Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Color Run 2014! #Happiest5K

When the Color run first happened in Singapore last year, all i remembered was my social media feeds being flooded with photos of my friends covered in all sort of colors and i was amused at how "dirty" they are. Little did i expect myself to join the run this year (not that i intend to because the registration fee for such fun runs are always so expensive!) It was during the night before when Valerie tweeted to ask if anyone is interested in the color run as she has 2 slots for it. Since i do not have any concrete plan for the weekend, i decided to try my luck and tweet-reply her. Fast forward to the next day, i met her to collect the race pack and was on my way to Sentosa to join the color run :D

The night before after i got the confirmation from Val that i'm going for the run, i started searching videos of the previous run on youtube to "prep" myself and i realized it's gonna get really messy and dirty! I started thinking what to wear, what to pack, which bag to bring, which pair of shoes can afford to be stained etc. Before i head to Sentosa, i even head to Daiso to get zip lock bag to contain my iPhone so that i can bring it during the run to take pictures along the way. But don't say liao, in the end the zip lock bag got dirty and most the initial photos turned out blurred so i decided to risk my iPhone and took it out of the zip lock bag! All photos in this post taken using my trustworthy iPhone!
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There were about 9000 runners that day (this is only for the 1st day!)  and 15 mins before the flag off was the warm up session at the main stage by the fitness instructors. Everyone was super hyped for the run and there are those super enthusiastic ones who specially dress up for the run! There were people with colorful wigs, people wearing tutus (even guys!) and the one who caught my attention was this couple who wore a pair of matching unicorn costume! They started off white and clean but you can imagine how colorful they are when they reach the finishing line, literally rainbow unicorns! Because of the large amount of people, we were flagged off as different waves to cater spaces in between. 
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#selfie during the first kilometer! Still pretty clean with a few color stains on my tee :)
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At the end of every kilometer there will be a color zone where volunteers will be there to "attack" you, making sure you leave the zone with colors all over! The whole 5 km took us about 40 mins because people tend to have a lot of fun at each stop, taking group photos, scooping up the excessive powder on the ground or taking powder from the volunteers to throw at their friends or strangers. This is probably the only time you get to throw colored powder at someone's face without them feeling offended, LOL What i noticed is the genuine smile on everyone's face throughout the 5 km run. Strangers smiling at each other, high five-ing each other along the way. It really reflects the hashtag - Happiest5K. By the way I have no idea why my face and arm still look so clean in the above photo at the finishing line. It's not the end!
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When you reach the finishing point, every runner get to collect a packet of random colored powder and a drink. The powder is for the color party happening right in front of the stage! When most of the people are back and gathered at the main stage area, the emcee will do a countdown and everyone will just throw their powder in the air, can't wait to see the official edited video taken by the drone! It's also the color party where everyone get really messy and started throwing the remaining powder at each other. My hair literally became another color and my face, my arms, my legs all kena as well! Not complaining though because it's one of the rare times you get to be dirty and feel happy about it!! :D
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I was trying to take a selfie amongst the crowd and suddenly this girl (left picture) photobomb-ed me from behind and said, "Sorry, i photobombed your photo! HAHAHA" I also bumped into Shine amidst all the crowd and "disguise"! Everyone was so crazy, dancing to the music and feeling so happy! Love how vibrant and colorful all the photos turned out!
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The leaving part is the most devastating because you will stop and wonder how you can go anywhere in that state. Then again, at the exit there are volunteers holding leaf blower that can help you blow off excessive powder on you, after which they will give out ponchos so that you won't stain the seats on public transport. Quite considerate i would say. After looking through all the photos i took (and liking almost every single #colourrunsg photos on Instagram recently), i'm already considering to pay and take part in next year's run  if it's happening again! Till the next color run! Ciaos :D

Friday, August 29, 2014

WhatHeWants: Ultimate grooming concept store for men

I personally do not have a specific regime or brand that i use when it comes to facial care. To me, as long as the product sounds effective and is able to do what it claims to do then i'm perfectly fine with it. Till date, i don't have a facial product (be it facial wash, cream etc.) that i religiously use and die die have to buy back the same thing once it finishes. I've been switching products every now and then and honestly, i have no idea if a particular product is effective for me a not. LOL I just keep using as long as there isn't any outbreak or any obvious reaction. I'm not even sure what my skin type is like, Is it oily? dry? No one really explain to me before and i never go ask/ consult, HAHAHAHA

Based on looking at the mirror and while photoshopping i mean editing my photos, i figured out that i probably have blackheads, uneven pores and pimples once in awhile - which is why i'm always on a lookout to find products which can tackle these problems. Recently i was invited to WhatHeWants store to pick up a couple of products which i'm interested in. Like the name of the store suggest, the exclusive products at WhatHeWants are catered just for men. Hallelujah! Finally a store where guys can go in and picked whatever grooming products they need. You know how stores out there have a mix of both female and male products (and 90% of them are mostly female stuff and we only have that 10% to search and look through) Now this is like the one-stop for guys to get their facial/grooming product :)
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WhatHeWants is a young and dynamic company dedicated to providing the finest grooming products for men style and substance. You can expect exclusive products from all over the world that suits the grooming needs of men in SG. At WhatHeWants, you can find products ranging from shaving cream to hair products, facial needs and even fragrance! :D
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With so many products to choose from, i had to depend on the sales assistant to recommend some products which i think i might need. Apparently there are about 7 steps to facial cleansing regime (All the while i only have 1 step which is just to wash, LOLOLOL) and she patiently explained to me the bare minimum i should do and told me that i cannot just directly apply those serum and such without cleansing. I was like seriously... so much effort. Pei fu those who religiously cleanse their face everyday without fail, no wonder they got such nice skin. I want my skin to be better too!
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Now that i know what are the types of products i need, i basically spent the next 20 mins choosing from different brands such as Kyoko For Men skincare made using Japanese natural ingredient, Menscience from US, 100% free of fragrance, dyes and irritants, not forgetting to pick up hair products for myself since i pretty much use them everyday! WhatHeWants also carry other notable brands such as Labs Series Skincare for Men, Clinique Man and Biotherm Homme Skincare  products so there is definitely something that is suitable for you guys out there! Men fragrance of popular brands such as Calvin Klein, Prada, DKNY are available too! The last time i went, there were 50%  off selected brands! :)

Here are the products i picked for myself:
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From the left: Menscience Daily facial wash for all skin types, 236ml for $55. Use it like a normal facial wash and it help to clear pore-clogging residues. Gatzmen Oil Free aqua toner for oily skin, 220ml for $65. First time using a toner, basically it helps to hydrate your skin after cleansing. Kyoku Pore reducing serum, 50ml for $65. Apparently this is what is gonna help me as it intensely reduce pore size and minimize blackheads (life saver!! LOLOLOL) and lastly, Gatzmen Men's hard styling wax, $29.90. Today marks the start of my regime and hopefully my skin gets better and better! HAHA
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There are 2 outlets of WhatHeWants in Singapore. One is located at Orchard Central, Level 3 and the other is located at The Cathay on level 1. If you can't find time to head down to the store, you can also browse and purchase online via their webstore, FREE delivery for purchases above $150! For more information of WhatHeWants, check out http://www.whathewants.com.sg. For girls reading this, thinking about What She Wants as well? Fret not, just hop over to their sister store at Superberry.ME (http://superberry.me) right opposite their Orchard Branch to find to find everything a lady needs. Before i end this post, just a piece of advice for everyone (including myself!) Don't be lazy when it comes to cleansing your face! After all, everyone loves a pretty face with good skin!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Stateland Cafe, Red Velvet Waffles!

When i first started this blog 6 or 7 years ago, i was just randomly ranting about my daily life, bitching about school and i had like 20 readers/ day which are probably made up of my classmates and friends. As the years goes by, my readership increased and i started attending events, meeting new people, earning extra income and unknowingly, it's been 7 years! One of the common question i get when i meet with other bloggers for the very first time was, "So what do you blog about?" This was one of the hardest questions back then before the term - "Lifestyle Blogger" came about...

There are some specific types of bloggers where they can easily introduce themselves. Some examples would Travel bloggers and Food bloggers as 90% of their blog content are focused on a certain topic. I am like the "everything under the sun" kind of blogger since i literally blog about everything from food, places, reviews etc. Now that the term "Lifestyle Blogger" is more recognized, it's so much easier as people understand that "lifestyle" basically covers everything, LOL For me, i share on my travel trips, cafes i visit, do reviews, share tips and new products... Oh! By the way, sharing some lifestyle offers (ASOS, Pizza hut and more) by CupoNation. Help you all save $$ along the way, HAHA

While i have couple of adverts to submit and my still yet-to-finish Korea travelogue,  here's another post on a cafe that i recently visited! If you have been following my list of cafes i visited, this is like dunno the how many cafes i went already,  maybe 30th? Time to count! HAHA So many cafes have been popping out recently and is making me think twice whether to open my own. The question is "what is gonna differentiate my cafe from all the rest out there." Anyway, went to Stateland cafe which is known for their Red velvet waffle! I wanted to try it for myself to see if it's really good!
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Stateland Cafe
30 Bali Lane. Nearest MRT: Bugis Station
Mon - Thu: 12:00 - 22:00 | Fri - Sat: 12:00 - 00:00 | Sun: 10:00 - 18:00 | Closed: Tuesday
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Was quite lucky and got ourselves a table almost immediately. Doesn't seem crowded but there's actually a queue outside at the other entrance. Stateland cafe actually occupies 2 of the shophouses along the street. Quite easy to spot.
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We ordered an Eggs Benedict ($14.90), Big Breakfast ($17.90) and a Carbonara (Not in photo, $10.90) Waited close to 45 mins for the food to arrive, and finished it within 10 mins because we were that hungry. Service was pretty slow but it might be due to the crowd that day since it's a weekend. Felt that the food was pretty normal, nothing to wow about but i did like the home made tomato chilli jam that came along with my Eggs Benedict! It tasted really refreshing, nice!
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Highlight of the afternoon - The Red Velvet waffle topped with cream cheese glaze and vanilla ice cream ($14.90)

Light and slightly chewy, and i thought the cream cheese really compliments the velvety chocolate waffle. I can easily finish the whole thing on my own because there's definitely room for dessert! HAHAHA If i were to return to Stateland, i would definitely want to try the other waffles such as the Black forest and S'mores but for food wise, i think i would give it a miss. Maybe just a hot drink and waffle will do ;) Was cafe hopping on a weekday and i realised i enjoyed it so much more. Less crowd, less noise, no queue, good music and no rush. Weekend is totally the opposite, LOL #ohwells

If you have any good deals or cafes to share, do tweet me @andystorm. I know people seldom comment on blogs nowadays unlike in the past, HAHA Ending this post with a couple of Zalora coupons if you guys are interested :)