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Tuesday, October 07, 2014

First Hello Kitty Run in Singapore: Ready! Set! Go!


The world’s most famous feline character, Hello Kitty, will celebrate her 40th birthday on 1st November 2014 with an inaugural Hello Kitty Run Singapore. The only Hello Kitty birthday bash in Southeast Asia will flag off with a one-of-a-kind birthday cake and birthday song sung by 15,000 fans (HAHAHAHA). 

Hello Kitty Run Singapore will feature a five kilometre route covering iconic landmarks around the city. 

The run is open to participants of all ages and aims to gather Hello Kitty fans and non-Hello Kitty fans to join in a big day out to celebrate Hello Kitty’s 40th mega birthday bash. 

All participants are entitled to an exclusive runner’s t-shirt and a special edition commemorative Hello Kitty plush toy. Registration is now open via their website, www.hellokittyrun.com.sg and will close as soon as capacity is full. 


To be honest, I am not considered a fan of Hello Kitty but I am so excited about this race because my real motivation is to see my man in Hello Kitty race tee and cutsie things you see in the picture below!!!!!!! HAHA!! He was reluctant but was willing to sign up because of me *nawww*.


Seriously looking forward to my Shiva Raj in kitty gear. For now, I can only make believe.

LOLOLOLOL.

In addition to the run, there will be a Hello Kitty Village and post-race fringe activities for participants to look forward to. I am now wondering how incredibly cute the race village would look!

For more information regarding Hello Kitty Run Singapore, please visit: www.hellokittyrun.com.sg or their official Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/hellokittyrunsg

Monday, September 29, 2014

My Great Eastern Women's Run Journey - Fringe activities!!! [Sponsored]

So the organising team of the largest all-women's run in Asia not only ensures a successful race event day but lines up a variety of activities for us to take part in, leading up to the race!

Weeks ago, Tupperware Singapore share with us a few recipes which can be prepared much easily and effectively with the use of their wide range of crockery.

Chinese Yam Cake 

We were also shown how to prepare egg tarts. I have always wanted to try and was glad to be there to learn this! Cannot wait to try it our when I am more free! *evolving into an auntie*




If you have not already known, My sister and I have been selected to be part of the #RunToLiveGreat program which aims to encourage more women to have an active and healthy lifestyle. My sister, though just a year difference in age, is almost a complete opposite of me, exceptionally smart lady working in a top accounting firm, an introvert and physically quite inactive due to the crazy workload she has. She was the perfect partner I could find to be part of this program!

This was the picture taken in July. Well, we used to be of almost the same size and we could share clothes. Looking beyond aesthetics, putting on weight may lead to illnesses from chronic to acute, some very severe and deadly, such as Diabetes, High Blood Pressure, Coronary Artery Disease, Coronary Vascular Disease, Heart attack, stroke, etc. I knew I HAD TO drag her to join Great Eastern Women's Run 2014, in an attempt to have her introduce sports into her busy lifestyle.


Fast forwarding to, September, look how much weight my sister has lost!
Thank you #GEWR2014 for introducing her to so much activities and sports devices which motivates her to workout!
Towards the end of the sharing session, we get to do a hands-on activity, making use of some of the Tupperware products to chop garlics in seconds and to come up with a mixture for garlic bread spread. No, the mixture is not simply made of garlic and butter!




Here's a secret tip we picked up! ADD CHEESE to the mixture for that extra fragrance!


The lady is hilarious. I remember her telling me I have to use more strength.. I used to walk a 65 kg giant canine meant to pull sled, I can only worry about breaking her demo products please hahahaha. But really, I carry heavy bags of dog food almost everyday (though for a short distance), people are underestimating me because of my petite frame!!!!


To be honest this mixer/shredder is really quite impressive and I personally would like to get one of I am not required to be prudent! Just a few pulls and you get such a neat mix of chopped garlic, butter, parsley flakes and shredded cheese!! I REALLY REALLY LIKE THIS SO MUCH.


If you are interested in signing up for the fringe activities, I have extracted some information from their website here.





Moving on, I was at the Body Combat Fringe Activity carried out by True Fitness outside China Square Central on a weekend morning. It was such a pity that my sister could not attend because she was on a business trip. IT WAS SUPER FUN. I had a good time laughing at myself and what a joke I looked like while attempting the kick-boxing moves. 


I guess I was like most ladies present but there were some who really looked like they have background in martial arts and they looked extremely cool!!!

I guess in this picture you probably can tell that I was referring to the lady in neon yellow shorts on the left side of the picture. Look at me, I still cannot stop laughing at myself!!!!! I do not look like I am kicking someone or something HAHA. The lady in front of me was not sure where to kick too haha.


Hey lady, you are facing the wrong direction!


I do not look like I am punching anyone at all ROFL. Half the time I was laughing because I found it so hard to keep up and coordinate my limps.




Like finally the last set of part 1 is done!


Ice-cold 100 Plus were served. One of the most appreciated rewards after an intense workout!!


I'm out of the camera len's focus below but hey, look at how straight my legs have become after the custom insoles were made to correct my bent legs and incorrect posture!!!!


Registration for the Great Eastern Women's Run 2014 comes to a close TOMORROW, 30 SEP! If you haven't signed up, wait no more! Don't miss this chance to be a part of Asia's largest women-only run! Sign up at www.greateasternwomensrun.com

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Happy 11th Birthday Caesar


We are celebrating Caesar's birthday because he was supposed to be here had he not been poisoned by malicious beings. I am planning to only stop at 12 or 13 because that was my estimate for him to die a healthy old giant.

It's plain and simple this year because I am not sure how I would react to celebrating his birthday without his physical presence. Shiva and I set out to the very special place Caesar loved and then we spent some quiet moment there. This is also the place we had finally decided to release his ashes.

It felt peaceful, there was a little pinch in my heart but that was all. The atmosphere was generally calm, not painful. I guess that was Caesar's of telling me he is happy :)


Shiva had never been attached to any animals but Caesar was the ONLY one who captured his heart too. He was Caesar's alpha and Caesar only submits completely to him. He listened to me too and I would gladly claim to be an alpha but deep inside I felt that it was more for the purpose of not upsetting me that Caesar was such a good boy to me.


I think my love has a gift of nice handwriting actually! Mine would look really terrible.


Of course, lots of hearts from mummy. I didn't know my photo was being taken, else I would have tied my hair more neatly!!


How many heart shapes can you spot below?


Just a random candid shot which I thought was pretty cool. I guess bounce too much when I feel comfortable.


It has been almost a year. 

Have I recovered fully though?

No.

Still recovering, still trying. Every time I thought I was okay, flashbacks would induce a psychological pain in my chest. It is excruciating. I have never been considered or seen as a weak person and neither have I seen myself as one but this hurdle is really a challenge which I cannot deny. It took me so long and I am still trying to get over it. However, I am aware that I have to give myself credits for doing my best to manage the chaos within. I have learnt to reminisce and smile at the wonderful memories Caesar has given me but as the storyline moves towards the last chapter, it gets painful. That faithful morning.. Even as I am typing my jaws are clenched, my eyes feel hot, I need to hold my breath and then take in a deep one before I could regulate my breathing, in order not to tear. I do try very hard, I really do. Some of you told me that you could not imagine what I was going through - I guess you are right - no one would know exactly what is going on within. Caesar may be a pet, and there may be a lot of dog owners who love their dogs too, but the relationship we shared was one of the most extraordinary one which anyone could experience. I can never ever forget about Caesar because he had played a very important role in my life. He was my only best friend before I met Shiva. He was the reason why I look forward to rushing home everyday - his complains and howls, his snuggles, his excited panting, his helicopter tail wags. We found strength in each other. We enjoyed each other's company. We could enjoy staring at each other all day, quite literally. For some of you who have known us long enough and have seen our videos, you would know that we do talk to each other too - like I would really tell him about my day and he would blabber non-stop at me too. I did not understand a single he said but I tried to pretend to know and offered hugs and head rubs which he seemed to appreciate.

I got so used to everything he had given me for 8.5 years that it became quite a struggle when he left so suddenly. 

It is supposed to be a 100%  light-hearted blog entry and somehow this was the direction my emotion seems to want to steer in. No I am not depressed. I am just not (yet) completely adjusted to the new life without his physical presence. I did truly enjoy my day earlier at the tiny beach with Shiva and I felt close to Caesar. 

Today is a special day. Caesar continues to be one of my sources of strengths.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Puppy Therapy

Meet Ah Bao, the English Bulldog puppy. Janny knew that her puppy would definitely brighten up my day and she invited me to say hi to Ah Bao, the precious little one. Unfortunately, he is not for rehoming, or else Shiva and I might just bring him home!


Hahaha, This reminds me of the pieces of chicken wrapped in seaweed.








It has been almost a year since Caesar went to heaven and lot of people are wondering if I am ever getting another dog. 

Dog owners have their own ways to grieve. Some people get another dog, some vow not to have pets ever. As for me, I saw no reason why I should punish myself and deprive myself of the unconditional love I can receive from a dog. :)

It has been hard dealing with Caesar's passing. For those who have known us or have been following us online over the years, you know how special the bond between us was. He was way more than merely a pet, more than a friend, a guardian and a listening ear - He was a part of me, he was a pillar of my life. 


Caesar did not die of a natural cause, neither was he killed in an accident. Caesar was intentionally fed a fatal dose of rat poison - He was murdered. He was forcefully taken away from me at a point where I was not at all ready to lose him. This past year has not been easy to get by. Many people whom I have spoken to told me that knowing how close Caesar and I were, you were expecting me to crumble after his tragic death... so did I. If not for the belief that Caesar could still witness and be affected by me if I sink into depression, I might prefer to lock myself away and cry. 

At that time, I did not adopt the dogs and puppies that were offered to me because my heart did not have the capacity to welcome another dog into my life and love him/her like how I loved Caesar. I chose to get busy instead and I signed myself up for an involvement in all sort of activities. Getting myself overwhelmed with work and multiple commitments helps keep myself sane. Having said that, I have made it apparent that I have not gotten over the pain. I have tried everything I could to feel as happy and as complete as I was but I know I am still struggling to recover. That excruciating pain still creeps back occasionally. I miss him very very badly.


I have to give myself credit that I have done a good job being strong, given the pain I was made to go through. I have been doing my best to move on independently without Caesar. I have been blocking out emotions with my jaws and fists clenched, every time I drive through the road which Caesar and I last travelled - I was crying uncontrollably into the phone while Shiva tried to calm me down from overseas. That time, Caesar had collapsed and he could not get up on his own. Despite being in the weak state he was in, he interrupted my conversation when touched me with his paw, as if asking me to stop crying. It was a somewhat beautiful moment that was very painful.


Since none of the practices I have tried have worked and getting Caesar back is not an option, I am now convinced that getting another dog would help me feel more complete again. Caesar will never be replaceable but I believe a new relationship with a loyal canine can fill the empty spot in my heart which Caesar left. Next doggie, a malamute, hopefully one that looks like my baby.

Monday, September 01, 2014

Panties That Ladies Must Have In Their Wardrobe!

"The right panties can make or break your outfit or your day depending upon how they fit and feel. Your body, wardrobe and your personal comfort level, as well as your activity, are all important factors to consider when selecting undergarments."
Some women consider the choice of daily underwear as important as outerwear. The choice of underwear may depend on one's mood or on the purpose for outfit coordination. Certain types of underwear are more suited to a particular event or occasion, the daily routine, or an activity. This blog post will introduce you to the HUGE range of Impression Underwear I have been introduced to.


I cannot emphasize further how proud I am that Impression Lingerie is a home-grown brand with 20 years of history and its company has 40 years of history! I also love it how Impression Lingerie continues to offer trendy designs of lingerie at a fraction of the price competitors are selling.

Mesh Nets

The first Must Have I am featuring is underwear made of mesh nets, regardless of types and designs.

Apart from of the loud colours meant for the perky and bubbly personalities which Impression Lingerie has personally matched, what I really like about these mesh nets underwear is that they DRY EXTREMELY FAST after wash!

Gone were the days we bring unattractive and uncomfortable disposables on overseas trip. A lot of people also bring old/torn/unwanted underwear overseas to be worn and thrown away immediately after.

Why compromise on wearing something unattractive and uncomfortable when you can wear lightweight, breathable and attractive underwear that dries in less than an hour?
Colours

As mentioned that some ladies saw equal importance in the choice of inner and outer wear, having a variance of colours is important if you are someone who likes to or who would like to explore matching our underwear to your mood.



NEON!!!!


Thongs with Lace and Ribbons

Needless to say, they look so cute! Look at the tiny heart-shaped patterns on the mesh nets! Unlike popular beliefs among non-thong-wearers, thongs are comfortable to wear. This might also be a great gift idea if you are attending a bridal shower!


You do not have to be married or have someone to impress before you can wear thongs
BECAUSE




Hipsters/Low rise

Low Rise Cotton Panties

If you own a pair of ‘low rise’ jeans, this underwear is a necessity. You can avoid embarrassing moments of exposing your underwear unknowingly when you sit or bend over.

Cotton

Every one ought to have underwear made of cotton! This material is naturally resistant to dust and dust mites, and is also non-irritating. It does not aggravate dry skin or cause allergic reactions, even for people who are prone to skin problems like rashes or eczema. It is needless for me to point out the breathability of cotton!



The cotton panties shown in the picture above comes with a support design which slows down the rate of sagging of your buttocks. The added seams shown in the picture below hugs the shape of your buttocks and gives it more support than what normal underwear can provide.


Impression's Cotton Range

Sanitary panties

Sanitary panties are special panties designed to be worn during menstruation together with a sanitary pad. It is said that more than 80% of Japanese women use it.

Impression's sanitary panties come in standard colours of beige and nude and also black with pink polka-dots. They have an additional sheet of nylon fabric at the buttock area to prevent leakage from seeping through and also to make washing easier when leakage occurs.

With a pair of sanitary panties, you no longer need to worry about staining your outfits! I wish I had these when I was in secondary school and junior college so I wouldn't need to go through all that embarrassing moments or time wasted for washing and drying my skirt in the washroom!!





Seamless
Personally, this is my number 1 choice of underwear when it comes to long distance running. You are least likely to suffer abrasions wearing this. "Going commando" is NOT an option for me.

The picture on the left depicts not just a visible panty line but a very OBVIOUS one. Two words, extremely hideous.

The only way to prevent visible panty-line is to invest in in a set of seamless underwear. If you don't know what they are, it's time you get acquainted with seamless undies and find out what they can do for you.

What is seamless underwear?
Seamless underwear eliminates unsightly side seams, giving a smooth appearance under almost all garments. Seamless undies can help you achieve the smooth profile you want when wearing tight outfits and clothes made of clingy fabrics.




Seamless thongs

Seamless Cotton Underwear

These seamless it also has edges that prevent chafing and irritation to the skin.

Girdles
A body slimming underwear for women that gives women the chance to be in a better body form effortlessly.


Impression's girdles are shaped like panties, but very tight. These pants are normally used after the underwear. Its function is to resist the stomach to make it look more flat. On the days that you feel that your stomach is very distended, use this pair.

This has allowed me to wear any body-hugging dresses I want even on days I am having bloated stomach due to gastritis OR due to PMS.

Impression's girdles come in seamless design.

Last but not least, a very GOOD TO HAVE.

PADDED UNDERWEAR

Before being introduced to this  by Impression,  I NEVER KNEW PADDED UNDIES EXISTED. I wouldn't say this is something you MUST have but it is a bonus to keep a pair for standby. It serves the same purpose of a padded bra, just that it is meant for your bottoms. Sometimes, you just need that little bit of additional boost to do justice to that gorgeous outfit you have bought for a special occasion.


Impression's padded underwear has a seamless design too so you can wear this under a body-hugging outfit without having to worry about visible panty lines.


You now have a choice to stop splurging on international brands with overpriced products and try what Impression Lingerie has to offer.

Now, where can you find Impression?
It is available at the following locations:
BHG Bugis
BHG Tampines
Isetan Katong (Parkway Parade)
Isetan Nex (Serangoon)
Isetan (WestGate)
John Little Marina Square
John Little Plaza Singapura
John Little Tiong Bahru
John Little Jurong Point
Metro City Square
Metro Woodlands
Metro Sengkang
OG Albert
OG Orchard Point
OG People's Park
Takashimaya Departmental Store (Exclusive Nightwear and Lounge Wear)
Tom and Stefanie (Westmall and Civic Centre)
 
Do support local brand and like them on their Facebook page (www.facebook.com/iloveimpression)! 

Good news is that there will be 5 winners who will be chosen to pick up 3 panties of their choice. Follow these steps to stand to win freebies!
 
1) "Like" Impression Lingerie Facebook page at www.facebook.com/iloveimpression
 
2)  On the picture title "Genevieve’s intimate secret with panties @ Impression!”, hit the “Share" button to share it with your friends (enable public access for just this post).
 
3)  On the same picture "Genevieve’s intimate secret with panties @ Impression!", submit your comment on what you would like to win! “Eg. I will like some seamless thongs!!! PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE (pleading is optional but it might help *shrugs*)”