Singapore Blog Awards 2014: VOTE and win a Barbie Glam Pool Set!

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Help vote for my students – Steven Lek and Simon Chan – to win at this year’s Blog Awards and you stand to win a Barbie Glam Pool set which will come with a Barbie Doll too! :)

Barbie

Step 1: Go to the Singapore Blog Awards site, click on Editors’ / Judges’ Choice

Singapore Blog Awards

Step 2: Log in with your facebook account so they know you are not a robot. Your info will be kept secure! :)

Singapore Blog Awards

Step 3: Decide whether you want to participate in the Lucky Voters’ Contest. If you do not reside in Singapore, choose the second option.

Singapore Blog Awards

Step 4: Scroll down till you see the Best Individual Blog and Best New Blog categories

Singapore Blog Awards

Step 5: Click on the circle to reveal the list of finalists and vote for Steven

Singapore Blog Awards

Step 6: Click on the circle for Best New Blog and vote for Travelled Paths

Singapore Blog Awards

To Win The Barbie Glam Pool:

Send a screenshot of your vote to voteforstevenlek@gmail.com, with subject title ‘I Want To Win The Barbie Glam Pool’. Your screenshot should look like this:

Singapore Blog Awards

If their pictures appear in the circles, it means your vote has been counted. Also, I should be able to see the date and time in your screenshot of your desktop! :) [Mine's in the bottom right hand corner!]

OR if you are using your handphone to vote:

Singapore Blog Awards

THANKS for voting! You Are AWESOME!

You Can Vote Once Per Day Till End July 2014! :D

*The more votes you send in, the higher your chances of winning this prize! :) Get your friends and family to vote, and send in their screenshots together with yours!

Remember: the email address to send it to is voteforstevenlek@gmail.com.

Singapore Blog Awards 2014: VOTE and win a Barbie Doll SET!

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Help vote for my students – Steven Lek and Simon Chan – to win at this year’s Blog Awards and you stand to win a Barbie Doll SET with a total of not one, not two, but THREE dolls! :)

Barbie

Step 1: Go to the Singapore Blog Awards site, click on Editors’ / Judges’ Choice

Singapore Blog Awards

Step 2: Log in with your facebook account so they know you are not a robot. Your info will be kept secure! :)

Singapore Blog Awards

Step 3: Decide whether you want to participate in the Lucky Voters’ Contest. If you do not reside in Singapore, choose the second option.

Singapore Blog Awards

Step 4: Scroll down till you see the Best Individual Blog and Best New Blog categories

Singapore Blog Awards

Step 5: Click on the circle to reveal the list of finalists and vote for Steven

Singapore Blog Awards

Step 6: Click on the circle for Best New Blog and vote for Travelled Paths

Singapore Blog Awards

To Win The Set:

SEND IN THREE VOTES IN ORDER TO WIN THIS SET

Get your friends and family to vote too…

Send a screenshot of your votes in ONE EMAIL to voteforstevenlek@gmail.com, with subject title ‘I Want To Win The Barbie Set’. Your screenshots should look like this:

Singapore Blog Awards

If their pictures appear in the circles, it means your vote has been counted. Also, I should be able to see the date and time in your screenshot of your desktop! :) [Mine's in the bottom right hand corner!]

OR if you are using your handphone to vote:

Singapore Blog Awards

THANKS for voting! You Are AWESOME!

You Can Vote Once Per Day Till End July 2014! :D

*The more votes you send in, the higher your chances of winning this prize! :) Get your friends and family to vote, and send in their screenshots together with yours!

Remember: the email address to send it to is voteforstevenlek@gmail.com.

Singapore Blog Awards 2014: VOTE and win a Mystery Prize!

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Help vote for my students – Steven Lek and Simon Chan – to win at this year’s Blog Awards and you stand to win a Mystery Prize worth up to S$45.90! :)

Lovingly Wrapped by Yours Truly

Mystery Prize

Step 1: Go to the Singapore Blog Awards site, click on Editors’ / Judges’ Choice

Singapore Blog Awards

Step 2: Log in with your facebook account so they know you are not a robot. Your info will be kept secure! :)

Singapore Blog Awards

Step 3: Decide whether you want to participate in the Lucky Voters’ Contest. If you do not reside in Singapore, choose the second option.

Singapore Blog Awards

Step 4: Scroll down till you see the Best Individual Blog and Best New Blog categories

Singapore Blog Awards

Step 5: Click on the circle to reveal the list of finalists and vote for Steven

Singapore Blog Awards

Step 6: Click on the circle for Best New Blog and vote for Travelled Paths

Singapore Blog Awards

To Win A Mystery Prize

Send your screenshot to voteforstevenlek@gmail.com, with subject title ‘I Want To Win A Mystery Prize’. Your screenshot should look like this:

Singapore Blog Awards

If their pictures appear in the circles, it means your vote has been counted. Also, I should be able to see the date and time in your screenshot of your desktop! :) [Mine's in the bottom right hand corner!]

OR if you are using your handphone to vote:

Singapore Blog Awards

THANKS for voting! You Are AWESOME!

You Can Vote Once Per Day Till End July 2014! :D

*The more votes you send in, the higher your chances of winning this prize! :) Get your friends and family to vote, and send in their screenshots together with yours!

Remember: the email address to send it to is voteforstevenlek@gmail.com.

Lady First SG Ep 8: Thigh-tanic

{ Giveaway worth S$176 in this blogpost! :D }

With the help of the gurus (Jackson, Keith and Liu Yan), this episode seeks to combat lower body issues. Three groups of people are especially susceptible to such weight issues: white collar workers, students and TV addicts. This is because sitting for long periods of time can lead to the accumulation of fat in the belly and hip regions.

12 Tips to Combat Thigh-tanic Issues:

1) Avoid pleats if you have wider hips as they create unnecessary emphasis on the lower half of your body. The reverse is true if you are really skinny and seem to have ‘no hips’ or bum. The same applies for outfits with prints and gathers. lady first sg

2) Save yourself from stretch marks by not drinking too much alcohol, and by avoiding drastic weight gains and losses.

3) If you already have stretch marks (the white, silvery or purplish ones are the worst), use firming and whitening products and massage in circular movements.

4) Oils with high fat content (such as olive oil, rosehip oil) are great for the anti-stretch mark massages.

5) From the time you realize you are pregnant till after you are done with breastfeeding, you should diligently do the massages to prevent the formation of stretch marks.

6) Wear a seamless girdle if you need help creating a firmer-looking tush.

7) To create the illusion of a fuller bum, wear high heels.

8) Avoid wearing floral pants if you have fat thighs. Choose those with smaller prints if you absolutely have to wear them. Avoid contrasting colors. Stretchy jeans are good, especially those with ‘shadows’ down the sides, to create the illusion of slimmer legs. A-line skirts work as well.

9) If you have a fuller bum, then avoid wearing jeans with elaborate designs on the back pockets as these draw unnecessary attention and make your bum look bigger. Skinny jeans are a no-no so avoid following fashion trends blindly. Bell-bottom jeans might be the key.

10) Do some hip slimming exercises like squats, and placing a tennis ball at the back of your knees and moving to the right and left of the ball. lady first sg

11) Wedge sandals can make your legs look longer / slimmer. Lady First SG

12) Wear heels with pointed toes or in nude shades if you’d like to make your legs look longer.

For a list of the products featured in this episode, click here.

{ Giveaway }

WIN the Lierac Body Slim Multi-Action Concentrate, worth S$88! I have TWO of these to give away! :D

Lierac Body Slim Multi Action Concentrate

 To win, simply click HERE and leave a comment, telling me why I should pick you as the winner. :D

Singapore Blog Awards 2014: VOTE and win a Barbie Champion Doll!

Help vote for my students – Steven Lek and Simon Chan – to win at this year’s Blog Awards and you stand to win a Barbie Champion Doll of your choice! :)

Step 1: Go to the Singapore Blog Awards site, click on Editors’ / Judges’ Choice

Singapore Blog Awards

Step 2: Log in with your facebook account so they know you are not a robot. Your info will be kept secure! :)

Singapore Blog Awards

Step 3: Decide whether you want to participate in the Lucky Voters’ Contest. If you do not reside in Singapore, choose the second option.

Singapore Blog Awards

Step 4: Scroll down till you see the Best Individual Blog and Best New Blog categories

Singapore Blog Awards

Step 5: Click on the circle to reveal the list of finalists and vote for Steven

Singapore Blog Awards

Step 6: Click on the circle for Best New Blog and vote for Travelled Paths

Singapore Blog Awards

To Win A Barbie Champion Doll:

Send a screenshot of your vote to voteforstevenlek@gmail.com, with subject title ‘I Want To Win A Barbie Champion Doll’. Your screenshot should look like this:

Singapore Blog Awards

If their pictures appear in the circles, it means your vote has been counted. Also, I should be able to see the date and time in your screenshot of your desktop! :) [Mine's in the bottom right hand corner!]

OR if you are using your handphone to vote:

Singapore Blog Awards

THANKS for voting! You Are AWESOME!

You Can Vote Once Per Day Till End July 2014! :D

*The more votes you send in, the higher your chances of winning this prize! :) Get your friends and family to vote, and send in their screenshots together with yours!

Remember: the email address to send it to is voteforstevenlek@gmail.com.

Hair For Hope 2014

Hair For Hope 2014   [Notebooks and Tulips I bought at the event]

I went to Vivocity this afternoon to support my pal, Terence, at the Hair For Hope 2014 event. After deliberating for seven years, he has finally taken the step of making that bald statement. :) I’m not sure when my time will come. Hmm.

Spot the difference:

Hair For Hope 2014

I was definitely surprised at the turnout. The place was just jam-packed with shavees and their supporters. All these people (below) were queuing to get their heads shaved. The atmosphere was amazing. When so many people get together for a good cause, the ‘energy’ in this place is just mind-blowing. Say all you like about the nasty traits of Singaporeans, but there are some people who will take that bold step of showing their support for cancer patients and their plight.

Shavees also help in fund-raising efforts. Terence, through his network of friends, has raised over S$3000 online! If you’d like to contribute, click here: https://hairforhope.org.sg/shaveeProfile/395

Hair For Hope 2014

And I was rather surprised that some young ladies actually parted with their long tresses! This girl sat down wearing black-rimmed (nerdy) glasses. Then, before long, her ponytail was in her hands:

Hair For Hope 2014

I’m definitely not ready to take this step. But I’m happy to help out with donations. Perhaps, like Terence, I’ll need 7 years. Haha!

If you’re a Hair For Hope shavee, I salute you. :)

He Got On His Knees In A Hawker Centre! Seriously?!

It was supposed to be a leisurely, late breakfast with a friend at the hawker centre at People’s Park yesterday. I certainly did not expect to get such a rude shock. And I can safely conclude that it was partly my fault too. Sigh.

What happened was, basically, that a tissue peddler came up to our table while we were chatting. I didn’t even notice him approaching (I’m not quite a morning person).

He asked if we would buy his tissues. Just one look was enough to size him up: able-bodied, taller than average guys, no visible injuries or impediments, doesn’t even look or sound hungry.

But he claimed to have no money for food. And just simply refused to leave. He seemed to know I would relent eventually so he focused his ‘attack’ on me, instead of my guy pal.

tissue peddler singapore

[Here he is pestering other diners. The auntie in the orange top gave in too]

I had forgotten to keep my wallet in my bag, so it was on the table, lying in plain view for everyone to see. Naturally, he zoomed in on our table like a bee to honey. Sian.

I usually have no qualms about giving a donation to old aunties, the handicapped, or just about anyone sitting in a wheelchair and selling tissues, lottery tickets or any other thing. But this guy was obviously able-bodied. He needed a job, not handouts.

I said no so many times, tried to explain I already have tissues (again, on the table for all to see), but he just refused to leave.

Then (cue dramatic music), he got onto his knees, and I told him in Mandarin “Uncle, don’t do this!”

Took out 2 bucks and gave it to him. I just wanted him out of my sight, seriously. A man does not get down onto his knees in public unless it’s a marriage proposal. I really couldn’t understand how this able-bodied guy had no dignity at all.

He put 3 packets of tissues on the table, and I moved them closer to the edge so everyone could see I’d bought tissues already, and not approach us anymore. He took it as a sign that I didn’t want the tissues.

So I let him take them back. Good grief.

He then went on to pester two other ladies. The auntie in the orange top (pictured) was smarter. She took him to the chicken rice stall and ordered food for him. He took the plate and went off into a corner to eat his meal.

Before long, he was back. And asked her to buy him a drink. OMG! The audacity! This time, she told him to buzz off.

He then went on to pester other diners.

One man was tucking into his meal of fried beehoon when this tissue peddler came up to him and kept nudging him in the arm to give him some money. The diner was obviously pissed off because he was trying to put food into his mouth but this persistent fella kept nudging him in the arm. He eventually took five dollars out of his pocket and handed it over, before the guy would leave.

My goodness. It’s an encounter I will not soon forget.

If you happen to get approached by this guy, I’d suggest you just take your stuff and move away. If you stay put, you’ll have to endure the drama of having him kneel before you, and you’ll be so embarrassed (for him as well) that you’ll hand money over just so he’ll stop his antics.

#JustAnotherDayInSG

Blogging 101: How To Stay Motivated About Blogging

This post is inspired by a friend who has recently decided that shutting down her existing blog is the way to go, because it is not making her money and is taking up too much time and effort, leaving her with “no life”. She is, however, starting a new blog around the topic of motivation, which I found quite ironic.

It appears that she chose her existing blog’s ‘niche’ based on what was popular at that time. And it was not due to passion.

In fact, I had asked her why she agreed to attend events which were not in line with her blog theme, did not pay a cent, and essentially took up a lot of time and effort. She had no answer for me.

SO how does one stay motivated about Blogging?

1) Ensure you are passionate about Blogging

I have over 600 posts on this blog now. I truly love to write and I do love reading my own blogposts. (If this sounds strange to you, please know that it shouldn’t) An artist should, well, enjoy looking at his own artwork, right?

2) Stop when you are feeling tired

Have I ever felt like quitting? YES! So, I “quit” for maybe 2 days to a week, till I am feeling better about blogging and I continue.

And when I get into the groove, oh boy, my blog subscribers know this – a sudden avalanche of blogposts will hit their email inboxes. :D

Blogging is not work. You are your own boss. You state the rules. It is ok to feel tired. Just have a break!

3) Learn to say No

Don’t accept all invites, even if they pay! If an invite doesn’t come with a paycheque, then it had better add tremendous value to this blog. If it doesn’t, I’m definitely saying no. I’m not trading my youth and energy for invites to events I don’t care about.

In fact, if the invite comes too late, e.g. two days before the event happens, I’ll turn down the invitation even if I have absolutely nothing to do that day, simply because I expect that people respect my time. I am at nobody’s beck and call. Either send me an invite in advance, or don’t. And definitely do not invite me just because some other blogger pulled out (Not that this has happened before. Just saying.)

4) Keep a list of draft blogposts

You don’t know this, but this blogpost was actually a draft I put together some time back. And now, I’m writing this paragraph in point number 4, and I’m publishing it shortly.

Whenever you have an idea for a blogpost, just create a draft and write down any points you have in mind. If the post ends up complete, publish it. If it still lacks something, save that draft till another time when you’ll complete it. :)

Blogging really is a lot of fun (for me, at least). Don’t do things just because others are doing them. Someone else might really LOVE doing beauty product reviews and make a living doing them, but if I were to attempt that, I’d most certainly end up hating blogging.

Have a question? Feel free to send me an email. I just might publish your question (and my answer) so bear that in mind. :D

Tiger Uncage: Tiger Beer’s Global Brand Repositioning

[Disclaimer: This blog supports responsible drinking and in no way seeks to promote the consumption of alcohol]

I’m no fan of beer, and I happen to think that people who liken beer to horse piss might be right, though of course, I do not also happen to know what horse piss tastes like. :P I did find the press release sent over to me pretty interesting. It’s about Tiger beer’s ‘global brand repositioning’.

“In May this year, Singapore’s national icon Tiger Beer underwent the biggest transformation in the brand’s history, where only the world-acclaimed brew remained unchanged. The global brand repositioning, Tiger Uncage, runs counter to traditional beer advertising themes, speaking to young adults in a personal way, to inspire them to realise their potential.

For many young adults in and beyond Singapore, conforming to societal or family expectations and taking safe, well-trodden paths is the only way to go. Tiger is thus portraying itself as a symbol of courage – encouraging people to ‘ignite the Tiger inside’ and take the leap to follow their passions and dreams.”

I was born in the year of the tiger, and I happen to believe in taking the path not traveled, so this is why I’m blogging about Tiger Beer’s campaign.

I like their three (ad) videos.

The first one I watched is about female Tattoo Artist, Joey Pang:

Expectation vs Passion

Often, society (and family) expect certain things from us that if we were to give, would end up making us miserable.

I can understand this thoroughly. My mother wanted me to be a teacher. While respecting her wishes, I was secretly rebellious. Usually ever-punctual, I was late for the interview at MOE, was unapologetic, and didn’t get the job (WOOHOO!!!).

This video has got it right – “Life is about following that fire inside you”, and not about trying to match up to society’s expectations or trying to trod down that path your parents have decided for you.

The 2nd video I watched is about Anthony Chen, acclaimed Film Maker. I watched Ilo Ilo and really hated it. Michelle Chong’s spoof of it on The Noose (the “movie” became ‘Milo Milo’) was wayyy better. Sorry bro. :D

I love these lines: “So I wrote my own story”, “hearing it can’t be done just pushes me harder”.

Exactly.

At the start of my blogging journey, it was tough. People were quick to tell me that it is not going to be the bed of roses I imagine. And in a Pizza Hut restaurant, a fellow blogger told me point-blank to look around and see for myself; no one in the restaurant knew who I was.

That made me want to prove him wrong.

I’ve been featured on TV, radio, the papers, magazines, even on a Malaysian radio station. And at random events now, I do get people coming up to me to ask if I am Grace from WorkingWithGrace. :D

Tell me something can’t be done. So I can enjoy that look on your face when I accomplish it. :)

The 3rd video is about Charlie Ruedpokanon, a stuntman.

“We all have cages. Mine was a university degree that led to an office cubicle”, “Of course there’s fear. That’s like the most natural feeling you get”, “Everyone has a cage, some just choose not to live in them”.

Freaking inspiring.

I must say I’m impressed by this “global brand repositioning”. Who knew one could create such stories around… beer?

75 Simple and Powerful Ways to Influence Anyone – ‘Win People Over’ by Karen Leong

{ Book Review }

I do not usually do book reviews. But as my publisher had gotten in touch regarding this new book, I said I’ll review the book if I like it. ;)

Win People Over

I was impressed by the title – “Win People Over: 75 Simple and Powerful Ways to Influence Anyone’ – then found it was not exactly the kind of tips I was expecting. Each ‘tip’ is more like a summary note after each chapter. You just have to read the entire book from cover to cover, and not expect to be able to “pluck” out one tip from the book, apply it in isolation from the rest and have it work for you.

What are some things I learnt from this book?

1) The extent to which people like you and respect you determines how much influence you have over them.

2) I have a bit of a Power Distant character (pg 35), which occasionally causes people to perceive me as being arrogant. Thing is, I do spend time building relationships with people I care about. I’m indeed “competitive”, “go-getter”, “demanding” and “critical” – some not-too-friendly traits of Power Distant folk. Having said that, I’m nice most of the time lah. :P

[The book grows on you as you get beyond the first few chapters. I could tell the author was slowly getting into the groove of book-writing. I love the examples presented, by the way.]

3) I think everyone should read the 10 tips for making great first impressions (pg 84). And also tweak some of the questions we tend to ask people we don’t really know yet: Instead of “what do you do?”, ask “what do you enjoy about the work you do?”. Also, “how do you manage to keep a work-life balance?” and “how can I help you?”.

4) We have a “word” to describe each person in our social circles. And this word determines how we behave towards the person and therefore, also determines how the person responds too. If you ever find yourself labeling someone as “selfish”, for instance, try changing that word to “misunderstood” and see how things work out.

5) In Part Three of the book, the 5 Cs of Compelling Influence are extremely valuable. You absolutely have to read this segment. :)

I can tell that this book is indeed Karen’s ‘labor of love’. What I found missing from a book about connecting with and influencing people is a segment on body language and posture. I thought these are essential. But Karen does present a lot of useful information in this 160-page book and I do highly recommend you read it. :)

Retail Price of this book: S$23.54 (online discount here)