Monday, February 13, 2017

Where to stay in Langkawi?


An archipelago of 99 islands, Langkawi is the Malaysia’s most promoted tourist destination. Away from the main island’s developed areas, Langkawi is rural with mountainous interior, villages, rice paddies and jungle­covered hills. A duty­free location, Langkawi is also the perfect place to buy cheap luxuries and it’s recognized for its excellent dive sites and what some say are the most beautiful beaches in Malaysia. Besides all that, sightseeing attractions that range from the Underwater World and the Cable Car & Skybridge to natural draws such as Langkawi’s offshore islets and the Telaga Tujuh waterfalls make Langkawi Malaysia’s most popular tourist destination.

Featuring an equatorial climate, Langkawi is suited for year­round travel. Shielded from major winds and storms by the mainland on one side and Sumatra on the other, the island has two prevailing seasons – dry season (November to March) and wet season. Temperatures are fairly consistent during the day, ranging from 30°C to 35°C, while at night they drop to 28°C or 29°C; humidity levels remain high at about 80% throughout the year. The most rainfall occurs in September and October, as a result of the monsoon winds.

Where to stay in Langkawi? We will not answer this question by giving our recommended list of hotels and resorts in Langkawi but introduce major areas to stay and their attractions. There are many nice hotels and resorts in Langkawi and the real difficult part is to determine in which town or around which beach to stay.

Where to stay in Langkawi? - Langkawi Map
Langkawi Map - Source : Malaysia Maps
Pantai Cenang

Dubbed Langkawi’s main vein, Pantai Cenang is not as rowdy as Bangkok’s Khao San Road but it’s still the island’s most popular stretch. 25 km west of Kuah and 500 metres north of Pantai Tengah, the bay forms a white-sand beach strip, and the area is crammed with unobtrusive budget and mid-range beachfront accommodation. Mostly due to the burgeoning package tour clientele, Cenang has plenty of places that offer water sports and boat rentals. Good restaurants with an emphasis on Westernised local dishes, and the best
nightlife in Langkawi, results in an odd jumble of backpackers, expats, Asian tourists and families crowding the restaurants and bars come nightfall.

For resorts and hotels in Pantai Cenang, their room prices, latest deals and discounts as well as customer reviews refer to Langkawi Pantai Cenang Hotels page.

Where to stay in Langkawi? - Pantai Cenang
Pantai Cenang in Langkawi is Langkawi's most popular beach.
Pantai Tengah

The first of Langkawi’s western beaches, Pantai Tengah is situated just around the southern bend of the Pantai Cenang road. A family-friendly strip, with some low-key chalets as well as a few all-inclusive resorts, Tengah has the longest stretch of beach on the main island. The bay’s out-of-the-way location means that the water isn’t renewed by the tides and as a result looks quite murky. There’s not much sightseeing here, but there are quite a few spas, and tour operators are abundant. Eating out used to be limited to the various restaurants attached to the motels and resorts along the strip, but lately local enterprise has begun to hit Tengah’s food scene. The nightlife isn’t as prolific as Cenang but it’s popular with the locals.

For resorts and hotels in Pantai Tengah, their room prices, latest deals and discounts as well as customer reviews refer to Langkawi Pantai Tengah Hotels page.

Kuah

With an estimated 11,000 inhabitants, Kuah is easily Langkawi’s largest town. The arrival point for most ferries, it features a strip of modern high-rise hotels and duty-free shops along the main road, which hugs what little beach there is. Sitting on reclaimed land, it’s more of a fishing beach than a recreational one. Kuah’s not an unattractive place – in fact, the whitewashed Al Hana Mosque, which dominates its waterfront, is one of Langkawi’s most popular sightseeing attractions. The town will probably be your first view of Langkawi and it’s the place to settle any business matters as it’s one of the only places on the island for banks, post office, police station, a hospital and fast food eateries.

For resorts and hotels in Kuah, their room prices, latest deals and discounts as well as customer reviews refer to Langkawi Kuah Hotels page.

Kuah and its famous eagle statue (Dataran Lang) in Langkawi Eagle Square.According to folklore Langkawi’s name came from two Malay words – ‘helang’ (eagle) and ‘kawi' (reddish brown): hence lang-kawi.  - Source : Langkawi Info
Padang Matsirat

Located towards the northern end of the island (skirting the airport), a right turn off the main road brings you to Padang Matsirat (The Field of Burnt Rice). It’s only a few kilometres off the road that leads to the west coast beaches, and it offers many sightseeing spots (Makam Mahsuri, Snake Sanctuary and more). You’re going to need to rent a car to get to them as most of these spots are located far from each other. That being said, it takes the top spot as one of the best places to stay, especially if you’d like a quieter atmosphere than
Pantai Cenang or Tengah. There are a few good restaurants and attractions in the vicinity but if you’re looking for nightlife then stick closer to less provincial areas of Langkawi.

For resorts and hotels in Padang Matsirat, their room prices, latest deals and discounts as well as customer reviews refer to Langkawi Padang Matsirat Hotels page.

Pantai Kok

Pantai Kok is on the far western stretch of Langkawi. Hands down it’s the best beach in Langkawi – it’s quieter and more secluded than Cenang or Tengah and enjoys a very intimate feel. Major sightseeing attractions include the popular Oriental Village plus its only 2 km from the Telaga Tujuh waterfalls. High-end resorts like the Sheraton and Tanjung Sanctuary dominate lodging options here, but there are also a number of attractive chalets along the beach. The beach itself is beautiful with clean sand and clear waters, a thoroughly modern marina (Telaga Harbour Park) with a string of good shops, bars and restaurants, plus a
petrol station, bank and post office.

For resorts and hotels in Pantai Kok, their room prices, latest deals and discounts as well as customer reviews refer to Langkawi Pantai Kok Hotels page.

Datai Bay

Halfway along Pantai Kok’s main road, there’s a right turn that takes you down a narrow stretch of road leading to the north coast. After 10km, a road to the left leads to Datai Bay – home to some of Langkawi’s most exclusive resorts. The site of Datai Bay Golf Course (one of Malaysia’s top-ten golf clubs), the area’s crowning glory is located at the end of the curving road that takes you past the headland, where a couple of secluded coves afford great views of several Thai islands in the distance. Back-tracking from Datai Bay, there are a couple of reasonable stretches of undeveloped beach; you’ll find Pantai Pasir Hitam (Black Sand
Beach) here – a strip of beach with sand that looks as if it has been sluiced with tar.

For resorts and hotels in Pantai Kok, their room prices, latest deals and discounts as well as customer reviews refer to Langkawi Datai Bay Hotels page.

Datai Bay (Facilities seen here are Datai Langkawi Resort) - Source : ewtc.com

Where to stay in Penang?


The northern gateway to Malaysia, Penang’s the oldest British settlement in the country. Also known as Pulau Pinang (Pulau means “island” in Malay), the state capital, Georgetown, is a UNESCO listed World Heritage Site with a collection of over 12,000 surviving pre-war shop houses. Its best known as a giant beach resort with soft, sandy beaches and plenty of upscale hotels but locals will tell you that the island is the country’s unofficial food capital Georgetown.

Penang enjoys a warm equatorial climate. Average temperatures range between 29°C – 35 during the day and 26°C – 29°C during the night; however, being an island, temperatures here are often higher than the mainland and sometimes reaches as high as 35°C during the day. It’s best not to forget your sun block – the higher the SPF, the better. It’s mostly sunny throughout the day except during the monsoon seasons when the island experiences rainfall in the evenings.

So where to stay in Penang? Most of Penang’s fancier accommodation is in the form of beach resorts on the main tourist beach of Batu Feringghi. More backpacker-friendly options, as well as a few classical luxury hotels, can be found in Georgetown. You can find many budget hotels at Chulia Street, Muntri Street, and Love Lane area.

Penang Map. To view larger click here.
Georgetown

Named after the Prince of Wales, who later became King George IV, Georgetown has a long and illustrious history under its belt. On the northeast point of the island, the state capital, Georgetown (a World Heritage Site since 2008) is defined by four major streets: Lebuh Pantai, Lebuh Light, Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling and Lebuh Chulia. Playing host to over 12,000 surviving pre-war shop houses built by Chinese craftsmen and a skyline pierced by the Kompleks Tun Abdul Razak (KOMTAR) skyscraper, the city houses the island’s most popular sightseeing attractions as well as the best hawker fare in the state.

For hotels in Georgetown, room prices as well as customer reviews, you can visit Penang Georgetown hotels page.

Georgetown, Penang
Georgetown, Penang
Batu Feringghi

In the past, Penang’s main beach, Batu Ferringhi was best known as a hippie hangout. These days it’s a sprawling three km long white sand strip that plays host to scores of upmarket hotels. Also known as Foreigner’s Rock, the area is mostly frequented by package tourists and is especially in vogue with Middle Eastern visitors. Though the ocean waters of this palm-and-casuarina-tree lined coast aren’t crystal clear (holidaymakers just tend to stick close to the poolside of the plush resorts) it remains wildly popular. Batu Ferringhi’s night market is legendary and good food is ubiquitous along this strip.

For hotels in Batu Feringghi, room prices as well as customer reviews, you can visit Penang Batu Feringghi Beach hotels page.

Penang Batu Ferringhi beach
Penang Batu Ferringhi beach
Tanjung Bungah

A twenty-minute bus ride from Georgetown’s outskirts, Tanjung Bungah is a seaside suburb that was once a sleepy fishing village. It’s risen in popularity in recent years to become one of Penang’s most popular tourist destinations due to its close proximity to both Gurney Drive and Batu Ferringhi. Though the beaches here are not as pristine as those out further west, they’re still pleasant and hotels here are shipshape ventures and generally offer much cheaper rates. The Penang Water Sports Centre is based here.

For hotels in Tanjung Bungah, room prices as well as customer reviews, you can visit Penang Tanjung Bungah hotels page.

Tanjung Bungah
Gurney Drive

Though most people wouldn’t classify this as a separate area in and of itself, Gurney Drive is so wildly popular that you should spend some time exploring it. Otherwise known as Persiaran Gurney, it’s often referred to as ‘the new Esplanade’ (to differentiate it from the original Esplanade in Georgetown). There’s a deluge of hawker centres, seafood restaurants and a healthy nightlife scene that really kicks off the instant the sun goes down here. The waterfront strip also plays host to Gurney Plaza – one of the island’s best known shopping malls.

For hotels in Gurney Drive, room prices as well as customer reviews, you can visit Penang Gurney Drive hotels page.

Penang Gurney Drive
Penang Gurney Drive
Bayan Lepas

20 km south of Georgetown and 36 km from Batu Ferringhi, Bayan Lepas is Penang’s main industrial hub. Home to the Bayan Lepas International Airport, the area may not be the most aesthetically-pleasing spot on the island – there are a huge number of factories belonging to multinational companies centred here but it’s still moderately charming. Besides sightseeing attractions such as the Snake Museum, Batu Maung, Penang War Museum and the Bukit Jambul Orchid and Hibiscus Garden and Reptile Garden, the island’s biggest shopping mall, Queensbay Mall, calls this area home.

For hotels in Bayan Lepas, room prices as well as customer reviews, you can visit Penang Bayan Lepas hotels page.

Seberang Perai

Penang Island is connected to its 760sqkm peninsular province (Seberang Perai) via the 13km-long Penang Bridge as well as ferry services. Dubbed Province Wellesley by the British, its chief town is Butterworth, an industrial town that doubles as a transportation hub for the whole area. Generally used as a halfway stop between Bangkok and Singapore, Seberang Perai’s bus station, port complex, train station and taxi stand lie right on Butterworth’s quayside. Of Penang’s 1.4 million residents, 54% live on the mainland; rapidly expanding, its one of Penang’s only areas enthusiastically embracing the 21st century.

For hotels in Seberang Perai, room prices as well as customer reviews, you can visit Penang Seberang Perai hotels page.

Make professional animated explainer video


I like to explore Fiverr for new and interesting services from time to time. For those who do not know Fiverr, it is an online freelance service market place where you can buy and sell any micro-work for a fee. Most gigs (micro-works are called gig in Fiverr) start from 5 USD but there are many gigs more expensive than this basic price. I use Fiverr to buy services for my blogs as well as some professional services for my day job.

One of the most interesting and hugely successful gig is from this dude called Vince from Singapore. Vince uses his 13 years of experience in making animation to create awesome animated explainer videos starting from 100 USD. These videos usually cost much higher than that and Vince also gives some reasonable lead times like 10 days for a standard package which costs 170 USD.

If you want to make 2D animations for your business, service or products, this hugely popular gig is for you. Standard Explainer Video Animation package comes with up to 60 seconds full HD video, voice over, background music and option to add your logo.

Vince has completed 527 orders (I guess since 2012) and a Level 2 Seller in Fiverr. Level 2 Sellers maintain a a high star rating (4.7-5 star rating) and exceptional customer care. This means you can safely buy from a Level 2 Seller.

Make professional animated explainer video
Using this Fiverr gig, you can make professional animated explainer video for your business, services and products.
You can access the gig here : Make professional animated explainer video

Translate English to Chinese or Chinese to English


If you are looking for a cost effective or cheap English to Chinese and Chinese to English translation services, read on. One of the most popular places to do this now is Fiverr, a global online marketplace offering tasks and services, beginning at a cost of $5 per job performed, from which it gets its name.

Fiverr offers many language related services and here you can find many affordable and quality English - Chinese translation gigs to choose from.

For example this gig, "I will translate between English and Chinese" offers 15 USD for translating a 1000-word English document to Chinese. Aside from this standard package, you can choose a medium service which offers "Translating a 5000-word English document to Chinese for 70 dollars only" and advanced service "Translating a 10000-word English document to Chinese for 150 dollars only, 25% off!" 

This English - Chinese translation gig provides a human translation service for the following items:
  • All kinds of essay translation
  • Company introductions
  • Advertisements
  • Any forms of instruction and brochure translation
  • Product name translation
  • Business report and  letter translation
  • Invitations
  • Business card translation
  • All kinds of certificates
  • Website translation
The gig privider is a native Chinese speaker from Mainland China. She has studied Business English and Translation & Interpretation practice in college and graduated with a Bachelor Degree. Apart from her college education, she also obtained several certificates from Harvard University and UC Berkeley.

English to Chinese or Chinese to English Translation
Fiverr offers many translation gigs with various quality like this English - Chinese Translation service.
The price can be cheaper though. There are still a lot of gigs in Fiverr living up to its name and starting from 5 USD. For example this "I will translate between English and Chinese up to 500 words" gig.

Translation will be manually and professionally done and proofread the work before delivery. Up to a maximum of 2 rounds of changes are allowed. 


Sunday, February 12, 2017

Best Tuition in Sembawang


If you are looking for chemistry, A/E mathematics and Science tuition; physics express or mathematics tutor, please read on. We know it is difficult to be a student in Singapore and a parent of a student in Singapore. Demanding parents, exams, home works and teachers require a lot in terms of school scores. The competition is high and everyone is doing what they can to be a step forward from the crowd. This makes normal school hours not enough for being at the top. This is why nearly 8 out of 10 parents with children in primary school and 6 out of 10 parents with secondary school children send their kids to private tuition.

Tuition is mostly fueled by ambitious parents wanting their children to secure places at top schools. It is also a global phenomenon not limited to Singapore. And in Singapore, good education system and high quality tuition pay back handsomely. Singapore now has a reputation as an education powerhouse and its students are world champions.Singapore's 15-year-olds for example are ranked tops for mathematics, science and reading in the Programme for International Student Assessment.

Although (and thankfully), Singapore tuition system did not reach the the mania in other (places) such as Hong Kong, where celebrity tutors are treated like idols, it is still very important to find a good tutor or a tuition center. A dedicated tutor can quietly help students achieve their full potential behind the scenes.

Serene Wong is one such tutor you can find if you live around Sembawang. She is a graduate of National University of Singapore (NUS) in Bachelor of Science. She has more than 15 years of experience teaching Science and Mathematics at secondary level. Besides tutoring, she also had substantial experience conducting 'O' Level classes at private institutions.

Best Tuition in Sembawang
Serene Wong does tuition in small group of 2 to 5 students and each student is given individual attention.
As a dedicated and patient teacher, Serene Wong is able to impart knowledge to her students and help them to improve, and eventually excel in the subject(s). She teaches lower secondary such as Science ( IP/Express/IB/ NAcad) and Mathematics ( Express/IB/NAcad); upper secondary such as Chemistry ( IP/Express/IB/NAcad), Physics ( Express/NAcad ) and A/E Mathematics ( Express/IB/Nacad).

Serene Wong does tuition in small group of 2 to 5 students and each student is given individual attention. As mentioned above, she has has more than 15 years of teaching experience, with proven track records. Tuition is conducted in a conducive environment and conceptual and progressive learning is emphasized. The tuition also provides supplementary worksheets and exam papers.

Best Tuition in Sembawang

If you are looking for one of the following, this may be the tuition center for you :
  • Chemistry tuition in Sembawang
  • Physics Express Tutor in Sembawang
  • A/E Mathematics Tuition in Sembawang
  • Science ( IP/Express/IB/ NAcad) Tuition in Sembawang
  • Mathematics ( Express/IB/NAcad) Tutor in Sembawang
  • and so on.
Chemistry tuition in Sembawang
On of the courses of Serene Wong Tuition is Chemistry tuition in Sembawang
Serene Wong Tuition Sembawang is located at Blk 406, Sembawang Drive, Sembawang, 750406. You can also access her by phone at 93636683. For more information, you can visit http://www.best-tuition.com.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Marina Mandarin Singapore’s 30th Anniversary


Marina Mandarin Singapore is celebrating its 30th Anniversary in 2017 with promotions that will exciteits guests from attractive room stays to dining deals. One of the best hotels in Singapore, centrally located 5-Star Singapore hotel is very popular with business travelers, leisure travelers as well as locals for a nice staycation in Singapore.

Marina Mandarin Singapore's 30th Anniversary

You can book a Deluxe Room and enjoy these fantastic benefits:  Guests will receive SGD 30 Nett worth of food and beverage credits per booking to be redeemed at Peach Blossoms, AquaMarine or Atrium Lounge.

With this Marina Mandarin 30th Anniversary Deluxe Room booking, receive a Guaranteed upgrade to Executive Deluxe Room -- Marina Bay View and Guaranteed late check-out until 3 pm and guests will also receive 30th Anniversary welcome amenities.

 To book this package, do Quote "30th Anniversary" when making your reservation.

Booking period is from now to 28 February 2017
Stay period: 9 Apr to 30 June 2017

Black-out dates are from 16 to 18 May 2017 and 23 to 25 May 2017
Terms and conditions apply
Package is non-refundable, non-cancellable

For Reservations, please call
+65 6845 1000

Marina Mandarin Singapore skyline view
Marina Mandarin Singapore is a world-class, 5-star Singapore luxury hotel that offers breathtaking views of Marina Bay and the financial district. Enjoying an excellent location in the heart of the city, the hotel has direct access to the Marina Square Shopping Mall, and is opposite the Suntec Convention & Exhibition Centre and The Esplanade--Singapore's premier performing arts centre. The hotel is also perfectly situated right on the trackside of the Singapore Grand Prix Formula One race.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Singapore beauty Michelle Tan


Actress / model Michelle Tan is a well known Singapore beauty from Night Owl Cinematics. The youtube channel is very famous in Singapore and South East Asia and has more than 540K subscribers. Her facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/mirchelley and you can also follow her on twitter at http://www.twitter.com/mirchelley.

Here is her short bio (sort of) from Night Owl Cinematics :

"Michelle is confident, bold and sexy. She trains hard and goes on a strict diet to achieve her 'Barbie Doll' figure as it's known to the Owls! Catch her in her sexiest in 'Murphy's Law' and also as a 'Policewoman' in 'You Got Scammed #Criminalwatch' in which she also choreographed our dance moves!"

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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

How To Have Clear Skin | 6 Simple Skincare Tips For Men


A question for you men? Would you consider your skin clear and free from black heads, pimples and blemishes? Is it glowing bright, hydrated with an even skin tone? What about radiant? That is right gentlemen, radiant. Clear, glowing, radiant skin is not only for the ladies. It is also for the dudes, so today we will go over six simple skincare tips for man to enhance your magnificently masculine appearance.

#Tip 1 : H2O a.k.a hydration

The first rule of good skin for man is hydration. You need to hydrate from inside. You probably know how a thirsty flower looks like and what happens to şt when you give water. Analogy may look weird but pretty much same applies for your skin. If you do not hydrate enough, your skin will drop and look old.

You need to maintain an adequate level of hydration all the time. If you do this, your skin will reward you with a fresh, young, bright look.

#Tip 2 : Eat Healthy Diet

There is a direct correlation between what you eat and how you look. Let me break this down as simple as possible : If you eat crap, you would look like crap. Also, if you drink alcohol in excessive amount, your skin will look like crap.

And if you smoke, you might just as well stop reading this post, because you my friend are doomed and no tip can help you! Your skin would look old, crappy, rough and rugged.

It is as simple as this : (a) limit processed food, (b) reduce sugar intake, (c) reduce the saturated fat, (d) reduce alcohol and (e) stop smoking!

#Tip 3 : Clean and Exfoliate Your Face Twice a Day

You need to clean your face twice a day, morning and evening. With a MEN Face Cleanser or MEN Facial Scrub suitable for your skin. There are two reasons you are doing this. First, you need to remove excessive oil and dirt from your face and your skin  will be free of blemishes and break outs. Second, you also remove dead skin sells in the process.

To clean your face, you can wash your face and use an old school towel. Or, you can use super cool technology; facial scrubbing brush. You will immediately see results if you consistently clean and exfoliate your face. When you are using the face scrubbing brush, try not to over scrub your face. Scrubbing about 10 seconds per zone (forehead, right cheek, left cheek, nose and chin) is more than enough.

MEN facial scrubbing brush

#Tip 4 : Moisturize

You should drink plenty of water to hydrate your skin from inside but that is not enough. You also need to moisturize your skin from outside. Try to buy a MEN Moisturizer with not high oil content so your skin does not look super greasy.

#Tip 5 : Protect from sun

Tip #5 is something most men do not start early enough. You need to protect your skin from sunlight with a proper sunscreen. Use it when you are going outside, not just for outside activity. A daily MEN Moisturizer with SPF 15 and plus is a good place to start. You also do not forget to wear sun glasses. Sun glasses not only make you look cool, it is also a very good way to prevent wrinkles around your eyes.

#Tip 6 : Sweat!

Exercising is not only good for your heart and lungs, it is also good for your skin. Sweating helps you to throw toxins from your body and skin.

Follow these 6 simple skincare tips for men and you will ensure that your skin is clean, glowing and radiant. And bonus : you will probably look 10 years younger.

Lazada Singapore Valentine's Day Campaign and Deals


Are you looking for Valentine's Day gift ideas in Singapore? And are you also looking for Valentine's Day deals? You can take a look at Lazada's SG Valentine's Day Campaign for both. From January 31st to February 06th, you can find up to 80% discount for Valentine's Day Gift Of Love.

There are 14 SGD daily Valentine's Day deals as well as Flower Pre-Order Deal in the campaign. The campaign page also has some nice Valentine's Day ideas for your boyfriend / husband or girlfriend / wife. The page even offers Valentine's Day gifts for yourself.

For men, you can choose among a large collection of Fragrances, Men's care, Men's Watches, eyewear, men's fashion, audio, wearable tech and wines, beers & spirit. For women, you can find gifts like perfumes, makeup, beauty tools, jewellery, women's fashion, women's watch, wearable technology, skincare, mobiles, cameras and etc.




Sunday, January 29, 2017

A similing monkey is a nervous monkey


Long-tailed macaque (Macaca fascicularis) are native to Singapore. Although their original habitat was mangroves (you can still see them at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, Sentosa, the Sisters Islands, Pulau Ubin and Pulau Tekong), you will most probably encounter them in the Western and Central Catchment areas as well as at Bukit Batok Nature Park.

Macaques communicate differently from humans. One of the most important thing to remember is that smiling may be a friendly gesture for you but for macaques, this gesture may be interpreted as aggression. So avoid smiling them, especially by widely showing your teeth, and even do not bother to create an eye contact since this also may be interpreted as aggression.

And of course, do not even try to approach the baby macaques because the parents are extremely protective and your smile on your face to the baby macaque would be an invitation for trouble.

This also means that it is not always a good thing if a monkey smiles at you. What is often perceived as a smile of happiness is actually a nervous monkey expressing discomfort. This is typically known as "fear grin".

A sign board in MacRitchie Reserve in Singapore warning people about smiling at long-tailed macaques. The gesture which looks like smiling to us is actually a nervous monkey showing its discomfort. They also interpret smiling as aggression.