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Skincare Essentials for your Holiday!

December 22, 2014

This post is courtesy of Hada Labo Singapore

It’s finally the Christmas week! I’m pretty sure many of you are excited for the festive season, myself included. I have been looking forward to a good break in Jakarta with the boyfriend especially since I’ve been so busy in the past few months. Definitely the most timely trip for me to recharge my batteries!

It’s my first day here in Jakarta and some of you have asked about what are some of the skincare necessities I’ve brought along with me when I go on overseas trips. If you guys haven’t known already, I am not the most diligent when it comes to applying skincare products, so I appreciate all-in-1 products that does multiple jobs in one application. That way, I don’t have to worry about skipping steps or getting the sequence all wrong when I apply these facial products.

Furthermore, I don’t enjoy bringing a lot of skincare products when I’m overseas, especially since I took the budget airline this time round and that means carry-on baggage only. So I thought I should share with you guys some of the skincare products that I have brought along to Jakarta with me.

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What I brought along with me to my holiday!

Even before working with Hada Labo Singapore, I have already been a fan of their products because of the simplicity and lightness of their skincare products. It’s not greasy, it doesn’t have a strong scent, and it allows the skin to absorb the products really quickly and easily. My skin doesn’t feel overly dry after cleansing, and the lotion and moisturising cream are really light.

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Transferring some of the products to travel-sized containers

Another tip is to transfer your products into travel-sized containers that allows you to streamline your toiletries bag and you will find end up having to bring multiple skincare products. For Hada Labo’s Super Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Lotion (left), it acts as a toner, moisturizer, and essence, and you only have to bring 1 bottle to complete these three steps. It’s also eco-friendly because you don’t have to buy multiple travel sized toiletries and make use of these reusable containers.

If you’re heading for a holiday soon, give Hada Labo a shot and it is a really good skincare staple not only as a travel companion but at home too. And if you’re looking for last minute gift ideas for your girlfriend, Hada Labo skincare products would make very thoughtful gifts for your friends! x

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The Yogi’s Holiday Gift Guide

December 15, 2014

Hello everyone! It’s been a long while since I’ve posted on here, and I hope you guys are doing great and enjoying the festive season with your family and loved ones so far!

With Christmas coming in less than 10 days’ time, I wouldn’t be too surprised if some of you are still scratching your heads finding the perfect gift for your friends, family, or that special someone. So I thought it’ll be interesting to do a yogi’s holiday gift guide, for your yogi friend, your yogi buddy, or your yogi girlfriend/boyfriend! These items are some of my personal favourites, and what a better time to find the perfect gift to improve their yoga practice than now?

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Here are 10 perfect holiday gifts for the yogi -

1. To complete the look,
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On the left, Braided Tank Top in Jungle Green from Vivre Activewear, Kaleidoscope Leggings from Dharma Bums Active
On the right, Exquisite Bra in Black from lululemon athletica, Bonfire Leggings from Candida Maria (by SoulHaute)

These yoga apparels are currently some of my personal favourites not just because of the beautiful and intricate details, but also the level of comfort and functionality these apparels provide. Not only that they comfortable and very stretchy, they also dissipate sweat very quickly, which is always a huge bonus. Getting beautiful yoga clothes for the yogi is definitely one of the safest ways to buy a present that will be extremely practical in the long run.

Like icing on a cake, there are also some special deals just for your Christmas shopping:

Vivre Activewear is also having their year-end Christmas promo, with free mini vapouriser towel to be given with any purchase. Check out their Instagram for all the details. Also, enter “SASSYYOGI” at check out for 10% off (promo code is valid till the end of December).

SoulHaute, an online yoga store that brings in yoga apparels such as Candida Maria, Daughters of Culture, and many more, to Singapore! They are also having their weekly giveaway on Instagram for the month of December, so scoot over to their Instagram page to find out more!

2. To deepen the practice,

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Yoga props are one of the most important, yet often overlooked, staples in one’s yoga practice, not matter whether one has just started out on yoga or has been practicing for a long time. Yoga straps help to deepen into a stretch or a pose without compromising on form and alignment, and Manduka’s cotton yoga strap is really soft and lightweight. Yoga Paws has been said to help protect the wrists, and also provide great friction and grip to one’s practice.

Matsnaps is a pretty simple, yet ingenious, addition to one’s practice. It is a simple tool that helps to hold your yoga towel to your mat without you having to fix it all the time in a yoga class. As one who regularly attends vinyasa class, this is definitely one of the best additions to my practice. No more stopping in the middle of a vinyasa class to fix my towel!

3. To connect within,

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On left, Amethyst Bracelet from Holly Molly Jewellery
On right, Ocean Turquoise Mala from Mala Collective

I stumbled upon Holly Molly Jewellery while attending a Christmas flea market by Public Garden, and I was blown away by the beauty of the jewellery that they make. Using various gemstones to create beautiful bracelets and necklaces, I pretty much fell in love with this Amethyst bracelet when I first saw it. And most importantly, Amethyst is my birthstone and I really connected with it. There are many other gemstones as well, and they are also having a Christmas sale on the Zalora Marketplace, so I strongly suggest you guys check it out.

I’ve been wearing the Ocean Turquoise Mala from Mala Collective for a few months now, and it has pretty much never really left my side. Not only has a very calming presence, it is also a constant reminder for me to be mindful on the mat as well as off the mat. Using Rudraksha beads and turquoise, it signifies vibrance, adventure, and peace. There are also many other mala with different gemstones for different intentions, so you will not have to worry about not finding one that speaks to you.

4. To kick back and relax with a cup of tea,


Organic Peruvian Tea from Namasteas

Namasteas hail from the native highlands of Peru, where Sue, the founder of Namasteas, come from. These leaves were picked, sorted, and processed entirely by hand, the production process is closely taken care of by Sue, thus ensuring the highest quality of tea leaves. This is the best cup of tea to relax after a long day at work, or to snuggle in bed with on a rainy day. If the yogi happens to be a tea lover, this is the perfect gift for him/her.

They are also having a December sale for their winter harvest loose leaf Peruvian Mint, going at 2 packs for 58$ (usual price 64$). Check out their Instagram page for more details.

 

I hope that you now have a better idea on what to gift for the yogi in your midst. These gifts would make the perfect gifts for them to further their own yoga practice, and for you to show your love and appreciation for them!

If you have other suggestions, feel free to leave a comment below too. Merry Christmas, and I promise you’ll be hearing from me again real soon! x

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Choosing your mala with Mala Collective

November 17, 2014
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This post is courtesy of Mala Collective

It is pretty crazy how long it took me to sit down to write this post, simply because I have been struggling to find the right words to fully describe my experience ever since I received my very first mala in the mail from the Mala Collective. The timing was pretty apt – school was getting really stressful for me and I really needed something to ground myself and calm myself down amidst the fast-paced nature of school curriculum and even life in general.

Many people (including myself) would ask – how do you pick your own mala? As what the Mala Collective very nicely put it – sometimes it’s the mala that chooses you. You just need to surrender yourself to the process when picking your own mala, and see which mala you are drawn to the most. Of course, besides listening to your heart, a great way would be to look within and think about what are some of the things that you feel are lacking in your life – whether it is patience, love, compassion, strength, resilience, and many more. From that, you can then look at which gemstones would help bring in some of these elements in your life.

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To be honest, I was drawn to my Ocean Turquoise Mala very primarily because of the aesthetics. I loved the colour and how it matches really nicely with the rudraksha seeds. However, what sealed the deal for me, was the intention behind turquoise, which is to destroy negative feelings and thoughts, increase love, and provide strength and protection against any challenges along the way. I often tend to get carried away with negative feelings, and it was something that was very unhealthy. Therefore, I knew that this mala was going to provide the positive energy and intention that I needed.

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When I received the mala, I was blown away by how beautiful the mala was. Most importantly, I could feel the positive energy and intention flowing the moment I held the mala in my hands. As I wore it to school every day, I felt calmer, more grounded, and was able to deal with the stress and negativity in a much more productive manner. Sometimes, we all just needed a little switch in perspective when dealing with problems in life, and for me, the mala provided me with the support and strength that I needed to make that little switch. That in itself made a whole lot of difference to my life.

Check out the Mala Collective and their beautiful range of mala necklaces and bracelets. While mala has been used in prayer and meditation throughout history, simply by wearing the mala and consciously garner positive thoughts would make a great difference to the energy that you emit to others. xx

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Yoga, music, and dance with SOULSCAPE

October 26, 2014
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Often times I look at all the festivities and joy surrounding Wanderlust yoga festival happening around America, and I really wish that there can be something similar happening in Singapore as well. After all, events like these bring about like-minded yogis and yoginis, and make the local yoga community a tight-knit one! So, when I was invited to SOULSCAPE by InTheLoop, Singapore’s online yoga, fitness, and health portal, it felt like a dream come true.

SOULSCAPE is Singapore’s first yoga festival that combines yoga, music, and dance and celebrates living holistically and consciously. The festival has a series of workshops and activities lined up for everyone to experience yoga, and connect with other like-minded individuals.

We were given a glimpse to all the different activities that were happening around Soulscape. There was Surf Set, Acroyoga, Slacklining, Primal Form, Hula Hoop and SUP Yoga. Besides these workshops, there were also sunset yoga and the yoga rave party that was happening later into the night. Not only that, there were many booths during the event as well, such as Rough Beautys, Rejuicenate, Lululemon, and many many more.

Processed with VSCOcam with hb2 presetHad a go at Surf Set and I am definitely coming back for more!

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Processed with VSCOcam with hb2 presetTried acroyoga with Crystal, one of the instructors for the workshop. She is so strong and that made flying a lot easier!

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After the tour, the boyfriend and I attended the acroyoga workshop and we had so much fun! It was definitely a lot better than our previous acroyoga workshops. Trust and communication is really important for this one – and I’m so glad we really enjoyed ourselves. Am definitely looking at going for more acroyoga workshops in the near future!

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Headed to the sunset yoga session after acroyoga workshop, and it was a great way to stretch it out and unwind a little after that adrenaline pumping acroyoga session. Really liked the ambience of the sunset yoga sesh and I really enjoyed soaking in the positive energy of all the other yogis who were there to practice in front of the sunset.

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As we went into the night, the yoga rave party started as well! It was a intermediate flow yoga session with a couple of arm balances and inversions. This was my first time practicing under the night sky outdoors and I must say that it is a whole new level of relaxation. Imagine doing yin yoga on the beach under the night sky – how amazing would that be?

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I had a great day full of yoga loving and fun, and I can only wish that it will happen again so I can relive this all over again. Most importantly, I was able to meet and connect with many other Singapore yogis who attended the event as well. Thank you for coming up to say hi! I really appreciate knowing every single one of you guys. <:

There is another outdoor yoga event happening next Saturday, organised by Lululemon Singapore! Will be sharing more details about it real soon, so do keep a look out on my Instagram page! xx

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Happy #OmTogether!

October 20, 2014
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Truth be told, #OmTogether is my first outdoor yoga community class that I’ve taken part in, and I thoroughly enjoyed myself. Feeling so blissed out right now from the awesome yoga sesh that it’s definitely a great boost to a hectic school week ahead. Not to mention, wonderful company and so many other yogis gathering together sharing the positive energy and vibes!

#OmTogether is organised by Stretch City, a yoga lifestyle website. Supported by Pure Yoga and Pure Apparel, #OmTogether brought together yogis all over Singapore to Marina Barrage for a great 2 hour yoga sesh! From sun salutations, to arm balances, inversions, and backbends, I was tired but so happy after the session.

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The instructors were so vibrant and that definitely rubbed off on all the yogis. We were all smiling so much while flowing into different asanas, and doing yoga alongside one another in such close proximity allowed us to interact with one another as well. This is definitely what community classes is all about.

And of course, I had so much fun with my yoga buddy Clareen and the boyfriend that I was literally smiling from ear to ear all afternoon. If there is something called the yogi’s high, I really think this must be it. The two hours of being immersed in all the positive energy radiating out of every single yogi who attended the event made my heart feel so full and happy.

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Check out more yoga loving below, and I really hope to see you guys at Soulscape next week. Have you gotten your tickets yet? I can’t wait to experience all the yoga loving with many other yogis on Saturday night. It’s definitely going to be my motivation to get through the hectic week ahead! xx

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(Photo credits to Stefanus Ian)