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Dreams are what you wake up from.

14 years of Livejournalling, and hopefully, more to come.


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Wellaholic's Super Hair Removal Video


Big thanks to Alastaire for the filming, Louis for the coordination, and Joyce and Patricia for being willing models, we have our SHR video. As Wellaholic is still a young start-up, it means that we have to manage costs, and as a result of that, we have to resort to self-help. In spite of this, I would say that the output is a fantastic one. Kudo to the brilliant team for making this happen! =)

And the description that goes with the video? Let me paste it below:

★★★★★ " I have decided to replace my hair removal laser, which is very effective but painful, with the painless Super Hair Removal (SHR)."

Suitable for the face and body, SHR removes unwanted hair permanently and painlessly giving you the confidence to flaunt your body. Smooth fuzz-free skin, without the need to shave and wax, is now within everybody’s reach.

SHR is not quite an Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) and it is definitely not a laser. It is built upon the technological breakthrough where broad-spectrum light is used to warm up and destroy the hair follicles. Because it is not an IPL treatment, it can be used on darker skin. Because it is not a laser, the treatment is not painful.

Book your SHR at Wellaholic, located just 5 minutes by foot from Lavender MRT station.

Make a booking at bit.ly/elight-facial
Find out about Wellaholic's SHR at bit.ly/elight-one

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Cat sitting at Eng Watt



This is my second time doing cat-sitting for Ulrike, a Tiong Bahru neighbour living just a few blocks away from me. She has two adorable cats, Luna and Naomi. A mother and daughter pair actually. Naomi, the younger one is usually very shy and would hide under the armchair. During my first cat sitting session, I have only seen a part of her, as she would dash into some dark safe spot once she hears me approaching. This time round, she's more relaxed. In fact, I was even able to get close to her and stroke her. Nice!

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No Beer Tonight - Quick Recce at The Great Escape



After the Spartan Training at Penhas, the rest left, while a few of us stayed back to clean up. We swept the floor, mopped away the perspiration, and then cleared the rubbish. While we could grabbed a quick bite nearby, I wanted to do a quick recce of The Great Escape as a potential event venue. We drove over to the Golden Mile Complex, got a little lost and ended up at Rex Theatre. I queried the cashier and he beckoned to us to head towards level 5. At The Projector, we tried to find the route to The Great Escape and ended up at the restroom instead lol, but soon we found ourselves at the outdoor bar.
Unfortunately, there was a company event going on, which meant that we could not have our dinner there. The outdoor area had several puddles of water formed from the heavy downpour, but all in all it sported a great indie vibe, and was helped by the vintage Volkswagen Van which was used as a drinks serving area.
We then decided to find a place to have a quick dinner. I had my early dinner prior to the training session, hence kept the guys company as they found a Heng Hwa Lor Mee place at the basement level (rare!).

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Day 30 of the #30days60secCoreChallenge !!!


Finally, it is done!

The Hashtag challenge has been an interesting observation and a fascinating social experiment. About a month ago, on National Day in fact, I was tagged by Ming Hung on the #30Day60SecCoreChallenge. Ming Hung was probably inspired by the 22 Push Ups challenge, which he was already doing for a couple of week. I gamely accepted the challenge and thought that this could provide me a means to test a few things:

A. I have not really used the video camera function for my LG G5. With the onslaught of video content materialising in the likes of Instagram (videos and stories), as well as Facebook (live, video, etc.) I wanted to see if it was easy for me to take a short video and post it online.

B. I had a Youtube channel which I created many years back, but did not really use it as a repository for my video feeds. I wanted to see if it would be easy to store the videos onto Youtube and then do a cross-post onto other platforms.

C. I was reading an article about Social Proof, and wanted to see how receptive would my friends and acquaintances be with being tagged. Would they be inspired to do the Core Challenge as well? If they did, would they be game enough to post it online? If they were tagged, would that make them more receptive towards such a challenge.

Mind you - the challenge by itself was not a difficult one. It was a "60-second" challenge, which meant that all it took was just a minute to execute. The variation of exercises could be a simple series of sit ups, or even a one-minute plank. Hence, it was something easily executable by almost anybody.


Nevertheless, I discerned the following categories of respondents:

A. The Spontaneous and the Sporting. There would always be a small group who would react positively to the challenge. They would not only attempt the challenge, but create the Hashtag and also post it on their social media platform. They are enthusiastic

B. The Shy ones. This category of folks liked the idea of the challenge, and they were inspired enough to attempt the challenge in the comfort of their homes. However, they were reluctant to post any video of their attempts online, possibly because they were afraid of being judged, or causing a "wrong impression". Others were not confident if they were able to execute the challenge and hence did not want to post their attempt.

C. The Flash in the Pan. This group would oblige with the challenge and would try to do it and post it online. But after one or several postings, they would be distracted by their daily affairs and would stop posting. This group are likely the ones that make the effort (to oblige) as they were tagged or were reminded, but the act of doing the challenge was more for their friends, and not for themselves. In short, they did not put in place a challenge to themselves to complete the challenge.

D. The Can't-be-bothered. This group is likely a majority, and would have paid some attention on such a challenge, but would prefer to remain passive and not partake in the challenge. A portion of this group might eventually try the challenge if there were enough people attempting it.

E. The Cynical. The cynics would form an opinion quickly, and probably a negative view of the entire movement. Likely responses would be "they have too much time to spare", "what's this silly challenge all about". Notwithstanding, the cynics do not always stick to their notions, and with time, their opinions could evolve more positively (or negatively, for that matter).

Another fascinating discovery was that, with social media, it was possible to reach out beyond a geographical constraint. In fact, we realised there were people as far as China or even USA attempting the #30Days60SecCoreChallenge as well. This bodes well for individuals or groups who would like to initiate a movement to spread positive habits to others - you never know how far the reach could get!

#livethechange!

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Day 28 of the #30days60secCoreChallenge + Day 11 of the #wellaholicabrol...



Day 28 of the #30days60secCoreChallenge + Day 11 of the #wellaholicabroller Challenge. Two more days to go before the challenge is complete!
Here's how we do it:
1. Execute a core exercise movement for 60 sec, 30 days.
2. Video, post online, hashtag #30days60secCoreChallenge and#livethechange
3. Tag 5 friends to get them into action too.
4. Explain why we do it. (transform ourselves and one person at a time).

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Day 20 of the #30days60secCoreChallenge + Day 9 of the #wellaholicabroll...


This Saturday evening, I felt that my abs have "healed" enough for me to attempt the ab roller again, hence decided to try doing it again. I have been using Habitica, and found it to be really useful to keeping to my tasks. Great!

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Day 19 of the #30days60secCoreChallenge


Fun day at the crowded gym, doing planks with medicine ball, to create some instability. My abs are still hurting from yesterday's ab rollers. Ab roller exercises are really painful, and take a while to recover from.

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Day 18 of the #30days60secCoreChallenge + Day 8 of the #wellaholicabroll...


A late night Ab Roller challenge coupled with the Core Challenge. With special appearances by both kitties. My abs were hurting but I guess it's sixty seconds of mind over matter.
Don't Mind, No Matter!
Here's how we do it:
1. Execute a core exercise movement for 60 sec, 30 days.
2. Video, post online, hashtag #30days60secCoreChallenge and#livethechange
3. Tag 5 friends to get them into action too.
4. Explain why we do it. (transform ourselves and one person at a time). °

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Day 15 of the #30days60secCoreChallenge



This sunny afternoon, after the Wellaholic product shoots, we decided to have some fun doing our Core Challenge at the East Coast Park as well.
The rough surface of the table caused a slight injury to both my elbows, but oh well, it will heal anyway. Without knowing, I am already halfway through the challenge. It's heartening to know that I am keeping to it consistently, and that this has started to inspire more people to allocate 1 minute a day doing this.
Live the Change!

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Day 12 of the ‪#‎30days60secCoreChallenge‬ with Stationary Leg Raises!

Day 12 of the ‪#‎30days60secCoreChallenge‬ with Stationary Leg Raises!



This must be the toughest challenge for me so far, yet it looks so simple. What you need to do is to elevate yourself slightly above ground, and then just raise your legs and keep it there for 60 second.

 
FEEL THE BURN!
   
As with all exercises, always start with the simple ones first. I know of many friends who have been inspired by the Core Challenge movement, and they have been trying the core challenge in private. This is great effort and I salute you for this. But take one step further, and video it, and help us to inspire the rest to do take one positive step and #livethechange !
   
Here's how we do it:
   
1. Execute a core exercise movement for 60 sec, 30 days.
2. Video, post online, hashtag #30days60secCoreChallenge and ‪#livethechange
3. Tag 5 friends to get them into action too.
4. Explain why we do it. (transform ourselves and one person at a time). °

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