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August

TWENTY

1208 HRS

Europe Travelogue – London (Part three)

17

August

TWENTY

1108 HRS

Last Mile Fulfilment Asia 2015

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  You probably have seen my quick update on Last Mile Fulfilment Asia a few month back on Dayre and I'm back to share the event in more details.

If you haven't heard of it, LMFAsia 2015 was an inaugural event organized by SingEx that helped to foster the building of cross-border fulfilment capabilities by bringing focus on current issues (hence opportunities) in the fulfilment industry. To put it in simpler terms, LMFAsia basically aims to help businesses (for instance, my fashion label KLARRA – which was the reason why I went for this event too) to grow across the region. Through this initiative, it aims to bring together retailers, eCommerce companies and the Last Mile Fulfilment Industry across Asia Pacific to help each other identify solutions or come together to provide solutions to further improve each and every own's business.

LMFAsia 2015 took place over the span of two days. Haven't felt this excited for an event and I was already looking forward to the conferences prior to the first day itself! Even though they were held back to back from 9am till night on both days, I really enjoyed them & was surprised that I didn't feel tired as I thought I would be. I suppose the excitement came from the basis that this event had a very relevant topic of interest to Klarra. As mentioned before, logistics was also an issue I've faced with Klarra and I can't tell you how much this event has helped in Klarra's fulfilment.

One of the key issues that (and so I've heard for many e-retailers/eCommerce players too), I faced was the logistics aspect – eg. picking, packing, delivery etc, and I actually discovered some new solutions after attending this tradeshow. I didn't know there were so many logistic companies (local or international) around that could help and I managed to get in touch with quite a few to discuss on how to collaborate.

I was initially concerned if my business was too small a scale to find proper solutions there but I was definitely wrong. One thing I was really impressed with the whole event was that it was catered to all industries (be it F&B, fashion, service etc) and for all scales as well – the key was to find the best fit/solution for our respective businesses.

Not to forget, LMFAsia 2015 also invited prominent market players like ASOS, Abercrombie & Fitch, Naiise, Ralph Lauren, Laura Ashley, Lego, Luxola, Alibaba, Zalora, Rakuten Asia etc, and had insightful sharing sessions done by them for all attendees. I had a great time listening to the talks and definitely took home great insights which made me think hard about my business. They also ensured that all attendees could have a chance to interact with these players and yes, more details of the networking session below!

What you can expect from the event would be:
1. Understand how to meet the challenges and develop an efficient & sustainable fulfilment models for your eCommerce / omni-channel retail business
2. Find out what are the latest innovations & technologies are out there to help you with this
3. Hear from success cases and understand the realities of operating in the regional countries (e.g. instead of door to door delivery, self-collection actually makes more sense in selected countries)
4. Network with leading domestic & regional players from the fulfilment ecosystem and build relationships with potential partners for your expansion


DAY ONE

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Day one of the event went really well.

Companies such as ASOS, Abercrombie & Fitch, Naiise, Ralph Lauren, Laura Ashley, Lego,  Luxola, Alibaba, Zalora, Rakuten Asia and more were present at the exhibition and top management from the companies from quite a few of the companies shared valuable information during the conferences. I actually found most of the conferences interesting and beneficial. To name a few:

1) Finessing Fulfilment
 Where speakers came together to discuss current fulfilment (logistics etc) issues happening in the industry and at the same time, provided greater understanding on what the industry is doing to come together to give solutions for the players. It highlighted common issues such as delayed delivery time, costs, customers' expectations etc and at the same time, speakers from relevant companies eg. DHL, Australia post etc then exchanged insights, mentioned experiences and sharing existijng/new approaches that might potentially helped to narrow the gaps.

2) Retailer Spotlight
Where the country head of a specific retailer – in this case, CharmZone Group (a a global company that specializes in skincare and later on merged with seven companies including Charmzone Motors, Charmzone Automotive, Charmzone Import, Charmzone Service, Charmzone Construction, Buon, and N4) shared about their expansion plans from Korea to Singapore, issues they faced and how they overcame it. Their main issue was not being able to find right partners and an effective fulilment strategy. I believe this was quite a common problem to many overseas brands as well and just imagine how great (for both business, customers) it would be if these issues are solved and customers in Asia can easily obtain international products online.

3) Country Focus Track
This focused on topics regarding expansion of business in Asia. The session happened on both days and for the first day, it discussed three neighbouring countries, Indonesia, Thailand and The Philippines. Key speakers from each country came to share, debate about issues and progression for the next 5 years etc. I found this exceptionally helpful for businesses which are looking to expand to these countries. It gave a lot of insights to how the culture, system there work and potentially allow you to plan your next step.


4) Commerce & Solution Track

This was one of the sessions that I really enjoyed and in particularly, the talk by DPEX. Shared by Vernon Martin (the strategy and business development director of DPEX Wordwide), he discussed about filfulment solutions centered on reverse logistics and solutions that increase competitiveness through positive customer experience. This gave me a different perspective and some ideas on how to create a more wholesome experience for Klarra's customers.

    

5) Networking reception

Last but not least, SingEx has also organized an exclusive networking reception for provide the opportunity to meet other industry players. This was where people from companies such as ASOS, DHL etc come together and besides that, am glad that I managed to associate with a few companies which could help Klarra in the fulfilment area! (More pictures below on the networking session).

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DAY TWO

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I spent the morning exploring the exhibitions once again and to look for the companies who gave talks the previous day. Besides the conferences, the exhibitions also showcased the companies' services with key contact people present to help. I got to discover some new companies at the same time which provided delivery, pick and pack services etc which turned out to be useful.

Was looking forward to day two as well as the conference's topics were as exciting or even more:

1) Growing through Omni-channel retail and distribution
Learned a lot from this session. With a better understanding of the importance of fulfilment, I'm confident that it can help to grow and improve Klarra's operations and customer experience much better. This talk made me ponder much as it offers new perspective on the challenges facing fulfilment partners in growth in retail but also on ways to respond/scale flexibility to meet growing customers' expectations. Interestingly, it shared opportunities for collaboration between e-commerce and fulfilment players.

2) Panel discussion: Sustaining the Edge with Innovations and Solutions in the Fulfilment Industry

This event were hosted by key speakers from Malaysia, Taiwan, Singapore and they addressed major issues and challenges specific to the regional fulfilment industry. They shared on the new trends, emerging developments and not forgetting, solutions such as innovative service offerings and technologies. Was so glad to find more options and solutions such as transport/asset tracking, monitoring technology solutions, new fulfilment and delivery services or convenience/security enhancing payment solutions etc.

3) SingPost Roundtable
I was very privileged to be able to be invited to Singpost Roundtable, where it was a closed door event to discuss on the upcoming trends of the e-commerce industry. Such an insightful discussion and this got me thinking as well. Looking forward to work out to recap on the talk and to brainstorm some new solutions for Klarra.

4) IRCE Conference + Exhibition Track

Stands for Internet Retailer Conference and Exhibition. It is known to be the world's largest e-commerce event and this diverse group of 200+ experts represents all areas of the industry,  always ensuring the agenda has wide appeal. SingEx invited the head from IRCE and also key experts on a specific topic, which in this case was doing business in China. I enjoyed this sharing session very much, great speakers, great content in my personal opinion. The next IRCE is taking place in Chicago and at the end of the event, SingEx has specially partnered with IRCE to give out two complimentary tickets to their event there. Such attractive perks for us all! (picture above)

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With Dean, COO of True Corporation in Thailand, Mr Long, COO of U-cosmetics China (where they licensed prominent brands such as Clarins, Estee Lauder etc.) and Alvin from Kose.

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Very impressed by this well-organized event and the two days were indeed well-spent. I personally found it very surprisingly beneficial to the business. It has also opened my eyes up after listening and chatting with the key players from the industry. I'm glad that the SingEx team recognized the fact that the eCommerce industry is growing rapidly in Asia and introduced LMF Asia with the aim of addressing issues, bringing solutions, forging new partnerships and uncovering business opportunities.

I honestly think this event would be very helpful for all e-commerce players as well especially fellow friends who own a fashion label or are in the fashion industry. Not forgetting, f&b players, where food delivery is core or beauty brands going online etc. LMF Asia will happen again in 2016 around March again so do keep your eyes peeled for it. Happy to know that government agencies are very supportive of LMF Asia as well and I personally hope they continue to as I'm already looking forward to next year's event!

LMFAsia 2016 will happen on 3 – 4 March 2016 and I definitely wish to be back to attend that. I'm hoping to find out more about how e-commerce has evolved so far from the industry experts and their perspectives. I'm pretty sure there will be new businesses and solutions that could potentially improve KLARRA's operations. I would strongly urge you to attend it as well if you would like to find out more about e-commerce or how to expand abroad for your business (or even if you are looking to start a business and would like to find out more.)

There's an exclusive early bird discount so be sure to join their waiting list – I assure you this will definitely be helpful. I'm truly excited for it that I went to find out more from the organizer about LMFAsia 2016 and got to know that in the next edition, we can all expect to meet more than just the logistics players but also regional marketplayers and multi brands platform who can bring their business to more regions.

Definitely looking forward to attend LMFAsia 2016!

11

August

TWENTY

1108 HRS

Europe Travelogue – London (Part two)

Continuing from Europe Travelogue – London (Part one)

As mentioned previously, I signed up for four fashion courses and I arrived in London about three days before classes begun. I spent the three days settling into the apartment and getting familiarized with the place, especially the area where I was staying.

A friend of mine, Merli was there in London for a strategic management course under Imperial college (she was there 3 weeks earlier) and we kept each other company from time to time. We met a couple of times for breakfast, more for dinners while we got busy during the day with classes or our own programs.

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Merli lived at another area and we figured Baker Street would be somewhere in between us. We met up for breakfast before class one day to check out this bistro that was pretty much raved about around – Natural Kitchen.

Baker street is in fact one of the must-visit spots around London from what I know. To give a little background taken from Wiki:

"Baker Street is a street in the Marylebone district of the City of Westminster in London. It is named after builder William Baker, who laid the street out in the 18th century. The street is most famous for its connection to the fictional detective Sherlock Holmes, who lives at a fictional 221B Baker Street address.

The area was originally high class residential, but now is mainly occupied by commercial premises.  Baker St is a busy thoroughfare, lying in postcode areas NW1/W1 and forming part of the A41 there. It runs south from Regent's Park, the junction with Park Road, parallel to Gloucester Place, meeting Marylebone Road, Portman Square and Wigmore Street. At the junction with Wigmore St, Baker St turns into Orchard Street, which ends when it meets with Oxford Street. After Portman Square the road continues as Orchard Street.  The street is served by the London Underground by Baker Street tube station, one of the world's oldest surviving underground stations. Next door is Transport for London's lost property office."

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I thought there was only one Natural Kitchen bistro around but realised after being there for two months that there were three others which one at Marylebone High Street (which was not too far from Baker street and quite an awesome outlet with many more takeaway options).

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We ordered berry porridge which was oats (love anything oats and cereal) and the scrambled eggs with toast. The latter was absolutely delish – probably the best scrambled eggs I've had. I had three months in London and feeling a little bummed that I only went back two days before my flight back to Singapore – and at the wrong timing which brunch was not served anymore. Boo, didn't manage to have it again and would recommend for you to try it if you're heading there!

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The bill was placed inside this childhood storybook and we spent about SGD 26 for the meal. Which was considered pretty affordable in London's standard of living. I honestly spent quite a bomb there on living expenses >.<

NATURAL KITCHEN LONDON
55 Baker Street 
London  W1U 8EW 
0207 935 0987  |   bakerstreet@thenaturalkitchen.com

77/78 Marylebone High Street 
London  W1U 5JX 
0207 486 8065  |   marylebone@thenaturalkitchen.com

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PAUL bakery was located just down the street and I got myself a cuppa coffee for the morning. Love London for its coffee scene and I came to appreciate coffee more after having it almost every morning when I was there. London has an amazing coffee culture and too many interesting places to explore. Definitely missing that charming city..

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With fun-loving classmates from the UK, Thailand and London definitely got awesome-r with them around ;)

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LEON and it was one of my favourite salad bars in London in fact. Love everything about it and had it for consecutive four days after being introduced to it as school was located nearby to it. They currently have 20 over outlets around so you shouldn't have a hard time locating it :)

LEON
35 Great Marlborough St, London W1F 7JE
Nearest tube: Oxford Circus, Bond Street 
020 7734 8057  |   carnaby@leonrestaurants.co.uk
Mon to Fri 7am – 10pm
Sat 9.30am – 10pm
Sun 9.30am – 7pm

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Finally met Big Ben ;)

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The second weekend in London was spent exploring the charming city. Together with Merli, Arya, we had a three hour walk from Trafalgar square all the way to Buckingham Palace then to South Bank London. I remember it was such a beautiful evening, lovely weather (although I'd have been more comfortable with a coat or shawl) and we three had an enjoyable night.

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Dinner was at Wahaca – this Mexican place located by the river with a splendid view. Arya's recommendations never went wrong before and I was told this was one of the best mexican restaurants around too ;)

WAHACA
Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Rd,
London SE1 8XX, United Kingdom
+44 20 7928 1876
Hours: 12:00 – 11:00 pm  
                                     

That's all for today and will be back for part three soon ;)

9

August

TWENTY

0508 HRS

Europe Travelouge – London (Part one)

It's one of those sleepless nights tonight. Quiet nights like this are pretty enjoyable and for today I had a little bit more time so I was browsing through all my past photos and decided that I should really kick start my updates on my 3-month stint in Europe last year. So here it is – starting with amazing London for sure ;)

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I took emirates for my flight to London and I remember that I enjoyed the journey. Pretty empty from Singapore to Dubai (I had the entire row to myself), ride was smooth and oh yes, wine. They actually gave an entire bottle which I thought was a nice touch for the in-flight experience – especially for wine lovers.

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I actually really enjoy plane food very much ;)

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My very first photo of London. It was my second time here and the first was too long ago – probably when I was 17 years old. Everything was definitely not familiar to me.

I've spoke to friends before my trip and was recommended by Ming to engage 'Simply Airports' for airport transfer. Would highly recommend this as it was one of the more reasonable priced and credible transport companies in the UK. Getting a black cab directly might cost 1.5 times more. You have to book them perhaps at least a day in advance (or even more to be safe and they do online bookings). I personally think calling is much easier as they need to arrange with you (you need to provide flight details) on where to wait. If you are sitting Emirates and alighting at Heathrow Airport – I would suggest setting the meeting point at the store WHSmith. It was easy to spot and a guy will be there holding a signage with your name written to receive you.

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Knowing that I went alone, Ming was very kind to introduce his UK pal, Arya to me on the first day. Arya helped me to settle into the apartment and brought me for a tour around the area. We walked around Oxford street and settled at Aubaine @ Selfridges (a huge and extraordinary departmental store – one of my favourites and you have to visit!) for lunch.

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Aubaine – A chained bistro serving french cuisine.

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Hello Arya ;)

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AUBAINE SELFRIDGES
2nd Floor, 400 Oxford St, London W1A 1AB, United Kingdom
+44 20 7318 3738

Monday to Saturday 930am to 9pm
Sunday 12pm to 6pm

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And the famous Liberty (departmental store) around Oxford area. As what google says – a quirky department store filled with high-end fashion and luxury homeware, with its own fabric line.

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The gorgeous photo spot for many.

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We decided to go for desserts after lunch and Arya recommended this newly opened Chocolate shop named SAID dal 1923, located just around the corner. I must say it was really awesome and definitely a must-go for all chocolate lovers!


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You have to try these two!

SAID dal 1923

41 Broadwick St, London W1F 9QL, United Kingdom
+44 20 7437 1584
Monday to Sunday 11:00 am – 11:00 pm

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Gotta love the architecture. What a charming city.

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Exploring more of oxford and SOHO.

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We walked throughout the day and ended up at 'Little Venice'. To quote what google says again,

"Just north of Paddington lies Little Venice. This picturesque pool of water where the Grand Union and Regent’s Canals meet, is home to a number of waterside cafes, pubs and eateries. From here you can take a boat trip or follow the tow path on foot and see how the winding waterway snakes its way through the heart of the city. You can head downstream past the charming regency streets of Madia Vale and on to Regent’s Park and Camden beyond, or follow this peaceful corridor upstream to the west and enjoy the tranquillity of the waterways that feel like a million miles from the hubbub of the roads and streets nearby."

I personally liked that area and there was this quaint little cafe there that Arya introduced which became one of my favourite cafes around (I went back almost 5 times!) – will update more in another entry.

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The talked-about Boat Bookshop just right outside Paddington underground station. The 'bookstore' sold new and used books which were in pretty good condition. Books were retailing at about 5 to 10 pounds – definitely very reasonable!

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Okie dokes. That's all for tonight and I'm dozing off right now. Too many pictures to sort and I'm in between doing quick summary entries or detailed ones which I'm pretty sure it's gonna take ages (although I prefer this as forgetful me really hope to document down the memories as clearly as I can). In anycase, I'll be back to continue the entry again. Till then! ;)

8

August

TWENTY

0308 HRS

All Things Klarra

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Was at the pop-up for the past week to ensure things were running properly. Having a taste of retail and I must say I'm definitely very new to the retail industry. Am very thankful to have met kind souls around who gave me valuable advice, guided me through when they didn't even have to and I've definitely learned a lot over the week. People around living in Singapore are actually very kind-hearted, helpful and full of compassion (although most don't show it out directly) if you realised  – at least that's how I feel and am very glad/pround to be living in a country that fosters such a compassionate and bonded community. 

Tending to the business alone can honestly be quite a challenge but it has taught me so much. So much that I'll never exchange it for anything else. I know I've said this many a times, but thank you to my dearest friends and family, customers, social media pals for being there, coming by to support or even dropping words of encouragement. You may think I don't remember them but i actually do – very much actually. I won't forget how you guys made me feel <3

Happy long weekend all!

And happy birthday, my one and only Singapore.

:)

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Thank you family, dear friends & esteemed customers for supporting  <3

30

June

TWENTY

1106 HRS

Lexus NX Hybrid

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A few weeks back I had the chance to test drive one of the latest SUVs in town!

It has always been a little hobby of mine is driving actually (although that's probably the last thing I would want to do if I'm dead tired), and I do experience a thrill when I'm behind the wheel. So you could imagine how excited I was to have this opportunity. As some might have guessed from the pictures, the SUV was none other than the Lexus NX Hybrid (aka NX300h)! 



I went to Lexus showroom in the morning to have a crash course on the various features of the Lexus NX. Needless to say, a crash course was necessary for me to learn how to function some really advanced technologies the NX comes with. It was in fact my first time operating a SUV and I was initially a little worried if I've trouble parking the car. I must say my worries were all for nothing and in fact, the drive was completely enjoyable and fuss-free which I (including those passengers) was very impressed – more below ;)

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Say hello to my new ride ;)

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MORNING BREAKFAST MEETING
Knowing that I would have the car for a few days, I made plans and started the next day early with a breakfast meeting at Starbucks.  The car definitely came in handy and it definitely makes it easier to travel around for meetings, making sure the day is well-utilized!

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Setting off.

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Love the panoramic glassroof!

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The control on the steering wheel was really stable and it made it much easier to pick up my calls on speakers without my hands fumbling for the phone in my bag!

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I like that it comes with an inbuilt GPS.

Before I move on further, I thought I should share with you some of my favourite features of Lexus NX Hybrid ;)

1. 360-degree panoramic view monitor –   Parking was so fuss-free given the size and it was awfully helpful! (see below)
2. Remote Touch interface with 7-inch display screen
3. Wireless charging for Qi-compatible electronic devices
4. The panoramic glassroof
5. Blind spot monitor (a censor light will automatically appear if another vehicle is at your blind spot)
6. How automated, thoughtful and Intuitive the features were
7. How amazingly spacious and comfortable the interior was

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On a random note, I was also secretly thrilled to be receiving the white version for the period (white has always been my top pick for most things anyway).

I never quite noticed SUVs on the roads but I always had the impression that the designs are pretty restrictive due to size. And after receiving the car, I made an observation on SUVs along the roads and I must say I kinda adore the sporty aesthetic of this particular Lexus model. I like how smart, sleek and classy the car looks and who says an SUV can't look stylish?!

Also, I always think SUVs are better suited for families but after driving it, I had a complete change of mindset and honestly speaking, I was indeed impressed by how functional this car was.

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AFTERNOON TEA WITH GIRLFRIEND

I made a trip back to Klarra's office to settle some work and to collect some outfits for errands that same day as well. I loved how spacious the interior was and it could easily save time and transport a big bulk without having to make multiple trips.

Poots and I arranged for an afternoon tea and I picked her up from her workplace.

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It was my first time being at P.S Cafe petite and it was definitely love at first sight. P.S Cafe has always been one of my favourite places to dine at for brunch, tea or dinner.  Besides coffee, the cafe serves a rather decent variety of food and so we tend to spend hours there and this round was no exception. The truffled mushroom panini was really good, came in a pretty generous portion. And not to forget, we ended the meal with our favourite banana butterscotch cake – you have to try this!

We spent a couple of hours that afternoon and before we knew it, it was around evening time and we did a takeway to deliver piping hot food for the family. A car definitely makes everything easier and everywhere more accessible.

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6:30AM CALL TIME FOR SHOOT

This was next day's morning where I had to report for an early morning shoot. It's always a hassle calling for cabs in the morning and I managed to get to Marina Bay Sands just within 20 minutes of drive! -  – who says Hybrid cars are not known for performance!

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Shoot location was at MBS.

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Shoot was well and I had to shuffle between meetings that afternoon – having the car was absolutely a life savior!

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Last but not least, Lexus NX was probably one of the smoothest drive I'd experienced and it was such a breeze travelling around with the car. Everyone who sat in it had great feedback on it, and commented especially on how comfortable the ride was. Besides that, the automated features were exceptionally helpful and I liked that the car was equipped with GPS for travelling directions as well. Lexus definitely lives up to its name and I can't say how enjoyable the experience was.

Definitely will include SUV as one of the choices when I'm considering getting my own car next time!

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20

June

TWENTY

0806 HRS

GLOW – It’s your move

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I probably have shared about this some time back but I figured I do have some self-esteem issues which have been pretty much affecting how I feel about myself. I haven't been the most confident throughout my teenage years. To name a few contributing reasons, it would be a combination of work, weight issues (my metabolism isn't the highest so in fact, I constantly have to be mindful of my diet) as well as aesthetic reasons such as skin issues (I've pretty bad body scaring issues which I haven't exactly shared before).

Talking about weight, I’ve put up some growing up pictures years ago and there were periods where I was really plump. I kinda lost weight during my modelling days – which I guess being in front of the camera naturally was a motivation for me to maintain my weight. After I stopped modeling, I was still mindful of my diet, but somehow, it was so much harder to maintain my weight. I guess indeed as we age, metabolism rate decreases and hence, it’s important for us to take note of what we consume, our lifestyle habits and also, fitness – not just for aesthetic reasons but for health reasons.

I used to exercise a lot more – running four times a week but in between the years I stopped. I gradually felt that fatigue got hold of me easily and I felt extremely lethargic even after taking a long rest. I felt that my energy level depleted easily and I found it difficult to concentrate at work – which I didn’t quite like it because i wanted to be more efficient. Then one day I decided that I should do something about that and I started exercising. I actually felt so much better after that and a couple of months back, I joined the gym and started being more active.

Besides exercising, I also got stricter with my diet and at the same time, I suppose the bottom line is not just about wanting to look good , but also about feeling good and confident as a whole . I believe to do that, it's all about finding a good balance between fitness and diet, so that we actually feel healthy from within.

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And very recently, I was pleasantly surprised to be approached by a health supplement brand called GLOW™. To give you a quick background on what's GLOW™ all about:

"We strive to celebrate every day with the believers of beauty, health and life. Through the range of our products, you can now glow alongside our community of like-minded enthusiasts as we make our move in empowering women to seek confidence and natural results

It is in our DNA to produce an authentic, personal best for you and we build that through the use of advanced technologies that showcase proven results and efficacy. Our products deliver real solutions that will support every woman’s health and wellness lifestyle, providing only the best in beauty and fitness."

I followed up with a meet up with the GLOW™ team soon after and was privileged to meet with the brand's founder, Nicole, as well to find out more about GLOW™.
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Nicole is an avid health, fitness enthusiast and she came from a pharmaceutical background. She shared with me her personal story, mentioning that she used to be overweight, having skin issues such as acne and eczema and nothing seemed to help even though she has consulted multiple specialists. She realised that it all boils down to having the right diet and exercise and at the same time, she found new ways around her problem which included wise oral supplements, skincare products and a good diet and exercise to maintain her weight and curb breakouts. Thankfully with her family pharmaceutical background, she worked in close proximity with an R&D team who created her own supplements range using the best ingredients. She actually tested the products on herself before releasing them out to the market hence safety is definitely a factor that she takes seriously.

I was pretty excited after knowing more about the brand and am interested to find out how it can help in my daily lifestyle as well.

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Work can be quite hectic many a time and meals can be quite irregular. I talked to a few people about this and understood that health supplements could potentially be a way to boost one's health. I am happy to be embarking on this campaign with GLOW™ and we have started to even work out some interesting plans for the upcoming months. One of which will be a one-month fitness challenge, which involves a personal trainer and customized meals and I'm honestly very excited for this!

Anyway back to the supplements, I've received the GLOW™ kit recently (Thank you, dear GLOW™ team!) and it came with the new and improved, all-natural formula GLOW™ BodyActive supplement. This product has a 3-stage blend which means it doesn't only help with weight management, but is also an energy booster and has antioxidant properties that helps fight any signs of aging – exactly what I needed and these made got really interested to try the supplement.

I got to know more about this product back when I met with Nicole and she understands that I've difficulties managing my weight. She shared with me this star product from GLOW™ which has effectively helped herself and many others.

I like that Nicole doesn't agree that there is never a need to resort to extreme methods of dieting (although she used to face weight management issues too) and she actually encourages us women to take an active lead in maintaining a good healthy lifestyle too – eating healthily and moderately. GLOW believes in enhancing confidence within women through building a fun community and I'm glad to be joining this community!   

If you are concerned about the safety of the products, you will be happy to know that GLOW™ products are GMP assured. The brand takes pride in adhering to top quality standards established by regulated trade associates and health regulatory authorities.

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A few of my favourite quotes from the GLOW™ kit!

Love how the kit comes with these GLOW™ motivational postcards and I always love to keep them or I always think the quotes give meaning to gift cards (I'm quite a hoarder when it comes to stationery, homeware and notebooks). Besides this, I was excited to receive the GLOW™ kit (as shown above) as it comes with everything I'd need for fitness – a bottle for hydrating, sports attire and of course a face towel which I always bring along during workouts.

GLOW™ is giving away these kits and do stay tuned, follow GLOW's Instagram @ilove_GLOW to find out how you can get them!

GLOW™ is launched in 2012 and from what I know, its products have received overwhelming response from Singaporean women nationwide, winning various prestigious drugstore and pharmacy awards including:


• NTUC Unity’s Most Popular Slimming Product Award in 2012, 2013 and 2014
• Watsons #1 Top Sales Revenue Product;
•Watsons Health & Beauty Award in 2013 and 2014

• Guardian Health & Beauty Award 2013 and 2014

Hope to have you embarked on this fitness beauty journey together and if you are keen to do so, do fill in your particulars below ;)

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I’ve joined the GLOW™ beauty bandwagon now and will be back to share more in another blogpost. Am looking forward to share more on Instagram and Dayre and I’ll be back with more updates. Meanwhile, be in the mailing to join the GLOW™ community and be prepared to win free goodies along the way! I’ve taken my first step to a better healthier me, now it’s YOUR move!

15

May

TWENTY

0305 HRS

New retail level at Vivocity

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As mentioned in my Dayre post previously, one of Singapore's largest retail and lifestyle destination mall, VivoCity has introduced an entirely new retail space at Basement one!

I used to frequent VivoCity quite often during my university school days as my school was located around the area. Been a while since I've explored the mall and was pleasantly surprised to know of that new retail floor.

The basement one expansion is not just an addition of new stores but to be specific, this new retail level features exclusively curated brands. These are brands are exciting fashion and accessories retailers which I'm very sure both you and I have heard of. I visited the level just two weeks ago and some of the stores were still undergoing renovation but what I've heard, they’ll be opening really soon! You should definitely check them out when you head there!

To name a few that I visited the other day:

1. WEEKENDS

WEEKENDS is a new one-stop, multi-brand lifestyle store and has just opened its first ever store at VivoCity Basement one.

To give you more background on the store, WEEKENDS brings together 14 international lifestyle brands from Europe and America. They offer an eclectic collection of inspiring gifts and designer stationery, stylish jewellery and accessories, unique fragrances as well as statement-making soft home furnishings, such as wall art and prints, designer tableware, lamps and much more.     

Brands you can expect to see are kate spade new york Gift & Stationery, Acctim, Alphabet Bags, Brokis, Coulson Macleoud, Fiorelli, Gary Birks Designs, Ginger Ray, Jonathan Alder Gifts & Stationery, Mr Maria, Read Between The Lines, Royal Apothic and Talented.  Prices ranges from $6.90 for a notebook to $650.00 for ceiling lights and more pictures below to show you what's in store ;)

I adore homeware, cards & notebooks shopping and I spent a great deal of time checking them out. I personally think WEEKENDS offers a great range of gifts for your loved ones and friends and I'm confident you'll be able to pick out something for any gender and age!

P.S: Do you know MONOYONO, a leading branded specialty retailer of gifts and lifestyle merchandise is their sister company?

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2. THOMAS SABO

THOMAS SABO is an international jewellery, watch and beauty brand. They carry a wide range of designs made from sterling silver and design, sell, distribute products from Germany for both men and women.

The brand is known for creating innovative, trend-oriented, classically-elegant as well as highly-expressive accessories, with great attention to detail. Expressive and iconic designs from the ladies' and men's collections, such as the love knot, the skulls, leather bracelets and the feminine rings, have acquired cult status in the THOMAS SABO product world and are highly-coveted among customers across five different continents.

THOMAS SABO's partners include 2,600 jewellers and retail partners throughout the world with 273 shops (119 shop-in-shops and 154 stand-alone-shops) across the globe. You will also be excited to know that Poppy delevingne used to be one of their ambassadors as well and top model Georgia May Jagger (daughter of Rolling Stones lead singer Mick Jagger) is their current ambassador ;)

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THOMAS SABO is known for its  range of modular charm jewellery – entitled Karma Beads. The Karma Beads collection was introduced as a celebration of the ‘beautiful things in life’, representing a positive attitude towards all life. One of their star products is named The Wheel of Karma which represents ‘personal, inner balance’. There is quite a great spectrum of designs, ranging from sweet floral pieces to Gothic skull design.

I must say they do have a great range of designs for customers to choose from and from the collection, you can easily mix and match for your own customized bracelet. This will be a great idea for a gift too ;)

Receive a complimentary beauty bag worth $30 with minimum $150 spend. Valid till 30 June 2015,  while stocks last. Quote my name, Beatrice Tan to enjoy the promotion!

3. LAB SERIES
 

A prestige skincare brand for men by Estée Lauder companies. LAB SERIES believes in applying modern technology, advanced ingredients and the latest research on men’s physiological and lifestyle needs to develop products with proven results.  LAB SERIES offers simple educational tools to help men understand exactly how to address their skincare needs, and provide the knowledge and the assurance to solve any problems that arise – from acne to aging.

A friend of mine joined in for that afternoon and he was telling me he uses their products on a daily basis and they work well for him. He was keen to try out the new range of products and hence he had a complimentary skin analysis done on the very same day and received a one week trial sampling set after that. It's open to all walk-ins so calling out to you guys, if you would like to try their products, do pop by to have your skin analyzed!

You'll receive a 2-piece deluxe travel set worth $35 with minimum $50 worth of purchase. This promotion is valid till 30 June 2015 (while stocks last) and do quote my name to enjoy the offer :)

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4. STEVE MADDEN

What more can I say?

One of the most prominent footwear brands around and happy to know that VivoCity has an outlet now.

They have a wide range of sandals, sneakers, pumps and heels and we were totally spoilt for choice! Definitely a spacious location which allows you to shop in comfort. I spent a good hour or so shopping in the store and I must say the service was impeccable. I had to thank the staff, Nul (hope I didn't get his name wrong) for being so patient with me and he was probably one of the best salespersons I've encountered before!

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Three of Sel and my picks ;)

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Last but not least, these are just 4 of the 9 brands that are situated at VivoCity's basement one. Some other brands you can expect to see:
American Eagle Outfitters
Aéropostale
Rabeanco
Etude House
Innisfree

Do pop by the new retail level for some retail therapy as they will be having some special opening promotions in store, so don't miss them!

10

May

TWENTY

1105 HRS

Ladies Night Out

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Saturday night out with these gorgeous ladies.

Together with dear Merli, Evon, Sora and Melissa, we had a nice, simple evening catching up over sumptuous Chinese cuisine. Familiar faces on magazines and national teevee but definitely very down to earth yet humble people. Such a fun night out and thank you Sora & Evon for the treat! I'll be Merli and my turn the next round ;)