I watched all the videos as it got uploaded and shared one by one in the wee hours of the morning. Shaking in fear, worried that a Singaporean or 2 might have died while trying to uphold the peace in our country. Hoping my other half was just next to me to hold me and tell me everything is ok. But no.. I handled it by myself, thought to myself and kept all my comments to myself on twitter, except for one on Facebook:
Probably a good idea to avoid FB for the next 24 hours once all the keyboard warriors wake up and comment away. Don’t need to be reminded who are the smart Alecs or ignorant ones
Let me sum them up below, and my stinking thoughts. Disclaimer: I’m not angry, cos I already foresaw all these that was coming.
Cool your head la, cool. I thought Facebook don’t allow kids to create an account until they reach 13? Guess some haven’t grow up
2) “Why do you have to chase away the first responders? Why???”
Angry la why. Your mother never teach you the phrase in a moment of folly ah? Some people angry means cannot think just whack only
3) “go back home!”
Your BTOs, road constructions, tree pruning that still undergo when it rains. Your mother do wan ah? It’s all these overworked and underpaid workers. You tell them go home then you come and build your house la. Lai lai..
4) “Dont bring your (riot) culture here”
Hello. Racist can? I love my chocolate tissue prata can you pls accept racial harmony. You want the good then you must have the bad together forever and never to part
5) (8 hours after riot ended) “Everyone please stay safe”
Might as well you tell the Japanese you hope they be safe after the nuclear shizz happened. The roads are probably cleaned up already. Don’t so outdated can anot?
6) “the police are too slow”
Firstly, we didn’t have timely updates cos the media and social media was slow to provide updates. Even the press conference was reported late on social media. But the riot started and ended in less than 2h or 1.5h. Not bad alr ok. Gurkhas were activated man! Foreigner on foreigner. But I love the Gurkhas they are deadly.
… and your point? Rules change. Mentality change. People change. We didn’t start to globalize so much until recently. Needs change. Thanks but knowing the last riot was then doesn’t help or prevent what happen last night. Spam.
Like I said. Angry = just whack, brain has no logic. Also you rather they damage the property or the people? I didn’t know you paid for the COE for the government vehicles *clap clap* good on you!
9) (something along the line of) “I’m so upset at how Singaporeans complain and just complain. We should play a part in this and make this a better place”
You forgot “world peace” at the end. You think pageant now ah? Cannot take people complaining then just don’t read them la? Or use this time to do Facebook friend auditing. Unfriend if necessary. People have their right to opinions, and so do you. Choose what you read, wisely
10) “I’m so pissed at all these jokes made! Totally unnecessary!”
Why so serious? Where’s your sense of humour? Probably these are the people who say Australians are damn racist but actually is just cos they cannot take aussie’s jokes on us. Pls all these jokes and memes were a good distraction from the worrisome and scary period last night ok. Take it with a pinch of salt, silly.
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Few weeks back, thanks to OMY, i had the chance to give LipoFreeze a try at Abstrim Men. Though they say it’s for men, ladies can give it a go too. Based on Smith’s blog entry, you will be able to have a clear idea on what to expect when you step into Abstrim at Orchard Central for the LipoFreeze treatment, in terms of how the place looks like. Abstrim has 2 counters at Orchard Central at level 4 and i was waiting for the counter staff at the wrong side as the sign was not clear enough. Other than that, staff was really friendly when they spoke with me.
They first took my body weight analysis and it was determined that my tummy was the area that required the attention. Cleanliness is a very important factor for me and i am glad that it was really clean. The wallpaper and general decor was on the dark side, with appropriate lighting at the right places, giving a really soothing and relaxing environment for me during my treatment.
With my low threshold for pain, i was worried that the treatment will be painful as the treatment required squeezing up some skin and fats at my abdomen area and freezing it, therefore the name LipoFreeze. The treatment only took 20 minutes and during the process I even doze off. That’s how not-painful was the whole process. They will take my waist measurement before and after the treatment, and the staff mentioned to me that i have lost 1cm on my waist and will lose a couple more CMs in the next 2 weeks. I did feel a slightly smaller tummy for the next 2 weeks but the treatment was 3 weeks ago, so now i feel like my tummy is back to being the normal bulgy kind.
You cannot expect results with just 1 session, i told myself. But they are currently not having any promotion for this LipoFreeze and it costs $480 per session. *shock* Yes i know…
Thank you OMY once again!
A merry heart does good, like medicine, But a broken spirit dries the bones. (Proverbs 17:22)
During the sermon today, the guest speaker from Aussie shared that in all times, whether good or bad, to be joyful for what you have. It’s really easier said than done. I do not think i can take joy in my pressing targets, lack of income that i expect myself to be earning due to my recent down times at work, and completing my ever increasing backlog. It’s things like these that i always push it to the corner of my mind and hope God will help me handle. But no that should not be the way.. i should focus on the goods that i have:
1) Good relationship with my family – Mom & Bro
2) my bro is safe and sound and doing proper reflections of his time in London. He’s even thinking of transferring to a better school. This means he realize that he has better opportunities out there and i hope he really clinches the deal to make a transfer
3) I’m almost reaching my year end target. ALMOST! still another 5.5k but it’s really quite near now. and i have a full month to go before the deadline for Istanbul ends.
4) I had a really awesome wedding photoshoot session with my other half by a very good photographer in JB and it was really fun! Even some of our friends are eagerly awaiting to view it, which im quite surprised that so many share our joy!
5) 186 likes on my facebook for this picture!
I was least expecting anything past the usual 60-ish likes cos that’s the max i’ve received for a picture before. prolly half of them liked it for the cleavage that i usually do not have! HAHA. hard truth.
6) A really good other half, being able to have my own room, my own bed, pets that i always wanted to have (though a brown golden retriever would be good too ), being able to travel at ease in my own car
7) 2 babes at work that i hold truly dear to my heart, bitches that i will die for, and i know that will always have my back. <3
8) no outstanding debts.
so what are you grateful for?
There are many things that we take for granted as time goes by, and one of it simply being: life itself.
We spend so much time doing overtime and putting in extra time for our work to make ourselves stand a better chance for a potential career progression or achieving our goals and targets but we always neglect our diet and time with our loved ones.
I’ve got wind of one of my colleagues being suspected of contracting cancer. Being a top producer and bringing in so much wealth for himself, it does not apply relatively to the health too. Cancer can strike just anyone. I’m hoping that the doctor will not be able to conclude that it is cancer for real and just a harmless discovery.
Also just last week, when the internet was full of pictures of our streets being flood due to the heavy downpour, another colleague of mine got into a bad car accident due to slippery roads. I’m glad that she is fine without any physical injuries. But her car definitely demands more money for repairs. Just the airbag alone requires a good 10 grand.
Life is too fragile. to miss anything in life. I use to disagree with people who say “money can be earned back, let me spend it first now” but now, time is definitely much more precious than money. So if you have to spend the money so that you can live a little happier in your limited time, then by all means. JUST make sure you spend your money and time wisely.
Had my first shake party yesterday. It was pretty fun, and free ($teehee$). It was a really casual set up put up by my friend and she wanted to share with us how we can implement Herbalife into our lifestyle for a better nutrition. This brand has been going around for awhile now and being the top meal replacement in the USA, I thought why not give it a go. I love to indulge in yummy food and we all know that’s not always the healthiest option so i guess i need to work on my diet.
80-20 is something a number of people have shared with me as i embarked on my journey to achieve a better lifestyle. To achieve a healthier lifestyle, 80% of it is on your food intake, and 20% is on your workout. I love my pork knuckles, and fatty beef steaks but I also want to spend as much time as i can with my loved ones. So there’s when i outta work on my diet.
Is there really a need for meal replacements, you ask? Well then let me ask you back
1) Do you eat breakfast on a daily basis?
2) Are you sure your breakfast is always nutritious?
3) Will you be able to control yourself when Macdonalds have shaker fries on sale again?
4) Do you read through most of the labels of the food you consume, or research on where the source of it is from?
Sometimes, when everybody else is eating it (eg. Macdonalds), we do not question what is it made of. And being such a fast-pace society that we live in, many people are guilty of skipping meals due to their hectic lifestyles and binge on sweet snacks (guilty) to stay awake because work can be really dull (previous job. haha) I use to have a drawer full of cadburies and sweets! To some of us, time is a luxury that we do not always have, therefore we succumb to quick meals and fast food. Fast + cheap food does not always equal to good for our body. And how often do we have food not having any MSG?
Herbalife is all about having the fun in having the good nutrients in your body. I’m SO excited to have these much flavours to choose from!
I have started to coach people on embarking on their healthy food journey with the help of Herbalife. Sometimes people do not feel that this works and it’s because you do not stick to it like a commitment, just like having that perfect body that you always wanted. Like a personal trainer in a gym, this is my role to the people around me. Only serious souls are welcome, thank you very much. My aim is to be your personal diet trainer only for as long as i see that you need me, before i let you go and maintain it on your own. We all do need a little push once in awhile right?
I have only started out helping my family and friends on getting their weight down at the moment, but I’m now extending it to everyone of you out there who wants to achieve a healthier lifestyle with good diet and workout. It all starts with a body analysis done and working out a diet plan that is comfortable to follow on a a daily basis and weekly follow ups. I do this out of passion, and not as a job. Therefore please be kind if i reply slow to your queries as i do have a full time job to adhere to (: drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested ya
Shake parties will be organized once every month! Do let me know if you are keen to know more about it.
The final month leading to the photoshoot with my other half is going to be exciting. (:
Posted in: Gadgets / iDevice
About the NWZ-W270 Walkman
Sports lovers, fitness junkies and those with an active mobile lifestyle will instantly recognise the W Series Walkman’s wireless heart-shaped band design. Compact and lightweight, the W series Walkman is designed to stay put during exercise, even with the most vigorous and intense activities. The new NWZ-W270 Walkman is also waterproof, which means that even swimmers, waterpolo players and canoeists can now enjoy listening to their favourite tunes even when they are in the water. And with 4GB storage capacity to file approximately 1,000 songs, users will never grow weary of listening to the same songs repeatedly.
In addition, the NWZ270 Walkman has a long battery life with up to 8 hours of continuous playback on a full charge, meaning that you never have to worry about the music dying off before you do during a workout. Furthermore, its quick-charge function means that just three minutes of charging can give you an hour’s worth of music, perfect for those of us who had forgotten to charge our MP3 players and night before and are in a hurry to head out of the house.
Recently I’ve got this pink baby to do a review on. This would be absolutely suitable for a jog round the estate because I had enough of sweat going down my iphone earpieces and having to clean it after. This Sony Walkman sportsband is wireless and contains songs that you can transfer via USB. It’s the same cable that you use to charge the device. Fuss free!
I went one round my estate today with this and will I buy myself this device if I see one? Well, with my goal to attain a certain fitness level for my big day, jogging will definitely be in my dictionary. But sound quality isn’t that fantastic. Also I land on my mid foot when I jog so the sound always comes off as if its from a bad tape. Sure the shade of pink is really sexy in strong lushes pink but no, practically rules over aesthetics. Maybe these in-ears are better for use when swimming. But I do not swim often so I guess i will never know.
The sound was fine when I slowed to a breeze jog. So this will be really suitable for the older ladies who just want to take a quick walk outside. But for serious joggers, it is ok to give this a miss.
Then again, I don’t advocate having in ears on when exercising due to oncoming vehicles and bicycles from the back. It is better to be more alert in your surroundings I reckon. 马路如虎口.
Posted in: Beauty
Just got my hands on this baby. This is the Clarisonic Plus. Got it from SkinStore for USD 225. Why I did not get directly from clarisonic.com I wonder why too.
Currently the Plus model is retailing for SGD 325 in Sephora (if my memory doesn’t fail me) and it only comes with the following besides the charging cradle:
1) Sensitive brush head
2) Body brush head where you can use it for cleansing other parts of your body (such as elbows and back)
3) 1 oz of gel cleanser
4) 2 oz of refining skin polish (which I assume is for the body brush head)
What I got for from SkinStore that set me back by USD 225 (approx SGD 290) comes with almost the same as the above for 1) to 3) but I have more stuff such as
4) SIX oz of refining skin polish
5) Acne Cleansing brush head
6) Deep Pore Cleansing brush head
I saw that on the clarisonic.com website there is even one additional Sensitive brush head for the same price USD 225! So a total of 7 items in the box!
Well mine did come along with a few sachets of samples for facial products. Still, it doesn’t add up to the cost of one more brush head. please learn from my mistake!
Really blessed to buy it at the right time. Planned to get SkinStore to ship it to my Vpost address in the USA before I get it shipped to me. But they only allowed free shipping to a residential mailing address. After troubling my friend, manage to get it shipped to her place on the 13th. And soon after she had to make a last minute trip back to Singapore so I saved quite a few dollars on shipping!
Brush heads cost about SGD 35 online at the clarisonic.sg page. I remember it was SGD 45 or so at Sephora (pardon my memory). Anyhow, if it was $35 for a brush head, to get this exact set of 4 brush heads with the Plus will cost me a whopping SGD 395!
My skin is sensitive, as it goes red easily (post facial me is always the ugliest) plus it is dehydrated on the surface and oily all over. Recently, my skin has been feeling really clogged up and my pores are always enlarged with gunk. Maybe the stress from work made my skin worse with a mini break out. With my big day coming, and my finances looking on the brighter side, decided to invest my money on my skin with this.
With all the googling and youtubing, I’ve learnt a couple of things on top of the fact that Plus model has 3 speeds and the highest speed is the best!
1) there is a T-timer thing on the Plus model that does not come with the other models which breaks down the 1 minute wash into 20s-20s-10s-10s kind of beeping so that you will be cued to move to different part of the face and not over do it. There are ways to change the T-timer mode to 2 other settings. Cool or what!
2) Men use Clarisonic. It’s unisex.
3) Use it on the neck, my neck felt really smooth and elastic after just 1 try!
4) EBay has people selling 10 brush heads for SGD 180. CHEAP. Authentic or not, I wouldn’t know. Also I used the Acne Cleansing brush head for my first try so I don’t know if the normal sensitive brush head works on me or not yet.
5) Purging – happens for about 2 weeks into using Clarisonic and it’s when all the gunk comes out and gives you a round of breakout. I hope I do not have that! Even if I do, all the YouTube reviewers say to just wait it out and it will go down. But the key thing is to use Clarisonic consistently!
6) You may find many reviews online, at least check out pbunniep who just wrote another review after using it for FOUR years
7) It is waterproof so you can bring it to the showers. Lucky I charged it a bit while i was googling and reading up before using my Plus, so I manage to do 1 wash with it while others had to wait for a full 24h charge before using it for the 1st time.
8) there are lotsa fake sites selling Clarisonic for a cheaper price. Be careful people!
After using it for the first time, the enlarged pores on my cheeks looked visibly smaller. But I could still see it clogged with gunk. My neck was surprisingly way way smoother and elastic though. Kind of surprised actually on the neck.
Maybe if I remember, I will do a review after using it for a longer while. Till then, take care folks!
I meant to write a post to mark the end of my first year of providing wealth management services to my clients, and unto the second year. But at this moment it has been a crazy busy (the good kind) period and i really wanted to make this an interesting posts with pictures of all the fun things i do at work for the past year. But really, i will probably forget about penning this down by the time i reach the 10th year into my career. OH WAIT, there’s instagram! ok i guess this post wouldnt be that boring after all.
i left a job that could lead me into the banking sector if i continued to pursue it. And it could lead me to good career prospects. But i gave it all up with a leap of faith when i found a manager that i could trust to lead me down the right way. By right way, it was to make sure that i add value to the lives of my clients and everyone that i can provide my financial services too. Yes i am still an insurance agent after all, but at least i know i’m being mentored by a damn good one.
Who said you lose all your friends when you become a financial advisor?
Also to my batch mates who entered the agency around the same time as me, most of my happy days at work are due to their presence! Insane is the word to describe the first 6 months of this career, and being confided in by so many people (and of cos being the first to know all the latest office gossips haha) really does show that Mel is a trust-worthy person right? HAHA self praise! no la. im kidding. i do not know alllllll the office gossips. But my batchmates have been having a bit too much fun with each other, im practically living in the midst of the fun! hahaa. but as we have matured along the way, we are back to being sane and focused at work. ok this part serious. really. focused!
With God’s grace, i got myself a set of wheels just 4 months into the business! Yaayyyyyyy! It’s not some beemer, but i dont need a fancy car to get me around. (: Knowing that i wanna stay long in the business, i decided to invest back into it by helping me get around the sunny island in a more convenient way with these wheels. Somehow, i noticed people will trust an agent more if they at least have their own wheels. Hard truth. I wanted to pen an entry on my 25th birthday in February to share with everyone how blessed i am to be happily engaged with my Mr Right, be doing well in my career, and have a set of wheels for my self. Of course all these couldn’t be possible without God, my other half, and my super supportive family and friends. With such a high standard of living in Singapore, not many 25 year olds can be as blessed as me. And i am thankful for where i am today!
Of course, i do not have to apply for leave any longer! This means as many trips out of town as i like, and if my pocket allows it.
Of course there were the down points such as being really upset about being rejected by clients on multiple occasions, and having so much self-doubt that i will not be able to deliver but when clients crush my self-doubts by deciding to engage me as their financial advisor, it really makes my day! Being a worry-er, i really doubt my abilities one too many times. I can tell that my other half has been trying his best to be the most understanding partner, but we do have our rough times initially when we cannot meet up as often due to our work schedules always clashing. Woes of being a financial advisor, really.
Fast forward the next 6 months into this line of more ups and downs, i have reached the end of my first year in this career with some of my colleagues finding greener pastures out there, while leaving me with their clients. It was a steep curve to master business insurance. But i’m proud to say that not many people i know have this much knowledge in insurance on a general scale. Just one year into the business and i can provide personal financial planning for my clients, business insurance for their businesses, and travel/car insurance as an additional service that not many can provide. All rounder!
But all these didnt come easy. I invested in this business by taking time off to study and pass all these exam papers to be able to provide such a wide range of service. And im in the midst of taking my diploma in financial planning so that i can learn even more in depth on how to provide better planning for my client and their loved ones. If my management in time hasn’t improved, i don’t know what has!
If you ask me, i kind of regretted starting up www.odboskincare.com because my schedule is so packed with meetings with my clients and paperwork and i do not want time to slip past so fast without spending time with my loved ones. But i did Odbo when i was bored in 2011, leading a meaningless life in a deskbound job which did not remunerate me for all the late nights and effort that i put in. I have never regretted doing the leap of faith and closing the door against the idea of moving up the corporate ladder because i know im so much more capable than that. Having tried so many deskbound jobs in between school and during school. I know what i want – to be able to leave my mark in this world, and helping as many people as i can with my knowledge and advice.
The best part? Having clients engaging my services in the end after meeting their friends who are financial planners, or after meeting a few financial planners until they met me. Im really grateful to be under good mentorship and in good hands to be kickass at what i do.
To more good years ahead!
From 27 June 2013, the Strip Mobile will be at different locations until the end of July. And I’m gonna tell you why you should pop by when you see it:
1) $8 threading. Browhaus is reputably pricy (UP $17 from 1 July 2013 due to price increase across all Browhaus services), but they do deliver well for a nice set of trimmed brows for you. $8 for threading in the Strip mobile is definitely a good catch! Btw they do IPL in the Strip mobile too! But me thinks threading at more than 50% off sounds damn sexy!
2) you get to purchase trials with vouchers!
Recently I’ve been exposed to the world of IPL and since i’m financially ready for it, it’s time to look for a good one. When I say good, it means my experience must be good with regards to hygiene, friendly service, effective and value for money. Among my friends who have already done IPL, Strip has the reputation of delivering good results with a huge price tag for it.
Thanks to the collaboration between Nuffnang and Strip&Browhaus, my first experience doing an underarm IPL was awesome!
If you have tried IPL at other brands before, maybe you might find that there’s this rubber band snapping sensation on your skin, but not for Strip. My threshold for pain is really bad, and it really caught me by surprise when it was totally painless! They are proud to say that they are equipped with the latest technology. Tingly sensation was felt and I’ve learnt that that was due to having bigger hair roots at some areas.
With such a good experience, $28 for one session of IPL underarm is damn cheap la! Mel doesn’t think twice when spending such money one. Lol!
But I’m more excited about the Brazilian IPL voucher that I bought at $58. I’ve heard my friends going for Brazilian waxing and all.. But one reason why I never tried is.. (of course) pain. And if you do not know, a Brazilian or Boyzilian is the same thing but with different terms for different genders: Removal of hair at your pubic area from the front all the way to the back. Alllll off! Usually a 6-session Brazilian IPL is priced around 3thousand. But after you purchase a voucher, and if you like it enough, you could purchase the package at more than 50% off! Go do your math. But at $1284 after GST for 6 sessions of it is damn wu hua can! Same goes for underarm and lower leg IPL vouchers. You can use it to get the packages with promo price! It’s gonna be around 6hundred for 6sessions of underarm IPL.
You know I always talk about this when I meet my clients. That cost of maintaining our lifestyle is always increasing. And our lifestyle might include a package at Browhaus! Thanks to Nuffnang and the good people at Browhaus, I got to do a Thread&Tweeze. It’s like threading but better with the tweezing of removing any stubborn or fine hairs around the area to make your brows more defined!
What made me got a package right after that session was that the therapist was value-adding! In my line of providing customer service, I appreciate when people give me advice that is beneficial like how I can use make up to even out my brows cause they do not have equal thickness and looks weird. The therapist also answered all my questions on my brows! Good job you!
A classic thread will set you back $16 before GST. but in the next few days, it’s gonna be $17 before and $18 after GST! I got myself a package securing it at the old price because if you purchase one this month, they’re gonna throw in 3 more sessions on top of the package of 10 cos it’s the GSS now! So each session is around $12.50! Wu hua can! Also I can do tweezing on my own at home. So I’m good with just threading.
4) Strip mobile appeared once last year. But may not appear anymore after this year.
The whole purpose of having this Strip mobile is of course to reach out to more people, by offering trials at discounted prices. But next year they will be doing things differently. Fresh new ideas and more exciting goodies for us hairy people! So if you really like the services on board the Strip mobile, please catch it at your nearest venue in the next few weeks and grab more vouchers! You can only use one voucher of each type of IPL on yourself but you can purchase more for family and friends! Me thinks the Brazilian/Boyzilian IPL voucher makes a very good gift!
Do check out their website and Facebook page for more information!