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Following My Bliss

They say “Life isn’t about having what we want. It’s about wanting what we have”, true that, but for people who knows me, I always reach for the moon. Lately, I had been feeling that I had deviated slightly from my goals and there seems to be slow progress in the things that I do. But f* that recent setback, I am committed to getting better. Looking forward to July where I push myself beyond my comfort zone to take up Acting classes. For me, it has always been between choosing risk and striving for greatness, or risking nothing and being certain of mediocrity. What about you? Are you working for your mission in life?

Meanwhile, I am happy to have collaborated with Mizzue, Statelight.co, TheGreenRoomSg and VagueSketches (Tim) for this lookbook shoot. Enjoy the photos and to all who has aspiring dreams, always “follow your bliss“.

Cheryle Dibonaventura - Burgundy X Mizzue
Cheryle Dibonaventura – Burgundy X Mizzue
Mizzue Satchel Bag
Mizzue Satchel Bag
Statelight.co's Charm Locket and TheGreenRoomSg's Bouquet
Statelight.co’s Charm Locket and TheGreenRoomSg’s Bouquet
Statelight.co Blessed Charm Locket
Statelight.co Blessed Charm Locket

Dress from Lovebonito

Also, I am on a lookout for photo-editing/photography courses to put my SkillsFuture Credit Fund to good use, so let me know if anyone has any good or fun courses to introduce 🙂

With love,

Jacelyn-The-Dreamer-And-Doer

5 Must-Read Tips for Newly-Engaged Couples

As a guest speaker for many wedding events, here’s sharing 5 biggest money-saving tips for wedding couples before planning your wedding or attending wedding fairs.

(1)  On getting a good deal from the Venue

Wedding Shows really have the BEST and MOST WORTH IT packages! Besides, expecting discounts from the respective hotels or restaurants, it is also a one-stop location for your wedding needs as they bring related vendors to YOU. For instance, Le Queenz, a facial specialty salon, provides exclusive prices for their Bridal Illuminating Facial for the Brides and Deep Cleansing Facial for the Grooms only during wedding fairs. On top of it, for any sign up with the venue, you will stand to win EXTRA lucky draw items sponsored by participating vendors (you won’t get these goodies on normal sign-up days)! The lucky draw items are usually items or services that you will need for your big day, so that’s more cost savings gained.

Furama Riverfront X Jacelyn Phang Wedding Recommendation
Furama Riverfront Waterfall Lounge (Photo Credit: Singapore-Guide)

When choosing a venue, one extra thing to highlight is… never dismiss any venues based on your subjective preconceived notion if you have never been there! Many hotels have ballrooms that are surprisingly SO BEAUTIFUL!! Some of my friends dismissed certain hotel options because they are less convenient, or have an exterior that doesn’t look very new. However, these hotels are often the ones that put in A LOT of effort in decorating the interior space to make up for the inaccessibility. One example would be Furama Riverfront Hotel, if you are holding less than 20 tables, take the Waterfall Lounge area and you have a backdrop of a 20ft waterfall with lush tropical surroundings. I love the idea of having natural sunlight that lights the whole area which makes the area so INSTAGRAM-WORTHY!

(2) You need a PROFESSIONAL Wedding Emcee

It is recommended to let your best friends enjoy and be a guest to witness your union (unless your friend is really damn zai). A professional wedding emcee is a better candidate to help you take care of your wedding, especially, dealing with unexpected happenings/time control and entertaining your audiences; they make sure the event runs smoothly because they have EXPERIENCES in managing crisis.

I have attended a wedding where the emcees shamelessly ‘sell’ themselves, taking the limelight off the wedding couples. Emcee A actually announced that Emcee B is single, and is up for grab if anyone’s interested. They constantly make jokes that weren’t funny and even tried recruiting people for their businesses. Seriously, it is not funny.

From Left to Right: Emcee Sylvia, Jacelyn, Emcee Cyrus at Holiday Inn Atrium Wedding Showcase 2017
From Left to Right: Emcee Sylvia, Jacelyn, Emcee Cyrus at Holiday Inn Atrium Wedding Showcase 2017

Highly recommend Emcee Sylvia (she can sing super well too!) and Emcee Cyrus as your wedding emcees for any friends who are tying the knot. I’ve worked with them several times and they make any event so light-hearted, happy and entertaining.

(3) Glowing Skin does not happen OVERNIGHT

All brides want flawless and radiant skin, but if you have horrible skin, no amount of makeup or no matter how wonderful the products is, those can’t save you. Glowing skin does not happen overnight.

Honestly, getting good skin and looking radiant boils down to regular maintenance. Just like frequent exercises and haircuts, to keep your body toned and your hair healthy, your face also needs regular maintenance and massage to stay in tip top condition! 6 months before your big day, you should schedule monthly facials.

Le Queenz V Lift Facial

Le Queenz’s most popular V-Lift Facial is a 90 minutes treatment session to give dry skin a hydration boost and deep cleanse acne-prone skin to help prevent fewer breakouts. Don’t under-estimate how a relaxing facial session can help you unwind and have skin that glow from within. Call 6244 0228 or SMS 8533 2336 and quote “Jacelyn’s Blog X Le Queenz’s V-Lift Facial” to enjoy this Bridal facial for $68 Nett, valid till 31 Dec 2017.

Daily maintenance is equally important; at home, no matter how tired I am, I insist on applying at least a daily mask to meet my skin needs.

(4) An Auspicious Date for your Wedding Ceremony is NECESSARY

A majority of the couples (especially younger couples) rely on Tong Shu to calculate the auspicious date. However, the dates from the Tong Shu are very generic. The reason being that in the Tong Shu, only the zodiac sign are taken into consideration for the calculation of the dates. Instead, the usage of the couple’s Ba Zi (i.e. date, time, month and year of birth) is needed when choosing a suitable date.

Every date is represented by a specific element through the 5 elements theory. Through the years, many scientists and astrologists have computed past trends to come out with known auspicious timings, dates, humidity and even precipitation level for each date. These information help farmers’ plant seeds during Spring, grow plants during Summer, harvest during Autumn and let the land rest during Winter. And choosing a bad time is equivalent to planting seeds during Winter Time; without a good timing, it is hard for the marriage to have a good union.

Selection of Auspicious Date X Yuan Zhong Siu (for Wedding Dates)

Selection of an auspicious wedding date is ideal to lead you to happiness, harmony and wealth for you and your partner for the rest of the life. Yuan Zhong Siu’s Selection of Auspicious Date package is the most comprehensive in the market. It includes 2 sets of wedding dates for your consideration, which includes the date & time for your 过大礼,安床,迎接新娘,过门 and 回门 activities. It takes into account the Ba Zi of the couple as well as the zodiac signs of each of the parents-in-law. Service is priced at SGD188 and you can walk-in to any of their outlets – JEM, Chinatown Point, NEX or Fortune Centre or email admin@ntglobal.com to enquire for the service.

(5) FREE lunch

Most wedding fairs offer food sampling services for the attendees, so skip your lunch and turn up for the event! You get to enjoy interesting shows and engaging activities put up by the hotel – usually they would have live band performances, bridal fashion show and of course engaging lifestyle talk show with me to share more about useful Feng Shui and/or Bridal Beauty Tips!

Last but not least, go to AS MANY wedding showcases as possible, you will be surprised how much goodies the hotels and wedding vendors will provide just to entice you to take on their services and/or products.

With that, here’s wishing all lovely couples everlasting love and a blessed marriage!

With love, Jacelyn

3 Cafes in Singapore Worth Your Tummy Space

A very short blog post revealing my go-to places for good desserts (plus these are all stunning cafes worthy of your instagram feed) that you won’t regret going.

ONE.   Paddy Hills – for the BEST Pancake in Singapore

Jacelyn X Favorite Dessert in Singapore

I don’t know if I would regret publicizing this place because this is my ULTRA FAVORITE café. Everything I tried (mains, desserts and even drinks) at Paddy Hills are all SO GOOD and photogenic-looking so far. The Berry Ricotta pancake is crispy on the outside and buttery soft in the inside; it melts in your mouth and has a generous serving of berries! Freshly made upon ordering, there are only limited pieces per day. Curious Palette has a similar version but Paddy Hill’s version wins hand down. To date, I think this is really my NUMBER ONE favourite dessert in Singapore (not joking).

Visit them at 38 South Buona Vista Road Singapore 118164

TWO.   The Plain Jane & Rich & Good Cake Shop – for Swiss Roll

Jacelyn X The Plain Jane

Located within Serangoon heartlands lie a small cosy café which specializes in a handful of different flavours of Swiss Rolls (Earl Grey, Matcha, Strawberry Yogurt, Thai Milk Tea, etc). And on an usual basis, you will get to meet Jane, the lady boss, whom is a passionate entrepreneur who shares about her bakes with a lot of enthusiasm. On my second visit, she nicely offered 2 new flavours for our table to try (all thanks to K whom is a regular at The Plain Jane!). All the flavours were good, but I only have eyes on the original flavour of their Swiss Roll. Each swiss roll is pillow soft and the inner filling is smooth and creamy (not jiat-lat at all)! A pity that The Plain Jane doesn’t have Durian flavoured Swiss Roll; so if you are a fan of Durian (like me!), you can also try Rich & Good Cake Shop for your durian fix.  

Visit The Plain Jane at Block 211 Serangoon Ave 4 #01-10 Singapore 550211 and Rich & Good Cake Shop at 24 Kandahar Street Singapore 198887.

THREE.   Sinpopo Brand

Jacelyn X Sinpopo

Many cafes dot along Joo Chiat Road, as I was there walking towards Awfully Chocolate wanting to get my favourite HEI ice cream, my friends and I stumbled upon Sinpopo Brand Café and was drawn in. There were many seats available on a weekend night, and we decided to give it a try. We ordered the Frisee Salad with Crispy Muah Chee, Orange Kaya Pisang Crème Brulee (too sweet to my liking L), Pandan Tart, Katong Jelly drink and Sng Muay Pop. Everything we tried was ordinary but the PANDAN TART was da bomb! (Not sure if my review is bias because I love everything pandan flavoured) The pandan tart has a light pandan frangrant and it has a velvety smooth and soft texture which balances out nicely with the tart pastry.

Slightly over-priced, but I am planning a second trip to try their Pandan soufflé and Durian Pengat which were both sold out that night. If any of you have tried, please write me your reviews too heh.

Visit them at 458 Joo Chiat Road Singapore 427671

I am looking forward to more sweet adventures this year, talk to me and write to me at phangjacelyn@gmail.com about your favourite dessert haunts as well!

With love, Jacelyn

Macau Recommendations X Jacelyn Phang

All thanks to Singapore Women Association, I had the privilege to be invited to participate in Women Sports Festival 2017! Organized by Macau Sports Council and the Women General Association of Macau, I had the opportunity to gather with many wonderful women all around South East Asia region for a healthy cause.

Jacelyn P X Macau Sport Festival

The Singapore team had great fun performing at Senado Square and attending the Macau Sports Festival Health Seminar which focused on an interesting discussion on the topic of Aerobic Exercises. 

Jacelyn X Singapore Women Association

And of course I took time to visit several good places which I would love to recommend! Here’s 5 recommended things to do in Macau.

NUMBER ONE. Portuguese Egg Tart

Jacelyn X Macau Egg Tart - Lord Stow

I am the biggest egg tart fan so Portuguese egg tarts are a must have for me! A sinful treat, you’ll not be disappointed with Lord Stow Bakery’s version of the edible icon for Macau. The most convenient for you to get your egg tart fix is at The Venetian Hotel, where you get to make your rounds for your shopping too. Their Ice Milk Tea is also one of the best that I had in Macau; you will regret not trying it! Lord Stow has a couple of outlets in the city, click here for the list of their outlets. P.S. I thought the egg tart at Koi Kei Bakery was very ordinary though.

NUMBER TWO. Casino Hop

Jacelyn X Wynn Palace

I visit Macau regularly but I haven’t gotten bored of it because the new hotels spring out so fast! This year I visited The Parisian and Wynn Palace both of which are really beautiful especially the latter.

wing-lei-palace

Photo Credit: TripAdvisor

For an exceptional dinner experience, I had dinner at Wing Lei Palace at Wynn Palace. Serving Cantonese fine-dining, I enjoyed their roast meat selection the best! Every details count at this restaurant, I loved that their flower pieces on each table are all fresh blooms and every item in the restaurant are coordinated to match their theme colors. You also get to see the Performance Lake water show every 20 minutes, dining there is definitely a feast for all your senses. Not forgetting that service was exceptional as well (FYI, I am not paid to say this haha). Super romantic if you want to impress your date! 😉

The Venetian and The Galaxy have elaborate decorations, if you haven’t been to Macau; they are worth a visit too!

NUMBER THREE. Drinks & Party

I visited SKY 21 for a rooftop bar experience and Club Cubic @ Hard Rock Hotel this trip.   

Jacelyn X Sky 21 and Club Cubic Nightlife Macau

SKY 21 bar is a cosy place which suits couples and love birds. With a lot of sofa seats, it is not too noisy and really comfortable to chill at. There weren’t anything spectacular as you can’t see most of the view unless you step out to the alfresco area where most patrons use it as the smoking area. Service was slightly below expectations but the cocktails like Victoria Secret and Angel were quite pleasant.

To party your night away, I recommend Club Cubic; Macau’s biggest club in both hype and space. The party starts after 12am; enjoy Ladies Night on Friday nights and DJ acts on most Saturdays. Entry fee was 250 Macau dollars inclusive of a drink. My greatest catch that night was seeing TVB actor Lawrence Ng!!

NUMBER FOUR. Seafood!

Jacelyn Macau Seafood Recommendation

Don’t miss feasting on seafood treats when in Macau. My must-haves are steamboat, huge oysters, Angus Beef and Canadian Geoduck!

NUMBER FIVE – The House of Dancing Water

Macau X The House of Dancing Water

Photo Credit: Pinterest

The House of Dancing Water is the world’s largest water-based show that is so breathtaking and spectacular! The story depicts a love story of a survivor of a shipwreck falling in love with a beautiful princess; but like any fairy tale story, the happily ever after ending never comes easily. The duo was cruelly separated and their love were tested by the Princess’s evil stepmother, the Dark Queen. Filled with heart-stopping stunts, I think this is really one of the best performances I’ve watched in recent years!

Last tip to share, purchase SIM card with data plan from the vending machine in the airport instead of from touting individuals in those car rental booths. For some petty cost savings, the SIM card that I got from the airport counters doesn’t work  well. It taps on 3G network, can be used to send messages but connection to Instagram and Facebook is pathetically limited 🙁 My other girl friends whom had bought the cards from the vending machine has high speed 4G instead!

If you are in Macau to try your luck, here’s wishing you the best too!

Xoxo, Jacelyn 

Korean Ouni Skincare Course Review X Jacelyn Phang

(SP) Tucked in the eastern part of Singapore, I visited one of Ouni Beauty’s many Training Centres. Entering the location, there is a very simple, cosy yet spacious enough classroom for the course.

Ouni Beauty X Classroom

Being in the beauty industry, I am always eager to learn new technology, gain new knowledge and meet like-minded individuals, so I was very excited to be attend one of the class! I dropped by on a regular weekday to attend the last day of the class where Teacher Youmi taught the Korean Skincare course. Graduated from Ewha Womans University, Teacher Yumi is the co-founder of Ouni Korea whom has also chalked up many years of experience as a Beauty Trainer and consultant internationally. She has a gentle demeanour and seemed very easy to talk to; I was told that Teacher Youmi could converse fluently in Korean, Mandarin and English.

Ouni Beauty Skincare Workshop

The knowledge taught is great if you are starting out in the beauty industry and has zero experience in the industry. Teacher Youmi was always patient with the hundred questions thrown by students and is very hands-on with the actual demonstration of the various Korean Skincare Treatments. For those who wish to learn about the Korean beauty industry trends, the course will cover the below treatments:

(1)    Korean Water Shine BB Covered Treatment

Water Shine BB Covered Treatment

If your dream is to obtain the flawless and dewy skin that Koreans have, you no longer have to travel to Korea to find out all about the Korean skincare secrets that helps you be naturally beautiful. With Ouni expanding to South East Asia, you can get to attend classes in Singapore, Taiwan, China and Korea.

(2)    Korean 24K Gold Mask Treatment

Korean 24k gold mask treatment

This treatment is for lifting and firming purpose to help reduce the appearance of lines whilst brightening the skin.

(3)    Korean MTS Facial Lift

Miss Youmi hands on demonstration

An 8 hours class, the class starts from morning 9am till 6pm.  The class that I attended had about 10-12 students, most of them young, in their twenties. For a leisurely class to enrich your beauty knowledge or learn something new; don’t miss exploring opportunities with Ouni Beauty. I heard that their company has since expanded to have more than 50 outlets and 9 academies in the Asia region, and there are more than three thousand of students whom had attended their courses.

Ouni Class

Graduates will also receive a certificate from the HQ in Korea upon completion of the course. Besides the Skincare course, Ouni also specialize in Korean Semi-Permanent Embroidery and Korean Eyelash Extension courses if you are interested. Visit their Facebook page here for more information and sign up could be done through here.

ouni beauty korea

If you are looking to turn your passion into career, I do encourage you to start by picking up a new skill and Ouni’s representative is always here to assist you should you have any enquiries. Be in touch with their specialists for them to help you today! Get in touch via email (evelyn@ouni.kr), call 62094877 or whatsapp at +65 9710 6096 to be in contact with any of Ouni’s specialist.

P.S. Thanks for reading till the end, and do quote “OuniJP” for a $100 discount off the course fees! Here’s wishing all of us be prettier than ever in 2017!

With much love, Jacelyn

 

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide for Her

It is less than 1 week to Valentine’s Day and if you are still not prepared, you are in deep trouble haha.  Read the post here for my quick guide on finding the perfect gift for HER.

Jacelyn X Vday Gift Guide 2017

This Valentine, whether you are spending it with someone special, I urge you to show more love to yourself. Your self worth or confidence does not come from anyone but from yourself. Have a splendid day filled with love and remember to make time to do things you enjoy too.

With love, Jacelyn

5 Gifting Ideas For Your Female Friends

11 more days to Christmas and if you’re still fretting what to give your female friends, you can read the link below for some ideas.

http://www.myfatpocket.com/lifestyle/blogger-exclusives/blogger-jacelyn-5-things-to-buy-for-your-female-friends-this-christmas.html

Updates:

  1. To get your customized label Nutella bottles, I just realized Nutella’s booth move every week! You can check out the locations here: nutellamessenger.com/locations
  2. Also, if you are thinking of getting face masks from LMChing, the correct link is  www.lmching.com (so sorry that the link was broken in the previous post).

Wishing everyone a jolly and happy festive season!

With love, Jace

Eyelash Extension at Lushlashh

(SP) It’s been awhile since I last updated this space as I had been tasked for several overseas assignments by my company to conduct the Mid Brain class in different cities. This time I am back in Singapore for two weeks and I hope I can complete as many work as I would like.

Before I go for any overseas assignments, I would like to get my eyelash extension done as it saves a lot of my make up time. This is extremely important because I can sleep in a little longer and save A LOT of my time on eye make-up. All I have to do is dust some loose powder on the face and brush a little blusher on the cheeks; and I will be ready for my day!

I was invited to Lushlashh which is centrally located at 13A Bali Lane.

Jacelyn Phang X Lushlashh

Stepping in, the outlet is spacious and roomy; there is also a waiting area with sofa, so whoever who is accompanying you for the session can wait comfortably too. I am super afraid of the cold, so I love that I can tuck under their comfy blanket when I am on the treatment bed while getting my lashes fixed.

Here’s a quick guide and some tips for you to note if you haven’t done eyelash extension before:

  1. Have an idea of what you want

Jacelyn X Lushlashh Eyelash Extension Menu

If not, fret not too; before the treatment, you can speak to the therapist to understand the lashes they have and pick one from their selection. I like my lashes dramatic otherwise I see no point in doing it. In my opinion, if you want something that others can barely notice, you might as well just use a mascara to achieve the same effect for yourself. But not everyone thinks the same, so Lushlashh has a variety of choices for you to pick. As for myself, I decided to go for C-curl 12mm for a natural yet WOW effect.

2.       Never open your eyes during the treatment

A fuller set of lashes instantly!
A fuller set of lashes instantly!

Lushlashh specializes in strand by strand eye lash extension using products directly imported from Korea. Applying a full set of lashes takes about an hour so you get to have a shut eye while having it done. I think I fell asleep halfway haha. Do avoid opening your eyes during the application so that no glue will get into your eye!

3. Always check the eyelash extension results

Jacelyn Phang Fashionista Eyelash Extension 2016

When it is done, always check the mirror to see if you are happy with the results. There were some strands that were wrongly glued to my lower lash line, I told the therapist and within the next 5 mins, I have the perfect lashes I have been looking for! At Lushlashh, you can be sure you get to be happy with how the lashes look before you leave the place.

4.       Avoid oil-based make up remover for a lasting results

For a lasting result, avoid using oil based products or makeup remover around the eye area. They could weaken the adhesive glue and cause lashes to fall off.

Jacelyn Phang X After Eyelash Extension Lushlashh

My overall experience with Lushlashh was good. They were thoughtful to use an eye mask for the eye instead of using painful sticky eye tape for bottom lashes. I like that the eye mask could help to rejuvenate and brighten my dark eye circles while I had my extension done. Most importantly, I like the outcome of the extensions! The lashes were feathery and light, I didn’t feel that there was anything that was weighing down or making my eyes uncomfortable.

Thank you Lushlashh for keeping my lashes fluttery and ready for any work trips!

To book an appointment, contact +65 85685268.

Their operating hours are: Mon – Fri: 1030-1930 (last appointment), Sat 1100-1730 (last appointment).

For more information, you can check out their FB page too – https://www.facebook.com/Lushlashh/.

Thanks for reading X

With love, Jacelyn

The Local People Sg Art Market

Jacelyn Phang X Art Flea 2016

Visited The Local People Art Flea  to support local designers and entrepreneurs last Friday and was pleasantly surprised by the huge turnout for the event! Tanjong Pagar Railway track was massively packed from the entrance and I could barely moved from stalls to stalls inside.

The Local People Sg Art Flea

As someone who has always been interested in entrepreneurial activities, I  am really happy to see Singaporeans supporting local businesses. I considered myself extremely blessed to have been able to be on the prestigious NUS Overseas College (NOC) program where I had the opportunity to study in Fudan University and interned in a start up company of my choice in Shanghai for a year. The overseas and internship experience in a start-up was enriching and life-changing. It changed my perspective of life, and I am so glad I get to live my entrepreneurial dreams now that I am managing Le Queenz too! #supportlocal

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Anyway, the flea had many handmade items and if you would like unique accessories, quirky items and indie products, you will definitely love the flea! More importantly, you will also get to support local entrepreneurs with dreams together with the courage to pursue their dreams 🙂 To find out more about the local people’s upcoming flea, follow them on @thelocalpeoplesg on IG or follow their Facebook account here. (P.S. I do not get paid for saying these and this is not a sponsored advertisement)

Jacelyn Phang X Tanjong Pagar Railway

Outfit of the day is my first denim overalls from  PurPur that is so casual and chic. For the month of March, they are also having a 10% storewide discount + additional 10% off if you purchase a minimum of 2 pieces; so shop away!

With love, Jace

 

ilight marina bay 2016

ilight festival 2016 X Jacely Phang Jing Qi

ilight marina bay is Asia’s leading sustainable light art festival; happening from 4 -27 March (admission is completely free), you can expect to see kaleidoscopic display of light installations and be serenaded by live music performances along marina bay.

ilight festival 2016

This is the forth edition of the light art festival, but my very first visit. I started my walk from Marina Bay Sands, and am pleasantly surprised by the number of people I see at the pop up stalls of Pasar Bella and how happening the area is! You can expect to see flea market vendors at the Marina Waterfront Bazaar, musical acts at the festival stage and Uncle Ringo’s carnival games! There’s basically something to see and play for people of all ages to enjoy.

Jacelyn Phang Angel i light

For a person who loves taking photo, there are a couple of places for you to grab images. and this is my favorite photo of the night!

Jacelyn Phang Haagen Dazs Ice Cream i light

I had a lot of fun looking at the different installations while keeping my tummy happy by getting food options from pop-up store of Haagen Dazs and food truck like Old Chang Kee. P.S. this is usually how I look because I love stuffing my face silly with food!

Jacelyn phang X i light festival

Lastly, I really like that the participating artists make use of recyclable materials and adopted energy-efficient lighting technology for some of their installations. As Leonardo DiCarprio said, “Let’s not take this planet for granted”, so let us collectively actively promote and remind each other to practice an environmentally responsible behavior for a sustainable future.

Do visit the festival if you are around the area!

With love, Jace