Wednesday, December 30, 2015

3 Tips to Beat The Bulge this Holiday Season

It’s that time of the year again when family gatherings, reunions and endless celebrations take place over copious amounts of food and drinks. After working hard for a whole year to get to where you are in your health and fitness goals, don’t let your efforts go down the drain. Here are three quick tips to beat the bulge this festive season:

Take long walks after a big meal
Get off the couch right after a long lunch (which probably also extended into dinner). It may be tempting to fall into a food coma, but by simply taking long brisk walks after every meal, you will keep your metabolism fired up which, in turn, will minimize weight gain.

Involve the whole clan!
If there are young kids in the family, play with them and turn the games into exercise. Holiday-themed races are a good example of such activities. For instance, make a game out of it and do squats, lunges and sit ups with the kids and young cousins, play running races with them, or get outside to ride your bikes or play at the park.  Get involved with them! 

Keep moving
Don’t stop moving – 10 sets of crunches here, 10 push-ups there, another 10 sets of burpees there – you get the idea. Sneaking these little movements in whenever possible will help maintain your metabolism and keep your muscles engaged, which will help fat-burning.
At the end of the day, bonding with family and friends can also be done beyond the dining table through fitness activities you can all enjoy.

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Monday, December 21, 2015

Elite Pro Nutrition - For The Bona Fide Fitness Enthusiast

Just in! Betancourt Nutrition products by Elite Pro Nutrition (EPN) to fuel my workouts!

Elite Pro Nutrition (EPN) is the exclusive distributor for two highly sought after brands – Betancourt Nutrition and NutriForce Sports. EPN offers a wide range of sports nutrition for both brands to cater for the intense performance of athletes.

Started in Singapore in June 2014, EPN is currently headquartered at 1008 Toa Payoh North, Singapore. Its services include seamless online shopping with free local delivery.

EPN prides itself in bringing the established brands from the United States that are proven and endorsed by famous athletes. It does not only focus on intense performance and competition, but a total lifestyle of fitness and wellness for all fitness enthusiast.

The supplement label, Betancourt Nutrition, was founded in 2002 in Miami by a former National Physique Committee (NPC) bodybuilding champion Jorge Betancourt. This premium brand addresses the complex nutritional needs of fitness buffs. Based on constant research and innovation, each formula is uniquely potent. Professional athletes and body builders swear by its efficacy, including IFBB Bikini competitor and leading fitness model Michelle Lewin, WBFF fitness model Scott Kemp, and middleweight champion Charles Curtis.

Whether you are an advanced athlete or a budding sportsman, want to shed those tummy or sculpt those six packs, Betancourt Nutrition could be the ideal supplement for you! Betancourt Nutrition not only fulfils FDA requirements, it produces top quality, safe and effective fitness essentials. It will give you the competitive edge you need, as well as a sense of holistic wellness!

With me here are the essentials which is the pre-workout namely B-Nox Androrush Betancourt Nutrition, which could help in endurance that allows you to focus and do more reps, post-workout Big Blend Premium Whey Protein Formula for recovering those torn muscles after a workout, and pure amino to assist muscle growth and tissue repair.

Currently trying it out. Will let you guys know how it goes!

Sunday, December 20, 2015

A Day Out Finding White Outfit

I had dinner last Friday with my pals at Agrobazaar. It's been a while since we had dinner together and catch up! Talked about today's society and other things since they are in that line of work. It's always amazing to know about our society from people who are always on the ground to provide social welfare as they know first hand on the real problems faced by our people.

On Saturday my family and I went to Kampong Glam to find white outfit for my cousin's wedding. I was a bit conflicted on what to wear because I have quite a few whites so I was undecided if I should keep my outfit western, traditional, or Arabian. I don't want to look like I'm the groom so I'm keeping it simple while sticking to the colour theme.

Let's just hope it doesn't get dirty from feasting all the good food!

While shopping we dropped by the Malay Heritage Centre to get some culture. They are currently having an exhibition on the history of Kampong Glam till 3 April 2016 which I find fascinating to see how the place have changed drastically in a span of short time. So much so it felt like it was yesterday we took the classic old bus or see the old palace that has now been transformed into the hub of Singapore's Malay world that provides beneficial knowledge for tourists and local visitors like myself.

This thing is very heavy! Word has it that in the olden days hawkers have to carry this shoulder pole around on average of eight to ten hours. This does not have anything in it yet and I barely survived eight minutes of carrying. I wonder what's their secret to endurance back then! Speaking of endurance, I have to do four sets of ergo in less than a week. I don't think I will be able to pull my luggage after that?

Stay tuned for the next update!

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Penang Pesta Dragon Boat Race 2015

Finally back from Penang!

I was in Penang last week for Penang Pesta Dragon Boat Race 2015. Held at Teluk Bahang Dam, it was a two day event participated by teams from Malaysia and all over the globe as far as Macau and Iran. Our team won several categories, congratulations to those who were involved!

Whatever happened during the race left an impact in me in several ways. It was an emotional roller coaster for me. Looking on the brighter side of things, I am certainly grateful for this trip.

While I was busy counting on the things in life that I do not possess, I came to a realisation that the only reason I did that was because it was harder to count my blessings.

Although my dejection seems a little childish and self inflicted, I was not even entirely disappointed about the race results to begin with.

In truth, I was more frustrated by how I didn't actually feel the satisfaction I'm supposed to feel after my sets. Feeling inadequate although I know deep inside I had given the best of my ability. As I look down though, I was reminded that life is great and it is a personal onus to make it greater. Thank you Talking Toes for such uplifting socks. That made my day somehow!

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Fun for Fund Fiesta 2015 Charity Event

Howdy everybody! Before I leave Singapore, I just wanted to share with you guys an event I hosted last weekend at Fun for Fund Fiesta 2015 organized by PERTAPIS welfare organisation.

Fund for Fund Fiesta 2015 was a wholesome carnival that people shouldn't have missed! For those who were around Angsana Green and dropped by, we thank you so much and hope you had fun at the carnival while you took shelter when it rained! There were so many people of different background attended the event and enjoyed themselves. Since it was a Saturday, it came to no surprise to see families flocking in buying the charity coupons in stacks not only to enjoy the delicious food like biryani, sausages and fried noodles but also enjoyed themselves at the games station, balloon castle and parrot show.

Things got more happening when AB Shaik, a renowned host that needs no further introduction made an appearance and entertained everyone in his segment. We were not short of entertainment as the event saw a series of cultural performances like silat, aikido, dikir barat, and ukelele ensemble. The much fanfare affair was not short of veteran celebrities who kept the audience occupied singing along to the famous singles from their glory days.

Fun for Fund Fiesta 2015 also took healthy living to a new level by not only having a walkathon hosted by PERTAPIS Women's, but also had participants that took part in zumba, offered complimentary health checks, teaching CPR by the Singapore Civil Defence Force and hosted an awareness talk about breast cancer by a survivor.

As many events I have hosted, this is the first time I am hosting a bid for charity. It was an amazing experience really and I would like to thank PERTAPIS for this wonderful opportunity to entertain and lead the bid!

The tents were also filled with with sponsors, donors, volunteers and supporters who made Fun for Fund Fiesta 2015 and PERTAPIS welfare homes a colourful one.

Our heartfelt thanks to our supporters!

Alhambra Satay
Catholic Church of St Ignatius
Club Aikido
Creative Media Shootz
Keropok SEAmEQ Terengganu
Mamee Double-Decker
Pertapis Wanita
Rotary Club Serangoon Gardens Orchard
SCDF 3rd Division
Mdm Fatimah Gous
Mdm Fatimah Zubir
Mdm Khatijah Dollah
Mrs Jessie Thong
Mdm Mariam Yadi
Mdm Nancy Cheng
Mdm Saodah Bte Osman

As well as the many supporters that came down to support, we would like to thank you! See you next year!

PERTAPIS was founded in 1970 and registered under the Societies Act. It is an approved charitable organization under the Charities Act, Cap 37 and has also been conferred the status of an Institution of Public Character (IPC). The principal activity of Pertapis at that time is the running of welfare projects which are designed to address some of the social problems faced by the community. Welfare Trust Fund was established in 1984 to provide monthly household provisions to the poor, elderly, destitute and needy families.

Today, PERTAPIS currently hosts 4 residential welfare homes for the community, 3 Educational Childcare centres, and 4 social enterprise to provide vocation-cum-work therapy. PERTAPIS also caters to the wider community through the provision of food ration under the TAJ food ration scheme.

Monday, December 7, 2015

26th Singapore International Film Festival Ended On High Note

The Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF) concluded its 26th edition last night, drawing over 12,000 festival-goers from Singapore and across the region. The Festival was held over an 11-day period, from 26 November to 6 December 2015.

Committed to celebrating independent cinema and telling Asia’s story in film, the longest-running international film platform in Southeast Asia showcased a total of 146 feature and short films from 51 countries this year. Not only were its various post-screening talks and masterclasses with acclaimed filmmakers well-attended by festival-goers, the SGIFF also saw a total of 14 sold out screenings – of which five were local productions.

Sailing A Sinking Sea by Olivia Wyatt also emerged as the favourite feature film among festival-goers at this edition of SGIFF in the inaugural Audience Choice Awards, in recognition of the growing desire by festival goers for greater involvement.

Over the past week, the SGIFF brought to town more than just films and through its programming provided all festival-goers a vibrant and immersive experience. During the entire course of the Festival, an impressive line-up of internationally renowned personalities descended our shores. Stars such as Michelle Yeoh, Dev Patel, Sonia Sui Tang and Choi Woo-Shik not only graced the Festival with their presence, some of them also conducted In Conversation dialogues sessions with the public. Distinguished filmmakers and producers from around the world including Terence Chang, Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Apichatpong Weerasethakul and Brillante Mendoza interacted with audiences through talks, masterclasses and provided mentorship at the Southeast Asian Film Lab.

Unlike previous editions where a closing film wrapped up the Festival, the SGIFF celebrated the closing of the Festival by screening The Fourth Direction, the Best Asian Feature Film at this year’s Silver Screen Awards as well as the winning film of the Audience Choice Award, Sinking A Sailing Sea. The winners of this year’s Best Southeast Asian Short Film – The Fox Exploits the Tiger’s Might – and Best Singapore Short Film – My Father After Dinner – will also be rescreened alongside the Best Asian Feature Film and Audience Choice Award film respectively.

Here are snippets of the Festival!

Casting a prominent spotlight on Asian talent, the 26th Singapore International Film Festival rolled out the red carpet for its Gala Opening night. Taiwanese actress and model Sonia Sui Tang, and Singapore’s Golden Horse- winning actress Yeo Yann Yann, were among the special guests who graced the Festival’s Gala Opening at Marina Bay Sands.

From the red carpet of the SGIFF's Special Presentation: In The Room.

Award-winning local filmmaker, Eric Khoo and his international and local cast from In The Room brought much fanfare to the red carpet at Marina Bay Sands. Taking centre stage with him were personalities from his latest film starring Josie Ho, Choi Woo Shik, Lawrence Wong, Ian Tan, Netnaphad Pulsavad, Wasurat Unaprom, as well as Michelle Goh.

As part of the 26th Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF), the Special Presentation film In The Room centres on the lives and relationships of occupants in a singular hotel room through the decades and traverses Singapore’s past, present and future. This year also marks the 20th anniversary of Eric Khoo’s first feature, Mee Pok Man, which will be screened as part of the Festival’s Classics segment.

The Silver Screen Awards saw a total of 10 feature films and 20 short films, including four Singapore short films, vying for the awards. The glittering red carpet affair was also graced by Slumdog Millionaire star Dev Patel and saw a surprise appearance by international icon David Beckham, who co-presented the award for Asian Feature Film – Best Director with Marina Bay Sands President and Chief Executive Officer Mr. George Tanasijevich.

Image courtesy of 26th Singapore International Film Festival.