Friday, August 29, 2014

#ChangeDestiny with SK-II (till 5th Sept 14)

I rarely blog about events as most invites received were held in the afternoon and I had a strict work commitment. This was one of the rare invites that I've accepted since I had some time to spare before my dinner appointment. And also, it's by my favourite skincare - SK-II!

SK-II recently launched a beauty revolution built around the concept of "Skin Destiny", inspired by its ground-breaking Skin Destiny Study.  The brand now looks to inspire women and men around the world to change their skin destiny and discover a future of beautiful forever

The study proves that crystal clear skin today can last 10, 20 and even 30 years from now - giving women the power to take control of their skin's future.

To me, changing your skin destiny means to age gracefully while continuing to maintain a youthful nature & skin. With suitable skincare and lifestyle, your skin and behaviour doesn't need to reflect your actual age. I used to hoard make-up alot but now, it's more of being more diligent with my skincare routine for a better canvas. I haven't been changing my skincare for quite sometime as personally, the combination of exercise and SK-II/Laniege works best for me. My skin age is currently 21 which is more than 5 fingers below my age so I won't be changing my skincare! Still, there's still lots to work on like getting sufficient sleep and a healthier diet to decrease my skin age. #ChangeDestiny

Age doesn't matter. What's more important is to stay young at heart with youthful skin! And thinking happy thoughts always work - give people the benefit of doubt at all times and to refrain from forming biased judgements!

Gorgeous-looking Rebecca Lim & George Young were there to give insights into what the concept of changing their skin destiny meant to them.

The new Pitera™ Pod at TANGS Orchard (till 5th Sept 14) will house all its products with beauty consultants dishing out advice on the suitable products based on the skin test. Very luxurious looking area with sitting area as well! 

The event at the new Pitera™ Pod held TANGS Orchard now offers attractive promotions till 5th of September 2014 where customers can:

·  Discover their skin destiny with the SK-II Magic Ring test and receive a customized 3-pc sample kit and a 7-day sample kit of the new SK-II STEMPOWER Eye Cream.

· Win an SK-II Facial Treatment Mask 1-pc (worth $22) if they guess their skin age correctly before the test.

So, head down today to find out about your current skin age and changed your destiny! :)

Thanks to SK-II for the event invite.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Tri-Out Challenge 2014 (Indoor Triathlon Competition)

This must be one of the most interesting and fun "challenge" I've ever been to. It doesn't qualify for a race at all since it's so short, but still it was a good sweat done that Sunday. :)

And so, I won the "race" slot to this Tri-Out Challenge (Indoor Triathlon Competition) which was held just 12 hours away from the Energizer Run 18km (in the previous blog post). However, I decided to turn up since I've already signed up and the items sounded really fun! :) 

I've always wanted to try doing a triathlon (be it big or small scale), at least once in this lifetime. Something to work towards to, to sign up, train for it and complete it by myself. Last year, I was so close to signing up for one but because the date is just weeks before my Sundown Ultramarathon, I decided to post-phone it. Perhaps a mini one next year? Start small!

My legs were aching like mad that day due to the trail run the night before but still, I headed to the race site at Ngee Ann City for my briefing to collect the goodie-bag. We were handed this blue singlet and allocated to a group of 5 while waiting for our slot (mine was at 2pm).

The first part of the challenge was to wave the heavy ropes 50 times up and down continuously.. It's done to mimic the swimming portion in a tri of using the arms I think. Here's with the other people in my group and we had to squat down and lift the ropes up to our shoulders before lifting it down. I think I did pretty badly at that segment haha!

Up next was one of my favourite part- SPINNING! Yay. We had to cycle for 5km and all I remember was trying to go as fast as I can (pretending I was in the gym class). The volunteers were very enthusiastic and cheered us on while we sweated like mad in the tent. Managed to catch up in the segment and proceeded first to the treadmill! 

The last part of the challenge was to run on the treadmill for 1.5km. My muscles felt really tight but I could recalled TC waving at me on the stage and signalling me to go as fast as I could. The volunteers were really encouraging, telling me that I was leading so that really motivated me to keep increasing the speed.

And I'm DONE!!! :)

Managed to top my group to complete it in 15:01 which was a surprise to me, since there are two guys in my group. I'm glad I went for the challenge coz it honestly was one of the most fun and shortest "race" I've ever tried. Nothing compared to a REAL triathlon but at least it gave me a slight idea of the transition from one item to the other. Not easy at all.

That night, I got a call from the organisers to collect my prize as I was 4th place (female) for the entire challenge which took place in a span of two days. It was really unexpected really and thanks to Joy for picking up my prize (socks and a bag). Still, it's a form of encouragement to tick if off my bucket list next year! 

And lastly, thanks to SwimBikeRunSG for the slot & also the hubby for supporting me that day! :)

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Energizer Singapore Night Trail Run 2014

Joining a trail race has always been on my bucket list. And so, when the organisers wrote in to me on the challenge, I thought why not just try it since I've always liked night races as well! 

After two trail "trainings", I went for the race at the dusky trails of Mandai, Lorong Asrama which was a area that was usually only accessed by military men.

It was a mad rush that day with only an hour to flag off after settling the house items and visiting the furniture sale. Thankful for the hubby who dropped me off via cab before he headed for his dinner appointment.

Not sure what was in stall of me when I arrived at the race site with everyone with torches. Feeling pretty excited actually and I thought, 18km should be rather manageable right?

Took pictures before I got quite dirty haha! Another reason for the big smiles was the Energizer Carnival activities that were set up for participants. With all carnival ticket proceeds going to SportCares, runners were treated to the scrumptious spread of food, photo opportunities and generous ice-cream booths prior to their challenge. Thrill seekers could try the Reverse Bungee and Rodeo Ride too!

Headed to the starting line with some of the RD peeps whom I met at the race site. Always happy to see familiar faces before any races. And yes, it's FLAG-OFF and adventure time!

We were all given head-torches in our race-packs which were compulsory gears during the race. And once I flagged off, I knew why because most of the routes were all pitch-dark with no external light sources as well. It was basically our only survival kit to tackle the rocks and stones.

The route was really no joke with endless slopes and uneven rocky surfaces along the way. Dangerous, yes. Boring, no. It required full concentration to ensure my own safety. To be honest, I'm not too used to giving full awareness to my surroundings without any distractions of music or thoughts, but I guess it's definitely good training. While moving a step forward, I had to pay attention to the rocks beneath it while shifting my light down as and when required. Whether it will cause me to slip and if it will be a better idea for me to take a step to my right. It was hard to run at a constant pace or even to run too fast as it will be dangerous especially during downslopes. This made the distance feel almost twice as exhausting but I must say, it's really quite exciting.

There were many instances where I almost slipped or glide backwards but thankfully, my body weight managed to hold me up. Spotted quite abit of accidents along the way and the participants had to wait for the first-aid team to come. The volunteers were a source of motivation as they did a remarkable job in spicing up the night to cheer on the runners. There were plenty of hydration booths around which provided runners with well-stocked water and isotonic drinks at all times.

As safety was of utmost concern, there were clear warning signs before every slope and sufficient distance markers to direct runners for various categories. Despite the different starting timings, there were still bottlenecks towards the second half of the race with the overlapping routes for the 12km and 18km category.

Blur pic but the INFAMOUS HILL 265 was the ultimate killer at 11km that all runners had to tackle. It was a pathetic sight as everyone had to crawl up with their knees and hands while trying their best not to slip down this steep slope. As a girl, I'm not too used to getting dirty on the floor especially. I ended up climbing up while grabbing on to the nearest rock I can find. It took me 10 minutes or so and I ended up with scraped knees and hands. I'm very thankful at the help the fellow trail runners around me who gave me their hands and lifted me up the hill. Stayed back to assist other runners as well and it was really a heart-warming sight to see everyone helping strangers around them. Another reason why I love the running community so much, ever so gracious and selfless.


So true. It's lines like that along the way that motivates my mind not to give up to the 18km finishing line.  And this was a race that you really could not stop at all as you will only fall backwards and risk rolling down the slopes. There's only one option which is to proceed forward.

AND I DID IT! By running, walking and literally crawling!! :)

By the end of the night, I looked really exhausted coupled with yellow stains on my apparel and black limbs. Still, I'm very very proud of myself for not giving up despite some smses to TC to whine about the route (coz the forest had no 4G connection at all).

A picture with my awesome friend who did it too!!

Finished the 18km in 2hrs 19mins. And I guess for a first timer for trail races, my results are not too bad! :)

The rocky bits along the way are like life, never smooth sailing and you just gonna watch your back, to move forward and not to give up.

Run when you can, walk when you have to, crawl if you must. Just don't give up!

Wouldn't mind joining next year again after this year's memorable experience ;)

Thanks to Energizer Singapore Night Trail for the race slots. Article up on Run Society here.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

When you eat, appreciate your last bite.

"This is your life. Do what you love and do it often.
If you don't like something, change it.
If you don't like your job, quit.
If you don't have enough time, stop watching TV.
If you are looking for the love of your life, stop.
 They Will be waiting for you when you start doing things you love.
Stop over-analysing, all emotions are beautiful.
When you eat, appreciate your last bite.
Open your mind, arms, and heart to new things and people.
We are united in our differences.
Ask the next person you see what their passion is and share your inspiring dream with them
Travel often, getting lost will help you find yourself
Some opportunities only come once, seize them.
The things you create with them so go out and start creating.
Life is short.
Live your dream and share your passion."

A passage seen at Roast Cafe in Bangkok that I just had to take a picture of which struck a chord with me.

It has been a hard month dealing with two losses in the family for the last month and I guess, only time can numb emotions which could never be healed freely. We will always remember these warriors that have battled courageously, loved hard and led a meaningful life. New Years will never be the same but they will be in our hearts forever.

Appreciate your last bite, live your dreams and open up to people, instead of forming biased judgements. It's easy to rattle on but it takes a certain awareness to keep a clear mind to love freely and not to get sucked into the negativity and pointless gossips.

Back to BKK which was one of the most wonderful trips ever despite the short stay of five days. And I guess the precious memories with the buddies of 11 years were far more precious than any shopping & shoes. Midnight massages, pillow fights, gym sessions, endless eating, private jokes, shoe craze & more. Now, I can't wait for our next trip together! :>

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Hectic August

It's been a really busy August with the hectic work period, four races this month and also handling the house renovation concurrently. Blog posts have been slower but thank you for still checking back this space! I'm hardworking today so there's two posts in a row with a separate Run for Cover post below this! :)

And finally, we confirmed our interior designer yesterday after weeks of discussion and scanning quotes with five other choices. Now, we are just crossing fingers that the renovation process will be a relatively smooth one before moving in end of year. The theme and layout out have been decided months ago (kiasu like that) so we are really anxious to see the end-product. Cross fingers and toes! It's almost like a dream come true to have your own ROOF above your head, a walking wardrobe that I've always wanted and our own house to live in to start our family!

Heading to Bangkok in a few hours time with the best friends in abit and I'm really excited. Not so much for the clothes and food but this time round it's more to hunt for house-hold decoration items and to FEAST! Yay!

Crazy over printed items as well and most of our ASOS items that I received yesterday (on dayre) were printed too haha!

Dress c/o VGY, Melissa Wedges, HK Bag
Skirt c/o The Nine Dame, Gojane Heels, H&M Top, Warehouse bag

Hollyhoque tank, Skirt c/o VGY, Melissa Wedges, HK Bag
Dress c/o The Nine Dame, Celine Bag, Zara Heels
TTR Cut-in Cooper tank, American Eagle shorts, Zara shades
MGG frill tank, TTR skirt, C&K Heels, Warehouse Bag
Warehouse tank, Cotton On shorts, Aldo bag
Warehouse dress, Zara shades, HK bag

Will update when I'm back next week! :)