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 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.
(Read more about Climbing Holds.)
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.
I would love to hear from you. Feel free to suggest others!
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 545 - 680 calories burned per hour
7. Rock Climbing - between 540 - 750 calories burned per hour
8. Rugby - between 681 - 715 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!
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.
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.
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!
I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE THIS!
NewMan did a feature on 3 of KL's New It Girls and I am of them! Definitely a huge compliment to be called an 'It' girl and this is by far the most stylish and sophisticated shoot I've done to date.
Thank you NewMan, thank you Malaysia.
June 29, 2011 - Much to my delight, I was invited to attend the press conference and official launch event of a new sports brand, Thwack, held at the Fairmont in Singapore. Thwack is supported and started up by One Sports, a part of India-based company, One Group.
Xiong Guobao is a former elite level badminton player from China who won numerous international singles titles in the late 1980s. With support from One Sports, Coach Guobao designed a unique badminton racket to help enable a player to improve his or her game.
After 20 years of his athletic career as a player and a coach, Guobao found that the most important factor in playing the game is the grip. Hence, he's crafted a patented design for the Thwack badminton rackets that comes with a unique embedded fingerprint to improve the technique of the player.
Regardless of a professional athlete or an amateur, the grip is the most important aspect of the game. To master different stokes, it is important to master the proper grip. The Thwack badminton racket is aimed to guide both new and experienced players the right way of handling the racket and consequently improving their techniques.
Besides badminton rackets, Thwack is also developing tennis and squash rackets which is due to be launched later in year.
Another unique product unveiled at the launch was the Thwack Humanoid. This product is another revolutionary exercise equipment designed on the principles of the Chinese martial art, Wushu.
Zig Zach was brought in to do a demo at the press conference. He is a professional Singaporean junior middleweight kickboxer better known for his Muay Thai fighting skills as a contestant on the international hit reality TV series, The Contender Asia.
The Humanoid is made of a combination of PU, natural rubber and steel with suction technology that maintains its stability.
It’s perfect for practicing on your own, compared to the punching bag - which swings around a lot unless you have a training partner to hold it in position for you. It also features human body parts which gives you a better target spot to aim at when you practice your kicks and punches.
A dinner boxing event, hosted by Allan Wu, was held later in the evening in the glitzy Padang ballroom at the Fairmont hotel.
The night kicked off with Muay Thai fighters performing a traditional ritual which precedes all contests an training. Then, there was the celebratory toast to officially launch Thwack.
Clyde Petres (a European kickboxer and personal trainer) came all the way from Netherlands to attend the Thwack event. He owns his own gym where he's tried and tested the Thwack Humanoid and practices kickboxing with it regularly. He had successfully battled cancer and is continuing his passion for kickboxing which makes his story truly commendable.
Clyde had a go with the Thwack Humanoid in his suit, a la James Bond! This just goes to show that the Thwack Humanoid is not just ideal for gyms but also in corporate offices. Don’t you ever feel like punching the wall to relieve stress at work sometimes?
I was pleasantly surprised to see DJ Eva T who I've found out spins at New Asia Bar every Wednesdays. She flies down from KL every Tuesday/Wednesday to spin. KL represent! With such an amazing view and great company, it was the perfect way to end the night.
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June 30, 2011 - The following day started early for me with my usual morning call with JJ & Ean on hitz.fm. Then, it was time for me to get my workout of the day.
A bus was arranged to bring guests and members of the media to Sengkang Sports & Recreation Center at Anchorvale Community Club for the badminton training clinic.
I learned a lot from the training clinic and found myself liking the sport even more!
Coach Guobao did a demo to show the correct technique of gripping the racket and positioning of the leg movement with each shot.
To complement the marquee products, Thwack also launched accessories like shuttle cocks, tennis balls, punch mitts and gloves, along with a range of stylized kit bags.
Thwack plans to continue conducting the badminton clinics across the globe in the next few months. In fact, badminton academies in India, Holland and Malaysia have invited Thwack to conduct the training clinics in August and September this year.
Thwack products will be available worldwide simultaneously through local distributors by the end of July and is definitely a brand worth looking out for.
I am blessed to have the Sun, a free local newspaper in Malaysia, do an interview and feature me on their front page. This came out on Thursday, July 7th. Thank you!
FAY who? You would be asking the same question if someone were to briefly mention about Fay Hokulani. To some it maybe tongue-twisting but for Fay, Hokulani simply means “‘star of the sky” in Hawaiian. At a glance, she could look Latino, Filipino or the infl uence of her name may even cause you to think that she is Hawaiian. Born in Singapore, the 23-year-old tanned beauty is actually of mixed parentage (Chinese, Indonesian and Peranakan).
You would have previously admired her toned body on the covers of Maxim, STUFF and FHM Singapore, and had thoughts about how some girls are just born with a slim figure without having to worry about what they eat and drink, what more the thought of whether they are into workouts. The fact that she was once a model did not mean that she went through a drastic dieting system of starving herself skinny to achieve an ideal body to maintain her shapely fi gure. Ironically, it was during her modeling days that she was once at an unhealthy weight due to her late nights out and irregular meal times.
However, Fay did not stay long in that unhealthy state and decided to turn her life around to achieve a healthy body and lifestyle. In November 2008, inspired to also influence other girls out there who are struggling to lead a healthy lifestyle, she started her own website called withlovefay.com where she shares personal fitness advice, healthy living and beauty reviews.
Fay’s determination to achieve a better lifestyle earned her a television gig on the Singaporean arts entertainment programme called ‘SCORE’ on OKTO channel in 2009 and she was the host for season one and two. As we only ever hear Fay talking about the latest international celebrity gossips on hitz.fm’s Gettin Down & Dirty with Fay Hokulani segment, for a change this time, the radio presenter tells us more about her regular routines and how she feels like she’s just a girl next door.
Why did you leave Singapore?
Partly because I want to explore the entertainment industry in another country while I’m still young. I wanted to experience how things worked in another country and at the same time gain some knowledge from it. But a big chunk of why I decided to leave was because of love. It’s quite a sudden move but I think it’s the right move to follow my boyfriend to Malaysia. Since I wanted to work in another country, now I can do it with a loved one by my side – what more could I ask for?
How does it feel to leave your career in Singapore?
It was not an easy decision to make, I have to admit. My career in the entertainment industry is established and most people wouldn’t want to just drop everything and leave. I could have stayed back in Singapore and stay in that comfort zone, but I think it’s time to pick up some challenges. We all need some challenges in our lives at some point in time to enhance our lives, otherwise it will be a monotonous lifestyle and eventually it will become dull and boring.
How has it been so far?
Things are going great! Better than I expected it to be. I actually gave myself a time frame and if I didn’t fi nd a job by that time, I was supposed to pack up and go back to Singapore. I auditioned for the slot with hitz.fm sometime last October, but I didn’t get a call until December. Initially I thought I didn’t
make it and was preparing myself to go home. It felt surreal when they called to tell me that I got the spot! I am also blogging fulltime, but my slot with hitz.fm blends in well with my schedule. What’s best is, I can work from wherever I am as long as I have a phone with me. My slot of Getting Down & Dirty with Fay Hokulani only takes up five to 10 minutes, so it’s no sweat at all.
What inspired you to start withlovefay.com?
I started it purely because I wanted to share with all the girls out there that they too can achieve a healthy lifestyle. I was double my weight when I was in the States and it was a hard lesson to learn. I was modelling and when I got caught up with the lifestyle of spending too many late nights out and didn’t watch what I was eating, I ballooned and that affected not only my weight but the whole modelling industry looked down on me. I had photographers complaining about how I should not even be on-set because of my ‘overweight’ looks and fashion clients didn’t want me to model their products. I was really depressed then and I knew I had to do something about it and that led me to start a workout regimen. I lost all the weight and am determined to maintain it. This is part of the reason why I started the blog, so that I could connect with all the health, fitness, fashion and beauty junkies all over the world to share tips on how to lose weight, workout, eat healthy, live a healthy lifestyle and look good.
How did you lose the extra weight you gained?
I changed my diet where I cut out a lot of the unhealthy food that I used to eat and ate more regularly instead of skipping meals. Apart from keeping a healthy diet, I started running. Not jogging, but running for a solid 20 minutes a day, about three times a week. I was amazed at the results when I lost weight as I wasn’t very into sports although my family is athletic. I never took interest in sports, so running regularly is an achievement for me.
What advice would you give to someone who wants to lose weight healthily?
Don’t skip your meals as it would only disrupt your metabolic rate. Skipping meals may give fast results, but the faster your lose, the faster you gain them back. Dieting may sound negative, but there are a lot of healthy ways to do it. It does not mean ‘not eating’ but cutting down on bad food. Exercise is also important to balance your diet. However, both have to coexist. Without a good diet, exercising is put to waste because you are eating everything back after you workout while a good diet can only do that much to our bodies while exercise encourages blood circulation and keeps you fresh at all times.
If you weren’t hosting and DJing, what would you have done?
I graduated in visual communication which allows me to take up freelance graphic designing projects. I am still taking projects now, but at the moment, I can’t see myself doing it full-time. I’m a person who loves the outdoors and I enjoy being on-the-go. I can’t stand a graphic designer’s life where I have to face the computer for the rest of my life. But if I have to do it for a living, yes, I would learn to accept it.
Tech Savvy Gal
ON her day off, Fay is mostly seen in a baggy t-shirt which she feels most comfortable wearing, pairing it with jeans and boots. She loves boots over heels simply because of her on-the-go lifestyle which requires her to be on her feet at all times which is not so suitable for high heels. Her favourite boots are those with hidden wedges as they are the most comfortable and allow her to run in them. At a glance, no one would guess that Fay is technology savvy. Among her friends, she is a gadget person where she owns a MacBook, an iPhone and one of her favourite pastimes, play Xbox 360 games.
Even as a celebrity blogger, model, host and now a radio presenter, Fay never felt the need to apply too much make-up. She believes in maintaining good skin with a simple beauty regimen of cleansing and moisturising. At the same time, her ultimate belief is to eat healthily as it not only helps cultivate a healthy lifestyle, but also shows on her skin.
I stayed at the Fairmont during my last trip to Singapore and was very impressed to find out that Fairmont Fit (exclusively for members of the Fairmont President's Club) is supported by Adidas to provide you with all your basic workout needs.
With such convenience, there's no reason for you to skip exercise while traveling!
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If you don't have a training buddy and find it hard to work out on your own, here's something for you.
Adidas has teamed up with True Group (comprising of True Yoga and True Fitness) to launch the adidas Fitness Academy (aFA).
The Academy will offer three unique classes inspired by acclaimed Olympic medallists, ACC athletes and fitness experts; who make up adidas' current suite of Global Instructors. Each adidas Fitness Academy class is designed by adidas Global Fitness Coaches that are renowned experts in their own fields.
adidas Zone Cycling
Inspired by Olympic gold medalist Sir Chris Hoy and Victoria Pendleton, adidas Zone Cycling is an indoor cycling class that’ll take all participants on a journey into the Velodrome to the highest podium. adidas Zone Cycling is a unique group exercise experience which will leave you feeling renovated, recharged, motivated & inspired to reach their highest fitness goals.
adidas Personal Training
No one needs to be an athlete to train like one. Power up those workouts with plyos, speed work, and metabolic circuits to get you moving toward your fitness goals. By turning up the intensity of each session you will feel quicker, fitter, and more powerful and agile as you meet the demands of your life. These sessions will show you how to increase the density of your training sessions, maximizing your time in the gym and taking you to fitness levels you’ve never thought possible.
This practice module is an invitation to connect to your inherent strength as a way to express yourself more effectively both on the mat and in daily life. The degree of clarity to which you communicate your thoughts, emotions and experiences to others is governed by your ability to consistently connect to and draw from your inner strength. adidas plays with applying the Two Primary Energy Flows as a way to better understand this concept in our bodies.
Through the practice of Muscular Energy we can efficiently connect to our personal strength and from this connection, more clearly express our experience through Organic Energy. This full-spectrum sequence will strengthen and tone your legs, arms and upper back while opening your hips and creating more freedom in your lower back and shoulder girdle.
Classes will be held at True Fitness and True Yoga centres in Singapore, available from July 2011, exclusively for True Group members. More details on the adidas Fitness Academy can be found at http://www.facebook.com/adidasfitnessacademy.
The Sloane Clinic™ opened its first branch in KL recently and Dr. Low Chai Ling (founder and Medical Director of The Sloane Clinic) made a special visit from Singapore to give a special treat to 4 lucky bloggers including myself!
The Sloane Clinic focuses on all aspects of aesthetics, from cosmetic dermatology (including botox and laser treatments) to plastic surgery. It opened it's first clinic in Singapore in 2006, with 4 other branches (including the newly opened branch in Malaysia) following its success.
Dr. Teh Siew Yen is based in KL and she's your go-to person who will most likely have all the answers to your beauty concerns.
Personally, I don't have any problems with my skin. However, due to work, stress and the inevitable effects of aging, the dark circle under my eyes and laugh lines have become more prominent and it seems no amount of concealer or anti-aging cream has helped. I would never have considered getting fillers to improve the problem until it was recommended by Dr. Teh.
Truth be told, I AM afraid of needles and I've only done a facial spa once in my whole life. So yes, getting this treatment done was quite a big deal to me! I also considered getting botox in the beginning but I didn't do it because 1) I was afraid of the pain 2) maintenance isn't cheap.
The major difference between botox and fillers is that botox focuses on immobilizing or relaxing the facial muscles to relieve wrinkles, whereas injectable fillers focus on tissue filling to teat the age lines.
If wrinkles appear upon frowning, smiling, laughing, blinking or squinting, botox treatment is recommended. If wrinkles are present even when the face is at rest, fillers are the best treatments to smoothen out the age lines.
Think about it: If you're going to spend money on the best anti-aging products that will probably take weeks or even months to show any results, why not spend your dollars wisely on a more effective treatment that will deliver immediate results?
There is no doubt that many would debate with on this matter but not a lot of them realize that cosmetic dermatology is more common these days, not just with Hollywood celebs, but among us. The reason for not knowing is simply because they don't openly talk about it.
I was very impressed by the results and there was barely any discomfort during the procedure. Besides fillers for my under-eye and laugh lines, I also did the laser toning treatment which helped to even out the skin tone and minimize pores. The results? Like I've taken at least 4 years off of my face... Amazing!
Laser toning: Depending on the sensitivity of your skin, this no downtime laser does not leave your skin red or flushed after the treatment and is great as a lunch time beauty fix to tone your skin, and minimize pores. The treatment was done by Dr. Low. As I have a tanned complexion, my skin absorbed the heat more than it is likely to happen to those with a fair complexion. Hence, my face was left a little red but not for long.
The whole procedure took about 10-15 minutes. It was a little painful (almost like getting slapped in the face...) but Dr. Low was very comforting and handled it well. Next, fillers.
Revitalift undereye: This skin brightening treatment is delivered via a series of painless microinjections. It boosts your skin’s collagen, illuminating skin and undereye circles. It can be done on the full face or on the undereye area as you have done. This treatment was handled by Dr.Teh with assistance from her nurse.
First they used frozen peas in a bag to numb the area under my eyes. A small needle is used to inject the fillers under the eyes while a small handheld vibrating device is placed on my chin to minimize pain during the injection. After the laser toning, this one didn't hurt at all. Surprisingly, I personally felt that getting the injections was far more bearable than the laser treatment!
The best part is, I made a comparison after getting fillers on one side of my under-eye and could clearly see the major difference! The same procedure was done for my laugh lines too.
These filler injections left pin pricks that are so tiny that they will close rapidly and healed very quickly. It was also concealable with make-up.
Should you feel like you need to do a bit of touch-up before you go, there's a powder room where they provide make-up from Model & Co., Sloane Inc. Mineral Make-Up (yes, they have their own cosmetics line too) and Rachel K Cosmetics.
You can continue to do your daily facial regimen with no reactions to the laser toning and filler injections. However, good skin care is advised to maintain the results.
Sloane Inc’s Miracle lift (RM400): A non-oily facial lifting serum that helps improve skin tone and boost firmness so that your skin looks gorgeous even sans makeup.
Sloane Inc’s 24K gold (RM316): A glow inducing skin primer. You can literally see the gold flakes when you pump this liquid gel on the palm of your hands! It helps enhance skin’s elasticity, firmness & smoothness. By improving circulation & decreasing skin inflammation pure gold helps to rejuvenate the skin from inside out, boosting skin’s natural radiance & luminescence.
Personally I only use the Miracle Lift at night before I go to bed (after putting on toner, followed by a moisturizer) and the 24K Gold Skin Primer to prep my skin before I put on my foundation and make-up during the day.
The Sloane Clinic
79 Jalan Maarof, Bangsar
Tel: (603) 2288 1788
Open on Monday to Saturday from 10am - 8pm. Closed on Sundays & Public holidays.
To see a list of other treatments provided at The Sloane Clinic, check out http://www.sloaneclinic.com/
(hat tip: Andy Kho for the photos)
Johnnie Walker Malaysia celebrated this year's F1 season by throwing an exclusive black carpet event on April 9th, 2011, at Le Marquee, outside the Palace of The Golden Horses. Many would agree that it has got to be one of the hottest parties in Kuala Lumpur not only because both local & international celebrities come to grace the special event, all JW fans get nothing less than V-VIP treatment.
If you're lucky, you may have caught a coverage of the event on E! News Asia. Dominique Lau was there to be the fashion police! Watch the official video of the party by Johnnie Walker here:
A couple of new tunes to add to your gym playlist brought to you by the DJs who rocked the dance floor that night:
Black Circuit Lounge is something to look forward to every year because that's when ALL my friends from all over the globe come to visit to attend the event. That's how big it is! And I miss those guys. God knows how long I'll be in Asia for...
To be invited to exclusive events by Johnnie Walker Malaysia, join their Facebook page and look out for their online contests.
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Interested in renting a dress but afraid you might ruin it due to unforeseen circumstances?
When you rent from Dress Sense, you first have to pay the full purchase price, which works like a deposit. After the two weeks’ rental, if you decide that you love the dress too much to return it, you can simply give them a call and keep the dress without having to make another trip down. However, if you want to return the rented item, all you have to do is to bring the item back in good order and you will get a refund (price of the difference between the purchase and the rental price) via the credit card that you made payment with, so there would be no cash involved.
In damage cases, Dress Sense hold the refund while their tailors and laundromat review how serious the damage is.
There are generally 3 levels of damages:
1. If the dress can be brought back to good condition via alteration or laundering, they will retain the respective alteration or laundry fee from your deposit and refund the rest as per normal.
2. If the damages cannot be made right with the above but can still be put back on the selling floor at a discounted rate, they will retain 15% of the dress’s purchase price as a penalty fee to make up for the discount and refund the rest as per normal.
3. If the damages are too serious for the dress to be saved, the dress will be considered sold and no refund will be made.
In all three cases, no additional transaction will be required on the customer’s part. Dress Sense makes all the transactions it easy and convenient.
I have to say, after using their rental service more than twice, you can testify that their dresses are extremely well-made and it doesn’t take a lot of effort to return them well! Check out Dress Sense on Facebook.
For those of you in the know, StyleKandi.com is an up and coming website started up in Malaysia that where you can discover new trends and fashion. It's a platform where you can find inspiration or share what inspires you in an online community. Share whatever that turns you on and discover new things along the way.
Got something cool to share? Be it your own design or an artistic/fashionable photo you've taken, here's where you can showcase your interests and eye for style.
The site is still under beta-testing so if you don't have a beta key but want to give a go at this photo contest, just send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and get your most stylish snap up before the end of the day. It's worth a shot!
I will be deciding who gets to win a trip to Redang for uploading the most stylish photo on StyleKandi.com
Rewind 2 weeks ago, I was in Singapore during the weekend and attended the Johnnie Walker Jet Black Party held at the Red Dot Museum. Their last event took place at the Fullerton Bay Hotel, which I personally thought was a lot more fancy than the new event location but the museum was bigger so I guess they needed more space for their guests.
But before I get into the details of the party, let's talk dinner...
We started out the night with dinner at PS Cafe on Ann Siang Hill Park. It was a convenient 3-minute drive from Red Dot Museum. Any mention of the food listed in the menu made my mouth water. Especially truffle fries. Mmm. Truffle. Fries.
Dress Sense provides beautiful dresses and classy gowns like this for rental! I'll write about that on my next blog post. Meanwhile...
A friend of mine (a guy, if I may point out...) mentioned that my dress reminded him of Roberto Cavalli's Fall 2004 dress that Victoria Beckham wore to a pre-World Cup party in 2006. 1) I was impressed by his memory 2) ...and his taste in fashion. He was right - it was toga-style lime green green with a dangerous slit that shows of a bit of leg. The dress I wore was indeed similar except the slit on my dress was on the back.
I love both dresses nonetheless. Whether it's Cavalli or Jovani, if you have a special event coming up and need a dress to style you up, check out Dress Sense and find out how you can afford their luxurious items in my next advertorial post!