WAKING up with a sudden stiff neck, administration executive Sharon Kheoh almost cancelled her visit to Star Health Expo 2019.
But the 25-year-old decided to go anyway and fortuitously stumbled on a chiropractor offering sessions for just RM50 each.
Exhibitor Dr Gordon Morrish from dr.spine Chiropractic Centre was giving on-the-spot sessions to expo visitors, and Kheoh decided to let him treat her stiff neck.
“I’d never tried a chiropractic session before and wow! my back and neck really feel more flexible now,” she said with a smile.
The centre’s marketing director Ethan Joseph said they realised many Penangites did not even know what chiropractic treatments were, so they gave introductory sessions to expo visitors.
Dr Morrish said he treated about 100 people each day during the expo from Friday till yesterday and noted that most of them suffered from lower back pain and headaches caused by pinched nerves.
“I also saw people who had mild scoliosis and slipped disc but didn’t know about it,” he added.
His centre was among 40 exhibitors offering low-priced deals to visitors at the expo in SPICE Convention Centre, Penang.
The Nutrisanne team was also spotted selling their oven-dried noodles - Slim.mee - at low prices.
“We need people to know how much tastier and healthier oven-dried noodles are compared with normal instant noodles, which are fried in oil before being dried.
“We are selling at low prices for visitors to experience it,” he said.
Bliss Pharmacy from Bayan Lepas and Simpang Empat handed out 5% discount vouchers for visitors to use when visiting their outlets, on top of offering health supplements at prices slashed down only for the expo.
Ritello Enterprise also gave vouchers to visitors to have two mattresses of any size sanitised in their homes.
Long-time Star Health Expo exhibitor FishKol’s business development director Kerk Chin Liong said visitors were in a “buying mood” this year.
“One visitor paid RM2,000 for six jars of our fish collagen. It’s a good year,” he said.
The brisk business was also felt at the adjoining Star Education Fair 2019, with many universities and colleges upping their marketing campaigns with fun lucky draws.
Segi College Penang offered an iPhone XS and an Asus Transformer notebook as lucky draw prizes for all students who enrolled at the education fair.
Inti International College Penang held instant lucky dips for all students who enrolled and paid the registration fees at the fair.
Up for grabs were Samsung J3 Pro smartphones, sports bands, power banks, printers, dry bags and insulated tiffin carriers.
Inti Penang assistant vice-president Patrick Ooi said the college had a high number of students signing up, taking advantage of the extra discounts on the tuition fee offered only at the fair.
“Most students have shortlisted their choices and came here for a final survey to see if they can save a few more thousand ringgit.
“We added the lucky draw this year as an extra goodie for them. Some parents spent over an hour talking with our deans and lecturers before enrolling their children,” he said.
KDU Penang University College put up 15 smart sports bands as lucky draw prizes for visitors.
“Visitors have to fill up the lucky draw slips when they visit us here and attend the lucky draw session during our open day on March 31 at our Anson Road campus.“It is a competitive market and we want to make things interesting for our customers,” said KDU Penang deputy vice-chancellor Assoc Prof Dr Brian Imrie.
The KDU Penang team was also in a celebratory mood because their Swiss partner in the international hotel and tourism management programme -- International Management Institute (IMI) -- recently rose five places in the QS World University ranking and is now in 12th place.
Equator College Penang students Alvin Koay and Anson Ong added glitz to the fair by having models do walkabouts while wearing flashy costumes they designed.
A presentation of culinary arts presentation by Quest International University wooed the crowd with tantalising desserts.
Its Hospitality and Tourism Management programme coordinator Mohd Syarin Aman said his students made scones with pomelo marmalade, rose mocktail, herbal tea with pomelo and honey, edible balloon and potato ice cream among others for visitors to try.
Star Education Fair and Star Health Expo were organised by I.Star Events Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of Star Media Group Bhd, with Great Eastern Life as the exclusive event partner in the health expo.