Thursday, September 30, 2010

Healthy lifestyle

Was just doing a research on liver damages and found out that alot of these causes and risk factors are what we are going through nowadays esp the first one! Take a look ppl! And pls be healthy!

The main causes of liver damage are:

1. Sleeping too late and waking up too late are main cause.
(enough said by our parents?)
2. Not urinating in the morning.

3 . Too much eating. (we should not eat too much)

4. Skipping breakfast. (now, we should not eat too little)

5. Consuming too much medication.

6. Consuming too much preservatives, additives, food coloring, and artificial sweetener..

7. Consuming unhealthy cooking oil.

As much as possible reduce cooking oil use when frying, which includes even the best cooking oils like olive oil. Do not consume fried foods when you are tired, except if the body is very fit.

8. Consuming raw (or overly done) foods also add to the burden of liver.

9. Veggies should be eaten raw or cooked 3-5 parts. Fried veggies should be finished in one sitting, do not store. (omg. how do you eat veggies raw???)

We should prevent this without necessarily spending more. We just have to adopt a good daily lifestyle and eating habits. Maintaining good eating habits and time condition are very important for our bodies to absorb and get rid of unnecessary chemicals according to 'schedule.'

The top five cancer-causing foods are:

1. Hotdogs

Because they are high in nitrates, the Cancer Prevention Coalition advises that children eat no more than 12 hot dogs a month. If you can't live without hot dogs, buy those made without sodium nitrate.

2. Processed meats and bacon

Also high in the same sodium nitrates found in hot dogs, bacon, and other processed meats raise the risk of heart disease. The saturated fat in bacon also contributes to cancer.

3. French Fries ( more fast food yea)

Like doughnuts, French fries are made with hydrogenated oils and then fried at high temperatures. They also contain cancer- causing acryl amides which occur during the frying process. They should be called cancer fries, not French fries, said Adams .

4. Chips, crackers and cookies (includes patires).. our essentials during exams!!

All are usually made with white flour and sugar. Even the ones whose labels claim to be free of trans-fats generally contain small amounts of trans-fats.
okay. now that we know what to avoid, lets try to pursue a healthy lifestyle together!(i know its hard but we can still... TRY!)
something different from the normal fashion posts! we do care for your health too.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

London Fashion Week - Spring/Summer 2011

Spring/Summer is here soon, and so, it is a whole new London Fashion week to look foward to! I was just browsing through the net when I found some nice photos of the designers who took part in the London Fashion Week this season.

As I browse through, I realised there were a couple of designers who went back to the sixties, using the vintage styles of that fashion period (and I must say, it is by far the best fashion period ever, though I wouldn't go back in time) and remodelling them into better styles. Still, as I am not a fan of the sixties (though I still admire their courage for fashion), it took me a while before I finally managed to find the designs I like, unhindered by the sixties.

The first collection that caught my eye was Peter Pilotto's 2011 Spring/Summer collection.
This piece made use of rather pastel colours to create a feeling of "water" and at peace. It is a very calm piece of work, and I like it a lot. Just look at the folds and the cutting. Now, if only I have the height to pull it off, and the money to purchase it off the catwalk. Well, because I do not have enough money, let's just stick to talking about this piece. Somehow, it reminds me of the medieval times, where warriors gathers in armies. Perhaps it is the brown materials and the gold belt, but surely the blue outer layer resembles a cape.

This totally resembles a white flower. I have no idea yet which flower it made me think of. That must be because I am not educated enough in that area.

This design is the same for the top with the previous one, but I love this much more than the other piece. It's a totally "I WANTTTTT!!!" piece that screams to be loved.

The last of the collection that caught my eye. This is a very good combination, I felt.
The second designer that caught my eye: Basso and Brooke. I noticed that they used very interesting and complex prints in their cloth as part of the design, and then followed it up with good and simple folds and designs that are just so attractive.

I personally like the second piece best, especially the end of the sleeve. that little detail is very beautiful and made me give "puffy sleeves" a whole new opinion. But I wonder how it looks when the model is standing still and facing the camera straight on, and we can see the dress with BOTH sleeves.
The last designer with pieces that I like is the Vivienne Westwood 2011 Spring/Summer collection. You shall see why soon.

A feature of this collection is the hats. Such beautiful hats! But the clothes are interesting as well.

And not to mention this particular pair of boots made me want to root for it, though it was not my style at all:
I wonder why.

Now, for the random pieces that I like:

By Matthew Williamson, this piece is breezy enough. Maxi-dresses were a huge thing sometime ago, remember? Well, this piece could have rivaled them! It just says "Buy me" in the most eloquent language.
Nice one, Felder.Felder! I like the combination!

These two pieces were by Paul Smith. I guess you can take one look at it and guess how the other pieces look like. While they still had some "sixties" feel lingering in them, it was not overbearing.

Did you enjoy the pictures? This is the first time I am doing this. I hope you guys like it ^______^


Friday, September 24, 2010


When I was young and eagerly watching the black-robed men with white wigs in the television participating in a huge debate, I said I wanted to be a lawyer. But in actual fact, I just wanted to be important and make others listen to what I have to say. 

When I was dreaming in the weekends devoid of school, I thought I wanted to be a baker; to be able to put flour into huge ancient ovens and produce bread. But in actual fact, I am just greedy and wanted to eat all kinds of delicious bread.

When I was slightly older, I really wanted to be a pilot; to be free in the sky as a majestic warrior fighting the restrictions of gravity. But actually, I just wanted to look cool and travel to all kinds of places without having to pay for it.

A few years ago, my dreams got wilder, and I thought I wanted to be a GUNDAM pilot. It would be the coolest, yes it would be. Just look at this photo and ask yourself in what way does it not look cool? It is a REAL LIFE 1:1 GUNDAM in Japan. All those heads below... how many humans do you have to pile one on top of the other in order to reach that hight? Not even twenty people is enough for that.

Today, I learnt that no matter what happens, dreams are important. Go ahead and laugh at my dreams, but the wildest dreams are those who led us to a brighter future. The dreams of Archytas, Eilmer of Malmesbury, Abbas Ibn Firnas, Leonardo da Vinci, Francois Pilatre de Rozier, Fran├žois Laurent d'Arlandes, Sir George Cayley, Jean-Marie Le Bris, John J. Montgomery, Otto Lilienthal, Percy Pilcher, Octave Chanute and Englishman John Stringfellow allowed the first successful aircraft to be built and the first successful flight to be recorded in history. Dreams are huge, and they are worth more than what you think.

How much do you value your dream?


P.S. No matter how many times I uploaded the picture, it still look epic to me. And it is not even mine.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010


A long-sleeved grey coloured jacket like shirt with jeans. simple but still nice!

coupled with big round earrings, she wore a white shirt with a black tube inside plus a big belt to complete her outfit. i like the way that the sleeve is being tightened at the elbow region.
i think her dress is cool!
a simple oversized but still figure hugging shirt along with a loose three quarter pants.
a stripped shirt inside covered with a white shirt outside. plus the way she wore them with the jeans rolled up.

-SuAnn presenting you with HongKong fashion!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

K-Lifestyle - The flamboyant Male style

Because SuAnn did a wonderful post about Koo Hye Sun's style, I decided to do one on Korean males to match with hers. During gatherings over the years (I feel old), I have noticed the males around me giving increasing attention to their attires. They changed from mere tees-and-bermudas to the more formal business tops with jeans. This combination gave a very clean impression and I thought I like it a lot. But dressing everyday in formal-top-and-jeans combination can get a little boring, so why not let's take a look at the males in the other countries and see what they do to prevent their gear-up from getting boring.

For this post, I have decided to use Jang Geun Suk's image as Hwang Tae Kyung in "He's beautiful". Our image of Korean males are mostly composed of the word "stylish".

The first male on the left is Hwang Tae Kyung, acted by Jang Geun Suk.

When I look at a stylish Korean male, and I compare it with the other males from the other countries, I think the word "flamboyant" definitely came out. While Korean males made use of their lean and smaller 'size' in their styles as much as the Japanese males do, I think Korean males have this daring component in the way they dress and accessorize themselves. When I look at Jang Geun Suk as Hwang Tae Kyung in He's beautiful, I am constantly reminded of how lean he is.

So now, let's take a look at the way Mr. Hwang Tae Kyung dresses in the drama.

The first thing I noticed is the U/V neck tops that he is constantly spotted wearing in the scenes. These kind of tops shows a bit of the chest, depending on the depth of the cut. To be able to pull off these tops, one need to make sure there is no chest-hair, which would have given a negative impression. I think there was a time where chest-hair was proudly displayed by males and is said to be "manly". But to tell you the truth, I never liked it. Just like female's arm-pit hairs are disgusting, so are the chest-hairs.

Another point of his U/V neck tops is that he had a lot of them... Not all are in the same styles, but they mostly focus on creating more lines onto the otherwise boring top. So far, there is only one red slightly off-shoulder top that he wore that did not do the same. But that piece, on its own is already very stylish and beautiful. Creating more lines would be slightly over.

They were also give an impression of being feminine. But I think, with a good body, the guys could pull it off well as well. I am quite impressed really, for him to wear these tops. It is very stylish, and he managed to pull it off just right.

Because he is always wearing these tops, naturally, there is a need to have a sort of "variety" in them. So I noticed these tops with round-scarfs attached to them. It reminded me of a dress I had which also had this feature. As usual, he had a quite a few pieces in different neutral colours.
The pieces look great on their own, but you can also match them with something else! That is what I like about versatile clothes. On their own, they can look good, but paring them up with other clothings/accessories can create another look.
Jackets for one, sure look nice with these tops!
And you can even use them as hoods! No kidding, I have tried to use mine. It work well, if the general style is ok for a hood.
Of course, he wears proper business attires as well... but with a variety. I like the original black and white combination, but these 'fun' attires give a different impression. Let's talk about the one on the left. The blazer had a neck detailed that really males me wonder if it is another jacket that was used. Together with the maroonish blazer, I think it looks fun. And hidding away is the black top - without a collar. I prefer to wear collars, so when these kind of tops came into the market, I did not particularly like it. But, when you wear it and match it properly, it can give a different impression as compared to the boring collars. So I ended up liking the one I had. With this top, the attention is given to the neck area, where the interesting blazer collar is.
The other piece that I like is the one on the right. I guess I don't really need to say why. But if I must say, it is the style and the colours. The style is simple, clean and easy on the eyes. There are not much details to look at, but the attention is given to the colours, which successfully injects a very refreshing and fun feel to the top.

A low-cut tanktop and jacket combination works well too. I like the fact that he added detail by having the ribbon on his neck - that is something a girl would do, but guys can do it too! Details are fun and can enrich an image well. So don't be afraid to layer and accessorise just because you are a male.

Someone actually made a picture with his styles... and that person got it right. It was well done! Anyway, because I did not capture everything I thought I should show this so that you guys know what he wears generally. There are stage performaces costumes, photoshoot costumes and also casual ones.

Now, to move onto recreating his look, I had went to online stores and found a few photos that I feel works:

First off is the low cuts. This particular one is extremely low, but I like the detail at the bottom with the buttons.

Next, the circle scarves. You can purchase those already attached onto the top, but circular scarves on their own are also great investments. Futhermore, they have details. (P.S. I don't know what happened to the legs... maybe the model is too thin!

If you don't particularly like low-cuts, you can opt for a more conservative top with circle scarf attached as well. 

Oh, and both Shin Woo (2nd from the right in the very first picture of this post) and Tae Kyung wore this kind of ripped top. Theirs were translucent and white, worn with a tanktop inside.

And finally, for the more formal look, something like this:

This marks the end of this post. As a bonus, I shall share photos of the female lead when she was pretending to be male. I like the entire image (the white coloured one), so I decided to show it as well.

 The front. It is the entire view of the attire she wore. the details at the shoulders is nice, and a black faded jeans helped pull off the top, which is the focus.

Close up view. Here is how I see that it is a chiffon-like material of the outer layer, and an angel wings necklace that she is wearing. I like the way the material help style the top, and the "easy breezy" feel of the top. It really matched well with the setting.

The back. You can see that it is a hood-top here.

Here ends my super long post. Thanks for reading, and I hope the boys in Singapore do take more notice of the different types of clothes that they could have worn too :)


Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Do things the right way

It is about time.

I read an article about why so many people who had attempted to lose weight had failures. In actual fact, we do not need these people or articles to tell us why we have been unsuccessful in losing weight. Everyone knew:

There is no fast way to do it.
We have to make sure that our efforts span over time with consistency.
We have to Do it the RIGHT WAY.

What is the right way?
The right way is the tough way, the tedious way, the troublesome way that turns us all off.
Yes, it is.

I myself do not attempt to lose weight, but I could do with a better and healthier body. So taking a leaf out of the article is something that shall be useful to me.

First, the article talked about why exercises fail.
It failed because we did not do it the right way.
According to the article, 20 mins of jogging burns off 200 calories. Now, how many minutes of exercise do you do? I for one know that I do lesser than that every month, and SuAnn does probably more than that. Most people who talked about exercising probably do it for half an hour only. Let's admit it. Those of us who attempted to jog knew how hard it is to continue jogging. So the moment in which we feel that we have enough sweat on our body, we stopped.

From what I know, after that, there are people who went down to the nearby coffee shop/hawker centre to have some of the best cha kuey teow or carrot cake. XP

Now, if you minus out the amount of minutes and its equivalent of calories and then add in the amount of calory input, then.... it is not worth it, right?

Next, the article talked about how diets fail.
Diets. Now, there are even more to talk about why they actually fail, but if you want to summarise it, then it suffices to say that we did not do it the right way.
Our body needs a combi of 50% cabohydrates, 25%  of good proteins and 25% good fats. This is the success factor that allows our body to be efficient and effective.
So when we have some sort of diet, we have high carbo low fats, high protein low carbos, and etc, we are not following the 50-25-25 formula to nutrient our body the right way. Without the right PROPORTION of nutrients, the body is unable to be healthy and defense against diseases drop.

Another easy solution to weight loss should be pills and other medications... but we should already know that they fail. After all, they come and go in the market even faster than fashion changes. In reality, pills and medications are bascally the entire formula of "not doing things right".
According to the article, "A drug cannot single-handedly treat obesity because the root cause is personal complacency, poor discipline, errors in information and a faulty lifestyle."
So what are we left with?
Doing things right.
"Find a plan that works, and work the plan", otherwise it is an exercise of planning to fail.
If like LoggerHeads, you are someone who does not care for calculations of how healthy of unhealthy your body is, maybe there is another way of doing things. Being conscious. Be conscious of what you eat and what you do not drink and how much you move.
  • Eat a variety of food, so you cover a lot of range (easy huh?).
  • Drink lots of water so you know your body is not dehydrated (good for your skin too!)
  • And exercise regularly.
How regularly is regular? We all know exercising is hard.
So how should we make it easier? This is how I do it.
  1. Ask old friends/friends you have not met/friends you are comfortable with/just anyone on your contact list out for a badminton, basketball, netball or even football match.
  2. Sign yourself up for classes so that you know you will be sure to attend them (or lose that money you spend on them!)
  3. Be a part of some CCA if you are still schooling that allows you to exercise.
  4. If all else fail, just turn on the music and turn ur living room into the dance floor for 2 hours!
Yes, I went for option 4. Thank you.

Because it is hard to ask friends out since I am no longer schooling, so both options 1 and 3 are out.
I am too lazy to even sign up for classes, so option 2 is out.
But! I DO have access to GOOD MUSIC, and the point of exercising is to move your body!


koo hye sun's wears

an oversized shirt coupled with shorts!

of all the clothes that she wore, i would personally prefer this the most cuz it gives me a sunny kind of feeling with her brightly yellowed coloured dress neatly folded in the middle and the hat on her head. i wonder if anyone else likes this look?

ahh..a grey shirt tucked into the high waist shorts along with a big belt and a jacket. hmm i think alot of singaporeans are already dressed like this.

if you prefer a more boy-ish kind of look? it would be good if someone would give me more tips to dress like that?

last but not the least, i think this outfit is cool even though we cant really wear it on the streets? maybe try it for prom.

alright! thats all folks. if you have any comments, share with us! (esp the boyish kind of look)