Wednesday, January 29, 2014

BYCH Hot Yoga‏ Cardio Class‏

Hot yoga has been increasingly popular nowadays as it provide lots of health benefits.

• It develops healthier eating habits that keep weight off the body
• Keep us stay tone and lean 
• Maintain youth, vitality and radiance 
• A great preventative medicine for common diseases (such as high blood pressure, diabetes)
• Maintain or improve the natural range of motion with the help of the heat

What is the difference between a hot yoga and a normal yoga?
Everything is the same except for one difference. The only difference is that hot yoga is practiced in a high temperature heated studio.

Why people go for hot yoga?
Hot yoga helps to burn off more calories as you will sweat a lot, every muscle and bone joints got worked by your own strength. Practicing in a hot room helps in detox as well.

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Yeah, I was given an opportunity to try out a hot yoga session. Frankly speaking, I have never try before yoga. So being a first timer, I was a little nervous.

Reaching my destination, BYCH Hot Yoga which is located at Raffles City Shopping Centre.

BYCH Hot Yoga’s classes are suitable for everyone, regardless of age or fitness level. The yoga classes are designed for beginners so with a little practice and experience, you will quickly feel right at home.

Shoes off before heading to the ladies and change into our attire!!!
We have to place the shoes on the shoe rack upon entering the studio.

A group photo with GF, Jas and Yingzi. Thanks Jas for taking the photo.
Being our first time, I felt that we have overdressed because all the females in the toilet were wearing just sport bras.

We were ready to go for BYCH cardio class. Custom-made yoga mats and  bathing towels are provided, so that there isn't a need to bring our own.

At BYCH Hot Yoga, they use “MOWEL” instead of a typical rubber yoga mat. Mowel is toweled yoga mat which can absorb sweat. It has a towel surface and a waterproof plastic underside. It can be washed and dried after each use.

As we were unable to bring our cell phone into the yoga room, no photo was taken during the workout.

BYCH Hot Yoga consists of 2 types of classes: BYCH Classic and BYCH Cardio.

BYCH Classic is traditional hot yoga practiced over 90 minutes in a room heated to 40ºC; comprising a fixed sequence of standing and floor postures that is designed to safely stretch and open the body in preparation for the next posture. 

BYCH Cardio is a 55-minute class, focusing on standing postures. The combination of the heat and intensity of the standing postures creates a great cardio effect. This is an alternative work out for runners or people who love aerobic exercise. It is also perfect for those on the go.

We went in to the BYCH cardio class with a bottle of water, a positive attitude and an open mind.

Upon entering, I could already feel the 40ºC heat generating. 
The heat combined with the sequence of 26 postures is what makes BYCH Hot Yoga so special. In this heated environment, muscles are more relaxed and pliable, allowing you to work deeper in a shorter amount of time. The heat also helps prevent injury, and expedites the flow of blood to improve circulation. And, fatty acids are more mobilized in the heat, burning fat more efficiently. 

Sweating helps flush toxins from your body, giving you a wonderful, energized and refreshed feeling after each and every BYCH Hot Yoga class.

It has been awhile since I last sweat so much. I could feel every muscle and bone joints got worked by my own strength.  It also promotes the healing process while quietening the mind, making me feel really calm.

Each BYCH Hot Yoga class burns up to 1,000 calories. In long run, one will see the general slimming effect and your body will become leaner. 

A great relief and relaxation came after the class, making me feel lighter, physically and mentally. Thankfully, I don't feel dizzy or nauseous during the class. The cause for these symptoms is dehydration. Do drink plenty of fluids throughout the day will help make the class easier.

If you experience the dizziness, just sit down, and take a breather but keep you head up and eyes open the entire time.

The only discomfort I have was my sweat went into my eyes, making it sting until I could barely open my eyes.

My 55 minute class has ended. I felt so refreshing after the workout.

Physically accessible to people of all ages and fitness levels, BYCH Hot Yoga leads to increased health, fitness, mental clarity and ultimate relaxation for practitioners by building a strong physical and mental foundation.

Though it was a little tiring, I tried to follow what the instruction given by the instructor. Just keep your focus and the level of endurance will increase as well. I felt re-energised as the toxic in my body has been cleared.

It is a good form of exercising. You should try it yourself too. For more information, please visit https://www.facebook.com/BYCHSingapore

BYCH Hot Yoga 
252 North Bridge Road 
Raffles City #02-14 
Singapore 179103

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Happenings in January - Bottle Tree Park + Social Work

Tuesday 14/1/14

Waking up early and travel up all the way to the North for a day with nature.

It was my first time here at Bottle Tree Park @ Yishun. Immediately when I reached, I was captivated by the greenery surrounding. It made me feel that I am back to nature. Oh well, how often do we get to see such sight in Singapore? Rarely!

The scenery was really beautiful, I was surrounded by the lush greenery. 

Bottle Tree Park was established as a a conceptual village where people can find sports, recreational activities, conference rooms and restaurants all at the park. It's a really nice place where you can come with your loved ones to have a stroll or fishing.

Prawning zone.

View from the lake house. Isn't it idyllic and scenic? 
The location overlooking the pond provides inspiration and nourishment.

During the time there, I had helped to do weeding at the planting areas.

Hmm, what is my reflection after weeding?

Well, I think I cannot be a good farmer. Do you know that at all these planting areas, the ground was fulls of big ants, flying insects, worms and snails. I had to bent down and remove all the unwanted weeds or plant so that the new one could grow out. Eewww, seeing all the insects make me feel so uncomfortable.

Sitting by the river to wash my legs which were stained with muds and dirt.

The weather was so hot that day, the girls had to use the straw mat for shade. My eyes could hardly opened to take a closer look at the countryside.

Though it was a tiring day but it was still quite a memorable one.


Wednesday 23/1/14

Though I am not a rich person, but I think that I am a fortunate person compared to many others. I do not need to worry about my basic needs because I am able to work and earn my own pocket money.

But how about those poor elderly who are unable to work due to difficulty?

Not sure if you feel that too? For me, whenever I see those cleaners uncle and auntie, or those elderly collecting plates at hawker centres, I feel heartache for me. I kept asking myself: "Is it because they need the money to live their life or maybe because they feel bored at home?"
I can't imagine if my grandmother needs to work. 

These people had worked hard in their early life. Now that they have reached their golden age, it's time for us to give back to the community and help them lead a better lives.

Together with my colleagues, we went to help out at Kreta Ayer Seniors Activity Centre (KASAC). KASAC is a centre that provides care and activities for the eldely who lives in the kreta ayer.

Over at there, we sang kaaoke and played bingo with them. After which, we served them with their tea break.

We also forked out our own pocket money to buy them some necessities to prepare them for Chinese New Year. As some of them had difficulty in carrying bulky items, I accompanied them up to their house with the goody bag.

Seeing all the happy faces made me feel that everything is worthwhile. Yes, I think I will try to participate more in volunteering work.


Sunday, January 19, 2014

GF's Advance Birthday Celebration at The Tiramisu Hero Cafe

Time for gathering again.

As GF's birthday is approaching, we decided to meet up and have a simple birthday celebration. After much consideration, we had chosen on The Tiramisu Hero Cafe which is located at Tyrwhitt Road. It took us quite awhile to locate the cafe, I took we took a longer route as we even passed by Singapore Casket.

Finally settled down in the cafe, The Tiramisu Hero is actually co-owned by the renowned blogger Peggy Chang (sixpegs).

The interior design of the cafe had caught my attention, how on earth did they managed to hang the ladder up on the ceiling?

I love the drawings of Sir Antonio too,so cute.

Even TZ was snapping photos of the design as well.

While waiting for our food to arrive, each of us took a photo with the trademark of The Tiramisu Hero - Sir Antonio’s head. 

Jasmine posted this photo on facebook and ask everybody to guess who is who. Both Jasmine and GF's brother replied with the correct answer. No doubt, family are the ones that know you the best.

Here's my OOTD. Haha, just realised I haven't been posting much about my ootd. I will do it more often now.

Andrew was so bad. I asked him to take a photo of us and the girls weren't ready yet. Once we were ready for the camera, he returned the camera to me and said he had snapped a shot already. And I immediately replied: "What? You took already?"

Well, so the above photo was what he had took.

We took the photo again and this time round, we were ready for the camera.

I helped the guys to take a group shot as well. 

HAM & CHEESE WRAP $9.80.
Ham with cheese melts in a warm toasty wrap with our chef’s secret recipe sauce.

BANGERS WITH MASHED POTATOES $15.00.
A traditional British dish of an assortment of gourmet sausages served with mashed USA potatoes.

CHEFCHEF CURRY BAKED RICE $12.50.
White jasmine rice baked in fragrant chicken curry. The curry was really hot, spice lovers gonna love it.

Thanks GF for treating us to the signature tiramisu - MOMMAHERO.
Tiramisu is timeless and a classic Italian dessert that is love by everyone. I had select Oreo flavour.

One thing I am grateful for is to know these bunch of people, I treasure our friendship very much.

The Tiramisu Hero Cafe is really a nice place to chill out and have a good meal with your friends. We had so much laughter during that dinner. We should do it more often.

Took a photo with Peggy was at the cafe as well. She was at the cafe to help out.

With Cindy, Claressa, GF, me and Jasmine.
Though it is just a simple gathering, but being with the people I love is always a blast.

Last but not least, happy birthday to GF.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Press Screening of How I Live Now

TGIF!

I began my weekend with a movie screening at GV Plaza. Haha, this was my third time coming to Plaza Singapura this week. I was here the previous two visits trying to fix my phone. Having some problems with my phone, it couldn't read my SIM card. As such, I couldn't call, sms and use my data network. I need to change a new phone soon, so for the time being, I am using NS phone. If you need to find me, please only sms or call me.

Back to the topic, I was here at GV Plaza for the preview movie screening of How I Live Now. My first movie in the year 2014.

Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Tom Holland, Anna Chancellor 
Director: Kevin Macdonald 
Genre: Drama 
Language: English 
Release Date: 23 January 2014 
Running Time: 101 minutes
Rating: M18
My Rating: 3/5


See the trailer here.

Set in the near-future UK, Ronan plays Daisy, an American teenager sent to stay with relatives in the English countryside. From the airport to the road, military soldiers were everywhere, military vehicles and war planes could be seen.

Initially withdrawn and alienated, Daisy is reluctant to join her cousins in their activities. There was a voice in her head telling her to join them. Slowly, she begins to warm up to her charming surroundings.

She had striked up a romance with the eldest and handsome cousin, Eddie(George MacKay). It is not easy to be in love at the wrong time where you don't know what would happen to you tomorrow. As such, they cherished every moment they had together.

Their happiness was ruined when the UK falls into a violent, chaotic military state. The army started to target the civilians, sending them to the labour camps. The boys and girls were separated from then. They promised each other they will find the way back here no matter what.

The story behind is a little touching. It shows how the teenage Daisy with the power of love, managed to overcome all obstacles and her strong will lead her back to home. It also shows how a war could cruelly take away the lives of our loved ones and torn us apart from our families and friends.

Good show, nice countryside scenery and remarkable casts. If you are thinking about which movie to watch during your dates or when going out with friends, do consider How I Live Now.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Launch of Benzac New Facial Care Range

Acne is a skin problem that is experienced by many of us, it makes us feel low self-esteem and depressing.

Whenever I have bad skin days, I would feel socially awkward and low confidence. Especially when having conversations with others, I would always be thinking "oh gosh, will they be putting all their focus on my skin and wondering why did she has so many scar marks and pimples on her face........."

Well, this will really ruin your day and destroy your self-esteem.

Knowing this problem, Benzac, a leading dermatologist-recommended acne brand, has announced the launch of a range of Benzac cleanser products, targeting different skin types.

As acne sufferers have different skin conditions ranging from normal, sensitive, oily to combination, the new range of Benzac cleansers and scrub aim to complement the current Benzac AC treatment gels by removing impurities from the skin and unblocking pores, leaving your skin nourished and soothed.

The Benzac product range is a full set of treatment solutions that consist of three gels in different strengths and five cleansers that comes in scrub, liquid and foam forms.The Benzac cleansing range comes in a pimple gel, facial scrub, liquid and foam cleanser.

The launch was held at Nine Thirty by Awfully Chocolate @ Esplanade Mall.

I was here together with GF. Thanks GF for extending the invitation to me.

Credits to Benzac Singapore facebook.

Dr Hazel Oon, Consultant Dermatologist and Head of the Acne Clinic from the National Skin Centre, also shared with us more in depth and prevention of acne.

Acne is a long-term disease. It is important to recognize that acne sufferers do have different skin types and need a skincare routine that is appropriate for their skin type.

Benzac takes care of everybody's needs.There are 2 series of facial care: normal to sensitive skin and oily to combination skin.

Many acne sufferers have a tendency to cleanse their skin excessively. Over- cleansing will not only exacerbate existing irritated skin conditions but can also cause redness and leave the skin inflamed. Thus, the Research & Development team at Benzac specially formulated the new Benzac Daily Facial Cleansers with herbal plant extracts like Calendula and Aloe Vera for effective and gentle cleansing.

For normal to sensitive skin:
The cleansers come in the range of a liquid soap and a foam cleanser. The key ingredients for both formulas are Calendula, Aloe Vera and Softening agents. The products remove impurities and help unblock pores without additional aggression and produce a non-oily protective and moisturizing film on the skin.

For combination to Oily Skin:
The cleansers come in the range of a liquid soap and a foam cleanser. The key ingredients are Calendula and Aloe Vera, which remove impurities and help unblock pores without additional aggression. It also helps to reduce oiliness throughout the day while maintaining the natural moisture of the skin.

The Benzac Facial Scrub is suitable for all skin types. The scrub allows for deep exfoliation, which will clean the skin and reduce skin oiliness without damaging the skin. It is recommended to be used twice a week.

Benzac AC Gel is an aid in the treatment of acne and is available in 3 strengths for topical application.

Gel Strengths 
● Benzac AC Gel 2.5%, Mild Strength
● Benzac AC Gel 5%, Moderate Strength
● Benzac AC Gel 10%, High Strength

The Benzac AC gel treatments are suitable for people with mild to moderate Acne. The key active ingredient – Benzoyl Peroxide is an organic compound in the peroxide family used for acne treatment. Its key benefits lie in keratolytic action (unblock pores), anti-inflammatory action, reduce sebum production and kill acne bacteria within 48 hours.

The Benzac AC Gel is also specifically formulated with Acrylates Copolymer (AC) beads to absorb excess oils (sebum) that can carry bacteria, thus reducing surface sebum and it also releases glycerin, which helps to moisturize dry and irritated skin. 

After the presentation, it is time for makan.

We started off the meal with Waldorf Salad with a walnut crumble.

Next was Avocado Soup Shot. A very unique dish, I finished it in one shot.

The main course - Pink Salmon Linguine.
The salmon was really good and fresh.

I was bagged home with some of the products which consist of liquid cleanser, facial scrub and Benzac AC gel. I had chosen the oily to combination skin type since I belonged to combination skin. I was be sharing the product review very soon. Stay tuned to it (:

Benzac Range of Daily Cleansers and Treatment Gels will be available at Guardian, Unity and Watsons. Product is available at Watsons from end January 2014.

For more information, please visit www.facebook.com/BenzacSG and www.twitter.com/BenzacSG

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