January was a busy month and it went by so quickly! It seems that everyone's been keeping occupied with work and doing their best to stick to those new years resolutions. Has anything in your daily habits changed since the start of 2013? Have you been eating breakfast? Brush your teeth before bed at night? It's still not too late to take some time to write down those resolutions and start fresh habits.
February is the month of L.O.V.E. and everyone knows this because of Valentines' Day. If you aren't seeing someone or haven't got a date, just remember what L.O.V.E. stands for - Love Often and Value Everyone!
I did a 2nd interview with Taste e-magazine (check out the first one here), this time with Charlie since it's for Valentines' Day. They featured an interesting topic on "couples who found love the unexpected way". Taste is an e-magazine published by Purple Sage (a boutique caterer in Singapore). For more on Food and Love (oh, the two totally go hand-in-hand!) check out their February 2013 issue.
Taste is doing another giveaway this month. Woohoo! Don't miss out page 26 of the e-magazine to find out how you can win a box of Hediard Macarons this Valentine’s Day. Get on it now because contest ends 3pm 8th February Friday!
Had the chance to shoot with David Yeow last week while he visited his hometown in Seremban. We've known each other since 2009 and I've always enjoyed working with him. He's an excellent photographer and gives great direction. He's moving from Melbourne to Singapore next month which means we'll have plenty more opportunities to shoot more photos like this
hat tip: (adidas and Stella McCartney for the outfit and YesStyle.com for the shoes)
I hope everyone's had a great start to the new year. 2013. Wow. We made it. This blog has been running for 5 years now and I'm proud to say that a lot has been accomplished both personally and career-wise. I'm grateful to have such a great support team - you, Charles, my family, friends, people I work with, and all those who follow me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Your Likes, Comments, Retweets and letters continuously encourage me to pursue my goals and stay committed.
What you talk about, you bring about; and for me, it's health and fitness. I started my blog because I wanted to share my fitness journey - the struggles, the slip-ups and the rewards. Being healthy and staying fit is a choice I've made because it makes me feel empowered and strong. That's the kind of positive energy I'd like for myself to wake up with everyday and humbly influence on others.
Whatever your goals were in 2012, I hope you've achieved it and have set bigger ones this year.
Discipline comes hand in hand with willpower and determination. It's important re-evaluate your goals every so often to make sure you're still challenging yourself and taking note of any improvement or deficiency in your performance. There is no room for complacency in terms of goal setting - when you achieve one, it's time to make another if you hadn't already. However, nothing great is achieved without enthusiasm! Sometimes you gotta cut lose and, not put too much pressure on yourself so that you'll enjoy it. It's just as important to set small, achievable goals especially during the beginning of your fitness journey, as it is to set big ambitious long term goals.
Have a healthy and happy 2013.
With Love, Fay
A look back at 2012...
Rise and dine. My favorite meal of the day - breakfast. Oatmeal pancakes, waffle sandwiches, cereal mixed with fresh fruits, scrambled eggs and toast... Mmm. I like a big breakfast. On weekends however, I prefer something light (starting with a protein shake and, or a muesli bar) because instead of a big breakfast, my weekend treat is BRUNCH.
Epicurious @ Robertson Quay always hit the spot. Charles and I used to eat here almost every weekend when we lived in Singapore. Their delicious eggs benedict is the top reason why we sometimes force ourselves out of bed earlier during the weekend. You snooze, you lose! After much anticipation, I finally went there again for lunch over the F1 weekend a couple of weeks back. How I've missed it!
I was delighted when the waiter asked if I wanted only egg whites for my scrambled eggs. He must've noticed my workout gear and immediately assessed - seeing I'm the kind 'fitness freak' who would ditch the yolk to cut calories. Now I wouldn't call myself a fitness freak, but he was right. Just egg whites for my scrambled eggs, please!
I love how the food is served in classic retro porcelain plates. Reminds me of the good ol' days growing up in Singapore...
Before I learned to dunk Oreo cookies in milk, I was dipping biscuits in hot Milo. I love oats now, but I grew up with Nestum. Good mornings start with hard-boiled eggs on toast, sprinkled with white pepper and some soya sauce. Chili sauce is always preferred. (Charles says that's probably one of the things that makes me uniquely Singaporean, because Asian Americans like him favor ketchup.)
Ahh, those nostalgic days. How I treasure those memories of Singapore.
Check this out - The Nostalgia Talking Parrot, Ah Hock, says what you love about the good old days speaks a lot about your character now. Think this could be true? Go back in time and take this personality test to find out!
I must say, he was quite precise about me!
My dad actually called me out once for treating our home like a hotel because I'm always traveling. Ah Hock is a wise parrot!
This year, Nestlé celebrates its 100th year in Singapore. What a successful journey it's been for the brand! I'm happy to have shared many nourishing years with Nestlé products such as Milo, Milkmaid, Nestum and Cheerios.
To commemorate this milestone, Nestlé is giving back by fulfilling the wishes of 100 lucky people this year. If you have a wish that fits the "Good Food, Good Life" theme, share it with Nestlé and it may just come true!
What will you wish for?
Coincidentally, like Kenny Choo, who wished for a Milo van at his wedding, my sister is getting married in December and my simple wish for her is to have a Kit Kat wedding cake. She is a huge Kit Kat fan! Now if it were up to me, I'd choose green tea flavor. Aly claims she's tried more than 20 different flavors (there's gotta be at least 100 different flavors out there!) but her favorite is still the classic.
Admittedly, I like chocolates too. Occasionally. Especially dark chocolate! Speaking of chocolate, have you seen the new Milo 3-in-1 with 'Less Sugar'? Kudos to Milo for making an effort to promote a healthier option!
And now for the BIG NEWS... Nestlé is fulfilling one of my wishes. I can soon check off "Travel to Europe" from my bucketlist because I'm flying to Switzerland tonight to visit the home of Nestlé in Vevey! I've always wanted to travel to Europe and what better place to start than Switzerland. I'm so grateful to be given this opportunity to visit interesting Nestlé landmarks like the Alimentarium and the Cailler chocolate factory. My heart is racing from all the excitement.
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...
4 more days to go!
See ya there!
Congrats to the contest winners & subscribers of TASTE e-magazine! They have each won themselves a Maxitone Sculptress set which includes a mini shaker, protein powder, meal replacement/ protein bar and Sculptress tablets worth $115!
To win the contest all they had to do was susbcribe to TASTE e-magazine and answer a very simple question:
What is one dish that Fay recommends and why?
The best answer: One dish that Fay recommends is Grilled Salmon with Broccoli for its high-protein content and its richness in Omega-3 fatty acids. Salmon's insulin properties further help build muscle and aid in losing that stubborn layer of abdominal fat to show off great, killer abs! Served as a perfect accompaniment; broccoli, a good source of antioxidant that helps keep skin supple. With its high folate content and anti-cancer properties, broccoli serves as a perfect round-up to a delicious, satisfying meal!
Thank you for subscribing and enjoy your Maxitone products!
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!
Some outtakes from the shoot...
The media event was hosted by Hansen Lee and the show kicked off with this group of fitness instructors who definitely HAD THE MOVES!
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!
Photographed by David Yeow.
hat tip: (adidas and YesStyle.com for the shoes)
Do continue to learn, comment, share your knowledge and live fit, my Lovers.