Monday, February 29, 2016

Happy Plugs Sound Piece Mini - Great Chic Company

Hey everyone! It's been a while since I updated this space because I was very occupied the past two weeks with errands and assignments. Finally today, I am able to take a sit back to update this space. A personal and wellness update is on its way but for now, let's enjoy some good music with Happy Plugs Sound Piece Mini after toiling for almost two weeks!

I am grateful that my trip to Australia was accompanied with Happy Plugs' Sound Piece Mini. If you had followed my updates, Happy Plugs is a consumer electronics brand that aims to add colour to your life through its massive array of colours and designs to suit your style and fashion taste.

Thank you Atlas Sound & Vision for the Sound Piece Mini for my trip!

Click here to find out more about Happy Plugs, Sound Piece Mini and its available promotion!

With music, you do not only hear them, but see them through the colours you wish to see. If today your music and mood deserves a gold, gold it is!


As a fashion brand, Happy Plugs is all about style. A way to be able to express yourself and capture your world of fashion and music. Hence, having the elements of elegant headphone, the slimmest smartphone cases in the world, the most adorable charge cables, and most importantly, the most adaptive and fashionable speaker - Sound Piece Mini.


Sound Piece Mini was instrumental in keeping my trip upbeat without having me to shy away on how my speaker looks like because I could always match them with my outfit! There is no need to put your name on the speaker when its colour could be strongly associated with what you wear - for my case, it seems to work that way!

The Sound Piece Mini is downright convenient because the battery could last long enough for the day, has an extended use as a portable charger and importantly loud enough so much so we received a complaint from our neighbour at a barbecue we had. I felt sorry but at least I know my Sound Piece Mini's capability!


Sound Piece Mini's minimalist design also makes it timeless with its interchangeable grill covers allowing itself to keep up with fast moving fashion. Who knows, in the future, there could be a collaboration with renowned designers to design more dazzling grills?

Thank you Atlas Sound & Vision for the Sound Piece Mini for my trip!

Click here to find out more about Happy Plugs, Sound Piece Mini and its available promotion!

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Welcoming The Year of Monkey With Melilea

I am very grateful this year to be invited to Melilea's Chinese New Year celebration which was held in conjunction with its annual party! Held at Serangoon Gardens Country Club, the event delivers objectives of thanksgiving for the continuous support from loyal customers and business partners in 2015, bringing Melilea's mission and vision of Transforming People’s Life into a new high in 2016, and encourage the culture of giving among Melileans.


Started in 2002, Datuk Dr Alan Wong and Datuk Dr Stella Chin, upholding a simple faith, helped countless people by leading them into transforming their health and beauty from inside out to achieve a more fulfilling healthy lives. Melilea products are based on a comprehensive and pure organic philosophy. From farming, cultivation, research and development, production and quality control, all procedures meet the stringent requirements of premium organic products. Datuk Dr Alan Wong and Datuk Dr Stella Chin aims to lead the public to attain health through pure zero-pollution organic consumables.


There were many things I heard about Melilea be it its products, business, and the pioneers of this brand. What attracts me most about Melilea really is their pride in producing organic products and promoting organic lifestyle. They tell us to consume natural non-GMO foods that are free from chemical fertilizers, additives and radiation, exercising consistently and commit in maintaining an a better well being through their organic products.


The products range from consumables for inner well being like the Melilea Organic Nutritious Botanical Powder that provides a natural blend of soluble and insoluble fibers from natural organic plants that serves to cleanse your body, as well as outer beauty like the Botanical Skin Care Series that ranges in all spectrum of skin care starting from cleanser to exfoliation.


Melilea's annual party began with highlights of Melilea's achievements as well as its Corporate Social Responsiblity (CSR) through its handouts to the needy like the old and orphans. Taglined Transforming People's Life, Melilea has sponsored a generous amount of $50,000 to the National Volunteer and Philanthropy Centre (NVPC), supporting the mission of promoting the spirit of giving in Singapore.


Giving does not only stop there! The founder of Melilea, Datuk Dr Stella Chin stayed on stage to share with us her latest book that talks about happiness! About Happiness, I Truly Know is a true life story narrative book, describing Datuk Stella's philosophy of happiness, adding points of happiness in aspects of personal, family, career and marriage. The book was ranked top five in Kingstone Bookstore Financial Category, in just two days of book launching in Taiwan.


She also shared exclusively for the ladies, Starladies International, a network of inclusive support that nurtures women in harmony of thought, word and action. It aims to help women to transform in confidence, skills, talents allowing them to be empowered, regardless of past or present circumstances.

The annual event was not short of culture. After all the heartfelt presentations by the key people of Melilea, we were entertained by dashing dance troupe who entertained us with classic Chinese number. The lion dance performance which got all of us hyped up with our cameras wrapped up the party before we got together for Luo Hei.


It came to no surprise both Datuk Dr Stella Chin and Datuk Dr Alan Wong were conferred with honorific title. Their hard work has benefitted many, and has brought glory to their homeland through its corporate social responsibility and aggressive sponsorship of other lifestyle events in its own backyard and overseas. It may not be the typical Gregorian new year, but it's always not too late to put up a new aspiration from successful businesses like Melilea!

If you are looking for something organic, green, and regional (Southeast Asia), remember to check out Melilea! Their prime ingredients in its production ensures that quality is no compromised.

To find out more about Melilea, log on to www.melilea.com.sg and follow them on Facebook here!

Friday, February 5, 2016

Four Tips in Four Days - Keeping Your Chinese New Year Weekend Active

The Spring Festival marks the start of the Lunar New Year celebrations, and it is also a time of family gatherings, reunions and endless celebrations over food and drinks. To start your Year of the Monkey on a right note, here are some tips to clear your mind and body in between those reunions and during the holidays!

6 February 2016, Saturday - Enjoy the sea breeze
Head on down to East Coast Park with your friends and family and enjoy a nice morning walk along the beach. If you are feeling up to it, increase your fun and cardio intensity by renting a bicycle or a pair of rollerblades! If you prefer a casual stroll along the beach instead, why not incorporate ten squats or lunges every five minutes?

7 February 2016, Sunday - View from the top
Enjoy a bird's eye view of our forest canopy at the Central Catchment Nature Reserve (MacRitchie) TreeTop Walk. As the 250m-long freestanding suspension bridge is in the heart of Reserve, make sure you are wearing proper footwear, as you will be trekking along steep slopes - tone up your legs and increase your cardiovascular activity by brisk walking up the hills!


8 February 2016, Monday - Clear your mind and body
Step outside, away from the hustle and bustle of Chinese New Year gatherings, and enjoy some 'me' time as you bask in the fresh air. Take a walk in your neighbourhood park, or venture to Singapore's scenic parks such as Southern Ridges, and clear your mind as you enjoy all that nature has to offer - while you are at it, bring along your yoga mat and do a few rounds of sun salutation, which also help to improve your digestion and detoxify your body!

9 February 2016, Tuesday - A family affair
Instead of sitting around the TV, organise a few games that can be enjoyed before, after or during family gatherings! Feel less guilty eating those pineapple tarts by organising fun, outdoor games such as badminton, jump rope or football, which can be enjoyed in your backyard or at the neighbourhood playground.

Anytime Fitness is having a promotion this Chinese New Year. so feel free to check it out at your nearest Anytime Fitness gym to find out more starting this February!

Message brought to you by Anytime Fitness. Have a prosperous and fruitful Lunar New Year!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Sydney 2016 - Every Corner Within Sight at Sydney Tower Eye

Sydney Tower Eye was simply stunning. The view was indescribable. Sydney Tower Eye is so popular that the evening I went, they had to stop people from queueing as there were no tickets left. So much so, several pre-booked tickets were offered with an alternative to come another day. It was the golden hour as it was time before sunset and it was the day before new year's eve!


There are many vantage points where you could enjoy the panorama of Sydney but what's so special about Sydney Tower Eye really?


For one, it has a unique tale to its beginning. Back in the 1960's the city centre of Sydney was deteriorating, with no residential areas and an explosion of newly built suburban shopping malls continued pushing people out of the city for shopping, dining and entertainment. Then in 1970, The Sydney tower was built to revitalize Sydney's Central Business District. Formerly known by many other names, the complex is also integrated with retail and offices. The design was conceived by architect Donald Crone whose first designs were reputedly scribbled on the back of a napkin. The integral part of the icon's structure was inspired by the spoke of bicycle wheel but the tower seems like a mainmast of a 19th century naval warship to me!

It was simply because from the top of the figurative mainmast you could see the horizon.


I was fortunate to be able to witness the sunset. I was very mesmerized by the vivid scene, like the entire stretch of Australia laid upon for me to bask in. Sure it was crowded and I could see the reason why. There were no clouds. The sky was filled with hues of blue and orange, and across the horizon was the sun setting behind the backdrop of vast ocean. While there were people roaming circling the deck, most of us were actually rooted by the the window to witness the sunset. While waiting, several airplanes passed by forming a scenic silhouette which made my sunset view personally unique!


On the other side, you could see the dock and a cruise ship that just docked out from the harbour. It's amazing to see how the huge cruise ship managed to fit into the seemingly squeezy berth and made its way safely in and out of the harbour! The ship was so huge it made the Sydney Opera House looked small.


From above you could see the Sydney Harbour Bridge and with the right camera, it could capture stunning night shots. I stayed from sunset till after light so it was pretty amazing to not only see the transition from day to night but to be able to see every part of the city in in different light.


If you would like to enjoy the same view as me, you need to book your tickets not only early, but you will have to be there early if it occurs to be major holiday season. It is awfully popular in December and I can only imagine the disappointment of those who did not book their tickets online and had to wait in the long queue only to find out that they have stopped selling for the day.

Be like Bill, be smart, book early!

If you are in for a thrill, you could always opt for the skywalk where you will be clad in all the harnesses to feel the fresh air outside.

Nevertheless, I am still okay at the comfort of the observation deck! Sydney Tower Eye is a definitely must go, it's a little bit like cheat code if someone asks - Have you seen everything in Sydney?

You could easily say yes! On a perfectly clear day, Sydney Tower Eye takes you to the highest point above Sydney for breathtaking 360 degree views where you could see the beautiful harbour city to as far as the distant Blue Mountains!


So in a way, I have actually seen entire Sydney. ;)

Here are some fascinating facts about Sydney Tower that you might want to know!
  1. Building commenced in 1975 and after 6 years the Tower was officially opened on the 27th of September 1981.
  2. The Towers shaft is secured by 56 cables - each 182 metres long and made up of 235 high tensile wires no wider than a fingernail.
  3. Sydney Tower eye is the second tallest observation tower in the Southern Hemisphere (after Auckland's Sky Tower)
  4. Sydney Tower was designed to withstands winds that may be experienced only once every thousand years at these latitudes (172kpm/107 mph) and to produce a barely perceptible movement on perhaps five occasions each year. Under such conditions the Tower will not lean or vibrate any more than a conventional building of a similar height.
  5. To help keep the Tower balanced there is a large water tank at the top of the structure. This counter-balance system using the water tank was pioneered in Australia and has since been used in a number of buildings around the world. The water tank carries 162,000 litres of water. This makes Sydney Tower typically Australian for its consideration in incorporating such Australian system.
  6. The three high-speed double decker lifts travel at a maximum speed of 420 metres per minute (7 metres a second) and takes just 44 seconds to travel to the top of the Tower.
  7. Sydney Tower has 420 windows which takes an automatic window machine (named Charlie) two days to clean. Charlie lives in a ‘cave’ at the top of the Tower and is wheeled out on a railway that runs along the outer perimeter of the Tower roof.
  8. If the wires in the Tower’s 56 cables were laid end to end they would stretch 2395 kilometres (1491 miles). This is the same distance as Melbourne to Cairns, or London to Athens or from Sydney to Alice Springs or from Sydney to New Zealand. If strong enough, we could just zip-line our way there.
  9. The total weight of the Tower shaft and Turret as heavy as 37 blue whales.
Stay tuned for more updates on my Melbourne and Australia trip!

Photo credit: Amin Ayub