapted by hotels worldwide.

Hotelogix has also extended its 15-day free trial of the PMS in French language so that hoteliers can experience and evaluate the suitability. Hotelogix is committed to giving a rich and in-depth trial experience to help hoteliers gauge the suitability of the solution and services for their business. This approach has led to hoteliers from 160+ countries try out Hotelogixs PMS.

ABOUT HOTELOGIX:

Hotelogix is a unique, cloud-based, end-to-end, hospitality technology solution, built to seamlessly manage hotels, resorts, serviced apartments or multi-location hotel chains, by providing a single window to manage all hotel operations and bookings (online and offline). Hotelogix also integrates with travel agent networks and external booking sites, providing a wider inventory distribution, along with real-time integration with partner sites, group booking websites, and other central reservation systems. Hotelogix is used by both new hotels, hotels previously unable to afford such 360 degree technology, and hotels looking to replace legacy systems with a web-based SaaS solution, which gives greater functionality and a higher level of integrations for distribution of inventory. Hotelogix offers 24×7 live support and transparent pricing plans to its customers, and is hosted on highly reliable and secured cloud services. Hotelogix is used in over 75 countries including the USA, UK, Mexico, Spain, Australia, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, and Singapore and is backed by Accel Partners.

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Mother and Daughter’s Escape from Abuse to Find Adventure Detailed in New Memoir by Jamie Zunick


Los Angeles (PRWEB) August 06, 2014

Sometimes ones situation can be so horrible that the best response is to leave everything behind. Many who have abandoned lives of abuse have found that while they were escaping from an ugly past, they were finding themselves along a new path to freedom.

Jamie Zunicks new book, The Sweetness of Life, chronicles Zunick and her mothers escape from abuse packing up their things and going on an adventure that would take them through the 50 states.

Abusive situations should carry no guilt or shame for the survivor, said Zunick. Always have hope, because there is a plan for your life.

As a child, Zunick had a speech impediment that was misdiagnosed as an intellectual disability. As a result, she suffered abuse from teachers at school and at home from her father. Zunick was not the only subject of abuse at home. Zunicks father also abused her mother throughout 40 years of marriage; until the day they made the decision to make a new life for themselves.

We just endlessly roamed through America, driving through each state with no destination looking for a new home, Zunick said.

The book details their adventures across the U.S. and captures the humor and beauty that bloomed as they made their way across the landscape, seeking a new life that would allow them to heal and live in peace.

Their adventure came to a close when Zunicks mother discovered that she had an aggressive form of cancer. After connecting in a new way as a result of their adventures, the bond between mother and daughter was strained by the battle and eventual loss to the illness. Zunicks feeling of loss is heavy, but she knows that the experiences she gained with her mother were important. She finds comfort in the wisdom that came as a result of the challenges they faced together.

Sharing our stories is healing, Zunick said. I wrote my story to show that people should be proud of themselves and of their lives regardless of hardships.

The Sweetness of Life

By Jamie Zunick

ISBN: 978-1-4525-9187-2

Available in softcover, hardcover and e-book

Available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Balboa Press

About the author

Jamie Zunick has been a reporter for the Los Alamos Monitor and continues to write articles and poetry after publishing this book. She is now an instructor at Santa Barbara Business College at Rancho Mirage, Calif. She has continued to travel through Europe, Malaysia and the U.S.

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Retire-Abroad Trend More than Half-a-Million Americans Now Receive Social Security Benefits Overseas – InternationalLiving.com

Baltimore, MD (PRWEB) August 06, 2014

More and more baby boomers are taking their retirements overseas, report experts at InternationalLiving.com, who say theyre seeing a significant increase in demand for their research and services. Today more than half-a-million retirees receive their Social Security benefits abroad. According to International Living editor Dan Prescher, that likely under-represents the actual number of Americans retired overseas.

While the U.S. Social Security Administration reports the number of benefit payouts it sends abroad has grown over the last decade to more than 600,000 today, we know anecdotally that many retirees overseas choose to continue banking domestically in the States. And so their Social Security checks are deposited into their hometown banks, even as they spend part or all of the year overseas.

The U.S. Social Security Administration reports that in June 2014, it sent 613,650 retirement-benefit payments outside the U.S. That number has ticked up roughly two-and-a-half times from the 242,128 benefit payments sent abroad in 2002.

InternationalLiving.com experts report a parallel uptick in demand for their research and services, which helps Americans (and Canadians) retire affordably in Latin America, Europe, Asia, and beyond.

Evidence of this increased interest can be seen in the increase in paid subscriptions to the International Living monthly magazine, for instance from 39,0000 paid subscribers in 2009 to 100,000 today.

The numbers attending International Livings live events have ticked up significantly as well. Take the organizations annual Fast Track Your Retirement Overseas Conference. In 2009, 300 people attended this event held annually in Las Vegas. In 2013, the attendee number rose to 800 and International Living expects that number to rise again for this years conference, set for October 2-4, 2014.

We created this program as a forum for folks to explore in-person this idea of retiring better for less overseas, says Prescher. Its the one time each year when we bring all of our editors and experts from around the world to the States under one roof. And they essentially run the attendees through the pluses and minuses of destinations as far-flung as Costa Rica and Malaysia, Belize and France, Ecuador and Thailand.

Its a chance for people to ask questions and explore their best options in-depth with experts who know these places inside and out, Prescher says. In my view, attendees pick up more on-the-ground intelligence over these two-and-a-half days than they could in a year spent researching on their own.

Registration remains open for International Livings Fast Track Your Retirement Overseas Conference 2014. For details about this event, see here: Retire Overseas Conference.

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Media Contact: For further information about the conference as well as about InternationalLiving.com content republishing, available source material or to book an interview for radio, TV or print with one of our experts, contact Associate Editor Carol Barron, 772-678-0287 (US), CBarron(at)InternationalLiving(dot)com or visit the Media Center. For automatic updates on the most current stories, follow International Living Media on Twitter.

For more than 30 years, InternationalLiving.com has been the leading authority for anyone looking for global retirement or relocation opportunities. Through its monthly magazine and related e-letters, extensive website, podcasts, online bookstore, and events held around the world, InternationalLiving.com provides information and services to help its readers live better, travel farther, have more fun, save more money, and find better business opportunities when they expand their world beyond their own shores. InternationalLiving.com has more than 200 correspondents traveling the globe, investigating the best opportunities for travel, retirement, real estate, and investment.

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Tony Romas Continues Growth in Malaysia with Opening of Eighth Restaurant


Orlando, Florida (PRWEB) November 14, 2014

Tony Romas announced today that it opened its newest Malaysian location in Johor Bahru. The restaurant is the iconic American brands newest addition in Asia, and represents what Tony Romas has found as a thriving market for full-service restaurants in the region.

We are proud to add the new Johor Bahru restaurant to our Malaysian family, remarked Ken Myres, president of Romacorp, Inc., the parent company of Tony Romas. With the success of our restaurants in Kuala Lumpur, it was important to expand to new markets in Malaysia, providing fans across the country with all that Tony Romas has to offer, from signature food and beverages, to our award winning lamb ribs.

The 3,806 sq. ft. Johor Bahru restaurant is located in the citys central business district near the Causeway to Singapore, which links the city to the town of Woodlands in Singapore. Johor Bahru is the southernmost city on the Eurasian mainland and, with the openings of two major amusement parks in 2012, is poised to become a major tourist destination.

Tony Romas has successfully operated numerous restaurants in Malaysias capital for eight years, so the new opening marks a great achievement for the brand in its quest to bring the craveable Tony Romas products to guests throughout Malaysia, said Adam Mah, Tony Romas business unit manager. We are excited to bring the Tony Romas experience to new markets throughout Malaysia, including the thriving community of Johor Bahru.

An additional Malaysian located in IOI City Mall, a new lifestyle and entertainment complex located in Putrajaya, is expected to open in late November. Tony Romas currently has over 150 restaurants in more than 30 countries around the world.

About Romacorp, Inc.

Romacorp, Inc., is the parent company of Tony Romas restaurants, the worlds largest casual dining concept specializing in ribs. Headquartered in Orlando, Florida, Romacorp, Inc. has restaurant locations in more than 30 countries and is one of the most globally recognizable names in the industry. The first Tony Romas restaurant opened more than 40 years ago in North Miami, Florida.

Romacorp, Inc. also operates their new Fire Grill concept, a chef-inspired American bistro currently in test in Orlando, Florida with an additional location planned for early 2015 in Winter Park, Florida. For more information about Romacorp, Inc. and Tony Romas, visit http://www.tonyromas.com/.

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Save The Date: Hong Kong to Embrace iFX EXPO Asia on January 27-29


(PRWEB) September 09, 2014

This event promises to be just as thought provoking and dynamic as in previous years, and will provide the venue for attendees and exhibitors to take part in cross industry networking with brokers, service providers, IBs and affiliates, along with leading reporters from influential publications.

It will also provide a unique opportunity to learn about the latest trends and innovative technologies via workshops and discussion panels with keynote industry experts. This is a great platform for firms to unveil new products and solutions and open up new opportunities for companies that launch creative products and services.

As indicated in the recent BIS Forex report, FX derivatives have evolved to become the leading liquid asset class, so Forex professionals are constantly in need of sound solutions, innovative expertise and know-how. As China is now ranked as a global economic leader, the iFX EXPO Asia offers a prominent stage for firms that explore new initiatives and techniques.

This is the third year for the iFX EXPO Asia to take place, and it is significantly larger than last year’s expo, which attracted over 50 exhibitors and over 1,200 attendees. This year we have over 60 exhibitors, and well over 1,500 attendees, said Gal Ron, CEO of CONVERSION PROS, in a media statement.

Last year the 1,200 visitors who attended the event were mostly industry professionals who reflected the diversity of the global financial markets. Organizers anticipate that well over 1,500 participants from the banking and financial markets sectors will attend iFX EXPO Asia 2015.

“Due to large number of requests from visitors and participants we decided to move the show to Hong Kong – which is the largest gateway to Asia and China in particular and is home to dozens if not hundreds of companies that operate in the online financial trading space,” said Michael Greenberg, CEO, Forex Magnates.

As a gateway to China, Hong Kong has long been an Asian financial powerhouse, and accommodates numerous, well-established financial services firms. Asia is the worlds most populous continent, and as home to the majority of the BRICS nations, it has also served as a major arena for FX and CFD trading. With an increasingly crowded European marketplace, financial brokerages around the world are keen to explore the new opportunities this continent has to offer.

iFX EXPO Asia offers an opportunity for domestic, pan-Asian and international firms to connect and explore business opportunities in an ideal business setting.

Some of the key highlights of the event are the dedicated speaker panels, which will focus on learning from some of the industrys leading brand, sales and marketing experts on how to increase your number of clients (industry and traders alike). Our panel will also provide a platform for some of the industrys top executives to discuss MFX trading strategies from a corporate perspective, M&As and the Chinese challenge.

Registration is now open and there are just a few remaining sponsorship and exhibiting opportunities available. For details you can visit the conference website or email us at info(at)ifxexpo(dot)com.







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Child Enrichment Centre, Scholar Base, Launches Summer Programme Aimed at Using Childrens Unstructured Holiday Time to Stimulate their Minds and Develop Creativity


Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (PRWEB) August 08, 2014

Leading child development centre, Scholar Base today announces its summer programme, which embraces childrens unstructured holiday time as an opportunity for them to expand their minds and develop their creativity. More information about Scholar Bases summer programme is available now at http://scholar-base.com/.

Newly released findings from the Afterschool Alliance and Shugoll Research show a steady increase in the number of parents enrolling children in summer learning programmes. According to the report, 33 percent of the 14,000 families surveyed had at least one child enrolled in a summer learning programme last summer and 51 percent of families want their children to participate in such a programme this summer (Source: Afterschool Alliance).

This growing support for child enrichment centres is indicative of the number of parents seeking to fill their childrens free time in order to keep them from becoming bored during the school holidays. Scholar Bases programme director, Poh Lee, commented:

A common perception is that boredom arises from the lack of structure in childrens routines during their summer holidays. However, unplanned time should not be seen as a catalyst for boredom. She continued:

Rather, this unstructured time away from the classroom and daily routine, is an opportunity for children to develop their creativity and expand their minds without the restrictions of academic schedules, or pressure to attain grades, targets and scores.

Poh Lee identifies three key ways in which childrens development can be facilitated during summer holidays:


Physically: Children will naturally create and engage in physical activities when they are with their peers, whether they are playing catch with each other or creating something out of nothinglike building a fort, or even interacting with nature through rolling, sliding or swimming.

Constructively: Children with nothing to do eventually take interest in activities that are not part of their usual routine. Using free time constructively could include arranging blocks, playing with toy cars, or acting out a story with toys using self-generated sound effects.

Mentally: Children are mentally and creatively stimulated when engaging with storybooks. Stories give children the secondary experience where they travel on journeys full of adventure, excitement and fantasy, without them having to leave their home.

Scholar Base director, William Chin, explains that boredom can lead to innovation, as constructively bored children will find ways to develop new activities with the resources they have. Mr. Chin said:

Boredom breeds creativity, as the mind is free to explore without the distractions of a busy daily routine. This is evidenced by many inventions and theories – consider, for instance, the breakthrough that Newton had as he simply sat under a tree. He added:

Somewhere in the hollows of the empty mind, there may creep an original thought or idea that could change the world.

Scholar Bases new summer programme is aimed at engaging children with literature in order to stimulate creative thinking during the holidays. As such, Scholar Base children are enticed into fictional worlds of war, adventure, expeditions, time travel and fantasy. The summer programme is not governed by rules or assessment constraints; Instead, children are given rewards and incentives to pursue mentally stimulating activities.

Scholar Base children are encouraged to borrow books, role play, narrate stories, draw illustrations and even write plays. Such activities expand childrens minds, foster creativity and imagination and, importantly, allow children to become fully immersed in imaginary worlds. More information about Scholar Base’s summer programme is available at http://scholar-base.com/.

About Scholar Base:

Founded in Malaysia in 2005, Scholar Base takes a holistic approach to learning, offering children supplementary English Literature education with an emphasis on the creative side of literacy.

Scholar Base’s teachers use a range of faculties to ensure that children enjoy learning and developing reading, writing and thinking skills. Now with three chapters, Scholar Base is gaining reputation in Kuala Lumpur as an enrichment centre, which develops skills in children for long-term academic success.

More information can be found at http://scholar-base.com/.







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Sunday, January 30, 2011

Welcome to Kinabalu View Lodge




Kinabalu View Lodge is located at the town center of Ranau District in Sabah, Malaysia on the island of Borneo.  Ranau sits 108 km east of Kota Kinabalu and 227 km west of Sandakan and is on the highway connecting Kota Kinabalu and Sandakan.  The town of Ranau is just 20 kilometers away from Malaysia’s first World Heritage Site - Kinabalu Park and it is one of the gateways to the National Park, Poring Hot Springs and Sabah Tea Garden.