4 Hidden Causes Of Acne – Does Lack of Sleep Cause It?

Suffering with spots? Plagued by pimples? Bothered by breakouts? Then this is the article for you.

Whatever you call the blasted blemishes, most of us have suffered from the uninvited presence of acne at some stage in our lives. And while having a good diet and a five-star skin-care regime are important, keeping the dreaded pimples at bay is by no means that simple.

Acne is a multi-factored beast, and our busy daily lives throw up many contributing causes – a number of which are not always that obvious.

Lucky for you, I’ve done some digging and uncovered a few sneaky hidden causes of acne, plus some accompanying solutions. So read on and let me help clear things up.

The top 4 hidden causes of acne are:

1. Heat and Humidity

While we all welcome the onset of summer and the chance to get our Vitamin D fix, unfortunately warmer temperatures aren’t always a friend to our face.

Heat and humidity bring an increase in oil secretion and sweat, both of which exacerbate skin conditions and can trigger outbreaks amongst those prone to acne.

Now unless you’re Storm from the X-Men, there’s nothing you can do to change the weather. But solutions are available, such as washing more regularly throughout the day and carrying around clean tissues to avoiding touching your face with your hands.

Too much heat during the nighttime can also cause problems, because we often overheat while we sleep. My advice? Try sleeping with the window open, or find yourself a nice fan. Fresh air = fresh face.

Another quick trick to solve those heat-led breakouts? Look to the magic of technology! Blue light therapy devices are a great way of tackling acne-causing bacteria that build up under summer skin. Problem sorted!

2. A Lack of Omega-3

Oily skin bad. Oily fish good.

Omega-3 fatty acids, also know as healthy fats, play an important role in tackling inflammatory conditions like acne. And if you lack Omega-3 in your diet, you’re missing an important weapon in your battle for a clear complexion.

Omega-3 deficiencies have been shown to decrease the production of sebum, which lowers the risk of getting unwanted pimples.

So like you looked to technology for a great fix, look to the sea now! Fish like tuna, salmon, sardines and anchovies are all high in Omega-3 – and therefore contribute to a healthy glow.

If you’re not a fish fan, you can get your Omega-3 fix from nuts such as almonds and walnuts. Allergic to nuts too?! Uh oh. Well fear not – a variety of supplements do exist, including krill oil, cod liver oil, fish oil and flaxseed.

Psst…As an added bonus, Omega-3 will help keep your joints nice and loose. Great skin, supple body – it does it all!

3. Dirty Pillows

Think about it. While you might diligently wash your face every night before heading off to la-la land, what is the very next thing your freshly cleaned skin comes into contact with? Yep, that’s right – your pillowcase.

And if you are neglecting to properly wash or swap your pillowcase on a regular basis, it’s the same as forgetting that cleansing regime of yours and going to bed with a full face of make-up.

Because your pillowcase is like a big sponge; soaking up everything your face throws at it through the night – sweat, drool, skin cells, oil – and yes, even residue of your nightly moisturiser. Gross.

So, if you want to avoid that breakout, then break out your inner washer woman and start washing that pillowcase at least once a week. And if you are really concerned, then try flipping your pillows more frequently. It’ll help you sleep better, too.

4. A Lack of Sleep

Speaking of better sleep, we’ve arrived at our fourth hidden cause of acne.

What does sleep have to do with acne, I hear you ask? Well, a lot actually.

Research have shown that poor sleep impacts on almost every aspect of our physical and mental health. Poor quality sleep has been proved to play a role in depression, obesity, our ability to fight disease, and yes, even our appearance.

A lack of sleep leads to increased stress, which results in the production of a stress hormone called glucocorticoid. This in turn can lead to the deterioration in the health of skin structure and function. Basically, bad sleep leads to bad skin. Got it?!

So how do we solve this problem? Well, there are no magical number of hours you need to sleep – everyone is different. However, if you’re regularly getting less than six hours sleep a night then this is probably preventing you from having blemish-free skin. It’s possibly affecting other aspects of your health, too.

After all, there’s a good reason why they call it ‘getting your beauty sleep’!

For more tips and tricks on getting a good sleep, visit this site. Once you learn how to get into a proper bedtime routine and how to have a decent sleep, every night, your skin will thank you for it.

So there you go – four hidden causes of acne that you may not have heard of before!

Now remember to prepare for hot weather, get some Omega-3 into you, wash that pillow and get more sleep.

I hope that’s clearer now. Your skin will be soon! 😉

Thanks for reading!

This article is guest-written by Sarah Cummings, co-creator of Sleep Advisor, a one-stop website for everything you need to know about achieving optimal sleep level and waking up each day with more energy and focus.

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[BOOK REVIEW + GIVEAWAY] Great Lengths: Singapore’s Swimming Pools

I am giving away 3 copies of ‘Great Lengths’!
Scroll down to the end of this post for more details 😚

We might have clinched several gold medals on the international stage for badminton and table tennis. But in all honesty, no other sport unites Singapore and evokes the pride in us like swimming does (even a relatively non-sporty person like myself gets a rush of adrenaline watching our national swimmers competing at the Games!). According to this list of Singapore’s sporting achievements, swimming has apparently brought back the most medals to date, including the elusive gold from the 2016 Summer Olympics. That said, the true reason for our enthusiasm towards the sport lies beyond these materialistic pleasures.

With tropical waters surrounding us and at least one swimming complex in almost every neighbourhood, water sports come as naturally to us as breathing, so it is not surprising for Singaporeans to have a deep affinity for all things water. The abundance of pools here means every Singaporean gets to swim recreationally, whether it be taking a dip or dive. Although unable to swim, countless family outings to swimming pools – or more specifically Jurong East Swimming Complex, which opened in March 2000 – in my primary school days inevitably forms a significant part of my childhood memory. Given our strong sense of attachment to our pools, Singaporean editors Jocelyn Lau and Lucien Low found it peculiar that there wasn’t any book about them and had therefore embarked on a year-long project to document our swimming pools – past and present. Their research resulted to the publication of 50 Metres in 2015. However, because it was more of a purpose-driven project (to commemorate SG50), 50 Metres wasn’t sold commercially and had limited circulation. Still, those who had seen the full-colour illustrated book had nothing but praises for it.

Upon seeing its potential, the editors decided to update the book with photographs and interviews with some of our renowned aquatic athletes. Award-winning heritage blogger Jerome Lim as well as former competitive swimmer Ang Peng Siong were also given a voice in the book to provide further insight into Singapore’s swimming pools. All these efforts contributed to the second edition of 50 Metres, retitled Great Lengths.

Book: Great Lengths, Singapore's Swimming Pools

Book: Great Lengths, Singapore’s Swimming Pools

Book: Great Lengths, Singapore's Swimming Pools

Book: Great Lengths, Singapore’s Swimming Pools

Book: Great Lengths, Singapore's Swimming Pools

Book: Great Lengths, Singapore’s Swimming Pools

Book: Great Lengths, Singapore's Swimming Pools

Book: Great Lengths, Singapore’s Swimming Pools

To the uninformed, our pools may just be another place for recreation. In actual fact, they have a weight of history behind them and hold a special place in the heart of many Singaporeans. Great Lengths uncovers just how much was unknown about the swimming pools here.

Swimming For All (p. 46)

Swimming For All (p. 46)

Besides providing opportunities for local budding swimmers to hone their skills, the great accessibility to pools had also set the scene for some of their most remarkable achievements. For instance, two-time Olympian (1984 and 1988) and Asian Games gold medalist (1982) Ang Peng Siong was once hailed as the World’s Fastest Swimmer in the 50-metre freestyle event with a timing of 22.69s in 1982. This probably wouldn’t have been possible without his father’s foresight and rigorous swimming practices at the now-privatised Farrer Park Swimming Complex. This book also features other outstanding swimmers who have represented Singapore at major sporting meets and bagged awards. You can expect read about Amanda Lim (who just won the 50-metre freestyle for the fifth consecutive year at the recent SEA Games), Theresa Goh (who was recently inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame) and Yip Pin Xiu among many others.

Pasir Ris Swimming Complex (p. 156)

Pasir Ris Swimming Complex (p. 156)

More recently, Joseph Schooling brought glory to Singapore with his stellar performance at the Rio games. Not only had he put this little red dot on the map with a new Olympic record of 50.39s for the 100m butterfly (and defeating the swimming legend Michael Phelps while at it), public interest in swimming grew dramatically and hit all-time high since the first community pools opened to the local sports-deprived residents in the early to mid-nineties. Looking for a place to swim? Great Lengths doubles as a complete directory (with address, and entry fees on p. 188-189) for all public pools to save you the hassle of Googling.

Contents page where you can find the names of all public pools + free bookmarks!

However, all good things must come to an end. As newer and better-equipped swimming complexes sprout up at every corner in Singapore, many once-popular neighbourhood pools with the most basic amenities are now a shadow of their former selves. While some survive as private entities, few such as the Buona Vista and Paya Lebar swimming complexes weren’t that lucky and had to be closed for future development. In this thoroughly-documented book, you get to learn more about the forgotten “pioneer” pools through old photographs and interviews with people who once swam in their blue glistening waters. It is fascinating to note that the first public swimming pool in Singapore (Mount Emily Swimming Complex) was actually converted from a service reservoir!

One of the 'pioneers' - Geylang East Swimming Complex. Opened in 1978 and is STILL in operation today! (p. 89)

One of the ‘pioneers’ – Geylang East Swimming Complex. Opened in 1978 and is STILL in operation today! (p. 89)

I would divulge more from the book but I don’t wish to spoil the suspense. You’d be surprise to find a wealth of information about the swimming pools in Singapore despite our size! If you’re keen to know more, be sure to grab a copy of Great Lengths (see below for price and availability) or… take part in my giveaway!

That’s right – I am giving away a copy of Great Lengths to THREE lucky readers 😙

★ ★ ★ FACEBOOK GIVEAWAY ★ ★ ★

To participate in this giveaway, all you need to do is complete the following easy steps:

  1. Like me (@fionaseahcom) and Great Lengths (@50metres) on Facebook (we will be checking!)
  2. Comment and tag 2 friends who may also want to win a copy of Great Lengths on this Facebook update

*BONUS*

+1 WINNING CHANCE

…if you share this review or the Facebook update on your Facebook page. Remember to change the privacy mode to public for verification purposes. Do also indicate that you have shared it in the comments so that I can look out for it!

THREE lucky winners will each walk away with a copy of Great Lengths worth S$28+, courtesy of Kucinta Books! 😉 Contest ends 15 September 2017.

T&C #1: ELIGIBILITY

This giveaway is open to everyone currently residing in Singapore only. To enter the giveaway, participants must like @fionaseahcom and @50metres on Facebook, comment and tag two (2) friends on this particular Facebook post. Only entries on Facebook will be considered for this giveaway. Entries submitted after 15 September 2017, 2359 h will be disqualified.

T&C #2: SELECTION & DELIVERY

Winners will be electronically selected and will be notified via e-mail within 3 days of the closing date. All giveaway results are final and prizes are also non-transferable. Winners will be announced on the aforementioned Instagram post as well as on this feature post. Prizes will be delivered by post only and no meetups will be entertained. In the event of unclaimed or unsuccessful prize claims, another draw will be held to determine the next winner.

NOTE

FIONASEAH.COM reserves the right to edit, amend the giveaway Terms and Conditions (T&C #1 and #2) as it deems fit.

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BOOK INFORMATION

With a Foreword by Sport Singapore
Introductions by Ang Peng Siong & Jerome Lim

Illustrations by Favian Ee 
Published by Kucinta Books 
Edited by Jocelyn Lau & Lucien Low 
Supported by National Heritage Board

Featured on CHANNEL NEWSASIA “On the Red Dot”, 25 December 2016

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Price: S$28 (excluding GST)
Availability: Kinokuniya, Select Books, NaiiseKucinta Books website.
For loan at: National Library Board branches and at the Sports Hub Library

A sample chapter is available for viewing here.

For more information about the book, please visit Kucinta Books’ website or Great Lengths Facebook page.
THIS FEATURE WAS DONE IN COLLABORATION WITH KUCINTA BOOKS. ALL OPINIONS, AS ALWAYS, ARE GENUINE AND UNINFLUENCED.

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[SHOUT-OUT & GIVEAWAY] I’M STARTICE, Korean Premium Shop @ Big Box

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It was barely 11 a.m. on a Saturday, just four days shy of our nation’s birthday. Blaring music from the tower speakers configured next to a stage for a significant event at Big Box pierced the usually-quiet mall in Jurong East. Unbeknownst to many, a Korean premium shop initiated and appointed by the Korean government (Small & Medium Business Corporation or SBC for short) as an exclusive authorised agent to promote their locally-made products was about to open its doors officially.

I'M STARTICE main entrance

I’M STARTICE main entrance

This 4270-square-foot unit marks the first Singapore outlet for I’M STARTICE (아임스타티스) which already has locations worldwide including the U.S., China, Vietnam and Indonesia. The relatively low-key occasion was graced by one-eighth of Running Man cast, Ji Suk-jin, as well as business partners and several South Korean government officials. I’M STARTICE commemorated its official opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and a free lucky draw where shoppers could stand a chance to win up to S$1000 worth of shopping vouchers. Missed it? Click here to watch the repeat of Big Box’s live stream or check out the pictures below!

Ji Suk-jin and the other VIPs present at the grand opening

Ji Suk-jin and the other VIPs present at the grand opening

Ribbon cutting ceremony

Ribbon cutting ceremony

Announcing the winners of the lucky draw

Announcing the winners of the lucky draw

And this lucky guy walked away with S$1000 worth of I'M STARTICE shopping vouchers! Dude, you can practically buy one of every item in the shop with those vouchers!

And this lucky guy walked away with S$1000 worth of I’M STARTICE shopping vouchers! Dude, you can practically buy one of every item in the shop with those vouchers!

We scored a picture with Suk-jin oppa! I had a solo picture with him but I accidentally deleted it 😥😥😥

We scored a picture with Suk-jin oppa! I had a solo picture with him but I accidentally deleted it 😥😥😥

Conveniently located right before J-Walk connecting to Jem on level 2, I’M STARTICE boasts a wide variety of products from cosmetics to food to household wares (not sold anywhere else in Singapore) by small to medium enterprises with a limited selection of offerings from mainstream brands such as Innisfree (mainly their facial masks) and Lotte. Due to their low visibility, most of the brands carried at the shop may be unfamiliar even to the most dedicated Koreaboos but they are in no way inferior to more established brands. Apart from the stringent South Korean safety standards they have to comply with, it is also no secret that K-beauty products in general are made of high-quality (and sometimes exotic) ingredients which their Western counterparts fall behind on. And yet, they are inexpensive. For instance, a 125 ml tub of Mizon’s Water Max Aqua Gel Cream costs just S$19.90 when a similar product by a more reputable brand with less than half the volume would set you back at least S$50.

This area sells mostly household items

This area sells mostly household items

The cashier

The cashier

Heading to an EXO concert any time soon? These official EXO light sticks may interest you..

Heading to an EXO concert any time soon? These official EXO light sticks may interest you..

The other side of the shop stocks up beauty products and food

The other side of the shop stocks up beauty products and food

Another Korean group that has been generating a lot of buzz lately for winning international awards... BTS! Why hand cream of all products, though..? I guess whatever sells with their autographs and faces on it.

Another Korean group that has been generating a lot of buzz lately for winning international awards… BTS! Why hand cream of all products, though..? I guess whatever sells with their autographs and faces on it.

Crazy for Aloe Vera!

Crazy for Aloe Vera!

A complete list of participating merchants and their specialty products can be found here (though I can’t guarantee that everything featured is available in-store here).

My favourite section in the shop!

My favourite section in the shop!

There's something for everyone - even the men get a beauty section dedicated just for them!

There’s something for everyone – even the men get a beauty section dedicated just for them!

Some beauty products for the femme..

Some beauty products for the femme..

Skin care products are sold in a bundle at relatively affordable prices!

Skin care products are sold in a bundle at relatively affordable prices!

Of course, how can there NOT be face masks? South Korea is well-known for their face masks!

Of course, how can there NOT be face masks? South Korea is well-known for their face masks!

Makeup by J.ESTINA, which is more known for their jewelry

Makeup by J.ESTINA, which is more known for their jewelry

Authentic (licensed in Shanghai) Hello Kitty Face and Body brushes! You'll be surprised at how affordable they are!

Authentic (Sanrio license awarded in Shanghai) Hello Kitty Face and Body brushes! You’ll be surprised at how affordable they are!

Korean dietary supplements

Korean dietary supplements

Snacks and some instant beverages

Snacks and some instant beverages

Instant food on the other side

Instant food on the other side

You can find foods like kimchi tteok-bokki in the refrigerator

You can find foods like kimchi tteok-bokki in the refrigerator

Household products like adult diapers, containers and diapers are also sold at I'M STARTICE!

Household products like adult diapers, containers and diapers are also sold at I’M STARTICE!

At I’M STARTICE, products are priced as low as S$1.30 for an instant ramen cup and can be as much as over S$200 for a bag pack. On the whole, everything – especially those at the food and beauty sections – is rather affordable so you should be able to stretch your dollar a lot farther than you would at other Korean marts. The following shows some interesting Korean products I could get under S$100:

Dr. Plus Banana Milk Mask Pack

Dr. Plus Banana Milk Mask Pack

And they smell EXACTLY like Banana Milk. The essence has the texture of milk too!

And they smell EXACTLY like Banana Milk. The essence has the texture of milk too!

These Choco Cacao Nose Pore Strips made me craved for chocolates every time I use it. The chocolatey smell is really no joke!

These Choco Cacao Nose Pore Strips made me craved for chocolates every time I use it. The chocolatey smell is really no joke!

What I bought from the Hello Kitty section. Two of these will cost less than US$100 altogether.

What I bought from the Hello Kitty section. Two of these will cost less than US$100 altogether.

Hello Kitty 4D Face Brush

Hello Kitty 4D Face Brush

Hello Kitty 4D Face Brush

Hello Kitty 4D Face Brush

Black Hello Kitty 4D Body Brush

Black Hello Kitty 4D Body Brush

Black Hello Kitty 4D Body Brush

Black Hello Kitty 4D Body Brush

Black Hello Kitty 4D Face Brush

Black Hello Kitty 4D Face Brush

Great news for those who hate hustling through the crowd and meandering around the aisles!

You can soon place your orders online at the comfort of your couch and pick them up in-store on another day. This service is not available at the moment, but do check back for further updates!

Some Korean cup noodle which I've yet to try..

Some Korean cup noodle which I’ve yet to try..

I've grown tired of Samyang noodles.. Time for a change!

I’ve grown tired of Samyang noodles.. Time for a change!

More snacks!

More snacks!

Green Tea Dream Cacao

Green Tea Dream Cacao

Korean fried chicken-flavoured chips? Take my money!

Korean fried chicken-flavoured chips? Take my money!

Other purchases we lugged home were a few vacuum-sealed airtight containers (which we bought mainly for storing durians in the refrigerator😲) and a set of kitchen cooking tools meant for our future use (when we’ve gotten our own flat – gotta think ahead, y’know?). Teehee!

And now, here comes the most exciting part of this post..

★ ★ ★ INSTAGRAM GIVEAWAY ★ ★ ★
-CLOSED-

I understand Jurong East may be a little too far for some of you living in eastern Singapore, so I plan to bring some of I’M STARTICE’s bestsellers to your doorstep (or rather, mailbox) instead! It has been awhile since I held a giveaway, so I promise this is gonna be huuuge. To thank you for your continued support all these years, I will be gifting three lucky readers either a Hello Kitty 4D Facial Brush or Body Brush. More prizes are up for grabs this time around so as to increase your chances of winning something from this giveaway! If you are a Hello Kitty fanatic, this is definitely one giveaway not to be missed 😘

Prizes to be won

TOP PRIZE
1 × Hello Kitty 4D Facial Brush

CONSOLATION PRIZES
2 × Black Hello Kitty Body Brush

To participate in this giveaway, all you need to do is complete the following easy steps:

  1. Follow me (@amelieseah) and I’M STARTICE (@imstartice.sg) on Instagram
  2. Comment on this Instagram post why you should be picked as the winner (unfortunately, you won’t be able to choose the prize) and..
  3. Tag 2 friends who may also want to lay their hands on these Hello Kitty brushes

And I will pick 3 lucky winners once the giveaway ends! 😉

T&C #1: ELIGIBILITY

This giveaway is open to everyone currently residing in Singapore only. To enter the giveaway, participants must follow @amelieseah and @imstartice.sg on Instagram, tag two (2) friends and comment why you want to win the Hello Kity brush on this particular Instagram post. Only entries on Instagram will be considered for this giveaway. Entries submitted after 8 September 2017, 2359 h will be disqualified.

T&C #2: SELECTION & DELIVERY

Winners will be electronically selected and will be notified via e-mail within 3 days of the closing date. All giveaway results are final; winners are not allowed to choose the prize. Prizes are also non-transferable. Winners will be announced on the aforementioned Instagram post as well as on this feature. Prizes will be delivered by post only and no meetups will be entertained. In the event of unclaimed or unsuccessful prize claims, another draw will be held to determine the next winner.

NOTE

FIONASEAH.COM reserves the right to edit, amend the giveaway Terms and Conditions (T&C #1 and #2) as it deems fit.

[UPDATED: 10 SEP 2017]

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That’s about it!

Thanks for reading and good luck if you are intending to enter the giveaway! 😄

I’m Startice
big box (next to Jurong East MRT Station)
1 Venture Dr, level 2
Singapore 608521
Instagram: imstartice / imstartice.sg
THIS FEATURE WAS DONE IN COLLABORATION WITH I’M STARTICE. PRODUCTS FEATURED WERE EDITORIALLY SELECTED. ALL OPINIONS, AS ALWAYS, ARE GENUINE AND UNINFLUENCED.

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Kohepets: Your One-Stop Shop for All Your Pet Needs

Hello everyone!

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It is an open secret that I have a soft spot for animals, especially dogs and I mean every breed of dogs out there regardless of their perceived popularity (I think Pugs and Bulldogs are absolute darlings – who’s with me?!). Personally, I have an adorable furkid that I co-own with my boyfriend – a brown fluffy Pomeranian whom we named Chubs (pronounced ‘choobs’ and yes I know my phonetics, thank you very much) or also known as Choobi (which coincidentally sounds the same as ‘趣味’ (chu bee), or ‘cute’ in Teochew), Choobi-boobi, Greedy Choobi, Lazy Choobi or Hum Ji Kia (Hokkien for ‘coward’) because he is agoraphobic (i.e. having intense anxiety and fear of unfamiliar environments) and is extremely terrified of long, upright objects such as brooms and spray canisters. Majority of his nicknames were derived from a particular manner he behaves and it doesn’t take a genius to figure out why he is called as such… because he practically shows it anywhere, even towards the new feeding equipment we have gotten for him from Kohepets!

You see, we have kept Chubs for more than five years (this lovely boy is turning six come June) and we thought it was about time he received some new accessories as those he currently had were pretty much worn out and not functioning as well anymore. Normally, in order to get food and accessories for Chubs, we would have to head outside to the nearest pet shop to find what we need among the sea of merchandise in the store. We have no issues commuting for at least 20 minutes to get there (as we don’t drive) but the problem arises when there is a mammoth bag of purchases to lug home. In cases like this, we would would have to hire a cab home or opt for the home delivery service provided by the pet shop to get the products sent to me (often because we plan to go elsewhere after that). Either way, that costs additional money on top of what we have already paid for our purchases. Sometimes we may even have to leave the shop empty-handed because the items we want are out of stock! Can you imagine our frustration when that happens? 😡

But we’re relieved to know that there are now more convenient alternatives of meeting our pet needs, with one being Kohepets Singapore – online pet shop that has a range of over 6,000 pet products from many popular brands such as Wellness, Addiction, etc. In all honesty, despite the business having established in 2011, we were not aware of their existence until very recently. We would have probably saved ourselves all the hassle (and the cab fare) if we had known about them earlier because they provide free delivery for purchases over $60 within TWO working days – one of the lowest on the net (second lowest, in fact, if you’re wondering) as told by Google. A surcharge of $8 is applicable for orders below $60 but still, you can’t find anything lower than that. Just do a search if you don’t believe me 😉

Also, while other online pet shops work around a specific schedule to deliver to different locations in Singapore, customer convenience is of paramount importance to Kohepets as they make best efforts to schedule the delivery to your preferred date and time. I received a message from the deliveryman twice on the day of delivery – once hours prior to his arrival to confirm the time of delivery and again minutes before to inform that he was reaching my unit. I appreciate these updates as mostly no one is around in the living room to receive the parcel so I would need to inform my parents beforehand to stand by (and y’know, home is where the bra isn’t, so… 😳 ).

Kohepets boasts an extensive collection of products so understandably we had a painful shopping experience. They have SO MANY interesting and innovative products that we had never seen in local pet shops. We wanted to get them all but could not. After much deliberation and squabbles over what to add to cart with our limited budget, we settled on the following four items for Chubs:

#1 Ferplast Gro 5955 Medium Slicker Brush with Button (S$23.60)

Ferplast Gro 5955 Medium Slicker Brush with Button

Ferplast Gro 5955 Medium Slicker Brush with Button

This is a dream come true not just for Chubs who wails at the slightest pain, but also for me as his daily groomer. It makes brushing Chubs’ fur extremely easy and fuss-free. Usually I would need a comb to remove the fur from the brush (I learnt this method during my days as a groomer assistant) but this just does the job with a press of the button at the back of the handle. This brush comprises two layers. The bottom layer pushes the upper one to dislodge the fur from the bristles. If you don’t want to remove them with your fingers, just push the button quickly a couple of times and the accumulated layer of fur should fall off neatly on its own.

Side view

Side view

When button is pushed

When button is pushed

Brush upward

Brush upward

Do note, however, that the bristles are quite sharp so be really gentle when brushing your furkid, especially on the delicate skin of the underbelly. Not used to the slightly pricklier sensation initially, Chubs winced a little at the first attempt but he has gotten accustomed to it now. Kudos to my brave boy!

Chub’s verdict:
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#2 All For Paws Chill Out Garden Fountain (S$38)

Connect this to any garden hose and your dog shall have access to fresh water around the clock at the push of the paw! It comes with rubber on the lever so paw doesn’t slide off when your dog is drinking the water.

All For Paws Chill Out Garden Fountain

All For Paws Chill Out Garden Fountain

All For Paws Chill Out Garden Fountain

All For Paws Chill Out Garden Fountain

But I must have gotten too carried away while shopping for Chubs that I had forgotten about his fear for anything that spurts water (or basically anything that requires him to work because he’s such a lazy fella). I would think this would make a great addition to your garden or balcony (anywhere away from areas you don’t want to get wet) especially if you allow your large dogs to roam freely around the compound of your house. Even though the description of the product says that it is suitable for all dog sizes, I doubt small dogs would be able to drink from the fountain with ease due to their shorter height and much inferior strength.

Chubs’ Verdict:
chubs-no-bonechubs-no-bonechubs-no-bonechubs-no-bonechubs-no-bone (because he is a hum ji kia)

#3 Petmate Pet Cafe Waterer 5.6L (S$33)

Since his puppy days, Chubs has been drinking water from hanging water dispenser but I had come across articles mentioning that such drinking bottles “require considerable effort from the animals, and are inadequate in quenching their thirst”. In the words of animal activists, this is animal cruelty :\  I’ve always wanted to get a drinking bowl for Chubs but not being at home most of the time means I wouldn’t be able to replenish his water until I come home past 11 p.m. Plus, Chubs drinks like his water supply would be terminated within the next second.

Petmate Pet Cafe Waterer 5.6L

Petmate Pet Cafe Waterer 5.6L

Petmate Pet Cafe Waterer 5.6L

Petmate Pet Cafe Waterer 5.6L

Noticing that Chubs’ bottle dispenser tended to get stuck on several occasions (thus, preventing water from flowing out), we decided to pick this item up in hopes of giving Chubs a more comfortable life (and also because this would give me a peace of mind when I go abroad next week). You thought it would be a simple process to get him to drink water directly from the bowl, right? WRONG! True to his apprehensive nature, this brown hum ji kia was so threatened by the size of the water container that he did not dare to go near it (he’s not a rescue or abused dog so I don’t know why he’s like that?!). He had to be slowly coaxed by us and although he was visibly VERY thirsty (as he kept going to where his bottle dispenser used to be and it went on like this for days), he just refused to drink from the bowl! We had to lured him to the bowl by smearing some water around the edge but it took some trial and error to get there (with the help of some treats thereafter as well). Slowly but surely, Chubs began to drink the water, albeit in a very uncomfortable position.. like this:

Notice how he stretches his head to drink the water while his body is situated as far away as possible :roll:

Notice how he stretches his head to drink the water while his body is situated as far away as possible 🙄

But after that day, he reverted to his normal cowardly self again which I later realised was because of the “blop” sound the dispenser makes whenever it replenishes the water in the bowl. OH MY GOD he is afraid of the sound *roll eyes*

Another concern for having a drinking bowl is that it increases the exposure of the water to dust, fur and possibly creepy crawlies and hence contaminates it a lot quicker than when it’s kept in a bottle. I had to keep ensuring that the water was clean because I didn’t want Chubs to be drinking dirty water. So yeah, a food for thought if you’re intending to get this!

Chubs’ verdict:
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#4 AiKiou Junior Interactive Dog Feeder (S$23.90)

While we certainly feel blessed to have a dog that is not picky with the food he eats, he tends to gobble his food too quickly to the extent of not chewing before swallowing them (we don’t know what caused that sense of competition in him, though) and we are afraid this bad habit may cause some digestive issues in the future. So this dog feeder is a must-have for us. We actually bought another slow feed bowl with those complicated ridges in it before but the plan failed because Chubs’ tiny snout was able to reach the small openings without difficulty!

AiKiou Junior Interactive Dog Feeder

AiKiou Junior Interactive Dog Feeder

This feeding bowl, however, has a unique rotating lid that conceals the 6 sections of the bowl where the food can be found. The dog is expected to turn it by sticking its nose into one of the gaps to retrieve the food and it is supposed to slow down the speed at which your dog eats while it tries to unveil the next section. HAH, let’s see how you’re going to escape this time, Chubs!

Filled with fooooood

Filled with fooooood

The food distributes evenly to every section when poured in the middle

The food distributes evenly to every section when poured in the middle

According to the manufacturer, dogs love searching and they enjoy finding their own food. But not Chubs. He sniffs around the bowl but is too lazy to rotate the lid on his own. He would stare at us with his greedy eyes until we relented and turned it for him *sigh* -_- So much for an interactive dog feeder… Chubs must be mocking us in his mind. “LOL JOKE’S ON YOU SILLY HOOMAN MAKING YOUR LIVES MORE MISERABLE”

Lazy boy... lazy lazy boy..

Lazy boy… lazy lazy boy..

Nevertheless, it did slow down Chubs’ eating pace although he wouldn’t be able to get to the other five sections easily without our help. We removed the lid in the end and turned it into a regular feeding bowl because Chubs is uniquely lazy. We do recommend this dog feeder if your dog loves to sniff and dig around the house. This will leave your dog thoroughly amused, we’re sure.

Comes in blue, green and pink 😉

Chubs’ verdict:
chubs-full-bonechubs-half-bonechubs-no-bonechubs-no-bonechubs-no-bone(BECAUSE HE IS LAZY)

Even though Chubs doesn’t appreciate the stuff we’ve picked out for him (we really think they’re awesome), we feel that any other dog owners would benefit a great deal from them (that is, if you dog isn’t as chicken-hearted as mine).

For more time-saving pet products, do check out Kohepets! If you’re unable to find what you’re looking for, simply feedback to the team behind Kohepets via their Contact Us page and they will try to source them for you. They have also started a series of four giveaways (see picture below) on their Instagram & Facebook so be sure to participate if you wanna give your furkid a yummilicious Christmas treat! 😎

Open to Singapore residents only

Open to Singapore residents only

Thanks for reading! ❤

Products mention are available on Kohepets website. Free local delivery applies for orders over S$60.
This post is brought to you by Kohepets and co-written with alphonsus.

Yellow Teeth? Don’t Worry! Get Brighter Beam with Pop Smile’s Ultimate Teeth Whitening Kit

Hello everyone!

I hardly share pictures of myself smiling broadly for the camera but when I do, I get compliments about my pearly white teeth. This is awkward but.. I have a confession to make. Those perfect set of choppers you see are simply another work of Photoshop. In fact, those who have questioned about my dazzling teeth in pictures won’t be surprised by this revelation because I’ve always been candid about it. Why conceal your flaws when you’re going to be upfront about it, you may ask. Well, that’s because I want your attention to be diverted from my dingy yellow teeth to the products (usually lipsticks) I’m reviewing :\ While this approach seems to be working, the quest for a permanent solution for my tooth discolouration still goes on because I want to smile with confidence and not worry about showing my teeth ever again!

Drinking tea is my daily ritual – I need a cup of tea to restore my normality everyday. But this habit has sadly cost me my Hollywood smile as the tannic acids found in tea has caused deep stains in the enamel of my teeth. I consider myself rather courageous when it comes to dental visits. I’m not afraid of any pain whatsoever (I even looked forward to having my milk teeth extracted when I was in primary school – okay I’m weird) but due to time and financial constraints, the number of times I’ve visited a dentist in my entire life can be counted on the fingers of one hand. I just don’t think it’s ever necessary to spend $1000 on average to whiten my teeth each time which probably wouldn’t last over a year for me since I’m a pretty heavy tea drinker.

I LOVE TEA AND I CANNOT LIE

I LOVE TEA AND I CANNOT LIE

Moreover, being a blogger means I would occasionally be invited to events. Hence, I’m constantly looking for an affordable temporary fix for my dental woes just in case I inadvertently expose my teeth to the camera lens. If you foresee yourself in such predicament, be it in an upcoming college graduation or wedding photo shoot, then great news my fellow comrades! There is now a cost-effective way to remove those stubborn stains whenever you feel like it without having to break the bank!

Let nothing take away your smile!

Let nothing take away your smile!

Have you heard of Pop Smile? It is a new teeth whitening brand based in Australia offering a quick DIY smile makeover that is absolutely pain-free and safe on sensitive teeth – all at the comfort of your couch! It even claims to give comparable results to that of dentist-administered teeth whitening treatments so much so that you can simply skip dentist visits altogether! Well, this sounded too good to be true but you won’t know until you’ve tried it!

There are three types of teeth whitening kits listed on their website but the Ultimate Teeth Whitening Kit is the most value-for-money everything you need to achieve a dazzling white smile. Of course, there are also student-friendly options like the starter kit and besties value set which you can share the cost with your friend.

Now, let’s take a closer look at what the ultimate kit has in store for us! I’ve also added my own honest review along the way for those of you who’re interested 🙂

Reject if seal is broken!

Reject if seal is broken!

Unlike some whitening toothpastes in the market that use harmful chemicals (most notably peroxide) that can damage your enamel, burn your gums and sensitise your teeth, Pop Smile relies on a deep cleansing process using a 99% natural formula made in the U.S. which includes naturally active ingredients like Organic Peppermint Oil, Cranberry Seed Oil, Aloe Vera and Chamomile Flower Extract. FDA approved, it is perfectly safe to use even on the most sensitive teeth!

Included in the Ultimate Teeth Whitening Kit

Included in the Ultimate Teeth Whitening Kit – 1x smile goals card, 1x LED device, 2x customisable mouth guards, 3x 3ml syringes, 5x 0.2ml pre treatment swabs, 1x mouth guard case, 1x teeth whitening pen & 1x Pop Smile travel pouch

Neatly packed!

Neatly packed!

3 replacement plungers for the syringe!

3 replacement plungers for the syringe!

Pre-treatment swabs and teeth whitening pen

Pre-treatment swabs and teeth whitening pen

Mouth guards/whitening trays wrapped up in plastic

Mouth guards/whitening trays wrapped up in plastic

Smile goals card with a white-o-meter at the top LOL

Smile goals card with a white-o-meter at the top LOL

According to the Pop Smile website, their clinical study revealed teeth are up to 8 shades whiter after 9 daily uses, and 2 shades whiter from the first use. So, in other words, if my teeth are a 12 on the scale (which I feel is the case), they should become at least a 10 by the end of the programme. Wow, I can’t wait to find out for sure! 🙂

Each kit contains 9 applications (across 9 days). The whitening effect lasts up to 3 months but it can be maintained as long as you repeat the programme one after another. It is, however, not advisable to use the kit for more than 14 consecutive days without dentist supervision.

Step 0: Unbox the kit

Do brush your teeth prior to the teeth whitening session because you certainly wouldn’t want any remnants of your lunch to impede your whitening progress!

Step 1:
Mould whitening trays to your teeth

All of us have differently shaped teeth so it is imperative to have customisable whitening trays to fit your teeth with precision for the best results. This kit comes with a pair of whitening trays (or mouth guards) which needs to be softened in order for them to mould to the teeth quickly. To do that, hold them by the handles and dip them in freshly boiled water for 5-7 seconds to melt the silicone slightly. When the shape starts to deform, that’s your cue to remove them from the water. Don’t panic if they stick to each other – they can be easily separated while still in semi-molten state. Allow them to cool for 2-3 seconds before placing them in your mouth because you don’t want to risk burning your gum!

If you make any mistakes in the process of moulding, just repeat the steps above. Easy peasy lemon squeezy!

Step 1a: Form each whitening tray on both top and bottom teeth

The silicone sets and hardens rather fast so you would only need to keep it in the mouth for a few minutes. I bit down the mouth guard and push it from the front with my fingers (or just suck on the guard to create a vacuum) to ensure a more accurate mould of my teeth.

This is what my moulded mouth guard looks like

This is what my moulded mouth guard looks like

As you can see, my mold (especially the one on the right) is shaped rather irregularly. That’s because I have an extra tooth behind my canine tooth (it’s a well-concealed secret 😆 ) so non-customisable mouth guards will definitely not work as well for me.

Once you are satisfied with the mould, you may skip this step for future sessions as the mouth guard stays in shape of your teeth. Now that you have found a perfect fit for your teeth, you are ready to move on to the next step!

Step 2:
Prep your teeth with Pre-Treatment Swab

Step 2: Prep teeth with pre-treatment swab

These patented Pre-Treatment Swabs are one of the many things that make Pop Smile so different from other whitening kits. They deeply cleanse the teeth and maximize the absorption of our Pop Smile Teeth Whitening Gel and are clinically proven to help halve your treatment time. Thus, you get whitening results 50% faster! It doesn’t leave an awful retched medicinal taste like mouthwashes do. Rather, they taste pretty much like regular toothpaste, minus the minty sensation. You know what? I kinda like the taste of these.

To utilise the swab, hold the dispenser at the collar in the middle, keeping the cotton swab upright and on top. With the other hand, grasp the mid-point of the lower hollow shaft and slide it up slowly and smoothly until the cotton swab becomes moistened with liquid. Then. lightly scrub the front surfaces of the teeth with the swab tip in circular motion to apply the liquid. Repeat this step for each tooth for 3-5 seconds.

Use one swab for every application during the first 5 days but refills are available for purchase here if you are addicted to their cleaning and refreshing action.

Step 3:
Apply peroxide-free whitening gel

Many teeth bleaching products use peroxide (carbide, hydrogen, etc.) as the main whitening agent (as well as some teeth whitening laser treatments performed by dentists) to enhance whitening effects but do you know that it causes mouth irritation and increased tooth sensitivity to temperature changes, albeit only temporarily? You won’t know the gravity of this issue until you sink your teeth into a scoop of ice cream. I will never forget the excruciating sharp pain… and how my friends had to wait for me to be done licking my ice cream when they had already finished theirs eons ago. How embarrassing!

You may even already be sensitive to peroxide, just that you haven’t realised it yet! So, does that mean you have to shun away from every teeth whitening product? Thankfully not! You can be rest assured with the peroxide-free whitening gel formulated by Pop Smile because they have added Sodium Bicarbonate to maintain a high PH level. Therefore, the gel is not acidic so there’s no risk of tooth sensitivity or damage to your enamel, making it safe for pregnant and breastfeeding women as well. In fact, if you’re still sceptical about it, the Pre-Treatment Swabs also help to minimise sensitivity. Now, does that sound like music to your ears? 🙂

Step 3: Apply peroxide-free whitening gel with the given syringe

Evil nurse in the making *ohohohoho*

The whitening gel is stored in syringes premarked with dosage units ranging from 0 ml to 3 ml for you to expel the correct amounts onto the whitening trays. You would only need 0.5 ml of the gel on each whitening tray, so each syringe should last for 3 applications (there are 3 syringes in each kit). Be mindful of your strength, though, because the syringe has very little plunger friction and you may accidentally expel too much if you’re not careful!

Don't be like me and wonder why nothing is coming out from the syringe and then realise that I haven't removed the cap. Don't laugh. It WILL happen to you lol

Don’t be like me and wonder why nothing is coming out from the syringe and then realise that I haven’t removed the cap. Don’t laugh. It WILL happen to you lol

Gently fill the area that will be touching the front surfaces of your teeth

Gently fill the area that will be touching the front surfaces of your teeth

Move the whitening trays around your teeth using the handle to distribute the gel evenly. Press down the trays and remove excess from the gums.

Move the whitening trays around your teeth using the handle to distribute the gel evenly. Press down the trays and remove excess from the gums.

Cut off the handles and put the mouth guard back on!

Cut off the handles and put the mouth guard back on!

The handles are there to actually help you grab your mouth guards while they mould to your teeth. You can already snip them off at this point to allow your LED device to sit comfortably in your mouth (as seen in the next step).

I’d have to, however, apologise to all you beauties and hunks with braces because results may be inconsistent on yours since Pop Smile products only whiten real teeth. Don’t worry, it won’t be too late to get Pop Smile when the day comes for you to remove your braces! Good things come to those who wait 😉

Likewise, refills are also available if you run out of your whitening gel!

Step 4:
Use LED light to accelerate whitening process

Step 4: Use the LED device to speed up your whitening process

The LED light activates the Pop Smile formula for faster whitening and even brighter results. It does not whiten your teeth when used alone. Powered by two lithium batteries, it also has the most bulbs in the market, making results 5 times faster. While other brands require you to leave their LED device in your mouth for 20 to 40 minutes , this does its job in just 10 minutes!

If your LED device isn't working, don't panic! Chances are, you haven't removed the plastic sheet between the batteries

If your LED device isn’t working, don’t panic! Chances are, you haven’t removed the plastic sheet at the bottom of the batteries

Press the white button to activate the light

Press the white button to activate the light

Ba dum tss!

Ba dum tss!

With the mouth guard still in your mouth, set your timer for 10 minutes. Alternatively, you can jut sit back and wait for the LED light to turn off on its own after the 10-minute mark

With the mouth guard still in your mouth, set your timer for 10 minutes. Alternatively, you can jut sit back and wait for the LED light to turn off on its own after the 10-minute mark

Sit back, relax and get ready for your bright, new Pop Smile! 10 minutes never passed so quickly before!

Sit back, relax and get ready for your bright, new Pop Smile! 10 minutes never passed so quickly before!

You will be ready for the camera with just a few more attempts!

You will be ready for the camera with just a few more attempts!

Once you have completed the final step, rinse your mouth and clean your LED device with a cloth. Do not wash your device as it is not waterproof! You would need to get a new kit if it’s damaged because it is not sold individually. You have been warned!

And now… the results:

No photoshop (apart from the text), no filter!

No photoshop (apart from the text), no filter!

At a quick glance, the results may not be as noticeable and significant as some claimed. But upon closer scrutiny, you would be able to see that the yellow stains – especially that nasty one between my two front teeth (which dentists I had consulted simply dismissed as a natural discolouration *pffffft*) – have become lighter and less obvious. When I checked my smile in the mirror, I noticed that my teeth have also more or less regained its radiance. Considering that I’m only into my second day of this 9-day programme (at point of writing), this is a fairly good progress I must say! Also, do note that I made no efforts to halt my tea drinking habits for this programme because, yeah, I really mean it when I say I love my tea. Can’t stop, won’t stop drinking tea 😆 *sips* Pop Smile, however, recommends users to stop taking in coffee, tea and wine for the duration of the treatment to maximise their results!

And you think that’s all there is to the kit? You can’t be more wrong! Your Ultimate Teeth Whitening Kit also comes with three additional items (including a mouth guard case) which you won’t be able to get anywhere else. Read on!

Bonus #1:
Teeth Whitening Pen

We are all busy people with appointments to keep and schedules to meet. That’s why we need a good and reliable teeth whitening pen for last-minute touch-ups and on-the-go whitening in our lives. Pop Smile’s Teeth Whitening Pen is for use between treatments or during emergencies such as when you had unwittingly chomped down a piece of chocolate chip cookie to appease your growling stomach before a date night. Go ahead and work that million-dollar smile!

Twist pen to dispense gel

Twist pen to dispense gel

Brush a thin layer of gel onto teeth, avoiding the gum line. Then, wait 60 seconds before rinsing your mouth with lukewarm water

Brush a thin layer of gel onto teeth, avoiding the gum line. Then, wait 60 seconds before rinsing your mouth with lukewarm water

Bonus #2:
Travel Pouch

There is absolutely no excuse for having yellow teeth in this day and age.. even if you’re always away from home. If you’re a frequent traveller, this complimentary zipper pouch is just about what you need to store all your Pop Smile teeth whitening tools.

A fashionable pouch that is able to fit EVERYTHING perfectly! A W E S O M E.

A fashionable pouch that is able to fit EVERYTHING perfectly! A W E S O M E.

All packed and ready to go!

All packed and ready to go!

Earlier today, McDonald’s offered me a complimentary cup of Oreo McFlurry as service recovery for their unusually delayed delivery so I took the opportunity to do a quick sensitivity test and voila, NO PAIN AT ALL. I was relieved yet ecstatic at the same time! 😀

I’ve seen plenty of teeth whitening/stain removal kits for sale at our local drugstores and had personally bought one to try but was of little to no avail (only caused added sensitivity). I thought this product was gonna be another gimmick but clearly it has proven otherwise. You’ve got to try it! 🙂

Meet my new smile!

Meet my new smile!

Thanks for reading! 🙂

The Pop Smile Ultimate Teeth Whitening Kit is available on their website with free worldwide delivery. For more information on shipping as well as the countries they deliver to, please refer to this page.
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[BOOK REVIEW] My School Uniform, a Photo Book for the Ages

Hello everyone!

During the good ol’ days back when I was in still studying at St. Gabriel’s Secondary, I was always intrigued or amused by the uniforms of other schools as I found some to be quite funny for various reasons.

A little backstory – I had the chance to take Music as an ‘O’ level subject at CHIJ St. Nicholas’ as my school did not offer it. It was such a memorable experience because I had the chance of meeting new friends from different schools. Now now, I know what you are thinking now. It definitely wasn’t memorable because I was a guy who suddenly had the chance to meet girls. On the contrary, I was extremely shy and nervous because I studied in an all-boys environment since primary school. On my first day at St. Nicks, my legs somehow managed to forget how to walk down stairs when I saw a group of girls walking past me that I slipped and fell. The giggles that I elicited from them will forever ring in my ears.

Jokes aside, my best memories were some of the classmates I met from Maris Stella, Catholic High and Holy Innocents. I remembered how I enjoyed teasing the guy from Catholic High because of his hairy legs which were visible because they had no long pants even in upper secondary.

Catholic High School

Catholic High School

It was recently announced in the news that another 22 secondary schools would be merged into 11 over the next 2 years due to declining cohort sizes. Singaporeans just aren’t producing enough babies to maintain a healthy number of students in all our schools! 😦

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I always find the announcement of such news extremely disheartening. Once the merger is completed, regardless whether the name of the newly merged school will be changed or not, it is rather certain that the uniforms of both merged schools will be lost in the process as there will be changes made to the existing uniform to reflect the new identify and direction of the newly formed schools.

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For those who are extremely nostalgic and worry that a part of your memories might be lost when these schools merged, fret not because of the recent launch of ‘My School Uniform’, the first-ever photography project in Singapore that has managed to cover more than 140 secondary schools, which is about approximately 85% of all the secondary schools in Singapore. A project supported by the National Heritage Board and spearheaded by Yix Quek, a creative and arts educator, its objective is to document the past and present – the way we were through what we wore – for future generations. Secondary schools were chosen as experiences of adolescence last a lifetime. They are our important formative years where we grapple with our innocence and struggle to define ourselves.

My School Uniform photography book (designed by Yong Kam Ling)

My School Uniform photography book (designed by Yong Kam Ling)

My School Uniform

My School Uniform

For most schools, the book showcases 3 different kinds of uniforms that students might have a chance to wear during their time in school.

  1. Councillor attire with the school ties and blazers that students might wear for official school events
  2. The day to day formal attire that students should be wearing if they have no Physical Education (PE) / CCA classes on that day
  3. Of course, the PE kit they wear for any sporting activities in school

This book strikes a chord in my heart because how the loss of uniforms is directly related to the closure of schools in Singapore, which Fiona had compiled on this blog. Apart from being able to admire the diverse and interesting uniforms from the different schools, I really liked the interesting trivia and information provided at the back of the book about the history of school badges. In particular, I loved the section on ‘Crests of Change’ which shed some information of how some school badges have evolved and changed over time due to various reasons. For instance, I did not really know that the St. Gabriel’s badge I used to wear while schooling has made way for a brand new crest which reflects the common historical heritage of Assumption English School, Montfort Secondary and St. Gabriel’s Secondary.

School badges, past and present

School badges, past and present

I strongly recommend everyone to get a copy of your book while it is still available on the shelves at Kinokuniya, Popular bookstore and Basheer Graphic Books as this is a book that surely can be passed down onto future generations. Besides, the fascinating nuggets of the schools’ history and strengths that accompany the well-taken shots (photographed by Nicky Loh, Louis Kwok, Soh Qiuling and Benny Loh) enable this book to be a comprehensive guide for primary school leavers who are still deciding on what secondary school to go to after the PSLE.

Here are some more previews of the Secondary schools you can find in the book:

Bedok North Secondary School

Bedok North Secondary School

Fuchun Secondary School

Fuchun Secondary School

Manjusri Secondary School

Manjusri Secondary School

Fairfield Methodist School (Secondary)

Fairfield Methodist School (Secondary)

If ever the day comes when students in Singapore no longer have to wear uniforms but are able to choose what they wear to schools such as the kids in the U.S., this book will really be a treasure trove of memories for you to think back about your time when you were in school. Hopefully future editions of this book will be able to include the other schools which were not covered in this book so no schools will be left out.

Thanks for reading!

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Infrared Therapy and Remedy at Rexults medSpa

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Hello everyone!

In this day and age of fast-paced lives, we are constantly confronted with overwhelming responsibilities and workplace challenges, so much so that it may be too much for our body to handle and gradually, it starts to show signs of distress. But more often than not we choose to turn a blind eye to these symptoms, perhaps because of commitments, and put ourselves at risk of many health problems such as depression and heart diseases. Hence, it’s important that we reward our body the good lovin’ it deserves before our health takes a turn for the worse.

How, you may ask. Of course, there are many ways in which you can unwind that doesn’t cost a single dime, like taking a peaceful sunset walk along the beach or going for a swim. But this one is for the sun-hating professionals who are ever feeling lethargic from work and in dire need of some reinvigorating. If that describes you, then be sure to check out Rexults medSpa at Orchard Road.

(If the name rings a bell, that’s because I had earlier reviewed its sister company Rexults Clinic, just directly opposite Rexults medSpa on the same level of Tong Building. Read my Liposonix experience at Rexults Clinic here!)

Rexults medSpa

Rexults medSpa

Walking into Rexults medSpa instantly gave me a feeling different from what I experienced on my first visit to Rexults Clinic. The dimly-lit interiors of the medSpa, in contrast to the illuminated waiting area at the clinic, provided a calming effect even before I embarked on any therapy. Although the doors of Rexults medSpa were only recently opened by its founder & director Mrs Elizabeth Wong in 2014, the venue was home to Renewal Day Spa which had occupied the same premises since 1994 (the first of its kind day spa in Singapore introduced by Mrs Wong).  In observing that today’s generation of people are subjected to high levels of stress, have unhealthy eating habits, and are exposed to a more polluted and ozone-depleting environment, Mrs Wong thought it was the perfect time to let people into a place that would address these bad effects of modern city living.

Rexults medSpa

Rexults medSpa

With more than 20 years of experience under her belt, Mrs Wong is truly considered one of the pioneers in Singapore’s spa industry. Her expertise, knowledge and understanding of the various types of spas worldwide has paved the way for the first-ever unique medSpa concept in Singapore. Using the latest scientific breakthroughs in ingredients and medical-grade equipment to boot, it provides specific set of therapies that focused on advanced aesthetics and bodyworks – all designed to combat health issues resulting from stressful urban lifestyle and at the same time help you enhance your skin health and well-being.

Rexults medSpa

Rexults medSpa

Be treated to a luxurious and therapeutic medSpa experience accompanied by the unparalleled skill and expertise of the therapists who uphold a high benchmark in service skills, grooming and etiquette – a hallmark of professionalism that Rexults medSpa prides themselves in possessing. You can rest assured that you will be well taken care of by the therapists, so just sit back and let them do their magic.

Consultation room

Consultation room

Following a consultation with one of the Client Care Manager at Rexults medSpa who wanted to know more about my lifestyle, healthy habits (or lack thereof) and concerns, I was scheduled a week later for a 30-minute Infrared Therapy for the body and a 90-minute Remedy for the skin (i.e. face). Do allow up to an hour of buffer time for changing, showering and other post-therapy activities.

Corridor of rooms

Corridor of rooms

Ah, yes, I was required to shower before and after the Infrared Therapy in a very spacious restroom. They have practically everything one would need to clean and prink herself there – hairdryer, hairbrush, cotton pads, moisturiser, cleanser, shampoo, conditioner, shower gel and more I haven’t discovered.

In the restroom - changing room (left) and shower room

In the restroom – changing room (left) and shower room

Huuuge dressing table

Huuuge dressing table

Thereafter, I was brought to another room to have my blood pressure checked to ensure that I was fit enough for the Infrared Therapy. I like that everything was done in a systematic manner because not only do I feel that my safety is of the medSpa’s utmost importance, it also speaks volumes about their professionalism.

The Infrared Therapy (u.p. S$95) heats the body directly (as opposed to the air) in a sauna that uses soothing dry far infrared heat, a treatment that is completely safe and will never inflict burns to the skin.  Since the (naked) body would be sweating excessively, the body eventually feels a tad lighter because calories are burnt throughout the 30-minute session. Besides, it also removes toxins and reduces inflammation and is proven to assist in pain relief as well as improving blood circulation and skin rejuvenation.

Infrared therapy sauna room

Infrared therapy sauna room

What sets the Infrared Therapy from other spas are the added features of LED lighting for improved skin rejuvenation benefits and music to make the experience most enjoyable.

Blue lighting

Blue lighting

The sauna is equipped with a countdown timer, a semi-hard bed and a towel to dry yourself. Heat is generated through the mesh panel at all four corners to guarantee perspiration within the first 5 minutes. Being rather tolerant towards heat, my first beads of sweat only formed after the 15-minute mark and before I knew it, my whole body was already engulfed in perspiration. In spite of that, the whole session was painless and relaxing and I found myself taking a short nap soon after.

I was only awoken by a staff who checked on me from outside the room to make certain that I didn’t faint midway through the process. The sauna experience was phenomenal – I was more refreshed and my skin also felt more supple after the therapy.

Post-Infrared Therapy

Post-Infrared Therapy

After taking a quick shower, I was ushered to another room for my next therapy, Remedy (u.p. S$220). Remedy is a full service face therapy that protects the skin from negative effects of pollution, stress and sun damage which would lead to acne, early aging, dehydrated skin and dull and sallow complexion. Prior to your face therapy, your therapist will invite you to select from a menu ranging from cool jazz to cool exotica to play while the therapy is under way. On top of that, you also get to bask in your preferred colour of LED lighting in the treatment room. I wanted a beach-like atmosphere with not-so-glaring light so I opted for blue LED lighting and spa sense music (sounds of crashing waves and seagulls).

List of songs to choose from:

cool jazz – instrumental jazz ballads
beatitude – music for the soul and heart
romance – soft instrumentals for romantics
spa sense – lush soothing spa music
cool exotica – slow world music beats
chill out – calm ambient contemporary slow beats

List of colours of LED lighting to choose from:

blue, bluish-green, yellow, orange, purple, red, green

Face treatment room

Face treatment room (with blue lighting)

That blissful look which plastered my face when the therapist massaged and cleansed my face at the same time

That blissful look which plastered my face when the therapist massaged and cleansed my face at the same time

 

 

Remedy begins with double cleansing and followed by Microdermabrasion to exfoliate and suck up dead skin cells. This was done so that the skin would be more receptive to the deep infusion of a high performance antioxidant Rexults moisturising serum. Unlike my previous Microdermabrasion experiences, the suction power of the system was strong enough to make me feel that my pores were being unclogged.

Microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion

No matter which beauty parlour you visit for facials, you are bound to be subjected to some form of discomfort from the dreaded extraction process. Rexults medSpa is no exception, but the pain I felt was especially bearable and there wasn’t a single time I flinched in agony. This was definitely unexpected considering that the last time I had extraction was four months ago (that’s how much I hate it) which I believe is more than enough time for tons of blackheads to accumulate on the face. The process was done professionally, chop-chop, so it went by in a blink of an eye.

With my pores emptied, they were now virtually ready to absorb anything that is applied on my face. The therapist proceeded to lay a piece of penetrable fabric and a thick coat of green-coloured mask above it. The application process was so enjoyable (imagine having your face caressed with a feather – the exact same feeling) that I drifted off to sleep once again.

The last part of the facial therapy

The last part of the facial therapy

Face mask application

Face mask application

Throughout the entire therapy, I was repeatedly surprised with soothing massages on the face after each segment was completed. Still, nothing beats the ultimate neck and shoulder massage I received towards the end to effectively relieved my tense muscles. Eye serum and tinted sunblock were finally applied on my hydrated face to conceal any redness (there was close to none in the first place, very surprisingly). Although the therapy lasted for a little more than 2 hours, I felt no time had passed at all.

Immediately after the face therapy, with tinted sunblock on. Notice the redness? Me neither!

Immediately after the face therapy, with tinted sunblock on. Notice the redness? Me neither!

Bare-faced, taken on the day after the therapy (pardon my just-woke-up look)

Bare-faced, taken on the day after the therapy (pardon my just-woke-up look)

The next day I woke up to a much softer and smoother face. My skin was just recovering from an acne outbreak (hence, those awful scars) triggered by my previous menstrual cycle and the therapies had visibly reduced most of the pores.

Rexults medSpa has kindly offered a special rate for my readers who are interested to try out BOTH therapies featured above. Trust me, the price is not going to be anything that will make you scrimp and save for the rest of the month. In fact, I think even tertiary students who are earning a decent amount of income would be able to afford it too.

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(That’s a ridiculous discount of S$247! You wouldn’t be able to find such a price at a renowned medSpa especially in a prime location like Orchard Road)

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To make an appointment, please call +65 66532979. Remember to quote my blog to enjoy this irresistible offer!

Should you have any enquiries, do not hesitate to raise them with the friendly therapists who are always very happy to clear your doubts 🙂

Thanks for reading, gorgeous people!

Rexults medSpa

302 Orchard Road ⋅ #17-02 ⋅ Tong Building ⋅ Singapore 238862
(Beside Paragon)
For appointments and enquiries, please call +65 66532979
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