Saturday, December 17, 2016

Happy Holidays!

It's the last of 2016, a year has flew by and so much have changed. Friends are indeed forever. Mid 20s, and friends are getting engaged, hitched, all the proposals and what-not. And these are the best sights to see, some memories so golden that are able to last a lifetime.

As we spearhead into 2017, there are indeed some things that I could have done better; could have continued to strive harder, and the many could-haves and should-haves. There are many things that we have done in the past that have brought us to where we are today (the good and the bad). But let us focus on ourselves, our families and friends for the coming new year to work on the missed opportunities that we said. While we may always constantly look for comparisons, there are sometimes other ways to better ourselves instead of feeding off negative energy.

May 2017 be bigger, and better!

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Jet Lagged Memories



Every single person has different memories that they lived with, once. Each memory ties with struggles, happiness and fear. We have been yelled at, yelled at people, received love, given a little, sometimes too much. There are many things we think about now and then, what might have changed? (Looks) of course, (Personality) maybe, (Feelings) possibly. But we are still we no matter how different the time is.

The memories that we try to store away, are the ones that we are preoccupied with. They try to bite you from time to time, they remind you how you made it through the teary nights and broken hearts. They remind you of the various tones of the various conversations that you once had, word for word, with expression no less.

But these memories, I call, are jet lagged. They are the reasons why I am alive. They are one of the many reasons why we had a mental breakthrough, when we took that leap of faith and all we did was - To Let Go. We have left broken, but as long as we tell ourselves that we will never be as broken as we were in the past. I keep a constant reminder, where I read, "Fear kills more dream than failure ever will." Since then, I tried to be fearless.

I have grown.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Banyan Tree Hotel Bangkok with The Entertainer App 1 for 1

Having armed with one of the best 1-for-1 app* in town, we scored an amazing "buy 1 night and get 1 night free" stay in a one bedroom suite at Banyan Tree (Bangkok). Talk about comfort at best. It was the little break that I've decided to take before moving on to my new job this year. We never had a chance to bring this app out of Singapore's vicinity and deals, but this stay was a splendid choice.

Here's my personal experience with the stay at Banyan Tree Bangkok:


*The Entertainer App - Read on its 1-for-1 dining offers back in 2015 here.

"Enter an enclave of prestigious living"

We booked their 67-89sqm one bedroom suite furnished in contemporary Thai decor, and it also includes complimentary Club Lounge access with filled with glorious food, desserts, coffee and beer. Located away from the hustling district, it provides state-of-the-art facilities - a health club structured with yoga, aerobics, pilates lessons from 6am to 9pm daily is the perfect retreat for the health-conscious.

Spend half a day in Banyan Tree Bangkok after your morning breakfast and workout and it's not all done! The pool in good weather is appetizing. You could take a little dip to enjoy Bangkok's morning weather, beat the heat, and take a leg in the sauna room after. Did I mention, the Club Lounge access offers complimentary drinks and tea-desserts as well? Head on over to grab a beer!



*Image from Luxury Destinations and Jebica respectively.

Come night-fall and you'd definitely want to bring your loved-one to their sky-bar for a view of the amazing sunset. We came back after a day of shopping, a little too late to catch the sunset, but the breeze and the cityscape view was all worth that indulgence. But that, the next time, is not something that we'd miss again.

We loved the stay, and it was filled with comfort. For the price that we paid, 2 nights for the price of 1, was definitely worth the once-in-a-lifetime experience. Head over with the much awaited anxiety, and indulge in the moment of relaxation!



How do you make an appointment with their reservations department?

Step 1: Open your Entertainer App and click on Hotels Worldwide.
Step 2: Look for Thailand and select Banyan Tree Hotel Bangkok.
Step 3: Click on details below to send your enquiry and confirmation of your booking. Please let the reservation team know that you'd like to redeem your Entertainer App 1-for-1 night offer. You may request prices for the room types that you're interested in.
Step 4: Send your confirmation details and your stay is booked!

You will need to bring your app along with you to Bangkok, and to physically redeem this deal face-to-face with the team. As their room prices fluctuates based on seasonal rates, it is best to clarify the total amount in Thai Baht before you make your decision :) That was how I decided on mine!

*Also be aware that they will charge by pax for any additional person (>2 pax) staying in the room, as like any other hotels.


Check-out the short room-tour video below:

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Saturday, May 7, 2016

Anker PowerPort 5 Review

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One of Anker's Unique Selling Point of this product is that it ensures the fastest possible charge to your devices with its PowerIQ and VoltageBoost technology. This came up as a hot selling product from Amazon or from other review sites. I was contemplating if I should get this when it went on sale at Lazada.sg.

After writing a list of how many digital products I consume in my life (and with the lack of power charging ports and space even with multi-adapters), I thought $30 would be a good investment for a 5-port quick-charge. And I've never regretted since. I have my... iPhone, iPad, camera, portable charger, bluetooth headphones, bluetooth watch and my sister's list goes on.

Efficient charging at best!

Specifications

Input :AC 100-240V
USB Output :5V / 8A (total)
Size :3.6 x 2.3 x 1.0in / 91 x 58 x 27mm
Weight :8.29oz / 235g

I trusted Anker as a brand after using this compact multi charging-usb charger, and went forth to introduce it to my colleagues, as well as to buy more USB cables from them: [3pcs] Anker 0.9m PowerLine Micro USB Cable for $15 bucks! I get each fast charging cable at only $5, what a steal! Mom kept one in her room, one in her car, and one for me.



Super happy and best buy in 2015! I'll totally recommend it to you guys ;)

Get Anker PowerPort 5 from Lazada here, or the 3 pcs Anker 0.9 PowerLine Micro USB here.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Fitness Workout Routine

I used to have long hair, but every single time the weather gets warmer, and I look at my older pictures when I had shorter hair, I thought -- Why not? And then it gets short again till I leave it on for another year ;) I go to the gym and the hair gets in the way, or it just looks bad after a long day at work I don't know how to try and keep it in check. Story of my life. But that's not what I'd love to share today.

It's been a full year since I've been serious with workouts, started with a clean-slate after my back injury, and I've been recovering well since. Still watching out for the little baby back, but slow progress is still progress.

My goal was simple -- It was to gain and to put on mass. Having looked too skinny (even though I had visible abs), I wanted to look less sickly and have more in my body. (At this point, every single being is beautiful, what's most important is that do what makes you happy) So I started training in the gym almost 3x a week, targeting and trying to develop a few core muscle groups -- Them being the back, arms, shoulders & legs. Ever since Greg introduced me his upper body workout routine, I've been so in love that I could literally replicate, enhance and do it on my own.

The days I dread -- Legs day. The days I love? Shoulders & back, 2 favorite muscle groups that I'd love to see development in.

Left - October 2015/ Right - August 2014

Left - April 2015 / Right - May 2014

A year or more had passed, and definitely I've seen the growth in them. Towards the end of the year, I've had less focus on arms and legs and more on shoulders and back. This year, I had my first breakthrough of back workouts ;) And I cannot be happier. I've put on 5kg since I've started, it's not a lot, but it was definitely visible in terms of mass. So now, I think it's time for me to cut, and the first thing I'd like to focus on are legs.

I know how year-long goals doesn't seem to work -- They're too long, and we hit too many hurdles throughout the year, go through different new struggles from the last and it seems too far away. But that's okay. Here, in Q2, I'll get hyper-focused on the short-term. So what can I do?

In the next 12 weeks, I will be heading on a legs journey with Kayla's Workout -- In case you haven't heard, it is the Sweat With Kayla BBG Workout. I'll be mainly focusing on her legs routine for 12 weeks, on top of that, with interval run sessions and fit in some gym workouts on upper body workout days.

Why? I've seen how I've put on so much around my legs, but I haven't been focusing much on them -- Guilty as charged. So this quarter, it's operation #buildabooty and #tonerlegs! If you'd like to join me, leave me a comment/ shout-out on my social channels so we can do it together. The more the merrier!

Today, I decided to get my lazy ass up on the weekends to head out for an hour run in the sun. I came back a shade darker with workout gear tan-lines along my shoulders and my legs. It was a greaattttt workout nonetheless. An hour run, legs with Kayla for 28 minutes and I walked 3.5km back home.



Most importantly, Every Day Can’t be Awesome, And we just need to realize that That's OK. Do what makes you happy.

Bonus Read of the day: Meditate on This: 6 Steps To Help Get Your Zen On
Go ahead and check it out!

Saturday, January 23, 2016

2-016: A difference a year makes

Within a year, we've completed countless things, felt a million types of emotions, and have been through thousands of valuable life lessons. That - It wouldn't stop. The priorities in life have also shifted, and for the sake of memento, below are some snippets of the flash back that once felt very real.

2014: I've returned from Hong Kong, only to start my internship at Lazada Singapore, and completing my 4 years of university education. Babe and I took an 8 days break in Bangkok, exploring countless night markets and mingling with the city lights.





We ended our year with a trip to Korea for 15 days, trooping in majestic wonderland. I was loving every single bit of vacay that I had. 2014 was then over. It was a year of experimental change, of meeting new people, starting a fresh internship in a start-up company, completing the Final Year Project, and hosting friends over at my place every now and then. The beauty in all of that still lives till date. It was the year of challenge, and growing to meet expectations.



2015: It was the start of the year that I booked an impromptu trip to Hong Kong alone, only to stay with Den & her lovable family (Thank you for having me). 5 days though short, but we learnt a lot about one another, and it was because of this trip that sparked the usual talks, and then slowly grow to talk even more, and now she's my colleague in my company whom I see every day, but have little time for. :'( I'm sorry.

It was Chinese New Year, and I met up with Cheryl, a friend whom I've grown to be close to while we were in Hong Kong a year back. And now we're talking about different phases of life. That was also my first treat to a friend with my very first paycheck :)



I then went back to work at Lazada, the same old building which I've interned at a year back, finding the same type of tranquil at their looming dark staircases that harness quite a lot of memories and talks for many people. The building is now cordoned off, it looks like a ghost town, but I wonder why these memories still stay so poignant and fresh.



Then came my birthday, and babe surprised me with 2 new furkids in my life - Smarty & Lexy, of which the former has passed, and the latter has given birth to 4 beautiful little bunnies. I'm still a super proud grandmother, and sometimes I wished that I could have more time for everyone and everything around me. It's a little frightening how life just passes, and I need to choose who & what to prioritize.



It was also a year of pain and grief for my little Wincci - Towards the last few hours of her last breath, I've watched her suffer, and babe got it worst. Babe and I went into the vet and watch her get put to sleep. It was when we knew her pain finally ended. I watched that breathing bit of life in front of me; with her blood in the veins turn stale and black, and the last few moments was when she never struggled anymore with the barks - She was gone. I still miss her, any dog owner would know that.





It was also a year of growth, a year of getting up to speed and staying hungry yet fresh at the same time. It was the year of change, and a year of completing different things in the same period of time. It's amazing how time just passes and age catches up with you like that, those little bit of flashbacks, but amongst all the hustle and bustle, I've learnt that - Work is important, and so is Life.



Many a times we're so caught up with what we have to do on a day-to-day basis, but we forget that there are actually people that matters, and people that cares for you; people that loves you and hates seeing you feel so sad, depressed, grouchy all the time. Seeing you in that state, hurts them. And there will always be people out there waiting to watch you fall. I've never stopped caring - There are people that I know I love, and this year, I'll make time for.



It was also about the simple moments in life, or breakfast and view that you can wake up to every morning. It was that simple. The hardest decision that morning was choosing what to eat at the buffet line.



It was also about meeting new friends at the same places. In 2014, babe and I visited Krabi and met Romanio. We hung out the days after during our trip, and explored caves and other islands together. In 2015, my friends and I visited Krabi again and met a nice French family that have decided to work and retire there. And that's the beauty about being lost, and being there.



It was also my first time participating in one of my closest friends' proposal. Being a witness of the beautiful love story that sparked 7 years ago on that very day, melted everyone's heart. I was lucky that those tears I had sent rolling down my cheeks, were covered behind the shots of my camera. I couldn't be any happier for the both of them :)



Also, remembering my post in 2015 on New Year, Old Resolution?

Comparing with 2014 August when I was at my strongest, my 2015 had been a great year of getting back on track with the intended resolution. I've fixed problems, gain a little weight, worked out with my gym buddy (Greg the Beast) - I can't thank him enough for always being my motivation whenever I'm running low, or even trying to push me for the last 3 reps when I'm almost off the track, and help me with all the last few reps and weights from time to time. I've definitely grew in year 2015, and 2016 will not be any less. This is a constant goal, and with the right push, I'll get there :)

Not forgetting, TW and Alvin for urging me to pick up Muay Thai. We went for trial classes together since October, right till year-end. Now it's just about getting it back up again. Practice makes perfect, I'll say.



2016: This is a year of dreams, and a year of a bigger change. In the first half of the month, I've decided to challenge myself to a day-to-day journal to count my blessings. It was as simple as that. There were things daily that I was thankful for, and a new year of new beginnings - Many would say, so would I. It gets tough, sometimes tougher, but don't forget we're only at day 22. While typing all of these, I was writing backwards (with all that memories), and now trying to type something forward seems a little hard, with multiple pauses and backspaces. The uncertainty is real.

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It is also a year to make bigger plans. I'm finally hitting the mid-20 mark, and it seems almost unbelievable when I just entered uni 5 years ago. Sometimes, it is all about rectifying the present, embracing actions, working out solutions, and controlling emotions. They're the main drivers of my 2016, and I hope you've found something to believe in before we start spearheading into mid year :)

Thank you for threading on thin ice with me all the time. And most importantly, still by my side braving the thick and the thin together. Through the good and bad x