2014: Getting To Know Ourselves

“Embrace and make peace with where you are, and your journey toward something new will feel much more peaceful, rewarding, and satisfying.”

It can be very hard to know ourselves; it’s easy to be distracted by the way we wish we were, or think we ought to be, or what others think we should be, until we lose sight of what is actually true. Since my trip to Vikasa last November, I’ve been inspired to meditate more in order to create self-awareness and reflect deeper on my thoughts. 

Instead of coming up with a whole list of new year resolutions, this year I came up with a lifetime resolution. I’m focusing more attention on my mind and soul while taking care and nourishing my body for good health. I’d like to be more  in touch with my deeper thoughts, emotions and relationships with others. 

Why is this suddenly important to me?

For most of us life is a series of practiced steps. Daily, weekly, monthly routines…routines piggyback routines as months turn into years and our lives race by. Have you ever stopped asked yourself why?

Why do I follow these routines? What do they do for me? Are they moving me towards my higher goals? Are they moving me towards my life’s purpose? Are they helping me become the person I want to be?

To answer these questions and to re-evaluate our assumed routines, we need to increase our self-awareness. Being self-aware can help us re-prioritise our lives so that we live in accordance with what really matters to us; so that every day we are moving ourselves closer to the place and the person we want to be.

Self-awareness is more than just knowing our strengths and weaknesses. Becoming self-aware means acknowledging that there are things we do that keep us from living the life we want. That is why increasing self-aware is difficult; it means asking hard questions; it means facing ourselves fully; it means recognizing and admitting our limitations.

When we fully know and understand ourselves; when we can look at our vulnerabilities and not cringe, we will be able to make changes. We will be able to stop repeating the same mistakes. We will be able to consciously adopt new routines that do move us towards the person and the place we want to be.

Join me on this new journey of self-discovery. Let’s get to know ourselves and open up to those who provide inspiration in our lives. Be happy.  Appreciate this moment.  Resist nothing.  Love yourself and others.  Be  grateful for small blessings.  Make happiness your number one priority.

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So there. That’s what my mind has been occupied with in the last two months since I updated this blog. I hope it gives you something to think about… Speaking of updates, let’s pick it up from where we left off – from around November 2013 until now. Prepare for a long post!

Embrace change.
Embrace change.

When friends saw my new haircut they asked “Why did you cut your hair?”

I asked myself why having long hair had been so important to me and I’ll be honest, I realized it had something to do with some deep insecurities… 1) I’d play with my hair when I felt nervous and 2) most men tend to think women look more beautiful with long hair.

So fucking what.

Let’s set this straight: It’s not about your hair, it’s not about looking good with make-up on. I wanted to feel confident the way I am and I wanted to try something new for myself. So I turned to my stylist Glenn, from Essensuals Bugis, and told him I want to brave a new haircut. I fell in love with it immediately. I wouldn’t have known I’d like something different for myself had I not stepped outside the comfort zone.

Charles grew a mo’ for Movember, changing his look entirely as the weeks passed. I didn’t realize how different he looked until the end of the month when he finally shaved it off! I’m happy with my mo’less Charles.

Straight razor = TRUST
Straight razor = TRUST

December was Charlie’s birthday and we celebrated with an intimate dinner with some close friends at Don Quijote.

Celebrating another year wiser with the love of my life.
Celebrating another year wiser with the love of my life.

On his birthday weekend, we checked out the treetop walk at Macritchie with our good friend, Mark. If you haven’t been here before, it’s definitely worth checking out! The view is amazing. It just feels good to be surrounded by nature.

Keeping our weekends together active, adventurous and breathtaking.
Keeping our weekends together active, adventurous and breathtaking.

We spent Christmas in Hong Kong with Charlie’s family and enjoyed more outdoorsy stuff…

Hiking in Sai Kung West Country Park with Charlie's dad, his two little brothers and pet dogs - Sunny and Blackie.
Hiking in Sai Kung West Country Park with Charlie’s dad, his two little brothers, Sam and James.
Good dogs, Sunny and Blackie. They made us wish we had our own dogs!
Good dogs, Sunny and Blackie. They made us wish we had our own dogs.
The dogs seem to know their "good side" lol
The dogs seem to know their “good side” lol
Taking a break while enjoying the beautiful view from the top.
Taking a break while enjoying the beautiful view from the top.
Just being us.
Just being us.
After a big feast on Christmas Day, we spent the day out at Ocean Park.
After a big feast on Christmas Day, we spent the day out at Ocean Park.
With Rachelle, James and Sam.
With Rachelle, James and Sam.
Flash ride!
Flash ride!
It's fun to be a little kid again with no adults telling us what we can't do at a theme park, haha!
It’s fun to be a little kid again. It’s fun to be with kids <3
mi adidas travel essentials
mi adidas travel essentials

After a week in Hong Kong spending quality time with the family, we headed back to Singapore to re-pack our bags for a holiday in Bali. Looks like Denpasar airport just got upgraded to meet the high demand of tourists coming into town during peak season.

I've never seen airport airport this crowded before!
I’ve never seen Denpasar airport this crowded before…

 We stayed in Ubud for the first time to avoid the crowded areas like Kuta and Seminyak during the holiday season.

A small river just a few steps down from our villa in Ubud.
A small river just a few steps down from our villa in Ubud.
Cycling in Ubud was a bit of an adventure for me since I hadn't cycled in years!
Cycling in Ubud was a bit of an adventure for me since I hadn’t cycled in years! My legs were aching the next day but it was a fun little adventure and I’m happy we got to see the more peaceful and green countryside of Bali.
In our natural element.
In our natural element.
Duck farm in Ubud.
You’ll see a plenty of duck farms in Ubud.

We had a lovely dinner at Il Giardino on New Years Eve, definitely check out this restaurant if you’re craving Italian food in Bali! Romantic atmosphere, great service and really, really good Italian food. Weather was not on our side though, as it poured the whole night. We decided to skip Kuta after dinner since we figured traffic might be bad on the way there especially with the rain… and it was, even those in Kuta had trouble getting around as roads were blocked for NYE). We ended the night with a bottle of wine.

The next morning, we checked out and took a flight on Merpati airlines to Lombok. The flight was delayed for a while, most likely due to the bad weather, but I heard this happens a lot with Merpati. Despite the challenges, it was our first time in Lombok and definitely not the last.

Arcing away from the northwest corner of Lombok, are 3 idyllic atolls, where the sand is still powdery white, the water a clear sparkling turquoise, and the sunsets over Bali’s volcano Mt. Agung in the west simply spectacular. Described as pearls in the ocean and located just north of Lombok, the Gili Islands, which comprises the three islands of Gili Air, Gili Meno and Gili Trawangan, are fringed with white sands and lush palm trees.

We ventured to Gili Air, after we finally managed to charter a private boat to take us there. I feared we wouldn’t get to go at first because of the bad weather but luckily… the sun came up for a while!

Boats to the Gili Islands.
Boats to the Gili Islands.
Searching the sun.
Searching the sun.
Gili Air is less touristy and busy than Meno and Trawangan.
Gili Air is less touristy and busy than Meno and Trawangan. Gili Air is the second smallest of the islands and the closest to mainland Lombok, making it popular with honeymoon couples and travellers seeking a quiet retreat. No cars at all, just bikes and donkeys.
horse-drawn carts (more like donkey-drawn carts) known as "cidomos" add to the laid-back atmosphere, shuttling tourists to and fro on the narrow dirt roads.
Horse-drawn carts (more like donkey-drawn carts) known as “cidomos” add to the laid-back atmosphere, shuttling tourists to and fro on the narrow dirt roads.
The sun was hidden behind the clouds but the waters were still clear when we went snorkeling.
The sun was hidden behind the clouds but the waters were beautiful and clear when we went snorkeling.
I spotted a stripped sea snake. This was taken with the GoPro 2.
I spotted a stripped sea snake! This was taken with the GoPro 2. Charles said he also spotted a puffer fish.

We were lucky that it stopped raining for a few hours that day because as soon as we got back to our villa, it started raining cats and dogs… all night.

We checked out the next day and drove to Kuta (Lombok) for lunch at restaurant in Novotel. I’d love to stay there next time, the hotel villas looked amazing… the best part is, the beach was only a few steps away.

Novotel. Kuta, Lombok.
Novotel. Kuta, Lombok.
Drinks by Breeze.
Drinks by Breeze.
Bali's little sister island Lombok has all the innocence of untouched beauty, with a little more shine and a whole lot less traffic than its big sister island.
Bali’s little sister island Lombok has all the innocence of untouched beauty, with a little more shine and a whole lot less traffic than its big sister island.
Lonely tree on Kuta.
Check out that lonely tree on Kuta beach (Lombok).

After a lunch, we flew back to Bali on Merpati Air and stayed at a beach house in Padang Padang. The house was exactly 90 steps down the cliff, a bit of an adventure to get to but it was right by the beach. During high tide, usually at night, bigger waves would crash onto our decks.

View from the deck.
View from the deck.
Probably the closest you can get to the ocean without getting wet. In a place you can call a home.
Probably the closest you can get to the ocean without getting wet. In a place you can call a home.
Who needs TV when you have a view of the ocean?
Who needs TV when you have a view of the ocean?
Surfers in Padang Padang.
Surfers in Padang Padang.
This crab got washed in when the waves crashed...
This crab got washed in when some bigger waves crashed onto our decks during high tide at night…
So did this sea snake!
So did this sea snake!
<3
<3

It was straight back to work after that longholiday. Getting back into my usual training was a struggle at first but seeing people workout at UFIT, even the trainers, gave me the motivation I needed. I met the winners of #fitwithfay + #mygirls contest and gave them their free yoga mat plus 1-hour trial personal training at UFIT.

Hope you all enjoyed the PT session and make use of that pink adidas yoga mat daily!

all in for mygirls

When Stuff magazine Singapore asked if I wanted to shoot for their cover and write a review about the adidas miCoach Smart Run, I was more than happy to, especially being I’m a huge gadget nerd myself. Gotta love Stuff, it’s a great magazine to refer to if you’re curious about the latest tech toys in town, it might even give you some gift ideas for that special someone.

Featuring wearable tech in the upcoming March 2014 issue of Stuff magazine Singapore.
In this March issue, they’re featuring some futuristic wearable tech.
Don't miss the March issue of Stuff Magazine Singapore Edition! In fact, grab a few copies in case your friends try to jack it :D
Don’t miss the March issue of Stuff Magazine Singapore Edition! In fact, grab a few copies in case your friends try to jack it 😀

I visited KL for a cover shoot for Health & Beauty magazine and stayed for the weekend to hangout with old friends. Miss ’em!

Screenshots from the Health & Beauty magazine cover in Kuala Lumpur.
Screenshots from the Health & Beauty magazine cover in Kuala Lumpur.

Charlie and I spent the following weekend in Bangkok for a friend’s wedding ( #JahKnightWedding ). Even bumped into #mygirls Thailand, Si Phitsinee there!

Bumped into sporty sister, Si Phitsinee, at wedding in Bangkok. #mygirls !
Bumped into sporty sister, Si Phitsinee, at a friend’s wedding in Bangkok. #mygirls !

 Alright that’s all I have for now. Next, I’ll share a bit about the adidas miCoach Smart Run, healthyMEtv, Boombot Rex speakers and my favorite green juice recipes. Stay tuned!

 

Elite Boxing Is Coming To Malaysia!

Calling all iron fists and Muay Thai fans, Elite Boxing has finally made it to Malaysia! After successfully bringing in high profile Muay Thai events (Thailand vs Challenger Series) to Dubai, Thailand, Russia and Germany in the last 3 years, Elite Boxing has chosen MALAYSIA for the country’s BIGGEST Muay Thai event yet.

I’m thrilled to share that I will be co-hosting ‘Thailand Vs. Asia – The Best of Malaysia‘ with Elite Boxing’s brand ambassador and local actress, Diana Danielle. The red carpet event will be held next Tuesday, 9 October 2012, at Sunway Pyramid Convention Center starting at 7pm.

We just held a press conference at Butter Factory last week where we announced that local fashion designer, Amir Luqman, will be designing batik style dresses for the event. So it’s not just about watching who gets beat down and who will triumph, there will also be live red carpet interviews and a fashion show! An official after-party is in order after the match at Butter Factory KL and I hear we’re even gonna have an ‘Elite Boxing Ring Girl’ Contest… 😉

Thailand Vs. Asia – The Best of Malaysia (Fashion Fighter Press Conference) @ The Butter Factory KL
Don’t miss it!

4 more days to go!

Get your tickets now at ebmalaysia.com.my. For more info about the Thailand VS Asia event, visit this link: http://www.facebook.com/ebmalaysia

See ya there!

Adidas Brings Out The Best Woman In You

I’m blessed! I’ve always been an adidas girl for as long as I’ve done sports so I was thrilled to hear that they wanted me to be a part of their new women’s campaign. In line with their new Spring/Summer 2012 Sport & Style collection, the campaign is inspired by next generation athletes who embody the adidas brand anthem ‘adidas is all in’. Now I don’t know about you, but when I put on my adidas, I feel like I’m ready to take on any challenge! That’s exactly what this campaign is about – it’s for women who dare.

So a few weeks ago, I did a video shoot with adidas. The video was released 2 weeks later at the media event held at Teeq & Rootz in Kuala Lumpur. Here it is…

Absolutely LOVED the campaign photos too!

Flexibility
Lightweight
Power
Originals

Some outtakes from the shoot…

Minimal make-up, high-tops & a whole load of ass-kicking.
I had quite a workout that day! It was pretty much a full-day of exercise, haha!

 The media event was hosted by Hansen Lee and the show kicked off with this group of fitness instructors who definitely HAD THE MOVES! 😉

At the media event showcasing the new adidas Spring/Summer 2012 Women’s collection. These girls did an amazing, high energy performance involving aerobics, dance and combat! Loved it!
With host, Hansen Lee 🙂

 Thank you for all the support and the love on my blog. I never expected that it would take me this far and I’m so grateful to YOU, my readers! YOU keep me going and this blog rolling.  I’m pleased to share that I’m currently taking a personal training course with ACE Fitness (about time!) as I realized that THIS is what I really want to get into. So here’s to another chapter in my fitness journey… Carpe diem!

ZENERGY Boulder Craze: The Most Explosive Climbing Event Of The Year

As mentioned in my previous post, rock-climbing is one the most calorie-consuming workouts out there that builds up strength and agility.  It’s a very popular sport amongst students who take it up as an extra-curricular actitivy in school and some even started training at the age of 14!

The first climbing showcase in Malaysia took place during the ZENERGY Boulder Craze 2011 on 24th September outside theCURVE Shopping Mall.

 The event was organized by newcomers into the sporting events scene, ZENERGY Sports, who aim to bring non-mainstream sports to the fore through fun, exciting and unique events such as Boulder Craze.

As a special guest at this unique event, I was invited to meet with 24 of the participants from around the region, including some of the best climbers from Singapore, Thailand, Philippines, Hong Kong and Malaysia.
With the hosts of the event, Janell Tan and Faizal Ariffin.
The 17ft high outdoor wall was designed differently for the 2 categories – Men and Women. Participants were only allowed to use the natural strengh of their hands and legs (no safety harnesses except for a thick foam mat that covered the stage floor).
Mr. Lok Hon San, founder of ZENERGY, giving his speech just before the unveiling of the outdoor rock-climbing wall.
Qualifying rounds took place in the afternoon with the women’s category giving it a headstart followed by the men’s category.
The paths were very challenging, as it requires a lot upper and lower body strength as well as a steady handgrip.
Flexibility also plays a part in this sport as you are required to reach for the climbing holds, which can be spread out from each other.

 (Read more about Climbing Holds.)

With Mr. Lok Hon San, Founder of Zenergy, and Mr. Daniel Chew, Head of Productions for Montagna Zone Sdn Bhd.
Safety first! Paramedics were on stand-by, just in case.
Interviewing one of the judges and one of the pioneers of Sport Climbing in Malaysia Mr. Alif Lim Kien Wei and a quick photo with Janell. I knew Janell from before and she had always wanted me to tryout rock-climbing. I’m glad I did!
Participants were given 10 minutes to study the wall and strategize their moves before getting started. This is known as the observation session in all climbing competitions.
Fareeda Yothasamutr and Thatthana Raksachat of Thailand, carefully applying their climbing skills on the wall.
ZENERGY Boulder Craze 2011 was the first rock climbing competition in Malaysia to feature night lighting effects.
The lighting effects transformed the whole atmosphere at night, giving the wall a whole new and vibrant dimension. It was definitely something different for the participants themselves.
1st place winner of the Men’s category was Hafzanizam Bukhary and for the Women’s category, Xu Liting.

 Winning the Men’s category was 29 year-old Malaysian climber, Hafzanizam Bukhary. With ten years of climbing experience under his belt, he gained massive support from the crowd that night as he navigated the paths that other contestants found impossible.

The Women’s category was won by 23-year-old Singaporean Xu Liting, who started climbing at the age of 14 but only began training hard at the sport since 2009. She has won a number of climbing events in the last two years, including emerging as the Lead Climbing champion in the Putrajaya Challenge Park Extreme Games in December 2010 and taking 1st place in Bouldering during Climb On 2010 in Singapore.

Congratulations to the both of them!

To get updates on upcoming sports events like this, check out the  ZENERGY Facebook page and hit ‘Like’ to get the latest news in your feed.

If you’re looking to tryout a new sport, take up climbing! There are 2 major climbing gyms in Kuala Lumpur – the one I went to was CAMP5 and another worth checking out is MadMonkeyz Climbing Gym.

I would love to hear from you. Feel free to suggest others!

Rock Climbing: 1 of 8 Exercises That Burn the Most Calories

A challenging, all-over body workout demanding coordination, endurance, strength, flexibility, and balance, rock climbing is one of the most calorie-consuming fitness exercises out there.

8 Exercises That Burn the Most Calories

1. Cycling – between 850 – 570 calories burned per hour
2. Running – about 850 calories burned per hour (8-minute mile)
3. Jumping Rope – between 680 – 815 calories burned per hour
4. Boxing – between 615 – 815 calories burned per hour
5. Rowing – between 580 – 650 calories burned per hour
6. Swimming – between 545680 calories burned per hour
7. Rock Climbing – between 540750 calories burned per hour
8. Rugby – between 681715 calories burned per hour

Rock climbing is a great exercise because it targets muscles in the arms, chest, back, and even the legs. This makes it a great exercise for people who don’t have a whole lot of time. They can get a total body exercise in with only one type of workout!

Rock climbing @ Camp 5 (1Utama Shopping Center, KL)

I finally got the chance to try it out myself recently! Took up a 4-hour beginner’s class where I learned all the necessary safety skills for indoor rock climbing.

Climbing partners literally hold each others’ safety and security in their hands every time they belay.
Benefits of rock climbing include increased physical fitness, improved problem-solving skills, building trust and teamwork. I made some new friends too 🙂

Speaking of rock climbing, the first climbing showcase event in Malaysia will take place during the ZENERGY BOULDER Craze 2011. It will be held this Saturday, 24th September 2011, at theCURVE Shopping Mall at Mutiara Damansara between 11am to 11pm.

See you there!

The main event features 24 (12 Men & 12 Women) of the best climbing athletes in the region perform a climbing showcase. Participants include athletes from Singapore, Thailand, Phillipines, Hong Kong & Malaysia. Other event highlights include a fashion walk event, a Capoeira demonstration by Bantus Capoeira Malaysia plus an Acro-Yoga demonstration by Inspired Yoga Studio.

For more info, check out the ZENERGY Boulder Craze 2011 event page on Facebook. Worth checking out if you’re thinking about trying out rock climbing or if you already are a climber! See you there!