Monday, October 30, 2017

Haenyeo Photography Exhibiton by Jose Jeuland

I was at The Fullerton to witness the launch of Jose Jeuland's Haenyeo photography exhibition last Friday and a lot of what Jose had shared about his masterpieces resonated in me.

Haenyeo refers to female divers in Jeju Island that harvest and gather seafood without any breathing apparatus. They work for about seven hours a day and in each dive they make last within two minutes or longer. The historical culture has been inscribed in UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage list in 2016.

The photographs that are printed in black and white, and colour, focuses on portraits of these hardworking haenyeo. The details of the images says a lot about their hard work and determination in living the true spirit of haenyeo. The photographs could surely inspire more women of today to be as resilient as them! Going out swimming in the sea for two hours and routinely dive underwater for minutes to harvest food goes a long way in saying they do not beg even when food could not be grown on its infertile land.

When Jose shared with us about how the women of haenyeo initially did not want to be photographed and the guilt he felt looking at these women toiling hard while he was photographing away were just a few of the hurdles I could relate. While some of us would think of ways to escape life tests and challenges, these female divers has taught us to be strong and overcome it instead.

I truly recommend you guys to drop by The Fullerton Hotel Singapore (think lunch hour!) and be immersed with the photographs that says a lot about these empowering women whom continue to do what is considered as a remarkably harsh yet an important job.

You can see Haenyeo Photography Exhibition by Jose Jeuland at East Garden Foyer of The Fullterton Hotel Singapore till 23 November.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Making Whole Oneself

The year is coming to an end and it is this time of the year I am starting to get busy! I am very grateful for friends who have been following this space even when there were no personal update because I know that you care. Even if you are here to check out the latest cool events happening, I am flattered still. Very sweet indeed!

I have been busy aligning myself, fulfilling priorities and invitations that sitting in front of my Mac for hours to share with you all the deets is not something I could spare. It is not like how I used to be able to sit in for hours doctoring photographs just to make sure it is in the perfect angle, and read for flaws that you are probably oblivious to than I am.

Lately, I have enjoying pouring myself in sweat in the gym and outdoors. Staying indoors for too long is bad and I still have loads of sunblock which will be expiring late next year so I might as well slather it on and enjoy the sun. Let's hope for a better schedule to pick up a sport next year! Honestly, leaving my school dragon boat team was something I had to do. Otherwise, I would not be able to mouth whatever that is on my plate now. Although I was not physically strong as compared to others, I enjoyed the training. The satisfaction was beyond words and the few good friends I made along the way makes the journey a memorable one.

If you guys tend to feel lethargic, you should start cycling or running at the park or something. It feels so amazing! The fresh air will make you feel more energized. My neighbour thought I was crazy to run in the afternoon but I told him I just needed to get some sun and freshly produced oxygen.

Last weekend was FM League and it was inspirational. It was my first physique and bodybuilding event and I would like to thank the organizers for the wonderful invitation. I am also grateful to be back in town the day before, giving myself ample time to rest!

I never thought one would sweat during the competition! I was truly surprised to see the sheer effort (and sweat) put in to pose and squeeze their muscles out to show how defined and well built they are to the judges. Maybe some of you had the same misconception as I did! Looking through some of their profiles measuring macros and carbs in their diet says a lot about discipline and determination.

Most of us like yours truly could learn from this, really.

Better yet, the contestants were not all young. One can never be too old to achieve their goals!

Stay tuned as I will be sharing about my recent humanitarian trip in China and the array of projects I am working on. 😄

Monday, October 2, 2017

Counting Down to FM League Nationals and Asia Championship 2017

Counting down the days to FM League Nationals and Asia Championship!

FM League Asia Championship 2017 now in its fifth year running, is Singapore’s longest running physique sports championship. Today, it features one of the largest prize purses in the region with over US$50,000 in cash.

FM League continues to lead the industry in promoting local athletes and evolving the physique sports in Singapore. This year they will be having their biggest events yet featuring the most athletes and some intense rivalries amongst the champions and contenders.

The competitive event will see former national champions contesting against each other on top of the many others who will be competing for the title this year.

FM League Asia Championship is the largest of its kind, featuring over 150 athletes from Singapore and the across Asia.

Held on 22 October at the MES Theatre at Mediacorp, tickets to the FM League Nationals 2017 and the FM League Asia Championship can be purchased online here , AXS Stations or by calling the hotline at +65 3152 9333. See you there!

FM League Asia Championship
11am - FM League Nationals 2017
4pm - FM League Asia Championship 2017
Price: Single Event - S$39, Bundle - S$59
22 October 2017
MES Theatre, Mediacorp
1 Stars Avenue
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