What do you look for when choosing a backpack? For me it has to be functional, stylish and practical. The reason why I’d carry a backpack is because you can distribute the weight over both shoulders and be able to lug heavier stuff around. And this is why I’d always choose one that can carry the bulky stuff I need like my laptop, charger cable, purse, phones, water bottle, snacks, etc. This list obviously gets longer if I’m moving around with my kids.
I really like the minimalist look of the backpacks from Gaston Lugawhich originates from Sweden. The elegant style and practical details so typical of the backpacks from this brand gives it that Scandinavian minimalism look which suits all different occasions whether I’m taking the kids out to the beach or if I’m packing my laptop and work essentials to head to a meeting.
What makes the backpacks from Gaston Luga so perfect for travelling is how each bag has a special passport and travel ticket pocket to allow for easy accessibility and safety. This has now become an elegant leather detail in every single Gaston Luga backpack.
I love the details of the backpack and with the expandable metal hook closer I can adjust it to fit depending on how much I pack into the bag. There’s even a laptop pocket within it, along with four smaller compartments to contain my phone, wallet, keys and other smaller items so they don’t end up swimming around inside. The inner lining of the bag is made of 100% cotton and the colour is just so pretty!
There are four metal studs under the bag which give it extra protection from abrasive or rough surfaces and also adds to giving it a cooler look. The basic colours of the bag also make it so easy for me to match it with whatever I’m wearing. Whether I’m dressed for meetings, work or play.
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I’m very fortunate that I have good eyesight apart from the fact that I’m night-blind, because this means that I don’t need to wear glasses. But for the sake of protecting my eyes from sun
damage, I do still need to wear sunglasses and here’s where I have a problem. My nose-bridge is almost non-existent and this means glasses sit on my cheeks instead of my nose.
So I was very thankful when I got to meet Dr. Terence Tan from Halley Medical Aesthetics and understood how a threadlift treatment done to my nose bridge could help me with this problem. The best part is how it would also help enhance the features of my nose without surgery or implants.
Threadlift is a minimally invasive treatment used to:
– help tighten the skin
– contour and help rejuvenate the face, neck, and eye area
– enhance the shape of the nose
How does the Threadlift procedure work?
This non-surgical procedure uses absorbable ultra-fine threads with anchors, like cones, which are inserted under the skin and act like scaffolds. This has a lifting effect on sagging skin.
These threads work to continuously stimulate the skin over time to produce collagen for a long-lasting and natural looking lift, and the effects can last up to 2 years.
Because the threads are anchored on to the skin, it stays where it’s inserted.
During the consultation with Dr. Terence Tan, he explained to me about how the procedure would help me achieve a more contoured nose bridge and my nose tip.
He recommended the Y-KO/N-Finders PDO (polydioxanone) threads for my nose threadlift treatment. He also explained that these threads use cogs or tiny hooks for anchoring, which would eventually become fully absorbed by the body. I was so relieved that no incisions or stitches were necessary at all. Yay!
What I really appreciate about this procedure is how it’s not invasive like rhinoplasty, and yet the effects can last beyond two years because of how collagen and blood vessels would have grown around the treatment site. So the nose would still look more contoured as compared to pre-procedure.
Yes, even after having been through 4 C-sections, I still cannot stand the thought of getting cut at all. Shudders….. So knowing that this procedure would not involve any incision was very reassuring.
Can you see the relief on my face?
This is the product that Dr. Terence Tan used for my nose threadlift procedure. The Y-KO/N-Finders PDO thread is fully absorbable by the body and the ultrafine thread would be inserted under the skin at the targeted area where it would stimulate the production of collagen and fibroblasts. This process leaves no scars and the skin lifting and contouring effects are immediate.
Looking forward to the procedure after having all my questions answered.
Dr. Terence Tan marked a line at the centre of my nose to serve as a guide during treatment.
Local anesthetic was also applied before the thread was inserted.
I hardly felt any discomfort at all after the anesthetic kicked in and as the threads were inserted, I was surprised at how I could still carry on a simple conversation with the doctor. That’s how simple the procedure is! And all in all including the waiting time for the anesthetic to kick in, it actually took less than an hour.
The photos below show where the needle was inserted to guide the thread in and position it in the right place.
Right after the procedure, we took some after shots to compare with the ones we took before just less than an hour ago, and these are the immediate results!
You can clearly see that my nose bridge is sharper and overall my nose is more contoured. I am really happy with the results and the best part is how you can quickly make this a lunchtime treatment without any downtime needed. I even went on to teach a class, a couple of hours after this.
Seeing the before and after pictures, and now being able to wear my sunglasses without having it slipped off my nose and sitting on my cheeks, I have only wished I had done this earlier!
I’m clearly pleased with the results of the threadlift treatment that was done at Halley Medical Aesthetics and I would confidently recommend them to anyone looking to enhance their features or achieve a more defined look for their nose.
Taken just minutes after I left the clinic. I love how there was no swelling or bruising after the procedure and that I could just go about my usual activities.
Taken two weeks after the threadlift treatment.
I’m convinced at how safe and convenient this treatment is and would highly recommend Halley Medical Aesthetics to anyone considering a nose threadlift.
Being someone who spends a lot of time on outdoor activities and being under the sun, I do have to put in even more effort and care when it comes to looking after my hair and skin. And especially since I have long hair, it shows very easily when my hair is dry and stressed from being outdoors in the humidity and in the swimming pool.
With four active little girls, it is inevitable that we spend a lot of playtime outdoors and in the water and I’m very particular when it comes to choosing suitable hair care products as they do enjoy using the same products as their mommy does. A fragrant scent is a must-have and so is the ease of use. I really don’t have the luxury of time when it comes to sitting a hair salon often for a treatment and neither does it work for me to spend too much time in the
bathroom waiting for hair oils or masks to take effect after half an hour.
When I was introduced recently to Coco & Eve Like a Virgin Hair Masque, I was immediately smitten with the lovely scent of the product. The adorable packaging and pink Tangle Tamer was a really nice touch too. My kids have even been taking turns brushing their manes with it ever since it came out of the box.
Opening the adorable box that the mask and Tangle Tamer came in just made me smile because I absolutely love the tropics and this just makes me think of coconut trees and the beach!
Now what’s so special about Coco & Eve’s Hair Masque apart from the beautiful scent and lovely packaging? It’s actually vegan friendly, animal-friendly (not tested on animals) and gluten free! Its also made without parabens which can dry out and damage our hair,and is free from phathalates and sulphates that is
present in over 98.9% of other hair products out there. As a mother to young children, this is definitely good news for me and I am more than happy to share my first tub of hair masque from Coco & Eve with them.
The ingredients in the hair masque actually include raw virgin coconuts and fig, which are superstars when it comes to restoring your hair and it shows even after just one treatment! The other ingredients include shea butter, argan oil and linseed. These together help to hydrate our manes, prevent split ends, unfizz hair and add glorious shine that I really appreciated after I dried my hair from the first treatment.
The pastel pink Tangle Tamer came in really handy when it comes to evenly
spreading the hair masque from root to tip in the shower.
I love how I only need to leave the masque on for only 10 minutes to reap the full benefits of the hydrating and restoring benefits of the powerful ingredients.
Check out my before and after pictures below. You can clearly see how after just one use Coco & Eve’s Like a Virgin Hair Masque has helped smoothen out my hair. But the softness of my mane and that wondrous tropical fragrance is what
convinces me to want to stock up on this power-packed hair care product
Not only is my hair so soft to touch now after using the hair masque for over a week, I also noticed that my split ends have been repaired and tamed. The silky texture of my hair stays that way even after playing outdoors for hours with my kids! And you imagine how happy I am that my girls all have that same silky soft feel to their hair because I don’t have to worry about tangles and brushing their hair all the time. I only wish there could be a packaging it comes in that makes it so convenient to travel with and take along in my gym bag every day.
At the of how my kids and I are using up this gem of a hair masque, I’m so going to order a few more tubs online at cocoandeve.com just to make sure that we don’t run out of this ridiculously great product!
Thank you Coco & Eve for pampering my little girls and I. This is definitely a must-have staple in our household now!
Eating well and staying active has always helped me in slowing down the aging
process but there’s only so much that it can do. So when I got to speak with
Dr. Terence Tan, Director of Halley Medical Aesthetics about how dermal fillers can safely help to restore my skin’s volume and youthfulness, I decided to give it a try.
During the consultation, I learnt about how dermal fillers are actually made of safe medical ingredients developed for injection into the skin. It helps in not only smoothening out wrinkles, but is also able to sculpt the face for more definition and restore facial contours, all of which allows one to regain a youthful appearance. And I’m not one who goes for drastic options like surgery to slow down the process of aging, so a non-invasive approach like this while letting me address my issue with laugh lines was a solution I would take up.
The lines around my eyes are what bothered me the most although Dr. Terence Tan had also pointed out that when I converse, my facial expressions very often result in my forehead scrunching up so he recommended the treatment areas to include my under-eye area, center of my forehead as well as my laugh lines around my mouth. He also suggested a tiny bit of filler to my chin, to give it a little more definition.
Honestly I was concerned that it would involve more than one injection.
And you can see here how that worry was written all over my face. But Dr. Terence Tan reassured me that the procedures would involve minimal discomfort and I felt even more reassured when he informed me that he would be using a micro-cannula or “magic needle” to administer the dermal filler. This basically is an extremely soft and pliable cannula that slides beneath our skin to allow for more even distribution of the filler without much discomfort.
Dr. Terence Tan recommended the Juvederm range of fillers to address my areas of concern and we eventually settled on the three types of filler under the Juvederm family for use on different parts of the face.
Juvederm Volbella – to plump up my tear trough, mid-face and forehead. This was used to rejuvenate my under-eye area especially on my right side where it was sunken in. Notice the difference in the after pictures below. The mid-face filler puts volume to my cheek area, plumping up what aging has taken away. The forehead filler is more contouring, adding definition to my face.
Juvederm Volift – to smoothen out my smile lines on the side of my mouth and give a more youthful look.
Juvederm Voluma – to subtly enhance my chin for a more defined and sophisticated look.
Dr. Terence Tan also used a combination of these fillers in some of my treatment areas. This is because the Juvederm range of fillers varies in terms of firmness, so combining them gives a more nature-looking result.
I was really surprised that each syringe with each box contained only 1ml of filler. You’ve got to be extremely precise and skillful to administer the adequate minute amount in each area.
We proceeded with taking several “before” shots so that we could compare the difference after the treatment.
Much to my relief the entire process was not uncomfortable at all and I was able to chat with everyone throughout the treatment. Dr. Terence Tan was really great at letting me know what to expect and the interaction kept my mind off overthinking, so before I knew it we were done with the dermal filler treatment!
Very skillful hands at work to ensure minimal discomfort and precise administration of the dermal filler.
This being my first time experiencing getting a cannula poked onto my face, I must say it has dispelled a lot of fear that I used to have especially since the doctor and nurses here are so professional and assuring.
I did ask Dr. Terence Tan how long the effects of the filler would last and depending on each individual, it can stay for as long as 1.5 to 2 years.
Seeing the after effects of the treatment and comparing my before and after pictures taken just less than an hour apart, I was extremely impressed because I can notice the improvement immediately and the best part? No downtime needed! I even went to workout a couple of hours right after I left the clinic.
Taken before the dermal filler treatment at Halley Medical Aesthetics, you can clearly see my tear trough and lines around my eyes and mouth.
Taken just after I left the clinic and without make-up so you can see the difference in my under-eye area as well as the smoothening out of the lines next to my mouth.
What is Propolis? And what’s so great about it?If you’re ever down with a cold or having a really bad sore throat, this is one arsenal you’d want to have.
Propolis is produced by bees and they use it to glue the materials of their hives together by mixing beeswax and other secretions of resins from the buds of conifers and poplar trees. But truly it’s better used not just for the binding of hives but in the the treatment of burns, minor wounds, ulcers, Candida, infections, inflammations and even herpes.
For centuries, people have used Propolis as a remedy for acne, itching, tuberculosis and even cancer.The reason why it’s used in this myriad of ailments is because Propolis is a proven antibiotic and antiseptic. It doesn’t just guard the beehive against intruders but is also used to treat unwanted health conditions because of its antomicrobial, antioxidative, anti-ulcer and anti-tumor properties.
Scientists havefound that bee Propolis actually contains over 300 natural compounds, including amino acids, coumarins, phenolic aldehydes, polyphenols,sequiterpene quinines and steroids. And the interesting thing about propolis, which is also true for good quality honey,is that its composition is always going to vary depending upon the exact collection time, collection location and plant sources. This causes the color of the honey to vary too.
Since understanding the properties and benefits of Propolis, I started carrying around a bottle of this natural remedy and consuming honey on an almost daily basis. Not only has it helped me stay virus free even when people around where suffering from colds, it soothes my throat really quickly even after I’ve been teaching and talking for 6 hours in a day. Unless you have an allergy to bee product, I do highly recommend keeping this handy and it’s safe even for little children to consume.
This is the brand of Propolis and honey that I use:GoPure.sg and you can also find their pop-up retail section at Trium Fitness located at Aperia Mall, 12 Kallang Avenue, #03-01, S339511.
KouKou by DreamWorks has officially opened its doors at Bugis + yesterday and this makes it THE World’s first DreamWorks KouKou Cafe to welcome diners. And for all fans of DreamWorks characters like King Fu Panda, Madagascar, Shrek, How to Train Your Dragon and Trolls, you absolutely have to make your way here to check out the bite-sized dumplings fashioned out of your favorite characters.
The menu that’s offered here is very Asian inspired and with all the cuteness and painstakingly decorated food to appease fans of DreamWorks characters, the girl army and I will definitely be coming back again to try out their other items on the menu!
When we are in our comfort zone, that is when we also become complacent and too comfortable. But that is also when our growth and development slows down and we don’t feel the need to strive and learn more or improve in our performance or knowledge.
Putting ourselves to the test or giving ourselves a challenge to overcome can very often allow us to discover something about ourselves that we’d otherwise never reveal if there wasn’t a need to breakthrough a situation or find a solution to something.
I thoroughly enjoy looking at things from different perspectives and appreciate the topsy turvy situations when they arise because I’m pretty darn sure that I’ll learn something along the way that I don’t know yet. With a two years old who has been down with a cold for two days, two older kids who are taking their common tests and a 6 year old who needs a lot of attention, I do feel a little off balance especially when it’s a a packed week from morning till night for me with teaching, prep work for talks, meetings, and admin.
Today I had a conversation with my oldest daughter who will be sitting for the PSLE this year. Although I’ve always encouraged all my kiddos to be diligent, disciplined and to work smart….. they often still face certain problems that textbooks and teachers cannot help them with. And what I shared with her about was that we’ll all face difficulties and problems at many junctures of our lives, but we need to figure out how to best deal with it and garner the support from the right sources when needed. There are skills and values that aren’t taught in school but right at home, and when we’re home with the kids, just being next to them isn’t enough.
I do try my utmost best as a working parent for my babies and I do feel that I have to put in even more time and effort while their father is overseas. But knowing that they appreciate what you share with them about and the advice that you give them like I did this afternoon, it encourages me to continue giving my best.
Some days can get so crazy when I’m juggling between work, teaching, meetings, managing the household and meeting the needs of my four babies and a dog. It literally can get quite hair-raising sometimes but whenever I think about the kids, all that craziness just disperses.
No matter how busy I am during the weekdays I’d always make it a point to see the kids during the pockets of time that I have after they’re back from school and extra curricular activities. This means quite a fair bit of shuttling in my mommy-mobile and being on the road. And I’ve lost count how many times I just wished that we could teleport.
This morning as I was driving to work, I saw yet another accident on the road and as the ambulance and tow truck drove past me towards the accident site, I just couldn’t help but wonder who was involved in that accident and if those involved have little kids waiting for them back home.
I take good care of my wellbeing so that I can be there for my kiddos. But oh how I wish we didn’t have to risk our safety and waste time on commuting. So to all fellow working parents out there…. stay safe on the roads so we can continue to be here for our little ones.
I always look forward to the weekend mornings because I get to workout with the cutest little distractions ever. Having kids has never made it such that I have no time to get my training done. In fact, they make it way more entertaining sometimes ❤️
It is true that with children and having to work I don’t have very much ME time left. But when I do make the time to work out no matter how short the session may be, it always helps me feel more energized and infused with those happy hormones.
So to fellow moms, I know it always sounds daunting at first. But with a little time management and creativity, it’s always possible to spend a few minutes a few times each day to fit in some exercise and it’s more than just doing something for ourselves. We’re setting an example for the little ones too.