Another non-theme park feature at Resorts World Genting is the exciting Superstars of Magic 4 Show, which is the Resorts’ fourth instalment of Asia’s biggest magic variety show. Boasting a repertoire of seven highly talented magicians from around the world, the “Magic of the East Meets West” themed show is a major crowd-pleaser, particularly with the intelligent use of innovative technologies to produce dazzling illusions and stunning tricks.

Here’s a round-up of the featured magicians:

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From Germany, Alana Moelmann, the only female magician in the show, her act involves conjuring multiple human hands from within her jacket. What a handy set of limbs to have (no pun intended).

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Jay Mattioli Resorts Genting Magic Show

Another two magicians from the “West” include Joseph Gabriel and Jay Mattioli from the United States, with the former popularly known as the “Godfather of Dove Magic”, with past performances on Broadway. Jay was previously a finalist magician on the 2009’s America’s Got Talent show, matching his show-stopping magic tricks with a strong sense of humour and entertainment.

Hailing from Canada, the final “West” magician Shawn Farquhar has previously starred on the Ellen Show, and is the existing President of the International Brotherhood of Magician- In fact, he was even the winner of the FISM Close Up Championships of Magic back in 2012. Unfortunately, his act was not featured during the show when we visited Resorts World Genting, but we hear that Shawn is particularly recognised for his remarkable sleight of hand skills.

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Ted Kim Resorts Genting Show Magic

From the “East” side of the magician superstar group, Jeff Lee from Taiwan displays his unique TV magic, accompanied with contemporary music. From Korea, Ted Kim’s act involves the remarkable coordination with innovative screen mapping and LED projector technologies, highly popular amongst the younger generations.

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The last magician is a clear hit with the girls- One Gun, a young Korean magician with K-pop star good looks, his T-shirt act is another act not to be missed.

Review of the Superstars of Magic 4 Show:

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We were impressed by the quality of the illusions and tricks displayed during the show, particularly with the clever usage of technology and sets to enhance the depth of the tricks. By pulling together a line-up of highly recognised magicians around the world in a single show, Resorts World Genting also offers you an opportunity to view the best tricks of each illusionist, which vary across concepts. Our favourite part of the show? We particularly liked the classic bird magic tricks of Joseph Gabriel (USA). You might think that these tricks are old-school- Conjuring doves out of thin air? Been there done that. Old school. But all we can say is, wait till the end of his set, it’s definitely not just a small dove that he pulls out 😉

To enjoy a truly magical night of illusions and amazing performances, tickets are priced from RM98-248 for adults, and RM48-98 for children, with daily 8pm shows are from 10 July to 25 October 2015 (additional 4pm matinee on Saturdays) in the Genting International Showroom.

For further information, you can check out the Resorts website (www.rwgenting.com) or drop them a call at +603-2718-1118.

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For a young couple, few things in life inspire as much joy and sheer terror as the news that you’re expecting a child. My kiasu parents tell me that the first thing they did, once their initial exhilaration died down, was to research on anything and everything to do with preparing for parenthood (a particularly impressive feat in a pre-Google era). And as any mum or dad can attest to, the sheer amount of concerns and practical issues you’ll need to grapple with can seem overwhelming.

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Because of this, here’s something you might have pushed to the bottom of your to-do list amidst your frantic preparations to welcome your new bundle of joy: taking care of yourself. As parents, it’s only natural to place your child’s needs far above your own, but there’s no doubt that before you can take care of a child, you first need to take care of yourself. And it doesn’t take a genius to realise that your personal wellbeing ultimately affects that of your young family.

So without further ado, here’s how to prepare yourself physically, financially and mentally as you embark on your parenting journey:

Pay attention to your health

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When you’re pregnant and feeling your waistline balloon by the day, regular exercise may not be the most appealing thought. But there’s an increasing amount of research suggesting that prenatal exercise can be hugely beneficial, not only in boosting your energy levels and easing pregnancy-related discomforts but also in ensuring a smoother delivery and improving fetal health. And with activities as diverse as prenatal yoga and aqua spinning out there, odds are high that you can find a workout you’ll actually enjoy.

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Fathers won’t be getting off scot-free either. In addition to kicking unhealthy habits like smoking and drinking, parents-to-be might have to make significant changes to their diets. Research has shown that the eating behaviours of parents, healthy or unhealthy, have a huge influence on their young children. It might seem too early to think about this, but as anyone who’s ever gone on a diet would know, our eating habits are notoriously tough to change.

Fortunately, help is always at hand. Besides seeking the professional advice of a gynaecologist or nutritionist, there’re also tons of handy apps that you can use to make your lifestyle transitions a lot smoother. Pregnancy Companion for Android and iOS, for example, and boasts a helpful nutrition primer for expectant mothers, while exercise mavens will love Oh Baby! Fitness, an app that guides you through weekly Pilates, yoga and strength building workouts.

Get a financial safety net

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There’s no doubt about it – becoming a parent is expensive. Even before your child has made his debut into the world, the costs of maternity clothes, ultrasounds, nursery renovations and the like would already have taken their toll on your finances.

Most of these expenses shouldn’t come as a surprise, however, so all you need to do to organise your expenditure is to compile a spreadsheet of expected costs and set a strict monthly budget for yourself. If you’re a Singaporean, this is also a time to count your blessings – our country has a particularly impressive range of schemes to help young families, including the Parenthood Tax Rebate and the Baby Bonus Scheme. Don’t forget to factor those into your calculations!

What you should try to expect, however, is the unexpected. No one wants to think about things like unforeseen medical complications, but the fact is that we can never be too prepared. Doing your research and choosing good insurance coverage pays off in the long run, especially with the sheer array of plans out there nowadays. AXA, for example, recently launched a surprisingly flexible “AXA Family Advantage” bundle package, where you get to choose from 8 different types of protection, savings and investment plans. The best part is that the plan doesn’t just cover you and your spouse – when your child is born, it also offers him or her optional coverage through a hassle-free application process.

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Make time for relaxation

“Wait, what?” you might be asking. “I have a to-do list a mile long and dozens of commitments to juggle – where am I supposed to find time to relax?” The truth is that carving out a day or two for quality time with your spouse might just be as important as gearing up for your baby’s arrival.

Having a baby can dramatically change the relationship dynamics between you and your partner, whether it’s because you’ve turned into sleep-deprived zombies or simply have less and less time for each other. To keep your relationship happy and fulfilling, you’ll need to make time for it just like any other task.

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So as part of your prep for parenthood, do set down some sacred time for catching up as a couple and taking a breather from the madness around you – it could be as simple as scheduling fortnightly candlelit dinners or being kiasu about looking out for the best two-person vacation deals. If you found yourself nodding at that last tip, here’s something that might you might love: AXA’s special radio contest for the the soon-to-be proud mummies and daddies out there.

In conjunction with the launch of their “AXA Family Advantage” package, AXA is hosting the “AXA Daddy Rescue” contest on Class 95 till the 17th of September. Winners will get to enjoy a home-cleaning session courtesy of AXA, with a team of daddies at the ready to wipe, mop and spring-clean your house – all while serenading you acapella. If that last bit seems hard to picture, take a look at this adorable video of the AXA Daddy Rescue team doing just that:

As if that weren’t enough, entering the contest also automatically puts you in the running for a grand prize – a two-day-one-night weekend stay at Capella Sentosa for 2 worth $2,000. Aptly named the ‘Babycation’, it’s a perfect way for parents to unwind by getting some much-needed pampering.

So what do you need to do to participate? It’s pretty simple – all you have to do is come up with the most creative caption explaining why you and your partner deserve to be rescued by the Daddy Rescue team. Entries should be SMS-ed to 76677 with AXA <space> Name <space> NRIC <space> Why you deserve it. Winners will be selected weekly on 21 August, 28 August and 4 September, with the winner of the grand prize to be announced on 18 September.

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