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.

adidas walk of fame

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Selfie with Adi Dassler

welcome to adidas

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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adidas spring summer 2015

adidas high tops womens

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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.

Hyflux Fruit Vege Washer 2

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.

 Hyflux Fruit Vege Washer 3

 

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!

Hyflux Fruit Vege Washer 4

 

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!

popeye eating spinach

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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hauptmarket

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?

How ReLEx Smile Changed The Way I See

I received my first pair of glasses when I was about nine years old. I didn’t like them. Kids in school used to make fun of my big ‘ol glasses and two ponytails…

Fay glasses

Not my best look… :P

At fifteen, I moved on to contact lenses. I guess I followed my older sister Alyssa’s footsteps since she had started wearing colored contacts. I was more than happy to get rid of my glasses. It felt like a rite of passage to move on from glasses to contact lenses.

Without my glasses, I felt more confident in being active and playing contact sports in school such as Captain’s ball. I used to love that game! Except when the ball hit me in the face while I had my glasses on, ouch.

Even running was a breeze; I didn’t have my glasses slipping down my sweaty nose. It was cool to step out of an air-conditioned room and not have my glasses fog up, paralyzing my vision for a few seconds. Needless to say, switching from glasses to contacts was easy.

I became really dependent on wearing them. I developed a bad habit of wearing them for too long that sometimes it made my eyes extremely dry. I’ve even worn my contacts to sleep, especially when traveling on long haul flights. I switched from monthly contacts to extended wear daily contacts since I realised I needed to wear them for the most part of the day. Even the daily contacts didn’t help very much with the occasional dry eyes; I guess I just shouldn’t be wearing them for more than 12 hours a day!

Once it got so dry that the contacts literally fell out of my eye.

Alyssa did LASIK a few years ago, when she was my age. (Quite a fateful coincidence now that we think of it!) I just turned a year older in August and I was curious to find out if I was eligible for refractive surgery too. Perhaps this was another rite of passage for me – from wearing glasses to contacts lens to permanently correcting my eyesight!

 

What is laser vision correction surgery/refractive surgery? Laser vision correction surgery, also known as refractive laser eye surgery refers to any surgical treatment using lasers to correct problems such as myopia, hyperopia and astigmatism, to decrease your dependency on glasses or contact lens.

How does it work? The treatment works by reshaping the cornea (the clear front portion of the eye) so that light traveling through is properly focused onto the retina for a sharp and clear image.

 

I scheduled an appointment at one of the LASIK clinic at Paragon Medical on September 3rd. On the day of consultation, I had to undergo a few eye tests/pre-refractive surgery evaluation that will provide detailed information on the health of my eyes. I couldn’t wait to get LASIK done!

 

CONSULTATION/EVALUATION DAY

Alyssa accompanied me to the LASIK Clinic in Paragon. Turns out she did LASIK at the same clinic too, six years ago!

When I arrived at the clinic, I had to fill out some forms with my personal particulars and medical history. My nurse was very thorough with her explanation on the pre-refractive surgery evaluation. The evaluation process took about two hours.

We started the evaluation process with five different machines that gave specific information about my eyes. 1) The auto-refractor evaluates my prescription. 2) Next was the non-contact tonometer that assesses the eye pressure. 3) The wavescan machine picks up imperfections in the eye so that the lasik procedure can provide a precise correction (aka it determines which part of the cornea needs to be lasered). 4) The orb scan analyses the corneal thickness.

refractive surgery eye tests

orbscan

The orb scan looked like a hypnotic device! Pretty cool.

Lastly, 5) the penta-cam – it measures cornea thickness and cross sectional view of the anterior structure such as the iris and lens.

We moved from one machine to the other quite briefly. The tests didn’t take more than five minutes each. I was perplexed to find out that it took so many different machines to analyze the eyes, just goes to show how complex our eyes are.

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I’m sure many of you would’ve had to do this Visual Acuity Test to find out the prescription of your eyes if you ever needed to wear glasses. The test measures the sharpness of vision by grading the ability of the eye to discern diminishing sizes of alphabets, numbers or shapes at a specified distance of six metres.

eye tests

Here’s the medical lowdown on my eyes:

Right eye: 725° myopia / 100° astigmatism

Left eye: 550° myopia / 100° astigmatism

As you see, I have a pretty high prescription and what is considered near-sightedness or myopia, which is fairly common. The prevalence of myopia in Singapore is one of the highest in the world, affecting around 20% of children aged seven years and 80% of boys by the time they enter National Service.

The good news is, my eye prescription hadn’t changed for over four years. Bear in mind that eye prescriptions tend to change throughout your twenties. If you can prove that you have a stable prescription, you might be a good candidate for laser eye surgery.

My nurse helped to apply dilating eye drops for the second round of Visual Acuity Test. My eyes stung just a little bit, but only momentarily.

Relaxing the focusing muscles of the eye allows for a more accurate measurement of refractive error. It is extremely important that they get the most precise readings, hence the tests had to be very thorough.

eye evaluation

While waiting for the dilating eye drops to take effect, I watched a short animated video on the different types of laser eye surgeries to correct myopia. It gave me a clear idea on how the procedures are done, what to expect and the preparations required pre and post surgery.

After watching the video, I did a second round of the Visual Acuity Test followed by a consultation with the doctor.

Based on my eye test results, my doctor concluded that I was a suitable candidate for either LASIK or ReLEx Smile.

What is ReLEx Smile?

ReLEx Smile is entirely different from LASIK, as there is no longer the need to create a corneal flap. Instead, a small incision is made in the cornea and the lenticule is dissected and extracted through the small incision. In general, ReLEx Smile has minimal post-op discomfort as only a micro incision is made on the corneal surface. This means 1) faster recovery time and 2) almost no pain and 3) less susceptibility to trauma or complications post-surgery.

 

Is it safe? I had to ask if my doctor did any corrective eye surgery himself. He did LASEK a years ago, before ReLEx Smile was introduced. From his experience, LASEK was a little more painful and took a slightly longer time to heal.

relex smile vs lasik

I was very excited about this new and advanced technology, it was also important to know:

How experienced is my doctor with ReLEx Smile?

 “I just did ReLEx Smile surgery for two clients this morning”, he said with a smile. I found out that he started doing the procedure since 2012 and so far, had no complications with any of his clients.

After answering a lot of my questions, I found confidence in my doctor and we scheduled the surgery for the very next day.

 

SURGERY DAY

I arrived at the clinic just before 10am. The nurses were already busy preparing the surgery room. I had to read and sign a surgery consent form. I read everything thoroughly, in case I had any doubts or questions to ask the doctor. It wasn’t too late to back out. (For a split second I wanted to chicken out because I was scared!)

But all’s good. I knew I was in good hands.

signing consent form

I was eager to get through with the surgery but at the same time, a little nervous. This is going to be life-changing! The doctor gave me a valium for my anxiety, which helped calm my nerves. I tend to get really sweaty hands when I’m anxious.

the last time I wore my glasses

That was the last time I wore those glasses. Alyssa had to wear a surgical gown too so she could enter the surgery room.

Before the surgery, my nurse gave step-by-step instructions on what I needed to do post-surgery.

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  • Wear the protective eye shields or goggles for the first 24 hours, then nightly for a week when I sleep.
  • Optive lubricating eyedrops every hour or as often as needed
  • Vigamox and Maxidex eyedrop: 1 drop per eye every 2 hours until bedtime on the 1st day of surgery followed by 1 drop per eye 4 times a day from the 2nd day to the 14th day. I had to apply Vigamox followed by Maxidex eyedrops at least 5 minutes apart.
  • Lidcare eye wipes to clean the eye area in the morning and night for the first 3 days. I wasn’t allowed to wash my face as it might get soap or water in the eyes.

She then applied some antiseptic to clean the eye area as a preparation for the surgery.

lasik preparation

Suction on.” I heard a robotic female voice. “Ready.” I focused on the green light as instructed. I kept very still and continued to breathe deeply and slowly. The laser treatment took about 30 seconds to precisely create the refractive lenticule. A micro incision of about 2 to 4 mm was created.

“Suction off.” The bed moved away from under the blue light and Doc manually extracted and removed the refractive lenticule through the micro incision. I tried to imagine what the procedure looked like from a third person the whole time. For me, it just felt like the doctor was “cleaning” my eye. I couldn’t focus my eyes and all I could see was a blurry light.

Finally, Doc cleaned my eye with a clean cotton wipe again and removed the metal clamp. The right eye was done. Other than a slight discomfort, there was no pain at all. The procedure took about five minutes for each eye. It was all over very quickly!

I tried to open my eyes but the eyelids felt a really heavy. The feeling was quite similar to chopping onions, minus the stinging. Doc did one last eye check and told me that I was good to go!

relex smile procedure

All Smiles

The nurses adviced me to take the sleeping pills when I got home. This would allow my eyes time to heal and help me get through the uncomfortable phase after the numbing drops wore off.

As soon as I got home, I slept the whole afternoon with the googles on. I woke up every two hours to have a little peek of my new vision. It was still a little blurry but improved every time I went back to sleep and woke up again. AMAZING!

The aftercare instructions were essentially no eye makeup for a week (meh), no exercise for at least three days (that’s not so bad), no washing of the face and hair with soap for the next two days (eeeks) and no water sports for the first month. It hasn’t been a month since the surgery yet; I can’t wait to be able to see underwater!

The next day, I returned to the clinic on my own for the first post-op review. I was already able to see clearly enough, although it wasn’t 100% yet. I did another Visual Acuity Test followed by a brief consultation with the doctor.

relex smile post-op review

I felt totally normal. It’s like wearing contact lenses, except I’m not! These are my real eyes and I’m able to see with them perfectly. I can’t stop saying how amazing ReLEx Smile technology is. To be able to see the minute I open my eyes in the morning is the most refreshing feeling, still quite new to me.

I had a second post-op review a week later. My eyes were pretty much healed and Doc gave me the green light to start wearing eye make-up again.

20/20 vision! It’s almost surreal to think it was attainable for me. I gotta give it to my doctor for the meticulous work he had to do on my eyes. He did such an amazing job!

The following day after the second post-op, I flew to Germany for a chance to visit the Adidas headquarters in Nürnberg. I made sure I consistently used the antibiotic eyedrops and lubricating drops as directed to avoid any chance of dry eyes.

 freedom at last

I can’t wait to share my next journey through my new vision. Stay tuned!