On Celebrating Our 12th Anniversary: 12 Relationship Rules I Live By

Last weekend, Ming and I celebrated our 12th anniversary! Last year, I booked us a surprise lunch at Cat Cora’s Ocean Restaurant, located within the S.E.A. Aquarium, Resorts World Sentosa. It was a magical day spent in the presence of gorgeous sea creatures. This year, after conducting extensive research on where to go and what to do, I decided to take things into my own hands (literally, hah!) by secretly preparing us an anniversary meal (pics below – there’s even a hidden penguin in a jar! ;D). You probably know I’m no love guru, but, to mark a dozen years together, I give you 12 relationship rules I live by, from the bottom of my humble little heart.

(Just in case you wonder, I am currently trying to pick the winners of the Blog’s Anniversary giveaway and shall be announcing them on Instagram; watch that space!)

“So I packed us a mystery picnic basket and off we went, into the arms of Mother Nature…”

On Celebrating Our 12th Anniversary: 12 Relationship Rules I Live By

Rule #1: Never go to bed angry at each other.

I’ve tried hitting the sack to avoid confronting the problem. And realised I shouldn’t, because it simply doesn’t work. When I let a problem sit overnight, it becomes more difficult to resolve the next day. Also, it is simply too uncomfortable to go to bed feeling angry!

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Ming’s Surprise Birthday Celebration: Staycation at Capri by Fraser!

Happy Friday, guys! \(^_^)/ So. Last week, I took Ming on a surprise birthday celebration – well, OK, it’s more like a birthday festival actually, full of surpriseception! Hah. What can I say. I’m so brilliant, I totally deserve an award. *smirk* Last year, we stayed at Hard Rock Hotel, Resorts World Sentosa (and he knew, cos we planned the whole thing together). This year, I decided that (1) we should go for something slightly different, and (2) he should be kept in the dark completely. I did my research, decided we should head for the suburbs, and landed up with a staycation at Capri by Fraser, a new hotel residence right next to Changi City Point.

(Psst! I’m going to tell you right now – we had an absolute blast! So much epicness. Check out the pics!)

The birthday adventures began on Monday morning. I asked him to pack his stuff over the weekend but didn’t mention where we were headed. “Just pack light,” I said. That morning, he followed me quietly, no questions asked.

Here we are! Presenting, our home away from home – Capri by Fraser, Changi City. :)

Ming's Surprise Birthday Celebration: Staycation at Capri by Fraser!

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Sponsored Review: What’s Inside BellaBox July 2014 – La Petite Parisienne

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GOOOOOD SUNDAY, EVERYONE! (^_^)v I’m back from Ming’s birthday celebration – we had such a blast! Lots of photos to follow. And man, I’m so happy I managed my morning run even though I was dead tired after Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy red carpet and sneaks yesterday night. Met Zoe Saldana (isn’t she lovely?), Dave Bautista and James Gunn. Blog post soon! Today’s post is all about what’s inside BellaBox July 2014: La Petite Parisienne!

But wait – have you joined my faaaaabulous Benefit Cosmetics Blog Anniversary giveaway yet? WIN They’re Real! goodies! Closes Thursday, 17 July 2014. Come come come! 

So. La Petite Parisienne it is. Do ya love that name, cos I do! Sounds really chic. And will you look at that adorable macaron sticker! I love it when the team does stuff like this. :)     

Sponsored Review: What's Inside BellaBox July 2014 - La Petite Parisienne

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Baring My Soul: The Daily Strength – A Facebook Status A Day: June 2014

As you read this post, Ming and I are off celebrating his birthday in the form of a surprise staycation, whee! BLESSED BIRTHDAY TO THE BESTEST BESTIEST BESTIE IN THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD!!! I must tell you guys – the whole surprise was painstakingly planned by yours truly, and even though the staycation has begun, the birthday boy is still clueless as to what I have up my sleeve this special day. How exciting! Anyways. June. Another month has just passed us by, and with that, the next installment of The Daily Strength – A Facebook Status A Day.

Before that – have you joined my 4th Blog Anniversary Giveaway yet? Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real! Liner and related goodies to be won! Join up, join up! No reason not to… it’s open to everybadeh! :)

Alrighty. Well, June was pretty dramatic and painful (literally!) for me. It was all about:

  • having doubts about my current circumstances,
  • constantly reminding myself to trust in the Universe’s plan for me,
  • telling myself to just keep on going after what I want, and
  • trying to recognise that things aren’t always as bad as I imagine them to be.

Over the past months, I’ve gotten into the habit of making mindful choices; I’m pleased June went pretty well in that aspect.

Thing is, going through the daily grind has got me wondering if this is the kind of life I want to lead, for the rest of my existence. Perhaps I would be happier doing something else. Perhaps the time has come for change. Perhaps I need to turn the page and write a new chapter. 

Yet, I wonder if these thoughts are a result of me taking things for granted, not recognising that there are many others out there struggling to simply survive, that what I have now, they yearn to achieve. At the same time, I know I am exactly where I need to be, that the Universe’s plan for me is far greater than I can ever imagine.

Mid-month, I suffered some injuries. I won’t deny that I’d been in a lot of pain. 3 weeks have passed since the impact and I’m happy to report that I’m recovering well. The last weeks of June saw me working 12 consecutive days in the office (weekend nights are killers!). I refused to let my injuries or those long working hours throw my life off-balance; I managed to stick to healthful choices and ran my daily 5K regardless. That, I am very proud of. Remember, it’s all about forming good, lifelong habits. Your situations change; make sure your good habits don’t. 

After a traumatic month, this mini vacation sure is a well-deserved one! ;)        

Baring My Soul: The Daily Strength - A Facebook Status A Day: June 2014

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The Blog Turns 4! Sponsored Review and Giveaway: Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real! Push-Up Liner AND Related Merchandise!

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Whew – THURSDAY! It’s been a MAD RUSH – I’ve been working non-stop since last Monday, coming into the office over the past weekend until the evenings. So proud of myself for committing to my running routine AND writing this post. Maintenance of self-discipline is of great importance to me. ANYWAY. Last Friday, I released one teaser photo on Instagram announcing a Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real! Push-Up Liner giveaway. With bated breath, you waited for NOW – THE BLOG TURNS 4 TODAY, 3 JULY 2014!

Ah… HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my little baby; how you have grown! Thank you all so much for your lovely support throughout these years, and thank you properly I shall!

I’m not sure if you’ve already checked out our newly-launched They’re Real! Push-Up Gel Liner, but I’m telling you it’s absolutely FABULOUS. You know eyeliner is my territory, right? MINE. If you haven’t had the chance to pop by the counters, well… read my review and WIN IT (PLUS A BUNCH OF KICKASS STUFF) FOR YOURSELF.

The Blog Turns 4! Sponsored Review and Giveaway: Benefit Cosmetics They're Real! Push-Up Liner AND Related Merchandise!

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My 6th Post on Solo Wandergirl: What If I Told You… There Is No Wagon?

It seems like when you count weeks instead of days, time goes by even more quickly! Of late, I’ve become inclined to look at my time in weekly chunks. We’re currently approaching the end of the last chunk of June, which is… scarily fast! I’m glad I managed to find time amidst this madness to work on my monthly installment for Solo Wandergirl. There being no particular topic, I wrote about something that’s come up a lot during my morning runs – “What If I Told You… There Is No Wagon?”

(Psst! There’s only about a week left to wrap up my plans for Ming’s birthday surprise! Gah – more time please! Well at least I started something…)

The “wagon” here refers to the speeding diet wagon that we imagine ourselves to be riding on. In this day and age, almost everyone has been on some sort of self-imposed “diet”. I’ll have to say that almost every girl I’ve met (and the occasional dude) has spoken, at some point, about losing weight.

My 6th Post on Solo Wandergirl: What If I Told You... There Is No Wagon?

Being on a diet so restrictive, it led to your midnight nachos-cookies-muffin binge? Having colleagues bring in brownies so delicious you decided to banish your diet for good? Hitting the snooze button instead of the gym? Uh oh, you’ve “fallen off the wagon”… yet again!

Not really. Because there is no wagon. #truth

Can’t eat cake forever? No chocolate for the next 2 months? These self-imposed restrictions aren’t doing you any good. If the changes are not sustainable, your plan is doomed to fail. You must know that your life isn’t, and shouldn’t be, a “diet”. Whatever changes you make, make them permanent. Make them fit into your lifestyle. Make better choices.

Get off your invisible ride now and say it with me, “There is no wagon.”

xx J  

Running Changed My Life. And Legs. And Core! Get the Couch-to-5K Running App!

CONFESSION: A few months ago, I could barely jog 10 metres. Now, I run at least 5K every morning. My secret? The Couch-to-5K running app (and it’s FREE)!

Running really helped shape my legs; they look so much better now! I was surprised that running strengthened my core, too, and that’s a bonus for sure. As a couch-potato-turned-runner, I shall now share with you the app that literally transformed my life. Today, you’ll finally learn HOW to start running.

I shall be bold and claim the Couch-to-5K (henceforth referred to as “C25K“) running app to be hands down one of the best things I discovered this year. I’m super excited to share this with you, and I can’t wait for you to try it for yourself.

Are you presently a couch potato? Do you want to take up running, but don’t know where or how to begin? I wrote this post with you in mind. I want to help you.

Theme Park Attraction Review: Monster Rock at Universal Studios Singapore, Resorts World Sentosa

If you follow me on Instagram and/or Facebook, you would probably have noticed by now that I am a semi-permanent resident of Resorts World Sentosa, and a regular visitor of Universal Studios Singapore (affectionately referred to as “the park“). Just in case you wonder, Ming and I hold annual passes to the park, which rocks because we can go in for a ride any time we want (on this note, said passes will expire the day before my birthday in exactly 2 months’ time, gah!). Having considered that you may be visiting the park on a pay-per-entry basis, I wrote this post to highlight the one attraction you absolutely must experience - Monster Rock!

Staged at Pantages Hollywood Theatre (a 1,500-seat indoor Broadway-style theatre perfectly equipped to host plays, musicals and performances), Monster Rock is a live rock ‘n’ roll musical featuring Universal’s classic monsters in their modern forms - DraculaFrankenstein and his BrideShewolfWolfman, The Mummy, The Phantom of the Opera - with Dr Jekyll as the host of the show (I shall collectively refer to them as “the Monsters“). 

I hold Monster Rock very close to my heart; I first experienced the show during my maiden visit to the park on my birthday in 2012 and it instantly became my favourite park attraction. 

On a typical day, there are 3 to 4 shows, with the last show happening around 5 or 6-ish in the evening. During special periods when the park extends its opening hours, visitors are rewarded with extra shows – like last Halloween when they performed extras at 8PM, 10PM and 12AM. Lucky us!

Theme Park Attraction Review: Monster Rock at Universal Studios Singapore, Resorts World Sentosa

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Sponsored Review: What’s Inside BellaBox June 2014 – Haul of Fame

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Mid-June already and still so much left to do; the Blog TURNS 4 on 3 July 2014 and there’ll be an awesome Jade x Benefit Cosmetics giveaway so watch this space! Also, just in case you haven’t joined my motivational sticker giveaway, The Daily Strength – Sticky Edition!, it’s still ON! Alrighty. Today, I reveal for you BellaBox June 2014: Haul of Fame, possibly one of the best editions this year (well, I could be biased, there’s Benefit Cosmetics in it) and how punny!     

Sponsored Review: What's Inside BellaBox June 2014 - Haul of Fame

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Baring My Soul: The Daily Strength – A Facebook Status A Day: May 2014

Happy Tuesday, everyone! Days go by so quickly; it seems like yesterday that I started The Daily Strength – A Facebook Status a Day. About half of 2014 has gone now, and I can’t believe I followed through! In fact, just in case you missed my previous post, I’m currently running a spinoff project called The Daily Strength – Sticky Edition! and YOU are invited to participate! I hope you’ll join. We encourage one another… OK? :) 

As I struggled really hard through April, I started to get the hang of things. Easing into a routine, basically… and figuring more things out along the way. Then came May, which was all about:

  • making the best choices,
  • going after what I believe I deserve,
  • focusing on doing my thing, and
  • staying on the right path.  

In every situation, you’re presented with at least 2 options. You may not see it that way, but you always have a choice. I hate that I sometimes knowingly make a poor choice. Why do we keep choosing the same thing, over and over again, if it doesn’t make us happy? That will have to change. I decided to become more mindful of the choices I make, and that starts with my recognising that I have the power to determine my happiness. 

It’s funny how it took me so awfully long to learn that I really shouldn’t be settling for less. If I really wanted something, I should just go for it. If I settled for something else, I usually end up regretting and starting all over again to pursue what I had initially wanted. Why let the opportunity go? That, to me, is a complete waste of time.

We are all on different paths. There are reasons for why I chose to walk this way, why I do the stuff I do, and I don’t expect anyone else to understand fully. I don’t have to care about what others are doing, or what they think of what I’m doing. All I need to do is keep my eyes on the road ahead and keep on doing what I believe is right and which leads me to my goals.    

Most importantly, I should make sure I have a clear conscience. Whilst pursuing my goals, I am neither harming anyone nor doing anybody any wrong. I want to be a good person; I want to encourage others to do good and become great. We grow together. No short cuts, no cheating, no quick fixes. Just good, old-fashioned hard work.      

Baring My Soul: The Daily Strength – A Facebook Status A Day: May 2014

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