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Markets and monsoons: 5 things you need to know before visiting Malaysia

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There’s a lot more on offer than just a bustling capital (Picture: Getty)

Malaysia is a crazy blend of cultures, a diverse range of landscapes, and a surprisingly cheap place to visit.

Chinese, Indian, Portuguese, Dutch and British influences make themselves known across the peninsula – you can see its history written in the architecture, and the cuisine.

6 reasons you should pick Indonesia as your next destination (Ellie Hattersley)6 reasons you should pick Indonesia as your next destination

In some places, Chinese pagodas sit alongside colonial European buildings.

You might find a Portuguese-influenced bakery right next to an authentic Indian curry house.

It’s fascinating, and an awesome place… Read the full story

Watching trashy TV doesn’t make you trashy

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Most of us call our trash TV watching a ‘guilty pleasure’.

But why does being entertained by the glamour, glitz and highs and lows of someone whose life is a hundred times cooler necessarily have tied up with feelings of embarrassment and indulgence?

Who doesn’t like a bit of drama that isn’t their own?

Snobs and people with ‘high-brow’ interests might scoff if you tell them that you love to indulge in a bit of Keeping Up With The Kardashians or Love Island or even Ex On The Beach. But anyone who thinks television is a signifier of your personality and/or intelligence has a deluded sense of grandeur.

Not everyone wants… Read the full story

How to get verified on Snapchat

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(Photo by Ute Grabowsky/Photothek via Getty Images)

If you’re verified on any social media platform, you’re probably a pretty big deal.

On Snapchat, this is actually called ‘official stories’, with the status given to people who get a lot of views on their stories regularly.

Those who are one of the chosen ones will have a little emoji next to their name and when you search for their username they’ll appear under an official stories header.

The type of emoji varies and will be determined by Snapchat.

You can now track your UV exposure via this tiny piece of nail art

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This Tiny Device Looks Like Nail Art but Tracks Your UV Exposure
(Picture: L’Oreal USA)

Despite the fact that summer literally happens every year, we’re always taken by surprise when it eventually rears its sunny head.

The shirts come off, the tinnies come out and half of the population turn into vermillion lobsters.

After nine months of winter, everyone loses control of their senses and immediately gets burned.

But not anymore (hopefully).

Because you can now get a piece of nail art which will not only track your UV exposure level, but will also sync data to an app in real time so you’re continuously informed about the likelihood of skin damage.

L’Oreal has created a… Read the full story

How to get WhatsApp on an iPad

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Everybody has WhatsApp these days. As of July 2017 it has a whopping 1.3 million active users.

It’s easy to download the app on your phone or use WhatsApp web on your computer, but on an iPad it’s slightly trickier.

There’s no official WhatsApp app for iPads, which means you have to use some sneaky (but easy) methods to get it.

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Battle for the vegan pound: Supermarkets are fighting to launch vegan ranges – but are they any good?

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How UK supermarkets are making being vegan easier than ever (Sareta)
UK supermarkets are making being vegan easier than ever (Picture: Metro.co.uk)

Last year, I rightly predicted that 2017 would be the year of the vegan.

It sure was with the opening of places like Temple Of Seitan, the all vegan Livin’ On The Veg KERB events and more chains creating vegan menus.

Well 2018 is taking it up a notch, with UK supermarkets clamouring to cash in on the vegan pound.

Tesco has launched a vegan range called Wicked Kitchen, developed by chefs and brothers Derek and Chad Sarno of Wicked Healthy.

Their vibe is veg centric – leading with the natural flavours you… Read the full story

It’s a sign! American highschooler brings the most positive message to a hockey game

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Positive sign girl
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Trash talking seems to be pretty much a prerequisite for any spectator sport.

Sometimes it’s more friendly than others.

One high school student decided to bring her own positive sign to a hockey match in America between Washington Capitals (Caps) and Colorado Avalanche.

Reilly Evans proudly held up the most encouraging sign which said ‘you’re all talented’ after a horrible placard was displayed against another hockey player.

The 18-year-old held her neon sign on the same day another spectator displayed one that said New York Islanders’ ‘Tom Wilson kicks puppies’.

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Wanting to bring something different to the game, Reilly, from Arlington in Virginia,… Read the full story

Please don’t forget that veganism hasn’t always been a white, middle class thing

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In the past 10 years, the number of vegans in the UK has increased by an overwhelming 360%, with some 542,000 people aged over 15 following a solely plant-based diet.

Veganism is such a force for good that it’s nigh-on impossible to knock it.

But you could be forgiven for thinking that it’s a relatively new internet-born ‘trend’.

After all, wellness Instagram is awash with vegan bloggers and influencers offering new ultra-millennial recipes, ways of getting protein and vegan clothing stash.

Most of them, however, are white. And it’d be a safe bet to reckon that they’re pretty comfortably off too.

That’s the wellness industry for you; rebranding old ideas for the mainstream and accidentally whitewashing in the process.

Let’s look at yoga for a second.

Think of a yogi these days and you’d probably conjure up an image of a slim, tanned, Caucasian woman with beach hair standing in some mad position she learnt at a retreat in Bali. She’s probably a vegan too, natch.

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A family ticket to Thorpe Park and other bizarre ways clients tried to pay for sex from me

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Erm, no (Picture: Liberty Antonia Sadler for Metro.co.uk)

It’s that same old story.

Boy meets girl, girl asks boy for money so boy can sleep with her.

Just a list of all the weirdest injuries I?ve sustained during sex (Miranda Kane)The weirdest injuries an ex sex worker has sustained during sex

In this particular rom-com, boy seems to think ‘money’ can mean anything from half the amount she’s asking for, to a selection of utensils from the boot of his car.

Sex work does what is says on the tin, It’s work: we offer sex to make a living.

We then use that money… Read the full story

Unless you’ve got an actual PhD, no one cares about your phony anti-fat ‘medical advice’

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Here at Metro.co.uk, we spend a lot of time writing about body positivity.

Why? Because it’s bloody important.

Loads of us have grown up feeling ashamed, embarrassed or confused about our bodies and the body positive movement has given people a chance to work with, rather than against, their bodies.

It’s not about promoting obesity or unhealthy habits – these influencers, models and ambassadors are merely trying to make people who, up until now have felt dismissed by society, feel confident.

And yet every article we publish is plagued by comments from readers who offer unsolicited health advice.

We get people posting links to Diabetes.co.uk, or epic hot takes like this: ‘I get very fed up with these fat narcissists using so-called “body positivity” as an excuse to get their kit off and flash their flabby bits at a generally disinterested public. It’s great if she’s happy with her body shape – obesity is, generally, a lifestyle decision anyway. But if she… Read the full story

How to do italics, strikethrough, and bold text on WhatsApp

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WhatsApp just released a huge update which makes it easier to ignore your friends
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It’s more than likely you’re in at least a few WhatsApp group chats, and are swiping away notifications day and night from friends or family.

But, do you know how to jazz up those conversations with bold and italic text, and even get a strikethrough?

There are some tricks to get your point across with a bit more flair than usual, and they’re super easy to do.

Star Wars, Lord Of The Rings, Disney sculptures made entirely out of…Babybel cheese?

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We all have hobbies.

Mitchell McLanghan’s hobby just happens to be making wax models out of cheese.

For 20 years, the 32-year-old has turned his hand to producing striking models with painstaking detail out of Babybel cheese wax.

Using the red wrappers, the 32-year-old’s impressive portfolio includes everything from Disney, Star Wars, Red Dwarf and Lord of the Rings characters, to fruit and vegetables, Halloween, Christmas and Easter scenes.

And his work has earned him a legion of fans bewildered by his creations.

Mitchell, from Newcastle, started making models out of Babybel wax and his creations grew. His first one was of a ‘stick man’, complete with skeleton and organs.

After being diagnosed… Read the full story

This five-year-old might be the youngest to design a 3D printed hand for disabled kids

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(Picture: Sarah Haight: Caters News)

This is Cameron Haight.

He was born with a genetic defect which affected the development of his hands and fused his fingers together.

The five-year-old, from Charlotte in North Carolina, USA, had Amniotic Band Syndrome which took over 15 operations to separate his fingers from his clubhand.

After assistive 3D hands revolutionised his own life, Cameron decided to help other kids with the condition where digits are fused and twisted together in the womb, causing webbing, amputations and deformities to the fingers and toes.

He has designed and created artificial hands for kids with limb differences, even making a special holder for nerf guns, kitchen utensils and pencils, he might… Read the full story

How to repost on Instagram

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(Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)

Seen something cool on Instagram and want to repost it to your followers?

Instagram doesn’t actually have a repost feature, so it’s not as simple as a Facebook share or Twitter retweet.

But, with all those beautiful photos, it’s hard not to want to spread great content far and wide.

Here are the best ways to repost on Instagram.

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Samaritans’ Brew Monday: What is it? How can I get involved?

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Comedian Ross Noble is supporting Samaritans’ Brew Monday (Picture: Richard Stow)

Who doesn’t like a cup of tea and a catch up with friends and family?

Whether it is Earl Grey, green, fruit or a mug of good old builder’s tea, there’s a lot to be said about the restorative powers of a cuppa.

Now, Samaritans are hoping the humble cup of tea can help connect people for a campaign they are calling Brew Monday.

Here is everything you need to know about Samaritans’ Brew Monday.

What is Brew Monday?

You may have already heard of Blue Monday – the most depressing day of the year according to pseudoscience (the phrase was originally coined… Read the full story

Blue algae mermaid croissants might sound gross but look incredibly moreish

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Are you about to tuck into a bowl of beige porridge? Or a lacklustre pain au chocolat?

Breakfast has so much potential for being great and yet, most of us have to put up with pretty bland options.

But not if you’re a Gold Coast resident.

Unless you've got an actual PhD, no one cares about your phony anti-fat 'medical advice'

Because Bam Bam Bakehouse is offering up a selection of mad mermaid pastries…coloured with algae.

Blue algae is fast becoming the ‘superfood’ du jour down under and Bam Bam is using it in powder form to colour their croissants. Don’t… Read the full story

If you want to be left alone by dudes at the gym, pretending to fart is the way forward

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(Picture: Ella Byworth for Metro.co.uk)

Gyms can be intimidating places.

While some people find them excellent for flirting and socialising, the vast majority of us just want to be left alone.

After all, who wants to be chatted up when they look like a sweaty tomato struggling for breath?

Not everyone gets that.

Maybe it’s the testosterone, maybe it’s the pumping music system – whatever, every gym has a few sharks that’ll go to any length to interrupt your workout in a bid to try and chirps.

But according to author and Twitter user Olivia Cole, there is one fail-safe way of protecting your privacy, space and time when you’re trying to… Read the full story

Couple’s incredible icy engagement photos are enough to give anyone the chills

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(Picture: Kellie Elmore Creative)

Engagement photos, on the whole, are pretty naff.

But every so often, you come across a set which is so spectacular that they deserve rapturous applause.

Take Josh Morris and Morgan Daye’s, for example.

Rather than frolicking through fields or being snapped feeding each other ice cream, they decided to schlep up to Bald River Falls in Tennessee…in -3’C.

They’re spectacular at any time of year but the couple decided to visit when it was absolutely frozen solid – and the photos are something else.

‘Josh and Morgan wanted to shoot in the mountains and around the falls from the beginning,’ photographer Kellie Elmore tells Bored Panda.

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How can we help the 1 in 4 women who experience mental health issues during pregnancy?

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(Picture: Ella Byworth for Metro.co.uk)

Pregnancy is a complicated time. For some women it’s characterised by excitement and anticipation. For others it’s exhaustion and sickness. For most it’s a combination of both.

But for some women, pregnancy has an additional side affect on top of swollen fingers and peeing all the time: struggles with mental health.

It’s no surprise that pregnancy can be tough on your mind, just like it is on your body. It’s a huge change, you’re preparing for a massive new stage in your life, your body is out of your control and you’ve got a sea of hormones raging through your system. But is enough being done… Read the full story

Your partner pandering to your weird quirks is apparently the greatest act of love

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(Picture: Ella Byworth for Metro.co.uk)

We’ve all got strange habits and quirks.

Some of us like need to have all cupboards closed and all doors kept open. Others want their potatoes chopped a certain way.

And those annoying preferences can often result in the odd domestic.

They just don’t seem to get why it’s so important to fully shut every drawer (namely because it’s impossible to relax seeing that annoying tiny gap between the drawer and cabinet, duh).

But according to one relationship expert, it’s in these annoying moments that we see romance at its best.

If your partner acts without understanding why, they’re doing so out of pure love.

Dr Laura Berman says that… Read the full story

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