Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Winner for #MyPenMyStyle

 Hello all!

Thank you so much for taking part in the Olympus #MyPenMyStyle give-away! We had over a hundred entries and I saw every single one :) I loved how creative everyone got with their entries, and I know that all of you want to have the Olympus E-PL7!

Olympus has picked a winner, and it's none other than... Deserie Huang!

Comgratulations babe, now you'll have a camera to document the journey of your little one.. How exciting is that!

Dear Deserie, please email me at ask.yina (AT) gmail.com! Congratulations, and I'm so happy for you!

To everyone else who took part in the give-away, thank you so much for all the efforts as well, and I hope I'll be able to conduct another give-away very very soon! Thank you Olympus for being so generous, too! :)

xoxo

Sunday, July 19, 2015

My best childhood memories!

What were your best childhood memories like? :)

Growing up as a kid in a conservative Asian family, I gotta say that my childhood wasn't all unicorns and rainbows! In fact, quite the opposite. My parents were very strict and demanding on me as a child, and were careful to never spoil us or pamper us kids too much.

For instance, my pocket money in primary school was a measly $2 a week, if you can even believe it! I don't know what $2 can buy you nowadays, not even a cup of bubble milk tea? Well, I lived on $2 a week, which worked out to 40 cents a day for one bowl of noodles during recess time! We were hardly give any extra money to spend on frivolous stuff like stationary and toys, and I remember envying some of the kids who were getting $5 a day or even more.

Daddy also believed strongly in rewarding us with privileges if we did well by his standards (that would mean scoring high marks for exams, usually) and punishing us if we were naughty (I often was... Hehe). Although he was very strict with us on many fronts, I think I was considered a fortunate kid, because whenever I scored well for exams, Daddy would bring me overseas for a holiday!

I remember how I was so convinced that I NEEDED a pair of ice-skates on my 11th birthday and kept bugging Daddy non-stop for them! Daddy was so smart and he knew that I'd grow out of those ice-skates sooner than I'd realise, and he gave me a sneaky choice: "Do you want a pair of ice-skates, or do you want to go to Japan?" 

Obviously, I decided that going to Japan was way more exciting and willingly sacrificed ice-skates in return for a holiday to Japan (DISNEYLAND!)! A decision that I've never regretted to date.

In fact, most of my fondest childhood memories are of my overseas trips together with my family, and being exposed to other parts of the world early as a child also helped to shape me and mould me into the person that I am today. Of course, I still LOVE to travel!

 So glad that I still have many many photographic memories of my time overseas with my family.. This was one of my favourite trips ever and one that I vividly recall even now :) It was a trip to New Zealand with my parents, and it has a special place in my memories because it was the very first time I experienced snowfall!

I remember my parents waking me up in the middle of the night because the snow had started falling, and all of us went out together into the snow to marvel at it together. And to build a snowman too!

To a 9 year old, that was utterly magical and unforgettable :)

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Having lived in Singapore all my life, snow was just so exciting and incredible to me! I loved it so much.

Another favourite part of that trip was the visit to farms and getting to see cute baby animals and feed them! I love animals and had always dreamed of becoming a vet or zoo keeper in my childhood so this was simply an amazing experience for me. 

One of the many gifts that I will always thank my parents for is the gift of travel and being able to experience and see different parts of the world with child-like wonder!

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In Hong Kong, last year! Family time is the most precious, and it's always a wonderful bonding time when I'm overseas with my beloved family members. Now that we're all grown up, travelling as a family is even more fun!

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I love seeing my parents looking relaxed and carefree when they're overseas! It's such a rare sight in Singapore.

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Spending time with the man who made me who I am today is priceless :)

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And sisterly companionship too!

I guess I am truly blessed!

As one of the richest countries in the world, it’s easy to forget that there are children from low-income families, who are denied the invaluable joys and experiences of seeing the world.

Which is why I am very excited to share that ZUJI Singapore, the region’s leading online travel agent, has formed up a partnership with The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund (SPMF) and MasterCard to provide resources and experiences for Singapore’s under-privileged kids.

This campaign, "A Lot Like Love", is so meaningful, and will help many under-privileged kids in Singapore lead a better life, and even allow many of these kids to experience special events and see unique places that they might not have had the opportunity to do otherwise!


I watched the video of this delightful young boy, Eqman, and how his two grandparents are struggling to take care of Eqman and his younger sister. It is really heart-breaking to know that so many young children like Eqman and their families are burdened by financial difficulties and have to worry about just making ends meet :(

As part of the campaign, ZUJI will also celebrate the joy of travel by surprising two low-income families from SPMF, who have not had the resources to go overseas, with all-expense paid holidays! I just love how wonderful that sounds.

ZUJI believes that opportunities should not be hampered by background or financial burdens, and I wholeheartedly agree with that! I'm sure you feel the same way as I do too, and thus I'm inviting you to join us in creating a better world and future for these students in need!


From now till 1 November 2015, "Like" ZUJI Singapore Facebook page to earn a $0.50 donation for beneficiaries from The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund (SPMF).  Together, we can do so much more than we could do alone so share this initiative with your friends to help! All it takes is just the click of a mouse or the tap of a finger to earn that $0.50 donation for these kids! :)

Visit www.zuji.com.sg/alotlikelove to view stories and videos of beneficiaries and find out how else you can help!

Lastly, I'm conducting a give-away for a $100 ZUJI voucher, whoop!!! With this $100 voucher, you can make use of ZUJI's extensive booking services, and search, compare and book your preferred flights, hotels, insurance and even car hire all on one site!

It's very simple, just answer the following question:

“When was your last family trip and what do you miss most about it?”

Thank you ZUJI and MasterCard for giving back to society!

Saturday, July 11, 2015

BFF Style with Olympus Pen Workshop! (Camera Give-Away)

If you don't already know, I've always been a huge huge fan of Olympus cameras, and I have been using Olympus for the past 5 years! My first Olympus camera (the E-P1) had me falling in love with the brand, and ever since then, I have been a staunch supporter of Olympus and its Micro4/3 system, using the Electronic PEN series all the way til date with my E-PL5 :)

I'm so delighted to announce that I'm now one of Olympus' PEN ambassadors, together with my two girlfriends who are also toting Olympus cameras (thanks to my persistent encouragement haha many of my friends now own Olympus cameras too!), and we are proud to share the love for Olympus and show you what an Olympus can do!

A few weeks ago, Evonne and I held a workshop for our fans and followers to share more about the newest addition to the PEN series, the Olympus E-PL7, as well as our own personal tips and tricks on styling, makeup and photography: It was a super fun session!!

We invited 15 of our readers and their BFFs, and it was a really nice and cozy session!

And of course, styling with TheVelvetDolls apparel is a must!

One of the fun things about the E-PL7 is that it's not just a good camera, it's also extremely stylish. With the Olympus' My PEN, My Style online personalisation service, you can customise the camera with different coloured camera skins, dress it up with various fashionable camera straps and even accessorise with a trendy-looking camera bag! And this is made really easy with Olympus' My PEN, My Style online customisation service!

Big black cameras are definitely out now, we ladies need our cameras just as good-looking as they function!

I also invited my dear model Chanel down to be our demo model, and Evonne demonstrated a few different looks on Chanel with various lip colors, courtesy of MAC ;)

Here's Chanel looking gorgeous in TheVelvetDolls's Aztec Jacket and Katy Trumpet Dress!

I even did a short makeup demo on how to draw eyebrows with MAC's new Fluidline for brows :)

Thanks for entrusting me with your brows, Gina!! 

I think many of the ladies were interested to know how to take a good OOTD/selfie, which was one of the topics we shared a lot about! Hehe. It's all about the lens too, because the Olympus E-PL7 has got interchangeable lenses which can be swapped for different purposes, depending on what you want to shoot!

My top pick for selfies is definitely the 17mm F1.8! This is the lens that is by default my to-go camera lens, not just for selfies, because it's so very versatile and yet takes super good quality photos!   The PEN Customisation - My PEN, My Style lets you pick and choose the lens that fits with your photography style. Whether you like to take selfies, OOTDs or food shots, Olympus range of lens will take your next shot to the next level.

Most importantly, let's not forget the best function ever invented for cameras: WIFI with the touch of a button that allows you to transfer your photos instantly from camera to smart phone! It's super easy connect to your smartphone via the Olympus Image Share application with a quick scan of the QR code.

The Wi-Fi function lets you to transfer photos from the camera to your smartphone and allows you to operate the camera from your phone, so you can use your phone like a remote shutter!

Now you know my little secret to all my photos on social media.. Photos from my PEN E-PL7 are just way higher quality than smartphone camera photos!

 
Hopefully all the ladies who attended the workshop had tons of fun and left happy with newfound knowledge!

Thank you so much for coming down for the workshop, ladies!!













A group shot all together :D

All the participants left with super awesome goodie bags too, lucky ladies!

Here's the exciting news.. I'm giving away one Olympus PEN E-PL7 Customised camera (skin and strap of reader’s choice) from My PEN, My Style. 

Here's how to take part in the contest/give-away!

1. Take a creative selfie or OOTD shot 

2. Post your selfie/OOTD on Instagram and describe to us what would be the PEN E-PL7 of your choice. Visit the My PEN, My Style page to find out about the various customisation options! Eg. My ideal customised PEN E-PL7 will be a white camera body with fiery red camera skin and a matching polka dot neck strap 

3. Hashtag #OlympusPEN #MyPENMyStyle 

Results will be announced on my blog on 25 July, so stay tuned!!

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Triumph Pop-Up Store: Find The One!

Hey ladies!

Many of us love dressing up and wearing pretty clothes. But how important is your lingerie to you? Bet you didn't know that seven out of every 10 women are wearing a bra in the wrong size/fit, and many women wear it in the wrong way!

It's not like I can't understand why: We all started out as teenagers with our moms doing the bra shopping for us, and to be honest, it took me until I was in my 20s to realise the important of good lingerie, really educate myself on undergarments and make sure that I was wearing the right bra, and in the right way!!

When you're not wearing a well-fitted bra, it leads to a lot of issues like arm pit fats, back fats, saggy breasts and other unsightly problems that I'm sure none of you wish to have.

I really regret not knowing how to pick the right bra for myself earlier!! Back fats (those that bulge out above/under the bra band) are the bane of my life, man. It makes me feel super unconfident and unsexy when I know that those ugly bulges are showing up behind :( And this is why I am soooo particular when it comes to bra-shopping! My perfect bra must fit me properly, be comfortable, support my assets well, and (very importantly) be able to look totally seamless under my clothing with NO armpit fats or back fats!

So how do you "Find The One"?

I'm super psyched to share with you about Triumph's Glasshouse Pop-up Store right outside Robinsons, The Heeren, which is happening right now!

I'm sure I don't need to tell you more about Triumph, it's the leading lingerie brand in Singapore and one of the world's largest intimate apparel companies!

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From now till 12 July 2015, every woman who drops by at the pop-up store will receive a free and detailed fitting consultation by Triumph professional fit experts. On top of that, stand to win $1000* worth of Triumph vouchers when you get fitted with us!

And here's the best part: You can trade in your old bra at the pop-up store and can purchase the Body Make-Up Jacquard bra at $20* only (U.P $89.90) and matching undies at $10* only (U.P $29.90)!

*Terms & Conditions apply.

I know it sounds too good to be true, but it's not!! You can trade in your old bras from ANY brand, and each customer can trade-in/exchange up to two sets each! :D

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Went down last Friday with a couple of my girlfriends, and we were all pretty excited. I actually enjoy bra-shopping a lot hahaha cos I love it when I find a bra that really fits me so well and makes me feel confident and sexy about myself!

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Meiting, Evonne and myself at the Triumph pop-up store!

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Triumph's campaign "Stand Up For Fit" is really awesome, they aim to fit one million women in Asia and help each of us find the perfect fitting bra!

You might not realise that getting a well-fitting bra, regardless of the size, will give you a better shape  and make you look slimmer. After all, we all know that there’s nothing slimming about buying clothes a size too small – it makes one look fatter if anything – and it’s the same with bras. It’s all about having the confidence to buy the size you really need, as opposed to the size you think you ought to be!

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There are other promotions going on at the Triumph Pop-Up Store too! 

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You'll see this adorable 3D character of Triumph and Sports Illustrated model, Hannah Ferguson, in a short animated movie created by Triumph to illustrate the life-changing experience of finding the right bra!

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The really cute animated film is playing at the pop-up store, and I love how it's so nicely done! Animated in song and dance, with a super catchy tune that's now stuck in my head.


It was so fun, because a flash mob happened and the animated characters from the film "appeared" in real life and started dancing in front of us!

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Love how they dressed up these dancers exactly the way the characters were dressed in the film, so cute!

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Of course, the message from Triumph to all of us ladies is how important it is to find the perfect bra!

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Then it was my turn to get all fitted up!

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Professional fitting is important because we might not know how to do it ourselves properly, so why not seek help from the experts?

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It was very intriguing because they had an app where your measurements could be keyed in and then your body shape would be automatically calculated!

"S" is Evonne la not me. So jelly of her "S" figure cos I am a pear-shaped "A"! There's also "I", "O" and "Y"!

If you're curious to know just what all those letters mean:
Y shape: For those with a wider shoulders and smaller hips.
S shape: For the hourglass figure
I shape: For those with a straight figure
O shape: For those who are more voluptuous
A shape: For those with a smaller top frame and a wider hips area

Nonetheless, regardless of what shape you are, you can still look proportionate and attractive by picking the right undergarments and wearing the right clothes! :)

It's shopping time!

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There's a huge huge huge range of lingerie at Triumph, so regardless of what you need, you'd be sure to find it!

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Okay, we were all amazed with this Triumph Maximizer Aqua Padding! For the most natural and yet effective kind of cleavage. Sort of reminds me of breast implants except these are put into the bras and not your body (so so so much less scary).

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I found a bra I REALLY liked, whoop!! Traded in an old and battered bra, what an awesome deal :X

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All three of us went home very pleased after finding "The One"! ;)

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