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Grace owns the award-winning business and lifestyle blog, WorkingWithGrace.wordpress.com. She is also the author of the best-selling book 'Blogging For A Living'.

SIA Training Centre’s Open House 2015 – An Unforgettable Experience :)

You might have read a news report that some 5,000 people attended SIA Training Centre’s Open House last Saturday. I was one of the 5,000 and I have to say that it was one Saturday afternoon well-spent! Mind you, it was not a media invite. I signed up online and paid S$5 for a “Cabin Crew Training Tour”. It was probably the best S$5 I’ve spent this year. :D And I’ll show you why…

On Saturday afternoon, I hopped onto a free shuttle bus from Tanah Merah MRT station and got to the SIA Training Centre which is usually not open to the public. It’s located at 720 Upper Changi Road East, Singapore 486852.

Went to register for my tour, which I’ve pre-booked and paid for online… and I was given one of these souvenir-worthy boarding passes:

SIA Training Centre Open House

I can’t bear to throw it away yet (>_<)

And before the actual tour started, REAL cabin crew popped out of a mock-up plane and handed us drinks and snacks (just like on an actual SQ flight)!!!

Get a picture with these stewardesses-in-training:

SIA Training Centre Open House

Orange juice or water? Granola bar or chips?

SIA Training Centre Open House

It was such a pleasant surprise! I skipped the chips and took one of those Nature Valley granola bars. :D It’s now fuel for me as I hammer out this blogpost. Ha!

And not forgetting that goodie bag (I collected the ice cream from a SATS food truck) –

SIA Training Centre Open House

The chocolate ice cream tastes really good, by the way!

And now that we’ve gotten the snacks out of the way, was the actual tour as good?

I signed up for the Cabin Crew Training Tour (all of 30 minutes). I’d wanted to go for the Flight Simulator Tour but tickets were all sold out FAST.

However, I got to see the mock-ups of planes in the Training Centre, find out what the new Business Class and First Class seats are like, and got an introduction into the grooming standards expected of the cabin crew (courtesy of a Lancome instructor).

When your plane seat can become a ‘bed’ – a luxury the well-heeled enjoy:

SIA Training Centre Open House

Of course, you also pay a 5-figure sum for this privilege (on a flight to London) (@_@)

Spacious and filled with mirrors, the training room where our SQ girls learn about makeup, skincare and the hairstyles permitted by the company:

SIA Training Centre Open House

There are strict standards to adhere to – for instance, the bun should only be 6.5cm to 7cm in diameter, pins must be neatly hidden and the bun must not come loose when you shake it. Cabin crew should also have good skin – if you have a breakout, you’ll be given a few days of rest.

And I don’t know how these ladies can keep looking good in the very unforgiving kebayas.

If you don’t already know, the 4 colors represent the different ranks: Blue for Flight Stewardess, Green for Leading Stewardess, Raspberry Red for Chief Stewardess and Aubergine for Inflight Supervisor. The same applies for the tie color of the male cabin crew.

Cabin crew undergo 15 weeks of intensive training to prepare them for their first flight. I’m definitely curious about the training sessions because I’m always amazed at how SQ cabin crew can maintain their composure when customers are being extremely difficult. Even at this Open House, there was a “gentleman” who kept asking weird questions, such as “How come your flight stewards can wear eyeliner?! Is this allowed?!”, to which the Lancome instructor said that it was not permitted, that it was most unusual, and thanked him for the feedback.

And guess what’s the minimum height requirement if you want to join as cabin crew? Just 158cm!!!

I could have, but…

I’m not the best at hiding my emotions. Like the time I witnessed a passenger asking the crew for more bread, then asking for tea – and when it was served, requested for coffee instead. And when the coffee came, decided she’ll just have tea anyway. I had half a mind to head over and ask her what her problem was. So nope, my dream of being an SQ Girl will stay just that… a dream.

There were food and games booths that day:

SIA Training Centre Open House

And performances plus exhibits too! :)

Thank you, SIA, for that wonderful experience. I believe it was an event enjoyed by both the adults and the children. :)

SIA Training Centre Open House

If SIA Training Centre organizes another Open House next year, I’ll be sure to sign up once again! :)

Desire Aesthetics: Get An SG50 Promo For An Award-winning Facial Treatment :)

Desire Aesthetics

If you enjoy a good facial and massage (I sure do!), then you might love what I have in store for you in this post! Desire Aesthetics is offering a special SG50 promo for my readers, which you’ll find at the end of this post! :) But first, here’s a brief introduction to the company…

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Desire Aesthetics is a premiere aesthetic boutique that offers a complete range of aesthetic services for the rejuvenation of body, mind and spirit. The programs are customised to each individual by qualified staff producing clinically proven results.

Desire Aesthetics has won awards from Singapore Tatler’s Best of Singapore every year since 2008! Want to try their award-winning treatments? :)

Desire Aesthetics invites you to enjoy a treatment consisting of:
– Deep cleansing
– Non surgical skin tightening
– Massage

All for just S$50! The total value of this package is S$200! Only available at the International Plaza branch (10 Anson Road, #03-33, International Plaza, Singapore 079903) *Strictly by Appointment only: +65 6222 8586

Stay beautiful, folks! :)

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*This post is part of my 50 for SG campaign – details HERE. Business owners who donate a minimum of S$50 to the Children’s Cancer Foundation will get a feature (at no cost) on my blog. :D

King Of Nests: Bird’s Nest Lovers, Get Your SG50 Promo Code Now :)

King Of Nests

If you’re a fan of bird’s nest goodies, well, you’re in luck! :) I have a special promo code for you from King Of Nests. :) Read on for their intro…

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We are an online bird nests specialty store in Singapore. We deliver Gifts of Love to your loved ones and help you nourish relationships and build lasting bonds.

Gifts of Love = Family Love + Food

We believe in family love and strong bonds, healthy gourmet dishes and super food. Our online store sells only premium white house bird’s nests from Indonesia. Our dried nests and freshly cooked nests are packed in lovely packages and jars, which are delivered to your doorstep for your convenience.

We create unique bird’s nests dishes in our own kitchen for our family at meal times so that we can have a hearty meal together and bond over the dining table. This recipe for sharing love has worked for 4 generations in our family and we want to pass it on to you as well.

So here’s an SG50 Promo code for you so you can get $10 off with a minimum spending of $30: WWGSG50

*Please note the following terms and conditions for usage of the code:
– Only valid for online purchases / pre-orders at www.KingOfNests.com.
– You must enter the coupon code at checkout.
– Coupon code is valid until 30 September 2015.
– Each individual can only use the coupon code once.
– Coupon code cannot be used in conjunction with other online voucher codes, privileges or discounts.
– King Of Nests reserves the right to amend/cancel the promotion at any time and without prior notice.
– Limited edition bird nests moon tarts on sale between 1 to 30 September 2015 at $18 per box. Pre-order starts online from 15 August 2015.

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*This post is part of my 50 for SG campaign – details HERE. Business owners who donate a minimum of S$50 to the Children’s Cancer Foundation will get a feature (at no cost) on my blog. :D

BREAKFixNow Will Repair Your Smartphone & Give You A FREE Screen Protector :D

 

breakfixnow

With over 22,000 fans on Facebook and an offer of a warranty of up to 6 months, BREAKFixNOw is the go-to company for professional iPhone & Samsung repair services in Singapore.

BREAKFixNow provides repair services at affordable prices for all smartphones, so give them a call if you need help with any of these issues:

+ Shattered Screen
+ Unresponsive HOME button
+ Faulty Components
– Audio
– Power
– Vibration
+ Water Damage
+ Camera Blur
+ Wireless and Bluetooth
+ Unlocking / Jailbreak
+ Software & OS Corruption
+ Battery fast discharge
+ Damaged LCD Panel
+ Microprocessor Slow
– A4
– A5

To enquire, call 6337 2739.

Visit their website here: http://breakfixnow.com.sg/
* SG50 Promo: Get a FREE Screen Protector with every Screen Repair *

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*This post is part of my 50 for SG campaign – details HERE. Business owners who donate a minimum of S$50 to the Children’s Cancer Foundation will get a feature (at no cost) on my blog. :D

The Photography Academy: Up To 50% Off Coaching Fees!

The Photography Academy

The Photography Academy (TPASG) aims to “nurture and improve the professional standings and values of current and aspiring photographers, giving them an edge in the industry and profession”. TPASG is a consortium of award-winning and full-time professional photographers and coaches with 5 to 10 years of experience in the trade in Singapore.

TPASG offers customized 1-on-1 Photography Coaching to unveil your strengths and talents in photography and help you hone your photography skills.

Check out their Official Facebook Page @ https://www.facebook.com/thephotographyacademy or follow them on IG @TPASG :)

Services TPASG offers: Photography Workshops & 1-on-1 Coaching
SG50 Promo : 10% off all Workshops, 50% off all 1-on-1 Coaching Sessions

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*This post is part of my 50 for SG campaign – details HERE. Business owners who donate a minimum of S$50 to the Children’s Cancer Foundation will get a feature (at no cost) on my blog. :D

Kinworks Tsubaki Hair Care: Claim Your SG50 Promo Code Now :)

Kinworks Tsubaki

Established in 1932 (in Spain), KIN Cosmetics is an international hair-care brand with a strong presence in more than 20 countries. KIN Cosmetics is a market leader among the professional labels, using the natural ingredients and formulations to deliver products of the highest quality.

KIN Cosmetics Singapore has won several awards, such as:

  • 3 distinctive 2015 Hair Awards by The Singapore Womens’ Weekly
  • 2015 Hair Awards by Harper’s BAZAAR Singapore
  • SME Asia Award 2014 by Asian Business Journal

KIN Cosmetics Singapore specialises in a wide array of professional hair products, such as hair colouring, hair and scalp treatments and home-care products, with an island-wide presence of over 200 salons and still growing.

Their latest arrival is KINWORKS Tsubaki, a simple 2-step home-care treatment that consists of a shampoo and a mask. The 400ml shampoo is paraben-free, and the 200ml mask is both paraben-free and silicone-free.

What is Tsubaki Oil?
Tsubaki oil is a natural beauty ingredient used by the Chinese and Japanese for centuries. It contains high levels of Vitamin E, Omega 3 and Omega 9 acids. KINWORKS Tsubaki Oil Shampoo (S$38) & Mask (S$40) will smoothen, moisturise and add shine to all hair types. This treatment has a warm and seductive fragrance that evokes a relaxing experience.

It is available at authorised salons and online at www.kin.sg/shop (Use promotional code “gracesg50” for 10% discount on all items and get free domestic delivery)

For enquiries, call +65-62580118.

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*This post is part of my 50 for SG campaign – details HERE. Business owners who donate a minimum of S$50 to the Children’s Cancer Foundation will get a feature (at no cost) on my blog. :)

National Achievers Congress 2015: Notes from Day 3

National Achievers Congress Singapore

Last weekend was certainly well-spent at the National Achievers Congress (NAC). While many in Singapore thought it better to catch up on sleep, work or chores, around 1500 people saw fit to enrich their minds and lives at the NAC. :)

I really loved the sharing by the keynote speakers Chris Gardner and Jay Abraham. And I’m amazed at the generosity of Success Resources – they gave out iPad minis and VIP tickets to upcoming programmes in the lucky draw, and also the Anthony Robbins and Jay Abraham interview CD (worth S$129) for people who returned to the seminar room early, before the lunch break was over. :)

Here are some of my takeaways from Day 3:

  1. Don’t waste money.
  2. It’s not how much money you make but how fast you can make it.
  3. Hang around successful people.
  4. You can sell a flat or sell the entire building.
  5. Get sick and tired of not taking action.
  6. Don’t get arrogant even if you’ve made a lot of money.
  7. Take MASSIVE action.
  8. Never give up till you’re successful.
  9. Live for something BIGGER than yourself.
  10. Story -> Action -> Habit -> Result.
  11. Re-write your story.
  12. When one door closes, there’s another door that opens up.
  13. Stay focused, never give up.
  14. Innovate – keep thinking “what’s next?”
  15. Work as hard as you can, play as hard as you can, and always give something back.
  16. Always go with your heart.
  17. Take calculated risks or don’t even start.
  18. If you live in a mess, your life will be in a mess.
  19. Don’t wish that it is easier, wish that you are better.
  20. Earn the respect of those you respect.
  21. Focus on what you can control.
  22. Your plan should be clear, concise, compelling, consistent and committed. Plan B sucks.
  23. You can do or be anything you want to do or be.
  24. Do what you gotta do before you do what you wanna do.

I’m not sure who will be speaking at the NAC in 2016, but it’ll definitely be an event to look forward to. :)

Soteria Face And Nail: Claim Your SG50 eStyle Promo Now :)

Soteria Face and Nail

Soteria Face & Nail has won numerous awards such as the Asia-Pacific Brand Award,
2014 Singapore Brands Award, SME Asia Award ,Queen Of Substance Award. and many more.

And here’s why customers love the Soteria experience…

Soteria uses Babor facial products from Germany, and as a treat for all customers, there is a foot soak before every facial! And the session ends on a sweet note with dessert and homemade ginger tea. :)

Soteria Face and Nail also provides professional nail services – try their pedicure and foot spa! Skilled manicurists provide art manicure service for Crystal Nail, Nail Art
Painting, Nail Decals, Japan 3D Nail and Gel Nail.

For the ultimate pampering experience, Soteria offers eStyle™ treatments powered by proprietary technology that delivers outstanding results to help tighten skin, rejuvenate skin, treat acne and remove unwanted hair.

For hair removal, hair follicles are precisely targeted and destroyed using the revolutionary elōs combination of bi-polar radio frequency and light energies. Both men and women can achieve permanent hair reduction on almost all body areas. Only elōs is proven to remove lighter colored hair, on all skin tones. This is a no-downtime procedure and you can return to normal activities immediately after treatment.

Follow Soteria on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/SoteriaSingapore

SG50 Reader Promo: FIRST 5 Readers to call 62840887 / 62848870 and quote my name ‘GRACE’ get to enjoy one FREE session of eStyle skin rejuvenation worth S$320! :D

Soteria Face & Nail is located at 203 Hougang Street 21, #01-47, Singapore 530203.

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*This post is part of my 50 for SG campaign – details HERE. Business owners who donate a minimum of S$50 to the Children’s Cancer Foundation will get a feature (at no cost) on my blog. :)

The BEST Book Sale In 2015 PLUS $50 Box Sale And FREE Books For Seniors!

sg book deals

I’m really liking the SG50 celebrations and promotions so far. This one takes the cake. Yes, yes, it’s not been very long since the previous book fair at the Singapore Expo, but this one is well worth your time.

5 Reasons Why You Should Pop By This Warehouse Sale:

  • SG50 Box Sale – Remember the $100 box sale in April? You got to choose as many books as you want, and as long as they fit into the box and could be sealed, you take them all home for just $100? Well, it’s now going for just $50!
  • Free Book for Seniors – If you are 50 years old and above, you are entitled to ONE free book of your choice. Only one book per person, so don’t get greedy! *wink* Proof of identity/age is required, so bring your IC along. :)
  • Prices as low as 50 cents – Prices are already very low each time. I can vouch for that. Read my review here: https://workingwithgrace.wordpress.com/2015/06/20/get-a-free-book-great-book-deals-at-the-book-expo-singapore/
  • Good range at great value – Everything from children’s books to personal development and finance books!
  • Over 10,000 titles available at the sale – Be prepared to spend A LOT of time at the warehouse sale. I was late for lunch with my friend previously because I lost track of time among the rows and rows of books. (>_<)

This time round, it’s not at the Expo, so take note of the location:

SG Book Deals

To keep yourself updated about the Sale, and all the promotions, ‘Like’ SG Book Deals on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/sgbookdeals

Pros and Cons Of Buying Eyewear Online: My Glasses Online Experience

Dior Sunglasses from Glasses Online

[Sponsored]

If everything from clothes to groceries can be purchased online, why not eyewear and contact lenses? And if you are buying eyewear online, what should you look out for? Read on for my take on online shopping for eyewear…

I have a new pair of Dior sunglasses from Glasses Online. Needless to say, I love the color and the design of the frame (‘cos I picked it out myself) and I must say it was worth the wait. Sure, there are some items which are tagged “Fast Shipping” so you can receive your purchase in about 7 working days’ time but this particular pair took slightly longer to reach me.

From this online shopping experience alone, I’ve found three benefits when it comes to buying sunglasses online:

  1. Price Comparisons – You can search for the same item on different sites (please check that their products are authentic and backed up with a guarantee) and ensure you are getting the lowest price for whichever pair you fancy.
  2. Shop According to Face Shape, Frame Shape, Color, Budget and Brand – You save a lot of time as you can filter search results to show you only those frames which go well with your face shape, and are in your favorite color, desired brand, and within your budget.
  3. Pay Using PayPal – one reason why I love shopping online! :)

What are the cons of shopping online? You might experience one or more of these: long waiting time for some items, payment of GST if it’s a pricey item shipped in from overseas, product defects or “surface imperfections” (a term made popular by HDB. Ha!), a troublesome returns process, etc.

Why shop with Glasses Online though?

The site offers many benefits – Free Delivery, Free 30 Days Return, 12 Month Warranty, 100% Authentic Products – so you might want to check it out for your next purchase of contact lenses, glasses or sunglasses. :)

Click here to check out the Glasses Online SG site

The company is expanding rapidly, having opened an office in Berlin this year as well as new websites for Germany, Netherlands, UK and Denmark! So you can shop with confidence with them.

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This time, I’ve picked this Dior pair because of its unique two-tone frame – white outside and blue inside. I really like its understated elegance. :)

Dior Sunglasses from Glasses Online

And here are two other pairs of sunglasses that I’ve been eyeing (hur hur) [*Pic credit: GlassesOnline]

(1) From Tiffany & Co.

Tiffany & Co

(2) From Miu Miu

Miu Miu

A bit of sparkle and a touch of kawaii. *wink*

 Click here to check out the Glasses Online SG site …

& Happy Shopping!