Get $10 Just By Liking A Facebook Page! Sweet!

This must be the coolest EDM I have received in a while. Are they really giving out $10 just for liking a page?! But since I have benefitted from the earlier $100 ACTIVESG credit… why not?

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Just ‘like’ the SEA GAMES 2015 fb page, select up to 5 sports you support, and key in your IC number.

And you get $10 in ACTIVESG credits! :)

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It took less than a minute.

And I now have an extra $10 to spend on trips to the pool. Hehe. This is too cool. Make sure you claim your ‘free’ credits too! :)

Emma Watson’s Speech At HeForShe 2014 (with a transcript)

Today we are launching a campaign called HeForShe. I am reaching out to you because we need your help. We want to end gender inequality and to do this, we need everyone involved. This is the first campaign of its kind at the UN – we want to try and galvanize as many men and boys as possible to be advocates for change. And we don’t just want to talk about it. We want to try and make sure it’s tangible. I was appointed as Goodwill Ambassador for UN Women 6 months ago.

And the more I’ve spoken about feminism, the more I have realized that fighting for women’s rights has too often become synonymous with man-hating. If there is one thing I know for certain, it is that this has to stop. For the record, feminism by definition is the belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities. It is the theory of the political, economic and social equality of the sexes. I started questioning gender-based assumptions a long time ago.

When I was 8, I was confused at being called bossy because I wanted to direct the plays that we would put on for our parents, but the boys were not. While at 14, I started to be sexualised by certain elements of the media. At 15, my girlfriends started dropping out of their beloved sports teams because they didn’t want to appear muscly. At 18, my male friends were unable to express their feelings.

I decided that I was a feminist. And this seemed uncomplicated to me. But my recent research has shown me that feminism has become an unpopular word. Women are choosing not to identify as feminists. Apparently, I am among the ranks of women whose expressions are seen as too strong, too aggressive, isolating and anti-men, unattractive even.

Why has the word become such an uncomfortable one? I am from Britain. And I think it is right I am paid the same as my male counterparts. I think it is right that I should be able to make decisions about my own body. I think it is right that women be involved on my behalf in the policies and decisions that will affect my life. I think it is right that socially, I am afforded the same respect as men.

But sadly, I can say that there is no one country in the world where all women can expect to receive these rights. No country in the world can yet say that they have achieved gender equality. These rights I consider to be human rights but I am one of the lucky ones.

My life is a sheer privilege because my parents didn’t love me less because I was born a daughter. My school did not limit me because I was a girl. My mentors didn’t assume that I would go less far because I might give birth to a child one day. These influences were the gender equality ambassadors that made me who I am today. They may not know it but they are the inadvertent feminists who are changing the world today. We need more of those.

And if you still hate the word, it is not the word that is important. It is the idea and the ambition behind it because not all women have received the same rights that I have. In fact, statistically, very few have been.

In 1997, Hillary Clinton made a famous speech in Beijing about women’s rights. Sadly, many of the things that she wanted to change are still true today. But what stood out for me the most was that less than 30% of the audience were male. How can we effect change in the world when only half of it is invited or feel welcomed to participate in the conversation?

Men, I would like to take this opportunity to extend your formal invitation. Gender equality is your issue too. Because to date, I’ve seen my father’s role as a parent being valued less by society, despite my needing his presence as a child as much as my mother’s. I’ve seen young men suffering from mental illness, unable to ask for help for fear it would make them less of a man. In fact, in the UK, suicide is the biggest killer of men, between 20 to 49, eclipsing road accidents, cancer and coronary heart disease. I’ve seen men made fragile and insecure by a distorted sense of what constitutes male success. Men don’t have the benefits of equality either.

We don’t often talk about men being imprisoned by gender stereotypes but I can see that they are. When they are free, things will change for women as a natural consequence. If men don’t have to be aggressive in order to be accepted, women won’t feel compelled to be submissive. If men don’t have to control, women won’t have to be controlled.

Both men and women should feel free to be sensitive. Both men and women should feel free to be strong. It is time that we all perceive gender as a spectrum instead of two sets of opposing ideals. If we stop defining each other by what we are not and start defining ourselves by who we are, we can all be freer and this is what HeForShe is about. It’s about freedom. I want men to take up this mantle so that their daughters, sisters and mothers can be free from prejudice but also so that their sons have permission to be vulnerable and human too, reclaim those parts of themselves they have abandoned. And in doing so, be a more true and complete version of themselves.

You might be thinking: who is this Harry Potter girl? What is she doing speaking at the UN? I’ve been asking myself the same thing. All I know is that I care about this problem and I want to make it better. And having seen what I’ve seen and given the chance, I feel it is my responsibility to say something. Statesman Edmund Burke said all that is need for the forces of evil to triumph is for good men and women to do nothing.

In my nervousness for this speech and in my moments of doubt, I’ve told myself firmly “if not me, who? If not now, when?” If you have similar doubts when opportunities are presented to you, I hope that those words will be helpful. Because the reality is that if we do nothing, it will take 75 years or for me, it’s nearly a hundred before women can expect to be paid the same as men for the same work. 15.5 million girls will be married in the next 16 years as children. And at current rates, it won’t be until 2086 before all rural African girls can have a secondary education. If you believe in equality, you might be one of those inadvertent feminists that I spoke of earlier. And for this I applaud you.

We are struggling for a uniting word but the good news is that we have a uniting movement – it is called HeForShe. I am inviting you to step forward, to be seen, and to ask yourself “if not me, who? If not now, when?” Thank you very very much.

Up Close With An Electric Bike in Singapore :D

I gave my friend, Jiahe, a lunch treat at Carousel yesterday, and he actually cycled to Royal Plaza on Scotts on his electric bike! Here he is, all geared up with cute helmet and anti-UV clothing. I have NEVER seen anyone our age on an electric bike before, and I’ll confess I’ve never ridden one either. SO this is exciting! :D

Electric Bike Singapore

[You may have seen him modeling in my blogpost about *celio some time back]

He bought the bike for S$888 and cannot stop raving about it. :D He also made some cool modifications to the bike, such as adding on a basket and a holder for his handphone so it instantly becomes his vehicle’s GPS system. Smart fella, this one!

I could not resist a photo:

Electric Bike Singapore

There are a number of restrictions from LTA regarding electric bikes. So it’d be good to get familiar with them before making your purchase!

“For the safety of cyclists and other road users, only low-powered models approved by the LTA and affixed with an LTA seal are allowed for use. The electric motor can cut in only when the rider starts to pedal, and it must cut off when the bicycle reaches a speed of 25kmh or when the pedalling stops.

Motorised bicycles are permitted for use only on public roads, and should not be used on pedestrian pavements. Anyone found using or keeping an unapproved motorised bicycle may be charged in court and, upon conviction, be subject to a fine of up to S$1,000 or three months’ imprisonment.

For modifying a motorised bicycle illegally, the person found liable would be subject to a fine of S$2,000 or three months’ imprisonment upon conviction.”

(Source: todayonline.com)

Jiahe shared that the battery requires charging for 10 hours, but such a bike is friendly to the environment as it does not produce fumes, unlike motorcycles and cars. Also, despite the 10hrs of charging, it’ll only cost you 20 cents! In Singapore, these bikes are only allowed to go at 25kmh though, so it makes sense only if you need to travel back and forth multiple times within a small area, e.g. if you do food deliveries in the CBD area. :)

Häagen-Dazs’ New Limited Edition (6-Months-Only) Flavour: Classic Milk

Häagen-Dazs launched its new flavour (Classic Milk) yesterday at NOX Dine in the Dark. I was invited to partake in this unique sensory dining experience. There was no need to bring a camera to take any pictures. There was even no need to keep our eyes open. LOL!

Nox Dine in the Dark

We lined ourselves up and with our hands on the shoulders of the person in front, we were led up some stairs to the dining area in total darkness. It was pitch-black, and definitely rather uncomfortable at first. There were the appetizers, then the mains, and finally dessert. I lifted each bowl and shoveled food into my mouth with the spoon, which seemed the safest way to eat without spilling stuff.

I truly had no idea what I was putting into my mouth, and even with the 4-course dessert, I could only identify the macaroons. (@_@) We were eventually told that we ate things like wagyu beef, cod fish, and even pig tongue (the thought of it was revolting, for sure).

Anyhow, we got to taste the new Classic Milk ice cream after successfully navigating our way back down the stairs in the dark. *Phew*

It’s definitely tasty if you have a little scoop of it, but after a while, it might get a bit boring. Hence, you might want to check out the Classic Milk creations below…

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“Häagen-Dazs’ Classic Milk is currently available at all Häagen-Dazs cafes and leading retail outlets throughout Singapore for the next six months, while stocks last. In addition to the pint-size package (S$14.50) and scoop servings, Häagen-Dazs cafes are also offering two stylish and tasteful in-store creations that accentuate the newly launched flavour:

· Classical Medley S$24: An elegant mélange of Classic Milk, Raspberry Sorbet and Mango Raspberry ice cream. Each lavishly placed in four mini glass vases, the scoops sit atop decadent brownie bites, sweet waffle cone shards, apple crisp granola and dark chocolate or peanut butter crumble. At the base of each is a swirl of rich chocolate, caramel or strawberry syrup with freshly whipped cream to finish.

Häagen-Dazs Classical Medley

· Pure Delight S$20 and served with coffee/tea: An afternoon tea time pleasure with a duo of petit Classic Milk ice cream cakes, each decorated with lavish toppings. Freshly whipped cream and dark chocolate or peanut butter crumble, garnish one of the petit fours, while strawberries, freshly whipped cream and almond nibs, embellish the other.”

Häagen-Dazs Pure Delight

Review: The all-new LACOSTE L!VE plus a GIVEAWAY

Lacoste Live

“The epitome of energy and creativity, the fragrance was created to inspire its wearers to get creative. Blending edgy style and authenticity, this fragrance brings to mind all the new possibilities in life, beyond one’s current lifestyle and experiences to a whole new dimension.

Bottled in an expertly crafted cube, it’s time to get bold and fresh with a new perspective with this new fragrance. Available in September 2014, it’s time to awaken your man’s senses with a new perspective, with LACOSTE L!VE.”

~ My Take ~

The Bottle: The bottle sure looks interesting on any dressing table. But oh my, is it unwieldy! Either my fingers are too short to get a good grip around the bottle, or it seriously is not within the grasp (hur hur) of many. It’s not very user-friendly but I guess it serves one purpose: in making the user give up after one spray, which is more than enough for this long-lasting scent.

The Scent: The top notes are sharp and stinging, but after some time, it becomes a more acceptable scent which grows on you. I think this scent is for someone who likes being the center of attention, who likes making his presence felt wherever he goes, and is always unafraid of speaking his mind. Hmm ;)

Price: LACOSTE LIVE MALE EDT 100ML SGD117

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Lacoste Live

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? :)

What The DrownProofing Test Teaches Our Naval Divers

My friend, Samy Rajoo, shared this post on Facebook and I found it so good that I just had to share it with you. Here’s the original post uploaded by Liow Zhong Fa:

DrownProofing

“One of the skills acquired during my NS stint as a Naval Diver is this – drown proofing. It is a test still practised by the US navy seals whereby we are thrown into 3m deep water with our hands bound behind our back and legs tied at the ankle. With that, we are to take a breath, release it completely such that we would sink to the bottom of the pool, and then kick ourselves up to the surface to catch another breath – and then repeat it for about 10 times.

Following which, we are to use our lungs as “floats” and trap water for about the same number of breaths, following which, we would have to swim a distance “dolphin style” – and yes, with hands and legs still bound.

Last but not least, we have to sink to the bottom of the pool after the swim, perform a front somersault underwater followed by another back somersault, pick up a dive mask from the bottom of the pool with our teeth and bring it back to the surface.

Upon completion, that’s when we are considered to have passed the test.

Bringing it into context with real life, I think some important lessons I have picked up through this training:

1. Reacting vs responding – When we are caught up in an unfavourable situation, our first instinct is always to react. Singaporeans just love to complain over the most minute thing – just look at FB, Instagram and Twitter.
Always choose to respond – ask yourself how you can tackle the problem, put yourself in the other person’s shoes. More often than not, when we react, we think the worst of others – which reflects a lot about ourselves.

2. Stop, think, breathe – One of the things that caused divers to fail the drown proofing test is that we tense up. When you are tensed, you tend to sink.
That’s the fact of life too.
Always stop, think and take a breather. Being tensed will not diffuse an already tensed situation.

3. You have it within you to resolve an issue – This drown proofing test taught us to use our lungs to help keep us afloat, without the use of flotation devices.
Some of us think that we don’t have it within us to resolve certain issues. More often than not, there’s always a silver lining – and our perspective matters. When we are too single minded towards a certain bias, we take on a passive posture of “Nah, nothing I do will matter”.
That’s not true – how we deal with failure matters!

4. Which brings me to my last point – For most of us, we usually take more than 2 tries before we could pass the test.
Failure doesn’t define us. Identifying what went wrong and then trying again can be a fearful thing – but the important thing is to keep trying. Making improvement is as important, if not, more important than succeeding – for some of us stop trying to improve once we have succeeded.

That said, after having passed the test, the water confidence we have has rocketed a few notches. And I’m sure in life, that’s the case too – we become more resilient.

So the next time when something unfavourable happens or you are at the end of some criticism or you are shrouded with negativity -

Stop. Think. Breathe
Respond, instead of react”

Video: What If You Were Invited To Your Own Funeral?

I watched this video once, when the sound on my computer wasn’t working. I cried. Then I got the sound fixed, and watched it again. Cried again. LOL. Your turn:

I guess this video is so powerful because it forces people to think about how their actions have consequences which are sometimes so disastrous that there’s no turning back.

We should do such videos for compulsive smokers, repeat drug offenders, gangsters… you get the drift. ;)

Our People, Our Home – Art Exhibition

Mooncake by Tan Chong Hui Charles [ One of the featured paintings - Mooncake by Tan Chong Hui Charles]

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“This painting depicts the legend behind the moon cake festival. I painted this as my family and I used to make our own mooncakes and that was our only time we spent together. This mooncake, to me, represents ‘family’. It is also a time for the Chinese to celebrate the day which I believe most people know about, (involving) ‘Chang Er and Hou Yi.”

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Young Local Artists Celebrate National Day in A Meaningful Way

The ‘Our People, Our Home’ Art Exhibition is supported by Business Times Budding Artists Fund and Ode to Art Gallery, and presented by five young artists from The Little Arts Academy.

Celebrated artist, Hong Zhu An, has also lent his support to this exhibition. He personally
mentored the young and passionate artists during the grand opening event.

“Our People, Our Home Art Exhibition” will feature five artworks by these young artists
supported by BT BAF. The Exhibition runs until 15 August 2014 at Ode to Art Platform located at the 4th Floor of Raffles City Convention Centre. It is open to the public and admission is free.

All sales proceeds from the paintings by these young artists will be contributed
back to BT BAF to help others in the organization.

About the Business Times Budding Artist Fund:

The Business Times Budding Artists Fund (BT BAF) is managed by The RICE Company
Limited. It was initiated by the then-The Old Parliament House Limited (2002 to 2014) and
adopted by The Business Times in 2005. BT BAF originated from a conviction that no child
with strong interest and potential in the arts should be denied the opportunity to develop his
or her talents due to a lack of financial resources. Since 2005, BT BAF has reached out to
more than 13,000 disadvantaged children and youths between the ages of five and nineteen years through a variety of programmes including a systematic arts education programme, arts camps, workshops, and signature performance events.

Ladies, If Someone Impersonates You, Will Your Man Notice?

According to this hilarious ad, no. Your man might not notice at all if someone else who looks like you, dresses like you and smells like you is walking about the house or sleeping on the same bed. Oh dear.

Watch the video and you’ll realize it does start by asking some important questions – “If you bought a new dress, will your husband notice? If you told him about your day, will he still pay attention? If someone impersonates you, can he tell the difference?”

It reminds me of that joke: If you see a guy opening a car door for a girl, it’s one of two things – either the girl is new or the car is new. :D

When a man gets too comfortable with having you around, he might tend to neglect you and overlook certain things – your new haircut, that new dress you bought, etc.

But Downy is recommending you shake things up by trying their new Parfum Collection range which gives you a new scent each time by just rubbing the fabric of the clothes you have washed with this range. :)

Downy Parfum Range

How It Works:

“With Downy’s new Dolce Parfum Collection – Mystique, Passion, Innocence and Happiness – each variant now contains Two Different Perfume Micro Capsules (PMCs) on top of the neat perfume oil in each bottle. The dual ingredients of PMCs deposits on your clothes when you wash them and stay on dry fabric during storage. When clothes are worn, the natural friction of the fabric being touched or rubbed will release bursts of fresh, fragrant experiences. Because there are dual PMCS, your scent keeps evolving slightly every time. It’s as if you’re getting new refreshing scents throughout the day.

With Downy’s scent-switching experience, you just might bypass your vanity table and its tray of perfume bottles. Why spritz when you already smell good just by wearing your clothes?”

I definitely want to test this range and see if it indeed changes scent just like that!

If your marriage is getting stale / boring / predictable, here are 3 simple steps to inject some fun into married life:

1) Wash your clothes with Downy Parfum with Scent Switcher:

Downy Parfum

2) To bring on a new scent, just rub the fabric:

Downy Parfum

3) Give your man a pleasant surprise (And a hug after. LOL)

Downy Parfum

That expression on the men’s faces – Priceless! :D