The Big Merdeka Round-Up: The Best Of Malaysia According To FEMALE

Selamat Hari Merdeka!

Here at FEMALE, we’re celebrating our country’s 60th Independence Day with some good reads on our local bests. From travel to beauty to food and more, here are our top reads on our beloved country.

TRAVEL

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5 Hidden Gems to Visit in Malaysia Before The Crowd Comes! Our country has so much to offer, with a lot more hidden gems yet to be discovered. Sometimes, you just have to know where to look. And if you’re reading this, then you’ve found it!

10 Lesser Known Beautiful Places To Visit In Malaysia Tired of visiting the same old destinations in Malaysia? Don’t go overseas yet. We’ve uncovered some lesser-known beautiful places to visit in Malaysia – right here on our very shores! Whether it’s a day trip to witness the salt flat mirror phenomenon at Sasaran, Kuala Selangor or spending your vacay surrounded by nothing but sea in an oil rig turned resort, your days will be filled with relaxation, excitement and adventure!

4 Quick And Easy Malaysian Weekend Getaways Globetrotting adventures are good and all, but sometimes all you want is a short drive, a quiet hotel room, and a peaceful night away with your special someone that won’t break the bank. These are our picks for the most convenient getaways and where to stay, what to eat, and what to do.

FOOD

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7 Places With A Special Merdeka Menu To Try Out Before They’re All Gone! Durian smoothie? Nasi Lemak Rendang Ayam burger? Appam Eggette? We’ve rounded these seven spots serving unique Malaysian-ised Merdeka special menus so you can head on over to experience the nostalgic and satisfying taste for your taste buds!

The Most Malaysian Cocktails Ever Malaysia’s cocktails are just as unique as its food, if these hits from KL’s bars are anything to go by. We guarantee you’ve never seen cocktails like this.

Stop Everything, McDonald’s Malaysia Is Serving Durian McFlurry Is there anything more Malaysian than a Durian McFlurry? Here’s where you can grab this limited edition ice cream flavour and other unique offerings like pulut hitam pie and sweet corn ice cream.

BEAUTY

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7 Malaysian Beauty Brands To Check Out The great thing about Malaysian-made products? You know they’ve been created to suit our weather, skin tones and lifestyle. Who knows Malaysians better than Malaysians, right? Here are some of our local faves for your next beauty fix. #supportlocalbrands

6 Must Try Local Ulam To Look Younger and Healthier Did you know that our local traditional vegetables and herbs – or ulam – aren’t justgood for our health but also has beauty benefits? Forget your kale and spinach– stock your fridge with these local favourite veggies instead!

These Malaysian Makeup Artists Are Creating Looks Inspired By Local Delicacies Move over, sunset eyes and marble lips. These talented Malaysian makeup artists have created the tastiest makeup looks inspired by our very own local delicacies!

9 Local Malaysian Fruits That Will Give You Glowing Skin You don’t have to spend a fortune on imported fruits as our local tropical fruits have the same amount of skin care benefits or more!

LIFESTYLE

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Meet Malaysia’s Legendary Princesses Familiar with the tales of  ‘Puteri Gunung Ledang’ or ‘Puteri Santubong and Sejinjang’? Like us, you probably grew up with Disney princesses but it’s time we give our local fairy tales a spotlight. From mythical to historical, these princesses are inspiring legends of bravery and wisdom.

9 Amazing Malaysian Artists You’ll Want To Follow You’ll love having these talented Malaysian artists on your feed.

5 Beauty Pageants You Can Join In Malaysia Always dreamt of participating in a beauty pageant? Start sashaying over to these Malaysian beauty pageants! There’s even one for petite girls, so no #shortgirlproblems here.

ISSUES

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The Unsung Heroes of Malaysia You Need to Know We’ve seen the ones in the newspapers, online, and even the news… But what about the heroes that don’t appear in the textbooks? Here are some unsung Malaysian heroes that helped build the Malaysia we know today.

Women Are Still Earning Less Than Men In Malaysia. Why? It’s 2017, and women are still earning less than men in Malaysia. So what’s the reason for the wage gap?

Malaysia’s Women Are Falling Behind Economically, that is. Malaysia ranked 106 out of 144 countries on the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap report in 2016. That score is largely due to how Malaysian women fare in the economy.

Happy 60th, Malaysia.

Source: Tuan Nini