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Newlyweds Reunited After COVID-19 Separated Them For 16 Months

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KUALA LUMPUR, March 16 — For 16 months, COVID-19 kept them apart.

Now, Nur Amanina Aziz from Kuala Lumpur is finally reunited with her Filipino husband Hariz Nondrey Gomer Lara. The couple was only together for a month after their wedding before Hariz left for the Philippines, where he was stranded until recently.

Bernama highlighted their story in a Sept 15, 2020 report on the effects of border closures and pandemic restrictions on transnational couples.

“This is the moment we have been waiting for, for a long time. We’ve gone through so many things, so many hard times. When I got the approval, the feeling (of joy) was indescribable,” said Amanina. She reported suffering from depression due to the separation.

She added it took her three tries before the government finally approved her application on Dec 5, last year to allow her husband’s entry into Malaysia.

Hariz finally managed to fly in on Feb 10 and, after completing the requisite 10-day quarantine, the couple was reunited three weeks ago.

The couple said their current focus was to get Hariz his spouse visa so that they would not be separated again.

The Filipino-Malaysian couple got married on Sept 23, 2019 and had to separate soon after to observe the cool down period required for switching visas.

When Hariz was about to return to Malaysia to begin the spouse visa application process, Malaysia declared the Movement Control Order (MCO) and closed its borders.

Hariz’s case was further compounded by the government’s decision to ban nationals from 23 countries that reported more than 150,000 COVID-19 cases, which took effect Sept 3, 2020.

On Nov 20, 2020, the government started granting entry to foreigners from these countries who are married to Malaysians.

Sources: BERNAMA

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Ariana Grande And Dalton Gomez Are Officially Married In ‘Intimate’ Ceremony

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Famous singer, Ariana Grande was confirmed to have secretly married her partner, Dalton Gomez last weekend. Sources close to the singer told the international media, the wedding was attended by less than 20 guests and it was very intimate and filled with a lot of love.

“They got married. It was tiny and intimate – less than 20 people.

“The room was so happy and full of love. The couple and both families couldn’t be happier,” said the representative for the singer.

It is reported that the wedding ceremony took place at Grande’s property in Montecito.

News of Ariana and Gomez’s romance began to gossip in February last year after the popular singer broke up with her ex-boyfriend Mikey Foster.

A month later, Ariana started sharing her happiness with Gomez on Instagram.

In May last year, Ariana and Gomez were more open about their love story when they both appeared in the music video of Ariana’s duet song with Justin Bieber, Stuck With U.

Ariana and Dalton were engaged before Christmas and had spent a lot of time together during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sources: BBC, People, TMZ

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Majority Of Malaysians Still Adhere To SOP, But Some Are Tired

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SHAH ALAM, May 18  –The recent viral on social media of pictures and videos of various quarters violating the prescribed standard operating procedures (SOPs) has sparked public outrage, especially with the high number of COVID-19 cases recorded in the country.

Nevertheless, majority of Malaysians are steadfast in adhering to the SOPs set by the government, which they have been doing since last year and has now become part of the new norms in their daily life.

Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI) counseling psychologist Dr Fauziah Mohd Saad said this could be seen during the recent Hari Raya celebration which saw majority of the people complying with the government’s directive not to go on house visits.

“However, in terms of enforcement, there must be empowerment by the authorities such as by the management of shopping centres in controlling the number of patrons at their premises which should control the number of visitors,” she told Bernama.

A survey by Bernama at shopping malls in Shah Alam found there were not as many people at the premises as had been viralled on the on social media last weekend in conjunction with the Aidilfitri celebration.

A counselling and motivation expert, Hushim Salleh, opined that the SOP violation by some people was  because they had been under the movement control order for too long, causing them to feel restricted.

“They are suffering from pandemic exhaustion to the point of triggering psychological and emotional effects that bring to a level where they no longer care about the situation of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Not that they do not know about the number of the COVID-19 infections and advice on complying with the SOPs as all the information can be obtained from their smartphones.

“It is the current situation that can sometimes leads to irrational thinking,” he added.

Selangor still recorded the highest number of COVID-19 cases with a total of 1,650 new cases recorded yesterday.

An expert in public health at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Associate Professor Dr Malina Osman regarded the SOP non-compliance by some quarters in Selangor, especially in Shah Alam, as the cause of the spread of COVID-19 cases.

Meanwhile, a survey by Bernama at the COVID-19 Assessment Center (CAC) at the Malawati Stadium near here found that the situation was no longer as crowded as was viralled on social media before.

This followed a decision by the state government in setting up tents outside the CAC for the convenience of patients and staff.

Sources: BERNAMA

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(Video) 5 Recommended Moisturizers To Get From Your Nearest Drugstore

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Moisturizer is a crucial step in your skincare routine. It is to keep your skin hydrated and away from blemishes, dullness, dryness, and more. A good moisturizer will lock in moisture on your skin and moisturizing your skin regularly, it will make your skin looks brighter and younger.

A girl posted a video of recommended moisturizers for oily or combination and acne-prone skin that can be bought from the drugstore and it was really helpful because skincare products from the drugstore are mostly affordable and the products mentioned are the ones with good reviews and high ratings.

@skincarethreadmyMoisturizer recommendation drugstore version! ✨ #pendidikankulit #skincare #skincaretips #buwatjetiktok #fyp #fypdongggggggg #tiktokmalaysia

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These are five moisturizers that you can get from your nearest drugstore:

1) Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel

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Rating: 4.3/5

Price: RM66.90

It is formulated with Patented Superior Technology with 5% Prebiotic Kiwi yeast extract that will hydrates skin up to 72 hours. This moisturizer will also stimulate the skin to produce its own hyaluronic acid.

2) Aiken Prebiotic Hydra Plus Moisturizer

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Rating: 4.9/5

Price: RM29.90

It is infused with Prebiotic from France and Rice Water from Korea that will soothe skin by 96.9% and keep your skin moisturized for up to 24 hours.

3) Hada Labo Hydrating Snow Dew

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Rating: 4.9/5

Price: RM73.20

It contains ceramide that can strengthen the skin barrier and four types of hyaluronic acid for perfectly moisturized skin.

4) Bio Essence Water Gel

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Rating: 4/5

Price: RM57.90

This moisturizer helps skin to repair, replenish and renew itself. It also enhances the intake of oxygen to let the skin breathe making it active and energized.

5) Safi Acne Solutions Soothing Gel Moisturizer

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Rating: 4.9/5

Price: RM26.00

It has a non-oily formula that is lightweight and water-based. It is also pH balanced and absorbs quickly which is suitable for oily skin types. The main ingredients are AHA, BHA, and Neem.

Sources: TikTok

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