Ultra V-Lift HIKO Nose Threadlift at Aesthetics Central

For someone who shies away from wearing sunglasses because of how they sit on my face and create lines on my cheeks, this treatment comes as a blessing because I can now wear my glasses that don’t just shield my eyes from the damaging rays of the sun, but also the blue light emitted from my mobile devices and laptop.

 

My recent visit to Aesthetics Central where I very quickly got this non-surgical treatment done within an hour was really pleasant from the moment I met the reception to the time I was done and off to pick my kids up. There really wasn’t any downtime at all! Read on to find out more about my immediate post-treatment thoughts and experience.

Meet Dr. Ryan Tan

After filling up the necessary forms detailing my medical history and background, I finally got to meet Dr. Ryan Tan and I must admit I was so impressed after the treatment when I found out his real age! Nope I’m not revealing it here, but you will be surprised when you do meet him in person and ask for his age.

 

I felt very reassured speaking to Dr. Tan and knowing where he obtained his medical and aesthetics qualifications (National University of Singapore and the National Skin Centre) and how confident he is with his skills that he even does treatments for his family members and himself.

 

About Ultra V-Lift and The Process

This non-invasive procedure involved using fine, absorbable PDO (Polydioxanone) suture threads inserted into the the nose bridge and columella of the nose that:

  • Gives a very natural definition to the nose bride
  • Creates a lift to the nose bridge
  • Improves the profile of the nose and straightens it at the same time
  • Lifts the tip of the nose subtly to create a sharper tip
  • Creates a more slender look to the typical flat Asian nose

 

I personally appreciated the lift to my nose bridge where it was just flat because now I can wear my glasses without having it slip on my nose and sitting on my cheeks instead. No I don’t have shortsightedness but I do wear glasses that protect my eyes from the harmful rays of the sun and electronic devices.

 

This I feel is so much better than nose fillers or even rhinoplasty because with fillers it doesn’t give the lift and definition that the V-Lift nose Threadlift can provide, and with the surgery involved with nose implants its just too invasive and the downtime taken to recover can be extensive and painful. Not to mention the cost involved with undergoing the invasive surgery!

 

The PDO threads used in the V-Lift Threadlift treatment do get broken down by the body and becomes fully absorbed over time but during the process which takes about a year, it actually stimulates the body to form new collagen fibres around it which is why the lifting effect on the nose can actually last for longer. Sometimes the effects can even last for 2 years, but this really depends on the individuals.

 

What I really like about this treatment, is how there was no downtime needed after the treatment was done in a few minutes. I actually went about my usual day and even took my kids out to play after school since it was a Friday!

The Procedure

I was pretty amazed when I asked how long the treatment would take and the friendly staff there told me it would take no more than 20 minutes! In actual fact, if I didn’t consider the numbing process, it actually took about 10 minutes for the painless insertion of the ultra fine threads.

 

So it all starts with numbing the area and because I was short on time, I asked to skip the use of the numbing cream, which is actually part of the process. Now understand that I am not queasy when it comes to needles, possible because I’ve had 4 children and the number of blood tests and emergency C-sections that I’ve gone through. Haa! But really the process was so quick that before I knew it I was out of the treatment room and smiling to take a picture with Dr. Tan.

A tiny amount of anaesthetic was injected to ensure that there was no discomfort so I’d say this was the only sting that I felt only because I chose not to use the numbing cream and wait for the effect to set in.

After the anaesthetic worked its magic and the numbness set in, the doctor proceeded to insert the threads. There are actually two lengths of threads to be inserted:

  • The long V-Lift threads were inserted to lift the nose bridge
  • The short V-Lift threads were inserted into the tip of the nose to give a more sculpted look and lift

 

When administering the anaesthetic, one of the nurses was using a small massaging device that worked to distract my nerves from the prick of the fine needle, and it worked beautifully! Thank you for that nice touch Aesthetics Central team! I was actually talking to the doctor throughout the process.

 

The numbing set in really quickly so the doctor became putting in the threads, which didn’t cause me any discomfort at all. I was so impressed by how quickly it was done!

Just like they had told me at the beginning, it took less than 10 minutes!

There are a few things to take note with this treatment though. In a very small percentage of patients, there may be some bruising and swelling. Also for those who habitually rub their noses, this can result in thread extrusion, which basically means that the threads may push out from below the skin and this will require a simple trip to the clinic to be fixed.

Before and After
Before. Nose tip is rounder and bridge is very low
After. More definition and nose bridge is lifted. Ready for my glasses!
Picture taken with Dr. Ryan Tan right after the treatment was done.

Right after the treatment I could see an immediate although subtle difference. Here’s a picture taken just after I left the clinic to go pick my kids up.

As you can see there is no swelling or bruise. The only thing noticeable is a tiny red dot on the tip of my nose, which went off in a few days. This is where the threads were inserted.

I was able to wash my face as usual even after the anaesthetic wore off. And I liked how the clinic even gave a tube of antibiotic cream to apply to this tiny puncture to prevent any chance of infection.

This was me with my kids playing that same day just an hour and a half from the time I left the clinic.

All in all I’m extremely happy with the results and to anyone looking to define your nose or like me to give a lift to your nose bridge, I’d highly recommend a visit to Aesthetics Central. They do have a range of other treatments available at the clinic including:

  • Skin treatments to remove scars, tattoos, acne and pigmentation
  • Non surgical Face Lift Infini FRF treatment
  • Eye wrinkle and eyebag treatments
  • Skin rejuvenation

And so much more. You can find the extensive lift of their treatments at Aesthetics Central Clinic.

Address:

8 Eu Tong Sen Street,

#11-90

The Central, Office Tower 1

Singapore 059818

 

Contact details:

Tel: 6221 8221

SMS/Whatsapp: 8448 8636

Email: aestheticscentralclinic@gmail.com

Pangkor Laut Resort: Media Stay Review

Visiting Pangkor Laut Resort by YTL Hotels this month was literally like living out a page from a story about paradise. From the numerous hornbills and eagles flying around and nesting on the island to the gorgeous views of sunrise and sunset here…. and not forgetting the world class spa services here, I just couldn’t wait to wake up each morning to experience life on the island resort during my stay.

Located approximately 4.8km off the west coast of Perak, Malaysia, this privately owned island spans across 300 acres and houses 140 villas and 8 estates where one can find that perfect luxury island escape.

You can see how from one side of the island you can catch the sunrise and a skip and hop away on the other side you’ll be able to catch the gorgeous view of the sunset.

Getting There

We took the morning flight from Singapore to Ipoh via Scoot which lasted about 1 hr 15 mins and after a 1.5 hr drive from the airport to the jetty where we took a 15 mins speedboat ride to arrive at this island resort.

Total travel time: approximately 3 hrs

That’s the speedboat that takes us to the island.
Check out the clear water! This is just seconds before we docked.
Our frozen treats upon arrival!

We arrived before lunch and received a very warm welcome from staff who waited for us at the private jetty and our luggage’s were scooted off to reception while we leisurely walked towards the main lobby and took in the sights. I even saw a huge parrotfish having his meal around the jetty.


The Villas

These are the Spa Villas at Spa Village

There are different room options here at Pangkor Laut Resort and where I stayed at the Spa Villa, these bungalows on stilts are luxuriously fitted with an oversized bath with a ceiling mounted rain shower. It also has its own roomy balcony with a gorgeous view of the sunrise and overlooks the Straits of Malacca. I really enjoyed waking up early each morning to watch the sun peek out from the horizon here.

Nestled within the Spa Village, it does have more privacy and even its own lap pool overlooking the sea.

The lap pool

I could literally sit here all day. The pool is actually next to the bar and chilling with a cool refreshing juice here is bliss. I got to see eagles, hornbills, flying foxes and squirrels during my dip in the pool here, not to mention watching the colours of the sea change as the clouds drifted in the sky overhead.

The beds are so comfy and like all villas here, each room is also equipped with a writing desk and a minibar with tea and coffee making facilities.
Love the spacious bathroom with the rain shower!

One of the things that struck me about the room was the spaciousness of the bathroom, and the tub! I think my youngest daughter would’ve described it as a pool.

It actually looks more like a jacuzzi and I thoroughly enjoyed the generous space as well as the option to open the windows (look out for fishermen out at sea though! lol).

The veranda at the villa I stayed at.
There are various types of Villas here and each one gives you an amazing view.

Strolling along the boardwalk which links the villas and different parts of the island, you can see a myriad of sea dwellers here including puffer fish, pike, parrot fish, sea urchins, sea cucumbers and so much more. As someone with a keen interest in wildlife and wanted to be a zoologist when I was little, I totally geeked out watching these critters and more.

One of the many cabanas you can find on route to Spa Villa.
Watching the sun rise from the verandah of my villa.

There are various Villa options here at Pangkor Laut and each one of them has its own outdoor verandah or balcony with sun loungers:

  • Garden Villa
  • Hill Villa
  • Beach Villa
  • Sea Villa
  • Spa Villa
  • Suria and Purnama Suite
  • Pavarotti Suite

Whether you prefer your room to be nestled high above the hills and nestled among the greenery or out at sea and above the water on stilts while you listen to the sound of the waves lulling you to sleep, one of these options is sure to meet your preference. I just really appreciated having my bungalow above the water and being able to sit on the verandah to watch the sun rise in the mornings.

Dining Options

There are several restaurant options here on the private island and every meal here is infused with a little flavour from the history of the place.

Feast Village
One of the several restaurants here on the island – Feast Village (Image credit: Pangkor Laut Resort)

The buffets at Feast Village never disappoint and I love how they even have gluten-free options available. This is where you can find a wider variety of food options for your meal and if you’re lucky, you’ll even see some curious hornbills while you’re here! Yes there are several tourists who don’t know better and feed the hornbills food from the table. It’s not ideal and this is the reason why they date to venture so close to us humans. Within The Feast Village you will also find a patisserie, café, chef’s table and even a wine cellar where guests can purchase wines of their choice.

Chapman’s Bar

Outdoor dining at Chapman’s Bar along the beach. You can watch the sunset here from this part of the island.

Chapman’s Bar is named after a famous British Colonel who sought refuge here at Emerald Bay before he managed to escape via submarine in 1945. Facing a gorgeous white sandy beach, you can watch the sunset from there and even pick up some sand dollars if you look close enough!

This is a sand dollar. Makes me think of the Flintstones!
You can choose to sunbathe on the beach or stay in the shade in front of Chapman’s Bar.

 

Royal Bay Beach Club

Dining here at this terrace allows you to overlook the sea and the infinity pool at lunch or dinner as this restaurant only opens at 11am. The restaurant here serves up Asian and international fare and I highly recommend trying the chendol! it does remind me of a chubby bunny.

I call it the chubby bunny chendol.
I love the many healthy options available on the menu and the portions are just right for me too.

Uncle Lim’s
View of Uncle Lim’s at night. Image credit: Pangkor Laut Resort

 

Named after the chef who had been with the resort since its inception, this restaurant serves up Nonya and Hockchew Chinese-styled dishes and every dish we tried did not disappoint. Each item on the menu is inspired by the ingredients found locally and you get an amazing view of the sea while dining here.

I always enjoy listening to the sound of the waves and being able to see stars twinkling bright in the sky at night. Right here…. you get to do both.

Fisherman’s Cove
Image credit: Pangkor Laut Resort

The unique menu comprising of seafood at this restaurant is created by chef Wai who focuses on sustainable fishing practises and uses the freshest ingredients when preparing the dishes.

Just a short walk away from Spa Village, there is a dress code required with shirt, full-length trousers and shoes for gentlemen and smart casual wear for ladies. This fancier dining option at the resort allows youngsters from age 16 and above to join the adults here.

Jamu Bar

Located within Spa Village, this restaurant is right next to the pool and you can just chill on the loungers while taking in the gorgeous view of the sea and Straits of Malacca. Jamu Bar offers healthy salads and speciality drinks and I always order the fresh juices from here to sip on when.

Image credit: Pangkor Laut Resort
Jamu Bar is right next to lap pool and you either lay on the loungers with your drinks or get a table at the bar.
The Straits

Overlooking the Royal Bay, advanced booking and proper dressing is required for diners looking to have a meal here and experience a specially crafted meal catered to one’s preferences. You’ll get your own private dining booth and enjoy privacy but do note that only diners above 16 yrs are allowed.

Image credit: Pangkor Laut Resort

The Spa Experience

Entrance to Spa Village

There’s no doubt that the spa here is of world-class standard. And I experienced one of the longest spa treatments during my visit here. All in all I spent over 3 hours here getting pampered from head to toe starting with the therapeutic foot-pounding, to the various bath houses (Balinese, Japanese, Malay and Chinese) followed by a luxurious massage that took me to Lala Land partway through. I highly recommend a visit to the spa while you’re here and choose from the many treatments available from their spa menu here.

Preparing for the foot pounding.
Enroute to my massage after experiencing the four different baths across four different cultures.
Part of the Japanese Bath House.

 

The Malay Bath experience.
This is where you get to experience the different herbal steams and aromas.
At the Chinese bathhouse, you get a great exfoliating scrub.

 

Wildlife on Pangkor Laut

One of the things that impresses me and makes this resort stand out is how they respect and care for the wildlife here on the island. Hornbills feel safe enough to reproduce here and you can even join in the nature walk and get to learn more from the resident naturalist about the native wildlife here.

I learnt about why the flying foxes here choose to roost on only on tree here on the island even though there are tonnes of the same tree scattered all around. We identified cinnamon trees, got to see the nests of the hornbills and much more.

Our very knowledgeable guide.

 

Flying Fox midflight
A huge pufferfish swimming just outside my room!
The tree of bats. There’s only one such tree here on the island. The bats don’t roost anywhere else!
Hormbills are a common sight here.

I love the conservation efforts put into encouraging the hornbills to breed and increase their population, especially with the deforestation that’s happening elsewhere in the region.

Plan your next visit there and find out more about their various rates via their website or check out their offers available here. I hope you’ll get as much a fantastic experience like mine, if not better!

Address: Pangkor Laut Island, 32200 Lumut, Perak, Malaysia

Tel: +60 5 699 1100

Heavenluxe Bedsheets Review. Sheets as Heavenly as the name implies.

The importance of good quality rest

Have you ever experienced waking up feeling exhausted or that you haven’t really slept well? Some of us actually experience that every day and think its a norm. Its not. And it can be because of several reasons:

  1. Shift work, resulting in disruption to our circadian rhythm.
  2. Family obligations or demanding jobs that require our time and attention
  3. Medical reasons such as depression, sleep apnea, hormonal imbalances and other chronic illnesses
  4. And the environment that we sleep in.

Chronic lack of sleep can result many detrimental effects on our health and can affect our memory, mood, sex life and our appearance. So its definitely something that shouldn’t be overlooked.

One of the factors that is easily within our control is our sleep environment and that includes the lighting, noise, temperature and our bedding.

HEAVENLUXE bedsheets are made of Austrian Tencel™

I really like the fact that Heavenluxe uses Austrian Tencel™ to make their sheets and pillowcases because it is significantly more comfortable that cotton sheets, and especially so in our environment here in Singapore. We don’t need to stay warm, in fact we need sheets that keep us cool and dry.

Here are the other reasons why I like these sheets so much:

  1. Heavenluxe’s Austrian Tencel™ sheets have ZERO environmental impact as part of their manufacturing
  2. Free from harmful pesticides and insecticides unlike cotton which uses about 16% of the world’s insecticides.
  3. Requires 96% less use of water
  4. requires 30% less energy to manufacture.

Eco-friendliness is such a plus point of this company and I’m extremely happy that I’m using a product that supports it.

These bed sheets and pillow cases are crazy comfortable!

The material used in Heavenluxe’s lyocell fabric is made from eucalyptus wood pulp which also happens to be a renewable natural material. Compared to even bamboo fabric, eucalytus tencel is even more eco-friendly and the material is more breathable. The waste products that result from making these fabric are more biodegradable, cause minimal impact on the environment and are considered harmless.

Even my hair loves these sheets and pillow cases!
No more crazy hair!

You know how you sometimes wake up and your hair ends up looking like you got electrocuted?

Well I get that sometimes when I sleep on lousy pillowcases and bedsheets. That frizzy look occurs when we sleep on bedding that causes the rubbing of our hair against rough materials. And I don’t get that at all with the smooth fabric of Heavenluxe’s Austrian Tencel™. Love it!

So yeah, I’m definitely feeling more well rested when I get to sleep on Heavenluxe’s crazily comfortable sheets and pillowcases and I actually look forward to going to bed because its just so cosy! You really have to feel it for yourself.

Find out more about Heavenluxe and how they also contribute to local charities to benefit children with each sale they make by visiting their website at https://heavenluxe.com

Instagram: @myheavenluxe

 

 

Car Review: The KIA Stinger

I waited so impatiently to finally get to drive this baby around and I now fully understand what all the hype is about around the 2018 KIA Stinger GT. This high performance 5-door sports saloon is the first rear-wheel drive model that KIA has ever produced.

Powerful Performance and Sound to boot

Designed with passion fuelling the ideas behind its every detail, the Stinger definitely gave me a driving experience that displayed power, agility and practicality. The most powerful of KIA cars to date, this car features a twin-turbo V6 engine with an 8-speed automatic transmission. This smooth ride delivers 370 horsepower and with the engine room and dash getting extra insulation and padding that quiets the joints of the body pillars and frames, its no surprise how quiet and smooth the drive can be, unless you’re playing your favourite tunes with the 15-speaker Harmon/Kardon premium sound system.

Even the side mirrors and doors are designed to reduce noise and drag. This sound system even includes subwoofers that resonate in the hollow parts of the frame and body.

I was so impressed by the quietness within while driving when I turned off the audio. But when the music was on….. WOAH. You’ve gotta sit in it to experience the magic of having the vibrations move you. I truly felt the beats from the tunes I was playing.

 

Smart and Thoughtful Design

What’s strikes it as such a comfortable car to drive has got to its ventilated front and back seats that made it oh so comfortable to drive even on those scorching hot days. It’s able to also bring heat to backs and bottoms of passengers on cold days. Both the seat cushion and seatback feature airflow perforations to keep your body in state of comfort.

With 5 modes to choose from the Drive Mode Select that can easily be switched at the turn of a dial located just behind the shift lever, I actually wished I could be driving this car somewhere else in the world where the speed limits are higher, haa! It was a great experience switching between the different modes that adjusted operations of the engine, transmission, suspension and steering. Even the engine sound could be manipulated!

I literally went oooooh when I first saw the Head-Up Display turn one once the engine started! Visible both in the day and night, the key driving information like your driving speeds is projected onto your windshield in your line of sight so that you can safely focus on the road ahead.

I also really like the wireless charging ability for my mobile phone, meaning there’s no messy wires laying around and getting tangled.

Daytime display
Night time display. Clearly visible even when it’s raining.

Fivedoor Fastback Layout

With 406 litres of cargo capability, this fivedoor fastback layout means plenty of space for me to store all my workout gear, my baby’s stroller and much more! I can even reach all these items easily because the rear hatch lifts to reveal a very broad opening.

The rear seat backs even split and fold 60:40 so you can even put longer items into the car. And with the Smart Power Tailgate, I can conveniently load my stuff into the boot even when my hands are full carrying my kiddo or bags. All you have to do is have the key with you when you stand close to the rear of the car and the lid of the Smart Power Tailgate opens automatically within 3 seconds! Definitely a great help for mommies like me.

Driving this car definitely made it a joy for me to be zooming around instead of just a means to get from one place to the next. Thank you KIA for making driving fun again!

Go for that drive at KIA Motors soon to experience what I did.

KIA Motors: 239 Alexandra Road Singapore 159930

Website: http://www.kia.com/sg/main/.html

 

 

Review: The LG G7+ThinQ

Been using the G7+ThinQ by LG for the past 3 weeks and as an avid user of the iPhone, find out why I’m now sold onto the amazing camera features of this smartphone.

The first thing I like about the G7+ is the fingerprint sensor at the back of the phone which I miss after I switched to the iPhone X because I don’t have to raise the phone to my face in order to unlock the phone quickly.

You might wonder, what’s with the long name and the “ThinQ” at the end? Its basically LG’s artificial intelligence platform that allows users to connect a number of its products with this feature together, so you could control your washer or access your refrigerator via your phone. All part of making your house a smart home.

The finger print sensor conveniently located below the camera.

After using the phone for some weeks now, I’ve truly fallen in love with the features of its camera, especially when I compared the images and videos taken from the same spot with different phone cameras. Here are two videos taken of my aerial yoga practice in my living room with the LG G7+ and my iPhone X. Because of the wide-angle camera feature of the G7+, I’m able to capture a lot more of the surroundings.

Wide-Angle camera

Screenshot from iPhone video.
Screenshot from G7 video. Click to watch the full video

You can see from the screenshots above that from the same spot where both phones were placed to record at the same time, a lot of the surroundings and even Nykki talking to me in the background has been cropped off. A wide angle definitely helps me be able to capture a lot of the moment. I also like how the video looks brighter, and both videos are not edited.

The wide angle feature is all thanks to the G7+ ThinQ using the same dual cam setup that LG uses – 16 megapixel camera, optical image stabilisation, and paired with a 16 megapixel f/1.9 wide angle camera. I tried using the camera to take videos in the night too and because of its Super Bright camera mode for night shots, images did turn out pretty good although the shutter speed can be a little faster.

I really can’t get enough of the wide angle feature which allows you to take 107 degrees photos, and this is something unique to LG as it is the only manufacturer to have a wide angle camera phone currently in the market.

Being able to capture everything I need in that one shot because of the wide angle function instead of having to stand too far away is just one of the main reasons why I love this camera phone.

Super Bright Camera Mode

The ability to capture night time images with its Super Bright mode is very much appreciated when taking shots like these outdoors after sundown (image is not edited). I used another camera phone to take this shot too but it just turned out too dark.

Portrait Mode

Tried out the portrait mode of the phone it blurs out the background pretty well even when I zoomed in so I give it a thumbs up here too.

Long Battery Life

Considering how much I use my phone throughout the day to reply emails on the go, take photos and videos, go on phone calls, update my social media accounts and go on FaceTime with the kids and my husband, I’m very impressed with the battery life of the G7+. With a 3,000 mAH battery capacity, I’m able to go for 2 days without charging the phone at all. I can’t say the same for my other phone though.

All in all, I’m really happy with the camera features of the phone and as a long time Apple user I’m actually tempted to switch to an Android phone just so that I can utilise the superior camera on this phone! Oh the dilemma….

 

 

21 Days Reset with Body Inc.

Taking on a detox program for 21 days might seem daunting for many. But if you think about the time we spend putting toxic stress on ourselves through modern lifestyle, its makes perfect sense to commit to a detoxification program once in a while.

I recently completed the 2OneReset by Body Inc. and I have to say…. I only wish I’d done this earlier. Even for someone like myself who is considered very healthy, I was flabbergasted to realise how much toxins there were in my body because of sugar and processed foods consumption that takes time to be eliminated from our systems. Although I had a visceral fat level of 3 on a scale of 1 to 12 (1 being on the extreme good end and 12 on the other end), I was motivated to bring it down further to a 2 or 1 by incorporating the treatments and natural supplements from Body Inc. to safely achieve that.

First consultation with Jacelyn to assess my needs.

 

Jacelyn explaining more about the dangers of having high levels of visceral fat and what can be done to lower it.

One of the key indicators of optimum health is our visceral fat content although more often that not we tend to look at just our BMI (Body Mass Index) and Body Fat Composition. So what is Visceral Fat?

  • body fat that is stored within the abdominal cavity and around internal organs such as the liver, pancreas and intestines (different from the subcutaneous fat that is stored under our skin)
  • high levels of visceral fat is associated with a number of health risks including type II diabetes, heart disease, colorectal cancer and Alzheimer’s disease.
  • research shows that the size of our belly is a relatively reliable indicator of the health risks associated with visceral fat.

A holistic approach towards better and optimum health.

With fully qualified and certified practitioners in the field of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Western Herbal Medicine, Osteopathy and Naturopathy, there’s no doubt that they use non-invasive and natural means to help you on your path to wellness. Natural ingredients are heavily used as part of the process and I really appreciate that they are not one of those quick-fix proponents.

One component of this 21-days program is to consume the nourishing and detoxifying supplements that contain beneficial ingredients to our health such as Lingzhi, Cordyceps, Vitamin B, Omega oils, and so much more.

The other component involved treatments such as the Ion Osmosis Detox treatment, sauna therapy and the deep IR (infrared) lamp treatment to benefit the digestive organs. All these treatments have detoxification benefits and are non-invasive which I fully appreciate. And after each session I always feel so much lighter somehow.

The Ion Osmosis Detox was the one treatment that I did each time I came by to Body Inc. and it works by using electrolytic effects between the electrodes and water to produce large amounts of negative and positive ions. It is based on ionization of water and osmosis of these energy ions to draw toxins out from the body through the 20,000 pores on the soles of our feet under the effects of the electric field. I tend to see the end result (which takes just 30 mins) as a mirror of the set of my health. It clearly shows when I’ve consumed too much sugar and starches, when my lactic acid levels are high, if my body is experiencing inflammation or when my dietary fat consumption is excessive. Of course it also shows a lot more than all this if you see the chart below.

Over the course of the program I noticed that the water at the end of the treatment (originally clear) became less brown, thank goodness. This basically means that my body now contains less free radicals.

The water starts off clear
At the end of the treatment it usually becomes this shade of brown for me because of the free radicals in my body. But it also contains some black and green specks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The sauna treatment and deep IR treatment was also fairly comfortable and I actually do see myself going back for these treatments once in awhile even though I’ve completed the 21 days course.

In the midst of the deep IR treatment.

All in all I’d have to say I’m always impressed by the amount of attentiveness and professionalism by the staff here whenever I drop in and they never fail to answer the questions that I have.

Upon completion of the program, the improvements I’ve noticed for myself include:

  • consistent energy levels throughout the day
  • more clarity of thought
  • better quality of sleep
  • reduction in visceral fat to a 2
  • clearer skin

I had made it clear that I had no intention of losing weight since my body fat levels are already considerably low at 21%, and on average people tend to lose 6 to 7kg on this program, so Jacelyn encouraged me to consume more food and I did. Even so, by the end of the 21st day, my body fat dropped to 19% and my muscle mass increased although I did lose 1kg.

This definitely is a sound program to be on and is sustainable even in the long run. And coming from someone who studied nutrition, it truly is about educating individuals to eat intelligently for our needs and to allow our bodies to heal, detox and rejuvenate the way it was meant to.

Thank you Body Inc. and Jacelyn for the amazing experience. I will definitely be dropping by for the treatments on and off just to undo the stress of what our modern environment tends to do to us.

A happy camper indeed!Thank you Body Inc.

My yearly visit to Japan 2018

The reason I’d travel here each year.

I love travelling to explore different places and discover new things.

But for me to travel long hours to the same place multiple times, there has to be a very good reason….. and here she is- my sister and my only sibling.

I always knew I’m a very lucky girl ever since I was little because I’ve been gifted with such an amazing older sibling who looks out for me and shares the same views and beliefs. She’s the reason why I emphasise so much about sibling love to my kids and I credit this wonderful human being for shaping me into the person I am today. (Yes mom and pops, you guys too!)

The list of all the craziness we were up to all week!

I’d go through anything with you (about that naked onsen though…) and I know we’ll have fun through it all.

Each time I’m here with you it’s a new experience and more unforgettable memories that I’ll hold dear for life.

We checked off the shenanigans list (and then some) that you prepared so we can be silly together while I’m here, we spotted herds of wild deer in the nearby mountains, hunted for wild mushrooms, visited an owl cafe and reptile store and so much more. I have managed to escaped your plans to make me go for naked onsen together for a few years now…. but I have a feeling that I’ll resent and give in to that ridiculous idea soon, just cos I love you so much!

Thank you for scaling mountains and hunting for waterfalls with me.

Thank you for introducing me to wonderful people who declared the #Dawnpose.

Thank you for taking me out to wonderful places and my first experience to a Sake Festival.

For making me feel so loved and cared for…..

For making sure that I’m safe and surrounded by positive people like yourself.

Thank you for being such an important part of my life Jie. I love you. Till my next visit again to Japan.

xoxo,

Mei

Elegant and timeless backpacks by Gaston Luga

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.

Packing both her stuff and mine into one single backpack.

 

I really like the minimalist look of the backpacks from Gaston Luga which 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.

The comfortable shoulder straps don’t give my shoulders abrasion.

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 really like the minimalist look of the Pråper White

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!

Suitable for whether I’m headed outdoors or just working indoors.

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.

Just for my readers, use the discount code thatmomoffour to get 15% off your purchase from Gaston Luga and enjoy free shipping! You’ll even get a free canvas tote bag with your online purchase and this is only available for a limited period.

 

PDO Nose Threadlift treatment at Halley Medical Aesthetics.

 

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.

The Procedure

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.

Watch the full video here:

Halley Medical Aesthetics is located at:

277 Orchard Road #03-15
Orchard Gateway
Singapore 238858
Phone: 6737 8233
Email: info@halley.com.sg
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