Book Review: ‘Larger Than Life’ by Belinda Lee

Larger Than Life by Belinda Lee

I was at Popular bookstore yesterday and noticed that this book – ‘Larger Than Life’ by Belinda Lee – was ranked #3 on the Non-Fiction bestsellers list! Not bad eh? It was just behind Lee Wei Ling’s ‘A Hakka Woman’s Singapore Stories’ and Subhas Anandan’s ‘It’s Easy To Cry’. Having read this book from cover to cover in just two sittings, I can assure you it’s worth both your time and money to get a copy. :)

Through ‘Larger Than Life’ I got to know more about Belinda Lee. Before reading this book, I actually knew very little about her, beyond the fact that she seems perfectly okay with having tanned skin, versus those Mediacorp actresses who hide behind massive sunglasses and scarfs and take cover under umbrellas whenever there’s a break in filming. LOL.

Belinda reveals quite a few things in this book, which took her two years to put together. For one, she shares that she was fostered out as a baby and only returned to her parents when she was either 3 or 4 years old. She even harbored “thoughts of ending (her) life” at one point, and she had to remain professional before the camera even after a devastating end to a 6-year relationship “that had almost led to marriage”.

While reading, I found myself envying her for the adventures she went on while filming travelogues like ‘Find Me A Singaporean’, which gave her the stories to share in this book. Since 2006, she’s gone all over the world, filmed in exotic locations (even a cemetery!) and experienced so many things that others can only dream of.

And this book was so sensitively and thoughtfully put together that I found myself close to tears at one point in reading. This doesn’t usually happen – not with a book, at least.

‘Larger Than Life’ is a full-color 228-page book that is FILLED with pictures and well-crafted accounts of the places she visited, the people she met, and the lessons she learnt.

“…whether you are a cemetery caretaker… a teacher, a CEO, a cleaner or a karang guni rag-and-bone man, fulfilment is not about how much you earn but how much value you see in what you do. And value is not determined by profession but by how much you respect yourself and your job.”

In this book, Belinda features some of the Singaporeans who are leaving a dent in the universe by their selfless ways: saving street kids in India, helping the mentally ill in China, giving hope to the poor in Kenya, teaching about bee-farming in Uganda, feeding the hungry in Mongolia, caring for landmine victims in Cambodia, counseling the youths in Vietnam, and so much more! Without her travelogue series, and without this book, I guess a lot of people (just like me) will continue thinking that Singaporeans are materialistic, arrogant, selfish, unemotional, and pampered individuals. Thankfully, there are some of us who are larger than life. :)

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Go grab a copy of this book anywhere books are sold! :D

Dulux My Ambiance x Janice Wong: Dulux ART at Naumi Hotel

naumi hotel seah street

I visited Naumi Hotel on Saturday. It’s located at 41 Seah Street, a short walk from the Esplanade MRT station. The facade of the building is so interesting (what with the greenery and the artwork) that even tourists can’t help snapping a picture as they walk by! :) But what brought me there was the artwork within, that was created by celebrity chef, Janice Wong, founder of 2am: dessertbar, 2am: lab and Janice Wong.

When you enter Naumi Hotel, you’ll first encounter the pristine white reception counter, with the words ‘FOLLOW ME’ behind the staff… then you’ll see 5 panels painted by Janice.

I really like how the spotlights illuminate certain portions, and lets other areas be in the shadows. It’s not just a play with colors, which Janice uses many of, but also a play with light. Cool stuff!

Dulux My Ambiance

There is no immediately distinguishable theme, e.g. sunflowers or blue skies. Instead, it’s a composition of shades of white, grey, black, red, orange, and many more in-between. I do wonder what inspired Janice to come up with these 5 panels.

She is, apparently, leaving it up to our imaginations! How lovely!

Here’s what Janice says about her artwork:

PAINT OR ART?

Every wall is a blank canvas, using pure imagination and
absolute freedom to express, I mix Dulux base coats and
Ambiance paints to create layers of paintings which are finally
disrupted by 5(?) brown copper panels.

Not only does Dulux paint serve as a layer of paint coat on the
wall, it is also ART.

And check out how the spotlights cast interesting shadows on her masterpieces:

Dulux My Ambiance by Janice Wong

Looking at her artwork, it reminds me of waves on a stormy sea, what with the broad brushstrokes and choice of colors. What is truly impressive, though, is the texture. In some areas, the paint creates an almost 3D effect. This you’ll have to see for yourself when you pop by Naumi Hotel!

Better yet, get your hands on Dulux Ambiance™ special effects paints and and get creative on your own walls a.k.a. canvases. *wink*

Do check out my earlier blogpost about the Dulux Ambiance paints. They come in various colors and can create amazing textures: Marble, Velvet, Metallic and Linen. My favorite has to be linen:

Dulux Ambiance Nadya's Linen Felt Grey

The beauty of Dulux Ambiance’s range is how you can mix and match various colors and textures to create your own unique masterpieces, transforming dull walls at home into brilliant paintings to personalize just about every inch in your home! :)

The possibilities are truly endless:

Dulux Ambiance Color Chart

Dulux Ambiance

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And here’s a bit more information about Chef Janice:

“Chef Janice Wong’s never-ending passion for culinary art has propelled her forward to test the limits of dessert making. The native Singaporean has learned from some of the world’s best chefs, including US luminaries Thomas Keller and Grant Achatz, virtuoso Spanish chocolatier Oriol Balaguer, and prodigious French pastry chef Pierre Hermé.

An undisputed favourite among sweet-toothed Singaporeans, her dessert restaurant 2am:dessertbar has redefined the dessert experience, pushing the boundaries between sweet and savoury, with carefully researched progressive dishes. Sister concept 2am:lab is a multi-functional space used for research, workshops, private dining experiences and events.

She has also opened a her first eponymous sweets boutique JANICE WONG at the end of last year. Chef Janice has received worldwide recognition for her cutting edge creations and is a regular on the global pop-up circuit – proof that 2am:dessertbar is more than just a sugar rush. She has recently been named “Asia’s Best Pastry Chef” for the second year running by the prestigious San Pellegrino Asia’s 50 Best for 2014.”

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Dulux My Ambiance x Janice Wong

Do head over to Naumi Hotel to check out Chef Janice’s artwork and get some inspiration for your own creations at home or in the office! :)

In the meantime, don’t forget to download the coffee-table book for inspiration at http://duluxambiance.com.sg/ You can also learn more about the Ambiance range via the website! :)

3 Life Lessons From Chew Chor Meng’s Book Talk

Chew Chor Meng Meet The Author session at Times

I was at Times Bookstore at Tampines 1 this afternoon to attend the ‘Meet The Author’ session / Book Talk for Chew Chor Meng’s new book ‘Stages of Life’ also known as <回到初衷> (hui dao chu zhong). It’s a book written in both English and Mandarin, and I’ve yet to read it, but I have a feeling I’ll be diving into it and a book review will be up soon. :D

The actor / author’s favorite cool pose this afternoon *same pose as on his book cover*

Chew Chor Meng

Chew Chor Meng, age 47, has Kennedy’s disease (spinal and bulbar muscular atrophy), which is probably as scary as it sounds. He was diagnosed in 2008. The first two doctors he saw gave him 18 months more to live. The third one said he might have “10 years, 20 years, or even 60 years more as Chew’s muscular dystrophy was progressive”, according to this AsiaOne interview.

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In this Straits Times interview, Chor Meng said that “he initially found it hard to stomach the stares and insensitive remarks that came his way.”When I went out, people would look at my leg. Then I’d feel embarrassed. I used to think that the whole world was looking at me. I felt ashamed. Now, I don’t feel this way. Step by step, I have overcome it.”

In an interview with Today, he shared that “The most important thing in life, I feel, is to know what you want in your life, what your real purpose is, and plan for that. Every day that I’m able to walk, breathe and eat, I’m happy. When I wake up, I feel I’ve lived another day, and that’s a bonus. Don’t take anything for granted. Always focus on the positive; don’t magnify your problems.”

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I’m so glad that Chor Meng decided to write this book. Though he’s spent over 25 decades in showbiz and is a familiar face in Singapore, there’s probably so much more we don’t know about him. For instance, his mother and himself are victims of domestic abuse – his alcoholic father eventually committed suicide. And despite suffering from this incurable disease, Chor Meng has decided to be positive daily in facing each of Life’s challenges.

Here are 3 life lessons I learnt from attending his book talk today:

  1. Cherish Opportunities When They Appear. Even if you have only one line of dialogue in a drama, put in 101% effort into that one line. Make it memorable. Chor Meng related a funny incident from the early days of his acting career: He was acting as a calefare actor part-time. His friend asked if he actually got any screentime at all, or was just in the background. So when he acted in a scene in which he was to flee from a particular place, he kept looking backwards to check if the camera was trained on him or following him. The director shouted “CUT!” and then, to Chor Meng’s surprise, chided his co-actor for simply fleeing and not looking back in fear of pursuers like what Chor Meng had done. LOL. In the end, Chor Meng was given additional acting opportunities. :)
  2.  Face Your History Bravely And Encourage Others. When he entered showbiz, he was initially embarrassed at having people find out about his family situation. Some 25 years later, he reveals his past in this book, so as to encourage others who may be going through similar situations.
  3. There Is Always A Way: In 1997, he got injured during filming, suffered a ‘slipped disc’, and experienced pain which continued throughout the years. The root cause of the persistent pain was not discovered till 2008 after going to church and praying for an answer regarding his illness. The next day, he was diagnosed by a doctor. Then came the worries regarding his career and finances (how will he continue payments for his home and car?) In the end, he decided that even in the worst case scenario, they can sell the house and move to a smaller apartment, live simply, and not have too many demands about Life. There will always be rain and storms. If you can either be happy or unhappy today, why not choose to be happy?

There was a huge turnout at the book talk and it was a long queue for getting our books signed:

Chew Chor Meng Book Talk

I did not expect to get a photo with Chor Meng, hence the no-makeup look (LOL) but one of my blog coaching students was there too, and he helped us take this photo. My student also presented me with a copy of Chor Meng’s book, that he had bought and had gotten Chor Meng to autograph for me (so touched lor!!!) He was actually the FIRST one in the queue. Wahaha! So I got this copy autographed for my blogger pal in Penang – you know who you are! :D :D :D

Blogger Grace Tan and Chew Chor Meng

There were other Mediacorp celebrities who came to lend their support too. There was the pretty Priscelia Chan and her hubby Alan Tern, a beaming Zhu Houren, a glowing Eelyn Kok (who is herself an inspiration to those who are battling depression), singer Chen Diya, etc. I wish I knew all their names! :P And the super pretty lady in red appears to be Chor Meng’s wife, I think.

Medicacorp Artistes supporting Chew Chor Meng book launch

This book retails at only S$15.90 (inc. tax) – It is available at Times bookstores :)

Check back soon for my book review of Stages of Life / 回到初衷 ~

The Dream Makers Season 2: What A Finale! Bravo!

The Dream Makers Season 2 Accident Scene

[ Screenshots in the post are from Toggle’s website :) ]

Remember how I blogged about The Dream Makers Season 2 after watching 8 episodes? Now, after 32 episodes, I’m happy to report that all’s well that ends well. There are many tear-jerking scenes towards the end too.

Huang Biren, Li Nanxing, Zoe Tay, Jeanette Aw, Rui En and Julie Tan all displayed their acting chops. There’s even a newspaper report about Julie Tan receiving online threats because of the evil screen character she played, as Dong Zihuai in the drama series. LOL.

I think the screenwriters did put in some effort to ‘rehabilitate’ the characters. Those like Zihuai and LT all got a chance to turn over a new leaf, and become likeable by the end of the show.

I especially love how, if you watch till the end, the show is dedicated to the late actor, Huang Wenyong. There are many scenes showing his earlier TV appearances, and also the recapitulation of some of the words of wisdom he’d shared before he’d passed away.

I believe The Dream Makers Season 2 will win quite a few awards. Watch out for the next Star Awards! Would be interesting if Julie Tan won the Best Supporting Actress award for her brilliantly effortless portrayal of a vindictive screen sister to Jeanette’s character. And no matter how many awards Jeanette sweeps again, no comments from me, ‘cos she’s definitely deserving. :)

The Dream Makers Season 2 Attempted Suicide Scene

The Dream Makers Season 2: More Anticipation Than Fulfillment Thus Far

The Dream Makers Season 2

The Dream Makers Season 2 has been the most anticipated Ch 8 drama for me this year. Ok. Wait. It’s the ONLY MediaCorp drama that I watch. :P Thus far, it’s been 8 episodes and I’m not exactly thrilled. The characters are becoming more and more likeable, the plot is thickening, and there’s stellar acting from some (i.e. Jeanette Aw, though I hate to admit it)… but… it’s like climbing all the way to the summit only to see a lacklustre sunrise and wondering “that’s it?”

There are another 6 episodes to go, I think. So let’s hope it gets better. I was so looking forward to the addition of Huang Biren in this drama. Who can forget her role as the loving wife to Xie Shaoguang’s character in Stand By Me 家人有约? But so far, most scenes have her looking stern (and rather tired and old). And when she appears in the same scene as an unsmiling Zoe Tay, I cannot help but think “岁月不饶人”. But kudos to them for saying ‘no’ (or, ‘just a little’) to Botox. Whenever they smile though, it takes YEARS off their countenance. So, keep smiling, folks!

I do wish there’s a nice theme song for Season 2. But really, it’s hard to beat the unforgettable theme song for The Dream Makers (Season 1) – 幸福不难 by 龚芝怡 Serene Koong. Have a listen again… :D

Season 2 did not impress me from the start because I was rather taken aback by Li Nanxing’s evil character in the show. I think I’m just not used to watching him play this manipulative, goofy, happy-go-lucky character. I’ve cast him into the mould of the suave gambler from The Unbeatables 双天至尊. What a change.

I do think Romeo Tan’s acting has improved. And Jeanette Aw is in another league altogether – I simply love watching her on screen now.

Episode 8 did get me a bit nauseous from the over-the-top product placement and sponsored dialogue. Please count the number of times laptops from a particular brand starting with “L” appear in this episode. And when Julie Tan’s character ‘Twins’ is suddenly seen browsing an online shopping portal for a brand beginning with “R”? There was no continuity from what her character was doing in the previous scene! And let’s try not to throw up when a sales assistant from a popular chain of electronics megastores (the name starts with “H”) suddenly shows up and advises Zhang Zhen Huan and Zoe Tay about their price guarantee. It’s like TV commercial time has started even when it’s not break time yet.

And oh… Qi Yuwu has an irresistible charisma. He may have been criticized for his acting skills in the past. But I do think he’s done great so far in The Dream Makers season 1 and 2. Good choice, Joanne Peh! :D

Dulux Ambiance: Your Wall, Your Personalized Canvas

Dulux Ambiance MRT Ad

Have you seen these Dulux ads at train stations like I have? Or perhaps you saw them on YouTube? I was pretty curious about what the Metallic, Velvet, Linen and Marble paints would feel like on a wall, and I most certainly found out when I visited Space Furniture at 77 Bencoolen Street. Dulux’s certified painters had transformed some of the walls at Space! And I was definitely amazed at what this new range of paints can do! Have a look…

SPACE Furniture

This first wall was painted with the Dulux Ambiance Marble paint…

Dulux Ambiance Marble Jasper

And my goodness! It doesn’t feel like an ordinary wall anymore. From afar, it looks like it could be marble, and when you get up close, it feels oh-so-smooth! I have no idea how paint can achieve such texture, but I guess you have to be a professional painter in order to do this.

I would consider getting this ‘Marble’ paint if I have a gallery of some sort. It looks very classy and atas, while I want my home to be fun, comforting and down-to-earth. So let’s move on…

Dulux Ambiance Velvet Silver Ice

Velvet looks very, very good as well! From afar, I may not even be able to tell the difference between the ‘Marble’ wall and the ‘Velvet’ wall. This particular Silver Ice color feels a bit solemn to me. It reminds me of banks and museums. Not quite my personality and not quite what I’m looking for at the moment.

Then there’s the ‘Metallic’ wall…

Dulux Ambiance Metallic Silver Taupe

If you’re into that Victorian-style home, then this might fit right in, with every corner dripping in opulence! :D You’ll probably feel like a million bucks everyday if you use this paint in your home!

But my absolute favorite has to be the ‘Linen’ wall…

Dulux Ambiance Nadya's Linen Felt Grey

Can you see how the criss-cross brushstrokes make the wall look just like fabric? It feels lovely and has a homely, comfortable vibe! I wouldn’t want to try painting the walls in my new place on my own. The level of skill required is beyond me. But Dulux has Certified Painters whom they have trained and audited, and who can do a good job with the Ambiance paints. So go ahead and give them a call.

Don’t you just LOVE how these different textures would suit different personalities? Don’t even get me started on the whole (wide) range of colors they come in! ‘Linen’ is definitely my cup of tea, but maybe ‘Marble’, ‘Velvet’ or ‘Metallic’ is yours? Let the walls of your home shout out your personality in no uncertain terms! :)

And here’s a bit more information about this range of paints…

~ Dulux Ambiance ~

Dulux Ambiance

I like that Dulux Ambiance All paints make walls resistant to stains, are easily washable, resistant to mould and fungus, and the colors stay vibrant for a long time.

And because the smell of fresh paint makes me nauseous (I can’t stand the smell of popcorn either, and I don’t know why), I’m happy to note that Dulux has this Paint Happy technology of theirs which research by Nielsen in June 2015, conducted with 110 Singaporean adults (aged 20-55 years old), saw 4 in 5 agreeing that there is virtually no paint smell when walls are freshly painted with the Dulux Ambiance range!

Two more reasons to select the Ambiance paint: it’s water-based, and environmentally-preferred paint (It even has the Green Label!)

If you don’t already know this, painting a typical wall with the special effects paints (e.g. Linen) requires 5 different coats. The first coat is a Dulux sealer, followed by 2 coats of Dulux Ambiance All, and finally 2 coats of the Ambiance paint for the Linen finish.

There are just 4 special effects (Linen, Metallic, Marble and Velvet) but you can tint them to achieve numerous other colors. The possibilities are truly endless!

Of course, you don’t have to paint all the walls in your home with the special effects paint. Some of the walls can be painted with just Ambiance All (in the color of your choice). :)

AMBIANCE ALL

And you can finally say goodbye to wallpaper!

In our part of the world, wallpaper tends to peel and come off. And there might even be issues like misalignment, curling, overlaps, etc. It’s probably not the best idea for personalizing interior spaces within our hot and humid climate. So it’s great that paint can do that for us! :D

If you’re already inspired, and have an idea of the perfect paint texture or color for your home, read on for details about Dulux’s Instagram Contest!

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There’s a ‘Dulux Ambiance Contest’ spanning 4 weeks. Three lucky winners will each win a 2D1N staycation.

All you need to do is upload a photo to your (public) Instagram account, include the hashtag #MyAmbiance & #DuluxSG and describe how that photo inspires you to personalize your space! (*T&Cs apply)

I’ve been told that when you take part, you might even get a little surprise from Dulux’s color experts – maybe an awesome tip or two?

And oh… here’s some inspiration from Brand Ambassador, Nadya Hutagalung:

Nadya Hutagalung

Nadya Hutagalung

Nadya Hutagalung

Nadya Hutagalung

Nadya Hutagalung

As for me, I’m in love with this piece of furniture from Space! Spotted it earlier this week:

Space Furniture

It’s that kind of furniture you can’t help taking a second glance at because it’s wayyy too interesting. LOL. I like the cherry-red color. And from the color chart I got from Dulux, it appears to have a close match with Ambiance All in the shade “O’Hara”…

Dulux Ambiance Color Chart

Or I just might match it with Linen Leaf or Teal. The red recliner against a leafy green wall would look really outstanding. :D

If you’d like more inspiration, head over to the Dulux Ambiance Page www.dulux.com.sg/ambiance and download the free coffeetable book now! :D

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This post is brought to you by Dulux :D

Dulux Ambiance

Interview with Mok Ying Ren plus BRAND’S Essence of Chicken GIVEAWAY

Mok Ying Ren

1. You’ve said that “Life is like a marathon” and if you look at how far you’ve already ‘run’, what would you say you are most grateful for, and what are some challenges you’ve overcome and also learnt important lessons from?

I am grateful for all the support I have from my family and friends who have been with me on this journey. When I first announced my 3 year campaign, including one year of no pay leave, to attempt to qualify for the 2016 Rio Olympics in 2012, I was met with much resistance from some of my peers and colleagues. Many felt that the one year of no pay leave will set me back very much in my medical career which is highly competitive. However, my family and close friends encouraged me to do so and I am grateful for that.

I think one of the key challenges I had to overcome was the social mindset and peer pressure. It is no surprise that in Singapore collegiate sports are at a much lower standard than our secondary school sports scene. This is because of the sudden increase in freedom and social activities. As a student athlete, it was tough to stay focused on the task when not many are beside you with the same goals. This is a challenge that will be faced by every generation of athletes in Singapore until we are able to develop a strong collegiate sports system like in Japan or the USA where there will be more athletes gunning for the same goals.

Another challenge that I have been forced to face are injuries. Unlike other goals such as academics and career, there is almost no risk in studying harder or working harder. Even though working too hard may not be good for your mental health, one will not get a brain injury from studying too hard.This is in contrast to sports where sometimes training more or training harder does not give you guaranteed success as the irony is that one may get injured from training too hard. I have been rather unfortunate to be sidelined for almost a year in June 2014 to June 2015 due to a shin injury. That was a huge blow to my preparations.

2. What is a typical day in your life like right now, as you are training to qualify for the Rio Olympics in 2016?

Currently I am training in Boulder, Colorado with the Boulder Track Club. My coach is Lee Troop, a three-time olympian in the Marathon event for Australia. I usually wake up at about 6:20am and have my breakfast. After about an hour, I will have my first training session which usually lasts for about 2 hours.

Thereafter, I will spend some time studying as I am also doing a distance learning course (Masters in Sports Medicine) with the University of Queensland, Australia. I will then cook my own lunch at about 11:30 which consists of a huge bowl of salad, rice and eggs. I will then take an hour nap after my lunch. At about 3pm, I will head out for my second training session which lasts about 90minutes.

In the evening, I will have dinner with my house mates. Then more studying or reading and preparation to sleep! The cycle repeats on a daily basis. A lot of time is spent preparing for each training session which consists of getting sufficient sleep and good nutrition.

3. What, to you, is “good goal-setting”?

A good goal is a goal that is achievable but challenging at the same time. One needs to do a thorough evaluation on where he is and the resources available around him to help him achieve the goal. For example, in 2012, I wanted to aim to qualify for the Olympics in 2016 for the marathon event. I then had a best time of 2hr 26min and to qualify for the Olympics, I would need to run 2hr 17min. To shave off 9 minutes is challenging but not unheard off. I have read of runners who had improved that much in a few years and I was positive that I could do it.

I had confidence in my motivation to run when I was working (I was working as a house officer then and will need to also serve my national service in 2013-2015). It was something that could be achieved if all the stars are aligned but as I mentioned, you also need to take into account the nature of your profession and whether simply working hard can lead you to your goals.

4. You recently injured your eye, and what surprises me is that you went for a 40-minute run instead of heading straight to a doctor or hospital first. What made you do that? 

Indeed, on hindsight, I think it was a silly thing to do. However, I think this is not uncommon among competitive athletes like myself who can be stubborn at times. We are known to train through pain and discomfort and perhaps we are very positive as well that nothing very bad can happen! Instead what was on my mind was to get the last run for the week in and hope that perhaps the blurriness in my vision may go away after a relaxing run. I will not encourage anyone to do what I did.

5. Did thoughts/fears of not being able to see after that accident cross your mind? What would be the ‘worst case scenario’ for you, and what do you think would be your response to that?

Yes. During that short run right after the accident, I thought of my career. I had been selected to begin training in Orthopaedic Surgery in July 2016. I was sure that being blinded in one eye, which is the worse case scenario, I would not be able to perform surgery as depth perception would be very much affected. But I thought to myself that I could perhaps still do Sports Medicine as a specialty which does not involve surgery and still survive. Perhaps it was natural for me to try to think positive but at the same time prepare for the worst. And I told myself losing vision in one eye is not as bad as being totally blind!

6. You are a pretty rare example of a local sporting talent who is strongly supported by various sponsors, and you even appear in commercials too. What are the reasons for your success in this aspect, and have you thought about ‘giving back’ to the local sporting scene in future? 

I think the key to garnering sponsorships is to give back to the local sporting scene on a regular basis from the get go, which I am already involved in. I do pro bono running clinics with running events, schools and the community and I strongly advocate sports and exercise to keep one healthy.

I relate well with student athletes and have given multiple talks at junior colleges on key aspects of juggling sports and studies. With some of my friends, I have also set up the Run to Walk movement which is to encourage people to invest in their health through running and we have a free weekly 4.8km run at Bedok Reservoir.

Due to my ability to connect with the community, sponsors then want to come into the picture to support my dreams and not the other way round. My next goal is to pursue my dreams in specialising in Sports Surgery which will take me another 8-10 years. Thereafter, I would be excited to serve the local sports community in a different way.

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Mok Ying Ren is a marathoner, doctor and an ambassador of BRAND’S Essence of Chicken. He is a two-time SEA games gold medalist in the triathlon and marathon events and is currently taking time off as an orthopaedic surgery resident to pursue his Olympic dream in the marathon event.

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BRANDS giveaway

BRAND’S would like to reward three of my blog readers with a week’s worth of GET SET 4 LIFE BRAND’S Essence Of Chicken (7 bottles) EACH! :D To participate, head over to my facebook page for the giveaway :)

Lady First SG Season 3 Episode 3: 101 Ways to Get His Attention

Lady First Singapore

This third episode is all about helping ladies to look stunning and get all the attention they crave. The street survey that was done to find out which part of a female’s body men think they look at first was not quite successful it seems, with many of the men interviewed keeping to the safe choice of “her eyes”.

However, the show gives good tips as usual. In the picture above, Candyce swops her frumpy outfit for a sexy, off-shoulder one. If you don’t want to show any cleavage, Keith’s advice is to flaunt your back instead. Apparently, saggy muscles and fats are not as obvious there and the skin on our backs tend to be the fairest and prettiest.

And here are a couple more tips:

(1) Qianyu has hereditary white hair so she recommends the hair dye from one of the show’s sponsors. Guru Wu Yilin shares that color #4 is good for Asians and that you can keep the bottle in a ziplock bag for the next application (and to store it in a cool, dark place, away from the moisture present in a bathroom).

(2) Don’t wear over-the-top accessories like Hayley in the ‘before’ picture. Do note though that pearls are in this season so ensure you get some hair accessories with pearl highlights!

Lady First Singapore Season 3

(3) Hair should be black and shiny. If your hair is ‘yellowish’ and/or too oily, consider using a latherfree shampoo and the raspberry vinegar featured in this episode.

(4) When spraying on perfumes, spray it along your neckline, at the wrists, behind the ears, and at the crook of your elbows. Do not rub, as it destroys the scent! And when purchasing perfumes, spray it on, then walk about the store and let the scent settle first. If you are pleased with the way it finally smells on your skin, then you may go ahead and purchase it.

(5) Pauline Lan described one of the female guests as having “strange” hair and a “really petite” frame. The latter is reportedly 1.47m tall, so Keith put her in these really “thick shoes”. The white pantsuit did give an elongating effect, but I pity any woman who has to wear such shoes as the arch is too extreme and it would be really easy to get a sprain or twisted ankle.

Lady First SG

To find out more about the episodes, giveaways, and featured products, head over to ladyfirstsingapore.com :D

Lady First SG Season 3 Episode 2: Fashionista Mums

Lady First Singapore Season 3

This second episode of season 3 seems to be a first for Lady First Singapore, in which celebrity moms are invited and they bring their young children with them! As you can see from the picture above, the kids are not quite content to stay seated. There’s Jaime Teo’s daughter in the midst of vacating her seat, and Eelyn’s son could be heard screaming during a good portion of the show. Lina and Shuqing’s children were less… erm… active.

But it’s interesting to watch how the moms react to their kids’ behavior during the filming. :)

Gurus Kevin, Dawn, and Keith dished out advice for moms who want to look their best even after having children. Here are some tips I’ve gotten from watching this episode:

Lady First Singapore Eelyn1) If you don’t want to have an uneven skin tone, make sure you wear sunscreen (and ensure it covers your neck and collar bone).

2) Applying too much loose powder makes you look like you have too much makeup on and it also makes your fine lines more visible. If you have dull or sallow skin, don’t use pink lipstick. Instead, pick a coral shade.

Lady First Singapore Lina Ng

3) If you want to adopt Victoria Beckham’s fashion style, choose outfits with high necklines so it’s harder for kids to grab at your clothes when you carry them. Choose clothes in bright colors too if you’re not wearing any accessories (again because the kids will grab at them). You can even make your kids your ‘fashion accessories’ by dressing them in handsome outfits. *wink*

Lady First Singapore Season 3 exercises for moms

4) Make sure you keep exercising even after having children. It helps keep you in shape and can also be a good bonding time for you and your children. Here, Dawn demonstrates the ‘Superman’ exercise. You can also do squats together with your kid – work those thighs (especially the inner thighs)!

Lady First Singapore Shuqing

5) When using a BB cushion, use light, patting motions instead of spreading the product onto your face! Use a cream blush and apply it a bit higher than usual for a more youthful look!

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Universal Studios Singapore with Indonesian Celebrity, Indra Bekti

And of course, local award-winning (unicorn) blogger, Smith Leong too:

Grace Tan and Smith Leong

*Peace* a.k.a #plottwist

Thanks to Migme, I’ve had the opportunity of meeting Indonesian celebs like Tarra Budiman, and most recently, Indra Bekti, too! Admittedly, I’d never even heard of them (here in Singapore) before I got to meet them. But they are ‘household names’ in Indonesia. Even though he was dressed most casually with a snapback and all, Indra kept getting stopped by Indonesian fans in Universal Studios Singapore.

A picture with Indra Bekti:

Indra Bekti and Grace Tan

What we are holding are cutout versions of the Migme mascot, Midori. I made these two, and added a red bow à la Hello Kitty on one of them. If you’d like to check out a social media platform that has proven to be a lot of fun for me: http://mig.me/u/thegracetan

A huge THANK YOU to Resorts World Sentosa and Universal Studios for the tickets and express passes. The new Puss in Boots ride will be a well-loved one…

… as Smith shows us with his pose:

(Lotsa thanks to Ronald for the following 3 pictures! They look awesome!)

Universal Studios Puss In Boots Ride

I do still prefer the ‘Revenge Of The Mummy’ ride over the Transformers one. The former is still as scary (or perhaps even more so now) – I’d taken the ride around the time it first opened.

Universal Studios Singapore Transformers Ride

You can tell the Indonesians really like Midori :D

Universal Studios Singapore 1

If you’re heading to Universal Studios Singapore, well, express passes are the way to go. You can take the rides without having to queue for long. :) We had lots of fun that day. Thanks, Migme and RWS/USS !!!~