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Wednesday, 20 March 2013

SK2

Yesterday I attended the SK2 It Guy and Girl Event with Tian Tian. I’ve always had a strong interest in skincare and I believe good skin is only attainable if you take care of yourself on both the outside and in which you can probably tell from one of my first posts on supplements.

I’ve been using SK2 for about 4 years now. I can’t say I’ve been diligent in using it cos I haven’t. I always tend to slack for awhile, see my skin condition diminishing and start again. However, after this event, I feel “re-inspired” to continue my skin care diligently, especially at night when absorption is at its highest.
And so we arrived at Isetan Shaw at 7pm and saw a bunch of bloggers and media personnel around this booth they had set up for the event, so we knew we were at the right place! We received a goodie bag containing their famous product, Facial Treatment Essence, for both men and women! So YAY for Nick, he got a bottle too! This is the first SK2 product I started using and I have to say, it IS amazing. I can’t say the same about the smell, but hey! Good skin is more important right?  It lightens and evens out the complexion and if used on a daily basis, you can achieve that transparent look which I am working towards. I have a friend that’s used SK2 daily for years and her skin is indeed transparent and radiant ALL THE TIME.
There was a cool photobooth available and of course we had to get our pictures taken right? ;)

We were given drinks and some canap├ęs and were then invited to the main event hosted by Valerie Lim, last years Miss Singapore Universe,which revealed the new IT guy and girl for SK2; who were Utt and Sara Wee respectively.


I actually hadn’t heard of Sara Wee until yesterday but yes, she definitely has good skin. I was peering at her and I couldn’t see a single wrinkle, and her skin seems really plumped up. She mentioned that her “miracle” product was the Stem Treatment. I went to ask the sales assistant about this product, and there are 2 kinds of stem treatment moisturisers:
1.       Stempower Rich Cream
2.       Stempower

At our age, we should use the Stempower. The rich cream is apparently meant for matured skin and of course, as the name suggests, is richer. I asked for a sample of the stempower so I could experience its magic ;)
Sara is actually a singer at some places in Singapore including Timbre. She sang 3 songs for us that night and boy, is her voice beautiful. It was just her, the microphone and a guitar but it was so nice to listen to. I’ve always envied people that can sing that well.
Tian and I proceeded to the counter to do our skin analysis as we were really curious as to what age our skin really was! They have this really high resolution camera which they use and take a picture of the “worst” skin of your skin and then analyse your skin based on that. The higher the score, the better. As long as you’re over 50% you’re pretty much in the clear.
So I went first, and this is the snapshot of my skin and the results:

They do an analysis on 5 factors:
1.       Texture
2.       Firmness
3.       Wrinkle Resilience
4.       Spot Control
5.       Radiance

My problem area where I only scored 59% was the texture refinement, which didn’t surprise me. I can see for myself that my skin texture isn’t great. One brilliant product for this is the SK2 Cellumination Essence. I have a bottle at home which I hardly use but when I do use it, I can really see a difference. My wrinkles were from the laugh lines near the cheek area and a few at the side of the eyes which is apparently very normal. What did scare me though, was the spot control. When they say spots, they mean brown spots. My “spot” age was 20 but I saw that I had quite a lot of spots under my skin that would come out with age if I don’t take care of my skin now! The solution is to counter this is to always slap on that sunblock before leaving the house! This IS something I do religiously but only in the past few months. I’m really tempted to buy the SK2 Whitening Spot Treatment which helps to lighten scars from the last 3 months as well as to prevent further spots from emerging.  This skin analysis is available to anyone, so if you want to try it, stop by any SK2 counter, it’s really informative as well an eye opener.
All in all, it was a fantastic evening. We met Yina, whom we’ve known for YEARS but have never seen in real life (and I forgot to take a pic using my phone!!) We spoke to Utt and had our pictures taken with him and I got to spend my evening with my good friend, Tian Tian! Happy day J

Sunday, 3 March 2013

My Driving Adventure

In August last year I decided it was finally time for me to take my driving license, I had meant to for years but kept procrastinating which is why last year I set out to do a few things and I’m happy to say I’ve achieved most of them.
I chose to take my class 3 at BBDC because I like how the school conducts lessons, in a systematic and gradual way unlike private instructors who tend to miss out some stuff. I find that in the school, I learn everything and if the instructor feels you didn’t understand that lesson, he wouldn’t pass you. It might seem like a waste of money at the time, but when it’s time for your TP test, you will be grateful for it.
Upon my enrolment, I booked immediately for basic theory lessons. There are 2 classes which are mandatory, after which you do some practice sessions of the test questions followed by an evaluation which is a must to pass or you won’t be allowed to take the basic theory test! I did 2 practices and 2 evaluations cos I wanted to be totally ready and I passed my basic theory test on the first attempt. I followed the same for my final theory and passed with a full score that time!
I enjoyed all my driving lessons immensely and would really look forward to each lesson. In BBDC, you would be assigned to a group of instructors. My group had 8 people. They all had their own way of teaching and I really benefited from that. You can choose to fix one instructor at an additional cost but I liked that I could learn something from all of them. I also really enjoyed knowing all their stories and had a lovely chat each time I went for lesson which is 1 hour and 40 minutes at a go!
I’m getting to what I guess most people would wanna know before enrolling, how much would it cost? I believe I spent just about the minimum cos I failed only one lesson and managed to pass 2 lessons at a go on some days, so this is it. I’d say it’s an excellent investment and the joy you get from passing is nothing compared to that of a buying a new bag which is big coming from me!! haha. You feel such a sense of achievement that after about 6 months of hard work, you reap a positive result.

If you go for lessons twice a week, you would be able to finish in less than 6 months. Before you can start driving, you would need to apply for a PDL (provisional Driving License) which only lasts 6 months. I completed mine with 15 days to spare! Should you need to extend it, it would cost $25 to renew.
And I chose to take a manual license, it might be more difficult but that’s how you feel that true sense of achievement upon passing. I had to go for a mandatory auto lesson and while of course it was fun cos you only need to control the accelerator and brake, I would say it’s much more fulfilling to take a manual license. And with a manual license, you can drive both an auto and manual car so 2 for the price of one!
So for anyone thinking of taking your license, I’d say go for it! good luck!