KUALA LUMPUR, March 2 — The high cost of living in the city of Kuala Lumpur has forced a single mother Shereen Khoo, 65, to do various jobs to support her family including her two autistic children.
However, there was not much heavy work that can be done by women her age except for light work such as selling biscuits during certain festivals as well as part-time maintenance work with little pay.
Everything started to change when Khoo was invited to join The Tunku Azizah Handmade Market (TTAHM) under the patronage of the Raja Permaisuri Agong, Tunku Hajah Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah.
TTAHM, under the auspices of the Malaysian Creative Sewing Arts Association (PSJKM) was set up to help local handicraft entrepreneurs market their own products online.
Making use of her sewing skills, the mother of four is producing five handmade products, namely embroidered face towel, water bottle carrier, embroidered tissue pouch, keychain and face mask.
“I did not expect that social media can be so powerful because it really helps increase the sales. I love sewing and I’m happy when the products that I produced get a very encouraging response from customers compared to when selling them physically.
“I received up to 2,000 owl keychain orders within a month of joining TTAHM Online last December,” she told Bernama when met at Sewing World Gallery in Subang Jaya.
Although it can be quite difficult for her to understand technology, that has not deterred the Negeri Sembilan native from learning to use social media to start an online business for the sake of her two special sons, Xiang Wei, 24, and Xiang Jian, 27.
“Honestly, I am not good at doing business online and even today I am still learning. However, I am willing to learn when I realise that my two sons also have sewing skills and I hope that this platform can help them generate their own income,” she said.
Khoo is among the 100 craft entrepreneurs registered with TTAHM, comprising various backgrounds including B40 group, housewives, single mothers, senior citizens, persons with disabilities (PwD) and non-governmental organisations (NGO) with more than 700 products being offered.
Sharing the same view is Nur Aishah Jamaludin, 35, who hopes that TTAHM Online will be a special platform for craft entrepreneurs to access the market further until eventually they can reach the international market.
“There are various e-commerce platforms that are more commercial in nature, but for TTAHM Online, it only features handmade products that are more exclusive,” said Nur Aishah, who is selling three products, namely sleeping pouch, face mask casing and tote bag under the brand name of Athena Orange Cat.
Meanwhile, PSJKM chairman Fully Chye Goet Lee said the TTAHM Online platform at www.sewingworld.com.my was introduced to help craft entrepreneurs who are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“It is a path for the handicraft manufacturing industry to move forward, be competitive and have the potential to penetrate global market.
“TTAHM Online is moving in line with the industrial revolution 4.0 (IR 4.0), so that the creative sewing industry is not left behind and can compete with other industries as well as have a bigger market,” she said.
According to Chye, the platform is unique because it only markets handmade and exclusive products as well as offers various trainings to improve the skills of craft entrepreneurs.
TTAHM Online was launched by Tunku Azizah on Feb 27, 2020 and she is expected to fete 100 TTAHM Online craft entrepreneurs tomorrow (March 3) at a virtual ceremony via Zoom application in conjunction with its one-year anniversary.
At the event, a total of 79 sewing machines will also be handed over to outstanding B40 students majoring in fashion and clothing from community colleges and polytechnics while the winners of the Malaysian Best Handmade Crafter competition will also be announced.
Shop Review: Best Bazaar Ramadhan In KL? What Does Mark O’Dea Search For?
A particular famous YouTuber named Mark O’Dea is back at it again to search for the best Bazaar Ramadhan in Kuala Lumpur for this holy month of Ramadhan in the year 2021.
This time around, he is accompanied by his own friend named Tom. He decided to bring along his friend because as he stated in the video, Tom has never been to any Ramadhan Bazaar even though he has been living in Malaysia for a very long time. In this video, they were on their way to a Bazaar Ramadhan located in Chow Kit Road, Kampung Baru specifically in Kuala Lumpur.
According to their plan, they have agreed to buy food that they have never tasted before in their whole life. It would be such an eye-opening experience for them as Bazaar Ramadhan is very well-known to be selling so many foods and beverages that people could rarely see during other months except the Ramadhan month.
These are 5 of the delicious foods that they have bought from the Bazaar Ramadhan in Chow Kit Road:
1) Prawn Ball And Octopus Ball
They said that they have never tasted or even seen this before. That is why they decided to try and bought them.
According to the video, the seller stated that pecal is vegetarian food and it is sold for RM3 each.
3) Tepung Pelita
They wanted to try Tepung Pelita because the seller said that it is such a sweet snack. That is why they are on board to eat this even though they have never tried them before in their life.
4) Quail (Burung Puyuh)
For this particular food, he even does not have any idea what it is called. So, for sure he never tastes this food before. That is why he decided to buy this food.
5) Roti Jala
He first assumed that this food is known as Spaghetti but the seller told him that it is known as Roti Jala.
Sources: YouTube Mark O’Dea
Want To Pay ‘Zakat Fitrah’? Try Doing It Online Using Shopee
It is an obligation for Muslims all around the world to pay ‘Zakat Fitrah’ when the holy month of Ramadan has finally arrived. ‘Zakat Fitrah’ is a charity taken for the poor a few days before the end of fasting in the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. Every Muslim is required to pay ‘Zakat Fitrah’ at the conclusion of the month of Ramadan as a token of thankfulness to God for having enabled him or her to observe the obligatory fast.
There are actually so many ways on how to pay ‘Zakat Fitrah’ nowadays in this modern world. Other than paying ‘Zakat Fitrah’ directly towards the person who is responsible to collect it, people also could pay it by using online banking such as Maybank. There is also one more alternative that can be used to pay it and that is using Shopee.
The rate of zakat fitrah is different based on the provisions of the Religious Authorities of the States. This different particular rate will be displayed when you pay zakat fitrah and select your state zakat body in Shopee. There are actually so many benefits that could be obtained when people pay their ‘Zakat Fitrah’ through Shopee such as:
- Zakat payment is now easier with various payment methods via ShopeePay, debit cards, online banking, and cash payments at 7-Eleven.
- Zakat payments can be made quickly and securely from home or wherever you are with the Shopee app.
- The zakat collected will be channeled to zakat institutions that work with Shopee to ensure that your contribution is distributed to eligible recipients.
These are 6 simple steps on how to pay ‘Zakat Fitrah’ just by using Shopee:
- Launch the Shopee application and then choose the particular option of “Deals, Top-Ups & Bills”. Then, click on the “Zakat Fitrah” icon to directly transported to the ‘Zakat Fitrah’ page.
- Select the Zakat Institution of your choice, Fitrah Rate and enter the Number of People (Self / Dependent). Then, click Continue.
- Complete your IC Number, Full Name, Email Address, Telephone Number and Address. Make sure your information is complete and correct. Then, click Continue to pay.
- Own ShopeePay as your payment method. Guaranteed fast and smooth. In addition, you can pay by debit card, online banking or cash payment at 7-Eleven. Before payment, state your Zakat Fitrah Intention and click ‘OK’.
- After the payment has succeeded, click ‘View Order Details’ to view zakat payment order details.
- Lastly, click the “Download Confirmation Of Zakat Fitrah Payment” to see proof of Shopee payment in your app.
Separated Since Babies, This Identical Twins Finally Reunite After 36 Years
Identical twins Molly Sinert and Emily Bushnell were separated at birth in South Korea and adopted by different families. Molly went on living in Florida while Emily in Pennsylvania. The siblings spent most of their lives totally unaware of each other’s existence and little information about their birth family.
But everything changes after Emily’s 11-year-old daughter, Isabel wanted to make a DNA test to explore her heritage.
Isabel said, “I wanted to do the DNA test because she was adopted. I wanted to find out if I had more family on her side.”
Meanwhile in Florida, Molly also decided she wanted to take a DNA test to find out more about her mother’s history. The database confirmed her relations with Emily.
“(The results said:) ‘You share 49.96% DNA with this person. We predict that she’s your daughter’. This is obviously not right because I’ve never gone into labor, I don’t have children.”
Shortly after, she figured out that she must be her sister. They contacted each other but decided not to have a video call until they met in person.
Even though Emily didn’t feel comfortable taking the test, but finding out about her twin makes everything so clear.
“Although I have family who loves me and has been wonderful, there was always a feeling of disconnection. Finding out that I had an identical twin sister just made everything so clear. It all makes sense.”
As the twins got to know each other, they discovered more and more similarities between themselves.
Emily added: “Our senior prom picture…we were both wearing a beaded dress with a strapless style and our hair was exactly the same.
Emily concluded by describing the reunion as ‘the happiest moment of her life’.
Source: Daily Star
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