[Lifestyle] In South Korea People Check into Prison to Reduce Stress

Browsing through MyFatPocket’s articles and an interesting one caught my eye – ”In South Korea People Check into Prison to Reduce Stress“.

Catchy headlines like these surely does ignite the curiosity of someone!

With the growing immense stress in the contemporary world, how do people actually relieve themselves out of it or at least seek to reduce it?

In South Korea, people actually turn to such forms of reducing stress by seeking relaxation, basically through shutting themselves (almost) out from the busy-buzzing world.

Paying guests are expected to turn in their cell phones, books and other belongings and put on a regulation uniform before checking in.  This is where they will spend most of their time, meditating and silently reflecting on life. There are also private meditation classes, spiritual classes, and ‘healing’ plays conducted as group sessions in the auditorium. A two-night stay at Prison Inside Me costs 150,000 won ($146).

Who would have thought that this was founded by a lawyer named Kwon Yong-seok? How apt and it kind speaks volume isn’t it?

In this article, it was mentioned that people found it difficult to live without their phones, especially a smart one where allows full-blown interaction with other using social media platforms.

If you observe, which need not require a close-up observation and by just putting your own phones down for a moment and take a look around when you’re in the public….how many of us are actually engrossed in our own little world, albeit a virtual one? Most of us would be either texting, surfing Facebook, Instagram, Twittering…surfing the Internet…so on and so forth.

Technology is here to conquer.

Now back to the topic of imprisoning yourself to relieve stress.

Do you find this useful? What do you think of this idea?

Some of us choose to relax by taking a break from work by travelling on a vacation alone or with our loved ones. Some workaholics still continue to carry around their stress while travelling, which sometimes are required of them by demanding bosses/superiors and still continue to work while on a vacation.

Kwon Yong-seok did mention that he and his wife originally envisioned a longer stay for their guests, but people weren’t able to take so much time off. So they had to cut it down to just two days. They also had to make a huge concession – permitting guests to check their smartphones at least once a day.

This is a problem, or the problem.

People actually do know that they are reaching their limit-max and so deserve a break (before they go berserk) but yet they can’t completely give themselves in to relaxation. It may be by choice or out of choice, but whatever it is, this significantly reduces the effectiveness of such assistance.

Also, imprisoning yourself in such places where you lack to discipline to cast your phone away or stressful thoughts may also be well-suited for those who do not or cannot travel for vacations to beautiful places.

But at the end of the day, if you can’t banish all the negativity (stress, fear, anxiety etc) in life (which will never be absolute/complete anyway), there really is a ‘prison inside (of) you’ because your heart and mind are imprisoned by them.

[Beauty Review] Biore UV Bright Face Milk [PINK] Sunblock SPF50PA++

I must admit that I was one of those lazy ones who couldn’t care less about applying sunblock and its importance. I have had freckles on my face for the longest time ever known, like since young? It could be because I used to be quite sporty back in my teens (yeah I know, it was that long!) and I was frequently under the sun. I used to be quite tanned to be honest.

By now, I hope you girls know the importance of applying sunblock before heading outdoors, if not you should really google all about it!

Anyhoo, I guess the freckles stuck by me for the longest time (sounds so wrong?) and till date, I still have them. Speaking of which, I hope I’ll be able to laser them off soon or something but honestly speaking, lasering my face is so much scarier than lasering off my birthmarks on my body?

It was only until recently I decided to be more diligent and apply sunblock lotion before applying my foundation. I’m using Chanel compact foundation powder by the way that includes an SPF of 20. I was using Sunplay SKIN Aqua UV Moisture Milk SPF50 PA+++ and DrX’s Non-tinted Sunscreen SPF 30+ (5A) 60ml.

Recently, I ordered this Biore sunblock from Qoo10 and I’ve been loving it ever since! Never regretted.

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With the constant lack of sleep, my skin loses its radiance easily and the lack of luster inevitably results in dull skin. That was the reason why I choose ‘bright skin’ instead of the rest.

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Now, on to my face.

These pictures are totally unedited, except to sharpen its resolution (because my iphone camera sucks).

Sigh, just take a look at all my ugly freckles and huge pores… 😥

 

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After application of foundation powder :

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Now, for the pros and cons.

Pros :

  • It does brighten up your skin instantly after application
  • It has quick-absorbent properties
  • Non-sticky

Cons :

  • Dries up pretty fast so you will have to apply quickly all over your face 
  • The price difference between retail and the Qoo10 shop which I got this sunblock from is like what, a few bucks? I only realised it when I happen to chance upon it at SaSa which is selling at $15+. Not sure about other retail shops though.
  • Too small a bottle, wish it came in bigger size like its blue version (Sunplay SKIN Aqua UV Moisture Milk SPF50 PA+++)

Overall rating :

4 stars

FREE Make-up lessons by a Professional Beauty Trainer for my readers!

You know you are in for an awesome great deal if you are reading this! Yes, as mentioned from my Facebook page, my readers get to enjoy FREE make-up lessons only because YOU ARE SPECIAL! 🙂

This make-up workshop is conducted by Juliana Aw, a professional styling and make-up artist, who is also is the Founder & certified STYLE COACH for Style & Beauty Experts.

Before introducing you to Juliana, let me share with you on my past experience where I had attended a  make-up workshop conducted at my previous company by Juliana and her team of super friendly ladies of  Style & Beauty Experts.

Juliana

My first impression of Juliana was that she is a very friendly and vocal lady, and definitely knows how to style and dress herself to bring out the best in her. She is always looking so radiant with a glowing skin which many of us ladies are yearning for! And and and, don’t you just love her spunky hair? I DO! 😀

Her workshop was conducted in a very productive and detailed manner where she taught us several useful make-up tips which can be completed in the quickest time. I don’t know about you, but I’m always racing against time every weekday morning for work so this comes in extremely handy for people like me who wants to prettify themselves in the shortest time! 🙂

Now, a little brief info on Juliana.

Juliana uses her professional background to help her clients make a positive first (and ongoing) impression, while also expressing their unique personality. Whether her clients are professionals, creative types, business owners or stay-at-home Moms she understand that fashion is all about self-expression and that the best in fashion brings out the best in ourselves.  She also believes in helping her clients to stretch their dollars by investing in classic pieces that can be worn season after season!

Juliana has been in this beauty and styling industry for many years and provides training for women in the busy corporate world. Her insightful workshops have been conducted at established corporations such as DBS, OCBC, Raffles Town Club, Orchid Country Club, Mediacorp, Central Provident Fund, Concord Hotel and even at schools such as Cedar’s Girls School and Nanyang Primary School and many many more!

As an independent Makeup Artist, her makeup artistry has appeared on the covers of I-Weekly and also Singapore Women’s Weekly Magazine for Great Women of our Time.

She’s also the Chief Beauty Trainer/ Senior Sales Director for Mary Kay Singapore. On top of that, Juliana had the pleasure of making up for Irene Ang (Owner of Fly Entertainment), Merry Riana (Author, Multi-millionaire, top financial planner in Singapore), Norma Sit (Author for Gorgeous, Sexy, Rich and 2010 Singapore Women’s Weekly Great Women of our Time Judge), Denise Phua (MP & Principal of Pathlight), Amy Cheng (local celebrity), Elaine Ng (Deputy Director in Nursing for Changi Hospital), and Tara Barker (Editor of Singapore Women’s Weekly).

Juliana has a team of wonderful bevy of ladies under her wing whom she has nurtured and imparted many inspiring and valuable styling and make-up skills known as the Style & Beauty Experts.

Their focus is on enriching women’s lives, raising their self-esteem and build confidence, and helping customers to look good. Suitable for all occasions, for example, Dinner and Dance makeup, makeup for bridesmaid and brides, Christmas party makeup.

The trainers are well-trained makeup artists. Their inspiring and highly interactive sessions are conducted in a supportive and enjoyable manner which makes it more memorable. Whether it is a one-to-one coaching consultation, or an intimate group workshop, all of their sessions are tailored to focus on their customers’ particular challenges and objectives.

Below are some of the snippets taken during her workshops :

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So what’s in it for YOU?

The FREE make-up workshop will encompass of the following :-

–          Learn how to achieve luminous, younger looking skin in just 10 mins time.

–          Learn step by step guide to looking flawless in just 6 steps.

–          Wear appropriate makeup to score in the workplace

–          Choose the right foundation formula for your skin type

–          Choose the right foundation shade for your skin tone

–          Control oil and shine throughout the day

–          Instantly hide large pores and uneven skin textures

–          Conceal dark circles, pimples and blemishes

–          Apply foundation and concealer for lasting effects

–          Line your eyes for a sophisticated image at work

–          Use eyeshadow to give the illusion of bigger, brighter eyes

–          Use blush to create facial contours

–          Match lip colours to complement your skin tone

BUT THAT’S NOT ALL!

Wanting to enlighten women more in beautifying themselves even further, Style & Beauty Experts generously offers you another complimentary session on Night Smokey Eyes Beauty Workshop (2 hours session on separate days).

Interested??

If you want to learn these rewarding tips at the comfort of your home, just gather your girlfriends to learn the art of beauty together! Like shopping, it’s always MORE FUN to indulge such goodness together, isn’t it? 😉

Simply start the workshop with a minimum of 3 pax with a max of  up to 10 per session!

And if you are looking for entrepreneurship opportunities and makep-up is your passion, why not be a Stylist cum Beauty Trainer and be a boss of your own?

If you are always interested in fashion and beauty industry, but have no idea how to start?  This will be a great choice to participate! Consider being part of the Style & Beauty Experts Family where you will be taught the essentials of not only make-up per se, but also useful and insightful tips on starting this new career path! Read here on how to embark this fruitful journey with them!

All these will be taught based on Juliana’s own personal experience where she has shared briefly on her inspiring journey to follow her passion here.

To enjoy the FREE make-up workshop with Juliana, simply quote ‘Jean Gan Blogger’ and you’re in for some awesome good treats! Details as follow :-

Style and Beauty Experts
10 Anson Road
#26-04 International Plaza
Singapore 079903
HP: +65 96881798

To book appointment, with min 3 pax to start a class (even better if you gather your gfs to learn at the comfort of one of your homes) : Contact person: Juliana Aw at 96881798 Email: juliana@styleandbeautyexperts.com

Open to ladies aged 20 and above.
For more updates and promotions, ‘like’ their Facebook page now and stand a chance to win a gift! 🙂

FAQ on birthmark removal and updates

*For pictures, please email me or leave a comment, or simply ‘like’ and follow me on my Facebook page! 🙂

As promised on my Facebook page (follow me if you haven’t already!), here is the latest update on my birthmarks removal.

You may read about the progress from the treatments I have undergone thus far here.

I have been trying out the Medlite C6 laser from HOYA ConBio®, the latest in Q-switched laser technologyto treat and remove my birthmarks. So far, my 2 smaller birthmarks have been responding to the Medlite C6 laser treatments well enough to have them almost completely removed. There is a risk of having a white indent mark after the treatments but I guess that would be better than having a dark one? However, not to worry because the white indent will slowly fade away with time as seen from the pictures.

Unfortunately, the huge birthmark on my inner thigh has not been responding well to the laser treatments but instead, sort of backfired. You will need to consider this risk if you are looking to remove yours. Stubborn pigmentation that are too dark and deep may not be able to disperse and lighten, and may darken even further. This was what happened to mine.

After the 4th treatment using Medlite C6, my doctors decided to use another alternative to help treat my birthmarks, especially the huge one, which is the Fractional Laser Treatment. I was told that this is stronger than Medlite C6 but surprisingly, it did not hurt as much as Medlite and downtime in terms of swelling and redness but lesser and faster too!

This is the first attempt using the Fractional Laser Treatment.

My doctor mentioned to me that some of the patients who have had their cafe au lait birthmarks treated using Medlite have also encountered the same issue as my huge birthmark. Similarly, they have also been advised to use the Fractional Laser Treatment and some of them had theirs successfully removed.

I am crossing my fingers doubly hard this time round because should this treatment also fail me, then the final and last resort would be to ‘cut’ away the layer….which I really shudder even at the mere thought of it, although I’m not too sure how this would be done since my birthmark is flat and not ‘popping’ out with an ‘extra flesh’.

I know some of you guys might think that it isn’t such a big deal having these birthmarks but all I can say is that I have been living with these for the past 26 years of my life and every single time I wear short skirt, short dress and shorts (not even mini level), I get extremely self-conscious. Without fail.

And to make it worse, this is validated and verified by onlookers’ watchful eyes. Although some of you guys might also say that thankfully the birthmark is not on my face which is a gazillion times worse, but still….

I got this even when I was a child especially when I went swimming as the huge birthmark on my inner thigh would definitely be seen while wearing a swimsuit or during physical exercise lessons in school.

In whatever circumstances, this huge birthmark has somehow or rather but certainly affected my self-esteem. Even having long slim and toned flawless legs (no other blemishes) wouldn’t make me contented if the huge birthmark remains.

I must say that patience is really required should you want to remove your birthmarks, because a few treatment sessions are usually required. One should be realistic with their expectations of the results and time process.

Here are the usual FAQs I have been receiving and should I have missed out any of your queries, I apologise. I hope these FAQs would more or less address your concerns with regards to birthmark removal.

Q1: How many treatment sessions do I need? 

A1 : This is one of the most common queries I have received. My answer to this is that it would really depend on the individual’s condition. The number of sessions would depend on how ‘deep’ your pigmentation is, into the layers of your skin. One very obvious method in deciding whether your birthmark pigmentation is deep or not, would be to analyse the shade of the birthmark.

The 2 smaller birthmarks are definitely much lighter than the huge 1 on my inner thigh. And to achieve good results, I have undergone 4 treatment sessions for that to reach this stage.

Another consideration would be the size of the birthmark. Logically, smaller birthmarks would require less number of treatments compared to bigger ones.

Q2 : How much does the treatment cost? 

A2 : This is pretty much dependent on the number of treatments required for your condition. From what I know when I inquired with the doc on behalf of my friend, a 50cent coin size scar (not birthmark) costs around $350-$400.  But then again, for a more accurate and confirmed quotation, it is best that you check with the doc.

Q3 : How long would a session take? 

A3 : Again, depending on the above contributing factors, it may take approx 15mins to 30mins. You will also require numbing cream to be applied before the treatment, and it would require about 10 to 15mins for the numbing effect to take place.

Q4 : Does it hurt? 

A4 : I would be lying if I say it doesn’t hurt. Before the process, as mentioned above, numbing cream would be applied to minimize pain. During the treatment, when the laser beams penetrate into your skin, it does hurt but it is more of an ant-bite pain. Personally, the aftermath of the treatment is much more painful as there would be redness and swelling involved. Based on my experience thus far, the pain would usually remain until about 2 hours later, after which it would gradually subside. I tolerate all this pain because it’s really ‘NO PAIN NO GAIN’.

Q5 : Any downtime? What is the recovery period? 

A5 : As mentioned above, there would be redness and swelling for approx 2 hours after the treatment. The redness may continue till the next day and will then subside gradually. After about 4 to 5 days, the treated areas would then experience dryness and scabs would form, then shrivel and dry up. This is the period in which you may most probably itch like crazy. It’s best not to scratch or touch the area at all, which can be quite frustrating because it’s just sooooo itchy. But this is the same with any other wounds that are healing.

Q6 : Any medication? 

A6 : I was given bleaching/whitening cream and ‘calming cream’ before but logically, I skip applications when the area is still sore and the new layer of skin is still ‘fresh’. Definitely would hurt a gazillion times if you apply something on it then.

I was told not to apply anything onto the birthmarks after my Fractional Laser treatment.

Q7 : Will it be permanently removed? 

A7 : This is really anyone’s guess. Even the doctors would not be able to provide a definite answer because it really depends on the individual and one’s luck. Some birthmarks do recur while some don’t.

Q8 : Any scars? 

A8 :  I am very lucky not to have had any scars from the treatment. There may be some white indents which some of you might call ‘scars’, they are actually areas that are whiter than the surrounding skin. But I guess that looks better than having a brown patch which is more obvious? I was actually afraid that the white indents would remain forever but it seems like they do fade away gradually with time, although not 100% complete.

With the new laser treatment, I am starting to harbour hopes that my birthmarks can be completely removed again.

*fingers crossed doubly tight*

Watch this space for the next update!

*For pictures, please email me or leave a comment, or simply ‘like’ and follow me on my Facebook page! 🙂

Updates and FAQ on my Birthmarks Removal

*For pictures, please email me or leave a comment, or simply ‘like’ and follow me on my Facebook page! 🙂

As promised on my Facebook page (follow me if you haven’t already!), here is the latest update on my birthmarks removal.

You may read about the progress from the treatments I have undergone thus far here.

I have been trying out the Medlite C6 laser from HOYA ConBio®, the latest in Q-switched laser technology to treat and remove my birthmarks. So far, my 2 smaller birthmarks have been responding to the Medlite C6 laser treatments well enough to have them almost completely removed. There is a risk of having a white indent mark after the treatments but I guess that would be better than having a dark one? However, not to worry because the white indent will slowly fade away with time as seen from the pictures.

Unfortunately, the huge birthmark on my inner thigh has not been responding well to the laser treatments but instead, sort of backfired. You will need to consider this risk if you are looking to remove yours. Stubborn pigmentation that are too dark and deep may not be able to disperse and lighten, and may darken even further. This was what happened to mine.

After the 4th treatment using Medlite C6, my doctors decided to use another alternative to help treat my birthmarks, especially the huge one, which is the Fractional Laser Treatment. I was told that this is stronger than Medlite C6 but surprisingly, it did not hurt as much as Medlite and downtime in terms of swelling and redness but lesser and faster too!

This is the first attempt using the Fractional Laser Treatment.

My doctor mentioned to me that some of the patients who have had their cafe au lait birthmarks treated using Medlite have also encountered the same issue as my huge birthmark. Similarly, they have also been advised to use the Fractional Laser Treatment and some of them had theirs successfully removed.

I am crossing my fingers doubly hard this time round because should this treatment also fail me, then the final and last resort would be to ‘cut’ away the layer….which I really shudder even at the mere thought of it, although I’m not too sure how this would be done since my birthmark is flat and not ‘popping’ out with an ‘extra flesh’.

I know some of you guys might think that it isn’t such a big deal having these birthmarks but all I can say is that I have been living with these for the past 26 years of my life and every single time I wear short skirt, short dress and shorts (not even mini level), I get extremely self-conscious. Without fail.

And to make it worse, this is validated and verified by onlookers’ watchful eyes. Although some of you guys might also say that thankfully the birthmark is not on my face which is a gazillion times worse, but still….

I got this even when I was a child especially when I went swimming as the huge birthmark on my inner thigh would definitely be seen while wearing a swimsuit or during physical exercise lessons in school.

In whatever circumstances, this huge birthmark has somehow or rather but certainly affected my self-esteem. Even having long slim and toned flawless legs (no other blemishes) wouldn’t make me contented if the huge birthmark remains.

I must say that patience is really required should you want to remove your birthmarks, because a few treatment sessions are usually required. One should be realistic with their expectations of the results and time process.

Here are the usual FAQs I have been receiving and should I have missed out any of your queries, I apologise. I hope these FAQs would more or less address your concerns with regards to birthmark removal.

Q1: How many treatment sessions do I need? 

A1 : This is one of the most common queries I have received. My answer to this is that it would really depend on the individual’s condition. The number of sessions would depend on how ‘deep’ your pigmentation is, into the layers of your skin. One very obvious method in deciding whether your birthmark pigmentation is deep or not, would be to analyse the shade of the birthmark.

The 2 smaller birthmarks are definitely much lighter than the huge 1 on my inner thigh. And to achieve good results, I have undergone 4 treatment sessions for that to reach this stage.

Another consideration would be the size of the birthmark. Logically, smaller birthmarks would require less number of treatments compared to bigger ones.

Q2 : How much does the treatment cost? 

A2 : This is pretty much dependent on the number of treatments required for your condition. From what I know when I inquired with the doc on behalf of my friend, a 50cent coin size scar (not birthmark) costs around $350-$400.  But then again, for a more accurate and confirmed quotation, it is best that you check with the doc.

Q3 : How long would a session take? 

A3 : Again, depending on the above contributing factors, it may take approx 15mins to 30mins. You will also require numbing cream to be applied before the treatment, and it would require about 10 to 15mins for the numbing effect to take place.

Q4 : Does it hurt? 

A4 : I would be lying if I say it doesn’t hurt. Before the process, as mentioned above, numbing cream would be applied to minimize pain. During the treatment, when the laser beams penetrate into your skin, it does hurt but it is more of an ant-bite pain. Personally, the aftermath of the treatment is much more painful as there would be redness and swelling involved. Based on my experience thus far, the pain would usually remain until about 2 hours later, after which it would gradually subside. I tolerate all this pain because it’s really ‘NO PAIN NO GAIN’.

Q5 : Any downtime? What is the recovery period? 

A5 : As mentioned above, there would be redness and swelling for approx 2 hours after the treatment. The redness may continue till the next day and will then subside gradually. After about 4 to 5 days, the treated areas would then experience dryness and scabs would form, then shrivel and dry up. This is the period in which you may most probably itch like crazy. It’s best not to scratch or touch the area at all, which can be quite frustrating because it’s just sooooo itchy. But this is the same with any other wounds that are healing.

Q6 : Any medication? 

A6 : I was given bleaching/whitening cream and ‘calming cream’ before but logically, I skip applications when the area is still sore and the new layer of skin is still ‘fresh’. Definitely would hurt a gazillion times if you apply something on it then.

I was told not to apply anything onto the birthmarks after my Fractional Laser treatment.

Q7 : Will it be permanently removed? 

A7 : This is really anyone’s guess. Even the doctors would not be able to provide a definite answer because it really depends on the individual and one’s luck. Some birthmarks do recur while some don’t.

Q8 : Any scars? 

A8 :  I am very lucky not to have had any scars from the treatment. There may be some white indents which some of you might call ‘scars’, they are actually areas that are whiter than the surrounding skin. But I guess that looks better than having a brown patch which is more obvious? I was actually afraid that the white indents would remain forever but it seems like they do fade away gradually with time, although not 100% complete.

With the new laser treatment, I am starting to harbour hopes that my birthmarks can be completely removed again.

*fingers crossed doubly tight*

Watch this space for the next update!

*For pictures, please email me or leave a comment, or simply ‘like’ and follow me on my Facebook page! 🙂

My first trail run – Lion Dash 2014 @ Tampines Bike Park

I thought since I’ve been into fitness and diet myself, why not share with other girls who are keen?

Let’s start with sharing my experience in a very recent run event – Lion Dash 2014. As this was our first trail run, we opted for ‘Fun Run’ instead of the other 2 categories. It was also because I didn’t want to get all muddy and dirty which we eventually did covered ourselves with even for the ‘Fun Run’.

Don’t let its name mislead you, it was definitely not fun at all. Or perhaps, challenging would be a more appropriate word.

We have been participating in other run events (I don’t use the word ‘marathon’ because that would technically mean 42.195km) since 2013.

These are the medals I have achieved thus far, excluding a Nike Run which didn’t give out any medal but just a finisher tee -_-” (Nike u so rich , y u no give medal?!)

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The bf started joining such events with his friends first and later, I got roped in and from then on, my interest grew. Of course, I had another agenda which is to lose weight!!! Consequently, I run on my own on certain evenings after work as well.

At the start of the race.

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The Lion Dash as mentioned was the most challenging run ever I have experienced. Apart from the puddles of mud which some could be intentionally avoided, there were deep pools of muddy water as  well. It was knee-level and because the water was muddy, we could not see how deep or shallow it was. Hence, we took some time to cross over the long stretch of the pool of muddy water and because the ground was so soft due to mud, we nearly fell.

I read from other runners’ experience that some of them suffered some cuts and abrasions as well.

In addition, as with all trail runs, the incline is definitely not a flat-level one. Running up-slope was very exhausting and I was very much not prepared for that since most of my runs were on flat-grounds. Running down-slope was also a tricky one because some were so steep that I was so afraid of falling or roll downhill…LOL!

We did not bring our phones along and kept it at the baggage corner for safekeeping since we were afraid that our phones might get dirty or drop into the mud, so there are no pictures from my camera.

These are some pictures which I got off from their official Facebook account. 

I guess the deep pool of muddy water wasn’t captured because the photographers were afraid too.

You may view the rest of the pictures here via Running Shots’ Facebook.

These were the only 3 pictures of us.

I know right, that serious look that I’m wearing on my face….I dont know why the bf is looking so chirpy…?!

I don’t know how long I took but I think it was approx 1h30min for 8km? Usually I’ll take about 1h20min for 10km so you can imagine the reasons for the delay.

And even though our race category did not include obstacles, apart from the above-mentioned ones, we needed to climb over huge logs and branches. There was one that was so high that I had difficulty climbing over because my legs are just too short -_-”

The huge ass log was placed in the muddy water and I couldn’t balance myself and decided to just tramp on the muddy waters instead.

On top of that, we also had to climb over a mountain of huge tyres…

Yeah, see that mountain of tyres behind?

We didn’t had to roll or carry the tyres because it wasn’t in our race category.

You know, I actually feel kinda cheated because we still had to encounter some obstacles, argh!

Anyhoo, we still managed to find some energy to snap pics after the run.

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I’m keen to join Shape Run and Great Eastern Women’s race (thinking of whether to try out 1/2 marathon – 21km) since I’ve not tried before…Looking for kakis to join me! 😀

If you are gonna join too, maybe you will see me there too? 😛

New Hair Sponsor : Modern Style Salon x Grand Opening x Beauty Review

As the title suggests, I have a new hair sponsor! 🙂 And what’s awesome is that the salon is located in Tampines and hence, very convenient for east-siders like me!

Awhile back, I did Shiseido’s Hair Treatment and Soft Rebonding with Modern Style Salon as my mane was getting out of hand, with frizzy bits and flyaway. It made me look very unkempt. Even after washing, which is supposed to ‘tame’ my mane after a night’s sleep, I have had people asking what happened to my hair! 😥

So you cannot imagine what my hair look like first thing in the morning when I wake up, it’s really quite horrendous!

I guess this is the result of dyeing your hair too often and even bleaching it. Yes, you would recall that I bleached a portion of my hair to dye it hot funky pink…

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And of course, it has lost its colour since a long time ago…

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But what is more concerning is the quality of my hair aftermath…

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You can tell the difference by just looking at this before-after pic.

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The one on the left was before bleaching my hair, it was dry and messy yes but there weren’t as many flyaway and crisps compared to the aftermath on the right 😦

Needless to say, the drying got worse and I had even more split ends than before.

My first visit to Modern Style Salon was to have my hair treated because I reckon they were under too much stress and I haven’t been pampering them for such a long time!

So, I decided to do my hair and myself a favour! 🙂

Before that, let me take you a little tour around Modern Style Salon.

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And this was me having my tresses pampered… ❤

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End result?

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Smooth and silky hair in no time!!!

Hair treatments are for maintenance purposes which means, similar to facial sessions and self-masking at home, you would need to undergo treatments regularly to achieve your desired result. I dreaded that because that would mean that I would have to squeeze in a slot among my busy schedule and hence, I decided to opt for soft rebonding to solve my problems once and for all.

Headed to Modern Style Salon again to rebond my hair.

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And…the aftermath!

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Yes, that’s my Mac for lunch which my hair stylist, Tonny has very kindly allowed me to bring in to munch while he fix my hair.

Some tips from me if you are intending to have your hair treated/curl/rebond/any other services that might most proba bly take some time to complete – empty your bladder, ensure your phone/ipad is fully charged (or you can charge it at the salon if allowed) and fill your tummy/take-away and munch while the treatment is done (if your hair stylist doesn’t mind).

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You can tell how my locks are now more ‘tamed’ and silkier than before right? 😀

Awesome right? Read on and look out for my promo code to enjoy discounts!

Modern Style Salon recently had their grand opening and I had the opportunity to meet other MyFatPocket bloggers as well 🙂

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All of us had our chance to share our experience we had with Modern Style Salon and I was the first to be interviewed.

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Tonny, our hair stylist was interviewed by the emcee as well because all of us girls had only praises for him!

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What is an event without music?

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And delicious food should never be excluded…

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And wines!

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There were freebies which were proudly sponsored by Shiseido!

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And now for the best part…

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Just simply quote ‘MFP-Jean’ and enjoy 20% off ALL HAIR SERVICES!!!

Modern Style Salon

5 Tampines Central 6,

#01-10 Telepark,

Singapore 529482
Operating Hours:  10.30am to 8.30pm (Mon – Fri);

10.30am to 7pm (Sat, Sun & Public Holiday)

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[Exclusive Media Event] Frank by OCBC’s 3rd Birthday Bash at Orchard Gateway!

Exclusive Private Media Event

I know some of you guys may have read about this event in some other blogs and that I’m really late in posting this mainly because it occurred during one of the most busiest period of my life jugging between 4 consecutive exam papers including 2 on a same day as well as settling down with my new job.

It’s better now though so I have to be a responsible blogger and clear up all my backlogs…ahem!

Have you been to the new mall that everyone has been talking about? It’s literally talk of the town because it’s located at Orchard!

It’s none other than Orchard Gateway!

And Frank by OCBC has set up a branch there 🙂

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There was also a set up of refreshments which was superb and thoughtful for those who rushed down after work to grace the event 🙂

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And there was also a fun photobooth!

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And here’s ours! 🙂

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OCBC’s Chief Marketing personnel greeted us and gave a speech on the making and marketing of Frank by OCBC.

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There were a few presentations by a few inspiring speakers at the event and one of them was none other than…

Joanne Soo

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This fine lady is one of the few people in the world who have scaled and conquered Mount Everest. She is part of The Singapore Women’s Everest Team (SWET) – first all-female team from Singapore, which comprises of 6 young women who are attempting to summit the world’s highest mountain in 2009.

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Joanne feeding us with information about the world’s highest mountain

 

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Joanne highlighting one of the risks that mountaineers take while scaling mountains – frost bites.

I have always been an advocate of feminism (which I took some time and effort to collaborate with AWARE (Association of Women for Action and Research) Singapore in a few research projects) and I totally salute The Singapore Women’s Everest Team (SWET). They are one good example and illustration of how motivation can help one to push their boundaries as well as how their potent belief and faith has helped them achieve their goals. A goal that not many of us in this world is able to reach.

Ahmad Hidayat 

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Former co-owner of Kith Cafe, Ahmad Hidayat who is one of less than 10 internationally qualified baristas in Singapore and is currently now the founder of Dutch Colony Coffee Co. You can read more here. Ahmad and his boys also treated us with complimentary coffee after the event was over.

Coffee, coffee or coffee?

#coffeeaddicts

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Ahmad’s story is very different from Joanne’s and this awesome guy gave an inspiring side of his story as well.

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Ahmad started off sharing his work experience as an entrepreneur which we all know is not easy.

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Ahmad also shared on the important of wealth management and growth in the world of entrepreneurship.

Apart from these entertaining and inspiring speeches and yummy food, the main highlight of this event was to educate and emphasise the importance of good and proper wealth management in order to live your dreams. Proper strategy in planning your finance is always a must for almost every aspect in life, be it to travel to your dream destination, get your hands on your favourite branded bag, own your first car or perhaps even to settle down and start a family.

With the high standards of living, prices usually only increase. Just think of tuition fees, when have they ever decrease as the years go by?

Never.

FRANK has done their market research and advocates these 4 principles in order to help their customers achieve their goals.

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FRANK’s 4 PRINCIPLES:
SAVE: I save before I spend.
INVEST: I amplify my wealth.
PROTECT: I use protection
SPEND: I enjoy small indulgences
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This is the simplest principle that one should be prudent in following. Do you make it compulsory to save whatever you earn from work or receive from your parents (assuming you are not financially independent yet)?
I guess the best incentive when saving your hard-earned moolah with banks is the returns you would receive. FRANK offers a higher interest of 0.2 – 0.4% per annum.
FRANK also offers a fuss-free and convenient method of saving your moolah via online banking which helps you to keep track of your expenditure. FRANK’S  Money Flow feature automatically tracks how much you have spent as well as allow you to view your spending by month or by category (i.e. shopping, dining, travel, etc.). In addition, if you are not discipline enough, let FRANK do the work for you. With this online feature, it allows you to set up sub-accounts which provides for an automated savings transaction. This means the preferred amount you want to save would automatically be transferred into this sub-account. In this way, you will have a clearer picture of how much your have spend thus far, be it on ‘wants’ or ‘needs’ as well as how far away are you from your desired goal.
One of the most common way, other than gaining returns from interest rates from banks which may be relatively much lesser compared to investments.
If you are age between 18-29 and studying in local tertiary education (Polytechnics, Junior Colleges & Universities), you may consider on the The Young Investor Programme which is specially designed to guide you. Through this programme, you will get access to exclusive educational workshops, real-live stock trading across 14 global markets and to a line-up of useful tools.
Alternatively, FRANK also provides a channel for the account holders to invest in blue chip shares, which you can buy in smaller numbers and not the standard lot of 1000 shares. All this at a low investment of $100 a month.
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3. I use protection

Cheeky as the picture above may seem, this is definitely referring to another type of protection for yourself. Yes, I’m referring to insurances. We have all heard about the importance of insurance and how they can help to benefit us should anything arise. Life is unpredictable and anything can happen, anytime. FRANK covers health and travel insurance as well as endowment plans.

So as you can see, FRANK does not only cover financial matters but health issues as well, which is more important than the figures in your bank account.

4. I enjoy small indulgences

It is important to note that credit cards may and can lead to overspending and incurring debts which anyone should be mindful. You should only spend within your means to and spend it wisely. That also brings back back to the 1st principle of ‘I save before I spend’. I always make it a point to clear whatever credit card payments I own before the deadline so that I would not be charged with late payment penalty and interests.

With FRANK, you can choose from myriads of designs :

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frankbyocbc9I’m sure there ought to be one that catches your eye!

What’s more is that FRANK Credit Card allow you to use the NETS FlashPay on the FRANK Credit Card for MRT and bus rides, or movie tickets, quick bites and more!

Keep yourself updated with FRANK’s Social Media platforms :

FRANK Facebook page

FRANK Twitter page

Lots of Love,

Jean 🙂

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[Food Review] Spizza @ Katong

I brought the bf and treated him to Spizza for his commendable exam results recently at the Katong branch. I have been wanting to introduce this awesome eatery cafe because I enjoyed myself there previously with my ex-colleague and ex-boss, who treated me for my farewell lunch but it was at the Jalan Kayu branch.

We made a reservation for 2 and headed down for a TGIF dinner that evening.

These were what we ordered :

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We wanted to order 4 initially but the bf is a chicken-wing lover and so we ordered 6 and totally regretted…Not tasty at all!

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I had carbonara previously at the Jalan Kayu branch but chose this mushroom and chicken pasta, which was quite tasteless 😦

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I can’t remember the name of this pizza (Spizza name their pizzas after women’s names…) but includes sausages, mushroom and I recall that the sauce base is spicy.

 

Sad to say, I was extremely disappointed with the taste and quality of the food at Spizza at the Katong branch. Totally embarrassed me in front of my bf although there should be nothing to be ashamed of since we are such a close-knitted couple…but still! Gosh!

Perhaps the only saving grace was the pizza which tasted the best and their customer service was quite awesome (staff taking initiative to pull out another chair for us to place our bags and another chair to place the pizza due to space constraint), but still, we left the cafe devastated, especially myself.

My take is to dine at the Jalan Kayu branch. The Katong branch seriously need to reflect on their other dishes other than the pizzas.

Spizza East Coast

217 East Coast Road
#01-01 Tides
Tel: 6440 8300

Overall (Katong branch) :

1 star each for Customer Service and another for the pizza.

1 star each for Customer Service and another for the pizza.

[Beauty Review] L’Oreal – False Lash Architect 4D Fibre Effect Mascara Waterproof Formula

As mentioned in my previous beauty review of Love Alpha Mascara, I’m currently using another Mascara which claims to lengthen and volumise at the same time. Definitely what I need for my short and sparse eyelashes!

My natural eyelashes are extremely short and it’s that short till whenever I try to curl, I’ll either press onto my own eyelids (OUCH!) or that the eyelashes cannot even extend to the point where it can be seen.

Don’t get what I mean?

Just take a look at the pictures below.

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Yeah, hello fine lines 😦

So yes anyway, that is after curling… pathetic isn’t it?

But after using eyelash serums (yeah I’m using 2, damn kiasu right?), which I will blog about in my upcoming post, my natural eyelashes have grown – lengthened and volumised! More new lashes have been sprouting out too. 🙂

Really happy about it and I thought that maybe it’s time I can try and abandon my fake eyelashes, and I have not been using them recently, unless I’m really really lazy to apply mascara and remove it after that or if I really want a more dramatic effect for events like clubbing (which I hardly go now)?

And…although many have commented that my fake eyelashes are quite natural looking, some even thought I applied mascara on my own eyelashes, I don’t like the label of being ‘fake’. And what is more amusing is that, after I have stopped using them and decided to wear them on again, I felt that my eyelids were heavier.

It’s really strange, isn’t it?

I thought that I should have already gotten used to the feeling which I really did after wearing them for so many years, and when I didn’t use them for a short while, I couldn’t get used to it. -_-”

Anyway, I read online that if you have short lashes, you should look out for those with fibre that help to lengthen your eyelashes. And if you have sparse ones, you need to volumise them.

But if you are kiasu like me (my eyelashes are actually more of the ‘short’ kind in relation to the ‘sparse’ kind), I got a mascara which consists of both functions – lengthening and volumising! Short and sparse eyelashes – I guess most Asian girls face this problem.

Oh and did I mention that even my bf has longer eyelashes than mine?!

-_-”

And we’d always joke about getting them curled by me which he agrees without any hesitation (not sure if he’s joking?!).

So anyway, here is how the L’Oreal – False Lash Architect 4D Fibre Effect Mascara Waterproof Formula looks like :

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The wand is a straight wand and not the curved one, which I prefer.

After application of 1st layer of coat :

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Haha, don’t ask me why they look so unbalanced. This picture was really taken after the 1st layer. I guess it must be the difference in volume of eyelashes for my both eyes. My left eye’s eyelashes are more sparse and lesser than my right eye’s 😦

After 2nd coat :

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I know it still looks unbalanced despite the same number of coatings 😦

If you are wondering why didn’t I apply properly at the inner lashes, well that’s because they are too short to be curled! I am always having difficulties trying to curl my lashes, especially the ones near to my inner eyes 😦

A before and after comparison :

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Let’s see what I like and dislike about this mascara.

Pros :

  1. Lengthens my eyelashes
  2. Volumises my eyelashes
  3. Does not clump easily! I really like this mascara for the fact that it hardly ever clumps! Unlike the Love Alpha Mascara, but I must say that because of the natural fibre from Love Alpha Mascara, the lengthening effect it can provide is definitely better than this L’Oreal – False Lash Architect 4D Fibre Effect Mascara.

Cons :

  1. Lengthens with limitations – does not provide fake eyelash/dramatic effect. However, I’ve seen reviews that it works very well for other girls 😦 It may be because they have long eyelashes to begin with? Or perhaps they applied a thick coating? But I’m not keen in applying so many layers on my eyelashes because it looks too fake and also because…read my next point
  2. It is difficult to remove! Because it’s waterproof (which you can now tell its pros and cons), it makes it difficult to be removed. I have been using Biore Makeup remover wipes to remove them and it always takes a long time to remove them completely, compared to having fake eyelashes on. Amazingly, Love Alpha Mascara is easier to remove but I guess that’s because it may not be waterproof?
  3. Volumise with limitations as well
  4. May be pricey to some – if I recalled correctly, I got this at Watsons for around close to S$30? Love Alpha Mascara  only cost me $11.90 (without postage fees) from Qoo10, although authenticity cannot be 100% guaranteed.

For now, I’ll continue using the Loreal mascara and at the same time, religiously apply the eyelash tonic serum and patiently wait for my natural eyelashes to grow more and longer.

*crosses fingers*

4 stars

If this could really lengthen and volumise further, I’ll definitely give it a 5 star!