Interview with Joe Cross (& A Giveaway!)

Joe Cross

Joe Cross’ first movie, ‘Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead’, has been viewed by over 20 million people! If you have not watched it, you can catch it in full here:

What’s even more awesome is that you can catch Joe’s second movie as my guest – ticket giveaway at the end of this interview…

1) Many people have a lot of resistance towards getting a life “reboot”. Often, it takes a major health scare (e.g. a heart attack) before they decide to change the way they live and eat. How can we persuade them to take action now, instead of waiting for that health scare to occur?

Well, people aren’t going to change until they are ready to but I have never met a person who is overweight and happy about it, or enjoying managing a behavior-related illness, or not having energy. In hindsight, I wish someone had reminded me that the longer I waited to make important changes, the more I was depriving myself of wellbeing, vitality and fun.

2) After the huge success of your first film, what do you hope to achieve with the second one?

My hope is that the 20 million people who saw the first movie, and particularly our passionate online community of 1.5 million Rebooters, are entertained by FSND2 and find useful information about how to stay healthy in an unhealthy world.

It’s tough out there, and we’re all constantly bombarded by messages that send confusing signals, whether persuading us that things that are terrible for our health are actually wonderful “treats” or showing us ideals of perfection that just simply aren’t attainable.

In FSND2, I talk to people all over the world about strategies to strengthen the different pillars of health, from diet and nutrition to sleep to the important aspect of community.

3) The weight lost from any kind of fasting is usually regained pretty quickly after. What are your best tips for maintaining a healthy weight? Do you eat YOLO* meals? (*You Only Live Once)

I think the best way to maintain a healthy weight is to follow an 80/20 rule – in my case, 80% of what I eat is pretty nutrient dense stuff, with lots of vegetables, fruits, nuts, beans, seeds, lean animal protein and whole grains. And the other 20% is processed or less healthy.

So yes, absolutely, I enjoy the whole spectrum of food – I don’t say no to a slice of birthday cake, a good steak, an occasional bowl of chocolate ice cream. But those are “special” foods and not part of my daily regime.

4) A popular DJ recently posted this status update (below) on her social media channels – what would be your response to her?

“i am beyond SICK of ‘influencers’ sharing their juice cleanse journeys on instagram. great. you got your free bottles of juices and you have to in turn instagram it. yawn. at least do some research before accepting everything free that comes your way. using your social media reach to promote any sort of extreme fad diets is irresponsible and inconsiderate – we are talking about physical health here. I’ve turned down offers from two juice companies for the reasons stated below.

THE CLAIM: juices help you cleanse yourself, detox, and shrink your waistline like magic! they are healthier than whole fruits, and give you more nutrients!

THE FACTS: first of all, there are organs that “detox” a body already. they are called the LIVER and the KIDNEYS. if they aren’t working, a raw carrot isn’t going to help. in fact, there is no cup of anything that will work the way these organs do. only an organ transplant will help. also, there is no evidence that making something into a juice allows you to get more nutrients out of it.

there are some real problems with consuming ONLY juice. fresh-squeezed juice is a haven for bacteria, so making a big batch of juice and saving some for later can be problematic. also: fruits are full of sugar, dumbasses. go on juice cleanses and you can consume too much sugar without noticing. too much kale can exacerbate hypothyroidism – a condition in which the body lacks sufficient thyroid hormone. since the main purpose of thyroid hormone is to “run the body’s metabolism,” it is understandable that people with this condition will have symptoms associated with a slow metabolism. slow metabolism means your body takes a longer time than usual to burn the fuckin fats. too much lemon can erode the enamel on your teeth. the sugar in fruit can do a number on your teeth, as well. juicing is an extreme change in diet – more extreme than any other fad diets really, and needs to be done NEVER. stick to a sensible diet of real wholesome meals, drink water, and dont fuckin starve yourself. do that and you will be fine. #RozzQuotes

ps: and don’t get me started on tea tox.”
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Well, I respect that everyone has their own point of view. And I am not a doctor, although I do have a Medical Advisory board who have looked at the science of juicing pretty closely and feel confident that my enthusiasm for it is well founded. But most importantly, I do know how juicing changed my life. It made a profound difference to me. More than weight loss, it helped me reclaim my health and vitality, reset my palate to appreciate the amazing tastes of fruits and vegetables and change how I approach my nutrition. I know that what I eat is only one piece of the health puzzle – joining sleep, friendships and love, exercise, and a spiritual practice – but it is an important piece, and one that for me, will always include fresh juice.

{ GIVEAWAY }

Here’s the trailer to Joe’s second movie ‘Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead 2′

Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead 2 – Singapore Premiere

Wednesday, 3rd Dec 2014

7pm – 9pm

GV Max, Vivocity

To win a pair of tickets (I have 3 pairs to give away), simply leave a comment on this blogpost and tell me who you’d like to bring to the movie premiere with you OR why you’d like to watch this second movie! :D

Winner announcement: 25th Nov, 2014. Good Luck! :D

Cancer Is Curable

I sat through a long almost-2-hour documentary last night titled ‘Cancer is Curable’, so you don’t have to. What really struck a chord with me is how diseases don’t kill, but the lack of knowledge does. Also, how people would rather die than make the lifestyle changes necessary to survive.

After watching the video, I became rather guilty about eating cake with a cancer patient recently. Also, that fast food meal I had last week (which ended up making me feel sick) – yikes! I recently spoke with the wife of someone who had ‘recovered’ from cancer after his surgery. It seems they are not making any changes to their diet – preferring the savory over the healthy, and their very young kids are no longer willing to eat food which is not tasty, having been introduced to what their parents eat.

I also witnessed first-hand how someone recovering from a stroke can eat ice-cream, sugar rolls, etc, and expect to get well.

It is tough to make those changes. Because the very things that we should not be eating are the same things which are highly addictive. Think french fries, chips, cakes, donuts, ice cream, etc.

But I guess it all boils down to one question: Do you want to live happily or do you want to live healthily? ;) I’m not saying you can’t be happy if you eat healthy, but you’ll definitely have to put in more effort into locating those healthful foods which you actually like and which are good for your body. Some examples of those foods for me are avocados and almonds.

That ice cream is going to make you very happy now – and for the next hour, maybe – but you don’t know what that sugar and excess fat is doing to your body.

Also, we expose ourselves to all sorts of toxins everyday – from the household cleaners we use, to our electrical devices, makeup, synthetic flooring, etc. Add to this equation the food toxins from fast food, aspartame, food coloring and all, and you wonder why some people fall ill?

In the documentary, we are advised to eat fresh, uncooked, whole organic foods. The living enzymes in these are crucial for maintaining good health. When eaten raw, the enzymes in the food are used to digest the food. When cooked, the food has to be digested by enzymes from that little store we were born with, eventually leading to depletion over time.

Then there are things like ‘emotional toxins’ – from trauma, fear, depression, anxiety – which suppress the immune system. Why do people say stress causes cancer? Because stress leads to the production of cortisol, which makes cancer cells very happy. And by the way, we each have about 750,000 cancer cells in our bodies. So, you can almost say we are fighting a losing battle unless we take personal responsibility for the state of our health.

  1. Exercise
  2. Oxygen is crucial
  3. Get into the Sunshine
  4. Eliminate sugar and alcohol from our diet
  5. Alkaline is best – cancer cells thrive in acidic environments
  6. Detox – Eat 80% Raw 20% Cooked Food
  7. Choose Organic Produce
  8. Detox regularly
  9. Vitamin C
  10. Enzymes
  11. Passion for life – think joyful, happy thoughts, meditate, be grateful

I know it’s not easy, but for the sake of living a long and healthy life, I’ll have to make those necessary changes. You? :)

Hello Kitty Run Singapore 1 Nov 2014: Price, Route and Runner’s Entitlements

Hello Kitty Run Singapore

I heard about the Hello Kitty Run – Singapore this morning and just received the press release an hour ago. Needless to say, I have pre-registered! :D Pre-registration is free. Payment of S$65 can be made when you receive the formal invite to register, after the official event launch.

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“The world’s most famous feline character, Hello Kitty, will celebrate her 40th birthday on 1st November 2014 with an inaugural Hello Kitty Run Singapore. The only Hello Kitty birthday bash in Southeast Asia will flag off with a one-of-a-kind birthday cake and birthday song sung by 15,000 fans.

Hello Kitty Run Singapore will feature a five kilometre route covering iconic landmarks around the city. The run is open to participants of all ages and aims to gather Hello Kitty fans and non-Hello Kitty fans to join in a big day out to celebrate Hello Kitty’s 40th mega birthday bash.

Created 40 years ago by Sanrio, the legendary icon, Hello Kitty brings love, happiness and encourage the forging of friendships and sharing across the world. Since her first appearance in 1974, she has flourished into a global phenomenon that is well-liked by both young and old. The fan base is no less in Singapore, with the Hello Kitty craze beginning as early as 2000.

All participants are entitled to an exclusive runner’s t-shirt and a special edition commemorative Hello Kitty plush toy. Registration is now open via their website, www.hellokittyrun.com.sg and will close as soon as capacity is full.

In addition to the run, there will be a Hello Kitty Village and post-race fringe activities for participants to look forward to.”

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My (tongue-in-cheek) suggestion to the organizers: Have special Hello Kitty plushies for the Top 3 Runners. We don’t need any cash. Award us, say, a Swarovski crystal-encrusted plush and we will set a national record for running that day. Double confirm. :D

[Hello Kitty Run Logo – Picture Credit: Pink Apple Pte Ltd]

*UPDATE* In less than 24 hours, pre-registration has closed. That was REALLY fast! I hope I’ve snagged a spot! :D

Yakult Health Foods: Maroyaka Kale “Green Juice” review

Yakult Health Foods launch

Maroyaka Kale

I attended the launch of Yakult Health Foods last month and received a box of Maroyaka Kale extract ($87.90 before discount) to try for a month.

I usually eat a lot of vegetables daily, almost never suffer from constipation, and would ordinarily shy away from green juices.

This one is bursting with beta-carotene, calcium and minerals. Also, it’s packed individually in 30 sachets suitable even for travel, and is so easy to add into beverages.

Now… for the taste test:

1) [When mixed with only cold water*] Tastes and smells like a seaweed drink in which a marine organism died.

*On the pack, it is stated that cold water, milk and yoghurt is recommended

2) [With soy milk] MUCH better! It’s as if you’ve added spirulina powder into the soy milk. Very yummy! I can drink this every day!

3) [With milk] Not as yummy as with soy milk, for sure.

The Verdict

The Maroyaka Kale goes best with soy milk. I like the ‘reduced sugar’ version of NutriSoy. :)

Maroyaka Kale Yakult Health Foods

This is great for people who don’t take enough vegetables with their meals and/or lack calcium in their diet. I am not kidding you – this tastes real good with soy milk. Just… whatever you do… don’t try it with cold water or worse still, lukewarm water.

Yakult Health Foods

Bet you didn’t know Yakult has a Health Foods range before reading this! ;)

*Available at Guardian pharmacies

Motherhood Rescheduled: Why Women Freeze Their Eggs and Why You Should Too

Motherhood Rescheduled

Sarah Elizabeth Richards is an award-winning, New York City-based journalist, and the author of ‘Motherhood Rescheduled’. She has also written many articles about Social Egg Freezing and the preservation of fertility.

In this insightful article posted on The Wall Street Journal, Sarah shares about this “baby insurance” in the form of egg freezing she underwent between the age of 36 to 38.

In the article, she explores some of the benefits of egg freezing:

1) Removes the “punishing pressure to seek a new mate and helped [her] find love again at age 42″

2) Avoids ‘buzz kill on dates when you feel compelled to ask the guy sitting across from you, clutching his craft beer, “So do you think you might want kids someday?” ‘

3) Offers peace of mind that “babies born from frozen eggs… had no more risk of birth defects than those conceived naturally”

4) Rather than causing women to put baby and dating plans on hold, egg freezing involves an investment of “time, energy and money… The combination puts the issue front and center and makes you commit to your goals”.

5) Allows one to be “more relaxed” in a relationship instead of being pressured by a ticking biological clock.

6)  Makes women more open to using science to explore alternate routes to creating their families. One woman decided to stop waiting for the right man at the right moment and explored using donor sperm to have a baby on her own, using her frozen eggs. Some other women began the egg-freezing process because they were opposed to using donor eggs. However when their own eggs failed, they turned to donor eggs as a last resort.

7) Gives career women “options for fitting a family into their work lives”

And over at Eggsurance.com, women share about their egg freezing journeys. For one, Wendy froze her eggs at age 42 and here is her advice to women who are considering egg freezing:

“I still have no regrets. I know younger is better. But, I achieved amazing results and I only have one ovary. They told me going into this I would likely get no more than 5 eggs. I ended up getting 16 eggs, 15 were viable for freezing! I would encourage women to freeze their eggs at a younger age than I did. Age will have an impact on the quality of your eggs and your overall success rate. I had one fertility clinic even turn me down, because of my age. They didn’t even examine me. They said that they did not accept patients over 40.

Egg Freezing is the best thing I have every done. I know that there are no guarantees, but I’m so thankful to be able to empower myself and ultimately not give up on my ability to choose to start a family with a partner.”

Other related articles:

1) On the Huffington Post is an article about how IVF pregnancy rates using frozen eggs are comparable to IVF using fresh eggs. The article also notes that if you are in your 20s, you have a high chance of getting pregnant naturally, and do not need to freeze your eggs.

2) CNN interviews Dr Jeffrey Steinberg on egg freezing HERE.

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Consider egg freezing if you are in your 30s or early 40s, have not met Mr Right yet or want to focus on your career first, but you know you want to have kids in future. I have also put together another blogpost about 5 Things You Need To Know About Social Egg Freezing.

Should you have any questions, you may like to contact fertility specialist, Dr. Charles M P Lim, at dr.charles.mpl@gmail.com.

Forever Young

Kim Kardashian

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Ladies, do you know that a part of you can be kept forever young? That part is your eggs and your ability to produce healthy babies.

With the new breakthrough in cryo-technology, your eggs can be vitrified and stored in liquid nitrogen below -196⁰C forever. This maintains your ability to remain fertile even when you become menopausal.

The younger you store your eggs, the higher would be their fertility. Generally the fertilizing ability of a woman’s eggs would have already begun to deteriorate at the age of 35. After 40, egg aging would speed up and after 43, the potential for producing healthy babies would be very low.

If you want to keep your fertility options open and not be constrained by time and social factors, you may like to explore egg storage.

It is now becoming fashionable for modern women to store their eggs. One of the most famous women in this category is none other than Kim Kardashian. If you are a fashionable woman who values her fertility potential and refuses to be constrained by time, you may like to join the likes of Kim in storing your eggs now before the window of opportunity passes.

Kim Kardashian baby North West

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What options open up with egg storage?

You can continue full-steam ahead in developing your career and postpone childbearing to a time when you have achieved your ambitions.

You do not have to settle for a less-than-desirable man to be your husband just because age is catching up. You have the assurance of continued fertility and remain confident of your self-worth as you conduct yourself in dating situations and when meeting your potential mother-in-law.

You can choose not to be saddled with a man and wash his dirty socks and yet have a baby of your own to take care of you in your old age if you also use sperms from a reputable sperm bank. You can choose the father of your child to be of any desired physical and intellectual attribute if you use a reputable sperm bank.

You can also choose not to get out of shape with a pregnancy by having the fertilized egg implanted in a surrogate woman.

Egg storage would liberate you from the march of time and give you the freedom that men enjoy in reaching your full potential.

If you are already over the age of 35, don’t worry. There is now a youth hormone called Human Growth Hormone which can make some women’s eggs ‘younger’. Better still, if you want to postpone egg collection you can start receiving this youth hormone now to slow down the egg aging process.

Sarah Elizabeth Richards shares her experience on social egg storage in her book, ‘Motherhood Rescheduled‘.

You can also see the experience of others in the blogs on their egg freezing experience.

The main risk of egg storage is the necessity of producing multiple eggs. This may cause ovarian hyper-stimulation.

Egg storage is relatively safe nowadays because this complication can be considerably minimized.

The cost of egg freezing in the USA is about USD10,000 per attempt. This is about SGD8,000 in Kuala Lumpur or Bangkok.

Social egg storage is not permitted in Singapore. The nearest locations are Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok.

If you want to know which are the best centres for egg storage, you may like to email Dr. Charles M P Lim at dr.charles.mpl@gmail.com. He is passionate in promoting fertility preservation.

My Personal Trainer & Parkour Enthusiast, Raphael Lim, on 938LIVE

Typing this as I tune in to the radio interview. Raphael is being interviewed on 938LIVE ‘The Good Life’. He apparently wowed some people in the Green Room.

Look what I found on 938LIVE’s facebook page:

Raphael in 938LIVE Green Room

I’ve watched my trainers, Cain and Raphael, attempt their parkour stunts before, and tried some “simple” moves too (which were, admittedly, quite challenging for me).

Like Raphael mentioned during the interview, parkour is for people of all fitness levels. Just exercise some common sense… if you are not very fit yet, don’t attempt the high level moves, unless you want to break something.

I like that the parkour movements are all full body workouts, without isolating any muscles like in gym training. That makes it all really time-efficient and because it all looks like ‘play’, a lot more fun! :)

8 Days Shirtless Guy Search 2013 WINNER: Cain Ng :D

8 Days Shirtless Guy 2013 with Rebecca Lim

I attended the 8 Days Shirtless Guy Finale Party at RedDot BrewHouse Dempsey last night and wanted to blog about it when I got home, but was too sleepy after 2 half-glasses of beer. Why half? The first was a free drink, and the second was from a stage game I was picked for and reluctantly joined. LOL!

In any case…

My trainer, Cain Ng WON! :D

Here’s the 2nd Runner-up winner: Edward Tan, 19

8 Days Shirtless Guy Search 2013

1st Runner-up: Roshan Rohit, 26

8 Days Shirtless Guy Search 2013

And WINNER, Cain Ng, 35:

8 Days Shirtless Guy Search 2013

Cain was also awarded not 1 but 2 subsidiary titles! He is…

Mr Hot Physique

8 Days Shirtless Guy Search 2013

And Mr Well-Groomed

8 Days Shirtless Guy Search 2013

* woohoo *

I’m hoping he gets scouted for MediaCorp too, so we’ll get to see Cain on TV. He has the whole package: good looks, a hot bod and a winning personality.

And at this point, I really HAVE to casually mention that I (yes, that’s right) was the one who suggested he should join this 8 Days Shirtless Guy Search. And I constantly bugged him with questions of “Have you submitted your application? Are you sure it has been submitted? Have they contacted you?” :D

And the rest is history.

I thought the 19 year old contestant, Edward Tan, had a good chance of winning as he has boyish good looks. But he was ultimately no match for Cain’s amazing stage presence.

I think many of the contestants were too nervous on stage and did not seize the opportunity to present themselves in a good light. There was an interesting segment in which they had to pick an envelope and the host would tell them what scenario they had to act out. After that one minute of acting, they would be given a choice of exercise equipment: hula hoop, double wheeler or resistance band. And they would have to use the equipment to flaunt their bods.

Why the 8 Days Shirtless Guy Search is more than just a flesh parade:

The 1-minute segments really tested the contestants’ poise on stage, their composure in unfamiliar situations, and whether they have a good sense of humor and creativity.

Cain was told to pretend he is the conductor of an orchestra, and he gamely put up a great performance. At the end, he even used his chest muscles to do the conducting, as he is able to isolate and move just his chest muscles. I used to laugh at him when he did that in the gym. Little did I know how entertaining that little act is on stage!

The 1st runner up, Roshan Rohit, also did a good job. He was supposed to pretend he is in a hostel and there are ‘sexy noises’ coming from the room next door. Roshan took a resistance band and began working out, stretching and flexing his muscles, claiming that the sexy noises (“oh yeah! yes!!!” etc) would be his motivation. It was hilarious!

Some other guys picked topics such as:

1) Your arm is injured but you want to impress your girlfriend’s mother, who has many shopping bags she’d like your help with carrying.

The contestant came up with an unconvincing tale of how he had injured himself from giving his girlfriend’s dad a piggyback ride to the hospital. And therefore he cannot help with the shopping bags, and he would train his girlfriend so she’d have the muscles to carry the bags. (@_@)

What I think he should have done: At least try to carry some bags despite his (fake) injury. And to top it all off, use his teeth to get a grip on an (imaginary) bag and carry it that way. Hey, you are trying to impress someone right?

2) Another contestant picked a topic that involved training a lazy client in the gym. ANYONE can bark out orders so there was really NOTHING special about what that contestant did.

What I think he should have done: Get down on the ground and do those push-ups together with your client. Shouting orders motivates NO ONE, really! When my trainer makes me do planks and hold for a minute or two, he actually joins in, and even though it is easy-peasy for him, it IS more motivating for me, the client!

I should so totally be a coach for next year’s contestants, OR be a judge. Hahaha! :D

Here’s a final picture of the dashing and daring winner of 8 Days Shirtless Guy Search 2013, Cain Ng:

8 Days Shirtless Guy Search 2013

Contact Cain:

*If you’d like to sign up for a personal training session with Cain, send him an email: cain@quantum-fitness.sg, and cc. the email to raphael@quantum-fitness.sg. Alternatively, you can leave a private message on Quantum Fitness’ FB page: https://www.facebook.com/quantumfitness.sg

8 Days Shirtless Guy Search 2013: I’m Voting For Cain Ng!

The 8 Days Shirtless Guy Search is back for the third year in a row! :) And my personal trainer, Cain Ng, is a finalist! I went to show my support last Saturday in the “unveiling” (literally) of the 9 finalists. They first came on stage fully clothed, then took off their shirts right in front of us. Temperatures kinda soared from that point on…

8 Days Shirtless Guy Search 2013The 9 Finalists with Ann Kok

As part of erm, stage games(?), the guys had to pose with Ann for pictures, impress her with their “acting” (like, seriously, 8 Days?! This isn’t Star Search, ya know!) and play a game of charades.

My trainer, Cain Ng:8 Days Shirtless Guy Search 2013

I believe that’s “8-pack abs”, not just “6-pack abs”. :D Wanna find out how he gets his abs? Leave me a comment here and I’ll go ask him!

Based on Sat’s event, I think my trainer really deserves to win. And it’s not because I’m biased or anything like that. Here’s why I think he should be 8 Days’ Shirtless Guy 2013:

1) He has awesome stage presence and a winning smile. Really.

2) He’s so comfortable walking around topless. Unlike some of the guys who hemmed and hawed and weren’t too comfortable removing their shirts. One even got his shirt stuck around his neck as he tried to take it off. (@_@)

3) During charades, he randomly picked the card that read “kicking a soccer ball” (or something along those lines) but when the contestant next to him (sneakily) asked if they could swap cards, my trainer agreed! And ended up having to dance, which is erm, not quite his forte. He is just so nice like that! Extra points, I say! Judges, are you reading this?!!! :P

4) When the third contestant had to act out “Winning a beauty pageant”, my trainer actually ‘volunteered’ his help as the “prize presenter” or else that guy (and the person trying to guess) would have been so helpless. What a gentleman! Totally deserves to win!

Here’s a picture of me and my trainer, Cain. The little blurb above sounds so wrong. Just ignore it:8 Days Shirtless Guy Search 2013

I’m giving away a box of goodies worth over S$1,000. Stand a chance to win it if you ‘like’ my giveaway on facebook and help vote for Cain to win the 8 Days Shirtless Guy Search here: http://www2.toggle.sg/8daysshirtlessguy/voting.html

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Giveaway for the guys

*Special Giveaway* ‘Just For The Guys’ box of goodies! Ladies, you can also take part and win this for your man!

Guys, if you don’t have a personal trainer like I do, I’ll send you to AbsTrim (endorsed by actor Chen Hanwei) with this giveaway so they can work on your abs, in time for Christmas and the new year!

Win this whole set including a $1155.60 AbsTrim voucher, NIVEA For Men Cooling Volcanic Mud Foam Cleanser, Sunkiller SPF 50+ PA++++ Sunblock, and Stephen James Organics goodies!

How To Win:

1) Like my giveaway post on Facebook
2) Vote for Cain Ng (My personal trainer. Hehe!) to win the 8 Days Shirtless Guy Search 2013:http://www2.toggle.sg/8daysshirtlessguy/voting.html
3) Comment here when you are done with Step 1 and 2

It’s that simple!

Results: Friday, 13th Dec 2013.

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Hoping my trainer wins the title! Results will be out this Thursday! :)

Prevent Childhood Infections With Good Hand Hygiene: FREE Sureclean Hand Sanitizers For EVERYONE!

girl washing hands

SureClean, a company specializing in Hygiene Management and Sanitizing products, has partnered the Health Promotion Board (HPB) to help promote good hygiene in a bid to prevent and reduce the spread of infections among children.

I am happy to support this, not just as a Health Ambassador with HPB, but also because my twin godsons have been falling ill frequently in their preschool. Their mother, too, has gotten the common cold and cough because she takes care of them.

Common childhood infections, such as Hand, Foot & Mouth Disease (HFMD), Chicken Pox, Stomach Flu, and Influenza (Flu) can be prevented with good hygiene habits such as:

1) Washing hands thoroughly with soap and water before and after meals, and after visiting the toilet. If washing facilities are unavailable, use a safe hand sanitizer that is alcohol-free and suitable for children, such as SureClean’s SaniHands

2) Not sharing food, utensils and toys with an infected child

3) Covering the nose and mouth with a piece of tissue when sneezing or coughing

4) Keeping shared surfaces (e.g. door handles, light switches and bathroom taps) clean with a child-safe disinfectant. Increase the frequency of cleaning when someone in the house is sick.

For more tips, head over to Sureclean’s FB Page here: https://www.facebook.com/surecleanpro

And here’s something we should all practise: The 8-step hand washing routine:

If washing facilities aren’t available, like when you are travelling, then you should have a hand sanitizer ready.

Here’s how you can get one FREE!

1) Visit http://www.sureclean.com.sg/register and click on ‘Like’

Sureclean

2) Answer 3 simple questions from HPB and fill in your particulars and you will receive a FREE bottle of Sureclean Antibacterial Hand Sanitizer aka SaniHands:

Sureclean

3) Await the arrival of your free gift via mail! And share the link with your friends so everyone can get a FREE hand sanitizer that is safe even for kids to use! :)

Sureclean

Everyone in your home and office can receive a FREE SaniHands, as long as handphone numbers and email addresses are not repeated. So share the great news with all those you care about!

Here are my bottles of SaniHands – they are delivered in the “apple pie” lookalike packaging :D

Sureclean

From the brochure: “SureClean SaniHands Hand Sanitizer & Moisturizer is an alcohol-free formulation that kills 99.9% of germs on hands without washing and drying your hands. Formulated with gentle moisturizers, it will keep your hands germ-free and moisturized throughout the day.”

For More Information:

SureClean’s FB page: https://www.facebook.com/surecleanpro

SureClean’s website: http://www.sureclean.com.sg/