My brand spanking new kicks from Saint Laurent. It’s lonely without Yves though hahaha I read an article about the lawsuit that goes on with this a few days ago. It was such a mess and frankly a media frenzy. Though it’s just a simple canvas with a little lining of leather and tab. I find it is the most comfortable shoes! The kind that doesn’t bite you on your first wear. I have always been a shoe person, next to being a bag person. Shoes are an investment. Wearing your new shoes, you feel so great at a night in a party but maybe you will have a crippling effect the next day when you found yourself with a bad hangover. It’s pretty much like a bad volatile financial investment with a diversified portfolio. I just had to reference this statement from a romantic-comedy, “Confessions of a Shopaholic!” Something that I can so relate to. I am a shopaholic without a doubt but unlike the heroine in the movie, I am right on track with my personal finance.
It’s not Saint Laurent without Yves”. YSL
Let’s spark some inspiration for our next purchase. Because they designed it that way”.
Here I come to the Marina Bay Sands to shop at a luxury retailer. I remember I used to work here at Lancôme Beauty Institute a long time ago when the mall was recently launched. Working in the retail industry commands long hours. I was a Branch Manager. Today, I get to enjoy the experience as a shopper. I came over to YSL and started browsing at the latest high-fashion. Over the neatly stacked piles of t-shirts, there it is I saw a cute backpack. I have never been a backpack kind of guy but when I first saw it – it’s fabulous! I must admit that it is quite fetching especially in full leather. The sheen that the leather gives just stunning. I love labels that are understated. No loud brand names, you are wearing the brand and not the other way round. When I just graduated from college. I knew a terrific soul named Jay Escoe Bell. He was the former retail manager of Club 21. My fashion taste today, I got mentored by him. He is now working as Vice President for Barneys New York. I tried on the backpack but, I thought to myself I should wait a bit longer because I need to get the shoes first. And, I did. I was frugal. I tried a few other models which I will reveal to you sometime later. It is because there are a few things that I like and would love to purchase it all. I seldom behave impulsively, so I decided to wait and get one thing at a time. But, I got this as well!
After I’ve paid for my shoes, my God-sister and I walked around The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands and had high-tea at TWG. We visited a few brands such as Louis Vuitton, and Cartier to spark some inspiration for our next purchase. Our shopping escapades will not end. There will always be things to get. Oh, they designed it that way – Consumerism.
There is growing evidence of trials and studies regarding transdermal absorption of magnesium (Mg) compared when taking in a tablet or capsule orally as a supplement. The good news is you may now introduce it in your massage routine. Magnesium has many benefits, it is good for the mind, fights depression, and lowers blood pressure while boosting your sports performance. The combination of deep tissue techniques with the application of magnesium spray increases the healing process of a body. The benefits of magnesium application into your routine not only help ease and soothes aching muscles rapidly, but they also enhance better sleep and promote weight loss when using it in conjunction with other exercises and diet. Deep tissue massage is best suited for people who engage in very active physical activities, such as running, play sports, or those who are recovering from an injury or have persistent chronic pain.
I have suffered from a whiplash injury from a car accident about a year ago. It affected my neck to the upper part of my right shoulder blade right while it radiates through my right arm elbow. I have progressed better on mobility with combinations of treatment. It is my next best thing to physiotherapy. Like all therapies, one session will not solve the issue. You will need at least 3 to 6 sessions for the massage with a combination of recommended treatments by your therapist.
Before any treatment, discuss your issues with your therapist. Please be open and do not hesitate to communicate with your therapist before and during the massage. Deep tissue massages usually begin as a more traditional relaxation massage. The techniques can be approached in the most common methods, full-body or localized. After the muscles are warmed up, your massage therapist will begin to work deep into your problem areas. In addition to their palms, fingertips, and knuckles, they may use the forearms or elbows to increase pressure. Expect some soreness 24 to 48 hours after your each session.
I recommend these few combinations and alternate the treatment:
Soothe skin conditions such as eczema, acne, psoriasis and dermatitis
Remove toxins and heavy metals at a cellular level
Improve skin hydration
Improve blood circulation and blood flow
Magnesium oil has become increasingly popular in recent years due to its ability to naturally promote healthy skin. Research has indicated that regular use of magnesium oil applied topically helps to maintain ideal moisture levels and normal inflammatory responses in the skin, making it especially beneficial for treating skin problems.
It is my next best thing to physiotherapy”
In addition to supporting skin, by applying magnesium has been linked to other wellness benefits such as muscle relief, better sleep cycle, and relaxation. Proven evidence has also found that magnesium chloride in the form of magnesium spray encourages joint mobility. Treating your issues with the combination of massage, cold compress, heat pack, and stretching along with an application of magnesium oil through transdermal, makes the healing process quicker.
Your home should be the reflection of your personality, style, and taste. Splash across many high gloss magazines, there is endless style group on home interiors. In trend styles, people keep up with the time almost like Keeping up with the Kardashians. Their houses are fabulous.
I got my house keys a few years ago, but not much is being done. I was battling cancer. Getting your own home is a huge undertaking. I was fortunate enough to have paid my mortgage in full. Not everyone is so lucky. Though it’s not a big flat, it is home. I got really lucky with my unit number and the address I lived in to be of the same digit – 222. Nestled on a high floor like a regal eagle’s nest. You don’t have to over-decorate, it just needs tidiness. However, remember that Phillipe Starck furniture that I was eyeing? I finally got it! I bought myself a Kartell La Bourgie lamp in addition and 2 Kartell Louis Ghost chairs. Financing a home needs planning and commitment. There is renovation cost, flooring, water piping and lots more to it if you desire a perfect home. There is also furniture selection and home styling if you can afford to hire an interior designer. My 42 sq meter of personal space is quite minimalistic by design. My kitchen is simple. I don’t need bells and whistles with a lot of features.
Here are some fundamental things to cross against your checklist: • Lighting • Bathroom • Kitchen or Pantry • Bedroom • Walk-in closet • Living room • Air-conditioning
Getting the basics done is easy. Go to IKEA! There have a plethora of items to get your basics covered. Spend big on the major purchase as they will last a long time and get smaller purchases. Get some designer accent pieces. Spending a bit more will go a long way on great pieces. I’ve had my 2 Kartell La Marie transparent chairs for 12 years now, and they are still in immaculate condition. By spending on a few designer pieces not only break away your home style like an IKEA catalog, but it also gives character which may reflect your persona.
Your electronic and other appliances are essential when you want to make your house a smart home. It is your daily ritual, like waking up and turning the radio by your voice, making your morning coffee, and getting ready to seize the day. Believe it or not, my favorite part of the day is starting it right. Enjoying my morning coffee while listening to what’s in store for me on my Google home and commanding the lights off before that, yes I sleep with a night light! When you are in a good mood at the start, nothing will go wrong later in the day. While selecting my clothes for the day before taking my shower makes the experience enjoyable.
If you always dine outside most of the time, you don’t need a full kitchen. Just a pantry will suffice. Having the cooking basics covered through steam and grill makes you eat more healthy. I don’t use a microwave oven, and I don’t have a refrigerator mainly because I do not drink ice cold drinks, but I do have a drink fridge for my guests tucked hidden from sight in my pantry cabinet. I love the hidden design, no distractions to the eye when it travels. If you are living alone, you end up cooking a lot more food than usual. Not to waste food has been my mantra.
When you are in a good mood at the start, nothing will go wrong later in the day…”
My bed is the most comfortable place next to my sofa, you spend one-third of your life sleeping, and my bed is a lux hotel quality. A 42 inch Samsung smart TV for Netflix and chill around the sofa is a must. A dining café style for two as a dining area next to my pantry is adequate. Spending a little more on security such as a digital lock gives you peace of mind, convenience to your friends or family members.
Kartell La Marie La Bourgie lamp by Ferruccio Laviani.
It is originally introduced by Kartell in 2004, the polycarbonate La Bourgie lamp by Ferruccio Laviani has been completely re-imagined with a series of alternate designs, each boasting its unique flair. From being ironically interpreted by decorative costume jewelry and typical french symbols like the Eiffel tower. A fresh thinking of exaggerated ideas in modern contemporary design.
Kartell Louis Ghost Chair by Phillipe Starck
The story of the Louis Ghost Chair, as it’s named, begins with a man named Louis XVI — the King of France. During the reign of the 19-year-old monarch and his better half, Marie Antoinette, a refreshed interested in classical Greek and Roman design developed, which manifested itself in all sorts of trendy architectural and interior design elements throughout the king’s reign. Louis XVI Chair inspired from a Gustavian period. This formal chair remains one of the most popular chair designs today and is a timeless classic. It is re-imagined in polycarbonate by Phillipe Starck, a genius product designer.
Lastly, say it with flowers. There’s nothing worse than having plastic flowers in your home. My late mother loves having fresh flowers in the house. I got the inspiration from her that she passed on to me. A flower arrangement lasted for a week. I have some tips for you to stretch it to 9 days in my new post. Not only it brings good energy to the house, but it also brings homey vibes. Potted orchids, on the other hand, lasts over a month. You may alternate the choice. I also place a bowl of fresh fruits in my kitchen. It encourages you to eat fruits for supper before bedtime.
I don’t usually review or put my name on something credible after trying out something immediately. Skincare regime needs time and patience for it to work. Three months is a noticeable timeframe to deliver a review. La Mer – the ultimate skincare regime has resuscitated my badly damaged skin from three years of undergone chemotherapy. The effects of oral medication, intravenous, and radiotherapy have indeed damaged the lipids in the dermis. As we age, your lipids and skin cells are no longer round in shape. Aging also means the products that you are so used to using will not work as your skin conditions have changed. Eventually, you need other types of slightly invasive aesthetic treatments to correct the issue.
Big brands out there developed all types of products for a specific area of your face to entice you to buy a lot more. The truth is, you don’t need all of that. Let’s start by saying, you don’t need to buy expensive cleansers simply because they don’t stay on your skin. You don’t need eye serum, because the serum for your face works well enough for your eye area. Finally, you don’t need neck night creams because your usual night cream will do just that. I can say the same with essences and toner, if you use one, you don’t have to use another. They are essentially humectants. Did you know you have to use a sheet mask until it’s dry? Because serums are humectants and need water around the environment to work well. The absorption rate is faster because molecules are way tiny that they disappear into the skin.
I purchased this La Mer products and streamlined it into just 3 products.
Treatment Essence Lotion
Eye Contour Revitalising Cream
Moisturising Créme de la Mer
I alternate my nighttime routine with this and with a Vitamin C serum, Glycolic acid toner, and Retinol correcting lotion by Ordinary. After the whole 3 months of using this regiment, I must say I begin to see my fine lines softened. Your skin cell turnover generally regenerates every 28 days, depending on your age and lifestyle. The more you take care of yourself, the results will rapidly improve. The beauty myth is, I heard some influencers are comparing this product to Nivea cream. Though Nivea does work to a certain extent, it is not comparable with what you are paying for. I believe products need to be absorbed by the skin and not stay on the superficial layer. If you want a quick fix with results, go for Botox. With the harsh environment that we lived in today, please use a sunscreen with 50 SPF. If you don’t protect it, the products you use will be in vain.
Verdict: Yes! I will re-purchase this, but I will alternate with other products so this can last me for a quarter.”
Tips: When purchasing a luxury brand, do not shy away. Ask questions and challenge the beauty advisor. Get recommendations, though you don’t need to adhere to it. Don’t be afraid to ask for multiple free samples to try.
I couldn’t help but wonder what life is like without love. Some people say you might have three great loves in your entire life. I was lucky enough to have two great love of mine. Meeting people, dating and getting into relationships have certainly advanced, nowadays. We communicate differently in today’s fast-moving society and how we anticipate love to happen. But most of the time, the act of anticipating is a thrill itself. The chase and hunt get your adrenaline pumping, endorphins are released to stimulate you to heighten senses through dopamine.
It is a normalisation of nuances towards the new millennium. Old-fashion introduction just doesn’t cut anymore as society moved forward with the time. Studies have shown how men swipe indicate a simple and predictable pattern versus women who swipe capriciously.”
Let’s face it from Grindr to Tinder from across the board, there are all kinds of apps to be downloaded and profiles to be judged. People who collect photos or syncing photos from other individuals from a cloud-based app make what it is today in modern-day dating. The use of hashtags and geotagging has become a new norm for secret admirers or stalkers to accidentally bump into you. The algorithm for love and lust predicts a probable match between the data it gathers and intercepts. It’s a normalisation of nuances towards the new millennium.
Back in the day when personal ads run on papers or magazines, things are a little slow. Life was simple. The earliest form of personal classified ads or lonely hearts ads dates back to the 1800s. Ultimately, people want to search for a companion at the end of the day. We create our presence online because we want our profile portrayed in a certain way. Creating a perfect profile affects the way people see themselves. Often describing some realness through images, obtaining validation from others. People love the ideology of compatibility and amicability. A vision of acceptance but sometimes narcissist.
Companies designed dating apps are out to make money and believe me, they made a whole ton of cash through subscriptions. Multiply that by the number of the population who are single, separated, divorced or even married and still looking something on the side. It is capitalism at its best. This is how economics is forged through the masses bringing lucrative yields with recurring returns. The more premium you pay for your subscription, the higher the chances of meeting a quality candidate. Advanced smartphone app changes the way we meet people, we travel, we dine, the way you date and the way you have sex. The visibility from a profile monetized the industry simply because all the information is key and sex sells. All searching for love and orgasms one swipe at a time.
“It’s a Dating Revolution or just a Dating Apocalypse?”
What seems to be the dating revolution, it would also mean the death of courtship as the majority of people do not know how to communicate face-to-face. They found themselves awkward in situations and does not hold brilliant conversations. While they are geniuses with technologies and gadgets but they have zero social skills. These have made them become introvert by nature. It is okay of getting rejected if you swipe left or get accepted by swiping right. Once the connection is made, its a swipe for success! The courtship between couples plays an important role. It deciphered the major characteristics of a person’s likes and dislikes. It eventually pivoted the decisive notion to be a couple. Millennials using slangs, and abbreviations that no older generation understood. It is an extreme disconnect. They break every dating rule on the handbook to be more susceptible to the new society. Have we finally discovered the algorithm for love? Swipe right now!
It’s been three and a half years since my last entry and, I couldn’t help but wonder how life has turned out. Three years before I was diagnosed, I was working out five times a week and was in great shape. Suddenly one day, my friends noticed that I had lost a lot of weight, but I just thought it was due to my active lifestyle. During this time, I was constantly having stomach problems and passing motion has been from pain to really excruciating. During my workout, I was stretching out on a yoga mat I knew something was not right. I had also been very tired, having a hard time eating, and in general, not feeling good.
I went to my usual general practitioner and he recommended over-the-counter drugs. For well over three months, I also had constant diarrhea. The doctor suspected unhealthy eating habits and misdiagnosed me with hemorrhoid. By the third month, I knew something was really off and I had a second opinion. I underwent a series of MRI, CT scans, stools samples, and bloodwork. Dr Young finally diagnosed me with an unfortunate, colorectal cancer. I was diagnosed with cancer and at that time, my world came tumbling down.
It was on my birthday I got admitted to the hospital and got started on my treatment options. That day, I met with my nurse, who explained how things would go for my evaluation and consultation. I first met with my intake physician, then I started all the testing and all sorts of scans to confirm the diagnosis and determine whether the cancer had spread anywhere else. Next, I met with all the people who would provide me with supportive care services. Then I met my social worker and pharmacist, along with a few medical staff. They were indeed wonderful.
We discussed my treatment options. Everything was coming together with the way I needed it to. Together, we chose a treatment plan, and I was ready for the battle.
I started an aggressive chemotherapy regimen, which included intravenous chemotherapy for 2 to 3 sessions followed by radiotherapy which is radiation therapy often abbreviated RT, RTx, or XRT, is therapy using ionizing radiation, generally as part of cancer treatment to control or kill malignant cells and normally delivered by a linear accelerator. Each time I attended my session, it cost around a thousand dollars including medications. I was so fortunate to have made a wise decision a few years prior to making my health insurance premiums upfront. I was unemployed for almost 2 years. My partner had left me and I lost interest in everything that once holds joy to me. This was the lowest point of my life. I stayed in a private hospital for over a month. The total cost of my treatments, medications, consultations and hospital stay is equivalent to a Hérmes 35cm Birkin Ostrich in exotic leather.
The intra-arterial chemotherapy, in particular, was very intense. After each treatment, I slept the whole day because my immune system was so low and weak. But it knocked my tumor markers down dramatically. I experienced a few side effects, including nausea, low blood cell, and platelet counts, luckily my hair loss was not huge. Progressively, I started getting better and feeling stronger. It’s been exactly one year since I have survived cancer. This experience has made me stronger, more resilience and more in tune with my faith which I have may lose in it several years ago.
I am back in the workforce doing the things that I really love. I am very dedicated with my work and very passionate about it. I thank God for giving me this second chance to live and for that I think it’s a great blessing to found Him again.