Dedicate ‘Me-Time’

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Practicing yoga gives me the much-needed quality me-time to stay centred and renewed. Share an Instagram photo of yourself enjoying some me-time and you could win one of 20 spots together with me on 12 February (next Thursday) at a Pure Yoga Universal class led by Copper Crow at 7:30PM, at Pure Yoga Ngee Ann City.

I look forward to trying this specialised style of yoga, which is a balance between strength and flexibility, while offering special techniques for focus, awareness and coordination. The 20 winners will also receive a complimentary 7-day pass at Pure Yoga after the session. Make sure you tag #puremetime @pureyogaofficial @fayhokulani when you submit your posts to qualify.

 I look forward to your Instagram posts!

A New Chapter Begins At Pure Yoga

Five years ago, I attended my first yoga class on a ‘hot date’ with Charles. He initiated the idea since he had a couple of trial passes to a 90-minute Bikram yoga class. We had just started dating and we were very keen on trying something new together…

I must admit that I didn’t fall in love with yoga immediately. In fact, I felt a little intimidated by it.

Thirty minutes into the class, I started to feel light-headed and had to lie on my mat in a child’s pose (aka balasana). Charles’s mat was soaked with sweat; he had to get another towel. His biggest struggle was maintaining his balance while trying to stretch his stiff muscles. But doing yoga is not about having a flexible body, it’s about working with your body. We knew this. But still. Bikram Yoga was haaaaaard. I thought I was going to pass out.

I was willing to give it another shot, in a non-heated room at least. Yoga wasn’t really Charles’s thing, but we trained together in the gym and played sports instead. I started getting into weight training which eventually led me into taking up a personal training course.

I wanted to work on my flexibility and soon found myself in another yoga class. And another. I continued to take classes sporadically over the years while doing my self-practice at home. I fell in love with it.

Simultaneously, I began transitioning away from occasional yo-yo dieting and strict workout plans focused on some number on the scale to a mentality of self-care and mindfulness.

Yoga taught me not to be so hard on myself in so many ways. It has given me an entirely different relationship with my body, where I judge it by what it can do, rather than its shape.

I thought about doing Yoga Teacher Training for a while…  I want to immerse myself in all aspects of yoga. I want to understand correct alignment, the history and philosophy of yoga, and deepen my meditation practice. I explored various possibilities on when and where I could do the teacher training.

If the circumstances weren’t right, I was fine to put it on hold. Perhaps it was a sign that I wasn’t ready?

Then, a week before Christmas, I found out that Pure Yoga was doing a teacher training on the ‘Roots of Hatha Yoga‘ between January until March.The timing is right for me. I decided to go for it!

Hatha Yoga provides a great foundation as I would learn basic postures (asanas), relaxation and breathing techniques, and terminology that is found in almost every other style of yoga.

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The newly revamped studio is conveniently located on the 18th floor of Ngee Ann City Takashimaya.

The teacher training is led by Arun and Prakash, who have profound depth of experience in Hatha yoga and also teach classes at the Pure Yoga studios in Ngee Ann City and Chevron House.

Here’s a glimpse at what the training looks like so far:

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Prakash explains the eight limbs of yoga.
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Hatha yoga practice with Arun.
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Lunch break with a few of my fellow yoginis.

The weekend schedule is pretty full-on, with training from 8am until 6.30pm.Weekday training is from 7pm until 9pm, which is more manageable for working professionals. The training time is well organised and every minute is used purposefully. I look forward to the practice everyday and connecting with the other students attending the course.

Nothing beats a room full of strong, shining yogis, on their mats, inspiring, challenging and sharing in this beautiful practice.

 

 

 

Enter The World of adidas: Spring/Summer 2015 Collection

Adidas was founded over 90 years ago by Adi (Adolf) Dassler in his hometown, Herzogenaurach. Visiting their Global HQ in Herzo was an absolute dream come true.

I was so immersed in the world of adidas as I took a tour of their amazing campus, learned the brand history, design process and inspirations and ultimately find out what’s next in store.

Home of adidas
Home of adidas

I was humbled to join these fabulous fitness bloggers from around the world: Natalia (TrendyTaste/Spain), Linda (Linderella/Germany), Faya (Fitness On Toast/London), Ally (Substance/Australia) and Alex (Faschercise/London).

We had a grandest time getting to know each other as we learned that we all shared very similar interests… mainly fitness and the love for adidas!

Meet the fabulous fitness bloggers: Natalia, Linda, myself, Faya, Ally and Alex.

2015 blogger sneak peak

I love a little history lesson. We went back in time as we entered the exhibition gallery that was dedicated to showcasing the adidas story in an elaborate timeline. Prototype shoe designs made by Adi Dassler when he first founded the brand in 1924 were proudly displayed amongst other historical items.

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adidas history exhibition

Adidas has a come a long way in its journey to becoming a distinguished international sports and lifestyle brand.

I was blown away by how much it has evolved and progressed through the years.

Although Adidas is a sports brand, it has made a name for itself for it’s more fashionable collaborations with designers such as Yohji Yamamoto, Stella McCartney, Jeremy Scott, and more currently; Kanye WestPharrell and Rita Ora.

I love how I can switch from my training gear (adidas performance or adidas for Stella McCartney) to a more casual, street look with adidas originals. For this trip, I wore my favourite Stan Smith Up shoes, Stella McCartney tights, originals tee and Pull & Bear jacket.

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Selfie with Adi Dassler

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Since I fell in love with Adidas circa 2009, I’d always wondered how they decided on seasonal styles and collections. There have been some amazing, bold releases from Adidas over the last five years but just how did they come up with those patterns, those prints, those cuts and functional features? I was wildly ecstatic to meet the design department.

I discovered a lot of research and deliberation goes on for months before any design is signed off; they were already polishing off 2016 collections during our visit!

Each design team had a very specific focus, whether that be women’s accessories, training apparel, or running shoes. A trend team gives collated input on the most relevant rising fashion features from around the world, and the design teams conceptualize how Adidas can stay with or ahead of those trends while still being true to the brand’s origins.

If you love to dance, you'll love the new adidas Boost shoes. Now comes in high-tops!
If you love to dance, you’ll love the new adidas high-top Boost shoes. Finally!
Putting together my favourite SS2015 outfit.
Putting together my favourite SS2015 outfit.

The folks at Adidas gave us a rare sneak peak at how they bring so much awesomeness to the world of sports and fashion and we were all pretty blown away.

For the SS/2015 collection, they took inspiration from the constant movement of cities, incorporating urban landscape, colour and motion into their clothing designs.

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my favourite outfit

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I adore this colour combination! Especially the midnight blue.

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I hope my personal style gives you some inspiration on how to gear up for the new season!

Clean And Green with Hyflux Fruit And Vegetable Washer

I’m not going to lie; I struggle to eat healthy sometimes. I find myself craving for sugary snacks when I skip breakfast or when I get caught up in the day. That’s why I like to get a head start to healthy living by getting my nutrients in the morning.

Making green juice or smoothie has become part of my daily routine. Starting the day with a fresh glass of green juice is a guaranteed way of making sure that my body gets a clean and energetic jumpstart. It also seems to prevent me from making bad food choices later on in the day.

Since I’m making all that effort to start healthy, I wasn’t going to throw it all away by eating junk.

I try to make sure that I stock up on at least three or four different vegetables and fruits in the fridge. Part of the juicing preparation involves cleaning the produce. Whether or not I buy organic, it’s important to make sure the produce is thoroughly washed, especially for juicing as they are consumed raw and uncooked.

Organic fruits and veggies can still get contaminated! If you think about it, organically grown produce has to leave the farm to get to the supermarket and chances are: a few hands will touch it before it makes it into your grocery bag.

The Hyflux DEW Fruit and Vegetable Washer D818 not only helps to prolong the storage life of fruits and vegetables, it effectively kills microorganisms in the produce by up to 99% via safe ozone reaction. Bye-bye bacteria!

Ozone is a strong oxidising agent which kills microorganisms by breaking down their cell wall. No chemicals are required in the disinfection process – all I need is electricity and water.

Hyflux Fruit Vege Washer

The Washer was brand new when I received it so to prepare it for its first use, I had to perform an ‘initial purge’ – basically let it run on its own for fifteen minutes.

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Simply add water to the 4 litre mark and connect the Washer to a power supply with the supply cord. Ensure firm connection, turn on the switch and press the power key twice.

Initial purge 15 mins

 

The red light indicates that the Washer will run for fifteen minutes. There are two only two modes on the power button –

10-Minute Wash Mode

Press the power key ONCE and the LED light will turn GREEN. Washing begins and will stop automatically in about ten minutes. This mode is recommended for fruits and non-leafy vegetables.

15-Minute Wash Mode

Press the power key TWICE and the LED light will turn RED. Washing begins and will stop automatically in about fifteen minutes. This mode is recommended for leafy vegetables.

By the time initial purge was complete, I had prepped all the fruits and vegetables I wanted to use for my green juice. You may discard the water from the Washer or save it in a bucket for watering the plants. No wastage here!

Vegetable prep

Place the fruits and vegetables in the Washer AND THEN fill it up with water up to the 4 liter mark. Avoid doing this the other way around as you want to make sure the water level does not exceed the 4 litre mark.

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Once the Washer has done its job, give the fruits and veggies a final rinse under the tap. Now they are ready to go in the juicer!

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Here’s my favorite morning green juice recipe:

Green Immunity Juice

If you aren’t used to the veggie flavor of green juice, try adding another apple or carrot to sweeten the taste.

I call this the Green Immunity Juice because it’s high antioxidants and gives me a boost of energy when I don’t feel too great in the morning. Drinking this green juice gives me the energy like spinach gives popeye!

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The ginger adds a bit of spice which I find to be really refreshing in combination with the sweetness from the carrots and apple. It’s also great way to detox and fight colds. I like to add lemon to my juices because it helps to alkalize the body and restore pH balance. Remember to remove the peel to help keep the lemon from tasting too bitter in the juice.

Clean, green and mean drink!
Clean, green and mean drink!

Share your favorite green juice recipe and WIN a Hyflux DEW Fruit and Vegetable Washer D818!

To take part in this giveaway, leave a comment on this blog post with your juice recipe. I’m going to try them out myelf and pick the winner based on the healthiest and tastiest drink! You have TWO weeks until the deadline – 14 November 2014. (This giveaway contest is applicable to those residing in Singapore only.)

The Hyflux DEW Fruit and Vegetable Washer D818 is conveniently available at Selfix DIY stores, Takashimaya, OG and Hyflux Innovation Centre. Hyflux knows water like no other! Head down to their Customer Service Centre to find out more about their products:

Hyflux Innovation Centre
80 Bendemeer Road, Singapore 339949
+65 6297 9777
Email: support@hyfluxshop.com
Operating hours: Mon-Fri, 9.30am to 5.30pm (excluding weekends and PH)

Getting Lost In Germany

I was over the moon when I found out I get the chance to visit Europe again after two years since my trip to the Nestlé headquarters in Switzerland. This time I flew to Germany for an exclusive tour of the adidas global headquarters. What a dream!

Before I take you through the badass sporty world of adidas, here are some photos from the first day I arrived in the city of Nürnberg. I’ve always been fascinated by the history and architecture of castles. My mission was to find the Nürnberg castle. I decided to walk since it was *supposedly* not too far from my hotel. I wandered the city alone, without a map (other than my phone that had no data roaming) or clue to where the castle was. A little adventurous; a little silly, really…

With a bit of help from some locals, I managed to find my way to the castle. Not without getting a little bit lost!

Gym o'clock! Arrived in Nürnberg two hours ago from Singapore. Managed to get a restful sleep on the red-eye flight that I didn't feel tired at all.
Gym o’clock! Arrived in Nürnberg two hours ago from Singapore. Managed to get a restful sleep on the red-eye flight that I didn’t feel tired at all.

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St Lorenz
St. Lorenz (St. Lawrence) is a medieval church of the former free imperial city of Nuremberg in southern Germany. The church was badly damaged during the Second World War and later restored.

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German beer while in Germany? Why not!
German beer while in Germany? Why not!
View from the top of the Nürnberg castle.
Jackpot! View from the top of the Nürnberg castle. I was so glad I didn’t get too lost although it took me two hours to find the castle when it should’ve been thirty minutes.

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nurnberg castle germany

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Found my ride to adidas. Where’s the key?