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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Wedding Talk: 3 more weeks to the big day!

HIIII! *waves* Posting my ootd from Monday (the peplum shirt in previous entry!) I really think I look super OL, haha. Maybe I can consider a corporate career. Banker perhaps?

Anyways, just went for my Slim Couture session today and I'm so happy to report that I've lost 2kg currently 2.5kg since coming back from Spain! Which was in mid-November, just less than a few weeks ago.

My app tells me it's another 28 days or exactly four weeks away from wedding day! (As of today, it is 22 days!)

Damn, I can't believe how fast time is passing. The last time I looked at the calendar my wedding was like one year away and I was telling myself I have lots of time to lose weight. Lol! But now there's only four weeks or just slightly less than a month left!!

To be honest, when I came back from Spain, I was feeling quite panicky cos I ate and ate and ate SOOOOO much in Spain But it's near impossible to diet when on holiday, everyone knows that!

Thank god I only put on like 1kg when I was in Spain. Can you believe it haha almost 3 weeks of over-eating (bread and carbs every meal and late dinners at 11pm on many occasions before going straight to bed and waking up early for breakfast again).

I was quite surprised that I only put on 1kg!

But after almost three weeks back in SG and back on Slim Couture treatments, I managed to successfully drop 2.5kg already! Ideally, I want to lose at least 5kg in total so that's another 3kg to go in four weeks. My measurements have also been going down consistently and I'm crossing my fingers that on 1st Jan I will be a skinny bitch haha!

But I'm quite happy cos quite a few people have commented that I've lost a bit of weight the past few days!!

My voice teacher who hasn't seen me since I left for Spain, one of the Slim Couture staff who also hasn't seen me since then, and also some friends told me that I look slimmer! Even my model Chanel said during last photoshoot (after not seeing me for more than a month) that I lost weight ehehe.

Secretly hoping that next three weeks I can carry on working hard and drop a few more kg please!

My pair of denim shorts which has been feeling uncomfortable tight for many months feel slightly loose now heh and I think my thighs are definitely smaller! Today the boss of the chicken place I've been going for healthy lunch recently also said my legs thinner leh haha I super cheap thrill!

So the best part of all is that I definitely haven't been starving myself to lose weight... Can you believe I eat half a chicken myself for lunch everyday??! It's super filling and satisfying! But cos it's Slim Couture diet-approved, no problem.

And I'm so addicted to Caveman Food at Novena Square 2 (where I've been having lunch w YZ almost daily) cos their chicken is super tasty and healthy!

Ok, not the best picture but this will do.

One half chicken (which is freaking a lot) and steamed broccoli and carrots! It's damn shiok and keeps me satisfied. I tried to eat fish soup yesterday but FAIL. Eat already not full at all and I ended up wanting to snack. Confirm cannot lose weight like that so I give up. I rather eat my satisfying chicken and veggies meal!!

Oh ya, have to remove the skin cos Slim Couture diet does not approve fatty chicken skin. But lucky this chicken is so tasty!

Then if I'm feeling peckish in the late afternoon, I can snack on cherry tomatoes and blueberries!

My favourite brand of cherry tomatoes is Genting Lane (you can find it in Cold Storage or Jason's Marketplace), the round cherry tomatoes. Trust me I've tried many brands and this one is the tastiest! Juicy and sweet! They taste really good with blueberries!!

Healthy healthy. And then for dinner, I stick to fruits OR veggies, but usually fruits cos I feel that the fruits help me to s**t better. I love dragonfruit (the red flesh version is preferable! Super effective for bowel movements) and kiwi for dinner!

So with this healthy but satisfying diet and my regular Slim Couture sessions, I lost almost 2kg 2.5kg already in just a few weeks. Three more weeks to go, cross my fingers best is one week one kilo lah! Not greedy right? Anyway, let me emphasize again it's not any special magic or that I have super good metabolism! In fact, my weight loss is super duper slow probably cos I lost about 10kg 7 years ago and since then I feel that it's very hard for me to lose beyond a certain weight. Especially now that I'm getting older and older and my body is slowing down and really feeling the effects of aging.

It's all about keeping to a healthy, clean diet (no carbs) and most importantly, Slim Couture's TCM treatment!

The 刮痧 (gua sha/scraping) helps to reduce cellulite and also improved my silhouette especially in the stubborn fatty areas like my hips and thighs!

And then the 拔罐 (ba guan/cupping) helps to improve metabolism and detoxify so that your internal body functions work better and improves your overall health and digestive system. The ba guan also stimulates fat loss on stubborn areas!

I'm so happy I don't have to starve myself and can even feast on chicken everyday (Fish is recommended too but 我吃不饱..)

Half a chicken sounds like a lot but don't forget I'm totally cutting out carbs! No rice no bread no noodles. It's quite a torture at first but now I'm used to it. Though I keep craving for junk food and other sinful things la but I'm telling myself to hold it for another 28 days then I can go kee siao and eat whatever I want.

I'm excited cos I want to do justice to my beautiful gowns!! This is a sneak peek of my evening gown (back view) made-to-measure by the awesome Tilly at Blessed Brides! Haven't gone for my final fitting yet and I cannot wait to see the completed piece!!

I know some people think purple is a very old-fashioned color but I super love purple! Now thinking what color shoes to go along with this gown.

On a side-tangent, wanted to let you all know that the new arrivals are up on TheVelvetDolls website for the week! Including this top, the pretty mesh skirt and the peplum cocktail dress!

Go shop on!

This photo was taken in June or July I think! My face and arms look quite bloated somehow. I think now abit thinner than this le haha.


I'm super thankful for Slim Couture! I don't know how I can look good in time for my big day without them! Even a friend of YZ and ours (Kitty, who's gonna be one of our wedding emcees) freaking lost 12kg because of Slim Couture. I need to have that kind of determination also! I just want to lose erm.. Minimum another 3kg, maximum (and ideally) 5kg! Then perfect liao. 我不贪心.

So my target weight is 50kg.

Can you believe that I've never weighed less than 50 plus kg ever since I was in.. Sec 1??

Me in secondary four with one of my best friends, Tams, insatiablemunchies lol! Don't kill me!

I managed to dig out my weight records from my old record book.

Sec 1: 50kg 158cm
Sec 2: 56kg 160cm
Sec 3: 60kg 161cm
Sec 4: 62kg 161cm

WTFFFFFF I put on 12 kg in puberty over four years!!! That is insane. And also super fat omg. And then I put on even more weight in my poly years! :(

003, which is 11 years ago. I was 17 years old and fat as a pink beached whale.

So chio I cannot even.

I remember going for clothes shopping for CNY. And I was SO BLOODY HAPPY when I could fit into a pair of size 30 jeans even though it was super muffin top and tight. And the sizing probably ran big. Straight away buy just because I can fit in it.

There was once I walked into Levi's cos last time Levi's damn hip and everyone wanted Levi's jeans? Tried on a few pairs of jeans but realised I couldn't even squeeze into the largest size That feeling...

On a plus side I had really big boobies. Like I was wearing 38C during the fattest period of my life.

And now my goal is go back to my pre-puberty weight. Before I became an overweight hippo and was fat for the best parts of my life. The last time I saw this number on the weighing scale was a whole 14 years ago!

...... My head is already so small when my body is so big I really look........... 

Ok last one just for laughs. Taken when I was... 19 I think?

I dunno if you realise but a lot of bigger-sized ladies prefer to keep their hair long. Why? Cos of insecurities about our size and we feel that longer hair somehow hides our face and body a little bit to make us look less big-sized.

But in hindsight, that hair is really 真的很恶心我不懂要怎么形容才好. Oh ya, we also like to wear black cos slimming effect. Hahaha.

Well apart from the losing weight stuff, I've been meeting up with my wedding planner Rubina from Inside The Knot so often the past two weeks she's like my new best friend. Rubina has been coordinating all the troublesome stuff and planning for the big day which is a huge load off my shoulders! All I can say is that wedding planning is really a huge chore and I am glad I don't have to do most of it.

好!!! I will keep y'all updated on my weekly progress okay! Wish me all the best!


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Saturday, December 6, 2014

McCafe: The Caffeine Challenge!

Are you a caffeine addict?

Let me first admit that I never used to like coffee so much, but what with all the hipster new coffee joints popping all over, I've given coffee another chance and concluded that as I've aged, I've actually grown to enjoy coffee a whole lot more (with sugar please!!).

It's not just the taste of coffee, but simply the act of sitting down with a hot steaming cuppa, inhaling the fragrant aroma of the roasted beans and its visually appealing appearance (latte art!), and of course, that sense of well-being and perk-me-up a good cup of coffee provides. Ahhhhhhhhh.

I remember the first time I went to McCafe for a small food/coffee tasting and being pleasantly surprised with the quality of their coffee and beverages, so it was no surprise to me that during a blind coffee tasting that McCafe conducted a couple weekends ago, over 90% of people actually preferred McCafe coffee over their regular brew!!

Many of us turn to McDonalds only for the fast food, but really, with the convenience of over 50 McCafe outlets established island wide, McCafe is an ideal choice for affordable and great coffee no matter where you are!

The kind folks at McCafe invited me down to their special event: The Caffeine Challenge, two weekends ago, for an exclusive latte art session with fans and readers!

The logo you should be familiar with!

I really liked the little pop-up cafe created for The Caffeine Challenge, it was really innovative and fun-looking!


Here's the crew of young and enthusiastic baristas all hard at work!

Did you know that each and every barista at McCafe has to go through 100 hours of coffee making and training before they can "graduate" to become a full-fledged barista? I didn't know that too, but now I do.

Our agenda for the day: To learn more about coffee and how to make creative latte art with guidance from McCafe's wonderful talents!

Sleepy-eyed me, still jet-lagged after Spain but first, a coffee to wake up the senses!!

Some of my friends and readers who arrived so punctually! Say hello to Anirban, Joelle, and Li Yao!

Our session started with a little presentation by McCafe's barista/trainer, Hilmi, who went through the history of coffee, and how to make a good cup of coffee.

Technical mambo jumbo.. Coffee making is indeed an art!

Then it was on to the fun part: Demonstrations on how to make creative latte art! :D




Here's a starfish in the making!


And we were also shown various techniques for pouring, to create the signature heart shapes, tulip shapes, and even swan shapes that you see commonly on coffee art.

My chirpy and enthusiastic barista/guide made me a special cuppa!!

Here's a closer look at it.. It's a girl face to represent me, lol! So cute :D

Demonstrating how to create a bear with latte art...

We explored various methods and ways to create latte art, from using pouring (this is by far the most difficult for amateurs) to drawing with chocolate sauce and even shaping 3D latte art out of milk foam. It was so much fun to see how latte art came to life in so many different forms and shapes!

Guiding one of the readers on how to pour in the shape of a tulip. (Super challenging!)

We mostly had a lot of fun playing with chocolate sauce, one of the easiest ways to create latte art. Hahahaha! I gotta say, I was really impressed with how creative the baristas were! It's not easy to visualise something and create it in coffee art form, because this medium is so unique and hard to control. Kudos to all of you McCafe baristas!

I really wanted to try my hand at 3D latte art, so here's another barista in the midst of demonstrating a 3D kitty cat for me...

MY VERSION!! So proud of it cos I think I did a rather decent job, no? :D

Thanks for the awesome afternoon, McCafe! It was tons of fun!

Here's my lovely team of friends and readers. Hope y'all enjoyed yourselves as much as I did during our session at The Caffeine Challenge!

With two sweet readers! :)

And with sweetheart Rozz!

Thanks for having me at The Caffeine Challenge!! Folks, the next time you're looking for a coffee, look no further! Go give McCafe a try, you might find yourself a new convert ;)

The McCafé brand was brought to Singapore by McDonald’s in 2003 to make espresso coffee accessible to coffee-lovers islandwide. Over the years, McCafé has established a comfortable and laidback approach to coffee, delivering quality in every cup at a great value price, with fast service in a friendly, welcoming environment. 

To date, there are over 50 McCafé outlets conveniently located islandwide, and each offers a wide range of quality coffee and a tempting selection of sweet and savoury snacks. 

The full list of McCafé outlets can be found here:


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