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.
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.
“Singapore is a melting pot of culture and diversity, so what better way to experience our multi-cultural nation than through our food? Here’s a list of my favourite go-to places for some yummilicious food for yourself or any of your guest.”
Our eyes are the window to our souls; it is often the first feature that catches another person’s attention when meeting someone new. Our pair of eyes can scarily also tell many things, whether it is your age, emotion or health. As beautiful as our Caldecott queen Zoe Tay is, it is hard not to spot her fine lines around her eye area on High Definition television now. Don’t get me wrong, I am a huge fan of Zoe Tay and I love that she advocates aging gracefully, yet wrinkles are sometimes still a little bit distracting for me. These fine lines scream AGE.
My issue is not so much for the wrinkles YET, but for the longest time, I had been battling with sunken eyes and dark under eye circles due to poor blood circulation around my eyes area. Eye bags could be caused by a variety of different reasons, including diet (high salt intake), lifestyle (late nights), stress, dehydration and genetics. As we age, the eyes are usually the first area to show signs of aging and fatigue since the skin around the eyes is the thinnest. Correcting this problem is what I have always wanted; read here to see part one of the story “Jacelyn X Halley Medical Aesthetics: Consultation on my 1st EVER filler”; and in this second blogpost, I’ll be sharing more on the Filler Process and Results.
Expert opinion from Dr Terence Tan
For my situation, I knew I don’t want to correct the loss of volume around my eye area with a surgery; I was looking for something that has the wow factor, which is quick and easy with NO DOWNTIME.
For a non-surgical approach, Dr Terence Tan from Halley Medical Aesthetics suggested Restylane Perlane and Restylane Vital, a kind of hyaluronic acid base filler, for my treatment. The filler can help to fill up indentation, improve tear troughs, and remedy imperfections under the eyes. When Restylane is injected, it helps to make the eyes appear better-rested and fuller.
Restylane is a biocompatible and biodegradable product, which means that it is not harmful to the body and is broken down and removed from the body naturally. In other words, it is SAFE to be injected into human body. Together with the use of this “Magic Needle”, this procedure is recommended by Dr Tan as one of the most effective ways to reduce under eye bags with no down time.
The procedure only took 10 minutes, it was nothing nerve wrecking or scary mainly because Dr Tan would always take time to explain each step of the procedure to me. I rested on a comfy big chair with a comfy towel covering my legs, and was surprised by how minimal the pain was.
A cooling numbing cream was first applied on my eye area followed by the application of an ice pack. When Dr Tan started the procedure, I didn’t even feel the needle poking underneath my skin, I was still smiling to the camera, because I didn’t feel any pain at all. To be honest, my tolerance of pain is rather low, you would most probably hear me screaming from the top of lungs even if I accidentally hit onto anything (whether it is the edge of the table or the corner of a chair). Yet, with Dr Tan’s careful and intricate application, the process was NEARLY pain-free.
Dr Tan used the “sandwich technique” which involved injecting the Restylane Perlane, which is a firmer filler below for lift first before injecting Restylane Vital, which is a softer filler to smooth out the fine wrinkles. This resulted in a more natural look.
Dr Tan starting the procedure and injecting the fillers
As the eye area is generally more sensitive, I was expecting bruises, swelling, or redness; but I got NONE of these at all.
I absolutely saw a difference in my eyes and with the new enhanced volume; you can see that my skin around the eye area is revitalized INSTANTLY. The “hollowness” under the eyes disappeared and there is also a notable enhanced cheek area.
I was smiling ear to ear in this photo which was taken immediately after my filler procedure because I am SO pleased with the results.
1) There was no surgical scarring for such non-invasive treatment
2) There was no overnight hospital stay and I could get on with my normal daily routine right away!
3) This means no time off work and NO DOWNTIME!
4) This would also mean that I would use less time on my make up routine to cover my eye bags (which always seem to look unnatural anyway).
In my opinion, for whatever procedure that you are keen to do, it is very important that you do it with a highly experienced and trustworthy doctor. Even though fillers seem like a simple and low risk injection, it really requires the right skills to target the proper depth and anatomical safety boundaries to get excellent results.
My personal reason for liking Dr Tan has got to be his professionalism. I actually turned up at Halley Medical Aesthetics for my fillers appointment one day before my Miss Singapore International 2016 auditions. However, upon knowing this information, Dr Tan rejected and refused to do the filler injection on that visit. Side effects as mentioned include swelling, bruising and redness; and Dr Tan would rather not have me take the 5% probability of bruise factor which might affect my performance for my audition the next day. He chose to do the right thing instead of proceeding with the procedure.
Unlike other doctors who do not give personal touch, I find it comfortable with Dr Tan because he would always try to understand the requirements of his patients better before suggesting any procedures. Knowing that I am very conservative when it comes to appearance enhancing procedures, he did a great job educating me about the information of fillers, its risks, its effects, and addressed every fear I had about it.
All in all, no matter how far you would go for your pursuit of beauty, always be safe; and I know I am in safe hands with Halley Medical Aesthetics.
For those who are interested in the cost of the products used for me, it is as below:
– 1 syringe of Restylane Perlane $780
– 1 syringe of Restylane Vital $650
For more information, book for a thorough consultation with Dr Tan and their contact information can be found below.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
Dressed in a full outfit from Pur Pur, featuring a blue floral frills tube top and a D-ring white skorts. I like that the outfit is feminine and chic at the same time, it is perfect for everyday wear and even to casual dinner dates. The versatile top can be worn two ways, either as a tube top or an off-shoulder top depending on how you like it. Either way, it’s perfect for our tropical climate and you can show off your collarbone at the same time (think fun and sexy!). The skorts is both girly and convenient for you when running errands; there’s going to be zero worry about up-skirt situations.
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If you didn’t catch Cinderella: A Fairly True Story, you really haven’t missed out.
Told from the point of a view of a reporter (the narrator of the story), Cinderella: A Fairly True Story features a great cast of talents singing, acting and dancing beautifully by the huge RWS Theatre stage. This production from Belgium directed by Karina Mertens features the classical Cinderella fairytale, with the focus on Cinderella’s relationship to her Mother (Deborah de Ridder).
I enjoyed myself immensely whenever the nanny of the prince (Wanda Joosten) and the Stepmother (Sara de Smedt) sang. Their energy was contagious and it was the most enjoyable highlights of the show for me.
You also get surprises in between the show like when Cinderella’s dress turned from rags to a beautiful blue gown and also when the pumpkin turned into a shiny golden carriage!
I was expecting an enchanting and magical performance, but to be frank, I was fairly disappointed at many points of the production. Firstly, the prince (Caleb Vines) was less charming and tall as I would like him to be. I would think he’s more cute than suave. Which is a total letdown for a diehard disney fan when I saw him. He’s also a nanny-boy by the way.
I wished that Cinderella (Charlotte Campion) had sang more than she did in the production too. She has a crystal clear voice that lit up the whole theatre whenever she sang. But there were little of her dialogues and singing.
Featuring a mix of original music and popular radio hits (like “I Gotta Feeling”, “Everything I Do, I Do It For You”), I didn’t like the fusion of songs played.
Overall, they were a few light hearted moments, good comic actic and great singing, but I think the show is more catered for kids than for adults (i.e. more gimmicks that real solid content). Not complaining because it is decently worth its price; I got the cheapest ticket for only $58.50 (after a 25% discount) per pax and the Resort World Theatre is pretty comfortable (you can get relatively near the stage even with the cheapest ticket price category!).
P.S. The show is not worth recommending so my review came in so late.
“You will have the habits 20 years from now that you put into practice today. So look at the behavior you admire in others and make those your habits, and look at what you find reprehensible in others and decide those are the things you are not going to do” – Warren Buffett.
I couldn’t agree more. 10 days to 2016, I am still struggling to write my resolutions. One thing for sure, in 2016, I promise to be a better (and a more consistent) blogger!