Monday, January 30, 2012

CNY 2012: Eve + Day 1!

HAPPY LUNAR NEW YEAR to everyone!!!!! ^_^

heh, kind of too busy the last week catching up with family and simply indulging in the CNY festivities, so i hardly spent any time on my computer! :X had a wonderful break, and now i'm baaaaack!!!!!!!! 

first up, the two winners for the Luxola give-away from the previous blog posts: i selected the winners at random, so a very hearty CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

Winner #1: Shermaine!

Hello Yina <3!


Oooo! Naiiisee giveaway! :) I love reading your blog, not forgetting TVD too! :D Thanks for this give away and Happy New Year :) 恭喜发财!Thanks once again! *crosses my fingers and toes*
Winner #2: Lynn Marie!

Hello Yina, I may be one of your older readers here but your posts are always so refreshing and I'm looking forward to the success of your diet plan! Press On!
dear Shermaine and Lynn, please email me at ask.yina(AT)gmail.com with your address so that i can mail out the two gift sets to you two lucky ladies! :D i enjoyed reading through all the various well wishes and comments very much as always, thank you so much to everyone who took part! i'll definitely conduct more give-aways this year, cos i really enjoy being able to give back in some way to the readers who drop by here regularly to offer advice, comments and encouragement! 

this blog is definitely one of the best things that's happened to me and i'm so grateful for it :') being able to connect to so many people, and having a space to share snippets of my life, my thoughts, my loves, my joys, it's really been an incredible experience thus far, and i hope it'll only get better! teehee.

anyway, just some pictures from 除夕 as well as 初一,  just realized that i didn't really take all that many use-able shots :( ah well. had such a great time with my family and YZ's family though! somehow the older i get, the more i appreciate my parents and family.

i don't really talk much about them here, but my parents are always working hard all the way til CNY eve, cos my dad sells pork (and my mom works for my dad!) at a market stall and business is always hectic the week before CNYas everyone's rushing to get well stocked-up for CNY! they often have to stay late at the stall during the last few days pre-CNY and operate the stall through the night on very short hours of sleep, and my mom still needs to prepare our own household for CNY when she's home, so she doesn't get much rest :/

i dare say we've got the bestest and freshest pork in town every CNY though!!! hee. my mom's super at marinating pork, and we stew our steamboat soup stock from pork bones so it's damn good. i love my steamboat at home so much!
 
daddy's really old fashioned too, instead of using an electric pot, we still use this gas cooker, and our soup stock is cooked over a charcoal fire! not complaining, like i said, i love the steamboat at home! all our food and ingredients are always freshly bought from the other stalls at the market.
 
my lovely family! with YZ too of course.
 
very used to having my steamboat in this old fashioned pot and cooker.
 
greedy QQ was barking for all she's worth and attempting to win our sympathy into feeding her... 
 
happy reunion dinner! ^_^

and CNY day 1.. i was contemplating over what to wear, and ended up wearing this halter lace cheongsam from Herwalkincloset for the ching-chong factor!
definitely in the mood for CNY.
 
i decided to don red lipstick as well to match the whole oriental look! used my very deep red MAC lippie that i usually reserve for choir performances haha. ANG GONG GONG. 

Lina wore my maxi dress from F21. and that's Gina the shortie trying to do a jump shot behind us lol

with my darling mummy who was also decked out in a halter cheongsam! i think Gina's still trying to be funny behind us. isn't my mummy pretty? i think she's gorgeous ^_^ she doesn't like to smile cos she thinks she has wrinkles lol.

the women of the Goh family! Gina's wearing a dress from LB!

gambling den in the house. CNY is always exciting when you get to win/lose money. hahaha. the two kpo dogs wriggled their way into our circle!

QQ was so bored she fell asleep. guess black jack's not her cup of tea!

fat Baby with Oreo! she's really a little leg of ham. shooooo fat.

YZ came over to my place to 拜年, all decked out in apparel from Merrymen.com.sg! we popped by Collin's office the week before CNY to do some last minute shopping for YZ and phew, managed to find three tops and a bottom!

always a must every CNY is the lion dance troupe to welcome the new year! we even had the dragon dance in this year, i'm sure everyone knows it's the year of the dragon! HUAT AHHH!!!!! check out the little boy from the troupe who was hitting the gong, he looks like he's about 8 years old, and super cute. haha. his little sling pouch is angry bird one! sibei cute.

龙年行大运!!!

everyone retired to the stairs to give the dragon and lions space!

good thing we have a high ceiling. if not cannot do this kind of stun already!

daddy receiving the scroll of prosperity. ok i'm just making that up, i don't know what it's called haha.

the mandarin oranges arranged in the shape of numbers and patterns! supposed to use the numbers to buy 4D or something. heh.

me camwhoring, and look what's that in the background, a chihuahua so fat her body looks like a box shape! haha. Baby was probably trying to reach for the CNY goodies on the coffee table!

anyway, it's so hard to smile properly with the braces! my face/smile looks really awkward and strange especially when i try to smile without teeth =_= i gotta re-learn how to smile without looking unnatural! very happy that my teeth are much more aligned and less crooked now, i hope the braces will come off by the end of this year! :D

i've got lots more pictures from the rest of CNY, will post them up soon! :D sigh, so fast over already! :( it's back to the real world, and of course, back to work!! gotta work hard to make up for the one week of indulgence!

promise to update more regularly as well! :D be back real quick!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

CNY Give-away from Luxola.com!

it's a short, short, four days away from CNY and boy oh boy am i all excited to dress up and devour my CNY goodies already! all those thoughts of bak kua are giving me mega cravings. and pineapple tarts! and cookies! and steamboat!!!

CNY has got to be my favorite festivity to indulge in, especially when i'm with my family and loved ones :D i used to be really excited about red packets last time, but i guess now that i'm all grown up, the appeal of red packets isn't such a draw for me anymore! nevertheless, CNY is another period of giving and receiving, and Luxola.com has very kindly sponsored me with two miniature goodie bags to give away!

actually, one of them is for me to keep, but i decided i'd just give both away, to thank all you awesome readers for being so awesome and for having seen this blog through yet another year! ♥

if you haven't heard of Luxola.com, you can find out more about them on this page here, but in short, Luxola.com is an online luxury cosmetic and skincare website that imports and sells a selection of the most exciting international cosmetic and skin care brands to Singapore and deliver them for FREE on the next business day! Luxola.com is also the first store in Singapore to be backed 100% by every brand that they are associated with. 

so what you're receiving in this goodie bag is a selection of cute miniature and also full sized products, and some of them are really really good stuff!!!

Deborah Lippmann Nail Polish in Ruby Red Slippers, this miniature bottle of nail polish in a glittery red bling shade is def one of my favorite items in the goodie bag! puuuurfect for CNY or what!

Sleek Maximum Impact Eyeshadow, full sized product in a very wearable shade of Khaki (which looks like a shimmery smoke grey to me)

and two samples of Deborah Lippmann's products, a hand and cuticle cream as well as nail laquer remover finger mitts! the mitts sound super cute!

to get your hands on this little goodie bag, you just need to leave a comment on this entry, remember to enter an email address that's contactable, along with your name! :) simple as that. can go ahead and shower me with compliments or wish me happy CNY or whatever if you want. hahaha. just kidding la. just your name and address, most important!!! :)

give-away ends this Sunday, 22nd January, 12 midnight! :) to welcome the new year hehehe.


last picture of myself before i turned redhead. which i already did, on Monday together with Eils baybeh. i'm kind of neutral about it though, i think the red is a bit too red now if you get what i mean and it's making my complexion look sallow D: the red will fade though, so once it fades a little i think i will love it! :D red for CNY! huat ah!!!! also cut my hair into bangs again cos i just wanna look younger for CNY. you know, all those nosey relatives are gonna start asking you how old you are and when you're getting married so maybe i can smoke them if i look younger with my bangs and braces... hahahah.

i'll show off my red hair soon enough! :D CNY is the perfect excuse for camwhoring. awesome or what? i really can't wait for CNY :D oh no! diet plans all down the drain. i've already started on the chiku chips and pineapple tarts. just waiting for bak kua only. woohoo! :D life is good.

i've been on a book reading craze as of late, and just finished two of Murakumi's books, The Wind-up Bird Chronicle and Dance, Dance, Dance. i'm not sure what to think of them, except that they are really intriguing and different. lots of alternate universes and realities and dreamscapes and psychic activity going on. it's kind of disturbing cos whenever i finish a book, it makes me feel like i'm waking up from some other universe and having to adjust to reality again.

ok, enough of blabbering nonsense. decided not to do a last minute collection before CNY cos i don't think we can handle it! and i'm secretly feeling relieved cos the backlog of emails from the last few collections is already getting rather hard to handle, can't imagine if we did a last minute launch on Thursday night (that i was initially thinking of doing), would be terrible with Singpost being so delayed and also the rush for self-collections and all that. we'll probably take the time instead to ensure that all existing transactions are dealt with smoothly so that customers will all be happy before CNY! and then it's time for a super office spring cleaning and stock taking and accounts on a new slate and all that before we start afresh for the new year. sooo many things to do, sooo little time. all the time.

bye, now!

Friday, January 13, 2012

FOTD: UD Naked Palette + Clio and Peripera!

dolled up a little today, so i thought i'd share some of the products i used for my Face of the Day! :D
 
it's a pretty neutral look, just emphasizing a lot on the eyes! oh, i tried to do a semi-centre parting too, but it's kinda messy :/ going back to Salon Vim with Eils baybeh on Monday, can't decide if i should grow out my fringe or do bangs again! probably bangs, cos i wanna look younger for CNY... HEHE. 
 
all the products i used today!
 
starting with my holy grail BB cream: Biotherm's White D-Tox! i love the light weight texture and the instant brightening effect :) comes with SPF 25+PA+++ and 24 hour hydration!
 
usually go over it with K-Palette's Oil Control 0 Teka Mat Powder, which is a pressed powder that has light coverage and oil control properties that helps to mattify! it's a daily essential for me, use until i hit pan on it already D:
 
followed by my favorite cream concealer, BeautyTech ice cream concealer :D use it on my under eyes to conceal my dark eye rings as well as around the nose and on blemishes! the Make Up Store's "Must Have" powder blush is great for a natural sun kissed look.
 
bought Urban Decay's Naked Palette while i was in KL, and i'm super loving it! all the shades are so useable and i've been using it really regularly. today, i used the following shades Virgin, Smog and Darkhorse :D
 
like i said, the emphasis are on the eyes today, so here's all the many different eye products i used! :D from top to bottom: Lancôme Virtuose Drama, K-Palette Lasting 2-Way Eyebrow Liner, K-Palette Real Lasting Eyeliner Waterproof, Clio Eye Love You Shadow Pencil in Violet, and Peripera Flash Color Eyes Crayon Liner in Pearl White!

most of these products are regulars in my makeup pouch, except for the following two new products from Clio and Peripera! These two brands have kindly sponsored me some of their best selling products and i'll be reviewing more of them in future entries!
 
Peripera Flash Color Eyes Crayon Liner in Pearl White. This is a shimmery crayon that glides on smoothly, i use it to highlight the inner eye corners! this product retails at $11.90!
Clio Eye Love You Shadow Pencil in Violet. used this to line my lower eyeliner on the outer corners to add abit of color and to make my eyes look bigger! :) the staying power is pretty good and i like the brilliant shade of violet with a slight shimmer in it. this product retails at $16.90!
 
close up. i also put on FreshLook monthly contacts in Brown :D Lancome Virtuose Drama mascara was used on both my upper and lower eyelashes! love the lengthening effect and that it isn't clumpy as well. you can see the crayon liner in pearl white on my inner eye corners as well.
 
swatches of Clio Eye Love You Eyeliner in Violet, and Peripera Flash Color Eyes Crayon Liner in Pearl White!
 
and my simple neutral eye makeup with the Urban Decay Naked Palette. all i did was to blend some darker colors into the corners a little.
 
3/4 profile view!
and the final look :D easy peasy!


You can find a wide selections of CLIO and PERIPERA products at the following Watsons outlets:
1. Ngee Ann City (Takashimaya)
2. Vivo City
3. Bugis Junction
4. Compass Point
5. Parkway Parade
6. IMM
7. Katong Mall
8. Tampines One
9. Toa Payoh HDB hub
10. Changi City point


i'll be blogging about a few more products from these two brands again when i get the chance to try them! :D

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anyway, today's the 2nd day after finishing my detox, and happy to say my weight's still pretty much the same! weighed 52.9KG this morning, which is quite comforting cos i kind of pigged out on dinner yesterday! :D need to tell myself to get a grip though cos i'm still watching my calories :/ 9 more days to CNY, very excited to dress up nice nice and celebrate the festivities with my family!

three random photos of my adorable darlings to wish you a happy weekend!

they never fail to make my day! SHO CUTE. i think i'm gonna buy doggie cheongsams to dress them up in for CNY!!! hohoho. can't wait! :P

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Neera Detox Diet: Day 2 + 3!

yessssss!!!

guess what everybardi. YZ and i actually completed our 3 day detox diet successfully!!!
*throws confetti in the air*

today is day 4, and i'm supposed to break fast with light meals, such as fruits, veggies and soups. not supposed to take meat or anything heavy cos you need to let your system adjust slowly back to digesting proper food!

i still had a bit of pork though :X pork rib lotus root soup for lunch! and and and i had a handful of sinful chiku chips already hahaha. i've come to realize that i actually DO have the power in me to resist snacking/eating unhealthy food though, cos i managed it for 3 entire days!

day 2 was fine for me, i just drank Neera and distilled water throughout the entire day and didn't even think of having a single bite of food! iron strong determination :P YZ had it a little worse, cos by night fall, he said he was so hungry he could eat a cow!

you won't believe what we ended up doing when we got back to my home at night LOL. my mother cooked like soooo many dishes for dinner and they were all on the dining table and in the fridge, and worse til, we spotted little containers of bak kua at home already!!! but we couldn't touch any of the food, so the only thing we could do was to look at all the food and even went as far as to open the container of bak kua to sniff its fragrant aroma..... omg! smells so good!!! if i weren't on Neera, i confirm plus chop eat already.

so we just went to sleep off all the thoughts of yummy food, because it was just one more short day to go to end our 3 day detox! i was obsessing over it so much, i actually dreamt that i ate a piece of dim sum my parents bought home, and was immediately overwhelmed with serious guilt and regret... D: D: D: damn kua zhang right! in my dream, i was thinking "OH DAMN IT... there goes my two days of hard work!!!" so relieved when i woke up and realized that it was only a dream, and that my will of steel was still holding on fast!

i also took the herbal detox tea regularly every morning and night, so it did have some effect on me after all, on days 2 and 3! which made me feel lighter and less bloated! weighed myself on day 2 night, and was a little disappointed that i was still the same: 53.1kg!

the last day was pretty easy for me, it helps that i was busy working the entire day, so i could concentrate on work instead of thinking about food! one of the interesting things is that my energy level was fairly high throughout all three days, i woke up very early every day and felt alert mentally. i didn't have any sluggish afternoon period or like post food coma, which made me feel pretty good. whenever i felt a little hungry, i'd just have another drink of Neera (carried a 1.5 litre bottle to work and kept it next to me on the table) or drink some plain water instead. all went well til night time, and when i got back home and weighed myself, i dropped another 0.5kg to hit 52.6kg! :D finally under the 53kg mark!!! YAY!

for some reason, YZ didn't seem to take to the detox as well as me, while i felt completely fine for all three days, he's suffering from some symptoms like sore throat, stuffy nose and heatiness, which i'm not sure if it's cos of the detox, or he just caught a bug from somewhere! 

*edit* just read from Neera's website that YZ's symptoms seems to fall under the "Cleansing Symptoms" that means your body is detoxing!
hmm.. fly-like symptoms and stuffy nose sounds exactly like what YZ's experiencing! i suppose it's good cos it means his body is pushing the toxins out? :P nevertheless, he weighed in at 74kg after the 3 days, and i think he lost like 3kg or something? win me liao lor!

i'm pretty sure that once i start eating proper meals again, my weight will probably increase a little cos it's probably lower due to the fact that there's no food in my system for the past 3 days! but i believe that with some control and moderation, i'll continue to watch my diet and hopefully maintain/continue losing weight healthily.

some readers and friends have expressed their concerns about how crash diets don't work well and will have adverse effects in the long run, but i'm not depending on crash dieting to lose weight, cos i've done it the hard way before and i know that weight loss is the most successful with a healthy diet and regular exercise.

i've done a lot of googling and research as well, and have read about all the pros and cons of fasting/detox, as well as how the human body works/reacts to weight loss and the most effective ways to lose weight healthily and successfully. doing this 3 day detox for me is more of a challenge to myself that i have the will power and determination to abstain from food and deny all my addictions and cravings for 3 days! it's helped me realize that i am in control of my own eating habits, and i'm glad YZ and i both made it to the end woohoo! 

from my post-Christmas weight of 56.7kg (i honestly haven't weighed this much for a couple of years already!), i lost weight to about 54.4kg through watching my diet (myfitnesspal!!!) and now i've lost another 1.8kg to 52.6kg through Neera Detox, which for my height of 163cm is nowhere near low. my face seems to look sharper (is it an illusion only???) and my tummy is definitely flatter. don't worry, i'm never going to become stick thin or skinny cos i just don't have the right genes. LOL. but i'm still hoping for a 50kg! :D see how la. even if i never reach 50kg, i will still try. hahahaha. will still continue to attend my Pilates classes weekly and keep track of what i eat!

found an interesting article: Study Shows Why It's Hard to Keep Weight Off
explains a lot about why so many people put weight back on after losing it! :( apparently our bodies are working against us. grrr. can't let those damn hormones get the better of us!

10 more days exactly to CNY! :D
my face got sharper abit right :D just a leeeetle bit! less chubs than my Christmas post!

weight on day 1: 54.4kg
weight on day 2: 53.1kg
weight on day 3: 53.1kg
weight on day 4: 52.6kg

total weight lost: 1.8kg

Neera Detox Kit consisting of a Madal Bal Tree Syrup, Neera Detox Organic Tea & Cayenne Pepper retails at SGD$120 :)

if you'd like to find out more about Neera Detox, you can go to their website:
http://www.neera-detox-diet.com/ or go ahead to leave a comment on this post as well if you have any questions i can help answer!

it's available in several clinics/spas/aesthestic centers in Singapore and the locations are all here:



Nu Reflections
Medical Aesthetic Clinic 

123 Penang Road,
Regency House Office Tower
#05-12 Singapore 238465
Tel: 6235 5333/0555
www.nu-reflections.comClosed on Sundays and Public Holidays
Posh Wellness
3 Temasek Boulevard
#02-078/078A
Suntec City Mall
Tel: 6337 0226
Closed on Public Holidays
David Tan Medical Aesthetics
391B Orchard Road
#09-04, Ngee Ann City Tower B
Singapore 238874
Tel: 6736 7360
Closed on Sundays and Mondays
IYAC Aesthetic and Anti-Aging
Camden Medical Centre
One Orchard Boulevard #06-03
Singapore 248649
Tel: 6738 9989
www.iyac.com.sg
Closed on Sundays and Public Holidays

Nuwach Spa
Unit #05-01, 100 Tras Street
AMARA CORPORATE TOWER
Singapore 079027
Tel: 6222 0178
Info@nuwachspa.com
Dr Raymond Nyam Ngian Choy
Nyam Family Clinic 

312 Bedok Road
Singapore 521892
Tel: 6446 0069

nyampoh@gmail.com
Dr Vivien Chong
ViviEN@Robinson.Practice

80 Robinson Road #01-01A
Singapore 068898
Tel: 6226 1216
Closed on Sundays and Public Holidays

Healthcrest Medical Clinic 
349 Bedok Rd
Singapore 469536
Tel: 6443 0642

Closed on Sundays and Public Holidays 
Killiney Family and Wellness Clinic
61 Killiney Road
Singapore 239522
Tel: 6736 2998
Slenderworkz
Bugis Village

No 158A, Rochor Road (level 2)
Singapore 188433
Tel: 6336 9917
Email: Slenderworkz@yahoo.com.sgClosed on Sundays and Public Holidays
Skin Sanctuary Pte Ltd
1 Coleman Street #04-29
The Adelphi
Singapore 179803
Tel: 6337 9113
Email: skinsanctuary@hotmail.com
Closed on Public Holidays
(near city hall mrt)
Beauty Horizon
10 Anson Road
#02-46 International Plaza
Singapore 079903
Tel: 6733 4653
www.beautyhorizon.com.sg
Email: joo_li@beautyhorizon.com.sg
Fri & Sun Closed
Bodywork Clinic Pte Ltd290 Orchard Road
#05-02 Paragon
Singapore 238859
Tel: 6235 0688 Fax: 6235 5990
www.bodyworkclinic.com.sg
Email: gina@bodyworkclinic.com.sg
Bodywork Clinic Pte Ltd583 Orchard Road
#08-03, Forum Galleria
Singapore 238884
Tel: 6737 1328
Closed on Sundays
Our Solution 
Blk 449 Clementi Ave 3
#01-219 (2nd Floor)
Singapore 120449
Tel: 6777 0757 (Wendy Low)
Email: wendylow77@hotmail.sg
Fresh De Beau
3 Pickering Street
#01-09 Nanking Row
China Square Central
Singapore 048660
Tel: 6227 8544
www.freshdebeau.com.sg
ClearSK Aesthetic
181 Orchard Road
#03-16/17/18 Orchard Central
Singapore 238896
Tel: 6397 7280
www.clearsk.com
Closed on Sunday
ClearSK Aesthetic
10 Sinaran Drive
#10-01 Novena Medical Center
Singapore 307506
Tel: 6397 7280
www.clearsk.com
Closed on Sunday
ClearSK Aesthetic
177 Toa Payoh Central #01-134
Singapore 310177
Tel: 6397 7280
www.clearsk.com 
Closed on Sunday
ClearSK Aesthetic
5 Tampines Central 6
#01-03 Telepark
Singapore 529482
Tel: 6397 7280
www.clearsk.com
Sunday closed