Movie Review : Red 2

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I was invited to catch Red 2 in its sneak previews at Shaw Lido yesterday and because the bf and I caught Part 1 previously (which I have no recollection of due to my STM 😦 ), the bf wanted to watch Red 2.

It was a 2-hr movie and we thought it was a little draggy. I guess it was also due to the lack of sleep recently and we rushed down to catch the movie after work.

Brief Info on the movie :
RED 2
Action | Comedy | Crime
Release Date: 1 August 2013
Directed by Dean Parisot
Starring Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Mary-Louise Parker, Byung Hun Lee, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren

Rated PG-13 for pervasive action and violence including frenetic gunplay, and for some language and drug material

Run time : 116 mins
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Synopsis :

In RED 2, the high-octane action-comedy sequel to the worldwide sleeper hit, retired black-ops CIA agent Frank Moses reunites his unlikely team of elite operatives for a global quest to track down a missing portable nuclear device. To succeed, they’ll need to survive an army of relentless assassins, ruthless terrorists and power-crazed government officials, all eager to get their hands on the next-generation weapon. The mission takes Frank and his motley crew to Paris, London and Moscow. Outgunned and outmanned, they have only their cunning wits, their old-school skills, and each other to rely on as they try to save the world—and stay alive in the process.

View movie trailer:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9s-lQliuCTc

My Review :

Despite it being a little draggy (2hr-movie is a little too long for us), we really did enjoy the movie. There were moments when I caught myself covering my ears because I cannot take thrilling moments. It’s yet another action-packed movie (my favourite genre) that got my 100% attention throughout the movie 🙂

The graphic images, together with its impactful action choreography and its awesome movie sound quality, Red 2 is definitely a show that I think would top the ticket box office!

Of couse, a movie that is highly-charged won’t be able to capture the hearts of the audience without some humour and Red 2 has consistently injected humour at certain movie scenes. Psst, you need to balance out the high energy too you know. You can’t be having excessive actions and thrillers in the whole movie. There needs to be some light-heartening moments as well 🙂

On top of that, this movie is rated PG13 and thus suited for the faint-hearted (like me and although as mentioned there were times when my heart palpitated due to the thrills, it was bearable). Nothing gory or gruesomely violent, so parents, you don’t have to worry much 🙂

Overall rating :

4 stars

 

Poulet and Honeymoon Dessert

Managed to finally meet up with my bestie together with our bfs, so it was a double date kinda thing 🙂

The bf and I had very little rest the night before due to clubbing and rushing down for our couple photoshoot at Fort Canning Park. Am very excited for the photos to be ready. Our photographer, Vidya shown us every picture of ours and I can say that I am extremely pleased with them 🙂

This is our first photoshoot together and although it was all tiring and awkward (we are a little camera shy!), we knew it was worth every penny and cent and perspiration when we saw the pictures! 🙂

Will be posting them up once we get hold of them as well as to review on the photography company 🙂

Yes, we paid for it and it’s not sponsored.

But here’s some sneak previews! 😛

The pictures of me were during the photoshoot session and bf and I had some solo shots, so he had the chance to snap some on his own 🙂

Sorry for the poor reso though.

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After the photoshoot session, we had some time on our own :

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And because National Museum was just beside Fort Canning Park…

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So yup, hope you’re as excited as I am! 😀

Afterwhich, we proceeded to meetup with fatty and intended to lunch in at Jamie’s Italian (Vivocity) by the none other than the world famous Chef Jamie Oliver. But we decided otherwise when we were told that the waiting time for 1.5hrs! There was a long queue when we reached there.

Because the bf and I were mad starving plus super tired, we decided to settle down at Poulet which was just opposite Jamie’s Italian.

And here’s what we ordered 🙂

Bf and I shared this mushroom soup. I thought it was quite pricey – $6, or maybe I’m a cheapskate la.

But we totally didn’t regret ordering it because it was super delicious!!!

But then again, it could also be because we didn’t eat anything for hours and hours and were extremely dead beat. You know how food taste so delicious when you’re mad hungry?

Haha, I should give it some credit la cause it really tasted good!!! So in goes into my MUST-HAVE list 🙂

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Fatty and her bf ordered this and the brown sauce was said to be jam and the yellow one, mustard.

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Fatty ordered this and I thought it tasted not bad. Like some herbal chicken, lol.

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Bf ordered this duck dish and tasted quite okay too 🙂

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Fatty’s bf ordered this and this might be the reason for his suggestion to have dessert after lunch! HAHAHA

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Escargots !!! I didn’t quite like this because it wasn’t ‘garlic-ky’ enough and they included some other sauce, something like tomato puree. I prefer my escargots with garlic taste.

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And this was what I ordered as my main dish. Again, my review could biased because I was starving…HAHA but my chicken was gooood! Plus, I personally prefer drums/thighs than chicken breast, so it’s a plus point there! 🙂

But as with any other creamy food, it does get ‘jerlar’ after awhile…

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I did try Poulet once before and I’d thought it was quite affordable but I think I’d better take back my words as it costs about $61 for bf and I after splitting the bill for the whole group. But the food’s quite okay, so you can try 🙂

Next, as requested by fatty’s bf, we had desserts. Actually bf and I were already exploding… LOL

We had desserts at Honeymoon Dessert 🙂

Bf ordered this Mango Pomelo & Sago Sweet Soup, didn’t try any other desserts except mine because as mentioned, I was already exploding and wasn’t very much interested in eating more.

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Fatty ordered this Walnut Soup & Thai Black Glutinous Rice

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Fatty and her bf shared this Baked mashed Taro Sago Pudding but it does look like an egg tart to me…

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My Glutinous rice ball in Sesame soup. I’m a fan of glutinous rice ball with sesame fillings but they don’t have it so the balls were filled with peanut instead.

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Fatty’s bf ordered Coconut Juice & Sago Grass Jelly with Sea Coconut, but he complained of the coconut being too thick.

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I think the desserts are still quite alright, so no harm trying 🙂
I hope your weekend was awesome too!
Thanks for reading 😀

Manicure and Pedicure with Beary-Nice Nails

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I was smitten with my previous set of cute nails embellished with loads of sweet cakes and ice creams which surprised me that they could stay on for such a long time!

I headed down to Beary-Nice Nails again to have my nails repainted, redesigned and basically, to be pampered again 🙂

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I decided to opt for normal nail polishes as my nails were extremely brittle and thin caused by both genetics and constant painting of nails, especially with gel nail polishes.

After removing my gelish nails, removing cuticles, buffing and filing…

And went from this :

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To this :

 

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I did mention that I was gonna get minions painted but I changed my mind…. So there you go, colourful leopard prints! 🙂

And here are my toes :

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Opted for a little more feminine design this time round 🙂

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Food Review : Chye Seng Huat Hardware

Last weekend saw the bf and I patronising one of the famous brunch places that is currently trending amongst the youngsters now.

We finally got to try out Chye Seng Huat Hardware 🙂

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If you are a small eater like me, this place is suitable for any meal of the day. But they serve mainly bfast/brunch dishes such sa pancakes, sandwiches, eggs etc.

Bf ordered their hot latte :

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And I ordered their cold brew because I prefer iced coffee.

But I totally regretted ordering this because it tastes so odd!!!

Although I must first applaud CSHH for their creativity to serve coffee in a bottle, on a second thought, it resembles so much like a bottle of cough mixture or something. So much so that this similarity was ingrained into me throughout the whole session.

I guess that must have also played a influential role in its distaste.

Of course, you’ve to create your own little usual ‘concoction’ by adding milk and/or sugar which depends on your own preference, in a separate cup. Because it tasted so bad, I had to pour everything in and yet, still tasted weird but a little better.

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Bf ordered this Omelette set and I finished up the raw veg for him, LOL.

I thought the omelette which contains mushrooms and ham tasted not bad. It costs $8.50 which is quite reasonable I guess.

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I ordered scrambled eggs and bacon with the same sides. We don’t have a choice over the sides though. Mine costs $11.

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All in all, I thought it was an interesting place to explore and visit, because of its vintage ambience but other than that, the food tasted so-so, nothing special and nothing exceptionally delicious or to die for.

I totally loathe the cold brew coffee and just by the thought of it makes me sick. 😦

My take is to visit just once, and after that, enough. There isn’t a need to head back again.

Moreover, my colleague who patronized this eatery before had the same conclusion as me, that their staff aren’t that friendly. And unless you don’t mind the blazing sun, it’s quite difficult to get seats indoors which the staff don’t even bother attending to. Oh yes, their tables and the whole area are rather cramped too, so those who are claustrophobic, do leave your fears back home if possible.

Overall rating :

3 stars

 

Chye Seng Huat Hardware 

150 Tyrwhitt Road

Phone : 63960609
Hours : Tue – Fri: 09:00 – 19:00, Sat – Sun: 09:00 – 22:00

Food Tasting at Orchard Hotel for Straits Chinese Cuisine (Baba Theatre Kitchen) by Executive Chef Paul

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I was recently invited to try out Orchard Hotel’s newly themed Straits Chinese Cuisine – Baba Theatre Kitchen by Executive Chef Paul at Orchard Cafe, Level 1.

A little brief history on Baba Nyonya :

Baba Nyonya (Peranakan, the term used popularly for descendants of early Chinese immigrants to the Nusantara region, including both the British Straits Settlements of Singapore, Malacca and Penang, and the Dutch controlled island of Java among other areas, who have partially adopted Malay customs in an effort to be assimilated into the local communities.

The word of Peranakan, is also used commonly to describe Indonesia Chinese. In both BM & Bahasa Indonesia, Peranakan” means descendant. Baba refer to the male descendants and Nyonya the female. Most Peranakanare of Hokkein ancestry, although a fair denomination of them are of the Teocheww or Cantonese descent. The language of the Peranakan, Baba Malay (Bahasa Melayu Baba), is a dialect of the Malay Language which contains many Hokkein works.

The Nyonya Baba were partially assimilated into the Malay culture, especially in food, dress and language used, while retaining some of the Chinese traditions and culture, like religion, name, folk medicine and festival celebrations, thereby creating a new kind of mixed culture of their country of origin with local, among those, like “Nyonya cuisine “ has developed the spices of Malay cuisine. 

Regardless of the history and origins of Nyonya food, making Nyonya food is no simple affair. The unique and highly flavorful cuisine requires abundant amount of time, patience, and skills. A true Nyonya would spend hours and hours pounding her rempah (spices) with batu giling (a flat slab of stone to grind the spices) to cook up authentic Nyonya dishes such as Perut Ikan(pickled fish stomach with vegetables stew), Salted Fish Pineapple Curry(Gulai Kiam Hu Kut in Hokkien), and other scrumptious Nyonya concoctions.

In recent years, there has been an increased interest and urgency to preserve the unique Nyonya culture and Nyonya cuisine as the population decreases. 

I felt privileged and am thankful for this opportunity to try out the Baba Nyonya cuisine which I do not often frequent.

Moreover, these delicious food were whipped up by Chef Paul himself!

A little more on Chef Paul :

Pursuing his dreams from the age of 14, Chef Paul brings with him over 30 years of hotel kitchen management and F&B operations experience. His professional accolades include being an integral part of a two Michelin star Hong Kong restaurant, on the panel of Chef consultants of First and Business Class for Cathay Pacific Airlines, and recognized as part of the 19 Great Chefs in Hong Kong by Heep Hong Society in 2010. Not forgetting that Chef Paul is the creator of the popular Durian Pengat that we have grown to love!

Courage, Passion, Confidence and Determination, Chef Paul has it all. Take a trip down to discover his Long Table full of Straits Chinese delights straight from his Baba Kitchen today! “I am a Peranakan and as such, Straits-Chinese cooking is part of my heritage. I love the rich, unique Asian flavours and am especially proud to introduce authentic dishes to both local and overseas guests.” said Chef Paul

So, in conjunction with the ‘Baba’ theme in mind, the setting was decorated the Baba style, embossed with colour-coordinated prints and style as well as china and utensils used by Baba-Nyonya too 🙂

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Now, time for food pictures! 🙂

Of course, we were served with traditional Baba Nyonya food, which comprises of both Malay and Chinese culture and flavours.

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I was very impressed with the creativity the management has put in to create a different style and look altogether, using an empty pineapple body as a ‘holder’ for the satays.

The chicken satay was tender and flavourful, unlike the usual ones filled mostly with fats, and was also accompanied by the unforgettable curry sauce, onion pieces, cucumber and ketupat (Malay rice dumpling) cubes.

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Moving on to the next section was the Kueh Pie Tee dish which is often seen amongst the Baba Cuisine.

How can anyone give this delicious dish a miss?

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The fun in eating the Kueh Pie Tee is that you can customse your own!

The essential ingredients in a Kueh Pie Tie dish consist of :

1. Prawn bits

2. Sweet sauce

3. Peanut grains

4. Chopped hard boiled egg bits

5. Chilli

6. Parsley

7. Shredded turnip with mushroom and carrot bits

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There were also rice dishes for those who need to have rice in their meals.

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Those who love spicy food shouldn’t miss this dish below.

Assam Promfret.

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Atlantic Pomfret and Brinjal with Tumeric and Peppercorn Gravy
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Close-up :Alantic Pomfret and Brinjal with Tumeric and Peppercorn Gravy

In whipping up a good dish, other than its taste and appearance, another important factor would be the quality of the fish in relation to the thickness of the slabs/pieces.

We were served thick slabs of fresh promfret fish which allowed me to appreciate the sincerity of the Chefs and the management of the hotel, who genuinely want us to enjoy our food in the best context.

That is not all!

The next dish below is the actually the highlight of the night amongst the whole Baba Nyonya cuisine. Everyone (other bloggers), bf (went as my +1) and myself were raving about how scrumptious this Rendang dish was!

The meat was extremely tender, containing no fats, flavoured in the perfect sauce.

I’m not exactly a beef fan but this dish kept me going back for more and I was savouring every bit of it despite the bursting tight dress I wore to a meeting before the dinner, so this Rendang is TO DIE FOR!!!

God.. I can just have this for Bfast, Lunch and Dinner! It’s really just so so good! 😀

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Slow-cooked Australian Beef Cheek Rendang with Nonya Spices

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Close up – Slow-cooked Australian Beef Cheek Rendang with Nonya Spices

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Braised Pork Belly with Fermented Beans

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Traditional Ayam Buah Keluak, Braised Chicken with Indonesian Black Nuts

Chap chai was also served as one of the traditional Baba Nyonya dish which I personally believe that it helps to mellow down the wild spices and strong flavours of the other dishes.

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Laksa has been one of the common food dishes we have seen around in Singapore, but do you know that it originates from the Baba Nyonya culture?

Chef Paul has taken it up to further heights with his versatility and creativity through its very own customisation of the laksa dish, by adding fresh genuine crab meat and

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Nonya Laksa with Boston Lobster &
Candlenut Pesto

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Nonya Chicken Salad

I can’t live without soup, so when we were served with this Meatball soup, I knew I had to finish every drop, by just judging at the juicy meatballs at one look. It certainly didn’t disappoint me.

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Braised Pork Dumpling Soup with Fresh Crabmeat, Bamboo Shoots and Mushrooms

There were other condiments that play a vital role in the Baba Nyonya cuisine such as the one below, Azar.

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Apart from the main dishes, Baba Nyonya cuisine also carries delicious kuehs (cakes) that are not to be missed!

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Chempedak Binchang Kueh

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Close-up : Chempedak Binchang Kueh

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Yuzu Apple Cheesecake

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And here’s a picture of us (Karen and Melva) with Chef Paul who is extremely friendly and humorous, which made us felt very much at home.

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Straits Chinese and Asian Buffet is served daily at Orchard Cafe:

Buffet Lunch 12:00pm – 02:30pm
Adult : $46.00, Child : $23.00
Buffet Dinner 06.00pm – 10:00pm
Adult : $64.00, Child : $32.00
Sunday Brunch 12:00pm – 3:30pm
Adult : $68.00, Child : $34.00
For reservations and information, please call 6739 6565 or email orchardcafe.ohs@
millenniumhotels.com. All prices are subject to service charge and prevailing government taxes.

Thank you Shaun and Orchard Hotel for the awesome food tasting session 🙂

Dance@Live World Cup 2013 @ Avalon Marina Bay Sands

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I was invited to Dance@Live World Cup 2013 held at Avalon at Marina Bay Sands which I blogged about previously.

Bf came along as my +1 as we are both avid fans of dancing!

The performance was indeed spectacular with 3 different dance categories enrolled for the dance competition – Hiphop, Breakdance and Freestyle!

Pulses raced real hard when everyone was waiting for the judges’ verdict, especially when the fight was a tough one, between 2 awesome dancers. Nevertheless, I really do admire all the participants for braving their souls and following their dreams, and most of them even flew over the Sg just to participate in this dance competition as Dance@Live World Cup competes on an international basis!

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Showcasing some of their sponsors…

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The crowd and the DJ arena 🙂

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Honestly, bf and I did felt somewhat out of place because the crowd comprises of much younger ppl! And they were already warming up and getting the feel before the competition started!

Some of STEEZ products by Pioneer as mentioned previously here 🙂

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And then because we had our passes to access all areas, we headed to level 2 to have a better view of the whole event 🙂

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It was definitely tiring!!! Imagine having to stand throughout from 4-8.30pm!!!

Judges sat behind them to have a full clear view of the dance movements.

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Competition was fierce and the fight was tough, but participants were professional by keeping it on a friendly note.

This was the Hip-Hop style.

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Most of the competition sessions were extremely entertaining, thrilling and humorous as participants taunt each other in a light-hearted way.

There also a few guest performances by Basic 5, Time Machine and  Beat Buddy Boi (No pictures, only managed to film a video)

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 15 year old, Karina’s debut.

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Time Machine

Besides the breathtaking moments by the participants, this was another highly impressive dance performance. Time Machine, they are really good at what they do best! Definitely a jaw-dropping sensation!

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The picture below depicts the moment when the ‘surgeons’ points at a particular ‘patient’ and he/she would have to jump up not by using any support, but just by laying down flat on the surface ground.

Totally impressive! THUMBS UP! 😀

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Semi-finals for Break dance.

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It was difficult to capture a clear shot as they were moving really fast. That was also the reason for the videos below.

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You could see how the judges were paying full attention to the dance movements and techniques, and when the competition was really stiff between 2 awesome dancers especially during the finals, it was really a tough time for them in making their decisions.

 

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And during the night falls came the semi finals as well as finals for the different categories of dance.

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Winners for each category :

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Break: Morris from USA ( Winner for the Wild Card BBoy Battle on 29 June at Far East Square)

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Hip Hop: Carlos from Italy

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Freestyle: Ibuki from Japan

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Do watch this video on Dance@Live by 987TV at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vUuLip80hZM

And because pictures definitely don’t do justice to these awesome performances, I decided to just film them down (till my camera’s battery went flat -.-)

But I’m having some problems uploading them onto YouTube, argh.

I will keep you guys updated when they are done 🙂

Thanks for reading! 😀

Pamper your hair with Headlines Hairdressing!

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If you have been following me on my Facebook page, Twitter or Instagram, you would have known that I have dyed my hair to red!

I got bored of the usual brown and opted for red this time round.

Before pictures :

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And a close-up of my previous brown hair :

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Headlines Hairdressing is now officially my hair sponsor, so you will be seeing more of me getting my hair pampered and cared for by them!

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My hair stylist is Charles Tan who is also the Creative Director of Headlines Hairdressing 🙂

Entrance of Headlines Hairdressing :

About Us

Credits to  Headlines Hairdressing ‘s website.

A little brief info on Headlines Hairdressing :

Gary Lee

Gary founded Headlines Hairdressing with the intent to provide this industry with a salon that catered to the delicate needs of clients using state-of-the-art techniques. Besides being a hairstylist, Gary is also an educator who has attained great renown in Singapore,  Here, the client is listened to, patiently guided, educated and most importantly genuinely befriended.

It is a known fact that with the constant dyeing and redyeing, alot of damages are actually harming your hair through these chemical treatments. It is difficult to maintain your locks by yourself without professional help, even with regular application of hair treatments bought from off-shelves counters.

As extracted from Headlines Hairdressing‘s website, one of their many goals is actually empowered with a motto of “Walking through the doors, each client will be empowered with the ability to unlock and sustain the natural beauty and radiance hidden within. ”

I couldn’t agree more. 🙂

Truth be told, it is not how stylish your hair looks, whether you have straightened it, permed/curled, dyed in whatever pretty colours, that rates our hair appearance. All these would not be achieved in perfection if your hair is not healthy.

You can have pretty long curls dyed in milky brown, but without radiance, your hair would look ‘dead’ and limp.

As much as your skin needs to stay healthy, the same goes for your hair too.

And so apart from nutrition consumption internally, external maintenance is equally important too.

And for that, we should leave it to the hands of the professionals and I trust Headlines Hairdressing to do just that – the ability to unlock and sustain the natural beauty and radiance hidden within my hair 🙂

This was taken during the dyeing process :

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And… Don’t you love my iPhone cover? It’s a Chanel Nail Polish design! HAHA! 😀

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And this was taken during the hair treatment process :

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And Charles snipping some inches off my fringe and ends :

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And tadah! 😀

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I think it’s one of the brighter colours I have ever dyed and wasn’t quite used to it… but after receiving compliments about me hair, with even one of them being a MacDonald’s staff approaching me to ask for the colour of the dye, I must say that Charles really did a good job 🙂

I have also taken the plunge to switch my hair parting as I have not done so before (tried a few times and couldn’t get used to it) and it’s important to change your hair parting to prevent receding hair line and balding 😦

There were the products which Charles used on my hair :

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Calore

Protection of Cuticle

These 3 main elements of CMC reinforce CMC layer which consists of hydrophilic δ(delta) layer and lipophilic β(beta) layer, and improve damaged cuticle, control light diffuse reflection, and create lustrous hair base.

Superlipidure (phospholipid polymer nanosphere) makes 7 layered lamellar liquid crystal structure and pseudo-cuticle to protect the hair, and regenerate hydrophobic surface to make hair smooth, silky, and lustrous.

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MUCOTA AIRE 01

Emollient CMC Shampoo (Lithe)

 

This Shampoo contains a lot of cleansing ingredients which are scalp and hair-friendly.

  • CMC Amino element works on the hair, and while maintaining hair condition, remove dirt from hair and scalp.

  • It gives smooth finishing that does not affect hair volume

  • Bubble with soft feeling

  • Refreshing apple peach fragrance

What is CMC? Cell layer compound exists outside and inside our hair, and hair cells stick together so that it is not easy to peel off (noteasy-to-damage effect) and maintain moisture, and prevent it from leaving (to prevent dryness and maintain hair softness). Damaged hair means the so-called CMC substance had left the hair, and many gaps develop inside the hair, resulting in hair winding, which is the cause of loose and dry hair.

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Adel

Moisture Base for Treatment

Adel contains 4 kinds of ceramides, cholesterol and phytosphingosine included in natural ceramide to recreate same structure of hair’s intercellular lipid, and improves the repair function.

Maltose-based Millet jelly (starch syrup element) and ceramide 1・2・3・6Ⅱ improves hair condition, Adel keeps necessary moisture inside damaged hair, and creates best hair condition for treatment. With its internal permeation typed moisture holding elements, make hair soft and moist before next treatment.

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Brava

Hair Repair

Brava contains matrix keratin and fibril keratin which make up hair’s cortex as repair components for severe damage, and amino acid which is CMC component for mild damage. Also, with mixing silk PPT which has cuticle repairing effect and pearl proteins (hydrolyzed conchiolin) handles various damages.

Contains amphiphilic reactive ceramide -like substance and 18 MEA-like active agent to penetrate ingredients of “Adel” and “Brava” into hair with the these affinity. Also, penetrated reactive ceramide acts by binding to net-like structure to prevent repair component from flowing, then set it inside hair.

The hair dye which I used is from Matrix products and the colour code name is ‘So Red’.

MATRIX, the leading professional hair care and hair color company in the United States, is part of L’Oreal USA’s Professional Products Division.

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And the hair treatment to repair and sustain radiance is known as Mucota ABC (Avel, Brava and Calore) 🙂

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Here I am with my hair stylist, Charles 🙂

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Nano 3D Korean Eyebrow Colouring by Bio Beauty

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I was invited to head down to BioBeauty to try out their latest technology on eyebrow embroidery known as the Nano 3D Korean Eyebrow Colouring 🙂

I was very much excited because I have been wanting to get my brows done! You know how troublesome it is to have your brows drawn, especially in the morning when you are rushing to go to work?

Sometimes, luck is just not by my side and I screw up my eyebrows like getting them imbalance, with one higher than the other and you know you would be a laughing stock if you head out like this, so you’ll just have to remove the makeup done on our brows and redo till you achieve perfection.

Eyebrow embroidery thus come to rescue!

I was also very much privileged and honored to have my brows done with Ms Irene Teo (Celebrity Eyebrow Specialist) who have done up many beautiful brows for many people such as doctors, lawyers, professionals, executives and she is also very popular amongst air stewardess. On top of that, she was also the one responsible for the beautiful brows of Rebecca Louise Burch (Singer) 🙂

 

So work began like this :

1. Application of numbing cream and letting it settle for approx 20 mins before work can commence.

This is also the reason why having your brows done will not hurt at all. No doubt you can feel the tugging pull and all but you can’t feel the pain! So if you’re worrying about it, don’t! 🙂

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2. Irene working on my brows :

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3. Letting the dye settle and absorb into my skin.

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DON’T LAUGH PLEASE, I know I look like La Pi Xiao Xin ! 😦

 

For those who have no idea who’s la pi xiao xin aka crayon shin chan :

 

And TADAH!

Here’s the final outcome!!!

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Close-up :

 

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The next day :

 

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2 days later :

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Psst, if you had notice, yes I’ve changed my hair colour and chopped off some inches as they were dry and damaged 😦

I’ve been receiving compliments on my hair colour, even from strangers, so do keep a lookout on where I did my hair! 🙂

Irene and Me :

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Braces (for underbite) Journey Updates

I can’t help but feeling excited in sharing this piece of good news with you guys!

My previous post regarding my braces in June saw me wearing braces for my bottom row for the first time, after putting on braces for the top row of teeth for about 5/6 months.

After putting on braces for the bottom row, in about 2 days’ time, I was able to ‘jump’ the bite and as days go on, my jaw shifted, teeth moved and my bite became better and corrected eventually.

It’s mid July now and here’s a little update on how my current set of teeth looks so far :

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You can see that I have almost completely jump the bite with my 2 top front teeth overlapping my bottom one. My recent visit to my orthodontist saw me changing to thicker wires with the top row held with a 16mm wire and the bottom with a 14mm one.

Each visit gets my teeth tighten with thicker wires. As from June, I have been instructed to put on the elastic bands to align and shift my jaw.

It was quite a terrifying moment when I noticed that the elastic band on the bottom left actually caused one of my tooth to be pulled backwards. Consequently, leaving a gap between my teeth!

If you would recall (or you may just refer to my picture below), my bottom row of teeth doesn’t give me any problem, in fact, the problems that I had faced and also the reasons why I decided to wear braces (at such an old age!) was because firstly, due to my underbite and secondly, to straighten out my top row.

My bottom row has also been blessed with straight teeth.

So can you imagine how I felt when I saw the gap between my teeth?!

I was so afraid that I decided to stop wearing the elastic bands for 2 days!

Even with that, I knew I couldn’t live without it for long because I need to shift my jaw with the help of these elastic bands. Moreover, I was told by my friend who is also wearing braces that she once removed the elastic bands for awhile and caused her teeth to move and position crookedly.

I definitely don’t want that, so I put the elastic bands back on after 2 days.

However, when I told Dr Lim about the gap, he delightedly told me that it’s actually good and said something along the lines of being able to have “more space” when the jaw shifts even more.

As a result,Dr Lim changed the wires into a stainless steel one so that he could bend it for me to hook on the elastic bands.

If you refer to the picture above, you would see that there’s 2 circle wire hoops at the bottom. Yup, he bent it so that I can hook on the wire instead of the small hooks on the teeth brackets, so that it would shift my teeth again.

Although I have not achieved the perfect smile and teeth yet, I must say that I am really elated at what I’m looking at now, comparing to what I had previously before braces (see 1st pic in Jan)

So it may be true that those with underbite can be cured with only braces which can help you jump the bite.

The only worry I have now is that I still cannot smile properly and naturally, which could be due to 2 reasons.

Firstly, because of the restrictions caused by the braces and elastic bands and secondly, because the length and width of my jaw are still the same. So I would still look weird smiling with my teeth shown.

With chin augmentation/reduction, this would solve all the problems. But I chose not to.

Nevertheless, here’s the comparison for my teeth throughout the braces journey so far…

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Psst, feel free to ask me about anything here : http://ask.fm/jeangan18 🙂

Introspective reflections on blogging for the past 1 year…

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Apart from advertorials and reviews, I would also like to include some of my personal moments on this blog which may also serve as a better platform for you to get to know me better. That is if you want to. 😉

July 2013 marks a significant month for me in relation to blogging. I have had 2 other domains, from raves-and-rants at weebly to jeangan.wp to this – at MY FAT POCKET!

The transition was a swift and impromptu one because as a perfectionist, I always strive to get hold of the best one. if not better than its predecessor. That was why I switched from weebly, to wordpress and to the curreny MFP platform which runs on wordpress as well.

Collating all these months mark a 1 year anniversary for my blogging experience thus far. Compared to other ‘pioneer’ batch of bloggers, of those I have seen and come to know about in this blogosphere or at media events, I am seriously a nobody. And I don’t wish to be a somebody too.

I don’t wish to gain popularity because that comes with a hefty price to pay.

Money, sponsorship of products and popularity didn’t make it to my bucket-list when I first started blogging proper (not including blogs which I created when I was younger).

If you would have recalled, my intention was just to share whatever experience I have with others and my first topic-content blog entry was on Bare Aesthetics on IPL for underarm hair removal. Speaking of which, they have recently ceased operations and I was quite upset because not only that my appointment is due in Aug, I found that their service and quality rather awesome as well. So it’s really quite a pity 😦 Plus, I’d only paid $88 for UNLIMITED sessions via Groupon.

A little on this IPL experience thus far :

  1. Hair growth is now much slower
  2. Underarms are much fairer

I mean after 6 sessions of IPL, although the hair still grows back (at a much slower rate), I think I’ve achieved much from it! 🙂

Now I’ve just gotta keep a lookout for other beauty salons… 😦

So yup, the reason why I had created a blog and started blogging was simply to share my reviews!

And then one thing led on to another…

And here I am, blogging on MFP as a resident blogger as well as its beauty editor 🙂

It’s not all airy fairy with pink fairy dust that comes along with blogging, and I think I have learn some stuffs that I want to share with you guys 🙂

1. You need to be sociable, or at least have great PR skills

As an introvert (yes don’t be shocked), I am not a very sociable person by nature. I mean I do have friends but most of them are my bf’s friends and since we have been together for quite some time (approaching 5.5 years *gasps*!), they have somehow naturally became my friends too. I don’t mean that I go out with them alone with my bf or at least very very seldom, but somehow I’ve clicked and have been joining in their group outings too.

I have a very very few friends who I try to make much effort now to meet up/catch up face-to-face/whatsapp every now and then. They are those whom I can click very well and pour out my problems too, although I am still quite a very private person, keeping some stuffs to myself, except for my bf. He’s the one I tell EVERYTHING and ANYTHING to.

It was really really awkward in the first place, and still is currently at media events when everyone knows everyone else except me.

Moreover, I do not have a friendly face (one of my good friends just commented that I look even more unfriendly now with my red hair) because I seldom smile. Sometimes it means something but most of the times, it does not. I am just like that and that is how I’ve often ‘offended’ people without knowing it and I try not to fake a smile when I don’t feel like it.

But being a blogger has taught me how to interact with people more often and basically, how to be friendlier. My bf don’t have a problem with that because he’s very friendly. Yes, and so they said opposites attract, isn’t it? 😉

It was a little awkward too when I told another fellow blogger that I’m actually an introvert and she was shocked to know that because that’s like against the blogger’s code of conduct. If that is so, I am almost faulting at non-compliance.

I don’t really agree very much on the definition set by Wikipedia :

in·tro·vert

/ˈintrəˌvərt/

Noun
  1. A shy, reticent, and typically self-centered person.
  2. A person predominantly concerned with their own thoughts and feelings rather than with external things.

For me, it’s more of :

Introverts are generally good listeners, and though they are known for having fewer friends, the friendships they do keep are typically very strong. You know, quality vs quantity. I don’t desire carlsberg world of friends whereby nobody understands me or are close to me or they are just purely acquaintances.

Introverts are also known for having better attention spans and focus, making them more effective at staying on task when working on involved projects.  Some studies have also suggested that introverts have better long-term memory than their extroverted counterparts.

Extracted from here.

I can be friendly, but only when I want to and am comfortable with you. I admit that I do take a long time to warm up to people, but once I am all warm, hot and fuzzy, I can assure you that I will be your good friend 🙂 I hope my handful of good friends would agree to this, ahem ;p

Of all the bloggers I have met thus far, they have superb PR skills. I mean some people are natural, while others could be faking it… but I guess I will just have to keep improving on this. I mean having PR skills are helpful in every and any aspect in life, be it in school, social events, work place etc…

Now that I am working towards a better smile with the help of my braces, I need to constantly remind myself sub-consciously to S-M-I-L-E more.  I mean first impressions count, don’t they?

So please don’t judge me from my unfriendly face which I’m always telling others that that is actually my face at its ‘default’ mode. And being a thinker, most of the times I get overwhelmed and swallowed by my own thoughts, hence that serious face.

If you do happen to meet me on the streets, don’t stare at me like I’m some weirdo (because I will get offended lol), just come up to me very gently (please don’t give me a scare, my weak heart won’t be able to take it, as I am quite a jumpy person) and say hi! 😀

Besides smiling, I think I have loads to work on in keep conversations going. Most of the times it’s awkward because I have no idea what to say and sometimes I seek help from my social-butterfly bf. LOL 🙂

2. Blogging does not equate to creating a blog and write

This dawned upon me only when my sister commented on some of the bloggers’ work which her co engaged to advert on the co’s products.

Yes, with all the perks of being a blogger, it too comes with a hefty price too.

No doubt, you get free things (of which some I don’t use that is why I am giving them away – read here on my recent MAJOR BEAUTY GIVEAWAY if you havent alr! ) but you will need to return them a favour by blogging. And it’s not just cutting and pasting, or by just uploading some blur pics (sorry for those blurred ones I have uploaded ahem) and insert some sketchy filmsy lacking-in-content-quality paragraphs or worse still, few liners.

And if you’re not a full-time blogger, which I am not and don’t think I will ever be (some have asked me this, and my answer is quite simple, then why the hell am I studying so much for ?! I don’t know about u, but it just doesn’t feel right. My parents would most prolly disown me as well, nah I’m kidding, not till that extent… I HOPE) you need very good TIME-MANAGEMENT SKILLS.

Advertorials have deadlines or either that, you know you owe others a blog post if the event/date of receipt was eons agooooooo and that can only happen if you take your work seriously and take pride in it. You would be nonchalant if you aren’t serious about being a blogger.

With that in mind and what my sister told me, I felt that my blogging style needed some change. I admit I don’t have a flair for writing and I am constantly being reminded of my (already) limited vocab and grammatical errors when I blog. My English was good back in primary school but plummeted all the way when I was in secondary school. Even up to JC, I was struggling with GP while others who ate more potatoes than me on a daily basis (for that I must reckon potatoes meant reading) could easily tackle it.

As a result, my results for English weren’t fantastic.

It was only when I read law that my English improved tremendously. And it’s true. It is difficult to ‘study’ a language besides gaining a wider vocab knowledge and remember all those ‘skills’ and ‘rules’ but reading, speaking and listening really does help.

Check the dictionary whenever you come across words you don’t know of. That was what my mum used to tell me when I was younger, and what I told my students when I was tutoring. Now, I am imparting this ‘skill’ to you too. LOL.

Google is your best friend. Well, at least to me. It’s a friend and a teacher. I google almost everything I don’t know of. Listen more to BBC etc or read more.

After awhile with consistency and diligence, your language would improve, that I can assure you.

I mean if you’re a consistent reader of mine, you would see how much more effort (and time!) I devote to each and every blog post now compared to last time. And I also realised that top bloggers such as XX, QQ, BunBun etc tend to write lengthy blog posts too, even when they are inactive for awhile (XX) or active (QQ).

I do receive comments like, “Thank you for the detailed write-up”, and by that, I know my work, effort and time is very much appreciated by some of my readers.

But then, “detailed” may also mean “lor sor” la and I don’t deny that I am quite “lor sor” when it comes to words. I type more than I speak. 😀

So it all boils down to :

QUALITY. 

That’s very important.

As I have mentioned previously, I do not have a flair for writing. I am not born a writer by nature, like how some of my friends are.

But I try.

And although it’s has always been a battle of quality and quantity, nevertheless, always remember this, quality is quite impossible if quantity is not there. I’m not debunking this notion of “quality over quantity” but think about it, if there is no substantial length, how can there be quality content?

As I’ve said, I’m quite “lor sor” with words, so that is one reminder I have to take note of and try not to digress so much by inserting uncountable brackets here and there (AHEM! Oops! =x).

Check and recheck. Save it as draft if you’re sick of typing and tired of reactivating your brain cells once you are done with your blog post. Come back to it when you’re feeling better/in the mood/full of inspiration and improvise.

I should really stop here, for I would be shooting myself in the foot if I’d continued any further (stop being “lor sor” and stop it with the brackets! :O)

If I can type so much, you know understand what I meant that I am consumed by my own thoughts sometimes? 😉

And I try to practise what I preach, so that was also the reason why I invested in a better camera… but photography skills is another matter altogether, heh.

3. Don’t always believe what you read

Pfft, this seems quite illogical like as if I’m getting you not to believe whatever I have painstakingly noted down thus far.

I don’t mean that.

But this is in relation to sponsored advertorials.

I know how it feels to get a shittified product/service via sponsorship and how you are always more inclined towards providing a positive review other than a negative one.

I am actually undergoing such experience right now as with other bloggers, but… I can’t spill the beans yet. At least not now.

And recalling back the time when I had actually given a product 3/5 stars, I was questioned by the sponsor as to my reason for doing so.

Sometimes, it’s not that bloggers merely want to enjoy free stuffs/discounts or other entitlements and thus, blog up a positive review, but you need to understand the difficult position we face too.

It’s not that we want, but sometimes it’s more of feeling obliged to and I admit, that’s kinda sad and unfair 😦

That was also the dilemma that Bunbun was facing in her recent horrible experience with a sponsored facial treatment. I didn’t really follow through so am not sure if she did eventually reveal the name of the salon. I just know that she has been refusing to divulge which salon it was.

4. The power of social media

I own accounts in Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pininterest and have a Facebook page as well.

But the only main social media I have been using was only Facebook.

I was very active on Twitter and IG in the past but soon got bored of it and MIA-ed for some time. Don’t worry, I am back! 🙂

As much as popularity may not be one of the goals to achieve when I started blogging, popularity also mean EVERYTHING to a blogger, in relation to the numeric figures of readership. That is how companies find you to get you sponsored or decide if you are eligible (i.e. worth wasting $ on or not) and some would outrightly ask you for the numeric figures for your blog readership, twitter and IG followers and fb page likes…

Like money, it’s all about the NUMBERS.

I must admit that it is a little disgusting to self-promote (yes I do that, I mean, who doesn’t especially when you’re just starting out vs a well-established blogger?) but that’s the kind of ‘skin’ you need to have.

A very thick one.

Even when I share on my own personal FB account, I feel extremely embarrassed (IF YOU NEVER KNEW, NOW YOU DO)!

I don’t need to go into details on how important social media platforms are in the current era but it seems a little too overwhelming for me to be active on all of them all the time.

It’s like after publishing a post, you will be like, “Oh I have to repost on my Facebook page too” or “Shucks, I forgot to share this on my IG” etc etc…

Yada yada yada, but I’m trying my best… :’)

5. The market is extremely saturated

Similar to blogshops, the blogosphere for bloggers is as saturated as well.

Everyone wants to own a blog shop, everyone wants to be a blogger, albeit a successful one.

Being a blogger is similar to being a product. How you market yourself is extremely important and how others perceive you despite you trying to market yourself in a certain way.

It’s all about marketing, marketing and more marketing…and not forgetting commitment, responsibility, writing skills etc.

I would need to improve on this for sure. 🙂

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I hope through these reflections on my experience has helped you one or another, be it if you’re thinking of being a blogger, new to this blogosphere or even an established blogger…

And hopefully, when I’ve become more acquainted with this blogosphere, I would include more useful experience and strike out those I intend to achieve/improve on 🙂

Thanks for reading! 😀