Beatrice Tan - Part 2
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July

TWENTY

0407 HRS

Grecians Cook Off

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We had so much fun having a battle of the sexes in a cook off challenge at poot's work place. Two yummy cakes baked by two of our dear friends (yay to tasty, quality, no shortening cream cakes) for pooties and I could see she loved them! Been a while since we had the whole group coming together and suddenly… I do miss those times. Glad pooties organized this and it was a really lovely evening!

Oh yes, theme was Ancient Greek so almost all (opps, I didn't adhere to the theme because I had an event before that but they managed to dig out a random white cloth and luckily I was in a white top). You should totally see the guys' dressing, oh boy, so much skin and for a moment, someone commented they looked like monks cooking. It was SO hilarious!

More below ;)

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Happy Birthday Pooties!

26

June

TWENTY

0206 HRS

Journey in Quotes

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“In the middle of the journey of our life I found myself within a dark woods where the straight way was lost.”

"Life is filled with unanswered questions, but it is the courage to seek those answers that continues to give meaning to life. You can spend your life wallowing in despair, wondering why you were the one who led towards the road strewn with pain, or you can be grateful that you are strong enough to survive it."

“I also believe that when people are going through difficult situations in life… it causes them to search a lot more. They search life and search their soul. When you’re searching, you’re suddenly a lot more open to the world around you, to the possibilities, to things you never thought about before. — When you’re happy, you don’t question the world so much. When you’re lost, you question everything. "

"Have patience with everything that remains unsolved in your heart… live in the question."

"Your visions will become clear only when you look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks insides, awakes."

" If you get the inside right, the outside will fall into place. Primary reality is within; secondary reality is without."

“Each man had only one genuine vocation – to find the way to himself….His task was to discover his own destiny – not an arbitrary one – and to live it out wholly and resolutely within himself. Everything else was only a would-be existence, an attempt at evasion, a flight back to the ideals of the masses, conformity and fear of one's own inwardness.”

“We make such messes in this life, both accidentally and on purpose. But wiping the surface clean doesn't really make anything any neater. It just masks what is below. It's only when you really dig down deep, go underground, that you can see who you really are.”

"The most introspective of souls are often those that have been hurt the most."

“I have learned now that while those who speak about one's miseries usually hurt, those who keep silence hurt more.”

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"There's a period of life when we swallow a knowledge of ourselves and it becomes either good or sour inside."

“This life is what you make it. No matter what, you're going to mess up sometimes, it's a universal truth. But the good part is you get to decide how you're going to mess it up. Girls will be your friends – they'll act like it anyway. But just remember, some come, some go. The ones that stay with you through everything – they're your true best friends. Don't let go of them. Also remember, sisters make the best friends in the world. As for lovers, well, they'll come and go too. I hate to say it, most of them – actually pretty much all of them are going to break your heart, but you can't give up because if you give up, you'll never find your soulmate. You'll never find that half who makes you whole and that goes for everything. Just because you fail once, doesn't mean you're gonna fail at everything. Keep trying, hold on, and always, always, always believe in yourself, because if you don't, then who will So keep your head high, keep your chin up, and most importantly, keep smiling, because life's a beautiful thing and there's so much to smile about.”

“Life is painful and messed up. It gets complicated at the worst of times, and sometimes you have no idea where to go or what to do. Lots of times people just let themselves get lost, dropping into a wide open, huge abyss. But that's why we have to keep trying. We have to push through all that hurts us, work past all our memories that are haunting us. Sometimes the things that hurt us are the things that make us strongest. A life without experience, in my opinion, is no life at all. And that's why I tell everyone that, even when it hurts, never stop yourself from living.”

"You're going to meet many people with domineering personalities: the loud, the obnoxious, those that noisily stake their claims in your territory and everywhere else they set foot on. You're going to meet people who assume they know all about you when they are on the other side of the fence. This is the blueprint of a predator. Predators prey on gentleness, peace, calmness, sweetness and any positivity that they sniff out as weakness. Anything that is happy and at peace they mistake for weakness. Anything that is kind and good, they mistake for motive. They will not stop at bringing you down. It's not your job to change nor explain to these people, but to know that calmness does not equate to weakness and peace in the heart is all that matters."

“Because that's the thing about mean people: They make you think that the world will never work, that there are divides that you will fall into if you approach. It takes a whole lot of good people to fill in the breach created by a single mean one.”

“The more kindness and justice are challenged, the more we must embrace them. Only when you are challenged – and only when you challenge yourself – do you discover what truly matters.”

“Sometimes divulging your vulnerabilities without any kind of filter can make you more human, but then again, it can also provide material that can be used against you.”

“The Paradoxical Commandments:

People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered. Love them anyway.

If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives. Do good anyway.

If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies. Succeed anyway.

The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway.

Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable. Be honest and frank anyway.

The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men and women with the smallest minds. Think big anyway.

People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs. Fight for a few underdogs anyway.

What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight. Build anyway.

People really need help but may attack you if you do help them. Help people anyway.

Give the world the best you have and you'll get kicked in the teeth. Give the world the best you have anyway.”

“To share your weakness is to make yourself vulnerable; to make yourself vulnerable is to show your strength.”

“Living with integrity means: Not settling for less than what you know you deserve in your relationships. Asking for what you want and need from others. Speaking your truth, even though it might create conflict or tension. Behaving in ways that are in harmony with your personal values. Making choices based on what you believe, and not what others believe.”

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“Sometimes it takes falling apart to see exactly how or what loosened the mortar. Sometimes we find we are responsible for the how & the what. As unpleasant as it is when it happens, one cannot help but appreciate these times for what you learn serves as a beacon. Of course this is only half the battle. Which means you're already half way there.”

“You've got to find yourself first. Everything else'll follow.”

“There's no alternative to being yourself. Accept it, honour it, value it – and get on with it.”

“One of the best times for figuring out who you are & what you really want out of life? Right after a break-up.”

“Just when you think it can't get any worse, it can. And just when you think it can't get any better, it can.”

“If you want to find the trail, if you want to find yourself, you must explore your dreams alone. You must grow at a slow pace in a dark cocoon of loneliness so you can fly like wind, like wings, when you awaken.”

“Every new self-discovery leads you to more wholeness, opens your heart, makes you humble, and a better person to serve and love others."

“To be great, be whole; exclude nothing, exaggerate nothing that is not you. Be whole in everything. Put all you are into the smallest thing you do. So, in each lake, the moon shines with splendor because it blooms up above.”

“Life is about creating yourself.”

“Learn to be brave and adventurous because you’ll never discover your place in the world, if you’re too afraid to leave your own backyard.”

"You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. What you'll discover will be wonderful. What you'll discover is yourself. "

“Getting lost is just another way of saying 'going exploring.”

“I think you travel to search and you come back home to find yourself there.”

"Resolve to be thyself; and know that he who finds himself, loses his misery. "

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.”

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13th July, Sunday awaits.

23

June

TWENTY

0606 HRS

iMyBags

SPONSORED POST

Guess what I've received conveniently at the door step!

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The classic C which most girls adore

Well, this is not rightfully mine and I was just trying out the shopping experience by iMyBags.com.sg

This was my first time receiving a luxury item from an online store, iMyBags.com.sg (IMB) and it isn't just another store but a reputable store that has been around for 3 years. iMyBags is known to be one of the luxury retailer leaders in Asia and is also a fully owned Singapore based company.  

Always felt quite skeptical about buying luxury items online and this was my first time in fact. Not exactly very trusting when it comes to buying luxury items online as items are usually be of a reasonably high value. I suppose it all boils down to how reliable the company is and recently, I had the opportunity to understand how iMyBags works and had the chance to do some shopping with them! 

You will be happy to know that iMyBags provides money back guarantee should any products shipped be defective or otherwise! Besides that, iMyBags gets their products from Authorise source and ensures that they are in a quality state. iMyBags accepts multiple payment modes and based on their policies, they will ship out your order just within 3 working days upon check out!  

iMyBags’ offices are all around Asia such as China, Indonesia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore and aims to bring to you the latest trend from all around the globe, allowing you to find the most sought-after bags almost instantly. Do you know that iMyBags is also the exclusive importer of bags brand “Slappa” for the region of Singapore and Malaysia?

Here are some of my picks from iMyBags:

1. CHANEL HANDBAG CLASSIC MEDIUM

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The Classic Chanel Bag (and the pacakaging) was in an absolute great condition – authenticity card was kept securely in the box too.

2. PRADA HANDBAG MEDIUM SAFFIANO LUX 
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3. LV HANDBAG MEDIUM NOE BB EPI MEDIUM

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4. FENDI HANDBAG SHOPPING 2JOURS SMALL

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5. MICHAEL KORS HANDBAG LARGE LG TZ SATCHEL

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And do you know that all items from iMyBags are event free? They are completely brand new and are not put up for viewing at all! Thus chances of items being defective are as good as zero and as new as a purchase from the source. Items are proven to be all authentic and iMyBags is also recommended by many for its great service in terms of delivery, packaging and after sales service.  

Besides being a user-friendly portal which has an extensive range of products, iMyBags provide free delivery Worldwide for all purchase so fret not about the size etc. It's completely fuss-free and convenient, with the items carefully sent to your doorstep. i tried it myself and registered an account (done with registration in just a couple of minutes)! With an account registered, you get to be notified of exciting steals and promotions introduced by the team almost every week. Not forgetting their very interesting rewards program where you spend USD $1 and earn 1 XP at the same time! Many more other reward programs and you can find out more at their site HERE.

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You will be surprised by how easy it is to navigate around the website! iMyBags has a mobile application by the way (simply download from app store) – you can now shop conveniently on IOS or android!  

Last but not least, apart from being a popular luxury retailer, iMyBags is also a one-stop online retailer for all kinds of bags you can ever think of! It brings in many different styles and other well-sought after brands, street brands etc as well. You can expect to shop for any occasion such as spots, for school, for travel etc at the same time while shopping for your own luxury item!  

Just for you guys, iMyBags.com.sg is extending a special promotion to you, and just quote “Beatrice@iMyBags.com.sg” upon checking out your item to enjoy 10% off your purchase!  *The promo code is valid till July 15 and is not valid for promotional sales.  

Have a great time shopping and trust me, you will be addicted!

So I recently embarked on a journey with Ginza Calla, one of the most established Japanese Hair Removal Specialists with over 21 years of experience in the industry! You probably have heard of them due to their international presence, especially with 35 stores worldwide across Japan, Shanghai, Hong Kong and they have recently opened its first salon here in Singapore (Plaza Singapura) just last month!

I had my first appointment just a couple of days ago and prior to the session, I had a consultation with one of the therapists to understand more about Ginza Calla and the services they offer. It's interesting to know that Ginza Calla's IPL machine is developed in house and each shot of treatment sends out 5 pulses of light which is more than what the average standard machine sends out. Besides that, what makes Ginza Calla special is that it has its uniquely developed 'magic water' which is also known as the Bihada-Junbi. Bihada-Junbi is made up of collagen, vitamin C and plant extracts. This 'magic water' will be applied throughout the entire process to ensure that our skin stays well-hydrated because IPL treatments can be pretty drying to the skin.

I opted for treatments for both underarm, brazillian and I liked that the therapist was very systematic and explained each step along the way. Before the treatment started, Bihada-Junbi was sprayed to moisturize the skin and it was in the form of a mist generated by Ginza Calla's own proprietary high-pressure jet spray. It had a cooling sensation and I was told that the jet spray will send Bihada-junbi deeper into the layers of the skin so as to moisturize the skin better! Cold gel was then applied after to numb the skin before IPL started so it was a complete painless process.

More pictures below ;)
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Ginza Calla's own proprietary high-pressure jet spray for the 'magic water', Bihada-junbi.

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The experience was very fuss-free and all I had to do was to lie at a comfortable position and the therapist will do the rest. To ensure the efficiency of treatments, Ginza Calla was very kind to arrange for two therapists to help to perform the treatments simultaneously (one for underarm and one for the legs). Don't worry about not being prepared for the treatment or if you worry about having to even be prepared, because the therapist will just take care of everything – eg. shaving etc.

And like I've mentioned above, the IPL treatment was completely painless! Cold gel was applied before the treatment and that helped to numb the skin a little, and the process of the IPL shots was very systematic so you would know what to expect next than to have a shock treatment. Besides that, Bihada Junbi will be sprayed before and after the treatment so as to ensure that your skin stays completely moisturized (one of the best parts of the treatment!). And did I mention that Bihada Junbi has intensive whitening effects too?

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To celebrate the grand opening, Ginza Calla is offering a couple of special promotions for you guys! You can enjoy:

1. Unlimited IPL for underarm/v-line for $40,
from now till 30 June 2014

- For underarm, V-line (U.P $675)

2. Beatricetan Exclusive Superwoman Pack, from now till 30 June 2014
- Super Woman Pack Full body 3 times: $1588 (U.P $5610)
-  23 Body Parts: Underarm/ Navel/ Neckline/ Knee/ BelowNavel/ Chest/ Hands&Fingers/ Nipples/ Stomach/ Feet&Toes/ Waist/ Upper V/ Thigh/ Upper Back/ Lower Leg/ Lower Back/ V-line/ Upper Arm/ Hip/ Inner/ Thigh/ Lower Arm/ O-line
- Complimentary bottle of Bihada-junbi

3. The Snail-Trail Pack
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from now till 30 June 2014
- Choose $40 unlimited Sessions of V-line OR
- Underarm and add on Upper Triangle & Navel 3 times at $268 (U.P  $1015 )
- Complimentary bottle of Bihadajunbi 

4. BFF Promotion, from now till 30 June 2014
- BFF Plan can be used on plans over $500
- Sign up with a friend and get $150 off and both you + your friend will get a free Single area for 6 sessions! (Eg. Full body package mentioned above for just $1438)  

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On top of the above, Ginza Calla is giving away 100 bottles of Bihada-Junbi to the first 100 people who purchase any plans with them – and this includes the above mentioned special promotion campaign plans! Just do note that you have to book an appointment via their hotline at 6238 8850 and quote 'Beatrice Tan' to enjoy the above promotions!
For more information, do check out Ginza Calla's website HERE!

Ginza Calla is conveniently located in the heart of our city, at Plaza Singapura #04-55.  For IPL appointments or enquiries on cost package, do feel free to give them a call at 6238 8850 :)

12

June

TWENTY

1206 HRS

Sunday with Poots

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Been a while since we spent a day hopping around places and on this particular Sunday, we found ourselves back to an old favourite cafe for some awesome tasting bananachocolatefudgecake and stickychewychocolatecake. Love yew pooties <3