Dear Hotel Jen Orchardgateway, this is my second impression of you.

Earlier this month, I planned a surprise birthday celebration for Ming – as usual! HAH. I chose to return to Hotel Jen Orchardgateway! Although it was only last February that we stayed with Jen, it feels like it’s been an eternity. Last year, I was neither impressed nor dissatisfied with Jen. Neutral, I guess. She was like a passing acquaintance. Hi, bye. That’s it. 

But I decided not to let my first impression of Jen define her permanently.
Cos everybody deserves a second chance. :)

So here we are, back in Jen’s arms. As a preface, even though my experience was notably better this time round, there were still several things I felt could have been better arranged. 

I booked us a 2-night stay in their Deluxe Room (last we stayed in a Superior Cityview Room). The arrangement included daily breakfast, club benefits, and birthday amenities.

Very sweet, but communication/logistics require improvement

(1) Nobody told me about the “welcome”

With club benefits, you check in on the 19th floor (vs 10th floor where everyone else goes) at the counter right next to the club lounge. Apart from that, club benefits also give you all-day access to food and drinks at the lounge. I brought Ming right up to the 19th floor, and they were, err, surprised to see us. Turned out their Fiona was expecting us at the lobby; she was to perform an in-room check-in for us. But I didn’t know, cos nobody told me. Quite funny, really; I apologised to the team (and especially to Fiona!) for making them wait downstairs for us! I appreciate the sweet gesture, but guys, next time must at least let me know, OK? ;P

(2) Mixed-up birthday identities

When I showed them our identification documents, they appeared surprised. Again. They told me they were informed that it was my birthday and not Ming’s. HAHA. Hmm. Now, how did that happen; I’d been communicating with the hotel on this arrangement and the entire time, I told them it was his birthday and it was a surprise from me.

(3) Initiative to rectify mistaken identities

Our room’s on the 17th floor, with my favourite amazing view overlooking the buzzing Orchard Road traffic below. I mentioned birthday amenities, right. Since Jen thought it was my birthday, the balloon in the room naturally read “HAPPY BIRTHDAY JADE”…. Well, mistake aside, I appreciate the kind gesture from Jen. About 10 minutes later, someone came knocking on our door and asked if he could replace the balloon, this time with Ming’s name on it. Although Ming’s name was wrongly/incompletely written on the new balloon, I was grateful they took the initiative to switch it – I mean, they could have left the JADE balloon as it is, right. :’D Thanks Jen for the biscuits, mini chocs and the fruit cup, btw, very kind of you. :) 

(4) Bathroom scale – same issue as the last time 

On my previous stay, I had a mini episode with them regarding the bathroom scale. This time, I requested for one in advance – they even asked me if a non-digital one was OK, and I said it was fine. However, the scale wasn’t there. I had to call housekeeping a few times and personally speak with a couple of their staff throughout the course of the day before they finally delivered one up to me. I felt like a nag; I  kept checking the bathroom every time I returned to the room just in case they did in my absence, and constantly reminded housekeeping to please let me have one, LOL.


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So Fjӓllrӓven asked me if they could use my Instagram photos in their Spring Summer 2016 catalogue.

THE OTHER DAY, Fjӓllrӓven wrote to me to ask if they could use a couple of MY INSTAGRAM PHOTOS in their Spring Summer 2016 product catalogue (!!!!) for distribution in their stores (!!!!!!!!).  I was like, “WHAAAA….??!?” If you’ve followed me for a while, you’d probably know that I’m a SUPER fan of the Fjӓllrӓven Kånken! It’s like, all over my Instagram…. HAHA. (^_^)V

Well of course I said YES! ARE YOU FREAKING KIDDING ME???? I’m super STOKED that they picked my photos out of the HUNDREDS AND THOUSANDS of other photos on Instagram.

Actually, I didn’t expect them to really use my photos; I thought it was a case of “just asking”. They’ll prolly forget me. I mean, they’re THE FJÄLLRÄVEN! Who am I? Nobody! It’s like having your ultimate idol asking you out on a date. DREAM COME TRUE AHHH!!!!

It was so surreal, I think I subconsciously tried not to pin too much hopes on it, and so I filed that little episode away in the deep recesses of my mind. Until the Spring/Summer 2016 catalogue was published. You can check out the online version here.

COULD NOT BELIEVE MY EYES.
HAD TO SHARE. PRONTO.


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Where to find the motivation to run leh?

I’VE BEEN receiving messages from you all, most of the time asking me the same question: Where to find the motivation to run leh?

You all ah, very cute sia.
I’m NOT a running guru. I’m NOT a running god. I’m a casual runner like YOU.
So, my answer is….
“Just run lor.”

But because there are many reasons behind my sibeh short answer, I wrote this post to explain a bit lah. Maybe it will help you out, I dunno. Runners must support runners mah, right anot?

So you see, on Labour Day, Ming and I ran Race #1 of The Performance Series at Punggol Waterway Park. For those who are not familiar with the series, it’s made up of 5 runs – you earn a medal for each run, and at the end of the 5 races, all your medals put together can form a SINGAPORE MAP. NICE RIGHT. You got sign up? No? Regret hor? 

Anyways. On 26 June, we ran Race #2 at Jurong Lake. Wah I tell you, I’ve NEVER been to Jurong Lake before. You know the Chinese Garden that side? Yah. I suaku can? They’re going for makeover so they’ll be closed for a while. It was quite meaningful to run there one last time (or rather, first time, for us) before the closure.

ALAMAK JADE, SO WHERE TO FIND THE MOTIVATION TO RUN LEH????

#1: Run for the medals

This one below, our medals from the Jurong Lake race. I know it may sound shallow but most of the time, I join a race if I like the medal. I’m the “no medal no race” type of runner. That’s because I like to commemorate every race with race bling. When I hang my medals up, I like to hear the “KING-KING-KIANG-KIANG-KLING-KLANG-KLING-KLANG” sound. Shiok.  


HI GAIIIISSSS!!!! 👋🏻 This morning, @skye_ming and I raced for the 4th time together! 🏁✨ It's The Performance Series Race No. 2 ✌🏻️ at Jurong Lake Park – we've both NEVER been there before this! 😹 Well we're Easties and hardly journey to the West for personal purposes, so it was quite nice to visit the other end of the island before the place closes for a makeover! 💄👗 The race route was all roads so it was pretty alright; the distance was mapped out nicely. The only downside was the muddy grounds leading to the baggage deposit and starting line – my kicks are SOAKED in mud! 😹😹 LMAOOOO OH WELL BATTLE SCARS THEN. I just need to remember to wash my socks! 🙈 And here's our RACE BLING! With the pagoda in the background. I see dark clouds looming. ⛈ But it was all SCORCHING SUN AND HEAT whilst we ran! 🔥🌞 Luckily it didn't rain on us; I would have fallen flat on my face HAHA. 😅😆 Great race, great start to a great Sunday! AMAZING way to close the weekend. Thank you so much for racing together again, Ming! ILYSM 💜💜🙆🏻

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When you’ve got bad email etiquette and don’t even know it

WHEN you’ve got bad email etiquette and don’t even know it, everybody suffers. Everybody except you.

After all, what’s wrong with sending 25 emails within the same hour – one for every time a new thought pops into your head? WHAT’S WRONG WITH TYPING IN CAPS? What’s wrong with using as many colours as you like!!!!????

Nothing, right?

There’s absolutely nothing wrong with your behaviour.
You think so?
Perhaps you need to read THIS.
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“When you’ve got bad email etiquette and don’t even know it”

"When you've got bad email etiquette and don't even know it" via The Cambelles

Please.

For the rest of us sufferers, may this public holiday be a day off for our poor eyes. (@_@)||| 

xx J

Because I don’t like to use hotel toiletries, so I bring my own skin care kit lor.

Sponsored

WE’RE TAKING A FEW DAYS OFF next week to celebrate Ming’s birthday, and I’ve got the just perfect kit to bring along! Was about to head out on an emergency moisturiser run when Enavose sent me their Jetsetter: Hydration On-The-Go! set. HO SEH AH. 

My first encounter with Enavose happened shortly after they launched in Singapore in 2011. 5 years later, Enavose remains a staple. Their products are of great quality, and they’ve earned my trust. Eh, I’m quite picky leh, not many brands can impress me, OK! :P 

So I promptly dug around the bag and found these handy, luggage-friendly items:

(1) Mineral Concentrate Refresh Mist (10ml);
(2) Alpine Edelweiss Foam Cleanser (30ml);
(3) Oceanic 24H Luxe Cream (30ml); and
(4) BONUS! Probiotics Exfoliance Gommage (80ml).

Right now, your friends they all are paying $69.50 (usual price S$122.50) for this set.

But I got lobang for you.

You pay only S$62.55 when you apply the 10% discount code of “ENVJADE”.
This code, you can use on ALL other Enavose items
:) #dontsaybojio

Enavose Jetsetter: Hydration On-The-Go!

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Some people are full of maggots. You just don’t know it yet.

MAY seems like a long time ago. It felt like a pretty long month, too. Peppered with a few happy moments, a lot of self-talk (as usual), reminiscing Bangkok, and generally (thankfully!) uneventful:

  • the 1st day of May, Labour Day, Ming and I ran our 3rd race together! Our 4th race together will happen this Sunday, and I can’t wait to earn more race bling;

  • the 2nd day of May, I found some MAGGOTS crawling around in the fridge – they came from the whole guavas I bought! The old me would have cried, whined, complained, beat myself up over it – but the NOW me? The now me laughed about it and promptly scooped all ’em maggots up and threw ’em away. They feel like tiny sponges by the way. ;P I think I can manage my emotions better now than to let myself get upset over insignificant stuff like that. LUCKY I discovered them before I packed them into my lunch box – could’ve ruined my whole lunch! Also, if you look at it from the “life lesson” angle, some people are full of maggots but we don’t know it yet. When the maggots come crawling out of these people, we chuck them out of our lives instead of letting them stay and ruin us. Geddit?;

  • the 6th day of May, Thai Fest happened! I had to go! Felt like I was back in Bangkok for those few moments. Admired ’em fairy floss in the prettiest neons AHHH…. but didn’t buy any cos I felt they were too pricey, yikes….;

  • Mother’s Day weekend – made unicorn Minion cards for my colleagues, and distributed them along with Cadbury chocolates; bought bunch of flowers for my neighbours, and the mother. And of course a gift for her! A special one. :) 

Apart from the above highlights, the month went by with a lot of thinking, about/of….

  • the way I was in the past and that I should NEVER allow myself to go back to where I was;
  • being inspired to keep on keeping on, looking at another weight loss blog award I won;
  • how I should keep chasing after my goals;
  • how important it is to be a good person, putting myself in others’ shoes;
  • why it’s important to always be grateful for everything in life; even if I don’t think I’m lucky, I AM; and
  • 8627697202752651 other thoughts reflecting on life and its shenanigans. 

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So this Russian site featured my “BEFORE AND AFTER” weight loss photos….

LAST TUESDAY, a fellow blogger friend of mine tweeted this to me. It appears that a Russian entertainment site, AdMe, had featured my “before and after” weight loss photos in one of their articles, LMAOOOO!!!! ;’D 

I’m amused, really – prior to that, I’d never heard of AdMe! (I could be living under a rock, but they are a Russian site, so….) They seem really popular, though, looking at the number of hits and comments received. Thanks Luchessa for letting me know, and yes after I got your tweet, I checked – many clicks from Russia lately indeed, hahaha!   

"15 people who have proven that change is never too late" - via AdMe.ru

The article bears the title, 15 человек, которые доказали, что меняться никогда не поздно” (which Google translates into: 15 people who have proven that change is never too late”) – OK, that sounds alright; I do agree that it’s never too late to make a change!

"15 people who have proven that change is never too late" - via AdMe.ru

And here’s the portion of me, where they wrote: “Очаровательная блогерша из Сингапура. Ее история здесь.” I Google-translated it, but it doesn’t really make sense…. “Charming Blogersha from Singapore. Her story here.”

"15 people who have proven that change is never too late" - via AdMe.ru

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Why is losing weight so hard?

Why is losing weight so hard? 

It’s so hard it’s almost elusive. Or at least that’s what I gather from those around me who are trying to lose weight. Come on – out of your 500 friends, family members, colleagues, whatever. Identify a small percentage (say, 5%; that’s 25 people) who:

(1) AREN’T CURRENTLY trying to lose weight,
(2) HAVEN’T ONCE tried to lose weight in their lives,
(3) LOST WEIGHT AND KEPT IT OFF?

Can you? I certainly can’t. For about 7592470672016 reasons (with health issues and societal pressure topping the list), weight loss is a GLOBAL HOT TOPIC. That’s probably why I receive SO MANY weight loss-related queries. Simply type in “weight loss blogger” or “weight loss Singapore”, and you’ll find thousands of hits leading to sites like mine.

Since there are hundreds and thousands of other bloggers writing about weight loss, I was surprised I managed to bag 2 more weight loss blog awards (in addition to the ones I’d already won here and here) over the course of the past few weeks.

First up, I ranked #8 on Diet-to-Go’s list of Top 100 Inspirational Weight Loss Bloggers. :) That’s a nice profile writeup done by them; I didn’t even know about this until it was published, when they notified me of the award. It’s great to know people actually READ the stuff I write…. LMAO ;’D

I ranked #8 on Diet-to-Go's list of Top 100 Inspirational Weight Loss Bloggers!

I ranked #8 on Diet-to-Go's list of Top 100 Inspirational Weight Loss Bloggers

Next, I was named amongst Health Listed’s Top and Upcoming 25 Weight Loss Bloggers! (^_^)V I must say it’s cool to to have made it onto a much shorter list, hahaha. 

I'm amongst Health Listed's "Top and Upcoming 25 Weight Loss Bloggers"!

I'm amongst Health Listed's "Top and Upcoming 25 Weight Loss Bloggers"!

Whilst it’s certainly flattering to receive some form of recognition for my efforts, every time someone refers to my blog, I’m reminded that consistency is key. For me, weight loss is not about crash dieting, fads, teatoxing, or some strange concoction you consume daily that magically expels fats. It’s about making sustainable, permanent lifestyle changes. Instead of going on a crash diet, you need to cultivate a lifetime of good habits. Diets don’t work. This “diet” doesn’t end in 2 weeks. Change takes time. To see results, you gotta keep on keeping on!

I hope you’ve found my blog useful in your weight loss journey. Please feel free to share it with anyone you know – it could help them too! :) xx J  

5 things I learnt from running in public

NOT SO LONG AGO, entering an official race was a mere dream for me, let alone racing together with Ming; I could call that a miracle cos he wasn’t even a runner to begin with! Training on my own is quite different from running in public; OK, by “running in public” I mean “officially racing” – you know, race bibs and all. (^_^)” BUT just last month, on Labour Day, we participated in our 3rd race together (my 4th) – Race #1 of The Performance Series, which took place at Punggol Waterway Park

The Performance Series is made up of 5 races – for every race you run, you’ll receive a piece of finisher’s medal; collect all 5 medals to form the Singapore map! DOPE or what?!?? Race #2 of the series will take place at Jurong Lake later this month. Can’t wait! :D

Today, I thought I’d share some thoughts on running and racing. Ming and I often discuss running, especially post-race, and we both agree that getting out there and racing with the masses taught us some really valuable life lessons. So here’s 5 things I learnt from running in public


 #1: DO NOT EVER JUDGE SOMEONE BASED ON THE WAY THEY LOOK

^^^^THIS. FO REAL, YO. Super cliché, trying not to cringe as I write this, but so dang true. So dang true. Before I started running, I thought all runners have to look a certain way – fierce, long, lean, muscular. When I raced though, I noticed that runners come in all shapes and sizes. Big, small, tall, short, young, old – basically, ANYONE can be a runner. And just cos someone is huge, it doesn’t mean they’re automatically slow (the reverse is also true). Some of those who look like unlikely runners will surprise you with their sheer speed, I tell you. I’m amazed!

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This is when nobody in your office likes you.

OSTRACISED AT WORK? This article is for you. For when nobody in your office likes you. 

That’s my piece for The Cambelles this month. 

Well…. just in case you’re not exactly sure why you’re being hated on, let me help you out. 

If you can identify with the following points, then YES, you’re most likely office enemy.  

10. If you needed help…. well, too bad. You should have asked earlier.

11. “Earlier” means preferably after everybody’s had their morning cuppa, checked their personal emails, caught up on the latest gossip and stuff.

31. You’re not in the WhatsApp chat group?

32. Yep, it exists.

33. Explains why you didn’t know about the order.

39. “Confidential information” means “widely-discussed amongst everyone else except you”.

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Have fun crying yourself to sleep tonight. xx J