21

December

TWENTYTEN

0512 HRS

ZEISS Drivesafe Lenses

 
 

I’m quite sure the name of ZEISS is no stranger to us and have probably seen this brand across many different places every now and then. 
 

I was introduced to ZEISS many years back when I was involved in an advertisement for their vision care category. It was also my first time trying on their glasses and I remember feeling impressed by the product quality as well as their brand philosophy and values.
 

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About ZEISS 
If you are new to ZEISS, you might be interested to know that ZEISS is an international leading technology enterprise operating in the optics and optoelectronic industries. They develop and distribute eyeglasses technology to medical technology. Known as one of the world's leading manufacturers, the Vision Care arm of ZEISS combines ophthalmic expertise and solutions with an international brand. 
 

In past years, I’ve also come across reviews online and through friends. Heard very good feedback from their experiences using ZEISS – not only just vision but for their extensive category of products as well. 
 

A few reviews I saw mentioned that ZEISS is an established company known for its high-quality optics products. Especially for its vision arm, a few others mentioned that ZEISS lenses have superb colour, brightness and clarity. Their lenses may look thin, but they feel incredibly light and deliver the ultimate comfort and performance. In comparison with other lenses, I was told that Zeiss lenses tend to last longer with fewer problems and reviews also mentioned that people encountered less scratches over a course of time. 

So recently, I embarked on this campaign with ZEISS particularly for its DriveSafe lenses and was intrigued when I first heard about it.

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Challenges we all face
I’m sure many of us drive as a mean of transportation and it is in fact, quite a necessity as we journey through our lives, especially when one starts a family. Besides that, a lot of us face long working hours and with the fast paced environment, work can be rather stressful at the end of the day.

Personally, I love the ease of transportation when it comes to driving, and it allows me to commute to places and transport things easily.

I own a womenswear brand, KLARRA, and spend pretty long and intense hours at work. Often, I do feel worn out after a day at work. In my field of digital business, it also means long hours on the computer. With that said, my eyes feel tired most days and I actually feel tense, stressed and insecure at times when it comes to night drive. And in the rain, foggy or misty conditions, this worries me further and I feel nervous and unsafe to drive. 

As a driver, it’s of utmost importance to be alert and responsible behind the wheels. While we have all heard about drink driving accidents, we tend to overlook accidents as a result of poor visibility under challenging conditions and the latter is one of the common reasons for accidents. Driving can be a real challenge at times and good vision is vital for safety. With good vision, we react much faster and this definitely improves safety and prevents accidents.

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Introducing ZEISS DriveSafe lenses 
In this campaign with ZEISS, I was pretty excited to be prescribed with my very own pair of DriveSafe lenses. When I first tried the glasses, the first thing that I felt was comfort. The clarity was great as well but it was daylight then, so I didn’t think much about it. 

The ZEISS DriveSafe lens is a newly launched technology which serves to increase safety on the roads while making our driving journey more comfortable as well. This technology works particularly well at night when clear vision can be a challenge. The ZEISS DriveSafe lens is specifically designed as an everyday lens to meet the vision needs of people who want to feel safer and more comfortable when driving.


My experience with ZEISS DriveSafe lenses 
We then arranged for a filming session on one of the nights two weeks ago, together with the ZEISS team, to do a test-drive – not to test the car, but to test the functionalities of my newly-prescribed ZEISS DriveSafe eyeglasses. I was wondering if the lenses will have a significant improvement in my vision or will it be just minimal. 

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If you have watched the above, you probably would know that I was surprised and had a very good experience with ZEISS DriveSafe lenses. In fact, the performance of this pair of glasses exceeded my expectations and I honestly felt that it holds up to ZEISS’ reputation of producing high-quality lenses, excelling in clarity and brightness. 

My experience that night was one of a kind. When it comes to night driving, common challenges are definitely: 
1. Glare from the lights eg. Traffic lights, headlamps, street lamps, high beams from oncoming vehicles etc. 
2. Low-light surroundings especially in heavy rain and small alleys that are not brightly lit 
3. Uncomfortable shifting of viewing focus between dashboard and roads 

The ZEISS DriveSafe lenses are meant to tackle the above mentioned issues and I’ve to say they sure did. There was a significant difference in clarity and brightness, and I could see my surroundings very clearly. The lenses helped to reduce glare from oncoming cars or street lights and at the same time, my vision was sharp and I had clear visibility of the road, dashboard, rear-view mirror and side mirrors.

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Impressed by the night drive experience with ZEISS DriveSafe lenses, I decided to find out more about the technology behind these lenses. A few things that are worth mentioning about ZEISS DriveSafe Lenses: 
- Equipped with Luminance Design® Technology: better vision in low-light conditions. 
- DuraVision® DriveSafe Coating by ZEISS which reduces perceived glare up to 64%. 
- Available in both single vision and progressive lens types. 
- Designed for easier focus switching between dashboard, mirrors and the road. 
- Suitable for everyday wear. The DriveSafe lenses provide optimum vision at night, yet functional to be worn all day long like a pair of your usual eyeglasses. 
- Able to fit into your preferred frame at the optics, which doesn’t compromise on designs and stylishness.

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With ZEISS DriveSafe lenses, I feel more secured on the roads and definitely appreciate the comfort and sense of security they have provided me with. I’m truly convinced by the quality of ZEISS DriveSafe lenses and would strongly recommend you to try the lenses even if you are looking for a regular pair of day-to-day glasses. I’m very sure you can tell the difference.

Last but not least, ending of this post with a special promotion that is ongoing by ZEISS. They are giving away prizes when you purchase a pair of ZEISS DriveSafe Lenses from any of the ZEISS Optical Partner stores by 31 January 2017. Prizes to be won are really attractive and include: 
-  a pair of Economy return air tickets to Germany 
- 3 x S$1,000 shopping vouchers and 
- 10 x S$300 petrol vouchers
 

I personally think this is a great promotion and would urge you not to give this a miss :)

For a list of ZEISS Optical partners or to find out more about the ZEISS DriveSafe lenses, do visit www.zeiss.com.sg/drivesafe.

7

November

TWENTYTEN

0111 HRS

Pullman Bangkok Hotel G

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Bangkok is one of my favourite cities for a weekend getaway. Great thanks to Hotel G group, I had the chance to be whisked away to have a stay at Pullman Bangkok Hotel G – a  5-star designer hotel located in the heart of the city at Silom. *blessed*

Pullman Bangkok Hotel G is probably one of the most stylish modern lifestyle hotel offering cutting-edge design, in-vogue dining experiences, trendy events complete with spectacular panoramic views of the city centre and the iconic Chao Phraya River. You might not know this, but Pullman Bangkok Hotel Gwent through a complete renovation and rooms are looking real stylish – think classic vintage chic and classy whites. I stayed in the latter and every corner was instagram-worthy ;)

Not forgetting that this hotel houses two award-winning restaurants, 25 Degrees Burgers and Scarlett Wine Bar & Restaurant (helmed by Michelin starred Chef Sylvain Royer). Dean actually brought me to Scarlett last year in October for my birthday dinner and I had a memorable experience there. Am definitely happy to be back there for another meal and it was such a great experience – both food and service were impeccable. Even if you aren't a guest of the hotel, you might like to visit this place for a meal.

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Outfit: KLARRA's pleated halter dress in dusty blue, KLARRA's eyelet cutout top in wine & pleated wide leg pants in wine



If you are heading to Bangkok or overseas for a trip soon, you might want to check out www.hotels.com/visaholiday. I recently chatted with a friend and got to know that hotels.com is partnering with Visa from now till 31 December. Visa cardholders (for Visa Infinite & Visa Signature only) are able to enjoy 12% off with minimum 2 nights stay . Accommodation often takes up the bulk of travel expenditure and it's great to know that we can enjoy some savings. Besides that, you can easily book through www.hotels.com/visaholiday or via their mobile application too. www.hotels.com/visaholiday has over 700,000 hotels in more than 60 locations – it provides real time prices and it goes through a secure cashless payment process. ;)

Coupon : 12%
Code : VISA12
Book : 1 Nov to 11 Dec 2016
Stay : 1 Nov 2016 to 31 Mar 2017
Restrictions : Only Visa Signature & Infinite Card BINs with min. 2 nights stay

P.S: This promotion via Visa is not part of my trip to Pullman Bangkok Hotel G. The above information provided for Visa & hotels.com is for informational purposes only. beatricetan.com is not liable for any incompleteness, or delays, or for any actions taken in reliance on information contained herein.
 

10

October

TWENTYTEN

1010 HRS

A day at Phillip Wain

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It has been a while since I've took some time off for a pampering session. I used to go frequently for facial, gym and if I decided to pamper myself a little more, I would also go for a massage. The only thing is that these are all from different places and it can be quite a hassle to book and if I were to do all together in a day – it's quite difficult taking into consideration the travelling time.

Very recently, I was speaking to a friend, Eugenia and was introduced to Phillip Wain. If you haven't heard of it, Phillip Wain has been known as an Asian leader in fitness and beauty industry for more than 30 years. Phillip Wain is the region’s premier practitioner of the pioneering one-stop total beauty service. I came across places offering massages and facials but have never came across one that offers facial, massages, gym, classes altogether in one place. The extensiveness of services surprised me and got me quite curious to visit this place to take a look. 

So I visited Phillip Wain a few weeks back and made a couple of treatments to try out within the day. Phillip Wain is located at a very accessible location –  in the heart of Orchard Road, Mandarin Gallery. The place is located at the top of the building and occupied the entire level. It looks narrow upon entering, but the space is very well utilised – rooms were adequately built for comfort and privacy. There is also a little bistro counter, health juice bar situated inside, serving an assortment of healthy food and drinks. The resting corner seems really comfortable as well, might be a good place to take some rest, read a book in between your treatments. Definitely living up to its name of being a one-stop service fitness and beauty place. 

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I was quite skeptical prior to the visit, wondering if the standard of the services offered by Phillip Wain would be on par with places that focus solely on a particular treatment. I tried 4 services at Phillip Wain:
1. Facial – Phillip Wain's signature Aqua EX3 Face Spa 
2. Massage – Advance Cell Reborn Therapy
3. Slimming – Triple Action Magnetic RF Therapy
4. Fitness – Pilates Personal Training

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The experiences were surprisingly very enjoyable and I felt that the standard of services exceeded my expectations. The professionalism of the staff were commendable and I could tell they were each very experienced in their own fields. One thing I could tell was that they do have a rather large team of staff and I'm guessing that because they hire experts in each area. Moving on to the treatments – starting with slimming treatment, facial and lastly, pilates.


1. FACIAL – AQUA EX3 FACE SPA

In all honestly,  I do in fact have my own facial place that I usually visit, but this face treatment that I did at Phillip Wain was much more comprehensive than my usual. I suppose it was also the type of treatment, and in this case, it was the Aqua EX3 Face Spa.

The Aqua EX3 Face Spa is one of the most signature treatments of Phillip Wain and I would recommend you to try this if you are looking for facials focusing on whitening and lifting. Benefits of this facial includes
- Reducing fine line, wrinkles and age spots
- Improving skin tone and texture
- Promoting regeneration of collagen and elastin fiber

This treatment uses an advanced technology combining mechanical and chemical peeling to cleanse and exfoliate the skin. Using a unique spiral tip, it helps to gently exfoliate the surface of your skin to remove skin’s impurities, sebum and dead skin cells while hydrating and replenishing your skin with essential customized solutions. It then ended off with the snail lifting massage – I enjoyed this tremendously. Pressure was great and the beautician knew the right spots to press. This massage uses filtered liquid snail mucin and highly concentrated nutrients from plant stem cells to firm up skin, promote cells regeneration to restore skin’s elasticity and reduce wrinkles. Benefits of the snail mucin:
- Brightening and moisturizing
- Improving skin elasticity
- Anti-bacterial, Anti-aging and Whitening


2. MASSAGE – ADVANCE CELL REBORN THERAPY 

This got to be one of the best massages I'd in a while. This massage combines the east and the west technique, and uses firm bio-regulating renewal cream, evening primrose oil. What's really unique is that this particular massage uses energy stone and the experience was very enjoyable. I liked the effect of the hot stones on my body and the pressure exerted by the masseur was good as well. I felt very energized after the session was done and this is one treatment I'll definitely strongly recommend you to try. 


3. SLIMMING – TRIPLE ACTION MAGNETIC RF THERAPY

I also made an appointment to try the triple action magnetic RF therapy – which is one of Phillip Wain's latest slimming and contouring treatments. As quoted from them, " This treatment uses a patented technology which combines a matrix of multi-polar radio frequency (RF) along with magnetic pulses that work in synergy to effectively reduce cellulite, improve skin elasticity and deliver substantial circumference reduction. The Pulsed Magnetic Fields (PMF) helps to stimulate the synthesis of collagen, triggers the proliferation of fibroblasts and promote new blood vessels. Simultaneously, the RF helps to induce collagen and elastin synthesis by causing controlled thermal damage in the dermis, which triggers self-repair mechanism of skin tissue to improve overall skin condition and enzyme mediated lipolysis to decrease subcutaneous fat mass and ameliorate blood circulation."

The treatment was very comfortable and it came with massage to promote blood circulation. The staff performing the treatment was very experienced and I enjoyed the treatment very much. The only thing is that for slimming treatments, it requires a prolonged period and including a change of diet to see the results. So it was too early for me to gauge the effectiveness of this treatment through a session. 

3. FITNESS – PILATES
My first time trying Pilates and I loved it. Eugenia recommended me strongly to give this a try and I'm glad I did. Phillip Wain has two full-time instructors who have years of experience. Besides, the room was fully equipped with an extensive range of machines/equipments for all to use. I thoroughly enjoyed this experience too and definitely felt that I've worked all parts of the body after the session. If you would like to join pilates, you might want to check out their classes!

I think it's absolutely convenient to have one stop for all the services and this definitely is a bonus for all the busy women out there. Besides this, you might be interested to know that Phillip Wain is an all-ladies fitness and beauty place so it's great for women who are more comfortable in a female-only environment. Bathrobe and towels are provided and shower/locker area provides ladies essentials such as shower gel, shampoo, hair dryer, facial remover, cream, and even eye cream (another plus point).

A special treat for you guys from now till December:
Quote ‘Beatrice Tan’ to experience any one of these services at SGD68 or 3 services of your choice at SGD200.
• 55-mins Triple Action Magnetic RF Therapy (U.P. $856)
• 90-mins Aqua EX3 Face Spa (U.P. $728)
• 85-mins Advance Cell Reborn Therapy (U.P. $588.50)
• 60-mins Pilates Personal Training (U.P. $192.60)

Terms & conditions:
• Valid from now till 31 December 2016.
• Valid for new female customers, aged 21 years and above only.
• Each service/treatment is limited to one-time redemption per customer only.
• Redeemable at Phillip Wain Singapore only.

To enquire or book an appointment, please call 6250 0100 or visit Phillip Wain at Mandarin Orchard Hotel, Level 7 (Accessible via lift 6 & 7). If you would like to find out more, do check out Phlilip Wain's website.

Thanks Eugenia for arranging everything and it was definitely a day well-spent at Phillip Wain :)

  

8

December

TWENTYTEN

0512 HRS

Fitness with GLOW

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It has been a few months since I’ve embarked on a fitness journey with Glow! Around the same time, I’ve signed up for a gym membership and with that said, Glow has also very kindly arranged for personal trainer lessons on my behalf with Alex for a month.     

I took GLOW BodyActive at the start of each lesson. It is known to manage your appetite and kickstarts your metabolic rate to increase calorie burning – I could literally feel my heart rate accelerating a lot more during workout! It also helps improve blood supply to muscles, reducing harmful effects of free radicals for better post-workout recovery. 

The training month with Alex was absolutely great I must say. Alex is a personal trainer from Yorkshire, but has been residing in Singapore for the past 6 years. He was probably one of the best trainers I’ve encountered and share so much knowledge about fitness, nutrition and wellbeing. I enjoyed my lessons very much and came to understand the body better as well.  

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It’s been about 3 months since I’ve supplemented my diet with GLOW™ BodyActive, workout sessions and eating right. It curbs my appetite and hence, preventing myself from over-eating. This wholesome approach to keeping fit is GLOW™ motto to a more beautiful you – whether you’re meaning to lose weight, tone up, or to simply maintain your weight. No medicines that might give you side effects and certainly no starving. For myself, I found that my clothes fit better too.

And because I put on too much weight back then in London, I might have also lost a few kilograms these few months. I personally think it's all about having the right diet, have more meals in smaller portion and don't overeat. Know when you are hungry or when you are full, and stop eating when you are full.

I believe beauty is about confidence and would definitely agree that we should eat well, take good care of our body and skin. Do join me in the glowgetter community and take your first step towards a more confident you with GLOW™ BodyActive! If you are keen to give this GLOW™ BodyActive a try,  you can get it at any Guardian or Watsons store and it’s retailing at $99.00. Enjoy 30% off when you purchase on www.iloveglow.com, using my promo code: GLOWBEA30. 

*Promo is valid till December 31th, 2015. 
*Limited to the first 200 customers 

30

June

TWENTYTEN

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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17

December

TWENTYTEN

0612 HRS

Moments with Pandora

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Haven't exactly had the time to head down to town for some Christmas shopping as work has been pretty hectic for the past month even. Can't believe how time flew by and within a wink of an eye, it's the last month of the year. Feels a little sad that 2014 is coming to an end but am looking forward at the same time as it's going to be a month of festivities and celebrations!

Speaking about Christmas, I was pretty stoked when I was told to head down to PANDORA to check out their latest Christmas series.

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I personally don't own any PANDORA jewelry and this was the first time I've actually stepped into the store although I've chanced upon it many times back in London and especially during my trip to Denmark, Copenhagen. For those who didn't know, PANDORA is an international Danish jewelry manufacturer founded in 1982 by Per Enevoldsen and was started as a family-run jewelry shop there in Copenhagen before becoming an international brand. Denmark was one of the places I really enjoyed visiting and am still quite amazed by the Danish culture. Besides that, the Danes have impeccable taste and I honestly admire them for taking so much pride in every single thing (be it food, fashion etc) – it's impressive.

Anyway, back to my Christmas shopping experience at PANDORA ;)

I paid a visit to one of their many stores here in Singapore just last week to pick out something for myself and a gift for mummykins. Felt very welcome upon stepping into the store – love the warm lights and how clean, neat the interior was. I always had the impression that PANDORA is best known for their unique charm bracelets and was pleasantly surprised when I saw that they have a wide array of necklaces, watches and designer rings.

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I decided on a set of dangling pearl earrings surrounded with crystals for mummykins and this was from the latest Christmas series. Always thought pearls are quite a lovely design for moms and true enough, mummykins loved it. We both thought this was a classic, elegant and versatile design and definitely perfect for the upcoming festivities!

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Moving on to picking out something for myself and I decided on building a unique charm bracelet for myself ;) Was pretty overwhelmed with the charm choices and I think I probably spent an hour there deciding on the charms for the bracelet. With that said, I must say the sales associates were absolutely patient and very professional in helping me throughout the whole customization process. As it was my first time, I thought three charms would be ideal for starters although I did think that it would be really awesome if I could fill up the entire bracelet – now I understand why so many of my friends are crazy over adding charms to the bracelet, it's addictive!

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Talking about the charms, I picked out two from the Autumn 2014 collection and one from the Christmas 2014 collection (which was recently available in stores) – am guessing you could tell which is from the Christmas series ;) I like the fact that we can customize the bracelets by combining these charms accordingly to your individual style and memories which you hold dear. Each and every charm has its own beauty and style, ranging from sweet ones all the way to classic and edgy ones. I actually thought we might even be able to tell a person's personality or style just by observing her charm bracelet! Plus each charm represents an unforgettable moment in life which you can add as a chapter to your story.

PANDORA jewelry has always been quite an ideal gift for ladies and the extensive range of the jewelry allows your loved ones, friends to constantly expand the collection be it charms, bracelets, rings, earrings and necklaces. I thought the concept behind PANDORA is meaningful as well because each charm can signify a special moment and I'm pretty sure you can find a suitable charm to represent that moment.

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These two gifts were just two of the many designs I've seen in PANDORA and these jewelry definitely make a good choice for gifts in my opinion. I actually saw a couple of guys visiting the store too and well, am pretty sure this will be a good gift to surprise their loved ones!

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My customized PANDORA bracelet <3

Do you know PANDORA has a VIP membership in Singapore? With an accumulation of S$3000 purchase within a span of 6 months, you would be qualified as a PANDORA VIP member and you get to enjoy 15% storewide discount on regular priced items as well as a one-time 20% discount during your birthday month. Besides that, you get invites to promotions and exclusive private events like the one below! This event was organized specially for PANDORA VIPs and it was a private event (specially to introduce PANDORA's  Christmas 2014 collection) held at the newly revamped ION store. Not just shopping, the team prepared special activities for all their guests such as Digital Caricature of guests with their PANDORA bracelets as well as providing names engraving services on Murano glass charms which were all given to the PANDORA VIPs as a personalised gift! There were refreshments served during that evening and even a photobooth for fun photos to keep ;)

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Happy customers for the night ;)

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Pretty gifts for the guests. I'm sure you would enjoy the evening if you were there ;)

All you have to do is to present your original receipts at your preferred PANDORA store and you will be automatically signed up as a VIP member. Besides these exclusive events, VIP members will enjoy 15% discount storewide on regular priced items, a one-time 20% discount during birthday month and other exclusive offers.

Last but not least, for more details of PANDORA and to see the latest Christmas collection, you can hop over to their Homepage or Facebook Page. Merry Christmas in advance and have a merry time shopping for Christmas gifts!

Take part in PANDORA’s Christmas Lucky Dip Promotion while shopping this Christmas! Receive a complimentary jewellery with a minimum spend of $250 nett. Terms and conditions apply. While stocks last. Enquire in-store for more details.

12

September

TWENTYTEN

0909 HRS

My Collagen Journey

This entry marks the end of my two-month Collagen journey!

If you have followed the previous two entry-updates on this, you would know that I've started taking the Collagen 5000 Powder two months ago after having the opportunity to be the brand ambassador for BRAND’S® InnerShine® Collagen 5000 Powder ;)

For these two months, I've consumed the collagen powder diligently everyday and it wasn't difficult at all to remind myself to take it because I have always packed in a sachet or two in my bag. It's brilliant that the Collagen 5000 powder is packed in individual sachets and it's absolutely convenient to store, bring along – even for small clutches. It's completely fuss-free and dissolves easily in any liquid and to be honest, it tastes pretty good too.

As the pictures tell below, the Collagen 5000 Powder sachets were always stored in my bag!

ON PLANE RIDES
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DURING MEALS
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Mixing the Collagen 5000 Powder into mineral water

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It goes really well with fruit juices as well ;)

ON THE ROADS

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Like I've mentioned previously too, many of my friends are in fact taking this beauty supplement regularly and have told me how this beauty regime has helped in improving their skin. I was pretty skeptical at the start but after taking Collagen 5000 powder for two whole months, I think I actually do see a difference in the skin!

I haven't quite noticed it until I started digging out pictures taken two months before to do a comparison.

TWO MONTHS AGO
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I had little bumps in my skin and you could see that I pretty much had quite rough, dull tired looking and looser skin (especially the jaw/chin area) even after putting on makeup.

AFTER ONE HALF TO TWO MONTHS
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I don't know if you can tell the difference, but I thought my skin is tighter, smoother, more supple and not as dull/tired-looking!

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Besides mixing the Collagen 5000 Powder with mineral water, there are many other fun (and tasty) ways to take it!

Sharing with you a simple recipe I did with the Collagen 5000 Powder  – A special fruity shake ;D
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You would need juice (I chose apple and mango juice), yoghurt (plain would be best!), your favourite fruits (banana and strawberry for me) and of course, the Collagen 5000 Powder.

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Step 1: Not too much of the juice as this will be mixed into yoghurt and I prefer a creamier yoghurt shake ;)

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Step 2: Mix in the juice with the original yogurt!

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Step 3: Chop your favourite fruits into small slices

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Step 4: Add in a pack of Collagen 5000 Powder
    

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Step 5: Top it with your favourite sauces, jam etc. Honey will be a good idea too.

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Step 6: Tadah! I added the banana bits into the cup and added a slice of lemon for garnishing.

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Yum yum, It was really tasty by the way ;D

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Besides taking the Collagen 5000 Powder with yogurt, you can consume it with your evening drinks as well! No problem bringing it along to your house parties ;)

Last but not least, BRAND’S® InnerShine® Collagen 5000 Powder is also available online so you can get the set shipped conveniently right to your door step! Exclusive for you guys, receive 5% discount off the launch price promotion of $39 (U.P. $46) by keying in 'ACPNL22' during checkout on BRAND’S E-Store (Validity period: 20th September 2014). If you are keen to try out Collagen 5000 Powder by BRAND’S®, you can purchase the set at an introductory price at S$39 (UPS$46) here

Before I sign off, I thought I should let you know that you could be the next winner to walk away with a gift set by BRAND’S® InnerShine®!
*Prizes will be awarded to the top 3 winners with the most creative recipes!

Just simply share your own creative recipes on how you would mix the Collagen 5000 Powder OR a specific dish/meal that you would most likely consume the Collagen 5000 Powder with via instagram (with/without the sachet in the picture) and just hashtag #InnerShineSG #collagen5000.

Say hello to better youthful skin and do head over to BRAND’S® InnerShine® FB page to find out more about Collagen 5000 Powder: http://www.facebook.com/BrandsInnerShineSG!

21

August

TWENTYTEN

1108 HRS

Beauty Collagen Journey (Part II)

ADVERTORIAL

As mentioned in an entry a couple of weeks ago, it's a great privilege to represent BRAND’S® InnerShine® Collagen 5000 Powder and am happy to have stocked up on 3 months worth of Collagen 5000 powder! Thanks to BRAND’S®  InnerShine® , I received the packs before my Europe trip and have started on the collagen journey since then.
 
Have been here in Europe, in London to be exact, for about two weeks. Have signed up for four summer classes, with a mixture of business and fashion topics and so far I've completed three. The classes are basically from Monday to Friday, 10am to 5pm, so weekdays are pretty much packed and now I wish I have spaced out the classes so that I can take some time off the weekdays to tour around London.  Have gotten used to the time difference and have sort of formed a routine ever since I came here. Not a very exciting routine to begin with because most days I'll be in the academy, but here's what I will do:
1. Alarm goes off at around 8am and I tend to snooze to 8.30am
2. Head to the kitchen to gulp down a cup of water (was told that gulping down a cup of warm water- best with lemon, first thing in the morning will help to flush out toxins)
3. Turn on my laptop to play my usual songs
4. Head to the shower and start preparing
5. Breakfast while I do some surfing, check my emails etc
6. Prepare a bottle of water before i leave the apartment (This is when I'll add in a sachet of BRAND’S® InnerShine® Collagen 5000 Powder)
7. Get a cup of coffee along the way
8. Time for summer class

In fact most of the time I'm in a rush, so it's really convenient to bring along a couple of BRAND’S® InnerShine® Collagen 5000 Powder sachets and what I will do is to add the powder in later.

Like I've mentioned previously, I had comments saying that I looked tired, haggard although I've been diligently following my skincare routine everyday. I suppose it was the lack of sleep, the diet, the stress in a way etc and I guess it's time to work on the inner-beauty regime. In fact, I'm really thankful to be on board as the brand ambassador for BRAND’S® InnerShine® Collagen 5000 Powder and have this chance to try this. I had a meeting previously with the Cerebos team to understand about the Collagen 5000 Powder, the ingredients, the benefits and I'm actually quite excited to see what this collagen powder can do to my skin. No doubt ample rest, healthy diet play a huge part but I'm convinced that BRAND’S® InnerShine® Collagen 5000 Powder will be a great boost that will help improve the skin.

Well, not too much on the ingredients but i thought you might like to know that the Collagen 5000 Powder brings together the nature's best 5Cs to nourish the skin for beauty maintenance namely Collagen, Vitamin C, Green Tea Catechin, Rice Ceramide and Acerola Cherry. The Collagen 5000 Powder doesn't have a fishy taste in my opinion and instead, it has this sweet-smell, a faint cherry taste and I personally like it when added to just still water or in my yoghurt.

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Adding it to my yoghurt, yum!
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And of course, water too.
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The Collagen 5000 powder easily dissolved after a few shakes and I would slowly sip throughout the day during lesson.

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The Collagen 5000 powder has became one of the daily beauty essentials and to be honest, I haven't been getting much sleep due to the summer classes and the 'homework' we had to do every night. Am quite glad that I'm taking this beauty drink (those late nights!!) and it certainly helped to maintain the skin elasticity and improve the condition of my skin. Somehow I felt that the skin is pretty healthy and zits seldom form after taking the Collagen 5000 powder!

AFTER FOUR WEEKS
As I'm writing this post, it has already been four weeks into the Collagen journey. I actually enjoy taking the Collagen 5000 Powder everyday as I thought it tastes quite good when the powder is mixed with water. It's not sweet-tasting and very easy to drink at the same time. I love how fuss-free the packaging is and it's quite hard to miss taking it everyday as I tend to bring along a couple of sachets in my bag (they are practically weightless!).

I personally feel that the condition of the skin has improved in terms of tiredness & elasticity. I actually thought that the skin was firmer after taking the Collagen 5000 Powder for consecutive 28 days and now I'm more motivated to take it longer and see what the Collagen 5000 Powder will do to the skin in another 28 days!

Some pictures of the skin below after taking the Collagen 5000 powder for 28 days

Not too sure if you can tell but I do feel that the skin has improved and not as tired-looking as before!  

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Really very excited to compare the difference when I've completed the 3-month collagen Journey! Stay tuned and I'll definitely be sharing more – will try to snap more pictures ;)

For now, what's exciting is that BRAND’S® InnerShine® has introduced a special contest!  You can simply post a photo on your Instagram / Facebook of what beauty means to you, with the following caption:

“Beauty is/means ______________________. Innershine Collagen 5000 Powder helps me in my beauty ritual as ____________________________. #innershinesg #collagen5000”

Best 3 entries will win a $100 InnerShine® hamper!
Contest ends 3rd September 2014.

Once again if you are keen to try out Collagen 5000 Powder by BRAND’S®, find out how you can redeem a complimentary sachet or purchase the set at an introductory price at S$39 (UPS$46) here

BRAND’S® InnerShine® Collagen 5000 Powder is available online so you can get the set shipped conveniently right to your door step! Exclusive for my readers, receive 5% discount off the launch price promotion of $39 (U.P. $46) by keying in 'ACPNL22' during checkout on BRAND’S E-Store (Validity period: Until 20th September 2014).

Don’t forget to head to BRAND’S® InnerShine® FB page to find out more and get updates on Collagen 5000 Powder: http://www.facebook.com/BrandsInnerShineSG!

ADVERTORIAL

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  A couple of weeks before I came to Europe, I was invited to a beauty talk organized by one of the most reputable and established beauty clinics in Singapore – The Sloane Clinic. It was well-organized with the aim of introducing some of the latest advancements in the beauty industry.  Held at the Marriot Hotel for the first time, The Sloane Clinic has specially invited well-known plastic surgeons and aesthetic doctors all the way from Korea to join the Singapore team to unveil the techniques behind the concept of an ideal Asian face (pictures below).

The workshop was very comprehensive and educating in terms of beauty, and I was pretty impressed with how advanced these beauty technologies are nowadays! Topics covered during the talk included transforming faces and enhancing looks using the latest cosmetic surgery techniques non-invasive treatments and I think you can easily find solutions to almost all beauty problems!

I personally am quite neutral toward the idea of plastic surgery but I do believe in undergoing these invasive procedures when necessary. Understand it’s another idea when it comes to determining the term ‘necessary’ but in my personal opinion, it refers to correcting certain areas/parts which have always bothered one deep inside and affected the confidence and outlook of life – which I guess only us ourselves will know it.  Again, I think courage is another thing and I do think people who undergo plastic surgery are pretty courageous people to begin with.

It’s also important to find a trustable clinic and a doctor who is fully understands what one is looking at correcting.  (In my opinion, communication between one and the plastic surgeon is of utmost importance – eg. Language, as it’s going to be a life-changing change!). Have learnt that the definition of beauty in different races is very different and there is in fact, a trend in beauty as well. (eg The arched eyebrow-look was very popular back then and recently, the Korean straight eyebrow-look is in the trend.)

’m not very familiar with the plastic surgeons in Singapore, but I do know that The Sloane Clinic Plastic Surgery Centre is one of the reputable ones out there. We got to meet Dr Tan Ying Chien – Consultant Plastic Surgeon from The Sloane Clinic Plastic Surgery Centre who shared about ‘The secrets of a beautiful face’ and he is also known for the below three surgeries:

1.    Double eyelid surgery (Upper Blepharoplasty)
2.    Eyebag removal surgery (Lower Blepharoplasty)
3.    Facial contouring using Restylane hyaluronic acid fillers `- hyaluronic fillers is a safe procedure and can help to contour, enhance your facial features and improve your overall appearance.

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Double Eyelid Surgery   (Upper Blepharoplasty) http://www.sloaneclinic.com/en-sg/theplastic/clinicsertheplasticfaceeyelids.asp

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(Lower Blepharoplasty) http://www.sloaneclinic.com/en-sg/theplastic/clinicsertheplasticfaceeyebags.asp

As mentioned above as well, the non-invasive aesthetic treatments/techniques have changed and improved tremendously and it does seem like we can very easily find solutions to target the beauty issues we have always been very bothered about.  For myself, I do think I have problems with a big fat face, wide jaw (boohoo) and tear tough – whereby the area under my eye is hollow. Yes, I’ve pretty serious dark circle issues and I can’t live without my concealer.

Sat in to listen to a talk by Dr Chua Han Boon, a medical consultant from The Sloane Clinic and he shared about some treatments he specializes in to tackle problems that are commonly faced by many. Here are some of the issues that commonly surfaced:

1.    Uneven Skin Tone
–    For pigmentation, brown scars: Divine Whitening Program
–    Improvements in pigmentation, pores, texture, tone: Brilliant Skin Program –    Acne: Purifying Program

2.    Irregular Texture: Luminous Skin Program  

3.    Dry & Shrivelled Skin 
-    Dark eye circles, fine lines around undereye: Eye Revival Program 
-    Revitalift: Replenishes

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There are many more treatments that The Sloane Clinic offers and do click Here to find out more!

9

June

TWENTYTEN

0506 HRS

Police – My game, My rules

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Eyewear to me is probably one of the most practical accessory one could carry. All thanks to Police eyewear, I had a brand new pair of shades (seen above) to bring to Korea just two weeks ago and it came in handy for the Sunny and cooling weather there!

A couple of weeks earlier on, I actually headed down to the office to take a look at the range of eyewear by Police and I was particularly interested in the above model (model S8299) which I'm sure you have seen it around – one of the most classic models of Police eyewear! You might have also seen it on posters around whereby it features Neymar, the international footballer and budding style icon and Police's classic blue shades! In case you are wondering who is Neymar, he's the new face of Police 2014 eyewear and he is the most talked about personality with Champions League and FIFA World Cup 2014. Neymar Jr’s partnership with Police marks the coming together of two of the biggest icons of the season.

I was delighted to know that I could bag home a pair of shades of my choice and that would definitely have to be the above model! Love the style, the shape and I had such a hard time deciding which colour I should get because it came in four absolutely gorgeous shades. Settled for the gold shade in the end because most of my accessories are gold in colour and I could definitely pair this pair of shades easily with most of my outfits. Additionally, I really like how sturdy this pair of shades is, given its lightweight. You might also be interested to know that it's made of metal and polarized, mirror lens!

Police is definitely a brand that speaks of street style with that slight hint of rebellion. Inspired by American “on the road” spirit, its brand personality is aggressive, non-conformist and even a little hedonistic. You will be surprised to know that Police has created in time a wide-ranging lifestyle concept over the years, which now includes perfumes, watches, jewellery, small leather goods and apparel – Police eyewear is known to be a fashion statement accessory for many!



More pictures of this classic pair of shades.
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Police Eyewear has introduced a couple of unique,exciting campaigns this year and for now, I do urge you guys to participate in this special lucky draw contest because you get to walk home with an exclusive model for Police Eyewear! Purchase any Police Eyewear and get a chance to win a Police Timepiece. Lucky Draw is between 14th April to 13th July and there are 13 watches to be given away which means you stand a high chance to receive it!

To join, all you have to do is the fill up a quick form at this link HERE.
 
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The classic model (S8299)

Besides that, an exciting Police Eyewear instagram contest is going on!

You can easily participant by instagramming a photo of yourself in an outfit that you think would go well with Police eyewear! You don't have to purchase nor do you need to wear any eyewear, but just casually sharing with your followers your outfit which you would love to pair your Police Eyewear with. Simply just hashtag #skpoliceneymar to participate and contest is from 2nd June to 13 July!

Prizes are really attractive because the Police Eyewear team will select a winner each week! Winner will be announced on every Monday on Police Eyewear's official facebook page and the winner gets to walk away with a brand new pair of Police eyewear (the newest model still, more below)!

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Featuring the model S1823 – an Asian fit and it's one of the latest models in town too. In fact, I do adore the fit of Police Eyewear and I'm sure you will like it too. Here's a shot of the other pair I own!

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Don't hesitate anymore and start hashtagging your outfit photos – all the best guys!

P.S: Click HERE for more information.