#TheLKYMusicial ~ #RememberingLKY

As a supporter of our local production, I do not hesitate to book on a musical especially delicate to Mr LKY. The tickets were selling like hot cakes even though I was considered super early bird.

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I only managed to get the Cat C tickets as the rest were sold out! I have a habit of collecting all the programme booklet and hor, I think this is the most expensive one I paid for local productions leh. $10!

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Our seats wasn’t too bad actually and the whole theatre was full for a 3pm show.

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My BF just refused to take a proper #wefie with me loh! (Nevertheless, I really appreciate his effort and enjoy his company despite he’s not so into Arts.)

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Met up my two beautiful cousins (coincidentally watching on the same day and timing) for a short chat (gossip more like it lol) cum toilet break during the interval.

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My #OOTD ~ Off-Shoulder Top: Love Bonito / Lace Culotte: The Closet Lover Pearl Flats: Mitju / Pearl Clutch: New Look

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Okay, finally a proper photo with Mr. W!

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Personal Thoughts

 

With all the hype about this musical prior to the actual performance, it builds up huge curiosity and expectations within me. I came into the theatre expecting a fresh insight. Perhaps something more personal touch about the late Mr and Mrs Lee romance storyline. Perhaps to show us the sentimental man behind the iron fist (Girls being girls hor) :P. The story brings us from the schoolboy days of our Singapore’s late prime minister in Raffles College to the day of our independence in 1965. A story we already knew – an extraordinary man who wish to fight for a better life for his people. His visionary came true with full of trials and tribulations in building our modern and independent Singapore. It was a tale of high drama, intrigue, betrayal, love (sadly more brotherly) and loyalty.

Adrian Pang (My fave stage actor!) certainly pulls it off fitly as Mr Lee, displaying Mr Lee strong and leadership character with all of his complexity.  The qualities that defers from Adrian himself and yet he is able to portray Mr Lee convincingly to the audience.  Along with Adrian is the only female in the entire play, Sharon Au as Mrs Lee. Sadly, Sharon does not stand out in the play and is delegated to more of a background character. Other important characters like the late Prime Minister of Malaysia Mr. Tunku Abdul Rahman, Founder of Worker’s Party, Mr David Marshall and Singapore’s second chief minister, Lim Yew Hock are also perceived as 茄喱啡 “Ke-Le-Fe” in cantonese, we call it.

Anyways back to Sharon, many commented that she sing very badly, but I think otherwise. I don’t think it is that bad afterall. Her voice is just too soft and buried into the music, and personally I felt it was to her disadvantage especially the sound system isn’t too good to begin with in comparison to other theaters. Sharon is a good stage actress, perhaps singing just isn’t her kind of thing. Perhaps she is just too focused on role as Madam Kwa Geok Choo, a reticent, well-mannered and intelligent woman. Too reticent I thought, with clunky dialogues too. “Behind every successful man, there is a strong, wise and hardworking woman.” Indeed late Mrs Lee is a strong, wise and hardworking woman. However, through Sharon, I’ve seen a different side of Mrs Lee with a meek personality and there is a shadow of an assertive yet submissive wife. Sigh, sometimes I find being a woman really not easy hor; really have to find that balance – Guess, I still have more to learn. 😦

What stands out in this play is the duet “Look At Him” sang by Adrian and Benjamin Chow, playing antagonist Lim Chin Siong. Sorry Dick Lee and Stephen Clark, I have to say this is really the only song (erm infact only “Look At Him”…3 words?) that is still lingering on my mind apart from our National Anthem, which ends the play with sense of patriotism. I really can’t remember the rest! Impressively, Benjamin does a fabulous job to bring out the charismatic antagonist. But then hor, why is he speaking in perfect english when he is supposed to be the finest Chinese orator leh? I thought it will be more convincing if he speaks in mandarin in some of his scenes like during the rally campaign? As usual, Sebastian Tan (my other fave comedian stage actor/director), sure to live up its name of being a rickshaw puller, Koh Teong Koo by adding some hokkien humor in his dialogues, which lighten up the serious production.

The stage set up is cleverly designed using wooden boards to make up a 3-story level high with nine boxes (like tic tack toe) to showcase different scene, along with multimedia projections and lighting to create the different effects. Like I said earlier on, the sound system isn’t that great. I’m siting quite near to the entrance on the first level and not that far to the stage. My bf also agreed with me that the music and dialogues exchanges by the artists are pretty far and alittle echoed.

Overall, I find it was still an enjoyable to watch The LKY Musical,to witness and appreciate the efforts that our local talents have put in. It is not easy to piece everything together and they have worked so hard to showcase this highly anticipated play. I won’t rate it as a fantastic production for sure (maybe 3.5/5?) but if you want to watch history comes to life by our local talents (which I think we should all support our local production!), catch it from now till 16 August 2015 @ Sands Theatre, MasterCard Theatres at Marina Bay Sands. Buy your tickets through Sistic. 6 more days to go! 

 

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~ #RememberingLKY ~

 

23 March 2015 was the most depressing Monday blues I ever experienced. Depressing tunes was played in every radio station and everyone was in a solemn mode. It was a day of mourning for our nation, 29 March 2015. The day when our founding father, Mr Lee Kuan Yew finally rested. I decided to send him off and catch the State Funeral LIVE on the big screen since I was already at Suntec. For the first time I actually teared and felt so patriotic while reciting our national pledge and singing our national anthem. At the same time, I could hear the people who were siting behind me weeping and mourning for our founding father.

I was a prefect in my primary school and I wasn’t excited because I was also assigned to be the conductor and sometimes, the flag rasier, to lead the congregation during assembly. To me,it’s just a task but little did I know why were we doing this every morning. What’s the history of Singapore? Tbh, I knew nothing.  Till secondary school, my history lessons were brief. I’m not a very attentive student and always fell asleep during History classes. I still remembered how my history teacher Ms. Kwan woke me up by banging my table. All I knew was,there was Hitler, Stanford Raffles and we were independent in 1965. I ended up with Literature and Biology during my upper secondary. So that’s it – Bye Bye History. On a sidenote hor, my secondary school was featured in MOE SG50 celebration too! I remembered quite a few but too bad, my History teacher wasn’t in the video. So can’t introduce to you. LOL.

 

Ironically, after Mr. Lee’s death, I learnt more about Singapore Histroy. What he had done for Singapore. Through TV programs,media sharing, Facebook links and even daily conversations, I got to gather more knowledge. I even visited LKY Virtual Exhibition held at the National Museum of Singapore (blessed with no queue), the same day after the State Funeral ended and given a chance to pen down my tribute! How blessed. Grateful and sincere tributes were written by many. There were also critics on why was he the only one who was creditable for turning this tiny dot to a properous country and articles on how ruthless he was. And of course, these people were zapped and being called ungrateful. I choose to remain slient not because I don’t feel a thing at all but it’s a form of respect for the dead. I just felt that was not a need to be over-reacted and I had choosen to mourn in silence, which I thought perhaps I should share my feelings only when the right time comes. 

During that entire mourning week, I witnessed a united nation. Thousands and thousands of Singaporeans went to pay their last respect to LKY and everyone was looking out for one another. I never heard about negative comments of we being  ‘kiasu’ or ‘kan cheong spider’ behaviors outside the parliament. I’ve seen respect and emphatic behaviors when I was queuing outside the parliament.  Companies also showed their gratitude towards this noble giant by giving out free food and water, free fruits and free umbrellas to those in queue. Some honored by giving out free flowers and car decals. Many also allowed their staff to take time off and arranged for chartered buses just to pay their last respect to Mr. LKY. Thanks to the constant update from CNN and #RememberingLKY website, we were able to know the waiting time to get into the parliament. I got my second sister as my companion and we decided that probably the best strategy timing was on Saturday early morning like 6am. Due to the overwhelming response, the queue was suspended. I was pretty disappointed by the fact that I may not be able to pay my last respect. Nevertheless, my sis and I decided to just give it a shot to see if the queue reopens at 7am, else we will just go to the nearest GRC. And Praise The Lord! The queue was opened but it was unannounced yet. So my sis and I only queued less than 2 hours in total to pay our last respect, very fortunate compared to many that camped more than 6 hours.  

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I personally felt very grateful and thankful to all the SAF and everyone who helped out,they kept giving us water and food, making sure we have umbrellas even just for that 2 hours.

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“Thank you Mr. Lee for your passion and devotion, which lead us to such a prosperous and safe country to be in.  You will always be missed. May you Rest In Peace.”

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If I knew my History back then in primary school, I would definitely do my duties with pride. Too late for now but I have to say I’ve never been more proud to be a Singaporean. Are you proud to be one too?

I hope you folks have enjoyed the long #SG50 weekend and yay to a short coming work week! Stay lovely!

❤Thank you for reading! :) Much Luv, Char Gal❤

 

 5 #SG50 Beauty Perks to celebrate the country’s golden jubilee

Aloha people! Ikr! It had been 4 months since my last posting hor. Tsk Tsk Tsk! Of course Pucker & Pout, I have not forgotten about you but just that I had lost the momentum with so many things on my plate. Past few months were depressing yet fulfilling. I don’t know how to put it across to you guys tho, but in the mist of everything, I always remember to Rejoice!

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 Apart from mourning the loss of our late Prime Minister, I’m also mourning behalf of my BF who lost his best friend whom was by his side for coming 15 years. Mickey’s departure certainly bring rememberance of my own beloved doggie Don Don who had passed on 5 years ago in the month of April too. My heart really goes out to him and his family. I hope my presence is enough to comfort him and letting him know that he’s not alone because I will always be around. And then comes to the Love-Hate month May: Love because I’m showered with really lots of love from my love ones in my birthday month, Hate because I took up a 30 Bikram hot yoga days challenge, which puts my determination to a test and I did it! For June, I’m busy with my mum’s reviews on her cancer relapse. Little did I know once a cancer relapse, it does not has anymore stage, i.e anything could happen anytime! 😦 My mum refused to undergo a 2nd operation and hence the only options left were either doing a radiotherapy or chemotherapy. I really want to Thank God for always placing good doctors when in need. We were referred to a professional radiology consultant and he encouraged my mum to take up a new treatment called Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy (SBRT). This treatment is painless with no downtime and there’s a 70% chance of recovery. It will not affect my mum quality of life in comparison to an operation. So Hooray! All the sessions were done and we will only get to know in October if this treatment is a success. 🙂 Pray with me ok?

Anyways, hope I didn’t bore you with my life story and let’s get my first beauty posting started (after such a long time), I was looking through what are the beauty maintenance can I do during August (since there is a long weekend coming) and thought maybe I shall just share with you Ladies:

5 #SG50 Beauty Perks to celebrate the country’s golden jubilee. All at $50.00! The men won’t get it ok!

1) ~ #SG50 ~ Caring for your Nails

If you have not try Gelish Manicure, perhaps you may want to get your nails done up for the long long national day break week. Trust me, once you start with Gelish, you will never turn back! Yay to long lasting nail color (at least 3 weeks) , especially those who love nail arts to beautify their fingers. Read here to find out more nail art designs including patriotic designs, it’s #SG50! I may do a red and white color too!

Getting your nails done @ Vanity Nail Workz, Blk 448 Ang Mo Kio Ave 10 #01-1705

Like Vanity Nail Workz FB page for more information and updates!

2) ~ #SG50 ~ Feel Light and Clean

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Dipping yourself in the pool or getting a tan in this hot summer? Get light and clean in your bikini with a Brazilian waxing @ Your Senses Beauty! All you need to do is to Like Your Senses Beauty FB Page and enjoy the SG50 price! Apart from Hair Removal, there are facial and slimming services as well. Read here for more information.

3) ~ #SG50 ~  Beauty Overhaul

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Need a beauty overhaul? Only Aesthetics is offering from hair removal to skincare to slimming services. Wah!!! Each service is only at $50.00?? Really Shiok! The fat freeze body treatment sounded just so right for me leh! I want to freeze my tummy fats leh.

Read here for more information

4) ~ #SG50 Dolling up ~

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Planning a hen panty (for less than 5 pax) ? or want to beautify yourself on your hatch-day? or surprise your love one with a different look?  Stephy Ng has it all! Good news is that this promotion ends in 20th December! I’m sure there will be lots of parties going on during 2nd half of the year. Read more here for Stephy Ng’s make up services.

5) ~ #SG50 Make up collection ~

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Add these steals to your cosmetic collection from Make Up Store, especially there’s really great savings for its eye make up! Moreover, you will get a free eyebrow trimming with min $100 nett purchase. Extra savings! It’s only available at Paragon and 313@Somerset.

Meanwhile, if you have any great #SG50 beauty deals, please feel free to share!

Have a blessed week an ahead stay lovely, folks!

❤Thank you for reading! :) Much Luv, Char Gal❤

Long time no see! 

Hello Peeps! Missing Char Gal is back in action to say Hi…erm…once again (feeling guilty) with a little update. 🙂 How have you guys been? So what I had been up to? I had been pigging out during the festive season since early December till like NOW… Christmas all the way to Chinese New Year. Packed with the feasting gatherings  I felt exhausted with the little rest I had. But hey, these are the people who are close to me and I’m utterly blessed to have them in my life. It’s really hard to say ‘no’ as Christmas and Chinese New Year is the time whereby all of us will get together despite of our busy schedules. Proudly, I won hands down among my peers for having 13 times of lou hei!  

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My 10th time of lo hei! Will I huat 10X in the year of 2015?
But I hope to get a perfect 10 in happiness!

Hope all of you will get a perfect 10 in everything you wish for!

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Greedy side of me: This is how I munchie (non-stop) my popcorn in the cinema these days!

And yes, super lagging in my workout too. Needless to say, I had broken the record of maintaining my weight for the past 3 years. Sob Sob! My gluttony caused me to gain 2.5kg in just these 3 months, resulting in a mini muffin tummy. All my abs definition gone with the wind liao. With a full stomach, I look like a 2 months-old preggy (hot) mama (I hope I am one next time). But then hor, as a consolation, other body parts like boobies and butt are slightly meatier too. lol.
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See! I’m not kidding you, right?  I never “gek” it out one hor 😦 
Sigh, failed to fulfil my abs resolution that I had set earlier on in 2014. Not very inspiring, I know. Hope I did not disappoint you, my friends. So right now, what I can only do is to cut down on my carbs, count my calories intake and get my ass moving. I happened to chance upon 10 Breakfast Smoothies That Will Help You Lose Weight and decided to give it a try. This week I’m having Apple-Cinnamon Breakfast Smoothie, which really keeps me full till lunch time. Gonna try the Flat Belly Smoothie next week!  At the same time, I took up a 30 days plank challenge. Hopefully my mini muffin tummy will disappear in no time! 
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This tasty high fiber content smoothie aids my digestion system and
helps me to regulate my bowel pattern smoothly.
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Currently on my 3rd day challenge!
Being happily in love is one of the major contributing factor to bigger appetite and the missing action of mine. I really want to thank God for his goodness for bringing my boyfriend into my life, unexpectedly.  I glad that I found one who can give me peace and happiness, even though he annoys me at times (I think vice versa lah). The love confession I made finally came true. (Read more)  In His timing, I fall for the right one and I trust in God that he will lead and guide this love to where he want us to be.
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Credit: A gorgeous lady, Sherry Lim, #OOTD: #lovebonito

For my single friends out there, be patient, have faith and do not give up, okie? I took 3 years to find one after my previous relationship and I will share with you my love-seeking adventure soon. 😛  Always remember: Never settle to be someone’s second best and never settle for second best too because you deserve the best. Keep watch over your heart, it’s where life starts. Continue to stay positive, folks!

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Sadly, the report of my mother’s latest review on her health last November wasn’t very positive as there is a possibility of relapse for her kidney cancer condition (Another factor why I lose my inspiration in writing post entries. 😦 ). A PET scan was done last December and thank god for his mercy that no cancerous cell was found in her rest of the body. More scans and tests on her affected kidney will be done this month end. Though I know I should cast my cares upon the Lord, sometimes  I can’t help to worry about it. I will continue to hold fast the confession of hope without wavering. No matter how I feel, I will get up, dress up, show up and never give up! Praying for the best!
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Me at Jasmine’s Wedding 
Credit: My BFF Nicole Tan, #OOTD: #Nan_Z
My peak period with massive feast gatherings was over and finally I’m back. 🙂  April shall be rest month for me. No more social butterfly-ing unless I need to. I will throwback some backdated events that I had attended just FYI, hope they won’t bore you since its’ old news. Also, I will be updating with more inspiring entries on beauty, sports and lifestyle. Stay with me, okie?
 

Have a blessed weekend and stay lovely, folks!  ❤Thank you for reading! :) Much Luv, Char Gal❤

#Pomi-T Event Launch

Let me ask you my friends: Is health more important or wealth more important to you? To me, health is wealth.  Nothing beats having a good health because you will never get to enjoy yourself even you have wealth. Often, especially in our busy society, Singaporean really work too hard. How many of us really do have a work-life balance? Along the way, did we overlook something that is important to us? Of course I did. My health. That’s is why I decided to lead a healthy lifestyle only when something happens (read more here). Another example will be my mother, a homemaker who has always been leading a healthy lifestyle and to our surprise, she was diagnosed with early stage kidney cancer at the aged of 71 last year. Thank god she is fully healed now. That said even we are leading a healthy lifestyle that doesn’t stop us from having poor health. Pretty sure you have heard or even experience of someone whom you know in the same situation. It’s quite common these days. Sad truth hor. Guess it has a lot to do with the source and the quality of the food that we have in our meals. Either they are injected with growth hormones or they are processed (even our healthy options like cereals and muesli too!) . So what can we do to stop the spread of bad cells naturally? Obviously, healthy diet plays a big role but there’s a limitation dosage of nutrients we can intake from our daily meals. Recently, I got to know a new polyphenol rich whole food supplement product called Pomi-T through a presentation by UK Oncologist Professor Robert Thomas. It was such an enriching session, especially when he shared on the powerful impact of lifestyle and self help strategies after cancer which I can use these information and applied to my mother, who just recovered from her sickness.

 

Arriving at the Pomi-T Event Launch…

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While waiting for the presentation to start…

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Glad to have Lijuan with me 🙂 We were the first to arrive!

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Other guests arriving…

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Opening speech by Mr. Frank from UITC who brings in Pomi-T…

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United Italian Trading Corporation (UITC) is a reputable pharmaceutical marketing distribution company established in Singapore since 1963, with branch offices in Hong Kong, Macau, and Malaysia. UITC represents international pharmaceutical manufacturers, importing only the finest quality pharmaceutical, medical and health products from around the world while keeping pace with today’s fast changing healthcare environment and consumer needs.

Presentation by Professor Robert Thomas…(He don’t look like in his 50s at all!)

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Professor Robert Thomas is a Consultant Oncologist, a Professor at Cranfield University and a formal clinical lecturer at Cambridge University. He specialises in breast, colon and prostate cancer giving chemotherapy and biological therapies at Bedford Hospital, and radiotherapy and brachytherapy at Addenbrooke’s, Cambridge University Hospital. He is Chair and a media spokesperson for the Exercise Expert Advisory committee for Macmillan Cancer Support, editor of the lifestyle and cancer website Cancernet.co.uk and author of the book “Lifestyle after Cancer”. He directs an active research unit, linked to Cranfield University and Business School, which has designed several UK studies, published over 75 scientific papers in peer reviewed international medical and scientific journals. In 2001 he was voted Hospital Doctor Magazine “Doctor of the Year” and in 2007 The British Oncology Association “Oncologist of the Year”. In 2006 won the National Health Service (NHS) communication research prize. He and his team produce a monthly lifestyle Research and Cancer news update series and professionals and survivors can sign up to receive monthly updates via cancernet.co.uk.

 

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Studies had shown that there are improvements for those who took part in the exercise interventions after cancer.

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 Exercising is definitely a MUST coupled with polyphenol rich diets will helped to lower cancer risk as well as lower relapse rate.

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Which are the ideal polyphenol rich diets since there are so many in the market? According to Professor Robert Thomas, the ideals ones which can defend our cells against damage and abnormal formation is the perfect balance of Pomegranate, Turmeric, Broccoli and Green Tea.

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Professor Robert Thomas also shared a few successful cases of patients who took part in the life intervention of treating their cancers naturally rather than choosing the option of doing adjuvant chemotherapy. The outcome was amazing and most importantly, the patients felt wonderful without significant side effects comparing to adjuvant chemotherapy.

 

One example…

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So what exactly is Pomi-T?

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Pomi-T®, a natural supplement, scientifically-proven to boost the body’s defence against cancer, is now in Singapore. Made from a perfect balance of foods from four distinct food categories – fruit, vegetable, spice and leaf – Pomi-T® harnesses the natural antioxidant and anti-cancer properties of pomegranate, broccoli, turmeric and green tea in a convenient capsule form.

Pomi-T® stands out as one of the few supplements supported by medical research. Its combination of natural ingredients has been carefully researched in a study backed by United Kingdom’s National Cancer Research Network (NCRN). Pomi-T® is formulated by Professor Robert Thomas, based on scientific studies into the properties of these four ingredients:

  • Pomegranate has natural antioxidant properties that inhibit the uncontrolled growth of cells by suppressing the enzymes in the intestine and liver that convert pro-carcinogens into cancer-causing agents, and causes cells to self-terminate. It also helps to reduce the migration of abnormal cells and aids the regeneration of healthy ones instead.
  • Curcumin, which gives turmeric its yellow colour, has anti-inflammatory properties that inhibit the growth of abnormal stem cells, consequentially reducing the growth of abnormal cells and prevents the spread of damaged cells without harming healthy cells.
  • Extensive research into green tea has shown that it helps the self-termination process of unhealthy cells. It inhibits the spread of damaged cells, retains good cells, and suppresses the formation of blood vessels that supply abnormal cells with nourishment.
  • Broccoli slows the growth of malignant cells. Regular broccoli intake regulates genes linked to abnormal cell growth and promotes genes associated with the suppression of abnormal cells.

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Frequently Asked Questions on Pomi-T…

Q. Why was Pomi-T developed?

A. Pomi-T was specifically designed and developed by a panel of doctors, scientists and nutritionists – led by an oncologist from Cambridge University – to conduct a national randomized control trial for a variety of research purposes. Among the research being conducted, the panel was also looking at how polyphenols within these ingredients would work together to produce synergistic benefits.

Q. What are the ingredients in Pomi-T?

A. Pomi-T is a gelatin capsule containing only purified green tea, pomegranate seed extract, broccoli extract and turmeric.

Q. Does Pomi-T contain any additive?

A. No. Pomi-T contains only pure active ingredients. There are no preservatives, colours or flavours, chelating or bulking agents in Pomi-T.

Q. What are the health benefits of polyphenol rich diets?

A. Diets rich in polyphenols, the natural plant-based phytochemicals found in healthy foods, have been linked with lower risks of chronic illnesses such as dementia, high cholesterol, arthritis, heart disease, skin ageing and macular degeneration. Population studies have also linked their regular intake with lower risks of many cancers including breast, pancreatic, esophageal, ovarian, prostate, and skin cancer.

The anti-cancer effects of polyphenols, however, do not stop after a diagnosis of cancer. Breast cancer survivors eating polyphenol-rich fruit, vegetables, soy and green tea were found to have lower relapse rates. Individuals with skin cancer, who had a high intake of leafy green vegetables and broccoli, had lower rates of new cancer formation. A healthy lifestyle, including a polyphenol-rich diet, has been linked to a slower rate of PSA progression among men with indolent prostate cancer.

Q. How could Pomi-T® have an anti-cancer effect?

A. Polyphenol rich food extracts have demonstrated anti-cancer effects in laboratory studies, particularly the four within Pomi-T. In the laboratory, extracts of each ingredient demonstrated benefits when added to cancer cells grown in a petri dish, including suppressing growth and markers of invasion and metastasis.

The ingredients have been specifically selected not to have any hormonal (phytoestrogenic) effects but they do have some reported antioxidant properties. Benefits in humans of polyphenol supplements have been limited to small non-randomised studies except the Pomi- T study, which showed a significant benefit of this specific polyphenol blend.

Q. Who should be taking Pomi-T?

A. The US Food and Drug Authority (FDA) and the UK’s Medicines and Health Regulatory Authority (MHRA) have classed Pomi-T® as a food supplement and not a medicinal product so it cannot be recommended for any medical condition or claim any health benefits.

That said, Pomi-T® is in a unique position that it was evaluated in a national scientific study, a double blind placebo controlled randomised trial, the results of which were presented at the World’s largest and most prestigious cancer conference (ASCO). The study shows that polyphenol-rich food, in powdered extract, has been linked to a slower rate of PSA progression.

As an all-natural food supplement, Pomi-T can be consumed by anyone over the age of 16.

Q. Can I take Pomi-T while pregnant or breastfeeding?

A. There is no evidence that turmeric, broccoli, pomegranate or green tea adversely affects pregnancy, though the safety of these supplements during pregnancy and lactation have not been established through research.

Q. What are the side effects of Pomi-T?

A. Independent scientific analysis from the Pomi-T trial showed no statistically significant difference in side effects between Pomi-T and placebos.

Less than 5% who previously reported mild indigestion also reported that it disappeared if they consumed the supplement together with food.

Q. Does Pomi-T interact with other drugs?

A. Like some other fruit juices, pomegranate has a potential interaction with some drugs. There is, therefore, a small potential risk of reducing the metabolism and thereby increasing serum levels of medicines such as Warfarin, anti-hypertensives such as Captopril and Ramipril, or anti-convulsants such as Carbamazepine.

Individuals on Warfarin or blood pressure tablets are not excluded from taking Pomi-T and no adverse changes in blood pressure or INR were reported in men taking Ramipril or Warfarin in the Pomi-T study, but it may be advisable to repeat a blood pressure and an INR test within two weeks of starting Pomi-T.

Q. Can I take Pomi-T® during chemotherapy?


A. A laboratory test using cells in petri dishes suggest that high doses of polyphenols can have anti-oxidant activity, which may potentially reduce the action of chemotherapy. This has not actually been substantiated in humans and there are ongoing studies registered with the National Cancer Institute to try to find out if they can reduce side effects of chemotherapy without reducing the effect.

In view of this potential interaction, until this issue has been scientifically resolved, consumption of Pomi-T® is best avoided 1 day before and 3 days after the administration of chemotherapy medication.

Q. Is it OK to use Pomi-T® if you have other cancers?

A. The scientific committee designed the first experimental evaluation of Pomi-T in men with prostate cancer because it is a common condition and easy to investigate. Often, in the early stages of prostate cancer, men were not taking any other treatments – so it is easier to attribute the affect on the cancer to the action of Pomi-T. The background laboratory experiments, however, reported the same positive effects across a number of tumour types.

The scientific committee is planning a series of studies involving different stages of prostate cancer (including men on hormones and post radical treatments including surgery and radiotherapy) and other types including CLL, ovarian, breast and bowel cancer. However, at this time, there is no scientific research proving the efficacy of Pomi-T against other cancer types.

 

UK Oncologist Professor Robert Thomas

 

Professor Robert Thomas conducted a double-blind randomised clinical trial to evaluate Pomi-T®’s effectiveness, and the results were announced in 2013 at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting, the world’s largest and most prestigious cancer conference. In that study funded by the NCRN, Pomi-T® was proven to lower levels of prostate-specific antigen (PSA), a protein that indicated abnormal growth in prostate cells, and slows cancer progression. Each ingredient works differently to stimulate epigenetic mechanisms that modify the way cancer cells regulate their growth and development, without significant side effects.

 

Pomi-T Pack Shot

Pomi-T® is now available at all leading pharmacies and retails at $49.90 for 60 capsules. For more information, please visit http://www.pomi-t.sg and http://www.facebook.com/PomiTsg.

 

It’s my honour to have a photo taken with Professor Robert Thomas and blessed with his book!

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Many thanks to Strategic Public Relations Group for the invitation.

It’s an enriching session with a good dinner, good company and you guys are such awesome team!

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There’s always a saying prevention is better than cure. Now you know there’s a natural supplement that shows effectiveness of polyphenols in slowing cancer growth.  Why not take it to lower the chance of activating or stop the spread of  bad cells naturally?

❤ Thanks for reading! :)  Much Luv, Char Gal ❤

 

 

Game Day #ootd with #Fanatics Baseball Hat

Hi peeps!

With the baseball season underway, I decided to take up the Fanatics Challenge by building my perfect game day MLB ensemble outfit with my carefully-picked hat from the whole wide range of Fanatics MLB Hats collection (here). What exactly is Fanatics? It is a leading online retailer of officially licensed sports merchandise and provides the ultimate shopping experience to sports fans. As a Top 50 Internet Retailer Company, Fanatics comprises the broadest online assortment offering hundreds of thousands of officially licensed items via its Fanatics and FansEdge brands. In addition, the Company powers the e-commerce sites of all major professional sports leagues (NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, NASCAR, PGA), major media brands (NBC Sports, CBS Sports, FOX Sports) and over 200 collegiate and professional team properties! You can find anything (unisex) from head to toe for all types of sports; ranging from Baseball to Basketball to Soccer to Golf! I’m not kidding you. It may look like a website for boys or men BUT actual fact is that it carried a whole wide range of ladies stuff too! From apparel to accessories such as sunglasses to wallets, tote bags, necklaces and even to handphone covers too! Sporty ones of course!

Back to the Game Day Challenge Outfit.: Game day doesn’t mean you need to be bound by the typical sporty boyish style. So what is my game day outfit for this baseball season? Definitely something with a feminine side of me! One of the biggest looks for spring 2014 is sports luxe, hence I decided to choose a colour-block sporty dress that has black panels to add interest to the design with a touch of athletic luxe. After looking through over 4000 types of MLB Hats, my final pick is New Era St. Louis Cardinals Ladies Chic Cadet Military Adjustable Hat in Red to match my outfit. I guess the name of the hat says it all, do I still have to explain? LOL. Not only it is CHIC but it is BOLD and LOUD, drawing more attention to my whole outfit. What I like about it, it is also unstructured. When comes to hats and bags, I like unstructured shapes. Does it always shows I’m more of a flexible person too? JK. lol.  To complement the sports luxe look, a chunky pearl necklace is also used to accessorize for a more feminine and glamorous feel, bringing out the ladylikeness in me!

Here’s my Game Day #ootd with #Fanatics Baseball Hat

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Hat: Fanatics MLB, Dress: Love Bonito, Pearl Necklace: Far East Plaza, Watch: G-Shock,

Camouflage Bucket Bag: Agnes B Sports, Sneakers: Onitsuka Tiger

 

I thought it will be interesting to superimpose to see how my game outfit with the hat rather than just seeing the ensemble. I know it’s quite fake with the superimpose but don’t you think I will look chic and cute in it with the real one? Use your imagination!  Hehe.  😛

 

 

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What will be your game day outfit then? Ensemble and get your very own style at Fanatics now!

❤ Thank you for reading! 🙂 Much Luv, Char Gal ❤

A #Scrapbooking Workshop ~ The appeal of Mixed Media with Yvonne Yam

There’s something you may not know about me, besides dolling up and working out, my another interest is scrapbooking. It may sound boring to some, especially to the guys. They might even roll theirs eyes and can never comprehend what drives us so crazy when comes to spending on paper crafts. But scrapbooking does do you some good just like other hobbies. For instance, exercising can train you for endurance , golfing can train you to be focus and fishing can train you for patience. What I love about scrapbooking then? I got to learn how creative I am and I learnt that nothing is perfect because each piece of artwork  you had created will still looked good with everything imperfectly gel together. You may have a perfect design to begin with but as you scrap you may realized that it may turn out something totally off.  You may feel frustrated, unhappy and even your mood may be dampen when you didn’t create what you desired but eventually, every single piece still turns out to be alright. Erm…Something to think about…Isn’t it a reflection of our life too? It’s all about managing expectation. No matter what happens now, eventually everything is going to alright in the end. 🙂

Key to enjoy this hobby? Enthusiasm. I think that’s the key to anything in life bah ~ In your job, in your relationships and in your interests? Else you won’t be happy and enjoy the situation that you are in now right? Anyways, I always feel very excited and happy to scrap for my friends and love ones. Why so leh? It is because every single piece is Made with Love. Guess it’s also a gesture to show my token of appreciation for those who are dear to me. And I do hope that they will love and appreciate what I had made for them too. 🙂 To me, Scrapbooking is not just making something with love but making new friends who share the same interest too. It’s my pleasure to came to know 2 beautiful ladies during a Paper Festival and one of them had introduced to me Mixed Media. So what exactly is Mixed Media? In visual art, it is an artwork which is created with more than one medium. Sadly, it is not as popular in Singapore and most scrapers still prefer the conventional scrapping with pretty papers. Mixed Media do require much more effort and time as it is making of different textures onto one canvas, meaning getting your hands more dirty too.  I was so drawn to the pieces when Sharon showed me what she had learnt from Yvonne Yam and immediately I knew that I want to pick up those techniques.

So here I am attending the workshop during one of the Sunday afternoon after my Shape Run.  We had chose this particular design as we find it really special. This particular piece is not only using different medium but check out the elements that were used! It’s all those unexpected items that we never thought of recycling! Elements like Bolts, Nuts, Telephone Wires and Cables? Wow, fascinating right? Now I know why Yvonne’s blog is called DO MORE WITH LESS. It definitely cost lesser when you use whatever you can find in your house rather than keep purchasing fancy papers, which can really cost a bomb! What is useless now become useful. How nice!  Now we ladies can become karang guni liao! Keep whatever you can find in your home and turn them into beautiful art pieces.

 

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Source: Yvonne Yam

 

Let my first Mixed Media journey begins…

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Honestly, I don’t have any inspiration yet when I first started and super blur on what I should do because I only had 4 hours of sleep. 😦

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This is Sharon, the lovely lady who introduced us to this workshop! I’m basically following her steps and taking hers as an example. And I really want to thank her for helping me for taking all the nice photos!

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A candid shot ~ This shows how happy one can be with “scraps”! 😛 I really had an enjoyable time with the ladies.

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Trying to glue the wires down. Hoping my creativity juice will continue to keep flowing…

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My initial design. As this is a present for a August’s Baby Boy, I tried to keep it simple with his favourite Mickey’s photo in it.

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Sharon’s creation with her family photo. So sweet! Love the way she placed the wires and elements.

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Next to me is another awesome lady, Michelle (my sister-in-christ), who always send me home after fellowship sessions (Grateful!) Love her loads. 🙂

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Michelle’s creation: As girly as her personality. Love how she twirlled the frills along the edge of the photo. Amen to this verse! 🙂

One of my fave verse that I would love to share:

“Keep your heart with all diligence; for out of it spring the issues of life.” ~ Proverbs 4:23

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Prepping to add on the colors! The most fun part is coming!

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I decided to start out with blue as I thought of creating a sky background.

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Still trying to figure out how to get the intensity of the color! Not easy I must say.

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Reckon that just blue is quite boring leh, so I added red. So no more sky liao. LOL. I decided to just go with my intuition .

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Whahahahha! I seriously don’t know what I am doing man! Looked like it’s in a mess hor?

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Okies…The bottom now…Now I get the hang of it to achieve a more intense color. Trick: Use my fingers! Wasn’t too sure how my piece will turn out to be still…I hope not a failure pressie. lol

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Cheese with my dirty fingers! (Pardon for my shag face! The ladies laughed at me saying that I looked like I will fall alsleep anytime while scrapping. My eyes were really heavy loh!)

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Trying to mix different tones from primary colors. Fun Fun Fun!

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Using black to give a little definition on the elements. Gonna be real careful because black is not easy to handle.

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Can see the black highlighted part? I only dare to use a little. Hahaha. Scary kitty.

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Pasted Mickey’s photo and another headache part is adding the embellishments!

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Yay! Almost completed!

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Tah-Dah! Here’s our Mixed Media master pieces! It’s amazing how all of us started out the same and getting different effects.

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My final artwork! Not too bad after all hor for first timer! One of Yvonne’s follower, Lizzy Hill actually commented in her posting: “Sooo clever…love the way it all manages to co-ordinate! And your scrappy girls did an awesome job….I got distracted by the doggy canvas….CUUUTE!!!!!” ~ I’m proud of myself. LOL. 😛

An Interview with the Creative Mixed Media lady ~ Yvonne Yam

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Us with Yvonne Yam. Had such a blast time with the fellow sisters.  I will definitely attend her workshop again! And we were featured in one of her post (Read more here) too!

Q: What sparks you to your interest into Mixed Media?

A: There’s something appealing about marrying all the different mediums on a single piece of art. I love incorporating textures on my projects and mixed media allows me to stretch my imagination and include any found objects I want [as long as I can glue them down!].

Q:How long have you been into Mixed Media?

A: I’ve been dabbling in mixed media for the last 2 years or so.

(My thought: Seriously??!! I would think she’s an “old bird” in Mixed Media when I saw all the pretty little things she made for her house. Omg Yvonne, you are just soooooo creative and talented!)

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Q: Where do you get your inspiration from?

A: Life is my inspiration. Ever since I’ve started doing art, I’ve been more aware of my surroundings, soaking in the beauty of architecture and appreciating how nature wields her magic wand. I think being open to ideas helps me to explore and grow my artistic skills. Get off the computer, go to the museum or take a walk in the park – there’s inspiration everywhere.

(My thought: Totes! I can’t agreed more! Off the computer, off your mobile phones and GET OUT THERE! )

Q: What’s your upcoming project that you are looking at?

A: I’ve always been a “collector” of things. My family calls them junk but there’s a method to my “madness”…I keep meaningful ephemera that someday will make it to one of my mixed media canvases. Anybody can go buy embellishments to put on their projects but something that you collected is personal and a reflection of you. My latest mixed media canvas incorporates old computer parts…here’s a sneak peek….

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(My thought: Time to make something to pamper myself! And this piece is absolutely STUNNING with my fave: PEARLS!)

 

Yvonne’s creation is simply gorgeous and she’s really such a creative lady! Many thanks for the patience with us and you are such a wonderful host/tutor!

So ladies, if you thought of trying out a new hobby or wanting to bless someone with a gift Made with Love, why not join a Mixed Media workshop? It can be a fellowship session like mine or if you are alone, fret not. You can take this chance to make new friends and start to inspire one another with your own creativity!  To witness more inspirational art pieces that Yvonne had turned a junkie into a beautiful visual art piece (reminds me of an ugly ducking turning into a swan!) , do visit her blog       (DO MORE WITH LESS).  You may also follow her page in Facebook (DO MORE WITH LESS) to keep posted on her upcoming projects.  As Yvonne only conduct private workshops for small groups, it is best for you to email her to ask for more details at yvonne.yam@gmail.com.

*Disclaimer: Guys, you can also make something with love for your partners too! Don’t be shy! At most, grab all your buddies with you and have a bro-mantic session loh.  And I’m pretty sure your partners will L.O.V.E it T.T.M!*

Have you attended any interesting scrapbooking workshops? Do share with me!

❤ Thank you for reading! :) Much Luv, Char Gal ❤

Get your #ootd at Nan_Z with 10% off!

Hi peeps! I’m back! Been missing for awhile as I paid a visit to my BFF in Perth! Stay tuned to my travel posting real soon (I try my best okie! 🙂 ) !

Wonder where to get fun and stylish clothing yet brings out the ladylike in you?  Now let me share with you a gem fashion store hidden in land of a mature estate. If you step into The Bencoolen, all you see is dried food stores, watch distributors, second-hand watches retailers and mostly antiques stores with feng shui elements. Don’t be deceived by the surroundings, little did you know that there’s actually a fashion store selling fashionable and chic clothing ~  Check out Nan_Z @ The Bencoolen! Prices are reasonable with good quality material and workmanship. Here’s some of the awesome pieces this week:

 

The Jumpsuit ~ My fave piece from the whole collection!

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Stripy Top ~ Fun and cheeky, am I? 😛

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Corset Top ~ A twist at the side brings out the uniqueness.

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Cropped Knit Top ~  Comfortable and stylish, goes so well with the new Skinny pants.

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Chain Top ~ A touch of rugged feminine with the chain along the sleeves. 

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Monochrome Graphic Blouse ~ Feeling totes ladylike in this, agree with me?

Best part, I can wear this to buffets!

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 Basic Tee ~ Look chic in this simple peek-a-boo tee.

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Monochrome Work Dress ~ Classic piece that all ladies should own.

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Embroidery Top ~ The pink brings out the feminine  in me definitely. 

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Stripy cum Monochrome block Cropped Tee ~ It’s super comfy and great for weekend! 

You can wear both sides as front or back. Cool.

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Meet the young entrepreneur, Si Nan owner of Nan_Z ~

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Q: When do you start this fashion apparel business?

A: NaN_Z was born in 2010!

 

Q: What gives you the inspiration to start this business?

A: I started working as a part-timer in a fashion boutique shop at aged of 16 and since then I’m stuck there already, so in love with fashion! I admire pretty good stuff with my very “kay poh” eyes. Hence, I picked up knowledge of fabric and designs from my employer before I ventured out into my own after my studies at the aged of 24.  With my eyes for details, I begin to design my own pieces and keep up to the current trends as much as I could. I had also designed some contemporary cheongsam pieces for Chinese New Year 2015!

 

Q: Why did you choose such a ulu mall to start your business?

A: Why The Bencoolen? Good one! I have lotsa childhood memories here! It’s centralize and I had slowly built up my customer base throughout the years. My customers can be range from young working adults to women aged of 60s too!

 

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Nan_Z offers online shopping too via her Facebook Account. For more of her collection, Do add her: precious_nan@live.com.sg

Or pop by her physical store @ 180 Bencoolen Street, The Bencoolen #01-69 Singapore 189646

Please remember to quote “Charmaine” to enjoy your 10% off!

I felt super blessed to know a capable young fashionable apparel owner and got to help her by becoming her model. It’s a fun experience and most importantly, a new friendship had blossom by our love for fashion. This is why I love fashion! Look out for more launches by Nan_Z every Tuesday!

 

Have you spot any Fashion stores hidden in ulu area? Do share with me!  I would love to pay a visit too!

❤ Thank you for reading! :) Much Luv, Char Gal ❤