Goodness in a Claypot

Having just recovered from a horrible 4 days 3 nights of diarrhea, I’m finally able to eat normally again. During that period, there was one local dish that I craved for and that’s a piping hot bowl of porridge dish out from a claypot. I remembered when I was younger, my mom would always cooked porridge from a claypot when we were feeling unwell.

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Someone once said, “We tend to find comfort in the food that’s most familiar to us… Food is an extension of a culture, a memory, and a smell that transports you back to your childhood. There’s this element about it that has connotations of heritage and identity.”

Different cultures have different techniques of cooking food in clay. For us local Chinese, we like to use these pots made from unglazed & natural clay to cook Claypot Chicken Rice, various types of congee, “Three Cups” Chicken or Sanbeiji 三杯鸡.

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Claypot Sesame Oil Chicken 

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Claypot Fish Maw with Crab Meat Thick Soup

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Claypot Black Pepper Prawn Vermicelli

Earthenware claypots allow good airflow and have good heat insulation, therefore locking all the moisture and nutrients from the food while in cooking, creating a tender, flavorful dish. When heated, claypots provide slow evaporation of steam, which prevents burning so long as the pot is not allowed to heat until it is completely dry. This moist environment is conducive for cooking, resulting in very tender and juicy meats that are also richer in taste with all the nutrients seal inside the pot by the steam locking in. For the health conscious, claypot cooking uses less oil yet retains its natural flavours.

Unfortunately, with our busy lifestyle it’s getting more difficult to prepare our own claypot dishes. Thankfully, A-ONE Claypot House has 9 outlets spread across our island, allowing us to enjoy various local delights in different claypot cooking. (Click here to visit their website to see their menu and discover “Singapore’s Best Porridge”.)

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Dried Scallop Porridge with Minced Meat & Assorted Eggs 干贝三色混蛋肉碎粥 (Credit: A-ONE Claypot House)

For more recommendation on local dishes, check out my food blogger friend, sethlui.com. For yummy treats deliver right to your door step, remember to visit foodpanda.sg – Singapore’s leading online food ordering and delivery service.

My Christmas Wish List 2013

Season’s greeting everyone! It’s the most wonderful time of the year and especially so this year as I have finally completed the major projects at my new job. Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas, it’s the time of the year when we gets invited to parties and boozing and worry about presents to bring for gift exchange.

For my company, we have Christmas tradition. Each of us are given a piece of paper to write down 3 gift choices, drop it in the bowl and pick the colleague whom we will help to fulfill his/her wish. But if your budget is bigger than mine, you may want to consider these gift ideas:

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For the fashionista, select from Kapok Tools range of quintessential bags and accessories. Kapok is a showcase of brands and their Holiday 2013 and Spring Summer 2014 collections are a juxtaposition of fashion, lifestyle, art – Mismo, Pijama, Sandqvist, Crash Baggage and Seventy Eight Percent.

My personal favorite is the Back to Old School collection (from S$605 onwards) from Seventy Eight Percent. For their full range, head down to Kapok Tools store located at TANGS Orchard, level 4 or Robinsons Orchard, level 4.

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For those who know beauty is not just skin deep, my recommendation this season will be the skincare range from Swiss brand, Skincode and local boutique skincare brand, The Skin Pharmacy. Other great gift ideas are SK-II MEN Starter Kit and Rehab London’s range of skincare products with natural ingredients.

For someone with sensitive skin like me, ensuring the face is well-hydrated is important – to prevent bacteria growth causing acne. Formulated with Vitamin C, Vitamin E, CM-Glucan, Hydrolite-5 and Rice Starch, the 24 hour Cell Energizer Cream (S$88 for 50ml) is a star performer that hydrates and fights the signs of premature aging by stimulating cell renewal process and skin defence mechanism.

DSC00893Skincode products are suitable for sensitive skin as they are 100% free from preservatives, artificial fragrances, animal derivatives and artificial colours. When I was undergoing fractional laser skin resurfacing last two months, I was very selective of the products to use and I found that the 24 hour Cell Energizer Cream aided me during the down time after laser resurfacing. Skincode products can be found at Guardian Plus located at Ngee Ann City #B2-15/23 (Takashimaya S.C.)

Most of us are usually in a morning rush, and I am no different. My skin care routine in the morning consists of cleansing and moisturizing, but due to the down time after laser resurfacing, sun protect becomes an integrated part of my morning skin regime.

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My friend passed me a bottle of The Skin Pharmacy’s Natural Sunscreen (S$54.90 for 50g) which suits my personal liking. The sunscreen is light and easily absorb by my skin to give the protection from the harmful UV rays. The Skin Pharmacy also provides personalised products and consultancy amongst the services they offer at their 3 retail locations.

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Festive feasting can be healthy. Besides boosting our skin with moisture and protecting it from the sun, healthy puddings such as AmaSoy Japanese Soy Puddings are good choice for any house or office parties. Enhanced with collagen and omega3 (DHA), AmaSoy’s puddings (S$2 each) are known for their beautifying properties and health benefits such as boosting brain function, enhancing heart health and lowering triglycerides.

Though I have to make a note here that I am still unsure if collagen’s beautifying benefits are best consumed or applied directly onto our skin, I simply love this dessert as a tasty and nutritious alternative. AmaSoy outlets can be found in 6 locations island-wide.

What better way to end the year with celebration and partying, better still turn your office or house into a makeshift lounge or club with UE BOOM speakers from Logitech and Australia’s Hardys Wine by William Hardy.

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UE BOOM is a social music player, a wireless speaker that offers 360-degree sound in a battery-powered device. It’s specially developed acoustic skin is water and stain resistant. Simply placed two UE BOOMs at different corners of the room and connect wireless with the free UE BOOM app (available for iOS and Andriod) and get ready to party.

UE BOOM is available at major retailers and leading electronic IT stores at recommended retail price of S$299. For music, upload Michael Buble’s Christmas album for easy listening. 🙂

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But not party is complete without boozing. Personally I prefer wine as the healthier choice to other alcoholic beverages. Drinking wine in moderation can help to cure a wide range of ailments such as lethargy and diarrhea. Aged in French and American oak, Hardys Shiraz (S$37 per bottle from Cold Storage) is full bodied with plum, blueberry, blackberry, vanilla and clove spice lending their piquant flavours.

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Unfinished bottle of red wine can also be used to make Spanish cocktail, Sangria. Pour the remaining bottle into a jug (you can mix different types of red wine) and add chopped fruits such as orange, apple, berries, grapes, kiwi. Wrap it up with cling film and let the flavour of the fruits diffuse into the wine.

With fashion, beauty, health and fun in check, it will be good tidings and great joy this Christmas! I’m really excited about this December as I have been selected as one of the five official bloggers for Marina Bay Countdown 2014. Look out as I will be sharing more about this end of the year celebration in town as well as my long overdue travel writing on my trip to New Zealand.

Fit.Right.In – The Challenge Result

Like many things in life, fitness is a journey not a destination. Hence, the announcement of this much anticipated result for this challenge between Tiffany and I is a personal commitment to stay healthy and keep fit irregardless who wins the Fit Right In challenge.

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I always remember this quotation from American Speaker/Author  Jim Rohn, “Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.” And if I may humbly add, “Discipline is the bridge between motivation and habit.”

During the last session of my personal training with Jensen, there was another lady who was also undergoing physical training with another trainer. Throughout the entire workout, she was complaining that the tasks were too difficult and negotiating with the male trainer to do lesser repetitions.

When the going gets tough, only the tough gets going. Tough times don’t last, tough people do. Choose what kind of person you are. I guess I can give many excuses and legitimate reason such as my wrist injury but I trust my personal trainer to know when to push me and when to give a hi-5 to encourage me.

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THE RESULT

The much await result.. I lost a total of 3 kg within just 3 weeks of personal training at Physical ABuse. This is a result of hardwork at the gym and also diet control. During this period, I workout minimum of 2 times a week, combing weight training with group workout classes. For diet, I cut down on rice, bread and other simple carbohydrate. For dinner, I usually will have fish soup or high fibre fruits.

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But procrastination and lack of discipline are my main weaknesses which is why I’m considering to sign up with additional personal training after my wrist is healed. After all the results prove for itself and if I can get the dream physique in a shorter time, I don’t mind investing in improving my image.  Perhaps, you should also start with 4 sessions of physical training and unlimited gym access and group fitness class through Physical ABuse’s Fit Right In package.

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Luxe Women – Deluxe Not Just for Women

My body was sore from all the Physical Abuse I received from my personal training. It was god-sent when I was invited to Luxe Women’s Blogger Party. After all my body could do with some tender-loving care and pampering being offered by the award-winning nail-trending salon.

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In this present age, manicure and pedicure are no longer the exclusive right of women. More men are jumping into this business of personal grooming to get professional assistance in taking care of their nails. But if you’re an Alpha male and nails treatment is not your kind of pampering, fear not, because Luxe Women’s new outlet at Sembawang offers integrated services for both men and women to enjoy.

Conveniently located at Sembawang MRT, this shop within shop inside Station33 is an one-stop service centre that combines spa, nail care, eye brown services, waxing (for women only), hair styling and massage all in one unisex salon. It is an ideal place for couple living in the north to spend half a day pampering their body and soul together.

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Last week, together with male bloggers, Damien and Don, we had the chance to experience i-SPA – soaking our feet in the 7 colour LED Jacuzzi Foot Bath Therapy while our body relax to the tune of the massage chair. The treatment was completed with Aroma-scrub and Mask with comfort and relaxation of a tablet with a range of movies to keep us entertain while the therapist worked on removing dead skin from our feet.

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After a quality feet treatment, we were ushered to ZuYue Foot Reflexology where our feet were kneaded by trained therapists who ensured that the pressure on our feet were just right. There is also a tablet attached to every chair and I was watching Captain America while getting the reflexology done. The session was completed with a head and shoulder massage for a holistic relaxation experience.

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For a limited period only, ZuYue Foot Reflexology is offering 60-minute foot massage at $25nett. Normal rate for foot massage is $28 for 40 minutes and body massage is $28 for 30 minutes. To avoid disappointment, call 6758 6519 to book an appointment today. The outlet at Sembawang MRT Station (inside Station33) is usually crowded from late afternoon onwards.

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To celebrate the opening of this new branch, Luxe Women is giving free nail art (worth $20) with every spa nail service. Luxe Women is the first nail-trending salon and their specialities include Bridal Nails, Nail Arts, Art-Pro Nail Printing, Gel Polish, Embroidery Services and many more.

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Many thanks to Jac and the staff from Luxe Women and ZuYue Foot Reflexology for hosting us at the Blogger Party and special thanks to Mag Chow for the recommendation.

Branches and details

Sembawang MRT #01-02 (inside Station33) | Tel: 6755 5586

418 Yishun Ave 11, #01-413 | Tel: 6755 5539

347 Ang Mo Kio Ave 3, #01-2130 | Tel: 6452 1210

Opening hours: 11.00am to 9.00pm daily

Website: www.luxewomen.com.sg

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/luxewomen

Fit.Right.In – Challenge in Progress

WANTED: The man in the picture below has been charged with physical abuse infliced on the owner of this blog. Warning: Do not approach him for personal training unless you are committed to improve yourself – to become fitter and healthier; look better with more confidence.

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Pardon me for the lack of blog posts recently as I have been busy getting my fat ass kicked by my personal trainer, Jensen Arabejo from Physical ABuse Fitness Center. Into my third week of training, we did a quick check on my weight and I’m happy with the results although my abs are still not showing.

About my trainer: Jensen is trained to be nurse but his love for fitness and sports led him to become certified physical trainer. As an athlete, he enjoys challenges and extreme sports. His passion in sports and fitness is the reason why he is able to motivate and push his clients for the benefits of reaching their own goals. Prior to working in Singapore, he was based in Macau as a fitness trainer and his expertise includes weight loss & toning, strengthening, weight gain and sports conditioning especially for basketball and swimming.

My training began as once a week, one hour per session work out with Jensen. Each session starts with warm-up exercise follows by two sets of repetitive circuit training. During the week, I also attended the various group classes with Tiffany, because the best way to lose weight is to combine cardiovascular exercises with weights training.

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Tiffany and I went for Drums Alive, the latest calorie-burning workout using drum sticks and Swiss balls. The well-coordinated rhythmic class lets us fulfill our rock star fantasy while burning fats at the same time. Besides this unique group exercise, we also attended two classes of Zumba together. The first was conducted by Jasmine who incorporated K-pop songs and dance moves to the work out. For me, the moves were more of an advance level and my two left feet were trying hard to keep up. Thank goodness the Saturday Zumba classes conducted by Ridhuan consists of much simple moves but are of high impact, causing me to perspire more.

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What I really love about Physical Abuse Fitness Center are the friendly personal trainers and crowd. Most people who go to Physical Abuse know their personal fitness goal, and the spirit of camaraderie towards health and fitness is very motivating. Even though this boutique gym is not as big as the major fitness chain, it has all the equipments we need and we seldom need to wait in order to use the facilities unlike when I was working out in CF or FF.

Losing weight is a balance between our input and output, simply working out once or twice a week is not sufficient. Diet control is another key area we need to note. During this period of challenge, I cut down on carbohydrates and feed on fish soup or Yong Tau Foo for dinner after work out.

Although every hour of physical training with Jensen feels like eternity, but time does fly by quickly. It’s nearing the end of this Fit Right In challenge. So, who do you think will win this challenge? Check out Tiffany’s blog post here and watch out for the release of result soon!

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Details

Address: 2 Havelock Road, #01-28/29, Singapore 059763

Contact number: +65 6536 5580

Website: www.physicalabuse.com.sg

Facebook: www.facebook.com/physicalabusefitnesscenter

Instagram: @PhysicalAbuse

Fit.Right.In – Challenge Accepted

4 weeks, 4 personal trainings, 2 bloggers but only 1 winner. Who will be the ultimate winner of Physical ABuse fitness center’s Fit Right In Challenge? In this part 1 of 3 series, Malcolm shares his reasons why he embarks on this physical challenge and his confident on winning this get fit assignment.

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Turning three zero next year, I make a personal promise to get fit and look fab before age catches up and my body metabolism rate slows down. My resolution for this year is to get back in shape, but being occupied with studies and blogging at the first half of the year, and now with professional work and writing as my main excuses for not exercising.

It was a wake up call when I received the invitation from Physical ABuse to challenge Tiffany Yong to shape up.

I have not been a stranger to weight loss, in fact during my Basic Military Training (BMT) course I was able to tone up and look fit. Few years ago, through a life coaching project, I was able to lose 7 kg in 7 weeks. Although right now, procrastination and laziness are my biggest hurdles to get rid of my love handles.

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The benefits of workout include staying healthy, looking good and feeling confident; as popular meme says, “I don’t workout to be healthy, I do it to look good naked”. Though it may sound NSFW (not safe for work) but it’s still a form of motivation.

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Physical intimacy aside, physical training is hard work! When I did the physical assessment and found out that I only need to lose 4.5 kg of fats, I was over-confident.  And during the fitness assessment, I almost fainted after 10 minutes on the step machine.

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The other concern is that I’m recovering from my left wrist injury. Right now, I’m unable to bend my wrist hence exercises that require pushing motion, like push up, are not recommended.  This gives my personal trainer,  Jenson additional challenge to create a workout that is suitable for me.

Even with these internal and external factors standing in my path, I am determined to win this fat burning challenge. Follow my live tweets from @MalcolmSunny or #FRIChallenge for real time updates about this challenge. Also check out Tiffany’s updates via @tiffanyyongwt and her blog post here.

Join Me – Be Fit and Feel Fab 

Voted Best Gym for the commitment probe, Physical ABuse is currently offering the Fit Right In package which includes 4 personal trainings with unlimited gym access and group workout classes at only $819 $240. Simply quote “Malcolm Sunny #FRIChallenge” to enjoy the promotion price, call 6536 5580 to book an appointment with Physical ABuse now.

About Physical ABuse

Physical ABuse is a brand new fitness center located in central Singapore, Havelock Road. A winner of CLEO Body Awards 2013 and SHAPE Awards 2013, it’s the fitness centre where keeping fit, feeling right and being in are goals for everyone. You will find exciting array of exercises from personal training to aerobics and dance, boot camps to yoga and Pilates.

It is the first to launch Drums Alive – the latest calorie-burning workout with rhythmic fun; and to incorporate Dirty Dancing and KpopDan-Z into its trendy group workout classes. Physical ABuse is a state-of-the-art gym with the latest functional training equipments, a kickboxing corner, and even vibration training that doubles the speed to fat-loss!

Address: 2 Havelock Road, #01-28/29, Singapore 059763

Contact number: +65 6536 5580

Website: www.physicalabuse.com.sg

Facebook: www.facebook.com/physicalabusefitnesscenter

Instagram: @PhysicalAbuse

Revive Survive with +Rehab London

British skincare brand +Rehab London swings into Singapore with a full range of men’s grooming and skincare to refresh and rejuvenate Asian men after taking Europe by storm.  Founder Lisa Hilton shares six easy-to-apply and uncomplicated products for the modern, busy Singaporean men.

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It was a hot and sunny afternoon when we arrived at London Bar (55 Boat Quay, Singapore 049844). I love the idea that the media event was held at this specially chosen venue, after all this label of men’s skin care originated from the UK. At the entrance, we were greeted by two shirtless models which actually made the warm day even hotter, and sent an endorphin rush for Tiffany Yong and I.

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+Rehab London is the brainchild of celebrity hair and make-up artist Lisa Hilton. Founder Lisa Hilton wants to develop a label of skin care that would appeal to the everyday real man, and at the same time promotes an environmentally-friendly lifestyle. Having worked with many male celebrities, Lisa realised that there wasn’t any natural skincare products that could relieve the damaged skin of her male clients, and hence +Rehab London was born.

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Using all-natural ingredients such as anti-ageing Rooibos extract and healing Ginseng, it’s no wonder that British celebrities such as Russell Brand, Robert Pattinson and Simon Cowell have all given their stamp of approval.

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Brought into Singapore by Natural and Free Living Pte Ltd, set up by sisters Monika and Yuanita Tjia who left the corporate world in pursuit of their passion to share the benefits of using natural products, good skin care and grooming regime. The company also pledge to contribute back to society, for every product sold, S$1 will be donated to the Singapore Environment Council (SEC) to promote environmental responsibility.

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During the event, +Rehab London also unveiled their new spokesperson for Singapore. Former reality TV contestant, Howard Lo from Eye for a Guy 2 (2005) was appointed the brand ambassador.  Howard is a true representation of +Rehab London’s target consumer – a man who wears many hats: a husband, tech blogger for ZDNet Asia and restaurateur in Singapore and Indonesia. 

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The line consists of six products vital to any man’s skincare regime: Scrub Up Daily Detox, Calm Balm, Cold Turkey Shaving Gel, Morning Glory, No Shine, and Revive Survive. I’ve been addicted to the products ever since I received their sample kit at the event couple of weeks ago.

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+Rehab London products are fuss free and easy to use, especially when I was rushing to work in the morning or after a long day in office. I’ve been using the Men’s Scrub Up Daily Detox on alternate days to get my skin free of dust and to complete my skin care regime, I apply the Revive Survive (anti-fatigue cream) for a refreshing touch.

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Men’s Scrub Up Daily Detox 125 ml (Retail price: S$24.95) 

The 2-in-1 facial cleanser and scrub to kickstart your day. It’s refreshing, leaves your skin clean, prevents blackhead and ingrown hairs.

Key Ingredients:

  • Pumpkin Enzyme: A natural hydrator, it helps to gently clear dead skin cells.
  • Volcanic sand of Tahiti: A natural exfoliant that gently removes impurities.
  • Bamboo: A natural exfoliant that gently remove impurities.
  • AC Alg-MoistEAU: Hawaiian Water Algae.

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Men’s Cold Turkey Shaving Gel 125 ml (Retail price: S$24.95)

Shaving is now a painless affair with the Cold Turkey’s unique low foam clear formula that lets you see exactly where to shave; preventing ingrown hairs and sore red skin when manscaping.

Key Ingredients:

  • Argan Oil: Supports regeneration of the skin, restarts the vital functions of cells and neutralises free radicals, whilst providing a protective layer to lubricate the razor.
  • Witch Hazel: A strong anti-oxidant and astringent useful for skin healing.
  • Aloe Vera: Its rejuvenating, healing and soothing properties prevent sore red skin when shaving.

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Morning Glory 50 ml (Retail price: S$38)

This moisturiser nourishes and offers protection for over 12 hours; leaving the skin smooth and balanced, without leaving any nasty residue on the skin.

Key Ingredients:

  • Spice African Pepper: Nourishes the skin.
  • Hawaiian Water Algae: Aids in cell renewal.
  • Cocoa Seed Butter: Provides constant hydration, leaving a flawless and fresh complexion.

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No Shine 50 ml (Retail price: S$38)

This oil control moisturiser helps to combat shine and excess oil whilst still making the skin refreshed, bright and perfectly hydrated.

Key Ingredients:

  • Rooibos Extract: Rich in anti-allergenics which reduce effects of free radicals.
  • Normaseb: Stops excess oil build-up.
  • Hawaiian Water Algae: An Anti-oxidant and promotes cell renewal.

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Calm Balm 50 ml (Retail price: S$27.95)

Calm Balm is just another aftershave balm, it also soothes and heals the skin after sun exposure or any adverse weather reactions you may find yourself in; perfect companion to travel with.

Key Ingredients:

  • Rockweed: Smoothes and tones, moisturises and re-mineralises.
  • Hawaiian Water Algae: Anti-oxidants, cell renewal.

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Revive Survive 50 ml (Retail price: $42.95)

The ultimate anti-fatigue cream; slap this stuff on and ten minutes later, your skin looks visibly rejuvenated. Extremely useful after a long night out with mates or date.

Key Ingredients:

  • Ginseng: Energising.
  • Hydrergy: Energising, rich in vitamins.
  • Hawaiian Water Algae: Anti oxidants, cell renewal.

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+Rehab London is now available online at http://www.rehablondonsg.com and is retailing at Beauty Horizon and Beauty By Nature outlets.

Keep Calm, Ear Candling and Carry On

Under the encouragement of a friend and a trained ear candling therapist, Gabriel, I decided to give car candling a try. My first thought was, “Is he going to burn a candle into my ear?” Needless to say, my fear soon vanished after Gabriel’s thoughtful explanation on how it is done and the benefits.

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What are the benefits?

Benefits of ear candling include relieving tinnitus (ringing in the ears), helping to relieve sinus pain and pressure, removing excess wax build up, assisting with relieving Swimmers’ ear, assisting with headaches, relieving severely itchy ears (often caused by yeast, mould or dairy allergies) and helping to unplug ears (often due to illness).

Ear candling benefits everyone especially people who swim, fly or dive regularly, i.e. swimmers, scuba divers, cabin crew, pilots, etc.

Other potential benefits may include improved lymphatic fluid flow through the body, improved colour perception, a more balanced emotional state and clearer thinking.

It has also been reported that those who partake in ear candling experience an improved sense of taste as well as reduced pressure, which may be present in the ears due to a wax build up or infection. Claims have also been made that they are able to assist with purifying the blood. Others have reported experiencing a relaxing and soothing effect on the mind and body after an ear candling session.

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How is it done?

Ear candling involves inserting a long, cylindrical candle into the ear and lighting it on the other end. Heat produced from the top of candle helps to draw out excess ear wax and other debris which may be present in the ear canal. This technique must be done by an experienced therapist.

How much does it cost?

Small fees (cash payment only)

1 session: $20,  5 sessions: $80 (30 min per session)

*Strictly by appointment ONLY. For more information and booking, please call Gabriel at 9062 5742

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Ear candling therapy is offered by ZROOTE, one stop service center for wellness. Also other programmes include CPR training and hypnotherapy. For more information, visit www.ZROOTE.com.sg

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Bare Your Sexy Sole for a Good Cause

Kick off your shoes and join the 2013 Habitat-Barclays Bare Your Sole walk – a day of fun for the whole family for Habitat for Humanity Singapore’s local home clean up programme – Project Homeworks.

Everyday, people in developing countries & disaster-stricken places make their way through undesirable conditions – barefoot. The Habitat-Barclays Bare Your Sole 2013 barefoot walk is an initiative that lets us all raise awareness of these children and adults who live in dire conditions, and also raise much-needed funds for their local program to improve the living conditions of Singapore’s vulnerable elderly and handicapped.

This is a fun family and corporate event where thousands of Singaporeans come together and walk barefoot to experience walking with no shoes to remember those with no homes. You can go to http://bareyoursole.org.sg for a better picture of past years’ Bare Your Sole events! All proceeds go to Habitat’s local home clean-up program, Project Homeworks.

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Habitat – Barclays Bare Your Sole 2013

Location: Gardens By the Bay East, Tanjong Rhu (Rhu Cross)

Date:  1 June 2013 (Saturday)

Time: 9 am to 12 pm

To register, go to http://regonline.activeglobal.com/Register/Checkin.aspx?EventID=1207528

Yoga in the Sky at Mind-Body-Spirit Festival 2013

Last Sunday 12 May 2013, I attended the Mind-Body-Spirit Festival organised by Singapore Flyer in conjunction with Mother’s Day celebration. With the day-pass ticket, there are various classes to choose from and at different venues to provide unique experience for all.

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Yoga, pilates, fitness marathon and  mass workout are some of the selection available. Eventually I decided to train my abs and headed for the yoga class held at Bayview Room at level 2.

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The YogaDivas CORE workshop was presented by yoga instructor, Sarah Powell from YogaDivas. Yoga is not just about gentle stretching, during the one-hour session, we learned to discover our inner strength and also had fun with arm balances. If you think yoga is just for girls, don’t be misled by the YogaDivas name, there were a couple other guys attending the class with me.

Sarah started the class with relaxation breathing exercise before proceeding to stretching and balancing on our core muscles and arms. Most of the poses were manageable except for a few which were rather challenging. Sarah also demonstrated varied versions of the pose to achieve the desired result without hurting ourselves. After the one hour, I could really feel my abs again!

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As I was recovering from my previous yoga class, I met up with the organisers who gladly informed me that they had specially arranged for a workout in the sky for me. Although I was feeling slightly tired but the idea of doing yoga in the sky excited me (click here to read my previous experience with doing yoga inside the capsule).

The special class of Hatha Yoga was presented by Master Ankan Kumar Sarkar from Sky Fitness. Hatha Yoga is the most ancient, complete and popular system of yoga for mental and physical health. It is a science of breathing, purification and synchronization on the physical and mental dimensions. During the two rotations of one hour, we learned the ancient techniques of esanas (postures) and pranayama – good health, peace prosperity, longevity and self-realization.

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Doing yoga inside the capsule is an amazing experience. Imagine seeing the Marina Bay district 165 metres above the ground in an upside-down position. The beautiful scenery makes enduring the more challenging postures so much more enjoyable. It is an experience that is not offered everyday.

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I would like to thank Singapore Flyer for the lovely invitation and I really hope that can make the Mind-Body-Spirit Festival a yearly event or have more classes of yoga, pilates or fitness workout in the sky so many others can enjoy the unique experience.

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[Glowing with glee and a touch of wellness after two sessions of yoga in one day.]

Check out Singapore Flyer’s website at www.singaporeflyer.com for their next exciting event and upcoming promotions.

Sarah conducts regular outdoor yoga classes. Find out more about YogaDivas at http://www.yogadivas.biz/

Sky Fitness offers a variety of fitness classes at their venue in HarbourFront and Serangoon Gardens. Visit www.skyfitness.com.sg for more information.